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Meet the Teacher: Vickie Emmons & Jessica Barkby Middlebury Junior Optimists


Here’s to second homes


Kulish Home Dedication


10 Calendar, 4 Milestones, 5 Boys & Girls Club, 6

NHS Overseas Trips

Outdoor Living, 8 Middlebury Parks Department, 9 Northridge Athletes, 24 Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, 27 Business Directory, 28 Coupons, 29

January Cover: NHS student Madison Kenyon volunteered to help with a glass-blowing demonstration at a Murano, Italy, glass factory during a tour there with other NHS students. Photo by Paul Johnson

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Community Calendar CONTRIBUTORS

January Dec. 25- Jan. 5 Christmas Break - No School Jan. 8

Publisher: William Connelly

Teacher Day - No School

Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Day - No School or Snow Make-Up day

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Editor’s Note: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine Students from Northridge High School are going places. And then coming back with wonderful experiences to share, and a new view of the world as a whole. This month, we look at some of the opportunities provided to NHS students who have traveled, both overseas and in the U.S., as part of a school tour and how educational those trips can be. For some, it may be the only chance they have to visit these places. For others, it may only be the beginning of a life of travel. Meanwhile, in Middlebury, students in the Junior Optimist Club work to better their community with service work for others. And after more than two years, the Kulish family have a new home. We first met this family from Ukraine back when they were looking for land to build a home with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. The home was finished and dedicated, with the Kulish family moved in just in time for Christmas.

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Guy Thompson, Editor

Milestones Birthday Wishes 1/7 Kayleena Igney, 9 1/11 Samantha Wiley, 13 and offically a teenager! 1/12 Samuel Titov, 8 1/14 Cari Watson 1/16 Tom Watson 1/17 Kora Kelley, 3 1/18 Gene Bender 1/18 Tyse Igney, 11 1/24 Leon Yoder 1/25 Mason Kerns, 7 1/25 Florence Yoder 1/30 Cayden Shetler, 6

Happy 9th Birthday Kayleena! We love you!

Happy Birthday Samuel!

Happy Birthday! Love, mom, dad and Luca

Happy Birthday Gene!

Happy 11th Birthday Tyse! We love you!

Happy Birthday Mason!

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around town | Boys & Girls Club

Coaches Dan and Jordan Eichorst pose with the Robotics team, the “RadioActive Blockheads,” including members Faye Hunsberger, Andrew Deal, Aubrey Michen, Kyle Deal, Landon Rabbitt, and Aiden Neff.

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club Robotics Team! The Boys and Girls Club of Middebury’s robotics team is entering 2018 with their most successful year of competition behind them. In December the team, led by coaches Dan and Jordan Eichorst, won the FIRST LEGO League’s Global Innovation Award for their project involving the conversion of rainwater to drinking water to aid water-scarce regions of our world. The award advanced the team to the second stage of competition, where they then advanced to the Indiana State competition held on the campus of Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne in December.

About FIRST LEGO League FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized for elementary and middle school students. Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. This year’s focus was “Hydro Dynamics.” During the hydro dynamics season, members were challenged to think like scientists and engineers. They identified a realworld problem and developed a solution to the problem throughout the season. Throughout their experience, the team adheres to FIRST LEGO League’s signature set of core values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

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“We are very like-minded,” Emmons said. “We have done a lot to build our relationship with the kids, and reach them at their hearts and minds.” “The kids know we have the same expectations,” Barkby said. “And when they (students) have something exciting, they can share with each of us.” Conversely, when something is wrong, the students can go to one or the other with their problems. They noted that some students will connect more with one or the other, as well.

Vickie Emmons and Jessica Barkby

Heritage Intermediate School – 4th Grade Teachers “They go out of their way to make things work for kids. They reach out to students and their families.” – Principal Kari Dyer Fourth grade teachers Vickie Emmons and Jessica Barkby work as one of the teams at Heritage Intermediate School, with Emmons tackling English, reading and social studies, and Barkby handling math and science for 54 students. This is the second year of team teaching at the school, and Emmons and Barkby represent how hard the teams at Heritage work for their students. Both teach writing.

“We don’t view them as my kids or her kids,” Emmons added. “The kids don’t view it that way, either.” Both teachers praised their fellow teachers at Heritage, and enjoy seeing how each teacher teaches. They all learn from each other. Emmons, who has been in education for 26 years, and Barkby, who has taught for 14 years, demonstrate to their students what teamwork looks like. “They see the friendship we have,” Barkby said. “We are constantly in each other’s room.” “We are modeling how to work with a partner,” Emmons concluded. Sometimes, the best lessons are the ones the students see for themselves in their teachers.

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Outdoor LIVING

The invasion of snowy owls It is a special treat to see a snowy owl in Middlebury. Upon reading a snowy owl report in the Elkhart County Birding Facebook group in December I immediately set out to take a peek from my car. I checked to verify the sighting. A few years earlier I drove my four boys out to LaGrange to see a snowy owl that had been hanging around. After 45 minutes of driving and another 30 minutes finding the bird, it was anticlimactic for the boys to see what appeared to be a plastic bag far away in the borrowed spotting scope. However, I found my first snowy owl fascinating and have been learning more about these arctic visitors.

are able to study the activity patterns. With long summer days in the arctic, snowy owls are often more diurnal or active during the day time; however, this may change depending on their circumstances. Other owls in our area are nocturnal, hunting during the night. When snowy owls move south, they often seek out large fields or airports, which have similar topography to the Arctic region. They typically will be on the ground, perching on an irrigation pipe or fencepost from time to time. Many birders have caught a large flash of white in the field and taken a closer

If you hope to see a snowy owl, this winter might be a good shot as there is an irruption of snowy owls, or younger owls moving to southern lands for the winter. Many have been spotted in the Great Lakes region already this season. When the lemming (food source for snowy owls) population is high in the summer, snowy owls have more young causing the irruption. There is still a lot to learn about snowy owls. Project SNOWstorm is a national group that puts backpack trackers on the owls to learn more about them. The group notes some snowy owls stay in one small area while others wander more. They also 8 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  January 2018

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look only to find a blowing plastic bag. If you are able to find a real snowy owl (sign up for alerts on, stay in your car and use a spotting scope, binoculars, or camera. Never get closer than 100 yards away and do not feed the owls. If they seem in distress, please contact a wildlife rehabilitator. If the bird reacts to your presence even from afar, back away and let it be so it is not stressed more than is needed. Will you find Hedwig from Harry Potter this year? You just might in this year of irruption with confirmed Middlebury snowy owl sightings already!

New Park is Coming!


In the past few weeks there has been considerable progress in making Middlebury’s newest park a reality. Olde Mill Park will be a 3.24-acre park on the north side of Warren Street across from Riverbend Park and just west of Forks County Line store. It’s named Olde Mill in recognition of the oldest building in Middlebury, the “popcorn plant” which is now the Olde Mill Market. This park is being made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources plus a donation of the property and cash from the Friends of the Middlebury Parks. Olde Mill Park will have boardwalks along the river and an informational kiosk. In addition, the grant will provide for new and improved trails and walkways in Riverbend Park. All the permits have been approved and the construction contract awarded. Look for the completion of the park this spring.

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Junior Optimists work for others

by April Givens

There is so much excitement coming from Northridge High School’s Junior Optimist Club, a group of high school students that strive to make their community a better place. This junior club is sponsored by the adult Optimist Club in Middlebury. These adults help the students to understand the importance of community service and it has been very successful! “These students are an amazing group of kids. They are so organized, and they get the job done!” said George Pietrzak, Optimist overseer of the Junior Optimist group. The purposes of the Optimist Club is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed, to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs, to inspire respect for the law, to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people, and to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world. Jessica Miller, president of the Junior Optimist group, shows enthusiasm and heart when it comes to putting groups of students together for service projects. What started three years ago with around 30 students has grown to approximately 100 students. The drive to serve others is contagious with students asking how they can help bring hope to others.

fires, Hoops for Hope Campaign for Goshen Hospital Cancer Center, Pennies for Peyton’s kids at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, and more.

parents at the school for parentteacher conferences, keeping the banks of the Elkhart River clean, Feed the Children in Elkhart and Feed the Hungry in South Bend.

The Junior Optimist group currently sells cotton candy at basketball games, and collects money for different organizations. The funds have been distributed by where the group decides it should go at the end of the year. Some of those organizations have been Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief, two hometown house

Some of the service projects the Junior Optimist group has completed are helping keep Krider Gardens clean and looking beautiful, helping Lifeline Ministries in Elkhart with the demolition of a house, giving technical assistance with electronics to Greencroft residents in Goshen, providing daycare to

There will be a fundraiser in March where the students will cook dinner and serve tables for the Middlebury Optimist Club’s trivia night – a great opportunity for the community to give to the Optimist group so these students can continue in bringing hope and excitement to many in need.

Middlebury Jr. Optimists assisted with last year’s bell ringing. Above, members Sarah Hochstetler and Jessica Miller hang out with Santa. 

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Junior Optimist Club helping Feed the Hungry in South Bend.

The Optimist Creed Promise Yourself

be so strong that nothing can • Todisturb your peace of mind. talk health, happiness, and • Toprosperity to every person you meet. make all your friends feel that • Tothere is something in them. at the sunny side of everything • Toandlook make your optimism come true. • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only

the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

the mistakes of the past and • Topressforget on to the greater achievements

of the future.

you meet a smile.

have no time to criticize others.

wear a cheerful countenance at all • Totimes and give every living creature give so much time to the • Toimprovement of yourself that you

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. inMiddlebury Magazine  | January 2018 11

It’s cozy and secluded, but what makes the Tonkin’s house a second home has nothing to do with location or size.

Here’s to

second homes by Guy Thompson

My Aussie family, the Tonkins – Tony and Trish, front, and new daughter-in-law Maryanne and son Matthew.

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We were looking forward to going to bed after 40+ hours of flying and layovers. We were literally halfway around the world. Tony wanted to do a quick toast before we turned in, though. We raised the glasses provided – “To second homes.” It was only my third time to visit this cozy home on Wangary Terrace in Seaview Downs, a suburb south of Adelaide, South Australia. The Tonkins, Tony and Trish, and their son, Matthew, had first welcomed me there almost 30 years ago, and have been like family ever since. And the home and guest house behind it have seemed like a second home right from the start. It isn’t unusual for me to have to clarify what I mean when I tell people I have family in Adelaide, Australia. I returned with my own family in 2000 for a week and again back in the fall (spring down there), this time to attend a wedding. It would also be the shortest stay at just under four days, arriving late Friday night and leaving first thing Tuesday morning. In reality, we traveled almost more than the time we spent with the Tonkins. People travel for different reasons. Some travel to the same place time after time. Others go somewhere to sit or lie around. I can do that at home. Not that I do… This trip wasn’t made to sightsee, although we tried to fit a little bit of that in. We spent part of Saturday at a wildlife park for the opportunity

to hold a Koala (check that off bucket list) and a little time in the city pedestrian mall, Rundle Street. Monday, my son and I toured the football stadium. That was it on being tourists. The rest of the time we tried to spend with the Tonkins, sitting around, talking. Catching up. And, of course, attending the wedding, where we met even more family. This was, to us, a pretty cool wedding as Matthew, the groom, had been our ringbearer 24 years earlier. The Tonkins had traveled all the way to Indiana for our wedding, and we were thrilled we had the opportunity to go to his. Why is it a second home to me? That’s hard to answer with any precision. The best I can say is, it just feels like home. I’m as happy there as I am in my own home with my family here in Indiana. I’ll admit there are a few places around the world I consider “second homes.”Twenty-five years ago, I lived in Germany for six months with the International 4-H Youth Exchange Program (IFYE for short). There are a couple of families there that I view the same as the Tonkins – they are like family and I felt right at home with them from the start. And I’m looking forward to the day when I can travel back there, too. Perhaps to sightsee a little. Revisit places I saw all those years ago. But, more importantly, to visit with family. “To second homes.” Wherever they may be.

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Veniamin (Ben) and Nadezhda (Nadya) Kulish celebrated their new life in a home built by them and for them with the help of Habitat for Humanity and local volunteers in Middlebury’s York Hills Subdivision. Nadya and Ben cut the ribbon while their children (l/r) Valentina (17), Mark (14), Timothy (7), David (13), Anna (10), and Samuel (13) hold the ribbon. In the background (l/r) are Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe, Angelica Kulish (18), brother Ben Jr. (19), and sister Rachel (16), with Ralph Jackson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County on the far right. Photo by Guy Thompson.

Habitat home dedicated On December 11, the Kulish family had a very full house. The home on York Hills Drive was packed as Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County dedicated the home and presented the family with the keys. The family of nine closed on the home a few days later and will be moved in time to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home. The family has been working with Habitat for over two years to make this dream a reality, having gone above and beyond the required 250 hours of sweat equity needed. Welcoming the family into their new home were Ralph Jackson, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, Sheri Howland and Jason Bontrager from the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe, and Habitat Facilities Manager Brian Oakes. Bethany Anglin, right, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County’s family services director, hands to Venjamin (Ben) and Nadezhda (Nadya) Kulish the keys to their new home as the Kulish children look on. Photo by Gloria Salavarria.

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The Kulish’s family pastor, Leonid Rusavuk from the Conservative Baptist Church of Nappanee, blessed the home.

Habitat Habitat Services Director Bethany Anglin presented a Bible to the family, along with the keys to their home. The family, Dad - Veniamin (Ben), Mom - Nadezhda (Nadya), and their children, Ben. Jr. (19), Angelica (18), Valentina (17), Rachel (16), Mark, (14), twins Samuel and David (13), Anna (10), and Timothy (7), were excited to begin a new chapter of their lives in their new home. Ben Jr. and Angelica have begun their first year of college at IUSB. Valentina and Rachel attend Northridge High School, while the younger siblings attend Woodlawn Bill Born, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County Board chairperson, Christian School. The family also includes Ben’s mother, Anna, 84, who moved in with them three years ago after her husband passed away.

presented a plaque to Jeremiah Huff, church member at Waypoint, who volunteered during the Kulish home build. The plaque recognized the church for their contribution to this build. Photo by Gloria Salavarria.

The Kulish family play music together in the basement of their new home Monday evening, above. The home, built with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, was dedicated as the family prepares to close on the mortgage with Habitat and move in before Christmas. Photo by Guy Thompson.

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Travels give NHS students a view of the world by Guy Thompson

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Northridge students and teacher Paul Johnson in Rome, Italy.

The pictures brought back are amazing.

to take trips.

But the experience and memories for NHS students who have traveled overseas with school groups will last even longer, shaping how they see the world.

Other teachers are now working to set up trips, both overseas and within the U.S., to give students these unique experiences. For several years, biology students have had the opportunity to travel to the Florida coast to study marine biology. Theater directors Ellen Augustine and Nicole Deckert are recruiting students for an upcoming trip in June to New York City, targeting theater, IB, choir, and art students. “It includes a couple of Broadway shows, art museums, and many sites around the city,” Augustine said. They are looking to take up to 20 students.

Last year, NHS teacher Paul Johnson led a group of students on an eight-day trip around Italy. “It’s a real cultural experience,” Johnson stated. “With teaching, you hope the lessons impact students. But with trips like that, it really makes an impression.” Johnson pointed out that by taking students to the places they read about in books, the places where historic events happened, “puts a lot more meaning to it.” One student who went on the trip, Desirae Kemp, said “I fell in love with Italy the second we arrived. It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and impacted me more than I believed was possible. To see and personally experience the history that I’ve learned about in school was completely jaw-dropping and left me completely speechless at the time. I am planning on making my way back to Italy sometime in the next couple of years and possibly even finding a place of my own!” Johnson had taken students on international trips while teaching in Florida and now, after teaching at NHS for 11 years, is heading up trips for students here. “Byron Brown did trips with students for years,” Johnson noted. But after Brown left, students hadn’t had the opportunity

Also in June of next year, German teacher Stephanie Zacher will be leading a group on a 10-day tour of Germany. A second-year teacher at NHS, Zacher grew up in Germany and has traveled back with other student tour groups. “This trip is the grand tour,” she said of the itinerary. “I love taking students to Germany. It is something to watch them experience it for the first time.” While not immersive, the experience gives students a hands-on opportunity to try out their language skills with native speakers. To try the food, as well as to try to order the food. It gives them a sense of the culture that they have only read about or discussed in class. “As a teacher, the best part is seeing them next year at school. They are much more invested in it,” Zacher said. “As a language teacher, I watch them use it and come back more willing to learn.”

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Students and adults from Middlebury enjoy pizza in Florence, Italy. Zacher sees the experiences growing into home-stays for students studying German. NHS recently partnered with a school in Bavaria, which will be sending students to Middlebury in March to stay for three weeks, attending classes and interacting with students and families.

The cultural lessons are as important, she added. “You can talk about public transportation, but they have no idea until they experience it,” she noted. And trips to places like Italy and Germany can also give students a new perspective on age. “When something is old over there, they mean 500 years or more,” Zacher said. Traveling through a student tour company also gives the participants some unique opportunities. “They (companies) set up all of the arrangements,” Johnson said. “We have a guide with use, 24/7.” Those guides are often locals themselves, and can lead the group to places not normally seen by regular tour groups. Johnson recalled one guide who had the bus go up to a spot behind a church that gave a grand view of the city below. And the night tour of Rome. And early entry into the Colosseum in Rome, giving students a chance to experience the venue before it was overrun by tourists. Student Allie Hamilton said “The feeling of walking into the Colosseum was like one of those moments on TV when someone jumps into a book – I jumped into a history book and I was standing there, imagining the crowds there would have been almost 2,000 years ago.” “One student told me as a sophomore that she had always dreamed about going to Italy. Everything she saw was amazing. She didn’t want to leave,” Johnson said. Students from NHS listen to a guide discuss the history of the Colosseum in Rome. 18 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  January 2018

Zacher sees NHS students heading to Straubing, Germany, in 2019 or 2020, to stay in homes there. “This is a newer thing for the district to have this kind of a program,” she said. “But they’ll get to see the little cultural things this way. How are homes set up? What do they eat for dinner? I hope students are excited for this.” Zacher feels students will grow even more from such an immersion into the language and culture. “They’ll see and hear things they won’t in class,” she said. They will also learn about things specific to that area of the country. Johnson said that trips to Italy are always a big hit, and requests to go to places like Paris are often high on that list, too. Most student tours are based in Europe, he added, as it is less expensive to get there and requires less travel time. “It also matches up with our curriculum more,” he said. The trips can cost close to $3,000, but includes everything except passports, lunch, and souvenirs. “It includes the guides, transportation, tickets,” Johnson said.

The group from NHS listen to a local tour guide at the ancient Roman forum.

And, with up to two years of planning, many students can do their own fundraisers or payment plans to afford the trip. Aside of the lesson in language and culture, Zacher sees the trips as ways for students to experience the actual effort of traveling. “Touring with a school group is a great first experience,” she said. “There are a lot more safety nets. They’re not completely alone.” Students also learn the value in packing light, she added. Johnson is already looking ahead to a trip for Spring Break 2019, this time to London and Scotland, giving NHS students another opportunity to visit a culture and see places that they have only read about in books, and then come back to Middlebury with a whole new view on the world.

The dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, Italy.

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German language students from Northridge High School took a trip to the Chicago Christkindlmarkt to get a little taste of Christmas in Germany. Above, NHS students Samantha Klawiter, Kylee Bontrager, Alayna Frey keep warm with some hot chocolate.





Community Happenings

Middlebury Lion Leasa Worley and other Lions joined members of the community to ring the Salvation Army bells at Village Inn and Long’s Marathon prior to Christmas.

Author Marshall King visited Mrs. Bontrager’s and Mrs. Baker’s fourth graders at Heritage Intermediate School in December to talk about his experience as a writer.

At Northridge Middle School, 6th grade Raider Creator Club members made ornaments in December to give to senior citizens at Miller’s Merry Manor.

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Northridge Athletes

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Northridge’s Mason Classon (30) elevates over the defense versus Concord during a recent freshman game. Freshman Abrianna Bontrager drives to the basket during the Raiders Freshman Game versus Concord.


Sara Troyer (1st) and JC Burbrink (2nd) took the top two spots at the Raiders Double Dual Meet versus Warsaw and Memorial.


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

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Michael VanCoppenolle surfaces during the 100 backstroke in the Raiders Double Dual Meet with Warsaw and Memorial.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Northridge’s Caid Lacey gets his opponent off the mat during their 160 lb. match in the Raider Super Dual Meet.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Northridge Junior Julius Graber controls his opponent during the recent Raider Super Dual Meet.

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Associate Degree and Certificate Programs

Wishing you Happy Holidays As the holiday season approaches, the Middlebury Chamber & Visitors Center would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support which has made 2017 a successful year. We hope your holiday and New Year is filled with happiness and success. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond. All the best from the team at your Chamber. Ryan Huffman, Board of Directors, President Cathy Miller, Board of Directors, Past President Kent Yoder, Board of Directors, Treasurer Mary Kay Beer, Board of Directors, Secretary Sheri Howland, Chamber Executive Director Jason Bontrager, Board of Directors, Member Vicki Wingard, Board of Directors, Member Cristina Klotz, Board of Directors, Member Jeremy Miller, Board of Directors, Member Jane Allen, Board of Directors, Member Chad Troyer, Board of Directors, Member

cordially invites you to their

15th Annual Dinner featuring State of the Town Address by Town Manager Mary Cripe and Chamber Director Sheri Howland.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

5:30 p.m. Business Expo opens. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Presentation. Northridge High School Cafeteria 56779 Northridge Drive Middlebury Rsvp by March 2 inMiddlebury Magazine  | January 2018 27

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Coming in February... Our Annual

Valentine’s Day Special Advertising Section

Promote your business to over 10,200 homes and businesses! In addition to our usual ads and coupons, we’re offering a special Valentine’s Day feature. The deadlines for all ads is January 8. As always, our design service is included for no additonal charge! Contact Scott Faust: or 260-463-1896.

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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

expires 01-31-18

Nerium Representative


• Karlene • Morgan • Janele • Brittany

Walk-ins welcome until


Hair Salon

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Accepting New Patients Dr. Dunham received her medical degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Medical School for International Health in Israel and completed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Dunham provided medical care overseas, including in New Guinea, Nepal, Ethiopia, Paraguay and a medical rotation in Jordan at the Annoor Sanatorium for Chest Diseases where tuberculosis is treated. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Rachel Dunham, MD Family Medicine

Accepting New Patients Including OB

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 community-based breastfeeding clinic located in the Dunlap area. She has more than 20 years of experience at EGH in mother-baby and NICU. Accepting New Patients Janet Kercher, RN, MSN, NP-C, IBCLC Family Nurse Practitioner

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. 206 W. Warren St. | Middlebury, IN 46540 574.825.2146

Not Accepting New Patients

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