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Avery Marcus Bradley

Avery Marcus Bradley, a son, born May 13 at Witham Memorial Hospital, Lebanon, to Marcus and Brenda (Barker) Bradley, Crawfordsville. At birth, he weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. He was welcomed home by a brother, Bradyn Barker, 18, and a sister, Aliyah Davis, 13.

Grandparents are James and Rita Barker, Roachdale; and Tennia Bradley, Georgiana, Alabama.

Communication on creek improved

Before paddlers take to the water on Saturday for the Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race, organizers know it will be a much safer race.

Local emergency responders now know a new communication system has drastically improved radio traffic along the creek.

While attending planning meetings for the race, Montgomery County Emergency Management Assistant Director Brian Campbell was in contact with the Indiana Department of Resources. His safety plan for the event, garnered DNR approval, but Campbell wanted to take the emergency response preparedness to the next level.

During discussions with the DNR, it became apparent the state’s new communication system known as Integrated Public Safety Communication P-25 had never been tested on the creek. Campbell all law enforcement agencies have expressed concern that communication along the creek was poor, especially south of Crawfordsville.

“The problem, for years, has been that we have never had radio communications along the southern part of the creek in the county,” Campbell said. “It got so bad, there was virtually no communication around the Shades State Park area.”

Campbell and Tyler Clements, the state’s IPSC coordinator, and officers with the DNR agreed it was time to see if the new system improved emergency communications along the creek. Last week, they got their answer.

On May 10, Campbell, Clements and four DNR officers tested the equipment on the creek from the Crawfordsville Country Club to Deers Mill. Clements staged his command center at the Sugar Creek Campground as Campbell and the DNR officers slowly traveled down the creek. Every two minutes the officers would radio a voice command to check if they could be heard. The results were excellent.

“The guys from the DNR at first were doubtful that the new system would work on the creek because nothing else ever has,” Campbell said. “We were all pleased that for the first time, we have good communication all along Sugar Creek.”

In addition to testing the communication system, Campbell and DNR officers located potential landing spots for medical helicopters in case of an emergency. They plotted the areas they deemed safe for landing giving the county another first.

“The timing was perfect to get all the testing done and locate safe landing zones for med-vacs,” Campbell said. “Establishing pre-designated landing zones is a big benefit to both StatFlight and our emergency response agencies. They now have the GPS coordinates of the landing areas and that is big.”

Whether race day, or any other day, Campbell knows local responders are ready.

As part of his efforts to make the upcoming canoe race safe, Campbell created an emergency management plan and established three safety checkpoints for racers. Those checkpoints will be manned by members of the newly formed Community Emergency Response Team. CERT Coordinator Dave Johnson will have at least three or four volunteers at each station. They will provide water for the paddlers as well as any other assistance needed.

Campbell also recruited volunteers from the Darlington, Waveland and New Market Volunteer Fire Departments to help during the canoe race.

Registration for the race will be open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Campgrounds off U.S. 136W. All paddlers must check in and pick up their goodie bag and boat identification labels. After a 1 p.m. safety briefing, recreational paddlers will start at 1:15 p.m. and USCA paddlers will start at 1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at Clement’s Canoes near Deers Mill Bridge at approximately 4:30 p.m.

York, Grubb to lead FCHS Class of 2017

VEEDERSBURG — The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Fountain Central High School 2017 graduating class will speak at the commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. May 26 in the high school gymnasium.

Valedictorian Dylan York is the son of James and Jackie York of Veedersburg. He maintained a 3.96 GPA while being involved with a wide variety of activities, including: Varsity Football, Varsity Baseball, Varsity Track and Field, Spirit Lifting, Mustang Mentors, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mustang Maniacs.

York will graduate with an academic honors diploma. He plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College to obtain an associate degree and transfer to a four-year university to obtain his bachelor’s degree in nursing. York plans to work as a surgical nurse before obtaining his nurse anesthetist license.

Salutatorian Erin Grubb is the daughter of Brian Grubb of Veedersburg and Keri Mears of Plant City, Florida. She was an active member of several activities and clubs, including: Anti-Bullying Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cheerleading, Mustang Mentors and Math Bowl. She is Senior Class Secretary and Treasurer of the National Honors Society.

Grubb has maintained a 3.95 GPA and will graduate with an academic honors diploma. She plans to attend IUPUI to major in business, pursuing a career that involves her love for math.

Trinkle’s garden stays contained

Randy and Terri Trinkle’s garden is the second garden on the 2017 Garden and Art Tour. Located at 901 Valley Drive in Pleasant Meadows, the garden is comprised of several different types of gardens and a multitude of containers.

Terri Trinkle learned about gardening and developed a love of gardening from her father. Her main focus is container gardening because containers can be changed every year with different plants and color schemes. The containers can also be moved around to various locations and placed in the sun or shade depending on the plants.

In 2016, the Trinkles had 58 containers filled with flowers and herbs located around their patio. In a little red wagon, Terri has planted a fairy garden and in a small wheelbarrow, she has planted a wee garden of portulaca in memory of her daughter.

A variety of lush hostas border the front of their house with various shade tolerant plants filling the front gardens. When the Trinkles moved into their home about five years ago, there were only a few hostas, some shrubs and the brick patio. They pulled out the shrubs to make room for gardens. Terri shared that many of the plants have been given to them by others — these are her favorite plants because they each remind her of someone or a story.

The patio is where the Trinkles spend much of their time outside surrounded by containers. Much of their gardening has been about reclaiming previously unusable space such as a steep hill in the sun located behind their patio. Randy has built several retaining walls and stairs on this hill enabling them to plant herbs, salad greens, canning vegetables and sun-loving flowers in a two-tiered garden. Based on their experience, Terri and Randy believe that space for a garden can be found in almost any yard although you may have to be creative and do some hard work.

Terri’s favorite flowers are any kind of lily and she has more than 15 varieties in their garden. Randy and Terri also enjoy shrub roses because they are easy to care for, are fragrant and put on such a spectacular show. Terri states that she likes to experiment with new plants and vegetables every year along with old fashioned tried and true things.

The Trinkles welcome you to their garden and hope you enjoy their little paradise.

Daryl Hutson also will be featured at the Trinkle’s garden showcasing garden critters sculpted from metal.

The Garden/Art Tour will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, rain or shine. Tickets can be bought at Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, County Hearts and Flowers, Progreen Garden Center, Davidson’s Greenhouse/Nursery, Montgomery County Visitor’s and Convention Bureau and at the circulation desk of the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Tickets are $10 each. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

For additional information call, 765-362-4492 or 765-376-0335.

IF YOU GO

What: Bi-Annual Flower Lovers Garden/Art Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25. Rain or shine.

Where: Seven area gardens

Tickets: $10 each. Available at Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, Country Hearts and Flowers, Progreen Garden Center, Davidson’s Greenhouse/Nursery, Montgomery County Visitor’s and Convention Bureau and Crawfordsville District Public Library

CFD swears in new member

The Crawfordsville Fire Department added a new firefighter on Wednesday. Daniel Rose, of Colfax, took his oath of office after the board of public works and safety meeting in the City Building.

Rose became a firefighter four years ago as a volunteer for Perry Township in Clinton County. His father-in-law is the department’s chief and he got his son interested in firefighting.

While there, Rose said he realized he wanted to make a career out of helping people.

“I love being a firefighter,” Rose said. “Ever since I met my father-in-law, this is the dream I wanted and I am achieving it now.” Rose has graduated from Lafayette’s Central Fire Academy and earned his EMT license in Clinton County. 

“For someone having their worst day, I want to be there to help them and try to make it a better day,” Rose said. “I am here to help people and I look forward to doing that for his community.”

Rose said he’s enjoyed meeting his new colleagues. 

He begins working the “C” shift May 25. Rose is married to Taylor Rose and has a 2-year-old daughter, Aubrey.

Crawfordsville Fire Chief Scott Busenbark said he was pleased to have Rose added to the roster. 

The search to fill more vacancies on the department is underway.