Leadership Changes at Hudson Lake Conservation Association

This January marks the transition of leadership at the Hudson Lake Conservation Association. William (Bill) Companik, founder and president has turned over responsibility for leading the organization to Zach Krachinski. Under Bill’s vision and leadership, the organization was formed in 2005 to protect our most precious resource. While the challenges have changed, the mission has remained the same: To protect the lake’s quality and quantity for all that rely on it. As a result, that vision has earned the organization statewide recognition and a seat at the table for State appropriations in the form of Lake and River Enhancement grants. Indeed, under Bill’s leadership, the Association has ea

Public invited to review County Parks Master Plan

A draft version of the St. Joseph County Parks Five-Year Master Plan will be available for review and public comment, Thursday, February 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, in the Dickenson Room at the St. Joseph County Main Library in South Bend. In addition to the public open house, the plan can be reviewed online Tuesday, January 22 through Monday, February 10. The link to the plan can be found on the St. Joseph County Parks’ web page at www.sjcparks.org At the meeting on February 7, there will be a brief presentation at 5:30pm by Troyer Group to review the process and findings. Troyer Group was engaged by the County Parks Board to facilitate the planning process. Throughout the meeting time, the public ca

Park offers "Maple 101" program on February 9

Maple sugaring season is about to begin! Join park staff and volunteers at Bendix Woods County Park for an afternoon of tips, tricks and how-tos of tapping maple trees. Discover how trees make sugar, how to correctly tap a maple tree to gather sap, how to cook syrup and how to participate in Bendix Woods’ sap-sharing program. Maple refreshments and hot drinks will be provided. The program will start in the nature center and will run from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. We will be walking outdoors, so dress for the weather. The cost of the program is $5.00 per person. Advance registration and payment are required. To register or get directions, please call 574/654-3155. Bendix Woods County Park is located o

Recipes, Etc.

This was a favorite of mine served at the Hotel LaSalle in South Bend, Indiana, which was constructed in 1921 and served as a luxury hotel. Afterward, it housed offices in its place and a church group took over the dining area of the hotel, who served lunches. Now it is LaSalle Apartments. Hotel LaSalle’s Cream of Chicken and Rice 2 cups of flour 2 cups of butter 2 cups of chopped celery 1/4 of onion or more chicken base 1 can of chicken broth or water* chicken chunks chopped olives with pimiento (1/4-1/2 cup) grated carrots (optional) 2 cups of milk Add cooked rice Make a roux out of the flour and butter; set aside. Saute the celery and onion in a soup pan and add the roux. Ad

Arts and Crafts Show seeks new vendors

The Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults in LaPorte is excited to announce its annual Arts & Crafts Show this year will be held in the Community Building at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This move to the fairgrounds will provide a great environment for both vendors and visitors. And, because the date is the weekend before Mother’s Day, shoppers can come out and look for that special gift for Mom. The show is in its 6th year and is a fundraiser for the Activity Center for seniors living in LaPorte and nearby communities. Over 50 artists and crafters from Indiana and Michigan will be featuring their unique, hand-crafted items. Vendors in

New Carlisle Business and Community Association

Do you have a business or are you part of a community group that would be interested in networking with other business owners and community members and attending workshops and informational opportunities in your local area? Then the New Carlisle Business and Community Association is for you! We have monthly meetings and invite a variety of speakers and allow for your to highlight what your company or group is doing. This is the time for membership – Business and Community organizations members - $40, and Community-at-large members $25. Applications are available on our website: www.NCBCA.net. Our next meeting is set for Wednesday, February 6, at Monroe’s Crossing, 700N and Chicago Trail, at

Thanks for your commitment

For the past 12 years, Hudson Township properties have been maintained by our friend and neighbor, Steve Chizar. Every Wednesday, from spring through fall, you could find Steve riding the Township’s mower in his wide brim hat and holding his trusty weed whacker – taking care of the cemetery, the park, and sometimes losing the battle with those pesky weeds down by the beach. When there has been storm damage, Steve was there to clear fallen branches and trees. Then there was leaf pickup, vandalism clean-up and repair, trash removal, tree trimming, beach area grooming, maintaining and storing the township mower, just to mention a few of the many things Steve did. We sometimes forget the people

A Periodic Reminder

It’s that time of the year again: New Year’s Resolutions. Sadly, the life expectancy of such things is but a few weeks for many people. Then we return to our comfort zone. What works for me more is periodic reminders. For the last 30 years, I drive the 200-mile round-trip distance between Chicago and New Carlisle 2-3 times per week. I am aware of the frustration of the roads. I have witnessed horrible accidents through the years. “Road rage” was born, and it’s getting worse. And what is road rage? It is one of the many results of anger. So here is my “periodic reminder” about anger, that I had memorized years ago when I first came across it: of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the mo

Question Fire Territory Plan

If you pay taxes in either New Carlisle, Olive Township or Hudson Township, I would strongly encourage you to attend the public Fire Territory meeting to be held on January 28th at 7:00 pm at the fire station. Please ask to see a copy of the budget with the expenditures, so you can see how your tax dollars are being spent on this endeavor. I suggest that you question the elected officials who are in favor of this budget, to justify some of the expenditures that relate to salaries for the employees as well as some of the other expenditures. Let me give you some of the facts: There are currently three other Fire Territories in St. Joseph County, Penn, Southwest and Clay. New Carlisle and Ol

Support for Sewer System

I have had a house on Hudson Lake for more than a decade and love the lake community and town of New Carlisle. I enjoy hearing about the lake in its heyday (100 years ago!), when it was a big destination spot. When I visit other destination spots like Lake Geneva, WI, Saugatuck, MI, and even nearby Pine Lake, I always wonder why Hudson Lake is so far behind those locations in attracting visitors and investment from homeowners on and near the lake. I strongly believe this is due in part due to the lack of a public utility sewer. Having septic systems adjacent to the shoreline of the lake seems ridiculous in the modern times. It’s not much different than an outhouse with the convenience of

Dollars and Cents (Sense)

Over the past several months, the subject of a sewer system has become a heated subject of discussion in the Hudson Lake area. In fact, when I recently when to vote in the November election, there was a gentleman outside Monroe’s Crossing, our polling place, shouting at me while I walked in, “If you’re against the sewers, vote for Euler!” First, I am pretty sure that is against election rules and second, I am also pretty sure that is not one of the duties of our Trustee. While there are many that claim that Joyce Forbes, our previous Trustee, was the one pushing the sewer movement because of her elected position, I can assure you that is not the case. She, and many more of us, are truly conc

Good News from NPHS

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Mrs. Murray’s Cougar Mentor group sock drive. 130 pairs of socks - for babies to adult men - were collected, as well as some hats, scarves, mittens, and toiletries. Your generosity is much appreciated! Advanced Nutrition and Wellness Students in Advanced Nutrition and Wellness planned special events complete with invitations, menus, and table settings. Each group selected a holiday or special event to celebrate with food items corresponding to the event. Staff members and students were invited to dinner together and celebrated the events. Gummy Bear Governments The U.S. Government students learned about different types of governments by defining the

New Prairie High School Honor Rolls

Principal’s Honor Roll 12th Grade: Adnson, Isabelle Mae; Adnson, Olivia Renei; Bauer, Mia Grace; Bowen, Anthony Tyler; Boyd, Megan Elizabeth; Carmel, Lily Adele; Cotter, Maddox S.; Dahms, Kali Mackenzie; Eggleston, Thomas Arthur; Grounds, Jared Michael; Gulotta, Rhett Jakob; Henning, Joseph James; Janko, Karen Theresa; Johnson, Grant McCoy; Kirkham, Emily Danielle; Kopczynski, Tynder Madison; Kuczmanski, Isaac Raymond; Lenig, Bailey Suzanne; Masterson, Katherine Ann; Metzger, Callie Rose; Mireles, Maleny; Moody, Sydney Claire; Novak, Erin Maria; Palmer, Alexandra Victoria; Papai, Lucas Floyd; Peters, Gabriele Payton; Rea, Ali Nicole; Rose, Dylan F; Rosplock, Makenna Scharlotte; Rypma, Hanna

The Busy Band Bauzz

As the cold, snowy weather of the winter sets in, the world slows down a bit. With no marching season, no parades, no fundraisers, and no holiday concerts, one might think that the life of a band student (and band parent) may also slow down. However, these next few months may be the busiest time for New Prairie Bands. The first event for the winter season involving the highest number of band students is ISSMA solo and ensemble contest. This year this event will be Saturday January 26 at Kankakee Valley High School. This year New Prairie High School Band has forty-eight events consisting of forty-one solos and seven ensembles. These events include fifty-five of our high school band stude

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County Announces 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Offer

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice. The scholarship has been offered to Victor Gomez, Marian High School; Joseph Henning, New Prairie High School; Emily Morales Liddiard, Penn High School; and Abigail Meckstroth, Penn High School. With the earlier deadline again this year, students will be making their college decisions in the next few months. Awards are based on academic excellence, leadership, community service, employment history, writt

Unity Foundation of La Porte County Announces 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

Two outstanding La Porte County students have been named recipients of full tuition, four-year scholarships as Unity Foundation of La Porte County 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Lily Carmel and Abigail Roberts will receive tuition to an accredited public or private Indiana college or university of their choice, and an annual $900 stipend for required books and equipment. Lily Carmel will graduate with academic honors from New Prairie High School, having taken several advanced placement and honors courses. She has demonstrated leadership and initiative through her consistent involvement in school, community, and faith related activities. She is an active member of the National Hono

Brown Bag Gardening Series Begins with Panel on Local Food Growers

Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch or snack and learn a little about gardening during four sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners. Four sessions, two each in La Porte and Michigan City, will focus on aspects of gardening from attracting wildlife to gardening with kids. At the first session in the Brown Bag Gardening Series on Wednesday, January 16, a panel of local food growers will answer the following questions (and more): Have you ever wondered what the buzz is about local foods? Why are local foods important to our communities? How can you find out who is knowledgeable about it and why it might be good for people? This panel will bring folks to you who are

Recipes, Etc.

The NFL playoff season is set and one of the teams vying to win the Super Bowl LIII is none other than the Chicago Bears. Today’s recipe comes from “Jimbo” Covert - a former Chicago Bears offensive tackle who was a two-time pro bowl and first team all-pro selection during his eight year career with the Bears. He was the 6th pick in the 1983 draft and was a first team All American with the Pittsburgh Panthers in 1982. “Jimbo’s” Texas Toast Prepare ingredients as though you were making regular French toast; Best to use thick-sliced bread; suggested ingredients: 6 thick slices bread 3 eggs 1 c. milk 2 T. sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Salt to taste crushed corn flakes

From the Director's Desk

Some of the smartest people in history - scientists, authors, presidents - have known that a library is a good place to learn something new. It’s always been a place where those without means could get an education. Libraries have always been my go to source for new hobbies and DIY projects. This summer, I got tired of mowing my lawn and weeding my flower beds. So what did I do? I checked out books on native plants and no mow lawns. Recently, I’ve ventured into sourdough bread baking. And while I did learn a lot from the internet (King Arthur flour has a great website), I have also checked out every book in this library and the next one over on sourdough bread. There’s just something dif

Ride the Rails and Learn Chicagoland History

Now that the holidays are over and winter’s grip is settling in even more, families all over Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana are looking for something fun to do on the weekends. How about a ride on the South Shore Line with the Midwest Rail Rangers? Our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization presents on-board educational programs on the South Shore two to three weekends per month year-round… including during the winter. Ride the train between Downtown Chicago and South Bend, while learning about the people, places, and history passing by outside your window from Interpretive Guides. Did you know that during its 90-mile-long run, trains on the South Shore pass near or through two units of the Na

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