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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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NAPPANEE — The new owners of Amish Acres have announced a new name for the attraction, “The Barns at Nappanee, home of Amish Acres,” in hopes of continuing the more-than-50-year legacy of the property.

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NAPPANEE — The parks department in Nappanee is planning for substantial growth in the coming years, redesigning each of seven parks with its own unique properties.

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NAPPANEE — The NorthWood girls basketball team hadn’t competed in a state championship since 1999 when they won the Class 3A title, so to say the community had some built up enthusiasm may be an understatement.

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NAPPANEE — The public has been invited to Coppes Commons for a supper featuring both fundraising and artistry on March 13.

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