Top 10 Community Articles on PortageLife in 2017

Top 10 Community Articles on PortageLife in 2017
By: Jennifer Bissonnette Last Updated: December 27, 2017

We published hundreds of articles on the PortageLife Community Section this past year. Community gatherings, new playgrounds, and so much more were fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

Have a good story to share? It is still as easy as ever to share your story with us! Just send an email to and we’ll be on it!

Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Community articles from PortageLife in 2017!

Portage-1Student-March-2017_01#1StudentNWI: Portage Students Plan to take on the World
Although Senior Jonathan Moran is new to Portage High School, he has received some of Portage High School’s greatest awards and has made some great accomplishments himself. Moran and his younger brother Jacob made this move last fall from Crown Point High School.

Portage-parade-2017-01The City of Portage Celebrates Unity and Pride at 50th Anniversary and Annual Fourth of July Parade
Not only did Portage’s 2017 Fourth of July festivities celebrate America’s independence, but they also marked the 50th anniversary of the city with colorful floats, dancing, martial arts exhibitions, and musical performances, the perfect way to celebrate the unity found in the country and in Portage.

Portage Daddy daughter 2017 5Portage Parks Hosts Another Memorable Daddy Daughter Dance
The Portage Department of Parks and Recreation had another incredible Daddy Daughter Dance this year.

Fegley-MS-Thanksgiving-2017-01Fegely Middle School Candlelight Inn Event Brings Family Traditions to Cafeteria
Following a 30-year tradition, Fegely Middle School transformed their cafeteria into a candle-lit, fine dining experience for their 6th, 7th and 8th graders on Friday afternoon.

portage-dog-park-2017-1Portage Dog Park at Woodland Park is a Great place for Dogs
On a sunny Friday afternoon, a group of dogs run together at the Portage Dog Park, located in Woodland Park, and it was clear they are familiar with each other and having a great time. Their owners gathered around picnic tables in the park, chatting and watching the spectacle.

Saylor-Army-Dad-1Military Dad Surprises 6-Year-Old Son at Saylor Elementary School Story Time
When Jayden Moree, 6, sat down with his class in the Saylor Elementary School library, he thought he was in store for a regular story time. He had no idea that his dad, Trevor Moree, was hiding behind the bookcase to surprise him after being deployed in Japan for 9 months.

PNW-Alumni-Day-2017 01Purdue Northwest’s athletics Department’s 6th Annual Kids & Alumni Day Welcomes All Ages Into Pride Family
It’s never too early to be a member of the Pride, according to Purdue University Northwest. Purdue Northwest University Athletics Department’s 6th Annual Kids & Alumni Day was a special event for past graduates and possible future PNW students alike, even if they’re currently three feet tall.

Hannahs-Hope-Playground-grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-1Hannah’s Hope Playground Grand Opening Ushers in New Era of Fun for Every Family
The Grand Opening of Hannah’s Hope Playground in Portage were monumental moments for the community of Northwest Indiana. The sun was shining on that beautiful Sunday afternoon, where many joined together to experience this significant moment in time. With the cutting of the ribbon, Hannah’s Hope Playground opened so many opportunities to kids, families, and the community.

Northshore-Trunk-Or-Treat-2017-01NorthShore Health Centers Provide Candy and Resources at 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat
A rainy day wouldn’t stop the Halloween fun at NorthShore Health Centers’ 2nd annual Halloween Trunk or Treat bash on Tuesday evening. The event saw over 350 families from all over The Region come to NEO (Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities) Adult Learning Center in Portage in hopes of getting some of the sweet, delicious loot that NorthShore and its many partners had to hand out to the costumed boys and girls- and sometimes even parents- that walked through their doors.

PNW-Annual-High-School-Engineering-Seminar-Immerses-Students-in-Tech-at-PNW-2017_0710th Annual High School Engineering Seminar Immerses Students in Tech at PNW
Nearly 300 high school students from 12 local schools poured through Purdue University Northwest’s campus on Friday morning to get a taste of college life and delve into the ever-advancing world of engineering.