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Nancy Coltun Webster


Elmhurst: Museums, boutiques and unique eats

It is a happy day in family-friendly Elmhurst. School has adjourned for the summer and throngs of children can be found in City Centre — also known as Uptown. The kids are going to the movies at York Theater, stopping in Main Street Candy & Toys and playing in the Millennium Fountain. But Elmhurst is not just for kids.
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Portage: A day at the beach with an ice-cream break

My morning in Portage begins early. Weather is a crucial factor for my outdoor day in this city by the lake. I'm lucky. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and there's a beautiful breeze. The northern border of this city is simply Lake Michigan. The top two destinations for me are the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Trail (1000 Riverwalk Drive, 219-762-1675, and West Beach (376 N.
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Bridgeview: Unique food and Toyota Park

There's a hometown feel beneath the commercial veneer of Bridgeview. The blocks of strip malls along South Harlem Avenue are a generic disguise for the rich ethnic culture that lives behind those store fronts. First I need some coffee and a sweet roll. As I drive along, my eye catches a sign for Blondie's Gaming Cafe (7209 W. 84th St.,
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History Channel highlights Whiting car show

History Channel filmed episode 1 of "Volo, House of Cars" in Whiting. Photo by Nancy Coltun Webster
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Whiting raising funds for wild, wacky Mascot Hall of Fame

The city with the wit to create Pierogi Fest is betting on the Mascot Hall of Fame.
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Mild winter stings beekeepers

A bodacious black rooster with a high red comb crowed cockle-doodle-doo to herald beekeeper Danielle Ray's entry to the barnyard of her family farm. It's home to two ducks, 63 chickens, 12 goats, lots of rabbits and three bee hives. She knows all the animals by name. One little goat follows along as she walks through a fenced area where she keeps her three hives.
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Israeli team has eye on prize in moon visit competition

SpaceIL, one of five finalists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, aims to build a Challenger center in Israel. Photo by Nancy Coltun Webster
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Trauma training highlights improved medical gear

Homeland Security District 1 Task Force Incident Management Team aims to save more lives.
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Amateur radio operators keep emergency communication lines open at area hospitals

Andy Finick walks up the stairs and opens the door onto a roof at Franciscan Health in Hammond. He points up to a higher roof at several antennae that would — in an unthinkable emergency — provide communications for the hospital. In Northwest Indiana, Finick, a licensed amateur radio operator, helps hospitals maintain communications when all other systems fail in an emergency situation.
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Presidential visits bring out the crowds in NWI history

In an era when appearances by the president are a click of a mouse or a click of a channel away, there have been times when the nation's top elected official has appeared in person in Lake and Porter counties. On Presidents Day, a few of the more memorable appearances have become important footnotes to local and even U.S. history.
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Bill addresses food deserts with eye on expanding choices

Lake and Porter county food deserts stand to benefit from a bill to fund construction and expansion of grocery stores, food pantries, farmers markets as well as delivery, distribution and educational outreach. Retailers who receive potential funding would "have to able to accept SNAP and WIC benefits.
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Northwest Indiana applauds Boy Scouts' transgender decision

Boy Scouts were an important part of the Rev. Michael Cooper's childhood, so he was pleased that the national organization has opened its doors to transgender youth. "I think it is a great step forward," said Cooper, the minister to Metropolitan Community Church Illiana, a Christian church in Portage serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
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Nancy Coltun Webster is a professional journalist and graphic designer from the Chicago metropolitan area. Most recently, she has been writing local features and taking photos for the Post-Tribune.
Nancy works as a digital assets content manager, writing and editing copy and customizing web graphics. Past clients include non-profit organizations -- the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana and Esophageal Cancer Action Network. Nancy also was Deputy Special Reports Editor for Advertising Age in Chicago from 1998 to 2001.



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