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     •• AUGUST 27 •• 
A "Special Day for Special People" will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, at Baker Park, from 4-8 p.m. The event is for children, age 15 and under, with cognitive and physical disabilities, along with their families.
Those participating will get to hear music, sirens and bells. They will see clowns, police officers, fire fighters, K9 dog team, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and therapy dogs. They will get to touch a police car, fire truck, ambulance, sheriff car, games and face painting. Rides on a pony cart will be offered along with hot dogs, chips, drinks and cotton candy.
"Special Day for Special People" is sponsored by the New Castle Breakfast, Noon, and Evening Optimist Clubs as well as the Hagerstown Optimist Club. A registration form is available in the Facebook page timeline of the New Castle Miracle League (or click here).
For more information, contact event coordinator Michael Fisher at 765-686-2853.

     •• AUGUST 28 •• 
Community Days in Jefferson Township-Sulphur Springs is set for Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Sulphur Springs community building in Allen Park, located at 203 N. Mulberry St.
The two-day event includes a princess contest, baby contest, tractor pulls, mud bogs, parade, 5K run, car show, kids' games, live music and much more. Food will also be served by local groups on both days. A full schedule and flyers for some individual events can be viewed here.

     •• AUGUST 29 •• 
A mud bog event for ATVs and trucks is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 29 as part of the Jefferson Township-Sulphur Springs Community Days.
Registration for the ATV mud bog begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 and continues until 4:30 p.m. when the ATV mud bog is set to start. There is a $20 entry fee with an 80% payback to the top three places in each of the four classes.
Registration for the trucks begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 and continues until 5:30 p.m. when the truck mud bog starts. There is a $25 entry fee for trucks with 80% payback and trophies.
More information on the event, the classes and the rules can be viewed here.

     •• SEPTEMBER 12 •• 
The Dunreith Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a motorcycle ride on Saturday, Sept. 12. Organizers are planning for the event to be a 100-mile ride, round trip. The ride will begin at the station, make a couple of stops along the way, and then finish at the station.
Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided when riders return to the station. The event is open to everyone with all proceeds going to the department for new equipment.
Entry fee for the bike ride is $20 per bike. Non-riders who want to support the department, the cost is $5 per person. Organizers are also hoping to have several items to raffle.
Registration for the ride is set to begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. Riders are scheduled to get on the road at 11 a.m.
For questions, contact Ronald Elliott (317-443-7931), Mike Shepherd (765-571-2295) or David Dudley (765-465-8305).

     •• SEPTEMBER 12 •• 
The Kiwanis Club of New Castle - Henry County is holding a fundraiser lunch on Saturday, Sept. 12, during the open house for the New Castle-Henry County Airport.
Tickets are $5 and will include hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the Kiwanis meal will be donated to the New Castle Miracle League, an organization that provides a local baseball league for children with mental or physical disabilities.
The open house will feature a display of aircraft and plane rides. Fly in to the event at UWL 123.05 CTAF or come by car to 2912 East County Road 400 South, three miles southeast of New Castle.

     •• SEPTEMBER 19 •• 
The Annual Henry County Heart Walk will be on Saturday, Sept. 19, in the New Castle High School Fieldhouse concourse. Doors will open to participants at 8:15 a.m. at the southeast corner and the Heart Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by Henry County Hospital, Henry County Cardiology and Henry County Heart Society. Additional information and sponsor forms are available at and on the Henry County Heart Society, Inc. of Indiana Facebook page, or contact 765-529-1098.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Knightstown Wesleyan Church now has welcome/move-in packets available. Anyone new to the area interested in receiving local business information and discounts may contact Kathie Rummell at 765-345-9660 or Amy Bell at 765-686-7063.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Beautify Knightstown Committee continues the effort to raise funds for the Knightstown beautification project through sales of the “It's a Beauty! - The Academy” T-shirt starting at $20. Shirts can be purchased at Hoosier Home Court Cafe, 12 E. Main St. or email

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Knightstown Farmers Market is gearing up for another season. A variety of new vendors are now being sought. Hand-crafted goods, including hand-knitted items, are welcome at the market, which will get underway Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m.-noon, on Knightstown’s Public Square. The market will continue each Saturday at same time and place each Saturday through October. Call Kelley Millhoan at 765-571-2325 for more info.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new summer hours. The museum’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a museum visit by appointment, call David Steele at 765-345-7585. Family and individual HKI memberships are $20 and $15, respectively. Membership payments may be mailed to HKI at P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148..

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society. The SHS is also still raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video here.)

     •• FUTURE EVENT •• 
Suzy Zeller at Knightstown’s Unique Boutique & Bridal is seeking vendors for a bridal show to be held during this year’s Fall Fest on the Public Square. For information about this event and how to get a vendor booth, call Zeller at 317-498-6096.

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