WFLQ Community Calendar

-100's Community Calendar

ATTENTION ORANGE COUNTY FRIENDS--Mercy Center in Paoli, a minstry that feeds the hungry of our area, is in DIRE NEED of items to serve the public. Below is a list of needed items:   Jiffy Cornbread Scalloped Potatoes Macaroni Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce Sugar Cooking oil baked beans pork-n-beans tomato sauce, , instant mashed potatoes chili beans stovetop stuffing mixed vegetables. 

 If you can help with an of the above items, especially in quantity, you can bring them to the Orleans Christian Church or you can take them directly to the Mercy Center at 308 S. Oak St. (across from Pizza Hut) in Paoli.  

In observance of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Orleans Dogwood Festival Orleans Chamber of Commerce representatives are calling on Orleans citizens past and present to assist them in planting 50 new Dogwoods early this spring throughout the town to commemorate the occasion.   Trees will be made available for purchase in advance through a special agreement with Gary Moore of Lawnmoore, LLC who has agreed to provide the trees at his cost.  6-7 foot trees in white, pink and red may be purchased for $145 each while supplies last.    Orleans Chamber Executive Director Robert Henderson said that sadly a very large number of the town’s original trademark trees dating back to the mid 1960s and planted by “Operation Dogwood.”   have died out and/or been removed over the years and presently in real need of replacement community wide.  Special order forms will appear inside The Orleans Progress Examiner to be mailed along with payment to Orleans Dogwood 50 c/o P.O. Box 9, Orleans, IN 47452-0009. Checks should be made payable to “Orleans Dogwood 50.”  Entry forms may also be obtained from the Orleans Town offices during regular business hours.



April 1st thru 15th

The Town of Orleans and the Orleans Chamber of Commerce announce “Spring Clean Sweep Week” from April 9th – April 14th.  The Orleans Street Department will pick up large type residential items that normally will not be collected.  Extra household trash will also be collected.  Town residents are encouraged to call 812 865-2539 for pick-up.  The Chamber also invites the community to help make our hometown pretty and volunteer to clean-up streets and your neighborhood.  The Chamber will provide trash bags to interested parties who will clean up a designated area within the town limits.  The Town will pick-up trash that volunteers collected.  Help make our community prettier and participate in the 2018 Clean Sweep Week!

The second of two 2018 Orange County Third House Sessions being sponsored by the three county chamber of commerce’s, French Lick/WB, Paoli, and Orleans is set for Saturday, April 14th at the Paoli Town Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. State Representatives Steve Davisson, R, Salem, Steve Bartels, R, Eckerty   as well as State Senator Erin Houchin, R, Salem have been invited to participate in dialogues regarding the recently adjourned short session of the Indiana General Assembly and the upcoming Special Session in May.  Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Chamber Exec. Director, will moderate. The public is welcome to attend.

The Bedford Hiking Club is sponsoring a scenic walk on Saturday, April 21 in Jackson-Washington State Forest. The walk is part of a Volkswalk series of 5 and 10-kilometer walks that showcase some of Indiana’s most scenic landscapes. A 10K walk is approximately 6.2 miles.  Come join the Bedford Hiking Club for a walk on April 21st through southern Indiana hills in the spring. Jackson-Washington State Forest is located just east of the town of Brownstown.  For more information contact Teena Ligman at 812-278-0139

Mitchell First Church of God Youth program is sponsoring a spaghetti supper at the church at 405 N 12th in Mitchell, on Saturday, April 21st.  The event will run from 4-8pm.  Proceeds benefit the youth program.  Dinner includes: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, assorted desserts and drink,, Cost is $5 per person, with children 5 and under free.  Everyone is welcome. 

Kayaking for Beginners at Patoka Lake on Saturday, April 21  Have you ever wished you knew how to kayak or wanted to try it out before buying your own?  Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalists at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00p.m. Eastern Time.  During this lesson, participants will get to try several different styles of kayaks and paddles.  Participants will learn what gear is needed and the best places to paddle on Patoka!  All equipment including life jackets will be provided.  This event is open to anyone ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to the first 50 people registered. Register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447.  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Reservoir, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.  For more information regarding this program other interpretive events please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447. 


The Department of Natural Resources says the Free Fishing Days this year are scheduled for April 21, May 19 and June 2-3.  Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters on Free Fishing Days.  On all other days, only youth - age 17 and younger - and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.  If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year).  Fishing license cost $17. A trout stamp cost $11.  License sales fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs.

Orleans Dogwood Festival organizers are excited to announce that this year's 50th Anniversary kick off weekend activities will include a special community event with celebrity guest Bluegrass Hall of Fame Legend and member of the "Darling Family" on The Andy Griffith Show - Rodney Dillard.  The musical program is set for Sunday evening, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at Orleans Christian Church's Unity Hall.  The Andy Griffith Show has captured the hearts of Americans since the 1960s. Its emphasis on family values, Christian principals and simply "doing the right thing" made it the most popular show in television history.  Rodney Dillard was one of the beloved "Darling boys" on many episodes. Through the years, he, his brothers, paw and sister Charlene would roll into town on the old truck and fill Mayberry with their mountain bluegrass music and dead pan humor.  Rodney Dillard and his wife Beverly are bringing their wonderfully acclaimed program to the opening weekend activities of the 50th Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival on Sunday, April 22, proclaiming those cherished Mayberry Values that are so rapidly disappearing in our society today. Using humor, stories, testimonies, scriptures, song and video presentations, the Dillards are able to touch and inspire families and individuals of all ages. As they say in Mayberry, lets get "all keyed up" - this time for the Lord.  The program is free; however a free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome to attend.

Celebrate spring with special Earth Day activities at the Patoka Lake Nature Center, April 22.  Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Children can join Arts in the Parks program artist Anabel Hopkins for a workshop that involves creating “critters” and other images out of collected natural objects, such as dead leaves, twigs, grasses, nuts and more. Objects will be glued onto paper to take home.  The day also includes a seed and plant exchange. Bring your unwanted or excess garden and plant seeds, tree seedlings, flowering plants and bulbs to exchange for something new. Are irises and other plants crowding your flower beds or invading locations around your home? Dig them up and bring them in to exchange for a new variety. Volunteers will provide native plants for visitors to take home.  The admission fee to Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area on Patoka Lake is $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle.  For more information, call 812-685-2447.

May 1st thru 15th, 

Williams Community Improvement Association SOUP SUPPER Saturday, May 5,.  4:00-7:00 p.m. , $7.00 per person, Ham and Beans, Chili Soup,Potato Soup and more.  Drink and dessert included.  Williams Community Center, 546 Hammersley Lane  Williams, IN

Archery Lesson & Family Fun Shoot at Patoka Lake on Saturday, May 5    Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake archery range for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, May 5 from 9a.m.- Noon.  This event is an introduction to the sport and is open to anyone ages 8 and up.  All archery equipment will be provided. Once the lesson is complete, join in a quick family fun shoot.  Prizes will be awarded! Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants.  Cost is $5 a person.  Call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447 to reserve a spot.    The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Lake, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

May 16th thru 31st


Farmers Market start dates...

Orleans--May 19th at 8am

Valley--May 8am
Holiday Market

Orleans Elementary School November 10th. 8am-1pm
Applications will be mailed to returning vendors next month.

New vendors will need to attend one of our meetings.-

Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets
P.O. Box 244
Paoli, IN 47454







April 1st thru 15th

ORLEANS) - The Harlem Wizards are coming to Orleans Jr./Sr. High School, Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.   The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face.  This event is hosted by The Orleans Band Boosters. They have brought The Wizards into town to help benefit the band and guard programs at Orleans Jr./Sr. High School.  The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. It's two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you' re in the stands, you' re more than a spectator; you' re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The experience can only be summed up in two words: Awe-Inspiring!  Tickets purchased before the event are $10 for adults $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Orleans Jr./Sr. High School, Orleans Elementary School, and Northside Gas Station in Orleans, from March 1st until the day of the game, April 5th. Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at Orleans High School starting at 6 p.m. for $12 for adults and $10 children or you may purchase your discounted tickets online now at  For further information please contact Tara Jenkins at (812) 653-8062.








On-going reminders: 

Tick-borne Disease Prevention:   Prevention of tick-borne illness hinges on preventing ticks from attaching and obtaining a blood meal from individuals.  This can be accomplished by avoiding tick habitat, using personal protection methods, and changing the environment to reduce the presence of ticks. Ticks can be found in high grass, low brush, shrubs and depending on life cycle can be found in moist ground litter.  Adult ticks await the passing of a potential host and can recognize them by movement, body heat and exhaled carbon dioxide.   A tick must be attached for several hours to transmit disease.   There are different illnesses that can come from tick bites.   The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses can include fever-chills, aches and pains, and rash. Early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications. Please see your doctor immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of these symptoms.  The information provided is recommendations from the Indiana State Department of Health and the CDC. If there are any questions or concerns regarding tick-borne illness please contact Lora Sanders, RN at the Orange County Health Department, 1-812-723-7113.

Alzheimer's Support Group sponsored by the National Alzheimer's Association.  2nd Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m. at the Healing Arts Center (lower level of former Carnegie Library), Paoli square.   For all caregivers of loved ones with dementia.  Come to be supported in your important work.  Questions call 812-277-6881.

The Orleans Street Department is reminding local residents of the importance of NOT blowing grass clippings out into the town streets, roadways as prohibited by local ordinance. This practice only tends to clog the storm drains, further adding to the town’s flooding problem during periods of heavy rainfall.  Town crews regularly check storm sewer grates, but property and business owners are also encouraged to assist in this endeavor when possible by keeping grates clear of trash items, sticks, limbs in order to allow storm water to run off properly.

Staying safe and independent as you age are goals many of us share. Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions risk losing the ability to live safely in their homes due to the increased need of assistance.   Jasper  Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers Lifeline, a medical alert assistance serviced for those who wish to live independently in their homes, while maintaining an immediate emergency link to 24/7 Response Center, where trained personnel can talk to the resident immediately and activate the subscriber’s emergency response plan if needed.
With Lifeline, the resident has a communicator unit attached to the telephone and a portable button that is worn around the neck or on the wrist .  When assistance is needed, the portable button is pushed, which sends an electronic message through the telephone to the 24/7 Response Center.    Lifeline has a one-time installation fee of $50.00 and costs starting at $39.00 per month after installation. For more information about these services or to subscribe, please call Jasper Memorial Hospital’s Lifeline Program Facilitator, at (812) 996-2399 option 1 or toll-free at (800) 852-7279, ext. 2399 option 1.



























General Community Calendar Items

Living Waters Assembly of God is having "The Caring Place" beginning this THURSDAY night at 7pm. We will be located on main level of Goody B's on College street across from Winnegers Floral shop. Come join us for fellowship, prayer, and Bible Study every Thursday night!

La Leche League of Orange County offers the latest breastfeeding information an support. Meetings are the 2d Thursday of the month. Pregnant women, mothers and babies are welcome. Meetings are held at the Paoli Friends Church basement at 301 North Gospel St, (Hwy 37, Paoli). Call 723-2305

Tom Frohman, a lawyer at the Bloomington branch of Indiana Legal Services, comes to Paoli the first Wednesday morning of every month to talk to low-income individuals who have legal questions or court cases involving family law issues including paternity, custody, child support, visitation, and divorce. You may call the office of Hoosier Hills PACT at (812) 723-2621 to make a free and confidential appointment to speak to Mr. Frohman. Alternatively, if you want to apply for help from ILS without meeting directly with Mr. Frohman, you can call the ILS office at 800-822-4774 on Mondays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on family law issues and, for all other issues, on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM or Thursdays from 10:00 AM to noon. The other legal issues handled by ILS are problems related to foreclosures, taxes, landlord-tenant, unemployment, debt collection, and public benefits., ,

Gateway Ministries has a new ministry called the Freedom Cafe' Church, celebrating Jesus in a new way, cafe' style.  Enjoy your coffee or Ice tea with a pastry, then worship and hear the good news of God's love, while sitting at your table cafe' style.  The Freedom Cafe' Church is located  at 308 S Oak Street in Paoli, across from the Pizza Hut (where the old Hoosier Uplands office was).  Sunday services are 10:31am and 6:31pm on Thursdays.  Come and experience the difference and Freedom in Jesus!!

Mercy Center in Paoli has moved to a new location at 308 S. Oak Street in Paoli across from the Pizza Hut (where the old Hoosier Uplands was).  The Center is now open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12p - 5p and Tuesdays from 10:30a - 3p for anyone who is in need of a meal.  Mercy Center is now serving over 1500 meals a month in Oranga County.  If you are able to come and get a meal, please do so. Volunteers are also needed to cook, clean, serve, deliver meals.  If interested in volunteering, call 812-936-8227.  Financial support can be sent to 308 S. Oak Street, Paoli, IN 47454.

Orange Count Human Society is in need of many items:  towels, wash rags , bleach Lysol, Laundry degergent, rubber gloves, antibacterial hand shap, hand sanitizer, collars, leashes, dog houses, dog shampoo, flea treatment, cat litter, hard cat food, puppy food, dog food, cat litter pan liners, pet toys,  flat shovels, envelopes, push mower, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, markers, thank you cards, stamps,  gift cards from Walmart, Lowes, Bender Lumber, etc for paint and other supplies... Thanks ..  Monetary donations can be sent to the Orange County Humane Society at P0 Box 61, Paoli, IN 47454

The VFW Post in Paoli is having Bingo every Thursday at 7pm with early bird Bingo at 6:30pm. Smoke filters have been installed and the and the building is handicap-accessable.

IU Health Paoli Hospital is a permanent child seat inspection station.  Is someone you love buckled in properly?  Let IU Health Paoli Hospital help you.  They offer FREE care seat checks.  The purpose of these checks is to ensure your loved ones are properly buckled in by offering education by a cerified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  Please call Deana Davis, RN, BSN, Health & Safety Educator @ 723-7571 or 936-2811 ext. 7571 to schedule an individual appointment.

Need help applying for public assistance or health insurance?  IU Health Paoli now offers one on one assistance for individuals needing to apply for public assistance health care programs.  A simple on-line process is available.  You can call the Financial Caseworker at 812-723-7982 or 812-936-2811 ext. 7982.  This office is located in the Paoli Medical Arts Building, 488 W. Hospital Road, Paoli.  The following programs are available:  *HIP:  The HIP program covers individuals who are carefivers for dependant children, unisured for at least 6 months, do not have access to employee sponsored health coverage, and are income eligible.  *Hoosier Healthwise:  Indiana's health program for children, pregnant women, and low-income families.  *Indiana Children's Special Health Care Services:  This program provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children who have serious, chronic medical conditions.  *Medicaid Coverage for the Blind and Disabled.  *Medicaid Assistance with Medicare Costs.

The Southern Indiana Center for Indeplendent Living (SICIL) is sponsoring bingo on Monday mornings from 10am to 11:30am at the Older American building in Orleans. Location is 1901 South Orleans Way. Anyone in Orange County that has a disability is a Senior citizen is more then welcome to attend. There is no cost and prizes are awarded. For more information call 800-845-6914

Are you an honorably discharged veteran? Are you in need of long term hospital help, but don’t think there are any options for you? If you answered yes to both questions, you are probably entitled to more benefits than you realize. Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico currently have state run and funded facilities that provide various types of care at virtually no cost to you. If you or someone you know is in search of assistance, but not sure on the qualifications, call toll free at 1-866-331-1944.¡¡ This message from the Disabled Veteran’s Associations.

Orange County Recycling Cooperative, Recycling at the Old Mill,
105 E Water St, Paoli Indiana, Saturdays 8:00am - noon , Mondays 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Please stop by at your convenience and make use of our drop off bins in the rear of the building. We take : All paper products (newspaper, cardboard, junk mail, magazines, office paper, shredded paper, brown bags, feed sacks) , Tin cans and other scrap metal , Aluminum cans , Plastic milk jugs, detergent bottles (#2), water and soda pop bottles (#1) , Plastic grocery bags, Stretch wrap , Foam peanuts (please bag separately) , Wearable Shoes , Used clothing (wearable) , Please call 812-635-0526 if the area is a mess - one stinker can ruin it for everbody. For special times and additional information contact John Maier by email or phone (812-635-0526)

FYI Orleans Town officials, in conjunction with Wolfe Contracting, has established a Newspaper Recycling Center at the Orleans Town Garage area. The site is for newspapers ONLY. Other recyclables may be accepted later on, but the center is limited to newspapers only for the present. Papers may be dropped off in the bin being housed at the garage by entering the north gate just off Monroe Street and exiting the front gate on Franklin Street anytime from 7 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily M-F. For more info contact Orleans Town Offices at 865-2539.