Short drive for quick photo turns into house adventure

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

THE PORTHOUSE MANSION AND DARYL YANE

A short drive to Lake Roger Drive in Sugar Bush Knolls to snap a quick photograph of the Porthouse Mansion turned into an adventure last Thursday, while working the story previewing the home's sheriff sale auction last week.

I had no expectation to find the home's most recent owner, Daryl Yane, at the 8,000-square-foot residence, but was more than happy to be wrong.

Yane purchased the home for $1.2 million from Roberta Porthouse in 1995, who decided to sell the sprawling home and move to Missouri with family after her husband Cyril Porthouse's passing. But fate wasn't kind to Yane, an investor, who lost everything when the housing and stock markets crashed in 2009.

Yane relished in the details of his time at the top while he toured me through the sprawling home, pointing out its intricacies while honky tonk country tunes played in the background. He claimed to have raked in $100,000 a week while riding the stock markets. Old tax documents backed his tales -- $5 million one year, $6 million the next.

He flew blimps, had a special tailor in Chicago, art, fancy cars and $3 million in real estate.

Despite going from riches to rags, Yane had an upbeat flair, and we shared plenty of laughs. Perhaps it's a testament to the human spirit's ability to keep pushing on, despite whatever curve balls life pitches.

Thanks for the tour, Daryl. I'll never forget it.

A new owner has yet to claim the house, though. PNC National Bank bought back the home in the auction Monday for $311,100, about $30,000 more than the minimum bid. The house will be on the market again down the road, though that time is not clear yet.

ROAD RANT

There seems to be a bit of confusion for motorists making their way through the revamped intersection at Crain Avenue and South Water and Lake streets in Kent.

Occasionally, drivers turning left from Crain Avenue onto South Water Street have stopped mid-turn, apparently thinking the secondary light directing traffic coming from Lake Street is signalling them to stop.

With the hope of clearing up confusion, I have this message: Please don't stop mid-intersection. When turning left from Crain Avenue to South Water Street, worry not about the red light halting Lake Street traffic, and instead focus on the light at the Fairchild Avenue Bridge. Think of it this way: If you were turning left from Main Street to South Water Street, you wouldn't stop mid-turn at the red light halting the cars on Water Street. The same rule applies for the intersection in question.

Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said the city has noticed the trend as well, and is considering options on how to resolve the issue.

Luckily, no bad wrecks have occurred as a result of the confusion, but there has been one minor wreck within the past four months, Bowling said, which resulted from a driver stopping, panicking and backing up into the car behind them.

Bowling said the city is considering a special lens for the light. The lens would black out the red light unless viewed from the direction it directs, which, hopefully, would help keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Until then, if you find yourself stopped mid-intersection at Crain Avenue and South Water Street with a white station wagon honking behind you, that will be yours truly giving a friendly reminder to keep it moving.

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