Lifestyles

Fifty years of optimism

NILES — Oratorical winners were presented awards by Maurice Nelson of the Noon Optimist Club of Niles during their annual Optimist Oratorical Contest in 1973. ... Read more

10 months ago by Submitted.

Marshall Shoppe hosts ninth annual VIP event

DOWAGIAC — On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Marshall Shoppe hosted its ninth annual VIP event supporting breast cancer services. Each customer was asked to make ... Read more

10 months ago by Submitted.

Engagement announcement

Jessica Robison and Chase Newland, both of Paw Paw, recently announced their engagement. Robison is the daughter of Kim and Randy Robison. Robison’s grandparents are ... Read more

10 months ago by Submitted.

Pet of the Week

Meet Brady. This 3-and-a-half-month-old has a soft grey coat. He and sister, Halo, were found under a dumpster. Both were missing part of a back ... Read more

10 months ago by Submitted.

Berrien County Marriages

• Andrew Atkins Jr. and Linda Mashell Williams, of Benton Harbor • Abby Marie Bishop and Matthew John Fohs, of Benton Harbor • Brendan Patrick ... Read more

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Fifty years of optimism

NILES — In March 1973, Soap Box Derby contestants prepared for a race down Third Street in Niles. Contestants Tracy Smiedendorf, Jenny Schwan and Cheryl ... Read more

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Pet of the week

Meet Buddy, a senior dog who hails from Save A Stray. Buddy is an 8-year-old Chihuahau with special needs who came to Save A Stray ... Read more

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Niles resident woodworks pumpkins

NILES — Ron Ganger, 88, of Niles, still keeps up with his woodworking skills. Pictured are two pumpkins he decorated this year. (Submitted photos) Read more

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Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce honors business owner

DOWAGIAC — Earlier this month, Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce President Kim MacGregor of Edward Jones presented local business owner Tom Underwood with a gift, ... Read more

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Clown parade

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County Medical Care Facility hosted a clown parade with popcorn and prizes for its residents last Wednesday.  Staff member Diana Masters said ... Read more

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Pet of the week

Meet Payton. She is a big girl with big dreams of finding her forever home. Payton is a 3-and-a-half-year-old labrador and Chesapeake Bay retriever mix, ... Read more

11 months ago by Submitted.

BIRTHDAY: Murphy

Corinna Murphy will be celebrating her fourth birthday on Oct. 26, 2020. Murphy was born on Oct. 26, 2016. Her family includes her mom, dad, ... Read more

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Berrien County Marriages

• Joseph Aaron Kopac, of Buchanan, and Amber Nichole Brooks, of Michigan City • Kara Nichole McKinney, of Bedford, Indiana, and John Michael Townsend, of ... Read more

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Pet of the Week

Meet Felix. He is 11 weeks old and seeking either a foster or forever home. Felix is inquisitive, and loves to play and cuddle. He ... Read more

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ANNIVERSARY: Fifty years of optimism

NILES — Ted Majerek (speaker) is pictured at an annual Noon Optimists of Niles Youth Appreciation Banquet. Other speakers at the head of the table ... Read more

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Berrien County marriage license

• Justin Joseph Amellio and Carl Eric Ashbrook, of Niles • James Arthur Antio and Angela Cheree Rodriguez, of Coloma • Jacquline Annette Churchill, of ... Read more

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BIRTH: Ott

Erica and John Ott are the parents of a girl, Roselyn Ott, born at 8:12 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2020, at Spectrum Health Lakeland, in ... Read more

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Honor Credit Union gives back

DOWAGIAC — Honor Credit Union recently visited area first responders, including the Dowagiac Police Department, and the Dowagiac, Wayne Township, Indian Lake and Sister Lakes ... Read more

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Frigid 5k competitors fight through tough conditions

NILES — More than 360 runners and walkers braved cold temperatures, rain, slush and the occasional ice patch to compete in the 11th annual Niles ... Read more

2 years ago by Hannah Holliday.

Photo gallery: Hunter Ice Festival

NILES — The 16th annual Hunter Ice Festival completed its three-day weekend run Sunday, Jan. 19 in downtown Niles. Despite the snow, rain, slush, wind ... Read more

2 years ago by Beau Brockett Jr..

BIRTHS: Mammel

Aurora Mammel, of Dowagiac, was born on Aug. 2, 2019, to Cheyenne Mammel at Spectrum Health Lakeland in Niles. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces ... Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

Berrien County marriage licenses

• Timothy Joseph Brink, of St. Joseph, and Michele Louise Burnside, of Berrien Springs • Tynisha Arleatha Ann Campbell, of Indianapolis, and Jaquane Latino Hopkins, ... Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

BIRTHDAY: Taylor

Grandparents of Gage, Claire and Westin Taylor wanted to wish the three a happy birthday. Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

Berrien County marriage licenses

• Rory Kayes Cassin, of Hinsdale, Illinois, and Kelly Tucker Lahr, of St. Louis • Michael Joseph Castillo and Alexis Julia Howell, of Lansing, Illinois ... Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

Area children reach reading challenge goals

Niles — Over the past two weeks, about 30 children have reached reading milestones through the Niles District Library’s 1,000 Books Challenge, of which 10 ... Read more

2 years ago by Submitted.

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