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Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:42 PM

As many of you are already aware, a Sheridan family dealt with a devastating loss this past weekend. The Hawkins family lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire. The Sheridan Public Library is proud to work with and support the efforts of Sheridan Community Recreation, Inc. as they try to help this family recover from this loss.

The Sheridan Public Library has boxes at each of its entrances for the collection of items for this family and strongly encourages community members to provide food and clothing to help them. Monetary donations are also being accepted via Sheridan Community Recreation and Sheridan Youth Assistance. Please contact Michelle Westermeier (mlwesty1201@gmail.com) or Lisa Samuels (lsamuels@sheridan.k12.in.us) for further information about making your monetary donation.

  • Following the excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service for a large portion of the central United States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

    People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting. Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100. People suffering from heat stress should be moved to a cooler location to lie down. Apply cool, wet cloths to the body especially to head, neck, arm pits and upper legs near the groin area where combined 70 percent of body heat can be lost; and have the person sip water.

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  • Rotary reins handed off

    Outgoing 2016-17 Sheridan Rotary Club President Steve Martin handed the gavel off to incoming 2017-18 President Scott McCullough at a recent Sheridan Rotary get-together.

    Congratulations, Scott!

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  • Keria Hendrickson Rotary scholarship winner
    Sheridan senior Keria Hendrickson was awarded the annual $500 Sheridan Rotary Club Scholarship for 2017 and will continue her education at Ball State University this fall. 
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  • Rotarians hear from Soil & Water
    Sheridan Rotarians ran into an example of an oxymoron recently when recent guest speaker Cara Culp of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) gave a presentation. Cara is an Urban Agriculture Outreach Specialist. Urban agriculture? Now there is an oxymoron. Sheridan is deep into farm country and out here agriculture refers to BIG farms with BIG tractors and BIG combines. Urban refers to cities, right? It does not seem like the two terms are related, right?
    For Cara and her colleagues the definition of agriculture in an urban setting is growing and cultivating food in or around a city or town. The focus of the SWCD Urban Agriculture program is on community gardens and backyard gardens. 
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  • Rotary gives MAMA new roof

    Last fall the Sheridan Rotary Club partnered up with the Carmel Rotary Club to obtain a matching Rotary District 6560 grant to put a new roof on the MAMA’s Cupboard Food Pantry facility in uptown Sheridan. The clubs are proud to announce that the project is complete and MAMA’s Cupboard has a brand new roof.

    The Sheridan Club donated $2,500 dollars as did the Carmel Club and that total amount of $5,000 was matched by the District. The $10,000 raised was combined with further funding from MAMA’s Cupboard to finish the project. Located on the northeast corner of Main and 2nd Streets in Sheridan, the facility should be rain and snow proof for many years to come.

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  • The Sheridan Community School Scholarship Foundation Fund recently awarded 10 Sheridan High School seniors scholarships totaling $28,000 for the 2017-18 school year. This year’s recipients are: Avery Bundy, Kenneth Burnell, Robert Burnell, Karlie Dickerson, Emma Feeney, Catherine Gibson, Alex Gipson, Woodbury Glidden, Kaitlin Halvorsen and James Scolley.
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  • Looking for something fun to do on the hot summer nights?

    Then mark Aug. 5 and head over to Biddle Memorial Park for Biddle Foundation's Move in the Park Night. The show begins at dusk and admission is free.

     
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  • Hamilton County has reported one of the first human cases of West Nile virus in 2017.

    "Unfortunately, West Nile disease is a common occurrence in Indiana during mosquito season," said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. "When we find evidence of the virus in multiple counties, that means the risk is starting to increase statewide. Protecting yourself from mosquito bites and eliminating breeding grounds are the best ways to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses."

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  • The Sheridan Public Library is very pleased to announce a cooperative venture with the Biddle Memorial Foundation to give Sheridan residents, children as well as adults, a chance to win a brand new bicycle. The Foundation has proposed giving away up to 10 or 12 bikes and has asked the library to help them accomplish this task.

    The contest will begin immediately. Residents are invited to visit the library and fill out a ticket which will then be placed into the jar with all the other completed tickets. Tickets have to be filled out legibly by hand (no computer generated labels, please) with first and last name, phone number and age. Participants may enter as many times as they want each time they visit the library but the entry tickets must be completed at the library.

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  • The Sheridan Horseshoe league held The First Annual Gregory and Appel Insurance tournament this week. Mitchel Dwigans of Westfield, won with a score of 616. Genia Stepp, of Sheridan, took second with a score of 593 and Charlene Brown of Tipton brought home third with a score of 571.

     
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  • Rotary honors Top Ten SHS grads

    As it has done for many years, Sheridan Rotary was pleased to honor the annual Top Ten graduates of Sheridan High School for 2017 at a recent Rotary meeting. These young people represent the academic top 10 percent of their class.

    Rotarians all over the world realize that success in life depends to a great extent on individual intelligence, and while not all intelligence is reflected in academic achievement, there is a high correlation between book learning and classroom performance and success in life. The nine students honored by Sheridan Rotary are well on the road to leading successful and rewarding lives.

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  • Mitchel Dwigans won the inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts Tournament, presented by the Sheridan Horseshoe League, last weekend.

    Dwigans, from Westfield, won with a total score of 575. Genia Stepp from Sheridan and Sam Gibbons from Noblesville tied for second with 558 each. Pitchers from around central Indiana participated in the event.

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  • Connor Stumm leads Wabash College
    Sheridan High School graduate Connor Stumm and Wabash College teammate Cole Seward put the Little Giants in a tie with Ohio Wesleyan in the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship standings by finishing second and third in the decathlon to open the title chase. Several other Little Giants prepared for next weekend's championship meet by competing in Michigan and Ohio at non-scoring meets.
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  • Congresswoman Brooks visits Sheridan

    Congresswoman Susan Brooks met with students from Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program at Sheridan High School Tuesday. This national program's mission is to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school and encourages students to overcome barriers to graduation in order to become college and career ready.

    "Ensuring our kids have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom is what JAG is all about," Brooks said.

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  • Sheridan's Katherine Parsley pages for Rep. Brown

    Being a page in the Indiana Legislature is always a thrill for students, and this year seemed to be no exception for one Sheridan student. 

    Katherine Parsley (second from left) of Sheridan, recently spent a day at the Indiana Statehouse as a page with Rep. Tim Brown

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  • Rotarians didn't 'shelve" this project!

    Sheridan Rotarians were busy this past week. Some of us were taking care of important club business in the monthly club board meeting while the some of other the members were busy installing some shelving units in the Sheridan Public Library.

    Rotarians throughout the world work with their local communities to accomplish a variety of tasks and projects to improve the quality of life. These projects can range from providing community meals to sweeping streets to cleaning parks and to putting up shelving for the library. Sheridan Rotarians have done all of these things and more over the years.

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  • Sheridan has been chosen as the launch site for a new program aimed at helping senior citizens.

    Reaching Resources will connect seniors with programs and services to improve their quality of life, prevent isolation and help maintain independence. The program also aims to close the gap and target inefficiencies in services available to Hamilton County seniors. It plans to launch the new program in Sheridan where 68 percent of the senior population qualify for assistance.

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  • Kyle Harwood, son of Stacey and Brian Harwood of Sheridan, has earned an engineering and computer sciences scholarship to attend Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
    Harwood, a senior at Sheridan High School, will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Indiana Tech. He, along with other elite scholarship recipients, received his award at a banquet in Fort Wayne on March 3. Harwood will get $15,000 for his freshman year, and $15,000 for each of the next three years, provided he meets the school’s academic criteria.
    At Sheridan High School, Harwood was a varsity football and baseball player. He attended yearly mission trips with his local church since 2011 and is president of the church’s youth group.
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  • Rotarians learn about APHASIA

    Do you know what APHASIA is? It is the loss or impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words. It is quite common among stroke victims and can also occur with other types of brain traumas. This devastating condition is the 3rd largest cause of death among the elderly and each year nearly 800,000 people in this country suffer a stroke.

    This past week Sheridan Rotarians had a program about aphasia from a real expert in the field. Rotarian Fred Sturdevant’s daughter Megan Sutton was our guest speaker. Megan is a speech pathologist with extensive experience working with stroke victims. 

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  • Sheridan Historical Society Museum is true gem

    Did you know Sheridan has a museum on Main Street? It is not real big and it is not manned by highly paid professionals, but it competently tells the story of who we are and where we came from here in Sheridan.

    The Executive Director of the museum is Sheridan’s own Jim Pickett. He is skillfully assisted in his work by all the members of the Sheridan Historical Society, but most especially by Stuart Neal and his sister Mary, and Winona Moss. These four people man the museum when it is open to the public on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will answer your questions, give you lots of information about the hundreds of items on display and they will entertain you with humorous observations about our community.

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