Way to go, Brookville!

Brookville Main Street is among 36 city organizations nominated by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for Indiana’s Best Main Street. Others in this area are Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Madison. The contest is part of Visit Indiana’s 2019 Best of Indiana.

“This is your chance to let your voice be heard,” said Misty Weisensteiner, Indiana Office of Tourism Development director. “One of the best things about voting in this campaign is you get to learn about incredible locations you might not have known about and maybe plan a visit as well.”

Area residents can vote up to five times per day through Nov. 3: https://visitindiana.com/best-of-indiana/cast-your-vote/53-main-street

Board of Works approves requests

On Sept. 9, Batesville Board of Works members approved two requests for upcoming events.

The first was for road and parking lot closures Friday, Dec. 6, for the Community Tree Lighting/Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce parade: bike park lot from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; George Street, from Main Street to Sycamore Street, and East Pearl Street parking spaces from 3-8:30 p.m.

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Toyland Parade route was also approved.

Held over

“IT Chapter 2,” rated R, will be screened Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Gibson Theatre.

One injured in single-vehicle accident

Ripley County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a one-vehicle accident that occurred Sept. 11, according to a press release.

At about 1:03 p.m., deputies responded to the area of 1485 W. Tanglewood Road, Versailles, for an accident involving a small motorcycle/moped. The driver, Tony Buchanan, 57, Versailles, suffered injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Alcohol is suspected to be one of the factors in the accident, the release stated.

Ripley County EMS and Versailles Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

So many military vehicles

The 28th annual Military Vehicle Show, planned by the Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation Association and Museum of the Soldier, is Sept. 13-14 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E. Votaw St., Portland. Military trucks, jeeps and unusual vehicles as well as re-enactors and living history exhibits will be on display. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per carload (children 6 and under free). Active military get in free with ID cards.

Info and to order Friday barbecue chicken supper $10 tickets: Matt Simmons, 260-251-7770.

Four Brown County outings this month

Outhouses will be speeding through the middle of Nashville for the Nashcar Outhouse Race, one event at the Abe Martin County Picnic Saturday, Sept. 14, which benefits the We Care Gang, a Brown County nonprofit that helps locals with food and shelter-related needs. The street fest also features live music, games, and a hog roast, according to a Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau news release. Info: https://bit.ly/2m0otdl

Celebrate Brown County’s artistic heritage and its modern-day art scene during Art Colony Weekend Sept. 13-15. Art workshops, a cocktail party, auction and, of course, some live painting during the Great Outdoor Art Contest are in the mix. Info: https://bit.ly/2lC9cPs

Uncle Pen Days, a legendary bluegrass bash with more than 30 bands, is back for a 45th year Sept. 18-21 at Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, 5163 N. State Road 135, Morgantown. The fest will also include vocal, music and instrument workshops, around-the-clock jam sessions, camping, food and the induction of renowned songwriters into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Tickets are $39 and camping fees are extra. Info: http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com/event/uncle-pen/

Let your inner-hippie shine during the Good People Good Times Music Fest Sept. 27-28 at Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, 2620 Valley Branch Road, Nashville. A ticket costs $60 and the parking fee is $10. Info: https://www.gpgtmusicfest.com.Franklin County home styles eyed

The towns and countryside of Franklin County are dotted with a variety of home styles representing three centuries. “Houses of the Future: The Fabulous Lustrons and Mail-Order Kit Houses” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brookville Library by Julie Schlesselman, Franklin County Public Library District Local History and Genealogy Department manager.

As a result of the only Lustron house in the county having been lost, this program will also address the upcoming book “Lost Franklin County” and how attendees can contribute to it.

Local resident on TV program

Bryce Mullins will be featured on the WTIU TV program “Fingerstyle! Indiana’s Guitar Festival” Thursday, Sept. 19, from 8-9:30 p.m. The Batesville resident won third place in the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at the Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, July 27.

The show can be viewed on Comcast, DIRECTV Indianapolis or DISH Indianapolis.

Cemetery and church tour in Brookville

A walking tour of the Old Brookville Cemetery and historical church located at 10th and John streets will be hosted by Brookville Main Street Friday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 p.m. until dark. Attendees will hear stories of Brookville’s earliest settlers and the Civil War veterans buried here.

The church will be open, and its history will be shared. In case of rain, the stories will be inside of the church. There is a $5 per person fee.

Car and booster seats will be checked

The Ripley County Health Department will be hosting a car seat and booster seat check at the Ripley County Annex parking lot Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

All families are welcome to attend the completely free event. A technician will check seat installations and parents and/or caregivers will be taught how to correctly install their car seats every single time. Info: public health assistant Lexi Bushhorn, lbushhorn@ripleycounty.com or 812-689-5751.

Handbags 4 Hope will happen in Brookville

The third annual Handbags 4 Hope in Brookville is Saturday, Sept. 21, at Third Place Restaurant. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m.-noon event that benefits Safe Passage, the domestic and sexual violence support services provider.

Guests may bid on many designer name bags, from Michael Kors and Coach to Kate Spade, plus raffle stuff ranging from goods to gift certificates. There’s a huge buffet to feast on as well, as guests bring a variety of salads. “It’s a great girls’ morning out to gather, enjoy a light meal together, do a little shopping, be inspired – and all for a good cause,” said community outreach director Mary Mattingly.

Tables of eight may be reserved. Tickets are $8 prior or $10 at the door. To purchase tickets: 812-933-1990; www.safepassageinc.org, click on donate button at the top; or send payment to Safe Passage, P.O. Box 235, Batesville IN 47006.

Bricktoberfest: fun all day

Osgood’s fifth annual Bricktoberfest (or should it be Bricktemberfest?) will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on the historic brick road, Ripley Street.

Components of the family-friendly community event will include a 10 a.m. 5K, car show, caricature artist, smoked barbecue, photo and art show, local vendors, a beer and wine garden and carnival games and activities for all to enjoy.

Live entertainment includes the Jac-Cen-Del High School Band, Jake Gaither, Aaron Hedrick, Skallywags, 650 North and Just Another Cover Band. The party is sponsored by the town of Osgood and Osgood Grub Co.

Bluegrass sounds in Metamora

Ma Crow & Co. will be featured at the monthly Bluegrass Night Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road.

Doors open at 5:30 with a house band entertaining at 6 before the headliner. Admission is $8 at the door. Food will be available from Trisha’s Dishes. Info: www.metamorampa.org.

A hunting opportunity

Access Program Providing Land Enhancements offers quail, pheasant and woodcock hunting opportunities on private property. APPLE gives financial incentives to landowners who allow controlled public access hunting on their private lands. Wildlife biologists also work with landowners to establish and improve habitat.

These Indiana Department of Natural Resources hunts are allocated through an online reserved system. The online application is the only way to apply. Hunters may apply for one hunting day over the two-day period.

Applications are accepted from now through Sept. 23. Draw result notifications will be emailed within two weeks of the application deadline. Successfully drawn applicants will be allowed two hunting partners. All regulations and bag limits apply.

Info: on.IN.gov/dnrapple. To register: on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.

Are you registered to vote?

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding eligible voters that September is National Voter Registration Month. Hoosiers who need to register should do so today at www.IndianaVoters.com or on a smart phone using the Indiana Voters app.

“With the Nov. 5 general election just weeks away, there is no time like the present to verify your voter registration and polling location,” she noted. “Voting is a privilege we enjoy as citizens and getting ready to vote in Indiana is simple and straightforward.”

The deadline to register or update a registration is Monday, Oct. 7.

Need a new pickup?

Indiana sheriffs are raffling a RAM 1500 pickup to raise funds for their new Youth Ranch, where they will mentor future law enforcement officers and bond with at-risk kids in rural west central Indiana.

The 2019 pickup truck is sponsored in part by John Jones Auto Group, Corydon, Greensville, Salem and Scottsburg.

Raffle tickets are $2, three for $5, seven for $10, 15 for $20, 38 for $50 and 80 tickets for $100. Donors may send checks to the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, 5401 S. East St., Suite 117, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

The truck drawing will be at noon Dec. 13. Info: 833-IN-RANCH.

One more health insurance option

CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan, is expanding its marketplace coverage in Indiana to include all 92 counties for 2020 health care coverage after offering health insurance in 79 Hoosier counties last year.

“The marketplace provides vital health care coverage to more than 14 million Americans and we want to be a resource for consumers left without options,” said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Indiana Market president. “As a mission-based health plan, CareSource feels a responsibility in ensuring all Hoosiers have access to a quality health plan.” Info: www.caresource.com.

Covered bridges in the spotlight

Outdoor Indiana magazine’s September-October issue features a cover article on the state’s iconic covered bridges.

Nationally, Indiana, with 90 covered bridges, has more than all but two states, Pennsylvania and Ohio; however, the state’s Parke County, with 31, has more than any other county in the United States.

The publication was recently honored by the Association for Conservation Information as the second best state-sponsored conservation/outdoor recreation magazine in the country.

Outdoor Indiana is available now at most Barnes & Noble stores for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 38 percent savings) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings).

To subscribe: innsgifts.com or 317-233-3046. To read article excerpts: OutdoorIndiana.org.