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Pet Friendly LaGrange County

There’s always one downside for going on vacation. I know, you’re thinking there can’t be a downside, you’re leaving your work, bills and responsibilities behind, but you’re also leaving that furry little friend to wonder why you’re not home at 5:42 like a usual day. So, why not just bring Fido along for the ride? You’d be surprised how pet friendly LaGrange County businesses are. So to prove my point, I buckled my family dogs, Maggie and Molly, in and we headed for a day of adventure.

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The Great Race

If you’re from the Midwest, you’ve probably made the drive to Florida before. For the few hundred people driving in The Great Race, it’s been quite a different experience. Starting in Jackson, Florida, 149 cars traveled the backroads to Traverse City, Michigan. This isn’t just your average road trip, nor is it a race to …

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What Is Ascension Day?

All around town in the Amish businesses, I’ve been seeing signs that read: “Closed May 25 for Ascension Day.” I finally asked Chris, an Amish businessman, what the significance of the holiday is and how the Amish observe it. Chris said the holiday represents the day Jesus ascended into Heaven after He was resurrected. He …

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Animal Damage in the Winter Landscape

There is a lot of work that gardeners put into planting and caring for trees and shrubs in the landscape.  One of the most annoying things you can see in the spring is plants that have been gnawed by mice or chewed on by deer and rabbits. It’s not too late to put into action a …

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Curious About the Amish Culture: What is Amish School Like?

A friend who recently visited wondered out loud, “I wonder what it would be like to go to an Amish school?” I thought her question was a great one, with now being the end of the school year and students graduating. And so, with pen in hand and “detective” hat on head, I set out …

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Embracing Change

Meet Our New Guest Blogger: Cathy Safiran and her husband have been gracing the grounds of the Shipshewana Flea Market for 25 years! As vendors, they truly enjoy meeting new people. Cathy’s blog is called “A Vendor’s Two Cents,” but her insights are priceless. Stop by booths 908 and 909 and say hello! Welcome to the …

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Buy Local at 20 Flea Market Vendors

Yesterday I hung out for a little while with the Shipshewana Flea Market manager Michael Christner. He introduced me to several flea market vendors and allowed me to take a few photos. His patience really impressed me, as he is in charge of the entire market and literally hundreds and hundreds of vendors. If I …

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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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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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