Nearly 100 farm families receive century farming award

first_imgRushMahan1918Centennial RipleyOtte/Webster1866Sesquicentennial RipleyNaylor1846Sesquicentennial BartholomewGuinn1836Sesquicentennial FranklinFledderman1918Centennial RipleyObendorf1865Sesquicentennial JacksonRieckers1852Sesquicentennial DecaturKirchhoff1919Centennial CountyAward NameHomestead DateAward Type JacksonGoecker (Pfenning)1857Sesquicentennial JenningsElsner1919Centennial DearbornHopping1816Centennial, Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial JacksonBishop1914Centennial FayetteJack & Milah Frost1819Bicentennial BartholomewBurney1918Centennial SwitzerlandHall1908Centennial RipleyNarwold1866Sesquicentennial BartholomewLarry Speaker1908Centennial FranklinSiefert1869Sesquicentennial BartholomewThayer1854Centennial & Sesquicentennial Indianapolis, IN — Friday at the Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler presented 96 farming families with the Hoosier Homestead Award, setting a new record in the program’s 40-year history.To be named a Hoosier Homestead, the farm had to be kept in the family for at least 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.Since the program was established in 1976, more than 5,600 families have received the award.“The vast majority of farms in Indiana are family-owned and operated,” Crouch said. “They are the foundation we rely on as a society, which is something we must never take for granted. It was an honor to recognize these families at the great Indiana State Fair.”Families were eligible for three different award distinctions. Based on the age of the farm, they received the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.Notably, the Bicentennial Award was presented to five families during Friday’s ceremony.“Seeing so many generational farming families all in one place was truly humbling,” Kettler said. “They are the lifeblood of our state, and recognizing their legacy and perseverance today was a tremendous honor.”The following list includes the area 2019 summer Hoosier Homestead Award recipients. ScottSmith1817Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial FranklinLogan1919Centenniallast_img read more

Gloria Horsch, 71, Winfield: Sept. 30, 1943 – April 28, 2015

first_imgGloria HorschGloria Horsch, of Winfield (formerly of Wellington), died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita at the age of 71.Gloria was born the daughter of Everett and Billie Raycene (Amberg) Wise on Thursday, September 30, 1943 in Wellington.On June 3, 1961, Gloria and Ronald “Ronny” Horsch were united in marriage in Wellington. They were married over 41 years before his death in 2003. She was blessed to find love again and married Royce Montgomery in December of 2010.Gloria volunteered over 30 years with the Kansas Department of Corrections Prison Ministry. Furthermore, she was instrumental in developing and operating the Working Men of Christ Ministry where she served as a board member.Survivors include her husband, Royce Montgomery of Winfield, daughter, Neana Horsch-Sneed and her husband Jeff of Prairie Village, son, Kurt Horsch of Winfield, son, Dane Horsch and his wife Debbie of Wellington, son, Joel Horsch and his wife Andria of Lees Summit, Missouri, sister, Conita Cody of Wellington, sister, Marjorie Howell of Gonzales, Texas, grandchildren: Arielle Horsch, Olivia Sneed, Michaelyn Horsch, Preston Horsch, Shanna Tibbs and Deric Tibbs. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Billie Wise and her husband, Ronny Horsch.Visitation will be held at the funeral home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015.Funeral services for Gloria will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church, Wellington.Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington.A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the Working Men of Christ Ministry. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more


first_imgA leading tourism figure has said Donegal is already seeing the benefit of the amazing and famous northern lights.The spectacular natural phenomena has been the talk of the country in recent days.Now Kathleen Gill, marketing manager of Inishowen Tourism, says people from as far away as Cork are making enquiries about the area. The Inishowen Peninsula is considered the best place to see the lights which will be visible until March.“We have had a lot of calls from as far away as Cork about the lights and what accommodation is available in the region.“We are working on finding the most suitable times for people to visit so they can have the best chance of seeing the lights.“The best place to see the lights is in the Ballyliffin and Malin around the Polan Bay but the entire Inishowen Peninsula has so much to offer. “There used to be the perception that Donegal and Inishowen was so far away but the road networks has improved so much that nowhere is isolated anymore ,” she said.This year’s could be the most spectacular in a decade because of a peak in the sun’s activity.The celestial light show appears as ghostly, wispy rays of greenish and whitish colours dancing across the heavens.Local astronomer Brendan Alexander is hoping for some clear night skies over Donegal in the next few weeks.“It’s definitely worth seeking out. It’s an event that – especially on these shores – is so rare. “But we are lucky to live just north enough to experience it – any country further south than us won’t be able to see it. It’s certainly something tourists would come to see.”The sun has a “heartbeat” every 11 years or so – known as the solar cycle – and when it erupts, charged particles blast into space and are sucked into the North Pole.These explosions react with the earth’s atmosphere, sparking great swathes of coloured light over the night skies, known for centuries by native north Americans as the Dance of the Spirits.For further information see DONEGAL TOURISM ALREADY BEING SWITCHED ON TO NORTHERN LIGHTS PHENOMENA was last modified: January 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan AlexanderInishowenInishowen TourismKathleen Gillnorthern lightslast_img read more