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Volume 28, Number 3 Thursday, January 26, 2012
CLARKDALE ARIZONA HOSTS TOUR OF BUILDINGS AND HOMES
by Paula McHugh
Clarkdale street names proved to be quirky to this visitor.
If living high on a ridge defines the upper crust,
then the town of Clarkdale probably had it right.
Lower Clarkdale, down a steep decline in the road,
once represented the blue-collar strata of men who
worked the copper smelter jobs of the United Verde
mining company.
Tourists to the Verde Valley in Arizona might
overlook the town proper, opting instead to motor
their way directly to the Verde Canyon Railroad depot for a leisurely train tour of Sycamore Canyon.
They may stop short of Clarkdale’s town center by
detouring off to Tuzigoot National Monument, or
they may actually roll through town past the historic bandstand on their way to the other historic mining town of Jerome, hugging the side of a mountain.
Clarkdale’s history could be said to be the sedate
sibling to the rough and rowdy, not to mention once
extremely fire-prone Jerome.
The one exception to Clarkdale’s rather quiet reputation might have been the attempted bank robbery and shootout in 1928 in the center of town. A
reenactment of that Bank of Arizona robbery was
performed by actors from Prescott’s Blue Rose Theatre Group as a highlight of Clarkdale’s third annual Home and Building Tour in December. The real
robbers, career criminals Willard J. Forrester and
Earl Nelson arrived in town from Oklahoma, and
their robbery attempt had a bad ending. They were
after the United Verde’s sizeable payroll. They held
Clarkdale
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Robbers run from the bank with their loot towards the getaway car.
The bank robbery reenactment and shootout reflects a colorful
piece of Clarkdale history from 1928.
The Spanish Colonial Revival home, boasting a tile roof, arcaded
porch and stucco walls, is located in Upper Clarkdale, where
the white collar workers of United Verde Copper Company
lived. The home was built in 1930.
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four-room home, a Craftsman-style home built in
1913, and a Spanish Colonial revival house built in
1930. The latter two homes, located in upper Clarkdale, displayed the fancier styles more attainable to
the white collar workers when the town was established. Upper administration smelter workers had
the “privilege” of renting their brick homes from the
copper company. A few standard upgrades included
a garage, a sleeping porch, and maple floors.
Actor Parker Anderson of Prescott portrayed bank manager
David Saunders, who lied to the robbers about how
much money the bank had on hand.
Clarkdale
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fifteen hostages plus bank manager David Saunders, who lied and told the criminals that the payroll
had not yet arrived. As the robbers fled with the $35
thousand Saunders did hand over, the gutsy manager managed to pull off two shots from a pistol he
kept behind the counter. Out in the street, lawman
Jim Roberts saw the commotion and quickly reacted with his Colt .45. He managed to shoot Forrester,
the getaway driver, directly between the eyes. The
car careened to a stop and Nelson was quickly captured. Lee Snyder, a witness to the real robbery and
who had been standing in the line of fire, escaped
death thanks to his pocket watch. And the players
acting out the robbery received a fine ovation from
the spectators lined up along the street for the day’s
tour.
Starting from the Clarkdale Historical Museum,
whose basement holds the remnants of the town’s
early jail, vans shuttled tour goers to five homes on
the tour. For someone accustomed to similar home
tours in the Midwest, the distinctly western, smalltown version was a culture shock. All of the tour
homes were humble in comparison to this writer’s
tours in Galena, Illinois and in Beacher country. The
four architectural styles represented in Clarkdale’s
2011 tour were a two-room bungalow, a neoclassical
One of 20 of the largest homes in upper Clarkdale, this Craftsman
was built in 1914 at a cost of $3532. It boasts its original picture
rails and a second bedroom. Note the ironwork fence, a
feature of the white-collar homes along Main St.
Note that we aren’t talking about mansions
here—the company town was built in 1912 for workers by William A. Clark, who owned Jerome’s copper
mine and needed a new smelter location. Clarkdale
boasts the “most preserved and largest historical
district in Arizona,” according to the Clarkdale Historical Society. And Clark, reported to be especially
proud of his town, reaped close to $100,000 per day
from his copper smelter. Additionally, the copper
baron was a U.S. senator from Montana who wielded plenty of power.
Among the four buildings on display, the former
Clarkdale High School is soon to become a copper
museum, with a planned opening in June. Tour goers had an opportunity to peek inside to see the collection of copper vessels—ranging from elaborate
samovars to kettles, urns, and much more. The museum’s grand opening coincides with Arizona’s 2012
Centennial, promising dozens of activities throughout the state.
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The oldest home on the tour, this 1913-built Neoclassical has
four rooms. Originally it had a glass sleeping porch in the
rear and an indoor bathroom with shower. Located in
lower Clarkdale, the home was meant for a blue collar worker.
This Neoclassical home in lower Clarkdale was originally built as a
duplex, each having just two rooms with a screened front
entry. Constructed in 1914, this was one of 18 built in
this style for blue collar workers.
Clarkdale
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The former Clarkdale high school boasts a new copper museum,
set to open in June, 2012.
Clarkdale
Continued from Page 3
The Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse, built at
Clark’s request as a recreational facility for the
smelter workers, is a sprawling, well-preserved
Spanish Colonial style structure that once housed
an auditorium, men’s and ladies’ lounges, a reading
room, and bowling alley. The town swimming pool
sits behind it. The handsome building is used today
for town council meetings and community events.
Clustered nearby is the town’s police department,
public library, and town hall.The town library was
originally a church, and the police station had been
a hospital, whose lower level housed the morgue.
Town historians prefer to name the two distinctive areas of Clarkdale “Upper Town” and “Lower
Town.” In the blue collar neighborhood, this visitor became confounded by some of the street names.
The former auditorium section of the sprawling Clarkdale
Memorial Clubhouse, built at Clark’s request as a
recreational facility for the smelter workers.
First North street is one block north of Main, Second North is two blocks from Main, and well, it follows with Third North. In Upper Town, First, Second, and Third South streets prevail. If you live on
any of those streets, locals know you live up the hill,
in what was designated the white-collar area. The
two acre town square is a popular gathering place
for locals near and far to enjoy summer concerts and
other special events.
Next door neighbors to Cottonwood, the town of
Clarkdale boasts around 3400 people within its 7.5
square miles. The Yavapai-Apache trust lands skirt
the western border. The mine and smelter closed in
1953, and in 1957, the town became incorporated.
As the state gears up its celebration of its centennial, Clarkdale, founded the year of Arizona’s statehood, would be a good place to plan a visit.
The door from the
former jail, located
in the basement
of the current
Clarkdale Historical
museum. The
room is tiny.
The town square is a popular gathering place for locals near and far to
enjoy summer concerts and other special events.
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Opera Appreciation with Dennis Brittain
Did you miss January’s Opera Appreciation class
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Showplace Cinema including Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” on February 11 and Verdi’s “Ernani”
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Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd. St.,
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Great Decisions Discussion Group
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Dave Bainbridge, Senior Curator at the Center
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at the Center for History, 808 W. Washington St.,
South Bend, Indiana.
Bainbridge will talk about the romance and marriage of Joseph Oliver, Jr., and Ellinor McMillin.
Joseph Oliver, Jr., was the third child of J.D. and
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The program will also include a guided tour of the
exhibit “Unseen Treasures of the Oliver Mansion.”
Neil Simon Play at Footlight Theatre
Footlight Players will present the Neil Simon
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writer George Schneider, who is encouraged by his
younger brother Leo to start dating again.
Additional performance dates are February 4 &
5 and 9-12. There will be a “Patron Appreciation
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performance at the neighboring Blink Art Gallery.
Burns Harbor photographer Al Cash will be displaying some if his framed work during this period
in the Footlight lobby.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8
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Buchanan, MI “Thrill on the Hill” Event
Buchanan, Michigan is planning its first annual
event – “Thrill on the Hill” – to be held Fri., Jan.
27, and Sat., Jan. 28. This event is the City’s first
official winter event, and the purpose of the event is
for people of all ages to have FUN!!!
Chief Marx came up with the idea for the event
after talking with folks from Vassar MI, a small
town near Frankenmuth, about the same size as
Buchanan. The Vassar folks decided to close off a
hill in their downtown last year after a big blizzard
and let everyone tube down the hill. They had over
3,000 people show up!!!!! People stood in line for
hours to tube down the hill, and all the restaurants
ran out of food! So, the thought was, if they can do
it, we can do it!!
Front Street will be closed starting Friday at 1:00
p.m. from Liberty Street to Redbud Trail. Detour
routes will be marked. Tubing will begin on Friday
evening as a VIP event from 6-9 p.m. The City will
auction off the first run (sign up at City Hall) and
a VIP pass entitles you to unlimited tubing Friday
night and all day Saturday. VIP patrons only on Friday night.
On Saturday, tubing will begin at 11 a.m. and continue all day until 8 p.m. There will be a “kiddy” run
for children under 44 inches in height, which will
be in the westbound lane (on the American Legion
side) from the west Legion entrance down to Redbud. The “adult” run will be in the eastbound lane
(Hoven Funeral Home Funeral Home) from Liberty
all the way down to Redbud. There will be barriers
at Redbud and fire and safety personnel will be out
in full force.
Wristbands are your ticket to the event. VIP
wristbands are $10.00, and regular wristbands
are $3:00. Wristbands are being sold at City Hall
prior to the event, and will be sold at the registration tent at McCoy Creek Park (Duckpond) parking
lot on Friday and Saturday. Everyone MUST sign
a waiver form and parents must sign for minors.
THE CITY WILL SUPPLY THE TUBES!!! The City
has purchased tubes in both adult and child size, so
all you have to do is show up! SLEDS and TOBOGGANS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. TUBES ONLY!
There will be warming stations at the American
Legion and Moose Lodge and in the McCoy Creek
Park parking lot – and in Kevin Barker’s building
if needed.
So far, we know that Sandy at Sandy’s Floral
boutique has a children’s event planned at her store
and, George will have free hot chocolate for coupon
holders at the Hilltop Cafe (available when wristbands are purchased). More will be added.
There is a “No Snow” date of February 10 and
11 in the event of continued uncharacteristically
balmy weather. Watch for updates on the City website, www.cityofbuchanan.com
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Saturday, January 28th, from 8 p.m.-3 a.m., zombies will be taking over J&B B.B.Q Shack for a night
of live music, zombie dancing, food, and fundraising. The Michigan City Zombie Walk 2012 Committee in association with Wicked Jester Entertainment Inc. and J&B B.B.Q Shack will be hosting the
local event.
Bands “Ungrateful Sons,” “Walking Alone,” “No
Shelter,” and “Rai Lazerc” will be playing to the
zombie horde in an effort to collect food donations
for local charities. With a non-perishable food item
the cover is $2, $3 without. Participants are also encouraged to dress as their favorite zombie character. This is an adult event, 21 and over only.
Michigan City Zombie Walk Committee is a local
group of zombie and horror enthusiasts dedicated
to promoting Michigan City’s first zombie walk this
summer.
“A zombie walk is just one more way to garner
support and donations from the general public.
We’re simply a group of people who want to help,
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Reinventing Retirement:
Joan Chesterton Shares Love of Artists with Area Audiences
by Laurie Wink
“Hanging from two wires
Joan Chesterton officially
was Jackson Pollock’s “Lavretired from a faculty poender Mist,” she recalls. “I
sition at Purdue Univerwas so struck by it. It was
sity North Central in 1998.
so contrary to anything I
Since then she has had a
had seen. From there I was
series of love affairs with
led to others in the school of
artists.
abstract expressionism.”
Chesterton draws on her
Now Chesterton is driven
experience in art history and
to learn about contempoeducation to delight area
rary artists. With that aim
audiences with lectures on
in mind, she visited the
visual arts. She pulls people
Walker Art Center in Minin with a combination of inneapolis last summer to see
sightful observations and
work by some of the rising
irreverent asides. Although
stars.
she doesn’t take questions
“I went to cleanse my palduring the presentations
ette,” she says. “I wanted to
because of a one-hour time
refresh my thinking.”
limit, she loves interacting
Having once been blown
with attendees before and
away by Jackson Pollock,
afterwards.
Chesterton has a new fa“The motivation is to
vorite in Julie Mehretu. Acshare my enthusiasm,” she
cording to the Walker websays. “We look at beauty tosite, Mehretu “combines a
gether. People really want
personal language of signs
to talk about art they’ve
and symbols with archiseen or things they love.
tectural imagery to create
Some are very informed and
Chesterton says one of the by-products of an addiction to art
her elaborate semi-abstracothers don’t know (much)
is the tendency to accumulate lots of books.
tions.”
about art.”
Chesterton channeled her curiosity about conChesterton collaborates with three women to
temporary artists into the lecture, “What’s Happenproduce her lectures. Leading the charge has been
ing in American Art? (And How Did We Get Here?),”
Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of marketpresented in November at the Michigan City Liing and community relations at Purdue University
brary and at PNC. The talk focused on an eclectic
North Central, who created the PNC Odyssey Arts
mix of painters, sculptors, photographers and archiand Cultural Events Series that sponsors the talks.
tects.
Venues for the events have been provided by Carolyn Saxton, executive director of the Lubeznik CenChesterton’s wide-ranging intellectual interests
ter for the Arts, and Robin Kohn, director of public
in visual arts have led to presentations on: Amerirelations at the Michigan City Public Library.
can Art of the 1930s, ‘50s and ‘60s, a three-part seChesterton’s qualifications include bachelor’s and
ries; Sculpture Then and Now, a two-part series;
master’s degrees in English and art history from the
Icons with Nikons; Flight to Freedom, on European
University of Illinois Chicago. She has held various
artists who sought refuge from the Holocaust in the
positions at the Des Moines Art Museum, the MilUnited States; La Belle Epoque: A Beautiful Era;
waukee Art Museum and the Dayton Art Institute.
and Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McShe says art spoke to her at an early age.
Donald’s Corporate Art Collection.”
“I had no impulse to draw or sculpt or paint,”
Chesterton was delighted to find out that BarbaChesterton says “I am a true amateur, meaning ‘a
ra Stodola is equally ardent about art. Stodola has
lover of art.’ I need to be near it. It’s a life-long love.”
a degree in art history from the University of ChiFor many years, the museum positions immersed
cago and frequently writes about the arts for The
her in European art. Then a pivotal experience at
Beacher. The two aficionados have visited the Getty
the Art Institute of Chicago turned her on to AmeriMuseum in Los Angeles and multiple museums in
can art.
New York City.
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Barbara Stodola and Joan Chesterton stand in front of the Getty Museum
in Los Angeles, one of many art Meccas they’ve explored together.
“In New York we went to every single museum
and to theater in the evening,” Chesterton says.
“It’s not everybody’s cup of tea.”
Before moving from Chicago to the beach area
25 years ago, Chesterton held executive positions
in training and development at Encyclopedia Britannica and Zurich Insurance Company. From 1988
to 1998, she was a highly-regarded faculty member of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
at Purdue University North Central. During that
time, she divided her time between teaching courses – she developed five of them in the OLS program
– and consulting with businesses and industries in
Northwest Indiana and Chicago.
She had an active consulting business until 2005
and continues to take on projects that come from
former clients. Most recently, she conducted a management workshop for Central States Manufacturing, Inc. in Michigan City.
While this octogenarian has a head for business
and for managing organizations, her heart has always been in art.
“I have been going to museums all my life,” she
says. “There is something to me that is so enriching
about being in the presence of great art.”
Chesterton’s ready wit is never far from the surface, as evidenced by the comment, “When I’m done
with art, I’d like to be a singer in a blues band.”
Anyone who knows her wouldn’t be surprised if
she pulled it off.
Basket Weaving at MC Public Library
Saturday, January 28, 9:15 a.m.
A Basket Weaving class will be held at the Michigan City Public Library. Margie Warner teaches a
single-session class and each person takes home a
basket. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required for
materials and prices vary. Sign up and see the basket at the library circulation desk. Phone 219-8733042 for more information.
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“Many of our summer employees experience difficulty in finding suitable short-term housing. Most
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South Bend Comic Book Convention
The South Bend Comic Book Convention will be
held Sat., Jan. 28 at the Comfort Suites, 52933 US
933 (the corner of Cleveland and US 31) in South
Bend IN just north of the Indiana Tollway (I-80 /
I-90) @ exit 77. The convention will be open to the
public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
Dealers will be on hand with comics from the golden
age to present along with a variety of related collectible items. They will also be buying comics you
might have had lying around for years and no longer want. For more information, phone Alan at 309
657-1599 or visit www.epguides.com/comics
Harbor Country Book Club
The reading selection for the Tues., Jan. 31 meeting of the Harbor Country Book Club is The End of
Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by Dr. David Kessler. The Feb. 28 book
selection is Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan.
Monthly meetings are at 7:00 p.m. MI time
(please note, this is a new time), on the last Tuesday of the month at the Harbor Grand Hotel in New
Buffalo and are open to anyone interested in joining
members to discuss the book. Copies of the books
can be purchased at New Buffalo Books.
Audition Notice
Footlight Players will be performing “Funny
Money,” directed by Dee Piotrowski, on April 1315 & 19-22 at Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St.,
Michigan City.
Auditions will be held on Feb. 12 & 13, 7-9 p.m.
with cast requirements as follows: 2 women (3050ish), 6 men (30-50ish) However one man is a cameo only appearing at the end of the show.
Phone the theatre for more info: 219-874-4035.
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Last Saturday Film Series
The Maud Preston Palenske (St. Joseph) Library
and the Box Factory for the Arts begin 2012 with a
new partnership and a new film series on the last
Saturday of each month. The adult-rated films,
shown at 7:30 p.m. MI time, are free to the public.
Stephanie Masin, Library Director, approached
the Film Committee of the Box Factory with the
idea for the new partnership which will show
award-winning Independent and foreign films as
part of the Last Saturday Film Series. Staff from
the library and the Box Factory will alternate hosting the series; however, all films will be shown at
the Box Factory, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. After the screening, DVDs of the films will be available for circulation by the library.
“Protektor,” the winner of 9 Czech film academy
awards, will be shown on January 28th. The film is
set in Prague at the outbreak of WWII and centers
on the story of radio reporter Emil who is married
to Hana, a famous film star who is oblivious to the
Nazi threat. Hana’s Jewish heritage precipitates
her fall from the height of her career to the bottom
of the social ladder and a marriage in crisis.
For more on this new partnership, contact Stephanie Masin at 269-983-7167 or [email protected]
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Readers Group at Coolspring Library
The Coolspring Branch Library of La Porte County Public Library, 400N & Johnson Rd., Michigan
City, will host a Readers Group discussion on the
best selling novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett at
7:00 p.m., on Tues., Jan. 31. The story is about a
young southern woman who interviews maids about
their shocking real lives for a book she is writing.
The Help was also made into a popular movie last
summer. The book may be requested for check-out
in regular or large print, on CD, and as an e-book.
You may also check out the movie on DVD.
For more information, phone 879-3272.
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Winter Driving Tips from INDOT
INDOT Urges Drivers To Remember “Ice and
Snow, Take It Slow”
As the snow falls in northern Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) LaPorte District has plow and salt trucks ready to
treat the roads.
Once again this winter, drivers will be able to
track road conditions across the state. During snow
and ice events, www.TrafficWise.in.gov will be updated to let drivers know if road conditions are
good, fair or difficult. The information will also be
available by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623).
“We’re encouraging Hoosier drivers to remember proper winter driving techniques,” said Mike
McPhillips, LaPorte District Deputy Commissioner.
He also urged drivers to be alert while driving near
snow plows on all state and local roads. The LaPorte
District maintains 5,668 lane miles of state roads,
including 560 lane miles of interstate.
INDOT is encouraging drivers to ready their vehicles for winter and review the driving tips below
to prepare for a safe winter:
• ACCELERATE GRADUALLY on ice or snow to
avoid slipping and sliding
•DRIVE SLOWLY and carefully to avoid rearend collisions and sliding on curves
•ALLOW GREATER DISTANCE behind the car
ahead; it takes more time to stop on snow and ice
•BRAKE EARLY, break slowly, never slam on the
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•NO CRUISE CONTROL, avoid abrupt steering
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•MAINTAIN GOOD VISIBILITY, stay alert
•GIVE SNOWPLOWS ROOM to operate; don’t
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For additional winter driving tips, visit www.winterdrivingsafety.in.gov
Happenings at Fernwood
Book Group
Join Fernwood’s book group at 10:30 a.m. MI time
on January 28, as it discusses Eight Women, Two
Model Ts and the American West by Joanne Wilke.
You need not read the book to attend the meeting.
Curious Coyotes
Sat., Jan. 28, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. MI time
Children ages 6-10 learn about all that makes
winter special: snow, animal tracking, active birds
at the feeders, and much more. Please dress for
walking the trails. Fee $10 (Members $8).
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd., Niles, MI. Contact
them at 269.695.6491; or email [email protected]; or visit www.fernwoodbotanical.org
Krasl Art Center Members’ Show: In 3D
On Fri., Jan. 27th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. MI time,
the Krasl Art Center (KAC) will celebrate and honor its membership in its inaugural exhibition of the
year. The Krasl Art Center Members’ Show: In 3D
will feature artworks created by Krasl Art Center
members of all ages and skill levels. For over 25
years, the Krasl Art Center has collected sculpture.
In 2012, the KAC is dedicating all of its exhibitions
to sculpture as a way to reconnect the community
to its collection; this includes the members’ show
where all artworks on view will be three-dimensional in either construction or content.
“It’s Your Turn!” in the artlab offers members and
visitors alike the opportunity to build their own art
installation in this 367 sq. ft. gallery space. Don’t be
nervous, installation artist Laura Boyce will be on
hand to help get you started! The artlab installation
will continue to evolve throughout the duration of
this exhibition through visitor participation.
Members of the Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan will provide musical entertainment for the Opening Party. Krasl Art Fair on the
Bluff sponsors Panera Bread will provide food for
the event, and Tabor Hill will provide wine. Children are invited to participate in a Children’s Art
Workshop (free for members/$10 per non-member
family) led by KAC instructor Nicole Rimes while
their guardians enjoy the opening party.
The Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph,
MI. Open Mon.-Wed., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m. MI time. Admission to the Galleries is free of charge. More information at 269.983.0271, or www.krasl.org
Tech Help Desk at Thomas Library
Westchester Public Library offers the Tech Help
Desk (previously the Computer Clinic) for patrons
in need of computer help. The Tech Help Desk is
free one-on-one technology help on a first come first
serve basis. No registration is necessary.
The Help Desk will be open on Mondays from 5-6
p.m., Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m., and Fridays from
10-11 a.m. in the Serials/Automation Department
at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Staff will do their best to address computer problems as well as specific topics of your choice, such
as cell phones, eReaders, tables, email, Internet,
or any other technology assistance you require. If
the problem is severe enough, staff may recommend
that you see a computer professional to solve the
problem. Bring in laptops or electronic devices, but
please do not bring desktop computers to the Help
Desk. Computers are available for use during Help
Desk hours. For more information, phone the Automation/Serials Department at 219/926-7696.
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Live Blues and Jazz & a Taste of the South!
Stony Gardens will present Blues and Jazz every
Saturday in their restaurant and event center, in
Marquette Mall, Michigan City. They will alternate
between live Blues, and live Jazz performances.
Stony Gardens opens at 5 p.m. and will be serving
dinner while their patrons enjoy live music. There
is no charge for admission.
Stony Gardens specializes in Woodfire Gourmet
Turkey in Herb & Garlic, Caribbean Jerk, and Cajun flavors. Within the Stony Gardens facility is the
Restaurant “Black-Eyed P” which serves Southern
Style Fusion cuisine. On January 28 you can groove
to the tunes of “The C4 Band,” that specialize in
Blues, Rock and Reggae.
Take your Valentine on a Trail Ride!
Pleasant Heights Stables has a lovely group of
calm stable horses for trail rides. Experienced and
first-time riders alike can take comfort on their
well-trained horses, as you explore 100 acres of rolling wooded, and open field scenery. Please view the
web site at www.pleasantheightsstables.com for details. Pleasant Heights Stables is located at 0707 N
Shebel Road, Michigan City; phone 219-324-7433.
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• Wed., Feb. 1, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Northwest Athletic Club, 301 W. Kieffer Road,
Michigan City. Phone 879-4401 to schedule your appointment.
• Tues., Feb. 7, noon-6 p.m.
St. John’s United Church of Christ in the Fellowship Hall, 101 St. John Road in Michigan City.
• Wed., Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
First Church of God in the gymnasium, 2020 E.
Lincolnway in LaPorte.
• Fri., Feb. 10, noon-6 p.m.
Marquette High School in the Library, 306 W.
Tenth St., Michigan City. Come to donate at this
Blood of the Martyrs blood drive and receive a tshirt. Sponsored by the National Honor Society.
• Tues., Feb. 14, noon-5 p.m.
First Trust Credit Union, 950 E. Highway 20,
Michigan City. Come to donate and receive a Fannie Mae Chocolate Pop. Phone (219) 877-2290 to
schedule your blood donation appointment.
To schedule an appointment to donate, phone
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals
who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height
requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on
their height) and are in generally good health may
be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red
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Andrews U. Faculty Present Recital
Andrews University Department of Music professors Carla Trynchuk and Chi Yong Yun will present
a recital of violin and piano pieces on Sat., Jan. 28,
2012, at 7 p.m. MI time at the Howard Performing
Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University
in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
This faculty recital features works by French
composers and pieces including Sonata in D Major,
Op. 9, No. 3 by Jean Marie Leclair, Camille SaintSaëns’ Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75, and Sonata
in A Major by César Franck.
Violinist Carla Trynchuk
has performed as a soloist and
recitalist throughout North
America and Europe. A graduate of The Juilliard School of
Music, Trynchuk was granted
the Bachelor and Master of
Music degrees studying under
Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang.
She has given master classes
worldwide and has served as
an adjudicator for string competitions and festivals
throughout the United States and Canada. Trynchuk is currently professor of music and director of
the string program at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
Pianist Chi Yong Yun is
the director of piano studies
at Andrews University. Yun
was born in Seoul, Korea, and
moved to the United States at
the age of 6. The recipient of
many honors and awards, she
received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees with
honors from Jacobs School of
Music at Indiana University
as a Thomson Star Fellow. Yun is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the internationally
acclaimed pianist Ian Hobson.
Her performances as a recitalist, collaborative
musician and lecturer, have taken her throughout
United States, Korea and Europe.
Phone the Howard Performing Arts Center box
office at 269-471-3560 or 888-467-6442 to purchase
tickets for this faculty recital. Tickets are $10 for
general admission; $5 for AU faculty and staff, and
free for all students. Special rates apply for groups
and Flex Series tickets. Learn more by visiting
www.howard.andrews.edu
The Howard Performing Arts Center is a premier
850-seat concert hall on the campus of Andrews
University, located one-half mile east of the U.S. 31
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Travels with Charley:
Stuffing Birds at Fernwood with Wendy Jones
by Charles McKelvy
You regularly read in these pages about all the
wonderful classes and activities offered at Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve in nearby Niles, Michigan.
But did you ever encounter an article or press release about a bird stuffing class with Head Naturalist Wendy Jones?
No?
Well, pour yourself a fresh cup of hot chocolate and
settle in your favorite chair for a true-life account of
how three intrepid birders joined the learned naturalist at the Nature Center for a full four hours or
more of preparing four avian specimens for display
and demonstration.
And so you know, those three birders were Rhoda
Johnson of Berrien Springs, and Natalie and Charley McKelvy of Harbert, and the four specimens
were: a female bluebird, a male bluebird, a female
hairy woodpecker, and a female northern flicker.
Portrait of
the Head
Naturalist
at work in
the Nature
Center.
And, as to how we four would gather on a sunny
winter’s day at Fernwood to stuff birds, why way
back in the old year of 2011 Wendy Jones and I got
to talking at the Nature Center about how birds are
prepared for demonstration, and she took us to her
freezer full of dead birds and mammals and said
she was in great need of volunteers to head out to
Fernwood after the holidays and help her stuff some
birds.
How could we possibly pass up such an amazing
opportunity and learning experience?
So we didn’t, and so on the winter day in question,
we met Rhoda Johnson at Fernwood and walked
into the Nature Center where the totally organized
Head Naturalist had everything at the ready.
And by everything, I do mean the four defrosted
birds and individual dissecting kits for each of us.
Plus, cornmeal, Borax, Q-tips, and cotton for, well,
we’ll get to all that in a minute, or not.
Natalie logs the birds in accordance with federal and state regulations.
But first we have to begin where Head Naturalist
Wendy Jones began on Bird Stuffing Day which was
with a disclaimer that each of the four birds had
met an accidental end to its life and a warning that
possession of “any migratory bird, nest, egg, feathers, or body” is against state and federal law, and
particularly in violation of the U.S. 1913 Migratory
Bird Act.
Wendy explained that Congress enacted that law
in reaction to the widespread plundering of the nation’s birds for fashion. Yes, so the fashionable could
be seen in fashionable society with colorful plumage
affixed to their hats and wardrobes. Care to remember the passenger pigeon? Well, you get the idea,
and Wendy Jones certainly got right to the point
that she is duly licensed in the State of Michigan
to receive birds killed in the line of flying into windows.
As for any eagle feather you might find, Wendy
said, “those go to Native Americans.” Meaning that
one who finds an eagle feather should surrender it
immediately to the nearest conservation official of
one’s state. “You can’t prove that you just found it,
so that’s what you should do,” Wendy told us.
We resolved to do just that should any of us find
an eagle feather, and then we got down to the business of stuffing those four birds, which had all met
accidental ends.
I will spare you the clinical details of our day of
bird stuffing, but I will say that a fully stuffed bird
begins with the first cut along the breastbone.
And I will say, as Wendy Jones said so many
times, a bird is a lot harder to stuff than a mammal, because, well consider a bird’s beak. Yes, with
a mammal, such as a rabbit or raccoon, one merely
has to cut here and there and then pull the whole
entire skin off the mammal and then clean, stuff or
mount.
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Wendy gives the author some good, orderly direction.
Wendy Jones mounts her stuffed hairy woodpecker.
Not so easy with our feathered friends.
As were to painfully discover during Bird Stuffing 101. The trick, you see, is to carefully—oh so
carefully—separate the little birdie from its carcass
without tearing its delicate skin.
Natalie, who raced off at the beginning of the
class, encountered just such difficulty when she
began separating her male bluebird’s skin from its
body at the tail section.
Suffice it to say, we had as a grand a day of bird
stuffing at Fernwood as one could ever hope to have,
and Natalie and I even found time after class to experience the snow-clad gardens and tranquil forest.
Oh, and yes, we stopped in the gift store and
bought some really fancy Italian soap with which to
wash up when we got home.
For your own edification, phone Fernwood at 269695-6491 or 269-683-8653 and find out what fun you
can have as a volunteer bird stuffer. Or not.
A winter walk
around Fernwood
after Bird Stuffing
Class.
Head Naturalist Wendy Jones guides her students
Natalie McKelvy (left) and Rhoda Johnson.
All Rhoda and I heard was an: “Oh, darn!”
And then Wendy was huddling over Natalie and
her bluebird, and, well, owing to freezer burn and
dry skin conditions and the alignment of the planets, Natalie ended up with four bluebird parts—two
wings, a tail, and a head—for display and demonstration.
Wendy Jones said that was just fine, and then she
guided Rhoda and me on to the mounting of our fully stuffed specimens. Needless to say, Wendy Jones
did a superb job of stuffing her hairy woodpecker
while teaching us the finer points of inserting a
pointer into—well, you don’t really need to know all
that.
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In the Local Area:
January 26 -- Open House for new offices of
Solid Waste District, Soil & Water Conservation
District, Purdue Extension, and the Small Animal
Hospital. 2-6 pm at 2857 W. State Rd. 2, LaPorte (on
the LaPorte Co. fairgrounds). Tours, refreshments,
door prizes, games, displays, music and more. Public invited; more at 219-324-9407.
January 27 -- FUN AT WORK DAY
January 27 -- See the popular film “Secretariat”
about the record breaking Triple Crown Champion
race horse. Free refreshments included 6 pm at
Coolspring Branch Library, 400N & Johnson Rd.,
MC. Info: 879-3272.
January 27 -- PNC American Sign Language
Club ASL Coffeehouse. 6-9 pm at Cornucopia Coffee
Company, 210 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN. Open to
the public. Info: www.aslclub.info
January 27-28, February 3-5, 9-11 -- “The
Goat” by Edward Albee. Performed at Chicago
Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso, IN.
Thurs/Fri/Sat 8 pm; Sun/2:30 pm. Adult material;
not for children. Tix $18/adults, $15/seniors (62+),
students and veterans; reserve at 219-464-1636,
ext. 1 or www.chicagostreet.org
January 28 -- LaPorte WinterFEST Ice Fishing
Derby. 7 am-4 pm at Cummings Lodge on Stone and
Pine Lakes. This event is sponsored by Rotary, LaPorte Parks, and Friends of Fishing. Prizes to longest fish in several categories. Adm. $10/adult, $5/
child if preregistered by Jan. 27. Free parking. Info:
Mike Sutton, [email protected]; 219/5103193.
January 28 -- Snowshoe Hike at IN Dunes National Lakeshore. 1-2:30 pm. Meet at Calumet Dune
Interpretive Center, corner of US Hwy 12 & Kemil
Rd. Limited number of snowshoes will be available.
Info: Ryan Koepke at 219/395-1882.
January 28 -- Imagine Music Concert Series featuring Jim Peterik of The Ides of March and Survivor. 7:30 pm, Memorial Opera House, 104 E. Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. Tix ($25/$35): 219/548-9137.
January 28 -- Brew and View: “This Is Spinal
Tap.” 8 pm MI time. No charge. Acorn Theater, 107
Generations Dr., Three Oaks. 269/756-3879 or www.
acorntheater.com
January 28 -- American Babies (alt-country music) performing at Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash
St., MC. 10 pm. Info: 219.879.4677.
January 29 -- NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY
January 31 -- Story Times at MC Public Library.
10 am for birth thru 5 years with an adult. More
info at 873-3045.
February 2 -- GROUNDHOGS DAY - will he
see his shadow? If not, 6 more wks. of winter!
February 3 -- February Uptown Art Walk. 5-8
pm north Franklin Street and surounding area. Art,
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February 3-5, 9-12 -- “Chapter Two” by Neil Simon at Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St., MC.
Thurs/Fri/Sat 8 pm; Sun/2 pm. Tix $12; reserve at
219-874-4035 or www.footlightplayers.org/reservations
February 3-12 -- Coastline Children’s Film Festival featuring short films from the NY International Children’s Film Festival. Held at The Acorn
Theater, Three Oaks, and the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center at the Middle/High School. Adm. $1
donation. Film descriptions and schedules at www.
brookviewschool.org or phone 269-925-3544.
February 4-5 -- Winter Fest Weekend in New
Buffalo. Free sleigh rides & ice sculpting noon-5 pm
downtown; ice skating at Judy’s Motel both days;
Bev’s 2nd Season Ball 6:30 pm Sat. at Heston Hills
Banquet Center; Sunday breakfast at Michigan
Thyme; and lots more. Info: www.newbuffalo.org or
888-660-6222.
February 7 -- Community Concert Series: ThreeStyle. 7 pm at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001
Ridge St., LaPorte. Tix $15/adults, $5/students thru
high school at the door. Info: Bill at 219/362-5292 or
Beth at 219/362-8262. Story elsewhere this issue.
Farther Afield:
January 27-28 -- “Thrill on the Hill” winter event
in downtown Buchanan, Michigan. Tube down the
hill Fri/6-9 pm; Sat/11 am-8 pm. City will supply
the tubes. Related story this issue. www.cityofbuchanan.com
January 28 -- New Troy Indoor Flea Market. 9
am-3 pm MI time at New Troy Community Center,
13372 California Rd., New Troy, MI. (From I-94,
take exit 12 east 2 miles. www.friendsofnewtroy.
org. Adm. free; lunch available for purchase.
January 28 -- South Bend Comic Book Convention. 10 am-4 pm Eastern time at Comfort Suites,
52933 US Hwy 933, South Bend, IN. Free adm.
Dealers on hand to buy and sell comics. www.epguides.com/comics. Story elsewhere this issue.
January 28 -- Last Saturday Film Series: “Protektor,” a Czech film academy award winner (adult
rated). 7:30 pm MI time at Box Factory, 1101 Broad
St., St. Joseph, MI. Admission free. Info: Judy Sokolowski, 269-983-2875.
January 29 -- Winter Organ Recital featuring
Dr. Gail Archer, College Organist at Vassar College
will be held at 3 pm at St. Mary of the Lake, 6060
Miller Ave., Gary, IN. No adm. charge; free-will offering will be taken. Info: 219-882-6079. Story elsewhere this issue.
February 10 -- “A Valentine Tradition” concert
by the Northwest Indiana Symphony featuring Di
Wu, piano. 6:30 pm pre-concert lecture, 7:30 pm
concert. Held in The Auditorium at Bethal Church,
on Broadway, south of US 30 in Crown Point, IN.
Tix $20-$60/adults, $10/students; reserve at 219836-0525 or email [email protected]
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JEFFERY J. HUMAN INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING & STAINING
Custom Decorating - Custom Woodwork - Hang/Finish Drywall
Power Washing – Deck Services - Wallpaper Removal
Insured. Ph. 219/861-1990. [email protected]
THE A & L PAINTING COMPANY -- INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
20-YEARS EXPERIENCE. Also Power Wash, Seal & Paint Decks.
Seniors (65+) 10% off labor. References. Reasonable.
SPECIAL WINTER RATES. SAVE NOV.-DEC.-JAN.-FEB.
Phone 219/778-4145 • 219/363-9003
DUNIVAN PAINTING & POWERWASHING
Interior/Exterior •Wallpaper Removal.
Local. Exp. Insured. Reasonable Rates. Call Brian at 219-741-0481.
WAYNE’S PAINTING. Closed for the season; reopening in March.
Thank you for the spectacular year and happy holidays to all!
JOSEPH PAINTING – Interior/Exterior. Power Washing
Drywall Repairs. Insured. Free est. 219-879-1121 or 219-448-0733.
 LANDSCAPE-Lawns-Clean Up, Etc. 
  JIM’S SNOW PLOWING  
Free EstImates. Call 219-879-3733 -- Leave message.
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H & D TREE SERVICE and LANDSCAPING, INC. -Full service tree and shrub care. Trimming, planting, removal.
Firewood, snowplowing, excavating. -- Call 872-7290.
FREE ESTIMATES
HEALY’S LANDSCAPING & STONE
www.healysland.com
219/879-5150
218 State Road 212, Michigan City, IN
YOUR #1 STOP FOR ALL YOUR LANDSCAPING NEEDS!
H & S Services Landscape & Garden Center
2621 E US Hwy 12 Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone 219.872.8946 • Fax 219-879.5142
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ADDIE’S LAWN MAINTENANCE & Power Wash Yard Clean-Up •
Mowing • Aeration • Thatching • Stain & Seal • Residential & Commercial
Free Est. Call 219-221-6222 or 219-229-7700.
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Free EstImates. Call 219-879-3733 -- Leave message.
• GROUNDSGUYS &
SANDCASTLE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT •
Snow Plowing -- Commercial & Residential
877-373-5296 (toll free) • 219-878-3032
[email protected]
SHORELAND MARINE SNOW PLOWING. Commercial-Residential.
Most residential $25 includes sidewalk.
Free quotes. 219-861-BOAT (2628)
SNOW BLOWING/SHOVELING--Driveways, Sidewalks & Stairs.
HOUSECLEANING and/or WINTER HOUSE CHECKS. ODD JOBS. For
details, call ABE at 219-210-0064.
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APARTMENTS, WATERFRONT at Pioneer Pier.
Furnished. Direct TV, WiFi. All utilities paid. Smoke Free, Pet Free.
1BR $625/mo., 2BR $725/mo. Call Dan at 219-898-8871.
Two LUXURY Townhomes available for rent in premier maintenance
free development north of LaPorte.
The Villas of Briar Leaf located at Briar Leaf Golf Course.
1525-2035 sf plus full basement and 2-car attached garage.
Masonry fireplace, deck, granite countertops, carpet or hardwood floors,
master suites, guest bedroom, 2 or 2-1/2 baths, excellent storage.
$1500-$1800 month. Please call 219-851-0008 for more information.
LAKE APTS. Live in beauty of Lake Michigan, beach, dunes.
Enjoy conveniences of Michigan City. Lg. 1BR, $600/mo.
Studio, $475/mo. Utilities included. Call 312-819-1018.
 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE 
Are you ready for Maintenance Free? Do you like beautiful landscaping but
don’t want to have to work outside all weekend?
CUSTOMIZED LUXURY TOWNHOMES AT BRIAR LEAF GOLF COURSE.
Featuring Two New Ranch Models ranging from 1880 sf-3600 sf.
Bright and Spacious, Luxury Master Suites, Quality Construction,
Extraordinary Storage, Full Basement, Masonry Construction, Masonry
Fireplace, PVC Decks, Screened in Porch Optional.
Located off Tiffany Woods Drive and State Road 39, LaPorte.
www.villasofbriarleaf.com • 219.851.0008
On Site Sales Office open Friday through Monday 11-4 CST
1817 Lake Shore Dr., Sheridan Beach. Entertain by the beach. Single
family home with 2 units on LSD. Upstairs is a 2BR, 2BA and downstairs
a studio with full kitchen. Deck with bar and lake views. Steps to beach.
$485,000. Please call for more information 847-274-9800.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
LOOKING FOR VERY RESPONSIBLE HARD WORKING LADIES TO
CLEAN HOUSES. Call after 4 pm to Rita at 219-878-9311.
WANT TO SELL
FILES • 4 DRWRS • USED • ALL STEEL • MC STORE ONLY - FIRME’S
(2 Stores) 11th & Franklin Streets, Michigan City - 219/874-3455
Hwy 12, Beverly Shores - Just West of Traffic Light - 219/874-4003
FIREWOOD • Split • mixed • seasoned hardwoods • delivered
Call 219-873-4428
LARGE 10 ROOM PEPPERWOOD FARM DOLLHOUSE.
1/12” scale. $500. Call Jan at 219-878-3412.
NEW YEAR PUPPY. MANCHESTER TERRIER AKC.
Paper trained. Call 219-877-8773.
SKIIS WITH BINDINGS, Men’s Ski Boots, size 9, Boot and Ski Bags,
all in fine condition. Call 219-872-1806.
FIREWOOD delivered, full face cord. Seasoned, mostly cherry.
Split, ready for use. For details, call 219-926-4862.
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Call 815-207-1259.
REAL ESTATE INVESTING
OFFICE SUITE. 3 private offices and reception area. Expenses, except
phone, paid. Well maintained, high traffic area. 2811 E. Michigan Blvd.,
Michigan City. (219) 879-9188, 879-2700.
RENTALS INDIANA
HOUSE FOR RENT IN LONG BEACH
3/BR. Across from lake. Great view & beach. Call 219/874-8692.
LONG BEACH COZY 3/BR HOUSE AT STOP 15 (Across from Beach)
Summer Rental. Fireplace and Large Deck. No pets. Call 708/370-1745.
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DUNESCAPE BEACH CLUB
LAKEFRONT CONDOS -- 2 and 3 bedrooms.
May–October -- $1,100 to $2,000 per wk.
DUNESCAPE REALTY - 219/872-0588.
SHERIDAN BEACH WINTER RENTAL. 2BR, 2BA upstairs, studio
w/full kitchen downstairs, deck w/bar & lake views. Steps to beach.
Oct-May. $1,000/mo. NO SMOKERS OR PETS. 847-274-9800.
HOUSE FOR RENT ON LAKE SHORE DRIVE
3/BR, 2BA. A/C. Frpl., W/D. Summer rentals avail.
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I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker
This is a story that will long stay in your mind
and in your heart. I found myself lingering over the
characters and the paths they took long after the
last page was turned. I found myself asking “what
if?” as much as “how come?” That’s the effect they
story has on the reader. These are men and women who come alive on the page, who make you feel
something for them, whether anger or compassion,
love or contempt. It’s not often you read a book that
brings about that kind of response.
The story starts out in 1925 in a small community in far northern Wisconsin. A bitter, cold start to
the winter and Violet Maki is in labor, alone on her
farm, and has to walk to her neighbor at the next
farm to get help for this, her first baby. By herself
since her husband, Jago, left her along and took the
car four days ago, knowing her time was near. But
that was typical of him. He disappeared frequently,
God himself only knowing where he went. Violet
gives birth to not one, but two babies! Twins, a boy
and girl she names Lena and Derrick.
Fast forward to the farm in 1999 and Julia comes
to “house-sit” for her aunt and uncle so they can RV
on a vacation around the western states. Julia, a
wannabe professional photographer, is trying to get
over the accidental death of her boyfriend. The farm
will be a needed distraction as she plans on doing
some redecorating for her aunt. A trunk in the barn
piques her interest and she hauls it in the house.
What she finds sets her on a journey to finding out
the answers to questions about her family that no
one would talk about, or perhaps, didn’t know about.
Back to 1944, and Violet and her daughter Lena
are now working at the shipyard on Lake Superior,
helping make needed ships for the war. They make
friends with Grace, a statuesque blond and welder
the guys have nicknamed “Hotshot.” She longs to
leave the town and go to California and be a seamstress to the stars.
Violet is angry with Jago when he signs papers
for 17 year-old Derrick to join the Navy. He is assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Lena
talks Grace into writing to him even though the two
have never met. Derrick’s letters become increas-
ingly more intimate, hinting at a relationship Grace
isn’t interested in since she has a boyfriend also in
the service. When Derrick is listed missing in action, Grace feels guilty and Lena goes into total denial, declaring he is not dead and will return some
day.
Grace also loses her boyfriend, Alec, to the war
and finds solace in the arms of Joe, a former airman
who was sent home after contracting rheumatic fever. One day at work, she is suddenly throwing up...
What happens to women thrown into the workforce because of war, what happens to their relationships and families is brilliantly brought to life
as the war throws all of their lives into a swirling
vortex that spits them out, changed forever.
The skillful blending of past and present shows
us how misplaced loyalties, secrets, loss and unfulfilled dreams can cast a shadow that spans generations.
Best selling author Elizabeth Berg said, “I loved
reading this powerful and poignant book, which,
though it acknowledges pain, regret, and remorse,
ultimately is a celebration of life.”
Ellen Baker is also the author of Keeping the
House which won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award
for Fiction and was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Favorite Books of the Year. She lives in Minnesota. Visit her web site at www.ellenbakernovels.
com
Till next time, happy reading!
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219-872-4000
866-496-1752
Debbie Burke
MERRION & ASSOCIATES REALTORS, INC.
Principal Broker/
Owner
1010 N. Karwick Road. • Michigan City, IN 46360
FAX (219) 872-4182
Specializing in Distinctive Properties
Indiana and Michigan
www.MerrionRealty.com
Spring is just around the corner! Build your dream home on one of these
properties! Call Today and Get Started as soon as the ground thaws!
Mayfield Dr., Michigan City 26 Mayfield Dr., Michigan City 28 Mayfield Dr., Michigan City 307 W Michigan, New Buffalo
Perfect Place to Call HOME!!! Bring your house
plans to build on this 100 x 108 ft. lot. Eight
homes built in Mayfield Place Subdivision. City
Sewer available. Tryon Farms is
across street and viewable from
this subdivision. Minutes away
from beaches, Harbor Country,
Lighthouse Place, Casino's and
more. Easy highway access to
Hwy 212,12, Hwy 20 & I-94. Call today! $18,900
Michele Cihak @
219-861-2073
A gorgeous site for your home! Bring Build your Dream Home Here! 75 x
your house plans to build on the 75 171.36 lot. City services available.
x 229.94 lot. City services available. Tryon Farms is across street. Close
Tryon Farms is across
to Lake Michigan
street. Close to Lake
beaches.
Harbor
Michigan
beaches,
Country, Lighthouse
Harbor Country, LightPlace. Casinos &
house Place, Casino's
more. Easy access to
& more. Easy access to
I-94. Give me a call!
I-94. Give me a call!
$19,500
$19,500
Michele Cihak @
219-861-2073
309 W Michigan, New Buffalo Fairway Drive, Long Beach
Michele Cihak @
219-861-2073
Birchmont, New Buffalo
The Perfect Site for Your Future Gorgeous lot with a great view of Beautiful setting in the Heart of
available at this 66 x 132 lot! Ready Lake Claire! This 100 x 160 lot is a Michiana! About 3 blks. to Lake
to build and backs up to a wooded perfect place for you to build your Michigan Beaches – elevated
ravine! This area
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Michele Cihak @
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David Angus @
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newer development in the Heart of
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Come take a look!!
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Michele Cihak @
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28 Ponchartrain, New Buffalo
Impressive Wooded Corner Lot 100 x
120 just down the hill from Stop 37 in
the Village of Michiana, Michigan. You’ll
hear the waves from Lake
Michigan & feel the
summer breezes while
surrounded by multimillion dollar homes.
Only a phone call away!
$359,000
Michele Cihak @
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Debbie Burke, GRI, ABR, RECS 219-221-0006
Ed Merrion*, CRS, GRI
Dave Angus
Cathy Blum
219-898-6428
219-898-7009
574-292-3748
Michele Cihak*, ABR
JuliAnn Merrion
Tricia Meyer
219-861-2073
219-221-2367
219-871-2680
Joe Gazarkiewicz
Cari Adams
219-861-3750
219-898-5412
*Licensed in IN & MI
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CENTURY 21 Long Beach Realty
1401 Lake Shore Drive ~ 3100 Lake Shore Drive
219.874.5209 ~ 219.872.1432
www.c21longbeachrealty.com
Family Owned and Operated Since 1920
1801 Lake Shore Drive
110 Krueger Road
3 bedroom home situated on the dune for lake views. Wrap
around decks accommodate outdoor living. Perfect blend
of classic and modern décor.
$699,000
Brand new construction, recently finished. Easy access to
dining, parks, entertainment and museums. 4 bedrooms, 4
baths.
$399,900
106 Elmwood
1237 Fox Hollow, Porter
Built in 1994, this beautiful solid house sits on a wooded
lot with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. 2 car garage with heated
drive way.
$249,900
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath townhome in beautiful Summertree,
secluded patio in the rear, open concept main floor,
bedrooms on upper level.
$109,900
Doug Waters*, Principal Broker, GRI 877-7290
Sandy Rubenstein*, Managing Broker, 879-7525
June Livinghouse*, Broker Associate, ABR, GRI 878-3888
Sylvia Hook*, Broker Associate, CRS, GRI 871-2934
www.facebook.com/c21lbr
Doug Waters*
GRI
Principal Broker
123 T
Beverly Bullis, GRI 872-3216
Tom Cappy* 874-6396
Richard Klare 872-0947
Rosemary Braun 879-9029
Zakaria Elhidaoui 219-448-1052
Elizabeth George 219-575-8313
*Licensed in Michigan and Indiana
@c21lbrealty
Each Office Is Independently Owned and Operated
Sandy
Rubenstein*
Managing Broker
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