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Winter Roads Need More than Meets the Eye

Southeast Indiana has seen its share

of inclement weather this winter.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of the

state and county highway departments,

roads have been treated and cleared as

quickly as possible.

Highway department road crews

pride themselves on knowing all of

the quirks of their routes. Imagine a

road such as Stateline Road or State

Road 262 covered with snow and an

invisible sheet of ice. Now imagine

yourself behind the wheel of a snow

plow that can weigh more than 70,000

pounds when fully loaded. Your job is

to maneuver that hill, plow the snow,

and apply salt, all while keeping the

truck on the road. Don’t forget to leave

proper stopping distance for all of that

weight in case a fellow motorist is on

the road ahead of you.

Suddenly a desk job sounds pretty


When asked how the drivers handle

the stress of their jobs during winter

storms, Dearborn County Highway

Superintendent Tim Grieve replied,

“Drivers can’t be scared, but it’s good

to be nervous. You have to have confidence

in what you do but respect the


The Dearborn County Highway

Department consists of twenty drivers,

one of whom is also a mechanic. Another

mechanic is also on staff. Before

winter weather reaches the area, mechanics

and drivers alike go over each

truck and plow in detail, completing a

Continued on page 3A

Too Cool

Manchester’s Aydra Keith

makes the most of a winter

opportunity. Page 6B



Area communities receive

grants from OCRA for

projects. Page 7A


Franklin County’s new

correspondent Karis Troyer

shares winter stories.

Page 7B





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Fun in the...


While snow glistened

on the hillsides

and quiet blanketed the

valleys, residents, both

two-footed and four,

made the most of

the gift of snow.

Snowball fights and

snowman building led to

soaked mittens and tiny

fingers that needed to be

wrapped around warm

mugs of hot chocolate.

Amberly Priessman spent time

with Stormy during a break in

the snow.

Kevin Major Priessman and Rylee

Priessman took some wild sled rides.

Noah and Nolan Boggs, Wylde

Hymann, Zoey Boggs, and Jalynn

Grizzel built a snowman.

It was a dark and stormy night... Okay, maybe not stormy

but certainly a cold, foggy night. Who wanted to go out in

weather like that? Around three thousand of your closest

neighbors, that’s who.

On Jan. 17 fun and laughter filled the auditorium of East

Central High School as the Harlem Globetrotters shared

their wit and wisdom with an eager crowd. Children of all

ages had the opportunity to shoot baskets with these all-star

heroes while taller “children” reminisced about watching the

Globetrotters in their youth.

Who made it all happen? St. Leon’s very own Chad

Barrett is the marketing director for the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Globetrotters traveled by bus to St. Leon on their

route that began in Charleston, WV to Huntington, WV to

Maysville, KY, followed by a stop in Indianapolis. Tickets

were sold by area merchants including St.Leon BP, Civista

Bank, and Skyline of St Leon. A portion of the proceeds

went to the athletic department.

The Harlem Globetrotters visiting our community were at

the top of their game. From the time they hit the floor, their

antics ensured that everyone was laughing and had a great

time — a perfect recipe for a cold winter night.

So where did the Harlem Globetrotters come from? And

how did they become a household name that is etched in

Sunnyside Ave.

To Close for

Three Months

State Road 148, more commonly

known as Sunnyside Avenue in Aurora,

is a major artery for many residents in

the area. For those who travel the road

frequently, the landslide affecting the

road that runs east to west is an all too

familiar site. Therefore it may come

as no surprise that the road is slated

to be closed for forty-five days beginning

April 15. Construction to mitigate

the landslide that impacts the road at a

drainage structure near Maple Avenue

will require traffic to be rerouted.

A culvert currently located at the site

has been affected by erosion. Excavation

is planned to take place at least

eight to nine feet deep until stable soil

can be reached. Geotechnical specialists

will be on site to determine the

actual depth needed to reach soil that is

secure. The excavated site will then be

filled with rip rap.

Upon completion of the excavation,

plans have been made to cut the

asphalt on each side of the old drainage

structure and then peel away the

old asphalt using a skid steer. The old

structure will then be removed. A new

culvert pipe that is thirty inches in diameter

and measures fifty-three feet in

length will be installed with a concrete

surround. Once the culvert is situated

and packed into position, a stone base

and layers of asphalt can be applied as


Because of the location of the con-

Continued on page 3A

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Fun to the Community

Girl Scouts Emily Stenger, Maesyn Lyttle, Payton Hollowell,

leader Rollie Hollowell, Ella Parsons, Cailyn

Hess, Greta B., Renee Leising, and Reagan Whitehead

from Hoosier Hill 407 stood proudly as the color

guard at the Harlem Globetrotters game.

the memories of so many? (insert the name Meadowlark

Lemon and the whistling theme song that we all remember.)

The Harlem Globetrotters, originally called the Savoy Big

Five, were established in 1926 by a young man named Abe

Saperstein. Their original jerseys sported the name NEW

YORK to give the impression that they were from the Big

Apple even though they were merely from the small town of

Chicago. The team’s name finally evolved into the Harlem

Continued on page 4A


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Giving Back-

An Inspiration

Two years have passed

since Celeste Calvitto retired

as publisher of the Beacon.

My, how time flies! I ran into

her recently, and she had a

twinkle in her eye and a smile

on her face. Her new life must

be agreeing with her.

During the past two years,

I have been fortunate to share

with you the stories of twenty-four

amazing residents of

our community. The people

who accomplish so much

yet manage to stay behind

the scenes. Every time one

of their stories is told, someone

in the office comments

without fail, “Wow, where do

they find the energy? How


Just a note- the people who

are featured in this column

are the unsung heroes of our

community- the ones who say,

”Oh no, not me. What I do is

nothing special.” They have

no idea that they are being

featured in this column until

that first friend who read the

article comes up and thanks

them for all that they do.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have

all of those amazing people in

one room for just one evening?

Imagine the stories that

they would have to share.

The gentleman whose name

I am adding to the list this

month is known by almost

everyone and has touched

the lives of even more- E.G.

McLaughlin. As I spoke

to friends and fellow community

members about the

impact that E.G. has had on

our community, one comment

was consistent from everyone.

E.G. is passionate about

whatever he is involved in. He

is very appreciative of growing

up here and is dedicated to

giving back to the community.

And give back he has.

Just a few years ago, E.G.

McLaughlin attended grade

school in Lawrenceburg. He

was fortunate to complete

his high school education at

St. Xavier High School in

Cincinnati. Mr. McLaughlin

earned his bachelor’s degree

at Notre Dame University and

his master’s degree at Indiana

University. As many can attest,

E.G. goes to great lengths

to share all that he learned

during his formative years as

well as throughout his career.

E.G. is deeply involved in

so many community organizations.

From the smallest group

to the largest organizations, if

the goal is in the best interest

of the community, E.G. is

involved. One organization

close to his heart is Youth

Encouragement Services, the

YES Home. He comes by this

dedication naturally since his

mother, Betty McLaughlin,

was one of the founding board

members. As the current

president of the board, E.G.

brings an invaluable amount

of both financial and business

sense to the organization.

“E.G. has one of the biggest

hearts. Regardless of the

circumstances, he is always

focused on the best interest of

the kids,” shared Amy Phillips,

YES Home executive


One of E.G.’s greatest

strengths is that he takes the

time to share what he knows

and to teach others how to

use that wisdom in the best

way possible especially when

it comes to financial matters.

Many residents know

E.G. from his years at United

Community Bank. As the

bank transitioned to becoming

Civista Bank, E.G. did not

merely walk away from the

business and all of its community

responsibilities. He

remains on the bank’s Charitable

Foundation Board which

is sure to have a positive

impact on the community for

years to come.

To provide a list of accomplishments

and boards in

which E.G. is involved would

take pages upon pages. They

range from the smallest opportunity

of reading to a firstgrade

class at St. Lawrence

to being a part of campaigns

for United Way that span the

region. In the past, E.G. has

been a part of the Community

Mental Health Foundation

and continues to be actively

involved in the foundation at

Highpoint Health. He sits on

the advisory board at St. Lawrence

Church and Lawrenceburg’s

Community Center.

Mr. McLaughlin has been

involved in the United Way

since he was in his midtwenties.

“I can always call

on E.G. and run something

past him,” shared Karen

Snyder, Director of the SE

Indiana branch of United Way

of Greater Cincinnati. “He

is always there for the community.”

As a member of the Lawrenceburg

Lions Club, E.G.

can be found helping at so

E.G. McLaughlin

many events especially if it

involves the youth baseball


Late last year E.G. attended

an event where a woman

spoke about all that the Salvation

Army does for the community.

This holiday season I

heard a rumor that his favorite

color was red and that his

ears are still ringing from the

hours he spent ringing the bell

for the Salvation Army’s Red

Kettle Campaign.

That’s just the kind of man

E.G. McLaughlin is.

E.G. gives back by being an

active member of the Southeastern

Indiana Regional Port

Authority. His business sense

and knowledge about contracts

and negotiations will

undoubtedly help the community

in the years to come. Of

course, his passion for helping

others has been evident time

and again with his involvement

in the Dearborn County

Chamber of Commerce and

the Dearborn Community


From the boardroom, to

coaching kids on the basketball

court, to judging in the

cattle barn at the 4H Fair,

E.G. gives it his all.

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This month's item is quite a mystery.

What is it?

Last month’s item was a horse

collar. “This month’s picture looks

like a horse collar to me. Many

a time, as a child, I saw old Mr.

Ashcraft drive his horse (Cap)-

driven wagon past my house into

town. Of course, then most of the

local farmers still used horses rather

than tractors for their field work, and

those work horses all wore collars

to which the rest of the harness was

fastened,” shared Beverly Hahn,

Last month: a

horse collar.

adding that she lives in Lawrenceburg now, Dillsboro then.

Ivan Cutter, Dillsboro, submitted, “It is a Horse Collar.

A horse collar is a part of a horse harness that is used to

distribute the load around a horse’s neck and shoulders

when pulling a wagon or plough. The collar often supports

and pads a pair of curved metal or wooden pieces, called

hames, to which the traces of the harness are attached.

The collar allows the horse to use its full strength when

pulling, essentially enabling the animal to push forward

with its hindquarters into the collar. If wearing a yoke or

a breastcollar, the horse had to pull with its less-powerful

shoulders. The collar had another advantage over the yoke

as it reduced pressure on the horse’s windpipe.”

Correct answers were also sent in by Heather Bear,

Manchester; Carol Morton, Brookville; Bill Ullrich,

Aurora; Diane Gramman, Sunman; Marc Brunner,

Manchester; Margaret Fain, Brookville; Glen Lainhart,

Logan; Evelyn Wandstrat, Dillsboro; Shirley Bocock,

Milan; Mark Lunsford, Osgood; and Edna Frasier, Miller


This month’s challenge was submitted by reader Tony

Montgomery. No details are known about its use. Please

e-mail your guesses along with your name and where you

live to editor@goBEACONnews.com by Friday, Feb. 22.

Good luck!

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Plan Revealed for SR 148 Closure

Continued from page 1A

struction, no utilities will have

to be addressed. Utilities in

the area do not continue on

State Road 148 past Maple


Sunnyside handles over

three thousand vehicles per

day. According to the State

Highway Department, a

detour is planned on U.S. 50

to State Road 48. The City of

Aurora has not yet determined

a detour for local traffic.

Guinevere Emery, Aurora’s

city manager, stated, “The

City of Aurora would like to

remind drivers to use caution

and consider worker as well

as pedestrian safety when

driving through an active

construction zone.”

In the event that any clearing

that may affect the habitat

and behavioral patterns of the

Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis),

surrounding trees must be

cut down to prevent potential

migration of the bats to

the area. Early project planning

incorporates measures

such as cutting trees when

Indiana bats are hibernating

or concentrated near their

hibernacula. Any clearing surrounding

the landslide mitigation

project will be completed

before March 31.

Keeping Roads Safe is a Year-Long Process

Continued from page 1A

pre-maintenance plan that

takes over an hour per vehicle.

Besides the general

inspection and maintenance

of the mechanics of the

truck’s engine, transmission,

and brakes, plows are visually

inspected and greased.

Hydraulics and hoses are also

examined and repaired as

necessary. Snow plow blades

with carbide edges for greater

durability are inspected and

replaced as needed.

Because of the terrain in

southeast Indiana, trucks

must be more rugged than

is necessary for flatter parts

of the region. Steeper grades

and lower gearing for hills

increase the need for snow

plows to have higher horsepower

and gearing. They

also have double frames and

heavier beds. Consideration

must also be given to decreasing

the continual “chatter” of

the snow plows which in turn

decreases wear and tear on the

trucks and lessens fatigue on

the drivers.

The protocol in inclement

weather is to address major

hills in Dearborn County first.

The list includes Stateline

Road, Cole Lane, Wilson

Creek Road, Kaiser Drive,

Chesterville Road, Gatch Hill,

and Dutch Hollow.

The county has a three-tier

level of weather advisory.

A “Yellow” travel advisory

is the lowest level of local

travel advisory and means

that routine travel or activities

may be restricted in areas

because of a hazardous situation,

and individuals should

use caution or avoid those

areas. An “Orange” travel

State highway trucks could be found plowing roads

throughout the region during the recent snowstorms.

status means that conditions

are threatening to the safety

of the public. Only essential

travel, such as to and

from work or in emergency

situations, is recommended.

Emergency action plans

should be implemented by

businesses, schools, government

agencies, and other

organizations. A “Red” travel

status, while rare, is typically

reserved for blizzard conditions.

Planning for winter weather

begins long before the first

snowflake has even been

thought of. The Dearborn

County Highway Department

must start budgeting for materials

and submit figures for

the following year’s budget

over a year in advance.

The highway department

has spent a great deal of time

determining the best way to

treat different road conditions.

A mixture of sand and

salt is varied depending on

the weather. Heavier snow of

1.5-2” of accumulation actually

cuts down on the use

of salt because the roads

are plowed rather than the

mixture being applied. Tanks

located on the snow plow

trucks are used to apply Beet

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Thanks to the relationships

that Mr. Greive has cultivated

over the years, salt is now

purchased at the same time

the state buys salt, saving the

taxpayers money. Typically

four thousand tons of salt are

ordered in the spring for the

following winter. The county

also works with the cities and

towns to help in situations

when one entity is in need of

assistance or materials. Mr.

Grieve has also been instrumental

in utilizing government

bid programs for the

purchase of trucks, machinery,

and parts, saving the taxpayers

even more money.

“Our guys are on call and

dedicated from Thanksgiving

to Easter. They do a great

job,” stated Mr. Greive.

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Globetrotters Share Laughter and Antics with Residents

Continued from page 1A

Globetrotters, stressing the

fact that they were an all-black

team that traveled the world.

The Harlem Globetrotters

racked up over one thousand

games by 1934- quite a feat

for the time since professional

teams were “whites only” at

that time. In 1939 they played

their first professional basketball

tournament. While

the team lost, they returned

the following year to win

the event. This year was also

the beginning of the team’s

antics that we have all come

to know and love. During one

of their regular season games,

the score was 112 to 5, which

made the game a bit boring for

the fans and the players. The

Harlem Globetrotters entertained

the crowd and themselves

by clowning around.

The crowd loved it! In future

games where the score was

imbalanced, the Globetrotters

thrilled audiences with their

silly behavior.

The Globetrotters traveled

overseas in 1946 to play

against a National Basketball

Association (NBA), a “whites

only” league at that time. From

that point on, the team competed

consistently in the NBA.

The turning point for the

Harlem Globetrotters came

in 1950 when the NBA broke

their rule of “whites only”

players and started recruiting

black players. The Globetrotters

had a difficult time keeping

a competitive edge due to

the grand offers from NBA

teams that lured top players

in. The team began to change

Liz Youngerman, Greensburg,

participated in antics

with the Globetrotters.

their image to more of a national

entertainment icon.

The Globetrotters’ recognition

expanded in the 1970s

with the cartoon called “The

Harlem Globetrotter Show.”

and performances with Scooby

Doo. The team was dubbed

“America’s Ambassadors of

Goodwill” by President Gerald

Ford and was eventually

awarded a star on the Hollywood

Walk of Fame. They

were also honored with a permanent

exhibit at the Smithsonian

Institute’s National

Museum of American Social


The Harlem Globetrotters

broke yet another social barrier

in 1985 by signing the first

woman to play professional

basketball with men. Her

name was Lynette Woodard,

an Olympic gold medalist.

The Harlem Globetrotters

celebrated their ninetieth anniversary

in 2015 by naming

Pope Francis an Honorary

Harlem Globetrotter. The

event marked the eighth time

Scott Schwarz, Don Stonefield, Jamie Rosfeld, April McFarland, Denny Walter, Mark

Scholl, Kim McFarland, and Devin McFarland joined several of the Harlem Globetrotters

for an historic photo and a bit of laughter after the game.

Dennis and Morgan Winia

from Bright.

the team had had an audience

with a Pope. Pope Francis is

one of ten honorary Harlem

Globetrotters in history.

A note about the Globetrotter’s

theme song- “Sweet

Georgia Brown,” originally

performed by Brother Bones,

has been played at the start of

every game since 1952.

Celeste, Lisa, and Marie Taylor ventured to St. Leon all

the way from Cincinnati to enjoy the Globetrotters.

Noah Miller and Lily Coyne,

St. Leon, were all smiles

throughout the entire event.

Alex and Juda D’Amico,

Greendale, enjoyed fatherson-Globetrotters


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Grandparents Raising Grandkids- An Epidemic in Society

By Merrill Hutchinson

It’s just another crazy


The alarm goes off at 6

A.M. You slowly put your

feet on the ground and begin

to build a mental list for your

day. Wake up all three kids

to get them ready for school.

Breakfast, one last check over

homework and papers to be

signed. Lunches packed. Get

the kids on the school bus.

Make appointments for the

kids’ checkups. Call coach

to get directions for this

weekend’s soccer tournament.

Go to the grocery store.

Be home when the kids get

off the bus. Check schoolwork

and papers. Drive the

older kids to soccer practice

and take the younger one to

scouts. Remember to pull the

ground beef from the freezer

for dinner for tonight. With

a heavy sigh and a feeling of

overwhelming exhaustion,

you stand up and begin yet

another day in your life as a

grandparent raising grandkids.

This situation can be overwhelming

for a 35-year-old

parent. How do you think it

feels at 70 years old?

The number of grandparents

raising their grandchildren has

risen by over 7% in the past

ten years to over 2.7 million.

Over 5.7 million kids are

being raised by grandparents.

(See pbs.org/newshour/nation/


Why the rapid increase?

Circumstances in which

grandparents have had to

step in to assume the parenting

role have always existed.

However, due to the staggering

rise in drug use, most

notably, heroin and methamphetamine,

an unprecedented

number of children are being

removed from incapable parents

as drug use destroys their

ability to parent.

As a school counselor, I

personally witnessed this

epidemic. A significant surge

in the number of grandparents

with whom I was meeting

about the educational concerns

of their grandchildren

increased exponentially. Earlier

in my counseling work,

I often met with parents, and

occasionally they would be

accompanied by a grandparent

who was a vital part of

the student’s life due to single

parenting. As time went on,

I not only saw an increase in

this scenario but also saw an

increase in grandparents being

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the sole attendee representing

the child at the meeting. I

began to recognize some key

similarities with these grandparents

1. Feeling overwhelmed by

the situation in which they

found themselves.

2. Feeling they lack the

tools to parent. Yes, they have

the necessary love, but they

often question whether they

have the energy required,

relevance, connections, and


3. Feeling like their parenting

skills are not up to par.

4. Feeling confused about

the roles of grandparenting

and parenting.

5. Feeling resentment

toward others, especially their

own children who are not doing

the parenting.

I found value in helping

grandparents work through

not just their grandchild’s

issues, but also their issues

as grandparents parenting

at their age. We began to

work through the following

concerns in an effort to help

grandparents grow and become

more empowered to be

the parent they needed to be.

The first hurdle is one of

acceptance of the situation in

which they find themselves.

Looking for ways to escape

the life-changing responsibility

is natural. In some ways,

the grandparent is in denial

and realizes how difficult the

situation is going to be. Unfortunately,

so much energy is

put into avoidance that it too

becomes exhausting. Once the

alternatives have been ruled

out, grandparents can accept

their new role. They begin

to feel more freedom to take

control and no longer be the

victims of a difficult situation.

They are able to redefine the

purpose and direction of their


The second hurdle to overcome

is understanding that

grandparents still have a life

to live. Raising one’s grandchildren

can be draining and

time-consuming- so much so

that grandparents forget about

their own lives. I have seen

grandparents feeling nearly

broken in mind, body, and

spirit due to the high demands

of parenting. Grandparents are

not going to be able to parent

for the long haul if they are

not healthy. Taking care of

oneself needs to be a priority.

Time and money required to

maintain one’s mind, body,

and spirit is well spent. Making

time for hobbies, exercise,

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strong but also helps

grandchildren understand the

importance of these needs.

The third hurdle to jump

is to take stock of resources

or lack thereof. Identifying

the resources that one has, as

well as those that are lacking,

is important. If a grandparent

already has a necessary

resource, little energy is

needed to acquire it. However,

resources that are lacking

are going to need attention.

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Friendship State Bank

Celebrates a Decade

In Batesville

Ten years ago the people of

Batesville and the surrounding

communities welcomed

The Friendship State Bank to

Batesville. The warm welcome

and packed lobby left a

lasting impression on Friendship

Insurance Agent Andy

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many folks I already knew,

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customers,” Ms. Johnson

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small-town feel has made it

easy to feel at home.

“The community we serve

is made up of honest, hardworking

people. It is very

satisfying to be able to provide

services to such a warm,

friendly community,” Ms.

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tell us that they are happy to

have a community bank that

truly cares about their wellbeing.

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customers know, really know,

that we care about them. We

want them to feel like they are

family through their banking


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and the entire Batesville

branch are currently planning

ways to provide a meaningful

thank you to residents and

merchants as they celebrate

their first decade in Batesville.

Updates are available at

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on their social media pages

including Facebook, Instagram,

and Twitter.

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has since opened two additional

branches in Lawrenceburg

and Madison at

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All Friendship State Bank

branches are within a twentyfive-mile

radius of the main

office located in Friendship,

Indiana. That means decisions

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locally-owned bank.

Founded in 1912, the

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on-the-go banking tools

with reliable community

banking through its branches

serving customers in Friendship,

Dillsboro, Versailles,

Rising Sun, Vevay, Batesville,

Lawrenceburg, and Madison.

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Powell Family Fund Improves

Firefighters’ Communication

A $20,000 grant from the

Powell Family Fund at the

Dearborn Community Foundation

(DCF) will improve

firefighter’s communication

and safety at the Sunman Rural

Fire Department, Inc.

The grant helped the fire

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Ron Powell and Warren

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Sunman Rural Fire

Department, Inc.

fire service to a significant

portion of Northern

Dearborn County, fund

half the cost of new radios

and associated hardware to

expand the number of radios

available to most of its

thirty volunteer firefighters.

The fire department paid

the other half of the total

cost of $40,138.

“We are so very fortunate

to have such great community

backing from folks like

the Powells and the Dearborn

Community Foundation,”

said Bill Craig,

Chief of Sunman Rural

Fire Department. “It’s all

about safety, keeping folks

safe. We are so very lucky

in this part of the state to

have such great community


The Powell family established

the Powell Family

Fund in late 2005 at the

Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF), they

did so to give back to the

community they love.

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Communities Recognized for Vision

Jason Wagner, Mary McCarty, Ron Reynolds, and Dave

Narwold accepted Napoleon’s award for a new firehouse.

Lt. Gov. Crouch presented Versailles’ award to Lori

Young, Roxanne Meyer, and Mary McCarty.

The Indiana Office of Community

and Rural Affairs

recognized over sixty Indiana

communities who collaboratively

shaped and carried out

their vision for their communities

in 2018.

“By working together, these

communities provided unique

and impressive changes to

their local parks, walkways,

main streets and economic developments,”

Lt. Gov. Crouch

said. “In partnership with the

Indiana Office of Community

and Rural Affairs, local leaders

were able to utilize state

funding to incorporate the

plans to further their community


Funds provided by local

communities, combined with

money from OCRA, were

used to complete quality of

place improvements like water

system enhancements, new

public facilities, revitalizing

main streets, restoring historic

buildings and enhancing


Four area communities in

southeast Indiana were recognized

for their efforts- Aurora,

Lawrenceburg, Napoleon, and


The Speakman House in Aurora

was awarded a Historic

Renovation Grant for exterior

renovations to include repairing

and replacing main doors

and windows, patching and

painting porches, and tuckpointing

all brick masonry.

The City of Lawrenceburg

in Dearborn County was

awarded a QuIP place making

grant for the purchase of

two permanent chess/checkers

tables for Newtown Park.

The Town of Napoleon

Lt. Gov. Crouch presented

Lawrenceburg’s award to

Judy McAdams.

Receiving the award for

Aurora were City Manager

Guinevere Emery and Mark

Banschbach, the owner of

the Speakman House.

was awarded $500,000 for

the construction of a new

8,400 square foot fire station

with four drive-thru bays, a

training room, and warming


The Town of Versailles was

awarded $550,000 for improvements

to the wastewater

collection system. The project

will replace or rehabilitate

utility holes and sewer lines

as well as the installation of

remote monitoring systems at

four lift stations.

The 2018 awards ceremony

marked OCRA’s thirteenth


Celebrating 100th Day!

North Dearborn Elementary’s first grade class celebrated

their one hundredth day of class by dressing up as their

favorite historic characters. Their teacher, Mrs. Dennis,

shared that they are officially 100 days smarter!

Students Make a Difference

Hannah Weiler and Alli

Beard from East Central FC-

CLA saw an alarming problem:

animals in local shelters

are often forgotten as possible

pets. The young ladies created

Pet Parcels to increase adoption

rates and thank adoptive

families for their kind-hearted

action. East Central FCCLA

and FFA worked together

to put together care packages

that will be given to

those who adopt an animal

from RCHS or P.A.W.S.

Each Pet Parcel contains a

fleece tie blanket, a baggie of

homemade treats, toys made

from recycled t-shirts, and a

thank you letter. The Parcels

Alli Beard and Hannah

Weiler holding their pet


are packaged in a uniquely

designed, reusable tote. Ms.

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those in our community to

step out and make a difference

by giving a loving shelter

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It wasn’t particularly beautiful,

or all delicate and silky. It

was a rose fashioned of stiff

plastic with an unsubstantial

wire stem and unlikely-looking

bright green leaves. The

flower’s petals were colored a

garish Pepto Bismol pink. In

spite of its faults, our family

treasured that pink plastic rose.

It was given to me in love and

over the years became an icon

for unspoken words of support

and caring, passed from one

family member to another.

The rose was brought to

me by our niece, Vicky Lynn

when she was about 11 years

old. She had come to spend the

night with us, as she sometimes

did, and had purchased

the flower with some of her

hard-earned babysitting money.

She presented it to me with a

flourish and said, “Thanks for

having me, Aunt Mary-Alice.

Will we have apple salad?” Of

course, we would have her favorite

Auntie dish. We were all

delighted when Vicky came to

visit. Our own four kids loved

playing with her and Don,

and I thought she was a ray of

sunshine. I smiled as I found a

vase for Vicky’s gift and placed

it on the fireplace mantel. That

is where it stayed for some

time until I did some redecorating

and relegated rose and vase

to a shelf in the hallway closet.

As the years went by, I

completely forgot about that

gift. Vicky and her family had

moved to Tennessee, and we

saw them less and less often.

Our kids were growing up and

involved in school activities; I

was teaching school, and Don

was working as a part-time

deputy sheriff in addition to his

regular job. And then one day,

in the midst of our busyness,

we got the sad news. Vicky had

been killed in a horrible car

accident. That beautiful, bright

young girl, on the brink of

graduating from high school,

was gone.

Of course, we went to Tennessee

for the funeral. As I sat

among the mourners, I looked

at the mounds and baskets of

flowers. Suddenly, I remembered

that beautiful little girl,

smiling proudly as she handed

me the plastic rose. I couldn’t

wait to get home and return

that vase with its rose to its

proper place on the mantel.

When we arrived home, I

went straight to the closet to

retrieve the rose. It wasn’t on

the shelf where I was sure I had

The Pink Plastic Rose

placed it. I tossed aside hats,

baseball gloves and stacks of

music on that shelf, and then

from all the others. I got down

on my hands and knees and

pushed aside snow boots, basketballs,

and umbrellas from

the floor- still no sign of the

vase and rose.

For the next few days, I

cleaned drawers and closets,

went through boxes and

bags in which were stored

everything from items to go

to Goodwill to Christmas and

Easter decorations. No luck.

Finally, I returned to our everyday

routines, giving myself a

good scolding for my carelessness

and disregard for Vicky’s


As the year wore on, I

realized that I would have to

get serious about earning my

Master’s Degree, if I wanted

to keep my job. I enrolled in

some summer classes at Ball

State University, and Don and

I agreed that it would be best if

I stayed in Muncie for a week

at a time, coming home for the

weekends. I really didn’t want

to go. I loved spending summer

days at home with the kids.

I was in a pretty foul mood

when I left home, and even

more so as I dragged my

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suitcase up the stairs to the

dorm room I had been assigned.

Grumbling to myself,

I opened the suitcase to begin

putting my clothes away. Then,

as I lifted the lid, I gasped. I

couldn’t believe what I was

seeing. There, on top of a folded

white sweater, was the pink

plastic rose! How could that

be? On a piece of notebook

paper was a hastily scrawled

note: “We found it, Mom! Chin

up. We’ll miss you. We love

you. Your Kids.”

That note, accompanied by

the recovered rose, not only

brightened my day but gave

me a much-needed attitude

adjustment. When I returned

home, I carefully wrapped the

rose in tissue paper and placed

it in my “treasure drawer.” It

hasn’t stayed there, though.

Through the years it has appeared

in an ice cube tray in

the freezer, standing in the

flower bed after frost killed all

of my real flowers and stuck in

the broken windshield after I

hit a deer and wrecked my car.

It has served as a reward and

as a good luck symbol, showing

up in Lynn’s silverware

drawer when she bought her

first house and “growing” in

Don’s gun holster after he was

elected sheriff. It helped decorate

the cake table at Lisa’s

baby shower, showed up in the

attaché case with Scott’s music

as he prepared for a recital and

arrived in Laura’s mail when

she was promoted in her job

at Ball State. No one has ever

admitted to being the perpetrator

who placed the rose in a

strategic spot. The recipient

has always folded it back in its

protective tissue and replaced

it in the drawer. I am proud to

know that at some time every

one of my kids has recognized

a vulnerability or special joy

in his or her sibling’s life and

has let the rose speak the words

that can’t be voiced.

Sadly, I don’t know what

has happened to Vicky’s rose.

Somehow, in the chaos of

moving, changing jobs and just

living life, it has disappeared.

But I wouldn’t be a bit surprised

if, someday when I need

it the most, I will come upon

that pink plastic rose.

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High School Classmates met up in Bermuda, (Melanie

Hiltz, Gutzwiller), (Melody Dick, Scharfenberger),

(Glenna GiGi Reeves/Johnson), (Debbie Woolwine,

Klump,Turner), spent a week together sight seeing

Bermuda, Tobacco Bay, Crystal Caves, glass bottom

boat tour, snorkeling, and enjoyed the fine restaurants

of Bermuda. The ladies call their group “The 60 Club.”

Melanie resides in Brookville, Debbie in West Harrison,

Melody in Evendale, Ohio, and GiGi currently

lives in Bermuda.

David Ruwe, Sue Widolff, Barb Ruwe, Clara Fromme,

Jan Hollowell, Jeff Hollowell and Joe Hollowell enjoyed

a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. They

stopped for a photo in Amsterdam with The Beacon.

Beth and Kevin Blair, Holton, attended the graduation of their son PFC Thomas Blair

from Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Grandparents Sharon and Rick Probst

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and was glad to

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all winter

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catch a patch of orange in the pass.

three feet. I zigzagged to the the road.

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Central School

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class some

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years ago. Ray

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no interest in the cows, was an old forbidden well, tractor since my walking was

away. Near the foundation would ride me down on the


is now a continuance of our Lou

yard, as is the barnyard, thanks so it became my job. I would covered with brush that I never

dared go near, like it might beauty of seeing hundreds of




too limited otherwise. The

to Ray’s regular mowing. The go down the lane, through

battered Community fence Correspondents from an 1800s the calf pasture, down a steep suck me into it. I suppose it children exploring the area



cemetery borders the north bank, and on across North is still there. Farther off was is one of my hat's favorite school


side. We have no animals, so Hogan Creek.

the barn foundation. Someday memories. Happening Any time I meet In

Happening In

the barnyard and cow lane In most places, the creek I think I shall look up who someone who went on that




fences are long hat's gone. Happening

It is an was shallow, with a pool or lived there so long ago.

In the

open lane to a small three-acre two being a couple of feet A close cow call was


area referred WhitewaterTw


to as the calf deep. Mom or Dad did the all that was needed to get




pasture, although I don’t think gathering when the water the cows on their way.

DEAR, Seitz

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it ever saw the likes of a calf. was too deep. After a rain, Afterward, I just took my

ARIE Community

Ray tries to keep it mowed.


His the creek could get quite high time. Community Sometimes, I would



recent tangle with a deer antler and, of course, it would wash come



upon a dung beetle

resulting in a flat back tractor out the flood gate (wire that building its manure ball.

tire has somewhat discouraged separated our land from the That was a sight worth seitz.shirley@yahoo.com



that effort. It was the last Community straw neighbor’s.) Dad would have watching. Other times, I


for well-worn tires on Correspondent

his 1952 to rebuild it after every rain. I put aside my concern for



8N Ford. He purchased new remember one storm brought snakes and would brave the



tires and rims, and then joyfully

painted the rims a shiny rushing down the otherwise big-time wading. As you marie@goBEACONnews.com


over seven feet of water deeper water pool for some

Happening In

can imagine, in times of

my distractions, the cows Dear Marie is written By by

were already in the barn the trusted friend, Tracy who gives

and Mom was calling me to sound, compassionate (Aylor) advice

“When my time comes,

see if I was okay.

about questions in Russell life that

I have fond memories of you may have.


just put me in a Pine Box.” the winter scene of walking

down to the creek area Dear Marie,


and being awed by the quiet rsnews4beacon@gmail.com

My husband and I have

beauty of my single trail of been married for twenty

Wishes are subjective


years. We both quit smoking

Prearrangements are By the big pool is a giant over ten years ago. Recently


walnut tree where nuts were my husband has had an occasional

cigarette. I have made

gathered each fall. The flowing

limestone creek and fall it very clear how disappointed

I am that he smells

colors surrounding it made

a stunning fall scene. Mom like a cigarette. I reminded

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field trip, he or she always

says, “ I remember when we

visited your farm.”

Even if I could manage

a visit to the creek today, I

would find little like it was in

the days of my youth, when

the cattle kept the weeds and

bushes down. I just enjoy it

from the little bridge on Holt

Road that crosses the creek

not far from the farmstead.

I arrive at the bright orange

lily display and decide it has

left the solitude of the cemetery

to brighten up my way.

him how we both decided

that smoking is bad for our

health and that we didn’t

want to be a bad influence

on our children. I have even

told him that I don’t want

him to smoke around our

kids. Marie, I am very upset

by my husband’s decision to

smoke. What should I do?

Abby in Harrison

Dear Abby,

It’s so true in marriagethe

decision one of you

makes can affect the entire

family. Obviously, I don’t

have to tell you the health

risks related to smoking.

As an ex-smoker, you know

how hard quitting can be for

some people. As with any

addiction, you have to be determined

to stop the behavior

with a plan and support

system in place. You already

know all the tools available

to help facilitate the

change in behavior. The list

of devices designed to help

smokers quit has increased

over the last ten years since

you quit. These include the

nicotine patch, nicotine gum,

and prescription medication.

The electronic cigarette is

also available and has been

very useful for many people.

Maybe your husband would

be willing to compromise

with you and choose to use

the e-cigarette until he decides

to quit again.

Do you have a pressing

question? Contact Marie@


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East Central Wrestling

Takes EIAC Title

The EIAC wrestling championships,

originally slated

for Jan. 12, had to be delayed

until Jan. 15, at East Central

High School due to weather

conditions. That did not

diminish the excitement of

the meet, By which saw three

teams distance Maxinethemselves


from the field. East Central,

Lawrenceburg, Community and South

Dearborn Correspondent battled throughout

the night, and the meet would

not be fully decided until only


a couple of weight class finals

remained on the night.

Going into the final round,

the scores may have seemed

more distant for some unfamiliar

with the sport. EC

entered the final round with

230 points, while Lawrenceburg

had 217.5 and SD had

196. However, a final round

that saw EC win only 5 of 14

matches, Lawrenceburg 6, and

SD 10 made for a final that

was much tighter.

Ultimately, the Trojans,

under the direction of head

coach Adam Wolf, were

able to secure the title with

251 points. The Tigers were

runner-up with 241.5 points,

and the Knights scored 234.5

to finish third. The difference

in the meet likely was determined

by only a couple of

head-to-head matches in the

earlier rounds. The remaining

team scores were Franklin

County 138.5, Connersville

133, Rushville 116, Batesville

78, and Greensburg 37.

Individually, several weight

classes saw some close battles

in the championship round to

make for an exciting end to

the night.

Freshman Andrew Merritt

of Franklin County began

the round by earning an 8-2

decision over Tanner Busch of

East Central at the 106-pound

weight class. At 113, EC

junior Tyler Schneider preserved

a close 7-6 decision

over Lawrenceburg senior

Spencer Gordon.

The 120-pound final saw

another tight battle before

South Dearborn sophomore

Eli Otto got a late score to defeat

Garrett Condo of Franklin

County to earn his second

conference title.

The 126-pound final saw

Head Coach Adam Wolf (second from left) and members of the East Central wrestling

team celebrate winning the EIAC wrestling title.

the dominance of undefeated

Lawrenceburg senior

Grant Stapleton (28-0 and

ranked #18 in the state) get a

forty-second fall of Franklin

County’s Jacob Lee to earn

the third conference crown of

his career.

At 132, South Dearborn

senior Austin Boggs exhibited

his experience against a deep

weight class of talented underclassmen.

Boggs defeated

Lawrenceburg freshman

Corbin Walston by fall at the

2:59 mark of the match to

claim the title. The 138-pound

class witnessed EC senior

Adam Negangard, who carries

only one loss against his

record on the year, garnering

his second career conference

title. Negangard earned

a major decision over Adam

Crouch of Franklin County by

the score of 15-6.

The 145-pound class saw a

second undefeated wrestler in

South Dearborn sophomore

Bryer Hall (24-0) and ranked

#2 in the state of Indiana

defeat fellow sophomore

Ben Wolf of East Central by

technical fall at the 6:00 mark

by a score of 17-2. This was

Hall’s second conference title,

and he was also recognized as

the Most Valuable Wrestler in

the conference as voted by the


At 152, Lawrenceburg oneloss

senior Andrew Roberts

(23-1) recorded a 6-0 decision

over South Dearborn senior

Zach Otto to take his first

title. The 160-pound class saw

fellow Tiger Andrew Roth

record a 7-1 decision over

Connersville’s Blake Bushey

to give the Tigers back-toback


The 170 weight class

brought a second career title

for Connersville’s Colton

Massey with a 7-4 decision

over East Central’s Bennett

Noble. At 182, East Central

sophomore Kole Viel recorded

a 12-6 decision over

Marcus Vaughn of Rushville

for the weight class crown.

The 195-pound class saw a

back and forth battle between

East Central’s Kyle Krummen

and Connersville’s Evan

Shafer that displayed a lot of

wrestling action. The match

was decided on a defensive

pin by Evan Shafer at the

5:47 mark of the match for an

exciting and sudden end.

At 220, South Dearborn

senior Zach Dick wasted little

time stamping his dominance

on the class with a 28-second

fall over Lawrenceburg’s

Ethan Parris to claim his

first conference crown. The

285-pound class saw Connersville

senior Zach Mc-

Queen record a 1:17 fall over

EC’s Logan Adams.

Three Records Fall

in EIAC Swim


The EIAC Swimming and

Diving Championships were

held on Jan. 5 with the East

Central Trojans claiming the

boys’ title while the Greensburg

Pirates won the girls’

crown. During the meet,

three event records were set

by East Central swimmers.

The 200 medley relay

team of Nick Weber, Jackson

Ketcham, Jacob Weber, and

Owen Matthew set a new conference

record in the event.

Jacob Weber took down

another conference record on

the day in the 200 individual


Kyra Hall, who has been

breaking her own record a

few times this season, also

capitalized on the opportunity

to set a new conference

record in the 100 backstroke


EIAC MVP’s for the meet

all hailed from Brandon

Loveless’ East Central Aqua

Trojans. On the boys’ side,

Jackson Ketcham, Jacob Weber,

and Nick Weber shared

the honor. The girls’ MVP

was shared by teammates Olivia

Nixon and Kyra Hall.

Region 10 All-Star

Team Announced

Members of the Indiana

Football Coaches’ Association

(IFCA) recently met

around the state for their

winter meeting to determine

members of the various

region all-star teams. Region

10 consists of 43 footballplaying

schools in all classifications

throughout all

of southeastern Indiana and

reaching down to New Albany

and over to schools just

west of and including Bloomington.

Of the 30 selections of

seniors for the team, local

schools were able to garner

eight of those selections.

Named to the offensive

positions were a pair of East

Central Trojans and a Milan

Indian. Cole Rosfeld of East

Central and Orrin Schmidt

of Milan were named as offensive

linemen while EC’s

Alex Maxwell was named at


Named to the defensive

squad for Region 10 were

a pair of South Dearborn

Knights and Batesville

Bulldogs. SD’s Axel Bell

was named as a defensive

end while teammate Owen

Lunsford made the squad at

strong safety. The Bulldogs

hailed Adam Bedel as a member

at inside linebacker and

teammate Trey Heidlage was

selected at cornerback.

The eighth area selection

was on special teams with the

selection of Cade Browndyke

of East Central as the kicker

for the team.

Members of the Region

10 All-Star team are now

eligible, along with members

of the other nine regions in

the state, for selection to the

North-South All-Star Game

held each summer. The IFCA

will meet in March to select

that team.


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So far, the tri-state meteorologists

have been on

target! Weather predictions

have been fairly accurate. I

predict (my predictions are

as accurate as anyone’s) a

very cold, very snowy, long

winter. That being said, I’ve

increased my repertoire of

indoor activities to endure

the next two months. Don’t

get me wrong- I enjoy a brisk

walk or carrying firewood

in crispy temperatures, but

I stop short of going to the

slopes for a run down Clyde’s

Slide. My winter mantra is to

keep the home fires burning.

A favorite resource for winter

boredom is still my vintage,

red Betty Crocker cookbook.

The pages are splattered with

ingredients, and the margins

are full of notes, but I still




find new recipes that interest

me. By the way, Melanie

Alexander always shares

awesome recipes in her

Beacon column each month.

Last month’s recipe for Black

Bean Tamale Pie is yummy!

North Dearborn Library

is offering Virtual Yoga on

Mondays at 10:30 A.M. Take

advantage of this workout

suited for any level of physical

activity. Wednesday at

6 P.M. is Virtual Fitness for

Adults also at the North

Dearborn Branch on North

Dearborn Rd. Please call the

library (812-637-0777) for

more information or check

out the events calendar at

www.lpld.lib.in.us for activities

to keep your entire family


Get your breakfast on

with stacks and stacks of

pancakes! The Bright Lions

Club is hosting the Annual

Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,

March 2 from 7 A.M.

until noon at 2160 Lamplight

Dr. (Lions Building). Other

menu items include sausage,

biscuits & gravy, coffee, milk,

juice. Tickets can be purchased

in advance from any

Lions member, Civista Bank


on Stateline Rd, or Logan

Supermart. If you’ve never

been to this breakfast before,

you are missing a great community

event. Proceeds will

be used for Lions community

projects throughout the year.

Our economy is booming!

We have ten different places

to eat on Stateline Rd. in

Bright. We have three stores

to buy groceries, three gas

stations, two places to get

your car fixed, and many other

merchants from which to

choose. You can have pizza

delivered to your front door

as well as your prescription!

Supporting local businesses

is important for so many

reasons. Stay local and shop

local. The future is Bright!









Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Weekend!!! Everyone’s Irish!

And we have an hour longer

of daylight in the evening.

Whoo-hoo! The Valley will

begin to come alive with

green grass, new tree buds,

flowers breaking thru the

surface of the ground, and

kiddos playing outside. Let’s

be a more active community

by taking more walks, joggings,

biking, riding scooters,

and, well, we can add in golf

cart rides (not physical, but


The Civic Club will be

having Euchre March 16 and

A Family Tradition Since 1800’s




We have five January birthdays in the Stutz family. I

hope you enjoy this photo from the celebration. Front

row: Gage Vollner, Cora Vollner, Allissa Stutz, Parker

Stutz, Kaden Stutz. Back row Maddie Stutz and Isabelle

Stutz. Missing because of illness are Grace Kirchgassner

and Scarlett Kirchgassner.

Declan Winterrowd and

Jon Sparhawk at the HVL

Polar Bear Dip

April 20, 6:30 P.M. at the

HVL Community Center. No

partner required, BYOB, and

bring a snack to share. More

events to come!

The Children’s Activity

Club will be having it’s

annual Easter Egg Hunt one

of the first two weekends of

April since Easter Sunday is

April 21. Check the Hidden

Valley Lake Children’s Activities

Club on FB for the official

date. A year full of CAC

events will be listed in the

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Still Board


Feb 17

March 17

April 28

Sign ups start at 11.

Shoot starts at 12.


Dave Bischoff


Archery Shoot

April 6-7


Eric Hartman


7004 Church Lane

West Harrison, IN 47060

Ireland, Declan and mom

Kara Winterrowd enjoyed

the festivities of the Polar

Bear Dip

April edition of The Beacon.

“Kids just wanna have fun!”

and we aim to please!

March Birthdays: Elliott

Johnson, Juliet Johnson,

Samantha Airgood, Hattie

Hampton, Jason Armbruster,

Cathy Witte, Leah

Cox, Jared Lischkge, Celia

Jasper, Sheri Trumbull,

Jacob Clark, Matt Clark.

March Anniversaries: David

and Sheri Trumbull.

Please email me, Korry

H. Johnson, if you have

something to share in next

month’s article at hvl@go-

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Behavioral Finance – Herd Behavior

From September 21st – December 21st, 2018, the S&P

500 was down 17.5%, just 2.5% shy of a 20% correction. 1

Given low unemployment rates and a strong economy,

this has left some investors questioning the reason for

the market downturn. It seems irrational, based on the

data, that the market would take a step back at this time.

Although it doesn’t account for everything, the behavioral

finance key concept of Herd Behavior offers some insights

into why these events happen.

Herd Behavior

Most people have heard of the term mob mentality. Herd

Behavior points to the same type of phenomenon. “Herd

Behavior represents the tendency for an individual to

mimic the actions of a larger group, whether those actions

are rational or irrational.” 2 Herd Behavior recognizes the

strong social pressure to conform. As social beings, most

people, desire to be accepted

by the group rather than

banished as an outcast. This

has served humans well

when it comes to survival,

but it can spell disaster when

it comes to investing.

Two easy examples of how

Herd Behavior has negatively

affected investors is the

Dotcom bubble of the early

2000s and the Housing

bubble of 2008. In both

“This has served humans well

when it comes to survival, but

it can spell disaster when it

comes to investing.”

— Roger Ford

cases, investors flooded the market with huge amounts

of money. Investors kept shoving money into the market

during these periods without having a plan. In the end,

they sacrificed the fundamentals of investing because the

“herd” told them that it was the place to be invested.

When the bubbles burst, the herd left in droves only

making the collapse all that much worse. Most people

bought high and sold low during these times and that

is the true danger of herd behaviors. By the time most

investors are getting in, much of the rise has already

happened, and by the time the decision is made to get

out, it is too late.

All investors feel the temptation to follow the latest

investment trends. Financial advisors are not immune

to this phenomenon as well. That is why it is important

to have an investment team with a clear strategy and

investment principles. The key to investing is having a plan

in place for the long-term. This is especially important for

when the temptation to jump in on the latest trend arises.

A plan is in place, not including this temptation, and

deviation from the course is not an option. Storms will

come, storms will pass, and those who stay the course will

reap the benefits.






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More than 250 students

were named to the Dean’s

List for the Fall 2018 semester

at the Ivy Tech Community

College Lawrenceburg

and Batesville campuses.

Area students Caige Geier

and Shaye DiMeglio were

among those named to the

Dean’s List. Congrats to both

of you!

Congratulations go out to

Chris and Ashley Hountz on

the birth of their son Clayton

Joseph Hountz who arrived

on Jan. 23.

Get well wishes go out to

Brian Erhart.

Deepest Sympathy goes

out to the family of Mary

Grace Bischoff who passed

away peacefully on Jan. 3 at

the age of 76. Mary Grace

and Cliff were married for

fifty-eight years and traveled

to Maine twice a year. They

loved to visit Canada and

drove five thousand miles on

the Alaska Highway. Mary

Grace loved to play cards-

7up was one of her favorites.

She was an artist at heart.

She loved to carve wood and

did numerous oil paintings.

She assisted in restoring the

oil painting of St. Joseph at




All Saint’s Parish, St. Joseph’s

Church. She showed

much of her art in galleries in

Metamora and Brown County.

Mary Grace was an avid

antique collector of early

American items, most from

the 1700s.

Mary Grace leaves behind

her beloved husband

Cliff, sons Tony (Jean) of St.

Leon, IN, David (Julie) of

Harrison, OH, and Todd of

Bright, IN. She also leaves

behind grandchildren Megan,

Trevor (Laura), Jacob

(Cassidy), Lindsay, Abigail,

Blake, Connor, Cole, Grant,

Brianna, Shane (Sam), and

Alex and great-grandchildren

Chloe and Braxton. Mary

Grace is preceded in death

by her daughter Therese

Ruth Bischoff Rider, greatgrandson

Christopher Donald


Alice Wuestefeld (nee

Eckstein) of St. Leon passed

away at the age of 85. She

was born to Amand and Mary

Eckstein in St. Nicholas.

She was married to Walter

Wuestefeld for fifty-six

years. Alice and Walter had

five children together.

She was preceded in death

by her husband, Walter, two

brothers Cornelius Eckstein

and Albert Eckstein, and

one sister Stella Doerflein.

Survivors include two sons,

Dale Wuestefeld of Nesbit,

Mississippi and Don (Susie)

Wuestefeld of Franklin,

Tennessee; three daughters,

Marilyn (Nick) Mathioudakis

of Zionsville, Indiana,

Gerilyn (Tim) Chaffee and

Carol (Jody) Geier both of

St. Leon, Indiana. She also

leaves behind grandchildren,

Rob, Sophia and Joe Mathioudakis,

Taylor Chaffee,

Derek, and Alexis Sturgill

and Caige Geier.

Congratulations go out to

Hunter Rudisell on being

accepted for the University of

Cincinnati Civil Engineering


Just a reminder to high

school seniors- now is the

time to be checking with

your guidance counselors to

begin the scholarship application

process. There are so

many scholarships available

that go unclaimed.

In conjunction with the

North Dearborn Conservation

Club of which Greg

Andres was an officer and

avid member, a scholarship

fund was established in his

memory with the Dearborn

Community Foundation. It is

called the Greg Andres/North

Dearborn Conservation Club

Scholarship. This scholarship

is in the amount of $500

and is available for students

from East Central or Franklin

County High Schools

who are pursuing a college

education in the health care

field, law enforcement or

conservation officer. If interested,

get in touch with your

school’s guidance department

for the application. The

deadline for scholarships is

typically in March or April

so now is the time to be

getting these applications


Happy Wedding Anniversary

to my niece Roxanne and

Mike Haag on March 3.

March Birthdays– 2 Henry

Stenger, Shelly Bischoff

and Lisa Nobbe, 3 my

daughter Melissa Barrett,

Joe Schuman, and Shirley

Huber, 4 Jacob Bittner,

my sister-in-law Schere

Kramer, Harper Vogelsang

and Jackie Gaynor, 5 Danny

and Jack Deddens, 6 my

daughter Jennie Geisheimer,

Keith Fox, Stephanie

Bulach, Chris Bischoff and

Robin Fox, 7 Melanie Gutzwiller,

Margo Whitehead,

Jacob Stenger and Andy

Hornbach, 8 Joe Baker

and Matt Wilgenbusch, 9

Tammy Vonderheide and

Nikki Kamos, 10 Virginia

Eckstein and Steve “Buck”

Hoog, 12 Randy Zimmer

and Chuck Hautman, 13

Mike Haag, Dennis and

Joan Wuestefeld, and Anita

Alig, 14 Jackie Sims, Rick

Kurelic and Kevin Stenger,

March in Dearborn County, Southeast Indiana...the Perfect Place to Play!

15 cousin Mindy Puente and

Estelle Salisbury, 16 cousin

Kari Andres and Roseann

Fuernstein, 18 Justin Alig,

Larry Schuman and Donna

Smith, 19 Carson Whitehead,

20 Ruth Bischoff, 21

Joey Alig, 22 Jill Wilhelm,

Steve Hornberger, Paula

Brennan and Karen Herth,

23 Megan Steurenberg, 24

John Erfman, 25 Stephanie

Smith, 26 McKenzie Callahan

and Danny Craft,

27 cousin Tim Andres,

Pat Schlarmann, 28 Rick

Stenger, 29 Chad Sterwerf,

my niece in San Antonio

Jennifer Andres and Cindy

Fasi, 30 Mary Jane Telles,

31 Jeff Bulach and Jenna


Also, a very special Happy

Birthday wish goes out to my

mother-in-law Kathryn Zimmer

who will celebrate her

94th birthday on March 26.

She is still very active and

enjoys her life to the fullest.

Love you, Mama!

Get in touch with me with

any news at stleon@goBEA-


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Southeast Indiana Junkin’ Trail Extravaganza

Over the Moon Vintage Spring Market

February 2 - Mar 30 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship

Gallery Exhibit - 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro, Indiana.

Exhibit: Every Picture Tells a Story: What’s Yours? Open:

Tuesdays: 6-8PM; Thursdays: 4-8PM; Saturdays: 10AM-

2PM. 812-532-3010. www.dillsboro.in/arts/dillsboro-artsfriendship-gallery

March 3 – Perfect North Slopes Spring Carnival -

9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect

Lane, Lawrenceburg. Celebrate the arrival of spring

skiing weather. This family event has activities for skiers,

snowboarders and snow tubers. Info: 812-537-3754 or


March 7-10, 14-16 – Southeast Indiana Junkin’ Trail

Extravaganza - Special hours are from 10am to 5pm

each day at each shop. For information on businesses

outside Dearborn County participating, visit: www.

facebook.com/southeastindianajunkin. Participating

businesses in Dearborn County are the following:

The Greenbriar Shop

19374 Collier Ridge Road • Guilford, IN 47022


Blue Willow House

9960 Front Street • Dillsboro, IN 47018


The Rustic Nail

13350 US 50 • Dillsboro, IN 47018


The White Swan

13925 Bloom Road • Moores Hill, IN 47032


Whiskey City Antique Mall

110 & 201 Walnut Street • Lawrenceburg, IN 47025


River Treasures

211 Second Street • Aurora, IN 47001


Second Time Around

311 Second Street • Aurora, IN 47001

812-584-7796 or 812-584-4094

March 8, 22, 29 – St. Mary’s Lenten Fish Fry - Cod

With God - St. Mary’s Activity Center 214 Fifth Street,

Aurora. 4PM-7:30PM. Dine in meals served in the Activity

Center, or carry out from the school cafeteria on 4th

Street. Drive through is also available from 3rd Street.

Info: 812-926-1558

March 9 – Luck of the Irish - Main Street Aurora

Dancing on Main - 7:30-10PM, presented by Main Street

Aurora. Second & Main Street, Aurora. Doors open at 6PM.

$5.00 admission. Dance, socialize and enjoy a community

gathering place in Historic Downtown Aurora. Dinner is

served by the Lions Club, with all proceeds going to Relay

for Life. $7.00 Classic country music. Info: 812-926-1100 or


March 12 – Oxbow Program - Norway Rat: its

Ecology, Behavior and Physiology - 7:30PM at the

Oxbow, Inc. office, 301 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg.

Dr. Michael Miller, Professor of Biology, University of

Cincinnati, will present a fascinating study about rats.

He will discuss his UC lab’s five-year study of Norway Rat

behavior, food preferences and surprising intelligence.

Info: 812-290-2941 or www.oxbowinc.org/programs.html.

March 16 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions - Sip & Paint

- 1:00PM-2:30PM, 21481 State Line road, Lawrenceburg.

Cost: $52.55. ($48.00 + $4.55 processing fee). All needed

materials and instruction required for each piece are

provided. Design offerings have been curated specifically

for this event - think WINE! Reservations by Feb. 19 at 812-

537-3800 or at: www.caseysoutdoor.com/events/.

March 16 – Lawrenceburg/Greendale St. Paddy’s

Day Pub Crawl - Presented by Lawrenceburg Main

Street. 4PM-11PM. Info: 812-537-4507 or


March 17 – New Alsace American Legion Chicken

Dinner - 12pm-5pm, 25329 Legion Road, New Alsace,

Indiana. All You Can Eat chicken dinner with all the

trimmings. Carryout dinners available. $12.00/adults;

$6.00/children age 4-10. Info: 812-576-2955 or


March 22 - The Framery Wine & Paint Party - 6:30-

8:30PM, $35.00. Reservations at 812-537-4319.


March 29-30 - Over the Moon Vintage Spring

Market - Agner Hall at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, US

50, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. A delightful inside market

full of repurposed, vintage, worn or rusted items with

patinas showing decades of wear. Styles include cottage

farmhouse, prairie and industrial, along with romantic

and upcycled clothing. Jewelry has been transformed

from heirloom, costume and elegant pieces.

Friday: 4PM-9PM; Saturday: 9AM-4PM. Info: 513-973-2565

or www.facebook.com/OverTheMoonVintageMarket.

March 30 – USAC Sprint Cars - Lawrenceburg

Speedway Opening Night - Lawrenceburg Speedway,

351 E. Eads Pkwy. (U.S. 50). Sprint, modified, pure stock

and hornet racing on 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval

track. Gates open at 5PM; hot laps at 6PM and racing at

7PM. Info: 812-539-4700 or www.lawrenceburgspeedway.

com or find on Facebook.

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

1-800-322-8198 or www.VisitSoutheastIndiana.com


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The Harrison Rotary and The District rally together to support

Harrison Fire Dept. Deputy Greg Chetwood and his

family. Pictured above are Fire Chief Rob Hursong, District

board member Annette Troescher, Rotary board member

Rick Nicklaus, Firefighter Austin Reinert, and District board

member Marianne Lake.


“In March winter is holding

back and spring is pulling

forward. Something holds and

something pulls inside of us

too.” What an accurate quote

by Jean Hersey to describe

this time of year. Hang in

there, Harrison. Spring really

is right around the corner!

Harrison rallied around

one of the very finest this

past month. Deputy Chief

Greg Chetwood was forced

to retire from the Harrison

Fire Department after being

diagnosed with ALS. Chief

Chetwood has served our

city for over thirty years and

is a Firefighter Valor Award

Recipient. Representatives of

the Greater Harrison Rotary

and The District donated the

$1,000 proceeds from the

December Chili-Cook-Off

to the Chetwood family. The

community did not want to

stop there with showing their

appreciation and support. A

“Bowling for Greg” benefit

was hosted by the Professional’s

Firefighter’s Local

No. 3204. Chief Chetwood’s

decades of service were

brought to light throughout

the evening as he was surrounded

by co-workers,

friends, and family. Harrison

will forever be grateful for his

dedicated service.

Southwest Local School

District held the second Town

Hall meeting. Presentations

were led by the architectural

and construction firms to

update the community on

the progress of the design

process in our new schools.

The audience was informed

on the schedule, budget, and

site plan reviews. Models of

the planned design were also

presented. As of now, students

are projected to start school in

the new buildings in the Fall

of 2021.

The ‘Women in the Outdoors’

Series is about to begin

at Miami Whitewater Park.

This is the perfect way to

take advantage of the changing

weather and our beautiful

park. Venture into the outdoors

with your daughters,

or discover new friends.


Classes are for girls and

women ages 8 and older. Join

female guides on the trail, in

the woods, and on the water.

Visit the park’s website to see

class times and sign up ahead

of time. Classes did fill up

quickly last year so grab your

spot now!














Congratulations to the

recipients of the Batesville

Area Chamber of Commerce

awards. Brad Stoneking,

BMS Principal, and Catherine

Dalton, BMS Classroom Aide,

presented the Educator of the

Year Award to Cathy Ollier,

a first grade teacher at BMS.

Sarah Heppner, Batesville

Area Arts Council Administrator,

presented the Community

Service Award to Anne Raver.

Glennis Williams and Pat

Polley presented the Community

Impact Award to the

Southeastern Indiana Voices

for Children, represented by

its executive director, Tonya


Ms. Raver was recognized

for her efforts in promoting

Batesville and in serving as

the liaison between the community

and the Batesville

Area Arts Council. Ms. Ollier’s

ability to elicit the very

best from her young students

as a caring, innovative and

passionate educator were

highlighted, while the Southeastern

Voices for Children

organization, represented by

The Harrison Rotary and The District rally together to support Harrison Fire Dept. Deputy Greg Chetwood and his family. Pictured above are Fire

Chief Rob Hursong, District board member Annette Troescher, Rotary board member Rick Nicklaus, Firefighter Austin Reinert and District board

member Marianne Lake.

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Ms. Ruble-Richter, was recognized

for its tireless efforts

in serving local abused and

neglected children and helping

them to feel valued and

supported. A community is

strengthened by its volunteers,

and our community is fortunate

to have these dedicated

individuals and organizations.

Hats off to the students of

Erin Trenkamp’s eighthgrade

economics students for

their philanthropic efforts.

The students divided into

groups for entrepreneurship

projects that involved forming

a business to sell a non-food

related product to other

students. Items were sold on

four Wednesday mornings

prior to the start of the school

day. The young entrepreneurs

thought outside the box and

developed businesses that offered

slime, nail spa services,

photo booth services, stress

balls, bouncy balls, pencils,

paper, letters to Santa, bookmarks,

and squishes. The students’

overall profit was $780,

which they chose to donate to

the Ripley County Humane

Society. Janet Orr from the

RCHS arrived with a puppy

to receive the proceeds and to

share some puppy love with

the philanthropic entrepreneurs.

These students not only

learned about business and

philanthropy but also enjoyed

puppy snuggles as a bonus!

That’s Sue’s news for now!


Baby it is cold outside, but

not as cold as Jan. 1, 2018. I

started my New Year traveling

to Versailles State Park to

participate in their New Year’s

Day hike. My daughter Debbie

Seymour, granddaughter Ella,

and I hiked for an hour and a

half up and down the trails.

The 40-degree temperature

was a lot better than the 12

degrees the year before. In the

park before the hike, we spotted

three bald eagles, one adult

and two young eagles by the

lake. The Eagles have a distinctive

screeching sound. One

of the rangers told me a total of

four eagles were in the area.

While I am talking about

eagles, my grandson Allen

Seymour, who belongs to

Troop 631 in Milan, will soon

be starting his Eagle Scout

project. His aunt, Patty Baker

of Greendale, came up with

his project which is to make a


MGP hosts an educational session on the company

history and process of whiskey production and distillation

in “Whiskey City.” The session finishes with a Q&A session.

Presented by Mike Templin, MGP Plant Manager.



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or on walkers.

My neighbors, the Lane

family, built a snowman, but

the bottom looked like a skirt.

I am reporting that I have

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in Greendale. Here is a LOL

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built in Petersburg, KY.

The family built a big snowman

around a tree stump.

Well, guess what- someone

decided to knock the snowman

over with their vehicle.

Ella and Lenayah at night

are starting their first snowman

of the season.

What a surprise they got!

The kids are enjoying the

snow, even if the adults are

not. My husband has been

using his new toy- a snow

blower. The tool makes cleaning

the neighbors’ driveways

a lot easier, and he is also having

fun. Greendale’s mayor,

Alan Weiss, has been sighted

shoveling a Greendale resident’s

driveway. Very much

appreciated by the resident.

Happy Birthday to two

of my grandchildren- Ella

Seymour on March 10 and

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Several members of the

All Saints Parish choir

spread some holiday cheer

by Christmas caroling to

local elderly and shut-in

residents. One of the residents

they visited was Anna

Mae Kuebel, dubbed “The

Queen of Yorkville.” She

celebrated her 93rd birthday

on Dec. 12. Happy birthday,

Anna Mae!

Highpoint Health recently

honored several employees

at the annual recognition

banquet. Sandy Hoff received

an award for forty

years of employment with



All Saints Parish Christmas carolers Duane Meyer, Fr. Eric

Bolek, Marlene Graf, Laura Keller, Bayard Pelsor, Laura

Schuman, Linda Weckenbrock, Miriam Weber, Paul Weckenbrock,

and Cheryl McCann with Anna Mae Kuebel.

the hospital. Sandy spent

most of her time at the hospital

as a microbiologist in

the laboratory and recently

became an administrative

director. Congratulations,


Guilford residents Jennifer

Jung, Elizabeth Kern,

and Leah Steiner who attend

Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg

and Batesville were

named to the Dean’s List for

the fall of 2018. Keep up the

good work!

Emily and Eric Fay

welcomed their fourth child,

Declan Robert, on Dec. 29.

Declan was welcomed home

by siblings Gareth, Luke,

and Caroline. Congratulations

to the Fays on their

new addition.

I would love to feature you

in my next article! If you

have news in the Yorkville/

Guilford area you’d like me

to share, please contact me

at yorkville@goBEACONnews.com.









Sr. Anji Fan and Ava Allen

utilize integrative technology

at Oldenburg Academy.

The village people are

in the process of creating a

Comprehensive Plan that will

identify short and long-term

goals to enhance and improve

the vibrancy, functionality,

and capacity of the Village of

Spires. Once completed, the

plan will enable the villagers

to seek state and federal

grants which, if awarded, can

fund these goals.

Current and former residents

along with others interested

in the ’Burg have completed

surveys to express their

opinions. A public workshop

was held in January to explain

the process further and to

gather additional input. Look

for updates in my upcoming


Oldenburg Academy is the

recipient of a $7,500 grant

from the Rising Sun Regional

Foundation to support the

school’s efforts in transforming

classrooms into “innovation

rooms” supportive of

technology integration, collaboration,

and project-based

learning. The faculty and

students are also grateful to

Jeff and Ellen Dickman Paul

whose generous gift will be

added to the RSRF’s funds to

enable the transformation of

two classrooms.

OA boasts of several winners

in the art category of

the Scholastic Art and Writing

awards. The competition

received over five thousand

pieces and awards Gold Keys

to the top 5-7%; Silver Keys

to the top 7-10%; and Honorable

Mention to the top

10-15% of all entries. OA’s

winners include:

Gold Key: Anthony

Alderson, Dorothy Doll

Silver Key: Anthony Alderson

Honorable Mention: Alyssa

Krekeler (2), Stella Hillenbrand,

Elizabeth Mullen

Over the years the Scholastic

Art & Writing Awards

has grown to become the

longest-running, most prestigious

recognition program

for creative teens in the U.S.,

and the nation’s largest source

of scholarships for creative

young artists and writers.

Additional Congratulations

go out to the Academy Singers

who received Gold status

at the Indiana State School

Music Association’s district

competition in January. They

move on to compete at the

state level in February.

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Cottingham will be back

next month with all of the

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Editor’s note: Myrtle While

has retired as the Logan correspondent.

We would like to

thank Myrtle for her contributions

over the years. Her

wit and insight has always

brought smiles to all of the


The Beacon welcomes

Susan Carson and look forward

to all of her insights on

the happenings in the Logan


Recently, I was invited to

take on the task of being the

Beacon’s latest correspondent

for the community of Logan.

Shout-outs to Liz Morris

and Dale Lutz for suggesting

me for this opportunity.

Certainly, they know I am

not a journalist; how this will

turn out remains to be seen.

Tamara Taylor, the Beacon’s

publisher, asked me to write

a short piece to introduce

myself. So here goes… I

have not lived here forever

as most people may think,

but I consider myself to be an

“old” newcomer to northern

Dearborn County.

My family moved here

from Harrison in 1963. I

went to Bright Elementary

School (the first one) and

then moved on to graduate

from North Dearborn High

School in 1971. I earned a

Bachelor’s degree in Education

from Ohio Northern

University and a degree in

nursing from Bowling Green

State University. I practiced

nursing (Labor & Delivery)

for almost thirty-five years

and am now happily retired.

Moving on to Logan itself.

What a wonderful place to

live. My brothers and I benefitted

greatly by being raised

here in such a caring, closeknit

community. We had

the privilege of growing up

with friends and neighbors

who are now some of our

community’s leaders such

as John Maxwell and Rep.

Randy Lyness. So many

more names can be mentioned

that I dare not attempt

a complete list now. But I

will save space for them in

future writings.

Logan is home to the

North Dearborn Branch

Public Library, the Logan

Supermart, and At the Barn

Winery. Who would ever

have thought a winery would

be located in Dearborn

County, much less Logan?

Anyway, I think we all have

much to be thankful for here

in southeast Indiana. Logan

is just a small piece of it.

If you have news that you

would like to share, please

email me at logan@goBEA-


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Aydra Keith had fun catching

snowflakes on her


Brrrr. It’s cold outside. Let’s

go outside and play in the

snow! Makayla and Monica,

daughters of Amber and Matt

Crisswell, have recently been

spotted enjoying our January

snow. In the warm summer

months, you can find the pair

on Manchester’s fields playing

softball. In mid-winter, they

enjoy throwing snowballs instead.

They are looking warm

in all their layers of winter apparel

– much like little brother

Randy in The Christmas Story


Our pets have also been

braving the elements this season.

Rhonda Jefferson’s dog

Finley is ready for the winter

weather in his multi-colored

sweater. Rhonda is a longtime

Manchester resident and


What better way to enjoy the

snow than to eat it! Two-yearold

Aydra Keith, daughter

of Taylor and Matt Keith, is

shown here catching snowflakes

in her mouth. Aydra

is also the granddaughter of

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Manchester students

Carson Davidson (blue),

Connor Vaught (Black)

participated in The Leader

In Me program.

Brent and Elaine Marshall

of Manchester. Mom, Taylor,

grew up in Manchester and

will be coming back here when

she and Matt build a house on

their new Lattire Road property

next year.

The Manchester Elementary

School students are keeping

warm by participating in Jump

Rope 4 Heart program. This

year’s campaign was kicked

off with a visit from Annie

Houston from The American

Heart Association. Students

were given envelopes to

collect donations and earned

prizes when they registered

for this challenge. The event

was fun and exciting; everyone

learned about their heart while

helping others and raising

money for the cause. Students

competed in the Jump Rope

for Heart event on Feb. 13 during

PE class and after school.







Manchester students, Jump Rope 4 Heart event, Beckham

Ross, Karley Clark, Kaylee Brewer, Danica Neff, Kimberly

Kirkpatrick, Mason Hamlett, and Tre Rompies.

Rhonda Jefferson’s dog

Finley is ready for snow!

Spending time inside during

the cold winter months

can be fun and productive as

the Manchester fourth- and

fifth-graders found out in

an interactive program, The

Leader In Me. Principal

Werner led an 8-week session

where he focused on information

from the book 7 Habits of

Highly Effective People (by

Stephen Covey, 2013). Each

workshop session included a

combination of class discussion

and activities that helped

students visualize the importance

of each habit. Students

used hands-on techniques to

learn how to use these habits

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Makayla and Monica Crisswell,

daughters of Amber

and Matt Crisswell

to become a leader, improve

relationships with friends and

family, make smarter decisions,

and increase self-confidence.

For example, in one

session, the students focused

on the importance of working

toward a Win-Win solution.

Students sat with their backs to

each other, arms interlocked,

and had to work together to

stand up. After struggling with

the task initially, they quickly

found out that if they communicated

and worked together,

they could achieve their goal

much more easily than if they

worked independently.



By just looking around, I

discovered that many of our

Chris Perdue won the

bronze medal in the Special

Olympics Unified Snowboarding


neighbors have made amazing


ESPN is very involved with

Special Olympics by sponsoring

X Games in Aspen, CO

in which there will be Special

Olympics Unified Snowboarding

Races. For the third

year, athlete and neighbor

Chris Perdue, Osgood, was

one of ten Special Olympics

athletes from around the

world selected to demonstrate

his snowboarding skills at

the Unified event during the

games in Aspen! Chris won

the bronze medal in his event.

Congratulations Chris!

Another Aurora resident is

to be noted as the first baby

born in 2019 at Highpoint

Health Hospital! We all know

the joy of a new baby, but

this is a different beginning

for Kenna Jupiter Braun.

Parents are Ciara Ritchie

and Larry Braun. She was

welcomed home by brothers

Brayden Ritchie and Lawrence

Braun III.

Several Aurora residents

made the Dean’s List at Ivy

Tech for the Fall 2018 se

mester. The students

New Year’s baby Kenna

with parents Ciara and

Larry, brothers Brayden

and Lawrence. Back row,

Jacque Ritzmann, Mary

Hann, and Angela Scudder,

RN, Nursing Officer.

are Daniel Baitz, Casey

Baker, Brian Berry, Angela

Carnes, Rachel Dorion,

Karisa Good, Justin Gray,

Cassandra Haring, Brittany

Herrmann, Connor

Hinkle, Nina Hoffman, Desiree

Hulsey, Eric Johnson,

Matthew LaFollette, Ryan

Leonard, Alexius Lyons,

Ian Manor, Justin Metzger,

Nicholas Pickett, Alexis

Ramsey, Bethany Roberts,

Bree Roberts, Jonathon

Sanders, Samantha Scott,

Caroline Seikman, Zachary

Sparkman, Victoria Stevenson,

Ashley Stevenson,

Ashley Velie, and Mathew

Waldon. These students demonstrate

achievement through

discipline, dedication and

desire. They and their parents

are congratulated!

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We welcome Karis Troyer

and look forward to all of

her insights about Franklin


Hi! I want to take a bit here

to say hello and to introduce

myself as a new Beacon

Community Correspondent

for Brookville. I live just off

of Main Street in Brookville

and love this town that I have

adopted and has also adopted

me in turn. My husband and

I have lived in the area for

the past seven years and have

four kiddos who are involved

in school and community activities.

I am looking forward

to contributing articles that

are informative, uplifting and

hopefully a little amusing!

This time of year is always

such an in-between time.

Brookville is always a beautiful

town, but the bare hills

and trees are prettiest covered

with snow. A few groups

of the local kids (and their

adults) had a giant snowman

competition during a recent

deep snowfall- a few were

in front yards, a few in the

parks. Not sure who won, but

I know that I had a blast playing

in the snow like a kid!

A sledding party was hosted

off of St Marys Road during

one of the snows with about

fifty people attending. Having

so many people out on the



hill was so much fun, and the

slope got smooth and slick!

A few parents built a small

ramp, and the goal for the rest

of the afternoon was to try to

get as much air as possible.

Luckily everyone stayed safe

and with no injuries. A few

dads even set up a human

shield-wall near a tree the kids

were prone to head toward to

help keep everyone safe.

A few like-minded couples

in Brookville have gotten together

and formed a “Homebrew

Club” with the idea

of creating some delicious

small batch brews including

IPAs and Lagers. They are

interested in trading recipes,

ideas, and equipment while I

am interested in volunteering

in being a Quality Control

Person for them!

One of the telephone poles

between St Mary’s Road and

the river (just before Levee)

has been in danger of falling

into the East Fork of the

Whitewater because of river

erosion. The pole has finally

succumbed and is dangling

out over the open. Resident

Pat Murphy has been observing

the bank creeping closer

and finally noticed when the

river washed out the land


Cayden Perleberg, Grant Tebbe, and Logan Troyer ride

some air on their toboggan.

Darcy Troyer raced down

the hill with glee!

around the pole. Residents

are unsure where the line

services or if plans have been

made to fix/move the poles.

Most of the talk of the town

lately has been the debate

surrounding the local community

golf course and its

fate. More than a few sides

to the decision have been

voiced; none of them are easy

or straightforward. Allow the

sale of the course? Buy the

course? Annex the land to

allow the town to purchase

the property? Don’t annex the

land? There doesn’t seem to

be a clear way forward yet,

but hopefully, all sides can

somehow, possibly, hopefully,

figure out some solution together

and with respect. That

is my hope!








Two New Alsace residents

recently celebrated milestone

birthdays. Happy belated

birthday to Hilda Klump,

who turned 90 on Nov. 8 and

Don Hartman who celebrated

his 80th on Jan. 12.

I hope both were surrounded

by family and friends on their

special days.

Marilyn Joerger contacted

me about a veteran’s

organization called Team

Rubicon that her son Bob

Joerger is involved with.

Raised in a family with

several veterans, I was surprised

that I had not heard

of this organization, so I

reached out to Bob to learn


Team Rubicon was founded

in 2010. When a destructive

earthquake impacted

Haiti, two marines felt many

traditional organizations

were slow to respond, so

they armed themselves with

the necessary supplies and

volunteers and set off on

their first “deployment.”

When they crossed over the

Artibonite River, the border

between the Dominican Republic

and Haiti, the group of

volunteers called themselves

Team Rubicon as a reference

to the Rubicon River in


Bob became involved after

Hurricane Harvey devastated

the Houston and south Texas

areas. He did a web search on

disaster relief, and one of the

top three results was Team

Rubicon. After contacting the

organization, Bob felt Team

Rubicon was an excellent fit

for him. It didn’t take long

for him to experience his

first deployment in Oct. 2017

where he helped with disaster

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and March 24. Doors open

at noon and games begin

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Dillsboro has been selected

as a site for the Smithsonian

Institution Museum on Main

Street thanks to the efforts of

Cathy Wilkymacky! This is

a really big deal! Dillsboro is

one of only six locations in the

state of Indiana to be hosting

the exhibit. The dates chosen

are Sept 7 - Oct 20 to coincide

with the Heritage Festival.

The mission of Museum

on Main Street is to provide

access to the Smithsonian for

small-town America. This

exhibit, entitled Crossroads:

Change in Rural America,

will include interactive displays

exploring the themes of

community, identity, land use,

and managing change. Local

content will be added during

the six-week period.

Dillsboro will be the host site

for the training of the other five

chosen communities. Teachers

from Washington will train all

those involved with the exhibit

to get the most from this outstanding

opportunity. Watch

for more information about

coordinated efforts around this

exhibit as time progresses.

Contact the library or Town

Hall, if you would like to get


Four new basketball goals

were acquired for the Dillsboro

Elementary School gym thanks

to many local contributors and

South Dearborn Community

School Corp. The goals will

allow four teams to scrimmage

at a time and can be adjusted

for other activities in the gym.

Dillsboro Arts new exhibition:

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Hibernation: the condition

or period of an animal

or plant spending the winter

in a dormant state. How was

your hibernation this winter?

I must confess that I spent a

lot of time watching Netflix,

not shoveling snow (because

I was too lazy), and going

through mountains of old

family photos that had no

dates or names on the back of

them. I taxed my memory and

those of my family trying to

identify photos from 1930-

2018. In between, I experimented

with my new toy--an

InstaPot pressure cooker.

While rejoicing with making

10-minute mac & cheese, I

happily munched on the new

Oreo flavors of Dark Chocolate

Oreos and Carrot Cake

Oreos. I was really, really bad

during my hibernation.

Fortunately, not everyone

in Lawrenceburg hibernated

this winter. While the snow

slowed us down, it did not

halt the activity! The Lady

Tigers won their third Rivertown

Classic Championship

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Grant Stapleton finished

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to watch whether you are a

wrestling fan or not!

Not to be outdone by the

wrestling and basketball

teams, the Lawrenceburg

swim and diving team under

the direction of coaches

Beth Schwartz and Abby

Theobold had a very successful

year. Congratulations to

Jackson McCool for breaking

the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle

school swimming records

and Jonah Ruszczewski for

breaking a school diving record.

I had the opportunity to

watch all of these swimmers

after a swim meet at an area

restaurant one cold winter

night. The bonds they have

formed through swimming are

amazing. I love this team.

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this honor. She is the daughter

of Christy Wessinger. Also,

congratulations to ER nurse

Sarah Britz, RN for receiving

this year’s National Daisy

Award at Highpoint Health

Hospital. Great job ladies.

A few months back I mentioned

the new splash pool that

Lawrenceburg would be installing

in 2019. Unfortunately,

due to a demanding deadline

and missed opportunities

for better offers/estimates, the

pool construction has been put

off until late 2019 and 2020.

Lawrenceburg kindergarteners

for the school year

2019/2020 are getting exciting

news. The school is launching

a Spanish Dual Language Immersion

Program. If you have

a kindergartener, check it out!

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Winter weather is in full

effect, but the spring season is

right around the corner. I hope

everyone is staying warm!

The Indiana Public

Employers Plan (IPEP) is

excited to announce the Town

Dearborn County Recycling Center

ReProm Dress Exchange


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D e a r b o r n C o u n t y R e c y c l e s . c o m

weekly community meal on

Wednesday nights from 5:15

to 6:15 (except if school is

canceled due to bad weather).

This meal is open to everyone

in the community—regardless

of need. Area churches and organizations

take turns preparing

the meal. On a rainy January

evening, St John Lutheran

on Ludlow Hill had their turn

with meal prep. A meal of

pork BBQ sandwiches, baked

beans, cole slaw, and macaroni

and cheese was served. I made

the macaroni and cheese the

old fashioned way. The time

for hibernation, new-fangled

Oreos and InstaPot dinners

had run their course for me.

Welcome spring!

of Sunman as a recipient of its

2019 Safety Grant Award. The

grant funds will be used to

purchase safety equipment or

safety training programs that

will reduce or limit workers

compensation exposure.

Congratulations to Blake

Wolf, an eighth-grader at

Sunman Dearborn Middle

School and the son of

Adam and Lisa Wolf. Blake

placed first at the Middle

School Wrestling State

Championship. He is the

first ever to win a state title

in Sunman Dearborn Middle

School history.

Last month’s question was,

Who started a Chevrolet

garage in Sunman in 1921?

The answer is Ed and John

Mamara. It was turned over to

Joe Mack after 35 years.

This month’s question is,

When was Sunman’s first

meat market established?

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We’ve been experiencing

some really cold weather. I

know people like to ski, build

a snowman, ice skate, and play

outdoors but too cold is just too

cold. February is a short month,

so warmer weather is coming

soon. The blizzard in 1978 is

still fresh in my mind. I was

stuck at the I&M Power Plant

for several days. I never want to

see conditions like that again.

My grandson, Grady Kirk

Walter, is ten years old and

participated in the K of C

Free Throw Contest at St.

Lawrence. Last year he went

all the way to the state finals

and was the state champion

for the nine-year-old division.

He defended his title at St.

Lawrence and won the local

and district titles for the tenyear-old

division and received

a nice trophy and medal. Now

it’s on to Scottsburg on Feb.

24. If he wins, he will get to

return to the state finals again in


The men at Council 1231

do an outstanding job working

with the kids and making it

fun for their competition. Jeff

“Tart” Lacey is a long time

friend of mine and has such

a big heart when it comes

to the kids. Rising Sun had

five age group winners: Nate

Elliott and his sister, Avery,

won along with Reese and

Peyton Merica. Mayor

Brent Bascom’s son, Mason,

was also a champion. My

grandson, Grady Walter, also

had a teammate from the travel

team for the South Dearborn

Knights, Noah Rogers, get

crowned as the champion in the

age eleven group. Three other

team members competed too:

Mason Hamlett, Josh Pettit,

and Alex Probst.

I was noticing that the price

of milk keeps going down and

learned there is a glut of milk

You are always

on ‘thin ice’

Indiana Conservation Officers

are advising citizens

across the state of the potential

hazards of being on frozen

lakes, ponds, rivers, and

streams this winter.

Here are a few tips to

remember when considering

standing on or walking on a

frozen lake or pond:

1. No ice is safe ice.

2. Test the thickness of the

ice with an ice auger. At least

four inches of ice is recommended

for ice fishing; five

inches is recommended for


3. If you don’t know...

don’t go.

4. Wear life jackets or flotation


5. Carry ice hooks and rope


6. When on the ice, leave a

note with a friend or family

member of your whereabouts.

7. Don’t test the thickness

of the ice while alone.

“The best rule of thumb

when walking on ice is to

believe you are ‘walking on

thin ice,’” shared Bob Sommer.

Wearing a life jacket is

especially important when on

the ice. If you fall through, a

life jacket will keep your head

above the water until help




and cheese. Dairy farms have

declined thru the years. In 2013

there were over 1500 dairy

farms in Indiana; now there

are less than 900. The price

of gasoline is also dropping. I

can remember a few years ago

when we were spending around

$1000 a month just for gas.

Ivy Tech offers a great

opportunity for area students to

pursue their education and not

spend a fortune. They can get

a degree here or go for a few

years and transfer to another

college and finish their degree.

The Fall Dean’s List included

several local students- Mollie

Baxter, Jennifer Clark,

Samantha Duvall, Kendra

Hudson, Carla Jones,

Jennifer Jordan, Brittany

Meyer, Janessa Potter,

Jennifer Richey, Zachary

Scudder, Caleb Valentine,

Lauren Williams, and Cody

Wilson. Keep up the good


I enjoyed going to the

Rivertown Classic Basketball

Tournament. Congratulations to

the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers

on winning the championship

and also the Rising Sun

Shiners for their first ever

championship in the twentyyear

history of this classic.

There were some hard fought

games. Julianna Kemper,

Lawrenceburg’s outstanding

player, who recently broke the

girls’ career scoring record and

Noah Pflum, from Rising Sun,

were named as the MVP’s.

Nick Koons was also named

to the all-tournament team. I

also saw two guys I worked

with at I&M, Jerry Grace and

Steve Black. They had Steve

Bolin with them. Steve was

an excellent basketball player

for Moores Hill in 1965 and

now lives in Florida where

he still runs daily but not the

marathons anymore. His mom

is ready to turn 101.

There is a team doing some

outstanding work at the old


Union Cemetery behind the

Rising Sun High School. Stop

by and see the improvements

being made.

Get out and take a ride in

Rising Sun and see some of the

sites around town and enjoy

the view at the river. I like to

ride out in the country and take

some of the back roads. Go

out White Road to Cass Union

Road; the 3.1-mile trip is just

beautiful, especially after a rain

and the water is running down

the creek. You can turn left and

go to Aberdeen; just before the

stop sign is a cemetery on your

left where two Revolutionary

War soldiers are buried. You

can turn right at the stop sign

and go out to Bear Branch.

There is a lot to be seen in

the back country, and it’s so

peaceful out in those areas.

Congratulations to Carly

Siekman. She has joined

the National Guard and will

continue her education at Ball

State but will be going to basic

training at Ft. Jackson, South

Carolina. Her older brother,

Brenden, is a graduate of West

Point and serving as a Captain

in the United States Army.

Seventy-five years ago,

PFC Cecil Thatcher, who

was wounded in action in

New Guinea, returned home

as a Purple Heart Recipient.

We must remember our World

War II Veterans and make sure

our younger generations know

about the deeds they did to

protect our freedoms.

The LST-325 is coming

back to Aurora for the city’s

bicentennial celebration. The

LST will be docked at the old

ferry landing Sept. 11-16. What

a terrific piece of American

history. Be sure to take your

grandkids to see it. The LST

was here back in 2011, and

over 10,000 people toured it.

By the time you’re reading

this, it will be the middle of

February. I hope we’re into

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The aroma of roasting


vegetables, especially Maxine during

these cooler months, Klump leads

one to anticipate a hearty,

comforting meal Community ahead of us.


I often roast a combination

of root vegetables such


as potatoes, beets, winter

squash, and sweet potatoes

especially if something like

roast chicken is part of the

meal. But, roast vegetables

are simple enough to prepare

without a meal that includes

multiple dishes. I’m sharing

two of my favorites.

Roasted Green Beans with

Almonds and Lemon

¾ pound fresh green beans,

ends trimmed

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 small green onions, peeled,

halved and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons slivered

almonds, toasted

½ teaspoon lemon zest

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425°. Toast

the almonds in a small skillet

over medium heat, stirring

frequently to prevent burning.

Toss the green beans with

oil, lemon juice, and green

onions. Place in a single layer

on a baking sheet. Roast for

about 15 minutes until green

beans are tender but crisp.

Combine almonds, lemon

zest, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle

over the green beans and serve.

Roast Potatoes

Conventional wisdom has

British food as overcooked,

mushy, and with little or no

taste. However, I’ve found

that NOT to be true. When

dining during our visits to son,

Mark, and his family, dishes

were inventive and tasty!

Both Mark and Rosemary

are excellent cooks, and

they’ve shared many of the

ways that roast vegetables can

be easily prepared. One of

those is roast potatoes which

are traditionally tossed with oil

and placed into a hot oven in

a baking pan preheated until

almost smoking. The result is

a crusty, delicately browned

potato surface surrounding

a creamy center. Mark has

found a method that produces a

similar texture using a “top of

the stove” process.

2 pounds “new” potatoes

(red, gold or a variety)

Olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Scrub potatoes (leaving

skins on) and cut into

segments about 2x2x2 inches.

Place into saucepan and

cover with water. Cook over

medium heat until just fork

tender. Remove from heat and

drain well.

Toss potato segments

with oil and place into large

skillet. Brown on all sides,

over medium-high heat,

tossing lightly with spatula.

Be careful to avoid over

browning. If potato segments

seem to be too firm, reduce

heat to low and cover with lid

for 2-4 minutes to produce a

soft center. Sprinkle with salt

and pepper to taste.

February is sometimes

thought of as a time for cherry

desserts. My grandmother’s

Cherry Delight was a total

favorite whenever the

Renck family gathered.

The ingredients have been

updated to take advantage of

frozen whipped topping now


Grandma Renck’s Cherry


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Preparing your

Garden for 2019

A thaw is on the way, and

the sun will be here to stay!

Please forgive my tacky rhyme

and prepare yourself and your

garden for what is sure to

be a beautiful 2019 growing

season! In this month’s article,

I will discuss the top March

garden recommendations and

what you can do to stay ahead

of the gardening curve.

I hope that you did well

to prepare in the fall. Fall

fertilization and other garden

preparations are critical for a

successful growing season to

follow. However, if you failed

to get your fall prep done,

don’t fret, there is plenty to

get started on in the spring.

When our moist soils dry

10-12 graham crackers rolled

into fine crumbs

2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

Combine ingredients and

press into bottom of 8X8-inch

square baking pan. Set aside.


6 ounces cream cheese,


2 tablespoons milk

1 8-oz container frozen

whipped topping (such as

well enough to be worked,

consider planting cool season

greens or root crops that can

tolerate a late frost. Collard

greens, celery, Brussel

sprouts, and turnips are just

a few vegetables to consider

getting started with.

Plan a time to remove

old foliage and wilted flowers

from perennial plants to

discourage the spread of plant

disease and decay.

March is also a great time to

start seeds indoors. There are

few limits to what can be started

indoors, but be mindful that

some plants transplant easier

than others. I’ve had great

success with bell peppers,

spinach, and cucumbers. Seedstarter

kits can be purchased

from most garden centers.

Re-purposed materials, such

as egg cartons, can be used

as well. Transplant sensitive,

warm-season vegetables after

the threat of frost has passed.

For many of us, Mother’s Day

(May 12) is a nice benchmark

date to remember when trying

to avoid that last frost.

If you tested your soils in

the fall, follow those recommendations

closely and make

the applications. For those

that missed out last year,

Cool Whip), thawed


22-25 ounce can of cherry pie


Whip softened cream

cheese with milk until fluffy.

Fold the whipped topping

into the cream cheese. Spread

over crust. Top with cherry

pie filling. Chill 4-6 hours or

overnight. Yield: 9-12 serving

sized pieces.

it’s certainly not too late to

consider a soil test now. I love

getting to meet with county

residents, so if you need a soil

test, give me a call, and I’ll be

happy to set one up for you!

Thank you to Rosie Lerner,

Purdue Extension Consumer

Horticulturist, for providing

some of the research-based

recommendations included

in this article. Rosie’s efforts

to share valuable horticulture

knowledge with gardeners

across Indiana does not go unnoticed

in Dearborn County!

I advise gardeners and landscapers

to download one of

the offerings from the Purdue

Plant Doctor App for mobile

phones and tablets. These

apps are an excellent tool for

learning how to handle many

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