Jasper mayor Terry Seitz and Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner took an opportunity to connect with the younger generation.

Yesterday, the Dubois County Emerging Leaders hosted the 2 mayors for a question and answer session at Current Blend in Huntingburg. Questions ranged from leadership philosophy to retention of business to challenges facing the county 20 years from now.

Mayor Seitz started the event by talking about how successful Dubois County has been for the younger generation to date, referencing a recent study published in the New York Times. Seitz says the success of youth in Dubois County boils down to 4 things: expection, cultivation, motivation and implementation:

Meanwhile, Spinner says expectation has been the key driver:

As for business, Seitz says the best way to help is to attract workers through creating more culture in the cities for young people. Spinner says the main challenge will be the low unemployment rate locally. Both mayors pointed to technology as the biggest concern for the future, but also the greatest opportunity for future growth.

Now the event was a full house. This marked the 2nd event of the year for the Dubois County Emerging Leaders.

Spring cleaning is set to get underway in Holland.

Holland residents will be able to dispose of items tomorrow from 8 am to 4 pm and from 3 to 7 pm on Monday. The clean-up will be trash only.

Now there are some stipulations attached to spring cleaning. No hazardous materials such as paint and chemicals or tires can be dumped. Freezers must already have the Freon taken out of them or there will be an additional $15 charge added on.

Dumpsters will be available at the Lagoon site west of town. Arrangements can be made for the elderly or disabled to have their items picked up. To make those arrangements or for further information, you can call Holland Town Hall at (812)-536-3640.

Local shoppers now have another option for buying groceries.

This morning, Ruler Foods held a ribbon cutting for its newest location on Jasper’s north side. Several company officials were on hand, including Jay C Foods Inc. Division president Paul Bowen. Bowen says Jasper was a perfect fit for what his company was looking for as they searched for areas to expand to:

Jasper mayor Terry Seitz and Jasper Chamber director Nancy Eckerle also took part in this morning’s ribbon cutting on behalf of the city.

Now the Jasper Ruler Foods store has been in the works since early March of 2013. Its opening was delayed several times by construction issues and controversy surrouding signs the store wanted to use among other problems.

Ruler Foods is a division of Jay-C Food Stores Inc. The Jasper location is the 35th Ruler store to open overall across 6 states.

Other Ruler Foods stores can be found in Loogootee and Bloomfield.

Jasper mayoral candidate Wayne Schuetter is now laying out his ideas for moving the city forward.

Schuetter says he sees the role of mayor as being a public servant rather than as a politician. His main ideas have to do with economic development, government spending and engaging youth in their community.

Schuetter says Jasper has done fairly well with economic development in recent years. However, he is raising concerns about spending under the current administration of Republican mayor Terry Seitz. Schuetter says efficiency with local government spending is key to building Jasper’s future:

Now Schuetter does have high praise for some of the current economic development efforts, such as repurposing older factory buildings and tax abatements for bigger businesses. However, Schuetter says there is one element missing that he’d pursue if elected mayor:

Schuetter and other Democratic candidates in Jasper are also continuing to voice their concerns about the TIF district that the city approved last year. Schuetter says TIF is a good idea..when used responsibly:

As for repurposing older buildings and tax abatements, Schuetter says the current program does need some tweaks:

On a final note, Schuetter is continuing to tout the creation of a Mayor’s Youth Council to get younger generations more engaged in local government. Schuetter says the idea is not new to the city as it was previously used during the administration of former mayor Jack Newton.

Schuetter says his biggest goal for November is to get his name out to the public along with where he stands on the issues. He also says he’s open to a debate or two between himself and mayor Seitz on the issues before November’s election.

Authorities are continuing to look into a boat capsizing on Huntingburg Lake yesterday where the boat’s occupants escaped unharmed.

Just before 5:10 pm, Indiana Conservation Officers were called to Huntingburg Lake where the capsizing was reported. Conservation officers say a pair of bow fishermen were fishing along the south shore of the lake about 150 yards away from the shore when they noticed the boat was beginning to capsize. Conservation officers say both men were wearing life jackets and were able to stay with their boat until help arrived.

2 conservation officers launched a boat to pick up the fishermen, who had been getting help from Scott Kendall prior to officers’ arrival. No injuries were reported and it is not clear what caused the boat to capsize.

Conservation officers continue to recommend that you wear your life jacket while enjoying any sort of activity out on the water.

One of the projects from last year’s Dubois County Leadership Academy is nearing its completion.

Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says the final 3 callboxes are being installed along the upper portion of the Jasper Riverwalk. The first 3 on the lower portion of the Riverwalk were up and running back in October of last year.

Seitz says final tests on the 3 new boxes are being done this week. Meanwhile, Jasper Police chief Mike Bennett says the boxes are going to serve a very useful purpose:

Now the project was originally proposed by Jasper resident Josh Gunselman. Work got underway last year with the goal of giving people using the Riverwalk the ability to call for law enforcement or other emergency help should an emergency situation arise.

Seitz is hopeful that a dedication ceremony for the boxes will be held sometime in the near future.

Year 1 of a local program aimed at engaging students in aviation has been a huge success.

Earlier this week, Eric Seber with Pathways to Flight told the Dubois County Airport Authority that there were 5 local students enrolled in the program this school year. Each high school except for Southridge was represented in the program.

Now the project started as an extracurricular activity. The group originally signed a 1 year lease on hangar space for the students to build an experimental airplane. The airport board did approve an extension of the lease for another 2 to 3 months to continue work on the plane.

Seber says the students have come a long way in a short amount of time:

Seber is hopeful that the program will expand in the coming years. He says there has been a lot of support from the private sector as the group has raised about $8,000 in funding so far to buy components for the plane. The goal is to raise between 30 and 40 thousand dollars.

Seber says the final goal is to get students closer to their career aspirations in aviation while helping Dubois County:

The program is open to students in grades 9 through 12 at each of the 4 Dubois County high schools.