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GOSHEN — The Purdue Extension Elkhart County Extension Board annual meeting was held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday with 44 people in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of Purdue Extension Elkhart County.

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A few years ago, friends purchased an older home in the country. It had been vacant for a couple of months. When they ran their first load of laundry, the waste water backed up through the pipes and flooded a portion of the lower level of the home. Upon further examination, the “septic syste…

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These past months have been incredibly isolating. Prolonged isolation can trigger feelings of loneliness and depression. A recent study from the CDC suggests that the number of adults experiencing depression symptoms in the U.S. has tripled what it was before the pandemic. In response to the…

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MERRILLVILLE — NIPSCO has seen a recent uptick in customer reports of scammers calling homes and businesses posing as NIPSCO employees. As the holiday season approaches, NIPSCO expects scam attempts to continue to rise – an issue impacting many energy companies around the U.S.

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ELKHART — The Community Foundation of Elkhart County’s board of directors approved $2,102,822 in new and multi-year grants to dozens of nonprofits and programs throughout Elkhart County.

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GOSHEN — To draw attention to people driving while sleepy, the National Sleep Foundation designates one week each year as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. This year, it’s Oct. 25-31.

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, in cooperation with Froggy Radio and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, will offer a trick-or-treating event, the latest in a series of programs at the fairgrounds designed around COVID-19 restrictions.

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ELKHART — Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will host a town hall meeting with Elkhart police titled “Unity in Our Community” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at St. James AME Church, 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

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ELKHART — Jamie Stuck, a mother from Bristol, is hosting the second annual non-candy trunk or treat in downtown Elkhart from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

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I teach classes about plant diseases to farmers and gardeners. One of the basic concepts I talk about is the disease triangle. Just as there are three sides to a triangle, there are three critical factors necessary for a disease to develop: a susceptible host, a pathogen and the environmenta…

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ELKHART — One school district is shifting students in some buildings back to virtual-only learning due to absences related to the coronavirus.

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A repeated phrase I didn’t want to hear this summer was “the new normal.” This was because I knew with that phrase came the possibility that some temporary changes may eventually become permanent in our future. However, there’s another phrase that is worse and one that has belittled the comm…

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ELKHART — Premier Arts is hosting a spooky in-person theater workshop for children with singing, dancing, acting and games on Oct. 24 at downtown Lerner Theatre.

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Cancellation: Schneider on Monday said he would have to cancel the appearance in Elkhart following a death in his family but said he hoped to reschedule the event soon. 

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BRISTOL — The Elkhart County parks will offer visitors the chance to tour a century-old one-room schoolhouse in Bonneyville Mill County Park.

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Imagine you are driving down a county road at 60 mph. One half mile in front of you, you see an object: a tractor, or a combine, or a truck pulling a wagon of hay, or a bicyclist, or an Amish buggy. That object is going 15 mph in the same direction as you. In 52 seconds, your car is going to…

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When October rolls into town, a lot of folks put away the gardening equipment and call it a year. There is good reason for that. Cool temperatures and reduced sunlight markedly slow garden production to a crawl. This fall, we have had the added complication of reduced rainfall, which has als…

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ELKHART — After a seven-month hiatus, the Lerner Theatre opened back up Thursday with Premier Arts’ production of “The Sound of Music.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Curtis Hill on Tuesday participated in a fireside chat with Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr., a longtime civil rights leader, as part of a forum Hill sponsored about police-community relations in America.

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Do you feel you need a cup of coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Millions of people rely on caffeine to help them stay alert and focused throughout the day. Research shows that caffeine can contribute to increased cognitive function. However, is t…

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GOSHEN — As flu season approaches, the Center for Healing & Hope is joining Americares and Walgreens to host free on-site flu vaccinations for everyone, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.

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GOSHEN — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Triple P — Positive Parenting Program — in Elkhart County is offering support for parents online to maintain social distance and keep families safe.

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GOSHEN — A panel of experts will lead a free webinar hosted by Goshen Health to learn how annual screening mammograms and simple lifestyle modifications can lower your risk for developing breast cancer.

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It was the second Saturday in September and the first Notre Dame home football game of the season. However, 2020, as we know, has been like no other year in recent history. We didn’t leave for South Bend a few hours before kickoff to park on 23 near the old hotdog place, walk through Turtle …

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GOSHEN — Elkhart County 4-H invites any youth in Elkhart County or surrounding areas to participate in a program called 4-H Grows Science @ Corteva.

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ELKHART — A previously scheduled show, “Stars of the Sixties” at The Lerner Theatre, has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, due to uncertainties related to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, theater officials announced Friday.

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The Elkhart County Parks is looking for volunteers to lend a helping hand at a Volunteer Work Day at River Preserve County Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) are a big problem for local growers. They are capable of reducing bean yields by 50 percent, and are reportedly in more than two-thirds of our local fields.

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ELKHART — Do you have extra plants growing in your garden? Share them with fellow gardeners and bring home something new. The Elkhart County Parks will be offering a Fall Plant Exchange on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. at Cobus Creek County Park.

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ELKHART — The show, “Gordon Lightfoot – 80 Years Strong Tour” at The Lerner Theatre, previously scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m.

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GOSHEN — The 19th annual River Bend Film Festival begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, an annual celebration of movies and moviemaking that will include feature-length and short films, workshops and celebrity guest appearances.

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As people start to plan for fall holiday celebrations, many people wonder what activities are safe during this pandemic. Traditional activities like door-to-door trick-or-treating carry a high-risk for spreading viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued some re…

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Among my least favorite weeds is bur cucumber, a relative of the cucumber we enjoy on our salads and as pickles. Bur cucumber is a summer, warm temperature loving summer annual. Like its relatives in the melon family, it is viney, but it can be much more aggressive than your garden variety c…

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WAKARUSA — David Eby’s pilots were already in the air on Tuesday afternoon, getting ready to cover 350,000 acres of northern Indiana in the fight against Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, at night.

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GOSHEN — Organizers are reminding class members that the Goshen High School Class of 1965 has rescheduled its 55 year class reunion, originally set for Oct. 3, 2020, to Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. It will be held at the Goshen VFW. Questions may be directed to Jan Huber at 574-533-7564 or janhub…

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I know fall is here when I see the buttery yellow to amber orange shades of winter squash out for display. Winter squash includes different varieties that come in various shapes and sizes. They are full of vitamins and fiber, making it a nutrient-dense food. Their dense flavor and texture ma…

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ELKHART — Goodwill and its community partners are planning a Stand Down for military veterans and their families, even at a time when coronavirus restrictions limit the nature of the event.

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GOSHEN — As electric programmable pressure cookers (EPPC) become more popular, it is important to know how to use them correctly and to their full potential. These new kitchen appliances are popular because they are easy and convenient.

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ELKHART — A "Blues and R&B Fundraiser" to benefit Faith Mission of Elkhart on Saturday, Sept. 26, will feature Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio.