Chosen by their history teachers, 40 seventh grade and 40 eighth grade students participated in a contest offered by the American Legion. They took a test called "Americanism," which involved questions covering our government and The Constitution. This year, New Prairie Middle School had two district winners, 7th graders Jackson Sanford and Rachel Paul. They will be recognized and awarded a $25 prize at an upcoming meeting of the American Legion in New Carlisle in February. In addition, Jackson's score was good enough to make him a 7th grade state winner! Jackson is invited down to the state meeting in April, where he will be recognized and will be given a $500 prize for winning! Congratul

Jeanette A. (Tolmen) Koehler, 1922-2020

Jeanette A. Koehler, 97, of South Bend, IN, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Southfield Village. Jeanette was the fifth of fourteen children born at home in New Carlisle to the late William Charles and Gladys (Carr) Tolmen. She attended Puddletown School for a couple of years before transferring to New Carlisle where she graduated in 1940. Jeanette worked at the lunch counter at the South Shore Station in South Bend. She was later employed by School City where she worked in the cafeteria. Jeanette married Woodrow Koehler, better known as Woody, on September 15, 1950, at the First Methodist Church of South Bend where she is still a member. Jeanette and Woody shared a love for N

Sugar Maple Tapping Scheduled for Bendix Woods

Maple sugaring activities are scheduled to begin at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana on Saturday, February 15. 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

St. Joseph County Recognizes Big Trees

On January 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., owners and nominators of area big trees were honored at a reception at Rum Village Nature Center. This program first began in 1996 with 33 champions honored. This year, the number increased to 40 champions. A total of 52 nominations were received for the 2020 Big Trees competition. Nominators sent in measurements of each tree including the trunk circumference, height, and average crown spread of the trees. Tree measurements were verified by the naturalist staff at Rum Village, Potato Creek State Park, the St. Joseph County Parks, and the St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District. The University of Notre Dame had the largest number of champions

Food Pantry Begins Operations at NCUMC

On January 3rd of this year, the New Carlisle Community Food Pantry began operations at the United Methodist Church of New Carlisle. The hours of operation will remain the same, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastern Time every Friday. We recognize that there are families that are unable to make it to the Food Pantry during that time. We will endeavor to have evening hours as often as possible. The first one is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th. It will be open from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern Time. You must live within the New Prairie School District. A valid ID and proof of address is required. We are thankful to the Community Church of New Carlisle for their gracious and loving hosting of this

Good News from NPHS

• Mrs. Soos’s Algebra I students work in groups to convert equations into various forms. Rather than traditional pencil and paper, students match up gift tags to presents. • New Prairie High School Spanish I students study their new vocabulary terms with a fun Quizlet game. They have learned over 120 Spanish vocabulary words for the first semester of school in Spanish! • We have some awesome student athletes! Wrigley Hemphill does a fantastic job singing the National Anthem prior to swim meets. The relay team of Wrigley Hemphill, Neiman Graham, Mason Young and Dalton Thomas set a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay. • Students are using their iPads to graph systems of inequalities. The

Delta Theta Tau Sorority Offers Scholarship

Delta Theta Tau Sorority is pleased to announce we are offering a $1000.00 scholarship to a New Prairie senior interested in continuing their education through college or vocational school. Applications are available in the Counselor’s office at New Prairie High School and the winner will be announced at the Senior Awards Assembly in May. Delta Theta Tau Sorority is a philanthropic sorority and donates time, money and miscellaneous items to local community organizations such as: New Carlisle Ambulance, New Carlisle and Kankakee Fire Departments, New Prairie Schools, Community Food Pantry, Christmas Food Baskets, New Carlisle Library Summer Reading Program. We also donate to St. Joseph Coun

Message from Olive Chapel

When I was a child I loved to visit my grandparents in Baldwin, Michigan. It was a place of rest. They lived out in the middle of nowhere. Trees surrounded their home; there were no roads to the house only fire trails, which were made in case the trees caught on fire. It was beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. I remember one year in particular, I was 13 years old, I had gone up there with my cousin, Tony, for a couple of weeks. One evening my grandparents decided it was time to teach us both how to dance. Grandma was my cousin’s partner, and grandpa was mine. They taught us how to Waltz, Jitter Bug, Twist, and slow dance. We had a lot of fun that night; that is one of my fondest memories with th

Recipes, Etc.

Do you like Chinese take-out? Well here is a healthier, and since you are making it at home, a cheaper option. Sticky Chicky 2 T. olive oil 7 - 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed S & P to taste 3/4 c. soy sauce (low sodium) 1/3 c. rice vinegar 1/4 c. honey 3 T. brown sugar 1 T. ginger (opt) 1 tsp sesame oil (opt) 1 can of mushrooms (drained) cooked white or brown rice Garnish, chopped green onions Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken until golden and juices run clear. In a bowl, stir together remaining ingredients except rice and garnish. Add mixture to skillet. Cook over medium low heat until sauce starts to thicken, about 8 - 10 minutes, stir

New Prairie Student Receives Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Two outstanding La Porte County students have been named recipients of full tuition, four-year scholarships as Unity Foundation of La Porte County 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Katelyn Adams and Logan Crawford will receive tuition to an accredited public or private Indiana college or university of their choice, and an annual $900 stipend for required books and equipment. Katelyn Adams will graduate with academic honors from South Central High School, having taken both advanced placement and honors courses. She has been involved in a diverse group of activities involving school and community, and has held many leadership roles. She has shown strong work ethic through her employmen

Good News from New Prairie High School

• The New Prairie High School Choral Department put on their annual winter concert in early December. Because of their hard work and dedication; they put on a wonderful show with diverse range of music. • The following PCC students in Mr. Peterson's classes were certified in the 21st Century Success Skills Precision Exam: Nicholas Bush, Mariah Smith, Myles Trinidad, Caleb Luther, Avery Mougin, Delanie Bonner, Liliana Henning, Kaylee Koloj, Beau Brasseur, Reed Tierney, Taylor Blackston, Ann Nelson, Cole Keller, Jasmine Elliott, Braden Varga, Dayton Scroggins, Jake Phillips, CJ Spite, Leah Williams, Emma White. • Building Trades is going well. After a rough start with the ground work, we are

Treaseal A. Phillips, 1927-2019

Treaseal A. Phillips, 92, of New Carlisle, passed away on Sunday December 15, 2019 at Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle. She was born on June 4, 1927 in Doughill, AK, to the late Ben Frank and Lizzy Elizabeth (Shook) Davis. On October 26, 1946 she married Earl Phillips, who preceded her in death on November 16, 1979. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Dale and Kenny Phillips, seven sisters and three brothers. Treaseal is survived by her son, Gary (Darcy) Phillips of South Bend; daughter-in-law, Sue Phillips of New Carlisle; nine grandchildren, Dean (Lynn) Phillips, GL (Kathy) Phillips, Dawn (Mike) Shipp, Troy Peterson, Kenny Phillips JR, Kristy (Jerry) Spriggs, Kirk Phillips, Jos

Veterans Receive Blankets for Christmas

Veterans at The Pointe at Hamilton Grove were presented with blankets embroidered with the American Legion Post 297 insignia for Christmas. Veterans Bill Ashley and Ralph Leonard (pictured above) receive their blanket from Steve Mann with the Sons of the American Legion. All veterans at Miller's Merry Manor also received a blanket. The blankets were possible as a result of the very generous community support of the fundraising efforts of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 297 and the American Legion Post 297 in New Carlisle.

Recipes, Etc.

With the cold weather upon us, soup is in the “offing.” Try this soup with any of your leftovers from the holiday season; or for that matter, just a comforting way to enjoy our wintry season. “Comfort” Potato and Whatever We Have Leftover Soup 4 cans of Chicken broth (14.5 oz each) 6 - 8 potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes 4 carrots or more to your liking 1 onion, cut up 2 stalks celery, sliced some parsley 1 stick of butter, melted 1 box of Mrs. Grass Noodle Soup 2 - 3 cups cooked ham, chicken, turkey, hamburger or whatever you have garlic salt, salt and pepper mixed together to make up 1 T. 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes 5 oz can of evaporated milk ½ cup grated

NCBCA Accepting Memberships for 2020

Do you have a business or are you part of a community group that would be interested in networking with other business owners and community members and attending workshops and informational opportunities in your local area? Then New Carlisle Business and Community Association is for you! We have monthly meetings and invite a variety of speakers to our meetings and provide opportunities for networking and highlighting your company or group. This is the time for membership – Business and Community organizations members - $40, and Community-at-large members $25. Applications are available on our website: Officers for 2020 are Joyce Forbes, President; Kar Nallenweg, Vice-Pr

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