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.
December 1st thru 15th, 2017
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.
Orleans Town Marshall Richard Dixon has announced that the Orleans Police Department is once again promoting Project Blue Light this holiday season. Project Blue Light was began in 1989 by Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA who put blue light in her window to remember her son-in-law, Danny Gleason, a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1986. Dolly Craig shared her idea with Concerns of Police Survivors who, in turn, shared the idea with others. Now thousands of blue lights shine nationwide during the holiday season to honor and remember law enforcement officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and to show support and thanks for those officers that continue to work in American law enforcement. This year alarmingly number of police officers have been killed in the line of duty across the country. Blue lights have been placed in the windows of the Orleans Police Department and will remain throughout the holiday season. From a single candle in a window or a blue porch light to an entire building outlined in blue the message is the same and clear. The Orleans Police Department is encouraging everyone to participate in Project Blue Light this holiday season.
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
DECEMBER FOOD COMMODITIES: Hoosier Hills Food Bank of Bloomington (HHFB) will be delivering food commodities in Orleans on Thursday, December 14, to qualified seniors of this federally funded program at Orleans First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on 319 S. Maple St.(just behind Huck’s gas station). Participants should park in the parking lot and enter the fellowship hall to sign for their box. Delivery time is set for 2:00-3:30 p.m.” Participants must show valid ID such as driver's license, VA card or state ID card. Proxies who are not designated as a permanent proxy, must have a proxy form completely filled out, including the recipient's signature and the proxy's signature. Food cannot be distributed without both signatures. On Thursday, December 21, commodities will be delivered to Paoli and French Lick Sites with delivery at Paoli Christian Church from 10 a.m.- noon and in French Lick at Springs Stadium Theater Parking Lot off of 145 from 10:30 to noon. There will be no deliveries by volunteer personnel working at sites. Each client is responsible for making arrangements to receive food.In Case of Inclement weather, listen to your local radio stations for changes of delivery. For questions, contact CASEY STEURY with HHFB toll free at 866-914-4432.
Jasper – With the assistance of the Dubois County Community Foundation, Memorial Hospital Foundation is offering various medical scholarship opportunities. A Scholarship Application must be completed by applicants and returned to the Memorial Hospital Foundation office by March 1, 2018. Applications will be available at the Memorial Hospital Foundation office, located at 709 W. 9th Street in Jasper, and online at: www.mhhcc.org Selection of scholarship recipients will be made by a committee composed of staff members of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center as designated by Memorial Hospital. The committee will include, but is not limited to, the Executive Director of Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Vice President of Patient Services, and a minimum of one Patient Services Director from the Hospital. For more information regarding these scholarship opportunities, please contact Mike Jones, Executive Director, Memorial Hospital Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812-996-8426.
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband. In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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.
AMES CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHOIR will present a Christmas cantata “ O Little Town of Bethlehem”, on Sunday December 17th at 6 pm. Refreshments will be served after the program. All are Welcome!
January 1st thru 16th, 2018
Hike N’ Hot Chocolate at Patoka Lake
Start the New Year off right by enjoying the outdoors on a First Day Hike at Patoka Lake. On Monday, January 1 at 1p.m. join in a 3/4mile hike along the scenic Garden Rock Loop Trail while sipping a cup of hot chocolate to keep you and your hands warm along the way. The naturalist will meet all happy hikers inside the Patoka Lake Nature Center. On January 1, the Nature Center will be open from 8:30a.m. -1p.m. Patoka Lake (stateparks.IN.gov/2953.htm) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513. Media contact: Dana Reckelhoff, Interpretive Naturalist (812)685-2447
Jasper – Bring your mom, sisters, and friends to the “2018 Women of the Heartland” program to learn more about important women’s health topics. This year’s topics include “Getting Your Heart Into Rhythm: Insights into Atrial Fibrillation”, “Female Urology: Understanding Your Options”, and “Mammograms and Breast Imaging: What You Need to Know”. Join Nurse Practitioners Emily Leinenbach and Natalie O’Connor, Dr. Kris Gunn, Director of Radiology Services at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Andrea Oeding, and emcee of the event, Dr. Adam Dawkins, as they share their knowledge during this special morning devoted to women’s health! The event will be hosted at the Huntingburg Event Center on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST. There is no admission fee; however, donations will be accepted for the Integrative Medicine program at the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Pre-registration is required by January 8, 2018. All women who attend will receive a gift certificate for a free blood screening including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglyceride, and glucose levels at Memorial Hospital Outpatient Labs. For more information and to pre-register, please visit Memorial Hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.org and click on “Classes & Events” or call the Marketing and Public Relations department at 812-996-2352.
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.