Sports and Outdoors

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ossian Conservation Club releases April calendar

  • April 6 — Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Chicken, Pork Chops and Ribs at Walgreen’s in Bluffton, 11 a.m. till gone. No pre-sold tickets, $6 for half a chicken, $5.50 for a pork chop, and $8 for a half slab of ribs. Weather permitting try the club's Old Style Sugar Corn made in a cast-iron kettle, $2 and $4 a bag. Proceeds will to go to the siding fund.
  • April 14 — Ouabache Archers at Ossian Conservation Club. Second meet of the year. Several new Rinehart 3-D targets 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome.
    April 20 and 21 — Ossian Conservation Club is hosting Project Appleseed. Project Appleseed teaches the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship and intertwines these skills with the history and heritage of the United States. This two-day event is sponsored by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on costs and registration go to or
  • April 28 — Ossian Conservation Club Shotgun Shooter’s informal Shotgun Shoot – regular clays – middies – minnies and rabbit targets. Noon until 4:30 p.m. Public is welcome.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Registration opens for Pokagon triathlon and 5K run/walk

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Registration is open now for the 7th Annual Pokagon State Park Triathlon at Pokagon State Park on Saturday, May 18.

The event, which starts at 9 a.m., will use resources within the state park and in other parts of Steuben County, and will be organized and conducted by TriFort Triathletes.

Participants can choose from an Olympic- or sprint-distance event. Both will be staged at the park’s CCC Shelter. The Olympic triathlon consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim from the Pokagon main beach along the popular Lake James slalom ski course. Athletes will transition to a 40K bike ride on roads over rolling terrain featuring the fields, forests and wetlands of rural Steuben County. The final leg is a 10K run on the rolling and wooded trails of the state park. The sprint-distance triathlon consists of a .75K swim, 20K bike ride, and 5K run.

Register for either at or by following the links to the race. The websites also contain more information on individual and team fees for both triathlons, and about the third annual Steve Parker/ALS 5K Run/Walk, which will be held during the triathlon and start at the CCC Shelter.

The races will begin in two waves separated by three to five minutes. Men will begin first, then women. All participants will receive a gift bag containing a race T-shirt and triathlon-related gear, and can take part in post-race festivities and a picnic.

The 5K run/walk is named for and honors the life work of long-time running and fitness enthusiast Steve Parker. Entrance fee for the 5K run/walk is $20. Registration can be done at the same website listed for the triathlon. Start time for the 5K run/walk is 9:45 a.m.

Packet pick-up and advance in-person registration is May 17, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the park’s Potawatomi Inn. Race-day registration will be offered at the CCC Shelter from 7 to 8 a.m. on May 18. Participants are encouraged to register before race day.

For information on volunteering or to join as a sponsor see

For overnight lodging at the Potawatomi Inn, see, or call (260) 833-2012 or 1-877-768-2928. For information on camping at Pokagon, see, or call 1-866-6campIN.

On race day the normal park entrance fee of $5 for in-state vehicles or $7 for out-of-state vehicles will be charged, or guests can use a 2013 annual entrance pass. Both are available at the park front gate.

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Campground hosts needed at state parks and reservoirs

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Most of Indiana's state parks and reservoirs offer opportunities for campground hosts.

Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week in exchange for free camping for a specified period of time. The time period varies at sites, based on the number of applicants and the amount and type of work required.

Properties seek dedicated campers who enjoy working outdoors, with people and with DNR staff. Detailed information about duties and site availability is at or contact the property of interest.

Completion of a volunteer application is required to apply. To download a form, go to and click on “How You Can Help” under “Stewardship Links.”

Monday, March 11, 2013

N-B Video: Norwell boys finish 18-7 season in regional loss

Norwell boys basketball coach Randy Hawkins reviews the season during regional competition Saturday, March 8. Learn more in the Monday, March 11, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Photo contest celebrates historic resources

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology is sponsoring its ninth annual photo contest to recognize Historic Preservation Month in May.

The subject of the photo must be in Indiana and more than 50 years old. Images could include anything from a cemetery, to a main street, to a grain silo. The contest does not place limitations on the condition of the historic resource. Past entries have involved subject matter with conditions ranging from pristine to undergoing demolition.

Photos can be color or black and white, must be 8 x 10 inches, and matted with white or ivory mat board so final dimensions are 11 x 14 inches. Participants should not frame their photos.

The contest deadline is April 5, 2013.

The contest is free, and photographers can submit up to three entries per person.

Photos will be judged by a panel of DNR representatives, preservationists and photographers.

The deadline to submit is April 6.

For a list of contest guidelines, the mailing address, and the required entry form, go to
To celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May, selected photos from the contest will be on exhibit at the following locations:

Putnam County Museum
1105 N. Jackson St.
Greencastle, IN 46135
(765) 653-8419

Carmel Clay Public Library
55 Fourth Ave. SE
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 814-3900

Martin County Historical Society
220 Capital Ave.
Shoals, IN 47581
(812) 247-1133

Greensburg Public Library
1110 E. Main St.
Greensburg, IN 47240
(812) 663-2826

Prairie Arts Council
301 N. Van Rensselaer St.
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-5278

Wabash County Historical Museum
36 E. Market St.
Wabash, IN 46992
(260) 563-9070

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

N-B Video: Chandler Harnish, former marine find faith amid trials

Norwell graduate and Colts football player Chandler Harnish introduces former marine Josh Bleil during a special presentation at Bellmont High School Monday, March 4. Harnish shared how God has guided him through the ups and downs of his career, while Bleil, a former marine who lost his legs in an explosion in Iraq, shared how the power of God can help people conquer their toughest battless. Due to technical limitations, we could not record all of Bleil's speech. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Monday, March 4, 2013

N-B Video: Norwell wins third straight sectional championship

Learn more in the Monday, March 4, News-Banner.