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INSIDE STORY The Chesterton Tribune and the Canright Family - Three Generations of the Fourth Estate


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Heather Augustyn / Contributing Editor Heather Augustyn is a Chesterton native. She is a continuing lecturer of composition at Purdue Northwest and was a newpaper jounalist for 12 years. She has published five books on ska music and lives in Chesterton with her husband and their two sons, Sid and Frank.

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Kyle Telechan, photographer, has done freelance work for the Times of Northwest Indiana since graduating from Indiana University in 2007 and has over eleven years of experience in photojournalism. His interest in nature, architecture, and urban decay drives much of his non-photojournalistic work. Kyle currently lives in Portage with his wife Elise. Beth Luncsford / Graphic Designer Beth has over 10 years of experience in the design and publishing industry. A lifelong resident of northwest Indiana, Beth currently lives in Michigan City with her husband, Aaron, and their children, Jacob and Everly.


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David Canright and Elizabeth Canright, third-generation owners and publishers of the Chesterton Tribune, printed in the facilities basement.


Three Generations of the Fourth Estate


Chicago Reader article from 1997 titled, “Chesterton's Living Fossil,” profiled one of the town’s living institutions. That institution was aptly described in the article as “the backbone of small-town America,” and even today, 22 years after the statement was made, that praise holds true. The Chesterton Tribune has, since its foundation in 1884, been the backbone of America through its dedication to the journalistic mission of loyalty to its citizenry. This hometown newspaper is a prime example of the fourth estate, the independent press, an important pillar of democracy. The Chesterton Tribune is unique to other newspapers because it is the town’s paper of record, reporting at length about the events and happenings that impact the everyday life of those in the community. Sewer fee increases are real. Road closures due to paving projects are real. Town council candidate platforms are real. The activities that affect where Duneland2


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ers spend their money, drive their vehicles, send their children to school, donate their time and funds, save and budget their paychecks, work and play and commiserate with neighbors, is all just as important, perhaps even more so, than news that takes place hundreds and thousands of miles away. The Chesterton Tribune has never neglected its citizens, its neighbors, and in an age where most newspapers have either shriveled or shut their doors, this “fossil” is still vital to the region. David Canright, publisher of the Chesterton Tribune, explains the newspaper’s rich history. “We are a third-generation business. The paper was founded the first time in 1882 by W.W. Mikels, but he was too political so the merchants wouldn’t advertise with him and he shut down. In 1884 a group of these merchants decided that it was still a good idea to have a newspaper. They found a man from Valpo named Arthur Bowser to take over. He printed

the paper by using a press that wouldn’t have been unfamiliar to Benjamin Franklin,” he says. Arthur Bowser was important to the region in many ways, but for the Chesterton Tribune he was crucial to delivering on the community need for news. At just 21 years old he relaunched the Chesterton Tribune. As editor he promoted Chesterton and Porter becoming towns, and even served a term in the Indiana State Senate. Bowser eventually sold the paper, and, after two further owners in the 1920s it was sold “to my grandfather in 1928 right before the stock market crashed.” David Canright’s grandfather, Warren R. Canright, was a linotype operator for the Chicago Tribune when he decided to move to Chesterton with his wife, Phyllis, and their two-year-old son, Warren H. Canright. They bought the Chesterton Tribune and established themselves in the community while having three more children—Sally, Phyllis, and John.

INSIDESTORY David says that over the years, his grandfather served his neighbors in the region by publishing the paper, but also through his commitment to other institutions. “He was the president of the first Chamber of Commerce in town. When the Chamber of Commerce couldn’t keep going during the Great Depression and World War II, my grandfather kept it going by using the newspaper office as the chamber address. People would contact him if they were interested in learning more about Chesterton. He started it back up after the war,” David says. During World War II, Warren R. Canright faced a difficult situation at the Chesterton Tribune. David explains, “My father [Warren H. Canright] served in World War II. He saw actual combat and received a bronze star. At the time he was in the war, my grandfather still ran the paper. It hit my grandfather hard when he saw these boys who had been killed and his son was there.” After the war, David says his father returned from the Army and Indiana University to help run the newspaper which quickly grew. “Everything boomed and it became hard to have a paper that was only weekly. In 1961, my Uncle John Canright and my grandfather worked with my father to convert the paper to daily. The year we went daily, Time magazine ran a story that mentioned us and said that newspapers were under threat from TV and radio and that we were going against the tide by becoming a daily. We also got a wire machine [equipment for receiving news through United Press International] and my father got a new press. They got another new press in the 1970s and we ran up to 60 pages or more some weeks.” The Chesterton Tribune has always been printed in the basement of the editorial offices, as it still is today by press operator Jerome Nowaczyk. Though David has a tendency to wax poetic about the technical aspects of the press in the belly of the beast, it is the people, both those who work at the paper and those who read the paper, who he feels are the real heart of the creature. The organizations, boards, and committees on which the Canright family and the newspaper’s employees have served as founders, officers, and long-term members are an inventory of the institutions in the Duneland region. And many members of the Canright family have worked long years at the paper. “My mother, Elizabeth, was business manager and wrote Echoes of the Past from the microfilm of our archived newspaper,” he says. That duty has now passed on to Kevin Nevers who has been an-award-winning senior reporter for the Chesterton Tribune since the

David Canright, editor of the Chesterton Tribune, explains the printing process in the building's basement.

summer of 1997. Together with reporter Lily Rex, they cover the three towns of Chesterton, Porter, and Burns Harbor and Porter, Lake, and LaPorte Counties. “Kevin and Lily have marching orders to write as many stories per meeting as needed to get the information on the record that citizens need to be citizens,” David says. Representing all of the citizens of the region is the mission of the Chesterton Tribune, and Canright says that mission applies to all areas of reporting. “When I started to get involved, I laid down a law that I was going to give equal coverage to girls varsity sports. Today, we still are committed to this philosophy of sports reporting and have been for at least 40 years. Sports Editor TR Harlan works with the coaches of all 20 Chesterton High School girls and boys varsity sports to get results and attend live as time permits, notebook and camera in hand. Photographer Dana Gilbertson has been taking photos of Dunelanders at work and play since her days at the CHS student newspaper. She has now branched out to advertising sales and specializes in cooperative-themed ads with special attention to owner-operated local businesses. Office Manager Adam Peffers and Advertising Representative Lora McMeans hold down the business side in the front office. Delivering the paper to the thousands of Duneland doors each day is a small army of youth and adult carriers led by Circulation Manager Nicole Migliorini, and my wife Margaret is co-publisher and has taken on a mix of business-related duties since my mother passed away. She is also copy editor/proofreader, troubleshooter, and photographer.” The ethos of dedication to community is strong, and that follows through in the mission

of the Chesterton Tribune. “We try to be a vehicle so that the community can find ways to come together and promote itself to itself. One problem with social media is that people become isolated with their own group of friends. People think they’re in touch with their social media communities, but there’s a lot they miss. We try to give groups a chance to get their stuff in the paper in the hopes that people from other networks will spot it and tell each other about it. That’s a role that isn’t being met by social media and I don’t know that it’s going to be. I’m a big believer in the original slogan of American Independence which is ‘No Taxation Without Representation’ and without a free press and free speech, you can’t have representation. Without representation, you can’t have a fair government,” he says. Even though social media and digital technology have certainly changed the newspaper industry forever, the Chesterton Tribune endures and thrives in print form. Canright says, “I think eventually everything will be online and I don’t think that’s a positive thing. I don’t think we’ve found a solution to keep that sense of community. Our neighborhoods are turning into places where we don’t talk to our own neighbors because we’re growing too fast to be a community. Print keeps that sense of community, where people know who their neighbors are, they can speak up at a board meeting, they know who their kids’ coach is, and I believe that’s the role of the newspaper and that’s why we will keep going. I hope anything we do in the future will expand that role. And I hope that after I retire that I’ll find somebody that wants to keep it going as a community concern." DUNELAND TODAY

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Top to bottom: Casey Petro, owner and cook at Octave Grill, Lauren Vogelsang of AJ's Pizza Co, and Joe Grossbauer, Jr. of GGNet Technologies



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Duneland is a community of roots. People move here, raise children here, and those children frequently either stay or return to raise families of their own. The same holds true for many Duneland family businesses. Many times a family will build the foundation of a local business and which is then continued by the children of the family; or other times the children learn about running a business and go on to start their own. Such is the case for these three local businesses in the restaurant and technology sectors. Other generational businesses are profiled throughout this issue. At Octave Grill, Casey Petro, who co-owns the gourmet burger eatery with his wife Sylvia, learning about operating a business was something he learned from his mother, Marilyn Petro who owns Salon 218. “I learned from my mom that it’s hard work and it’s long hours. You have to lead by example and if your employees see you work hard then they will follow. Starting small is another thing. My mom started her first salon out of our house then moved into 137 Calumet where the original Octave was. We weren't positive Octave was going to work out so we started small and didn't have to put a ton of money into it, but it was mostly about timing. My mom's old salon, 137 Calumet, was vacant and needed a renter and the town opened up the river front liquor licenses, so at that point Sylvia and decided to give it a shot and we moved back here from Seattle,” Casey Petro says. Since Octave Grill first opened their doors in July of 2010, they have established a local and tourist following. “Downtown Chesterton is charming and Duneland is a great place to live and work. Having the Indiana Dunes National Park here is a huge draw for tourism and makes our summers very busy. We expanded because our gourmet burger place was such a hit in Duneland so we needed a larger location. We are at 105 Calumet which is working out well

CURRENTS for everyone. Next we hope to open a doughnut shop/bakery at our old location. We don't have a date set. We are trying to keep up with the demands of the larger location,” he says. Lauren Vogelsang of A.J.’s Pizza says they too have expanded from the business she learned from her parents. In 1982, Rick and Karen Vogelsang opened and operated Greek’s Pizza on U.S. Hwy 6 and Calumet in Valparaiso. They taught their daughter Lauren all about the business, which changed names to A.J.’s Pizza and then moved to Chesterton in 2015. “I started working here when I was 14 and I stayed forever!” Lauren says. “I learned a lot of things from my dad, and even though he has stepped back from the business, I still call him all of the time to talk about things and get his advice, such as how to deal with employee issues and how to deal with sales reps.” Over the years, Lauren says that much has changed, but most of what they do has stayed the same. “We built our new location in 2015 because Bob Urschel, a good family friend, told us about the property and we had outgrown our old location. This location in Chesterton al-

lows us to do so much more, like host holiday parties and events in our party room, and one of the biggest things is the bar since we have a three-way liquor silence. But being a part of this community is still what we love. In Chesterton we can reach so many new customers and we’re close to the toll road for travelers. We get a chance to really get to know people in Duneland and we love that,” she says. Joe D. Grossbauer, security analyst with GGNet, learned about business from both his mother and father, and he still works with his father, President Joe Grossbauer, to provide technology services to clients in the larger region. He explains, “GGNet was a spin-off from the Grossbauer Group, which is my mom’s company. Her name is Sue Grossbauer and she started her marketing company, so my dad did a spin-off for IT services and separated out as a networking company, which is GGNet. We do firewall switching, wireless installation and configuration, server installation and management, and helpdesk support for end users,” he says. Joe learned about the IT business from his

father and from working at GGNet as a teenager. “I interned in IT when I was 16 and I worked in web development for a few years and came back to IT after college. I studied economics at Purdue but came back to IT because I like fixing things and you know right away if something works or not. A lot of what I have learned from my dad is how to manage a company. It’s a pretty unique skill set and I’ve definitely seen the challenges with staffing and handling a large project in a small company,” he says. Because the field of technology has changed so rapidly, Joe says that being involved in technology requires quick adaptation to these changes. “The business has changed a lot over the years. We used to work a lot with very basic questions, and the difference I’ve seen is that people are very computer literate now. We used to get people who couldn’t connect to their printer and we’d have them unplug it and plug it back in, but people can do that now or know someone who can do that. We’ve moved to big picture, more high-end things, like firewall installations or replacing entire networks.”


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Community buiness owners learn from family tradition You may have noticed a few new businesses in Duneland lately and wondering what was in store for the community. Many of these businesses are inspired by family roots, while others are springing to life for the first time.

Rebecca Riley-Vargas has transformed the building at 4th Street and Porter Avenue into a weaver's paradise. Clockwise from top left:


Three Moons Fiberworks just opened on June 8, 2019 on the corner of 4th Street and Broadway in the old post office facility, and owner Rebecca Riley-Vargas says her father, Richard Riley of Riley’s Railhouse, inspired her to bring her art to Duneland. She says, “I have been involved in fiber arts since I was very young. Both of my grandmothers were involved in fiber arts and I’ve shifted to weaving in the past 10 years. I will never get board in weaving with the combination of colors, patterns, and fibers—it’s endless. There’s always something new to try. My dad has been essential to the renovation of his building, both from a practical standpoint, and from a design standpoint. I’ve always loved his vision when it comes to designing spaces. He has been a guiding force in the direction and requirements, introducing us to individuals that have been extraordinarily important in the community.” Rebecca and her husband and their daughter moved to Duneland in 2012 and after her father purchased the building; redesigning it for a studio was a labor of love. “My husband was involved in the gutting phase of the build-

ing and I walked in to visit him and was really struck by how wonderful the space was for a studio. We started to put plans together and it took us awhile. I felt I needed a large area because looms are not necessarily small. I wanted an area that would be visible and has excellent lighting. Lighting is important. I wanted to replace the

metal panels on 4th street with windows which let in a lot of natural light. We have yarn and finished fiber products for sale, classes in weaving, spinning, dying, fiber processing, and felting. Our equipment and studio space is available for lease if people have their own individual projects they want to work on,” she says. DUNELAND TODAY

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Kelley Smith, director of communications for Spaces 505 at 505 Grant Avenue in Chesterton brings temporary workspaces to the community for those who do business out of the office. She explains, “We have both private offices and coworking spaces for rent. It’s a warm and inviting workspace for people to work in, to work solo or co-work. It’s a flexible solution so people don’t have to work in a cold workspace. This space has people and it’s an active environment. We have coffee, water, snacks, copy services, high speed Wi-Fi, and a meeting space that is either built in to some memberships or available to rent. We also have a reception service if people want someone to be able to greet their clients.” She says the idea came from owner Derrick Serianni who recently purchased the old Pioneer Lumber space. “It goes back to our owner, Derrick and his love for community and bringing people together. He’s a connector. He has been in the community for five years, is from the upstate New York area, and found this space that was Pioneer Lumber so it really draws people together. Derrick talks to a lot of business owners and he has a desire to connect people, to bring people to his business,” Smith says.

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Top: A space set aside for claywork and glazing is available to patrons of Moth Wing Art Studio in Chesterton Middle: Emily Hopkins of Moth Wing Studio works on a piece of fused glass art in the studio Bottom: An area specifically outfitted for glasswork is available to patrons of Moth Wing Studio


Another artist studio that is new to town is also a family affair. Moth Wing Studio, located next to Ace Hardware on Calumet, is owned by Emily Hopkins whose parents, Mark and Michelle, opened Ace Hardware in 2005. In 2007 they moved the business to its current location and Moth Wing Studio opened on May 25, 2019. “This was the space connected to Ace,” explains Emily, “and we wanted to offer something that would be good for our community. Moth Wing is a studio where we offer fused glass art and ceramic arts, as well as spin art.” Emily says that fused art is a creative endeavor that she and her family have been enjoying for years, so they are happy to offer it to Duneland. “We always vacation in Door County, Wisconsin and there is a fused-glass studio there. We have been doing that for several years and so we bought a kiln, took a class in Michigan and for the past year we have been doing this at our home. My mom is really into it and we learned about it. With fused glass, you can make dishes, plant stakes, sun catchers, and decorative art. We have different colors of glass to choose from and 10


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you can cut the glass right here. We help you do it. It has been going really well and the place has been packed. All ages are welcome,” she says. Emily adds that she has learned a lot about business from her parents and is excited to be venturing into her own business. “I have lived in Chesterton my whole life. They bought the store when I was in 3rd grade and so I have worked there and helped out there pretty much my whole life. I was lucky to learn so much from them, and it’s so nice to have a relationship with the people that come in there and now come into the studio. My parents have taught me that it’s important to have relationships.”

From left: Kevin Smith, Teresa and Joe Juarez, and Meg and Bill McCarel of 219 Taproom in Chesterton.


Bill McCarel and Joe Juarez may not be second generation business owners, but they sure do have roots in Duneland. Joe has lived in the community for three decades, and Bill has lived here for two-and-a-half decades. They know their town, and they know beer, so they are proud to combine the two into 219 Taproom located at 109 S. Calumet Street in downtown Chesterton. Bill explains, “Craft beer is one of my hobbies. I enjoy brewing beer and I enjoy drinking beer even more and having been to many taprooms, I felt like it was an experience

that we just didn’t really have in, certainly Chesterton, and not a whole lot of opportunities in Northwest Indiana. A lot of craft beer venues are really sports bars with 16 handles of the usual suspects. I wanted a more cultivated approach. The differentiator is not the number of handles we have, but we are going to bring a product to people that they can’t get without driving two or more hours elsewhere. We are going to give that brewer a few handles so people can get a taste of what they do at that brewery.” But it’s more than just beer. It’s also the experience, says Bill. “We want to be good members of the community so when people come to our taproom we want them to interact with other humans and not interact with a screen. They


won’t be confused that they walked into some other place.” Joe says that the space itself is perfect for commiserating and communicating. “You walk into the place and it’s just beautiful. It’s industrial rustic, and we fell in love with the place when we walked in. At one time it was a roller rink and the bow-string trusses and the barrel roof are beautiful. We won’t have any TVs in here because we want people to come in and talk to each other. We want to be part of the downtown revitalization.” For Bill, it’s all about adding to the wonderful businesses that Chesterton already has to offer. “Chesterton has always had copious amounts of unrealized potential and we wanted to do something in town. Our location had to be downtown, which slowed us down for a while because there isn’t a lot to choose from. We have breweries and wineries here that are fantastic and by joining that craft beer community we’ll have critical mass and people will think it’s worth stopping in Chesterton.”

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The BoyConn Printers family have been part of the community for 56 years.

BOYCONN PRINTERS: Over a Half Century of Full-Service Printing


usiness cards are designed to connect people, to take the handshake one step further and to begin the business process. In 1963, the function of the business card went to a whole deeper level when two social acquaintances connected, not because of a business card, but to produce these business cards, as well as brochures and posters and newsletters and all other printed promotional materials. Don Boyce, who knew the technical side of the printing industry, combined forces with Jerry Connors, who knew about sales, and together they formed BoyConn Printers. This small start-up grew into a third-generation business in Northwest Indiana that serves clients who look to take their handshakes one step further and connect to customers. The years flew by, marked by the calendars BoyConn printed for their clients, and though printing technology may have changed during those 56 years, much has stayed the same. For over five decades, BoyConn has built a reputation on quality and attention to the smallest detail. Mark Connors, who serves as the head designer at BoyConn, says that is

an ethic they all learned from his grandfather Jerry who passed away in 1969 and was then passed down to Gary and his wife Suzie. “When my grandfather Jerry passed away in 1969, his son Gary and his wife Suzie took over and my brother Mike and I really grew up in this business. My brother is the production manager today and we learned that quality is king. It has got to be like the Queen of England is getting this job, because I want to make sure they are blown away by how it’s presented. It’s like food—it’s a visceral thing. You have to like the way it looks and feels, and it’s about making sure that you do what you say you’re going to do. You have to nail the little things,” he says. The ability to print high-quality wedding invitations, restaurant menus, and product catalogs, has improved over the years as technology revolutionized the printing industry, and BoyConn has been at the forefront of that movement. Mark says, “We always did standard printing—big machines, running rollers—and most everything now is done digitally. What that has done is it has leveled the playing field for everyone. Yes, there are large

printing companies that have the big machines that are very expensive, but the digital presses have made everyone more equal, so the expense is decreased but the quality is increased. Digital has also compressed deadlines and we try to accommodate all deadlines. The makeready time, production time, and quality have really leveled the playing field and technology is everything.” Though Mike and Mark took over at BoyConn about five years ago, Mark says his mom and dad still come around quite a bit, which is great. He says, “We have meetings every morning to talk about our projects and strategize. Our dad is a teacher, but he’s also a guy that is our mentor and we’re his proteges. We try to keep our culture going here and we’re always learning. But everyone here is family, all of our employees, because we’re with them eight hours of the day. That’s how I approach our clients, our customers, and our employees, as if they are our family and that we are going to know them for the next 20 or 30 years. I’ve learned that from my dad and it works, especially in a small town, because we’ve been at it for so long.” DUNELAND TODAY

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