month : 04/2015 12 results

Court volunteer describes bond with child she met in program

Sitting at a table in the Edwardsburg library, Nancy Krempec searched her smart phone for a message that a few days earlier had made her cry. The message, she explained, came from a 19-year-old girl whose real name she cannot divulge due to privacy concerns. Nancy referred to her simply as Jane. For the past six years, Nancy has served as Jane’s advocate through Cass County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which matches trained volunteers with abused and neglected ...

The house that Judith built

Sitting on a wooden table in the corner of the Niles barn is a unique artifact from the animal kingdom. But this didn’t come from your typical barnyard animal. Then again, this isn’t your typical barn. Judith Racht, who owns the barn-turned-house, points out the shell of an elephant’s foot very matter-of-factly, like one might show off a new set of china or a favorite book. “Somebody had to have it, and when I was in India I rode an elephant, so I thought, ‘why not?’” she ...

A taste of Italy

NEW BUFFALO — With its rustic yellow-brick exterior, luscious foliage and spacious outdoor patio, Brewster’s Italian Café would fit right in the heart of Italy. Thankfully for local foodies, the restaurant is located just off the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown New Buffalo. For the past 22 years, the family-owned Italian eatery has been a hit with locals and tourists alike. Whether it is because of its oven fired pizzas or its dedicated service, customers have made Brewster’s one of ...

A recipe for success

Tim Foley knows the value of people. The owner of Bit of Swiss knows the artisan bakery he and his wife have operated the past two decades would not be the popular attraction it is today without the loyalty and support of his family, staff and customers. This is why, when customers enter Bit of Swiss Bakery in Stevensville, they shake the owner’s hand. Even though the southwest Michigan staple has expanded to new locations all over Michiana, Foley still finds it necessary to greet the ...

Grain to glass

Tucked away in the charming town of Three Oaks, Michigan, just a few miles east of Lake Michigan, stands the historic Warren Featherbone Factory. The building, which functioned as a corset and buggy whip factory in the late 19th Century, has been gracefully converted into Journeyman, Michiana’s very own “grain to glass” distillery. The Process Journeyman, which opened in October 2011, is not your typical distillery and differentiates itself from the slew of other Midwest breweries and ...

Dreams do come true

In a role that critics say begs the dancer to “crash and burn,” Amber Neumann shocked audiences as she broke into tears onstage during a heartfelt performance of “Infra.” To get into character for her role in renowned choreographer ayne MacGregor’s contemporary ballet which goes behind the scenes of city life, the Niles dancer channeled a level of pain that starkly contrasts her own personality. In fact, she danced with such passion that the performance earned her a spot in Point ...

Growing your way to good health

I don’t know about you but when it comes to gardening I don’t have much of a “green thumb” — or maybe any at all — but, like a growing number of Americans, I am getting more and more concerned about the foods I’m eating: where they come from, if they’re safe to eat, if they are free of contamination and if they are negatively impacting my health. The more I learn, the more unsettled I feel. According to the Lindberg International survey released recently, 1,000 Americans were ...

Tips for first-time planners or seasoned brides

GRANGER, Ind. — Before walking down the aisle to say “I do,” brides and grooms have an abundance of details to work out. From the flowers and bridesmaids to the cake and food, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming. But with patience, good budgeting and a little help, planning a wedding can become simpler — and less stressful — by following a few tips from Cher Goggins, owner of Merry Me Events in Granger. “So many brides are getting married later at older ages. They are starting ...

Romantic getaways minutes from the coast

With another brutal winter hopefully behind Michiana residents, couples all over the region are anxious to get out of the house and spend some quality time together. Like the return of birds chirping and spring bulbs peeking through the melting snow, seasonal lakeside businesses are beginning to open their doors and prepare for warmer weather. Tourists wishing to beat the busy season can take advantage of all St. Joseph and Harbor Country have to offer while witnessing the early signs of ...

Gallery owner returned to artistic roots with tile making

Describing an artist’s work as “a little flat” usually isn’t considered a compliment. But, in the case of one Michiana native’s art, the description is accurate. Kathy Reddy White, the owner of CircaArts Gallery in downtown South Bend, is a clay tile artist, and while the majority of her art pieces are literally “a little flat,” from an artistic viewpoint, they’re anything but. Upon entering CircaArts Gallery inside the historic McCormick building on the corner of Hill and ...