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Living like Proos: Senator’s home fit for family

As a state senator representing more than a quarter million southwest Michigan residents, John Proos’ commitments at the capitol in Lansing and across his tri-country district keep him on his toes. His responsibilities are far from over once he pulls his car into the parking lot of his two-story home in St. Joseph, though. On a warm, sunny Saturday in early May, John and his wife Kristy spent the morning busily tackling the usual early morning tasks — making a pot of fresh coffee, ...

Wonder abounds in St. Joseph: Coastal town a destination for adventure

The words from “The River Saint Joe” appear on one of the many outdoor sculptures that inhabit the coastal city’s downtown. Writer Ben King, or Benjamin Franklin King, Jr., lived a short life. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1857, the piano prodigy and poet presented a baffling nature to his peers, But his words, which exude grace, humor and parody, will forever wrap an artful context around the pleasures that still abound. And why shouldn’t they? The ...

Why I love Michiana: History museum director passionate about community

Steve Arseneau has always had a passion for history. When he moved to Michigan to begin working at the Dowagiac Area History Museum, which was then located at Southwestern Michigan College, his plan was to stay for four or five years. Now, 18 years later, his passion for history is still strong. So is his affinity for living in a smaller community. Arseneau grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse. He met his wife Christina at conference at the ...

Health 101: Physician explains the importance of protecting skin

For many, summer means sitting on the beach, absorbing the sun’s rays and cultivating a summer glow. However, when the sun is out, it is important not to forget about proper skin health and protection. In the summer months, dermatologist Dr. Miles Andrew, of St. Joseph Health System recommends that everyone pay extra attention to their skin’s health. The immediate damage people feel after being out in the sun for too long is the most obvious, Andrew says. This damage includes hot, ...

Family turns viral Facebook photos into fundraiser for Save a Stray organization

When Kitty Schaub and her family responded to an ad for a free kitten, they had no idea the journey they were about to embark upon. Kitty’s daughter Amelie had been begging her parents for a cat for years, when Kitty finally decided to grant her daughter’s request and pick up little Luna. Kitty is a professional photographer, specializing in baby and family photos. Since Luna is a professional kitty, it only seemed natural that she would photograph the newest member of their family in ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Roll out the fun for fall with this DIY game

One of the best parts about fall — besides football, color-changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything — is the gorgeous weather. Yard games are a great way to spend the time outside and are the perfect way to involve everyone, young and old. Yard Yahtzee is one of the newest trends in outdoor fun and makes the perfect addition to your game collection. Follow these simple steps to create your own. STEP ONE: If your wood needs to be cut, that will need to be done first. Most home ...