month : 07/2015 13 results

Why I Love Michiana: Barbara Craig

In 1995, Barbara Craig turned a two-week temporary job at Lake Michigan College into a career. Barbara, who hails from Kindlington, Oxfordshire in England, had just received her green card and was looking for a job. She answered an ad for a temp job at the college, and from there she worked her way up to being the executive dean at the LMC Bertrand Crossing campus near Niles. In late May, after living here 20 years, Barbara officially became an American citizen, and continues to follow her ...

Do-it-yourself patio cooler

With summer upon us, many are anxiously awaiting the warm temperatures to enjoy the outdoors. Living in an area with all four seasons can be an amazing experience, but when summer rolls around we tend to try and soak up every ounce of the season after bunkering down in the bitter cold of winter. Summertime also means that school is out and backyard BBQs are in! And what is better than an ice cold beverage on a hot summer day? So, we have created a new way to reuse your old cooler. Rather than ...

Dining at its finest

As the sign welcoming visitors to its city limits reads, the community of South Bend is, “Building a 21st Century city.” Once a powerhouse of industry, the Indiana city has reinvented its economy over the last decade, on the backs of new and inventive businesses focused on services, technology, entertainment and, of course, great dining. Located in the heart of downtown inside one of the district’s oldest buildings, LaSalle Grill has been a constant during this period of renaissance for ...

Party in style

SAWYER, Mich. — With the sound of crickets chirping, the smell of bonfires burning and the sight of fireflies lighting up the sky, it’s safe to say summer has made its way to Michiana. You know what that means? It’s party time! During a season that flies by as quickly as fireworks on the 4th of July, residents all over the region are known for embracing every possible minute of the warm weather, and there’s nothing they enjoy more than a good old-fashioned outdoor soiree. This ...

Physicians use love of music to raise money for charity

During the workweek, they spend countless hours caring for patients. A neurologist. An allergist. A cardioligist. A family physician. They lead boards of directors, head departments of medicine, perform surgeries and dedicate their lives to the well-being of residents all over Michiana. Their patients know them as Dr. Hsieh, Dr. Harris, Dr. Mitra and Dr. Langheinrich. Their fans know them as Vyagra Falls. The Michiana rock band has spent the better part of the last decade traveling ...

Female golf pro shares her love of the game

Sometimes a single moment can have a great impact on a person’s life. For Granger, Indiana’s Kasi Hornback, that moment came at a Southern California driving range that seemed “giant” to her 10-year-old self. Kasi doesn’t remember much about that first swing except for one thing — it felt right. “I didn’t know anything, but I just started whacking these balls and I thought I was so good, of course,” she said. “Next thing I know, I was set up with golf lessons and realized ...

Finding peace of mind

Today’s tech-heavy, non-stop society barely has time to breathe, let alone meditate. Parents, in particular, are perpetually on the go. Chauffeuring children, battling work deadlines, preparing meals, sifting through a barrage of emails and hashtagging the next all-engrossing tweet are some of the things that absorb their days. Everyone is busy, and that is precisely why people need to make time to meditate. The major benefit of meditation: Compassion Proponents say the benefits of ...

Plan a day trip to Harbor Country

While Harbor Country has been dubbed “A Land for All Seasons,” summer is arguably the best time to spend a day or two in southwest Michigan’s 15-mile belt of beautiful beachside towns. The area — which includes New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Michiana, Grand Beach, Lakeside, Harbert, Union Pier and Sawyer — packs the perfect punch for anyone looking to enjoy a quick getaway. Part of the appeal of Harbor Country is its proximity to residents across southwest Michigan, northern Indiana and ...

Niles dentist dedicates life to faith, community service

Dr. Richard Beckermeyer grabbed one of several unmarked black binders from a shelf in his office and laid it on the table. This one, like the others, contains photographs he took during his many faith-fueled humanitarian trips across the globe. A licensed dentist, the Niles man has cleaned teeth, performed root canals and done just about any dental procedure imaginable for hundreds of poor and disadvantaged people around the world since the mid 1990s. Many of them have never held a toothbru...

Art builds community

The Benton Harbor Arts District has built a reputation as a vibrant artistic community rich with creativity. Located near the Harbor Shores neighborhood, the Arts District boasts unique restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops and a variety of galleries. But it wasn’t always that way. A key component in the revitalization of Benton Harbor, the Arts District has been nearly 20 years in the making. In 1998, when what is now the New Territory Arts Association (NTAA) was founded, the neighborhood had ...