On Saturday, Sept. 19, there will be a town-wide event to cleanup the community, to worship, to enjoy some music and to welcome riders for the Hope Ride.

The event, called Hope Rising, is being organized by the Hope Town Council, Main Street of Hope, First Financial Bank, Hope Ride, and Hope Ministerial Association. The theme was first thought of by Paul Ashbrook, who has been the Hope Ride coordinator for 33 years.

Sept. 19th  is National CleanUp Day. In 2019, there were more than 2 million volunteers and over 18 million pounds of material collected nationally. Undoubtedly, Hope will once again rise to the occasion.

Dumpsters for the community will be placed at the Hope Utilities Building at 529 Mill Street from 8 a.m. until noon. Trucks and volunteers will be available to help those who cannot get material there.

The following items cannot be accepted: tires, propane tanks, large appliances, televisions, computers, paints, and solvents.

If you wish to help or need more information, contact Pastor Ed Cottrell and leave a message at 812-546-1149. 

There will be also be bins available in the parking lot of First Financial Bank for important documents to be shredded. The bins arrived early and are presently inside the bank where you can drop off your documents before Saturday. But you will need to make an appointment to use them early, due to coronavirus guidelines. Kara Sweany is thrilled to offer this community service once again.

At both locations, there will be containers available for food and monetary donations to help the Hope Food Pantry as well as the Community Blessing Boxes.

Pastor Andy Kilps, with the Hope Ministerial Association, encourages the public to attend a Hope Rising service starting at 1 p.m. on the lot between WILLow LeaVes and Swiss Maid. Ben Miller has graciously allowed the use of his lot due to the construction work going on in the town square. 

Dale Sechrest will be leading inspirational music. There will be a prayer time for the community, leaders, and first responders. The Swiss Maid chairs will be available for those attending. “Chopper” will provide a wagon for the stage. If the weather is bad, then this event will be moved to the stage inside of WILLow LeaVes.

Lunches will be available around the square for people to purchase and to enjoy thanks to Corner Cafe, Swiss Maid, Tonala and WILLow LeaVes.

Due to the coronavirus, the Hope Ride this year is spread out over a two-week period from last Saturday through Saturday, Sept. 26th.

WILLow LeaVes will open earlier than usual at 7:30 a.m. Sally Webster and Avery Tallent will be performing a variety of music on the stage at WILLow LeaVes to greet those participating in the Hope Ride as well as others. Riders can pick up their shirts then or at other times during that day. Breakfast can also be purchased and enjoyed while listening to great music that has been a staple of the Hope Ride.

Afterward, Avery will continue performing outside of the Gold Nugget while Sally will be outside of Corner Cafe, weather permitting.   

Please remember social distancing and masks around others throughout the day.