Senior Life - St. Joseph Edition - May 2023

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Interpreting nature at Rum Village Nature Center

Garry Harrington has spent 29 years at Rum Village Nature Center in South Bend. Though his official title has changed throughout the years, currently his title is manager of the park.

He has lived in the St. Joe community his whole life. He was born and raised around the River Park area, and many years ago moved to the north side of Elkhart, but still considers himself a part of the community.

He attended John Adams High School and went across the street to earn a degree in biology at Indiana University South Bend. Although, there was so specific degree for it, his official title is an interpretive naturalist.

“I really like the subject matter a lot. I like learning about new things. It gives me a chance to pursue the things I personally like. I like everything related to nature, but reptiles and amphibians are a specialty,” said Harrington.

His diverse love for nature also led him to investigate the natural

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history of glaciation in St. Joseph County. “I did a lot of investigating … and said to my boss at the time, ‘You know, this information is too interesting. Let’s not just sit on this. Let’s share it,’” Harrington said.

As a result, they now offer a glaciation tour of St. Joseph County that includes a 20-minute lecture and a bus ride showcasing glacier land features. Harrington started his career at Sydney Wildlife Refuge in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula before working as a docent in the Smoky Mountains for six months. After a brief stint as a seasonal naturalist at Potato Creek State Park, he settled at Rum Village Nature Center. “So I kind of did a circuit. … I’m a natural history interpreter,” he said.

As the park manager, Harrington’s responsibilities include communicating with the public, interacting with people in various venues and working on projects for the exhibit area. He also enjoys his own research projects and shares his knowledge with school groups. “When school groups start coming in big numbers, as they do in the springtime, that’s my bread and butter — doing programming for kids,” Harrington said.



ing on the St. Joseph River and the increased presence of whitetail deer, wild turkeys and coyotes returning to the area.

Harrington is a passionate naturalist, scientist and teacher who shares his love for nature with school groups and the public and continues to embrace and appreciate the opportunities of his position.



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He explained it is crucial to engage children in science, particularly nature, by the age of fifth or sixth grade. Although the center used to offer more programs for older students, they now primarily cater to kindergarten through fourth grade students.

Despite having less assistance than before, Harrington has embraced the opportunities his position affords him. “There are a lot of great things about getting older. But one thing that’s really valuable for me as a naturalist, is because I lived in this area my whole life, I can say now at this age, authoritatively … I saw where we were, where we are and where we’re going.”

He highlighted and expressed his excitement of bald eagles nest-

Rum Village Nature Center is open 1-5 p.m. Sunday and offers free activities to the public from 2-3 p.m. on most Sundays throughout the year. The center will reopen Friday, May 5. For more information about their activities and when they are open, visit or call (800) 590-8347.

South Bend Civic Theatre presents ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

South Bend Civic Theatre presents “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” May 12-28 at the Warner Studio Theatre.

In this next installment of August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” ambition and art collide with the business of the blues in this red-hot play filled with music that made the 1920s roar.

An American masterpiece, Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is set in 1927, in Chicago during a recording session at a whiteowned studio with the legendary singer — inspired by real-life

mother of the blues, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey.

It is sponsored by KeyBank, 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend and The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s AfricanAmerican Community Fund. It is rated PG-13, as there is language, murder and talk of rape. Performances will take place at the Warner Studio Theatre, located at the South Bend Civic Theatre, 403 N. Main St., South Bend. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Sunday matinee show times are at 2 p.m. May 14, 21 and 28. Tickets can be purchased for $27 to $32 through

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EASTERN FOXSNAKE — Garry Harrington, manager of Rum Village Nature Center, shows off the Center’s Eastern Foxsnake and explains that it is a shame most students can identify species of animals from places like Australia, but have a hard time identifying animals right in their own backyards. Photo by Ian Brown.
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Senior Life says goodbye to longtime freelance writer

Gregg K. Lawson, a longtime freelance writer for Senior Life, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Mishawaka after an illness.

He was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Elkhart, the son of Herbert Jr. “Bernie” and Irmalee “Susie” (Bowers) Lawson. Formerly of Edwardsburg-Adamsville, Mich., he graduated from Edwardsburg High School. He had been a police officer with the Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg Police and, at one time, had been a park ranger for Oxbow Park.

He was a freelance writer for Senior Life, starting with the Elko edition in the late 1980s. He wrote many articles about area history and human interest stories. In May of 1994, he graduated from Bethel University with a master’s degree of ministries.

Surviving Gregg are his children, Christopher Lawson and twins, Tracy Lawson and Terese Lawson; granddaughters, Gracie and Julie LawsonWhite; and a son-in-law, Robert “Bobby” White. He also has two sisters, Debra Lawson-Fischer and Gloria Lawson-Bradfield.

Family and friends gathered for a memorial service Monday, April 17, at the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, 26863 W. Main St., Edwardsburg, Mich. The service was conducted by Pastor Douglas Cripe of First Christian Church, Mishawaka.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in Adamsville Cemetery on the Lawson family lot.

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As of a month ago, Mary Ellen and I planned to attend her reunion in Ohio where she would celebrate the 50th anniversary of her graduation from college. We had talked extensively about the event, especially since Mary Ellen was one of the organizers.

getting close. Sounds like fun.” (Sounds like fun for you. For me, this is about the last thing in the world I want to do.)

“Yes, Dick, I am looking forward to the evening. I sure hope you’ll enjoy it.” (I beg you: Please drop me off at the front door and go find something else to do until midnight.)

The truth is, we were both hiding how we really felt about the arrangements. I’ve put in parentheses what we were silently thinking when we discussed the trip.

“Mary Ellen, your reunion is

“It will be great to meet your old classmates and friends, Mary Ellen.” (This will be unbearable, viewing endless photos of the grandchildren of people I don’t know.)

“Dick, I’ll be proud to introduce you as my husband.” (But, if I could just tell everyone about you in your absence, I could make you sound even better.)

“I can’t wait to hear all the stories from your friends about your campus activities, Mary Ellen.” (I need to find a bar nearby with a big screen TV.)

“Yes, and I think you’ll get

a kick out of chatting with other spouses.” (Maybe all the spouses can get together and find a bar nearby with a big screen TV.)

While it was true I was dreading this event, I was also sensing that Mary Ellen preferred that I not accompany her. Finally, last week, we started getting honest with each other.

“Okay, let’s think about this, Dick,” said my wife. “If you go with me and simply hang around, no one will know you, you won’t know where to put yourself, and people will wonder why you look so bored and uncomfortable.”

“In all fairness, Mary Ellen, that’s exactly how I felt at my own 50th reunion. Look, I attended your last high school reunion, and you told me that friends were all asking about me.”

“Yes, they asked me if I knew

the guy asleep at the bar.”

Mary Ellen then offered a compromise, suggesting I make a brief appearance, then excuse myself and go back to the hotel. I reminded her that once when I did that very thing at another get together, she was annoyed.

“I was angry because that was no way to behave at our engagement party,” she said.

She also mentioned that at her 25th college reunion I said things she didn’t find funny. An old boyfriend told me jokingly that when they broke up three decades earlier, he started drinking. After he downed his third cocktail that evening, I told him it looked like he was still celebrating.

Now, it appears I’ll be staying home for the upcoming event in Ohio. I’ll spend my time alone, drinking beer and falling asleep in a chair.

Exactly what I would have done at Mary Ellen’s reunion.

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Indiana Patriot Guard Riders — riding with honor and respect

When a military veteran passes away, one group makes sure that person is recognized with dignity, respect and honor.

The Indiana Patriot Guard Riders was formed to honor military veterans who are deceased or still alive. IPGR was incorporated in October 2006 in Indiana as a nonprofit.

IPGR has an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security — the men and

women of the military.

Chuck Damp, 66, said the group consists of all volunteers.

No one is paid, said Damp, an assistant senior ride captain who also serves on the board of directors.

The north central Indiana chapter consists of 12 counties, including Marshall, Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

There were IPGR honor guards at 367 funerals in Indiana in 2021.

“Last year, in our area, there were at 42 funerals,” Damp said of the north central area.

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One of those funerals was for a solder killed in Afghanistan two years ago. He was from Logansport and 9,700 motorcycle escorts rode from Grissom Air Reserve Base to Logansport.

IPGR’s main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.

A Bristol resident, Damp is a member of the American Legion Post 357 in South Bend. He is an Air Force veteran and served 15 years in the military, retiring in 1994. He’s been a member of IPGR for the past 10 years.

IPGR also does ceremonies for military members who arrive home at South Bend International Airport.

“We do a flag line at the airport concourse,” he said. “We also do fire, police and first responders along with our veterans. They are heroes just like the veterans.”

The group also participates in military stand downs, flag lines, and Honor Flight send-offs and returns.

Even though the name is IPGR, Damp said people do not have to have a motorcycle to participate.

The group is also made up of different combat veterans groups, such as American Legion members among others.

“It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. The only prerequisite is respect,” said Damp.

“We need people to step up and just show up.”

On Dyngus Day, April 10, said Damp, there were only three people in a flag line.

“We do it for the veterans, but it also makes the family feel better,” Damp said. “We are there to support the family.”

IPGR also did a ceremony for a service dog one time, said Damp.

IPGR also send care packages to overseas military members. Each care package sent costs approximately $53 and contains approximately 50 pounds of goodies for the troops.

“We send a package addressed to one military person, and they in turn share it with others. We send a signed IPGR flag with the care package,” said Damp.

An invitation from a family member must be done for IPGR

to attend a service and must be presented through an authorized ride captain of IPGR, said Damp. For more information, upcoming funerals and events, or to make a donation or a request, visit or its Facebook page.

The History Museum presents lecture on Studebaker buildings

Kyle Sater, a curator at Studebaker National Museum, chronicles Studebaker production facilities, sales outlets, showrooms and dealerships in towns and cities all over the world — some torn down and some now repurposed—in his presentation “Built to Last: Studebaker Buildings Past and Present,” taking place at The History Museum’s “Insights in History” program at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3.

Admission is $3. Reservations are required by Monday, May 1. Insights in History is sponsored by THK Law LLP.

A tour of the Studebaker National Museum exhibit “Built to Last: Studebaker Buildings Past and Present” will be offered.


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Mediterranean diet promotes healthy living


One way to live a long and healthy life is to adopt the Mediterranean diet, report Harvard researchers.

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Tables that focus on fruit, vegetables, olive oil, fish and nuts add healthy years to life, according to the report. Those who followed this type of diet also had 35% less chance of developing cognitive impairment and memory loss.

Even now-and-then feasts on this diet helps protect the body from cell damage and disease.

Results of another six-year study of adults 50 years and older revealed that vegetarians and subjects who eat fish occasionally logged the lowest mortality rate.

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Marvin Curtis: Composing a legacy

Marvin Curtis, a native of Chicago, Ill., has a long list of accomplishments and an unwavering dedication to the St. Joseph County area, despite facing numerous challenges throughout his life.

With degrees from North Park University, The Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and The University of the Pacific in Music Education, Curtis has also studied at Westminster Choir College and The Juilliard School of Music. As a Ford Foundation Fellow, he spent time in West Africa at the University of Ghana at Lagon.

Curtis is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend.

In 2008, Curtis became the first African-American Dean of Indiana University South Bend, retiring in 2020 but remaining active in the community.

He holds the distinction of being the first African-American composer commissioned to write a choral work for a Presidential Inauguration. In 1993, prior to the administration of the oath of office to Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., Curtis’s composition “City On The Hill,” was performed with The Philander Smith Collegiate Choir of Little Rock, Ark., and The United States Marine Band at the Inaugural Ceremonies for President William Jefferson Clinton.

The choral work is now housed in the Clinton Library and numerous archives across the country, as well as being part of The Smithsonian Institute’s National African American Project Archives.

Reflecting on that moment, Curtis said, “I found myself, at age 42, sitting on top of the Capitol, watching this choir in the Marine band play my music. It was a life-changing experience. First, it secured myself, in my own mind, as a composer. I didn’t realize the impact. … I think at the time I was sitting there and realized all these people I’d met in the capital. Plus, every television station and radio station was playing this music.

“And so for that moment, that moment in my life in 1993, time sort of stopped, as I sat there thinking, ‘Look at where I am, to where I’ve come from, look at what God’s allowed me to do,’” expressed Curtis.

He has been working with a committee at the South Bend History Museum to select their African American Legacy Award winner.

“This is an award that’s been given out every year, but it has been sort of an under the radar kind of thing. And so, about a year ago, we decided to make the profile of AfricanAmericans more visible in the

museum,” Curtis explained. This year, the award expanded to include nine counties in Indiana and three counties in Michigan.

Curtis has also been part of the Worker’s House Project, an initiative focused on renovating a part of South Bend’s Oliver Mansion, known as The Worker’s House, which is decorated and furnished in the style of Polish immigrants who may have been factory workers for the Olivers during the 1930s.

The Worker’s House Project will transform the house to reflect the African American families who lived there during the 1950s.

“We’re looking at paintings on the walls, furniture, clothing, and we’ve been interviewing people who lived in South Bend. Those areas are called Better Homes in South Bend. Those African Americans

moved there and built homes in the ‘50s. Those houses are still up, not in the best shape, but they’re still up. A lot of people who live in those houses, their kids have grown up and become doctors, lawyers and teachers. And some of the people are still here in that neighborhood,” Curtis shared. Curtis’ admirable accomplishments have had an ineffaceable mark on the St. Joseph County area. Through his ongoing commitment to the St. Joseph community, he is an inspiration for his dedication and support of South Bend’s history and the heritage that makes the area so unique.

CHAMPION OF CHANGE — Marvin Curtis reviews documents from the South Bend History Museum’s committee, where they approved the 2023 African-American Legacy Award winner.

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— Packed with nutritional benefits

with a punch of nutrition including:

• Fiber, which improves heart health, reduces cholesterol and promotes intestinal health.

• Omega 3 fatty acids, important for both body and heart. Harder to obtain than Omega 6.

• High quality protein.

• Improvement of digestive health.

• 10 grams of fiber. Remember, your goal is 25-38 grams a day.

• 12 grams of carbohydrates.

• 9 grams of fat, of which 8 grams are heart healthy Omega 3 fats.


• All nine essential amino acids.

One serving is about 2.5 tablespoons and contains:

• 140 calories.

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Chia seeds are very small, but will expand into a soft gel when mixed with any liquid. Typically, they are used to make chia pudding; added to oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt and baked goods; or soaked to soften and use as a thickener. Just don’t eat them off a spoon unless you follow with plenty of water to chase them down — in fact, just don’t eat them off the

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Quick And Easy

Chia Berry Compote

2 cups of berries (I use blueberries) fresh or frozen

2 tablespoons chia seeds

Cook berries in small pan over medium low heat, mashing them as they heat up. Frozen takes about 5 minutes. Add chia seeds and simmer until thickened. Eat warm on their own or over pancakes. Refrigerate and eat like a dessert.

Overnight Chocolate

Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

4 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all ingredients except chia seeds to a mixing bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Mix in chia seeds until well combined. Let rest covered in the refrigerator overnight. The pudding can be stored covered in the refrigerator for two to three days. Serve chilled with desired toppings, such as fruit or a dollop of whipped topping.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Serves 1

This oatmeal is loaded with calcium, protein, fiber and vitamin A. The amount of carrot in this recipe provides 100% of your vitamin A for the day, which is good for your eyes and immune system.

1/2 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup skim milk

1/3 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup finely grated carrot

1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon pecans, chopped

1 tablespoon shredded coconut, unsweetened

Mix all ingredients, except for the pecans and coconut, in a bowl or Mason jar. Top with pecans and coconuts, and cover with lid. Refrigerate overnight and eat chilled.

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RiverBend Cancer Services, 3516 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, offers the following events this month: general cancer support group, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Debbie’s Wig Salon, 1 p.m. every Thursday; Empowered Movement, 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday; Kim’s Bra Boutique, 2 p.m. second Wednesday; chair yoga, 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday; seated strength, 1 p.m. every Monday; gentle yoga, 5:30 p.m. every Monday; beginning yarn work, 10 a.m. every Thursday; and men’s group, 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday.


The Second Annual Muffet McGraw Women’s Build Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at South Bend City Church

REAL Services opens nutrition site in North Liberty

REAL Services is expanding its nutrition site program to North Liberty.

This program is open to all age 60 or older and is a donation-based lunch program. Monthly menus can be found online at realservices. org/meals-and-nutrition or in Senior Life newspaper.

Lunches in North Liberty began Monday, April 17.

The program is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. People can enjoy coffee, cards, word puzzles, conversation and a hot nutritious meal. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. each day.

Twenty-nine lunch sites are operated by REAL Services in five northern Indiana counties: Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, LaPorte and St. Joseph.

“We are happy to announce our North Liberty site to serve the community with hot, nutritious lunch meals. We are looking forward to meeting community members and sharing a meal,” said Crystal Hallwood, nutrition manager.

The community lunch location is 300 S. Main St., North Liberty. Lunch reservations are required in advance by calling (574) 284-7179.

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Adam Touring with the Historic Preservation Commission will be talking about historic

properties in South Bend at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in the Wiekamp Auditorium, 1800 E. Mishawaka Ave., South Bend. Cost is $2 and free to Studebaker National Museum members and campus members; refreshments to follow.

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Gosbin helps start Mid-America Senior Softball League

Rich Gosbin has been involved with softball on and off again since his childhood. Gosbin said, “It started when I was a young kid. It was something to do during recess at Bible school. We traveled with Mennonite churches around the area. I was the youth leader.”

Gosbin was busy working in construction and decided to take a hiatus from softball in his late 20’s. “At about age 30, I picked it up again and became a sponsor through my company. We wound up in a league called All-State Athletic,” he said.

Gosbin took over that league and renamed it The Creative Sign League. He was in the sign business at that time. Eventually the league grew to 18 teams. “We started to have different divisions and played doubleheaders at different parks. This was before the Internet,” said Gosbin.

He said the league contin-

ued to grow and acquire new members. “When you’re the commissioner of the league, people come up and talk to you. I was young then. We had 250 people in the league and they expected you to remember all their names,” he said, laughing.

Gosbin said there were multiple medical incidents at that time, which caused them to contact the City of South Bend and eventually get 911 phones at all the old ballparks.

Gosbin has worked hard to recruit new members to the Mid-America Senior Softball League, which will kick off the season Thursday, May 11.

“We have females in our league. Years ago when we ran the other league, we might get six new players. This year we have 22 new players who have not played in any of our leagues. To me, that’s pretty special,” he said. Gosbin mentioned they even have a travel team for 70 year olds who travel and play in other tournaments.

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Maybe it’s these exclusive definitions for the term “estate” that misled people into believing that estate planning doesn’t apply to regular people. The truth is that there is also a legal definition for the term “estate” and it simply refers to all the property you own. An estate plan defines who you want to manage or receive your assets in the event of incapacity or death.

He emphasized the new league is also focused on giving back to the community. The league is exploring how to give back to local youth through scholarship opportunities. Gosbin said, “We have an app on our website that talks about how high school students who play softball or baseball are able to apply to our group to get a scholarship for college.”

The league also wants to give back to its own members. “We are talking about possibly taking the two winning teams from the midseason tournament to the skybox to watch a South Bend Cubs game,” he said.

The league has paid for leaguewide batting practice at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.

“Mishawaka mayor Dave Wood threw out the first pitch of the season. We’re negotiating with the South Bend Cubs to use their facility for our end-ofseason banquet,” said Gosbin. The league will play games

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CHECKING THE LINEUP — Shown is Rich Gosbin checking the lineup. Photo provided by Rich Gosbin. at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Normain Park in Mishawaka. The league is also considering scheduling games at Henry Frank Park.

Any softball player over 52 years old is welcome to play in the league. Each team is

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Gosbin said the league is still looking for new members to participate when the season kicks off May 11. For more information, visit or call Gosbin at (574) 286-0474.

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‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Stealers Wheel

Even before he became a successful and respected musician, Gerry Rafferty had developed a loathing for the often underhanded machinations of the pop music industry.

A Boomer Blast To The Past

He was born in 1947 in Paisley, Scotland, a town that borders Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Rafferty came from a working-class family, where his mother taught him Scottish and Irish folk songs. As he grew into his teens, he became influenced by the music of the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

His father was a hot-tempered alcoholic who died in 1963, when Gerry was 16. That year, young Rafferty left school to work in a butcher store and a shoe shop, although deep down he wanted only to earn a living by making music. On weekends, he and best pal, Joe Egan, played in a local rock band called the Maverix, primarily offering up covers of Beatles and Stones hits.

Rafferty later joined a folk pop

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group called the Humblebums, which included future comic star Billy Connolly. The Humblebums cut a pair of albums for Transatlantic Records, which received critical appreciation but sold poorly.

When the Humblebums disbanded in 1971, Rafferty continued with Transatlantic as a solo performer and recorded his first album, “Can I Have My Money Back?” His creation received enthusiastic praise but was ignored by the record-buying public.

In 1972, he and Egan reunited, this time to form a soft rock outfit called Stealers Wheel. They promptly struck gold with “Stuck in the Middle with You,” which became a Top 10 single in America, the UK and Canada. That hit 45 gave Rafferty a chance to vent his spleen against the negative forces that controlled the music business. In a voice that mimicked his idol Bob Dylan, Rafferty set the scene for his tune at a record company party that made him uncomfortable being in the midst of the power people he always preferred to avoid:

“Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight.

“I got the feeling that something ain’t right.”

Rafferty just wanted to make music, revel in the satisfaction of its creation and ignore that part of the picture that included insensitive bean counters and friends who were supposedly furthering his career:

“Clowns to the left of me,

jokers to the right.

“Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”

He found his frustrations maddening:

“Trying to make some sense of it all.

“But I can see that it makes no sense at all.

“Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?

“‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore.”

Stealers Wheel cut a trio of albums, but by the time the first one was issued, Rafferty had already left the outfit. Stealers Wheel officially disbanded in 1975, and for three years Rafferty’s creative hands were tied by legal hassles that prevented him from releasing new material.


In 1978, his 6 million-selling LP “City to City” featured his signature song, the worldwide hit, “Baker Street.” As a result,

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and achievements of older Americans, highlight important trends, and strengthen our commitment to honoring our older citizens.

This year’s theme, Aging Unbound, offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging experiences and to promote the importance of enjoying independence and fulfillment by paving our own paths as we age.

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purpose into your life by trying new activities in your community to bring in more growth, joy, and energy.

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clubs, and taking part in activities at your local senior center or elsewhere in the community.

Form relationships. As an essential ingredient of well-being, relationships can enhance your quality of life by introducing new ideas and unique perspectives. Invest time with people to discover deeper connections with family, friends, and community members.


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Michael Elliott coordinates prayer vigils for homicide victims

“Prayer vigils for victims of homicides in the St. Joseph County area were organized 30 years ago by the United Religious Community,” Michael Elliott, of South Bend, explained.

“Some local pastors and concerned citizens wanted to relay the message that people in the community were concerned about the level of violence and were behind the victim and their family and friends. My mom, Billie Elliott, was the coordinator of these vigils for 12 years. I took over the ministry and have been the coordinator for the last 18 years.”

Elliott is thankful for emails.

“Mother used to call 100 people each time a homicide happened,” he said. “After I find a location for the vigil, I then email everyone concerned with the date. They are always held on a Thursday at 5:30 p.m.”

Sometimes, the local media helps get the word out. Occasionally, newspeople attend the vigils.

“Several pastors lead the vigil and those present get a printed outline. We have responsive prayer as well as an open prayer time,” he noted.

“I wait until the family has had time to have the funeral or memorial service right after the incident. For example, there was a homicide at 3 a.m. Easter morning in downtown South Bend. We held the vigil Thursday, April 20. That way the family has time to process what has happened.”

Elliott believes that when someone is murdered, it’s like throwing a rock into a pond.

“The ripples of violence touch the family, friends and coworkers of the victim in a negative way,” he said. “But those of us in the prayer community believe the deceased had value. The ripples we sent out are ripples of hope to those who are grieving.”

Elliott admits coordinating the vigil is not hard.

“I’m there when needed,” he said. “However, the heaviness of the incident moves my heart greatly. Back in March, we


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had three vigils back-to-backto-back. It’s especially hard to see a child or young person die early.”

But the joy he feels in giving to the community makes his labor sweet.

“I truly believe this is a needed service. It sends a very positive message out,” he said.

Elliott grew up in the Methodist church.

“After my father passed away, my wife and I attended with my mother,” he said. “I have a network of Christians I work with on our on-site prayer vigils.”

As a matter of fact, it was the ministers and people involved in the community prayer vigils that helped Elliott through his own grief.

“My wife passed away a year and a half ago. I recently lost my mother-in-law. Those praying Christians were there for me. As a matter of fact, they are the people who carry me through rough times,” Elliott said.

His Christian faith also helps him through these rough years of his life.

“When I am suffering loss, it’s somewhat like body blows. I turn to Psalm 139, the verses we also use in our vigils: ‘Where can I go from

your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? When I awake, I am still with you.’ I’m never alone. God is always with me. That’s a comfort to me.”

He concluded, “Our prayer vigils give families a time of closure, a time of hope.”

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The Roman Catholic Church has one of the greatest histories — in both length and achievement — of all the religions. It remains one of the largest and most influential of all throughout the world. Of all the religious bodies, the funeral service in the Catholic religion has the most variation due to local customs within dioceses and even parishes.

In the past, the sacrament of extreme unction (final anointing), or what is commonly called last rites, was administered when death was imminent. Now

called the sacrament of anointing the sick, this sacrament may be administered upon the onset of serious illness, mental conditions, injury or old age.

There are generally no restrictions placed upon a funeral director when removing the body from the place of death to the funeral home; some religions have strict rules and customs surrounding this. I cannot speak for other funeral homes, but we will often say a prayer over the body and for the family prior to taking their loved one into our care.

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facility if agreed upon by parish staff. Often a rosary, medal or holy card will be placed in the hands of the deceased, which may be left with the body or not after the service. The wake, or viewing, is intended to be dedicated to prayer for the deceased. Prayers may include the rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, Office of the Dead, psalms or readings. Naturally, it is also a time for family and friends to gather and share remembrances and to console one another.

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A breaking board, a witch cackle, stardom

A Boomer Blast To The Past

“Surf music is one of those things that makes people happy when they hear it,” declared Bob Berryhill, at age 75 the lone surviving member of the group responsible for the best-known surf instrumental in history.

Jim Fuller, Pat Connelly and Berryhill were three 15-yearold guitarists who attended Glendora High School, located in a middle-class suburb east of Los Angeles. Their drummer, Ron Wilson, was the “grand old man” of their band at the advanced age of 17. They called themselves the Surfaris.

Dale Smallin, Berryhill’s former scoutmaster, was a cartoon voice-over actor who also owned a photography studio in nearby Azusa. With no experience in band management, he took on the Surfaris’ affairs and lined up gigs for the guys.

One night, when Ron Wilson came to practice with his bandmates, he told the others about a dream he had about a surfer who joined the Marines. That dream had inspired Wilson to create an ingenious spokenword story-song he called “Surfer Joe.”

Smallin felt “Surfer Joe” was good enough to record as a novelty single — something they could sell at their concerts — and scheduled a recording date. As none of the boys had a driver’s license, Berryhill’s father offered to drive the band members to the studio that day.

The soon-to-be-immortal session took place in nearby Cucamonga, at a cramped former shoe store now dubbed the PAL Recording Studios, which was owned and operated by Paul

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Buff, a self-taught electronics genius who had built the recording studio by himself. After the Surfaris finished “Surfer Joe,” Buff announced, “Boys, you need a second side for your 45.” A second side? Uhoh. They hadn’t thought about that.

Ron Wilson spontaneously began a furious drum riff called a paradiddle, a quick succession of drumbeats with alternating left- and right-hand strokes. Lead guitarist Fuller joined in with some basic rock guitar chords, with bassist Connelly and rhythm guitarist Berryhill soon adding to the effort. Within 10 minutes, “Wipeout” had been created.

For the third and final “take,” Berryhill’s father suggested adding the sound of a surfboard breaking as a novel way of announcing the introduction. In the alley behind the studio, Berryhill’s father found a sun-

dried plywood board to break near the microphone.

Smallin, who had named the future classic instrumental, later recalled, “I came up with the idea for a laugh. That laugh was based on a witch’s cackle that I did for a cartoon voiceover for a series called Fractured Fairy Tales. … I pictured a little wannabe surfer sitting on the rocks, laughing at some surfer who’s wiped out.”

(In surfing lingo, a “wipeout” means being thrown off one’s surfboard and has nothing to do with a board breaking.)

Issued on Dot Records, “Wipeout” — not “Surfer Joe” — raced to Number Two on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart by mid-summer 1963, the peak of surf music’s popularity. It has since been recorded over 700 times and is frequently used by rock drummers and guitarists as the first tune they learn to play.

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All of our programs are made possible by your support of events, like our “Stand By Me” annual walk. Register now to walk with us Saturday, June 10, at Howard Park. Purchase a memorial sign to decorate and tell us why you choose to walk. Form a team and show your support for all the local caregivers. See you at the walk.

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1121 E. LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617 (574) 287-6501 •

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Creekside Village

1420 East Douglas, Mishawaka, IN 46545 (574) 307-7200 •

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Hamilton Grove

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Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame

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Majestic Care of South Bend

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Morningview Assisted Living Residences

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Electric cars keep plugging along

Electric vehicles, or EVs, has become an umbrella term for any type of battery-powered electric vehicle. They’re also labeled BEVs — battery electric vehicles.

Some run only on battery power, while others combine battery and gasoline power. They can be broken down into three categories.

• EV, a fully battery-powered vehicle.

• HEV, hybrid electric vehicle. It combines an internal combustion engine with an electric-powered motor, switching between the two to improve fuel economy.

• PHEV, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. This is simply a plug-in HEV.

Each varies in cost, fuel efficiency and driving experience.

EVs came on the scene as an option for climate-conscious motorists and account for 5% of new car sales. This adoption of new technology spurred advances in other areas, such as the internet and mobile phones.

You fuel up an EV by plugging a charging nozzle, much like a gasoline pump nozzle, into a port hidden by a flap where the gasoline gas cap is on a gas-driven auto.

While there are public charging stations around the country, they are sparsely spaced, so most manufacturers include a home charger with the purchase of an EV. One end fits into a standard household outlet and the other end plugs into the EV. There are a variety of charging devices available, depending on your budget, that can cut down on the time required to charge the EV.

A full charge gives the vehicle from 200 to 400 miles, so longer trips have to be planned around the location of public charging stations. These stops will take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the level of charge provided at these stations.

HEVs were the major entrant in the EV market in the early 2000s by perfecting the art of linking an electric-powered motor with the internal

combustion engine. When an HEV stops, it most likely idles on the electricity of the battery and kicks back to gasoline when it starts up again. Hybrids typically claim to get 40 to 60 mpg, as much as twice that of a gas-powered vehicle.

Instead of charging through an external port like EVs or PHEVs, HEVs replenish their batteries from the gas engine. They eliminate the hassle of finding charging stations and spending the extra time powering up. While they typically cost a few thousand dollars more than gas-powered cars, they sell for less than plug-in EVs.

For example, the 2022 gaspowered Toyota Rav 4 started at just short of $27,000. The hybrid version was about $3,000 more and the plug-in electric hybrid version topped $40,000.

A PHEV is built to run on both gas and battery power. The key difference is that the power comes from plug-in chargers, making them more like an EV. When the battery power runs out, PHEVs switch

to gas like a hybrid. But PHEVs go longer on battery power than hybrids do.

Continuing the Toyota Rav 4 example, the gas-powered

version has a 27 mpg city rating, while the hybrid version comes in at 41 mpg, and the PHEV logs 94 mpg.

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Jumbo jets disappearing

It looks like the two most familiar jumbo jets — the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 — are going the way of earth’s ancient jumbo critters, the dinosaurs.

The massive cutback in travel resulting from the COVID-19 global shutdown has hastened their demise and allowed the airline industry to further inspect

their rationale for dumping these iconic aircraft.

While both will be seen in airports for a few years yet, their replacement boils down to a simple matter of finances. Boeing’s new 787 requires only 300 passengers to be full, about 100 fewer than the 747 capacity. The Airbus 350, with a capacity topping out at 400, takes over from the A380 that had to sell 550 tickets to be full.

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Our spacious independent and assisted living apartments offer something to retire to not just something to retire from. Residents at Primrose enjoy a healthy and active living environment.

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Assisted Living, Long Term, Transitioning, Respite Care, Hospice Care, Therapy Services. 28 bed licensed residential home with a 2-bedroom suite in each wing. We accept clients coming from: Homes, Hospitals, Rehab/ Nursing facilities, “Big Box” Residential Home Facilities. We focus on quality of life, quality of care, family satisfaction & staff satisfaction.

Riveridge Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

1333 Wells Street, Niles, MI 49120 (269) 684-1111 •

Riveridge Rehab in Niles, Michigan, offers newly renovated rehab units with 4 private suites. Additionally, we have a locked memory care unit with multi-sensory room.

Saint Joseph Health System - Holy Cross

17475 Dugdale Drive, South Bend, IN 46635

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Southfield Village

6450 Miami Circle, South Bend, IN 46614 (574) 231-1000 •

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3602 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN 46614 (574) 284-9000 •

St. Paul’s, a Saint Joseph Health System Life Plan Community in South Bend, provides continuing care that is faith-based, hospitality-rich and wellness-focused. A variety of living options includes affordable Independent Living and Assisted Living apartments and secure Memory Care.

Tanglewood Trace Senior Living

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Offering Retirement Villas, Independent and Licensed Assisted Living, Therapy Services, Respite Care, Social and Recreational Activities, Pets Welcome, Transportation, Beauty Shop and Spa Services Available.

West Woods of Niles

1211 State Line Road, Niles, MI 49120

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Offering Rehabilitation and Nursing Care services for seniors, Sanctuary at Holy Cross focuses on wellness for the body, mind and spirit. Our therapies include: aqua, speech, occupational, physical, and therapeutic recreation.

Signature HealthCARE of Bremen

316 Woodies Lane, Bremen, IN 46506 (574) 546-3494 •

Skilled Licensed Nursing, Rehabilitation Unit, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Secured Unit, Intermediate Care, Therapies: Speech-OccupationalPhysical, Long Term Care, Respite Care, Private/Semi-Private Rooms, Pet Visitation Allowed, Full-Time Chaplain. (Formerly Bremen Health Care) Bremen

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St. Lucia crafts colorful culture

There I was, being smeared with green mud all over my body in St. Lucia’s Sulphur Springs Mud Bath.

Two layers first to exfoliate. Then I was sprinkled with black mud while a guide crafted designs in stripes and handprints as if my arms, face and chest were a canvas. I felt like I was in a pool full of zebras — zebras with black handprints all over dotting the mud masterpieces.

The mineral waters in which we were submerged allegedly washed away 10 years along with the mud palette. I’m pretty sure my husband didn’t notice any difference.

This beginning of our all-day Carnival Sailing outing was followed by a “refreshing” dip in the Toraille Waterfall. The only reason anyone would do this is for brag-

ging rights, after recovering from the chill and proclaiming, “I did it!

I did it!”

Then we snorkeled after a lovely buffet and some more rum punch, lolling with colorful fish in much warmer waters.

After the various exertions, sailing lazily by the lengthy, looming twin peaks of the Pitons — the iconic symbols of St. Lucia majestically claiming their dominance of the horizon — I thought, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” But this was St. Lucia, so it did.

It followed at another island landmark. The every Saturday Castries Market is crammed with colorful fruit, fish, flowers, hats, handbags, hot sauce, houseware and bustling crowds. People flood the rows of stalls inside a huge warehouse-type building and then street after street with volumes of vendors plying their trade while

loud music from multiple speakers vie for attention. There’s bedding, bangles and baked goods as well as T-shirts, trinkets and toys along with clothes, condiments, crafts and candy.

There’s everything you could possibly ever consider buying and a wide variety of items you never would. Many, mostly edible, are not even recognizable.

When we stopped at a stall to buy some hot sauce, the owner offered us a taste of some spiced rum she makes. After one delicious sip, I was having trouble putting one foot in front of the other.

Many similar alcoholic options are available at yet another of St. Lucia’s must-do’s. Friday night Jump-Up in Gros Islet doles out generous servings of drinkin’, dancin’, jammin’ and jivin’ to tourists and locals alike.

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CASTRIES MARKET STALL — The every Saturday Castries Market, an island landmark, is crammed with colorful fruit, fish, flowers, hats, handbags, hot sauce, houseware and bustling crowds. Photo provided by Mature Life Features.

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When I was last there in 1995, what had started as a local gathering some 25 years earlier had evolved into a rollicking street party with body-to-body guests enjoying congenial sensuality. Chubby tourists with cameras around their necks moved as freely as native vendors dispensing barbecue chicken and beer. Although visitors were welcome and made to feel an integral part of the celebration, it remained an authentic island happening that hadn’t deteriorated into a commercialized venture staged mainly for tourists. That was then.

It was now a crowded mishmosh of mostly tourists waiting in long lines at barbecue chicken stands. No one moved freely. We were advised to wait until close to 11 when all the tourists return to their all-inclusives and the locals

who work at the same resorts leave to come to Jump Up and restore it to the memorable and far more authentic experience it once was.

Other things had not changed. Traveling the steep windy roads that slither and slink through the harrowing hills provides a glorious view of the island. You are engulfed in lushness: small, large, low, high and enormous, with leaves the size of surfboards.

Well-kept, multihued huts mix with less quaint, more rundown dwellings. Women balancing seemingly unmanageable loads on their heads wave as you pass by.

You haven’t even hit your basic tourist attractions yet. There’s a hike through the rainforest, a walk through the botanical gardens complete with another waterfall, a visit to bubbling springs lying within a dormant volcano — and beaches, lots of them.

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Historically, wealth is squandered within three generations because families deal with real-life issues such as lawsuits, divorce, bankruptcy, nursing home expenses and family disputes.

ries, a new set of pitfalls can arise that could have your hard-earned assets going to the new spouse instead of your children and future beneficiaries.

Any one of these occurrences can hit home and wipe out an entire inheritance in just one generation. Plan now for both the financial and non-financial components of passing your legacy to the next generation.

You and your surviving family members will have a number of burdens and fears put to rest if your legacy can be planned with some of these potential stumbling blocks in mind:

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• How your family can be torn apart over something as seemingly minor as “who gets grandmother’s quilt.” The biggest fights in families aren’t about money, stocks or real estate. They are about the little things that hold memories and most traditional estate plans fail to protect and pass on these valuable items.

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Blue Collar Antiques — Valuating your antiques and collectibles

My company, Blue Collar Antiques, buys and sells a variety of antiques and collectibles. We also purchase entire estates. This time of year, a lot of people are spring cleaning and having garage sales. Make sure you are not throwing away anything that is worth good money. If you find anything weird or unusual, I would be happy to look at it for you. I am always looking for military items, comic books, baseball cards, antiques, old toys, advertising items, coins, jewelry and much more.

I have always enjoyed antiques and have a deep appreciation for history. I go to

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I have been in business for over 15 years. I believe in treating people fairly. Because of this, a big part of my business comes from referrals or repeat clients. Often when people call me to look at their collections or estates, they are pleasantly surprised to learn that items they considered worthless are actually very valuable. I would recommend to anyone that before items are discarded or given away, please give me the opportunity or someone with

experience in antiques to take a look at it for valuation.

Since I have been in business for so long, I have established many contacts in the industry. Even if you have something that I do not buy, many times I can at least give you a value for it, put you in contact with someone who would buy it or tell you the best way to go about selling it. You can contact me at (219) 794-6500.

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Niagara Falls is literally being eaten away by the forces of erosion. But don’t panic. You needn’t rush off to see the falls before they disappear, because it’s going to take a long time. So, the falls will still be around for spectacular views and an exciting experience whether you visit this summer or 10 years from now.

The falls straddle the U.S. and Canadian border where the Niagara River plunges over a 170-foot-tall cliff, smashing into the rocks below and creating an enormous mist cloud. The best view of the tremendous power of the cascading water is right at the bottom, up close and personal, where it hits the rocks.

People can do that by purchasing a ticket and walking down or taking the elevator to the bottom of the gorge where double-deck boats are moored. Depending on whether a boat sails from the Canadian side (“Voyage to the Falls”) or the American side (“Maid of the Mist”) determines the color of the plastic rain poncho that comes with the price of a ticket. Red is Canadian and blue is American. You’ll need it. The mist totally envelops the boat, which edges within 50 yards. The noise of 600,000 gallons of water per second coming over the falls and crashing on the rocks is deafening.

If you decide to stay dry and view the falls from afar, the best views are from Queen Victoria Park on the Canadian side. In fact, the Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American Falls can be seen from the visitor’s center and park. The Horseshoe Falls are by far the most spectacular. Water going over the falls is extremely clean because there’s no sediment, which contributes to its overall beauty.

From the American side, visitors can get up close and personal to the falls by crossing a bridge to Goat Island, which separates Horseshoe Falls from Bridal Veil and American Falls.

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Another way to experience them is the Cave of the Winds

at the bottom of American Falls. The volume of water passing over the two smaller falls is 150,000 gallons per second.

Niagara Falls is not the highest in the world by a long shot. At 170 feet tall, it’s not even in the top 500. Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest at 3,212 feet.

During the past 560 years, the rate of recession was estimated at 1 to 1 1/2 meters per year. The current rate is about 1 foot per year, and utilizing flow control it may be reduced to 1 foot in 10 years. Upriver from the falls are four huge tunnels that divert water to power plants downstream. This has greatly reduced the amount of the erosion at the falls. During tourist hours in the summer months, however, the flow is maintained at a high level so visitors can enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of this physical phenomenon.

The force of the water will mean the eventual demise of the American Falls in approximately 2,000 years. Horseshoe Falls, on the other hand, will recede about 4 miles in the next 15,000 years and could end up being a series of rapids.

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OBLITERATED VIEW — Passengers in red plastic ponchos peer through the mist at the falls. A total of 600,000 gallons of water pours over the falls every second. The mist caused by the water smashing on the rocks totally envelopes the boat and is deafening.

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Bridal and American Falls great AMERICAN AND BRIDAL VEIL FALLS — “Voyage to the Falls” boat glides past the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the American side of the gorge. Visitors can walk out to Goat Island for a close look from the top of the falls. Cave of the Winds under the American Falls gives a close-up look at the power of the water coming over the falls. COMING AND GOING — A red Canadian tour boat edges toward Horseshoe Falls, while a blue American tour boat heads back to the pier.
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History Museum celebrates 200th anniversary of birth of Schuyler Colfax

It was March 23, 1823, that Schuyler Colfax was born.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth, The History Museum is opening the exhibit “Colfax: Speaker for Freedom.” It will be on view permanently in Voyages Gallery.

Colfax is undoubtedly the most notable political figure in the history of the St. Joseph River Valley. An ardent abolitionist, he is best known for his roles as speaker of the house under President Abraham Lincoln and vice president under President Ulysses S. Grant.

Colfax was instrumental in many political achievements, including the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

Colfax was popular in his time, in demand across the country as a lecturer. His legacy lives on through the dozens of counties, cities and streets named in his honor.

Showcased in “Colfax: Speaker for Freedom” is the chair used by Colfax when he was Speaker of the House during Lincoln’s administration. When Colfax left office, members of Congress gifted the chair to him. Colfax brought

the chair back to his South Bend home. The chair was given to The History Museum in 1949.

The gown worn by Ellen Wade Colfax March 4, 1869, at her husband’s inauguration as vice president can also be seen

in the exhibit. Given to The History Museum by the Colfax family in the 1920s, the gown was on permanent display for years, due to its popularity. Around 1978, it was re-

moved from display due to structural damage, a common and nonpreventable issue with silks from the Victorian era. In 1996, the gown was restored by Harold Mailand of Textile Conservation Services, Indianapolis.

Also on view is the gavel used in 1862 to call to order the first Confederate Congress in Richmond, Va. It was presented to Colfax at the seemingly wry suggestion of Lincoln, as the gavel would have been wielded by the Confederate Speaker of the House. It was likely acquired when Richmond was taken by Union forces in April 1865. The gavel was donated to The History Museum in 1949 by Schuyler Colfax’s granddaughter.

In addition to the exhibit, The History Museum is launching online access to the Colfax Collection.

In October 2021, The History Museum initiated a project to digitize the vast number of photographs, documents, and artifacts related to Schuyler Colfax. Photographs and documents were scanned, and documents, including letters written by Colfax, were transcribed for the museum’s archives. Now completed, The History Museum’s Colfax Collection is one of the largest in the country. It will provide immeasurable research for individuals.

The project was underwritten by two anonymous donors, friends of The History Museum. The Colfax digitization is part of a larger initiative undertaken by the museum, one that will also focus on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and local African-American history.

The History Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tours of the Oliver Mansion are available daily. Admission is $11/adults, $9.50/seniors, $7/ youth ages 6-17 and free for members. For an additional charge, visitors can visit the adjacent Studebaker National Museum.

For information, visit or call (574) 235-9664.

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SILK AND THRONE — The History Museum displays the chair used by Schuyler Colfax and Ellen Wade Colfax’s famous silk gown. Photo provided. GRANT AND COLFAX — Historical political illustrations are shown as part of memorable and important eras of American history. Photo provided.
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