If you pick up a book and see “Fiction Core Catalog” stamped inside the cover, you might wonder what exactly does it mean? It means this book is published in the fiction core collection. Libraries must maintain the book in their system until the list is updated. With this guide librarians re…

Oftentimes when I tell people that I work for Purdue University I get shocked expressions and questions such as “do you travel from Purdue to here every day?” For those wondering, the answer is no, I do live in Knox County. Did you know that Purdue University actually has extension offices i…

As we begin the new year and reflect on the unprecedented difficulties and crisis that confronted us this past year, we are incredibly proud of all we have done to show up for our community. In 2020 the pandemic of COVID-19 challenged our community in ways that we never thought possible. Tha…

TROUBLE GRIPPING YOUR HAIR BRUSH? HERE’S A QUICK TIP FROM ACTIVE DAILY LIVING

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Sixty years ago, today, on Jan. 9, 1961, Vincennes’ own Matthew Empson Welsh was inaugurated as the 41st governor of Indiana. Welsh was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1912, but had made Vincennes his home since 1926, moving to the city that year from Brownstown in Jackson County, Indiana, wit…

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The new year will bring about a few exciting changes at the Knox County Public Library.

In January 1943, a Vincennes man received a major honor posthumously. On Jan. 10, a United States Navy destroyer named for Frank Carey McCord, was launched at the Bethlehem Steel Company yards in San Francisco. McCord was commander of the Navy dirigible U.S.S. Akron and lost his life when th…

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Dear readers, it has been six months since my last article, and what a trip it’s been.

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, livery stables were a common sight in Vincennes. With horses being the principal means of transportation, a place to house the animals, along with buggies and other horse-drawn vehicles, and to purchase the same was a necessity. Some humorously termed th…

Outdoor Christmas decorating contests, sponsored by local service clubs, once took place in Vincennes. During the latter part of the 1930s, the Vincennes Kiwanis Club held the contests, and the practice was taken up by the Jaycees in the 1950s.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” — Agnes Mae Pharo

WIN Energy REMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Leslie Beard to chief operating officer, effective Dec. 15. Beard began her career with the cooperative on Oct. 19, 2000, as a customer service representative. Since that time, she has served in various capacities, including as billing …

A meme has been circulating on the web showing a still from the “Back to the Future” movie, in which the professor is instructing Marty McFly on the controls of the DeLorean. He says to Marty, “Whatever you do, don’t set the year to 2020.” No doubt pretty much everyone would agree that that …

As December 1918 progressed, the Spanish influenza pandemic that had gripped the country that fall began to ease somewhat in Vincennes. There were 23 new cases reported on Dec. 14 and 14 on Dec. 16, with some doctors unable to report. The emergency hospital that had opened at the Masonic Tem…

I was so cautious. In fact, it angered me when I was in stores and I saw others without masks acting like the pandemic was not real or that they were somehow invincible.

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION WARNS AGAINST COVID-19 VACCINE SCAMS

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Since I haven’t written anything about the deadly Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19 since this past spring, and with our current COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it seems appropriate to take another look back at the influenza pandemic locally. Here is how influenza was affecting Knox Coun…

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The YMCA of Vincennes are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays.

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Anyone who is a fan of narrative nonfiction, books that read like fast-paced novels, have likely enjoyed one or more of Erik Larson’s works. Fans of Larson know that he is a gifted writer who brings history vividly to life.

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One of the saddest songs in the mega hit musical, “Hamilton,” is the song “It’s Quiet Uptown,” and it has a line “The Hamiltons move uptown and learn to live with the unimaginable.” The line refers to the loss of their son, but it so describes what we have called “the new normal.” We are dea…

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Recently, while perusing digitized back issues of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, a story on the front page of the June 28, 1935, issue caught my eye. The article was about Vincennes native Frank Walton and a book he had just published called “The Sea is My Workshop,” describing his experience…

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All of us are familiar with the “glass is half full or half empty” outlooks.

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For just over a year, I have had the pleasure of working part-time at the Knox County Public Library. During this time, have I worked mostly in the McGrady-Brockman House assisting patrons with research projects and/or introducing them to the vast amount of resources that the KCPL has to off…

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GENERATIONS TO OFFER CHRONIC ONLINE DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

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The YMCA of Vincennes are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays.

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Ninety years ago, in 1930, the United States was suffering through the early period of the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover was in the White House, and Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency and New Deal programs, aimed at providing jobs and alleviating suffering, were still in the future.

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Edward ‘Short’ and Phyllis (Vennard) Halter of Vincennes will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a private dinner with their children and spouses due to COVID-19.

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Recounts are in, votes are confirmed, and Pete the Cat has been voted as library patrons’ favorite character! For a month, from the beginning of October through Election Day, the Youth Department at the Knox County Public Library was the host of a closely-contested election between Pete the …

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On the evening of Friday, Nov. 22, 1907, a play by George Ade called “The Land of Dollars,” a comedy starring Ezra Kendall, came to the Grand Opera House at Second and Busseron streets (now the site of the Riverfront Pavilion). Two people, Miss Frances Fossett and a friend, Burlie Mabrey, bo…

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I can never remember a time when my life has not been intertwined with plants. When I was growing up on the farm, my mom said I could grow the flower garden (she was too busy with the vegetable garden). I was totally thrilled, and still remember the zinnias, nasturtiums, and marigolds I grew.

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This fall semester looks unlike anything seen before. Faces are behind masks. Social distancing is the new normal.

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A photograph taken from the tower of the Knox County Courthouse in the latter part of the 19th century shows in the distance some of the French houses that were still a common sight on the south side of Vincennes in those years. These homes were characterized by mud and straw in between upri…

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THE ONE TIME THAT MEDICARE MAY CALL

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Each spring, the Knox County Public Library holds their annual food drive, Close the Book on Hunger, to assist local food pantries in stocking their shelves. Along with every other event in our lives, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the library’s closure in the spring, the drive did not tak…