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American Pickers coming to Indiana

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Indiana! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout Indiana with filming scheduled for April. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique picking on History. The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques--from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles, to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank continue their mission to recycle America by rescuing forgotten relics and giving them a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about American history along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your buried treasure. They are on the hunt for characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, pre-50’s western gear, early firefighting equipment, vintage musical equipment, automotive items, and clothing. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 855-old-rust.

Students from four schools attend career expo
What’s your advice to teens considering careers?

Mary Mattingly

What advice would you give to 16 year olds who are considering what careers to pursue? Think about it. Would you advise to consider the job outlook, the earning potential, the stress factor? What about doing something you love? Ripley Publishing posed these questions to various professionals at the fifth annual Ripley County Career Fair Expo Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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Baylee Dwenger and Kayla Linville stop at the Manchester University booth to consider post secondary education and potential careers.

“Explore your options.” Kelly Sparks, a South Ripley English high school teacher advises. Case in point, she was sure she wanted to be an optometrist and applied to just one college. After one semester, she transferred to another school and changed her major. She liked words more than numbers, and was inspired by her English teacher Mary Margaret Moorhead. “Don’t have tunnel vision.” Daniel Mills, a young engineer with Duke Energy recommends. “Go to college and be open to any opportunities,” Anita Gindling, also with Duke chimes in. Gary Litton, a Duke Energy claims investigator, said to be willing to be flexible and adapt your skill set. Litton, 58, started as an engineer and notes computers and technology changes weekly and it’s important to keep up. Rather than chase the dollar, Ripley Co. Superior Court Judge Jeff Sharp advises “Look for what you want to do.” He said as a teen he didn’t know what career path he wanted, but majored in criminal justice. An internship at a prosecutor’s office helped him decide upon his path and he applied at the last minute to law school. An attorney and now judge, the Milan resident loves his line of work. “You never know what you’re going to see,” the judge said.

About 240 sophomores from Milan, South Ripley , Batesville and Jac-Cen-Del schools had the chance to talk to professionals in various careers about their jobs, the skills and training needed. EcO, Economic Opportunities through Education, sponsored the Ripley County College and Career Fair and over 35 vendors participated. This year it was held at Jac-Cen-Del High School. “The intent is to introduce the students to careers available in our region and beyond,” said Cheryll Obendorf, executive director of EcO . “We want them to think about their interests and if identified, what post secondary opportunities are there for training.” Several such schools were on hand, Purdue Polytechnic, Manchester, IUPUI and IUPUC, Franklin College, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech, plus employers like Cummins, Hill-Rom, Batesville Tool and Die, and utility companies like REMC plus several medical care facilities. (Another job fair is being planned by the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce for April.) There were a range of fields, from manufacturing and logistics to health care, telecommunications, military and legal professions. Health sciences was one of the popular ones, organizers from EcO noticed.

Baylee Dwenger, a student ambassador, is considering teaching or physical therapy, and has considered the job outlook on both. Hannah Schwering likes elementary education. Katelyn Gehl is leaning toward the health field, and said, “I want to do something I love.”Patrick Cole, one of the South Ripley senior Dream It Do It ambassadors for EcO, also is choosing something he likes, rather than chasing the dollar. He knows exactly where he wants to work after college: Walt Disney Imagineering, and wants to attend either a college in Florida or in Indianapolis. Classmate and ambassador Sarah Boyken has been accepted into the Naval Academy, one of just 250 females in the US and is already looking at becoming a surgeon. She wants to be in a field where she helps people, and she figures the job outlook for medical care will always be there because people always get sick. David Field, a sophomore at South Ripley, has already learned that he enjoys taking photographs through a class at school. “I will do something I enjoy. If not, you won’t enjoy life and be happy!” Mark Limardo an engineer with Elgin Fasteners agrees with doing something you like and considering the future. “If you enjoy what you do, you’ll be better at it.” He was working on a submarine for two years and learned about himself and what he didn’t want to do. “There is value in finding where you’re not supposed to be,” the Batesville father recommended. Ryan King, a judge in the county circuit court, knew he wanted to be an attorney when he was a sophomore. The South Ripley alum’s advice though is go to school and to class. He’s amazed at teens he sees through court services who miss 10, 20 or 30 days of school. “I think there is a correlation. If you show up for class you have to learn something!” He added he wouldn’t be good at doing something he doesn’t like. “I haven’t worked a day since I got my degree!” and Sharp agreed.

Perhaps that’s the ticket. Find a job that doesn’t feel like work, something you look forward to doing most of your waking hours. If you do, you’ve landed your dream job, and chances are you will succeed. The other student ambassadors were: Morgen Carroll, Joel Tunny, both of JCD, Clarise Zigan, and Jacob Moore, SR students.

Local Bulletin Board

Candidate list sign-ups begin
Ripley Publishing Company, Inc. will be running a continuous candidate listing beginning March 15. For $125 your name along with the office you are running for will appear in both newspapers through the May Primary Election. In addition, you will receive a free press release along with a photo in one of the newspapers. The press release must be submitted to our office along with a photo. Arrangements can be made to have a photo taken in our office. Please call 812-689-6364 or email us at or stop by our office at 115 S Washington Street in Versailles to get your name on the list.

Deadline to sign up: March 18
Art classes to be offered at Versailles State Park in April
Art classes will be open to the public of all ages, and include photography, birdhouse painting, watercolors, woodworking, recycled art, mixed media art, and beginning guitar. More information is available in section B, page 5 of The Versailles Republican dated March 3.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Sheriff scholarships announced
Ripley Co. Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth announced that Indiana Sheriff’s Association would again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read page 3.

Deadline: April 4, 2016
SEIRD announces student scholarship
The Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD) is pleased to announce the 2015 - 2016 “Students Making an Environmental Difference Scholarship” for graduating high school seniors. For details pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated February 11 and read pg. 2.

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