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Early Head Start debuts in former St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School PAGE 4

LaLumiere High School begins its quest for second national title PAGE 6

Season looks promising for Lady Bison PAGE 6 New Buffalo Elementary School releases ‘First Trimester Principal’s List’ PAGE 7 Dooley’s to host ‘Outdoor Holiday Market’ throughout December PAGE 8 New Buffalo Service League holiday gathering PAGE 8

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Early Head Start debuts in former St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School BY FRANCESCA SAGALA

formerly abandoned longstanding school has been given new life with the opening of two new Early Head Start classrooms. The classrooms are located in the bottom floor of the former St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School, which closed its doors in the summer of 2017, at 704 W. Merchant Street in New Buffalo. The teachers and community members celebrated the opening of the new classrooms at a ribbon-cutting Monday, Dec. 2. According to an official press release, the program “provides comprehensive services to the entire family and a classroom experience that supports children educationally, socially, and emotionally.” “Tri-County Head Start serves 908 children from birth to age five and pregnant women in both Home-Based and Center-Based programs throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties,” the press release states. Classes officially began at the New Buffalo campus for children and families Monday, Nov. 18. The New Buffalo campus currently serve 12 children ages birth to three, with plans for future expansion. “We have 20 locations throughout the area and 44 classrooms - serving children both in center-based and home-based programming., Chanda Hillman, CEO and executive director of Tri-County Head Start, said of Tri-County Head Start of Berrien, Van Buren and Cass counties. “Our eventual plans are to open a three-year-old classroom here as well of 15,” she added of the New Buffalo campus. Hillman added that a community needs assessment had indicated that a Head Start location in New Buffalo would be appreciated. The Tri-County Head Start has held a Head Start grant since 1972. Throughout that time, the program has served more than 30,000 children in the community. “It’s an academically focused preschool, so we do curriculum bases even for infants and all of it is individually based on the child’s learning,” Hillman said of the program. “We also do things with families - we have the amazing family advocate who helps connect families with resources throughout the community, they also help with goals and achieve goals. If a family is looking for housing, they’ll help the family find housing,” Hillman added. Head Start locations also have an entire health services team and health consultants, who come in and do vision and hearing screenings. Currently, the New Buffalo campus has four teachers a center director who also serves as the family advocate, and a food services person. Recently, it was also announced that the YMCA of Southwest Michigan is pursuing an agreement with St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church and other community

groups to open a YMCA community center in the former parochial school building. According to a recent press release, the Y will manage the development of a day care center. A fundraising campaign will kick off in early 2020 with the goal of raising $1.6 million to “fully implement the community-based YMCA center.” Future plans for the new facility include health and wellness initiatives, fitness classes, a workout facility, and a gymnasium for sports programs. The Y has engaged Katie Maroney, owner of Equilibrium Fitness in New Buffalo and Three Oaks, in “plans to develop the community health and fitness initiative,” Mark D. Weber, CEO, YMCA of Southwest Michigan, said in a press release. Zech Hoyt, director of Child Development for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan, said he’s pleased that Early Head Start has “pioneered” getting the building opened again. He said a future goal is to use the rest of the educational space on the bottom floor (there are eight classrooms and Early Head Start is utilizing four) for infant and toddler care. “It’s similar to what they’re doing so we want to provide more infant toddler care for community along with many other programmatic things we do with youth,” he said. “As a greater YMCA, we have an interest in using the rest of the facility to provide what we typically do through the YMCA, whether it’s fitness, community, physical workout - all the pieces that create a community center,” Hoyt added. Hoyt also thanked St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, particularly the Rev. John Peter, for being a “massive partner” in the efforts to see the building utilized.

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oelle Krawiec, director of the Early Head Start in New Buffalo and its designated family advocate, said she looks forward to the possible partnership with the YMCA and has talked with Maroney on bringing in people to do art, music and fitness activities with the children. Krawiec added that she would also like to see the New Buffalo program expand. Currently, there’s a Head Start location that take three- and four-year-old children (and five-year-old children, depending on the age cutoff) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer. She would like to see a classroom for three-year-old children, so that children can move down the hallway for one more year before joining the pre-kindergarten students at New Buffalo Elementary School. True to its name, the Early Head Start gives children an early head start on the basic wonders of learning. “Babies and one to three-year olds already have the seeds planted in their head that school is exciting and its happy and it’s fun and they’re loved they’re loved here and taken care of,” she said.


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LALUMIERE HIGH SCHOOL BEGINS ITS QUEST FOR SECOND NATIONAL TITLE

aLumiere High School begins its quest for second national title By Stan Maddux The La Lumiere High School boys’ basketball is off to a 4-0 start in its quest for a second national title. The Lakers lost six seniors from last year’s Geico Nationals runner-up squad to graduation but head coach Patrick Holmes likes what he sees from this year’s still developing talent pool. “So far, so good. Everyone is buying in. Everyone is sharing the basketball, but it’s still a work in progress like it should be this time of year,” said Holmes. The biggest losses from last year’s squad were Isaiah Stewart and Keion Brooks, Jr. Stewart is now playing for the University of Washington

while Brooks is playing at the University of Kentucky. Among the returning players are senior Wendell Green, Jr., junior Denham Wojcik and sophomore Kamari Lands. Newcomers include Jaden Ivy, a senior transfer from Mishawaka Marian High School, and 7’ 1” Rocco Muratori, a junior transfer from Lafayette. Ivy, a 6’ 3” guard, has already signed to play the 2020-21 season at Purdue

University. The closest game for La Lumiere was a 14-point victory at home against Minnesota Preparatory Academy. The next two games for La Lumiere are on the road December 6 against Indianapolis International and Randall K Cooper High School outside Cincinnati. Its next home game is December 14 against Bowman Academy. LaLumiere won the national title during the 2016-17 season. Only eight teams are invited to the national tournament and La Lumiere began the season ranked 10th. “We’re getting better every single day and letting the results take care of themselves,” Holmes. — STAN MADDUX

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he season looks promising for the New Buffalo High School girls varsity basketball team returning two key players from last year’s squad. Head coach Scott Syme said the team is athletic and fast with two returning allconference players, senior Mary Mayer and junior Abigail Vitale. “They’ll be kind of the heart and soul of the team,” he said. The other seniors listed on the roster are Clair Workman and Rachel Hofstetter. Syme said a key to having a winning season will be getting quality minutes from his less experienced players, who he feels have the potential to be solid contributors. “They’re eager to learn and we’re having fun, so

far. They play hard and work hard so hopefully good things will happen,” he said. Syme said a major focus during recent practices is setting up the offense if things start getting out of control from pushing the ball up and down the floor. He said the team also has good depth off the bench. “I don’t hesitate putting anybody into the game. Hopefully, we’ll be able to wear down opponents and make some runs in the second half,” Syme said. Other juniors on the varsity squad are Sophia DeOlivera, Ambriyana Braden, Nadia Collins and Emma Lantz. Sophomores are Georgianna Arvanitis and Aaron James. Kelsey Corkran and Jordan Bryk are freshmen.

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missed turning in my column last week because the dog ate it. Wait, that’s not right, I don’t have a dog. Maybe I was sick? Nope, I’m healthy as a horse. Okay, I’ll fess up. I was in Minneapolis visiting my son and his family. Over the weekend I was thrilled to watch two of my grandsons play a few basketball games, hang out with one of my granddaughters and my daughter-in-law, and attend a makeshift party with many of their friends. During the party one of the guys asked me if I wanted to drive his Tesla, and at first I said “no.” But then I remembered the lyrics to a song and changed my mind, “Oh please don’t let another golden moment slip away.” That song was by Christine Lavin, and those lyrics have helped me overcome some fears and anxieties. So I drove the Tesla. I think it went from 0-60 in about three seconds. After the ride, I had a few glasses of wine, then excused myself to write this column. I went upstairs and began to write, and the next thing I knew, it was almost 3AM. I sent a quick text to the paper to let them know I messed up and went back to sleep. I had a wonderful weekend and got home before all of the holiday traveling began. This past weekend was devoted to shopping, but I didn’t have to make any excuses as to why I would have to stay home. Being a Bears fan, I was able to watch much of the game around Thanksgiving dinner. The Bears beat the Lions to even their record at 6-6, but reaching the playoffs is still a long shot. If the Bears are able to defeat the Cowboys on Thursday night, I may begin to get a little excited. As for Thanksgiving, there were no Tesla’s around, but I still had a wonderful time. I love being around my family, and I was able to spend time with both of my children, my seven grandchildren, and my sister with her family. My brother-in-law puts out a wonderful spread and there is a lot of love in the house, along with plenty of great food. I’m truly a lucky man. Besides shopping this weekend, we brought a couple of toys to the Toys for Tots parade. On the first Sunday in December, thousands of motorcyclists travel from the south side to the north side, around 15 miles, each with a unwrapped toy to donate. Being without motorcycles, we walked a half mile to contribute our toys. It’s quite a spectacle, and fun to see these rough, tough, guys and girls, turn into softies for a few hours and come together to help less fortunate children. My hope is to be a part of this every year. Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart, said “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Be kind to one another. Keep smiling. Talk to you next week. Peace, love, and happiness.

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any times, in life, people who do good deeds go without being noticed. I’d like to take this time and acknowledge some businesses in our community that go above and beyond. On Sept. 27, 2019, our township fire department responded to a fire at the Harbor Grand Hotel. They were there out in the miserable, cold and rainy weather well into the late evening. Owner Rhonda Sobecki of Skip’s Restaurant sent food and drinks out to our volunteer fire fighters. This was extremely generous of them. Then, in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, 2019, our firefighters responded out on I-94 at Exit One to a fatal truck accident, where a semi-truck ran off the roadway and hit a tree, bursting into flames. After being out on the highway for several hours again in cold weather, Lisa Hoff, general manager of McDonalds Restaurant, sent out food and drinks to 22 firefighters and police. This, too, was extremely generous of them. It is people like these that go out of their way to help out in times of need. You make our volunteers feel appreciated for all that they do! Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts. Please know that your generosity has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated! May you all have a wonderful Christmas season!

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Dooley’s to host ‘Outdoor Holiday Market’ throughout December

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t’s Christmastime, and John Dooley and Dustin Harvey want to make the spirit of giving and community last throughout the entire season in New Buffalo. Dooley, who owns Dooley’s Lake House Pub, and Harvey, who owns New Buffalo Beach Club, have teamed up to put on Dooley’s Outdoor Holiday Market, which will take place outside of Dooley’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. Upon entering the market, families will buy tickets for each activity that their child wishes to do. Tickets are $1 apiece. There will be a large “guided children’s activities tent,” Harvey said, in which children can participate in several, kidfriendly Christmas crafts: nutcracker painting, ornament decorating, and Christmas cookies baking. A special character (Harvey and Dooley mentioned Buddy the Elf and Olaf may be making an appearance) will be supervising as well as helping children with their handicrafts. Harvey added that activities will change weekly, although s’mores and hot chocolate will always be offered. In addition to children’s activities, the market will also feature ice sculptures as well as local “marketeers,” who will be touting their homemade holiday crafts and creations. Describing it as an “artisan market,” Dooley said that the holiday market will feature hot chocolate makers and local bakers and anyone else who wants to show off their work. Dooley said that he invites anyone who want to have their work featured at the market. Already, the market will be featuring a holiday specialty from a local resident, Carrie Bryk: chocolate-covered Oreos and peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. In the true spirit of the season, Harvey said that the market will also teach children how to give back. Everything that the children make, he said, will be giftwrapped. “We (Dooley and I) want to give back to the community that has embraced the New Buffalo Beach Club and Dooley’s together and that’s what we want to teach each of these kids…about giving,” he said. This spirit of giving will also infiltrate Dooley’s, as Dooley said that staff members who have an inkling that a child who may want to join in the Christmas fun but can’t afford a ticket at the time may slip an extra ticket into their waiting hands. Giving during the holidays is a cause that’s near and dear to his heart, Dooley said. “I grew up where some Christmases, I had nothing, literally nothing…I remember going out to the street and my friends were bragging about what they got and I got nothing because we (my family) were poor,” he said. Kristin Bird-Sheldon, who works at Dooley’s, said that the market will also bring families together. The outdoor area will be monitored at all time, so parents can enjoy chatting with other parents inside. And Dooley’s is just the place to bring everyone together during the holidays, Bird-Sheldon said. “The vibe here is conducive to families, I can pop over here at these long tables and chat with a couple of moms from school - by the end of the day, I’d know more about them and they about me,” she said. The market will also help embrace Harbor Country’s winter season. Once Christmas is over, Dooley and Harvey said they also have plans to host ice carving and wood carving competitions at the popular eatery. “There’s still fall, there’s still spring, there’s still winter. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t embrace the outdoors, shouldn’t embrace being together, shouldn’t embrace being a four-season community and embrace living here year-round,” Harvey said. Dooley’s Lake House Pub is located at 310 W. Buffalo Street in New Buffalo.

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The holiday gathering of the New Buffalo Service League will be held at Frankie’s, in Union Pier, on December 11. Doors will open at 6:00.  Dinner will be served at 6:30.  Anyone wishing to attend or learn more about the Service League can call Liz Rettig, reservations chairperson, at 269-266-2116. — STAFF REPORTS

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Chiara Quinn has her turn with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Dooley’s Lake House Pub

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he big red sleigh carrying the jolly old man himself with the big white beard has descended upon Harbor Country, USA – and its first stop was New Buffalo. Those who were spending the long Thanksgiving weekend in New Buffalo could spot Santa Claus and his missus moseying on down the city’s streets throughout the “Whittaker Winter Wonderland” event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 30. Diners sitting down to breakfast could see Santa (along with Mrs. Claus, of course) hosting a story time as well as listening to children divulge their most tightly-held Christmas wishes to him at Rosie’s Restaurant. Later, Santa was spotted enjoying lunch while donating to a good cause at Casey’s during the giveback lunch for Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan. More hijinks with Santa ensued when he paid a visit to the heated tent outside of Dooley’s Lake House Pub later in the afternoon, where children could make a craft with Buddy the Elf (aka Jacob Thornton) as well as enjoy hot chocolate by the outdoor fire. Once the blanket of darkness had crept out from beneath the corners of the nearby lake, everyone gathered at the transient marina and caroled

The crowd awaits the annual tree lighting at the transient marina in New Buffalo

Diners were treated to a crew of bagpipers at Dooley’s Lake House Pub Saturday night

Dustin Harvey and Colleen and John Dooley hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Dooley’s Lake House Pub

Weston and Gus Croskey show off their cookie creations at Jackie’s Cafe

Young chefs-in-training deck out a gingerbread house at Jackie’s Cafe

Mia, Mora and Mason Barone have their turn with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Rosie’s Restuarant

Avery Herpst accepts a present from Mrs. Claus while mom Stephanie looks on

Irish Santa makes an appearance at Dooley’s Lake House Pub on Saturday night


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Sarah andatJanet DrewsLake with Abby Ordiway Bagpipers gather forand theJames tree Martin lighting Dooley’s House Pub Saturday night hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Rosie’s Restuarant

Elliot Croskey has her turn with Santa at Dooley’s Lake House Pub

Diners at Dooley’s Lake House Pub were treated to some karoke by the Miss and Mr. New Buffalo Royal Court

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Bagpipers gather for the tree lighting at Dooley’s Lake House Pub on Saturday night

Jacob Thornton or Buddy the Elf helps Trace Troxell

with the New Buffalo Bison Choir as Santa plugged in the lights for the annual tree at the transient marina.

T The New Buffalo Bison Choir leads some caroling before the annual tree decorating at the Transient Marina in New Buffalo

Santa chats with diners at Rosie’s Restaurant

Chef Jackie Shen helps put the finishing touches on a gingerbread creation at Jackie’s Cafe

he Christmas spirit spilled over into other businesses in New Buffalo as well. At Elsie Earl Studios, young artisans were partaking in a Christmas craft-making session. At Jackie’s Café, young chef-in-training were gluing miniature Hershey’s bars, Tootsie Roll pops, other classic treats with white frosting to towering gingerbread houses. The day’s grand finale took place at Dooley’s, where diners were invited to watch members of New Buffalo’s very own royal court sing karaoke (with the help of T-Rock Entertainment) while dropping a toy in Santa’s sleigh to distribute to area children during the Miss New Buffalo Scholarship Pageant’s annual “Fill the Sleigh” event. Last year, John Dooley, owner of Dooley’s, said that 17 families benefited from the toy drive. “This year, I hope to double that number,” he said. The sparkling red sleigh will be at Dooley’s until Dec. 17. Professional bagpipers from Culver’s Pipes and Drums of Culver Academies, who heralded the arrival of Irish Santa (clad in a green velvet suit), put on an impromptu show in front of the packed crowd. The live performance also heralded the early arrival of another upcoming holiday event: New Buffalos first St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will take place Saturday, March 7. The day’s events were presented by the New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA). For more information on events, visit http://www. newbuffalo.org/.


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ot too long ago, Converge Community Church began its meteoric rise to a full-service church in New Buffalo. It all began with holding services at the popular courtyard dining area Nancy's, the popular New Buffalo ice cream and hamburger place (which was the earliest beginning of Converge) to becoming a beautiful church edifice with full worship services at its current location in New Buffalo. Considering that the church’s current building was at one time a Good Will depot (and before that an auto dealer), it was considerable challenge. This church was wrought out of an old, tired building throughout the renovation process. All of the renovations transpired under the guidance of Pastor Jeff Dryden and an army of dedicated volunteers. The freshly completed children's play area will be open for area preschoolers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the months of December and January (except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Children must wear socks in the play area and parents must be present to supervise their children. Parents are invited to use the back door to stop by and visit with other parents while their children play in the creative play space. Both Converge Church and its other campus, Sawyer Highlands Church have brought new energy and services to the community. Both churches have a full crew of musicians and vocalists, who sing and play both old classics and contemporary arrangements. Other church activities for the season will be a Christmas mixer at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Converge Church, with soups, chili, Christmas treats, music and fun. Children are welcome. For more fun in the spirit of Christmas, there will also be caroling at 4:45 p.m. A Christmas program will be held on Sunday, December 15, at the Sawyer campus, with a worship service following 5 p.m., followed by a banquet (which is known as their huge annual Christmas banquet to end all banquets). Guests are warmly invited to this marvelous evening filled with music and tables brimming with food prepared by the congregation. The busy, fun season for the churches on both campuses will also include sermons by pastor Jeff Dryden every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Sawyer Highlands church and at 11 a.m. in the New Buffalo Converge. Everyone is welcome to this extraordinary and beautiful Christmas celebration of live music and carols. Converge Community Church is located at 601 West Buffalo St., New Buffalo. Sawyer Highlands is located at 13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer.

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he holiday season will kick off with the Berrien County Historical Association’s annual event, “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit 2019,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The event is free to the public. All ages are welcomed to join in on the fun. Blacksmithing demonstrations will be held in Bennett’s Forge, carolers will share their gift of song in the Berrien County Courthouse, the Dear Santa exhibit will be open in the Sheriff’s House, and pioneer living will be on full display in the Murdock Cabin. Throughout the property, craft and hands-on activities will let guests create their own piece of holiday magic. A 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt will also let guests vie for a BCHA-themed prize. Even the gift shop will get in on the act with a 5-10-15 sale. While the buildings will be toasty warm and hot drinks will be available, guests are encouraged to dress for the weather as they move between buildings. Neither the forge nor the Murdock cabin has traditional central heat. While they’re visiting the grounds for Kindle Your Christmas Spirit, guests are invited to stop by the Sheriff’s House to view the newest temporary exhibit, Dear Santa. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5, 2020, so guests can stop by and share their Santa related memories all month long. The History Center at Courthouse Square is operated by the Berrien County Historical Association and is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Since 1967, the BCHA has operated the five buildings located on Courthouse Square, including the 1839 courthouse, an 1830s log cabin, a recreated blacksmith forge, an 1870s sheriff’s residence, and the 1860s county records building. For more information about exhibits and programs, contact the BCHA at 269-471-1202 or visit www. berrienhistory.org,www.facebook.com/berriencountyhistoricalassociation, www. instagram.com/thehistorycenter. — STAFF REPORTS


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AS INTERPRETED BY SANDY “STAR” BENDT ARIES MARCH 21—APRIL 19 There is a sense of uneasiness this week or of being in a holding position. Commitments and promises could require more work than you had anticipated or take up more time than you had allotted for the job. Luckily, your ability to get help from others will speed things up.

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23—OCTOBER 22 Now is the time to hone in on higher education and expanding your life experiences. If you can enroll in a class or attend a lecture, do so. If not, try hitting the library or doing some research at home. Critical thinking will be very necessary to deal with current issues. Don’t blow things off.

TAURUS APRIL 20—MAY 20 There will be a certain heaviness to the week, making things feel like they are taking longer than normal to complete. You may not feel like putting in the extra hours to help friends with their stuff but that doesn’t mean you aren’t being supportive. It’s that you are busy with your own commitments.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 23—NOVEMBER 21 Situations could feel quite intense this week and you may feel like you’re being asked to give more than you can give. But the truth is you are entering a very abundant time, where you will feel very fulfilled and blessed. The important thing is to share and welcome others in.

GEMINI MAY 21—JUNE 21 Be cautious this week and try not to over do it. The full moon may bring up some of your insecurities or emotional inadequacies, which could throw you into attention seeking mode. Before you make a spectacle of things, step back and breathe. A policy of non-action is needed now.

SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 22—DECEMBER 21 It will become apparent this week just who is and who isn’t backing or supporting you. This isn’t about making everyone work together, it’s about people following through and contributing. You may have to rework schedules but if that what it takes to get everyone on board, so be it.

CANCER JUNE 22—JULY 22 There is a sense that relationships are going nowhere this week. If you are single, it may seem like there are no decent prospects and if you are coupled up, it may feel like there is not enough together time. Either way be patient, use this time to focus on yourself and your work projects.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22—JANUARY 19 There will be a realization of sorts as to what is working for you and what isn’t, the problem is you may have some emotional attachments to overcome before you can really move past the blockages. Harness the abundant willpower coming in this week to break free from restrictive habits.

LEO JULY 23—AUGUST 22 This is a good week to hone in on health and fitness routines and get more serious about taking care of yourself. Friends are highlighted this week so, if you have a hard time getting to the gym, perhaps you can meet a friend there and work out together. Either way become more health conscious.

AQUARIUS JANUARY 20—FEBRUARY 18 There is a sense of having to go it alone this week. You may not have the support of the troops now and if you want it done, you will have to do it. This is about standing on your own and doing your own work. Doing it alone will help you see the value of having all those troops.

VIRGO AUGUST 23—SEPTEMBER 22 You will have some opportunities to advance your career or social standing this week but your heart may not be totally into it. There is a need to make things more permanent and long lasting and if you can’t get the enduring results you hope for, you just might walk away. Be patient with others.

PISCES FEBRUARY 19—MARCH 20 This week you may feel like holding back emotionally or not following through with plans to get together with friends but this should be avoided. Now is the time to let go of insecurities and open the door to new experiences. Drop the reservations and embrace those you care about.

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THREE OAKS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST HOLIDAY SUPPER

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hree Oaks United Methodist Church will be hosting a community supper at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The menu will feature ham, scalloped potatoes, corn casserole, rolls with butter, Christmas cookies, and fresh oranges. This event is at no cost to the Three Oaks community and its neighbors. This meal is made possible with the church’s partnership with Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan, Senior Nutrition Services. A donation, if possible, will be kindly received. For more information or to sign up for the dinner, contact 269-756-2053 or toumc@att.net. For more information, please call Meals on Wheel of SW Michigan at 269-925-0137. To donate, contact https://www. snsmeals.org/donate. Three Oaks United Methodist Church is located at 2 East Sycamore St. in Three Oaks. — STAFF REPORTS

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ZUMBA 6:30PM. New Buffalo High School High Gymnasium/Dance Studio. 111 E Clay St. New Buffalo. 219-614-8847. Teacher is Marie Crist. $7 per class.

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NEW TROY INDOOR FLEA MARKET 9AM-3PM. New Troy Community Center. 13372 California Rd. New Troy. 773-803-9773. Hosted by New Troy Flea Market and the Friends of New Troy, the market lasts until April.

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FUDGE-RAISER TO BENEFIT RIVER VALLEY SENIOR CENTER Jackie’s Café of New Buffalo has chosen the River Valley Senior Center as recipient of this year’s “Fudge-Raiser,” donating 100% of proceeds to RVSC plus 100% in matching funds from The Larry Bubb Endowment. Pre-order now and pick up after Thanksgiving at Jackie’s Café, 801 W Buffalo St., New Buffalo. Contact the café at 269-469-1800 or RVSC at 269-4694556.

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HARBOR COUNTRY BOOK CLUB 6:30PM. New Buffalo Township Library.

CANDY CANE EXPRESS NOON-5PM CST. Hesston Steam Museum. 1201 E 1000 N. Hesston. www.hesston.org. Celebrate a nostalgic children’s Christmas. Visit Santa in a real railroad caboose. Bring a toy worth $5 or more to donate to Toys for Tots and for a free train ticket. Breakfast at Doc’s Soda Fountain at 9AM. Museum depot and gift shop open at 11:30AM. Trains roll at NOON. Adults are $5 and children 3-12 years are $3. Children under 3 are free.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

EVERY THURSDAY & 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.

LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

LIVE MUSIC at night AT DOOLEY’S 8PM. Dooley’s Lake House Pub.

EVERY SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

GENIUS NIGHT AND OPEN MIC 6:30-9:30PM. Elsie Earl Studios. 200 W Buffalo St. New Buffalo. www.elsieearlstudios.com. The night will feature local and area literary performance and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. The cost is $5.

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YOGA AT THE PARK 9AM. New Buffalo Township.

FOTOFEST 11AM. Acorn Theater. 107 Generations Dr. Three Oaks. www.acornlive.org. FOTO Fest is a chance for kids to have fun in their own community celebrating each other’s art, family and fun. Sponsored by Friends of Three Oaks (FOTO). Everyone is welcome. Free food and entertainment. THE NUTCRACKER 1PM & 4:30PM. New Buffalo Performing Arts Center. 1112 E Clay St. New Buffalo. Presented by the Southold Dance Theater, “The Nutcracker” will feature Harbor Country students. Sponsored by The Pokagon Fund. Free admission for New Buffalo, Chikaming and Three Oaks residents.

HOLIDAY CAROLING AND LIGHTS: CELEBRATE CHIKAMING 4-5PM. Lakeside Park. Red Arrow Highway and Lakeside Rd. Lakeside. The event will commemorate the Lakeside Parks joining the list of parks that are managed by Chikaming Township Park Board. There will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony before the caroling, which will include the New Buffalo Bison Choir, and light refreshments. THREE OAKS CHRISTMAS PARADE 6PM Parade. Downtown Three Oaks. Parade starts at 6PM on Elm Street and goes to Carver Park for the tree-lighting and visit with Santa by the fireplace. HEART OF GOLD BENEFIT CONCERT 7:30PM CST. Holdcraft Performing Arts Center. 1200 Spring St. Michigan City. Regional artist Johnny V’s eighth annual Neil Young tribute concert will benefit Toys for Tots, Young People’s Theater Company, and Remembering Our Veterans. Doors will open at 6:30PM. General admission is $25 (online or at the door). Tickets are available at www.yptcinc.com/tickets.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

TEDDY BEAR TEA 1-3PM. Marina Grand Resort. New Buffalo. 269-469-9900. www.bentwoodtavern.com. Holiday lights, delicious treats, and familyfriendly music will turn the resort’s event space into a magical winter wonderland. Includes $15 admission with the donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Tickets can be purchased on the website. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS 1PM & 5PM. Acorn Theater. The Twin City Players return with a very special presentation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It will be followed by a special reading of The Night Before Christmas and a visit from Santa Claus. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

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