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Flapjacks & Flicks: Community Center part of Coastline Film Festival


By David Johnson, News Editor

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Harper Jones digs into her breakfast while grandma Melissa Jones looks on during March 19th Gather, Flapjacks & Flicks at the New Troy Community Center 

NEW TROY — On March 19th the Friends of New Troy and Red Arrow Roasters partnered with the Coastline Children’s Film Festival for a Gather, Flapjacks & Flicks event.

Live entertainment was provided by Brandon Woodcox while screenings of “Kid Flicks One” took place in two of the center’s rooms.

Terry Hanover of the Friends of New Troy said it’s great to have people in the Community Center again.

“Having the pancake breakfast has kind of renewed that sense of social hour,” he said.

The Friends have now held three-second Saturday “Gather” events at the Community Center (a hike on newly cleared nature trails was held in January and a Gather & Pamper day took place in February). 

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Running in The Center of the World

By David Johnson, News Editor

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Run to The Center of the World 5k competitors begin their journey through the New Troy area on the morning of Saturday, October 23rd. 


NEW TROY — Jody Brown was the first female finisher in the Oct. 23 Run to the Center of the World 5K race in New Troy, but she didn’t compete alone.

The Marshall County (Indiana) Running Club member was accompanied by Italian greyhound “Flash” and “Dilly” the Dalmation.

“He’s not tired,” Brown said of Flash after crossing the finish line at the New Troy Community Center in their best time of the year so far. “She’s a little tired (in reference to Dilly), I’m really tired.”

Brown noted that Flash helped her train for a marathon three years ago.

“He ran 20 miles with me,” she said, adding running in races “is his most favorite thing in the world.”

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Market Day in New Troy

By David Johnson, News Editor

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Marlene Newmiller of Newmiller Farms booth at the July 23 Outdoor Market at the New Troy Community Center


NEW TROY — The Friday Night Outdoor Friends of New Troy Market at the New Troy Community Center made its debut July 23.


Along with wares offered by local farmers, artists, crafters, creators, and collectors, live music and outdoor games, Classic Catering brought a New Troy classic back to town — Old Mill Run’s Taco Night.


Going forward, FoNT Markets will held on the fourth Friday of the month through October. All proceeds from booth rentals will benefit the Friends of New Troy Community Center, where volunteers come together to “create a community, one neighbor at a time.” Friends of New Troy is a non-profit 501(c)3.

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Strawberry Social brings New Troy community together

By David Johnson, News Editor

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Frankie Keolisack (center) gets strawberries from Heather Courtney (right) while Azayla Acree looks on during the July 11 New Troy Strawberry Social


NEW TROY — The third New Troy Strawberry Social was held Sunday, July 11, behind the New Troy Community Center featuring good company, live music by the Down on the Dock big band from nearby New Carlisle, and strawberry shortcake provided by Classic Catering.


The event centers around an Amish-built gazebo presented to the community in 2018 as a gift from the Boyd family to honor the memory of Allan Boyd (1925-2017). The initial Strawberry Social (held on July 8, 2018) served as a celebration of Boyd’s many contributions to New Troy.


During the 2019 social, Lorraine Hanover noted that “the family plans to do this every year as a gift to the community.”

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Friends of New Troy Community Center reopens to the public, plans summer of activities

By Francesca Sagala, News Editor

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Volunteers Aubrey Beck, Ben Taylor, Victoria Petroff, Lorraine Hanover, Mike Metz, Katy Harington, and Terry Hanover in front of the Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo

FoNT Edit: Thank you to the volunteers, not pictured, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, Elizabeth Nuti, Sue Nuti, Jenny Gabbard, John Edwards and Bob Svoboda for their time and efforts. We appreciate you all!

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Volunteers gathered Saturday, June 26, to clean up the inside and outside of a place that has become a thriving community gathering space: the Friends of New Troy Community Center.


The center, which has been closed since March 18, 2020, due to Covid, offically reopened to the public July 1.


According to Victoria Petroff, vice president of the Friends of New Troy (FoNT) Board of Directors, the library has reopened, and yoga classes have resumed. Skybird Yoga’s founder Elizabeth Nuti (who’s also a trustee on the board of directors) offers in-person classes weekly in FONT’s Community Room Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays in the mornings.


The center’s new bathrooms will also be seen by the public, as their huge renovation just got underway when the center closed.

“So much has been done in the building that nobody has seen yet – and we’re still working on things,” Petroff said.

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Running to the Center of the World 2020 style

By David Johnson, News Editor


NEW TROY — A different kind of Run to the Center of the World took place Saturday, Oct. 24, in New Troy.


A total of 55 people participated in the ninth annual event, which included 5K runs and walks along with a half-marathon race. Although about a dozen of them hit the road after Scott Vines fired the starting cannon at 8 a.m., many others crossed the start/finish line over the next hour or so since staggered starts were part of the COVID-19 adjustments made to the event.


These also included: Breakfasts were pre-packed and included in a bag with race shirt and bib; there was no awards ceremony (certificates will be sent by mail); masks were required everywhere but on the course.

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Friends of New Troy celebrate 15 years with dinner & a movie

By David Johnson, News Editor


NEW TROY — The 15th anniversary of the Friends of New Troy converting a former school building into a Community Center and park was celebrated with chili and a movie on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 12.


The original plan was to premiere the short historical film "Claim to Fame" outdoors behind the center. Live music also was on the agenda, but persistent rain prompted organizers to have people pick up samples of the six chili cook-off entries (plus extra fixings) along with DVDs of the movie.


The competing chilis were provided by area restaurants including Mesa Luna (two varieties), Greenbush, the Peasant’s Pantry, Metal Munchiez, and an anonymous restaurant.  (continue reading)

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