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September 11, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch East Gibson News Wednesday, September 11, 2019 C- 11 Farm-to-table dinner grows awareness of local agriculture By Paige Johnson Gibson County residents and visitors alike gathered in celebra- tion of locally-grown food at the Lyles Station Historic School and Museum for the first annual Farm to Table fundraiser dinner on Sept. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In a beautiful rural setting, dec- orated in upscale rustic, with twin- kling string lights, bales of straw, corn stalks and mason jars, guests were treated to a night of fine din- ing, catered by R'z Cafe and Cater- ing of Fort Branch, and live mu- sic, guest speakers, local vendors, a Chinese auction, as generously donated by Tim's Awesome BBQ of Princeton, and fellowship in cel- ebration of the agriculture at the heart of Gibson County. For the initial hour, guests so- cialized and previewed the ven- dor tables. At 7 p.m., opening re- marks featured Dr. John Feutz, of the Gibson County Farm Bureau, Eric Heidenreich, executive direc- tor of Gibson County Visitors and Tourism Bureau, Stanley Madison, Chairman of the Board of Lyles Station, and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who spoke about the im- portance of the farmer and agricul- ture in a community, particularly in Gibson County. Crouch emphasized the "hard work, dedication, and responsibil- ity" of the farmer, while also ex- plaining the importance of teach- ing children the source of their food—where it comes from and how it is cultivated. The meal highlighted ingredi- ents grown and produced here in southwestern Indiana. Potatoes, onions, butter and corn cob jelly all came from the Lyles Station Work and Play program, a hands- on grade school field trip program centered around historical and ag- ricultural education. Herbs used in the meal were grown by Jill Hy- neman, with The Bloomin' Circus of Petersburg. A featured refresh- ment was coffee, roasted by Port Side Coffee, LLC of Owensville. Guests also received candle tapers made by children in the Work and Play program at Lyles Station. "Farm to Table" is intended to bring the community closer to- gether through socializing, as well as to recognize the prominence of agriculture in the community and those who work to provide it to community members. Madison said, "We (the Lyles Station Historical School and Mu- seum board) saw the experience that had taken place in Evansville with their 'Farm to Table' and then in Washington, Ind., they had a 'Farm to Table.' It really recog- nizes our local vendors that work so hard to provide us with good, healthy, fresh food every day. So, we just want to be a part of that." Funds raised will benefit Lyles Station Historical School and Mu- seum through renovations and pro- jects with the Work and Play pro- gram, as well as in their endeavors to reach the community through service of the Community Garden, through partnership with the Gib- son County 4-H Junior Leaders. The Junior Leaders, students from grades 7-12, participate in the cul- tivation and harvesting of goods in the garden, which they then do- nate to a variety of community or- ganizations that act as outlets to the hungry, such as the Salvation Army of Princeton. "We've had cabbages that have went out, sweetcorn, those kinds of things that we donate to help feed the hungry," said Madison. Junior Leaders and Gibson Southern High School students Rebecca and Maura Kluesner worked the "Farm to Table" dinner as servers, in addition to their time spent at the Community Garden. Rebecca, 16, upon reflection of her service at the event said, "I think it's been really fun. I've al- ways lived in Gibson County, and, of course, it's very agricultural- ly based, so it's awesome to see everyone come out, especially to Lyles Station, because that's also been a big part of my life in Gib- son County." Indiana Lt. Governor Su- zanne Crouch talks about agriculture at Lyles Sta- tion's Farm to Table dinner Saturday night. Guests accept local foods catered by Fort Branch's R'z Cafe and Catering Saturday night at the Farm to Table dinner. The food was grown at Lyles Station or tied to local producers. Wood Memorial WOOD MEMORIAL UPCOMING SPORTS SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 Boys' Varsity Tennis vs. Rivet, H, 4:30 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPT. 12 Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. South Spencer, H, 5 p.m. Girls' 7 & 8 Volleyball vs. Holy Family School-Jas- per, H, 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 Boys' Varsity Tennis vs. Loogootee, H, 4:30 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 Boys' Varsity Tennis Invitational at Gibson South- ern, A, 9 a.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 Boys' Varsity Tennis vs. Barr Reeve, A, 4:30 p.m. Girls' Varsity Volleyball vs. North Knox, A, 5:30 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 Boys' Varsity Tennis vs. Southridge, H, 4:30 p.m. Seventh and eighth grades notch two at South Spencer; split with South Knox The Wood Memorial sev- enth and eighth grade vol- leyball teams knocked off South Spencer in straight sets on the road Tuesday, but split at home on Thurs- day with South Knox. At South Spencer, the Wood Memorial seventh grade girls won over the Lady Rebels 25 -14, 25 -16. The eighth grade bettered the Lady Rebels 25 -3, 25 - 13, with Briley Rowe serv- ing 30 times with a total of 18 aces. With South Knox, the eighth grade posted a 25 - 23, 25 -24, win while the seventh grade lost in three, 25 -18, 12-25, 12-15. Above and below: Wood Memorial high school students using the library during class. net edition Web, Smartphone, Tablet Streamline the Headline! The Press Dispatch PIKE COUNTY'S NEWS NETWORK DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND THE STORYTELLER. Explore the history of the famous writer and war correspondent. 120 W Briarwood Ave. Dana, IN 47847 765-665-3633 | Admission: Adults $5, Children $3 Fri & Sat 10am-5pm Sun 1-4 pm

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