Great Dane has been a busy place recently. We all know that they had to lay off people a few months ago and cut hours for those that were working. They have now called back all of those that were laid off and anyone from the Terre Haute Plant that wanted to work in Brazil. They are currently hiring additional workers.
I totally messed up on the information for the Food Share in last week's column. The Thanksgiving holiday changes the schedule. The sign up for new participants is Nov. 7 from 9-11 a.m. The pick-up date is Nov. 21 from 9-11 a.m. They are offering the usual items with a special package for this coming month and December. The special units are $25 each and include a 12-14 lb. turkey (ham for Christmas) plus potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing mix, biscuit mix, etc. The First Christian Church still needs volunteers to help unload the trucks and distribute the food.
The Harmony Town Council will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the Community Center. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m., and are open to the public.
Harmony United Methodist Church will have a Jonah Fish Fry on Sunday, Nov. 8, from noon-3 p.m. It is the perfect time for folks leaving other church services. The menu will be: all you can eat fish, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, applesauce, and bread. Desserts will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the Fish Fry are $8 for adults at the door. Early bird tickets are $7 from any church member. Proceeds will go to local missions. One new mission is to contribute to programs needed at Van Buren Elementary.
Worship Service on the day of the Fish Fry will be at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to stay for the service.
Harmony United Methodist Women met at the church on Monday night. Mayme Johnson-Cox and Sheila Termeer teamed up to do the supper and lesson. Food was delicious and the lesson on trees reminded us all of God's beauty during this season of the year.
The ladies discussed the Christmas Party and set the date for Dec. 2, at the church. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Carolyn Kumpf will bake a pork loin and everyone else will bring a covered dish or dessert.
The group discussed having a raffle fundraiser at the Fish Fry but thought it was too late to organize it for this year. In other business, they set the date for starting on cancer scarves for the January meeting and talked about being able to fund more missions this year. We always contribute to the Lebanon Children's Home and Clothe-A-Child and send in our district pledges. This year, we will be able to contribute to the Lucille Raines Home and to more local needs.
Congrats to the volleyball and band kids at Northview High School this past week.
The Clay County Retired Teachers Association met at the Bingo Hall on Kennedy Crossing Road Tuesday evening. Over 50 retirees and guests attended the supper and meeting.
I made up a crock-pot of chili and a batch of Opal Schopmeyer's famous oatmeal bars to take to the event. We had relish trays, loads of desserts, and three kinds of chili: no pasta, pasta-style, and my crock with mushrooms, garlic, and peppers added to the usual fixins'.
All newly retired teachers get a free one-year membership. I have membership cards for those that could not attend the social and hope to get those in the mail soon.
My notes from the evening are rather sketchy because I was collecting dues. Thanks to Anna Long for helping me with notes. I can even read hers, mine not so much. A certificate for community service was presented to Maurice Modesitt. The group totaled almost 7,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.
Mary Yelton had several handouts for us. One asked for volunteers. Clay County has approximately 15,000 people that cannot read. Call 446-1331 if you would be willing to help tutor these people.
Another handout listed the adult computer classes that will be taught by Northview High School students. This gives the kids a chance to teach what they have learned and help those who want to better their computer skills. Contact Beth Moody for more information at 448-2661, ext. 1260.
Mary had info on beginning college classes offered at the LEAAP Center during the evening hours. These include English, Psychology, History, and a couple of Math classes. Call 1-800-377-4882 or 298-2554 for enrollment details.
The last piece of information from Mrs. Yelton was the schedule of classes for Free Adult Basic Education. These are refresher courses in reading, writing, and math and GED preparation. Call 446-2536, ext. 1910.
Odena Harper reported a CCRTA trip is in the planning stages for Dec. 17. It will be to Beef and Boards for $77. Let Odena know if you are interested in attending at 448-8570. Everyone is still taking about how much fun they had at last year's outing.
Mary Ann Froderman asked for help with the Clothe-A-Child program. Folks are needed to do the shopping on Sunday, Dec. 6, around 7 a.m. If all goes well, they will be finished in time for church.
President Leroy Sedgwick announced the CCRTA would have a "Coffee" in December. This will be just a social event with no meeting. We will plan to turn in a summary of our volunteer hours at that time and just visit with each other over a steaming cup of mud or tea.
The Indiana Director Andy Thomas appealed to all of us to keep in contact with our elected representatives. Indiana has one of the worst, if not the worst, pension plan for Indiana educators. Every year we need to plead for a cost of living increase that is never already budgeted. Our volunteer hours are the only thing we have to show that we did not just go to sleep when we retired. We served our communities for years and years to earn the pensions. In tough times, we have to be even more vigilant to keep from losing whatever we now have.
All retired teachers are invited to join CCRTA. One lady from the area, Beverly Faye, taught mostly in Bloomington but joined our group. I taught in Clay County for six years and spent the next 25 teaching in Jasper. Most members spent their career years right here but other school teachers are welcome, too. It is a great group of people.
Celebration Christian Center is presenting "Guardians and Fiends," on Oct. 29-30, at 7 p.m. It is a very intense production intended for older kids and adults. Alternative entertainment will be provided for kids 10 and under. The public is invited. If you need more directions or have questions call the church at 894-3331.
Celebration is also hosting a Harvest Party as an alternative to Halloween, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear fun costumes, no scary ones, please. They will be treated to games and candy. The adults will have a chili cook-off. Kids of all ages are invited.
I ran into two old friends from Jackson Township School. As I searched in vain for vanilla DanActive at Kroger, Mary Ellen Tozer came pushing her cart toward the dairy section. We caught up on what was happening in each other's lives and planned to get together for lunch one of these days. Mary Ellen was trying to hurry while her sister Marcia was waiting in the car.
As we started to leave, Wendell Shelp came by on a short break from the floral department. Anyone who knows Wendell knows what a great job he does when someone needs flowers for any event. He was off work, and sorely missed, for months because he had eye problems. He said his vision is even better than before the detachment occurred. Wendell is now back at work for awhile. It was good to see him, too.
The Clay County Food Pantry is in immediate need of good used blankets, quilts, or comforters.
Help if you can.