You Can Have a Say!

The rezoning to Industrial of 733 acres north of SR2, Willow to Larrison, could happen as soon as September 8th. At the time of this writing, only the ring leaders really know for sure. By the time this Gazette is published, the County Council agenda may be posted at sjcindiana.com/agendacenter. Scroll down to “County Council”, “Sept 8, 2020” and click the date or the download arrow at the right-side, this should open the Agenda. If the rezoning hearing is scheduled it will probably be listed as Bill No. 27-20 and Bill No. 33-20. The Council meetings usually start at 6pm. The physical location is usually on the 4th floor of the County/City Building. If you are able, attending in person ma

There is a Better Way

On September 8, the County Council is expected to vote on the rezoning of 733 acres of farmland just outside of New Carlisle. Currently, this request has no stated purpose, no site plan, no benefit to the people. It is pure land speculation. No jobs have been promised, no corporations announced, maybe politicians and developers know, but not the people. If the Council votes yes, it will set a precedent for unbridled, at will rezoning of almost 22,000 acres. Industrial development in this area of the county is targeted by the Division of Economic Development because of the abundant natural resources and infrastructure. What goes unsaid is that this land, this ecosystem, already supports the

Upcoming Goings On

While the majority of us have been dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus, adjusting personal habits, trying to stay safe and keep a sense of humor regarding the impingement on our normal activity levels, there are those who've barely skipped a beat... County Development interests and the IEC contingent, for example. Behind the scenes, in the days since the County Area Planning Commission unanimously shot down these rezoning requests (rezonings the Area Planning Commission realized did not reflect community wants or needs in any adequate fashion). IEC development interests have been in a full-court-press mode, counting on our isolation to cloak their dealings. September 8th, our St. Joe

Troop 664's New Eagle Scout Announcement

It is a rare occasion that a Boy Scout becomes an Eagle Scout. Since 1911, only 4% of Scouts have made it to Eagle Scout Rank. Even fewer are the scouts with special needs. I have had the honor of working with one exceptional Scout who happens to also be autistic. He is a science whiz! You can ask him any tree, and he can identify it. He has a special interest in nature including fishing, birds, dogs, amphibians and reptiles. He is a gentle soul that loves all animals. He has had some struggles along the way but has worked hard to overcome many obstacles. We are very proud to announce Michael Lichkay of Rolling Prairie, as Troop 664's new Eagle Scout! He has a long scouting history that I wo

Recipes, Etc.

Here are two great recipes “From Our Kitchen” for sale at the Historic New Carlisle Museum and Gift Shop. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Chicken Pepperidge Farm Casserole 3 whole chicken breasts, halved 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup 1 c. milk 6 oz pkg herb-seasoned stuffing mix ½ c. butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Simmer chicken breasts in water to cover for 90 minutes. Save 1 cup of broth. Cut up chicken. Arranged in a 9" x 13" baking dish. In small bowl, combine milk and soup; pour over chicken. Sprinkle stuffing mix over chicken. In small sauce pan, heat reserved chicken broth to boiling. Let butter melt. Pour over stuffing. Bake for one hour. (Contributed by

Programs to Go at the Library

In September, New Carlisle Olive Township Public Library will start offering Programs to Go. A Program to Go means that we select a project and place all the items you will need to do that project in a bag. Programs to Go will be for a variety of ages including children, teens, and adults. In September, we will have DIY Tote bags for adults which will include a canvas tote and iron-on vinyl. You can take an online class through Beanstack app, then reserve time in our Creative Space to actually do the project. For kids, we will have a galaxy slime project with all you need to make your own sparkly swirly slime. For teens, we will have a project to build a light up electrical circuit into a

Peace in the Midst of Chaos

Life can often feel so chaotic. No kidding! As one guy posted on social media this past year, “2020, egads!! I think I’ll just put up my Christmas tree and call it a year” (and this was posted in June). I confess to you that I have struggled with finding peace in my life through the years. It seems that the enemy has won many a battle with me and been able to plant many seeds of worry throughout the years. So here we are, still in the midst of this pandemic, racial unrest and riots in cities all over the country, a presidential election that has divided the nation with great animosity, and a negative spirit that seems to permeate just about everything, even the church. And yet, I am at pe

Message from Olive Chapel

When I take a moment to ponder the wonderful things about God, I can think of many things that I am in awe of. Staring out across the ocean, knowing there is an unseen world that is too vast for humans to ever fully study or understand. The way He created the human form and all of the intricacies of our biological make up. Scientists are just now beginning to understand some things about the brain, but even the best experts can’t explain how a little blob of tissue is what runs the whole body. It’s incredible when you begin to look at historical and ancient information that backs up accounts in the Bible, and the proof that Jesus Christ lived, was crucified, and resurrected. God has left e

It's All About Balance

I believe in balance in almost every area of my life (except with the Chicago Cubs). I’m not talking about being “middle-of-the-road” on every issue. I know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road…They get run over. I have no problem taking a stand when a stand needs to be taken. I guess that when I apply the principle of balance, it makes it all that more difficult to pigeon-hole me. My former students used to like to try to put a label on me, you know, conservative or liberal. “Mr. Jones, are you pro-life?” I would respond, “Depends upon the issue. Are you talking about abortion or capital punishment or what? I’m conservative, and I’m liberal, depending upon the issue

Community Food Pantry of New Carlisle

What do you know about the Community Food Pantry of New Carlisle? If your answer is “not much,” please read on! The Community Food Pantry of New Carlisle is located inside the United Methodist Church at 300 Compton Street. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is run solely by volunteers, and Director Stephen Mott who has been in that position since January 2020. The Food Pantry is open every Friday from 10 am to noon. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the Food Pantry offers drive through service only. Here’s how it works: 1. Drive into the parking lot in back of the Methodist Church and turn right, into the front of the lot, facing north toward the exit. 2. A volunteer will a

Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels

It takes a community to care for its own. A commitment of only one hour a week can make a difference! All you need to be a La Porte County Meals on Wheels volunteer is a desire to make the world better. IMMEDIATELY. Right in your own neighborhood. MOW not only provides a nutritious hot meal to the homebound but also provides a reassuring “check-in.” Monday through Friday meal delivery is totally dependent on volunteers we need help to keep this community program alive and vital. Volunteer and discover how nourishing the experience can be. Please call 219-872-9117, or visit laportecountymealsonwheels.org, find us on Facebook at LaPorte Co Meals on Wheels.

Church Seeking Donations for Restoration Project

The building restoration project for the New Carlisle Community Church needs donations. A yard sale will be held at the church on September 11 and 12. Items are needed but no clothing, electronics or heavy upholstered furniture. Call 654-8744, Terry and Fran MacMillan, if a pick-up is needed. If you choose to drop off items, just call this same number, so items can be taken inside. A separate special account has been opened at 1st Source Bank for cash or check donations. If you donate directly, mail it to P.O. Box 155, New Carlisle, 46552 and a charitable receipt can be mailed to you. This building is a Monument in this town, and it is important to see it preserved. The Community Chu

On My Way!

New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library is excited to announce the launch of a new early literacy program called “On My Way-Growing while I read, write, sing, talk, and play.” This program is for children who are not yet in school. “On My Way” runs from September through May. While we know that reading is important, it is not the only experience that helps children get ready to read. Writing, singing, talking,and playing are also important parts of preparing for success. We also know that parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. So we’ve gathered activities and all the supplies you need to participate with your child in this program. Each month’s activities coincide

Recipes, Etc.

Enjoy this great recipe from “Teatime on the Hill” (Historic New Carlisle, Inc.) Chocolate Lovers' Dream Cake 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate 3/4 c. sugar 2/3 c. flour ½ T. vanilla 2/3 c. blanched whole almonds, finely ground 2/3 c. butter 3 eggs, separated 1/4 c. milk ½ t salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan, melt chocolate. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar, 2 T at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating until very light. Add chocolate and mix. At low speed, add flour and milk alternately. Stir in vanilla and half of ground almon

Family, Friends, Agriculture

Most people know FFA as an acronym for “Future Farmers of America.” However, in the New Prairie chapter it means something a little different: Family, Friends, Agriculture. This is a saying we strive to live by in our chapter, we even plastered it to the front of our 2019-2020 chapter spirit wear. The core of FFA is agriculture, but it has become so much more than that to many members nationwide. Family. Many FFA members are multi-generational. Their parents were members, their grandparents were members, some may have great grandparents that were members. They have aunts and uncles that built the foundation of FFA. But for a lot of members, they are the first in their family. Every generatio

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