Is Brick and Mortar Retail Dead?

To support current and future New Carlisle businesses, local organizations are hosting a free Creating Small Business Success workshop on September 13. The Gazette is presenting a series of articles leading up to the workshop to spark your entrepreneurial ambition. The retail market has been greatly disrupted in recent years and bankruptcies of once powerful chains spiked in 2017. Well-known brands including Toys R Us, Payless Shoes and Radio Shack were among 21 major retailers declaring bankruptcy in 2017, a number higher than at the onset of the great recession. The rise of Amazon is frequently cited as a prime factor in the remaking of the retail landscape, and that company’s ascendance e

Busy Band Buzz: Football Season

What a great way to start off the 2018 New Prairie Cougars football season. First of all, congratulations to our football team on such a huge victory against LaPorte in the home opener of the season. What an awesome community we live in to come out to Amzie Miller Field and see the stands packed full of fans cheering on our football team. The heart of a small town rural community on Friday nights in the fall is high school football. It is not just about the game, the team, the cheerleaders, the dance team, or the band…it’s about ALL of that. There is nothing like the experience of all these school groups coming out on Friday night interacting together to provide the awesome atmosphere at

Recipes, Etc.

This terrific chicken florentine recipe lies on a bed of spinach leaves and mushrooms and is topped with a creamy white/chicken broth sauce. Chicken Florentine 4 skinless chicken breasts S&P ½ cup plus 2 - 3 T of flour 4 - 5 T. butter 1 tsp of minced garlic or garlic salt ½ onion chopped 1 T. lemon juice 1 T. Italian seasoning 1 cup of half/half ½ cup Parmesan cheese - grated 1 can of chicken broth 1 frozen box of spinach (thawed) or 2 cans of spinach (drained) 1 can of mushrooms (drained) or 4 oz fresh mushrooms 2/3 cup of bacon bits 2 cups of mozzarella cheese Sprinkle chicken with S&P and dredge in flour (½ cup flour). In large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 T. but

Barbara Mell Tolmen, 1930-2018

Barbara Joanne Mell Tolmen passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2018 and flew into the arms of Jesus. She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Charles Richard Tolmen, children Linda Tolmen Hedrick, Vicki Hilferding Clendenen, Steve Tolmen, and Mark Tolmen. She also is survived by two daughter-in-laws, Hillary Tolmen, Debra Tolmen, son-in-law Bruce Clendenen and deceased son-in-law Chris Hedrick. Barbara was born April 18, 1930 to Joseph and Icle Mell Keen and had 10 siblings: Jack, Audrey, Gloria, Jerry, Bob, Joe, Carole, Judy, Tom and Pam. She leaves 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Barbara began her business career at a very young ag

Doris J. Mendez, 1929-2018

Doris Joanne Mendez, 88, of New Carlisle, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Hamilton Grove. She was born September 1, 1929 in Mishawaka, IN, to Howard and Esther (Smith) Kronewitter. She married Pedro Mendez on Aug. 20, 2002. Doris spent a short while working part-time for the Election Board of Cook County, but she spent most of her life working as a Waitress and Bartender. She volunteered for Meals On Wheels, liked garage sales, going out to eat with friends and playing the slots. She loved to spend time with her family and her church family. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughters, Carol Lietz and Diana Anderson; sons, Joseph Herman, and Steven Labus; 8 grandch

Marilyn J. Keen, 1936-2018

Marilyn J. Keen, 81, of Cordova, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018 in Grace Healthcare of Cordova. Marilyn was born on September 24, 1936 in LaPorte, Indiana to Walter and Katheryn (Hardy) Menzel. She had lived most of her life in the South Bend area. Marilyn retired in 2000 from RACO. On March 29, 1958 she married John A. “Babe” Keen, who preceded her in death on May 13, 1981. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Robert D’Orso; and her brother, Robert C. Manzel. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Darma D’Orso of Trussville, Alabama; her son Brian Keen of South Bend, Indiana; her grandson, John Thomas D’Orso of Trussville, Alabama; and her sister-in-law, Patric

Mary C. Feikes, 1937-2018

Mary C. Feikes, 81, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mary was born on February 2, 1937 in Fair Haven, Vermont to Ernest and Delfina (Pionfetti) Calvi. She graduated valedictorian from Fair Haven High School. In Burlington, Vermont, she went to the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing and graduated in 1957, again as valedictorian. In 1955 she met Edward Feikes, whom she married in 1957. She moved to Indiana where she raised a family and worked as a nurse in the offices of Dr. Kepler and then Dr. Kelsey for a total of 30 years. Mary is survived by her three children—Steve (Chris) Feike

Kara Schondorf engaged to John Poracky

Ross Schondorf and Robin Schondorf announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Schondorf to John Poracky. Kara, whose parents Ross and Robin are from Niles, MI and New Carlisle, IN, respectively is a 2008 graduate of New Prairie High School. She graduated from IU, Kelley School of Business in 2011, earned an MBA in 2013 and a CPA in 2014. She is employed as a Manager at Deloitte Consulting in Human Resource Transformation. John is the son of John and Lizabeth Poracky of Valparaiso, IN (formally of Chesterton, IN), and graduated from Chesterton High School in 2008. He also graduated from IU, Kelley School of Business in 2012. He is currently employed by Centric Pipe in Dallas, TX as a

Fall Programs at St. Joseph County Parks

Indiana Master Naturalist Program of St. Joseph County St. Joseph County Parks is sponsoring the Indiana Master Naturalist Program series for St. Joseph County. The program begins September 6 and ends November 1. 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

Knife Sharpening Event

Wusthof Representative, Ed Bartush, will return to New Kitchen Store, located at 330 Liberty St., Walkerton IN, to professionally sharpen kitchen knives at New Kitchen Store’s sixth annual Wusthof Knife Sharpening Event on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM. The community is invited to come and bring their dull kitchen knives. All Wusthof knives are sharpened free and other brands are $3 per knife. This money will be donated to a local homeless outreach, Michiana Five. Besides knife sharpening, there will also be entertaining demonstrations on cutting techniques, DIY sharpening, and food sculpture. For more information on this event, check out New Kitchen Store’s Facebook page, Face

Tickets for NPUSC Community Dinner on sale

To celebrate local foods, community unity, and 50 years of history and tradition, New Prairie United School Corporation is hosting a dinner for 500 guests. Join us as we commemorate New Prairie graduates: past and present. Local vendors will be providing dinner guests an elegant outdoor meal with live music and guest speakers. Tickets may be purchased at the New Prairie Central Office. Only cash and check will be accepted for tickets. A portion of ticket costs will go to support NPUSC groups and clubs. This is a first-come, first-serve event. Thanks to community donations and increased funds for this event, we have decreased the dinner ticket price to $10 per ticket! We want our whole commun


The New Carlisle Democratic Town Convention will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at 5 p.m. at the New Carlisle Olive Township Public Library, 408 South Bray Street, New Carlisle, Indiana. Democratic candidates for Town Council (two will be chosen): Robert Middlebrook Daniel Caruso, Sr. Marcy Kauffman All Democratic voters residing in the Town of New Carlisle are eligible to participate in this nomination process. Individuals must be present to vote. Republicans in New Carlisle have an opportunity to select their party’s candidates for the Town Board this Sunday, August 19. The New Carlisle Republican Town Convention will start 2 p.m. Sunday in the large meeting room at the New Carlisle Publi

Newts End Hometown Drought

NEW CARLISLE - For the third time in the past four years, the New Carlisle Newts found themselves in a familiar position on the last Sunday of July. The Newts had rattled off eight straight victories during Hometown Days weekend and were once again playing in The Wiffle®Ball Championship Game in front of a packed house at Migley Field. This time, unlike 2015 and 2016, there was no coming up short. New Carlisle set the tone early with an eight-run first inning and held off a late rally to defeat the Granger Panthers, 13-10, to win the Hometown Cup. The title for the Newts, third in franchise history, ends a decade-long drought for themselves and for New Carlisle area teams. Local teams won th

American Legion Law Officer of the Year

Ronnie Whitt of the New Carlisle Police Department received the Law Officer of the Year award for 3rd District at The American Legion Department of Indiana 100th Convention held in Indianapolis, IN July 12-15. Officer Whitt was nominated by Post 297 in New Carlisle for his outstanding service to our community. He attended an awards luncheon with his wife Christine before the presentation.

Elvis and The Sweet Sensations

The highlight of musical entertainment during New Carlisle’s Hometown Days weekend was the return of Elvis & The Sweet Sensations! To the delight of a huge audience, they appeared on stage in Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2018. Alvie Ellenwine, as Elvis Presley, performed another joyous and outstanding concert along with the Sweet Sensations––Andrea Stack, Kim “Tootie” Burnette, and Tyra Strelesky.

The Busy Band Buzz: Community

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, we are seeing that it takes an entire community to dress a band. With every event we have had to raise money for our new marching band uniforms the community has come out to support our kids. Thanks to a very successful weekend at Hometown Days, we are almost halfway to reaching our goal. As our first large class of middle school band members will become rookies next year, we must have the new uniforms for the 2019-20 school year in order to have enough uniforms for our growing band. We owe a huge thank you to everyone in the community that stopped by our booth to buy a t-shirt, mug, or dunk our enthusiastic volunteers in the dunk tank.

Recipes, Etc.

While visiting a relative a few weeks ago, I had the greatest dessert which I am sharing with you today. Takes a little while to make, but oh so good! Almond Kringler Pastry layer: 1 cup water 1/2 cup butter 1 cup flour 3 eggs 1 tsp almond flavoring Icing: 2 ½ cups powdered sugar 3 T. softened butter 2 T. cream or half and half 1 + tsp almond flavoring Chopped almonds, for topping Preheat crust oven to 450 degrees F. For crust layer: In a mixing bowl, combine flour and softened butter with a fork or a pastry cutter-just like you’re making a pie crust. Add cold water and continue mixing until dough comes together. Spread dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet in a 12 inch by 16 i

What Every Business Can Learn from a Chicago Street Hustler

To support current and future New Carlisle businesses, local organizations are hosting a free Creating Small Business Success on September 13. The Gazette is presenting a series of articles leading up to the workshop to spark your entrepreneurial ambition. Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago is not for the faint-hearted. Whether you’re a Chicago native or a hopelessly lost tourist, the concrete wonder that is Lower Wacker Drive can be intimidating and, as proven by a July 2015 drag race, even deadly. Although drivers aren’t technically underground on LWD, not much daylight can be seen until you emerge onto Lakeshore Drive (always a sight for sore eyes) or any number of the Windy City’s side street

Auto Enthusiasts Flock to New Carlisle for Car Show

The Hometown Days Auto Show continued to grow with another record turnout of 176 participants this year. The Auto Show was held at the American Legion Post 297 and organized by David Freet. Results Top 30: Dan Weeks-1955 Chevy Belair, Dale Bader-1951 Ford F1, Bob Richez-1937 Pontiac Coupe, Rob Richez-1947 Chevy Pickup, Helen & Willie Weeks- 1965 Chevy C10. Dan Myers-1951 Pontiac, Steve Gagliano-1956 Chevy Belair, Bret Bachman- 1967 Chevy Camaro, Rod Burgoyne-1972 Chevy Chevelle, Roger & Becky Plaster-1934 Dodge Sedan Delivery, Paul Schmitt- 1964 Plymouth Fury, James Maxey-1963 Studebaker Lark, Bob King-1966 Chevy Nova Stretch -1956 Chevy Belair, Lylia Cooper-1968 Chevy Camaro, Tim Waaso- 1

Discover New Carlisle!

Since you are reading this, you have probably already discovered New Carlisle. But, now we want you to really Discover New Carlisle – our local Indiana Main Street organization, that is! Indiana Main Street is Indiana’s coordinating program affiliated with the National Main Street Center. It is sponsored and funded through OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) and focuses on a 4-point approach for building healthy communities through economic development: Promotion, Economic Restructuring, Organization and Design. After the economic downturn in 2008, there was increased concern by local business owners and citizens regarding decreased commerce and businesses closing. This was coupled

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