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There is something about the golden tassels emerging over a deep green field of corn that gets me excited about summer. And with tassels emerging county wide, pollination time is getting near.

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NAPPANEE — “This Is Me.” These three simple words carry an important message behind the 16 self-portraits created by a group of local students who artistically expressed themselves for a new community project.

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ELKHART — This year’s Upper St. Joe River Rats Poker Run was deemed a success, with participants fully enjoying themselves, winning prizes and raising funds.

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You probably already know that sunscreen protects you from sunburn in the summer, but did you know it should be used year-round? Even on a cloudy day we are prone to skin damage.

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ELKHART — A dance trio from Epic Dance Studios traveled to Orlando, Florida, this week to train and compete in the Tremaine National Dance Convention and Competition.

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GOSHEN — Interra Credit Union recently donated nearly 600 pounds of clothing items to Forgotten Children Worldwide located in Bluffton, Indiana; the clothes were contributed by Interra staff through a clothing collection day.

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Nothing makes me stop in my tracks more than an obituary about someone I’ve known. I take a breath and read the details no matter how long and nearly always learn something I’d never known about them or their families.

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ELKHART — Jerry Campbell was among the hundreds of thousands of American men drafted to fight in Vietnam. His actions, which included risking his own life to retrieve wounded and dead soldiers while under fire, earned him two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. He didn’t display them after…

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The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is less than a month away and the excitement is building. There is a lot of behind the scenes work by many as we prepare for the 2021 Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Come out and enjoy a great day or evening out with friends or family. Play games, enjoy the rides, eat gr…

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In the U.S., fireworks are a staple for Independence Day celebrations. Although fireworks are a fun way to make any celebration spectacular, they can also be dangerous. With the holiday quickly approaching, now might be a good time to review some facts and safety tips.

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Several times a year, people and businesses call, asking how to dispose of pesticides. It should be noted that pesticide is a general term that covers many products that are intended to kill or repel pests, including weed killers, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, repellents…

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County Symphony is scheduled to perform live for the first time under the baton of its new music director during an event at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

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It is time to start talking about mosquitoes, their control, and the diseases that affect people, farm animals and pets. The recent rains will cause a big spike in the mosquito population, making it uncomfortable to be outside and potentially hazardous.

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Many of us buy generic products to save money. On average, generic drugs cost about 85 percent less than brand-name drugs. However, when people think of knock-offs, they may question the quality or performance of a product. With generic medications, you don’t need to.

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Yellow patches of soybeans can be found here and there throughout the county. Depending on the cause, the effect on your crop can be insignificant to potentially great.

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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and what better way to give your body a health boost than by adding more color to your meals! Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is the best way to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need.

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The descendants of Christian and Anna (Heim) Weiss will meet for their 100th reunion on June 27 with a carry-in lunch beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. The reunion will take place at the Coalbush United Methodist Church pavilion south of Mishawaka at the corner of S.R. 331 South and Jackson Road,…

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ELKHART — The Builders Association of Elkhart County is hosting its 54th annual Parade of Homes Plus from Saturday, June 19, through Sunday, June 27, at homes throughout Elkhart County.

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A few years ago, my friend Bert Egging brought a huge ball of roots into my office, probably weighing in around 15 pounds. After dropping this object on my desk, Bert asked with a slight grin if I could identify it for him. I could tell by his demeanor, and the fact he had cut the top off th…

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ELKHART — The Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial Class of 1980 40th Reunion Celebration that was postponed last year will be held this year Aug. 6-7.

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I thought when I got older I would abandon all those projects that kept me relatively sane while raising children. I entered the absurd world of crafts when I was pregnant with my first child and bought skeins of jute to macrame plant hangers and belts for bell bottom jeans. I still have Dic…

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Over the weekend our family had a cookout, what we call a “carne asada,” which literally means grilled meat. There is always meat galore with plenty of steak, chicken, chorizo and ribs but very few vegetables. Because grilling happens to be one of the easiest ways to cook vegetables, that is…

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ELKHART — The 2021 Concord High School commencement saw graduates accept congratulations from classmates, families and teachers. Under a warm sunny evening sky graduates were awarded their diplomas after listening to speeches about their time in school and the possibilities of their futures.…

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Walking into school after months of online learning, it was weird identifying a classmate by only their eyes, with half of their face covered by a surgical mask. It was an eerie feeling, and almost unreal like in the movies. My senior year was supposed to be filled with memories that would l…

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I cannot be more proud of our local Master Gardeners. This is a group of people who really want the community to learn about gardening, and to have fun doing it. One of their chief projects, the 2021 Garden Tour, will be held in Saturday, June 26, in the Bristol area, from 10 am to 4 pm. It …

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