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Great grill-outs in the park

Great grill-outs in the park

When cowboys in the wild West hunkered down over beans and biscuits, it’s all they had. We love the picnic, but why limit ourselves to the usual beans-‘n’-burgers combo? Easy chicken-avocado-bacon wraps deliver can’t-beat-it grilled flavor, and the grill serves double duty for roast corn on …

July 06, 2014 11:46 am
Early testing can get the jump on prostate cancer

Early testing can get the jump on prostate cancer

When Charles McDowell was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost two decades ago, he and his doctor, Dr. P.R. Unni, a board certified urologist at Methodist Hospitals, discussed what to do next.

June 16, 2014 12:45 pm
Animal Magnetism: Historic appeal at Washington Park Zoo

Animal Magnetism: Historic appeal at Washington Park Zoo

There's a lot of animal magnetism these days at Washington Park Zoo. With new and refurbished exhibits, visitors can find themselves inches away from a monkey, feeding a bird on their shoulders, and having an "Otter Body Experience."

June 16, 2014 11:50 am Photos

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A good night's sleep is important for healthy minds

A good night's sleep is important for healthy minds

"I get four to five hours of sleep." So say some high-profile high achievers. It can make some people wonder if they're just not being as productive as they could be.

June 16, 2014 9:29 am Photos

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Men's skin doesn't have to be rough and rugged

Men's skin doesn't have to be rough and rugged

If you’re a man, you probably shave every day. No big deal. Grab a razor, slather, scrape, inspect, and you’re done. But maybe you shouldn’t be.

June 13, 2014 9:29 am Photos

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Art Deco Splendor: Grand Beach home brings the 1920s to life

Art Deco Splendor: Grand Beach home brings the 1920s to life

The style and sophistication of Art Deco design had been a seductive siren calling to Chuck and Julie Kaplan for years. In response they had collected pieces enough to outfit a home. So when the decision came 13 years ago to move from Illinois to the Michigan shoreline they‘d visited for yea…

June 13, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Lloyd Wright's legacy alive in Long Beach

Sharon Porter’s family grew up in a Frank Lloyd Wright home and loved it. But what they saw at John Lloyd Wright’s “Tile House” in Long Beach, Ind., surprised and delighted them. Now, years later, young and older still gravitate to the house nestled into a Lake Michigan dune.

May 17, 2014 3:32 pm
Mishawaka and South Bend combine rural charm with big city culture

Mishawaka and South Bend combine rural charm with big city culture

For a quick getaway with plenty to see and do, head east for the attractions of South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana. The two cities’ shared border makes exploration of each a convenient combo.

May 15, 2014 9:12 am Photos

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Feng shui for outdoors: Get into the spirit of your gardens

Feng shui for outdoors: Get into the spirit of your gardens

Gardening isn't just all about plants and soil. It's also about providing spaces that encourage the flow of chi; call it feng shui for the outdoors.

April 26, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Perennial interest: Why going native is good

Perennial interest: Why going native is good

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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Ciao Bella serves fine Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting

Ciao Bella serves fine Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting

When great food and award-winning wines are served in a beautiful setting, the experience is bound to be memorable. Guiseppe “Joe” Scalzo has created that experience at Ciao Bella, where authentic Italian dining is true to his family’s roots in their native town of Calabria, Italy. Scalzo di…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Family-run Blink Appliances inspires confidence

Family-run Blink Appliances inspires confidence

What makes a customer confident that a business is reliable, providing excellent customer service and top-quality appliances? A family-owned business just naturally captures consumer confidence, especially when the family has been in the business for years.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Seattle Sutton meals make healthy weight loss manageable

Seattle Sutton meals make healthy weight loss manageable

Seattle Sutton is helping people lose weight steadily and sensibly, the kind of healthful eating that sheds pounds and keeps them off.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Blue Skies Hospice continues mission of service despite setbacks

Blue Skies Hospice continues mission of service despite setbacks

Oncology nurse and nurse practitioner Lisa Guzman established and opened Blue Skies Hospice in Hammond, Ind., in 2002. Her mission was to provide palliative care and hospice treatment to Northwest Indiana and Chicago suburban patients at their most vulnerable time—after being recently diagno…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Rich, hearty dishes served at family-owned Giovanni’s

Rich, hearty dishes served at family-owned Giovanni’s

The aromas from the Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s are tantalizing, promising dishes sure to satisfy everyone. That’s because family-owned Giovanni’s has been true to its tradition of serving up the savory flavors of Italy for nearly 48 years. From a welcome weekday dinner to a special-occasi…

March 16, 2014 12:00 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
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