Beginning of School Year Information

The first day of school for the NPUSC students for the 2017-2018 school year will be Wednesday, August 9th. NPUSC will again be using an online registration program called Infosnap. You may take care of ALL paper work (textbook fees, apply for free and reduced lunch if applicable, fill out emergency information, and obtain the optional iPad insurance) through the Infosnap website before registration or before the start of the school year. If you do not have WIFI access at home, we will have computers set up at our registration events with iCoaches to assist you in any way possible. K-5th Grade Parent(s) or Guardian(s) You ONLY need to attend one of the registration events if you would like

Library Staff, July 2017

Front: L-r: Elizabeth (Lisa) Baiz & Prentist (PJ) Qualls Center: L-r: Christy Carlisle, Marie Schaeffer, Amy Schrock, & Marcia Carpenter Back: L-r: Skye Smith, Julie Shelton, Tracy Shelton, & Sarah Audiss. More library personnel not pictured are Roanna Hooton, Amy Luther, Wendy Arndt, Diane Miko, Jessica Orr, Michelle Romig, Phil Gates, & Sarah Wilkerson.

Library Director Retires

Lisa Baiz and her husband Alex have lived in Indiana all of their lives. Now, with Alex’s recent retirement from Lowe’s, both are ready for a new adventure! Lisa grew up in Crown Point and lived there for 30 years. She and Alex have three grown children and three grandkids. Six cats and two dogs have joined the family over the years and will soon travel to a new home with their “parents ” in Hemet, CA. Head Librarian for three plus years at the New Carlisle Public Library, Lisa has been supervising 18 staff personnel; seven are full-time employees. Previously, Lisa was employed at Notre Dame in the Hesburgh Library. She was also the Manager of Mishawaka’s Bittersweet Branch Library before mo

Local Athlete earns 2017 USSSA All-American Baseball selection

Reed Robinson, 9, of New Carlisle, IN was selected for the 2017 USSSA All American Baseball (Great Lakes) team. This is Reed’s first year to be chosen as an All American. Reed is a fourth grader at Olive Elementary School in New Carlisle and currently plays on the New Prairie Ironmen (9U) travel baseball team. Reed is a utility player who plays pitcher, catcher, and first base positions for the Ironmen. At his tryout, Reed focused on pitching and catching (as you had to select two spots to be evaluated on). Reed received the top scores at the entire showcase for the hitting portion scoring a six on a 20/80 scale. Robinson, a switch hitter, was evaluated on speed, performance factors at th

John E. Yocom, 1937-2017

John E. Yocom, 79, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 in his home. He was born on July 23, 1937 in Union, Illinois, to the late Jesse and Gladys (Husher) Yocom. On May 16, 1959, John married Judith Ann Bean, who preceded him in death on December 7, 1999. He is survived by his daughter, Connie Mae (Jerry) Wilkinson of New Carlisle, Indiana; three grandchildren, Crystal (Michael) Lewis, April (Chris) Jones, and Joseph (Nichole) Wilkinson, all of New Carlisle; 8 great-grandchildren, Daniel, Noah, Alexander, Emma, Joseph, Michael, Hunter, and Katelynn; and his sister, Naomi (Brent) Gillis of Lawrenceville, Georgia. John is also survived by his longtime girlfriend Jan Co

Dwain Evans Kern, 1927-2017

Dwain Evans Kern, known to friends as “DEK,” died in his home on Friday, June 23, at the age of ninety, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Three Oaks, Michigan, on June 8, 1927, to Harry and Ruth Kern, Dwain moved as a child to New Carlisle, where he lived the rest of his life. He graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1944 and joined the Navy soon after. In April 1950, Dwain wed his lifelong love, Audrey Mell, in New Carlisle. Dwain’s early working years were spent at Studebaker’s in South Bend. In 1954, he began work with Indiana Bell Telephone as a lineman. During these years, Dwain also served as a firefighter with the New Carlisle Fire Department. His early retirement in 1982

Slow it down, enjoy the drive

I am writing to voice concern over the increased speed of traffic in town. I have lived on Bray for many years and have noticed with the increase in housing and population, many seem to ignore the 25 mile per hour sign on Dunn (towards Edge of the Woods) and heading South on Bray. I have also noticed an increase in the number of animals killed by the Edge of the Woods sign, two in the past year, but none in the 5 years before that! I realized some will say “two? what’s the big deal?” However, there is just no reason an animal should be hit on a road near a school and subdivision, unless people are driving too fast, not paying attention or just don’t care. These beautiful woods and its inhabi

Trail improvements at Spicer Lake provide access to nature observation

A new elevated walkway was installed on the trails at Spicer Lake Nature Preserve. The walkway, which utilizes recycled lumber, helps provide safe access to a floating observation platform on the small lake. The walkway was made possible by a grant from I/N Tek I/N Kote covering the cost of the materials. The County Parks construction team designed, assembled and installed the dock and completed it this spring. The platform is a quiet area to watch for Great Blue Herons and Kingfishers and to observe the plant life around the edge of the small lake. “Because Spicer Lake is a nature preserve, there is no fishing, but the platform is a lovely spot from which to birdwatch or just relax on the

Onboard educational programs coming to the South Shore Line

CHESTERTON, IN – Passengers who travel on the South Shore Line train between Downtown Chicago and South Bend Airport are in for a real treat later this summer and fall. On select Saturday departures beginning August 5th, volunteer Interpretive Guides with the 501(c)(3) non-profit American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF) will be aboard to present onboard educational programs. Travelers will be able to hear live informative narration about trackside landmarks as the train travels through the south side of Chicago; the historic steel producing areas of Hammond, East Chicago, and Gary; the scenic Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Michigan City; and the ‘breadbasket’ farming regions of

Recipes, Etc.

In conjunction with local fairs, the LaPorte County Fair runs from July 9, 2017 - July 15, 2017. In years past and present, there are many young women, and yes, men who take honors in food/baking categories at our local fairs. In this issue, I would like to showcase Karen Horvath-Wulf, who was a 10-year member of the Hudson Township 4-H Club. She received “Honors” and a State Fair entry for this recipe. Buttermilk Bran Muffins 4 ⅔ cup (equals to a ½ of a 20 oz. box) Raisin Bran 5 cups flour 3 cups sugar 5 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 4 eggs 1 cup oil 1 quart buttermilk Combine dry ingredients. Beat eggs separately. Mix eggs, oil, and buttermilk together and combine well with the dry

Hometown Days festival on deck

As hard as it may be to believe, the end of July is rapidly approaching and that means New Carlisle is gearing up for the biggest party of the summer – Hometown Days. The 13th annual festival is scheduled for Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. The center of the festival action will be Memorial Park, as an array of vendors will line the walkways with an assortment of arts, crafts and other items for sale. Plenty of food options will be available as over a dozen food vendors, including community groups like the Lion’s Club and United Methodist Church, will be serving up a variety of festival food. Live entertainment will rock the gazebo all weekend. Headlining the lineup will once again

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