Lights on Cherry Street wrapping up another holiday season

New Carlisle’s version of the Griswolds, John Higgins and Aleea Perry have been putting on a spectacular light show at the corner of Cherry and Chestnut Street since 2012. Drawing inspiration from past displays like Charlie Finley’s in LaPorte and the Surma house in Rolling Prairie, Aleea always wanted a Christmas light display that people would drive to see. “Challenge accepted,” John said. Now cars line up every night to see their creation, which takes John about 20 hours per song to sequence the lights to the music. The show consists of roughly 10,000 pixels (individual control, infinite color LEDs) and RGB LEDs (which are capable of any color, but controlled as strings.) They also have t

Church spreads Christmas cheer to local hospital

The United Methodist Church of New Carlisle ensures that all children in the community can enjoy a Merry Christmas. On Saturday, December 23, members from the church visited the children’s floor of Memorial Hospital in South Bend to deliver gifts for the kids spending the holidays in the hospital. This is the fifth year for the project. When there are five Sundays in a month, the church sets up a lemonade (or hot chocolate) stand after service. The donations from the congregation are used to purchase the presents. Ann Morrison, wife of Pastor Kal, bakes cookies and the proceeds from the orders contribute to the fund as well. The church even makes sure to bring enough presents for children

Historic New Carlisle celebrates Christmas at home in the Old Republic

Historic New Carlisle Board Members enjoyed another lovely holiday celebration at the Old Republic. The famous 1860 home, known as The Old Republic, has been placed on the real estate market in search of a new family or business. Much time, money and love has been put into the restoration of the prominent Italianate home over the years. But, Historic New Carlisle is looking forward to focusing on its goals and mission as a historical society and to a new chapter in the organization’s history!

New Carlisle Library welcomes new director

It’s been nearly a month since Stephanie Murphy has joined us as Director of the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library, and she’s settling in quite nicely. Coming from La Porte, Stephanie worked at the La Porte County Public Library for eight years. Although she had graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor in English, after six months of working at the library, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree Program in Library Science at IUPUI. While at the La Porte County Public Library she worked her way up to Children’s Librarian, Branch Supervisor, and then finally, Public Services Manager. While Stephanie is new to the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library as a Director, we ar

Safety concerns lead to four-way stops

At their meeting on November 14, the New Carlisle Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance to create two more four-way stops in town. Last week, the signs were installed by the town crew. Citing decreased visibility from parked cars, the Council added stop signs on Arch Street at its intersection with Chestnut Street. The busy downtown intersection is home to Chestnut Corners and The Black Cat. Additionally, stop signs were added to the intersection of Bray and Dunn to protect the safety of pedestrians. Just south of the elementary school and library, the area sees a high volume of pedestrian traffic, particularly children.

Methodist Church hosting Foster Parent Seminar

The New Carlisle United Methodist Church will be holding a Foster Parent Seminar on January 16, 2018 at 7:00pm EST. Benchmark Family Services from Mishawaka will be our representatives. Come join us for this very important event. If you have thought about becoming a Foster Parent or know of someone who has, come and be a part of this seminar. Come listen, ask questions and take action, if only to help change the life of one young person. If we can get one child out of the system from this meeting, we can consider it a success. But if we can get one child, how about maybe two or three or more. Think about it! Please mark your calendars and come be with us. The power of one can change a lif

Recipes, Etc.

Celebrate the New Year in style with this easy and scrumptious appetizer. Ken and Diana Jasinski shared one of their favorite recipes for all of us to enjoy. And, just think — only three ingredients! Ham & Pickle Roll Ups 1 lb. rectangular shaped sliced ham 1 large cream cheese 1 jar Claussen’s Dill Pickles (in refrigerated area of grocery stores) Round toothpicks Cut whole pickles in quarters and set off to the side on paper towels to soak up excess liquid. Cut lengthwise. Note: if using Claussen spears, you need not slice lengthwise. Place cream cheese on a plate and soften in the microwave. Take a quartered pickle and roll up on a ham slice covered with cheese. Place toothpicks

Charles A. Mares, 1949-2017

Charles A. Mares, 68, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, in a house fire at his residence. Charles was born January 17, 1949, in Oak Park, Illinois to George J. Mares Sr. and Rosemary A. Petrik. He was the owner of Charles Mares hardware store in New Carlisle, Indiana. Charles is survived by brothers, George (Ann) Mares Jr. of La Porte, Indiana, Paul (Anthony Britz) Mares of Louisville, Tennessee; nephews and nieces, Deborah Lee, George Mares, Joseph Mares, and Paulette Mares. Charles was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael council #1542 in La Porte, Mater Christi Catholic Church in North Riverside, Illinois, and attended St. Joseph Parish in La Port

A Band for Every Season

It doesn’t take long for new band students and parents to learn that “for every season”… there is a band! In May, as most students are preparing for some time off of school, our New Prairie Marching Cougars are starting to think about the exciting new season in front of them. The band’s season starts in mid-May with the marching band kick-off, where drum majors, section leaders, and most importantly the theme of the new competitive show are all announced. This year’s competitive program was titled “Beneath the Surface.” This show was inspired by mankind’s struggle with dependence on technology while still trying to connect on a human level, trying to answer the question of whether manki

County Parks Offer Winter Sports

Reserve your Private Innertubing Party Now! The St. Joseph County Parks is accepting reservations for Private Innertubing Parties for January, February and March at Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park and St. Patrick’s County Park. Parties of 1-99 people may reserve either park for $175 for two hours. Parties of 100-300 may reserve Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park for $325 for 3 hours. All innertubing parties include innertubes, a warming room, fire, tables and chairs, and staff supervision on the hills. Sleds and toboggans are not permitted. Not recommended for children three years of age or younger. Private innertubing parties are great for birthdays, scouts, church groups, clubs, busin

What does peace really mean?

In today’s tumultuous world, we need to reflect more than ever, on what peace really means and if, indeed, it is only an unattainable dream. Quoting David Coats’ wise words, I’d like to offer a reminder on behalf of the animals who are unable to speak for themselves: “Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes - by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, kid

Every time you speak

Every time Archie Bunker opened his mouth, it sounded like a blare of an ambulance siren. This famous TV character from the 1970’s was known for spilling out glaring and blaring insults to his family and others and leaving “verbal train tracks” on those near him. Although the show was often funny, it would rarely be funny to any of us if we had to deal with such a family member as Archie Bunker. The sad thing is that some of us do. We know people who spill out unkind insults on a regular basis, and it is a very unpleasant experience. This makes me think of the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:18 - when He said that our words come from our heart. He offended the Pharisees when He said, “Not

Recipes, Etc.

Recently, I picked up a wonderful little cookbook entitled, “A Child’s Christmas Cookbook” published by the Denver Art Museum. I wanted to share with you this warm, nostalgic memory of an old fashioned Christmas with some ideas from the book. Surprise your tired mother with breakfast on Christmas morning. One Eyed Egg Sandwich Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter. Cut a hole in the center of a slice of bread. Butter both sides. Put it in a greased frying pan. When one side browns, turn it over. Now, careful! Slide egg into hole in bread. Turn heat down. Cover pan. Wait. Now peek inside. Has the white set? Then it’s done. Use pancake turner to lift the One-Eyed Egg Sandwich.

Purdue Extension Ag Update Meeting

Farmers interested in planning for next year’s crop production and learning the latest about insect pest management and efficient soil sampling are invited to attend an ag update program on Friday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) at the New Carlisle Public Library at 408 S. Bray Street in New Carlisle, IN. Participants are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. (EST) to register and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Sponsored by Purdue Extension in La Porte and St. Joseph Counties, the program will feature presentations on managing insect pests in field crops and efficient soil sampling for precision nutrient management by Purdue Extension specialists. Information will also be shared about

Power Plant "Steam Blows"

Starting Friday, December 15th, 2017, St. Joseph Energy Center plans to move into a commissioning phase of the project known throughout the industry as Steam Blows. During this process, which is expected to last from December 15th to December 24th, a large steam plume and extra noise coming from the project site will be created. Local authorities and emergency services will be contacted to make them aware of the situation to avoid unnecessary dispatches. The goal is to execute this scope of commissioning safely with as little disruption as possible to the community.

New Carlisle welcomes Christmas season

Traditionally, the Sunday after Thanksgiving signals the start of Christmastime in New Carlisle. On Sunday, November 26, the town welcomed the holiday season with the 23rd annual Christmas in New Carlisle celebration. The event, which is organized by Discover New Carlisle, features a craft show at the fire station followed by the lighted parade downtown. Those who attended the craft show had an opportunity to get a start on their holiday shopping, as vendors filled up the fire station with a variety of unique, homemade goods. The show was completely booked. After dark, the parade began at Memorial Park and moved its way down Michigan Street, concluding in downtown. This year’s parade feat

New Prairie FFA on the move

The New Prairie FFA chapter has been growing and offering more opportunities for its members this year. From a garden to the National FFA convention, students have experienced what it means to be part of a National organization of 580,000+ members. Locally the chapter has finished the season in our ½ acre garden, with plans to expand to a full acre in 2018. There are plans for a produce stand along Hwy 20 east of New Carlisle for next season. The chapter also provided a food stand for the River Valley Antique Power Association at their fall tractor and power show. Career Development Event (CDE) practices have begun and the number of CDE opportunities will be expanded this year. The N

"I Don't Think God Is Good"

Many of us have heard this statement uttered from the mouths of people we know, “I don’t think God is good!” Recently a few weeks ago, I heard a friend I have known since college tell me this very thing. He questioned that God is good. He went on to describe how he was wrestling with continual pain in his heart from a couple of major losses in his personal life. As I listened to him, I prayed for God’s love and wisdom to cover the remaining moments of our conversation. He continued to unload the heartache inside of him that weighed heavy on his shoulders and affected many things in his personal life. Underneath the pain, I could still sense that deep down my friend still did believe God

Recipes, Etc.

Now, this is a truly “peanutty” decadently dreamy dessert! Creamy Peanut Butter Holiday Pie Crust: Dorothy Letterman’s cookie crust (Dave’s mom) 1 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (low fat) 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 T. sugar 4 T. unsalted butter, melted In a small bowl, combine ingredients. Spread over bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan and pat down firmly. Chill Filling: 1 (8 oz) cream cheese (room temp) (I used 4 oz fat free) 1 c. creamy peanut butter (not natural) 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled 1 tsp pure vanilla extract In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and confectioners sugar on medium speed until well-blended and

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