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Songbird Ridge B&B Celebrates 20 Years of Beauty & Business

I wonder what would entice a husband-wife team to run a bed and breakfast for 20 years like Gwen and Gene Newcomer have run Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shipshewana. When I asked Gwen that question, she replied without thinking: “I love the friends we’ve made over the years. It’s fun to have people …

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

Dearest Children, If it were not for you, sweet ones, I wouldn’t be a mother! Then again, if it were not for me, you wouldn’t be well…here. Mothers and children are why we celebrate Mother’s Day, right? I know you’re grateful. After all, I remind you each and every day about all that I do …

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Holiday Inn Express is Pet-Friendly

Meet our 11 year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She’s definitely part of our family. We don’t dress her up in people clothes or let her sleep in our bed, but whenever we go on vacations, making sure she’s cared for is a very big deal. Meet Holiday Inn Express, Howe. They’ve become a home away from …

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Go Chic at a Flea Market Boutique

Several days ago I wrote a blog titled “Go Loco Over Local!” I then listed twenty or more vendors at the Shipshewana Flea Market who either sell locally-made items, or the vendors are local folks trying to squeeze out a living at the Flea Market. What I didn’t focus on is one of my personal …

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Knowledge to Grow – Moss Control in Lawns

Mosses are green plants that have fine, branched, threadlike stems with tiny leaves and reproduce by wind-blown spores.   They form a thick green mat at the surface of the soil and do not kill the grass as most believe but rather fill in the spaces in the lawn where grass is not growing. The key …

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Knowledge To Grow – Kentucky Bluegrass

An attractive, well-kept lawn can be an important aspect of a homes’ landscape. It adds value to a homes’ appearance, aids in soil erosion, reduces mud and dust and it produces oxygen. Planting a new lawn or even doing some over-seeding requires some knowledge of selecting the best seed for the area. Cool season turf …

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Curious About the Amish Culture

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find this answer, …

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Knowledge To Grow – Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is the integration of edible plants into the ornamental landscape.  More people are looking toward growing their own nutritious produce at home, thus saving money and natural resources at the same time.  Think about incorporating fruit trees and blueberry bushes into the planting scheme of your yard or lining the side of your …

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About April’s Business of the Month, Raber Patios

The April Business of the Month celebrates Raber Patio Enclosures and Furniture, a locally owned and operated business. This blog is the third installment of the series. To read the first blog, click here. To read about Raber’s Open House, click here. In 1985, with a vision for quality and an entrepreneurial spirit, Amish businessman Ervin Raber …

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