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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • The Yellow Trail Museum's Night at the Museum is Friday October 23 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Hauser Historians will be hosting this years spooky tour through the museum.  Masks are required.  Town Council has also donated funds normally used to fund Goodies, Ghosts and Goblins to the Hope police and fire department to purchase candy.  They will be passing out candy from emergency vehicles on the square.  
  • Main Street of Hope held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the culmination of the Downtown Main Street Revitalization project; the culmination of a five-year process.  Hope was designated a Main Street Community in 2015. The goal of Main Street is to revitalize and bring back vitality to small rural downtowns while celebrating their historic character.  In 2016 Main Street started the revitalization project with a working group, a community study, public meetings and finally a finished plan.  Main Street took that finished plan, developed by Storrow and Kinsella Group of Indianapolis and Columbus Architect Louis Joyner, and made it their own.  They looked at what aspects they felt Hope and the community really needed, and what was realistically achievable through grant funding.  Their end plan focused on adding ADA pathways to the square.  Integrating the different sections of the square was a goal, along with accessibility to those in wheelchairs or walkers.  New streetlights were another goal with safety being the biggest factor there.  New LED lights would also be more environmentally friendly.  Main Street was also focused on aesthetics, and wanted to reflect Hope’s status as a National District in the light posts, trash cans and benches placed downtown.  The committee settled on the late Victorian Age as Hope’s heyday, and picked benches and light posts to reflect this.  They also wanted to do away with the mish mash of styles downtown, and streamline things. 


    In August of 2019, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural (OCRA) announced Hope had won a grant award of $428,360 grand for their Main Street Revitalization project.  Match funding had already been secured from the Heritage Fund, the Elizabeth R. and Walter C. Nuget Foundation & the Clarence E. and Inez R. Custer Foundation, The Columbus Area Visitors Center, and an in-kind match from Hope Native Joe Dodd of Linear Landscape Architecture in California.  The bidding process began and ground was broken in July of 2020.  COVID-19 presented delays and challenges, but construction officially wrapped up on October 9, 2020. 


    Town Council Vice President Clyde Compton welcomed attendees and started the opening today.  Pastor Ed Cottrell from the Hope Ministerial Association gave the opening prayer.  Susan Thayer Fye, executive director of Main Street of Hope went on to introduce Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, who spoke briefly.  She then recognized the funders and supporters of the project, as well as the contractors and volunteers who contributed to the successful completion of the project.  Strand and Associates, Administrative Resources Association, Poole Group, the Hope town council and Main Street members both past and present were recognized.  A tear was brought to the eyes of many when the contributions of Barb Johnson and Chuck Baker were mentioned.  Both Main Street members sadly passed away this year.  Susan neglected to note the project would have never come to fruition without her leadership.  After a brief explanation of Hope’s yellow trail, a yellow ribbon was cut to celebrate completion of the project. 

  • Charles "Chuck" Baker March 9, 1949 - October 17, 2020.  
  • The town has given the green light for trick-or-treat on Halloween, Saturday October 31st.  Trick-or-treat hours will be from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm.  Town leaders urge community members to follow safe trick-or-treating guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    1. Avoid large groups or clustering at doorsteps or anywhere else.
    2. Only go to houses that have a porch light turned on. Avoid houses that have porch lights turned off.
    3. If you hand out treats, consider sitting outside and lining up individually prepacked treat bags for families to take (don't forget to wear your own mask!). Non-edible treats are a good option, especially for children who suffer from food allergies.
    4. How much touching objects spreads the COVID-19 virus isn't clear. But if your child collects treats from a few, socially distanced neighbors, you may want to wipe the packages or let them sit for a couple days before giving them to your child.
    5. And, of course, good hand hygiene like washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after trick-or-treating is always a good idea!
    The academy advises, “Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic is a chance for you and your children to get creative, and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family! It's also a great opportunity to model flexibility and a positive spirit. If you're excited and make it fun, your kids will have fun, too. More importantly, this is a good time to teach children the importance of protecting, not just themselves but others, as well. The decisions we make on this one day can have a ripple effect beyond our own families. Finding safe ways to celebrate can create magical memories.”

    The Yellow Trail Museum will still be hosting their annual event Night at the Museum along with Hauser Historians. It will be held Friday October 23rd from 5:00 till 8:00 pm. The event is free of charge. Attendees are required to wear mask to ensure the safety of the student actors. The museum will also be passing out a take and make Halloween craft on October 31st for trick-or-treat. In years past the craft has been in completed inside the museum, but board members feel children will be safer if they do not congregate together.

    Have a safe and happy Halloween!


  • There will be no Goodies, Ghosts and Goblins on the Hope town square this year.  Normally sponsored by the Hope Branch of Bartholomew County Public Library, the library is still only hosting virtual events due to the pandemic.  No announcement has been made on Trick or Treat Hours for Hope yet.  The Yellow Trail Museum will still be hosting their Night at the Museum on Friday October 23rd.  
  • The final cruise-in of the season will be held tonight, Friday October second.  The cruise-in begins at 5:00 and lasts until 8:00.  The band is Good Time Review.  Their performance will start at 6:00.  Food will be available from local restaurants and not for profits on the square.  It is also opening night for Whitt's Pizza.  Donations for this month's cruise-in will support future cruise-in costs.  Hope to see you there! As always, please observe social distancing and wear masks per the Governor's mandate.  
  • Head to Hope Saturday September 26th if you're feeling the need to get out.   The Studebaker car show from last day's Heritage Days is returning, without the festival.  All cars are welcome, but Studebakers are featured.  Night Owl Country band will be playing from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  The band will take a break at noon to make way for the suffragettes.  Hope's Deb Slone will be presenting her program on suffrage to rally our women, young and old, into a parade around the square.  If you don't yet have you own Votes for Women sash the Yellow Trail Museum will be providing sash kits.  They encourage community women to bring their daughters and granddaughters as there will also be sash kits for the 18" American Girl Dolls.  Bring your lawn chair and a mask and support your local businesses! Willow Leaves will be open for lunch and a reception after the parade, the FFA youth will be having their booth at Hauser, and the Corner Cafe, El Jefe and Swiss Maid will be open.  
  • Hope town council meeting 09/15/20
  • Clean up Day will have a new name this year, Hope Rising.  Area churches will be available to assist with trash pick up if needed.  First Financial will have containers available for document shredding.  There will be donation boxes for the Hope Food Pantry and the community Blessing Box.  The Hope Town Council has agreed to match all donations up to $1,000.00.  
  • First Friday Cruise-In to Hope
    The next First Friday's Cruise-in to Hope will be Friday September, 4th.  Come check out all the cool, unique and antique vehicles.  Food will be available from local restaurants and not-for-profits on the square.  There will be live music by Danny Anderson from 6:00 till 8:00. There will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes for the oldest vehicle, people's choice vehicle and the most unique vehicle.  Donations will be accepted to support the Hope Volunteer Fire Department.  Bring a chair and a mask.  Check out the vehicle lap at 8:15.  
  • Arts and Antiques on the Square
    The annual Arts and Antiques Fair will be held Sunday August 30 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Admission and parking are free.  Booths will be on the sidewalk surrounding the square this year because of the construction inside the square.  The fair will feature fine, modern and folk artisans as well as antiques and is sponsored by the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce.  Event organizers expect a mix of returning booths and new booths.  For booth information call or text Donju Taylor at 812-603-2193 or email dtaylor@callcarpenter.com.  Booth space is reduced to only fifteen dollars this year.
  • International Women's Equality Day

    Today is Women's Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the nineteenth amendment.

    on August 19th, 1920 Tennessee became the thirty-sixth and final state to ratify the amendment after congress passed it on June 4th, 1919.  The road was a long one.  The original pioneers of the women's suffrage movement held the first ever women's rights convention in Seneca Falls on July 19th 1848.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Motts were two abolitionists who joined forces to issue the "Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances," a proclamation of women's rights.  Many members of this first generation of suffragettes would not live to see their dream realized.  It was up to a second generation, including Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, among others who would see the movement through to fruition.  They organized the first ever march on Washington in 1913 to draw attention to their cause.  It seems commonplace now, but created quite a stir in that day.  The procession route was mobbed by hecklers and spectators, but continued on.  There were over 200 injuries sustained during the mobbing.  The participants were very successful in drawing media attention.  These women still had a seven year fight ahead of them.  The organized road tours, national and local organizations of women, lobbied congress and protested outside the White House.  These protesters were called silent sentinels and held signs meant to shame President Woodrow Wilson.  They started their protests in 1917.  They were lead by Alice Paul of the National Women't Party.  Eventually the women were arrested and charged with obstructing traffic and jailed. After repeated incarceration and mistreatment Alice Paul began a hunger strike.  She was force fed through a tube, enduring unthinkable conditions.  The movement was not perfect, abandoning the black men and women who fought with them in order to get their cause passed sooner.   

    In honor of these brave women, the Hope Yellow Trail Museum and Main Street of Hope will host their own suffrage rally to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage on Saturday September 26th in conjunction with the Studebaker car show.  Participants are invited to make their own votes for women sash at the museum from 10:00 am until 12:00.  Children will also be able to craft their own eighteen inch doll sash.  Deb Slone will present her suffrage program at noon, and the march around the square will follow. Lunch will be served at Willow Leaves after the march.  Marchers and hecklers are needed! Costumes are not required, but are encouraged.  Honor those who fought seventy-two years and make sure you vote this year.  

  • The town council meeting looked a little different this month.  The tables were configured differently allowing for six feet between council members and there were less chairs in the audience to allow for social distancing.  Masks were worn on entry and temperatures were taken by town Marshall Matt Tallent.  Many council members removed their masks once seated. 
  • A Passion for Acting Theatre Company is presenting the lighthearted comedy by Katherine DiSavino “Things My Mother Taught Me” at Willow Leaves of Hope on August 7th, 8th, and 14th and 15th as a dinner theater, and on  August 9th and 16th as a lunch time matinee. 
  • The Cruise-in scheduled for Friday August 7th, will happen as scheduled.  This is the first cruise-in that has not been cancelled due to the virus.  
  • 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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