City offices to be closed Friday

All Vincennes government offices will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

Recycling and trash pickup will be running on the regular schedule.

Way of the Cross Walk back this year

After being canceled due to COVID-19 last year, the Vincennes Area Ministerial Association will once again host the Way of the Cross Walk on Good Friday.

Visitors are asked to gather on the steps of the Old Cathedral promptly at noon. In order to lessen the size of the crowd, coordinators will send walkers off in staggered, smaller groups this year. Those groups will then stop at the 14 Stations of the Cross along the way.

The walk is about a mile-long trek through historic downtown, so comfortable shoes are encouraged.

Walkers, too, are asked to wear masks and social distance.

CISMA offering replacement shrub program

The Knox County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) group on Tuesday met and approved a new program offering native shrubs for the removal of invasive ones.

Local residents need only agree to remove common invasive shrubs from their own properties to then receive up to three native shrubs, paid for by CISMA, to replace them. To be eligible, residents must submit before and after pictures of the invasive shrub removal to county natural resource specialist Will Drews at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net.

Native shrubs will be available for pick up on specified dates in April at the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District Office on a first come, first served basis.

Some common invasive shrubs in Knox County include Amur Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, Border Privet, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry and Multiflora Rose.

Native species being offered as a replacement include American Plum, Ninebark, and Silky Dogwood. Shrubs are 12-inch bare root stock and can be mixed and matched as availability allows.

The program is set to run through April 16.

Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday

The city is once again partnering with the local Kiwanis club in hosting an Easter egg hunt at Gregg Park.

The egg hunt will take place on Saturday. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the hunt will get underway at 11 a.m.

Children will be divided into four different age groups, and prizes will be given away after the hunt is over.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines will apply; adults and children age 6 and up must wear face masks. Hand sanitizing stations will be on site and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

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