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the Eastern portion of Berrien County, Mich. Our market includes Southwestern
Michigan and Northwestern Indiana, including South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger
and Elkhart, Ind.
Midwestern rolling farmland and the St. Joseph River valley.
annual temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit. In January, temperatures
range from an average low of 16 degrees to an average high of 30 degrees.
In July, temperatures range from an average low of 61 to an average high
of 84. Average annual precipitation is 36 inches, with an average relative
humidity of 83 percent at 7 a.m. and 68 percent at 7 p.m. Annual snowfall
averages 72 inches. The growing season lasts 158 days, with the last freeze
usually occurring in early May and the first usually occurring in early
October. During the year, the sun shines an average of 53 percent of the
daylight hours. Prevailing winds are from the southwest during both winter
settler: Ezra Beardsley, from Ohio in 1826. Named after Thomas H. Edwards,
the first merchant, who worked out of a log shanty on Lake Street. Recorded
as the village of Edwardsburg in 1831 by Alexander H. Edwards. Used to
be County Seat: First Cass County board of supervisors meet here in 1831.
Court in 1831 and first probate court. Growth: In 1848 there were three
churches, a school house and 300 people. Grew with Grand Trunk Railroad.
does not have a "downtown area" like many towns, continued growth is being
experienced along M 62 with many new businesses. The many lakes in the
area continue to attract more residents, making it the fastest growing
area in the county.
Niles Community Schools and Brandywine Public Schools serve the Greater
Niles area; St. Mary's Catholic School serves Niles' Catholic community
with grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Southwestern Michigan College,
Niles; Lake Michigan College, Niles; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame,
Ind., and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind. (located 8 miles south
of Niles); Indiana University at South Bend, Ind.; Andrews University,
Midwestern hospitality from good, unpretentious, hard-working people.
Abundant opportunities for the sportsman, including hunting and fishing
the St. Joseph River and its tributaries and Lake Michigan or the many
lakes of Cass and Berrien counties in Michigan. Each community has its
own well-developed organizations for youth sports, ranging from soccer
to baseball and softball to swimming and tennis through the Niles-Buchanan
Family YMCA. Outdoor winter sports include snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing and ice skating. Golf is ever popular, and available on a number
of public and private courses. A number of country clubs serve the Greater
Lunkers on U.S. 12 has grown into a super store for those interested
in hunting and fishing, attracting visitors from all over. It also has
a restaurant. Home of Edward Lowe, inventor of kitty litter.
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