Edwardsburg minister dedicated to serving community
When Jeff Reece left his hometown in Pennsylvania to earn an engineering degree at General Motors Institute in Flint, he likely had no idea that a desire to serve the Lord would be what anchored him to the Mitten State.
For the last 23 years, Reece has followed his passion for ministry by leading Hope United Methodist Church in Edwardsburg, where he has built a home for his family and a community for his parishioners.
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Mason Jar Cafe a hot spot in Benton Harbor Arts District
Be it a plate of bright, runny eggs or a tall, juicy hamburger, at the heart of every single dish that comes from the tiny, open kitchen in Benton Harbor’s Mason Jar Café lies a common strand of DNA: simple, healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
“We always know where our products are coming from,” said restaurant co-owner and head chef Abel Martinez.
It was this philosophy that led Abel and his wife, Jayme Cousins, to finally exchange their titles of “employees” for “restaurate...
Granger physicians built home with open concept in mind
Perched on a stool, a cup of coffee on the high-top table in front of him, Jesse Hsieh starts most mornings watching small animals frolic around his expansive backyard.
The family physician is so close to the outdoors that he may as well be sitting on the back patio, but with the tall wall-to-wall windows that line the back half of the great room, he and his wife can enjoy nature with the added benefit of temperature control.
“We chose these windows because we wanted to bring the outside ...
Radio DJ revisits passion for drawing to create children’s book
Most mornings, Corey Mann’s voice accompanies thousands of Michiana residents on their commute to work.
On the weekends, his Instagram feed fills with photos. Backstage shots with the members of Kiss, pictures of he and his son flanking “Star Wars” star Carrie Fisher or actress Rosario Dawson; flashback photos with Muhammad Ali, the Rock and countless other A-list celebrities are not uncommon.
For the last two years, though, Corey has spent most evenings under the dim light of a desk ...
Buchanan students personify impact of new endowment
Alex Tobler and Dylan Catalano inspect the library of their middle school, a space that has been refurbished since their move to high school a few years ago.
On an August day, the soon-to-be-seniors talk with confidence about their future plans to make a difference in the community. Dylan sees himself as a politician, helping to enact change. Alex wants to help in a different way, by putting criminals behind bars.
They laugh frequently as they notice the spotless carpet and undamaged book ...
‘Girls Pint Out’ members bond over love of beer
On a Wednesday night in late July, a banker, a therapist, a chemist and a stay-at-home mom walk into a brewery.
What sounds like the start of a bad joke is actually the kickoff for a regular meeting of Michiana women gathering to celebrate a mutual passion: Their love for beer.
These four ladies and a few others who joined them are greeted at Cultivate Brewing in Berrien Springs by the lead brewer, Hannah Lee, who fits right into the clan of female beer connoisseurs.
The women swap stories ...
Roll out the fun for fall with this DIY game
One of the best parts about fall — besides football, color-changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything — is the gorgeous weather.
Yard games are a great way to spend the time outside and are the perfect way to involve everyone, young and old.
Yard Yahtzee is one of the newest trends in outdoor fun and makes the perfect addition to your game collection. Follow these simple steps to create your own.
STEP ONE: If your wood needs to be cut, that will need to be done first. Most home ...
Make your living room the hottest hangout in town
For those who enjoy entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must.
While it is a treat to go out to your favorite establishment or lounge, spending an evening in the comfort of your own home is the ultimate luxury — but only if you have properly prepared by creating a space which can welcome everyone from cocktail amateurs to party professionals.
By investing in basic bar tools and stocking up on a few key liquors and mixers, you are setting yourself up to be the ultimate host, which will ...
Local physician debunks popular food myths
Fall begins a marathon of months often filled with unhealthy treats, but a number of favorite foods may have an unnecessarily bad reputation.
Dr. Asad Ansari, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist with Beacon Medical Group in South Bend, says the impact of various food groups is not necessarily one-size-fits-all.
MYTH 1: Chocolate gives you acne.
Consuming chocolate does not mean your face will automatically break out in pimples.
“For most people, chocolate likely will ...
United Way director uses vivacious personality to reach people all across southwest Michigan
Nestling into one of two oversized chairs in front of Anna Murphy’s desk, it is easy to feel welcome and at ease with the person sitting in front of you. Surrounded by piles of paperwork and inspirational decor, Anna’s smile welcomes you like a good book or cup of coffee, her laughter brings you to a place where you feel at home.
The self-described attention lover insists she doesn’t seek out the spotlight, but when it falls upon her, she doesn’t miss the opportunity to tell anyone who ...