Mark Pishkur


By Mark Pishkur - October 16, 2023

Molly Sommer, owner of The Piper and the Plant, aims to inspire and unite communities through her new business located in Crown Point. Her passion for plants, bagpiping, and creating have all contributed to her journey in becoming a first-time business owner. LOCAL219: Has it always been in the cards to own your own business?…

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By Mark Pishkur - October 1, 2023

Now that the spookiest month of the year is here, don’t miss out on any Halloween festivities- check out our October Guide for things to do this month! October 1 October 6 October 7 October 8 October 9 October 13 October 14 October 15 October 16 October 19 October 20 October 21 October 25 October…

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By Mark Pishkur - September 27, 2023

From cooking at Disney World to owning his own food truck “Mixtura”, Jorge Sullon has an impressive background as a chef. He shares the motive behind his passion for cooking, his work with the Design Barn, and his future aspirations for his business.  LOCAL219: Could you explain your background experience as a chef and what…

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By Mark Pishkur - August 14, 2023

As of two years ago, Crystal VanNieulande was still searching for her “dream job”. Now, her business Cup of Joy is a staple in her community and is expanding with a second location next month. She credits her staff, her community, and her faith as the leading forces in finally finding the job of her…

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By Mark Pishkur - August 10, 2023

Even with summer coming to a close, there’s still tons to do in the region. Check out these August and September events and end your summer off right! Friday, August 11 Saturday, August 12 Sunday, August 13 Thursday, August 17 Friday, August 18 Saturday, August 19 Sunday, August 20 Tuesday, August 22 Thursday, August 24…

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3 Ways to Dominate Your 4th of July Party

By Mark Pishkur - June 29, 2023

It’s summer time, the grill is fired up, but you’re looking for something unique – something that sets you apart from the rest of the basic grillers.  Grilled Pizza: Put your meat aside and grab some pizza essentials (S&T Too is the perfect place to grab all your ingredients) and throw that dough on the…

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By Mark Pishkur - June 22, 2023

Looking for 4th of July plans? The staff here at Local219 did all the work so you don’t have to. Here’s a list of 4th of July events across the region: FRIDAY JUNE 30: *Friday, June 30-Tuesday, July 4th: Cedar Lake SummerFest & Highland 4th of July Festival *Friday, June 30-Sunday July 2: La Porte Red…

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By Mark Pishkur - May 10, 2023

  PORTAGE INDIANA- May 4th, 2023 The Portage City Council made history this week, passing an ordinance allowing for non-commercial personal ownership of chickens within city limits. The prohibition of the practice, thought to date back to local pagan beliefs regarding the chicken as a sacred animal, was brutally enforced by devastating fines, imprisonment, and…

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Slater Got Engaged!

By Mark Pishkur - April 21, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: On today’s episode we take a deep dive into Slater’s proposal to his girlfriend Gabs, and explore the mindset of getting engaged and what was going through his head. In a surprise turn of events, Gab also joins us via phone to shed some light on what she was thinking too. LISTEN…

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Top 5 Reasons Crown Point is Never Getting a Trader Joe’s

By Mark Pishkur - April 12, 2023

Crown Point social media users regularly state that Trader Joe’s, (the popular grocery chain founded in 1958 in Pasadena California,) would be one of the most desirable additions to their local economy. With 569 current freestanding locations including 17 in the Chicago region alone, we were naturally curious as to why Lake County had not…

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Staff Advice for Best Man and Maid of Honor Speeches

By Mark Pishkur - April 11, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: This week staffers Mark Pishkur and Mike Krzyston joined Alan in the studio for a full investigation into what makes a good or bad Best Man or Maid of Honor speech. LISTEN HERE:

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Alan Talks To Jack Pearson (A Brit)

By Mark Pishkur - April 4, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: In the studio this week was Jack Pearson, who is not only the General Manager of South Shore Jaguar and Land Rover but he’s also British. We chat about his path to the states, his professional soccer career, and what it’s like being in the car industry. LISTEN HERE:

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According To Alan – We Catch up With Spike Albrecht

By Mark Pishkur - March 22, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: In the studio this week is former Michigan/Purdue great (don’t tell him we called him that) to chat about his experience in college basketball and his new endeavors like running a new coffee company and franchisee sales. LISTEN HERE:

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According To Alan – Alan Talks To Justin Skains with Lean Kitchen

By Mark Pishkur - March 16, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: This week Justin Skains joined Alan and Mark Pishkur in the studio to give us an overview of Lean Kitchen, ways to maximize health, and to figure out how much protein you should really have every day. LISTEN HERE:

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According To Alan w/ Brian Giarreta & Drew Halliar

By Mark Pishkur - March 3, 2023

ACCORDING TO ALAN: In studio for this episode is Brian Giarreta, a veteran of the marine core and owner of S & T Provisions, along with Drew Halliar from the Advantage Insurance Agency to chat about the stresses of owning a business, work/life balance, and a deep dive into what Boot Camp entails if you enlist.…

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MegaMayoCom²Plex nears completion at 109th and I-65

By Mark Pishkur - February 18, 2023

      CROWN POINT- After eight months of construction, the Mega Mayonnaise Commercial Complex is set to finally open for business in Crown Point in just a few weeks. The 130,000 square foot facility, which will be used as a film production studio for mayonnaise commercials, is set to be a hub of economic…

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Downstate Mayor Holds Ceremony Pardoning Turkey, Arsonist

By Mark Pishkur - November 23, 2022

    Downstate Mayor Holds Ceremony Pardoning Turkey, Arsonist BURMA, INDIANA– Joining U.S. Presidents dating back to President Lincoln himself as well as countless state governors, Mayor Anderson Tomassi held a ceremony Tuesday night to announce the official pardoning of a turkey in celebration of Thanksgiving, as well as convicted arsonist Douglass Cranberry who has…

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According To Alan – Alan Talks To A Psychic

By Mark Pishkur - November 15, 2022

ACCORDING TO ALAN IS BACK! This week Alan had Sean & Gina Johns from Crown Point Psychic in studio to talk about manifestation, readings, the afterlife, and what a psychic actually does for their clients. You won’t want to miss this one! LISTEN HERE:

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Top Three Essential Thanksgiving Cocktails

By Mark Pishkur - November 15, 2022

Most families are going to gather this Thanksgiving and drink the classics: beer, whiskey/bourbon, or that stuff one of your cousins randomly bring that they call moonshine. This list is meant to give you a “leg” up on making this Thanksgiving memorable, and help you dominate your family and friend parties. Pumpkin Spice Mules Are…

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By Mark Pishkur - October 18, 2022

I’m not going to lie to you: appetizers are my jam. Actually, I could probably never eat a meal again and only eat dips if I wouldn’t gain 1000 lbs. Here is my essential list of different appetizers that would be my dream situation at any family, friend or holiday party.  *Hopefully my wife sees…

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Album Revisited: Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” (1992)

By Mark Pishkur - October 17, 2022

When this album was released I was 10. I only remember it because I somehow had the cassette tape of “The Chronic” and listened to it ad nauseum, that is until my Dad came downstairs and heard what I was listening to. He didn’t have to listen too long until he yelled “TURN THAT SHIT…

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