Elkhart and Kosciusko Edition

Tofu and spinach, Mennonite cooking has changed

The very first Mennonite cookbook by all accounts appeared just a year before I was born in 1950. The foods we ate were quite simple and boring by today’s standards and I don’t recall my mother ever serving spinach, either cooked or fresh.


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.

What are sugar alcohols?

People occasionally ask me about sugar alcohols. They have seen this term on a food label and are confused.

Concerns about browning evergreens

We’ve had numerous calls concerning the continued browning of evergreens in our area, especially arborvitae.

Group combines ministry, love of horses

When it comes to ministry, one local organization likes to "horse" around - literally. Members of the Northern Indiana chapter of Cowboys for Christ meet once a month.

Strategies for growing edibles later into the season

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden-fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter meals with the help of short season crops and season extending strategies.

Martin Buser and the Happy Trail Kennel

We were in Alaska to attend a Lions forum with plans for a three-day tour. One of the forum speakers was Martin Buser who became fascinated with sled dogs while a teen in Switzerland. He arrived in Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs.

Switch now to electronic federal benefit payments

Do you get Social Security or other federal benefit payments by paper checks? If so, you are required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment method.

Yes, men do get bunions

Bunions (those swollen, painful bumps on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe) are so closely associated in our minds with women and with fashionable but often ill-fitting shoes, that the question I was asked last week as to whether or not men even get bunions was not at all unreasonable.

Get Thrifty at 50 'Catch-up' with your retirement by putting catch-up contributions in your 401-(k)

When it comes to saving for retirement, too many folks have a lot of catching up to do.

Exercise tips for those fighting arthritis

When it comes to fighting arthritis, there’s no arguing with the axiom “move it or lose it.” Movement and physical activity have been proven effective in relieving arthritis pain and, in some cases, delaying the onset of symptoms.

Clapp's Baby Food plant

Elkhart resident Norma Gene Vreecy has fond memories of the time when Elkhart was home to a long forgotten baby food factory: Clapp’s Baby Food. Actually, the story of this baby food begins long before it became a part of Elkhart history.

Has my 'smeller' failed me?

If your favorite childhood aromas are still around, your taste buds are still intact, there’s somebody who bakes bread and cans peaches at your house and even fries potatoes — count your blessings! To most people all those pleasant things are just a memory.

Volleyball player turned to horseshoe pitching

Sharon Chiddister, 63, of Goshen, has played sports her entire life. Her father played horseshoes and wanted her to play, too, but with so many other activities, a high school-aged Chiddister only had so much free time, and pitching horse shoes was not something she cared to fill it with Yet somehow, 50 years later, Chiddister is the Indiana Women’s Champion for the Indiana Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and ranks 10th in the world as part of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

Roasted veggies, an updated way to prepare

Nutritionists are constantly telling us we need to eat more vegetables. One way to prepare vegetables some people may enjoy is roasting. We think of doing it more in the fall of the year but the fact is you can roast vegetables year round.