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Ornish Program offers lifestyle, diet training

When life gets busy, developing heart healthy habits like exercising, preparing nutritious meals and managing stress may seem like the last of our priorities. According to Dr. Andrew Fiedler, a cardiologist at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, healthy lifestyle habits are key to keeping us from developing heart disease or other serious health problems. Heart disease refers to a variety of heart conditions, the most common of which is coronary heart disease, which is caused when plaque builds up ...

Berrien Community Foundation Executive Director Lisa Cripps-Downey is focused on family, community development

Crockpots and pressure cookers. That’s how Lisa Cripps-Downey gets through her busy life as wife and mother, community advocate, playwright and executive director of the Berrien Community Foundation. This small town girl who grew up in Niles has made her mark on the lakefront town of St. Joseph, where she now calls home. The University of Michigan alum’s resume is full of titles held in southwest Michigan — ranging from Buchanan High School theater director to news reporter. Today, ...

Dainty Maid in South Bend revitalized as ‘Cops and Doughnuts: The Dainty Maid Precinct’

When Dainty Maid shop owner David Hab died Feb. 5, 2016, the bakery closed shop at 231 S. Michigan St. in South Bend. For six months the downtown area was devastatingly devoid of the usual smells of freshly baking doughnuts, until the long arm of the law swooped in to rescue the shop and its following of hungry customers. In late August, Clare, Michigan-based Cops and Doughnuts bought the bakery, restoring the shop and reviving some of the same recipes that first drew customers to the ...

Cass County structures played large role in Abolitionist Movement

Old homes are said to have secrets. The Bonine House at M-60 and Penn Road in Vandalia, Michigan, embodies this adage in a profound way. In addition to its place as an architectural treasure, it boasts a rich, mysterious legacy from perhaps the most turbulent period of American history.  Originally the home of abolitionists James E. Bonine and Sarah Bogue, the Bonine House is widely appreciated as one of the finest examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture in the region. Its stature is ...

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 ...