Local Drive To Support Students With School Supplies Gets Underway

The Annual Rock’n Ready School Supply Drive kicked off on July 9 to collect school supplies for all Jackson County students. Rock’n Ready is a collaboration of organizations whose goal is to ensure an increased number of children from low income families throughout Jackson County will have school supplies. The goal is to make sure 100% of our students in Jackson County Schools arrive on the first day of school with basic school supplies.

The public and business are holding collection sites.

Volunteers will be outside Seymour Walmart Super Center to collect pencils, paper and other basic school supplies, beginning today through Wednesday, July 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m

In Crothersville the public can drop off school supplies at Lucille’s Home Cookin’, and the Crothersville Library.

Employees of Aisin Drive Train and Aisin Chemical hold collections for their workers.

Supply lists and collection boxes will be at all drop off sites.

Families from Jackson County still have the opportunity to enroll in the Rock’n Ready program by calling United Way 211 to register for the distribution by this Friday, July 18. Parents or Guardians must register the children by calling 2-1-1 by land line or 812-376-6666 by cell phone Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Notice

The contents of storage Unit 30, formerly rented to Susan Wiesman; Unit 46, formerly rent to Howard Copley; and Unit 41 formerly rented to Romona Hazelwood, at the Crothersville Handie Self Storage on Marshall Drive in Crothersville will be opened and contents disposed of as a result on non-payment of rent on Saturday, July 26, 2014 unless payments are made in full.

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There’s A Reason It’s The Wilderness

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

In addition to the trees, plants and wildflowers, out at the wilderness retreat there are also the critters. Some are easily seen like the birds that come to the bird feeders along with the chipmunks and squirrels that feed on the sunflower seed leftovers. The hummingbirds like my sweet liquid offerings but are too territorial. I think if I put out a feeder for each one they would still fight and dive bomb one another. And there’s the occasional snake and Eastern Box Turtle sighting.

But there are some elusive wild things. The whippoorwill can be heard-sometimes loudly- in the evening but is rarely seen.

Ditto for the bullfrogs down at the lake.

Then there is this obese raccoon. Let me tell you the story and you, too, will figure out that the critter is overweight.

There is a cylinder style sunflower seed container that I hang on a shepherd’s hook so the songbirds can dine. Frequently in the morning, I find the bird feed disassembled on the ground and empty of any seeds. And the half-inch diameter steel shepherd’s crook is bent to the ground.

As a youth we would shinny up a small birch or poplar tree, kick out feet first, and hold on as it gave us a slow ride down to the ground; much like Robert Frost wrote about in his poem “Birches”.

I figure that at night the fat coon somehow climbs up the shepherd’s crook, reaches out for the bird feed for an easy dinner, and hangs on while the shepherd’s hook give way to the critters weight and bends to the ground where the raccoon can easily disassembly the feeder and dine until his belly is full.

Then to add insult to injury, he/she moseys over to Charley’s water bowl to wash his/her paws. That would explain the dirt and sunflower seed hulls in the bowl in the morning.

Perhaps I will get another trail camera set up and focused on the feeder to confirm my nocturnal hypothesis.

But the newest elusive critter sighting occurred over the weekend. As I worked at my laptop computer (I do that a lot, it seems), I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye.

A large adult weasel, normally another nocturnal animal, loped up from the lake as if it were on a mission. The brown intruder made a direct path to the metal shed by the house, grabbed some unfortunate critter in its mouth, and then promptly made its way back to the lake.

There was no stalking, no searching; it was as if the animal went to a grocery store shelf, pulled out the item it wanted and turned to head to the checkout. This all happened in about the time that it took you to read about it.

There was no struggle from its victim which appeared to be grayish-brown…the coloration of a lot of camouflaged critters in the forest. Whether it was fur or feathers I could not tell.

I had never seen a weasel out in daylight at the wilderness. And it all happened so quickly perhaps my memory is enhancing the experience. But maybe the next wild critter encounter will get caught on a trail camera for further investigation.

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Local Woman Receives Presidential Award For Volunteering At School

Shearlene Whipple

Shearlene Whipple

Shearlene Whipple of Crothersville was recognized for contributing over 4,000 hours as a Foster Grandparent at Crothersville Community Schools.

Whipple, along with Meda Dixon, Gayle Walker and Carolyn Weddle volunteer to tutor and guide Crothersville Elementary students through the Foster Grandparent program.

Foster Grandparents are adults over age 55 who volunteer four hours daily every day school is in session with children in local elementary schools and Head Start Programs in Seymour, Brownstown, and Crothersville.

On June 17, Whipple received the President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Award from President Barack Obama honoring her service. She received a commendation letter and achievement pin.

The volunteers provide an extra special one-on-one attention, tutoring, and mentoring children with their work. The Foster Grandparent is part of an important intergenerational component of a child’s education and it is a very valuable part of the volunteer’s own day to day life.

For their assistance, Foster Grandparents receive a non-taxable stipend of $106 every two weeks that does not affect Social Security benefits, housing subsidies or any assistance.

Anyone wishing information on the program can call 1-866-644-6407.

School Registration July 22; Classes Start August 4

Registration for all new and returning students at Crothersville Community Schools will be Tuesday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in foyer area located between the two gymnasiums.

The first day of classes at Crothersville is Monday, Aug. 4. Staff orientation is Friday, Aug. 1.

Parents must attend this registration with their children. Students will not be registered for classes without their parent or guardian in attendance. Parents registering students new to the school must bring the student’s birth certificates, immunization records, Social Security Numbers, and name and address of their former school, if applicable.

All parents registering students must supply to the school their address and job information, phone number(s) of the person who can be reached during the school day should your child become sick or injured.

At registration, parents can pay text book rental fees, deposit money into your child’s lunch account, and complete lunch & textbook assistance forms, if desired.

Junior & Senior High School students will get their locker assignments, and be able to purchase their required student planner and parking permit.

There will be a special Sixth Grade Parent/Student Middle School Orientation held on Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafetorium.  This is offered expressly to assist students with the transition from elementary to middle school.

Student meal prices will remain the same this school year: $2.25 for lunch and $1.25 for breakfast.

Jr.-Sr. High book rental fees are based on each student’s class schedule and Elementary book rental fees are as follows:

Kindergarten, $76; 1st Grade, $124; 2nd Grade, $110; 3rd Grade, $96; 4th Grade, $104; 5th Grade, $96.

Parents should come prepared to pay book rental fees at this time for both Elementary and Jr.-Sr. High students, school officials said.

For assistance or questions please call the Elementary School Office (793-2622) or the Jr.-Sr. High School Office (793-2051) after July 18.