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Bristol Woman Publishes 1st Children’s Picture Book


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

-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

-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).




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

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

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.




Big Changes in Store for Bristol Town Clean-up

-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.



Equipment for Grass Truck Donated to Bristol Fire Department

-By Bristol Bugle News correspondent Jim Nickel


Fire Chief Fred Genslinger extends his thanks publicly to the anonymous donor who gave $5,000 to the Bristol Fire Department (BFD) for the purchase of needed equipment for its grass truck.

Also called a brush truck, the four-wheel drive pick-up is able to access remote areas to fight grass and brush fires. The truck itself is still in good condition, but the equipment it carried was outdated. Firefighter Scott Genslinger says it was very difficult to obtain parts for the old unit, which was built in 1978.

Scott says that he spent “a lot of time, a lot of research, and a lot of negotiation” to find and acquire a used piece of equipment that is in excellent condition, and would normally cost up to $12,000.

The unit sits on a skid that is permanently mounted in the back of the pick-up truck. It consists of a gasoline motor for a water pump, a 200-gallon water tank, and 200 feet of hose. When responding to a fire, it is accompanied by a tanker truck with a capacity of 3,500 gallons, which, however, cannot access the off-the-road areas serviced by the grass truck.

Fred and Scott said the grass truck is used repeatedly in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, calling it a “much needed piece of equipment” and saying “we are glad we got it.” They are both grateful to the donor who made possible the acquisition of a vital addition to their array of firefighting equipment.



Fred Genslinger Appointed Fire Chief of Bristol Fire Department

by Bristol Bugle Newspaper Correspondent Jim Nickel


On April 23 the Board of Directors of the Bristol Fire Department (BFD) appointed Fred Genslinger as fire chief of the department. Fred had served for several months as interim chief before the appointment.

Genslinger says that he will be a “working chief,” continuing to take his regular 24-hour shift and going on runs. He will also work “scattered hours,” spending some time in the office on his days off from Monday through Friday.

Fred has worked for the BFD for 12 years as a full time firefighter and paramedic. He came to Bristol from Gary, Indiana, where he served on that city’s department in the same capacities.

The new chief promises a transparent administration as he strives to meet the goals outlined in his recently published Vision Statement. He intends to provide “the very best service to the residents of Bristol, Washington Township, and York Township.”

The Bristol Bugle wishes him well as he begins this new chapter in his commitment to all those who rely on the Bristol Fire Department for emergency services.



Innes Memorial Blood Drive, May 12

Giving blood saves lives! Our goal for the blood drive is 72 pints in memory of John and Faye Innes’ efforts to reach that goal while they hosted the drive. Since their deaths in December 2008, members of Bristol United Methodist Church continue the drives in their memory and South Bend Medical Foundation renamed it The Innes Memorial Blood Drive.

This is a life-giving mission project – each unit donated has the potential to save three lives! By reaching the goal of 72 pints; we have the opportunity to save 216 lives!

Most people taking medications, even prescription medications, are accepted as blood donors. During the donor interview, the medications will be checked in the Medical Criteria Manual to ensure the safety of the donor’s and recipient’s health.

Here are ways you can set up your donation:

  • You can register online at under Bristol United Methodist Church
  2. All Donors Click Here
  3. Log in
  4. Schedule an Appointment
  • Find a blood drive
  1. Search for Bristol United Methodist Church
  2. Schedule your donation time


  • Call Melodie Halvorsen at 574-848-5237 if you’d like to schedule a donation time
  • Walk-ins will be welcome the day of the drive.


Let’s do this!


Qualifications to give blood are:


  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Must weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Must wait 56 days between donations
  • Must be in good general health
  • Must be symptom free for 72 hours after a cold or influenza
  • Must not have any open cuts
  • First time donors need a photo ID
  • Must not be pregnant
  • Must wait 24 hours after dental cleaning and 72 hours after tooth extractions/root canal



Remarkable WWII collection donated to Elkhart County Historical Museum

Bristol – A significant and one of a kind World War II collection was recently donated to the Elkhart County Historical Museum detailing a gripping human interest story on Elkhart native Jack Cooper and his short lived life and military service. Surviving family members of Cooper, including his sister, Jeanne Finney, contacted the museum in 2014 to inquire about a potential donation to the museum. “We are so fortunate and honored to have been thought of and considered for such a rare collection,” said Liz Fisher, curator of collections, “this story and collection is Smithsonian worthy and probably would have been graciously welcomed at any national museum.”

The Jack Cooper World War II Collection consists of documents and artifacts that tell the story of how 23 year-old Cooper, Aviation Radioman/Gunner on a torpedo plane, joined the Navy and details his subsequent death. In June 1944, Cooper’s plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and he was adrift in a life raft for nearly a month before he died. What happened to Cooper while he was adrift is revealed in the diary he scratched on the leaves of his wallet using a safety pin. The diary reveals Cooper’s struggles, the death of his crew members, and the love for his family and fiancé he left behind for the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. “The most heart wrenching detail of all,” explained Fisher, “is that when the raft was located, the military determined that he died adrift only four or five days prior.”

In addition to the wallet, the collection includes photographs, correspondence, national media reports at the time of his death, the Purple Heart he was awarded, publications and articles, military records, and research notes created by step-brother Robert Anderson as he worked to secure the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal honor for Cooper more than 50 years after the incident.

Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 25, 1921, the first child of 16 year old Blanche (Hammon) and Harry Henry Cooper. He was joined by four other siblings and the family eventually relocated to Elkhart, Indiana. During his youth in Elkhart, Cooper was employed by two Elkhart firms, American Coating Mills and Martin Clothing Stores. Before he graduated from Elkhart High School, in 1940, he volunteered to join the Navy and departed for the Pacific Theater in October 1942 never to return.

Liz Fisher and collections management volunteer, Wanda Hoffman have been working diligently over the last few months to document, catalog, and process the collection in order to make it accessible to the public through research, future exhibits, and outreach. Once completed, the collection inventory will be available on the museum’s website,, along with other collection guides.

“We have taken our time to properly prepare the collection to ensure this story is preserved in perpetuity for local, regional, and national generations to come,” said Fisher.


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