April 17, 2014

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Sign-up began for USDA disaster assistance programs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:04 PM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.  

“We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “To ensure enrollment goes as smoothly as possible, dedicated staff in over 2,000 Farm Service Agency offices across the country are doing everything necessary to help producers that have suffered through two and a half difficult years with no assistance because these programs were awaiting Congressional action.”

Depending on the size and type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.  The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and wildfires.  

Enrollment also begins today for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), which provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

Producers signing up for these programs are encouraged to contact their local FSA office for information on the types of records needed and to schedule an appointment. Taking these steps in advance will help producers ensure their application moves through the process as quickly as possible.

Supporting documents may include livestock birth records, purchase and transportation receipts, photos and ownership records showing the number and type of livestock lost, documents listing the gallons of water transported to livestock during drought, and more. Crop records may include purchase receipts for eligible trees, bushes, or vines, seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records, and documentation of labor and equipment used to plant or remove eligible trees, bushes, or vines.

Producers have three to nine months to apply depending on the program and year of the loss. Details are available from any local FSA office.

For more information, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, and the LIP, LFP, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online, or visit any local FSA office or USDA Service Center.

Dillard’s mini-store returns to DCH for Mother’s Day/graduation shopping PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:03 PM

Breast Care Center to benefit from all sales

Dillard’s Department Store is returning this spring to Dearborn County Hospital with its fun and convenient mini-store for two days of community shopping. Located in the main lobby of Dearborn County Hospital, the Dillard’s mini-store will be open to the public on Tuesday, April 29, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

Ten percent of all sales will go to the Auxiliary of Dearborn County Hospital which will donate the funds to the DCH Breast Care Center for the benefit of their patients.

Merchandise, including spring and summer apparel, gifts and items for the home will be available in numerous price ranges.

Some of the items available for purchase include handbags; jewelry; watches; sandals and shoes; cosmetics; fragrances; accessories, such as sunglasses, wallets, women’s scarves and men’s ties; luggage; active wear and Browning apparel; women’s sleepwear; individual serving coffee makers and cups; gourmet nuts and candy; bakeware; seasonal giftware and SensorPEDIC brand bedding. Gift cards will also be available.

Popular designer brand names will be available at the mini-store including items by Dansko, UGG, Born, Fossil, Jessica Simpson, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, DKNY, Lauren, Columbia, Chanel, Est?e Lauder, Clinique, Lancôme, Elizabeth Arden, Clarisonic, Keurig and K-cups, NutriBullet, Fiestaware and New Tech Shop.

All major credit and debit cards, Dillard’s credit cards, cash and personal checks with proper identification will be accepted. DCH and DCH Physician Partners employees may use payroll deduction.

Items purchased at the Dillard’s mini-store may be exchanged or returned after the event to any Dillard’s Department Store within 30 days of purchase providing all Dillard’s and manufacturer tags and yellow proof of purchase stickers are intact.

Returns will not be accepted at the mini-store. Dillard’s gift cards do not expire and they maintain their face value until redeemed.

“We are very excited Dillard’s is returning for spring shopping. They always bring a wonderful selection of items, especially for mothers,” noted Sylvia Plashko, DCH Auxiliary President. “The Dillard’s mini-store provides a great opportunity for area residents to shop in a safe, convenient and fun environment while helping to support the Auxiliary and the hospital. Every purchase made at the mini-store is greatly appreciated.”

Free parking for the event is available in both the hospital’s outdoor lot and the parking garage.

Hospital lobby doors will be left open and wheelchairs will be available for use by shoppers, free of charge, during mini-store hours.   

Dearborn County Hospital is located at the intersection of Bielby Road, Ind. 48, and Wilson Creek Road on Ludlow Hill in Lawrenceburg.

For more information, please contact the Dearborn County Hospital Community Relations Department at 812/537-8190 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8190.

Church observes Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:03 AM

The community is invited to join in worship throughout Holy Week at Trinity Episcopal Church, 101 W. Center St. The parish will observe Holy Week and Easter with special services Thursday through Sunday.

On April 17, Maundy Thursday will be observed with a communion service at 7 p.m. The service commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Following Jesus’ command to love and service one another, representatives from the parish will participate in footwashing during the service. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

On Good Friday, April 18, a solemn service recalling Jesus’ suffering and death will take place at noon at the downtown church. The service includes the reading of the Passion according to St. John, prayers and sermon. A time of quiet reflection will follow and Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 1 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The vigil will begin in the parish garden with the kindling of the new fire and the Service of Light. Worshippers will process into the church by the light of the Paschal Candle, signifying the Light of Christ. A service of lessons will follow and he Holy Eucharist will be celebrated. The baptism of Drake Lewis, son of Keith and Laura Lewis will also be celebrated.

Easter services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. The early service will be held in the parish garden next to the church, weather permitting. The later service will include special music offered by soloist Penny Schenk and organist Dr. Bruce McClung. The Rev. Mary Taflinger will be preacher and celebrant, An Easter egg hunt for young children will follow the service.

Comprehensive plan board will meet PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:39 AM

The Dearborn County Plan Commission and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at in the Dearborn County Administration Building, 3rd Floor Commissioner’s Room.  
The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss updating some of the elements, goals, and strategies of the Dearborn County comprehensive plan.  

Dearborn County commissioners, county council, and board of zoning appeals may be in attendance for this meeting.

Signs up for I-74 resurfacing PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:39 AM

Construction signs are going up along Interstate 74 in Decatur County in advance of a $3,840,755 Indiana Department of Transportation project to repair and resurface 8.87 miles of roadway between Ind. 3 at Greensburg and the Shelby County line. Milestone, the state’s contractor, plans to start filling potholes Tuesday, April 15.

The following Monday, April 28, repair operations will begin in full force. Crews have been scheduled to work at numerous sites along the westbound lanes of I-74 placing full-depth asphalt patches. At the same time, other crews will be in the eastbound lanes saw-cutting the pavement and pouring concrete patches.

Motorists will encounter orange construction barrels in westbound lanes at worksites. Concrete barrier wall will restrict traffic to a single lane where concrete patches are being made on the eastbound side of I-74.

This HMA Overlay W/Concrete Pavement Restoration project requires extensive patching before milling and paving operations can begin.  Once patching operations have concluded, two inches of the I-74 pavement surface will be milled away and replaced with a fresh, smooth lift of asphalt.

Work is expected to continue through July.

For area highway information, monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast. Verify travel plans at TrafficWise:  http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.


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