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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March 16 thru 31st
Hoosier Hills Food Bank of Bloomington (HHFB) will be delivering food commodities in Paoli and French Lick On Thursday, March 16. 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.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. There will be no deliveries by volunteer personnel working at sites. Each client is responsible for making arrangements to receive food.
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.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources restocked Spring Mill Lake with 751 rainbow trout on Monday, March 6th. The trout were raised from fingerlings at Curtis Creek Trout Station, near Howe in northern Indiana. They were then transferred to DNR's East Fork Hatchery near Montgomery in Daviess County before being brought to Spring Mill. The trout are about two years old and between 9.1 to 12.9 inches in length and between 1 to 1.5 pounds. Fisherman will have to purchase a trout stamp - an extra $11 - over the cost of a regular Indiana fishing license. They will also have to report how many fish they caught and released as well as any they harvest. This will allow DNR officials to determine how well the fish are doing and to determine if continued stocking is worthwhile. The lake at Spring Mill State Park has not been stocked with trout since 2006 because the lake accumulated years of soil, organic material and debris that washed into the lake from its three tributaries and 9,600-acre watershed. Over time, the accumulated material has reduced the capacity of the lake to support recreational activities and aquatic wildlife. In April 2015 officials began dredging the lake. Now the average depth is 8-10 feet. Officials are working on a boat ramp and hope in the near future to offer boat rental which will include johnboats for fishing, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. There will also be fishing docks and fishing education programs offered at the park. Spring Mill will host a free fishing day on April 15 at the Lakeview Activity Center.
Orleans Town Officials and emergency personnel are reminding residents that the town is participating in the upcoming “Indiana Severe Weather Preparedness Week,” March 19-21 including a special state wide test of the town’s emergency sirens planned for Tuesday March 21. The first drill will be approximately 10:15 a.m. and the second drill will be held at 7:35 p.m. In case of unsettled or severe weather on the 21stth the test will be rescheduled for March 22. Severe weather information is related from the National Weather Service directly to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, which then activates the town’s tornado warning system. The siren indicates a tornado or severe weather is possible in the Orleans area.
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
Mark the dates! March 31st at 6:30pm Lost River Market and Deli will be hosting a fundraiser at the Legend of French Lick Dining Hall. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here in-store. Dinner will be provided by Charlie McIntosh and Friends from Amelia's Bakery in Indianapolis. Lick Creek Band will perform and there will be a silent auction as well! We are grateful for any who attend, hope to see you there! For more info, call 723-3735
Many people ask "What is a Hoosier?"—and while the term's origins may be up for debate, a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) looks at how people with many different backgrounds have come to take pride in the nickname. Through March 31st the Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) will host the exhibit Who Is a Hoosier? at the Paoli Library, located at 100 W. Water St., Paoli. The traveling exhibit uses maps and informational graphics to highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups over time. It shows how the comings and goings of newcomers to the state, through immigration or migration, have created the Indiana we know today—and will continue to shape its future.
In addition, photographs from various IHS collections and from institutions across the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration. Who Is a Hoosier? is made possible by Kroger. For more information about this exhibit, call OCHS President Robert F. Henderson, 812 653 1212 or visit www.historicorangecounty.org
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.
On Saturday, April 1st, the Hoosier National Forest will host a site visit at Shirley Creek Horsecamp, located outside of Orleans, Indiana. Visitors and recreationists are invited to join Forest Service employees at 10:30 a.m. (EST) to evaluate current site amenities and deliberate potential future plans for this public land area. This is an opportunity for open discussion about Shirley Creek Horsecamp, and participants are encouraged to come with suggestions for improvements. Shirley Creek Horsecamp is a free primitive campground with pit toilets, hitching racks, and non-potable water for livestock. The campground is designed for horse camping, however any National Forest visitor is welcome to camp. Participants in this group visit will begin the morning by discussing the horsecamp in general, evaluating hitching racks, and discussing users concerns with some of those locations. Other amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings will also be discussed. . RSVPs are not required, but would be appreciated so we can adequately plan for parking and any handouts. Contact Vicki Gullang-Harris at 812-276-5987
Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival
April 8-9 at Patoka Lake
Combat, music, Disney princesses, vendors, concessions
Adults: $10, Youth 6-17: $5, 5 and under free
Park Gate fee does apply
A scholarship endowment fundraiser for Springs Valley High School
Orleans Town households are being reminded that they may soon be randomly selected to receive an income survey to assist the town in applying for future grant monies. Residents if selected are encouraged to take a moment to complete the survey and return in the SASE. Support and participation in the community project is crucial to providing Orleans the opportunity to apply for any type of grant dollars going forward. Federally funded grant programs benefits small rural communities like Orleans with projects such as planning studies, community improvements, water etc. In order for cities and towns to receive grant dollars, combined income levels must be provided for those households benefiting from the grant. All information provided will be kept confidential and only a collective summary will be utilized. Residents having any questions on the survey should contact the Orleans Town Offices at 812 865 2539 or email email@example.com
Dear Fans of Lick Creek Band,
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. :-)
April 16th thru 30th
This year's Dogwood Festival Little Miss Pageants will be held on April 23 at the Orleans Elementary School beginning at 1 p.m. for the Tiny Miss Dogwood and Little Miss Blossom pageants. Participants should arrive by 12:30. The Little Miss Petal and Little Miss Dogwood pageants will begin at 4, with participants arriving by 3:30. Contestants should enter through the cafeteria doors.All contestants must have a valid address in the Orleans Community School District or attend Orleans Elementary School. The Tiny Miss Dogwood Contest is open to preschoolers who are at least 4 years of age and kindergarteners. To participate in this category, preschool girls may not have participated in the Baby Contest. The Little Miss Petal Contest is for grades 1st and 2nd; Little Miss Blossom is for grades 3rd and 4th; and the Little Miss Dogwood Contest is open to grades 5th and 6th. Registration deadline is April 16. Each contestant will pay a $20 entry fee. Admission will be $2 to the event. Each contestant will receive 2 free tickets for admission. If you have any question please vintage Chairperson Dawn Freed at 812-653-7225, or more information is available at www.orleansdogwoodfestival.com.
Vendor & arts & crafts applications are now being accepted for the upcoming 2017 Orleans Dogwood Festival, April 29-May 2nd in historic Congress Square (Town Park). Vendor applications available on-line www.orleansdogwoodfestival.com or by contacting the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, 812-865-9930.