Big Bugs Attract Visitors to Fernwood Botanical Garden - The Beacher

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28 Jul 2005 ... ultra-big ladybug sculpture, one of several Big Bugs featured at the botanic garden near Niles, Michigan. David gets ready to attach the head.


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Volume 21, Number 29 Thursday, July 28, 2005

Big Bugs Attract Visitors to Fernwood Botanical Garden by Paula McHugh

Giant ants march single file towards the Visitor Center. A praying mantis towers above a flock of wildflowers. A larger-than-life assassin bug hovers near the edge of a strand of trees, surprising walkers who round a bend in the lush surroundings at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Arboretum. The Big Bugs created by artist David Rogers have arrived at Fernwood, where they will stay and attract hundreds of visitors from now through mid-October. Imagine that. Bugs attracting people instead of the other way around. Artist David Rogers spent three days assembling the Big Bugs at the 105-acre botanical garden and nature preserve located along the St. Joseph River outside of Niles, Michigan. The Beacher was there to watch David assemble his ultra-big ladybug sculpture, created from green willow saplings and solid black walnut.

On this, our first visit to Fernwood, we discovered what Beacher writer Charles and Natalie McElvy already know: Fernwood is a special place, indeed.

“My main medium is wood, but I enjoy working with metal, too,” David explained when we asked him about the metal armature that forms the 100-plus pound ladybug’s body. The ladybug’s head sat in the back of a cart, waiting to be attached. David and his friend, Big Bugs Continued on Page 2

This preying mantis could eat lots of bugs.

The assassin bug looks menacing, and he isn’t even wearing his antennae yet.


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Big Bugs Continued from Page 1 Pete had unloaded the legs, and next, Pete held the head in place while David crawled underneath the bug’s tummy with his power tools. David, a New Yorker from Long Island, garnered national attention in 1991 when House & Garden magazine featured a story about his super-sized, 30-foot high maple sapling dinosaur sculpture. David said that creating the piece had been a diversion from his

usual functional pieces of work. But playing with the whimsical form, he explained, allowed him to remember the fun he once had as a kid “just building something for the sake of building.” So when the Botanical Garden in Dallas Texas contacted him to display the piece, David left the world of building garden furniture behind and began creating his Big Bugs. Today, David Rogers’ name is a known quantity in the garden world.

This ladybug weighs a hefty 100 pounds or more.

Pete holds the ladybug head, carved from solid black walnut.

The Beacher was at Fernwood to watch David Rogers assemble his ultra-big ladybug sculpture, one of several Big Bugs featured at the botanic garden near Niles, Michigan.

David gets ready to attach the head.


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The ladybug is ready to greet Fernwood guests.

Allison McRae, Director of Marketing at Fernwood, reminded us that David Rogers’ Big Bugs made an extended visit at the Chicago Botanic Gardens a few years ago. The artist began touring with his giant bugs in 1994, and they made their last appearance in Texas prior to arriving at Fernwood. This is the first time that David’s Big Bugs have been on display in the Michiana area. And Fernwood is going all out to offer programs centered on the bug theme from now through October 16. Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon (2-4 p.m. Michigan time) during the Big Bugs exhibit, children are invited to become a Bug Detective at the Fernwood Firefly Detective Agency. The agency’s “office” moves around the grounds from day to day, so when kids check in at the visitor’s center’s front desk, they’ll be told where on the grounds to head for craft activities, stories, insect scooping, and more. In addition, selected weekends in August will feature “No Icky Bugs,” with entomologists featuring presentations with live insects. Kids ages 6-10 who like to get wet Big Bugs Continued on Page 4

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and muddy will have to remind their parents to mark Sunday, August 14 on their calendars so they can spend an afternoon pond-scooping to “Catch a Minibeast.” This special treat is not offered normally because dipping toes or fingers or anything else is usually forbidden at the garden’s picturesque little pond. And speaking of special treats, any youngster who has a birthday during the next few months can arrange to have a Buggy Birthday Party at Fernwood, according to Allison. “We’ll even provide a special bug cake for the birthday girl or boy,” Allison said, adding that bug activities and favors are part of the fun. On weekends in September and October, “Fall Insects” highlights the weekend themes. The folks at Fernwood have collaborated with the Potawatami Zoo to bring Steven Kutcher, “The Bug Man,” to talk about his experiences as an insect and spider trainer for Hollywood movies.

Fernwood is offering programs for all ages during the next few months, from summer day camp to Knee-High Naturalists (ages 4 & 5) to a Fall Plant Sale for grownups, Nature Saplings for children 2 1/2 - 3 1/2, and Curious Coyotes for ages 6-10. On this, our first visit to Fernwood, we discovered what Beacher writer Charles and Natalie McElvy already know: Fernwood is a special place, indeed. Charlie and Natalie have written about the open air classical concerts they have attended in these attractive and quiet surroundings. Maggie Beyer could write a year’s worth (at least) of gardening columns about Fernwood. Anyone needing a change of scenery away from the beach, or away from the clatter and clamor of everyday life owes it to himself to motor over to this lovely spot. To listen to nature, away from clocks and schedules and worries. To enjoy walking amid no less than nine distinctive gardens, or through woods or open prairie. To enjoy a family picnic on the grass, to explore the doings and displays inside the Nature

A praying mantis towers above a flock of wildflowers.

Giant ants march single file towards the Visitor Center


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Center; to browse the gift shop and Clark Gallery art exhibitions. If you don’t want to pack a picnic lunch, you can opt to enjoy Fernwood’s lunch and dessert fare in their indoor café with verdant window views. We’re told that the chef ’s chicken salad is nonpareil, and the carrot cake is a guiltless way to eat your veggies. Come autumn, the forty acres of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the arboretum would make for a lovely walk within a rainbow of seasonal colors. All of Fernwood’s public buildings, and its lower gardens, are wheelchair accessible. The Fern Conservatory will make you believe that you’ve stepped into the tropics. The ten choices of trails—either paved, wood chipped, bare earth, or mown grass—offer an opportunity to walk off the “veggies” you had for lunch in the café. The St. Joseph River skirts the grounds to the east, and gurgling springs weave in and out of the Streamside and Fern trails.

Fernwood’s founders, Kay and Walter Boydston and Mary and Lawrence Plym, maintained gardens and a small nature preserve that served as a respite for many visitors. The Boydston’s home and grounds became the nonprofit Fernwood, Inc. when its next owners, the Plym’s, bought the property. And Fernwood kept growing until reaching its present total of 105 acres. The living museum of plants and natural ecosystems subsists without government support; most of its income is raised through its many activities, and through membership support. As Allison explained, buying a membership is a much more economical way than paying the daily $5 (or less) gate fee to enjoy visits to Fernwood. We strongly agree, because once you make your first visit, you KNOW you will return again soon. And again. And, again. Plus, with membership, you’ll receive the bimonthly newsletter, Fernwood Notes, which gives you advance notice of upcoming programs and activities.

Relax. David’s spider doesn’t bite, but she sure can build a fine web…

Wander the trails at Fernwood and discover something new around every curve. This water wheel is original to the property.

Artist David Rogers spent three days assembling the Big Bugs at the 105acre botanical garden and nature preserve.

Marketing director Allison McRae shows us the bird watching area in the Nature Center.

To get to Fernwood. From Beacher country, take Highway 12 east from Three Oaks (about 15 miles) to Red Bud Trail (stoplight) and turn left. Drive into Buchanan (1 mile) and turn right at River St. (which becomes Walton) and drive approximately 2 1/2 miles to Range Line Road. Take a left and continue another mile to Fernwood, on your left. For more information, phone Fernwood at 269.695.6491 or log on to their website at www.


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Muggles, wizard wannabes, moms and dads, all waited anxiously for the clock to strike midnight on Fri., July 15. Why, you ask? If you have to ask, then you weren’t paying attention to the news that day. All over the world, fans of the fictional wizard Harry Potter were highlighted on every news program on tv that day. From Scotland to Scottsdale, Arizona, they dressed up in their finest Hogswort costumes and lined up at book stores waiting for the release of book six in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. To heighten the suspense of the release, books could not be sold before 12:01 a.m., July 16. Rowling was a divorced mother struggling to make ends meet when she started scribbling bits of a story on napkins. That humble beginning turned into a media phenomenon that has made her one of the richest women in the British Isles. Here in Michigan City, loyal customers of The Bookstore in Lighthouse Place took their places in line

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A steady line of customers entered The Bookstore to purchase their copy of the latest Harry Potter book. The boy (left) is wearing a Harry Potter hat and robe-good to go! And the girl at right took time to thumb through a few pages.

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The Potter fans just kept coming. Some bought the book that night, while others had preordered their copies.

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47th Annual Chesterton Art Fair One of the most longstanding and looked forward to summer events in Duneland, the Chesterton Art Fair, will be held Sat. & Sun., Aug. 6 & 7 from 10 a.m.5 p.m. at Hawthorne Park in Porter. Marking its 47th year in 2005, the Chesterton Art Fair attracts visitors locally, regionally, and from surrounding states. The more than 120 artists who will be exhibiting have been carefully screened by local artist-jurors months before the event, assuring a quality show year after year. The artists will be offering pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media and other fine art for sale. The annual two-day art fair is organized for much more than to satisfy in-the-know art lovers, however. The philosophy of the Association of Artists & Craftsmen of Porter County (AACPC), whose members belong to the Chesterton Art Center, is to provide as many outreach opportunities to present art and art-related activities for all adults and children, and to do so in an informal, non-intimidating atmosphere of fun, conviviality, and community. The Chesterton Art Center relies on the proceeds of its August art fair to keep the Art Center open and running year ‘round. A new addition to the fair this year is a sculpture garden, featuring the works of sculptors and art fair participants Thomas Yano, James Vertrees, Stephen G. Phillips and Alec Greaves. The sculpture garden will be located on the north side of the art fair grounds in an area that will provide fairgoers with a place to sit and relax in shade while admiring the sculptures. Past attractions, such as the children’s art booth, will once again be offering take-home projects for young, budding artists. The fair’s food booths, operated by local nonprofit vendors, will provide a varied menu for hungry fairgoers. Hawthorne Park is located approximately 1 mile south of U.S. 20 at Waverly Road in Porter, Indiana. Fair admission is $5 (adults) and is good for both days. Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, visit or 219.926-4711.



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SATURDAY, JULY 30 WE’RE OPEN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT 1. FRITZ OLSEN SCULPTURES - Fritz & Martha warmly invite you to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine as you contemplate the latest Fritz Olsen originals created of translucent bronze and lustrous stone from Italy. Enjoy compelling works of fine art by our prominent guest artists, including exquisite mixed media originals by Linda C. Wilkinson. A wonderful opportunity to experience this romantic artist studio and fine art gallery after hours, 8 pm till midnight. (269) 426-3003 2. CATHERINE DOLL CLOTHING - During our tee shirt couture and jewelry trunk show view the new hot collection of vintage cut and pieced tee’s by Catherine Doll along with vintage inspired jewelry by Angela Caldwall as well as Cheri Lesauskis of Baubles and Goddesses. Join us for an all day and into the night celebration of the tee shirt. Firedancing by Shirley Meyers starts after dusk. 11 am to midnight. (269) 426-3958 3. CENTER OF THE WORLD WOODSHOP SHOWROOM - Enjoy a glass of wine and live music as you peruse our selection of fine, solidwood furniture, handcrafted by local artisans. Also pottery, lamps, handcarvings. Discounts 6 pm till midnight. (269) 469-5687 4. THE OPEN TRUNK will host an open house with music, wine, and goodies from Eileen’s Kitchen in our beautiful garden. Choose from art, antiques, handmade furniture, lamps, jewelry, gifts, home accents and funky items, old and new. A special Open Trunk drawing for discounts up to 50%. Festivities begin at 7 pm. (269) 469-1950 5. HARBERT ANTIQUE MALL - Antiques & Collectibles from over 50 dealers. Voted most popular antique shop in Harbor Country by Lake Magazine readers. Discounts up to 20% from 6 p.m.midnight. (269)469-0977 6. THE GALLERY AT THE GORDON BEACH INN hosts an Artist’s Reception for new work by gallery artists. Stephen Moss, Sylvia Ziontz, Judy Mullen and Birdie McElroy will be on hand to discuss their new paintings during the champagne and hors d ‘oeurves reception catered by Timothy’s Restaurant. 6 pm till midnight. (269) 469-0800 7. PATTY’S PICKS - Don’t miss the Madness at Patty’s Picks. Lots of Green Dot bargains. 10:00a.m.-midnight. (269) 469-1919 8. Acorn Gallery - Join us for our sixth anniversary celebration opening with a show of paintings by Connie Kassal and photographs by George Kassal. The Acorn gallery features contemporary fine art with an emphasis on the whimsical or simply silly and unique crafts as well, (269) 469-5278 9. ALL ABOUT YOU BOOKS - Stop in and discover why All About You Books is your community bookstore that is here for you. Enjoy special discounts and appetizers. Books by local authors are on display, from 6 pm till midnight. (269) 586-2328 10. LOCAL COLOR GALLERY - Come and join us for our Annual sale! 20% off all art work in the gallery for this one night only. 7 p.m.-midnight. (269) 469-5332 11. STUDIO ART SHOW & SALE - Visit Susan Henshaw & Friends at her home studio. Look for the signs on the Red Arrow Hwy,. See her latest pastels of Lake Michigan, and the dunes. Guest artists will show photography, wood-turning/carving, jewelry and driftwood mirrors. See Dave Demske create Raku pottery. 5 p.m.-midnight (269) 469-2018

On July 11 the Art Center Guild of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts featured local writer Tony Korol of the Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Korol presented “Sundance and the Voice of the Independent Artist”. The program detailed how the Sundance Film Festival, and similar festivals, gives filmmakers the opportunity to present their personal artistic vision to a wider audiTony Korol ence. The Next Guild Meeting The next meeting of the Art Center Guild is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Aug. 8 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second Street, Michigan City. Following the general meeting, the guild’s art education series will feature “The Art of the Hula” presented by member Felicia Rivera. A retired doctor of anesthesiology, Felicia learned the hula by practicing with a CD she received from a friend. Last year, while attending a class reunion in Las Vegas, she delighted class members by doing an impromptu “hula” dance. She has performed at “SPARC” at Queen of All Saints Church and recently performed before the Red Hat Society at the Senior Center in Michigan City. Come Aug. 8, enjoy the program, and learn the “art of the hula”. It promises to be a memorable experience! Guests are cordially invited and there is no fee for the program. Inquiries, contact 874-4900. Board Meeting The Art Center Guild’s next board meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 1, at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

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VINTAGE BRICK LAKE MICHIGAN COTTAGE only one tenth mile to private association beach. 4BR/2BA drenched in colors of water & sand. Historic charm preserved with French pantry, fieldstone fireplace, hardwood floors, knotty pine, romantic screened porch, arched front door and eyebrow windows. New mechanicals, affordable taxes and price $ guarantee carefree vacation living. 595K Call Bonnie “B” Meyer 269-469-8735

HANDSOME NEW ALLEGRETTI DESIGNED HOME just half block to Lake MI beaches. 4BR/4BA home with gracious front veranda & oversized 2 story screen porch. Handsome kitchen with breakfast bar, finished in hardwoods, granite, & stainless steel appliances. Rosy Brazilian Cherry flrs. Sprawling lower level living space with deep window sills & French doors to outside. Supersized master suite with vaulted ceiling & walkin $ closet. Main floor BR opening to screen porch. 624,500 Call Bobbie Cavic 269-469-8748

WONDERFUL VINTAGE 1920’s Grand Beach house located literally just steps to the beach access. On two totally private, wooded lots surrounded by beautiful mature trees and lovely gardens and patio. The home has many updates, yet retains all its original charm including fireplace, hardwood floors, knotty pine walls, and cottage windows. Enjoy the amenities of $ Grand Beach including golf & tennis. 399K Call Donna Iwamoto 269-469-8726

SECLUDED IN MICHIANA Just 2 blocks to Stop 42 beach in the Village of Michiana. On 5 beautiful secluded lots. Large enough for a pool! This well built home has 4 BRs & 2 Fireplaces with a deck & finished basement. Located on a ravine with mature trees all around. This home requires updating, but it’s solid as a rock, & at this price, & this location, it’s well worth the investment. $479,500 Call Donna Iwamoto 269-469-8726

HIGHLY DESIRABLE LOCATION in Turner Shores offered at a great value. Beautiful large home with gorgeous landscaped grounds waiting for your perfect getaway. Walk the beach, accessible directly from your enclosed backyard via private stairs or enjoy the heated indoor pool and the separate pool house all year long. This is a must see property & location. $995K Call Janet Lindsay 269-469-8736

ONE OF THE MOST CHARMING HOUSES in Harbor Country. Designed in the style of a French country chateau, the 2-story living room was created to look like a courtyard. There is a French country kitchen and massive stone fireplace adding to the old world charm. Extensive landscaping makes the property $ 1.275M very private. Call Gail Lowrie 800-469-6360

UNIQUE townhome community on Lake Michigan’s shore just 1 hour from the loop by car or train. Private association beach/clubhouse with indoor pool and workout area. 3 BR/2.5 BA. 2 car garage. 190A $455K or 190B $460K Call Bobbie Cavic 269-469-8748

VINTAGE GRAND BEACH CHARMER. On .34 acre & totally surrounded by trees & gardens for the ultimate in privacy. This vintage 4 BR cottage from the 1920’s is just 1 house away from a beautiful wide sandy beach. It has all the charming features of a cottage of its era, including knotty pine walls, wd flrs, fireplace, & original cottage windows. This is the beach cottage for the true lover of vintage homes! Amenities include golf & tennis. $795K Call Donna Iwamoto 269-469-87726

CLOSE TO LAKE MICHIGAN. Second house from beach entrance, 3 miles of fabulous Lake Michigan beach & sidewalk to beach. Cute 2 bedroom cottage fully furnished. New cedar shakes, fireplace, skylights, porch, deck, outside fire pit, kitchen cabinetry, 7 appliances except refrig., outdoor shower, & wooded lot. Adjoins conservancy land and almost 2,000 $ acres of state wilderness land. 395K Call Maury E. Reed 888-800-9955

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2327 Tinkers Way, Long Beach On Beautiful Lake Claire in Long Beach Cove

Very nice waterfront home in Long Beach Cove! This home is like new and nicely decorated. Fantastic view from your 567 square foot deck. Beautiful landscaped lot. Some of the features include; Large living room with a fireplace, Newly remodeled kitchen with corian counter tops and hardwood floors. Main floor laundry room and exercise room on the upper level. Main floor master bedroom with a luxury bath, jetted tub and seperate shower, Office on the main floor that could be a 4th. bedroom, and 2 bedrooms on the upper level with a full bath. Vaulted ceilings on the main and upper floors. There is also a underground sprinkler system and alarm system. Very Nice property. $699,000 Ask for Larry Middleton @ 874-2121 ext. 19


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2326 Tinkers Way, Long Beach The “Yellow House with Blue Shutters” is now on the market in beautiful Long Beach Cove. This great 3 or 4 bedroom home offers many features, such as vaulted ceilings, screened porch, main floor master suite, sprinkler system and so much more, on the lake. #135435 $689,000 Ask for Larry Middleton @ 874-2121 Larry ext. 19

4654 N. Maplewood Dr., LaPorte New, ultimate in luxury living! Immaculate condition! 3624 sq. ft. Spanish Mediterranean ranch. Italian limestone throughout. Fireplace, granite, marble, Wolf, SubZero, cherry cabinets, window treatments, 225 gallon saltwater aquarium, 12 person sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi, Crestron whole home automation, alarm, 8’ doors. Basement 3624 sq. ft., heated doors, 10’ ceilings. Showings by appointment only to Sue qualified clients. #135004 $1,300,000 Hultgren Ask for Sue Hultgren @ 874-2121 ext. 14

2202 Island Dr., Michigan City Spectacular View of Lake Claire with Private Patio, 2nd Bedroom/Den has Built-In Murphy Bed Shelves and Cabinets, Walk-in Closet. Bay Window in Kitchen. Living Room/Dining has fireplace, and wood floors. Fresh Paint and Clean Carpets. 25 Year roof new in 2002, exterior painted in 2004. #135340 $250,000 Ask for Steve or Barbara Beardslee @ Steve & Barb 874-2121 ext. 37 or 26 Beardslee

Hideaway Point Lot 77, Long Beach The only waterfront lot currently available in an area of fine homes, it has 142ft of water frontage, already cleared, ready for your builder. Great neighborhood for enjoying nature, walking and biking, near Lake Michigan beaches. Convenient to shopping and restaurants. #129970 $199,900 Ask for Sonja Risser @ 874-2121 ext. 20

2919 Lake Shore Dr., Long Beach Charming home high above the Drive with outstanding Lake Michigan views. Vintage character accents a year round residence with exposed hardwood floors, french doors, entry and garage on Ridge Road and built-in dining room cabinets. Perfect for family gatherings with large living area open to year 'round porches overlooking the lake. 46' frontage is to be determined by staked survey. #127240 $855,000 Rick Ask for Rick Remijas @ 874-2121 ext. 36

2817 Roslyn Trl., Long Beach Just a short stroll to Lake Michigan - This lovely hillside ranch has warm character and is adorned by foliage. Solid constructed home has 4-5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Fireplace in living area and sliders that lead to a two tier deck off of dining area. The foyer creates a inviting entrance. Little lawn too worry about so time to relax and enjoy! Make your appointment today! #133028 $398,000 Dianne Ask for Dianne Phegley @ 874-2121 Phegley ext. 29

220 Pokagon Trl., Michiana Shores Spacious Michiana Shores ranch style home with beautifully landscaped yard. Windows and skylights everywhere fill this contemporary with light and views of nature. Three large bedrooms, two fireplaces, basement rec room, deck, fenced yard and two car garage. Short walk down tree-lined street to Lake Michigan beaches. #131706 $399,900 Maria Ask for Maria Losiniecki @ 874-2121 ext. 35 Losiniecki

2224 Oriole Trl., Long Beach Sharp, recently renovated (2001) on lush fairway of Long Beach Country Club with 3 block walk to private beach. Great kitchen with Viking DBL oven, wet bar and lots of stainless steel. 3 bedrooms, 21⁄2 baths, living room with fireplace, great room overlooks deck and golf course. Finished basement and attached garage. Got to see to appreciate! #132288 $425,000 Ask for Steve or Barbara Beardslee Steve & Barb @ 874-2121 ext. 37 or 26


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995 N. County Line Rd., Michigan City 4300 square feet on the main level of this special American contemporary farmhouse. Very private, spacious rooms, in-ground pool, Little Calumet River runs through property. A beautiful combination of woods and meadow offers year round outdoor activities. 33 acres! #130801 $849,900 Ask for Larry Middleton @ 874-2121 Larry ext. 19





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Talaga New Ship Commander Word has been received that Michael Talaga, son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Talaga formerly of Duneland Beach, received command of the U.S.S. Fort McHenry (LSD 43) in Sasabo, Japan on May 7th of this year. In attendance were Michael’s parents, 200 Naval and Japanese dignitaries, plus the ship’s crew. As Captain of the Fort McHenry, his crew numbers 407, including 40 Officers, with a Marine attack force of over 400. The Fort McHenry is the third Whidbey Island class dock landing ship and one of the two ships in that class homeported in Sasebo.

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The Fort McHenry recently aided the victims of the Tsunami disaster in Indonesia and was visited by former Presidents Clinton and Bush. Presently, the Fort McHenry just returned from a tour of Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore. Mike attended Notre Dame Grade School, Marquette High School (‘82), University of Dayton (‘86). He was commissioned an Ensign in Newport, R.I. (‘87). His sea assignments included the U.S.S. Missouri, Halsey, Peleliu, and Anchorage. In 2000, as Executive Officer of The Anchorage, his ship was one of the first to render assistance to the U.S.S. Cole following her devastating attack in Port of Aden, Yemen. While ashore, Mike earned a Master of Science in Management at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Michael’s love of boats and the water started with his love of Hobi Cats in Duneland Beach and took off from there. Mike and his wife Uyen now reside in Sasabo, Japan; but thoughts of Indiana are never far away.

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MASSES SATURDAY MASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:00 AM MASS (Vigil) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4:30 PM SUNDAY MASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 AM MASS (Polish) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:00 AM MASS (Organ & Choir) . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 AM MASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:30 AM MASS (Spanish) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5:30 PM MONDAY thru FRIDAY MASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00 AM THURSDAY MASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:45 PM

At a recent Shirley Heinze Land Trust benefit, “A Rendezvous with Carmen,” proceeds of over $19,000 were brought in. This annual event makes it possible for Shirley Heinze to continue their work of preserving ecologically significant land in NW Indiana. Over 150 people relished the evening in the woods titled, “A Rendezvous with Carmen.” Nearly all guests participated in the evening theme by dressing in red or black. The menu included Ceviche soup, skewers of salmon, avocado, and chardonnay from South America. It had Spanish music, entertainment with Carmen, a toreador, gypsies and smugglers, and a silent auction. The auction was a great success, bringing in over $7,000 to the organization. Auction items included; local paintings, pottery, pictures, hikes, trips, plants, and gift certificates. Shirley Heinze was especially pleased with the support of local businesses and their donors throughout the country.

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MC Chamber Music Festival Duo Concert

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Nic Orbovich, Director of Michigan City Chamber Music (MCCM) and Robert Vodnoy, Music Director of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, will play a duo violin recital on Sat., July 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Lubeznik Center in Michigan City. The program, titled “Dynamic Duo” will feature violin duets by Jacques-Féréol Mazas, Bela Bartok and Josef Haydn as well as unaccompanied works for violin or viola by Johann Sebastian Bach. The program is free to the public. The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located at 101 West 2nd Street in Michigan City. Nicolas Paul Orbovich - Concert Violinist, has been a finalist and prize winner in the Fischoff National in 1995, the Aberdeen (Scotland, U.K.) International

Festival Competition in 1987, and the Grand Prize Winner in the Chicago Civic Orchestra Chamber Music Competition in 1990 and 1991. More recently, Nic appeared as a solo violinist on the Grammy Awards Nominated 2001 recording “The Hot Springs Music Festival - Music of Creole-Romantic Composers” on the Naxos label, and is featured prominently on the PBS documentary “The Sound of Dreams,” which won the 2002 Emmy Award for Best Cultural Documentary. Mr. Orbovich is also an active recording artist. Robert Vodnoy, Music Director & Conductor of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, has been a vital part of the Michiana musical community for 30 years. During this period, he was Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (19752005), Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (1976-1996) and an adjunct assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University (1998-2005). This fall he will become the Director of Orchestra/Professor of Strings at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. An active guest conductor, Maestro Vodnoy has appeared internationally and widely in the United States. Maestro Vodnoy holds a B.M. summa cum laude and M.M. in Composition from the University of Hartford and a DMus in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University.

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Showboat in Michigan City: A Brief Interlude by William F. Keefe

May 25, 1937. The proud showboat Dixiana arrives in Michigan City bearing hopes as high as the top notes on the grand lady’s calliope. The plan hatched in Chicago by lessees Sam H. Grisman and Jack Kirkland envisions a substantial (and profitable) run of the stage version of Erskine Caldwell’s novel Tobacco Road. From Michigan City the former barge turned traveling theater would tour the Lake Michigan coast, making stops at the larger port towns. Tours of other lake ports might be in the cards. The lakes had never seen anything like the Dixiana, at least not before 1932, when the barge conversion was completed in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The peripatetic showboats of tradition–more than 50 of them in the heyday century preceding the 1930s–had prowled the river systems with their endless repertories.

The “Golden Rod,” one of the last of the river showboats, included the Shakespearean tragedy “Hamlet” in its repertory. (Images: Showboats by Philip Graham)

The typical showboat had two floors, providing room for a balcony, as well as living accommodations for both the boat’s crew and the cast.

From the upper Hudson to the Mississippi and regions south and north, the glamor-boats had brought culture and pure entertainment into the hardscrabble lives of frontier farmers, hunters, miners, and others. The typical showboat, noted one authority, “could develop programs that were mixtures of laughter and tears and foolishness and sense. Comedy, melodrama, the past, the classics, the present all belonged. . .” Arriving in Michigan City with a full cast prepared to swing into “Tobacco Road,” the Dixiana instantly fell under the influence of her private evil star. The star, in fact, had begun to twinkle during the cross-lake trip from Chicago. “Buffeted by wind and wave on its lake journey,” reported the Chicago Tribune, “the showboat held together long enough to get. . .to the harbor in Michigan City, Ind. Then, after it was tied up at the dock and the two towing tugs prepared to return to Chicago, the showboat’s seams opened and it listed over on its side.”

Daunted but dedicated, Grisman and Kirkland found naval architects who were able to raise and recondition the Dixiana. Docked near what local papers called “the Franklin Street Bridge,” the 200-foot-long showboat opened June 11 to fascinated crowds thronging to see the saga of Jeeter Lester and his clan. “Tobacco Road” was playing nightly when another problem arose to disturb the sleep of the impresarios. The Michigan City administration took exception to some of the play’s contents. A court case landed on a local docket and stayed there, resisted at every juncture by the lessees.

A sketch indicated how a small showboat might appear while docked for evening performances.


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In the end, the fledgling “Indiana Navy” had the last word. Crashing the Showboat Party A month passed. The legal wrangling was still making news and the cash was still flowing across the ticket counter when the Dixiana received the unkindest cut of all. The Michigan City Evening Dispatch of July 6, 1937 reported what happened: “Indiana’s Navy took an inadvertent hand in the showboat situation early Monday afternoon, when the U.S.S. Hawk, returning from a lake cruise, accidentally rammed into the northwest side of the ‘Dixiana’ when a reverse valve on the engine became clogged for a few seconds.” “The collision accomplished in a few seconds what city officials have attempted to do for a month–close the boat. . .” Not only did the impresarios, doing business as the Saimatch Theater Corp., cancel all planned performances until further notice; both men packed up and left town.

No one faulted the cast members, men and women, for fleeing the scene. The Hawk, a converted pleasure yacht, had dug a 15-foot gouge in the former barge. “Several of the showboat’s actors, who were in the dressing rooms at the time of the crash, narrowly escaped injury as the Hawk came crashing through the wooden partition,” as the Dispatch noted.

Proof that team spirit inspired both the showboat crews and hired performers was Captain Emerson’s baseball team. Captain Emerson is No. 3 in the player lineup.

Among the nine showboats owned at one time or another by Capt. Ralph Waldo Emerson were several named “Cotton Blossom.”

The showboat cast also headed for New York, apparently believing that practicality was the better part of valor. As the Chicago Tribune noted on July 7, “Rammed accidentally by the United States naval reserve boat, Hawk, the showboat Dixiana . . .yesterday became a showboat without a show.” “The ‘Tobacco Road’ company of actors, after viewing the wrecked stage and scenery, decided to leave. . . The play, banned in Chicago by Mayor Kelly, had been given nightly on the Dixiana at Michigan City since June 11.”


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Parents to Attend First Day of School Research tells us that parent involvement is a key predictor of student success in school. To foster this success, the community and schools are coming together to support and encourage family involvement for Michigan City students. For the first time, all nine Michigan City Elementary Schools (MCAS) will invite parents and caregivers to join their children., Aug. 22nd. The First Day of School program brings parents, students, teachers, and community members together to begin the school year in a spirit of partnership and collaboration. The First Day of School Campaign was initiated in Bennington, Vermont in 1997 and has now spread to more than 4,000 schools nationwide ( Last year, MCAS piloted the project with Niemann Elementary, and it was a great success. The event will be for the first hour and fifteen minutes of school. Each school principal will lead a special school assembly to welcome the start of the year and encourage parent involvement. Parents will share breakfast with their child and will be encouraged to visit their child’s classroom and meet their child’s teacher. Each student will receive a “homework help” bag full of school supplies and other pertinent parent information. Materials promoting community programs for families will also be available at each school. Employers can participate by allowing working parents time off to attend. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or sharing supplies for students and families, please call Dunebrook, 219/874-0007. Volunteering Several Michigan City students and former students are volunteering to help in planning and preparation for this event. Jevon Stringer, a fifth grader at Marsh Elementary; Allison Haynes, a Michigan City High School graduate and current student at Manchester College; and Alec Woolsey, an eighth grader at Barker Middle School, have assisted in planning, outreach, and fund development for the First Day project. Other opportunities for student volunteering are available by phoning Dunebrook, 874-0007.

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Does size matter? Definitely in this art exhibition! The Thaddeus C. Gallery presents “BIG ARTISTS: small works,” a fine art exhibition featuring works of art no larger than 12x12 inches. Some of the gallery’s most popular artists have created fine art gems for this unique summer exhibition. In addition, new artists will also be contributing work for their first exposure at the gallery. The roster of artists includes: Joanna Wezyk, Art Werger, Mikio Watanabe, Wut Thipong, Karen O’Neil, Michael Aaron McAllister, Susan Henshaw, Anthony Droege, and Thaddeus C. Cutler. In a super-sized culture, come embrace all that is small! The exhibition will open with a reception, Fri., July 29th, from 5-8 p.m., and will continue through Aug. 28th. This exhibit is in conjunction with the “Find Provence Here” event, created by Purdue University North Central. The Thaddeus C. Gallery is located at 703 Michigan Ave, second floor, in downtown LaPorte. Summer Gallery hours are Wed. through Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat. and Sun., noon-4 p.m. Information: or phone 219-326-8626.













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Firefighters Combat Challenge by Janet Baines

I want to start by saying that I respect and admire firefighters for the jobs they do. These men and women willingly enter into situations I couldn’t get out of or away from fast enough. So I was eager to watch the Firefighters Combat Challenge which took place last weekend down in the main parking lot of Washington Park. I wasn’t disappointed.Called the Battle on Lake Michigan, there were firefighters from all over the States and Canada hoping to qualify for the World Championships. The competition went on in spite

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the intense heat and humidity which took its toll on some. These games display the courage, tenacity, team spirit, team work, and determination it takes to be a firefighter. This is a great way for a family to spend the day together. In fact the kids could even get a real taste of the challenge by taking part in the child refined version called Kids’ Crawl, Drag & Squirt. I hope we see this become an annual event. Take a minute to get a taste of the weekend from the photos which follow. Challenge Continued on Page 42 Representing the Long Beach Fire Department in the individual competition are David Albers, Nick Pollock, Mike Bardol, & Alex Pollock.

The first female D.O.D. team — Team Inferno is made up of two Army firefighters from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and two Air Force firefighters from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Team Paul Davis from York, Pennsylvania. Rivals suiting up — Firefighter Megan Dahill of Scott Air Force Base and Firefighter Cheri Ardoin from PPG, Inc. of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Firefighter Keith Dion, South Haven F.D. team captain, South Haven, IN

Color Guard for the opening ceremonies — Captain Chuck Greis, Firefighter Mark Baker & Firefighter Jeff Bruder at attention for the national anthem.

Relaxing before the games begin are firefighters from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Firefighters Dennis Wantland & Chris Hartsburg of the MCFD volunteer their time to help out for the day. Just a note that many firefighters, EMT’s, and friends and family all helped pull together to make things run smoothly.

The Red Devils Team of MCFD — Firefighter Barrett Taylor, Firefighter Mike Jasnieski, Firefighter Scott Kaletha & Driver/Operator Rob Steinborn. Not shown is ‘Challenge’ organizer/coordinator Firefighter Kyle Kazmierczak.

Chief Daryl Westphal with his wife Sharon stops for a quick chat before getting ready to compete with his team.

Mayor Chuck Oberlie and Joe Doyle of the Michigan City Summer Festival on hand for the opening ceremonies.


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Challenge is a Test of What Firefighters Can Expect to Do on the Job

The fun begins. A member of Team Inferno picks up her hose to carry up the Forty four foot tower at the start of their relay.

Once at the top a team member hoists the 42 lb. donut roll of hose to the top of the tower.

A contestant shoots a stream of water & hits the target.

Rescuing the victim means dragging the 175 lb. mannequin to the finish line.

Celebrating his sixth birthday is future firefighter Carlson Hillier of Sheridan Beach.

Fellow team members cheer on their team mate to the end of the course. They complete the task even though their competition has already reached the finish line.

Running the ‘slalom’ course around the fire hydrants.


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Kids’ Crawl, Drag & Squirt-A Pint Size Version of the Firefighter’s Challenge All lined up and ready for their chance.

This young lady starts her run for the Kids’ Combat Challenge by carrying her hose to the tower.

Down the slide and into the….stop, drop and roll.

Crawling through the tunnels.

Chopping action on the Keiser Force Machine. This is to simulate the difficulty of making a forced entry.

Hitting the target with the stream of water obviously requires intense concentration.

Dragging the victim to the finish line and a successful completion of the course. Hurray!


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Conductor Search For SMO The search is on and you can be part of it! If you like American Idol, then you’ll love being part of the Southwest Michigan Symphony’s search for a new conductor. All you have to do to be part of the selection process is come to the concerts and vote. Watch and listen to the music of four exceptional guest conductors, each a finalist in the search for a new conductor. After each concert the audience wil be asked what they think about the candidate’s program, performance and personality. Their votes will be counted, along with others on the search committee, including members of the orchestra, the community and the Symphony Board. In order to encourage people to try out the symphony and join the search, they are offering a special incentive for new subscribers. A special promotional rate gives new subscribers savings up to 50% off single ticket prices. A new subscriber can now purchase all eight Mendel Mainstage concerts for only $140, a $70 savings over the regular Grand Series price and a $140 savings over the single ticket prices. The 2005-2006 season “More Music ~ More Choices ~ Embrace the Excitement” means just that. The Symphony will present three concert series in 20052006 – the Mendel Mainstage series, the New Buffalo Performing Artists series and, new this season, the Around Town series, which gives you the chance to experience a variety of musical forms in some very inti-

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Welcome to Our Town, Collins Caviar

“Oh, good,” she said, “We’re a Beacher feature!” And that’s how my interview with our new caviar neighbor, Rachel Collins, started. After 18 fabulous years in Chicago, Collins American Freshwater Caviar® recently moved to Michigan City.

Patricia, with a bowl of about $800 worth of caviar, will place it in tiny flat jars that will cost about $15 each

Rachel Collins, always busy

Rachel’s busy life started by going fishing in her childhood home Crystal Lake, IL – back then, a grand restful community. Along with a fishing pastime (nope, no caviar at that early age), Collins went foraging for mushrooms there. After high school where she shone as the band captain, Rachel entered college, majoring in classical music with a minor in liberal arts. That’s when caviar came on board the Collins’ life. Rachel’s mother Carolyn Collins had suddenly stumbled upon the virtually unheard of American caviar. In fact, she became totally enamored and was determined to learn everything there was to know about the subject. The perception at that time, about fifteen years ago, was that all American caviar was 2nd class. As Carolyn, quickly joined by daughter Rachel, delved into the field, the old fashioned progress gradually diminished as their efforts via quality augmentation, storage and packaging improved the stance of American caviar. With a swift education on the subject of lowsalt Great Lakes salmon caviar (added to that, roe collected from the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers) the mother-daughter team moved from their Crystal Lake kitchen into a Chicago location. Processing caviar is simply a matter of cleaning the eggs, salting them correctly for curing and keeping them cold. It didn’t take long for them to be quickly accepted and admired by consumers and chefs, eventually from around the country. Let’s say the Collins team took caviar to a new level. To her credit, Carolyn passed the caviar torch to daughter Rachel about eight years ago. At that time, Rachel had taken a three year hiatus promptly after

she’d discovered and fell in love with our nearby sandy shores of Michigan. She’d bought a cabin there and started her own catering business, the Cottage Culinaire. Yes, of course, she used caviar in some of those dishes. But her mother succeeded in drawing her back to the mother-daughter Collins Caviar, at the edge of Chicago’s Loop. That was in 1997 and Rachel has tended to the caviar business ever since. She came aboard the second time with a fresh and aspiring attitude regarding caviar. continues the ongoing study of regulations concerning global fisheries and works with the scientists and organizations which sustain these resources. Upon the breakup of the Soviet Union some years ago, the popular Caspian sturgeon population became decimated by black marketeers, having dropped from 5000 tons to 300 while the price of Russian caviars has skyrocketed - from around $225 per pound to $950. When she rejoined the Chicago office, Rachel brought along some of her chef-days’ suggestions.

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July 28, 2005 The ones I jotted down are (1) eggs scrambled in Truffle Butter on potato dill toast, topped with creme fraiche and Gravlax caviar , and (2) mini new potato halves with creme fraiche and Hackleback sturgeon caviar. And that’s only two out of many. Readers, I’ve tried that Truffle Butter (comes in a 4 oz. tub) - it is h e a v e n l y, whether on crackers or meltCollins Caviar is now located in one of Michigan ed to scramble eggs in. This evening, it’s going to brown and flavor a buttermilked, breaded trout. Now, I love caviar. I don’t splurge very often, but when I do, like last year at the Collins booth at Lincoln Park’s farmers’ market, I’m a well-fed and happy woman. Through Rachel, I learned that fresh caviar in jars or tins will last about a week in the coldest part of the refrigerator, usually the meat compartment. And to serve, plan on at least one ounce per person -place the tiny jars on a bed of crushed ice and serve with a delicate mother-of-pearl, bone or enamel spoon. Now with Rachel’s return, there are new Collins caviar creme spreads packed in disposable, pre-filled pastry bags with star tips. Pretty. Delicious. One is smoked with lobster roe and scallions. Another, Caviar Citron® and chive (incomparable Whitefish with fresh citrus lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit combined with Absolut Citron Vodka). No, we can’t get any of this in Michigan City - Collins is a 95% wholesaleto-trade business. They are highly supported by wellknown Chicago restaurants Thyme, Spring, the Wyndham Hotel Fine Dining, and that’s only a few. To learn more details and how to order personally via the internet, check I’m told the prices vary from $9 to $48 per ounce, certainly more reasonable than the Caspian prices. One of their brochures says “Remember always: the Collins name on caviar means impeccable quality.” So enter that website and learn more about the many Collins products: paddlefish, hackleback sturgeon, bowfin, Chinook and Coho salmon, trout (always, my favorite fish), whitefish, flying fish roe, lobster roe. Rachel, vice president of Collins Caviar, may eventually present an introductory program about things caviar.....for us to attend, here in Michigan City.

Page 47 Meantime, travel up the Red Arrow to Whistlestop, in Union Pier, for one of those tiny jars or order a treat from the website. As mentioned above, Collins’ fine stuff can be mail-ordered from Mackenzie Limited out of Baltimore, importers and purveyors of the world’s finest food, are also an internet source of some of Collins products.

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They wear their skeletons on the outside and have three body parts. On Sat., July 30, the whole family can discover these and other fascinating insect facts at Indiana Dunes State Park’s insect fun day. A safari group will leave the Beach Pavilion at 9 a.m. for a hiking tour of Trail 3. On this “insect safari,” the group will stalk the tiny, elusive ant lion larvae amidst the tall grasses that line much of the trail. At 11 a.m., interpretive naturalists will lead an insect craft activity at the new campground shelter. This craft project is designed for younger children and their parents, but everyone is welcome to attend. At 4 p.m., visitors can learn about water bugs and other aquatic insects. Meet on the nature center deck for a short walk to the wetland and a hands-on opportunity to explore the water and the insects that live there. The day of fun ends with a night under the stars. “Star Light, Star Bright” will begin at the Beach Pavilion at 8 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Participants can learn common star constellations. Interpretive naturalists suggest bringing a chair or blanket to sit on and bug spray. These programs are free, and open to all park visitors after paying the park entrance fee. The 2005 entrance fees are $4 for in-state vehicles and $8 for out-of-state vehicles. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on any of these programs, phone 219-926-1952.

Audition Notice Footlight Players and director Sarah Laurinas have announced audition dates for their October production of the comedy “See How They Run” as Sun., Aug. 7th and Mon., Aug. 8th from 7-10 p.m. The cast includes 6 men and 3 women. No special preparation is necessary. For additional information phone 219-874-4035 or visit for a synopsis of the production.


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You can read a ream of materials from the September 11 Sourcebooks, or the Deep Throat Files, or Nuclear Policy or dozens of other items dealing with past and current national security issues, including quite a lot about Afghanistan. This website is the project of an independent, non-governmental research institute and library located at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Think About It ( In my search for sites about secrets, I suppose it was inevitable that I would run across a few websites dealing with the Men in Black, the Grays, Area 51, and the numerous, deep underground tunnel-worlds that some say exist under U.S. soil. The secret information here is said to have come from a national security insider who remains unnamed, of course. This discourse talks about the very top secret moon and Mars bases, the Human Genome project gone awry and genetically altered creatures that exist deep below the earth. I quickly scanned much of the material here, having read or heard about it years ago. But if you keep reading, you will come to a paragraph that warns us that because we now have knowledge of these very secretive activities kept from us average Joes and Janes—that our own lives can be in peril because of our discovery. A creative mind can take this material and fashion some very entertaining novels or movies based on the stuff here. In fact, some creatives have done that already. Secret Files from Ghost Village (www.ghostvil There are no political secrets here that I could find. Just ghost stories submitted by people who found this website. Some of the stories might cause the hair to rise on the back of your neck, or maybe not. Send your questions or comments to [email protected]. Read CyberScribbles Too online at

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At last an overnight torrent of rain has eased the chore of dragging hoses around. The days of drought have put most gardening chores on hold. Even the weeds have wilted. My early efforts to save the caladium and coleus in container plantings, covering them when those cold nights seemed never to end in early May, have come through. They love the hot, sunny days and have grown lush, the only word to describe them. What a show just three caladium and one Rex begonia can put on, enough to deserve encore applause. Bravo, Brave, Brava as well for the Black Diamond, Lemonade and Sedona coleus in another with sweet potato spilling over the rim in another pot. With petunias still putting out, it’s enough to forgive my impatiens and tuberous begonia for being a little puny this year. As I used to tell my cousin when we used to compare notes about our three children Hot weather helps container during their trying teen plantings. years. . .if you have two out of three on an even keel at any given time, you’re ahead of the game. With no digging to do, the pruning and transplanting has been put on hold, still to come in early fall. The coolness of the lake has been a beacon, however, and Charlie had his first introduction to the waves the day before the thunderclouds opened on Wednesday last week. Coaxed, then carried, into the waves, he decided he didn’t like it all, not one little bit as he paddled furiously back to shore. If looks could kill, he had them. It was a play date with doggie pal Deto and I thought he might be weakening as Fischchen, Deto and I stayed in the water and he paced the sand watching us having fun. Hey, guys, he seemed to say, remember me? Come on out so I can play, too. Maybe the sight of being left out will conquer fear, but the next day didn’t help. Trying to sneak in a walk before the first promised thunder storm hit, we didn’t make it and rushed home, thoroughly drenched. Dogs can shake it off, but I am not a good subject for a wet teeshirt contest. Later the same day, Charlie was doing his guard dog chores on the deck (his bark makes an excellent door bell), when another sudden shower pelted down. This was just too much water, too fast, too soon. Later that evening when the storm had cleared, I opened the back door to let him out, a signal that usually brings him bounding. He would


July 28, 2005 have none of it. Uh, uh, not for me. YOU may think the coast is clear, but I know better, his balkiness told me. Enough drenchings for one day. He was right. The slashing lightening, rolling thunder and sheets of welcome rain came roaring in. As any one with a garden plot knows, hot or cold, dry or rainy, you still do your daily walk-about to see what needs tweaking, making mental notes of chores to come and the respite from work gave me time to notice the birds that come to the feeder more closely. My new feeder location has brought some bluejays and orioles that must have Frenzy at the feeder, read The Beacher and my its Blue Jays. column on my favorite flower themes of blue and yellow because there they were one morning, the raucous blue jays feeding on spilled safflower seeds on the ground, the yellow and black orioles vying for places on the perches. They sent me off to my bird book and while they were finding tidbits of food, I was finding tidbits of information. Blue Jays, of course, put on a noisy party, pushing and prodding the other birds to keep away, not too timid to attach cats and take a dive at a human scalp as well. They will even sometimes cannibal the eggs of other birds. But we must forgive them for they also help reforest woodlands with trees as they plant their caches of uneaten seeds. Like the chickadees and nuthatches that are also hoarders and bury their surplus seeds in the A flash of bark of trees, blue jays have gold, it’s an Oriole. an innate memory for finding their buried hoards under the snow. Uncanny. This human spends hours trying to remember where I put my keys. If you see the bulging orange cheeks of an oriole, probably filled with seeds to save, it’s the Bullock Oriole. Once thought to be two species, the Baltimore from the east, and the Bullock from the west, have both now interbred on the Great Plains and are known jointly as Northern Orioles. Leave some yarn about and it may join the nest of an Oriole along with plant fibers and hair, held together with spider webs. The female’s intricate weaving may take two weeks to form the nest. Both blue jays and orioles like a diet that includes insects, and when cherry trees and blueberries fruit, the orioles love to include them in their diet as well. Just leave enough for us at the blueberry farms. I am still savoring the berries my two visiting great grands picked. last week. They like the lake, even if Charlie doesn’t. But maybe he’ll conquer fears to join the fun. It’s something we all learn. Being left out isn’t any fun at all. We are social beings, fauna one and all. And so it is.

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Saturday, August 6 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM A Free Exhibit

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Harbor Country’s Red Arrow presents the Annual Moonlight Madness on Sat., July 30th. Eleven businesses will be open for your shopping and dining pleaseure. There will be sales, discounts, art exhibitions, and live music. There are new establishments as well as your favorite haunts. Shop for art, antiques, futniture, collectibles, fashions, home accents, jewelry and more. Meet artists and enjoy goodies from favorite chefs. Here are the businesses participating in Moonlight Madness: Fritz Olsen Sculptures, Catherine Doll Clothing, Center of the World Woodshop Showroom, The Open Trunk, Harbert Antique Mall, The Gallery at the Gordon Beach Inn, Patty’s Picks, Acorn Gallery, All About You Books, Local Color Gallery, and Henshaw Studio. Maps and flyers on details on individual offerings are available at any of these businesses.

The Umbrellas of Harbert The Harbert Business Association presents “The Umbrellas of Harbert” at Center of the Word Showroom 13400 Red Arrow Hwy. in Harbert on Sat., Aug. 6th from 4-8 p.m.MI time. The evening will feature music by the Steve Edwards Quartet, wine tasting by The Round Barn Winery, and proceeds benefiting the Chikaming Open Lands. Guests will view the 20+ hand painted market umbrellas. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to bid on their favorite umbrella. At 7:30 p.m. the silent auction results will be revealed. Tickets for the event will be $10/in advance and $15/ at the door. Tickets can be purchased from any participating business. For more information visit participating Harbert businesses, or phone 269.469.0118.

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The Acorn to Be Featured on Cable TV For the second time in less than a year, Home & Garden Television (HGTV) is sending a crew to The Acorn Theater, this time to film a segment for a new show in their fall lineup “Offbeat America” that celebrates eccentric, offbeat and quirky living spaces. The taping will take place Wed., Aug. 3. The first show taped at The Acorn aired last October, called “Building Character.” In addition to the theater, the century-old building that once housed a featherbone corset factory also is home to owners David Fink and Kim Clark. They have created a fashionable loft apartment above the open stage and have maintained the factory atmosphere with brick walls, exposed duct work and tall windows. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, HGTV, which now is distributed to more than 87 million U.S. households, is one of the fastest-growing networks in cable TV history. High Noon Entertainment of Denver, CO, produces “Offbeat America” for HGTV. The Acorn Theater is a performing arts venue dedicated to bringing high quality professional live entertainment to its audiences.

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Hanna Festival Seek Participants The Hanna Lions Club is looking for participants for its annual town festival to be held Aug. 12, 13, and 14 in Hanna. “We want people to show and sell their arts and crafts in the park on Sat., Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” according to Lions member, Jim Jessup. There is a $10 charge for a large space in the park. Also local citizens who will be having a garage sale or other event should contact Jessup to be put on the map and advertising. Anyone wanting to enter the “non-traditional” parade may do so for no charge. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the county garage on Thompson St. This is the 17th year the Hanna community has hosted its town festival. Hanna is located in southern LaPorte County on Hwy 30 between Valparaiso and Plymouth. For information, contact Jessup at 219-797-3785.


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Hundreds Gather for ‘Amazing Race’ Auditions at Blue Chip by Mary Fox

Missy Burger and Catherine Rigamore felt up for a challenge when they arrived at the casting call for The Amazing Race at Blue Chip Casino. As the friends from Lake Forest, Ill., have watched CBS’ reality TV show they have longed for the adventure that took last season’s participants to six continents and 11 countries. “We have three little boys between us,” Catherine said. “We feel like our everyday life is an Amazing Race. Why not make it real?” The duo joined more than 400 people waiting for a chance to audition for the show. As they stood in line, scenes from last season aired on a television in the room. In that season, participants climbed a limestone cliff in the Philippines, searched for a giant clam in the China Sea and flew down a luge in Calgary at 40 mph. About 30 people ensured an early taping by sleeping overnight on the floor. “They were sleeping on the floor to be first in line,” said security guard Craig Dudeck. “There were probably about 30 to 40 people who had sleeping bags and pillows waiting for their day of fame,” he said.

Joel Giannetti, Blue Chip marketing director, and Dee Alexander Scott, public relations, talked over the event.

an array of activities planned. “We’re always striving to bring fun, new exciting things to the area,” he said. The allure of adventure and the possibility of winning $1 million drew the teams of friends, in-laws, stepdad and stepson and siblings. “I just would like to go for the experience of seeing foreign countries and hopefully get some money to put my daughter through college,” said Jerry Banks, Culver. His friend William Powalski, Plymouth, was sure that the two could solve the problems presented during The Amazing Race. “We feed well off each other. We’re good teammates,” he said.

Valparaiso residents Kate Bogan and Patty Forney were the first ones to tape an audition for The Amazing Race.

After dozing on sleeping bags, Valparaiso residents Kate Bogan and Patty Forney were the first to tape. “We wanted to have a good shot at it,” Kate said. Patty was sure that they were qualified to make it through the challenges. “We’re mothers,” she said. “We have endurance.” Joel Giannetti, Blue Chip marketing manager, said that Blue Chip co-sponsored the event as part of

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Page 61 Former News-Dispatch writer Tanya Cochran came from her Chicago home with friend Todd Lyndeman. She was sure the duo would be good on television. “We offer comedy. We offer camaraderie. We have an adventurous spirit. And there are no limits to what we will do.” Sure that they were up to any challenge, Tanya said she had finished a 22-mile bike ride and kayaks weekly. “I think physically I can endure the toughest of competitions.” She added, “We come into this fearless.” Father-in-law and son-in-law team Abou Mazdai and Brad Angeles, both of Indianapolis, think their competitive sides will rally during The Amazing Race. “I think we both like to compete. We can both be sneaky if we need to. We both like to play the game. We might as well have fun while we’re doing it.”

Three minutes were given on tape for capturing a producer’s attention.

Chicago Bartenders Kevin Daichendt and Mark Mejia came straight from work to get to the 10 a.m. audition early. “I haven’t been out of the country in 25 years,” said Kevin, who was born in Germany. Brother and sister duo Rhonda Meriwether, Fort Wayne, and Roland Stringfellow, Berkeley, Calif., called themselves “the teacher and the preacher.” She is the associate director of academic counseling and career services at Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne, and he was set to be ordained in a week. Rhonda gave three reasons for desiring to be part of The Amazing Race. “It will be a great time to spend with my brother. It will be a great way to travel. And the prize money — $1 million.”

Megan Ciszewski and Sarah West felt that their unique friendship would get them a spot on the show.

Procrastinator Jim Nowacki filled out his application while waiting to tape

During the three minutes that Megan Ciszewski, Hobart, and Sarah West, Washington, D.C., had to grab a producer’s attention on tape, they pulled props out of a backpack and told of their similarities and differences. Among those props were a cell phone the two use to keep in touch and a Red Cross pocket mask. Megan is the marketing director at Channel 56 and Sarah works for International Justice Mission, but the two met while both were with an American Red Cross office in Muncie. Sarah supervised Megan’s internship. “We both watch the show religiously and know the ins and outs of the show,” Sarah said. “I think our unique relationship will make the difference in the selection process.” Although most of the competitors were prepared, some still were filling out the seven-page application while waiting for the audition. Jim Nowacki, Miller, was one of those. “I’ve always lived spontaneously,” he said.


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Travels with Charley: We Never Get Enough of the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff by Charles McKelvy

What’re a pair of foot-sore and bone-weary catering professionals to do the day after working a big wedding reception all the way over in Three Rivers? Why, go to the 44th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in Saint Joe, of course. Although we didn’t drag ourselves home from Three Rivers until well after midnight, Natalie and I vowed before retiring that we would hit the bluff on Sunday, no matter what. We kept our word to ourselves, and are we ever glad. Why? Because the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is simply buff! Yes, and it never fails to restore our minds and bodies after a hard night of catering to wedding guests. It has worked wonders in years past, and it certainly did the trick this year on a blazingly beautiful Sunday summer afternoon. So herewith, dear readers, is my report of our harmonic convergence with art, artists, and friends on the bluff on the recent Sunday in question:

One of St. Joe’s famous painted horses points the way to the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.

We started with a fine art photographer whose work we fondly recalled from past fairs, and dwelled with the soothing imagery of “Old Europe” by Zeny Cieslikowski. Mr. Cieslikowski himself was sporting about the back of the booth, and I wanted to speak with him as a fellow “pro photographer” about lighting and focus and breath control, but I lost my nerve.

The bluff in St. Joe becomes an open-air art museum every July.

(St. Joseph, Mich.) . . . Having learned from past experience, we parked for free a few blocks from the bluff in a city lot off Broad Street and hoofed on over to the fair. But we began looking at beautiful works of art long before we got to the bluff, because several of the city’s celebrated 53 “Horses on the Beach” were strategically posed along our path to keep us on our path. Our noses perked up as we passed the various food vendors, but our eyes craved the long stretch of art ahead, and so we stayed our course. And, of course, we appreciated more fine art in two hours than any college freshman could ever hope to do with a semester’s worth of Art Appreciation 101.

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And so we left the fine photographer to his paying customers and continued down one half of the bluff and back up the next. We always have a “best of show” encounter with an artist or photographer, and it occurred this year when we entered the booth featuring “Galactic Images” by one John Chumack who specializes in astrophotography. The self-trained astronomer himself was in residence, and he happily displayed two photographs he took from his authorized observatory in New Mexico of the “deep impact” event of July 4, 2005 when a NASA probe collided with Comet 9P1 Tempel 1 in deep space.


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Astrophotogra pher John Chumack shows his images of the “deep impact” event on July 4, 2005.

Mr. Chumack breathlessly explained how he had gotten a last-minute call from some high-level astronomers who wanted to monitor the event from his observatory in New Mexico. He gladly dropped everything and rushed from an art fair and accommodated them. Thus, he had the two dramatic images of the event to show us less than a week later on the bluff in Saint Joseph. Wow! Was that cosmic or what?!? Only the Krasl Art Fair can consistently deliver such weirdly wonderful experiences. And that was not all, for we spent quality time admiring Mr. Chumack’s awesome images taken with film cameras of the splendors of the cosmos. He said he particularly enjoyed working from his observatory in New Mexico because that state affords the astronomer 300 good viewing nights per year. We moved on from John Chumack’s Galactic Images to encounters with blown glass, jewelry, furniture, water colors, leather goods, women’s clothing, and friends we hadn’t seen in ages.

There was plenty of food for hungry artists and patrons.

Mixed media artist Jill Flinn traveled from Glasgow, Missouri to exhibit her work at the Krasl Art Fair.

One, Lynn Clayton of St. Joseph, was sitting on the curb wondering if she should go back to a certain potter and buy the two coffee mugs she had decided would complement the bowls she had already purchased. Nobody can spend other people’s money faster than Natalie and I, so we marched Lynn back to the potter’s booth and egged her on. The potter, needless to say, was most pleased and probably wanted to have us go on the road with him as sales reps. We left Lynn with her coffee mugs and resolved to quicken our pace before the show’s close in less than 40 minutes. I am happy to say we saw all 198 exhibitors before the official closing at 5 p.m. EDT, but I am even happier to say we had several chance meetings with other friends, including the Beacher’s very own Bill Keefe and his lovely wife, Carol. As the Beacher’s foremost expert on maritime history and activity, it was only natural that Bill Keefe would turn up at an art fair on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Bill and Carol pronounced themselves pleased with all that the 2005 art fair had to offer and said the drive up from their home in New Buffalo was well worth the effort. Krasl Art Fair Continued on Page 68

A Beacher trio on the bluff during the Krasl Art Fair: (left to right) Natalie McKelvy, Carol and Bill Keefe.


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Krasl Art Fair Continued from Page 67 We also had a chance meeting with our long-lost friend Reinhard Brandt.

We caught up with our old friend Reinhard Brandt at the Krasl Art Fair.

As proprietor of Cycle Path in Stevensville, Reinhard had been our faithful bike mechanic for years and even fixed a flat for us on that sunny/dark Tuesday in 2001 forever known as 9/11. But health problems had forced him to close his shop, and we thus spent a good half hour commiserating with “Reinie” about all his aches and pains. Natalie suggested he go and buy some art, but he said everything he had seen so far was out of his price range. Ours too, but that didn’t keep the three of us from looking and enjoying the open-air art therapy session that the Krasl Art Center puts together every July.

Fantastic fabric art found at the Art Fair.

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These figures in the “Maids of the Mist” fountain kept watch over the Krasl Art Fair.

Rockin’ round the bluff during the Art Fair.

And, yes, we looked, but we didn’t touch. But we were really touched by the many wondrous works of art created by so many clever souls from so many places around the planet. And, as in years past, we left the bluff thanking the good folks at the Krasl for giving us our annual day of free art appreciation therapy during the busy summer catering season.


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• Repair or replace underground water or sewer lines using DIRECTIONAL BORING or AIR POWER MOLE without distrurbing your lawn or landscaping. • Repair or replace plumbing in older homes, remodeling, room additions, including gas lines. • We have the most modern sewer cleaning inspection equipment plus leak testing for underground water lines, including line locating and camera inspections. • We sell & install Armstrong & Goodman furnaces and air conditioners. • Lochinvar water heaters and Cole & Masey water conditioners. • We service ALL brands of furnaces, air conditioners and water softners. Competitive Rates - Senior Citizens Discounts 60 day to 1 year warranty on most Service Work 1 Hour Minimum Service Call - Travel Time 1 Way - Sorry, No Credit

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CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED RATES - (For First 2 Lines.) 1-3 ads - $7.00 ea. •• 4 or more ads - $5.50 ea. (Additional lines- $1.00 ea.) PH: 219/879-0088 - FAX 219/879-8070. Email CLASSIFIED ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY - 4:00 P.M. - PRIOR TO THE WEEK OF PUBLICATION

PERSONAL SERVICES CUSTOM PC TECHNOLOGIES - Repairs - Upgrades. Custom Built PC’s - Networking - Virus removal - Web design & maintenance. Fast, affordable service. We come to you at no additional charge. Call 219/872-7478. SAVE YOUR PRECIOUS MEMORIES DIGITALLY ON CDs OR DVDs Home movies-slides-pictures transferred to CDs or DVDs Digital Archiving of all documents to CD or DVD. Corporate and Industrial Video Productions Aerial Photography and Video “See your Home or Business from the Sky” Aerial digital photo in frame only $55 Contact: Ken Willard at Midwest Video Communications 219-879-8433 or email [email protected] QUALITY PET GROOMING IN YOUR DRIVEWAY Rawhide Mobile Grooming 269-326-0416 NEED TO GET THINGS DONE? NO TIME TO DO IT YOURSELF? No job too small. Errands, organizing, cleaning and more. Call Jane at 708-870-2394.

SELF IMPROVEMENT - INSTRUCTIONS MUSIC TEACHER - Special Music, Parties, etc. Lessons - Pop & Traditional — Call 219/872-1217. KITEBOARDING - kite flying skills instruction, equipment provided. 2-1/2 hr. class, $125 per student. 219-778-8418. FRENCH & ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE TUTOR Experienced teacher. Will tutor all levels - 219/324-9220

HEALTH & PHYSICAL FITNESS • • • MASSAGE THERAPY & WELLNESS CENTER • • • Therapeutic Massage • Acupuncture • Brain Gym • QiGong Classes • Reflexology • Healing Touch • Feldenkrais® • Personal Fitness Training Dog Massage Classes • Gift Certificates Call 219/879-5722. ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE CENTER Jennifer Huang, Licensed Acupuncturist — Call 219/879-2100. MUSCLE THERAPY’S & MORE. For relief of stress, chronic pain and injury. By appointment. Contact for retreats. Christina Karamesines . 219-874-4674 or visit

CLEANING - HOUSEKEEPING FINISHING TOUCH: Residential & Specialty Cleaning Service Professional - Insured - Bonded - Uniformed #1 in Customer Satisfaction. Phone 219/872-8817. CLEAN FOR A DAY CLEANING SERVICE - Home or Business Pressure Wash Decks & Houses — Insured & Bonded Call Wendy at 219/861-0458. — Email [email protected] PERSONAL TOUCH CLEANING — Homes - Condos - Offices. Day and afternoons available. - Call Darla at 219/879-2468. We Do It Right The Very First Time COOLSPRING CLEANERS Beach Rentals - Homes - Offices - Apartments - Construction Free Estimates - Insured - Excellent References Call 219/874-7635, or 219/861-6328. HEALTHY HOME CLEANING SERVICE Non-toxic - Non-polluting. $15.00 off first service. 219/879-5476. - [email protected] SUZANNE’S CLEANING 219/326-5578. HOUSE CLEANING & WINDOW WASHING. Reasonable rates, Quality Service. Free estimates. Ref. available. Call Debbie at 219-879-1429. FOR ALL YOUR CLEANING NEEDS call DAWN’S FROM TOP TO BOTTOM CLEANING. Experienced, reliable and honest. Call Dawn at 219-362-6047.


July 28, 2005 NEED FOR CLEAN? For your house cleaning needs call 219-771-8111 anytime. Ask for Amanda or Christina. References upon request. HOUSEKEEPING BY TRISH using naturally derived products. Michigan customers welcome. Ex. ref. Call 219-879-7935.

HANDYMAN-HOME REPAIR-PLUMBING QUALITY CARPENTRY: Expert remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms. Also: doors, windows, skylights, ceramic tile, drywall, decks & repairs. Small jobs welcome. Call Ed at 219/878-1791. HANDYMAN - Antenna service. Phone & TV jacks. House wiring. Sinks. Toilets. Countertops. Carpentry. Full house rehab work. Beach Stairway Repair & Refurbishing. DR. TOM’S SERVICE CLINIC - 219/778-4036 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• HIRE Sue’s HUSBAND Is your list of household repair & maintenance projects growing? Small jobs welcome. - Quality Work. — Call Ed Berent @ 219/879-8200. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• H & H HOME REPAIR • Carpentry • Demo work • Doors/Windows/Siding • Home Maintenance 25 Years experience. Insured. — 219/326-8512. BEACHSIDE BUILDERS. We do siding, roofing including rubber, concrete, soffit and fascia, garages, decks, room additions. Ask about our summer discounts. Fully insured. References upon request. Call 219-851-4233 or 219-379-2051. •• •• • • • • • • • • • • • BIZZY “B” CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY. Decks, ponds, siding, garages, gazebos, additions, all concrete work. Custom stone work. Brick and block repair. Senior citizen disc. “We take the sting out of construction prices.” Free est. Insured. Call 219-877-4979, ask for “B.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • JEFF’S MAINTENANCE SERVICE A/C & heating repair. Plumbing. Electrical. Carpentry. Exterior remodeling. Gutters, soffits, etc. Call 219-324-0582. IN NEED OF CONCRETE OR GARAGES? CALL YOUNG’S CONCRETE & CARPENTRY Special July 1 thru October 3. Garage floors, basement floors, driveways and patios. Was $4.50/sq. ft. inc. labor & materials. Save $1.00/sq. ft. NOW $3.50/sq.ft. 24’x24’ garages starting at $9500. Call Tommie or Larry Young Sr. Bus. 219/872-1604 or 219/878-0241. Cell 219/871-2334 or 219/448-0879. Licensed, bonded. 60 yrs. of service. FLOOR WORKS. All ceramic tile installed. Showers, floors, walls, etc. Laminate flooring installed. Roof leak repairs. Free estimates. Call Karl 269-313-2834. HANDYMAN. Quality work and fair rates. No job too small. 10 yrs. experience. Call Brian at 219-861-8000. THOSE ONE GUYS CONSTRUCTION. Give us a call, no job too big or too small. Licensed and insured. 10% senior discount. Free estimates. Specializing in: roofing, siding, decks, fencing, drywall and lots more. Call 219-877-4461 or 219-331-3480. CONCRETE WORK - Formed, poured, & finished. Also brick and block work. 41 Years experience - Call 219/878-1813 CHIMNEYS – TUCK POINTING All masonry repairs. 30 yrs. experience. Call Gene Burke at 219-229-4109. “NJTS” No Job Too Small – specializing in small jobs, quality work, handyman service. Free estimates. Call 219-879-2453.

PAINTING-DRYWALL-WALLPAPER THE A & L PAINTING COMPANY — INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 20-YEARS EXPERIENCE References. Reasonable. We also Power Wash, Seal & Paint Decks. Ph. 219/778-4145. WISTHOFF PAINTING — REFERENCES Small Jobs Welcome — Call 219/874-5279 JEFFERY J. HUMAN INTERIOR/EXTERIOR PAINTING & STAINING Custom Decorating - Custom Woodwork - Hang/Finish Drywall Custom Suede and Faux Finishes 25-Years experience. Insured. Ph. 219/326-8512. HALDY BROTHERS PAINTING - Interior & Exterior. Licensed & Insured. Experienced & Reliable - Call 1-866/255-9266 ALL BRIGHT PAINTING - Interior/exterior. Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. 219/879-7199.

Page 75 SNYDER PROFESSIONAL FINISHING Painting - Staining - Dry Wall - Trim Carpentry - Restoration - Renovation - 20+ Years of experience. References avail. Licensed and insured. 219/874-6615 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • MICHIANA PAINTING & PRESSURE CLEANING Decks - Houses - Sidewalks, Etc. Free estimates. Insured - References — Call 219/873-1817 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • WARREN’S PAINT & PRESSURE WASHING. Free estimates. Call 219-872-6424. FIREMAN PAINTING. Interior/Exterior painting - Wallpaper removal - Dry wall repair Texturing - Pressure Washing - Deck sealing. Customer satisfaction our No. 1Priority. 20 yrs. Exp. - Ref. Avail. Call 219-363-1812. PREMIER POWER WASH. Decks, fences, concrete, houses. Restaining and resealing. Insured and bonded. Call 219-363-0475. •••••• BOB SIMA’S POWER WASHING •••••• Best rates in the area—Excellent ref.—219-561-1219 or 219-879-5170. PRESSURE WASHING BY RIC’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES. Houses, roofs, driveways, decks. Call 219-898-1652. WAYNE’S PAINTING. From top to bottom, interior/exterior. Painting, staining, decks, pressure washing. Free est. Fully insured. 13 yrs. Exp. 219-363-7877 days; 219-874-3980 evenings. Ask for Wayne. PAINTING AND POWER WASHING – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. Local. Experienced. Insured. Reasonable Rates. Call Brian at 219-879-8239.

 LANDSCAPE-Lawns-Clean Up, Etc.  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 219/879-5150 — FAX 219-879-5344 - [email protected] LARGEST Supplier of Natural Stone in NW Indiana 15+ Types of Flagstone, Granite boulders, River Rock, Mulch, 30+ Types of Stone New Items: Kewanee Skippers, Platinum Blue Flagstone, Black Flagstone, Appaloosa Flagstone, Santa Margarita Flagstone. Landscaping, Stone Work, Ponds, Fountains, Nursery Stock! Order now to avoid Spring Rush!   JIM’S LAWN SERVICE.   For all your mowing needs, call Jim. Weekly & bi-weekly rates. 219/874-2715. Leave message.   H&S SERVICES —2621 E. US HIGHWAY 12   Call 219/872-8946 Let Us Be Your One Stop Shop Colored Mulch - Topsoil - River Rock Retaining Wall Blocks - Natural Stone ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• AFFORDABLE LAWN MAINTENANCE. Mowing, Trimming, Yard Clean-up. 219-898-1987. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PAT’S TREE SERVICE. Complete tree and landscaping service. Experts in storm damage. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call 219-362-5058. CAPPY’S LAWN CARE FREE ESTIMATES • FULLY INSURED 219-874-3580  ADDIE’S LAWN MAINTENANCE • Residential & Commercial Yard Clean-Up • Mowing• Aeration• Thatching• We also do Ext. Power Wash, Stain & Seal. Free Estimates. We Beat Any Written Price. Call 219-879-2017 or (cell) 219-331-3571 - Leave message.  GREENLEAVES TREE SERVICE. Pruning, removal, stump grinding. Licensed & insured. Free estimates. Call 219-877-8263 or 219-871-1016. RELIABLE HAULING, removal of junk, yard waste, clean outs or foreclosures. Call 219-326-8693. SANDCASTLE LANDSCAPE & TREE MAINTENANCE. Professional arborist (licensed & insured). Serving the beach area for over 15 yrs. Call 219-878-3032.


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CHUCK’S LANDSCAPING AND TREE SERVICE. Custom landscape design & installation. Tree & shrub planting. Compete Lawn Renovation, i.e., Seed & Sod - Mulch & River Rock. Retaining Walls & Planters: Rock. Block Flagstone Timbers. Railroad ties. Drain Tile Installation for Water Control Brick Patios — Driveway Designs — Parking Problems? Resolved! High tolerance tree and stump removal — Tree and bush removal Insured and References - Senior Discount. ONE CALL DOES IT ALL 219/874-8785 RON’S LANDSCAPING. Clean-ups, landscaping. Flagstone and brick patio installation. Call 219-324-8590.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ATTENTION DRIVERS willing to train to obtain CDL! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! TMC Transportation needs drivers. Guaranteed weekly earnings. Premium equipment and benefits. Excellent earning potential and still be OFF WEEKENDS! It’s not a job, it’s a future! FOR CDL Training through Commercial Driver Institute in South Bend, IN. Call today. - 1-800-882-7364 AC0064 ACCESS TO A COMPUTER? Work from home online. $500-$1,500 part time to $5,000+ full time. HIGH TECH ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANY seeks ambitious, high integrity individual for market expansion. Call 888-378-0527.

WANT TO SELL USED OFFICE FURNITURE AT FIRME’S (2 Stores) 11th & Franklin Streets, Michigan City - 219/874-3455 Highway 12, Beverly Shores - Just West of Traffic Light. 1993 SEA RAY SEA RAYER and TRAILER 4 passenger. Looks & runs great. $2,900. Call 219-879-8239. 2005 SUPER SCOOTER BIKES, MOPEDS, MOBILITY & CHOPPER SALES. 49cc, 110cc, $750 ea. Pics. avail. Shipped to you. Biggest chopper 4-spd. $950. Call 219-898-0390. MC/VISA/Discover accepted. Shomer Shabbat Antiques & Art 8 rooms, jammed with antiques and collectables. 1004 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City. 879-1942. Closed Saturday. RAINBOW TRADES - 809 FRANKLIN SQUARE - 219/874-7099 ANTIQUES GALORE! Jewelry, China, Furniture, Toys, Dolls, Paintings, African Masks, Indian Items, Vintage Clothes, Tools, Gifts, Unique Items. BALLOONS ALL WAYS - Birthdays, Parties, Big Events. We Deliver! COSTUME WORLD - Rentals/Sales, Makeup. Over 1,000 Costumes. Seek the Unique — Our WEB Site: BLUEBERRIES ARE READY at Billy Boys Blueberry Barn. 650 Freyer Road, Michigan City. 219/872-7477. Open 7 days, 8:30 to 6. 2000 SEA DOO RX JET SKI with trailer and access. 130hp, 98 hrs. Stored inside. $5200. Call 219-879-9257, ask for Jim. GIFTS GALORE - HUGE SAVINGS – 50% OFF. Unique wind chimes, water fountains, African-American sculpture, porcelain sculpture, white distressed furnishings, etc. MasterCard, Visa, Discover accepted. Call 219-873-0989. 2001 EZ GO GOLF CART. Gas powered. Electronic ignition. Removeable back seat. Excellent condition. Green w/tan seats. Canopy. $3,000 o.b.o. Call 269-469-4332. OUTDOOR GLASS TABLE with six swivel rocker chairs w/pads. $195. Will deliver within 20 miles. 219-928-2953. WHITE WICKER 4 PC. FURNITURE SET. Settee, 2 side chairs, coffee table. Set $175. Call 219-878-8128. YARD SALE. JULY 30, 8-2. Furniture, rugs, household, light table, collectables, boat equipment. Stop 39, 27 Pokagon, Michiana, MI. ARCHITECT DRAWINGS OF LONG BEACH HOUSES (circa 1920) by Paul Haagen. Numbered and signed. Call 219-879-1822. CHRISTMAS IN JULY. Antique scale & more. Sat., July 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 2711 Oriole Trail, Long Beach.


REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL - RENTALS/LEASE/SELL LG. OFFICE/BUSINESS SPACES IN COMMERCIAL LOCATION. All newly remodeled. Close to beach & Lighthouse Place. $900/mo. ea. Call 954-816-7765 or 800-650-1494.

GOLDEN SANDES STORE AND LOCK 4407 E. U.S. 12 (@ Hwy. 212) Michigan City, IN. 219/879-5616. OFFICE SPACE AVAIL IN BEAUTIFUL SETTING, located on the eastern edge of Michigan City. Rent includes all util, + common area maintenance. For more information phone Jerry at 219/874-8748 FOR LEASE WITH IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY Approximately 1,500 square feet of executive office space located at 1411 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN. Contemporary style, ample drive up parking and energy efficient. Call 219/872-0318. OFFICE AND RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE. 3611 E US Hwy 12. East of Karwick Plaza. Leave msg. 219-872-7274. By appointment only. FORMER “GLAD RAGS” (upscale women’s clothing) space for rent. Great US RT 12 frontage, parking. Approx. 1,000 sq.ft. 312-259-4011.

WANTED – RENTAL LOOKING FOR HOUSEMATE to share newly renovated beach house w/lake views in Sheridan Beach. $850/mo. 1 yr. lease. 219-873-1180.

RENTALS INDIANA HOUSE FOR RENT IN LONG BEACH 3/BR. Across from lake. Great view & beach. Call 219/874-8692. LONG BEACH COZY 4/BR HOUSE AT STOP 15 (Across from Beach) Fireplace and Large Deck. No pets. Call 708/579-1745.  DUNESCAPE BEACH CLUB LAKEFRONT CONDOS — 2 and 3 bedrooms. Avail. June-Sept. — $1,400 to $2,000 per week. DUNESCAPE REALTY - 219/872-0588. CHARMING MICHIANA SHORES COTTAGE IN WOODED AREA A little over a block to great beach. New w/rustic charm. Fireplace. 2/Bath, 2+BR. A/C. D/W. By month or longer/by week in summer. 773/935-1855 days, or 773/248-3265 evenings. HARBOR COUNTRY - Unique cottage with large, two story living space. 2BR, 2Baths. Can sleep 6. Large screened porch. Lovely terrace & garden. Gourmet kitchen. Washer/Dryer. A/C. Cable, TV/DVD. Stereo. Computer. All linens. Bicycles. 8 blks. to beautiful beach. Sat/Sat rental, $1,200/wk. Photos avail. A must see. 773/929-2295. SHERIDAN BEACH. Contemporary, spacious, furn. 3BR, 2-1/2BA home. 2-car garage. Outstanding lake vistas. Short or long term. Call 630-8525414, e-mail [email protected], MICHIANA SHORES-ORIGINAL 1930’S MICHIANA LOG CABIN Want to go back to camp? Just renovated, along the creek. Sleeping loft and 4 bunk beds, frpl, screen porch, deck, gas grill, A/C. Close to playground and 2-1/2 blk. to beach. Off-season rates avail. 7/1-7/31, $600/wk; 8/1-8/31, $700/wk or $1,800/mo. Negotiable. Call Judy 1-866-400-6800 or email [email protected] LONG BEACH EXECUTIVE HOUSE RENTAL. Stop 29. Overlooking lake. Fantastic decks/views. 3BR, 2BA, A/C, W/D, cable TV, WIFI High spd Internet, and more. NO PETS/NO SMOKING. Still weeks avail. $2,500/wk. Call 630-337-6220. ********************** MICHIANA SHORES CANCELLATION MAKES CABIN AVAILABLE WEEK OF AUG. 5 Short walk to beach. Hilltop, rustic, very private. All amenities. Sleeps 6. Call 219-878-0813. LONG BEACH SINGLE FAMILY YEAR ROUND ON DOUBLE LOT 2 BLKS. FROM STOP 28. Well maintained open flr. plan with gorgeous hrdw. flrs. & frpl. Comfortably sleeps 12. New separate basement guest suite with full bath, laundry & bunk beds. The best and biggest beach in Long Beach. Call 847-251-7494 or visit SUMMER RENTALS ARE HERE! ••4-5BR w/panoramic Lake Michigan view rents for $2,500/wk. 2 huge screen porches & quick lake access! ••3BR, 2BA w/2 sleeping lofts is just 1 door from Lake. $1,700/wk. ••Sheridan Beach 3-4BR cottage on Lake Michigan beach w/huge deck. $2,500/wk. ••3BR Michiana cottage available $950/wk. ••4BR, 2BA home at Michiana & Lake Shore Dr. has gorgeous views. Avai. For July $2,500/wk. ••5BR, 4.5BA. 200 Hilltop in Sheridan Beach. $3,500/wk. Great Lake Michigan views. Merrion & Associates, Realtor 219-872-4000


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SHERIDAN BEACH SUMMER RENTAL. Lg. modern luxury 3BR, 1-1/2BA across from beach. A/C, W/D. $1,250/wk. Disc. for longer stays. Call 219-872-4446. SHERIDAN BEACH SUMMER RENTALS •3BR, 2Bath. Fully furn. On beach. $2,500/wk.. •STUDIO - 1BR, fully furn. On beach. $800/wk. 312-560-5122. LOVELY LONG BEACH executive home for rent. Stop 29. Just one short block from fantastic beach. Newly remodeled home is great summer base for caring family. Cable, A/C, new appliances & beds. Leave the family at the beach and commute to work via the South Shore RR. Treat your family to fun, sun, sand and Lake Michigan from a great family home. Four week minimum rental. Call 330-668-7246 or 330-606-7059 for rates and availability. 2BR CONDO IN LONG BEACH POINTE. Water/gas/heat. $815/month plus electric. Call Merrion & Associates Realtors at 219-872-4000. ESCAPE TO BEAUTIFUL SANDY BEACHES at this 3BR lakefront with coach house. Sleeps 12. $3,200/wk or just main house $2,500/wk. Call Lake Effect Vacation Rentals Realty at 269/469-9813. LONG BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT ON LAKE SHORE DRIVE 3/BR. A/C. Fpl. Furn. Summer wkly. rentals avail. Also avail Sept thru May. $750/mo + util. Call 708/424-8756, or 219/874-8428. LONG BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT - Great location, very close to beach and park. 4/BR, 2/Bath. A/C. W/D. New kitchen w/DW. Deck w/BBQ. Cable TV. - Avail after 8/20 weekly or long term. Call 312-953-9570. SHERIDAN BEACH. Gorgeous new construction. 2BR, 1BA. Furn. Satellite TV, W/D, A/C. Everything top of the line. Beach house in private community with swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, etc. $1,250-$1,750/week. Call 773-454-9538. BEAUTIFUL NEW CONSTRUCTION. 7BR, 4BA. All Viking appliances. All granite. Bamboo floors, intricate stone tile. 3 decks. 42’ tower. High def. Plasma TVs. Furnished. In private community with swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, etc. $3,500-$4,500/weekly. Call 773-454-9538. LOVELY LARGE APARTMENTS IN 4PLEX. Totally remodeled, everything new. C/A. Furn. or unfurn. Less than 1 mile to beach. Close to Lighthouse Place. $825/mo. Call 954-816-7765 or 800-650-1494. SHERIDAN BEACH RUSTIC 3BR LAKE COTTAGE. Private, wooded setting. Weekends, weekly, seasonal or yr. round. $135/day, $875/wk. Call 219-879-9319. LONG BEACH WINTER RENTAL. 3BR, 2BA FURNISHED. Clean. Nicely decorated. Lg.deck. 100 yards. to beach. W/D. A/C. Avail. Sept. $740/mo. Call 219-874-6476. YEARLY RENTAL. Newer 2BR, 2BA. All appliances. No pets. 3 blocks to beach. Credit check. $750/mo. + util. Call 219-363-6818. CHARMING LONG BEACH TWO STORY HOME Stop 20 - Newly redone - 4/BR, 2/Bath. Furnished - No Pets. Washer/dryer. 1/4 Block to beach. $850/mo + utilities. Avail Sept’05 - June ‘06 - Call 708/717-8883. SHORELAND HILLS 10 MONTH RENTAL. 3BR, 2BA, furnished, W/D. 2 blks. to lake. Avail. 9/1/05 to 6/30/06. $725 per month includes lawn/leaf maint., but not utilities. No pets. Call Bob N. at (800)899-2699 or Clare N. at (708) 579-1193. Recently remodeled. “Must see to appreciate.” FABULOUS SHABBY CHIC POOLHOUSE. Long Beach Stop 31. Close to beach. 5BR, 4.5BA. Newly remodeled. A/C. Large yard and decks. Avail. for summer rentals. Call 312-404-4457. EXTRAORDINARY LONG BEACH WINTER RENTAL. New remodeled. 5BR, 4.5BA, cozy, close to beach, beautiful views, lg. yd., laundry facility. $1,200/mo. Call 312-404-4457. LAKEFRONT 2BR or 4BR HOUSE. Deck, fireplace, hardwood floors. Furn. or unfurn. 1214 Lake Shore Drive. Call 773-559-3563. “MICHIANA COTTAGES” VACATION RENTALS –Choose the Red or Chocolate Cottage which comfortably sleep 6/10. Privately wooded, charmingly appointed, just a short walk to the beach. Gas grill, great deck and yard, screen porch, cable, DVD, W/D, A/C, etc at both. Pet and family friendly. Many summer weeks still available so come for a visit! $995 - $1,495/wk. Year round availability. 773-871-2256 or

RENTALS MICHIGAN BEACH HOUSE ON CREST OF DUNE. New Buffalo. 2BR, 2-1/2BA. Terrific views of lake, Chicago skyline, sunsets. Private woods w/trails, tennis pool, beach. Frplc, DSL, deck, balc. Summer: $1600/wk. Off-season: $1000/mo. Call 773-947-9182 or 269-469-6579.

HOUSE FOR RENT - NEW BUFFALO - Convenient “in town” location. 16 S. Townsend. Take the first right after Jackson’s Market on U.S. 12. Available now. Newly renovated. New appliances. New window treatments. 2 Bedroom. Full dry basement. Large yard and one garage. VERY CLEAN! $700 per month. Security deposit & references. NO SMOKERS. No pets. Please drive by first. Call Gary at 269/449-2168 to see more. MICHIANA, MI. 3BR, 2 BA, compl. Furn. A/C, 2-1/2 blks. to lake. $750/wk. or $2,800/mo. Avail. July thru Aug. Call 219-872-7336. MICHIGAN, NEW BUFFALO, GRAND BEACH. Lakefront home, just 42 steps down to a private beach on Lake Michigan. Enjoy magnificent sunsets from this lake-front deck. Golf course and tennis courts are within walking distance. This cozy 3BR, is air-conditioned and equipped with a washer and dryer. Avail. July & Aug. for $1,800/wk. Or June & Sept. for $975/wk. Call 708-848-1025 for a viewing appointment. ON LAKE MICHIGAN, NEW BUFFALO. 2BR condo Warwick Shores. Also cottages. Private beach, pool, tennis, summer or year round rental. Call 269-469-0300-wkdays, 269-469-2943-even. & wk. ends. BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE MICHIANA COTTAGE FOR RENTAL One block from beautiful Lake Michigan Beach at Stop 39. Fully furnished—Charming Deco decor. Air conditioned, forty windows to catch lake breezes. Sleeps up to eight persons. Three bedrooms. Two full baths. Two woodburning fireplaces. New kitchen. Secluded forty oak tree landscape with Adirondack chairs and hammocks. TVs with cable and movie channels. BBQ grill. Pets welcome. Call [773] 528-0825 or [773] 281-7100, or 773-454-2200. MICHIANA, MI. 2 blks. to beach. 3500 sq. ft. house, 2 car garage. 5BR, 4BA. Rent for long term 1-2 yrs. $2,000/mo. + util. Call 269-469-0219 leave msg. Cell phone 219-898-1514. AUTHENTIC LOG HOMES FOR RENT. Long or short term available. Call 269-469-1555 or email

 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE  PRIVATE VACANT BEACH FRONT. 120 ft. Long Beach, IN. Stop 23. $2M. 773-735-5213. BEAUTIFUL LONG BEACH POINTE CONDO - 1BR lower level with new berber carpet & ceramic floors. All appliances stay. Private patio. Close to beach and Notre Dame School. Community pool. Call 219-872-0465. NEW BUFFALO ALTERNATIVE (Rural Michigan City). Furn. home on wooded, well landscaped 1-1/4 acres in private country subdivision with low taxes. 9 rms. 3-4BR, 2.5BA. Frpl, maple kit. cabinets, Jacuzzi, sun rm., rec. rm. with wet bar. Alarm system with cameras. 2.5 car finished garage. 25K generator, fenced yard with sprinkler system and much more. A perfect second home that can almost take care of itself. $249,500. A must see! 3.2 mi.east of exit 34B on I-94 off 400N at Sunset. Century-21 1st Team, 2 N. Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI. Call 269-469-2121.

Read The Beacher On Line Schererville Corn Roast The 42nd Annual Schererville Chamber Corn Roast on Fri., Aug. 5, will feature Bob Drobac, Elvis Impersonator who will do a “Tribute To Elvis” at 7:30 p.m. He is part of a full schedule of entertainment starting at 4:00 p.m. Food served from 4 - 8 p.m. featuring “All The Corn You Can Eat” with a hot dog or polish sausage. This will be held at Redar Park, Schererville, IN., located at the intersection of Austin and Gregory. There will be a deejay and MC from Dynamic Music and a beer garden opened until 10 p.m. Besides the numerous crafts, vendors, dunk tank and clowns, this will be the best family event of the year. For further information: 219-322-5412.


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Off the Book Shelf by Sally Carpenter

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling The long awaited day has finally arrived! All of the Harry Potter fans breathed a collective sigh at 12:01 a.m. on July 16 as they streamed into book stores all over the world for this next installment of the series. I may be a mother of two and grandmother of three, but I absolutely love reading fantasy. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Witness this Harry Potter phenomenon that has young, old and older reading and discussing the teenaged wizard. And now we come to volume six in the seven book series, and our Harry is growing up fast. This book has him in his sixteenth year of age and his sixth year at Hogwort’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. The heart of what makes Harry Potter so popular is first, the boy himself and then the storyline of Harry as an orphan who was taken in (reluctently) by his aunt and uncle and horrible cousin. Until he was eleven, Harry was put down and made to feel inferior. He was quiet and withdrawn until the day he found out he was destined for different and greater things. He was taken to Hogwart’s and introduced to a world he didn’t know existed. A world that he soon adjusted to and embraced. Basically, Hogwart’s is a boarding school with a twist. Students live in dorms (that just happen to be in a huge castle occupied by ghosts and assorted creatures), eat in a huge common dining room (where food just happens to appear and the ceiling always reflects the outdoor sky), and they go to regular classes where they just happen to learn witchcraft and wizardry! And don’t forget the sports program (that just happens to be Quidditch, a game played on broomsticks sixty feet above the ground). Take the common and add a touch of uncommon and you have something that has instant appeal. What I see here is that Harry Potter is that he is “everyboy” …we can all relate to some or all of his story: maybe we were the school nerd, not good at athletics, always on the outside looking in, or raised by relatives who didn’t really like us. Author Rowling has taken the story of a young boy and added the element of magic and monsters for a bit of spice and put it in an appealing format that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. The length of each book is a reflection of the details that Rowling puts in each story, details that show how hard it is to be 11, 12, 13, 14 , 15 or 16 years old. Everyone didn’t like Harry’s whining and gloomy mood in book five, but, hey, he was 14! I, and mothers who have teenagers past and present can surely relate to the ups and downs of that age. Harry and friends Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger are more sure of themselves in this sixth year at Hogwart’s, partly because of their status as upperclassmen. Remember the time when you looked up to juniors and seniors and longed for the day you would

be them? And, too, the three friends have discovered the opposite sex. Hermoine secretly carries a crush on Ron, while Ron has discovered Lavender Brown, and Harry, after noticing several different girls, finds to his great alarm, that he is attracted to Ginny, Ron’s sister. What a predicament! Of course, Lord Voldemort (he-who-must-not-benamed) plays a big part of this story, as well as Harry’s favorite, Professor Dumbledore, Hogwart’s Headmaster. Harry’s aunt and uncle play an increasingly smaller part in each story as Harry’s maturity and the Dursley’s fear of his growing magical powers increases. Draco Malfoy, Harry’s classmate and nemesis, plays a big part in the story as Harry’s increasing obsession with what Draco is up to becomes a source of irritation to his friends. We also see a more mature and reflective Harry as Dumbledore takes him under his wing and confidence. Harry must learn the sorrow and sense of loss that a death brings as this story has someone die that is close to Harry. Once again, we learn more of Harry’s mother and father and learn new spells and new magical incantations. What great fun! Don’t nitpick details, just enjoy the read and don’t forget to put on the sunscreen before you head out for the beach, because you’ll get so caught up in the book, you’ll forget what time it is! Till next time, happy reading!


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JUST 3 DOORS AWAY FROM JOHN ROBERT’S childhood residence is this stately Indiana limestone 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. A main floor master bedroom is located at the south end of the home, away from the kids’ bedrooms. Beautiful hardwood floors grace the living & dining rooms. There are 2 wood burning fireplaces, a new kitchen & a covered patio. Only 2 blocks to the great beach at Stop 28 (where John Roberts $ learned to swim!). 449,900

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FUTURE LEGAL EAGLES will benefit from the peace & repose offered by this executive style home in Long Beach Cove. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath 2002 construction sits at the end of a finger of Lake Claire’s waters. The water views are reflected in the main floor Master suite and the grand Great Room, with floor-toceiling slate chimney & beautiful hardwood floors. On almost an acre of land, there’s plenty of room for deep thinking! $798,500

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CENTURY 21 Long Beach Realty 123 T

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Superbly Designed Contemporary on high dune overlooking Lake Michigan with sparkling lake views from every window. Over 4,500 square feet of living area in pristine condition includes 5 bedrooms, 41⁄2 baths, 3 fireplaces, balconies, and entertainment spaces. Guests ( paying or otherwise) are pampered in a separate wing with complete kitchen. Fifteen hundred square feet of deck spaces, both glassed and open, is a choice for all seasons. Wine cellar, garage. $ 799,900

Glorious Lake Michigan Views from lovely prairie style home on 2 hillsides lots plus an undivided 1⁄2 interest in 18 feet on the water just across the Drive. Custom built in 1954, siding is redwood, floors hardwood. Large great room has fireplace, beautiful cherry kitchen and panoramic lake views. Pella sliders open to huge porch overlooking the Lake. Four bedrooms include master with generous closets and luxurious bath. Inground 32 foot pool is 9 feet deep with a diving $ board. There is rear access to oversized 2 car garage and generous parking for guests 1,750,000 June Livinghouse*, Broker Associate, ABR, GRI 800-957-1248 Sylvia Hook*, Broker Associate, CRS, GRI 800-518-5778 Phyllis Waters*, Owner/Broker, CRB, CRS, GRI Doug Waters*, Managing Broker 219-877-7290 Debbie Chism*, Broker Associate 874-9093 Beverly Bullis*, CRS, GRI 800-518-6149 Phyllis T. Waters* CRB, CRS, GRI Broker/ Owner

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