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Art workshop planned Saturday

Curtis Potters will be doing a workshop on creating Mandala Dots, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave.

Mandala Dots is an art style from India for meditation. The artist can make any design, he said, using different sizes and colors. Artists at the workshop can take their work home.

TV crew riding with railroad Saturday

A TV crew will be riding with the Whitewater Valley Railroad Saturday from The Official Best Of out of Hollywood. The railroad has been given the distinction of being The Best Scenic Railroad in Indiana. It is the fourth time they have had this honor. 

The train departs for Metamora from the depot at 455 Market St. at 12:01 p.m., returning to Connersville at about 5 p.m. The TV crew will be on the train for one direction of the trip, recording scenery and interviews, and then chasing the train in the other direction doing more recording. WWVR does not know which segment of the ride the TV crew will be on.

Residents must call before digging

Indiana residents are required by law to contact Indiana 811 before digging.

To prevent digging accidents that damage underground utility lines, the “Call Before You Dig” law requires anyone who digs to contact Indiana 811 at least two full business days ahead of starting a project (planting a tree, installing a mailbox, etc.)

Utility crews will visit the property and mark locations of underground utility lines free of charge. 

In the event that Indiana 811 has not been contacted and a utility line is damaged while digging, the responsible party may be subject to expensive penalties.

Request Indiana 811 service by calling 8-1-1, 800-382-5544 (toll-free) or by visiting indiana811.org.

Milton Council approves alert system

MILTON — Town residents are being asked to sign up for Reach Alert, a system that will call, text or email when there is important information from the town. The notifications could be boil water advisories, power outages, road closures or delays, hazardous materials situations, Amber or Silver alerts, police actions or civic events.

To receive the messages, residents must go to www.reachalert.com and click on “My account” and “Create account.” Follow the prompts.

Residents can also register by calling 877-307-9313 or visiting Terry Craig, clerk-treasurer, in town hall.

The cost of the system is based on the number of residences. It will cost $270 the first year and $540 in following years.