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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • American Legion Post 229 has been providing a traditional Memorial Day service in the Hope area for at least 65 years. It has been modified somewhat over that time. Originally, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30. In 1968, the date was established as the Monday closest to the 30th, to provide a three-day weekend...

  • After careful consideration, it is with a heavy heart the Yellow Trail Museum announces the cancellation of this year's Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, previously slated to happen July 3rd.  Governor Holcomb's Back On Track Plan does not allow gatherings of over 250 people until July 4th.  The board members of the Yellow Trail Museum feel it is prudent to cancel the celebration in light of so many unknowns.  It is all of our responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.  Stay safe and well, Hope, until we are once again able to gather together. 
  • I hope everyone had a happy Mother's Day yesterday.  It can be a difficult day for some who have lost their mother, lost a child, never had a chance to be a mother or have a strained family relationship.  In honor of mother's day instead of focusing on loss and hurt, I encourage you to honor a woman who has mothered you in some fashion.  Alternately, take this as a chance to reach out and do some mothering yourself.  The world could use a little extra dose of caring and compassion now; two characteristics mothers are well known for.  

    Duck Creek Gardens was busy as a beehive Saturday, with patrons seeking just the right flowers for their mothers. Hopefully the cold snaps will have passed with Monday's forecasted frost and everyone's beautiful Mother's Day flowers will be safe outside.   I always heard you should not plant flowers outside until after Mother's Day, as the danger of a hard frost was not past until then.  My own mother imparted this piece of wisdom to me.  I am not sure where she learned it.  Perhaps she learned it from her mother, who was an avid gardener.  It seems not everyone knows this tidbit of homespun wisdom anymore, so consider yourself informed and happy planting!

  • It is May 1st.  The grass is being mowed at the Holland estate, which is proper.  Barb Johnson told me it was in writing the grass not be mowed before May 1st because of the grape hyacinths and other flowers.  The hyacinths provide such a beautiful riot of color in the spring.  It almost looks like a purple carpet.  Some things do never change.  I wonder if it was mowed when the Reverend Holland lived there?

    In other news and signs of reopening life, Subway is open again, for carryout only naturally.  Go grab a sandwich and support local businesses.

    Happy May Day!  Stay safe, Hopians.  

  • I feel Barb Johnson, nudging me, telling me these are interesting times that need to be recorded and documented.  There is no doubt we in Hope are living through history in the making...

  • The Hope - Clifford - Hauser annual alumni banquet originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 has been cancelled for this year.
  • “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Mr. Rogers famously advised, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

    I've been finding a bit of comfort in this advice.

    In our own community...

  • Supply Distribution Line
    Kudos to the hardworking school employees and local police for getting student lunches disturbed and iPads for e-learning.  The distribution line on the east side of the square appears to be running very smoothly.  Thanks for all you do for Hope!
  • Park Closed
    Yellow caution tape is now blocking access to all of the playground equipment and shelter house.  The park on the square is closed.  This is unprecedented.  
  • Due to the recent social distancing recommendations the Flat Rock Haw Creek Conservation Club Fish Fry scheduled for Saturday March 21st is cancelled.  It will be rescheduled at a future date.  Be well and stay safe, Hope.  
  • The Main Street of Hope monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday March 12th has been cancelled due to a recommendation by the CDC that all meetings of twenty or more people be cancelled.  There is also an expected lack of attendance due to spring break travel.  The next monthly meeting will be Thursday April 9th.  
  • There is a Girl Scout selling cookies on the West side of the square facing Main Street! Get them while you still can!
  • The town crier spies boxes being moved out of the now empty Shaton's into a trailer.  Who knows what is happening there?
  • There is a town council meeting Tuesday March 10th at 5:30 pm.
  • The Community Center of Hope will be having their annual meeting and dinner at the Hope Moravian Church on Thursday March 5th at 6:00.  The public is welcome to attend and see the difference they are making in the community.  
  • Boggstown Cabaret Returns

    Housed in a building that was built as a Redman’s Lodge in 1873, the two-story building that now houses the Boggstown Cabaret has had many incantations, as have most buildings its age. It has been home to a barber shop, a men’s athletic club and a grocery store.

  • The sun is out and the town is picking up trash in the park.  This Hopean can't wait for warmer weather and more activity in our beautiful green space!
  • Barb Johnson's Celebration of Life
    A celebration of life reception for Barb Johnson will be held Friday February 28th from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Hauser High School gymnasium.  A private family interment will take place a later date.  
  • The Real Pioneer Woman

    Hollywood may have the Pioneer Woman, but Hope had Barb Johnson. 

    My generation remembers Barb Johnson for her wonderful work as a teacher at Hope Elementary.  Even if you did not have her as a classroom teacher, her influence reached far outside those four walls.  She lead so many children through learning about pioneer history through Little Hoosiers and activities at Heritage Days in full pioneer costume.  She went on to impact future generations of children with her work at the one-room schoolhouse and the Yellow Trail Museum preserving and writing about Hope's history. She made learning fun and interactive with events like Christmas of Yesteryear and Night at the Museum. 

    Her community involvement , as well as her enthusiasm and energy, was unmatched.  When she won the Republic's woman of the year award, she humbly claimed she did not deserve it.  Hope knows better. 

    We have lost a treasure that cannot be replaced. Please hold her family in prayer, and please volunteer when you can.  It will take a village to replace Barb Johnson.  

  • Work began planning the 2020 Hauser alumni banquet last night.  The banquet will be held at the field house on Saturday May 16th at 6:00 pm.  This year's twenty five year sponsor is the class of 1995.  The featured fifty year class is the class of 1970.  Save the date and watch for more details coming soon!
  • Hope's own Ja-Vonda Brown will be opening her very own boutique, Dandeline Boutique, inside of Willow Leaves.  This shopaholic can't wait for a local shopping option! Here's wishing her luck.  We are always excited to welcome more retail to Hope!
  • Many local Hope residents know I enjoy acting.  I was recently lucky enough to be included as an extra in a movie after a friend alerted me to the opportunity.  Pigasus Pictures out of Bloomington Indiana issued the call via a social media video.  The first five hundred respondents in possession of a white formal gown or tuxedo were selected to participate. 
  • Hope's Yellow Trail Museum will hold their annual dinner meeting tonight, February 11th at 6:00 at Willow Leaves.  Deb Sloane is scheduled for a program to help us remember the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.  The community is invited to see what was done in 2019 and what is expected for 2020.  Reservations for dinner are required.  
  • Emily Rachel and Clayton White, formerly of Hope and currently serving in the United States Army, have been blessed by a little girl. Leralynn Savannah White was born on February 6, 2020, at 8:21 pm, weighing 7lbs 14 oz. Leralynn is the granddaughter of Alise Clay Pate of Saint Mary's, Georgia, and the geat granddaughter of Anita Wells Clay of Scipio.
  • Hope OCRA Award
    Susan Thayer Fye, President of Main Street and Diane Burton, Hope Town Clerk Treasurer attending the OCRA Awards Ceremony on February 6, 2020 at the Indiana Statehouse. They are pictured with Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA; Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.  We are very proud of the work Main Street of Hope has put in towards obtaining this revitalization grant to enhance Hope's downtown.  
  • Even though Grubby predicted six more weeks of winter yesterday, it is certainly feeling like spring in Hope today! There are children playing in the park and lots of activity outside!
  • Attention Hopians! Now is your chance to be famous! Word is Channel 8 news will be here at 5:30 am on Sunday the second to interview the locals about Groundhog's Day! Come on down the square for your chance to be on TV! Costumes and polka dancing strongly encouraged! Grubby from Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators will be there as always!
  • Hope Town Crier for Jan. 29th

    Hope Town Crier for Jan. 29th

    Join us on the square Sunday Feb. 2nd at 8:30 am as we celebrate the time-honored German tradition of Groundhog Day.  

    What will Grubby’s annual prediction for the remainder of winter be? Will she retain her 100% accuracy rating? Find out at the festivities in front of the bandstand Sunday morning.  

    Extra points awarded for costume!  Breakfast and hot drinks to follow served at the Hope United Methodist Church on Washington Street.  All proceeds from the freewill offering benefit the Hope Volunteer Fire Department.  
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