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  • Opening ceremonies Wednesday kicked off Tell City's 51st Schweizer Fest. Activities continue through Saturday in City Hall Park. Here's a rundown of some activities.

    Today

    • Today through Saturday - Schweizer Fest Market in City Hall Park. For more information, contact the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 547-7933.

    • 5:30 p.m. Schweizer Fest Testimonial Dinner and Program honoring Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance at Knights of Columbus Home. Sponsored by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce.

  • TELL CITY - A packed fellowship hall at Evangelical United Church of Christ was the scene of Monday evening's Junior Miss and Miss Schweizer Fest pageants. This was the second year for the event, which began with last year's sesquicentennial.

    In the Miss Schweizer Fest Pageant, Monica Perryman was awarded the crown with Shayna Richardson named first alternate. Kelsie Bland took awards for Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality. In the Junior Miss pageant, Crystal Peter was crowned queen, with Darian Oliva first alternate and Kaylee Henderson second alternate.

  • TELL CITY - Schweizer Fest participants shouldn't miss their chance to learn more about the city's rich history. The Tell City Historical Society Museum will be open daily through Sunday and will offer historical movies about the community.

    Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Programs for self-guided walking tours of the city are available at the museum for $2.

    Historical photographs are located around the city's historic districts and are sponsored by ATTC Manufacturing and the historical society.

  • TELL CITY - Beth Fortwendel has angels on her shoulders, lots of them, offering reassurance and comfort in the face of a life-threatening disease and help raising money for a stem-cell transplant that could take place as early as next month.

    Fortwendel, who lives in Hancock County, Ky., but grew up in Perry County, suffers from scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder that hardens the skin and often harms organs. The impacts on victims vary and Fortwendel's case has become more serious over the past year and threatens to shorten her life.

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  • The first Sunday shower of the month is an important one in my house. That's the morning I give my Nordic skin a careful examination. I twist and turn my torso while gazing into a mirror, examining areas I don't normally explore, like the soles of my feet, eyelids, the skin between my toes and all those places where the  sun doesn't shine. You get the picture.

    I'm looking for possible signs of skin cancer and my monthly Sunday routine might one day save my life. You should consider doing something similar.

  • Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, afflicting more than a million Americans each year, a number that is rising rapidly. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

    Who Should Do It?

  • TELL CITY - Sunday afternoon will see City Hall Park rocking as the next round of the Tell City Regional Arts Asociation's Shoot for the Stars competition returns with 14 competitors. Joining them will be two musical acts, Naked and Abby Jenkins.

    The first Shoot for the Stars competitors will step onto the the park gazebo's stage around 2:45 p.m. with the two guest performers playing later in the afternoon.

  • TELL CITY - Fourteen performers will perform Sunday during the third round of the Tell City Arts Association's Shoot for the Stars. Scheduled to sing are Ronald Riley, Leah Lasher, Dillon McKinney, Darian Oliva, Kensey Estes, Brittany Patterson, David McKinney, Euriah Bryant, Glenn Cronin, Clint Buechler, Jessica York, Kayla Kinnaird, Amber Wilbur and Heather Young.

  • DERBY - "I sell the daylights out of them," Jeff Piper said of birdhouses built from recycled fencing materials and license plates.

    The owner of Rainbow Pay Lake near Derby boasted that he's helping to keep hundreds of pounds of materials out of landfills. Their reuse serves a higher purpose he hopes to expand upon, however. He has several of the finished products on display at the lake, and they're also available through his Web site, www.ovrthere.com, where his threefold mission is described:

  • LEOPOLD - Ernest and Myrtle Guillaume hung their family name in front of Leopold's country store 50 years ago. Their two daughters, working in the same store, are marking the anniversary this week by welcoming customers and reminiscing about five decades of tending to the needs of the community.

  • PERRY COUNTY - Twelve Perry County 4-H members have reached their 10th and final year in 4-H. Ten-year members include Alexandria Bashor, Samson Benjamin, Leighsa Carter, Krista Evrard, Kayla Hagedorn, Katie Hess, Ryan Kessens, Jake Paulin, Abigail Preher, April Sherman, Derek Suhrheinrich and Emily Tempel.

    Alexandria Bashor

    Bashor is a member of the Branchville Bunch 4-H Club and daughter of Dwaine and Martha Bashor. A Perry Central High School graduate, she will attend Purdue University to study biology with plans to go to veterinary school.

  • PERRY COUNTY - The Perry County 4-H Fair will kickoff Monday with the choosing of the fair's king and queen. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds, the public can also bid on food items and baskets and watch the fashion review during breaks in the king and queen competition.