Wilbur Wright Trail Closed for Maintenance
Healthy Communities of Henry County and the Henry County Commissioners would like to inform all of our trail users that the Wilbur Wright Trail is undergoing a beautification project to remove rail ties in spring 2015. Due to the presence of heavy equipment and trucks on or near the trail during these activities, the Wilbur Wright Trail will be closed at the Garner Street entrance north to the rail line overpass. The removal activities will begin March 9, 2015 and be complete by May 11, 2015. This schedule is tentative and may change based on work activities progression. During this time, barricades will be in place to ensure the public does not enter the construction zone. If you have any questions regarding these activities, please call Mr. Jeff Ray, Trail Coordinator, Healthy Communities of Henry County, at 765-524-1753.
During field activities, the Trail will be CLOSED to the public at the Garner Street entrance north to the railroad overpass. The Trail will be open from the Henry County YMCA Trailhead to Garner Street, a distance of 0.6 miles. The Trail will also be open from SR 103 Trailhead to the rail overpass, a distance of 0.95 miles. Future details will posted on our Facebook page – Healthy Communities of Henry County. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but the safety of the public is our # 1 concern.
It is time for the Annual Free Trees Giveaway!
Healthy Communities will have 1,000 tree seedlings available again this spring. Trees will be available for pick up and planting after April 6th. Most trees are between 1-3 years old. Starting thinking about where you would like to plant a tree!
The Trees will be available after April 6th. They are free to residents of Henry County while supplies last.
Email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line, TREES to reserve your trees and make arrangement for pick up.
White Pine, Red Oak, White Oak, Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak,
Flowering Dogwood, Tulip tree, Red bud, Sugar Maple, Kentucky Coffee tree
If you want to order trees for an organization to plant as part of a project or event please follow the link below to fill out 'The Green Works Event Submission Form' so that we can add your event to our community calendar. http://www.hchcin.org/henry-county-green-works.html
Donations to Healthy Communities for Henry County projects would be appreciated.
REMC Donates Funds for Phase 2 of WW Trail
Healthy communities of Henry County received $4,000 from the Henry County REMC Roundup program for the Wilbur Wright Trail, phase 2 extension.
L-R are Jerry Cash, Jeff Ray, JoAnne McCorkle, Becki McGrady, Shannon Thom and Chris Williams.
'Healthy’ Members Hear Earth Charter Indiana Lecture
Published March 25, 2015
By Eric Cox - Publisher
Earth Charter Indiana Executive Director Jim Poyser was the guest speaker at Healthy Communities of Henry County’s annual meeting last Thursday at the county library in New Castle.
A former editor of Nuvo newsweekly in Indianapolis, Poyser now serves as an advocate for ecology and the environment. Working with young people and schools across the state, his mission is to instill in youth the notion that they can, in fact, have an impact on the future via sound environmental stewardship and a proactive approach to conservation.
Poyser brought with him one such youth, Maddie Brooks, an Indianapolis eighth grader who adheres to Poyser’s message about youth action on a variety of environmental and conservation fronts. Brooks was serving in a kind of one-day internship.
Using a slideshow presentation, Poyser illustrated a few alarming trends in earth’s ecology. He used three animated illustrations supplied by NASA to show the planet’s loss of arctic ice, as well as a world map that showed warming and cooling trends.
These animations served as Poyser’s springboard for launching into his talk - not about what is wrong with our environment, but what people - particularly young people - can do to help correct it.
He explained that so many presentations and documentary films about pollution and climate change merely present what kind of trouble the planet is in. He said most experts and aficionados talk 90 percent about what is wrong, with only about 10 percent explaining what can be done about it.
"By the end of that 90 percent, I’m exhausted," he said. "How can we possibly solve our problems? They’re too gigantic. So I’m trying to invert that. I’m gonna give you 10 percent of the bad things, and then we’re going to get into some really inspiring stuff."
Poyser, like many climatologists, said increased carbon emissions from people’s use of fossil fuels and other natural processes, is driving up earth’s mean temperature. "Some scientists believe there will be an increase in temperature of about 7 degrees by 2060 on average," he said.
As an analogy, Poyser asked this reporter what his body temperature is. When supplied with the well-known average body temperature of 98.6 degrees, he said, "Now add 7 degrees to that and what would happen?" We agreed that a hospital stay would be required, at best.
He said guilt over environmental problems doesn’t help solve them any more than blaming others for the problems themselves. "That doesn’t motivate us," he said. "Over the past year and a half, I’ve moved away from that type of guilt and blaming. I’ve moved into finding what works. And what’s really inspiring is to find things that work in school."
Poyser went on to mention several Indiana school programs that relate to food, such as Farm to School, which guides locally grown meat and produce to local schools for school breakfasts and lunches. His own brainchild is "Every Student a Farmer, Every School a Farm."
"Sounds impossible doesn’t it? But, how cool would that be if every kid in Indiana had a garden at their school," he said.
Poyser highlighted an Indianapolis school that raises chickens and goats, as well as produce. He also told about another program - Food Rescue which is aimed at recovering salvageable discarded food from school cafeterias.
He said discarded cafeteria food presents two problems. First, he said, it generates additional methane as it decomposes in landfills. Second, he said the discarding of "perfectly good school food" presents a moral dilemma, since there’s so much hunger in modern America.
Poyser said state nutrition guidelines dictate that students receive food in school that they sometimes simply don’t want, or maybe can’t have because of allergies or medical conditions. "Some kids are lactose intolerant," he said. "But, because of nutrition guidelines, the school is still required to put a carton of milk on their lunch tray. Even though they know if they drink it, who knows what’ll happen.
"So for whatever reason, they’re throwing that food away - right into the trash. So what kids are doing in 110 schools cafeterias in Indiana is they’re actually putting aside those items that are being discarded," he explained.
Some of those items include packaged cheese, milk, apples, raisins and crackers. He said literally tons of food is now being rerouted from landfills back to community food pantries that feed hungry Hoosiers. Poyser explained that some people get the wrong idea and think damaged or half-eaten food is being culled from cafeterias. In fact, the food being collected is new and perfectly safe for consumption.
One week, Poyser accompanied a student who had helped collect one week’s worth of discarded food. The week’s collection netted over 150 pounds of food, which he and the student took to a local church that housed a community food bank. "Multiply that by 110 school cafeterias," he said.
Poyser explained a variety of other youth-related environmental efforts supported by Earth Charter Initiatives. He travels the state speaking to youth about what they can do to help address environmental problems. To learn more, visit www.earthcharterindiana.org.
Biking to Work is Good for you...Who Knew!
A recent article posted on "Excellence in Government" touts the numerous benefits of biking to work. Amazing! Read the article and get the infographic here: Health Benefits of Biking To Work
Healthy Communities of Henry County
100 S. Main St., Suite 102
PO Box 921
New Castle, IN 47362
Email - email@example.com
Our Board of Directors
Chris Williams, President
JoAnne McCorkle, Vice President
Dennis Hamilton, Secretary
Jerry Cash, Treasurer
Calendar of Events
Healthy Communities of Henry County holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00p.m. in the Community Center conference room at 100S Main St., New Castle. Come and join us.
Earth Day Festival Sat. April 25
Free Tree Giveaway-April 5 until they are gone.
15th Annual Raintree Ride, September
International Walk to School Day Oct. 9,
A continued 'Thank You!'
to our generous sponsors:
Henry County Community Foundation
Henry County Memorial Hospital Foundation
Pfenninger, Claxton, & Estelle Insurance Group
South Henry Regional Waste District
Dr. Helen Steussy
Glen Oaks Health Campus
Henry County YMCA
Citizens State Bank
The Courier Times
Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service
Three Rivers SWMD
Atlas Collections, Inc.
Healthy Communities and Economic Development
Mr. Bob Grewe, President and CEO of the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. recently spoke at the Healthy Communities annual board meeting, touting the work of Healthy Communities - particularly the recreational trails system development - as a great asset to Henry County. To view more of Mr. Grewe's presentation, please click here. To find out more about economic development in Henry County, please visit the NCHC EDC homepage!
HCHC Posted Major Gains; Ready for ‘15
Published March 25, 2015
By Eric Cox - Publisher
Last week’s Healthy Communities of Henry County (HCHC) Annual Meeting and Lunch featured some updated information regarding Henry County projects.
HCHC Board President Chris Williams highlighted several HCHC achievements from last year, including the planting of 1,400 trees across the county, raising $1,000 for trail maintenance and $228,000 for Wilbur Wright Trail expansion. Additionally, HCHC workers held the fourth annual Earth Day celebration, the 14th annual Raintree Ride and participation in a blight elimination program.
Williams also highlighted the group’s 2015 goals. A $375,000 project to lengthen Wilbur Wright Trail by 1.1 miles will get started this spring. The trailhead is located at Henry County YMCA.
Healthy Communities will also spend $7,000 to add three-quarters of a mile to National Road Heritage Trail westward from the Raysville area toward Big Blue River.
Kennard’s Woolly Bear Trail will see the installation of a parking area at Kennard. That’s a $1,000 project.
HCHC will partner with another group or individual on a $15,000 project that will see the installation of a pre-kindergarten "exercise and nutrition" trail at Raysville.
On the Rose City Trail in New Castle, HCHC is helping finance traffic lane restriping. Also, signs will be installed and bike lanes striped. Additionally, the Washington Street Path may see some improvements because the organization is assisting with a Safe Routes to School grant for sidewalks and paths. Plus, bike route signs will be installed.
Health Communities of Henry County also helped acquire a blight elimination grant that will help finance the destruction of 14 blighted properties in the county.
HCHC also announced that the 15th Annual Raintree Ride will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8:45 a.m. at Westwood Park, 1900 South C.R. 275-W., New Castle. The ride features 6-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile routes. The ride takes participants by several Henry County attractions, including the Hoosier Gym, Mt. Lawn Speedway, Wilbur Wright Birthplace, Memorial Park, Summit Lake State Park and more.
To find out how to join or support HCHC, visit www.hchcin.org.