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
 
Leota Country Frolic set for August 20-22 - Celebrating 125th anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    Fun and fellowship will fill the small village of Leota August 20-22 as the community celebrates the annual Leota Country Frolic.
    Everyone is invited to be a part of this special event as the village starts to fill a field of Tractors of all kinds and all ages including many antiques along with other equipment. The tractors will be coming in all day on Thursday, August 20 and into Firday, August 21. Booths will be set up in preparation for the big time over the three days. Last year there were 100 tractors and organizers hope for more this year. New this year there will be a Tractor parts and Miscellaneous swap meet.
    The yearly event will begin with the Euchre Tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. for registration and 6:30 to play for the championship. Many people take part in this each year and have a wonderful time.
    Everything will be ready for crowds wanting to enjoy the day on Friday and Saturday activities. There will be demonstrations of all kinds along with the popular Arts and Crafts and the Flea Market. The celebration will offer Good Music, visiting the old friends and making new ones. There will be great food served by the Finley Volunteer Fire Department featuring all types of homemade pies, other desserts, fish, bratwurst, tenderloin, bean soup. French fries, hot dogs and more.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:12
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New Providence Community Day planned Sept. 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The members of New Providence Church are making plans for their annual Community Day festival. This year’s festival is planned for Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p..m. Plans are being made for a full day of free entertainment, including musical entertainment, a basket auction, and the annual baby contest. In addition, there will be a food booth offering fish or barbecue sandwiches, as well as the ever popular country store selling fresh baked pies, cakes, breads, rolls, cookies and candies made by the church family.
    Vendors are welcome to set up, but space is limited, so please apply early. No yard sales please. To reserve booth space or for more questions, contact Laurel Rode at 1-812-820-0928.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:16
 
Charlestown employees training on new equipment PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The City of Charlestown Wastewater Department is training four employees to use a newly arrived piece of equipment.
    The Vactor truck, purchased to bring the city’s waste water system into compliance with an agreed order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, is equipped with vacuums and pumps to remove stormwater overflows from intersections and debris from pipes.
    “We can clean about anything,” said Mike Perry, Wastewater Department Director. “It’ll be cleaning out sewer lines, manholes and storm?catch basins. We can use it in flooded intersections to drain the water out of there and clear out clogged basins.”
    The vacuum abilities of the Vactor truck could potentially improve the capacity of the storm water drainage system, Perry said.
    Sand and rocks gather at the bottom of pipes, taking up valuable space. An eight?inch pipe can become a six?inch pipe as the debris gathers, Perry said. Instead of flushing debris to other parts of the system, the Vactor truck can remove it, reducing the chances of overflows and lengthening the life of the wastewater system.
    Though the purchase of the Vactor truck will certainly save the city millions of dollars as it moves toward compliance with its agreement with IDEM, there are also more immediate costs savings to be realized, Perry said.
    “We’ve got tanks over here (at the wastewater department) that we normally have to contract out for cleaning,” Perry said. “We can keep that in?house now.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:19
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