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 ...
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 ...
Buchanan students personify impact of new endowment
Alex Tobler and Dylan Catalano inspect the library of their middle school, a space that has been refurbished since their move to high school a few years ago.
On an August day, the soon-to-be-seniors talk with confidence about their future plans to make a difference in the community. Dylan sees himself as a politician, helping to enact change. Alex wants to help in a different way, by putting criminals behind bars.
They laugh frequently as they notice the spotless carpet and undamaged book ...
‘Girls Pint Out’ members bond over love of beer
On a Wednesday night in late July, a banker, a therapist, a chemist and a stay-at-home mom walk into a brewery.
What sounds like the start of a bad joke is actually the kickoff for a regular meeting of Michiana women gathering to celebrate a mutual passion: Their love for beer.
These four ladies and a few others who joined them are greeted at Cultivate Brewing in Berrien Springs by the lead brewer, Hannah Lee, who fits right into the clan of female beer connoisseurs.
The women swap stories ...
Cup runneth over
Unique business model helps coffee shop build community
It seems fitting that the maroon-painted brick building with the faded, green-striped awning stands at one of the most unique intersections in South Bend, Indiana.
Four streets — Portage, DeMaude, California and Cottage Grove — all converge from a variety of directions, forming anything but right angles. Just a few dozen feet away is the door to a place that reflects a similar nexus on the inside of its walls.
People from diverse ...
Granger Community Church celebrates 30 years of service in Michiana
Some time after transplanting his wife and children to Granger, Indiana, in the mid-1980s, Mark Beeson found himself discouraged and questioning his decision to relocate.
After parking his car outside the former Service Merchandise (now Best Buy) on Grape Road in Mishawaka, the tall, stocky man then in his late twenties shed tears as drivers passed by, wondering if he would ever be able to serve the community he felt so ...
Gondrezick girls dominate the court, charm off of it
Story by Allison Hayes & Ambrosia Neldon | Photography by Wes Jerdon/Westley Leon Studios
When the final buzzer sounded after a basketball game in late February, the entire crowd in the packed Buchanan gymnasium erupted. Fans of both teams jumped to their feet, clapping and screaming after an intense double-overtime.
While of course not everyone was cheering for the winning team, fans on both sides were excited because they knew they had just witnessed history being made.
Leaving a legacy: Notre Dame coach leads way on sidelines, beyond
Running late as always, I see Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw through the window at Nick’s Patio on Ironwood in South Bend, sitting in her usual booth. Patience is admittedly not one of Muffet’s greatest virtues, but she lets it slide as I fumble my way into the seat.
Muffet and I met in 2004 when I began working as a sports reporter at FOX 28 in South Bend. Since then we have become friends and make it a priority to play golf together every summer. Our team even won ...
Setting the stage
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Anchored about halfway between Memorial Hospital and the heart of downtown South Bend is a large, historic building. At night, lights between six large columns illuminate the front entrance and balcony, creating an image that screams importance and invites curiosity.
On a Monday night in late autumn, deep in the basement of the building, six professionals sit in a circle discussing an issue, much like the freemasons who previously inhabited the building would have confer...