25th FFA Toy & Food Drive Shifting Into High Gear

Crothersville FFA officers, Deven & Mason Lemen hang paper ornaments on a tree in the Tiger lobby at Crothersville High School.

“We are selling paper ornaments during home ball games and then we hang them on the tree,” said Deven.  “The ornaments are being sold in a number of different dollar values.  All of the money that we raise will go towards buying food for the Toy & Food Drive.”

The chapter has designed a t-shirt, modeled by the Lemen brothers, to commemorate the 25th year of the Toy & Food Drive.

“We started with a popular Super Bowl themed commercial honoring the farmer for the front of the shirt and then we have several of our sponsors and former chapter presidents on the back of the shirt,” said Mason Lemen, chapter president.

The community is encouraged to purchase a shirt to wear to show support for 25 years of the Toy & Food Drive.  Shirts are available at the school for a $10 donation.

Other activities in preparation for canned food collection at the school include the elementary students collecting cans each day in their classroom with the classroom bringing in the most cans gets an ice cream party.  In the Jr./Sr. high, first period classes will be organizing a design made from canned and dried goods, just outside their classroom.  The winners of this contest will receive a free breakfast.

Area residents wanting to make a financial contribution to this year’s drive can contact the school or mail the donation to: 109 N. Preston Street, Crothersville, IN 47229 or call 812-793-2051.

Hoosier Grown Christmas Trees Benefit Environment & Economy

Buying a real tree from an Indiana tree farm is a great way to bring holiday cheer into your home

Not too many Hoosiers roast their chestnuts on an open fire anymore, but plenty are reclaiming the tradition of having an all natural, living, breathing, Christmas tree in their home this holiday season.

Unlike artificial trees, which are usually made of petroleum based products and smell the same way a plastic shoe horn smells, a real Christmas tree can fill your home with fresh air and can even be recycled. Even after you cut the tree down and put it in your house, it continues to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as long as it has a fresh water supply to keep it alive.

Plus, when you buy a tree from an Indiana tree farm, you are keeping a local farmer in business. Instead of starting the holiday season waiting in long lines while still recovering from a turkey feast, why not pile the family into the car and head to a nearby tree farm? After picking out your own tree, you can bring it home and let its fragrance fill your home with the fresh scent of winter conifer.

After all the presents have been opened and the tinsel packed away until next year, your tree can continue on its journey as it’s recycled into mulch. Many communities in the state have a program where residents can drop off a tree, and receive free mulch next spring for use in gardens and landscaping projects.

For more information on Indiana tree farms, visit: http://www.indianachristmas tree.com

Town’s Comprehensive Plan Requires A Pioneering Spirit

by Curt Kovener

Crothersville (though first founded as Haysville because the area was deemed suitable for growing hay) came about because of a pioneering spirit. Not the Conestoga wagon traveling across the plains to live in houses built of sod pioneer spirit but of an innovative, hard work and everybody joining in to accomplish good attitude.

By reclaiming the best of our pioneer heritage, by applying past lessons to the future, we can, like the original pioneers, make rural areas prosper, my colleague Paul Hosford of the Omaha World Herald has written in the past.

Re-pioneering is important to revitalizing communities such as ours. Pioneers didn’t have and didn’t expect others to do for them.

“The successful pioneers were courageous. They persevered. They made sacrifices to realize their dreams.  The pioneers were builders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” Hosford wrote. “They built farmsteads and dry-goods stores, mills, roads and bridges.  They used the latest technology everywhere they could.

“The pioneers cared about community. They created organizations that brought people together to quilt and to husk, to sing and to pray. The pioneers weren’t afraid of diversity- people from vastly different places, with vastly different customs and languages, worked together to settle their community.

“The pioneers didn’t just farm and raise livestock- they were at the same time carpenters, teachers, politicians and planners.

“The pioneers were visionaries. They could see in their hearts what the future could be and understood that through hard work and focus, they could achieve their visions.

“The pioneers were optimists- they didn’t let the challenges of life dissuade them.

“Imagine if more people in rural areas could once again be as inspired by a vision of what the future holds, as reluctant to let challenges stop them, as open to new ideas, as willing to do what has to be done as their predecessors were.”

Ponder on these thoughts as you read and learn about the Comprehensive Plan that has been developed for Crothersville. Remember that it is a participatory plan that requires your 21st Century pioneer involvement.

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Aisin Chemical Expands Even More

$8.5 Million Tax Abatement Means 12 New Jobs

This past August Aisin Chemical Indiana broke ground for a $6 million expansion to their manufacturing plant south of Crothersville. At the time company officials said that the additional 30,000 square foot building expansion would fill more quickly than anticipated to create even more jobs locally.

At Monday night’s Crothersville Town Council meeting ACIN executives made it official seeking and being approved for an additional $8.1 million tax abatement for new manufacturing equipment and a $400,000 abatement for research and development equipment.

The company will be installing a new production line to reduce materials imported from Japan, said Tim Carter, local plant General Manager. He said the equipment will include a papermill and paper saturation line for the production of friction material used in the automotive industry.

ACIN currently makes friction material components for automatic transmissions, liquid sound dampening material and anti-corrosion paint. The company currently employs 50 workers. The tax abatements this year will produce a total of 17 new jobs next year; five announced during the August groundbreaking and an additional dozen expected for the new paper line.

The customers for the new ACIN product include Toyota, AW North Carolina, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Denso, Hino Manufacturing, Nissan among others.

“Earlier this year when we celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for ACIN’s building expansion, we were told that additional investment for equipment and machinery would follow, and that is what tonight’s announcement is all about,” Jim Plump, executive director of Jakcson County Industrial Development Corporation told the town council.

“ACIN continues to grow their business and Crothersville, along with Jackson County and South Central Indiana are benefiting from that growth with their new investment and job creation,” Plump said. “We are extremely pleased that Aisin management continues to have confidence in our area as a great place to invest and do business.”

The company expects to begin installation of the new equipment the first of next month with completion scheduled for April 1, 2014. The R&D equipment will begin installation on April 1, 2014 and be completed by the end of the month.

Aisin Chemical began in Jan. 2006 inside neighboring Aisin Drivetrain and completed its current 70,000 square foot facility in December 2010.

The Crothersville manufacturing plant is the only ACIN facility in the United States.

Crothersville Town Players To Perform “Petunia’s Christmas” This Friday

The Crothersville Town Players will present the Roger Devoisin children’s classic Petunia’s Christmas as a dinner theatre this Friday, Dec. 13 at Hamacher Hall.

The doors open to Hamacher Hall at 6:00, with the meal being served at 6:30.

Roger Duvoisin authored and illustrated 40 books, including five books about Petunia Goose have become classics in children’s liturature. Duvoisin was also a distinguished magazine illustrator and an important New Yorker cover artist during the 1930’s.

Petunia’s Christmas is a whimsical tale about an irrepressible goose that employs all of her wiles to prevent a handsome gander from the neighboring farm from being served as the main course at Christmas Dinner.  Petunia goes to great lengths to prove that love conquers all.

This year’s presentation is under the direction of Brenda Holzworth, a retired Crothersville school teacher. “I have always loved this children’s story, and have read it to many different ages.”

The cast includes; The Narrator, Eunice Lacey; Petunia, Bayleigh North; Charles the handsome gander, Brayden Growe.  The farmers are played by Linda Seals, Kim Mains, Jonathon Bowman, and Klarissa Wilburn.

The dinner menu is tossed salad, holiday ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, assorted desserts, iced tea, and lemonade.

Tickets are available for purchase at a cost of $15.

Immediately following Friday’s performance will be a Christmas Auction, conducted by local auctioneer, Terry Prine. The auction will include Holiday Decorations, Crothersville Souvenirs, and last minute gift ideas.

The playhouse for the Crothersville Town Players is located at Hamacher Hall, 211 East Howard Street.