Author: Ambrosia Neldon

Five for Foodies: Brunch

Nothing beats waking up late on Sunday morning and spending time with family and friends over a hot meal. Several Michiana restaurants have embraced this mid-morning phenomenon, offering buffets, extra menus and special pricing to accommodate the trend. We asked our readers to weigh in on their favorite spots. Here’s […]

12 Days of Giving: Lacey Peters

Lacey Peters is constantly on the move. Whether it is shouting out instructions over the top of pop music as she instructs a Zumba class, running from meeting to meeting to help out with civic groups and volunteer projects, or transporting her children to afterschool activities, the member experience director […]

12 Days of Giving: Ronald Butts

Ron Butts feels most in his element when surrounded by playful barks and purring felines, which makes sense, considering he grew up the son of a veterinarian. In 1991, Ron hung up his hat as an electrician after earning his degree in electronics, and took a job cleaning kennels at […]

12 Days of Giving: Breeze Ettl

Less than a week after beginning her role as executive director for the southwest Michigan branch of the American Red Cross, Breeze Ettl was tasked with an enormous project: organizing efforts to help with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “It’s really quiet around these offices right now,” the […]

12 Days of Giving: Steve Camilleri

Steve Camilleri is a hugger. Offering a warm smile and direct eye contact as he speaks, the South Bend man makes many he meets feel like a longtime friend, embracing his companions — both literally and figuratively — exactly as they are. The son of a therapist and a bartender […]

12 Days of Giving: Kathy Schneider

Described by those who utilize its services as a “community within a community,” St. Margaret’s House in South Bend is a destination where women and children are accepted for who they are, regardless of their circumstances. For 26 years, Kathy Schneider has committed thousands of hours to helping women struggling […]

12 Days of Giving: Debie Coble

Twenty-eight years ago, Debie Coble earned her paycheck by managing a Goodwill thrift store. Today, she serves as executive director for the same organization, Goodwill of Michiana, where she oversees regional efforts throughout northern Indiana and the Niles area. While many think of Goodwill as mostly a place to donate […]

One outstanding Teen

After a week full of 13-hour practices, preliminary competition, volunteer work and panel interviews, Katie Preston was exhausted when she took the Rosen Center Stage in Orlando, Florida. After hearing her name called among the top 10 contestants in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant, Katie took center stage to represent […]