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NAPPANEE — Linda and Lavon Short had never been to the Nappanee Apple Festival before, despite living only half an hour away, so when they visited Friday they made sure to get their piece of the pie.

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NAPPANEE — As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-and-a-half-day Nappanee Apple Festival, which opens at 5 p.m. today and runs through Sunday.

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NAPPANEE — A prelude to the 2021 Nappanee Apple Festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with the KOI Dirt Drags, with gates opening at 5 p.m., at the Nappanee Power From the Past Showgrounds, formerly the Farm at Amish Acres, 1600 West Market St.

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ELKHART — Community-wide Independence Day celebrations are planned in the area this weekend, in addition to an untold number of family cookouts and gatherings, on and around the Fourth of July.

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An estimated 12 percent of residents in Elkhart County are considered to be food insecure; that’s 23,510 individuals who don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. One in eight of our neighbors lives every day with hunger as a constant companion.

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ELKHART — The local Amish population faces barriers to getting vaccinated for COVID-19 that other groups do not, as Hoosiers generally need to make vaccination appointments online or by phone and clinics are located in towns and cities.

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NAPPANEE — A public service program presented by ACT Nappanee-Wakarusa will focus on loneliness experienced by many during the pandemic, the likely lingering effects and how to begin connecting with others again.

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NAPPANEE — Clients of the Family Christian Development Center can start using the organization’s new space as early as Tuesday, directors say.

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NAPPANEE — Economist Morton Marcus says federal pandemic relief could help locally but doesn’t believe the multitrillion-dollar proposal would hurt nationally.

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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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NAPPANEE — A 55-year-old Bremen man died Monday after a crash involving multiple vehicles at an intersection west of Nappanee, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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ELKHART — The mayors of Elkhart, Goshen and Nappanee will each bring a city ordinance to their councils that will support the countywide restrictions and penalties related to COVID-19.

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NAPPANEE — The Round Barn Theatre at the newly renamed Barns at Nappanee will present “A Musical Christmas Carol,” a new adaptation by artistic director Bethany Crawford with music and lyrics by executive director Christy Stutzman, as the final show of the 2020 season.

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NAPPANEE — Community group ACT Nappanee-Wakarusa will feature two presentations Oct. 13 on how to create a more fair and just future, a “both thoughtful and robust” program that will touch on health care, justice, crime, scams and the Golden Rule.

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ELKHART — An annual motorcycle ride to honor police officers, firefighters and veterans will be on Elkhart County roads Sunday.

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GOSHEN — Several state-sponsored COVID-19 testing sites will be replaced by community sites next month, as health officials hope Elkhart County residents will continue to get tested in high numbers.

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NAPPANEE — A Nappanee man was arrested for multiple counts of child pornography following a nine-month investigation by state police.

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NAPPANEE — The Barns at Nappanee, Home of Amish Acres, will host the 58th annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Market this week from Thursday through Sunday.

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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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NAPPANEE — After 10 weeks of moving from site to site in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, a mobile COVID-19 testing unit has reached more than 1,650 people, including many in underserved areas.

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ELKHART — With high school proms canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, two local businesses are stepping up to create an alternative rite of passage for graduating seniors to ensure their formal wear doesn’t go to waste.

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