Three From Crothersville Receive State FFA Highest Award

Three Crothersville FFA members received the state Hoosier Farmer degree during the 87th Annual Indiana FFA State Convention at Purdue University on June 13- 16. Deven Lemen, Madison Isenhower and Derrick Maxie earned the state recognition.

“The Hoosier Farmer State Degree is the highest degree that can be bestowed by the Indiana FFA State Association. It is a huge honor to receive this because only about 4% of the members in the state receive this honor,” said Crothersville FFA Advisor Linda Begley.

Five members from the local chapter attended the convention receiving multiple awards including 5th place Living to Serve Community Initiative, 4th place Living to Serve Safety Initiative, 3rd place Living to Serve Food Security Initiative, and Bronze Emblem National Chapter.

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Members who attended State FFA Convention were: (front) Deven Lemen, 4th place Plant and Soil Science Demonstration, 4th place Multimedia Scrapbook CDE, participated in Traditional Scrapbook, Hoosier Farmer State Degree Recipient; Madison Isenhower, 4th place Plant and Soil Science Demonstration, 4th place Multimedia Scrapbook, Participated in Traditional Scrapbook CDE, Hoosier Farmer State Degree Recipient.

Back: Noah Hoskins, Chapter Delegate; Derrick Maxie, State Choir participant, Hoosier Farmer State Degree Recipient; Kalynda Hoevener, Chapter Delegate.

~photo courtesy Linda Begley

Free School Supplies Available For Crothersville Students

The annual Rock’n Ready School Supply registration is now open. Rock’n Ready is a collaboration of organizations whose goal is to ensure an increased number of children from low income families throughout Jackson County will have basic school supplies. The goal is to make sure 100% of our students in Jackson County schools arrive prepared on the first day of school.

“The youth of this county represent our future,” shared Missy Woods, Rock’n Ready Chair & Human Services Inc. County Service Director. “The school supply program ensures our youth are prepared to start school ready to learn, and sends a wonderful message of the importance of community involvement.”

Families from Jackson County can register for free basic school supplies by calling United Way 2-1-1 to register by July 15.

“People have slowly began to call in order to register their children for the school supplies” stated Alicia McCreary, United Way 2-1-1 Director. “We would like more families to call now to avoid the rush as the July 15 deadline approaches. Waiting until the deadline draws closer, backs up incoming calls and makes the caller have a longer waiting period.”

Parents or guardians must register the children by calling 2-1-1 or 812-376-6666 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After children are registered, the household will receive a post card with information about their time for pick up at the July 30 event.  The supplies distributed will include backpacks and limited basic school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.

My Hedge Investment In Blackberry Futures May Pay Off

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

From my observations in the wilderness fencerows and open areas, this could be a bonanza year.

It seems that all of the dynamics have come together for a bumper crop of wild raspberry and blackberry.

The winter was warm so few dormant second year canes were frozen. And because it was warm, there was enough other types of winter browse for the whitetail deer that they left the lightly prickled berries alone.

Then there was ample spring rain and cool but frost free blackberry winter. That’s the time when blackberries are blooming but there could be a sudden drop in temperature; thus a blackberry winter.

But it didn’t get so cold that it prevented the flying insects—bees, flies and pollinators— from visiting the white petaled berry blossoms.

Then after the berries began to set fruit, there has been some timely rain to help fill the wilderness dessert crop with juiciness.

Now with some warm daytime temperatures, I’m beginning to see those hard green raspberries blushing red. By the time you are reading this, the center most berry in the cluster will turn a black ripe followed by its cousins on the cane.

Blackberries come along a little later but should be ripening sometime next month.

Then it will be time for bug spray to ward off chiggers, ticks and deer flies, old jeans, a nearly worn out long sleeve shirt, and knee high muck boots with jeans tucked inside them. I’ll have to dig out my re-purposed coffee can with a 12-2 copper wire bail that slips through my old (and another year snugger) belt. Maybe I have room for one more nail hole so my berry picking garb will fit around my expanding and drooping middle.

Putting a berry bucket on my belt frees up both hands for seeking, and doing a index finger and thumb roll to fill my palm with black juicy Hoosier fruit. Soon, I develop a cadence, not unlike milking a cow, I suppose, and my belted berry bucket is promptly filled. Then dump the berries in a bigger kettle and refill the belt bucket.

In my youth I would pick blackberries for my grandma so she could make blackberry jelly. These days I pick enough for a fresh cobbler and some for the freezer for a winter baked dessert.

The rest pf the crop will get pressed into juice for wine.

Blackberry picking is wet work. I get out early in the morning before the bitey bugs are so bad and before the temperature is too uncomfortable. But that means the dew is heavy and my britches and shirt quickly are drenched. As the sun warms the fencerow, my clothes cling tightly. Later the dew is replaced by my own sweat so the clinging continues.

Back at the house, it is simpler to just strip off on the front porch (my closest neighbor is a half-mile and three ridges away so their modesty is intact), then into the shower to take care of any ticks or chiggers which evaded the spray.

I don’t know if my coming berry harvest will be as good as those turn of the 20th century berry pickers you see in our bicentennial reflection photo on page 3 this week, but it gives me a goal.

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Red, White & Blue Festival visitors took part in Saturday’s ‘Celebrate Indiana 200’ Bicentennial salute when 200 red, white & blue balloons were sent aloft into the southern Hoosier sky.

The weather was ideal for this past weekend’s 41st Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival which blue skies, fluffy clouds and welcomed breezes during the hot Hoosier day.

As a part of the local ‘Celebrate Indiana 200’ bicentennial celebration, CHS Principal David Schill, whose family has been local residents since before the town’s founding, spoke to the early education afforded to youngsters. Democrat US Senate Candidate Baron Hill was on hand to help with the local celebration speaking about Crothersville’s influence and importance in industry and providing families with jobs. Crothersville native and professional public speaker Scott McKain returned to his hometown to provide a historic and inspirational talk of his first public speaking opportunity at the Crothersville Methodist Church.

“I was 14 years old and scared to death because I was speaking in front of everyone I knew, much like today,” he told the Red, White & Blue Festival crowd. “I gave that speech my all. I touched on every point I wanted to make, emphasized them in review, offered up an inspirational prayer and then sat down. I had spoken for all of just 4 minutes.”

“Then the late Leroy Senn led the congregation in a hymn ‘Count your Blessings.’ I don’t remember what I talked about but I remember that simple song and it has importance today for the community of Crothersville,” said McKain. “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”

At the conclusion on the state approved celebration, community residents joined in to release 200 red, white & blue balloons.

Nearly $4,000 was raised in the Red, White & Blue Festival Prince & Princess contest. Jamie Caudill was named the 41st Festival Princess and Devin Morgan was named the Festival Prince.

The court was made up of 1st runners-up Brooke Goebel and Dirk Crater and 2nd runners-up Mattyline Deaton and Brayden Crater.

Jazlin Gibson, daughter of Jeremy & Jacqueline Gibson of Crothersville was named Red, White & Blue Little Miss.

It was a hot Saturday morning and the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department waterball fight brought some cooling relief to participants and, occasionally, spectators. The Crothersville “Team ‘Merica” won the wet push-of-war. Team members were Tyson Reynolds, Darin Jones, Jarrod Boswell, Jamie Land, and Eric Burns.

Darrin Wan of Scottsburg won the Crothersville FFA Porkburger contest tying Brian Jones of Crothersville with eating five sandwiches in 10 minutes then downing one more in a one-minute eat off.

There were 51 contestants in the Red, White & Blue Festival Baby Contest sponsored by Reins to Recovery, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center.

Winners were

Boys – Birth-3 Months: 1st, Raymond McIntosh, son of Raymond & Oma McIntosh of Crothersville; 2nd, Ryder Taylor, son of Freddie & Stephanie Taylor of Scottsburg; 3rd, Braden White, son of Brandon White & Kelly Hollan of Austin.

Girls – Birth-3 Months: 1st, Ansley Williams, daughter of Chance & Kylinda Williams of Seymour; 2nd, Emerson Prewitt, daughter of Eric Prewitt & Alesha Fiore of Columbus; 3rd, Nova Gardner, daughter of Cody Slagel & Sherry Gardner of Crothersville.

Boys – 4-6 Months: 1st, Jaxon Clute, son of Paul & DeeAnn Clute of Underwood; 2nd, Braygan Ashley, son of Brandon & Morgan Ashley of Crothersville; 3rd, Rylan Johnson, son of Ryan & Amanda Johnson of Crothersville.

Girls – 4-6 Months: 1st, Kinley Burns, daughter of Eric Burns & Erin Schmelzle of Crothersville; 2nd, Laney McIntosh, daughter of Dylan & Ally McIntosh of Austin; 3rd, Gracelyn Gilstrap, daughter of Oho & Kendra Gilstrap of Austin.

Boys – 7-12 Months: 1st, Camden Spencer, son of Todd & Rachelle Spencer of Jeffersonville; 2nd, Bryson Barnes, son of Andrew Barnes & Virginia Hensley of Crothersville; 3rd, Jordy & Jacoby Wood, twin sons of Aaron & Andrea Wood of Seymour.

Girls – 7-12 Months: 1st, Taitum Kidd, daughter of Andy & Natosha Kidd of Crothersville; 2nd, Haven Terry, daughter of Nathan Merrifield & Dorian Terry of Austin; 3rd, Kaylee Fergison, daughter of Robbie & Amy Fergison of Lexington.

Boys – 13-24 Months: 1st, Bryce Mechutd, son of Jenifer Mechutd of Scottsburg; 2nd, Driften Bevers, son of Devon Bevers & Ashley Murphy of Crothersville; 3rd, Carter Cole, son of Aaron Cole & Ashley Verble of Crothersville.

Girls – 13-24 Months: 1st, Emryne Bowling, daughter of Casey & Hannah Bowling of Seymour; 2nd, Annie-Lynn Barnes, daughter of Steven & Rebecca Barnes of Crothersville; 3rd, Jayelyn Warper, daughter of Jay & Chelsey Warper of Seymour.

Boys – 25-36 Months: 1st, Kase Gasser, son of Brittany Gasser of Scottsburg; 2nd, Blaydin Hensley, son of Shawn Hensley & Brittany Coomer of Scottsburg; 3rd, Victor Silva, son of Felix & Kayelee Silva of Austin.

Girls – 25-36 Months: 1st, Emma Barnett, daughter of Corey & Krista Barnett of Scottsburg; 2nd, Delaney Smith, daughter of Amber Smith of Seymour; 3rd, Honour Edwards, daughter of Ashlee Stamper of Austin.

Boys – 37-48 Months: 1st, Brayden McGill, son of Shawn & Misty McGill of Paris Crossing; 2nd, Bentley Madden, son of Gary & Bonita Madden of Austin.

Girls – 37-48 Months: 1st, Kinsley Markel, daughter of Drew & Sharon Markel of Seymour; 2nd, Riley Roark, daughter of Bobbie & Kelly Roark of Crothersville; 3rd, Kara Jarvis, daughter of Julia Shields of Austin.

The biggest bubble blowers in the Festival Bubble Gum Blowing Contest for 5-7 year olds was Presley Angel and in the 11-12 year olds Kaden Seip.

Winners of the Pet & Bike parade held Saturday for 3-5 year olds were Avan Helt, Greyson Helt, Emmett Snyder, Zazlin Gibson, Trey Spaulding, Emery O’Sullivan, Meribeth Lewis, Jacob Bowman, and Ava Hodge,.

The 41st Red White & Blue Festival Parade winners are:

Float:  The Jim & Sandra Foster Family

Marching Unit:  Rescue Ryder Canine Education

Commercial Unit:  Crothersville Vernon Township Fire Department

Antique Car/Truck: Freeman Army Airfield Museum Fire Truck

Hitch Team: Caudill Farm Belgian Draft Horses

Bicycle/4 Wheeler: Becky McIntosh

Tractor:  Dennis Edens (John Deere M 1950)

Best Over All: Crothersville High School Fishing Club