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.
Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is hosting a sleep therapy open house on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Respiratory therapists will be on hand to discuss what’s new in sleep therapy and to answer questions. Also offered during the open house will be free pressure checks of CPAP/BiPAP devices, free mask, hose and filter inspections, and assistance with insurance questions and end-of-the-year PAP supplies, if eligible. The sleep therapy open house will be held at Memorial Sleep Center, which is located in suite 202 of the Medical Arts Building at 721 West 13th Street in Jasper. For more information, please call Memorial Hospital’s Respiratory Home Care staff at 812-996-0620.
The Southwestern Indiana Gospel Music Association presents our SWIN & GMA Christmas Convention Concerts, Saturday evening, Decembeer 3d at 7pm. At the springs Valley Wesleyan Church, The church is located at 821 Indiana Ave in French Lick. .
Orleans Town Marshal 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. Orleans Town officials have officially proclaimed the month of December as “Project Blue Light Month” and is encouraging everyone to participate in Project Blue Light this holiday season.
The Paoli Veteran's of Foreign Wars is having a silent auction on December 3rd, from 11 am to 3 pm, in the Bingo Hall, in hopes of raising funds for our local Veterans, their family members, and future community events. Donations from multiple businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Orange County have been given for this event, with donations being accepted until December 1st. Bidding will begin at 11 am and end at 230 pm. All Orange County residents are welcome. For more information, or to donate for this event, contact the Paoli VFW @ 812-723-5184
A community Christmas Dinner, on Sunday, December 4th at 5pm.. The event will take place at the French Lick Senior Center, at 8560 W. Main. All are invited> Hosted by the New Life Community Church of the Valley
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers can get support and learn more about breastfeeding at the La Leche League of Orange County meeting on December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the Paoli Friends Church basement, 301 N. Gospel St. (Hwy. 37 N.) in Paoli. This month’s topic is “Weaning." This will be the group's final meeting. For more information, call Anne at (812) 723-2305
There will be a workshop held on December 10th from 12:30 to 4:30 pm at the Paoli Senior Citizens center for Enlightened Relationships. It will help couples take their relationship to the next level. Learn how to create more happiness and the secret to true and lasting love. There will be talks, discussions, exercises, and take home materials to continue to help you. The cost is $10 per person and $20 per couple. Call (812)896-3356 for more information. This will be one workshop you will not want to miss.
There is a “sea of red” coming to Orleans on Saturday, December 10th to kick off the Annual “Christmas on the Square” event this year. Put your Santa hats on and come walk or run through town along the sidewalks for the 2016 “Santa Hat Run”. The family fun Run/Walk begin from historic Congress Square near the town’s picturesque bandstand at 4:00 p.m. that Saturday afternoon. This event is being sponsored by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce as part of the planned events for this year’s special holiday happenings.
Here’s a chance for those in need to have a Merry Christmas. New or gently used toys or children’s clothing can be taken to the French Lick American Legion after 12 noon on December 10th and 11th. Monetary contributions for the Springs Valley Community Christmas Fund may be mailed to: Debra Nicholson, 1492 SCR 650 West, French Lick, 47432
Orleans Chamber Lighting Contest Back For Holidays
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce invites all Orleans residents and business owners to take part in its annual Christmas Lighting Contest. This year's contest is open to all residential and business properties in Orleans located within a five mile radius. The theme for this year’s contest is “Christmas in My Hometown." Deadline for enteries will be Dec. 9th and the contest will be judged Dec. 12th. Prizes will be awarded for best overall decorating. Nominations for the Christmas Lighting Contest may be mailed to the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 9 or dropped off at Orleans Town Hall. Those wishing to fax their enteries may do so to 812-865-3413 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Special entry forms will also appear in The Orleans Progress Examiner. All enteries must include the owner's name, address, telephone number, and detailed driving directions. For more information contact the Orleans Chamber office at 812-865-9930.
December 16th thru 31st
January 1st thru 15th
Feel the wind of an eagle’s wings while experiencing the world of eagles in Indiana with indoor & outdoor programs at Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, January 7th from 10:30am –3pm E.S.T. during the 29th annual Eagle Watch. Featured will be a resident bald eagle & other live raptors. Dana Reckelhoff, DNR Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist, will share the life and story of these amazing birds of prey. Join Brian Finch, Patoka Lake Wildlife Specialist and his team on driving tours to hot spots for eagle viewing. We will share the history of the 1980’s Eagle Reintroduction Program. Discover interesting information about eagles found in your part of the state. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Participants can also bring a sack lunch. Kid’s activities and crafts will be available from 11-2:30p.m. Pre-registration is required with a $5/ person program fee. Participants 5 years of age and younger attend at no charge. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras! Have vehicles fueled for the driving tour. To pre-register or for more information, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.