Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 Lifeguard Mandolin Belke watches a sparse crowd at Ideal Beach Wednesday afternoon, July 30, 2014. Recent cool temps have kept attendance down at the city park.

The coldest July in South Bend records was in 2009. This year’s average temperature is within half a degree.

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 A bicyclist travels west past a parked car on Beardsley Avenue as motorists drive around him Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The city of Elkhart is considering an ordinance stating that motorists must give cyclists a three-foot buffer zone as they pass bike riders.

Bike buffer advocates touting statistics in effort to pass city ordinance.

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 Samantha Crooks competes against Victoria

As the organization looks to celebrate its annual summer picnic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County is looking for new volunteers to mentor children.

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 Police in St. Joseph County will be conducting sobriety checkpoints Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.
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The checkpoints meant to target drunk drivers will be set up Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, right, with Lisa Wilken, who advocates on behalf of military sexual assault victims, in a screen grab from the lawmaker's latest political ad, on YouTube at
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It’s the second ad of the political season for the GOP lawmaker, seeking her second term.

 Larry Kissinger of Goshen and team
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The August event will include a beach volleyball tournament, which will take place on Lincoln Avenue next to the courthouse.

 This photo of Isabella having the time of her life was the winner of the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Digital Pub Photo Contest.
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The winner will receive a $50 gift card to the Concord Mall.

 This undated file photo shows Jason Ridge (left) making a point to an official during a game at NorthWood while he was Northridge High School boys basketball coach. Ridge says his 8-year-old son, Marcus, is named after Marcus Moore, who was named Jimtown coach on July 28, 2014.
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Marcus Moore, the new coach at Jimtown High School, made a big impact on Jason Ridge at Columbia City.

 Ryan Gortney (center) talks with Kyle Albert (left) and Jim Rogge about tightening a flywheel bolt on a small engine Tuesday, Oct. 8, during a class at the Elkhart Area Career Center. The center received a national award for improving students' performance on reading, mathematics and science tests.
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Atlanta nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board awarded the area center for improving students’ performance in reading, mathematics and science tests.

 The Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera Host will host a
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Reservations for the 1920s-themed soirée must be made by Friday, Aug. 1. 

 Chamberlain teacher Carol Kinchen, center, makes a comment during a circle discussion showing teachers how to utilize this type of discussion group with their students in Expeditionary Learning lessons. Teachers gathered Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to learn how to teach Expeditionary Learning lessons, which they will begin teaching this school year.
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Goshen’s Chamberlain Elementary is starting a program called Expeditionary Learning this school year. Teachers were the students during a training session the week before school starts. 

 Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main Street, built in 1922 as St. Joseph Valley Bank.
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Decades of devotion and passion for art have made Elkhart’s Midwest Museum of American Art what it is today – a treasure to our community. 

 Nell Ward has operated the Baby Animal Barn at the Cass County Fair for 40 years, but 2014 will be her last.
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After 40 years of operating the Baby Animal Barn at the Cass County Fair, Nell Ward is retiring.


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