Recipes, Etc.

I have heard from many friends of mine, I like simple recipes. Well, here they are - have fun making them. Cutlets Ala Easy 4 bones skinless chicken breasts Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper ½ cup Greek yogurt 2 cups panko bread crumbs vegetable oil for frying Pound down chicken very well. Season with salt & pepper, toss with yogurt. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Coat chicken with panko, patting to adhere. Heat oil in large skillet (cast iron would be great) over medium high heat until panko crumb sizzles when tossed in. Add half of chicken, cook, rotating with tongs for even browning, until golden brown and cooked through (3 - 4 minutes a side). Simple Chocolate Bl

Olive Chapel Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

On January 1, 1842, led by Reverends W. M. Andrews, Jacob Andrews and John Sprague, in the home of James S. and Polly (Hooton) Parnell a weekly prayer group was organized with the following charter members: Jackson and Phebe Hale, the Parnells, James S. Hooton, William Hooton, and Esther Hooton. Polly (Hooton) Parnell was Esther’s sister-in-law; James and William were Esther’s sons. For approximately 27 years, the adults attended weekly prayer meetings. At first they were held in different homes and after a few years, they began to hold church in the Parnell Schoolhouse (sometimes called the Hooton Schoolhouse) on State Road 2, hence the name Parnell’s Church. Thomas Hooton, Esther’s husban

Message from Olive Chapel

I am a runner. There are days that I love to run and it feels freeing. I feel strong, and energized throughout the run. Then there are the days that it is all I can do to put one foot in front of the other. Those days I have to talk myself into pressing on in the run without giving up. Those are also the days that the end of my run feels the most rewarding. I’m not usually one to sign up for races, most of my running is for myself. I’m not a competitive person by any means, but I do compete against my own time and distance. I have noticed that the days I run in a race feel very different. Running with other people, while others are on the sidelines cheering us on has a very different energy

Letters to the Editor

As I’m sure many have noticed, the number of homes in the area displaying ‘No IEC’-signs grows week-by-week. The Open Spaces Agricultural Alliance group (OSAA) has been working diligently to increase local awareness concerning the proposed Indiana Enterprise Center (IEC). As that awareness grows, so does opposition to Saint Joseph County Development’s plan to industrialize our part of the county and permanently destroy thousands of acres of prime farmland in the process. Development interests and their local governmental cohorts have been doing their best to nail this speculative project down before many folks out our way even know what ‘IEC’ means. A light is starting to shine on these dar

Busy Band Buzz: Flux

The Marching Cougars have had the honor to perform their show at three home football games in front of amazing hometown crowds. What better way to experience Americana than to spend a Friday night at a high school football game featuring our awesome New Prairie football team, cheerleaders, dance team, and marching band. These nights where our students can hear the roar of the crowd in the bleachers makes all of the long hours of practice and rehearsal worthwhile. The Marching Cougars competitive show for the 2019 season is simply titled “Flux”. Just as flux flows and changes, so does life. The writers of the show have chosen to use water to represent this. Life experiences can be sad li

Marilyn M. MacMillan, 1932-2019

Marilyn Margaret Jones MacMillan Harding was born in LaPorte, Indiana on December 19th, 1932 to Chester and Ruby (Norris) Jones. Her family relocated to New Carlisle, Indiana in 1941 where she graduated High School as the Salutatorian. She received a full scholarship to Indiana University and went for a year before withdrawing to marry Deane MacMillan and raise three daughters, Sandy, Connie and Susan. Eventually, Marilyn returned to college and went on to earn a PhD and to work for many years as a clinical psychologist in Oakland County. In 1982, Marilyn married Dwight Harding and her family expanded to include Debbie (Doug) MacInnes and their son Travis, John (Anne) Harding and their daugh

Briefs from Around Town

Substitute Teachers Needed New Prairie United School Corporation is currently seeking new substitute teachers to join our school staff! Our daily pay rates for substitutes have increased. We now offer: $68 daily pay rate for subs with a HS diploma $75 daily pay rate for subs with a college degree $90 daily pay rate for Licensed Teacher Subs Our subs work hard and we think consistency should be rewarded. Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, we are pleased to announce a new incentive program allowing substitute teachers to receive bonuses. A substitute who works 25-49 full days in a semester will receive a one time bonus of $300 A substitute who works 50+ full days in a semester will re

New Prairie Duo Inducted into Saint Mary's Hall of Fame

NOTRE DAME - New Prairie High School classmates and Saint Mary's College graduates Megan Gray Piper and Alison Kessler were recently inducted into the Saint Mary's Department of Athletics Hall of Fame for their outstanding collegiate careers. Megan Gray Piper became the first cross country runner in program history to come in first place at a race as she turned in the first 5k below 19 minutes in the history of Belles cross country. She earned First Team All-MIAA honors as both a junior and a senior. In those same seasons, she was an All-Region performer at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional race. She finished in tenth place at the regional race as a junior to earn a spot in the NCAA Division III

Moonlight Mystery offers unique opportunities

Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana, is hosting its annual fall special event on Saturday, October 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Visitors can follow a luminaire-lit trail to solve the mystery of “Who Scared Mr. Forrest?” Along the trails, learn about nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations to night life. Meet live animals up close, investigate raccoon furs and bat skeletons, make an owl mask or a fox-ear headband, play the sticky spiderweb game and explore the prairie StoryWalk. Hop on the tractor-pulled hay wagon to get around the park, play on the playground and visit the Discovery Room in the Nature Center! The Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake will sell hot dogs and

The Last Civil War Soldier to be recognized with ceremony

“The Last Civil War Soldier” buried in St. Joseph County will be recognized with a grave side dedication and ceremony September 21, 2019. The ceremony and dedication will take place at 2:00 PM (EDT) in the New Carlisle Cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend and experience a unique opportunity to step back in time to the 1860’s as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, (SUVCW) assisted by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, (LGAR) dedicate the grave of the last Union Civil War Soldier to be buried in St. Joseph County! The “Last Soldier” is a project begun by the National Organization of the SUVCW to mark every grave of the Last Union Civil War Soldier in every county in ever

Our Relationship with the Land

Based on signs that I’ve seen, the Indiana Enterprise Center (IEC) development project is, in the minds of many, a constricting, nebulous monster that is slowly squeezing toward a goal of stealing and converting 20,000+ acres of land. For others, I’m sure, this project promises job creation and economic enrichment that will sustain communities, and provide a fertile soil for the nourishment of families. I will not presently advocate for or against this project, especially given my current lack of specific details about what is planned. Rather, I’d like to briefly discuss with you a way of thinking about the land and our relationship with it. I’ve noticed that studying Nature, professionally

Recipes, Etc.

I wanted to share with you a wonderful recipe given to me by Deborah Sullivan Brown. This was a favorite of the Brown family for years. Debbie’s husband, Gerry, loved this cake when his mom, Betty, made it for the family. Debbie mentioned that Gerry’s uncle did not like zucchini at all, but after he had his sister’s chocolate zucchini cake, he changed his mind! Betty's Chocolate Zucchini Cake ½ cup margarine, softened ½ cup vegetable oil 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup sour milk 2 ½ cups unsifted flour 4 T. cocoa ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. cloves (optional) 2 cups grated zucchini 1/4 cup chocolate chips Cream together the margarin

Message from Olive Chapel

In the song “Can Anyone Hear Me” by Meredith Andrews, she wrestles with trusting in a God who feels so silent at times. Can you relate? Have you wrestled with unanswered prayers, or with the feeling that your prayers are just bouncing off the ceiling, unheard, uncared for? Have you had the experience of crying out to God with total vulnerability expecting to see or feel a response to no avail? Are you confused about this felt abandonment when we are encouraged in Scripture to pray continuously? We are encouraged to talk to God about our problems, yet He seems so silent, so uncaring, so slow to move. What are we supposed to do when real life does not add up to what our theology says it should

Good News from New Prairie High School

Mr. Whitenack, Mr. Dailey, and Mrs. Lower's Mentor students did a little clean up around the school. We discussed how it's all our responsibility to keep this place looking clean even during construction. World Languages Students in Spanish class enjoyed a competitive game of “Matamoscas.” This exciting “flyswatter” game gives students hands on experiences to choose the correct picture to match the sentence in Spanish using current vocabulary for exciting practice. Several students had their “game” face on. Spanish classes also played a “Running Dictation” game to recreate a story with their team about plot points from a well-known story in Spanish. This is the story of “Bob.” Spanish cla

Band Hosts Mattress Fundraiser

Are you looking to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time. The New Prairie High School Band is excited to announce they will be hosting their 3rd Annual one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, October 5th, from 10am-5pm. For one day only, New Prairie High School will be transformed into a mattress showroom. For information about the sale, go to There will be 30 mattress styles on display in all sizes in styles for customers to try, priced below retail. Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, bed frames, and mattress protectors will be available as well. The brands include Simmons Beautyrest, come with full factory warranties, are made to order, and will be

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