Story and Photos by Richard G. Biever It’s another typical but blustery day in the fair northern Indiana city of Elkhart. Citizens go about their routines fabricating recreational vehicles and musical instruments. Traffic rolls along the I-80/90 corridor carrying commerce and travelers from near and far. Meanwhile, just off the toll road in an unassuming… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever Between a U.S. naval base occupying its northern third and a chunk of Hoosier National Forest occupying its southeastern quarter, there isn’t much of Martin County that’s Martin County. But what is left is filled with unique natural attractions and small towns that complement the base, which is known for developing… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever “Let sleeping dogs lie” might be good advice about not stirring things up for most situations. But it’s not the case when it comes to dogs — especially dogs that bark too much. In that the case, the best time to give your dog attention is when it’s being calm and… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever Hospitality is a virtue by which Hoosiers are known to live. But there’s a place in southern Indiana that provides hospitality in the name of its saintly martyr. The Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a world-renowned site of Roman Catholic religious study and vocation, is also an extraordinary destination for visitors of any… Continue reading.
Hoosiers on first?Fort Wayne hosted first professional league game While Cincinnati is celebrated for its 1869 Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, the first professional “major league” game ever played actually took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In March of 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was formed. The “Kekionga Base… Continue reading.
“The last miracle I did,” said God (portrayed by comedian George Burns in the 1977 movie, “Oh, God”), “was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.” Whether the “Miracle Mets” received divine intervention or not, one thing is for sure: the 1969 World Champs did have… Continue reading.
When the inventor of the game of basketball — James Naismith — visited Indiana’s high school basketball state finals in 1925, he quipped that he may have invented the game in Massachusetts, but “basketball really had its origin in Indiana.” This time of year, those Hoosier roots of the game rise to the rafters of… Continue reading.
By Richard G. Biever If someday the mortar holding together the famed “Yard of Bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is found to be mixed with baking powder — Clabber Girl Baking Powder, to be exact — it should come as no surprise. How the seemingly incongruent worlds of racing and baking forever merged at… Continue reading.
Fixing a recurring, irritating problem or adding just that right light touch to a drab room can be done without that hard-to-find “right” tool or “right” bauble. An effective solution could be right under your nose at the local general store or already in that junk drawer in the kitchen. It just takes the right… Continue reading.
Remember the good old days, when a handful of plastic Army men and a broomstick horse could make a kid happy for hours? Today, the toys are a bit more complicated but just as much fun. Here are some electronic gifts to bring smiles to the kids on your gift list. by JAYNE CANNON Mr. Roboto inally —… Continue reading.
The best time of the year to start winterizing your home is before the temperatures start to drop and snow is already on the ground, but if you’re reading this and haven’t already made those small changes to your home, consider this your nudge to get started! Preparing your home for cold temperatures doesn’t have… Continue reading.
“Nostalgia,” some quip, “ain’t what it used to be.” But, that’s an old joke that’s just gotten older. “Vintage” is now in. What’s old is hotter, cooler, groovier and hipper than ever. Thanks to Pinterest, eBay, HGTV and popular TV shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and (the granddaddy of them all) PBS’ Antiques Roadshow,… Continue reading.