Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A throwback to a simpler time ]]> Lead story image

Used car salesman: “Guarantee? We guarantee it to be an automobile. ... Got anything to trade?” Pa Joad: “Got a pair of mules I’ll trade.” Used car salesman: “Mules! Hey, Joe, hear this? This guy wants to trade mules. Didn’t nobody tell you this is the machine age?” — John Steinbeck, from “The Grapes of Wrath” Harold Moreland is the sole proprietor of H&R Auto Sales at 2450 W. Ridge Road in Gary. Besides being a used car salesman, he’s an auctioneer and avid duck hunter. Moreland, 77, also is a widower who lives in Crown Point. He and his … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:06:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26701691-452/a-throwback-to-a-simpler-time.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26701691-452/a-throwback-to-a-simpler-time.html <![CDATA[ Fishing tackle biz has him hooked ]]> Lead story image

“ ... Tell them to be patient and ask death for speed; for they are all there but one — I, Chingachgook — last of the Mohicans.” — James Fenimore Cooper,  author, “The Last of the Mohicans” If you’re in the market for golden roaches, rosy reds, fatheads, shiners, suckers, crawlers, crayfish, crickets, crabs, leeches or maggots, Mike Starcevich is the guy to see. He and Ed McCain own and operate Mik-Lurch Tackle Outlet Inc., just south of 169th Street on Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond. Starcevich, 48, is married to Stacey Eckleberry. They have two daughters and live in Highland. … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:42:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26701729-452/fishing-tackle-biz-has-him-hooked.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26701729-452/fishing-tackle-biz-has-him-hooked.html <![CDATA[ ‘Warrior’ has fought landfill, quarry battles ]]> Lead story image

“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine ... ” — 1 Samuel 17:50 Linda Cosgrove is a devout Catholic who at times sticks needles in a voodoo doll named Vivian. Her foes have been formidable. Cosgrove, 60, lives east of Interstate 65 on Indiana 2 in Lake County in the house that farmer John Bryant grew up in. Bryant’s relatives purchased their land during the 1850s from the state of Indiana through the Swampland Act for $1.25 per acre. *** “I was born at … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:06:03 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26572057-452/warrior-has-fought-landfill-quarry-battles.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26572057-452/warrior-has-fought-landfill-quarry-battles.html <![CDATA[ Much more than just a pretty face ]]> Lead story image

“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. Triphena Johnson is a glamorous makeup artist who has plied her trade from Los Angeles to Paris. She lives in the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary and has never been married or had children. Our interview took place at the Lake County Library on U.S. 30. *** Do you mind giving your age? “I don’t … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:41:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26572040-452/much-more-than-just-a-pretty-face.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26572040-452/much-more-than-just-a-pretty-face.html <![CDATA[ Nature is backyard paradise for this family ]]> Lead story image

“ ... 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 have a 9-month-old son named River. Hundreds of Canada geese, specklebelly geese, snow geese and sandhill cranes foraged in the flooded field next to the Vanderlins’ humble abode while I interviewed them. *** “Vanderlin means ‘of the land,’ ” Nate said. “My family is not part of the Dutch people who migrated to this area … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:04:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26419924-452/nature-is-backyard-paradise-for-this-family.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26419924-452/nature-is-backyard-paradise-for-this-family.html <![CDATA[ Sisterly love: This young lady is a cut above ]]> Lead story image

“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 interview took place at Lake Village Memorial Township Library, where Jennifer is assistant director. Besides Madelyn and her mother, Madelyn’s 21/2-year-old sister Abigail was on hand. When little Abbie was 4 months old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The cancerous tumor started out on one of her adrenal glands and then spread to her liver. … ]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:42:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26499110-452/sisterly-love-this-young-lady-is-a-cut-above.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26499110-452/sisterly-love-this-young-lady-is-a-cut-above.html <![CDATA[ Sisterly love: This young lady is a cut above ]]> Lead story image

“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 interview took place at Lake Village Memorial Township Library, where Jennifer is assistant director. Besides Madelyn and her mother, Madelyn’s 21/2-year-old sister Abigail was on hand. When little Abbie was 4 months old, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The cancerous tumor started out on one of her adrenal glands and then spread to her liver. … ]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:21:03 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26432137-452/sisterly-love-this-young-lady-is-a-cut-above.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26432137-452/sisterly-love-this-young-lady-is-a-cut-above.html <![CDATA[ Farmer has harvested quite a number of tales ]]> Lead story image

“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, usually two or three at a time. He also has his pilot’s license and collects old cars. But his true love is farming. Lambert is not Amish but admires and respects the Amish way of life. He uses draft horses in the fields at times. One of Lambert’s best friends is Amish. When I asked … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:04:57 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26285573-452/farmer-has-harvested-quite-a-number-of-tales.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26285573-452/farmer-has-harvested-quite-a-number-of-tales.html <![CDATA[ Sew what? Well, just about everything ... ]]> Lead story image

“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 former travel agent who lives in Lowell with Thomas, her husband of 35 years. They have raised two adult daughters. *** Maiden name? “Christopherson. I have a brother named Chris.” Why the business name K&S Sewing and Quilting? “I have grandchildren named Katlynn and Savannah.” Are you a lifelong Lowellian? “No, we’ve lived in Lowell … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:54:44 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26285546-452/sew-what-well-just-about-everything-.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26285546-452/sew-what-well-just-about-everything-.html <![CDATA[ Manes: A way to love nature with a bat attitude ]]> Lead story image

“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 licking and scratching for hours.” “Fewer than 10 people in the last 50 years have contracted rabies from North American bats.” “Because of industry, deforestation and pollution, more than 50 percent of bat species in the United States are either in severe decline or are listed as endangered.” — from “Animal Planet” Tony Capizzo is … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:32:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138538-452/manes-a-way-to-love-nature-with-a-bat-attitude.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138538-452/manes-a-way-to-love-nature-with-a-bat-attitude.html <![CDATA[ Food for thought from CEO of Taste of India ]]> Lead story image

“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 cuisine. Pelia, 44, is single and lives in Crown Point. *** What part of India were you from? “Northern India.” I interviewed a Catholic priest who was from India. Are you Catholic or Hindu? “I’m Sikh. The first 17 years of my life were spent in India. Then I lived in Germany for 10 years … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:11:13 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138509-452/food-for-thought-from-ceo-of-taste-of-india.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138509-452/food-for-thought-from-ceo-of-taste-of-india.html <![CDATA[ Food for thought from CEO of Taste of India ]]> Lead story image

“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 cuisine. Pelia, 44, is single and lives in Crown Point. *** What part of India were you from? “Northern India.” I interviewed a Catholic priest who was from India. Are you Catholic or Hindu? “I’m Sikh. The first 17 years of my life were spent in India. Then I lived in Germany for 10 years … ]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:12:02 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26207002-452/food-for-thought-from-ceo-of-taste-of-india.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26207002-452/food-for-thought-from-ceo-of-taste-of-india.html <![CDATA[ Good talent is hard to find ]]> Lead story image

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 year thaat showed 83 percent of the workforce will be looking for new jobs in 2014, maybe now is the time to establish key metrics for finding good talent. When key metrics are in alignment with the overall strategic plan, this alignment helps to close the gaps between strategy, structure, process, rewards and people. (Source: … ]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:20:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138621-452/good-talent-is-hard-to-find.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/26138621-452/good-talent-is-hard-to-find.html <![CDATA[ Passion for birding is in the mix for chemist ]]> Lead story image

“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 his stunning photos, visit www.flickr.com/photos/mtopp. Topp, 56, lives in Highland with wife, Patty. He is a graduate of Highland High School and Purdue University Calumet with a degree in biology. He’s also an inorganic raw materials chemist at U.S. Steel. Our interview took place at the Highland Library. *** “I kinda wanted to get into … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:08:37 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25978733-452/passion-for-birding-is-in-the-mix-for-chemist.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25978733-452/passion-for-birding-is-in-the-mix-for-chemist.html <![CDATA[ Manes: Making a difference in the cat world ]]> Lead story image

“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 budget, he owns and operates Anderson Feline Population Reduction Center in Beverly Shores. Anderson, 41, is a bachelor who lives in Chesterton. He was born in St. Cloud, Minn., but grew up in Oregon and California. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in entomology. Personally, I’ve … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:14:57 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25978706-452/manes-making-a-difference-in-the-cat-world.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25978706-452/manes-making-a-difference-in-the-cat-world.html <![CDATA[ From bees to bed bugs, man has fought them all ]]> Lead story image

“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 bachelor’s degree in business management at Indiana University in Bloomington. *** Did you play football for Hobart High School? “Yes, I played for Coach Howell,” he said. “We went downstate my junior and senior years and lost both years to Columbus East and then Carmel. My dad played for Hobart, too.” Indiana University? “The Hoosiers … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:08:43 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25826054-452/from-bees-to-bed-bugs-man-has-fought-them-all.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25826054-452/from-bees-to-bed-bugs-man-has-fought-them-all.html <![CDATA[ Delving into the history of Jasper County with museum curator ]]> Lead story image

“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 Kanne took place at the Jasper County Historical Society Museum in Rensselaer. She is the curator there. County genealogist Sue Caldwell and intern Ben Kessler — a senior at St. Joseph’s College — were on hand. Kanne also is county historian appointed by the Indiana Historical Society, and is involved with the Prairie Arts Council … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:18:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25826035-452/delving-into-the-history-of-jasper-county-with-museum-curator.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25826035-452/delving-into-the-history-of-jasper-county-with-museum-curator.html <![CDATA[ Man earns living as casket salesman ]]> Lead story image

“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?” — Bill Murray, from the film “Get Low” (2009) People are dying to do business with Michael Gozdecki. He sells caskets for a living. Our interview took place at Elmwood Casket & Monument Sales, located on the northwest corner of U.S. 30 and Cline Avenue. He is president of the company and also has a … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:09:26 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25672856-452/man-earns-living-as-casket-salesman.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/manes/25672856-452/man-earns-living-as-casket-salesman.html