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December Table of Contents around town 04 05 06 08 09 20 28

Middlebury Milestones Community Calendar Boys & Girls Club: An Open Letter to Santa Outdoor Living: Approaching Winter Middlebury Parks Department Update Chamber of Commerce Business Directory

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Dr. Barkow – Someone to Watch Over Them NHS Marching Band - 4th in the State

Dr. Keith Barkow has been volunteering as the Northridge High School team doctor for 17 years, keeping an eye on the health and safety of players at home games. He enjoys being a part of the students’ lives, in some cases from the time they were born. Middlebury also welcomes a new town manager, Mary Cripe, who brings years of engineering and municipal experience with her for the benefit of our community. And, as a follow up to the Northridge High School Marching Raiders, we followed them to Lucas Oil Stadium in late October to watch them compete at the ISSMA State Finals, where they had their best finish ever. Congratulations on the well-earned award! Finally, Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you in 2017! –Guy Thompson, Editor


Northridge Motor Sports NHS Athletic Highlights

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One of the great things about Middlebury is how people like to help others, either individually or as a group.

Mary Cripe: New Town Manager

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Milestones Birthday Wishes to 12/3 12/8 12/8 12/8 12/12 12/16 12/17 12/20 12/22 12/23 12/24 12/28

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Caroling for Cans The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Middlebury will be Caroling for Cans from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. They will be going door-to-door around Main Street singing carols and collecting food donations for the Middlebury Food Pantry. If you would like to donate, contact Chris Miller at 574-596-9069 or Bethany Rudd at 574-514-2608.

Community Calendar 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: All-You-Can-Eat Broasted Chicken by Auxiliary 4th Friday: Sandwich Baskets by Sons of American Legion 5th Friday: Lasagna dinner by Boy Scout Troop 7 Last Saturday: Steak Grill – Call the Legion at 825-5121 for more information.

Middlebury Resolution Run December 31 The 4th Annual Middlebury Resolution Run is all set for Saturday, Dec. 31, with deadline to sign up with a guaranteed t-shirt on December 11. The event includes a 5K Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Walk. The 5K route is flat and speedy through Middlebury and the scenic countryside. Timing chips will be provided for the 5K, which starts at 10 a.m.

BI-MONTHLY 1ST & 3RD MONDAYS: Town Council meetings at Town Hall – 6 p.m.

The 1-mile course goes through downtown Middlebury and is an untimed race, and follows the 5K at 10:15 a.m. Both races begin and end at the Middlebury First Mennonite Church, 203 E. Lawrence St. Packet pickup begins Friday, Dec. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the church, and race day beginning at 9 a.m. Following the race, there will be complimentary food and drinks, as well as awards presented. Register online at: MiddleburyResolutionRun2016, or mail in registration by December 11, as well as through race-day registration, which begins one hour prior to the race start. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Middlebury Community Food Pantry.

1ST & 3RD WEDNESDAYS: Middlebury Men’s Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m. 2ND & 4TH MONDAYS: Middlebury Lions Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m.


REAL Services Lunch, Ages 60+, Greencroft Euchre and Table Games, Greencroft – 6:30 p.m. Middlebury Exchange Club, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m. Optimist Club Breakfast, Essenhaus – 6:30 a.m.

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Orchard View Holiday Bazaar – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Santa comes to town – 9:30 a.m. NHS Choir Christmas Concert – 7:30 p.m. NMS Choir Christmas Concert – 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. No School – Christmas Break Starts

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town on a fire truck on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children at the American Legion Post 210 until approximately 11 a.m., or until the line is gone. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 210, with transportation provided by the Middlebury Twp. Fire Dept. DECEMBER 2016  |  inMiddlebury

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around TOWN | Boys & Girls Club

An Open Letter to Santa Dear Santa,

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Outdoor LIVING

Approaching Winter

How Animals Cope with Winter Changes 

by Dr. Carla Gull

As fall winds down, animals are making final preparations for winter; each deals with the dropping temperatures and limited food in unique ways. Migration  Some animals, mostly birds, move south to look for food in the colder months. The large Turkey Vultures and noisy Sandhill Cranes are moving south. Many ducks, geese, warblers, and songbirds also migrate. Our area is the wintering ground for the dark-eyed Junco, which can often be found on the ground under bird feeders. Some butterflies, like the monarch, migrate as well. Torpor 

Some animals go into a “light” hibernation. They may awaken easily and sleep for several days to several months. This helps conserve energy and the animal will need fewer resources. Raccoons, skunks, opossum, and chipmunks all experience torpor, with the black bear sleeping for longer time periods.


This is a full sleep that is hard to wake up from. The body temperature is lowered and the heart rate can slow to 3-4 beats a minute, conserving energy and resources. Woodchucks and bats are true hibernators in our area, as well as reptiles and amphibians. Some frogs may go beneath the leaf litter while others bury themselves in mud.


Many animals adapt or make changes to survive the winter. They may change what they eat, grow extra fur or feathers, store food, etc. The uncommon least weasel changes to a white coat and can sense animals below the snow. Beavers and squirrels store food. Coyotes change eating patterns, eating more meat than berries and seeds.


Some insects go through a hibernation called diapause, which is connected to when the days get shorter rather than the temperature. Insects like the baldfaced hornet mostly die off except for the queen who overwinters under bark or the ground. Other insects may lay eggs before dying with the colder temperatures. Just as we add layers, boot, and coats as winter approaches, animals in the wild adjust their behaviors to survive until spring.

This least weasel is injured and being kept by Foxwood Raptor and Wildlife Center in Bristol. It is the only known least weasel in captivity in the United States. Animals cope with winter in a variety of ways, such as migration, torpor, hibernation, adaptations, and diapause. Dr. Carla Gull blogs at She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area. 8  inMiddlebury Magazine  |  DECEMBER 2016

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Your Middlebury Parks Department has been busy this year! Here’s a partial list of activities: Structural Improvements

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• Completed gazebo in Krider Gardens. • Created new bike parking area along Pumpkinvine Trail by Krider Gardens. • Added concrete steps connecting the sidewalk at Riverbend Villas to Riverbend. • Participated in the Quilt Garden tour for the 9th year. • Planted Bicentennial Garden in front of Windmill. • Added Learning Tree Kiosk in Riverbend Park with Eagle Scout help. • Purchased and maintained flower baskets on streets and in parks.

Programming Accomplishments • 8th Grade Civics Stewardship Days. Students performed many tasks including mulching trails and trees, spreading top soil and planting grass seed. • 2nd Grade Habitat Hike at Riverbend . • 1st grade sensory hikes. Over 70 kids hiked through Riverbend and used their five senses to experience nature in October.

• 8th grade Science Field Trip to study the Little Elkhart River. All 360 8th graders visited Riverbend Park to study the river. • 7th annual Riverfest. • Summer Fun Day Camp. • TrailsFest, with the Friends of the Middlebury Parks, supporting construction and maintenance of trails. Looking ahead to 2017, your parks department will be again providing most of these services as well as beginning construction on the Ridge Run Trail, completing the boardwalk and adding trail in Riverbend Park, and developing Old Mill Park.


Photo: John McKee

The Parks Department would like to thank Indiana Wood Products who again donated bark mulch this year. This high quality mulch makes the garden beds look even better! Also, thanks to Star Fleet for continuing to sponsor this page. And a huge thank-you to all donors to the Town Flower Fund, through which the flowers in the downtown light pole hanging baskets are purchased. The generosity of the community has allowed us to beautify Middlebury with flowers for many years. Look for a Flower Fund donation flyer in your December water bill.

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Someone to Watch Over Them By Guy Thompson

10  inMiddlebury Magazine  |  DECEMBER 2016

n one of his earliest basketball games at Northridge High School, Dr. Keith Barkow sat high up in the stands, watching the game with his family.


When a player got injured on the floor, Dr. Barkow made his way down to the player. “To me, it seemed that everyone got quiet. Who is this person?” he recalled. “To me, you could hear a pin drop.” Now into his 17th season of working with Northridge teams, he is a familiar face along the sidelines or behind the bench as he keeps a close eye on the high school players. But he didn’t expect to end up here.

Dr. Barkow studied at Indiana University and did his residency in South Bend. “I thought I’d stay in South Bend,” he said. “But I had an opportunity with Goshen Health who wanted to start an office in Middlebury.” He had done some rural rotations as part of his residency, and late in his residency had an “odd feeling with South Bend,” he admitted. He called another doctor to ask if he knew of any opportunities and was told about the planned office in Middlebury. Dr. Barkow and his wife, Diana, drove over to Middlebury on a Saturday to look around. “On Sunday at church, I kept getting nudged,” he said. He couldn’t quite get the idea out of his mind, so they drove back over and stopped at the McDonald’s in Middlebury. “There was a lady behind me in line and I asked her to tell me about Middlebury,” he said. And she did. “She and her husband spent 45 minutes talking to us about Middlebury. The swim association. Little League. We realized there was a lot to do in Middlebury. After that, everything fell into place,” Dr. Barkow stated. Dr. Barkow approached the school to introduce himself and ask if the school had a team physician. He was told that they had the father of one of the students who was an ER physician part-time. “I asked if there were any students who needed to be seen in the training room. So I started going every Thursday after school to see any students that the trainer needed a second opinion on,” Dr. Barkow said. Now he attends all of the football and basketball home games, wrestling matches and other sports as needed, all on a volunteer basis. And he’s been doing it long enough that he has known some of the students he is watching their whole life. “It’s fun watching patients of mine, who were babies I DECEMBER 2016  |  inMiddlebury

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delivered, are now in high school playing sports. That’s cool to experience that,” he said. And some past students are now parents. “Not all teams have a doctor with them,” noted NHS Athletic Director Dave Harms. “It has been a very nice addition to the sideline.” Dr. Barkow is also thanked by parents whose children he has helped out on the field or court, saving them expensive trips to the emergency room. “It’s rewarding when people say that with me there, they feel safe with their kids playing,” he added. “He volunteers his time at the games and even if he’s not really working, but is at a game, he’ll still respond,” Harms said. “That’s the neat thing about Dr. Barkow. He’s always willing to help and be there.” “The kids are fun to work with,” Dr. Barkow continued. “It’s easy working with kids. I treat their son or daughter like I would treat my son. I’m going to do what’s best for him or her. I’m looking at their futures.” That doesn’t mean parents always agree with him, especially when he sidelines players, but he reminds them that it isn’t about just one game or season. He’s thinking long-term for the student and what a chronic injury now might do to them later in life. One of the most recent concerns that he works to address is concussions in young players. “It’s something we take very seriously. It’s hard to tell a student that they are done, but I am looking at their long-term health. I’m willing to have parents yell at me to do that,” Dr. Barkow said. Dr. Barkow helped to start a sports night to help students who didn’t have a personal doctor get physicals for sports. All of the doctors who help with the event, which is still done annually, volunteer their time, Dr. Barkow pointed out. “The money we raise goes to buy items above and beyond the sports department budget. We do it as a service to the community.” “He stops by every Thursday to talk with the trainer about anyone he needs to see. He helps with all of the sports and that is a great asset to our athletic trainer,” Harms noted. Harms has gotten to know Dr. Barkow and his family over the years outside of the school sports environment as they attend the same church. “He’s one of the most caring individuals I know. He’s very loyal and helpful. I know I can count on him,” Harms said. Dr. Barkow plans to continue his work for the school, attending games and keeping a watchful eye on the students playing. “I enjoy it, I really do,” he said. And the lady and her husband he first met at McDonald’s that sold him on the town are now patients of his.

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NHS Marching Band 4th in State Championship The Northridge High School Marching Band stormed the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 29, to take their best finish ever at the ISSMA State Marching Band Championship, finishing 4th in Division B. “That was the best we’ve ever done it,” declared Band Director Brad Zook as the band gathered one last time after the placings were announced. “It’s time that this band and this show got the recognition it deserves.” “I was focused on having a good time with the band,” Drum Major Breanne Friskney said following the show. “I thought it sounded great and felt it was pretty clean. They really stepped up and gave it the best they could.” The band beat local rival Concord, who finished in a tie for 5th with Bloomington North. “I thought it would be us tied for fifth,” Friskney admitted thinking when she heard there was a tie. In the end, the band topped their best finish of 6th place, and well ahead of 8th, where the band had placed the past two years, with only three other bands in their class earning high scores. “This was the last time marching with them,” Friskney said. “We’ve been together for four years.” More than that, when she considered that many of them have been in band together since middle school. Friskney struggled to find a way to sum up her final year with the NHS Marching Band. “No word will do it justice,” she said, but thought that “unbelievable” would do.

Final Band Placings for the 2017 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals, Class B, were: 1. Northview - Brazil

  7. Munster

2. Greenfield Central

  8. Evansville North

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  9. North Side - Fort Wayne

4. Northridge - Middlebury

10. Decatur Central –   Indianapolis.

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5. Concord - Elkhart (tie)

NHS Drum Major Breanne Friskney leads the marching band

off the field at the conclusion of their ISSMA State Finals performance. Everyone in the NHS Marching Band was focused on doing their best as they performed in Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Drum major Breanne

Friskney carries the band’s 4th place trophy alongside NHS Band Director Brad Zook, who was all smiles after the band’s best showing ever at the state finals.

The NHS Marching Band’s color

guard added a pop of color and dance to the band’s state finals performance in Indianapolis.

Prior to taking the field, NHS Marching Band

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It’s time to hustle when then NHS

Marching Band is called to the field to perform, bringing all of the percussion and additional equipment to the sidelines and getting set up, all within just a few minutes.

The NHS Marching Band at attention,

moments before they kicked into high gear to perform at the ISSMA finals in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The NHS Marching Band hit all of the

marks as they had their best finish ever at the marching band state finals.

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Mary Cripe Starts Role as

Town Manager When the position of Middlebury Town Manager opened up earlier this fall, Mary Cripe felt she needed to at least look into it. “I always believe that when there is an opportunity, you need to look at it. Maybe there is something there for you,” Cripe said. “God has a plan and you need to listen closely.” It was also time for a change of pace for Cripe and her family. After more than 15 years as city engineer with the City of Goshen, she was hired as the Middlebury Town Manager and began those duties at the end of October. The Fremont, Ind., native had an interest in math and science, which led her to study engineering at Valparaiso University. Through her classes at Valpo, she became interested in civil engineering. Along with her knowledge in engineering, Cripe brings a lot of relationships and partnerships with other agencies and companies from the area, as well as state and federal. “I’m well established with them,” she said. “That brings a lot to the community.” “Middlebury has a lot going on,” she continued. “It’s a very unique community and there’s potential for it to grow even more.” Cripe noted that she didn’t have time to get to work with the past town manager to learn the ropes, and has been working

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her way through records to put the pieces together, along with meeting with the department managers and town council members. “All of them have been as helpful as they can,” she said. She’s also getting to know the many organizations in Middlebury. “It’s unbelievable all of the groups that support the town. I was floored by that,” she stated. Cripe encourages people to call or stop in if they have concerns they feel need to be addressed. “My door is open,” she said.

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American Legion

Veteran Spotlight

by Guy Thompson

Lonnie Franks

After Serving:

Branch: U.S. Army, July 31, 1973 – July 26, 1976

Prior to entering the military, Franks had a career focused in the machining industry. He worked with a small team while still in high school to start up a new machine shop out of Detroit called “Ex-Cell-O New Mac Div.” He joined the army with the company’s consent and, upon his return, “I was reinstated for my job. And not only did I hold top seniority with more than a hundred or so employees under me, but a nice raise compared to what I was earning when I left.”

Places Served: Eight weeks Combat Basic Training at Ft. Knox, Ky., training in basic combat, weaponry, survival skills, military structures and disciplines. Four weeks AIT (Advanced Individual Training) in transportation at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Training in operation of transportation equipment and handling of fuels and ammunitions. Ft. Carson, Colo., 15 months, transportation of supplies, personnel, fuel and ammunition. Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, Germany, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor Division, 18 months. Transportation of supplies, fuel and ammunition. Platoon Sergeant – trainer and instructor on new equipment.

Medals and honors: National Defense Service Medal, M16 Marksman, Community service letters of appreciation.

Memories of Service: “Being just out of high school and looking for adventure and the opportunity to serve my country, I volunteered for a sixyear (three active, three inactive) tour with the U.S. Army,” Franks said. “Not only did I get the adventure I was looking for, but also much needed structure and discipline that helped me in my life to follow.” Franks added that he was able to see some faraway places, experience different cultures and made many new friends, some of whom he remains in contact with today.

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In 1978, the company pulled the division back into Detroit for consolidation and Franks left the company to stay in the area, taking a job machining aircraft systems at Walerko Tool and Engineering in Elkhart. He started his own machine shop in 1991, Crystal Valley Machine and Engineering, serving the orthopedic industry. He sold the business and retired in 2013. He met his wife, Terina, through a mutual friend and they have two sons, Dustin and Cody, and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Middlebury. Franks is a 15-year member of Middlebury American Legion Post 210 and recently joined the American Legion Riders. He is also a life member of the Riders Motorcycle Club out of Ligonier. Franks and his wife enjoy traveling the U.S. and abroad for pleasure as well as mission trips. They attend the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury and “I owe my life to Christ,” Franks said.

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“My deputy clerks help tremendously,” Hutchison said. Her deputy clerks, Sue Yoder and Kristi Edlund, “make my job a lot easier,” she added. “I love the small-town feel,” Hutchison said of her life in Middlebury. “The people are great and you can get places quickly.” While working at the bank, she added, she saw everybody in town at one time or another. “When you walk down the sidewalk, you can say ‘hi’ to people and they will say ‘hi’ back,” she said. “I enjoy the friendliness and enjoy seeing people here when they come in.”

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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 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.

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

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

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

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Chamber Welcomes Sheri Howland as New Director

The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce welcomed Sharon (Sheri) Howland as the new executive director. She will take over the duties as executive director, overseeing all membership events, Vibrant Communities initiatives, and other various chamber functions. Howland joins the chamber with more than 20 years of experience in public service, most recently as superintendent of the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department, where she has worked since 2001. She was very instrumental in the creation of Fidler Pond Park as well as other projects around the Goshen area.

Vibrant Communities Elkhart County, Elkhart County Community Center, Pumpkinvine Advisory Committee, Goshen First Fridays and more. The Middlebury Chamber Board of Directors are excited about the strong leadership and visions that Howland will bring to the executive director position. She will start her duties with the chamber on December 5. The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce represents over 200 members in and around the Middlebury community.

She has also been a part of numerous community groups and events, volunteering her time and talents whenever she can, including for

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: • 825-4300 •  •


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

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Many blessings and thanks to all of our amazing Volunteers this holiday season. LoveWay would not be able to achieve its mission or support so many riders without your continued service. Happy trails in 2017! Interested in becoming a new Volunteer?

LoveWay needs Lead and Side Walker Volunteers to support our special needs riders during upcoming spring classes. Opportunities available in daytime, evening and weekend classes. Training is provided on the following dates: Tues. Jan. 17 Thurs. Jan. 19 Tues. Jan. 24 Thurs. Jan. 26

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information CALL: 574-825-5666 EMAIL: or VISIT:

Therapeutic Equestrian Services

LoveWay: Transforming lives. Creating miracles. One ride at a time.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 - 4:00

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For those who want value .. and know where to find it. Hickory Rockers High quality, comfortable, with

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Specials for December

Only $159.00

The full truckload of all new toys has arrived! DECEMBER 2016  |  inMiddlebury

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miss the opportunity to MAP INSIDE

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5% discount on orders received with payment prior to

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Raider MotorSports T

he Raider MotorSports (RMS) team has recently been working hard to design their vehicles for this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition in Detroit, Mich. With one deadline passed the teams are working hard to be prepared for their next deadline at the beginning of December. RMS entered two cars into the competition this year and found out after Phase I results were posted that the prototype car was not selected into this year’s Shell EcoMarathon. The teams have now been merged into one team to continue working on the urban concept vehicle. Be sure to check out their new website: RaiderMotorSports., where you can access sponsorship packets as well as stay up to date on what’s going on. You can also request and set up a meeting with one of the executive positions on the team.

Raider MotorSports would like to thank and welcome the following new partners: Platinum Level Starfleet Trucking, Inc. Patrick Industries, Inc. Lipert Components Gold Level Heartland RV, LLC. Green Level Headsight, Inc. Max Myers, Inc. Silver Level Middlebury Produce, Inc.

Follow us on: Facebook: Raider Motor Sports Twitter and Instagram: @NHSsmTeam

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Northridge High School

Welcome to Middlebury! Northridge High School is hosting 13 foreign exchange students during the 2016-2017 school year. Students attending NHS are (left to right): Front - Gerson Barreto DeMiranda, Brazil; Eliasson Rasmus, Sweden; Lisa Innocenti, Italy; Sara Kirschner, Germany; Lapsongsakul Arunrat, Thailand; Back - Anton Ludvigsen, Denmark; Lea Martin, France; Andrea Merino, Ecuador; Emil Persson, Sweden; Celina Skin-dersoe, Denmark; Emma Steenvoorden, Netherlands; Luisa Weyer, Germany. Not pictured is Desiree Jonli, Norway. (Photo submitted by Middlebury School Corporation)

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NHS ATHLETICS Photos by Russ Draper

Northridge’s Anthony Jimenez receives a pass during the Raiders match versus Elkhart Central.

Good luck to the 2016/2017 Northridge Raiders Swim / Dive team. Best wishes to our seniors, “Rule The Pool”.

Northridges Bailey Grise sets the ball during the Raiders match versus Memorial held at Northridge High School.

Northridge senior running back Conner Graber celebrates a touchdown versus the Goshen Redhawks.

Northridge Midfielder Sophie Carrison controls the ball along the sideline during the Raiders home contest versus Northwood.


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 DECEMBER 2016  |  inMiddlebury

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LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY Advertise in our Business Directory for as low as $50 a month!

DAC Enterprise Doors Phone: (574) 825-4325 • (260) 336-1491 • Fax: 574-825-0462

11820 CR 18 • Middlebury, IN 46540

•  Fixtures •  Faucets •  Water Heaters

Need a door installed? Give us a call!

• Free Estimates • Repairs on all makes and models

Jim Pletcher has 29 years of experience!

Big and Small, we do them all.

Wayne Nisley Lic. #AU11200090 574-825-3191

Gerald Nisley 574-312-0926


Home Improvement

202 W. Spring St. • Middlebury, IN

Ron Gerstbauer Mobile: 574-370-6232 Office: 574-264-7581

Indiana Broker

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


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Divorce • Wills • Trusts • Probate • Guardianship DUI / OWI • Criminal Defense Corporations • LLC’s • Real Estate Licensed in Indiana & Michigan 103 N. Brown Street • Middlebury, IN

For more information call

574-825-9112 or email Insurance • Investment • Retirement

Student Checking Cost savings and easy online access make this

Eugene Bontrager INVESTMENT ADVISOR REPRESENTATIVE Branch Office Manager

(c) 574.537.2534 426 N. Main St. • Suite 4 Middlebury, IN 46540 Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA), Transamerica Financial Group Division - Member FINRA, SIPC, and Registered Investment Advisor. Non-Securities products and services are not offered through TFA. TFG001880-10/13.

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for students ages 16 - 24. A New Accounts representative can provide account details. • No monthly maintenance fee • $50 minimum opening deposit • eStatements and Online Banking are required Member


First Federal Savings Bank

2926 S. Main St., Elkhart • 574-524-8989 • 800-251-2618


Easy tear-out page! Shipshewana

Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


Merlin is an 80 lb. neutered playful happy boy. Roxanne is a little 11 lb. Dachshund, Chihuahua and Rat Terrier mix.

Christmas and Happy Holidays Roxanne toMerry all customers, and a special thanks

to all who offered forever homes to Dogtown Rescues!

25% off

one regular priced item. Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-16

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Call For Appointment. *must present coupon to redeem offer.

Alignment Special

$5995 Exp: 12-31-16



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Limit one per group. Valid December 1-31, 2016.

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422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Come in and see us for

Holiday Gift Certificates 101 Wayne St. Middlebury • 574-825-2940 • The

Tuesday: 50% off BUILD



EXP: 12-31-16

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

$10 off



EXP: 12-31-16

A Fusion of Technology & Service

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

Come in and check out our new menu!

$5 of any purchase of $25 or more. Exp. 12-31-16

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season.


One regular priced item.

*Excludes Brighton. Offer cannot be combined with other sales or discounts. Must present this coupon at time of purchase. Expires 12-31-16. DECEMBER 2016  |  inMiddlebury

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Easy tear-out page!




Loveable dogs are waiting. Can you help them find their forever homes?


Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


Exemplary boarding, daycare & rescue facility

50% off

Doggie Daycare 1st visit with ad EXP: 12-31-16

574-849-0844 • 11925 CR 10 Middlebury

41° North Restaurant & Bar

13024 US 20 • Middlebury, IN

(with family dining)


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


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422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Buy ONE Cone, Get the second one HALF OFF

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

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HEATING & COOLING A Fusion of Technology & Service

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102 South Main Street Middlebury Phone: 574-825-7725 MIDDLEBURY, INDIANA

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OPEN HOUSE Saturday, December 17

• Refreshments • 15% Off Storewide • Drawings for Gift Baskets Chris Gunn Groomer


Santa will be here 9 am-noon

Bring your camera! 851 US 20 • Middlebury • 574-825-3238

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