Community celebrations: Clubs provide updates, upcoming events


The Riley Wranglers, pictured here in a parade float, will celebrate 60 years at an upcoming event.

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Riley Wranglers to celebrate 60 years

HANCOCK COUNTY – All former and current members of the Riley Wranglers Square Dance Club are invited to a 60th anniversary celebration.

The event is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Cumberland United Methodist Church, 219 N. Muessing St., Cumberland.

The club formed in 1962 by caller Bill Donahuge and a group of local dancers.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 317-894-7765.

Psi Iota Xi taking orders for cheeseballs, holiday greenery

GREENFIELD – The Upsilon chapter of Psi Iota Xi is taking orders for cheeseballs. This is the organization’s largest fundraiser. Money raised supports speech and hearing, art, literature and music efforts in Hancock County.

The chapter will be following health protocols and always prepares cheeseballs in a commercial kitchen with supervision of a food service professional. Cheeseballs will be ready for pick-up or delivery on or after Nov. 5.

Cheeseballs are $7 each and come in savory and chocolate chip dessert flavors. Savory cheeseballs can be ordered rolled in nuts or without nuts. To order, text (preferred) or call Katie Ottinger at 317-318-8313.

The Upsilon chapter is also selling holiday greenery through Sherwood Forest Farms. Products include evergreen wreaths, doorway and railing garland, and other holiday décor fresh from the Pacific Northwest. Shipping is free and direct to the customer. Visit the Psi Iota Xi Facebook page (@PIXupsilon) to learn more and access the direct link to order.

Students honored for researching family history

McCordsville resident Kalin Wallpe, the 2022 4-H geneology grand champion winner for Hancock County, was recently honored by a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She’s pictured with (from left) Glenda Wallpe, Edward Wallpe, Miles Wallpe and (at right) Brenda Cotton, a DAR member.

KNIGHTSTOWN – Young genealogists were honored recently by the Major Hugh Dinwiddle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The group honored the 2022 4-H genealogy grand champions from Hancock and Henry counties. Kalin Wallpe of McCordsville researched 13 generations. Elliot McKnight of Middletown researched three generations. Both received DAR certificates of honor and a year’s subscription to American Spirit, the DAR magazine.

The honors were made at the Oct. 1 meeting, in which Peggy Queener also presented a program on Mum Bet, later known as Elizabeth Freeman, a slave who sought counsel and received her freedom. The group’s next meeting is at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Crazy Horse Hops Barn in Knightstown.

Free veterans luncheon scheduled

GREENFIELD – A free luncheon honoring service and sacrifice will be provided to Hancock County veterans and military members.

The Brandywine Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host two seatings of a lunch at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Ninestar Connect Conference Center, 2243 E. U.S. 40. Reserve a spot by Nov. 3 with a name, address, phone number and choice of lunch time to [email protected] or call 317-727-1605.