LaPorte County Recognizes Master Gardeners

La Porte County Master Gardeners held their annual recognition meeting on Thursday, April 5, at Red Mill County Park. After a delicious meal at which members were invited to share their favorite dish, Marcy E. Dailey, a Master Gardener-Gold level, recited her poem Composting 101 before a presentation was given by Vincent Sherman, compost site coordinator for the Solid Waste District of La Porte County. Mr. Sherman described the process used to change yard wastes and tree trimmings into usable mulch and compost for landscapes and gardens. Some of the projects for which Master Gardeners volunteered last year were: organizing a Spring Garden Show for the community, giving gardening presentatio

Trophy hunting "horror show"

The President’s flip-flopping style even shows up in the animal protection field, more surprisingly, in a positive way. Regarding trophy hunting, he tweeted: “Put big game trophy decision on hold... very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of elephants or any other animal.” His sons being notorious trophy hunters, to call trophy hunting a “horror show” just leaves one reeling. We should all cultivate distaste for senseless killing. Due to technology, the globe has become our own backyard. When it comes to protecting endangered species, we should not twist the meaning of “dominion.” All living beings’ ecological services are immeasurable and we

Community shares career experiences

On March 27th over 30 community members came to New Prairie High School to share their career experiences with our students. We appreciate their willingness to share their perspective to help our students develop their career plans beyond high school. Our students were given the opportunity to select three career interests and attend the sessions. Thank you to our community for making this happen for our students.

Busy Band Buzz: IPA Finals

The New Prairie Indoor Percussion group delivered an awesome performance at the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) Scholastic B State Finals. After a very successful season of competition at Pendelton Heights High School, New Palestine High School, Ben Davis High School, and state prelims at Greenfield Central High School, the beat of the drums and the “sound of Cougar pride” achieved an eighth place ranking and secured a spot in the state finals. Due to poor weather, the Scholastic B State Finals originally scheduled for March 24 at Avon High School were cancelled. IPA then rescheduled the event for April 7 at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Our dedicated kids chose to give up p

Phantom Technology Solutions hosts NCBCA

Phantom Tech owner and President Henry Timm invited the New Carlisle Business & Community Association for dinner and a visit to his very impressive business on April 4. It is located at 5097 North 600 East just off US 20 west of New Carlisle at his Rolling Prairie office — a short distance after the turnoff toward New Prairie High School. They can be reached by phone at 1-800-338-4474. Entering the Lobby for Informational brochures, Digital Signage and a Reception area for client drop-off, the building has a Conference Room with Video Capable Teleconferences Training Center; an Administrative Office for Accounting and Human Resources; the President’s Office of Operations, Business Developmen

Trivia night fundraiser to benefit upcoming Hometown Days festival

While most people know the last full weekend of July is Hometown Days, not everybody realizes that the committee which plans the festival is its own non-profit organization. To keep the summer tradition alive, volunteers from Hometown Days work throughout the year to raise funds to support the activities and attractions during the festival weekend, such as the popular Friday night fireworks display. One of the major fundraisers is an annual trivia night, planned for Saturday, April 28 at the American Legion Post 297 in New Carlisle. Doors open at 6pm EDT, with the trivia competition beginning at 7pm EDT. The cost to enter is $10 per person, with a maximum of ten people allowed per team. Ta

Recipes, Etc.

It’s maple syrup time, at Bendix Woods that is! This recipe came from Bendix Woods for you to enjoy. Bendix Woods Maple Leaf Butter Cookies 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar ½ cup maple syrup 1 large egg yolk 1 tsp salt 3 cups all-purpose flour Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in maple syrup and egg yolk. Add in salt and flour. Best if dough is chilled at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough to l/8 inch, cut out shapes (either a leaf pattern or whatever you wish) and add decorations as desired. Bake 12 minutes or until golden edges. Etc. — Pure maple syrup that comes from the sap of the trees at Bendix Woods can be purchased

New Prairie High-Lights

Lip-Sync Battle at NPHS Mrs. Brennan’s advanced theatre class recently participated in a Lip Sync bracket. Students competed using part of a song and performed in the style of a lip-sync. Categories included costume, energy, lip-syncing abilities, and stage presence. The competition was fierce, but the kids enjoyed letting loose on the stage. Colorful Functions Students in Mrs. Zarate’s Algebra 2 class are using different colors to perform function operations. Energy 101 Miss Spevak’s ICP classes chose an energy source and made a flyer with facts about the energy source. The following students had the best flyers from each class, 10th: Jacob Myers, Austin Owens, Gabe Nowatzke, 3rd: Aubre

St. Joseph County Curbside Recycling Statistics

Randy Przybysz, the Director of the Solid Waste Management District of St. Joseph County, announced recently that the Curbside Recycling program had another year of very good participation and diverted a high volume of recyclables from going into our landfill. The following numbers are from 2017 and were provided by the District’s vendors: Borden Waste-Away collected 29,052,000 pounds of glass, aluminum, plastic, and paper products from the curbside bins. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center in South Bend shipped 645,928 pounds of electronics to GreenWave of Indianapolis. In addition, the HHW sent the following to Tradebe Treatment of East Chicago : (All in pounds) 44,662 of Oil, 86,

RAIL RANGERS RETURN TO SOUTH SHORE LINE

This spring and summer will definitely be a busy one for the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation’s Rail Rangers program. Volunteer Interpretive Guides with our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be presenting more than one dozen on-board educational programs on the South Shore Line between the months of April and August 2018. Get your calendar out and plan to join us for a trip or two! The best part is… there is no extra cost above your regular train ticket to participate. One-way adult fares are $13.50 or less… making it extremely affordable for families to travel and learn about the people, places, and history right outside their window between Chicago and South Bend. There’s n

Start Planning Now for St. Joseph County Open Class and Little Hands

Now that spring is upon us, it is a great time to work on your entries for this year’s Open Class and Little Hands at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair (June 29 - July 7). Open Class is for anyone age 18 and older and not eligible for 4-H. Little Hands is for preschool age children (ages 3-5) and not yet in Kindergarten. Participants do not have to live in St. Joseph County (IN). Children entering in Little Hands can make anything of their choosing. Some possible, but not inclusive, ideas include painting a rock, building a structure with Legos, drawing a picture, making a simple bird feeder, or helping mom or dad make cookies. This year, Open Class offers fourteen different categories for adul

New Prairie High School announces new Director of Athletics

New Prairie United Schools is proud to announce the hiring of Ben Bachmann as Director of Athletics for New Prairie High School, beginning July 2018. Mr. Bachmann, currently serving as Athletic Director at Hanover Central High School, brings a rich background of experiences to lead New Prairie High School Athletics. Mr. Bachmann is a 1993 graduate of Michigan City Elston High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete in cross country, basketball, and baseball. Mr. Bachmann competed as a pitcher at the college level, earning All-American honors at Kankakee Community College, then finished at Division II Lewis University where he earned Academic All-Conference Honors. Mr. Bachmann then began

Ag Days 2018 This Weekend

The 2018 Ag Days will be bittersweet for The Agriculture Team of St Joseph County (Ag Team). One of the co-chairmen for many years, George Myer, passed away this February, and the event will be dedicated to his outstanding commitment. The Ag Team is busy preparing for the event which will once again be held in conjunction with St. Joseph County 4-H Fair, Inc. at the Fairgrounds located at 5117 S. Ironwood Dr., South Bend IN on April 6, 7, and 8. Hours for the event are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. This is a FREE family event and is meant to teach children where farm products originate. It is an interactive eve

The Busy Band Buzz: State Finals!

On March 17, the New Prairie Indoor Percussion Ensemble traveled to Greenfield Central High School for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) Scholastic B prelims. After a season of hard work and many hours of practice, our students delivered a performance receiving their highest score yet from the judges. Along with an impressive score, many good comments from the judges and an eighth place ranking, our New Prairie kids qualified for the IPA Scholastic B State Finals. Another week of practice, students worked hard polishing their routine for the finals. Only in their second season of IPA competition, qualifying for the finals was very exciting. On March 24, after a morning practice, th

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it is now seeking applications for the Neil Thompson Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is available to any senior scheduled to graduate this year from a high school in La Porte County who has been accepted to a college or university and will be studying law enforcement, criminal justice or a criminal justice related field. Applicants are required to submit an essay, no fewer than 500 words, on why they will be pursuing a career in law enforcement. The scholarship was established soon after the 1980 death of Patrolman Neil Thompson, the only Deputy from the La Porte County Sheriff ‘s Office to be killed in the line of duty. He

Solid Waste District Mobilizing for Clean It Up Day

Pitch in to clean up your neighborhood, county road, or any public space of your choice with the La Porte County Solid Waste District – and get everything you need to do it! The District is expanding its annual Clean It Up Day litter cleanup event this year into a Clean It Up program. Instead of just one day, groups will now be able to choose any date in April or May that is most convenient for them or their organization. “The unsightly presence of litter in a community has an impact on all residents’ quality of life. Cleaning it up is a fun and easy way to celebrate Earth Day and get involved with community service,” said Sacha Gee-Burns, environmental educator and public outreach coordinat

New Prairie High-Lights

Talent Show a Hit New Prairie High School’s Talent Show was a hit, raising $1400 for Haydan’s Helping Hound. On Wednesday, March 14, students and teachers put their talents on stage before a nearly full house. Acts ranged from singing show tunes to a live rock band to a dramatic monologue. The winning act was junior Levi Britton who played guitar and sang “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran. The best news, though, was that the total admission collected will help NP teacher Brandi Spoor and her family acquire a specially trained canine companion to help her son who has autism, Haydan, with tasks and personal safety. The event was organized by Student Senate, whose sponsor is English and

The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance

Itay Talgam was born in Israel, trained in classical orchestra and conducting, and worked with and learned from the late, great Leonard Bernstein. Interestingly enough, he now spends his time teaching business leaders about how to better inspire the people around them. Talgam brings the unique perspective of his career to your library and shows how music can be found anywhere in the world, especially in the business world, and how the figurative melodies of work life can prove transformational should you listen carefully. Parts one and two of The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance lay the foundation of three main ideas: how an “ignorant” leader can bring fre

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