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September Table of Contents 04 05 06

Middlebury Milestones


Legion Road Run & Holiday Bazaar


Outdoor Living: Let’s Get Paddling


Middlebury Parks Department


Habitat for Humanity Home


The Big One: Part 2


Middlebury Fall Festival


Chamber of Commerce

Community Calendar

Editor’s Note Habitat for Humanity houses are something special. It’s been a few years since I’ve had the opportunity to work on one, but it’s an event like few others. Groups of people gather to pound nails, raise walls, and create a house. And then a partner family moves in and creates a home.

Welcoming New Northridge Staff

We featured the Kulish family in our April 2016 inMiddlebury Magazine and Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County’s search for a suitable building site for the family. Just last month a lot was found, still within the Middlebury School District, and construction will start in a couple of weeks. This family of 12 is excited, to say the least, to see their home take shape and to help make their dream a reality. Volunteers to work and to provide food are still needed. Look for more details in our update in this month’s magazine. –Guy Thompson, Editor



Middlebury Summerfest Snapshots


NHS Sports


Lilly Endowment Scholarship


Business Directory


Deals in Middlebury



EDITOR Guy Thompson

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

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ReformationFest Slated for September 23

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. 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.

Weekly Mon–Fri: Tues: WED: Fri: Sat:

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. Farmers Market, 8 a.m. –1 p.m.

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Middlebury Fall Festival Heritage Hall Open Auditions, 9 a.m. – noon Heritage Hall Open Auditions; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Essenhaus Cruise-in Finale; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

An afternoon of community fun, fellowship, good eats and polka music will be hosted by St. Paul’s in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 23. Bring friends and family to this community event, which marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Schedule of events includes a service of unity and celebration at 4 p.m. Kids’ activities follow at 5 p.m., along with food and local brews from Middlebury’s Wedgewood Brewing Co. Brat and sauerkraut meal tickets are $6, hot dog meals are $3, and kids under age 4 eat free. Festival fun continues from 6-9 p.m. with the live (and lively!) polka stylings of area polka band “E-Z Tones.” Come and enjoy food, fellowship and dancing under the tent! “We invite and welcome everyone,” said Pastor Randy Schroeder. “This event celebrates grace and renewal. We look forward to enjoying friendship and the coming together of our diverse backgrounds, and just having fun. It’s a way of reaching out and showing our support within the community.” ReformationFest will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 708 Wayne St. in Middlebury. For more information, check out Facebook updates at or visit the website at

Pork chop fundraiser September 15

A Benefit Smoked Pork Chop Supper for the Galilean Children’s Home will be held during the Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Middlebury Fire Station. The meal will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Donations are used to buy food for diabetic and special needs children. This is a full meal so please be generous. Come give it a try and bring a friend. Carryouts will be available.

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Welcoming New Staff to Northridge Schools Middlebury schools added new teachers around the district for the 2017-2018 school year. Above are (left to right): Front - Kari Welker, Hannah Deak, Preston Shafer, Ryan Mayden. Back - Sam Shapiro, Jennice Young, Amber Baker, Heidi Wood, Jessica Brewer, and Haley Plikerd. Not pictured is Micah Detweiler.

Middlebury Community Schools welcomed new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Joining Middlebury schools are (left to right): Front - Nicole DuBois, Kristin Wells, Stephanie Sizemore, Jessica Schrock. Back - Alissa Cook, Katie Seel, Alexandra Duncan Hawn, Tasha Berger, Catherine Stout, Julie Shyposki, Saige DeCleene, and Morgan Shepherd.

Middlebury schools held an orientation day last Friday for new hires from around the district. Joining the district are (left to right): Front - Brittany Yoder, Angel Guzman, Trena Roth, Lisa Graber. Back - Crystal Ayres, Cory Farrier, Melissa Krizmanich, and Kathleen Kelly.

New hires for the Middlebury School District are (left to right): Front - Kayla Kessler, Dan Herber, Melissa Osborn, Eva Schlabach. Back - Debra Holds, Rosemary Kirkdorffer, Brittany Peacock, Nicole Mast, and Susan Booth. Not pictured are Amy Rekeweg, Roxalyn Barron, Brandy Barnett-Rood, Letha Hershberger, and Paige Palmer.

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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, Nov. 11. Pre-registration is available at runsignup. com. 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. The course starts and finishes on York Drive in front of the Legion. Awards will be presented for first, second and third place finishers overall, male and female, with first and second place awards in each age group, male and female. The event is being sponsored by First State Bank, Max Myers Motors, Cardinal Bus, Jayco RV, Varns and Hoover Hardware, 41 Degrees North Restaurant, Vision Defense, Monteith Tire, American Legion Riders, American Legion Auxiliary, and American Legion SAL. Proceeds will benefit the American Legion and other community charitable causes.

Vendors wanted for Legion Arts and Crafts Bazaar Middlebury American Legion Post 210 is looking for crafters and vendors for its semiannual arts and crafts bazaar. The bazaar will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Middlebury American Legion Post 210, 103 York Drive. For more information or to reserve a space, call 574-825-5121, 574-215-7345, or 574-238-2048. inMiddlebury Magazine  | September 2017 7

Outdoor LIVING

We’re fortunate to have a pond in front of our house. As friends come to visit, we often take the canoes for a spin around the pond.

at Stone Lake and other areas can also be convenient. If moving a boat from one body of water to another, be sure to leave all water behind and pressure wash or keep the boat out of the water for three weeks to prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels.

To get started, consider the following tips. •

Start small. A pond or small lake with calm waters can be a great place to practice. Also, consider going for a shorter period with children the first few times paddling.

Work your way up to longer trips, stopping at various places along the way. Chain O’Lakes State Parks is great for this!

Teach a few basics, such as how to properly hold the canoe paddle, demonstrating how to pull the paddle back through the water while on land and coach as they get into the water. Practice capsizing a boat as well and what to do if they have issues.

Enjoy! We like going along the sides of the lake or pond, finding a nest or bird in a tree. We happened along a small island on the St. Joseph River and found freshly chiseled wood from beavers. Canoeing as the fall leaves change colors is also spectacular.

Consider seating. The front paddler usually does more paddling, while the person in the back steers the canoe.

Always wear a life jacket that fits properly. We often find them at garage sales near lakes.

Meet with other paddlers. Check out Paddle Michiana on Facebook:

Get a canoe. We watch online garage sale sites for inexpensive options. You can rent a canoe at Fiddler Pond in Goshen. You can rent along the St. Joseph River, Fawn River, or Pigeon River. The upcoming Olde Mill Park and Trail has plans for a canoe launch. Public access boat launches

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Canoeing can be a great way to get out on the water. I like the slower pace that gives us time to enjoy nature along the way, counting the turtles, hearing the plop of frogs nearby, and watching a green heron protect its nest. Dr. Carla Gull blogs at She is often seen with her four tag-along explorers in the greater Michiana area.

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Enjoying the town flowers? The Town Flower Fund did not collect as much money this year as in years past, but there is still time to donate. The town will have to cut back on some of the flowers for next year if adequate donations are not received. Send checks made out to “Middlebury Parks Department Flower Fund” to: Middlebury Parks Dept., 418 N. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540.

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This year’s sponsors are Greg and Monica Yoder of Middlebury in honor of Monica’s sister, Sibyl Bauer of Gowrie, Iowa who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011. After two unsuccessful sessions of chemotherapy, Bauer chose to undergo stem cell treatment resulting in a cure. This ribbon garden is a tribute to Bauer’s determination and courage, always recalling their beloved grandmother’s adage of “just doing what I need to do.” Now celebrating is what the sisters do, each time they see one another. Families, individual, and organizations are encouraged to honor or remember loved ones by sponsoring future Gardens with a Cause, sharing their stories and celebrating their spirit with all through the beauty of flowers in Krider Garden. Contact the Middlebury Parks Department for more information.

The Krider Garden Tours on Thursdays are winding down for the season. Take a tour while they last – the final tour will be September 28. The cost is $5. Go to walking-tours/ for more information or to reserve a spot on the tour. Also the statues around town will be leaving in October – make sure you see them all!

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The Kulish family stands in the middle of the lot that will soon be the site of their new Habitat for Humanity home.

Kulish family excited to start on new home by Guy Thompson There is pretty solid agreement among the nine children of the Kulish family on what they are most excited about in their home to be built later this month. In order, they are most excited about: the kitchen, living room, and, finally, their own rooms. It says a lot that, to them, the most important areas are the ones where the whole family will be able to gather once their Habitat for Humanity home is built on York Hills Drive. “The 10 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  September 2017

kitchen is the center of the family,” remarked dad Ben. Mom Nadia noted how the family likes to share stories around the dinner table, and is looking forward to enough space so that everyone can finally sit around the same table. Currently, a handful of the family end up at a different table, in a different room, during meals. In the spring of 2016, the Kulish family was selected to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County,

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who began looking for a building site. The size of the family – nine children, parents and grandmother – presented a challenge. Amy Zakiewicz, director of development for Habitat, said that a combination of three anonymous donations allowed the affiliate to get the lot in August. “We could not have done this without them,” she said. “We are very excited,” Ben stated. “It’s unbelievable.” “I didn’t think it would happen this year,” Nadia added. “But God made it happen. It feels like a miracle for me.” Standing on the currently empty lot, the family talks excitably about the house that is, for the moment, only in their minds. But they can picture themselves all around the same table. Playing music together in the same living room. Having space for studying. Community Volunteer Coordinator Moly Prime is in charge of gathering the volunteers and coordinating the construction. “Our standard home is three bedrooms,” she said. “We built a six-bedroom one a few years ago.” For the Kulish family, there will be seven bedrooms, three on the ground floor and four in the finished basement. The additional size of the home means a longer building schedule and a greater need for volunteers. “This is double the size of an average home for Habitat,” Zakiewicz said. The plan to finish the basement for additional living space is to keep from adding a second floor, which would add cost and difficulty to the build. The Kulish house is special, as well, because it is a Faith Build. “We’ve written to churches in the area to be involved in this house,” Zakiewicz stated. “A Faith Build is an opportunity to act on faith.” Churches are already stepping up to help. The Kulish family attends the Conservative Baptist Church in Nappanee, which has committed to helping with construction. For Nadia, it means friends from church

A good foundation is the most important part of a home. Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County provide that foundation.

can gather at her house in the near future. “Everyone (at church) is excited,” she added. Waypoint Church has also donated $10,000 to Habitat, and with a matching amount challenge of up to $15,000, could end up contributing a total of $40,000, Zakiewicz noted. Companies, such as Lippert Components, have donated materials to the Habitat affiliate to be used on houses, including this one. Lippert has donated doors, while Masterbrand has donated oak kitchen cabinets. Along with funds, people are needed and Prime said that they have 10-15 volunteers on a typical day. But that’s four times a week over two, perhaps even three, months. “We’re talking lots of volunteers,” Prime said. Groups and individuals can sign up to work. The foundation work was scheduled for the week of August 21, with construction starting on September 13. Work is done on the house Wednesday through Saturday each week. Since it is a Faith Build, Prime pointed out, she is looking at church groups working on Saturdays. No experience is necessary to volunteer, and tools will be provided at the site. A safety training session starts the day. “Every day, it’s a different group of people,” Prime said. “They come in groups or individually. And it’s fun to see the team spirit when they’re doing something like this that isn’t the usual thing for them. And the construction manager and I work to make it fun for them, too.” Some groups have found it to be a good team building experience as well. “They may work alongside someone on the house that is from a different department at work,” Prime said. “At the end of the day, they all say this was so cool. They’ve had fun and accomplished something. They’ve done something for someone else.” “That’s energizing,” Zakiewicz added. “The partner family is there and they are so appreciative of the volunteers.”

There will be plenty of opportunities to hammer some nails on the next Habitat for Humanity home being built this fall for a family in Middlebury.

Since the purchase was finalized, the family has been out there a few times. And even when not there physically, their thoughts are there. “All of my mind is here,” Nadia said. She is looking forward to being on site as much as possible as well as inMiddlebury Magazine  | September 2017 11

New home continued... being part of the neighborhood. “We will be good neighbors,” she said. Along with playing music together, they children enjoy games, and a volleyball net and basketball hoop are on the list of items they have in their minds. But at the moment they can only imagine those things, knowing that with the help of Habitat for Humanity and scores of volunteers they have yet to meet, all of that will become reality soon. See the attached sidebar for more information on Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County and how to volunteer to help in the Faith Build for the Kulish family.

Once finished and ready to be lived in, a home is dedicated by Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, providing an emotional welcome for the new family.

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County Volunteers are needed Wednesday through Saturday, beginning September 13. The building site is on York Hills Drive, just off of SR 120 between SR 13 and York Elementary School. Along with workers, the build also needs donations of meals to feed all of the volunteers. To volunteer to work, provide meals, or other support, contact Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County at 574-533-6109 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or email info@ Visit their website at for building schedules and more information on ways to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. 12 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  September 2017

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Part 2

By Gloria Salavarria For the last 10 years, the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department and LECTU (the Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited), our local fisherman’s club, have sponsored a fishing tournament as part of Middlebury’s annual Summer Festival.

Parents bring their kids to the Essenhaus pond to encourage them to fish and have fun. Part of that fun is that the fish the kids catch are counted and measured for length, and then tossed back into the pond (or to be caught again if the fish didn’t learn the first time not to bite a worm on a hook). The results are tallied and at the end of the tournament, kids are awarded prizes within each of three age groups for the most fish caught and the largest fish caught. In 2014, however, we had an unusual catch that wasn’t a fish: The task was to bait the hook, swing the rod so that the bait and bobber sailed out from the shore to deeper water – and then hope that a big one would bite. That’s what 8-year-old Conner Lantz had been doing and with remarkable skill and success for a young man his age, but his biggest catch didn’t get recorded in the final tally of the fishing contest here in Middlebury. Conner Lantz is a good fisherman – a dedicated fisherman who caught the most fish in his 6- to 10-year-old age group but his biggest catch of the day caused folks to wonder just who caught whom. As his father, Doug Lantz, along with Middlebury Park Superintendent Tom Enright and a small crowd of onlookers stared into the water, the catch stared right back at them.

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“Well, it’s not a fish so it doesn’t fit into any of our winning categories,” Enright said, puzzled as to what had happened here and what he could do about recording it, if anything. There was the question of just who caught whom because the creature simply released the hook and settled back down into the mud to begin the mutual staring contest going on at the edge of the pond. “Guess he’s not really caught because he let go of the hook – thank God!” said Conner’s dad who was glad he didn’t have to extract the hook from a creature with a reputation for having one of the meanest, most cantankerous tempers in the Midwest. And so, everyone just stood there and looked. It was a snapping turtle who came up from the bottom, took a lung-full of air, turned and swam away into the murky deep of the pond, thus ending the stand-off between turtle and mankind. The fishing contest ended less than an hour later, with Conner Lantz joining five other winners for the final photo but the biggest winner of the day was sitting down at the bottom of the pond. Waiting. Earlier this summer, while construction workers were building our newest bicycle/pedestrian trail, the Ridge Run Trail, that goes right past this pond, I saw some of the workers gathered at the same spot where I had seen that big snapping turtle back in 2014. These men were excited and delighted to see this beast but I didn’t get there in time to take a picture of him again before he disappeared into the depths of the pond but I was glad to know he’s still there. This year, when I attended the fishing tournament that still is a part of the Middlebury Summer Festival, I went to the same place again to take pictures of a father with two young children fishing from that same spot. This time, the snapper again appeared to the delight of the children, their father and me. He didn’t take the hook this time. Just came up to check us out and then he disappeared once more into the depths of his pond to wait for us to go away and leave him alone. We all are creatures who prefer to live undisturbed in our own territory.


Fall Festival

Fall Festival Photos: Kris Mueller

The arrival of September means the Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s Middlebury Fall Festival will be held September 15 and 16 in the downtown parks. The parks will be filled with artisans and crafters with a wide variety of pieces for sale. Food vendors will be on site as well. Friday evening will feature a wonderful fireworks show on the grounds of the Essenhaus Inn campus. There will be musical entertainment throughout the weekend offering a delightful backdrop for the sights and activities. Saturday will have a Cornhole Tournament and Baking Contest. All downtown shops will be open extended hours during the festival for shopping convenience. Further details and updates about the festival can be found on Facebook by searching for Middlebury Fall Festival. inMiddlebury Magazine  | September 2017 15


Fall Festival Friday, September 15

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10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Concessions, Vendor Booths Memorial Park

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Antique Tractor Display Middlebury Historical Museum

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Community Smoked Pork Chop Dinner Fire Station Sponsored by Lloyd Fry / Galilean Children’s Home. Fundraiser for the Galilean Children’s Home. Cost of dinner – Donation

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Saturday Morning, September 16 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sausage Gravy & Biscuits Breakfast Fire Station 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concessions, Vendor Booths Memorial Park/East park

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Jason Ropp Entertainment Tent 10:00 a.m.

Middlebury Garden Club and Friends of the Middlebury Parks Plant and Bulb Exchange East Park Pavilion

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Display Middlebury Historical Museum 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Children’s Activities Memorial Park by Gazebo 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cornhole Tournament Check-in East Park 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rusty Nail Crossing Entertainment Tent

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Gardens Stop by our booth at the FALL FESTIVAL where we will have beautiful fall mums available! Also available at the greenhouse. Paul & Barb Schwartz  •  59800 SR 13, Middlebury  •  (574) 825-7978

Locally Crafted Wood Furniture Living • Bedroom • Dining Locally Made Mattresses

LABOR DAY SALE Through November 11!

55039 County Road 8, Middlebury, IN 46540 Saturday 8am - 2pm or during the week by appointment



Save 10% or more off all furniture

and 15% off Home DEcor!

Saturday Night at old smokey July 14 - Sept 30

In its heyday, the “Old Smokey Country Store” was more than a mountain-top general store...its porch was the scene of Saturday night musical jamborees that rivaled the Grand Ole Opry. Now in a state of complete disrepair and facing foreclosure, Emma enlists the help of hilariously comedic friends Jinks, Olive and Cordelia, Olive’s daughter, to help return “Old Smokey” to its former glory days.

Cruise-In Finale Sept 28 • 11 am - 8 pm

Join us for a night of classic cars, door prizes, food tent, ice cream, helicopter rides & more! Downtown Middlebury • 574.825.1902 • M-F 9a-5p, Sat 9a-4p

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240 US 20 Middlebury, IN • 800.455.9471 •

Benefits of Membership

The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce was established in Middlebury, Indiana, in 2002. We are a collaborative organization, leading businesses and the community to achieve an environment ripe for growth and innovation. We offer leadership, advocacy, programs and resources, all aimed at creating a pro-business climate. We create and convene powerful partnerships that leverage the talents and resources of our member businesses. Everything the chamber does is to enhance the social and civic environment of Middlebury. DOWNLOAD our Guide to Membership. For more information on any of the resources covered in the Guide to Membership, contact Executive Director Sheri Howland  at 574.825.4300, VISIBILITY & RECOGNITION Sixty-three percent of people are more likely to patronize a business that is member of their local chamber of commerce than a nonmember business. Show off your investment proudly with your member decal and use of the Chamber logo.  Get maximum exposure for your business. Business Directory Listing Receive a listing in the Middlebury Chamber Online Membership Directory, with a link to your website. You can be included in as many as two directory categories at no charge. In fact, local chambers are the number one place people go to when searching for information on a community. Your company information is included on the membership roster, distrib-

uted to fellow member businesses upon request and available for purchase. New Members As a new member, we’ll include your information in the Chamber section of inMiddlebury magazine (distributed to 10,200 mailboxes). If you have newsworthy items that you would like publicized, the Middlebury Chamber offers a variety of communication vehicles to promote your information, including inMiddlebury magazine, our e-newsletter and our social media networks. Networking Numerous events on the calendar to connect with other member contacts throughout the year, including morning, lunch and after hours events. If you can’t make it to an event, participate in our social media communities. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and get involved in the Middlebury Chamber’s LinkedIn. Referrals The Chamber refers exclusively to member businesses. The online directory ranks in the top five most-viewed pages on our website. We track referrals from web visits, phone calls and office visits, and can provide you with a referral summary at any time. Ribbon Cuttings / Grand Openings Let us help you celebrate your new business or new location. We will publicize your grand opening in our e-newsletter and website, invite the Ambassador team and bring along our official “grand opening” oversized scissors. Photos will be taken and provided to you for your use. We’ll also use the photos in our various communication pieces, as appropriate.

2017 Middlebury

Summerfest Snapshots Photos by Kris Mueller

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Snapshots Continued...

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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

206 W. Warren St. | Middlebury, IN 46540 574.825.2146 24 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  September 2017

Northridge High School Athletics

Boys varsity soccer: Front – Micah Cross, Pierce Keck, Cole Miller, Nolan Laughlin, Cameron Graber, Evan Beasley, Brody Gust. Middle – Carter Stoltzfus, Matthew Swank, Isaac Zmuda, Braden Tadeo, Anthony Jimenez, Brian Soriano, Cameron Chappell. Back – Asst. Coach Martin Wilson, Asst. Coach Ross Jones, Jacob Miller, Erik Briones, Tanner Sallee, Adam Maas, Keith Wertman, Lucas Marvel, Jonathan Mora, Noah Stacker, Stone Thompson, Coach Laurence Baltazar, Coach Vincent Baltazar.

Varsity girls soccer: Front – Ayla Gray, Sage Schnell, Kyla Long, Meghan Cawood, Hope Stacker, Madison Wienert, Madison Sorg, Shelby Herschop. Middle – Ariana Castro, Izabel Love, Meg Ciokajlo, Ariana Stoltzfus, Emma Oxenrider, Kailee Miller, Betsy Wertman, Mikayla Smith, Sophie Carrison. Back – Coach Chris Malott, Coach Julina Skow-Lewis, Melanie Blomkvist, Marte Forfang, Delaney Hoag, Anna Marie Laughlin, Leah Stacker, Daphne Dunn, Haley Bond, Ella Yoder, Coach Alisha Christner, Coach Thavisith Mounsithiraj.


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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EXPIRES: 9/30/17

Rollovers • College Savings • Retirement Aaron Miller Investment AdvIsor representAtIve

cell: 260.499.0001 office: 574.358.0178

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. TFG002621-02/14.

Looking for something solid? Stop in and visit!

All are welcome! Our worship service starts at 9:30. We offer a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Middlebury, IN St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Located 2 1/2 mi. east of Middlebury 11930 W. 250 N. • 1-574-825-1656

708 Wayne Street • Middlebury 825.2280 •


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


Two- & Four-Bedroom Suites


Applications Now Open

The 2017 Guy David Gunlach Memorial Scholarship recipients are (left to right): Front - Megan Knoff, Elkhart Central, and Melanie Miller, Fairfield, received a $20,000 ($5,000/four years) scholarship toward tuition. Back - Megan Wallace, Northridge, Diego Reynoso, Elkhart Memorial, Matthew Decloedt, Jimtown, and Sara Taft, Goshen.

Full-tuition scholarship opportunity available for graduating high school seniors in Elkhart County Applications for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are now available at Completed applications will be due to the applicant’s respective high school counselor by September 11, 2017. The 2018 Elkhart County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in early December. “We value our long-standing partnership with the Lilly Endowment to provide this scholarship opportunity to Elkhart County students,” said Community Foundation of Elkhart County President Pete McCown. “The 2018 Elkhart County recipients will join the exclusive group of 79 previously awarded scholars.” About the Lilly Endowments Community Scholarship (LECS) Through the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Lilly Endowment Inc. will award three Elkhart County firstgeneration, college-bound students with a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (room and board not included). Each student must begin classes in the fall of 2018 and may attend any accredited Indiana college or university. Each eligible high school in the county may nominate one student. From this group the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will select three LECS nominees. Independent Colleges of Indiana will select the final scholarship recipients. As a compliment to the LECS program, the community foundation is honored to carry on the legacy of Guy David

Gundlach by awarding nominees not selected as LECS recipients with the Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship of $20,000 ($5,000/four years) toward tuition. Gundlach was a successful entrepreneur who believed education was a key factor to his success. More scholarship opportunities In addition to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, the community foundation has two more upcoming scholarship opportunities: • Applications for the newly established INSPIRE Scholarship will be available online beginning September 1, 2017. • Applications for all other donor-established scholarships administered through the Community Foundation of Elkhart County will be available beginning January 1, 2018. About the Community Foundation of Elkhart County The Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the community foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to non-profit organizations working to improve Elkhart County. It’s with strength and hope the community foundation seeds the local landscape, supporting plans, programs, and ideas that potentially stand the test of time. The community foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success. For more information regarding the community foundation, visit or call (574) 295-8761. inMiddlebury Magazine  | September 2017 27

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

Pet Food and Accessories 851 US 20 • Middlebury 574-825-3238

Chris Gunn Groomer

/ TCC 851 US 20 Next To Rulli’s Middlebury 574-358-0146

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RaideR NatioN

Football Foundation

Raider Night out Saturday, September 9, 2017 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. • Starts at 6:00 p.m.

america Legion Post 210 103 York Drive • Middlebury, IN 46540

FOOD • GAMES • AUCTION tickets: $30 single or $50 per couple 28 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  September 2017


Easy cut-out page! Shipshewana

Lower level of the Davis Mercantile


25% off



$ 00 OFF


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


• Karlene • Morgan • Janele • Brittany

Expires 09-30-17

Walk-ins welcome until


Hair Salon

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

41° North

Oil Change *must present coupon to redeem offer.

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

Nerium Representative

Must present coupon.

Call For Appointment.

Everyday Prices

expires 09-30-17

one regular priced item.


Free Non-Alcoholic Drink with Purchase of $20 or more.


5 qts. Conventional Oil Exp: 09-30-17

Limit one per group. Valid September 1-30, 2017.

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

It’s time to GRILL!


$1 off

package of brats!

(4 or more per package) Regular, jalapeño and cheese, Italian, Hawaiian, green onion. Also chicken brats: Italian, Hawaiian, or spinach and feta. Expires 9-30-17

101 Wayne St. Middlebury • 574-825-2940 •

422 South Main, Middlebury • 825-2565

Tuesday: 50% off Build

Your own Pizza wednesday:

$5 Burger nighT

EXP: 09-30-17



HVAC ACCessories

HEATING & COOLING A Fusion of Technology & Service

Come in and check out our new menu!

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

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homem’s ade ic e cr e a m


including but not liMited to therMoStatS, filter MediaS huMidifierS, etc.

All life SeASon’S productS

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

Independent $45

The Middlebury

3 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Call or Send Check with Coupon.

*Valid to residents of Elkhart, LaGrange and St. Joseph counties only.


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Easy cut-out page!


Everyday Prices



$ 00 OFF


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 09-30-17

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. 09-30-2017

“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

203 Wayne Street, Middlebury



The Middlebury

260.463.2166 • PO Box 148 • LaGrange, IN 46761 30 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  September 2017


Pet Food & Accessories

Chris Gunn

Open House

851 US 20 • Middlebury • 574-825-3238



Saturday, September 9, 2017

15 Storewide

% off

Many New Products ! / TCC

Time for the Newest Tablets, iPads, Samsung and Ellipsis 8

New Plans Can Save You Money! Unlimited data

Stop in and ask how we can help you! Tablet monthly plans as low as $10/month

851 US 20 • Next To Rulli’s • Middlebury • 574-358-0146

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