Charlestown allies execute successful storm survival PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    For the second time, in less than five months, Charlestown Block Watch members joined in emergency care efforts required by electrical outages caused by weather events.
    As Wednesday morning (January 28) dawned cold and icy, with 50 percent of Charlestown without electricity, city staff immediately contacted the American Red Cross and Greater Clark County School (GCCS) officials to establish shelters to provide warmth and food to anyone needing assistance. Then Block Watch captains were called to action to solicit volunteers who could provide manpower for the shelters.
    Mike Marra from GCCS assisted with getting Jonathan Jennings Elementary School open and available for one shelter, as it had electricity. The Arts & Enrichment Center (A&E) was powered by generators, and was also open for residents and deserving city employees who needed to warm-up and take a break from their continuous snow removal efforts.
    When September’s hurricane winds downed trees and took out power lines, the sunny days and warm evenings were uncomfortable, but bearable. Everyone gained a renewed appreciation for air conditioning when electric services returned.
    This ice storm, sandwiched between snowfalls, and followed by unrelenting cold was more than uncomfortable. It was a serious hazard to anyone without electric power and heat for a prolonged period.
Block Watch captains made an effort to contact participants in their districts, both to ensure everyone was okay and to put out the call for volunteers. Despite the extreme conditions, many participants were seen going door-to-door in their neighborhoods to see if anyone needed help. They provided information, such as access to oxygen and medical equipment at St. Catherine Medical Center, and the availability of warmth and food at the shelters.
    On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Block Watch members helped city employees prepare and serve meals at both shelters. Some residents spent Wednesday and Thursday nights at the shelters, with security provided by city officials and police officers. By Friday evening only 20 households in Charlestown were still without power and no one needed the shelter services overnight.
    The weather event canceled the Thursday night meeting scheduled for Districts 1 and 4, but all meetings are expected to resume in February. Block Watch meetings are held at the Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street, at 6:30 p.m. on the scheduled evenings.
    Districts 1 and 4 hold joint meetings on the last Thursday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for February 26. There will be a special presentation by the Charlestown Police Department, as they will demonstrate how to look for drug activities in your area. Everyone is invited to attend.
Contacts for District 1 are Steve and Sherri Coyne (256-6163) and Mike and Kay Vaughn (256-0072).
Councilman Dan Roberts (256-6443 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) from District 4 spoke of the ice storm events, saying, “I was really proud of the turnout of volunteers from our Block Watch members. To see them checking on each other and helping out; really showed how Block Watch works.”
    District 2 meets with co-captains Melissa Crawford and George Roberts on the second Monday of each month. After the snow and ice storm, George said, “People in our district checked-in on each other all week. We had a family down on [Hwy] 403 out of power until Thursday so we took them a generator. Having JJ open its doors was helpful to everyone. We appreciated that.” District 2’s next meeting is March 9, but everyone is invited to attend the February 26 meeting as well. For information, contact Melissa at 256-4851 or George at 256-5807 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    District 3 is headed by Councilman Scott McKechnie who can be reached at 256-2279 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scott has decided this month they will join the February 26 meeting with Districts 1 and 4 to benefit from the information being provided by the police department.
    Also available with Block Watch information and assistance is Mayor’s Assistant Ruthie Jackson at 256-3422 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:32
 
Patrick Henry Hughes teams with NWVFD to raise money for Crusade PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    The New Washington Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual chili supper to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children at Station 1 on Saturday, February 21.
    The firemen will begin serving at 4 p.m. until the chili is gone.
    In addition to serving chili, they will offer hot dogs, chili dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, drinks and delicious desserts furnished by the New Washington Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.
    Patrick Henry Hughes of Louisville’s Extreme Makeover will be present to sign autographs and provide entertainment . Hughes will also be offering his CDs for sale to benefit the Crusade for Children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:33
 
Inaugural “Orange/Blue Blowout” games to be held at SCMS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    Silver Creek Middle School is proud to present an incredible evening of fun and entertainment on Friday, February 27 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at the school.
    As an opportunity to raise funds for academic school trips and to make a donation to the Leukemia Foundation in honor of one of Silver Creek Middle School's former students, Jonnae Taylor, the following events will take place: first, a basketball game between the school's eighth grade girls and eighth grade boys. A trophy plaque will be given to the winner to be displayed in the school showcase; secondly, a basketball game between an “orange team” and a “blue team” of co-ed eighth grade basketball team members. A trophy plaque will be given to the winner of this game, also to be displayed in the showcase and thirdly, they will hold a basketball game between their co-ed eighth grade team members and their “teacher/staff all stars.” This game will be highlight the evening and a “Dragon Rights” trophy will be presented and showcased for the winning team.
    Entertainment at half times and between games will be provided by the Silver Creek jazz band, the Royal Sensation dance team, SCMS cheerleaders and the singing of the National Anthem and the Silver Creek fight song will be presented by “The Singing Dragons.”
    Disc jockeys from Spin Around Sound will be the Masters of Ceremonies and provide music to rock the Dragon Den.
    The concession stand will be serving Vicario's Pizza, hot dogs, nachos and snacks. The cost of the event is $3 per person.
    Each of the school's sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes are asked to show their spirit by filling the stands with their classmates and the winning grade will display a banner in its hallway showing that grade to have the true “Heart of the Dragon.”
    The public is invited to attend this great evening of fun. For more information please call the school at 246-4421.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:34
 
CASA seeking community groups to speak to PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 February 2009 00:00
    The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA- The Voice of Clark County's Children) is seeking community and church groups in Clark County to speak to about the CASA Program. The CASA Program trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
    A five-minute program, a nine-minute program or a 12-minute program is available for groups interested in learning more about opportunities to volunteer in the CASA program.
    Please contact Elizabeth Wilson at 812-285-0743.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:38
 
?Pirate baseball finalizes ‘09 Schedule, opens with Michigan school PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:00
?    The Charlestown High School Pirates baseball team has finalized its 2009 schedule and includes an exciting opening game to begin the season.
    Charlevoix High School, of Michigan, is making a stop to play the Pirates on their way to Tennessee for their annual Spring Break trip. The game will be both team's opening game for the 2009 season, and also will mark the first time the Pirates have played an out of state team since the 2005 season (when they traveled to Ballard High School (KY) for the Ballard Invitational).
    Coach Ricky Romans comments, "We are eager to get things going this season. After finishing up last season with a disappointing ending, the guys are ready to hit the ground running in 09."  
    The Pirates return many of the same faces from a year ago, including 11 that have experienced varsity action.  
    "As with any program, pitching will be the key. We will be led by senior Cameron Metzger and junior Bryan Williams; and will need contributions from some of our young guys as well."  
    Offensively, the Pirates will miss the production and overall leadership of graduate All-State Clayton Merschbrock, but will have many guys that have the experience to fill his shoes.  
    "Leading that charge should be Cameron Metzger, followed by fellow seniors Matt Wyatt, Damon Vest, Joel Rodriguez, and Chad Brady,” said Coach Romans.  
    Overall, it will be another challenging season in the Mid-Southern Conference. Annual out of conference games against New Albany, Providence, and Madison will provide plenty of tests for the team in preparation of a successful post-season.  
    Coach Romans continued, "If we come ready to work everyday and focus on improving throughout the season, we should be primed for another winning season and an opportunity to make some noise in the Conference and Sectional."      The complete schedule, including a printable version is available from the Pirate Baseball Sports Page.  Catch Coach Romans' halftime interview during the Corydon boys basketball game broadcast, February 7 on Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 13:33
 
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