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STEM Education grants announced

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There is a commonality among men in my family. Whether it is my husband, father, or brother, they all dodge going to the doctor.

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GOSHEN — Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana has announce that Taylor Andreson, a senior at Goshen High School, has earned the organization’s Gold Award.

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Bagworms are a serious insect pest of many ornamental shrubs and trees in the eastern half of the United States. Conifers, especially arborvitae, cedar, juniper and pine, are the most frequently damaged host plants, but I’ve seen them on deciduous trees such as sycamore, maple, locust, boxel…

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As the coronavirus continues to infect new people every day, summer camps are considering the best way to keep children safe this year. Some have decided to go virtual and others have been canceled entirely.

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Exercise is essential to our health and well-being. We know participating in regular physical activity prevents chronic health problems. Research indicates adults with disabilities have a higher risk for chronic conditions in comparison to adults without disabilities.

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Last week, I had a lot of calls and pictures sent to me from people concerned about a strange, pale green grass growing in their lawn. The grass became noticeable when it began to sprout seedheads. The offending grass is named Poa annua, otherwise known as annual bluegrass.

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. It is a time to highlight the signs and symptoms of a stroke and how to act. Stroke is a leading cause of death in Indiana and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.

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ELKHART — The typical spring at Wellfield is bustling with members and guests from around the region with the most frequently asked questions being, “What flower is this?” or “Can I book a tour for my group?”

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I learned a couple of new words this week. Imbibe means to take up water. “Imbibitional chilling” refers to cold injury that a seed may get when it takes in water in cold soils.

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The days are longer, the weather is slowly warming up, and many of us are out in the sun enjoying the fresh air. Spending time outdoors in the sunlight is a great way to obtain the vitamin D your body needs, but you need to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light.

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ELKHART — World War II began for Elkhart’s Annie Guth Yoder on Sept. 3, 1939. That was the day France declared war on Germany, two days after Germany had invaded Poland. She was 14.

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There are more than 1,000 farm vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. An estimated 75 percent of those accidents result in injury, with a higher proportion of the injuries falling onto the driver of the non-farm vehicle.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Public Library is planning to reopen in a limited fashion for curbside pickup of materials later this month, officials said Wednesday.

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ELKHART — The Concord Rotary Club just completed a project to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by acquiring personal protective equipment for use by essential community health care workers.

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So yesterday I actually had something to do besides cook, eat and watch Andrew Cuomo — my first Zoom meeting for the library! I’d seen them everywhere – featuring choirs, musicians, late-night comedy skits – so I was eager to participate like a pro. I Googled “how to look good in a Zoom sess…

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ELKHART — The Lerner Theatre on Friday announced the newly rescheduled date for “Gordon Lightfoot-80 Years Strong Tour.”

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Recently, a meatpacking plant in Indiana has temporarily closed after employees tested positive for the coronavirus. This closure has left many people with concerns about the safety and quality of meat and poultry products.

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ELKHART — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is doubling its dollar-for-dollar church matching grant from $1,000 to $2,000 per academic year, beginning in 2020–21. The grant matches contributions that congregations, conferences and regional churches make toward a student’s tuition…

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ELKHART — Carolyn Thompson, of Elkhart, knows how to cope with her questionable mental health during the quarantine. Suffering from a slew of issues ranging from anxiety to attention deficit to sleep disorders, she’s learned skills that are allowing her to live her best life within the comfo…

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Spruces all over the Midwest are going through decline. There is not a whole lot we can do about it. While beautiful in shape, color and texture, spruces are not native to our region, and that plays a role in their demise.

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ELKHART — The COVID-19 Community Response Fund, created by United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, has received a gift of 10,000 N95 respirator face masks, donated by Bill and Kristin Fenech.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, measures to contain the virus have disrupted our food systems and supply chains. While shoppers stockpile at grocery stores in fear of a food shortage, farmers all over the country struggle with an abundance of food initially meant for institu…

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ELKHART — Area churches are experimenting with new norms during this holiest of Christian holidays – traditional Easter celebrations in the age of the coronavirus.

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I have had several calls and emails lately about emerald ash borer from people who have been treating their trees. The question is: should I continue to do the treatments now that the EAB has moved on?

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Many of us have been hunched over staring at our screens absorbing the continuous flow of information on COVID-19. The uncertainty surrounding this pandemic has us constantly searching for answers. Spring is here and we could all use the fresh air, but now we’re asking ourselves if it’s even…

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Lerner cancels SteelDrivers concert

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Before it rained, I stepped out on the patio for a breath of fresh air and to see how many plants had been eaten overnight.

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GOSHEN — The impact of the global coronavirus outbreak has forced many to adapt to a new normal of staying at home as they socially distance themselves to keep others safe.

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ELKHART — In the world of theater, there’s a popular phrase, “the show must go on.”