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NEWS August 21, 2017

Strawberry feast a big hit
Strawberry feast a big hit
This was a record year at the Strawberry Festival, reports Sally Woods, Director of the Jennings County Domestic on Violence Council with the recent fundraiser collecting $2766. While Woods was concerned with making money for the non-profit, these kids just came for the shortcakes. From left to right seated are Aubrey Elkins from Commiskey and Brendan and Landen Krawczyk of the St. Ann area. Standing are, l to r, Elliot Geraghty of Boise, Idaho, Abi and Madi Ickx and Owen Elkins.-Staff Photo by Barbara King

Lilly scholarship apps now available at JCCF
The Jennings County Community Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community scholarship applications will be available August 21, 2017. One member of the 2018 high school graduating class who lives in Jennings County will be nominated to receive the award.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Medicare's in and outs to be explained at meal
As part of the Changing Places series, Schneck Foundation and Jackson County Bank will present "Medicare Simplified," a seminar to help simplify the difficult process of Medicare enrollment and end the confusion and frustration.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Government meetings
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Great American Eclipse 2017
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will race across the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina in just 90 minutes. This is the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 states since 1979 and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918.
The moon will first start to cover the sun at 1 p.m.in our area. The deepest part of the eclipse will be at 2:25 p.m. when about 94 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon. The eclipse will end at 3:50 p.m. No place in Indiana will experience totality this go-round. To observe that you will have to travel out of state.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watch eclipse with special glasses or risk eye injury
Local residents have less than a week to get prepared for the Great American Eclipse, a rare solar phenomenon that will cross over the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. What makes this event so rare is that everyone in the "lower 48" states will be able to experience the eclipse in varying degrees of darkness. A 67-mile wide path of "totality" will pass through portions of 14 states. Those watching on this path of "totality," or total darkness, will experience what has been described by NASA as "one of nature's most awe inspiring sights."
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Students have unique educational opportunity as all eyes turn skyward
Monday's eclipse is providing teachers in Jennings County with the opportunity to study one of nature's special gifts.
"JCSC is excited to take advantage of August 21 and use this event as a teachable moment," said Jeannie Koelmel, JCSC director of curriculum. "We have actually purchased viewing glasses for our kindergarten through eighth students to use and will be teaching all students about the eclipse."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nearby Clifty Park has special viewing events
On Monday, Aug. 21, 10 different state parks are having programs for solar eclipse viewers here in Indiana. Some parks are organizing parties, while others invite you to view the unique phenomenon on a kayak at Patoka Lake.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Community assessment brings focus on 4 areas' for volunteers to address
While North Vernon and Jennings have had their share of "community assessments," the one done recently by a Cummins-based group should actually have some real-life consequences.
Retired Cummins engineer Bob Ertel and current Cummins IT employee Bill Schneider reported on the results of the assessment undertaken to make the county more accessible for Cummins' employees to volunteer time and talent. The Columbus-based company encourages their people to volunteer "time and talent" where they reside.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lunch and learn with kids' group on 23rd
Children's Bureau Community Partners will be sponsoring a Lunch and Learn Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Jennings County Public Library conference room 1.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Preschool parenting program starts in Sept.
Incredible Years Preschool Parenting Program is now enrolling. The program will start Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. locally.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pie contest entries sought at Hayden
The Hayden Historical Museum will be holding their pie baking contest again this year as part of the Pioneer Days event on Sat., Sept. 2. Contestants can bring one or more fruit pies to be judgedto the Hayden museum kitchen anytime between 9 and 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Send your event photos in
Taking a photograph of Monday's event requires some preparation, including the purchase of special solar filters for your SLR camera and a tripod to steady the camera as longer exposures will be needed to record the phenomenon.
If you take photos of eclipse or of people watching the event, send them in to bmayer@northvernon.com and we'll share some with our readers.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Check trees now for invasive Asian beetle that poses deadly threat to shade trees
August is peak emergence season for the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, a pest that poses a serious threat to shade trees. A Purdue University entomologist is urging people to perform their annual tree checkup for these destructive insects. In just a few minutes, people can determine if their trees are infested and save countless other trees through early detection.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Join and get free trees
Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation® in August.
Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2 items on ESC meeting
The Essential Service Committee will meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. at Government Center in Vernon.
Monday, August 14, 2017

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