Eagle Hatched At Jackson-Washington Forest At Vallonia

A pair of bald eagles recently had a successful nesting at Jackson-Washington State Forest with the hatching of a young eaglet that’s believed to be the first such occurrence at an Indiana state forest.

“It’s been kind of like watching a little kid grow up,” said Brad Schneck, property manager at Jackson-Washington. “We’ve kept an eye on it.”

What made the eaglet’s hatching in mid-June even more unusual is that it took place in close proximity to an active timber sale site.

“The return of the bald eagle is indicative of our success story,” said John Seifert, state forester and director of the DNR Division of Forestry. “It’s one of 116 species of concern that have found a home in the actively managed state forest system.”

At 17,000 acres, Jackson-Washington is the fifth largest of 13 state forests managed by the DNR.

Schneck noticed a nest developing in a large sycamore last fall while marking trees for a timber sale in the vicinity of the property’s Starve Hollow Lake.

“We were going by periodically, every other day, and it kept getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “Then we began seeing two eagles there this spring.”

Jackson-Washington staff immediately complied with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines by setting up a 600-foot buffer area to minimize nest disturbance and to ensure the timber sale site was outside the zone.

“We were greater than that,” he said. “We were 500 meters out, which is over 1,600 feet. Even the log yard was way outside the buffer.”

All that remained was to wait and watch.

“And lo and behold they had one successful chick,” said Schneck, who continued to monitor the young bird’s activity until it began to fly in recent weeks.

He said Starve Hollow Lake has become a popular eagle viewing area since a draw down of the lake two years ago to eliminate an overpopulation of gizzard shad and to do repair work on the spillway.

Jackson County Swine In Kentucky State Fair

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Jackson County families traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to participate in the 2008 Kentucky State Fair. These Jackson County youth showed pigs in the open class swine show. Outside states are allowed to show in the open class show.

These youth competed against breeders from other states as well as Kentucky. Jackson County was very well represented making up a good portion of the entire show. Together, breeds shown include: Hampshire, Duroc, Yorkshire, and Crossbred.

Front row: Derrick Maxie, Olivia Huff, Kayla Schneider, Amiee, Stout, and Samantha Huls.

2nd Row: Brooke Prather, Denise Maxie, Kimmi Miller, Mariah Huff, Veronica Schneider, Amber Miller, Kari Speiker, Dustin Allman.

Back row: Judge Chuck Olsen of South Dakota, Dillon Maxie, Chad Burcham, Mark Speiker, Jared Stahl, Kendall Lambring, Ty Schwade, Cody Allman, and Bailey Lambring.

Sesquicentennial Cookbook Now Available At Town Hall

The long-awaited Sesquicentennial Committee cookbook are now available at town hall, according to Nalona Bush and Barbara Deputy, organizers of the project.

The souvenir cookbook “Heirlooms From Our Sesquicentennial” is priced at $10 each and will be available at Crothersville Town Hall or at Aunt Samantha’s Gift Shop. Aunt Samantha’s is located across from the Dollar General Store on north Armstrong Street in Crothersville.

Nalona Bush has been compiling recipes for the cookbook since the spring of 2007. “This cookbook includes recipes from town residents, past and present,” says Nalona. “I think everyone is going to be pleased. I can just see everyone cooking up a storm for months and years to come from this souvenir cookbook!”

Those in the community who have placed their name on a waiting list for the cookbook should call 793-2311 before dropping by Town Hall to pick up their copy to be sure it has arrived.

Prince/Princess and Baby Contests Added To Sesquicentennial

CHS Athletic Boosters will be hosting two children’s pageants to be held during next month’s Crothersville Sesquicentennial, according to CAB spokesperson Alisa Sweazy .

The Prince/Princess Pageant coronation will take place in CHS Cafetorium located on Oak Street at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 11. Collection jars are being placed in area businesses. The Prince or Princess candidate who receives the most money in their jar will be the winners of the contest.

A Baby Contest will occur on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the First Baptist Church located at 305 East Howard Street, Crothersville. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the contest starting at 11 a.m. Ages will be from 0-36 months, with separate categories for both boys and girls. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each category. Cost per entry will be $5.00.

“Planning for these memory-making children’s activities are in place and running smoothly,” said Sweazy. For more info call 812-793-2311 or at 812-521-4643.

Late Breaking Sesquicentennial Event Updates

•Vickie Byrd, Queen Pageant Chair, is extending the deadline for the Queen Pageant applications to Friday, Sept 5. “We need more Queen candidates, especially Juniors, age 16-22!” says Vickie. “Anyone who has questions about the queen pageants should call me ASAP at 523-8048.” Anyone who is thinking about entering the pageants are reminded of the historical nature of this activity. Photos are available of the 1958 Centennial Queen Pageant, if anyone would like to see them.

•Arts&Crafts/Commercial vendor applications (non-food), as well as parade entry forms, and Queen Pageant applications can be downloaded from http://www.150YearsAgo.org or picked up at Town Hall in Crothersville.

•A line-dancing exposition will be held 6-6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, just before the beginning of the 50s-60s Sock Hop, by The Country Kickers dance club. Local residents and CSC members Ron and Donna Pevlor are members of The Country Kickers.

•The next meeting of the Crothersville Sesquicentennial Committee will be this Thursday, (tomorrow) at 6 p.m. at the Crothersville Libary. All activity chairs are urged to be present to give brief reports on their committee’s progress.

•Booth fees are being waived for all non-profit orgs. However, an application must be filled out and turned in so booth space can be assigned. If your non-profit org is planning to participate, please pick up an application at Town Hall or at the Library and turn in ASAP.

•Rita Ibershoff asks that all who have antiques/memorabilia/old photos/collections to share in the Antiques display at the new gym, call her at Verizon Cell 859-582-8697 ASAP. Arrangements and booth assignments must be made for the display. “I need help with this activity. Anyone who can help needs to call me!”

•The Bessie Lowe Memorial Pie-Baking Contest is being shaped up by CSC member Dolly Bradshaw. Bessie Lowe, a 1924 graduate of CHS, was an excellent fruit pie baker and member of the Crothersville Methodist Church. She baked pies and donated them for the Methodist food stand at the Jackson County Fair for many years. The contest will unfold on Friday, Sep 12, at the new Methodist Annex located at 116 N. Armstrong Street in Crothrsville. Pies need to be turned in between by 10 a.m. on Sept. 12 in one of three categories: Fruit, Cream or Specialty Pies. (No meat pies or pizza pie will be permitted.) Entry fee is $1. Limit of one pie per category per entrant. Judging will commence at 10:30 a.m., with winners announced at noon. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. The 1st place pies in all categories, along with the Grand Champion Prize winning pie, will be auctioned off as soon as the winners are announced at noon. The rest of the pies will be sold by the slice for $1 each, or $5 per pie. All proceeds will be donated to The Crothersville Methodist Church in memory of Mrs Lowe.

How I know The Economy Is Bad

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I am not a financial analyst, economist, or banking guru. I don’t know gross national product from service sector synergies. But I do know what most of the rest of you have already picked up on. Despite the whistling by the graveyard rosy picture of the economy painted by the nation’s president and Indiana’s governor, our economy is stagnant as in inactive, sluggish, dull and foul.

How do I know these things? From the number of phone calls I have been getting from “consultants” who want to know if I want to earn more money by investing in petroleum drilling, international monetary accounts, natural gas futures, and motion pictures.

Folks, I am not sure how I got on a widely passed around list of potential suckers…I mean…investors. I’m wondering if they got my name from some website. I hear some software is so sophisticated that just my clicking the wrong link a site can search through your computer to come up with your name, address, phone number, eye color, shoe size and whether you wear boxers or briefs.

When most of these guys and gals call, I listen to their pitch briefly. I’ve been asked to invest in oil and natural gas drilling in Texas, international money markets abroad which are available in units of $10,000, and in Hollywood film productions with “Would you be comfortable investing $75,000?”

So this is how I know the economy is bad? When brokers, agents and resource development specialists are calling me—a guy who wears his clothes until Miz Mary tosses them in the rag bag, who drives a 12-year-old vehicle with 190,000 miles, and who draws considerable angst from watching what little mutual fund retirement he has saved squashed by fuel prices and mortgage foreclosures—you know the money flow has dried up and they are looking for new pigeons…er…investors.

That’s how I know the economy is bad.