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Brewfest is back Blue Chip grows venue, vendors

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Blue Chip hosts another year of beer By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ICHIGAN CITY, Ind.—Whether you consider yourself a craft beer aficionado or simply an ingénue to the brew, you are sure to find a beer that suits your tastes at the Fourth Annual Blue Chip Brewfest. It will be taking place at the Blue Chip Casino from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on April 12. “With the craft beer craze that’s been happening for so many years, I just got an idea to bring a whole bunch of breweries together, serve some beer and just have people kind of walk around and taste them,” said Jack Elia, assistant general manager of Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa. Although many people think of craft beers as being rather complex and heavy, the Brewfest is a popular event that caters to all palates. “I look at it as a little bit of an educational event, too,” Elia said.”People can taste all different types of beers from very light to very heavy, and it’s just grown and grown every year.” While breweries from all over the country will be represented, Midwestern breweries are slated to have the greatest presence. That will provide eventgoers with the opportunity to taste a variety of beers from their hometown favorites as well as providing ideas for new microbreweries they could frequent. Some local legends that will be represented include Greenbush from Sawyer, Bell’s from Kalamazoo, Shoreline from Michigan City, Drewry’s from South Bend, 18th Street from Gary and Round Barn from Baroda. Of course, heavy hitters like Miller, Coors and Pabst will be sending representatives, too. Alongside them will be newcomers to the scene, like Twisted K-8 of LaPorte and Burn ‘Em Brewing of Michigan City. In all, there will be more than 50 breweries participating in the event. “We’re going to have 54 booths—52 of those are breweries,” Elia said. “We’ll also have a store that shows you how to

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Rob Austin and Steve Murray, co-owners of Burn 'Em Brewing.

brew your own beer, and then one of the brewmasters wrote a book, and he’s going to be signing copies of it at the Brewfest. We’re going to have close to 250 beers in all.” The event has grown so big that Blue Chip has had to add extra space to the venue this year. “We’re expecting about 2,000 people. This thing has grown so big over the years that this year we’re doing it in the Stardust Event Center, but we’ve also gone out and we’re putting an 80- by 280-foot tent out in the parking lot. You’ll be able to walk through both, sampling the different beers.” The folks at Blue Chip have also arranged several different events for eventgoers to choose from based on their level of interest in craft beers. “We’ve got three different pieces to the event. One is what we call our Brewmaster Luncheon. We’re going to have a four-course lunch paired with some of the beers from New Holland,” Elia explained. “Then we have a VIP event where we’re going to have eight different breweries that are going to serve sours, firkins and barrel-aged beers.” Finally, the general admission event will provide access to samples from all of the different breweries. Tickets can be purchased through www. Prices range from $99, which includes access to all three events, to $75 for the VIP and general admission events, to $40 for the general admission event alone. Each ticket level includes a variety of promotional items for guests to take home as well. In addition, there will be a silent auction for premium items such as a mini-fridge, coolers and other beer-themed collectibles, with proceeds benefitting the United Way of LaPorte County. Food will also be available for purchase. “Also, to be conscious of drinking and driving, we have a designated driver ticket that you can buy,” Elia added. “It’s only $15, and people will get a T-shirt, and then they’ll be able to drink some unique Leader photos/CRICKET NELSON sodas and waters all day long.”

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Tempest comes to life at The Livery By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan

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ENTON HARBOR— Fans of Tempest will be excited to hear that the Celtic rock band will be returning to Southwest Michigan for the first time in two years. While this will be their debut at The Livery, they have played many concerts at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks over the years. “We went by there for about eight years on our way from Chicago through to New York,” said Lief Sorbye, Tempest frontman, lead singer and electric mandolinist. “We built up a big following when we were playing at the Acorn, and we really hope that our fans will all come out to see us at The Livery.” For those who are unfamiliar with Tempest, the band is known for a hybrid of high-energy folk rock, fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. In fact, they are celebrating their 25th year with this tour, which currently includes 56 stops throughout the United States. “Right now, we have 56 dates booked for this tour, and there’s more coming,” Sorbye said. “For us, it’s a seasonal thing. We don’t tour that much from October through January. That’s when we kind of regroup, work on new material, plan new recordings and so forth. Of course, we still play on the West Coast during that time.” Based in San Francisco, Tempest keeps busy even when they are not touring. “We’ve done 15 studio albums, not including compilations and live albums,” Sorbye said. “We worked with three different record companies before we signed with Magna Carta back in 1995. So we’ve always been lucky that we’ve never had to pay for our own studio time. That’s probably one reason we’ve been able to stay around for so long.” While Sorbye and Cubanborn drummer Adolfo Lazo have formed the core of Tempest for the last 25 years, the band’s line-up has included a variety of musicians over the years. “I’ve been really lucky to play with a lot of great musicians,” Sorbye said. “To have a band for 25 years is a pretty big accom-

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Tempest will be bringing their special blend of Celtic rock to The Livery on April 6. plishment in the music industry. Most bands last about two years. New blood always gives us more energy on stage.” That “new blood” currently includes San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys, electric bass player Vince Lucchesi and Colorado-born guitarist Gregory Jones. Sorbye has been very happy with the results of the collaboration. “People can expect a lot of energy on stage from us. It’s a high-spirited, fun combination of folk and rock,” Sorbye said. “Even when the venue has theater seating, people get up and dance in the aisles. It’ll be a really fun time.” Sorbye and his bandmates work hard to put on shows that will appeal to all sorts of audience members. “Our music is rooted in that old, folk imagery even though it’s a rock and roll

format,” Sorbye said. “So, we’re not just limited to young people or old people, folk people or rock people. It appeals to everybody.” Whether concert-goers have seen Tempest live or not, Sorbye plans to put on a show that they will remember for a long time. “If they are fans of the band, they can expect some big surprises on stage,” Sorbye said. “We’ll be playing some older material that goes back to the very beginning of the band. Since it’s our 25th Anniversary concert, we want to make it a special event.” However, Tempest also plans to bring out some of their new material as well. “You’ve got to keep the creative juices flowing and put new stuff on the plate. It’s something very cozy to go to a concert and hear all of the songs you love,” Sorbye said. “But, on every

tour, we try to bring out brand new material, as well as to rotate some of the old favorites that our fans want to hear.” Playing new material on stage is one of the ways that Tempest is able to tour so heavily and still record new music during their off months. “We’re a live band first. By playing them night after night, the songs come alive on stage in front of our audiences,” Sorbye explained. “That way, the audience is also a part of the process.” After playing a show in Downers Grove, Ill. on April 5, Tempest will take the stage at The Livery, located at 190 5th St., at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Tickets for the Livery show are $15 at the door, and more information is available at www.liverybrew. com as well as at www.

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Step back in time Paris Soda Shop opens April 4 By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ILES—Elaine Tughan was a sales rep selling designer fabrics on the road when she first found the Paris Soda Shop, and she was immediately taken with its quaint location at 220 E. Main St. in Niles. Unhappy with a post-9/11 downturn in sales, she was looking for something new. What she found was something old. “I found this building in ‘03,” Tughan recalled. “My intent was to open up a coffee shop. And then, I heard the history of the old Paris, and I kept on hearing stories:‘My first kiss was at the Paris.’ ‘I used to hold hands in the booths at the Paris.’ ‘We hung out there after school every day.’” In fact, the Paris has had a long history in Niles, dating back to 1910 when James Patterson opened the first Paris Candy Shop on E. Main. According to the Fort St. Joseph Museum, Patterson — also a newcomer to town — added a soda bar a few years later. Some time after opening a second shop at 220 E. Main in the 1930s, the Patterson family relocated the fountain along with elaborate furnishings to the second shop. Although the soda shop’s furnishings had been purchased and relocated by an Arkansas firm many

years before Elaine came along, she loved the idea of restoring a Niles landmark. “I thought, ‘Every small town needs an old-fashioned soda bar,’” Tughan said. “And that very night, believe it or not, I went on eBay and found this whole thing. This whole soda bar. It’s an actual 1940s soda bar, and I had to go to Waterbury Conn. and pull it back. So, it was meant to be.” The next four years saw an extensive renovation of the shop’s interior, with Tughan tearing off layers of plaster to expose the old brick walls. She was finally ready to open the soda shop and restaurant in 2007. Since then, Tughan has developed quite a fan base as well as a nickname: “The Quiche Queen of Niles.” “I’m known for several different things—my quiche, my chicken salad. Of course we do ice cream— malts, shakes, sundaes. Everything is hand-dipped,” Tughan said. “And people love the fact that we can make phosphates, back like they did in the ‘40s out of our gooseneck fountain.” In keeping with the nostalgic atmosphere, the Paris serves up its sandwiches in old-fashioned lunchboxes. “And, when you get a gift certificate, it comes in a little, mini lunchbox,” Tughan added. “The lunchboxes are also available for purchase at a very reasonable price of $8.”

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The historic Paris Soda Shop is reopening for the season in Niles. Nostalgic candies, including wax lips, candy dots and large lollipops are also for sale. Although the emphasis in the Paris is definitely on a sweet, nostalgic view of the past, Tughan has also made some changes for the 2014 season, including new additions to the menu. “I’ve added 15 new items to the menu, and I’ve lowered my prices,” Tughan said. “I just expanded more of my menu, based on items we already had in-house. I’ve expanded my

wraps, and I’m doing several different types of burgers now.” Regulars to the Paris will not be disappointed because Tughan has kept all of the old favorites on the menu alongside her new offerings. Those include the authentic Coney dogs, the Paris Club and her famous chicken salad. Another new event that occurred in 2014 was that Tughan decided to close down the shop for two months this winter in order to spend time with her aging parents. Now,

however, with the arrival of spring, Tughan is back in Niles, readying the Paris for an opening day of April 4. Although Tughan hasn’t completely settled on business hours for the coming season, she is certain that she’ll have the shop open at 11 a.m. on most days, and it should be open every day of the week. Updates can be found at www. on Facebook, and more information can be obtained by calling (269) 687-5975 as well.

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Dine in style at Ray's on the Green By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ENTON HARBOR— It started out as simply an idea tossed around between friends after a game of golf. Soon though, that idea will become a reality as Ray’s on the Green opens its doors within the Berrien Hills Golf Club. The grand opening will take place on April 7. “Two and a half years ago, in Sept. of 2011, Ray and I were sitting, having a beer on the deck after Dr. Kasewurm’s annual golf outing,” recalled Dave Vonk, general manager of the golf club. “We’d known each other for a couple years before that, and Ray said, ‘If there are ever any opportunities out here, let me know.’” That opportunity arose in the fall of 2013, and the partnership between Ray Mays and the Berrien Hills Golf Club began. “It just got to be the perfect time for Ray, and it got to be the perfect time for

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Samples of Sweet Dreams Baked Goods’ delicious desserts were a big hit at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Ray’s on the Green, opening April 7 inside the Berrien Hills Golf Club in Benton Harbor. Berrien Hills, so everything just kind of fell into place in the fall of last year,” Vonk said. Mays, who has held top positions at both the Pump House Grill in St. Joseph and The Friendly Tavern in Coloma, sees great poten-

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tial in all of the amenities that the Berrien Hills Golf Club boasts. “I really want this to compete with the yacht clubs and all of the other clubs around here” Mays said. “It’s not just a golf club any more. It’s a venue. We’ve got a pool, and we’ve got potential for anything that any other venue has.” The veteran restaurateur is looking forward to his new role as the owner of the eatery, and he’s received a lot of support from both family and friends in this venture. “I was in charge at both the Pumphouse and the Friendly Tavern, but this is the first time that it’s mine,” Mays said. “My best friend since kindergarten is a silent partner, and he encouraged me to do this project, so here I am.” Mays has also brought in Chris Waggoner and her company, Sweet Dreams Baked Goods, as the in-

house bakery, which will supply all of the breads, cakes and pastries for the restaurant.

creating in her home kitchen. Each dessert is served with a natural flower as decoration.

I have all the confidence in the world in Ray, and I think he will succeed in getting this place hopping. We’re going to have a lot of fun at Berrien Hills! Dave Vonk, General Manager “I heard through the grapevine that Ray was looking for a baker, and I did an audition for him at my home,” Waggoner recalled. “It actually wasn’t the desserts that sold him. It was the bread—the rolls. They are the yeast rolls that my grandma used to make.” While Waggoner learned to bake from her grandmother, she has developed many of her own recipes for the delicious and beautiful desserts that she has been

“I started baking in my home, doing special orders for friends,” Waggoner said. “Through the encouragement of my family, my friends and Ray, I was given the opportunity to join him and a wonderful group of people.” Since October, the renovations on both the main floor and the lower level of the club have been completed, lending a fresh look to the historic club. “The main dining room will be in the barroom, and



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of course, on the deck. If the weather is bad, we will push the dining out here,” Mays said, referring to the club’s spacious ballroom. Along with the barroom, the lower level of the club has received a lot of attention. “The downstairs room has been totally recarpeted,” Vonk said. “We’ll serve meals down there, and we maintained the bank below the deck. It’s really a special view.” The lower level will also be available for private parties, providing space for about 80 guests. While the restaurant, located at 690 W. Napier Ave., will be open for business starting on April 7, Anne Vonk, event coordinator for the club, noted that there is a special event planned for April. “We’re going to have a wonderful buffet on Easter Sunday with two seatings. There will be crab legs and prime rib and turkey and just everything. You name it, it’s going to be there,” Anne said. Reservations can be made by calling the club at (269) 925-9002. As the partnership matures and the day of the grand opening approaches, the excitement is palpable, and the hopes are high. “I have all the confidence in the world in Ray, and I think he will succeed in getting this place hopping,” Dave Vonk said. “Ray’s been a pleasure to work with, and we’re happy to have him. We’re going to have a lot of fun at Berrien Hills!”

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ollard greens are one of my top five favorite foods. They are excellent for you, easy to cook with, delicious, and work in a variety of recipes. Recent studies actually show that of all the cruciferous foods, collards may have the greatest cholesterol lowering principles. This means they beat out kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. That’s some pretty tough competition! They are also extremely high in vita-

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mins K and A and have been proven to help fight cancer. While these greens are clearly loaded with health benefits, they are also culinarily versatile. Collards are by far my preferred greens to cook with. They are less bitter than kale and chard, and they hold up better in the cooking process. Other greens tend to wilt immediately,while collard greens take a bit longer to cook and don’t really fall limp the way other greens do. Further, since they aren’t bitter they Salad can be

1 cup black beans 1 1/2 cups collard green ribbons 1/3 cup fresh cilantro 1 cup sliced radish 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped and salt,cooked 2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice

eaten raw in salads and are quite tasty. I use these beautiful leaves in everything from green smoothies to wraps to stir fries. The recipe I want to share with you this week is one of those I just kind of came up with because I had a bunch of random ingredients in my fridge I needed to use. This is how I come up with some of my favorite dishes, just tossing together what I have to use right then. While it's great to have a recipe and general direction you're going with the dish in mind, I find it's really fun sometimes to just see

where the recipe takes you. Allowing my random produce dregs to lead the way, I came up with this spicy and satisfying salad. It's loosely inspired by an appetizer dish my mom calls Cowboy Caviar. Packed with black beans, pintos, corn and a kick, this one will get you on the collard wagon.

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1 1/2 cup pinto beans 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1/2 cup yellow corn 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes (or to taste) Seasoning sea salt to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon)

1. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss well. Cover, and let sit over night. 2. Serve at your next potluck or party. Cook's Note: To prep collard greens in this fashion, remove the rib as you would with kale or chard (save the ribs for vegetable stock or sautee). Fold the leaf over itself and slice into 1/4 inch thick ribbons. To salt cook an onion, finely chop the onion, then sprinkle with sea salt. Press with the flat edge of your chef knife and mix well.


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Tour the world at Potawatomi Zoo By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


OUTH BEND, IND.— The Potawatomi Zoo opened its gates for another season on March 28, providing visitors with an interesting place to get out and enjoy the coming of spring. Although the trees were bare and the grass was still more brown than green on opening day, it’s not hard to imagine how beautiful the setting will be as buds start to appear on branches and everything begins to green up. Paths winding throughout the zoo’s 23 acres provide visitors with the opportunity to stroll past a wide variety of habitats in Indiana’s oldest zoo. Although the zoo originated simply as a duck pond in 1902, it is now home to roughly 400 different species of animals. According to Rachel

Rogers, special events and membership coordinator at the zoo, visitor favorites include the Amur leopards and the white Bengal tiger. While the late coming of spring has kept a number of species indoors longer than usual, those big cats and many other animals are already out in areas where visitors can enjoy watching them. Kangaroos, wallabies, prairie dogs, takins and camels are just some of the animals that have ventured out to welcome spring, and many more will soon be joining them. The zoo has undergone many changes over the last century, and more changes are taking place as the zoo gears up for another season. “Guests will see some subtle changes around the zoo,” Rogers said. “We have a more streamlined entrance experience where guests can purchase all of the tickets to the attractions along with their entry fee. We’ll still have the station-

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Golden lion tamarins are one of the species that will captivate visitors to the Potawatomie Zoo. ary ticket booth, but now they can also buy everything all at once.” Those attractions include the zoo train and the butterfly exhibit. While

the train is now running, the butterfly exhibit will not be open until the weather warms up more. “The butterfly exhibit will be open from Memorial

Day through Labor Day weekend,” Rogers explained. “The butterflies are all tropical — none are native — so they are sensitive to the colder weather.” The petting zoo area, known as the Zoo Farm, will also open for Memorial Day weekend, offering pony rides and other activities, but some of those animals are already outside waiting to greet guests as well. Llamas, goats and peacocks can all be seen up close in that area of the zoo. Zoo personnel are also working on a new home for the red pandas. “We’ve started building a new red panda exhibit. It should be completed by mid- to late April, depending on the weather,” Rogers said. “We have a nice red panda family of two males and one female that people love to visit.” Common carp and Canada geese also eagerly await visitors, who can feed them with treats from vending machines placed along the banks of a stream

that winds through the zoo. Indoor exhibits are open now, featuring a variety of bats, reptiles and primates, including golden lion tamarins. Other animals, like chimpanzees and flamingos, can be viewed by guests through large windows. The gift shop is also open, fully stocked with all sorts or souvenirs, including stuffed animals and educational toys. With an annual attendance of more than 200,000 visitors, the Potawatomi Zoo is one of South Bend’s largest attractions, second only to Notre Dame University. As such, its paths will soon be filled with visitors from across the country. However, local residents have the opportunity to beat the crowds that summer will bring, and visiting the zoo can be a leisurely, enjoyable way to get out in nature and experience the springtime.

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A change of art New Buffalo's Roger Harvey ART Gallery for sale By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


EW BUFFALO— Having enjoyed multiple careers—as a graphic designer, as the proprietor of a bed and breakfast, as a gallery owner and as a landscape painter, Roger Harvey is looking to the future, excited for whatever may come next.

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you to go on and do something else.” It seems that Harvey’s life has been an exercise in change and transformation. “I was 14 when my family came over from England. My folks settled in Peoria, Ill. After I got out of high school, I went into the army for three years, and when I got back, I moved to Chicago and went to art school,” Harvey recalled. “Then, when I graduated, I went back to Peoria for a year or two, and I met my wife there. Then, we both moved back to Chicago, and we were there for about 35 years. We came over here to New Buffalo about 20 years ago.” Upon arriving in Michigan in 1993, the Harveys decided to purchase a 1948 Bauhaus-style home at 33 Barton St., transforming it into a bed and breakfast. “It’s a different style of building,” Harvey said. “Not a lot of people look at this building and understand it.” Working from the modern style of the home, the Harveys decided to present

it as the first 1950s-themed bed and breakfast. However, after seven years in the hospitality industry, they decided that they were again ready for a change. It was then that they opened their gallery, and Harvey began to paint once again in earnest. “I didn’t do a lot of art while we owned the B&B. It was very demanding,” Harvey explained. “I used to paint when I was in Chicago, but I was always so busy doing graphic design that I never really had the time to do much of it.” Freed from the demands of his earlier careers, Harvey was able to focus more on his art, reaching back to the training he received while he was a student at Chicago’s American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute. “When I went to art school, we were taught that everything had to be realistic,” Harvey explained. “At the Art Institute, it was a lot more free than at the American Academy of Art, but even at the Art Institute, in the painting classes, they tried to make you learn how

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Roger Harvey’s beautiful landscapes can be viewed and purchased at the Roger Harvey ART Gallery, located within a unique Bauhausstyle building in New Buffalo. to paint before you started abstracting things.” Harvey chose to apply those techniques to the study of landscapes, for which he found ample inspiration in southwestern Michigan. “They’re pretty traditional landscapes, maybe a little more colorful than what one would think of in traditional landscapes, but they’re very traditional, and that comes from my training,” Harvey said. Although Harvey’s large acrylic landscapes are unique, he was both surprised and inspired to learn that another painter had a somewhat similar vision. “I started painting, and I was just painting without looking at what anyone else was doing, and a friend of mine said to me that I painted like a guy called Wolf

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Colors for Kids

5K Fun Run

April 26, 2014 at Brandywine High School $25 per person, team of 4 OR $30 per person, individual if you register before April 1st All proceeds benefit children in our community.

Registration starts at 7:00 am Zumba at 8:00 am • Race starts at 9:00 am

Niles Service League For more info call 269.591.1246 or email

Kahn, and I had never heard of him,” Harvey said. “So, I immediately looked him up on the internet and found that he had some books, and I went and searched and got his books. “I admire his painting a lot. In some ways, I do paint a lot like him,” Harvey said. “They’re more abstract than mine. Mine are perhaps a little more realistic, but his colors have influenced me probably more than anything else.” While landscapes are a common subject for Harvey, he has branched out into other areas as well. “I’ve done portraits, and I do other things, like these whimsical little faces, sort of based on African masks. They’re just found-object masks,” Harvey said. “ I also make jewelry out of found objects.” Although the Roger Harvey ART Gallery remains open and Harvey continues to paint, he and his wife are now looking to the next chapter in their lives. They are putting the 3,500-square foot building on the market, unsure of what the future holds. “We may move to California, or we may stay in the area,” Harvey said. “We haven’t quite decided yet.” Wherever the Harveys’ journey takes them next, it seems certain that Roger will find subjects for his art. More can be learned about Harvey’s work and the gallery at www.rogerharveyart. com.


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Instruction & Training


Farmers, Cottage, & Craft 2nd Saturday EACH Month P.D.K. Small Business Saturdays Firearm Instruction 4th Saturday EACH Month Concealed Pistol License Register @ Classes. Next class April 19th, 8a-5p Spring Special or call 269-927-4467 $75. Contact Paul: 269-4622584 or Kelly: 269-7836570 WRONGLY DENIED


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Apartments Available $565/month (269)684-4500



Senior Apartments. 2 months free on select units. Spacious, two bedroom located on beautiful Stone Lake, Intercom entry building, elevator, emergency pull cords. Seniors 62 years or older. Rent starts at $631.00 (based on income). Please call Toni at 269-4453333 or stop by today at 145 Stone Lake St. for more information. EHO. TDD 1800-649-3777 American Preferred 1-800-968-1792


$140 per week includes water & trash, no cats or dogs, $100 deposit. Call 1-


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3 bedroom, new carpet & paint, great location, near schools & park, fenced yard, $700/mth 269-683-7238 Niles


side by side duplex, wood fireplace, washer/dryer hook up, patio, no pets or smoking, $600/month, $600 deposit, 1 yr. lease, (269)470-4448 or (269)470-9836


“Summer Rental Specials” May 31st –June 7th $495+tax Aug.9th –16th $795+tax Aug. 23-29(6 day) $495+tax (Reg.$1125)+tax “Fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing.” * Only a 20-minute drive from Niles! Ask for Brad Light (269) 687-9227 Or cell (574) 850-6940

Office Space for Rent



1st office space has dual entrances off 4th & Sycamore in Niles and has 1 large office or can be divided into 2 smaller offices. Lease includes heat, gas, water, sewer, $800/month for both offices or $450/month for one. 2nd office space has 1 entrance off 4th St. in Niles and has a reception area plus 2 offices, $350/month. Call or email mike.caldwell@leaderpub. com. (269)687-7700


in Brandywine School area, 2,100 sq. ft., 2 bath, 4 bedroom, 1/2 acre lot, fenced back yard, 2 car attached garage with extra side access, completely remodeled, tiled kitchen, bathroom & utility room, carpeted bedrooms with walk-in closets, large dining room, wood flooring in dining room, family room and hall, cathedral ceilings in family room, wood burning fireplace, all new stainless steel appliances, large Florida room, additional 3 car garage great for workshop. $139,900 (269)845-1830


Houses for Sale 500 NILES HOME

2539 Coquillard Drive, Niles, Michigan this 1,352 sq. ft. home was built in 1992, features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, main floor laundry with washer/dryer, fully unfinished basement, attached two-car garage, three season room, and deck in fully fenced backyard. Listing Price $155,000. Call 269845-5125 for details or to request a showing.


3 bedroom home has 1 on the main floor and 2 upstairs, 2 full baths, some original woodwork and hardwood floors. Open living room and formal dining room area. Detached garage is brand new with easy access from the alley. Back yard is fenced with a covered patio. Located at 1009 N. 13th St. Niles Visit for more photos and info $63,000 Coldwell Banker, RWG Patty Lauten (574)340-4271 (269)663-8800

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May 14th to May 31st Grounds Crew Be Part of an Extraordinary Local Event! 30-40 hours $8.00/hr. Day and Night Shifts

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THOR MOTOR COACH IS HIRING. See larger ad in today's paper.

Elderly Care 307 KARE SERVICES

Compassionate Home Care Services (269)684-1984 (574)292-2900


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MAINTENANCE MANAGER Oversee the maintenance department and work alongside them in every aspect of the maintenance function. INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE Experienced in all forms of industrial electrical work including PLC programming and trouble shooting. Will require good mechanical skills as this position will be responsible to make both mechanical/ electrical repairs. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE/REPAIR Changing saw blades, air compressor service, basic HVAC service, tool repair, and routine preventative maintenance. Must have strong mechanical knowledge, basic electrical skills, be motivated and able to work in a fast past environment. TOOL REPAIR Responsible for keeping tools in good working order. Work with production employees to repair & maintain small electrical tools. Come and join the maintenance team at THOR MOTOR COACH! Send resume to or stop and complete an application at 604 Middleton Run Road, Elkhart, IN 46516. 24 hours a day Pre-employment drug screen required. EOE

4 Bedrooms + Den Fireplace, Hardwood Floors Needs New Family $149,000 Call or Text Chris Moore (269)362-5665 Freedom Realty (269)687-8484 Niles- N. 5th St.


1.5 bath, single family, 1995 sq. ft., detached garage, lease or cash, call for details. (877)553-5348


Integrity Real Estate Professionals would love the opportunity to serve you. Call any of our agents for professional service you expect and deserve. 269-684-5030 Integrity Real Estate Professionals

2 bd/1 bth, Newer appliances, New flooring throughout, Qualifies for $199 base lot rent For 24 months! Riverside Estates Call 269-695-3119


3 Bed, 2 bath homes ready to be moved into. Lease Options at starting at $587 per month (includes lot rent, insurance, water, trash) Call 269-423-7024 or visit to view pictures

Mobile Homes 506 SPRING SAVINGS ON AFFORDABLE HOMES •Preowned 2&3 bed homes •New 3 bed, 2 bath homes for $34,500 •Many standard features •Modular homes available Colonial Acres (269)663-2424

General Merchandise


NOW OPEN NILES FLEA MARKET Wed.-Sat. 10a-5p Sun. 12p-5p 111 E. Main St A few Vendor spots still available. For more info call 574-323-4187

Cemetery Lots 617 2 PLOTS & 2 VAULTS in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in Niles, $2,100 negotiable, will pay transfer fees! (219)393-1977



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Kids' clothing: newborn to teen, Baby gear & furniture, Maternitywear Accepting Spring & Summer wear Feb. 1st Call for appointment. Who kNew Consignment 269-782-9800 We are open Mon. - Sat. 10am-5pm, so you can replace the winter clothes your kids are outgrowing

Things to Do 637 CASS DISTRICT LIBRARY (269)445-3400 Check out our online services: Freegal, Learn4Life, and more! Call for more info.

Household Mer642 chandise FOR SALE

Used & reconditioned washers, ranges, dryers, refrigerators & freezers. Geiger Refrigeration Service 841 Carberry Rd. Niles (269)687-8639

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Submit calendar events to Jill McCaughan, feature writer, by email at jill. or offthewater@leaderpub. com or visit the Leader Publications office at 217 N. Fourth Street, Niles.

Show) in all galleries. Reception is March 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with awards presented at 6:30 p.m. Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI. For more info, visit www.


April 3-5


Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held 8- 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 306 Courtland St., Dowagiac. Narcotics Anonymous is a self-help group for addicts seeking recovery and for people who think they may have a drug problem. Dowagiac meetings are held in a closed format.

The 6th Annual River Bend Film Festival will be held at three different venues in South Bend. The kickoff screening is Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.. – 11 p.m. at Showplace 16, with the Indiana premiere of the Goshen-shot feature film “Sand Castles,” a drama created by Goshen-native Jordon Hodges, who also stars in the film.

March 27- April 16

April 4

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WHAT'S HAPPENING? All you can eat. Carry-out available. St. Pius X Parish, Fir Rd., South of SR 23, Granger, IN. Adults: $8, Kids (6-10): $4, under 6: free. Call (574) 271-7853 for more info. 4-7 p.m.

GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards are bringing the international hit show Menopause The Musical to Benton Harbor and will play Lake Michigan College’s Mainstage Theatre at The Mendel Center on April 8th for one performance. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased at the box office, or by calling 269-927-1221.

packet-pick up and walk-in registration begin at 7:30 a.m. The Children’s 1-mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Full 5K run/walk takes off at 9 a.m. Register online at

“The Day Carl Sandburg Died” is the First Friday Film at the Box Factory for the Arts at 7 p.m. There will be a $5 suggested donation collected at the door. The film is being shown as part of the Box Factory’s celebration of National Poetry Month. April 5

the door for $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under admitted free.

i The April meeting of Barn Swallow Theatre’s Board of Governors will be held at 10 a.m. The meeting will convene at the theatre, located at 22334 U.S. 12 East of Edwardsburg, Mich. Continuing plans for the upcoming season’s scheduled performances will be discussed. All current members, as well as those interested in the future of continuing theatre arts in the Michiana area are welcome to attend this meeting to learn more about our plans for Barn Swallow Theatre. For information, please call Carol at (269) 445-2511.

The Ed Bagatini New Swing Orchestra returns to the Box Factory for the Arts stage at 7:30 p.m. Sarett Nature Center’s an- Tickets are available with Inspiring Future Artists Knights of Columbus: nual Spring Stampede PayPal at Barn Swallow Theatre will (Middle and High School Famous Lenten Fish Fry. takes place on April 5. Race or at hold auditions for “Always...


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your junk car. We haul for free. Paying up to $1500 CONSTRUCTION cash. Please call anytime Pole barn & other garages 269-687-8098 specialist. Roofing Siding, Framing and more. Over 25 Home Improve700 years experience. Licensed. ment Contact Michael N. Knepple #1 GUTTERS (269)476-9777 We do seamless gutters. Free estimates, call MR. MAINTENANCE (269)782-0401


Any size, great prices, all equipment, 35 years experience. Robertson’s Sales & Service, Niles. Call (269)6842669

Paving Service 739 HOPPER EXCAVATING


Concrete countertops, vases, and more. Please visit our website for more information. (269) 228-8131


Family owned since 1984. Lifetime Warranty Shingles "Have Gravel Will Travel" Vaporizers & e-hookah Flat Roofs & Gutter Covers. FREE ESTIMATES Driveway, stone, slag, reFRYMAN'S SEAMLESS Over 50 liquid flavors. Roofing, Siding & Windows, cycle concrete, asphalt, top Call (269)684-7199 GUTTERS & SIDING US 31 Tobacco Light Hauling & Spring soil, stone & fill. (269)782FRYMAN’S ROOFING 50552 US 31 N, South Bend Clean-Ups, No Inside or 1744/(269)783-1744 NIEBOER CONCRETE Your home exterior experts. (574) 271-0333 Sidewalks, floors & driveways. Quality guaranteed! Locally Outside job too big or small. Recycling Service 743 Free Estimates. Licensed & Inaffordable rates. for 50 years. (269)782- Low Wanted to Buy 672 Owned (269)591-1403 5008 (David & Terri Fryman) CA$H 4 JUNKERS sured. (269)684-6673



•Junk Cars• •Free Pick Up• Cash Paid On The Spot Up to $1,500 (574)850-1222 24 hours, 7 days a week BUYING

repairable scrap and unwanted vehicles, top dollar paid. Call or text for a free quote today. Free towing. Kevin (817)437-0450


Cash paid for small & medium size refrigerators working or not, washers, gas & electric ranges. Call (269)687-8639


Over 25 years of experience, tile work, kitchens, bathrooms, additions, decks & porches, windows & doors, window wrapping, siding, fascia & soffit. Insured! Call Randy (269)782-3139 (269)208-9838


All kinds of Project & Repairs. 30+ years exp. Plumbing, Elect., Drywall etc. 269-782-7919 269-357-4853


Repairs, Replacement, New Small Jobs welcome. Licensed/Insured. Call John (269)445-7005


Home repairs, siding, drywall, bathrooms, painting, plumbing and much more! One call does it all! NOW OFFERING "SPECIAL PRICING" on all bathroom remodeling and painting. Call today to take advantage of this offer! (269)405-2643

Plumbing Service




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Sewer Rodding• Drain Cleaning• Internal InspectionLocating• Sewer Replacement-Repair Licensed, Bonded, Insured. (269)228-0496

Landscaping 724 PEMBERTON LANDSCAPING Spring Clean up, Mowing, Fertilization, Shrub Trimming, all Yard Maint. needed, Residential and Commercial. Licensed and Insured. Call 574-876-1127

Tree Service 725 THE CUTTING EDGE PRO TREE CARE Complete Tree Service SAME DAY ESTIMATES Insured, Competitive Rates. 269-687-4972

And masonry, driveways, porches, patios, tear out/replace, all repairs, brick, block, stone, fireplaces. Will fix wet basements big or small, inside Misc. Services 747 and out. All remodeling siding and BRADY CONCRETE windows, Specializing in Flat work of all doors.Aaron (269)655-4158 Turn that Junker in your yard to cash in your hand 801 Carberry Rd, Niles 269-687-5865

type, seawalls, stamped concrete & Bobcat Service. Free estimates. Insured. Fast, dependable service. (269)4453349 or (269)591-0100

Painting Service

April 7

South Bend Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee’s beloved novel, Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Wilson Theatre at 403 N. Main Street. April 10


RICKS POWER WASHING RVs, homes, decks, farm equip. & boat docks. Small commercial jobs. Serving Cass., Dow. & Niles. Free Estimates, Senior Discounts. Will beat any competitors estimates. Call 269-470-9507 or 269470-9498

Insurance 758 LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES! Home - Auto - Health - Life We do the shopping for you! TCU Insurance Agency Call Deb Asmus today (269) 683-6700 x5901

Motorcycles & 915 ATV’’s McDaniel's Harley-Davidson

Stop in to check out the Dyna Low Rider & Sportster SuperLow 1200T. 1910 Lincolnway East, South Bend (574) 289-6650 or shop

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Brick/ Block/Stone. Custom & Insurance work. Insured & Bonded. (574)298-3520

J.M. HUNT ENTERPRISES, LLC Painting & Drywall. Insured. Free Estimates. Family From start to finish. Owned & Operated for Over Stamped, flat & dirt work. 50 years. 269-683-4442. Insured (269)663-8091



Patsy Cline” from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Auditions will be held at the theatre located at 22334 U.S. 12 East of Edwardsburg, Mich. The musical will cast two female roles, ages 20 to 30 and 40 to 60. Additionally, musicians for a six-piece band consisting of a piano, steel guitar, lead guitar, bass, fiddle and drums will be selected. Contact Director Pam Boepple at (269) 663-5012 or Carol at (269) 445-2511 for information.

Cleaning Service 757 CLEANING LADY

Electrical Contracting, No Job Call Too Big or Small. Free Quotes. Business/Residential. Senior Affordable Pricing, Licensed & for free estimate. Insured. (269)684-6290 or discounts. Kathy (269)332-


PARAKEETS FOR SALE 1 blue male, 1 yellow/green female. Comes with cage, food, toys etc. Moving and cant take them. Asking $75. Niles pick up. Call Nicole 269-591-4720.

Wines of the Piedmont, wine appreciation course from Ruth Ryberg. Must be 21. Lake Michigan College, Napier Ave. Campus, D-116 (Planetarium). Contact 1-800-252-1562 ext. 7502 or visit $49. 6-7:30 p.m. April 11

The Lake Michigan College Concert Choir will present their spring choral concert, “How Can I Keep from Singing,” a celebration of great English language choral standards. The concert will take place Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. on the LMC Mendel Center Mainstage.


tion Bldg. Race begins at 9 a.m. Registration forms available at South Shore Health and Racquet Club, YMCA in St. Joseph and Niles, and at For more info, contact Andrew Cowan at (269) 9271000 ext. 5101 or cowan@

The Acorn Theater will host a special open mic night at 8 p.m. at no charge. Performers are encouraged to email to reserve a slot.

Comedian Wanda Sykes will perform at Four Winds April 12 New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through www. 10th Annual LMC Steven, or by C. Silcox Spring Training calling at (800) 745-3000. 5K/10K Run/Walk. Lake 9 p.m. Michigan College, Napier Avenue Campus. Fee: $20 (before April 1) and $25 (after April 1 and on race day). Registration at 7:45 Atlantic Steps at LMC a.m. at the flag pole plaza Mendel Center. Tickets are in front of the Administra- $25, $28 & $32. Mendel


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WHAT'S HAPPENING? Center Box Office, (269) grade girls basketball coach 927-1221 or www.lmc- at Brandywine, mother of 8 p.m. three, wife and soon-to-be grandmother. Tickets are $15 at the door and the event will include dinner, a cash bar and other fun features. More than 200 brews from For questions, contact Josh 50 specialty breweries will Hood at (574) 315-6090. be available to taste at the ultimate beer sampling event, Blue Chip Brewfest, sponsored by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Build a small table with the Michigan City, Ind., on Sarett Nature Center WoodSaturday, April 12 from shop on April 12 from 10 1:30 to 5 p.m. a.m. to 2 p.m. The project is appropriate for children ages 7 and up with an adult helper. The fee is $50. Preregistration and prepayment The Parents without Partners are required. Please call dance will be from 7:30 p.m. (269) 927-4832 to register. to midnight at ZB Falcon’s Hall, located at the corner of Western and Sheridan in South Bend, Ind. Admission is $7. For more informa- Stringfever will return to tion, call (574) 256-9326. the Lerner at 7:30 p.m. The four talented musicians have put together a truly original show featuring five and six stringed elecNiles Elks Lodge is host- tric violins, called violecing a benefit from 8 p.m. tras, a viola, and a cello. to 1 a.m. to help with the medical expenses of Diane Smith, of Niles, who was recently diagnosed with stage II lymphoma. Smith is a 7th Taste international foods











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from around the globe at Martin’s Supermarkets, 5637 Cleveland Avenue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. See ethnic dancing and listen to

ethnic music. Learn about different countries and cultures. All proceeds go to benefit Lakeshore High Shool International Club.



Apartments start at $435/mo. SPECIAL: Move in by April 20th, 2014, pay your first month’s rent and security deposit, and receive your next month’s rent free! 1,2 Bedroom apartments and 2,3 bedroom townhouses


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ZOO continued from page 7 The Potawatomi Zoo is located at 500 S. Greenlawn Ave. in South Bend, and it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including holidays.  While admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 14, $6.50 for seniors 62 and over, and free for children 2 and under, area residents may want to consider purchasing a membership, which will allow them to visit the zoo free of charge anytime. Members are also invited to a special members-only picnic and

are admitted to Zoo Boo, the annual three-day Halloween event, for free. “We have special events throughout the year, including a wine tasting in June, the Grape Escape, and the Zoo Brew, a beer tasting event in the fall,” Rogers added. More information about the Potawatomi Zoo and its calendar of events is available by calling (574) 235-9800 or by visiting www.

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Peacocks, flamingos, white Bengal tigers, takins, prairie dogs and common carp are among the 400-plus species housed at South Bend’s Potawatomi Zoo.

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