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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.

  • Story time offers special treat

    Lindsay Spencer, Children’s Librarian at the Sheridan Public Library and Library Page Piper Zola have been working on a Valentine’s Day craft project for story time.

    The library offers a story time program every Friday morning at the 11 o’clock hour for children ages 3 to 5. Story time includes a special story read to the children, a craft project and a snack. Caregivers are encouraged to participate to help the young ones with their projects. Reservations for story time are not required but if you have questions, please call 758-5201 or visit the library.

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  • Rotarians learn more about new museum
    Sheridan Rotarians welcomed guest speaker Ron Stone to their meeting this past Tuesday evening. Stone is a life-long Sheridan resident and retired Hamilton Heights teacher. Among his many other retirement activities, he is the president of the Sheridan Historical Society. He was invited to Rotary to tell members about the new Sheridan Historical Society museum being created on Main Street.
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  • Coalition Committee keeps Sheridan shining

    The Sheridan Coalition Committee has become an important part of our community and yet probably most residents have never even heard of it. One of its major achievements has been to persuade Dollar General to add a fresh foods section to their store to help fill the food void created when Railer’s went out of business.

    The Coalition was the brain child of Gloria Del Greco, a NEP Community Wellness Coordinator for the Purdue Extension Service. Her office is in Noblesville. Purdue established the Community Wellness Coordinator positions in December of 2015 to help communities make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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  • Winter Reading Club back
    The Sheridan Public Library is once again offering customers a chance to sign up for the Winter Reading Club. According to director Steve Martin “We have not done the club for the last couple of years because we have had the Bicentennial Reading Club going on year round. We decided to go back to the old format this year because the bicentennial has been celebrated and a winter club has always been a popular activity for our adult readers in the past.”
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  • Parvin Gillim wins $250; donates money

    The Sheridan Town Council meeting on Monday night was the location for the announcement of the winning entry in the design contest for a new roadside entryway sign for the community. Sheridan Main Street chair Linda Williams told the Council members there were a total of 34 designs submitted and after long and thoughtful consideration the submission by Sheridan resident and architect Parvin Gillim was selected.

    The sign will be constructed on ground donated by First Farmers Bank and Trust at their location on State Road 38, just on the east edge of the community sometime this summer.

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  • Franciscan honors Sheridan woman

    Sheridan's Carrie DeStefano was recent honored as one of the recipients of the Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette scholarships.

    DeStefano is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing with an expected graduation date of July 2018. Her ideal job after graduation would be to work in an Intensive Care Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. DeStefano said she was inspired to become a nurse after a hospital stay as a child. She received exceptional care and knew she too wanted to take care of others.

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  • Library has tax forms available

    Tis the season and the Sheridan Public Library will have a limited supply of state and federal tax forms available this year. Filing starts on January 29th this year but often times the federal and state forms are sent out late — mid-February or later in many instances.

    Library director Steve Martin notes that tax officials do not send out as many copies of all the different tax forms as they used to and maybe that is a good thing. There are so many different types of forms anymore and in the old days, at the end of tax season on April 15; most of the odd forms were just trashed. By not sending so many of so many different types of forms it cuts down on wasting your tax dollars.

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  • Circus coming to Sheridan . . . when it warms up

    The Sheridan Kiwanis Club is entering the planning stage of their undertaking to bring the Cullpepper & Merriweather Circus to Sheridan for the entertainment and enjoyment of all. The circus will be here on Thursday, May 24th and tickets will be available from any Kiwanis member. In addition to Kiwanis members, the club is hoping to have several other volunteers from the community roll up their sleeves and help out.

    Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for their communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. Kiwanis members are generous with their time, creative with their ideas and passionate about making a difference.

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  • The Woda Group, Inc. and Housing Services Alliance, Inc. (HSA) will redevelop the historic Adams Elementary School in Sheridan, transforming the vacant property into 32 affordable apartments and renovating its gym to become community recreation space. Construction of Blackhawk Commons could begin as soon as July 2018.

    Plans for the $7.2 million development had been on hold since February, when the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA) placed Blackhawk Commons on a waiting list for federal Rental Housing Tax Credits. IHCDA awarded the sought-after tax credits to 16 projects at the time, holding back a portion of available credits due to uncertainty in the equity market.

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  • Rotarians learn about active shooter response

    Mass killings by deranged individuals are something we encounter on an all too regular basis anymore. Most of us will never have any personal exposure to mass violence of any sort but that does not mean we should not be prepared because the truth is it can happen anywhere at any time. No one is immune anymore.

    Sheridan Rotarians recently had Sergeant Bill Clifford of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department as their guest speaker. As one of his duties, Sergeant Clifford helps train his fellow officers and others on how to respond to the threat of an active shooter in a community environment. Using a series of visual displays and hands-on demonstrations, Clifford explained the current “Run-Seek-Hide” strategy for personal survival in active shooter situations.

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  • Fire reported on Opel Avenue

    The Sheridan Fire Department responded to a fire that damaged a single-family residence at 1106 S. Opel Ave., Wednesday.

    Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. and found the house trailer damaged by fire. Four residents evacuated the residence without incident or injury.

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  • Town makes progress in '17, looks ahead to 2018
    As Hamilton County’s progress continues north, Sheridan is looking to be prepared for the advancement.
    In 2017, the town of 2,600 took on some big projects, and took care of one possible roadblock.
    Sheridan took care of a lingering problem when it sold its water utilities to Indiana American Water Co., for more than $10 million.
    While details continue to hammered out by attorneys, the town is now poised to see a major upgrade in its utility services.
    “The sale is pending, but our attorney tells us it should be ready to go to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for approval,” said David Kinkead, Town Council President.
    To accompany the utility sale, the town used an $800,000 grant from the state to pave several streets badly in need of repair, Kinkead said.
    Also, the town is finishing a storm water project, to help relieve flooding on the east side. 
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  • The Sheridan News is pleased to bring a list of some area businesses and what their holiday hours are:
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  • Alexis Clark wins first place!

    Sheridan resident Alexis Clark recently won first place in an art contest.

    Alexis' work, a painting entitled Koi Fish, finished in first place in the First Come, First Hung Exhibition at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville.

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  • Sheridan Rotary enjoys Christmas dinner

    It's the holiday season and that calls for lots of get-togethers!

    Sheridan Rotary and their family members celebrated exactly that with their annual club Christmas gathering, enjoying a delicious meal at the new Young’s Restaurant in uptown Sheridan.

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  • Blood drive shooting for goal of 30!

    The Sheridan Public Library is partnering up with the Sheridan High School Music Department to hold a Holiday Blood Drive on Wednesday at the Library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The American Red Cross will donate $10 per unit collected if the total goes over 30 units for the drive. All donated funds will be given to the Music program at the school to support their activities.

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  • Library staff says Merry Christmas!

    It's the time of year for Christmas parties!

    The staff from the Sheridan Public Library enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner at the Grapevine in uptown Sheridan recently. 

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  • Superintendent speaks at Rotary
    Sheridan Rotary Club members welcomed the new Sheridan Community School superintendent to a recent meeting. Dr. Doug Miller took over the reins of the school a few months back and used this opportunity to tell the club members about his background and his educational philosophy. He grew up attending Western Boone where both of his parents were teachers. He went on to college and became a math teacher, moved into administration first as a principal at North Montgomery, earned his PhD and became an assistant superintendent at Tippecanoe County and finally accepted the position as superintendent here in Sheridan. Dr. Miller and his family live in Noblesville.
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  • Choirs sing at Chamber luncheon
    High school choirs from Sheridan and Hamilton Heights thrilled those in attendance at the Hamilton North Chamber holiday luncheon this week.
    The Sheridan choir was directed by Ms. MClain and the Heights choir was under the tutelage of Miss Boone.
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  • Rotary helps feed the hungry

    It's the season where kindness and generosity take center stage and there was certainly no exception with the Sheridan Rotary Club.

    To fulfill part of its mandate to support charitable giving in the local community, each year at this time the members of the Sheridan Rotary Club provide food boxes to MAMA’s Cupboard, a Sheridan food pantry organization.

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