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We’re Not Atwood Campers, We’re Atwood Family

“Our campers here are just good down-home folk,” explains Missy, the office manager at Atwood Lake Campgroundin rural Wolcottville.

“We watch everybody’s children, everybody watches your children. The families eat dinners together. It’s a down-home, low-key campground.”

“We’re not just Atwood campers, we’re Atwood family,” she said.

Atwood Lake Campground is surrounded on three sides by Amish farms and on the north side by the lake. Missy informed me that Atwood Lake, run by a lake association, is only a fishing lake, meaning you can’t go faster than 10 m.p.h.

 

Atwood Lake Beach
A large beach area is available to campers for swimming, sunbathing, and playing.

Near the beach area is the boat area with piers for boats.

The campground sits way off the road, so it’s very quiet. The only sounds I heard were the whizzing of fish line where a young boy was fishing, some laughter from campers gathered around ...

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Nice Attracts Nice at Indian Lakes Campground

Owners Paul and Margie Gieseking work very hard at keeping Indian Lakes Campground looking nice. They’re very nice people. And Paul tells me the people who camp here are nice. And he wants to keep it that way on both counts. The sweat equity he’s put into this campground shows. Everything about it is nice. From the new …

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Chicago Comes to LaGrange

Chicago Joe’s, that is, and Joe Albergo and wife, Cheryl are flipping pizzas, hand-cutting fries, and creating hot dogs and sandwiches with many ingredients from the Windy City itself. Chicago Joe & homemade pizza dough! Upon visiting Chicago Joe’s at 101 Detroit Street, LaGrange, my husband and I felt like we made two new friends …

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Knowledge To Grow – Shade Lovers

Say goodbye to dull shady spots and hello to wonderful color, texture and shape.  Not all shade is the same and can be broken down into 5 different categories. Dense shade means that no light reaches this area.  Full shade will last all day, such as on the north side of a tall building.  A …

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Knowledge To Grow – Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles are one of the most aggressively damaging insect pests of landscape plants and turf grass.  Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) larvae are a type of white grub that feeds on the roots of grass and the adult Japanese beetles eat the leaves and flowers on more than 300 plant species.  The adults are about 3/8” …

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Courtyard of Arts: Life in the Hen House

“Once upon a time, a cat and a dog and a mouse and a little red hen all lived together in a cozy little house….” When the hen asks her friends to help her plant some grains of wheat she had found, they all refuse: “Not I!” said the dog. “Not I!” said the cat. …

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Knowledge To Grow – Protecting Fruit from Bird Damage

Talk to any fruit growing gardener about bird damage and you will likely hear a variety of solutions to deter them.  Birds can do so much damage to fruit, especially once it is ripe.  Crows, starlings, grackles and blackbirds, to name just a few, are notoriously destructive to fruit.  Yes, they are just doing what …

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Knowledge To Grow – Monarchs and Milkweed

Lite and airy butterflies flitting about are a nice addition to any garden area.  To attract butterflies to your garden, it’s important to understand what it is that they most want out of life…food!  Well and a place to sun themselves out of the wind and a source of water. In recent times the Monarch …

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Knowledge To Grow – Using Native Plants in the Garden and Landscape

Plants that have lived naturally in our area for hundreds of years are adapted to our climate and landscape.  These plants are called natives and have existed for such a long time because of a complex set of checks and balances in our ecosystem. Some of the plants we see in our landscapes are brought …

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