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By Andy Heuring Collin Sallee is just happy to be able to help out at the El- mer Buchta Technology and Entrepreneur Center any way he can. "I have a lot of different roles," said Sallee. The Technology Center opened a few weeks ago and has a lot of high tech and stan- dard equipment for people to use. "One of my main roles is to help people use our technol- ogy. I was trained on how to use the 3D printer and laser engraver. Anyone who comes in and wants to use that equip- ment, I'm there to train and support them," said Sallee. He also is involved in event planning at the center. A cou- ple of projects he is working on is to have an open house for the Pike Central's STEM (Science, Technology, Engi- neering and Math) program and a demonstration night for the Petersburg Elemen- tary School's Robotics Team, which had three teams qualify for the World Championships of the VEX IQ robotics com- petition. He said he hopes this will spark other kids and their parents to want to get involved in the STEM programs. "My main goal is to get ev- eryone involved in it," said Sal- lee. "I have been fortunate. I was good friends with Mick Het- man, who was a board mem- ber (at the Tech Center). He and a couple of other people I know on the board felt I would be a great person to have here to help out. They approached me to see if I would volunteer. I was very excited about it. I would love to help out and do what I can." Sallee said, in the early weeks, he has been spending about 30 to 40 hours a week at the center. But he said how many hours he is there de- pends on what he has going on elsewhere. "We are definitely getting more people coming in. We have a lot of people taking tours." "It is a great facility," said Sallee of the Tech Center. He said some people are having a hard time understanding the Tech Center. "It is a business incubator. It is a maker space, a coworker space. It has a lot of different names, but the bot- tom line is if you have an idea, this is where you can go from an idea to making it happen," said Sallee. "We have facilities to go from step one, an idea, to bring that idea to market to make a profit." He said along with office space, maker space and co- worker space, a 3D Printer and laser etcher, they also have basic shop tools such as drills, a drill press, saws, pow- er sanders and impacts. "We are working on a grant to se- cure some CNC equipment and lathes, and potentially a water jet to cut materials." "You can come in, pay a small monthly fee and go from idea to a functioning busi- ness, whether that is develop- ing marketing ideas or mak- ing a part." He said people can go to the Buchta Technology Cen- ter Facebook page, just drop in during business hours or con- tact him at to learn more about the center and how it can be utilized. Collin Sallee sits at the computer that controls the laser etcher at the Elmer Buchta Technology and Entre- preneur Center. Sallee is a volunteer at the center and is trained to help people use some of the high tech tools the center offers. Sallee ready to help at Buchta Technology Center net edition yeah, it's that fast! Z M It's The Press-Dispatch. No matter where you live. Delivered every Wednesday morning! Add it for $5 to your current print subscription or stand-alone for $35/year. The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, April 7, 2021 A-3 LOCAL Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg NEWS BRIEFS Otwell Library now open The Otwell Library at the Otwell Community Center is now open two days per week. Hours are Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 'Coal Miner's Cry' books are ready to be picked up Beth Bohnert, at Pike Central High School's English De- partment, said copies of the book, Coal Miner's Cry, have been delivered and are ready to be picked up at Pike Cen- tral by anyone who ordered one. Bohnert said they should come to the high school's front office, ring the intercom button and give their name to Sha- ron Deputy. She will meet them at the door with their book. Petersburg hydrant flushing starts next week The City of Petersburg will be flushing hydrants next week. They will start on the South side of Main St. during the week of April 5 -10, and then move to the north side from April 12-16. Flushing the hydrants often stirs up sediment in the system and can cause the water to temporarily be discolored. They recommend not washing any light-col- ored clothes on the days they are in your neighborhood. Pike/Gibson retired teachers to meet April 8 The Pike/Gibson Retired Teachers will meet Thursday, April 8 at the Village Inn, south of Petersburg on SR 57, at noon EDT. This will be their first meeting since December 2019. The entire restaurant will be reserved for the group, which will provide social distancing, along with most mem- bers having completed their vaccination protocols. Masks will be used. A full buffet lunch will be available. New retirees will be welcomed. Those retirees who have passed on will be recognized. A book exchange, "Bring a Book, Take a Book," will liven individual libraries. Retir- ees are encouraged to bring non-perishables for local food banks. Peanut butter is a top candidate since an elderly woman survived on a box of crackers and a jar of peanut butter for a week early in the pandemic. Attendance will be taken by asking each retiree to share something they learned during the pandemic. One fish- erman said after many hours of unsuccessful fishing, he learned fishing was one jerk on one end of the line wait- ing for a jerk on the other end of the line. Public Library to host Blood Drive April 14 The Pike County Public Library will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Petersburg branch, 1008 E. Maple Street. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800 -RED CROSS or visit and enter Pike County Public Library to schedule an appointment. Pike County 4-H Performing Arts Contest Do you know a child with a special talent? The Pike County 4-H Performing Arts Contest will be Friday, April 30 at the 4-H Exhibit Building at Hornady Park. This con- test allows 4-H members to display their talents in three categories, including group acts, musical and non-musi- cal performances. Acts can range from a singing a song, doing a dance with friends, or even juggling or lip sync, and much more. 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