The Busy Band Buzz: Family

At most schools, band is not just a class, only a group or organization, it is more. A group of kids with such dedication and time commitment cannot help but become more. Band is a family! Like any other family, as the year ends and the holidays approach, we cannot help but reflect on the previous year. The semester is over, and we look forward to the upcoming semester and the competitions and seasons to come, but we have to look at what has been accomplished in the past year. In January and February, New Prairie Bands had record numbers of events participate in solo and ensemble contest, and advance to the state level competition. The show choirs and back up bands had yet another pheno

Solid Waste District Now Accepting Medication Bottles

Solid Waste District of La Porte County has partnered with Matthew 25: Ministries and is now able to accept empty prescription medication containers with their labels removed. Containers will not be accepted through curbside recycling program and must be dropped off at the Solid Waste District of La Porte County’s office. Bottles will then be sent to Matthew 25: Ministries to be reused on mission trips where medical facilities are available. Patients will then be given a medication bottle to keep their medications in, instead of the current situation where some patients are carrying medication in their pockets and shoes increasing the chances of them losing medication. Acceptable items inclu

County Parks Offering Winter Programs

Mark your calendars for our Skiing Under the Stars cross-country skiing program series at St. Patrick’s County Park. On Friday, January 11 from 6pm to 9pm (snow conditions permitting), enjoy a leisurely ski on lighted trails to the Manion Cabin. A warm beverage awaits you, along with homemade cookies and a cozy campfire where you can relax and warm up! Program fee: $7/person. Bring your own skis or rent a pair of ours for $10/person. Rental includes skis, boots and poles. Additional Skiing Under the Stars program dates are Friday, January 18 and 25 and Friday, February 1. Programs will be cancelled if skiing conditions are unfavorable. For more information, please call (574) 654-3155. Wint

Heart of America Grazing Conference Comes to Indiana

Producers interested in improving their grazing management or looking to start a grass-finished beef enterprise should consider attending the Heart of America Grazing Conference January 22 and 23 to hear from leaders in the grazing industry. The Indiana Forage Council is organizing the 2019 conference. The Heart of America Grazing Conference is an annual event that moves around the Midwest. The host site for the conference is the Ferdinand Community Center in Ferdinand, Indiana. Registration for the event will be $90 if registration is complete by December 31, 2018. Prices increase after this date. Registration information is available at According to Dr. Keith Joh

2019 Small Farm Conference Registration Now Open

From strategies that can strengthen Indiana farms to inspired ideas for urban agriculture across the state, the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference connects producers on backroads and busy streets to expert information and to each other. The 2019 conference and trade show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind. Registration for the conference is now open at The 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference begins on Feb. 28 with a series of daylong workshops and tours. Workshop topics include: Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers Mushrooms, Molds and Mycorrhizae: A Fungal Immersion Cour

Unity Foundation Participates in $2 for $1 Matching Grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The Unity Foundation of La Porte County has received a grant of $1,000,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. With GIFT VII, the Endowment is making up to $125 million available to help Indiana community foundations strengthen the towns, cities and counties they serve. The Unity Foundation can use this matching fund grant to build our financial assets and support our charitable activities. The Unity Foundation will designate these funds to support the growth of our unrestricted endowments, which over time will provide flexibility to help the foundation to meet community needs. The Endowment will provide $2 for every $1

New ICES Local Coordinator in New Carlisle

International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) welcomes Alana Boothe as a new Local Coordinator. “My name is Alana Boothe. I am a mother to a 4 year old boy, a 6 year old girl and host mom to an 18 year old Italian girl. I enjoy living in Northwest Indiana and have lived here my entire life. I like watching funny animal videos on YouTube with my kids and our Friday Family Film Nights. I think it’s neat learning with my kids while we homeschool. Last year, our family loved hosting our first foreign exchange student and we look forward to hosting students from all around the world. I’m excited to work with student exchange students because I think it’s interesting to learn about other culture

Ralph Whittenburg, 1939-2018

Ralph Whittenburg, age 79, passed away on December 19, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Born to Ralph and Bertha Whittenburg on June 6, 1939, Ralph grew up in New Carlisle, IN. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Whittenburg; his daughter, Marci (Peter) Harris; and son, Mark (Dawn) Whittenburg. Ralph took great delight in his grandchildren: Robert, Rebecca, and Caleb Harris, and Jessica and Thomas Whittenburg. He is also survived by his siblings, Robert Whittenburg and Janice Howe. After graduating from high school, Ralph served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in accounting from Purdue. Ralph worked at Koinonia Farm i

Advent Thoughts from Hudson Lake Mennonite Church

During Advent, we wait. We wait for the coming of the Messiah, whose birth we remember and celebrate on Dec. 25th. Waiting can be hard. Who of us at some point, didn’t beg to open “just one gift” early? Or have our children or grandchildren beg for this? Some of us are better than others at waiting. I was ready to start putting up Christmas decorations at the end of October, so you can guess how good I am at waiting. Still, waiting can be a good thing. It is a good teacher. It teaches us patience. It teaches us anticipation. It teaches us hope. It seems as if we are living in a time when a lot of people are looking for glimpses of hope, straining to see if there is something on the horizon,

Christmas Message from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

The beautiful feast of Christmas is a time of great rejoicing, for God loved us so much he sent his Son to be our Savior. As we see the Christ Child lying in the crib, it’s hard to think of him stretched tight on a cross in a mere thirty-three years later. But for this he was born. For this he came into the world. Christmas begins at the stable in Bethlehem but it extends to the cross. I would like to relate a story that begins at Christmas but ends at the cross. Recall how scared and envious King Herod was when the Three Wise Men came to visit the new born King. Remember how he wanted to kill Jesus and how he ordered the death of all baby boys under the age of two years. An angel w

Christmas Thoughts from Rolling Prairie UMC

When we think about Christmas, we think of being kind to others, giving to those who are struggling to get by, it’s about Love and Families coming together. Christmas is the beginning of how God stepped down from His throne, in the humblest of ways, in the form of the baby Jesus’. Love in the purest, came down that Christmas 2000 years ago. The start of this story is all warm, and wonderful, but it is the end of this story, 33 years later that saves us. It’s about the Cross… Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church is beautifully decorated for this Advent Season. We will celebrate each Sunday that lead up to our Savior’s Birth during our regular worship service time at 9 am CST ending with ce

Advent at United Methodist Church of New Carlisle

I write this article following the Parade of Lights in New Carlisle. This wonderful festival has grown significantly since we first participated in it. For those who don’t know, we participate in this parade just as we do in the summer, pushing grocery carts to collect non-perishable food items for the Community Food Pantry of New Carlisle. I am again amazed at the outpouring of love in this community. We filled four grocery carts full of donations! Thank you to all who helped and all who gave. We enter into Advent, a season of preparation and expectation. What are you preparing for? What are you expecting? I trust you are preparing and expecting to have your heart changed by God, as you rec

Longest Night Service at Maple Grove United Methodist Church

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we ar

Recipes, Etc.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups Cookies: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup softened butter 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/3 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 cups flour 2 T. holiday sprinkles Fudge Filling: 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla extract You’ll also need: 24 mini candy canes tiny marshmallows 1 T. white chocolate chips, melted Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine sour cream, salt and soda. Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth. Add 2-3 T. holiday sprinkles and mix just

The Busy Band Buzz in the Big Apple

New Prairie sophomore Jacob Sherrick recently performed at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City as a member of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. He shares his experience in this week’s issue of The Gazette. I am very thankful that I was selected to be a member of the 2018 Macy’s Great American Marching Band. It was truly an honor to represent my school and my community, and it was a pleasure to meet and work with an outstanding group of people from all over the nation. Although we were only together a week, I know many of these people are going to be lifelong friends. For me, as being a first-time visitor to New York, the environment of the city was breatht

Sage Mougin Selected to Participate in Junior All-American Games

NAPERVILLE, IL – Game Day USA is pleased to announce that Sage Mougin from New Carlisle, Indiana was selected to participate in the Junior All-American Games at Miss Sarasota Softball Complex in Sarasota, Florida – November 23-25, 2018. The event featured top softball athletes of various ages from 32 different states. Game Day USA, the organizer of the event, is a sports event management firm based in Naperville, IL that operates over 250 baseball and softball events annually. Sage Mougin plays for the Michigan Lady Scrappers Elite travel softball team. The Junior All-American Games weekend included an opening ceremony, game competition, instruction, a skills showcase, player evaluations,

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