Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Manes: Internet chat brings Thai, American cultures together ]]> Lead story image

“Fresh rice and tasty fish” (a newly  married couple). — Thai saying I turned west off of U.S. 41 and crossed the historic Upside Down Bridge, which spans Beaver Ditch in Newton County. More than a century ago, said ditch drained what was the largest natural lake in Indiana into the Kankakee River. A quarter-mile from the bridge is the only house remaining in the ghost town of Conrad, the home of newlyweds Rod Smart and Rasi Sanuchit-Smart. The old farmhouse sits approximately 200 meters from where the town’s founder, Jennie Conrad, once lived. Jennie died in 1939. Most of … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Portage medium comes across as anything but medium ]]> Lead story image

“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 consciousness and information.” — Mark Ireland Gregory G. Ballog, 46, is a bachelor and a professional medium who lives in Portage. We had never met until I showed up at his duplex with tape recorder in hand. He has never read my column, doesn’t have an email address and doesn’t own a computer. *** “People … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:19:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: This man has love to spare (and strike) ]]> Lead story image

“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 decent, you’re gonna be moral, and you’re going to be a good man.” — From the movie “Kingpin” (1996) Anthony Forbes works two jobs but still finds the time to bowl three nights per week. Through the years, he has held a wide variety of jobs, including in the restaurant industry, where he worked his … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:43:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: ]]> Lead story image

“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 sketch artist for the Ford Heights Police Department. He was involved in the investigation of the infamous Ford Heights Four murder case that took place in 1978. Nance, 80, has lived near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Taft Street in Gary for 12 years. Before the actual interview began, Nance showed me some of … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:08:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Farmer doesn’t beef about hard work ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 black Angus beef cattle naturally on his 400-acre farm in Grant Park, Illinois. No antibiotics, no hormones, no steroids. He grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa hay and a little wheat, too. He’s a big man of German ancestry with a right hand the size of a ham. His left hand has a little finger, a thumb … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:53:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: For this dealer, antiquing never gets old ]]> Lead story image

“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, 73, is a widow and former schoolmarm who couldn’t have children of her own. *** Maiden name? “Jonushaitis,” she said. “My father was Lithuanian and my mother was Polish. She could speak seven languages.” Lived in Hebron all your life? “No, I was born and raised in the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary. I graduated … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:05:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: He’s at the center of outdoor education ]]> Lead story image

“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 in college. *** “I was born in Evanston, Illinois, but my family moved to Minnesota when I was a year-and-a-half old,” Benson said. “We lived there for 10 years and then moved to St. Louis. I’ve been in Northwest Indiana for 25 years. “Being a kid in Minnesota, I was by lakes. I wanted to … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:04:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ River folk rally for warrior who won’t give in to cancer ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 seen Rick Grevenstuk for 40 years. We both grew up in Lake Village. He was two years behind me in school and took my spot as center fielder for North Newton High School. We were a couple of fast boys who could run down fly balls. Soon after high school, Rick moved to neighboring Momence, … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:04:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shrimp farming is no small task ]]> Lead story image

“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, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That-that’s about it.” — Bubba Blue, from the film “Forrest Gump” I’ve interviewed corn and bean farmers, organic farmers, dairy farmers, beef farmers, pig farmers, turkey farmers, llama farmers, sod farmers, herb farmers (legal herbs), gladiola farmers, pussy willow farmers, blueberry farmers, asparagus farmers, … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:59:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Golf course business a real slice ]]> Lead story image

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 recently sold his equity in Indian Ridge Country Club to his son Paul. Our interview took place at the Pheasant Valley pro shop in Crown Point. *** Married? “Three times,” he said. “They’re all deceased. I live with a woman who also has been married three times. All her husbands are deceased.” What are the … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: This bait shop should be a keeper ]]> Lead story image

“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 Lake, where the Yellow River flows into the Kankakee River in Starke County. English Lake has a population of a few hundred people. Up until the early 1900s, there really was a large body of water known as English Lake. But it fell prey to the steam dredges, the same as Beaver Lake in Newton … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:30:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: A painter with a lifetime of perspective ]]> Lead story image

“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 I figured this interview would dwell heavily on her love of painting. But it went deeper than that. Sturgill, 70, lives in Crown Point with her husband Bob. In July, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. For years, Janet and Bob lived in Lowell, where they raised their children, John and … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:09:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former speakeasy making a comeback ]]> Lead story image

“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, they’re as common as a pair of old shoes. And I mean that as the ultimate compliment. For 15 years, a historic Northwest Indiana establishment has sat empty. But that’s about to change when Kis and Hoyle reopen The Spa restaurant in Porter. It will be renamed Spa Speakeasy & Special Event Center. Our interview … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:12:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: A supper club from a simpler time ]]> Lead story image

“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 from my home near Marti’s Place along the southern bank of the Kankakee River in Jasper County to northern LaPorte County in Galena Township ­— Indiana 2 to Highway 39. My destination? The Heston Supper Club. While driving through Porter County, I passed Pinhook. The Methodists marry ’em and bury ’em in Pinhook. The church … ]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 06:13:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Life is (motor)cyclical in nature ]]> Lead story image

“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 folks from all over the world have signed Jim Kersting’s guest book. The museum is really something to see. A nominal donation of $5 per person for admission is appreciated. Kersting, 78, lives in North Judson with Bobbe, his wife of five years. He and his first wife, Nella, raised three children before her untimely … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:39:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Memories made of diamond days ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 Hanks, from the film “Saving Private Ryan” Arden Smith is about to begin his 35th year as a schoolteacher at Hanover Central High School. Smith, 56, lives in what is known as the Fairways, part of Lake Dalecarlia, just north of Lowell. He has been married to Rhonda for 34 years. They have raised three … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: A place where history always has center stage ]]> Lead story image

“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.” — Depression-era Hoosier Theater advertisement Whiting’s Hoosier Theater opened its doors to the public in 1924. Since 1991, John Katris has worked tirelessly to restore the grand old dame back to her former glory. Katris, 51, lives in Munster with his wife Georgia. They have a daughter named Katherine who started kindergarten the day of our … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:27:22 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:14:24 -0500