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Contents Editor’s Letter Puppy Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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

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PEEPS + EATS Plating Pros

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

Chef Sean Bloom, Huntington Street Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . 48

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

Good Deeds

The Good Life The DOG DAYS Of Summer . 20

COUNTY LAKE LIFE Featured Opening Story . . . . . .

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At A Glance Kosciusko County . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Critters + Crawlers Cicadas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Water + Nature Health Dissolved Oxygen

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Libations Dana Polman, The Channel Marker, Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Refresher

Lakeside Hosting With Sweet ‘N’ Eats

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Food Finder Your Dining Favorites . . . . . .

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Bon Appetit Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps . . . . . . . . . . . .

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WATER FUN

The Waters of Lake Wawasee 34

Family Reflections . . . . . . . . 64

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GETTIN’ BUSY Calendar of Events . . . . . . . 40 Bulletin Bits + Fish Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Local Finds Hot Deals For Hot Days . . . .

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Family Fun + Traditions Slippin’ and Dockin’! Why Knot? . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Readers’ Celebrations Big Fish, Small Fish Your Kids’ Fishing Pics . . . .

Back Home In Indiana, The Church Lake Home, Syracuse Lake . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Interiors Trends Sweetest Bath Suites . . . . . . .

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Exterior Trends

Water Fun + Fishing Paddle Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The Real Dirt Sweet Summertime Watermelon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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SUNSETS Final Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . 90 cover photo by Sue Pais

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Editor's Letter

>> Excuse me, summer 2021? Where’d you go? We’ll be missing you super bunches until our April ‘22 issue… so stay connected via email, Facebook + Instagram @lakelifemag. Thank you for a SUPER 2021 SEASON! >>   D  o YOU have FISHING PICS? Send us a line (see what we did there?) + submit pics to sue@ lakelifemagazine.com. We’ll print ‘em next season! >>  If you have ideas, thoughts, suggestions, comments, brainstorms, unfinished sentences, or just want to say hi, please email to sue@lakelifemagazine.com. This is YOUR magazine, so keep the comments coming! 6

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See this adorable, calm puppy in my arms? Looks. Are. Deceiving. Adorable, yes. Calm, only when asleep. Meet Bella, the Tasmanian tornadic force who now resides within my formerly peaceful home. The other dog photographed is Bentley, the 8-yearold-former-baby-of-the-house doodle. He has not stopped barking at me since Bella came home (as captured in the second photo). He does not approve, and would like for her to leave. So yes, my peaceful writer’s life has been obliterated like the stuffing Bella yanked from the toss pillows. Such is life with my baby European Doberman. As she grows, she will require (LOTS of) training. Consistency. Attention. Focus. Patience. And love. Yes, even after she destroys the hundreds of dollars-worth of flowers I just planted. And then eats my designer shoes, the remote control, and hubby’s new glasses. (All in one day, mind you.) So yes, training, consistency, attention, focus, patience, and love. Daily. The same qualities that propel us toward goals and enable us to earnestly appreciate life’s simplicities. Perhaps there’s a balance of discipline and fun we all innately seek. And, perhaps part of the allure of dog ownership is the lessons therein: Dogs truly do love unconditionally. They’re loyal, always. They love us more than they love themselves. They’re brave and protective (unless a vacuum is present), and they wag more than they bark. Think about that. August is when school routines and back-to-theoffice schedules return— making this an ideal time for this reminder: work hard + be consistent. Be intentional. Focus. Forgive. ‘Paws’ to enjoy life. Watch the sunset. Listen to nature. Hear the birds, watch the waves, and feel the hum of boat motors. Let’s host lakeside gatherings once again. Let’s embrace early morning kayak glides. Let’s laugh and seek adventure. And let us remember to appreciate what has been, what is, and have an expectation of goodness to come. Life is a gift. It’s hard to believe we’re already in our August issue— the last for our season! We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with us. I wish to thank all of you for reading and supporting LAKElife. Thank you for the plethora of comments and photos I receive— please keep them coming. I read every comment and earnestly attempt to respond to all. I appreciate you. I’m grateful for you. And I already can’t wait to meet again next season. Until then, enjoy this August issue, readers. Please stay connected. And may the remainder of your lake season be full of splashes, water fun, family memories, soothing sunsets, quiet moments, and uproarious laughter all the same. And give your furbabes a lil’ extra love this month. Even if your pooch pal (mis)behaves like baby Bella. Warmly,

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Contributors Shelly Davis

A graduate from IPFW with a degree in graphic design, Shelly lives and breathes lake life. Raised on Tippy Lake, Shelly grew up fishing, tubing, skiing, and enjoying boat rides with her family. Employed at The Papers Inc. (our publisher) for 28 years, Shelly worked with various publications before rolling up her sleeves + diving into web-based projects. And boy, are we grateful! Shelly is the co-creator of our shiny, sparkly new website (lakelifemagazine.com). When not immersed within a web-based world, Shelly and her husband, Chris, keep busy with their 3 kids (Delaney, Bennett, and Addison), and getting back to the lake on Sundays to spend time with her parents (married 68 years!) and family. Shelly, thank you for your incredible creativity and ingenuity. We’re so grateful to have you on the LAKElife team.

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Courtney Sue Rawlinson This all-American, waterloving, world traveling, bernedoodle mom to Jax, is a valued member of LAKElife’s writing team. A graduate with a degree in law + public policy from Indiana UniversityBloomington, Courtney Sue works full-time as a legal coordinator within a global corporation. In her spare time, she’s either freelance writing, undergoing her own interior design + complete home renovation (with her construction-engineer boyfriend, Kam), or she’s accompanying a leashed-Jax as he greets each dog, human, and leaf within her neighborhood. Courtney spends most weekends, when not working on her home or enjoying the lakes, on yet another project— this one with her mom. Together, Courtney Sue and Sue (the editor of this publication, and yours truly) are re-creating a fun, online platform of positivity about ‘life’— where no matter the shoes you’re in, you’re welcome (InSuesShoes.com). Courtney is a go-getter with class, intelligence— and a genuine smile that’ll warm your heart. Courtney, thank you for your seen and unseen contributions to LAKElife, for your can-do attitude, for keeping your mother going when needed, and for having the cutest granddog an editor could have. Thank you for joining this journey, too, Courtney Sue.

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Volume 2 Issue 5 | August 2021 Ron Baumgartner PUBLISHER rbaumgartner@the-papers.com Sue Rawlinson-Pais EXECUTIVE EDITOR sue@lakelifemagazine.com Deb Patterson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF dpatterson@the-papers.com Steve Meadows DIRECTOR OF MARKETING smeadows@the-papers.com SALES EXECUTIVES Susan.Stump@lakelifemagazine.com Carl.Lauster@lakelifemagazine.com Pati.Waters@lakelifemagazine.com Mark.Collins@lakelifemagazine.com Karen.Johnson@lakelifemagazine.com Rebecca.Boone@lakelifemagazine.com Melinda.Musselman@lakelifemagazine.com Lynn.Blanchard@lakelifemagazine.com Dan.Kerlin@lakelifemagazine.com Cathy.Wilson@lakelifemagazine.com Kimberly.Cates@lakelifemagazine.com

Carrie Goralczyk BUSINESS MANAGER cgoralczyk@the-papers.com Jerry Long DIRECTOR OF CIRCULATION jlong @the-papers.com Maymie Ankrom GRAPHIC DESIGNER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Ray Balogh, Mary Jane Bogle, Nate Bosch, Lauren Caggiano, Deborah C. Gerbers, John C. Gill, Kelley Graber, Haiden Hibbert, Abby Logan, Mike Petrucelli, Courtney Rawlinson, Loren Shaum, Christy Smith, Leslie Worthy CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, Main Channel Marina, Sue Pais, Loren Shaum, Susan Stump

P.O. Box 188; 206 South Main St. Milford, IN 46542 800.733.4111/Fax 800.886.3796 www.lakelifemagazine.com Umm… ex-squeeze me, but how can this be the last issue of the season already?! But, ‘tis the truth. Each time I check the production schedules, this is, indeed, the August issue. And since our season is April through August, it means life will pass us by a bit until we meet again. But you knew this already— and yet you’re still here like a loyal reading champ. Yep, ne’er overlook the small print, my granddad would tell me. Boy, was he right! But you knew that already... You. Still. Get. Me. So here we are in the sultry month of August. When temps soar, waters are truly warm, and we’re completely grooved into this thing we love called lake life. The views. The lifestyle. The sounds. The scents. Again, it’s the compilation of small things that create such powerful, beautiful impact. It’s the month when we can enjoy the play on words with ‘dog days of summer.’ It’s a fun excuse to celebrate our Fidos and Spots and Flufferbutts. And it’s when the waters continue to be utilized for fun recreation, memories in the making, and views that can soothe the stormiest of souls. We all need it now and then. LAKElife is busily publishing its last issue and planning for next season. Communities have returned to busy activity, cookouts keep cooking, and drinks keep pouring. And yet routines will return by end of the month. It’s a month of beautiful opposites. And this warm month of sunshine is indeed a time to celebrate. We’re so appreciative for the ever-growing support of our readers, and the support and confidence from all our advertising partners who’ve actively joined our journey. You are heard. You are appreciated. You are valued. And Tom Cruise, you had me at hello. In August, let’s continue to reconnect with family and

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friends. Let’s linger in the moments. Let’s notice. And for those keeping track, competitive hopscotch contests between Ron and Sue (that’s me) continue to be extra exuberant, extra hoppy, and we’ve added a little scotch-y. As you know, LAKElife Magazine is published by your area publishing icon—yes, the one founded by the Baumgartner family, and the same one that has stood the test of time (more than 80 years!). Yep, we’re talking about The Papers Incorporated at 206 S. Main Street, Milford, Indiana, 46542, with Hoppin’ Ron Baumgartner, pant-legs rolled up, tennies tied, and hopscotchin’ about ‘da publishing house with incredible speed, balance, and clever imagination (real chalk outlines are not allowed in the hallways of our publishing house). He’s our leader, and never once has he made us shout, ‘Show me the money!’ We appreciate that. Our office hours are still most definitely 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for the second Thursday of every week, when we blow off work to play hopscotch, throw back a few, and take naps. As we are veterans to this publishing fun-fest, it’s important to share this message: ‘It shall be known that all rights whatsoever are reserved and nothing may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher, who also assumes no responsibility as a result of any information or items advertised herein.’ So, there’s that. Those interested in contacting us may do so by calling 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. ADVERTISING INFORMATION We appreciate every advertiser who joins our journey… without you, there is no us. So, THANK YOU. Not advertising yet, but wanna’ join along? For those who wish to join the rest of us cool cats, we would be happy

to put your advertising message before fellow Kosciusko County lake lovin’ residents. To learn how, please contact Steve Meadows, director of marketing, at 574.658.4111 or toll-free at 1.800.733.4111. Or, email him at smeadows@ the-papers.com. EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Editorial suggestions are eagerly welcomed! Please contact Sue at any time (she loves to hear from you!) at sue@lakelifemagazine.com, or send her a text at 260.450.7736. Letters to the editor may be emailed, and must include your name. With intense facial expression and best Jerry Maguire-like persuasive tone in my fingertips I type: “I am out here for you.” Move. Over. Tom. Cruise. Again, the email is sue@lakelifemagazine.com. 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 sue@lakelifemagazine.com. In fact, when in doubt about anything regarding this family-fun-lake publication, reach out to Sue. She’s your hop-scotchin,’ all-American, dog-loving, lake life celebrating go-to zipping about in these here parts. Therein concludes our fifth and final super-secret, informative masthead of the 2021 season… enjoy this August ‘Dog Days’ issue— and a most sincere thanks to YOU for reading. Yes, even the small print.


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Letters To The Editor

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

We love your magazine! We have just returned from Naples, Florida and captured this beautiful sunset within our first week! Sunsets over the water are just one of our favorite things about Lake Wawasee! –Pam Davis

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So beautiful, Pam. Thank you for sharing with the readership!

Hi Sue, Our whole family loves your magazine and we enjoy every copy we get… As a grandpa and professional Wildlife Artist I naturally love to be in nature and teach my grandsons about it. This naturally involves fishing so here are a couple great shots for you if you can use them for any upcoming articles. Thanks so much. -Bruce Langton Indeed, we can use ‘em and it’s an honor! Thanks very much to you, Bruce. See our ‘Readers’ Celebrations’ spread as well… and keep an eye out next season for more of your pics! Again, my humble thanks to you.

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Hi! They cousin crew on Irish Lake. Here are a few pics of our house. ndma’s and Grandpa’s lake love spending time at Gra ! And we love your magazine –Jenny Bolten the

Hi Sue, This is Banana. She spends her summer weekends on Sechrist Lake and loves the water, boat rides, and playing with the neighbor dogs. (My daughter Anna named her…) Banana is just about a year and a half old. We think she’d be a beautiful addition to your fabulous magazine in August. Thanks! –Mike Mishler I couldn’t agree more, Mike. Thank you for your submission!

mitted! Here’s one; see And I love the pics you’ve sub e! Thanks for reading LAKElif PhotoFun pages for the other.

Hi Sue, Thanks for publishing a tribute to my Dad....much appreciated. Is there any way I could obtain a nice .pdf of the cover and two pages of the tributes? I would like to print and frame them for some family members....if I am allowed to? –Tim Ziebarth I will absolutely take care of this for you, Tim. I’ll be in touch.

Hi! This is our Grandson Brooks visiting us on Tippy and catching his first fish with Grandpa! –Candy Priest Thanks for the pics of Brooks. Be sure to check out our fishing page in this issue for more of your little fisherman!

Hi Sue, Happy Thursday!!! I wanted to compliment you on the wonderful article of Martin’s home. Thank you for the great photos and including Doug and I in the write-up. Can we get some extra magazines to have in our office? Thanks again for the great work; love reading your magazine! –Lisa Harvey, Coplen Construction

an make a perfect Grandkids Kelsey and Aid Lake sunset in silhouette against a Winona December 2017. –Fran Kelsey

They certainly do.

Always a pleasure working with you, Lisa. And I recently hand-delivered the mags to your offices. Thank you for your partnership.

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Pretty as a lake princess, meet Ellie. Submitted by Tasha Wilkerson.

Ya’ know, dogs and ice cream go together in August like, well, dogs and ice cream in August. Furbabes Olivia + Abby couldn’t agree more. Submitted by Dot Brandenberger During Bailey’s first trip to Little Tippy, he mastered paws-ing to enjoy lake life. Submitted by Josh Chastain.

Friends + family hanging at the sandbar on Lake Chapman. Submitted by Milton Hadt.

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PhotoFun

Sweet Cambrie of Lake Tippy, you go girl!

Meet Lathan, showing us all how to live our best life. Submitted by Jeanine Pahud.

Beautiful Boomer poses for the perfect pooch pic.

Rescue dog Oreo teaches her person how to walk on water. Dogs are so pawfect. Submitted by Erin O’Connell.

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Cuteness. Overload. Submitted by Renee Mellott.

Breakfast. Is. Served. Waterfowl on Webster eat well, thanks to these cutie-pie cousins. Submitted by Kriss Bowes.

Big smiles + warm sunshine = a happy day at Tippy. Need we say more?

Kaylee and Billy, soaking up the rays and lovin’ a little pontoon cruising.

She’s all smiles— and all color-coordinated— on Lake Tippy. Look out waves— here she comes! Submitted by Mindy Harris.

Webster Lake’s shoreline watchdog on alert. And loving the boat ride. Submitted by Jody Friermood.

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THE GOOD LIFE | Appreciation

The DOG DAYS

by Deborah C. Gerbers

August invites the days of carefree abandon.

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or allowing daily stress to dissipate and for embracing the good in our lives. This is the time to count our blessings and hug our closest friends. Right now, it’s all or nothing.

We look to our dearest canine companions for life’s most valued lessons. To love without question… to be loyal without exception… to be completely devoted and ask for little in return. Dogs are as much a part of our families as the people in them— and sometimes seem to be the only ones with hearts big enough to remember what’s really in important in life. LOVE. PLAY. Enjoy. Relax. And to revel in the goodness.

DOGS HELP US through tough times and broken hearts. They lick away our tears to see us happy once again. They keep us grounded and keep us real. With a genuine gaze of love and admiration, they show us what it means to be a LOYAL FRIEND. A best friend. LEADING THE CHARGE, dogs blaze the trail for adventure, for fun, for curiosity. They lead us into new challenges, new memories, new outlooks on life. Rough ‘n’ tumble hiking companions, petite pups who rarely leave our laps, sport athletes who never tire of fetching, or water-loving dogs with an appetite for living— they are all our BEST PALS, big and small, young and old. The future may be uncertain, but one thing we know for sure: dogs are best friends, and it’s never been truer than now. It’s these dog days of summer that remind us what matters. IT’S FRIENDSHIP. It’s loyalty. These are the foundation for The Good Life.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Issue Opening Story

Lakeside Hosting with Sweets ‘n’ Eats

by Deborah C. Gerbers + Sue Pais

It’s easy to fall so deep into mundane routine that life begins to lose its color. Its pizzazz. Its fun.

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o, we’re here with ideas to spark creativity and re-introduce color, tastes, textures, and yes, even sprinkles and sparkles to re-energize the fun in hosting. Yes, when it’s time for lakeside hosting, fun should be the foundation. So, follow our tips and ideas for the ultimate gathering— one that earns sparkles in guests' eyes, not just on your ice cream.

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Sweets

Instead of a simple plate of cookies, why not make fun ice cream sandwiches? Make sandwiches ahead of your gathering, or let guests make their own. Use any variety of cookie you prefer, but classic chocolate chip is a fun start and safe bet for your guests.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

To make the sandwiches, simply scoop your favorite ice cream between two cooled cookies, then roll the ‘sandwich’ in the topping of your choice. To add various colors, consider using ice cream flavors such as black cherry, mint chocolate chip, pistachio, strawberry, or orange-vanilla. Consider toppings such as mini-chocolate chips, sundae sprinkles, colored sugars, cookie or candy bar crumbles, minimarshmallows, chopped peanuts or almond slivers. Options are as endless as your imagination. Or, dip sandwiches in melted chocolate. For cookies, use place ‘n bake if you wish (no judgement here!), or, if you wish to make them from scratch, give this classic cookie recipe a try.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients: 2 ¼ cup flour

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup brown sugar

sift above three ingredients together

1 teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon water cream above five ingredients with mixer

1.  Sift flour mixture of top three ingredients. 2.  Cream next five ingredients in large bowl. 3.  Add two eggs to creamed mixture. 4.  Add the sifted flour mixture. 5.  Stir in one 12-ounce package of chocolate chips. 6. Spray cooking sheets with non-stick spray. Drop dough on sheet in uniform sizes. 7.  Bake at 375 degrees, 10-12 minutes. 8.  Cool on rack.

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bell peppers, or a drizzle of honey on cheese and fruit plates for a sweeter selection. •H  arder cheeses like cheddar and parmesan can be cut into crumbles or wedges, while softer ones like Brie and Camembert can be left in wheels for guests to cut themselves with cheese knives. •T  here are lots of harder textured meats that guests can cut themselves, like smoked sausages and salamis, and a spreadable meat like pâté (chicken or duck liver). Some popular charcuterie meats include guanciale, pancetta, hard salami, prosciutto, and mortadella. •W  hen building your charcuterie board, think about structure and visual interest. Meats can be a good base, followed by cheeses in between, then bowls of nuts and olives, and finally sprigs of fresh herbs like dill or basil to fill in any small gaps on the platter.

Eats

While finger-foods are still an ideal option for social gatherings, pretzel bowls and tiny sandwiches have been set aside. Their replacement offers an engaging, colorful, versatile, fun, delicious offering called ‘charcuterie.’

So what is charcuterie? While it used to be referred to as just a collection of cold, cooked meats, the concept has blossomed to include much, much more.

For larger parties, serving several different boards with different themes of various snacks can offer your guests a wide selection of foods from which to choose.

Yes, charcuterie is a fancy culinary term— but the foodie trend has evolved into a much more sophisticated arrangement including cheeses, tapenades, spreads, crackers, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. It’s an easy way to display munchies for a crowd of any size, and the possibilities are endless.

Make Your Own

Plating

• Another board could have soft Brie, rolls of mortadella, asparagus rolled up with ham, and some olives. Be creative and make it fun!

When creating a charcuterie board, consider the size of the group you will be serving and then choose an appropriately sized platter for the foundation of your charcuterie board. It can be a simple wooden cutting board, elegant marble slab, a slate hotplate, antique porcelain platter, or a simple square dinner plate for

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smaller parties. If you plan to serve your board with longer items like asparagus or strands of grapes, go with a longer rectangular board. Likewise, smaller plates can better accommodate bite-sized pieces of salami and cheese cubes. Small bowls and prep cups (like the steel ones used in restaurants for sauces and condiments) can be used to hold olives, nuts, and dried fruits so they don’t roll around on the board with the other items.

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 reate height and dimension with sturdy •C Italian breadsticks, piles of rolled deli meats, and pyramids of cubed cheeses. Stacks of crackers can hold a bunch of berries upright as well.

Follow these tips and you’ll be a charcuterie artist in no time: • One board may display cured meats like prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni with accompanying cheeses like string mozzarella and wedges of parmesan, and a few fruits like grapes or apple slices.

• Try to incorporate different textures of meats, cheeses, crunchy vegetables, and crackers. • Offer small dishes of olive tapenade or hummus for dipping carrots and sliced

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Keep It In-Season

Use what’s readily available. Consider inseason fresh produce whenever possible to get the most for your money. Think fresh summer berries, winter melons, and even dried fruits like cherries, apricots, and banana chips when fresh fruit is not available. Any box of crackers or jar of nuts you have on-hand will complement your charcuterie board, as will simple deli meats like smoked turkey or ham you already have in the meat drawer. Basic items can be jazzed up with fresh herbs and cornichons, for example. Charcuterie boards are a fun way to serve at parties— so use what you have and your guests are sure to be delighted.


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So, let’s re-engage our hosting prowess and celebrate even further how far we’ve come in the last year. Add color, fun, and sparkle back to offerings when you host. And keep the celebrations at home— beautifully, tastefully, deliciously, and with the best ingredient we’ve been missing for so long: togetherness.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | At A Glance SYRACUSE

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Kosciusko County Days are hot, water is warm, and it’s time to relish relaxation to accompany water splashin’ fun.

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t’s the season of sultry temps, frozen popsicles, blazing sunshine, bountiful gardens, and the most peaceful sunsets. Evening gatherings of quiet music, tasty beverages, laughter, friendship, and warm moments become commonplace as we celebrate this month of summertime splendor. August is the month of lake days, bonfire nights, and final summer getaways— before we eagerly accept a most anticipated return to schedules, school calendars, and back-to-the-office for many. Farmers markets overflow with ripe harvests and nature settles in to finish her season. Forest paths get even more use as hikers, walkers, and joggers seek exercise within shade and beauty of the trees. Dogs accompany their owners on the paths and in the waters. Hey, they’re our best pals, and who better to share the moments with than our four-legged furbabes? And we can think of nowhere better to celebrate the fun of hot August than right here, in Kosciusko County. Formed in 1836, Kosciusko County offers a playground on water, and off. Whether it’s a scenic walking path or hiking adventure, blasting through the waves, soaking atop the water, or fishing from water vessel or dock, there’s no shortage of things to do. And for dining from fine dishes to fun bar food and lakeside spirits— we needn’t travel far. It’s all just moments away within our county of 100 lakes. It’s why we choose to call our region ‘home.’ For both adventurous splashes and tranquil moments. For laughter, wild times, quiet moments, and simple hugs. It’s what lake life is all about. And it takes place right here, within Kosciusko County.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Critters + Crawlers

Cicadas Our noisy, temporary neighbors by Abby Logan, public relations specialist at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams photo courtesy of The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

You may have heard the buzz this summer— literally!

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eriodical cicadas are harmless, winged insects which only make an appearance every 13-17 years. They spend most of their lives well below ground, feeding on roots. When the right time arrives, cicadas wait for the soil to reach at least 64 degrees Fahrenheit and a soaking rain before making their appearance. In northern Indiana, this occurred in June. Cicadas emerge from the ground overnight, encased in a light brown exoskeleton that they will slowly shed. For a while, their wings are still coiled at their sides. They ‘cure’ for most of the night as their new exoskeletons harden. Then, are able to fly away. All cicadas have wings, but only male cicadas can sing. After they make their way through soil to the surface, they slowly learn to use their ‘tymbals.’ Much like an adolescent boy, their singing voices start a bit broken and end smooth as they mature. Many cicadas will become dinner for hungry birds and fish (if they have the misfortune of falling into a lake or stream) but they serve several other purposes, too. • Their underground tunnels aerate the soil. • When females lay their eggs, the trees they choose are naturally pruned by the cicadas and are able to produce more flowers and fruit the following year. • After they die, cicadas release nitrogen back into the soil, which is essential for plant growth. Although they may look prehistoric and even a bit intimidating, cicadas carry no known diseases and do not bite or sting. Next time you see one, stop to admire its delicate wings and bright red eyes! They will only be around for a few months before their brief lives end and another brood of cicadas set their alarm clocks for 2034 and beyond.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Water + Nature Health

What a living, breathing lake needs:

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Did you know that dissolved oxygen is an indicator of water quality in your lake?

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hen enough dissolved oxygen is present, a lake, pond, or stream can support a wide variety of aquatic critters! Fish (like bluegill, sunfish, and catfish) and zooplankton (like daphnia, cyclops, and rotifers— which are food for the fish) all need dissolved oxygen to breathe. Dissolved oxygen needs to be recharged. Those molecules get used quickly and lakes need the right circumstances to keep enough in stock for their inhabitants. Moving water, for instance, has more dissolved oxygen than stagnant water. This is because fresh oxygen gets mixed into the water via wind or wave action, like chocolate chips being folded into cookie batter. Cold water also typically holds more dissolved oxygen than warm water, which means fish can overwinter in a lake, assuming spring comes quickly enough to remove ice from the lake’s surface and allow wind to mix in a fresh supply of oxygen. Bacteria, however, are known to mastermind ways to diminish dissolved

oxygen. They like to live in the bottom sediment of local lakes— and especially in areas that receive deposits of organic matter! Tree leaves and lawn clippings, and dead weeds, algae, and fish all cause dissolved oxygen to get used up as they decay. Bacteria use this dissolved oxygen to grow speedily, leaving very little for other forms of life like the fish and zooplankton. This can be especially problematic in the summer when a pond or lake is not mixing from top to bottom. The cool water near the bottom of the lake loses most of its oxygen due to these bacteria. All lakes are in some stage of eutrophication (the process by which they will eventually be ‘filled in’). Did you know that what you choose to do on your property can speed up or slow down eutrophication? It is a natural process that leads to yet another valuable water resource: wetlands. But for those of us who live on or close to a Kosciusko County lake, we would like our lakes to be filled with healthy, dissolved oxygen-balanced water rather than filling in with organic matter and sediment.

Here are three ways to keep you r lake’s dissolved oxygen storage room stocked: 1. Get rid of yard waste correctl y. Do not dump it in your lake. Orga nic matter will decay and decrease dissolved oxygen, but it could also lead to a growth spurt for unwante d algae and weeds. 2. Decorate your shoreline with native plants. Unlike invasive species, native species often better absorb nutrients to reduce overabundant weed and algae growth and help keep more dissolved oxygen in the bott om waters of your lake. 3. Use less fertilizer. Specifically, try to use phosphorus-free fertilizer. Whe n fertilizer gets washed into a lake, it acts as a stimulant and leads to mor e weed and algae growth.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Lake Profile

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Nestled on the shores of Syracuse, Ind., lies Lake Wawasee. This spring-fed lake has long been a favorite destination for Hoosiers and out-ofstate visitors alike— and for good reason. The largest natural lake in Indiana, Lake Wawasee offers over 3,000 acres of lake-life fun. Whether you prefer high-action water sports or low-key fishing and sunset pontoon rides, Lake Wawasee will never disappoint. Here are just a few ways to enjoy this spring-fed wonder this year:


their accompanying toys. With five marinas to choose from, you’re sure to find a great deal on that perfect pontoon, wake boat, or jet ski. And don’t forget sailing opportunities through the Wawasee Yacht Club. Those seeking even greater adventures can find all they need for an afternoon-filled adrenaline rush at Bart’s Watersports, where they sell everything but the boat. (Think water skis, floats, towables, and paddles.) And fishing fans can access the lake through the Wawasee Family Fishing Area just off Hatchery Road in Syracuse, complete with a two-lane boat ramp, one courtesy dock, and two fishing piers.

Gas Up

Gear Up

The best way to enjoy this lake is by immersing yourself in the full water experience. And that, of course, means access to all varieties of watercraft and

Of course, you’ll need some fuel to power your way around this large lake. Thankfully, Lake Wawasee offers marinas located strategically along the shoreline at both north and south locations to provide all the gasoline your watercraft will need. That way, you’ll never get stranded in the middle of the lake— unless stopping for an afternoon anchored at the sandbar was the plan all along!

More ... Lake Wawasee Fun!

• Boat In – Did you know you can go to church on Lake Wawasee? It’s called Boat-In, and it’s sponsored by the SyracuseWawasee Ministerial Association. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, you can enjoy this half-hour, openair worship service by boat or by shore.

• Thunder Run – Wooden boats have long been cherished, and now they comprise a weekly water parade of sorts on Lake Wawasee. Every Sunday at 10 a.m., you’ll find 10 to 30 (or more) of these vintage crafts preparing to cruise around the lake. With their rumbling 6- and 8-cylinder inboard gasoline engines, they definitely earn the “Thunder Run” name.

Gobble Up

All that action on the water during the day is bound to activate some serious appetites, and once again, you’re sure to find the perfect fill-up for everyone at Lake Wawasee. Of special note is lakeside dining at The Channel Marker, The Frog Tavern, or The Pier & Back Porch, ensuring you’ll never have to leave the lake— not for lunch or dinner! Or, take lakeside dining one step further on the S.S. Lillypad at The Frog, which offers private and public dinner cruises. (Be sure to check out their website at sslillypad.com for cruise dates.) You can even get handdipped ice cream without ever leaving the lake, thanks to The Floating Cone, a new concept in frozen confections. Check out floatingcone.com for more info.

• Chautauqua-Wawasee – Culture lovers will enjoy all that this nonprofit has to offer, with everything from an annual fine arts festival and pops concert to historic cruises and Native American history series. Learn more at chautauquawawasee.org. • Syracuse-Wawasee Trails – Enjoy the gorgeous trail system around and nearby the waters of Wawasee, embrace the beautiful views of wetlands, wooded areas, and lakeshore. For more info, visit syracusewawaseetrails.com and wacf.com.

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COUNTY LAKE LIFE | Town Profile

midwestern:

Mentone by Haiden Hibbert | photos by Sue Pais

Mentone is a small town of about 2,000 residents, nestled within Kosciusko County— and just a short drive to many of the county’s most beautiful lakes, including Palestine Lake, Winona Lake, Pike Lake, and Center Lake. Whether you're seeking relaxation by exploring the small town or making friends at small-town festivals, it won't take long before you see why residents call this quiet Midwestern small town, home.

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entone was founded in 1882 and is a place that offers a splash of urban amenities among loads of rural charm. Known as “The Egg Basket of the Midwest,” Mentone has a long history (140 years!) of commercially-produced eggs distributed throughout the country. To celebrate that history, in downtown Mentone stands a 3,000-pound concrete egg. The concrete statue is just one way Mentone celebrates its legacy of commercial egg production; they also host the annual Mentone Egg Festival every summer. This year's family-friendly event took place on June 3-5, and featured lots of entertainment including a car, truck, motorcycle, and tractor show. There was also a parade, flea market, and activities for kids. From the ‘cutest baby’ contests to the Miss Mentone Pageant, there are big celebrations in the small Mentone community. Mentone may be home to only a few banks, doctors, and churches, but they’ve got some must-visit local businesses, including Java Jacks, Pete & Freddy’s, Teels Family Restaurant, Little Shop in the Woods, and the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum. Java Jacks Coffee House, 111 E. Main St. This quaint coffee shop is exactly what you’d want out of a small town, family-owned business. Java Jacks was started by a man named Jack, who runs the shop with his wife. They’ve got all the classic coffees, teas,

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Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum

and bakery treats, as well as a full menu of breakfast and lunch options— from biscuits and gravy to grilled cheese. If you swing by, make sure to bring cash.

Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, 210 S. Oak St. - This local museum is a must-visit spot in Mentone. It's open on Sundays throughout the summer from June to September, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. It's named after Mentone resident, American industrialist, and founder of Bell Aircraft Corporation. Bell provided extraordinary contributions to the science of flight. The museum shares about these contributions and showcases a variety of aircraft including artifacts from World War II. Pete & Freddy’s Pages Aplenty Bookstore, 109 E. Main St. - This charming, women-led bookstore sells gently used and new books. It was opened by two sisters back in 2009, and has been a local favorite ever since. Teels Family Restaurant, 108 N. Main St. - Teels is a family-style restaurant that serves generous portions. It’s beloved by Mentone residents and visitors alike, and busily serves both breakfast and lunch. Their current hours are from 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

Little Shop in the Woods, 10003 W. 200 S. - This Mentone staple is an antique store that sells beautiful vintage goods. From jewelry to dolls to clothing to glassware, there’s a little something for everyone at Little Shop in the Woods. This small town is full of history and charm. From tree-lined residential streets, a wall mural depicting the town’s roots, its annual festival, local shops, and close-knit community, there are hidden gems ready to be experienced throughout the rural town of Mentone.

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GETTIN' BUSY | Events

Kosciusko County

Calendar of Events Note: Every effort is made to ensure accuracy to events listed. As schedules sometimes change, please confirm details prior to attending. 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: rbalogh@the-papers.com. He’ll be happy to hear from you! WARSAW COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Please call ahead to confirm in-person activities)

Story Time on Facebook, 11 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Virtual story time for children. Friends of the Library Meeting, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2. Learn more about FOL projects and community involvement. Public is invited. Friends of the Library Story Emporium Bookstore, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 28. All proceeds go toward supporting the library. Paint with Carl Mosher, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16. For ages 15 and older. $25 fee covers cost of instruction, acrylic paint, and supplies to complete an 11-inch-by-14-inch canvas. Registration required. Kids Minecraft, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. Play Minecraft Education Edition on a library device or bring your own.

Blooming Art, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. Get creative with your garden. Available on library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Children’s program. Nutrition Series, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Online presentation by registered dietitian Sue Delagrange. Topic: “Fight Inflammation.” Registration required. Teen Minecraft Club, 4 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. Play Minecraft Education Edition on library computers, Playstation or Xbox. For grades six through 12 only.

Anderson from ReThink, IUPUI, and Indiana Humanities Speakers Bureau. Free admission. Fisheries In Our Lakes Program, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. Features Matthew Linn from Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Free admission. Adult Craft Class, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. Make a fun and easy craft. Free admission, all supplies will be provided. Preregistration required; sign up at circulation desk or call 574.834.7122. Let’s Move Dance Exercise Class, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 19, 26. Free admission.

For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.267.6011 or visit warsawlibrary.org or facebook.com/ warsawpubliclibrary. The library is located at 310 E. Main St., Warsaw.

For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.834.7122 or visit nweb.lib.in.us or the library’s Facebook page.

NORTH WEBSTER COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY

NORTH WEBSTER COMMUNITY CENTER

(Please call ahead to confirm in-person activities)

The library is located at 110 E. North St., North Webster.

(Please call ahead to confirm in-person activities)

Smithsonian Waterways Exhibit, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit on display through Saturday, Aug. 7. Learn what an individual can do to improve water quality. Free admission.

Pickleball, 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday, also 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, gym or outside (weather permitting). $3/ session. For adults.

Knit 2 Crochet 2 Class, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. Join other yarn crafters to work on projects. Free admission, but bring your own knitting supplies.

Cardio Drumming, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, North Wing. Instructor: Carol Simmons. $5/class or $40/punch card.

Upstream, Downstream, Sharing the Watershed Program, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. Features Phillip

Yoga Classes, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, North Wing. Instructor: Norma Monik. $5/session.

For updates or to check virtual events, call 574.834.1600 or visit nwcommunitycenter.org or facebook.com/nwcommunitycenter.

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The community center is located at 301 N. Main St., North Webster.

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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

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

“Pride and Prejudice,” July 28Aug. 1, Aug. 3-7. “Nunsense,” Aug. 11-15. 17-21. For performance times, ticket prices and other information, call 574.267.8041 or visit wagonwheelcenter.org or facebook.com/wagonwheel. The center is located at 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw.

WAWASEE AREA CONSERVANCY EDUCATION CENTER

Agricultural Tour, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 4. Tour Anderson Farms in Noble County and discover the important relationship between agriculture and our lakes. Free admission, preregistration required at pam@wacf.com. Lake Canoe Trips, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 13. An unforgettable trip down the headwaters to Lake Wawasee. Sign up at aldotcam@gmail.com.

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, northwebsterumc.org 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, dewartlakefriends.org. Tippecanoe Lake: Patona Bay, 2 EMS T33B Lane, Leesburg. Sponsored by Leesburg United Methodist Church. 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. 574.453.4703, myleesburgumc.com

TUESDAY, AUG. 3 SYRACUSE-WAWASEE GARDEN CLUB TRIP Travel to Peru to see the 7 Pillars Nature Preserve. 10 a.m. For more information, email pam@wacf.com.

SATURDAY, AUG. 7 CHAUTAUQUA LAKES FILM FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, AUG. 27 LAST FRIDAY

Enjoy this Film Festival— a collection of personal phone videos of folks having fun on the water or around their home. Free admission. Pickwick Theater, 108 W. Main St., Syracuse. 10 a.m.- noon. For more info, email mknecht@chqw.org.

Uptown Syracuse. Street fair, sponsored by Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce. Free admission. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 574.457.5637, renea@swchamber.com, swchamber.com

SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 14, 21, 28 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, facebook.com/ syracusefarmersmarket

SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 14, 21, 28 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, facebook.com/ koscountyfarmersandartisanmarket

SATURDAY, AUG. 14 SIDEWALK SALE Downtown Winona Lake. Participating shops will have special offers throughout the day. 574.268.9888, villageatwinona. com or facebook.com/ villageatwinona

SATURDAY, AUG. 28 HEIRLOOM TOMATO FESTIVAL Brower Park and Old Train Depot, Pierceton. Craft and food vendors, tomato baking and eating contests, agricultural art show, live music, kids' area, 5K run/walk. Free admission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 574.797.3033, piercetonchamber.com

SATURDAY, AUG. 28 CANAL DAYS Downtown Winona Lake. Craft and art booths, kids’ activities, cardboard boat regatta, food vendors. Free admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 574.268.9888, villageatwinona.com

The Leppert grandchildren, submitted by John Leppert.

Cruise, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. Hop aboard the S.S. Lillypad for a cruise around Lake Wawasee and discover how you can help keep our lakes clean. $20/ person. Reservations required at 574.457.4549 or info@wacf.com. For more information, contact pam@wacf.com. 574.457.4549, wacf.com, facebook.com/ wawaseeconservancy. The education center is located at 11586 SR 13, Syracuse.

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GETTIN' BUSY | Bulletin Bits + Fish Bites

Bulle t in Bits + Fish Bite s ders. This space is for you, dear rea board Consider it a printed bulletin nts. to pushpin your announceme c? Having a fish fry for the publi ngous Catch an unbelievably humo e local? fish? Want to thank someon Allow us to be your new bulletin board.

There’s More Than Camping At Jellystone

In fact, there’s a lot more! Each weekend hosts various events— from a weeken d of events revolving around ‘chocolate paradis e + sundae fundae’ to a weekend of splashe s full of water wars. Join the fun, right within our own county. Check ‘em out at piercetonjellyst one.com for full information. And, of course, wave back to Yogi Bear.

Chautauqua Lakes Film Festival

in. Just don’t stick us with a pushp

What’s not to love? The Film Festival is a collection of personal phone videos of individuals, friends, or family having fun on the water or around their home. The videos have been provided to Chautauqua Wawasee (CHQW) who edited each to a short duration and combined with other videos for a one-time show on Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pickwick Theater in Syracuse. For more info, reach out to debbie@CHQW.org. Join ‘em and enjoy the celebration!

THE DIXIE IS BACK!

Some fish create bigger memories than meals… Gary Timpe caught this one off his dock. Always happy at Lake Tippy, Gary knows it’s not the weight of the catch, it’s the power of the moment.

If you’ve been waiting to ‘Ride The Dixie ’ and you hadn’t heard just yet… Indiana’s olde st sternwheel excursion boat is BACK!!! Reno vations are complete, and the historic, majestic beauty is back, enriching lake life for all on Web ster. Daily public cruises are held through Labo r Day weekend. For full information, check out their website at ridethedixie.com, or visit their Face book: dixiesternwheeler. pike out of What a nice Northern t gh and photo Wawasee! Pike cau Chandra Seybert. der rea by submitted

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GETTIN' BUSY | Local Finds

Hot Deals for Hot Days

August temps are soaring during these Dog Days of summer. So, check out some hot deals to help celebrate this water-loving lake life— from fashions for the gals to a lil’ extra love for our four-legged pals. And it’s all right here, available in our very own Kosciusko County.

The Gift Shop At Wawasee 507 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, 574.457.8524 Thegiftshopatwawasee.com

Bart’s Water Sports

7581 E. 800 N., North Webster, 800.348.5016 barts.com

Clean-Up Pal This Swedish super-absorbent cloth is one-of-a-kind and super versatile. If you’re prone to spilling (no judging), want another way to clean, or want to say buh-bye to paper towels and stinky cloths, get a squeaky clean new start with this dog-inspired design.

Flotation For Fido Even water dogs get tired, so keep your four-legged swimmer extra safe during these dog days. Check out this Connelly dog vest, and others, at Bart’s. Ga’Head, Cut The Cheese The best way to cut your cheese at the lake + a gorgeous way to serve your lakeside guests. These can be customizable to your lake, too.

My Red Moon

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Coppes Commons 401 E. Market St., Nappanee, 574.773.0002 coppescommons.com

You Had Me At Strawberry Shortcake Get. In. My. Belly. Enjoy this and other flavors at Rocket Science within Coppes Commons.

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Absolutely Apparel & Gifts

509 South Huntington St., Syracuse, 574.457.8887 absolutelyapparel.com Is Fluffy A Flunkie? Oh, it’s good to have a sense of humor. See an assortment of dog-oriented gifts at one of the now two locations of Absolutely Apparel & Gifts shops.

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Raises for Moms Lake loving fashion for her. And we bet she does, too. Puppy Pillow We woof your dog, too.  

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Plating Pros

Meet: Chef Sean Bloom story and photos by Loren Shaum

Sean Bloom was born in Fort Wayne, but his family moved to Florida in his early years. Ever since he was tall enough to reach a stove, his mother had him in the kitchen.

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ater, he attended Florida Culinary Institute (now called Lincoln Culinary Institute), but he claims to have learned more from his mother and other chefs he’s worked with than from his formal education. His first gig was at an Outback Steakhouse as a dishwasher, but quickly moved up the ladder. Eventually he migrated back to Indiana and cooked at Hopper’s Pike Street Grill in Goshen, then landed at Huntington Street Bar & Grill (HSBG), working under the original owners. When they were uncertain about the future of HSBG, he returned to Florida. Then two years ago, Bloom returned to his roots, and once the new owners of HSBG took over in April 2021, Bloom got a call to return. He hasn’t looked back— and with his return, he’s brought much of his Southern cuisine influences to the HSBG menu. LAKElife readers, meet Chef Sean Bloom.

Huntington Street Bar & Grill 704 N. Huntington St., Syracuse 574.457.3399

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What made you decide to become a chef? My family is large, and at every gathering food was always the glue that brought us together. So, family and my mother were very influential.

As a chef, what do you like most? Pushing unique flavors forward.

What’s your favorite cuisine?

Southern cuisine, especially southern seafood.


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

What’s your favorite food to eat?

I am a taco addict. That’s why they are a mainstay on the menu.

What gives you the most satisfaction? Seeing people enjoy the food I prepare. Seeing guests sharing dishes is especially gratifying!

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What is your cooking philosophy?

Making big, bold dishes with Cajun and Spanish influences. If it looks like a large plate, sometimes I add a bit more!

What aspirations do you have for HSBG?

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Sales and Service: 574.453.3970

This place is worth saving, and I want to be part of that journey.

What are your favorite lake activities? Kayaking, but so far I've been too busy to get on the water! I hope to get out on coming off-days.

What are some of your hobbies?

Besides kayaking Syracuse Lake and the channels, I like to play golf and hike with my dog, Seven.

What else would you like to share with readers?

Fishing or Floating-It's just all about boating...

We want Huntington Street to get back to the original vibe that made this place hum. We are getting there, and people that do try us, come back! 

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Design • Build • Maintain

Kay S. Young REALTOR®, Broker

Selling the lakes area since 1988

574-528-1400

kayyoung@toddrealty.com

beyondlandscaping.com 574-527-7973

We are under new ownership! Tues-Sat 11am- 10pm | Closed Sundays

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After

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PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Good Deeds

Celebrating goodness

by Lauren Caggiano

within our community.

Good Deeds Nominee:

Renea Salyer Hometown: Warsaw The Deed:

nary item new life as Renea Salyer is giving an ordi utive director of the exec The n. a public art attractio of Commerce is the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber the ‘Red Canoe Project.’ organizational brains behind nters bring cheer -pla These canoes-turned-flower serve to honor they as , sites and nostalgia to the are presented /or and ity, mun com the in loved ones ds and family. frien d as memorials to honor decease

the SWCC Foundation, was in the beginning stages of planning beautification projects for the Town of Syracuse, and reached out to Roxann to partner in creating more red canoe planters.

So the project took off. Who paints the canoes?

In 2020, six canoes were donated by local residents and painted by volunteers. Then, they were placed throughout town.

How can people find the canoe locations? And, how is it bringing people together?

Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber created a map in their 2021 directory of the locations of the canoes. Folks can go hunt for them and share pictures on their social media.

What’s next for the project? How many are being placed this year?

This year, we will place canoes 7 through 11, and hope to end with at least 12 canoes in the community.

How often will the flowers within the canoes be changed?

Canoes will be filled with various seasonal plants and flowers that will change throughout the year.

How did this project come about?

The project began last year (2020) with the first canoe placed at the south side of town, at the ‘Syracuse’ sign designed by Roxann Arnott (on SR 13). The canoe is in memory of Arnott’s dear friend, Annie Laurie Hardie. The Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber's foundation arm,

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How can readers learn more?

Anyone interested in making a donation to the project or sponsoring a canoe in memory or honor of a loved one is invited to call the Chamber at 574.457.5637, or email renea@swchamber.com.   Do YOU want to nominate someone for a good deed? It’s easy. Just email Sue at sue@lakelifemagazine.com. She’ll take care of the rest!


A Touch of Beauty Facials | Chemical Peels Dermaplaning | Waxing Massage | Teeth Whitening

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JAYH CONSTRUCTION, LLC Quality Construction at an Affordable Price

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s e b i V Isla nd by Courtney Rawlinson | photos by Sue Pais

The motto is “Island Attitude with an Island Atmosphere.”

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ince 1994, The Channel Marker has been a lake favorite for many, and the 2006 addition of the Tiki Bar (a tiki-styled hut, including outdoor seating for 125) became a tropical part of that tradition. Most would say The Channel Marker and Tiki Bar is simply ‘the place to be on Wawasee.’ Their menu can fix any empty stomach with a plethora of options that extend from a delicious shareable menu (try the popular ‘Bang Bang Shrimp’) to their most popular burger ‘The Outrigger.’ The menu also offers a variety of seafood options, but just to name a few: Char-Crusted Sea Bass, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Coconut Shrimp, or another popular dish is the Pan-Fried Lake Perch. While the food is delicious, customers also visit to enjoy the water views whilst sipping on ‘Island Treats.’ Among their full bar, a few customer favorites are the rum-based frozen drinks Wawasee Sunset and Swamp Water (these drinks are no joke, folks!). Whether docking your boat for lunch or sitting by the water with a cocktail in-hand, Channel Marker is a spot where guests no longer feel they’re in the Midwest, but instead they get a real taste of paradise.

Meet Dana Polman, this month’s ‘Libations’ nominee. Whether visiting by car or boat, come say hello to this bubbly gal at The Channel Marker, on the waters between Syracuse Lake and Lake Wawasee.

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What is your favorite part about bartending?

The continuous change of customers and conversations is my favorite part. I have heard a lot of life lessons, advice, and crazy stories!

What is unique to you about serving and bartending at The Channel Marker?

The Channel Marker feels like a slice of paradise right in your backyard. It’s right on the water, there is outdoor seating with the beautiful weather, and we have great drinks and food!

Do you have a signature drink that you enjoy making for your customers?

I really enjoy making rum runners. There are a lot of ways you can customize them, and they always taste great.

What does being present at the lake mean to you? The lake to me feels like a vacation at home. You are surrounded by all your friends and family in such a beautiful and comfortable setting.

Can you describe your 'regular' customers for the readers?

I love when regulars come in! It is like catching up with your friends after a day at work. You become close and they turn into real life friends.

What is your outlook on life?

My outlook on life is to focus on working at a place I love, staying close to my friends and family, and always trying to have new experiences.

What is the best compliment you have ever received from a customer?

My customers have told me that I feel like family to them and that really meant a lot to me. I take a lot of pride in my job and put all my energy into making my customers have a good experience every time they visit.

Is there anything that you would like to share directly with the readers?

I really enjoy working in the service industry with the public. It is very rewarding to have customers walk away saying their day has been made better by coming here for a meal!


PEEPS & EATS (people + food) | Libations

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PEEPS + EATS (people + food) | Refresher

Cucumber-Mint Mule Cocktail It’s hot outside, but this cocktail cools your temps and soothes the soul. Yes, it’s one more winning beverage for the 21-and-over crowd— but this one is ideal for the sultry steaminess of late summer. Dab the sweat from your brow and prepare to be chilled.

Ingredients: 2 ounces vodka 4 ounces ginger beer juice from 1 fresh lime

slices of fresh cucumber 5 mint leaves

Directions: 1. Shake and muddle two cucumber slices with some of the lime juice. 2.  Fill a Moscow copper mug with ice (load it up!). 3.  Pour vodka, then add mint leaves. 4. Add the remaining cucumber slices and lime juice, then top with ginger beer. 5.  Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of mint. Cool cheers to the hot days of summer! 

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CLOSING OUT OUR ANTIQUES WITH GREAT DISCOUNTS

owns! New Mas Srkepdt. 1, 2021 Sale end

Columbia House Interiors will remain open! Call us for all your window covering and picture framing needs!

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PRO TIP

on… setting expectations:

Welcome to the lakes!

Tip:

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ne of the best things I’ve learned in my last decade of life (that I wish I’d learned out of the gate of adulthood), is the value in and importance of setting expectations— both in business and in your personal-family life. In my career as a real estate broker, I constantly work on my listing-process flow chart to perfect it, staying keenly focused on what each of our roles are— you as the property owner, and me as your listing agent. After all, it is a true partnership + collaborative effort that bring the best possible results. Recent case in point: I just listed a lake home that was previously on the market since 2015, for 1,874 days with four previous realty companies + agents at prices all over the board. When I met with the couple, we thoroughly set expectations of each of our roles, and then put many hours of work into getting the home ready for the market, upfront— both the sellers and my crew of about six amazing ‘workhorses.’ And we got it sold fast in four days, like they wanted, before company was coming for the Fourth, and over asking price!

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The sellers took my advice and did exactly as recommended. They trusted their hired expert just as I must trust my dentist, accountant, etc. They listed and went pending knowing this was the best time to sell in decades, but also knowing that my team and I were committed to find them their next home once they decide on their chosen state— Indiana or Florida. And we will. We do it all the time, coordinating with expert Sotheby’s agents all over the country and world.

Lynn Reecer, Real Estate Advisor/ Broker Associate Encore Sotheby’s International Realty 260.385.9866 lynn.reecer@encoresothebysrealty.com

BREWERY • RESTAURANT • BAR • FAMILY ROOM

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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 sue@lakelifemagazine.com.

NAPPANEE

Bourbon Street Pizza 1411 E. Market St. 574.773.9600 bourbonpizza.com

Culinary Mill Market & Deli 401 E. Market St. 574.773.0214

Good Vibes Nutrition 1536 E. Market St. 574.612.8782

The Barns Steakhouse Dutchmaid Eatery & Gifts 1535 3rd Rd. 574.546.2192

CLAYPOOL

Someplace Else Saloon 108 S. Main St. 574.566.3280

ETNA GREEN Etna Green Cafe 112 W. State St. 574.858.9081

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LEESBURG

Little New York Family Restaurant 103 N. Main St. 574.453.2234

MENTONE

Mentone B&K

9396 W. State Road 25 574.353.7597

Bull Dog Saloon

MILFORD

Miotto’s Main Street Pizza & More

130 S. Main S. 574.658.9795 facebook: miottos-main-streetpizza-and-more

Asian Cajun

103 S. Higbee St. 574.658.3505

1600 W. Market St. 574.773.4188 thebarnsatnappanee.com

The Dutch Kernel 401 E. Market St. 260.499.1614 thedutchkernel.shop

The Pretty Cakery

112 S. Main St. 574.221.2207 facebook: theprettycakery

101 E. Main St. 574.353.7408

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BREMEN


Texas Roadhouse 700 W. 300 N. 574.306.0622

Thai House Restaurant 820 E. Winona Ave. 574.267.5988

The Buzz on Buffalo 114 N. Buffalo St. 574.267.2622

Three Crowns Coffee 941 N. Detroit St. 574.216.1655

Time Out Inn

17010 W. Lake St. 574.269.5700

Wabash Donut Shoppe

NORTH WEBSTER

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

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Pizza King

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Chubbie’s Pub-N-Grub

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

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

Joe’s Ice Cream Supreme Shop

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

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Pizza King

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Syracuse Cafe

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Wong’s Restaurant 835 Anchorage Rd. 574.269.3778

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Taqueria El Comal 828 E. Winona Ave. 574.267.1501

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This recipe was created somewhat accidentally but has become a house staple. It’s super healthy and versatile, and a big crowd pleaser! Turkey can be used in place of chicken, and try other nut/seed butters in place of peanut butter if you’d like. I’ve also added the meat mixture to chopped lettuce as a salad instead of wraps. Enjoy!

(serves 4)

Ingredients: 1 pound ground chicken 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 2 teaspoons sriracha, plus extra for drizzle 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon red curry paste 2 garlic cloves, pressed 3 tablespoons peanut butter 6 tablespoons boiling water salt and pepper to taste 8-12 large romaine lettuce leaves 1 carrot, shredded chopped peanuts, optional chopped cilantro, optional chopped green onion, optional diced avocado, optional cheddar/ jack/ American (queso would work great, too)

Directions: 1. Brown chicken in large pan until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in chopped red pepper and cook until tender, 5 more minutes. 2. Add vinegar, ginger, sriracha, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, red curry paste, and garlic. Stir well until blended. Add peanut butter and stir well. Add boiling water a tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached. 3. Assemble romaine leaves on plate. Place ground chicken mixture on each leaf and garnish with the carrot, more sriracha if you like, and any of the other toppings that sound good/you have on-hand.

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WATER FUN | family fun + traditions

Slippin’ and Dockin’! Why Knot? A Guide to Docks + Boat Slips + Knots by John C. Gill photos by Main Channel Marina

A gateway to open waters, the dock extends an invitation to lake lovers. It serves as a passageway to excitement and recreation, to serenity and reflection.

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osciusko County’s 100+ lakes offer countless opportunities for aquatic activity, but accessibility is a prerequisite to the action. Public docks and boat ramps across the area guarantee visitors, and locals, access to sport and leisure. Discovering the ideal lake access point requires some planning, as facilities vary by location. Certain lake communities may provide entry, for example, from a narrow boat ramp situated beside a winding stretch of road. This could prove difficult to navigate with a trailer. Other lakes, however, maintain wide or dual ramps adjacent to docks, and offer ample parking, restrooms, and picnic areas. Both the Indiana DNR (in.gov/dnr) and Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams (lakes. grace.edu) provide excellent resources on their websites. There, visitors may examine lake directories and maps to pinpoint public access locations and the amenities available at each site.

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Docks

Often dismissed as simply a space to secure watercraft, the dock supports additional pursuits. It may function as a platform for fishing, sunbathing, or diving; as an open-air cafe; as a reading haven; or even as a meditative retreat. Moreover, the dock affords anglers, birdwatchers, photographers, and onlookers a perfect vantage point for observing nature’s artistry. The public dock, when utilized as a way station, engages the user and enhances the lake experience. As Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Jill Boggs explained, “We promote ‘From Waves to Shores.’ It’s connecting your main activity with things to do, and places

to eat and explore along our shorelines.” Indeed, when the main activity involves water, the dock becomes a springboard to Kosciusko’s lakeside venues. Boaters may choose to dock and shop, dock and dine, dock and play, dock and sleep. Customizing an itinerary begins at visitkosciuskocounty.org.

Getting The Slip

When the lake captivates its visitor and encourages a long-term relationship, a boat slip may seal the union. Available as rentals for all types of watercraft, slips provide accessible spaces for docking between trips.


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Perfect for those who live away from the shore, a slip eliminates the need of having to trailer the boat for every outing. Lake homeowners, too, appreciate the convenience of a slip. Sometimes they need extra dockage to accommodate their boats. Or, they prefer the calmer waters a marina might provide over the rough or windy lake conditions near their home. “People are more likely to use and enjoy their boat when it’s docked closer to home,” said Hallie Pierce of Tippecanoe Boat Company in Leesburg, who rents open piers and covered slips. When considering a rental, she added, “Parking, location, and price are important.” Griffith’s Wawasee Marina and Main Channel Marina in Syracuse, and Patona Bay Marina in Leesburg also rent slips. Now is the time to reserve a space for next season.

Knots

When the boat glides toward shore after its excursion and comes to a rest beside the dock, fastening should be fast and effective. Using strong and stretchable, double-braided nylon rope to tie a cleat hitch knot or a bowline knot will secure any type of boat to the dock.

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Their docked pontoon dancing in unison with the gentle waves, the couple adjourns to a lakeside cafe. Gazing upon the sun-splashed waterscape, they satisfy their hunger, but not their appetites for further Kosciusko County adventures.

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WATER FUN | Water Fun + Fishing

Paddle Tales

For a quiet glide on the lake, these options will really float your boat

Kayaks

Kayaks, England said, basically come in three main categories: sit-in; ocean (the sit-on-top style); and fishing, which tend to be rigged a little differently. The first two can also be found in tandem models. The thing to remember with kayaks is that you don’t just go and buy one and you’re all set. You also need paddles, personal flotation devices (in Indiana, you aren’t required to wear them in a kayak, but you must have one in the boat), and a way to transport them if traveling for their use, like a roof rack (if you don’t have a pickup truck, that is). So it’s a good idea to try before you buy. You can rent kayaks (and canoes and paddleboards) at The Lake House— they’ll even deliver, and at Pedals and Paddles in North Webster, which also delivers.

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Part of the lure of Lakes Country is the bustle of summertime activity and the energy it brings. But adding to that appeal is the nice glide into the quiet moments that bookend the day— particularly when the water is smooth, the air is calm, and the sun is in full ‘golden hour’ mode.

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here are plenty of ways to do this— from the ease and maneuverability of a kayak to the versatile minimalism of a paddleboard, to the sturdy, classic canoe.

Renting lets people get a good feel for what they’re comfortable with, according to Barbara Huffman, co-owner of Pedals and Paddles. Here, she tends to get people started with the sit-on-top kayaks, as they’re great for beginners.

Paddleboards

Paddleboards are a little more inexpensive and easier to transport, which is part of their appeal. While it may look a little awkward to maneuver, they aren’t too difficult to get the hang of. And, England said, they are the most versatile.

While kayaks have been overtaken a bit by paddleboards, they have seen a resurgence in the past couple of years and especially during the pandemic, according to Jake England, owner of The Lake House in Winona Lake.

“You can kneel on them, you can sit on them and paddle them like a kayak, they’re light and a little more maneuverable,” he said.

“A lot of people needed to do outdoor activities,” England said. “It’s been nice seeing a lot of people new to the sport.”

They also offer an added bonus if your morning moment of Zen includes more than just paddling. “You can swim off a standup paddleboard and get back on,” more easily than a kayak, he said.

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Inflatables

And if you really have portability in mind, Huffman said to look at inflatable paddleboards. These come with a backpack, a telescoping paddle, and a two-way air pump for quick inflating and deflating, with the whole rig weighing about 35 pounds.

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Pedal Boards

Newest on the market, according to England and Huffman, are paddleboards that let you combine your glide with a workout. The Hobie pedal board combines a paddleboard with a water bike. Huffman likens the board to a stair climber, rigged to a flipper drive that moves the board through the water.

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Canoes

Finally, if you’re looking to get an early start to the campsite or fishing spot, canoes are classic. They can hold the most cargo, and can be found in different configurations for solo or tandem paddling, to expedition type canoes that carry heavier loads. However you glide into serenity, with a little practice, you can find yourself on your own little quiet piece of water in no time.

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WATER FUN | Readers’ Celebrations

We asked. You answered. Yes, we tossed a lure for kids’ fishing pics… big fish, little fish, first time fishing + moments captured with both fishing hook + camera. Enjoy our great catch… Are you hooked on LAKElife yet?

Alaina’s catch from Lake Webster. (Notice the matching bracelet and fishing pole— she’s a fashionable fishergal!) Submitted by Debby Lavazza.

Wow! Great catch, Madilynn!

Nice catch from Webster Lake, submitted by Debbie Lavazza

Meet fisherman Hudson on Chapman Lake. Submitted by Grandpa Steve Hopper— who we’d like to thank once again for this reel-y wonderful idea.

When your grandpa’s a professional wildlife artist (and avid fisherman), you learn a lot about fishing. Nice catches, boys!

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Proud in pink, Elizabeth shows her catch from Barbee Lake.

future Bassmasters of the ced: meet du tro in en be e you'v apman Ch Gavin on the Lake channel.


Catching bigger memo ries than fish, Grandpa Snugs (Gary Hamman) takes Henry and Saul for a day of fishing at Goose Lake in Warsaw.

Eli and Mia fished Sechrist Lake… now Eli prepares to eat the day’s catch. Yummy!

Silas slays his first catch of the season on Kuhn Lake!

Using both fishing pole and bracelets, cute Kaylee showed this fish who's the real boss of Barbee.

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Nora knows fishing isn’t just for fair weather. Fishergals fish even when it’s cold. …but it’s even better when it’s warm. Catch some big fish, sweet Nora!

Aiyanna making fishin g pretty, as she also catches a ma gnificent sunset on Wawasee.

Properly fitted life vest? Check. Fishing pole? Check. Recent issue of “Musky Hunter?” Check. Shoes? Overrated. Yes, Grandpa Brad Priest on Lake Tippy has Brooks ready for his first time fishing.

We’ll do this again in the next season of LAKElife! (Cast off your fishing pics at any time to sue@lakelifemagazine.com.)

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Relishing a resort-like retirement These Adirondack chairs around the firepit add just one of multiple outdoor seating areas, all surrounded by beautiful landscape, stone— and panoramic views of the lake.

If embracing sports, icons and history, and enjoying good health, friends, and family are goals in this game of life, then the Church duo wins as champs.

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lthough both raised in Indiana, the husband’s career led them to a 27-year residence in New Jersey. There, they raised four children, enjoyed proximity to Yankee stadium, and were busy with their careers and daily lives. But each summer they’d return home to Indiana, to their modestlysized summer home on Syracuse Lake. Yes, summers meant visiting friends and family, enjoying the lake lifestyle— and ensuring their children experienced lake life in Indiana. Enjoy a peek into the home of Andy and Lydia Church.

This courtyard is tucked on the side of the house, free from any wind, private, relaxing— with a trickle from the fountain for added ambiance. It’s a great location to breathe in serenity— and share a bottle of wine.

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Just one of many jaw-dropping memorabilia within the Stadium Club room, these stadium seats were Andy’s actual season ticket seats before the old stadium was torn down in 2008.

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ince his years as a young boy, Andy followed the New York Yankees. Raised during the Mickey Mantle era, this was fairly commonplace, but when Andy’s career later moved him to New Jersey— with close proximity to Yankee Stadium— it only endeared his affection for the Yankees all the more. He began to collect memorabilia, preserving moments and memories within the sports world. The collection grew to a rather staggering number of relics— from sporting icons throughout history, as well as additional collections centered around music and an affection for American history. Andy’s ancestry, after all, dates back to the Revolutionary War. In 2015, Andy finished his 38-year career with Enterprise Holdings, retiring from his role as president/general manager of their New York-New Jersey-Connecticut

The Stadium Club room is exquisitely oneof-a-kind. “I enjoy the Stadium Club for watching my favorite sports/teams as well as relaxing with friends around the bar and fireplace,” Andy said. “My goal was to create a relaxing adult sports pub environment… the theme is centered around Yankee Stadium and the Yankees.”

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operations. Lydia, too, retired. Aside from her role as wife and mom, her other true love was teaching. With both bachelors and masters degrees in health education and a certificate in special education, the majority of her career was sharing knowledge and encouragement to others. With retirement came a move of grand slam proportions. Thus ensued an expansion to the Church summer home— resulting in their full-time resort-like residence of today. “When it came time to retire, we could think of no better place to enjoy our retirement and welcome friends and family,” Lydia said. “So, we bought the house next door, tore it down, and expanded our original lake home.” And now that renovations are complete, enjoy they do. The ideal day for the Church family? You might have guessed. “It’d be a sunny, hot summer day with family and friends,” Andy said. “Kids (and adults) would be screaming while doing some tubing. Water sports, swimming, grilling outside, and a NY Yankee versus Boston Red Sox baseball game on TV.” The game would certainly be watched in Andy’s ‘Stadium Club’ room— tastefully dotted with impressive New York Yankee sports memorabilia, complete with a beautiful bar, stone fireplace, game tables, and so much more— all in a woodceilinged room of warmth and memories that beg family and friends to settle in, have a drink, and stay a while.


From the lake home’s steam shower to the swim spa, gym, outdoor kitchen, courtyard, elegant piano room, sunroom, office, multiple outdoor seating areas, large yard, and so much more, “I can’t really pick a favorite area of my home,” Lydia said. “I put so much heart and soul into each (area), and they all serve a purpose. I just feel so blessed to live here.” And with their now-grown children living and working all over the United States, the Church’s hope is that the residence will bring the kids back home to Indiana

These beautiful sliding doors are six layers deep, decorated with part of Andy’s sports memorabilia collection. “This (concept) was copied from a store in Yankee Stadium, Steiner Sports Memorabilia,” Andy said. “I thought it was a great way to display numerous pictures in a small area.” LAKElife Magazine August 2021

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Although Andy plays the piano, Lydia can too— with the press of a button. This self-playing piano with overseeing bust of Ludwig van Beethoven adds a classical element to this exquisite, formal living room.

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AT HOME | Trends, Interiors

Sweetest Bath Suites by Kelley Graber interior designer, president of Kelley J. Interiors

Where do you spend the most time in your home (aside from the kitchen, of course)? If you guessed the master bath suite, you’re right. With the shortage of homes and rise in building costs, remodeling has become overwhelmingly popular. And the master bath is a key space we want to upgrade.

Soakers

When planning your remodel think about how you live in the space. Is a two showerhead shower going to make sense for you, or do you like to soak in a tub? Many people are getting rid of their large tub-shower combos and opting instead for beautiful soaker tubs.

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Wood tones are creeping their way back as well. Maybe a rich walnut finished cabinet with painted woodwork would be a nice mix for you. Too, it’s notable to mention the function of cabinets have stepped up a few notches. Cabinets now allow for convenient, organized grooming stations, linen storage on top of the cabinet, and under-thesink pullout storage. If you’re dreaming of a master bath suite, see options available, think of how you use your space, and consult with a designer to help you get the most out of your home.

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s r e w o l F h s e r F AT HOME | Trends, Exterior

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Beautiful flowers are in ! full bloom this summer ts can Gorgeous arrangemen a brighten your home with bring rainbow of colors that d the outdoors inside— an . add a touch of elegance

Basic Care

When cutting fresh flowers from the garden (or store or local farmers market), cut stems at an angle. The bias cut will allow maximum water absorption from the vase, keeping blooms looking fresh. If packaged bouquets come with a pack of powder, this is a preservative that actually helps flowers drink the water and provides food to the stems, which they can no longer produce on their own. Or if cutting from your own garden, simply add a pinch of sugar to achieve the same results. Use room temperature water, not cold, so the stems’ cells can open up for improved water absorption. Change the water every

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two days or whenever it becomes muddy, and re-cut the stems regularly (again, at an angle).

Artful Arranging

There are several ways to creatively arrange and display fresh flowers. Try using similar colors in one vase. For example try the following combinations: lilacs, purple iris, and blue hydrangeas; yellow daylilies, sunflowers, and goldenhued tulips; red roses, crimson lilies, and scarlet tulips; white roses, ivory queen Anne’s lace, daisies, and cream-colored baby’s breath. Sticking with one color palette creates a uniform look in each vase. Another way to make beautiful, interesting arrangements is to vary the height and color in each bouquet. Taller stems like iris and gladiolus create height in the center, surrounded by shorter stemmed roses and gerbera daisies, followed by even shorter sprigs of greenery or leaves.

When purchasing bouquets that have been pre-arranged, consider taking them apart and place into smaller separate vases arranged by color or variety— all the red flowers in one container or all the roses together in varying colors.

Other Tips

In addition to changing the water and re-cutting stems every few days, be sure to keep your fresh blooms away from direct sunlight, which wilts flowers more quickly. Cut off dead blossoms and leaves right away so fresh water reaches the good blooms, and also try to cut away leaves from the lower part of the stems so they don’t muddy the water and make it slimy. Flowers should also be kept away from drying, cold blasts from air conditioning vents; remember, fresh flowers are delicate. By taking a few extra steps to protect them, your fresh-cut flowers will have much more lasting power to brighten your home for several days or even weeks.


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Watermelon by Leslie Worthy

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!

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ummer is in high gear with hot weather activities of water fun, hiking, swimming, and backyard picnics with friends and family. And what would these summer goings-on be without some delicious, juicy, and sweet watermelon? Nothing says summer like biting into a beautiful red watermelon, and I say nothing is as much fun as growing watermelon in your own backyard!

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Watermelons are surprisingly easy to grow. The plants must have all of the following: plenty of room to spread their vines, good drainage, and lots of sunlight. Each watermelon vine can produce 2-4 fruits per plant, giving you an abundance of fruit to enjoy.


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