News and Tribune

March 11, 2011

Floyd County briefs for March 12, 2011



Trinity UMC hosts high school choral festival

The Trinity concert series continues with a high school choral festival at 7 p.m., April 15, in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, 2796 Charlestown Road, New Albany.

Featured choirs will be from Floyd Central High School, New Albany High School and Jeffersonville High School. Each choir will sing a few selections followed by all singing together an arrangement for choir, congregation and organ of “America the Beautiful.” There will be no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken. Also, in April, The Chancel Choir of Trinity United Methodist Church will present a Good Friday “Passion” service at 7 p.m., April 22. The account of Jesus’ suffering and death from the gospel of John will be read interspersed with choral anthems and congregational hymns that have devotional commentary on the scriptural passages.

 Call Trinity UMC at 812-944-2229 or email

Arts Council seeks artist for Bicentennial’s Community Mural  

Schmitt Furniture, The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, and the New Albany YMCA, are collaborating to create a community mural for the upcoming New Albany Bicentennial in 2013, the Schmitt Furniture Community Mural Fellowship.

The mural will be located on the side of the Historic Schmitt Furniture Building in Historic Downtown New Albany. It will be created as part of Schmitt Furniture’s 75th anniversary as a gift to New Albany in celebration of the 2013 Bicentennial. An artist will be selected to design and help facilitate the creation of the mural as part of the Arts Council of Southern Indiana’s Artist in Residence program “Industry and Artisans” Community Fellowship. The theme of the mural will be based on New Albany’s artistic history. The theme must be informed by materials historically used in New Albany Industry:  wood, stone, metal, fiber, clay, glass and leather. The artist whose design is selected will be provided a $2,500 stipend and live and work at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana in the newly renovated Schmitt Furniture Artist in Residence room. The artist will work with the staff of Schmitt Furniture, the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, and youth from the YMCA and the community to create the mural. Schmitt Furniture will host a community celebration July 9 that is concurrent with the Historic New Albany Art Celebration and Walk.

As part of the Schmitt Furniture Celebration, the community will have the opportunity to become part of New Albany’s history and work with the artist, YMCA and Schmitt furniture to paint a section of the mural.

This project is supported by the City of New Albany, the Horseshoe Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, and the Schmitt family.

Visit or contact Julie Schweitzer at or 812-949-4238 for more information and application prospectus.

Library offers books for Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will host a display of books for people who want to learn more about Parkinson’s disease beginning April 4 at the library, 180 West Spring St., New Albany.

The display will also include a proclamation by New Albany Mayor England declaring April Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Resources for the Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY) will also be available at the display.

Parkinson’s is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive and affects nearly one million Americans, with 7 to 10 million people affected worldwide. It’s cause is unknown and there is no known cure.

NARFE offering scholarships

The New Albany Chapter 1777 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) is accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships, postmarked by April 30, from high school seniors who are the grandchildren, children or stepchildren of living NARFE members in good standing.

All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and submit a copy of test scores from the ACT or SAT.

Contact Dolores Malone, NARFE Chapter 1777 scholarship chairperson, at 812-945-4461 or 812-207-3034 for more information.

NARFE hosts meeting at library

The New Albany Chapter 1777 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., March 24, in the Library’s Strassweg Auditorium, 180 West Spring St., New Albany.

Discussion will  include legislative information, the upcoming NARFE State Convention in Indianapolis April 19, and finding a permanent meeting place.

Contact 812-945-6872, 812-923-9773 or 812-948-9209 for more information.