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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. Elephant Rescue If ...

Michiana caricaturist catalogs memories, faces through his artwork

Acrylic paint, an assortment of markers, canvases and stacks of paper clutter the studio of an artist. The focus of the space is an easel in the corner. Finished and unfinished paintings and drawings hang, lean, lie and sit throughout the studio. Mixed in are a microwave, an old desktop computer and a software box. Mark Daniels is a northern Indiana artist who turns 40 this summer. His entire adult life has been dedicated to painting and drawing, which he has done at the Goshen Arts Center ...

South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op thrives on farm-to-table business

The sun was shining in fat golden beams through the large glass windows of South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op on a crisp winter day. Customers browsed between aisles eyeing varieties of fresh produce, taking great care to inspect each label. Myles Robertson, the local foods purchaser for the co-op, emerged from the back room clad in an apron and wearing a smile. Myles, who has been with the co-op since 2010, has worn a lot of different aprons in his time, which has included customer service ...

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 ...