Conservation Confusion: Do You Know How to Save Water?

first_imgIndiana University research finds most people look to curtailing water use instead of improving efficiency of their habits and appliances as the best method to conserve water.There appears to be some confusion about when it comes to water conservation and how best to do it, as a new survey finds many people underestimate how much water they use in various daily activities. According to study author Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, most people believe curtailing their use is the best strategy to save water, but efficiency measures are more effective.She said water is an essential but neglected resource, and people need a better understanding of how to save it.“Indiana, at least this past year, has been pretty water-rich, but we’ve experienced drought in the past two years and we need to know what actions are really impactful when it comes to decreasing our water use. That would be important, especially in a short-term or in a long-term drought.”According to the survey, a large percentage of people cited taking shorter showers, which Attari said does save water but may not be the most effective action. Very few participants cited replacing toilets or flushing less, even though toilets use the greatest daily water volume.The survey found men and older people, and those who have a good understanding of numerical concepts, were more likely to have an accurate perception of water use. But Attari said most people have no idea of, for instance, how much water is needed to produce everyday foods.“A lot of water actually went into growing the coffee beans that went into making my coffee, so how is it that people will adapt to the drought and climate change if we have no understanding about how much water goes into making our food?”, she asked.Attari said the goal of the survey was to correct perceptions, and encourage people to adopt more effective efficiency measures to save water at home.“If you have the money, install a low-flow flush toilet, install a water-efficient clothes washer,” she suggested. “If you can, try to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower. Only wash a full load of clothes, and try to think about reducing the number of times you flush a toilet.”The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and is available online at read more

Indians Drop Pair Of Softball Games

first_imgThe Milan Lady Indians lose a pair of Softball Games this week.  10-9 against South Ripley and 4-2 versus Hauser.MIlan vs. South Ripley Softball (5-19)Milan vs. Hauser Softball (5-20)Submitted by Milan Coaches Eric Widener and Yatzee Roysden with Max Preps.last_img

Nutty Uniforms and Athletic Facilities

first_imgI am sure you have seen the neon green uniforms that Oregon used in football.  I am not sure if they are the worst or if the multi-colored worn by Maryland football players take the prize.  Compare these two to Penn State’s one-color no frills uniforms, and you really have a contrast.Oregon also has a weird colored basketball floor that I think is intended to make the opposing teams dizzy or just plain sick trying to play on them.  If that is not bad enough, have you seen Boise State’s blue field for football?  Then you have the basketball floors that have giant mascots painted on the center line.  When teams have to jump center, the referees have to guess where the center circle is.I suppose that all of these are used to make for a home-floor and field advantage.  With HD TV, it makes it difficult to watch.  I am sure it is quite a distraction for the visiting team.  I wonder if the NCAA will ever put restrictions on such facilities.last_img read more

Another John Wooden Story

first_imgIn 1948 the Indiana State Teachers College basketball team turned down an NAIB bid.  The reason they turned it down is because the tourney, being held in Kansas City, did not allow any black athletes to participate in the basketball games.  We now know that the Indiana State Teachers College mentioned in this story is Indiana State University today.John Wooden was the coach of this team, and he had a black player named Clarence Walker of East Chicago on his team.  John said they would stay home and not play if they were not allowed to use all of their players.  It was not until the 1950’s that integration was more fully accepted in any facet of collegiate athletics.  It should not come as a surprise that John Wooden was on the forefront of demanding equality in sports.last_img

ORVC Weekly Report (May 4 – May 9)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report.(May 4 – May 9)Performers of the Week.Baseball:  Tyler Huff-JCD and Austin Armstrong-RS.Softball:  Alix DeDreu-RS.Boys Golf:  Lucas Williams-JCD.Girls Track:  Kelsey Bowling-JCD.Boys Track:  Zack Martini-RS and Mark Schlotterbeck-M.ORVC Report (May 4-9)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Bulldogs Swimming Results At Shelbyville Relays

first_imgShelbyville Relays Invitationals.Girls finish 2nd for 2nd year in a row, break school record.Girls Results.  Pendleton Heights 132, BHS 88, Columbus East 80, Shelbyville 62, Hagerstown 38, New Castle 26.Batesville is 15-2 on the season (3-0 EIAC), 12-2 non-conference).School Record.  100 yard freestyle relay:  Daulton, Ertel, Martin, Schwettman (old record E Kelley, N Hountz, A Cox E Hankel 2010).Boys Results.  Shelbyville 106, Columbus East 100, Pendleton Heights 90, BHS 38, Hagerstown 38, New Castle 20.Batesville is 4-8-1 on the season.Event Winners:  (G) 100 yard freestyle relay.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Indiana Attorney General warns of scam

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is warning people to be suspicious of companies claiming to be affiliated with local high schools and attempting to sell sponsorships.Recently the Consumer Protection Division received a complaint against a business claiming to operate as Touchdown Sports. The complainant said the caller claimed to be with Touchdown Sports and to be calling on the behalf of a High School in Indiana. The caller was seeking sponsors for the backs of t-shirts that could be passed out during high school sporting events.The school was informed about the call, and the school said they had no knowledge of the company. This same scam has been reported in other states.The Consumer Protection Division is advising businesses not to contract with companies claiming to represent local schools without first checking with the schools to confirm the relationship with the organization seeking money.In addition to businesses, if anyone is contacted by someone claiming to operate a sponsorship fundraiser for a school, you are urged to contact the school in question to confirm the relationship.last_img read more

Keith Goodpaster

first_imgKeith Goodpaster, 68, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. He was born at Milan on February 8, 1949 the son of Frank and Eva Steele Goodpaster. Survivors include two brothers Rev. Frank (Paula) Goodpaster of Osgood, and Randy (Penny) Goodpaster of Greensburg; one sister Debbie (Don) Vogeler of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Goodpaster was a former employee of Campbell-Hausfeld in Harrison and also worked at McDonalds’ in Greensburg. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 9:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Frank Goodpaster officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Charlene Reidenbach

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Charlene’s memory include her children, Dale Reidenbach, Darin Reidenbach, and Debbie (Greg) Reid, all of Brookville; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister, Mary Jane Klene of Indianapolis; good friend, John Lamont, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald in 1995; brothers, Carl Raver – who was killed in Germany in 1955, and Elmer Raver – who died in 2016. Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael School.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Charlene Reidenbach. Charlene Reidenbach, of Brookville, was born on December 17, 1940 in Oldenburg, the daughter of Walter and Eleanor Harmeyer Raver.  She was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg.  On April 23, 1960 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg, Charlene married Donald Reidenbach.  She was heavily involved in her church and community; as a member of St. Michael Church she served as a Eucharistic minister for many years, was a regent of St. Catherine Circle #103, and was the state financial secretary for the Daughters of Isabella.  Charlene was a Girl Scout leader, CPR instructor, and member of the EMS of Franklin County.  She was a bus driver for Franklin County and delivered busses all over the country, including Alaska.  Charlene was the secretary for the Gem & Mineral club of Richmond and enjoyed traveling to the Gem & Mineral shows in different states.  In her spare time she loved making quilts for all her grandchildren and working in her yard.  Above all else, she treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the age of 76, Charlene passed away at Reid Health in Richmond.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  The Daughters of Isabella will lead Holy Rosary at 4:15.  On Friday at 10:30 a.m. Father Sean Danda will officiate the Mass of Christian burial at St. Michael Church with burial following in the church cemetery.last_img read more

Three children injured, one killed in ATV crashes this week, new law days away

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — In the last week three Indiana youths have been injured while operating all-terrain type vehicles.On Tuesday an 11-year-old boy was killed when the ATV he was riding rolled on top of him. A report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say the boy was riding in a Gibson County field when the accident occurred. Police say the riders were not wearing a helmet of protective equipment.In Daviess County on Monday an 11-year-old was when his ATV clipped a van near an intersection. The ATV flipped and ejected the rider and his 9-year-old passenger. The 11-year old was flown to an Evansville area hospital for treatment. The 9-year-old passenger was treated for minor injuries. Neither victim was wearing protective equipment.On Saturday the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department investigated another crash involving a 12-year-old boy in the 5600 block of Brownstown Road. The boy lost control in a grassy area and struck a picnic table. The victim was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The youth was wearing a helmet.Beginning July 1 all children under 18-years-old will be required to wear a helmet while operating off-road equipment. The new law will make it a Class C infraction to operate an off-road vehicle on public or private land.last_img read more