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     •• SEPTEMBER 17 •• 
The 16th annual Greensboro Health and Safety Fair and Blood Drive is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m, at the Greensboro Community Building. The Indiana Blood Center’s mobile unit will be accepting donations 10 a.m.-noon. Those who plan to donate blood should bring valid photo identification. For more information, call Roxie Dalton at 765-686-5207.

     •• SEPTEMBER 17 •• 
Wrestling Under the Stars, a fundraiser for Knightstown youth baseball and softball leagues, will take place at Barry Elzey Field, located at Sunset Park, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Central Wrestling Federation. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the gate. For more information, call 765-491-8144.

     •• SEPTEMBER 18 •• 
The annual Wilkinson High School reunion will be Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Shirley community building. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 1 p.m. The classes of 1951 and 1961 will be recognized. All school members and friends are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring their own table service and food for the pitch-in lunch. Tea and coffee will be furnished. Annual $2 per person dues will be collected. A short meeting and visitation will follow lunch. For more information, contact Wilma Kennedy at 765-425-5261.

     •• SEPTEMBER 21 DEADLINE •• 
Freedom Fest Queen Candidates Sought - There will be a queen contest held Sept. 28 to choose a special person to ride in the Carthage Freedom Festival Parade Oct. 1. This contest is sponsored by Homemakers on the Go extension club and is open to girls age 15-19, who are enrolled in high school and are residents of Ripley Township. Applications may be picked up at Pavey's in Carthage and must be submitted by Sept. 21 to Winters Accounting during business hours or in their drop box. The Freedom Festival is Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information, call 565-6145 or 565-6002.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Men's Club of St. Rose of Lima Parish is making available The History of St. Rose of Lima Church. Copies are free for registered members of St. Rose. The church, located at 8144 W. U.S. 40, Knightstown, was founded in 1872. Additional copies are available for $10. Copies are available by contacting Patricia Goodspeed at 765-345-2484 or 317-695-7779. The church phone number is 345-5595.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Raintree Cycling Club is gearing up for another season of bicycling around the tri-county area. The Saturday morning road ride leaves from Knightstown’s Public Square (west side) at 9 a.m. This is a developmental road ride for aspiring riders with road bikes. Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., a leisure ride departs from the Henry County YMCA, 300 Wittenbraker Ave., New Castle. The club also has a Thursday morning group ride for road bikes, which departs from the Baker Park pool house in New Castle. For more information about Raintree Cycling Club, find them on Facebook, or call 765-571-2168. Updates about specific rides, weather conditions and more can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Bicentennial Hoosier Gym T-shirts are now available to order from Beautify Knightstown, Inc. in gray or gold with the official bicentennial logo. Sizes small through XL are $20; 2X through 5X are $22. To order, call 765-445-2328; go to Facebook at Knightstown ... It's a Beauty; or visit 12 E. Main St, Knightstown. Celebrate Hoosiers 30th anniversary and Indiana's 200th birthday. Proceeds go to the Hoosiers movie-themed mural project.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Octagon House is open for free tours by chance or appointment. To get a free tour, stop by Shirley Hardware and one will be arranged. To schedule an appointment for a tour, call 812-583-0031 or 765-737-6586.

     •• 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 Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new winter hours. The museum’s current hours, in effect through March are 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (sometimes longer) 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.)

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