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Ripley County Veteran’s Service Officer receives prestigious honor

Ken Hylton, Ripley County Veteran’s Service Officer, has been selected to receive the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the American Legion, Department of Indiana. Every year the American Legion, Department of Indiana seeks to recognize those Legionnaires who have contributed significantly to the organization through their service to the American Legion and the State of Indiana.

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Ken Hylton, left receives The American Legion, Department of Indiana 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

Hylton is a member of the St. Joseph Post 464 in St. Leon and has dedicated more than four decades of service to the American Legion. He earned his eligibility while serving in the United States Army during Vietnam. He has served in several offices at the post, including Post Commander and Membership Chairman. He has also held several offices at the district level where he was elected the 9th District Commander in 1996.

Hylton was appointed national commander’s representative for the national Children and Youth Commission in 2007, and served for nearly eight years as Ripley County’s Veteran’s Service Officer. He retired from the United States Postal Service after a 33-year career in December of 2006. He has served as chairman of all four department of Indiana commissions, which led to his election as Department Commander in the 2014-2015 command year. He also has been a member of the department strategic planning committee and currently represents the Department as a commissioner on the Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission appointed by the governor of Indiana.

The American Legion is comprised of more then 77,000 military service veterans who have served honorably during times of conflict in defense of their nation and has been active within Indiana since 1919. The Indiana American Legion has represented veterans from every major conflict since World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan within its membership.

Tyson Library, South Ripley team up for Eclipse Education

Tyson Library and South Ripley Elementary School will be joining forces to educate the community on the upcoming “All American Eclipse.” It has been called the 2017 Eclipse because it can only be viewed in the continental United States. Although the eclipse will not be total in Indiana, the moon will block out 91 percent of the sun making it an impressive sight.

Solar Eclipse August 21The Tyson Library, aided by 6th grade teacher Julia Heidlage, will be hosting an informational program for the public on Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m. Staff will be discussing safe viewing techniques, sharing eclipse information, making UV color changing bracelets for the kids and “Solar S’mores!” Those in attendance will also receive eclipse-viewing glasses.

On the day of the actual eclipse, August 21, Tyson Library staff will travel to the elementary school to assist with the school-wide, eclipse-viewing event. The library has obtained eclipse-viewing glasses for each student and staff member at the school through a grant provided by the Space Science Institute. The students and staff will begin viewing the eclipse at its peak coverage, from approximately 2 – 2:30 p.m.

In Indiana, the Eclipse will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until around 4 p.m., with the maximum eclipse coverage at approximately 2:25 p.m. For more information on the Eclipse program contact the Tyson Library at 812-689-5894.

Back-to-school tips for busy families

(StatePoint) The new school year brings hectic mornings, piles of homework, endless events, practices, games and school conferences. When you’re a busy parent, day-to-day tasks can consume your thoughts and energy. Stay organized and sane by following these simple tips to handle the crush of the school year.

Centralize Communication

Communication is key when it comes to organization. Stay in sync with your family by using a digital calendar. Smartphone apps such as Hub allow multiple users to share to-do and shopping lists, appointments, commitments and more. In addition, many apps have messaging capabilities to ensure users can share specific details and instructions (“Bring treats for the holiday party Tuesday”) and last-minute changes (“Grandma is picking up the kids today”) with one or more family members.

Organization Station

If your family prefers a physical calendar, incorporate it into a complete “home command station” in an area everyone passes, like a nook in the kitchen or a corner in the family room. Build out the space as the central location for organization. Use chalkboard paint to create a reusable messaging wall for daily assignments and appointments. Include a shelf or cubby with an inbox and outbox so permission slips, bills and important documents don’t get lost. Make this station even more useful by adding a dedicated space for children to do homework. Include a desk, computer, school supplies and a bright desk lamp. Encourage success by posting recent “wins” nearby, like that aced spelling test or impressionist masterpiece. Utilize file cabinets, labeled folders or pouches to separate print materials and USB flash drives by subject, so homework can be handled with less stress.

Modify Meal Prep
Before heading to the market, map out meals for the week that share common ingredients, to increase efficiency and reduce waste; then create a shopping list packed with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Maintain a consistent supply of fresh, delicious produce with subscription boxes or community-supported agriculture membership. Prep breakfasts and lunches the night before to save time in the morning and ensure your family consumes healthy, whole foods, versus pre-packaged convenience foods.

Smoothies provide a nutritious breakfast or snack at home or on-the-go. Prepare and freeze individual servings of chopped fruits and vegetables in resealable bags. When you’re ready to use, place the frozen produce into a high-powered blender, such as the Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series blender, add almond milk, soy milk or water and blend on high until the desired consistency is reached.

For lunch, prep power-packed meals with items like almond and seed butters to provide protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Mix unsalted, roasted almonds and canola oil in a high-powered blender to create homemade almond butter; or blend sunflower seeds, flaxseed, sesame seeds and sunflower oil for an allergy-friendly no-nut butter. Pair these delicious spreads with jam on whole-wheat bread for a twist on a traditional lunchbox favorite.

Staying organized is not easy. There might be occasional disarray, but making just a few small changes will help you reap the benefits of a more balanced life this back-to-school season.

Fun ways to get kids to enjoy math

(StatePoint) For some kids, one of the toughest parts of the back-to-school season is getting back into the swing of math class. You can help ease the transition this fall and beyond by making math a wholly integrated part of the day. Math plays a hidden role in so many aspects of daily life. By pointing out these connections in ways that are fun and engaging, you can help make math one of your child’s favorite subjects -- or at least less feared.

Fun ways to get kids to enjoy math Bake your lesson plan: Learning fractions? Use pies and cookies to demonstrate the concept visually. It’s a tasty and fun way to learn how fractions and percentages work.

Calculator fun: Get out the calculator and help children explore patterns. First to third-graders can add or subtract the same number repeatedly. Children will observe patterns that emerge and get a better sense of arithmetic. Children can even make their own “pattern puzzles,” which are number sequences where some numbers are omitted. For example: 7,14, _, _, 35, _, 49. The activity can make addition and multiplication more comprehensible. Look for a model that will be useful for the next several years of math class, such as the fx-300ES from Casio, which offers 2-line display and 240 functions. Free educational resources and activities to try on the calculator can be found at

Money math: At home, use spare change to teach children simple addition and subtraction. Set a timer and see if they can make proper change in record time. Ask kids to solve increasingly difficult problems, and when they answer correctly, give them the change as a reward.

Make it interdisciplinary: Leverage your children’s favorite school subjects and hobbies to pique their interest in math. If they love reading, help them select literature that celebrates math. If they find history fascinating, have them read about famous mathematicians and scientists who used math to make discoveries. For young athletes, there are always ways to turn that pick-up game in the park into a math lesson. Angles, distances, times and averages all figure into sports. Using these concepts in an applied way can make math more interesting.

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