month : 02/2015 12 results

Southwestern Michigan College founder chronicles history of building school

Fifty years after his dream turned into a reality, recently retired Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Fred Mathews chronicled the challenges he and others faced building a community college in Dowagiac, Michigan. Mathews spent nearly 19 years writing “Triumph Over Adversity,” a candid look at the history of Southwestern Michigan College. Mathews said he decided to write the book because people would tell him about the history of the college and it would be ...

Rocky River offers ‘farm-to-fork’ experience

GRANGER, Ind. — From the minimalist wooden décor to the very name of the restaurant itself, nearly every aspect of Granger’s Rocky River Tap & Table is a reflection of the core values of its conception: freshness and simplicity. Despite having only been open since July, the American-style bistro is already developing a reputation among area diners for a “farm-to-fork” approach to its menu, incorporating locally sourced ingredients in nearly every dish. The restaurant has deals ...

Do-it-yourself Envelope Pillow Case

Sewing can be a daunting task, especially for those who are just starting out. This envelope pillow case is a perfect project for a beginner or someone simply looking to spice up their home décor. The best part is that you can take a pillow you already own, make as many different cases as you want and it only requires sewing four straight lines. The first thing necessary for this project is to decide what pillow will be used and measure it prior to purchasing fabric. The fabric will need to ...

Michiana moms detail life raising twins

It’s 2 a.m., and Anna Billingsley and her husband have a plan. Two lists have been made: one for Anna and one for Charles. They each grab a baby, strap her in and make a mad dash for the door. As soon as the Billingsley family enters the grocery store, they exchange a kiss and take off in opposite directions, each with a twin as they quickly check items off their grocery lists, a comical race to the checkout lane before anyone can deter their outing. “We have to do it that way,” Anna ...

A walk through history

Standing in the doorway of the Oliver Mansion, guests are likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of the inside of the home. A large sweeping mahogany staircase extends up three floors from the main hall adjacent to the doors. To the right, an immaculately decorated parlor provides a cozy sitting area where the mistress of the house spent her mornings. To the left, a living area lined with bookshelves, elegant curtains and a fireplace holds plenty of seating for entertaining guests or ...

Grabbing a cup of coffee about more than a beverage

Coffee houses have been around since the days of the Ottoman Empire, acting as social settings and filling patrons with caffeine instead of alcohol. These hot spots have been places for catching up on work, discussing politics in hushed tones, gossiping about neighbors and their scandalous behavior or just enjoying a hot cup of coffee while reading a book. Ultimately, java shops have always been a place to get away from home and feel comfortable. One does not need to frequent chains like ...

How to keep your weight loss resolutions

Weeks into the new year, some may already be struggling to keep up with weight loss resolutions. St. Joseph native Kat Barry — a health enthusiast, vegan cookbook editor and certified yoga instructor — has several tips for maintaining weight loss all year long. • Keep a journal: Barry said it is helpful to keep a written record of progress when attempting to stay fit. “Writing down your workouts and meals really helps you track progress, stay on track and have accountability to ...

Lifelong volunteer dedicates professional, spare time to others

Just days before the big school dance, a young girl and her mother stop by a rummage sale hoping to find the perfect dress on their limited budget. After trying on several different gowns, the teenager finally finds “the one.” “I feel so pretty!” the young girl says to the rummage sale volunteer as she tries on the dress. The volunteer kindly asks the girl if she has shoes to go with her dress. Her answer is “no.” The volunteer walks the girl over to the shoe section and finds her ...

Lipstick Jungle puts the ‘ahh’ in spa

NILES, Mich. — Behind an oversized counter, Susan Sakara greets customers to Lipstick Jungle Spa with a warm smile. The snowflake chandelier above her casts the reception area in a soft white light, enhancing the soothing effect of walls painted in underseas blue, a color chosen by Sakara for its calming tone. The air is filled with the scent of Nag Champa incense, an Indian fragrance containing frangipani and sandalwood known by some for its meditative and spiritual qualities. By the time ...

St. Joe photographer creating iconic images of Michiana

Joshua Nowicki bounces easily across the beach, deftly dodging tall grass and sand dunes. He barely takes his eye from the viewfinder of the digital camera pressed firmly against his red-bearded face. Beneath blue skies on a perfect fall day, he lines up the iconic St. Joseph Lighthouse on Lake Michigan and snaps away, capturing yet another postcard-worthy image to add to the impressive portfolio the self-taught photographer has amassed in a short amount of time. The 35-year-old is confident ...