Good News from New Prairie High School

• On Saturday, October 19, New Prairie High School robotics team members Sydney Meyers, Zach True, Chris Huhnke, and James Goodlink traveled to Armstrong Hall at Purdue University to present an informational session at the Purdue FIRST Forums. The FIRST forums are an intensive one-day informational session involving the top two tiers of FIRST Robotics, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The team was approached with the invitation to present roughly a month prior, so preparation time was somewhat limited. Speaking to a packed house in room 1028, the team members provided a brief history of New Prairie Robotics along with an accounting of the scouting methodology

Hundreds Participate in Initial Conversation Series for Vibrant Communities Initiative

The Vibrant Communities of La Porte County Initiative hosted a series of community conversations in late October focused on the thoughts and ideas on the future of La Porte County’s communities. The Vibrant Initiative experienced participation from more than 300 residents during the five workshops that were held throughout La Porte County. The Community Conversation Workshops represented the kick-off to the public engagement process to begin a discussion on how to develop an action agenda for the future. “We had an amazing turnout at each of the workshops. We are thankful for each person who participated because we know how hard it is to free up time.” Maggi Spartz, President of the Unity Fo

2019 Town of New Carlisle Election Results

The New Carlisle Town Council will have a fresh look in 2020, as two new members were elected on November 5. Dave Doll and Jerry Colanese received 145 and 132 votes respectively to win at-large seats on the board. Incumbent Jordon Budreau received the most votes with 153 to secure another term. Budreau will be the most experienced council member, as current president Ken Carter and vice president Dan Vermillion were not re-elected. Marcy Kauffman and Samantha Rush, both elected last year, remain on the council as well. Clerk-Treasurer Susan Moffitt was re-elected with 190 votes. Moffitt ran unopposed.

New Prairie Theatre Presents Cinderella

Join us for the first New Prairie Theatre Production, Cinderella, in the new auditorium. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a musical that was originally written for television in 1957. Julie Andrews played the title role for the television event. It was later made into a musical with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. My favorite line from one of the songs is "​Do I love you Because you’re beautiful, Or are you beautiful, Because I love you?" ​This lyric delivers a powerful message of finding someone who loves you just the way you are. This musical is based on the fairy tale, Cinderella. We are all familiar with the story of a young woman forced into servitude by her cruel stepmother a

Walk Your Dog on the Dogbone

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) invites the local officials, the media and the public to mark the (near) completion of the “dogbone” interchange project at U.S. 20 and State Road 2 in La Porte County with a special event: “Walk Your Dog on the Dogbone!” That’s right, we invite you to bring your favorite pooch – or just yourself - to the site of the new interchange to check out the project up close, take a stroll and get information from members of the project team. Please note: The interchange will not be open to traffic following the event. This is a preview for the public ahead of the official opening later this month. Some requirements: If you bring your dog, it MUST be o

Red for Ed Day

Tuesday, November 19, New Prairie Schools will not be in session. The instructional day will be made up January 20, 2020. NPUSC teachers will be participating in a legislative awareness day, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association, called Red for Ed Day at the Indiana Statehouse. The goal of the day is to raise awareness and advocacy for public education in Indiana. "I have great respect for our NPUSC teachers and what they do daily to strive to be the best they can for our students. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause families. We appreciate your support of our teachers as they continue to provide the best education for our students and engage in imp

Recipes, Etc.

This Thanksgiving this special stuffing recipe will be MVR (most valuable recipe) of your special dinner! Also, I am sharing with you another herb idea for your Thanksgiving. "MVR" Savory Stuffing 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for your dish and foil 1 small loaf country bread (about 1 lb.) cut into ½ inch pieces (about 10 cups) 2 ½ cups chicken broth (try low-sodium) 2 large eggs, beaten 2 medium onions, chopped Salt and pepper (try Kosher) 2 stalks celery, cut into ¼ inch pieces 2 tsp fresh thyme 1 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 ½ quart casserole dish. Place bread on baking sheet and bake until bread is beginning to turn to a golden b

Playscape to encourage discovery and outdoor play

Coming in 2020, the River Ramble will be a 1.5-acre natural playscape at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend. The goal of the project is to provide a family destination that encourages outdoor free-play for children. To date three-quarters of the funds for the $500,000 project have been raised. The Friends of St. Joseph County Parks and the County Parks staff are rounding the final corner of the fundraising with the launch of a campaign on Oct. 1 to raise $50,000 in 50 days. If that goal is reached, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s “CreatINg Places” program will match it with a $50,000 grant, but only if the goal is reached. Donations of $25 and up are welcome o

Community invited to Jolly Family Affair at LP Hospital

La Porte Hospital colleagues from the Birthing and Family Care Center and Wellness Outreach are pleased to invite the community to “’Tis the Season! A Jolly Family Affair” from 5:30-7 p.m., on Tuesday, December 3 in the hospital’s main lobby, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte. The event is a great opportunity for all the babies born at La Porte Hospital in 2019 to reunite with the OB staff and each other to celebrate baby’s first holiday season. Families from across the community are welcome as well. All activities are free! Activities include photos with Santa (a link will be made available to download the images), a winter craft activity, the Winter Wellness Land Obstacle Course, cookie decorating

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