Justin Flagel, Author at Leader Publications

Community News

South Bend band releases new album

SOUTH BEND — South Bend musicians Spaceships are set to release their latest album on Friday, March 24th.  “Ruins”, the band’s fourth album, will be ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, March 24, 2023 1:21 pm

Community News

Edwardsburg cannabis business interested in opening smoking lounge

EDWARDSBURG — A local cannabis business voiced its desire to explore the possibility of opening a smoking lounge during Monday’s Edwardsburg Village Council meeting. Representatives ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, March 22, 2023 12:25 pm

Cassopolis

Cassopolis granted more funding for neighborhood improvements

CASSOPOLIS — The Cassopolis Village Council met on Monday at their regular monthly meeting.  The council discussed a variety of financial awards that had been ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, March 15, 2023 10:29 am

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Choral couple brings love for music, teaching to Brandywine – HORIZONS 2023

Ken and Krystal Davis have been on a musical journey from Michigan to Texas and back, working to bring their love of music to students ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, March 10, 2023 6:25 am

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Farewell to the Toonas – HORIZONS 2023

The Toonas are saying farewell. The young, accomplished musicians are all nearing high school graduation and will be going their separate ways, but their time ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, March 10, 2023 6:20 am

Berrien County

Corewell Health opens new care center in Niles

NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP — Corewell Health cut the ribbon on a new facility in Niles Wednesday afternoon. Community leaders gathered to tour the integrated care ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, March 9, 2023 7:30 pm

Buchanan

Musicians of all skill level invited to join monthly music jam at local brewery

BUCHANAN — The fields of Flatwater Farms in Buchanan, the home of River Saint Joe brewery and restaurant, will be filled with the sounds of ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Saturday, March 4, 2023 3:30 pm

Cassopolis

School safety gains, FFA students highlighted at Cassopolis’ Board of Education meeting

CASSOPOLIS — At Monday’s Cassopolis Public Schools Board meeting, School Security Officer Chris Bergen presented a report on school safety and the progress made during ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, March 1, 2023 1:47 pm

Lifestyles

Guitarist Charlie Ballantine returns to South Bend March 2

SOUTH BEND — Guitarist and composer Charlie Ballantine returns to Merriman’s Playhouse in South Bend on Thursday, March 2nd. Though the musician and the venue ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, February 27, 2023 7:34 pm

Community News

Area restaurant, venue keeping the nightlife alive

SOUTH BEND — LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern in downtown South Bend just wrapped up a successful tiki-themed takeover and are looking ahead to continuing entertainment. ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:34 pm

Berrien County

Dowagiac author pens book on friendship with Muhammad Ali

DOWAGIAC — Larry Seurynck came to Cass County expecting to teach writing.  The unexpected arose at many turns, in the form of owning a business ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, February 17, 2023 6:00 am

Cass County

Cassopolis approves grant application for Stone Lake Beach expansion

CASSOPOLIS — The Cassopolis Village Council unanimously passed a resolution for an additional USDA Grant to be used for design work during Phase Two of ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Tuesday, February 14, 2023 2:00 pm

Berrien County

South Bend music venue continues to spread jazz culture

SOUTH BEND — Stephen and Mary Merriman have been on a mission to spread the culture of jazz since 2006. The origins of Merrimans’ Playhouse ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 3:04 pm

Community News

Edwardsburg Village Council discusses future of ambulance service

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Village Council discussed the future of the Edwardsburg Ambulance Service during its most recent meeting.  The service has been slowly losing ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 1:30 pm

Cass County

Cassopolis Village Council awarded $150,000 grant for lead lines investigation

CASSOPOLIS — The first meeting of the new year was quiet for the Cassopolis Village Council. Beyond the approval of the agenda and corrected minutes, ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Tuesday, January 10, 2023 2:24 pm

Community News

The return of the Well: Area coffee shop, music venue set to return from COVID-induced hiatus

SOUTH BEND — The Well, a South Bend non-profit serving as a coffee shop, community space, and music venue, recently arrived at their ten year ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Tuesday, December 27, 2022 1:30 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg approves next steps for path project

The Edwardsburg Village Council approved the next steps for the Elkhart Road Path project, all voting in the affirmative, with the exception of Trustee Nancy ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, December 23, 2022 8:12 pm

Berrien County

South Bend band releases new album

MICHIANA — South Bend’s the Rutabega has returned with their first album in six years, Leading Up To, a beautiful entry to a catalog of ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, November 4, 2022 12:09 pm

Columns

FLAGEL: Drive-By Truckers’ newest album keeps rock and roll alive

Rock and roll is alive and well with the latest album from Drive-By Truckers “The Unraveling.” While they’ve never been shy about their thoughts on ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, February 28, 2020 8:44 am

Columns

FLAGEL: The magic of the mixtape

The first mixtape I encountered was a black cassette tape with yellowing labels and a barely decipherable song list scratched in pen. The music included ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, January 6, 2020 8:27 am

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Robert Irving III to play at Lighthouse Jazz Festival

With an incredible history, including numerous collaborations with Miles Davis, musician and producer Robert Irving III is continuing to live a life creating and promoting ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:44 pm

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Avett Brothers release latest album

Long time listeners of the Avett Brothers are familiar with the continually evolving sound of the folk rock band, both in recording and on stage. ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Monday, June 27, 2016 10:00 am

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Songs of summer

Though the temperature continues a cycle of climbing and falling, the safe pronouncement is that Summer has finally arrived, bringing with it the annual parade ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:27 pm

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A simple decision

A few years out of high school, working the same job as I had as a teenager and with friends moved on to distant locations and ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Friday, June 3, 2016 1:52 pm

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Balancing art and life

For those who delve into the creative world, there exists a balance that has been on my mind of late. It can be a struggle ... Read more

by Justin Flagel, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:15 pm

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