Recipes, Etc.

Spring has sprung! All kinds of great veggies for us to pick from, including asparagus. Asparagus can be prepared by roasting in oven, charring on grill or cooking on stove-top. Whichever you choose, they’re all easy and of course tasty! Enjoy this family favorite which is perfect for all occasions. Especially nice for springtime brunches. Ham and Asparagus Casserole 2 T. butter 2 T. chopped green pepper (or more to your liking) 2 T. chopped onion (or more to your liking) 3 T. butter (or margarine) 3 T. all purpose flour (For roux) 2 ½ c. milk or cream 1 lb. fresh asparagus, ½ inch cuts 1 cup cubed ham 1 T. fresh parsley 1 cup Cheddar cheese 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped 2

CROSS YOUR FINGERS: Viaduct Closed May 6-16

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. It is necess

From the NCPL Director's Desk

On July 2, the library begins its 18th year in this beautiful building. Over the last ten years, we have averaged about 6,500 visitors per month. That’s a lot of feet on the carpet, hands on walls, visits to the restrooms. Just like your house, after nearly 20 years, the library is ready for some repairs, upkeep, and updates. One key repair that needs to happen is the roof. We have been doing some small repairs to spots that have bubbled and lost shingles for the last few years. However, we need to do a proper and comprehensive repair of the roof. We’ve also developed a plan for the front of the building that will make it easier to drop off and pick up at the front entrance. As part of t

The Story of Lucy

The message of Jesus Christ has been so misrepresented by well meaning Christians that we have unintentionally caused a lot of spiritual casualties who are now emotionally limping through life, refusing to turn to the one who can truly heal. I confess, for a while I was one of those people who refused to go to any church function out of the pain inflicted on me from well meaning people. As a therapist who sits with people working through their painful life story, I know for a fact that pointing out a person’s flaws, shaming them, and pressuring them to become something they are not never works. What does work is accepting a person right where they are, understanding why they are there, and s

Maple Grove Church Hosting Human Trafficking Forum

Human Trafficking is an industry generating 38 billion dollars a year - second only to drug trafficking. This modern day form of slavery does not limit itself to big cities and abduction is not the largest means of recruiting. More likely is the fact that a child is feeling vulnerable and expresses these feeling on social media, which opens possibilities to lure a child with false promises. How do we protect children? It is important to be aware of what is happening and of ways we can help. On Wednesday, May 15 a forum with representatives from Rahab’s Daughters ( and Destiny Rescue ( will be at Maple Grove United Methodist Church to share valuab

Discover New Carlisle, Inc. Launches Facade Grant Program

Discover New Carlisle, Inc. announced a new initiative to help local business owners fix up their storefronts. Discover received a $15,000 grant from 1st Source Bank through the 1st Source Foundation as seed money and Discover has pledged to commit $5,000 to the program each year. This first year, the group plans to award a total of $7,500 in matching grants. The hope is to annually increase the amount of matching funds with other potential grants and donations. If there is more grant money available, then Discover can increase the number of grants funded. The program is a reimbursable 50/50 matching grant and will match up to $5,000 for facade improvements or up to $2,500 for signage or awn

Morning Wildflower Walk

Bendix Woods County Parks is hosting a morning wildflower walk on Thursday, May 16 at 9:30am. Come mingle with other adults and join a park interpreter on a guided wildflower exploration. Coffee and fresh donuts available. Participants should meet at the Runnels Shelter. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Program fee is $3.00 per person. Pre-registration and payment are required by Wednesday, May 15. Bendix Woods County Park is located 8 miles west of the US 20 By-pass off State Road 2 on Timothy Road. For more information or to register, call 574/654-3155.

The Busy Band Buzz: Spring Concerts

After a successful Trivia Night, we are approaching our goal to pay for the new marching band uniforms. In only our third year, we had a record number of tables filled with trivia players. A huge thank you goes out to all of our area businesses and individuals that donated items for our silent auction, all the auction bidders, and everyone that came out to enjoy the evening. The uniforms are all made and ready for delivery as soon as we are able to make the final payment. As we wind down the school year, we look toward our final concerts of the season. The final spring concert for the 2018-19 school year will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 6pm school time at the La Porte Civic Auditorium ($3

Hometown Days Trivia Night

As the weather warms up, it’s time to start thinking about summertime in New Carlisle. As always, the biggest party of the summer in town is the annual Hometown Days festival in July. To keep this tradition alive, volunteers from Hometown Days work throughout the year to raise funds to support the activities and attractions during the festival weekend, such as the popular Friday night fireworks display and live entertainment at the Memorial Park Gazebo. One of the major fundraisers is the upcoming annual trivia night, planned for Saturday, April 27 at the American Legion Post 297 in New Carlisle. Doors open at 6pm EDT, with the trivia competition beginning at 7pm EDT. The cost to enter is $

Recipes, Etc.

Here are some quick and easy recipes prepared in a crock pot for your Easter celebration. Let the crock pot “do the cooking for you.” Crock Pot Ham 2-7 lb. ham boneless or bone-in 1 - 20 oz can sliced pineapple 1/3 cup brown sugar ½ tsp ground cloves candied cherries (optional) Place ham in a crock pot. Drain the juice from the can of sliced pineapple and place in a separate bowl. Add brown sugar to the juice, whisking to dissolve; add ½ tsp ground cloves and whisk to combine. Arrange slices of pineapple all over the surface of your ham and in between slices. (you may want to pre-slice the ham) Place candied cherries inside the pineapple. Pour all of the pineapple juice mixture

Olive Chapel: Making Things New

When a forest fire rips through the land, it has potential to cause all kinds of devastation. Trees are charred, homes can be lost, and even death of animals and people can result. Our initial response as humans is to control the fire, to stop it. We don’t like anything in this life that feels out of our control, or that causes us pain. But have you ever stopped to think that it is not the fire that is unnatural, but rather our intervention to stop it? Forest fires are God’s way of cleansing the earth, and creating a rebirth. The fire does not happen until it needs to happen, usually from a spark caused by lightening hitting a tree and then falling to the forest floor. Dying trees that hav

6th Annual ACOA Spring Art & Craft Show

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item for your home or that perfect gift for Mother’s Day, you won’t want to miss this event. This show is a fundraiser for the Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults in LaPorte, and it will feature over 50 vendors. This year it is being held at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds on State Rd. 2 on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (CDT). All booths are inside two modern, handicapped accessible buildings. Artists and crafters from Indiana and Michigan will be showcasing their unique, hand-crafted merchandise. If you’re looking for something for the yard or patio; check out the bird baths and feeders, stepping stones, sculpted stoneware, ceramic yar

Heapin' Helping of History

When not actually aboard the train this spring, the Midwest Rail Rangers are still serving up a heapin’ helping of South Shore Line history! The organization chose to team up with four local libraries across Illinois and Indiana to help educate residents about the unique history of the South Shore Line. Normally there isn’t much time when riding the train to delve deep into what makes the South Shore Line so special, but through these special one-hour presentations, you can learn about America’s Last Interurban Railroad. Volunteer Interpretive Guides with the Midwest Rail Rangers will be making the rounds to the upcoming locations: Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 11:00AM ET at the New Carlisle-Ol

Debra Jane Williams, 1951-2019

Debra Jane Williams, 67, of Rolling Prairie, IN, lost her 8-year battle with cancer on Monday, April 1, 2019, at LaPorte Hospital. She was born June 5, 1951, in LaPorte, IN, the daughter of Richard R. Bealor and Betty J. (Griffin) Bealor. In her spare time, Debra enjoyed reading and writing. She loved spending time with and taking care of her family, but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren. On Sept. 19, 1970, in New Carlisle, IN, she married Gregory D. Williams, who survives. She is also survived by her son, Patrick (Paula) Williams of New Carlisle; brother, Richard Steven (Denise) Bealor of LaPorte; sister, Nancy Kazmucha of LaPorte; three grandchildren, Gabriel Will

Good Deed Award

Emily Graves, a junior at New Prairie High School, received the American Legion Auxiliary Good Deed Award at a recent meeting of Unit 297 auxiliary in New Carlisle from president Elaine Colalillo. Emily is the founder of Cookies for Soldiers, Inc. When she was six, she started purchasing Girl Scout Cookies to share with troops serving in harm’s way. Since then, as a ten-year Girl Scout member, they have shared over 30,000 boxes. In addition to sending cookies overseas, they have welcomed home over 30 Honor flights with cookies and a hug. She has also attended many other events recognizing veterans who have served from WWII to the present.

90th Birthday Open House

Join us for an open house to celebrate Lorraine Jones’s 90th Birthday with open bowling, cake, and refreshments at The Black Cat Lanes from 1pm-4pm EST Saturday, April 27th. We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with everyone! Please no gifts.

Jack Ellis Mell, 1929-2019

Jack Ellis Mell, 90, of New Carlisle passed away on Friday March 22, 2019 in his home. He was born on January 2, 1929, in LaPorte, IN, to the late Joseph Elvis and Icle (King) Mell. On January 21, 1952 he married Candace D. Hagedorn, who preceded him in death on August 23, 2017. Jack is survived by his son, Jack (Kim) Mell II of Granger; his two daughters, Debbie Higgins and Denise Kujawski, both of New Carlisle; three granddaughters, Toni (Henry) Versmesse of South Bend, Jessica (Keith) Varga of New Carlisle and Kayla Mell of Granger and two great-grandchildren. Jack worked as a truck driver for Koontz-Wagner for 37 1/2 years, before retiring in 1990. He was a United States Army Veteran. Ja

Upcoming Meetings of Public Interest

Listed are upcoming public meetings during April. These meetings may include agenda items of interest to residents of the New Carlisle/Olive Township area. Sunday, April 7th from 3-5 PM ET - meeting at New Prairie Middle School sponsored by Open Space and Agricultural Alliance. The meeting will address concerns that community members may have about funding the new Fire Territory. Tuesday, April 9th - Redevelopment Commission meeting at 9AM on the seventh floor of the County-City Building in South Bend. Tuesday, April 9th- St. Joseph County Council public hearing at 6PM on the fourth floor of the County-City Building. Thursday, April 11th - St. Joseph County Regional Water and Sewer District

NP Baseball Alumni Day

This year is the 50th anniversary for New Prairie High School. To celebrate this milestone, the baseball team would like to invite all of our alumni to attend our Alumni Day at the New Prairie Cougars baseball game on Saturday, April 13, at 11 AM Central Time. The Cougars will be taking on the South Central Satellites for a single seven-inning game. With the help of our fundraising group, the New Prairie Diamond Club, we have put together the following agenda for all of our alumni that would like to attend the game: Current Record Books for all Alumni - 1969 through 2018 Group picture on the field after the game - Will send to everyone Tours of new weight room and athletic facilities (10:15A

Good News from NPHS

• The Environmental Club is growing broccoli, cauliflower, pepper, and tomato plants. These plants will be donated to the community garden at the United Methodist Church in New Carlisle. The students will also help church members plant the garden in the spring. The garden is open for anyone in the community to work in and harvest from. They also donate extra produce to the food bank at the Community Church in New Carlisle. • Mrs. Chases’s class had an AP HuG development contest. The staff at NPHS did the voting. The team name that won was “It’s GHANA be our way or NORWAY ATOLL!” They also won the whole contest, maybe it was the first draft pick the “name game” won them! Side note: thi

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