Town Market Foodies Opens In Crothersville

Store manager Amy Stepp, owner Joe Bohman, and assistant manager Cathy Morgan were stocking shelves last week getting ready for the opening of Town Market Foodies.

It’s been six years since Crothersville has had a real grocery store. That is changing this week as Town Market Foodies plans to open at the corner of US 31 & Main Street.
Joe Bohman of Hanover is the new grocery owner but he is certainly not new to the grocery business. He and his brother opened and have operated Pride Market in Hanover in 1988.
He said he hopes to use that 30 years experience in meeting the food needs of customers in small communities at the new Crothersville location.
“Crothersville is a food desert,” said Bohman. “Sure there are several convenience stores nearby. But to get fresh meat, fresh produce, local residents have to drive at least 8-10 miles. We plan to make fresh food a priority.”
Bohman bought the former Tanner’s Market building earlier this year and has had crews busy updating lighting, electrical, and bringing the facility up to county heath codes for selling and serving food.
Bohman said during the renovation, local residents dropped in out of curiosity wanting to know what’s going on. “The local people have been very supportive, helpful and cooperative,” said Bohman.
“We’re going to be concentrating on food,” he said, “and adjust our offerings until the community needs are known.”
In addition to food staples, fresh meat & produce, dairy and frozen product, Town Market Foodies will have a deli.
“Whether you want a sandwich to go for lunch during your work week, or a some baked chicken for a Sunday dinner or picnic, we plan to serve that community need.”
Bohman said his deli specialty is potato salad. “I’ve tried other potato salads but they just didn’t suit me. I came up with a recipe to my liking and will be offering Crothersville residents a specialty potato salad made fresh in the store.”
While he has been working on the store for several months, Bohman said that everything will not be ready “grand opening style” on the first day.
“We are going to ease in to everything,” he said. “It will be nice to start with but will not be my entire dream small town store. Our customers will help determine that.”
The staff will be small. So far Bohman, manager Amy Stepp and assistant manager Cathy Morgan have been busy prepping, cleaning, stocking, arranging and getting ready for the store’s first customers.
Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week “until the community needs are known,” said the new local grocer.
The Town Market Foodies location has a history in Crothersville as a grocery. In the 1920’s Briner’s Regal Market operated at the same location until Dallas McKain bought the business in the 1960’s. Later the food business was Brummet’s Grocery. After that business closed, the building was a church and a florist shop until Tanner’s Market opened for about four years. That business closed in 2012 leaving the community without a full-line grocery store.

Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival June 7-9

The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival will celebrate it’s 43rd community festival on June 7, 8 & 9, 2018.
Applications are still being accepted for craft, flea market and business information vendor spaces. Booths are 10’x15’ and additional space can be purchased. All booths are required to fly an America Flag. To request a booth contact Sherry at 812-569-0407
The 43rd RWB Parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 9. Registration forms are available by calling Marion at 812-216-8146.
Information can also be found on out website at, and on Facebook.

CHS Alumni Banquet May 19

The Crothersville High School Alumni Banquet will be Saturday, May 19, in the Crothersville High School cafetorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for socializing and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Alumni are asked to complete a registration form, that can be found on the Crothersville Alumni Association Facebook Page, and mail it, along with your remittance to: Crothersville Alumni Association, PO Box 34, Crothersville, IN 47229. The deadline is May 10. The cost this year is $25 per person.
The 25 Year Anniversary class of 1993, and the 50 Year Anniversary class of 1968, as well as the newest CHS alumni, the Class of 2018 will be introduced.
As is the alumni tradition, a scholarship will be presented to a senior in attendance at this year’s banquet. Scholastic ability, grades, personality and financial need are all taken into consideration. The Alumni Scholarship Fund is made possible through the contributions of CHS grads in attendance at each year’s banquet.
Anyone not attending the event is asked to take a moment to complete the information and return it so that computerized class records can be kept as correct as possible.
Any Senior parent who has pictures of their student in younger days is welcome to email them to to use during the dinner hour.
Anyone having any questions please call Dawn at 812-530-6367.

Mothers’ Day Tea This Saturday At Hamacher Hall

All area mothers and children are invited to a Mothers’ Day Tea at Hamacher Hall this Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Light refreshments of sandwiches, miniature cupcakes, and drinks will be served. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite, Allene Hoagland.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association.
Hamacher Hall is located at 111 East Howard Street in Crothersville. Funds from events are used to maintain and improve the facilities at Hamacher Hall and the Annex Building.
For more information, or to make reservations, please call Linda at 812-521-3695, or Brenda at 812-793-2760.

Spring Finally Arrives In The Wilderness

by Curt Kovener

No matter how long the winter lasts, spring does not miss its turn.
After what seemed like an unusually l-o-n-g winter—the winter that wouldn’t go away—spring has arrived in the wilderness.
The rest of the native trees and bushes are leafing out and catching up with the invasive multiflora roses and autumn olive. I see another invasive—garlic mustard—growing along the county roadside so I am keep my eyes on alert for the serrated heart shape leaves and white blossom plant. Not to worry about spraying these rapidly spreading plants, the best method is the old fashioned one. Pull them up by the roots.
Native wild violets and wild phlox are adding their touch of shades of purple to the forest floor.
We’ve have gotten the ferns, elephant ear bulbs, and Persian shield out from the basement where they seemed to have over-wintered in good shape. They all got a long drink of liquid fertilizer as a spring tonic.
We stored the water catching tray for the elephant ears over the pots for the winter. We were surprised that when we put them on the porch and uncovered the pots, a couple of elephant ears—white for lack of sunlight— were already about 4 inches tall. I guess the ears wanted to hurry spring as well.
Chipmunks scamper around and are stalked and dispatched by Willow the cat. Not to worry, the wilderness has an excess of chipmunks.
Emma the Great Pyrenese keeps the property protected from invasion by deer, turkey, and raccoon. And there are ever increasing numbers of those, as well.
Emma has been most useful digging up moles, for which I am grateful. She considers them a live action squeak toy. It doesn’t end pleasantly for the mole.
A variety of colorful birds passing through the wilderness are eating at the feeders: rose breasted grosbeaks, towhees, and Baltimore orioles along with the usual contingent of chickadees, tufted titmouse, cardinals and several sizes of woodpeckers.
The large crow-size pileated woodpecker is heard up the ridge jackhammering on dead trees looking for insects.
In the evening just before dusk the turkeys gobble before heading to roost. Then the night hawk—whippoorwill —takes over through much of the darkness. Spring peepers and barred and great horned owls add to the night time lullaby that sings us to sleep.

Legal Notice


Administrative Resources association (ARa) will be conducting an informational meeting for contractors interested in bidding on general home improvement projects for Crothersville’s Homeowner Repair & Improvement Program. Contractor eligibility requirements will be discussed, as well as recently established lead paint requirements. Participating homeowners will be eligible for up to approximately $15,000 in home improvements. Rehab activities may include repair or replacement of HVAC systems, roofing, windows and siding, electric upgrades and handicapped accessibility. Health and safety issues will also be addressed.
The meeting will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 23, 2016 at Crothersville Town Hall, Council Chambers, 111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229. All contractors interested in bidding on these homes should plan to attend.
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