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Jalyn Smith, 8, a third grader, sits on Duke, one of the horses that participated in the Mail Run at the Canaan Fall Festival on Saturday, September 12. Duke’s owner, Danny Berry, stands by and said this year was the first time for Duke to take part in the event. Jalyn is the daughter of Philip and Jennifer Smith of Friendship. WANDA BURNETT PHOTO
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New Milan food pantry in progress

Mary Mattingly

There is good and bad news regarding Milan’s food pantry.
The bad news: Milan has outgrown its food pantry.
The good news: A new site and building is in the works.

The food pantry manager and several church pastors gathered last week on the grounds of the future Milan Community Emergency Relief Food Pantry. Chris and Tara Kelly donated the land, which is next to The Whistle Stop on Main Street. A sign is currently in place where the new building will be built. This is just one more step in reaching the goal of serving the local community

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Several Milan ministers gathered at the future home of the Milan Food Pantry on Main Street. Left, Pam Wooden with United Methodist, Harris Long with First Baptist, Jack Bible of Pierceville United Methodist, Sue Socha of St. Paul Lutheran, with Chris and Tara Kelly, who donated the land for the building and pantry manager Sue Greer.

“We’ve outgrown the current location. We need to expand and serve more people. And hopefully we can meet their other needs beyond food,” said Pastor Harris Long, Milan First Baptist Church. They hope to have emergency clothing and household supplies available at the new building. Manager Sue Greer, who has been working at the site at Carr Street since 2000, commented, “The needs are still increasing.” She figures they serve about 100 families or 250 people a month, providing groceries for those in need

They received a $40,000 grant in June, and have several fundraisers planned to build up to a goal of $60,000. The first one will be a sausage and pancake breakfast Oct. 10 by the Milan Lions Club, there will also be a sauerkraut and bean dinner Oct. 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a chili supper in January. Also, 25 percent of the proceeds from the upcoming Crop Walk, organized by local churches, will go toward the food pantries in the county. The walk was held in Milan last year, but has been offered for many years at various locations in the county. It will begin Oct. 4 at 1:30 at Milan Baptist Church, with registration at noon. There will be a short golden walk too for those who may not be able to handle a 10K walk. The rest of the funds go to the Church World Service to combat world hunger. Anyone can participate and sign up the day of the event.

Pulling series to be filmed in Osgood

Mary Mattingly

NBC sports network likes Osgood so much that the network is returning to the fairgrounds this fall. The Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling series final and regional championship will be filmed there on Oct. 2 and 3. It’s a return visit for the network, which had filmed a pulling event a year ago June at the Ripley County Fairgrounds

“They wanted an end of the season grand finale. They’re pulling for some big money and asked if we will host it and we said ‘sure,” said Chuck Heck with the Southeast Indiana F.A.R.M Club. He knows NBC was charmed by the small town and the enthusiasm from the crowd, but it’s more than that. Their viewers liked it too! “They filmed three half-hour pulls in 2014 here and those episodes were the highest rated truck and tractor shows ever,” Heck was told. He also added they “ran more reruns of our pull” than any other. The network was actually scheduled to be here in June, but it got rained out. “They had an outcry from pullers to reschedule here. They like the crowd in 2014 and wanted to come back,” Heck said.

Saturday’s event will be bigger than Friday’s with a Baddest Antique Class added plus gas, diesel, and super stock semi tractors. In all, $20,000 will be given in prize money. Those pulling in the series earn points, but hometown pullers are also welcome. Heck appreciates the help from Ripley County Tourism, noting it will bring in tourism dollars to the area, as the participants and followers will either camp here, book hotel rooms in Versailles, Batesville or Greensburg, and dine at local eateries. It also happens to coincide with the Town of Osgood’s first annual Bricktober Fest. The town has developed what they hope is an annual festival on the brick lined Ripley Street, with food, drinks, games and more.

“It’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend,” Heck said. Volunteers are welcome to help the club take tickets and provide support staff to the track.
On Friday, Oct. 2, the pulling tournament begins at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 6 p.m. Various classes will be featured. Heck said they’re trying to keep the admission fee reasonable so families can attend, and lowered the price to $15 for adults, 6 and under no charge for both nights. For information call 812-926-3654

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