NPUSC Building Renovation Update and Plan

The goal of this article is to update the New Prairie United School Corporation (NPUSC) community on the final aspects of the NPUSC Facility Renovation Project. The summary includes final project cost, actual taxpayer impact after the November 2016 bond sale, and an update on the final list of projects to be completed with referendum and NPUSC funds with a project completion timeline for spring 2017 through 2019. NPUSC will be conducting the following public meetings as a follow up to this communication in order to answer questions about the renovation project and to seek community input about school system future goals and direction. These meetings will take place: Wednesday, March 8, at Ro

Bear Cub Spotted in Downtown New Carlisle

There was another bear sighting in New Carlisle last week. Unlike the wild black bear which was spotted in the area a few years ago, this time around it was just a friendly "cubbie" bear roaming downtown. Stu, the mascot of the South Bend Cubs, was in town to deliver special Valentine’s Day packages to a few excited Cubs fans. For the last two years, the team has offered Cubs fans a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and get excited about the quickly approaching start of baseball season in South Bend. This year’s VIP packages, which were delivered by one of the two mascots Stu or Swoop, included a $25 gift card to Papa Vino’s, exquisite chocolates from the Wakarusa Dime Store, two ti

Sugar Camp Days welcomes visitors for maple syrup weekend

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days festival on March 18 and 19, 2017 to celebrate the maple syrup season. Visitors can tour the sugar bush to see sap being harvested, as well as visit the sugar house to discover how clear sap is transformed into golden syrup. The New Carlisle Lions Club will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast both days from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research, and community organizations. Sugar Camp Days visitors can watch historical crafters demonstrate their trades, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and purchase delicious foods made

ISSMA District Solo & Ensemble Contest

The New Prairie High School band program would like to recognize some outstanding student performances from a few weeks ago at the ISSMA District Solo & Ensemble Contest at Kankakee Valley Middle School on Saturday, January 28th. The following students received Gold ratings on their Group 1 solo or ensemble events, and have qualified to perform at the State Solo & Ensemble Contest at North Central High School on Saturday, February 25th. Levi Britton - Trumpet Solo, Lily Carmel - Clarinet Solo, Abby Chlebowski - Bass Clarinet Solo, Haley DeMartinis - Alto Saxophone Solo, Malinda Jack - Alto Saxophone & Clarinet Solos, Ella Jasnieski - Clarinet Solo, Jacob Kessler - French Horn Solo, Hannah La

Ark Encounter Videos at Olive Chapel

Noah’s Ark is a mind-blowing sight nestled in the rolling, green hills of Kentucky. The Ark Encounter is situated in beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky (northern Kentucky) which is halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington. This massive architectural masterpiece is biblical in size — it is a football field and a half long (510 feet); 85 feet wide; and 7 stories high (51 feet)! It is the largest timber-frame structure in the world, full of world-class exhibits designed to answer your questions about the biblical account of Noah’s Ark. From the moment you turn the corner on your entrance into the Ark, you will immediately see the towering Ark in your view along with the friendly animals in the zo

Friends of the Library welcomes new members

Our community is fortunate to have one of the nicest libraries in the area. In addition to a beautiful building, we have many educational and entertaining programs that benefit all ages. What many people may not know about is what has been called a “small but mighty” group that has added special benefits over the years. The New Carlisle-Olive Township Friends of the Library has been around for many years, helping with activities and more importantly providing funds to enhance programs. The Friends group provides prizes for both the summer and winter reading programs, designed to encourage children and adults to read more. The Friends also pay the movie license fee and purchased a popcorn ma

Recipes, Etc.

Try this simple, but great chicken casserole for your family. You will hear “oohs” and “aahs” from them. Enjoy the quiet and slower pace of February with this recipe. So easy! Crispy Rich Pecan-Chicken Casserole 2-3 cups cooked chicken (try rotisserie to save time) 2/3 cup chopped pecans 2 T. onion, finely chopped 3/4 c. celery, sliced 1 c. mayonnaise ½ c. sour cream 10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup 2 tsp lemon juice 1 c. potato chips, crushed 2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese Mix together all ingredients, except chips and cheese. Place in lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish. Combine chips and cheese; sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered at 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes unti

Town Organizations: Discover New Carlisle

The Discover New Carlisle Board of Directors Meeting convened at Moser's Austrian Café on February 13, 2017. DNC officers are Director Ron Colpitts, Assistant Director Kathy Aurenz, and Treasurer Jennifer Moser. All others serve as Board Members At-Large. Discover New Carlisle was organized between 2010 and 2011 when Historic New Carlisle, Inc. Director Dana Groves saw the possibilities of re-energizing and promoting the Town of New Carlisle. Definitely a positive move, Dana provided the following information. “New Carlisle officially became a Main Street community in 2013. Discover New Carlisle, Inc. was formed with the goal of encouraging and developing economic growth through promo

Scholarship Opportunity

The Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Association is offering scholarships to graduating seniors. Any high school senior who plans to attend college or a professional school next school year and has either a grandparent or great grandparent who graduated from the former Rolling Prairie High School is eligible to apply. The applications along with supporting documentation are due March 24, 2017. The applications can be downloaded from the New Prairie High School Guidance Department documents/scholarships page. For more information or to obtain an application by email or regular mail call Carmadeane Rose at 219-778-4114 or email Carmadeane@gmail.com.

Florence E. Dillalo-Enoch, 1928-2017

Dr. Florence Edna (Ingersoll) Dilallo-Enoch (89) of Conroe, Texas, went to be with the Lord February 12th, 2017. She was surrounded by many family and friends at her granddaughter’s home in New Carlisle, Indiana. Born, January 5, 1928 in Big Rapids, Michigan to the parents of Donald S. and Clara Barton Hull Ingersoll who preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. Florence was married to Eugene Harris until 1949 and Michael Dilallo in 1957, who preceded her in death in 1982. She is survived by, and happily married to Rev. Victor Enoch in 2007. Leaving behind a long heritage of faith, Florence is survived by her three sons, Rev. Jerry W. Harris (Sue), R

Time to Support Clean Water Movement

A clean water movement is underway and it’s time to fully support it. We, as taxpayers, contribute to funding public services such as the Police, Fire Departments, and EMS. When we are in need, we use them. In the past, maybe there was opposition to the public funding of these organizations, I don’t know. Maybe the opposing argument was if your home were burning, you’d put it out yourself or let it burn because you had insurance for a reason. Or possibly, if Grandma had fallen and you were not sure if she’d injured herself you would have just gotten the help of a couple of neighbors and lifted her up. A week later you’d have had to take her to the doctor because she couldn’t walk because she

Cougars peaking at right time

The New Prairie boys basketball team will hit the court tonight for one final tune-up before the State Tournament begins next week. The Cougars (12-10, 5-6 NIC) will travel to South Bend Adams (17-4, 10-1 NIC) for the regular season finale. Varsity tip-off is slated for 7:30pm town time/6:30pm school time. Adams will be playing for the Northern Indiana Conference title, while New Prairie will look to continue to stay hot heading into postseason play. The Cougars have won eight of their last 11 games. PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED Three hundred ninety‐eight (399) teams were drawn last Sunday and placed into brackets for the 107th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana P

Progress being made at St. Joseph Energy Center

St. Joseph Energy Center Projects General Manager Woody Saylor introduced himself at the first monthly meeting of the New Carlisle Business & Community Association in 2017. When asked about the progress of the SJEC's building at 54745 Walnut Road, an invitation to visit the site was quickly given and on February 1, members of the NCBCA enjoyed lunch there along with a complete overview of the new energy center. During the meeting, Mr. Saylor informed the group that the St. Joseph Energy Center is in its 13th month of construction and is over 60% complete. Commercial operations will be achieved on March 24, 2018 at which time SJEC will begin selling electricity in the competitive PJM power ma

The Potter's Wife finds new home downtown

The Potter’s Wife has moved into Feeney’s Hometown Goods in New Carlisle. The Potter’s Wife sells the handmade stoneware and porcelain pottery of BlackTree Studio Pottery aka Steven Skinner. Louise Belmont-Skinner, The Potter's Wife's founder and owner, is thrilled to have her pottery take its place alongside Marcy Kauffman’s selection of local handcrafted goods, vintage wares, and original artwork, and locally owned Three Sisters Apothecary which makes its own lotions and creams from scratch using only the finest organic oils and ingredients. Please stop by and take a look. BlackTree Studio's pottery is organic, modern, and sculptural yet 100% functional (food, microwave and oven safe). Ho

Children's Programs at NCPL

I love my job as the children’s coordinator at the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library. As a former teacher, I believe one of the most important gifts we can give our children is a love for reading, learning, music, and exploring. My goal as the children’s coordinator is to provide those kinds of opportunities for children of all ages and their families to experience that at NCPL. On the second Monday of each month, we have FUNDAY MONDAY at the library. The program meets from 3-4 p.m. ET (town time) and is for children kindergarten through fifth grade. We craft, build, play games, and explore together. In February we will be making upcycled art (art made from recycling materials). I

Electronics recycling times changed in La Porte

Electronics recycling at the La Porte County Solid Waste District’s office is now only available during office hours. The new hours took effect January 30, the District announced. “Due to theft of items and illegal dumping, it is crucial to the continuation of our recycling program that we control the flow of electronic items into the trailer,” said District Executive Director Clay Turner. Operating hours will be from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday for the electronics recycling trailer, which sits between the District’s office at 2857 W. State Road 2 and the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter. Residents will still be able to bring a wide array of electronic items for recycling, includi

Recipes, Etc.

The beautiful red color of strawberries typify the sweetest day, “Valentine’s Day.” Enjoy these “Valentine Night Strawberries” recipes for you and your loved ones! Be Mine Strawberries 16 oz milk chocolate chips 2 T. shortening 1 lb fresh strawberries with leaves, clean and insert toothpicks into the tops; Melt the chocolate and shortening in a double boiler, stirring until smooth; Dip the strawberries by holding them by the toothpicks into the chocolate mixture; Turn strawberries upside down and lay the strawberries on aluminum foil to cool. Sweet Valentine Salad 2 cups crushed pretzels 3/4 cup butter, melted 3 T. white sugar 1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1 cup white sugar

Upcoming Events at Bendix Woods County Park

Bendix Woods County Park will host a Maple Chili Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Glenn Bauer Shelter. The lunch includes homemade chili, corn bread and desserts made with maple syrup produced at Bendix Woods County Park. After lunch, participants will hike to the sugar bush, learn hands-on how to tap a maple tree and observe the cooking of sap into maple syrup (weather permitting) at the Fay Hooton Sugar House. The fee is $7/adult; $3.50/child ages 6-11; 5 and under FREE. Pre-registration and payment are required by February 23. For more information or to pre-register and pay call 574/654-3155. A "Sweet" Trip Into the Woods On Saturday, March 11 from 2 t

Three Wrestlers Advance to Semi-State

Across the state, nearly 3,500 wrestlers enter into the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Tournament when the Sectional round begins. Currently only 896 remain after the Regional round. Three of those competitors are New Prairie Cougars. Brayden Ruiz (113), Clayton King (132) and Leighton Rodriguez (285) will compete in this weekend's Semi-State competition at East Chicago. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will move on to the State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on February 17 and 18. To qualify for Semi-State, Ruiz and King placed third in their respective weight classes at the Crown Point Regional last weekend. Rodriguez finished fourth.

"Ark Encounter and Creation Museum" Rescheduled

We invite you to Olive Chapel Church on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Recently one of our members was able to visit Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, both located in northern Kentucky. She said it was amazing to say the least. We would like to share her experience with you. You ask what is Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. “Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. Ark Encounter is situated in the beautiful Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington on I-75.From the moment you turn the corner an

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