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.
Orleans Municipal Fire is once again distributing FREE Pet Finder Window
Decals. In Case of a Fire Emergency, Firefighters will see the alert on your window, door, or house and know to rescue. These stickers help with dog and cat safety. Pick up yours today from the Orleans Town Offices during regular business hours.
Scarf Making Workshop at Patoka Lake Learn the art of finger weaving during this workshop at the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, November 25. This event is open to adults and youth ages 8 and up. Make a scarf for yourself or a friend starting at Noon. The workshop fee is $10/scarf. Pre-registration is required by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. Registration ends on November 24.
December 1st thru 15th, 2017
Gospel Comcert. December 2d, 7pm, in the Nazarene Church Annex, Hwy 56, West Baden. Featuring Open Heart Quarter and White River Quarter. Love offering will taken. Call 797-5758 for more info.
Christmas Home Tour Scheduled in Bedford
The annual Christmas Holiday Home Tour in Bedford will be on Sunday December 3rd, from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. The tour includes five homes decorated for Christmas, a reception at Garden Villa, and door prizes. Those who come, can drive the route at their own pace any time within the six hour time-frame. The event is sponsored by Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, and all proceeds go to help local cancer patients. Tickets are $15 and are available at Twelve Months of Christmas or Copy Trolley in Bedford. Tickets will also be available the night of the tour at Garden Villa. For more information call Teena at 812-278-0139.
The Springs Valley Optimist Club is finalizing plans for the 2107 Clothe-a-Child project. Since 1982, the project has provided clothing for children in the Springs Valley School District. The program is open to students and pre-school children. However, if a child has dropped out of school, he or she is not eligible. Application forms are now available at the elementary and high school offices. The Optimist Club is also accepting donations for the Clothe-a-Child Program. Last year, nearly $10,000 was spent on clothing during the project. With some traditional funding sources no longer available to the club, the club is asking the community to help ensure that the project continues. Donations may be mailed to the Springs Valley Optimist Club at P. O. Box 5, French Lick.
Once again, the Springs Valley Optimist Club will be having a home Christmas lighting display contest. The contest is open to anyone living in the Springs Valley School district. The Noel Fest theme this year is “Every snowflake is unique, just like every child.” The theme will be part of the criteria for judging the displays. To enter the contest, call 812-936-9323 and leave a message or send the information to email@example.com. Entries must include the name of the person entering the contest, the address and a phone number where the entrant may be reached. The entry deadline is Friday, December 8 at 7 PM. The judging will be later in that weekend and prize winners will be notified.
The Springs Valley Optimist Club has announced plans to again sponsor an ornament contest in conjunction with the Noel Fest. The theme this year is “Every snowflake is unique—just like every child”. Ornaments should follow the theme. The contest is open to anyone living within the Springs Valley school district. There will be winners in each grade level K thru 5 and also a Jr./Sr. High School winner. Adults are also encouraged to enter ornaments. Ornaments may be entered at the Reindeer Games, which will be held on December 2 at the French Lick Senior Citizens Center from 10 Am until noon. The judging will occur later that day and the winning ornaments will be displayed in some downtown store windows. For more information, contact Ralph Purkhiser at 812-936-9323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medic First Aid® with AED (automated external defibrillator) is a basic training course in emergency care designed for use in the business/industrial setting. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), AED use, and other important emergency care skills are combined into this course, which allows the graduate to function with one consistent set of priorities in a medical emergency. Students learn the same priorities of care and approach to the patient used by professionals. This approach results in a continuity of care as the patient is passed on to the EMT, nurse, and doctor. A Medic First Aid® with AED course will be offered Thursday, December 14, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Classroom at Memorial Southside Office, 1100 West 12th Avenue in Jasper. The fee for the class is $65; class size is limited, and pre-registration is required by visiting Memorial Hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.org and clicking on “Classes & Events,” or calling the Health and Wellness department at 812-996-2399 or toll-free at 800-852-7279, ext. 2399
Indoor Archery Lesson & Fun Shoot at Patoka Lake on Saturday, December 9th Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake Nature Center for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, December 9th from 9a.m.- Noon. This event is open to adults and youth ages 8 and up. All archery equipment will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants. Pre-register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447. Cost is $5/person. Join in a friendly archery competition at 11:30a.m. using the skills learned at the lesson. For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.
On December 10 the Paoli United Methodist Chancel choir will present The First Noel: Celebrating the Birthday of a King at the 10:15 service. Junior church available for ages 5 to 8. The public is invited.
December 16th thru 31st, 2017
Orange County’s Hometown Collaborative Initiative (HCI) team is ready to roll out a new Community Leadership Program. The training sessions will kick off in early 2018 and take participants through a year of hands-on lessons intended to give them the tools they can use to help make their community a better place to live and work.Right now, team members are reaching out to employers and local units of government to solicit nominations for emerging leaders who would benefit from the training and be able to make a difference here in Orange County. Organizations sending students are being asked to help pay the $300 tuition for the year of training, however the HCI program may have some scholarship money available. The plan is to use the tuition money generated each year to fund the next year’s Community Leadership Program. Then, organizers hope, the self-sustaining program will create an ever-growing pool of individuals who are empowered to work together on projects to improve Orange County. Sessions will begin in January and continue with participants taking one full day each month to work with local and state experts to tackle one or more major topics. A graduation ceremony will then be held in October. Applications are available at Purdue Extension - Orange County in the Orange County Complex on East Main Street in Paoli. They can be dropped off there or mailed to HCI, P.O. Box 223, Paoli, IN 47454. Applications are due by Dec. 15. For general inquiries, people can call the office at 812-723-7107 or email OrangeCoHCI@gmail.com.
Scarf Making Workshop at Patoka Lake Learn the art of finger weaving during this workshop at the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, December 16. This event is open to adults and youth ages 8 and up. Make a scarf for yourself or a friend starting at Noon. The workshop fee is $10/scarf. Pre-registration is required by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. Registration ends on December 14. Patoka Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2953.htm) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.
Below is our updated concert schedule. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. We'll send you details as the dates get closer. We are still booking gigs. :-)
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.