All Shook Up begins Friday at Myers Theatre

HILLSBORO — Myers Dinner Theatre is rocking and rolling the spring in with their next production, All Shook Up, opening Friday and running through June 3.

Love and life terrorize a sleepy small town when rovin’ roundabout Chad rolls in with a broken-down motorbike. Natalie, the town mechanic, instantly falls in love with the stranger, much to the disappointment of her best friend, Dennis, who is madly in love with her. Natalie’s father and Chad both meet and fall for the new museum owner, Sandra, causing a point of contention between them. And Sylvia, the bar owner, discovers that her daughter, Lorraine, is having a secret romance with Dean, the son of the town’s haughty, music-hating Mayor Matilda. Meanwhile, Natalie decides that, in order to win Chad’s love, she must disguise herself and convince him to befriend her first. Comedy, hijinks and mistaken identity abound in this hilarious take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

The show is directed and choreographed by MDT casting director, Gray Lynn, with musical direction by Ralph Krumins. Co-choreographer and production assistant is Lafayette theater favorite Kate Walker.

The show features a large cast from all over the country, with Tuscan, California-based actor Joseph Ott as Chad, Memphis actress Eileen Peterson as Natalie, Gray Lynn (Illinois) as Dennis, Natalie Sibille (Louisiana) as Lorraine, Alli Ryan Motley (Texas) as Sandra, Rick Bzdok (Indiana) as Dean, Nikki Yarnell (New York) as Sylvia, Preston Dildine (Indiana) as Jim, Lisa Cosby (Indiana) and Mary Taylor (Indiana) as Mayor Matilda, and Bill Rubenstein (Indiana) as the Sheriff.

Weekday and Saturday matinees begin with dinner at noon and show at 1:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evening performances start with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. There will also be a special Mother’s Day performance on Sunday with the meal at 1 p.m. and the show at 2:30 p.m. There are not shows every day, so call for specific dates available or view the show calendar at www.myersdt.com.

Cost for dinner and show is $38 (tax and fees not included); students (ages 4-18) are $27 (taxes and fees not included). Group prices and bus parking is available. Show-only tickets are also available for $25.

For more information or reservations, call the MDT office at 765-798-4902, ext 2, or visit our website at www.myersdt.com. The theatre is located at 108 Water St., Hillsboro, and is handicapped-accessible.

Petition returns to planning board

A large crowd of local residents attended Monday’s Crawfordsville City Council meeting in hopes of adding their voices to a discussion about rezoning real estate on C.R. 200S.

However, the item was withdrawn from the agenda after the property owner has asked for an amendment to the proposed ordinance.

Mayor Todd Barton reported Wiley Connell, the land owner, has changed the original petition to include four commitments. Connell wishes to include assurances that the use and development of the property will not include: hazardous waste disposal, industrial waste facility, sanitary landfill or junkyard.

Barton said the ordinance will now return to the Crawfordsville Plan Commission for approval. If it passes, the issue will be brought back to the council for adoption at a later date.

The council approved, on second and third reading, an ordinance to annex properties known as the Montgomery County Community Farm. The land includes 250 acres west and south of the city at the intersection of Schenck Road and C.R. 50S. Plans for the property include the development of a housing addition.

The council also conducted a public hearing regarding an ordinance to make an additional appropriation for land and road acquisition to complete C.R. 200S. The land acquisition from Walmart will allow the city to complete the road connecting U.S. 231 and State Road 47S. 

In other business, the council approved:

• An ordinance adopting an economic development rider on first reading with Indiana Municipal Power Authority. IMPA plans to offer large industrial electrical rates to manufacturers as an incentive to locate or stay in Crawfordsville.

• A resolution authorizing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Montgomery County and the city regarding economic development.

• An ordinance making an additional appropriation for the funds received in the form of the Indiana Community Crossroads Grant which were received in 2016.

Letters carriers to ‘stamp out’ hunger

Months before letter carriers begin an annual food drive, residents often step out along their routes, asking how they help.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which kicks off Saturday, has become a popular cause for teachers, churches and other organizations raising awareness of food insecurity.

Postal workers themselves recognize the need in the families they see every day, said Pam Donato, the association’s community service coordinator.

“I think for them it’s a very personal campaign,” she said.

For the 25th year, letter carriers across the country will collect non-perishable food items, which are given to pantries in the same communities where they are picked up.

Last year, 9,854 pounds of food was gathered in Crawfordsville. Nationwide, the association collected a record 80 million pounds.

Most popular foods collected include cereal, pasta or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables and canned meats.

Frozen, homemade or home-canned items are not accepted, along with food that is expired or in glass containers.

Residents are asked to leave bags of food by their mailboxes by 9 a.m. Saturday. All donations are tax deductible because the food is given to nonprofit charities.

The food drive was the brainchild of a former association president who teamed up with letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service and the AFL-CIO.  After starting in Phoenix and expanding to other cities, the effort went national in 1993.

Since then, more than 1.5 billion pounds of food has been collected.

“While we have certainly gained experience and confidence through our accomplishments, we must remain ever vigilant in our commitment to continuing the good work of helping those in need,” association president Fredric Rolando wrote in a letter to branch presidents.

The association is also partnering with the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, AARP Foundation, Valpak and Valassis for the food drive.

Totals for this year should be released by mid-June.

For more information, visit nalc.org and click on  “Community Service.”

Colorful Corner

P.E. Installs employees help build new playground structures Monday at First United Methodist Church, which is at the corner of South Green Street and Wabash Avenue.

No. 2 Athenians fall to Warriors, 7-0

The Crawfordsville baseball team’s fortunes turned sour quickly in a 7-0 loss to Whiteland Saturday.

Six runs in the third inning, all with two outs, gave Warriors pitcher Luke Helton all the margin he needed in the Warriors’ win over the Class 3A No. 2 Athenians.

“This game all came down to a five minute stretch with two outs in the third,” Crawfordsville coach John Froedge said. “We had a guy slip in the outfield on a fly ball that would have been the third out, then we hit a guy and then we had an infield error. We could have been out of that inning twice, but we didn’t, and then we didn’t recover.”

A double and two singles followed that, and the Warriors were up 6-0.

“We put the ball in play,” Whiteland coach Scott Sherry said, whose team moves to 11-7 on the season and breaks a four-game losing streak. “We were aggressive at the plate and things worked out, but Luke Shelton’s pitching set the tone for us.”

Shelton, making his first start of the season after pitching extensively in relief, went the distance, allowing six Crawfordsville hits and never allowing a baserunner to get to third. The senior threw 98 pitches, walked one and struck out five. He runs his pitching record to 5-1 and his season ERA drops below 1.00.

“He (Helton) challenged their hitters and had just a great outing,” Sherry said.”He’s played a lot of baseball and knows the game.”

Helton, and two other members of the team, were on the Indiana Bulls Under 11 team that won a national championship in 2011. There are 10 seniors on the Warriors roster.

“Helton is a good pitcher, and Whiteland is a good team,” Froedge said. “He wasn’t afraid to throw his breaking ball any time. You like to play good teams like that because it makes you better. They took advantage of their opportunities and made the plays they needed to, and they shut us down. Life is full of adversity. We stayed focused and did some good things.”

Athenians starting pitcher Chase Dowell was tagged with his first loss of the season and falls to 7-1. He pitched three innings.

Cam Saunders pitched two innings of relief and allowed one run and two hits. The sophomore struck out three. Payton Abney went the last two innings and struck out two.

“Getting Abney in for two good innings was a real positive,” Froedge said.  “Saunders also got two more innings of varsity work, which is always good.”

Three of the six Crawfordsville hits were infield or bunt singles. Trent Johnson doubled in the seventh and Caden Jones, who came into the game with a .520 batting average, had two singles up the middle.

Jacob Holzhausen led Whiteland with three hits, including a pair of doubles. He had three RBI.

The Warriors, who beat North Montgomery in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader at Crawfordsville, have three conference games next week. Two against Mooresville Tuesday and Wednesday, and a makeup game against Franklin Community on Thursday.

The Athenians have a game every day this week, starting with a home game tonight against Lafayette Jeff. They play Southmont Tuesday and Thursday, host Benton Central Wednesday and Danville Friday, and travel to Park Tudor Saturday.