The Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living is looking for volunteers who would help install ramps and do other home modifications for Orange County residents who have disabilities. According to Orange County Outreach Coordinator Ralph Purkhiser, SICIL has been purchasing materials for ramps and other projects using funds from a grant from the Smithville Foundation and other donated funds. However, some of the projects are on hold because of the need for volunteers to provide labor for the projects. Anyone interested in helping Orange Countians with disabilities should call SICIL at 812-277-9626 or contact Ralph Purkhiser at 812-936-9323. We have pending projects in several areas of Orange County.
Firewood Cutting Permits Available to Help with Hazard Tree Clean-up at Patoka Lake. Local residents are invited to assist Patoka Lake in cutting up hazard trees dropped by staff in high use areas throughout the property through the purchase of firewood permits . Firewood permit will be available depending on weather and staff time. Property employees are removing trees that threaten to fall or lose limbs, primarily in high traffic areas such as the modern campground, fisherman’s campground, and beach area. Most trees have suffered damage from the emerald ash borer. Others are simply finishing their natural life cycle and must be removed because of their locations adjacent to buildings or areas that people frequent. Local residents may cut up and haul away as firewood for $10.00 per pick-up truck load. A permit will be required and can be obtained at the property office between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on weekdays beginning Thursday, November 3rd. Days, hours and access to specific areas for cutting will be determined by weather conditions and availability of downed hazard trees. Call the park office at 812-685-2464 for updates.
Annual trail permits which are required to ride horses or mountain bikes on Hoosier National Forest (NF) trails during 2017 are now available. Permits can be purchased at Forest offices and some local businesses in the Forest area. Annual trail permits make great Christmas gifts for trail enthusiasts. The cost of annual permits remains at $35. A daily permit is $5. There are approximately 172 miles of trails designated for bike use, and 197 miles of trail for horse use on the Forest. Most of the income collected from trail permits, remains on the Hoosier and is used to maintain trails, enhance trailheads, and provide visitor services. Permits can be purchased from Forest offices at Bedford or Tell City with most credit cards. People can also call and use a credit card to purchase permits and have them sent by mail. To order a trail permit by phone, call the Forest office at 1-866-302-4173.
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February 16th thru 28th, 2017
Jasper – Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is sponsoring a “Friday Community Health Screening” on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the Health and Wellness Classroom at Memorial Southside Office, 1100 West 12th Avenue in Jasper. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and will have cholesterol (including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides) and blood glucose checked via finger stick. A 12-hour fast is required; however, you may drink water and take prescribed medications. The cost is $25 and may be paid at the screening. The screening lasts approximately 15 minutes, and pre-registration is required. To register for the screening, or for more information, please visit Memorial Hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.org and click on “Health Screenings.” Enter the company name as “Friday” and enter “2017” as the password. You may also register by calling the Health and Wellness department at 812-996-2399 or toll-free at 800-852-7279, ext. 2399
Bedford, IN – (February 6, 2017) Join Dale Weigel from the White River RC&D Forestry Committee on Thursday, February 23 and Saturday, February 25 to hone your skills in identifying trees in winter. People are encouraged to attend both sessions of the workshop but if someone is only able to attend one session, they will still get value from the class. Thursday’s session will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will be held at the Spring Mill State Park Nature Center, east of Mitchell, IN. Saturday’s session will also be held at Spring Mill State Park. Participants will meet in the Nature Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. The Saturday session should last until about noon. Weigel explains that in Thursday’s session he will go over ways to easily tell trees apart without their leaves. As a forester with over 35 years of experience Weigel has learned many tricks to identify trees. He will bring twig samples for people to examine the buds and twigs of common trees to compare different species. On Saturday, Weigel will take people on a foray through the woods identifying trees and showing people the differences in bark, twigs, nuts, and other characteristics. If people are unable to make the Thursday session, they are still welcome to attend on Saturday. The cost of the workshop is $5 and pre-registration would be appreciated so we have enough handouts available. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions. Please call Teena Ligman at 812-276-4757 or email email@example.com for more information or to register for the workshop.
Dear Fans of Lick Creek Band,
We truly hope you are planning to attend our upcoming concert at the newly renovated Mitchell Opera House. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and plan to attend with your friends and family. Lick Creek Band will perform a 2-hour concert at this beautiful venue! Tickets are $12 adult and $6 children (12 and under) http://www.mitchelloperahouse.com/event/lick-creek-band/ We are working hard on adding some new songs to our repertoire and hope you will come and let us try them out on you :-)
Alice Wootton, Lick Creek Band
24 spellers ready to compete for title
Twenty-four students will compete in the Orange County Publishing Company’s Great Spelling Bee Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium at Paoli Junior-Senior High School. Advancing from Paoli Junior-Senior High School are Cager Anthony, Kizer Threlkeld, Amanda Bowles and Makiya Russelburg. All four students are in seventh grade. Throop Elementary School’s Finalists are sixth graders Cora Austin and Caitlyn Taylor and fifth graders Braydon Crowder and Cameron Apple. Advancing from Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School are seventh graders Kenton Albright and Brooklyn Carnes and sixth graders Michaela Albury and Lola Pantoja. Springs Valley Elementary’s finalists are fifth graders Sean Baker and Ava Willett, fourth grader Hunter Carnes and third grader Josie Dixon. Representing Orleans Junior-Senior High School will be Jackson Reynolds and Sam Carr, who are seventh graders, and eighth graders Breanna Berk and Gavin Morgan; and Orleans Elementary School, sixth grader Macie King and Ian Hall, Mason Swayer and Jesse Mercer, who are all in fifth grade.
The countywide bee is also open to homeschoolers, who would have to pay the same fees as schools to enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but none elected to take part.
Now, the finalists are busy studying their word lists to prepare for their chance to be named the county’s top speller and to advance on as one of the approximately 300 contestants in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., the week of Memorial Day at the end of May. The winner will follow in the footsteps of the 2015 Orange County Champion, Orleans eighth grader Matthew Ross, and the 2016 champion, Orleans seventh grader Dylan Reid.
Orange County Publishing Company Managing Editor Miles Flynn once again thanked the generous funding partners in the community who are making it possible for the local contest to enroll with the National Spelling Bee and for the champion and one parent or guardian to make the trip.
“We really can’t say enough about the Orange County Community Foundation, Orange County REMC Operation Round Up, Old National Bank, Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company Indiana Natural Gas and Paoli Walmart,” he commented. “It’s clear how much value they place on Orange County’s youth.” In addition to the trip, the local champion will also receive access to Britannica Online Premium and Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award with 2017 United States Mint proof set and finally a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The runner-up will receive Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, and a $25 Amazon gift card. Flynn will act as the reader for the contest. Judges will be Sarann Weeks of Paoli, Robert Henderson of Orleans and Todd Marshall of Springs
Kids in the Kitchen Spark Club: A cooking class by Purdue Extension Orange County
The Orange County Health and Human Sciences Extension Program will be hosting a youth cooking class series. The classes will be at the Orange County Community Center on February 27th, March 6th, 13th and 20th from 4:30 to 6:00pm. This program invites youth ages 6-10 to come participate and learn about safe/nutritious cooking practices. The workshops will be administered by Sarah Richer, the Health and Human Sciences Educator in Orange County. The program will include a total of six hours of hands on learning experience. The cost of the workshop is $15.00 per participant. Pre-registration is required by February 23rd, youth can be registered by calling Purdue Extension Orange County at (812) 723-7107. The goal of the Kids in the Kitchen Spark Club is to teach youth safe and nutritious cooking practices. Spark clubs are designed to create learning experiences and new opportunities with positive adult role models. They are intended to capture the attention of youth with a focused topic. For more information and to register, contact Purdue Extension Orange County by calling (812) 723-7107. Space is limited
March 1st thru 15th, 2017
VU Jasper Campus will offer OSHA 10 and 30 Hour safety courses this Spring
semester. The OSHA Safety Courses provides entry level general workers instruction about their rights and employer responsibility under the OSHA requirements. Training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards which the workers may encounter. Class will emphasize hazards
identification and control practices of general industry. Designed for
people at the entry level that are responsible for supervision, management,
safety, and the company’s employees. Upon successful completion of this
course participants receive a wallet card from the U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
The 10 hour course will be held Wednesday & Thursday, March 1, 8AM to 4PM
and March 2, 8AM to 12noon. Fee is $195 and includes all materials.
The 30 hour course will be held on 2 Wednesdays. & 2 Thursdays, from 8AM to
5PM, on March 8, 9, 15, and 16. Cost is $350 includes all materials.
Instructor for both classes is Darwyn Nelson, a Certified OSHA instructor.
To register or more details send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Bedford, IN –Join Indiana Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Coordinator Carrie Tauscher at Bedford’s Wilson Park Shelter House on Monday, March 6 for a workshop on tree trimming and pruning. The indoor workshop will be from 6 to 8 pm and is free. Tauscher will discuss reasons to prune and trim trees and how they should properly be trimmed. She’ll also talk about the reasons why trees should never be topped as is so often done. Topping trees typically leads to tree decay, decline in the tree’s health, and broken limbs. She’ll talk about the advantages of planting the right tree in the right place and to begin careful pruning early in the tree’s life to ensure it stays healthy. Call Teena Ligman at 812-276-4757 or email email@example.com for more information on the workshop
Martial Arts For All, a AKA certified course, will focus on Tae Kwon Do
and will include self-defense, pressure point fighting, joint manipulation,
ground fighting, and sport karate. Belt rank can be arranged. This course
will continue with an optional eight-week extension. Class is open for
adults and children. Class meets 8 Tuesdays, March 14 to May 2, 6:30 to 8
pm. Fee is $60. Instructor is Alex Mlsna, black belt instructor.
Instructor is James Birkle who holds two black belts and earned a gold
medal in self defense competition in Geneva, Switzerland in 2013. Cost is
$50. Call 481-5937 to register
March 16 thru 31st
Fly A Kite Workshop at the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, March 18 Kid’s bring your parents to the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, March 18 at 12:30p.m. to build your very own kite! Participants will create a one of a kind kite using materials provided. Once all kites have been constructed, join a car caravan to the beach for some high flying fun! The cost for this program is $5 per kite. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447 to register or inquire for more details. 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.
According to the National Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 Americans will experience a stroke this year. Strokes are the third-leading cause of death among Americans and the leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. Almost 87 percent of strokes (or brain attacks) result when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. Frequently, the origin is plaque build-up in the carotid arteries of the neck. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers stroke screenings as a service to heighten awareness of carotid artery disease and to help prevent its potentially devastating effects through lifestyle changes, medication, or in severe cases, carotid endarterectomy (surgical removal of plaque). The screenings are offered on a weekly basis at Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Services at 440 Scott Rolen Drive, Jasper. A physician’s order/referral is not required. Please call Memorial Hospital’s Centralized Scheduling staff at 812-996-8550 to schedule a stroke screening. Cost of the screening is $40; cash or check is acceptable
April 1st thru 15th, 2017
Backpacks of Blessings, Annual Chicken BBQ Fundraiser. April 1, 2017 5-7 p.m. Orange County Community Building, Tickets are $10 and will go on sale March 1, 2017. Backpacks of Blessings addresses the needs of students, who are at risk of hunger, at Throop Elementary School in Paoli. We are funded through fundraisers, grants and donations. $ 140 will provide one student with food for the entire school year.