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.
An Indiana Hunter Education Course is slated for Saturday’s January 14th and 21st at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. Classes will run from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday 14th and from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. on Saturday 21st. Participants must attend both days to complete the course. All Indiana residents are invited to complete this FREE course. All instruction will be by Indiana conservation officers and certified Indiana volunteer hunter education instructors. Certification is required for anyone born after December 31, 1986, who wishes to purchase an Indiana hunting license. The course will cover ethics, safety, laws, survival and safe handling practices for archery, black powder and firearms. Lunch will be provided for participants and attending family members on both days for $5/person/day. To sign up, visit www.passitonindiana.com. There is a 150- student limit for the class and pre-registration is required. This course is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council and Dubois County Sportsmen. For questions, call (812)639-0573.
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.