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Marshall Library to host ‘Gardening for Dummies’
Gardening for Dummies is coming to Marshall Public Library at 6:30 p.m. May 10 in Marshall Public Library’s Dale McConchie Meeting Room.
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Mike Williamson will give a workshop for those who want to have fun gardening, but aren’t sure how to do it. This workshop, “Gardening for Dummies: and smart people who don’t know much about gardening, but want to” is free and open to the public.
Maybe you’ve tried planting a garden in the past and it was a bust. There are some basics to gardening that will help assure a successful gardening season this time. Williamson will cover both vegetables and flowers.
Learn how to pick plants that love living in Clark County and how to prepare a garden space that will help them perform to champs.
Also learn which flowers and vegetables thrive in Clark County, how to choose the right location for a garden, how to choose the best seeds and plants, and how to prepare the soil for healthy plants.
Williamson is a long-time resident of Marshall and writes a gardening column for the Marshall Advocate. He works as an instructor at Indiana State University in Human Resource Development and is also certified as a Master Career Development Professional.
Call Marshall Public Library at (217) 826-2535 to register for the program. The library is at 612 Archer Ave. Visit www.marshallillibrary.com.
Public hearing on ‘one-buck deer’ hunting rule
The Natural Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing Thursday in Plainfield on a proposal to continue the one-buck deer hunting rule.
The one-buck rule currently allows only one antlered deer to be taken during the special youth, archery, firearmm or muzzleloader seasons combined. The rule is set to expire Sept. 1.
The proposed rule language can be viewed at IN.gov/nrc/files/one_buck_amendment.pdf.
Individuals can provide comments at the public hearing at 6 p.m. at Plainfield Public Library at 1120 Stafford Road.
Comments regarding this proposal can also be submitted online to the NRC at IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm. Click on “Comment on this rule” next to “Deer ‘One-Buck Rule’ Amendment.” The deadline for submitting comments is Thursday.
Comments can also be mailed to: Natural Resources Commission, Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave., Room N501, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
All comments sent to the NRC regarding this rule change will be provided to commission members and DNR staff and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report. The NRC is expected to vote on final adoption of the rule change at its meeting on May 15.
For more information call Linnea Petercheff at (317) 233-6527.
Register for Tunnels & Tourists Tour by Monday
Want to learn about extending the growing season or see how some producers are using agri-tourism in their operation?
The Bi-State Ag Program Group, a partnership between Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension, is offering an outing on Saturday to agri-tourism destinations.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. CST at Strawberry Acres at 515 Poland Road near Danville, Ill. Frank and Janet Butler will discuss their use of high tunnels to extend strawberry production, planting in mid-October and enjoying strawberries at Christmas.
Participants will drive to Lingley Bros. Sweet Corn near Rossville. Toby and Paige Brown along with their family produce snap beans, tomatoes, fruit trees, blackberries and sweet corn on a 50-acre farm. Learn how they use their high tunnels with tomato production.
Lunch will follow at Rossville Firehouse provided by Cut Up Shop. Following lunch, Erin Busscher, district conservationist with the Vermilion County NRCS will share about the EQIP High Tunnel Initiative.
The tour focus will change after lunch to agri-tourism. Participants will be visiting the Ludwig Farmstead Creamery near Fithian, where Creamery Manager Fons Smits will share the cheese-making process, including sampling of European-style, raw milk cheese from the creamery.
The final stop will be Wine Country in our Own Backyard at Joe and Dawn Taylor’s Sleepy Creek Vineyard south of Oakwood. Enjoy the vineyard experience on their 10 acres of grapes.
Participants can attend all or part of the tour; transportation will not be provided.
Registration is due Monday. For Illinois residents, register with University of Illinois Extension at (217) 333-7672 or (217) 442-8615. Indiana residents can register with Purdue Extension—Vermillion County at email@example.com or (765) 492-5335. The program fee is $20 (payable at the door) which includes lunch.Find a complete agenda for the day at
Foundation honors Sullivan County Volunteers of the Year
The Sullivan County Community Foundation named Tim and Linda Gregory of the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2012 Sullivan County Volunteers of the Year.
The Gregorys have volunteered their time together for more than four years at the district. The pair is always willing to do anything that is asked of them by greeting tasks with enthusiastic energy, and often providing suggestions of projects that can enhance conservation.
The two have prepared and delivered rain barrels for the “Art and Conservation” project, as well as created display boards to use at the local 4-H and Ag Day events.
The Master Naturalists program sponsored by the district has benefited from the time the Gregorys have spent with them distributing tree seedlings and building bluebird houses.
Both share a love for Indiana history and spend time working on the eighth-grade Wabash River expedition.
Tim serves as a presenter for the historic section of the curriculum and dresses in time period clothing, camps for three to four days on the sandbar and hunts his own food while there.
Linda encourages recycling, and always makes sure that the sandbar is left in better condition than it was found. The couple’s love of all things outdoors has advanced the Sullivan County District.
In recognition of the Gregorys’ work, the district will receive a $2,500 award to assist in operational costs.
In order to qualify for the Sullivan County Volunteer of the Year award, candidates had to be Sullivan County residents and had to have been nominated by their respective nonprofit, government, school or church organization. Nomination letters were reviewed by three judges who reside outside of Sullivan County and were not affiliated with any of the nominees.
Five other distinguished individuals were nominated for the award including: Alice Cox from the First Baptist Church; Sonner Faught from the Sullivan County Waste Management District; Carol Gaskins from the Humane Society of Sullivan County; Bob Tomey from the Gill Township Alumni Association; and Molly Woods from the Luke House.
For more information contact Beth Tevlin at (812) 232-2234.
Power Squadron plans America’s Boating Course at Raccoon Lake
The Wabash Valley Power Squadron is sponsoring a one-day seminar of the America’s Boating Course. The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Raccoon Lake in Parke County.
Course material can be purchased or used free of charge.
The boat safety course manual consists of five chapters packed with boating tips along with the nautical rules of the water.
To make reservation, contact Keith Williams at (765) 344-0114 or Ken Hauptli at (812) 299-1857.
Genealogy Society offers program on cemeteries
The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be presenting a public program titled, “A Grave Matter In Indiana,” on May 14.
The presentation will be led by Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, director of special initiatives — Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The program will be from 6:30-8 p.m. in rooms A, B and C of the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Regan-Dinius will discuss the ongoing activities as they relate to the location, documentation and preservation of Indiana pioneer cemeteries. She also will review Indiana law as it pertains to access, preservation and relocation of cemeteries.
Regan-Dinius has life-long interest in history, family history and research. She received her bachelor’s degree in public history from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Indiana Purdue University at Indianapolis.
The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, serves Clark, Crawford and Edgar counties in Illinois and Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana. For more information on this and other WVGS programs, visit www.inwvgs.org.
Civil War program planned at Edgar County Historical Society
The public is invited to hear Jeri Collins speak about home life during the Civil War at a free program at 2 p.m. CDT May 6 in the Edgar County Historical Society annex building, 414 N. Main St., Paris, Ill.
Dressed in period clothing, Collins will take you back to the time when husbands and brothers were away at war in our own country.
This program celebrates the opening of a new display of military artifacts, which may be viewed following Collins’ presentation.
The museum is open to view this and different continuing military displays from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.
Pet Shot Clinic set May 5 in West Terre Haute
A Pet Shot Clinic is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. May 5, at West Vigo Community Center, 127 W. Johnson Ave., West Terre Haute.
Rabies shots will be $10. Other vaccinations will be available. A cat must be in a carrier and a dog must be on a leash. Only cash will be accepted.