Summer activities at St. Joseph County Parks

Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Season Open The 2018 Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard season opened at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, IN on May 25, 2018. Hours of operation are 11am-4pm, Friday-Sunday and holidays, through October 7, 2018. All vessels and equipment must be returned no later than 7pm (all hours are weather and river conditions permitting). Rental packages include shuttle service, paddles and required life jackets. Friday shuttles depart on the hour beginning at 11am. Stand Up Paddleboards and long canoe/kayak trips are not available on Fridays. Canoe/kayak/SUP rental fees: single person kayak; $26 for short trip and $33 for long trip; canoe short trip $2

Library seeks community input

If you could envision a perfect community five years from now, what would it look like? What could the library do to help make that vision a reality? The New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library (NCPL) is hosting a Community Input Night about the future of the Library. NCPL’s long range plan expires at the end of 2018. In order to create a relevant plan for the coming years, community members are invited to join the conversation and share their thoughts and ideas on how the library can serve the needs of those who live, work, and go to school in Olive Township. “As we decide where to put our resources – time and money, it’s important that we have a good understanding of the priorities in

Recipes, Etc.

This quick recipe is made with simple ingredients and topped with a bright fresh lemon glaze. Buttermilk adds a wonderful flavor and texture to this easy sweet lemon bread. Can be served anywhere - either at a breakfast table, tea with a friend, or an accompaniment to your special get together. Buttermilk Lemon Bread 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1 egg 1/4 cup melted butter 1 T. lemon zest 1 T. lemon juice Lemon Glaze: 3 T. lemon juice 1 ½ cup powdered sugar Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan (either ceramic or aluminized steel) with non-stick baking spray. Set aside. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk t

Summer Happenings at New Carlisle United Methodist Church

Much is happening this summer around the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle. Our community garden is planted. Much gratitude to the Environmental Club of New Prairie High School for their assistance in growing plants to place in, as well as helping to plant the garden. In a matter of weeks there will be a vegetable stand in front of the church for ripe produce. The community is welcome to harvest right from the garden as well. There is a small patch of blueberry bushes and a raised bed for strawberries next that are part of the garden plot as well. We will be present at Taste of New Carlisle again this year. All proceeds that we collect will be donated to the New Carlisle Community Food

Memorial Day Preparations 2018

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) throughout St. Joseph County decorated nine (9) Revolutionary War gravesites––all markers originally placed by the DAR. On May 23rd Peg Adams and Andrea Odell from the Schuyler Colfax Chapter, and Becky Runnels-Jose of the Miriam Benedict Chapter, decorated three New Carlisle area graves––two in the Hamilton Cemetery and one at the Olive Township Cemetery. Other Schuyler Colfax Chapter members decorated the remaining six gravesites in five other cemeteries. Cemetery Marker Inscriptions: Revolutionary War Veterans: Hamilton Cemetery–Frederick Druliner served with the New Jersey Militia. Born on June 18, 1754 and died June 2, 1841 at the age of 86

The Busy Band Buzz: Jazz Success

Thank you to everyone in the community for coming out for our first Jazz In The Park event. Despite the cold, rainy weather leading up to our event, we had a good crowd turn out to hear some good music and enjoy some tasty food. Thanks to the generosity of our band supporters in the community and our band parents, this afternoon event raised approximately $1,700 for our uniform fund. That is enough to purchase four or five new uniforms. Every event like this that the community shows its support adds up to make our goal of $60,000 attainable. A special thank you to Mr. Weinberg and the Middle School Jazz Band…after all, these uniforms are for you! Also a huge thank you to K-Fex Inc. for

Life-saving equipment awarded to NCFD

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. The New Carlisle Fire Department recently received three thermal imaging cameras valued at $4,155 through the program. The awarded equipment will be used to detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings, as well as during search and rescue missions, allowing firefighters to quickly locate victims and provide life-saving assistance. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $33 million to hometow

Staus to lead NP Volleyball

NPUSC is proud to announce the hiring of Jordan Staus to be a middle school social studies teacher and the next varsity volleyball coach at New Prairie High School. Ms. Staus is a 2007 graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School near Joliet, Illinois, where she was a standout high school volleyball player. She continued her playing career as a Division I athlete at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, graduating in 2011 with a degree in secondary education with licensing in social studies. For the past six years, Ms. Staus has been the varsity volleyball coach, high school social studies teacher, and student council sponsor at Eastside Jr.-Sr. High School near Fort Wayne. During this ti

Newts bats warming up with weather

GRANGER- With the offense off to a sluggish start through the first three series of the year, the New Carlisle Newts (7-5) were hoping to get the bats going on Sunday against the first-place Granger Panthers (9-3). Relatively speaking, they did. In a rematch of last year's National League Championship Series, the Newts took two of three, 11-8, 12-4, and 5-6. Although not a gaudy number compared to some of the other scores around the league, the 28 runs scored were more than New Carlisle had mustered in the first nine games of the season. It was a balanced attack throughout the day for the Newts, with Danny Hernandez leading the way going 8 for 14 with five home runs and seven RBI. Matt Soos

Jack D. Wagner, 1928-2018

Jack D. “Zip” Wagner, 89, of New Carlisle, passed away on Wednesday May 16, 2018 in his home of 63 years. He was born on July 29, 1928, in LaPorte, IN, to Glen and Carrie (Benson) Wagner. He graduated from New Carlisle High School in 1946 and served in the US Army in Germany as a radio operator. On February 6, 1954 he married Betty Haas and they enjoyed 57 years together. She preceded him in death on February 16, 2011. Jack is survived by his daughters, Carol (Robert “Skip”) Miller and Sandra (Steven) Mitton, both of Traverse City, MI; his son Barry (Lisa) Wagner of New Carlisle; four grandchildren, Eric Miller of Chicago,IL; Brett (Sarah Ault) Miller of Portland, OR; Samantha Wagner of

National Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation month. I would like to thank all service personnel and American Legion members out there for their service to our country. Also, I would like to thank the members for their support in voting for me as your new commander. Our motto this year is “We Change Lives.” We will be changing the lives of six New Prairie High School junior boys this year. We the American Legion family at Post 297 are sponsoring them for American Legion Hoosier Boys State. They are as pictured: Tyler Bowen (unable to attend), Benjamin D. Swinhart, Joseph Henning, Christopher Huhnke (unable to attend), Dylan Frederick Rose, Thomas Eggleton and Conner Snyder. They will remember this o

Hometown Days has successful fundraiser

It was a full house at American Legion Post 297 on Saturday, April 28, as the community gathered for a trivia night in support of the upcoming Hometown Days festival this summer. The proceeds of the event will go toward the annual fireworks display on the opening night of the festival. Showing off their knowledge, “Toms and The Terrifics” took home the grand prize, scoring an outstanding 92 of 100 possible points. The Hometown Days committee would like to extend special thanks to: trivia host Ken Peterson, Larry and Julie Brown at the American Legion, and Dr. Martin Langhofer. Hometown Days also appreciates the contributors to the piggy raffle: Doug Vaundry, Richards Building Supply, The Vi

Busy Band Buzz: Jazz in the Park

On Saturday, May 19, New Prairie Bands will be hosting a jazz concert in Memorial Park. This fun, music filled afternoon will feature the New Prairie Middle School Jazz Band, New Prairie High School Jazz Band, and special guest Down By the Dock. New Prairie Band Boosters will be selling spirit wear and concessions. Refreshments will include, but not limited to, pulled pork provided by Smitty’s Smokin’ Barbecue. We will also be accepting donations to go toward the purchase of our new marching band uniforms. We will need these uniforms for the 2019-20 school year. That year our first large sixth grade band class (now seventh graders) will be freshmen. As of now, those kids don’t have unifor

NCFD invites community to 71st Annual Ball

The members of the New Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department wish to extend an invitation to the 71st Annual Firemen’s Ball. The Firemen’s Ball will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 7:00pm until 12:00am at the New Carlisle Fire Station. Live music will be provided by “P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend,” from 8:00pm to 12:00am. A DJ will be playing music at intermissions. The proceeds from the Firemen’s Ball will go toward purchasing much needed equipment to provide service to the residents of New Carlisle, and Hudson and Olive Townships. Residents recently received a self-addressed envelope for their ticket stubs and donation. Admission to the Ball will be strictly by donation ticket at the doo

Good news from New Prairie High School

Symphonic Band Congratulations to the NPHS Symphonic Band on receiving GOLD ratings on stage and in sight-reading at ISSMA Contest at Concord High School. Outstanding performance! Wind Ensemble Congrats to our NPHS Wind Ensemble on receiving a GOLD rating at the Group 1 State Quals contest at Chesterton on Friday night! Lots of hard work put in by these students to prepare for this performance. Awesome performance - way to go! Yearbook The 2017-2018 Yearbook is completed and submitted for the year! This year’s theme was “New Possibilities,” highlighting the transitions the school is going through this year. The Yearbook was delivered May 10. Robotics From FRC (FIRST Robotics Competit

Local farm recognized by world renowned chef

Rainfield Farm is the recipient of the 2018 Chef Rick Bayless Frontera Foundation Grant. They were recognized for their sustainability projects and conservation. The $4000 grant will be used to build a swale for flood prevention, installation of new sprinklers and fortification of caterpillar tunnels. “We’re honored to be Indiana’s only small farm to receive the grant this year.” said Shane Hansen, Rainfield Farm’s owner. “Being a newer small farm it’s hard to find additional funds needed to make improvements such as these. Its great to be recognized for our conservation and efficiency efforts by the Foundation.” The Frontera Farmer Foundation was established in 2003 to attract support f

Recipes, Etc.

Asparagus is a favorite way for welcoming the wonderful spring season. This veggie is very popular and inexpensive. Enjoy these ideas. Asparagus-Parmesan Cheese Puffs 1/4 lb. asparagus spears 1/4 cup milk 5 T. unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/4 cup all purpose (plain) flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 3 eggs, room temp 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese Snap off tough stem ends from asparagus spears. Cut spears crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces. Add asparagus into a three-fourths full pan of salted boiling water. Add asparagus and simmer just until tender, (one minute). Drain and set aside. In heavy saucepan, combine milk and butter, and br

Batting cage dedicated at Tolmen Field

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the family of Pat and Harry Tolmen gathered at Harry Bear Tolmen Field for the dedication of the batting cage which was presented to the New Prairie Baseball Team as the result of generous donations made to the Harry Bear Tolmen Memorial Fund which is still functioning at First Source Bank. Several members of the family also threw out a first pitch prior to the game.

Softball Sectional Draw

For the second consecutive year, a record number of teams (379) – one better than 2017 ‐ were drawn and placed into brackets to set the stage for the 34th Annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament Series. Sectional action runs May 21‐26 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 29. From there, 32 teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 2, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 9, to be played for the first time at Purdue University’s Bittinger Stadium in West Lafayette. Sectional 19 at South Bend St. Joseph Times Listed are Eastern Monday, May 21 G1: South Bend Washington vs. South Bend St. Joseph, 5pm

Newts take two on Opening Day

NEW CARLISLE - The 12th season of New Carlisle Newts wiffleball got underway on Sunday, May 6 at Migley Field. The Newts opened up the year taking two of three from the Twin Branch Billy Goats, 5-1, 2-1, 3-4. With the wind at the ballpark howling in from the north, the confines were not very friendly for hitting. Known for the power in their lineup, the Newts were able to adjust to the conditions and manufacture runs in the opener. Trailing 1-0 in the second, Matt Soos and Garrett Curless hit back-to-back singles. After Scott Soos advanced the runners with a fly out, Noah Shail laced a two-run single to give the Newts the 2-1 lead. Shail again drove in Matt Soos and Curless with a triple in

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