Ready or Not: Here Comes Hometown Days

Back for its 14th year, New Carlisle Hometown Days promises to provide a weekend full of family-friendly summer fun, Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. This year’s celebration features a slight change in hours, as the festivities will begin at 3:00pm ET on Friday afternoon. Steel drummer Kent Arnsbarger will provide the sounds of summer to kick off the festival. Throughout the entire weekend, you’ll find arts and crafts booths, food vendors, inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment, and much more at the heart of the festival in Memorial Park. Friday’s main event will be the annual Fireworks Spectacular, shot off from the Olive Football Field. Be sure to catch Down By The Dock p

Golf back on course at Birch Tree

You can finally hit the links again in New Carlisle. At the end of June, the Birch Tree Golf Course at the Billy Goat 9 & Dine re-opened for the first time in over eight years. George Petersen and Sharon Cooper are excited to host golfers on the course again, currently offering a 20% discount as an opening special. Sharon credits George and son, Josh Cooper (both pictured on the front page) for leading the effort to restore the course. She is also appreciative for the backing from their customers, staff, and families. “Without their support and encouragement, this could have never happened,” she said. The course opening was bittersweet for the family, as George’s father passed away the Frid

Recipes, Etc.

The St. Joseph County 4-H Fair had many wonderful exhibitors in the “Open Class” segment of the fair. I am sharing with you a cake (baked by Cheryl Nellis of Penn Township) which took the top honors: first place in the cake category and “Best of Show” in the Baking Division of the “Open Class.” Blueberry Lemon Cake 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 1/2 c. oil 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp salt 2 c. flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 T fresh lemon juice 1/2 T lemon zest 1 lb. blueberries 1/2 T corn starch 1 tsp lemon juice Powder sugar for dusting Lightly butter 9 inch spring form pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Beat eggs and sugar with whisk attach

Busy Band Buzz: Parades

The New Prairie Marching Cougars began their summer parade season on June 26 with the Bremen Firefighters Festival. This is always a favorite for the kids, first of all because it is an evening parade which means it is usually cooler. Mostly though, the kids look forward to the carnival afterward, and best of all, carnival food! The parade season continued June 30 in Michigan City, July 3 in Walkerton for another evening parade, and of course July 4 for the killer of all parades in La Porte. I’m not sure how long it has been, if ever, that we have had such an abnormally hot and humid parade season. Every parade so far this summer was oppressively hot, with heavy humid air making it hard to b

Success at HOSA International Leadership Conference

The 2018 HOSA (Future Health Professionals) International Leadership Conference goes down in history for NPUSC! Never before have we had so many of our competitors move on to the final round of their event. There were nearly 12,000 competitors and Indiana had 10 students make it to the Top 10 of their event, two of which were NP Cougars! Congratulations to Robby Smith (3rd- Extemporaneous Health Poster) and Cydney Palmer (Top 10 Health Career Exploration). In addition to their competitive events, students also had the opportunity to attend various education symposiums and explore the sights of Dallas. The entire team visited the Sixth Floor Museum and enjoyed BBQ afterwards. Several studen

American Legion Hoosier Boys State

Joseph Henning, a student at New Prairie High School and sponsored by American Legion Post 297, was the winner of the Breedlove Outstanding Citizen award at the American Legion Hoosier Boys State held June 17-22 at Trine University Angola, IN. He also won a $3,000 scholarship and an invite to be one of two delegates from Indiana to attend Boys Nation in Washington DC although he had to decline The Boys Nation because of a previous commitment. American Legion Hoosier Boys State is a week long program for junior aged high school students. During the week they learn real-world skills and leadership qualities by creating a fictional and functional state government based on Indiana’s political pr

James W. Ebersole, 1943-2018

James W. Ebersole, 74, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 19, 1943 to Wilbur and Violet (Earls) Ebersole in LaPorte, IN, and has lived in New Carlisle and Rolling Prairie most of his life. James was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur Ebersole; and a brother, LeRoy Ebersole. Jim was retired from Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, IN, where he worked as a Crane Operator for over 30 years. On July 18, 1981, he married Christy L. Wolf in South Bend, IN. Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 37 years, Christy L. Ebersole of New Carlisle, IN; his mother, Violet Ebersole of Sebring, FL

In Memoriam: Stephen E. Vojtko, 1957-2018

Stephen Edward Vojtko, 61, of New Carlisle, Indiana, beloved general manager of the Eau Claire Fruit Exchange in downtown Eau Claire and well-known, dedicated member of the New Carlisle Town Council, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018. Stephen was born March 6, 1957, in South Haven, Michigan, to Edward and Alice (Nennich) Vojtko. He married Marie Plotner on September 23, 1978, and she survives. He was employed as the general manager of the Eau Claire Fruit Exchange. He was a member of the Berrien Springs-Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, and very active in the New Carlisle community, including being vice president of the New Carlisle Town Council, serving on the Area Planning Commission, was pre

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