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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: 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 …

Manes: Ex-engineer has a symphonic side

“If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selling music, not prejudice.” ­— Benny Goodman I first met oboist Jerome Fifer near the lagoon in the Marquette Park area of Miller. He was conversing with actor-artist Jeffrey Baumgartner while Baumgartner oil-painted al fresco. …

A cut above as both a butcher and a character

“Our wurst is the best.” — Sign in front of Lange’s Old Fashioned Meat Market With all of the unique antiques on display, the Harrison clan of the television show “Pawn Stars” would be in seventh heaven if they walked into Lange’s Old Fashioned Meat …

Drive-in brings together Memory Lane, Buffett

Rooster Cogburn (played by John Wayne): “I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which’ll it be?” Lucky Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall): “I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” Cogburn: …

Beauty on canvas and a ghost on stage

“You can’t drown yourself in drink. I’ve tried, you float.” — John Barrymore It felt like the final scene from the film “The Shawshank Redemption” as I strode along Lake Michigan’s sandy shore toward Jeffrey Baumgartner. But he was wasn’t restoring a boat like the …

Manes: The power of music and a sunny outlook

“I’d put my money on solar energy ... I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” — Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (March, 1931) Tim Vanderlin is the brother of Nate …

An encore 41 years in the making

“Playing music is supposed to be fun. It’s about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can’t teach you that other stuff.” — From the film …

Manes: Crown Point woman’s devotion doesn’t end with nursing

“Save one life, and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives, and you are a nurse.” Chuck Stepanek A few years ago, when I interviewed retired Crown Point English teacher Marion Kellum, his wife Rosemary got me off to the side. With love light …

Future teacher’s train crosses many tracks

“ ... Well the Illinois Central “And the Southern Central Freight “Gotta keep on pushin’ Mama “ ’Cause you know they’re runnin’ late ... ” — The Doobie Brothers Jake Lashenik is a conservation-minded musician who is about to become an elementary school teacher. He …

Manes: There’s no failing the flag, or veterans

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, “And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow As a girl living in Shelby she was known as “Tootsie” Tuttle. Today, Rosetta Hotler still goes by “Tootsie” or “Toots.” Hotler, …