DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, Ind. — Ripley County Clerk Mary Ann McCoy reminds voters of Delaware Township the voting location has moved.This year they will be voting at the Delaware Fire Station, 5452 State Road 129.If there are questions, please call 812-689-4783.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Halloween weekend was truly horrific for the Wisconsin Badgers.For the second consecutive week, a last-second heave to the endzone felled No. 15 Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2), as Ohio State (5-3, 2-2) freshman quarterback Braxton Miller evaded the UW pass rush, rolled right and lobbed the football to a wide-open Devin Smith, who easily caught the pass for a 40-yard touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the 33-29 Buckeyes victory.The stunning loss comes one week after the Badgers lost to Michigan State on a 44-yard Hail Mary as time expired. That game was heartbreaking in its own right – Wisconsin’s national title hopes were dashed, quarterback Russell Wilson’s Heisman Trophy hopes were essentially ruined and the Badgers’ perfect season was annihilated.Saturday night in Columbus? Heartbreak only begins to describe what happened to Wisconsin.“I guess we always believe that everything happens for a reason, and these things are just so overwhelmingly negative,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “I know we’ve got great kids, and unfortunately this is a learning experience that the only way you get it is to go through it.”Cruel and unusual as Ohio State’s final score seemed, Wisconsin should have seen the writing on the wall.For the second consecutive week, the Badgers’ opponent blocked a Brad Nortman punt that resulted in a touchdown shortly after. Wilson, though his final numbers of 20-for-32 passing, 253 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions painted an impressive picture, struggled with his accuracy, missing many more throws than he had in any other game to date. Running back Montee Ball, despite finishing with a healthy 5.0 yards per carry average with 85 yards on 17 carries, took a while to truly get going – along with the rest of Wisconsin’s rushing attack.For the first time since the Nov. 21, 2009, game at Northwestern, Wisconsin was held under 100 rushing yards. Ohio State, despite its unranked status, was buoyed by the seventh-highest crowd in Ohio Stadium history (105,511) in stifling the nation’s No. 5 scoring offense (47.4 points per game).“You can tell Ohio State’s pretty good. Defeating some blocks, it was tough to get the edge on them all day,” Bielema said. “We tried to get some plays going inside and outside, and they were very, very good. They’re a solid football team defensively.”Also similar to the Michigan State game was how Wisconsin began the game, winning the opening coin toss and electing to receive yet again. Against MSU, UW scored a touchdown on its first drive. Saturday, the Badgers were stifled after a four-play, 27-yard drive. After stopping Ohio State on its first drive, Wisconsin developed an eight-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard pass from Wilson to Ball.Ohio State did not score until 2:25 remained in the second quarter, on a 39-yard field goal from kicker Drew Basil. Wisconsin was fortunate to take a 7-3 lead into halftime but clearly disappointed with its lack of offensive production.“I think that they came out with some big stops,” Wilson said. “In terms of lacking urgency, you don’t want to go too fast all the time. You want to make sure that everybody’s clicking, everybody’s on the same page – especially when you’re playing away, you want to make sure everybody’s understanding everything and what’s going on the field.”Continuing the critical, repeated miscues himself, Wilson once again was called for a crucial intentional grounding penalty. Last week in East Lansing, Mich., the call was undeniable, as Wilson dropped back deep into his own endzone to pass and was forced to get rid of the football. Grounding was called, and since the penalty was committed in UW’s endzone, a safety was called.Saturday night’s call was much closer, but it came on the first play of the fourth quarter (last week’s was in the second). At Wisconsin’s own 21-yard line, Wilson rolled right beyond the right hashmark to avoid the Buckeye pass rush, curled back to his left and crossed back over the hash in doing so. He appeared to simply throw the ball away again, toward the OSU sideline, though it seemed Wilson might have been outside the pocket.“Yeah, I definitely thought I was out of the pocket on the intentional grounding,” Wilson said. “Plus, we had [wide receiver Nick] Toon coming across the field, so I was trying to throw it to him or get it near him. He was on the hash, if not past the hash. It’s just one of those things, I thought it was not intentional grounding, but they called it and you can’t do anything about it.”As if a vital Big Ten loss on the road – along with all the miscues – wasn’t painful enough, Bielema evoked some of the horrors of Michigan State once again with his timeout usage late in the game. In East Lansing, the Badgers had all three timeouts remaining with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Bielema used all three on MSU’s last drive, which began at the 1:26 mark with the score tied at 31-31 and the Spartans beginning from their own 25-yard line. The last timeout was called with 30 seconds left and seemed to allow a Michigan State team content to let the clock run out into overtime with another chance to eek out a win, as it eventually did.Against Ohio State, Wisconsin carried two timeouts into the final quarter. Trailing 26-21, Bielema called both while OSU began from its own 20-yard line with 3:48 left on the clock. The first came before 3rd-and-5, which the Buckeyes eventually failed to convert after committing a holding penalty that the Badgers declined. After that play, on 4th-and-1, Bielema called UW’s final timeout, with 2:49 left on the clock and a punt pending.Doing so gave Wisconsin ample time to score the go-ahead touchdown at the 1:18 mark, but that also ultimately proved too much time to give Miller and the Ohio State offense. The Buckeyes scored for the final time with 20 seconds left, and though the Badgers were able to scamper as far as OSU’s 45-yard line in that time span, it was ultimately not enough.“You have to win on the road,” Henry said. “Unfortunately for us, we haven’t been able to do that the last two weeks. But believe me, we’ll get it right, and we’ll get it together. It’s back at square one, and we’ve got to do the things that we know are necessary and put us in a great position to win.”
LITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) junior Matthew Rosen of Little Silver has achieved a notable accomplishment in his musical career with his selection to the exclusive All-Eastern Honors Band.Matt Rosen, a Red Bank Regional High School junior, has been playing clarinet since he was 10.Matt will play bass clarinet for the ensemble. The band is composed of 150 of the best musicians in 12 states on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, with only 16 percent of that number coming from New Jersey.The ensemble convenes every other year, and the players are picked from among the best musicians in their state, having performed with their All-State Honor Musical Ensembles, which alone is a major feat.Matt achieved this last year, along with the Region II Band and All-Shore Band honors. He was seated as first chair alto clarinet in the 2012 All State Wind Ensemble and was also accepted to the wind ensemble on contra alto and bass clarinet. He played first chair bass clarinet in the 2011 and 2012 All-Shore Band.The All-Eastern Band is one of five honors ensembles and includes concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus and jazz ensemble. The groups, which feature 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern Region of the U.S., will give a virtuoso performance on Sunday, April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, in Hartford, Conn.Matt began his deep interest with the clarinet at age 10. It has been a major focus of his life ever since. He has studied both privately and as an instrumental music major in RBR’s Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he plays in the orchestra as well as the concert and jazz bands. “I have only known Matt for about three months; however, I quickly learned what an accomplished musician he is,” said RBR’s new band teacher Ross Chu. “He has developed a mastery of his instrument that is very impressive for someone as young as he is. His love of music and his desire to learn and improve his playing ability is truly inspiring.”Matt’s long-time private teacher, Jennifer Brush, coincidentally was the last RBR student to make the All Eastern Band in 2003. She is currently the Markham Place Middle School orchestra and choir director.Matt plays bass clarinet in the Rutgers University Symphonic Band, conducted by Darryl Bott. He was recommended to the position by Dr. Maureen Hurd, chairman of the Mason Gross Woodwind Department. He is the only high school student to ever play with this ensemble. Additionally, Matthew studies the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with the well-known saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers.Next to his selection to the All Eastern Band, Matt considers his biggest accomplishment to be his acceptance to the highly competitive Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program where he studies clarinet with Renee Rosen. Matt spends every Saturday in Manhattan in this prestigious program. He hopes this will help him realize another dream: that of studying music at this exceptional conservatory of music, although he is also very fond of Rutgers’ music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.“I just love it and believe I was born to play,” Matt said.
RED BANK – Sometime this fall with the move of Prown’s to Middletown, it will mean the borough won’t have a Prown’s-operated business for the first time in nearly 90 years.David Prown, whose family operated Prown’s variety store in the borough for three generations, has been active on a number of community involvement fronts. Still, he will be relocating his home improvement business from its current location at 135 Monmouth St. to Route 35 North in neighboring Middletown. His plans are to move sometime in the next couple of months.“Everything’s the same. The business model is the same,” Prown said. “The only thing that’s changed will be the location.”Prown has been operating Prown’s Home Improvement as a stand-alone business at the Monmouth Street location for the last 13 years.The reason for the move, Prown said is to find a higher profile spot to help expand the business. “It’s really about the visibility,” he explained. “It’s just a busier street.”“You always have to think about growing your business,” he continued.Prown will continue to live in the borough.Prown has lived in the borough since 1989, moving here from Connecticut, when he took over operating the family-owned variety store, which first opened in 1925 at 47 Broad St. The first location, whose motto was the familiar “Prown’s Has Everything,” was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the family relocating the operation to 32 Broad, where it continued until David closed it in 2003.At that time, Prown said his store could no longer compete with large box-style stores and spun off his home improvement business. Relocating to Monmouth Street Prown said, “It was definitely a smart move moving here. No regrets at all.”In addition to his business activities, Prown has long been active in helping area underprivileged families, especially borough youth, get a leg up, seeing sports as a great equalizer for many of the kids. Over the years, he’s organized various sports leagues to engage the young. And more recently he and other like-minded area residents have been collecting sports equipment donated from a variety of sources for his Red Bank Replay program, making the items available to needy young people.“Nothing’s going to change on that. I’m actually looking for ward to the next stage. A little bit more energy a little bit more passion, ” concerning his activism, Prown said. “The only thing different is kids won’t be able to walk into my showroom after school to pick up a pair of cleats or whatever.” The new location, however, doesn’t have as much storage space as the Monmouth Street spot and he’s looking to partner with organizations to help in distributing the equipment.Brookdale Community College in May awarded Prown an honorary degree for his mentorship and “has built a reputation as a staunch children’s advocate by work- ing directly with local students of color and spearheading a wide range of youth service programs in the Red Bank area,” the college said in presenting the degree.
No news is definitely not good news when you’re a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.McLellan said he’s a little upset at the way business is done in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after seeing what he felt was a done deal fall by the wayside.The potential deal was with a team outside the Murdoch Division.“I did a favour for a team on the premise of what I thought would be a deal later in the year, but that fell through,” McLellan lamented.Junior teams, including those in the KIJHL teams have until Saturday (January 10) to finalize their rosters for the playoff run.Nelson has a few cards remaining to acquire players. McLellan was hopeful to land another defenceman and top six forward through deals.Injuries continue to hamper LeafsThe Nelson Leafs continue to look more like a Mash Unit than a hockey team as the Green and White prepare for a home-and-home series against Spokane Braves beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Leafs defenceman Patrick Croome remains on the injury list while forward Michael Rand is out with the flu.McLellan said he is waiting also on status of forward Nolan Percival.As for forward Dylan Williamson, he gets the cast of his injured hand but won’t play while Blair Andrews is also not expected back until next weekend.“Hopefully we can use a few Aps (affiliate players) from the Kootenay Ice to help fill out the roster,” he said.Both goalies on deck for Spokane seriesMcLellan said both goalies, Adam Maida and Joey Karrer are available to play.Karrer saw his first action after the Christmas break in Sunday’s loss to 100 Mile House after overcoming a severe bout with the flu.“I thought Joey played pretty good Sunday considering it was his first game in a long time,” McLellan said.