Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is set to be the keynote speaker for a regional event next week.

The Ferdinand native will be part of the Federal Lab Consortium’s 2014 Midwest Regional Meeting. That meeting is being held in Indianapolis for the first time this upcoming Tuesday August 19th and Wednesday August 20th at the Downtown Marriott.

The meeting will be exhibiting federal laboratory innovation. It will also discuss ways that individuals, companies, and other entities can access the taxpayer funded inventions to be used commercially.

Now the process is known as tech transfer. Cumulative sales in the Department of Defense alone raised more than 13 billion dollars between 2000 and 2011. More than 590 million dollars was raised through research and development contracts to further develop those available technologies.

Several different Midwest laboratories will be present. These will include NSWC Crane along with NASA Glenn, Argonne National Laboratory, and 5 different Air Force Research Labs.

Chicago-based RPX Group will be leading the entrepreneurship panel discussion. Purdue Foundry is hosting the panel discussion focused on capital.

Registration for the conference is still going on. You can go to flcmidwest.org for more information or to register.

State attorney general Greg Zoeller is now urging folks to sign up for the state’s Do Not Call list in the wake of recent scams.

Zoeller’s office says there has been a large increase in the number of telephone credit scams. Those scams, known as “Rachel Calls,” often claim to offer lower interest rates and other credit-related services for an upfront fee. Zoeller says his office has also recieved numerous complaints about caller ID spoofing, where scammers falsify their number to make it look like a local number.

Now the next deadline to register on the list is this upcoming Tuesday, August 19th. You can register residential landlines, cell phones, VOIP, or prepaid wireless numbers. You do not need to re-register if you put your name on the list in the past unless you have changed addresses. To sign up or confirm that your number is on the Do Not Call list, you can call 1-888-834-9969 or you can go online to IndianaConsumer.com.

As you’ll recall, several of the scams have hit our area in recent weeks. Jasper Municipal Utilities had issues with a Caller ID spoof last month and German American Bank has also been hit several times by scammers. The most recent of those incidents was early this week.

Well St. Anthony’s big birthday celebration is now underway.

Last night marked the official kickoff for the 4-day Sesquicentennial celebration. Opening ceremonies got underway at 6 o’clock.

Scott Uelbehor is the co-chairman of the Sesquicentennial. He says a lot of planning went into this weekend’s festivities. He also says the community and county as a whole played a big role:

Now the opening ceremonies also featured skydivers. A group of 3 divers from Skydive Indianapolis landed on the baseball field near the St. Anthony Community Center as part of the patriotic theme. That theme dates back to the 1989 125th anniversary celebration in the town.

Darcy King was one of the skydivers. A native of New Zealand, King says he chose this event to see what it was all about:

Other events last night included musical performances by the Recycled Teenagers and Eighty Sixt on the main stage.

The St. Anthony Sesquicentennial will run through this Sunday. Other events include the next stop on the WBDC Cornhole Tournament of Champions tomorrow, the backyard BBQ contest, a car show, and the parade on Sunday. Closing ceremonies are set for 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The 21st annual Juried Art Exhibition will soon be coming to the Jasper Arts Center’s Krempp Gallery.

The exhibit opens on September 3rd and is set to run through to September 28th. This year’s displays will include several different types of art and media. Those will be watercolor, oil, acryllic, wood, and screen printing among others.

There will be 2 and 3 dimensional work in the exhibit. Artists from Indiana, states immediately surrounding Indiana, or former Indiana residents can apply. This year’s juror is Lori Miles.

Miles currently serves as a Professor of Art and Art History at Depauw University. Her work has been on display in numerous different galleries. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Herron School of Art and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame.

Now several local artists will also be among those displaying their work. These include Laura Pommier and Beth Schnellenberger (both of Jasper), Sally Schmett of Huntingburg, Curtis Uelbehor of Ferdinand, Kazhia Kolb of St. Meinrad, and Stacy Graan-Wilson of French Lick. Other artists to have their work displayed come from Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, and even as far away as Canada. All artists were selected by the juror.

The First Thursday reception for this display is set for Thursday, September 4th from 5 til 8 pm. Alejandra Klawitter will be the musical guest.

2 thousand dollars in prize monies will be awarded. Categories include Best of Show, Award of Excellence, High Honor, and 5 honorable mentions.

The Krempp Gallery is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday (til 7 pm on Thursday). Its also open from noon til 3 pm on Sunday and by appointment. You can call 482-3070 for more information.

Well we’re closing in on 1 month away from this year’s Ferdinand Folk Festival.

The 5th annual festival is set for Saturday September 20th. It will be taking place at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park.

Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Hayes Carll will be this year’s headline act. Other acts will include Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, The Cold Stares, Andrea Davidson, and Jasper-based the Sisters of Second Avenue.

This year’s festival will also feature nearly 75 different food, artisan, and environmental/educational booths on site. They will all feature wide varieties of food, local and regional art, and information on how to create sustainable and vibrant communities.

Other highlights of this year’s festival will be the falconry demonstration, solar viewing, a jam area for folks to play their own instruments, and children’s games and activities. The Dubois County Humane Society will also be bringing back the “Mutt Strut Mingle” after a 2 year absence.

Vendors are set to be open from 11:30 am to 6 pm. Music and other activities will be taking place throughout the day. Hayes Carll will be taking the stage at 7:30 that Saturday evening.

For more information, you can go online to ferdinandfolkfestival.com. This year’s festival is free to attend. Its sponsored by Access Storage Now, German American, and Kyana Woodstock. The presenting sponsor is Best Home Furnishings.

1 person suffered minor injuries in an early morning accident in Jasper.

Just before 5:55 this morning, Jasper Police were called to an area near 9th and Bartley Streets on the reported accident. Police say 48-year-old Rochelle Collins of French Lick and 38-year-old Richard Hildenbrand of Jasper were both westbound along 9th Street just to the east of Bartley Street at the time of the crash.

Police say Hildenbrand had to stop for a cat that crossed the road in front of him. Collins could not stop in time and ran into the back of Hildenbrand’s vehicle before he could get going again.

Collins complained of stomach pain and she was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Hildenbrand was not injured. Damage was estimated at 3 thousand dollars for Hildenbrand’s vehicle and 5 thousand dollars for Collins’ vehicle.

Collins was cited for following too closely.

A Celtic concert is set to take the stage at Lincoln Amphitheatre for a second time.

The Louisville-based 4-piece Celtic band Guilderoy Byrne and the McTeggart Irish Dancers will take the stage on Sunday as part of Celtic Song and Dance! The performance is 1 day only.

The concert features live music and Irish dancing and amphitheatre officials say its return this year is due to the very positive response from guests.

Tickets are now available for the show. They are 15 dollars for guests age 7 and older. Children age 6 and under get in for 6 dollars. Now folks will be able to save 3 dollars per person (excluding kids pricing) if reservations are made either via telephone or tickets are bought online at least 2 hours before show time.

Lincoln Amphitheatre will also be making pork chop meals available as part of the show. They are optional and are available at additional cost to folks who buy Celtic Song and Dance tickets at least 3 days ahead of time. The meals are catered by The Chateau Restaurant.

For more information, you can call 800-264-4ABE. You can also go online to LincolnAmphitheatre.org.