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On our long drive to southwest Florida after our strange COVID Christmas, we stopped for the night in Albany, Georgia. We had searched for a Hilton Garden Inn because there is usually a bar and restaurant in-house open til 10 p.m.

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When Indiana was settled, more than 90 percent of the land was in forest. The settlers methodically cleared most of that timber, leaving less than 300 acres of original old growth forest in the whole state!

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It’s never too early to be active. Even babies need physical activity for proper growth and development. Early physical activity motivates babies to move and build motor skills to reach movement milestones such as crawling or sitting up. As a child develops, these motor skills eventually tur…

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NAPPANEE — An open-to-the-public panel discussion on the COVID-19 situation in Elkhart County is planned for Monday, presented on Zoom by ACT Nappanee-Wakarusa.

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GOSHEN — Are you bogged down and overwhelmed by the possessions in your life? Do you wish you could rid yourself of clutter and the stress that comes with it? Learn about the negative effects of clutter, common barriers, strategies to de-clutter, and how to create an action plan.

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GOSHEN — Goshen College Music Together is offering online music classes for newborns and children up to age 8 and their caregivers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Music Together online classes are a great way to join in music-making, movement and creative play from the safety of your ow…

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When I say the word “wasp” to a group of people, whether they are children or adults, you can sense the apprehension in the room.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) released the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025. These guidelines provide science-based guidance on what to eat and drink to promote health, meet nutrient needs, and help reduce the ri…

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As I pulled out last bag of lentils from my kitchen cupboard, I thought back to March, when shelves were empty at the grocery store. This was the first time I had saw a store sell out of beans (canned and dry). Next to where the dry beans would have been were fully stocked bags of lentils. I…

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It could be the strangest end of the year since I don’t know when. Memories of Christmas parties here and there keep popping up daily on Facebook. My calendar has been awash with necessary and strange daily events, like end-of-the-year doctor’s appointments, but Christmas day remained blank.

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GOSHEN — To help families be active and have fun in January, Goshen Health and the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds are challenging the community to build their best snow creation.

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The first item on the agenda was about evening, and how soon the darkness seems to settle in during latter December. It was a unanimous decision that no one liked it, but no one knew what to do about it.

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WOLF LAKE — Gardeners and plant enthusiasts in the region can look forward to the third annual Michiana Regional Seed Swap the week of Jan. 11, hosted virtually this year by Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.

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ELKHART — Miracle-Ear of Elkhart, part of the nationwide hearing solution franchise, partnered this week with the Miracle-Ear Foundation to provide 26-year-old Wyatt Morris with the Gift of Sound – life-changing, cutting-edge hearing aids and a lifetime of qualifying services.

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As the year ends, we spend time reflecting, celebrating, and setting goals for 2021. We can set goals anytime but often feel motivated to use New Year’s resolutions as a fresh start to better ourselves.

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Reselling gift cards and buying pre-owned gift cards is now common practice, especially during gift-giving holidays. If you want to sell your unused gift cards, trade or buy pre-owned gift cards, several companies will facilitate this process for you.

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BRISTOL — Elkhart Civic Theatre, in cooperation with WVPE Radio 88.1, will present a rebroadcast of its production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a radio program adapted by Joe Landry. The show will air at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve on WVPE.

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BRISTOL — Gifts for more than 100 people with intellectual and development disabilities were delivered early this week by Santa Claus and his helpers, ensuring a bright Christmas despite limits caused by the pandemic.

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ELKHART — Pizza Hut is giving out 100 medium pizzas from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, as a gift to the community.

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ELKHART — Eight Elkhart County students are being honored with significant scholarships from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and Lilly Endowment Inc.

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ELKHART — Elkhart Community Schools and Feed the Children partnered to provide 400 struggling families with boxes filled with food, essentials, as well as candy for the holiday season.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about free testing at Purdue for soybean cyst nematode (SCN). SCN is one of the biggest drags on soybean yields in our area. Many people took advantage of the free testing and the Purdue lab is now maxed out!

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ELKHART — INOVA Federal recently completed the installation of an exterior audio visual system at its downtown corporate headquarters, which it will use in the days ahead for a festival holiday display.

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Tis the season for something rich and creamy! Eggnog is a sweet dairy-based beverage made mostly of eggs, milk, cream, and sugar. Although not the healthiest drink, in moderation, it is a perfect holiday treat.

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ELKHART — Although normally competitors for projects, local roofing contractors worked together this week to give a mentoring nonprofit agency an early Christmas present.

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ELKHART — The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership announced the results of the 2020 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, which began in early November and lasted through the end of the month.

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This may or may not be the last essay I write with a COVID-19 theme before insane 2020 ends, but when things we’ve taken for granted for years are dramatically altered, I want to talk about them.

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SOUTH BEND — Scams are not unique to I&M, nor have they gone away with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic or the holiday season. Scams have been reported across the U.S. targeting various utility customers and companies. Some scam calls and scam emails have been reported to I&M.

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Looking back over a career spanning 38 years, I now realize a fairly high percentage of time has been spent helping people deal with invasive species of one sort or another.

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Hepatitis C (hep C) is a common bloodborne infection in the U.S. The hep C virus is more contagious than HIV. It causes chronic liver disease that can slowly progress for years without symptoms or physical signs, ultimately leading to death. You can have this life-threatening disease and not…

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