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October means sweaters instead of sweating - and Oktoberfest

Just about to rip September's page off my calendar as I look forward to my favorite month of the year.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am

Diary tells of WWI from the homefront in Whiting

(Editor' note: This is the second part of a column about the newly-discovered diary of a 1914-18 Whiting High School student.)

September 18, 2014 12:00 am

Dairies still tell history from a personal perspective

Are diaries a thing of the past? Today we call them "journals" and that word itself has become a verb, as in "I journal every night."

September 11, 2014 12:00 am

Add Philip Dickerman to the long list of acclaimed Whiting musicians

I always thought I had a fairly good grasp of the many  talented musicians from Whiting, but I recently read about a young man of whom I had never before heard.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting-Robertsdale community the real winner in the Battle of 119th Street

Now that school is back in session, summer has decided to warm it up. But that doesn't change the fact that high school football season is heating up as well.

August 21, 2014 12:00 am

Museum trips offer chance to make friends with marionettes and more

Years ago my husband and I went to Prague, specifically to see Czech marionettes perform a Mozart opera. I had been told by friends that it was the perfect place for us to vacation.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am

Reminiscing about families and roots in 'the Harbor' and EC

I have always said that Indiana Harbor and Whiting are the Calumet Region's cradle of civilization. Having dinner recently with friends we've known for more than 30 years, I was surprised to find that both of their parents came from Indiana Harbor and graduated from Washington High School, a…

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

History will come to life with your story of Whiting explosion

Younger generations may think that Pierogi Fest put Whiting on the map, but if you were alive in 1955, you know it is just another event that earned Whiting headlines across the nation.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am

Pierogi Fest puts Whiting in the spotlight again for 20th year

Whiting's Pierogi Fest takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has once again gained national notoriety.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Summer with the Symphony offers Disney tunes on lakefront

You've heard of the Ravinia Festival, offering wonderful live concerts where you can sit out under the stars and listen to symphony music after enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner. Often, big name performers are featured with a full orchestra.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am

Trio of women are among many to admire in Whiting

There are many ladies in the Whiting-Robertsdale community that I admire very much.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am

Storms wreak havoc on more than just trees and power lines

I always enjoy a good storm. I love the sound of thunder, and the sight of lightning immediately makes me think of Frankenstein's monster coming to life in the old black-and-white film.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting's beautifully restored park is a gem on the lakefront

We took a walk through the new Lakefront Park in Whiting last week and I was truly amazed at how beautiful it is.

June 26, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting is the place to be for Mickey, Minnie and you July 4

The Whiting community held its first 4th of July Parade 94 years ago. Back then, the parade featured men in bowler hats, church organizations and community bands, of which there were many.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting receives appropriate and anonymous anniversary gift

It's Whiting's 125th anniversary and soon there will also be an official celebration of Lakefront Park and its beautiful renovations. So what do you get the city as a gift to celebrate these two special occasions?

June 12, 2014 12:00 am
From potholders to pink flamingos, chain letters live on

From potholders to pink flamingos, chain letters live on

Remember chain letters? Back when I was first married and people actually sent mail via the post office, I would get variations on a theme.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am

Memorial Day, planting flowers and yoga in the park

What a lovely Memorial Day weekend in our little town of Whiting. We met more than a dozen Whiting folks flower shopping at Home Depot on Sunday. I guess we all have the same plans for our homes.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am

From a bike to a fur stole, Garage Mahal comes through again

Driving down 119th Street after unloading our second car full of Garage Mahal goodies, we drove by a friend of mine. I waved to him and he said, "You're smiling, so I know what you've been doing."

May 22, 2014 12:00 am

Spring has finally arrived, and again I'm not ready for it

Ah, Spring is in the air. Or is it summer? Didn't you know that despite the horrible harsh we just endured, you'd still moan when the temperature hit 85 degrees?

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

Mother's Day memories and Garage Mahal anticipation

Mother's Day is Sunday, but you might want to wait until the following Saturday, May 17 to give your mom a real thrill. Take her to Garage Mahal throughout Whiting and let her go wild. She buys, you carry.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting High Wall of Fame will welcome three worthy inductees

The City of Whiting is small, and the School City of Whiting is even smaller.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am

Guild stages powerful play focusing on 9/11 heroes

With spring comes a very unusual show at the Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting. "The Guys" by Anne Nelson is a play that director Jayma Kay Emerson's hopes will affect each audience member in his own special way.

April 24, 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

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
Let's not forget Thanksgiving and the fellowship it recalls

Let's not forget Thanksgiving and the fellowship it recalls

There's Christmas music on the radio already and I found Christmas items on display when I went out to find Halloween decorations.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
A chair isn't just a chair if it is a part of your family's history

A chair isn't just a chair if it is a part of your family's history

We went shopping for a new chair yesterday. My beloved recliner is declining quickly, probably due to the fact that due to bad knees, I have a tendency to plop into it. I'm waiting for the moment that I sit in the chair and poof, find myself actually sitting on the floor.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am
Historical society meeting leads into the Christmas season in Whiting

Historical society meeting leads into the Christmas season in Whiting

Since the holidays will soon be upon us (even though mentally, I'm still in August) it's time to announce all the wonderful events in my home town of Whiting for the Christmas season.

November 14, 2013 12:00 am
Monty Python musical in Whiting

Monty Python musical in Whiting

A French taunter (Michael Johnson) battles King Arthur (Tom Farley) as medieval fishwife (Bridget Choe) cheers them on in the Marian Theatre Guild production of the musical comedy "Spamalot" at Lincoln Avenue and 119th Street in Whiting. Remaining show dates are 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.…

November 14, 2013 12:00 am
Tales of shipmate friends, European ruins and shoes with meaning

Tales of shipmate friends, European ruins and shoes with meaning

More tales from our Vienna Woods trip last month. . .

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
Marian Theatre Guild hosts area premiere of "Spamalot" this weekend

Marian Theatre Guild hosts area premiere of "Spamalot" this weekend

Before I continue reporting on my European exploits earlier this month, I suggest that you travel to Whiting this weekend for the Northwest Indiana premiere of the outrageously funny "Spamalot" musical that opens Saturday at the Marian Theatre Guild, 1849 Lincoln Ave.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
First stop on our Danube River cruise - Budapest and its statues

First stop on our Danube River cruise - Budapest and its statues

It all started out with a friendly frisk from the TSA at O'Hare International Airport. While I knew my titanium knee would set the screening machine off, that wasn't what they were looking for. Once the older TSA frisked me, realizing that the bulgy area in my upper arm was not a terrorist s…

October 24, 2013 12:00 am
Oktoberfest salutes German heritage in Whiting

Oktoberfest salutes German heritage in Whiting

It was fun to hear the Deustch Meisters playing their oompah music and see Whiting High students wearing fake Viking braids at Whiting's Oktoberfest last weekend. While Whiting is known for celebrating its eastern European ancestors, Oktoberfest is truly a Whiting-based festival because most…

October 10, 2013 12:00 am
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