Elkhart and Kosciusko Edition

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.

Choosing the slow road

There’s a movement in the U.S. to eat “slow food,” which encourages eschewing french fries and drive-through tacos in favor of healthier, locally-grown and sustainable food products. Marty and John Bender of Elkhart have embraced a different “slow” concept, though: Slow transportation.


Those having friends who are senior citizens 65 years or older who will be celebrating birthdays or anniversaries soon may send their names and addresses to include them in the Cheers Report. Also, know people listed in this column? Then send them cards to remember them on their special day.

Water exercise class keeps instructor fit

As people age, so do their bodies. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Just ask Velma Heeley. Heeley, age 84, leads a water exercise class at the YMCA in Warsaw three days a week and has been for close to 20 years.

Literacy is a passion for Cates on and off the job

For someone who is known for her passion for education and reading, Cynthia Cates, better known as Cindy, has an intriguing background. As executive director of Kosciusko Literacy Services, she is closely involved with spreading literacy to adults and children throughout Kosciusko County.

The day we pitched horseshoes

My memory won’t come up with exactly how dinner was handled, but I’m pretty sure Aunt Lettie and cousin Nettie brought one or more of their specialties. Aunt Lettie probably brought macaroni and cheese and au gratin potatoes, and Nettie probably brought fried chicken and some of her baked apples. I’ve never tasted better baked apples than she baked in those years

How to enjoy winter activities safely

USA.gov offers these tips to stay safe while enjoying all that winter has to offer.

Beware of scams

Scams are abounding in the area with area police agencies along with some state’s attorney general’s office encouraging individuals to use extreme caution.

An Anchorage trolley tour

Alaska has the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. We managed to see two while we were in our 49th state — one from a bus window and one when we stopped to take photos.

Do you accurately remember what the doctor said?

Dozens of surveys have shown that by the time patients get home from their doctors’ appointments, they’ve either forgotten or misinterpreted 40 percent to 80 percent of what their doctors told them.

Mohs method allows better cosmetic result

Mohs is not for every kind of skin cancer and that’s something your doctor can explain. However, the Mohs procedure is certainly an approach that is worth discussing and not just for those for whom “their faces are their fortunes” as they say.

Heading home for the holidays; know Alzheimer's warning signs

In addition to a new dessert recipe or family vacation photos, bring an important gift home this holiday season and become educated about the warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Traditional service a favorite for Byler

Music is a major component of the Christmas season, and each year, Michelle Byler plays a major role in setting the seasonal mood at her church.

Couple's collection is always festive

It does not take much to get a large collection going; just a little interest and a lot of time. That is how Mary Jane and Bob Pontius of Elkhart started collecting antique glass candlestick holders. It began with a set of green Depression glass dishes.....

Boothby calls the shots

When Dave Boothby steps on to the basketball or volleyball court, baseball diamond or even the deck of a school swimming pool, the game is in his hands. He’s the official, the referee or the “arbiter” as his role is sometimes called.