Project underway at 2 and 20

Work recently began on an intersection improvement project at U.S. 20 and SR 2 in Rolling Prairie. This project will see a “dogbone” interchange built at this location, eliminating the traffic signal and creating a bridge carrying motorists north-south with east-west traffic passing underneath. Roundabouts will be placed at the north and south ends of the bridge, creating the so-called “dogbone.” During the project, the corridor will be closed to north-south (LaPorte to New Carlisle) traffic between CR N 500 E and Oak Knoll Road, while east-west traffic (Michigan City to South Bend) will be one lane in each direction from Oak Knoll Road to CR N 600 E. The project is expected to wrap up in mi

Busy Band Buzz: The Final Countdown

As the arrival day for our new marching band uniforms approaches, we are making our final push to raise the remaining funds needed to pay for them. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community by making our fundraising successful, we have raised approximately $42,000. This has been accomplished through various give-back nights, mattress fundraiser, SnapRaise, Hometown Days, football concessions, and generous donations from the great people of the New Prairie community. The school is very generously paying for half of the new uniforms, approximately $58,000, leaving approximately $16,000 for the New Prairie Band Boosters to raise. Our last two major fundraising events to meet this obli

Recipes, Etc.

Last year there was a “Celebration of Life” for a gentleman who passed away. I believe he and his wife were married at Bendix Woods (Glenn Bauer Shelter) and had relocated to Las Vegas, NV, which is the reason why they had the party in his honor at Bendix Woods. One of the highlights was a special cake made by his sister-in-law. Vermont Maple Cake 2 ¼ c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 3/4 c. brown sugar 1 ½ tsp soda 3/4 tsp salt Combine above, then add: 3/4 cup melted butter 1 ½ c. buttermilk 9 T. maple syrup 3/4 tsp vanilla 1 ½ tsp maple flavor Mix just until combined, stir in 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes in greased three 9-inch pans. Frosting: 3 sma

Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Banquet

The Rolling Prairie High School Alumni Association will host their 125th consecutive annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the VFW Hall at 4202 N 400 E (Byron Road) in Rolling Prairie. Doors will open at 5:00pm CDT and the dinner will be served at 6:00pm CDT. Everyone who graduated from or even attended Rolling Prairie High School and has an interest in meeting with former classmates is encouraged to attend. All will be given an opportunity to share stories and memories with the group. The classes to be honored this year will be the classes of 1949, 1959 and 1969. Even though the class of 1969 actually graduated from New Prairie High School, the students spent most of their high

Matthew R. Nixon, 1988-2019

Matthew R. Nixon, 30, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away in his home on Monday, March 11, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on April 14, 1988, in Philadelphia, PA, to his surviving parents, Richard and Miriam Nixon. He left behind his wife, Katie Nixon (Horvath), married on July 13th, 2012. Survivors include his siblings, Grace Nixon, Christiana Nixon, and Elijah Nixon and his maternal grandparents, Samuel and Martha Privitera. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Betty Nixon. Matthew graduated from New Prairie High School in 2006. His generous, compassionate heart and joy will not be forgotten by those who knew him. “We know that while we are at

Kaniewski celebrating 100th anniversary

Kaniewski Funeral Home is celebrating its 100th year in business. Kaniewski Funeral Home was founded by Vincent Kaniewski in South Bend, Indiana in 1919. Vincent had been employed with the Singer Cabinet factory in South Bend. One day, he leaned too close to a piece of machinery and a button was cut off his shirt. He decided right then that this line of work was too dangerous and not for him. He left the factory and attended the University of Notre Dame, where he met a Religious Brother, who taught him how to embalm. Kaniewski Funeral Home started as a small West Side Polish Funeral Home in South Bend. Over the years, the business expanded and moved to several locations in South Bend. In 1

Summer Camp Breakfast

The United Methodist Church of New Carlisle will be having a Scholarship for Summer Camp Breakfast on March 30th, from 7:30-10:30am ET. This will be the first one, which will be followed by other breakfasts about a month apart, for five youth who will be attending camp this summer. The camp is part of the United Methodist Church Conference in which they not only have fun but also they learn about God and His many wonders. The breakfast will feature assorted egg casseroles, biscuits and gravy, bacon, coffee cakes, juices, fruit bowl, and cookies. The cost is a freewill offering. The church is located at 300 Compton Street in New Carlisle.

Good News from New Prairie High School

• Friday, March 1, the NPHS teachers celebrated a successful ISTEP Week with a Fiesta Friday. Several teachers participated in a delicious lunch of tacos, chips and salsa from Mucho Mas! The Spanish teachers decorated the teacher’s lounge with fun Mexican themed banners, bright colors, sombreros, and Piñatas. The photo booth, complete with fun props, was the highlight of the day! • After completing the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Spoor’s English 11 students were able demonstrate their creativity and knowledge of contextual evidence from the story by creating their own artistic interpretations of people, places and concepts introduced during the readi

Viaduct closure coming in May

The Town was provided with the following information from the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) regarding the railroad overpass at the viaduct: The NICTD is planning to replace several damaged beams in their bridge over US 20 in the Town of New Carlisle. The project requires that several beams in the structure be removed from the existing structure and replaced. The NICTD bridge over US 20 is located on the east end of town, just south of Bales Mechanical and Carris Reels and north of Zahl’s Elevator and the Inn at the Old Republic. The bridge is between Timothy Road on the west and Marvel Lane on the north. The bridge was damaged by a high load strike which damaged t

HomeGrown Scholarship

Helena New Carlisle Branch is excited to announce the recipient of the Helena HomeGrown Scholarship. Amber Neuhold of New Prairie High School is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship dedicated by Randy Ehninger. Neuhold will be attending Purdue University Northwest where she will be pursuing a degree in Pre-Veterinarian. Helena is committed to supporting the next generation of agriculture through the Helena HomeGrown Scholarship. We want to help our local customers and communities grow more than crops. Whether through the HomeGrown Scholarship or our industry-leading intern program, Helena is committed to growing the future generation of ag leaders and professionals. We would like to thank Ran

Sugar Camp Days offers unique opportunities for the public

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual Sugar Camp Days festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. You are invited to come take a guided tour through the sugar bush to see different methods of sap collection and watch as staff and volunteers cook the sap into syrup in the sugar house. You can also see demonstrations of traditional sugaring methods. The New Carlisle Lions Club is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Breakfast is from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with a fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children 6–11 years old. Children 5 and under eat for free. The proceeds from the breakfast support Leader Dogs for the Blind, cancer research,

New Prairie Kindergarten Round-Up

The New Prairie United School Corporation will be conducting their annual Kindergarten Round-Up. Your child must be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2019 in order to enroll. If your child is going to turn 5 between August 2 and the 31st, he/she is eligible for the early entrance testing which must be completed by May 1. Contact your school’s administration office to make those arrangements. In order to be considered for this all-day program, you MUST register your child during Kindergarten Round-Up at your local school. Registration is held ALL DAY at the times, locations and dates listed below. You must also attend the informational meeting in the evening. Parents are asked to

From the Director's Desk

Every spring we celebrate National Library Week! This year the theme is Libraries=Strong Communities. In 2018, the Knight Foundation along with Gallup teamed together to try and figure out why some people are enthusiastic about where they live. They found three things particularly matter: • Social offerings- that is, places for people to meet each other and the feeling that people in the community care about each other. • Openness: how welcoming the community is to different types of people. • And Aesthetics: The physical beauty of the community. I think that New Carlisle has all of these characteristics. I also believe that this Library reflects these factors and is a central c

Recipes, Etc.

Here is a great Lenten entree. This gnocchi is lighter, fluffier and easier to make than the popular potato gnocchi. These soft and cheesy little dumplings are one of the easiest homemade pasta recipes to make. What more can we ask for! Ricotta Gnocchi With Chunky Marinara Sauce Marinara Sauce: Two 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes 6 T. unsalted butter or olive oil 1 large white or yellow onion, diced (about 1 ½ cups) 1 medium carrot, finely grated 5 large cloves garlic, sliced (or less depending on your taste) 1 T. dried oregano 1 ½ tsp. Kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 3 large bay leaves ½ cup fresh basil leaves (torn into small pieces) Pour both cans of tomat

Want a Quick Lesson on The Cloud?

What is the Cloud? Here’s an analogy that might help. Let’s say that you’re working in a small, cramped office. You have piles of files stacked high on your desk with no room for even one more. Your landlord comes in and offers you an empty file cabinet that’s located in the basement of your building. Although you share this space in the basement with other tenants, the file cabinet will be just for your files. No one else will have the key to the cabinet, so the files you store will be safe and protected from intruders. Because you’re only paying for the file cabinet and not the entire space in the basement, your costs will be manageable and affordable. Now, that cluttered desktop is gone,

Good News from NPHS

• Nicole Chase, our Social Studies teacher, did a “speed dating” activity. All of her students got an agricultural term and had to interview each other and see if they would be a good match. • The U.S. Government students used M&Ms to show the different types of Redistricting and gerrymandering. A fun - and delicious - hands-on lesson. • The Alternative Education students served a meal to the community at the Pax Center on Monday, February 25. The kids worked hard to prepare food and serve many people who may not have gotten a chance to eat. The students got lots of positive feedback from the people eating. It was very good to see the kids working hard. • Mark Stone’s class rabbits that we

Master Gardeners Host Spring Garden Show

The La Porte County Master Gardeners will be having a Spring Garden Show from 8 AM until 4 PM CDT on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Michigan City High School. Admission is $10.00 at the door or $8.00 in advance. Children under 12 are free. Visit our website at www.laportemastergardener.com. Michigan City High School is located at 8466 West Pahs Road, Michigan City, IN, close to Exit 34 on I-94 at US 421. The Keynote Speaker, Susan Martin will present two talks: “Lessons Learned under the Trees” from 11:15AM - 12:15PM. Her second talk “If You Could Only Pick One: Perennial Gold Standards” will be from 1:00 PM until – 2.00 PM. Susan is a freelance horticultural marketer, writer and speaker who ha

Those who don't read history are doomed to repeat it

Those words have never been truer than in the case of Elwood, Illinois in 2002 and current day New Carlisle, Indiana. Leading up to 2002, decisions were made by local and county leaders in Elwood to allow logistics and warehouse industry giant Center Point Intermodal (CPI) to construct many millions of square feet of container storage and product preparation facilities in Elwood. CPI was granted a 20 year tax abatement, and in 2002 opened the first of their warehouses, which today stretch for as far as the eye can see. These drab, non-descript box looking structures now cover what was once some of the most fertile farmland in North America. Within four years Elwood became the largest inland

Open Letter to The Town of New Carlisle

I am 100% in full support of the New Carlisle volunteer fire department. These men and women answer the call every single day to provide this community with an amazing service of fire protection. I completely understand the difficulties that they are enduring with staffing and equipment issues. With this said, I am not in support of this proposed plan due to the inflated budget, increased taxes on our small businesses, reducing the New Prairie United School Corporation and New Carlisle Public Library’s budget, and excluding Hudson Township. All of these issues will have great ripple effects that will negatively impact our community. Increasing taxes on our small business will be detrimental

Christy Haws, 1974-2019

Christy Haws, 44, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019. Christy was born October 13, 1974 in Merrillville, Indiana to Donald and the late, Patricia (Mikula) Short. Christy married John Haws who survives. She was a Prosecuting Attorney in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Christy is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Mya Ann Elizabeth and Autumn Louise Haws; a son, Evan Christian Haws; her father, Donald Short of Mill Creek, Indiana; three step-children, Brier, Koleton, and Marissa Haws; a brother, Tim (Denise) Short of Mill Creek, Indiana; mother-in-law, Renie Ornelas of Portage, Indiana; father-in-law, Thomas Haws of Hobart, Indiana; and a brother-in-law, Jerry

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