Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ouabache to host hike New Year's Day

Start the New Year off right with a hike. Ouabache State Park will host one of the statewide Indiana Department of Natural Resources First Day Hikes Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 11 am beginning at the Bison Pen Shelter. Join Property Manager Scott Crossley on a short stroll to learn about one of the main features at Ouabache: the American bison. Enjoy a warm drink provided by the Friends of Ouabache State Park while you hike.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy New Year — with the state parks

Don't have plans for the New Year's holiday? Don't worry. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources does.  
  • Begin 2013 with a New Year’s Day hike at Salamonie River State Forest.
    Hikers should meet at Hominy Ridge Shelter at 10 a.m. for a brisk walk through the gentle landscape and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Pets on leashes are welcome.
    The hike is sponsored by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.
    Advance registration is appreciated. Register at (260) 468-2127.
    For more information on other UWIS programs, see or
  • Experience winter’s beauty and the romantic glow of a candlelit path at the Chain O’Lakes State Park sunset luminary walk on New Year’s Day.
    The easy, half-mile walk on Trail 3 will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Campground General Store.
    Participants can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa while supplies last.
    The luminary walk and park admission are both free.
    Chain O’Lakes State Park is at 2355 E. 75 South, Albion, 46701. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

N-B Video: Boys and girls diving — Bluffton vs. NorwellN-B Video: Boys and girls diving — Bluffton vs. Norwell

Learn more in the Wednesday, Dec. 12, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Friday, December 7, 2012

4-H to offer scholarships

4-H members have an opportunity to learn about the scholarships available through 4-H at a special workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wells County Community Center at the 4-H Park in Bluffton. Reservations are not needed.

The application process for the 4-H Club and 4-H Foundation Scholarships will be reviewed.

Information will also be shared on the 4-H Accomplishment Scholarship Resume. This form uses information in the 4-H member record book such as projects, life skills, things you have done in 4-H and related activities.

Completed applications are to be submitted electronically in MS Word or compatible format by email to or delivered to the Wells County Extension Office on an electronic storage media device (flash drive). All forms are available at:

Scholarship forms are due January 15, 2013, at the Extension Office.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Wells County Office of the Purdue Extension Service, 260-824-6412 or

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wells County Extension Service calendar

  • December 9: Wells County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Wal-Mart and 4-H Park, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • December 10: Wells County 4-H Association, Council, Leaders & Livestock Superintendents, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, Carry In Supper, 6 p.m.
  • December 11: Extension Homemakers Holiday Luncheon, 11 a.m.
  • December 11: 4-H Scholarship Workshop, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • December 12: 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting, Community Center, 4-H Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • December 13: Ag Outlook Breakfast / Program, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7 a.m. No fee. Register by calling 824-6412
  • December 13: Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Community Center, 4-H Park, 9:30 a.m. $10 fee. Register by calling 824-6412
  • December 24: County Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday
  • December 25: County Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday
  • January 1: County Offices Closed for New Year's Day
  • January 15: 4-H Scholarship Forms Due at County Extension Office
  • January 15-17: Fort Wayne Farm Show

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Winners announced in December Dash and Jingle Bell Jog

The Bluffton Parks Department recently announced the winners in its inaugural December Dash 5K run and One-Mile Jingle Bell Jog Saturday in front of the City Hall.

December Dash 5K Top Finishers
• Female Open Winners:
• Female Masters Winners:
• Female 10 to 14:
• Female 15 to 19:
• Female 20 to 29:
• Female 30 to 39:
• Female 40 to 49:
• Female 50 to 59:
• Female 60 and Over:

• Male Open Winners:
1 TRENT PROUGH 17:23.4
• Male Masters Winners:
• Male 10 to 14:
• Male 15 to 19:
• Male 20 to 29:
• Male 30-39:
• Male 40 to 49:
• Male 50 to 59:

1 Mile Jingle Bell Jog Top Finishers
Boys: Samuel Baumgartner. Girls: Olivia Johnson

Monday, December 3, 2012

N-B Slideshow: 2012 Southern Wells Homecoming

Watch our latest slideshow at (Photos by Glen Werling)

Salamonie Interpretive Center to host overnight kids camp, Dec. 28-29

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is inviting kids ages 7 to 11 to an overnight camp at Salamonie Interpretive Center, Dec. 28-29, to explore the winter night sky.

Camp will begin at 1 p.m., Dec. 28, with pick-up at 9 a.m. the next day.

Activities include constellation stories around the fire, a night hike, star gazing and more. Camp also includes an evening meal and nighttime snack on Dec. 28, and breakfast on Dec. 29.

Cost is $30 per child. Those who can’t spend the night are invited to attend Dec. 28, from 1 to 9 p.m. for $20 per child.
Registration is required. Call (260) 468-2127 to register or for more information.

The center is located at Salamonie Lake’s Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, off Highway 105, in western Huntington County.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

TinCaps Announce 2013 Field Staff

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps:

The Fort Wayne TinCaps, in conjunction with the San Diego Padres, announced their 2013 field staff today. Manager Jose Valentin and Pitching Coach Willie Blair will both return to Parkview Field, while former major leaguer Morgan Burkhart will begin his first season as hitting coach. Athletic Trainer Ricky Huerta will join the club for his first season in Fort Wayne.

Valentin, 46, led the TinCaps to the Midwest League Championship Series in a 74-win campaign during his managerial debut season. The veteran of 16 major league seasons was named the Low-A Manager of the year for 2012 by Baseball America in his first season on the bench. He sent three players to the Midwest League All-Star game and had two players named as Midwest League Post-Season All-Stars, marking the first time Fort Wayne placed multiple players on that list since 2003. He also managed Yeison Asencio, the first-ever Midwest League batting champion in the 20-year history of the franchise. The Manati, Puerto Rico, native played finished his major league career with a .243 batting average, 816 runs batted in and 249 home runs. In addition to playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, Valentin also spent time with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, before retiring in 2009.

Blair, who spent 12 seasons in the major leagues with eight different teams, will lead Fort Wayne's pitching staff for a third consecutive year. During the 2012 season Blair oversaw the development of relief pitcher Matt Stites, who was named the Low-A All-Star relief pitcher of the year by Baseball America. Blair, a Paintsville, Kentucky, native and Morehead State University graduate, also guided Adys Portillo, who was 3-11 with a 7.11 ERA in 2011, to a 6-6 record with a 1.87 ERA in 2012 that netted the pitcher a July promotion to Double-A San Antonio. The TinCaps' staff ERA of 3.59 was fifth-best in the 16-team Midwest League.
Burkhart replaces former major league outfielder Jacque Jones as Fort Wayne's hitting coach. The 40-year-old Burkhart is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. During his major league career, Burkhart played for the Boston Red Sox in 2000 and 2001, and for the Kansas City Royals in 2003. Most recently, he served as the manager of the Windy City ThunderBolts, an independent team in the Frontier League. Prior managerial experience also includes three seasons at the helm of the independent Calgary Vipers.

Huerta, who served as the trainer for the Arizona League Padres last season, joins in the TinCaps in that same role. The 26-year-old Los Angeles native will be entering his fourth season with the Padres organization. 

The 2013 season marks the 15th consecutive year of Fort Wayne's affiliation with San Diego.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“Talk” to DNR Christmas tree expert on Facebook, Dec. 5

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can “talk” online with Forest Education Director Sam Carman about Christmas trees on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 2-3 p.m., on the DNR’s Facebook wall.

Participants will learn how to choose a fresh Indiana Christmas tree and keep it fresh throughout the holidays. Followers will be able to ask questions online during the hour-long chat.

Future topics, instructions on how to join a conversation on Facebook, and commenting guidelines are posted at

To join a chat, go to the DNR’s Facebook wall,, and click “like” (if you aren’t already a “friend”).

Participants may begin typing in questions during the time slot. The DNR expert will answer questions as time allows.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Salamonie Lake hosts Senior Monday lunch, Dec.3

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

People age 50 and over are invited to the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon on Dec. 3 at noon at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The interpretive center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area in Andrews. Visitors should note the new noon meal time.
Huntington County Master Gardeners will lead a gourd Christmas craft session after the meal.

Attendees should bring their table service, a prepared dish to share and $1 donation to help defray costs of the provided main dish. Advance registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127.

For more information on other UWIS programs, see or

Salamonie Lake is at 9214 West-Lost Bridge West, Andrews, 46702.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Norwell honors basketball teams past

Members of Norwell's 1973 and 1988 boys' basketball teams were honored before the varsity boys' game Saturday night at Norwell.

Members of Norwell's 2011-2012 boys' basketball team, which finished runner-up in the Class 3A state finals, receive their runners-up state rings, during the same game.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wells County Extension Office calendar

  • November 27 — Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching, DeKalb County Office Building, 215 E. 9th St., Auburn IN, 7 p.m.
  • November 28 — Wells County 4-H Jr. Leaders, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • December 6 — Wells County 4-H Council, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7  p.m.
  • December 10 — Wells County 4-H Association, Council, Leaders & Livestock Superintendents, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, Carry In Supper, 6 p.m.
  • December 11 — 4-H Scholarship Workshop, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7-8 p.m.
  • December 13 — Ag Outlook Breakfast / Program, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7 a.m. No fee. Register to attend: 824-6412
  • December 13 — Private Pesticide Applicator Training, community Center, 4-H Park, 9:30 AM. $10 fee. Register by calling: 824-6412

Monday, November 19, 2012

Duck stamp art on display at Salamonie Lake

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Winning artwork from the 2012 Indiana Junior Duck Stamp Contest will be on display at Salamonie Interpretive Center through November.

The display features 12 first-place winners from four age categories.

More than 450 students in grades K–12 entered artwork for the contest, which involved drawing a native North American water bird, including ducks, geese or swans. The concept was for the students to learn “conservation through art.”

The Salamonie Interpretive Center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Highway 105, in western Huntington County. The center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Salamonie Interpretive Center hosts holiday decorating party

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Join the Salamonie Interpretive Center staff on Nov. 17 to help decorate the Interpretive Center for the holidays.

The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The center will provide lunch and the decorations. Donated decorations will also be accepted.

Register by calling (260) 468-2127.

The center is at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, in Salamonie Lake’s Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, off Highway 105, in western Huntington County.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Some state park and reservoir fees to change in 2013

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Visitors to Indiana state parks and reservoirs will see some changes in user fees in 2013, but the daily entrance rate of $5 will remain the same. 

“Our goal, as always, is to provide the best state parks and facilities we can for our visitors,” DNR director Rob Carter said. “We’ve made minor fee adjustments in the past to keep pace with the costs of meeting that goal. It’s now time to make a few additional changes, while also keeping in mind family budgets and the economic challenges Hoosiers are facing.”
Some of the changes in fees include: 

• Annual entrance permits will increase from $36 to $40 for Indiana residents. The annual out-of-state entrance permit will increase from $46 to $60. Annual entrance permits also may be used for entrance to the interpretive center at Falls of the Ohio State Park.
• Camping rates will increase by $1-$4 depending on the type of facilities, but weekday campers will still get a better rate.
• Swimming pool fees will increase from $2/person/day to $3/person/day. A family swimming pass will be $50 for a 25-visit pass, which can reduce the per person/per day cost back to $2. Swimming passes have no expiration date, and can be used from one year to the next.
• Cabin rates will increase by $5/day in some locations.
• The annual motorized lake permit will increase from $20 to $22.
• Some state park inn rooms will increase from between 99 cents and $4.95/night depending on location and amenities.  

For a complete list of fees, see Fee adjustments are effective beginning today (Nov. 15). Camping, cabin, shelter, inn and other reservations made prior to this date will be honored at the old rates. 

In 2006, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved a fee structure that gives the DNR director flexibility in setting rates for entrance, camping, swimming, boat launching, and many other facilities and services. None of the fee changes for 2013 move pricing at or even near the top of the ranges established by the Commission, and many activities remain free after paying the gate entrance fee. Some of those activities include hiking, biking, visiting nature centers, enjoying most interpretive programs, picnicking and birding. 

Visitor fees provide about 67 percent of the funding for services, staff and the natural and cultural resources visitors enjoy when they visit a state park or reservoir. About 33 percent of the funding comes from monies appropriated by the General Assembly from general fund tax dollars.

“Modest, periodic adjustments in fees help us maintain services,” said Dan Bortner, director of the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “This approach was championed by Col. Richard Lieber, the founder of our state park system, from its very beginning in 1916. It is a philosophy that we still believe in today. 

“There aren’t many places you can go and enjoy a weekend with several thousand acres of forest, prairie or wetlands wrapped around you. A visit to one of our state parks or reservoirs is still a great value.”

Recreation users will have a great opportunity for savings through the end of the year by purchasing online either an SPR Go! Value Package or a Holiday Gift Pack. Pricing on both of these packages will remain the same through the end of 2012 as it was in 2011. The sale of these packages begins today through Mother Nature's Mercantile at

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CheckIN Game phone-in option added for fall turkey, deer firearms seasons

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The DNR online CheckIN Game system now offers hunters the option to report their harvested game from any telephone.

Hunters who use this option will talk to a live person who will enter their information into the online CheckIN Game system. The phone-in option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the fall turkey and all deer seasons. The number is 1-800-419-1326.

Because of staffing costs, a $3 fee will be charged for each CheckIN telephone transaction. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard only.

The online system and on-site check stations remain free options for hunters to check in game. To access CheckIN Game online, visit

Before using the phone-in option, hunters should have their customer ID and all harvest information ready. Customer ID numbers can be found on any hunting, fishing or trapping license. Lifetime license holders and those who do not have their customer ID will be able to look up their number through the phone system.

Once a transaction is completed, hunters will be given a confirmation number, which must be written on their temporary transportation tag.

“The new phone-in option allows hunters who do not have Internet access the ability to check-in their game from home or in the field with a mobile phone,” said Mark Reiter, Division of Fish & Wildlife director. “This makes check-in easy and convenient for all hunters.”

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fort Wayne Headwaters Park skating begins Nov. 18

The ice rink at Fort Wayne’s Headwaters Park is scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 18. Admission to skate is $3 for those 14 and younger and $5 for those 14 and older. Skate rental is $2. There is free skating for children under 14 every Wednesday, beginning Nov. 21.

Friday, November 9, 2012

DNR offers free admission to veterans and active-duty military, Nov. 11

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and all in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

“This is our small way of saying thanks for the sacrifices these men and women have made and continue to make for our freedom,” said Robert E. Carter Jr., director of the DNR.

Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service at the entrance gate.

Indiana’s state parks, reservoirs and state forests are open year-round with plenty of activities in late fall and early winter. Visitors can experience nature on one of the dozens of unique hiking trails throughout the state, or enjoy the warmth of a campfire at one of the campgrounds.

At state parks and reservoirs, visitors centers offer a learning experience while seven state park inns offer lodging, dining and gift shops.

Standard gate fees, generally $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle for state parks and reservoirs, will be in effect for Monday, Nov. 12, which is a state holiday.

Extension calendar

• November 10: Indiana 4-H Congress, State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• November 12: Northeast Indiana 4-H & FFA Forestry, Entomology and Crops Career Development Contest. Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, Columbia City, 5:30 p.m.
• November 12: Veterans Day — county offices closed
• November 13: Extension Advisory Board, Community Center, 6:30 p.m., 4-H Park.
• November 15: Extension Homemakers Fall Program Fair, Community Center, 4-H Park, 3:00-4:00 p.m. "So What's On Your Plate?" $3 payable at the door, 4:30-5:30 p.m. "Oh My Achy Feet." No charge. Pre-register at 260-824-6412.
• November 19: Wells County 4-H Association, Community Center, 7:00 p.m., 4-H Park
• December 11: Extension Homemakers Holiday Luncheon, 11:00 a.m., Community Center, 4-H park.
• December 13: Ag Outlook Breakfast/Program, 7:00 a.m., Community Center, 4-H Park, no fee. Register to attend at 260-824-6412.
• December 13: Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 9:30 a.m., Community Center, 4-H Park. $10. Register by calling 260-824-6412.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Indiana winners announced for Wendy's High School Heisman

Two of Indiana’s most outstanding high school seniors were honored with distinguished recognition as State Winners of the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.  Lauren Honer of Angola High School in Angola and Jordan Scheller of Gibson Southern High School in Fort Branch will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional records in athletics, academics and community leadership.

“Colleges want well-rounded students and with admissions growing more selective, a national award like the Wendy’s High School Heisman can really help students stand out,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Lauren and Jordan are inspirations to others in their school and community, and we’re honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”

Awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.

Honer and Scheller were chosen from 45,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Indiana’s respected group of 20 State Finalists.

Honer and Scheller will compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 National Finalists in Wendy’s annual quest to find the nation’s top scholar-athletes. These 12 outstanding students will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on December 7. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female National Winner will each receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a $500 Wendy’s gift card, and a donation from Wendy’s in the amount of $10,000 to their respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast December 8 on ESPN2.

For more information about the High School Heisman program and to view all the state winners and finalists, visit

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sorrells, Erba lead Indiana all-star cross country teams

State champion Connor Sorrells of Barr-Reeve and record-breaking Ashley Erba of Warsaw lead this year’s Indiana All-Star Cross Country Teams.

The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) announced its 12-runner boys and girls lineups that will compete Saturday, Nov. 17, at the annual Mid-East Cross Country Championships in Kettering, Ohio.

Similar to the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Basketball series, the Mid-East meet brings together top senior high school cross country runners from four states – Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois – for a unique state vs. state competition.

Last year, Ohio won the boys championship, while Indiana took home the girls trophy.

Hoosier team members were selected on the basis of their performance at the IHSAA state finals in Terre Haute on Oct. 27.

Sorrells, from tiny Barr-Reeve High School (enrollment 203), won his school’s first individual state championship by covering the tough 5,000-meter (3.1 mile) LaVern Gibson course in 15 minutes, 21.3 seconds. He passed early race leader Zach Panning of Fort Wayne Concordia and powered away over the final 800 meters.

Sorrells is the first champion from a true “small” (Class 1A) school since Gayle Lundquist of Battle Ground, who won the individual title in 1960.

Erba, the girls state runner-up, waged historic battles with state champion Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka throughout the entire cross country season. Rohrer is a sophomore and not eligible for All-Star consideration.

Erba, the 2011 state champ, broke course records almost everywhere she ran, including the huge Culver Academies Invitational and New Prairie semistate. At the state finals on Oct. 27, she clocked 17:29.2 and broke her own state meet course record by 36 seconds, but still finished second to Rohrer.

Erba won the IHSAA’s Mental Attitude Award. She has verbally committed to run for Providence College next year.

Erba is also a national high school champion in track and field. She won the girls 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June, 2012. Her 16:18.21 clocking in that race is the meet record.

Joining Sorrells on the boys All-Star squad are two pairs of teammates – Jonathan Harper and Alex Hess from Carroll  (Fort Wayne), as well as Warsaw’s Jacob Poyner and Robert Murphy.

The girls squad also has two pairs – Bobbie Burgess and Grace Lachmund from West Lafayette, and sisters Bethany Neeley and Brittany Neeley from Eastern (Greentown).

Elkhart Christian’s Joel Hartman – who didn’t even qualify for the semistate as a junior – is his school’s first representative on the All-Star team.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

HU gymnasium to be named Platt Arena

From Huntington University:

On Saturday, November 10, Huntington University and the Board of Trustees will honor Forester men’s basketball legend Steve Platt by formally naming the Merillat Complex gymnasium after him.

The ceremony to name the gymnasium Platt Arena will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Merillat Complex prior to the championship game of the men’s basketball Ness Bros./Hall of Fame Tournament.

During his college basketball career, Platt helped the Foresters achieve an overall record of 78-38. He was a four-time All-District Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American, and was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine. Platt still holds several school records and remains Indiana’s all-time collegiate leader in scoring with a career total of 3,700 points. 

As our men’s basketball coach, Coach Platt led the Foresters to 329 wins, including a runner-up finish at the 2006 NAIA Division II National Tournament. He was recognized by Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel as one of Northeast Indiana’s Top 50 Athletes of the Century. Steve was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. 

“This is a fitting honor for someone, who as a basketball player, helped put Huntington College on the map with his athletic achievements, and as a coach, took our men’s basketball program to unprecedented heights during his tenure,” said Athletic Director Lori Culler. “We are grateful for all he has done as an ambassador for Huntington University.”

The naming ceremony is open to the public.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ball State announces video board for last football home game

From Ball State University:

Ball State athletics has secured a video board for its final home football game of the season Wed., Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. vs. Ohio, and one lucky fan will receive a car courtesy of Stoops Automotive Group in Muncie.

"We are excited to be able to bring a video board to Scheumann Stadium for the first time in school history, and offer a fan the chance to drive away in a new car," Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl says. "The video board will be a great addition to the facility for the Ohio game and help our fans to be able to interact throughout the game. We play a very exciting brand of college football and have the No. 1 offense in the Mid-American Conference. This video board will enhance the experience for our fans at the game. We have some great relationships with corporate sponsors who have made the video board and car giveaway a reality. It should be a great night of football in Muncie, Ind."

The video board was made possible through corporate sponsors MutualBank, Tom Raper RVs and The Grove, while the Grand Prize giveaway is courtesy of Stoops Automotive Group.

In addition, the Ball State game vs. the Bobcats will be a "Black Out". All fans are encouraged to wear black, and the football team will showcase black jerseys for the first time in school history. Ball State athletics will be giving out glowsticks to the fans.

Among the numerous game promotions for the contest, one fan is guaranteed to win a new GMC Terrain from Stoops Buick GMC on the night of the game. The winner will receive a two-year lease on the 2013 vehicle and must be in attendance to win.

"It has been an exciting season so far and the support from the university community has been terrific," Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo says. "We hope everyone will come out to Scheumann Stadium on Nov. 14, and see our team one last time in an important MAC matchup against preseason favorite Ohio."

The game will also be Senior Night, Employee Appreciation Night and Military Appreciation Night. Ball State will honor the senior members of the 2012 football team prior to the game. All Ball State employees can purchase general admission tickets at the reduced rate of $7 up to a maximum of four tickets per employee. The first 20 employees who call and order four tickets can have two kids participate in the fan tunnel before the game. Anyone presenting a military identification card to the ticket office can receive one free ticket to the game.

Ball State's Student Government Association and Cardinal Wings have teamed up to present a t-shirt exchange. When someone turns in a t-shirt from another university or a high school at the Scramble Light on the Ball State campus Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they will receive a black Ball State t-shirt in return for the "Black Out" game. All donated shirts will be given to the Muncie Mission.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Outdoor Indiana magazine features calendar and birds

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Outdoor Indiana magazine’s November-December issue features a removable 2013 wall calendar and an article on Indiana’s participation in the Christmas Bird Count, a worldwide event.

The calendar, sold separately for $10 but included in the price of a subscription, features exclusive photos from all over the state: Turkey Run, Brown County, Falls of the Ohio, Chain O’Lakes and Indiana Dunes state parks; Tippecanoe and Parke counties; the town of Metamora, Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Patoka Lake, and Wabashiki and Goose Pond fish & wildlife areas. Photo subjects feature birds, butterflies, fishing, wildlife, storms, hiking and more.

Each issue also includes “Hoosier DNR,” an interview with a longtime DNR employee who works directly with the public. This issue it’s Fred Wooley, the park interpreter at Pokagon State Park. To watch an interview with Wooley, see

Outdoor Indiana is available now at most Barnes & Noble stores. Save 33 percent off the cover price when you buy a one-year, six-issue subscription for $12.

To subscribe online or read excerpts, go to Subscriptions and calendars can also be purchased by calling (317) 233-3046.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Baer Field Speedway to hold auction

Baer Field Speedway will hold an equipment auction on Saturday, Oct. 27. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Parkview Field in calendar contest

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps:

Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, is in the running to appear in Baseball America's 2013 Great Parks Calendar. The national publication is hosting a head-to-head vote on its Facebook page, with Parkview Field squaring off against Dow Diamond, the home of the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. Fans can go to to submit their vote today. The contest runs through the end of this week, with the winner receiving a spot in the 2013 Great Parks Calendar.

Parkview Field, which opened in 2009, was selected as the number one Minor League Baseball experience in 2011 by Stadium Journey, a national magazine that reviews sporting venues. Although the TinCaps and Loons won't meet on the field until 2013, fans can help Fort Wayne score an early victory by voting each day this week.

For more information about this event please contact the Fort Wayne TinCaps at (260) 482-6400.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pokagon SP gearing up for winter, help wanted

Pokagon State Park is looking to fill several positions to prepare for and work through its busy winter season.

While winter might seem a long way off, the toboggan run is due to open in just over a month, and the ski rental will open as soon as there is enough snow.

The toboggan run has the greatest need for labor, but employees may also fill in at the ski rental, front gate and housekeeping.

For information, call the park office at (260) 833-2012.

Pokagon State Park is at 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, 46703.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wells County Extension calendar

  • October 23 — Extension Homemakers International Night presents "A Look at the Culture of Mexico." There will be a $3 charge at door for refreshments. Call to pre-register, 824-6412
  • October 27 — Wells County Health Fair, Lancaster Elementary School, 7-11 a.m.
  • November 1 — State Conference: Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching, Beck Center, West Lafayette, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • November 5 — Extension Homemakers Executive Council, 12:30 p.m., Community Center Extension Homemakers Presidents' Council, 1:30 p.m., Community Center
  • November 6 — Election Day. County Offices Closed
  • November 10 — Indiana 4-H Congress, State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • November 12 — Northeast Indiana 4-H & FFA Forestry, Entomology and Crops Career Development Contest, Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, Columbia City, 5:30 p.m.
  • December 13 — Ag Outlook Breakfast / Program, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 7 a.m. No fee. Register to attend: 824-6412
  • December 13 — Private Pesticide Applicator Training, community Center, 4-H Park, 9:30 a.m. $10 fee. Register by calling: 824-6412

Monday, October 15, 2012

DNR starts YouTube channel

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

With Indiana DNR’s new YouTube channel, Hoosiers can experience the outdoors at the click of a button.

The channel is available on DNR’s website, at

Forty-five videos are already featured on the channel. Viewers can learn about Monument City, a former town normally submerged under Salamonie Lake during the summer and exposed in this year’s drought. They can watch Gov. Mitch Daniels commemorate the groundbreaking of a visitors center at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, learn how to fillet a crappie, or take in a time-lapse recording of the Perseid meteor shower over Lake Michigan.

A video that features DNR biologist Chad Stewart discussing changes to deer hunting regulations has been seen nearly 6,000 times.

The videos on the YouTube channel are produced by videographer Michael Carney, who joined DNR this year for the second time, having worked previously as a seasonal naturalist at Brown County State Park.

“Video adds a powerful tool for telling the DNR story, and YouTube gives us the forum to share those stories with a broader audience,” DNR communications director Phil Bloom said. “Despite little fanfare about our videos, the viewing numbers we have seen so far tell us we are on the right track.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Salamonie Preschool to offer two classes, Oct. 17

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Preschool-age children and their parents and guardians are invited to learn about owls at Salamonie Preschool, Oct. 17, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The class will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m., and again from 12:30-2 p.m.

Each Salamonie Preschool program has a nature theme and is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education. Activities include learning the alphabet, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors.

The program fee is $2 per child.

Registration in advance is appreciated. To register, call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127.

Salamonie Interpretive Center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

For more information on other UWIS programs, see or, or call (260) 468-2127.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ouabache to hold Fall Festival

Fall into fall at the Ouabache State Park. Click here to learn more.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Trick-or-Treat with Johnny and the TinCaps

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps:

Once again, Johnny TinCap is getting excited. He wants to go trick-or treating with you!

Apple Corps kids 12 years old and younger have an opportunity to have Johnny, the TinCaps mascot, accompany their family and friends as they trick-or-treat. Each child who would like to be considered for this must be a member of the TinCaps Apple Corps Kids Club (free to join at and must work with their family to design a TinCaps pumpkin. The pumpkin can be painted or carved, but must have a TinCaps theme to it. 

Photos of the pumpkin design can be sent to or mailed to:
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Attn: Johnny TinCap
1301 Ewing Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Photos can also be dropped off at the TinCaps Administrative offices at Parkview Field, located at 1301 Ewing Street, during regular business hours of 9am-5pm. All entries must be received by October 26th at 5pm. 

Each entry will be judged by Johnny and the TinCaps staff. The winning entrant will receive a TinCaps prize pack and will have Johnny accompany him or her while trick-or-treating on October 31 from 6-7pm! 

All entries will be displayed on the TinCaps Facebook page at More information is available by calling the TinCaps at (260) 482-6400.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

TinCaps launch speakers bureau

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps
The Fort Wayne TinCaps Speakers Bureau is back for the 2012-2013 off-season. Serving Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio, the Speakers Bureau will provide free talks featuring information about the TinCaps, the business of Minor League Baseball, and the rich history of baseball in Fort Wayne, dating back to the 19th century.
Mike Couzens, the play-by-play broadcaster for the TinCaps, is available to serve as a guest or keynote speaker to service clubs, civic organizations, business functions, and other groups that host regular events. He will provide insightful commentary and entertaining stories about the franchise and life in Minor League Baseball. He is also available to speak at school career days about getting a job in sports. Mike has motivational stories to share with your students on how to set and achieve goals.

If you'd like to learn more about what the TinCaps Speakers Bureau has to offer, please contact Mike at or by calling 260-482-6400.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Indiana Dunes State Park hosts Northwest Indiana Storytelling Festival, Oct. 13

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Join the Friends of Indiana Dunes group and the Northwest Indiana Storytelling Guild for the 23rd annual Northwest Indiana Storytellers Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Storytellers will stretch imaginations at the nature center, with sessions focusing on different storytelling themes and an open-microphone time slot.

Saturday night will also include a time for ghost stories, with a session for young children at 5:30 p.m. and another for older children and adults at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Shelter.

All activities are free after the standard $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 per out-of-state vehicle gate fee. Program support is made possible by the Friends of Indiana Dunes group.

For more information, call (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wells County Extension calendar

September 30 — 4-H Horse & Pony Club Achievement Night & Carry In Meal, 5-H Park, 5 p.m.
October 5 — Girls' Night Out, Register online at
October 6 — Northeast Indiana 4-H & FFA Soils Judging Contest, LaGrange County, 8:30 a.m.
October 8 — Columbus Day. County Offices Closed
October 14 — Wells County 4-H Fear Factor & Awards Night, Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton, 4 to 7 p.m.
October 27 — Wells County Health Fair, Lancaster Elementary School, 7 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Norwell Middle School teams place at invitational

The Norwell Middle School cross country teams placed second Saturday at the Wabash Invitational at Wabash. The Crusaders’ boys team scored 53 points, while West Noble was first. The girls netted 62 points, and Pendleton Heights took first place with 19 points.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pioneer Granny Doctor at Mississinewa Lake, Sept. 21

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The public is invited to meet Millie, a portrayal of an 1840s Indiana Pioneer Granny Doctor, at Mississinewa Lake on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The event is at the interpretive shelter in Miami State Recreational Area in Wabash County.

Millie will share her knowledge of common plants and their uses in everyday pioneer life.

The event is free but the standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle applies.
For more information, visit or or call (260) 468-2127.

Mississinewa Lake is at 4673 S. 625 E. Peru, 46970.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TinCaps announce 2013 schedule

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps:

The Fort Wayne TinCaps released their schedule for the 2013 season. Coming off of the greatest attended regular season and playoffs in franchise history, the team looks to build on that success in their fifth season at Parkview Field.

"It is truly hard to believe we are already planning for the fifth season downtown," said TinCaps Team President, Mike Nutter. "It seems like just yesterday that we opened the gates to the ballpark and welcomed in our first fan. Now, nearly 300 TinCaps games and four seasons later, we've welcomed well over 1.5 million fans. That isn't a number we take lightly. We feel we owe this community an affordable, fun, family-friendly entertainment option every summer. The 2013 season will be all of that and more."

Season tickets as well as all individual ticket prices will remain the same for the 2013 season at Parkview Field.

In addition to all home game dates and times, the team also announced fireworks dates, day-of-the-week promotions, theme nights, and special entertainment. "We have an amazing 30 firework shows scheduled for 2013," said Nutter, "that is a record for us. We are also bringing back fan favorites such as Family Feast nights continuing on Mondays with a $1.00 food menu, Thirsty Thursdays with $1.00 beer, Theme Night Fridays, and Player Autographs on Sunday afternoons."

Other regular season highlights include Opening Day 2013 on Thursday, April 11th, which will include a post-game fireworks show. "Opening Day has become a tradition at Parkview Field, with sell-outs each of the last four seasons" said Nutter. "We will continue to commemorate the start of the season with unique promotions."

The TinCaps are expanding post-game fireworks dates by including shows on a record 7 Thursday nights and 4 Monday nights. The schedule also includes 8 Friday firework dates and 8 shows on Saturdays. "We saw tremendous positive feedback from our midweek firework displays during the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons," said Nutter. "With almost 70 sellouts over the last three years there was a need to add additional shows for next season to keep up with demand."

Entertainment acts for the 2013 season were also announced, including appearances by Myron Noodleman, BirdZerk, the ZOOperstars, QuickChange, Christopher, and Jake the Diamond Dog. Additional promotional and entertainment announcements are expected in the coming months as plans continue to be finalized.

2013 Season ticket packages - Existing season ticket holders will have a priority period to renew and reserve their same seat locations for 2013. Following that period season tickets will be available to the general public.

Groups who enjoyed outings and picnics during the 2012 season will have an early period for booking an outing for next season, which will begin in the coming weeks. Groups that did not have an outing in 2012 are welcome to contact the team to be placed on a waiting list.

For more information about the TinCaps 2013 season please contact the Fort Wayne TinCaps Administrative Office at (260) 482-6400. Additional information is available online at

Individual tickets for TinCaps home games in 2013 are not yet released for sale.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Youth Ambassadors sought to document state parks and reservoirs

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

DNR is looking for enthusiastic young adults who will volunteer to document their experiences at Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs for the America’s State Parks Youth Ambassador program.

Their photos, videos and blogs will be posted at, along with entries from other Youth Ambassadors from around the country. The Youth Ambassadors program is a movement to promote the outdoors to other young adults.

Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 26.

The program is a great way for young people to share their outdoor experiences and get their writing and photographs published.

Youth Ambassadors will visit state parks and reservoirs within a defined region to photograph and blog at least once a month about events, hikes, camping, hunting, fishing and more.

The regions are northeast (Pokagon, Chain O'Lakes and Ouabache state parks, and Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes), northwest (Indiana Dunes, Potato Creek, Tippecanoe River, Prophetstown and Shades state parks), east-central (Mounds, Fort Harrison, Summit Lake, Whitewater Memorial and Brown County state parks, and Brookville Lake), west-central (Turkey Run, Shakamak and McCormick's Creek state parks, and Cagles Mill Lake [Lieber SRA] and Cecil M. Harden Lake [Raccoon SRA]), southeast (Versailles, Charlestown, Clifty Falls and Falls of the Ohio state parks and Monroe and Hardy lakes), and southwest (Harmonie, Lincoln, Spring Mill and O'Bannon Woods state parks and Patoka Lake).

Youth Ambassadors may be asked to cover specific events.

The program requires at least a one-year commitment.

Youth Ambassadors will receive an annual entrance pass for all state parks and reservoirs and free or reduced camping (when available).

Applicants must have a basic knowledge of Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs, an enthusiasm for natural and cultural resources and outdoor recreation, an ability to write in a conversational style, an ability to use a digital camera for photographs and videos, and must pass a criminal background check.

Youth Ambassadors are expected to provide their own transportation, meals and lodging (unless a campsite is available.) A digital camera will be provided.

To apply, email Ginger Murphy, Assistant Director for Stewardship at DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs, at with the following information:

• Name, mailing address and email address.
• Preferred region
• A paragraph describing an experience at an Indiana state park or reservoir.
• A paragraph explaining why you want to be a Youth Ambassador. (Include how you might approach this role.)
• A photograph that you've taken of people enjoying the outdoors or of a scenic place/view.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NMS cross country team compete

The Norwell Middle School students above recently participated in the Bellmont Conditioner. Pictured are front row, left to right, Morgan Markley, Ashley VandenBoom, Kayla Detrick, Claire Johnson; back row, Libby Kemper, Hannah Worden, Megan Theisman, Allison Topp, and Coach Scott Hanni.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A playoff approach in the batter's box

From the official site of Minor League Baseball:

Most of the 17 leagues in the Minors began their postseason schedules this week. Focusing on the five five-game playoff series at Triple-A and Double-A, this column brings an update on five top hitting prospects and their approach at the plate in September.

Pacific Coast League: Wil Myers; Omaha vs. Albuquerque
The first thing second-ranked Royals prospect Wil Myers looks for an at-bat is the fastball. He will tell you this. He will tell the pitcher this. He even told me this. He's not bashful.

"For me, if I start looking at a scouting report too much, start thinking about things up at the plate, I really psych myself out sometimes," Myers said. "I do like to know the velocity of [the pitcher's] fastball. The only thing I look for up there is the fastball and adjust to the off-speed. Every now and then, we'll talk about what he throws in different counts, but really I just want to go up there and look for a fastball."

The simple approach has proven affective. In case you haven't heard, Myers has been the Minors' best player (sorry, Dylan Bundy) if not biggest story (OK, Billy Hamilton). This can be found in the numbers, from Double- and Triple-A: a .314 average, a Minors-leading 37 home runs and those 109 RBIs. And that's with a mid-August 1-for-18 skid that dropped his Omaha average 10 points to, briefly anyway, below .300.

"I changed my approach to stay to the middle of the field. It's more mental. Whenever I think about pulling balls too much, I start rolling over on ground balls, pulling off [the ball], not able to get to the outside [pitches]." said Myers, who has also stood up in his stance to increase his power this season. "I was getting a little pull-happy in August, trying to hit too many home runs. I just want to stay through the middle of the field these last couple of weeks. That really works for me."

So does facing the pitching of Albuquerque, Omaha's first-round postseason opponent. The right-handed-hitting outfielder/third baseman was 17-for-35 (.486) against the Isotopes, and the one pitcher he didn't enjoy facing, PCL Pitcher of the Year John Ely, was promoted to the Majors this week.

"I have swung the bat pretty good against these guys," he understated. "They like to challenge hitters with the fastball. They try to get ahead in the count early. That's something I like, when pitchers try to do that."

Playoff thought: "[The Royals] have already told me I am not coming up, so I am just worried about going out and winning the PCL. Obviously, I'd rather be up there, but since I'm here, I'm really looking forward to playing in these playoffs. I have played in one playoffs before -- last year -- but this team is a lot better than the team I had last year."

International League: Tony Sanchez; Indianapolis vs. Charlotte
The first thing sixth-ranked Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez notices about his recent "feel" at the plate is his hands. They feel good.

"Lately, I have been seeing the ball well. Jeff Brandon, our hitting coach, and we have been fine-tuning my mechanics, getting me into a stronger position. My swing works all around my hands, and my hands start my movement -- that's what gets me into a good position."

In August, his third full month at Triple-A, Sanchez batted .271. He wasn't shabby in July either, hitting six home runs in 23 games. He is just 2-for-19 against Knights pitching this season, but the Indians catcher is comfortable entering his club's first September series.

"We will go over what we have seen from their guys in the past, but there's only so much you can do with a scouting report. A guy can be on or off a certain day, certain pitches will be there and certain pitches won't be. I go out trying to figure out how he is attacking me that day and go from there," he said. "For me, less is more. 'Velo' on the fastball and what his out-pitch is -- that's all I need. I think a lot of guys feel that way. The less information we have, the less we think about it, the more we just go up there and hit."

Playoff thought: We have lost a lot of talent, but we are just as strong as were earlier this season. There will be a little bit more on the line -- we're playing for a ring -- but I'll still try to drive in runs for my team and have good at-bats no matter what the game is."

Texas League: Kolten Wong; Springfield vs. Tulsa
The first thing fourth-ranked Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong does when he gets to the ballpark -- only after dressing and stretching -- is find his way to the batting cage. Actually, there's no "finding" -- he knows his way. Per his pregame routine, Wong hits off a tee before smacking "flips" from his hitting coach, Phillip Wellman. Then, whether a series is just beginning or already ending, he jumps into a hitters-only meeting.

"We'll see who the pitcher is for the day. We'll ask our coach, 'What do you think we need to be aware of?' Everyone throws out comments [like] what pitchers go to [in situations]," Wong said. "At this point in the season, we have probably faced him five to seven times already. I have an idea of how he likes to pitch me and what his pitches are."

Wong has not done as well against Springfield's first playoff opponent, Tulsa, (22-for-104, a .212 average) as he has against the field (.287). "They always come with a different gameplan. Even though each gameplan is similar, when I think a pitch is coming, they go with a different pitch," the second baseman/leadoff man said. "That's the one thing that's hard about playing in the Texas League. There are only eight teams, so you're constantly playing the same people. By the second or third series, they know what your weakness is."

Wong, St. Louis' first-round pick in 2011, has made slight adjustments to his mechanics -- specifically, altering his hand path and increasing the load into his swing -- but hasn't change much else.

"The numbers are sort of where I expected them to be," he said. "I didn't really expect to come out hitting .340 this year 'cause I knew I was going to be a lot more games."

Playoff thought: "The intensity is going to be different. There is a lot of intensity when we're playing during the season, but it's playoff time."

Eastern League: Jonathan Schoop; Bowie vs. Akron
The first thing third-ranked Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop will do when the playoffs are over is sit down and self-analyze. "I haven't had the season I expected, but once I get to the offseason, I'm going to watch a lot of film of me hitting. We got to fix something," he said. "I will be a better player next year."

Schoop, the 20-year-old Curacao-born infielder and the Robin to Manny Machado's Batman, batted .290 in 2010 and again in '11 but finished '12 at .245. He collected 39 extra-base hits but also struck out 103 times in 124 games. He too battles the information age. He wants to know the opposing pitcher's velocity, his out-pitch and more specific data (like what pitch he throws most often with runners in scoring position), and yet he wants to keep his mind quiet. He can't have it both ways. "Putting pressure on myself," he said of his woes. "When I think too much, I lose my concentration."

Schoop's physical goals at the plate are two-fold: Keep his swing short and find a way to hit the baseball with the thickest part of his bat's barrel. He rarely accomplished both against the Baysox's first September stumbling block, Akron. The Aeros limited the right-handed hitter to 13 hits in 62 at-bats, or a .191 average. At least they no longer boast starter Steven Wright, who was traded midseason (to the Red Sox organization.

"That was the key guy for them, because he threw like 85 [mph], but he had the knuckleball and a good slider," Schoop said. "I actually liked the challenge of facing him."

Playoff thought: "We don't want to change anything just because it's the playoffs. We'll treat it like the normal season."

Southern League: Chris Owings; Mobile vs. Montgomery
The first thing fifth-ranked D-backs prospect Chris Owings worked to fix last instructional league was his timing and vision. He and Arizona hitting coordinator Alan Cockrell found a remedy in a good old-fashioned leg-kick to get Owings' stroke going.

"I have carried that through this season," the right-handed hitting shortstop said.

Owings, a first-round draftee in 2009, began 2012 for a second tour at the Class A Advanced level, where he would bat .324 with 11 longballs in 59 games. In 69 since at Double-A, his numbers have come down some. He went 13-for-58 (.224) against Montgomery and batted .263 with six homers overall. One pitcher he's glad he won't have to prepare for: former Biscuits ace Alex Colome.

"We're going to have a meeting before the series starts, but I have my notes from facing these guys throughout the year," he said. "More mental notes on what their game plan is. I like to keep things simple but also have a plan on what they got. Velocity isn't too big of an issue. Knowing pitches is more important."

Playoff thought: "It will be a little bit better atmosphere, but we have played Montgomery a lot since I've been up here."

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tennis & horseshoes to debut at Hoosier Outdoor Experience

From the Department of Natural Resources:

Tennis for kids and family horseshoes will be part of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience this year for the first time.

The fourth annual event is coming to Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 15-16. Last year, an estimated 20,000 reveled in the more than 50 hands-on outdoor activities at no cost to them for entry or participation.

The “10 and Under Tennis” activity is being offered by the United States Tennis Association, which will supply trained instructors on special temporary courts. The activity is designed especially for kids. Participants will be eligible for a free one-year USTA Junior Membership, a $20 value. For more information, see

Horseshoe pitching is being offered by the Speedway Horseshoe Leagues/Indiana Chapter of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. Temporary pitch areas will be set up, with hands-on pitching for the whole family.

Just as the approximately 50 other activities, participation and admission is free.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Online advance registration at is requested. Watch for event updates at that website or at

Sign up to volunteer at For questions about volunteering, contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Hampton, (317) 233-1002, or Leah Kopp, (317) 234-1064,

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NMS boys cross country team place at invitational

The Norwell Middle School boys cross country team continued its early season success by placing 2nd at the Manchester Invitational Saturday. The Crusaders tied with Westview Junior High, but they lost the tie-breaker to place 2nd.

Above, Austin Boucher leads the way for the Crusaders, cruising to a win in a time of 10:19. Noah Steffen finished behind him, taking 2nd.

Dustin Haiflich placed 7th, finishing in 11:11. Quentin Middleton placed 12th with Caleb Kohler, Garrett Weybright and Greyson Mishler closely following in 15th, 16th and 19th places to complete the varsity runners.

The Crusaders had three additional runners place within the top 30, earning ribbons: Caleb Torson, Nick Tarr and Reilly Stauffer.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Extension calendar

September 4 — Wells County Extension Homemakers Executive Council, 12:30 p.m.; Wells County Extension Homemaker's Presidents Council, 1 p.m., Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton
September 6 — 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting, Community Center, 7 p.m.
September 10 — Wells County 4-H Association, Community Center, 7 p.m.
September 11 — 4-H Frozen Food Order Due at County Extension Office
September 11 — Extension Homemaker's Fall Program Fair, 3-4 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Community Center, 4-H Park
September 13 — Area Purdue Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension & Teaching, Green Plains Ethanol Plant, Bluffton, 6-8:30 p.m.
September 18 — Bluffton Street Fair Ag Exhibits — Entry between 8 a.m. and noon. City Gym

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ossian Conservation Club releases calendar

  • September 6th, 7th & 8th Ossian Days, We’ll be there selling Old Style Sugar Corn so stop in and say “Hi.”
  • September 15th & 16th Ouabache Archer’s Year End Jamboree and 3-D Shoot at the Ossian Conservation Club. Several new Rinehart 3-D Targets! 8:30 AM. to 2:30 PM. All are welcome!
  • September 18th thru the 22nd Bluffton Street Fair. Come see us on Marion Street just west of the food court. Last chance to try our Old Style Sugar Corn this year.
  • September 23rd Ossian Conservation Club Shotgun Shooter’s informal Shotgun Shoot with regular clays – middies – minnies and rabbit targets. 12:00 noon till 4:30 PM. Bring the whole Family. Public is welcome!

N-B Video: Colts rookie Chandler Harnish "leaves resume on the field"

Norwell graduate Chandler Harnish talks about playing his last preseason game before the Colts have to decide to keep or cut him. Learn more in the Friday, Aug. 31, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Norwell Middle School opens cross country season

Norwell Middle School opened its 2012 cross country season with the Norwell Middle School Invitational with 11 teams attending. Pictured are front row, left to right, Austin Mounsey, Ethan Todd, Will Zimmer, Connor McCabe, Brandon Runyon; middle row, Nick Tarr, Nick Whitney, Caleb Kohler, Greyson Mishler, Garrett Weybright, Caleb Torson, Kyle James; third row, Paul Turrin, Josh Whitney, Gabe Smith, Dustin Haiflich, Zach Geiger, Noah Steffen, Austin Boucher, Trevor Prough, Quentin Middleton, Caleb Puch.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

People age 50 or older are invited to three fun-filled days at Salamonie Lake’s Senior Fall Fest, Sept. 10-12. The event is at Lost Bridge West State

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

People age 50 or older are invited to three fun-filled days at Salamonie Lake’s Senior Fall Fest, Sept. 10-12.

The event is at Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area in western Huntington County. An assortment of activities, speakers and hands-on programming make this event a favorite for seniors.

Participants should call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services (UWIS) at (260) 468-2127 to register for meals and programs.

The theme is “Discover Your Roots.” Participants are encouraged to share genealogy and genealogy tips and family stories.

The monthly Senior Monday Luncheon will be Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. Craig Arnold, assistant director for the IPFW Archaeological Survey, will present a program on early Native American farming. The meat dish will be provided by UWIS. Seniors should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and $1 donation to help offset the cost of the meat dish.

A second carry-in meal will be Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. UWIS will provide the main dish. Participants should bring table service and a dish to pass that represents their family’s favorite “homeland” meal. For example, those with German heritage should bring a German dish.

The event will feature two bands. The Second Coming will perform Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. God’s Country will perform on Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument for evening entertainment and fun.

Other activities include fishing, horseshoes, cornhole and crafts.

A $3 program fee covers all sessions during Senior Fall Fest. The standard gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle applies.

For more information, visit or

Monday, August 27, 2012

History weekend at Indiana Dunes State Park, Sept. 8-9

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can relive the history of the dunes area on Sept. 8 and 9.

All weekend, members of the Ouiatenon Brigade will be on the beach, just east of the beach pavilion. The brigade portrays the French-Canadian voyageurs of the 1700s in dress, food and lifestyle.

“To be standing by the brigade with the foredunes in the background really allows you to step back and imagine the time of early French-Canadian fur traders,” said Brad Bumgardner, park interpretive naturalist. “It’s a really neat sight to see.”

Saturday night will end with a performance of Native American flute music by Mike Mycroft. Mycroft will introduce visitors to the history of flute music in the Americas and demonstrate his skill before a setting sun. Visitors should bring a chair or blanket for sitting in front of the beach pavilion.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Jim Ton, a former park employee, will lead a hike exploring the park’s early years. He will highlight the changes he saw in the park during his employment and in the 50 years since. The hike, which involves moderate sand walking, starts at the main beach pavilion and will travel into the dunes.

Other programs will include voyageur hikes that explore the park’s early history, as well as a look at how the dunes have influenced different art styles, from paintings to Hollywood movies.

All programs are free, but the standard park gate fee of $5 for Indiana vehicles and $10 for out-of-state vehicles will be in effect. For more information, call the nature center at (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Southern Wells at Bluffton

Southern Wells faces off against Shenandoah at Fred F. Park Field. The Southern Wells football team can't play on its own field due to the drought from this summer. (Photo by Dick Green)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Daniels recommits to federal trails funding program

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today that Indiana will continue to participate in the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that has provided $14.5 million in federal funds for more than 100 trails projects in the state since 1994.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) recently passed by Congress reauthorized RTP for the next two federal fiscal years beginning Oct. 1 but also gave governors the option to not participate. Daniels chose to renew Indiana’s commitment to trails initiatives, which fits with the Hoosiers on the Move plan he announced in 2006.

“Hoosiers on the Move established an ambitious goal of having a trail within 7.5 miles or 15 minutes of every Hoosier citizen by the year 2016,” Daniels said. “We’re getting close, and continued funding from the Recreational Trails Program over the next two years will put us over the top in fulfilling that goal.”

RTP is a matching grant through the Federal Highway Administration that funds multiple trail types, including bicycle/pedestrian greenways, mountain biking, equestrian, water and motorized (ATV, motorcycle, four-wheel drive). RTP funds are routed through the Indiana Department of Transportation and administered by the DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation.

“We have completed over 100 miles of trails and funded development of Redbird and Interlake state recreation areas that provide access to 75 more miles of trail specializing in motorized vehicle recreation,” said Steve Morris, director of the DNR Outdoor Recreation. “Other noteworthy projects include the award-winning mountain bike trails at Brown County State Park, and rail-trails like Pumpkinvine in Elkhart County and Panhandle Pathway near Winamac.

“Numerous other greenway and community park trails have been completed in 53 counties that have received RTP funding.”

Indiana’s RTP provides 80 percent federal reimbursement for eligible projects, which must provide public access to trails. All units of government and agencies incorporated as not-for-profit corporations are eligible to participate. Applicants may request grant amounts from a minimum $10,000 to a maximum of $150,000.

RTP funding is derived from revenue received by the Federal Highway Trust Fund from the federal motor fuel excise tax paid by users of off-road recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and off-road light trucks.

One of the requirements for a state to receive RTP is having a state trails advisory board. For information about the Indiana Trails Advisory Board, see

For more information on RTP and application guidelines, see

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DNR, Purdue to offer wildlife workshop at IPFW

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University are offering a new workshop in the Fort Wayne area for landowners interested in managing their properties for wildlife.

Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner is an eight-week course beginning Sept. 18 and ending Nov. 6 at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

It’s designed to provide landowners an introduction to wildlife ecology, a history of Indiana ecosystems, wildlife identification, wildlife biology, habitat management planning and techniques, and how to access information and assistance with wildlife management goals.

Specific topics will include the biology and management of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, pheasants, quail, rabbits, and doves. Other topics will provide information on how to restore and manage Indiana ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands.

Topics will be presented by natural resource professionals from the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Purdue University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday at IPFW, plus two Saturday field days to demonstrate techniques discussed in the classroom. The forest management field day is Oct. 13 and the grassland/wetland field day is Oct. 27.

The cost is $100 per person and includes a binder with resource materials, publications geared to course topics, and snacks and drinks during each session.

For more information or to register, contact Rob Chapman, extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University, at (812) 662-4999 or

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekend events at Ouabache State Park

Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Evening Roving Interpreter — Be on the lookout for your Interpretive Naturalist, Jennifer, at the Main Gate, Campground Control Station, or Campground. Find out what she’s carrying and get event fliers.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • 1:45 pm — Pool Break. Creature Feature. What creature is that? Find out what Naturalist Jennifer brought with her today on the Pool Lawn. If you are swimming, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house to re-enter the pool!
  • 6:30 pm — Hoosier Quest Patch Program. Discover! Connect! Explore! Learn more about these great project- based programs that you can complete at any of the State Parks & Reservoirs. Meet at the Campview Shelter located in the middle of Campground A.
  • 7:00 pm — Our National Symbol. What do you know about this symbolic bird? Join us to learn more about the Bald Eagle and its lifestyle. Meet at the Campview Shelter in the middle of Campground A.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
  • 10:00 am — Worship Service. Rob Parker from Life Community will be sharing a message at the Campview Shelter located in the middle of Campground A.
  • 11:30 am — The Masked Bandit. Watch out for this thief! Chances are you have seen evidence of one. Meet on the back patio of the Campview Shelter located in the middle of Campground A.
  • 1:45 pm — Pool Break - Owls vs. Crows.True or false? Get on your feet to show what you know! Swimmers, make sure to get your hand stamped before you leave the bath house to re-enter the pool!

Monday, August 20, 2012

DNR reminds hunters about baiting laws for dove and waterfowl

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Before dove and waterfowl hunters take to drought-affected fields this hunting season, they should take time first to review baiting laws.

Baiting can be a complicated issue. It can become more complicated in years in which drought conditions have pushed many farmers to destroy their standing agricultural crops. It's imperative that hunters keep in mind what is legal and what is not legal during waterfowl and dove hunting seasons.

What is legal?

You can hunt waterfowl on, over, or from:

• Standing crops or flooded standing crops
• Standing, flooded, or manipulated natural vegetation
• Flooded harvested croplands
• Lands or areas where grains or top-sown seeds have been scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural practices.

You can hunt doves on, over or from:

• Standing crops
• Lands where seeds or grain have been scattered solely as a result of normal agricultural practices
• Lands planted as wildlife food plots
• Lands planted as pasture improvements or for the purpose of grazing livestock.
• Standing or manipulated natural vegetation
• Agricultural crops that have been manipulated.

What is illegal?

You cannot hunt waterfowl in:

• Areas where grain or seed has been top-sown.
• Crops that have been harvested outside of the recommended harvest dates.
• Unharvested crops that have been trampled by livestock or subjected to other types of manipulations that scatter, distribute or expose the grain.
• Freshly planted wildlife food plots that contain exposed grain.
• Areas where grain is present or stored.
• Croplands where a crop has been harvested and the removed grain is redistributed or “added back” onto the area where it was grown.

You cannot hunt doves in:

• Areas where grain, seed, salt or feed has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed or scattered.
• Areas where grain is in piles or other concentrations.
• Freshly planted wildlife food plots that contain exposed grain.

**Reminder: It's legal to hunt doves on, over, or from manipulated agricultural lands. It's NOT legal to hunt waterfowl on, over, or from manipulated agricultural lands.

Below are a few potentially common scenarios for the upcoming dove/waterfowl seasons.

• If a farmer mows his agricultural fields in September due to crop insurance payments, a hunter cannot hunt it for waterfowl because waterfowl cannot be hunted over manipulated agricultural lands. However, this field can be hunted for doves.
• If a wildlife food plot is planted a few weeks before you are going to dove or waterfowl hunt, can you hunt it? Yes, if the grain is not exposed.
• You decide to put out grain to attract birds. It has been eight days since you last put out grain. Can you hunt this area? No. An area is considered baited until 10 days after all the grain has been removed from the area.

View for more information.

For more information: Michelle Cain, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (317) 234-8240,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TinCaps Claim Series Finale, 6-3

From the Fort Wayne TinCaps:

DAYTON, Ohio - Facing a three-game sweep at the hands of the Eastern Division's last-place team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps outdueled the Dayton Dragons, winning 6-3 on Monday night at Fifth Third Field. Fort Wayne's bullpen provided seven innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits, as the TinCaps salvaged the series.

Frank Garces, who had won eight of his last nine starts, allowed three runs over his two innings of work, which was his shortest outing of the season. He left in line for a loss, his team trailing, 3-1. Fort Wayne (29-21, 60-60) pulled to within one, at 3-2, in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Mike Gallic.

In the top of the sixth, Dayton (21-27, 51-67) starter Stalin Gerson (6-8) began to falter. He allowed back-to-back singles to Yeison Asencio and Lee Orr to begin the inning. Austin Hedges then laid down a bunt, which Gerson fielded, but his throw sailed over first baseman Sean Buckley, allowing Asencio to score and tie the game at three. Kyle Gaedele then walked, and Gerson was removed from the game in favor of reliever Carlos Gonzalez.

Gonzalez uncorked two wild pitches, which brought both Hedges and Gaedele in to score, and gave the TinCaps a 5-3 lead. While Fort Wayne was building its comeback, the bullpen was compiling scoreless innings. James Jones (2-3) worked three scoreless frames, Johnny Barbato twirled two more scoreless innings and Matt Stites retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, earning his 12th save.

The TinCaps added their final run of the night in the eighth inning on an RBI single from Travis Jankowski. Five of the six runs scored by Fort Wayne were unearned runs, due to three errors committed by the Dragons.

Fort Wayne has the day off on Tuesday, and will begin a three-game series at Lansing on Wednesday night. The scheduled starters are Colin Rea for the TinCaps and Aaron Sanchez for the Lugnuts.

Monday, August 13, 2012

N-B Video: Chandler Harnish celebrates first Colts victory

Chandler Harnish and his fans and friends relax after a 38-3 pre-season victory Sunday, Aug. 12. Learn more in the Monday, Aug. 13, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

N-B Video: Colts kick off season with 38-3 win

Colts' rookie offensive guard Jason Foster, a teammate with Norwell graduate Chandler Harnish, talks about his teams pre-season victory Sunday. Learn more in the Monday, Aug. 13, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

N-B Video: Norwell graduate reflects on first professional game

Chandler Harnish helped the Indianapolis Colts win their first pre-season game 38-3 Sunday, Aug. 12. After the game, Harnish talked with the media, including the News-Banner's Paul Beitler, about tossing the football professionally for the first time. Learn more in the Monday, Aug. 13, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Friday, August 10, 2012

N-B Video: Getting ready for kickoff

Bluffton head football coach Casey Kolkman talks practice, strategy and more a week before his team, as well as the other Wells County teams, start football season. (Video by Paul Beitler)

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training September 7-9

Indiana 4-H and the Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training, September 7-9 at Ross Camp near Lafayette.

Individuals 18 and older are invited to attend the training and become certified instructors in one of seven areas.

The specific disciplines include: Archery, Muzzleloading, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, and Coordinator.
Qualified instructors will lead the sessions which will focus on how to teach the various safety skills to youth.

Registration for the training is $150. This fee will be sponsored by Wells County 4-H if adults plan to help with the Wells County 4-H Program in 2013.

Registration is due August 24th.

For more information and a registration form, contact the Wells County Office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, IN 824-6412 e-mail

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New waterfowl hunting zones go into effect

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The first changes in Indiana’s waterfowl hunting zones in more than 25 years will be in effect for the start of the regular waterfowl seasons this fall.

There still will be three zones, but they will be renamed as North, Central and South. The South Zone will represent a significant geographic expansion and replace the previous Ohio River Zone.

Changes to the zone boundaries are designed to improve hunting opportunities by better relating duck migration, and therefore season timing, to the geography of the state, said DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps.

The North Zone boundary is essentially unchanged, with the exception of moving Roush Fish & Wildlife Area into the North. The North Zone boundary segregates the natural lakes and wetlands part of the state into its own zone.

The North Zone boundary follows a line extending east from the Illinois border along State Road 18 to U.S. 31; north along U.S. 31 to U.S. 24; east along U.S. 24 to Huntington; southeast along U.S. 224; south along S.R. 5; and east along S.R. 124 to the Ohio border.

The Central Zone is that part of Indiana south of the North Zone boundary and north of the South Zone boundary.

The South Zone boundary follows a line extending east from the Illinois border along U.S. 40; south along U.S. 41; east along S.R.58; south along S.R. 37 to Bedford; and east along U.S. 50 to the Ohio border.

The South Zone extends north to Terre Haute and includes all or parts of 29 counties. It takes in DNR-managed properties such as Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Sugar Ridge and Wabashiki FWAs; and Hardy and Patoka lakes.

“Changing zone lines in southern Indiana will allow us to capture a fundamental geographic split by bunching the lower Wabash River, as well as much of the White and Muscatatuck rivers, with the Ohio River in the southernmost zone,” Phelps said.

The new zones were derived by looking at not only geography, but also at climate patterns and, most importantly, long-term waterfowl migration data.

These new zones will be in effect for regular duck, coot and merganser seasons, as well as regular goose seasons.

The regular-season waterfowl dates, as proposed to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by the Indiana DNR, are listed below. The dates are not final until approved by the USFWS in mid-to late September. Look for another announcement around that time that will either confirm or amend these dates. Historically, they have been accepted as proposed.

The DNR’s recommended dates for ducks, coots and mergansers are:

• North Zone: Oct. 20 to Dec. 9 and Dec. 22-30
• Central Zone: Nov. 3 to Dec. 25 and Jan. 14-20
• South Zone: Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 24 to Jan. 20

The daily bag limit for ducks in all zones is six, including no more than four mallards (of which no more than two can be hens), four scaup, three wood ducks, two pintails, two redheads, one canvasback, one black duck, and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers, separate from ducks, is five, of which no more than two can be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Though the prairies are drier than last year, the estimate of the total duck population is the highest since the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat survey began in 1955 (48.6 million ducks). Green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, gadwall, and redheads are all at or near record population levels, and mallards and canvasbacks are well above their long-term average. Scaup populations are at the long-term average for the first time in several years, and have increased 60 percent since 2006.

For Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant, the proposed dates are:

• North Zone: Oct. 20 to Nov. 11, Nov. 22 to Jan. 6, and Jan. 19-23
• Central Zone: Nov. 3 to Dec. 25 and Jan. 7-27
• South Zone: Nov. 3-11 and Nov. 24 to Jan. 27

The daily bag limit this year for Canada geese during the regular season has increased from two to three. The daily bag limit for white-fronted geese has increased from one to two. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

“In addition, because of a change in the white-fronted goose management plan, we are able to align the seasons for white-fronts with the Canada goose season,” Phelps said.

“Because brant are rarely taken in Indiana, we also aligned that season, so that all dark geese have the same season.”

These changes simplify goose regulations in Indiana while adding opportunity in the form of higher bags for geese that regularly occur here.

The proposed late season for Canada geese is Feb. 1–15. The counties authorized for a late season are: Adams, Allen, Boone, Clay, DeKalb, Elkhart, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Huntington, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, LaGrange, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Parke, St. Joseph, Shelby, Steuben, Starke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, Wells and Whitley.

A permit is no longer required to participate in the late season for Canada geese. Geese harvested during this season no longer need to be taken to a check station. The daily bag limit during this season is five Canada geese, with a possession limit of 10.

The proposed statewide season for light geese is Oct. 20 to Jan. 31. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20 (snow and/or Ross' geese in aggregate). There is no possession limit on light geese.

The proposed light goose conservation order is Feb. 1 to March 31, statewide, except for those counties that have a late season on Canada geese. For those counties with a late season on Canada geese, the proposed light goose conservation order season is Feb. 16 to March 31.

The light goose conservation order has no bag or possession limit. A free permit is required. Details will be available later in the winter.

The DNR’s recommended dates for youth waterfowl season are:
• North Zone: Oct. 13–14
• Central Zone: Oct. 27–28
• South Zone: Oct. 27–28

Bag and possession limits are the same as the regular seasons. The youth waterfowl season is open to youths 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult.

DNR’s recommended dates for extended falconry season for ducks, coots and mergansers are:

• North Zone: Sept. 27–30 and Feb. 14 to March 10
• Central Zone: Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 and Feb. 17 to March 10
• South Zone: Oct. 27–Nov. 2, 2012 and Feb. 17–March 10, 2013

For more information: Adam Phelps, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, at (812) 334-1137, or