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the depths Maritime museum shares history of crash, shipwrecks

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Exploring the Depths Maritime museum captures history of crash, shipwrecks By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


OUTH HAVEN—If you’ve lived in these parts for very long, chances are you’ve heard rumors about the mysterious 1950 crash and disappearance of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 off the coast of South Haven. Now, for the first time, all of the known details of the crash that killed all 58 passengers and crew members can be studied in depth at the Michigan Maritime Museum, located at 260 Dyckman Ave. Until the recent disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, NWA 2501 was the only commercial airliner that crashed and had never been found. Because of that, the museum has recently received attention from international media outlets such as CNN and Al-Jazeera. The exhibit, “Fatal Crossing: The Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501,” opened just two weeks ago. It examines the events that led up to the crash, the extensive attempts to locate the wreckage over the past six decades — most recently by the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association — and the biographies of those who were aboard. “I still get goose bumps every time I come into this room. I just feel like it is a tribute to these people,” said Patti Montgomery Reinert, executive director of the

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Located on the banks of the Black River, the campus of the Michigan Maritime Museum offers visitors a look back into time as well as a beautiful location to enjoy a summer day by the water. Michigan Maritime Museum. “It’s really quite emotional. The exhibit highlights the 58 passengers. We’ve tried to tell their story a little bit.” Visitors to the exhibit can watch vintage film footage of planes like NWA 2501 and listen to actual news broadcasts about the search for the missing plane. Neverbefore-displayed artifacts, including the clothing and personal items of the passengers, are also on display. “It’s a horrific story. They haven’t determined exactly what took the plane down,” Montgomery Reinert said. “It was late June, the Fourth of July was coming, and literally, body parts started

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(ABOVE): A passenger’s shaving kit is one of the few artifacts that have been found in the search for NWA Flight 2501. (Right): “Can you imagine getting into this, much less going underwater in it?” Patti Montgomery Reinert asked in regard to this vintage diving suit.

washing up on the shore, and so the mayor had to close the beaches. Everybody was just in complete shock. So, there are stories about that in this exhibit.” While the display on NWA 2501 is timely and compelling, it presents only a fraction of the captivating artifacts, information and experiences that the museum has to offer. In fact, it is a companion to the Michigan Maritime Museum’s new main exhibit, “Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Wrecks of the Sunset Coast,” which is located in the main gallery. “We tried to create the feeling in this room of being underwater,” Montgomery

Reinert said, of the room that has been painted entirely in deep blue hues. “The sounds you hear are the sounds that the divers’ equipment makes underwater when they’re breathing.” The exhibit itself begins with a display on the evolution of diving equipment, without which none of the wrecks in the exhibit could have been explored. “All of the wrecks included in this exhibit are near the coastal area—probably in a range of about 50 to 60 miles from South Haven,” Montgomery Reinert explained. “Each section of the exhibit focuses on a different wreck.” While the exhibit dis-

cusses individual wrecks, such as “The City of Green Bay,” “The Chicora” and “The Andaste,” it also presents information on the different causes that lead to shipwrecks. “We point out that there’s really many different ways that ships wreck—mechanical failure, storm, fire, ice, and collision are some of them,” Montgomery Reinert pointed out. A large color-coded map of the coast of Michigan illustrates the locations of the various wrecks and the

cause behind each disaster. “As many as 1,000 ships have been lost on the Great Lakes, and only 250 have been found,” Montgomery Reinert said. “Approximately 30,000 people have lost their lives on the Great Lakes in wrecks.” Underwater films of the wrecks enable visitors to see what divers see when they explore the sunken vessels. A display on side-scan sonar is also included in the exhibit. “People are really interested in the side-scan sonar because they’re seeing it on the news every day in the search for the Malaysian plane,” Montgomery Reinert said. “So, the display shows how that actually works— how they use, it, why they use it, and what it does.” The museum also presents displays on ill-fated Great Lakes ships, including LaSalle’s “Le Griffon,” which has never been found, and the “Edmund Fitzgerald.” While the indoor exhibits are captivating in themselves, they are only one part of the museum’s campus. Other buildings on the grounds include the Padnos Boat Shed, where boats are repaired and boat-building classes are held, and the Van Oort Building, where historical U.S. Coast Guard lifeboats can be viewed. Admission to the entire campus is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $7 for seniors. A guided audio tour is also available for a few dollars more, and admission to the museum includes the opportunity to tour “Friends Good Will” if it is in port. In fact, “Friends Good Will” and the museum’s other historical boats provide visitors with the opportunity to get out on the water at a reasonable price. Ticket prices range between $20 and $42, depending upon the vessel and the length of the cruise. “We have ‘Friends Good Will,’ our tall ship, our river launch, the ‘Lindy Lou,’ and ‘The Bernida,’ our 1921 racing boat,” Montgomery Reinert said. “It won both the 1925 and the 2012 Detroit to Mackinac Race before it was donated to the museum.” More information about the museum and its boats is available by calling (269) 637-8078 or by visiting their website at

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Home-grown laughter Combs, DeMoss and Guidry have performed together in the past, this will be their first time bringing their show to Benton Harbor. “Marcus Combs is originally from Chicago, but he has a large following in Benton Harbor, Indianapolis and Chicago,” Guidry explained. “He’s on ‘Comic View,’ and he’s been on ‘Def Comedy Jam.’ He’s just returned from

Local comics take stage at Mendel Center By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ENTON TOWNSHIP— The “buy local” trend has picked up steam in the last couple of years. Michigan manufacturing is making a come-back, and locally-grown produce is a sought-after commodity. So, why should comedy be any different? With that idea in mind, Benton Harbor native, Iris Guidry — aka Ms. Gee — is bringing a crop of Michigan comedy and music to the Mendel Center’s Hanson Theater on Saturday, May 24. “My goal is to promote local comedians,” said Ms. Gee, who recently graduated from the American Comedy Institute in New York. “We’re sampling this format to see if the community is receptive to this style of show. If this works out, we’ll move to bring bigger, well-known comedians to the area.” Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Kalamazoo DJ Chuck D warming up the over 21 crowd. “You can’t have a comedy show without some music,” Ms. Gee said. “He’ll be playing music and teaching the hustle and other dances before the show. Then, the show starts at 8 p.m., and it will be 90 minutes long.” Hosting the comedy show will be Jerry Donovan, a Grand Rapids-based comedian who performs regularly in South Haven. “He has a very impressive record. He’s performed at the world-famous Caroline’s in New York City,” said Guidry, who is producing the show. “He’s gotten national attention from NBC News, and he’s worked with Kurt Russell, Jason Segal and Larry ‘The Soup Nazi’ Thomas. He’s also been featured on Comcast’s ‘On Demand.’” While Guidry has worked with the other comedians on the bill, she met Donovan by enquiring at Czar’s 505 in St. Joseph. He is known for a rapid-fire delivery and quick wit that he describes as “clean but edgy.” Guidry will be the first comedian featured in the show. “I’m the baby of the group,” Guidry explained. “The ‘Waves of Laughter’ title for

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the show comes from the idea that we’ll present different levels — or waves — of comedy. Each comedian gets bigger. Also, since the venue is on Lake Michigan, we decided to go with the ‘waves’ theme.” Over the course of the evening, Guidry plans to give two up-and-coming comedians the chance to try their jokes out on the stage. “I also plan to have two unnamed artists from Benton

Harbor come up on stage for 2 to 3 minutes each, just to give them some exposure and the experience of being on stage,” Guidry said. Mary Ann De Moss, hailing from Royal Oak, Michigan, will also take the stage on Saturday evening. “Mary Ann and I have worked together in the past. She’s very comedic, edgy, and fun” Guidry said. “She’s been mentoring me. She’s per-

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Returning to 'Escanaba' Prequel to beloved play coming to Beckwith Theatre By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


OWAGIAC—If you are a deer hunter in the State of Michigan, you probably already know about Jeff Daniels’ 2001 film, “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” In fact, watching the film might even be a part of your Opening Day ritual. If you are not familiar with it, the action is set in the Upper Peninsula town of Escanaba, and it tells the story of Daniels’ character, Rueben Soady, and his quest to finally bag a deer after many years of trying. Coming from a family of diehard deer hunters, Rueben’s reputation and self-esteem depend up the success of his hunt. While the film version of this scatological comedy helped to spread the popularity of the story, the narrative originated as a play written by Daniels, a Michigan native himself. It was first performed at Daniels’ Chelsea, Michigan theater, the Purple Rose, in 1995. Now, thanks to the Beckwith Theatre, located at 100 New York Ave., local fans of the Soady family

can get the whole backstory on the clan, while those who are unfamiliar with the story can tap into the narrative at its very beginnings. “Daniels wrote ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’ first, and then he wrote ‘Escanaba in Love,’” said Paul Pugh, director of the play and founder of the theater. “That play is all about how Albert met Big Betty Ballou. And then, Daniels thought maybe people would like to know how it all began, so he wrote ‘Escanaba.’ He did it all backwards. That’s the story of how the deer camp was built, and how The Jimmer became a part of the Soady family’s deer camp traditions.” With those two prequels, Daniels takes the storyline back several generations prior to Rueben’s birth in an almost Dickensian way. Therefore, Rueben, the main character in the original play, does not figure into the two newer plays at all. The Beckwith will be staging “Escanaba” at their Dowagiac playhouse on the next two weekends, with opening night being May 23. However, this will not be the first time that the


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Beckwith has entertained the story of the Soady family and their deer-hunting friend, James Negamanee, who is also known as “The Jimmer.” That’s why the theater company has chosen to advertise the performance as “Escanaba 1922.” “We originally did ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’ because we’d heard a couple of other theaters around here weren’t going to do it. They thought it was too bawdy. Maybe that’s not the right word, but they weren’t going to do it, so we decided to,” Pugh recalled. “After we did it, they decided to go ahead and do it, too, so maybe we were ahead of the trend, I guess. That was about 8 years ago.” For those who are interested in the love story between Albert and Big Betty Ballou, the Beckwith also has plans to stage the second play in the Escanaba trilogy this season as well. “We’ll be doing ‘Escanaba in Love’ as the last play this season. It opens October 31,” Pugh said. “We hope the last one will feed off of the first one.” For the first “Escanaba” play this season, Tony Meloche will reprise his role as “The Jimmer,” while U.P. native David Taylor will play Alphonse, scion of the Soady clan. Finally, Bryan Kiner will play Black Jack, an escaped slave. “It’s a hard play to do because there are a lot of tricks in it—like a rocking chair that rocks by itself and a big creature that runs by

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The Beckwith Theatre will be staging several performances of “Escanaba,” starring Tony Meloche, David Taylor and Bryan Kiner.

the window. Also, a deer crashes into the deer camp,” Pugh noted. “Also, like the movie, there is something of the supernatural in the play—a flash-back in time to the Civil War.” Pugh is hoping that audiences will like this play as much as they have enjoyed earlier plays about the Soady clan. “The play would appeal to everyone—especially

deer hunters, and hunters in general. A lot of people wear their hunting jackets to the performances. It’s become something of a cult classic here,” Pugh said. “The wives who have to put up with men who go hunting would like it, too.” Admission is $10 and tickets can be reserved by calling the Beckwith Theatre at (269) 782-7653 or by e-mailing info@beck-

T f Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m. More information can be found on their website at “We’ve sold out ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’ both times we’ve done it in the past, so we expect folks will be interested in these plays, too,” Pugh said.

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Satisfy your cravings The Lake House offers fresh tastes in St. Joseph By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


T. JOSEPH—When El Cozumel closed this past March, many St. Joseph residents and visitors were sad to see it go. After all, it had boasted one of the best terraces in town, providing patrons with a spectacular view of the sunset over Lake Michigan. However, the news quickly spread that the Bleich family, owners of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – St. Joseph, located next door, would soon be opening a new restaurant in the handsome mansion, capitalizing on the beautiful, bluff-top location at 3029 Lakeshore Dr. In fact, the planning began immediately, according to

giving our hotel guests somewhere they could go. We really wanted to Amy Bleich Heugel, bring it back to its director and partroots.” owner of the Holiday Now, with the Inn Express and the renovations comproperty which is plete, the wait is now known as The over, and the resLake House. taurant is finally Leader photos/JILL McCAUGHAN “El Cozumel ready to serve closed on March 8, At The Lake House by Cravings, patrons can choose from guests beginning and we were in there a wide selection of beers to enjoy on the spacious terrace on Thursday, May 22 — just in time the next day, talking that overlooks Lake Michigan. for the Senior PGA plans for the new Championship. restaurant,” Bleich Colby Mansion. However, without experience “It is a casual seafood and Heugel said. “Since then, “My father, Don Bleich, in owning a restaurant, they steak restaurant,” Bleich we’ve undertaken an exten- bought the building in the decided to partner with Chef Heugel said. “We also have a sive renovation of the build- early 1990s from one of his Eduardo Pesantez, owner of ing, both inside and out.” clients,” Amy Bleich Heugel Cravings Bistro and Pub in lunch menu with burgers, wraps, and salads. We also Originally built as a lake recalled. “Then, it was the Benton Harbor. house by the Smiths, a well- Mansion Grille. He leased it “We always knew the have lots of appetizers on the to-do Chicago family, the to them, and then later to El type of restaurant we’d like to menu. We’ll serve a little bit home was bequeathed to the Cozumel.” open here,” Amy Bleich of everything.” Patrons who remember Colbys, who had served as Upon El Cozumel’s clos- Heugel said. “We wanted it the maid and butler at that ing, the Bleichs saw an to be more like the lake house the old El Cozumel will be home. As they lived there for opportunity to open a new that it was—with space for stunned upon entering the Lake more than 60 years, it was by restaurant that would return private events—capitalizing newly-renovated their name that the mansion the mansion to its former on that beautiful location House. Freshly painted in became known locally—the glory as a stately lake house. with the view of the lake, and soft, neutral tones, the walls

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n an effort to gear-up for summer and the small clothes associated with the season, my friend Maria and I have shifted our usual girl dates from lunches and dinners at our favorite vegetarian joints, to a cooking-in trade-off. It’s been really fun to host each other and both of us having really gone to town creating inventive from scratch vegetarian dishes, then pairing with a craft cocktail or organic wine. Last week it was my turn to host and I wanted to make something really fun but healthy too. I hadn’t make stuffed peppers in a while, and they have always been one of my favorite dishes to experiment with. There are just so many ways you can stuff and pepper and so many types of peppers to stuff! Green bells were on sale at my local store, so I went with those. I was sort of craving chili rellenos, so I wanted to go spicy, CalMex style. I used fresh hot peppers, quinoa, black beans, and

corn as the main focus. To simplify evening cook time, I make the quinoa and black beans ahead of time. If you or the audience you’re cooking for has an aversion to cilantro, you can easily substitute fresh parsley in this recipe. The same goes with hot peppers, seed them or trade out for jalapenos if your spice tolerance isn’t as high as ours was. The dish presents beautifully, and worked really well as a dinner party main. It’s also really low fat! It could be made totally oil free by just sprinkling with nutritional yeast instead of the cashew sauce, but I’d

add some hot peppers to the filling mix if you do that. I paired mine pepper with a nice red wine, and Maria made Manhattans. You could certainly serve with a side of guacamole or a jicama salad, but since there are greens in the stuffing, I didn’t serve a salad. Kat Barry, a St. Joseph, Michigan native, is owner of Kat’s Hot Cakes vegan catering, and co author of "The New Chicago Diner Cookbook: Meat Free Recipes from America’s Veggie Diner." She also develops recipes for eHow. com, where you can find over 30 of her vegan instructional cooking videos. She is also a certified


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To make the cashew nacho sauce: 1. Place cashews in a small mixing bowl and cover with water. Let soak about 30 minutes 2. Place all nacho sauce ingredients, including cashew water, in a food processor or Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy. 3. Transfer to a saucepan, heat on stove over medium low heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and burning, until the sauce has thickened to nacho cheese sauce consistency. Remove from heat and set aside. To make the filling: 1. Prep all veggies and place filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside until peppers are ready to be stuffed. To assemble the peppers: 1. Core and seed the bell peppers. Slice in half and place in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, inside up so you can fill the pepper. You will probably need two casserole dishes to accommodate all the pepper halves. 2. Fill each pepper within a quarter inch of the top with filling. Pour the nacho sauce generally over top of the casseroles. 3. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes, or until the edges of the pepper are wrinkling a bit and the cashew sauce is starting to brown.

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EW BUFFALO—As a sure sign of spring’s return to southwest Michigan, the arts and crafts show season has begun again, and this weekend, it will be New Buffalo’s turn to welcome a wide variety of local and regional artists, crafters and shoppers. Hosted by St. John United Church of Christ, 200 W. Buffalo St., this will be the fifth year for the Harbor Country Arts and Crafts Show. “I remember the first year. We thought we would go ahead with the show if we had 12 vendors,” recalled Pam Oselka, who is chairing the organizing committee for the fifth year. “We had many more, and we have grown each year to our expected number of nearly 70. Each year we have many who return and many new artists. The show is always different.” This year, the historic church will open its doors to shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 24. Admission to the show is

free, and many vendors will be set up outside the church as well. “Part of the show will be a street fair. The city closes the street for us, and there are about 18 spaces in Barker St.,” Oselka said. “We’re located just two blocks west of the town’s only stoplight. We get a lot of foot traffic because of our location.” Oselka is excited by the number and variety of artists and crafters who have already signed up to be vendors. “I’m really pleased with what I see coming in this year,” Oselka said. “There will be beautiful arts and crafts—really different things this year. We have a whole assortment of crafters who’ve been here before as well as new ones.” Oselka anticipates that, as in past years, hundreds of shoppers will visit the fair this year. “I think all ages would enjoy coming to the show. We have quite a wide variety of crafters coming— things for babies, children, adults,” Oselka said. “Everybody always enjoys the variety of vendors. Some of the more popular

ones are the hand-painted water colors, the things for infants and children, and the garden art from Beautiful Butterflies and Buddies.” If shoppers should work up an appetite, the church will have a snack bar where visitors can purchase snacks and lunch items. Proceeds from the food sales will benefit the church’s general fund. Organizers have also added several new elements to this year’s arts

and craft show, and those, too, will benefit the church, as well as helping church members to continue performing charitable acts in the community. “We have some new things planned. Someone will be doing spinal assessments, there will be chair massages, and we’ll have a quilt raffle from a wellknown quilter based California,” Oselka said. “Proceeds from the spinal assessments will go into a special fund, our

‘Good Neighbor Fund,’ that helps people with financial needs that are not met by other services,” Oselka said. “For example, we recently helped to pay the rent for a woman with five children. We also use it to help people who have run out of gas and other things like that.” More information about the show can be

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wine writer’s mostfrequently asked question is, "What’s for dinner?" More specifically, the question would be, "What’s to drink with dinner?" The long-time wine snobbery of many has made the magic of food and wine pairing far more difficult than it needs to be. You can stick with the oldest rule of white with fish or chicken and red with red meat. Or, as many a comic puts it — it you eat it, drink white wine. If it could eat you, drink red! Another rule is if you like wine A with protein B, forget all of the rules and do what you like. With that said, we can be more specific. Most people think of summer’s lighter foods rightly but we also drag out the charcoal in summer and put a serious burn on some beast! One of the biggest delights of enjoying wine is getting it just right with the food. Let’s look at the staples of summer dining: Burgers – Everyone enjoys beer with a burger, right? Next time try a French Beaujolais Grand Cru. The Cru wines are priced in the mid-teens, light in body, and are incredible wines for the price. Another choice with a bit more body would be Spanish Tempranillo wines or maybe even a soft Merlot. If you want to stay closer to home with your wine pic choose an Indiana Chambourcin red. BBQ – If you’re rubbing or lathering up some beef or pork think of that aforementioned Merlot, or if you like bigger wine a Syrah or Zinfandel. Go international and pair grilled BBQ with


Howard Hewitt Grape Sense French Rhone wines, Malbec from Argentina, or even an Italian Super Tuscan (that’s a blend of Cabernet and the native Sangiovese). Steak – The granddaddy of grilling, rib eye, strip or porterhouse, deserves nothing but the granddaddy of red wine – Cabernet Sauvignon. If Cabernet is too big for your palate then turn to Argentinian Malbec, Chile’s Carmenere’, Saint Emilion Bordeaux, or I enjoy a well-made Syrah. White Fish – Lighter fish is where preparation means everything. Most grilled white fish will pair well with Sauvignon Blanc. But be adventurous and try a Midwestern Pinot Blanc or Vidal. The emerging stainless steel chardonnays

are perfect for white fish. Be really crazy and try an Albarino from Spain or Portugal. Be the talk of the cookout and pop open a bottle of Italian Vermentino. All of these whites are easy to find in a good wine shop for under $20. Salads – Summer salads can be delightful with floral wines. Try a domestic or French Viognier with your salad. If there is protein (chicken or shrimp) in your summer salad, seek out the Albarino mentioned above. A good dry Rose’ gives that salad lunch a real continental feel. The sales of Rose’ continue to explode each summer. Buy a French Provence Rose or a domestic Rose’ of Pinot Noir and you’ll see why they’re flying off shelves everywhere. The Sauv Blanc is always a solid fall-back position. One of the key strategies in wine and food pairing is to not forget the sauces, rubs, and side dishes. Think of each entire dish when selecting your wine and you’ll have many enjoyable summer moments. Howard W. Hewitt, Crawfordsville, In., writes about value wine every other week for more than 20 Midwestern Newspapers. Reach him at:

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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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We buy, repair & clean up used appliances, refrigerators, washers, dryers, gas & electric ranges. Geiger Refrigeration Service 841 Carberry Rd. Niles (269)687-8639 9am-5pm


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Palmer Independence three wheel vehicle, electric power wheelchair for outdoor mobility. Can be used on the road, over grass or gravel. Range on a charge up to 40 miles. Enclosure for protection from cold and rain. $800. Call 269-683-0638.


Vaporizers & e-hookah at Mission Hills Memorial Over 50 liquid flavors. Gardens, Niles. Current price US 31 Tobacco $2,850. Asking $2,095. For 50552 US 31 N, South Bend details call (850) 878-6282 (574) 271-0333

Silverbrook Rehabilitation & Nursing Care Center is accepting applications for the following positions: CNA’s (must be certified by the State of MI) new wage scale & sign-on bonus offered PRN - Transportation Driver

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

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Paving Service 739 C & C CONCRETE


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


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



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EPDM Rubber, Any size Niles-11716 Pucker Street Driveway, stone, slag, re- Lowest Prices, FREE DeGIANT YARD SALE MK cycled concrete, asphalt, top livery, Huge Inventory, TRM May 23 & 24, 8a-5p soil, sand & fill. (269)782- Enterprises, South Bend. New items & toys, sporting CONSTRUCTION (574)246-1922 1744/(269)783-1744 goods, children's clothes, Pole barn & other garages (574) 329-9294 +size clothes, and MUCH, specialist. Roofing Siding, Recycling Service 743 WEAVER CONCRETE MUCH, MORE!! Framing and more. Over 25 CA$H 4 JUNKERS And masonry, driveways, porches, patios, tear Wanted to Buy 672 years experience. Licensed. Contact Michael N. Knepple out/replace, all repairs, brick, block, stone, fire(269)476-9777 places. Will fix wet baseMR. MAINTENANCE ments big or small, inside FREE ESTIMATES and out. All concrete flat★★★★★★★★ Roofing, Siding & Windows, work $2.25 sq. ft. LandLight Hauling & Spring scaping. Fast dependable Clean-Ups, No Inside or Turn that Junker in your yard service. Quality work. Aaron •Junk Cars• Outside job too big or small. (269)655-4158 to cash in your hand Low affordable rates. 801 Carberry Rd, Niles •Free Pick Up• (269)591-1403 Painting Service 754 269-687-5865 "Have Gravel Will Travel"


Cash Paid On The Spot Up to $1,500

Plumbing Service


(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


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


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 con•Lawn maintenance, crete & Bobcat Service. Free •Full Landscaping Service estimates. Insured. Fast, dependable service. (269)445• Spring Clean Ups clean beds, preen, mulch, 3349 or (269)591-0100

your junk car. We haul for free. Paying up to $1500 cash. Please call anytime trim shrubs, edging, create CASPER MASONRY 269-687-8098 new beds & much more Brick/ Block/Stone. Custom Call Ellen (269)759-1012 & Insurance work. Insured & Home ImproveBonded. (574)298-3520 700

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We do seamless gutters. Free estimates, call (269)782-0401


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


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 C & S MARSH TREE SERVICE

Trees, brush, stump removal, high lift work, insured. Over 30 years of experience, (269)362-4331 or 683-1065 leave msg.

tile work, kitchens, bathrooms, decks & porches, windows & doors, window wrapping, siding, fascia & soffit. Call Randy (269)7823139 (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


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

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Cleaning Service


RICK'S 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

900 CONCRETE SERVICES Boats, Motors 1996 LUND Driveways, Patios, Sidewalks, and Room Additions. 15 years experience. Call Jay 269-635-4393.

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1999 Hurricane Sun Deck 2100 Deckboat & Shore Station Boatlift for Sale on Birch Lake in Vandalia Michigan. Selling the boat, trailer, boat cover & boatlift w/canopy as a package is my preference, however, I could sell just the boat, boat cover and trailer. The asking price for the package with the boatlift and canopy is $13,000. The price for the boat, boat cover and trailer only is $9800. CONTACT GARY ESHLEMAN @ 317-752-2184 or

Motorcycles & 915 ATV’’s 2003 YAMAHA

TT-R 90, $600 or best offer, runs good, looks good. (269)782-3139

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

RVs, Campers, 921 Trailers TRAVEL TRAILER

2010 Crossroads Zinger, 25 ft, 1 slide, full kitchen, full bath, like new, $10,000 obo. Call 269-684-0744

Trucks, Vans, 942 4-Wh Drives 02 GMC YUKON XL

black, leather tan int., 2-4-all wh. dr., 5.3 liter, trailer equip., $5,900 (269)7827734

Autos for Sale 945 FOR SALE

93 Ford Ranger Reg. Cab 4x2, 4 Cyl., 5 Spd., great runner, low mileage, and good mpg, $1,895.00 '96 GMC Sonoma Reg. Cab 4x2, 4.3 liter V-6, Auto., A/C, Cruise, Tilt, very clean, good transportation $3,495.00 '96 GMC Topkick with 20' Box Bed, $3,995.00 '93 GMC Topkick with 24' box bed, $3,995.00 2000 Feightliner, passes DOT, good tires, but now has no engine or trans. $3,000.00 2000 GMC Yukon Denali, luxury, fully loaded with heated seats etc. low mileage, $6,995.00 Please call 269-462-9260 or 269-262-6448

New Arrival at Scarlett Auto Sales!

Loaded 2010 Hyundai Elantra 36k Tax , Title and fees are your down payment $275/mo No Interest! No Credit Checks! 7979 Deans Hill Rd Berrien Center, MI 49102 (269) 461- 4197

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Loaded 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 77K $750.00 down payment $275/mo No Interest! No Credit Checks! 7979 Deans Hill Rd Berrien Center, MI 49102 (269) 461- 4197

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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.

May 24

The 5th Annual Arts and Crafts Show at St. John United Church of Christ in New Buffalo promises something for everyone. Come early and enjoy a variety of quality art of all kinds and unique handcrafted items by over 70 artists from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. There is no charge for admission. The main hall is ADA compliant, and additional spaces are outdoors and in the church annex. Snacks and lunch items will be available for purchase. For more info e-mail craftfair200@, call (734) 277-3180, or visit

The New Rock School of Aesthetics will host a gallery grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered. The gallery is located across from Driftwood in Sister Lakes. May 24-25

Round Barn Winery in Baroda will host the eighth annual Annual DiVine Intervention event, featuring live music, drinks and food. Event-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sun umbrellas. Coolers and outside food/drinks are not permitted. May 25


April 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site,, or by calling at (800)7453000. Ticket prices start at $75 plus applicable fees. May 30-31

The Elkhart County Parks will offer a Family Campout on Friday and Saturday, May 30-31. Cost for the campout is $15 per person or $50 per family. Participants must preregister by 4 p.m. on May 23. For more information or to preregister please call the Elkhart County Parks at 574-535-6458 May 31

The Everyday Angels Relay for Life team invite the public to join them for a girls’ night in from 5 to 8 p.m at the Community Church of Christ, located at 110 N. Cleveland Rd. in Galien. There is a $5 entry fee, which covers food and entry into a door prize drawing. Vendors include Thirty One, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef and more.

Brooklyn based husband and wife duo, Jillian Speece and Nathaniel Paul Hoff, are the architects behind the vibrant sound known as The Bergamot. They make their first appearance on the Box Factory for the Arts stage on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available online with PayPal at www.boxfactoryforthearts. org/calendar/#bergamot or at the door, are $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors; children 12 and under free. May 31

Chickaming Township Parks and Preserves will host a Geocache Dash from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Search area parks and preserves and log your discoveries to win prizes. There will be a wrap-up party at Chickaming Township Park. Light refreshment will be offered. Visit for more information. May 30 Jay Leno will visit the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased beginning on Saturday,

Adults and teenagers can learn the basics of kayaking with Sarett Nature Center at North Lake Park in Stevensville at 2 p.m. The fee is $15. Call (269) 9274832 to register. June 2 Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Doug Church will provide the entertainment for the annual dinner benefitting the Frantz L. Dantzler Friends For Life Fund. The dinner will be held at Parisi’s Italian Restaurant, 1412 South Bend

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WHAT'S HAPPENING? Ave., South Bend. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Come early to enjoy the social hour, raffle and silent auction.

Radio Harbor Country is having it’s second BikeNBrunch ride. Riders will depart from an artist’s private country home near Three Oaks and ride 15, 30 or 45 mile loops through some of Harbor Country’s most beautiful bike trails. Registration begins at 8:30 and the ride begins at 9 a.m. Afterward, a gourmet brunch of farm to table food from local restauranteurs and growers will be served at the farm There will also be a tour of the artist’s studio and the WRHC radio station.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Doug Church will provide the entertainment June 2 for the annual dinner benefitting the Frantz L. Dantzler Friends For Life Fund. The dinner will be held at Parisi’s Italian Restaurant, 1412 South Bend Ave., South Bend. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The cost June 7 is $45 per person. Come early to enjoy the social hour, raffle and silent auc- Songwriter and compostion. er Bryan Edington will present a debut concert June 6 of his original work at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. The fifth annual Swinging Joseph at 7:30 p.m. Joinfor Sculpture Golf Outing ing him on stage will be and Party will begin with guitarist Joe Gyamati and a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. singer Matt Baumgartner. at Berrien Hills Golf Club. Tickets are available onGolfers will have the op- line with PayPal at /www. portunity to participate in lively games and contests calendar/#edington or at including the most loudly the door. Cost is $10 gendressed and most artisti- eral admission; $8 students cally dressed golfer. Af- and seniors; children 12 terwards, fresh and filling and under free. food from Ray’s on the Green will be served bufJune 9-13 fet-style. A silent auction will offer unique combinations of art, food, sports The Elkhart County Parks and services and live music will offer a Junior Indiby the ever-popular Slim Gypsy Baggage will round ana Master Naturalist Day out the evening. Cost is Camp from 9 a.m. to p.m. $140 per person. Proceeds June 9-13. The Junior Indiwill benefit the purchase ana Master Naturalist proof a new sculpture by the gram is a state-sponsored program designed to bring Krasl Art Center. together natural resource specialists with young people ages 9-12. The camp The Potawatomi Zoologi- fee is $90, if registered by cal Society will be hosting May 15, or $110, if regisa wine tasting event, The tered after May 15. RegGrape Escape from 5:30 istration deadline is May to 8:30 p.m. at the Potawa- 30. More information such tomi Zoo. Tickets are on sale now and cost $35 per as a tentative schedule can person and include a tast- be found on the Elkhart ing glass, wine samplings County Parks’ Facebook and food sampling from page or by calling our Adarea restaurants. Tickets ministration office at (574) can be purchased online 535-6458. at, over the phone by calling June 12-15 (574) 288-4639 Monday through Friday, or by visiting any open admission Barn Swallow Theater gate at the Potawatomi hosts “An Evening with Zoo. Proceeds from The Original Playwrights” feaGrape Escape will ben- turing local authors. Diefit wildlife conservation, rected by Bev Smith. new naturalistic exhibits and education programs. June 14 For more information on Potawatomi Zoo please call 574-235-9800 or visit South Bend will offer other Parent’s Without Part-

ners Dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at ZB Falcoln’s Hall, at the corner of Western and SHeridan in South Bend. Admission is $7. For more information, call (574) 256-9326. June 14-15 The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for a Second Stage production. Auditions for the August production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding by Anthony Wilkinson will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Participants will be asked to participate in readings from the script. A prepared monologue and a short a cappella musical number are recommended, but not required.

















Parting Shots


June 15 R&B recording artist Lyfe Jennings returns to the Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, Ind. at 7:30 p.m. The show also includes comedians Luenell, Honest John, Pierre, and is hosted by Gino J. Tickets are $45 and $100 and are on sale at 2 p.m. April 26 by phone at 574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415, or online at

He isn’t a talking horse, but Clifford the amazing Morgan horse from Drummond Island, Michigan, can do just about everything else. See for yourself as Clifford will be center stage at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve from 1 to 3 p.m. June 20 The Brit Floyd Discovery world tour, “The world’s greatest Pink Floyd show,” will perform at the Morris Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30, $35 and $40 and are on sale Friday, May 2, at the Morris Box Office, by phone at (574) 235-9190 or 800-537-6415, or online at June 20-22 The 2014 Four Winds Invitational will be held at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.. Proceeds from the invitational will be donated to Memorial Children’s Hospital. Visit for more info.



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June 21 Fernwood’s Annual Garden Party. Enjoy music and dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. The silent auction will offer one-of-akind planted containers, and among the quality live auction items is a trip for two to Machu Picchu, Peru. Save the date and visit www. for further details.


The Michiana Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants will have their annual student conference at the Waterford Estates Lodge, 52890 SR 933 North, South Bend, Ind. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $35 for students and $50 for Professionals. The fee includes: all conference materials, breakfast, lunch, and six educational sessions. Please remit payment by check made payable to IMA Michiana Chapter and mail to Brenda Engel, 1500 Echo Valley Drive, Niles, MI 49120. For more Information about the conference please contact: Brenda Engel, IMA Michiana Chapter Conference Coordinator (269) 845-6691 E-mail:

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World-class fishing By JILL McCAUGHAN jill.mccaughan


ENTON HARBOR— While some parks along the St. Joseph River offer a view back into history or a place to appreciate art, some of them are just good places for doing the kinds of things that parks are made for—getting out into nature, playing sports and games, and in the case of Carronde Park, fishing a world-class fishery right from the riverbank. Although Carronde Park has a Benton Harbor address at 2650-2698 Riverbend Dr., the park is technically located in St. Joseph Charter Township, and it is maintained by their parks department. “Carronde is a very well-used park,” said Tim Fenderbosch, St. Joseph Township Manager. “I would estimate that about 300 to 400 people use the park per week.” Fenderbosch noted that many of the people who use the park are adults and seniors who walk on the paths there in the morning. However, the park has many other amenities that appeal to both children and adults. Along with wooded paths that provide a view of the river, park amenities include playground equipment, softball fields and tennis courts. “We have two softball teams that play there on a regular basis—the Napier Parkview Baptist Church and the Whirlpool teams,” Fenderbosch said. “Kids often play on the playground equipment while their parents are playing

softball.” The park also has three lighted tennis courts, but they are in need of some repair, and Fenderbosch would like to see them be resurfaced in the future. “There are bad cracks in the base of the tennis courts, and we’d like to repair or replace them, but it is extremely expensive to do so,” Fenderbosch said. “We’re hoping that in the next five years we can put newer playground equipment in as well.” Installing a disc golf course is another option that the township is considering as a part of their fiveyear parks plan, but officials are concerned that adding such an attraction might cause parking issues at the park. Carronde Park has restroom facilities as well as a picnic pavilion, which can be reserved by calling the Township at (269) 4297703. “The picnic pavilion is used almost every weekend,” Fenderbosch said. “It’s very popular for birthday parties and things like that.” Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of Carronde Park is its long stretch of river frontage that includes a boat launch and two docks. Several long, open stretches along the shore provide excellent spots for casting and netting fish. Furthermore, a number of good holes along the bend in the river there provide homes to all sorts of fish, making it a popular location for anglers. Catfish, sheephead, suckers and carp can all be hooked there, as can the much sought-after St. Joe

Leader photos/JILL McCAUGHAN

Located along the east bank of the St. Joe River, Carronde Park provides a pleasant setting for a variety of outdoor activities, including picnicking, fishing and walking. steelhead and salmon, depending on the season. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., no alcohol or unleashed pets are permitted in the park.

In addition, the park is patrolled by the police department on a regular basis. “It is absolutely safe,” Fenderbosch said. “It’s just

a nice neighborhood park.” As the township’s website says, “This relaxing setting on the St. Joseph River turns a simple picnic into an

enjoyable day out of the house with kids.” More information about the park can be found at www.sjct. org/carronde.htm.

Off The Water - May 23-29, 2014  

The Place to be Entertained. Leader Publications

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