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A Walk in the Park Tower, walkway offer unique view of Galien River

Visitors to the Galien River Park can take a walk through the treetops on the Canopy Walkway. Leader photos/JILL McCAUGHAN

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The 300-foot-long Canopy Walkway winds through the woods before taking visitors out to a spectacular view of the Galien River, 60 feet above the ground.

A Walk in the Park

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Tower, walkway offer unique view of Galien River By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


EW BUFFALO— You may not ever have the opportunity to walk among the treetops of the cloud forests in Costa Rica, but thanks to cooperation between Berrien County and the Pokagon Fund, a very similar experience is now available right in your own backyard. “We’re all excited,” said County Commissioner Andrew Vavra. “The whole county should be excited, and our visitors should be excited because it’s a great destination!” With the May 8 opening of the Galien River Park, residents and visitors to Berrien County can now walk out over the river valley just north of New Buffalo, taking in a view of the marshlands and woods that really is striking. “It’s been a long time coming because the property was bought in 2001, and there have been other priorities for funding since then,” explained Commissioner Vavra. “But, anything that’s great is worth the wait. And, I think that anyone who goes to the park now will find out how great it is.” Easy to access from U.S. 12, the entrance to the park is located directly across the road from the New Buffalo Township

Hall at 17425 Red Arrow Highway. Currently, admission to the park is free. “There will be no entry fee,” Vavra said. “You won’t have to have a county park pass until phase two comes in—when a building or staff is there. Then, it will be part of the park system’s permit fee structure.” Upon arriving at the park, visitors will find a small parking area surrounded by tall deciduous trees. A gravel chip path leads springtime visitors past patches of May apples and violets growing under the canopy. Several unpaved paths branch off into the woods, allowing visitors to choose “the road less travelled” if that’s what they prefer. However, following the gravel path will soon bring visitors to a fork. While the right side of the path will eventually take visitors down a winding path to the Marsh Boardwalk and the River Viewing and Fishing Platform, that portion of the path has not yet been completed. However, taking the path to the left will provide visitors with access to the Leader photos/JILL McCAUGHAN 300-foot-long Canopy Walkway that leads to the The Marsh Boardwalk provides visitors with 60-foot-high Marsh the opportunity to walk among the marshland Overlook Tower. A stairway at the beginning of to the Galien River’s edge. that walkway enables visi“The Canopy Walkway of a sudden, you come out tors to access the Marsh Boardwalk, which winds is very wide and very of them. You get out into through the marshland and secure, and you come out the open, and it makes you up alongside the riverbank. from the tree, and then all feel like a part of the trees,”

Vavra said. From the Marsh Overlook Tower, visitors can look down upon the natural beauty and perhaps see some of the wildlife that calls that portion of the Galien River its home. “It’s a way to get out,” Vavra said. “It’s a way to get down to the river, and, also it’s a way to get up where the birds are in that skyway walk.” Vavra encourages all visitors to make use of the Canopy Walkway, even if they are concerned with the height of the tower. “Personally, I’m a little cautious with heights, but myself going on it, I had no problem,” Vavra said. “So, a lot of folks that may feel that it’s a little high for them—I would suggest that they go out and try it for themselves.” While the park is still under construction, many visitors are already taking advantage of the new opportunity to get out and reconnect with nature in a unique way. “It’s fabulous. I think it’s just great that the Tribe and other people threw in the money and got grants to build a wonderful thing like this,” said John Burke, who has a home on Dewey Lake. “It looks gorgeous. I hope they can keep it this way. It is really cool!” While the park is already receiving rave reviews from visitors like Burke, the county has plans

to make it even better when the second phase of the project begins at an undetermined point in the future. “There’s a couple things I would like to see happen in phase two,” Vavra said. “I would like to see an interpretive center that gives visitors an educational appreciation of the site— of the significance of a Great Lakes marsh, the significance of the Galien River, and what actually inhabits it.” Vavra would also like to see an emphasis on the way the site was used by Native Americans. “Obviously, the site was important to them, with the water and the fishery, and with the presence and reestablishment of the Pokagon tribe’s influence in that southwest area, I think we can reach out to them and provide educational opportunities so people can better understand Native Americans and their history,” Vavra said. “It’s a perfect fit for this park, and that’s what I would envision.” As spring progresses, more leaves form on trees, and more wildlife become comfortable with the new visitors in their midst, the Galien River Park will surely provide many more opportunities for visitors to get out and appreciate the natural beauty of Berrien County and its river systems.

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An artistic education

Unique 'school' showcases man's eclectic style By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ISTER LAKES— “Eclectic, unusual, innovative.” All of these words come to mind upon speaking with Jim Wilcox and viewing the range of his artwork. Now, with the opening of his New Rock School of Aesthetics this Memorial Day weekend, members of the public will have the chance to form their own impressions of this artist and his work. “I grew up in the era of Monty Python and the Flying Circus, and I wanted to come up with an unusual name,” Wilcox explained. “It’s not really a school, but you can see it as a school, like a school of fish or a school of thought. Everybody has a ‘gallery,’ so I thought, I’d like to have a ‘school.’” Born in West Chester, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, Wilcox was also influenced by the artschool bands of the 1960s and 1970s. “My decision to become an artist was really based on music. All of those artschool bands were really

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ABOVE: “Breakfast Ballerinas: Morning Class with the Joffrey Ballet,” a relief sculpture by Jim Wilcox. BELOW: “Dad’s In Heaven Now” and “Herbert as Dr. Gachet,” two relief sculptures by Jim Wilcox. made up of artists who went into music—the Beatles, the Kinks, Pink Floyd,” Wilcox explained. “Just as an inspiration, it was, ‘Go ahead and wing it. If you want to be an artist, just do it.’ That’s probably why I stuck ‘rock’ in the title of the school, too.” For Wilcox, rock ‘n’ roll had the same impact on the art world as the Italian

Renaissance. “There were so many artists working at the same time in so many areas, and it was selected by kids who had money to spend on that art—on the music. Critical acclaim be damned.” Working from that same populist philosophy, Wilcox appreciates the movement behind the Grand Rapids’ Art Prize, in which he has participated twice. “The public was never in the position to say ‘I like this,’ when it comes to art, and that’s what DeVos did up in Grand Rapids, and we have the technology to do that now. I love stuff like that!” explained Wilcox. “Art Prize is the best thing that’s happened

to art in a long time.” Trained in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Illinois, Wilcox earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One of Wilcox’s own pieces that draws upon his artistic training as well as his roots in rock and his populist philosophy is the “Elvis Grotto: Mobile Unit,” which, when switched on, plays several Elvis songs. “The Elvis Grotto project came out of my time as a teaching assistant at Columbia College in Chicago. The class was called ‘The Artist and the Landscape,” and it was a travelling class. We trav-

elled all over the Midwest, and we looked at all of these grottos that the priests had built and people would decorate them,” Wilcox recalled. “For the final project for the class, I decided to do a project that went with that, and I had a bust of Elvis that I had been making in college, so I decided to use that to make an Elvis Grotto,” Wilcox said. One of his more popular pieces, the “Elvis Grotto” will be the showpiece at his upcoming gallery opening. “It’s wonderful fun. People have a visceral reaction to it,” Wilcox said. “I turn it on, and people just start dancing.” Other more traditional pieces of Wilcox’s work will also be on display and for sale. Using a technique that he has developed himself through trial and error over many years, Wilcox creates relief sculptures which he casts in a superfine, white concrete mix called ‘polymerized gypsum.’ He then paints them with crushed pastels, sprays them down with Krylon

Clear, and then adds more layers of crushed pastel. The result is a unique, multi-dimensional panel that has both the attributes of a painting and a sculpture. While so much more could be said of Wilcox’s work and his artistic journey—which included owning a studio in Chicago’s Spice Factory, creating rocks and trees for museum displays—including Epcot Center, and making commission pieces including one of the famous Chicago cows, the best thing to do to get to know Wilcox and his special brand of art would be to go to the gallery opening and meet him for yourself. Wilcox’s gallery opening will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 24 at his restored Sister Lakes cottage and studio, located at the junction of 95th and County Rd. 690, across the street from the Driftwood. Brian Slocum of Schwann’s will be serving appetizers, and parking will be available at the nearby Legacy bar. The gallery can be reached at (269) 282-6934.

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guide, please visit my website: under the, “from our kitchen to yours tab” and search vegan baking. Increasing the applesauce by a ¼ cup worked perfectly. The result was a batch of scrumptious little muffins that we didn’t have to feel guilty about eating before heading to our fancy brunch. That’s one of the best things about vegan baking, you can indulge without feeling terrible. Lighter sweets, who doesn’t love that?

some applesauce to make up for the moisture the egg was providing. This recipe was already designed to be a healthier version of traditional muffins, calling for cholesterolfree vegetable oil rather than butter, and applesauce rather than lots of eggs and sugar. I used the recipe as a base, made about four simple changes and voila, a simple, delicious brunch recipe with a healthy twist. Changing a couple ingredients is a

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really easy way for those of you at home to health-up or veganize some of your favorite breakfast bakedgoods recipes. In our case, as in most novice vegan baking, the egg was the only stumper. I explained to my mom that an average egg equals about a ¼ cup of moisture, so if you’re making sweet bread, muffins, or even some types of cake, all you have to do is add a ¼ cup of bananas, applesauce, or soy milk. For a complete vegan baking egg substitute

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errien springs— For those who love both art and wine, the 11th Annual Art and Wine Festival at Lemon Creek Winery will be a “can’t miss” event on Memorial Day Weekend. It will take place from 12 to 6

p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25. With 30 years of history as a winery and 150 years of grape and fruit growing experience, Lemon Creek Winery is a perfect place to sample the fruits of southwest Michigan’s clay loam hills. “At the Art and Wine Festival, we do a wine tasting,” said Kelsey Jakeway,

a wine server at Lemon Creek Winery. “It’s $5, and you get five samples. Then, you can choose your favorite and buy a bottle if you want to and sit outside and enjoy it.” Lemon Creek Winery will be offering wine lovers the chance to sample from over 25 different wines. The grounds of the winery will also provide a scenic



location for event-goers to enjoy the beverages, with a gazebo as well as tables and chairs set up. Live music will provide further ambiance for guests as they sample the wines and take in the scenery. “Usually, we’ll have an acoustic guitarist or something like that,” Jakeway said. Lemon Creek will also

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Lemon Creek Winery’s Art and Wine Festival will provide both children and adults with a weekend full of fun activities and the opportunity to see some unique pieces of art. However, as Jakeway noted, many of the artists accept only cash. “It’s a perfect event for groups of friends, families and spouses,” Jakeway recommended, noting that no reservations for large parties will be accepted during

the festival. “We are kid-friendly, and there will be no gate charge that day,” Jakeway said. Updates about the event will be available on the Lemon Creek Winery Facebook page as the event

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ENTON HARBOR— Whether you are a jazz aficionado or a jazz naïf, the Chris Greene Quartet will be playing some music for you to appreciate when they take the stage at The Livery at 8 p.m. on May 17. “I appreciate it when there are people in the audience who really know about the history of the music, but the majority of the people in the audience are usually people who just want to enjoy some music—who just want to be entertained at the end of a long day at work,” said saxophonist and composer, Chris Greene. However, no matter what the composition of the crowd, the Evanston, Illinois-based musician wants to provide a show that music-lovers all along the spectrum can enjoy.

“There are a lot of musicians who were able to do this real ‘arty’ music, but there was also something in it for the average person— artists like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane,” Greene explained. “There are things we as musicians can do to allow people in.” Showcasing songs from their latest collection, “Music Appreciation,” the quartet will provide the audience with both classic jazz tunes by such greats as John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, as well as with original pieces. “Of the 13 songs on our latest CD, I wrote three of them, my pianist wrote two, and my bassist wrote two,” Greene said. “The rest of them are basically our interpretations of other people’s songs, including John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, and there’s also one by a good friend of mine, William Kurk.” The quartet chose the title, “Music Appreciation,”

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The Chris Greene Quartet, comprised (from left) of Steve Corley, Chris Greene, Marc Piane and Damian Espinosa, will be playing at The Livery on May 17. for a couple of reasons. “As a band, we decided that we wanted to play music that we like or that challenges us. So, on a literal level, it’s music that we appreciate. We incorporated a bunch of styles on this album,” Greene explained. “We went in 13 clearly distinct directions on this album.” However, the title of the collection also references the concept of a music appreciation course, like the ones Greene took while he was a student at Indiana

University-Bloomington. “On a subtler level, I wanted to approach it as a manifesto. The whole purpose of a music appreciation class is to give you an understanding of a certain type of music—what led up to it, and so forth,” Greene said. “As musicians, we are sort of self-described students of music as well. We’re trying to get better and study. What can we do to make our music better, sound better?” Greene will be joined onstage by Damian

Espinosa on piano and keyboards, Marc Piane on the double bass and Steve Corley on drums and percussion. “As far as work on the arrangements is concerned, we’re really collaborators,” Greene said. “I feel more like a musical director rather than the leader of the band. We work the pieces out together, but as the musical director, I kind of have final say.” While Greene was originally inspired to become a jazz musician after listen-

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ing to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane as a junior in high school, the quartet also incorporates other genres of music into their compositions. “I’ve been very much influenced by the masters of the past, but it’s 2014, and there’s a lot of music that’s come through the lexicon since then,” Greene said. “I like to listen to a lot of different styles—classical, hip hop, blues, gospel.” Rather than shunning the variety of musical influences he was exposed to while he was growing up in Evanston, Greene has chosen to weave them into his compositions. “I believe there’s really only two kinds of music— good music and bad. I think that there’s good and bad intent. I mean, if you’re making a whole lot of money, but you’re not really into it—if what you’re putting out isn’t really what you love—then the result isn’t going to be good.” As such, Greene hopes that audience members of all types will find something in his music that resonates with them. “Jazz started out as dance music. It’s still art to me, but there has to be that communication between me and the audience. After all, 95 percent of the audience isn’t musicians, and those are the people who will follow you.” Greene recommends that concert-goers come to his show with an open mind. “If you come to the show, leave all of your expectations or previous notions about jazz at the door, and just come to have a good time,” Greene suggested. Tickets for the show are $10, and more information can be found at The album can be sampled at www. album/music-appreciation-2014-2, and more information about the quartet can be found at www. Green and the other members of the quartet are looking forward to the show as well. “We’ve been out to The Livery a couple times before, and we’ve always had a great time,” Greene said. “They’ve got a great staff, and it’s always been a great crowd.”


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(269)473-2370 and has character traits that *COMPETTITIVE WAGES* E-mail a cover letter of will enable them to comHelp Wanted 300 plete projects within strict introduction, resume and Carpenter hiring for a Apply in person or fax redeadlines, while still proRegional Driver. See our references in confidence to sume to: 1-269-469-9085 ducing accurate and quality larger ad in today's paper. 102 S. Whittaker St. work on a consistent basis. Carpenter Co. is a customer-driven, technology-focused, and well-managed New Buffalo, MI 49117 industry leader that is continually changing to better serve our customers, but 1-800-352-6976 If you are a team player, it’s not our machines, market strategy, or our capital investments that make us motivated, organized, have NOW HIRING a world leader in the manufacturing of Polyurethane foam, it is our people. a sense of urgency, and are REALTORS eager to take ownership of An opportunity is currently available in the Elkhart Division team for: Call today 269-683-4507 projects, then we would like Over-The-Road-Drivers Coldwell Banker R. E. to consider you for our EsRegional Driver Specialists timator/Project Manager 1400 Chicago Rd This is an OVER THE ROAD position that is home 2 to 3 times per week position. Niles, MI 49120 and on weekends. The starting salary is based on mileage plus hourly rates For consideration, send your for customer delays and unloading. Heavy lifting required on a daily basis. cover letter and resume to NOW HIRING Qualified candidates will have at least one year of driving experience and a 23 Full and Part Time Pocurrent Class A CDL. A safe driving record and clean MVR are necessary to sitions. Opening in Gerneral be considered for employment and all drivers will adhere to state, federal and We offer competitive wages office help, Marketing, Decompany regulations with no exceptions. and benefits with op- livery/Set-up and Customer portunity for advancement. Service Dept. $19.95/Start. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a great benefit package with an exceptional Profit Sharing Plan. Please stop by our facility located at 195 Our company is a “family” Call Human Resource at County Road 15 South in Elkhart, or forward a resume to: company and an Equal 855-647-9540 for Opportunity Employer. mediate interviews Carpenter Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V

Purchasing & Special Projects Manager White Pigeon Paper Company, a private family owed paperboard manufacturer located in White Pigeon, Michigan is seeking an individual who is and enjoys multiple responsibilities within a manufacturing atmosphere. This individual is responsible for the purchasing and coordination of direct and indirect materials such as fiber, chemicals and related production process items. Special projects may include plant Safety and cost reduction initiatives In addition, the following skills would be a plus for the candidate but are not mandatory:


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Are you interested in joining a fast pace company that values it’s team and shows it with more than lip service? Ready for 100% paid Family Health Insurance, Paid Vacations, 401(k), Opportunity for Advancement, and an encouraging and safe culture that is actually practiced? How about all that while earning a competitive wage that is regularly reviewed for increase? All of this is not too good to be true. L.L. Geans Construction, Co. is currently expanding its team, seeking individuals that possess the following skills and abilities: · Strong Safety Culture · Knowledge of Construction Equipment · Positive Attitude If this sounds like you, contact our office at: 1923 N. Home Street Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 574-255-9671 Email:

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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

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Before selling your home in Berrien County Call Mike at (269)470-2995


Firearm Instruction Concealed Pistol License Classes. Next Class Sat. May 24th, 8a-5p. Contact Paul: 269-462-2584 or Kelly: 2 6 9 - 7 8 3 - 6 5 7 0

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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

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Remodeled Kitchen Formal Dining $61,900 Call or Text Chris Moore (269)362-5665 Freedom Realty (269)687-8484


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

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Sunday May 18 2:00- 4:00 18699 Williams St. Cassopolis, MI Over 20 acres of natural beauty in Michigan! 7 minutes from Elkhart. Open split bedroom floor plan offers over 2500 sq.ft. with 6 bedrooms/4.5 bath including guest quarters. Barn, pool, creek, pond, and horse/dirt bike trails. Edwardsburg schools This house is a must see! $395,000 Visit for photo tour or call Coldwell Banker, RWG Patty Lauten (574)340-4271 (269)663-8800

Manufactured 502 Homes A GREAT HOME FOR LESS

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


Sunday, May 25 8am to 4pm 400 Exhibitors Rain or Shine Located at the Fairgrounds, right in Allegan, Michigan $4.00 Admission. No Pets


Huge Selection Of Treasures 2809 U.S. 33-M51 South, Niles (269)683-6644 10:00am - 5:00pm Daily


Deed to Niles, Lot/Vault, Bronze marker + 1 free space, $3250. Call Robbie (317) 435-2017



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Kids' clothing: newborn to teen, Baby gear & furniture, Maternitywear

Accepting Spring & Summer wear through May 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.

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


BILL'S USED APPLIANCES Hours: Mon-Fri. 10a-5pm Sat. 10a-3pm Closed Sunday 2559 S. 11th St. Niles (269) 340-5952

Mobile Homes 506 SPRING SAVINGS ON AFFORDABLE HOMES Merchandise for •Preowned 2&3 bed homes 643 •New 3 bed, 2 bath homes Sale for $34,500 FOR SALE •Many standard features •Modular homes available Colonial Acres (269)663-2424

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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

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Thursday, May 8th We do seamless gutters. The Farm Stand On Bertrand Free estimates, call Hanging Baskets, (269)782-0401 Mixed Containers, Plants FRYMAN'S SEAMLESS Perfect Mother's Day Gifts 201 E. Bertrand, Niles GUTTERS & SIDING

Musical Mer651 chandise WURLITZER SPINET PIANO


Your home exterior experts. Quality guaranteed! Locally Owned for 50 years. (269)7825008 (David & Terri Fryman)


excellent condition, $1,000 REMODELING OBO. (269)683-3089 Over 30 years of experience, Cemetery Lots 617 tile work, kitchens, bathrooms, decks & porches, 2 BURIAL SPACES & Garage-Yard 669 windows & doors, window 2 VAULTS Sales wrapping, siding, fascia & at Mission Hills Memorial soffit. Call Randy (269)782DOWAGIAC Gardens, Niles. Current price 3139 (269)208-9838 $2,850. Asking $2,100. For COMMUNITY WIDE HOME SERVICES & details call (850) 878-6282

Household Mer642 chandise FOR SALE

3 Bed, 2 bath homes ready to be moved into. Lease Options at starting at $621 per month (includes lot rent, insurance, water, trash) Call 269-423-7024 or visit to view pictures


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Fri. & Sat., May 16 & 17, 8am-4pm Fifty-seven (57) garage sales within a convenient 2mile radius, plus sales at Sister Lakes & downtown! Multi-family sales featuring estate items, clothing, toys, sporting goods, household items, furniture, antiques, collectibles, tools & perennials! Buyer’s Guides & Maps, providing details, are available at the Chamber, Dowagiac Vacuum Center, Front Street Crossing, The Hairitage, Mud-Luscious, RUst, Shabby Bou-Chic, Tipsy Gypsy, & Vincent J. Jewelers. Dowagiac is a quaint community. Make it a full day! We guarantee the fun!

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

Tree Service 725 C & S MARSH TREE SERVICE

Trees, brush, stump removal, high lift work, insured. (269)362-4331 or 683-1065 leave msg.


Complete Tree Service SAME DAY ESTIMATES Insured, Competitive Rates. 269-687-4972


Paving Service 739 C & C CONCRETE


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


Pole barn & other garages specialist. Roofing Siding, Framing and more. Over 25 years experience. Licensed. Contact Michael N. Knepple (269)476-9777

concrete patching, patios, driveways and pole barns. No job too small. Free Estimates. Insured (269)228-1163

HOPPER EXCAVATING "Have Gravel Will Travel"


Misc. Services 747 A 2 Z SALVAGE & JUNK REMOVAL We do all the Loading, Hauling & Clean up Commercial/Residential/ Industrial •Rental Clean Outs •Storage Units •Property Cleanup •Construction Debris •Farms/Barns Demolition Service Available 7 days a week (269)213-1746 facebook\


Specializing in Flat work of all type, seawalls, stamped concrete & Bobcat Service. Free estimates. Insured. Fast, dependable service. (269)4453349 or (269)591-0100

•Lawn maintenance, •Full Landscaping Service Vaporizers & e-hookah • Spring Clean Ups WE WILL BUY Over 50 liquid flavors. CASPER MASONRY your junk car. We haul for clean beds, preen, mulch, US 31 Tobacco free. Paying up to $1500 trim shrubs, edging, create Brick/ Block/Stone. Custom 50552 US 31 N, South Bend cash. Please call anytime new beds & much more & Insurance work. Insured & (574) 271-0333 Call Ellen (269)759-1012 Bonded. (574)298-3520 269-687-8098


GLEN'S HAULING & GARDEN TILLING (269)683-8389. Cell (269)340-4233 Topsoil•Stone•Etc.


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Electrical Contracting, No Job Too Big or Small. Free Quotes. Affordable Pricing, Licensed & Insured. (269)684-6290 or (269)470-4097.


All your Masonry needs! Chimney Cleaning. Insured & Bonded. Senior discounts . (269)362-1566


MOLE PROBLEMS? We Can Help! No contract or minimum Call (269)254-6634




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


Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks, and Room Additions. 15 years experience. Call Jay 269-635-4393.

Driveway, stone, slag, reBY NIEBOER cycled concrete, asphalt, top Quality Built (269)684-6673 soil, sand & fill. (269)782POND LINERS 1744/(269)783-1744 EPDM Rubber, Any size Recycling Service 743 Lowest Prices, FREE DeHuge Inventory, TRM CA$H 4 JUNKERS livery, Enterprises, South Bend. (574)246-1922 (574) 329-9294

Roofing, Siding & Windows, Light Hauling & Spring Turn that Junker in your yard Clean-Ups, No Inside or to cash in your hand Outside job too big or small. 801 Carberry Rd, Niles Low affordable rates. 269-687-5865 (269)591-1403


From start to finish. Stamped, flat & dirt work. Insured (269)663-8091

Family owned since 1984. Flat work of all kinds, Lifetime Warranty Shingles stamping, sidewalks, Flat Roofs & Gutter Covers. Call (269)684-7199


Plumbing Service


Gravel, Top Soil, R/C DAN'S TREE SERVICE Sand, Concrete & Asphalt, Bush Excellent Cleanup, Insured. Hogging, Land Clearing. Free Estimates. Visa/MC. (269)635-1143. (574)361-9747 THE CUTTING EDGE

Any size, great prices, all equipment, 35 years experRepairs, Replacement, New ience. Robertson’s Sales & Small Jobs welcome. Service, Niles. Call (269)684Licensed/Insured. Call John 2669 (269)445-7005

24 hours, 7 days a week

repairable scrap and unwanted vehicles, top dollar paid. Call or text for a free Palmer Independence three quote today. Free towing. wheel vehicle, electric power Kevin (817)437-0450 wheelchair for outdoor WANTED TO BUY mobility. Can be used on the road, over grass or gravel. Cash paid for small & Range on a charge up to 40 medium size refrimiles. Enclosure for pro- gerators working or not, tection from cold and rain. washers, gas & electric $800. Call 269-683-0638. ranges. Call (269)687-8639


And masonry, driveways, porches, patios, tear out/replace, all repairs, brick, block, stone, fireplaces. Will fix wet basements big or small, inside and out. All concrete flatwork $2.25 sq. ft. Landscaping. Fast dependable service. Quality work. Aaron (269)655-4158

Painting Service


J.M. HUNT ENTERPRISES, LLC Painting & Drywall. Insured. Free Estimates. Family Owned & Operated for Over 50 years. 269-683-4442.

Cleaning Service


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

The Buchanan Art Center is hosting a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The one-day trip is open to anyone, but BAC and Fernwood members receive a discounted member rate. A Royal Excursion 29-passenger bus has been reserved, and the day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at approximately 9 p.m. when the bus returns to Buchanan. Trip prices: $76 BAC/ Fernwood* member; $95 nonmember. Includes bus, entrance ticket and driver tip. Sign up in person at the Buchanan Art Center, 117 W. Front St., Buchanan MI 49107 or by credit card by calling 269-697-4005.

Southwestern Michigan College and the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Orchard Hills Country Club’s Annual Spring Golf Scramble. The outing will have a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m. Call (269) 695-3291 for more information or to register.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ARS Gallery for artists Susan Henshaw and Jerry Catania. Susan will be showing her large canvas titled, “Oil and Water,” a series of oil paintings with the subject of water. Jerry will be exhibiting his renowned glasswork in the

May 16-18

Chemical Bank will host its second annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival from noon to 8 p.m. at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph, Mich. Featured artists will be Slim Gypsy Baggage, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Greensky Bluegrass and Mountain Heart. Visit visit, or or call 269-985-1111 for Curious Kids Museum will more information. host a family program entitled “Dig It” from 12 to 4 p.m. Attendees will learn about dinosaurs.


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All Michiana area painters age 18 and over are welcome to enter two-dimensional works of art for possible entry in the 5th Annual DeFries Gardens Juried Art Show, to be held June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Preserve County Park in New Paris, Ind. Artists may submit up to three entries each. The entry fee is $10.00 per entry. Submitted art must be properly framed for display and the size must not exceed 40 inches in either direction including framing. The art must be delivered to the Goshen Painters’ Guild on Friday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. or Saturday May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

bake sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Michigan time) at the park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center. Each year members dig up a wide variety from their own gardens. Plants start at $2. Gardening books, magazines and homemade baked goods will also be available.


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The Niles Garden Club, in conjunction with the Four Flags Garden Club will hold a Spring Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon rain or shine at Riverfront Park in downtown Niles, corner of Main and Front streets. Prices will range from $2 for 4” pots, with gallon pots at $4 or 3 for $10. Some prices may vary. Plant related decorator items will be available for purchase as well.

Barn Swallow Theater hosts “Old Time Radio Show” directed by Randi Pickley. The father/daughter music duo of San and Emily Slomovits will perform together on the Box Factory for the Arts stage on May 17 Doug Fordyce’s Kids On at 7:30 pm. Tickets, availStage will present “The able online with PayPal at Adventure of the Clutch- www.boxfactoryforthearts. ing Claw” at the Kids On org/calendar/#slomovits or Stage theatre located at The at the door, are $10 general Orchards Mall. The show admission; $8 students and will be performed at 7 seniors; children 12 and p.m. Friday and Saturday, under free. May 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18. All tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All seating is reserved with limited Perennials, bushes, trees, tickets available at the box and native grasses will be office. Tickets may be pur- available at the River Valchased at www.dougskid- ley Garden Club’s plant or by calling sale at the Harbert Com(269) 313-2796. munity Park. The Club’s seventh annual plant and

May 18

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Billy Shelton and FourEver, a vocal group from the Chicago/Gary area will sing a variety of R & B, Gospel and Doo Wop songs at The Old Rugged Cross Church, 61041 Vermont St., Pokagon, Mich. Support the group’s music ministry from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church.

i Jewelry artist Cathy Brown will be teaching the centuries-old weaving technique called Viking Knit in a hands-on class at the Chartreuse Gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $70 per person, and includes materials. Register by calling (269) 983-0931.

i The Michiana Gem and Mineral Society will meet at 2 p.m. in the basement of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 805 S. 29th Street (29th and Wall St.), in South Bend. Families and visitors are welcome. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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The 5th Annual Arts and Chikaming Township Crafts Show at St.Holiday JohnNature Unit- Parks and Preserves will Nature Holiday Camping Summer ed Church of Christ in New host a Geocache Dash Buffalo promises some- from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Search thing for everyone. Come area parks and preserves early and enjoy a variety of and log your discoveries to Partingart Shots Parting Shotswin Family quality of allFamily kinds and prizes. There will be a unique$ handcrafted items$ by wrap-up party at Chickamover 70 artists from Indiana, ing Township Park. Light Illinois and Michigan. There refreshment will be ofis no charge for Sports admission. fered. Visit chickamingoShopping Shopping Sports The main hall is ADA com- for more inpliant, and additional spac- formation. es are outdoors and in the church annex. Snacks and May 30 lunch items will Summer be available Camping Camping Summer for purchase. For more info e-mail, call (734) 277-3180, or visit Jay Leno will visit the Four www.stjohnartsandcraftss- Winds Casino in New falo at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased beginning on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through The New Rock School of the Ticketmaster Web site, Aesthetics will host a gal-, lery grand opening from 2 or by calling at (800)745to 4 p.m. Light refreshments 3000. Ticket prices start at will be offered. The gallery $75 plus applicable fees. is located across from Driftwood in Sister Lakes. $

form of luminescent colorful vessels. Music, small bites and a wine reception will be offered.



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.


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Sweet sounds of Dogwood

The Dogwood Fine Arts Festival opened on Friday in Dowagiac. Among the events that took place over the weekend were the annual Klassics for Kids concert, which was held at the Dogwood office at Huntingon Bank downtown. There, the members of Lake Effect Winds Quintet played “The Carnival of the Animals” and other classical music to the children in attendance. Later that night, the integrated dance group Dancing Wheels performed at the Dale A. Lyons Building Theatre. The group, which is comprised

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of disabled and nondisabled dancers, delivered a number routines based around overcoming adversity. On Monday, the Beckwith Theatre hosted the inaugural Emerging Playwright Awards, with actors holding a stage reading of the winning submission, “Nantucket Sleigh Ride,” written by University of Michigan student Graham Techler. The festival continues through Sunday.

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