Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Manes: Touring the U.S. — by scooter ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 an amazing person. *** Age? “You can call me a senior citizen. That’s as far as I’ll go,” she said. Married? “I was married for 36 years, then my husband and I divorced — amicably. When I got single, I didn’t have anything holding me back. That’s when I started riding seriously. “Jeff, I come … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ A legend in the reel world of ‘the Slough’ ]]> Lead story image

“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, he’s certainly the most venerable. The lake is part of the Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area. Born Aug. 17, 1920, James Edward Camblin has fished “the Slough” since its creation in the 1940s. He still fishes it every day possible. Camblin is a retired mailman who lives in Morocco with Marcheta, his wife of … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:04:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Meet the big cheese in school food service ]]> Lead story image

“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 four similar brick houses along Main Street in Lowell. One of them is known as the Halsted House. It serves as a museum today and is where the Three Creeks Historical Association meets. Another one of those brick homes is where Judy and Eudene Knight live. Said houses are some of the oldest in the … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:52:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ A coach, a dean, a straight shooter ]]> Lead story image

“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 of student safety and has worked at the college for 32 years. Watson, 54, lives in Rensselaer with his wife Andrea. They have raised two daughters. For years, Watson has coached numerous sports at both St. Joe and Rensselaer Central High School. He’s somewhat of an icon. But there might be some things about the … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:20:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ You can’t shoo this leather worker from his trade ]]> Lead story image

“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 Jobs Joe Boisvert, of San Pierre, is owner-operator of Joe’s Leather, Saddle & Shoe Repair Shop. The letters “i,” “s” and “t” in his surname are silent. So “Boisvert” rhymes with “Pierre.” His ancestors were French-Canadian. Boisvert, 55, is married to Donna. They have raised three kids. Joe’s shop is attached to his house, which … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:05:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: A documentary deserving of donations ]]> Lead story image

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 Dan Rybicky took place outside the historic 90-year-old Hoosier Theater in Whiting just before a sneak preview of a documentary he co-produced and co-directed with Aaron Wickenden. It is entitled “Almost There” and depicts the life of East Chicago artist Peter Anton. Pierogi Fest was in full swing. Rybicky, 47, has lived in Miller for … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:03:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Restaurateur inspired by nature ]]> Lead story image

“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 in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” — Euell Gibbons Iliana Regan forages for things such as acorns, wood sorrel and milkweed silk from the wild. She pickles elm leaves and fries maple leaves. And then she feeds such items to people. And they love it. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:59:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Meet the peachy couple who run Evers Berry Farm ]]> Lead story image

“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!...” — Robert Frost Audrey and Lloyd Nordstrom live in DeMotte on Evers Berry Farm. Before marrying Lloyd 46 years ago, Audrey was an Evers. They are retired now, but the blueberry farm continues to thrive as the Gary and Lisa Fritts family sharecrop the place. Besides farming, Audrey is a former schoolteacher who keeps a … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:04:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Former Crown Point educator talks history, life ]]> Lead story image

“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 retired elementary school teacher. They have raised two adult daughters. O’Brien, 73, was known as “the voice of the Bulldogs” because he was announcer of athletic events ad infinitum at the high school. He is an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Crown Point and has served as financial secretary there since the ’70s. … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:17:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: What’s on the mind of a mayor ... ]]> Lead story image

“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 mayor of Rensselaer. I was recently introduced to Wood at the J.C. Cruiser car show in Rensselaer. Lo and behold, the mayor reads me religiously and proved it by rattling off some of his favorite columns that I’ve written through the years. Wood, 69 — who looks 55 — and his wife Donna have raised … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:14:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: This ‘Dolly’ carries Gary history ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 steel, and some had bunches of specialized muscles around their shoulder blades hard as pig iron, muscles of their forearms were sheet steel, and they looked to me like men who had been somewhere.” — Carl Sandburg (1915) Dharathula H. “Dolly” Millender is founder and CEO of the Gary Historical & Cultural Society, Inc. At … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:09:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Life along the river flows nicely ]]> Lead story image

“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 some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” — Norman Maclean, from his book “A River Runs Through It and Other Stories.” For nearly 40 years, Don and Gail Mills have lived along Ramsey Road on the southern bank of the Kankakee River. They have a Hebron mailing address yet live in … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:07:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Planting and planning for a better future ]]> Lead story image

“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 involved with a not-for-profit project called the Northwest Indiana Society for Sustainable Living. *** That’s quite a kitchen table you have there. “It came off one of the barns out back,” he said. “It was a solid oak door. It took four of us to carry it in here. The house is 120 years old. … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:09:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: A doula’s specialty: birth days ]]> Lead story image

“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 first doula I’ve interviewed. For those not familiar with the term, a doula is a professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers before, during and just after birth. The word is derived from ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves.” Lentz, 26, has given birth to three children, all of … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:12:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: One of the faces behind a local treasure ]]> Lead story image

“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 National Lakeshore, is nearing retirement. Our interview took place in the conference room at the headquarters off of Mineral Springs Road in Porter. Traynham, 59, lives in an unincorporated area of LaPorte near Rolling Prairie with his wife Audrey. *** “I was born in High Point, North Carolina,” Traynham began. Garry, I was traveling through … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:13:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Nomination pushed for Nuthatch for state bird ]]> Lead story image

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 by suet, sunflower seeds. Range: Canada to Mexico. Habitat: Forests, river woods, shade trees; visits feeders. — Roger Tory Peterson (from his field guide, “Eastern Birds”) Along with his buddy Andy Cullimore, Tom Johnson is trying to get Indiana’s state bird changed from the cardinal to the white-breasted nuthatch. Johnson, 32, is single, unemployed and … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:36:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Do-it-all’ says it all about a good man ]]> Lead story image

“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 newspaper. He reads me. Among other things, Ailes, 69, has been a farmer, handyman, schoolteacher and a yearbook salesman. Our interview took place at his home, about a mile east of Interstate 65 and Indiana 10. He has been married to his wife Carla twice for a total of 20 years, with a seven-year hiatus … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Ex-engineer has a symphonic side ]]> Lead story image

“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. Birds of a feather ... “Romey” jotted down his contact information for me and agreed to be interviewed in the near future, but at a price. I had to take him fishing on the Kankakee River. He’s also an avid angler. Fifer, 77, is a bachelor who came from Chicago to Gary when he was … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:11:51 -0500