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Recession and Paper Increases Challenge PanoramaNOW Magazine

Keeping The PanoramaNOW Website Magazine Free is Challenging

     In today’s economy and recession, advertisers are cutting back on spending, which has a direct effect on our success. On top of that, there is a 45% increase in paper costs. And, unfortunately, things change. It was recently told to me by a local non-profit company that could not see fit to pay $55 for our color ad in the PanoramaNOW magazine, that we need a new business plan. The $55 dollar ad would more than pay for two new customers buying tickets to their local entertainment event! Well, we thought about that exert advise, and a new business plan would mean that our content would be based upon payment.
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Blythe’s Athletics at the Porter County Fair

by Becky Mateja Lombardini,      What do sports, fairs, ranges, ranches, and Labradors have in common?  Mike Blythe of Valparaiso Indiana!  Mike is the owner of Blythe’s Athletics, Blythe’s Horse Farm, Creekside Stable & Kennels and is an integral supporter of the Porter County Fair.  Back in 1982, a young man from Griffith, Indiana…

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Ddon Qquijote Spanish Restaurant Valparaiso Indiana

Diners Love DonQuijote Restaurant

   Many people who have visited downtown Valparaiso since 1985 have discovered the distinctive cuisine of the regions of Spain at Don Quijote Restaurant. Offering an excellent introduction to the rich and varied flavors and aromas of Iberian cooking, the proprietors and chefs, Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina are both natives of Spain. Carlos Rivera inherited his fascination for cooking from his father who worked as a chef on an ocean liner.
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Inman’s Recreation Center Expands

 Inman’s Recreation Center, Valparaiso Indiana
      Inman’s offers the finest in recreational activities, excellent food and drink, as well at the capability of hosting any size event.
     In 2021 Inmans expanded their Arcade Room, and also updating the banquet rooms for the 2021 and 2022 Holidays!
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Cheryl Keeps Busy at the Chesterton American Legion

     Meet Cheryl Bonin, Real Estate Broker-Dealer, UHaul renter, and Storage owner in Chesterton, Indiana.  She also does a lot for the community, including book keeping for the American Legion, Post 170, 798 Wabash Ave, Chesterton, Indiana.       She was recently working on presenting the Annual Easter Bingo there, held Sat, April 9,…

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Frank Mrvan Tours Gary Businesses Jan. 27th

The Gary Business Development Committee and the Gary Chamber of Commerce is hosted a mobile tour on Thursday, Jan 27th, 2022. Businesses that are on the precipice of creating jobs and opportunities for people in Gary and the Greater Northwest Indiana community were visited. An added bonus is that Frank J. Mrvan  accompanied the group…

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PanoramaNOW on the Radio

Plans are underway for a great informational year in 2022!  “Convos with Becky” on WVLP, 103.1 FM, will also be on Facebook live and Pod casted!  Plus we are out with “boots on the ground” talking directly with folks, like a TV show, and one of you lucky participants will also be featured, besides…

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PanoramaNOW Videos

Watch Our NEW and Exciting Youtube Videos: The Birthing Barn at Porter County Fair    The Birthing Barn is back and freshly renovated for 2022! You can witness the miracle of life as brand new baby piglets, calves, chicks, and kids (baby goats that is!) are born right before your eyes! Plus — see ALL…

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Journeyman Distillery Breaks Ground in Valparaiso Indiana

    Historic restoration project in Valparaiso Indiana by Journeyman Distillery transforms an abandoned Anco Factory into a 140,000-square foot destination facility. American fare restaurant and steakhouse, karaoke, the distillery, the brewery, whiskey garden, and event spaces will all be repurposed.      The site, located on the 300 block of South Campbell, dates to…

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New Vintage Market Opens in
Griffith Indiana – Empty Nest

     Flying around looking for someplace new? A place to dip in your wings while hunting for that something unique?  Come roost for a while at the Empty Nest Market, an emporium of collated artisans.  Hatched August 1, 2020 in downtown Griffith by 2 friends, Melissa Whiting  & Colleen Razesloot, this open airy space currently has 12 artisan’s creations on display, with a classroom and plenty of room to expand.
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Local Puzzle Store Booming Cause of Covid-19

     What started out as a passion a few years ago, has turned into a phenomenon during the Covid-19 outbreak. “We Can’t keep puzzles on the shelf,” stated Joel Bender, owner of Mindbenders puzzles and games. “In fact, we have started a waiting list,” he continued. Take a stroll or cruise along 119th Street downtown Whiting …

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Towle Theater (Hammond) Announces 19th Season

 The Towle Theater season opens with the NWIndiana premiere musical comedy, “Murder for Two,” which is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.      Officer Marcus Moscowicz is…

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Food Truck Trend Helps Local Business that Provides Portable Sinks

Local Concessions owners from Portage Indiana have recently caught the New Food Truck Wave – providing the portable self contained units that you simply plug in!

Pratt’s Direct has been in business for 10 years.  In the past Pratt’s provided ice cream and refreshments at different farmer’s markets and concession stand food services at various locations.  With their vast knowledge of what is required by the state, they are now providing local Food Vendors and local Food Trucks with exactly what they need … portable, self-contained, three-compartment sinks. Continue Reading . . .

Family Safety Tips for Summertime Outings
Events For Families

Now that the Pandemic is waning (thankfully) families are wanting to get out and enjoy the Region. For those of you that need reminded of things to do and places to go, we’re here to help. PanoramaNOW is home to Events throughout the year for families to enjoy, from Festivals and Fairs to Outdoor Adventures and Indoor activities.
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Everyday Items that Came From Chicago’s World’s Fair

The World’s Columbian Exposition was held in 1893 to commemorate 400 years since Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. A new century was dawning, and new technologies were emerging. Windy Chicago boasted the best event anyone would ever see, which attracted more than 27 million visitors. The impacts of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair are long-lasting, and some affects are still being discovered, such as the impact of H. H. Holmes’s murders. Other impacts are part of your daily life such as these everyday items that came from the Chicago World’s Fair. Check them out!
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Porter County Habitat For Humanity Completes 30th Home

Saturday, February 19th, 2022 the Steighner home celebrated with a Habitat For Humanity Open House. Filling newly built home at the open house were the many volunteers and employees of Habitat for Humanity that worked hard to build this home and other homes for local families in need. This was their 30th Habitat home that…

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Walk In to Busy Bees Pottery & Art Studio

     Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio is a contemporary studio where you can create original pieces of art using a myriad of mediums. Finished pieces are displayed throughout the studio providing you with endless ideas and inspiration. Busy Bees has Special Projects For Every Holiday including: Easter, St Patrick’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 
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Funflateables is Fun for Families

Funflatables, has locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron. The FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN.
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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.