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November 24, 2021

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See WINSLOW on page 2 See ACTIVITIES on page 2 See OLD BEN on page 3 By Andy Heuring The Winslow Town Council continued to deal with feral cats and parking problems at the elementary school, during their 30 -min- ute meeting Monday night. Billy Marshall told the council the Winslow Park and Recreation Board had discussed and agreed to let the town get quotes on paving the private road. It runs from Highway 61, past the baseball fields to the back of the Winslow Community Center, beside the elementary school. However, the road is just a single-lane road, with portions of it being dirt. Winslow has been dealing with traffic prob- lems since last year in the afternoons. Parents line up to pick up their kids from the elemen- tary school and it is blocking traffic on a few streets around the school. Councilwoman Debra Lamb said the school suggested parents use the road through the Winslow Sports Park as a way to relieve the problem. She said after a brief time of trying it, they said that wouldn't work. "The road just isn't in good enough shape. When it is rainy, the road is muddy and rough," said Lamb. She said they decided to see if they can get quotes on paving the road. Lamb suggested they see if they can locate grant money for the project. "Not Community Crossroads money, but something that deals with schools." "I think you are opening up a can of worms," said Councilman Dick Brewster. He said the road is a private road and at some point in the future, they were going to regret making it a public road. At last month's meeting, Winslow Council president Josh Popp asked Marshall, as the President of the Park Board, if he can get a letter from the Park and Recreation Board formalizing that they had agreed to allow the school to use the road. "There won't be a letter," said Marshall, af- ter the school decided they didn't want to use the road. But he added the board agreed to al- low Winslow to get quotes on paving the road. Marshall added that at the end of the year, his term on the Park and Recreation Board was ending and he did not want to be reap- pointed. Lamb said they already have one vacancy on that board. "We are going to have a couple of positions to fill." Glen and Kristy Hayes attended the meet- ing. Glenn said they had trapped and neutered or spayed five cats since the last meeting. "With that said, I already have a list of five cats to trap," said Marshall, who is also the Winslow Animal Control Officer. He added, "These cats are wild as all get out." Popp, who was not at the meeting but par- ticipated via a group phone call, said Winslow was not obligated to take care of cats that were trapped by the Hayeses, but they were obligat- ed to take care of cats the Animal Control Of- ficer trapped. "If we trap them, we have to feed them," said Brewster. The Hayeses, over several months, have been trapping cats, caring for them and hav- ing them neutered or spayed. At the previous meeting, Town Council members said they had agreed to help the Hayes with the expens- es for the cats. However, Popp said they do not have a bud- get for it this year, but next year, they were putting $ 3,000 to $5,000 in the budget for it. Leighty escapes serious injury A Petersburg man escaped serious injury Tuesday morning in a spectacular crash on Highway 356, between Alford and Algiers. Cole Leighty, 23, of 2966 W. SR 56, Petersburg, was driving a 2021 Buick En- core west on Highway 356 when he lost control and went off the right side of the road, just missing the guardrail and abutment of a bridge. Pike County Deputy Cody Jones said Leighty's vehicle hit a small tree, went airborne parallel to the bridge and sailed over the creek that is about 20 feet wide. The front end of his Encore hit the creek bank, causing the vehicle to flip on its top against the bank. Deputy Jones said Leighty apparently crawled out of the rear passenger door. Deputy Jones said Leighty sustained a cut on his head. He was treated at the scene by Pike County EMS and was taken by family members to the hospital. Deputy Jones said Leighty's Encore was believed to be a total loss. It happened at about 8:48 a.m. Tuesday. Winslow continues to deal with feral cats, school parking issues By Andy Heuring Christmas in the Park opens this week on Thanksgiving night, and the Christmas pa- rades in Winslow and Petersburg will be Sat- urday, December 4. Winslow's parade is at 10 a.m. and Petersburg's parade is 3 p.m. Below is a list of many of the activities planned in Pike County for Christmas. WINSLOW In Winslow, there will be a Mouse House at the Nazarene Church on Saturday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have gifts available for children to purchase, ranging in price from $1 to $5 on Saturday morning. Santa will be at the Winter Wonderland in Town Hall to visit with children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on December 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Coat wrap There will also be a Coat Wrap in Winslow. Nice, clean winter coats will be wrapped on light posts and signs along Main St. in Winslow on Friday, December 3. Anyone needing a win- ter coat can take one. Any coats not taken by Sunday evening will be taken down. Anyone interested in donating nice used or new coats can leave the coats at the Beacon of Light restaurant in Winslow. PETERSBURG Santa's House Santa will be in his Santa house, located at Seventh and Main sts., following the Christ- mas parade until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. He will also be there from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 11, 12 and 18, and again on Dec. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Delts Lunch with Santa Petersburg Delts will serve Lunch with San- ta this year on December 4, instead of break- fast. The Delts have been doing the event with Santa on the first weekend of December for more than 40 years. It will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Petersburg United Methodist Church, 801 Walnut St. Children will get to talk with Santa and have a hot dog, chips, a drink and dessert. Visits with Mrs. Claus Mrs. Claus will be in the Peter Brenton Cab- in in Hornady Park this December. She will read stories and have small crafts for children. Her planned hours at the cabin are 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28; Friday, Dec. 3; Wednes- day, Dec. 8; Friday, Dec. 10 ; Saturday, Dec. Christmas activities throughout county in December By Andy Heuring The Old Ben Scout Reservation in Pike County is being put on the selling block by the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In September, the Buffalo Trace Council that governs southern Indiana and southern Illinois Boy Scouts sent out a letter notifying their supporters the camp is being sold to help fund the Boy Scouts of Ameri- ca's $ 850 million settlement to victims of sex- ual abuse. "Attorneys for the BSA National Office will be submitting court documents detailing each Council's contribution to the trust fund creat- ed to compensate past sexual abuse victims," stated a recent letter to supporters. "The BSA believes our organization has a social and moral responsibility to equita- bly compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting. While the Buf- falo Trace Council is legally separate and dis- tinct from the national organizations and is not filing for bankruptcy, we are, as a Council, par- ticipating in the national bankruptcy by con- tributing to the victims' trust fund." The letter continues, "While the Buffalo Trace Council's share is significantly smaller than those from many other Councils, our as- signed portion will necessarily result in both a cash contribution of unrestricted funds from our endowment, and the subsequent sale of Old Ben Scout Reservation." "The sale of OBSR (Old Ben Scout Reserva- tion) will certainly be a painful loss. There is no minimizing of that fact, just as we cannot minimize the pain experienced by children who were harmed during their time in Scout- ing. While we can never truly 'make it right,' the sale of OBSR is our meaningful and cru- cial effort to do so." The letter stated they considered several al- ternatives and options for outdoor activities. Scout Camp to be sold to help pay lawsuit settlement

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