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Tag: Community Action
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Ryan Heacock, owner of the East Side Gallery in Scottsburg and member of the Scottsburg Main Street Group recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Pictured with Ryan are Kiwanians Maryrose McWhirter and Guy Townsend. Ryan spoke a little about the East Side Gallery and then focused on efforts the Main Street are doing to improve the appearance of Scottsburg. East Side Gallery has been open almost two years now and Ryan expressed appreciation for the local support and customers from the broader community. One of the main efforts of the Main Street group is the downtown revitalization. Starting last September and looking at the 50% occupancy rate on the Square, they set a goal to bring new life into the downtown. When the repaving projects are completed, the group will repaint the crosswalks and put the crosswalks on a refresher schedule. Last fall Mayor Graham visited the Paddock and Norton Commons in Louisville to get some ideas for revitalization of the downtown. He looked at the concept of residences and businesses located in and around parks. The group is trying to create Scottsburg as a “destination place”. They have been working on adding lots of decorative, lighted planters around the Square. They’ve made snowflakes to replace the one’s we’ve used for the holidays for years. They are still working on additional planters and hangers for flower baskets. The Arts Council in conjunction with the Historical Review Board are designing murals to paint as the weather cooperates. Most everything they are using to spruce up the Square is made locally. The first mural project will be on the side of the building where City on a Hill is located. The wall still says antiques. The murals will be inspired by Scott County history and the history of the Square. The Pub was renovated to reflect its past—barbershop, gun shop and pool hall. Light shrouds are being prepared to light up the alleys and a sound system is being researched for the Square. The group has been cleaning and staining the bricks on the sidewalk to make them look new again and they are working on decorations in the alleyways. They are working on a project to better delineate the entrance to the historic district. The goal is to bring positive attention to the downtown area and create inspiration. The Kiwanis members thanked Ryan for his presentation and enjoyed the discussion. Ryan has been working hard to cater to the youth in our community to get involved in art projects and develop a better appreciation for art.
Scott Willett from the Indiana Rural Electric recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club at their weekly dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg about his trip to Guatamala as part of Project Indiana. Pictured are Scott Willett, Kiwanian Lee Anna Willett (SCSD2 Corporate Member) and Kiwanian Darryl Smith. Beginning in 2012, the international year of the Cooperative, two teams of Indiana linemen spent a month electrifying three villages in Guatemala. Lives were changed both here and there. In the 1930’s, Cooperatives brought electricity to rural Indiana forever improving the quality of life for Hoosiers. In 2012, Indiana’s electric cooperatives began paying it forward internationally by providing electricity to three remote Guatemalan villages. In 2015, the vision grew into Project Indiana and sustainable change–moving beyond electrifying villages, to making them a better place to live and enhancing the community — just as happened 80 years ago when electricity first came to rural Indiana. In 2015 the village of Sepamac received electricity. In 2017 the cooperatives traveled to a remote village called El Zapotillo to provide the villagers electricity. The goal of Project Indiana is to help rural Guatemala advance as we did in rural Indiana by adopting villages, bring them power and support them as they form electric cooperatives that enable them to enjoy a better way of life. El Zapotillo is in Cuilco, the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. Approximately 300 villagers live in sixty homes in the mountains at an elevation of about 10,000 feet. El Zapotillo has a church, a school and a clinic. The villagers worked alongside the Indiana Rural Electric Cooperative volunteers. The increased elevation really stretched the team of sixteen linemen. All of the work was done by hand, setting fifty-two poles, stretching four miles of primary line, twenty-seven miles of secondary line, setting thirty-six anchors and hooking up six transformers. The village was in a very remote location with steep access roads. The population of the village is Spanish speaking and education ends at the sixth grade. The girls marry and start families at a very young age. The villagers conduct subsistence farming and cut timber and lumber for commercial sales. This is the third trip to Guatemala. Each trip lasts for two weeks and sixteen linemen volunteer. Scott discussed the satisfaction the team gets from working with the villagers in these remote, rural villages and commented on how appreciative the villagers are for the assistance and how hard they work to help the crews. With support from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Foundation and the Guatemalan government, Indiana’s electric cooperatives are adopting a region in Guatemala to bring the tools and resources the Guatemalans need to do what they’re capable of doing, including forming a cooperative and improving education, nutrition, water, and health care. If you’re interested in staying up to date on Project Indiana as the program grows and continues to impact more lives, sign up on the Project Indiana website, www.projectindiana.org. The Kiwanis members thanked Scott for his presentation and applauded the work he and the cooperatives are doing to improve the quality of life in Guatemala.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club hosted a party for thirty-five Scottsburg Elementary School third graders who made the BUG Honor Roll the fourth grading period. BUG is a Kiwanis signature program designed to provide incentives to third graders to improve their grades. To make the BUG Honor Roll, students must improve at least one grade in at least one subject and not go down in any other subject. BUG Honor Roll students receive a certificate identifying the subject(s) they improved signed by their teacher and Principal, a BUG T-Shirt the first time they make the BUG Honor Roll, snacks and prizes. Pizza was provided for this party. BUG Honor Roll students in Ms Miner’s class are Alexis Collman, Brayden Law, Gracie Mulley, Trey Deaton, Jordin Macintosh, Jaerin Richie, Connor Mays, Alexus Roy, Skylar Carpenter and Alexis Cull. BUG Honor Roll students in Ms Bagwell’s class are Sophia Ahlborn, Brianna Bryant, Addison Cheatham, Gloriana Downing, Brice Mullins, Megan Pace, Cadence Pigg, Josh Poole, Braden Williams, Kennidy Tutterow, Elizabeth Neal, Reese Johnson, Brooklyn Moon and Braelyn Kleehammer. BUG Honor Roll students in Ms Reynolds class are Zack Abner, Cale Barger, Jazz Compton, Kylor Glenn, Julian Godsey, Kaleb Jennings, Xochitl Mejia, Jacob Minton, Gabryel Monroe, Violet Neal and Haley Reed. Congratulations to these outstanding students on their achievement and best of luck in the 4th grade.
Cassidy Carter recently spoke at the weekly Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Cassidy is the Manager for Community Outreach for Hosparus Health. Pictured are Kiwanian Guy Townsend and Cassidy Carter. She has been involved with senior care for over twelve years working in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. She considers herself foremost a senior advocate to help families in crisis that find themselves in a situation they don’t know how to handle. Cassidy spends a lot of time talking to community members about Hosparus and end of life issues. As of 1 March this year, Hosparus Health cares for people with chronic illnesses but not necessarily at end of life. Hosparus Health is working with the State of Indiana to determine what kind of licensing is required to work with patients in their homes. Hosparus Health is a Non for Profit organization. People who can’t afford hospice are not turned away. They are part of the National Hosparus and Palliative Care Organization. Cassidy provided numerous forms and pamphlets to provide assistance and information on such subjects as the Palliative Care Program and Advance Care Planning. She stressed the importance of having a plan in place to be able to fulfill the wishes of loved ones at the end of life. She passed out several forms from the Indiana State Dept of Health and an Advance Directives Pamphlet. The Kiwanis members thanked Cassidy for her most informative presentation.
Scottsburg Kiwanis Club President Terry Davis presented $1,400 in scholarship awards to five students at a recent dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Scholarship recipients were Rachelle Jones from Austin High School who will be attending the University of Southern Indiana, Shelby Cole from Austin High School who will be attending Hanover College, Makalyn Brown from Scottsburg High School who will be attending Bellarmine University, Alexa Howser from Scottsburg High School who will be attending Indiana University and Kayla Morris from Scottsburg High School who will be attending Indiana State University. The Kiwanis congratulated these outstanding students on their accomplishments and wished them the best of luck with their studies.
Terry Davis, President of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club presented Skyler Coomer a $500 scholarship check at a recent meeting of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club at The Kitchen on the Square in Scottsburg. Skyler will be attending Indiana University where she will be studying English and Journalism. She recently graduated from Austin High School where she was the Charter President of the Austin High School Key Club. The Kiwanis members congratulated Skyler and wished her the best in her studies.
Scottsburg Kiwanis Club President Terry Davis presented $800 in scholarships to Scottsburg High School graduates Emma Waskom and Grace Hicks at a recent club dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Emma will be attending Indiana University and Grace will be attending Indiana State University. The Kiwanis members congratulated both of these outstanding students on their graduation and accomplishments and wished them the best as they continue their studies in college.