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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: Portage medium comes across as anything but medium

“Through discussions, reading, contemplation, and practice I’ve come to recognize the importance of subtle feelings and symbols. By paying attention to subtle feelings, we begin to tap into our inner capacity to commune with those we’ve loved and lost as well as other streams of …

Manes: This man has love to spare (and strike)

“You got a great gift, son. It’s as if angels came down from heaven and put a blessing on your three bowling digits. You can apply everything that I taught you about bowling to your daily life. And if you do that, you’re gonna be …

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“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. George Nance is a retired patrolman, detective and composite …

Manes: Farmer doesn’t beef about hard work

“ ... There’s no farmer songs on that car radio “Just cowboys, truck drivers and pain “Well this is my way to say thanks for the meal “And I hope there’s no shortage of rain ... ” — Murray McLauchlan, “Farmer’s Song” Lloyd Bohl raises …

Manes: For this dealer, antiquing never gets old

“In the antique business there are no experts, just students.” — Author unknown Laura Otto lives in Hebron and owns and operates Old Farm House Antiques, also in Hebron, just south of Suzy’s Diner. Built in 1893, her storefront is an antique in itself. Otto, …

Manes: He’s at the center of outdoor education

“My music is best understood by children and animals.” — Igor Stravinsky Geof Benson is executive director of Dunes Learning Center, located at 700 Howe Road in Chesterton. Benson, 58, lives in Beverly Shores with his wife Mary. They have raised two children, who are …

River folk rally for warrior who won’t give in to cancer

“ ... If you come down to the river “Bet you gonna find some people who live “You don’t have to worry if you got no money “People on the river are happy to give ... ” — Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary” I hadn’t …

Shrimp farming is no small task

“Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s, uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, …

Manes: Golf course business a real slice

Al Czervik: (tees off) “Fore!” (His ball hits Judge Smails in the crotch.) Al Czervik: “I should have yelled, ‘Two!’ ” — From the 1980 film “Caddyshack” Chuck Hegan is 88 years young. He owns Summertree and Pheasant Valley golf courses, leases Oak Knoll, and …

Manes: This bait shop should be a keeper

“Old fishermen never die, they just smell that way.” ­— Author unknown Several weeks ago, I interviewed leather worker and shoe repairman Joe Boisvert, of San Pierre. This time it’s his parents’ turn. Joe and Penny Boisvert run Greenwood Bait Shop just outside of English …

Manes: A painter with a lifetime of perspective

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.” — Georgia O’Keeffe Via email, I was tipped off about a tremendous local artist by the name of Janet Sturgill. So …

Former speakeasy making a comeback

“Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.” — Al Capone Ed Kis and Jeanne Hoyle live together in Long Beach, an exclusive suburb of Michigan City. Their home sits on a Lake Michigan beach. They are well-to-do, but they are not snobs. Rather, …

Manes: A supper club from a simpler time

“Did you ever see the customers in health food stores? They are pale, skinny people who look half-dead. In a steakhouse, you see robust, ruddy people. They’re dying, of course, but they look terrific.” ­— Bill Cosby I decided to take the scenic 55-mile trek …

Manes: Life is (motor)cyclical in nature

“If you build it, they will come.” — From the film “Field of Dreams” Kersting’s Cycle Center & Museum is located out in the middle of a 40-acre cow pasture just off Highway 39, about four miles south of North Judson in Pulaski County. But …

Manes: Memories made of diamond days

“ ... I’m a schoolteacher ... in this little town ... I was the coach of the baseball team in the springtime. Back home, when I tell people what I do for a living, they think, ‘Well, now that figures ... ’ ” — Tom …

Manes: A place where history always has center stage

“Turn your back on worry and treat yourself to a couple of hours of rest, relaxation and hearty laughter. It’s just what the doctor ordered to restore pep to your step, the twinkle in your eye, and give you a refreshing outlook on life.” — …

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 …