Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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. … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:34:58 -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 … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:43 -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 … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:28:09 -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 … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:46:32 -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. … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:05:04 -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, 10 Jul 2014 09:08:47 -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 … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:09:37 -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 <![CDATA[ A cut above as both a butcher and a character ]]> Lead story image

“Our wurst is the best.” — Sign in front of Lange’s Old Fashioned Meat Market With all of the unique antiques on display, the Harrison clan of the television show “Pawn Stars” would be in seventh heaven if they walked into Lange’s Old Fashioned Meat Market in Michigan City. A vegan would be traumatized. Also on display are Old World home-created sausages, aged steaks, veal, lamb, smoked chops, hams and snack sticks. Owner Pete Lange is quite a character behind the counter. I found him somewhat eccentric and extremely intelligent. The guy has a degree in sociology with a minor … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:09:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drive-in brings together Memory Lane, Buffett ]]> Lead story image

Rooster Cogburn (played by John Wayne): “I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which’ll it be?” Lucky Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall): “I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” Cogburn: “Fill your hands, you son of a b----!” — From the movie “True Grit” Little Stevie Cotton was only 9 when his father took the family to the Y&W drive-in theater in Merrillville to see “True Grit.” The youngster was riveted to the mammoth screen as “The Duke” put reins in his teeth, and with … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:12:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beauty on canvas and a ghost on stage ]]> Lead story image

“You can’t drown yourself in drink. I’ve tried, you float.” — John Barrymore It felt like the final scene from the film “The Shawshank Redemption” as I strode along Lake Michigan’s sandy shore toward Jeffrey Baumgartner. But he was wasn’t restoring a boat like the character Andy Dufresne. Baumgartner was oil painting. That’s what he does when he’s not treading the boards. Baumgartner, 52, is a native of Fort Wayne who has lived in the Miller community of Gary since October. On June 14 and 21, he will be featured in a one-man play entitled “Barrymore’s Ghost” at the Marshall … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:09:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: The power of music and a sunny outlook ]]> Lead story image

“I’d put my money on solar energy ... I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” — Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (March, 1931) Tim Vanderlin is the brother of Nate Vanderlin, who along with his wife, Kate, recently were featured in this column. My interview with Tim took place at Nate and Kate’s place near the Kankakee River south of Hebron. Vanderlin, 38, lives in Valparaiso and graduated from Chesterton High School. His special companion, Danielle Barnett, is expecting a baby in September. Vanderlin and … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:09:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ An encore 41 years in the making ]]> Lead story image

“Playing music is supposed to be fun. It’s about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can’t teach you that other stuff.” — From the film “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995) Last year — after 25 years — Jim Deal retired as choir director at the Methodist Church in Lowell. Soon, he will quit the pit at Crown Point High School, where he spent most of his 41-year career as orchestra director. Deal, 63, lives in Lowell with his wife Marty, who … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:22:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manes: Crown Point woman’s devotion doesn’t end with nursing ]]> Lead story image

“Save one life, and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives, and you are a nurse.” Chuck Stepanek A few years ago, when I interviewed retired Crown Point English teacher Marion Kellum, his wife Rosemary got me off to the side. With love light in her eyes, she spoke of her husband: “I call him my Renaissance man. Art, drama, literature ... A true artist, but he is foremost a teacher.” No doubt. With that said, Rosemary Kellum, 78, will always be a nurse. To dispense tender loving care is her nature. Our interview took place at the kitchen … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:29:29 -0500