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Contents Editor’s Letter Magical Flunkie. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Letters to the Editor. . . . . . . . 8

PhotoFun Readers' Pics. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

The Good Life Patriotic America . . . . . . . . . 12

Feature Story Power Surge: Toys for Big Boys. . . . . . . . . . 14

LAKE LIFE Critters + Crawlers Muskrats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Water Warrior Clean vs. Clear. . . . . . . . . . . . 20

T(w)o Green-ish Thumbs Hand Pollination. . . . . . . . . . 22

Local Finds Patriotic Pizazz. . . . . . . . . . . 24



Kosciusko County Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Water Fun

Farmers Markets. . . . . . . . 29

Fishing + Boating

Fourth of July Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Outdoor Adventures . . . . 31

Best in Bass Fishing . . . . . . . 54

Come Sail Away. . . . . . . . . . 52

Family Fun

Loving Life in Leesburg . . . . 34

Baddest Grills for Grill-masters. . . . . . . . . . 58 Making the Cut (of meat). . . 59

Lake Profile


Town Profile

Chapman Lakes . . . . . . . . . . 38


Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Lake Home Lighting. . . . . . . 62



Fresh Eats Summertime Lamb Kabobs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Locals, Laughs + Libations Meet Robert Vandal, Man Cave Brewery, Syracuse. . . . . . . . . 44

Kitchens, Bars + Pergolas . . 64

Featured Home American Dream on Little Chapman Lake . . . 68

REFLECTIONS Final Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Plating Pros Meet Chef Andrew Jones, rua Restaurant, Warsaw. . . . 46

Food Finder Your Dining Favorites . . . . . 48 Cover: Sue Pais


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Editor’s Letter

He was Dave, the Great Magician. As the little sis’ forced to be in his act, I was Sue, the Lovely Assistant, by way of introduction. We had a routine, my brother and me. Move over Houdini. Here’s Dave the Great and little Sue. Except I wasn’t a very good assistant. I was clumsy. Distracted. Not so much the committed type. But, when I focused through a full show (never happened), I learned a lot. There were tricks, you see, to being a magician’s assistant. A great magician has a great assistant. A stinky magician has, well, Sue.

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Not that my brother was stinky. He was a good magician for being 10 years old. But my lack of grace, and well, interest, stagnated his propulsion into Magic Fame. That fame pretty much flopped like the fake bunny can I bumped over. But there were some magical powers I learned as a flunkie assistant. For one, way before my friends knew their N-S-E-W directions, I learned north from south—an imperative skill for properly placing trick items, thus giving Dave the Great his telepathic powers. This knowledge really came in handy as I casually directed friends to the tire swing on the east side of the house. They both were impressed and irritated. Cool. But another lesson learned as a 7-yearold assistant was the reactive power in magical illusion. The delight. There’s a raw awe that spreads. People smile. There was instantaneous joy when Dave the Great surprised someone with his magical prowess, despite the fumbling assistant sidekick.

As I was pondering my past Fourth of July celebrations, a similar sense of awe, delight—and even nostalgia—came to mind. Just like the thrill in watching magic, so it is with Fourth of July fireworks celebrations. Of the delighted awe from children as they twirl about, double-fisted with lit sparklers (yes, carefully). There’s serene comfort from a hot July evening, when the family is sun-kissed, relaxed and winding down for the night. July is prime time for backyard picnics, family reunions, patriotic décor and American flags gracefully waving with pride from docks and porches. And this year, perhaps in particular, may we embrace these small moments. May we delight in giggles, drippy popsicles on the dock, bare feet racing through the yard— and may we both notice and appreciate the magical delight and nostalgia that emerges to warm the soul. Happy Birthday, America. May we celebrate the Fourth of July at the lakes with intentional appreciation. It needn’t be fancy, just real. And if your home houses a young Dave the Great, give him the spotlight for a bit. And enjoy the unvarnished stumbles of his miniassistant. Thank you for being with us. This magazine is for you.

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Loren Shaum

It’s a real ‘treat’ to introduce our ‘Fresh Eats’ columnist, Mr. Loren Shaum. An automation engineering consultant, retired pilot (after 30 years and surviving a blown engine), author, sometime professor, home gardener and occasional chef, Loren is a friendly, well-known face in the lake community. He’s an advocate for local restaurants, and he’s published three of his own cookbooks as well as a history book about his brother in WWII. Loren is also a columnist for the Goshen News, The Mail

Shannon Rooney

LAKElife Magazine? Meet Shannon Rooney. Shannon has been a freelance writer and editor for longer than she cares to admit (she and Sue go waaayyyy back). Shannon’s day job is writing for the University of Notre Dame, but her heart and history reside well within lake life. Having lived in northern Indiana most

Journal and (where he writes about local farms). Attracted to this area through attending a church camp at Oakwood in his teens, he and his wife, Gayle, reside in Syracuse—and have been living and loving this lake life since 1985. He and Gayle have been together since they met in the 6th grade (no, that’s not a typo). Married at 19 and 59 years strong together, they have two sons, four grandsons and one more grandbabe on the way. As if this husband, dad and grandpa isn’t busy enough, Loren also plays golf, cooks for charities and entertains guests at home (whew!). Loren, we’re thrilled to share your culinary brilliance with LAKElife readers… Pssst! On July 19, we wish Gayle a very happy birthday.

of her life, she has grown up visiting lake homes of family and friends, and she’s quite skilled at beach-bumming on the shores of Lake Michigan. Yes, nature is her happy place. Shannon lives in South Bend in a rambling Victorian home that requires lots of love—hence her passion for writing home and décor stories. She hangs out with her wonderful husband, Ben, their equally amazing son, Jacob, and Artemis, their sweet, albeit neurotic Jack Russell mix who does not share his mom’s affection for lake life as he’s terrified of water. It’s okay, Artemis. We still love you. We welcome Shannon to the pages of LAKElife Magazine; we’re thrilled to have you along our journey.

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Volume 1 Issue 3 | July 2020 Ron Baumgartner PUBLISHER Sue Rawlinson-Pais EXECUTIVE EDITOR Deb Patterson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kip Schumm DIRECTOR OF MARKETING SALES EXECUTIVES

Carrie Goralczyk BUSINESS MANAGER Jerry Long DIRECTOR OF CIRCULATION jlong Trystan Nisley GRAPHIC DESIGNER Contributing Writers: Ray Balogh, Dr. Nate Bosch, Lauren Caggiano, Adrienne Funderburg, Deborah C. Gerbers, John C. Gill, Haiden Hibbert, Mike Petrucelli, Courtney Rawlinson, Shannon Rooney, Loren Shaum, Leslie Worthy Contributing Photographers: Jess Barger, Larry Baumgardt, Jeff Beeler, Mike Deak, Deborah C. Gerbers, Alexa Glass, Kelley Graber, Karen Healey, Michael Kittrell, Sue Pais, Delaney Wihebrink

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What? Back again? You’re still a superstar. Despite a stinging July sunburn, you make smiling easy. Once again, here you are poring through the small print, even though it’s not even required reading. But, in just our third issue, you’ve already learned it is super fun here. No boring masthead for us! Ours is super funnsome. And no, funnsome is not really a word. See? Even though this is not required reading, lessons overfloweth regardless. That’s the value of the printed word, friends. Okay, superstars, welcome to the third-ever issue of LAKElife Magazine. Despite COVID-19’s wake of damage, we’re afloat and sailing full-steam ahead. (See what we did there?) Yes, lake life is alive and well, and businesses near and far are rebounding like Rodman in the ‘90s. Yes, in Kosciusko County, we’ve proceeded with fearless caution, and we are prevailing. So, let’s continue staying strong and standing together, six feet apart as appropriate. Let’s celebrate progress. Let’s recognize how far we’ve come after falling so hard. And let’s continue to support one another with patience, kindness and grace as schedules slowly begin to fill once again. And for those keeping track, arm wrestling competitions between Ron and Sue are postponed until after gyms have re-opened. 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 Ron Baumgartner, sleeves rolled up and


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phone at the hip in a holster. He’s at the reins. And he reigns, too, for the record. See what we did there? Of course you did because you read the fine print. 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. On that day we knock off early to throw back a few. We changed from the second Tuesday of each week just to keep you guessing. As we are veterans to this publishing rodeo, we know 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. And to get consent from Ron, you’ll also have’ta arm wrestle him with both hands behind your back—and at a distance of at least six feet. It’s only fair. Those interested in contacting us may do so by calling 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111.

ADVERTISING INFORMATION If you wish to advertise, we can be super-cool besties. We appreciate every single advertiser who joins our journey. Without you, there is no us. So, THANK YOU. And for those who wish to join the rest of us cool cats, we would be happy to put your advertising message directly into the hands of fellow Kosciusko County lake lovin’ residents. To learn how we can put the power of print to work for you, please contact Kip Schumm, director of marketing, at 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. Or, email him at

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. She’ll get back with you quickly. Unless she’s knocking back a few, then it’ll be a full day before she reaches back a’cha. Oh, we’re kidding as far as you know. Letters to the editor may be emailed, and must include your name. Sue LOVES to hear from you! In her best weathered cowboy squint she says, ‘Go ahead, make my day.’ Move. Over. Clint. Eastwood. But for the record, only make her day with an email. No fighting allowed, unless it’s an arm wrestling competition, with 6 feet of distance between competitors. Again, contact her at sue@ 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 America-loving-red-white-andblue-proud publication, reach out to Sue. She’s your general go-to walkin’ about in these here parts. No spurs, though. Just flip-flops. Spurs are just SO. YESTERDAY, Clint. Therein concludes our third, super informative masthead… enjoy this July issue. And genuine thanks 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.

Letters to the Editor

Hi Sue! I hope this email finds you well. I have had so many people reach out regarding Megs and I being in the magazine [in April’s ‘Libations’ story]. They have wonderful things to say... so, thank you . We are wondering how we get a hard copy of this magazine/particular edition!? Thanks so much,


Hello, Miss Lauren! Consider it done… I’ll drop off extra issues at The Frog for you. Thanks again for being so much fun to work with! –editor

As I am sitting watching a pontoon go by, perusing my [April] LAKElife Magazine… I am just to page 13 and have smiled, laughed, thought of my childhood memories, our family’s lake memories, become excited about the upcoming lake season, started to remember my Astronomy class at BSU — boy was that a shell-shock. So glad that you are back to editing/writing…

—Jerry, Webster Lake

Memories are so powerful, as are your words, Jerry. Humble thanks to you. -editor

Congratulations on a super launch for a beautiful magazine! Starting with the editor’s letter and “reading the small print” made me laugh,


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so I was ready to appreciate what Warsaw & Kosciusko County have to offer, something for everyone. Made me want to move there. I especially enjoyed the astronomy article (I did see the super moon on April 7 and will look forward to seeing the next one on April 26 and the Lyrids meteor showers on April 22-23), the container gardening ideas, and the calendar with so many activities, including a full library schedule of events and theater offerings. That is all besides the beauty and draw of your lovely lake life. I am looking forward to seeing more of this quality magazine.


Thank you SO much… we’ll keep bringing more to you! -editor

Good morning Sue, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe! I just wanted to reach out to you about an article I read in the April issue of your magazine. Leslie Worthy’s article ‘Can Hardly Contain Myself’ really inspired me to start my own container garden on my balcony. I certainly don’t have a green thumb, but the way Leslie explained the process made it seem very accessible for me, and the passion she has for her garden really shows in the way she writes about it. Especially in these

scary, uncertain times, some nice garden therapy seems like just the thing to kick me out of my rut. Looks like I have my weekend project all set! Thanks so much! I hope you have a great weekend.

-Veronica D.

I’m so glad you’re enjoying Leslie’s column… and, we agree. A little dirt beneath the nails cleanses the soul. Thank you for reaching out, Veronica! –editor

JAYH CONSTRUCTION, LLC Hi Sue, I am Leo’s Dad and I wanted to share a photo of him cleaning up the WACF/ DNR area behind our cottage on Lake Wawasee. At the beginning of the state-wide quarantine we went to the lake for a change of scenery, and Leo (who turned 6 in March) asked me why there was so much trash along the road. So, he asked if we could clean it up. I thought it might be a “feel good” story during this tough time. Kay Young (Todd Realty) sent the same photo to The Paper. You are welcome to put it in your magazine. Have a good Summer.

-Bill Barnhorst

It’s acts of goodness like this that make publishing a wonderful industry to be in. Thank you, Bill, for sending Leo’s image and effort to us. And a note to Leo: thank you for making our world a better place. You’re the best kind of superhero. -editor

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The Good Life

the good life by Sue Rawlinson-Pais

photos by Jess Barger, Mike Deak, Deborah C. Gerbers


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It’s the most celebrated month of the summer. When porches and docks are dotted with reds, whites + blues, and when our treasured American flag waves above lake homes and businesses, near and far.

The Good Life Family and friends celebrate. We cherish our foughtfor freedom. Moments of laughter, splashes, fireworks, evening cruises and flowing beverages to cool the heat, flow with friendly sentiment. It’s memories in the making, and they’re happening from home to home. And lake to lake. Fun, colorful shades are worn, arm floaties adorn our babes, and there is little more comforting to a child exhausted from a day of lake fun than to curl up with a warm towel and nap.

From apple pies and watermelon, to burgers and hot dogs on the grill, to patriotic pinwheels and lounging in the water, these are the details that make a day memorable. From family reunions to fireworks over the lake, baby’s first boat ride to junior’s first time up on skis, these collections of moments define a season, and a lifestyle. As our summer days turn to sunsets, families are being strengthened. Souls are being filled. Joy is alive and well. And it’s all thanks to living this All-American Good Life.

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Feature Story Power Surge: Toys for Big Boys

Power Surge by John C. Gill

Roused by the rumble of rugged engines, the lake surrenders its tranquil state. Waves build and wakes roll as powerboats crisscross the water, engaging surfers, boarders and skiers. Lake lovers seeking an upsurge in performance welcome the versatility of the latest high-powered watercraft.


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Extreme action demands an extreme ride, and the Supra SA tears across the water with engines supercharged to 575 horsepower. Built for serious competition and for serious play, this professional-level wakeboat boasts a triple-screen dash for optimal navigation, and a 3,500-pound ballast system for substantial wave potential.

Ideal for creating big surf, Moomba’s 22foot Craz crossover boat comes standard with its patented AutoWake system, a hull stabilizer developed to ensure a consistent wake pattern. A 400-horsepower Indmar Raptor engine, rivaling those used in super duty trucks, supplies the power. Moomba’s transom controlled stereos enable wakesporters in the water to access music, and the manufacturer’s array of decals allows users to personalize the appearance of their Craz. Wakesport enthusiast Daniel Kirkham, the marketing coordinator for North Webster’s Pro Wake Watersports, likens the wave momentum produced by today’s wakeboats to ocean surfing. “It’s a really cool feeling when you get into that pocket on the wave and feel the push behind the water,” he said. But exhilaration is not limited to the wakes. Taking the driver’s seat and cranking the ignition unleashes the power, a sensation that Kirkham indicated, “is like driving a Corvette or a Ferrari on the water.”

"…[it's] like driving a Corvette or a Ferrari on the water."

If wakeboats are considered floating sports cars, then pontoon boats qualify as floating limousines. Today’s luxury models provide more amenities than yesterday’s featureless platforms, which necessitated carry-on chairs. Now, pontoon manufacturers advertise customizable product lines, where layouts and accessories are tailored to customers’ specifications. Long recognized as party boats, pontoons have advanced to the high-speed realm. Equipped with a 250-horsepower outboard, the Berkshire 23RFX will soar to 50 mph. Perfect for group excursions, this pontoon accommodates a dozen riders on deck, and also suits adrenaline fanatics who attach ropes to the ski bar. Buyers may upgrade to pillow top furniture and deluxe stereos, and opt for the 52-gallon fuel tank to handle long trips. Restyled for 2020, Starcraft Marine’s MX23C features an elevated console with touchscreen controls at the helm. LAKElife Magazine July 2020


Feature Story Power Surge, cont'd

Designed for leisure cruises or for sport, the sleek model offers couch seating for lounging on deck, and optional wakeboard tower for tackling waves. On board changing enclosures and Bluetooth stereo come standard. Starcraft’s CX series for 2020 offers versatile pontoon floor plans to satisfy every preference. Seating arrangements include cushioned benches, loungers, and captains chairs, while open rear decks allow easy lake access for swimmers. Optional features include portable toilets, floor storage, and mood lighting. When paired with outboards up to 175 horsepower, the CX series pontoons deliver swift rides, proving wakeboats and crossovers don’t hold a monopoly on speed, or fun. Anglers, too, enjoy racing to favorite destinations on board powerful watercraft. Starcraft’s CX Fish series, with 150 maximum horsepower, adds a livewell, rod holders, and all the angling essentials to a spacious pontoon chassis. The 22’ Ranger Fisherman 622FS combines comfort and functionality without sacrificing speed. Capable of handling a 400-horsepower motor, the fiberglass deep-V provides ample deck space for riders and gear, plus a 28-gallon livewell for hauling big catches. Equally exciting, and rated to 300 horsepower, the 21’ Ranger Z521L bass boat will slice across open waters. Its streamlined layout and abundant storage appeal to dedicated anglers.

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Powerboat prices range from $20,000 to $220,000, depending on options and engine packages. “You’re investing in a product where you’re spending time with your family and friends on the water and creating memories,” Kirkham explained, suggesting each purchase yields a longterm benefit.

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Lake Life Critters + Crawlers

Critters + Crawlers

Muskrats: Rodents with a Bad Rap by Adrienne Funderburg Can you name an architecturally-skilled, semi-aquatic rodent that lives in our lakes, streams and wetlands? Chances are, you answered “beaver,” much to the chagrin of another local critter: the muskrat. Muskrats can carry a poor reputation in lake country as they do not appreciate pristine shorelines and seawalls as much as we humans do. But their unique lifestyle and role in the outdoors community are things we can enjoy as well.

If you are not too fond of these critters because of their penchant for digging, rest assured that many other lake-dwelling animals you do enjoy (such as eagles, ospreys, foxes and otters) appreciate muskrats as a source of dinner.

Adrienne Funderburg is the research program specialist at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, an enthusiast of all Indiana wildlife, but especially amphibians.


While beavers build large dams out of wood, the muskrat building style is subtler and more flexible; they dig dens underground, and like secret hide-outs, the only way to access them is through underwater tunnels. In wetland areas, they might opt for a raised hut out of plants and mud instead. Muskrats also seem fond of picnicking, gathering plants and roots to eat and taking them to shelters they have built. They construct rafts in the summer and frozen mounds on the ice in the winter to shield them from wind and predators.

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Lake Life Water Warrior

photo by Sue Pais

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

If your lake is clear, that must mean it is clean… right? Well, from a scientific perspective, a clean lake does not have to be clear — and a clear lake is not always clean. 20

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A clear lake is easy to spot. There are no visible particles in the water; it is not muddied by sediment or algae blooms. You can usually see fish swimming around at the bottom. But a clear lake might be hiding bacteria, pesticides or toxins, like the ones algae produces. The presence of algae is not always a good indicator of a lake’s cleanliness since small amounts of algae can produce large amounts of toxin. A clear lake might have more algae toxins than one stained brown. On the flipside, a safe lake can masquerade as an unsafe, dirty one. The water might be a murky shade of tan, with underwater life hidden by small amounts dirt and algae. Even though you might not be sure where to put your feet in a lake like this, it is probably not dangerous to swim or fish there. That brown color most often comes from natural tannins found in trees. Like a tea bag steeping in hot water, tannins seep from the roots of nearby trees, and stain the lake water a light brown. Although you should not drink this water, it is safe for swimming, fishing and boating.

Next time you jump off your dock or wade into the shallows at a public beach, remember that the water’s color does not always determine its cleanliness! One clear indication to avoid a lake is the presence of blue-green algae. This kind of algae tends to flourish in shallow water and high heat, and can produce a toxin that is harmful to people and pets. It takes many forms but will often look like blue-green paint spilled over the surface of the water. If you see what you think is a blue-green algae bloom, take a picture and send the Lilly Center an email ( so we can help you identify the species. Rest assured that the Lilly Center is working hard to help preserve and protect your family by monitoring, studying and informing you about the presence of toxins in local lakes. Learn more about blue-green algae at or call 574.372.5100, ext. 6445.

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No Pollinators? No Problem! by Leslie Worthy


ees. We don’t usually think about them until one little fella’ lands on us. If you are anything like me, what follows is a high-pitched scream and lots of arm flailing (no shame here). Although bees can be both annoying and scary, they complete a very important part of a plant’s growing process.

Unfortunately, however, lately we are seeing a decline in pollinators. Populations of bees and other pollinators are declining around the world. You may have noticed that you aren’t seeing many bees at your garden. If this is true for you, you may still enable pollination to occur with your plants by using hand pollination!

Bees are essential for pollinating tender fruit growing on the vine for many varieties of vegetable plants. Pollination occurs when a bee visits a male flower. During his visit, while buzzing about on the male flower, grains of pollen are then carried from the male part of the flower (stamen) and then transferred to the female part (stigma) of another flower. At this time the fertilized flowers can now produce seeds, which enable the accompanying plant to reproduce, thus forming fruit.

Yes, hand pollination is a technique that can be used to pollinate your plants when natural pollination is not occurring.

So, really, bees aren’t so bad after all. In fact, they’re essential little transporters and fertilizing machines.


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Here’s How: To hand pollinate your vegetable plants, you will need a cotton swab, small paint brush or just your hand. To identify a male from a female flower, look for the small fruit. All females will have a small fruit attached, the male will not. Begin by removing the petals from a male blossom to reveal the stamen at its center. Looking closely, you will see the pollen

clinging to it. Touch it with either your finger, a small paintbrush or a cotton swab and carry the pollen to the female blossoms. Touch the female at the center. Doing so, you should see the pollen grains sticking to the stigma of the female. You may have to do this daily for a few days. And that is all there is to it! You have now helped to pollinate your plants and before you know it, you will be enjoying some delicious vegetables!

Garden crops that need pollinators to produce:

»»cucumbers »»melons »»summer squash + zucchini »»winter squash + pumpkins

Garden crops that do not need pollinators to produce:

»»beans »»eggplant »»peas »»peppers »»tomatoes

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t’s time for frolicking barefoot in the grass, having backyard picnics, twirling sparklers and donning the red, white and blue. So, here’s some help for your Fourth festivities—and all available right here, in beautiful Kosciusko County.

Pedals & Paddles

105 E. Esterbrook Dr., North Webster 574.244.2279 ‘Cuz All The Cool Kids (er, adults) Are Doing It Sometimes we need an accessory to carry our stuff as we explore. So, why not make the accessory one that’s functional and, yes, adorable. In fact, check out all there is to offer at Pedals & Paddles in North Webster. And grab this Electra Linear QR Mesh Basket in light blue before it’s gone!

The Mucky Duck

901 E. Canal St., Winona Lake 574.306.2906 Facebook: @themuckyduckinthevillage Americana At Home How ‘bout a little red, white and blue to adorn your festive family lake home? See all the fun, patriotic décor at The Mucky Duck, one of the shops at Village at Winona.

Whetstone Woodenware 108 East Main St., Silver Lake 260.571.5450

Bart’s Water Sports

7581 E. 800 N., North Webster 800.348.5016

A Cut Above It’s a cut above… and yep, it’s made in the good ole U.S.A. Check out these solid hard maple cutting boards, and see so many more options of fine wooden cooking tools for the everyday cook at

Tippy Creek Winery 5920 N. 200 E., Leesburg 574.453.9003

Happy Kids. Happy Wife. Happy Life. A floatable trampoline. Happy kids. ‘Nuff said.


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Tippy Zippy Red Named after the winery’s pooch, Zippy, this Double Gold Medal Winner is a dry red blend that’s as delicious as a hot summer day at the lake. Order online.

Man Cave Brewery

10201 N. State Route 13, Syracuse 574.337.1308 More Than Just A Poster You’ve got to see these to fully appreciate ‘em. Posters are available for sale at Man Cave; they’re attractive, fun and would look great in your humble abode. Sized approximately 2’ x 4’.

Cozy Up After A Lake Day Because everyone needs a cozy sweatshirt at the lake. Super great quality. Cozy spot for dinner and a brew. And really nice people. What’s not to love?

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… and any Lake-Loving, Flag-Flying American How about this original flag-loving American piece of home décor? We love it, too.

Artwork for Any Lake Girl Why? Just because it’s fun and ideal décor for any lake girl.

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Recipes from Lake Country Join our columnist Loren Shaum in his book, ‘Holidays in Lake Country’ to enjoy menus and associated recipes for holidays throughout the year. Available through

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County Overview






County Profile

Kosciusko County by Sue Pais photos by Jess Barger + Sue Pais

Naturally adorned with lakes, streams, woods, gorgeous farmland, and even rolling hills, Kosciusko County is home to lake-living families who celebrate the month of July in memorable, unique ways. We are a community. We share familial bonds. We are unique Kosciusko County. 28

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Formed in 1836, Kosciusko County offers something wonderful for everyone— whether it’s exploring outdoorsy + water-loving interests, fulfilling an angler’s dream with plentiful fishing, soaking in arts + education, intriguing history buffs, celebrating the Fourth with fireworks over the lakes, plentiful picnics + grilling galore, early evening bonfires, or satisfying souls in search of respite with gorgeous sunsets over the lakes. Yes, Kosciusko County has it all, with plenty of pride in America’s red, white and blue. Exemplary for living a culture of oldfashioned lake living and dotted with quaint, charming lakeside towns, the depth and breadth of offerings within Kosciusko County’s communities epitomize how we can simultaneously evolve, celebrate natural beauty and preserve rich history of an era long gone.

Kosciusko County Farmers Markets by Ray Balogh photos by Sue Pais

Biting into the freshest of fruits and veggies is among summer’s greatest gifts. So, head out with the family + explore the magnitude of natural offerings at farmers markets across the county. And support your local community all the same. Bon appetit! WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Kosciusko County Trails

Beyer-Farm Boardwalk Trail, Warsaw 1013 E. Arthur St. Heritage Trail-Winona Lake Trail System, Winona Lake 1001 E. Canal St. Old Chinworth Bridge Trail, Warsaw 3495 W. Old Rd. 30 574.269.1078 Syracuse-Wawasee Trails, Syracuse 1013 N. Long Dr.

PIERCETON FARMERS MARKET Brower Park on SR 13, Pierceton. Runs to Sept. 23. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. 574.594.2231

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 HEPLER’S FARM MARKET 612 N. Main St., North Webster. Runs through mid-Sept. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit Hepler’s Farm Market page on

SATURDAY, JULY 4, 11, 18, 25

FARMERS & ARTISANS OUTDOOR MARKET Center Street between Buffalo and Lake streets, downtown Warsaw. Runs to Oct. 31. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.265.7774 or 574.551.1249

SATURDAY, JULY 4, 11, 18, 25

ARTISAN AND FARMERS MARKET Veteran’s Memorial Park at Crosson Mill, 303 W. Henry St., Syracuse. Runs to Sept. 12. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.457.3440

SATURDAY, JULY 4, 11, 18, 25 MENTONE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET 202 W. Main St., Mentone. Runs to Oct. 10. 8 a.m.-noon. 574.606.7549 Visit Mentone Community Farmers Market page on



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


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

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County Overview, cont’d

Fourth of July Celebrations by Ray Balogh


INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE Chapman Lake Conservation Association, 3019 N. 325E, Warsaw. Theme: “We’re All in the Same Boat” with emphasis on honoring first responders and the medical field. Lineup at 7 p.m., parade at 8 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW Webster Lake, North Webster. Sponsored by Webster Lake Conservation Association. 10 p.m. Rain date Sunday, July 5.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST Chapman Lake Conservation Clubhouse, 3019 N. 325E, Warsaw. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage. 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. FIREWORKS FESTIVAL Various venues, Village at Winona. Family-friendly celebration, starting with an outdoor concert and concluding with fireworks over Winona Lake. Free admission. All day. 574.268.9888,

photo by Peter Wallace, Wallyography 59TH WAWASEE FLOTILLA Lake Wawasee, Syracuse. Theme: “Proud to be an American.” Flotilla parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. in front of Spink Condominiums and proceed counterclockwise around the lake. 574.457.3775,

LAKE WAWASEE FIREWORKS Fireworks launched from center of Lake Wawasee, Syracuse. Largest fireworks show in community’s history. 10:15 p.m.

TIPPECANOE LAKE FLOTILLA AND FIREWORKS Patona Bay Marina & Resort, 2 EMS T33B Lane, Tippecanoe Lake, Leesburg. Theme: “FUN-A-PALOOZA.” Floats will travel main basin in single boat parade style. Sponsored by Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners. 1 p.m. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. FIREWORKS Sechrist Lake in Barbee Chain of Lakes, Leesburg. Dusk. FIREWORKS Chapman Lake, Warsaw. 10 p.m.


43RD FLOTILLA ROAD RACE Lakeside Park, 1013 N. Long Drive, Syracuse. 3.3- and 8-mile run and 3.3-mile walk. 8 a.m. To maintain social distancing, the course will be open from 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, through 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5. 574.457.7172,


DEWART LAKE FLOTILLA Theme: “Summer Fun.” Sponsored by Dewart Lake Protective Association. 2 p.m. No rain date scheduled. 574.596.3120,


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County Claims to Fame »»Milford is home to one of the largest commercial duck farms in the U.S., Maple Leaf Farms. »»The Barbee Hotel, today a dining destination maintaining its historic name, has a colorful history of hosting both famous and infamous clientele— from movie stars Carole Lombard + Clark Gable, to mobsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Al Capone. »»Largest natural lake in Indiana: Lake Wawasee »»Deepest natural lake in Indiana: Tippecanoe Lake

Outdoor Adventures for the Kids Ready to get the kiddos out of the house? Great! Enjoy some great activities created with your little ones in mind. The Bug Catch is on! It will happen Saturday, July 4 at 9 a.m., starting at Ruddell Pavilion at Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF) on SR 13, Syracuse, before moving to the lake to catch little critters that show us how clean our water is at the lake. Join us as we get wet and net those immature insects from the bottom of the lake. Appropriate for any child who feels comfortable in the water. Parents should accompany young children into the water. Bring your own water shoes and life jackets (nets optional). Participants will be provided with nets and ID cards to learn about the critters being caught. See you at this ever-popular WACF FREE event!

»»Mentone’s 10-foot-high, 3,000-pound egg may not be at the top of bucket lists, but who isn’t intrigued by the unique claim to fame? Signifying the town’s claim of being the ‘egg basket’ of the Midwest, we’d say it’s clever.

photos by Larry Baumgardt

Wetland Adventures continue this July, every Wednesday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. at WACF’s Ruddell Pavilion located at 11586 State Road 13, Syracuse. No registration is necessary and it is a FREE activity for elementary children who bring a parent or adult with them. One of the most popular activities is a canoe scavenger hunt that is optional, but bring a life jacket if you plan to canoe. Four other activities will be offered, plus a short lesson about the wetlands. Each week is a different set of activities. We will be distancing as much as possible and you may feel free to wear a mask.

»»Preacher and professional baseball player, Billy Sunday, considered one of the most influential American evangelists during the early 20th century, lived in Winona Lake during the height of his evangelistic career. It’s recorded that 250,000 people would crowd the shores of Winona Lake, not only to enjoy the cool waters flowing from springs coursing underground—but to hear his sermons. »»In 1949, at a convention for his thenemployer Youth for Christ, Billy Graham attended a notable night in the former Westminster Hotel in Winona Lake. An all-night prayer meeting was held wherein the group prayed for God to assist Graham in his first crusade in Los Angeles. Thus began the growing fame of the late American Christian evangelist who rose to prominence in the ’50s and ’60s, preaching to millions worldwide. »»Helen Keller, Will Rogers and John Philip Sousa all spoke (or performed) at Winona Lake events. »»Steve Hollar, who played Rade Butcher in the movie Hoosiers is from Warsaw. »»Rick Fox, former NBA basketball player is from Warsaw.

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County Town Profile

Loving Life in Leesburg

by Haiden Hibbert photos by Mike Deak + Sue Pais

While Leesburg, Ind., may be known as the “Gateway to the Lakes Region,” there’s a whole lot more to this small town than pit stops and backroads. Leesburg is a quaint, cozy town filled with picturesque historic buildings, an award-winning brewery, and some of the most beautiful lake homes in all of the region.


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eesburg welcomes visitors from all over the Midwest, offering restaurants, a brewery and winery, shopping, and of course: lake life. And while it’s a hot spot for home renovations and new residents, there’s plenty of history to learn about, as well. In fact, there are 10 blocks in Leesburg that are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, according to the Kosciusko County’s Visitors Guide. So, what are some of the trademark destinations that keep this historic town alive?

Tippecanoe Lake

You can’t mention Leesburg without talking about its lake life. It’s the heartbeat of the small town, which is home to the stunning Tippecanoe Lake. Tippy Lake brings bustling activity to the area, like boating, skiing, fishing and swimming.

HopLore Brewing

HopLore Brewing is another hotspot in Leesburg, serving as both a brewery and a restaurant with a giant menu of in-house brews, guest taps, and domestics, as well as appetizers, tacos, wings, family-size entrees, and sides. HopLore Brewing also hosts a variety of events throughout the week like Trivia Night, Happy Hour, and Sunday Funday for friends and family to gather.

Tippy Dance Hall

Pound Store Museum

Tippy Creek Winery

Tippy Creek is at the heart of Leesburg, serving as one of the core places to gather with friends and family, as well as to enjoy delicious wine and food. Throughout the year, there is never a shortage of events at Tippy Creek, like Comedy Club Night, Trivia Night, art classes, food truck nights, live music and auctions. Locals and visitors can stop in to enjoy a glass of wine indoors or outdoors if weather permits, or buy a bottle or two to go.

Whether you live in Leesburg or a nearby town, or you’re driving through the area, paying a visit to the Pound Store Museum is a must. This historic landmark first opened its doors as an Indian trading post back in 1838 and is considered to be the oldest commercial building in Kosciusko County. You can visit the Pound Store Museum for a tour on Sundays in the summertime (May through September, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Call first, please, to ensure they’re open due to COVID-19.

Tippy Dance Hall is considered a landmark, whether you’re a resident of Leesburg or not. The historic building was once filled with crowds of music fans, listening to live performances from some of the country’s greatest artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the Ray Charles Orchestra. The most recent memory of Tippy Dance Hall surrounds its teen dance club, which served as one of the most popular gathering places for young people from the ‘80s until 2016, when it was closed. While the building is no longer actively used, the grounds are still utilized for a marina offering ramp access, pontoon and boat rentals, gas, snacks and ice cream. Note: see page 21 for a celebratory event happening at the hall on Saturday, July 25. With history, fun, food and drink, it’s all available in nearby Leesburg!

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County Lake Profile

Big + Little Chapman Lakes Big Fun, Great Fishing + Excellent Waters by Lauren Caggiano photos by Delaney Wihebrink

Overview: Approximate Acres of Water: Big Chapman: 504 Little Chapman: 177

For many, “the lake” is their happy place — a refuge after a busy week. And the Chapman Lakes, located northeast of Warsaw, each have their own appeal.


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Best Fishing: Big Chapman: Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Longear, Northern Pike, Redear, Walleye, Yellow Perch Little Chapman: Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Crappie, Northern Pike, Walleye


drienne Funderberg, research program specialist at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams in Winona Lake, said there’s no shortage of action on the lake. Her work focuses on the lakes in the Kosciusko County area and how they can remain clean, healthy and safe for residents. She said the lakes add to the quality of the life in the region, and the Chapman lakes are no exception. The fact that Big Chapman Lake is a natural lake is one important distinction.

“It’s a glacial lake, which means it was dug up by a big chunk of glacier that fell off a long time ago, melted and now contains water,” she explained. According to their data, this lake measures about 500 acres and its average depth is 12.5 feet. It drains into Little Chapman Lake. Development started in the 1940s and really took off in the ‘80s and ‘90s. And now? Funderberg said the secret is out about beautiful Big Chapman Lake. “It’s an all-sport lake, so that means activities like boating and waterskiing are popular,” she said. “Another thing to know about (Big) Chapman is that, in recent years on average, it has had the highest water clarity. This means the water is clearer than a lot of the other lakes in the area, which is really nice. I know a lot of people who love to fish in the area, too.”

Little Chapman Lake measures about a third of the size of its counterpart. It’s a bit deeper, with an average depth of 14 feet. Boating and fishing are popular recreational activities here as well. Fishermen will find a variety of fish here, including northern pike, perch, bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass, largemouth bass, bream/ bluegill and warmouth. And like Big Chapman Lake, it’s a hub of ecological activity. According to the Chapman Lakes Conservation Association, more than 260 acres of wetlands on Little Chapman Lake are vital to maintaining the water quality of the lakes as well as providing a habitat for birds and other creatures. One thing’s for sure; big or small lake, you’re in for a good time at a Chapman lake.

On that note, Funderberg said her work touches on the viability of the ecosystem in and around the lakes. “I know when we sample, we see all sorts of other wildlife — more than some of the other lakes (in the area),” she said. “For example, we’ve seen softshell turtles. We’ve also seen all sorts of herons and really cool fish in the channels.” Funderberg said the fact that the lake is mainly residential bodes well for fishing. It’s quieter than other lakes in the area, which provides a backdrop for this pursuit. LAKElife Magazine July 2020


County Events

Kosciusko County


Calendar of Events

Historic Tippy Dance Hall, Tippecanoe Lake. Enjoy the Dance At Tippy with the Reggie Sullivan Band; proceeds benefiting The Watershed Foundation. Sponsored by Main Channel Marina. Tickets at

by Ray Balogh

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

Note: For Kosciusko County Fourth of July celebrations + Farmers Markets, check out this issue’s County Profile pages! NORTH WEBSTER COMMUNITY CENTER Yoga classes, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Instructor Norma Monik. $5/session.

Cardio-Pilates on the Ball classes, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Thursday. Instructor Norma Monik. First class free, thereafter $5/class or $40/12-class punch card.

TUESDAY, JULY 21 100 WOMEN WHO CARE Tippy Creek Winery, 5920 N. 200E, Leesburg. United Way’s “Kids United” program fundraiser. Appetizers, wine. $100 per person (tax deductible), proceeds go to the featured program of the donor’s choice. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 574.453.9003,

SATURDAY, JULY 25 JAZZ FESTIVAL AT THE AMPHITHEATER Village Amphitheater, Winona Lake. Live jazz and entertainment, food trucks, wine and beer garden, instrument tent. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. 574.268.9888,

SATURDAY, JULY 25 LAKES CELEBRATION + BRUNCH Levinson-Labrosse Lakes & Wetlands Education Center, 11586 N. SR 13, Syracuse. Annual lakes celebration and brunch to celebrate Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation’s work protecting the watershed and keeping waters clean. Brunch provided by the Channel Marker Restaurant. Free admission; no registration necessary. 10:30 a.m.,

THURSDAY, JULY 30 – SATURDAY, AUG. 1 SYRACUSE TOWNWIDE GARAGE SALES Various venues, Syracuse. Organized by Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. 574.457.5637,

FRIDAY, JULY 31 LAKE WAWASEE HISTORICAL CRUISE Board at The Frog Tavern, 1116 S. Harkless Drive, Syracuse. “Then & Now” presentation by local historian Ann Garceau of the SyracuseWawasee Historical Museum during 2-hour cruise. Food and drinks available. $25 per person. 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., boarding begins at 1 p.m. 574.377.7543,

Call in advance to verify whether class is running. The community center is located at 301 N. Main St., North Webster. 574.834.1600,

FRIDAY, JULY 3 FIRST FRIDAY: HOMETOWN PICNIC Courthouse Square, downtown Warsaw. Free hot dogs and watermelon, ice cream, food trucks, vendor games, more. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. 574.267.6311,

SATURDAY, JULY 11 TOUCH-A-TRUCK The Village at Winona, Winona Lake. Hands-on exploration of city trucks, construction machinery, more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 574.268.9888,

SATURDAY, JULY 18 SKI SHOW Webster Lake, 401 S. Dixie Drive, North Webster. North Webster Ski Bees show including slaloms, human pyramids, ski jumps and water jet packs. Free admission. 6 p.m.,


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Local Eats Fresh Eats

Grilled Marinated + Herb-Crusted Lamb Kabobs story and photo by Loren Shaum

We get our lamb from Lantis Lane Farm, where the lamb are carefully grown by high school classmate Donna Lantis. We generally use leg meat for kabobs because it is more tender than the shoulder. This marinade has passed the taste test of many guests and also works well with chicken. Generally, one skewer holds six to eight pieces, which makes one serving. Ingredients:

To Marinate:

»»Mediterranean Lamb Marinade »» Lamb leg or shoulder meat, fat removed »»Water-soaked wooden skewers »»Herb rub

Combine ingredients and place in large plastic container with sealable lid. Add kabob pieces and coat thoroughly with marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Mediterranean Lamb Marinade

Herb rub

¼ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons dried Greek oregano, or 1/4 cup fresh, minced 1 ½ tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed or 3 tablespoons fresh, snipped 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced ½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 ½ tablespoons cumin seeds 1 ½ tablespoon coriander seeds ½ teaspoon yellow mustards seeds 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, or 2 tablespoons fresh 2 tablespoons coarse salt, like Himalayan pink

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To Prepare For Cooking: Add rub ingredients to a spice grinder and grind until a coarse powder forms. Spread evenly on a flat surface. Remove kabobs from marinade and place six to eight pieces onto each soaked skewer and roll kabobs in herb rub, coating completely. Spray grill with oil, then heat to high heat. Sear kabobs on all sides — about five minutes for medium-rare, depending on the size of the kabobs. Tent with foil and rest for seven minutes before serving. Lake Country Fresh Eats will appear in each issue of LAKElife Magazine. Columnist Loren Shaum is an automation engineering consultant, retired pilot, author, sometime professor, home gardener and an occasional chef. He and his wife, Gayle, reside in Syracuse.


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When I Say Good You Say Neighbor

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July's nominated brewmaster:

Robert (a.k.a Vandelay) Vandal

Story + Photos by Sue Rawlinson-Pais


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Local Eats Locals, Laughs + Libations Lake life embraces laughter. It involves friendships, family and good times. Hey, it’s living the Good Life. And, for many, that good life also includes libations—and an accompanying atmosphere to celebrate soulrelaxing, sun-soaking, water-loving moments. Often, it’s those mixing your favorite cocktail or pouring the perfect draft who add to the fun. Cheers to that.


eer lover, motorsports + boating enthusiast, engineer + bona fide laker, Robert Vandal is the ideal man to have helped make his Man Cave Brewery in Syracuse a growing success. Brewing huge batches of beer from his own recipes, Vandal and his business partners, Jack Birch and Greg Griner, make delicious, not-hoppy brews, made in-house with their own “Frankenbrew” system. This masterful system, engineered of parts from places as far as West Virginia, is comprised of internals from old milk processing barns and more. Yes, this Frankenbrew system has made countless batches of really great beer. And brewing aside? Robert—his smile, his passion for brewing a great beer, and his playful aura with coworkers and customers alike, are a delight. LAKElife, meet Brewmaster Robert Vandal.

Tell us some of your background. I was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating in mechanical engineering, I moved to Montreal for work. Then in 1990 I moved to Syracuse to work at a new automotive glass plant being built in Ligonier. I married my wife, Tami, in 1996. She’s the boss here at Man Cave. Bartending + brewing are my second job. My day job is in R&D, still at the glass company.

How big of a role do the lakes play in your life? We live on a channel to Syracuse Lake, and I’ve always enjoyed water sports and boating. In my youth I raced kayaks competitively. In many ways the lakes and boating set the theme for the brewery. Our tap handles, logo and even some of our beer names are derived from a wooden boat theme and based on the 1947 17’ Chris Craft runabout that we own and enjoy today.

What’s your outlook on life? There is no such thing as bad beer, just relative levels of goodness. Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

How would you describe the brewery to a newcomer? We have a friendly and warm environment with great food, beer and service. We try to make our customers’ experiences the best they can be. Our chef, Matt, does an excellent job creating great food; we are not just a bar food place. We use enviro-friendly brewing materials, recycling our spent grains to local farms for feed and employing solar roof panels to help power everything.

Tell us about your beers. Many craft breweries try to develop the most off-the-wall flavors and beer styles. While we make a large variety of beer styles, our stuff tends to be more mainstream, easy to drink and enjoy. Our No. 1 seller is, and always has been, Sandbar Blonde which is an American Cream Ale. We like to call it a lawnmower beer; it’s simple, light, crisp and thirst quenching. While we make a few hoppier beers, we are not ‘hop heads’ by nature as a brewing team. We tend to make less hoppy session beers.

What’s the most fun drink to make? Describe your customers at Man Cave. Our customer base matches our menu style, very eclectic. We seem to attract all age groups and backgrounds.

Aside from being compelled to say Man Cave Beer, the reality is that making beer takes about 7 hours of relatively hard work per batch, although pouring it at the bar is pretty easy! At the bar, we have the most fun making the latest specialty martinis. These are often topped with a number of things, even whipped cream... its overspray has been known to hit

guests at times. Our ‘Un-quarantini-martini is topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. It is really funny how martini sales will be slow until one of these concoctions makes a parade on a tray through the crowd to a table…next thing you know, we are overrun by specialty martini orders.

What do you especially look forward to at Man Cave this summer? Today we distribute only in kegs with distributors that cover the northern 1/3 of the state and, of course, we sell growlers for takeout. We had planned to start bottling our most popular brews in March, but the shutdown put a damper on that. Hopefully we can get that back on track to start having bottled beer for sale in the summer. Do YOU want to nominate your favorite bartender in Kosciusko County? It’s easy. Just email Sue at She’ll take care of the rest!

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Local Eats Plating Pros

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Meet: Andrew Jones, chef/ proprietor 46

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108 E. Market St., Warsaw 574.267.4730 by Sue Pais photos by Mike Deak

This chef (and restaurant owner) was influenced by both his mother’s culinary expertise and the lively mealtime togetherness of his mother’s big Portuguese family. Yes, Andrew Jones was rather born into a love for culinary arts, molded into viewing food in a culturally inspiring way. And for Jones, sharing meals together with loved ones creates a circumstance of perfection. When he’s not creating amazing dishes for rua guests, he’s likely catering, keeping his cool in a hot kitchen—or he’s enjoying lake life with his wife, Bethany, and their three sons.

Tell us about rua. How would you describe it to someone who has not yet dined with you? Our founding concept was a take on international street food. We had a desire to incorporate the characteristics of street food into dishes that we think will be exciting and delicious to everyone. We created menu items that were fresh, flavorful, and texturally dynamic. Everything was intended to be shareable to encourage a more communal dining experience. As time passed, we changed that format slightly by incorporating a cheeseburger (among other things) for those who sought a more traditional dining experience.

I didn’t want to sit at a desk all day, and I had a desire to work in a field that allowed me to be creative. Oh, and also, I love to eat!

What makes rua special + unique from other establishments? I think you will find quite a variety of dishes with unusual combinations unlike anything else around here, served in a beautiful old building full of history and aesthetic charm. And we have the most amazing crew! We really have many great restaurants in this little community, though, and they are all unique and integral to our budding food scene.

made from tapioca starch instead of wheat flour. They are a Brazilian favorite… Most people order more than one. :)

How do you feel about the lake lifestyle? We really enjoy walks and bike rides around Winona Lake, as well as spending a Sunday on the water, tubing or swimming with friends. We love it here!

Is there a motto you live by? I look at every day as an opportunity to have fun. Obviously, this business is difficult. Long hours, hot kitchens, high stress...but in the end, if you can’t enjoy

What can patrons expect with you as head chef? Even though I’m local, I have always enjoyed travel to larger cities to experience foods from around the world. Much of my influence comes from Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern Cuisine, so you’ll see a touch of Thai, Vietnamese, and Lebanese or a combination of flavors that you might not expect. I like to make things that everyone will find delicious, but also a bit surprising.

Please tell us your journey to becoming a chef. I began cooking at home for my family when I was about 13 or 14. My mother is an excellent cook so I gleaned much of my early culinary skill from her. Throughout high school, I began booking a few low-key catering gigs… After graduating, I began considering what I would do to make a living and decided it had to be restaurants. I got my first job in a kitchen at 19, then worked in a few locally-owned restaurants and corporate foodservice establishments. Each of those places gave me freedom to experiment with flavors and techniques that ultimately led to my decision to start a catering business in 2010. I operated that business for six and a half years before deciding to rebrand, bring on a partner (my good friend Andrew Holladay of Chicago) and begin planning the launch of rua, in late 2016.

Why did you follow this professional field? I can’t think of something else I’d rather do more when it comes to a career…I knew

Is it a different experience when the chef is also the owner? I know many other restaurants where the chef is the owner and I definitely think that makes for a different experience. You can feel the personality of the chef/owner in the food they serve, even if they are not the ones physically cooking every dish. Their passion and commitment are evident in each bite. I hope our guests feel that when they dine with us.

Which menu item is an ‘undiscovered gem?’ I think most people who’ve dined with us have discovered these, but if not, they are a must! Pao de Queijo aka Brazilian Cheese Bread. They are tasty, gooey, dinner roll-sized balls of cheesy goodness. They are naturally gluten-free since they’re

what you’re doing with those around you, then what’s the point?

What would be your ultimate achievement? All I wanted in my career was to open a restaurant of my own. I did that. From this point on, I’d like to make a living and keep doing what I enjoy…

Anything you’d like to say directly to our community? We love this community and are committed to preparing and serving food and drinks that we are proud of, and we hope you will enjoy! I would like anyone dining with us to sense our love of food and flavor in every dish. It brings me joy to see guests savoring a great meal with others. LAKElife Magazine July 2020


Local Eats Food Finder

Food Finder There’s no shortage of excellent food in Kosciusko County. We’ll do our best to keep the list updated… if you see need for an addition or change, please contact us at PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes and closures are occurring at a rapid rate. We encourage readers to contact establishments prior to visiting to determine current status. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy to events listed.

LEESBURG HopLore Brewing Handcrafted ales brewed in an historic setting, accompanied by locally sourced foods. In the old Leesburg Mill. Menu of snacks and starters, daily brisket, tacos + more as well as kid’s menu. Specializes in craft beer. 100 S. Old SR 15, 574.453.3295

Stacy’s Restaurant + Family Dining

Family-owned restaurant and lounge since 1972. Wide selection of dining options and cocktails. Family-friendly. Serving steaks, seafood, sandwiches and pizza. Known for prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays. 309 S. Main St. (SR 15), 574.453.3071

Tippy Creek Winery

Kosciusko County’s first farm winery in the countryside. Delicious red and white dry wine, sweet and semi-sweet wine, and sparkling wine and juice. Wine slushies. Events held throughout the year. 5920 N. 200 E., 574.453.9003,


Teel’s Family Restaurant

Family-friendly—and seriously delicious home-cooked food. Great breakfast—try Farmer’s Early Bird Breakfast. Nice, quaint, relaxing, yet busy spot in downtown Mentone. 108 E. Main St., 574.353.7979


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Little New York Restaurant and Lounge

Kid-friendly dining establishment that serves something de-lish for everyone! From stuffed pizza to ribs, and now even Mexican food, it’s a little slice of heaven at Little New York. 407 Himes St., 574.834.2601

Lucky’s Tavern

A favorite local’s bar with ice cold beer mugs, good food (it’s a cheeseburger paradise), pool tables and jukebox. 560 S. Main St., 574.834.7433

Maria’s House of Pancakes

Breakfast all day, big portions, good coffee… and much more than just pancakes. Skillets, omelets, crepes—and a full lunch menu with great burgers, tenderloins + much more. No frills, just good ‘n hearty food. 104 Esterbrook Dr., 574.834.4400

Pizza King of North Webster

Get your pizza-fill here, or choose from subs, salads, wraps, wings and sides—all the while gazing upon the mighty Dixie Sternwheeler, dock side, of course. 405 S. Dixie Dr., 574.834.2565,

Sheila’s Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor & Diner

You had us at ‘sweet treats.’ Proudly serving North Webster. 511 S. Main St., 574.834.7550

The Happy Wok

For dine-in or their ever-popular carryout, The Happy Wok features a large menu offering all the Chinese favorites you’d expect, and a happy bit more. Try their Chinese doughnuts! 621 N. Main St., 574.834.2990

The River Coffee House

Eye-opening coffees, plus cinnamon rolls, soups—and, yes, uh-mayzing panini. Check them out! 127 S. Main St., Ste D., 574.834.1488

Webster Pub

It’s a local’s fave. Get your fill with their all-you-can-eat fish ‘n chips, and enjoy some fine food and libations! 207 W. South St., 574.834.4251


The Igloo Ice Cream Shop

Over 30 super premium handdipped flavors, 3 soft serve flavors (chocolate, vanilla, lemon), handmade waffle cones, shakes and sundaes. We are so there. 108 W. Main St., 260.352.0999,


Channel Marker

Full-service bar and family dining, fresh seafood, prime rib and sandwiches. Fun outdoor Tiki Bar is great place for dinner or drinks waterside. Live entertainment. Check out website for schedule. 5793 E. Pickwick Rd., 574.457.5900,

China Star

Order off the menu, or enjoy the buffet. Good prices and good Chinese food. Good deal. 734 ½ Huntington St., 574.457.8070

Chubbie’s Pub & 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

Coffee Depot

A rare find… it’s an excellent drive-through coffee shop, also offering HUGE breakfast sandwiches. Friendly staff + de-lish coffee and chai. 109 N. Huntington St., 574.457.2155

Down Under Bar & Grill

Gazebo entrance, downtown Syracuse, down winding staircase to enter underground bar and grill for juicy prime rib, seafood, pizza and so much more. 801 N. Huntington St # 12, 574.457.3920

Huntington Street Bar & Grill

Cool rock ‘n roll décor and memorabilia makes any dining experience just a lil’ more exciting. Add to the atmosphere great burgers, Caesar salads, excellent bar food, beer on tap, live music and good times, and we’d say it’s a rockin’ good time. 704 N. Huntington St., 574.457.3399

Kiyomi Japanese Cuisine

For big-city quality sushi and truly authentic Japanese food, look no further than Kiyomi on Huntington Street! With fabulously fresh fish, friendly service and an owner who is virtually always there, this spot is a can’t-miss. 404 S. Huntington St., 574.529.5025

Louie’s Bar & Grill

Known for great food, great memories, and great times. Sounds great to us. Open since 1963 and still serving customers with the same friendliness as 57 years ago! A welcoming home for food lovers and beer drinkers. 209 E. Bowser Rd., 574.457.3944,

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 N. SR 13, 574.337.1308,

Pat’s Chicago Dogs

Thank. Goodness. A place to get real Chicago Dogs. Go Cubs, by the way. Enjoy this hot dog lover’s heaven— but they also serve up tasty tenderloins and chicken breasts. 601 S. Huntington St., 574.457.5586

Peterson’s Fish

It’s getting fishy in here. But in a good way. Enjoy some excellent white fish, shrimp, scallops and clams broiled, deep fried or in their famous “our” recipe at this locally owned, local fave. 1009 S. Huntington St., 574.528.5000

Sleepy Owl Supper Club

Located near Lake Wawasee, enjoy the finest in steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, tenderloins and more. You’ll only be sleepy after you eat. 11374 Indiana 13, 574.457.4840,

The Frog Tavern

It’s a self-proclaimed “Institution… of sorts.” And indeed, it is! Serving food, fun and drinks to Lake Wawasee for almost 90 years. Arrive by boat, enjoy live entertainment and a menu full of flavor. And for added fun, board the 70-foot S.S. Lillypad houseboat for a cruise, or rent it for events or corporate functions and cruise around Lake Wawasee. 1116 S. Harkless Dr., 574.457.4324,

The Pier & Back Porch

Lake Wawasee dining at the Oakwood Resort is a local favorite. Dine with family and friends (it’s open to the public)—and watch gorgeous sunsets as you also dine in casual elegance. Offering live entertainment on weekends, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 702 E. Lakeview Rd., 574.457.8700,

Westmain Kitchen

Barbee Hotel Restaurant and Danny’s Sports Bar

The Barbee Hotel offers the highest quality around, serving prime rib, steaks, Walleye, ribs, seafood, pasta. Danny’s, on the 2nd floor, serves pizza, sandwiches and more. A laker’s institution since 1897 (that’s not a typo). Enjoy signature cocktails, local craft beers and great food. 3620 N. Barbee Rd., 574.834.1111,

B-Mac’s on Buffalo

Yep, it’s yummilicious American food at this downtown diner. Considered a bit of a hidden gem, the service is friendly, food is served fast, the B Mac breakfast will get the blood pumping, and the burgers? Killer. Give ‘em a try. 114 N. Buffalo St., 574.267.2622

Mad Anthony’s Lake City Taphouse

rua Restaurant

Locally made handcrafted beers, deep dish Chicago-style pizza, large vegetarian menu. Private banquet room and family-friendly dining room. 113 E. Center St., 574.268.2537,

Maria’s House of Pancakes

It’s good Chinese food served on a small, but hot and fresh buffet. Enjoy wonderful egg drop soup and unique egg rolls, too. It’s a buffetstyle dining, but menus are available as well. Super friendly staff. 3628 Commerce Dr., 574.269.5821

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Coffee bar and excellent breakfast—a local favorite ye’ might say. Enjoy fresh-to-order breakfast + lunch in the café, along with baked goodness, handcrafted coffee drinks and gifts. The Roost banquet room also available. 4217 W. Old Road 30, 574.267.3549,

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La Troje

Known for variety of over 100 made-to-order quality menu items. Serving generous plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving Warsaw for over 30 years. 3575 Lake City Hwy., 574.267.8171

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Ready to relax? Or, need a cozy spot to tap away on the laptop? Look no further than to lounge with a latte at Latte Lounge (see what we did there?). With excellent selections of coffee and chai products, a friendly staff and just some good dern coffee, we think you’ll love it at Latte Lounge. 108 N. Buffalo St., 574.268.1616

Breakfast all day, big portions, good coffee… and much more than just pancakes. Skillets, omelets, crepes—and a full lunch menu with great burgers, tenderloins + much more. No frills, just good ‘n hearty food. 3865 Lake City Hwy., 574.258.0600

China Palace

American food with a changing menu that offers everything from hand-cut filets to various pizzas, pork, chicken, spaghetti and more. With farm-to-table fare further complemented by a variety of beers on tap as well as wine and liquor, we’d say there’s something for everyone. 201 W. Main St., 574.457.2828

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Latte Lounge

Join the downtown crowd at this well-known tavern. Offering a wide assortment of American food and excellent cocktails, it’s a popular spot for date night, or just a casual bite ‘n beverage. Live music and outdoor seating to enjoy spring’s warm weather. 205 W. Center St., 574.267.6000

Mexican meals. Tropical margaritas. Te amo. 115 S. Buffalo St., 574.376.4234

Simply. De-lish. Noa Noa’s seafood and sushi, that is—all served with a tropical theme, extensive menu, and check out the attached fish market. 310 Eastlake Dr., 574.372.3224,

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Burger bar with gourmet patties and craft brews. ‘Nuff said. 2308 E. Center St., 574.387.6114,

One Ten Craft Meatery

Graze local, folks. At least that’s what they say. Restaurant, meat market and banquet facility located in historical downtown Warsaw. Specializing in unique wines paired with locally sourced, Midwestern seasonal menu. Win-win. 110 N. Buffalo St., 574.267.7007,

Palette, an American Eatery

Warsaw’s newest hip joint. Locally owned, flavorful comfort food in casual atmosphere for the entire family. 2521 E. Center St., 574.268.1733,

Wowsa. The menu at Red Apple offers everything a taste bud could hope for. From multiple varieties of French toast, waffles, pancakes and crepes, every egg offering imaginable, steak, biscuits + gravy, heart-happy foods, specialty sandwiches and burgers, you name it, and it’s likely served here. Hungry yet? 2616 Shelden St., 574.267.3007,

Eclectic dining, urban décor and international street food with a unique culinary flair. Ooh, sign us up. Also offering Thai and American street fare plates alongside cocktails, beer and wine. 108 E. Market, 574.267.4730,

Schoop’s Hamburgers

Enjoy a ‘50s dining experience with fresh, never frozen + cooked to crispy perfection burgers—all in a shiny silver building. So fun. Serving burgers, fries, chili, shakes & bottomless coffee. Yeah, and ice cream, too. 3501 Lake City Hwy., 574.268.9500

Spike’s Beach Grill

To call it a unique outdoor dining experience might be an understatement. Step into this laid-back beach atmosphere right in Warsaw. Sit courtside, watch sand volleyball, all the while satisfying the stomach with amazing seafood and comfort food, and feeding the soul with good times. 310 Eastlake Dr., 574.372.3224

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Step back into yesteryear. And order ice cream from the soda foundation, grab a stool at the diner counter—and/or order off breakfast and lunch menus. Nostalgia is always delicious. 1775 E. Center St., 574.267.7356,

Yamato’s Steakhouse of Japan

If amazing sushi, hibachi and bento boxes are your jam, go enjoy a Japanese lunch or dinner at Yamato’s. Dine-in or carry out, and order food online if you wish. And expect a smile with excellent service. 101 Argonne Rd., 574.267.8885, LAKElife Magazine July 2020


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Light Rail Café & Roaster Visit this quaint café with open air deck seating and screened-in porch, the Light Rail specializes in coffee, pizza and sandwiches. What’s better? 1000 Park Ave., 574.269.1000,

The Boathouse Restaurant A signature staple for the Village at Winona. Enjoy views of Winona Lake while sitting on the screened-in porch, enjoying your meal of steak, pork chops, chicken, seafood, pasta, various salads and much more. 700 Park Ave., 574.268.2179,

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Featured Story Water Fun

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ajestic and graceful, sailboats are among the most beautiful vessels on the water. These sleek boats are alluring and have maintained their popularity for the past few hundred years. With many different types of sailboats for almost every skill level, sailing is a great sport worth looking into.

At the end of the 19th century, sailing began as a sport for wealthy gentlemen. Through the years, it has become more accessible for just about anyone to try. Perhaps the excitement of experiencing the powerful elements of wind and water is what draws many people to the sport, or a competitive spirit in racing, or maybe just a love for being on the open water. Whatever the reason, sailing can be a great way to take in fresh air, see new places, challenge yourself, and continue learning as sailing tends to become a sport for life.

For the Beginners

From small dinghies to catamarans to race-worthy keelboats, sailboats come in many sizes and kinds to choose from, depending on your goal. According to George Schenkel, a lifelong sailor with extensive experience in racing, potential sailors should choose the correct boat for


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Sail Away! their skill level. “Beginners who are new to sailing will do best with a small boat that can be easily righted if capsized,” he said. “A Sunfish, for example, is a great boat to start out with.” The Sunfish is a personal size, beach launched sailing dinghy that features a flat, board-like hull and a sail on an un-stayed mast. Dinghies like this are usually sailed by a crew of one or two people and require good balance to keep it upright. The International Topper and Laser are other small boats, light and forgiving—ideal for younger or novice sailors. Optimists are another option, specifically designed for children’s use. Smaller boats like these dinghies are practical, less expensive, and have fewer parts to worry about.

For the Intermediate Sailor

For those more experienced sailors looking for something a bit bigger and more challenging, Schenkel suggests looking into local yacht clubs and marinas for a sailboat like the C Scow. “The C Scow is ideal for a younger, more fit person,” he explained. “The C Scow is a flat hull sailboat with keel boards.” Keel boards are flat blades that stick down into the water from the boat’s bottom. They help prevent the boat from blowing sideways and also hold the ballast, which keeps the boat upright. Schenkel said these types of boats are great for sailing our Midwestern lakes like Wawasee and Tippecanoe.

For the Experienced, Racing Sailor

For those sailors with more experience and interest in racing, Schenkel recommends a boat like the Flying Scot. The Flying Scot is a daysailer dinghy well known for its ease of handling and durability. “It is a one-design boat, which means it is class

regulated,” said Schenkel. “The Flying Scot is perfect for racing and also very comfortable for cruising with family.” According to the Flying Scot Association, “The Scot’s performance offers thrills to even the experienced sailor and provides for tight, competitive racing.”


Catamarans are another type of sailboat that have a wide, stable platform able to support a larger rig. They also have very slim hulls that create minimal wetted surface area. These boats can be wider and faster, and offer a different type of sailing. Hobie Cats are small catamarans you might see on our Indiana lakes— while they are a bit unwieldy and are not very responsive in light winds, catamarans can be quite fun and exhilarating with their high performance in more forceful winds.

Whatever your skill level or interest may be, sailing is a great sport to take up at any age. Just make sure to choose the right boat for you and the waters you’ll be sailing on. If you’re not in the market to buy a brand-new model, there are plenty of used sailboats in great condition to be found! A quick walk around the lake and you might just find a few out for sale by owner at very reasonable prices. Local marinas and boat retailers like the Wawasee Boat Company and the Patona Bay Marina (on Lake Tippecanoe) can offer a wealth of information on purchasing sailboats as well.

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Featured Story Fishing

Bass Appeal by Mike Petrucelli

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All things considered, it’s probably easier to learn the formula for Coca-Cola® than it would be for an angler to divulge his favorite fishing spot. But if you’re looking to get started fishing, or just enjoy a casual day relaxing—and a day that may pay off with a freshly-caught dinner, there’s one fish you might consider going after: Bass. Kosciusko County has plenty of lakes, and largemouth bass can be found in nearly all of them, said Tyler Delauder, the District 3 fisheries biologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “Almost every lake in Kosciusko County is going to have largemouth bass,” he said. Lakes that would be a good place to start, he suggested, include Palestine, Wawasee, Tri-County Fish and Wildlife (Shock and Spear lakes in particular), and Winona. No matter where you cast your line, bass are a safe bet, agreed Mark Dillon, owner and proprietor of Number 1 Stop Bait & Tackle Shop in Pierceton. Bass fishing is good, he said, and can be caught in a variety of ways: trolling, casting, live-bait, lures. Even fly fishing, which tends to be mostly for pan fish, Dillon said, could bag a bass. The best bet for a catch, Delauder said, is to use bait that mimics things bass eat:

Artificial worms, frogs, crayfish and bait fish, to name a few. “Knowing which baits to fish, and when, is something anglers learn with experience,” he said. “The best way to learn is to find someone who has been fishing for a while and knows how to catch fish. Go fishing with them and ask questions and watch how they use different baits. This can be a great way to learn to use a new bait or lure.” Finding bass, according to Delauder and Dillon, isn’t too difficult. “The main habitat in our lakes for largemouth bass is aquatic vegetation,” Delauder said. Other areas you might look, he added, are in and around piers, fallen trees and drop offs. According to Dillon, anywhere there is some sort of cover is a possibility for finding bass.

photo by Jeff Beeler While bass are plentiful and generally able to sustain themselves and reproduce successfully, Delauder encouraged that it never hurts to fish responsibly to preserve them. It’s, of course, important to obey laws and observe size and catch limits, but Delauder added a few additional practices for the responsible angler: “Once you land the fish, try to take the hook out as quickly as possible,” he said. “Do not keep fish out of the water longer than you have to if you plan to release the fish back into the water. Also remember to never throw old fishing line into the lake. This can get caught around fish or other anglers’ outboard motors.” With the plentiful lakes and plentiful bass around Kosciusko County, you should be able to spend more time fishing (and catching!) great fish—instead of sharing stories of “the one that got away.” LAKElife Magazine July 2020


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Featured Story Family Fun

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Grillin’ and Chillin’ by Deborah C. Gerbers


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The sun is hot, the drinks are cold, and summer is finally here! There’s no better time than now to fire up the grill for some amazing cookout meals. With so many options available for grills and smokers, we consulted local experts to see what’s the best out there. We’ve also checked out local hometown butchers for advice on different cuts of meat to suit just about any taste. So, we’ve got you covered for delicious festivities ahead. One of the biggest names in grilling is the Big Green Egg— aptly named for its recognizable shape and color. The Big Green Egg is a versatile multi-tasker that can grill, roast, smoke, bake and sear, all in one cooking unit. It comes in various sizes from mini to the 2XL and everything in between. Using 100 percent lump charcoal from natural oak and hickory, the Big Green Egg eliminates the need for propane gas or dealing with burners, power cords or pellet augers.

The Big Green Egg is best known for its safety, easy clean up, and use of patented technology. The ceramic surface doesn’t get as hot as a metal grill, and the heat source is protected within a ceramic firebox inside the base. There is also a precise temperature control feature to reduce the chance of burning or overcooking foods. The professional-grade stainless steel cooking grid makes for easy clean up, and an the exterior is coated with a lifetime glaze that wipes clean easily without chemical cleaners. Inside, residual heat burns away any grease build-up – just like a self-cleaning oven – and ash build-up is minimal. The Big Green Egg also has patented components and state-of-the-art ceramic technologies that provide unique thermal properties, material quality and cooking performance. Knowledgeable staff at Collier’s Fireplace Shoppe in Warsaw can help you find the perfect Big Green Egg for you. Other big names in gas grills are BroilMaster, Napoleon, and Pit Boss. These grills are easy to use and most people are familiar with them. Temperature can be easily controlled for different areas of the grill top, which is handy when cooking different types of foods requiring different levels of direct and indirect heat. Perhaps you still recall the good old Weber charcoal grill? These are also easy to use, are portable, and there are quick-lighting charcoal options to speed up the heating time. You can also opt for a chimneystyle starter using paper to ignite the charcoal. Charcoal grills can impart a different flavor from gas grills. There are also several combination models that can use either propane or charcoal. Wood fire grills are also becoming more popular these days. While most other grills use propane or gas for their fuel source, wood fire grills use wood pellets that add extra flavor to grilled foods. The wood pellets are also specially made to burn evenly and consistently, ensuring a more efficient cook. A pellet or wood fire grill is a combination appliance of a grill, smoker, oven and more. Traeger and Memphis are big names in wood fire grills, and are available at such retailers like American Outdoor BBQ in Warsaw. Smokers are also popular because they add a distinct smoky flavor to foods. You can use different types of wood chips for different flavors when smoking meats. Hickory, mesquite and oak wood impart a bold flavor for meats like beef and pork. Apple, cherry and other fruit tree woods are milder and are ideal for pork and chicken. Outlaw Smokers and Yoder Smokers are two top brands and are available at American Outdoor BBQ as well.

Once you’ve chosen your method for smoking and grilling, it’s time to pick the meat! We suggest visiting local butcher shops because most often, butchers are very well-versed on their meats, usually sell locally-raised meats, and will typically specialize your order however you choose. Bales Butcher Shop in Syracuse is an old-fashioned, specialized butcher shop with a family atmosphere. They sell meat in economic bundles, and offer various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and even goat. John’s Butcher shop in Nappanee is another specialty butcher featuring locally raised beef, as well as deer processing.


There are several cuts of beef you can find to make all your guests happy. One of the most popular cuts is the filet, or tenderloin, known for its low amount of fat and extra leanness. You can buy the whole tenderloin, or have your butcher cut it into as many personal-sized filets as you need. The New York Strip is another popular cut, which is harvested from the “short loin” section of a beef. The tenderloin section extends into the short loin. A T-bone cut of beef has both a strip steak and a piece of tenderloin filet, making it a good choice for someone who has trouble deciding! Flank steak is a lean, flat cut of beef that lends itself well to marinating and grilling whole; simply cut against the grain into strips once rested. Sirloin and round are great when ground for hamburgers.


Chicken is, of course, quite versatile. Chicken breasts and breast tenderloins are crowd-pleasers; the white meat pieces are very lean and can take on any flavors you add. Thighs, either boneless or bone-in, are dark meat cuts that take a little more time to grill, but have more fat than other cuts, and thus more inherent flavor. Wings are great when smoked and/or grilled.


Pork chops and whole pork tenderloin are very lean and can easily dry out, so cook low and slow after marinating or brining to retain moisture and flavor. Pork ribs are very popular for grilling and smoking—try using a dry rub mixture of spices, salt, and brown sugar before cooking. Then add your sauce of choice. Whatever you decide to cook on the grill this summer, make sure you have a quality grill or smoker, and use the best cuts of meat you can find by checking out your local resources for their expert opinions. Cheers to grilling and chilling by the lake! LAKElife Magazine July 2020


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Homes Interiors

With help from a few LAKElife friends, we’ve gathered great tips + tricks for keeping your lake home stylish and functional when it comes to home lighting. Gone are the days of few cookie-cutter options. Today, variety shines to offer a clean and stylish look. “We treat our lake homes just like other homes,” said Julie Reimer, lighting specialist at Kendall Electric. “We ask similar questions about ceiling height, room size, the use of the space, color of the walls, and floors. After taking all these things into consideration now we can look at – what is your style?”


Starting with the heart of the home, yes, the kitchen, Reimer shared that lighter colors have been in style, along with an open-concept feel. And the right lighting has a great effect on your open concept kitchen. But what style of lighting is suggested for the popular areas within the kitchen? “We use multiple pendants to spread across the kitchen island and also a single fixture using up to 3, 4, or 5 lights,” Reimer said. “The lighting market has several open cages that are nice without glass, too, for easy clean up in the kitchen and this makes the space seem more open as well.” Other trends for kitchens?

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»»It’s popular to see a seedy glass, clear, or hammered glass. »»Hammered glass is commonly seen in linear lights, chandeliers, individual pendants and sconces.

»»Linear lights can have a nice appeal with clean straight

lines. Be sure to leave approximately 6” or more on each side from the outside of the counter top.

Great Room

In many homes it’s the busiest gathering room, second only to the kitchen. It exudes comfort, style and encourages conversation and family laughs. And the right lighting only adds to the room’s ambiance. Interior designer Kelley Graber with Kelley J. Interiors says this is where we can make a statement. “In the great room it is popular to hang a statement chandelier,” she said, “or if your humble lake cottage doesn’t have an air conditioner, you may want to consider a ceiling fan,” to add comfort and style all at once. The lake-oriented options for ceiling fans are plentiful.

Dining Table

Carrying the open concept through to the dining table, options abound. “It is fun to switch it up,” Reimer said. “If you had pendants over the kitchen island and a chandelier over the (dining) table, maybe it’s time to reverse and use pendants over the dining table and one light over the island.”

Get Nautical, even at the dinner table

As many lake home owners also have a separate, permanent residence, their lake home can offer a canvas on which to create a very lake-oriented, fun, nautical feel. “I have gone with a nautical theme in a few of the lake homes I have designed,” Graber said. “It makes it fun and a nice, different pace from your (year-round) home.” And when integrating the nautical feel, consider having a designer provide a custom light, specific for you and your family. “I think one of the coolest lights I’ve made for a client, was a canoe turned upside-down, with lighting within the hull,” Graber said. “We then hung it over the dining table.”

wafers and wall sconces on each side of the mirrors, or two to three lights above the mirrors,” Reimer said. “The best lighting for the bath is top and side, giving you lighting at your eye level and above lighting the space.”


Comfort is king when it comes to bedrooms, so Graber suggests a lighted ceiling fan is a must to help keep the air moving on humid summer nights. Again, available designs are as expansive as is your creativity.

Outdoor Lighting

Where better to install dimmer lighting than a 3-season room or lakeside patio and porch area? “On the outdoors you want to put a dimmer on your porch lights to dim the lighting,” she said. “This will help people feel more comfortable and keep the conversation going into the night.” As you decorate your lake home get creative on how to use lighting that best ‘fits’ the areas of your home. Doing so balances aesthetics with function; we think it’s a very bright idea.


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Homes Exteriors

by Mike Petrucelli

Outdoor Kitchens, Bars + Pergolas by Shannon Rooney

Is your backyard ready for a summer of entertaining and enjoyment? With the right elements in place, you can create an outdoor living space that rivals your favorite lakeside bar or restaurant— with the benefit of adding value to your home.


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For a space that brings people together, use a combination of outdoor amenities available in this season’s best kitchens, bars, and pergolas. Once assembled, you’ll have a snazzy outdoor entertaining area where you can make memories with neighbors, family and friends that will last a lifetime. From gas vs. charcoal to remote control pergola roofs, we’ve got the low-down on this summer’s trends so you can do outdoor living up right.

with ice instead, and use it to hold canned and bottled drinks. Popular bar additions include a kegerator or a refrigerator that houses wine.

Top it Off with a Pergola

“For the family that wants that backyard that has everything, you’re going to find that kitchens, bars, and pergolas all come together,” said Walker.

Get Cooking

Whether you like to entertain lots of guests or just enjoy a nice dinner at the end of the workday, there’s an outdoor kitchen set-up for you. Homeowners are opting for a number of ways to get dinner on the patio table, according to Mark Walker, director of business development with Kuert Outdoor Living. The company’s store in Goshen offers design services and outdoor solutions for homeowners, including solutions to finding the right outdoor kitchen for you. Walker says clients often choose to include both gas and charcoal grills in the outdoor kitchen. “If you just want a quick dinner, use the gas, and for guests and entertaining it’s the charcoal grill,” he said.

The basic concept of the pergola has stood the test of time. A structure with open sides and a slatted roof provides shade and shelter from light rain. It also helps delineate one outdoor area from another— separating the outdoor seating area from the outdoor kitchen, for example. chute and you’ve got a one-stop spot for chopping.

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Like a kitchen island, bars offer space for guests to hang out while the host serves and preps food. The outdoor bar is about casual comfort. Many outdoor bars are attached to the outdoor kitchen, adjacent to the food prep/drink prep area with space for bar stools. Fire table set-ups are also popular with Kuert clients, said Walker. Often of round shape, the fire pit in the middle of fire tables offers warmth and ambience while guests sit on stools around the table. A surrounding ledge provides space for drinks and a fire screen can be installed to offset the heat if needed. Walker said he has seen hosts fill the center of the firepit

Pergolas come in a number of styles and materials from wood to steel and aluminum. All require varying degrees of maintenance. According to Walker, pergolas with retractable roofs have become increasingly popular. Motorized awnings or louvered metal roofs open and close via remote control. Kuert also offers versions with sliding side panels, all operated with the touch of a button. Outdoor pavilions are gaining popularity too, said Walker. Pavilions usually feature permanent roofs; a popular size with Kuert customers is a 12x16-foot option. So, liven up your outdoors and create the ideal setup for your entertainer’s dream.

Or, he said, the resident chef may cook the veggies (and even dessert) on the gas grill, and use the charcoal grill for the meat. Pizza ovens, stone or stainless steel, and smokers are sought-after additions. With all these amenities, outdoor kitchens are becoming more versatile, allowing a homeowner to take care of prep and cooking—whatever the dish—in one spot. “Something else we’ve seen with outdoor kitchens is more of a concern with food preparation,” said Walker. Many kitchens now include a cutting board incorporated into the countertop. Add a handy trash LAKElife Magazine July 2020


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Jon + Rita Gage Little Chapman Lake

Buhrt Builders story and photos by Sue Pais 68

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Some talk about the American dream. Some visualize it. Some chase. For Jon and Rita Gage, they’ve caught the dream tightly in their collective grasp. And they’ll never let go.

Attaining the American Dream The Gage family cottage on Little Chapman Lake began as this 600-square-foot house (pictured at left). With the help of Buhrt Builders, renovations transformed the house into an ideal family cottage, complete with three bedrooms, three full baths, and one family dream realized.

Yes, each day, they live their soughtafter-and-earned American dream. And truly, it’s a story of lifelong hard work, family helping family, sticking together and building from a foundation that bonds. And while the foundation of the family proved sound, the foundation of their 600-square-foot cottage needed some help. Thus ensued a renovation that inspires, tugs heartstrings and offers the sweetest of American family stories.

LAKElife Magazine, meet Jon and Rita Gage.

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ometimes actions of another will redirect our journeys in lifealtering ways. So it was, when one of the Gage’s daughters purchased a home on Little Chapman Lake. “Previously, we were living in what we thought would be our forever country home in Wabash,” Rita said. “But then after (our daughter) bought a home on Chapman Lake, it didn’t take long to see how relaxing lake life could be… we thought to ourselves, how does anyone ever go to work, as it seems like a permanent vacation place?” Then, just like that, Jon and Rita’s idea of a ‘forever home’ began to change view. So the lake home search began. After a rather exhausting (and unfulfilling) search, and while regularly visiting their daughter and family, Jon and Rita noticed a small cottage pop up for sale. The cottage? It was just two doors from their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. And as they say, the rest is history. But the history was not fulfilled overnight. Jon retired, after dedicating his 40year professional life as a lineman for Duke Energy. Rita continued working, as she does today, as a buyer for Kendall Electric. And then? They bought the little cottage, two doors down.

Getting Started

“We started with just a 600-squarefoot cute little cottage that was full of knotty pine and personality,” Rita said. “The first summer we owned it we just wanted to chill and enjoy the lake before starting any reno(vations). But it didn’t take long to know we had to add on everywhere and anywhere we could

if this was to be our ‘next’ forever home.” What ensued was a complete renovation of the home’s bones plus the exterior add-on, beautifully mastered by Burht Builders. “We hired Buhrt Builders to do all the construction on the outside… the additions, roof, siding, concrete, porches,” Rita said.

Renovations Run

To know additional square footage is needed is easy. But determining exactly what goals should be accomplished for the Gage’s new forever home? That took a little more thought. “We knew we wanted an open concept living area with a great view of the lake. Jon’s request was a large, well-lit garage. He knew he was going to miss his pole barn (from the country home) and wanted room for all his vehicles,” Rita said. And Jon made sure his wife’s wish list was addressed as well. “The kitchen is my area! When we were doing the reno,” Rita said, “I stated that my only request was that my sink had to be in an island facing the lake! I absolutely love seeing the beautiful view while I’m in the kitchen. Also, with it being open to the living room, it’s great to be included with whatever is going on in the living area.” Wish-lists were made and the building began. From garage to kitchen, all wishes were granted. And then some. Its expansion grew to three full bedrooms and three full baths, offering plenty of comfortable space for the whole family. Buhrt Builders made it happen, asking the right questions and offering expert direction and craftmanship. “Buhrt Builders were just awesome to work with!” Rita said.

Center: Simplicity and comfort work together to create the cottage’s easy, cozy atmosphere. Opposite, top center: The cottage’s guest bedrooms (one pictured here) maintain a relaxed, nautical decor. Opposite, top right and center left: Beautiful granite makes a statement in this kitchen. The kitchen sink (within the granite island) is positioned so Rita can work in the kitchen— and not miss a beat of activities in the living room or on the lake. Opposite, center right: Hallways are decorated with a series of black-and-white family photos.This frame is built from the home's original structure. Opposite, bottom left and center: - White beadboard further accentuates the 'cottage feel' throughout the Gage home.


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Before and after images of the home's streetside view.

Then… the entire family chose to dedicate their free time to work on the interior of the cottage—as in, for a year and a half the family worked cooperatively, renovating everything on the interior “from studs to the finished product,” Rita said. To say it’s a family cottage built with love is accurate as can be. “It was a long journey, but well worth it… we could not be happier with the finished product,” she said. And a finished project, beautifully executed, it is. The garage expansion didn’t stop with vehicle storage. A stairway in the back of the garage, walls adorned with black-and-white family lake photos, leads to Jon’s other playground. A huge room above the garage plays home to Jon’s man cave. Complete with stereo equipment, pool table and relics from his career, the bonus area is, indeed, a great game room. To complete the above-thegarage addition, there’s a cozy guest bedroom that looks over the lake, as well as a full bath in tasteful nautical colors and décor. The kitchen with its granite counters and huge island that does, indeed, overlook the lake and living area, are superbly designed to answer all of Rita’s requests. Just off the kitchen is another full bath, complete with full-sized, stacked laundry facilities and décor celebrating Rita’s affection for the 1939 hit “The Wizard of Oz.” This, and colorful wall décor are superbly displayed throughout the Gage Family Cottage.

Center left: The garage is home to Jon’s car collection, including this 1940 Ford pickup truck. Center right: Meet Macy Gray Gage, the cottage princess. Bottom left: Jon’s ultimate game room is complete with pool table, and so much more. Bottom right: Ideal for evening bonfires and watching the stars, the lakeside yard is ideal for relaxed family time.


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And a family cottage it is, full of family photos and history. Along hallways are frames from the original home structure, which the Gages transformed into huge photo frames to house more black-andwhite family photos. Painted white, they hang above the cottage-style beadboard. “When renovating… we pretty much went with a cottage theme... lots of white and grey, beadboard, along with some primitive and lake décor,” Rita said. No details of function or aesthetics were spared in creating the ultimate cozy cottage. In fact, the Gage cottage is beautiful proof that it needn’t take mansion-worthy windows to provide a rich view. In fact, lake views are frontand-center from almost every room. “Our favorite room has to be the living room that leads out to the lake-side porch,” Rita said.

The Outdoors

Details continue beyond the doorway, too, with multiple gathering areas for the family outdoors. From the cushioned porch swing to the colorful Adirondack chairs on the porch to manicured, green grass, bonfire pit, and the Gage dock (with more Adirondack chairs), comfortable, festive seating is both plentiful and welcoming. “Sitting out on the open porch, enjoying nature and watching the boaters never gets old,” Rita said.

The Lifestyle

From the comforts and easy style of the indoors to the restful relaxation outside, the Gage Cottage is all the family had hoped for. And with four children and two grandchildren to share it with, the cottage is a treasured home to them all. “It has given us a place to entertain and spend some quality time with all our family and friends,” Rita said. “We’ve only lived here four years, but have already made so many great memories and looking forward to making many more… time goes way too fast, and any time you have a chance to make cherished memories with family and friends, do it!” And really, isn’t that what we’re all after? We’d say it’s the American Dream. 260.436.6900

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Articles inside


pages 64-65

Making the Cut (of meat

pages 61-63

Food Finder

pages 50-53

Water Fun

pages 54-55

Fishing Boating

pages 56-59

Brewery, Syracuse

pages 46-47

Plating Pros

pages 48-49

for Grill-masters

page 60

Fresh Eats

pages 44-45


pages 42-43

Town Profile

pages 36-39

Outdoor Adventures

pages 33-35

Lake Profile

pages 40-41


page 32

Hand Pollination

pages 24-25

Kosciusko County Overview

page 30

Feature Story

pages 16-19

Magical Flunkie

pages 6-9


pages 12-13

Letters to the Editor

pages 10-11

Water Warrior

pages 22-23

The Good Life

pages 14-15
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