Heart of Jasper Announces New Business Incentive

Applications for the Heart of Jasper and Genesis 12 New Business Incentive are now open! Heart of Jasper in coordination with The Genesis 12 Project has created a new business incentive to provide financial assistance for new and expanding businesses in the Downtown and Riverfront Areas of Jasper, Indiana. The goal of the program is to stimulate retail growth and attract new businesses.

Heart of Jasper is focused on creating a unique and fun environment in downtown Jasper. The organization wants to attract new businesses to the Heart of Jasper district. The New Business Incentive is targeting business types within the following categories: home, retail, food or beverage, arts, or entertainment. The New Business Incentive is available for new start up business, an existing business that would like to relocate to the Heart of Jasper district, and a current business that would like to expand into the district.

Grants will be awarded on an upfront lump sum or reimbursement basis, following an application procedure and approval.

To request an application or for additional information, please contact Kate Schwenk at info@heartofjasper.org.

Haysville Park Board Meeting

The Haysville Park Board is holding their annual meeting on January 17, 2022 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and is open to the public.

Miss Shamrock Pageant

Ireland is now accepting applications for the Miss, Teen, Little Miss, and Little Mister Shamrock Pageant that will be held on March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Ireland Elementary School.

Miss and Teen must be a student at Jasper Middle School or a resident of Madison or Boone Township. Little Miss and Mister contestants must be a resident of Madison & Boone Township or attend Ireland Elementary School. Queen, age 16 to 20; Teen, grades 6 through 9; Little Miss/Mister, grades 2 through 4. The first 17 contestants in each age level will be accepted.

Please complete the application by February 18. Completed forms must be returned to Lauri Olson (5445 W. Oak Ridge Dr., Jasper, IN 47546). Call 812-481-1407 or text 812-630-1615.

Applications can be found at The Ivy Manor in Jasper and Spuds in Ireland. For more information or to download the application, visit stpatsirelandin.com.

Relay for Life Team HAPPY Shrimp Fry

Spencer County Relay for Life Team HAPPY will be hosting its annual shrimp fry on Friday Jan 21, 2022 at the Fulda Sportsman Club in Fulda. Serving begins at 3pm central until sold out. Drive thru only. On the menu is five butterfly shrimp w/cocktail sauce, baked potato, baked beans, sweet and sour slaw, cookie. All for a $12 donation. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Membership Dinner at the Museum

The Dubois County Museum, Inc. Board of Directors invites all members to celebrate the 23rd year as a museum by attending the Annual Membership Dinner on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the museum. Fellowship will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a catered meal to follow at 6:30 p.m. The meal is catered by Fueled Strength. Cost of the meal is $25 per person. Organizers of the dinner are using the theme “Supporting our community with old paths and new directions” as we look to 2022 and the years beyond. These past two years of a worldwide pandemic with Covid-19 have challenged our way of life, but we believe we are emerging stronger and more resilient with what life brings us. We are looking down those old paths that got us here today and are excited about what new directions and possibilities may be ahead for us. Arnie Mehringer will share some of his memories of the museum he experienced while he lead tours. A reservation form was included in the Quarterly Newsletter sent in December. The form is also available at the lobby desk. Deadline to register is January 20, 2022.

Freedom Reins Winter Volunteer Program

Freedom Reins is working to get a head start on our 2022 season by offering our very first Winter Volunteer Program. We are looking for volunteers who would like to be involved over the next 2 months working with our horses outside of the regular class setting. There will be no student riders. Our focus will be on keeping the horses moving, socialized, better behaved and used to working in the arena environment. For the volunteers it will be an opportunity to remain connected to other volunteers, the horses and our program during our down months! Volunteers will get to handle all of our horses — not just the ones you usually work with. We will be starting simple with grooming, horseplay, groundwork, and basic and new arena patterns. Towards the end of February we plan to introduce specialized training focused on improving our riders’ experience and better ensuring their comfort and safety. We’ll be covering more advanced areas such as leading/correcting a difficult horse, emergency dismounts, mounted and arena emergencies, in-depth leader and sidewalker training, and working with riders with disabilities.

We will be working in the indoor arena with 6-8 horses at a time on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Since we want everyone to have a horse we’ll need to schedule volunteer participation for each week. Feel free to sign up for only one session or several. You do not need to be a horse leader to participate — sidewalkers wanting to learn to be leaders or just wanting more hands-on with the horses are encouraged to join.

Please contact Kim Dietz by email (ksdietz@bellsouth.net) or call or text (812-631-6379) to get on the schedule or for any questions. Depending on the level of interest we will also consider offering evening sessions. Please indicate your preference.

Ireland Historical Society Program

The Ireland Historical Society in it’s 26th year, will hold its first program on January 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. local time at its location of James & Walnut Streets in Ireland. It will be on the upper level.

The Dubois County Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be in attendance to give info on their organization, and perform one of their rituals.

Next Bill Hall from Newburgh will re-enact the role of a member of the “Black Robe Regiment” of the Revolutionary War. These were America’s “Patriot Preachers” of the 18th century. They were prophets of liberty & truth, and led their men onto the battlefield against the dreaded Redcoats.

Please join us for this program. Refreshments will be served after the program! Bring a friend.