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Holiday open house Dec. 19
Perry County Chamber  of Commerce and the Perry County Development Corp. will host a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (today) at 601 Main Steet.
 

William Tell Center dance Saturday
The William Tell Center invites the public to come and dance from 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.  Adults are welcome and can dance to live entertainment, enjoy free coffee, soft drinks and snacks and a chance to win a door prize. Cost is $5 per person and events are smoke- and alcohol-free. Watch the News for details about a free dance to be held sometime after the New Year begins.

School to host financial-aid workshop Jan. 15
TELL CITY – Tell City Junior-Senior High School will host a financial-aid workshop Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in the school library for all seniors and their parents.

A financial-aid representative will be on hand to explain step-by-step procedures for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and answer any questions students or parents may have. Filing the FAFSA is necessary to be considered for financial assistance.
Information will also be available regarding free sessions to assist families in filing the form.

All parents of students who plan to file the FAFSA are urged to attend. The Federal Processing Office must receive the form by March 10, 2014.

Students and parents must include a valid email address on their 2014-2015 FAFSA to receive important email updates.
For more information, contact Lisa Noble at lisa.noble@tellcity.k12.in.us or 547-9715, Ext. 223.

St. Paul chili supper Friday
TELL CITY – St. Paul Catholic Church has rescheduled its all-you-can-eat chili supper. It will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

United Pentecostal accepting candy orders
BRISTOW – The United Pentecostal Church is now taking orders for fudge for Christmas. All orders must be received by Thursday (today).  All candy will be delivered Monday. Fudge, fudge with walnuts, peanut butter fudge and peanut butter balls (buckeyes) are  $3.50 per half pound.
Peanut brittle is $2.50 per patty. Call 843-4747 to order.

Eagle Watch program set for Jan. 4

WICKLIFFE — Experience the world of eagles in Indiana with indoor and outdoor programs at Patoka Lake Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. EST Jan. 4 during the annual Eagle Watch. Featured will be a resident bald eagle and other live raptors. Guest presenter Leslie Grow, Department of Natural Resources Hardy Lake interpretive naturalist, will share the life and story of these amazing raptors.

Join Todd Eubank, Patoka Lake wildlife specialist and his team and travel by car caravan to hot spots for eagle viewing. Rex Watters, DNR wildlife specialist of Monroe Lake, will share his experiences during the 1980s Eagle Reintroduction Program and interesting information about eagles found in that part of the state.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Participants may bring a sack lunch also.

Cost is $5 and preregistration is required. Those 5 years of age and younger are free.

Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and to take binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras and have vehicles fueled for the car caravan.

For more information, call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812) 685-2447.

Optimist Club blanket drive underway
TELL CITY – The Optimist Club of Tell City is conducting its annual blanket drive to benefit Catholic Charities through Saturday. Collection boxes are located at all area banks, Evangelical United Church of Christ and St. Paul Church.

Teen group to meet Sunday
PERRY COUNTY – All teenagers, parents and others interested in the lives of local young people are invited to attend “Hope’s Hall” at 1 p.m. every Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Tell City.
The hour-long program includes a guest speaker and discussion time and offers teenagers a safe place to face their struggles in a non-denominational setting.

For more information, contact Holly Schaad at (812) 661-3024 or by email   at schaadholly@gmail.com.

Those attending should enter the church from the Mozart Street entrance.

Girl Scout cookie sales begin Monday
PERRY COUNTY – Local troops from the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana Council will kick off cookie sales Monday.
Cookies are $3.50 a box. To order by phone, call (812) 421-4970 or order online at www.girlscouts-gssi.org.

Cookie sales will continue through Jan. 17. Girls will deliver cookies Feb. 10 through March 9.

Master gardener course coming
SPENCER COUNTY – If you enjoy gardening and “Helping Others Grow,” make plans to take part in the upcoming Perry-Spencer Purdue Master Gardener Course, organizers urge.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program which offers an extensive course in horticulture in exchange for a donation of volunteer hours to help teach others what you have learned.

The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 9 and running through April 10 at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds in Tell City.

Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, composting and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants.  

An early-bird registration fee of $125 per person is available through Monday. After Monday, the fee increases to $135 per person.
The registration fee covers items such as reference materials, mailings, name badges and refreshments. Couples or two family members who wish to take the course together and share reference materials can register for $200 per couple through Monday or $210 per couple after.    

If you'd like an application to join a new team of volunteers or have questions about the program, contact Nicholas Held at Purdue Extension-Spencer County at (812) 649-6022 or nheld@purdue.edu or Sara Dzimianski at Purdue Extension-Perry County at (812) 547-7084 or sdzimian@-purdue.edu  

Applications are also available online at www.extension.purdue.edu/spencer in the “Hot Topics” section.

History book available for holiday gifts
PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Chamber of Commerce has autographed copies of “Perry County: Then and Now” by the late Michael Rutherford.

The book is available at the chamber office and the Tell City-Perry County Public Library.

The Perry County history book is a standard library-size hardbound book bound with a full-color cover. The book price is $50 including sales tax.

Only 120 copies of the book are left, so residents interested in obtaining one should not wait long.

For more information, contact the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at 547-2385.

Sign language services offered
Perry County resident Joyce (Goffinet) Greenwood will offer her services as a sign language intepreter to anyone in need. She will also offer to teach basic sign language to anyone interested.

For more information, contact Greenwood at (812) 357-7181 or 548-4886.

Greenwood is also selling raffle tickets for the St. Rita 1720 Club, a year-long raffle that will draw cash prizes on the last business day of the month. St. Rita’s is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Greenwood’s husband, Larney, is an alumnus of the school.For more information about the fundraisers, visit www.srs-deaf.org.

Southern Indiana Grazing Conference
TELL CITY – Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor livestock producers who live in Perry County to attend the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference.

It will be held, Feb. 5 at the Simon J. Graber Building in Odon. Registration is 6 to 7 a.m. CST and the conference time is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Speakers and topics: Jim Gerrish, Idaho – Grazing Basics, Without Iron and Oil, Dollars and Sense of Grazing, What Really Matters; Kathy Voth, Colorado – Training Animals to Eat Weeds, and Why Animals Eat What They Eat.

If you would like more information or would like to make your reservation for the conference, contact the SWCD at 547-4686 or e-mail darlene-fischer@iasw-cd.org. Reservations will be taken through, Jan. 22 and no late reservations will be accepted.

Tri Kappa members seeking scholarship applicants

TELL CITY – The state organization of Tri Kappa will award a variety of scholarships this spring to college students. Each state scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.

Debra Neyhouse, vice president and scholarship chairwoman of the Epsilon Omega Chapter in Tell City, is currently seeking applicants for several $1,000 scholarships.

Twelve $1,000 academic scholarships will be awarded.

To apply, students must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program and must have completed at least one academic year.

Two $1,000 key scholarships are available to students throughout the state who have no degree beyond high school and have had a lapse in their education for at least five years.  

Any student enrolled in an accredited school offering an associate or baccalaureate degree, who has completed at least one semester, may apply.

Two $1,000 fine-arts scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in art, dance, drama, or music.

Students wishing to apply are encouraged to contact Neyhouse at 547-6784 or stevedebbie1530@sbcglobal.net.

Applications are available to graduating high-school seniors in the county and are available through the school guidance departments at all three county high schools.

Jan. 4 genealogy workshop
TELL CITY – The Perry County 200th Committee, Lafayette Spring Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Perry County Library will offer a free genealogy workshop at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Perry County Library.

At this workshop, attendees can learn the basics of genealogy at the genealogy deptartment in the Perry County library, including where to search in Perry County for records and what can be learned from them.
Attendees will also learn about census records and helpful websites.

Land of Lights nightly displays to continue to New Year’s
SANTA CLAUS – Nightly admission will begin Friday and continue through New Year’s Eve at the Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure in Santa Claus.

Located inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, this custom outdoor light show tells the shining story of Rudolph in bright, energy-efficient LEDs.

The Santa Claus Land of Lights is the only light show in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards.

At 1.2 miles long, it is also the largest campground holiday light show in North America.

A portion of proceeds from the Santa Claus Land of Lights benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley.

Discount coupons – $4 off per vehicle – are offered at McDonald’s locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. A complete list of coupon locations may be found at SantaClausLandofLights.com.

The light show will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
For a complete operating schedule or to purchase prepaid passes, visit the website at SantaClausLandofLights.com.