Governor Pence's FEMA Appeal


Governor Mike Pence received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9 this year.

The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties.

“This has been an arduous process, but the outcome is good news for Hoosiers,” said Governor Pence. “These grants will provide millions to local governments and select nonprofits that are hurting financially, and I congratulate the counties, cities, and towns for their perseverance.”

Counties granted public assistance include: Boone, Clay, Hendricks, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Noble**, Owen*, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, White and Whitley**.

All counties except Owen (designated by asterisk) also will receive 48 hours of snow assistance. Noble and Whitley counties (designated by two asterisks) will be provided 72 hours of snow assistance.

FEMA public assistance grants will pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to roads, bridges, utilities, debris removal, buildings’ contents and equipment, water control facilities, parks and recreational facilities, and others, as well as emergency protective measures like traffic control and rescue operations in the aforementioned counties. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will work with FEMA and local agencies to document allowable expenses.

Lew Wallace Study & Museum ArchiCamp


The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will host ArchiCamp in partnership with Indiana Landmarks. The two-day camp will be held June 17-18, 2014, and is open to students ages 8-12. The camp costs $25 and scholarships are available.

ArchiCamp is an architecture-based camp that uses historic architecture to educate and excite children about local history and instills stewardship and responsibility for our cultural heritage.

During the two-day camp, students will learn about Crawfordsville’s architectural heritage, including the historic Study building. Campers will take walking tours, learn about architectural terms, make miniature stained glass “windows”, build local buildings from cardboard boxes, and learn about careers in historic preservation and discuss preservation successes in our community.

Snacks will be provided each day, but campers should bring a sack lunch.

In order to provide this experience to families for only $25, we rely on donations from organizations, businesses and individuals to sponsor students for $75. If you are interested in sponsoring a local child, or if you would like to register a student for ArchiCamp, please contact Amanda McGuire at (765) 362-5769.

Wabash College's Stroud Awarded Fulbright Scholarship


Wabash College’s Patrick Stroud has earned a Fulbright Scholarship as an English Teaching Assistant in Spain. He is the third Wabash man to earn a Fulbright this spring.
Stroud ’14, a product of Noblesville, Ind., was awarded a teaching assistantship and will be based in Madrid, teaching secondary-aged students (12-16). Stroud’s participation in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program will test his theories on education and re-energizing the classroom.
The ETA program places a Fulbright winner in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English speakers, while serving in a small role as a U.S. cultural ambassador. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
“I hope to combine my knowledge of teaching, history, and performance with my language skills in order to elicit effective learning in Spanish classrooms,” said Stroud. “I believe my strategies for face-to-face education can revitalize the classroom and make learning new languages and new cultures exciting and fun. Because I have also had training as an actor and participated in Speech and Debate club throughout my education, I hope to coach Spanish students on public performance and memorization in dynamic and interactive ways.”
Stroud, a double major in history and Spanish with distinction on comprehensive exams in both, also may participate in a secondary project in which he will talk to people who lived through the regime of Francisco Franco. This could aid his immersion to Spanish culture and history through the concept of historical memory, or how groups interpret history and how that shapes culture.
“Patrick is someone who perfectly fits the Fulbright program’s desire for cultural ambassadors,” said Dr. Eric Olofson, the Wabash Fulbright Program Advisor and an assistant professor of psychology. “He is a sensitive listener, he’s comfortable with new people, and he relishes new experiences. He talks about education in a way that says that he wants to be involved in education down the road, and certainly, this is the first step on that road.”
Stroud hopes to provide his students with English proficiency, a desire to learn new cultures, and methods for being citizens of the world, three necessary skills that future generations must possess to succeed internationally in business, economics, and politics.
“Patrick is already an academic. The way he throws himself into and researches projects really demonstrates a deep aptitude for the academy and academic work,” said Dr. Dan Rogers, associate professor of modern languages. “He’s really comfortable with what and who he is. I think that gives him the confidence to look into and explore other cultures.”
Further, Stroud feels this trip to Spain will help to achieve his educational goals, and by being in the classroom, encourage communication between unique cultures, experiences, and languages.
“The Fulbright ties right into Patrick’s interests,” said Dr. Jane Hardy, assistant professor of Spanish and Stroud’s academic advisor. “He’ll be able to continue to improve his Spanish, which is already outstanding, learn more about Spain and its history, and get some teaching experience. Patrick will make an excellent professor someday. He’s able to share his passion and excitement and meet people where they are, engage, and appreciate them. He has that gift.”
As a freshman in 2011, Stroud won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize, given annually to the undergraduate who is judged to have produced the most original and meritorious piece of work, whether artistic or analytical. In other creative pursuits, Stroud has also appeared on stage in Wabash productions of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Macbeth.”
In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the ‘promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.’
From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Stroud is the fourth Wabash man to earn a Fulbright Scholarship since 2001 and joins Sebastian Garren and Adam Barnes as Fulbright recipients in 2014. Barnes also was selected to the ETA program in Spain.

Mayor to Meet with the Public


From Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton:

"In my “Action Plan to Make Crawfordsville Great Again” I pledged to have a published time every month during which the citizens of our community could come speak with me to offer their concerns, input and suggestions. I strongly believe in public input and want to be accessible but realize that setting an appointment to come to the Mayor’s Office isn’t the most convenient option for many of our citizens.

I will be scheduling these events at varying times and at different locations throughout the city each month. I am pleased to announce that I have scheduled another such event and will be available to speak with anyone who would like to speak with me.  

The event, the 28th since taking office, will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Pizza Hut, located at 1501 S. Grant Ave.  

Mayor Barton will be joined by Crawfordsville City Code Enforcement Officer Barry Lewis.

If you have any concerns or comments for Mayor Barton or Code Enforcement Officer Lewis take a few minutes to stop by and make those concerns known on April 30."

Relay for Life Schedule


6:00pm Opening Ceremony; National Anthem- Jessica Pruett
6:15 Survivors Lap
6:20 Caregivers Lap
6:25 Everyone start walking!
6:30 Survivors/Caregivers proceed to dinner
6:30 Ms. Relay Contestants Introductions
6:45-7:45 Music by Forgiven
8:00-8:45 Don Baker on guitar
8:45 Silent Auction Ends
9:00-10:00 Luminaria Ceremony
10:15 Fight Back Ceremony/Learn the Fight Back Line Dance
10:30 Crowning of Ms. Relay
11:00 "Tonights Going to Be a Good Night"- Black Eyed Peas
11:30 Yahtzee Game begins/Hula Hoop contest
12:00am "Happy Birthday!" Celebrating another birthday
12:30 Pinata Time
1:00 " Chicken Dance"
1:30 Musical Chairs
2:00 " Loco motion " everybody up and move
2:30 Limbo contest
3:00 - 4:00 Popcorn and a Movie "A night at the Museum"
4:30 Donuts on a string game
6:00 Breakfast Time/Cartoons/Start packing up
7:30 Closing Ceremony/Team awards