Healthy Vibes Coming Soon to New Carlisle

An exciting new business is coming to New Carlisle this month. The Healthy Vibes Nutrition Club is set to open soon at 511 West Michigan Street. In addition to serving up healthy smoothies, the club will also offer various fitness classes and will provide a friendly environment for those looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Healthy Vibes is owned by Jack and Angie Pritchard, with help from their daughter, Taylor, and son, Tyler. The smoothie bar follows a recent trend of several other locations opening up across Michiana, including South Bend, Mishawaka, Niles, and North Liberty. Each is independently owned, but all are tied together through Herbalife nutrition products. Herbalife off

Park Offers Fall Programs for Home School Families

This fall, the St. Joseph County Parks invite home school families to investigate the mysterious “Case of the Broken Shell!” Three programs will take place in the Brown Barn at St. Patrick’s County Park from 10:00am to 11:30am. The fee is $3 per child. Wednesday, September 13: Explore the “crime scene” and figure out what animal the broken shell belonged to. Then canoe across the pond to gather clues about who broke the shell! Wednesday, October 25: Examine the clues inside the mystery boxes to determine what animal group the shell-breaker belonged to! Use binoculars and compare animal silhouettes to gather more information about the suspects. Wednesday, November 15: Go on a hike to look for

New Assistant Principal at New Prairie Middle School

Students will see a new face at New Prairie Middle School this fall. New Prairie United School Corporation is proud to announce the hiring of Justin Heinold as the new assistant principal at the middle school. Heinold, the 2006 valedictorian of LaPorte High School, has been an outstanding middle school science and high school chemistry teacher in the Indianapolis area since 2010. Heinold’s accomplishments include serving as a mentor teacher and clinical faculty member of the prestigious STEM Teaching Fellowship at the University of Indianapolis and serving as a mentor teacher in Perry Township Schools. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Ball State

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: NPUSC Project Update

The following information was published in the New Prairie United School Corporation (NPUSC) Summer 2017 Newsletter: We are pleased to announce the renovation work at all three NPUSC Elementary schools is on schedule and progressing as planned. Rolling Prairie Elementary • Expanded main office and student health/nurse station • New meeting spaces for teachers and after-school programming • New classroom carpet, student storage cabinetry and classroom storage • Expanded student restrooms and cafeteria Olive and Prairie View Elementary • New roofing surface • Secure entry main entrance/office entrance system • New classroom carpet, student storage cabinetry and classroom storage • Ex

Reserve a Hayride Now at Bendix Woods County Park

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, end of September through November 4th. 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 packet may be printed off the St. Joseph County Park’s website or request by mail by calling 574/654-3155. Once you complete the hay

Recipes, Etc.

Since zucchini is so plentiful this time of the year, this recipe is a great way to use up your excess zucchini from the garden or take advantage of this plentiful veggie in the grocery. Diane’s Zucchini Casserole 4 cups peeled and cubed zucchini 1 carrot small onion 8 oz. sour cream 1 can of cream of mushroom soup 1 stick of butter 1 Stove Top Stuffing (chicken) Layer #1: Parboil zucchini for 3 minutes and drain; grate 1 carrot and onion. Mix carrot and onion with sour cream and cream of mushroom soup. Add zucchini to mixture. Layer #2: Melt butter and stir in Stove Top Stuffing mix. Grease 8” x 10” baking dish with butter. Place 1/3 of Layer #1 in prepared baking dish; top wi

Sid's Custom Lasering Brings the Latest Laser Technology to New Carlisle

Sid’s Custom Lasering is excited to announce their new custom laser engraving and cutting business. “Starting a new business is always a bit frightening,” said Sid Meyers, owner. “But when we looked at the increased demand for customization on so many products, starting a laser engraving business is just such an exciting opportunity for us!” Sid’s Custom Lasering features custom engraving of any items you have, all created on their new Epilog Laser engraving and cutting system. With the ability to work on a variety of materials including acrylic, wood, fabric, plastic, glass and more, the laser equipment allows Sid’s Custom Lasering to easily and quickly customize your wedding gift, trophy,

Fresh New Season at Olive Chapel Church

When God looks over the earth for potential leaders, He is certainly not looking for perfect people because there are none. So what is God really looking for? He is searching for ordinary people like you and me. He is also looking for people who share the same qualities that He found in David and other men and women in the Bible. 1 Samuel 13:14 says that God is looking for men and women “after His own heart.” What does this look like to be a person after God’s own heart? It means a variety of things. Just like a beautiful, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional diamond ring, there are many angles and attributes to the portrait of a man or woman after God’s own heart. Yet at the center of it

Senator Donnelly Visits NC

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s happy face was seen and welcomed in our New Carlisle Hometown Days Parade on July 29, 2017! The Senator will be back in New Carlisle on August 26 for the “Re-Opening” of the town. (Photo by Mary Ann Swope)

Chinese Exchange Trip

I recently had the opportunity to engage in an exchange trip through our Chinese program. A critical partnership with the Valparaiso University Confucius Institute, partially sponsored by the Chinese government, allows NPUSC to provide Chinese language and culture classes/programs to our students in grades 6-12. The 8-day tour in June included visiting a sister middle school in the beautiful city of Hangzhou and visiting the Hangzhou University of Technology. I was immediately struck by the hospitality of the Chinese people and their passion and commitment to education. The experience caused me to reflect on the opportunities and passion of our New Prairie community to provide the very best

Indiana Master Naturalist Program of St. Joseph County begins August 31

St. Joseph County Parks is sponsoring the Indiana Master Naturalist Program series for St. Joseph County. The program begins August 31 and ends November 2. The Indiana Master Naturalist Program consists of one introductory session and 10, 3-hour sessions focusing on Indiana’s natural resources. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology/soils, water, people and natural resources. Sessions will take place in various locations throughout St. Joseph County. The program concludes with an open book quiz. Participation is required in 80% of the sessions to receive certification, along with a commitment of one hour of volunteer service per hour of coursework. Program is limited to 25

2017 Hometown Days Parade

Long time community member Annaveve Amen waves at crowd from the front passenger’s seat as she is being honored as New Carlisle’s Hometown Days Parade Grand Marshall for 2017. Annaveve’s importance to our community was featured in The Gazette dated July 28, 2017. Photo by Mary Ann Swope. Most Creative- Girl Scout Troop Judges Choice- New Prairie Robotics Team (seen here at Memorial Park). Photo by Kaleigh Stradtner Most Entertaining - New Prairie Marching Cougars. Photo by Mary Ann Swope.

Record turnout for Hometown Days Auto Show

In 2016, a record number of entries for the annual Auto Show was set at 69. This year, that record was smashed with 117 vehicles. The Auto Show was held at the American Legion Post 297 and organized by David Freet.

Alvie "Elvis" Ellenwine attracts huge crowd

When Alvie Ellenwine arrives on stage, he becomes the famous Elvis Presley in seconds! He not only sings and energizes the many beloved songs many of us remember and enjoy, but charms members of the audience from time to time with a gift of one of his silky white scarves. The wonderful voices of the Sweet Sensations (Kim, Andrea, and Tyra) also provided a delightful presence in the show that took place in New Carlisle’s Memorial Park on July 30, 2017. Next on the schedule for Elvis and the Sweet Sensations is the Berrien County Youth Fair on August 19th this month. For sure, we’ll look forward to enjoying another great performance from this talented group during next year’s Hometown Days!

Cult West Reclaims Cup

NEW CARLISLE - You can put all the Jellysticks jokes to bed, as the Cult West Warriors have returned to their spot on top of Wiffle®Ball’s highest mountain. One year after losing to the Jellysticks in the Round of 32, the Warriors took back the Hometown Cup for the fourth time in five years with a 7-6 victory over the Maple City Magic in The Wiffle®Ball Championship Game at Migley Field. Captain Scott Soos, Matt Soos, Jay Ryans, and Danny Hernandez have been on board for all four Championships. It is the second title for Wes Ellis, a key addition to the squad in 2015. In the most tense title game in recent memory, the Warriors established a 7-3 lead and were able to hold off a late Maple Ci

Betty Lou Smith, 1923-2017

Betty Lou Smith, 93, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Monday July 24, 2017 at Miller’s Health and Rehab in La Porte, IN. She was born September 20, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of George Joseph Melvin and Olive Mae (Gawthrop) Melvin. Betty was a member of the DAV Post #6 of South Bend, IN. and the VFW of Rolling Prairie, a former member of the New Carlisle Legion Auxiliary and was a Cub Scout Leader. Betty was a homemaker and had also worked at the New Carlisle Post Office and at Robertson’s Dept. Store in South Bend wrapping presents during Christmas time. Betty was an avid euchre player. On August 4, 1941, in Bryan, Ohio, she married Robert R. Smith who preceded her in death

Beverly R. Schrader, 1930-2017

Beverly R. Schrader, 86, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away at 2:14 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Brentwood at LaPorte. Beverly was born on September 22, 1930 in South Bend to Claude Leo and Gladys Marie (O’Connor) Brooks, and had been a lifelong area resident. She had been employed with the University of Notre Dame in the Telecommunications Department for 20 years. Beverly was also a self-employed Master Cosmetologist for over 20 years and worked at “Vivians” on Main Street in South Bend for 5 years. During her retirement, she had worked at Kaniewski Funeral Home and volunteered at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. On August 27, 1949, in South Bend, sh

Martha M. Fetterer, 1921-2017

Martha M. Fetterer, 95, of New Carlisle, passed away on Friday July 14, 2017 at Miller’s Merry Manor, New Carlisle. She was born on November 26, 1921, in New Carlisle, to the late Henry and Josephine (Mrozinsk) Krycki and was a lifelong area resident. On September 19, 1942 at St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, IN, she married Howard F. Fetterer, who preceded her in death in February 1972. She was also preceded in death by her son, Howard “Joe” Fetterer on August 7, 2016 and by two brothers, Edward and Chet Krycki. Martha is survived by her daughter-in-law, Judi Fetterer of New Carlisle; three grandchildren, Jeff Fetterer of Columbus, IN, Tim (Amy) Fetterer of Middlebury, IN and Shayna (Gary) K

Support for splash pad

As a lifelong resident of New Carlisle, I am writing this letter of support for a splash pad (among other planned park enhancements). The New Carlisle Parks Board created a Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan which was adopted March 31, 2016. The main reasons for creating a 5-Year Master Plan include giving a clear sense of direction for the park system, improving funding opportunities (the ability to apply for more grants), and formulating a written framework for action. After surveying the residents of New Carlisle and discussing their own ideas, the Parks Board listed their top five projected projects as follows: 1. Splash Pad 2. Restrooms 3. ADA Compliance to Gazebo 4. ADA Compl

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