Bicentennial Birthday Bash on tap for Bendix Woods

On October 8, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will wind its way through St. Joseph County, beginning at 10 am in Walkerton and culminating at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle. Over 150 nominations for St. Joseph County torchbearers were received last year, and 34 were selected to carry the torch. Two of those include residents of New Carlisle, Dana Groves and Robert Middlebrook, who will carry the torch after it enters Bendix Woods County Park, along with Donna Pfeil of Granger. Throughout the day on October 8, the official state caravan torch will wind its way past historic sites, institutions of higher learning, and state and local parks. It will be conveyed by torchbearers on

New dock at county park a gift from I/N Tek I/N Kote

School children from Bremen Elementary School sprawled on their belly and dipped strainers into the pond at Bendix Woods County Park this month, the first group to use a newly-installed platform designed to accommodate aquatic studies at the park. Dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles and scuds squirmed in the mucky debris and were transferred to basins of clear water where the students could observe them more closely. “Pond studies like these enable students to get a sense of the complexities of these ecosystems,” said Interpretive Services manager for the St. Joseph County Parks, Leslie Witkowski, who helped plan the dock layout. The platform was made possible by a grant from I/N Tek I/N Kote that co

Stunned Speechless, But Not Quite!

County Economic Director Bill Schalliol conducted an informational meeting regarding more industrial development for New Carlisle on September 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the NC Fire Station. A crowd of well over a hundred residents came to hear St. Joseph County’s new plans for our town and area east of New Carlisle. Upon arrival it appeared that every chair was taken, so I definitely appreciated the person who kindly directed me to an empty chair. It was unacceptable that another dozen or so people had to stand for over an hour. When Mr. Schalliol began to speak, it was quickly noticed that unless you were seated closer to the front, you were not going to hear very much of anything that was sai

Cougars shut down Washington, Bremen

New Prairie 49, Washington 7 In a driving rainstorm, the Cougars dominated the Panthers from the start and snapped a four-game losing streak to their neighbors to the east. Nick Wilson threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns, one to Mason Workman and the other to Zack Ketterer. Ketterer had an interception return and a fumble return for touchdowns. Wilson, Connor VanOverberghe and Max Barnaby each had touchdown runs. The defense turned in a solid performance, holding the Panthers to 30 yards total offense. New Prairie 28, Bremen 6 On Homecoming, New Prairie won its fourth in a row and shut down a Bremen team that came in averaging 32.6 points per game in its three wins. The story of the game

Boys 5th, Girls 9th at Invite

Nearly 2,500 runners representing over 100 schools descended upon New Prairie's famed Cross Country course on Saturday, September 17 for the 49th running of the New Prairie Invitational. The event, which remains one of the largest athletic competitions in the state of Indiana, is among the sport's most prestigious races. Both New Prairie teams competed in the Class AA division for medium sized schools. The New Prairie boys team finished in fifth place with a team score of 177. The Cougars were led by sophomore Jacob Corbett, who placed 11th with a time of 17:24.8 for the 5,000 meter course. On the girls side, the Cougars took ninth, with junior Jordyn Bloode leading the way. At 21:06.2, B

Pet Blessing at Hudson Lake Mennonite Church

Hudson Lake Mennonite Church will continue its tradition of an every-other-year outdoor “Blessing of Pets” service on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 11:40 Eastern time. The service will be held on the church property, and all are welcome. “Come as you are,” with or without pets. The service will consist of a short reading, followed by an individual blessing for each pet. Each pet owner will receive a blessing card and each pet will receive a treat. (In the event of rain, the service will be held indoors at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time). Pets need to be on leash, in a pet carrier or otherwise restrained. In past years, attending pets have included dogs, cats, a horse, hamsters, and a hedgehog. Light refr

Vote for smart investment moves

The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome? Probably not as much as you might think. Historically, the financial markets have done well – and done poorly – under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Also, many factors affecting investment performance have little or nothing to do with the occupant of the White House. Consequently, no one can claim, with any certainty, that one candidate is going to be “better for the markets” than another one. Still, this isn’t to say that a

Recipes, Etc.

Recipes, Etc. salutes our “Torch Bearer,” Bob Middlebrook, for Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration. He shares with us a few of his favorite recipes. Stuffed Shells 1 box large shells cooked and drained 1 jar of spaghetti sauce 1 pound of hamburger 1 pound sausage 1 large package mozzarella cheese 1 container of cottage cheese l/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 egg 2 l/2 tsp oregano Brown hamburger, drain off fat, mix with spaghetti sauce and heat through. In separate bowl, mix cheeses, oregano and egg. Pour l/2 of the meat sauce in a 9 x 13 cake pan. Stuff the cooked shells with the cheese mixture and lay on the sauce in the pan. After all shells are in the pan, cover with the remaining

Community questions economic development

A standing room only crowd filled the New Carlisle Fire Station on Monday, September 12 as Bill Schalliol, St. Joseph County Executive Director of Economic Development, presented the county’s plans for the New Carlisle Economic Development Area (NCEDA). A majority of the 4,600 acres which comprise the NCEDA was first designated as an economic development district in 1997 to help facilitate larger development opportunities. The NCEDA took its current name after 12 parcels were added to the boundary of the area this year. In addition to the expansion, the County Council also approved a $9.2 million bond to fund infrastructure projects within the area to help spur future development. Schalli

Cougars rebound with wins over Clay, Andrean

NEW PRAIRIE 49, CLAY 0 At South Bend’s Clay Field, New Prairie bounced back from a tough, one-point season opening loss to LaPorte and rolled to a victory over South Bend Clay in a non-conference game between two Northern Indiana Conference schools. After a scoreless first quarter, New Prairie got on the board with a 5-yard run from Nick Wilson and the extra point made it 7-0. Wilson was injured late in the second quarter and sophomore quarterback Cade Boniface came in to finish the drive. Not missing a beat, the Cougars finished the scoring drive, highlighted by a fourth down Boniface to Connor VanOverberghe pass for nine yards. Boniface then scored four plays later from eight yards out

County moves forward with area development

County officials have their eyes set on New Carlisle as an area of continued economic development. In August, the St. Joseph County Council approved changes to expand the boundaries and extend the lifespan of the New Carlisle Economic Development Area. Located to the east of town, the Economic Development Area stretches north of US Highway 20 and south of State Road 2. It is generally centered around the IN/Tek and I/N Kote facilities on Edison Road. The district also includes the site of the St. Joseph Energy Center, currently under construction on Walnut Road. Nearly 4,000 acres of the Economic Development Area have held that designation since 1997. The recently approved expansion ad

NPUSC Building Renovation Project Update

During the Primary Election this past May, voters said “yes” to a $42 million renovation project for the New Prairie United School Corporation (NPUSC). The school board appointed a Technical Review Committee to evaluate proposals for the execution of the project. The committee consists of members of the NPUSC administration: Dr. Paul White (Superintendent), Kelly Kitchen (Chief Financial Officer), Greg Dudeck (Building and Grounds Director) and Brian Williamson (Athletics and Activities Director). Also serving on the committee are two consultants, an architect and engineer. After reviewing the initial qualifications of six construction and design teams, the Technical Review Committee ha

Hudson Lake Conservation Association Progress Report

The 2016 services that have been accomplished are listed here to keep you informed of how our lake is kept healthy each year. This means keeping it clean of contaminants, clear of algae or murky waters and to ensure the lake is well oxygenated for our fish and wildlife. Of course, it also means to ensure it remains in great shape for all of our many recreational activities, plus simply for our total enjoyment. January Developed and submitted an application for a $28,000 Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program grant to manage the exotic water plants in our lake that are extremely destructive to our lake being healthy. March 1. Successfully obtained the full grant for $28,000.

Use Open Enrollment to Help Improve Your Financial Outlook

It’s Open Enrollment Season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits — and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation. Depending on your employer, your benefits package may include various types of insurance, plus access to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of these benefits: Health insurance – Companies regularly change plans and providers, so the coverage and premiums you had last year may not be the same this year. In any case, look at all aspects of your coverage options – premiums, deductibles, co-pays and total out-of-pocket limit

Reserve a Hayride Now at Bendix Woods

Reservations for group hayrides at Bendix Woods County Park have begun. Reservations for two-hour day or evening private party hayrides are available Wednesday - Sunday, September 30th through November 1st. Beginning times are 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm or 8:30pm. The fee for private party hayrides is $110.00 for up to 80 people. The fee includes tractor-drawn hayrides and a campfire at the hayride site. A picnic shelter or building is NOT included. However, on a limited basis, and with an additional fee, you can rent a nearby shelter or building. Hayride reservation packets may be printed off the St. Joseph County Park’s website or request by mail by calling 574/654-3155. Once you comp

Recipes, Etc.

Recipes, Etc. salutes our “Torch Bearer,” Dana Groves, for Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration. She shares with us a few of her favorite recipes. Festive Mint Cream Dessert Total Time: Prep: 25 minutes plus freezing Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, divided l package (16 ounces) chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies, crushed 8 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened l l/2 cups milk chocolate chips l cup confectioners sugar 3/4 cup evaporated milk l carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed Chocolate syrup and red and green sprinkles, optional Directions: 1. In a microwave, melt l/2 cup butter. Stir in cookie crumbs. Press into a 13 inch x 9 inch dish. Freeze for 30 m

Richard A. Smith, 1943-2016

Richard Allen (Rick) Smith, 73, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, on January 26, 1943, to Betty and the late Robert Smith. Rick graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1961 and later entered the Army, where he was stationed in Honolulu during the Vietnam War. His wife, Paulette, preceded him in death. Rick remained in Hawaii after his honorable discharge from the Army, where he enjoyed careers as a food truck owner, assistant golf pro, and long-time business owner. He was an avid scrabble player and forty year member of the Honolulu Country Club; he loved a good joke and was a generous host to his friends and family. Rick i

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