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Back-to-school season is here. It is a time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It is also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines. One of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations.

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DUNLAP — Registration ends Saturday, Aug. 1, for the Elkhart County Parks’ bubble-themed “Nature Nuts” program for preschool children at Ox Bow County Park.

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GOSHEN — Local 4-H’ers are showcasing their year’s work at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds this week.

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One of the unique aspects of Elkhart County is the mix of farms and suburban living throughout the county. Many homeowners enjoy watching cows, horses and other livestock grazing from their own backyard.

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INDIANAPOLIS — An opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements will be available this fall to high school juniors and seniors who tutor younger students, an option that could help fill gaps in education left by remote learning, according to area lawmakers.

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Processed foods are often referred to as bad or unhealthy. They are blamed for chronic health issues like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The truth is most of the items in the grocery store have been processed to some extent. Processed foods are more than frozen pizzas and sugary…

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ELKHART — Members of the city’s two Rotary International clubs met as one for the first time after merging their organizations.

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ELKHART — For the past 10 years, crowds have gathered outside of the United Way offices in Elkhart to watch teams race homemade cardboard boats around the LaSalle Bristol pond.

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Thirty area organizations, including some in Elkhart County, have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming.

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Several times a year I get calls from businesses or homeowners who have some leftover pesticides they want to get rid of. Most of the time, it is best not to dispose of these products in the local landfill.

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ELKHART — Minority Health Coalition and the Elkhart County Health Department continue their distribution of free masks and information about COVID-19 at two locations Thursday, July 23.

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Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, we have more food than we can use. Maybe you have a high yielding garden or are stockpiling to make fewer trips to the local grocery. Put your freezer to good use this summer by freezing some fresh in-season foods for you …

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GOSHEN — The presidents of nine Indiana colleges and universities – including Goshen College President Rebecca Stoltzfus and a group of local community and campus leaders she invited – met virtually last week, along with dozens of Indiana state, city and civic leaders to listen, discuss mutu…

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ELKHART — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many shifts in day-to-day life prompting local nonprofit agencies to step up and try to meet the growing demand of needs within the community.

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ELKHART — Ami Jewell and Holly White say what they are doing is like an adult version of ding dong ditch. The lifelong friends’ newly created Facebook group, Michiana wine and be wined, lets local women drop off wine, treats and other gifts at the doors of friends they never met.

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Last week the emails started coming in about vines wrapped around trees in yards and wooded areas. Ridding trees and other areas of the vines can be challenging at times, especially when the vines are intertwined with desirable plants in the landscape.

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We know children can become ill with COVID-19, but there have been fewer cases of COVID-19 among children in comparison with adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2 percent of the United States confirmed cases of COVID-19 were among people younger than 1…

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I had delayed joining my ladies golf league because not only had I not swung a club in months, but I wasn’t quite ready to share a cart with anyone beside my husband. I happen to live across the street, so the early hour was no excuse. Also, my handicap has hovered among the highest the last…

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ELKHART — The Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum will have another national audience at 10 p.m. Sunday when it’s featured on “Collector’s Call” on MeTV.

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ELKHART — During the COVID-19 pandemic, Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson has given out weekly Humanity in Action awards to residents who have stepped up for others.

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ELKHART — The second Upper St. Joseph River Charity Poker Run is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Hot and dry conditions set up our crops and landscapes for a tiny pest called the two-spotted spider mite. They are a very tiny creature, about 1/50th inch long, yellow-orange in color, with two dark spots, one on each side of the body.

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The grocery store may leave you feeling overwhelmed by the large selection of cooking oils. With so many different oil options, it is no surprise there are many questions over which is the best oil to use and when.

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ELKHART — The Community Foundation of Elkhart County has awarded the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition (NIHHC) a $20,000 grant from the Bill and Kristin Fenech Family Foundation, a donor advised fund held at the Community Foundation, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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ELKHART — A flotilla of decorated boats drifted down the St. Joseph River over the weekend, marking the 44th event of its kind during a celebration of the nation’s independence.

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The days are longer, the weather is warm and many of us are spending more time outdoors. Imagine taking a bite of a big juicy peach or freshly cut watermelon to soothe your taste buds. Fresh fruit can help us feel refreshed on a hot summer day. The summer season brings an abundance and varie…

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ELKHART — A number of public online conversations, each geared to a specified area of interest, are planned next week to assess the social and economic turmoil resulting from the community’s response to COVID-19.

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While the mosquitoes are likely to make nearly everyone at least a little miserable, certain qualities might make you more of a magnet than others, according to the experts.

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GOSHEN — Young people involved in the juvenile justice system in Elkhart County picked up their chalk this month and answered the question, “What would a peaceful world look like to you?”

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County Parks’ “Nature Nuts” program for preschool children will resume at Ox Bow County Park beginning in July.

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Have you ever parked under a tree during hot weather, only to discover a few hours later some sticky sap is dripping from the tree? Do you have outdoor furniture, a swing set or a sidewalk that gets covered with black, sticky goop during the summer? If so, you have been a victim of a scale insect.

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Have you ever parked under a tree during hot weather, only to discover a few hours later some sticky sap is dripping from the tree? Do you have outdoor furniture, a swing set or a sidewalk that gets covered with black, sticky goop during the summer? If so, you have been a victim of a scale insect.

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Do you ever wonder why our bones become fragile as we age? Our bones consist of living tissue and throughout our life our body replaces old bone with new bone to build and maintain strong bones in a process known as bone remodeling. When we’re young, our body can build new bone faster than i…

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Every few years, the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane make their way to the eastern cornbelt, bringing with them rain, wind and sometimes a few other surprises. In 2004, that surprise was soybean rust. You never know if some new disease or insect will find its way to the Midwest on …