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Bristol Woman Publishes 1st Children’s Picture Book

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Joy Hill is pictured holding a copy of her book, “Berry the Bird Learns to Fly”.  Joy lives with her husband and two children in Bristol and has submitted two more manuscripts to the publishing company for future books. (Photo by BBN staff photographer Amber Raeder)
Joy Hill is pictured holding a copy of her book, “Berry the Bird Learns to Fly”. Joy lives with her husband and two children in Bristol and has submitted two more manuscripts to the publishing company for future books. (Photo by BBN staff photographer Amber Raeder)

Berry the Bird Learns to Fly is the title of a new children’s picture book by Bristol resident Joy Hill. The publication date is listed as May 19, but pre-publication copies are on sale now at Camille’s Floral in Bristol. Joy will also host a book signing at Better World Books in Goshen on Friday, June 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The illustrated book is also available as an e-book on the publisher’s website: Although this is Joy’s first book, she has already submitted two additional manuscripts at the request of Tate Publishing.

The website’s product description includes the following: “Learning new things can be scary sometimes. . . . Through this story, we will see how overcoming your fears and trying new things with the encouragement of others can provide amazing outcomes.”

Joy was inspired to write this book when she saw how much her 2 ½ -year-old son, Jackson, enjoyed hearing her read to him. She and her husband, Jamie, also have a daughter, Janie, who is 7 months old.

Joy works part time as a veterinary technician at the Magrane Pet Medical Center in Mishawaka. Jamie works for a construction company.


Millers Farm Market and Greenhouse Fully Stocked with Flowers for Mother’s Day, May 10

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-By Bristol Bugle News correspondent Jim Nickel

The days leading up to Mother’s Day (which falls on May 10 this year) are always busy for Millers Farm Market and Greenhouse (MFMG), located at 58538 CR 19, just north of the Indiana Toll Road. As usual, the greenhouse is filled with a wide assortment of plants, flowers, and hanging baskets.

Regular patrons of MFMG are aware that Judy Miller died last December, but Lloyd and his assistants have prepared their typical huge selection, which includes 1500 hanging baskets, 400 potted flowers, and bedding stock.

Picture12   However, once the now-filled greenhouse is sold out, according to Lloyd, it will not be re-stocked. Shoppers are advised to “come in early,” since everything will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.

Lloyd is proud to recount that, unlike many retail outlets selling flowers and plants, “we plant everything we have by hand; nothing is brought in from outside our own greenhouse.”

Flower prices remain basically the same as last year. Flower pots, ranging in size from l0” to 28” in diameter, are priced from $11.99 to $39.99. Larger ones, for that “wow” factor in front of a business, run as high as $89.99.

Hanging flower baskets range in price from $12.99 to $39.99. Call 848-4715 for more information or to place special orders. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Lloyd starts planting sweet corn in early spring, and continues to plant as the season progresses. After the first crop comes in, usually by the second week in July, fresh homegrown corn will be available until autumn. All the corn sold by at MFMG is raised right on the property.

Throughout the summer Millers Farm Market and Greenhouse will also sell many different kinds of vegetables in season, some grown in its own gardens, some brought in from area farms.


Wildlife Tales from FoxWood

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-By Auna Badke, Biologist, FoxWood Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

In the Spring, FoxWood becomes alive with young and orphaned animals, but we also receive many calls concerning injured wildlife.

One of our newest wild patients is a 30-plus pound female beaver. We rescued her this weekend from the Bonneyville Mill area, where she had been attacked by dogs. She is currently on antibiotics, as well as medication to help control pain.

Beavers are the largest rodents found in North America. Adults weigh between 30 and 70 pounds and measure about 4 feet in length. The most unusual part of a beaver is its broad flat tail. The tail is mainly used as a rudder during swimming, and also supports the animal’s body when cutting trees. When startled, the tail is smacked on the surface of the water, and alerts other beavers of danger. To escape danger, beavers dive under water and can remain submerged for up to six minutes.

These animal engineers are known for cutting down trees and constructing dams. A beaver’s front teeth (incisors) grow throughout its life. The back surface of their incisors is softer than the front surface so that when they gnaw, the teeth are constantly sharpened. When cutting a tree, the beaver turns its head, then anchors it upper teeth into the tree. It then twists its head, brings up its lower teeth, and tears out a large chip. It may continue to cut around the trunk until the tree falls. In our area, beaver restrict most of their cuttings to small saplings and brush, although they may fell large trees. Most Indiana beavers also build modified bank burrows. One or two tunnels lead up to the bank to a nest chamber from below to water level to above. The nest chamber is usually about 4 to 6 feet in diameter to 2 feet high, and a pile of branches and sticks mixed with mud is placed above it.

The beaver’s front feet are used for digging, grooming and carrying objects. Their large hind feet are fully webbed and aid in swimming. The second toenail of each hind foot is split and is used as a comb to groom its fur.

Beavers are vegetarians. In the winter, the primarily eat twigs and tree bark, and other woody plants. Food is readily available because it is stashed under water in a large brush piles. In the spring and summer, they eat leafy roots and parts of aquatic plants, such as water lily, and cattails. They also like corn and blackberry canes.

Beavers have few enemies, and predation is limited primarily to man, and as you can see, dogs can present a danger as well. We have had several dog-related injuries brought to us in the past month, some of them very severe. If you live in the country, or near county parks or protected areas, please remember to control your dogs, and do not let them run loose. Even a small dog is capable of injuring or killing another animal.

If you find a wild animal that needs help, or would like to talk to one of our staff at FoxWood Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, please call or text us at 574-848-7199. We are always happy to help with humane solutions to animal problems or rescue. Also, please visit our website at, and find out what we do, and maybe sponsor one of our wildlife rescues!

   (Auna is a biologist for FoxWood Raptor and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and is employed as an inspector for the Indiana Board of Animal Health).



Jack’s Feed Shack has New Full Time Manager

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-by Bristol Bugle Newspaper Correspondent Jim Nickel


Jessica Watson (pictured above) the new manager of Jack’s Feed Shack, thoroughly enjoys her new position with the store and relies on her vast experience with animals and the retail industry to assist her with the efficient organization of the business,
Jessica Watson (pictured above) the new manager of Jack’s Feed Shack, thoroughly enjoys her new position with the store and relies on her vast experience with animals and the retail industry to assist her with the efficient organization of the business,

Jack Watson, owner of Jack’s Feed Shack (JFS), has announced that his daughter, Jessica “Jessi” Watson, is now the manager of his store, which is located at 303 S. Division Street (SR 15 South) in Bristol. Jack continues to be very involved in the business, while he pursues other interests away from the store.

Jack notes that Jessi “knows her stuff,” having grown up on a farm. She is well acquainted with the needs of animals, ranging from household pets to horses and other large animals. In addition, her retail experience qualifies her to handle the responsibilities of this new position.

Jessi will have a display of flowers ready for Mother’s Day. Hanging baskets starting at $10.99 will include petunias, ferns, geraniums, and assorted other flowers. Flats of wave petunias will also be available.

Hours at JFS are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. The phone number is 848-0600.

Jack’s Feed Shack is an authorized dealer for Hubbard Feeds. It carries a complete line of feed for horses, cows, and other large animals, as well as that needed for chickens, goats, or other livestock. Pet owners will also find an affordable line of feed for dogs, cats, and other small animals.

JFS is the only business in Bristol which carries live bait for fishermen and a complete line of fishing tackle. The full line of live bait includes wax worms, spikes, crappie minnows, and bass minnows.

Bird watchers will be interested in knowing that JFS stocks an assortment of bird feeders, as well as suet and a variety of seeds to attract different bird species. Shelled corn is also available for those who enjoy feeding and watching deer.

Samara’s Nail Salon continues to share the facilities of Jack’s Feed Shack, offering the same convenient location for patrons.


Annual Post Office Food Drive for the benefit of Bristol Community Food Pantry

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It’s Food Drive time again. On May 9 the USPS letter carriers will collect food for the Bristol Food Pantry and Jefferson Township Food Pantry.  Last year, Bristol Post Office collected close to two tons of food.

To contribute, simply put your donation out on your mailbox on before 9 a.m. Saturday Morning, May 9.  Put a reasonable amount of groceries in the “NO MORE HUNGER” (or other) grocery sacks, and if it is raining put that sack in a plastic one. Hang sack on the mail box, or leave it on the ground. There will be “bag buddies”, volunteers who will follow your letter carrier’s route and pick up the donations and transport it back to the pantry. The bag buddies help your carriers complete their route in the normal amount of time instead of having to double back to the pantry to unload the groceries when their vehicle gets too full.

Donations can be delivered directly to the Post Office or to Bristol United Methodist Church  (M-F: 9-4) 201 S. Division Street (Indiana 15).  The Food Drive will get credit for all donations to the pantry the week AFTER Mother’s Day

Needed is: Canned food especially canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned and powdered milk, peanut butter, ketchup, grape jelly, pancake syrup.

Boxes: Dry cereal, instant mashed potatoes, pancake mix, biscuit mix, and saltine crackers. Ramen Noodles.

Little extras in life: Brownie mix, pudding, jello, small envelopes of Kool-Aid, tea bags.

Meals. Canned chicken, tuna, chunky Soups, Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce, Canned tomatoes, chicken noodle and tomato soup, baked beans, and kidney beans for chili.

Non food items, things food stamps do not buy, are really needed. Paper products and toiletry items: paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue, sanitary pads, razors, dish and laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and bath soap. We cannot use open boxes of food, but we can use open boxes of sanitary products.

Please do not donate food that have expired dates, cans that are rusty, or boxes or bags that are torn or broken.  We are required to throw such things away. Glass bottles tend to get broken during transport.

Volunteers Needed for the Food Drive on May 9, 2015

Bag buddies: 6 teams of a driver over the age of 18 and an assistant to take the food from the mail boxes.  Arrive at the Food Pantry/ODC at 9:00 a.m. to get your route maps, car signs and volunteer badges. Call Brenda at 333-8959 to volunteer.

Unloaders: Individuals who can lift 20-30 pounds to unload food from the Bag Buddies’ vehicles, take it out of the bags, throw the bags away, and do the FIRST SORT placing the food on tables, or in grocery carts for the categories: Bottles and Jars, Canned Goods, Boxes, Hygiene, Paper and toiletries.

Cart pushers: Take the loaded grocery cart around to the sorting tables

Checkers and Sorters:  This is a sit down job which requires no lifting. Receive the cans at their table, for example, Canned Vegetables, they check the expiration date, date the food 5/15 indicating it was donated May 2015 and sort it into flat cartons of 12, e.g. 12 cans peas, 12 cans green string beans etc.  Throw away rusty cans, open boxes and food with dates older than 2013

Stackers:  must be able to lift 12 pounds.  Stack all the peas in one stack, all the corn, all the tomato soup, etc.

Transporters:  Count how many trays/flat cartons and log in on the food log to estimate the weight of what was donated and then move the cartons to the Pantry or the Jefferson Van.

Storers:  Store the flats on the correct shelves in the pantry.  People who have worked in the pantry are preferred.  Items must be left in the CARDBOARD FLATS!

Supervisors.  Individuals who have volunteered before who are pretty familiar with how the assembly line goes.

To volunteer, call Brenda at 574 333-8959 or call the pantry contact at your church, or, just show up at the pantry in the rear of the ODC (Old Scamerhorn Building) 101 W. Vistula Street on Saturday morning. Workers are needed between the hours of 10 and 5, with the most need between 12 and 3.  You do not have to work the entire day, a two hour shift will be appreciated.  Lunch will be provided. Call 333-8959 if you have questions

Thank you so much for your support!   from Brenda Spence Bristol Community Pantry Coordinator


Bristol Homecoming Queen Applications and Citizen of the Year Nominations Being Accepted

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Applications are available at the Bristol Library and the KeyBank Bristol location. Applications can be submitted by mail or dropped off to: 1306 Perch Dr. Bristol, In 46507, or email:

The sponsorship fees are $50.00 with a deadline of May 15th. All checks can be made payable to The Bristol Homecoming.

If you have any questions contact, Toni Miller, the pageant director or Cheri Riggs, the assistant director. Toni Miller: 574-612-7946, tonic_miller Cheri Riggs: 574-621-0421,

Nominations detailing why a citizen of Bristol should be the Citizen of the year are now being accepted.   Please send your nomination with a short letter detailing why you have nominated this Bristol resident. Nominations must be post marked before June 19, 2015.  Please mail your nomination to PO Box 61 Bristol, IN  46507.



Civic Theatre Wins First at Regional Competition – on to National in June

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Richard Hannay (Kevin Egelsky, left) meets Pamela (Annette Kaczanowski) aboard a train to Scotland while on the run from the police (Dave Kempher and Mike Honderich), in Elkhart Civic Theatre’s award-winning production of the comedy-thriller “The 39 Steps.”  The production won the Indiana Community Theatre Association  festival competition, and the regional American Association of Community Theatres festival in Midland, Michigan. (Photo supplied)

Elkhart Civic Theatre took top honors last weekend at the Region 3 AACTFest of the American Association of Community Theatres.

The 2014 ECT production of “The 39 Steps” was named Outstanding Ensemble and will represent the five-state region at the national festival in June.

In addition, Annette Kaczanowski was named Best Lead Actress for her “triple play” roles, an award she also received at the state festival. Michael Honderich and David Kempher shared the Best Supporting Actor award for their work as the multiple-character “clowns.” The excerpt also was recognized for Special Achievement in Props.

“The 39 Steps” was directed by David Dufour assisted by Randy Zonker. Kevin Egelsky was a nominee for Best Lead Man. Garry Cobbum was nominated for Best Sound Design.

ECT shares the Outstanding Ensemble title with another Indiana civic group, Kokomo Civic Theatre, which presented a two-character excerpt from “Freud’s Last Session.”

The Hoosier groups competed against community theaters from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin during the event April 16-19 in Midland, Mich.

The national competition will be June 23-27 in Grand Rapids. ECT will perform June 24 and Kokomo, June 25 .

The 1935 Hitchcock spy thriller, “The 39 Steps” was first produced by Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House last May, where ECT holds its mainstage performances.

Murphy Guest House in 11th Year as Bristol’s Bed and Breakfast Inn

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-by Bristol Bugle Newspaper Correspondent Jim Nickel

Ann Andre, owner of the Murphy Guest House (MGH), is now in her 11th year as the proprietor of Bristol’s only bed and breakfast inn. MGH is located at 112 S. Division Street (SR 15 South) in a Victorian style house built in 1875.

Bristol Murphy House offers many services to guests as a bed and breakfast, as the Bristol Tea Co. and with teas and luncheons for groups. (Photos by BBN staff photographer Amber Raeder)

Ann is offering a special Mother’s Day overnight package in the month of May. She invites interested persons to call her at 622-0280 or consult her Facebook page for the details.

The inn continues to offer the products and services of the Bristol Tea Company, which sells 60 varieties and flavors of tea from all over the world, supplied by five tea companies. These products are served at the inn’s breakfasts for its overnight guests and at tea luncheons for groups as small as two persons. The tea products are also sold retail to the public.

The three guest rooms at MGH, each with its distinctive décor, are named for three of Ann’s granddaughters, Camryn, Jayme, and Jordyn. Two grandsons have their names on the library (Kinnick) and the dining room (Maks).

Guests at the inn will enjoy amenities such as continuous music, use of a library, cable television, wireless Internet access, and a candlelight gourmet breakfast. For reservations or more information call 622-0280 or consult the website at

Guests come from all over to enjoy the unique experience at the Murphy Guest Houe, even some from as close as Goshen, Elkhart, and yes, even Bristol. Some couples visit the MGH on their wedding anniversary each year.

Ann is a member of the Amish Country Bed and Breakfast Group, the Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association,, and


Bristol Town Marshal’s Report – May 2015

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Vehicles crashes were lower during this last month. Remember to drive defensively and to always wear safety restraints. Most police departments throughout the state participated in the selective enforcement efforts. Extra enforcement efforts are being directed to hazardous driver, impaired and safety restraint enforcement. Our surveys show nearly a 98% compliance in seatbelt usage. Congratulations and thank you, they save lives. Please do not text and drive. It is unsafe and illegal.

During April we have investigated 30 cases. These vary from property crimes, identity theft, domestic violence, auto theft, crime against people, and possession of drugs and paraphernalia to mention some. We continue to do follow up investigations from previous cases taken. Most investigations initiate a lot of follow up investigations, interviews, and follow up on all leads in order to get prosecution. Please remember to be on guard and to protect you and your property against would be criminals by scams and/or thefts. The scam continuing to be attempted currently is a call from persons saying they are with the IRS and you need to pay an amount immediately or you will be in trouble. This is a total scam. The IRS does not call you. It will be done by US mail and then in person. If you receive this type of call please report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at

Thank You: The police department and I would like to again thank the community and all who supported our semi-annual fundraising breakfast held in March. This year monies raised went to Officer Mosher and his son who has had to go through several surgeries since birth. Thank you to all.

The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Tom Morris. The winner of the quilt made and donated by Carrie Martin was Sharon Harroff.


April Training

  • April 3 & 4 – Patrol rifle course
  • April 13th – Act Out state mandated training covers seven of our state mandated yearly trainings and was held in Nappanee.
  • April 13 – 17 Sgt. Lynch and Corporal Garner were Defensive Tactics Recertified



Michael L. Swallow,



Bristol Police Department



Activity summary for

April 2015


Calls for Service


Traffic Enforcement-


  • Traffic citations– 83
  • Traffic warnings– 80
  • Prop. damage accidents– 7
  • Personal Injury– 0



Ordinance Violations-

  • Citations– 0
  • Warnings– 0



Junk & Abandoned Vehicles-

  • Impounded– 0
  • Tagged– 1
  • Fixed or Removed– 1


Criminal Enforcement-

  • Cases Taken– 30
  • Cases Closed By Arrest– 6
  • Miles Driven: 9,474


Big Changes in Store for Bristol Town Clean-up

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-By Bristol Bugle News correspondent Jim Nickel


There will be major changes to the spring town clean-up, according to Bristol Town Manager Bill Wuthrich, in a report to the Bristol Town Council (BTC) at its April 16 meeting. First of all, the event is scheduled a little later than usual, on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.

Secondly, the clean-up will be moved from Hermance Park to the town’s maintenance building at 820 Bloomingdale Drive, the fourth property on the left after turning east off State Road 15 South. Some residents had complained about muddy conditions at the park, but now they will drive and walk on asphalt the whole time.

Wuthrich says residents will be instructed to enter the west gate, drive around to the back of the building, then exit the property by the east gate. Town workers will be on hand from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days with a Bobcat and tractor to help unload furniture, appliances, and other heavy objects.

Three dumpsters will be on hand, one of which will be designated for “e-trash,” for those wanting to discard computers and other electronic items. Air conditioners and other appliances will also be accepted, but not oil, paint, or tires.

Members of the town council approved a declaratory resolution to grant a three-year tax abatement to Monogram Frozen Foods, which plans to invest $3.65 million in property improvements and $8.3 million in new equipment at its Bristol plant. In adding a new line to produce mini corn dogs, the company plans to add 75 jobs by the end of 2016. Following a public hearing, a confirmatory resolution will be adopted at the May 21 meeting of the BTC.

The council also adopted an agreement with Wagner Land Development regarding reimbursement of up to $405,075 spent in the construction of water and sewer lines on Commerce Drive in the Bristol Park for Industry. The 15-year agreement commits the town to giving the developer 60% of the revenues from the newly-created Bristol East TIF district.

Town council members were reminded of the special meeting to be held on April 30 to approve the annexation of 43 acres north of the Indiana Toll Road. (Note: On April 20 the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of this land from agricultural to manufacturing. This clears the way for Universal Trailers to build a new plant on the corner of CR 4 and CR 29 after the annexation is completed.)

The next regular monthly meeting of the Bristol Town Council will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the town hall.


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