Statewide—Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that the Stellar Communities Program is now open for Letters of Intent.Launched in 2011, the Stellar Communities Program is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment initiative led by OCRA, which is overseen by Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. The program works with communities in creating regional development plans, promoting local and regional partnerships and implementing comprehensive solutions to regional challenges. The program will continue this year with a regional partnership design and select one regional designee. All participating communities must commit at least four years to the project. This collaborative effort brings together mentors and partners to advance comprehensive solutions for regional and local challenges throughout rural Indiana.Eligible participants include local units of government, a county, city or an incorporated town not currently considered a HUD recognized entitlement community. Only communities that participate in the state Community Development Block Grant program are eligible.Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA said that although any eligible community can apply, regional mentorships with past Stellar Designees and Finalists are highly encouraged. The Stellar Communities Program manager, Michael Sinnet, is available for consultation and technical assistance.The Letters of Intent submission process is completed through an online grant management system. All regions must submit the required documentation in order to be considered. Letters of Intent are due by April 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET. No paper submissions will be accepted and submissions entered after 4 p.m. will not be eligible.To date, more than 79 communities have participated in the process; 30 have completed Strategic Investment Plans/Regional Development Plans, and 16 have received the Stellar Communities Designation. This includes the Cities of Madison, North Vernon , and Rushville in southeastern IN.
Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts George Stevens Academy’s Stefan Simmons bats during the third inning of a high school baseball game against Washington Academy on April 24 in Blue Hill. Simmons pitched the final inning of the Eagles’ 3-0 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBLUE HILL — Faced with a stretch of three games in four days, the George Stevens Academy baseball team was in position to use a lot of pitchers over a short span of time. To ease the load, the Eagles went with a different approach.GSA used four different pitchers — Beckett Slayton, Jake Keenan, Taylor Schildroth and Stefan Simmons — and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 3-0 win over Washington Academy on Monday. In an effort to ensure their availability later this week, none of the four threw more than 2 1/3 innings in the victory.“Pitching-wise, I think you have to like what we did today,” Schildroth said. “We kept everybody’s arm fresh, we made great pitches and we gave ourselves some breathing room to pitch again later this week.”Slayton opened the game on the mound and made quick work of Washington Academy. After a 1-2-3 inning in the first, Slayton hit a sacrifice fly that scored Schildroth to give GSA a 1-0 lead. He then struck out the side in the second before Jake Keenan took over in the third.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA (2-0) extended its lead to two runs in the bottom of the third inning after Keenan hit a sacrifice fly to score Slayton. After Keenan delivered another hitless inning in the fourth, Tyler Snow hit a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and eventually scored on a passed ball.Schildroth would take over for Keenan with one out in the top of the fifth and kept the no-hitter alive. Even when Nevin Rhodes got the first hit for Washington Academy (0-2) in the top of the seventh, GSA’s fourth pitcher, Stefan Simmons, caught Rhodes trying to steal third base before closing out the win.“Everybody’s fastball was working, and that put us in good shape,” Schildroth said. “All of us, we were all throwing strikes. We didn’t even have to use our curveballs that much, but when we did, we were still able to hit our spots.”Slayton pitched two innings and recorded four strikeouts and one walk. Keenan finished with five strikeouts and a walk, and Schildroth finished the fifth and sixth innings with three strikeouts and no walks before Simmons pitched the seventh. At the plate, Schildroth had two hits and a run scored.Because no GSA pitchers threw 40 pitches or more, the team will have each of them available for Wednesday’s game against Orono. Under the Maine Principals’ Association’s new rules, pitchers only need one calendar day of rest if they throw between 21 and 39 pitches in a game.“With more games left this week because of the delays, we knew coming in that we would need to have as many arms ready to go as we could get,” Slayton said. “None of us pitched very long today, but mixing it up a bit was working for us on the mound the whole day.”Although GSA performed well on the mound, it didn’t always take advantage of opportunities on offense. The Eagles stranded nine runners, including three with no outs in what seemed to be a promising start to the bottom of the fifth.“When you have the bases loaded with no outs, you’ve got to get at least two [runs] out of that,” Schildroth said. “It’s still early in the season, and we can definitely put more work in at the cages and get that fixed.”The game was a makeup game from a rainout Saturday. The Eagles’ next game will be on the road against Ellsworth at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. It will be the home opener for Ellsworth, which was also rained out against Herman on Saturday and will face Mount Desert Island tomorrow, April 25. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020