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Dunes parks' history deeply tied to Chicago, local activism

Dunes parks' history deeply tied to Chicago, local activism

The push for protection of the Indiana Dunes began 115 years ago in Chicago.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Timeline of dunes parks history

1899 - Studies by University of Chicago botanist Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles focus on the concept of succession, how plant species change in a given area to make room for new species to take over. Cowles uses the plants in the Indiana Dunes as his outdoor laboratory and draws students to his p…

April 20, 2014 12:00 am

Easter means golumpkis, Earth Day and Arbor Day

This is one of those columns that I think should be taped to the refrigerator door or pinned to the bulletin board. Not because its a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of literature, but as an important reminder of why we like April so much.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am

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
FROM the FARM: Easter salute to the rutabaga and Uncle Hank memories

FROM the FARM: Easter salute to the rutabaga and Uncle Hank memories

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

A day in the life of a South Shore Line commuter

I still remember the first time that I rode to Chicago on the South Shore Railroad by myself. It was 1982, my senior year in high school, and I was going downtown to be inducted into the military at the old MEP Center on Michigan Avenue.

April 13, 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

Return to Renaissance age at PUC event

HAMMOND | A 17th century Renaissance visit, complete with wandering minstrel music, is in store for attendees of Purdue University Calumet’s next Building Community through the Arts program, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Record Store Day takes music lovers back to the days of LPs and 45s

I don’t watch a lot of television. My family can attest that to me at least, most of what passes for entertainment is pretty low brow.

April 06, 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

“Saving Lincoln” is a well-told story worth venturing out to see

When I was a history teacher, many years ago, I used to ask my students trick questions. Really, they were thought provokers.

March 30, 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

Steel yourself for the return of the Road Warrior

When I was a young, idealistic writer for the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle, I wrote a great deal about two subjects - the U.S. Steel strike of 1986 and the sad condition of the Borman Expressway.

March 23, 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
PUC professor to discuss the 'Inequality in Modern America’

PUC professor to discuss the 'Inequality in Modern America’

Purdue University Calumet’s fifth annual Faculty Lecture will feature longtime Professor of History Saul Lerner discussing inequality in America as a partisan and dividing political issue. The campus presentation is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library, 2233 17…

March 17, 2014 12:00 am

Two heartwarming local stories outshine chilling one from sunshine state

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

March 16, 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

USA shouldn't consider going to war with Russia

It's a shame our sorry excuse for leaders don't know diddly about eastern European history.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

USA must stay strong to protect our citizens

Before World War II, we were militarily weak and Japan thought we were a "paper tiger." Germany had already cowed Great Britain's Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to appease them.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Encourage children to read and they'll never lack for adventure

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
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