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Nancy Coltun Webster


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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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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Knight competition finalists have vision for Gary

Surrounded by decades of rubble and debris, Jack Eskin sees civic potential in the limestone and remaining structure as he walks through what's left of the City Methodist Church at 6th Avenue and Washington Street. "There's a lot of interest in this space," Eskin said during a recent visit. "There's an implicit beauty.
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'67 blizzard marks snowy 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago today, Ken Scheeringa was a 14-year-old kid from Highland who was learning a bit about weather in his science class at the Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill. That day, Jan. 26, 1967, he was about to learn a lot about snow. "I got so hooked on that, I set up my own weather station in my back yard," said Scheeringa, the associate state climatologist for the Indiana State Climate Office in the Agronomy Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
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Health care law changes pros, cons eyed

As Congress stands poised to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the early days of President Donald Trump's term, the debate for citizens continues over finding balance between maintaining good health and its cost. In Northwest Indiana, sentiments about the Affordable Care Act Indiana are mixed. Concerns have been raised about high monthly premiums and deductibles for those buying insurance through
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New leadership renews target on Planned Parenthood funding

With a new administration and Republican control in the House of Representatives and the Senate, promises to defund Planned Parenthood because of concerns over abortion are closer to a reality, proponents and opponents say. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as a local legislator and a public health professional are vehement in their opposition.
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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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