James Henry "Hank" Ford, 1931-2019

James Henry “Hank” Ford, 87, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at West Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation in South Bend, IN. Henry was born on March 9, 1931 to the late John Lonzo and Martha Connie (Stricklin) Ford in Lutts, TN, and has resided in New Carlisle, IN since 1959. He was preceded in death by his two beloved sons, Gregory Lee Ford and James Henry Ford, Jr.; sisters, Net Qualls, Lillie Henson, Mary Scott, Myrtle Mayhugh, and Fannie Ford; brothers, William, John, Robert, Hubert, Vernon, J.P., and Carl Ford. On March 30, 1957, he married the love of his life, Mary Helen Anderson at the New Carlisle Community Christian Church in New Carlisle, IN.

Top 5 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2019

Cyber threats are a genuine danger for businesses, no matter their size or industry. Companies that face data breaches are likely to fail within months after the attack, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. Security issues can ruin your reputation and cause expensive damage to your company. In 2019, we are already predicting increased cyber crimes to steal more data and resources. The FBI reported that over $1.4 billion in losses were experienced by companies and individuals in 2017. These expenses come from increasing security, losing information, losing physical resources, ransomware payouts, scams and more. The most significant sources of cybercrime included: Email compromis

How To Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Depending on the age(s) of your child (ren), your response to this topic may be, “She’s too young – she doesn’t even have an identity yet.” Alas, not so. In our electronic society, kids exist in databases even before they’re born. And they are an attractive target for several kinds of bad actors on the dark web – those who want to exploit their names and other data for identity theft, such as opening credit card accounts, child pornographers looking for images that can be photoshopped, school bullies, and so on. Although this post focuses on identity theft, taking the steps described herein will also protect your children from other bad actors. What’s So Bad About Social Security Numbers?

Sugar Camp Days Welcomes Visitors

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days festival on March 16 and 17, 2019 to celebrate the maple syrup season. You are invited to tour the sugar bush to see sap being harvested, and visit the sugar house to discover how clear sap is transformed into golden syrup. The New Carlisle Lions Club will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast both days from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research, and community organizations. At Sugar Camp Days you can watch historical crafters demonstrate their trades, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and purchase delicious foods made wi

Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Association Scholarship

The Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Association is offering a scholarship to a qualifying graduating senior. Any high school senior who plans to attend college or a professional school next year and has either a grandparent or great grandparent who graduated from the former Rolling Prairie High School is eligible to apply. The applications along with supporting documentation are due March 22, 2019. The applications can be downloaded from the New Prairie High School Guidance Department documents/scholarship page. For more information or to obtain an application by email or regular mail call Carmadeane Rose at 219-778-4114 or email Carmadeane@gmail.com.

Recipes, Etc.

This week I have chosen a few of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s choice recipes, which were served in their elegant domain. Filet of Soule Amandine 6 sole filets All purpose flour ½ cup butter S & P Juice from one lemon 2 T. chopped parsley ¼ cup slivered almonds Thin lemon wedges Wash filets, wipe dry and dredge with flour. Heat one half of the butter (or 1/4 cup) in a heavy skillet. Add the floured filets and saute in foaming butter (medium heat) until golden brown on both sides. Remove to a warm serving plate. Sprinkle with S&P. Add the remaining butter to the skillet and let it cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Stir in the lemon juice, parsley and almonds. Blend and

New Prairie High School Choirs On The Road Again

The New Prairie High School Competitive Show Choirs are about to hit the road and this year, it will be hard not to take notice! With the support of school superintendent, Dr. White, and the Board of School Trustees, the choir trailer recently got a new look. Soon it will be full of costumes, instruments, and stage lighting as the NPHS show choirs, under the direction of Mr. James Bennett, kick off their eighth year on the competitive circuit. Students in the advanced mixed choir, Innovation, and the advanced women’s choir, Sing Sensation, put in many rehearsal hours in order to compete and have grown to be respected competitive ensembles. Collaborating with NPHS band students who perform b

Recipes, Etc.

These red velvet brownies are seriously the perfect brownie recipe for Valentine’s Day! Perfectly moist and chewy with the beautiful red color. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch! Red Velvet Brownies 1 (4 oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped 3/4 cup butter 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 (1 oz) bottle red liquid food coloring 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 or 7x11 inch pan with aluminum foil allowing 2 inches to hang over the sides. Lightly grease. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring after 30 seconds each time being careful not to burn the chocolate.

Brown Bag Gardening Series Continues with Attracting Wildlife

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. Three more sessions, one in La Porte and two in Michigan City, will focus on aspects of gardening from attracting wildlife to gardening with kids. At the second session in the Brown Bag Gardening Series on Wednesday, February 13, two experienced gardeners will share this event to discuss “Attracting Wildlife.” Donna Pouzar will talk about Wildlife Habitat Certification, a National Wildlife Federation program that defines the needs of wildlife and helps you earn certification for your own yard to attract some wildlife friends. Laur

Unity Foundation Community Scholarship Applications

Applications are now available online for the 2019 Unity Foundation of La Porte County cycle of scholarships and awards. Deadline for submission is March 22. Scholarships and awards ranging from $250 - $2,500 each are awarded through more than 50 funds at Unity, which is the community foundation serving La Porte County. Scholarship opportunities are available for both graduating seniors and students who already are in college. To make the application process easier for students and school officials, all applicants can simply log into www.uflc.net to complete and submit applications and documentation online. The Unity Foundation General Scholarship application was designed to allow students

Sheriff's Association Scholarship

La Porte County Sheriff John T. Boyd, recently announced that the Indiana Sheriff’s Association (ISA) will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. There will be approximately forty (40) $750-dollar scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state. The ISA Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing, and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field. To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident,

Start Planning Now for Open Class and Little Hands

Yes, it’s winter, but it’s not too early to start planning for the summer. Now is the time to make plans to exhibit in this year’s Open Class and Little Hands at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair (June 28 - July 6). Open Class is for anyone age 18 and older and not eligible for 4-H. Little Hands is for preschool age children (ages 3-5) and not yet in Kindergarten. Participants do not have to live in St. Joseph County (IN). Children entering in Little Hands can make anything of their choosing. Some possible, but not inclusive, ideas include making a paper chain, sculpting with clay, painting a picture, or creating a pencil holder. This year Open Class offers fourteen different categories for adu

Sugar Maple Tapping at Bendix Woods

Maple sugaring activities are scheduled to begin at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana on Saturday, February 16. Trees will be tapped for the upcoming sugaring season. The public is invited to join park staff and volunteers to help drill holes in the trees and install the tubing system which allows the trees’ sap to flow directly to the sugar house. Volunteers will also clean sap storage tanks, split and stack firewood, and clean the sugar house. Tapping activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Sauk Trail Shelter. Participants are welcome to bring a cordless power drill. The park will provide tapping bits, additional drills and other tools. Participants should arrive no late

Dr. Mercedes Gumm, DVM

We, her loving family, are pleased to announce that Mercedes Gumm of New Carlisle has completed her studies at St Georges University Veterinary School, Grenada, West Indies. Sadie has also finished her externships at various locations in the U.S. and passed her State of Indiana Board exams. She attained a Bachelor of Science - Animal Science degree from Purdue University in 2014. She has accepted a contracted position at the ABC Clinic of South Bend where she will practice for the next 18 months. Her future plans are to work for the government as a Public Health Veterinarian, involved with regulatory medicine, or enlisting in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service as a V

Edward L. Feikes, 1932-2019

Edward (Ed) L. Feikes, 86, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana after a brief hospitalization. Ed was born on November 12, 1932 in LaPorte, Indiana to Anthony and Vera Feikes. He graduated from LaPorte High School in 1951, where he played both football and baseball. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Vermont, he met nursing student Mary Calvi, and they were married in 1957. Ed received his Education degree from Ball State University and his Masters degree from Indiana University. He taught at a number of schools but was best known for teaching Government and Psychology at LaPorte High School. He

Good News from New Prairie High School

Out of Left Field The students in Mrs. Gonder’s Honors Algebra 2 class have been applying their studies of quadratic functions to real world applications. This past week the students were challenged with determining from which MLB ballpark is it hardest to hit a home run. The students studied a hypothetical equation of the trajectory path of a baseball hit at Boston’s Fenway Park by former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz during the 2013 World Series. Ortiz hit a home run over the left field wall (a.k.a. Green Monster - which is 310 feet from home plate and 37 feet tall). The students used data collected from different ballparks to determine whether it’s easier to hit home runs in some par

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