Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

UPWARD SOCCER REGISTRATION

Children between the ages of 4 and 8th grade are eligible to play Upward Soccer. Games begin August 15. Evaluations begin next week – if you are not yet registered, you can bring your kids to evaluations next Monday (Jul 6), Tuesday (Jul 7), or Thursday (Jul 9) anytime between 5:30 & 7:30 PM and get them registered and evaluated all at once! Stop by Hope Missionary Church, on east Dustman Road in Bluffton, Monday thru Friday or visit the display in the Gathering Area on Sunday to obtain registration forms ahead of time. (You can also pick up registration forms at Pizza Hut and the Public Library in Bluffton.)

Entry deadline for 4-H Talent Show is July 13

Entry forms are available for the annual 4-H Talent Show which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, during the annual Wells County 4-H Fair in Bluffton. Forms are due Monday, July 13.
The contestants will be divided into three grade classifications: Class A, Grades 1 and 2; Class B, Grades 3 through 6; and Class C, Grades 7 through 12. The grade in school is based on Jan. 1 of this year.
Within each class, participants may enter in vocal, instrumental or other. All contestants must be present 4-H members.
Youth will be able to participate in a sound check between 5 and 6:30 p.m..
Awards will be presented to winners in each category and the Mack Shultz Award will be presented to the top talent winner. The award is presented in memory of Mack Shultz who was a 10-year 4-H member who loved music. His Air Force jet disappeared off the coast of Florida in the Bermuda Triangle. Mack was the son of the late Shirley and Galen Shultz and brother to Peggy (Norman) Schweikhardt of Warren.
Applications are available from 4-H leaders or from the Wells County Office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service at 1240 S. 4-H Road. The Extension office's phone number is 824-6412.

License changes benefit outdoor enthusiasts

Indiana DNR Release:

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of several new hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, effective July 1.

The changes include: (1) creation of non-resident youth hunting and trapping licenses, (2) a change so that youth under age 18 no longer need a fishing license to fish in Indiana public waters, (3) the resident youth consolidated hunting license now includes trapping, and (4) seniors who are not required to purchase a fishing license may now purchase a voluntary senior annual fishing license, if they want to do so as a contribution to the benefit of fish and wildlife.

These licenses will be available on the DNR's automated sport licensing system and at license retailers. To purchase online or for more information, see www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Norwell girls earn state tennis honors
Norwell senior graduates Christy Taylor and Kaylee Imel received 2009 academic all-state recognition by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.
Taylor earned first team all-state, while Imel was named to the honorable mention team.

Outdoor Indiana magazine catches fire

Indiana DNR Release:

Outdoor Indiana magazine is hot. So hot, it's burst into flames.

That's the impression the cover photo of the just-released July-August issue, taken by photo editor Frank Oliver, gives at first glance. But relax. No oven mitt is necessary to grab it.

The photo shows Skyler Hill, assistant property manager at Prophetstown State Park, applying a prescription fire to a selected area of the park. The process helps maintain the ecosystem at Prophetstown and various other DNR properties.

For similarly smoldering photos, an in-depth article by managing editor Ben Shadley on this precision process, plus much more about the state's outdoor wonders that you won't find anywhere else, get your issue today.

The DNR's 48-page full-color magazine, now in its 75th year, costs $3 an issue. Subscriptions are $12 for a year (six issues) or $20 for two years. You also can ask for Outdoor Indiana at most Borders and Barnes and Noble stores in the state, and at DNR properties. To subscribe, or for more information, call (317) 233-3046 or go to OutdoorIndiana.org.

To join the Outdoor Indiana page on Facebook, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Outdoor-Indiana/72275174323.

Fourth of July photos could mean prizes

Indiana DNR Release:

Shutter bugs who have a Facebook account and document their 4th of July weekend fun at an Indiana state park or reservoir can win a prize valued at up to $50 during a photo contest called "Shoot and Share."

Just take a picture and post it in the fan photos album on Indiana State Parks and Reservoir’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $50 CampIN gift card, good for camping at an Indiana state park or reservoir, or a 2009 annual pass. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded.

Photos will be accepted until midnight on July 16, but must have been taken at an Indiana state park or reservoir between July 3-5, 2009. Photos can be of scenery, wildlife or any legal activity at an Indiana state park or reservoir. Submissions are limited to three per person.

For more information, visit the Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs page at: http://www.facebook.com/INdnrstateparksandreservoirs and click on events on the left hand side of the page.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Online reserved-hunt applications available July 1

Indiana DNR Release:

Hunters may apply for a reserved hunt online by visiting www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov and clicking on the “Register for a Reserved Hunt” link, beginning July 1. The online method will be the only way to apply.

All applicants must possess a pertinent hunting license for the hunt for which they apply. All applications must be completed by the application deadline to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters will be selected through a random drawing. All drawing results will be posted at www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild (or www.wildlife.IN.gov) within a week after application deadlines.

Military/Refuge Deer Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by Aug. 28, 2009

Dove Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by July 31, 2009

Indiana State Park Deer Reduction Hunts
Online application must be completed by Aug. 28, 2009

Pheasant Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by: Oct. 2, 2009

Wild Turkey Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by: March 26, 2010

*Applications for waterfowl draw hunts typically begin in late August. Pheasant put-and-take will be available Sept. 1.

Additional Military/Refuge hunts this year include a firearm hunt at Naval Support Activity Crane, and archery and firearm hunts at Newport Chemical Depot. Permit allotments and/or dates for other military and refuge areas are also being expanded. For answers to questions about military/refuge hunt opportunities, call (812) 334-3795 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays. Note that this is not a toll-free call.
See more information in the Hunting & Trapping Guide online.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Justin Imel makes state amateur cut
Huntington University golfer Justin Imel made the cut Wednesday for the Indiana Amateur golf tournament at Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru.
The 2004 Norwell graduate from Markle was one of six golfers tied for 60th place with a 7-over 151. He will be paired with Indiana University’s David Erdy in the third round. Erdy qualified for last week’s U.S. Open.
First-round leader Erik Barnes of Marion carded a second day 71 to share the lead with Richard Lamb of South Bend at six under.
Decatur’s Keith Blythe and Fort Wayne’s Erich Johnston are tied for third at four under.

Notre Dame star to join Silver Hawks
South Bend — Notre Dame pitcher A.J. Pollock has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being drafted in the first round and will soon be assigned to the South Bend Silver Hawks.
Pollock is not yet on the active roster and is not expected to play until next week..
After a distinguished career at Notre Dame, Pollock was drafted as the 17th overall selection in the Major League First-Year Player Draft earlier this month.
South Bend opens the second half of the Midwest League Class A minor league season tonight against the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Cougars, senior tailback high in Sporting News preseason rankings
FORT WAYNE — Though the University of Saint Francis football opener is more than two months away, the Cougars received national mention in the Sporting News 2009 College Football Magazine.
The Sporting News NAIA preview selected senior tailback Daniel Carter on its NAIA All-America Team and ranks the Cougars fifth in its Top 10 poll. Saint Francis was fourth in the NAIA Top 25 released in late April.
Carter, from Decatur Central, was selected to the preseason team after earning Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Offense Player of the Year in 2008. Carter is the leading returning scorer in NAIA after he led the MSFA in scoring with 25 touchdowns for 150 points, which also set a school single-season scoring record.
Carter has 5,722 career all-purpose yards, fourth on the MSFA list, and needs 1,051 yards to set a new MSFA record. He also has 2,955 career rushing yards and needs 951 to set a school career rushing yardage record. He is second on the school’s list behind Michael Ledo (2002-05), who finished with 3,905 yards.

Sluggers take second place
The Summit City Sluggers 14-and-under baseball team was runner-up at the recent Best of the Best Tournament in Noblesville.
The Sluggers lost 8-4 to the top-seeded Louisville Panthers in the championship game. Evan Brown was the losing pitcher.
The Sluggers (30-5) reached the finals by sneaking past the BallPark Raiders of Chicago 6-5. Ryan Keaffaber picked up the win and Brown nailed down a save. In pool play, the Sluggers were 4-0, beating the Illinois Sparks 6-4, the Lafayette Jaguars 13-2, the Middletown Bats (Ky.) 9-8 and the Indiana Mustangs 12-3.
Brown led the Sluggers’ offense by driving in 10 runs. Keaffaber batted in eight runs. Austin Dettmer drove in seven, Tailur Szarenski five, Josh VanMeter four, Ross Koble two, Garrett Snyder and Justin Bair one apiece.
Andy Roser, Luke Hunter, Chayse Bell and VanMeter were winning pitchers.

Les Gerber Ins. defeats National Oil
Les Gerber Insurance defeated National Oil 17-5 in Wells County Girls’ Softball Senior League action Wednesday at Roush Park.
Carlee Harnish and Meghan Yencer each doubled to lead Gerber Insurance. Emma Thompson assisted with two singles. Kaitlyn Lovell was the winning pitcher.

Pretzel’s downs MarkleBank
Pretzel’s downed MarkleBank 16-1 on Wednesday night in a Wells County Girls’ Softball Senior League game.
Breanna Brickley gave up just one hit and struck out eight batters to lead Pretzel’s. Katie Runyon doubled and drove in three runs. Jacki Ford and Molly Stoffel each had two hits to add to the nine-hit attack.

Pizza Hut tops Standard Plastics
Pizza Hut out hit Standard Plastics to log a 13-3 Bluffton Junior League baseball victory on Wednesday at Jefferson Park.
Matthew Vitatoe struck out 12 batters to notch the win, while also hitting a double and two singles and scoring three runs. Drew Hunter added a triple, double and single. Dylan Longenberger doubled, Trae Jojola doubled and singled, Bubba Applegate tripled and doubled, and Reggie Garrett singled twice.
Matt Scott and Hank Ifer doubled and singled for Standard Plastics. Grant Prible, Caitlin Herndon and Mike Scott each singled twice. Prible also was the losing pitcher.

First Bank of Berne posts win
First Bank of Berne scored in every inning but the fifth to out slug AdamsWells Internet for a 17-12 Bluffton Junior League baseball win on Tuesday night.
Jacob Studabaker had four of First Bank of Berne’s 20 hits, including a three-run triple. Caleb Shepherd added three hits and Tanner Thompson had two. Josh Moriarity also doubled. Garrett Walborn was the winning pitcher.
Dane Hoffman drilled a solo home run for AdamsWells Internet. Desmond Carter was the losing pitcher.

PCTA shuts down National City
Parlor City Trophy & Apparel recently blanked National City 10-0 in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game.
Bryce Paxson tripled, doubled and singled for PCTA. Jacey Dunnuck added two doubles. Max Corle doubled and singled. Mitchell Kuhlenbeck was the winning pitcher and Jason King suffered the loss.

Register for SW volleyball camp
A volleyball camp for Southern Wells’ girls in grades 5-12 will be held July 13-17 in the Raiderdome.
Cost is $20 per camper, $15 for each additional camper in the same family. Grades 5-8 will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. and grades 9-12 from 5:30-7.
Sign-up forms may be picked up during the week in the Southern Wells Central Office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and must be returned with payment by Friday, June 26.
For more information, contact Coach Sydney Osborn at sosborn@swell.k12.in.us or call 765-331-9278.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Hot Cakes 19, Almco Steel 8; Wells Fargo 12, Shaw Realty 10.

Near-record spring season for turkey in Indiana

The 2009 spring season harvest was Indiana’s second highest since modern-day turkey seasons began 40 years ago, exceeding the 2008 harvest by 789 birds.

Of the approximately 59,000 hunters who pursued wild turkey in the state this spring, 12,993 were successful. Wild turkeys were killed in 88 of the 92 counties open to turkey hunting during the regular season, April 22 to May 10, and the youth season, April 18 and 19.
A total of 978 birds—7.5 percent of the statewide harvest—were taken during the youth season, which is held before the regular season.

“Adult gobblers made up 81 percent of the total harvest. Many hunters reported not seeing jakes (juvenile males) this spring. The below-average reproductive success of 2008, especially in those areas that experienced extensive flooding during the brood rearing period of early June, was a contributing factor,” said Steve Backs, DNR wildlife biologist.

Backs said the reasons for the increased harvest number probably were a combination of general turkey population growth around the state and the steady increase in turkey hunter numbers.

“Lower production was most evident in the western portions of the state, especially west-central Indiana, where the only regional decline occurred. The south-central and southeast regions still account for more than 50 percent of the harvest. The harvest in the north region of the state continues to increase as those turkey populations grow, with several county harvests in the north taking over 200-plus birds,” Backs said.

Switzerland County topped the hunter success list with 530 turkeys, followed by Harrison (511), and Jefferson (447).

DNR seeks volunteers for State Fair Fishin' Pond

For the last three years, the free DNR Fishin' Pond has been a highlight of the State Fair, and the DNR needs volunteers to keep the tradition going this year, Aug. 7-23, in Indianapolis.

Volunteers not only make this feature enjoyable and educational, they receive a free ticket to the fair, good for the entire day of their four-hour shift.

No experience is needed. Optional training, which is highly recommended for new volunteers, is offered twice in July and will serve as a chance for early ticket pick-up. All volunteers also receive a T-shirt to wear during their shift.

Training for new volunteers will be July 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., or July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The same material will be covered in both, so volunteers need attend only one session.

There are morning and evening four-hour shifts at the Fishin' Pond. Times run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There are four types of opportunities: fishing instructors, equipment workers, registration workers, and educators (crafts). More details are provided below.

Those 18 years old and older who are interested may register at http://www.IN.gov/dnr/5495.htm or contact the GoFishIN program at (317) 562-1338 (e-mail fishpond@dnr.IN.gov) with questions or to register a minor (under 18 years old).

- Fishing Instructors: Work individually, directly with two or three children and their parents at the pond fishing, assisting the youth during fishing time and helping them with fishing skills (casting, baiting hooks), catching the fish and returning it back to the pond.

- Equipment: Keep fishing instructors supplied with hooks, bobbers, sinkers, bait, etc., and help in the daily setup of fishing area and equipment.

- Participant registration: Sign up youth for the event.

- Educators: Help the children with a hands-on educational activity (craft activity). We will supply the activities. This role is ideal for those who don’t want to get fishy but want to help.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

State Farm rolls over Pizza Hut
Noah Antrim, Hunter Greenway and Trey Collins helped lead State Farm to a 13-2 victory over Pizza Hut in a Bluffton Junior League baseball game Tuesday night at Jefferson Park.
Antrim and Greenway each had three hits to lead State Farm’s 13-hit attack, while Collins struck out 13 batters to record the win. Antrim belted a home run, double and single, while Greenway doubled twice and singled. JayR Kobryn and Chris Hoffmeier each added two hits as State Farm jumped out to a 12-0 lead after three innings.
Drew Hunter had two singles for Pizza Hut and Dylan Longenberger was the losing pitcher.

T-Ball score reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League score was reported: Wells Fargo 19, AdamsWells Internet 7.

Moratorium week coming up
Member schools of the Indiana High School Athletic Association will be observing a seven-day moratorium, Monday, June 29, through Sunday, July 5. During this period, there will be no contact between athletes and coaches, and no athletic activities, including conditioning.

Team wins Senior League scramble
Smokey Baller, Jim Smith, Tom Antrim and Richard Ehrsam were members of the winning team in the Men’s Senior Golf League scramble on Tuesday at Green Valley Golf Course in Bluffton. Joe Gilbert was the closest-to-the-pin winner and Jerry Moss made the longest putt.

Iron Kid Triathlon July 25

Children ages five through 12 can compete in a swim, bike, and run contest held on Saturday July 25. Cost is $15 and includes a t-shirt, finishing medal, snacks and trophies to the top three in each age and gender group.
Registrations can be printed off from the web site at www.blufftonindiana.net or picked up from the Parks office at 128 E Market St. Swim distances are as follows: ages five and six: the width of the pool; seven and eight: the width of the pool twice; all others will swim the length of the pool (50 meters). Children are allowed to use fastened floating devices or a parent can assist in the water.
Bike distance is 1.17 miles and training wheels are allowed. Running distance is .65 miles and a parent may run beside the child who is under six years old. Registration forms need to be turned in by July 17. For more information call 824-6069.

Rare bird seen at Goose Pond FWA

Birding Day at Goose Pond is July 11

The annual free community birding day at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area known as “Coming Home to Roost,” presented by The Friends of Goose Pond group, will be held July 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Farm.

Goose Pond is rapidly becoming known as prime territory for bird watching. A confirmed sighting of a Roseate Spoonbill occurred on June 2, making the FWA the first location in the state to have such a sighting.

The bird with pink plumage and a spoon-shaped bill has reportedly been spotted on occasion in Indiana since the 1850s; however, the June 2 sighting is the only confirmed sighting ever in Indiana. A confirmed sighting is defined as a sighting that is accompanied by verifiable photographs and other reviewable documentation. The reported sightings in the late 1800s are in the form of vaguely worded written records with no accompanying documentation.

Bird watchers from all across Indiana and a few from Illinois traveled to Goose Pond to get their view of the unique bird, according to property manager Brad Feaster.

The recent Greene County Big May Day Bird Count tallied 174 species at the property. Last year those same results placed Greene tied with Porter and Lake counties for most species recorded. During the Henslow's sparrow survey on June 13, 192 of the globally threatened birds were documented on the property.
A recent sighting of a Fulvous Whistling-Duck, if accepted by the Indiana Bird Records Committee, would be the first recorded in the state since 2002.

Coming Home to Roost is limited to 25 people. An introductory talk with ice cream and cobbler will start the evening. Call the Goose Pond property office, (812) 659-9901, to reserve a space.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Indiana State Parks Receives Conservation Bookshelf

Indiana DNR Release:

Treasured objects and artifacts held by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks and Reservoirs (SPR) will be preserved for future generations' enjoyment with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the IMLS.

“When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS director .

IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

“We are grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for these resources. As we begin to prepare for Indiana State Parks' Centennial in 2016, we are working to ensure that our archival materials, artifacts and historic structures are well preserved and will continue to tell our story for another 100 years. These preservation management materials will provide guidance for that effort,” said Dan Bortner, Indiana SPR director.

While the Indiana State Archives and the Indiana State Museum are the primary places for preserving significant artifacts and papers related to the state’s history, there are some materials that properties keep for display in exhibits or use in research at parks and reservoirs around the state. SPR will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of these collections.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. Learn more about the Institute at visit www.imls.gov.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What's Happening at Ouabache State Park

Ouabache's interpretive programs are family oriented. Parents and children are encouraged to attend activities together. An adult should accompany children under the age of 10. In the case of inclement weather, all hikes and programs on the pool lawn will meet at the Campview Shelter. Schedule subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
1:45 p.m. - Rap With Raptors. Meet on the pool lawn to learn about the mavericks of our skies. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Wildflower Hunt. Join Naturalist Kate on a hunt for the wildflowers of the season. Learn how to use a guide book and what traits to look at for identification. Meet at the Lodge Recreational Building. Tennis shoes, sunscreen and bug spray recommended.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
1:45 p.m. - Music Talk. If you’re planning on being at tonight’s concert, you’ll want to brush up on your musical knowledge beforehand. During the pool’s safety check, we’ll be learning about the instruments you’ll be seeing tonight on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:00 p.m. - Patriotic Pops Concert. Don’t miss this big event! The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will be entertaining us with patriotic music to get us ready for the Fourth of July Holiday. The concert will be held on the large hill located next to the pool. Don’t forget a chair, sunscreen and some bug spray!

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
1:45 p.m. - Nature’s Ninja. Meet Naturalist Kate’s favorite insect today during the pool's safety check on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Roving Interpreter. Be on the lookout for Naturalist Kate and her special canine friend, Hitch, as they wander the campground. Kate and Hitch will be showing you some ways to make your canine friend more comfortable during their stay at Ouabache State Park.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
9:30 a.m. - Dragons and Damels. These awesome insects provide us with great pest control. Learn about them during a stroll around the Lake. Meet at the Boat House. Tennis shoes, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. Connect! Discover! Explore! Learn more about the patch program at the Boat House. After a brief introduction, we'll break up into groups to start working on the requirements. Scouts and other groups are you interested in earning a patch? See the Naturalist to learn about the Hoosier Pathfinder program.
1:45 - Pool Break Cool Craft. Join Naturalist Kate on the pool lawn to create your own dragonfly creation. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Going Batty. Are you afraid of bats? Learn why you should love these small, flying mammals by meeting at Lakeside Shelter.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
9:30 a.m. - Worship Services. Join us at Campview Shelter for an inspirational service in the beauty of nature.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. See Saturday for details.
1:45 p.m. - Pool Break Creature Feature. Join Naturalist Kate on the pool lawn to get a close up look at an insect. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!

COMING SOON!
July 4: Natural Beauty Art Show. Artists, if you are interested in showing or selling your artwork during the show, contact the Interpretive Naturalist.
July 18: Outdoor Cooking Demonstration - pre-register now! $5 program fee.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Register for SW volleyball camp
A volleyball camp for Southern Wells’ girls in grades 5-12 will be held July 13-17 in the Raiderdome.
Cost is $20 per camper, $15 for each additional camper in the same family. Grades 5-8 will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. and grades 9-12 from 5:30-7.
Sign-up forms may be picked up during the week in the Southern Wells Central Office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and must be returned with payment by Friday, June 26.
For more information, contact Coach Sydney Osborn at sosborn@swell.k12.in.us or call 765-331-9278.

State Farm beats First Bank of Berne
State Farm defeated First Bank of Berne 12-5 last Friday in a Bluffton Junior League baseball game at Jefferson Park.
Noah Antrim led State Farm’s 13-hit attack with four hits and also scored four runs. Hunter Greenway added two run-scoring doubles. Jacob Wenger also doubled twice and Chris Hoffmeier doubled and singled. Trey Collins was the winning pitcher.
Grant Harris, who was the losing pitcher, laced three singles for First Bank of Berne.

PC Trophy & Apparel posts win
Parlor City Trophy & Apparel scored all of its runs in the first inning to blast MarkleBank 18-8 in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game last week.
Winning pitcher Jacey Dunnuck helped his own cause by ripping two home runs. Cordell Humbarger and Mason Heller each doubled.
MarkleBank was led by Jordan Bower with a double and single, while pitcher Mason Stevens took the loss.

T-Ball score reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Dairy Queen 21, Peyton’s Northern 16.

Baer Field Speedway reports results
FORT WAYNE — Results from Saturday’s auto racing at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne are as follows:
SUPER PRO SERIES
75-Lap Feature: 1. Tom Smith; 2. Jack Landis; 3. Kyle Hayden; 4. Mike Kugler; 5. Derek Bischak.
Fast Time: Kugler 17.896 seconds.
MODIFIEDS
25-Lap Feature: 1. Jeremy Wallen; 2. Todd Bennett; 3. Bud Adams; 4. Eric Schaffer; 5. Ron Stine.
Heat Winners: Joe Wormcastle, Stine.
Fast Time: Randy Smith 18.575.
STREET STOCKS
20-Lap Feature: 1. Alex Vonderau; 2. Mike Vonderau; 3. Dean Cook; 4. Jamie Garrett; 5. Steven Russell.
Heat Winners: Mike Vonderau, Alex Vonderau.
Fast Time: Garrett 17.593.
MINI STOCKS
15-Lap Feature: 1. Tim Howard; 2. Dick Soule; 3. Brad McBride; 4. Ryan Wilson; 5. Chris Thompson.
Heat Winner: Howard.
Fast Time: Brad McBride 19.072.
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
12-Lap Feature: 1. Michael Myers; 2. Blaine Miller; 3. Jim Spillers; 4. Jeff Shelmadine; 5. Chuck Agnew.
Heat Winner: Myers
Fast Time: Shelmadine 19.524.

DNR ramp on Lake Manitou to open July 1

Indiana DNR Release:

The Department of Natural Resources' access site on Lake Manitou, which has been closed since late April to allow for treatment of the highly invasive plant hydrilla, will open July 1.

The DNR decided to open the ramp after a recent survey found no live hydrilla plants in the lake.

Despite the findings of the survey, the threat of spreading the plant to other waters still exists. Signs remain at the DNR site on Manitou to remind boaters to self-inspect their watercraft, motor and trailer for signs of plants when taking them from the water. All plant material should be removed and disposed of at the ramp before the boat is towed. Mud should be rinsed from the boat and trailer before transport, since hydrilla tubers could be present.

Boating equipment should dry for five days before being used in another body of water. These precautions should be performed not only at Manitou but at all waters, to prevent the spread of a host of aquatic invasive species, not just hydrilla.

All other public and private access sites on Manitou will remain closed, including the city boat ramp on the northwest corner of the lake.

"The sites we are keeping closed are very near where the densest hydrilla populations were found when the plant was first discovered in 2006, and still represent the greatest threat of hydrilla still being present," said Doug Keller, DNR aquatic invasive species coordinator.

The herbicide Sonar was initially applied on May 14. Due to frequent heavy rains this spring, additional Sonar was added last week to maintain the concentration necessary to control hydrilla. Rains flush Sonar from the lake, reducing its concentration.

"Through the 2008 treatment, the hydrilla tuber population has been reduced by 93 percent, compared to pre-treatment levels," Keller said.

The need for future additions of herbicide this year will be determined through future testing to determine the level of Sonar in the water. A lethal concentration of Sonar will be maintained in the lake once again this fall, through Oct. 15, since by this date the water temperature should have cooled enough that hydrilla tubers would no longer be expected to germinate

“Hydrilla tubers can sprout at any time water temperature is 55 F or warmer, which requires that a concentration that is lethal to the plant be maintained throughout its growing season to eliminate newly sprouted plants,” Keller said.

Sonar, with the active ingredient Fluridone, is an aquatic herbicide produced by SePRO Corporation of Carmel. Humans, fish and other aquatic life are not harmed by Sonar, especially at the extremely low rate being used at the lake, according to Keller.

Another tuber survey will take place this fall to determine the continued attrition of the tuber bank and another plant survey will be performed mid-summer.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rendezvous on the Ouabache, June 19 & 20

Don't miss this weekend's series of historical education programs at Ouabache State Park just east of downtown Bluffton, Indiana.
Tonight at 8 p.m., put your hands on an authentic covered wagon and learn how early American pioneers survived in one for months at a time.

Bluffton Park’s Department Iron Kid Triathlon

Children ages 5-12 can compete in a swim, bike, and run contest held on Saturday July 25th. Cost is $15 and includes a t-shirt, finishing medal, snacks and trophies to the top 3 in each age and gender group. Registrations can be printed off from the web site at www.blufftonindiana.net or picked up from the park office at 128 E Market St. Swim distances are as follows: ages 5&6 the width of the pool, 7&8 the width of the pool twice, all others will swim the length of the pool (50 meters). Children are allowed to use fastened floating devices or a parent can assist in the water. Bike distance is 1.17 miles and training wheels are allowed. Running distance is .65 miles and a parent may run beside the child who is under 6 years old. Registration forms need to be turned in by July 17th. If you have any questions call 824-6069.

What to do if you find a fawn

Indiana DNR Release:

It's that time of year when deer give birth to their young in Indiana. With the spread of suburban areas into natural habitats, many people find fawns that appear to be abandoned. Thinking the animals are orphaned, hurt, abandoned or lost, well-meaning individuals sometimes “rescue” them.

Doing so is not only unnecessary but also bad for the animal. It also is illegal if you don’t have the proper permit.

With more and more suburban areas being built close to natural areas, young animals are increasingly born near humans and discovered without an adult animal nearby, so a few reminders are especially pertinent.

"The apparent lack of an adult does not mean a young animal is alone," said Linnea Petercheff, operations staff specialist for the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife. "Adults often leave their young alone while they forage for food, but rarely do they abandon their young."

The best way to make sure a fawn is truly orphaned is to wait and check it periodically.

Before taking any action, remember the following:

If the fawn is not injured, the mother is likely nearby.
Leave the fawn alone and its mother will probably come and get it. Deer can take better care of their young than a human can.
Human scent on the fawn will not prevent the mother from taking care of it.
If you do not see any deer nearby, have someone keep a lookout nearby that can watch the fawn without being seen by the mother. In most cases, the mother will come back and get the fawn after you leave the area.

Remember that wild animals are just that – wild animals – and should be left in the wild. White-tailed deer are protected by law and cannot be kept as a pet. Wild animal rehabilitation permits are issued to qualified individuals who take in sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals with the intent of releasing them back into the wild.

If you encounter an injured or truly abandoned deer, do one of the following:

Call the DNR/USDA Wildlife Information Hotline, 1-800-893-4116, during business hours.
Check the DNR/USDA-Wildlife Services Web site, wildlifehotline.info.
Call the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife in Indianapolis, (317) 232-4080.
Call your DNR law enforcement district headquarters or regional headquarters; contact information is at: IN.gov/dnr/lawenfor/2755.htm
Call a licensed veterinarian for immediate assistance with a sick or severely injured wild animal.

Ouabache Nature Center for a day, July 4

Indiana DNR Release:

New event replaces schedule art show

The Ouabache State Park Natural Beauty Art Show schedule for July 4 has been canceled due to a lack of artist interest.

In its place a Nature Center for a Day will be set up in the Campview Shelter House, located in the middle of Campground A on July 4, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Mounts and displays will be available for visitors to view. Craft projects will also be available throughout the day for interested visitors. Anyone interested in viewing mounts and displays or completing craft projects is welcome.

Parking is available at Trails End Shelter and near Campground Control. Visitors who are not camping will have to walk a short distance to get to Campview Shelter.

Normal park admission fees will apply. (Indiana residents: $5 per vehicle Friday through Sunday and holidays, out of state: $7 per vehicle daily)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Indiana Forest Stakeholder Summit at four sites

Indiana DNR Release:

Public is invited to meetings starting June 24

The results of a survey of forest stakeholders in Indiana that was completed June 1 will be presented to the public at four meetings collectively called the Indiana Forest Stakeholder Summit, starting June 24, in Wabash.

The other meetings are scheduled soon thereafter in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Huntingburg. Dates and sites of all meetings are listed below.

North East
The Honeywell Center, 275 W Market St., Wabash
Wednesday, June 24, 6–8 p.m.

North Central
Indiana Farm Bureau, 225 South East St., Indianapolis (enter through parking garage)
Thursday, June 25, 6–8 p.m.

South Central
City Council Chambers, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
Tuesday, June 30, 6–8 p.m.

South
Huntingburg Event Center, 110 E. 14th St., Huntingburg
Thursday, July 2, 6–8 p.m.

The survey started public dialogue and stakeholder involvement toward developing the first comprehensive assessment of Indiana’s forests—private, public and urban—since the 1980s.

The DNR asks those who plan to attend one of the meetings to e-mail stateassessement@dnr.IN.gov by Tuesday, June 23, but advance notice is not required. Refreshments will be provided. Call (317) 232-4105 with questions about the assessment and the summit.

The survey was sent to conservation employees, researchers, land managers, forest owners and others involved on a daily basis with impacts on Indiana’s forests. Approximately 1,400 people responded. Their input is helping to determine the level of concern about forest issues in the state.

Issues covered in the survey addressed the composition, distribution, health and biodiversity of Indiana’s forests, which are changing. Changes are likely to be exacerbated as society expands new roles for forests to mitigate climate change.

More information about this Statewide Forest Resource Assessment can be found at
http://www.IN.gov/dnr/forestry/5436.htm.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Justin Parker placed on disabled list
South Bend — The South Bend Silver Hawks have announced that infielder Justin Parker has been placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
The move is retroactive to June 14, although Parker has not played in a game since June 6.
Parker was a sixth-round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from Wright State University. The Fort Wayne native is batting .301 with one home run and 21 RBI in 46 games.
He is the older brother of Jarrod Parker, who was the Diamondbacks’ 2007 top draft pick out of Norwell High School.

Register for SW volleyball camp
A volleyball camp for Southern Wells’ girls in grades 5-12 will be held July 13-17 in the Raiderdome.
Cost is $20 per camper, $15 for each additional camper in the same family. Grades 5-8 will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. and grades 9-12 from 5:30-7.
Sign-up forms may be picked up during the week in the Southern Wells Central Office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and must be returned with payment by Friday, June 26.
For more information, contact Coach Sydney Osborn at sosborn@swell.k12.in.us or call 765-331-9278.

Register for tennis tournament
The Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual tennis tournament June 27, 28. Registration forms may be picked up at the office, tennis lessons, or the Wells Community Pool. There are singles and doubles categories for all ages. Deadline is noon Friday, June 19. For more information, call 824-6069.

Soccer league sign-up available
The Wells County Soccer League is taking registrations for the co-ed league in Ossian, which runs from mid-August through the beginning of October. Age levels are U8 (6-8), U11 (9-11) and U15 (12-15). Registration forms are available at Wells County Public Library locations. For more information, call Kim at 565-3804.

Pretzel’s rolls over National Oil
Hannah Gilliam hit a grand slam home run and two triples Wednesday night to lead Pretzel’s to a 15-4 victory over National Oil in a Wells County Girls’ Softball Senior League game.
Breanna Brickley was the winning pitcher, limiting National Oil to six hits and striking out 13 batters.

Pizza Hut nets win over AdamsWells
Pizza Hut’s Kohl Buskirk had two hits, including a home run, on Wednesday night in an 11-4 victory over AdamsWells Internet in a Bluffton Junior League baseball game.
AdamsWells took a 4-0 lead, but Pizza Hut scored seven runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.
Bubba Applegate added four hits, including a double for Pizza Hut, which had 16 hits. Trae Jojola doubled and singled, while Dylan Longenberger, Drew Hunter and Reggie Garrett each singled twice. Matthew Vitatoe was the winning pitcher, as AdamsWells was held to seven hits.
Dane Hoffman doubled for AdamsWells. Cade Meadows, Aaron Sturgeon and Derek Bower each had two singles. Hoffman also was the losing pitcher.

National Oil downs MarkleBank
Ben Shaffer hit an inside-the-park home run with two runners on base to lead National Oil to a 10-5 win over MarkleBank in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game on Wednesday night.
MarkleBank held a 4-3 lead after three innings, but National Oil erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning to pull away.
Shaffer also had a single and Matt Yonker was the winning pitcher. Mason Stevens was the losing pitcher.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Masonic Lodge 19, Peyton’s Northern 14.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Register for SW volleyball camp
A volleyball camp for Southern Wells’ girls in grades 5-12 will be held July 13-17 in the Raiderdome.
Cost is $20 per camper, $15 for each additional camper in the same family. Grades 5-8 will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. and grades 9-12 from 5:30-7.
Sign-up forms may be picked up during the week in the Southern Wells Central Office betweem 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and must be returned with payment by Friday, June 26.
For more information, contact Coach Sydney Osborn at sosborn@swell.k12.in.us or call 765-331-9278.

Register for tennis tournament
The Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual tennis tournament June 27, 28. Registration forms may be picked up at the office, tennis lessons, or the Wells Community Pool. There are singles and doubles categories for all ages. Deadline is noon Friday, June 19. For more information, call 824-6069.

Upward Soccer taking registrations
Upward Soccer registration is underway at Hope Missionary Church, 429 E. Dustman Road, Bluffton. Children in kindergarten through 8th grade may sign up. Registration forms are available at the church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 824-1844.

Soccer league sign-up available
The Wells County Soccer League is taking registrations for the co-ed league in Ossian, which runs from mid-August through the beginning of October. Age levels are U8 (6-8), U11 (9-11) and U15 (12-15). Registration forms are available at Wells County Public Library locations. For more information, call Kim at 565-3804.

Moss leads Senior Golf League
Jerry Moss, Dick Moser and Bill Amburn were the individual leaders for the Tuesday Men’s Senior Golf League at Green Valley Golf Course in Bluffton. Moss had the low gross score of 40. Moser and Amburn were low net. Members of the winning team were Dick Hamilton, Don Schwartz, Dick Moser, Dave Prible and Amburn. Bob Brickley was closest to the pin winner and Bob Myers had the longest putt.

MarkleBank tops Bohemian Bean
Jordan Bower struck out nine batters to help MarkleBank defeat Bohemian Bean 9-2 in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game on Tuesday. Each team had only one hit. Dillion MacDoddle was the losing pitcher and also legged out an inside-the-park home run.

F.O.P. defeats BRMC
The Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) doubled up Bluffton Regional Medical Center 6-3 in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game on Monday.
Gavin King, the winning pitcher for F.O.P., also collected two hits, while Nick Huffer smacked a triple. F.O.P. had six hits and Bluffton Regional Medical Center had three. Bryce Kelley was the losing pitcher.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Parker drilled by line drive
MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile BayBears had some anxious moments Saturday night, when Arizona Diamondbacks’ high pitching prospect Jarrod Parker was hit by a line drive on his right wrist in the first inning of their game against the Tennessee Smokies.
However, their fears were eased when X-rays returned negative on Parker’s wrist.
Josh Ellis relieved Parker, who only lasted a third of an inning before being hit by the ball off the bat of James Adduci.
The BayBears lost 6-5 to the Smokies at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Decatur boat team signs driver
J. Michael Kelly will pilot the U-7 unlimited hydroplane boat for the Precision Performance Engineering, LLC Racing Team on the 2009 six-stop American Boat Racing Association circuit.
Ted J. Porter of Decatur, the team owner, announced the signing of the 28-year-old driver, who is a 21-year veteran of boat racing. Kelly has been in the unlimited series since 2004.
One of the sport’s “young guns,” Kelly has won international acclaim in the 2009 UIM Grand Prix Championships in New Zealand. His accomplishments include 19 world speed records, four national championships, nine highpoint championships, 21 American Power Boat Association divisional titles and 2004 unlimited hydroplane rookie of the year.
Kelly will be teamed with Jeff Bernard, driver of the U-5 unlimited hydroplane and the only 2008 repeat winner in the ABRA series.
The ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane series begins July 3 in Madison and includes stops in Detroit, Tri-Cities and Seattle, Wash., Evansville and Doha, Qatar. An exhibition event also is planned for Kelowna, British Columbia.

Training series for walkers, runners
Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Ouabache River Runners are teaming together to offer a training series for walkers or runners looking for help to get ready for the 35th Parlor City Trot. The program consists of weekly meetings each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting on June 16. The participants will be given a training program that will have them ready to finish the event of their choice on race day (10 km, 10 mile or 13.1 mile half-marathon). There also will be an educational part, involving proper footwear, typical training mistakes, injury prevention and treatment, and race-day preparation.
For more information, including costs, contact Mac McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com or call 450-1071.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Steve’s Landscaping 16, Masonic Lodge 8; Hot Cakes 21, NAPA 14.

Event aims to reduce BUI, June 26-28

Indiana DNR release:

Indiana is participating in Operation Dry Water, a coordinated national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing BUI, June 26-28.

Curbing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities is a key to achieving safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.

In 2007, U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicated that 21 percent of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use, which continued an upward trend in the percentage of fatalities where alcohol was the primary cause of the accident. In 2008 there were 55 boating accidents reported within Indiana. As a result of those accidents eight victims drowned while boating Hoosier waterways. Alcohol was believed to have been a major factor in a number of the accidents.

Indiana will increase BUI enforcement during the weekend by offering overtime to off- duty officers increasing patrols in several locations. The overtime would be paid through a grant from the Coast Guard.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) works with the states, the Coast Guard and other partner agencies to coordinate the event.

For more information on this program, see www.operationdrywater.org.

Gizzard shad reduction successful at Lake Everett

Indiana DNR Release:

ARCOLA – Application of a fish toxicant to Lake Everett last fall has sharply reduced the number of unwanted gizzard shad in the 43-acre northwest Allen County lake, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.

Biologists caught only four adult shad in 30 minutes of sampling on June 9 with an electrofishing boat, down from 137 shad captured with the same amount of sampling effort a year ago.

Ten additional gizzard shad were caught in gill nets and traps this year compared to 97 last year.
Gizzard shad, a silver-colored fish that grows up to 17 inches long, had overrun Lake Everett since the late 1990s. Shad competed for food with popular sport fish and were not sought by anglers.

Small shad, less than 6 inches long, are often eaten by predator fish, such as largemouth bass. But shad in Lake Everett had grown too large. Most shad were more than 10 inches long.

To reduce the number of shad, DNR biologists applied 21 gallons of rotenone to the lake in mid-September. Rotenone blocks a fish’s ability to breathe. When applied in low concentrations, it can be used to primarily target shad.
Although some small bluegills and bass were killed during the project, the DNR restocked 4,300 bass last November.

“We are pleased with the result of the rotenone treatment,” said Jed Pearson, DNR biologist. “It should ultimately lead to better bluegill and bass fishing.”

During the June survey, Pearson and his crew caught 82 bluegills, including some more than 8 inches long. They also caught 38 bass that were 12 to 15 inches long.

“This year, bass made up 44 percent and shad only 15 percent of our catch by weight,” Pearson said. “Last year, these figures were reversed. Bass comprised 11 percent and shad 63 percent.”

Reducing the number of shad may have also provided another benefit: cleaner water.
“Lake Everett is now the cleanest I’ve ever seen it,” Pearson said.

To measure water clarity, Pearson lowers a secchi disk, an 8-inch black-and-white plate, into the water until it disappears and records the depth

“From 1995 through 2008, the secchi disk disappeared between 2 and 6 feet and averaged 4 feet. This year I could still see it at 11 feet," he said.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Register for tennis tournament
The Bluffton Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual tennis tournament June 27, 28. Registration forms may be picked up at the office, tennis lessons, or the Wells Community Pool. There are singles and doubles categories for all ages. Deadline is noon Friday, June 19. For more information, call 824-6069.

Upward Soccer taking registrations
Upward Soccer registration is underway at Hope Missionary Church, 429 E. Dustman Road, Bluffton. Children in kindergarten through 8th grade may sign up. Registration forms are available at the church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 824-1844.

Soccer league sign-up available
The Wells County Soccer League is taking registrations for the co-ed league in Ossian, which runs from mid-August through the beginning of October. Age levels are U8 (6-8), U11 (9-11) and U15 (12-15). Registration forms are available at Wells County Public Library locations. For more information, call Kim at 565-3804.

Pretzel’s blanks MarkleBank
Karlie Longenberger and Breanna Brickley combined to pitch a no-hitter for Pretzel’s in a 17-0 victory over MarkleBank in Wells County Girls’ Softball Senior League action on Monday.
Brickley, Erin McKinley, Kaitlyn Dunnuck, Jacki Ford, Morgan Corle and Morgan Steffen each had two of Pretzel’s 15 hits.

Pizza Hut roll over First Bank of Berne
Using a nine-run, first-inning explosion, Pizza Hut rolled to a 14-4 win over First Bank of Berne in a Bluffton Junior League baseball game on Monday.
Dylan Longenberger was the winning pitcher and hit a double and single. Drew Hunter and Reggie Garrett each singled twice and Dylan Heckman tripled. Pizza Hut held First Bank of Berne to three basehits. Garrett Walborn was the losing pitcher.

Parlor City Trophy & Apparel posts win
Parlor City Trophy & Apparel defeated National Oil 18-1 in a recent Bluffton Farm League baseball game. Mitchell Kuhlenbeck doubled and singled twice to lead PCTA. Bryce Paxson also doubled and Jacey Dunnuck singled twice. Max Corle was the winning pitcher and Dominick Jojola suffered the loss.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Apache Propane 23, Almco Steel 11; Saf-T-Lite 16, American Legion 13.

Outdoor Cooking Class (you need this) and Cook-Off

Outdoor cooking classes June 20
The 2009 Cooking Classes and Cook-off will be held on each of the Wabash Reservoirs. Sign up for the property of your choice: J. Edward Roush, June 20; Mississinewa Lake July 11; Salamonie Lake, Aug. 1.
First place winners of each property will compete in the Oct. 24 Champion Cook-Off at J. Edward Roush Lake. The event is open to campers and one-day visitors.
The Cook-Off will be held in the same program area from 2 to 5:30 p.m. All participants/teams need to pay a $10 entrant fee per property; supply all food ingredients, cooking utensils, charcoal and start and use Dutch ovens. All foods are to be prepared on program site. Judging will take place at 6 p.m. with prizes awarded afterwards. Each property's first place team will earn a Dutch oven. Call 260-468-2127 or log onto: www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bicentennial plaza open at Lincoln State Park

Lincoln City, IN – With the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission having hosted the dedication of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza at Lincoln State Park on Friday, the tribute to Lincoln is now available daily for visitors to enjoy.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza consists of a large, bisected circular plaza. Visitors first enter an area punctuated with limestone pedestals and interpretive signs signifying key milestones in Lincoln’s formative Indiana years between ages 7 and 21.

A central half-circle reminds visitors of young Abraham’s growth from a boy to a man. Visitors can move freely between the pedestals at any pace. The second semicircle provides a more intimate space for reflecting upon the man who led this nation. It will contain a twice-life-size bronze bust of Lincoln, accompanied by some of his quotes.

The site is located on a knoll in the Oak Grove area of the park.

“This work of art is truly unique for Indiana, taking the visitor on a journey of Lincoln's life from his birth, to the 14 years living in Indiana, to his last day as president,” said Connie Nass, IALBC chairwoman. “Located in a beautiful setting, it will be a popular destination for school groups as well as visitors from everywhere who want to learn more about this great man.”

The 1,847-acre park in Spencer County was created in 1932 as a memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The park also includes the historic home of Col. William Jones (Lincoln’s merchant employer), hiking trails and a scenic lake. Visitors also can explore Sarah Lincoln’s Woods—a nature preserve named after Abraham’s sister, who is buried in Little Pigeon Cemetery, located inside the park.

The world premiere of LINCOLN, occurred in the park’s 1,500-seat Lincoln Amphitheatre on June 12. The live, multimedia performance provides insight into the life of the man whose legacy continues to inspire Americans. For a schedule of performances, prices and details, see www.lincolnamphitheatre.com.

Admission to the park for Indiana residents is $4 per carload Monday through Thursday and $5 per carload Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Admission for non-residents is $7 per carload.

Ouabache State Park

Office Phone: 824-0926
4930 E. SR 201, Bluffton
Ouabacheinterp@dnr.IN.gov
Ouabache's interpretive programs are family oriented. Parents and children are encouraged to attend activities together. An adult should accompany children under the age of 10. In the case of inclement weather, all hikes and programs on the pool lawn will meet at the Campview Shelter. Schedule subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
1:45 p.m. - Box Craft. Meet on the pool lawn to join Naturalist Kate in creating a box turtle of your very own to take home. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Life With Ice. Glaciers made a lasting impact on Northern Indiana. Learn more about the ice age in Indiana at the Trails End Shelter.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
1:45 p.m. - Terrific Trees. Do you know how important trees are to life on the planet? Find out during the pool's safety check on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Life in the CCC. The CCC created Ouabache State Park, as well as many other parks in Indiana. Learn about life in the CCC by meeting at Rustic Oak Shelter.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
1:45 p.m. - Native American Story. Get ready for the Rendezvous on the Ouabache by listening to a Native American story during the pool's safety check on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
8:00 p.m. - Covered Wagon Conversation. The Rendezvous reenactors will take you back in time. Learn from these knowledgeable individuals about this important time in the expansion of the United States. Meet in the field across from the Fire Tower. Bring a chair and bug spray.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
9:30 a.m. - Native Americans and the Bison. Meet at the small shelter in front of the Wildlife Exhibit to learn about bison and their importance to Native Americans.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. Connect! Discover! Explore! Learn more about the patch program at the Boat House. After a brief introduction, we'll break up into groups to start working on the requirements. Scouts and other groups are you interested in earning a patch? See the Naturalist to learn about the Hoosier Pathfinder program.
1:45 - Pool Break Tug of War. Join Naturalist Kate on the pool lawn for a favorite frontier game - tug of war! Prizes for the winners! Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Dolls of the Frontier. Toys on the frontier were often homemade. Learn about dolls and their history, and then learn how to create your own doll by meeting at the small shelter in front of the Wildlife Exhibit to hear and learn more about medicinal plants.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
9:30 a.m. - Worship Services. Join us at Campview Shelter for an inspirational service in the beauty of nature.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. See Saturday for details.
1:00 p.m. - Medical Plants. There was no ibuprofen on frontier; instead you had to know what plants made good medicines. Meet at the small shelter in front of the Wildlife Exhibit to hear and learn more about medicinal plants.

COMING SOON!
July 4: Natural Beauty Art Show. Artists, if you are interested in showing or selling your artwork during the show, contact the Interpretive Naturalist.
July 18: Outdoor Cooking Demonstration - pre-register now! $5 program fee.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Training series for walkers, runners
Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Ouabache River Runners are teaming together to offer a training series for walkers or runners looking for help to get ready for the 35th Parlor City Trot. The program consists of weekly meetings each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting on June 16. The participants will be given a training program that will have them ready to finish the event of their choice on race day (10 km, 10 mile or 13.1 mile half-marathon). There also will be an educational part, involving proper footwear, typical training mistakes, injury prevention and treatment, and race-day preparation.
For more information, including costs, contact Mac McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com or call 450-1071.

Track meets at Wawasee
Wawasee High School is hosting two all-comers track and field meets on June 15 and 22 open to first grade and older. Sign up begins at 5:30 p.m. at the high school track. Field events start at 6 and running events at 6:30. Cost is $2 for each person or $5 for a family. There is no limit on the number of events a person can enter.
Events on June 15 include pole vault, high jump, discus, 110 hurdles, 100, 1600, 400, 3200 and 4x100 relay. On June 22, the list includes: pole vault, long jump, shot put, 300 hurdles, 100, 1600, 200, 800 and 4x400. A special 50-meter race will be included for kindergarten and under.
If any questions, e-mail JStoffel@wawasee.k12.in.us.

Track meets slated at Berne
South Adams High School will host the Starlight Summer Track Series for all ages on three Saturday nights, June 13, 20, 27, starting at 7 p.m. at Berne. Cost is 50 cents to participate in an event (no limit). A 50-meter dash for children 8-and-under will be held each night.
The event schedule for June 13 is as follows: 110-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash (50-meter dash), 1500-meter run, 400-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, shot put and long jump.
June 20: 100 (50), 3000-meter run, 400, 300-meter hurdles, 200, 800, discus and high jump.
June 27: 110 HH, 100 (50), 1500, 400, 200, 800, shot put and long jump.

PCTA grinds out victory
Parlor City Trophy & Apparel scored 10 runs in the second inning to break open a close game and run away with a 16-1 win over the Bohemian Bean in Bluffton Farm League baseball action on Wednesday.
Each team had only two hits, with Mitchell Kuhlenbeck leading Parlor City Trophy & Apparel with a triple. Jacey Dunnuck was the winning pitcher and Reid Wenger suffered the loss.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Imel advances to State Meet

Drew Imel, senior at Norwell High School, was one of the top individual golfers at the Muncie Central regional. He advanced without his teammates to the Indiana Boys' State Meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Franklin at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course.

For more information visit the Indiana High School Athletic Association web site.

Outdoor cooking classes/cook-offs at local reservoirs

This year's outdoor cooking classes and cook-off at the Upper Wabash Reservoirs, sponsored by Bozarth Country Store, are just around the corner.

Those interested can sign up for the property of their choice: J. Edward Roush, June 20; Mississinewa Lake, July 11; Salamonie Lake, Aug. 1.

The first-place winners of each property will compete in the Oct. 24 Champion Cook-Off at J. Edward Roush Lake.

This event is open to campers and one-day visitors.

Marvin McNew, director of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, said, “I’ve always been amazed at how people can make wonderful meals with the simple tools of charcoal and cast iron.”

For those who aren’t too sure how to do so, or who would like to pick up a few pointers, there will be an outdoor cooking class from 1–2 p.m. at the respective campground program shelter (J. Edward Roush, Kil-So-Quah; Mississinewa, Miami SRA Modern Campground; and Salamonie, Lost Bridge West Modern Campground).

The outdoor cook-off will be held in the same program areas from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on the respective days. All participants/teams in the Cook-Off will be charged a $10 fee per entry per property, supply all food ingredients, cooking utensils, charcoal and starter, and use Dutch ovens. All foods must be prepared on the program site.

Each entrant should plan to cook one entrĂ©e and one dessert, with enough of each to allow up to eight people to sample. Judging will be at 6 p.m. with prizes awarded afterward. Each property’s first-place team will earn a Dutch oven.

Each property will have one-first place winner. That winner will be eligible for the Championship Cook-Off, Oct. 24. Entrants may register for one or all properties; however, first-place winners are not allowed to compete on more than one property. The championship winner will earn a tripod, lid lifter and other outdoor cooking accessories.

Property entrance fees apply. There is a $5 daily weekend entrance fee ($7 non-Indiana resident) to enter the Upper Wabash Reservoir properties. Indiana residents may purchase an annual entrance permit for $36. Those age 65 or older may purchase the annual Golden Hoosier Passport entrance permit for $18.

Visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis for details on special events. Or, for more information, call Upper Wabash Reservoirs Interpretive Services, (260) 468-2127, or visit the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Sprint cars on racing program
The HOSS Outlaw Winged Sprints will make their first appearance of the 2009 racing season at Baer Field Speedway on Saturday.
The sprints will be joined by the Baer Field Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Front Wheel Drives. There also will be a fireworks show.
Adult admission is $15, children 7-12 $5, and 6 and under free. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 5 and racing at 7:30. For more information, call 260-478-7223 or go to the Web site at www.baerfieldspeedway.net

Alabama placed on NCAA probation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The NCAA placed Alabama’s football program and 15 other of the school’s athletic teams on three years’ probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks, stripping the Crimson Tide of 21 football wins over a three-year period.
The NCAA said 201 athletes in 16 sports obtained “impermissible benefits” by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. Alabama identified 22 athletes, including seven football players, as “intentional wrongdoers” who knew they were receiving improper benefits.
As a result, the NCAA ruled the football team must vacate any wins in which any of those seven players took part during 2005-07.

NBA referee attacked in prison
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was attacked in prison by a fellow inmate who claimed he had ties to the New York mob, a spokesman for Donaghy said.
The attacker hit Donaghy in the right knee with a stick or club in November at a minimum security federal prison camp in Pensacola, said Pat Zaranek of Executive Prison Consultants.
Donaghy, who pleaded guilty in New York to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commence, is serving a 15-month sentence.

McNabb’s contract restructured
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to restructure the final two years of his contract.
The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was due to make $9.2 million this season and $10 million next season. The team announced the agreement but terms weren’t immediately known. The Eagles said McNabb and head coach Andy Reid would be available on Friday morning at the team’s training facility.
McNabb, who is entering his 11th season with the Eagles, had been seeking a contract extension. Instead, he’ll get a raise.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New archaeology fund helps homeowners

Indian DNR Release:

A new trust fund made available through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) will assist private homeowners who have accidentally discovered an artifact, burial object, or human remains.

The fund will help homeowners comply with DHPA-approved plans to excavate or secure the site from further disturbance. To learn more about Indiana’s irreplaceable archaeological resources, go to dnr.IN.gov/historic.
Members of the public who want to help preserve the state's archaeological treasures may contribute to the Archeology Preservation Trust Fund by sending a check or money order to:

Archeology Preservation Trust Fund
Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
402 West Washington Street, Room W274
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739

The trust fund was created after changes made to Indiana Code (IC) 14-21-1 (http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title14/ar21/ch1.html) last year authorized the fund. Section 34 provides that the DHPA may conduct such a program.

(Ed. Note: The word archaeology is spelled incorrectly due to a legislative typo in the actual law. Hence, the name of the fund most remain with the word misspelled. )

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Track meets slated at Berne
South Adams High School will host the Starlight Summer Track Series for all ages on three Saturday nights, June 13, 20, 27, starting at 7 p.m. at Berne. Cost is 50 cents to participate in an event (no limit). A 50-meter dash for children 8-and-under will be held each night.
The event schedule for June 13 is as follows: 110-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash (50-meter dash), 1500-meter run, 400-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, shot put and long jump.
June 20: 100 (50), 3000-meter run, 400, 300-meter hurdles, 200, 800, discus and high jump.
June 27: 110 HH, 100 (50), 1500, 400, 200, 800, shot put and long jump.
For more information, call 260-589-2101.

National City tops Pizza Hut
A 20-hit effort powered National City to a 15-12 win in seven innings over Pizza Hut last Saturday in a Bluffton Junior League baseball slugfest.
National City scored seven runs to tie the game in the sixth inning and came up with three in the seventh to claim the win.
Bo Thompson ripped a pair of doubles and two singles to lead National City. Ben Caylor added four singles. Jarrett Harris and Mitchell Drew each doubled and singled. Levi Eisenhut, Tristen Niblick and James Spera each singled twice. Niblick also was the winning pitcher.
Drew Hunter had two doubles and a single to pace Pizza Hut. Trae Jojola and Stephen Applegate each doubled. Dylan Longenberger and Reggie Garrett both singled twice. Longenberger also was the losing pitcher.

PCTA defeats National City
Parlor City Trophy & Apparel used 10 hits to defeat National City 12-4 on Monday in a Bluffton Farm League baseball game. Mitchell Kuhlenbeck was the winning pitcher and hammered a double and two singles. Bryce Paxson and Jacey Dunnuck each added two hits and Max Corle doubled. National City was led by Carson Greenway’ home run. Trea Reasser doubled and Keaton Dedrick and Jason King both had two hits. Clayton Thompson was the losing pitcher.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: AdamsWells Internet 21, Pizza Hut 7; Apache Propane 15, BKM Real Estate 5.

Gillom, Frauhiger lead senior golfers
Bob Gillom was low gross finisher and Bud Frauhiger low net finisher on Tuesday for the Senior Golf League at Green Valley Golf Course in Bluffton. Members of the winning team were Jim Smith, Bill Fuller, Herman McCormick and Frauhiger. Bill Amburn was the closest to the pin winner. Tom Williams had the longest putt.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Get Active; Get Outside; get to Ouabache

Ouabache's interpretive programs are family oriented. Parents and children are encouraged to attend activities together. An adult should accompany children under the age of 10. In the case of inclement weather, all hikes and programs on the pool lawn will meet at the Campview Shelter. Schedule subject to change.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
1:45 p.m. - Floral Art. Meet on the pool lawn to join Naturalist Kate in creating some beautiful artwork with flowers. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath hours so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Our Flying Jewels. Everyone loves the butterfly. Learn more about these beauties at the Lakeside Shelter.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11
1:45 p.m. - Wolfies. These creepy crawlies can be found all over the park. Learn more about wolf spiders during the pool's safety check on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Invasion of the Plants. Head for the hills, an invasion has begun. Learn more about those pesky invasive plant species you can find in Indiana and learn what you can do to stop the invasion. Meet at Rustic Oak Shelter.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
1:45 p.m. - Beautiful Blues. These darling birds face some big challenges. Learn about the bluebird during the pool's safety check on the pool lawn. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Roving Interpreter. Be on the lookout for Naturalist Kate as she tours the Campground. She'll have something cool for you to check out!

SATURDAY, JUNE 13
9:30 a.m. - Talkin' Turtles. We'll take a stroll around the Lake beginning at the Boat House while looking and chatting about turtles. Tennis shoes, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. Connect! Discover! Explore! Learn more about the patch program at the Boat House. After a brief introduction, we'll break up into groups to start working on the requirements. Scouts and other groups are you interested in earning a patch? See the Naturalist to learn about the Hoosier Pathfinder program.
1:45 - Pool Break Creature Feature. Join Naturalist Kate on the pool lawn to check out a cool skull. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!
7:30 p.m. - Campfire Story. Meet at the Campview Shelter to hear the story of Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back by Joseph Bruchae and Jonathan London around a crackling campfire. We'll be creating our own calendars after the story.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14
9:30 a.m. - Worship Services. Join us at Campview Shelter for an inspirational service in the beauty of nature.
11-11:30 a.m. - Hoosier Quest. See Saturday for details.
1:45 a.m. - Pool Break Quickie Craft. Come out to the pool lawn to create an origami tadpole. Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house, so you may re-enter the pool!

COMING SOON!
June 20-21: Rendezvous on the Ouabache.
July 4: Natural Beauty Art Show. Artists, if you are interested in showing or selling your artwork during the show, contact the Interpretive Naturalist.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Girls’ tennis camp at Norwell
The Norwell Girls’ Tennis Camp will be offered June 15-19 in the morning for Northern Wells students entering grades 5-9 in 2009-10. Cost is $25, which includes a T-shirt. Norwell girls’ tennis coach Terri Worden will conduct the camp. Application forms are available at Lancaster and Ossian elementary schools, Norwell Middle School and Norwell High School. For more information call 260-543-2213, ext. 7110, or 260-597-7321.

Physicals to be given at So. Wells
Southern Wells middle school and high school students, who will be entering grades 6-12 next fall, may have athletic physicals on Tuesday, June 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Southern Wells. Cost is $15. Forms may be picked up in the high school office and must be filled out prior to the physicals or a parent must accompany the athlete to assure that all information and signatures are provided. If there are any questions, call 765-728-5534.

Tigers’ volleyball conditioning to start
Bluffton Tigers’ volleyball conditioning starts June 9 for girls in grades 6-12. Sessions will be held at the Tiger Den on Tuesday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday 7-9 p.m.
Courts open to prospective BHS players
Any Bluffton High School student interested in playing boys’ or girls’ tennis during the 2009-2010 school year may play on open court days Tuesdays and Thursdays at the middle school courts from 10 a.m.-noon. Any questions call Robert Vanderkolk at 273-3220.

Training series for walkers, runners
Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Ouabache River Runners are teaming together to offer a training series for walkers or runners looking for help to get ready for the 35th Parlor City Trot. The program consists of weekly meetings each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting on June 16. The participants will be given a training program that will have them ready to finish the event of their choice on race day (10 km, 10 mile or 13.1 mile half-marathon). There also will be an educational part, involving proper footwear, typical training mistakes, injury prevention and treatment, and race-day preparation.
For more information, including costs, contact Mac McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com or call 450-1071.

T-Ball scores reported
The following Bluffton T-Ball League scores have been reported: Hot Cakes 19, American Legion 5; Goodwin’s Memorial Chapel 12, BKM Real Estate 6; Shaw Realty 21, DeHoff Insulation 14.

Advisory Council to review hunt, trap rule suggestions

Indiana DNR Release:

The Natural Resources Advisory Council will review suggested changes to several hunting and trapping regulations during its meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at The Garrison, Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Topics to be covered include license types and fees, hunter education, and the hunting of coyote, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel and exotic mammals.

The suggestions were submitted by the public over a period of months to the Natural Resources Commission, which is conducting a comprehensive review of Indiana’s fish and wildlife rules. Nearly 1,000 suggestions were submitted to the NRC, an autonomous group that oversees the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The Advisory Council functions in an advisory capacity for the benefit of the NRC, and Tuesday’s meeting is the first of five meetings at which public testimony on suggested changes will be received.

The additional meetings will take place in July, August, September and October, after which the Advisory Council will submit its recommendations to the NRC in November. Additional information, including details about upcoming Advisory Council meetings, is available at IN.gov/nrc/2403.htm.

Friday, June 5, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, June 5
BOYS TRACK: IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University, 3 p.m.
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Saturday, June 6
BASEBALL: IHSAA Regional Class 2A at Wabash, Bluffton vs. winner at Delphi sectional, 1 p.m.; Class 3A Regional at Bellmont, Norwell vs. Leo, 11 a.m.
SOFTBALL: IHSAA Class A Regional at Clinton Prairie, Southern Wells vs. Cowan, 10 a.m.; Game Two, Frontier vs. Clintin Prairie, noon; championship, 5 p.m.
GIRLS TRACK: IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University, 3 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Lady Knights’ basketball camps slated
The Norwell Girls’ Basketball camps will be held June 8-11 in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym. Girls entering grades 1-4 will meet from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and grades 5-8 will meet from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per camper or $30 per camper for two or more girls from the same family. Call Coach Eric Thornton at 622-7726 for more information.

Tigers girls’ basketball camp set
Registrations are being taken for the Bluffton Lady Tigers’ basketball camp June 8-12 at Bluffton High School. Grades 5-6 will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. and grades 7-8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25, including a women’s basketball and camp T-shirt. Forms are available at the high school office. Deadline is Friday, June 5. If you have any questions or need a form, contact Coach Vicki Van Matre at 765-748-4450 or e-mail at vvanmatre@bhmsd.k12.in.us

Tigers’ volleyball conditioning to start
Bluffton Tigers’ volleyball conditioning starts June 9 for girls in grades 6-12. Sessions will be held at the Tiger Den on Tuesday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday 7-9 p.m.

Courts open to prospective BHS players
Any Bluffton High School student interested in playing boys’ or girls’ tennis during the 2009-2010 school year may play on open court days Tuesdays and Thursdays at the middle school courts from 10 a.m.-noon. Any questions call Robert Vanderkolk at 273-3220.

Junior League set at Timber Ridge
Timber Ridge Golf Course of Bluffton will be running a Junior League every Monday and Thursday morning from June 8 through July 16. For complete information call the Pro Shop at 824-2728 or Jody Ault at 824-3181.

Training series for walkers, runners
Bluffton Regional Medical Center and the Ouabache River Runners are teaming together to offer a training series for walkers or runners looking for help to get ready for the 35th Parlor City Trot. The program consists of weekly meetings each Tuesday for 12 weeks starting on June 16. The participants will be given a training program that will have them ready to finish the event of their choice on race day (10 km, 10 mile or 13.1 mile half-marathon). There also will be an educational part, involving proper footwear, typical training mistakes, injury prevention and treatment, and race-day preparation.
For more information, including costs, contact Mac McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com or call 450-1071.

Standard Plastics tops Pizza Hut
Standard Plastics scored all its runs in the third inning Thursday to defeat Pizza Hut 3-1 in a Bluffton Junior League baseball game. Grant Prible was the winning pitcher and also led Standard Plastics with a triple and a run batted in. Matt Scott also drove in one run and scored a run. Hank Ifer and Ethan Mygrant also scored. Drew Hunter doubled and singled for Pizza Hut. Matthew Vitatoe was the losing pitcher and scored the lone run for Pizza Hut.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, June 5
BOYS GOLF: IHSAA Sectional at LaFontaine Golf Course, 8 a.m.
BOYS TRACK: IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University, 3 p.m.
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Saturday, June 6
BASEBALL: IHSAA Regional Class 2A at Wabash, Bluffton vs. winner at Delphi, 1 p.m.; Class 3A Regional at Bellmont, Norwell vs. Leo, 11 a.m.
SOFTBALL: IHSAA Class A Regional at Clinton Prairie, Southern Wells vs. Cowan, 10 a.m.; Game Two, Frontier vs. Clintin Prairie, noon; championship, 5 p.m.
GIRLS TRACK: IHSAA State Finals at Indiana University, 3 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Lady Knights’ basketball camps slated
The Norwell Girls’ Basketball camps will be held June 8-11 in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym. Girls entering grades 1-4 will meet from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and grades 5-8 will meet from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per camper or $30 per camper for two or more girls from the same family. Call Coach Eric Thornton at 622-7726 for more information.

Tigers girls’ basketball camp set
Registrations are being taken for the Bluffton Lady Tigers’ basketball camp June 8-12 at Bluffton High School. Grades 5-6 will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. and grades 7-8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $25, including a women’s basketball and camp T-shirt. Forms are available at the high school office. Deadline is Friday, June 5. If you have any questions or need a form, contact Coach Vicki Van Matre at 765-748-4450 or e-mail at vvanmatre@bhmsd.k12.in.us

Girls’ tennis camp at Norwell
The Norwell Girls’ Tennis Camp will be offered June 15-19 in the morning for Northern Wells students entering grades 5-9 in 2009-10. Cost is $25, which includes a T-shirt. Norwell girls’ tennis coach Terri Worden will conduct the camp. Application forms are available at Lancaster and Ossian elementary schools, Norwell Middle School and Norwell High School. For more information call 260-543-2213, ext. 7110, or 260-597-7321.

Tigers’ volleyball conditioning to start
Bluffton Tigers’ volleyball conditioning starts June 9 for girls in grades 6-12. Sessions will be held at the Tiger Den on Tuesday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday 7-9 p.m.
Time change for senior golf league
The starting time for the Senior Men’s Golf League on Tuesday at Green Valley Golf Course in Bluffton will be 8 a.m.

Final boys’ track & field poll
The final Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches boys’ track & field team poll has been released, as follows:

1. Ben Davis; 2. Warren Central; 3. Carmel; 4. North Central; 5. Lawrence Central; 6. Bloomington South; 7. Carroll (Allen); 8. Fort Wayne Northrop; 9. Lawrence North; 10. Franklin Central; 11. Valparaiso; 12. Northridge; 13. Merrillville; 14. Avon; 15. Pike; 16. Center Grove; 17. Evansville Harrison; 18. Castle; 19. Zionsville; 20. East Noble.

Grants to preserve local history across state

Indiana DNR Release:

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helps strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage through annual federal grants it administers to local communities and not-for-profit groups that these organizations use toward preservation projects.

This year, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology has awarded 16 federal grants for historic preservation and archaeology in Indiana communities (see list below). The grants, totaling $494,793, provide a match of $473,756 in local and state funds, for a total projected investment of $968,549.

The funds come from the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which distributes federal funds to the states through the Historic Preservation Fund Program. Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $16.5 million to Indiana communities through this program.

“Preserving our state’s historic and cultural resources is a vital part of our mission,” said DNR director and State Historic Preservation Officer, Robert E. Carter Jr. “These worthy projects help revitalize communities, provide local jobs and investment, and allow Hoosiers to explore the cultures and people of Indiana’s past.”

The projects for the 2009 funding cycle are:

Allen and Hamilton counties: The Archaeological Survey of IPFW received a $48,939 grant to conduct an archaeological investigation of three sites in Allen County. All three sites represent large and important elements of the Late Prehistoric Western Basin settlement system. [Contact: Bob McCullough, IPFW, (260) 481-6892].

Adams County: ARCH, Inc. received a $27,472 award for a countywide survey to document historic sites, structures and landscapes throughout Adams County. The survey will cover 339 square miles, and is expected to document approximately 1,850 sites for the state’s historic sites and structures database. [Contact: Angie Quinn, ARCH, Inc., (260) 426-5117].

Carroll County: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana received a $26,719 award for a countywide survey to document historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout Carroll County. The survey will cover 402 square miles, and is expected to document approximately 2,300 sites for the state’s historic sites and structures database. [Contact: Suzanne Stanis, Historic Landmarks Foundation, (317) 639-4534].

Clark County: The Archaeological Survey of IPFW received a $43,730 grant to conduct archaeological investigations in Clark County, including two major Mississippian sites. This area contains important resources ranging from the Paleoindian to historic periods and is experiencing rapid development pressure. [Contact: Bob McCullough, IPFW, (260) 481-6892].

Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne Community Development received a $27,929 grant to prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Brookview-Irvington Historic District, which will include approximately 315 contributing properties, and to design and print a brochure about the district and its history and architecture. The project will also prepare a nomination to the National Register for approximately 41 parks and 12 boulevards/parkways in the historic Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System.[Contact: Don Orban, City of Fort Wayne,
(260) 427-2160].

Franklin County: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana received a $26,735 award for a countywide survey to document historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout Franklin County. The survey will cover 386 square miles, and is expected to document approximately 1,400 sites for the state’s historic sites and structures database. [Contact: Suzanne Stanis, Historic Landmarks Foundation, (317) 639-4534].

Hancock County: The American Military Heritage Foundation received a $50,000 grant for the replacement of the right engine on the PV-2 Harpoon aircraft, also known as “Hot Stuff.” The PV-2 Harpoon was a medium maritime anti-submarine patrol bomber used by both the Navy and the Marines throughout the Pacific in World War II. Replacement of the engine will return “Hot Stuff” to flying condition. [Contact: Penny Litz, American Military Heritage Foundation, (317) 835-7529].

Huntington: The Huntington Historic Preservation Review Board received a $50,000 grant to rehabilitate several masonry features at the 1923 Sunken Gardens in Huntington. The gardens were created in a former quarry and feature fieldstone bridges, columns, ponds and decorative plantings. [Contact: Cathy Wright, Historic Landmarks Foundation, (260) 563-4534].

Indianapolis: Footlite Musicals, Inc., received a $36,750 grant to rehabilitate the exterior masonry, including 12 chimneys and the roof parapet, and the four iron balconies and fire escape on the Hedback Community Arts Center. [Contact: Carol Kirk, Footlite Musicals, Inc., (317) 232-1807].

New Albany: The City of New Albany received a $3,500 grant to prepare a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Hedden Park/Hedden Court Historic District, which includes approximately 45 contributing properties; and to prepare an individual National Register nomination for the William Young House. [Contact: Laura Renwick, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, (812) 284-4534].

Parke, Tipton, and Union counties: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana received $15,829 to publish the results of the countywide historic sites and structures survey of Parke, Tipton and Union counties conducted in 2008-2009. [Contact: Suzanne Stanis, HLFI, (317) 639-4534].

Petersburg: The Pike County Commissioners received a $46,050 grant to stabilize and restore the stained glass dome of the Pike County Courthouse. The stained glass panels are deteriorated, the dome has structural flaws, and metal fatigue has weakened the supports, all of which were exacerbated by an earthquake in the area last year. [Contact: Lisa Gehlhausen, (812) 367-8455].

Posey County: Indiana University’s Department of Anthropology received a $24,751 grant to conduct investigations at two reported but uninvestigated Yankeetown phase archaeological sites: Dead Man’s Curve and the Squirrel Hunter Site, and will also conduct reconnaissance survey in the area. If eligibility is determined, one of the sites may also be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. [Contact: Susan Alt, Indiana University, (812) 856-5260].

Spencer County: The DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs was awarded $9,974 to conduct archaeological research at Lincoln State Park in Spencer County. Archaeological testing will focus on three areas significant to Lincoln’s life in Indiana: Colonel Jones’ property, the Gordon Homestead, and the presumed location of the Gordon horse-mill, and will include opportunities for public participation and educational presentations. [Contact: Vicki Basman, DNR, (317) 690-6566].

Wells County: ARCH, Inc. received a $6,415 award to publish the results of the countywide historic sites and structures survey of Wells County conducted in 2008-2009. [Contact: Angie Quinn, ARCH, Inc., (260) 426-5117].

Whiting: The City of Whiting Parks & Recreation Department received a $50,000 grant to update the obsolete and unsafe electrical systems in the 1923 Whiting Community Center. The Center was built by the Rockefeller family and Standard Oil Company as a memorial for those who fought in World War I and to provide a recreation, entertainment and social activity venue for Whiting, home of the oil company’s largest refinery. The facility covers more than 70,000 square feet and includes two gymnasiums, an indoor track, a 12-lane bowling center, indoor swimming pool, billiards room, a 700-seat auditorium, a ballroom, two banquet halls, and a variety of fitness areas. [Contact: Marty Jakubowski, City of Whiting, (219) 659-0860].

For more information on the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and the Historic Preservation Fund Program, see http://www.IN.gov/dnr/historic/

Rendezvous on the Ouabache, June 19 & 20

Rendezvous on the Ouabache, June 19-21
Visitors can step back in time to the pre-1840s during Ouabache State Park's Rendezvous on the Ouabache, June 19-21.

This is a living history weekend aimed at educating visitors about an important period in the history and expansion of the United States.

Friday's Covered Wagon Conversation kicks off the weekend at 8 p.m.; Saturday hours run from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be a period encampment all weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be ongoing demonstrations of period skills, as well as programs on bison and their relationship to Native Americans, frontier toys, and medicinal plants. Participants will be able to try their hand at doll making and tomahawk throwing. A tug of war contest will take place on Saturday.
Ouabache State Park is at 4930 E. State Rd. 201, Bluffton 46714. The encampment will be located near the fire tower.

There is no fee to participate in any event during the weekend; however, normal park admission fees will apply (Indiana residents: $5 per vehicle Friday through Sunday and holidays, out of state: $7 per vehicle daily). Limited parking will be available at the Rendezvous site.

For more information about the interpretive services, the Rendezvous or becoming involved with interpretive and cultural events at Ouabache State Park, contact the interpretive naturalist at (260) 824-0926 or OuabacheInterp@dnr.IN.gov.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2009 volunteer fire assistance grants announced

Indiana DNR Release

Rural and volunteer fire departments from 48 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $268,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, DNR Director Robert E. Carter Jr. announced Monday.
Bluffton Fire Department received $2,000 for water handling equipment.

The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and are made available through the U.S. Forest Service.

DNR Forestry staff reviews grant applications and selects recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, wildland urban interface analysis, and wildlife fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters near Martinsville.

VFA grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase fire fighting equipment and personal protective gear. The grants awarded Monday range from $360 to $5,000 and were given to 74 fire departments.

Fire departments interested in applying for VFA or other grants should contact Crystal M. Hunt, Program Director, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN, 46151,
or call (765) 342-4701.

Free Fishing Weekend is June 6-7

Indiana DNR Release:

Kids and adults can celebrate Free Fishing Weekend, June 6-7, at recreation areas located across Indiana that are planning fun fishing derbies, casting clinics, fish-cleaning demonstrations and cooking classes.

Hoosier adults do not need a license to fish Indiana's public waters during Free Fishing Weekend. Children under age 17 do not need a fishing license at any time.
Check out a new lake or river, or introduce friends and family to a favorite fishing spot. Call your favorite property for details, as listed below. Some properties require advance registration.

Although no fishing license is needed to fish public waters on Free Fishing Weekend, all other fishing regulations are still in effect.
Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in Free Fishing Weekend events at DNR properties should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event or call the DNR ADA Coordinator at (317) 232-4145. Information for respective DNR properties follows.

Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA), Cloverdale, (765) 795-3552, June 6-7, 10:30–11:30 a.m., registration at 10 a.m.
Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), Rockville, (765) 344-1412, June 6, 8:30 a.m. Registration, Derby, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Falls of the Ohio State Park, Jeffersonville, (812) 280-9970, June 6, noon fly fishing, 1 p.m. casting contest, 1:30 p.m. coloring
Fort Harrison State Park, (NREC), Indianapolis, (317) 562-1338, June 6, 9 a.m. – noon, introduction to fishing workshop
Hardy Lake, Scottsburg, (812) 794-3800, June 6 & 7
J. Edward Roush Lake, Huntington, (260) 468-2127, June 6, Registration 8:30 a.m., Derby 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Mississinewa Lake, Peru, (260) 468-2127, June 6, Registration 8:30 a.m., Derby 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Monroe Lake, Bloomington, (812) 837-9546, June 6, Registration 9 a.m., Derby 9:30 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. casting contest & awards
O'Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, (812) 738-8234, June 6 & 7
Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, (260) 824-0926, June 6, Register at 9 a.m., fish 9:15 – 10:30 a.m., ages 2 -15
Patoka Lake, Birdseye, (812) 685-2447, June 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., 12 and younger
Salamonie Lake, Andrews, (260) 468-2127, June 6, Registration 8:30 a.m., Derby 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Shakamak State Park, Jasonville, (812) 665-2158, June 6 & 7
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia, (812) 358-3464, June 6, Registration 8 a.m., Derby 9 – 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. awards
Summit Lake State Park, New Castle, (765) 766-5873, June 6, 2 p.m., Register 2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m., Safety and Derby
Versailles State Park, Versailles, (812) 689-6424, June 6, 9 a.m. – noon
Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty, (765) 458-5565, June 6 & 7
Willow Slough FWA, Morocco, (219) 285-2704, June 6, 6 a.m.
Deam Lake, June 6, Noon – 5 p.m.
Charlestown, June 6, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Chain O'Lakes, June 6, 8 – 11 a.m.