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Rideon owner discusses space challenges facing local businesses

September 13, 2014

Chris Chambers' search for a new, larger home for his Rideon Bicycles business illustrates what he considers a "huge problem" for Culver -- and he's not alone.

"Unless you have a second job or are independently wealthy, you can't afford to rent a space in Culver, which has hurt the community," he says.

"We're a community that functions four months out of the year. Whitney (Alvis, owner of the new Rideon building) understands that, like Dawn (Minas, who rented the previous Rideon building to Chambers), and wants to see it succeed because it's good for the community."

Rideon Bicycles first business to move to former Culver hardware space

September 13, 2014

Marshall County's only bicycle sales and repair shop is about to take on downtown Culver.

Rideon Bicycles, located for the past seven years on Lake Shore Drive in Culver, will relocate this fall to the former Culver hardware building at Main and Madison Streets. However, the shop won't be located in the space most familiar to former hardware customers.

Instead, according to Rideon owner Chris Chambers, the bicycle shop will reopen in the lower level of the building, with a courtyard entryway facing Madison Street.

Stage II brings familiar names, faces, and music to Culver and area audiences

September 7, 2014

There's a lot about recently-formed Culver vocal group Stage II that feels like a throwback to a bygone era -- and in a good way.

Not only is the music performed described by member Cliff Berger as something "you don't hear anymore" ("The good music of the 1940s and `50s," he says. "Gershwin, Carmichael, Mercer -- that close harmony."), but the names and faces of Stage II's members hearken back to the days when the area's longest-running theatre and singing group was just getting out of the gate.

If these walls could talk: 830 N Lake Shore Drive

September 6, 2014

This week's entry in our ongoing series of virtual "walks" through the historic buildings of Culver could almost as well have accompanied our previous entry, on the current Papa's Pizza building, since that structure was originally built as part of the property comprising this week's subject, the present-day Inn by the Lake Bed & Breakfast, at 830 N. Lake Shore Drive, just north of Papa's.

Fire radio situation critical, says chief

September 6, 2014

Those in Culver wondering why the fire alert whistle blew several times in a row last weekend had an explanation at last Tuesday's Culver town council meeting.

Culver fire chief Terry Wakefield told the council the department is having major radio problems preventing firemen from receiving emergency tones on their radios when fire alerts are sent out. To add to the problem, the county's backup system -- contacting firemen by cell phone -- is currently down, a problem Wakefield said he's been told currently has no date in sight for repair.

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