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The holiday season is here and I’m typing up my column in the midst of turkey and stuffing and pie and much good spirit surrounded by family. Thanksgiving is a once a year deal where the world seems to slow and the most important thing is gathering around the table with those you love. Every…
Monday is one of the highlights of the year at the Lansing Historical Museum. The museum will open its annual Festival of Lights exhibit following the Lansing Historical Society’s November meeting at 6 p.m. and a holiday performance by the Wolffgang Choir from Hobart High School. The event i…
Last weekend, I attended the seventh annual Evening of Thanks dinner at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing. The event is organized by the Lansing Volunteer Recognition Committee, made up of eight individuals who make contact with the many churches, schools and civic organizations in Lansin…
The American Legion Auxiliary Edward Schultz Unit 697 will host its pancake breakfast on Nov. 9 at the Post, 18255 Grant St. in Lansing. The breakfast will include pancakes prepared by the Lansing Copper Muggers, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cocktail and choice of coffee, milk, or juice.
For the past several years, the International Thespian Society has held a food drive in late October called Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat. This service project is done by chapters throughout the country and each year students from Thornton Fractional South High School’s drama department tak…
Well, things have cooled down and it’s been a little gloomy the past few days, but we were lucky enough to have beautiful weather for the three-day Lansing Autumn Fest that took place last weekend.
As I’m typing this column, Lansing Autumn Fest is a few hours away. By the time you read this, two days of the fest will be past us. The event has definitely met the goal of bringing the community together. It’s a huge effort that takes an entire community.
Fourteen years ago when I was pregnant with my second son, I took one of the routine tests that is supposed to screen for potential birth defects. I expected that it would be another routine test and there was no cause for worry.
Lansing’s biggest event of the year is coming quickly. In less than two weeks, the Fox Pointe and Park Plaza will be bustling with activity as the second annual Lansing Autumn Fest gets underway.
I’m really excited about the 2013-2014 year for the Lansing Historical Society. I am again serving as the society’s vice president, which means that one of my duties is arranging programming for the upcoming year.
LARC will be holding its 21st annual fish fry from 4 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27* at the LARC workshop, 19043 Wentworth Ave. in Lansing.
The Lansing Business Women’s Association is seeking nominations for the annual ATHENA Award, which will be awarded at the seventh annual Lansing Volunteer Recognition Evening of Thanks Dinner on Nov. 8 at the Serbian Social Center.
This past week I had a fun opportunity to take a media trip to Indianapolis and get acquainted with some of the outgoing exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and some fascinating ones that will soon open or that will debut in the spring.
Although there are still a few weeks left until summer is officially over, it speeds up the end of the lazy days when kids are heading back to school the third week of August.
Last week, I stopped at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort to take pictures of the campers getting rides in vintage vehicles from the Frankfort Car Club. I’ve been to the camp a few times in the past to write about the campers, always in early August when Camp Quality Illinois visits.
New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson has made several visits back to the Lansing and Lynwood area since making it in the big leagues.
It’s been an exciting season for Little Leaguers in Lansing with more good times to come. At the conclusion of the regular season, teams of players were selected for an All-Star Tournament. The kids did a tremendous job and four of the Lansing tournament teams won championship games.
Earlier this month I wrote in this column about a road trip to my dad’s hometown of Charleston, Ill. Two of my sons came along and we explored the town where he grew up. I got a lot of wonderful feedback and thank everyone who told me they enjoyed reading it.
For me, summer isn’t complete until I’ve been to an outdoor concert of some sort, whether it’s a big name entertainer at a huge stadium or a local band at a weekend festival.
Here are a dozen ways to have fun in the region this summer:
Last week, I wrote about details of a road trip back to my dad’s hometown of Charleston, Ill., which I decided to do with him as his Father’s Day gift. We visited the home he was born in and lived in until he was drafted into the Army in his 20s. My mom also grew up in Charleston and they mo…
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about plans to take a road trip with my dad to the town he grew up in, so I thought I’d follow up with a column about the trip. We — my dad and my 14-year-old and 11-year-old sons — left on a weekday morning headed south on Interstate 57, making a stop in the to…
Last week I was invited to be the guest speaker at a Lansing Rotary Club meeting to talk a little about Lansing history and about my writing career.
I’d like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. This Father’s Day will be a tough one for our family, since we just lost my father-in-law less than a month ago to cancer.
While working on a piece for the The Times this past week on some of the beaches in Northwest Indiana, I recalled some of the fun trips our family has taken to the beaches of Lake Michigan.
Things are normally winding down by now at the Lansing Historical Society as we begin the summer break, but there are three events still to come this month. I’ve enjoyed being on the board of the Lansing Historical Society this year and planning programs to follow our World War II theme.
I was a young teen when I first met Paul Steinweg Sr., or “Stewy,” the man who would become my father-in-law. It took a long time for me to get used to the thick German accent he had that carried through in every sentence, even though he’d been in this country for decades.
Baseball season is under way and I’m excited to be able to spend a few days each season at Wrigley Field, which is truly my very favorite place. The second I step through the gates, the rest of the world melts away and for three hours I feel so relaxed and free. I guess that’s because it tak…
More than 20 years ago as my husband and I were planning our wedding, we started looking at houses in the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. We decided we wanted to move to Lansing. One thing that factored into that decision was the parks, which made it an inviting place to live. My brothe…
This year the Lansing Historical Society has had a World War II theme and as vice president I’ve had the responsibility of arranging for speakers related to the topic, which has really been a fun task.
On Saturday, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer charity that aims to eliminate childhood cancer through research, is hosting a local event to raise money for the cause.
The Lansing Police Cadets will be holding a fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lansing Municipal Airport, Glenwood-Lansing Road and Burnham Avenue. The event has been held each spring for several years now and it’s something that my kids have really enjoyed. If you have…
Recently in a casual conversation about the history of Lansing with a longtime resident, he made several references to a sister who died long ago and it seemed like he assumed I knew her story, even though I’d only just met him. Finally, I asked about the sister he had mentioned and how she …
The Lansing Old Timers organization will be awarding six, one-time grants of $1,000 or $500 to three male and three female high school seniors who have participated in a Lansing Old Timers sponsored program.
Little kids look up to superheroes. Some worship celebrities. To me, it’s those in our military who deserve the most respect and who I most admire.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve been to several events around town. Normally this time of winter is a slow time, I’ve noticed, but this year I’ve been proven wrong. There’s been a flurry of activities to keep people entertained and occupied.
I’ve been looking forward to this afternoon’s festivities for a few weeks now. Monday is the date the vote took place to incorporate Lansing and the nearby communities of Bernice and Oak Glen into the village of Lansing in 1893. Can you imagine what life must have been like back then?
As a kid growing up in the suburbs, I didn’t give a lot of thought to agriculture. There were no farms in my community. My parents had a pond in our backyard and enjoyed their flower gardens, but with the exception of a backyard apple tree and some wild rhubarb, we didn’t grow food.
This year I have really enjoyed planning programs for the Lansing Historical Society as vice president. Last summer I asked the board if they’d mind going with a World War II theme this year and the suggestion was met with enthusiastic agreement.
It was back in 1996 when I first joined the Lansing Historical Society and I’ve learned so many fascinating things about this place in that time.
Well, it’s now Feb. 3. How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? By now, many people have given up on those commitments. If yours was to start volunteering or become more involved in your community, it’s never too late to do so. Here are a few groups where you can lend your time and …
This time of year things have slowed down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The weather is pretty gloomy. People tend to stay in and hibernate. However, several events are coming up that offer some fun on these dreary days and also help several good causes.
If you’ve been reading my articles and columns for a while, you know that one topic I cover often is our veterans and you may have picked up on my affection for one group in particular, our country’s World War II veterans. They’ve been labeled “The Greatest Generation.” And while I appreciat…
The Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, will be hosting their second annual Ladies’ Afternoon Delight fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Lansing Knights of Columbus, 17800 Lorenz Ave. The event is a chance for ladies to shop, snack and be pampered.
The past week was hopefully full of presents and food and time with family as the Christmas holiday was celebrated.
Each week, in a classroom at the Eisenhower Center in Lansing, a group of seniors gets together. They plan fundraisers and carry out business and “then sit and have coffee and talk about solving the problems of the world,” according to Mel DeVries, president of the Lansing Golden K Kiwanis Club.
It was 25 years ago when Pete Basala, of Hammond, first started spreading Christmas cheer in his neighborhood with a few strings of lights and some holiday decorations. And each year, he’s added and added and added. He makes Clark Griswold look like a lightweight.
Friday marked 71 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor that led us into World War II, killing more than 2,400 servicemen and civilians and wounding close to 1,200 more. It’s a day that needs to be remembered just as much now as it was back then.
With Christmas approaching, people are in the giving spirit and there seem to be so many good causes out there that could use your help. One came to my attention recently that really tugs at your heartstrings, so I wanted to share this and hope that if you’re able to donate something to help…
On Monday, the annual Festival of Lights exhibit will return to the Lansing Historical Museum, housed in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave. The regular monthly meeting will take place at 6 p.m. with a performance of holiday tunes by the T.F. South High School Ch…
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