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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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Much more than just a pretty face

“Beauty is not just physical.” — Halle Berry Other than the occasional tree hugger, mine is pretty much a blue-collar column. Mill rats, sod busters, hash slingers and bass fishermen are interviewed often. “Glamorous” is not an adjective I would use to describe those folk. …

Nature is backyard paradise for this family

“ ... Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul ... ” ­— Jerry Garcia, from the song “Brokedown Palace” Kate and Nate Vanderlin live across the Kankakee River from me in Porter County. Kate is 33 and Nate is 36. They …

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” ­— C.S. Lewis Madelyn Arrenholz lives in Lake Village and is a third-grader at Lake Village Elementary School. She is the eldest child of Jason and Jennifer Arrenholz. Our …

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” ­— C.S. Lewis Madelyn Arrenholz lives in Lake Village and is a third-grader at Lake Village Elementary School. She is the eldest child of Jason and Jennifer Arrenholz. Our …

Farmer has harvested quite a number of tales

“There is no pressure to perform, to succeed, because we already have. If your family and community accepts you, who else must you impress? Just yourself and God, ja?” — Sarah Price,  from “Fields of Corn” Through the years, Jim Lambert has had many occupations, …

Sew what? Well, just about everything ...

“Today, the American knight holds the commercial supremacy of the world.” — Betsy Ross Ilene Cresap will be the first to remind you that a stitch in time saves nine. She’s the owner of K&S Sewing and Quilting in Lowell. Cresap, 56, also is a …

Manes: A way to love nature with a bat attitude

“A single brown bat can catch around 1,200 mosquito-size insects in one hour. In Bracken Cave, Texas, it’s estimated that the 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats living there eat about 200 tons of insects ... each day.” “Bats clean themselves and each other meticulously by …

Food for thought from CEO of Taste of India

“O mind, love the Lord, as the lotus loves the water. Tossed about by the waves, it still blossoms with love.” — Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Jasbir Singh Pelia is CEO of Taste of India, an upscale restaurant in Merrillville specializing in authentic Indian …

Food for thought from CEO of Taste of India

“O mind, love the Lord, as the lotus loves the water. Tossed about by the waves, it still blossoms with love.” — Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Jasbir Singh Pelia is CEO of Taste of India, an upscale restaurant in Merrillville specializing in authentic Indian …

Good talent is hard to find

The business landscape has changed especially when it comes to the workforce. Beyond having three to four generations in the workplace, the ongoing Silver Tsunami along with a shrinking qualified talent pool has many employers scrambling to find good employees. Add the Manpower findings last …

Passion for birding is in the mix for chemist

“During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.” — John James Audubon Mike Topp is considered one of the top “birders” in Lake County. He’s an excellent photographer of our feathered friends as well. To check out …

Manes: Making a difference in the cat world

“No matter how much cats fight there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” — Abraham Lincoln This is a story of man and beast. Do-gooders and “dumb animals.” Michael Anderson is a do-gooder who provides a great service for such creatures. On a shoestring …

From bees to bed bugs, man has fought them all

“creepy-crawly (kree-pee kraw-lee) 1. noun: a creepy or crawling animal, especially an insect.” — Dictionary.com Unabridged Along with his sister, Kelly, David Wilson owns and operates Monroe Pest Control in Hobart. Wilson, 50, lives in Hobart and graduated from Hobart High School. He earned a …

Delving into the history of Jasper County with museum curator

“Yeoman (yo-man) n. 1. An independent farmer, esp. a member of a former class of small freeholding farmers in England. 3. An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household. 6. A diligent, dependable worker.” — Noah Webster My interview with Judy …

Man earns living as casket salesman

“What are the odds in a funeral home going broke when you have a business that everybody on Earth needs? If you can’t make that work, its got to be you, right? And yet, I don’t know. What do you do when people don’t die?” …

Manes: Despite changing times, Four Brothers remains a constant in Gary

“Hey, Sal, how come they ain’t no brothas on the wall?” — from the film “Do the Right Thing” (1989) My interview with Magnum Jamal took place behind the counter of his place of business. Four Brothers is a small meat market-delicatessen-grocery store located at …

Manes: Man’s tales include quite a few ghostly encounters

“In all my years of ghost hunting, I have never been afraid, after all, a ghost is only a fellow human being in trouble.” — Hans Holzer Emil Beeg is a Green Bay Packers fan, an 11-year military man, and a former gunsmith who works …