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• Grant dollars available for urban forestry projects
Grants totaling $120,000 are available for urban forestry projects through the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.
The funds, administered by the DNR’s Community and Urban Forestry program, are part of a 2012 grant from the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.
Municipalities, counties and 501(c)(3) nonprofits that have not received a grant in the last two years are eligible to apply for project funds.
Types of projects eligible for funding include purchasing and planting of trees, hiring arboriculture professionals to inventory and manage risk trees, hiring consultants to do public tree inventories and management plans, sponsoring Arbor Day celebrations, traveling to urban forestry workshops and conferences, and developing street tree and woodlot conservation ordinances to preserve, protect and maintain urban forests. A complete list of eligible funding projects is included with the grant guidelines.
Grant requests must be equally matched by cash, in-kind or a mix of cash and in-kind services and donations. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30. Award announcement is expected Nov. 3. Project startup is to be spring 2013.
For a copy of grant guidelines and application, contact Pam Louks at (317) 234-6568 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov.
• USS Indianapolis survivors reunion set
Tribune-Star news release
Survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II will gather at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis for their 67th anniversary reunion Friday through Aug. 5.
The men will commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of their ship and honor their lost shipmates who perished in 1945 as well as those who have passed away since the disaster
At 12:14 a.m. on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank in 12 minutes The Indy had just completed the mission of delivering component parts of the first atomic bomb to the U.S. Air Base at Tinian.
Of 1,196 crewmen on board, approximately 300 went down with the ship. The remainder, about 900 men, were left floating in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats, food or water.
The ship was never missed, and by the time the survivors were spotted by accident nearly five days later by the Navy, only 317 were still alive. Of those, fewer than 50 are alive today. The sinking of the ship was the Navy's worst open sea disaster.
Survivors, along with their families and friends, will attend the reunion in Indianapolis. Educational displays and programs are scheduled daily, and most are open to the public. Survivors will also be available to greet the general public, and on Saturday children can meet a survivor in the Westin Hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m.
The reunion will conclude on Aug. 5, with a memorial service at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend the memorial service that will take place at the USS Indianapolis Monument, located at the end of the Canal Walk, near the intersection of Senate Avenue and Walnut Street in Indianapolis.
• Bat Night Out at Dobbs Park set for Aug. 10
The Ouabache Land Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust, invites the public to a Bat Night Out from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Dobbs Park Nature Center at 5170 East Poplar St.
Carissa Lovett, park naturalist, will start the evening with a program about the many myths surrounding the only true flying mammal, the bat.
John Whitaker Jr., director of the Indiana State University Bat Center and author of many books and more than 350 scientific papers concerning mammals (including “The Audubon Field Guide to Mammals”), will take participants outdoors and lead them into the world of bats.
Ever wonder how bats can see a tiny, night-flying insect? Using a bat detector that can pick up high frequency calls that the bats make and transform them into sounds that we can hear, Whitaker will show how bats find dinner. Bats can see, but not well at night. Rather, they use echolocation (radar) to navigate.
They produce numerous high frequency clicks which bounce off objects and return to their ears. Whitaker will have a bat detector set up at Dobbs Park.
Bat Night Out is a free program. Visit www.ouabachelandconservancy.weebly.com for more information.
Shelby Taylor, an eighth-grader at Otter Creek Middle School this fall, was an Indiana State Finalist in the National American Miss Pageant and competed in June in the state pageant. She placed in this pageant in the Top Model Contest and is now eligible to attend Nationals in California in November.
Taylor is on the exceptional honor roll, is active in softball at Wabash Valley Girls Softball League and is active in church youth group.
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• Grant dollars available for urban forestry projects
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Longtime weatherman Jesse Walker relates well to people of Wabash Valley
While in middle and high school, Jesse Walker developed a strong interest in the weather. He thought about a career at the National Weather Service or at a storm prediction center, but the idea of becoming a television meteorologist never entered his mind.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Keep your garden — and yourself — safe from lead
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead poisoning is the No. 1 preventable environmental cause of illness in children.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Need something for the kids? Try these Ritzy Cookies
When we have dinners at the church, one of the ladies brings these cookies. Nancy Kahl has been making these for some time now. They are so good. Need something for your kids? Make sure that there isn’t any one who can’t have peanuts. These are so easy and extra good.
DNR stocks ponds in Terre Haute with catfish
Fishing opportunities in eight Indiana cities got a boost on Monday as part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling in urban areas.
Katherine Trueblood to celebrate 90th birthday
A card shower is planned to honor Katherine Campbell Trueblood on her 90th birthday.
State Park Road Rally coming up June 9-11
Participants will pilot their own vehicles, as their navigator steers them to points of interest and natural wonders during the State Park Road Rally June 9-11, with overnight stays at Canyon Inn in McCormick’s Creek State Park.
CANDLES plans film night
CANDLES Holocaust Museum will host a film night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, featuring the documentary “Porraimos: Europe’s Gypsies in the Holocaust” and its director Alexandra Isles, at the museum.
“Porraimos” premiered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2002.
Author to lead interpretive writing workshop
An interpretive writing workshop led by Alan Leftridge, Ph.D., author of the textbook “Interpretive Writing,” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.
WEDDING: Published May 19, 2013
Ruth Brown and Josh Edwards were married at 2:30 p.m. on May 11, 2013, in West Terre Haute by the Rev. Paul Shelton.
Fraud and Scam Awareness Seminar is Tuesday
The Investor Protection Trust estimated that more than 7.3 million seniors (about 20 percent of all Americans 65 and older) have been victimized by a scam. Met Life Inc. estimated the annual loss by victims of elderly scams at $2.9 billion dollars.
FAMILY TIES: While searching for my grandfather, I found my mother
I remember the afternoon my mother received the chilling news from her nephew that her oldest sister and brother-in-law had been killed in a car/bus collision.
GRAPE SENSE: Same old whites getting you down? Try something different
If the same old Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot Grigio is getting you down, try something different.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: A Rhubarb Nut Bread for the season
Last fall we went to the Covered Bridge Festival. Gene loves to go. Anyway, I got to talking to this lady, Treva Smith, at Bridgeton.
ENGAGEMENT: Published May 12, 2013
Friends of Library plans annual book sale
The Friends of the Vigo County Public Library is planning its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 in the Main Library Lower Level Meeting Rooms A, B, C and D.
Woman’s Press Club celebrates 100 years
On Feb. 18, 1913, a group of 13 female journalists and activists met for lunch at the Tea Room in L. S. Ayres Department Store in downtown Indianapolis to found the Woman’s Press Club of Indianapolis.
Children’s Museum to host orientation for summer volunteers
Those who are looking for a way to give back to the community and have fun at the same time are invited to attend a volunteer orientation session at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Walk for greyhound rescue
A family pet walk fundraiser open to all breeds is set for at 2 p.m. May 19 at Buggs Temple on the Canal Walk in Indianapolis.
‘Food Safety: From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates’ workshop coming up in June
There is a new law on the books in Illinois called the Cottage Food Operation Act of 2011. This new law allows for the preparation and sale of certain low-risk foods in the private home without the expense of a commercially certified kitchen and for the sale of said foods at a farmers market.
Scams are brown bag focus
The Vigo County Public Library’s next brown bag event, “Don’t Be a Victim!” featuring Amy Wardlow, is set for 12:10 p.m. Thursday at the main branch.
Countryside, Kalorama gardens celebrating opening weekend
Countryside Gardens, owned by Terry and Jennie O’Rourke, and Kalorama Gardens, owned by Steve and Linda Gard, opened for the season this weekend. Both gardens are in Marshall, Ill. Opening days continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Saturday seminar to bring nationally known genealogists to Ivy Tech
The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is offering the public a unique opportunity to learn more about the new techniques and methods now available for individuals interested in doing genealogical research on the Internet.
Evening Thyme Garden Club to host garden fair at Clark County Fairgrounds
The Evening Thyme Garden Club will present the 15th annual garden fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday at Clark County Fairgrounds in Marshall, Ill., with free parking and admission.
Student mentoring program offers one-on-one technology instruction
The Connecting Generations Mentoring Program can help those who would like one-on-one instruction on how to use the Internet or other technology.
CULINARY COURSES: Clabber Girl Classroom Kitchen provides variety of cooking courses for the Valley
There are a few taste-bud-tantalizing-perks for having America’s leading baking powder producer in your backyard. For nearly 120 years, Clabber Girl has been a staple in Terre Haute. In 1899, Hulman and Company began offering up what was to become one of the oldest brands in the country, Clabber baking powder. In 1923, the company changed the baking powder brand name to Clabber Girl.
CHRIS DAVIES: Keep sodium levels in mind when sweating buckets
Salt, or sodium, is vital to life. Too much or too little sodium can cause all kinds of problems in your body. How much sodium do we need if we are exercising consistently?
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Union Hospital creates community garden
Union Hospital will be opening a community garden on its campus in mid-May. Before they embarked on such a challenge, they looked to their neighbor Indiana State University for advice.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Try this when you’ve got to avoid salt
I have a good friend in an assisted living complex. She went to her doctor last winter and he told her she had to leave off the salt. My mother used this when dad couldn’t have any salt.
I like to keep this on hand. In summer when it’s real hot I keep in refrigerator. Keep in an air tight container.
NEWSMAKER: May 5, 2013
Carolyn Whitcomb Jeffries was installed as president of the State Huguenot Society of Indiana on April 21 at Meridian Hills Country Club of Indianapolis.
ANNIVERSARY: Published May 5, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Abel
Larry and Rose Abel will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
The couple will have a reception in June.
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