Crothersville Elementary Is 1st To Receive State Pre-School Certification

Crothersville Elementary is the first public school in the state to receive certification making it eligible for state-funded vouchers through a pilot preschool initiative.

Because Crothersville Elementary School recently was awarded the Paths to Quality Level 3 designation, it can accept those vouchers from low-income families who qualify for the On My Way Pre-K program in Jackson County.

The school also has an opportunity to apply for grant money through the program, which will begin at the start of the new school year in August.

Last year, Jackson County and four other Hoosier counties — Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh — were selected to take part in the program in an effort to give more 4-year-olds access to quality, early-childhood education.

Paths to Quality is the state’s voluntary rating and improvement program through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. A Level 3 out of the four levels means the school will or has implemented a curriculum that supports children’s learning and school readiness.

Once enrolled in On My Way Pre-K, qualified families can receive vouchers and choose from any of the approved programs available in the area. Those include community and faith-based programs and public or charter schools rated at Level 3, such as Crothersville, or Level 4.

Dan Hodge, executive director of the Jackson County Education Coalition, said the county’s goal is to have at least 10 On My Way Pre-K providers by the beginning of the coming school year.

Currently there are four other sites that have been certified for On My Way Pre-K — Head Start, Terri’s Playhouse, Child Care Network at Girls Inc. and Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, all in Seymour.

By the April 30 deadline, 97 families had registered to participate, Hodge said.

Schneck To Provide Free Mammograms

Schneck Medical Center has received a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to provide a limited number of free screenings mammograms to low and middle income women in the communities it serves. A mammogram is one of the best tools for the early detection of breast cancer and life-saving early detection.

To qualify for the screening mammogram, women must be 40 years of age or older, uninsured, and met the financial requirements.

“This grant provides a much-needed service in our region. Many women do not have coverage for screening mammograms,” said Rita Baker, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Schneck. “We know early detection of breast cancer is key, and our Women’s Diagnostic Imaging program can help save the lives of women who otherwise would not be able to have a mammogram.”

If you or someone you know needs a screening mammogram and does not have insurance, please contact Schneck Patient Financial Services at 812-522-0413.

Not To ‘Herp’ Too Much But…

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

As I prepared to step off the porch to fertilize my growing garden of herbs, there was a brief moment of “oh-oh”. There was an adult milksnake lying in my front yard.

Now I am not afraid of snakes but the first time I spot one there is always that startled “oh-oh” moment.

Some may confuse the non-poisonous milksnake with a poisonous copperhead. Both have copper-bronze color markings along the length of their body but the milksnake has a vivid black outline on each of its bronze markings.

Some people believe all snakes may be poisonous and it is better to be safe than sorry so their attitude is “kill it.” This possibly is a religious holdover attitude as a result of the Old Testament tempter of Eve. For his cunning and conning the first woman into disobeying and eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the serpent was commanded to crawl upon its belly all of its life.

Genesis 3:15 the Almighty said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman…” which may be why my Aunt Clarice’s reaction to learning someone has found a snake is to “get the hoe and kill it.”

Perhaps yet another misinterpretation of the Scriptures.

And that is too bad because there are only four poisonous snakes found in the Hoosier state. The rest eat those things that are pests to us.

The Northern Copperhead is the most common venomous snake you’ll find in Indiana. It can get up to 36 inches long and has a tan body with the head being reddish-brown. This one you’ll find in dry rocky terrain, closer to the ridges. They will nearly always remain quiet or seek to escape. A severe poisoning of humans from a copperhead bite is unusual, and the snake has a very diverse diet.

The Timber Rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake species and can grow up to 6 feet long. Its color is variable from sulfur yellow to a dark gray. Like the Copperhead, it lives on high dry ridges, mostly in oak-hickory forest with open areas. They eat mostly mammals with chipmunks being their favorite.

Massasauga Rattlesnakes rarely grow more than 30 inches long but it is one of the nastier ones. Its venom is more lethal than other rattlesnakes. Eighty-five percent of its diet is mice.

While I have been blessed to be caretaker of a woodland wilderness for over 17 years, I have never seen a poisonous snake in the dry ridges shaded by oak and hickory trees. And there are plenty of mice and chipmunks to attract them.

The Cottonmouth, the only venomous water snake in Indiana, is an extreme southern snake. It can grow up to about 43 inches, likes to live in swamps, sluggish streams and shallow lakes. It will eat any vertebrate it can plus carrion. They are found in only a couple of places in Indiana along the Ohio River in Harrison County and up near Jasper. These are very small colonies.

To identify a poisonous snake, the first thing is you look at the head. There will be a sensory pit between the nostrils and the eyes. Nostrils will be on both sides of the head, and the pupils are vertical. (Not that Aunt Clarice is ever going to get THAT close.)

If you want to stay poisonous snake free, feel relieved to visit these counties where none have been found: Hancock, Henry, Rush, Wayne, Vigo, Sullivan, Knox, Gibson, Clay, Daviess and Marion counties. But I am not so sure about the statehouse.

(Joe Whitfield, a naturalist and gardener for the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department, contributed to this column.)

Public Notices





CAUSE NO. 36C01-1504-EU-0042




In the Jackson Circuit Court, Jackson County Indiana.

Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that, on the 23rd day of April, 2015, Lisa D. Murphy was appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Richard W. Teipen, deceased, who died testate on February 11, 2015.

All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the clerk of this court within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.

Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 23rd day of April, 2015.

Amanda Lowery,

Clerk of the Circuit Court of

Jackson County, Indiana

Attorney for Estate:

Jeffrey J. Lorenzo

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‘Wings Over Muscatatuck’ Celebrates Nature This Weekend

Online Indigo on MulberryBirds such as this Indigo Bunting here perched in a mulberry tree will be among the featured attractions at this weekend’s ‘Wings Over Muscatatuck’ held at the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge.

~photo by Tracie Kovener


The 17th Annual Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival will be held this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, east of Seymour. Activities for Sunday, May 10, will be held at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, near Madison.

The Wings Over Muscatatuck Bird Festival celebrates birds and the natural environment. A variety of events are scheduled, including several trips to the closed area of the Refuge, a “Paint the Town” event, children’s activities and a Bird Calling Contest.

A complete schedule follows, or can be found at Call 812-522-4352. Call the Jackson County Visitor Center at 855-524-1914 to register for field trips.

Friday, May 8

8 a.m. to Noon – Guided Birding Trip on Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Advance registration required and space is limited.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Big Tree Walk.

8 p.m. – Calls of Indiana Frogs and Toads.

9 p.m. – Owl Prowl.

Saturday, May 9

6 to 8 a.m. – Breakfast with the Birds. – Continental breakfast outside Visitor Center.

8 to 10 a.m. – Morning Bird Walk. – Birders of all abilities are invited for an easy bird identification walk.

8:30 to 10 a.m. – Birdhouse Building for Kids.

8:30 to 10 a.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.) Travel by van with a Refuge guide to the closed area and other interesting birding spots.

9 a.m. to Noon – Children’s Birding Activities by Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Recycling Committee.

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Hawks and Eagles of Indiana with Indiana DNR staff. Meet live hawks and eagles who reside at Chamberlain Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – More Children’s Activities. Includes critter face painting; exploring owl pellets; the life cycle of butterflies and live Indiana snakes. Visit the Nature Discovery Area.

10:30 a.m. to Noon – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area – (With pre-registration or day of event when available).

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Lunch available.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Bird calling contest. – Bring your best, all-natural bird call (no aids) to vie for prizes and recognition. Theatrics are encouraged!

12:30 p.m. – Bird Banding. – Dr. Ron Weiss of Chipper Woods Bird Observatory.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Junior Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony. Muscatatuck hosts and manages the Indiana Junior Duck Stamp conservation art contest for students in grades K-12. State winners will receive their awards.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Owls of Indiana – See and learn about Indiana’s owls with DNR staff.

2:30 to 4 p.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.)

4:30 to 6 p.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.)

Sunday, May 10

8 a.m. to Noon – Guided Tour of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Closed Area. Pre-registration required. Big Oaks is home to uncommon birds and plants. Call 812-522-4352 extension 12 to register. Trip leaves from Big Oaks office.