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Courier Journal: Marysville, Indiana: Town working to Restore its community center, confidence

Jess : September 5, 2012 11:55 am : Communications, Media, News

March2Recovery is excited to be part of the restoration of the Marysville Community Center. Thank you to the Courier Journal for reporting. Read the full article here.


September 2, 2012

Marysville, Indiana: Town working to Restore its community center, confidence

By Peter Smith, Courier Journal


Squinting in the sun and swatting away sweat bees on a hot August afternoon, a cluster of building experts and local officials investigated the remains of the Marysville Community Center.

The March 2 tornado outbreak ripped off the roof of the former schoolhouse, built in the 1930s. After closing as a school in the 1970s, it was the site of family reunions, birthday parties and other gatherings.

There was “something going on here just about all year round … at least once or twice a week in the summertime,” said trustee William Bussey of Orange Township, which includes Marysville.

The building, located across the way from the signature water tower bearing the town’s name — itself left standing despite the winds — served as one of the few communal focal points in this tiny, former railroad town in northern Clark County, Ind.

The center was insured for up to $100,000 in damage, Bussey said, and the group March2Recovery has also helped by enlisting volunteers to clean out debris and coordinate plans for rebuilding.

The core of the building, made of red brick arrayed in various patterns, remains solid, said New Albany architect Lawrence Timperman. “These old school buildings were built to withstand a lot.”

Restoring the community center, Bussey said, would be an important sign of confidence in the community — which had been described as “gone” by a widely quoted deputy sheriff in the hours after the tornado outbreak.

“Maybe it won’t be the same town, but it will be a different town … maybe a better town,” Bussey said.

Such plans cheer Henryville contractor Bill Barrett, who was among the last to attend school in the building before Marysville students began going to regional schools.

“It’s got a lot of historical value for a small town,” he said.

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Thank You DeWALT!

Jess : August 30, 2012 2:07 pm : Donate, News

March2Recovery would like to thank DeWALT for their donation of tools to our efforts. With their help, our volunteers are now equipped with drills, saws, hammers, nailers, levels and more. Their donated has already had a huge impact on our ability to repair and rebuild homes in Southern Indiana. Thank you for your generosity!

For more information on DeWALT, please visit

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Calling All Volunteers!

Jess : August 29, 2012 1:27 pm : News, Volunteer

March2Recovery is dedicated to providing disaster recovery services to individuals and families affected by the March 2nd tornadoes in Southern Indiana. We are the official long-term recovery organization, serving residents of Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties.

Since March 2nd we have welcomed over 10,000 volunteers who have helped more than 700 households clear debris, demolish unsafe structures, make minor repairs, pack and unpack belongings and more. We have helped families get back into their homes and begin their recoveries. But, we are just getting started.

On August 13th we officially began the construction phase of recovery. We have hired qualified staff including an executive director, case managers and two construction staff and we have secured a $2,080,300 grant from the Indiana Natural Disaster Fund to help us address unmet needs in our community. Our unmet needs committee has already approved several cases for funding, including major repairs and total rebuilds. Some of the costs of these projects are being funding by partner organizations, allowing our funds to stretch even further.

In order complete these projects, however, we need your help. We are currently looking for individuals and groups to volunteer their time in Southern Indiana. We are in particular need of those who are skilled in construction, framing, roofing, drywall, electric and HVAC. Even groups without these skills are welcome and appreciated.

If you are interested in organizing a trip please visit to register or contact the Volunteer Center at or (502)599-8557. A complete volunteer information guide can be downloaded here.

Thank you for helping our community get back home.

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Remembering the Six-Month Anniversary of the Tornadoes

Jess : August 27, 2012 6:09 pm : News, Spiritual Care, Uncategorized

Dear Friends:

The devastating tornadoes of March 2nd have not only torn apart homes and communities; it has triggered a spiritual and emotional crisis in the lives of many people. In addition to tending to the needs for repair and reconstruction, March2Recovery is dedicated to the emotional and spiritual healing of every member of the communities affected by the March 2nd disaster and those that have volunteered their time to recovering the communities.

Sunday, September 2 will mark the six-month anniversary of the tornadoes. Many in our communities are just beginning to recognize that we have entered a “new normal” in our post-tornado lives. Families still mourn lost loved ones, injuries are still healing, repairs are still underway, nightmares and post-storm anxiety persist. We hope acknowledging this six-month mark will help survivors know that they are not forgotten, and that hope and healing will come.

We would like to invite you, your faith community or organization to join us in remembering this six-month anniversary in a simple way. We are encouraging everyone to pause for a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on September 2 to remember the storm-torn communities. If you have a bell you can toll at that hour, we invite you to toll it six times, once for each month since the tornadoes. We recognize that many of our faith communities will be gathered for worship on Sunday morning. You are welcome to move this remembrance to the morning if you would prefer to incorporate it into your regular worship service.

Please let us know if you plan to participate, so we can share with the community those organizations and congregations that will be marking the occasion. You can contact me at 502-645-6017 or to let me know if you plan to participate. Thank you for your support as we build healing and hope together.


Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen

Chair Spiritual & Emotional Recovery Team, March 2 Recovery


List of Churches and Organizations Participating in Six-Month Remembrance for March 2 Tornadoes

This is a list of all the organizations and congregations that have let us know they plan to mark the six-month anniversary on Sunday, September 2. Please e-mail Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, Spiritual & Emotional Recovery Chair, at if you would like to add your congregation to the list.


St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Henryville, IN (Fr. Steve Schaftlein, priest)
Free picnic 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. to honor volunteers and give thanks for how far the community has come. Brief service of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Marysville Community Center, Marysville, IN (Rachel Bussey, coordinator)
2:30 p.m., Reading of names of those who lost their lives, with balloon tribute. Moment of silence and tolling of bell at 3:00. Contact Rachel Bussey: 812-406-6323. “There will be some parking around Marysville & parking along one side of Blackberry Trail Road. Anyone is welcome to join including any volunteers, police, EMS, or fire departments that were involved. Representatives and/or vehicles are welcomed as well.”

Portland Ave. Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY (Rev. Willa Fae Williams, pastor)
3:00 p.m. and during morning service

Corydon Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Corydon, IN (Rev. Lori Miller Price, pastor)
morning service

Salem United Church of Christ, New Middletown, IN (Rev. Lori Miller Price, pastor)
morning service

Indiana-Kentucky Conference, United Church of Christ (Rev. John Vertigan, Conference Minister)
Electronic bell-tolling via e-mail and Facebook post at 3:00 p.m.

Strathmoor Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY (Rev. Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, pastor)
11:00 morning service

Westwood Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY (Irene Spicer, coordinator)
morning service

First Christian Church, Salem, IN (Rev. Steve Fisher, pastor)
11:00 morning service

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Jeffersonville, IN (Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, pastor)
10:00 morning service

Community Presbyterian Church, Henryville, IN (Rev. Alex Becker, pastor)
morning service and 3:00 p.m.

Trinity United Church of Christ, Mount Vernon, IN (Rev. Cynthia Priem, pastor)
3:00 p.m.

Immanuel United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, IN (Rev. John Gantt, coordinator)
morning service

Temple Congregational Church (UCC), Marion, IN (Rev. Marv Wiseman, pastor)
10:30 a.m.

Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette, IN (Rev. Ron Wunsch, pastor)
3:00 p.m.

Bethany United Church of Christ, Louisville, KY (Rev. Ann Houlette, pastor)
morning service

Warren United Church of Christ, Warren, IN (Rev. Scott Nedberg, pastor)

First Presbyterian Church, Scottsburg, IN (Rev. Peter Barnes-Davies, pastor)
Morning service

Chapel Hill United Church of Christ, Louisville, KY (Rev. Bev Lewis, pastor)
morning service
Wooster Salvation Army, Wooster, OH
morning service
Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wooster, OH
morning service

Nabb Presbyterian Church, Nabb, IN (Rev. Michael Beaver, pastor)
morning service

Grace Immanuel United Church of Christ, Louisville, KY (Rev. Greg Bain, pastor)
morning service

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Otisco, IN (Rev. Jill Kaetzel, pastor)
morning service

Otisco United Methodist Church, Otisco, IN (Rev. Jill Kaetzel, pastor)
morning service

United Church of Paducah, United Church of Christ, Paducah, KY (Rev. Ron Ruggles, pastor)
morning service

Salem United Church of Christ, Decatur, IN (Rev. David Butz, pastor)
morning service and 3:00 p.m.

Wall Street United Methodist Church, Jeffersonville, IN (Rev. Gil Hubbard, pastor)
morning service

First United Church of Christ, Bremen, IN (Rev. Thomas Dean, pastor)
morning service

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