New Carlisle - Olive Township Library Celebrates 15 Years on Bray Street

Marc Bolan once said, “Time passes so slowly if you are unaware of it, and so quickly if you are aware of it.” As we are coming up on our 15th year here at the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library on Bray Street, it seems so unreal that we could possibly have been here for that amount of time. Yet here we are. We’ve seen many changes over the years: the children’s department has been repainted, books have been shifted around, collections have been added to, and we’ve had an assortment of (wanted) creatures, hissing cockroaches, turtles, guinea pigs, and we now house a tarantula by the name of Charlotte. One of our biggest changes over the past 15 years would have to be the shifting o

New Carlisle Postcard mailed 102 years ago... cost one cent!

This amusing and unique postcard was found in a second-hand store in Chicago. My son Eric found the unusual item. It was on display at the Old Republic office of Historic New Carlisle, Inc. for a short period, along with other interesting town memorabilia. The card is dated March 23, 1915 with a one-cent stamp pictured with our very first US President George Washington.

Maple Grove Church hosting Easter Egg Hunt and More

Located on a small hill, on the edge of several communities, at 6655 E 1000 N, sits Maple Grove United Methodist Church, a steadfast part of the community which will celebrate a 150 year anniversary next year. On the grounds is Maple Grove Community park. It is a welcoming spot complete with playground equipment and picnic tables. The park is a great place to bring a lunch and let your children play. It is open until dusk each day. This year we would like to invite you to bring your children for an Easter Egg hunt in the park followed by activities which will give the kids an idea of what took place that first Holy week. They will have the opportunity to wave palms, hear about the last suppe

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a party to underage drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness month, as well as the beginning of the prom, graduation, and summer party season. Therefore, it is time for all responsible adults to bring the topic of safe behavior to the attention of the teens we love. It is also time to remind parents of the dangers of hosting underage drinking parties. This is known as Social Hosting and in 2014, Indiana passed a law prohibiting anyone from “furnishing property for the purpose of enabling minors to consume alcohol." That means that if underage drinking is taking place in your home or on your property, owned or rented, you are responsible. Hosting a party where alcohol is available to underage youth is illegal and can pose

Recipes, Etc.

In commemoration of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, we are sharing with you Hoops Star Shaquille O’Neal’s great-grandma’s rich macaroni and cheese. Shaq’s Macaroni and Cheese 1 (16 oz) elbow macaroni 1 tsp vegetable oil ½ tsp salt 1 stick (1 ½ cup) margarine 1 egg 1 T. flour or more 1 ½ cup milk 1 (16 oz) package Velveeta cheese, diced 1 (16 oz) package sharp cheddar cheese, diced 1 cup bread crumbs mixed with melted margarine Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Boil water with salt and vegetable oil for preparing elbow macaroni ala dente’. Drain. In a large pan, melt margarine over low heat. Add flour. Cook stirring for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cup milk and egg. Cook and stir for 1 minu

New Prairie Show Choir Competition 2017

New Prairie High School Show Choirs are wrapping up their 2017 competition season. Each year we attend four to five competitions in Indiana. Our choirs put in many hours dancing and singing to get ready for our shows. Our all women's choir, Sing Sensation, is made up of 34 students while our mixed choir, Innovation, has 29. Each show is composed of five songs and arranged just for us. This year we welcomed, James Bennett, as our new choir director. We have a choreographer, Joe Sato, who creates the choreography that makes our shows unique. New Prairie band with the help of band teacher, Patrick Teykl provide the music. The tech crew is made up of 12 students that go with us to get o

Local grad gains valuable experience with Rep. DeVon

STATEHOUSE (March 6, 2017) – A local graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session. Evan Truyaert, a resident of New Carlisle, is the son of Ivan and Michele Truyaert. A graduate of New Prairie High School, Truyaert earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama after majoring in criminal justice. As a legislative intern, Truyaert corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and email. He also helps staff committee hearings and floor proceedings. “An internship at the Statehouse is a very unique experience for students like Evan,” DeVon said

Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Banquet

The Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Association will host their 123rd consecutive annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The banquet will be at the VFW Hall on Byron Road in Rolling Prairie. Doors will be open at 5:00pm CDT and the dinner served at 6:00pm CDT. Everyone who attended Rolling Prairie High School and has an interest in meeting with former classmates is encouraged to attend. Even though the school closed forty-nine years ago, there were over one hundred attendees last year. All will be given an opportunity to share memories with the group. The classes to be honored this year will be the classes of 1947, 1957 and 1967. The cost of the dinner is $20.00 per person. Chec

Friends of Library Book Sale set for April 21-22

The Friends of the New Carlisle-Olive Township. Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale on Friday, April 21 from 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT and on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT. Something new this spring will be a half-price sale all day on Saturday. Every item — hardcover books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and audio books will be one-half their original nominal price on Saturday! Many people have asked the source of books for the sale. When the library has books or materials it no longer needs, they are donated to the Friends. The Friends also rely on donations from area residents that are given to the Library through the year. The library staff checks over donations and uses

Free Spring Break Family Fun

Spring break is right around the corner, but for some parents, that “break” never actually comes. Just because you can’t get away from work or fit a vacation in the budget doesn’t mean the kids must be bored all week. St. Joseph County Parks is offering some activities that will keep the kids busy before they head back to school. Join us April 5-7 at St. Patrick’s County Park to explore the outdoors. These are identical programs on three separate dates for your scheduling convenience. Each day we are offering an afternoon of self-guided outdoor activities from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Families can paddle on the pond, explore the trails, play some disc golf, enjoy a craft and more. All activitie

Master Gardeners to Host 2017 Spring Garden Show

The La Porte County Master Gardeners invite the public and others interested in gardening to their Spring Garden Show on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Designed as a fun and informative day for the whole family, the Garden Show will be held at Michigan City High School, in Michigan City from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT. The cost for this event is only $10 per person payable at the door ($8 in advance at www.lpmastergardener.com) and children under 12 are free. The Garden Show will feature a keynote speaker, seminars, children’s workshops, garden and food vendors plus door prizes and raffles. The keynote speaker will be Gene Bush, well known as the shade gardener, writer, photographer and speaker from

New Prairie Bands Active and Growing

Many of you in the community are aware of the commitment and talent exhibited by our young people in the band program at New Prairie. However, many people in the community are not aware of the performances and competitions which these students have been participating, and representing our community and school with pride. Our marching band performs at the halftime of our home football games, which many of you have seen. And, they can also be seen in various parades throughout the summer, including: New Carlisle Memorial Day, Rolling Prairie Memorial Day, Bremen Firefighters Festival, Michigan City 4th of July, Walkerton 4th of July, LaPorte 4th of July, and New Carlisle Hometown Days. Our b

Town of New Carlisle Administration

Clerk's Office If you’ve met our three town clerks at the Town Hall you know you are receiving very good service! It’s certainly a demanding job and we can be grateful for their vital attention to our town’s business. Pictured above (Left to Right) are Jill Doll (Deputy Clerk); Tanya McKee (Billing Clerk), and Susan Moffitt (Town Clerk Treasurer). The Town Clerk’s office is in charge of billing and receiving monthly utility payments for all town residents, budget management of all town funds, maintaining town records including the cemetery, as well as managing the payroll for 31 full-time and 10-12 part-time employees. Engineer and Attorney New Carlisle’s Town Engineer Jared Huss of Laws

Sugar Camp Days offers unique opportunities for the public

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days, Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19. Visitors can participate in guided tours through the sugar bush to see different methods of sap collection and watch as staff and volunteers cook the sap into syrup in the sugar house. Visitors can also see demonstrations of the traditional Native American method of sugar making and the pioneer method of cooking syrup in a cast iron kettle. The New Carlisle Lions Club is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Breakfast is from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with a fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-11 years old. Children 5 and under eat for free. Th

New Prairie Kindergarten Round-Up

The New Prairie United School Corporation will be conducting their annual Kindergarten Round-Up. Your child must be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2017 in order to enroll. If your child is going to turn 5 between August 2 and the 31st, he/she is eligible for the early entrance testing which must be completed by May 1. Contact your school’s administration office to make those arrangements. In order to be considered for this all-day program, you MUST register your child during Kindergarten Round-Up at your local school. Registration is held ALL DAY at the times, locations and dates listed below. You must also attend the informational meeting in the evening. Parents are asked to b

Recipes, Etc.

This pasta dish uses all of the great veggies which are now plentiful at our local supermarkets and is a great Lenten dish as well! Springtime Pasta Primavera 2 T. Virgin Olive Oil 1 bundle of thin asparagus, trimmed of ends and thinly sliced on bias 1 cup of fresh peas (or frozen) 1/3 pound (a handful) of thin green beans, 1 bunch of springtime green onions, whites and greens separated, using whites thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced or use garlic powder (optional) Salt and pepper ½ cup white wine or chicken stock 1 cup cream 1 tsp lemon zest ½ cup chicken stock or water from boiling pasta l box pasta (angel hair, spiral, thin spaghetti or whatever you would like) ½

"The Greater Yes to Real Life" at Olive Chapel

The Christian life is all-too-often defined as “no.” What begins as a desire to reject destructive things morphs into a “no” to people, enjoyment, laughter, success, fulfillment, and the true purpose, joy and meaning of life itself. Before we know it, some believers end up reducing the Christian faith to a huge rejection of many of the things that God has created and designed us to embrace. We need perspective and we need much more than “the NO’s” that many people associate Christianity with. We need to experience the divine “YES” to all of life as a gift from God and especially the values and attitudes He calls us to emphasize in our lives as top priorities. The book of Ecclesiastes, th

C.R.I.B. seeking donations, sponsors

As you are doing your spring cleaning if you have things around the house to donate please consider donating to the Community Reserve located in New Carlisle. WHAT WE ARE The Community Reserve is a non-profit, all volunteer furniture bank, helping people establish a more comfortable home environment. We work in partnership with area churches, social workers, county trustees, homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, Red Cross units and various other local agencies. The Community Reserve gives donated items to people in need. HOW WE OPERATE The Community Reserve solicits good, gently used furniture and household items. We store donations in our storage building and distribute them (free of c

Mary J. Miller, 1927-2017

Mary J. (Nome) Miller of Indiana, PA, died Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Home in Indiana. Born to James and Maria Nome in Michigan City, IN, Mary was the youngest surviving child of three, having lost a brother, Samuel, and an infant sister, Annie, who passed of tuberculosis along with mother Maria, when Mary was three years old. The three surviving Nome children were sent to live in the Mishawaka Children’s Home in Mishawaka, IN. At 14 years old, Mary was released by her father to Michigan City, IN, as he had remarried and a new baby was expected. Brothers George and Albert remained in the Mishawaka Children’s Home, attending Mishawaka High School until both brothers

New Troy Indoor Flea Market

Spring cleaning has been turning up a lot of treasures in search of new homes, and the New Troy Community Center is going to be chock-full of them for two Indoor Flea Markets on Saturday, March 11 and Saturday, March 18, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Eastern Time) on both days. Antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made goodies and more will be available — something for everyone! Bring the whole family for a day of fun including a hot, tasty lunch. Admission is free. The Flea Market season will continue on the second and third Saturdays of the month through March. The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy, M

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