St Marys of Lanesville has successful picnic PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    Since the first ever church picnic was held at St. Mary’s Church in Lanesville, hospitality has been the main ingredient in the whole affair.
    Over 4,000 dinner tickets were sold Sunday at the 75th picnic on the hill overlooking Lanesville, about 20 miles west of Louisville on State Road 62.
    The picnic was held for 20 consecutive years, between 1924 and 1943. The picnic was discontinued because of World War II, but was continued again in 1955, and has been going strong ever since then.
    When the 1st picnic was held in 1924, Father Adam Baron told the parishioners of St. Mary’s at the time that “while neighboring pastors ran their picnics, he was not going to run St. Mary’s,” according to records from the church.
    Rev. Baron insisted that the success of the picnic depended on overall parish involvement, and did not want the picnic to become the main source of revenue for the parish.
    The net amount of money made in 1924 was $1,600, and the picnic has continually grown in size over the years.
    Homemade quilts are one of the main draws to the picnic, and normally when the quilts are all gone, the crowd largely is gone as well.
    The picnic is still a parish wide event, whether the parishioner is young, middle age, or elderly.
    Over 700 parishioners work together to make the event a success, and here are a few other impressive statistics: 1-Over 3,800 lbs. of chicken will be cooked and eaten every year, 2-It takes 450 loaves of bread for their special recipe dressing, 3-600 lbs. of cabbage has been prepared, 4-800 meals per hour are served between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 5-the ladies doing the quilts spend nearly 2500 man hours on their handiwork.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:09
Hibbard to lead New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    On Monday, August 3, Dr. Bruce Hibbard, current assistant superintendent for the MSD of Washington Township School District, was named Superintendent for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation at a special school board meeting.
    Dr. Hibbard joins approximately 12,000 students and 1,870 employees. Dr. Hibbard will begin work immediately. The NAFC corporation is home to 12 elementary schools, one pre-K through 3rd grade Academy, three middle schools, two high schools, one vocational school and one alternative school. The corporation is also the 17th largest corporation in Indiana.
    The MSD of Washington Township has a total student enrollment of 10,500, housing 10 schools.
    Dr. Hibbard, who obtained a Ph.D. From Indiana State University in 2005, has experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. From 1987 to 1988, Dr. Hibbard taught Social Studies in the Indianapolis Public Schools; from 1988 to 1998 he taught Social Studies at Frankfort Middle School; from 1998 to 2000 he served as the assistant principal at Frankfort Senior High School; from 200 to 2001 he served as the assistant principal at Noblesville High School; from 2001 to 2006 he served as principal at Northridge Middle School and from 2006 to the present he served as assistant superintendent for the MSD of Washington Township in Indianapolis.
    Roger Whaley, School Board President, said, “We are very pleased that Dr. Hibbard is here to lead our educational family. He has the experience, enthusiasm and work ethic to make a difference in the lives of many students. He is the best fit for our district.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:12
Tunnel Hill Christian Church holds 19th Annual Chicken, Fix’ns & Fun festival PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
    Tunnel Hill Christian Church held their 19th Annual Chicken, Fix’ns & Fun festival Sunday at the church, which is between Georgetown and Edwardsville.
    People who attended could enjoy barbecue chicken, fresh vegetables, and plenty of homemade desserts. The church held an outdoor service in the morning, and gospel singers performed on the hour throughout the festival.
    A Horseshoe Tournament and a Corn Hole Tournament were also held, double elimination. The winner of each tournament won a trophy and a cash prize, with trophies going to the 2nd and 3rd place winners. The Horseshoe Tournament top three were: 1st-Ralph Webb; 2nd-Gordon Lamb; 3rd-John Riley. In the Corn Hole Tournament, the top three were: 1st-Don Love; 2nd-Darla Herthel; 3rd-John Riley.
    This was the eighth year for the Horseshoe Tournament and the second year for the Corn Hole Tournament.
    There were games for children inside, and also a white elephant sale inside the congregation’s activity center, which is inside a modern steel building. It contains plenty of floor space, and has a well equipped kitchen, restrooms, and storage rooms.  Upstairs in a second level, above the kitchen and restrooms, there are three classrooms and a conference room.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:01
North Harrison hires new high school assistant principal; new high school A.D. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
    Steve Hatton, 36, a teacher at Clarksville High School (and a 1990 graduate of the school), was hired as the assistant principal at North Harrison High School Wednesday (July 29) in a special meeting regarding personnel.
    Hatton was glad to get the job as assistant principal, and said that he has admired the North Harrison community for some time.
    “There were other opportunities that I had,” Hatton explained about his search for a good fit in school administration. He has unofficially filled in as a building administrator before while at Clarksville, but he is now in his first official administrative position.
    “I’ve always had a great respect for the North Harrison community schools,” he explained. “As a kid growing up, I’ve always admired the North Harrison system from afar; just how tight knit it is.”
    Hatton is married to the former Emily Wright (also a graduate of Clarksville High School), and has two elementary school age children. They contemplate moving to the North Harrison School district in the near future, but they are in the process of selling their Jeffersonville home.
    “We want to move here as quickly as we can. I wanted a great atmosphere (in which) to raise my kids,” Hatton said. Also, his wife Emily is an assistant principal at Highland hills Middle School, near Galena. A move to the North Harrison High School district would make her commute closer as well.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:03
St. Michael’s youth show their Faith in Action PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 00:00
    The high school members of St. Michael’s Faith in Action youth ministry program have had plenty of opportunities to shoe faith in action recently.
    The youth of St. Michael parish in Bradford joined other Catholic Churches in the New Albany Deanery recently in the Faith in Action Service Week.
    The area high school youth lived together at Mount St. Francis and performed service work in area counties. They also learned about Catholic social teachings that come from the Gospels.
    Several areas were part of the Faith in Action volunteers.
    They were:
    Mount St. Francis - The kids repaired and reset trail marker posts on trails in the sanctuary, and two new culverts were installed on trails. The area around two religious shrines was cleaned up.
    St. Mary Church in New Albany (Hispanic Ministry) - They assisted with the vacation bible school at the church for Hispanic families in the parish.
    St. Michael Bradford Religious Education Director John Jacobi said that although language differences were present, the “one thing we had in common was our faith. Our faith brought us together.”
    Lincoln Hills Health Care Center - They visited with residents at Lincoln Hills, and made home made ice cream for the residents too. They also sang songs, played games, and danced.
    “The residents were so welcoming to us,” Jacobi said. “They really took to us.”
    Floyd County Youth Shelter - A mural was painted by the kids on a wall in the shelter’s library. New Albany area artist Ashley Cecil helped out. The group also cleaned and painted shelves in the library.
    Jacobi said they started the mural over form scratch, and used a grant she had received.
    Faith in Action Home Crew - This group varied from day to day; each parish Faith in Action group took turns cooking and cleaning for the other Faith in Action crews. They also worked on a mosaic at Mount St. Francis.
    As Jacobi put it, the home crew was the “hospitality” for the other Faith in Action crews working
    Jacobi said, “Faith in Action is a wonderful opportunity for high school youth to give back to the community in our own local area. It’s a joy to work with young people like these youth.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:04
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