Library Renovations Continue

Last fall, the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library bid out for the interior and exterior renovations. As a public project, the work on the interior has been able to continue in spite of the coronavirus restrictions. In fact, work slated for the circulation and office areas that would have been disruptive to patrons will be completed before the library reopens the building. Critical repairs to the roof are also making good progress. Other exterior improvements are slated to begin on May 1. Drainage issues in the front lawn will be addressed. A circular drop off lane will be added to the front of the building. Behind the building on the adult side will be a reading garden and additional

Recipes, Etc.

Enjoy the sunshine, get the grill out and let’s start grilling! Three ideas using (4 chicken breasts) GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS! Lime Dill Sauce 4 chicken breast halves, deboned and skinned Marinade: 1/4 cup lime juice (may also use lemon) 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp dried dill weed 1/2 tsp dried minced onion 2 T. Melted butter Combine all marinade ingredients in heavy zip-lock plastic bag. Mix. Add chicken breasts; seal bag. Turn to coat chicken with marinade; let stand at room temp for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat charcoal grill. Place chicken breasts over medium coals or low setting on gas grill. Cover grill; grill for 5 minutes on each side. Baste with butter after

County Parks Board announces interim director

The St. Joseph County Parks Board has named Steve Slauson as interim director for the County Parks following the retirement of current parks director, Evie Kirkwood. Steve Slauson has worked with the County Parks in various roles for over 20 years overseeing the facilities, construction and maintenance operations activities within the parks. He will move into his new role effective May 2. “Steve’s expertise in facilities and infrastructure will be important as the department evaluates its backlog of deferred maintenance,” says Kirkwood, “and at a time where there is much uncertainty related to COVID-19, Steve’s appointment brings confidence and stability to the overall park system. He will

National Volunteer Week Salutes Volunteers

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Indiana donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers were among the millions across the country spotlighted during the 46th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 19- 25, 2020. Research reported by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 30% of adult Americans (77.4 million) volunteered 6.9 billion hours of service worth $167 billion in 2018. In 2018 in Indiana, more than 1.81 million volunteers contributed 166.5 million hours of service, valued at $4 billion. 34.9% of Indiana residents volunteered, ranking Indiana 20th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. One group that

LP County Extension Homemakers assist community

The LaPorte County Extension Homemakers have been making face masks for citizens in need in LaPorte County. The Steady Stitchers Club members have been assembling kits for volunteers to pick up, take home and sew. Volunteers then return the finished masks to one of 3 collection locations, pick up more kits and keep on sewing. Volunteers have been working for the past month and have produced well over 1000 masks thus far. Recently the Extension Homemakers received a generous donation from the United Way COVID-19 Relief Efforts funds to assist in their service. They would like to thank everyone who contributed to the relief fund and to those who have donated supplies for this community proj

LP Hospital brings coronavirus testing in-house

La Porte Hospital can now process tests on-site for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Until now the hospital has been using test kits to collect a specimen from patients suspected of having COVID-19 and sending the specimen to outside labs for analysis and results. The hospital has now obtained testing kits that work with the hospital’s FDA-approved testing equipment. In-house testing means patients can get results faster, typically within 24 hours as compared to the two - six days experienced when using most other labs. The hospital is also performing testing for other hospitals in the area. While this capability will certainly provide test results more quic

Families Tackling Tough Times Together

As people face the daily challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences is providing a set of resources for families of all ages and generations. “Families Tackling Tough Times Together” is a 10-week initiative that provides materials on family and child resilience. “Families are facing stress from numerous actions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, a professor of human development and family studies and coordinator of the project. “Every family has strengths, but at times like this they can benefit from being encouraged and reminded of that. We are providing resources to help families with informati

State Awards 200 Scholarships to Future Indiana Teachers

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded 200 scholarships to the fourth class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators. Selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and other factors, recipients will receive $7,500 annually (up to $30,000 total) for committing to teach in Indiana for at least five years after graduating college. “Congratulations to all 200 students, who are on their way to becoming impactful, future Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We know these students have the passion and determination to make a difference in classrooms across the state.” A total of 367 students applied for the 2020-21 Ne

The Power of Touch

I confess it…I am a hugger! Even though it is no longer politically correct and considered by many to be inappropriate, I believe strongly in the power of touch. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and said, “Be clean” (Mark 1:41). I won’t even get into the issue of the fact Jesus was touching a leper which was uber-politically incorrect in his day. I have always communicated with touch—a hug, a squeeze of the arm, a hand on the shoulder—It’s who I am. Because of the climate of our culture today, I have had to work hard to not do this, especially in my work in the schools, and I understand that. But when you see a youngster (or an adult for that matter

Message from Olive Chapel

In six days God created the earth, and everything in it, but his final touch was the creation of woman. She is the representation of God’s gentle, relational, and beautiful side. She is mother. The cool touch of her hand on a feverish forehead, her gentle kiss on a throbbing boo-boo, her warm embrace after a heart break, the welcoming smell of home cooked meals on holidays. All of this and more is the love of a mother. There is something wonderful and healing about a mother’s love. She is our life giver, and our biggest fan. Mothers also love in spite of great pain. A mother feels the pain of the sleepless nights during infancy, the rebellion of the teenage years and the frustrations that co

SAL Sponsoring Food Drive at Methodist Church

On May 16, 2020, SAL Squadron 297 will be sponsoring a Food Drive at the New Carlisle United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted from 10:00am to 1:00pm ET. All donations will be for the benefit of the Food Pantry at the church. The Food Pantry provides a very important function in our community so we would very much appreciate your support. While all donations are appreciated and beneficial, there are a few items that are especially needed at this time. They are: macaroni and cheese dinners, jelly, rice a roni, baked beans, toothpaste, laundry soap, dish soap and toilet paper. Please join us to reach out to help others. The church is located at 300 Compton Street in New Carlisle.

Eleanor V. DeMarco, 1928-2020

Eleanor V. (Jones) DeMarco, 91, of La Porte, IN, passed away on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 in Indianapolis, IN. Eleanor was born in New Carlisle, IN, St. Joseph County, on July 3, 1928 to the late Ellis and Neva M. (Rodgers) Jones. Surviving are her beloved children, Davelle E. DeMarco of Indianapolis, IN and Dawn E. DeMarco of Mechanicsville, VA; precious granddaughters, Kristin (Stu) DeMarco, Mikhala Sheets, Karlee DeMarco, Madeline Potter, India Potter, and Zoë Potter; great-granddaughter, Townes Brown; as well as numerous loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David E. DeMarco; brothers, Kenneth, George and Keith; sisters, Marvel, Virginia, and Eloise;

New Carlisle Wiffle®Ball Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Over the past 15 years, New Carlisle has carved out a huge space for itself on the map of the wiffleball world with The Wiffle®Ball Championship at Hometown Days and the Old Republic Wiffle®Ball League (ORWBL). Beginning as a small community gathering in 2005, The Championship now annually brings nearly 80 teams from all over the country to town during the Hometown Days festival. ORWBL, founded in 2007 with its epicenter in New Carlisle, features ballparks in backyards, city parks, and vacant lots across Northern Indiana. The rich tradition of both of these entities has prompted the establishment of the New Carlisle Wiffle®Ball Hall of Fame to honor the outstanding players and contributors t

Message from Olive Chapel

I don’t like it when I am tested on the very things that I teach others about. It is easy for me to talk about truth that I find in the Bible, but when I am faced with those things myself, I am tested on whether or not I really believe what I say about God or not, and right now, I am there. The Bible tells us to be still and know that God is in control (Psalm 146). I don’t see it as a sin when we feel anxiety; it is very human to feel fear and anxiety. God gave us our emotions as a gift. But I do think that God tells us to not feel anxious because he knows how much damage is done to us when we are in a chronic state of anxiety. Medical conditions such as digestive disease, heart disease, mig

The Language of Events

Immediately following my wife Helen’s diagnosis of cancer, we were called upon pretty quickly to make transition from shock to plunging back into everyday life. In other words, living with a degree of routine in the shadow of personal crisis. John Claypool, in his book Tracks of a Fellow Struggler said, “I have come to the conclusion that it is in the nature of God to speak to us in the language of events, and the nature of the church for men to share with each other what they thought they heard God say in the things that happened to them.” I believe that. It may surprise you, but I think there are many portions of our lives that are a “dark mystery,” in Claypool’s words, “for which there i

75th Wedding Anniversary

Arnold (Muggs) and Doris Miller were married April 1, 1945 (Easter Sunday) in the New Carlisle Methodist Church. They were grade school sweethearts and grew up together. Muggs served two years in the Army in World War II. Doris worked at Ind. Bell Telephone Co. They have three children, Mark in New Carlisle, Peggy (Steve) in Texas, and Bruce (Brandie) in Ohio, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. They have done some interesting traveling and have spent winters in Scottsdale, Arizona the past 30 years, but have always loved New Carlisle.

Recipes, Etc.

Here are some ideas for both mom and kids for a bountiful breakfast! Breakfast Pizza 1 lb bulk pork sausage, crumbled 1 package (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls 1 cup frozen loose-pack hash brown potatoes, thawed 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 5 eggs 1/4 cup half-and-half cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2 T. Parmesan cheese Topping: 1 ½ cups uncrushed corn flakes 1/4 cup butter, melted In skillet cook sausage until browned. Drain, set aside. Separate dough into eight triangles. Arrange on ungreased 12-in pizza pan with points toward center. Press over bottom and up sides to form crust, sealing perforations completely. Spoon sausage over crust. Sprinkle with potatoe

50th Class Reunion

Due to the dramatic impact of COVID-19 the New Prairie High School Class of 1970 has rescheduled their 50th Class Reunion to September 26, 2020. We will keep you updated on any changes of this event due to the uncertainties of this pandemic. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Linda Hock at 219-778-2977 or hockfarm@frontier.com

Town Notification System

We understand the importance of communicating with you and ensuring that we keep you in the loop regarding events in town that affect you. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we have initiated a new notification service for residents of the Town of New Carlisle called REACH Alert. This service allows us to immediately share important information regarding a number of items including power outages, waterline breaks/boil advisories, road closures or delays due to construction or accidents, sidewalk and street project info and cemetery clean-up dates. Please take the time to register for this service at www.reachalert.com. If you don't have access to a computer or experience any diffic

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