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NEW BUFFALO — The long road to graduation for New Buffalo High School’s Class of 2020 reached its destination on Friday, July 24, right outside the building where students attended classes until March 13.

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THREE OAKS — When River Valley Middle/High School Principal Patrick Breen chose “Resilience and Grit” as the building-wide theme for the 2019-2020 school year, he didn’t think students and staff would need to dig so deep into those qualities.

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HARBERT — Red Arrow Roasters owner Jessica Nance has a supply of specialty coffee beans and a high-end roaster in her production (and recently retail) space located at 13933 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert.

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HARBERT — A tribute to the music of John Prine held Saturday, July 11, in the back yard of Executive Director Sandra Thompson kicked off the Acorn Anywhere! “exciting new series of fun events.”

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THREE OAKS — An “amazing” local machine ahead of its time, a fearsome weapon faced by Michigan soldiers during the first World War, and locally made musical oddities for the home are among the exhibits making their debut at the Region of Three Oaks Museum, 5 Featherbone Ave. in Three Oaks, d…

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The sounds live music are beginning to return to area communities such as Bridgman, New Buffalo and Three Oaks this summer.

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BERRIEN SPRINGS — Al-though the 75th anniversary celebration of the Berrien County Youth Fair has been postponed to 2021 (with a “Berrien County Showcase” planned this summer for youth exhibitors), the fairgrounds were filled with people lined up to get a taste of their summer favorites on J…

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NEW BUFFALO — The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive Drive-By Guide Pick Up Party on Friday, June 19, at Artisan Farms in New Buffalo.

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BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman High School Class of 2020 received their diplomas and plenty of praise during a Sunday, June 14, outdoor drive-in commencement ceremony (also live-streamed) held in the parking lot next to “the Hive” gymnasium.

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NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Farmers Market kicked off its 2020 drive-up format on Friday, June 19, at the corner of Merchant and Whittaker streets (hours will be 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays).

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NEW BUFFALO — Owner Dustin Harvey said the 2020 menu at the New Buffalo Beach Club concession at the public beach has been condensed down to the top 20 items.

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THREE OAKS — The Harbor Country Singers (HCS), the area’s community chorus, is sponsoring an outdoor summer sing-along at the Three Oaks Arts & Education Center on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. (eastern). Everyone is invited to join in. Michigan COVID-19 guidelines now allow outdoor ga…

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LANSING — On June 5 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order that starting on June 15 will re-open personal services including hair, massages, and nail salons statewide.

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SOUTH BEND — Teachers Credit Union has completed the acquisition of New Buffalo Savings Bank, a community financial institution with $111 million in assets and locations in New Buffalo, Sawyer and Three Oaks, Michigan, further expanding the credit union’s presence in Southwest Michigan.  

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NEW BUFFALO — On May 16 New Buffalo High School seniors were presented with "Class of 2020 — ‘Virtually’ the greatest class of all time” signs (and had their pictures taken — see photos accompanying this article).

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NEW BUFFALO — In New Buffalo the National Day of Prayer (Thursday, May 7) was observed at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church and Converge Community Church as a total of about 50 people gathered (at a safe social distance) to pray for the community and country.

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BRIDGMAN — Country Stitches Alterations & Embroidery, located at 9794 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman, doesn’t have the words “face masks” in its name, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit they’ve been the main product.

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NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Business Association Board President Blagica Bottigliero introduced a May 8 Special Local Business Check-In & Chat streaming session as a “very open dialog” and a way to get to know what business owners are up to.

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NEW BUFFALO — Area parks (and increasingly community gardens) continue to serve as a refuge for many during Michigan’s long-running coronavirus lockdown.