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9/11 Survivor’s Tree Celebrating Life in Middlebury, Indiana

October 2017

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Table of Contents Around Town 04 Calendar 05 Milestones 06 Boys & Girls Club:


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CONTRIBUTORS Publisher William Connelly EDITOR Guy Thompson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Cori Vilardo Advertising Scott Faust

Teen programs grow in Middlebury Outdoor Living: Fall into nature Middlebury Parks Department Eagle Scouts Pumpkin Race Veteran Spotlight: Charles Ryman Middlebury Chamber of Commerce Orchard View Walk & Food Pantry golf ball drop

Featured Stories 07 9/11 Survivor’s Tree Picture This 16 Essenhaus Car Show 21 Habitat House Schools 19 Jefferson Elementary 24 NHS Athletics Coupons 29 Coupons

Contributing writer Dr. Carla Gull STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Russ Draper Kris Mueller Gloria Salavarria

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October Cover: The Das Dutchman

Essenhaus Classic Car Cruise-in was a big hit yet again this past summer. See more shots of the event on pages 16-17, shot by Peter Thompson.

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Community Calendar October 6 Middlebury Elementary Fall Festival 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 20

Fall Break, No School


Fall Break, No School

Weekly Mon–Fri: REAL Services Lunch, Ages 60+, Greencroft Tues: Euchre and Table Games, Greencroft – 6:30 p.m. WED: Middlebury Exchange Club, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m. Fri:

Optimist Club Breakfast, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m.


Farmers Market, 8 a.m. –1 p.m.

Charlotte’s Web woven on Northridge Stage The well-known children’s story of Charlotte’s Web will come to life on the Northridge stage

Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, at 2 p.m.

in the Northridge Performing Arts Center.

Come meet Wilber the pig and his best friend Charlotte the spider, along with the other farm animals. Wilber will help you explore the Arable and Zuckerman farms as well as the county fair where he is on display with Charlotte’s mysterious “word web.” Tickets are now on sale in the high school front office for $7 each. 4 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  October 2017

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.

Editors Note Summer has ended. School is back in session. And everything seems to have gotten busier! In this month’s issue, we’ve tried to gather up just some of the many great things going on around Middlebury, from a new Eagle Scout project to help out the parks to hundreds of cool cars at the Essenhaus finishing up this year’s cruise-ins to the start of a new Habitat for Humanity home being built in the Middlebury school district. There are also plans afoot for the first-ever pumpkin race down a street in Middlebury. Yes – pumpkins. Yes – racing. Check out the article on the upcoming event for more details. As always, if you know of other positive things going on around town, let us know. Our contact information is below. - Guy Thompson, Editor

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Milestones Birthday Wishes 10/5 Chase Miller, 21 10/6 Edna Mae Miller, 100 10/6 Hannah Lehman 10/9 Cori Vilardo, 32 10/12 Jaqueline Burkholder, 10 10/20 Cana Burkholder 10/22 Alex Weesner, 15

Happy 15th Birthday Alex! We love you!

Anniversary Wishes 10/4 Roger & Judy Polly, 20 yrs 10/5 Paris & Tricia Bryan, 15 yrs 10/6 Leon & Norine Miller 10/12 Randy & Mary Norwood 10/22 Gordy & Denise Henke

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This fall, teens have the opportunity to plan and attend weekly events as a part of #WeOwnFriday, a national teen initiative of Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In Middlebury, #WeOwnFriday events typically involve tailgating before home varsity football games or traveling to other clubs in Goshen or Nappanee to join other club teens in tailgating before games.

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“Lately, we’ve see 11 to 13 teens attend tailgates, but anyone can come join us,” said Rhonda Eicher, who has been the Teen Programs Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club since 2015. “We had a total of 40 attendees at our county-wide tailgate for the Northwood vs. Goshen game in Nappanee.”

20 “We have a community service trip planned for Fall Break this year,” Eicher stated. “The project is located in Ann Arbor, so while we are there teens will also tour the University of Michigan.” In addition to trips like this one, the club’s teen program offers an annual Spring Break College Tour which provides high school students the opportunity to visit a variety of different education institutions to explore options for post-secondary education. Each year, one high school student is also selected at the club’s “Youth of the Year” and is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club. “Youth of the Year is Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for teens,” explained Eicher. “Candidates are evaluated on an application packet, speech, interview and essays and the focus area of the competition is character and leadership.”

Growth through hands-on participation

The club’s teen center serves an average of 50 teens every day and this group differs from day-to-day. Eicher attributes much of the growth in the teen center to the role that teens are encouraged to take in planning and guiding teen center activities. “Teens have been involved with planning events and activities, such as the location of our community service trip and college visit,” she said. “Teens are currently helping to plan a county-wide Regional Keystone Conference and are encouraged to consult with their peers for ideas.” Keystone is a Boys and Girls Club leadership group that serves teens from around the nation.


In addition to organizing fun social events for teens, Eicher and the Boys and Girls Club team focus on planning opportunities for teens to develop as leaders and achieve academic and personal success.

The club’s Youth of the Year contest is currently open and students can begin applications any time.



Fall is here and in the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center that means one thing – an exciting new schedule of programs and events for teens! Currently, the club’s teen center is open daily for middle school and high school students after school until 8 p.m.

Leadership development, college preparation, and so much more


by Lindsay Saunders


grow in Middlebury

When asked about her goals and vision for the teen center, Eicher’s response is inspiring: “My ultimate vision for the teen center this year is to develop highly engaged teens. It’s great to have high attendance, but I want to see all teens who attend to be involved and engaged in something they enjoy – I want to see them find their passion and truly benefit from all the club has to offer.”



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Jefferson Twp. Fire Department gets 9/11 Survivor’s Tree During the recovery and cleanup following the attacks at Ground Zero on 9/11, a tree was found amidst the rubble. Amazingly, it was still alive. Damaged and scarred, it was carefully removed and taken to the New York Parks Nursery, where it was nursed back to health. Now, 16 years later, saplings from the 9/11 Survivor’s Tree are being distributed around the country, with one of them now at the Jefferson Twp. Fire Department on SR 15. A short presentation was made by Chief Greg Swank at the station on September 11 this year, as the department prepared to plant the tree.

“For us, it’s having that connection, even being this far away, with the firefighters and law enforcement who were killed,” Swank said of having the tree here. “It’s a brotherhood and a bond, and that connection is pretty powerful.” The timing of the offer of a Survivor’s Tree was especially poignant for the department, as the department was discussing possible memorials for Joan Simmons, a charter EMS member who passed away in January. Memorial donations were given to the department. “We had talked about a memorial for her, and this fell in line with that idea,” Swank stated.

A plaque to be placed with the tree will recognize not only the history of the tree and its connection to 9/11, but will recognize Simmons for all of her efforts with the Jefferson Twp. Fire Department. The tree, a Callery Pear Tree, is registered with the Bartlett Tree Expert Company and includes a medallion on the tree noting its registration number, #295. A registry is kept by the company, with the location of each survivor tree distributed so far, allowing people to visit these trees around the country.

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1. Fall Outdoor LIVING

Take a walk through your fields and garden. If you have permission to pick, gather natural items that are drying on the stalks. Consider gathering dried or fresh plants or flower heads, rocks, empty milkweed pods, seeds – buckeyes, maple “helicopter” seeds, acorns, nuts, corn kernels, etc., acorn caps, sticks, leaves, and pinecones.


nature 2.

Nature can be a perfect way to decorate for fall and Halloween. We have made fall critters the last several years using gourds, pumpkins, pinecones, squash, and more!


Gather additional supplies such as googly eyes, small scraps of fabric, shells, or other bits and pieces.

Make a plan. Choose a pumpkin, decorative gourd, squash or other natural item as your base. Consider combining a few together. Start looking at the item you will decorate. Try turning it on its side or looking at it from different angles. Some gourds are begging for the stem to be a nose! There is a decorative squash that looks like little floating ghosts – all they really need are eyes! As a face comes alive in your pumpkin, squash, or pinecone, try out different natural materials from your walk to create eyes, noses, a mouth, and other details to bring your critter to life. Consider making an owl, bat, or other nocturnal animal with your natural materials as well.


Some decorative gourds are perfectly shaped ghosts!

Attach the nature items with tacky glue, toothpicks, hot glue, or even playdough if you don’t want it to be more permanent.


Display your artwork. Snap a picture to share on social media, line your treasures up on the front porch, or display them in a shallow tray on the table.

I love the whole experience of connecting to nature while we look for materials, the artistic side of decorating our pumpkin with nature, and the holiday atmosphere of fall fun. We look forward to seeing your creations, too! Dr. Carla Gull blogs at She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area.

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Use playdough to connect “loose parts” odds and ends to your pumpkin.



Tippecanoe Master Ga rdeners at Krider Gard en.

Master Gardeners Visit Krider World’s Fair Garden

Who, who, whoooo owns the parks?

You! Please report damage or misuse to the Middlebury Parks Department: or call  574-825-3283

Fifty-six members of the Tippecanoe County Master Gardeners visited Krider World’s Fair Garden and the Middlebury Community Museum on July 28. The tour was arranged by Jolene Roberts, a Master Gardener who organizes tours for the organization. Char Swoveland and Rex Krider led guided tours of the garden. The group was very appreciative of their volunteer work and they enjoyed learning about Krider Garden.

Returning next month:

at the Library Once again the Middlebury Enrichment Council is inviting you to participate in the fun when a mini-golf course is built inside the library for a weekend. Friday night is the adults-only T-Time with a round of mini-golf, delicious horsdóeuvres, and wine tasting. Saturday is family-friendly with hot dogs at the 19th hole. Our old swing arbor was looking a little rough, so we now have a new one constructed of some of the salvaged lumber from ash trees we lost in Riverbend Park when the emerald ash borer came through. The design grew out of the landscape committee’s work and the metal is custom-made aluminum with a hammered bronze finish made at Custom Steel Designs in Shipshewana. The picture shows it under construction, but it is finished now and a new glider has replaced the old swings! Come enjoy our new glider in Krider World’s Fair Garden.

iring We’re H rs! Drive


Mark November 10 and 11 on your calendar and join us to support the Friends of Middlebury Parks, the Friends of the Middlebury Community Library, and the Middlebury Community Historical Museum. More details next month.

Be sure to check out the Eagle Scout article in this issue on page 10 about the new bird blind in Riverbend Park. Parks Page Sponsored By:

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Eagle Scout project benefits park visitors

by Guy Thompson

Boy Scout Ryan Briskie has been working toward the ultimate goal for Scouting – Eagle Scout – for some time. This is not a goal that can be achieved in a short amount of time. There are merit badges to be earned, leadership skills to master, and, finally, a community service project. For Briskie, a senior at Northridge High School who is looking to major in engineering in college next year, the Middlebury Parks Department provided him with a perfect opportunity to combine that interest in engineering with his project. “I went to talk to the parks department to do something for them, and they had a list of possible projects they wanted done in the parks,” Briskie said. Among those was a bird blind/viewing area on one of the trails at Riverbend Park. “I was taking an engineering course,” Briskie said. “And was able to use the 3D modeling program to see what it (the blind) would look like.” Using 3D modeling allowed him to share the plans with the parks department and others to get suggested changes, including changing how the foundation was built. “I started last fall with the planning,” Briskie said. After most of a year’s worth of planning, getting materials lined up, and doing the prep work, Briskie enlisted other Boy Scouts to begin work over the weekend of July 29 to complete the bird blind, finishing up that Monday with a full evening of work. “We were out there cutting until after midnight,” he said. “The foundation had been in since the week before. I got it cleared out and then the concrete pads were put in place.” “It was my project, but I had to get help to get it done,” Briskie noted. Briskie had over a dozen other scouts working with him, along with several adult leaders. “The troop was a big help,” he said. Briskie is part of Troop 776 from Beulah Missionary Church in Goshen.

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Eagle Scout Eagle Concrete assisted by providing the concrete footers at no cost, while Middlebury Hardwoods stepped up and provided the decking and siding lumber. Only around 3 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and it has been a goal of Briskie’s for some time. “It’s the highest accomplishment. Even today, I still look up to Eagle Scouts,” he said. Now, he is just a step away from becoming one himself. “Eagle Scouts put a lot of work into what they want to do. They are really passionate and want to serve.” Briskie encourages other scouts to aim for the highest honor, but has some advice. “It’s going to be tough, but you really have to go for it,” he stated. “Rank up as fast as you can and after you get Life Scout, start right away working on Eagle. Don’t wait.” Briskie knows how important Boy Scouts can be to others, and the benefits of joining. He joined in 3rd grade after getting information on the program at school. He got his father, Scott, involved as well as his younger brother, Dustin. And, as with all good families, mom Dawn was a big supporter. Some of his best memories from Boy Scouts includes camping with his dad and other scouts, as well as target practice with his dad. “If you’re looking to have fun, grow close to friends and your dad, it’s a great way to go,” Briskie said. And, like the best Boy Scouts, it becomes less about the scouts and more about how they can serve their community.

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long and pumpkins are timed. The kit comes with rules for how to set up a pumpkin.

Pumpkin racing to hit the streets

“But we hope to get a cheater or two,” Clarke said.

by Guy Thompson


he race is on to find the fastest pumpkin. A new event is planned for October 14 in Middlebury – a pumpkin race. Middlebury resident Kim Clarke visited her son in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and got to see their pumpkin race. She said it started as a small event in a neighborhood, with about a dozen people participating. Now it’s over a thousand. The event is held as a fundraiser for an autism foundation.

“I thought it would fun here,” Clarke said. She brought it back to the Middlebury Then and Now Committee, which jumped on the idea. “The tie-in with the Pumkinvine Trail is perfect,” committee member Darla Kauffman said. They began looking for a spot to hold the race, which sees pumpkins outfitted with axles and wheels to race down a sloped street. They also wanted to keep it close to the trail. West Warren Street was selected and the group received permission from the town to use the far west end of the road. “What’s so great about this community is it is so tightknit,” committee member Hannah Walsh noted. “It’s going to be fun to see everyone at the race having some family fun.” Kits to turn pumpkins into speedy racers were expected to be available by midSeptember, giving teams a month to prepare their best pumpkin. The track is 50 ft.

‘Cheater’ pumpkins Any pumpkin that is caught cheating in the pumpkin race on purpose (a watermelon, other squash or fruit disguised as a pumpkin) will be smashed by the Mallet-O-Justice. But before any smashing is done, the head referee will check with mom/dad/ head racer to make sure that the “pumpkin” is okay to be smashed. The committee knows how hard participants work on their entries.

Pumpkin racer tips: 1. A bigger or heavier pumpkin racer is not necessarily a faster pumpkin racer. 2. If you need help drilling holes in a pumpkin for the axles, Pit Row will open at 1 p.m. on Race Day, Oct. 14, and will be equipped with a drill. 3. Make sure axles are parallel so the racer will roll straight down the track and not veer/ crash into a sidewall instead of crossing the finish line.

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If that sounds a littleout of place for an event that is about family fun, don’t worry. It’s on purpose. The event allows for people to enter “cheater” pumpkins, those using other squash or watermelons, for example. However, the cheater pumpkins tend to have a messy demise, which is all part of the fun. See sidebar for “cheater” rules and racer tips. As word has been getting out about the event, the committee has heard back from all ages interested in fielding a team. “Even my 80-year-old neighbor wants to do it,” Clarke said. “The racing is great,” Clarke noted. “Pumpkins crash and fall apart. Wheels fall off. They lose decorations. Some of them (pumpkins) are really fancy.” Teams are encouraged to form early to get a kit and have fun with the whole experience. Highly decorated pumpkins and team members are pretty standard for the races. Pumpkin racing has been catching on in other communities, with more than 100 so far. The races are held to benefit various autism foundations, either national or local groups. The Middlebury race will send its proceeds to the Autism Society of Indiana, which will keep those dollars in the area to support those with autism. While the committee expects to see some fierce competitors, it really is, in the end, all for fun. “This is to bring the community together and have fun with it,” Clarke stated.

4. Make sure all wheels spin freely. 5. Make sure the racer has enough ground clearance. The race takes place on a track with bumps, so make sure the racer is high enough to clear them. 6

If you are the winner of a heat/ round, pay attention for when you need to line up for the next race.

7. Have fun!

And it should prove just as much fun to watch, too. You can find out more about pumpkin racing and upcoming events planned by the Middlebury Then and Now Committee on their Facebook page: www.facebook. com/MiddleburyThen andNow.

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American Legion

Veteran Spotlight

by Guy Thompson

Charles M. “Mike” Ryman

Military service: I served in the U.S. Navy from July 1965 until October 1968. I was a RM3 aboard the USS Venture (MSO-496), an ocean-going minesweeper sent to various places that I am still not supposed to talk about due to my knowledge classification.

I was sent to the Venture, if memory serves me right, in early 1966 to serve as a radioman until October 1968. I was one of five radiomen aboard but the only one who didn’t get seasick, which wasn’t as good as it sounds since it meant I was on watch a lot, sometimes for hours on end due to the other radiomen lying sick in their cots. Our duties included communicating with other ships, shore stations, etc. Communicating was by Morse Code mostly, but also voice and teletype. Out of five ships in our division and approximately 30 radiomen in all, I was awarded a gold-plated Morse Code speed key for being the fastest Morse Code operator in the division. Unfortunately, my award was stolen from my locker in our bunk area 20 days before

my discharge. I also earned various medals and honors during my military service. Life was good aboard our ship – good comradery, good food, etc. We were a test ship of sorts, in dry dock in Portsmouth, Virg., at one time undergoing some physical changes on the ship’s propulsion systems because of ships in our class being blown up in Vietnam due to prop vibrations causing mines to detonate. After military service: After my military service, I worked in tool and die for a short time, was a police officer for 24 years, worked in conversions for Santa Fe Vans, and in sales for Renegade in Bristol.

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Tree AucTion

Saturday, October 21 at 10 am

23rd Annual Ride-A-Thon At Dogwood Hills Tree Farm, 53899 CR 39, Middlebury

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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The LoveWay Ride-A-Thon is a great opportunity for you to take your horse out for a scenic ride through the woods, hills, fields, optional water crossing, and beautiful countryside. Make friends, spend time with your family, and have lots of fun, all while supporting our great organization. Lunch will be available for purchase.

In addition to the trail ride there will be an

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All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Open to the public from 7-10:30 a.m. (donation suggested, sponsored by the Elkhart Exchange Club)

The Fun Fair will go from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Children's games, pony rides, face painting, and a bounce house! There is a $5 admission fee which includes lunch.

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Essenhaus Cruise-in Every Thursday evening from May through September, the Das Dutchman Essenhaus grounds fill up with cars of every make, model, and era imaginable. Classic cars. Muscle cars. Exotic sports cars. Antiques. Make sure to mark your calendar to cruise out to the Essenhaus next year to catch these amazing vehicles.

It’s time to plan one of Middlebury’s favorite traditions:


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Jefferson Elementary kicks off fundraiser T

om Hodgson from Club’s Choice kicked off Jefferson Elementary School’s annual PTO fundraiser. This is a new fundraiser, replacing the school’s Fall Fling. Students sold Club’s Choice items in September, with purchased items scheduled to be delivered in October. The Jefferson PTO money helps classrooms buy materials and playground equipment, off-set field trip costs, and much more.

Jefferson Elementary School Friday, October 6, 2017 Grandparents will participate in classroom activities, visit the book fair, and enjoy treats prepared by cafeteria staff. This busy day is always a highlight for students, their grandparents, and JES staff.

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Habitat for Humanity Work began in mid-September on the Elkhart County Habitat for Humanity home being built for the Kulish family. Walls were being built by volunteers, with the Kulish family adults on site to put their muscle into their home. Construction Manager Duffy Sherman, in the black work-belt and vest, oversees the work on site as the home takes shape this fall. Watch for more updates in upcoming issues.

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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.

Rachel Dunham, MD Family Medicine

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. Accepting New Patients Including OB

Scott received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Goshen College. A nurse since 1980, Scott has worked at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Saint Joseph Health System in South Bend and Mishawaka, Goshen Hospital and Elkhart General Hospital.

Scott Eriksen, MSN, NP-C Family Nurse Practitioner

He has vast medical experience in a variety of specialties, including emergency care, intensive care, cardiology, cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology and home health care.

Janet Kercher, RN, MSN, NP-C, IBCLC Family Nurse Practitioner

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

Anna Kragt, MD

Board Certified in Family Medicine

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

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

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Orchard View 3rd graders walked to the Middlebury Food Pantry to deliver food they had collected in September. The bags full of food were a welcomed sight being carried up the driveway to the pantry.

A golf ball drop was held to benefit the Middlebury Food Pantry in September. Pantry directors Ward and Pam Bingaman check to see who was closest to the hole. Catherine Roebuck was closest, with Becky Lengel next-closest.

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Northridge Athletes

photos taken by Russ Draper

Top Right: Junior Varsity soccer #6 Drew Collins. Above Right: Junior Varsity soccer #21 Vincent Baltazar. Left Middle: Junior Varsity soccer #8 Ben Miller. Lower Left: Varsity soccer #6 Izzy Love. Bottom Left: Varsity soccer goal keeper #1 Meghan Cawood. Bottom Right: Varsity soccer #10 Ariaana Castro.

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Top Left: Varsity football #30 Connor Graber. Middle Left: Varsity football team managers. Top Right: Varsity football #5 Brad Schwartz. Bottom Left: Varsity football team taking the field. Bottom Right: Varsity volleyball #29 Makena Knepp.


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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It's a Brand New Day!! Questions: 26 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  October 2017


Two- & Four-Bedroom Suites


Applications Now Open

Welcome New Members


to everyone who helped with the Middlebury Fall Festival September 15 & 16 your contribution to the festival’s success is greatly appreciated!

300 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN

Cinnamon Stick

200 W. Warren St., Middlebury, IN

1st Place Chamber Golf Classic Trophy Winner

The mission of the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce is to promote economic opportunity through education, business and community leadership and to enhance the social and civic environment of Middlebury. Contact Information: Executive Director Sheri Howland  •  825-4300  •  •

2017 Legacy Members

GOLD MEMBERS: Jayco, Inc.  •  L & W Engineering, Inc.  BRONZE MEMBERS:  Edward Jones of Middlebury  •  Forks County Line Stores  •  Hawkins Water Tech  •  Legacy Home Furniture  •  Middlebury Produce

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Local Business Directory

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

Home Improvement


202 W. Spring St. • Middlebury, IN

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

Retaining Walls • Outdoor Kitchens • Fire Pits Paver Patios & Walkways • Landscaping Decorative Concrete Curbing

851 US 20 • Middlebury 574-825-3238

or email

Chris Gunn Groomer


For more information call


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Middlebury American Legion Post 210 is organizing a 5K Road Race Run or Walk to be held on Veterans Day,

Saturday, November 11.

Pre-registration is available at Entry forms are available at the Legion, 103 York Dr. in Middlebury. Race day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a 10 a.m. race start time. T-shirt sizes are guaranteed for all registrations on or before November 1. Pre-registration is $25 by November 6, $30 for late or race day registrants. Walkers and children under 12 are $15 by November 6, $20 after November 6. Proceeds will benefit the American Legion and other community charitable causes.

The Legion Arts & Craft Bazaar

will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Middlebury American Legion Post 210, 103 York Drive. 28 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  October 2017


Easy cut-out page! Shipshewana

Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


25% off

one regular priced item. Must present coupon. Expires 10-31-17




Men’s Haircuts

Exp: 10-31-17

$5 OFF

Bundle includes:

• 5# Ground Turkey • 5# Ground Chicken • 5# Ground Italian Chicken • 2# Italian Chicken Brats All wrapped in one-pound packages

Chicken & Turkey Bundles* Regular price $52 Exp: 10-31-17 *Must present coupon

101 Wayne St. Middlebury • 574-825-2940


Electric Pineapple


Walk-ins welcome until


Hair Salon

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

41° North



*must present coupon to redeem offer.

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

Nerium Representative

Alignment Special Call For Appointment.

Everyday Prices

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

expires 10-31-17

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Limit one per group. Valid October 1-31, 2017.

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422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Tuesday: 50% off Build

Your own Pizza wednesday:

$5 Burger nighT


homem’s ade ic e cr e a m

Come in and check out our new menu!

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

$10 off

Heating season Clean & CHeCk Exp: 10-31-17

HEATING & COOLING A Fusion of Technology & Service

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

Buy any two

Boxes oF tea and get one Free

(of equal or lesser value) expires: 10-31-17

kids eat

Free tuesday-thursday

from kids menu with purchase of entrée. (Limit one free meal per entree purchased) Expires 11-30-2017

200 West Warren st., Middlebury Hour: Tues.-Thurs.: 11 to 9 • Fri.-Sat.: 11 to 10.


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Easy cut-out page!


Everyday Prices


Men’s Haircuts

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 10-31-17

Nerium Representative


• Karlene • Morgan • Janele • Brittany


Lower level of the Davis Mercantile

Walk-ins welcome until


Hair Salon

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

41° North Restaurant & Bar

13024 US 20 • Middlebury, IN

(with family dining)


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


homem’s ade ic e cr e a m

422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Buy ONE Cone, Get the second one HALF OFF

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

Exp. 10-31-2017

Call now for a free quote on a Trane System


HEATING & COOLING A Fusion of Technology & Service

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

108 S Main St, Middlebury In the Middlebury Mercantile

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203 Wayne street, Middlebury




Pet Food & Accessories 851 US 20 • Middlebury • 574-825-3238 Chris Gunn





Spooky Tuesdays Choose a candy bar out of the pumpkin and receive a discount off your total purchase.



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inMiddlebury Magazine October 2017  

Celebrating life in Middlebury, Indiana

inMiddlebury Magazine October 2017  

Celebrating life in Middlebury, Indiana