Versailles, IN—The public is invited to Versailles State Park on Nov. 9 for an open house celebrating Bradt Natural Area, a newly opened part of the park. The open house is from 1-4 p.m. and begins with comments from Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks, and recognition of the Bradt family.Clifty Falls State Park interpretive naturalist Kayla Leach will lead a guided hike at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, guests can take a walk on their own, see ongoing displays of park history, learn about Bradt Natural Area trail planning, construction, and resource restoration work, and see live birds of prey up close with interpretive naturalist Leslie Grow from the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center at Hardy Lake.Light refreshments will be provided during the event, courtesy of the Friends of Versailles State Park. The open house is outdoors, but displays and activities will be in a tent. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the weather.This 80-acre addition to Versailles State Park was obtained in 2001 from the Bradt family, who had farmed it since 1906. Hale Bradt made a generous donation for development of a parking lot, trails, and interpretive signage. The area includes a small woodland, open meadows, and a constructed wetland. Active resource management will help maintain open habitat for pollinators and a variety of birds and other wildlife.All activities will be held at Bradt Natural Area, which is located along U.S. 50, east of Versailles State Park’s entrance. A parking lot is located on South County Road 300E near its intersection with U.S. 50. After the open house, the Bradt Natural Area will be open for hiking and wildlife observation. Although there is currently no gate, guests should be prepared to present an Indiana State Parks annual entrance pass or a current daily gate entrance receipt from Versailles State Park. Fishing is not permitted at the Bradt Natural Area, but is available at Versailles Lake inside the park.
THE distraught father of two young Co Donegal schoolgirls sexually abused by a paedophile stabbed their attacker with a golf club, a court has heard.The father and the abuser in the case cannot be named to protect the identities of the girls who were abused.The dad was given a community service order by Judge John O’Hagan. Donegal Town Circuit Court heard the paedophile, a former member of the Provisional IRA, was jailed for 15 years recently for the ‘horrendous’ repeated rape of an eight-year-old girl and attacks on her sister who was aged 10 at the time.The children were living with their mother in Co Donegal at the time. The paedophile was her new boyfriend and he had abused the girls for more than a year.The court heard that the children’s father was ‘extremely upset’ when he heard the abuser had been released from Garda custody pending a report on the abuse charges to the DPP.Five days later, on September 17, 2009, the father “lost it”, said Judge John O’Hagan, had tracked down the man to a beach at Rossnowlagh and attacked the paedophile with a golf club.He hit the abuser through an open car window, snapping the golf club in half.The father then stabbed the abuser with the shaft of the broken golf club, leaving a 4cm deep wound in his chest.Peter Nolan, SC, for the man – accused of assault – told the court that the abuse suffered by his client’s children was horrible.“As a barrister I read a lot of reports and this report was one of the most disturbing I have ever read,” said Mr Nolan.He said his client had discovered in the days after he found his children had been abused that the paedophile had a ‘propensity to visit beaches to observe young children’.He had found the abuser at Rossnowlagh and attacked him.“I cannot say he has any remorse for what he did,” said Mr Nolan, who said his client had got his girlfriend to call gardai to report the incident.Judge John O’Hagan, sentencing the father to 150 hours community service in lieu of 18 months imprisonment, said: “On that day I have no doubt that he lost it.“He did take the law into his own hands and you are not allowed to do that. He used that weapon and luckily it did not cause a life-threatening situation.”DAD USED BROKEN GOLF CLUB TO STAB PAEDOPHILE WHO ABUSED HIS DAUGHTERS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DAD USED BROKEN GOLF CLUB TO STAF PAEDOPHILE WHO ABUSED HIS DAUGHTERS