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Lawrence County Community Foundation Announces
The 2022 Classroom Grant Recipients

The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded just under $9,000 to twenty-four Lawrence County teachers through the 2022 LCCF Classroom Grant Cycle.

The Classroom Grant program is designed to fund small, in-class projects that might not have a typical funding source. The goal is to help teachers provide additional educational projects that are creative, innovative, and stimulate student learning.

The Lawrence County Community Foundation, a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), accepts and manages individual and business contributions made to permanent endowments, including the Great Grants Fund for K-12 education grants, LCCF Education Fund, and the Paris P. and Lottie (Collins) Porter Education Fund, which help fund the annual Classroom Grants. LCCF uses the income earned by these endowments to improve the quality of life in Lawrence County for this generation and generations to come. Enhancing educational opportunities is a natural fit for this goal.

If you would like to help support our teachers through the classroom grant program, please contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or hope@cfpartner.org to learn how you can contribute to the endowment for Classroom Grants.

Grant recipients and project names follow:

Francesca Baglivi, Star Stitchers Knitting and Crochet Club
Robin Bennett, Engagement, Sensory, Affirmations, Extra Needs, Attention and Love. I Can Do This!!!
Allison Brown, Super Start with S.T.E.A.M Bins
Jamie Day, Multi-Sensory Letter Formation and Identification
Beth Felts, Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Puppetry
Danielle Fish, Resource ReDo
Thea Frank, Project Booster for All-STAR Rocket Scientists
Sarah Johnson, 5th Grade Store Project
Kylee Jones, Life Skill Lessons
Sharon Kittaka, Build it and They Will Learn
Lucretia Kuehn, On Top with Vex Go Robotics!
Joachim Ladwig, KB9BNL The All-STAR HAM Radio Club
Melissa Lambrecht, Regulation Stations
Cassie Leonard, Meaningful Media
Rebecca Long, Making Math Fun
Jeanette Martin, Greenhouse
Kirsten Martin, Going Mobile
Jamie Norman, Fostering Scientific Minds
Amanda Ochs, Morning Bin Friends
Whitney Reed, 3Doodler Stations
Amy Spence, Counting our Spring Chickens
Amy Voris, Theme Park Design
Spencer Wardlow, Color Craze: Cooperation and Competition
Hilary Whitaker, Creativity in Microeconomics


Stamp of Approval: Custom Munitions Printing Technology Increases Safety, Modernization at Crane Army

Crane Army Ammunition Activity—in a joint effort with the U.S. Air Force—is integrating a customized printing system into its countermeasures decoy flare program. The new technology allows printing to be done on live energetics which is increasing safety while ensuring that supplier for the U.S. military in its efforts to support the warfighter.

The Keyence MK-G 1000 is the world’s first self-troubleshooting continuous ink jet printer that does not require operator involvement, enabling CAAA to safely apply warning labels directly onto energetic grains, and better meet new requirements from the Air Force. This new technology allows for improved safety not only in the flare production process but also achieves the Air Force’s priority of safety in the rare event an ejected flare is found on the ground.

CAAA’s Countermeasures Commodity Manager Trish Staggs said, “Safety is crucial. If an unexploded munition is found, people will see the warning and know not to touch it.”

CAAA is the first installation within the U.S. Army’s Organic Industrial Base to implement the new technology on a pyrotechnic flare line. The capability to print at a high rate of speed from any direction or orientation using a four head printing system is just one of the many qualities of the non-contact system. Damage and blurring on the bare energetic material are eliminated by spraying closely controlled dye-based, fast-drying ink particles onto targets.

With the utilization of the printer, operators are able to focus on other areas of the mission. The MK-G 1000 has the world’s first self-diagnostic technology that can automatically perform maintenance and troubleshooting, which are key assets of the machine. If any issue arises, the printer attempts to repair itself which eliminates the need for a trained technician. It features a hands-free self-cleaning function which not only cleans the ink path, but also the components to help maintain the print quality. Both the printing and the cleaning processes have been adapted to meet explosives use standards.

A highlight of the system is the ease in which it functions. By eliminating specialized training, any operator can handle the job. With the non-contact capability, the printer is safer and more efficient to operate.

“It is so easy to use and is very operator friendly,” said Tina Burden, a CAAA explosives operator. “We don’t even have to touch it; it does the work for us and eliminates the need for us to handle the grain as much during production.”

The printing system was integrated into the production line safely and easily after CAAA technicians, and an Indiana based industry expert, conducted approximately 70 hours of research. The buildings production schedule was never impacted throughout the set-up process.

“There was no learning curve,” CAAA Production Controller Devon Roach said. “Set-up, testing, and the go ahead to use live energetics were done effortlessly and they have never looked back.”

“I can’t emphasize enough how willing to help the Keyence company and the customer service representative have been,” Dave Bowman, a CAAA explosives operator supervisor, said. “Any problem or question has been taken care of in a quick and uncomplicated manner.”

The U.S. Army is currently bringing its OIB into the 21st century by modernizing its facilities and processes. Integrating the printer into munitions production is an example of how CAAA is infusing the industry’s best practices while maximizing the skills and capabilities of its civilian workforce.

Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is part of the Joint Munitions Command and the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants. Established Oct. 1977, it is located on Naval Support Activity Crane.



A Crane Army Ammunition Activity explosives handler displays a warning label freshly printed on an aircraft countermeasure flare from her safety-controlled, static-free workstation on a pyrotechnic production line. In a joint venture with the U.S. Air Force, the countermeasures decoy flare program at CAAA is pioneering new technology in the form of a Keyence MK-G 1000 continuous ink jet printer which is able to safely print such warning labels onto live energetic munitions. This process is making it safer for Crane Army operators and anyone that may find an expended flare on the ground. (U.S. Army photo by Christy Carroll)


A Crane Army Ammunition Activity explosives handler displays a warning label freshly printed on an aircraft countermeasure flare. In a joint venture with the U.S. Air Force, the countermeasures decoy flare program at CAAA is pioneering new technology in the form of a Keyence MK-G 1000 continuous ink jet printer which is able to safely print such warning labels onto live energetic munitions. This process is making it safer for Crane Army operators and anyone that may find an expended flare on the ground. This new technology is helping CAAA continue to be a vital partner in the effort to support the U.S. military warfighter. (U.S. Army photo by Christy Carroll)


A Keyence MK-G 1000 continuous ink jet printer prints a warning label onto a live aircraft countermeasure flare during a pyrotechnic production process at Crane Army Ammunition Activity. CAAA is the first installation within the U.S. Army’s Organic Industrial Base to implement the new technology on a pyrotechnic flare line. The capability to print at a high rate of speed from any direction or orientation using a four head printing system is just one of the many qualities of the non-contact system. (U.S. Army photo by Christy Carroll)


Lawrence County Community Foundation Announces

“Recipients of 2022 Impact Grants”

The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $69,000 in Impact Grants to eighteen local agencies through the 2022 LCCF Open Grant Cycle.  Earlier this summer, LCCF awarded Boost Grants totaling $11,877 to eight organizations through the 2022 Open Grant Cycle.

The Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer board whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Lawrence County for this generation and generations to come.  The Community Foundation accepts and manages individual and business contributions made to permanent endowments, some of which fund the annual grant cycle.

In addition to the $60,866 awarded Thursday, challenge grants totaling $8,500 were issued to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County and Green Hill Cemetery Association. A challenge grant provides matching funds, helping organizations gain public awareness of their project goals and raise funds for their mission.  Once the challenge amount is raised, a grant check is presented to the organization.

Kim Sipes chaired the LCCF Grants Committee this year, “This year’s grants cover a wide range of projects representing the needs throughout the community and give us a great overview of the work these organizations are doing. It is impressive what is being accomplished.”

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be proactive in creating and growing an enduring source of charitable assets, and to identify and respond to the changing needs of Lawrence County.  For more information contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or hope@cfpartner.org.

Below is a summary of how each organization will use the awarded funding:

BNLHS Band & Music Boosters – $10,000 toward the purchase of a new semi-trailer to replace their 30-year-old trailer.  The trailer will safely transport band instruments and equipment to competitions and performances throughout the region.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County – Up to $6,000 (2:1 challenge) to purchase AED units.

First Christian Church of Bedford – $3,999 to make the Bedford Camp and Conference Center playground accessible to children with limited mobility.

Friends of Spring Mill State Park – $3,650 total was awarded; $1,150 for equipment to be used in the Pioneer Print Shop and $2,500 to improve the accessibility of the Nature Center.

Green Hill Cemetery Association – $2,500 (1:1 Challenge) to repair and replace the wrought iron fencing surrounding the cemetery.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank – $4,000 to put toward the cost of a new refrigerated truck that will serve Lawrence and surrounding counties.

Kappa Kappa Kappa Gamma Epsilon Chapter – $500 to defray the cost of buses during the Spring Mill State Park Candlelight Tour.

Knights of Columbus, Council 1166 – $3,000 to replace furniture in the LARC common area where clients gather for lunch and large group activities.

Lawrence Co. 4-H Council, Inc. – $5,070 to provide opportunities for social engagement and leadership development in the youth of our community.

Lawrence Co. Historical and Genealogical Society – $4,605 to provide the technology needed to inventory artifacts and record Lawrence County history.

Lawrence Co. Independent Schools – $1,500 to provide gardening supplies for their Phoenix Garden Club Farm to Table program.

Marshall Township VFD – $4,700 to provide a ventilation system to remove smoke and fumes from structures making it safer for firefighters.

Raptors Rise Rehabilitation Center – $2,300 Urban Owl program which will educate participants on the importance of Screech Owls and provide each participant with a nest box kit.

Salvation Army Lawrence County – $4,000 to provide assistance to Lawrence County residents facing unexpected financial setbacks and other urgent needs.

Stone City Alliance for Recovery & Hope – $5,980 to provide bunk beds for the Men’s Warming Shelter.

Stonegate Arts & Education Center – $1,400 to provide microphones/headsets and props for their Kids Arts Camp.

White River Humane Society – $4,000 for the spay and neuter program.

Youth First – $2,162 to provide technology support for the Youth First social worker at Mitchell Community Schools.


Lawrence County Community Foundation Gives $1,500 to Aid in Hunger Relief
Funds applied to “Meat” the Need Initiative to pay meat processing fees on donated livestock and deer

(Bedford, Indiana) –Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $1,500 grant from the Lawrence County Community Foundation to support its “Meat” the Need initiative.

According to Feeding America, approximately 6,100 residents of Lawrence County regularly struggle with food insecurity – over 1,700 of which are children. Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, said that the funds received will be used to pay processing fees on over 1,000 pounds of donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Lawrence County.

“Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens work to protect the most vulnerable and under-served in our communities and these agencies continue to face increased demand due to the lasting effects of the 2020 pandemic.” Said Katie DeForest, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “Protein is one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development. Sadly, it is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain, especially now with the rising cost of groceries.”

“The Lawrence County Community Foundation’s grant will allow us to continue and expand on our mission of hunger relief by providing over 4,500 more meals through local hunger relief agencies. We are so grateful for the continued support of our efforts in responding to the needs of those in the community facing hunger.” said Debra Treesh.

“Lawrence County Community Foundation is pleased to again partner with Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry.” Said Lisa Starr, Finance and Grants Officer. “Their unique mission is a blessing to so many in the communities they serve.”

To donate, farmers and hunters just need to take their livestock or deer to a local participating meat processor (call ahead to schedule livestock). After processing, local food banks and pantries are called to pick up the donation. There is absolutely no charge to the livestock and deer donors. For a list of participating meat processors, visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.

About Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has paid to process almost 2 million pounds of meat – providing over 8 million meals. Partnering with 85 meat processors statewide, the organization gives approximately 250,000 pounds of meat annually to an average of 600 hunger relief agencies throughout Indiana. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry accepts donations and is always looking for volunteers to help in efforts to reduce food insecurity throughout Indiana. For more information, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org or call (260)233-1444.


Lawrence County Tourism 2022 Grant Program Deadline Approaching

Lawrence County Tourism is pleased to announce the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide funding to Lawrence County attractions, festivals and events. The program encourages the development of events that will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area. Completed grant applications will be accepted through June 30, 2022. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented attraction, festival or event within the boundaries of Lawrence County.

These funds are meant to help qualified organizations promote tourism activities that will directly increase hotel occupancy and create a positive economic impact for Lawrence County. The guidelines focus on four main points: the ability to draw visitors from outside of Lawrence County, the potential for growth of the event, generation of overnight stays, and the potential for food and beverage sales throughout the community. Grant applications will be judged by a committee of Lawrence County Tourism Commission staff and Board of Directors based on criteria outlined in the application materials. Grant application deadline will be June 30, 2022 for events taking place later in the year.

“Lawrence County Tourism has distributed over $328,000 in funds to local attractions and event organizers since 1994,” says Tonya Chastain, Executive Director of Lawrence County Tourism. “It’s helping our attractions, festivals and events attract more and more visitors, and drawing attention to Lawrence County and the outstanding resources in our community.”

Grant applications are available at the Lawrence County Visitors Center located at 533 W Math St. in Mitchell. Anyone with questions about the program may contact Lawrence County Tourism Executive Director Tonya Chastain, 812-849-1090,  tchastain@limestonecountry.com


Southern Indiana Designated Sentinel Landscape

More than 3.5 million acres in Southern Indiana have been designated as a Sentinel Landscape, part of a federal program aimed at strengthening military readiness, conserving natural resources, protecting critical habitat, enhancing America’s working lands, and helping prepare Indiana for environmental changes.

The Sentinel Landscapes partnership, comprised of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Interior (DOI), announced Southern Indiana as one of three new additions to the Sentinel Landscape program, and one of only ten in the country.

Southern Indiana is home to four critical Department of Defense installations and associated ranges, including Naval Support Activity Crane, Lake Glendora Test Facility, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Training Center, and the Indiana Air Range Complex. The region also contains six state parks, seven state forests, nine state fish and wildlife areas, 39 state-dedicated nature preserves, three National Wildlife Refuges, and the Hoosier National Forest.

“This designation ensures we continue to protect Southern Indiana’s beautiful landscape and at the same time preserve our nation’s critical military mission here at home,” said Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “In doing so, we’ll bolster regional economic development and the employment opportunities that come with it, alongside our federal and military partners. Indiana’s proud to do both, enhancing national security and our state’s natural resources.”

The Sentinel Landscape partnership includes federal, state, and private entities. Key partners in Indiana include: Conservation Law Center at Indiana University Maurer School of Law; The Nature Conservancy; Indiana Economic Development Corporation – Defense Development Office; Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Indiana Defense Task Force; The White River Military Coordination Alliance; and numerous local and state-level conservation organizations.

“It’s no exaggeration that the Sentinel Landscape is one of the biggest conservation projects in Indiana history,” said Christian Freitag, Executive Director of Conservation Law Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University. “It’s an example of how conservation can be an across-the-board win when the right partners work towards common ground. Even more, the Sentinel partnership we’ve assembled shows our shared recognition that conservation projects help our economy and improve our quality of life.”

Southern Indiana contains a number of agencies and organizations focused on rural economic development, agricultural heritage, and natural area conservation. This designation aims to build upon existing conservation partnerships and military protections that are of mutual benefit.

“This project is another example of how the Conservation Law Center’s expertise and ability to build coalitions is the right medicine at the right time for the most pressing environmental challenges facing our state and country,” said Austen Parrish, Dean of the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. “We couldn’t be prouder to partner with CLC and the incredible Sentinel team on this important opportunity.”

In addition to improving landscape resilience by maintaining and connecting healthy forests, the project also addresses habitat needs of various native species, including the federally endangered Indiana bat and federally threatened northern long-eared bat. Likewise, Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape partners plan to focus on river and watershed protection by implementing regional watershed management plans along with state and federal wetland and waterway programs.

“Ensuring Southern Indiana remains a safe haven for native species and conservation of natural lands is critical,” said Larry Clemens, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. “This designation gives us important private and public sector tools and expands upon critical partnerships to protect lands, improve water quality, enhance climate resiliency, and preserve the beauty and splendor of Southern Indiana.”

In addition to Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape, Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape in Texas and the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape were also designated. For more visit, https://go.usa.gov/xteqq/.

“DoD is proud to support the growth of the Sentinel Landscapes partnership and add Camp Bullis, Northwest Florida, and Southern Indiana to the list of designated sentinel landscapes,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Real Property Ron Tickle. “These new landscape designations will leverage DoD funding and programs to protect the missions at 14 key DoD installations and ranges, protecting essential testing and training operations, enhancing resilience to climate change, and preserving our nation’s natural resources and working lands.”

More about Sentinel Landscapes

USDA, DoD, and DOI define Sentinel Landscapes as areas in which natural and working lands are well suited to protect defense facilities from land use that is incompatible with the military’s mission.

Once the partnership designates a location as a Sentinel Landscape, USDA, DoD, and DOI work with local partners to equip private landowners with the resources necessary to carry out sustainable management practices on their properties. Sustainable management practices such as farming, ranching and forestry not only offer economic and ecological benefits, but also protect defense facilities from incompatible development that can constrain the military’s ability to carry out training and testing activities.

Sentinel Landscapes accomplish their objectives by connecting private landowners with voluntary state and federal assistance programs that provide agricultural loans, disaster relief, educational opportunities, financial and technical assistance, and funding for conservation easements.

For more information about Sentinel Landscapes, visit sentinellandscapes.org.



Crane Army Celebrates Long Legacy of Serving the Warfighter

For 80 years hardworking Hoosiers here have diligently supported the defense of our nation through many wars and conflicts. Crane Army Ammunition Activity is proud of its role in this legacy of service and has faithfully provided munitions to our men and women in uniform whenever and wherever needed following its own founding in 1977.

Since being established and assuming the mission of providing munitions readiness to all the services, Crane Army played a major role in supplying warfighters with the materials they needed to succeed overseas during wide-ranging hostilities such as the Gulf War, the Bosnian War and the War on Terror.

“The exceptional ability of our people to meet the urgent needs of the warfighter sets Crane Army apart,” said CAAA Deputy to the Commander Norm Thomas, who has worked with Crane Army for 38 years. “They go out and excel at it every day. Every one of them steps up and handles their duties with passion.”

“I find it very fulfilling to know what we do at Crane Army supports our warfighters and protects our country,” said Vickie McKibben, the lead depot operations supply system analyst for CAAA. “It has been rewarding to see folks over the years come here and grow and learn about how much we do for the warfighter and realize they’re contributing to the security of our nation.”

For example, CAAA employees worked tirelessly to meet the short deadlines required by surging troops during Desert Storm in 1991. During the Gulf War Crane Army was responsible for supplying nearly 50,000 tons of ammunition and shipped hundreds of rail and truck loads over a short period of time.

“We had a big push in our ability to get materials out the door and items out for shipment, but we didn’t just meet the deadline,” Thomas said. “We simultaneously improved our out-loading processes as we shipped munitions out, resulting in an incredible revitalization in the face of a challenge.”

Ten years later Crane Army also reorganized its production and demilitarization missions under a new manufacturing and engineering directorate. The manufacturing and engineering workforce has since found new and innovative ways to produce, demilitarize and refurbish munitions and conventional ammunition for the Army. Manufacturing and engineering is currently involved in a range of projects from the production and renovation of pyrotechnic flares, bombs, artillery, charges and bursters to demilitarization processes where munitions are destroyed in ways that preserve materials so they can be recycled or reused. These salvaged materials can sometimes be put to immediate use like in CAAA’s white phosphorous plant where rounds are converted to phosphoric acid.

“My work finding and brainstorming ways to safely destroy or take apart unserviceable munitions, and working with other engineers to make them come to life, makes it so that the storage space we have can be filled up with usable munitions,” said Robin Hart, a planner and estimator for manufacturing and engineering who has worked with CAAA since 1980. “Through our demilitarization we can make a difference in funding too. I have seen how jobs get funded and equipment is purchased based on the recycling we are able to do.”

CAAA proved its dedication once again in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. CAAA temporarily shut down production lines so that employees from all directorates could focus solely on shipping munitions to support the mission. Crane Army employees worked around the clock, seven days a week, until the mission was complete to ensure the thousands of tons of munitions Crane Army supplied were in the hands of the warfighter when they needed to be.

“During Operation Iraqi Freedom we supported several missions but during one in particular, uniformed soldiers came and worked side by side with our folks,” McKibben said. “To see them working side by side in the cold and the dark and doing what it took to get the munitions ready to go out; it was inspiring and it sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite memories.”

CAAA has a proven history of delivering unmatched munitions when they are needed but Crane Army has never stopped looking forward for more ways it can help the warfighter succeed. Crane Army remembers and respects its past but continues to modernize to determine the most efficient ways of providing the best possible munitions in the years ahead.

“We are going to see a focus on modernization,” Thomas said. “There’s this incredible appetite to fund and pursue modernization, not just in our amazing facilities, processes and equipment, but in the people that make Crane Army the unmatched force that it is.”

The most significant factor in Crane Army’s storied history is the hardworking men and women who have contributed to its mission and continue to make it what it is today. Their dedication to their nation and to each other has and will continue to make CAAA one of the premier munitions providers for our armed forces.

“People ask me why I stay and all I can tell them is I love what I do and I love who I work with,” said Hart. “The relationships I have with my team are so important.”

Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is part of the Joint Munitions Command and the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants. Established Oct. 1977, it is located on Naval Support Activity Crane.


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