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In a holiday rush? Don’t skimp on safety

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Features

It’s time to unpack the holiday lights and dress the house up for Christmas.  Between Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, party planning, school concerts and work, however, you might be tempted to deck your halls in a hurry. Slow down. The winter holidays can be the best time of the year — as long as you and… Continue reading.

Planning ahead makes for a perfect lighting display

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Features

Though you may be seriously considering not putting up outdoor lights this holiday season (to shorten your to-do list!), do you REALLY want to forego the festive and bright display which brightens the neighborhood and everyone’s spirits?  Here are some tips for safely and sanely hanging lights outdoors this season — and making your light… Continue reading.

Keep your cool in the kitchen

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Features

It’s hard enough to reign in the stress when you’ve got a house full of company to entertain and you’ve been slaving over a hot oven all day. These 10 tips will help you keep your cool — at least in the kitchen. Get up a little earlier  The house and the outdoor temperature usually… Continue reading.

6 Tips to Help You Deal With Holiday Stress

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Features

Just because you have a lot to do during the holidays doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time for yourself. In fact, it’s especially crucial for you to pause amid the hustle and bustle to destress and focus on your emotional and mental health. Here are six things you should add to your holiday to-do list… Continue reading.

A gingerbread Christmas

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in From the Editor

By Emily Schilling I’m obsessed with gingerbread houses. I love how, by judiciously purposing gumdrops, candy canes, M&Ms, and royal icing as architectural and landscaping details, a cookie can become so much more than baked dough (albeit delicious baked dough!). Of course, I’m totally intimidated by creating my own gingerbread house (maybe I’ll finally try… Continue reading.

Hop aboard the tinsel lines

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Travel

Something magical happens when trains couple with Christmas. Be it a model electric train circling the base of a Christmas tree firing up a child’s imagination or a genuine old-fashioned steam or diesel engine chugging through a winter’s night to real holiday delights, trains add to the nostalgia and memories of the holidays like no other… Continue reading.

That’s a wrap

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in DIY

With a bit of creativity and pre-planning, those holiday gifts you bought for everyone can be wrapped both beautifully AND in an environmentally conscious way. Here are 10 eco-friendly tips to try when it’s time to wrap things up! 1  Embrace one of the “buzziest” trends in gift wrapping: furoshiki, a Japanese method that uses… Continue reading.

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Professional Progression: Jason Clemmons

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Profile

After college, Jason Clemmons worked as a high school guidance counselor in his hometown of Rushville. He also facilitated a young mothers’ group and worked with at-risk youth through the Mayor’s Youth Council at the Boys and Girls Club. He had a full plate.  These were 80-hour weeks, he said, giving him little time to… Continue reading.

How to keep your December energy bill in check

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Energy

By Jordy Smith It’s the most wonderful time of the year… until you get December’s utility bill. What happened? Consider this: More family members are home from work or school, colder temperatures require more heat, there’s lots of cooking for work and family get-togethers and last, but not least, holiday decorations are shining brightly. When… Continue reading.

County Profile: Steuben County

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in County

Creating the northeast corner of Indiana, Steuben County is a border county touching two other states, Michigan and Ohio. The county’s natural beauty of lakes and forests truly makes it a transition county as Indiana gives way to the more naturally majestic Great Lakes landscapes of Michigan. And, to underscore its outdoorsy wintry feel, it’s… Continue reading.

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Keeping warm and staying safe

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Safety

Electric space heaters and blankets are great ways to stay toasty warm when the temperature drops. But don’t forget about safety before you plug in these chill-chasers. During these winter months, when space heaters and electric blankets come out of hibernation, home fires increase.  “Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in… Continue reading.

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Santa’s Letter Helpers

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Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Features

Five minutes into one of their first sessions of the season answering Santa’s mail, Santa’s Elves were stumped by a child’s undecipherable scrawl. “Boy, I’m having trouble with this name,” said Joyce Robinson, a volunteer elf of 20 years. She handed the letter to Pat Koch, the chief elf who’s been answering Santa’s mail for… Continue reading.

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