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Irvington Community School News & Events

INDIANAPOLIS (November 27, 2013) – The Friends of the Indiana State Archives are sponsoring the inaugural Christmas at the Capitol on December 13th and 14th with Governor Pence and the First Lady. Christmas at the Capitol is a holiday performance by students from nearly a dozen high schools and colleges across Indiana. The program begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 13th. The second day of music begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 14th.

Christmas at the Capitol is open to the public, refreshments will be available, and families are encouraged to attend. The State Constitutions will be on display in the Rotunda as will the newly-trimmed 2013 Christmas tree.

The program is being sponsored by Jim and Betsy Corridan and the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. State Archivist Jim Corridan brought the idea to Indiana after attending a similar event at the Maryland State Capitol last year.

“We hope to have hundreds of Hoosiers in the Capitol in December to celebrate the season and enjoy the people’s house in Indianapolis,” Corridan said. “We are so pleased to have Governor and Mrs. Pence joining us in the inaugural Christmas at the Capitol event.”

The event schedule is as follows:

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13

•             Governor and Mrs. Pence Welcome

•             Union Chapel Bible College

•             Logansport High School Swing Choir

•             Hamilton Southeastern Royal Edition

•             Oak Trace Elementary Treble Choir

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

•             Governor and Mrs. Pence Welcome

•             Canterbury School Chamber Singers

•             Southridge High School Choir

•             Irvington Community School One Voice Choir

•             Bella Voce Indiana Children’s Choir

About the Indiana State Capitol Building

The Indiana Statehouse houses the seats of Government for the State of Indiana. Completed in 1888, the Statehouse is home to all executive offices, the Indiana State Senate, the Indiana House of Representatives, and the Indiana State Supreme Court, among others. The four floors of the Statehouse also contain both the House and Senate Chambers. The original Statehouse, a 40-foot-square building in Corydon still stands today. As more roads were built and settlement moved northward in the 19th Century, a centrally located seat of government was needed. In January of 1821, a site was selected and the city of Indianapolis was founded. While the Statehouse location has remained fixed since 1835, the original structure no longer stands, having been replaced by the current building in 1888.

About the Friends of the Indiana State Archives

Organized in 1990, the Friends of the Indiana State Archives is a not-for-profit organization created to begin a “citizen effort to save Indiana History.” During its history, the Friends has worked to secure the restoration of the 1816 and 1851 State Constitutions, as well as the construction of a display case to house the Constitutions in the Statehouse Rotunda. Since 1991 the Friends Volunteers have contributed nearly 60,000 hours of time to the Indiana State Archives. This invaluable assistance has enabled the Indiana State Archives to process a myriad of important collections. Recent volunteer projects include indexing land purchase records from the Vincennes Land Office, naturalization records from numerous Indiana Counties, student records from the Indiana School for the Deaf, early admission books from Central State Hospital, and the records of Hoosier veterans from 19th and early 20th century wars. For more information visit


The First Annual Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive was a great success! Twenty-nine units of blood were donated during the November 11th drive, with 43 people attempting to donate. According to the Indiana Blood Center site manager, each unit collected represents three lives saved. He also mentioned that the IBC loves coming to IPA because the students are so polite, friendly, and cooperative -- outstanding examples of how to live The Irvington Way!

On behalf of the Aldrich family, we are deeply appreciative of all our donors and attempted donors. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Jesse Terry Memorial Blood Drive, which will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, in the IPA Gym.

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Like father, like son: Bill Carter (right) and his son, IPA Junior Jacob Carter, give blood during the Dave Aldrich Memorial Blood Drive.

The 66th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair started out in less than optimum weather conditions: cloudy, windy, and cold. But eventually the weather forecasters were correct and the skies opened up and the temperature climbed a bit -- at least, rumor has it!

As usual, there were hundreds of people and pets in costume and many vendors lining East Washington Street in beautiful downtown Irvington. Our very special thanks goes to the Irvington Community Schools PTSA, ICS staff members, and the following students: Maleha Johnson (IPA), Kaitlyn Evans (IPA), Jalen Davis (IPA), and Aurora Davis (ICMS). We appreciate the generosity of their time to promote our educational mission. Below are some images of the festival as taken from the ICS booth.

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Our first customer purchasing the new ICS 4"x4" decals proudly displays them during the early hours of the Halloween Festival.


Irvington resident and ICMS parent Kevin Ferguson shows a distinctly feminine side in front of the ICS booth immediately following the Irvington Halloween Festival Pleasant Run-Run. His streamlined running outfit -- and the chilly morning air -- no doubt led to a personal best record time for him!


Mr. Clark and his youngest son, Dylan, stop by for a visit to the ICS booth during the Halloween Festival Street Fair.


ICS CEO David Nidiffer poses with ICMS mom Emily Steele and son Caleb, a 6th grader at ICMS. The Steeles won the first annual ICS T-Shirt Design Contest.


Ms. Pryor's sons Isaac and Harrison, both ICES students, were a big help staffing the ICS booth at the Halloween Festival. Ms. Pryor is the Director of Operations at Irvington Preparatory Academy.


After a visit to the local optometrist, a young festival-goer checks out the freebies at the ICS booth.


Costumed kids were abundant at the Halloween Festival.


"Jack Skellington" from Tim Burton's film "The Nightmare Before Christmas" makes a cameo appearance on East Washington Street last Saturday.


Like many of their peers, ICMS students in Halloween attire made it a point to visit the ICS booth.


ICES 2nd grade teacher Mr. Yeoman takes a break upon his completion of the Irvington Halloween Festival Pleasant Run-Run.



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Young Madison Yeoman, daughter of Irvington Community Elementary School teachers Gareth and Evan Yeoman (and granddaughter of ICS Open player Doug Dwyer), tries to decide which ball to use somewhere near the first tee during the ICS Open.

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The only "fivesome" among the foursomes playing in the ICS Open approaches the green on the 18th hole at Pleasant Run Golf Course.


ICS Open Planning Committee members Susan Britain (left) and Jana Goebel eagerly anticipate the next winner picked during the lunchtime raffle following a great morning of golfing by the 94 participants playing to support ICS's need for school safety equipment.

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A man unafraid of a microphone, ICS, Inc. CEO David Nidiffer conducts the raffle following an invigorating morning of golf. Many golfers enjoyed a variety of prizes courtesy of the local businesses that generously supported the first annual ICS Open on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Despite some fear that the weather would be wet for the first annual ICS Open, Mother Nature played nice, with temperatures in the low 60s and cloudy-but-friendly skies, as 94 golfers hit the links to benefit the ICS safety program. Although not all the golf balls were hit straight and true -- hey, you'll have that! -- what really mattered was the coming together of community members and ICS staff for a great cause -- improving school safety resources. To that end, more than $7,000 was raised as a result of this first-time event.

ICS is indebted to the yeoman's work put on by the Golf Outing Planning Committee: Susan Britain, Shelley Welty, Tony Ferrell, Jonathan Stowring, Amy Spurrier, Jana Goebel, and David Nidiffer. The committee members did a tremendous amount of footwork and spent countless hours into making this event an incredible success. We couldn't have done it without them! And our appreciation goes to all the volunteers who staffed the event and made it such a great success.

ICS would like to also thank the many local sponsors who supported the open:

Audrey's Place Furniture
Audrey's Place Thrift Store
Blossom Chevrolet
Salin Bank
Preferred Advertising, Inc.
Site Strategics
Edge of the Web Radio Show
BookKeeping Plus, Inc.
First Person
Geoffrey Slaughter (ICS Board Secretary)
Sheri Ranis (ICS Board member)
Mike Welch (ICS Board member)
David, Dene, and Delaney Nidiffer
Verizon Wireless
Bailey & Wright Dentistry
Research & Evaluation Resources, LLC
Dezelan Insurance Agency
Madison Yeoman (Dwyer/Yeoman Family)
Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society
Community Association Services of Indiana
Dufour's in Irvington
Tenth Street Dental Care & Denture Center
Wine & Canvas
Ralph's Great Divide
Sun King Brewery
George Thomas Florist
Police & Fire Insurance Agent Steve Kemp
American StructurePoint, Inc.
Eastgate Chrysler
Ajamie Brothers Realty
Golf Galaxy
The Stowring Family
The Lannan Family
C&M Cabinet Co.
Ashley Furniture
Inglis & Wallack Family
PNC Bank
Black Acre Brewing Company
Indianapolis Indians
Lazy Daze Coffee House
Black Sheep Gifts

And special thanks to our friends at Pleasant Run Golf Course for the smoothly managed golf outing and their influence on the weather. We hope to see everyone again next year on Saturday, May 31, 2014, for the second annual ICS Open!

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