Tis The (Flu) Season

INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials are urging Hoosiers to get their influenza or “flu” vaccinations to protect themselves from influenza this season.

“At best, the flu makes you miserable. At worst, it can be deadly,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams. “The best ways to protect yourself and your family are to get vaccinated and follow good health practices.”

Flu season occurs annually, typically starting around October and continuing through May. Seasonal flu viruses can vary from year to year, so it is important to get a flu vaccine every year to protect against them.

Symptoms of the flu include: a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches and a sore throat.

The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu and may be offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health

departments, urgent care centers, pharmacies, college health centers and employers.

Four local pharmacies are administering flu shots: Walgreens, 110 W. Market St.; CVS/pharmacy, 106 E. Market St.; CVS/pharmacy, 713 S. Washington St.; and Kroger Pharmacy, 1440 Darlington Ave.

Although anyone can get the flu, some people are at higher risk of complications that could lead to hospitalization and even death. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5 percent to 20 percent of people nationwide contract the flu each year, and more than 200,000 people nationwide are hospitalized for illnesses related to influenza infection.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, high-risk individuals include pregnant women, young children (especially those younger than 6 months who cannot be vaccinated), those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems and adults age 65 and older. 

The CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Healthcare personnel are also encouraged to get a flu vaccine to protect themselves and their patients during the flu season.

It is estimated that only 44.7 percent of Hoosiers received a flu vaccine during the 2014-15 season and almost half of all Hoosier children ages 6 months to 17 years did not receive a flu vaccine.

The CDC warns that people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine, including gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients such as egg, should not get the vaccine.

People with mild allergies should talk to their doctor to see what alternatives might be available to them. For example, there are safety measures that can be taken for anyone mildly or moderately allergic to eggs.

The influenza vaccination is also available in a nasal spray, though there are more stipulations regarding who should receive the spray rather than the shot.

Influenza, or the “flu,” is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets from infected people or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Infection can occur when influenza viruses contact the eyes, mouth or nose, and possibly through inhaling droplets from a sneeze or cough. Sometimes people may become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.

Some additional steps people can take to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory diseases include: properly and frequently washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, containing germs by staying home (or keep children home) if sick.

To learn more about the flu, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s flu page at http://www.in.gov/isdh/25462.htm. For important health and safety updates, follow the State Health Department on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

Annual Art Walk is set for Thursday

The 5th annual Crawfordsville Art Walk will take place 4-8 p.m. Thursday. 

Organizers encourage everyone to take a cultural look at the downtown art galleries, museums, learning spaces and art shops. 

“Downtown Crawfordsville has a great deal to offer, just look for the red balloons,” organizers said in a press release.

Participating venues include: 

Athens Arts Gallery: Special exhibit by the Lafayette Clay Guild also this night available — dessert plates created by the Guild along with fresh slices of pie and live demonstrations by Athens Arts member artists.

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County: Hosting select pieces from the 91st Annual Hoosier Salon. You will see a variety of artistic styles, subjects and scale at this annual show. The Hoosier Salon is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition, considered the best of Indiana art by Indiana artists. Light refreshments are available

creativeLAB: This year the LAB, owned by Anne Viray Sipahimalani, will feature works that highlight the correlation between art and science, such as the math that creates beautiful fractal patterns. The LAB will also play host to a book signing by local artist/author/illustrator Sue Brassel who will autograph her books for visitors and discuss the catharsis of coloring. From 6-8 p.m. the LAB will feature an engineer-turned-culinary artist who will discuss the art and chemistry of the delicious. Visitors will have an opportunity to win a fractal print and will be treated to delectable edible art from our new bakery/bistro owner Hannah Thompson.

Green Street Gallery/Jerry Smith Studio: See work by local artist Jerry Smith and sign up for a chance to win an original 16 x 20 watercolor of Sugar Creek. (Drawing to be held at 8 p.m.) Savory treats and decadent sweets will be available from 4-6 p.m. provided by Maxine’s On Green, coming soon to Crawfordsville.

 • Mary Bishop Gallery at the Crawfordsville Public Library: A wide selection of original art work, created by local members of the Art League of Montgomery County is currently on exhibit. This annual exhibit affords Art League members the opportunity to show off their talents and also to answer questions about the Art League, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the visual arts.

Tannenbaum Cultural Center: Exhibit of “Fire, Wine & Art.” Inspired Fire of Lafayette will be showing live demonstrations of blown glass making. Patrons are invited to taste the fruits of our partner in crimes labor from the Old Jail Inn of Parke County and their Drunk Tank Winery. The winery will have their wine available for purchase to our guests of age. Lastly, Andrew Taylor, a local artist will also have his work on display for purchase.

• The Joshua Cup will feature the edible art of George, their baker who has created beautiful apple bloom roses to go along with your coffee enjoyment. Open until 8 p.m.

Vanity Theater: The theater will be showcasing a collection of vintage posters on display in their lobby. The cookie booth will be open offering light refreshments and the theater invites all patrons to take part in the opportunity to join the “guild.” 

• Students from New Market Elementary School will display artwork they created while celebrating Dot Day 2015 at 103 E. Main St. Dot Day was inspired by Peter Reynolds book, The Dot. It is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

• Watch for additional sights as you make the walk. Art is where you see it.

Board approves CROP Walk route

The Board of Public Works and Safety approved the route for the 35th annual CROP Walk at its meeting Wednesday.

The CROP Walk will take place at 2 p.m.


Oct. 18. The Rev. Chris Rennick told the board the walk will use the same route that it has in the past. 

Starting at Christ United Methodist Church, participants will complete a loop around Woodlawn, Mill, East College, Blair, West Pike and East Main streets before returning to the church.

The board also received one bid for the Country Club Terrace sewer project, which was from Dave Price Excavating for $125,025. The board will examine the bid this week and discuss it during a later meeting.

Classroom Without Walls

Seventh graders from Southmont Junior High left their science textbooks at school for a day to see what nature could teach them at Camp Rotary.

Science teachers Jamie Welliever, Gary Mosbaugh and Michelle Eisenhart led the students through a day full of different activities on for Science Day on Thursday. Students learned about rocks and erosion on the hiking trails, leaves and their classifications with a coloring activity and about birds of prey during an afternoon presentation.

“The goal is to get the kids out in nature,” said Kim Priebe, a teacher assistant at SJHS, “which it seems they don’t get to do much anymore.”

Science Day was hosted by the Montgomery County Education Foundation and the Rotary Club. The two organizations also provided lunch for the students.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to use Camp Rotary, SJHS Principal Mike Tricker said. “With the support of the Rotary, we are able to have our students experience science in nature.”

As Marissa Craig sat and worked on classifying the leaves she had

collected, she said she likes getting the chance to learn outside of the classroom.

“We can learn more about nature,” she said.

“You can only see so many things in a book,” Priebe explained. “When they get to be hands on, get to see things right in front of them, experience it and touch it, it’s a whole other experience for them.”

Evan Francis said that even though he was learning throughout the day, it’s a lot different from learning at school.

“You don’t have to write a lot of things, and your hand doesn’t hurt from it,” he said. “It’s easier, and also, there’s less stress. You don’t have any homework or anything to do after school.”

Science Day proves to students that learning can be fun. And hopefully, both the fun memories and the lessons learned will stick with them for a while.

“For the students, this experience will bring science to life,” Tricker said. “Our science teachers do a great job preparing the students for the trip and will refer back to the experiences throughout the school year. It is one of the educational experiences that most students talk about.”

‘Rising Stars’ advance to final auditions

Local singing group, The Sugar Creek Players “Rising Stars” led by John P. Blair, made it to the final auditions for Indy’s favorite holiday tradition the 53rd annual lighting of Monument Circle the “Circle of Lights: Indiana’s Got Talent.” Each year thousands of spectators gather to watch the spectacular holiday display illuminate the downtown landscape and Vanity Singers Rising Stars are hoping to be part of this year’s festivity. 

The “Rising Stars” was one of 10 chosen out of 180 talented acts that will be showcased in an audition special, Circle of Lights: Indiana’s Got Talent. The show will be taking viewers behind the scenes of

singers, dancers and entertainers who are competing for a spot in the beloved Circle of Lights show. The one-hour special will premiere at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 on WTHR-13 Indianapolis. If selected one of the top five acts they will be part of the live coverage of the Circle of Light at 7 p.m. Nov. 27. 

Blair has been involved with the Sugar Creek Players since 1978. He leads three talented youth singing groups: 

• Young Performers — grades K-6th that offers the introduction to choral music.

• Rising Stars — grades K-6th who demonstrate an intermediate level to choral music.

• Inspirations — grades 7-12th participates in a variety of choir competitions,

including choral competition held in November at South Montgomery Senior High School. 

The Sugar Creek Players will perform Nov. 28 at the Vanity Theater during the Crawfordsville Downtown Party Night. 

To learn more, contact the Vanity Theater Box Office at 765-362-7077.