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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
  • Sunday Socials Resume
    There will be a Sunday Social held Sunday August second at the Yellow Trail Museum from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  
  • There is a regular Yellow Trail Museum monthly meeting Tuesday July 28th at 6:30 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.  
  • The meeting was called to order with a reminder to silence mobile devices. Council President Jerry Bragg led the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes from 06/16/2020 were reviewed and unanimously approved. The claims were also unanimously approved...

  • Governor Holcomb Announces Mask Mandate
    Governor Holcomb has announced a mask mandate effective July 27.  Masks will be required for anyone over eight years of age while in a public space when social distancing is not possible.  Masks will be required in schools for children eight years and older.  Masks are required in public buildings, businesses, schools and on public transportation.  
  • Ground Broken!

    Hear ye! Hear ye! Ground has officially been broken on the Main Street of Hope Downtown Revitalization Plan! As someone who has served in various capacities on numerous committees relating to this project for over three years I am so excited to see construction beginning! Please bear with the dust and the construction mess as we work to make Hope a better place to live and work.  The playground will be closed during construction.  It appears concrete cutting and removal of existing sidewalks are happening today.  The sidewalk to nowhere is gone.  Those of us with some age will recall when it led to the Rural Mail Carriers Museum.  Remodeling of the old Arford building next to the Yellow Trail Museum also continues so those items will have a new home.   

    Correction:  The playground will remain open during construction.  There is a barrier fence on the west and north side of the playground equipment to separate the play area from the construction area.  

  • Main Street of Hope will be partnering with the Yellow Trail Museum to resume open hours...


  • Happy Fourth, Hope!

    Even though Hope had to cancel the Old Fashioned Independence Day this year, the town is still gearing up for the Fourth of July.  The bunting is hung from our beloved band stand and the flags are going up on the light poles around the square.  As a reminder, Per town ordinance:  

    It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to discharge fireworks except for between 9:00 AM and 12:00 midnight on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and New Years Eve.  

    With the recent stall in the reopen orders, it seems cancelling the popular fourth of July festivities was the right step.  Gatherings of over 250 people will not be allowed to happen as previously scheduled.  Case numbers are still too high.  Have a happy, healthy and safe Fourth!

  • Hot Dog Lunch Wednesday!
    Hear ye! Hear ye! A hot dog lunch will be served Wednesday from  noon till two at the vacant lot beside Willow Leaves.  Come out and support local businesses as they try to recover from the pandemic.  Special by Design will be having a raffle, Cornett's Corner Cafe will be passing out coupons for free ice cream cones, local area realtors will be sponsoring corn hole games, with food provided by Main Street of Hope and the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce.  FUN! Come out and hear what will be happening in Hope soon!
  • The park on the square is now reopened! The Norman park remains closed due to piece of playground equipment that needs repaired.   Hurry up and get your kids to the square to play before constrictions begins.  The Main Street Downtown Revitalization plan construction is scheduled to start Monday, assuming all the i's get dotted and the t's are crossed.  The playground may be temporarily closed during that time.  
  • I just witnessed one of those rare sites you have to see to believe.  A Mustang traveling down Main Street with a tractor tire hanging out of its window.  I had to chuckle.  The people of Hope sure are inventive and know how to make due with what they've got available.  I hope that tire arrives safely at its destination and that the lack of said tire is not impeding the finishing up of planting for any of our local farmers.  Here's hoping most area farmers have their crops in the ground and we have a good year.  
  • Downtown's Blooming Begins
    The square looks great with the return of the planters full of flowers for the summer season.  Memorial Day weekend had Windy Hill Greenhouse planting and placing flowers around the square.  Thanks to all the businesses of Hope and Main Street of Hope for helping beautify our downtown. I got the flowers for Deckard Tool's planters at Duck Creek Gardens; they had nearly sold out this year. There are going to be some beautiful gardens in Hope this year.  It saddens me the big planters inside the square are still empty, but it does seem wasteful to fill them with no one to see them.  The shelter house is open again, but the playground remains closed off.  The first two cruise-ins of the year have also been cancelled; they were scheduled for June 4th and July 3rd.  Further cruise-ins will be addressed on a month by month basis.  El Jefe has reopened for dine in service, if you need a margarita in these trying times.  Willow leaves has also reopened, and the Corner Cafe remains open for take out only.  Don't let the lack of dine in service stop you from picking up an ice cream.  The ice cream window is open, and you can check out the pretty flowers while you enjoy it.  I hear the plan is to have mums in the big planters for this fall.  Let's cross our fingers Heritage Days happens, because where flowers bloom, so does Hope.  
  • 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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