Bicentennial Birthday Bash at Bendix Woods


Indiana’s 200th Birthday Bash was celebrated in glorious autumn splendor at New Carlisle’s Bendix Woods County Park on Saturday, October 8, 2016. It was one of the last few stops in the State Torch Relay that began in Corydon––Indiana’s first state capital. It continued through all 92 state counties, covering 3,200 miles and ending In Indianapolis with a special celebration at the Statehouse on October 15.

New Carlisle’s Bicentennial Torchbearers––Dana Groves has been Director of Historic New Carlisle, Inc. since its beginning in 2004. During this time HNC was awarded state funds for her grant writing efforts to rehabilitate the Old Republic house. Also due to Dana’s contributions, Historic New Carlisle received the state’s Servaas Award for Discover New Carlisle’s downtown streetscape enhancement project. Dana also served on the NC Town Council from 2008 thru 2012.

Dana said, "It was an incredible honor to represent New Carlisle and St. Joseph County as a Torchbearer for Indiana's Bicentennial––a wonderful experience that I will never forget!"

Bob Middlebrook, current Captain of the New Carlisle Fire Department and veteran firefighter of 43 years, served as its Chief for eight years, as well as holding all other NCFD offices over the years. He has also been the Town Building Inspector for 17 years and Code Enforcement Officer for 10 years. A Vietnam Veteran, Bob was the recipient of the National Firefighter of the Year from the VFW in 2016, as well as the Indiana Firefighter of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2002. In 2015, he received the highest distinction bestowed to an Indiana citizen––The Sagamore of the Wabash and currently serves as a CASA volunteer.

When asked, Bob said, “It was an extreme honor to be able to carry the torch in celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial. I have always been very proud of being a Hoosier and love that I was able to represent our community. Being able to share the honor with Dana was very humbling. She is a remarkable young lady who has had a huge impact on making our town a "Great Place to Live."

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