LAKElife Magazine - June 2021

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June 2021

Father's Day Tributes A Guide To Grills

Antique Fishing Lures

Gifting For Your Guy

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Contents Editor’s Letter Dad's Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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

Celebs, Movers + SHAKERS 60 Years Of Flotilla Fun . . . . .

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

Plating Pros

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

Chef Sid Gongwer, Ruhe152, Nappanee . . . . . . . .

The Good Life Hello, Summer Days . . . . . . . . 20

COUNTY LAKE LIFE Heirlooms On The Water . . . . . . 24

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

Critters + Crawlers 32

34 36

Liliana, Chapman Lake Tiny Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Karla Walker, Chubbie’s Pub-N-Grub . . . . . . 58


Refresher Dark ‘n Stormy Cocktail . . . .


Your Dining Favorites . . . . . .


Bon Appetit 66

WATER FUN Family Reflections . . . . . . . . .



Smokin’ Hot! A Guide To Grills + Grilling . . . . . . . . . Thanks, Dad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Calendar of Events . . . . . . . 42

Water Fun + Fishing

Bulletin Bits + Fish Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Hooked On Antique Fishing Lures . . . . . .

Featured Home The Martin Family Lake Home by Coplen Construction, Winona Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Interiors Trends 88

Exterior Trends 70

Reader Celebrations



A Beaut’ Boat Bar . . . . . . . . . .

Family Fun + Traditions

Town Profile Winona Lake: Day-Trip Destination . . . . . .

Good Deeds

Dr Pepper® Ribs . . . . . . . . . .

Lake Profile Webster Lake: Heart + Soul .


Food Finder

Water + Nature Health Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit . . . . . . .



Featured Opening Story

Dragonflies: A Lake’s Precious Gemstones . . . . . . .



Color Me Beautiful . . . . . . . . .


The Real Dirt 74

Summer Cherries . . . . . . . . . .



Final Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Local Finds Gifting For Your Guy . . . . . . .


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Editor's Letter

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It was coveted. And it emitted a mysterious, taunting allure. It was Dad’s big red chair. There it sat. Swallowing much of the room, just beckoning my brothers and I to break Dad’s main household rule: ‘don’t touch my chair.’ Yes, we were banished from proximity to the glowing behemoth of bouncy fun. We were not allowed to touch said chair. Nor were we allowed to sit on said chair— and jumping on said chair meant living in the woods with the squirrels. Then a magical day occurred. Dad invited us onto the chair. With him. Shwwhhaat? Imagine my confusion. And my elation. The mysterious boundary had disappeared, even if for a moment. Dad, the brothers, and I? We had fun. No unworldly outstretched hand emerged from the cushions to smack us. No detonation occurred. No fighting, and we were able to sleep in our own beds that night instead of the wilderness of Chicago ‘burbs. It was a time with Dad to remember. And I learned the red chair wasn’t all that bouncy. Dad was a tough man with a soft edge. His heart belonged to my mother. His protection to me and aforementioned brotherly boys. His service was to this great country, and his spirit now soars Above. He was consistent until he wasn’t, and strict until he let things slide. He was the storm in the calm, and the calm within the storm. He was Dad. During this month of June I reminisce about him often, although I think of him year-round — as do most who’ve lost their fathers. So in June especially, with the coming of Father’s Day, we celebrate all dads. We pause to recognize their efforts. We see how they’ve helped shape us, one way or another. We appreciate their sacrifices, respect their aspirations, and value how much they add to our lives. Yes, June is when we intentionally thank Dad for all he is, all he wishes to be, and for all he’s endured and conquered. We honor him. As days now gift us with consistent warmth, the spirit of summer seems electric. Frequent wafts of barbecue float within the breeze, the hum of motors dances atop the water, and nighttime shorelines are dotted with cozy lights and even cozier bonfires. Happy June summer days to all readers, and a fun-filled Father’s Day to dads throughout Kosciusko County, Above, and beyond. And if your dad has a dedicated red pleather throne? Leave it untouched. Until he invites you in. Some boundaries are meant to be sacred. Until they are not. Enjoy this June issue. It’s created just for you. Warmly,

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Lauren Caggiano No stranger to lake publications, or working with Sue, Lauren Caggiano lives, works, and plays in northeast Indiana. An active freelance writer for most every publication in our area, Lauren exudes a can-do attitude, a hardworking drive, and a heart for philanthropy. A graduate of the University of Dayton, she’s worked in journalism for the last dozen years. And when free time makes a welcome appearance in her life, she enjoys volunteering, thrift shopping, and exploring vegan cuisine. We’re thrilled to welcome Lauren to our hardworking writer team.

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Volume 2 Issue 3 | June 2021 Ron Baumgartner PUBLISHER Sue Rawlinson-Pais EXECUTIVE EDITOR Deb Patterson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Steve Meadows DIRECTOR OF MARKETING SALES EXECUTIVES

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P.O. Box 188; 206 South Main St. Milford, IN 46542 800.733.4111/Fax 800.886.3796 Fancy meeting YOU here again! Welcome so super mucho to the June masthead page’s small print that no one reads. No one, that is, except YOU— my Superstar Reader of the Month, me, and my mom. We’re so especially happy to have you (and even those who race past this good stuff ) along on the journey. But since you actually read small print, we think you’re super, extra awesomesaucy. This June issue brings us halfway through our publication season already. Technically we’re 3/5 of the way through, and I don’t know to what percentage that equates. This gal’s trig professor, in front of the en-tirrree class, asked why I was in his class. (‘I just love it in here’ with a dramatic eyeroll was not the correct response.) So, yes, we’re 3/5 of the way through our amazing season already, so shake some extra celery salt in your morning ‘mary, prop up the piggies, and settle in for a fun read. It’s smooth sailing into the heart of official summer. Morning kayakers paddle added peace to the soul, boaters + surfers embrace warming water temps, and pontoon sunset cruisin’ is as commonplace as wet towels on the lawn chairs. LAKElife is busily publishing away, community bidnizzes are bidnizzing, and lake lovers are planning cookouts + Father’s Day gatherings, and there’s an added element of community as we continue to re-emerge post 2020. Family appreciation, a reconnection with nature, and an eagerness for community camaraderie together create an electric energy. Isn’t it wonderful? We’re so appreciative for the support of our readers, and the support and confidence from all our advertising partners who’ve actively joined our journey. You are heard. You are appreciated. You are valued. And Tom Cruise, you had me at hello.


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With both arms, let’s love on this month. Embrace the beautiful weather, reconnect with friends, and let’s celebrate area dads. And for those keeping track, snapping contests between Ron and Sue (that’s me) continue to be a stupendous spectacle. As you know, LAKElife Magazine is published by your area publishing icon—yes, the one founded by the Baumgartner family, and the same one that has stood the test of time (more than 80 years!). Yep, we’re talking about The Papers Incorporated at 206 S. Main Street, Milford, Indiana, 46542, with Snap-Master Ron Baumgartner, sleeves rolled up, phone in a holster, and fingers snapping about ‘da publishing house with impressive deft and attitude. He’s our leader, and all jokes aside, he’s da’bomb. com. Our office hours are still most definitely 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for the second Thursday of every week, when we knock off at 11 a.m. for an early lunch + to throw back a few. And, mark your calendars because competitive snap-offs are held the fourth Tuesday of each week. As we are veterans to this publishing snap-fest, 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. 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 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 before fellow Kosciusko County lake lovin’ residents. To learn how, please contact Steve Meadows, director of marketing, at 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. Or, email him at EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Editorial suggestions are eagerly welcomed! Please contact Sue at any time (she loves to hear from you!) at, or send her a text at 260.450.7736. Letters to the editor may be emailed, and must include your name. Sue LOVES to hear from you! In her best (it’s bad) Doc Holliday impression she says, ‘I’m your huckleberry.’ Move. Over. Val. Kilmer. Again, contact her at LAKElife Magazine does, indeed, contract with freelance writers, photographers and artists to create much of its content. If you’re interested in joining the journey, reach out to Sue and she’ll be in touch. Again, her email is In fact, when in doubt about anything regarding this America-familyfun-lake-loving publication, reach out to Sue. She’s your snappy go-to walkin’ about in these here parts. No spurs, though. Just flip-flops. Spurs are SO. YESTERDAY, Doc. Therein concludes our third super-secret, informative masthead of the 2021 season… enjoy this June issue. Happy Father’s Day to all of Kosciusko County, and a very genuine thank you for reading. Yes, even the small print. And congrats on your two-month streak as Superstar Reader Of The Month.

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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

Hello Sue, Thanks so much for bringing back the great magazine for all of us lake lovers. I’ll be subscribing for sure! I thought I’d share this photo I captured of a “pontoon pirate” scoping things out on Lake Tippecanoe. The pirate is my youngest grandson Graham. This is from 3 or 4 summers ago. —Mr. Kim Contos Ahoy! Thank you kindly for your words, support, and for sharing Graham’s lookout pic. I’d walk the plank if he told me to. –Sue

generation at I love reading your magazine. Our kids are the 4th 1937 (and we’ve our Wawasee cottage which was constructed in home made it enjoyed since 1943). Located on Waco Drive, the evenings over convenient to enjoy daytime golf and many, many e” (golf course). dinners and having late-night fun at “South Shor cularly all of us parti asee, Waw It was a huge part of the fabric of of the lake, as s shore along the southeast, south and southwest blossoming and ant well as the local community. Seeing it dorm is a years 55 dandelions with no golf for the first time in my plans for the t surreal experience. I would Iove to learn more abou ns. its development in one of your future publicatio —Andrew Morris, SIOR

note. It’s editorial Hi Andrew… thank you for your comments and your do some digging on your suggestions like yours that I appreciate so much. We’ll behalf. Thank you for reading. –Sue

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Hi there, I thought I would submit a picture of our pup, Dixie, enjoying Webster Lake. She enjoys her boat time! She is our lookout for the Dixie Sternwheel and muskies in the water! She greets both of them with enthusiasm. (She’s a Corgi/German Shepherd mix.) —Dana Bogathy, Miller’s Landing, North Webster

you’d like nature Hi Sue! I didn’t know if you! pictures. Here’s one for —Autumn

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This edition makes me yearn to be back out at (Lake) Chapman. Can’t wait for warmer weather. Thanks 7 Habits very much for printing my picture To Get Green this Spring of Ben and his Uncle PeeWee. 21 Tips Meet Chef Would it be possible to get a few 2021 Matt Fry extra copies? I notice that you are offering subscriptions now and I will be signing up for them. Let me know if there is additional cost for the extra copies. Hurry up summer!! —Carol Rudin Kosciusko County April 2021



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Thank goodness summer hurried up and arrived! And it’s my pleasure to print little Ben’s image. I’ll be in contact about the extra copies. –Sue

Sue, Really look forward to your magazine and thoroughly enjoy all the information and articles. Had this beautiful pic from a Big Lake Chapman sunset that I'd like to share with other lake lovers like myself. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did taking it. Just a note also that this was taken with no editing on my iPhone 11 camera. I'd say pretty impressive photo quality for a phone. Thanks, Julie Phillips

Love your magazine. You do a great job covering northern In diana, photos are beautiful. I have a co uple of pictures for your magazine if you are interested. How do I send them to you? —Fritz Krull Hi Fritz! Thank you for reaching out. Images may be sen t via email to sue@lakelifemagaz, or texted to 260.450.77 36.

–Thank you for capturing such a beautiful moment + sharing with us, Julie! Wowsa. Just gorgeous. LAKElife Magazine June 2021


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Just chillin’ Indiana-style in the pickup. Happy Father’s Day, Granddad. Love, Lucy, Jack + Josh


Goggles on. Exploring underway. Meet Joey at Beaver Dam Lake. Submitted by Diana. Surfs-up, girls. Courtney and her pal on Lake Wawasee. Submitted by Julie Larson.

Mufasa’s got nuttin’ on Chuck as he proudly overlooks his kingdom on Winona Lake. Submitted by Autumn Gregory.

California girls aren’t the only ones who can surf. Submitted by Julie.

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n u F o t o Ph PhotoFun, cont'd

Carter shows us what joy looks like.

Uncle Billy and his neice Nora. Does it get more precious? (Answer: no, it does not.) Submitted by Kaylee.

Evidence of a perfect lake day. Sleepy orange bottoms with daddy. Submitted by Susan.


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The Good Life

by Sue Pais

As June days arrive, summer officially begins. Warm temps become the norm. Sunshine is predictable. And, we squeeze in as much daily play as possible.


e seek out laughter, gatherings, and embrace moments of solace all the same. It’s a month of being content, making moments that count, and inviting joy in our lives. We celebrate quiet victory for enduring the past year, and now, we breathe with just a bit more ease. Fishing poles re-emerge, held by hands of all sizes. Conversations are held that— without accompanying fishing poles— may never take place. Moments happen, tales are told, and memories are made. On Sunday, June 20, we celebrate the dads in our lives. It’s when we thank them for their strength, wisdom, and guidance. We appreciate their efforts, enjoy their humor, and we appreciate the foundation they’ve provided for us. In June let’s be intentional with time. Let’s carve into life moments to experience nature. To create opportunities for quality time with those we love. And to celebrate goodness and simplicities that do, indeed, make up the Good Life.

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Heirlooms On The Water by Tim Miller photos by Jeanne Knecht

Algonac, Michigan had a population of just over 400 in 1874 when Christopher Columbus Smith built his first wooden boat. It would not be his last. As gas engines became practical for operating automobiles, it just made sense to experiment with them in boats as well. Generations later, the family business he began there grew and evolved to become the largest builder of mahogany power boats in the world— Chris Craft. So many Chris Craft have survived that the name is now almost synonymous with mahogany boats, but there were hundreds of other companies around the world, with names like Century, Stanley, Hutchinson, Elco, Shepherd, Hacker Craft, and Riva, doing the same. They were elegant, powerful, and fast. 24

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oday, half a century since Chris Craft built its last mahogany hulled boat, they are still all of those things and more, and there is growing interest in these floating works of art. On Lake Wawasee, every Sunday morning at 10 a.m., owners of these boats have a parade on the water. It is called the Thunder Run and is growing in popularity and participation every year. “We had five boats the first time,” said Luke Knecht, a wooden boat owner and administrator of the Facebook page Wawasee Wooden Boats. “In 2020 we had a total of 84 boats participating in one or more runs. For five of those runs we had 30 or more boats.” Thirty boats make a line 1 ½ miles long. “Plus, we have hundreds of spectators lining the shore and docks, waving and blowing horns,” Knecht said. The ‘thunder’ is supplied by the unmuffled 6- and 8-cylinder engines powering these boats. Ask a wooden boat owner why the resurgence of interest and most will start with ‘I’m not sure.’ It is a combination of things. “I suspect the special factor for the younger owners tends toward having something unique,” Knecht said. “For the 60+ set, it’s just the joy experienced in going out in the boat and reliving memories of when they were younger and rode in dad or grandpa’s boat.” They also have a unique sound, feel, and smell that is unmistakable. “It’s nostalgia, craftsmanship, sights, sounds, smells of leather, oil, gas, and wood,” Knecht said. “It’s a simpler form from a simpler time.” “They were never expected to last this long,” said Mike McBride, president of the Indiana chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. “Sometimes stain and 10-15 coats of varnish is enough, but some are too far gone and all you can do is use the pieces you have to trace a pattern and then create new pieces from that pattern. One took me three years to complete.” It is detailed work that cannot be rushed.

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Heirlooms On The Water

See The Boats June 12 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. there will be an antique and classic boat rally at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse. July 30-31 the Lake James Boat Show will be held at Bledsoe Beach on Lake James. Every Sunday during the summer, at 10 a.m., Wawasee boat owners conduct their Thunder Run.


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“When installing new planks on a boat you want both sides to appear identical, so you cut planks down the middle and install one half on each side of the boat,” McBride said. Those planks also must fit the bend and curve of the hull. For that, each piece must sit in a steam box for one hour per inch of wood to make it pliable. When they come out “you have less than a minute to get the board in place,” McBride said. “It takes 1,500 screws to hold one bottom together. Each one is countersunk and covered with a wood plug.” “The original boats were rushed out. Each line had a quota,” said Jeff Funk, owner of Antique Boat Shop in Fort Wayne. “When we do a restoration, we can take our time and make it perfect.” Antique Boat Shop is the largest operation in the eastern U.S. restoring these kinds of boats. “Original boat bottoms used very little adhesive,” Funk said. “Caulking between the planks was cotton and linseed oil.” A bottom restored with today’s materials may look the same, but it is not. Marine grade plywood is first screwed to the oak frame. “Over that we spread a flexible adhesive called 5200,” Funk said. “Then the planks go on using marine grade stainless steel screws.” The stain used on the wood is remarkably like the original, but not the varnish. “The varnish offers much better UV protection than the original,” Funk said. A properly restored hull may not need further work for eight years or more. In the end, the attention to detail is worth it. “They are the work of master carpenters and craftsmen,” Funk said. “These are legacy boats, family heirlooms.”

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June is energized with the hum of boat motors, kids at play, kayaks gliding through the water, and pontoons cruising to best view the sunsets of Kosciusko County. Summer has arrived, Father’s Day is near, golf clubs are cleaned, grills are scrubbed, and warm weather fun is well underway. It’s a month of fun, laughter, bare feet in the growing, green grass, and summer moments made. And where better to create these warm memories than right here, in Kosciusko County?


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


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No picturesque pond or cool, summertime stream is complete without the glint of dragonflies in the air. You might also spot one sitting still on a stone or blade of grass with its stained-glass wings laid open. If its wings are held closed along its slender back instead, you’ve found a damselfly, a closely-related insect. Both dragonflies and damselflies shine with sapphire, emerald, ruby, or topaz hues depending on the species.


ragonflies are harmless and docile with humans, but for mosquitoes and other bugs, they live up to their fierce name. Dragonflies are highperformance predators. Four independently-controlled wings, specialized eyes that can see small specks against the sky, and a brain that predicts prey flight paths give the dragonfly one of the highest catch success rates in the animal kingdom. Adult dragonflies live quick and exciting lives. After hunting, finding a mate, and laying eggs into ponds and wet plant material, their life cycle is complete. They live just one to eight weeks as the insects we call “dragonflies.” But their eggs are just beneath the surface of the water. Dragonfly young, called “nymphs,” eat smaller bugs, molt, and grow as aquatic larvae very different in appearance from their parents. In a few months or up to five years, depending on the species, those larvae will climb out of the water and molt one last time into hovering, hunting, shining dragonflies.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Water + Nature Health

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit is Coming to North Webster, Summer 2021 by Sarah Marty-Schlipf, donor relations specialist

This summer you don’t have to travel to the nearest big city for a world-class museum experience. This summer, the museum is coming to you. North Webster Community Public Library and The Watershed Foundation (TWF) are excited to host Water/Ways, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition which dives into water— an essential component of life on our planet— environmentally, culturally, and historically.

watershed, as well as water’s cultural, spiritual, and social impact in our community. Water-related programs will be offered in various locations throughout the summer: from hands-on educational experiences to presentations, panel discussions, ecotours, and more.

With support from Indiana Humanities Council, NWCPL and TWF have also developed a companion exhibit showcasing our area’s unique water story, as well as a series of public programs for all ages. Visitors to the library can learn about our local water resources, lakes, and

Water/Ways is part of Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program, which brings exhibitions and programs to rural communities. North Webster was one of just six communities selected by Indiana Humanities Council to host the exhibit, which will tour the state, starting in


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North Webster and traveling to Rolling Prairie, West Terre Haute, New Harmony, Madison, and Centerville.

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said Lyn Crighton, TWF executive director. “We’re excited to partner with NWCPL in this opportunity to share the story of our outstanding water resources and community.” Beth Smith, adult services director of NWCPL, agrees. “We are very proud to be able to offer Water/Ways to our community and surrounding neighbors.” Water/Ways and our local exhibit will be on display at the library June 26-August 7. Watch for program dates and details, coming soon.

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Webster Lake Find heart + soul in this charming lake town

by Lauren Caggiano | photos by The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams + Sue Pais

There’s no such thing as a stranger on Webster Lake, just friends you haven’t met. This 653-acre body of water plays center stage for watersports, food, and festivals. It’s an area rich with fun and excitement, especially during the lake season. “North Webster is a wonderful little community with many things to offer," said Lisa Strombeck, international customer service & sales at Bart’s Water Sports. “It prides itself in being a very friendly and inviting resort town for everyone to visit!” On that note, visitors can dive right into the local scene. Looking to flex your outdoor sports muscle? Rent a fishing or pontoon boat and take in the beautiful landscape. More adventurous types might want to hire Chae Dolsen or Joe Leppert of Webster Lake Guide Service for a musky fishing trip on Webster Lake, Barbee Chain, Tippecanoe Lake, Loon Lake, Skinner, and Upper Long. Before


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gearing up for your fishing adventure, be sure to stop by Ye Olde Tackle Box for all your bait and tackle needs, and a few fishing tales. Or maybe you want a more intense day on the lake. Bart’s Water Sports in North Webster is the place for skis, wakeboards, towables, paddles, and more. If you’re new to the world of water sports, their professional staff can guide you in the right direction. Just add water! On the note of outdoor fun, the North Webster area also has the Tri-County state fish and wildlife area. Take advantage of hunting, fishing, hiking, shooting, archery, and wildlife viewing.

As always, be sure to check the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ website for COVID-related updates. After all that activity you’re sure to work up an appetite. Look no further than

destinations like Pizza King of North Webster, which is famous for its Royal Feast. You can boat up to it or access it on land. Either way, it’s sure to hit the spot. Tell them we sent you! When in doubt about where to eat, take advice from a local. Strombeck recommends Sheila’s Sweet Treats Ice Cream Parlor, known for its hand-dipped cones as well as breakfast and lunch. Be sure to check their Facebook page for daily specials.

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Winona Lake

Treasure hunting in this day-trip destination by Mary Jane Bogle | photos by Autumn Gregory + Sue Pais

Nestled in the heart of Indiana’s lake district is the thriving town of Winona Lake. Boasting its own lake with the same name, this little ‘burb has perfected the art of reimagination. With a wide variety of trails, boutique shops, and unique eateries, Winona Lake truly offers something for everyone. Here are just a few of the treasures that earn this small town a spot on your ‘must visit’ list this year. Gem #1: Parks and Greenways

Winona Lake offers outdoor enthusiasts a unique opportunity to bike or run on just over three miles of scenic greenway, the Heritage Trail, as well as nine miles of mountain bike trails. Maintained by the KCV Cycling Club, these biking trails offer a variety of challenges, from steep climbs and quick descents to fun, flat sections. As a Midwest regionally recognized trail, the greenway attracts people from all over northern Indiana and even visitors from outside the country. During summer months, kids will enjoy the K21 Splashpad and Limitless Park, a universally accessible playground. The park is built in such a way as to invite everyone to join the fun (no sitting on the sidelines here!), with wide paths and ramps throughout, and special swings and sensory activities built in.


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Gem #2: Lakeside Recreation

No day at Winona Lake would be complete without visiting, well, the lake. Whether you enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or canoeing, you’ll get your fill at Winona Lake. You don’t even have to bring your own gear. Just make your way to The Lake House or Limitless Park for hourly stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals, and hourly or daily pontoons. The only marina on Winona Lake, The Lake House also offers Ethanol-Free 91 octane boat fuel.

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Gem #4: Eateries

For dining, healthier options abound, with everything from light dining at the Light Rail Café & Roasting Co., outdoor dining at Cerulean, where they boast of “Midwestern simplicity, modern imagination,” and a seasonal favorite: Kelainey’s Coffees & Creams, where the star is, of course, delicious hand-dipped ice cream— the perfect place to indulge after a long day of shopping or fun on the lake and trails.

Gem #5: Indiana History

For the history buff in your party, visits to The Winona History Center and Billy Sunday Home are well worth the time. Located in the original Westminster Hotel, The Winona History Center details Winona Lake’s connection to the region’s history and offers tours of famed evangelist Billy Sunday’s family home. The center also spotlights Winona Lake’s transformation story, detailing the way the town reimagined itself from a somewhat depressed region into the thriving, vibrant community that exists today. Of special note is Winona Lake’s repeated spot in the top 10 safest cities in Indiana. Throughout the 1990s, the town invested heavily in infrastructure and planning, investments that have paid off in a big way and resulted in the lovely destination known as Winona Lake.

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

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

The Wizard of Oz,” June 2-5, 7-12. “Guys & Dolls,” June 16-20, 23-26. “The Music Man,” June 30-July 2, July 4, 6-10. For performance times, ticket prices and other information, call 574.267.8041 or visit or The center is located at 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw.


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Friends of the Library Story Emporium Bookstore, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 19. All proceeds go toward supporting the library. Friends of the Library meeting, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Monday, June 7. Learn more about FOL projects and community involvement. Public is invited. Blooming Art, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Get creative with your garden. Available on library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Children’s program.

Teen Minecraft Club, 4 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. Play Minecraft Education Edition on library computers, Playstation or Xbox. For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.267.6011 or visit or warsawpubliclibrary. The library is located at 310 E. Main St., Warsaw.

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Yoga classes, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, upstairs fitness room. $5/session.

Paint with Carl, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 21. $25 covers cost of instruction, acrylic paint, supplies. Register at reference desk. Ages 15 and older.

Cardio drumming, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday. $5/class or $40/punch card. Call Heather Bontrager, 260.797.8804.

Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. For teens in grades six through 12.

For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.834.1600 or visit or The community center is located at 301 N. Main St., North Webster.

Nutrition Series, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 28. Online presentation by registered dietitian Sue Delagrange. Registration required.


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Lake Talk & Eats: Native Plant Sale, 9 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Casey Jones from Tippecanoe Audubon Society will explain why natives are good for the birds, followed by opportunity to purchase native plants for landscaping. Free admission. Nature Play Day, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, June 5. Play ‘I Spy’ game, explore nature trails, complete two crafts. For children through fifth grade and accompanying adult. Free admission, but registration required at Nature Play Day, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, June 10. Explore trails and play Bingo game. Dress to get wet as some items are in the water; nets will be provided. Free hot dogs but sack dinner is also recommended. Free admission, but registration required at MudTastic Classic, time to be announced, Saturday, June 19. Features several fun and challenging obstacles along trails near Lake Wawasee. For adults and children 7 and older. Pollinator Workshop, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, June 21. Learn how pollinator plants can be used in your landscaping and walk away with six free plants. Free admission, but registration required at THE EVENT Summer Social, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 25. Tickets may be purchased at info@ For more information, contact 574.457.4549,, wawaseeconservancy. The education center is located at 11586 SR 13, Syracuse.

BOAT-IN WORSHIP (SUNDAYS THROUGH SEPT. 5) Lake Wawasee: offshore and on shoreline at Oakwood Resort, 702 E. Lake View Road, Syracuse. Attendees may board the S.S. Lillypad behind The Frog Tavern, 1116 S. Harkless Drive, Syracuse, by 7:30 a.m. for transportation to the service. Complimentary pastry, coffee, and orange juice will be served. Shoreline attendees may bring their own chairs or blankets. 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Sponsored by Syracuse-Wawasee Ministerial Association. 574.457.4446

Webster Lake: Epworth Forest Conference and Retreat Center, 8531 E. Epworth Forest Road, North Webster. Sponsored by North Webster United Methodist Church. 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. 574.834.2871, Dewart Lake, Quaker Haven Camp, 111 EMS D16C Lane, Syracuse. Sponsored by Dewart Lake Community Friends Church. 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 574.529.0687, Tippecanoe Lake: Patona Bay, 2 EMS T33B Lane, Leesburg. Sponsored by Leesburg United Methodist Church. 8:30-9 a.m. 574.453.4703, or

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SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 5-6 VILLAGE ART FAIR Downtown Winona Lake. More than 75 juried vendors from around the country, live music, kids' activities, food vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 574.268.9888,

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SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 SYRACUSE ARTISANS & FARMERS MARKET Veteran’s Memorial Park at Crosson Mill, 301 N. Huntington St., Syracuse. Locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods, and art. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.265.7774, koscountyfarmersandartisanmarket

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 WARSAW FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET Center Street in front of the courthouse, downtown Warsaw. Produce, baked goods, artisan goods, and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 574.265.7774, koscountyfarmersandartisanmarket

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 13, 20, 27 WOODEN BOAT THUNDER RUN Conklin Bay of Lake Wawasee. Anyone with a wooden boat may join the procession. Viewing is available from Oakwood Resort. 10 a.m. For more information, call Luke Knecht at 574.457.2443.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, THROUGH SUNDAY, AUG. 8 SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBIT North Webster Community Public Library, 110 E. North St. North Webster. Smithsonian Museum’s traveling Water Ways Exhibit will be on display. Learn what an individual can do to improve water quality. Free admission. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 574.834.7122,



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Smithsonian Is Here Well, not the whole museum. But a traveling Smithsonian exhibit will soon be in North Webster, June 26-August 7. Water/Ways is part of Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program, which brings exhibitions and programs to rural communities. North Webster was one of just six communities selected. North Webster Community Public Library and The Watershed Foundation are excited to host this exhibit. Don’t miss it! For more info, visit

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Danny’s show will feature all kinds of jokes and anecdotes— for which Lincoln was famous. Danny Russel has shared his portrayals with students (elementary through high school), theatres, libraries, museums, fairs, and festivals, and at other venues. Mr. Russel brings Lincoln’s wonderful humor, honesty, love of learning, mastery of language, and empathy for his fellow man to life. His uncanny likeness of Honest Abe in his customary black suit and stovepipe hat will provide a fascinating panoply of uproarious comedy, gentle reminiscence, political intrigue, and insightful commentary on the human condition that will entertain young and old. The public is invited to attend this free one-hour patriotic event starting at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Oakwood Resort Inn. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Danny’s performance will be from 4:30- 5:30 p.m., after which musicians start to warmup for the annual 7:30 p.m. patriotic Pops Concert.

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He Belongs in Billabong Billabong is as appropriate to lake life as Jimmy Buffet is to margaritas. Doesn’t Dad belong in Billabong? And make him a margarita, too.

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Brew For Your Dude Some pics speak for themsleves, don’t you think?

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The Other Brew For Your Dude Whether he’s into cold brew (the coffee kind), or cold foam, these drinks look cool and they’ll cool him down while caffeinating him up.

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

60 Years of Flotilla Fun

June 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the first Wawasee Flotilla

story by reader Bill McCully | photos by Bill McCully + Lisa Hill

In early 1961, a casual conversation over drinks at The Pickwick Lounge in uptown Syracuse resulted in an idea. A great idea. Yes, even back in 1961, local businesses recognized the importance of the lake summer season to their businesses.

Flotilla pics from the early ‘60s…


ocal Chevy dealer Gordon “Short” McCormick suggested a Wawasee ‘water parade’ to celebrate the season and welcome back summer residents and visitors. His pals, Pickwick owner Jack Wells, conservation officer Earl Money, and Wawasee resident Jim McCully heartily agreed on the idea, and decided to pitch it to the local Chamber of Commerce.

…and flotilla pics from recent days.


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The Pickwick group was joined by Chamber president Tom Socks, along with other Chamber members to form a committee to plan a grand “Flotilla,” featuring decorated boats to circle Lake Wawasee on Father’s Day. The parade would feature a “Commodore” and “Top Pop” in honor of Father’s Day. Eli Lilly was named inaugural Commodore and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Richard Ristine was named “Top Pop.” On a sunny Sunday, June 18, 1961, more than 70 boats gathered and proceeded along a three-hour route around the lake. Residents hosted large parties in their yards and on piers, while thousands watched from their boats (estimated attendance was 35,000). The parade was an eclectic collection of entries including: a high school marching band, a Scottish piper band, a German jug band, and The Pickwick Orchestra. Boat entries included a 'Chinese Junk' and a 'Caribbean Banana Boat.'

A Tradition Was Born

The first flotilla was a huge success and set the stage for a 60-year Wawasee tradition. Among the most memorable Flotilla moments was a bet between McCormick and McCully that a new Chevy Corvair— perched upon a pontoon entry— would not make it around the lake on an especially choppy day. If it remained afloat, McCully would buy it. What happened? The Corvair awaited in the McCully driveway the next morning. Also, WOWO’s annual radio broadcasts of the event (and bet) were legendary.

Move to July Fourth

Eventually the parade moved from Father’s Day to Independence Day weekend. The Flotilla remained strong through the ’60s but waned in the early ‘70s. After a brief hiatus, the parade was resurrected through efforts led by local leaders Ted Rogers and Bill Beemer, among others. Through the years, the Flotilla has become a cherished tradition by local and lake residents. On July 3, 2021, the Flotilla will celebrate the summer season, just as the inaugural event did in 1961 with the theme: “Celebrate the '60s!” LAKElife Magazine June 2021


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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Plating Pros

Meet: Chef Sid Gongwer by Mike Petrucelli photos by Mike Deak

Sid Gongwer, the executive chef at Ruhe152 in Nappanee, started as a busboy in his native Los Angeles, and then headed straight to the kitchen after culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. He says he’s only worked in restaurants, but this does not infer limitation or lack of experience. Reality is quite the contrary. 54

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is first job was at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont, where he met celebrities from Lionel Richie to Lindsay Lohan (ask him about those stories), but he has also cooked as a private chef—on cruise ships and in mansions. Nappanee may be a ways from the Hollywood Hills, both literally and figuratively, but Gongwer’s experience and influence is a key part to the cool modern vibe that Ruhe152 brings to lakes country. LAKELife readers, meet Chef Sid Gongwer.

Ruhe152 Restaurant, Brewery and Distillery 152 W. Market St. Nappanee 574.832.7843

What’s the greatest reward of your job right now?

Our loyal customers and the great feedback we get from them and firsttimers too. Also, watching my guys in the kitchen learn and grow. Seeing a dude go from washing dishes to cooking a perfect medium-rare filet in less than a year is always rewarding!

What do you enjoy most about being a chef/running a kitchen?

How did your passion for cooking begin?

I started cooking at a young age just from pure curiosity and passion to eat any and everything. I continued through my teens and always cooked for my friends, since I was the only one comfortable to do more than microwave or pour milk. I mean it wasn’t much, but I thought my ‘Jif Peanut Butter and Sriracha Ramen Pad Thai’ was a great dish for a bunch of 16-year-olds with the munchies.

Any non-food pursuits that’ve had an unexpected effect on what you do?

I’ve only worked in restaurants, starting as a busboy then straight to the kitchen after culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. I listen to so much music, which my father being a career musician and dj definitely played a huge role in. I love everything from ‘70s punk, classic rock, and funk to ‘80s new wave and ‘90s hip-hop.

All that being said, being around crowds like that, and cooking in some of the places I have, definitely makes you want to strive for greatness and be extra creative. I’ve cooked on cruise ships in Alaska and mansions in the Hollywood Hills, so the style might not exactly be the same out here in Nappanee, but I definitely get to use my previous influences in what I do now.

What sets Ruhe152 apart? A scratch kitchen, brewery AND distillery is a lot. What's your role in realizing the overall vision?

What sets us apart is our overall joint effort in those three sections for quality, consistency, creativity, as well as the overall farm-to-table/scratch mentality. You can taste the difference in our made from scratch cuisine and our in-house crafted beers and spirits compared to many other places.

My creative freedom, and having the owners put full trust in me when it comes to running features and menu ideas. Doing old recipes like corn bread and tweaking them a little, making them Mexican street corn bread or trying something completely new like a camel burger with a Moroccan spice blend— and it selling out with rave reviews.

What aspirations do you have for yourself?

I take it day by day, just always trying to learn and grow in my field and keeping my passion hot! I want Ruhe to blow up and we get multiple locations, narrowing the vibe and direction on certain joints like having a strictly sushi-and-ramen bar in one place or having a brew and barbecue location with live music, etc., and taking Ruhe to other cities and states. Eventually I want to pass the torch, step out of the kitchen and become a day trader, work from home, and cook soups and stews and bake bread in my chonies and an apron all day.

Then, in my private chef years, I did plenty of dinners for big company execs, actors, models, and musicians. I did a gig at Coachella for the week in Sylvester Stallone’s old mansion for these young 20-something Manhattan art dealers. They had kosher meat shipped in from their favorite deli/butcher, which were some expensive, amazing cuts! They had house guests from Johnny Manziel and Paris Hilton to some of the guys from Drake’s crew— and I may have gotten a kiss on the cheek from Rihanna that night since she enjoyed her special order welldone burger so much.

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Good Deeds

Celebrating goodness within our community.

by Lauren Caggiano

Good Deeds Nominee:


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Age: 12

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Are you a reader yourself? If so, what kinds of books do you enjoy?

Yes, I read all of the time! Fiction and mystery are my favorite genres. Some of my favorite books are When Mischief Came to Town and Out of My Mind, etc.

What do you hope the impact of this project will be?

I want my community to have easy access to books, so they will hopefully gain a love of reading.

How can people help?

People can help by donating money to help get new books, or materials to repair books or the building if ever needed.  Do YOU want to nominate someone for a good deed? It’s easy. Just email Sue at She’ll take care of the rest!

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Libations


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Positive Vibes Only with Karla Walker by Deborah C. Gerbers photos by Sue Pais

Armed with a positive attitude, a bright and welcoming smile, and a weakness for Big Brother, Warsaw native Karla Walker is a fun-loving gal who lives life to the fullest— and keeps the (cocktail) glass half-full. Meet Karla Walker, this month’s ‘Libations’ nominee. Say hello to her at Chubbie’s Pub-n-Grub (located inside the Wawasee Bowl in Syracuse).

Is Kosciusko County ‘home’ for you?

I grew up in Warsaw… I had a great group of kids to grow up with and we had so many good times! I love all the things Kosciusko County has to offer. I’ve lived here most all my life and I’m finding new things to do all the time!

How did you get into bartending?

When I moved to Syracuse, Arnelda (Ardie) Losee was looking for some extra help. So, I started working at Louie’s on the weekends, not knowing I would still be bartending 20 years later! I was trained by John Losee, who many people I’m sure remember. In my opinion, (he was) one of the best. I worked there for several years, then started at Chubbie’s… I’m going on 10 years and still loving it!

Who are your heroes, and why?

My mom is my hero. Growing up I never realized how much she sacrificed for us. Being a single mom and a waitress herself, she did not have it easy and I rarely cut her a break. The older I get the more I appreciate her... I get my work ethic from her. She was a very hard, dedicated worker… she had to be to keep the bills paid.

If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be?

I’m not sure my one thing could change the world, but I feel like if every person woke up in the morning and made a conscious decision to work on being a better person than they were the day before, the world would have to be a better place.

What are the best parts of your job? Chubbie’s Pub-N-Grub 1201 S. Huntington St., Syracuse 574.457.3855

The people. It starts with the owners: Jim, Jeff, and Jeremy. Their whole family are some of the hardest working people I’ve met and I respect that… they’ve been so good to me, and I really enjoy working for them.

And our customers are the best! I’ve waited on so many of them for so many years and lots of them have become close friends, really they’re like family. I love getting to meet so many wonderful people. I had a customer the other day, who I didn’t know, tell me my smile was contagious. Things like that is what makes it so fun, and that’s how I want to make everyone feel when they come to Chubbie’s. Oh, and the new draft system has made my life so much easier. I love it!

What does lake living mean to you?

To me it’s all about community. I love that the lake always brings people back home, and I meet people from all over the country. It’s a ‘vacation every day’ feeling.

Favorite summer cocktail and recipe?

Pina Colada hands-down. It’s not a drink for every day, but there’s nothing like that icy, coconut-y, pineapple yum. But, there has to be extra pineapple juice and it’s got to be Bacardi rum.

Fun, little known fact about yourself?

So, this is a little embarrassing but I am sucked into watching Big Brother every season. Pour a big glass of wine over ice, and I could watch for hours.

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PEEPS + EATS (people + food) | Refresher

Dark ‘n Stormy Cocktail It’s another gem for the 21-and-over crowd— but this one is with your No. 1 dad in mind. Known as a rum drink made for men, it’s not quite as mysterious as the name infers. The dark ‘n stormy is simple to make with just three ingredients. Using dark rum, ginger beer, and limes over ice, it’s a refreshing drink for a hot summer day. Cheers!

Dark ‘n Stormy by Sue Pais

Ingredients: 2 ounces dark rum ½ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed ginger beer lime wedges for garnish Directions: 1. Add rum and lime juice to glass filled with ice. 2. Top with ginger beer. 3. Garnish with a lime wedge. 4. Hand to Dad with a smile.

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Food Finder

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


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MENTONE Deli N Dough 201 E. Main St. 574.598.2288


20th Century Restaurant

Dutch Kitchen

700 N. Tomahawk Tr. 574.773.2828

El Cielito Lindo 108 W. Market St. 574.221.2013

Hunters Hideaway

153 S. Main St. 574.773.7121

Main Street Roasters 105 N. Main St. 574.773.5333

Ruhe 152

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

Hot Head Burritos

Specializing in custom and craft recipe burritos, bowls, tacos, nachos + quesadillas, Hot Head Burritos offers both dine-in or carryout. Each order is prepared fresh with over 40 ingredient choices, including 12 signature sauces. Muy bueno! Choose big or lil' burrito + bowl sizes. And there’s more: Hot Head offers kids’ meals, too! Online ordering is available for quick pickup at 635 N. Main St. 574.244.2233

River Coffee House 127 S. Main St. 574.834.1488

Sheila’s Sweet Treats & Diner 511 S. Main St. 574.834.7550


Blue Lion Coffee Roasting Co. 112 N. 1st St. 574.594.9800


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Biryani Kitchen

El Cielo Mexican Grill & Bar

114 S. Buffalo St. 574.376.4349

520 E. Winona Ave. 574.306.2230 facebook: cielorest

Bob Evans

El Comal 2

3100 E. Center St. 574.269.9591

1303 N. Detroit St. 574.376.4259 facebook: taqueria-el-comal-2


El Faro Bar & Grill

1403 E. Winona Ave. 260.248.2161


134 N. 1st St. #6 574.594.3010


3860 W. 950 S. (Warsaw parking lot) 574.607.2456

Silver Lake BK Rootbeer 606 N. Jefferson St. 260.352.0660

Sleepy Owl Supper Club 11374 N. St. Rd. 13 574.457.4840

The Channel Marker 5793 E. Pickwick Dr. 574.457.5900


26th Street Mexican Grill


2279 N. Detroit St. 574.306.2938 facebook: 26thStreetMexGrill

Chubbie’s Pub-N-Grub

Alibi Bar and Grill

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

Kelly Jae’s Lakeside Limited Hours 110 E. Main St. 574.537.1027

Louie’s Bar & Grill

1360 W. Center St. 574.269.5355 facebook: alibi-bargrill

Anthology Whiskey Room 105 E. Center St.

Applebee’s Grill & Bar 2621 E. Center St. 574.268.1025

Asian Cajun Seafood Company

209 E. Bowser Rd. 574.457.3944

937 N. Detroit St. 574.267.2977 facebook: asian-cajun-seafood-co

Man Cave Brewing Company

Barbee Landing

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

3687 N. Barbee Rd. 574.834.2653 facebook: barbeelanding

Ben’s Soft Pretzels 2501 Walton Blvd. 574.267.1888

Botanas Locas

803 E. Winona Ave. 574.267.6240 facebook: botanas-locas

Buffalo Wild Wings 376 Enterprise Dr. 574.267.7707

Cardoso Cafe

803 S. Buffalo St. 574.268.0200 facebook: cardosocafe

Chinatown Express 412 N. Detroit St. 574.269.9700

Clipper Bar

310 Eastlake Dr. 574.372.3224

Cozy Cottage Restaurant

1821 E. Market St. 574.269.9050 facebook: cozycottagerestaurant

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Flavor Freeze

2950 Frontage Rd. 574.306.2411

Gambie’s Pizza

830 E. Winona Ave. 574.269.1801 facebook: gambies-pizza

Maria’s House of Pancakes 3865 Lake City Hwy. 574.268.0600

Yamato’s Steakhouse of Japan

101 Argonne Rd. 574.267.8858

WINONA LAKE Kelainey’s Sweet Dreams

904 Park Ave. 574.267.2860 facebook: kelaineys-ice-cream-andsandwich-shop

Danny’s Pizza & Sports Bar 3620 N. Barbee Rd., Unit 2 574.834.1111

Domino’s Pizza 202 N. Detroit St. 574.269.5757

El Arriero Mexican Bar & Grill

819 N. Detroit St. 574.268.9200 facebook: el-arriero-mexican

Pat’s Chicago Dogs 601 S. Huntington St. 574.457.5586

Peterson’s Fish

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit

Prepping for a Father’s Day grill-a-thon? This should help.

Dr Pepper® Ribs Ingredients: 2 racks baby back ribs 1 2-liter Dr Pepper 1/4 cup salt 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 tablespoon oil 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional 3-4 dashes of Tabasco® 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste liquid smoke, to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)


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recipe + photo by Christy Smith, MNT, nutrition counselor, accepting clients


ust because dads tend to love grilled meats, it doesn’t mean they love the added calories. These ribs have a unique ingredient: Dr Pepper, and somehow manage to be a fraction of the calories of restaurant-style ribs— and with every bit of the flavor! Serve with Dad’s favorite beverage and a big salad for a fresh and healthy, balanced meal.

Directions: Brine: Place ribs in a large baking dish. Pour Dr Pepper over ribs, just to cover, saving at least 1/2 cup for the sauce. Gently add the salt to the Dr Pepper/ribs. It will foam up, so add slowly or place a rimmed cookie sheet beneath your dish to catch any spills. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator overnight, or up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook the ribs, heat oven to 350F. Remove ribs from the liquid and dry (discard liquid, but save your foil!). Rub chili powder all over both sides. Place ribs back into the baking dish, add 1 cup of water and cover tightly with the foil again and bake for 2 hours, or until meat nearly falls off the bone. While ribs are in the oven, begin the sauce. I actually like to double this. When it comes to ribs, you can never have too much sauce! Heat oil on medium in a small sauce pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft. Next, add the ketchup, Worcestershire, vinegar, cayenne, and the 1/2 cup of Dr Pepper. Add Tabasco, pepper, brown sugar/ honey, and liquid smoke. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, adjusting flavors as needed, stirring occasionally. About 15 minutes before your ribs are done in the oven, get your grill hot and ready. Remove ribs from oven and brush them with the sauce. Grill the ribs bone side down on a cooler part for 10-15 minutes. Flip them and cook until lightly charred, brushing sauce on periodically. Brush any remaining sauce on before serving. Enjoy!

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Smokin’ Hot! A Guide to Grills + Grilling by John C. Gill

The unmistakable aroma of grilled meat wafts on the warm breeze, rousing the senses. Heads turn instinctively to investigate, to salivate, to appreciate the ageless ritual of cooking out of doors over an open flame.


rozen beef patties and vacuum-sealed frankfurters placed above charcoal briquettes once defined grilling. But today, chefs and would-be chefs at all levels of culinary skill prepare prime cuts of meat, choice fish fillets, and fresh vegetables on equipment that spans from basic to sophisticated.

More Burgers For Your Buck

Purchasing the appropriate grill for a dedicated outdoor space begins with establishing a budget. “A good rule of thumb is that you get one year of grill use for every $100 regular retail price you pay,” said Rachel Stephen, marketing specialist at Collier’s Fireplace Shoppe in Warsaw. “It’s worth seeking out the highest quality grill you can afford.”


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While some consumers welcome the portability of a Big Green Egg Mini or a Lodge Sportsman’s grill for use on the boat deck or the balcony, others desire a professional grade outdoor kitchen equipped with a wood-fired oven or a restaurant quality infrared grill. Stephen suggested buying a grill “that suits your lifestyle and the direction of your interests so the grill grows with you.” Consumers should consider the amount of time and effort they wish to devote to grilling, factoring in maintenance and clean-up.

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Charcoal grills and smokers remain popular options, due to their ease of use and the wide availability of charcoal. Moreover, charcoal produces a smoky, char taste on the fillet that many diners find irresistible. The kamado style, egg-shaped ceramic grills currently enjoy a prime spot on the popularity scale, thanks to their versatility and design. Excellent for searing, roasting, and smoking, these sturdy grills with ancient Asian origins deliver superior temperature control, and feature air-tight gaskets, which help to seal moisture and flavor. Connoisseurs today applaud the temperature consistency and flavor intensity awarded by pellet grills and smokers, sometimes labeled “low and slow” cookers. These trendy choices produce impressive results, and even support wireless regulating via smartphone. Some models, according to Stephen, require more babysitting than the casual outdoor chef might care to invest in the craft. But grill masters recognize that the nurturing involved and the natural wood pellets used to fuel the grills— available in aromatic varieties such as hickory, mesquite, cherry, apple, and maple— ensure a delectable end product.

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For everyday grilling with little maintenance, Stephen said, “It’s hard to beat a solid gas grill.” Equipped with a propane tank or connected to a natural gas line, gas grills ignite quickly, preheat rapidly, and maintain a constant temperature. The efficient process lessens the overall time necessary to cook the meal, therefore pleasing hungry family members or dinner guests. And cleaning the gas grill requires little effort, which elevates its appeal.

Accessory Extras

Achieving a succulent outcome, however, requires more than a grill and fuel. Every outdoor chef will benefit from a sturdy set of grilling utensils and a digital thermometer. In addition, an array of after-market accessories appeal to every rank of grilling aficionado. Grilling baskets, griddles, and planks, as well as pizza stones, rotisserie kits, and skewers encourage experimentation. But one accessory to avoid is a common go-to item. “Never use lighter fluid,” Stephen said. “It might get your charcoal going faster, but the accelerator taste will come through in the flavor of your food.” Instead, she recommended chimney starters or electric wand starters, which will “move the lighting process along like a charm.”

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Some 25,000 years ago, a prehistoric artist carved a relief of a salmon into the wall of the Abri du Poisson (Fish Rock Shelter) Cave in France. Millennia later, a lot of ink is spilled and a lot of pixels are posted about fish and fishing. And, why not? Fishing is a means of survival, a job, and a pastime. Why shouldn’t it also manifest as art?


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rt is where you find it. In the case of fishing, you can see that kind of expression in antique fishing lures that date back to the early 1900s.

“A lot more detail went into them, a lot more thought went into them,” said Travis Dunn, who collects antique fishing lures made in Indiana and displays them on his website and blog, “They were different than the ones now that you use only a few times.”

Dunn has collected antique Indiana lures for about 15-20 years now, when an eBay search for a Rapala bass lure he was looking for turned up some vintage baits that were selling for $50, and even as much as $100. He got interested in the history of some of these unusual-looking lures and he was, well, hooked. “It was kind of like treasure hunting. I just started collecting old lures,” he said.

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The oldest ones, he said, tended to be metal, but manufacturers started using more wood, with different color schemes and fun adornments, like glass eyes. Another material that became popular was called Tenite, which was a type of plastic developed in 1929. Despite it being plastic, Dunn said, it tended to degrade over time.

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Artful Designs

But the designs, while ostensibly supposed to mimic something a fish would want to eat, went from the straightforward (think a replica of a minnow) to the avant-garde (the whirl oreno, made by the South Bend Bait Co., one of the largest fishing tackle manufacturers in the country), to the downright kitschy (as evidenced by the South Bend-made Lloyd’s Mermaids, which were lures that were shaped like, you guessed it, mermaids).

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Lures That Catch

Nowadays, Dunn said, lures and baits look more alike than back in the days of the Cooks Plug— which was shaped like a beer bottle, complete with label. But, he concedes, there’s a reason for that. “The flip side is a lot of (the older lures) did not work so well,” Dunn said, which would no doubt firmly put some of these lures in the decoration category. When it comes to lures that do work well, your best bet is, of course, a bait shop. LAKElife country is, of course, ideal for fishing, whether for sport or for eating.

Fish For The Catch

Chief among these is the muskellunge, or muskie. The muskie is one of Indiana’s largest fish, and is highly prized as a trophy fish. In Kosciusko County, muskie are stocked in Webster Lake, and the Barbee and Tippecanoe lakes chains. If you’re fishing them in Webster Lake, your catch needs to be at least 44 inches long to keep. It’s better to fish for them when the water is cool (below 72 degrees), according to Joe Denton, owner of Ye Olde Tackle Box in North Webster. When the water gets warmer, the fish go deeper and bringing them up into the warmer layers of water can actually harm them. But not to worry, Kosciusko County lakes boast plenty of fish, such as bass, perch, crappie, and bluegill. These fish are better suited to the warmer water temperatures and to summer fishing. Denton also added that lakes like Pike, Winona, and Waubee are seeing decent numbers of walleye as well.  LAKElife Magazine June 2021


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This newly constructed home on Winona Lake, built by Coplen Construction, was designed with forever in mind. Forever, that is, for this blended family who carefully constructed a life of their own. Who, despite many miles and roads traveled, have indeed achieved what appears to be, we might say, the perfect blend.

Winona Lake is where wife Jaime was raised, and it’s where she and husband Eric brought all four kids (each bringing two children into the marriage) every summer for lake fun. But the story runs deeper within the Winona waters. Not only did Jaime grow up on Winona, from the midto late-‘80s, she lived on the same street as stands her new beautiful home.

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The layout of the home is open and simple, and its colors are neutral, accented with modern décor throughout the house.

Traditions Continue

A tradition was born in 1962 when Jaime’s dad and his parents moved to the area. Then in the early '70s, Jaime's mom and her parents moved to Winona Lake. And now, Jaime and Eric continue this lifestyle for their children and extended family. “We want to continue the tradition for the next generation as well,” she said. It was mid-January 2021, when Jaime and Eric moved into the new home. To say the lake season ahead is one of great anticipation is an understatement. But moving forward with excitement is only further enrichened by a deep respect and appreciation for the journey traveled to be where they are now— including the history of the very lot on which the new home stands.

The kitchen is an ideal setting for entertaining and cooking, while still having panoramic views of the lake.


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“We purchased the property from The Mauzy Family,” Jaime said. “The late Lanny Mauzy purchased the property in 1968 as a small lake cottage. He remodeled the home as his family’s needs changed throughout the years. His lovely bride of 48 years, Margaret, and their daughter, Stacey, helped facilitate the purchase to our family in early 2020.” That said, this assistance held more meaning than a mere residential transaction. “Stacey and I were actually childhood friends, having grown up on the same street,” Jaime said. “We have many childhood memories and embarrassing childhood photos taken on these same grounds!” And while those photos won’t be shown here, the beautiful Martin family home photos show this meaningful, forever home. Yes, Jaime and Eric have erected their dream home, ideally designed and constructed for being empty-nesters, but with a large enough nest for all their grown children to come home, to share lake life, and to continue blending the perfect concoction of warm moments, water fun, and plenty of laughter. This three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 3,000-square-foot home, just steps to their dock and private beach, is the ideal setting for their current phase in life. “Like other phases of your life, transitioning to being empty nesters was not an easy one, so we wanted to create a space where our children and grandchildren can come make memories and also call home,” Jaime said.

The master bedroom is complete with fireplace, lake views, and two huge walk-in closets.

The Process

The desire to be on the lake full-time meant a home large enough to comfortably house the kids when home, but not so large as to have unused space during daily life. It was Doug and Lisa Harvey at Coplen Construction who brought these

The master bath boasts a large walk-in shower, separate his and hers sinks, and a unique sliding barn door.

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The basement level has a large living room and gorgeous bar for entertaining, as well as two guest bedrooms and separate laundry facilities for the kids.

hopes to home. “We cannot say enough positivity about Doug and Lisa Harvey and the entire Coplen Team… we were super hesitant about going through the building process again, as our last build with a different builder was not a pleasant experience,” Eric said. “And even with the complexities of the building process, the ever-changing materials market, COVID, and the overall ups and downs and stresses of building a home, Coplen (Construction) took many of those stressful items out of the equation.” The final product is a culmination of Eric’s wish for his dream garage and basement bar, and Jaime’s wish for an open, contemporary design with comfortable rooms for the kids, and simplicity and ease for she and Eric. This blended family does, indeed, blend well.

A Classic Garage Eric’s garage was customdesigned with a car lift, allowing ample space to tinker on his classic cars and enjoy his hobby in his own space, when not working within the orthopedic world.


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Ready for some lakeside bar inspiration? Entertaining is what we do at the lake, so why not make it easier and uniquely ideal for waterside fun? Check out this boat bar within an area boat house. It’s the perfect space off the dock to get out of the sun, relax with family + friends, and mix up your favorite cocktail, ice tea— or whatever beverage may suit your fancy. This was a super fun project for one of my clients. I called my cabinet maker, Woodwork Enhancing by Delagrange, and asked, “Do you want the challenge of making a bar look like a boat?” He was all in. We spent many hours together creating its design, and if I do say so myself, it came out perfectly.

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Go for the blooms.

If you want to keep constant color at the lake, choosing plants that will bloom in continuous sequence is key. Bulbed flowers are definitely one option, especially for early spring, but blooming evergreens or ground cover can provide a wide range of blossoms as well. Flower Carpet® roses are an excellent groundcover choice and come in a wide range of colors, sometimes offering thousands of blossoms from late spring until early autumn. And don’t forget annuals, such as Sunpatiens, which almost smother themselves in bright, cheery blooms. Begonias are always a great annual option, too, providing a pop of color from early summer until the first frost.

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Balance blooms with evergreens.

Keep in mind that green is a color, too, so be sure to include a variety of shrubs in the landscape plan. As a bonus, remember that Bird’s Nest Spruce not all “evergreens” are actually green. Juniper, Goldthread Cyprus, holly and mountain laurel are all great options. Those with steep slopes might consider a Bird’s Nest Spruce, which offers the same color as a blue spruce without obstructing lake views. If the lake view isn’t a concern, a beautifully blooming hydrangea will always steal the show, but Little Lime hydrangeas are also an option, offering the same bold blooms in a smaller package. Those with space can achieve dramatic effects with mass plantings of this smaller variety, which grows to just two feet in height.


Consider sun and shade requirements.


Buying gorgeous flowers that thrive in full sun when your property is covered in shade won’t provide the results you’re trying to achieve. Working with a landscape designer or local nursery to choose the right plants for the right place will reap dividends in happy, healthy blossoms and extend your plants’ ability to offer their best blooms as far into the season as possible.


Remember irrigation needs.

If you’re not living at the lake full time, you might want to consider hardy plants that can survive periods of dry weather. Consider planting flowers directly in landscape beds covered in mulch, too, which will help maintain moisture requirements, rather than in planters, which require regular watering. For permanent lake dwellers who don’t mind daily watering, container gardening offers the ability to extend beautiful blooms to piers and alongside walkways.

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Add in texture for eye-pleasing contrast.

Ornamental grasses are a great way to bring texture and interest to your landscape in all four seasons. Those with full sun and well-drained soil can opt for the Little Blue Stem, whose gray-green blades turn vibrant colors, such as purple, red, and orange, in autumn. Japanese Forest Grass, on the other hand, can thrive in partial shade. At one-foot high, this variety makes a striking border along walkways. When in doubt, consult with a landscape designer or local nursery who are well-versed with the area to offer expert advice on which flowers, shrubs, and grasses to plant where, helping you achieve color all year through.  LAKElife Magazine June 2021


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Summer Cherries by Leslie Worthy

Ahhh, summer! As we enter the season of get-togethers, lakeside barbecues, and picnics there is no snack more seasonally-fitting than sweet and juicy cherries! And let’s not forget about scrumptious cherry pie.


Have you ever thought it would be nice to have a cherry tree in your own backyard to enjoy cherries all summer long? You can make this a reality by planting your own cherry saplings. Sweet cherry trees grow in hardiness zones 5 to 7. Kosciusko County is in zone 5b so it’s the perfect zone for growing your own cherry trees!


weet cherry trees take about three years to establish and can begin bearing fruit in their fourth year. Most fruit crops do not produce the same year they’re planted, but once they begin fruiting, they can continue to do so for many years. An established cherry tree can produce about 30–50 quarts of fruit in a season. (Wow!) So, let’s get planting! You will want to plant your cherry sapling in the early spring or late fall (when the ground is soft and has a higher moisture content). Cherry trees need other cherry trees for pollination, so plan on planting at least a few trees. They also require about eight hours of sunlight daily, so do not plant them where they will grow in the shade of other trees or a building. Choose a sunny site with good air circulation. In addition, cherry trees need deep, well-drained soil.


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Dig a hole approximately twice the diameter of the root system, and two feet deep. Loosen the soil around the border inside the hole to allow the roots to break through more easily. The roots should be spread out on the loose soil, ensuring that they are not twisted or crowded. Once the sapling is in the hole, place soil around the roots and press down firmly to remove any air pockets. Water newly planted trees once a day for the first few weeks after planting, and once a week after that during the growing season. Remember to check the soil to ensure you are not overwatering. Once the roots begin to extend beyond the root ball, you can water on a normal schedule.



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