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I am so happy that I caught up to catch this picture. Yellow Swallowtails are beautiful butterflies. Been waiting all winter to see the butterflies come back. (Jessica Decker)
Community Blogs: Here's what your neighbors wrote about this week
Posted on May 17, 2014 at 6:23 a.m.

Elcar: The story of Elkhart’s contribution to automobile history

In its latest blog post, The Elkhart County Historical Museum told the story of Elcar – an Elkhart-based company that played a role in early automobile history alongside names like Ford, Chevy and Studebaker.

The company, which started its run making buggies in 1873, found success producing cars and taxis, then met an untimely end when the Depression struck, served as an important chapter in our community’s history. Read the full account (and see some really cool old photos) in the museum’s post.

You can see the rest of the museum’s blog, Elkhart County History, here.

Springtime brings morel mushrooms, beautiful birds and wildflowers to the woods

Jessica Decker, one of our photo bloggers, took a walk through the woods around Elkhart County to search for prized morel mushrooms. She and her fiancé found quite a few – as well as vibrant wildflowers, a golden-eyed hawk, mushrooms the size of dinner plates clinging to trees and a heck of a lot of great photo opportunities.

On this unseasonably cold, dreary day, her photos are a nice reminder of what going outside in nice weather is like – in case you forgot.

To see more of Jessica’s photos, check out her blog, Nature Lovers.

Adopting a new dog is a big commitment – are you ready for it?

Sure – taking home that fluffy puppy someone’s giving away for free in the Walmart parking lot or the sad-eyed pooch at the pound may be tempting. However, a lot more goes into raising a dog than initial fees or the effort it takes to decide whether he looks like a Sparky or a Fido.

That’s what Kari Horton, a volunteer with Heartland Small Animal Rescue, talked about in her latest Tails from the Heart blog post. When you get into the nitty-gritty details of canine care (potty training, behavior correction, introduction to other pets, socialization, veterinary fees – the works), it becomes clear taking on a dog isn’t just a fun hobby – it’s a lifetime commitment.

Along with her latest post, be sure and read the rest of her stories and pet advice in Tails from the Heart.

Why Matt Redman’s “Never Once” could (and should) be transformed into an a cappella hymn

One of our newest bloggers, Esther Swartzentruber, wrote a beautifully written article on the Mennonite tradition of singing a cappella hymns. Recently, the idea of rearranging Christian pop songs into this classic, choral style has been on her mind.

"Never Once,“ a song by Christian artist Matt Redman, is a strong candidate, Esther says. It’s anthemic, lyrically accessible and communal – the recipe for a great a cappella hymn.

Read on to see more of Esther’s thoughts on the subject and find out about the community-oriented attitude surrounding this form of worship.

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at these locations around Michiana

Did you know this week was American Craft Beer Week?

In honor of the seven-day celebration, beer lover and Hop Notes author Eric Strader found out what brews were going to be tapped at eateries (drinkeries?) around Michiana.

Read on to find out where you can get your hands on a pint of Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Founders’ KBS, Bell’s Hopslam, Gumball Head and more in his latest post.

Would you like to become a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth? If you would, get in touch with Ann Elise Taylor at with a little information about yourself and what you’d like to blog about.