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June 24, 2020

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A-4 Local Wednesday, June 24, 2020 The Press-Dispatch Now Resuming Medicare Annual Wellness Visits All Memorial Hospital and Health Care providers have implemented additional safety measures recommended by the CDC to ensure the safety of our patients. Call your Primary Care Provider for an appointment. If you do not have a provider call 812-996-CARE (2273) 800 West 9th Street Jasper, IN 47546 812/996-2345 w w w . m h h c c . o r g Sponsored by the Little Company of Mary Sisters - USA AREA HAPPENINGS Celebrate Recovery–Will meet every Monday at 6 p.m. at the River of Life Church, 342 E. CR 300 N., Pe- tersburg. For more information, contact Pastor Jim at 812-354-8800. Pike County History Center—Will meet the fourth Monday of each month at the History Center, 1104 Main Street, Petersburg at 6:30 p.m. New members welcome. For more information, contact Jeannine Houchins at 812-766 -0463. History Center hours Monday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DAR—Local chapter of the Daughters of the Ameri- can Revolution meet the second Monday of each month September through June at 6 p.m. at the History Cen- ter in Petersburg. Free Clothing Bank–Oak Grove Church in Oakland City offers a free clothing bank each Tuesday 9 -11 a.m. (Oakland City time) for everyone. They carry new and used clothing. Location is on Morton Street, just past Chuckles. Come to the gymnasium door located at the back of the church. Winslow Alcoholics Anonymous – will meet ev- ery Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 812-789 -8535 for location of the meeting. Al-Anon meeting – Meetings are each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., located at 424 W. 7th St. in Jasper. For more information, call 812-887-0349. Narcotic Anonymous – Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at River of Life Fellowship Church. Gathering Place—Will be open every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at 207 Lafayette Street, Winslow for the Food and Clothing Pantry. For more information, call 812-582-5210. Odd Fellows IOOF Pacific Lodge #175 meeting– the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. All area members are encouraged to attend. Otwell Ruritan–will have its monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Pike Lodge #121 F&AM regular stated meet- ing–the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All area Masons are invited to attend. Jefferson Township Community Center of Ot- well–will have its monthly meetings the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. Medic First Aid® Refresher with AED–Medic First Aid® Refresher with AED (Automated External Defibrillators) is a basic training course in emergency care, designed for use in the business/industrial set- ting. This refresher course reviews the primary and secondary essential skills of patient care that students learned in the initial training. These skills allow the graduates to function with one consistent set of priori- ties in a medical emergency. The Medic First Aid® Refresher with AED class will be offered on Thursday, June 25, from 8 –11 a.m. in the Health and Wellness Classroom at Memorial Southside Office, 1100 West 12th Avenue in Jasper. The cost for the class is $50 and class size is limited. Pre-registra- tion is required by visiting Memorial Hospital's web- site at and clicking on "Classes & Events," or by calling the Health and Wellness depart- ment at 812-996 -2399, option 1, or toll-free at 800 -852- 7279, ext. 2399. Bring your current certification card to this course. A Medic First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens class can be added to this course to provide participants with the knowledge to reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens. Cost for this additional class is $20 per person. To register for this addition, call 812- 996 -2399, option 1. Pregnancy Care Center of Washington–will be having a 5K Life Walk on Saturday, June 27. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8:15 a.m. The walk starts and ends at the Eastside Park Kiwan- is Cabin in Washington. Cost to benefit the center is $20 per adult and $10 for children 12 and under. Reg- istration forms are available online at washpcc, and at the Pregnancy Care Center, 705 Troy Road, Washington. Phone 812-257-1041 if you have any questions. "You look a little dirty. Why don't you wash up before coming inside? " This was not some- thing that I said to my kids. This was said to me by my eye doctor. I guess that all this time in quarantine isn't go- ing to help my dreams of passing as a sexy 23-year-old Instagram influencer. In my dirty defense, I had stumbled into a bush prior to knocking on the locked office door. Tiny seeds, which may or may not have looked like a rampant infestation of bedbugs, had burrowed into my fluffy white hoodie. The administrator pointed me in the direction of the bathroom, bypassing the gallon of hand sanitizer that had been set up next to the thermome- ter. Perhaps if she'd thought they had enough to bathe me in, I'd have been allowed some of the precious Purell. Alas. A moment later, I stumbled out of the bathroom. The stumbling couldn't have helped my cause, either. I wanted to blame my long flare-out, albeit paja- ma-resembling, pants. I call them my pre-retirement retirement slacks. Most people would call them sleepwear. It is an error in design (or perhaps an error in my hip width) that I keep tripping over the bell-bottom flare-outs — or at least that is what I told the adminis- trator when she eyed me suspiciously. The reality, however, is different. She thought I was drunk. I knew that the truth is far worse: I've been sitting on my butt for so many months that walk- ing has become an abnormal exercise. Everyone has heard the saying, "It's like riding a bike." The implication is that once you learn how, you can always do it again. And though that might be true, no one references that first 30 seconds when you get on a bike after a long absence and you swerve from left to right until you catch your balance and proceed forward in the intended direction. That's all that was happening to me! Only it was with walking. I'm not helping my case, am I? "That was quick," the administrator said to me, clearly hoping I'd go back into the bathroom. "I'm not drunk," I said, trying to sound light and self-depreciating. That also didn't help my case. Most of my jokes in these types of moments don't land. There was the time I locked my baby in my car as I was getting him strapped in to take him to day care. I, of course, pan- icked, immediately calling 911. When the firefighters arrived four minutes later, I was asked why I'd locked him in the car. Which, to me at the time, was an absolutely absurd question. Why? "Because I love seeing firemen," I re- sponded. Wrong answer. I get that now. The administrator guided me to the Purell. She nodded to it, silently insist- ing that I coat my just-washed hands with it. I turned my head to my shoul- der and sniffed. Nope, I smelled fine. I just looked a mess — as if Sophia from "The Golden Girls" joined Os- car's gang of Grouchketeers. It's the seeds, I tell ya! Also, I hadn't washed my hair in a week. Week and a half? I'm not sure. My mom asked why I haven't found quarantine to be the perfect opportu- nity to go on a diet and start exercis- ing. I can't say why. It does seem to be perfect timing on paper, but it has not been my reality. Walking straight into bushes is my reality. The lack of self-care is at an all-time high as we scramble to get our home and hearts ready to take off in an RV for a while. The RV is in the shop for maintenance, so we have taken our- selves into the shop, as well, in the form of dentists, pediatricians and eye doctors. It occurs to me that taking care of myself will not be easier when living with my children and husband in a ti- ny box on wheels. There will have to be a significant mind shift that happens. It's easy to leave yourself behind when you're stuck at home. Even easier when you're on the road. In the exam room, the eye doctor asked me whether I wanted to take off my hoodie. "They're seeds! " I exclaimed. He looked puzzled. "Yes, I can see that," he said, mild- ly condescendingly. "Let's check your vision. We want to make sure you see yourself and the world beyond it. What letter do you see? " Like Katiedid Langrock on Facebook, at humor. Katiedid Versus By Katiedid Langrock Better vision Roadside fire extinguished quickly A small roadside fire was quickly extinguished with a brush unit from the Petersburg Fire Department late Tuesday afternoon. A cigarette may have ignited dry grass on the edge of the roadway near the junc- tion of SR 56 and SR 65, about mid-point between Bowman and Union. James Capozella photo ROBERT N. RHODES Robert N. Rhodes, 70, of Otwell, passed quietly sur- rounded by his family on June 13, 2020, at Cox Hospi- tal in Springfield, Mo., after a well-fought battle of pan- creatic cancer. He was born to F.P. "Pete" and Evalyn Fay (Scraper) Rhodes September 6, 1949, in Huntingburg. He received his bache- lor's degree in Journalism and Speech from Universi- ty of Evansville, received his master's degree in Sys- tem Management from Uni- versity of Southern Califor- nia, and received his bache- lor's degree in Elementary Education and master's de- gree in Arts and Social Stud- ies from University of South- ern Indiana. He retired as a Colonel from the Air Force after 25 years of success in supervi- sory duties at all levels of op- erations and training man- agement. He had unparal- leled success in leadership and personnel management of all size groups. He was a master at motivating individ- uals and groups to produce more and better efforts. He was an expert at organizing major projects never before attempted. He received nu- merous medals and com- mendations, including six oak leaf clusters during his 25 -year career. He was also a pilot in the Air Force and could fly 16 different types of planes. Another career he had was that of teaching. He taught at Washington Cath- olic School in Washington, Ind. He loved to teach. He taught all grades and did so for over 12 years. He was always positive an uplifting to those around him. He never found fault in anyone, and was a wonderful and loving husband, a great father, an attentive grand- father and a friend to ma- ny. He will be missed dear- ly and loved always. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Rosemary (Roets) Rhodes; three step- children, Gary (Traci) Bark- er, Teri ( Jeff ) Martin and Rosemary (Dan) Rose; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, all in the Fort Smith, Ark., area; one niece and nephew; and three cousins, one of which that was looked up to like a brother, Bruce Scraper, of Petersburg. He was reunited with his family who preceded him, parents, F.P. (Pete) and Eva- lyn Fay (Scraper) Rhodes; a son, Matthew P. Rhodes; and a brother, F.P. (Pete) Rhodes, Jr. Celebration of life and fu- neral arrangements will be announced at a later date. See more obituaries on B-7. Obituaries Otwell family loses home in early morning fire By Andy Heuring An Otwell family lost their home to a fire Satur- day morning. "They have the clothes on their backs," said Jefferson Township Fire Chief Chris Young. Troy Stewart, his fiancée and their child lived in the residence at 1131 S CR900E, Otwell. Young said Stewart and family were out tending livestock Saturday morning. When they returned to the residence and opened the door they saw black smoke. Young said they called 911 and vacated the house. The call was made at 9:48 a.m. "It was a total loss. The biggest thing is the fire had a head start," said Young. "It was fully engulfed when we arrived." He said Monday night they had not been able to determine the cause of the fire. But investigators were going to return to the struc- ture in the near future. Petersburg and Ireland Fire Departments assisted Jefferson Township. They were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours.

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