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July 21, 2021

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Sweet's Column By Barb Sweet My So Called Millennial Life By Stephanie Hayes Help, I'm addicted to fidget toys! If you have kids or TikTok, you know about Pop It! Yes, the brand name ends with an exclamation point, so I hope you like zesty punctuation! The toy is an endless bit of bubble wrap in a molded tray. Once you pop one side, flip it and pop the other. Knockoffs ga- lore come in shapes such as Unicorn, Rainbow and Dereliction of Daily Du- ties. You'll hurl it across the room, but it will return somehow. You can't! Stop! Popping! I discovered these recently on a beach vacation with the kids. By the end of the trip, I was popping out of control, slowly unraveling like Lady Macbeth. When we returned home, our "friends" had sent us a set in the mail. Haha! Hah! Ha! It's the toy of summer, the new fid- get spinner, slap bracelet, Rubik's Cube. They're simple but powerful. Some ex- perts say sensory toys can be helpful for calming and focus. Mickey Howard of Dunedin, Fla. learned about them when her grand- children, 17 and 11, visited from St. Louis. One is on the autism spectrum and the other has post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and sensory issues. At the Florida Aquarium, her grand- daughter gravitated toward a display of bubble toys. The girl thought they might soothe, the way rubbing her two- way sequin pillow did. She carried her new green turtle popper everywhere, in the car, to dinner, even into bed to "get sleepy." "I think they're a brilliant little inven- tion," Howard said. How did we arrive at per- petual popping? To get the whole picture, listen to the Power Kid Podcast, where host Phil Albritton inter- views David Capon, presi- dent of FoxMind Games. I will summarize. It started with Theo and Ora Coster, a married couple who invented lots of games, including Guess Who? Theo was a Ho- locaust survivor and classmate of Anne Frank who ended up in Tel Aviv, where he met Ora. One night, following her sister's death from breast cancer, Ora had a dream filled with bubbles. She told Theo it was time to make a bub- ble toy. This was in 1975, and they tried to sell the triangle prototype for some 30 years. FoxMind acquired it in 2009 and started making iterations. Ten years later, the company and partner Buffa- lo Toys got an exclusive deal with Tar- get under the name Pop It! They also made forms of the game under umbrel- la brand Go PoP! Following? Enter TikTok. The toymakers started approaching influencers. Aided by pan- demic boredom and viral videos, "we started to see all hell break loose," Ca- pon said on the podcast. "It was really a nuclear reaction." Go on TikTok now, if you dare, and search #popit. The footage exists at the sweet spot of entertainment and com- fort, mixing in a bit of ASMR — that's autonomous sensory me- ridian response, which is a whole other internet de- tour if you have six hours to spare. People stick marbles in the holes and create patterns. Lately, they've been making can- dy bars in the divots. The frenzy has birthed a spate of rip-offs, which the company is trying to combat. Un- derstanding the origin story, Capon said on the podcast, is important in making an ethical buying decision. I felt bad staring at the Baby Yoda popper on my desk, most certainly a knockoff. How did I deal with the guilt? Pop- ping, of course. The best part about this toy, I think, is that it lets you sit alone in your feelings. Sure, you can play with others. An earlier version, Last One Lost, involves two players popping as many bubbles as they want in a single row. Last one to pop loses. But honestly, it's more satisfying re- playing that awkward thing you said at a post-vaccine party, staring into the middle distance and popping into infin- itude. It feels productive. It feels thera- peutic. It feels ... Stephanie Hayes is a columnist at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Follow her at @ stephhayeswrites on Facebook, @ stephhayes on Twitter or @ stephrhayes on Instagram. B-2 Wednesday, July 21, 2021 The Press-Dispatch To enter the Birthday Club, email your name, ad- dress, phone number and birthdate to birthdayclub@ Only the person's name, town and birth- day will appear in the paper. As an added bonus, one lucky person each month will receive a free three month Press-Dispatch subscription. This month's birthdays have a chance to win a $25 gift cer- tificate from Donaldson & Sellers Automotive, in Wash- ington. THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS Judy Vaughn ............................ Oakland City ......... 7/22 Lana Braukhoff ......................... 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July 24th, 11AM Eastern 7387 N State Rd 57, Petersburg, IN 47567 ***All Trucks/Trailers/Boats will sell @ 1 PM Eastern*** !~ Vehicles, Tractor, & Golft Carts ~! 2004 Ford F150 4x4 TritonV8 143xxx miles, VIN# 4AJUT12134J038915; 2006 Dodge Ram 250 Hemi Heavy Duty 4x4 Lamarie 1236xxx miles, VIN# 1D7KS28D26J127279; 2006 Ford E250 conversion van VIN# 1FBNE31L76DA43905, seats 8, super clean; Ford N9 w/ blade (condition unknown); 2 bottom plow; rotary mower; True Blue disc; Scoop bucket w/ manual dump; EZ Go golf cart w/ charger Ser# D3031592139; EZ Go golf cart w/ charger Ser# 878859; Club Cart golf cart w/ charger Ser#AQ0712-739494; Forney Welder; Snap-On Roll Toolbox; Zero Turns; STIHL; Winchester lever action 30/30; Savage Mod- el 30 vent rib pump shotgun; Marlin Model 60 22LR; !~ Boats, Motors & Fishing Equipment ~! 16 Smoker Cra flat bottom w/ 25hp Mercury motor w/ trailer & spare tire, Motor Guide Ninja Power plus trolling motor; 1969 US Pontoon half section boat, Mfg. Equitable Higgins Shipyard, Inc. w/ Nor/easter trailer & spare tire, Mercury Optimax 90hp di- rection injection w/ power li, MinnKota trolling motor power drive V2; Vision 180 fiberglass bass boat w/ Vision trailer, Mer- cury 115hp (needs work), Evinrude trolling motor; Performance fiberglass bass boat w/ trailer, Mercury 850 85hp motor under- bolt injection; Humminbird fish finder; 12 alum John Boat on trailer, no motor; 200+/- Rods & Reels; extensive amount of lures; trolling motors & much more! Terms: 14% Buyer's Premium with 4% discount for cash & Check. Estate of Oscar Parker - Seller TR ACT 1 - 183± ACR ES consist ing of approx. 82.5 t i l lable acres, w/ t he ba la nce most ly woods, level topog raphy & good access of f Hw y 61. TR ACT 2 - 4.5± ACR ES w/ f rontage a long SR 61 & f rontage a long t he Patoka R iver. Thursday August 12 • 6pm | Pike County, IN • Approx. 82.5 Tillable Acres per FSA • Many Years Since Last Timber Har vest • Patoka River Frontage • Minera l Rights Conveyed to Buyer • Good Hunting A rea 187 .5± Offered in 2 Tracts Acres Ow ner Tract 1: Estate of Dona ld R icha rdson, R icha rdson Joint Revocable L iv ing Tr ust Ow ner Tract 2: Ma r t ha A nnabel R icha rdson Auction Ma nager: Brad Hor ra l l • 812.890.8255 Inspection Date: Wed, Ju ly 28 f rom 4-6pm Auction Site: Pi ke Count y Fa irg rounds Com munit y Bui lding • 1211 West St Rt 56 Petersburg, IN 47567 Directions to Propert y : Located at t he Sout h edge of Winslow, IN a long SR 61 L AND AUCTION 800.451.2709 #AC63001504, #AU01052618 Hi stars and welcome to the big stage all lit up in bright, colorful lights, and dec- orated to help celebrate with all our stars who will have a birthday or anniversary in the week of July 22-28. Come up onto this stage and take a bow. BIRTHDAYS July 22-Amber Brames turns 30 ; Mike Gamble turns 71. July 23-Jesse Willis turns 29; Can- dace Vincent turns 25; Doyle and Sha- ron Schultz celebrate 61 years. July 24-Dale Epley turns 66; Chase Riv- er Stuppy turns 13. July 25 -Lisa Vinnedge turns 59; Silas Havens turns 31. July 26 -Leilani Cayalua turns 51; Ben- ny Kelley turns 79; Theresa Hill turns 56; J.P. Meece; Kavin and Brittany Gay- hart celebrate 13 years; Gordon and Car- ol Barnett celebrate 61 years. July 27-Aaron Meyer turns 33; Jeremy Deffendoll turns 45; Gerald Dent turns 48; Matthew Gamble turns 51. July 28 -Talyn Meyer turns 15; Fred and Dee Fiscus celebrate 14 years. 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 have COVID-19 and are recovering, those going through thera- py, testings, surgeries and then recovery, and those with the aches pains of every- day life: Benny, Patty Ann, Dale, Katy and Teresa. EVENTS July 24-Poehlein Reunion meeting at 9 a.m. at the house next to the Corner Book Shoppe to plan this year's family get-to- gether on August 8 at Winslow Commu- nity Center. July 24-31-100th anniversary celebra- tion of Pike County 4-H fair with live- stock shows, contests and pageants, 4- H exhibits, games of fun, rodeo, Demo Derby, Pike County's Got Talent on Ju- ly 31 and more, plus rides. The parade is Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. July 26 -Winslow Town Hall at 6 p.m. August 5 -Winslow Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. at the Gamble House. August 5 -8 -Jasper Strassenfest. August 6 -7-Zoar Mosquito Fest, with loads of old-fashioned fun, including the stationary parade, with line-up at 1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be games, music, homemade items and much more. August 7-Extreme Cowboy Challenge at noon at the Rockin' G Saddle Club, south of Otwell Jct. on Hwy 257. For more information, call Matt Gamble at 812-789 - 6430 or Dallas Gamble at 812-582-9661. Winslow senior citizens are meeting again on Mon- day and Tuesday at the Com- munity Center. Petersburg se- niors meet in the courthouse basement. Pike County's Farmers Market will set up every Sat- urday from 9 a.m.-noon on 8th St. by the courthouse in Petersburg until September. There were no postcards at Sweets Col- umn, Winslow, IN 47598. Winslow Patoka River is probably low since we have had no rain this past week since Saturday, July 10 storms came in- to the area early in the morning hours and later in the evening. The temps have been in the low to high 80s, but the heat index began on Thursday, July 15 with a south wind. I was wondering what type of tree has those white blooms and it's the Magno- lia tree. Another tree to enjoy is the For- mosa with its red and purple blooms. The Rose of Sharons can also be seen in col- ors of purple, pink and white. Have you looked at the trees? Some of them have brown leaves at the tips of the limbs, but not all the trees are like that. I was over to spend time with Mom until Saturday, July 10, when Mom was brought to Terri and Ted's house for two weeks and I was dropped off at the house since Clog the Patoka was can- celled. When we left Saturday, we all saw a small two-point buck grazing in a yard. We drove I-57, which will continue to have construction since they are mak- ing it a three-lane road both ways from a two-lane road. They have started on each bridge, but north of Marion, the three lanes are done and another northern sec- tion has begun. There is a load of traffic on I-57 and three lanes might help. I-64 in Illinois has had road work also, but not as bad as I-57. They're patching some parts of the road and removing and paving oth- er sections and ramps. Friday, July 9, George was taken out to eat at a steakhouse and then to their team's baseball game, where the Miners won 3-2. The whole family went along, George, Deby, Ethan, Joshua, Kelly and Jacari. They all had a great time for his 67th year. I read in the Press-Dispatch that Clog the Patoka will have their event on Sep- tember 18, which is the same time as the Winslow Community Festival and Light- Up Winslow Parade. Maybe the river will be nice to float on and not low. Our truck, Ava, is right now down until her brakes are fixed and that should be July 19 for the rear brakes, so I'm at home until she is on the road again. Ava is the vehicle I can get into easily. When she's on the road, I will be glad to go for a ride, if only to the dollar store or just to ride around Winslow. Thursday, July 15, at the Winslow Li- ons Club, it was a nice, windy evening when we met, so we sat outside in the shade and since we changed our time to meet at 6 p.m., we had to remind some. We forgot to tell one who still got caught up on what was planned. As we began our meeting, a dark cloud appeared and one round of thunder, but nothing came of it until later Friday morning, when it rained on and off all day. Winslow Community Festival will again be in two places, Riverside Park with the Lions Club and Clog the Patoka, and then uptown on Center St. and Main St. with the Beautification and flea mar- ket vendors. Then at dark, the Light-Up Winslow Parade begins. Let's make this parade a great one, as we all smile and wave to everyone watching, and in the parade to show off their items all lit up. Norm has his item to light up. Since our Pike County area is in the low numbers of COVID-19, let's try to keep doing what we have to keep our county healthy by wearing a mask when in large crowds, especially indoors, and keeping our distance. This COVID is not over yet, but we all can stay safe when out and about this year. The Town of Winslow still looks spruced up, with our town workers mow- ing, weedeating, fixing what needs to be fixed, replacing old items with new and improved ones, and all the other work that has to be done to make our small town a place to be proud to live in and have visitors stop by. If you see our work- ers in the hot and humid weather, see if they need a drink of water to keep hydrat- ed and say thank you. As the lights begin to dim for this week, continue to keep an eye on fami- ly and friends. Slow down and see all the wonders in your area. Stay safe this sum- mer. As always, smile, wave and say "hi" to everyone you see this week. REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS Dustin Michael Morton conveys to Colten J. Gladish and Brooke Gladish, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Tammy K. Ridge NK A Tammy K Coan conveys to George Hassell and Milagros Hassell, real estate as re- corded in Pike County. Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area, Inc. and Patoka River NWR convey to United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Secretary of the Interior, United States Department of the Interior and United States of America, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Edwin H. Wicks conveys to Kevin Franklin Collins and Susan R. Collins, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Chad M. McClellan conveys to Elise Caryl Eades, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Sammy A. Beadles and Tona R. Satterfield AIF convey to Clifton A. Brock, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Clifford E. Reinbold, Jr. and Phyllis Ann Reinbold con- vey to Clifford E. Reinbold, Jr., real estate as recorded in Pike County. Rita G. Clem conveys to Ernie Copley, real estate as re- corded in Pike County. Lake Helmerich Property Owners Association, Inc. AK A Lake Helmerich Property Owners Assoc., Inc. con- veys to Jerome Graber, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Loehr Acres, Inc. and David D. Loehr, president, con- vey to David E. McKinney and Tamara C. McKinney, re- al estate as recorded in Pike County. John Rotheker conveys to Jody Hoover, real estate as re- corded in Pike County. Gilmar Farms FLP, Donald Southworth, manager mem- ber, Cynthia Southworth, limited partner, and Southworth LLC quitclaim to Gilmar Farms LP, real estate as record- ed in Pike County. Aaron Oakley conveys to Nikita Breeann Combs, real estate as recorded in Pike County. Eric A. Hayes conveys to Audrey Rose Soellner, real es- tate as recorded in Pike County.

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