Category: A & E

Retired Racers

Rescue group helps the region’s dog lovers adopt greyhounds.

by Jane Bokun

Even though Leslie Sisson is allergic to dogs, she couldn’t help herself from adopting a greyhound. Sisson is now part of the Great Lakes Greyhound Rescue Group in Portage. The mission of the group is to provide a safe and loving home for retired racing greyhounds. “I have three greyhounds now, but I …

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Estate Planning Pitfalls

The biggest danger is not doing anything to plan for when you’re gone.

By Heidi Prescott Wieneke

It’s not uncommon for people to have someone special in mind to whom they want to leave an heirloom necklace, an antique car or a baseball card collection when they die. Yet these are the very items siblings end up arguing over because nothing is ever put on …

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Driving into the Future

Some highlights from the new automotive model year’s offerings.

by Steve Kaelble

Why just drive somewhere when you can arrive in style? The new automotive model year offers a wealth of heart-pumping excitement, surprising luxury, amazing technology and impressive value–whatever your priority happens to be. Read on for a roundup of some of the highlights.

Hot and Fast
Want a cool ride you can be …

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A Diversity of Arts Events

Comedy, drama and music on stage, plus unusual exhibits.

by John Cain

In LaPorte County, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents “Work Local: Speak Global,” February 7-April 18. This exhibit unites local artists, craftsmen and graduate students from IIT in Chicago with local producers of materials, products and/or services that will celebrate the possibilities of local talent in fields as diverse as fine arts …

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White Linen & Corks

The three restaurants of Italian Village will make you a return customer.

by Elizabeth J. Musgrave

I love Chicago. Each and every visit, there’s something new to see and something to discover that was overlooked on previous trips. Nooks and crannies are filled with little shops, buildings are renovated into theatres, museums or lofts, and restaurants come and go with the seasons. When you find …

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Ageless Beauty

Trying out the latest options for achieving a younger look.

by Jane Bokun

Each year as I get older, surprisingly, I want to look younger. We all know the feeling of wanting the wisdom of age, but the face and body of an 18-year-old.

It would be perfect.

We would look young, but inside we would know not to drink and drive, or send money …

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A Plan Gone Awry!

The No. 1 reason: failing to plan for a long-term-care event.

by Debbe Buckman

Before embarking on my insurance career, I was charged to help in the financial planning for one of my parents. Six years after his plan was set up, Alzheimer’s set in, and consequently, he entered a nursing home for five years! I was shocked to find out that Medicare did not …

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Alive in the Winter

Houseplants provide color through the darkest months.

by Jean Starr

It was the mid-’70s when I started growing plants indoors–English ivy and spider plants in macrame hangers, African violets and begonias. I let them all fade away 15 years later when I moved into a house with a yard. I didn’t have space or time for houseplants. Another 20 years of gardening outdoors, and now …

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The Truth About Trips, Spills and Falls

The likelihood of suffering a serious injury from a fall is high, but five simple tips may help you beat the odds.

by Cassie Richardson

At some point in life, we all fall down. There should be no shame in that.

If you’re anything like me, childhood lessons on how to ride a bike or skate included plenty of missteps that sent you tumbling to …

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Wounded Healers

Helping out in the journey of grief.

by Nancy Henke-Konopasek

The grieving process is a journey no one ever wants to travel, but unfortunately it is a journey many people must make. Someone you love has died, and you are grieving. You may wish you could share this journey with others who have “been there”–people who understand, people who can help you to move forward. …

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