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Marinating Sticks: Gary woman's invention seals in the flavor

Marinating Sticks: Gary woman's invention seals in the flavor

With five children to feed, church suppers to make, determination and a strong belief in the Lord, Mary Hunter created, with what she considers divine intervention, a new way to add flavor to meat without going through the long process of marinating.

April 16, 2014 5:07 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

While most of us don't see beyond the headlines of today, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry reads them not with an eye to the future but instead looks back into the past.

April 14, 2014 3:00 pm

Modjeskas aren't the only thing sweet about revived, downtown Louisville

The 4-foot penguin first appeared at the end of my hall, but 30 minutes later when I opened my door, the rotund red bird was there in front of me. “Don’t worry,” said a man walking by. “They’re always on the move.”

April 08, 2014 1:00 pm
Waterfront Film Festival brings the silver screen to South Haven

Waterfront Film Festival brings the silver screen to South Haven

Success came quickly when after graduating; a film he made received a lot of recognition at Sundance and travel around the world.

April 08, 2014 9:18 am Photos

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Mead: A new brewing trend from the distant past

Mead: A new brewing trend from the distant past

Once thought of as the “nectar of the gods” and a favorite of those hard living marauding Vikings circa 1000 A.D., mead dates even further back to China back in 2000 B.C. And now, this drink made of fermented honey often blended with herbs, fruits, berries and spices, is making a comeback.

April 08, 2014 9:04 am Photos

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Natural Remedy: Healing gardens offer benefits for the body and mind

Natural Remedy: Healing gardens offer benefits for the body and mind

Gardens beguile with their scents, colors, textures and blooms, creating a sense of calm and nurturing. But even more than that, many therapists believe that gardens can heal us.

April 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Gardens for mental health

Gardens for mental health

Gardens not only delight with their beauty, they also can positively impact families with children in many other ways as well.

April 01, 2014 10:30 am Photos

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Local birder receives award for advancing ornithology in our region

Local birder receives award for advancing ornithology in our region

Kenneth J. Brock always enjoyed nature and being outdoors but he wasn't in it for the birds.

April 01, 2014 8:30 am
Lessons from Extinction: Local researcher uses pigeons as a cautionary tale about the relationship of humans and nature

Lessons from Extinction: Local researcher uses pigeons as a cautionary tale about the relationship of humans and nature

For those who think feather creatures are for the birds, the plight of the passenger pigeon is the story for you.

April 01, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Love, time spent together, cuddling, educating and fun are the reasons that Breanne Mitchell liked to play a game with her babies that provided all those elements.

March 30, 2014 9:00 am
Sprouting for Spring: Starting seeds indoors helps ready plants for warmer weather planting

Sprouting for Spring: Starting seeds indoors helps ready plants for warmer weather planting

Now's a great time to get ready for spring planting.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Rooftop gardens can make the most of a small space and bring some greenery to a drab area.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am
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Small containers such as window boxes can maximize growing space while leaving plenty of floor for recreation.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am
Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Patrick Butler always knew that at some time in his life he would explore the what he terms "a kind of curio shop of people and places that time forgot."

March 17, 2014 9:00 am
Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

When Misty Copeland takes the stage this spring as the principal title character in the classic ballet, "Coppelia", her rise to this pinnacle of stardom as a soloist who has danced around the world, seems meteoric in itself. But reading her memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina" (To…

March 16, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

With a father who was an undertaker and an early hankering to bake, it's no wonder that Joanne Fluke fits in nicely with my latest reading craze.

March 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Winter Wellness: Tips for families to stay active and healthy in the colder months

Winter Wellness: Tips for families to stay active and healthy in the colder months

By this point in a long, dreary and very cold winter, we can either burrow in even deeper, becoming the ultimate couch potatoes or get out and have some fun. But with temperatures dropping, there’s more to keeping warm than just a coat and gloves.

March 09, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Kickstart spring cleaning and planning at the Porter County Home and Lifestyle Show

Kickstart spring cleaning and planning at the Porter County Home and Lifestyle Show

With our long winter seemingly coming to an end, the beginning of spring is the time to take stock of our house and decide what needs to be updated and redone.

March 07, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

“I’m putting it all on the table,” Jenny Garth tells me as she’s heading for the airport about to catch a flight to Chicago.

March 06, 2014 9:00 am
'Kids Korner' gets children involved at the Home and Lifestyle Show

'Kids Korner' gets children involved at the Home and Lifestyle Show

The 36th Annual Home and Lifestyle Show is not for adults only but instead the focus is on family fun for everyone.

March 06, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Local Tamburitza promotes the experience and legacy of the Duquesne Tamburitzans

Local Tamburitza promotes the experience and legacy of the Duquesne Tamburitzans

The lure of Tamburitza—the lively Eastern European folk music combined with dance and colorful, finely embroidered costumes captured John Pruzin Jr. at an early age.

March 06, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Classical Innovation: The Modern Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Classical Innovation: The Modern Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The SMSO, or Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, is definitely not your grandmother's pearls and formal night at the performing hall.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist

Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist

Before Leslie Green started living the dream, she was in the rat race with the rest of us.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The Evolution of Ryan Thornburg: Chef to Name Brand to Retail Executive

The Evolution of Ryan Thornburg: Chef to Name Brand to Retail Executive

In the past I always could get in touch with Ryan Thornburg. All I had to do was call the Bistro on the Boulevard where he was the well-known and affable executive chef who made seriously great food.

February 26, 2014 12:41 pm Photos

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Fish Creek offers both sweet and savory traditions to help visitors warm up

Fish Creek offers both sweet and savory traditions to help visitors warm up

When it’s so cold, snowy and windy as it has been for what seems like forever, I often think of a trip I took to Door County, Wisc., a narrow peninsula tucked between Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

February 24, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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White Gull Inn Cherry Pie

February 24, 2014 1:00 pm
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Visitors at White Gull Inn gather around for the fish boil.

February 24, 2014 1:00 pm
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White Gull Inn fish.

February 24, 2014 1:00 pm
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The White Gull Inn at Fish Creek.

February 24, 2014 1:00 pm
Educating Winemakers: Where Artistry Meets Agriculture

Educating Winemakers: Where Artistry Meets Agriculture

Lester ended up majoring in theology at Andrews University and began his career in winemaking as a hobby.

February 24, 2014 12:37 pm Photos

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A 'little' garden magic: Gardeners embrace miniature plants as fairy gardens grow in popularity

A 'little' garden magic: Gardeners embrace miniature plants as fairy gardens grow in popularity

If Tinker Bell had a garden it might look like the one Janet Magnuson and her 8-year-old granddaughter Victoria created in her backyard last spring.

February 24, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Surviving the Season: Playing Outdoors in Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside, really cold but Vikki Armstrong, owner of Beyond Fitness in St. Joseph, (which she describes as a fully integrated system to improve quality of life, whether that means fitness training, weight management, recovery from an illness or disability), doesn’t let the temp…

February 23, 2014 12:31 pm
Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist Returns

Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist Returns

Before Leslie Green started living the dream, she was in the rat race with the rest of us.

February 23, 2014 10:59 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 23, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Edible Ornamentals: In the garden, 'food and beauty go hand in hand'

Edible Ornamentals: In the garden, 'food and beauty go hand in hand'

Consider it the ultimate never-the-twain-shall-meet. In the past, my flower gardens and vegetable garden were two different entities.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The thyroid and weight management

The thyroid and weight management

It’s tiny gland, but when our thyroids get out of whack, it’s big trouble. According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime and an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease…

February 19, 2014 6:30 am

Managing diabetes the healthy way

“Whether a person can be managed with or without medication depends on the type of diabetes the individual has,” says Irene Woodruff, MA, RD, CD, a renal dietitian at DSI Duneland – LaPorte and Knox. “Type I DM or diabetes mellitus is the insulin-dependent form and typically affects young pe…

February 19, 2014 6:30 am
Bariatric: Total lifestyle change

Bariatric: Total lifestyle change

“Ultimately whether a person wants to lost weight with or without bariatric surgery,” says General and Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Paul Stanish, M.D., F.A.C.S., who is the Medical Director for the Healthy4Life program at Community Hospital in Munster and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, “they w…

February 19, 2014 6:30 am

Competitive Consequences: Treatment for athletes with addictions

Athletes, with their need for a competitive edge, enhanced speed and being able to play through pain, are at a greater risk of becoming addicted to drugs in general but prescription drugs specifically because of injuries and the rising pressure to keep playing even when injured says Peter Br…

February 19, 2014 3:00 am
Baltzley's journey from Soe to the great outdoors

Baltzley's journey from Soe to the great outdoors

When Leigh Hansen, who not too long ago had been working on her PhD in French literature at the University of Chicago, woke up early during the first Polar Vortex, one of her sows was about to birth.

February 18, 2014 2:51 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 16, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Don't forget to 'stop and buy the roses' this Valentine's Day for loved ones

Don't forget to 'stop and buy the roses' this Valentine's Day for loved ones

This Valentine’s Day everything seems to be coming up roses for Northwest Indiana’s florists.

February 14, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

"Omigoodness," I think, as I click on a link to the U.K.’s Top Ten Literacy Heroes and watch as a photo of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall (that’s Camilla to "People" magazine readers like me) enjoying a chat with Henry Winkler—that’s Fonzie to anyone who ever watched the long ru…

February 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Learning to love History: Local educators discuss ways to excite students about the subject

Learning to love History: Local educators discuss ways to excite students about the subject

Boring! Boring! Boring! That’s how Ron Cohen describes the way most students view history. And so Cohen, earning a PhD and becoming both an author and history professor at Indiana University Northwest, quickly learned to make the subject interesting.

February 06, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Local children consider rising to the White House and impacting the world

Local children consider rising to the White House and impacting the world

Local children may think being president of the United States is too much work or involves "too much arguing", but they do have plans for what they would change if POTUS was their title.

February 06, 2014 8:30 am
Smoked ham, the way it's been done for more than a hundred years

Smoked ham, the way it's been done for more than a hundred years

On the back roads in West Kentucky, artisan ham makers like Charles Gatton Jr. continue traditions born of necessity before the days of refrigeration.

February 04, 2014 10:45 am
Father's Country Hams

Father's Country Hams

Smoked ham hangs from the rafters at Father's Country Hams located in Bremen, Ky. The Gatton family's ham making dates back to 1840 where the family came up with their own cure recipes and techniques.

February 04, 2014 10:45 am
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Brandon Baltzley

Chef Brandon Baltzley

February 04, 2014 9:55 am
Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

A decade ago, says Allan Friedman: What Everyone Needs to Know with P.D. Singer, cyberspace was, for most of us, a science fiction like term used by scientists as way to describe the emerging network of computers linking a few university labs.

February 03, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Despite the weather, Porter County Garden Show offers a lot for those with green thumbs

Despite the weather, Porter County Garden Show offers a lot for those with green thumbs

Eleven years ago, when the Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) started their annual seed exchange, it was a small event.

February 03, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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