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July 2021

Hot Dog, It's July

Best Water Toys

10 Must-Haves for Pontoon Sunset Cruisin' 21 Tips To Make Your Party Pop

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Contents Editor’s Letter Snow Cones + Smurf Smiles . . 6

Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

PEEPS + EATS Celebs, Movers + Shakers

Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . 10

Making Waves: Meet Syracuse’s Camden Powell . . . . . . . . . . . 48

PhotoFun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Plating Pros

The Good Life Hot Dog, It’s July . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Featured Opening Story 24

At A Glance: Kosciusko County . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Critters + Crawlers Osprey: Famous Feet Fishers


Water + Nature Health Get In The Lake Zone(s): Shoreline Health . . . . . . . . .

Amanda Lease, Danny’s Sports Bar, Warsaw Papa Smurf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your Dining Favorites . . . . . .



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Calendar of Events . . . . . . . 42

Reader Eats

Bulletin Bits + Fish Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Local Finds

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From Local Farms To Our Forks . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Featured Home A Patriotic Haven, The Murray Cottage, Yellow Creek Lake . . 82

Interiors Trends 88

Exterior Trends Time to Reconnect Together Again with Outdoor Living . .


The Real Dirt 70

The Delectable Tomato . . . . .



Water Fun + Fishing Toys (+ More) That Make A Splash . . . . . . . . . . . .


Summer Kitchens . . . . . . . . .

Family Fun + Traditions




Family Reflections . . . . . . . . 68 10 Must-Haves For Ultimate Pontoon Sunset Cruisin’ . . .

Red, White + Blue For You . .


Food Finder






American Flag Taco Layer Salad

Town Profile Small Town Spotlight: Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Bon Appetit

Lake Profile The Waters of Waubee . . . . .

Good Deeds


21 Tips To Make Your Party Pop . . . . . . . . . . .

Chef Mark Royer, Café Liefde, Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Rebecca Bazzoni, Joe’s Kids, Warsaw . . . . . . . .




Final Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . 98 cover photo by Arielle Elise Photography, mother and daughter at Big Barbee Lake

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Editor's Letter

>> D o YOU have FISHING PICS? Send us a line (see what we did there?) + submit pics to sue@ >> Pssst! We like you super big bunches. And we hope you like us, too. Give us a ‘like’ on Facebook + a follow on Instagram @ lakelifemag. Visit our new website, too (bossy, aren’t we?)— and join the fun on >> August means DOG DAYS of summer… so send pics of your Fido (or Spot or Fluffy) to!


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You know, they don’t tell you blueberry snow cones turn the entiirrree mouth blue. Some lessons were just hard-learned for a ponytailed gal on the ballfields of Chicagoland. The place was Reed-Keppler’s Park, a.k.a. our family’s other summer home. If we weren’t going to Tom’s baseball game, it was Dave’s. And if neither said athletic brotherlys were on the schedule, this runt of the pack had a softball game. Baseball was Tom’s forte. He was superb; always in the paper for this catch or that, or ‘gosh, what a second baseman we have here,’ I’d decipher through an exaggerated sisterly eyerollll. Dave was a good baseball player, too, but basically anything the rest of us can do, Dave can do better. He just can. So there’s that. Then there was this pipsqueak. I wasn’t so good at softball. The crowd never audibly moaned, but I never gave reason to cheer either. One season I struck out oh, every time I went to the plate. And during what sealed my final season, it was my throat that dropped to the dirt a strong line drive. Upon impact, I, too, dropped to the dirt. Then, as my tough teammate Rozzie went after the batter (as if it was her fault), I lay on the ground gasping for air. At that moment I decided my time at the ballpark was best spent eating blueberry snow cones and telling jokes with my pals. And, yes, the ump’ stopped Rozzie before any further damage was done (but thanks for the support, Rozz’). It was a good life. And despite minor injury, it was a good experience. Good memories. And it was my good buddy, Troy, who finally told me my mouth was always blue. Was I mortified? Nope, I thought it was hilarious. Lucky for him, he chose cherry. Yes, July brings back memories at the ballfields. Of snow cones, the crack of a bat (not held by me, of course), fireworks over the park, grilled BBQ chicken, hot dogs, laughter, sweaty faces, green grass, parades, and our fabulous American flag. July reminds me of lit sparklers, fireflies, fireworks, watching stars from the pier, and not giving one single itty-bitty rip that I’d been smilin’ all over with a Smurfy mouth. These moments and more are what we wanted to capture in this issue. To help you, too, relive and celebrate summer’s sweetness of July. The brilliant sunshine. Fabulously fun water splashes + serene waterside moments all the same. I’m proud to be an American. Let’s celebrate this country’s birthday perhaps as never before. Hug your family and friends. Fly your flag. Laugh unabashedly. Be safe + be intentionally aware of each precious moment. Life is a gift. And if you’ve got an oblivious Smurf-mouth among your group, let her be. She may not be as unaware as she seems. Enjoy this July issue, readers. And may God bless our America. Warmly,

Sue Executive-Editor-Who-Still-Loves-Blueberry-Snow-Cones


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Volume 2 Issue 4 | July 2021 Ron Baumgartner PUBLISHER Sue Rawlinson-Pais EXECUTIVE EDITOR Deb Patterson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Steve Meadows DIRECTOR OF MARKETING SALES EXECUTIVES

Carrie Goralczyk BUSINESS MANAGER Jerry Long DIRECTOR OF CIRCULATION jlong Maymie Ankrom GRAPHIC DESIGNER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Ray Balogh, Mary Jane Bogle, Nate Bosch, Lauren Caggiano, Adrienne Daeger, Deborah C. Gerbers, John C. Gill, Kelley Graber, Haiden Hibbert, Heather Holbrook, Mike Petrucelli, Loren Shaum, Christy Smith, Leslie Worthy CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mike Deak, Arielle Elise Photography, Sue Pais, Emily Worrell, Waters Edge Photography

P.O. Box 188; 206 South Main St. Milford, IN 46542 800.733.4111/Fax 800.886.3796 Happy Star Spangly July, readers! Yes, with booming fireworks, sparkly sparklers, and poppers thrown at our feet, we welcome you to the July masthead page— the page that’s only read by me (hi, I’m Sue), my LAKElife proof queens (they’re da-bomb), my mom, and YOU, my Superstar Reader of the Month who understands my delight in the small, rarely-noticed details. You. Get. Me. It’s the sweetheart of all issues in this month of red, white, and blue. And if you’re also an all-American, Lee Greenwood music lovin’ peep, eyes leaking at sight of stars ‘n stripes (of course, you are), then we are definitely the coolest of besties. It’s lake life’s sweet spot in July, when summer’s awesomeness shines like the sun’s brilliance on the water. Wake surfers, skiers, kayakers, and masters of floaty noodles all embrace the freedom of the outdoors and depths of our cool waters. Pontoon sunset cruisin’ packs an extra emotional punch as we watch fireworks over the lakes, and listen to Lee as background to ‘oohs-and-aaahs’ fireworks commentary. LAKElife is busily publishing, deadlines keep deadlining, community bidnizzes are booming, family reunions are reuniting, cookouts are cooking, and drinks are pouring. Yes, indeed, July is more than just a calendar month; it’s a season of celebration. We’re so appreciative for the ever-growing support of our readers, and the support and confidence from all our advertising partners who’ve actively joined our journey. You are heard. You are appreciated. You are valued. And you can be my wingman anytime, Maverick. With lit sparklers in both hands, let’s celebrate. Let’s honor America. Let’s recognize our freedom. Let’s read a lil’ history to ensure we know where we came from to truly


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honor how far we’ve come. Let’s continue to reconnect with family and friends. And for those keeping track, contests between Ron and Sue have changed direction yet again. As my fingertips are too valuable to continue snapping contests, we’ve progressed to competitive hopscotch. As you know, LAKElife Magazine is published by your area publishing icon—yes, the one founded by the Baumgartner family, and the same one that has stood the test of time (more than 80 years!). Yep, we’re talking about The Papers Incorporated at 206 S. Main Street, Milford, Indiana, 46542, with Hoppin’ Ron Baumgartner, pant-legs rolled up, tennies tied, and hopscotchin’ about ‘da publishing house with incredible speed, balance, and clever imagination (real chalk outlines are not allowed in the hallways of our publishing house). He’s our leader, and all jokes aside, he’s more aware, alert, and in-charge than an inverted Maverick. Our office hours are still most definitely 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for the second Thursday of every week, when we blow off work completely to play hopscotch + throw back a few. As we are veterans to this publishing fun-fest, it’s important to share this message: ‘It shall be known that all rights whatsoever are reserved and nothing may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher, who also assumes no responsibility as a result of any information or items advertised herein.’ So, there’s that. Those interested in contacting us may do so by calling 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. ADVERTISING INFORMATION We appreciate every advertiser who joins our journey… without you, there is no us. So, THANK YOU. Not

advertising yet, but wanna’ join along? For those who wish to join the rest of us cool cats, we would be happy to put your advertising message before fellow Kosciusko County lake lovin’ residents. To learn how, please contact Steve Meadows, director of marketing, at 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. Or, email him at smeadows@ EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Editorial suggestions are eagerly welcomed! Please contact Sue at any time (she loves to hear from you!) at, or send her a text at 260.450.7736. Letters to the editor may be emailed, and must include your name. Sue LOVES to hear from you! With pilotworthy shades and a horribly oversized flight suit on, she says, “Talk to me, Goose.” Move. Over. Tom. Cruise. Again, contact her at LAKElife Magazine does, indeed, contract with freelance writers, photographers and artists to create much of its content. If you’re interested in joining the journey, reach out to Sue and she’ll be in touch. Again, her email is In fact, when in doubt about anything regarding this family-fun-lake publication, reach out to Sue. She’s your hop-scotchin,’ all-American, flag-loving, vet-honoring, lovin’ lake life and all for which it represents go-to flyin’ about in these here parts. No crazy maneuvers, though. Just hops and flip-flops. Therein concludes our fourth super-secret, informative masthead of the 2021 season… enjoy this July issue. Happy Fourth of July to all of Kosciusko County, Happy Birthday to America, and a very genuine thanks to YOU for reading. Yes, even the small print.

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Letters To The Editor


hen we said we loved your letters, we meant it! LAKElife Magazine welcomes your comments. Simply email us at Yes, it’s that easy. Letters may be edited for length.

Hi Sue, love the magazine. If you ever do a special like ‘kids fishing on our lakes,’ I would love to submit this photo from last summer. Grandpa Steve Hopper with Hudson on Chapman Lake. His grandma and I just love taking him fishing.

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Consider it done! Anyone else want to send pics of kids fishing? Send ‘em to Great idea, Grandpa Steve.

Hi, Sue: The Winona Lake Flotilla is Sunday, July 4 at 4 p.m. Theme or is Past-Present-Future. Would love for anyone to join us watch from shore!!! Love your magazine!! –Barb Konie

‘Bulletin We’re happy to spread the word. We’ve included the info on our + a very parade flotilla great a Have issue. this Bits’ page as well in Happy Fourth to all at Winona Lake.

Congrats on your first successful year of publication! I’ve enjoyed reading each issue! I would like to make one suggestion: if possible, could the labeling/address be placed on the back? Your cover pages are wonderful and I’d love to be able to display them in a frame. –Kelly Vinci, via Facebook Hi Kelly. Thank you for the suggestion; we consider that a very high compliment! While we would LOVE to follow your suggestion, the postal service sets the rules regarding required placement for mailing addresses. But, you’ve got me thinking… and I can hook you up with one for framing if you wish. Please email me and we’ll work it out!


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Hi Sue, We absolutely LOVED all the photos and article you wrote for our home. You really knocked it out of the park. Eloquent, simple, and to the point. Thank you! Do you happen to know where we can pick up additional copies? –Jaime Martin

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Hi Jaime! Yes, I’ll make sure you receive additional copies. And it was such a pleasure covering your home + meeting you! Too, so readers know where to find issues, visit our website,, then click on the ‘subscribe/ find issues’ tab. There, you’ll see a listing by city of drop locations where mags can be picked up for free.

Hi Sue: We love the magazine. It arrives at our home in Indy and makes us want to jump in the car and head north. Here are some pics from the last few years… Bowes cousins on the Dixie both as young ones, then a bit older (editor note: and a few others we’ll print later!). Hope you can use some of them. We look forward to more issues. I am looking for a good dog/ lake photo although I am sure that you are inundated with them. Thanks so much. –Kriss Bowes Thanks, Kriss. I hope everyone keeps me inundated… keep ‘em coming! This is the readers’ magazine; it’s made for you.

This is taken on Small Pike Lake on May 24 at about 9 a.m. (showing) the local paired swans parading their young. How awesome is the lake life? Side note: we just moved here to retire on the lake. Not regretting this decision at all!! –Mary Arnold

Congratulations on your retirement, Mary! And yes, indeed, the lake is a most unregrettable environment.

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Stars ‘n stripes soar above Jane’s big smile at Beaver Dam Lake. Submitted by Diana Petracek.


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This joyful little guy learned to fly… with a little help from the bigger guy. Submitted by Fran Leman.


Happy Fourth to this patriotic crew! Submitted by Chona.

When fireworks cease and it’s the moon that illuminates the sky over Webster Lake, you get this view. Submitted by Jody Friermood.

Kitty-cat Harley is perched for a purrfect start to the day on Chapman Lake. Submitted by Nancy Moore.

Thunder Run, anyone? American flag. Wooden boat. Does it get better? We think not. Submitted by Mary Hursh. LAKElife Magazine July 2021


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It’s the dog equivalent to cruisin’ Main Street on a Friday night. Dakota + Georgia are channel surfing on Wawasee. Submitted by Amy Kuhn.

Friendship with neighbors + sunsets over the lake— kinda’ sums up what lake life is all about, doesn’t it? Neighbors Janet + Jen on Lake Webster sure think so. (Pssst. We agree.)

Fourth of July Flotilla Days, take us away…

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THE GOOD LIFE | Appreciation

Hot Dog, It’s July by Sue Pais

As patriotic as apple pie and reminiscent as hot summer nights of yesteryear, hot dogs are a reminder of warm July evenings, full tummies, chasing fireflies after dark, carnivals, ball games, and special summer events. How sweet it was. And thanks to a continuation of traditional summer foods like specialty dogs and warm apple pie, how sweet it still is.


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It’s the little things that can pack the most punch. Let’s celebrate such American simplicities… they’re often the very bites that make up the Good Life.

CHICAGO DOG A must for the summer. If you don’t grab yours from Syracuse’s Pat’s Chicago Dogs, make your own with yellow mustard, relish, chopped onion, tomato slices, sport peppers, a pickle spear, and a dash of celery salt— all atop a frank nestled in a poppyseed bun.

INDIANAPOLIS DOG This style of frank is smothered in all-beef chili, raw red onions, yellow mustard, and shredded cheddar. LAKElife Magazine July 2021


ATLANTA DOG Atlanta natives order their franks “dragged through the garden”— in other words, topped with coleslaw.

KANSAS CITY DOG This hot dog comes topped with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut tucked into a sesame-seed bun.


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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Issue Opening Story

Go Fo(u)rth!

Twenty-One Tips to Make Your Party Pop

1 Rent or borrow lawn chairs and tables, including pintsized sets for the kiddos. Decorate with colorful linens, tableware, and centerpieces. Supply crayons and activity books to the little ones.

2 Trust the professionals at Crazy Joe’s Fireworks or Speed Rocket Fireworks (both located in Warsaw), and they’ll recommend ideal fireworks and novelties to purchase for your gathering.

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Sprawled across the lawn, revelers of all ages train their eyes skyward, awestruck by the dynamic display of color and light. Dazzling sprays rain over the horizon, interspersed with soaring rockets and strobes, while a succession of booms and blasts echoes for miles.


very Independence Day culminates in bursts of brilliant energy, and day-long celebrations often accompany the main event. A list of surefire suggestions for hosting the perfect party, 21 Tips for the Fourth will add even more sizzle and sparkle to the festivities.


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3 Stock up on growlers or kegs of local brews, and bottles of local wine. Serve beer and wine flights.

Select a convenient area for guest parking.

5 Water the grass regularly on days prior to the party to ensure a hardy lawn for entertaining.

6 Rent a porta-potty and an outdoor wash basin. Provide liquid soap and paper hand towels.

7 Shade your guests, and yourself, with canopies or tents.

8 Roll out the barrels and line them with durable bags to collect the day’s trash. Provide a separate bin for recyclables.

9 Rent or borrow extra boats, WaveRunners, and water toys to accommodate guests. Be sure to have enough PFDs for every watercraft. Appoint a teenager or an adult to supervise children who play in or near the water.

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10 Haul out the horseshoes, hula hoops, lawn darts, and ladder ball. Set up the croquet set and the volleyball nets.

11 Invite the kids to dress in patriotic attire and cruise the lake on decorated boats. Since it’s the Fourth of July, encourage some noise by supplying air horns to the participants. On the fifth of July, apologize to neighbors.

12 Host watermelon eating and seed spitting contests. Don’t forget the plastic bibs.


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13 Organize a cupcake decorating event for the kids. Supply canned frosting, creamy peanut butter, candy sprinkles, and plenty of paper napkins. Capture the fun on video to savor the sweet memories.

14 Load alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages into designated half-barrels and cover with ice. Fill a chest with dry ice to keep ice cream and other treats frozen all day.

15 Serve ice-cold mimosas and sangria lemonade on the lawn or the boat, because refreshing cocktails needn’t be reserved for restaurant brunches.



Blend frozen mixed fruit with red wine for tasty adult smoothies, or add ice and enjoy as slushies.


Create a holiday-themed dessert table. Adorn sponge cakes, shortcakes, and pies with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. Layer vanilla yogurt, berries, and cereal for easy, kid-pleasing parfaits.


Rub pork shoulders with mustard and spices and cook on the smoker, then shred and serve tender pulled pork. Or, season chuck roasts and smoke them for an economical yet succulent alternative to beef brisket.


Order a catered buffet or party trays from a local restaurant.

Stock up on logs for a bonfire and toast marshmallows by starlight. Top pineapple chunks and pre-baked waffles with cinnamon sugar or maple syrup, then allow them to caramelize over the flames.

As the bonfire embers soften to a twinkle, and only distant booms remain, the holiday eases into the tranquility of a summer night. But to revelers who gaze upon the moonlit sky, memories of the Fourth still blaze, like skyrockets before their eyes. LAKElife Magazine July 2021




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At A Glance


Kosciusko County It’s the sweetness of summertime. Gatherings are extra energized with celebration around the Fourth of July, weather is optimal for lake life lovers— with family reunions, laughter, hugs (yes, hugs are back!), fireworks over the lake, and grills and smokers that busily work their tasty magic.







uly is a most anticipated month for all outdoors activities— from quiet pontoon sunset cruises to wild times, fun parties, huge splashes, and lazy soaking in the


Farmers markets offer bountiful varieties of fresh food. Nature is in her full colorful glory, the sun is blazing, and evenings are for relaxing with blankets and a beverage. Or two. It’s a month of celebration, memories in the making, laughter, ice cream, drippy popsicles, family, and fireworks like perhaps no year prior. And where better to embrace summertime than right here, in Kosciusko County?

Kosciusko County Trails Bring the fam’ and enjoy the outdoors. Breathe. Laugh. Exercise. Enjoy Kosciusko County’s trail systems created for you to enjoy. Beyer-Farm Boardwalk Trail, Warsaw 1013 E. Arthur St. Heritage Trail-Winona Lake Trail System, Winona Lake 1001 E. Canal St.


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Old Chinworth Bridge Trail, Warsaw 3495 W. Old Rd. 30 574.269.1078 Syracuse-Wawasee Trails, Syracuse 1013 N. Long Dr.

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TOWNS Claypool, Etna Green, Leesburg, Mentone, Milford, North Webster, Pierceton, Sidney, Silver Lake, Syracuse, Warsaw, Winona Lake

LAKES With more than 100 lakes, Kosciusko County is rich with beautiful lake venues. Here are the largest and deepest of the lakes: Lake Tippecanoe, Lake Wawasee, Syracuse Lake, Webster Lake, Winona Lake


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Formed in 1836, Kosciusko County offers a playground on water, and off. Whether it’s a scenic walking path or hiking adventure, blasting through the waves, soaking atop the water, or fishing from water vessel or dock, there’s no shortage of things to do. And for dining from fine dishes to fun bar food and lakeside spirits— we needn’t travel far. It’s all just moments away within our county of 100 lakes. It’s why we choose to call our region ‘home.’ For both adventurous splashes and tranquil moments. For laughter, wild times, quiet moments, and simple hugs. It’s what lake life is all about. And it takes place right here, within Kosciusko County.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Critters + Crawlers

Osprey FAMOUS FEET FISHERS by Adrienne Daeger, research program specialist at The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams photo courtesy of The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Imagine you’re standing on the roof of a building nine stories tall (or perhaps six, if you are not a fan of heights).


his building is constructed along a lake, and when you look over the roof’s edge, you can see the murky depths below. From this height, you spot a fish near the surface of the water, and your growling stomach prompts you to try and catch it. So you jump from the building. You hit the water feet-first, grab the slick and wiggling fish with your toes, and fly away to enjoy your well-earned meal. As a human, this scenario sounds like a strange dream.


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But for an osprey, this daily routine is as normal to us as making lunch. Osprey are a kind of raptor (or bird of prey) that target fish as their main source of food. Unlike other hawks, they are equipped with an array of anatomical tools for airborne fishing. Their excellent eyesight and nearvertical dives help them see and catch fish accurately, even from 130 feet in the air. Using our human toes to hold a fish is an impossible feat, but ospreys’ sharp talons firmly grasp their slippery prey. Even then it’s a tough job to hold on, so the osprey foot has the ability to move a toe from

the front of their foot to the back to get a better grip. Small spines on the pads of each toe give the grip even more traction. Whether or not a dive is successful, the bird must overcome its last obstacle before dinner: getting out of the water. An oily coating on their feathers keeps the bird from getting waterlogged, and powerful thrusts with their wings take the bird and its prize out of the water and out of sight. If you spot a large black, white, and brown-feathered bird flying over your lake, watch closely; it might show off how it can fish with its feet.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Water + Nature Health

Get In The Lake Zone(s)

For a healthier lake, your shoreline should have these three zones

by Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

Did you know that the shoreline around each local lake acts like its gatekeeper? The shoreline determines what enters the lake from the surrounding watershed, and helps keep the water safe for swimming and fishing. A thriving shoreline has three zones of defense: the grassy edge nearest the water, the seawall itself, and the area that dips into the shallows.

Zone 1:

The first zone might be a mowed lawn, or green space in a park. While grassy areas give a picturesque view of the lake, they also invite geese by providing an open space that has plenty of food and is free from predators. That open space also allows fertilizers and other unwanted nutrients to wash directly into the lake. • What can you do? An easy way to help prevent nutrient runoff is to plant native grasses and shrubs along the seawall. Their roots filter runoff before it reaches the lake; they are also aesthetically pleasing when well-maintained.

Zone 2:

The second zone is the shoreline itself, where the land meets the lake. This zone often has a concrete seawall to protect the shore from erosion. It may seem like a good idea, but this design limits the habitat of shallow-water fish. Waves bounce off the seawall and travel to the other side of the lake, scouring the bottom of the shallow areas and making it impossible for shallow-water fish to survive there. • What can you do? Try placing glacial stone in front of the seawall to lessen wave energy while still preventing erosion. Or, try planting native vegetation to anchor the soil in place. Both options create safe habitats for fish.


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Zone 3:

The final zone is the shallow water near the shore. Planting natural vegetation here is more beneficial than a barren lake bottom (even if that means you cannot wade directly into the water). It provides a habitat for aquatic organisms and also slows down waves as they approach the shore. If you are experiencing an overabundance of shoreline weeds, though, it would be wise to contact an aquatic weed expert. • What can you do? Start by reaching out to a local lake association. They can help you decide what would be best for the water. You can find a list of associations on our website: Our team knows you care about specific topics (like zebra mussels and wetlands) and when local waterways are safe to recreate in. You also want to know all about the lake you visit most frequently. On our website, you can do all of this and more. Explore today: The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with local organizations to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe, and beautiful. To date, the Lilly Center has conducted scientific research on over 30 streams and 40 lakes. The Lilly Center is driven to create a legacy of stewardship by equipping community members, visitors, and future generations to understand and enjoy the county’s natural beauty.


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The Waters Of Waubee by Haiden Hibbert | photo by Mike Deak

Kosciusko County is known for its bustling lake life and tourism, but there’s a hidden gem perfect for visitors and residents who are seeking a quieter escape from the summer crowds.


aubee Lake is a small freshwater lake with a beautiful public beach, located just outside of the small agricultural town of Milford. Milford is a small community of just 1,500 residents and a few must-visit local businesses. And if you read our town feature in the May issue, you know it’s also the home of The Papers Inc., the publisher of the magazine in your hands. Milford is also known for its safe and family-friendly atmosphere, local festivals, and of course— the beautiful and serene Waubee Lake. Waubee Lake covers nearly 200 acres and is 60 feet deep (at its max) with an excellent population of bluegill, crappie, rock bass, largemouth bass, and Northern pike. Like most of our county’s lakes, you can find both permanent residents and vacationers in the area. Homes range from cabins to quaint lake cottages that line the peaceful shores of Waubee Lake.


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Whether you’re passing through or live nearby, Waubee Park is perfect for a day trip. It’s located beside the lake’s public beach, appealing to visitors who want a tranquil day at the lake, or a fun and lively beach getaway. The spacious area and playground make it perfect for families with children. And when it’s time to get out on the water, there’s nearby public lake access for boating, as well as plenty of opportunities to go fishing and swimming. There’s a convenient parking lot, public restrooms, and picnic tables in the park area, as well. The town of Milford might be small, but perhaps a quick morning stop on your way to the lake may be in order. Harvest Coffee, 201 South Higbee St., Milford - Harvest Coffee is a locally-owned business near Waubee Lake that serves the area’s best tea and coffee from breves to chai to frappes. The shop also serves baked goods like cupcakes, cake, cheesecake, bread, cinnamon rolls— you name it. Harvest Coffee also has a delicious gluten-free menu, as well as breakfast and lunch options. While Waubee Lake is tucked away from most of Indiana’s lake life scene, it’s certainly worth the trip. From big, beautiful trees to clear and clean water, there’s nowhere in Kosciusko County quite like Waubee Lake.

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Small Town Spotlight:

Syracuse by Mary Jane Bogle | photos by Mike Deak, Sue Pais, Emily Worrell

“Shop. Play. Eat. Stay.” It’s a common theme for many small towns, but this mantra is perhaps nowhere more fitting than in scenic Syracuse. With its spectacular lake views, beautiful treelined streets and even a few white picket fences, this little town offers the perfect blend of lake life living and Midwestern charm. Throw in a dose of Hoosier hospitality, and it’s clear why Syracuse is a favorite regional destination.


Whether you’re looking for resale bargains, unique boutiques, or fun antiques, you’ll find what you seek at the shops in Syracuse. Decorating your home or lake cottage? Be sure to visit The Water Lily Art Gallery, which showcases local artisans, one-of-a-kind prints and custom framing. Or stop by Absolutely Apparel & Gifts, Dock Side Gifts & Apparel, or The Gift Shop at Wawasee for the perfect souvenir. Bargain hunters will fall in love with The Revolving Closet, while antique lovers can shop ‘til they drop at My Red Moon, Shops at the Grand, or Yours, Ours and Mine.


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Those wanting to dive into the lake experience can explore not one but two natural lakes in Syracuse. Both Wawasee (the largest natural lake in Indiana) and Syracuse lakes are spring-fed and offer a combined 3,500 acres of water— the perfect playground for anyone who loves to fish, water or jet ski, or boat ride. Those preferring to stay on land can walk or bike to their hearts’ content on over 12 miles of trails. And with city parks and three golf courses, you’ll never run out of fun adventures just waiting to be explored!


For a town of just under 3,000 people, Syracuse offers a surprising number and variety of restaurants, with everything from fast food to five-star dining and everything in between. As an added bonus, over half of the town’s restaurants are locally owned, and more than a few offer lakeside dining. Local favorites include Pat’s Chicago Dogs, Huntington Bar & Grill, Man Cave Brewing Co., The Channel Marker, Chubbie’s, and The Frog, while Kelly Jae’s Lakeside, Kiyomi, and The Pier & Back Porch round out the menu. Java lovers can take their pick from any number of coffee shops, and no trip to Syracuse in the summertime is complete without a visit to Joe’s Ice Cream Supreme.


Oakwood Retreat and Conference Center offers visitors a four-star quality inn, complete with panoramic views of Lake Wawasee and a variety of meeting spaces for groups large and small— perfect for a weekend retreat or indoor or outdoor wedding. A few miles away, visitors will find Brook Pointe Inn. Nestled among 30 acres of woods and trails, this 30-room inn offers an indoor pool, large yard, fire pit and back porch swings, making it the perfect venue for a family getaway. You can also find a number of bed and breakfast accommodations in and around Syracuse, so there’s really no reason not to start planning your next adventure in this idyllic little town.  LAKElife Magazine July 2021


PRO TIP on… boating safety:

Tip: A friendly reminder from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: Life does not have a ‘rewind’ button. Safety starts with us all. Let’s make certain to have properly fitted life jackets for all while enjoying a day on the water.

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GETTIN' BUSY | Events WARSAW COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Please call ahead to confirm in-person activities)

Kosciusko County

Calendar of Events by Ray Balogh

Note: Every effort is made to ensure accuracy to events listed. As schedules sometimes change, please confirm details prior to attending.

Do YOU have an upcoming event? Great! We’re happy to share the news. Email event information to our pal Ray, at: He’ll be happy to hear from you!

Friends of the Library Story Emporium Bookstore, 10:30 a.m.1 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 17, 31. All proceeds go toward supporting the library. Friends of the Library (FOL) meeting, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6. Learn more about FOL projects and community involvement. Public is invited. Unbox the L.O.T., 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday, July 19. The Cat Game board game will be featured, with rules and strategies explained. The event will be featured on YouTube and Facebook Live. For teens 13-17 years old. Kids Minecraft, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. Play Minecraft Education Edition on a library device or bring your own. Blooming Art, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. Get creative with your garden. Available on library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Children’s program. Nutrition Series, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 26. Online presentation by registered dietitian Sue Delagrange. Topic: “Fight Inflammation.” Registration required. Teen Minecraft Club, 4 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Play Minecraft Education Edition on library computers, Playstation, or Xbox. For grades six through 12 only. For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.267.6011 or visit or warsawpubliclibrary. The library is located at 310 E. Main St., Warsaw.

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Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Exhibit on display through Saturday, August 7. Learn what an individual can do to improve water quality. Free admission. Local Tales Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 1. Dr. Stephanie Coates of Premier Veterinary Services will explain animal chiropractic care. Family Fun & Food Classes, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Friday, July 2. Four learning stations of activities, crafts, snacks. Registration required. Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, July 6 and 13. Wizard of Oz puppet show with Stevens Puppets, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 7. Paws-to-Read appointments, 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 and 14; 4 p.m. Monday, July 12. Private 15-minute reading sessions for kids with a lovable therapy dog. Registration required. Local Tales Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 8. Animal Welfare League will explain how they care for animals. Family movie, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 8. Movie to be announced. Make-It Take-It craft table for kids, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 9 and 16. Lego Time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10, for kids 5-12. Fantastic Foam Show with Van De Graf Generator, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 14. Local Tales Presentation, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 15. Special O.P.S. K-9 Academy will explain dog psychology and training. Youth Summer Discovery program celebration, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

Book discussion on “A Long Walk” by Linda Sue Park, time to be announced, Thursday, July 22.


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Art of Water Drafting, 1 p.m. Monday, July 26. Program by North Webster Fire Department. For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.834.7122 or visit or the library’s Facebook page. The library is located at 110 E. North St., North Webster.

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Pickleball, 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, also 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, gym or outside (weather permitting). $3/session. For adults. Yoga Classes, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, north wing. Instructor: Norma Monik. $5/session. Cardio Drumming, 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday, north wing. $5/class or $40/ punch card. Call Heather Bontrager, 260.797.8804. For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.834.1600 or visit or The community center is located at 301 N. Main St., North Webster.

WAGON WHEEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS (Please call ahead to confirm in-person activities)

"The Music Man,” June 30-July 2; July 4, 6-10. “Big: The Musical,” July 14-18, 20-24. “Pride and Prejudice,” July 28Aug. 1, Aug. 3-7. For performance times, ticket prices and other information, call 574.267.8041 or visit or The center is located at 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw.


Lake Talk & Eats: Bug Fest, 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Children will take nets and search for water bugs. Snacks and nets provided. Please bring your own life jackets and water shoes. Free admission. Education Center.

Wawasee Flotilla, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3. Flotilla begins at Spink condos on Lake Wawasee. Theme: “Celebrate the ‘60s!” Enter a boat or watch from Oakwood Hotel or Wawasee Fishing Park near DNR office on southeast end of lake. Fishing with the DNR, 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 7. Poles and bait provided. Free admission. 5814 E. Pickwick Road, Syracuse. Wetland Adventures, 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 21, 28. Educational crafts, games, scavenger hunt for elementary school children and parents. Free admission. Education Center. Tour des Lakes, 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17. Bike ride around local lakes with 30K (18.6 mi.), 55K (34.2 mi.), 100K (62.1 mi.) route options, commencing at 1013 N. Long Drive, Syracuse. Snacks and lunch provided. Live music, food trucks, beer. Register at Annual Lakes Celebration, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31. Presentation on promoting clean water, cattail awards to be presented. Free admission. Education Center. For more information, contact 574.457.4549,, wawaseeconservancy. The education center is located at 11586 SR 13, Syracuse.


Lake Wawasee: offshore and on shoreline at Oakwood Resort, 702 E. Lake View Road, Syracuse. Attendees may board the S.S. Lillypad behind The Frog Tavern, 1116 S. Harkless Drive, Syracuse, by 7:30 a.m. for transportation to the service. Complimentary pastry, coffee and orange juice will be served. Shoreline attendees may bring their own chairs or blankets. 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Sponsored by Syracuse-Wawasee Ministerial Association. 574.457.4446 Webster Lake: Epworth Forest Conference and Retreat Center, 8531 E. Epworth Forest Road, North Webster. Sponsored by North Webster United Methodist Church. 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. 574.834.2871,

Dewart Lake, Quaker Haven Camp, 111 EMS D16C Lane, Syracuse. Sponsored by Dewart Lake Community Friends Church. 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 574.529.0687, Tippecanoe Lake: Patona Bay, 2 EMS T33B Lane, Leesburg. Sponsored by Leesburg United Methodist Church. 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. 574.453.4703, or

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 SYRACUSE ARTISANS & FARMERS MARKET Veteran’s Memorial Park at Crosson Mill, 301 N. Huntington St., Syracuse. Locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods, and art. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.265.7774, syracusefarmersmarket

FIREWORK CELEBRATIONS SATURDAY, JULY 3 LEESBURG Flotilla and Fireworks Lake Tippecanoe “Kidz-a-Palooza” flotilla begins at 1 p.m. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m., can be viewed from the lawn of Tippy Dance Hall on the south shore of the lake. NORTH WEBSTER Webster Lake 9 p.m. or dusk. Can be viewed from the North Webster Town Park.


PIERCETON Lake Sechrist on the Barbee Chain of Lakes Dusk.

Center Street in front of the courthouse, downtown Warsaw. Produce, baked goods, artisan goods, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.265.7774, koscountyfarmersandartisanmarket

SYRACUSE Lake Wawasee Fireworks 10:15 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Fireworks launched from barges, synchronized to music broadcast on 103.5 FM. Watch from Oakwood Hotel or Wawasee Fishing Park near DNR office on southeast end of lake.

SATURDAY, JULY 17 TOUCH-A-TRUCK Downtown Winona Lake. Upclose opportunity for children and adults to see and touch city trucks, construction machinery, and other surprises. Free admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 574.268.9888,

FRIDAY, JULY 30 LAST FRIDAY Uptown Syracuse. Street fair, sponsored by Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 574.457.5637,,

WINONA LAKE DOWNTOWN Fireworks Festival Symphony on the Lakes concert, “Salute to America,” on the Tabernacle Lawn at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks over Winona Lake at 10 p.m. 574.268.9888,


Syracuse Lake Fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Fireworks launched from barges. Watch from Lakeside Park, 1013 N. Long Drive, Syracuse. WARSAW Chapman Lake 10 p.m.-11 p.m.

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GETTIN' BUSY | Bulletin Bits + Fish Bites

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GETTIN' BUSY | Local Finds

Red, White + Blue… Found Just For You Summer is in full-swing for all-thingsoutdoors— including some sunny Saturday morning shopping. Visit these and other shops in our communities, and grab the perfect patriotic finds for your July at the lakes.

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Celebs, Movers + SHAKERS

Camden Powell, left, pictured with his father, Derek. At right: Camden during competition.

s e v a W g n i k a M by Ray Balogh photos by Waters Edge Photography

Camden Powell, a lifelong resident of

Syracuse, has garnered athletic achievements in watersports that are stratospheric for anyone, let alone a lad of 17. He has captured respectable honors against the best competitors in the world— on lakes around the world. Yet the siren call of Lake Wawasee lures him back time and again to enjoy his favorite pastime of “just hanging out with a group of friends in the middle of the lake." LAKElife asked Master Powell to introduce himself to our readership, and we hope you enjoy reading how one “local boy made good.” LAKElife Magazine, meet Camden Powell. 48

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Please tell us a little about yourself and your family.

I’m 17 and a junior at Wawasee High School. I have attended the Wawasee School District and have lived within Syracuse my entire life. My mom, Trisha, is an elementary school nurse, and my dad, Derek, owns TPC Landscaping. I have one sister, Addison, who is currently in eighth grade.

What achievements have you reached in the field of sports? I am a three-sport athlete for Wawasee: cross country, swimming, and track. I also race Jet Skis® throughout the world, and have been able to compete— and place well— against some of the best jet skiers in the world.

When and how did you first recognize you could be a force to be reckoned with in jet skiing? I started racing somewhat professionally roughly two years ago. In my first professional race against the best competitors, I was able to pull out a solid third place. That was one of the first recognitions for me that I could compete against the best.

What has competition taught you about life? What do you like best about living the lake life? The atmosphere of everything on the lake. There’s just a lot you can do, from surfing to riding jet ski to just hanging out with a group of friends in the middle of the lake.

How have your achievements, especially at your age, affected your relationships with your peers? I think the achievements have affected my relationships fairly positively, because I have been able to make friends, for example, with Haden from Florida. If I didn’t race, I wouldn’t even know him.

I would say that competition has provided numerous lessons and learning experiences that have benefited me. Just a couple of examples are working hard and seeing success come from my efforts, and learning the deeper meaning behind small things. Those benefits wouldn’t be as great for me without competition.

How have your parents, sister, friends, and teachers contributed to your success? They have always been able to push me in the right direction and set me up to be a better person in every way I can.

How do you like to spend your time when you’re not training or competing? I like to spend time with friends and I love to be out on the lake doing whatever. Training for jet ski racing is also something I find really fun and enjoy doing.

You’re still young, but if you had the opportunity, what would you do differently in your life? There are a lot of things I want to do differently, but I think everything happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t want to change anything from the past.

What are your plans for the rest of the summer? I plan on working with my friend for my dad, and spending a lot of time with my friends and on the lake. I will be competing in multiple jet ski races in Florida and on Lake Michigan, and will be running to train for cross country this fall.

If you could sum up your present life in one sentence, what would you say? Busy and unpredictable at times— because I have been very busy lately and I have sort of just been going with the flow without a plan.

When it’s all said and done, what do you want to be known for in your life? I would like to be known as someone who always knew how to have a good time, no matter what the circumstances, but was also someone people could always count on in any way.

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Plating Pros

Chef Mark Royer by Loren Shaum

Starting as a dishwasher in Louisiana, this former Ragin’ Cajun got his first cooking gig at New Orleans’ iconic Ruth’s Chris Steak House. That led to his first chef position at Rips On The Lake in Mandeville, Louisiana.


love for Notre Dame eventually brought him to LAKElife Country where he landed at The Pier and Back Porch Restaurant in Oakwood Resort. Now, he and partner Elizabeth Kennedy are venturing into a new endeavor: Café Liefde (meaning ‘love’ in Dutch), in a circa 1892 revamped building in downtown Syracuse. Opening in early July, this unique cafe will offer wholesome farm-fresh food, fresh-squeezed juices, and craft cocktails. LAKELife readers, meet Chef Mark Royer.


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What made you decide to become a Chef?

I worked in the service industry during high school and college, and after receiving my hospitality degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, I received much encouragement from three friends at Nash’s Restaurant in Broussard. So, I decided to go to culinary school.

How did you end up in northern Indiana?

I was working with Bonefish (Grill) to set up new restaurants and train staff. My boss had a connection with the food and beverage manager at Oakwood Resort. So, I interviewed and was hired in 2014. After two weeks of observing the kitchen, I became executive chef.

As a chef, what do you like most?

Teaching others what I’ve learned over the years

What’s your favorite cuisine?

I grew up around all-things-French. So, classic French cuisine is my favorite.

What’s your favorite thing to eat? A cheeseburger, medium rare!

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What gives you the most satisfaction?

Seeing people enjoying themselves through food, spirits, and gathering.

What is your cooking philosophy? Put a lot of love in every dish.

What aspirations do you have for the new café?

To provide clean, wholesome food and beverages in a relaxing, casual, fun atmosphere— ideal for both families and adults.

Why did you decide on Syracuse?

We wanted a small town feel and enjoy the summer vibe that Syracuse offers. We discovered that this building was available and decided it would be a great project for us!

Your new menu doesn’t have any Cajun dishes?

We plan to serve dishes like gumbo and other items as daily specials. We are also planning daily vegan specials.

What are your favorite lake activities?

We purchased a tandem kayak and really enjoy cruising the Syracuse and Wawasee lake channels— watching for turtles and birds. We take it out every chance we get!

What are some of your hobbies? Café Liefde 105 W. Main St., Syracuse 574.529.2393,

I like all board games, and chess is my favorite. That’s followed by European soccer, and travel and cooking together.

What else would you like to share with readers? Live with harmony and love!

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Good Deeds

Celebrating goodness within our community.

by Lauren Caggiano

Good Deeds Nominee:

Rebecca Bazzoni Hometown: Warsaw The Deed: and Rebecca Bazzoni is the founder a nonprofit , executive director of Joe’s Kids onal, and that provides physical, occupati children speech therapy in order to help pendence. inde of l reach their maximal leve of more lives They make a difference in the than 400 children annually.

Who or what inspires you to continue this work? Nothing compares to seeing the smile on a child’s face when they conquer a new milestone they have worked so hard for!

How does your faith impact your approach to this work?

I believe that God can make the impossible possible. I’ve been able to witness this in development of Joe’s Kids and in the lives of our children.

How can people help?

Through a commitment to monthly giving of $25, you can help provide therapy services for a child. We currently have matching grants through the Dane & Mary Louise Miller Foundation and the Dekko Foundation that will, in total, triple the effect of your dollar for our kids! Joe’s Kids 902 Provident Dr., Suite C, Warsaw 574.376.2316   Do YOU want to nominate someone for a good deed? It’s easy. Just email Sue at She’ll take care of the rest!


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Smiles, Sun + Fun by Deborah C. Gerbers | photos by Sue Pais + provided

For Warsaw native Amanda Lease, a smile, a laugh, and a little fun can go a long way in spreading cheer and joy. As a bartender at Danny’s Sports Bar (loved by locals for its delicious pizza and burgers in a cool, sports bar atmosphere), she loves to see the smiling faces of her customers and reciprocates kindness wherever she goes. Folks, meet Amanda Lease, a hometown gal with a sparkly personality full of fun.

Is Kosciusko County home for you?

Well, home is where the heart is. I was born in Warsaw, and then we moved to Florida when I was three. I returned here as an adult in 2014 (24 years later!).

How did you get into bartending?

It was really just the next natural step. I started as a hostess at Bob Evans at age 13. As time went by, I learned food running, salad, and dessert plating, became lead expediter, then server, then bartender as soon as my age would permit.

Who are your personal heroes and why?

Currently I have to say my personal heroes are all the staff members who stuck it out over the past year. Anyone who stayed with their restaurant and worked their tails off deserve a huge thank you. This has been one of the toughest years yet.

What are the best parts of your job and why?

Hands down, my favorite part of the job is creating relationships with the guests. I absolutely treasure the connections I have made. Some of the most influential people in my life have started out as guests, became friends, and now feel like family.

What are good qualities for a bartender to have?

I have to say that’s a really tough question to answer. For example, all of the women bartenders upstairs at Danny’s Sports Bar bring something to the table. Every girl has a quality that makes her special. But if you really wanted a ‘starter pack’— a good smile, great attitude, organizational skills, and maybe a couple of cute one-liners.

Do you have a favorite summer cocktail recipe you'd like to share?

In the summertime I enjoy a Moscow Mule. It’s a simple drink with vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Light, tasty, and it has a little zing to it.

If you could do one thing to change the world or make a positive impact, what would it be?

I just want to bring love back to the world. This year has been extremely frustrating for I think everyone— staff and guests alike. I look forward to seeing smiling faces. I think of the sun and look forward to the fun of summer. As for me, I’m going to keep on smiling, I’m going to get a little weird with to-go orders over the phone, and I might even do a little dance here and there. And hopefully, just hopefully— it will make someone smile. Those are contagious, you know.

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PEEPS + EATS (people + food) | Refresher

Papa Smurf Cocktail It’s another gem for the 21-and-over crowd— but this one is with fireworks and lakeside Fourth of July celebrations in mind! Imagine a tray full of Papa Smurfs, prepped, cold, and ready for your Fourth of July guests! It’s specially prepared for LAKElife readers by June’s nominated bartender, Heather Holbrook. And now, it’s now yours to enjoy. Happy Birthday, America. Cheers!

Papa Smurf Cocktail by Heather Holbrook, Buffalo Wild Wings, Warsaw

Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces raspberry vodka ½ ounce Peachtree liqueur grenadine for color ½ ounce blue curacao lemonade Directions: 1.  Mix together raspberry vodka and Peachtree. Pour into glass filled with ice. 2.  Add some grenadine to glass for the red color. 3.  Fill rest of the glass with yellow lemonade. 4.  Pour blue curacao around the inside rim of the glass. 5.  Use stirrer to mix together just before drinking. 6.  Cheers to the USA!

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Food Finder

Food Finder There’s no shortage of excellent food in Kosciusko County and surrounding counties. We’ll do our best to keep the list updated… if you see need for an addition or change, please contact us at

Tippy Creek Winery 5920 N. 200 E. 574.453.9003

Elmo’s Pizza & Subs 4987 IN-13 574.834.1822


Bourbon Street Pizza 119 W. Main St. 574.353.9300


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Bull Dog Saloon 101 E. Main St. 574.353.7408


Fashion Farm Inc.

Ready for a real Farmer’s Breakfast? Yes, sunny-side up, please. Check out this breakfast dish and much more at Fashion Farm Restaurant. Here, you’ll savor the freshest of food at the farm’s restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND Rusty’s old-fashioned ice cream and homemade pies! 1680 Lincolnway West 260.894.4498

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Panthers Pizza

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Perfect Twist Pretzels 401 E. Market St. 574.248.1715


Harvest Coffee

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NAPPANEE Mullet Dining 72280 CR 100 574.773.2140

Nang’s Chinese Restaurant 1058 W. Market St. 574.773.2856

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It’s been on your go-to list, so why not pay ‘em a visit? A fun and inviting restaurant, brewery, and distillery featuring fun cocktails and an eclectic made-from-scratch menu. 152 W. Market St. 574.832.7843



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La Pasadita

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Lake City Nutrition

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Ledgeview Brewing Company 975 Warren St. 574.376.4445

McAlister’s Deli

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Mi Lindo Acapulco Mexican 217 E. Center St. 574.268.1006

Moe’s Southwest Grill 1140 Lake City Hwy. 574.268.0085

Panda Express

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Pizza King of North Webster 405 S. Dixie Dr. 574.834.2565

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The best in bar food… whether you’re craving burgers, sandwiches, wraps, or satisfying appetizers and soups, they’ve got you covered. And beers on tap? You betcha’ … they’ll gladly pour you a cold one. 704 N. Huntington St. 574.457.3399

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Bourbon Street Pizza 643 N. Main St. 574.834.4444

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SYRACUSE Chubbie’s Pub-N-Grub

Voted best restaurant by SyracuseWawasee Chamber in 2016. Burgers, prime rib, pizza, wings, fries— and best yet, they have Tenderloin Tuesdays. Multiple beers on-tap daily + watch sports on the TVs. 1201 S. Huntington St. 574.457.3855

Hammers Pub & Grub 104 Pickwick Dr. 574.457.8672

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With more than 40 flavors of handdipped gourmet ice cream, can it get any better? We thinketh not! Where waffle cones are handmade every day, Joe’s serves up friendly faces, along with their fabulous ice cream, shakes, malts, and sundaes. Yes, please. 1201 S. Huntington St. 574.457.8763

Kelly Jae’s Lakeside

If ‘fresh’ is your jam, check out the new Kelly Jae’s. Whether it’s the best of the garden within their amazing salads, unique twists on seafood, some Asian flare, an upbeat atmosphere, or if you’re seeking culinary expertise for a private party, check ‘em out. Chef Kelly creates it fresh, tasty, and each plate is like artwork. Limited hours 110 E. Main St. 574.537.1027

Man Cave Brewing Company Local brewery with full bar and restaurant. Menu features salads, sandwiches, and entrees. A local favorite for pub burgers, steaks, and craft beer. Sign. Us. Up. 10201 IN-13 574.337.1308

The Frog Tavern

1116 S. Harkless Dr. 574.457.4324

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Patino’s Mexican Food 918 N. Detroit St. 574.267.7772

Peking Restaurant 312 S. Buffalo St. 574.267.5438

Pizza Hut

3314 Lake City Hwy. 574.269.6650

Pizza King

1039 E. Winona Ave. 574.269.1631

702 E. Lake View Rd. 574.457.8700

Recovery Lounge

Westmain Kitchen

Rex’s Rendezvous

201 W. Main St. 574.457.2828


Hacienda Mexican Restaurant 3805 Lake City Hwy. 574.269.4711

2519 E. Center St. 574.269.2323 204 S. Buffalo St. 574.267.5066


Light Rail Cafe & Roaster 1000 Park Ave. 574.269.1000

Health Elite Sports Nutrition 3463 E. Center St. 574.457.2014

Hogs R Wild BBQ 1527 N. Detroit St. 574.267.5757

La Michoacana 3 1301 N. Detroit St. 574.312.3216

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit American Flag Taco Layer Salad

I’m a big foodie and nothing makes me happier than themed party food— and there are so many fun, tasty ways to celebrate independence day— with red, white, and blue fruit salads, desserts, and star-shaped anything! But for a spicy, star-spangled spin on a favorite holiday, try this festive option. recipe + photo by Christy Smith, MNT, nutrition counselor, accepting clients


his recipe is a great one for parties because you can make it ahead of time, and it can be customized to accommodate different diets. Add ground beef (or vegan ‘meat’ crumbles), guacamole, different cheeses and salsas, corn, jalapeño slices, or beans to really make it a filling meal. To create the flag look, just layer ingredients into a rectangular casserole dish or pan. I used a 7 x 11 size but you could easily increase ingredients and do a 9x13. I created the stars by using a cake decorating piping bag with a small star tip, but you could also use a small Ziplock® baggie and cut off a corner. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, fresh veggies, or scoop out the dip and put into taco shells for a quick and easy dish. Just add sparklers!


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Ingredients: 1 can refried beans, divided 1 jar salsa 1 cup sour cream (more for decoration) 1 package of taco seasoning 1-2 cups chopped iceberg or romaine lettuce 2 cups of shredded cheddar (or blend of Mexican cheeses) 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes (any tomatoes will work) 1- 2 cups white cheese (I used cotija, but shredded cheddar/ jack/ American/ queso would work great, too)

Directions: 1.  Spread refried beans on bottom of pan, saving about a 1/4 cup for the ‘blue’ in the flag. 2.  Spoon salsa evenly over the refried beans. 3.  Mix the sour cream (saving about 2 Tablespoons for decoration) with the taco seasoning and spread on top of the salsa. 4.  Next, place the chopped lettuce evenly over the sour cream layer and sprinkle shredded cheese all over evenly. 5.  Now you can create the flag look by starting with a row of fire roasted tomatoes at the top, alternating with your white cheese until you have filled the pan with stripes. 6.  Create a square on the top left with the reserved refried beans, then add your white sour cream stars to finish! Store in refrigerator until ready to eat, or up to 2 days.



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WATER FUN | Reflections

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WATER FUN | family fun + traditions

10 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Pontoon Sunset Cruise


Drinks It’s always a good idea to stock up on a variety of drinks to keep everyone hydrated and happy.


by Mary Jane Bogle

One of the true joys of boating is a quiet, sunset cruise. Done right, it’s the perfect way to unwind from a busy day at work or an afternoon filled with high-energy boating fun. The key phrase, of course, is “done right.” Enter our top 10 must-haves for the ultimate evening cruise.


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Food Whether you prepare a quick snack of chips, fruit, or sandwiches— or you opt for your favorite take-out— everyone will love the extra sustenance, especially if your cruise extends into the evening hours.


Rolling Cooler A rolling cooler with a zip-top lid is the perfect way to tote all those drinks to the boat, and the zip-top lid works wonders for keeping drinks cooler longer.


Blankets + Jackets No matter how hot the day has been, you can bet the temps are going to drop at sunset. Packing blankets and lightweight jackets will keep the cruise from cutting short because everyone is shivering.

Waterproof Tote Even if you travel slowly and practice caution, there’s always the chance your gear could get wet. (You ARE on a lake, after all.) Storing the gear in a waterproof tote will set your mind at ease.

Camera Nothing beats the beauty of a lake sunset, with the rippling water reflecting all the glorious colors of the setting sun. Capture the moment— and the memories— with your favorite camera.




Hair Ties or Hats While wind whipping through your hair might sound romantic, you’re more likely to enjoy the cruise if your hair isn’t constantly blowing across your face— or the face of the person beside you.

Tunes An evening on the water just wouldn’t be the same without your favorite playlist. Just remember to pack chargers for your devices so you don’t run out of power— or tunes— halfway around the lake.


Glow Sticks If your plans include families with small children, glow sticks are a fun addition to the cruise, offering kids some extra entertainment once the sun goes down and their interest begins to wane.

Safety Gear Of course, no boating list would be complete without the necessary safety gear. A quick look to make sure your first aid kit is freshly stocked and flares or flashlights are in good working order is always a good idea. And don’t forget the tow rope if by some chance you stall in the middle of the lake.

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WATER FUN | Reader Eats

From Local Farms + Farmer Markets To Our Forks the farm-to-table scene in/around Kosciusko County

by Loren Shaum

When growing season gets into full swing, farmers markets open to offer fresh, local products. Many of these farms also supply directly to restaurants— the true farm-to-table experience. 74

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his concept is not new. Having grown up on farms, you always knew where the food came from. More often than not, everything prepared for meals was harvested that same day. Poultry, pork, fruits, vegetables, and eggs were always available.

Farm Programs Vary

In Lake Country, many restaurants promote farm-to-table, and some even call the process farm-to-fork. Alternatively, many folks purchase pre-ordered items from farms that support community

supported agriculture (CSA) programs. These programs mostly run through the growing months, but in some cases, through winter months as well. Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen is one farm that depends heavily on its CSA business, but they also supply a number of local restaurants. Crestview Farm, near Syracuse, has a different model by selling at the farm and online. They feature their beef products that are fed only feed grown at the farm. They can ship anywhere in Indiana.

Farmer Markets

One of the best outdoor markets in the area is the Whitley County Farmers Market at the courthouse grounds in Columbia City. There, many great farms display their goods. Favorites include Old Loon Farm, which also sells “Jane’s Grains breads,” among other produce, and Goldwood Gardens— both out of Whitley County. Another excellent outdoor venue is the Kosciusko County Farmers Market, which also attracts a number of local farms. A smaller venue is the Syracuse Artisan and Farmer Market. A favorite farmer with a great story is Nature’s Farm and Garden south of Syracuse. John and Norma Monik run this small, 7-acre plot, and produce chickens, eggs, beef, flowers, and vegetables. It’s the only place in Lake Country that grows sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes). These special tubers are wonderful pickled. The closest indoor venue that draws crowds year-round is the Goshen Farmers Market. Creekside Farm west of Goshen is always there. For years, we’ve bought our Thanksgiving turkey from them, and they are one of the few places where you can get celery root (celeriac). Vera and Dean Witmer run a good ship, and their maple syrup is top shelf. In the fall, they always have ground cherries, so I can make my favorite pie!

Farm Stores

Like Crestview, other farms offer online ordering for pickup later, but several farms have walk-in stores to buy whatever is available. Old Loon Farm and Goldwood Gardens are a couple, but the ultimate farm store has to be Joseph Decuis Emporium in Roanoke. Alice and Pete Eshelman not only own the fabulous Joseph Decuis Restaurant there, but also provide Wagyu meat, Mangalitsa pork, chickens, eggs, herbs, and vegetables from the Joseph Decuis Farm north of Roanoke. Many of their farm products are available at the Emporium. Another major farm market is Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards in Goshen. Famous for their apples (their cider is the best!), pears, and peaches, it is also a mini-market for other produce and kitchen goods. Every spring, they have morel mushrooms for almost four weeks. They’re brought in fresh weekly— some even from Indiana purveyors. We partake frequently, and I’ve advised a couple restaurants about the source. Kelly Jae’s Lakeside took advantage and added several morel-influenced dishes to her spring menu.

More Farm-to-Table There’s another location similar to the Joseph Decuis scenario: former Congressman Marlin Stutzman and his brother

raise Wagyu beef. When he and partners purchased the former Amish Acres in Nappanee, they created The Barns Farm Table and The Barns Steakhouse. The latter features Stutzman Brothers Meats (Wagyu is on both menus), and if you want to purchase directly, they have a store in Sturgis, Michigan. Perhaps the one restaurant that maximizes the farm-to-table concept is Westmain Kitchen in Syracuse. This small restaurant is a fixed-price, reservation-only venue and serves only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Jason and Emily Traycoff have a loyal following, but you have to eat what they bought that week— often from the Syracuse market. There are lots of sources for the goodness from the earth in and around Lake Country. The history behind many of these farms is in my book, “Farmers in Lake Country.” Take advantage of these exceptional local resources, and enjoy some of the freshest food­­— from farm to photos: your own fork.

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Toys (+ more) That Make A Splash Tired of noodling around? Have some fab floating fun this season. by Mike Petrucelli

There’s nothing quite like waking to the sun rising over the lake. There’s also nothing wrong with waking to the sun halfway in the day over the lake for that matter— no judging here.


henever you wake, sometimes you want to stay close to the shore and ease into a day at the water. Whatever your plan for the day— be it floating, splashing, or even board games— there’s something for you. Most of these items can be found at Bart’s Watersports (or on, as well as at Amazon, or other online merchants.


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If an early morning sun salutation (or a bit more) is your thing, give the Aquaglide aqua trainer mat a go. Granted downward dog and water may not seem to go together, but this floating mat is designed for stability to accommodate everything from pigeon pose to Pilates to plank lunges, and can be anchored in a pool or open water.

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If balance isn’t quite your thing, the Wet Sweat aquatic training system is worth a look. The set includes a belt to add stability and buoyancy, and water-resistant dumbbells.

Let the games begin

Once everyone’s up and out, but thoughts of a lazy day are starting to fade, so get the games going with a number of floating board game options. HO Sports offers a couple of different options. Going big is a 15x5-foot mat that includes Twister, beer pong, long jump, and target toss. The smaller (10x5) mat offers, among other games, checkers, chess, beanbag toss, tug of war (winner falls in the water first, we guess?), and long jump. Both can be tied to a boat or dock, or anchored in the water.

Keep it simple

Sometimes the best (and most energetic) games are ones you make up yourself, and all you need is a ball. Bart’s has plenty of Waboba water balls, made for throwing in the water, catching in the water, skipping in the water, you name it. And if you can’t find it at Bart’s, Waboba’s website offers a wide selection of new designs, including Seanimals (balls come in shark, Mahi and boxfish) as well as pet water toys.

Start a game of beer (or soda) pong with O’Brien International’s land shark pong raft. One side has the game, and it flips over for one person to float on (empty the cups first and please float responsibly).

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If you already have a floating mat (or plan on purchasing one), but want a little break from the summer sun, consider adding a tent or small canopy. For larger mats, HO Sports offers its iShade inflatable tent. It adds a little shelter on the water, but is also usable without a mat and/or on land.

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Dogs like getting in the water, too, but sometimes they could use a little help getting out. Solstice Docking Solutions has Fido (or Spot, or King, or Taffy) covered with its inflatable pup plank. These dog ramps come in three sizes and can be used in pools, on docks, or boats. There is a deep mesh pouch that goes in the water that gives a dog a leg (four, actually) up to an attached high traction pad that allows for an easier climb out of the water. Find these at,, or

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And if you’re feeling like making a statement— one of titanic proportions— Bart’s has you covered there, too, with the RAVE Sports inflatable iceberg. This 21x16x14 foot monster (it’s a wonder it doesn’t need a zoning variance) is covered with 87 handles for climbing to the summit and sliding down the 14-foot surface into the water. RAVE also offers a 7-foot model for the fainter of heart, which can also be found at So go ahead and noodle on it… floats, splashes, and all assortments of lakefun thrill options abound. LAKElife Magazine July 2021



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o it is with this unique A-frame roof lake home on Yellow Creek Lake. And the hands that crafted the work belong to a special husband-andwife team, married 41 years, parents to three daughters, and grandparents to one granddaughter. Meet Darrell and Kathy Murray.

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Darrell, a US Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam era also happens to be a highly skilled craftsman at (literally) all trades involved in home construction. Wife Kathy served patients for more than 40 years as an RN in labor and delivery, as well as treating the developmentally disabled and physically handicapped. But Kathy can also drive a hammer like nobody’s business. An overnight project it was not. In fact, it took nearly 15 years to rebuild— constructing during holidays and vacations, and progressing only as fast as was allowed by two former busy careers, Kathy’s breast cancer diagnosis, and Darrell’s developed lung disability. Yes, the pathway to completion slowed when needed, but the journey persevered nevertheless.

their home construction, and after Kathy beat a cancer from which doctors questioned if she would survive, then came Thanksgiving 2020. Both with already-compromised lungs, Darrell and Kathy caught COVID. “We ran a fever for 14 days and thought our time was through,” Kathy said. “We could not be seen by doctors, and we laid together and just knew the good Lord was calling us home.” But other plans were at work. They beat COVID. “Each thing thrown at me, I’ll fight through and rebound,” Kathy said. “We fought through (COVID); but really, it’s all about what the Lord wants anyways.”

This shed, too, was handcrafted by the couple. It serves as convenient storage, and a peaceful spot to sit and watch the water.

In fact, one might say that Darrell and Kathy’s lake home was crafted with the same qualities that have propelled their 41-year marriage through both life’s blessings and its curveballs: a handy dose of skill, powered by perseverance, and upheld by faith. In 2009 the home was complete. The goal of a hand-built, uniquely-theirs and crafted-tofit-the-environment A-frame roof home now stands strong— constructed with a steady foundation, strong walls, and a steel roof to deflect any storm weathered, both literally and figuratively. Together as a team the Murrays rather epitomize perseverance and strength. After

And today, their lake home is a quiet respite for the now-retired couple; a home away from their other homes. It’s a lake where Darrell has been coming for 64 years. “I’ve been coming here since I was eight years old,” Darrell said. “There used to be cottages for rent here, church camp, and a sandbar,” he smiled, “lots of memories.” So it made sense to purchase the original structure in 1994, when he saw the property for sale. Renovations began in 1997 and completed in 2009. “It seemed to take forever, and a diagnosis of breast cancer slowed things way down,” Kathy said. “Darrell originally saw the picture of this home in a magazine and that was the beginning… he had worked construction previous to (working as an electrician for) GM and had built many homes in and around the Elwood area.” The first step to the massive renovation was removing the original structure’s second floor, reframing, and roofing. LAKElife Magazine July 2021


The tongue and groove car siding was stained with one coat of silver metallic automotive lacquer. “We had to wear respirators doing the staining,” Kathy said. The home’s entire interior walls and ceilings are solid pine.”

The favorite area of the home is here… in the second floor master bedroom. “It has a seating area to watch tv and enjoy the view through the balcony doors of the lake,” Kathy said.


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Even this boat table was built by Darrell— complete with boat name etched into its stern. And the name? Why, she’s named after his wife.

Then came the first floor. “The first floor exterior was done in sections... rewiring, insulating, and new outside walls,” Kathy said. “The plans were altered a few times by adding the balconies, stairs, deck, and the step-down roofs.” Yet when the exterior was completed, Kathy felt the roof looked too plain and flat. “Darrell wasn't happy, but he tore back into the new roof and added four dormers,” she chuckled.

This year-round home, which Darrell and Kathy visit frequently, is, indeed, a very special haven and one they cherish with pride. Pride in their craftsmanship. Pride in relishing their history on Yellow Creek Lake. Pride in the hurdles and odds that, together, this couple has overcome. Pride in the life they, together, have quite literally built by hand.

And it wasn’t only Darrell who worked on the building. Kathy, too, learned a great deal about construction. “I was told you hit the nail three times and it better be in,” she said. “It took me a while, but finally I could master that. Darrell tells people, ‘I taught her how to drive a nail, now she tells me how to build a home,’" she smiled. Today, at sight of the lake home one thing is clear: you are, indeed, stepping on proud Americans’ soil. From the US Navy emblem to the American flags to the plethora of year-round patriotic décor within the home’s hand-built walls, you know you’re in the home of a proud American couple. “We are glad to be Americans, enjoy our freedom, and would never want to live in any other country,” Kathy said. “I am proud Darrell served our country during the Vietnam era, even though he now has a service-connected disability… I admire all the talents the Lord blessed Darrell with. I have always felt the Lord put us together,” she said. “That is how our lives have been, always doing everything ourselves together.”

“Darrell's professionalism and craftsmanship are evident everywhere in the home,” Kathy said. “If he feels it's not exactly what he wants, he will redo until it is what he wants.”

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It’s been said the kitchen is the heart of the home. It often reflects the homeowners’ personality, even. Which kitchen phrase reflects your family’s personality? •  This kitchen is for dancing • Homemade • Gather •  This kitchen is for display only Whatever your family relates to, a well-designed kitchen can help make your phrase come to life. My family drinks coffee in the morning and dances in the evening. Therefore, wide open space is important for us. When creating your kitchen think about how you live in it.

•  A wonderful function we created is this large pass-through window that brings the outdoors in.

•  To keep the ‘summer feels’ going we added these beaded lights. •  This summer kitchen was created to hold lots of family and friends with two islands for activities, and plenty of seating.

•  Choosing the light bright finish with a pop of gray brings drama to the space. •  On the floors is a luxury vinyl wood plank which is perfect for those wet feet and bathing suits.

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It’s summertime… and the living’s easy. After a long winter, it seems we’re all exhaling one deep collective sigh. What better way to celebrate this renewed sense of optimism than with a backyard party? One expert has some advice on how to take your space from ‘meh’ to ‘a-meh-zing’ with a little preparation and pulling together the right elements. Light My Fire

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aesthetic is a great way to reconnect with friends old and new. That’s one key theme driving the design right now. “The trend on outdoor living is keeping people closer together, which is contrary

to what our world has been experiencing for the past 14 months,” he said. “With social distancing, etc., it seems that people are tired of not being around others and are creating spaces that bring them closer together. With so many people staying

home last year they have had a lot more time to evaluate their properties and are making changes that include more outdoor living.” If you’re among the homeowners looking to make the investment, Wihebrink offers a wealth of practical advice. For one, if you ask him, no outdoor party is complete without one feature. “We are seeing trends in small flagstone patios with fire pits this season,” he said. “We installed several last season, and that trend continues into 2021. Homeowners are wanting smaller spaces away from their house with enough seating for 4-6 people and a nice fire pit to enjoy in the evenings.

For Grill Masters

Speaking of novelty, Wihebrink has some ideas to make your outdoor space Party Central. If you’re a grill master, you won’t want to miss out on the fun. It’s a matter of how much you’re willing to commit to the project. “If the homeowner has a larger budget, projects like outdoor grilling/bar areas are still all the rage,” he said. “Including in the space a 36-inch gas grill, Big Green Egg, or a flat-top griddle are elements we continue to design into these outdoor spaces.”

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Also, on the note of hardscapes, Wihebrink said making the investment can enhance a property’s appeal. “We continue to see trends in new brick paver sidewalks leading to the entrance of the house,” he said. “New brick sidewalks with accent banding are very popular and can easily be installed within a few days.”

On the note of appliances, outdoor kitchens are on-trend. Space, renovation budget, and climate will influence the design of an outdoor kitchen. At the very least, you might consider a sink and a pizza oven to up the ante on your summer cooking game.

There are other options, too, that can create the same high-end ambiance.

Have A Seat

Of course, no functional outdoor room is complete without seating. Expect to see multipurpose pieces. For instance, you might consider a chair with hidden beverage compartments and modularstyle tables that make it easy to expand the footprint of your entertaining area. Whatever direction you go, remember that ultimately, it’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime. photos:

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here’s a reason why tomatoes are the No. 1 home garden vegetable. If you’ve ever tasted a tomato right off the vine, you know a grocery store tomato just can’t compete in sweetness or juiciness! Tomatoes come in a wide range of flavors as well as colors and sizes, from tiny grape-sized types to giant beefsteaks. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it… so, let’s get growing!

When choosing your tomato seedlings from a local nursery, look for healthy, green plants with at least four leaves and straight, sturdy stems. Check leaves for signs of insects or disease, such as brown spots, holes, or curling. Avoid plants that appear wilted, have spindly, thin stems, or have yellowed. Tomato plants take 60 days to more than 100 days to mature, so seedlings should be planted when the threat of frost has passed (in Kosciusko County the date is May 2). Tomatoes are warm-weather vegetables and sun worshippers, so choose a planting spot that gets 8-10 hours of full sun. •  Place tomato stakes or cages in the soil at planting. Staking and caging keep developing fruit off the ground (to avoid disease and pests); they also help the plant to stay in an upright position.

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Time to Reconnect Together Again with Outdoor Living

pages 90-93

Summer Kitchens

pages 88-89

A Patriotic Haven, The Murray Cottage, Yellow Creek Lake

pages 82-87

From Local Farms To Our Forks

pages 74-77

Amanda Lease, Danny’s Sports Bar, Warsaw

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Papa Smurf

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Pontoon Sunset Cruisin’

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American Flag Taco Layer Salad

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Chef Mark Royer, Café Liefde, Syracuse

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Rebecca Bazzoni, Joe’s Kids, Warsaw

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Making Waves: Meet Syracuse’s Camden Powell

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Red, White + Blue For You

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Get In The Lake Zone(s): Shoreline Health

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The Waters of Waubee

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Small Town Spotlight: Syracuse

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