2020 Hometown Days Update

Held annually during the last full weekend of July, New Carlisle Hometown Days is one of the major highlights of the year for the community. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several summer events have already been canceled around the area. Despite this, the Hometown Days committee is continuing to prepare for the festival while also monitoring the situation locally, statewide, and nationally. While a final decision will not be made until later in the summer, the Hometown Days committee recently released this statement to explain their approach: "For the past 15 years, New Carlisle Hometown Days has been dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and family-friendly summer festival to celebr

Recipes, Etc.

Let’s give our graduates a special Diploma… Graduation Diplomas 40 Fajita sized flour tortillas 4- 8 oz. pkgs of softened cream cheese 4- 8 oz. pkgs of sliced beef, diced 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 3 bunches green onions, chopped small Accent seasoning Mix all ingredients, except tortillas, together to make a filling. Or use your favorite Pinwheel filling recipe. Make sure that all ingredients are chopped very fine. Spread desired amount of filling onto each tortilla, just as if you were making pinwheels. Roll up tortilla - DO NOT CUT Tie a 6-8 inch length of colored ribbon (that matches your graduate’s color scheme) around the middle of the rolled up tortilla to look like a d

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY OPTS FOR VIRTUAL FAIR

With the best interest and safety of our St. Joseph County 4-H members, who have endured so much loss in recent months, the St. Joseph County Fair Board made the heart wrenching decision to cancel an in person fair for 2020. The St. Joseph County Fair Board reviewed every stipulation outlined in Governor Holcomb's Back on Track Indiana plan and additional safety requirements to host in-person events distributed by Purdue University this past weekend. These requirements include, but are not limited to social distancing in buildings, barns, concessionaire and midway areas, face masks, PPE, temperatures of every person on the fairgrounds and additional contract tracing of all patrons. Given th

NP Honored at Robotics Showcase

At the start of May, Indiana students from K - 12th grade would have competed on an international stage at the FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan as a celebration of the hard work, community impact, and technological feats the students accomplished. Instead, the season came to an abrupt halt in Mid-March due to the current crisis, and teams were unable to complete their season. To ensure the hard work of these students would not be overlooked, the FIRST robotics community rallied together and organized a Virtual Showcase to celebrate the achievements of their talented students, mentors, and volunteers and the impact they’ve made on their local communities. One of the programs recognized

Town Receives Grant

Norfolk Southern Police Supervisory Special Agent Steven Kirkman presents a $5,000 grant check to Acting Marshal, Jim Niedbalski, as part of the railroad’s local discretionary fund program administered by the Norfolk Southern Foundation through the Elkhart Yard Safety and Service Committee. Council Member Jerry Colanese, President Marcy Kauffman, Council Member Dave Doll and Vice President Jordon Budreau were also in attendance for the presentation on May 14th. The Norfolk Southern Foundation was established in 1983 to direct and implement Norfolk Southern Corporation’s charitable giving programs. Through strategic investment in educational, cultural, environmental, and human service organi

This Month in FFA

As we are stuck at home with this pandemic, New Prairie FFA has not stopped meeting. Modified meetings through Zoom have allowed us to decide on this next year's new officer team. Your 2020-2021 FFA officer team: Meaghan VanLue - President, Julia Guy - Vice President, Jaden Kinnison - Secretary, Emily Laskowski - Treasurer, Harmony Gadacz - Reporter, Macaria Tierney - Sentinel. The chapter has also decided on award winners for 2019-2020: Jaden Kinnison - Star Greenhand, Ryann Barnhill - Outstanding Leadership, Allison Horvath - Outstanding Member and Dekalb Award. We would like to congratulate our new officer team and these award winners. We are hoping to have our banquet and officer inducti

Homework

How often have we been guilty of not doing our homework? I’m not talking about high-school stuff; I’m talking about life stuff. In the age of “fake news” and social media, it probably has become even more important that we do our homework. We live in the era of Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck, and Hoax-Slayer. There has always been a need to double-check so-called facts presented by the experts, but thanks to the internet, we have witnessed the rise of the fact check website. Fairly often I have had to gently remind friends and acquaintances to check their sources. “Have you done your homework?” Even though we pass along things about people we don’t know personally, it is not automaticall

Message from Olive Chapel

Is God real? Is He really there? Can I trust Him? If you are anything like me, and I’m guessing someone reading this is, when you are faced with ambiguous situations your mind defaults to these questions. When we are faced with difficult situations or ambiguity in our lives, it can be difficult to know what to think or feel when it comes to God and His role of what is going on. Many of us have felt pain inflicted on us from other flawed human beings, and that pain can affect how we trust in God. We learned early on that trusting another can lead to disappointment, so we protect ourselves by not trusting again. As a result, for many of us we meet any ambiguous situation with suspicion about H

St. Joseph County Primary Election Voting Information

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana's Primary Election Day has been moved to June 2. St. Joseph County voters are encouraged to vote by mail. If you have requested and received an absentee ballot, the ballot return deadline is June 2 by noon. Ballots must be in the Election Board Office by the deadline. If you were unable to request an absentee ballot before the deadline, you can still vote in-person on Election Day from 6:00am to 6:00pm at a limited number of voting centers throughout St. Joseph County. There are no polling places in New Carlisle for this election. What's on the Ballot? Although former vice president Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge incumbe

International Honor Society 2020 Scholarship Winners

The International Honor Society (IHS) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 New Prairie High School IHS Scholarship: Amellia Klute and Alexis Martin. Amellia and Alexis were both inducted into IHS in the spring of 2018. Amellia served as Vice President and Alexis as Secretary. The $1,000 scholarships will assist Amellia with attending Purdue University and Alexis with Ball State University, and both hope to study abroad in Spanish-speaking countries during their college experiences. Congratulations to Amellia and Alexis!

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY MOVED TO JUNE 2, 2020

St. Joseph County Voters are encouraged to vote by mail. The State of Indiana has relaxed the rules regarding requesting an Absentee Ballot by mail. Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all St. Joseph County Voters may request an Absentee Ballot, and do not need to provide a reason. If you would like to request a ballot to be mailed to you, please complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form. This form must include your party affiliation or signify if voting for public question only. Please print the form, sign it and mail it to: St. Joseph County Circuit Court Clerk (Absentee Office), 101 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601. You can email the completed and signed form to absenteevot

Casey McKim Hired to Lead Cougar Football Program

The New Prairie United School Corporation is pleased to announce the hiring of Casey McKim as the new Head Varsity Football Coach. McKim brings 12 total years of coaching experience and comes to New Prairie from Valparaiso High School where he served as an assistant coach for the past eight years. Highly respected by his peers, he brings a wealth of experience having served as an offensive coordinator and also coached wide receivers, defensive line, offensive line and linebackers throughout his career. During his time at Valparaiso, the team has won four Duneland Athletic Conference championships, two Sectionals, two Regionals, one Semi-State and was 5A State Runner up this past season. McKi

Recipes, Etc.

This week I am going to share with you a special entree served at the Walnut Room of Marshall Field’s (now known as Macy’s). It is their famous Oven Baked Meatloaf, still being served at Macy’s. Field’s Oven Baked Meatloaf* 4 ounces store-bought croutons 1 cup beef broth 1 T. Extra Virgin Oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 2 large eggs 2 ½ T. Prepared pesto (or store bought) 2 ½ T. Pine nuts toasted (or use cashews) 1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp salt ½ tsp freshly ground pepper 2 lbs. ground round steak (or use a better ground beef) 1 ½ cups julienne fresh spinach Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine croutons and broth in small bowl and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.

INDOT reminds Hoosiers to Keep Campaign Signs out of Rights-of-Way

The Indiana Department of Transportation would like to remind Hoosiers to keep campaign signs out of the state highway rights-of-way. Campaign signs in state highway right-of-way are prohibited by Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. Campaign signs are not permitted in state rights-of-way any time of the year, whether it is a primary or general election cycle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary election date in Indiana has moved to June 2, 2020. Areas that should remain sign-free include: Intersections Interchanges Rights-of-way that run parallel to highways, including medians, shoulders and roadside areas Where the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as the fence line,

Candidate Asking for Your Vote

Dear Voter in our St. Joseph County Commissioner – 2nd District Primary Election, Greetings. Please kindly know that I am respectfully requesting the honor of You voting for me, Oliver Davis, to be your St. Joseph County Commissioner 2nd District in our June 2, 2020 Primary Election. In times like these in our District 2, having a leader who you can trust and personally call and who will work hard to respond to your needs is very important. My cellphone number is 574-876-6938. Over the past 15 years we have worked together to build up our District 2 area including working to add jobs through supporting various businesses who were growing or relocating to our area such as our new Martin’s G

Deeper Meaning for National Hospital Week

Hospital Week has deeper meaning this year as the La Porte Hospital team celebrates our work to provide, safe, high-quality care for patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it crystal clear just how much communities rely on their local hospitals and also how much we rely on you. During the past few weeks, we’ve felt an outpouring of support and we are grateful to everyone who has delivered a meal, sewn a face mask, left a card, a sign or a chalk drawing, or who has just reached out to one of our caregivers and support team to say – thank you. Thank you for doing that. At La Porte Hospital, we are used to responding in times of crisis. But, this pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ev

Message from Olive Chapel

As this world enters a new season there are a lot of emotions and opinions swirling around. People are engaged in heated debates over who or what is right or wrong. Some people are engaging in acts of rebellion, and others are rebelling against the rebellion. There are a lot of opinions being stated as facts, and a lot of facts being taken as nothing but opinions. People are feeling anxiety, angry, restless, fatigue, and depression. To get caught up in “how it should be” or “how it used to be” or even “how I want it to be” is a futile task. So how should we approach this new season? There is a Scripture that keeps playing over and over in my head the last few days. These words are very power

Hope's Good

Seriously, how can any of us live our lives without hope? Someone has said, “We can live forty days without food, eight days without water, four minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.” Give humanity hope and it will dare and it will suffer much. One theologian said, “Hope is the parent of faith.” Wait a minute, that might have been the author of Hebrews—Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…(Hebrews 11:1) In the midst of COVID-19, I personally believe that our media outlets have failed miserably, fostering more fear than hope. Starting each evening’s broadcast with the current death count and with reporters wearing face-masks and portraying their “we’re all gon

Kenneth Lee Carter, 1955-2020

Kenneth Lee Carter, 64, of New Carlisle passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Ken was born on October 11, 1955 to Donna and Junior Carter in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Merley) Carter. The couple married on October 16, 1999. Ken is also survived by his mother, Donna of Indianapolis, Indiana; son, Ryan McDonnough of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Chelsea (Brad) Neiswinger of Avon, Indiana; grandchildren, Owen and Emmett Neiswinger; sister, Cindy (Rob) Fawver of Madison, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Connie (Jerry) Dominiack of South Bend, Indiana; nieces, Valerie Fawver, Whitney Dominiack, and Ashley (Andy) Pavolka; nephews, Greg (Amanda) Fa

Linda Arlene Spriggs, 1950-2020

Linda Arlene Spriggs, age 69, parted this earth on May 5, 2020, in New Carlisle, Indiana. She was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to Ferdinand Schultz and Estelle Bates. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Ronald Spriggs, her daughter Amy (husband Steve Passwater), grandson Joseph, daughter Julie Middlebrook (husband Mike McClaran). She was preceded in death by her sister Ruth Norton, grandson Daniel Passwater, brother Fred Schultz, and son-in-law, Jamie Middlebrook. Linda is described by her friends and family as kind, gentle, and sometimes silly, but always sweet and patient. So sweet in fact, she’d sometimes waken her daughters with song, “It’s time to get up in the morni

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