Firefighters extinguish blaze

Twenty-five firefighters responded to a house fire at 9351 State Road 229, Metamora, Feb. 9, according to Metamora Fire Chief John Arcaro.

The call came in at 7:55 a.m. No one was home, but a passerby reported the blaze. Arcaro said when he arrived, "Smoke was coming out of the overhangs, and there was heavy smoke at the back of the house." It took about 45 minutes for Metamora, Oldenburg and Laurel firefighters to get the blaze under control.

The cause is still under investigation, the chief reported.

Senator's rep in Batesville Tuesday

A member of U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s staff will be holding mobile office hours in several Indiana counties this week. The rep will be at the Batesville Memorial Public Library Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 4-6 p.m.

The senator arranges these visits to help constituents who are experiencing troubles working with federal agencies.

Red foods at preholiday dinner

The day before Valentine’s Day, Food and Growers Association potluck attendees should bring homemade dishes with lots of red color: tomato or red lentil soup, beets, strawberries, cherry pie. Or foods they associate with love: “Chocolate, anyone? A heart-shaped pie, pizza? Get creative!” urges President Missy Watkins. Drinks and tableware will be provided.

The potluck, open to the public, is Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. and is hosted by Deanna and Scott Hookway, 1032 S. 3 Mile Road, Batesville. Directions: Take State Road 46 2 miles west of Batesville High School, and turn left on 3 Mile Road to the last house on the right before the railroad tracks. Don’t use GPS; it is not reliable for this address.

No dish to share? Attendees can still come by paying $5 at the door and contacting Michael Hood to RSVP:

Comedian returns to Batesville

Comedian Heywood Banks will entertain Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Gibson Theatre.

"Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, stoners, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother," according to Tickets at $20 each can be purchased at that website or the door.

Digital painting, animal tracks and a food fight

Four Franklin County Public Library District activities are on the calendar.

Classes on Krita brushes are offered on two Saturdays from noon-2 p.m.: Feb. 17 at the Brookville Library and Feb. 24 at the Laurel Library. Krita is a full-featured free digital painting studio for artists who want to create professional work.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources employee Kristie Ridgway will discuss animal tracks Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. at the Laurel Library.

Family Food Fight is Thursdays, Feb. 22, from 6-7 p.m. at the Laurel Library. "A recipe and ingredients will be provided. We’ll see who reigns supreme," says the website

All blood types needed

A blood drive is slated for Monday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville, basement dining hall.

To schedule an appointment: or Vicki Wilhelm, 812-932-0406 or

Museum is free on holiday

Admission to Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, is free Feb. 19 as the museum welcomes guests of all ages to celebrate Presidents Day.

The schedule: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., sing patriotic Songs with Lady Liberty; 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party; 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. storytelling with first lady Abigail Powers Fillmore; 3 p.m., Ask Abe: Abraham Lincoln will answer guests’ questions about his life and presidency; 12:30 p.m., Presidential Jeopardy!; 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chisholm: Ready or Not: Guests can find out who were the first black woman elected to Congress and first black woman to run for president; 4 p.m., A Fireside Chat: Franklin Delano Roosevelt will share stories of his life and presidency.

A host of other family-friendly activities are planned throughout the day. For a complete listing:

Funny juggler will amuse kids

"The Kid Power " Juggling Show is Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Batesville Memorial Public Library large meeting room.

There shall be plenty of clowning around by "the guy behind the tie," Paul O. Kelly of Serious O'Sillies Co., who will juggle and tell stories.

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