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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, September 11, 2019 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg The Experts Are More Affordable Than You Might Think. Whether you're looking for a quick replacement or the benefits of an advanced, high-efficiency system, Carrier has the solution to fit your budget and comfort needs. ©Carrier Corporation 12/2016. HIGH EFFICIENCY COMFORT YOUR WAY PH: 812-743-2382 HEATING & AIR-CONDITIONING Perry ' s LLC Serving the area since 1950. Perry ' s Perry ' s 303 Breckinridge Rd, Monroe City Email: Craig Perry Vance Perry Chase Perry NEWS BRIEFS Mock helicopter crash set for Wednesday, September 18 Various emergency response teams and equipment will converge on the Petersburg Fire Department fa- cility on Illinois Street Wednesday, September 18 be- ginning at 9 a.m. The drill will focus on a helicopter crash and associated Haz-Mat and medical emergen- cy operations. The exercise is being conducted by the Pike County Emergency Management, EMS, local fire departments, police and first responders through the Pike County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The activities associated with the exercise will contin- ue into the afternoon. Sept. 24 National Voter Registration Day On September 24, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50 -state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. The Pike County Public Library will be conducting a "Register Now, Vote Later" event on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Petersburg Branch. For more information, contact Carly Tegmeyer at 812- 354-6257. Seeking Tiny Mr. and Miss contestants for Buffalo Trace Festival The Buffalo Trace Festival baby contest is seeking contestants for the Tiny Mr. and Miss baby contest, ages 0 -3. There is no entry fee. There will be a boy and girl category/overall winner. There will be a win- ner and first runner-up for Mr. and Miss. Must sub- mit a color 5x7 photo to Petersburg City Hall by Mon- day, Sept. 23. Photo must have child's name, informa- tion and contact information for the parent. The festi- val will be September 27-28. Blood Drive at Otwell Elementary School Sept. 27 The American Red Cross is needing blood dona- tions to help support victims of Hurricane Dorian. They have several blood drives set up in southern In- diana and Illinois. On Friday, September 27, they will be at the Otwell Miller Academy from 2 to 7 p.m. Buffalo Trace Festival Classic Car Cruise-In set for Sept. 28 The Buffalo Trace Festival Classic Car Cruise-In will be Saturday, Sept. 28 in front of the Petersburg First United Methodist Church, 801 Walnut Street. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with Cruise-In time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each entry will receive a Buf- falo Trace Festival dash plaque. Each vehicle must be registered separate. 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Box 68, Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 • • • Entered in the Post Office in Petersburg, Indiana for transmission through the mails as Periodical Mail, postage paid at Petersburg, Indiana – published weekly. (USPS 205-620) Contact us: Phone: ...................................................................812-354-8500 Fax: ....................................................................... 812-354-2014 ing came of the meeting, to accord- ing Popp. "I'd like to know and understand why we met with another department to possibly takeover Winslow," WFD Chief Jason Bottoms asked the council. "What if something would have came forth from it? What were you going to do? Just throw us all out because if Pa- toka Township contacts this town, then they won't need us? "I'd like to know why, as the chief, I wasn't notified at least," Bottoms con- tinued. "Did we do something wrong? If we haven't done anything wrong, then why are you trying to replace the good department that you have." Popp said the council was interest- ed in contracting with Patoka Town- ship Fire Department and also renting out one of the bays at the fire house to Pike County EMS. "We would have an ambulance in town 24 hours a day and also be mak- ing money on it," he said. "PFD has a vast number of capabilities, including close to nine fire trucks that are cer- tified, and members who hold unique certifications." What makes things even more del- icate is that Popp is a member of the PFD and is the department's lead in- structor. "They have an issue that I am a part of that fire department," he said. "They think of it as a hostile takeover. How I see it and how the other board mem- bers see it, is to provide a service that this town desperately needs: certified medics, certified firemen and people who know how to do their jobs. I'm not saying that [the WFD] can't get up to par, but it seems to be lackluster." Bottoms was also frustrated be- cause he said Popp told him the fire department needed to use their own funds when he came to the board with a request to send someone to a EMS training course. "We have money set aside for that," Bottoms said. "Why am I having to use money that we raised? " Popp said the council is still wait- ing for the fire department to purchase $4,000 worth of bunker gear that they approved earlier this year. "The issue I have with an Emergen- cy Medical Responder (EMR) seek- ing out Emergency Medical Techni- cian (EMT) training is not the fact of getting more training," Popp said. "It's the fact that I don't see this individual on scene. I don't have a problem at all with someone learning expertise, but if you're going to get certification, you need to be doing the job." Popp challenged anyone to educate themselves on what certifications their fire department has by going to dhs/firecertification.htm and request- ing the department's certifications. "All you need is their name," he said. "If anything, go request that of your own fire department and understand what is being provided to you. I have to be educated because I educate fire- men, so they go into a hazardous envi- ronment safely and do whatever they have to do to save people." Popp said he's currently teaching a course at the PFD to get firefighters certified. "Which at the moment, none of them ( Winslow firemen) are attempting to get their certification, which is provid- ed free," he said, adding the depart- ment could potentially lower their in- surance rate by completing the prop- er training. "We are going to have a lot of discussions, evaluations and take a hard, honest look at the facts on how we can resolve this and get stuff going in the right direction." The council set up a joint meeting with the WFD at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at 100 North Walnut Street to discuss administration within the de- partment. The meeting is open to pub- lic. "It takes time," Popp said. "These problems didn't happen over night and they won't get solved over night. We have a lot issues where we are trying to look for unique funding opportuni- ties because here, we don't have a lot of the funding. That is our big crutch." The council also discussed INDOT's Safe Route to School Program. Council member Debra Lamb said Winslow Elementary Principal Ritch Luker will be passing out surveys for elementary students to take home to their parents, and they will also be do- ing a survey in the classroom to find out which routes students are using to walk to and from school. "If your child brings home a sur- vey, please fill it out and turn it back into the school," she said. "So, hope- fully we can collect this data and make their trips to and from school a little safer. We want to get an accurate pic- ture of who's walking to school, where are they coming from and what areas need additional stop signs, crosswalks and sidewalks. Then we can create a plan working with the school and safe routes program. Even if it's just two kids walking to school, we want to make their trips safe." Popp added that the data collected could possibly help the town get some funding for some much needed repairs around town. "I don't know if there is going to be funding out there, but if there is, we need to figure out what we need in terms of making our children safer," Lamb said. OTHER ACTIONS Winslow resident Jordan Gayhart voiced his concerns about vehicles being tagged to be towed in Winslow. Gayhart said it wasn't his vehicle that was tagged, but he's just trying stick up for a neighbor who couldn't make the meeting. Council member Debra Lamb the board will review all the in- formation and talk with Winslow Dep- uty Marshal Mike McGregor. "I just want justice for the people," Gayhart said. Approved Winslow Beautification Committee member Debra Lamb's re- quest to close part of Center Street on the evening of Friday, Sept. 20 for the 14th annual Community Festival and Light-up Winslow Parade. Continued from page 1 WINSLOW Pike County Yard Sale this weekend, 39 sales By Andy Heuring The County-wide yard sale, with more than 39 different sales, will be Saturday morning. Winslow's Fall Fes- tival is the following weekend, as is the Monroe City Fall Festival, and Peters- burg Buffalo Trace Festival is set for September 27 and 28. All of the participating yard sales can be located on pages B-6 and B- 7. Pick out the sales you want to vis- it and map out your route so you can get there first for the all the best buys, while it lasts. TIMELESS CLASSIC CAR SHOW The timeless Classic Car Show at Golden living Center in Petersburg is set for Thursday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music and food will be provided. They will also give out Resi- dents' Choice Awards. The event is free to the community. Golden Living Center is located at 309 W. Pike Ave., Petersburg. WINSLOW FALL FESTIVAL SEPT 20-21 Winslow's annual Fall Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Septem- ber 20 -21. It will kick off with a beauty pageant at 6 p.m. on Friday at the corner of Cen- ter and Main Sts. Registration for the flea market starts at 4 p.m. on the parking lot be- side Center and Main Sts. Saturday's events start with a Break- fast in Riverside Park at 8 a.m. The kay- ak rides and flea market also open at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. in Riverside Park. Lowell Thomas will provide music entertainment in the park beginning at 11 as well. The Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award will be announced at noon in Riverside Park. At the same time there will be a fro- zen t-shirt contest at Main and Cen- ter Sts. Jeff and the Outlaws will perform in Riverside Park beginning at 1 p.m. The Main and Center St. stage will also have musical entertainment. The Light-up Winslow Parade is set to begin at 9 p.m. with line up begin- ning at 8 p.m. Also there will be inflatables and games for children throughout the day. BUFFALO TRACE FESTIVAL SEPT. 27-28 The 2019 Buffalo Trace Festival will kickoff with a parade starting at 6 p.m on Friday, September 27. The free carnival rides will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. A co-ed softball tourney at the Lit- tle League fields will start at 6:30 p.m. Joe Nobody is performing at 7 p.m., followed by Vessyll with Adam Houchins and Co. beginning at 8:15 on the Buffalo Trace stage. Rodney Watts will follow from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday's events start at 9 a.m. with the Herd 5K run/walk and Clas- sic Car Cruise-In. Registration for the 5K starts at 8 a.m. at the Buffalo Trace Activity Row. The car show will be lo- cated on Walnut St. near the First Unit- ed Methodist Church. The Buffalo Trace pageants which include: Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen Miss and Miss Buffalo Trace will run from 10 :30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free rides open at 1 p.m. and will run until 11 p.m. on Saturday. Pike Central's Swing Choir will per- form at 2 p.m. A dog show is set for 3 p.m. followed by the Main St. Bed Rac- es at 4 p.m. Eyewitness News weatherman Ron Rhodes will be on stage beginning at 5 p.m. Musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday. It will start with Brick Briscoe IV, Eclectic Drive at 6 p.m., American Pie Unplugged at 7 p.m. and Eighty-SixT at 8 p.m. Grammy-winning band Parmalee will perform from 9 to 10 :30 p.m. Their performance will culminate with a fire- works display at 10 :30 p.m. MONROE CITY FALL FEST SEPT. 20-22 The Monroe City Fall Festival is set Friday through Sunday, September 20 - 22 based at the Blue Jeans Communi- ty Center. Friday night they will have a spa- ghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with food booths, vendors and inflata- bles. A dodgeball tournament for all ag- es begins at 6 p.m. To enter the dodge- ball tourney call Lynette Benton at 217- 246 -5051. BBQ will be available early Satur- day. The Cowmuck Cookers will have BBQ from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A pet parade is set for 10 :30 a.m. with queen pag- eants running from 2 to 4 p.m. They will have musical entertain- ment in the gym from 7 to 9 p.m. with fireworks beginning at dark. Sunday's events start with a Com- munity Church Service at 10 :30 a.m. The Jeff Black Fish Fry will run from 11:30 to 1 p.m.. A parade is set for 2 p.m. and the South Knox Band will perform at 3 p.m. For more information about the pa- rade call Donetta Cardinal at 812-890 - 9681.

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