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Remember When: The Blizzard of ‘78


Boys & Girls Club: Artful Expression Town Manager’s Update: An Overview of the Town Manager’s Office Community Calendar and Middlebury Milestones Middlebury Gives Back: Dollars for Scholars

@ 100 South Main: Finally Back to its Health Care Roots



Updates from Our Schools


Contributing writer Stephanie J. Salisbury

Outdoor Living: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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26-29, 36 inches of snow fell with a state of emergency declared for five days. We remember that time as “The Blizzard of ’78.” Some residents were in harrowing situations. Others helped to dig out the town. Everyone made the best of an immobilizing situation.

Middlebury’s Blizzard Baby

“I was scared out of my mind, but I sure was glad this was my second child and not my first,” said Sherry Berry when her labor pains hit during the worst part of the storm.

By Tammy Tilley

Help Is On The Way

The Civil Defense was called out to defeat the weather enemy, and according to a February 2, 1978 Middlebury Independent article, 17 locals came to the rescue logging 652 hours of service and wielding weapons of 4-wheel drive trucks, snowmobiles, bulldozers, and tractors. Lowell Miller, then Town Marshal, said he worked for three straight days helping families. “Our town really pulled together to help each other,” he said.

Gregg and Sherry Berry are pictured with their newborn Doug and nurses Cheryl Martin left, and Marcia Cook, right. Ironically, today Doug is a meteorologist and storm-chaser in South Carolina.

A Reason to Have Fun

Scot O’Dell said on Facebook, “My parents owned the Bonnet Motel. There were the four of us O’Dells and about 20 guests when we got snowed in. Dad had recently purchased a side of beef, which we all enjoyed immensely over a 5-6 day period. Everyone had a warm room, and all were welcome in our home. We cooked, played cards, and basically had a weeklong fellowship.”

Taken from the 1977-78 NHS yearbook, this photo shows Jean Snyder and Mary Zimmer leaving the school, which was closed for five days.

“On our way to Dr. Weybright’s office, the snow was so high on both sides of the ‘S’ curves, it took the snow plow and the 4-wheel drive thirty minutes to clear the road so we could travel the half-mile from Highland Hills to his office.” Soon enough, a nine-pound, four-ounce Douglas Preston Berry was born and placed in a magazine box because there was no crib.

John Weaver plows snow down Main Street on his antique tractor. Photo courtesy of the February 2, 1978 Middlebury Independent.

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Expressions By Tammy Tilley, with Lara Wheeler, Middlebury Director

Middlebury Boys & Girls Club Provides Learning Through the Arts


iddlebury Boys & Girls Club director Lara Wheeler remembers a certain young boy very well: “He spent all his time in our athletic programs,” she said. “After repeated encouragement to try other program areas, he finally did and excelled in our arts session. His 3-D sculpture actually went on to a Boys & Girls Club regional competition.” The club has been proud to offer arts and crafts as well as digital arts activities to enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness. Students also participate in National Boys & Girls Clubs initiatives such as DramaMatters and the National Fine Arts competition. In 2012, The Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury hosted the organization-wide fine arts show with involvement from the Elkhart, Goshen, and Nappanee Boys & Girls Clubs.

Giving youth a paintbrush and blank canvas and letting them create how they see the world around them can be a very powerful tool.” - L. Wheeler

“We hope to be a part of unlocking a hidden talent or fostering a sense of belonging through works of art” explains Wheeler.

Although the club has been fortunate to have volunteers offer art-related activities to the students, said Wheeler, their goal has been to provide a staff person to the students.

Club members Julia M. and Morgan R. work on their recycled basket weaving.

That day is quickly approaching. In 2014, a major initiative at the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury is to enhance their arts program with a part time art director dedicated to fine arts, digital arts, and performance arts. The club endeavors to offer programs in photography, fine arts, and drama, while also providing a safe place where children of all ages feel comfortable expressing themselves creatively. Said Wheeler, “We feel arts are so important to tap into the creative spirit of children and give them an outlet. As an organization, we have been looking forward to the day we can offer a wellrounded art program.”

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Volunteer Norma Bontrager helps Club member Alison L. with her soap-carving project.

The Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury hosted the 2012 Fine Arts Gallery show featuring all mediums of work from Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County members.

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Middlebury’s town Manager By Mark Salee, Town Manager


n keeping with the monthly theme of describing town functions, I have the pleasure of introducing myself and my position, Town Manager.

I am a native of Elkhart, and a graduate of Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. I have worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and for the Madison Department of Public Health in Wisconsin. After my wife Susan and I had our two children and visited frequently so we could share the kids with our families, we decided to move back, choosing Middlebury for the excellent school system. While living in Middlebury and working for the Elkhart County Health Department and the Elkhart Department of Public Works, I became a member of the Town Park & Recreation Board. There I met the former Middlebury Town Manager, Lowell Miller, who successfully brainwashed me into applying for the Town Manager position. I was hired by the Town Council in September of 2008 and continue to serve our community to this day. A Town Manager, under the direction of the Town Council, is responsible for the administrative duties of the Town. These duties include: administering and enforcing all Town ordinances, orders, and resolutions; assisting in the preparation of budgets; executing contracts on behalf of the Town for materials, supplies, services, or improvements; and oversight of the managers of our five departments. This article is sponsored by:

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Photos by Kris Mueller My typical day starts out with a cup of joe while I read and respond to emails. Normally, I am asked to clarify or decipher invoices that have been submitted to the Deputy Clerk by our managers. Throughout the day, I try to talk to each manager at least once to get the scoop on what they are doing, answer any questions or provide direction. I work on current projects (such as the upgrade to our wastewater treatment plant), process all kinds of paperwork, issue sign permits, respond to complaints, and more. One thing that I place a lot of value on as part of my job is to listen to people’s questions or concerns and try to provide answers or guidance regarding just about anything. Over my 30 years of working in the public sector, I have heard a lot. However, every day something new arises. If you have a question or concern regarding our Town, do not hesitate to call me at 825-1499 or stop in to the Town Hall to chat. It is my pleasure to serve as your Town Manager, and I look forward to hearing from you any time.

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Community Calendar January 2014 MONTHLY

3rd Tuesdays: PTO Meetings @ Orchard View – 5:30 - 6:30 pm

1st & 3rd Fridays: Fish Fry @ American Legion – 5 - 7 pm

1st & 3rd Mondays: Town Council Meetings @ Town Hall – 6pm

1st Tuesday: Cinema Showcase @ Library 1pm


Tuesdays: Toddler Time 10 am; Storytime 11 am @ Library

Thursdays: Babies & Books @ Library – 11 am

Fridays: Optimist Club Breakfast @ Essenhaus – 6:30 am

Monday - Fridays: REAL Services lunch for ages 60+ @ Greencroft

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17 Resolution Run 20 School break 21 School resumes 20 School Board Meeting, 4pm 23-25 PTO Meeting, York, 7pm 25 ACT Registration Deadline 27 NHS Swimming Senior Night 28 Financial Aid Meeting, NHS, 7pm 28 Happy New Year!

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rying to make ends meet and also find funding for college is no joke, as many of us with high school juniors and seniors know. Dana Snider, former Northridge High School guidance counselor, knows that very well and it’s a big part of why he was integral in helping to start the Northridge chapter of the National Dollars for Scholars (DFS) program back in the mid-eighties. “We had no real structure as to how to issue the few scholarships that Northridge had to issue graduates,” Snider recalls. After a superintendent came back from a meeting with information from the National Dollars for Scholars program, “That helped broaden our perspective with a procedure on how to equitably and professionally give out our scholarships. This happened to be the time Eli Lilly was giving Indiana dollars to open a chapter. They’d give us a thousand if we raised a thousand. We quickly did that, and we were off and running!” Robin Tahara Miller, current President of the Northridge DFS Advisory Board, says, “We’d love to have enough money to award a scholarship for every application we receive; we’ve not been able to do that for a number of years, but there was a time when we could. Expenses keep escalating.”

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Robin Tahara Miller presents Max Troyer with the Poyser Scholarship. Parents Melissa and Rich Troyer are pictured beside them. Dana and Robin are both excited about the new paperless system for filing this year. “All scoring and application is done online now. It’s much more automated, less paper, and it is something in tune with our tech-savvy kids,” says Robin. “We are finishing up our affiliation with Scholarship America, which is a national organization. We are trying to encourage all high school students to go in and enter their profile info there.” Dana adds, “With this new program for DFS, their name will go into a national pool and help generate scholarships from a national level, not just Middlebury, with the computer… otherwise, it’s a lot of hard work to find all of those scholarships!” Both Dana and Robin mentioned Dr. Fradkin, the founder of the DFS

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It started as a healthcare business in the early 1900s, and today it becomes a healthcare business once again. Walters & Smucker Drugs, circa 1930.

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he adage, “What goes around comes around” usually proves to be true more often than not. In this instance, what went around at 100 South Main Street in 1910 has now come back around in 2013. This historical building located at the corner of Main and Warren Streets housed a health-related business for at least 72 years. After a December 6, 2013 groundbreaking ceremony, that same building is now also home to a healthcare business.

Early 1900s

In the early 1900s, Dr. M.A. Farver, Don Smucker’s grandfather, ran his practice from the building situated at the corner of Main and Warren Streets. Records indicate he was practicing as early as 1903.

Photo taken in 1910 of: Unidentified person; Minnie Farver (Don, Farver, and Shirley Smucker’s mother), Dr. M.A. Farver, and “Tink” Kellet, a tinsmith who worked at Varns Hardware.

*In 1906, John H. Walters of Nappanee bought the building. Walters had married Mrs. Catherine Smucker in 1903, and in 1919 Walters’ stepson, Ora Smucker, partnered with his stepfather, both pharmacists, and named their business Walters & Smucker Drugs. Ora married Dr. M.A. Farver’s daughter, Minnie, and they had two sons, Farver and Don, who were also destined to be-

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come pharmacists as well, and a daughter, Shirley. In 1939, Ora became the sole owner of Smucker Drugs, located at 100 South Main. In 1946, Farver, now a registered pharmacist, returned from the service and helped operate the store. Farver was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. He returned home in 1953, and with his brother Don, the two purchased the building and began their pharmacy business. It was 1972, at least 72 years, when the family lineage switched locations, and Smucker Drugs moved to the building we now know as the Middlebury Mercantile. Don Smucker recalls from this photo taken in the late 1940s as the pharmacy and store he grow up in. “On Wednesday nights there were band concerts and we had a soda fountain and were extra busy. On Saturday nights there were free movies in the park, and then everyone would come over here to the soda fountain, so we would be open until midnight or so in the summer. That was a fun time.”


Brothers Farver and Don, along with their wives Mary and Berneita, owned and ran Smucker Drugs beginning in 1954, with this photo taken in 1962.

DID YOU KNOW? Brothers Farver and Don Smucker, both pharmacists, had planned to go into business sooner than 1953, but Farver ended up serving in World War II and was called back to duty during the Korean War. Don was drafted during the Korean War.

For forty years, the building was used as retail space. In 1973, the location housed New Life Book Store and added a Radio Shack in 1978. In 1982 LaMar Mishler purchased the business but not the building. Mishler continues to run the bookstore today on the east side of the building. At some point, the building might have been a variety store, as some people recalled one in that location, but nothing could be found in writing or in pictures. The location also housed the ever-popular “Calico Frog” crafts store, then a specialty scrapbooking store, a resale clothing store, and an art studio.

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The former pharmacy was the location of various retailers from 1972-2013, with it being The Calico Frog, a crafts and scrapbooking store, pictured here in 2005.


On December 6, the building located at 100 South Main officially came full circle when a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, opening the new business Firefly Home Care. Larson and Amy Manifold own and operate the business that focuses on serving the elderly. Firefly Home Care provides non-medical home care that includes medication reminders, nutrition, personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, social events, errands, and more. The Manifolds’ business also helps with insurance information.

“We are thrilled to be part of an

amazing community and such a great tradition of caring for others from - Larson Manifold this building.” *Some information for this article was taken from the book, “Middlebury, The Town Beautiful, 1836-1986.” Written & edited by The Middlebury History Book Committee of the Friends of the Library. Published by The News Printing Co., Goshen, IN 1986.

Timeline @ 100 South Main:

Early 1900s: Dr. M.A. Farver owned and operated his practice. 1906: John H. Walters purchased the building and operated his pharmacy. 1919: Ora Smucker partnered with stepfather Walters to run Walters & Smucker Drugs. 1939: Ora became the sole pharmacist and proprietor. 1953: Farver & Don Smucker, brothers and pharmacists, opened Smucker Drugs, along with their wives Mary and Berneita. 1972: Smucker Drugs moved, and the building evolved into several different retail businesses. 2013: Firefly Home Care opens it doors.

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On December 6, the building at 100 South Main returned to its healthcare roots when it became home to Firefly Home Care, owned by Larson and Amy Manifold. “When we pulled back the old flooring,” said Larson, “We found the flooring of where the soda fountain used to be that Mr. Smucker was talking about.”

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Northridge High School News from Mr. Troyer, Vice Principal

Upcoming Events at NHS January 7 – Semester 2 Begins January 20 – No School January 23/24/25 – Musical January 27 – Registration for Incoming Freshmen February 6 – Parent / Teacher Conferences

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This fall and winter have seen several opportunities for the students and staff of NHS to help the Middlebury community in a very positive way. During November, the student council organized a canned food drive to benefit the Middlebury Food Pantry. Through the hard work of this group of dedicated students, NHS collected and donated approximately $2,800 in cash and around 1,000 food items.

Athletics Dept. Events

The Northridge Athletics Department organized a Toys-for-Tots toy drive on November 30th during the JV and Varsity Boys Basketball games. This annual event run by the high school athletic training students collected over 200 toys for underprivileged students in Elkhart County. Special thanks go to Ms. Michelle Lamb and her student aides for a successful collection.

The Athletics Department also hosted the annual “Cancer Awareness Game” December 3rd at the JV and Varsity Girls Basketball games. NHS teacher and coach, Mr. John Stearns, organized the sale of special Pink game T-Shirts which were sold for $10 before and during the game. Proceeds from the T-Shirt sales and ticket sales totaled $5,110 and were donated to the Patient Assistance Fund at Goshen Center for Cancer Care! The schools appreciate the support of our community and look to give back in a variety of ways. Thank you!

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NHS began its latest accreditation process with AdvancEd (our accrediting organization) in the fall of 2011. After conducting a self-assessment and an internal and external review, NHS was accredited

and given four required actions to be addressed by December 1, 2013. The school improvement committee has worked extremely hard to address these required actions and submitted their final report to AdvancEd in December. This completes an exhaustive, yet extremely beneficial and thorough review of our school and the educational systems and processes we offer. We are working hard to make NHS the best it can be for the students and patrons of the Middlebury Community!

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Winter Color Guard Schedule Jan 11 Goshen Showcase Jan 25 Greenwood High School Pep Band Schedule Jan 4 Girls game at 5pm, boys game at 7pm Jan 10, 14, 18, 21, 25, 30 All games at 7:30 pm


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The Fifth Annual Northridge Choir Invitational is February 15. Twenty-three middle school and high school concert and show choirs from Indiana and Illinois will be competing throughout the day. Northridge Starlights and Northern Lights will perform, and there will be a solo competition. This is a great opportunity for the town of Middlebury as we host approximately 3,000 guests for this event. The Northridge choirs have about 100 students participating in ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Fairfield High School on February 8.

Jan. 23rd - 25th

Tarzan to Swing in the Northridge Auditorium Northridge High School will be presenting Disney’s Tarzan: The Musical January 23, 24 & 25. The stage version, like the movie, contains much of the same music including “Two Worlds,” the well-known “You’ll Be in My Heart,” and the fun-filled “Trashin’ the Camp.” Tickets will go on sale for $10 January 7th in the NHS office. All seats are reserved. Show time is 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday.

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NHS Transportation Class By Danielle Miller

Northridge High School students learned more than just how to build a car in transportation class. They learned life skills that will always stay with them.


he transportation class, led by Kyle Hembree, is the capstone of the engineering classes offered at Northridge and requires several prerequisites to enroll. “We used Autodesk Inventor which is 3-D modeling software. The juniors and seniors had already been through engineering classes and had a simple machine background,” Hembree said. The hefty $6,500 cost to participate in the program was entirely raised through fundraising efforts of the participating students. “The students created a marketing pack to show to local businesses. I was really impressed at how much the community was willing to help out, all the way through Elkhart,” he said. Jet Technologies, Middlebury Produce and B&J Rocket among others were major sponsors. Other area schools have participated in the program sponsored by Indiana Mathematics and Science Educational Alliance (IMSTEA) for years but this was the first year Northridge had the opportunity to compete. The rookie team was awarded the best first year team, an honor which made Hembree and the students very proud.

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The competition was held June 8th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Each team consisting of 14 students or less was judged based on maximum gas mileage in a competition aptly named, The Super Mileage Challenge. Building a car from the ground up that gets maximum gas mileage posed a challenge to the students, but through trial and error the class learned critical problem solving skills. “They learned failure was an option. We went through four to five designs for the frame alone. I told the students it’s O.K. to fail as long as you learn something and when you move on you apply it to what you’re doing,” he said. Once in Indianapolis, the mechanical engineering was not over.“They had mechanical issues when they got there but this is their baby. When there were broken parts they went to work. Nobody complained. I saw a big change in them from the beginning of the year. Back then they got upset when something broke, at the end they just fixed it,” Hembree said. Aside from problem solving skills and mechanical engineering the students learned marketing, fundraising and communication skills. Many came in to work on the vehicle over their Spring Break. “They were really proud, they took some real ownership which was pretty cool to see,” he said.

The class is hoping to continue the program next year as long as fundraising efforts are met to support the continuation of the transportation class.

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Congratulations to fall sports

Mental Attitude Award winners Back row: Josh Garfein Tennis, Craig Casten Football, Lucas Wickey Football, Neel Patel B Cross Country, Micah Miller B Soccer Front Row: Carly Spirito G Cross Country, Olivia Checkley JV Cheerleading, Ashley Berkey V Cheerleading, Brooke Maes Volleyball, Lexi Meskowski G Golf, Lauren Blyly G Soccer

Girls basketball senior Brianne O’Dell recently selected Mr. McClane as an Honorary Coach.


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for being selected as the Team of the Week by! Visit their site to read more. Northridge standout Nate Richie drives to the hoop. Logan Bontrager takes control vs Fairfield.

Northridge Sr diver Taylor Berkey competes at a recent meet vs Concord.

Winter Sport Senior Nights: Boys/Girls Swim: Jan. 11 Wrestling: Jan. 14 Girls Basketball: Feb. 4 Boys Basketball: Feb. 22 Winter Sport Award Night: March 18

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Northridge Middle School


Providing Challenge to Students with Mathematical Abilities By Danielle Miller Photos by Kris Mueller

Front row: Michael Dugle, Jessica Miller, Anna Lucas, Eric Firstenberger, Simon Grevengoed, Jonathan Dugle, Cole Berger. Back row: Derek Hawn (assistant coach), Drew Seegert, Andrew Ostrander, Micah Yoder, Arpad Sefcsik, Garrett Rodino,

Anthony Eshleman, Matthew Sheridan, Isaiah Zuercher, DJ Kintigh, and Coach Mr. Nisen


athCounts is the premier national middle school math competition. It is the only live, in-person middle school math event that takes place in all 50 states. Students participate at the regional, state and national levels for prizes and thousands of dollars in scholarship money. The winners of the national competition are invited to the White House to meet the President. MathCounts at NMS began with Mrs. Franko in the late 1980s. Mr. Nisen began co-coaching with Mrs. Franko for the next 14 years and has since taken over the entire program himself. MathCounts students practice three times a week during the fall, and then they practice every day after school in the winter.

MathCounts meets for seven months of the school year. The regional competition takes place at Notre Dame in February and the state competition takes place at Purdue or Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in March. “Over the years, we have had two students win full tuition four-year scholarships to Purdue University while they were still in 8th grade. But in addition to that, the math skills that are learned have led to higher SAT scores, admittance into prestigious colleges, and employment in the top companies in America. We have former MathCounts students that are currently studying at MIT, designing aircraft carriers for the US Navy, and working for Microsoft and Amazon,” Nisen said.

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“Many times the state curriculum is not sufficient for students who love math and have an intrinsic desire to solve problems. MathCounts allows the students to see how they stack up against the best in the country. The thrill of solving problems in a race against the clock gives the students confidence in their own abilities. This confidence then is contagious to the other students who don’t even compete in MathCounts,” he said.

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Heritage Intermediate School News from Mrs. Dyer, Principal


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eritage Intermediate School celebrated the joy of reading with a school-wide “Fall Into Reading” morning. Donned in pajamas and slippers, students across the school picked up favorite books, curled up with a pillow or blanket and enjoyed time to get lost in a story. The Heritage students were able to read around the school by finding a comfortable spot in their individual classrooms or by joining friends and reading in a different classroom. Students also had the opportunity to listen to guest readers read “A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea,” “The Frog Prince Continued,” or “Math Curse.” The morning of reading ended with cookies and hot chocolate, served by parent and grandparent volunteers.

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Students Take a Nature Walk on the Pumpkinvine

Kindergarten students at Middlebury Elementary took advantage of the Pumpkinvine Trail this October. As they learn about leaves and the changing of seasons, they go leaf collecting each year. They normally do this on the school grounds, but typically do not get a wide selection of different leaves. Knowing the Pumpkinvine Trail was right out their doorstep, they decided to take advantage of it! It was like stepping into a whole new world. Students walked quietly to hear the sounds of nature. They were able to find many different varieties of fall leaves and seeds. They even found a little slug eating away at a leaf and maple leaves bigger than their heads! They want to thank the community for providing this wonderful resource for them to use!

Healthy Food Tasting Table Hosted by Mrs. Engle’s Kindergarten Class

Our Tasting Table is a student and staff favorite! Every few weeks, our CSHP (Coordinated School Health Program) features a different healthy vegetable, fruit or recipe for everyone to try. This month, Mrs. Engle’s Kindergarten class hosted the Tasting Table and served roasted spiced pumpkin seeds. We also learned a little bit more about nutrition on morning announcements during the week of the Tasting Table. We learned that pumpkin is high in vitamin A, vitamin E and fiber and that pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein. In the past, the kids have tried kiwi, yellow pear tomatoes, blueberry smoothies, homemade granola, spinach leaves, and roasted butternut squash. It’s always exciting to discover what will be served next at the Tasting Table

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Orchard View Elementary School News from Mrs. Clark, Principal

Grandparents Day

Star Students for the month of November

Kindergarten: Stuart Bontrager-Mrs. Chapman, Katie Wright-Mrs.Ciokajlo, Kara Hively-Mrs. Mast, Tyler Dillon-Ms. McCarthy. First Grade: Gretchen Ludwig - Mrs. Estep, Catalena Jones - Miss Gross, Tiffany Miller - Mrs. Runge, Katelyn Alexander - Mrs. Graber. Second Grade: Landon Troyer - Mrs. Bickel, Jordyn Hicks Mr. Graber, Bailey Burkholder - Mrs. Miller, Shelby Mack - Mrs. Rogusta. Third Grade: Brandt Wrigley - Mr. Burridge, Camden Gregory - Mrs. Cripe, Marty Stoltzfus - Mrs. Gonzalez, Lacey Martin - Mrs. Palmer Functional Skills: Bela DeJesus - Ms. Sage


randparents Day was a huge success here at Orchard View. We served over 1,200 Grandparents, students, staff and volunteers on Friday, November 22nd at our Grandparents Day celebration. Our Grandparents and special guests enjoyed lunch with the students in the cafeteria, visited our fall book fair and went into the classrooms for some fun activities. We want to say a big thank you to all of our staff and volunteers that helped make this event possible, and to all of our Grandparents and special guests for making this day so special for the students. Grandparents Day was a huge success here at Orchard View. We served over 1200 Grandparents, students, staff and volunteers on Friday, November 22nd at our Grandparents Day celebration. Our Grandparents and special guests enjoyed lunch with the students in the cafeteria, visited our fall book fair, and went into the classrooms for some fun activities. We want to say a big thank you to all of our staff and volunteers that helped make this event possible, and to all of our Grandparents and special guests for making this day so special for the students.

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York Elementary School News from Mrs. Buller, Principal

The Empty Bowls Project at York


he evening of Tuesday, November 12 was an active one at York Elementary, as students, parents and staff gathered together to bring hunger awareness and contribute to the local hungry during our Empty Bowls Project. Students have been hard at work since September, creating and painting a clay bowl to symbolize the empty bowls at mealtime in our world, including our hometown of Middlebury. The beautiful bowls were on display and ready for pick-up the evening of the Empty Bowls Project. A simple soup and bread dinner was served, with delicious soups made by our talented parents and bread donated graciously by Rise-n-Roll. The York community proved generous once again by raising over $950 for the Middlebury Food Pantry.

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9:00 - Doors open, Carnival and Silent Auction 9:30 - Live Auction and Bake Sale • Petersheim Auctions will be conducting the auction • New item to bid on this year: A hot air balloon ride from Stutsman Ballooning from Goshen • Many other local businesses will be featured

Happy music, happy faces at the Christmas Program! Photos by Kris Mueller

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Living well Outdoor Living

Walking in a Winter

Wonderland: Enjoying Winter Walks

Bundled Up and Ready for a Hike

Story and photos provided by Carla Gull


e all have a different comfort level with snow and winter. We may think it’s pretty to view, hate driving in it, or revel in a crisp walk bundled up in layers. This last winter, we embraced winter walks as a family and learned many great lessons. Picking the right day to go out on a winter hike is key. When there is a sunny, calm day, I drop other plans and hit the trails, protecting hands, feet, and heads.


attention. There are often a few berries left on the trees, provid• Pick the right da y ing a pop of color. Evergreens • Dress in layers also dot the landscape providing contrast in the winter • Be open to discovery white. We watch for hanging • Look for tracks, nests, and moss icicles, scratches from deer on • Treat your self after your hi ke the trees, and water interacting with the weather.

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After a winter hike, it is time for a reward. For me, snuggling up with a blanket and hot chocolate is great. For others, going out for lunch is a good inI love the quiet of a winter trail as the centive. For the kids, a snowball fight, snow muffles typical sounds. This is making snow angels, building a snow a perfect time to look for tracks in sculpture, sledding, the snow. We Enjoy the wonders of nature ice skating, and snow look at the size, in winter in many ways, such forts are good bets shape, distance as setting up a bird feeder near for fun. between prints, a window, taking a drive to see etc. to find clues the blanket of snow, or taking Enjoy the wonders as to what ania winter walk.” of nature in winter mals were there in many ways, such as setting up a bird before. With the bare trees, we can feeder near a window, taking a drive see things that were obscured in othto see the blanket of snow, or taking a er seasons, such as a drey (squirrel’s winter walk. How will you connect with nest) or birds’ nests in the trees. We nature during our winter months? focus on moss, lichen, and mushrooms. The bark and lines of the trees catch our

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If you’re an animal lover like me, seeing a feral cat outside in the cold pulls at your heartstrings and you can’t help but feed it. However, when it doesn’t have a home (and doesn’t desire a home), we’re risking overpopulation unless someone comes up with a solution. Luckily, the Elkhart County Feral Cat Coalition (ECFCC) has a plan for these colonies of feral cats that have taken up residence in our town. The ECFCC’s mission is to “Humanely reduce the free-roaming cat population in Elkhart County”. ly basis. The returned cats are ear-tipped An open invitation to a meeting about to identify them as belonging to a TNR/ the Middlebury Town Cat Project, The program provides these shelters for the colony cats. cared-for colony. Along with caring for which is a pilot project that our Town making sure [the cats] are altered so the colony, they are also monitored by Council has endorsed, goes out to all they do not reproduce, and by overMiddlebury residents. seeing that their needs are met to imThe meeting will be held When followed properly, it is a winprove their lives tremendously.” at the Library on Saturday, January 18th, from win program for everyone involved.” If you do care for feral cats in your area, 11 am to 2 pm. During please be sure to attend this informathis meeting, the process –Chris Bralick, President of Elkhart tional meeting to learn how you can help County Feral Cat Coalition of Trap, Neuter, Return even more. (TNR) will be discussed. their caretaker for newcomChris Bralick, President of the ECFers who, once established as CC says this process is “the only provThis article is brought to you by: part of the colony or as a en method that results in a permanent regular visitor, will be TNRpopulation reduction.” She explains that ed as well. other methods such as trap-and-kill or feeding bans are cruel and do not solve Says Bralick, “When folthe problem, but that this process is both lowed properly, it is a winhumane and effective. 1 Year win program for everyone Anniversary involved – from those who A pamphlet from the ECFCC describes


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You may have heard of Meals on Wheels,

but you probably aren’t as familiar with the Nutrition Program provided by the same organization. REAL Services, which began over forty years ago, has a Nutrition Program that provides a hot meal five days a week for seniors 60 years of age and up. Rochelle Meyers, Site Director for REAL Services at Greencroft in Middlebury describes how simple it is for any senior in the area to use this service. “Lunch is at 11:45 every day, Monday through Friday. Call the site a day ahead before you wish to attend and make your reservation. When you get here, sign in, and then you can sign up for the next day, too.” The Nutrition Program is run completely on a donation and volunteer basis. “If you don’t have anything, though, you don’t have to give,” Rochelle is quick to add. They will not turn any senior away. The only requirement is that you’re 60 or older, or the spouse of an eligible attendee. “If you volunteer, we’ll feed you, too!” she mentions. “I need volunteers to help me serve, set up, clean up… we’re also looking for somebody with a van who can pick up seniors

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living in Middlebury. We have a lot of need here, and no one to drive.” Some of the recent menu items have been oven fried chicken, sweet potatoes, wax beans, Texas toast, pudding, beef Manhattan, herb/breakfast potatoes, and peaches. Also, once a month, they celebrate all birthdays from that month. In December, they received a birthday treat from the Cheesecake Factory! In addition to lunches, there are special presentations each month, usually on a health and wellness topic, but sometimes other subjects such as identity theft and ways to prevent it. January 3 brings a presentation on plant-based diets, and veggie lasagna will be served. To make a reservation or receive more information on REAL Services and the Nutrition Program or volunteer opportunities, call Rochelle at 574-358-1118.

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COMING IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE... Promote your business to over 10,000 homes and businesses! In addition to our usual ads and coupons, we’re offering special Valentine’s Day and Home Improvement sections in February’s issue. The deadlines for all ads is January 10. As always, our design service is included for no additonal charge.

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inMiddlebury Magazine January 2014  

Celebrating Life in Middlebury, Indiana

inMiddlebury Magazine January 2014  

Celebrating Life in Middlebury, Indiana