Merry Lea hosts first annual NatureFest April 30-May 1 for children and adults

For nature lovers of all ages who enjoy Indiana’s beautiful landscape, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center’s first annual NatureFest will be an earthly treat, April 30 and May 1, 2004.

The weekend activities for adults and children will include exploring local geology, investigating a wetland, learning about sustainable building, experimenting with organic gardening and listening to guest performers Will Redding, a well-known storyteller and naturalist, and Les Gustafson-Zook, world champion autoharp performer.

Beginning Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m with storytelling by Redding and continuing all day Saturday, May 1, the NatureFest will feature hikes and seminars about forest ecology, environmental building design, organic gardening, glacial geology and wetland restoration. Family hikes will include investigating wetlands and studying natural edibles

that grow in the wild. And children’s activities will include exploring nature and canoeing on the wetland.

To register or for more information, contact Dave Miller at (260) 799-5869 or

Merry Lea, 300 S. 500 W. in Noble County south of Wolf Lake, is a 1,150 natural sanctuary for northern Indiana’s plants and animals, provides environmental education for people of all ages and a setting to recreate opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit without exploiting the land.

GC Clothesline Project to offer healing to victims of violence April 2

By Sasha Dyck

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Survivors of domestic and sexual violence had a chance to share their stories as part of their healing process this Friday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. as the first annual Clothesline Project exhibit is launched at Goshen College. The survivors, most of whom come from the Goshen community, will display T-shirts that they have created around the Schrock fountain -- thus bringing literal meaning to the phrase "airing dirty laundry."


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Indiana BMV Gets Involved in Immigration Enforcement

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GC junior combines passions for youth and Spanish in leadership role

By Katie

GOSHEN, Ind. ­ The youth group at Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor in

Goshen know about change. Over the past year, they have experienced a turnover in adult leadership, the formation of two separate groups for junior high and high school students and the addition of a new and perhaps unlikely member, Goshen College student Erin Sigler.