Living like Proos: Senator’s home fit for family
As a state senator representing more than a quarter million southwest Michigan residents, John Proos’ commitments at the capitol in Lansing and across his tri-country district keep him on his toes.
His responsibilities are far from over once he pulls his car into the parking lot of his two-story home in St. Joseph, though.
On a warm, sunny Saturday in early May, John and his wife Kristy spent the morning busily tackling the usual early morning tasks — making a pot of fresh coffee, ...
In the Kitchen: Conway’s a popular breakfast, lunch destination in Three Oaks
Situated on a quiet street in Three Oaks’ downtown, visitors to the Harbor Country community can often find the inside of the small, white farmhouse-looking building packed to the gills on weekends, with lines sometimes extending out the doors.
The coffee shop known as Conway’s has established itself as a spot for locals and visitors to Three Oaks alike to gather for breakfast and lunch — and not just for the restaurant’s freshly roasted coffee or its selection of dishes from across ...
Wonder abounds in St. Joseph: Coastal town a destination for adventure
The words from “The River Saint Joe” appear on one of the many outdoor sculptures that inhabit the coastal city’s downtown.
Writer Ben King, or Benjamin Franklin King, Jr., lived a short life. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1857, the piano prodigy and poet presented a baffling nature to his peers, But his words, which exude grace, humor and parody, will forever wrap an artful context around the pleasures that still abound.
And why shouldn’t they? The ...
5 for Foodies: Michiana seafood restaurants to get hooked on this summer
We may live in the Midwest, but with Lake Michigan so close folks in Michiana are able to ditch the corn fields in favor of the open water. The oppressive summer heat and humidity that sweeps into the area begs for lighter meals, and there are few light meals as satisfying as seafood. Here are a couple of places where us Midwesterners can get a taste of the coast at home.
1: Lakehouse Restaurant and Bar
Located a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan, this restaurant easily boasts the best ...
Why I love Michiana: History museum director passionate about community
Steve Arseneau has always had a passion for history.
When he moved to Michigan to begin working at the Dowagiac Area History Museum, which was then located at Southwestern Michigan College, his plan was to stay for four or five years.
Now, 18 years later, his passion for history is still strong. So is his affinity for living in a smaller community.
Arseneau grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse. He met his wife Christina at conference at the ...
Ask the Decorator: Tips for building your personal art collection
If you think starting an art collection sounds like something reserved only for the Mr. and Mrs. Thirstin Howl III’s of the world, you’re not alone.
If you aren’t a seasoned collector, purchasing art can seem intimidating. You’re probably asking yourself a slew of questions like: “Where do I start? How do I learn about what’s available? What is a wise investment?” All these questions are enough to make many people give up and simply go with some mass-produced print from a big-box ...
Michiana musicians offer a peek behind the scenes
For many, summer in Michiana is synonymous with outdoor festivals, sunshine and enjoying a cold drink at one of the many breweries and wineries across the region. Add in some live music and you have a thriving entertainment scene. With genres of music covering everything from bluegrass, soul, rock, country and jazz, there is something out there for everyone, so strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to jam with some of the coolest bands the Midwest has to offer.
Health 101: Physician explains the importance of protecting skin
For many, summer means sitting on the beach, absorbing the sun’s rays and cultivating a summer glow.
However, when the sun is out, it is important not to forget about proper skin health and protection.
In the summer months, dermatologist Dr. Miles Andrew, of St. Joseph Health System recommends that everyone pay extra attention to their skin’s health.
The immediate damage people feel after being out in the sun for too long is the most obvious, Andrew says. This damage includes hot, ...
Family turns viral Facebook photos into fundraiser for Save a Stray organization
When Kitty Schaub and her family responded to an ad for a free kitten, they had no idea the journey they were about to embark upon.
Kitty’s daughter Amelie had been begging her parents for a cat for years, when Kitty finally decided to grant her daughter’s request and pick up little Luna.
Kitty is a professional photographer, specializing in baby and family photos. Since Luna is a professional kitty, it only seemed natural that she would photograph the newest member of their family in ...
New Buffalo’s first brewery finds a home in a former church
Less than a mile from the glittering waters and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan is a white church with a steeple and a unique congregation.
It might seem a bit sacrilegious, but at the new Beer Church brewery in New Buffalo it is easy to taste how beer can be a religious experience.
Since March, Beer Church, the first brewery in New Buffalo, has opened its doors and welcomed those with a thirst for craft beer.
The church’s resurrection began when co-owners John Lustina and Jane Simon ...