Backyard Bird Habitat Workshop At Refuge Saturday

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Sometimes there is a lack of domestic tranquility even in the bird world as shown by this pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks at a local backyard feeder.
A workshop to explain how to make your yard more attractive to birds will be held at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, April 22, from 1-3 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
The workshop will cover the basic needs of birds, bird-friendly plants, and simple ways people can make their yards attractive and safe places for birds. Participants in the workshop who pre-register will also receive free bird-friendly perennial plants to take home (as long as the supply lasts) courtesy of the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society.                                        ~photo by Tracie Kovener

Property Tax Bills On The Way To Your Mailbox

Property tax bills are expected to start arriving to property owners this week, according to Jackson County Treasurer Roger D. Hurt
The spring installment is due Wednesday, May 10, while the fall installment is due on Monday, Nov. 13.
“The payment methods this year are similar to the past years,” said Hurt.
. Options are:
•Payment by mail delivery with check. Payment is considered on time when postmarked by the US post Office by the due date.
•Payment processing at The Peoples Bank locations and The State Bank Of Medora.
•Payment with Credit / Debit cards using the I-Freedom Process.  On Line at, the County Web site at, or using the too-free automated phone system at 888-809-5849. These options will incur a convenience fee charge.
•In Person payment by cash or check at the Treasurer’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
•Drop Box at the Sugar Street entrance to the courthouse. For safety, this is for checks only. Payment is considered on time if received in the drop box by midnight on the deadline date.
“If anyone is ever in doubt of the amount that they owe, how to make a payment, where a payment can be processed or questions on the billing schedule, I encourage them to call us at the Treasurer’s office at 812-358-6125 or 812-358-6126 or email at
If you have a question about your assessment you should contact the county assessor at 812-358-6112 and if you have a question about a homestead, mortgage or any other type of exemption contact the county auditor at 812-358-6161, said Hurt.

Crothersville History Month To Be Celebrated With Dinner At Hamacher Hall

April is Crothersville History Month and to celebrate an evening of history and dining is planned at Hamacher Hall this Saturday, April 22. Cost of the event is $15 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
This annual event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, and funds raised are used for improvements and maintenance of Hamacher Hall. Hamacher Hall is the former First Presbyterian Church, located at 111 West Howard Street. A ramp is available for handicapped access.
For more information or for reservations, call Linda at 812-521-3695.

Town Seeking Applicants For Housing Grant

Crothersville residents age 55 & older who own their own permanent home can apply for no cost improvements during the next round of state funding with Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, according to Victoria Dake of Administrative Resources association in Columbus.
Among the improvements which can be approved include electric upgrades, improvements to HVAC & plumbing, replace roofs, upgrade windows & doors, remove lead based paint.
Also home modifications to improve handicap accessibility can be included. Accessibility tamps, bathroom upgrades for safety, door widening for wheelchairs, kitchen modifications, and improved lighting are among the projects to help allow residents to age in place and remain in their homes.
The Owner-Occupied Rehab Aging in Place Project allows eligible entities to apply for grant funding to complete repairs on owner-occupied residential properties. Funding may be used to address conditions in a home that, if left unattended, would create an issue with the integrity of the home or become a detriment to the quality of life for the residents.
The fine print of the eligibility requirements include: single family home must be on a permanent foundation, homes being bought on contract are not eligible, homes must be insured, and the home must be in need of modifications or upgrades.
Income eligibility is $32,400 for 1 person, $37,000 for 2 persons, income eligibility increases with the number of household residents.
The deadline for applying for grant funding is May 5.
“The town intends to apply for the next round of grants in July but we must show a local need for the work in order to be considered,” said Dake. “Numbers are important.”
Applications are available at town hall or the Crothersville Senor Citizens.

I’m Doing It Wrong

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

I sometimes do not know if I am being pranked or edified by information on the internet. Unlike some people, I do not believe everything on the internet, TV or radio. Heck, I am even suspect of the stuff I read in this newspaper.
Apparently I am squeezing my lemons and limes all wrong. Rather than using my hand I am supposed to warm them in the microwave then use tongs for better leverage.
Other stuff I do that is wrong:
•Scooping ice cream. Instead use a knife and cut ice cream into slices.
•Not maximizing the paper ketchup cup. If you fan out those fluted paper ketchup cups at the fast food place they hold more and you can more easily access them for french fry dipping.
•The aluminum tab on a can of pop can be used to hold your drinking straw. I don’t use a straw out in the woods. The squirrels and chipmunks would think I am being hoity-toity.
•You are supposed to store peanut butter jars upside down to better distribute the oils.
•Hold it! There are little tabs on the end of foil, wax paper and plastic wrap boxes that can be shoved in to hold the roll in the box.
•A staple remover can be used to open up key rings so you don’t break a fingernail.
•Your supposed to use a pea size dab of toothpaste and you are not supposed to rinse after you brush. (If it is all the same to you, I will keep doing it wrong.)
•If you rest a wooden spoon over the top of your pots while you’re cooking it will prevent spillover when things boil. The wood is suppose to pop the boiling bubbles. It does some but not all.
•Peeling a banana. Learn from the monkeys: pinch the bottom on the banana and peel it open. You won’t have to pick off the banana strings. I tried this. I ended up eating mushed up banana.
All information sources are only as good as the pranksters sharing the information. Use this advice at your own peril.