June 5, 2013

This fall at least two of the more successful football programs in the area will have new coaches. Milan has just named Ed Wagner as their new coach. Ed is coming from Bedford North Lawrence where he has been a teacher and coach for the past 7 years. East Central, earlier this year, named current assistant Justin Roden their new coach replacing Tim Behlmer who retired. It is much more difficult to go out and find outside coaches this days. Most schools have a modified freeze on hiring which greatly restricts who you can look at as a future coach. This freeze is usually one that says only no experience or limited-experienced people can apply. Even though the administration might like to wave this for a high profile coach, the rest of the faculty would not stand for it–nor should they. Most schools will not hire head coaches in football unless they are also regular teachers in the school. I would suspect that you will see little difference in either of these two programs next fall, because their systems are well entrenched; and whoever is at the helm will do quite well. After all, Coach Roden and Coach Wagner are quite experienced and not a rookies in any sense of the term. The kids are still in place as are most of the assistant coaches. We will know in a few short weeks how this comes out. Good luck to both schools.

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all-day Murder Mystery Dinner @ Napoleon Community Center
Murder Mystery Dinner @ Napoleon Community Center
Oct 9 – Oct 10 all-day
The Central House Players Present: ‘Death Suite’ an Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery. Friday, October 9 AND Saturday, October 10 starting 7:00 PM. Dinner catered by Kountry Katering at the Napoleon Community Center with interactive mystery played out in the Central House. Tickets may be purchased in advance $15 by calling: Pat Hicks (812) 852- 4818.    Tickets at the door $18. Reservations recommended as space is limited.  
all-day Vogt Farm Pumpkin Festival @ Vogt Farm
Vogt Farm Pumpkin Festival @ Vogt Farm
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Horse-drawn trolley rides to pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, corn maze, paddleboat rides, on Saturdays and Sunday ONLY. Hours vary.
8:00 am Milan Lions Club’s Pancake Break... @ Milan VFW
Milan Lions Club’s Pancake Break... @ Milan VFW
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 10 to benefit the Food Pantry Building Fund. Sponsored by the Milan Lions Club. Serving from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Milan VFW. Tickets available from any Lions Club member. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6 – 12, and free for preschoolers. Tickets at the door cost $1 more per ticket. A split-the-pot will also be held.

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