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One of the best things about the holiday season is its music.
One of the inspiring things about Whiting history is that many of our families have been important in local businesses for generations.
There's Christmas music on the radio already and I found Christmas items on display when I went out to find Halloween decorations.
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.
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.
More tales from our Vienna Woods trip last month. . .
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joyce Kilmer would be saddened at the by what took place in front of my home yesterday. I know I was.
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.
Whiting is going to the dogs.
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."
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…
As a word, "nice" gets short shrift these days.
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.
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…
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 is certainly the month to recognize achievements of outstanding folks here in Whiting, ranging in age from 18 to 80+.
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.
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.
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…
It's here. This Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 13th annual Garage Mahal will fill the city of Whiting.
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.
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.
I soon will be a M.O.B.
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.
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. If that be the case, then for years men have been drawn to Whiting.
As a child, Easter was a very different holiday compared to all the rest. The preparation took 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday.
Put on your mufflers and mittens to greet Spring, because whether Mother Nature cooperates or not, there will be plenty of "Springy" things to do Saturday in Whiting.
In 1807, Madame Laporte, a free wealthy woman of color, built a typically French Creole cottage in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans, La.
One doesn't have to be born and bred in Whiting to improve its quality of life, as proven by Paul DePoy, this year's honored Carl A. Binhammer Award for volunteerism recipient. To say "bloom where you are planted" really applies to this talented man.
If you'd ask anyone in Whiting who is our most well-known artist, the answer would be the late Al Odlivak, whose works are exhibited all over town.
Having the chance to volunteer at the Whiting Museum often makes one feel like an excavator. While we toil, scanning and putting vast amounts of information into a computer-designed museum program, we often come upon interesting items about Whiting of which we knew nothing.
Happy Valentine's Day. There have always been famous couples throughout literature who symbolize the world's great lovers Well-known duos include Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Victoria and Albert, and of course, Archie and Veronica. . .and Betty.
You always hear about "fashion statements." I have one.
With the loss of our beautiful building at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and 119th Street due to the recent fire, it got me thinking about how many other beautiful buildings exist in Whiting. Many of these structures give Whiting its hometown Americana flavor.
Last Sunday afternoon, people were at the Whiting Community Center enjoying the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce flea market. Twenty-four hours later, people were there sorting through bags of clothing and other donations to help 10 families whose apartments were destroyed in a devast…
It seems that Mother Nature realized that it's January and she had forgotten to give us winter, so now, unfortunately, it's business as usual.
So far, 2013 has been a year of tremendous loss for the Whiting-Robertsdale community with the passing of JoAnn Jancosek and Al Odlivak.
Happy New Year! I'd wish you luck with your New Year's resolutions, but since it's three days into 2013, you've probably broken those self-promises by now. I know I have - except for one.
And the countdown begins. Naturally, you've been preparing for the holiday for weeks. From buying and wrapping gifts to sending out cards, to baking cookies, to decorating your tree and your home.
Christmas is about kids. Commercials show happy tots anxiously awaiting Santa, their sweet little faces filled with wonder at the season or whatever toy the sponsor is promoting. There are a lot of ooohs and awwws in an hour's worth of television during this season.
After months of working in my basement, I have now secured an area for a nice long work table. There, I have surrounded myself with bins of wrapping paper and tags and am only a few yards away from my "box room," where I can find just the right receptacle to hold Christmas gifts. My husband …
Whiting is definitely the place for you to be "present" during the holidays because this community knows how to make the upcoming Christmas season bright.
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