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May 20, 2020

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B-2 Home Life Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The Press-Dispatch SEE Continued from page 5 Sweet's Column by Barbara Sweet Down on the Farm Coronavirus food assistance program details To enter the Birthday Club, email your name, ad- dress, phone number and birthdate to birthdayclub@ Only the person's name, town and birthday will appear in the paper. As an added bonus, one lucky person each month will receive a free three month Press-Dispatch subscrip- tion. This month's birthdays have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to The Ole Flower Shoppe and Mary L&R Floral, in Petersburg. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS Lindy Guth ................................ Petersburg ...... 5/24 Tony Rothrock ............................. Winslow ........ 5/26 THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR 201 S. 7th Street, Petersburg • 812-354-8793 Realty 6381 E. County Road 450 N., Otwell Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath country home on 5 acres, 2 car attached garage. Full, partially finished basement. 30'x40' pole barn, 30'x74' heated/insulated shop with car lift, 36'x100' poultry barn and wood storage shed, 4 rented, cash-producing grain bins. MLS#202002522 $315,000 1022 E. Broadway, Princeton 1-812-386-6777 NEW PRICE! REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Jean Lane quitclaims to Lucas L. Howard and Me- gan M. Howard, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Gary L. Willis conveys to Heather McCandless, re- al estate as recorded in Pike County. Michael Hanebutt Trustee and Elaine Hanebutt Trustee convey to Jason Lyons and Dana Lyons, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Kathleen A. McEllhiney, Kathleen A. McEllhiney Trustee and Kathleen A. McEllhiney Revocable Trust DTD 07/31/2019 convey to Shane McEllhiney, real es- tate as recorded in Pike County. Adam B. Gentry and Staci L. Gentry convey to Mi- chael R. Montgomery and Amanda L. Montgomery, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Tyler G. Dawson conveys to Tyler G. Dawson and Amber Rose Brandon, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Gregory Lewis, Brittany N. Davidson AK A Brittany N. Baker, Brent W. Baker and Marvin Matthew Bak- er II convey to Ivan Baker, Brent Baker, Brittany N. Davidson, Gregory Lewis, Ronald Houchins, Marvin Matthew Baker II and Kane Wyatt, real estate as re- corded in Pike County. Gray Farms, Inc. conveys to Flat Creek, LLC, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Hi stars and welcome to the big stage all lit up in colorful lights and decorated to help cele- brate with all our stars who will have a birth- day or anniversary in the week of May 21- 27. Come up onto this stage and take a bow. May 21 – Britteney Merritt will turn 24; Chelsea Loveland; Cur- tiss and Michelle Gen- co celebrate 16 years. May 22 – Matthew Nicholson turns 40 ; Makenna Goins Divine turns 19; Johnathan Stokes turns 19; Mike An- Joseph turns 46; Tiffany McCandless; Andrew and Marybeth Bolin celebrate 10 years. May 23 – Katie Green turns 40 ; John and Mindy Gayhart celebrate 5 years. May 24 – Madison Braunecker turns 9; Joshua Travis turns 21. May 25 – Aunt Mima Lou Meyer turns 81; Lana Lucke turns 55; Jerry Hill turns 67; Larry Hill turns 67; Lexi Halbrader; Virginia Norrick turns 93; Mike Green. May 26 - Tony Rothrock turns 77. May 27 - Brittany Craney Garri- son turns 32; Whitney Craney Knight turns 32. May all our stars have a really great day and may all your wishes come true. Keep in your heart and in your prayers all our stars who still need to know they are thought of daily, those with the coronavirus, all our stars who are still at home because of their age, those who help others in all types of work, and those suffering with the aches and pains of everyday life. EVENTS May 21 - Winslow Lions Club and Winslow Park Board may meet at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. May 24 - Stage 3 of Back on Track Indiana begins. May 25 - Memorial Day. Winslow Memorial Day parade will not be held this year and we are sorry to can- cel. However, the coronavirus is still around and there may be some stars who could not attend this memorial to all our fallen service men and women. June 2 - Primary election day. Winslow and Petersburg seniors will not be meeting until it's safe to meet in groups. The Winslow Senior Citizens are fixing home-cooked meals on site and delivering to the elderly and handi- capped. Contact Frieda Bolin at 812- 789 -2986 for Monday and Thursday delivery. To all who pray, continue to pray your prayer each day at noon. We did not receive any post- cards or notes in the mailbox this week at Sweets Column, Winslow, IN 47598. Winslow Patoka River hasn't risen much with the little rain we have had and to come over the weekend to add up to less than an inch. We believe our last frost was May 9, but don't count on my word, because this is Southern Indiana and it could always change. The temps have been jacket weather, except for the nights of colder temps, until Thurs- day when it jumps into the 80s with more wind from the south instead of the north. The mowers could be heard be- fore Mother's Day and the flowers are blooming with the white flags in our yard. The purple and the light pur- ple flags look great along the Winslow streets and the tulips are standing tall, with their colors of red. The peonies still have buds and the Rose of Sha- rons are starting to leaf out, but not all of them. Our squirrels are roaming the yard and traveling in the trees, and the chipmunks, I haven't seen, but they are around and we lost one last week. I still hear the coyotes at night, but they don't seem to be that close in our woods. Pike County has its fifth case of coronavirus and they are at home to recover. Our local businesses have do- ne their best to keep this virus from getting out of hand and all our stars in Pike County are also doing their best to not get the virus. Meetings are still not meeting in groups and if you have a computer or that kind of device, then you could meet with that group that has that kind of communication to have a meeting like our town hall. But if you don't have that device, then you are left out in the cold. I can't wait, but then again, yes I can wait until we are final- ly meeting without the risk of catch- ing the virus. My doctor's appointment was April 2, but then it had to be changed so my new date was last Friday, May 8 and the visit was a bit different. When I got there, you had to stay in the parking lot until they called you, then your temp was taken and hand sanitizer was used on your hands. The regular weight was taken and we had to wear a mask. That mask is not my cup of tea when you cannot breathe with it on. This was not my day to stay calm, but they were so helpful and then I was seen by the doc- tor. There was only one new prescrip- tion to write that would help out with the small congestion he heard. When I left the office, I was taken out anoth- er door and this was all quite different, but it works to help the patients, staff and doctors. Thanks for being so care- ful and safe. Mother's Day for me was great as Norm fixed me eggs and sausage for breakfast and then I got a call from Laura, who sang a "Happy Mother's Day" song and said, "I love you, Mom." I told her I loved her also and I sent message to my Mom and Deby, Kelly and Terri Ann. Norm and I relaxed all day, but enjoyed our company. It's nice to get out of the county and go for a ride to places you haven't been to before and the road trip was relaxed to see another part of Southern Indi- ana. Sometimes, you just have to get out of the house and take a scenic ride. I guess COVID-19 is affecting ev- erybody in a lot of different ways and it's not good when it gets heated up. Our town workers and our police offi- cers are trying to do their jobs for the betterment of our Winslow citizens. Our town citizens could tell you that our town workers are seen all over our town mowing, weedeating, ditch digging with the backhoe and shov- els, fixing broken pipes, finding wa- ter leaks, turning water meters on again and sometimes, after working several hours, cleaning up the shop when it's a slow day, doing their dai- ly tasks required, and then all the work orders given to them. Our Town of Winslow looks great when people pass through and some even say this is a town I would like to live in, a friend- ly and beautiful area. I know how tir- ing a day's work can be and there is no loafing around. Talk to each other and those who are doing their job. Let them do their job and you will see the results that make our town great. Winslow Town Hall drive-up win- dow is open to pay your water bill on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., but if you want to still use the drop box, it's located across the street. I'm happy to see the drive-up window being used for business again. The lights are about to dim for this week, but continue to keep an eye on family and friends. Slow down and en- joy the beautiful wonders all around your area. Stay safe as you go out in- to the many places that have opened up for your enjoyment and your place of work. As always, smile, wave and say "hi" to everyone you see this week. Here is a big hug to all because we all need it. pervision of school person- nel, a lot of these incidents are going unnoticed. As a reminder, Indiana is a mandated reporting state. This means that any adult who knows of or sus- pects child abuse or ne- glect is mandated by the state to report this infor- mation to DCS. I under- stand that the thought of making a report can be unnerving. However, these children are waiting on a caring adult to step in and make the call to help them. Typically, reports are called in by people who support students daily at school; with school build- ings closed right now, these same students are waiting for their communi- ty to support them. If you suspect abuse or neglect, it is your responsibility to make the call. It is DCS's responsibility to decide if the child is in fact in dan- ger. To make a child abuse or neglect report, you will need to call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800 -800 -5556. You will be connected with a per- son from the statewide call center. You will give them the information you have and answer a series of questions. You may not know all of the answers to these questions, and that is fine. At the end of the call, they will let you know if they are going to screen this call out or pass the in- formation on to the coun- ty office in which the child resides. In an ideal world, DCS calls wouldn't be neces- sary. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. Kids are vulnerable. We are asking everyone to work together to en- sure the safety of our chil- dren. If you see something, please say something. Re- port it to the proper author- ities. This column is written by Jordan Beach, LSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprof- it dedicated to strength- ening youth and families. Youth First provides 59 Master's level social work- ers to 81 schools in 10 Indi- ana counties. Over 39,500 youth and families per year have access to Youth First's school social work and af- terschool programs that pre- vent substance abuse, pro- mote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. By Hans Schmitz Purdue Extension Educator Dairies dumping milk into pits and vegetables being tilled into the ground have been major headlines over the past couple of months. The transition from eating out to staying at home has disrupted the food sup- ply chain in a major way. With the re- cently announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), farmers are on point to receive federal funding to offset direct losses to the tune of 16 billion dollars nationally, with an ad- ditional 3 billion dollars in direct pur- chase of agricultural products for dis- tribution to non-profits. Exact details on how the funds will be distributed are not yet available, but producers are encouraged to prepare to contact the Farm Service Agency when the application period does begin, Some consumers have been per- plexed how dairy producers can be dumping milk at the same time that grocery stores may be rationing the purchase of such goods. The answer lies in the packaging. Processing facil- ities can provide so many gallon and half-gallon containers of product in a given time frame. When the economy ran pre-COV- ID, a lot of processing capacity also went into commercial bladders for vending, half-pint paper packaging for schools, and other sizes. While staying at home meant a rush on gal- lon milk containers, demand for res- taurant capacity, hotel vending, and school milk supplies tanked. The change in processing capacity to meet the new source of demand requires significant investment in equipment. If a processing company feels the economy rebounds to majority din- ing out levels in a relatively quick time frame, that com- pany idles current equip- ment and waits rather than investing in a market that may quickly fade. If a com- pany feels a fundamen- tal shift in market dynam- ics is occurring, changing processing capacity takes weeks. The market begins now to feel a lit- tle closer to equilibrium, while the dairy farmer continues to bear the effects. On the produce side, you can look at five-pound packages of pota- toes as a similar example. Potato ra- tioning occurred locally for a time as demand shifted from pallets for com- mercial use to five and ten pound quantities. Vegetables like carrots and lettuce with contracts due for ho- tels and restaurants felt the loss of de- mand despite increased need for such items in groceries. Meanwhile, more local events have served as supply or demand disrup- tors in the Midwest. The freeze events of the recent past have significantly reduced the Michigan cherry supply that should have hit the market lat- er this year. Beef processing capaci- ty disruption by closing slaughter fa- cilities has caused local Wendy's res- taurants to either only have the junior size beef patties or the regular size beef patties. Beef farmers are feeling effects, as discussed in former articles. Corn and soybean prices are among the lowest in the recent past due to issues with demand and increased export restric- tions. The CFAP program attempts to address all these issues, buoying the agricultural sector through the pan- demic while demand be- gins to stabilize. For those conjuring up synonymous images of a Chinese trade war and the Market Facil- itation Program, CFAP has a precedent upon which it was built. To make one final point, many consumers wonder why, with corn and soy- bean prices now having been hurt for multiple years by global issues, farm- ers cannot choose another crop with a more profitable outlook to plant. Once again, processing and pack- aging play a big role. Infrastructure exists to haul corn and soybeans to processors and end users. Rutaba- gas would not be accepted at the lo- cal elevator, by local restaurants, or by consumers at home. Sugar beets, likewise, have significant capacity in North Dakota but no real infrastruc- ture in Indiana. Creation of infrastructure might oc- cur, but that creation requires the in- vesting company to assume as little risk as possible. For instance, the or- ganic corn market exists in this area, but processors locally number one to two and only a handful of growers are needed to saturate the market. Unless large producers plant many acres of a crop to minimize risk to the processor, smaller producers are unlikely to pull the market their way. For more infor- mation on these or other items, check out the CFAP informational web site at, the April 2020 Purdue Agricultural Economics Re- port, or contact Hans at hschmitz@ or 812-838 -1331.

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