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Commission looks ahead to planning, training PAGE 4 Three Oaks awards paving bid at monthly meeting PAGE 4 Groundbreaking to mark North Whittaker Street Redevelopment’s Phase One PAGE 5 LRSB review SAC Requirement PAGE 6

Bison defeat Bronson, Constantine PAGE 8

Redman and Company welcomes all to open house PAGE 9

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arbor Country Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country will host a monthly Lunch and Learn program Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Chamber offices. Lake Michigan College will bring a panel of experts to help small business owners and entrepreneurs attract retain and train talent. Attendees will learn about the following: • Job Board & Internship Opportunities, which will be presented by Debbie Gillespie, Director of Workforce Outreach • Hospitality Management Program, which will be presented by Chris Woodruff, Program Director • Culinary Program, presented by Luis Amato, Program Director • Enology & Viticulture Program, presented by Mike Moyer, Program Director To register for the event, go to www.harborcountry. org/chamber-central/eventregistration or call the office at 269-469-5409. An optional box lunch may be ordered in advance for an additional $10 cost. The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce offices are located at 15311 Three Oaks Road in Three Oaks. — STAFF REPORTS

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ith a short agenda, the New Buffalo Planning Commission quickly worked through their Tuesday, Feb. 7 meeting, the first one with new City Manager David Richards in attendance. After approving the minutes of their January meeting, the Commissioners focused on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Chairman Pat Fisher explained in the spring, the Commission will have the opportunity to request items to be included in the budget. The budget, he said, currently allows “about $1100” for training Planning Commissioners. He and Commissioner Ray Kirkus both said that wasn’t much when spread among nine members. Kirkus noted members are required to each get three hours of training each year. The Commission agreed to request funds for advanced training for long-term members, but decided to carry the budget over into the March agenda. There was very little new business on the agenda, so the Commission focused largely on wrapping up unfinished business from their January meeting. Still discussing training, Fisher said Mayor Lou O’Donnell had contacted him to set dates in April for a training workshop for planning and zoning officials. Commissioners agreed the workshop would be beneficial. Sharyn O’Mara noted having members of both the zoning and planning members present would ensure that “everyone hears the same thing,” reducing possible confusion. Fisher also said classes are offered from Michigan Citizen Planner in April but require a minimum number of participants. O’Mara suggested sending the details to other committees and boards to get more possible interest. The Planning Commission continues to work on Master Plan updates. Richards stated the use of a professional firm to audit information to use in the update was “an excellent opportunity.” Carlisle/Wortman Associates is evaluating the City’s current documenting practices and will prepare and present a report on recommended action for the Planning Commission. A review of bylaws was tabled until a future meeting to allow Commissioners time to review it. The Commission did, however, vote to adopt Ordinance 214 to replace Ordinance 169 with wording that conforms to the City’s current Code of Ethics. Before the meeting adjourned, Commissioner Bill McCollum asked about creating design guidelines for Phase II of the North Whittaker Redevelopment Project. Commissioners agreed there is a definite need for this, as Phase I is winding down. McCollum asked if there were any programs in Michigan that offered businesses incentives for improving facades. Richards said he would look into the possibility.

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upport scholarships and enjoy an evening of dining and fellowship at the Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bentwood Tavern give-back dinner, where the New Buffalo Service League will benefit from 50 percent of the night’s revenues from the food and beverages. The New Buffalo Service League is an established not-for-profit Daily organization that is very active in the community. In addition to aiding families and residents throughout the community during the year, the women’s organization also awards annual scholarships to New Buffalo High School graduates. Each year, one senior is honored with a $1,500 scholarship in memory of 1960 NBHS Valedictorian Mary Anne Frey, who passed away in a car accident just days before graduation. Six additional seniors are typically awarded $1,000 scholarships. The actual number of scholarships awarded is determined each year by the success of the organization’s annual fundraising efforts. The majority of the scholarship funds are raised through the annual fall Arts and Craft Fair; however, this year, revenue received from the give-back dinner will add to those efforts. The Bentwood Tavern’s full menu of artisan comfort cuisine, crafted by chefs Jenny Drilon and Alberto Ilescas, is available for dining and the bar is always open for cocktails, dining and mingling with friends. Reservations are always suggested. Please visit www.marinagrandresort.com or call 269-469-9900. The Bentwood Tavern is located in the Marina Grand Resort at 600 West Water Street in New Buffalo.

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Three Oaks awards paving bid at monthly meeting Construction season is fast approaching, and with it will come work on Village of Three Oaks streets. At their Wednesday, Feb. 8 meeting, the Three Oaks Village Council awarded the contract for street paving to RiethRiley in the amount of $135,730.41. Councilmembers agreed more streets in the Village need work but, as Councilmember Darleen Heemstra noted, they needed to prioritize work. Some streets, the Council noted, are slated for work on water mains soon and would not be paved before that work is completed. Sewer dredging, the Council learned, will need to wait for a DEQ required plan for the removal of dredged material. Village President David Grosse said the report may take up to three months. He also said the Village is working on testing the sewer ponds to determine if there is matter coming from a source other than the sewer lines. No Councilmembers had comments on the Capital Improvement Plan. After some discussion, the Council approved the parks and recreation plan submitted by the Parks Board. Grosse said Three Oaks Township had approached the Village about creating a joint parks committee between the two municipalities. Heemstra noted there is already a Township representative on the Village Parks Board. By joining together, she said, the two would be able to pursue grants jointly. Grosse also told the Council the Village’s zoning ordinance is almost complete. The Village’s plans for its sesquicentennial celebration continue and volunteers for many of the planned activities are still welcome. — THERESE DONNELLY

Residents share ideas on Chikaming ordinances

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hile it’s hard to predict what the future holds for a community, Chikaming Township residents recently had an opportunity to help prepare for what’s to come during an open house at Chikaming Township Hall Wednesday, Feb. 8. Hosted by Chikaming Township, the open house was a chance for residents to share what they want, and don’t want, with regards to the Township’s future, as updates to the Township’s Zoning Ordinance continues. Supervisor David Bunte and other officials, along with representatives from municipal services firm McKenna and Associates, who are assisting the Township with the updates, were on hand to talk with residents as they wrote their suggestions and concerns about future zoning, economic growth and development. Bunte said the ideas will be collected and taken into consideration as updates continue. Residents are also invited to join committees and get periodic updates as work progresses. — THERESE DONNELLY


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Groundbreaking to mark North Whittaker Street Redevelopment’s Phase One

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hovels will finally be in the ground to mark the beginning of New Buffalo’s North Whittaker Street Redevelopment project. At the Downtown Development Authority’s monthly Thursday, Feb. 9 meeting, Chair Robert Kemper announced that there will be a groundbreaking event marking the start of the Phase 1 portion of the project Friday, Feb. 24., at 1 p.m. Kemper said the groundbreaking is significant in that it shows residents and visitors that the downtown project is “actually happening.” “It’s a great event for New Buffalo to spread the word that we’re doing something good downtown and support our elected officials,” he said, adding that they will be attempting to get local press as well as state legislators to attend. At the Downtown Phase 1 of the project involves Development Authority’s redeveloping the City side streets monthly Thursday, Feb. Barton and Mechanic. Recently, the 9 meeting, Chair Robert City approved New Buffalo construction Kemper announced company PayJay’s low bid for the that there will be a Phase 1 portion. The other bidder was groundbreaking event Selge Construction in Niles, Michigan. marking the start of the Kemper said that Payjay’s bid, in the Phase 1 portion of the amount of $1,160,704.65, was around project Friday, Feb. 24., 30 percent lower than Selge’s. at 1 p.m. Kemper said With regards to Phase 2 of the groundbreaking is the project, which involves the significant in that it shows redevelopment of North Whittaker residents and visitors that Street itself, Kemper said they are still the downtown project is on track to begin it this September. He “actually happening.” added that Abonmarche, the project’s official engineering firm, was planning to bring a site plan to the DDA’s Design/Visual Impact subcommittee by either the first or second week of March. All streetscape decisions, he said, needed to be made by June 1 so the City could go out to bid on that portion of the project. Also at the meeting, Board members Karen Gear and Pete Rahm were reappointed to the Board. Board members agreed to make Kemper the Chairperson and Secretary and Gear the Vice President and Treasurer. Per their bylaws, Kemper said that this needs to be done annually. Kemper told Board members to submit the list of people on their subcommittees to City Deputy Clerk Mary Lynn. In light of the upcoming groundbreaking, communications subcommittee chair Joe Lindsay said they could now start the communications process up again with residents, as they now had something “concrete” to report on. He said he continues to urge people to either attend meetings or submit something in writing to be read at the meetings. While he was in charge of the DDA’s official blog and Facebook page, he said he felt he couldn’t speak for the entire Board with regards to questions, and that he’d prefer residents address the Board directly. He did say that they were always “open to criticism.” Regarding subcommittees, Economic Business Development subcommittee chair Doug Roch said that three subcommittees had been formed to take a closer look at parking recommendations. The subcommittees will research and formalize recommendations before presenting them to the City. Currently, he said that the City’s ordinances weren’t all that “defined” in terms of parking. Kemper gave an update on the subcommittee with regards to downtown parking policies. Enforcement was a major issue, as Kemper said everyone agreed there should be a year-round policy as opposed to the current Memorial Day through Labor Day policy. Kemper said they discussed implementing three-hour parking year-round, with enforcement taking place between mid-June through the end of August, as well as weekend enforcement in the fall and spring. He said he had considered the idea that there be a two-week period before enforcement was in place during which they would issue people warnings as opposed to writing actual tickets. Signs will clearly state that there is three-hour parking limit year-round. Streets affected by the time limit will include Whittaker, Thompson, Mechanic and Merchant Streets from Buffalo and Mechanic Streets. Also with regards to the North Whittaker Redevelopment Phase One, Streets Superintendent Tony Ashbaugh requested that they consider putting up temporary signage for the businesses affected by construction on Merchant and Barton Streets. Kemper said he was interested in assisting the businesses, who will be impacted by the project for the next three to four months.

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LRSB review SAC Requirement

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t the regular meeting of the Pokagon-New Buffalo Local Revenue Sharing Board, Pokagon Band Attorney Mike Phelan and Township Attorney Dave Peterson addressed the board to review and clarify the LRSB by-laws, the State Compact Agreement and the Inter-local agreement. Prior to the attorney presentation, two New Buffalo Township residents, Dave Stumm and former Township Clerk Paul Oselka, addressed the board on the behalf of the Township’s past Specific Actual Costs request for reimbursement for Police Protection. It was stated in past LRSB meetings that based on SAC requirements, New Buffalo Township will not be awarded the 70 percent reimbursement for police protection as they have been in the past. New Buffalo Township has annually received approximately $470,000 to supplement the cost of contracting the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department for dedicated, 24/7 police protection in the Township. (In 2016, New Buffalo Township received $439,568.18 in SAC for police protection reimbursement.) Stumm addressed the board saying, “I asked for the LRSB to consider amending today’s agenda in order to vote today to reimburse New Buffalo Township for all monies paid for the Township for police services for the eight month period from July 2016 to February 2017, with the understanding that no such future reimbursement will be made.” He said the Township has continued to spend taxpayer money for police protection, uncertain if it will be reimbursed. He added that the Township board has placed a millage on the May 2017 ballot to provide necessary funding for future police services, but in the past, the taxpayers have twice voted a police millage down. The continued argument, or debate, is what Specific Actual Costs are and would the Township have a police

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department if the Casino were not here. The continued response from the representatives of New Buffalo Township and from Oselka and Stumm is that the Township would not have, nor would they be able to afford, police protection without the presence of the Casino, which was built in New Buffalo Township. The Township representatives have continued to argue that the Tribe requested that they have police protection prior to the casino opening to insure proper safety and traffic control. Oselka stated that at the time the casino was being planned it was determined that New Buffalo Township police protection would be an on-going deterrent to crime and provide for public safety. Oselka went on to say that the funding was always expected and intended to come from the LRSB. He stated, “It is completely unfair to New Buffalo Township and its residents for the LRSB to now revoke the funding for its police protection. The need for New Buffalo Township to have police protection has not ended. The casino is not going away and the casino is the reason the police protection was started in the first place.” Oselka continued to say, “The big loser (for funds from the lack of the SAC distribution) is New Buffalo Township, and the big winner (from the redirection of the funds) is the New Buffalo Area Schools.” He also stated, if the SAC funds are not paid to the Township, New Buffalo Schools goes up to 40 percent of the total disbursements, (which include SAC, PILT and Discretionary funds), while New Buffalo Township goes down to a very meager 16 percent of the disbursement.” He added, “This is not an equitable situation in any way.” Following the statement from Stumm and Oselka, the two attorneys reiterated what they have stated in past meetings, Specific Actual Costs must be documented as to how they are the result of services rendered because of the

Casino. The requests must provide dates, times, specific costs incurred and any personnel involved in the event. Attorney Phelan again stated there is only one set of standards; “the applicants must demonstrate and provide proof for each application submitted and the costs are specifically related to the Casino.” He said, “It is the burden of the applicant to prove that increased operating costs, above and beyond their normal costs, are a result of the casino,” adding that “the standard must be applied year to year going forward,” Attorney Peterson agreed with Phelan and with the standards outlined in the bylaws, he stated that the SAC requirements are in “black and white.” Board member Ezra Scoot expressed his feeling of confusion as to why everyone has different interpretations of Specific Actual Costs. Phelan stated that in the past, reimbursements were made based on LRSB policy, but they were not made by legal standards. He added, “Legal standards are different than policy. The board is expected to follow legal standards, [when awarding SAC reimbursement requests.]”

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espite comments supporting the Township’s SAC from Under Sheriff Chuck Heit and from Berrien County Administrator Bill Wolfe, the board did not vote on the matter. Board member Matt Weesaw stated, “There is nothing to vote on, there is no money.” Tribal Representative Matt Weesaw said that he had stated in the October LRSB meeting that the Tribe’s position was very clear, they would not support further SAC requests that were not proven or requests that were determined by a percentage. Since all SAC requests must be voted on unanimously by the board, he felt that the Tribe had given notice that they would not support continued requests

without specific documentation and proper paperwork for the event. “We have done it wrong in the past and it is not fair to local units of government,” he said, adding that he understood, “Our position is unpopular, but we must follow the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law.” He reiterated, “The Tribe’s position has always been to put the funds back into the communities as efficiently as possible.” The board also stated that any properly documented SAC requests, relating to police protection, would be considered for funding in the future. Weesaw also stated that the New Buffalo Area Schools is the biggest recipient because they receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for the sovereign casino land, which was taken off the tax rolls. Alternate Board member and School Board member Pano Arvanitis added that the school has never requested SAC funds and he stated that all the LRSB funds received are used to award scholarships to graduating NBHS seniors. Arvanitis also stated, “The LRSB funds are a gift, we should all say, ‘Thank You’ to the Tribe.” In other business, the board tabled the election of a Chair pending the addition of the New Buffalo Township board member Pete Rahm, joining the board. The election will be held at the March meeting at which time the board will also decide if they want to continue to hold monthly meetings throughout the year or if quarterly board meetings would be sufficient. It was stated that if an urgent issue arose, the board could call a special meeting. The board approved the purchase of a printer for the administrative office in the amount of $129.99 and they approved contracting with Gerbel and Co., Certified Public Accounts, for the annual audit. The next meeting of the LRSB is Tuesday, March 14 at New Buffalo Township Hall.

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From the Bleachers COLUMN BY KURT MARGGRAF IN CHICAGO

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ver the last few years, Chicago’s sports landscape has changed quite a bit. The Blackhawks got new leadership and have risen from obscurity to become one of the finest franchises in the National Hockey League. Unfortunately, the White Sox and Bulls decided to continue with the same decision makers, and the results have been mediocre at best. Fortunately, the White Sox changed course this off season and began a rebuilding process that appears to be taking the team in the right direction. The Bears have made attempts to improve by changing general managers and coaches, but the desired results have eluded the team so far. I believe that new leadership on the field, in the form of a new quarterback, will help them return to contention. That leaves us with just one team I’ve yet to mention. The Chicago Cubs’ fortunes have changed more than any team in professional sports. The lovable losers are now the defending champions. By the time you read this, spring training will have begun, and I can’t wait for the season to begin. Because the leadership is so exceptional and the team is so young and talented, I fully expect the Cubs to contend for championships for quite a few years. There were a couple of stories last week that brought into focus the reasons it’s so much fun being a Cub fan. First of all, there was a sad story of a boy, Henry, who was severely beaten into a coma at school. The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo reached out to the young man and his school wore Cubs gear the next day to show their support. Rizzo told the youngster he would get him a couple of tickets to a game along with batting practice passes. After Henry’s family tweeted that he was released from the hospital and was home, Rizzo tweeted that he was glad Henry was home and was looking forward to seeing him at Wrigley this summer. There are a lot of athletes in this town, and many of them are wonderful people, but to me, Rizzo is the best. On the field, he is the team’s leader. He is fearless and plays the game with great joy. Off the field, Rizzo is even better. He visits children’s hospitals and brings big smiles to the kids and their nurses. He also brought the World Series trophy to the hospital. Men like Anthony Rizzo make it a joy rooting for the Cubs, even when they’re not winning championships. The other story I read concerned Cub shortstop Addison Russell. He’s only 23 years old, but he is already a clutch performer on the field and a fine young man off it. On a personal note, I attended a dear friend’s wedding at the Union League Club in Chicago. What a grand place to have a celebration! Once again, I was struck by how sports have played such a significant role in my life. And finally, I really enjoyed the performances by the artists at the Grammys. From Sturgill Simpson to Chance the Rapper, there were great performances to suit everyone’s taste. Jack Welch said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Be careful out there. Make good choices. Keep smiling. Talk to you next week. Peace, love, and happiness.

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he New Buffalo Bison charged into Bronson Friday, Feb. 3, looking to stay atop the Blue division of the BCS conference. Winning 59-50, they did just that and remain tied with Cassopolis. Leading throughout all four quarters of play, the Bison still had to deal with a pesky Bronson squad that was very scrappy and some questionable calls made by the officials. However, strong play by both Seth Margaritis, ending with 18 points, and Julian Hymes with 17 points and eight rebounds, helped propel the Bison to victory. Ryan Butler scored eight points, Sotiri Margaritis and Garrett Mullen each had six and Creo Brewster got four. Tuesday, Feb. 7, found the Bison again on the road, this time to Constantine. Although it was a non-conference game, New Buffalo was looking to add another win to their already impressive 9-4 record. They got off to a strong start, hitting four three point baskets for their first 12 points. The Bison cruised to a 40-28 half time lead, scoring an incredible 28 points in the second quarter. However, Constantine was not done. The Falcons came back with a strong fourth quarter and made it a much closer game; however, the Bison were able to escape with a 62-55 victory. Leading the way in scoring again was Seth Margaritis with 24 points. Following him were: Hymes with 13, Gaige Rice with eight, Brewster with seven, Ryan Butler with 6, Sotiri Margaritis with three, and Tim Mayer with a very important free throw in the last minute. The Bison remain tied with Cassopolis for the BCS Blue Division Lead with a 5-1 conference record and a 10-4 overall record.

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eese Herrera, proprietor, and company namesake Redman, welcomed all to the official opening of the new dog play and stay facility located at 219 West Madison Street in New Buffalo Thursday, Feb 9. Anxious four-legged guests led their owners into the newly renovated facility, which formerly housed the temporary New Buffalo Township Library, where both enjoyed treats and social time. While the dogs romped and played in one of four fenced-in and supervised play pods, the humans mingled in the lobby and human space enjoying light bites and beverages. “Gourmutt” dog treats were provided for the furry guests. Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce President Rich Kochanny and Executive Director Viki Gudas, New Buffalo City Manager David Richards and Asst. Dist. Rep. Adam Mensinger of State Senator John Proos’s office attended the official ribbon-cutting along with supporters and friends. Mensinger delivered a signed State of Michigan Special Tribute from The Ninety-Ninth Legislature on behalf of State Senator John Proos, (R-Mi-21. Dist.) District Representative David Pagel (R- 78 Dist.) and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mi. 6th Dist.) welcoming Redman & Company’s Dog Care business to the State of Michigan and Harbor Country. Mensinger stated that all of the elected representatives share a love for animals. They welcomed the new facility, which will provide a loving place for care. The Tribute states, in part, “We are grateful that Redman & Co. Dog Care will contribute to making Southwest Michigan a better place to live, work and play,” The visiting dogs of Harbor Country seemed to agree with the Tribute, as all were enjoying running, fetching and playing with their human team leaders, Ashley Elkins and Noah Perritt. The principle human, Reese Herrera, along with Dave Thompson of Fairview Construction, has spent the past two months updating and modifying the space to make it just right for his furry guests and his partner Redman, a friendly, laid-back Doberman Pinscher. Redman is on-site along with Reese and dog care assistants Ashley Elkins and Noah Perritt full-time to ensure that each guest has plenty of supervision and play interaction when they visit. Herrera has designed the main space with four open, bright and modern play areas. The play areas, designated for large dogs, medium and small dogs and independent dogs, are fenced in with a friendly white picket fence, allowing for full visibility to each of the areas. Elkins and Perritt, both dedicated dog people, are on hand to play fetch and interact with the dogs all day. The play areas are climate controlled and the flooring is a pet-friendly, rubber-based floor covering, which Reese says is easy on the dog’s paws. There is also a fenced-in outside area for relief and supervised time. Colorful art by local artists Matt Swenson and Martha Cares, along with photographs of local dog friends, warm the space. Reese said he designed the space and developed the concept “based on what I would want for Redman.” He said he wanted a place where he would be comfortable leaving Redman, and wanted people to feel the same way. He said after playing all day, the dogs are tired and ready to go to sleep. “A tired, happy dog makes for a happy owner,” he said. Reese has taken on this new adventure after 20 years in corporate sales, which required him to travel frequently. He knew the need in this area for a petfriendly, safe environment for owners to feel good about leaving their best pals at for a day or longer. Redman and Company began accepting clients Dec. 15, and many have become daily guests. Dogs are welcomed seven days a week and there are limited, overnight, private boarding rooms (with more rooms to be built). Supervised play time is from 7:30 a.m. to noon and from noon until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full day of play is $25 per day, while a half day is $15. Overnight boarding is $45, including play time, with check out by noon. When spending the night, the dog or dogs will have a comfortable suite with a doggie bed. More importantly, Herrera will also be onsite throughout the night. Herrera also has a security camera monitoring the entire facility at all times. He said he can pull the video feed up on his phone if he is offsite or in his human quarters. In the future, he plans to provide a web camera for owners to monitor their dogs at play or sleep. When visiting the day care, a few things are required of the owner. Proof of a current vaccination certificate is a must, including updated Rabies, Bordatella and distemper/parvo vaccines. All the guest dogs must be spayed or neutered. Each dog will be given a chance to prove themselves to be social with others or they may enjoy a private area to just observe the action. For more information, call 269-586-3748 of stop by for a visit. You can find them on Facebook at FB/RedmanAndCompanyDogDayCare or email redmandogcare@outlook.com.


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ew Buffalo High School students celebrated the “wonderful world of Disney” last week, when they partook in a variety of games and activities for this year’s Winterfest. Students made colorful banners, which decorated the gym’s walls for the majority of the week. Results for the wall competition were as follows: fourth place, sophomores; third place, freshmen; second place, juniors and first place, seniors. Students also dressed up for designated Spirit Days, as well as competed in an evening of games Wednesday, Feb. 8. Spirit Week competition results were as follows: fourth place, freshmen; third place, sophomores; second place, seniors and first place, juniors. The week culminated in the big Winterfest game Friday, Feb. 10. There, students cheered on the Bison as they competed against the Centreville Bulldogs and watched fellow students Sotiri Margaritas and Maeve Smith be crowned Winterfest King and Queen, respectively.

am weary of ads compelling us to better ourselves; to be thin and organized, to diet and develop our business acumen. For many of us, the phrase Just Do It makes us want to groan and take an IPad to bed. We can’t even imagine going from where we are to high performance perfection. The solution? Be lazy. I am serious.  It is so much better to have low expectations of yourself and just experiment, even poorly, to give something a try. Whether in your work, business or body, it can be energizing to see every new idea or option as just a bonus, and not a target to fear missing. Here is proof. In January of my 42nd year, my knee was tweaked so I casually started using the elliptical. When I did not feel like moving I would ease into the water. I would start with the hot tub, move to the therapy pool which then gave me the gumption to get in the lap pool. Over the course of several weeks I went from 20 minutes to 40, and then to 60 minutes of laps. I would text my sisters and Dad and tell them what I had done.  To “complete” the training, I would bike down Lakeshore Drive from Michiana to Michigan City, often in a skirt, on a vintage Schwinn. By August I had done enough to naively run my first triathlon in LaPorte. Even that was pretty slacker. I borrowed my sister’s bike and lacked the fancy outfit or gear, and I did not know what to do so I just followed the others in front of me. I was pretty slow, but fabulous for being 43 and a mom of six kids. It was exhilarating, for It was a 10 year dream in the making and it happened in six months, the lazy way.  I promise you, once you start moving, you will want to keep moving and your energy and ideas will increase. More just feels possible, so you accomplish more.  And then you will prosper, beautifully.

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n behalf of everyone in Chikaming Township that is involved in the zoning ordinance update project, we cannot thank the community enough for such an amazing turnout at last week’s open house. It was a testament to what can occur with prior planning, communication and community outreach. The interaction of the steering committee, McKenna’s team and the public, gets this project off on the right foot and insures confidence in the process. For those that were able to attend and post their opinions, we look forward to your continued involvement. For those that could not attend, please feel free to give us your thoughts and ideas at the dedicated website, www.chikamingzoning.com. As we assemble the data, we will continue to update the community on next steps and how to participate in the process. Thank you, again, and I look forward to everyone’s continued constructive participation as we plan for the future of Chikaming Township.

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he Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative would like to thank everyone that attended the 7th Annual Bird House Auction. We appreciate the support from our sponsors, Marina Grand, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koening Rubloff Realty, and Chef Jackie Shen. The creative artists that made houses for the event were, Bill Hamann, Mike Springer, Andy Brown, Harry Borgman, Floyd Gompf, Linda Hoffhines, Margie DeMorrow, Kathy Randolph, Andrea Peterson, Jon Hook, Julie Schwarz, Daryl Schmidt, Roberta Kozuch, Tim Schultz, Shelby Sexton, Roger Harvey, Angela Reichert, Cathi Rogers, and Sandra Cuson. All of the artists and auction winners deserve a special “thank you” for helping us continue to bring public art to Harbor Country — ANGELA REICHERT, HCPAI

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STORAGE BARN 20 Ft. x 60 Ft. Storage Unit. Pull Thru Bay, 2 – 14 Ft. doors, insulated, renter can heat. $575 per month. State Road 39 Storage. Available July 10. 219-362-8817 THREE OAKS Lovely 2 bed, 1 bath home. Large basement, 2 car garage. Pets O.K. $865/ month. 312-422-1222. NEW BUFFALO Large 2 Bedroom Apartment, 1st. Floor. Plenty of closets. Quiet Living. No Pets. 269-469-1364. BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOUSE Monthly Rent—$1050. Charming townhouse is located in the heart of New Buffalo, just a short walk to the beach as well as the Galien River Preserve, the Marina, and the Amtrak train. This 2 Bedroom unit has an extra-large master bedroom and 1.5 Baths with front & rear facing decks in a park-like setting. It is freshly painted and has beautiful new floors and crown molding. The unit also comes with an assigned offstreet parking space and a detached garage. Available now for 9 month or 1 year lease. Tenant has to cover electric and cable/internet/ phone. No Smokers or Pets. Security Deposit required. If interested, please contact (312) 203-6615. NEW BUFFALO Apt. Large 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 2nd floor, water incl. No Smoking, no pets $575/mo. Contact 269-612-2889.

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NEW BUFFALO House 3 bedroom, 1 bath completely remodeled, all appliances and central air. No smoking. No pets. $875/mo. Contact 269-612-2889.

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NEW BUFFALO TOWNHOME AND BOAT SLIP Recently updated, 2 Bedroom. 1.5 bath, Roof Top Deck, attch. 1 car garage and a 50 Ft. Boat Slip adjacent to the unit. Located on the harbor, with a gated community, with a community swimming pool. Price Reduced to $273,000. Available immediately. FOR INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING CALL 219-796-5514

UNION PIER 2 Bedroom. 1 Bath Cottage/ Home. Walking Distance to Beach. Fenced Property. Storage Unit Included. Rent: $750 per month. Please call/text 269-876-7452. 4 bedroom home 2 bath. Available until May 13. $1500 with utilities. 269-470-5838. NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP 3 Bedroom. 1 Bath House, Garage and basement. Located on a 1.8 acre parcel with a pond, in the NBAS district. $800 per month plus utilities. No pets. For Info call, 312-343-2304. NEW BUFFALO 2nd floor. Sunny and clean, walk to town. $545 per month. No pets, no smoking. Please call 269-861-1001.

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UNION PIER DOWNTOWN NEW RETAIL NOW AVAILABLE Low cost Art and Retail Space (New) 64 square feet size units Available in 8,000 square foot high ceiling Open Space Building in Union Pier on Union Pier Road Walk Traffic . Residential Neighborhood . Very high Income

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PICK –UP TRUCK 2005 Chevy Colorado LS pick-up truck. White, lock box included. Runs well. $3,800. Call 269-469-6191.

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MASSAGE THERAPIST Must have MI license and insurance. Call Melissa at 219-898-5398. GROUNDSKEEPER Garden, lawn, equipment maintenance, supervise crew, security, other duties. 40 hr week April-October. Wages negotiable, paid bi-weekly. Mail resume to Friendship Gardens, PO Box 8834, Michigan City, IN 46361 or email internationalfriendshipgardens@yahoo. com. No phone calls please.

ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY SEEKING FULL TIME ROOFING AND SIDING INSTALLERS AND LABORERS Three years experience and valid drivers license required. Qualifying applicants. Call Sarah at 219-363-6151. LAKESIDE HOUSEKEEPER Seeking an experienced housekeeper one full day per week. Please have local references and be willing to do dishes, laundry, organization etc. Text or call 574-849-7383. FULL/PART-TIME MASSAGE THERAPISTS We are looking for full/parttime massage therapists and nail technicians. Please call 269-469-9111 if you are interested. SEEKING WEDDING COORDINATOR FOR FRIENDSHIP BOTANIC GARDENS! Part-Time Position Year Round Seeking Dynamic, Organized, Flexible, and Positive Individual to coordinate Ceremonies and Receptions at our beautiful venues at the Gardens. Must be available Friday evenings and Saturdays Mid-May through Mid-October. This is an incredibly fun position with a lot of opportunities to grow an already successful program. Please send resume and letter to info@ friendshipgardens.org by 11/30/16.

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Responsible, compassionate lady looking for caregiver positon. Please call 269-479-5833.

PUBLIC NOTICE NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP WILL BE ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS FOR: 2006 FORD RANGER 4X4, MILLAGE 96,631 VEHICLE IS BEING SOLD “AS IS” Vehicle may be inspected at 17655 Clay Street between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Sealed bids should be submitted to New Buffalo Township Hall 17425 Red Arrow Highway Attn. Jack Rogers. Bids will be opened February 24, 2017 @ 3:00 at the Township Hall. New Buffalo Township reserves the right to reject any, and all bids. Bids submitted by New Buffalo Township taxpayers will be considered first.

CUSTOMS IMPORTS WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY! EXTREME DISCOUNTS ON MOST PRODUCTS. MAKING SPACE FOR SPRING PRODUCT AND THE BALI CONTAINER. STAY POSTED AS WE EXTEND HOURS. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK.

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PUBLIC NOTICE NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP 2017 NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Review will meet at the New Buffalo Township Hall, 17425 Red Arrow Highway., New Buffalo, Michigan 49117, to examine and review the 2017 assessment roll. The board will convene on the following dates for the hearing of appeals of assessments or taxable values, property exemptions, parcel classification appeals and/or current year qualified agricultural denials: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:00 am Organizational Meeting Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on such additional days as required to hear all persons who have given notice of the desire to be heard until assessment rolls have been revised, corrected and approved. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED; letter appeals will be accepted and must be received no later than 4:00 pm March 14, 2017. Tentative ratios and estimated multipliers for 2017 are as follows: Agricultural 50% 1.0 Commercial 50% 1.0 Industrial 50% 1.0 Residential 50% 1.0 Personal Property 50% 1.0

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hile the big festivities for Three Oaks’ sesquicentennial aren’t until June, preparations are already well under way. The Three Oaks Daughters of the American Revolution offered a hat and bonnet party Sunday, Feb. 12. Visitors made their own designs with the hats, ribbon and lace that were provided in the Three Oaks Art and Education Center. Many of the temporary milliners are planning to participate in September’s dress show, and decorated hats to fit their homemade dresses. DAR Chapter Regent Priscilla Lee Hellinga said the fashion show will include a hat segment. While “simple” dresses need about six yards of material, she said, more elaborate ones take nine yards, so the hat segment will allow those with simpler dresses to enjoy the competition. Due to the large amount of interest in the party, the DAR said they plan to host a second party in April.

Tentative equalization factor of 1.0000 for all classes is expected after completion of Board of Review. Michelle Heit, Supervisor New Buffalo Township David Roenicke, Assessor New Buffalo Township New Buffalo Township Board Meetings are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or disability. American with Disabilities (ADA) Notice The township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon seven-(7) days notice to New Buffalo Township. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact New Buffalo Township by writing or calling.

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ohn Patrick Rogers, 54, of Berrien Springs – formerly of New Buffalo, Michigan, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sommerfeld Chapel in New Buffalo, Michigan. John will be cremated and burial will take place at a later date. John was born on June 15, 1962 in La Porte, Indiana to the late James and Audrey (Shaughnessy) Rogers. He graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1981. John served his country while in the U.S. Army. He is survived by a daughter – Kersten Rogers of South Bend, Indiana, and a brother – Donald Rogers of New Buffalo, Michigan.

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ohn “Jonas” Umbrasas, age 67, died peacefully, Friday, February 3, 2017 in Lakeland Health Center in Niles in the presence of his family. John was born December 3, 1949 in Lithuania, the youngest of three children born to Walter and Aldona (Dubackas) Umbrasas. He married Ludwiga Marie Hur on September 9, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. She survives. John retired from the U.S. Army. John will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 44 years,Ludwiga Umbrasas; his two daughters: Monika (Mike) Vysoky, Eve Umbrasas; his four sons: Jonas (Yvonne) Umbrasas, Karl Umbrasas, Adam Umbrasas, Erik (fiancé Halley Kesling) Umbrasas; his four grandchildren; his two sisters: Dalia (Charlie) Zuraitis, Violetta Krisciunas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Family and friends gathered Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. for a celebration of John’s life at the New Buffalo Yacht Club, 500 Water Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117. The family prefers contributions be made in John’s memory to State of Michigan Special Olympics. Contributions may be mailed to: Special Olympics Michigan, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128. Please share a memory or a message online at www.wagnercares.com.

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ost all of us seniors at one point find ourselves thinking, “This must he what they mean by the Golden Years.” And then, without warning, something tragic happens. I mean something really tragic...like losing your favorite pet friend who had been with you for 14 years. The sorrow I felt was incomparable, except for the loss of my wife 14 years earlier. She was deathly ill when I brought little Harry home shortly before her demise and took him to the ICU unit where she was and, against all rules, I hid little Harry in a fake camera bag, with rolls of film attached to it to be more convincing. When I got to her room, I set him on the foot of her bed, opened up the zipper and out popped Harry’s little head. That was it; she loved him at first sight. (And I was worried she maybe wouldn’t like the idea of another pet...wrong, wrong, wrong!) She passed away not too long after that, but in the interim, she had the most loving pet with her to the end. Now, 14 years later, little Harry passed away a few short weeks ago. He was the consoling, warm factor in my otherwise emotionally bereft existence, and he was the light of my life (as vapid as that may sound to non-pet owning people). We held a memorial for him, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many friends of his and mine showed up for that event. Concurrent to that tragedy was another one building to a crescendo, that being my best friend of 54 years, whose health was failing him day by day, hour by hour. Dementia had set in, and he could not remember more and more things, like taking his pills, letting his precious dog out, knowing what day of the week it was, then what month it was. I took him to every function I could to keep his mind occupied and stimulated, and it helped him to get by his difficult periods of having too much time on his hands. Then nothing seemed to stimulate him, and we decided because of his fainting spells to admit him to the hospital for examination. He was there a week, and they sent him home with no diagnosis and a hearty fare-thee-well. It was the end of their interest in him. He was in affect a “goner” or beyond any further treatment in a hospital situation. That decision meant he somehow had to make it on his own, in his own home. After several days of struggle, it became clear that he had to be moved to a hospice, and I called for an

ambulance. We moved him to Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, where for eight weeks he fought the battle for survival while in a quandary for why he was there. He would ask daily “Why am I here?” It was to me that he would ask this question for the most part, and it was me that had to lie to my oldest friend on the planet. I would tell him he was there “so he could build up his strength in order to go home again.” I took his precious Labrador to visit him daily and tried to keep up the pretense of normalcy as much as was possible by taking him McDonald’s, reading him papers or watching TV, but mostly, just talking to him and listening to his sadly warped mind discuss bizarre trips he thought he had made and things he had done. Finally, after several days of being comatose, he gave up the struggle and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You don’t come out of those scenes emotionally unscathed. You do what you know to do, in spite of the challenges. You support the lifeless figure you once knew as vibrant, strong, and relevant. You do what caring humans do for each other, in spite of the hopelessness of it all, because you are convinced in a part of your mind that they do know you are there and they do hear you speak to them, no matter how hopeless the message.

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ou have heard us speak of Charlie Moore before, and you know we had a beautiful celebration of his life at the Converge Community Church last Saturday. Guests were treated to a magnificent buffet of hors d’ oeuvres, desserts, wine cocktails and a stellar line up of vocalists accompanied by the revered David Lahm of NYC, six eulogies by his nieces and nephew, Reverend Dave Evans (a cousin of Charlie’s) and Reverend Jeff Dryden both spoke about the young Charlie and the old Charlie. Lastly, I spoke of the Charlie I knew for 54 years and the things we had done, the places we had travelled to and the often hysterical situations we found ourselves in. It was not the eulogy I wrote, but rather it was my birthday letter to him about all the time we had spent together, and how I hoped I was the brother he never had, ending with telling him that I loved him. He was the man of the hour, the week, the month, and for all time. If I had but one wish, I would return for just a minute to those days before...

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HOROSCOPE FEBRUARY 16-21, 2017

AS INTERPRETED BY SANDY “STAR” BENDT ARIES MARCH 21—APRIL 19 The self-sabotaging mental traps will loosen, and you will be able to calm your mind more quickly, which will enable you to enjoy the time you spend with others more. Embrace opportunities to get together with friends, but be prepared for a run in with an old flame. They just may be arm in arm with your best pal.

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23—OCTOBER 22 Culinary delights and domestic happiness go hand in hand. Why not dust off the old apron and cook up some loving for your friends and family? If cooking isn’t your thing, start a creative project that will connect everyone, like painting or collaging. Artistic projects draw people’s emotions out in productive ways.

TAURUS

Some of the hard feelings you have been harboring towards a friend will soften now, giving you the opportunity to reconnect. It’s important that you take the lead and direct conversations to what the root of the problem has been. If you don’t these same issues may creep up again or get worse. Speak your truth.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 23—NOVEMBER 21 Go easy on the mothering, let people take care of their own. Wait for them to approach you before you rush in and make changes for them. It is hard to see people stumble and fall without rushing in to help them, but sometimes you must let go and let others do it on their own. You’ll be there when they are ready.

GEMINI MAY 21—JUNE 21 Your mental power is off the charts. Sign up for classes or get involved in a study group. You are a skilled investigator with the persistence to follow a lead to the juicy truth. Others overlook the connections while you seem to sense the hidden relationships. Follow your hunches but don’t get obsessed.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 22—DECEMBER 21 Freedom of speech is very dear to your heart. You are willing to hear things that you may not agree with, but you will not let it change you unless it is for the better. On the other side, you will not be stifled. If you feel that others are not listening to your side, or sharing the talk time, you will act out.

CANCER JUNE 22—JULY 22 You are a bit more tenacious and assertive when it comes to bargaining this week. You are willing to commit for the long haul, but you are not willing to surrender your personal power. You would rather go solo then let others control your daily routines. Be very upfront about the things you enjoy doing daily.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22—JANUARY 19 Stay up on those financial issues. This is the time to renegotiate debt and get loans paid off. You may be able to get a significant reduction in what you owe, and possibly get the debt reduced completely. Get your paperwork and questions in order before you make calls, and when possible meet in person.

LEO JULY 23—AUGUST 22 Interpersonal relationship activity is kicking. Take opportunities to get closer to others. There may be things you disagree on, or views you don’t understand, but there will be things you can connect on. Focus on those things. Not sure what they are? How about those thirtysix questions designed to create intimacy?

AQUARIUS JANUARY 20—FEBRUARY 18 You are feeling a bit more flamboyant that usual this week. Beware to those with a faint heart that ask an Aquarian for their opinion because you are the queen (or king) of shock, and you always deliver a unique perspective. Not many are prepared for your perceptions, but hey, that’s why we love you.

VIRGO AUGUST 23—SEPTEMBER 22 It goes without saying, but you are the most productive sign of the zodiac. You put in long hours and show up every day. Why not start turning some of that determination to your relationships? Reach out to your children. Call your parents. Spend time with your mate. You deserve some love time with that break.

PISCES FEBRUARY 19—MARCH 20 Your reflexes are strengthening, and it’s time to bounce back with some zest. Don’t get caught up in routines or boring, humdrum patterns. Some of the social restrictions or uneasiness you may have felt is starting to fade, and you will feel free to express yourself more as the week progresses. Good times ahead.

APRIL 20—MAY 20

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EVENTS

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POLICE BLOTTER FEBRUARY 6-12, 2017 FEBRUARY 6 DWLS 1st Offense Fingerprints /NBAS Employment Suspicious Situation General Assist Medic 1/Assist Other Agency (x2) Death Notification/Assist Other Agency False Alarm FEBRUARY 7 Check Residence/General Assist FEBRUARY 8 False Alarm FEBRUARY 9 Medic 1/Assist Other Agency (x2) Funeral Procession FEBRUARY 10 Suspicious Package FEBRUARY 11 CPS/Assist Other Agency Alarm Ordinance Violation/Open Burn FEBRUARY 12 No Calls

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DAILY EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP LIBRARY See weekly library events on page 3.

EVERYDAY ICE SKATING 8AM-10PM. Oselka Park Ice Rink. Everyday unless posted otherwise. Heated bathrooms and fireplace. No skate rentals, donated skates available for use.

EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY OPEN TRAP PRACTICE 6:30-9:30PM. New Buffalo Rod and Gun Club. 10487 Kruger Rd. New Buffalo. Open to the public. Contact Bob Kruger at 269-612-0983.

EVERY WEDNESDAY KNITTING AT THE DELI 4-6PM. David’s Deli. All are welcome.

EVERY FRIDAY STORY TIME AT THREE OAKS LIBRARY 10:30AM. www.threeoakslibrary.org. YOGA CLASSES AT TOWNSHIP HALL 9:30-10:30AM. Township Hall. 17425 Red Arrow Hwy. New Buffalo. Session are $10 per week.

EVERY SATURDAY SKATING PARTY AT CHIKAMING ICE RINK 6:30-8:30PM. Harbert Community Park. Check Facebook for opening and planned activities.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 NEW TROY INDOOR FLEA MARKET 9AM-3PM. New Troy Community Center. 13372 California Rd. New Troy. 773-803-9773. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility. Admission is free.

RICK SPRINGFIELD IN CONCERT 9PM. Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center. 11111 Wilson Rd. New Buffalo. Tickets from $70 plus fees.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

MARDI GRAS PARTY 7PM. Three Oaks American Legion. 204 Linden. Three Oaks. Authentic Cajun Cuisine, Silent Auction and entertainment by Erik Donner from 8PM until midnight. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit American Legion Post 204 Scholarship Fund

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19

BRIDE BLU-NORTHWEST INDIANA’S PREMIER BRIDAL FAIR Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center. Michigan City. www.brideblu.com. More than 60 vendors showcasing the latest in wedding trends. Register for free or $5 at the door.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

RIVER VALLEY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 1:30PM. Harbert Community Church. The corner of Harbert and Three Oaks Road. Sawyer. 269-426-3513. www. rivervalleygardenclub.org. Taking Better Photos of Our Gardens. Guest speaker is photographer Richard Hellyer. A potluck luncheon is at noon.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

BENTWOOOD TAVERN GIVE-BACK DINNER: NEW BUFFALO SERVICE LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP FUND 5-9PM. Bentwood Tavern in the Marina Grand Resort. 600 W Water St. New Buffalo. 269-469-9900. www.marinagrandresort.com. The New Buffalo Service League Scholarship Fund benefits from 50% of the revenues from the food and beverages revenue from the evening. Reservations are suggested.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

A NIGHT OF JAZZ AND WINE, DAVID LAHM, MARY E. AND STEVE CHAMPAGN 6-9PM CST. Shady Creek Winery. 2030 Tryon Rd. Michigan City. “Steve and Mary E.” Steve Champagne & Mary E. Rapier.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

THE MUSIC OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL 8PM. Acorn Theater. Tickets: $24 Center Sections, $18 Side Sections

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

FIRST FRIDAY’S ART WALK 5-9PM CST. Uptown Arts District. N Franklin St. Michigan City. www.uptownartsdistrict.org. Art galleries, shops and boutiques along North Franklin Street are open until 9PM. The Lubeznik Center, 101 W Second St. 5-8PM. Presents Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art, a 12-artist exhibition of works. Admission is free. 9-12PM Wine down at Maxine’s Restaurant and Bistro. FRANCES LUKE ACCORD WITH OPENER SEDGEWICK 8PM. Acorn Theater. Tickets: $15 General Admission. FRANK CALIENDO 9PM. Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center. Tickets from $40 plus fees.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

BEGGARS BANQUET (ROLLING STONES TRIBUTE BAND) 8PM. Acorn Theater. Tickets: $15 General Admission.

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