Senior Citizens Serving Breakfast This Saturday

Crothersville Senior Citizens will hold their annual spring fundraising breakfast, this Saturday, April 30, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

On the menu will be eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee cake, coffee, tea, milk and orange juice all for a free will donation.

The Crothersville Senior Center is located at 114 E. Main Street (west of the library) and offers programs for senior citizens Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the breakfast or to volunteer to help, call 812-793-2523

CHS Greenhouse To Open During Community Yard Sales

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CHS FFA member and horticulture student Madison Isenhower waters and fertilizes coleus that will be among the plants available for sale when the school greenhouse opens of Saturday, May 7, during the community yard sales.

The Crothersville High School Horticulture class will open the school greenhouse for public sales of flower and vegetable plants on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

CHS Horticulture students have been busy planting and nurturing a variety of plants for local gardeners to enjoy, said horticulture teacher Linda Begley. Flower varieties include: wave petunias, zinnias, marigolds, petunias, coleus, snapdragons, salvia, impatiens, begonias, coleus, dusty miller, alyssum, and sunflowers.

Vegetables plants include: several varieties of tomato and peppers, summer squash, kohlrabi, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.

And to spice up your home kitchen cooking there is parsley, dill, chives, cilantro, and basil.

Begley said that two Exclusive Hybrid Specialty 9 packs of plants are available.

Sweet and Spicy pack includes one each of San Marino tomato, Celebration tomato, Emerald tomato, Crimson Sweet watermelon, California Wonder pepper, cantaloupe, Sweet Banana pepper, Habanera pepper, and Jalapeno pepper.

The Exotic pack includes Black Krim tomato, Hybrid Golden Rave tomato, Emerald Evergreen tomato, Large Dutch Yellow cucumber, Casper eggplant, Dragon Egg cucumber, Thai Super Chili Hot pepper, Albino Bullnose pepper, and Lilac bell pepper.

“As a bonus, the first 50 customers when we open on May 7 will receive a garden starter vegetable pack (one per family),” said Begley. “This pack is courtesy of the Crothersville FFA Chapter.  Members of the FFA chapter are wanting to promote food security in our community.”

“We hope that local gardener’s will take these plants home and nurture them until they produce and with any extra, they can share with their family, friends, or neighbors”, said Crothersville FFA Senior member Madison Isenhower.

Proceeds from the plant sales go towards greenhouse supplies for next year.

Hours after Saturday will be during the regular school hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Yard Sale Deadline Is Friday

Area residents have until 5 p.m. this Friday to take advantage of the free advertising for the May 7 Greater-Crothersville Community Wide Yard sale.

Residents are encouraged to clean out closets, basements and garages of no longer needed items to place them for sale.

Yard sales locations will be advertised free of charge in the May 4 Crothersville Times, the sponsor of the twice yearly event. Residents who want to take advantage of the no-cost ad can have their yard or garage sale listed by calling the newspaper office at 812-793-2188 and leave a message with the office electronic secretary or the yard sale holder and location can be e-mailed to ctimes@frontier.com.

“This event is not just for Crothersville residents,” said Kovener. “We hope out neighbors in Austin, Retreat, Tampico, Commiskey and Dudleytown will also take part.”

The deadline for submitting a yard sale location is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Festival Parade Entries Being Sought

The 41st Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival is seeking parade participants for the community’s bicentennial salute.

Individuals and groups antique & classic cars, horse units, floats and marching groups are invited to join in.

There will be first and second place awards in each category. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. and the parade will step off at 2 p.m.

For more information or to obtain a parade registration form contact parade chairperson Marion Gill at PO Box 42, Crothersville, IN 47229 or call 812-523-1889 & leave a message or email MarionL8@frontier.com

The Wilderness Came Back To Life

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The El Nino inspired mild winter and the early warming spring temperatures have been greeted enthusiastically by the wilderness. The winds played some havoc with some trees. The combination of saturated soil and gravity didn’t bode well for them but there’s greening and blooming galore in the Hoosier forest.

First to green up is the green briar and multi-flora roses almost daring you to take a walk past them to enjoy the woods. Some hand pruners and a spritz of brush killer help keep some of the pricklies under control.

And speaking of pricklies, the wild raspberry and blackberry are not far behind their non-fruiting briar cousins. We will have to wait and see how the bloom set is before offering a prediction on blackberry futures.

While on the subject of blooming, the yellow and red delicious apple trees planted in that last millennium are blooming profusely. Butterflies, bees, and an assortment of other insects have been busy drinking nectar while pollinating. Prediction: the deer will have a fine apple crop this year. I will try to gather a few for my own use.

The early blooming trees like serviceberry, dogwood and red bud are coloring up the forest canopy.

Other woodland flowers are peeking through the forest floor: purple violets, lavender wild phlox, white Dutchman’s breeches, yellow trout lily, and a few bloomers I have yet to identify are populating the brown carpet of last season’s fallen and decaying leaves and sticks.

The Mayapples are popping up and may actually bloom in May…maybe.

But the elusive of all that woodland bounty—the morel mushroom has escaped my gaze. I seem to have more luck spotting mushrooms when I am not looking for them. So I don’t go looking for mushrooms officially in hopes that a few will cross my path.

I really think wild turkey like mushrooms because a lot of their scratchings have been in places I would grow if I were a mushroom.

And there is an ample crop of turkey that made it through the mild winter. Early morning gobbling toms are heard in all directions from the woodland homestead. And some late afternoon flocks get disturbed from their grazing and rush into the woods when I return home on the lane.

And like the turkey, the bluegill in the lake fared well in the mild winter. They already come aswimming when I tromp on the dock to throw them some floating food. And there are the tent caterpillars I clear from the wild cherry trees they want to defoliate. Their tent clings to my fingers like cotton candy and by the time I make my way to the dock the black fuzzy wigglers are trying to escape up my finger. That makes it easy to gingerly flick them onto the lake surface where multiple bluegill almost bump noses clamoring for the fresh meat.

The whippoorwill calls from the woods at night…a sound that usually is the harbinger of summer months but maybe El Nino has moved the brown night bird’s clock forward. Often the barred owl joins in the ‘whip-poor-will’ chorus with ‘who-who-who-cooks-for you’.

And with warming ground temperatures, food for me is beginning to make its presence known. The crowns of asparagus I planted last spring and allowed to go to seed are rewarding me and my guests with index finger thick spears.

It should go without saying that the grass & weeds in the wilderness are also growing at high speed and call to me to mow. I like to mow. It gives me time to think. To think of columns like this one.