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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.

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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
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
Legends will come together in book about Whiting band tour

Legends will come together in book about Whiting band tour

For me, it was kismet. I was supposed to go shopping but there I sat, just wanting desperately to take a catnap, putting off getting out of my chair.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am

You almost can't avoid seeing someone you know in Whiting

Being from Whiting is certainly a common denominator. I had written about going to the class of 1953 reunion, and assuming I wouldn't know anyone there.

September 26, 2013 12:00 am


As a child, the only way my mom and I could go to Chicago was by taking the South Shore Railroad. She wouldn't drive there and besides, there was something very romantic about actually getting on a train to go anyplace when you're a kid.

September 19, 2013 12:00 am

Would-be librarian gets her kicks by organizing her own bookshelves

I always wanted to be a librarian and had library science been a major offered at the college I went to in Dubuque, I would never have set foot in a classroom.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

Art and athletics in the spotlight as Whiting looks ahead

Last Saturday and Sunday saw another big weekend in Whiting. Sometimes there's so much going on here, it's hard to find time to enjoy it all.

August 29, 2013 12:00 am

Goodbye, leafy friend, and thanks for the memories

Joyce Kilmer would be saddened at the by what took place in front of my home yesterday. I know I was.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am

Crosstown couples can keep rivalry alive at Whiting library

Our Whiting Public Library always has something interesting on display. This month their display is entitled "Defend Your Turf" with football memorabilia from both Whiting and George Rogers Clark high schools to highlight the crosstown rivalry between the two football teams.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am

Dogs will have their day in Whiting with contests and vendors

Whiting is going to the dogs.

August 08, 2013 12:00 am

Pierogi Fest is all about the people who make it special

Helen Kocan would have been be proud of Whiting last weekend. She was the theme for this year's Pierogi Fest and her photo was seen everywhere with clever quotes such as "Pick up your trash."

August 01, 2013 12:00 am

Get ready for Pierogi Fest

A week from tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. July 26, begins the Whiting event that's "stuffed with fun," Pierogi Fest. This is the 19th annual Pierogi Fest here in our little city. And this year yet another tribute has been added to its history. It was recently named to the top 10 list of Biza…

July 18, 2013 12:00 am

How nice it is to salute the flag, find a worm, meet a bird

As a word, "nice" gets short shrift these days.

July 11, 2013 12:00 am

There's nothing like a parade to celebrate small town America

As you're reading this, I hope you're getting ready to come on down to Whiting's Fourth of July Parade, the oldest in the Calumet Region at 94 years.

July 04, 2013 12:00 am

Turn the tables on the party poopers with Depressed Fest

Summer is certainly festival time throughout Indiana. We have had festivals celebrating blueberries, bing cherries, Ozians, popcorn, pierogies, and historical events. Many churches hold fundraiser festivals during the summer months. People come for the rides, the food, the art fairs and, bas…

June 27, 2013 12:00 am

Whiting hosts Arts Alive! Garden Walk this Saturday

It's time to remind you that things are blooming here in Whiting as Arts Alive! holds its annual Garden Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. You can get tickets the day of the event at the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, Pami Petunia's, Whiting Flower Shop or Chrislove Collectibles. The …

June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Young and old, honorees make Whiting a better place to live

June is certainly the month to recognize achievements of outstanding folks here in Whiting, ranging in age from 18 to 80+.

June 13, 2013 12:00 am

The secret shopping for "fun things" is to get there early

My ears were burning during Garage Mahal a few weekends ago. I have a couple of good friends who said they discussed how next year they're going to secretly follow me on my journey through the community garage sale to see where I go to find the fun things that I do.

June 06, 2013 12:00 am

A name is a name, unless it's a nickname

What's in a name? In Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Juliet pretty much says that a thing is what it is rather than what name you call it. I disagree. Names are important.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Whiting ideal for a "staycation," now and in early times

People often talk about "staycations" these days. And if you are staying in Whiting this summer, there is definitely enough to do all summer long, from lying in the sun at Whihala Beach to listening to a symphony orchestra under the stars, to cheering at baseball games, to checking out the c…

May 23, 2013 12:00 am

Back from the wedding just in time for Garage Mahal

It's here. This Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 13th annual Garage Mahal will fill the city of Whiting.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am

Whiting will "Paint The Town Pink" this month

You'll find Whiting in the "pink" this month as the city embraces events to fight breast cancer with what is officially known as a "Paint the Town Pink" campaign.

May 09, 2013 12:00 am

Special people make "Our KIND of Town" a special place

I was recently interviewed by a wonderful young man, a student at Purdue University whose class was assigned to write news articles about local cities and towns.

April 25, 2013 12:00 am

Being a M.O.B. can include a variety of duties - and pleasures

I soon will be a M.O.B.

April 18, 2013 12:00 am

A fond farewell to the Mousketeer who shined the brightest

It's funny how the passing of someone from your childhood that you never met can affect you greatly. I'm talking about the death of Annette Funicello from The Mickey Mouse Club.

April 11, 2013 12:00 am
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