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Beloved senior Josephine Purevich celebrated by family, community

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Josephine Purevich attended 24 1st birthdays for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She saw the first person walk on the moon, watched as the Berlin wall came down, and grew up during The Great Depression. She loved crocheting, playing Candyland with her great grandson, and chatting with the ladies at the senior center on Wednesday afternoons. Josephine was born on July 27, 1929 and was raised in Gary, IN, in the Tolleston and Glen Park area until 1976 when she moved to Hebron.

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Now Hiring: MOMS

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It is almost crazy when you stop and think about it. To be somebody’s mom. Think of writing that job description and who in their right mind would apply.

Now Hiring: Mom

Scope of Job:

Comprehensive, begins immediately and your first shift lasts for the rest of your child’s life. 24-hour on duty or on call, every day, with no weekends, holiday, sick leave, vacation, or “day off” for any reason.

Compensation:

No material compensation now, nor opportunity for increases ever in the future. Thousands of hugs, kisses, smiles, laughs, and “hi mom” waves are primary source of compensation. Handful of dinners made or breakfasts in bed,...

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Blair Milo remembers former Indiana Senator Dick Lugar

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I was a rising high school senior when Senator Lugar’s leadership first fanned the spark of love for this country I’d begun to discover through Girls State. By getting to join a symposium of ideas with fellow students, hosted by Senator Lugar and moderated by thought leaders in policy development, I was enthralled with the complex challenge of serving a country as beautifully diverse as America.  His thoughtful approach shone thru in every session as we evaluated the variety of perspectives on any given issue. Having been inspired by such a tremendous example of service to this incredible, frustrating, and fascinating idea of America I pursued a degree in political science and military service having been inspired by Senator Lugar’s example. I was blessed with the opportunity to intern on Senator Lugar’s team for my semester “abroad” from Purdue...

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MIND BUGS


United-Way-of-La-Porte-County-Annual-Gala-Lip-Sync-Battle-2019 We are all susceptible to unconscious and involuntary attitudes and beliefs that play a role in how we perceive situations, other people, and even ourselves. These little mind bugs are hard to pin down or recognize because they work behind the scenes without any intention or animosity on our part. They may be positive or negative, but we can’t get away from them. As a matter of fact, we aren’t even aware of them. It’s hard to fight an enemy that you don’t know exists. These hidden biases are a direct result of a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes learned from media images, stories, jokes, and the people around us. We unconsciously pick up a lot of what we see and hear, and it’s nearly impossible to resist the pull toward culturally rooted...

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Top 10 Overall Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2018

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Well, folks, another year has gone by! What better way to reflect on the passing of time than to look back at all the great things that happened around us in 2018?

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Top 10 Featured Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2018

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2018 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2018 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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Lessons in 'Becoming'

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I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.

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The Latest Lifer: Kami Tupiak

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I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).

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Eulogy for My Father, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia

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My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.

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Dr. Ric Frataccia, Memories and Messages

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During Doc’s time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did – everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.

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A Look Back on the 2017 Good Life Award Winners

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Now almost 10 years ago we started this crazy mission, and the cliff notes version has been a story made up of one part innovation, two parts madness, three doses of perseverance, and a relentless response to the question of what good news do you have to share.

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