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Goblin Patrol

In the 1990’s a dangerous and deadly trend was sweeping the country. AF9SE Goblin PatrolAs a part of the Halloween holiday, malicious people were throwing pumpkins, watermelons or rocks off overpasses of the highways and interstates in America.  This caused numerous accidents, injuries and even deaths.  Fortunately, this has not happened in Johnson County for many years.  This is in large part because the members of the MidState Amateur Radio Club (MARC) volunteer for “Goblin Patrol”.  Every year at the request of the sheriff in Johnson County, MARC members volunteer to sit alongside the overpasses up and down Interstate 65 and keep a watchful eye for anyone that wants to repeat this dangerous prank.  If you’re out and about on Halloween night and see a suspicious vehicle along the road, it may well be one of us keeping an eye on things to keep the goblins away.  73’s all.   

Here is a link to the History Channel with the history and some interesting information on our 2nd favorite holiday, second only to Christmas. 

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard

Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard
Annual Greenwood Invitational 9-23-17
 
The Tradition Marches On!
 
As a part of the MidState Amateur Radio Club’s (MARC) community involvement we support the Greenwood High School Band and Irish Guard when they host the Greenwood Invitational Band Competition.  The daylong event, and it is an event, involves high school bands that travel from different parts of the state for a marching band competition.  This can involve a single bus with a couple pickups and trailers of equipment for the smaller bands where the larger class A and class B bands can have a substantial presence. They can have a fleet of 8 full sized school buses for the students, 4 semi-tractors with 53ft trailers and six 30 foot straight trucks for the bands equipment.  We at MARC support them with MARC members volunteering to assist with traffic control and safety for students and guests. 
  
Some background on the Greenwood High School Band:  The students have accepted invitations and are a well-traveled band where they have marched in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd, in Los Angles and performed in both the Fiesta Bowl parade and field show.  Here in Indiana they are a championship band, winning the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Class B State Championship on several occasions.  They have competed in competitions hosted by the Bands Of America with Grand National Semi-Finalist in 2012.  See more about their program at:  http://ghsband.org/
 
Greenwood Invitational in pictures (Photos courtesy of Jack W8ISH)
 
 Jack points to the sign at the school's entrance
 
 
Bob ushers the buses
 
 
 
Brenda holds traffic for the bands to cross the area
 
 
Rusty giving directions
 
 
 Dave D. Directs the ambulance to where they are needed
 
 
 Wilson directs traffic in the parking area
 
 

Greater Greenwood Community Band

The Greater Greenwood Community Band was established in 1993 is an 80-plus member volunteer, semi-professional 501(c)-3 not for profit organization that strives to provide exceptional musical performances for their audiences. The Band has a yearlong rehearsal schedule and offers free performances in the south Indy metro and Greenwood area that culminates with their Christmas Concert. Performances are held at the Greenwood High School Auditorium or in the Greenwood Amphitheater at Surina Square Park.

MidState Amateur Radio Club supports the Greater Greenwood Community Band with volunteer traffic assistance in and around the Greenwood Community Center when they host an all-day Band Festival. The Band Festival is a day long program where community bands from across the state give a free public performance and the logistics traffic for the event needs MARC members to volunteer to support their event.

More information about the Greater Greenwood Community Band is at thier web site:        http://greenwoodband.com/

 

2017 Greenwood Community Band in pictures

Chris, Bob L. and Glenn put up handicap parking sign

 

Chris directs traffic

Bill directs cart where to pick up passengers

Wilson at park signs directing guests to seating area

 

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MIDSTATE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB   P.O. BOX 836   FRANKLIN, INDIANA 46131

 

Founded in 1984.  MARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

 

ARRL Central Division, Indiana Section  http://www.inarrl.org/