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Gayle Faulkner Kosalko

Easter is the holiday of sacrifice, egg coloring and nylon stockings

The Easter season always bring childhood memories flooding back to me. I guess it's because, unlike Christmas, which was one a two-day event, this holiday season lasts for 40 days. . .40 very long days without candy or sweets of any kind.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

Come to Whiting this Saturday to get in the mood for Easter

Spring is here. . .and gone. . .and here and gone again. It's been a tough winter for everybody, but with Easter on the horizon, it's time to come out of hibernation and hop on down to downtown Whiting for a day full of Easter fun this Saturday.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Let's have a hand for all the puppets who make us laugh

Many a child celebrates at their birthday party with an appearance by a clown. Personally, I'm not a fan of clowns and I know I'm not alone.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

And the award goes to . . .Whiting's own Florence Nightingale

Every year the city of Whiting bestows upon a citizen the Carl A. Binhammer Award to honor an individual for their call to public service and their efforts to improve their community's quality of life.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Raise your glass to a toast for the neighborhood saloon

As a kid, I remember somebody saying how there were twice as many taverns than churches in Whiting. Now there were always quite a number of churches, so that meant there were a ton of taverns.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Wearing o' the green is for music makers and dreamers

Sure and begorrah, it's almost that time where it is easy being green because it's St. Patrick's Day on Monday.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am

Get ready to celebrate Whiting's 125th anniversary in July

As most people know, in 1889 Standard Oil broke ground (after quietly buying up property cheap) for a new refinery outside the Chicago city limits. An army of carpenters erected 85 houses for the skilled workmen coming here from the company's Eastern refineries. Thus began the area later kno…

March 06, 2014 12:00 am

Sundays will never be quite the same for Whiting Catholics

This Sunday is the first Sunday of March, but many of us in Whiting will remember it as the last Sunday at three of our Catholic churches.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting schools have a colorful history and now an 'A' rating

It's evidently report card time again. That was always a time of high anxiety if you went to a parochial school.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

Girl who truly was a child star sails away on the Good Ship Lollipop

Shirley Temple is gone. She wasn't of my generation. As a matter of fact, she was the same age as my mother, but because she was eternally "a little girl," I believe all generations of little girls felt she was ours.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am

Weddings are always special, in a gown or a sea otter costume

There is more to do in Whiting this season than shovel snow, trust me.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am

See you at the movies - to laugh, cry, scream and applaud

For the last couple of weeks, the film industry has been in the spotlight with the Golden Globes, People's Choice, Screen Actors Guild and the Film Critics Award shows on TV, and I've sat through all of them. Naturally, I am looking forward to the Academy Awards (on March 2) as well.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am

Cherish the tribes you belong to, both by birth and by choice

Last week we went to the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago to see a production of "Tribes" by Nina Raine.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am

Community center getting facelift to become new Whiting YMCA

The Whiting Community Center, a gift from John D. Rockefeller to the city of Whiting in honor of its World War I veterans, has temporarily closed.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am

It wasn't quite "the blizzard of 1967," but close enough for comparison

Be honest. How many times in the last three or four days have you uttered the phrase "the blizzard of 1967?"

January 09, 2014 12:00 am

It was a year of cruising, losing (and gaining) and finding things

Hard to believe another new year is already upon us. Naturally, this is the time when one should be resolute and therefore make resolutions.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am
Mary Lou was a girl with dimples who loved living in Roby

Mary Lou was a girl with dimples who loved living in Roby

Sometimes you don't really have to spend a lot of time with someone to feel that you have a special bond. This special bond describes what I felt for Mary Lou Serafin, who passed away Dec. 22 at 85.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am
Make the Frosties Walk and watch the quintessential holiday film

Make the Frosties Walk and watch the quintessential holiday film

Amidst the winter's snow, Whiting's Small Town Christmas took place last Saturday. Interesting and fun ice sculptures were produced all along 119th Street while the 119th Street Carolers, decked out in their Dickensian costumes, visited Whiting businesses to sing traditional carols.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am
There's something about "Messiah" that defines the Christmas season

There's something about "Messiah" that defines the Christmas season

One of the best things about the holiday season is its music.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am
History of Whiting includes the history of local businesses

History of Whiting includes the history of local businesses

One of the inspiring things about Whiting history is that many of our families have been important in local businesses for generations.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
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