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Table of Contents Boys & Girls Club, 6 Jonathan Schaaf Meet the Teacher, 7 York Elementary 1st Grade Outdoor Living, 8 Science Olympiad Middlebury Parks Department, 9

7 Elkhart Civic Theater,10 Middlebury Now and Then,14 Bridal Guide,16 NHS Math Team, 20

23 Scholar Athlete, 23 Sydnee Emerson Northridge Athletes, 24

Middlebury Friends of the Parks, 21

March Cover: Photographer Russ Draper was at the IHSAA girls state swim meet in February, and captured the state diving champion, NHS senior Sara Troyer, in the instant before she hit the water.

Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, 27

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Community Calendar March

Editor’s Note:

9 Middlebury Breakfast Optimist Trivia Night More details on page 28 16 No School 17 Happy St., Patrick’s Day 30

Good Friday, No School or Make-up Snow Day

Weekly Mon–Fri: Mon: Tues: WED: Fri:

REAL Services Lunch, Ages 60+, Greencroft Table Games, Greencroft – 6:30 p.m. Euchre, Greencroft – 6:30 p.m. Middlebury Exchange Club, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m. Optimist Club Breakfast, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.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: A-Y-C-E Broasted Chicken by Auxiliary 4th Friday: Sandwich Baskets by SAL 5th Friday: Lasagna dinner by Boy Scout Troop 7 Last Saturday: Steak Grill – Call the Legion at 825-5121 for more information. 1St & 3rd Mondays: Town Council Meetings at Town Hall – 6 p.m. 1St & 3rd Wednesdays: Middlebury Men’s Club Meetings at the American Legion – 7 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays Middlebury Lions Club - 7 p.m., American Legion Hall

CONTRIBUTORS Publisher: William Connelly EDITOR: Guy Thompson GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Cori Vilardo Advertising: Scott Faust Contributing writers: Dr. Carla Gull, Stephanie Salisbury, April Givens STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Russ Draper, Kris Mueller & Gloria Salavarria 4 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  March 2018

Life’s a stage. So said the great Bard. Locally, those who want to participate on stage, or behind the scenes, can find a whole community to support that desire at the Bristol Opera House, home of the Elkhart Civic Theatre. The opera house hosts top-notch plays and readings throughout the year. This month, we offer an inside look at the civic theatre, thanks to contributor Stephanie Salisbury, who has a very personal attachment to the place. Meanwhile, a fairly new group, Middlebury Then and Now, is very busy this year with several new community events planned, including a return of the successful Pumpkin Race in October. Read April Givens’ story on this ambitious group of four women who share a desire to make a great community even better through their activities. Guy Thompson, Editor

2nd Annual Middlebury Lions Club Variety Night Come out for an evening of fun with friends and the community as the Middlebury Lions Club hosts its 2nd Annual Variety Night! Enjoy live music performed by Syncrony and Dos Hermanos, bid on silent auction items, buy raffle tickets and win awesome baskets, dash off with dining cards to favorite restaurants, eat food, hit up the cash bar, and help out a great cause. Tickets are $14 at the door but save $2 when you purchase in advance. The Middlebury Lions hope to see everyone there!

Milestones Birthday Wishes 3/3 Emily Yoder, 19 3/9 Elaine Kay Yutzy 3/17 LaVera Stutzman 3/24 Jamica Baker, 21 3/27 Angela Gonzales, 23

Happy 21st Birthday to an amazing daughter. You have brought our hearts more joy, sunshine and beauty than we ever could’ve imagined.

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Brent & Regina Miller, 16 years

3/9 Dave & Linda Garty, 50 years 3/14 Salvador & Melissa Gracia, 20 years

Happy Birthday Angela

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around town | Boys & Girls Club

Jonathan Schaaf Wins Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury would like to congratulate teen member Jonathan Schaaf for winning this year’s local Youth of the Year contest. Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for youth. The contest begins at local Clubs, giving winners the chance to advance through State and Regional contests, with hopes of ultimately landing a spot at the National contest in Washington, DC. As Middlebury’s local Youth of the Year, Jonathan will represent the Middlebury Club at the Elkhart County Youth of the Year Contest in Goshen. Now a freshman at Northridge High School, Jonathan has attended the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury since Kindergarten. He says, for him, the Club is more than just a place to go after school—it’s a second home. “The Club has influenced my life as if it were a helping hand. It has taught me obedience when it was needed, how to study and to make new friends,” says Jonathan. “The Club has inspired me to be the best version of myself that I can be.” At the Club, Johnathan participates in Keystone, a program for teens that

aims to develop young leaders through building character and service to the community. “Through Keystone Club, I have filled backpacks full of new school supplies for children at a women’s shelter, and have distributed Officer Appreciation bags to local police and firefighters. I delight in seeing the joy I can bring others,” says Jonathan. As a Youth of the Year candidate, Jonathan was tasked with completing a lengthy application packet complete with three essays. He then had to participate in a panel interview and deliver a 3-minute speech about his Club experience and vision for America’s youth. Johnathan’s speech sums up perfectly the type of lasting impact the Boys & Girls Club hopes to leave on each of its members. In it he says: “The Club gives me a sense of belonging, even when my eccentric personality makes me stand out from the crowd. It has given me the confidence to be myself and an opportunity to leave a positive impact in others’ lives. I want to inspire people to live honestly, be a leader in their community, and to live an enthusiastic life.”

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York Elementary First Grade

The York Elementary First Grade team is (left to right) Kathie Kenworthy, Lori Scott, Lois Oyer, and Megan Coryell. “I realized what is special about this team watching them, all four, books open and their materials all spread out. Each of them was bringing something different to the table.” – York Elementary Principal Yvonne Buller The three first grade teachers, Kathie Kenworthy, Lori Scott, and Lois Oyer, with instructional guide Megan Coryell, are knee deep into birds at this time. The entire first grade is focused on birds and habitats as the school integrates subjects by using a common theme. “Each grade level’s standards for all content is put together in a way that supports one big idea,” Buller explained. Later this year, they will go out for Field Work with journals in hand, ready to put their knowledge to work in the real world.

The idea of the Field Work is to allow the students to become a scientist or mathematician, and not just learning what others have discovered. They get to discover the knowledge for themselves, which can leave a bigger, long-lasting impression on the students. “We teach less in isolation,” Coryell said of the team process. “It stresses the importance of collaboration. Not one of us could pull it off. With four of us, we can do it and do it with quality.” “It’s been empowering,” Scott said of team teaching. “You feel safe to make a mistake,” Kenworthy added. “We respect each other’s styles and strengths.” Oyer is the bird aficionado and brings that detailed knowledge to the group. “They also see us interacting,” Oyer said. That sets an example for students to remember as they work together, as well. “There is that support as we try something new,” Kenworthy said. “It’s not just me in it.” “If I feel I don’t have this, I know they’ll support me. It’s kind of like a family,” Scott added. That helps brighten a bad day, too. “We like to joke with each other,” Oyer noted. “It stresses the importance of collaboration,” Coryell stated. Working alone, they couldn’t pull off a large, long-term project. “But with four of us, we can do it and make it high quality.” “Our core value here is we are crew, not passengers,” Buller said. “We are all working to move in the right direction.” And that takes teamwork, like that demonstrated by York’s first grade teachers every day.

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Outdoor LIVING

Connecting to nature through Science Olympiad In January, I helped photograph the Northridge Science Olympiad Invitational. This premier event brings in teams from across the region. Science Olympiad Coach Jeremy Gerber has been involved with the teams for 18 years, ever since he began teaching physics at Northridge High School. Gerber and his staff helped many teams win at the regional, state, and even national levels. My first-hand look at Science Olympiad in action showed me hardworking, dedicated students who spend lengthy Saturdays in pursuit of science. They prepare each week through afterschool practices, creating binders, notes and “builds” for the challenges. At the competition, some teams are more prepared than others, yet all follow the state and national guidelines and receive feedback on their work. The students take feedback in stride, knowing they can implement the information to improve for the next event. As a college instructor, I want my students to have grit along with a

Science Olympiad covers different and challenging areas such as engineering, top left, scientific knowledge, above right, and chemistry, above, among others. growth mindset. Both were displayed in full force through trials and errors of the challenges. Science Olympiad covers a myriad of STEM challenges correlated with the Next Generation Science Standards. All events require an understanding of natural principles and scientific inquiry. Many are connected to nature, such as herpetology, rocks and minerals, solar

systems, meteorology, dynamic planet, disease detectives, and ecology. In the herpetology event, I watched students using well-worn field guides and a binder of diagrams and charts to identify various amphibians and reptiles, including scientific names, anatomy, life cycles, eating habits, and adaptations. In the rocks and minerals event, teams used homemade field guides and tests to classify samples. Through each Science Olympiad event, students learn more about the world around them on a more scientific level. The challenges allow students to be exposed to natural and scientific principles and potential careers they might not find in their typical science class. Many alumni of the program have gone on to careers in science, with one earning a doctorate in astronomy. On March 17, regionally qualified teams will travel to Bloomington for the state tournament. Be sure to cheer on Northridge Middle and High School teams as they connect to nature through Science Olympiad.

Dr. Carla Gull blogs at She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area. 8 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  March 2018

Thank You to the donors who are giving generously to the town flower fund in memory of or in honor of someone. We will be listing donors and their honorees on this page. If your donation is not recognized this month, please check in the following months.


Here are some of the memorials we have received: Steven Cooper for Al Heil Linda Garber for Paul and Mary Garber

Angela Blough for Elizabeth Steele

Thomas Corson for Dorothy Corson

Fay Schwartz for Jake B. Schwartz

Derek Hart and Ruth and Morris Hart for old friends who have passed on

Faith Baptist Church for Lamar Gohn and Marrine Smith

Gloria Salavarria for Joseph Salavarria

Kathleen Huys for Ken Huys

Daniel Repp for Pamela Repp


What’s Happening in the Parks

from your Middlebury Park Board

Middlebury Men’s Club for our fallen soldiers, firefighters, and police

The Giving Tree Updates Four new leaves were added to the Giving Tree in the Middlebury Town Hall, celebrating recent major contributions to our parks. They honor the Middlebury Garden Club for the donation of a pin oak along the Greenway in memory of Mary Morgan, NIPSCO for four trees donated to the Right Tree Right Place Arboretum, the Organic Valley Co-op for the donation of a bench along the Ridge Run Trail, and Eagle Scout Ryan Briskie for the deck and bird blind he built in Riverbend Park.


In the article last month about the Olde Mill Park, we omitted mention of the Elkhart Community Foundation’s grant which was also very beneficial in our being able to make this park a reality. Thank you, Community Foundation!

Work is continuing on the Olde Mill Park boardwalk installation

Reminders: •

Now is the time to look for skunk cabbage emerging from the leaf litter in wet areas of Riverbend Park.

There is never a better time than the present to reserve space in one of the parks for a family gathering, reunion, or school picnic.

The parks close at dusk, even if they are well lit. Please enjoy your parks during daylight hours.

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Elkhart Civic Theatre:

A Community for Every Generation

by Stephanie J. Salisbury

Robert Clark and Bethany Weirick in a production of “Dear Edwina� at the Bristol Opera House. The youth troupe puts on two full shows each year and perform at the end of the youth camps in June.

I vividly remember the day I decided to set aside my inhibitions and audition for a theatrical production. I had just moved to Goshen after living in Ann Arbor, Mich., for six years. I was at a very lonely point in my life, surrounded by strangers in my neighborhood, and happened to see an audition notice in the local newspaper for “Steel Magnolias.” I had watched the movie years before, had taken a year of high school drama and thought, “What have I got to lose?” I lost my inhibitions. I lost my loneliness. I lost my stance as a newcomer and became immersed in the community of Elkhart Civic Theatre (ECT) where – on the very first day my feet crossed the threshold – I met both the woman who would become my best friend and the man who would become my husband. Do I expect this to happen to everyone who walks through the doors of the Bristol Opera House? Of course not! But I WILL tell you this – everyone who walks through those doors doesn’t walk back out as the same person they once were. Whether you perform on the stage as an actor or musician, whether you volunteer your time backstage with costumes or set construction, whether you usher or run box office for a show, or whether you buy a ticket and watch a piece of award-winning theatre, your life will change for the better.


air conditioning, so it was difficult to do shows during the hot summer months here in Indiana. It was in the 1960s that Frank Brush was hired and was considered the resident manager, living in the opera house itself in an upstairs apartment for a number of years. When he retired and moved out, it was renovated into offices. The staff currently includes just three employees: David Dufour, executive director; John Shoup, artistic/technical director; and Karen Gadson, office manager. Elkhart Civic Theatre has grown from doing four shows in its first season to now: with six mainstage shows, two full-scale youth productions, special events like Comedy Criminals Improv Festival, a Sketch Show with roots in Second City, and a Second Stage series of staged readings happening offsite. The theatre puts on 10-11 productions and events a year. This summer, the Umble Center will host them for “Beauty and the Beast.”


This season, “No Way to Treat a Lady” opens March 2. It is a small musical based on the Rod Steiger movie about a serial killer. Executive Director David Dufour calls it “darkly humorous most of the time and then a little bit of shock value in it, too – it’s a lot of fun!”

On the first Sunday of the run, ECT The Bristol Opera House was will host Michiana Monologues, where originally built in two sections in 1894 donations will be taken at the door to and 1897, with the theater part built be given to local non-profits that help second. It was used over the years for women. Michiana Monologues uses town meetings, dances, and very few different venues across Michiana to theatrical productions. Mr. Mosier, the perform staged readings of anonymous original owner, thought that Bristol local women’s stories, empowering would become a major growing hub women to speak up and help other The historic Bristol Opera House. since the interurban railroad went women at the same time. ECT was kind through, but that never became the enough to host last year for the first time, and they are returning case. Around 1960, the opera house was in rocky condition, and again this year on March 4 to perform on the Bristol Opera House Mr. Mosier wanted to sell. stage.

“It was perfect timing for Elkhart Civic Theatre to enter the scene.”

Back in the 1920s and 1930s, there was a “Little Theatre” movement, bringing culture to small towns, and the Elkhart Little Theatre sprang up in the 1930s. Overhead costs could be kept low by doing classics because no royalties were charged, so they performed in the Four Arts Club, a carriage house behind what was the original A. R. and Elizabeth Beardsley house. When World War II happened, the Elkhart Little Theatre collapsed but was reestablished in 1948, doing plays in the downtown Elkhart High School and at the YWCA. When they needed more stage area, they bought the Bristol Opera House. Volunteers did renovation work on it and the two buildings became one. If you’ve been in the Bristol Opera House before, the section that is the scene shop and side lobby was the first building, which once housed a post office and Knights Lodge upstairs and downstairs was a barber shop. There was a doctor’s office in the auditorium area at one point, but when ECT came in, it became more open and plays began in 1961 with “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Only four plays were produced the first year, as there was no

Next comes “Baskerville” in April, which is Ken Ludwig’s comedic take on “Hound of the Baskervilles.” Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson are characters, along with two men and one woman – actors who play ALL of the rest of the characters in the show. With a very minimal set, quick changes like a scarf or shawl will turn someone into an entirely different character in a split second. “I Hate Hamlet,” coming in May, is a comedy about a young actor in New York who is about to play Hamlet and he is living in the apartment that once belonged to John Barrymore, so Barrymore comes back as a ghost to haunt him. And, of course, you won’t want to miss “Beauty and the Beast” coming in July at the Umble Center. Be sure to check the website at for information about the season, tickets, and show times.


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Zach Rivers and Michelle Miller in the campy, kooky musical comedy “No Way to Treat a Lady.” Comedy Criminals, the annual improv festival and competition, is when ECT brings in improv troupes to compete while the audience votes. Also somewhat of a fundraiser, each audience member gets two votes but you get extra votes for purchasing concessions such as pizza or beer. After doing a year at Second City in the past, Dufour has a working knowledge of how to construct sketch shows. One is scheduled for June 1 and 2, and a writers’ group is working on it now. It’s sure to be a hit!


In the last couple of years, the Bristol Opera House has been renovated to add a full-scale women’s restroom in addition to the little one out front. There is much more space and no line for the women’s restroom, which had been a problem in the past. The next step is to add a new men’s restroom next to it, take out the old restrooms in front completely, and open up more space in the front lobby to provide better traffic flow. The main entrance will become the side lobby, and an enclosed porch will still maintain the look of the old building but there will be room for people to stand on the porch during intermissions. Traffic will come in through the main door to the west, remove coats, grab tickets, and go into the auditorium instead of backtracking as they do now. It will also provide more rehearsal space for actors and make it much easier to move through the opera house as a whole. An updated ticket system run through Vendini has also made things much more streamlined. While the system is still new, it’s easier to keep track of ticketing, easier for volunteers and ushers, and easier for patrons to get their tickets upon arrival. It is simpler to order the tickets online and to support the theatre in general, with the bonus ability of sending email reminders when shows are coming up.

WHY COMMUNITY THEATRE For those of us who are involved in community theatre, it becomes like a second family. “It gives people a way to express themselves,” Dufour explained. “It’s an educational opportunity, not just for kids but for adults. It’s a way to interact with community. It’s ABOUT community. People come together for different reasons, as much for social purposes as anything else. We bring plays into the area that might not get produced otherwise; old standbys, yes, but also some shows that are more challenging or interesting or different, and hope people come to see those as well and expand their horizons a bit. It’s art, community, learning, education – it gives those things to both sides of the equation, the performer and the person coming to see a show, and it’s a 12 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  March 2018

communal kind of experience that you do not get with any other kind of performance. It’s unique in that way, so it’s worth people being involved and supporting and becoming part of. There’s nothing older than storytelling for human beings. People’s stories teach us things, and that’s important to have in a community.”


The theatre cannot pay the bills with the ticket proceeds alone. They NEED monetary donations! They also need support of other types. Dufour says, “People can support us by volunteering for any number of things. Everybody has a skill we could probably use and if you’re interested, come out and give us some time. That’s a great way to support the theatre. Financially, we have a wish list of things we would like people to support. Sometimes it’s easier to give money when you know it’s going to buy new screw guns, or lumber, or office equipment, or something specific for onstage. Corporations, usually, will underwrite individual shows – we have some major sponsors who provide support throughout the year but also individual show underwriters who provide smaller amounts for a single play or musical, either as partial or full sponsors. They can call us up and say, ‘I like what you’re doing, what will work? How can I help?’” Recently, the Michael Cripe Studio was added as part of the theatre. Jeff Cripe wanted to do something to remember his brother Michael, who was a staple at ECT before his passing a few years ago. When his professional career was winding down, Michael came back to his roots at ECT. “We thought about a number of things,” explained Dufour, “and what really needed the support most was the youth camps to start with, and more broadly, educational things. Jeff agreed to support that and it will become the Michael Cripe Studio and will expand into other educational experiences beyond what we do right now. The logo has Michael’s picture on it, which is a fitting tribute to him.”


Ongoing support is really important for any theatre to be able to survive, but particularly to thrive, and it’s the personal touch that sets ECT apart. “What we do here is a very personal kind of interaction with both our patrons and the people who come to perform,” Dufour said. “Larger programs tend to be less personal. There are a limited number of kids that can be part of our camps because we want to give them the kind of attention they really deserve.” With more financial support the programs can grow, giving the children (and others) more things to do. However, thriving means that people are happy and fulfilled. “There are a lot of growth Annette Kaczanowski and possibilities,” Brent Graber in D u f o u r “No Way to continued, Treat a Lady.” “but we don’t want to do it to the exclusion of a personal, meaningful experience in the long run – the kind that will build their confidence,

make them have a greater appreciation of theatre and storytelling and the arts. We don’t want to sacrifice that just to add more kids. I think we do a good job with that.”


Dufour’s first show was in 1968, playing one of the children in a production of “The Music Man.” “That’s another thing about our theatre,” he says, “We have longevity. We are in the third generation of ECT people and careening toward a fourth generation in some families. When you get that kind of longevity, people learn from those with experience who have learned from others with experience, and it becomes a long rich tradition of what theatre is about.” After every show, each person involved is invited to take permanent markers and put their signature backstage somewhere on a wall, ceiling, hallway, or beam of some sort, along with the role they played (whether on or offstage), the name of the production, and the year. I can’t count how many times since my debut in 2001 that my signature appears, whether as an actor, a stage manager, a director, a production assistant. Three of our four children have also been involved in productions and their names are on the walls as well. (Our fourth child is only two years old, but believe me…he’ll be there!) “I always talk about the signatures backstage because a lot of people don’t know,” Dufour added. “It’s one of those things that goes back to the 1970s at least. Almost 50 years of signatures layered of people who have been involved in theatre; some are gone, some are still with us, some did theatre in college and moved away. It’s all a part of that visual history backstage. We try not to paint over it as much as possible. When we do, though, they’re still there, under the paint.” When you become involved with Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House, you become a part of something that is so much larger than just one person, or one production. Whether you perform, play music, usher, clean and organize, see a show, sponsor a show, donate money or your time, you have the satisfaction and fulfillment of investing in your community in a way that will touch lives – including your own. Once I stepped through those doors, my own path changed dramatically (see the pun?) and I promise yours will, too.

ECT show participants write their names on the walls backstage after every show. inMiddlebury Magazine  | March 2018 13

Middlebury’s Then & Now Committee: A mix of fun & history

by April Givens

Four unique and inspiring women came together to create a committee that is a wonderful asset to the community of Middlebury – Darla Kauffman, Hannah Walsh, Diane Kauffman, and Kim Clarke work hard to see history come alive through fun events and activities for all. It all began when planning for a celebration with the Indiana Bicentennial everyone was talking about. The governor’s wife at that time challenged each county to organize projects and events to celebrate this event, called Legacy Projects. Each town had to come up with their own project and they would report back to the state with what they were doing. The state then used these events when rolling out the year-long State Bicentennial Celebration of 2016. Attending a meeting at the county building for Elkhart County to seek details of what each city/town would be doing, the guidelines, and ideas of where to start, Diana turned to Darla and said, “Let’s have a party in the park, cake and ice cream, and we will celebrate Indiana’s 200th and Middlebury’s 180th.” And that is what they did. Donating their time and hard work, they met and talked details and the planning began. They wanted to keep it simple. Kim is more of a historian and loved the idea of bringing a historical walking tour to Middlebury. A tour telling the history of the buildings, various houses, and anything in town that had a beautiful story waiting to be told. Darla’s daughter is very involved in 4-H and so they thought of doing a fun event of geocaching throughout Middlebury. “We did some geocaching around historical points in Middlebury, York and Jefferson yownships. Geocaching is like hide and seek by GPS coordinates. You put a ‘cache’ or waterproof box of trinkets (pencils, pens, stickers, etc.). We included in ours information about the location where you would be. If you were close to a location that a certain thing happened in history, it then led them back to our website. The 4-H kids placed geocaches in 10 different locations and monitored them all throughout the year,” Darla explained. The self-guided tour became popular, but mostly due to the demand of the book these women wrote and

Kim Clarke, Hannah Walsh, Darla Kauffman, and Diane Kauffman show off the Faces of Middlebury, which residents and visitors can use to take some fun photos this summer.

published, free to the town. There are over 100 historical homes, churches, schools, cemeteries and businesses in the book, each listing architectural style, when it was built, and some of the history of each. Two thousand books were printed the first year and the demand was exciting! The book is updated every year and has now a second edition and they will do the same this coming spring. The bicentennial party in the park was held in June 2016 with a great turnout. There were stories to share and lots of reminiscing of years past. The cake and ice cream was part of the celebration along with popcorn from what used to be the popcorn plant in Middlebury. That was history in itself. The day of the party, the historical walking tour had six to eight locations, houses or businesses open so people could walk through them and the owners could tell their stories. There were signs at all the locations, which included churches, schools, cemeteries, businesses, and houses. These self-guided tours lasted all summer long and many loved taking part and learning the history of so many interesting places throughout Middlebury.

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“So our Legacy project was the historical tour, the published book, and the party at the park. It was quite the undertaking, but we have learned so much. It was a lot of knocking on people’s doors to get the information needed and for people to get involved with their home or business,” Kim added. Kim keeps the committee busy with new things to do for fun events to plan. Upcoming events for this year include a Literary Carousel of authors, various sessions/workshops, illustrators, Dinner and a Book, all throughout the town on May 5. The Faces of Middlebury (May-September) are wooden “statues” with face cutouts that will be located at local businesses and areas around the Middlebury area. These “faces” will resemble different things, such as: a train conductor, fireman, children, farmer, bartender, people throughout the years, bank robber, etc. It is a group effort to make this happen. Local woodworkers at Greencroft help to create these, with a local artist who paints them. The maps will be available at local businesses and organizations to locate these “faces” and grab a fun picture.

Flashback Friday Movies in the Park – June 15, July 20, and August 17 will feature family-friendly movies at 8 p.m. for free. Pumpkin Race October 13 – the Pumpkin Race will be fun for all! Find a crew of friends and family, purchase a race kit, design a pumpkin, and have some fun. Pit row opens at 1 p.m. and the race begins at 2 p.m. in the 400 block of West Warren Street. Gingerbread House Contest – A Gingerbread House Competition and Display will be November 30-December 2. Create the design of your choice and join the contest! All creations will be on display for viewing at the Middlebury Community Historical Museum, 301 Bristol Ave.. Christmas Tree Lighting – The Christmas Tree will be lit up December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Join the Middlebury Parks Department and experience the sights, tastes, and sounds of Christmas with cocoa, cookies, Christmas carols, and a craft at Memorial Park. Walking Tours – The Historical Walking tours of Downtown and Krider Garden will be available weekly again this year from late May through the end of September. The self-guided tour (walking and driving) is available all year round. Do not forget your tour book at a local businesses to map out your adventure and fun! If interested in more details about these events, check out Middlebury Then and Now’s Facebook page. Contact these ladies at middleburythenandnow@ with any events or fun ideas that you would like to see put together for the community.

The Middlebury Then and Now Committee of (left to right) Darla Kauffman, Kim Clarke, Hannah Walsh, and Diane Kauffman have been busy planning a slew of new events for the community. inMiddlebury Magazine  | March 2018 15

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Northridge High School took first place at the 43rd Annual High School Mathematics Competition hosted by Trine University in Angola, Ind. Pictured from left are teacher Sam Powell, Joshua Belmont, Joey Garberick, Drew Seegert, Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Trine, and Matthew Sheridan.

Northridge High School took second place at the 43rd Annual High School Mathematics Competition hosted by Trine University in Angola, Ind. Pictured from left are teacher Sam Powell, Sofia Gladun, Garrett Rodino, Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Trine, Andrew Ostarander, and Melissa Weaver.

Northridge teams top Trine math competition Fifty teams from 21 Indiana high schools contended for scholarships and cash prizes at the 43rd Annual High School Mathematics Competition hosted by Trine University on January 31. A total of 197 students, split almost evenly between elementary and advanced divisions, took part in the event. High schools from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan were represented. The competition consisted of individual and team events for students, with first through third places recognized in both categories. Cash awards were given to the teachers of the top three teams. Teams from Northridge High School took the top two places. A team consisting of Joey Garberick, Matthew Sheridan, Drew Seegert and Joshua Belmont placed first, earning $3,000 Trine scholarships for each member and a $1,000 cash award for teacher Sam Powell. Joey Garberick, left, a student at Northridge High School, receives the first place award in the Individual Advanced category at the 43rd Annual High School Mathematics Competition hosted by Trine University in Angola, Ind. Presenting the award is Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics. 20 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  March 2018

A team made up of Andrew Ostarander, Garrett Rodino, Sofia Gladun and Melissa Weaver earned second place honors, resulting in another $500 cash award for Powell. Garberick was also the individual winner in the advanced category and received a $5,000 scholarship to Trine. Rodino finished third in the advanced category, and Belmont was third in the elementary category.

Last summer Marla Krider (right) was one of the Friends of Middlebury Parks volunteers who lead groups on guided walking tours of Middlebury’s Krider World’s Fair Garden. Meanwhile, Monica Yoder, left, a member of Friends of Middlebury Parks, helped plant the annual Garden with a Cause in Krider World’s Fair Garden that honors a local charity each year.

Friends of Middlebury Parks membership drive by Stephanie J. Salisbury

Since small towns can only do so much on their own, they often rely on outside support. Our parks department here in Middlebury does a wonderful job, but it is the Friends of Middlebury Parks who help this department take things above and beyond to beautify our town in every way possible. WHAT THEY DO Each year, there is a Friends of Middlebury Parks (FOMP) membership drive. With over 100 current members, FOMP is strong and active in our community. “Our mission is to maintain an ongoing support group of interested individuals, families, civic organizations, and businesses to help preserve, improve, and further develop Middlebury parks and recreation opportunities with emphasis on our small-town quality of life,” stated FOMP President Dick Cook.

be sent to current members. “Please consider helping us any way you can,” Cook asks. While you may not be able to provide a great deal of financial support, any and all is welcome. Contributing your time is encouraged as well, because many projects take a lot of members to bring everything together. BECOME A MEMBER An annual individual membership is just $30; a family membership is $50; and a business membership is $100. You may also consider sending in a donation of any amount, or contact FOMP for volunteering purposes as well. All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable and mailed to: Friends of Middlebury Parks, PO Box 1235, Middlebury, IN 46540.

SUPPORT As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, FOMP relies heavily on membership support – people who donate their time and/ or financial support in the interest of making Middlebury such an incredible place to live. Maintaining the excellence we already have is just a part of what FOMP does. They also provide support to help “…improve and expand parks, trails, facilities, programs and events,” according to the website, which can be found under “Parks Department” at “We always welcome your caring and willingness to volunteer,” continued Cook. The more members they have, the more FOMP can accomplish in a given year. The annual membership drive will begin in April this year, and mailings will

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This month’s Student/Athlete spotlight is on Northridge High School swimmer Sydnee Emerson. The senior is the daughter of Pete and Jody Emerson. Her favorite class at school is science-based courses. “I enjoy learning about health and how the body works. I will be majoring in dietetics at Purdue,” she said. In February, Emerson placed 6th in the 200 Individual Medley and 8th in the 100 Butterfly at the state meet, earning a podium spot in both events. Her favorite memory just happened in midFebruary, when the girls swim team was runner-up at the state meet in Indianapolis. “It was a tremendous team effort and we accomplished our goal, making history. Our 400-free relay placing runner-up. I may not have been on the 200-free winning relay but it was just an awesome moment to watch them win,” she said. Another sport moment at Northridge would be “getting our sectional title back this year and hugging/ celebrating with my teammate Haley Dygert after the 200 IM. I was so excited and happy for her after getting the state time. I was more excited for her race than I was my own.”

Emerson’s plans after high school include attending Purdue University, where she will be swimming for the Boilermakers. She signed her national letter of intent last fall. Out of the classroom and the pool, Emerson helps with the Middlebury Food Pantry and will be a 10-year 4-H member at the Elkhart County Fair this summer. “My senior year ended on a special note and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the support from my coaches, teammates, and fans!” she stated.

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Northridge Athletes

Senior Mary Grossman placed 5th in the IHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships.



The 400 Freestyle Relay team of (left to right) Lauren Miller, Kenzie Weber, Elas Fritz, and Sydnee Emerson, was state runner-up.


The state champs in the 200 Free Relay (left to right) – Jenna Nethercutt, Kenzie Weber, Elsa Fretz, and Lauren Miller.



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NHS swimmers on the 100 Freestyle Podium – Elsa Fretz, left, state runner-up, and Lauren Miller, 5th Place.

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The 400 Relay State Runner-up team of (left to right) Elsa Fretz, Sydnee Emerson, Lauren Miller, and Kenzie Weber.

The 200 Freestyle State Champs (left to right) Kenzie Weber, Lauren Miller, Jenna Nethercutt, and Elsa Fretz.

The 200 Medley Relay team of Sydnee Emerson (fly) Jenna Nethercutt (breast), Kenzie Weber (freestyle), watch Lauren Miller (back) lead off at the IHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships.

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