Top 10 feature articles on Portage.Life in 2019

Top 10 feature articles on Portage.Life in 2019
By: Contributor Last Updated: December 29, 2019

Looking back on the year at Portage.Life, it’s truly amazing how many good things are constantly happening in our community. We’ve profiled hundreds of people for Life in the Spotlight articles, heard from our #1StuddentNWI students, and generally been around to find the good news happening in the community.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order!), here are the top 10 feature articles from Portage.Life in 2019!

Cancer Survivor Series: Steve "Beaver" Lopez

Steve “Beaver” Lopez has never been one to let obstacles slow him down. It’s how, at age two, he got his nickname.

Rush in the Region: Making America Graze Again

The City of Hobart is home to many great attractions such as Deep River County Park, the Art Theater, and Festival Park, but many don’t know it’s also home to Broken Wagon Bison farm.

Fact: donating blood changes lives, for donors and receivers

Altruism (noun): “the selfless regard for the well-being of others.”

Although it may be expressed differently by different people, altruism is a belief that perfectly describes the actions taken by the less than 10% of Americans who donate blood each year.

Portage High School rounds out school year

Amy Burke, an English teacher at Portage High School, has a passion for educating students. She has a degree in English Literature and is currently in school to earn her principal license. Burke, who was a student at Portage, decided to come back and teach in the same rooms she once sat in years back. She is a firm believer that things will always work out.

Cancer Survivor Series: Ronda Powell

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. The words of the serenity prayer have guided countless individuals through some of the toughest times in their lives. People turn to this prayer in times of grief, confusion, or in the case of Ronda Powell, unexpected illness.

Cancer Survivor Series: Shirley Edwards

You would think that being a nurse would give you the upper hand when you learn you have cancer. Perhaps, in terms of the knowledge base, but not in terms of the fear factor. Just ask Shirley Edwards.

Cancer Survivor Series: Joe Blandford

A bell’s ring is a short sound, but resonates through time. It can be symbolic of the end of something, but also the beginning of something else.

#1StudentNWI: Portage's excitement through athletics and education

When most people think of Portage Wrestling, the first word that comes to mind is success. Senior Jacob Moran has kept the successful tradition of prestigious high school wrestling alive. Having wrestled since he was 4 years old, Moran has accumulated great success.

Cancer Survivor Series: Verne Schrader

Verne Schrader, a Chesterton native, wasn’t going to let cancer to stop him. At 95, he looks back on his journey through cancer as just another page in his storied life.

U.S. Navy pays homage to naval history, State of Indiana at USS Indianapolis commissioning ceremony

On July 30, 1945, two torpedoes launched by the Imperial Japanese Army struck the hull of the CA-35 Indianapolis, second of its name, as it returned from a successful mission to deliver enriched uranium for the first atomic bomb.