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Celebrating Life in Middlebury

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Growing Up in Middlebury / p. 28


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Overcoming Fears and Preparing for Take-Off! / p.16

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TOWN MANAGER’S UPDATE: Road and Trail Information PARKS REPORT: Trails Celebration, Riverbank Restoration BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: Ride for a Cause CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Middlebury Fall Festival MIDDLEBURY MILESTONES: Birthdays and Anniversaries MIDDLEBURY GIVES BACK: Middlebury Walks for a Cure



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HOW TO DEAL WITH TICKS: Dr. Kaminsky shares how to deal with pesky ticks REMEMBER WHEN: Tom Yoder Remembers Growing up in Middlebury


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Kris Mueller

by Tammy Tilley

When Kris Mueller was a teenager and received her very first paycheck, she purchased a Pentax 35mm camera; at the time, it was one of the most popular cameras on the market. Ever since then, she has carried a camera with her wherever she goes. From school functions to town events and everywhere in between, this Middlebury Township employee hopes her photos enable others to see things they might have missed otherwise. Congratulations to Kris for being selected as the Middlebury Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year and for all the beauty she captures in Middlebury!


The library’s Elk-abet was well-dressed for last year’s Fall Festival.

Kris enjoys capturing perspectives people might not ordinarily see. “Our lives get so busy that we sometimes miss the beauty within the detail,” she comments. Of the pumpkins, she says, “No two pumpkins are alike. They’re all different. I tried to capture the distinctiveness of each of them.” And about a small waterfall at the River Villas: “I wanted to catch the bubbles and splashes and how the water just dances across the rocks.”

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Kris is drawn to images that capture bursts of color along with the play of light. “Those no clouds in the sky blue days really bring out bursts of color in pictures,” she says. “The elk in front of the library, he’s a character, full of color. And how many libraries actually have a dressed-up elk in front of it?” With the wagon of mums, “The variety of color just exploded on the backdrop of the town.”

Sunflowers are one of my favorite things to photograph, especially on a clear, blue day. The combination of the yellow flowers and the blue sky really brightens people’s days!”


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around TOWN Town Manager’s Update

Let the Good Times Roll

. . . Safely! by Mark Salee, Town Manager

The town offices extend a big thank you to all for your patience during the process. Now that we have a smooth street to travel upon, please remember that our streets are for everyone: cars, trucks, motorcycles, school buses, buggies, walkers, runners and bicyclists.

Main Street. This 2.5 mile section is part of the 16 mile trail from Goshen to Shipshewana. We’re seeing a large number of bicyclists, walkers and runners using the trail as a local commuter route and also as a destination for active people from near and far who are interested in improving their quality of life through exercise in a safe, scenic environment.

• If you find yourself behind a buggy or school bus, slow down.

Trails of Middlebury

The Repaving of Main Street is Done!

• Be alert while crossing Main Street: it is a state highway and a major truck route. • Keep an eye out for the increased number of people walking and biking. Let’s all look out for each other and follow the rules of the road.

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Update

Another project just completed last month is the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from the tunnel under US 20 to east of the Dairy Queen on north

Finally, the Town is developing a pedestrian-friendly transportation system that will provide connectivity to key destinations throughout the area. This system is called the Trails of Middlebury. The backbone of the trails is the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. This system will provide a safe, non-motorized option to get to various destinations in our community. To learn more about the trails, you can attend the Trails of Middlebury Celebration at Krider Gardens Park on Saturday, September 7th. For more information on this event, call the town office at 825-1499.

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Trails of Middlebury Celebration Saturday, September 7th

Events start at 11 am at Krider Gardens The Friends of Middlebury Parks and the Middlebury Parks Department invite the public to celebrate the completion of the Middlebury sections of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and to share with everyone the plan for the pedestrian-friendly Trails of Middlebury. This event will feature a Try-Athlon, where you can “Try” three separate events as well as “Try” samples of local food and beverages.

Riverbend Park Gets Riverbank Restoration

The trail along the river in Riverbend Park has been eroding for many years and began to be a liability.

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The Middlebury Parks Department partnered with LaGrange County Conservation District and Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited (LECTU) to receive funds from a Great Lakes Commission Grant. The grant paid for the design and the materials to stabilize the river bank. Over 110 ton of rock was placed along this bank to deflect the force of the water, thus reducing the erosion and stabilizing the bank. Lunker structures were built and placed at the bottom of the eroded river bank. These lunkers give support for the bank, while providing great habitat for fish and other aquatic species. Over 300 hours of volunteer labor counted as the match to the grant, meaning the Parks Department did not have to spend any money on this project!

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Ride for a


Co-written by Lara Wheeler & Tammy Tilley

One day. One smile. One mile at a time. On September 7, the Boys & Girls Club is holding a charity cycling event called “Gran Fondo,” the Italian term for “cycling event.” Said Lara Wheeler, Associate Executive Director, “We are thrilled to offer this type of event to members of the community. This is unlike any other event we host throughout the year, and with over 300 children attending the Boys and Girls Club daily, we need and appreciate the support of the community.” This year marks the second year for the popular event and is open to participants of all ages and cycling abilities. Beginning at 9 am, participants have the choice to embark on two different rides. The Family Fun Ride begins at the Indiana Chair Frame parking lot located near Dairy Queen. The ride will take place on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and

features SAG stations (Support and Gear) along the way. Registration for a family of up to four people costs $25.00 per person, with each additional person $5.00 extra. Children 5 and under are free.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt. Those who raise $100 in donations will receive a special sport tech shirt.

More serious riders will embark on the Metric Century Bike Ride. Registration costs $50.00 with a goal of an additional $50.00 in donations. Riders will meet at the Boys and Girls Club parking lot to enjoy a beautiful 62-mile ride through rural Northern Indiana. SAGs are available on the longer ride, including in Emma and Howe. Wheeler explains that one of the core programs at The Club focuses on healthy lifestyles, where leaders teach students about healthy life decisions. “In the past year, we have expanded our healthy lifestyles initiative to include our club families,” she said. Registration forms and information can be found online at www.bgcmiddlebury. org, or at the Boys & Girls Club.

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Chamber of Commerce

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Fall Festival by Julie Whitehead, Chamber Marketing Committee

Ahh, September . . . kids are back in school, football and soccer seasons for all ages are in full swing, and our town turns to another season – Fall.


his month’s Third Fridays downtown party is part of the chamber’s annual Fall Festival. The festival takes place Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st. Take a break from your busy schedule and stroll through the downtown merchants’ stores and look at the specials they are running for the festival, then meander over to our beautiful downtown parks. Artisans and crafters – both locals and visitors – will have their creations on display for you to enjoy and purchase. You can grab a snack at a food vendor in the park or even lunch and dinner at the Legendary Grind or the Village Inn. If you want to join in the fun, feel free to compete in the corn-hole tournament or bake-off. More details can be found at See festival schedule on page 15.

Chamber Directory

Each year, the Chamber publishes a directory of contact information for its current members. This handy guide categorizes the great businesses that support the Chamber by business type. You can find a handy “flip-through” digital version of the directory online at Enjoy the many things your town has to offer this month – Middlebury is a wonderful place!

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Middlebury Milestones


Vic and Ruth Hooley, owners of the Middlebury Dairy, 1970s.

Milestones In honor of these celebrations, a donation will be made to the Middlebury Food Pantry.

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Please submit your information no later than September 9 for the October issue. Does someone have a milestone celebration? If your loved one is turning 65 or older, or if a couple is celebrating a milestone anniversary (25th, 50th), feel free to provide a photo! If room allows, we will publish that photo along with the celebration. If you are submitting a digital photo, please provide a high quality resolution jpeg photo.

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Middlebury Gives Back

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Doors open at 8 am; Walk begins at 9 am by Tammy Tilley Some things just are Middlebury. They’re part of the community’s tradition and culture. Krider Gardens. Essenhaus. Good, generous people...and Middlebury Walks for a Cure. Started nine years ago by resident Nean Smith as a result of her personal struggle to beat cancer, Middlebury’s Walk for a Cure has become an expected and anticipated event in the community each fall.

Between now and the event, look for the Middlebury Walks for a Cure booth at the Fall Festival where you can register and make an on-the-spot donation. You’ll also find registration forms throughout the town.

Hundreds of people continue to show up, serious about the subject but celebrating life together.

Michelle Grewe, Guest Speaker

As a matter of fact, so many people attend that the event had to move from the Essenhaus Conference Center to a bigger space. This year the Walk will be on Saturday, October 5, at Orchard View Elementary. Doors open at 8 am, and the Walk begins at 9 am. “I’m constantly amazed at how this awesome town rallies around this walk, either through their sponsorships or through their participation,” said Smith.

Left to right: Audrey, Michelle, Randy, & Sam Grewe

Middlebury has cheered on one of its own families as over a year ago, teen Sam Grewe was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Sam now has no evidence of cancer.

Michelle also emphasizes her gratitude to all of Middlebury: “When we were in the heat of the battle, I was in a fog. I wasn’t able to thank people the way I wanted.

Sam’s mom Michelle will be sharing a portion of their journey as part of the event.

“I want to use this moment to express my appreciation to everyone who helped. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Thank you.”

Said Michelle, “Now that we’re through the tough part with Sam, my focus has shifted to talking about Childhood Cancer Awareness, which I will share at the Walk.”

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Community Calendar


Fridays: Optimist Club Breakfast @ Essenhaus......................................6:30 am SATURDAYS: Mill Stream Farmers Mkt @402 E Warren 7:30 am

Tuesdays: Toddler Time 10 am; Storytime @ Library ..........................................11 am THURsdays: Babies & Books @ Library .........................................................11am


Labor Day: No School!


Town Council Mtg.......................6 pm


Movie of the Month @ Library...1 pm


NHS Cheer Fundraiser @ Varsity Game


MES Club’s Choice Fundraiser


Trails of Middlebury Try-Athlon @ Krider Gardens Pavilion.........9:30 am - 3pm


Boys & Girls Club Gran Fondo.....9 am

13 School Picture Day @ MES 13

Am. Legion Ham Steak Dinner, 5:30 pm


MES Mum Pick-up @ Homeland Gardens


Town Council Meeting................6 pm

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American Legion Fish Fry........5:30 pm


OVE Fireworks & Friends Night ..7 pm


Third Friday Downtown


Food Pantry Benefit


Fireworks @ Essenhaus

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13 & 14 Little Ladies Dinner

6-8 pm, Essenhaus Heritage Hall. This special event is for girls of all ages and their favorite doll. Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner beginning at 6:00 pm both evenings. During check-in and registration, participants will have time to browse the special product displays and take part in a live photo opportunity. During the meal, live entertainment in the form of a theater production will be featured to entertain everyone in attendance. Online:, or call 574.825.9471.

Area Benefits

Care for Carmen Community Day

September 8, 4 pm - 7 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 708 W Wayne St, Middlebury. Games, food, bounce houses and a silent auction to benefit Carmen Yoder’s family for medical expenses. Carmen is a student at Little Saints Day Care who was diagnosed with encephalitis on Easter weekend.

Smoked Pork Chop Supper for the Galilean Children’s Home

September the 20, 4 pm - 8 pm, Middlebury Fire Station. All donations will be used to buy groceries here in Elkhart County and delivered to the Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, Kentucky at Thanksgiving time. For more information, contact Lloyd Fry at 574-537-2513.

20-21 Middlebury Fall Festival

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Fall Festival photos provided by Olivia Carney

Fall Festival

September 20th & 21st Check for up-to-date schedule changes.

Friday, September 20th

Concessions, Vendor Booths @ Memorial Park 10 am-8 pm Antique Tractor Display @ Historical Museum 10 am-5 pm Community Smoked Pork Chop Dinner @ Fire Station 4:30-7:30 pm Classic Car Cruise-In @ Essenhaus 4:30-Dusk Dave and Doug Unplugged @ Entertainment Tent 6-8 pm Fireworks Display @ Essenhaus Dusk

Saturday, September 21st

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits Breakfast @ Fire Station 7-10 am Concessions, Vendor Booths @ Memorial Park 9 am-5 pm Cornhole Tournament Check-In @ East Park 9 am* Cornhole Tournament @ East Park 9:30 am* Antique Tractor Display @ Historical Museum 10 am-5 pm Squeezebox @ Entertainment Tent 10-11 am, noon-1 pm, 2-3 pm Children’s Activities @ Memorial Park by Gazebo 11 am-2 pm Promissory Notes @ Entertainment Tent 11 am-noon Accepting Baking Contest Entries @ East Park Pavilion noon-1 pm Heartland Country Cloggers @ Entertainment Tent 1-2 pm Baking Contest Judging @ East Park Pavilion 1 pm Baking Contest Auction @ Entertainment Tent 3 pm The Witt Brothers @ Entertainment Tent after Auction 5 pm *Cornhole Tournament Entry Deadline Thursday, Sept. 19 $40 per team / Cash prizes Call Bill Beier at 574-825-7279 or 419-705-3194 Fireworks Display sponsored by: Forks County Line Stores, Grand Rental, Hawkins Water Tech, L&W Engineering, ShowHauler Trucks, and Varns & Hoover Hardware. Photo by Kris Mueller

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featured STORY


A Journey with

Cindy Hawkins is pictured with her son Kevin, an aviation major at Hesston College. Kevin’s love for flying made Cindy confront her fear of flying, due to a family accident.

by Cindy Bontrager Hawkins

In 1985, Jayco founder Lloyd Bontrager was killed in an airplane crash along with his son, Wendall. His daughter, Cindy Bontrager Hawkins, 20 years old at the time, never sat in a small plane again until recently, 28 years later. Photo by Sunday Hale

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Cindy chronicles her journey for our inMiddlebury Magazine readers. Thank you, Cindy, for your honesty, and may your newfound freedom from your fear now give you wings to SOAR.

Nineteen years ago, I birthed a son with a giant genetic tendency to take flight. Three years ago that same son began flying lessons, and I began my begging, pleading, and arguing with God: couldn’t someone else’s son love flying, and my son could just love cars, video games, and girls? Kevin’s dream was to fly the big stuff to far-off locations. While I didn’t want to stand in the way of his aspirations, needless to say, I couldn’t find peace. Turmoil was destroying me. Fear was consuming me. Worry was overtaking me. I had to let go somehow. Realizing in order to be part of Kevin’s dream, I had to overcome my fear of being in small planes. So, with much trepidation, I signed up for ground school and flying lessons at our local airport this past March.

The Bontrager family enjoying their Jayco camper. Roger Yoder, owner of New Horizons Aviation and a personal friend, was my instructor. He knows of my background and what haunts me. He knows of my emotions from the events surrounding Dad’s death. Roger stood with me on the airfield while Kevin completed his first solo flight, and I had tears streaming down my face, choking back sobs. Roger patiently prepared me for the moment when I would fly. On Friday, July 12, my trusty co-pilot by my side, my son in a plane in front of me, and the Great Pilot in the Sky surrounding me, I sat in the cockpit of a small plane, ready to fly. After announcing our impending takeoff, Kevin radioed, “Sounds great Mom!” There I sat watching my son take off, and then it was my turn. I powered up, kept my feet playing on the rudders so that I could hopefully keep the plane’s nose on the yellow center line. Roger said once the plane gets enough speed it will actually take off on its own. And it did! It really did! I took off, turned toward Middlebury, flew over our home, circled Jayco, and did a fly-by of Hawkins Water Tech.

This photo was taken in the spring of 1985, just before the plane accident that killed Cindy’s father and brother, Lloyd (left) and Wendall (standing). Cindy is also pictured, along with her mother Bertha.

Twice, I verbally told myself to breathe because I realized I was holding my breath. Then I asked the instructor to take the controls so I could relax a bit

and just enjoy the view from up there. I of course informed Roger that he would also be landing that thing—I got it up there, but he would have to get it down. Once we landed on terra firma, I went inside to wait for Kevin to land. My legs were wobbly, my arms and hands shaking, and I felt nauseated. When I finally arrived home, I made a beeline to my bed for a two-hour nap. I was exhausted! That day gave me so much more than freedom from my huge fear. That day confirmed God is bigger than my fears; He replaces fear with freedom and peace. That day was also when I became part of my own son’s aspirations of flying. Some day, Kevin will be flying me wherever I want to go, as often as I can go. He’ll be sorry that I’m working on overcoming my fear.

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How to deal

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Read more about Bear and other pets who need a home at

by Shelby Oyer

Middlebury’s Dr. Kaminsky tells us how to deal with pesky ticks.


If a small hole is left where the tick was removed, use a general antiseptic to clean it. Don’t use matches or any other form of heat to attempt to remove the tick.

There are many different products on the market these days to use on pets including topical treatments, collars, sprays and dips. Use a product that goes on the outside of the animal’s body rather than just shots or pills designed for preventing ticks and their diseases. Visit your veterinarian for the most effective brands.

As always, keep in touch with your veterinarian to make sure your animal is being properly treated for ticks, as well as up-to-date on their vaccinations.

The best way to avoid having to deal with ticks is to use preventative measures.

Knowing where ticks are often located is another great method of prevention. Ticks won’t commonly be found in places where the grass is short and there aren’t a lot of bushes or trees. Ticks prefer tall grass, bushes or branches where they can climb up and wait for a person or animal to get close enough for them to hitch a ride.


If you do find a tick on a pet or yourself, Dr. Kaminsky gives the following tips on how to properly remove them:

1. Don’t touch. That is, don’t touch it with your bare hands. Use tweezers,

a glove, or even a tissue to grasp the tick. 2. Grasp at the skin line. Be careful not to squeeze the tick to cause any

fluid that could be filled with a disease to escape. 3. Pull straight out. Don’t worry, their head won’t get stuck.

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Northridge High School News from Mr. Troyer, Vice Principal


10 Earn IB Diploma


orthridge High School is pleased to announce that 10 students in the graduating class of 2013 earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This challenging course of study requires students to complete and excel in six core academic areas. Additionally, students striving to earn this prestigious diploma must also compose a 4,000 word extended essay, and also engage in 150 hours of extra-curricular work. All of these requirements are completed over a two year period, then shipped internationally to be evaluated by other educators worldwide. Only students who earn a certain number of marks, or points in all of these areas are awarded the IB Diploma. Recipients of this diploma are often awarded credits and scholarships through the college or university they choose to attend following graduation.

The 2013 recipients of the International Baccalaureate Diploma are:

Two NHS Students Participate in Foreign Language Honors Program Over the summer two NHS students spent time in Germany as part of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL). During their summer in Germany, Heather Otto and Morgan Wysong pledged to only use German, attended classes, participated in planned activities and embarked on several excursions to enhance their cultural awareness. They lived with a host family and represented our school very well as participants in this elite language program. Congratulations to Heather and Morgan on their successful completion of the IUHPFL!

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Sept. 7 – Marching Band Contest Season Begins Sept. 19 – High School Parent /Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:45 pm Sept. 23 – Homecoming Week

In addition to these 10 students, 37 other students completed coursework through the IB Program at NHS, many of whom earned college credit, scholarships, or both. Northridge High School is extremely proud of the accomplishments of all of our IB graduates, and wishes them much success in the years ahead!

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September Home Games VARSITY: Football: 9/6 Wawasee 7:30 pm; 9/27 Homecoming/Northwood 7:30 pm Boys’ Soccer: 9/2 Mishawaka Marian 6:45 pm; 9/5 Westview 6:45 pm; 9/17 Concord 6:45 pm Tennis: 9/3 Elkhart Memorial 5 pm; 9/5 Goshen 5 pm; 9/7 Lakeland 10 am; 9/17 Northwood 5 pm Cross Country: 9/10 Senior Night @ Bonneyville Mill, 5:30 pm; 9/14 County Clash 9 am Girls’ Soccer: 9/9 Elkhart Central 6:45 pm; 9/12 Westview 6:45 pm; 9/14 Plymouth 12:30 pm; 9/24 Wawasee 6:45 pm; 9/26 Elkhart Memorial 6:45 pm; 9/28 Homestead 11:30 am

Volleyball: 9/3 West Noble 7:30; 9/5 East Noble 7:00; 9/10 Warsaw 7:30; 9/12 Westview 7:30 JV: Football: 9/14 Plymouth 10 am; 9/21 Warsaw 10 am Boys’ Soccer: 9/2 Mishawaka Marian 5 pm; 9/5 Westview 5 pm; 9/17 Concord 5 pm Girls’ Soccer: 9/3 Lakeland 5 pm; 9/9 Elkhart Central 5 pm; 9/14 Plymouth 11 am; 9/24 Wawasee 5 pm; 9/26 Elkhart Memorial 5 pm; 9/28 Homestead 10 am

Volleyball: 9/3 West Noble 6 pm; 9/5 East Noble 5:30 pm; 9/10 Warsaw 5?30 pm; 9/12 Westview 6 pm FRESHMEN: Football: 9/5 Riley 5:30 pm; 9/12 Wawasee 5:30 Volleyball: 9/5 East Noble 5:30 pm; 9/10 Warsaw 5:30; 9/30 St. Joseph 6:30 SENIOR NIGHTS: Cross Country: 9/10 Boys’ Tennis: 9/17 Girls’ Soccer: 9/26

Boys’ Soccer: Oct. 3 Volleyball: Oct. 17

OTHER DATES: 9/6: NHS cheer fundraiser & MYFL night @ Varsity Football 9/9: Fall Sports Photos 11/18: Fall Sports Awards Night, 7pm, NHS Auditorium Athletic Director Mr. Dave Harms Assistant Athletic Director Mrs. Anne Griffith

ALL NORTHRIDGE ATHLETIC INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: You will find any updates, cancellations, postponements, and changes on here.

Athletic Secretary Ms. Carolyn Petty Athletic Trainer Miss Michelle Lamb

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Good luck, Northridge Raider Band! Here are a few stats for this year’s marching band: Show title: Absolute Power Music: from the video game Halo Band size: 141 (including color guard) Number of color guard: 27 Drum Major: Michelle Jones Band Director: Brad Zook Bryce Cone, Drew Miller – Directors Brittany Smith, Ashley Urdaneta, Jessica Smith – Colorguard Micah Detweiler, Christian Good – Percussion Mitchell Alexander - Brass Chris French - Woodwinds

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Our Summer Fesitval brings out the best of hometown living. It’s a time for high school and family reunions, seeing neighbors and friends, listening to music, eating great food, and watching the best parade a town could have! Thanks to the Summer Festival committee and to everyone who lent a hand to make this year’s festival another special event! Chair: Rich Utley Treasurer and Fundraising: Jen Prough Entertainment: Dan Balmer Vendors: Jen Prough, Jerry Biddle

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Tom Yoder Remembers...


iddlebury native Tom Yoder is an active participant on the Facebook page called I Grew Up in Middlebury, Indiana. Here are just a few of the photos he’s shared:

The new Sinclair station at the corner of Main St. & Pleasant St. owned by Tom’s father Sam T. Yoder. Tom’s brother, Sam Jr., is at the pump with Tom’s new Ford Victoria hardtop. Circa 1955-56.

Bontrager Feed Mill at the railroad tracks & CR 16, later destroyed by a fire.

Tom Yoder has recently authored a book titled, “My Thoughts Exactly: The Dirt on Gardening.” But gardening and writing are not the only skills Yoder has mastered in his lifetime. When younger, Yoder was a meat cutter in his father’s store, Yoder’s Market in Middlebury.

downs that came with the industry so he went back into meat cutting for a while and then worked at Everette’s Garden Center in Goshen. “I write about my experience growing up, reminiscing, and new products that are on the market,” he said. His book is a compilation of 52 of his columns he wrote over the years for the Goshen News.

“My father bought the market in 1946 where the existing bank building is now. Then we moved across the street to the old bakery building. When Harding’s came to town, we couldn’t support three families with the business so I went into real estate,” he said. Despite loving the work he did as a real estate broker for 11 years, Yoder did not like the ups and 28 InMiddlebury Magazine | SEPTEMBER 2013

Krider’s Nu rsery with Tom’s El Camino . Circa 196 0.

His book was released in April and is available for sale at the Cinnamon Stick in Middlebury. With 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and golf nearly every day, the Yoders have a full life.

Fishing Tournament Winners: The winners of the Middlebury Summer Festival Fishing Tournament are: Under 6 years of age: • Lily Gonzalez (4) with the largest fish (7.25”) • James Anderson, Jr. caught the most fish (4) Ages 6 – 10: • Grant Garman (6) with the largest fish (10”) • Tiffany Miller (6) caught the most fish overall (30) Ages 11 – 15: • Blake Miller (14) with the largest fish overall (12.5”) • Tyler Madlen (11) caught the most fish (23)

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Photo by Gloria Salavarria The winning fishermen are front row (l/r): Tiffany Miller (6); Grant Garman (6) and Lily Gonzalez (4) and in the back row (l/r): Tyler Madlen (11), Blake Miller (14) and James Anderson Jr. (4). This annual event is sponsored by Middlebury Parks and the Little Elkhart chapter of Trout Unlimited.


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Fourth Annual Riverfest Gloria Salavarria photographed and wrote about this year’s Riverfest, held at Middlebury’s Riverbend Park on August 17. The annual event, now in its fourth year, is offered by Middlebury Parks to further public awareness of the fine water quality of the Little Elkhart River which runs through Elkhart and LaGrange counties.

The public got the chance to see fish from the Little Elkhart River close up and learn about the quality of this trout stream that flows through northern Indiana. Daragh Deegan, an aquatic biologist for the City of Elkhart’s Public Works and Utilities department, talks about the carp in his hand. It is a non-native species introduced to the Great Lakes region.

Four-year-old Madison Viglione, granddaughter of Joe Viglione of Middlebury, points to where she is from on her favorite rain barrel. This is one of five barrels decorated by students from Middlebury Schools which were auctioned off at this year’s Riverfest. It’s still there! Forrest Wanberg points to the hand-hewn wooden beams of the Old Mill inside the Wanberg popcorn plant in Middlebury. Built in 1838, it is both the oldest building in Middlebury and the town’s longest continuously running business. Touring the inside of this mill and hearing a talk about the seven mills that once existed on the Little Elkhart River was a new feature for those who attended this year’s Riverfest. Cortney Quick (left), a summer intern, and Daragh Deegan (right) let the public know more about the quality of water in the Little Elkhart River by collecting a sampling of fish. The Little Elkhart River, with its waters kept cold by underground springs, has good water quality and temperatures cool enough to be a good environment for trout.

The chestnut lamprey is a native species of Indiana’s waterways.

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Elkhart General Medical Group Welcomes Middlebury Family Physicians Middlebury Family Physicians has joined Elkhart General Medical Group. The practice has been an integral part of the Middlebury Community for more than 50 years. Elizabeth Gingrich, M.D. is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Gingrich completed her medical degree at Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, England. She then completed postgraduate diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynecology (DRCOG) and Child Health (DCH), and Medical and Surgical Internships followed by a three-year general family practice training program in Chesterfield, England. She completed her Family Practice Residency at Georgetown University/ Providence Hospital in Washington D.C.

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