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April 2017

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Table of Contents

04 Community Calendar 05 Middlebury Milestones 06 Boys & Girls Club:


Someone you should know in Middlebury: Miranda Cripe

Sharing a powerful story

07 Chamber Awards 08 Outdoor Living:

The hunt for the elusive morel

09 Middlebury Parks Department 10 Lending Library What’s Happening Online

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JES Running Club MES Running Club NMS Ability Day Fly Cemeteries Northridge Motor Sports

Stacy Out Stomping Cancer Event





CONTRIBUTORS Publisher William Connelly

26 Northridge Show Choir 27 NHS Athletics 28 Business Directory 29 Deals in Middlebury

EDITOR Guy Thompson

Contributing writers Dr. Carla Gull, Gloria Salavarria


Advertising Scott Faust

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Russ Draper, Kris Mueller & Gloria Salavarria

On the cover:  The NHS Northern Lights brought back the show choir state championship title in March, with the Starlights women’s show choir state runner-up. More photos from a performance at NHS for district elementary students are on page 26. inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 3

April Community Calendar April



Spring Vacation


Good Friday - No School


Classic Car Auction - Elkhart Fairgrounds


Mon–Fri: Tues: WED: Fri:

Kindergarten Roundup - Middlebury

REAL Services Lunch, Ages 60+, Greencroft Euchre and Table Games, Greencroft – 6:30 p.m. Middlebury Exchange Club, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m. Optimist Club Breakfast, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m.

Jefferson Elementaty Youth Soccer Registration, 6-8 p.m.

Editor’s Note


Kindergarten Roundup - York

Middlebury continues to show the talent we have here.


Kindergarten Roundup - Orchardview

In mid-March, the Northridge High School Northern Lights Show Choir won the state title, with the all-women’s Starlights taking runner-up in their category. They returned to NHS to thrill groups of elementary students a couple days later with their outstanding performances. You can catch them in action on page 26.

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Arbor Day Tree Planting • Town Hall at 8 a.m.

Middlebury Elementary Youth Soccer Registration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 27

Kindergarten Roundup - Jefferson


Snow Makeup Day - No School


Middlebury Tree Auction

And, since it is April, we have a wonderful story and recipe from Gloria Salavarria. As the weather begins to warm up, we will have plenty of the main ingredient around. Guy Thompson, Editor

Bi-MONTHLY 1St & 3rd Mondays: Town Council meetings at Town Hall – 6 p.m. 1St & 3rd Wednesdays: Middlebury Men’s Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m. 2ND & 4th Mondays: Middlebury Lions Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m.

MONTHLY American Legion Dinners, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Public welcome 1st Friday: All-You-Can-Eat Fish by the Legion 2nd Friday: Varied menu by Legion Riders 3rd Friday: All-You-Can-Eat Broasted Chicken by Auxiliary 4th Friday: Sandwich Baskets by Sons of American Legion 5th Friday: Lasagna dinner by Boy Scout Troop 7 Last Saturday: Steak Grill - Call 825-5121 for more information. 4 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017

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Milestones Birthday Wishes

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Paizley Wyse, 3 Natalie Furfaro, 42 Marlene Schrock Lilly Loomis, 8 Sam Graber, 90 Sabrina Bontrager, 18 Zach Vilardo, 33 Ashley Miller Isabelle Bontrager, 9 Makaya Pedroza, 12 Jim Wyse, 66 Heather Wyse, 42

4/14 4/15 4/17 4/19 4/22 4/23

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Sherri Moore Leon Miller Trinity Storm Corbin Lehman, 3 Mary Owens Hazel V. Roske, 95 Achieving yet another milestone in life! Norine Miller Andrew Kauffman, 7 Dave Black Briene Bemis, 9

Happy Anniversary

Happy Birthday We love you Kaya, Lilly! Happy Birthday! we love you!

Happy Birthday Trinity Storm !

Don & Marlene Schrock April 4

Dennis & Jennie Smeltzer April 22

Sam & Adeline Graber April 9 - 70 years Children are hosting an open house to Celebrate Sam’s 90th birthday (4/6) and Adeline’s 90th birthday (11/20) and their 70th Anniversary April 9 at the First Mennonite Church in Middlebury from 4-6 p.m.

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around TOWN | Boys & Girls Club

Sharing a



Like all Boys and Girls Club members, Savannah Friesen has a powerful story to tell. Fortunately, as this year’s Elkhart County Youth of the Year winner, she will have ample opportunities to share it. As Youth of the Year, Friesen will represent Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County at the State Youth of the Year Contest hosted at Indianapolis in just a few short weeks. There, she will have a chance to win scholarships for college and compete for a spot in the regional contest.

Her Boys and Girls Club journey Savannah Friesen joined the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen when she was just nine years old. “When I first started coming to the club, I came because my parents had just divorced,” she explained. “I wasn’t really even sure what that meant yet.” While Savannah adjusted to the changes in her life, the club quickly became a source of consistency and support. “From the beginning, the Goshen Club became my home away from home,” Friesen said. Now a sophomore in high school, she remains actively involved at the club. She says it wasn’t just comfort the

club provided, but also an opportunity to be herself. “When I walk through the doors at the club, I know that I can be me and not be judged,” she shared. “Unlike sometimes at school, everyone here knows that they can be who they are and that they won’t be thought of differently.”

Discovering her talents In addition to providing a safe place to be herself, the club has introduced Friesen to small groups and activities that have allowed her to develop as a leader. “I have been president of the Art on the Island program for three years now,” she says. “I’m the oldest member in the program and the younger members look up to me for guidance. Right now, I’m helping a younger girl learn to drawn angles.” When she’s not leading Art on the Island meetings, Friesen also participates in Keystone Club and SMART Girls.“SMART Girls is a safe place you can go with questions you might not feel comfortable asking anywhere else,” she noted. “We’ve learned about the dangers of texting and how to be safe online. The group helps girls build confidence too.”

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around TOWN | Boys & Girls Club

Her great future Club staff know that Friesen has a bright future ahead of her. Over the course of the next two years, they will assist her in planning for college and club programs will continue to connect her with the community and opportunities for career development. When asked how her life might have been different without the Boys and Girls Club, Friesen’s response is short, but powerful: “My life would have been a lot emptier,” she stated. “This place is such a big part of my life.”

Middlebury Chamber Awards

Spencer and Brittany Short, left, owners of Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, were presented the 2016 Business Beautification Award by the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Board President Roger Huffman, right, presented the award at the annual meeting, held March 14 in the Northridge High School Cafeteria.

The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce honored Levi King as its Volunteer of the Year at the chamber’s annual meeting held March 14. Chamber Board President Roger Huffman, right, presented the award. inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 7

Outdoor LIVING

The hunt for the

Elusive Morel Morel – Scan the woods for the distinctive shape and texture of the morel, using a walking stick to move leaves and debris. (Photo by Carol Goodall)

You can cut the morel off with a knife or just pinch it with your fingers. A true morel will be hollow inside. Depending on the day, you might have a great walk in the woods with few morels or you might find a jackpot and have a great dinner that night.

Many oldtimers have a secret spot they check each spring as the ground warms up to search for delectable morel mushrooms.

To prepare morels, many prefer to cut the mushroom lengthwise, soak them in water to remove any dirt or critters that might hide in the creases, and then dry off gently with a paper towel. Some sauté morels after dipping in flour with salt and pepper. Others dip in egg first and then a seasoned flour before frying in olive oil and butter. Tasty!

When hunting morels, use proper footwear, wear long pants, and carry a collecting bag and walking stick. The walking stick is handy for moving things around on the ground without bending over and to help walking up and down ravines. Mosquito and tick repellant are smart additions. Get permission from landowners or check regulations of local parks. As you start hunting in your area, be sure to scan the area for morels. The morels blend easily into the forest floor. “Imprinting” morels in our mind can be helpful as our minds get used to finding them while we are out in the wild. Tape a picture on the fridge, mirror, or near the computer so you’ll be prepared to find them in the woods. A seasoned morel hunter showed me the ropes. Hunt for morels when there is a good warmup after a rain. Morels can often be found near the base of ash, elm, sycamore, apple, and tulip poplar trees, although they can also be found out in the open as well. While mature woods are great places to hunt morels, I also hear reports behind gas stations and in the city, so be on the lookout wherever you might be. Check south facing slopes. Once a morel is found, be sure to search the nearby area for other morels, as they will often grow in groups. Dr. Carla Gull blogs at She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area.

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If you can’t find morels out on your walks, you might enjoy finding them at area farmers markets, roadside stands, and select restaurants. What is your favorite way to eat morels? Do you have a secret spot to share?

Cleaning morels – Soak halved morels in water to remove dirt or critters that may hide in the creases. Allow to dry on a towel. Note the hollow inside which is indicative of a true morel. Delicious – Morels sautéed in butter and olive oil are a tasty springtime side dish.

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Arboretum to get a facelift

The Summer Fun Day Camp is a free program offered by the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Middlebury, Jefferson and York townships. Children ages 5-12 living in these three townships are eligible to attend. Summer Fun is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. from June 12 until July 21 (no camp July 3-7) at Riverbend Park. The park is located at 511 East Warren Street in Middlebury. The camp is limited to 40 participants, so register soon by contacting the parks department office at 825-3283. Children will have planned daily activities and take exciting field trips to local attractions. Modest fees may be assessed for the field trips. Planned field trips include: • Sliding and bouncing at Jungle Joe’s Family Center in Portage, Ind. • Learning about animals at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Ind. • Discovering fun things at Science Central in Ft. Wayne, Ind. • Swimming at Eby Pines in Bristol.

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Did you know there is an arboretum in the town of Middlebury? You may walk, ride or drive by it without realizing it. The Right Tree, Right Place Arboretum is a specialized planting of small trees that when mature will not interfere with utility lines. Each species of tree has an identification sign. The arboretum is located on the east side of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail along Railroad Street. NIPSCO funded the project and helped install the arboretum in 2006. This April, NIPSCO will fund updated signage and three new trees. The trees will be planted on Arbor Day, April 22. Visit the arboretum to learn more The tree on the left is placed incorrectly – Pruned for reliability about planting the right trees in the right place. and safety. Tree on the right is placed correctly.

Celebrate Arbor Day! Saturday April 22, 8 a.m. at the Town Hall

The Middlebury Tree Board needs volunteers to help plant trees from approximately 8 a.m. till noon. Coffee and rolls will be provided along with lunch at Rulli’s Restaurant afterward. Call Joseph at 574-625-1005 for more information. Come join the fun, learn how to plant trees, and help beautify Middlebury!



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York Elementary project gives books to the community by Guy Thompson

At a Family Reading Night held at York Elementary School last month, parents and students came in bearing books. Lots of books. In one case, scouts from Pack 770, Den 8, carried in boxes of books – 120 in all. The books donated were used to establish a series of Lending Libraries around the community, many of which were set in place toward the end of March. The libraries are small structures that hold books for kids and adults. Those who come across them are encouraged to take a book to read and return it, or trade it for a book that they bring and leave for the next person. York 1st grade teacher Kathie Kenworthy had seen a photo of a lending library online, but had not seen it done as a school project. “I wanted to encourage the kids that we value reading and literacy, as well as do something for the community,” Kenworthy said. She found the photo in December and brought the idea to the school when classes resumed in January. Principal Yvonne Buller said that they set up a planning committee and presented the idea to the teachers, who quickly jumped on board. Lisa Vogt, a school designer with EL Education, works at the school and was eager to see what the libraries would look like and “what role can this play with the younger students.” The teachers turned the planning over to their students, who worked to figure out what the libraries would look like. “They listed what they needed for it,” Kenworthy added. “If it was going to be outside, it would need a roof, for example.” The students brainstormed what they wanted to see as part of the libraries and sent those lists to an engineer at Lippert Components. “He worked on it for eight hours at home from that list of needs and brought the design to school to show the students,” Kenworthy said. “He showed them the design process. He asked them if they wanted any changes made.” From there, the plans were finalized and Lippert Components worked to build the libraries. The company shared a video with the school showing them being built, as 10 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017

well as bringing one to the school to build on site, allowing the students to watch firsthand. “Lippert went above and beyond what we were asking for,” Buller said. The school had only initially asked for some wood. “They (students) had three full charts of suggestions,” Vogt said. “There was a real depth of thinking, like putting adult books higher up and making sure kids’ books were lower to access.” EL Education instructional guide Megan Coryell pointed out the students had the idea of putting some of the libraries inside at various locations, creating crates for waiting rooms. “They generated ideas of where they were bored,” Kenworthy added. “This is a project that is real to them.” “Some have homework to do when they are at those places,” Vogt said. “They designed some to look like a desk.” As the finishing touches were put on the libraries, shingles and paint, York custodian Tracie Hoogenboom helped by using her truck to carry the libraries to the various locations around the district. (See sidebar for locations.) Soon, the students can look around the community with pride in what they have created and how they have helped so many others. The first grade class built more than needed and gifted one to a first grade team at Chamberlain Elementary in Goshen. But really, they have learned an amazing lesson – several actually. They have worked together. Created ideas. Saw those ideas take shape and get made into something real. And get to see others benefit from their work. “York has spent a lot of time to build a culture of including every adult and every kid,” Vogt commented. “Every adult in the school is a teacher. They are all responsible in the building.” This attitude builds relationships with the students, who see that everyone there is “rooting for them to succeed.” Students are becoming “active citizens,” Vogt continued. “This isn’t an act of charity. But they are responding to make the community what they want it to be. It’s not us or them. Just us.”

York Elementary

Now that the libraries are out “in the wild,” so to speak, a committee will keep track of them to see if they need upkeep or add books, when needed. “The outdoor ones have a small insert that has contact information for maintenance,” Coryell pointed out. “The plaques say to take one now. Leave one later. I’m interested to see if they bring books. Will there be a flow of books?” “You look at the scout troop that brought the books in,” Vogt said. “You can see that the community is hungry for ideas like this.” “Kids are still bringing books in,” Coryell said. And soon, those books will be out there for others to read and share.

York Lending Libraries locations Dr. Yoder’s Dentist Office (indoors) – Mrs. Miller’s Class Monteith Tire and Auto (indoors) – Mrs. Nay’s Class Hoosier Tae Kwon Do (indoors) – Mrs. Sheridan’s Class Doctor Barkow’s Office (indoors) – Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Lewton’s Class Care ATC Clinic (indoors) – Mrs. Oyer and Ms. Bell’s Class Cinnamon Stick-Downtown Middlebury (outdoors) – Mrs. Kenworthy’s Class Northridge High School (outdoors) – Mrs. Kenworthy’s Class York Elementary (outdoors) – Mrs. Romero’s Class Eby Pines Campground - laundry room (indoors) – Mrs. Romero’s Class Forks County Line Store (indoors) – Mrs. Bromley’s Class Riverbend Park (outdoors) – Mrs. Ritchie’s Class Middlebury Animal Clinic (indoors) – Ms. Huy’s Class Middlebury Community Schools Administration Center (outdoors) – Mrs. Blotkamp’s Class inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 11

Miranda Cripe – New town council member Long-time Middlebury resident Miranda Cripe was selected in a caucus on March 7 to replace outgoing town council member Jon Ottinger. Cripe will take the town council post at the April 3 meeting. Cripe has lived in Middlebury for 29 years with husband Rod Cripe. They have two children, son Benjamin, who is serving in the U.S. Army, and daughter Brooke, a sophomore at NHS. Cripe is the Human Resources manager for the Das Dutchman Essenhaus. She had also served as the Middlebury Twp. Clerk for

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two years. “I have been wanting to get more involved with the community now that my kids are getting older,” Cripe said. She had been involved in a variety of school activities as her children went through the Middlebury schools. “I am interested in the growth of the town, but want to maintain its small community feel,” she said. She would like to see more of the industry employees move to Middlebury and do more of their business here.

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What is it like to try to tie your shoe – with just one hand? Can you read a chart – if your vision is impaired? How hard is it to go into and out of a bathroom – when you’re confined to a wheelchair? And what is it like to take a simple test – when you are autistic? Northridge Middle School students got a first-hand look at the challenges others face every day as part of the school’s Ability Day. Others attempted to get through doors or reach items in their lockers while seated in a wheelchair. Some tried to wrap a gift using only one hand. And as an auditorium full of students attempted to take a simple test, they were bombarded with noises, flashing lights and chaos, giving them an example of the sensoryoverload that autistic students face. Eighth graders also spent time with students who face these challenges every day, giving them the opportunity to play and explore in the school’s fieldhouse. The middle school students took their partners around to play with Legos, jump in a ball pit, play dress-up, and more.

CoNgRATuLATioNS NRDT! Lyrical Ensemble finished 7th in the State ranking. The Hip Hop team finished 8th in state AA Hip Hop Division. Jazz team finished with an outstanding 6th place in the state AA Jazz Division. The NRDT will be providing an Annual Dance Recital for all to see! This year it will be April 13, 2017 6:30 p.m. in the NHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door and the show is family friendly!

Northridge Middle School 8th grader Marcos Reyes helps Ryder put together a Lego train set in the school’s field house as part of the school’s Ability Day, which saw students paired up and working with special needs elementary students in a variety of activities.

NMS Ability Day

Above, Rylan Balentine, front, tries to reach the top shelf in a locker at Northridge Middle School along with Robyn Winston and Caleb Barron, back, who were getting a taste of life if they were in a wheelchair. Below, the ball pit was a fun spot as Northridge Middle School 8th graders worked with special needs students from Middlebury elementary schools.

Above, students found that something as simple as going to the school’s bathroom can be challenging when they are confined to a wheelchair. Below, NMS teacher Samia Ardahji helps Bella get dressed up at the school’s fieldhouse, which was filled with special activities for elementary students to try out.

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NMS Ability Day

Above, Elmo greets students during Northridge Middle School’s Ability Day. Eighth graders worked with special needs students from the elementaries on a variety of fun activities. Below, NMS students Ariana Bartley, left, Taylor Lundy and Jazmin Bell, right, try to tie their shoes using only one hand. It was one of the challenges NMS students tried for themselves as part of the school’s Ability Day.

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by Gloria Salavarria I grew up with the motto

“If you can’t beat ‘em; eat ‘em” ringing in my ears and so my family dined on the wild onions that popped up in our yard and the dandelions, and we ate the occasional squirrel or rabbit that got in our way, but there was one breed of critter we didn’t touch although it often bothered us to distraction and that was The Insect.

called “Fly Cemetery” – a pastry dish that has its origins in the British Isles in the 1800s. With a name (and ingredient) like that I just had to have one and so Jocelyn and I sat down to tea and got down to the business of eating flies. Our hostess, Lorna, who with her husband Seamus Ebbs owns the Green Snapper, brought us each a plate with this delicacy on it and yep,

There was good reason for this – for one, you didn’t want to be out at night catching mosquitos for dinner. It just doesn’t warrant all the effort you have to put into it for what little you get.

you can see the remains of dead flies embedded in the dough. Jocelyn and I picked up this delicacy and dabbed a bit of cream on it to go with our first bite. I must say that it was quite tasty and so I took a second bite but not before examining the bodies embedded within the interior. Yep, you could see bluebottles and your common housefly all nicely mixed in there and marinated to the point where wings and legs were no longer distinguishable. Fly cemeteries are made of a pastry dough rolled into two sheets with the flies being cooked separately with sugar, water, cornstarch and all spice.

Then there was the fly. A truly persistent fly can drive one to the point of insanity but once we succeed in smacking it, it’s remains are so thoroughly smashed that it doesn’t warrant getting a knife to scrape up what is left and pop it in the frying pan and so, I’ve never eaten flies – until my most recent trip to New Zealand.

The most common version of fly cemeteries is done by simply spreading the cooked flies on one layer of pastry and then putting the other layer on top but Lorna and her crew went for the extra touch which I really appreciated – they sprinkled some flies over the pastry dough and then rolled them into the dough.

At the Green Snapper Café in Colville, New Zealand, a town on the Coromandel Peninsula just north of where I am staying with my Kiwi sister Jocelyn Strongman and her husband Nigel, I learned that there is a dessert

I found this treat so tasty that I ordered another the next day at a different restaurant.

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Lorna Ebbs, co-owner with her husband Seamus of the Green Snapper Café in Colville on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, holds a dish of the popular Kiwi dessert called Fly Cemeteries.

This is the real recipe for “Fly Cemeteries”…

Sprinkle the dead flies over half of the dough and then fold and roll them in.

Before you ask me what flies taste like, I’d say raisins and currants.

Bon appétit!

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2 cups raisins 1 cup currants (if you can’t get currants use 3 cups raisins, total) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 Tbsp. corn flour/cornstarch 1 tsp. allspice

For the Shortcrust Pastry

Serving tea and a fly cemetery with a spoonful of cream on the side at the Green Snapper Cafe.

14 oz. self-rising flour 6 oz. butter Pinch of salt Cold water

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Janet received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Goshen College and master’s in nursing along with a family nurse practitioner degree from Ball State University. As an international board certified lactation consultant she helped establish the lactation department at Elkhart General and co-founded a communitybased breastfeeding clinic located in the Dunlap area. She has more than 20 years of experience at EGH in motherbaby and NICU. Accepting New Patients

Anna Kragt, MD

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Dr. Kragt earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed a Family Practice Residency at the Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Kragt joined the Elkhart General Hospital Medical Staff in 2013. Not Accepting New Patients

A member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Scott was instrumental in enhancing the cardiac care services at Both Goshen Hospital and Elkhart General Hospital. Accepting New Patients

206 W. Warren St. | Middlebury, IN 46540 574.825.2146 22 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017

Dogwood Hills Tree Farm

Noah & Shirley Miller

505 N Morton St. • Shipshewana, IN

Phone: (260) 768-4555 Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9-5 Closed Sun.

Think Spring!

• Hanging Baskets • Flats and Pots • Perennials


Middlebury Tree AucTion Saturday, April 29, 2017 Beginning at 10 a.m.

53899 CR 39 • Middlebury, IN 46540

From intersection of SR 13 & SR 120, go west approx. 1 mi. to CR 39 or Pine Dr. then go south ½ mi. to the Tree Farm OR from SR 13 north of Middlebury, turn west on CR 10 to CR 39, then north ½ mi.

• Vegetable Plants • Seeds • Fertilizers

New Items This Year! • High Mowing Organic Seeds • HyrBrix Fertilizer • Flexzilla Custom Length Water Hoses

Shade Trees

• Birch • Dawn Redwood • Honey Locust • Maples • Oaks • Tri-Color Beech • Tulip • Weeping Willow

Flowering Ornamentals


• Blue Spruce • Douglas Fir • Frazier Fir • Hemlock • Norway Spruce • White Pine • White Spruce

• Amelanchier • Crabapples • Dogwoods • Flowering Pear • Japanese Maple • Hawthorn • Redbud • Weeping Cherry

and a selection of smaller conifer trees in biodegradable pots instant Shade Trees for your lawn!

Helmuth’s Lawn Installation New Lawn and Pasture Installation •  Core Aerating •  Lawn Fertilization •  Weed Control •  Grub Control

Liquid FertiLizer & Weed KiLLer - Less burn, Faster resuLts

Thomas Helmuth


Licensed & Insured

The following trees have delivery and planting done with hydraulic tree spade included in the high bid. Trees will be 5”-6” diameter.

Red Sunset Red Maple • Harvest Gold White Flowering Crabapple • State Street Maple • Forest Pansy Redbud • Norway Spruce • Heritage River Birch These larger trees will sell at approximately NOON Be on time! There will be approximately 200 plants at this auction. Height of trees will be approximatley 3-15 feet. Roots will be balled and burlapped and/or potted. Bobcat loading available at the end of sale free of charge. Bring your trucks and trailers! Delivery service is available and at fair rate. Beautiful and larger trees at AUCTION prices! Plan now to attend. We’ll see you at the auction! Announcements made on the day of the sale have preference over previously released information, printed or otherwise. TERMS: Cash or Good Check. Portable Restroom, 7% IN sales tax. Not responsible for accidents. Concession Wagon


DogwooD HIllS TRee FARM 574-825-3363

Auction Conducted by: Bartel & Company Auctions 1-800-860-8118 OR local 574-825-2115 | Middlebury, IN


Chamber of Commerce

Brad B. Hooley, Auctioneer AU09200009 | Tim Herrli, Auctioneer AU19500024 | Jordan Hooley, Ringman

s Hour New - Sat on M


s e ’n S hine i R

For those who want value .. and know where to find it.

Market Place 2580 N 1150 W Middlebury, IN 46540 #1


Rise ‘n Shine Marketplace has moved!

Starting at $179.00

We save a lot of money for our customers, by buying in truckloads from major Department Stores and selling quality merchandise for ½ the price. Our 5,000 sq. ft. Store has 25 different departments, anything from appliances to toys.

Sample Inventory: Little Rider Wiggler’s - $21.99, Rugs starting at - $15.99, Double Wide Safari Stroller - $124.99, Doll Houses starting at - $31.99, Lost of Bar Stools starting at $17.00, Night Stands - $22.00, New Scotts 16” Mowers - $49.99, Generators starting at - $179.00, Heavy Duty Shop Vacs - $37.99, 3 ½ cu feet Cement Mixers - $119.99, Work Bench in a box - $53.99, 26” Men’s Bike New in box - $59.99. New Shipment of Baby Items and Kohl’s Home Decor and Furniture has arrived!

inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 23

Raider Motor Sports


he Raider Motor Sports team is continuing work on the Super Mileage Vehicle that will compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon April 29 and 30 on the streets of downtown Detroit, Mich. The team, nicknamed “RMS,” will leave on April 26 and return the night of April 30 from the competition. Raider Motor Sports is currently done with the design stage and in the process of assembling the vehicle. The team recently received the vehicle body from Lippert Components and would like to thank Lippert Components, Hart Plastics Inc, and Symonds Machine for manufacturing the vehicle’s body. The body is made out of ABS plastic and is modeled after the Dodge Challenger’s design. The body is planned to have LED running lights, brake lights, headlights, and turn signals. As part of the sponsorship agreement, all of the team’s sponsors will have their company decals on the vehicle’s body. This year at the competition, the team plans to have a GoPro streaming live video from the competition. They also plan to post other videos, pictures, and updates in general while at the competition from their social media accounts as shown below. In addition to that, the team plans to have current sponsors come in and preview the car on April 18 and 20. The sponsors will be able to talk to the team and check out the Super Mileage Vehicle. Additionally, all platinum sponsors will receive a RMS shirt with all platinum sponsors’ logos on the sleeves and back. The team has decided not to use carbon fiber/PLA 3D-printed joints for the base of the frame on this year’s vehicle. After some stress testing and many discussions on the issue, the team decided to change the frame’s design and have carbon fiber tubing all around as planned but to replace the base joints with aluminum joints. The top of the frame will still be using the 3D-printed carbon fiber/ PLA joints as will many other parts of the car. Even with all the help from sponsors, the team is still looking and reaching out to companies to help with the expense of the trip to Detroit for the upcoming 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon. Anyone looking to sponsor the team 24 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017

this year should contact Crew Chief Kris Lee at 17leekh@ The management team is always willing to help answer any questions about the program or to schedule a visit. Be sure to check the team out on social media. They are posting videos and pictures daily. For more information on sponsoring, visit the team’s website at www.

Raider MotorSports would like to thank the following partners: Platinum Level Starfleet Trucking, Inc. Patrick Industries, Inc. Lipert Components Gold Level Heartland RV, LLC. Green Level Max Myers, Inc.

Silver Level Middlebury Produce, Inc. Gemini General Contracting GEFT Outdoor LLC

Follow us on:

Facebook: Raider Motor Sports Twitter and Instagram: @ NHSsmTeam Website:

Stacy Out Stomping Cancer Event!

When: Friday, May 5, 2017 Where: Elkhart County 4-H Fair Swine Building Food, Auctions, Live Band, Bake Sale, LuLaRoe

Dinner served 5-7:30 p.m., live auction 5-8 p.m., silent auction 5-9:30 p.m., live band 8 p.m.-?

If you’d like to donate items for the live or silent auctions, contact Laura at 574-215-1793 or Ava 574-536-7902. Monetary gifts can be donated at First State Bank locations for “Stacy Out Stomping Cancer.” For more information, contact Angie at 260-894-2004. Stacy and Jeff Alexander, together with their family, have been residents of Elkhart County for more than 30 years, Stacy is a realtor at Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber and Jeff is a farmer at Eby’s Evergreen’s/Pines in Bristol, the family business. Stacy was diagnosed with C20 Malignant Neoplasm of the Colon/Rectal Cancer in December 2015. She underwent 29 days of radiation, 14 weeks of chemotherapy and 2 surgeries during 2016. She and Jeff made several trips to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her cancer was removed at Mayo Clinic because the surgery was not available from healthcare providers in her insurance network. When she went to Mayo Clinic again, she was told that her cancer had spread to her liver and lungs and was now in Stage 4. They removed it from her liver. Stacy continues to receive chemo treatment for her lungs and she expects to continue that for the rest of her life.

Having to go out-of-network to obtain the care she needs increased the burden of medical costs on the family. Plan on supporting Stacy and her family by participating in this event. Come on out, wear your boots, and help Stacy Stomp Out Cancer!

inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 25

Northridge Show Choir

The Northridge High School Starlights, above left and right, brought home the 2nd place trophy from the Indiana State School Music Association’s Show Choir contest in mid-March, competing the small school unisex category.

The NHS Northern Lights mixed show choir won the Indiana State School Music Association contest in mid-March in the small school category. The choir also won Best Visuals at the contest. The show choirs performed at NHS the following week for students from the district’s elementary schools, looking to inspire the next generation of performers.

26 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017

Northridge High School Athletics

Photos by Russ Draper

Northridge’s 200 Freestyle Relay team (left to right) Joey Garberick, Matthew Vancoppenolle, Stephen Kiser, Spencer Lehman.

Northridge 500 Freestyle swimmers (left to right) Connor Glenn, 6th place, and Spencer Lehman, 1st place and State Champion.

Northridges 200 Medley Relay team consisting of Camden Koch (in the water lane 2), Kristopher Keller, Camden Lacey, and Matthew Vancoppenolle compete at the 2017 IHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.


Spencer Lehman was a double state champion at the IHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

First State Bank is pleased to offer our School Spirit Debit Card Program. The School Spirit Debit Card can be used at ATMs or for purchases, just like a regular debit card. By using this card, First State Bank will make a donation to your school each time you swipe, press credit, and sign. There is NO cost to you or your school! Goshen • Elkhart • Middlebury • Mishawaka • South Bend

inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 27

Local Business Directory

Advertise in our Business Directoryfor as low as $50 a month! NISLEY

Home Improvement


202 W. Spring St. • Middlebury, IN

Fay S chw ar t z

Specializing in Residential Interior Painting Steve Nisley 574-849-4788

Divorce • Wills • Trusts • Probate • Guardianship DUI / OWI • Criminal Defense Corporations • LLC’s • Real Estate Licensed in Indiana & Michigan 103 N. Brown Street • Middlebury, IN

Jim Pletcher has 29 years of experience!


For more information call

Pet Food and Accessories 851 US 20 • Middlebury 574-825-3238

(5 7 4 ) 8 2 5 - 2 8 80

•  Fixtures •  Faucets •  Water Heaters

Chris Gunn Groomer




or email Advertising@

851 US 20 Next To Rulli’s Middlebury 574-358-0146


Phone SuPPort hourS: Mon.- Fri.: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (CSt)

InStallatIon WIth Code InStall17 or CouPon Expires: 04-30-17

Insurance • Investment • Retirement Eugene Bontrager INVESTMENT ADVISOR REPRESENTATIVE Branch Office Manager

(c) 574.537.2534 426 N. Main St. • Suite 4 Middlebury, IN 46540 Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA), Transamerica Financial Group Division - Member FINRA, SIPC, and Registered Investment Advisor. Non-Securities products and services are not offered through TFA. TFG001880-10/13.

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Sat: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CSt)

219.326.5252 888.274.6381

Now Accepting Applications

ALL SHIFTS AVAILABLE Fill out an application today between 7a.m. and 4p.m. at 51703 Packard Drive Middlebury, IN

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Easy cut-out page! Shipshewana

Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


25% off

one regular priced item.

• Karlene • Morgan • Janele • Brittany

Alignment Special

It’s time to GRILL!

Hours: Tues: 11 am-7 pm (by appointment) Wed: 7 am-4 pm (Later by appointment) Thur-Fri: 7 am-4 pm Saturday: 7 am-12:30 pm

Electric Pineapple


Expires 04-30-17


*must present coupon to redeem offer.

Everyday Prices

Women’s haircut - $15 men’s haircut - $13 Perms starts at - $58 shellac - $25 all over color starts at - $50

Nerium Representative

Must present coupon.

Call For Appointment.

We offer grooming products along with beard and mustache trimming.

Exp: 04-30-17

102 N. Chaptoula • Bristol, IN 46507 • 574-848-4955

41° North

$2 OFF ANY BURGER Limit one per group. Valid April 1-30, 2017.

104 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN • (574) 358-0314

1 off


package of brats!

(4 or more per package) Regular, jalapeño and cheese, Italian, Hawaiian, green onion. Also chicken brats: Italian, Hawaiian, or spinach and feta. Expires 4-30-17

422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Tuesday: 50% off Build

Your own Pizza wednesday:

$5 Burger nighT

EXP: 04-30-17

including but not liMited to therMoStatS, filter MediaS huMidifierS, etc. PleaSe call for detailS exP: 04-30-17

203 Wayne Street • Middlebury • 574-825-8824 •

homem’s ade ic e cr e a m

Come in and check out our new menu!

Offering grinders, pizzas, burgers, salads and MORE...

Annual Customer Appreciation Days

HVAC ACCessories



Hair Salon

10% off

A Fusion of Technology & Service

Walk-ins welcome until


101 Wayne St. Middlebury • 574-825-2940 •



Chupp’s Brand

Buy One Get One FRee valid 4/21 and 4/22

April 21 • 9am-8pm April 22 • 9am-5pm Door Prizes, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ice Cream


25% off

Middlebury, indiana

Any one Regular Priced Jewelry

*Excludes Brighton. Offer cannot be combined with other sales or discounts. Must present this coupon at time of purchase. Expires 04-30-17.

inMiddlebury Magazine  |  April 2017 29


Easy cut-out page!


We offer grooming products along with beard and mustache trimming.

Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


Women’s haircut - $15 men’s haircut - $13 Perms starts at - $58 shellac - $25 all over color starts at - $50

Hours: Tues: 11 am-7 pm (by appointment) Wed: 7 am-4 pm (Later by appointment) Thur-Fri: 7 am-4 pm Saturday: 7 am-12:30 pm

Electric Pineapple

Nerium Representative


• Karlene • Morgan • Janele • Brittany


Everyday Prices

Hair Salon

Walk-ins welcome until


102 N. Chaptoula • Bristol, IN 46507 • 574-848-4955

41° North Restaurant & Bar

13024 US 20 • Middlebury, IN

(with family dining)


104 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN • (574) 358-0314


homem’s ade ic e cr e a m

422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Buy ONE Cone, Get the second one HALF OFF

...smoked meats, cheese, and one nice butcher!

Exp. 04-30-17

“Call now for a free quote on a Trane System”


HEATING & COOLING A Fusion of Technology & Service

HOURS: M-F 9a-5p, Sat 9a-2p

108 S Main St, Middlebury In the Middlebury Mercantile

203 Wayne Street, Middlebury


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Saturday, April 15 • 9am-4pm

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