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Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:42 PM

As many of you are already aware, a Sheridan family dealt with a devastating loss this past weekend. The Hawkins family lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire. The Sheridan Public Library is proud to work with and support the efforts of Sheridan Community Recreation, Inc. as they try to help this family recover from this loss.

The Sheridan Public Library has boxes at each of its entrances for the collection of items for this family and strongly encourages community members to provide food and clothing to help them. Monetary donations are also being accepted via Sheridan Community Recreation and Sheridan Youth Assistance. Please contact Michelle Westermeier ( or Lisa Samuels ( for further information about making your monetary donation.

  • Kyle Harwood, son of Stacey and Brian Harwood of Sheridan, has earned an engineering and computer sciences scholarship to attend Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
    Harwood, a senior at Sheridan High School, will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Indiana Tech. He, along with other elite scholarship recipients, received his award at a banquet in Fort Wayne on March 3. Harwood will get $15,000 for his freshman year, and $15,000 for each of the next three years, provided he meets the school’s academic criteria.
    At Sheridan High School, Harwood was a varsity football and baseball player. He attended yearly mission trips with his local church since 2011 and is president of the church’s youth group.
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  • Rotarians learn about APHASIA

    Do you know what APHASIA is? It is the loss or impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words. It is quite common among stroke victims and can also occur with other types of brain traumas. This devastating condition is the 3rd largest cause of death among the elderly and each year nearly 800,000 people in this country suffer a stroke.

    This past week Sheridan Rotarians had a program about aphasia from a real expert in the field. Rotarian Fred Sturdevant’s daughter Megan Sutton was our guest speaker. Megan is a speech pathologist with extensive experience working with stroke victims. 

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  • Sheridan Historical Society Museum is true gem

    Did you know Sheridan has a museum on Main Street? It is not real big and it is not manned by highly paid professionals, but it competently tells the story of who we are and where we came from here in Sheridan.

    The Executive Director of the museum is Sheridan’s own Jim Pickett. He is skillfully assisted in his work by all the members of the Sheridan Historical Society, but most especially by Stuart Neal and his sister Mary, and Winona Moss. These four people man the museum when it is open to the public on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will answer your questions, give you lots of information about the hundreds of items on display and they will entertain you with humorous observations about our community.

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  • Brittany Welch wins Rotary speech contest
    Each year Rotary clubs across the world sponsor speech contests for local students. The Sheridan club is no different and so on March 7th the regular Tuesday evening meeting was dedicated to choosing a speech contest winner for our club. Congratulations go out to Sheridan High School senior Brittany Welch for her outstanding presentation about the objectives and activities of Rotary. As the local winner, Brittany takes home a prize of $100 and moves on to our local Rotary District 6560 speech contest where she has a chance to win $1,000.
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  • Former Blackhawk shines at Wabash

    Former Sheridan Blackhawk Connor Stumm had a good weekend on the track for the Wabash College Little Giants.

    Stumm, a senior, placed second in the North Coast Athletic Conference heptathlon with a lifetime best total of 4,383 points. He cleared a career-best 3.5 meters (11 feet, 5.75 inches) in the pole vault portion of the heptathlon and ran a lifetime best of 3:05.90 in the 1,000 meter run.

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  • Little Free Library debuts uptown

    Literacy fans, take heart!

    The Sheridan Main Street Committee, in cooperation with the Noblesville Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), has located and opened a “Little Free Library” on Main Street in uptown Sheridan.

    The concept of Little Free Libraries began in Wisconsin in 2009. Basically, a Little Free Library is a dollhouse-sized structure with a large front panel that opens like a door. Many are fashioned after one-room school houses. They are filled with books which people can trade for free.

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  • Alexandra "Allie" Hopkins, a 2016 Sheridan High School grad, is shining down south.

    Hopkins was named am Eli Lilly Scholarship recipient, and enrolled at Butler University. She recently earned honors on the Dean's List for the first semester.

    Congrats, Allie!

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  • Yoga anyone?

    Ready to stretch? How about lotus? Downward dog? Half-Moon?

    The Sheridan Public Library is offering you a chance to do some yoga exercises (where all those names and more will begin to make sense). Miss Kelsie (Pasquale) is holding yoga class every second and fourth Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room.

    Beginners as well as experienced yoga masters are welcome to attend these one-hour sessions for $8 per session.

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  • The Sheridan Boys Basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start and fell to Frankton 73-40 Friday night. The loss dropped the Blackhawks to 9-14 on the season.

    "We didn't match their toughness. They pressured us and sped us up and forced us into too many bad decisions," said Sheridan coach Chris Schrank. "We needed to play the game at a slower pace, and we were unable to make that happen. It's a lesson for us though. Even though it is the last game of the regular season, we are still learning and hopefully it will make us better for the sectional next week."

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  • INDIANAPOLIS - Two Sheridan students led a large Hamilton County contingent earning top honors from the University of Indianapolis.

    Kayla McCarthy and Emily Musgrove of Sheridan were both named to U of I's Dean's List.

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  • Everyone in the northwest portion of Hamilton County already knows what a great place Sheridan is to live, work and play.

    And once again, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has recognized the school system in Sheridan as one of the best places to work in Indiana.

    The list is made up of organizations from throughout the state and across 25 industries. Together, they comprise the 100 honorees on the 2017 Best Places to Work in Indiana list.

    And once again Sheridan Community Schools is on the list. 

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  • Sheridan Rotary enjoys dinner in Carmel

    It was a night out for Sheridan Rotarians. 

    In lieu of their regular meeting at the Sheridan Public Library on Feb. 14, Sheridan Rotarians, spouses and guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining at the Carmel MCL to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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  • Pickin' and grinnin' at Library

    Do you like bluegrass music played by amateur pickers playing traditional bluegrass tunes on traditional stringed bluegrass instruments? Or maybe you just like to sit and listen to good bluegrass music?

    Either way — participant or listener — you will enjoy an afternoon with us at the Sheridan Public Library.

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  • Indiana American Water will pay Sheridan $10.75 million for the town’s water utilities.The sale, approved unanimously Monday by the Sheridan Town Council, still has some regulatory hoops to jump through.

    The company is expected to finalize the asset purchase agreement with the town, and begin making preparations to file the agreement with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, said Matthew W. Prine, Community Affairs director for Indiana American Water. This could be completed in the next 30 to 45 days.

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  • Historical Society looking for a few good men and women

    Looking for a great way to be involved in Sheridan?

    Looking to make a difference, learn a little and have a lot of fun?

    Then perhaps you could head over to the Sheridan Public Library on the second Monday of each month. That's when the Sheridan Historical Society meets (at 7 p.m. in the Community Room). Society activities include docent duty at and maintenance of the Boxley Cabin in Veterans Park, maintaining the museum located on Main Street and genealogical research on local families.

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  • The basketballs have been put away for another year after the Sheridan Lady Blackhawks fell in the first round of the Class 2A Monroe Central Sectional 40 girls basketball tournament.

    Sheridan had a very good season, finishing the year with a 16-7 record. But the stellar record wasn't enough to stop the state's third-ranked Class 2A team, Monroe Central. The Golden Bears were 21-2 and won a 53-37 encounter.

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  • Plaque gives Rotarian plenty to be happy about

    At the heart of any good community lies people. Sheridan is certainly no exception, and some of the good people who make up our community belong to the Rotary Club.

    One of those is Steve Martin, library director and Rotary Club president. And now, for the third year in a row, the higher donor of a program entitled Happy Buck. Happy Buck is a simple way Rotarians share good news and raise a little money at the same time.

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  • An important deadline is fast approaching for the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Casino Night.

    For anyone who is doing a basket or donation, as well as anyone who has not registered to attend the event, they need to do so as soon as possible because the deadline is looming at noon Thursday.

    The Dinner & Casino and Annual Recognition Awards is scheduled for Feb. 9.

    For more information, contact the Chamber at (317) 984-4079.

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  • Sheridan had a chance to fight their way back into the Hoosier Heartland Conference semifinal game against visiting Clinton Prairie Thursday. But a missed shot here and a missed rebound there allowed Clinton Prairie Gophers to escape with a 52-42 victory. 
    Nick Burnell got Sheridan close after two put-backs put the Blackhawks within six points with four minutes to go. However, the 41-35 count would be the closest Sheridan got.
    Clinton Prairie only has three losses this season for a reason. The Gophers produce offensively and Thursday was no different. Any time Sheridan got a big turnover or Burnell turned the momentum, the Gophers would drive back down with confidence and either find a gap for a layup or hit a 3-pointer.
    "We knew going in that the defensive side would be what mattered and we couldn't get a stop when we needed it," Blackhawk head coach Chris Schrank said. 
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  • They call it Hoosier Hysteria for a reason.
    Tuesday night, the Sheridan boys basketball team rallied in the four minutes of overtime to advance to the next round of the Hoosier Heartland Conference tournament by defeating visiting Carroll, 54-45.
    Jack Waitt and Cam Weitzel led the Hawks with some key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and in overtime.
    "Both of them have hit big shots like that in the fourth quarter before," Blackhawk head coach Chris Schrank said. "I think they're getting comfortable and knowing if they have a clean look, it's catch and shoot."
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