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Perennial interest: Why going native is good

Perennial interest: Why going native is good

It’s a little warmer, you’re planning your garden, and you remember that lovely silvery shrub—but wait. Before you head for the garden center, make sure you’re not choosing species that can threaten native Indiana plants, chase away bees and butterflies, and affect the ecosystem in a bad way…

April 19, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Senior Scope: How to prevent broken bones

Senior Scope: How to prevent broken bones

They’re one of the most feared events for an older adult: falls that cause fractures. A broken bone can mean surgery, hospitalization, and certainly pain, but there are ways to lessen the odds of them ever happening.

April 16, 2014 1:20 pm Photos

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House and Grounds: A tranquil retreat in the great outdoors

House and Grounds: A tranquil retreat in the great outdoors

When the hurly-burly of city life began to grate, John Natsis and Tom Hemingway sought relief along Lake Michigan’s quieter shore in southwestern Michigan. They found it in a Zen-like retreat at their rehabbed Union Pier home.

April 08, 2014 9:32 am Photos

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In-office child care benefits emloyers and employees

In-office child care benefits emloyers and employees

The phone is ringing, the baby is fussy, and paperwork waits to be sorted. But the mother is not multi-tasking at home. She’s one of a small but growing number of parents who have the option of bringing baby to work.

April 06, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Kids’ snack attacks: What parents can do

Kids’ snack attacks: What parents can do

Children are bombarded with snack food commercials on TV, billboards, even fast-food signs can trigger a snack attack.

April 03, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Playing games with kids a winning strategy: Board games provide teachable moments

Playing games with kids a winning strategy: Board games provide teachable moments

When parents play board games with their children, there are scads of opportunities for the kids—and their parents—to learn.

March 16, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Losing weight naturally

Losing weight naturally

For anyone deciding it’s time to grab onto a diet plan and hang on for dear life, there are plenty of diets out there. But which to choose?

February 19, 2014 9:00 am Related
Senior Scope: Maintaining a healthy weight

Senior Scope: Maintaining a healthy weight

You’re a senior who expects to maintain a healthy weight, but the scale numbers are creeping up. What’s going on?

February 19, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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House and Grounds: A lakeside home with tropical influence

House and Grounds: A lakeside home with tropical influence

Key West influences, a flair for design and a splash of fun have made Alex and April Tompsidis' Michigan City, Ind., beach home a welcome retreat.

February 18, 2014 2:28 pm Photos

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Get to know our local political history: Many famous politicians called the midwest home

Get to know our local political history: Many famous politicians called the midwest home

With politicians from Indiana and Illinois having their quirks and odd trivia and Presidents Day nearly here (Feb. 17) here are fun facts and tidbits about a governor and three presidents.

February 06, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Innovations in cardiac care

Innovations in cardiac care

The year 2013 saw some promising advances in cardiovascular drugs and treatments — good news for doctors and their patients. According to northwest Indiana-area cardiologists, this year should offer patients more comfort and hope and doctors a bigger arsenal to combat the threats of heart di…

February 02, 2014 2:48 pm Photos

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BLIZZARD BUSTING: Get outside and live wintertime!

BLIZZARD BUSTING: Get outside and live wintertime!

Snow crunches underfoot and every breath is a bite from the cold, crisp apple of air.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Improve your health, improve your life

Zest for life—it’s what everyone wants. If it seems there’s always something getting in the way of fully optimizing your energy, read on. Local experts in health and well-being offer tips for a new you in the new year.

December 29, 2013 11:58 am
Party on: New Year's Eve hair and makeup tips from the local experts

Party on: New Year's Eve hair and makeup tips from the local experts

For the fabulous holiday party of the year you want to be at your fabulous best, right?

December 29, 2013 7:30 am Photos

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Santa Diaries: A look in to the life of Santa in the region

Santa Diaries: A look in to the life of Santa in the region

Catching up to Santa Claus for an interview can be a challenge, especially now when he’s busy getting ready for the holidays.

December 22, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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It's beginning to look a lot like retro: Fun, easy tree trimmings evoke Christmases past

It's beginning to look a lot like retro: Fun, easy tree trimmings evoke Christmases past

Want this year's Christmas tree to attract a second look?

December 21, 2013 8:00 am
Express 'YourShelf' for holiday cheer: Glam up walls with festive treasures

Express 'YourShelf' for holiday cheer: Glam up walls with festive treasures

You love it but can't find a place for it - that spun-glass angel, a treasured figurine, the small poinsettia-painted plate.

December 13, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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NWI gives back: Many opportunities to spread love around the region

NWI gives back: Many opportunities to spread love around the region

One woman's sadness over two losses threatened to cast a pall over the holiday season - until she came up with a radical idea that her family embraced.

November 24, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Get Outdoors: Winter offers unique activities

Get Outdoors: Winter offers unique activities

Snow crunches underfoot and every breath is a bite from the cold, crisp apple of air.

November 17, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Winterizing your plants: How to transition outdoor plants indoors to escape the winter weather

Winterizing your plants: How to transition outdoor plants indoors to escape the winter weather

You've kept your outdoor plants going through pleasant to hot and dry weather, but with days and nights getting downright chilly, you're thinking about moving some of them indoors.

October 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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The art of robotics: Technology advancements help surgeons to be more precise and patients to heal quicker

The art of robotics: Technology advancements help surgeons to be more precise and patients to heal quicker

Is it a science fiction movie? It looks like the future, a robot operating on a human being with movements so precise they rival a surgeon's.

October 16, 2013 8:45 am Photos

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Living with cancer: new treatments make it possible

Living with cancer: new treatments make it possible

Barai likens treating a chronic cancer to treating diabetes or high blood pressure: The condition exists but is controlled as much as possible with medication.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Caring for the Aging: Working for hospice and geriatrics is a passion and a calling

Caring for the Aging: Working for hospice and geriatrics is a passion and a calling

Geriatrics. Palliative care. Hospice. For many people, each term denotes helplessness and hopelessness. But those are the very things healthcare workers and volunteers are dedicated to helping people avoid.

October 11, 2013 11:00 am
A place like home: Nazareth Home celebrates 20 years of nurturing Lake County children

A place like home: Nazareth Home celebrates 20 years of nurturing Lake County children

When Angela Moore held a 2-month-old baby at Nazareth Home in 1997, she was simply doing what she’d always done: volunteering where help was needed. As a young, single woman just finishing grad school, “I had no intention of adopting. But his eyes seemed to tell me, ‘Okay, what are you going…

October 06, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Local kids get involved in the harvest season with 4-H

Local kids get involved in the harvest season with 4-H

4-H, now in its 111th year, teaches its young members a wide variety of skills, including arts, crafts, aerospace, music, life skills and more. But agriculture remains at the core of its original purpose.

October 03, 2013 9:45 am Photos

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Lake Central teacher shows students how to 'interact' with the world and make a difference

Lake Central teacher shows students how to 'interact' with the world and make a difference

Once a week, members of the Interact Club ignore the final bell and head instead for Clark's classroom to plan food drives, charity events for Relay for Life and March of Dimes.

September 29, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Indiana Furniture helps customers comeplete home decor in National Furniture Sale

Indiana Furniture helps customers comeplete home decor in National Furniture Sale

Just in time for a fall refurbishing, Indiana Furniture, a local member of Furniture First National Buying Cooperative, is participating in the group’s first National Furniture Sale, on now through Sunday, Sept. 29.

September 21, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Fund raising: More Than Please and Thank You

Fund raising: More Than Please and Thank You

 An audience hushes as the lights dim. Suddenly footlights blaze and a musical blooms like a brilliant flower onstage.

September 08, 2013 8:00 am Photos

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Seasonal changes bring fresh furniture ideas

Seasonal changes bring fresh furniture ideas

It’s been a summer of fun, with pastels and poppy-bright accents, cool, sheer fabrics, and all things sunny. But “As the summer draws to a close, furniture has suffered the consequences, and suddenly our thoughts turn to fall,” said Dee Dee Duhn, owner of Customs Imports in New Buffalo, Mich…

September 05, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

Another good deck flower is the moonflower, which opens as you watch at twilight, with an ethereal, 4-inch bloom.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am
How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

Red impatiens, coleus and a little silver spike create a bright display for shady or low-sun areas.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am
How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

Lots of plants are possible in a small space when they're stacked on a small bench, crate and inverted pot.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am
How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

An old tea cart holds herbs and flowers; just beyond, a table keeps green beans at waist height.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am
How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

Create a pretty entrance with layering, using a chair for petunias and moss roses below, and morning glories climbing up the fence.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am
How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

How to become a blooming success: Turn your deck into a bower of blossoms

Confess: On the way home you look with a certain envy at your neighbor’s lush garden. Waving foliage and riotous blooms would do much for your workaday soul.

August 29, 2013 7:30 am Photos

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Hormone therapy makes menopause easier

“I knew I was in trouble when my 95-year-old patient suddenly got up to get a fan for me—I was sweating that much,” recalls Joanne Cubberly of Chesterton, a physical therapist for an area home health care agency. “That pushed me over the edge (to seek hormone therapy).

August 21, 2013 12:07 pm

New treatments reduce osteoporosis risk

Osteoporosis can effect anyone, but it is never so common as in women and the elderly. According to Dr. Maria Stamp, Professional Physicians Services, an affiliate of Porter Regional Hospital, “Women have a drastic change in hormones in menopause; that’s why we see more osteoporosis in women.”

August 21, 2013 11:00 am
School supply lists vary with different ages and advances in technology

School supply lists vary with different ages and advances in technology

A lunch box, couple of pencils, small box of crayons and a little tub of paste with a brush in the cap. There. All set for school, right?

August 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bus drivers work hard to keep students safe during the school year

Bus drivers work hard to keep students safe during the school year

Before the school year even starts, buses and drivers are put through their paces.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Cancer survivor presses on in the battle for answers with art exihibit

Cancer survivor presses on in the battle for answers with art exihibit

It’s been eight years since graphics artist Kay Hartmann won a battle with breast cancer. Today, at 61, she is healthy and grateful. But she is not satisfied.

July 02, 2013 12:00 am Related
Costa Dillon takes on a new adventure

Costa Dillon takes on a new adventure

It takes only a few minutes’ conversation with the retiring superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to realize that this is a man who has taken others’ play seriously. Costa Dillon speaks quietly but urgently about the treasures of the park and his efforts to keep them from be…

June 25, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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Fixer-upper in Michiana Shores creates serendipity

Fixer-upper in Michiana Shores creates serendipity

From the first step inside this home, you can feel the energy - a vibrancy reflecting the couple who live here. Their renovation of this "fixer-upper" in Michiana Shores, Ind., was clearly driven by fearless imagination.

June 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Listen: Bonnie Koloc's creativity still flows

Listen: Bonnie Koloc's creativity still flows

Bonnie Koloc came to the Windy City with a handful of songs, hope ... and a soprano voice smooth as warm honey.

May 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Fixer-upper in Michiana Shores creates serendipity

Fixer-upper in Michiana Shores creates serendipity

From the first step inside this home, you can feel the energy – a vibrancy reflecting the couple who live here. Their renovation of this “fixer-upper” in Michiana Shores, Ind., was clearly driven by fearless imagination.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ask the Expert: Spine Health

Ask the Expert: Spine Health

The spine is one of the hardest-working components of your body, yet not many people pay attention to their spine's health. Dr. Howard Robinson at Ingalls Health System in Harvey, Ill.

April 17, 2013 12:00 am
Acupuncture beneficial for mental health

Acupuncture beneficial for mental health

If days are dull and nights are too long, if not much seems to matter, the problem may be the lack of an essential process in the body-and the answer may be acupuncture.

April 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Are anti aging creams effective?

Are anti aging creams effective?

You lean into towards the mirror, and there they are – fine lines, a few wrinkles, some dry skin. You figure it’s time to buy anti-aging cream.

April 16, 2013 4:30 pm Photos

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A dream come true

A dream come true

Deciding where to live is challenging for an adult-let alone a little girl. But when two kids vacationed with their families along the Lake Michigan shore for years, they both loved it.

March 16, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Successful design strategy starts with clear vision

Successful design strategy starts with clear vision

It was just over an acre of rolling land dotted with trees-the perfect site to break ground for their 5,000-square-foot house

March 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Cottage renovation reveals hidden history

Cottage renovation reveals hidden history

When Alene Valkanas and James McComb discovered footprints from the past on their property, they felt compelled to follow them.

February 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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