Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Swap meet helps keep this hobby on track ]]> Lead story image

GRIFFITH — Gary Johnson received his first train set for his fifth birthday — a gift he still cherishes today. That early experience set the stage for a hobby that has carried the 66-year-old Merrillville resident through to retirement, and he still is adding to his collection. A recent Spring Railroad Swap Meet at the American Legion Hall was on his weekend to-do list. “I have many, many trains, of all kinds, stored in my basement,” Johnson said with a laugh as he looked over locomotives. “I really don’t need any more, but there’s always the hunt for a hidden … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:05:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ These workshops are all about hire learning ]]> Lead story image

GARY — When Sherri Martin went job hunting recently, the interviewer was very direct when she was handed the college student’s resume. Martin had never applied for a position before and hadn’t done much research on how to sell herself through a resume. “After we started to talk, the lady told me my resume wasn’t organized enough,” the Hammond student said. “I didn’t get the job, and I always wondered how much that resume was to blame.” This experience motivated Martin into action. She went to her local library, online and asked friends and acquaintances for advice on writing a … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:29:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Renaissance Faire brings history to Hammond ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Visitors to the Towle Theater on a recent Saturday returned to the Renaissance Age as they entered the doors for A Renaissance Faire. In addition to scenes from a Romeo and Juliet play, attendees were treated to minstrel musical selections, costumed actors mingling with the crowd, and a buffet of interesting foods. The event was coordinated by the theater and Purdue University Calumet’s Building Community Through The Arts program through an ongoing partnership developed last year. “I wasn’t expecting all this,” Carol Presley, of Hammond, said as she looked over the day’s program. “I’ve attended many of the … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:32:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dunbar-Pulaski Academy offers parents food for thought ]]> Lead story image

GARY — About 50 parents feasting during a recent free pancake breakfast went home full of ideas to help their kids succeed. Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy aims to increase parental involvement because Principal Michael Collins said he sees their help as a key to success. During an hourlong breakfast, tips were given out about standardized tests and how to increase reading skills, and information about the extended day program was supplied. “Two weeks ago the kids started an extended day,” parent Davida Malone said. “I specifically came to learn more about it.” Collins said a $250,000 school improvement grant … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:21:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quickly’s Neighbors, April 18 ]]> Lead story image

Does this mean no more movie nights with the mayor in Lake Station? That would break my heart. That is why our founding fathers gave us the Second Amendment — so we can rein in the government. Other countries do not have a constitution like ours. How about people like you moving to another country? Right-To-Work cure cancer? Get real. Right-To-Work may be bringing good-paying jobs to Indiana at the expense of other states, but that is all. It is not voodoo. Want to get the maximum benefits from Right-To-Work? Make it a federal law and not a state law … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:07:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs for April 19 ]]> Lead story image

HEBRON Walk With a Doctor Porter Regional Hospital is presenting a “Walk with Dr. Alvarez” program. Leading the pack for a healthy walk will be Dr. Alex Alvarez, who practices family medicine, according to a press release from the hospital. Each Thursday at 8 a.m. through May 29, Alvarez will deliver a brief presentation on a current health topic, then head participants off for a healthy walk of between a quarter-mile and two miles, the release said. The presentations will be held at the Hebron Community Center, 611 N. Main St. The community event is free, the release said. To … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:07:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for April 19 ]]>

CHESTERTON Liberty Bible Church: 824 N. Calumet Ave. — Fitness classes for women continue through May 9 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost for each class is $2.50 for those who sign up for at least five sessions, or $5 for a drop-in class. Childcare is available for morning classes by reservation only for $1.50 per child per day. Call Jennifer at 841-9161. Call Kathy Clemons at 462-4323 or visit for more information. CROWN POINT Trinity Lutheran Church and School: 250 S. Indiana Ave. — A … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:07:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

MICHIGAN CITY Spring Wildflower Hike: Visitors can join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on Saturday for a volunteer activity from 9 a.m. to noon and a wildflower hike from  1 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers can help park staff remove invasive species along the Heron Rookery Trail. Work gloves and all other equipment will be provided. Attendees then can take a leisurely hike with a ranger and enjoy the display of spring wildflowers along the trail. Both programs meet at the Heron Rookery’s east parking lot, 1320 N. 600 E. Information: call (219) 395-1882 or visit … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:07:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Music mentor still at it 65-plus years later ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — It is an understatement to say that music is a large part of Florian Bolsega’s life. Ever since he was a teenager teaching clarinet to other students, his career path has taken the Munster resident far and wide, and he still offers World of Music piano lessons at the Hammond Public Library. As the world has changed in the 65-plus years since he began as an instructor, so have his methods. “I teach in a nontraditional way, using a 3-2-1 system. Who can’t play 3-2-1?” he said. “The reason I started with numbers is it’s the simplest way … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:07:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary native eager to portray Jackie Wilson for hometown ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Broadway veteran entertainer Chester Gregory is returning to his hometown for a one-night-only show Friday. The award-winning performer will celebrate the life of legendary singer Jackie Wilson at the West Side Theatre Guild. “The Eve of Jackie” portrays Wilson’s successes and struggles during his celebrated career in show business. Gregory’s heart-throbbing enactment of Wilson’s performances highlights the evening before his collapse on stage from a heart attack in 1975 that left him in a coma from which he never fully recovered. According to West Side Theatre Guild director Mark Spencer, Gregory’s one-man act is exceptional. “Chester is a … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:13:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hammond fishing derby creates a reel sense of tradition ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Although a recent Saturday morning started out with the weather a little downcast and windy, by noon the sun was shinning and Lake Michigan was pretty calm as fishermen tried their luck during the 17th annual Fishing Derby at the Hammond Marina. Sponsored by the Hammond Port Authority, the daylong event brought out many repeat customers. “This is a tradition. I’ve been bringing my son since he was 5 years old,” said Diego Puentez, Sr. as his son Diego Puentez, Jr., 16, set up shop next to his dad. “I remember my dad taking us out to Cedar … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:08:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ IU Northwest students feted for community service, leadership ]]> Lead story image

Four Indiana University Northwest students were honored this month with the Women Helping Women: Honoring Student Volunteer Leadership award by the Women’s Philanthropy Council at Indiana University. Students Flo Bringas, Deberie Hubbert, Deanna Proimos and Dorthea Robbins received the awards from IU first lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair, Women’s Philanthropy Council; and Jeri Pat Gabbert, IU Northwest vice chancellor for university advancement and external affairs. Bringas, who has completed her general studies and will be starting the accelerated nursing program in May, volunteers with the Army’s 909th Forward Surgical Team. She is not a member of the military but … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Spring Market: The Relay For Life of Greater Valparaiso Spring Market will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. The event will be at the Butterfield Family Pavilion, Old Fairgrounds Park, at the northeast corner of Calumet and Evans avenues. The market will feature food, spring decor and crafts, and jewelry designed by Julie Parent, of JewelComp Services, whose daughter survived cervical cancer and suggested they start a Relay For Life team. Parent’s breast cancer awareness earrings will be sold at the market, with a portion of the proceeds going … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:49:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets get spotlight at ‘baby’ shower ]]> Lead story image

MUNSTER — Although a recent baby shower featured gaily decorated gift bags, a colorful cake and refreshments, the mothers were nowhere in sight. That’s because the presents were for kittens and puppies housed at the Humane Society of the Calumet Area (HSCA), and the party guests were visitors who wanted to make sure the young animals have necessary items for what supporters hope will be a temporary stay. “What a wonderful idea — these little animals need so much more than the older animals,” Marilyn Otterman, of Merrillville, said as she donated a pink and white gift bag full of … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:06:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Move to the music at Hobart’s bandshell this summer ]]> Lead story image

Hobart Special Events and the Hobart Parks Department will carry on the tradition of Concerts in the Park this summer in the Revelli Bandshell in Festival Park. Opening night of the concert series will be June 5, with the Great Lakes Navy Band “Liberty Call” Show Band. The band will start at 7 p.m., and the show is free and open to the public. The Concerts in the Park series will bring a variety of entertainment along the lakefront. James Bulanda, Little Lover, Dave Alamillo and The Difference are just a few local acts that will perform. For a complete … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sales of Oprah’s tea to benefit Bowman ]]> Lead story image

GARY — An unexpected gift from Oprah Winfrey has given Thea Bowman Leadership Academy officials and students who are in the Pathways to College program reason to celebrate. Winfrey recently announced that Pathways to College, an after-school program that aims to help students in struggling school districts get to college and earn degrees, will be among the organizations to benefit from sales of her new tea, according to Starbucks’ website and Pathways to College president and founder Judith Griffin. During Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting last month in Seattle, Winfrey acknowledged the national success of Pathways to College. Teavana Oprah Chai … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:09:37 -0500