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Programs continue at HCLL while director is recovering

A serious lung infection has the Harrison County Lifelong Learning director hospitalized but it hasn’t stopped any of the programming at the Corydon center.
Doug Robson, 48, was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon on Jan. 11 and transferred to Jewish Hospital in Louisville the following day.
Yesterday, while still a patient at Jewish, Robson said he was hopeful he’d be released later this week.
‘It depends on how fast I get strong again,’ he said.
Robson, who was named the HCLL director just over a year ago, said he developed pneumonia that caused an infection in his lungs.
‘I’m on a high antibiotic diet now,’ he said. ‘It’s clearing up.’
The illness came at a busy time for Robson. He was working on applying for a CAPE III (Community Alliance Promote Education) grant from the Lilly Foundation.
Gary Geswein, president of the HCLL board of directors, has filled in for Robson at two town meetings that were scheduled for last week as part of the requirement for the grant application. The meetings were held Jan. 12 and 13.
‘Doug had done a lot of the legwork on (the grant) prior to his illness,’ Geswein said, but, ‘the board is going to have to take a more active role on pursuing the grant.
‘The CAPE grant would be a very positive thing for the county if we can lasso this money,’ he said. ‘We’re finding out that there’s lot of needs’ throughout the county.
The Lifelong Learning board meets tomorrow (Thursday) night. Geswein said the agenda will include prioritizing what needs to be done in Robson’s absence.
‘We’ve had a lot of good people helping out,’ he said.
That includes Shari Lasher, the HCLL program administrator, who said it’s ‘business as usual’ at the center, which relocated last month to the 101 Building in west Corydon. ‘All classes are still going on,’ she said.
The Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County’s Business After Hours event scheduled for tomorrow at the Lifelong Living facility will still take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
Robson said it could take months before the infection is gone, but he expects to return to work soon. It all depends on his strength.
‘I have every confidence in everybody else that is filling in in my absence,’ he said.
Until he is able to return, Robson would appreciate cards but he cannot have plants or flowers.