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A few years down the road

Well, I attended one of those events that marks a seminal moment in one’s life.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am

Labor Day weekend filled with activities

Well, I missed some cool local events over this past Labor Day weekend.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am

Good luck to Cal City students for new school year

Well, school is/will be starting soon. Some have started already.

August 21, 2014 12:00 am

VictorFest a success for church and community

Well, the two great undertakings of my summer have passed.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

Enjoy VictorFest July 24-27 in Calumet City

Well, I’ve got that feeling again.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am

Celebrate our freedoms on Friday

Friday is the Fourth of July.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Mayor addresses Cal City Chamber of Commerce

Well, I went to my first Calumet City Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting last week. It was at the council chambers of City Hall. I was invited by Cal City’s economic development chief Brian Swanson.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am

Thanks to retiring T.F. North baseball coach for his efforts

Well, I didn’t know Mike Kosiara, but I knew about him. I have seen his teams play. And I knew through others who played and/or coached with him, that he was dedicated, worked hard, and gave much of himself to young men of Calumet City and Lansing (but mostly to Calumet City) through the gam…

June 05, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City sinkhole could have been much worse

Well, Calumet City was a lead story on a lot of local newscasts a few days back (not always a good thing). But this was for a rather unusual circumstance that turned out not to be as bad as it could have been.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

Calumet City Lions, VFW honor local heroes

Well, the Catholic Church has two new official heroes — the Church calls them saints.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am

Spring, time for baseball and recycling

Well, it’s spring ... I think, hope, pray.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

My father keeps them laughing

Well, Dad’s in the hospital.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
The season of Lent, the season of changes

The season of Lent, the season of changes

Happy Lent.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Calumet City planning for its future

I went to a meeting a little while back.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am

Hopeful signs at the Chicago Auto Show

I’ve never really been much of a gear head — you know, way into cars. I’ve been around for a long time, but I’ve only owned three new cars. I’ve had used ones and I tended to keep those a long time. I was a good friend of Terry Nelleman, of the former Terry’s Motors in Calumet City, but not …

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

St. Florian School in Hegewisch worth saving

Well I see that St. Florian Catholic School in Hegwisch is slated to be closed next school year by the Archdiocese of Chicago. That’s a shame.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am

TV weather reports sometimes state the obvious

Well, it’s gotten cold again.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am

Reflecting on the past

Well, we’re barely into this new year. This is usually a time when folks think about people of the past year and look forward to the next. So will I.

December 30, 2013 9:12 am

Here's hoping Cal City can find replacement for Sears

Well, I went to River Oaks recently. Christmas shopping should be easy for me, just the wife and my father. And it should be even easier this year than most. That’s because we are getting a new basement floor, newly painted walls, and of course, sundry other items to compliment the “new” room.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am

It's all about the Christmas lights

I hope I haven’t given up the fight, but I caved early this year.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am

Join Cal City Pride Facebook group

Well, it happened again.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am

Haunted hayride scares up fun in Cal City

Well, with Halloween gone, we’ve passed the last commercial speed bump before the onslaught of advertising prep for the “big one” — Christmas, the season of Biblical spending. (That’s kind of ironic, no?)

November 07, 2013 12:00 am

Local organizations for the needy seek donations

I met up recently with some old friends from my earliest teaching days at St. Victor School in Calumet City. Tom Pietrasek, Sue Schmakel, Sister Therese Del Genio, and I taught together for several years in the early to mid 1970s.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am

T.F. North football team, tailgate brings community together

As I am writing this, I am contemplating turning on the furnace for a minute or two, though being the thrifty soul that I am, I probably won’t.

September 19, 2013 12:00 am

Cal City church helps youth with start of school year

Kelvin caught me outside reading on my lawn chair along side the house. Older retired guys do things like that. And younger guys like Kelvin (around 12) sometimes hustle older guys for jobs. Kelvin comes around because earlier this year, I succumbed to his sales pitch which was him simply as…

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

Calumet City the scene of two major August events

A couple of signs of early August in Calumet City caught my attention recently.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am

VictorFest is a lesson in community spirit

Have you ever had this experience?

August 01, 2013 12:00 am

VictorFest next weekend promises fun for whole family

Summer used to be my leisure season. No school, catch up on some house upkeep in a leisurely kind of way, read a lot. But not so much since my retirement from full-time teaching. And there’s one word to explain that change in my summertime situation — VictorFest.

July 18, 2013 12:00 am

Educational achievement is more than just tests

When I was teaching full time, I used to have a standard response to people who would ask if I was going to teach summer school. I’d say without hesitation that the words “summer’” and “school” don’t belong in the same sentence.

July 04, 2013 12:00 am

Calumet Memorial Park District nets $350K grant

Well, it’s the good old summertime. Although technically, not until Friday when we have the summer solstice, the single longest day of the year in terms of daylight. Bummer alert ... starting Saturday the hours of daylight will become incrementally fewer.

June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Cal City has a lot going on

- St. Andrew church is having its 40th annual Summer Fest on June 29 and 30 on the parish grounds at 768 Lincoln Ave. in Calumet City. Festivities are from 6 to 10 p.m. June 29 and from 2 to 9 p.m. on June 30.

June 06, 2013 12:00 am

Remembering Father Leo

Leo died last week.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Cal City takes a hit as it loses Sears

I was straightening out and sorting some of the clutter and stuff that I, and I imagine some of you, live with. I scooped up a solitary plastic bag to put with the others I keep to either reuse as a garbage bag or to recycle at Strack’s. Strack’s has a barrel for collecting plastic bags. The…

May 16, 2013 12:00 am

Calumet City native ran in most recent Boston Marathon

The modern Boston Massacre is still in the news every day.

May 02, 2013 12:00 am

It's not easy being a kid at heart

I read Times’ columnist Vanessa Renderman last Sunday about being a kid at heart in a grown-up world. I am a multiple of her age, but it still struck a chord with me.

April 18, 2013 12:00 am

Saturday movie screening benefit for wrestler with cancer

For many folks this is the week of spring/Easter break. And if you are looking for — and even if you are not — a worthwhile activity to end your week, I have one for you.

April 04, 2013 12:00 am

Retired teacher sees election of pope through eyes of children

There are certainly a lot of religion-related news and holidays this time of year.

March 21, 2013 12:00 am

Primary election offers lesson in government, politics

Generally, primary elections are a preliminary step in electing those who will head various levels of government. But in some areas like Calumet City and the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most all of The Times' Illinois circulation area, the primary election IS the election.

March 07, 2013 12:00 am

Staff at Hammond hospital impressive

I was in the shop a little while ago for a couple of days. A little trouble with the wiring. You have to keep up with the maintenance, especially as the parts get older.

February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Two from Cal City invited to presidential inauguration

Two Cal Citians were invited guests at the inauguration of President Obama recently.

February 07, 2013 12:00 am

Basketball battles cancer

It’s mid-winter, though you couldn’t tell most days by the weather. And mid-winter for a lot of folks, including me, means basketball.

January 17, 2013 12:00 am

Massacre stirs memories for former teacher

It makes you stop and think. But when you have been in the business for more than four decades, it makes you think a little deeper.

January 03, 2013 12:00 am

The sounds of the season thril Cal City

Maybe this is a little “Scroog-ish," but I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, at least before what I consider to be Christmas time. And here I am at odds with a large segment of the culture which considers the Christmas season to begin sometime shortly after Labor Day and last until a few d…

December 20, 2012 12:00 am

A house turned upside down

I knew it was coming. My wife, Marie, was working a lot of overtime. A large expenditure must be looming.

December 06, 2012 12:00 am

Veterans and thankfulness

Two holidays. One just past and one coming up.

November 15, 2012 12:00 am

Vote early, vote on time ... but vote

I try to combine my errand-type car trips. It’s one of my little ways of trying to help save the planet. And I like to be, let’s say, economical.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am

Pullman heritage area is a work in progress

Liking the fall season, I wanted to go to the doings at the Buckley Homestead not far from Lowell and the harvest fest they have, a nice ride and a good chance to see the fall colors in a more rural setting. But it was rainy and my wife talked me out of that trip.

October 18, 2012 12:00 am

Past leaders had foresight to develop Forest Preserve District

I just came in from outside on this massively gorgeous fall day (Tuesday past). I probably have written about this before, but in a lot of ways, fall is my favorite season.

October 04, 2012 12:00 am

Good luck in retirement, Sister Alban

Sister Alban is a great lady, the embodiment of what it means to be a true Christian. She has been a Calumet City treasure for more than a quarter century. When the Calumet City Hall of Heroes is instituted, Sister Alban Hermes will be in the first class chosen.

September 20, 2012 12:00 am

Calumet City celebrates its German heritage

Sorry I’ve missed you for a while; had a little time off to visit Europe. A little advice? Go. Europe rocks.

September 13, 2012 12:00 am
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