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Jeff Manes

Jeff Manes hired in the steel mills of East Chicago in 1977 at the age of 20. He began to write in January 2000. After …

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Manes: Touring the U.S. — by scooter

“ ... Sylvia’s mother says Sylvia’s packing “She’s gonna be leaving today ... ” — Dr. Hook My friends Willie and Beverly Jackson shot me an email telling me that I had to interview their neighbor in Hobart. The Jacksons were right. Donna Gill is …

A legend in the reel world of ‘the Slough’

“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” — The old man from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” If Ed Camblin isn’t the greatest J.C. Murphey Lake bass fisherman who ever lived, …

Meet the big cheese in school food service

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie There are three or …

A coach, a dean, a straight shooter

“er-nest, adj. Characterized by or showing deep sincerity or seriousness.” — Noah Webster Back in the late ’70s, Ernest Watson attended St. Joseph’s College, where he earned degrees in business administration and communications and theater arts. He never left. Today, he is the associate dean …

You can’t shoo this leather worker from his trade

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve …

Manes: A documentary deserving of donations

Renoir: “This man looks mad. Are you mad? They scare you (arthritic fingers). Deformity. The genius sucked out through the fingernails. Amedeo Modigliani, are you mad? (Modigliani gestures that he’s probably a little crazy.) I knew that.” — From the film “Modigliani” My interview with …

Restaurateur inspired by nature

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine …

Manes: Meet the peachy couple who run Evers Berry Farm

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way “To the village through Mortenson’s pasture to-day: “Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, “Real sky-blue, and heavy and ready to drum “In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!...” …

Manes: Former Crown Point educator talks history, life

“My greatest aim has been to advance the art of photography and make it what I think I have, a great and truthful medium of history.”— Mathew Brady Ed O’Brien taught math at Crown Point High School for 38 years. His wife, Bonnie, is a …

Manes: What’s on the mind of a mayor ...

“There ain’t any finer folks living than a Republican that votes the Democratic ticket.” — Will Rogers I know, I just used the above quote a couple of weeks ago. But it seemed like the perfect fit to go with Stephen Wood’s interview. He’s the …

Manes: This ‘Dolly’ carries Gary history

“ ... And I said good-bye to the Mayor of Gary and I went out from the city hall and turned the corner into Broadway. And I saw workmen wearing leather shoes scruffed with fire and cinders, and pitted with little holes from running molten …

Life along the river flows nicely

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and …

Planting and planning for a better future

“Live at home.” — George Washington Carver Ken Withrow lives on 10 acres in Valparaiso with Julie Lentz, the doula who appeared in my Sunday column. Withrow, 43, is co-director of operations of Green Farms A&M. It’s an indoor, vertical hydroponic farm. He also is …

Manes: A doula’s specialty: birth days

“When Crazy Horse was a baby, he nursed at the breast of every woman in the tribe. The Sioux raise their children that way. Every warrior called every woman in the tribe ‘Mother.’ ” — From the film “We Were Soldiers” Julie Lentz is the …

Manes: One of the faces behind a local treasure

“The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity. Once lost, the loss would be irrevocable.” — Carl Sandburg Garry Traynham, deputy superintendent of the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes …

Manes: Nomination pushed for Nuthatch for state bird

NUTHATCHES: (Family Sittidae): Small stout tree-climbers with strong woodpecker-like bills, strong feet. Nuthatches climb down trees headfirst. The white-breasted nuthatch is known by its black cap and beady black eye on a white face. The undertail coverts are chestnut. Food: Bark, insects, seeds, nuts; attracted …

‘Do-it-all’ says it all about a good man

“There ain’t any finer folks living than a Republican that votes the Democratic ticket.” — Will Rogers I first met Derald Ailes at Holly’s Restaurant & Lounge in DeMotte, where we had an interesting conversation over breakfast. Ailes recognized me from my photo in the …