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.
What brought you to Michiana?
The United Methodist Church has an ...
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 ...
Chicago transplant creates art of all media in Michigan’s Harbor Country
Creation comes easy for Joe Hindley.
There is so much inspiration inside the Sawyer, Michigan-based artist’s head, that it seems there is always an idea waiting to be fleshed out.
Sometimes he will be working on one project only to see creative inspiration strike and throw him in a different direction.
The artist said it can be difficult on the business side of his art studio, but it never keeps him wanting for ideas.
“There is not enough time to do everything I want to do,” he says. ...
Three Oaks’ Vickers Theatre draws community, culture with fine cinema
Minutes before the lights dim and the previews roll on a Saturday showing of the documentary “Dark Horse,” Bill Lindblom is standing in front of a full theater ready to address the crowd. Bill has jotted down some context-rich facts about the Welsh mining town where the documentary takes place — facts he shares as the audience munches on fresh popcorn.
This ritual is only part of the homework that Bill — along with co-owners Judy and Joe Scully — does to create the experience at ...
Artist uses stained glass as creative outlet
It quickly becomes obvious that stained glass artist Marty McKiernan is more maker than consumer.
While working for California biopharmaceutical business AMGen, he held numerous and varied roles throughout the company, but never found the creative outlet he needed. So that became his passion during his spare time.
While stained glass is his main focus, Marty also shares his artistic pursuits in acrylic painting. His 14 years in glasswork has led him beyond the art, playing an active role in ...
Take me out to the ballgame
South Bend Cubs about more than baseball
To say the South Bend Cubs and Four Winds Field have been a match made in heaven for Michiana would be a bit of an understatement.
The first minor league team to call Coveleski Stadium (now Four Winds Field) home was the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in 1988.
And although the South Bend White Sox enjoyed moderate success, when the Sox pulled up stakes and the Arizona Diamondbacks took residence at Coveleski Stadium there was a bit of a ...
“Adults need to learn how to play. You don’t have to be good at it. You don’t have to be an expert. Just try and have fun.”
With those words, Michelle Fitzgerald outlines the philosophy of the maker movement and that of her own personal pursuits.
Michelle is the founder of Make South Bend, a co-working environment with the goal of sharing space and equipment as a way of giving people the opportunity to “make a mess and try new things.” Settings such as this are known as “mak...
Nothing lasts forever in the world of an ice sculptor.
They create something beautiful with their hands, a few tools and an artist’s eye, only to watch it melt away — drip by drip — back into the Earth.
There is no well-known museum for their work, no place where visitors can pay a few bucks to see the frozen masterpieces of old hanging forever on a wall.
They are here one day and gone the next, living only in the memories of those lucky enough to have seen them.
Danny Bloss, a Niles ...
Beat cabin fever with these winter traditions throughout southwest Michigan
While it may be tempting to stay bundled up indoors sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace this winter, you’ll be missing out on all of the fun the snowy season has to offer. So throw on a scarf, lace up those boots and head outdoors to make the most of the snow globe we call home. Here are just a few of our favorite wintertime festivals happening throughout Michiana:
Most of the time fire and ice don’t mix. But that won’t be the case during the 12th Annual Magical Ice Fest when these ...
Why I Love Michiana: Juan Ganum
Currently the Bridgman city manager, Juan Ganum spent 17 years working as the community development director in Niles. A native of Detroit and a Michigan State alum, Juan moved to Michiana two decades ago.
Today, he resides in St. Joseph and enjoys spending time in big cities and having picnics on the beach with his wife, Jody, and his two young sons.
ML: What brought you to Michiana?
JG: That story began 20 years ago in May. Actually I just celebrated my 20th year in southwest Michigan. I ...