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Principal of the Year

Moores Hill resident

Destiny Rutzel, Principal

at South Ripley Junior

High School, received the

honor. Page 6A

1934 Guilford Yellow

Jackets Honored

Guilford Yellow Jackets

sectional basketball champions

were inducted into EC

Athletic Hall of Fame.

Page 5B

Moms Galore!

Logan correspondent

shares a story about

friends, family, and a few

familiar faces that spans

generations. Page 9B

New Voting System is a Win-Win for Voters

Like most things in life, voting is

entering a new age of technology.

Dearborn County is implementing a

new voting system for the next election

on May 7.

Voters will now have an easier time

when voting. The new procedure takes

precautions to protect a voter’s identity

while implementing checks and

balances to ensure voting accuracy. On

May 7 voters will enter a polling location

to vote. In the past, a voter had

to go to one of forty-three places to

This cute little German

Shepherd puppy will melt

your heart. (photo courtesy of

Andrew Iceberg)

A calf is one of many new

residents enjoying spring in

Bear Branch.

By Maureen Stenger

The chaos of the week replayed in my mind as I drove

along the Ohio River. I took a left and headed up Market

Street in Aurora as the foggy mist of the dreary day hung

heavy in the air. At the top of the hill, my GPS indicated another

left turn, and there I saw the sign for Veraestau Historic

Site. As I pulled into the long asphalt drive lined with a white

picket fence and towering Pin Oaks, I was suddenly transported

back in time. The tension I carried from the long week

began to dissipate as I sat in awe of the beauty that lay ahead.

In 1810 Jesse Lynch Holman, a lawyer and one of the first

justices of the Indiana Supreme Court, built the original home

and coined it Veraestau. The name combines the Latin words

for spring, summer, and fall. Mr. Holman’s son William, who

was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, was born

here in 1822. Emerine Holman, Jesse’s daughter, married Allen

Hamilton who enlarged the house in 1838. The additions

to the home continued as Margaret Vance Hamilton, Emerine

and Allen’s daughter, put her own touch on the home in 1913.

Not only is the history of this estate rich, but so are the

characters who once owned and occupied its walls. The

Hamilton granddaughters who spent time at Veraestau made

their mark on the world as well. Edith Hamilton authored

the novel Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes,

which they were assigned. Under the

new process, a voter can vote at any

one of the locations that are convenient

for him or her that day.

Upon entering a polling location,

residents will be asked to present their

drivers licenses just as they always

have. The bar code on the license will

be scanned to determine in which precinct

they are registered based upon

their address. Upon completion, the

voter will be given a card that has another

bar code imprinted on it and will

Signs of

Spring!

The idiom, “In like a lion, out

like a lamb,” may prove to be

true this year. These newborn

faces will make everyone smile

as we wait for spring’s arrival

with great anticipation.

A beautiful foal was born on the farm

of Donna Gambill in Brookville.

Adorable twin lambs are eagerly

awaiting warmer weather and all that

spring has to offer in Aurora.

be guided to a voting machine. The

voter must insert the card into the voting

machine to have the proper ballot

for their precinct pop up on the screen.

At that point, the voter can make his

or her selection. No personal information

will be recorded other than the

precinct in which the voter lives.

After completing the ballot, the voter

will receive a printout of his or her ballot.

The voter can review the printed

ballot to ensure that it accurately repre-

Continued on page 3A

State Slates

Lane Closures

On I-275

The Indiana Department of Transportation

recently announced plans for

a bridge project on Interstate 275. The

project entails overlaying the bridge

decks of two structures on I-275 at

a location approximately 1.34 miles

north of exit 182, the Lawrenceburg/

Greendale exit.

The twin bridges are located over

Action Lane , an access road in Greendale.

The surfaces of these bridges

will be hydro-demolished and replaced

with two-and-a-half-inch thick concrete

deck overlays. The three-span

bridges are each one hundred forty-six

feet long. New concrete bridge rails,

approach slabs, and guardrail are

planned for the project.

During construction, the bridges

will be restricted to one lane of traffic

each way, and the speed limit will

be reduced to 55 mph. Over sixteen

thousand vehicles travel these bridges

on a daily basis.

The project is slated to be completed

by October 31, 2019.

Another bridge overlay project is on

the schedule for St. Peters Road where

it crosses over Interstate 74 in Dearborn

County. The bridge deck will be overlaid

by a thin polymeric layer after the

joints have been replaced and sealing

has been completed. The approaching

pavement and pier repairs will also be

completed. The right shoulders in both

directions will be closed during hydrodemolition

and project completion.

Veraestau- An Historic Site to be Enjoyed by All

Veraestau graces the hill above Aurora and holds a

majestic spot overlooking the Ohio River. It will be

open for tours beginning in April.

and Alice Hamilton became the first woman on the medical

faculty at Harvard. In 1933 the Hamiltons sold the home

to Cornelius O’Brien who used it as his country estate. Mr.

O’Brien also owned what is now known as Fitch-Denney

Funeral Home which will be one hundred years old this

year. Another expansion was made in 1936, and Mr. O’Brien

planted thousands of trees in 1938.

In 1973 Mary O’Brien Gibson, Cornelius’s daughter,

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By

Tamara

Taylor

What’s Really

Important?

So many things happen in

our lives- births, baptisms,

communions, graduations,

weddings... you get the picture.

It all boils down to the

creation of memories.

One of my most impactful

memories was from when I

was about five. My family

lived in an old farmhouse, the

floors of which sloped so severely

that I could roller skate

from one side of my room

to the other without flexing

a muscle. My room had that

really cool, old linoleum on

the floor which made skating

even better.

I remember one night sitting

on my bed and thinking about

my aunt who had moved

Clarise Kathryn Stewart was baptized at St. John’s

Lutheran Church in Aurora on October 22, 1911.

far, far away to Connecticut

and wishing so badly that I

could see her more often. At

that moment I realized how

incredibly important family is

to me.

I am very blessed to be in

touch with much of my family

that has scattered across the

country. My relatives have

mentioned many times that

they probably would have lost

touch if it weren’t for me. I

highly doubt that, but whatever

it takes...

I often meet people with big

families and wonder if they

realize the gift they have been

given- the magic of sharing

one’s life and memories with

those who have known them

the longest.

Recently I gathered some

things together for my son,

one of which was a handmade

wooden box that had

belonged to his great, great

grandfather. The family lore is

The naturalization papers for John Henry Bauer, then

aged forty-four, signed by the clerk of Dearborn County

Circuit Court John A. Conwell in 1872.

that his great, great grandfather

kept love letters from his

beloved wife in the box. The

box had been passed down to

my son by his grandmother

when he was baptized.

Before my son came to

visit, I opened the box only to

find papers that I had gotten

at an auction years ago. They

were the personal papers of

Clarise Kathryn Stewart, the

daughter of John and Viola

(Bauer) Stewart

One of the documents was

the naturalization paper for

Kathryn’s grandfather, John

Henry Bauer, dated 1872.

He immigrated from Bavaria

Germany in 1859 at the age of

forty-four. On that day in 1872

John Bauer renounced forever

his allegiance to Emperer William

of Germany as witnessed

by John H. Conwell, the Clerk

of Dearborn County Circuit

Court at Lawrenceburgh (yes,

with an h). How’s that for

dropping names! The handwriting

on Mr. Bauer’s naturalization

paper, while faded,

is impeccable.

According to local historian

Roy Lambert, Conwell Street

in Aurora was named after

John H. Conwell. I am willing

to guess that Stewart Street

was named after Kathryn’s

father, John Stewart.

Another document in Kathryn

Stewart’s personal papers

is a Certificate of Baptism for

Kathryn from St. John’s Lutheran

Church, Aurora, dated

1911. Apparently, Kathryn

had an older sister named

Leonora who was baptized

two years earlier in 1909. Her

Certificate of Baptism is printed

in beautiful gold ink and

is signed by the same pastor,

Geo. J. Fischer.

Kathryn and Leonora both

earned diplomas from the

Miller School of Business in

1928. Their diplomas were

in Kathryn’s personal papers

and were carefully stored

with letters of completion on

the Business and Secretarial

Course of Instruction as well

as membership cards for the

Royal Proficiency Club.

Kathryn Stewart’s Metro

pass from 1980.

I thought about how different

Kathryn’s and Leonora’s

opportunities were to the opportunities

that young women

have today.

Kathryn lived on West

Conwell Street in Aurora. The

area was alive and bustling

back then. I have a feeling

that given her last name and

address that she is a direct descendant

of whoever Stewart

Street was named after.

Given the cultural climate

back in the 1900s, I would

also hazard a guess that Kathryn

never married since she

kept her last name throughout

her life.

Also included in Kathryn’s

personal papers was a card

from the United States Civil

Service Commission stating

that she retired in 1962 and

was granted an annuity. Her

Metro Fare Deal card was

also enclosed.

What is the point of all of

this, you might ask? Two

things.

First, I learned so very

much about Kathryn Stewart

from a few old sheets of

paper. No internet or Google

searches were used in the

creation of this story.

Second, I have always wondered

about Kathryn’s relatives.

Surely a family member

or someone out there remembers

her and would cherish

these papers just as Kathryn

must have.

If you have any knowledge

about Kathryn and her family,

please contact me at editor@

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would love nothing more than

to see these heirlooms that

Kathryn so lovingly treasured

be returned to her family

where they belong.

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This month's item is wooden

What is it?

Last month’s item was a vintage

tin Christmas light reflector. It fits

around the base of a large Christmas

tree bulb. The metal prongs held the

reflector in place around the bulb.

Circa 1930s.

“The metal object was used on

Christmas trees. It was placed over

the larger light bulbs from years ago.

I have several of these in different

shapes.” submitted Karen Getz from

West Harrison.

Carol Morton, Brookville, also

Last month:

vintage tin light

reflector.

identified the decoration. She did note that the clip that

allowed the item to be attached to the branch of the

Christmas tree was missing.

Thank you, Tony Montgomery, for submitting this

interesting item.

This month’s challenge is made of wood and measures

3” high by about 2” at its widest point. Please e-mail

your guesses along with your name and where you live to

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Salt Fork Road Slip Repair Project

Wet winter weather has

wreaked havoc on Salt Fork

Road in Dearborn County. A

slip occurred early in February

that closed the road that

typically handles over 1175

vehicles per day.

The repair of the slip area

occurred quickly thanks to

the coordination efforts of

the Dearborn County Highway

Department. The project

requires the involvement of

Wive’s Tales- Fact or Fiction?

“An apple a day keeps the

doctor away.”

“If your ears are burning,

somebody is talking about

you.”

“Count sheep to fall

asleep.” (true)

An “old wives’ tale,”

sometimes called an “old wise

tale,” is often considered an

absurd superstition that is told

over and over again throughout

the years. These sayings

are passed down through

generations and may actually

have a bit of truth to them.

According to new scientific

several entities to complete

the work in the most effective

way possible. Special projects

assistant Duane Curlin is in

charge of the excavation and

working hand-in-hand with

the soil stabilization company.

Sheet piling will be installed

at the main slip area to protect

against the tow of the creek.

Completion is unknown at

this time due to the potential

for inclement weather.

studies, those “urban legends”

may be more credible than

one may think.

Please share with us your

favorite “wise tales” that you

grew up with or have heard.

And of course, let us know if

you think they are true or not!

Email your answers to us

at editor@goBEACONnews.

com. Readers’ answers will be

shared in the next edition of

The BEACON.

Who knows- your answer

may spur happy memories for

someone else in the community.

Voting Changes Save Voters Time and Money

Continued from page 1A

sents the choices that the

voter made. The ballot must

be placed in the ballot box to

complete the process. While

votes are tallied electronically,

the paper copies of the ballots

will be retained in case a

recount is necessary.

The elections on May 7 are

limited to residents within the

city limits of Aurora, Greendale,

and Lawrenceburg. Any

registered voter within these

city limits can vote at any one

of the three voting locations

which are:

• Tate Street Firehouse in

Lawrenceburg

• Greendale Cabin

• Aurora Park Pavilion

All locations will have

ballots for each of the precincts.

The proper ballot will

be provided based upon the

precinct in which the voter is

registered.

In the past, forty-three

voting centers were scattered

throughout the county. Plans

are to have ten voting centers

that will be strategically

placed throughout the county

to allow easy access for all.

The exact locations of these

voting centers have not been

finalized at this point.

Each polling location will

have two polling books per

site to ensure voter sign-in

is handled quickly. A total of

eight voting machines will

be located at each location

as well. On Election Day, a

technician will be on hand at

the county clerk’s office and

will be available to travel to

polling locations to handle

any technical issues that may

arise.

Rest assured that, should

the voter erroneously fill out

a ballot and wish to change

his or her vote before the

completed ballot is entered

for tabulation, the ballot can

be “spoiled” and placed in a

“spoils” file. The voter can

then vote with the choices he

or she wishes. The “spoiled

ballots” will not be tallied.

The cost savings for the

Dearborn County taxpayers

will be exponential.

Previously ballots had to

be printed for each registered

voter in each precinct.

Frequently these ballots went

to waste when voter turnout

was low, and not every

voter exercised his or her

right to vote. Under the new

system, only two pieces of

paper will be generated- one

for the identification of the

voter’s precinct and one for

the voter’s completed ballot

that is inserted into the voting

machine.

The need for poll workers

will also be lowered. First, the

number of polling locations

will be reduced by 76% which

means less polling workers

will be needed. Second, only

two polling workers will be

required to check in voters

rather than the four that were

necessary in the past.

The anticipated savings for

Dearborn County in a general

election is nearly $100,000

for poll workers alone.

Finding polling workers has

become increasingly difficult

in today’s economy.

“I think the new voting

system is a win-win for the

voters and certainly for the

county,” shared Liz Morris,

president of Dearborn County

Council. “Being able to vote

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For those who wish to

vote early, they can do so

in person at the Dearborn

County Administration Building.

Early voting is available

beginning April 9 until May

5 from noon until 4:00 P.M.

weekdays. On May 6 the

early voting office will be

open from 9:00 A. M. until

noon. The early voting office

will also be open on Saturday,

April 27 and May 4, from

noon until 4:00 P.M.

Early voting by mail is

also available. Requests can

be made now until April 29

to receive an application for

a ballot to be mailed to the

voter.

In-home early voting is

available by the county’s

Travel Board. Contact the

Dearborn County Clerk’s office

for more information.

Dearborn County has

assembled a task force to

oversee the development and

installation of the new county

voting system. Members of

that task force include the

president of Dearborn County

commissioners, the president

of the Dearborn County

Council, the Republican

Party Chairman, the Democratic

Party Chairman, polling

workers and members of the

general public.

Gayle Pennington, Dearborn

County Clerk treasurer,

stated, “I really like this new

voting system because we

don’t have to give up paper

ballots, but we don’t have to

spend thousands of dollars on

pre-printing ballots.”

The new system is compliant

with the federal voting

system standards.

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An Architectural Treasure for All Seasons in Aurora

Continued from page 1A

nominated the home to the

National Register of Historic

Places. Indiana Landmarks,

a non-profit organization that

specializes in the preservation

of historic places and

education regarding those

sites, acquired Veraestau and

its remaining one hundred

sixteen acres in 2004 as a gift

from the Cornelius and Anna

Cook O’Brien Foundation.

The O’Brien Gibson family

donated the beautiful furnishings

in the home.

As I continued along, the

stately carriage house stood as

a reminder of days gone by.

I could hear the clip-clop of

hooves as horse-drawn buggies

were readied for a trip to

town. Once upon a time, many

horses roamed this land and

the thousand acres that were

originally part of Veraestau.

Adding to the aura of this

time capsule are two Native

American mounds that remain

untouched. To the left of the

carriage house, I spotted my

destination, eagerly anticipating

the glory that awaited once

the door opened.

A warm smile and friendly

handshake greeted me as

Jarrad Holbrook, Director of

the Southeast Field Office of

Indiana Landmarks, welcomed

me. Veraestau also houses

the field office. Along with

trying to help save historic

places in Dearborn, Ripley,

Ohio, and Switzerland counties,

Mr. Holbrook doubles as

caretaker of the estate with the

help of a part-time employee.

Mr. Holbrook attended The

University of Georgia for his

The home’s dining room is decorated with unique blue

wallpaper that features pigeons. A crystal chandelier

crowning the center of the room is not to be missed.

undergraduate studies. He then

attended the College of Environment

and Design where he

graduated from The Master of

Historic Preservation program.

“I’ve always been interested in

historic places. The Master of

Historic Preservation program

was a perfect fit, teaching

me technical expertise such

as how to evaluate damage

to old buildings to find out

what’s wrong, but also allowed

a great deal of hands-on

experience working with real

clients solving their preservation

issues.” Mr. Holbrook’s

appreciation of history radiates

as does his easy-going

nature. I was immediately at

ease and eager to take a tour of

Veraestau.

We began in the front hall

with high ceilings and sparkling

chandeliers. Tones of

rich chocolate warm the room

while doorways carved in

white trim add a touch of innocence

and light that reminded

me of Mr. Holman’s moniker

for his estate- no matter what

The entry hall spans the width of the house with doors

flanking both ends. This door opens onto a breathtaking

view of the Ohio River Valley.

the outside world beholds,

there is always a touch of summer

that permeates Veraestau.

A grandfather clock in the

corner softly ticks the time

away, although in this vessel

time seems to stand still.

Next, we moved into a cozy

The carriage house at Veraestau, while no longer used

for horses, is a compliment to the site’s incredible architecture.

An antique grandfather

clock commands attention

in the entry hall.

family room with a working

fireplace, then to the parlor

with another stunning chandelier,

dark wood floors, and

pretty wallpaper reminiscent

of days gone by. Mr. Holbrook

led me to the front

porch which revealed a sweeping

view of the Ohio River

Valley below. The reason why

Jesse Holman chose this location

for his estate became

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Veraestau- A Breathtaking Site for Historic Preservation

Music played a major role in society in the mid-1800s as

noted by this square grand piano located in the parlor.

Granddaughters Alegra

and Annabelle marked their

height and weight on a

door frame.

Continued on page 5A

Continued from page 4A

quite clear. Off to the right just

down the hill stood the stately

Holman Oak, a three-hundredyear-old

Bur Oak tree that is

regularly maintained to keep

it thriving. The tree is yet

another piece of history that

Mr. Holbrook is working hard

to maintain for generations to

come. As we headed back inside,

I couldn’t help but think

of all of those whose footsteps

had walked these halls

Photos by

Maureen Stenger

before, so of course, I asked

Mr. Holbrook if any ghosts

were residing at Veraestau.

“It depends on who you ask.

I’ve never had one be mean to

me! If there are, they’ve been

nice,” he replied.

We entered the dining room

with the famous pigeon wallpaper.

Mr. Holbrook invited

me to sit down at the table and

I was taken aback- it’s alright

to touch the furniture? “For us,

when we talk about preservation,

we want to advocate the

livability of preservation.” Mr.

Holbrook explained further,

“You can restore a house

and not make a museum. We

want to make preservation

something that everybody

can approach.” That was

evident when we went into

the kitchen; it is finished in

a cool 1940’s décor with

updated appliances so that it is

functional for various events

that Veraestau hosts. History

comes home when you make

it touchable; you feel a part of

the atmosphere rather than just

gazing in.

The staircase carried us to

the second floor where several

bedrooms are located,

each with their own characteristics

and style. Keeping

up any home, particularly

historic ones, takes a lot of

work. One bedroom that Jarrad

had recently revamped

featured a warm sunny yellow

wallpaper. Removal of the

prior wallpaper revealed yellow

latticework, a look Mr.

Holbrook wanted to continue.

“We wanted to capture the

spirit of the wallpaper that was

there,” in an effort to keep up

the home while staying true to

its roots. A six-month search

along with re-plastering in

addition to a brand new skim

coat has resulted in a pretty

shade of yellow wallpaper

that allows rays of sunshine to

beam across and brighten this

beautiful old bedroom.

As we moved from room

to room, the white trim of

an old doorway revealed a

growth chart written in pen

that once again linked the past

to the present. It serves as a

reminder that real people lived

here once upon a time, and

their footprints will forever

fall on these old wood floors.

The granddaughters of Mary

O’Brien Gibson, Allegra and

Annabelle, recorded their

height and weight from the

1950s through the 1980s on

the trim. This piece of their

childhood etched in time will

ensure their roots are never

forgotten. As I looked to my

right, just beyond that doorway

is a narrow staircase once

used by servants to access the

kitchen. Everywhere one looks

at Veraestau, the past is alive,

preserved, and well-cared for.

A plethora of projects is

on the horizon for this grand

estate. From re-wallpapering

rooms to continued maintenance

of the Holman Oak tree

to keep it healthy and alive for

hopefully another three hundred

years. The ice storm this

past November resulted in a

blown out screen on the porch

and a tremendous amount of

broken tree limbs all along the

long driveway. Repairs take

time and a lot of work; sometimes

volunteers help and are

appreciated by Mr. Holbrook.

Plans may include modifying

the carriage house into a

small venue that is available

for various events. Veraestau

hosts weddings, showers,

birthday parties, and memorial

services. In the past, they have

had an open house for the holidays.

The beauty of Veraestau

decked out in the holiday spirit

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with freshly fallen snow must

be breathtaking. Hosting a day

of plein air painting particularly

surrounding the Holman

Oak is something Mr. Holbrook

would like to organize.

As the afternoon began to

wind down and the hustle and

bustle of daily life beckoned,

my time at Veraestau was coming

to an end. Back down Market

Street, I would go heading

to my three o’clock pickup at

the elementary school. I was

grateful for my break and for a

few hours that I was transported

back in time. I slowed down

and enjoyed the view. We are

fortunate to have this magnificent

estate so close to home

right here in Aurora, and I’m

grateful for people like Jarrad

Holbrook who work so hard to

preserve these pieces of history

for our enjoyment and education.

Veraestau is open for

tours April through December,

the first Thursday and Sunday

of each month from 1-4:30

P.M. Tours are $5; members

of Indiana Landmarks tour for

free. Tours for groups of fifteen

or more, as well as information

on renting Veraestau, can be

arranged by contacting Jarrad

Holbrook, jholbrook@indianalandmarks.org.

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Pancakes

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Baked Chicken

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Page 6A THE BEACON April 2019

SRHS Principal Joe Ralston, SRES Principal Amy Linkel,

SRJHS Principal and Indiana Middle School Principal

of the Year Destiny Rutzel, and SR Superintendent Rob

Moorhead

Destiny Rutzel Named Indiana

Middle School Principal of the Year

The Indiana Association of School Principals recognized

Destiny Rutzel, Principal at South Ripley Junior High School

as the 2018 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.

Earlier, Mrs. Rutzel had been named District 10 Principal of the

Year as elected by her peers. From these twelve District Middle

School Principal winners, Mrs. Rutzel was chosen as the 2018

Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year.

Mrs. Rutzel is in her fifth year as the Principal at South

Ripley Junior High School. Under her leadership SRJHS

has received many noteworthy recognitions including

being named an Indiana Four Star School, a 2018 Common

Sense Media School, a 2016 National School to Watch, and

a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. SRJHS received a

Promising Practice award from the Indiana Department of

Education in 2016 for their Advisory Program. The school

was also recently named a “Champions in the Middle”

school by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for

their work with Special Olympic athletes.

Destiny and her husband, Dave, live in Moores Hill with

their two children, Chloe and Easton.

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Ivy Tech Offers

Workforce Training

Opportunities

Companies in southeast

Indiana are partnering with

Ivy Tech to offer customized

workforce degrees to their

employees.

As a part of the new Workforce

Alignment Interdisciplinary

Certificate program,

two certificates are being

offered. The first is an industry-focused

certificate that is

comprised of classes totaling

eighteen credits.

The second degree is a

Technical Certificate which

requires the completion of

classes totaling thirty credit

hours. This certification is

designed to allow companies

to customize the program offered

to meet their workforce

training needs. The courses

available for the Technical

Certificate are a part of the

approved Workforce Alignment

Statewide elective

courses explicitly chosen to

meet workforce needs. This

pathway includes nationally

recognized certifications, contextualized

general education

and industry validated competencies

with multidisciplinary

electives to customize the

workforce training.

The industry-focused

Certificate and the Technical

Certificate are being designed

to meet the needs of employers

and employees in the area.

Apprentice programs can also

benefit by helping participants

increase their knowledge base

and skill sets in the workforce.

Companies who participate

in this program will show

that they are investing in both

their employees and the community.

The program provides

the opportunity for employers

to strengthen their workforce

and develop the talent and

skill sets that already exist

in their employees. Being

able to tailor the programs

to meet the needs of specific

departments or individual

employees is a great benefit to

employers.

Employers participating in

this program are supported by

one representative from Ivy

Tech who assists in the development

and implementation

of the customized program.

Marketing materials promoting

and defining the program

are provided for the employer

to share with employees who

may be interested in participating.

Online applications

are designed by Ivy Tech that

will reflect the company’s

choice of programs. The financial

benefit to the employer

is streamlined invoicing, or

the employer can choose to

utilize the company’s existing

tuition assistance policy.

The benefits offered to

employees who participate

in the Workforce Alignment

Interdisciplinary Certificate

program include the availability

of a point person to

coordinate services for the

employee. Admissions and

enrollment assistance is offered,

as well as assistance

with financial aid and scholarship

applications. By offering

deferred tuition payments

until the end of the semester,

the financial stress of upfront

costs is eliminated.

Classes are offered during

the day, in the evening, and

online to accommodate most

employees’ schedules. Advising

and tutoring services are

also available.

The program will prepare

employees for customized

training that is specific to their

industry.

Requirements for the courses

in the CT Degree program

are fulfilled by completing any

combination of the Workforce

Alignment Statewide Elective

courses totaling 18 credit

hours. Currently, degree certificates

are available for Industrial

Technology statewide

electives and Apprenticeship

Technology electives. The

development of other electives

is presently in process.

For more information about

the Workforce Alignment

Interdisciplinary Certificate,

contact the Ivy Tech Workforce

Alignment Consultant

Ron Eads at 812-537-4010

ext. 5325 or email reads14@

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Friendship State Bank

Offers Scholarship

The Friendship State Bank

has been honoring the legacy

of Wilke S. and James W.

Lemon with

a scholarship

for over

twenty

years. This

year the

community

bank will

award each

Heather Davies of nine high

school

seniors a $1000 scholarship

for college. The deadline to

apply is Friday, April 5.

Seniors from Batesville,

Jac-Cen-Del, Rising Sun,

Milan, South Dearborn,

South Ripley, Switzerland

County, Madison, and

Lawrenceburg are eligible

to apply. Seniors will need

to complete the application

and write a short essay

describing a community

activity that made the most

significant impact on them

personally or on their community.

Applications can be

downloaded from the bank’s

website: friendshipstatebank.

com/scholarship. Contact

Heather Davies, Friendship

State Bank scholarship administrator,

with questions at

877-667-5101 or hdavies@

friendshipstatebank.com.

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Kelly Bridges, Associate Director/Forensic

Interviewer

at the Children’s Advocacy

Center of Southeastern Indiana

received a grant check

from DCF Board President

Kevin Schafer.

Make a Difference

Grant Awarded

to Children’s

Advocacy Center

The Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF), Inc.

recently awarded a $1,000

Lauren Hill Make A Difference

Grant to the Children’s

Advocacy Center of Southeastern

Indiana (CAC) to help

minimize the trauma suffered

by young victims of child

abuse.

The $1,000 grant to the

Children’s Advocacy Center

was recommended by

DCF Board President Kevin

Schafer of Lawrenceburg. The

mission of the CAC, located

in Dillsboro, is to be a childfriendly

nonprofit corporation

created to minimize the

trauma suffered by young

victims of child abuse.


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Cancer Treatment Center Envisioned for the Community

In 1959 the face of Dearborn

County was forever

changed with the opening of

the Dearborn County Hospital.

Thanks to the vision

and dedication of community

members, medical treatment

in southeast Indiana is about

to change again.

Cancer impacts the lives of

so many- from the patients

and their families to caregivers,

friends, coworkers, and

neighbors. The strength of our

community lies in the fact that

so many come forward to help

when someone is affected by

cancer.

What started as a casual conversation

between neighbors

has grown from a dream to

potentially becoming a reality.

The long-standing question,

“Why, in one’s greatest time of

need, does a resident have to

travel so far for cancer treatment?”

may soon be answered.

Once known as Dearborn

County Hospital, Highpoint

Health has grown into a

health care facility whose

board members have a vision

for the future. These forwardthinking

community leaders

have joined forces with St.

Elizabeth Healthcare to create

a much-needed, state-of-theart

cancer treatment center.

This vision will become a reality

thanks to efforts of those

leading the Hearing, Healing,

Helping Campaign.

In 2016 Michael W. Schwebler

joined Highpoint Health.

His goal has been to lead the

organization to the point of

being the healthcare provider

of choice for area residents.

Under Mr. Schwebler’s guidance,

the hospital underwent a

rebranding campaign in 2018.

The hospital’s mission has

evolved into one of delivering

quality service and affordable

care, improving the health of

the community, and embodying

excellence in all that the

healthcare facility does.

At a recent introductory

dinner, Highpoint Health officially

launched its Hearing,

Helping, Healing campaign

designed to raise support for a

new cancer treatment center to

be located in southeast Indiana.

Several community leaders

stepped forward to express

their support and vision for

this new treatment facility and

enhanced cancer care services.

John Maxwell, a resident

of Lawrenceburg, a business

owner, and a cancer survivor,

offered his thoughts, “Having

The Highpoint Health Foundation launched its Hearing,

Helping, Healing Capital Campaign. Community members

volunteering to help with the campaign to build a cancer

center in Dearborn County are (first row) Paul Titkemeyer,

Campaign Auxiliary Chairperson and Foundation Secretary:

Robert “Rocky” Schroeder, Campaign Lead Gift

Co-Chairperson and Foundation President; Senator Chip

Perfect, Honorary Chairperson; Michael W. Schwebler,

Highpoint Health President and CEO; (second row) E.G.

McLaughlin, General Campaign Co-Chairperson and Foundation

Treasurer; John L. Maxwell, General Campaign Co-

Chairperson; and Jim Deaton, Lead Gift Co-Chairperson

and Foundation Vice President. (photo by Bob Mattingly)

experienced cancer personally,

I recognize the value of having

access to revolutionary treatments

and world-class care

right here at home. It is a privilege

to be a part of leading

the Hearing, Helping, Healing

campaign. Our community

needs and deserves quality and

affordable healthcare, especially

when it comes to cancer

detection and treatment.”

Highpoint Health does not

receive any recurring revenue

from government sources

and relies solely on the care

provided to the community

as its funding. The Hearing,

Helping, Healing campaign

is devoted to supporting the

capital campaign for the

cancer treatment center. E.G.

McLaughlin, the campaign’s

co-chairperson, shared, “The

hospital is such an integral

part of the life and health of

our community. I support this

effort and look forward to seeing

the “vision” of a new cancer

center become a reality.”

Plans for the new cancer

center include bringing precision

medicine to the community

through advanced treatment

methods such as genetic

screening and access to clinical

trials. Radiation and chemotherapy

will also be provided.

“Highpoint Health’s goal

is to provide state-of-the-art

cancer care. My father died of

cancer when he was twentysix

years old. I often wonder

if his life would have been

different given the advances

in diagnostics and treatment,”

shared Jim Deaton, a resident

of Dillsboro and the lead gift

co-chairperson.

For more information on

becoming involved in the

Hearing, Helping, Healing

campaign, contact Sarah

Siegrist, Highpoint Health

Director of Charitable Development

and Fund Raising, at

812-537-8322.

ALUTE TO THE MILITARY

Airman Nathan Priebe

U.S. Air Force Airman Nathan

Priebe graduated from

basic

military

training at

Joint Base

San Antonio-Lackland,

San

Antonio,

Texas.

Airman Priebe The airman

completed

an eight-week program

that included training in military

discipline and studies,

Air Force core values, physical

fitness, and basic warfare

principles and skills.

Airman Priebe is the son

of Lori and Bryan Priebe and

brother of Benjamin Priebe of

Sunman. He is a 2018 graduate

of East Central High School.

Pvt. Richter’s family and friends traveled to Parris Island for graduation.

Airman Boone

U.S. Air Force Airman

Edward M. Boone graduated

from basic military training at

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland,

San Antonio, Texas.

The airman earned four

credits toward an associate

degree in applied science

through the Community College

of the Air Force.

Airman Boone is the husband

of Corinne M. Boone

of Brookville. He is a 2009

graduate of Franklin County

High School.

Private Richter

Private Johnson

Quintin Richter of Sunman

and Elliot Johnson of Bright

completed

recruit

training at

Parris

Island, SC.

The Marines

completed a

thirteenweek

Pvt. Johnson program that

included

physical training, martial arts,

field firing range training, gas

chamber training, the Crucible

event, swim qualifications,

defensive driving course, first

aid, and drill inspections.

Private Richter is the son

of Greg & Melissa Richter.

Private Johnson is the son of

Robert & Deanna Johnson.

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Page 8A THE BEACON April 2019

By Linda Hutchinson

As a parent or grandparent,

are you desperate for some

help in the area of technology/

social media? In his book,

The Tech Wise Family, author

Andy Crouch surveyed a

thousand parents of children

ages 4-17 and asked them,

“What is the number one concern

you have as a parent?”

Out of a thousand surveyed,

the number one thing parents

were concerned about for

their children was technology/

social media.

Finding a healthy balance in

this fast-paced, ever-changing

digital age is so hard for families

today. Parents have nothing

to draw from or compare

it to. They didn’t grow up

with a phone in their pocket

that demanded their attention

24/7. Parents are struggling

with how to find that healthy

balance for their family. The

constant demand for connectedness

and the increasing

stress they face every day

are becoming overwhelming

for our kids. This tech-heavy

world is becoming too difficult

for children to navigate

alone.

My husband and I feel like

we have parented children in

two different worlds. Raising

our two older sons just ten

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Parenting in a Tech Heavy World

years ago looked very different

than raising our three

youngest today. Shortly after

adopting our youngest three

a few years ago, we began

hearing things like, “If you

loved me, you’d buy me a

phone,” and “I’m the ONLY

one in my class without a

phone.” So many children

and parents have mistakenly

equated technology with love.

Not wanting their child to

feel ostracized or left out,

parents give in to the pressure

purchasing devices they often

can’t afford and put them in

the hands of kids who usually

can’t handle them.

Many adults rationalize

their technology decisions

with their kids by comparing

them to their own technology

use. I often hear parents say

things like, “My kids already

know more about technology

than I do. Why bother?”

and “I’m tired of the fight.

If you can’t beat them, join

them.” Others say, “I’ve got

good kids. The concern really

doesn’t apply to me,” or

“They are just like me. I can’t

live without it either.”

As parents or grandparents,

we can NOT afford to be

passive bystanders or hide

our heads in the sand. Our

society is reaping the consequences

of our decisions,

and our children’s health is at

stake! Extensive research has

been done on the detrimental

effects excessive screen usage

has on a child’s brain development.

A child’s prefrontal

cortex, the decision making

part of the brain, is not fully

developed until their early

20’s. Many children today

are suffering from Excessive

Screen Syndrome (ESS)

which causes hyperarousal

of a child’s sensitive nervous

system creating dysfunction

in school, home and social interactions.

ESS affects sleep,

diet, behavior, family dynamics

and school performance.

Do you know a child who

struggles with irritability, depression,

tantrums, poor selfregulation,

social immaturity,

insomnia, oppositional-defiant

behaviors, disorganized

behavior, poor sportsmanship,

or learning difficulties? Researchers

would contend that

it very well could be because

of excessive screen time.

(Reset Your Child’s Brain,

Victoria Dunckley MD, 2015)

Teaching your child selfcontrol

NOW has a direct

correlation to their health and

success as an adult. (The Collapse

of Parenting, Dr. Leonard

Sax, 2017) As parents, we

must decide now that character

traits like self-control,

integrity, and honesty take priority

over how connected we

are to the world. We’ve made

a conscious decision in our

home to stop giving our kids

what they WANT or what the

world says they should have

and start giving them what

they NEED! Yes, technology

is a regular battle in our home

too, but remember you are the

parent. Kelly Newcom, author

and founder of Brave Parenting,

writes about this very

topic in her book, Managing

Media-Creating Character.

Kelly (Rodden) Newcom,

an East Central High School

grad, grew up in SE Indiana

and now lives in Texas with

her husband and seven children.

Her book is an excellent

resource for any parent.

Technology/social media

is here to stay and can be

used for positive things, but

don’t be naive to think it

doesn’t come at a cost. How

many more horror stories do

we have to read about in the

paper or hear about on the

news? Cyberbullying, sexting,

suicide, murder… when

do we finally say something

has to change? I believe we

can help by starting in our

homes. Here are some practical

suggestions to help you

create a healthy media plan

for your family. Together, we

can make a difference.

• CREATE A FAMILY

MEDIA PLAN-Have a family

meeting. Set the reset button

and model for your children a

healthy balance with technology.

Develop a family media

plan with limits and guidelines

and stick to it. Remember,

you are not their friend;

you are their parent. There’s

a difference! Consistency is

the key

• LIMIT ACCESS AND

USAGE-Set screen time limits

for your whole house based

on their age and maturity and

enforce them. The longer you

wait to give a child a phone,

the longer you have influence

over their decisions. The minute

they can access a friend

without your permission,

you’ve lost your voice and

place as the primary influence

in their lives. Let go SLOW.

Don’t use screens as a pacifier

or babysitter. For screen time

guidelines for different ages

and more help on this topic,

go to healthychildren.org.

• NO SCREENS AT THE

DINNER TABLE-Spend the

time talking about the highs

and lows of the day and

investing in the relationships

around you.

• NO SCREENS IN A

CHILD’S BEDROOM-Sleep

deprivation is the biggest

culprit for the anxiety, depression,

and learning difficulties

our kids are experiencing

today. Charge all phones and

tablets in a parent’s bedroom

including friends who spend

the night.

• LIMIT SOCIAL ME-

DIA- Social media is not

recommended for elementary

or middle school students.

Monitor activity. Inappropriate

behavior results in no

social media. Know accounts

and passwords. Remember,

you are still the parent, and

as long as you are paying the

bills and they are under your

roof, you have the power!

Need help navigating

these uncharted waters of

technology/social media as

a family? Linda Hutchinson

is the Executive Director of

Rock Solid Families in West

Harrison, IN. Contact her at

812-576-ROCK or rocksolidfamilies.org.

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From the left- Brenda Osman, Madison Miller, Katelynn

Osman, Emily Taylor, Senator Jean Leising, Lacey Kelly,

Natalie Douthit, Lydia Trabel, and Natalie Klei.

State Senator Leising Meets

with East Central FCCLA

State Sen. Jean Leising from Oldenburg met with

students from East Central High School who represent the

Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

and FCCLA advisor Brenda Osman. The group toured the

statehouse and discussed Sen. Leising’s and Sen. Michael

Young’s bill, Senate Bill 129, which would require

each school corporation, charter school, and accredited

nonpublic elementary school to include cursive writing in

its curriculum.

The bill was read for the first time on Jan. 3. It was

referred to the Committee on Education and Career

Development on Feb. 7. The proposed date that the bill

would go into effect is July 1, 2019.

Currently, schools have the option of teaching cursive

writing under the Indiana Academic Standards of 2014.

Zoller-Gentile Engagement

Jack Zoller of Manchester

announced his engagement to

Isabella Gentile from Detroit,

MI. Six years after meeting at

Indiana University, Mr. Zoller

proposed to Ms. Gentile at a

surprise event located along

Lake Michigan in Milwaukee,

WI.

Mr. Zoller attended Oldenburg

Academy and was the

sports writer for the Beacon

for over seven years. He received

his Bachelor’s Degree

from Indiana University. Mr.

Zoller is now Client Associate

for Kforce, a professional

staffing and solutions firm.

Ms. Gentile is finishing her

final year of law school at

Marquette University. Upon

graduation, she will be working

as corporate counsel for

7247 State Road 46E

Batesville, IN 47006

812.932.3300

Jack Zoller and Isabella

Gentile.

U.S. Bank.

A wedding is being planned

for July 2020 in Detroit. The

couple plans to reside in Milwaukee.

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Sustainable Tree Harvest at County Farm Park

By John L. Hawley

The Dearborn County Park

Board has moved forward

with logging at County Farm

Park. The park, located just

west of Manchester, is one of

five Dearborn County parks.

Currently, the park is used for

farming, recreation, and 4-H

shooting sports activities.

The Park Board decided

to target four types of trees

for removal: dead, diseased,

mature, and over-mature.

The board has undertaken

tree harvests in the past; its

motivation for doing so is

always constant- responsible

woodland management. After

a thorough review of their

credentials, the board felt that

Pike Lumber’s plan and process

for tree harvest at County

Farm Park was responsible.

They also came to recognize

the benefits to the maintenance

and sustainibility of

more than two hundred acres

of public woodland at County

Farm Park.

Potential hazards are associated

with leaving woodlands

areas unmanaged. In addition

to limiting recreational activities

such as the development

of walking trails, unmanaged

forests can become riddled

with damaged and diseased

trees. According to the

Indiana Division of Natural

Resources, removal of overmature

and diseased trees can

prevent fires and reduce the

spread of tree diseases.

With wildfires and biological

catastrophes like the

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making headlines year after

year, woodland management

strategies that include tree

harvesting is strongly supported.

A 2010 study from

Purdue University reported

that 95% of Hoosiers approved

of removing some

trees to protect Indiana

woodlands from the spread of

disease and wildfire. Another

85% of respondents in the

research signaled support for

harvesting trees for woodland

management if professional

foresters oversee it.

Tree harvesting at County

Farm Park began in the fall

of 2018, with additional

work continuing this year.

Approximately one hundred

nineteen trees were harvested.

Funds from the sale of

the felled trees will be used

for various projects and educational

programs at County

Farm Park.

One of the inherent benefits

of this harvest will be the

upcoming addition of new

walking trails at County Farm

Park. Additionally, the Park

Board has partnered with Purdue

Extension, The Dearborn

County Soil and Water Conservancy

District (SWCD),

and others for both consultations

on park resources and

programs for the public.

For the Dearborn County

Park Board, tree harvesting

is just one of many woodland

management strategies.

Containment and removal of

invasive species on parkland

is another top priority. Many

invasive species, such as

Japanese Honeysuckle, Multiflora

Rose, and Autumn Olive

compete heavily with native

trees and shrubs and represent

a severe threat to Dearborn

County Park property. Working

with Purdue Extension

and the Dearborn County

SWCD, hands-on educational

programs will be offered in

2019 focused on management

and reduction of invasive

species.

Tree harvesting is one of the

most in-depth tasks handled

by the Dearborn County Park

Board. The board welcomes

any citizen concerns about

this process or future initiatives

to harvest trees on

park property. No plans or

proposals to remove trees at

any other parks are currently

being considered.

Dearborn County Park

Board meetings are held on

the first Wednesday of the

month either on-site at a

park or at the Purdue Extension-

Dearborn County Office

in Aurora. All Park Board

meetings are open for public

comment.

If you have any concerns or

questions about the County

Farm Park tree harvest or any

other Dearborn County Park

Board initiative, please attend

a meeting or contact Purdue

Extension ANR/CD Educator,

John L. Hawley at 812-926-

1189 or by mail at 229 Main

Street, Aurora, IN 47001.

To learn more about Dearborn

County Parks, visit

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Recycling- Know Where to Throw

By Molly Resendes

Some things are just hard

to get rid of, not because of

sentimental attachments, but

because they don’t fit into

your trash can. Things like

unusable sofas, mattresses,

and broken toilets can cause

us trouble because we don’t

know what to do with them.

Then there are the things that

aren’t supposed to go to the

landfill at all like televisions

and tires. What to do with

those? The simple answer

is, don’t throw them in my

backyard… or yours!

Subtitle D of the Resource

Conservation and Recovery

Act of 1976 established laws

governing the disposal of

solid and hazardous wastes, in

turn establishing the construction

of sanitary landfills.

After 1976, it was no longer

acceptable to just put trash

into the ground, thus ending

the acceptability of what

many simply referred to as

a “dump.” Through studies

and incidents of soil and

groundwater contamination,

the determination was made

that engineering controls were

needed to safely dispose of

materials in the ground. Those

engineering controls, which

are still in use today, consist

of natural and man-made layers

to entomb trash so that it

does not contaminate the soil

or groundwater around it.

It’s 2019 and awareness is

high. You might not be able

to name all the protective

layers in a landfill, but you

know that littering (and open

dumping) causes significant

problems for our environment.

There has been national

news coverage about our

litter that ends up in oceans

after it flows through our

local waterways. We have

seen what careless disposal is

doing to our planet. In an era

of unprecedented access to information,

it boggles the mind

to see furniture, appliances,

and bags of trash laying in

ditches and hollers around our

county. Do people not know?

Surely that’s the only answer

because it’s hard to believe

our neighbors could have such

little regard for our planet.

Just because something is

hard to get rid of does not

mean it is impossible. Legitimate

disposal options that

are not difficult and are not

expensive are easy to arrange.

The disposal of large items

like sofas, mattresses, and

anything else that won’t fit

into your trash can be handled

by a phone call to your waste

hauler. In Dearborn County,

it’s either Best Way (812-577-

0871) or Rumpke (513-851-

0122); if you live in Greendale,

Lawrenceburg, Hidden

Valley, or Aurora, call your

utility office or POA for assistance.

These service providers

will provide information

about the proper methods for

using their disposal services

and answer any questions that

you may have.

If you consider using a

haul-it-away service, you

need to do a little checking:

where do they dispose of the

material? Does it go to a certified

sanitary landfill, or does

the person take it back to their

house and pile it in their yard?

While these types of businesses

need to be responsible,

it is also your responsibility to

make sure you aren’t contributing

to an environmental

problem. Because electronics

and tires are not allowed in

landfills, any reputable waste

hauling service will not accept

them for landfilling. Likewise,

any reputable recycler will be

able to provide information

about final destinations for

your waste.

Televisions, electronics,

appliances, tires, and a host

of other hard-to-dispose-of

items are accepted at the

Dearborn County Recycling

Center. Most of them are

free. Residents of Dearborn

County help fund the Recycling

Center through their

property taxes and should use

these services. The Recycling

Center staff is knowledgeable

and will be glad to help with

any waste-related questions.

You can call them at 812-926-

9963 or reach them through

the Contact page of Dearborn-

CountyRecycles.com.

Whether you have an old

sofa, a floor-model TV, a broken

refrigerator, or a worn-out

tire, you have a responsibility

to dispose of it properly.

Please make sure your waste

doesn’t end up polluting our

community.

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Dear Marie is written by

the trusted friend, who gives

sound, compassionate advice

about questions in life that you

may have.

Dear Marie,

I have gotten myself into

a situation. For the past five

years, I have been helping

my divorced daughter

raise her two little kids. The

children are school age now.

I pick them up every day

after school and take them

home to do their homework.

I cook whatever dinner my

daughter has planned for that

day and have it ready when

she gets home from work.

During the summer I have

had the oldest child with me

most of the time except for

when he is enrolled in a day

camp or activities that she has

scheduled, and then I would

pick him up afterward. I pick

up the younger child from

daycare each day. Last week

my daughter said she does not

want to send the little one to

daycare this summer because

she does not believe it would

benefit her and that she has

to pay the daycare for every

week regardless if her child

is there or not, during a week

they might be on vacation for

example.

I am in my upper sixties

now and am struggling with

health and financial issues. I

don’t think I am up to caring

for two kids full time. I am

struggling with this, and I

feel guilty that I don’t want

to take on this full-time job.

If anything I think I need to

get a part-time, paying job.

Marie, can you help me?

Marge from Dearborn

County

Dear Marge,

I can understand your reluctance

to take on two young

children for the summer.

Caring for children takes a

great deal of time and energy.

You mentioned having

some physical and financial

concerns as well. I would

recommend that you and your

daughter need to have an honest

discussion about what you

are thinking and feeling. If it

comes down to you needing a

paying job, maybe she could

pay you what you think you

need to make ends meet while

also supplying the food to

feed her children all summer.

Have a pressing issue?

Contact Marie@GoBeaconnews.com

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I’m here now.

Where the heck are you?

Recently Barb Bedel and Bob Sommer were caught rushing

out of an event to check their cell phones for missed calls and

messages. Funny- one has a smart phone while the other has an

iconic flip phone. Which one is older?

Jacksons

Celebrate

Fifty-Fifth

Anniversary

Sylvia and Jerry Jackson

recently celebrated their

golden wedding anniversary.

They were married on

Nov. 22, 1963, at the Bright

Christian Church. The couple

was blessed with two children,

Troy Jackson and Diane

(Pete) Updike. They have

three grandchildren, Kyle,

Kara, and Kameron Updike.

Mr. Jackson graduated from

Harrison High School, and

Mrs. Jackson graduated in

1962 from North Dearborn

High School.

Their wedding day was

filled with joy despite the fact

that the nation was in shock

over the shooting of President

Todd Listerman, the engineer

for the Dearborn County

Highway Department, recently

announced that the county

had been awarded federal

funding for a road project

scheduled to be addressed

four years from now. Dearborn

County could receive

over $1,012,000 in Federal

Highway Administration construction

funds for the federal

fiscal year 2024.

Mr. Listerman completed

the application for the federal

Sylvia and Jerry Jackson on

their wedding day in 1963.

Kennedy. As Sylvia prepared

for the wedding, she watched

updates on the television

about the event. Sylvia’s

mother and sister kept her on

track. Sylvia’s said that she

would never forget standing at

the altar, holding Jerry’s hands

and giving each other comfort.

The couple has been retired

from their family business

since 2001. They now reside

in Omaha, NE. Cards may be

sent to them at 15441 Charles

Street, Omaha, NE 68154.

Projected Funds Awarded for 2024 Bridge Project

funding to be applied to the

replacement of Bridge #24 on

Sneakville Road.

Receipt of the funds is contingent

upon the availability

of funding through Congressional

appropriations. The

funds will be administered

by the Indiana Department of

Transportation. Up to eighty

percent of the total cost of the

project may be applied to the

project. Dearborn County will

be responsible for the remaining

twenty percent of the cost.

Our Towns- What’s in a Name?

Anonymous Author and Neighbor

How some of Dearborn

County’s cities and towns got

their names is pretty obvious.

For other towns, the story is

not so apparent. Rest assured,

there is always a reason for

why or how they were named.

While facts over time are not

always precise, the stories

continue to be passed down

and accepted. I believe them.

Many have never heard of

Opptown, a community in the

southwest part of Dearborn

County. It was a farming community

with a church and a

store that existed before our

Civil War. While the North

and South clashed during the

war, the farmers in the area

surrounding Opptown were

frightened by the threatening

approach of Morgan’s Raiders.

These farmers decided

to take a defensive position

by bringing their stock and

equipment into Opptown

where they could be protected.

Fortunately for the

farmers, Morgan’s Raiders

went north of Opptown, and

they and their stock were

unscathed. The event was

significant enough to cause a

change to the name of the village

of Opptown. Ever since

that event, the community has

been known, obviously, as

Farmer’s Retreat.

A small community north of

Dillsboro and east of Milan decided

they needed a post office.

The establishment of a new

post office required a petition

to be submitted by the community

to the Post Office Department.

The petition required

information including the proposed

location of the post office

building. The community

decided the post office should

be located in a mill run by a

Mr. Moore, so they wrote into

the petition that the post office

would be located in Moore’s

Mill. No one knows whether

the name of the location was

sloppily written or whether

someone in Washington read

incorrectly but the Post Office

Department authorized a new

post office at Moores Hill. It

may actually be a better name,

even though there isn’t much

of a hill. Nevertheless, taking

the name from its post office,

the town is known today as

“Moores Hill”.

A new town was emerging in

the early 1800s. It was bursting

at its little seams as a center of

production of barrels for the

Cincinnati trade. Round-trip

transportation was available

to Aurora every day by horsedrawn

coaches. Although some

called the village “Turkey

Trot,” the majority of residents

called it “Hopewell.” In 1830,

the village residents were ready

to make their village into a

town by registering its lots at

the courthouse in Lawrenceburg.

They approached the

County Clerk to register their

lots only to be informed that

a cost would be incurred for

registration. This fact came as a

surprise and nearly stopped the

process. No one was prepared

to pay for registration. The

County Clerk was quite a local

celebrity. He had been an

Army man and was elevated to

the rank of General during the

War of 1812. He saw a way to

VOTE

register the village’s lots and

to celebrate his fame. He made

a deal with the villagers and

agreed to register the town at

no cost if the village residents

agreed to let him name their

town. The county clerk’s name

was James C. Dills. Today,

instead of Hopewell, the town

is named “Dillsboro.” To lend

credence to this tale, two organizations

in Dillsboro, which

were normally named for their

town, existed before the name

change in 1830 and are still

called the Hopewell Presbyterian

Church and the Hopewell

Masonic Lodge.

Whether our town has one

name or another may make

no difference to us. Certainly

more important aspects exist

that make a town a wonderful

place. We, in Southeast

Indiana, are blessed to live in

an area with friendly people,

caring homes, and beautiful

scenery. That part of our

history has not changed. Call

me and my town anything you

want, so long as I can be called

a Hoosier. I like it here.

ANDREW ICEBERG

Southeast Indiana

REMC

Board of Directors

Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley Counties

District 5

Annual Meeting March 30

South Ripley High School

Voting is 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

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discourage pranksters. A family

of heavy concrete rabbits

replaced the lightweights.

The garden is thriving.

Every day I take a little

therapeutic tour of my fun

project. I greet the old gardener

and my bunny friends.

I stop to pull a weed, rearrange

the clay pots, add to the

woodpile, or chase a bug. My

little scene is most pleasing

to my eyes; it makes me feel

good.

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Emily with LSU’s mascot,

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postdoctoral position at

Rhodes University in Grahamstown

South Africa. She is

studying the biological control

of invasive species.

Emily graduated from East

Central, earned her bachelors

degree at Purdue University,

her masters at Kansas State

and spent two years in the

Peace Corps in Senegal, West

Africa. Emily’s parents are

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Members of the East Central Wrestling team celebrate the

2019 IHSAA Sectional title. (Photo by Chris Nobbe)

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Wrestling State Tournament

Highlights

The IHSAA Wrestling

Sectional was held at South

Dearborn High School. The

team title was won by the

East Central Trojans, led by

Mark Kirchgassner. The top

three teams were a repeat of

the EIAC By championships with

Maxine

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East Central 230.5, Lawrenceburg

210, and South Dearborn

175, while the Milan Indians

finished fourth with 135 points.

East Central was able to

advance an impressive eleven

of fourteen wrestlers to the regional

level of competition in

helping them claim the title.

Area wrestlers won twelve of

the fourteen weight classes.

South Dearborn claimed the

most individual titles with

four in Austin Boggs (132),

Bryer Hall (145), Zach Otto

(152), and Zach Dick (220).

East Central claimed three

individual titles with Adam

Negangard (138), Kole Viel

(182) and Kyle Krummen

(195). Lawrenceburg claimed

two in Spencer Gordon (113)

and Grant Stapleton (126).

Milan also had two champions

with Garret Condo (106)

Several members of the South Dearborn Wrestling Team

garnered their second consecutive (seventh overall) IHSAA

Regional title in Richmond by scoring 99.5 points. (Photo

by Chris Nobbe)

and Jacob Rohrig (160).

Franklin County’s Garrett

Condo won the title at 120.

The IHSAA Regional, the

following Saturday, had the

same four teams at the top of

the results; however, the order

was slightly different. South

Dearborn was able to score

99.5 points to claim its second

consecutive and seventh overall

IHSAA Regional title. East

Central was runner-up with

89, Lawrenceburg scored 81

for third, and Milan finished

fourth with sixty-four in the

field of over twenty teams.

Individual titles were won

by Lawrenceburg’s Spencer

Gordon (113) and Grant

Stapleton (126) as well as

South Dearborn’s Bryer Hall

(145) and Zach Otto (152).

EC’s Kyle

Krummen Qualifies

for State Finals

The state tournament in

wrestling advances the top

four individuals to the next

level from week to week. This

format was a great blessing

to East Central junior

195-pounder Kyle Krummen.

After winning the individual

title in the sectional, Krummen

only managed to finish

fourth at the regional level.

Nonetheless, he advanced

to the semi-state level at New

Castle. He opened the day by

defeating regional champion

Tremor Bynum by fall in the

third period of an exciting

first-round match. Krummen

next defeated Gavin Keesee by

the score of 9-7 to guarantee a

top-four finish at the semi-state.

He went on to finish fourth on

the day by losing to the eventual

state champion and eventual

state third-placer, but that

was enough to advance him to

the IHSAA State Finals.

Krummen was eliminated

from the state finals with a

loss by fall in the first round.

Krummen finished the season

with a record of 27-11.

Area Girls’

Basketball Wrap-up

The Jac-Cen-Del Lady

Eagles and the South Ripley

Lady Raiders both came out

on top of IHSAA Sectional

action recently. The Lady

Eagles claimed their eleventh

straight sectional title with an

exciting win while the Lady

Raiders claimed their third

consecutive title by defeating

Switzerland County.

Mariah Day of the Lady

Eagles has been named to

Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s

list of Top 60 Seniors.

Six of the eight Eastern

Indiana Athletic Conference

(EIAC) teams would square

off in Sectional 29 hosted

by Lawrenceburg. The host

Lady Tigers made it to the

championship game of the

sectional by defeating South

Dearborn (55-37) and Madison

(41-39). After winning

a close semi-final, they lost

a close championship game

to Greensburg 55-53. Zane

White’s team finished with a

record of 21-5.

Also competing in that

sectional was Batesville’s

Hattie Westerfeld who was

another selection to the Hoosier

Basketball Magazine Top

60 Seniors.

The EIAC champion

East Central Lady Trojans,

under the guidance of Kevin

Moore, opened Sectional 14

action at Columbus East with

a 54-27 win over Bloomington

High School North but

fell to Bloomington South

in the semi-final 40-34 in

overtime. The Lady Trojans

finished the season at 18-7.

Alyssa Robben of East Central

was the third area senior

named to Hoosier Basketball

Magazine’s Top 60 list.

Front row: Kayla Goodwin, Batesville; Kyle Goodwin,

Batesville; Aubree Poppen, Bright; Andrew Strotman Osgood;

Riley Reany, West Harrison; Santiago Schutte, Sunman;

Elle Jankovsky, Hidden Valley; and Madison Brown,

Bright. Second row: Coach Nick Cummins, Madison Goodwin,

Batesville; Coach Gabe Strotman; Frank Strotman,

Osgood; Luke Jackson, Sunman; Tara Hall, Batesville;

Kaden Cummins, Lawrenceburg; Reagan Reany, West

Harrison; Isaac Quick, Batesville; Henry Strotman, Osgood;

and Emily Hafertepen, Lawrenceburg. Third row: Head

Coach Brandon Loveless; Ryan Corlett, West Harrison;

Joan Strotman Osgood; Damian Weber, Sunman; Alejandra

Schutte, Sunman; Cole Jankovsky, Hidden Valley;

Colette Weber, Sunman; Vincent Keck, Logan; and Sierra

Hall, Batesville. Back row: Mary-Francis Dole, St. Leon;

Olivia Dixon, Lawrenceburg; Emma Strotman, Osgood;

Kathleen Strotman, Osgood; Nick Weber, Sunman; Kyra

Hall, Batesville; Jordan Marro, Bright; and Raymond “Chubba”

Krider, Brookville. Not pictured are: William Johnson,

Batesville; Mackenzie Schantz, Sunman; Caroline Waters,;

Hannah Weber, Sunman; and Jacob Weber, Sunman.

ECST Qualifies Thirty-five for Divisional Meet

East Central Swim Team

(ECST) had thirty-five participants

competing in the South

East Divisional Championships

at Indiana Creek High

School. Brandon Loveless’

team has had pronounced success

throughout the competition

season from September to

February and have one more

opportunity to qualify for the

Indiana Short Course Championships.

ECST has been successful

in drawing swimmers

from throughout southeastern

Indiana to compete with the

team. Many swimmers qualified

in multiple events and

are allowed to compete in up

to six individual races at the

divisional meet.

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BRIGHT/

SUGAR RIDGE

By

Debby

Stutz

Community

Correspondent

bright@goBEACONnews.com

Bright Lions Club will host

the annual Visit with the Easter

Bunny on Apr. 13 from

noon to 3 P.M. Hop on over

to the Lions Club Building at

2160 Lamplight Dr in Bright.

Kids can visit with the Easter

Bunny, get some treats, and

for an “egg-stra” surprise, a

photo of your child with the

Easter Bunny compliments of

Bright Lions Club. Everyone

is welcome!

Lutz Auction Center hosted

a benefit auction to raise

money (votes) for Dearborn

County King and Queen Candidates

Casey Knigga and

Toni Minning. About one

hundred fifty people attended

this auction which was

unusual because everyone

brought an item from home

to be auctioned at the benefit.

Everything from car wash

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coupons to bedroom sets was

on the auction block. They

say one person’s trash is another

person’s treasure. That

proverb proved to be true

since the auction raised about

$11,000. All proceeds went

directly to Child Advocacy

Center (CAC) of Southeastern

Indiana. Thank you to

all who made donations or

who bought items. A special

thanks to the Lutz Family

for volunteering to host this

event.

Congratulations to Mardi

Gras King Casey Knigga

and Queen Toni Minning!

The couple was crowned at

the Annual Mardi Gras Gala.

This event benefits the CAC

Healthy Smile, Healthy Life

(513) 367-4441

members is good news for patients.

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1008 Harrison Ave

513.367.4441

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For more than 65 years, the Academy of General Dentistry

has been a leading organization of general dentists.

Now 40,000 members strong, the dedication of AGD

members is good news for patients.

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1008 Harrison Ave.

Harrison, OH 45030

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Communities

of Southeastern Indiana serving

the counties of Dearborn,

Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson,

Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and

Switzerland. Each county

nominates a King and Queen

candidate. These candidates

are challenged to raise the

most votes. Every dollar

raised equals one vote.

Casey and Toni won by a

landslide, and every penny

raised goes directly to the

CAC. Over $61,000 was

raised at the event. The

efforts of Karen Ernst

and Nancy Cross from the

Dearborn and Ohio County

Prosecutors Office and all

of those who make this event

happen are appreciated more

than words can describe. The

participants and sponsors

also made the event a huge

success. The gala was a fun

HIDDEN

VALLEY LAKE

By

Korry

Johnson

Community

Correspondent

hvl@goBEACONnews.com

Spring fever is here!!!

There are so many events to

look forward to such as the

HVL Children’s Activity Club

Easter Egg Hunt on April

14! We will have pre-sale for

bracelets on Apr. 4. (HVL

website and HVL CAC FB

will have further details on

all of these events.) Put these

children events in your planners

for 2019:

Outdoor Movie Nights:

May 25, June 22, July 20,

August 17, September 14

Bike Parade: July 4

Back to School Beach Bash:

August 4

Haunted Hayride: Oct. 12

Halloween Walk: Oct. 27

Santa’s Workshop: Dec. 8

A message from Claudia

Richardt:

New

date!

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN

A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM

PRESENTED BY KEVIN WOOD

Tuesday

April 16

6PM

evening for all.

Sure signs of spring are

becoming more evident.

Snowbirds are returning from

warmer climates. I can see a

few buds on the trees, and my

daffodils are peeking up. It’s

nice to see some color again

instead of the dingy brown

grass and bare tree branches.

A sure sign of spring is that

At The Barn Winery will reopen

Apr. 5. Not far behind

is Logan Supermart’s famous

ice cream. Both are yummy

treats we look forward to

each year.

Don and I are looking

forward to opening the

winery for our sixth season.

It’s always so much fun to

see everyone come out of

hibernation and pop a cork

At The Barn. Don has been

busy making all your favorite

The Hidden Valley Lake

Garden Club is excited to host

our SPRING Bunco fundraiser

on Apr. 13 at 1:00 PM,

held in the lower level of the

Property Owners Association

(POA) building.

Along with playing Bunco,

there will be a silent auction,

raffles, and numerous prizes.

Food and drink are included

in your donation of $15.00!

Never heard of Bunco?

Never played Bunco? Well,

then it is time to learn! It is

a fantastic social dice game

involving 100% luck, and

no skill or knowledge of

the game is required. Four

players are at each table so

everyone is paired with a

partner (You can bring your

own partner if you want but

not necessary). As the game

progresses, you will move

from table to table having a

lot of fun and laughs along

with making new friends or

getting to know your neighbors

better!

Our HVL Garden Club also

gives donations throughout

the year to local charitable

organizations and special

requests while beautifying our

Kevin Wood as Abraham Lincoln

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wines, and he has a few new

ones for everyone to try out.

As for myself, I’m enjoying

bud break on the grapevines

in anticipation of baby grapes

becoming mature grapes

that we can harvest, ferment,

bottle, age and finally drink.

Delicious wine comes to

those that wait!

DOVER

By

Ray

Johnson

Community

Correspondent

dover@goBEACONnews.com

Dover correspondent Ray

Johnson will be back next

month with news from Dover.

Send news to dover@

goBEACONnews.com

wonderful community. So, all

funds raised stay close to Hidden

Valley.

Please consider attending

our spring Bunco fund raiser

on Apr. 13 and be prepared

for a grand time!!

You can call for reservations

by contacting Jane

Ulrick at 513-673-3487 or

Wilma Gardiner at 812-537-

5189, or you can ‘come as

you are’ with a donation of

$15 at the door – no reservation

is needed!

Welcome new residents!

Sonja Cross, Kimberly

Haines, Christopher Huffman,

Patrick and Patti Jo

Thompson, Jim and Anna

Murph, Eric Wolfzorn and

Alyx Galle, Kelsey Strittholt,

Dale Lambing, David

and Destiny Rutzel, Michael

and Patti McCreanor, Delfino

Degiuseppe, Edward

and Amber Paul, Jacob

Bennett and Anne Williams,

Timothy Brannigan

and Tomica Vest, Brent and

Megan Curd, Nicholas and

Jessica Ohlhaut, Charlotte

Made, Ryan Howell and

Carly Bowman, Glenn and

Lisa Caminiti, Glenn and

Peggy Buck.

April Birthdays! Chase Mc-

Cracken, Ashley King, Kara

Winderrowd, Kellee Case,

Tami McCracken, Jaxen

Lischkge, Yalonda Lischkge,

Taylor Johnson, Linda

Miller, Courtney Lewis,

Michael Hirsch.

April Anniversaries! Jennifer

and Greg Johnson.

Please email me, Korry

H. Johnson, if you have

something to share in next

month’s article at hvl@go-

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your positive news at The

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ST. LEON

By

Debbie A.

Zimmer

Community

Correspondent

stleon@goBEACONnews.com

Congratulations go out

to Nicki (Bulach) Hart

on being awarded the Best

Performer in a musical or

play for her role in Venus In

Fur at the Gilbert Theatre

in Fayetteville, NC. Way

to go Nicki! She is so very

talented. I hope to be able to

attend one of her shows in

the future.

Lawrence Weldishofer

recently celebrated his seventieth

birthday with a gathering

of family and friends. His

son Patrick flew home from

Florida to join in the festivities!

Deepest sympathies go

out to the families of Tony

Hilbert and Loretta Bihr.

Anthony C. Hilbert, of St.

Leon, Indiana, was born on

Oct. 1, 1936, in St. Leon, to

Irwin and Edna Feller (nee

Stenger) Hilbert. He married

Georgiana Hornberger on

June 28, 1958, at St. Peters

Catholic Church. Anthony

was a devoted husband and

father and loved spending

time with his grandchildren

and great-grandchildren. He

was a welder for over forty

years and enjoyed farming.

Mr. Hilbert was eighty-three.

O

ur

Mr. Hilbert is survived by his

loving wife of sixty years,

Georgiana Hilbert; children,

Roseann (Mark) Wirth of

Napoleon, Diane (Dave) Mc-

Connell of St. Leon, Wanda

(Kevin) Alig of St. Leon, and

Wilbur Hilbert of St. Leon;

thirteen grandchildren; two

great-grandchildren; sisterin-law,

Margaret Feller of

Harrison, OH.

Loretta B. Bihr, age 96 of

Harrison was born December

21, 1922, in St. Leon,

to Joseph and Rose (Rosfeld)

Schuman. She married

Edward Joseph Bihr in

1950. She is survived by her

daughters Shirley Ann Bihr

of Monfort Heights, Ohio,

Thelma Furney of West Harrison,

Indiana, Donna (Ron)

Gaynor of Dover, Indiana

and Pauline (Tom) Lehrter of

West Harrison, Indiana.

Mrs Bihr had nine grandchildren

and six great-grandchildren.

She was the sister

of Joe (Martha) Schuman,

Walter (Mary) Schuman and

Richard (Pat) Schuman all of

St. Leon, Indiana.

St. Leon Volunteer Fire

Dept. needs new members.

If you would be interested

in joining our department, a

cadet program is available

for sixteen- to eighteenyear-olds

who would become

full members upon

turning eighteen. EMTs and

firefighters are desperately

needed. Applicants must

reside in the St. Leon/Kelso

Township area. Get in touch

Communities

with me at my email address

below if interested. Thank

you.

Birthdays– 1 Patty Herth,

and Jeanette Dole, 2 Paige

Hoog, my brother-in-law

Terry Zimmer, and Marie

Connolly, 3 Marge Fogelson,

4 Jennie Maune, Brad

Callahan, and cousin Scott

Brier, 5 Gerilyn Chaffee,

6 Abbie Alig, and California

cousin Pete Andres, 7

Diana Alig, and my husband

Ron, 11 Bob Barnhorst,

Jodie Fox, Brandon Vogelsang,

and Joan Erhart,

12 cousin Matt Powell, 13

my niece Deanna Biddle,

14 coach Dave Bader, 15

Jenny Giltz, Greg Ritzi, and

Aaron Klenke, 17 Ethan

Alig, Steve Bertram, Sam

Wilgenbusch, Bree Cleary,

and cousin Mike Brier, 18

cousins Connie Andres and

Matt Brier, 19 Julie Becker,

20 Virgil Bulach, 21 Steve

Callahan, 22 Philip Larmann,

24 Paul Alig, and

Abby Bittner, 26 Kevin

Alig, and Tracy Cleary,

27 cousin Mark Powell,

29 Dave Schuman, Leah

Woolwine, Jared Vogelsang,

Kate Weldishofer, and

Emma Werner, 30 Vicky

Barnhorst, Peyton Hoog,

and Maureen Siebert.

Happy Anniversary to my

daughter Jennie, and Todd

Geisheimer on Apr. 9.

Get in touch with me with

any news items at stleon@

goBEACONnews.com

MOORES HILL

By

Julie

Murphy

Community

Correspondent

mooreshill@goBEACONnews.com

Our town is mourning

the loss of a special man,

Mr. Jack Heller. Jack was a

graduate of Moores Hill High

School in the class of 1966.

He chose a career in education

and spent over forty-six

years serving the South Dearborn

Community School Corporation.

Mr. Heller taught

at the Aurora High School

and Manchester Elementary

before he became assistant

principal at Manchester under

Ron Jenks. He was also

the assistant principal and

athletic director at Aurora. In

1998, Mr. Heller became the

administrative assistant for

the corporation where he was

responsible for the Gifted and

Talented Program, Special

Education, and curriculum.

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

He retired in 2013.

“Jack was a product of

a small school with many

tough teachers pushing oldschool

educational values

and concepts. While he was

not a technology guru, Jack

wanted to give our teachers

the technological tools

necessary to give SD student

that same old-school education,”

said Bob Rollins, a

longtime friend. Mr. Heller

will be remembered for his

kind yet stern leadership

helping to shape the lives of

so many of his students. His

family and friends will sadly

miss him.

On a lighter note, we wish

a happy March birthday to

these special people: Rob

Wetzler, Shane Caudill,

Becky (Brown) Ingersoll,

Sheri Day, Sarah (Terrill)

Ison, Toni (Shinkle)

Watters, Brandy (Justice)

Hicks, Roger Potraffke Sr.,

Michelle (French) Fentress,

Scott Fowler, Dwight

Moody, Jessica Berry, Doug

Powell, and Mel (Ryan)

Oelker.

Hillforest Victorian House Museum

Photo by Terri LeSaint-Keller

Southeastern Indiana Art Guild Spring Art Show

Indiana Wine Trail at Holtkamp Winery

April 2-30 – Hillforest Victorian House Museum

Open for Touring Season - 213 Fifth Street, Aurora.

Open April - December, Tues. - Sun., 1-5PM. Admission

charged. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

Opening exhibit - “A Stitch in Time”, antique quilts and

coverlets. Info: 812-926-0087 or www.hillforest.org.

April 5, 19 – St. Mary’s Lenten Fish Fry - Cod With

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

4PM-7:30PM. Info: 812-926-1558.

April 5, 12 – St. Lawrence Lenten Fish Fry - 4:30PM-

7:30Pm, St. Lawrence School, 524 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Call 812-537-3690. www.stlschool.com

April 5, 12 – St. Teresa Benedicta Lenten Fish Fry

- 4:30PM-7:30PM. 23455 Gavin Lane, Bright. Call 812-656-

8700 or www.stteresab.com.

April 5, 12 – St. Martin’s Lenten Fish Fry - 8044

Yorkridge Road, Guilford, IN. 4:30-7:00PM.. Call 812-576-

4302. www.allsaintscatholic.net

April 5 – The Framery-Fused Glass Class - 10:30 am

- 12:00 pm. 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. Pendant,

night light or suncatcher - $22.00. Fun and easy and no

experience necessary! Reservations & information: 812-

537-4319. www.frameryinc.com

April 6-20 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild Spring

Show - Art Guild Studios, Second & Main Streets, Aurora.

Open Sunday 1pm-4pm, Monday-Friday 11am-7pm,

Saturday 11am-4pm. Artist’s Reception April 6, from

6pm-8pm. Fine art on display and for sale from artists in

southeast Indiana and the tri-state region. 513-403-0504

or 2siaginfo@gmail.com.

April 6 - May 25 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship Gallery

Exhibit - Gallery located at 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro,

Indiana. Exhibit: Still Voices and Dandelions: Kitty

Schroeder. Open: Tuesdays: 6-8PM; Thursdays: 4-8PM;

Saturdays: 10AM-2PM 812-532-3010. www.dillsboro.in/

arts/dillsboro-arts-friendship-gallery

April 6, 13, 20, 27 – Lawrenceburg Speedway -

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; racing at

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

com or find on Facebook. Adults $15-$25; age 7-12 $7; 6

and under Free. Pit pass: $30.00 (all ages)

April 7, 14, 21, 28 – Carnegie Hall Opens for Tours

- Carnegie Hall, 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana.

Open Sundays 1pm-5pm or by appointment. Carnegie

Hall was built in 1907 as an additional building for the

College of Moores Hill. It houses three museums, a local

Military, Indiana History, and a museum filled with local

college, school and personal memorabilia from the town.

Info: 812-744-4015 or www.thecarnegiehall.org.

April 12 – The Framery-Wine and Paint Party - 6:30-

8:30pm. 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. Fun and easy

and no experience necessary! $35.00. Reservations &

information: 812-537-4319. www.frameryinc.com

April 13-14 – Indiana Wine Trail - Spring Into The

Valley at Holtkamp Winery - 11am-5pm each day.

Holtkamp Winery, 10868 Woliung Road, New Alsace,

Indiana. The Indiana Wine Trail presents the 9th annual

Spring Into The Valley. Seven wineries on the Trail will

have samplings of bread and cheese pairings while you

enjoy wonderful wines along the way. Holtkamp features

over 20 wines, ranging from dry and semi-dry red and

white wines, to sweet fruit wines and dessert wines. Info:

513-602-5580 or www.holtkampwinery.com. Indiana

Wine Trail info: www.indianawinetrail.com or www.

facebook.com/events/511465666028750/.

April 13 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions - Casey’s

Great Egg Hunt - 12pm-1:00pm, 21481 State Line Road,

Lawrenceburg. Cost: FREE. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Reservation deadline: April 8th by submitting online form

at: www.caseysoutdoor.com/events/. Info: 812-537-3800

April 13 – Main Street Aurora Dancing on Main -

Happy 200th Birthday - 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm. 228 Second

Street, Aurora. A community event for anyone interested

in having a good time in Historic Downtown Aurora.

$5.00 admission. Dinner is served by the Lions , with all

proceeds going to Relay for Life. $7.00. 812-926-1100/Main

Street Aurora or www.aurora.in.us.

April 13 – The Framery-Pizza and Paint Party -

11:00am-1:30pm. 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. Fun

and no experience necessary! $25.00. Reservations &

information: 812-537-4319. www.frameryinc.com

April 20 – Breakfast With the Easter Bunny and

Easter Egg Hunt in Aurora - Breakfasts sponsored by

Main Street Aurora. 8:30am & 10:30am. 228 Second Street,

Aurora. No charge to children 12 and under. Reservations

required for breakfasts. 1:00pm Easter Egg Hunt at the

Aurora City Park. Info: 812-926-1100 or www.aurora.in.us.

April 20 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions - Spring

Cabbage Centerpiece - 11am-12pm, 21481 State Line

road, Lawrenceburg. Cost: $45.00. Floral designer will

provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a

centerpiece using spring flowers and real cabbage. All

supplies provided. Reservation deadline: April 16th at

812-537-3800 or www.caseysoutdoor.com/events/.

April 20 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions - Bunny

Cupcakes - 11am-12:30pm, 21481 State Line road,

Lawrenceburg. Cost: $30.00. Professional baker and

cake artist will demonstrate how to beautifully decorate

cupcakes by creating miniature hand piped roses on a

bed of hydrangeas. Reservation deadline: April 15th at

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BATESVILLE

By

Sue

Siefert

Community

Correspondent

batesville@goBEACONnews.com

A Festival is Born! Batesville’s

downtown area was

alive with excitement in

mid-February due to the

extreme popularity of Cherry

Thing-a-Lings offered exclusively

during President’s Day

weekend. Clem and Bertie

Schmidt, who have owned

and operated the bakery for

over a half-century, created

the deep-fried, tart cherry

fritter-like concoction with

a cherry glaze in the early

seventies as part of their participation

in the Chamber’s

President’s Day promotion.

Its popularity has grown exponentially

through the years

with the bakery’s all-handson-deck

crew producing a

record-breaking 12,120 dozen

Feb. 14–18! If you could eat

just one – this year’s production

would allow 145,440

individuals to partake, but

we all know that no one eats

just ONE! While the number

of us whose waistlines

expanded slightly in February

is unknown, the impact

it had upon our city cannot

be denied as visitors from

across the tri-state converged

downtown to wait in line up

to two hours to quench their

cherry cravings --- passing

the time shopping, dining,

participating in contests and

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Family and friends frolicked on the ice.

Bertie & Clem Schmidt.

Beer and Wine Bar available.

Purchase tickets at:

Gibson Theater • Friendship State Bank

Joan’s T-Shirt Telles Barber Shop

Online at www.thegibsontheatre.com

Communities

Batesville Festival co-chairs,

Amy Hawkins and Amy

Gutzwiller.

Festival ice sculpture.

ice skating.

The City of Batesville, the

Batesville Area Chamber

of Commerce, and numerous

donors, sponsors, and

volunteers hosted our first

Cherry Thing-a-Ling Festival

featuring an ice skating rink.

Our downtown resembled

a Currier and Ives print

with friends and families

frolicking into the night on

the slick, synthetic surface

under the glow of an almostfull

moon. Vendors offered

soups, sandwiches and more

as festivities included an ice

sculpture demonstration and

a cherry-spitting and cherry

guessing contest. Those preferring

to dine indoors were

treated to a taste-tempting

variety of cherry-themed

entrees and beverages offered

by restaurants throughout

town.

Our community expresses

its appreciation to Amy

Hawkins and Amy Gutzwiller

who served as co-directors

in organizing this cherrythemed,

Currier and Iveslooking,

ice-skating festival

of fun! I’m adding a personal

word of thanks to Anne Ekins

Raver, for her assistance

with this article.

Folks, it takes a village…

and speaking of village, be

sure to read about what the

village people are up to in my

Oldenburg article!

That’s Sue’s news for now!

NEW ALSACE

By

Laura

Keller

Community

Correspondent

newalsace@goBEACONnews.com

There’s no better way to

end your senior year in high

school than participating in

the state finals for an activity

that is your passion. Jacob

Weber, son of Darren and

Karen Weber, competed in the

state swim meet in which he

moved from twenty-seventh

to twentieth place, finishing

with a time of 51.72. Jacob

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DILLSBORO

By

Rebecca

Davies

Community

Correspondent

dillsboro@goBEACONnews.com

Southeastern Indiana

REMC Operation Roundup

Program awards over $59,000

to community projects. Dillsboro

received the following:

Police Chief Josh Cady

accepted a check for $1456 to

be used for clean-up tools for

accidents. CARE Team members

received a check for $525

for a community GriefShare

program. Thank you to Southeastern

Indiana REMC and

their co-op members for their

generosity in funding so many

worthy community projects.

Dillsboro Elementary

School Robotics Team,

“Gearshifters” are ranked first

and second after two nights

of league play in the Southeast

Indiana Robotics. Our

sixth-grade team consisting of

co-captains Brayden Hurelbrink

and Isabel Pearson,

Calvin Cowell, Sophie

Henson, and Katie Hughes,

is in first place. Our elementary

team consisting of L.J.

Cesene, Weston Willoughby-

Perkins, Jake Cox, Max

Eaglin, and Landon Tighe,

is in second place by mere

hundredths of a point.

The league has been awarded

three, possibly four, spots

at the state competition to be

held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Congratulations, Gearshifters!

We wish Janice Sullivan

a very happy retirement after

serving as our town clerktreasurer

for twenty years.

Before becoming the fulltime

utilities clerk in 2006,

Janice was a banker for both

town banks. My first job after

high school was working at

Dillsboro State Bank and I

can attest to Janice’s kindness

and patience as she helped

me ‘balance’ many times.

She continued those traits as

she served Dillsboro. Rita

Stevens will be filling her

position. Best wishes to both

women.

The Dora Ernst Memorial

Breakfast will be held

Apr. 7 at the Presbyterian

Church from 11-1 following

church service. The pancake

breakfast (all you can eat)

includes fruit, juices, sausage,

and beverage. Donations are

appreciated and used to assist

Dillsboro, Aurora and Milan

Elementary Schools. Since

its inception in 2009, over

$16,000 has been donated to

help children in need. Dora

Ernst retired from teaching

in 1984. She and husband

Richard moved to Dillsboro

where Dora volunteered at the

elementary school. Following

Mrs. Ernst’s untimely death

in 2008, church members

decided that her memorials

should be used to assist

children. Stop in on Apr. 7,

for breakfast with friends and

neighbors for a wonderful

cause.

also set the East Central High

School record for the 100

backstroke two years ago and

was part of the 400 free relay

that set a school record this

year. One of Jacob’s teammates

on the 400 free relay

was his younger brother Nick,

which strengthened their bond

in and out of the pool. Jacob

will pursue his passion for

swimming at the collegiate

level next fall at the University

of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Congratulations, Jacob!

If you’ve been craving fried

chicken, come to the New

Alsace American Legion Post

452 on March 17. From 11

A.M. until 4 P.M., legionnaires

will be serving their

famous fried chicken dinners.

The following Sunday, March

24, is the monthly euchre

tournament at the legion.

Doors open at noon and

games begin at 1 P.M. The

entry fee is $5 per person with

cash payouts to the highest

scores and refreshments are

available for purchase. Call

812.623.3695 for more information

on the chicken dinner

or euchre tournament.

Our condolences go out to

the Knueven family. Mary

Ann Knueven passed away

on February 12. Although she

resided in Sunman, Mary Ann

was born and raised in New

Alsace and was a member

of the New Alsace American

Legion Auxiliary for many

years. She enjoyed painting,

sewing, gardening, bird

watching, and spending time

with her family. Mary Ann

leaves behind her three sons

and daughters-in-law, John

and Karen Knueven, Mike

and Karen Knueven, and Bill

and Bev Knueven. She also

had twelve grandchildren and

nineteen great-grandchildren.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in

the New Alsace area that

you would like me to share,

please contact me at newalsace@goBEACONnews.com.

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YORKVILLE

& GUILFORD

By

Laura

Keller

Community

Correspondent

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Communities

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While many of us enjoy our

occupations, something that

we look forward to is retirement.

On Jan. 18, Rhonda

Wells delivered her last piece

Rhonda Wells

of mail for

the Guilford

Post Office.

Rhonda

dedicated

thirty-nine

years of her

life delivering

mail and

packages,

serving as

the first regular rural route 2

carrier since it became big

enough to be a full-time route.

Although she experienced

many changes throughout the

years, her high-quality service

and dedication to her customers

never wavered from the

OLDENBURG

By

Sue

Siefert

Community

Correspondent

oldenburg@goBEACONnews.com

1934 Guilford Yellow Jackets sectional basketball champions.

Row 1 Ed Boyles, Cecil Woilung, Les Hansell, John

Taylor, Joe Hornbach, Wilbur Hornbach, Carl Jacob. Row

2 Merle Davis, Oakley Draut, Carl Brewer, Clarence Fox,

Herman Kroner, Clinton Stewart, Charles Klump.

time she first began the route

in 1980. As a child, we were

part of rural route 2, so I’m

sure Rhonda was my mail

carrier at some point in time.

Thank you for your years of

service, Rhonda, and enjoy

your retirement!

Every year, the East Central

Athletic Hall of Fame honors

a team(s) as part of their

motto: “We honor our past to

inspire our future.” Descendants

of the 1934 Guilford

Yellow Jackets sectional

basketball champions were

recently honored during halftime

of the East Central boys

varsity basketball game. I had

the opportunity to speak with

Aaron Smith from the East

Central Athletic Hall of Fame

to learn more about the 1934

team.

The 1934 team certainly

fits the motto not only because

this was Guilford’s only

sectional basketball win in the

school’s history, but according

to the original article featuring

the highlights of the sectional

game, few thought they would

Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson joins OA students

for mass on Feb 19 and commissions eight students

as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

It’s no secret that the Village

of Oldenburg is predominantly

Catholic, so it comes as

no surprise that this month’s

news includes church, chapel,

and Archbishop Charles

Thompson.

Holy Family parishioners

have been contributing toward

their church’s capital improvement

fund for several

years, and following the last

mass of 2018, the church

“closed” for completion of

the long-awaited renovations.

Parishioners are being

kept apprised of the project’s

progress as Fr. Carl Langenderfer,

OFM dons his hard

hat to enter the construction

zone to check on the progress

while staff members capture

photos and share them on the

parish bulletin and Facebook

page. If all goes as planned,

the villagers hope to return to

their renovated spiritual home

in time for Easter.

Move over Sisters --- the

village people are coming!

In the interim, villagers have

crossed the street to worship

in the Sisters’ Chapel. An additional

Saturday evening and

two Sunday morning liturgies

have been added as the Sisters

welcome the parishioners.

Another recent visitor to the

Sisters’ Chapel was Indianapolis

Archbishop Charles

Thompson who celebrated

mass with the Oldenburg

Academy students, Sisters

and guests on February 19th.

During his visit, he commissioned

the following students

as Extraordinary Ministers of

Holy Communion; Sophie

Wesseler, Steven Zigan,

Abby Hudepohl, Dylan

Fledderman, Owen Hudepohl,

Grace Truesdell, Luke

Roesener, and Grace Mack.

Following the liturgy, the

Archbishop met informally

with students, and when asked

how he deals with stress, the

Archbishop replied, “I pray a

lot, and then I run a lot!”

OA President, Diane Laake

commented, “Archbishop

Thompson is responsible for

shepherding over twentythree

thousand students in

sixty-eight Catholic schools

throughout central and southern

Indiana. While the Sisters

of St. Francis are our religious

sponsors in the Franciscan

tradition, the Archbishop

reminds us of our broader

place in the mission of the

entire Catholic Church, and

that we, too, are called just

like Peter, Mary Magdalene,

and Thomas, to be disciples

and follow Jesus. We do so

in a community of believers

that spans the entire globe –

every country, language, race,

ethnicity -- and we join these

followers who have answered

and trusted in this call for two

thousand years.”

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!

Descendants of the 1934 Guilford Yellow Jackets honored

during the February 2 EC varsity boys basketball game.

From left to right: L.J. Taylor (son of John Taylor), Dan

Hornbach (great nephew of Joe Hornbach), Rita Klump

(daughter of Charlie Klump), Michael Kroner (great nephew

of Herman Kroner), Bonnie Land (daughter of Cecil

Woilung), Allen Fox (son of Clarence Fox), Sharon Thomas

(daughter of Ed Boyles), Bill Hornbach (son of Wilbur

Hornbach), Orville Hansell (son of Les Hansell), Karen

Filter (daughter of Ed Boyles) and Dale Jacob (son of Carl

Jacob).

advance past the semi-finals.

They had to win three games

to claim the title, all of which

were won by a very narrow

margin, and defeat Aurora

High School, which was

ranked.

While celebrating a sectional

championship may not

seem like a big deal, Guilford

was a small school, with less

than one hundred students.

This was the school’s only

sectional win in its nearly

thirty-year history. The victory

was so monumental that

it’s been featured in the newspaper

several times, and two

poems were written about the

sectional team winners.

The 1934 team consisted of

Ed Boyles, Cecil Woilung,

Les Hansell, John Taylor,

Joe Hornbach, Wilbur

Hornbach, Carl Jacob,

Merle Davis, Oakley Draut,

Carl Brewer, Clarence Fox,

Herman Kroner, Clinton

Stewart, and Charlie Klump.

They were coached by Lewis

Jacob, who was only 21 years

old at the time.

Kudos to Aaron for his perseverance

in locating several

descendants who attended the

ceremony and were honored

with a medal and picture of the

1934 team. We can all be inspired

by this team who never

gave up and did what many

thought was unachievable.

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.

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MILAN

By

Susan

Cottingham

Community

Correspondent

milan@goBEACONnews.com

As winter sports at MHS

are winding down for the

season, I would like to

congratulate the Milan

Aquatics Team for an

outstanding season. Following

are some highlights from

the boys Swim Sectional in

February: Every swimmer

on the team (Fernando

Gomez, Dakotah Knueven,

Ben Hartwell, Noah Haessig,

Matt Hall, Logan Schneider,

Evan Bible, Adam Volz, Ryan

Schwipps) swam at least

one best time of the season

between prelims and finals.

Mr. Haessig, Mr. Hartwell,

Mr. Volz, Mr. Schwipps,

Mr. Bible, Mr. Knueven and

Mr. Hall advanced from the

preliminaries to the finals.

Four school records were

broken: 400 Free Relay and

200 Medley Relay (Haessig,

Gomez, Hartwell, Volz),

200 Free (Gomez), and

100 Breaststroke (Gomez).

Schwipps qualified for

Divisionals in the 100

backstroke. Milan placed

sixth as a team. The top

five teams of Columbus

North, Bloomington South,

Bloomington North, East

Central, and Columbus East

are all 4A or 5A schools

with twice the enrollment of

Milan.

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Fernando Gomez qualified

to go to the IHSAA State

Swimming Finals. He was

seeded in the top twenty-four

with an excellent chance to

improve that seeding, which

he did by finishing fifth

in his heat and thirteenth

in the State. He broke the

school record for the 100

Breaststroke time and time

again, finishing with a score

of 57.89. Mr. Gomez states

that he has been in the pool

since he was three years

old. He began swimming

competitively in 2015 for

C.N.Ciudad de Oviedo,

a team from his native

country of Spain. Mr. Gomez

achieved his second time

qualifying for the IHSAA

State Final Races. We are

proud to congratulate senior

Fernando and Coach Stock,

and we wish them continued

success in the future.

As I write this, the

sectional basketball

tournaments are just

beginning. By the time you

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Milan Aquatics teammates, Noah Haessig, Ben Hartwell,

Adam Volz, and Fernando Gomez, broke school records

for the 400 Free and 200 Medley Relays during the sectional

meet.

Fernando Gomez, a senior

at Milan High School,

competed in the IHSAA

State Swimming Competition

and placed 13th in the

state. During each round,

he broke the school’s record

for the 100 Breaststroke.

receive this, the tournaments

will have completed their

final round, and new

champions will have been

named. This time of year is

always exciting in Indiana,

and we thank our girls’ and

boys’ basketball players for

representing our community

well. Boys: Chris Schmidt,

Damon Ward, Joel Norman,

AJ Strassell, Kaleb Rinear,

Carter Wade, Matthew

Riehle, Parker Lewis, Josh

Clark, Carsyn Ascherman,

Adam Norman, Payton

Wert. Girls: Courtney Bruns,

Cionna Bailey, Maddy

Schmidt, Makayla O’Brien,

Angela King, Karly Sargent,

Olivia Davis, Kaycey

Pindell, Lauren Roell, Rylee

Clark, Izzy Kroner, Audrey

Schmidt.

AURORA

By

Fred

Schmits

Community

Correspondent

aurora@goBEACONnews.com

Well neighbors we are really

in for it. The rhythm of

our movement in and around

the city is about to change.

Care will have to be exercised

and much attention is necessary.

For what, you may ask?

FRANKLIN

COUNTY

By

Karis

Troyer

Community

Correspondent

franklin@goBEACONnews.com

February brought some

intense weather to Franklin

County- from the days of

rain and subsequent flooding

to the high winds the last

few days of the month; it

was exciting albeit dangerous

weather. I saw dozens

of pictures and videos of

Metamora’s Gateway Park

underwater with Duck Creek

rushing past way outside of

its bounds. The West Fork of

the Whitewater River changed

course south of Metamora,

and linemen crews were seen

working to secure poles and

lines both there and off of

Levee Road.

From my backyard, I can

see the river, and we watched

it creep closer and closer to

the Owens Corning Plantthey

had pallet movers working

around the clock to keep

the shingles above the high

water line!

During all of the flooding,

parents and teachers were

worried about kids getting to

and from school. One teacher

at Brookville Elementary

went so far as to contact all of

her students’ parents asking

the parents to let her know

when her “borrowed babies”

made it home safe. I feel

incredibly blessed to be in a

school district with teachers

who are so invested in their

students’ lives.

One of the exciting/dangerous

events was downtown

Brookville and the surrounding

areas- including the

schools- losing power for the

evening on February 7th, just

as a cold front was moving

in and temperatures were

dropping quickly. It was eerie

driving through the north end

of town and seeing everything

completely dark- we were on

Road closings!!! Many

are planned around the city.

Detours taking us away from

our comfort zones, but the

changes will last a long time.

One project will address

improvements to sewage

water collection and discharge

by Aurora Utilities. We presently

have a system that is

working but is too small. A

“tube” serving as a holding

tank 60” in diameter and 300’

long will be installed along

Judiciary Street to collect and

hold water then discharge

when the float is activated.

Whew!! I hope my explanation

is good enough to understand.

Traffic patterns will

$10 adults, $8 students

A basketball hoop was

blown down during recent

storms. (photo by Anna

Bruns)

the way to Skyline Chili for

dinner since I “couldn’t cook”

without electricity. The kidexcitement

and stranger-unity

of a power outage followed

us from Cliff Street to dinner-

everyone wanted to share

their “power-outrage” stories

and speculate when it would

be back on. Luckily it came

back on during dinner, and

we all went home and slept

warm!

While flooding was the

theme of mid-February, strong

wind gusts made the end of

the month memorable- quite

a few trees down as well as

swing sets and even a cemented

in basketball hoop blown

over and the glass backboard

shattered north of Mt Carmel.

Hoping March brings some

warmer weather to Franklin

County! I personally love

snow. Having lived in Florida

in elementary school, snow

is still enchanting to me even

twenty-five years later. I hate

rain in the winter. If it is going

to be cold and miserable

in February, it may as well

snow and be “pretty,” cold,

and miserable! But usually

by March, I’m looking for

weather consistently in the

50’s and MORE SUN!! The

new hope of a new season

isn’t quite happening for me

yet at the end of February,

As are the teeeenny narcissus

shoots popping up along my

alley, I’m hopefully optimistic

that spring will be here

soon!

be altered somewhat, but the

project should be completed

quickly.

The second phase of U.S.

50 repairs is scheduled for

this spring. Construction

from the fire house all the

way to somewhere out west

on the other side of the road

that didn’t receive any attention

last year. This will be a

long-time traffic concern but

will be very nice once completed.

Many of us travel on Sunnyside

(IN 148) as we travel

downtown to the post office,

doctor appointments, school

activities, and of course, shopping.

A detour will soon be

established so that work can

be performed on the protective

barriers and the curves of

148. Many neighbors will be

affected by traffic routed over

different streets.

Now comes the big one.

U.S. 50 will be affected by

projects from Aurora all the

way to Stateline Road. This

road is the artery to so much

that we do.

The bridge over the Ohio

River toward Ohio will have

work on the deck surface.

Maybe we will use the ferry

in Rising Sun to go places!

Let’s just be patient, good to

each other, and avoid road rage.

Let me hear from you. Did

you ever wonder what would

neighbors do without cell

phones?

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LAWRENCEBURG

By

Debbie

Acasio

Community

Correspondent

lawrenceburg@goBEACONnews.com

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Toni Minning and Dr. Frank Burton at the Dearborn County

Homebuilders’ Home and Garden show.

Emily Stamer at Daddy-

Daughter Prom.

Carole and Mack Clyma.

I must admit, a few Saturdays

ago I woke up to the

realization that 2019 was the

year that I would not be able

to taste the famous Cherry

Thing-A-Ling from Batesville.

It was not for want of

trying. My wanderings had

taken me to Batesville three

times that week with three

drives by the bakery with its

two-hour wait for these tempting

donuts. I did get a bite

this year, believe it or not, by

divine heavenly intervention

from a dear old friend, Mack

Clyma. Mack was a beloved

industrial arts teacher, a

Dearborn County probation

officer, and golf pro at the

country club before retiring

to Montana with wife Carole

Clyma. Sadly he passed away

in January, and we celebrated

his life at a service held in

Batesville during the famed

baking of the cherry donuts.

At this point, divine intervention

occurred. Out of nowhere,

I was handed one bite

of a Cherry-Thing-A-Ling as

I passed by the reception area

at the church. I had to laugh.

Thank you, Mack. You played

one last trick on me. Rest in

peace dear friend.

The Home & Garden

Show in Lawrenceburg was

a harbinger of great things to

come- the winter thaw and

spring! Toni Minning of

Casey’s Outdoor Solutions

was welcoming everyone to

their booth of home décor and

spring flowers. Dr. Frank

Burton was a good sport and

allowed me to take his photo

at the Aurora Lions Club

booth. I think he is enjoying

his retirement and asked me

if the Beacon editor, Tamara

Taylor, was working me too

hard. I assured him that she

was not.

Lawrenceburg couple

Jean and Jim Foutch had

an interesting, fun-filled and

romantic month. They cruised

from Orlando to Nassau, St.

Thomas, St. Martin, Labadee,

Jamaica, and Cozumel with

friends Cris Ross and Ken

Wallace from Bridgetown. In

Jean’s words, “We escaped

the polar vortex in Lawrenceburg!”

Their Valentine’s Day

celebration was at a local fast

food restaurant that featured

flowers and white tablecloths.

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Jim and Jean Foutch enjoyed a Valentine’s dinner.

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They didn’t even have to go

up to the window to pick up

their food!

If you are driving through

Lawrenceburg, you may notice

the much-needed repairs

being done on the Angevine

Cabin. Most renovations look

worse before they get better.

Rest assured that the log

home chinking repair ensures

the survival of this landmark

for years to come.

Don’t forget to check out

the Tastes of Summer on June

15 in Lawrenceburg. The

new public park downtown

is on target for completion

by then. Remember to take in

the Glamper Show, starring

vintage refurbished campers.

It should be a great event!

Sadly, East Central High

School mourned the loss of

beloved student Brett Fox

after a tragic car accident.

Lawrenceburg Community

Schools announced that the

Lawrenceburg students were

able to raise $800 through donations

at a basketball game

for the Brett Fox Memorial

Fund (through Civista Bank).

It was a great gesture by the

Lawrenceburg student body

for a rival teammate.

On a happier note, the Lawrenceburg

Tigers Basketball

team had an exciting evening

at the February Lawrenceburg

vs. North Decatur basketball

game. With three seconds

on the clock and Lawrenceburg

losing, Garret Yoon

inbounded the ball and Mitch

McCool put the ball in. The

Tigers won!

The French Club at Lawrenceburg

High School put

on a Daddy-Daughter Prom

recently at the high school.

I heard first-hand that the

students, dads, and daughters

were pretty tired at the end.

However, the great event was

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RISING SUN/

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By

PG

Gentrup

Community

Correspondent

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I’m sitting here again and

writing my column with the

crazy and uncertain weather

outside and some powerful

winds beating against the

house. The rain keeps coming

as the Ohio River comes up

and covers the road in Aurora,

drops down, and rises back

up again. We’ve had a lot of

black ice too which is very

dangerous. Please listen to

announcements and pay

attention to the potential for

hazardous roads.

We’ve had two terrible

tragedies here in Southeastern

Indiana. My prayers are for

the family of Brett Fox, the

young outstanding football

player from East Central,

who lost his life on his way

to East Central High School

when black ice caused his

accident. The incident brought

back too many memories for

me from when my nephew,

Kirk Gentrup, was killed

when struck by lightning

while playing in a high

school baseball game. I’ll

never understand why God

takes these wonderful young

students. Nothing we can say

or do will make it easier for

the family and friends. We

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can be thankful that they were

here with us and have left us

with many memories we will

always cherish.

Here in Rising Sun, we

lost our Police Chief, David

Hewitt, in a car accident

caused by black ice. David

grew up on Wilson Street in

Rising Sun just five doors

down from our house. All the

kids in that neighborhood,

including my two kids, played

together and were just good

kids. His mom and dad, Paul

and Rosie Hewitt, are two of

the nicest people you could

ever meet. We watched David

grow up, along with sisters,

Denise and Lisa. It’s odd

for me to stop and think that

some of these kids are now

celebrating their twenty-fifth

wedding anniversary. David

and Steve Slack were always

the outdoor kids, and I think

they would have liked to live

outdoors because they were

the Davy Crockett and Daniel

Boone of the kids. They

were always fishing, hunting

something, and trapping. I can

still picture David riding his

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Moving on to the State Championship round for the K of C

Free Throw Contest in Noblesville are Peyton Merica, Reese

Merica, Avery Elliott, Nate Elliott and Mason Bascom.

bike up and down the street.

David grew into a nice young

man and had just recently

married his high school

sweetheart, Donna, about

thirty years after they parted

to go to college. It was meant

to be, so all those years passed

by but didn’t diminish their

feelings. David was only fortynine

years old, but he brought

a lot of joy to his family. He

dedicated 27 years of his life

to law enforcement and was

loved by all who knew him.

He protected our community

and always put others first.

People turned out by the

hundreds to pay final respects

at the Rising Sun High School.

Dozens of officers, firefighters,

EMS personnel and people of

all ages waited in line to pay

tribute to one of America’s

finest. The line went on for

over six hours until they had

to expedite the line and send

people in on a Presidential

View because the family was

exhausted. One hundred fifty

American Flags were placed at

the funeral home, courthouse,

police department, the high

school, the road leading

into town near the funeral

home, and below town. The

fire department had a huge

Garrison Flag on display from

two ladder trucks. The flags

were a beautiful tribute to

David, and the funeral in the

high school gym brought tears

to many eyes. The folding of

the casket flag, the firing of

the three volleys by the Honor

Guard, the playing of taps,

and the bagpiper playing were

all very much appreciated.

I thought the police officers

standing guard with David’s

casket at the funeral home,

from the time it was brought

back to Rising Sun until the

funeral, was just amazing.

Many citizens lined the streets

with flags when the body came

home. David’s children, Olivia

and Drew, were proud to be his

children and he loved teaching

them to enjoy the outdoors too.

His step-children, or bonus

children, Jake and Sydney,

were fortunate to have David

in their lives too. The words

that Drew, Olivia, and Jake

spoke at the funeral affirmed

the type of man David was and

how he impacted their lives.

David was a traditional

bow hunter and became a

Robin Hood who dearly

loved to be in the woods. He

also made many sketches

that people will now cherish

forever.

We saw small town

America at its best when our

community paid tribute to a

man we all called a friend.

The next time you see one of

our police officers or sheriff’s

deputies, be sure to thank them

for their dedication and the job

they do to protect us. We were

all blessed to have David with

us, and we will never forget

him. Rising Sun was “David’s

Town,” and he loved it. May

he rest in eternal peace.

Rising Sun High School

recently had another very

successful blood drive. Kevin

Smith does a tremendous job

coordinating the event. Watch

for the next one and come out

and support the school.

Ohio County does not

have any contested political

races, so there is no need for a

primary this year.

Take time out to attend a fish

fry at one of the area’s finest

events that are held this time

of the year. You can support

a local church, veterans’

SUNMAN

By

Logan

Seig

Community

Correspondent

sunman@goBEACONnews.com

The Indiana Public

Employers Plan (IPEP)

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Sunman is a recipient of its

2019 Safety Grant Award.

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The basketball sectionals are

getting ready to start for boys

basketball. I’d like to see some

area teams move on in the

tournament.

A fund raiser was held for

Colton Schirmer, who was

injured in a football accident

in 2017. It’s not too late to

contribute to this worthy

cause by calling Joyce Messer

at 812-577-6526. Colton is

the grandson of Saundra and

Eddie Peters. His mom, Beth

Peters Schirmer, asks us to

continue to pray for Colton

and the family.

The K of C Free Throw

Contest took place at

Scottsburg on Feb. 24 to see

who advanced to the State

Finals. Five Rising Sun

students competed to become

a State Champion. They are

Peyton Merica, Reese Merica,

Avery Elliott, Nate Elliott, and

Mason Bascom. They shot at

Noblesville on March 3. Best

of luck to them, and hopefully

next month we can honor

some champions.

Spring is coming soon- I

hope- and we’re all ready for

some warmer weather and

sunshine.

I ask God to bless our little

corner of the state and bring

some good news and good

health to all of us. Be thankful

for all with which we have

been blessed.

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of the wonderful coverage

of Sunman and fun history

trivia that she has shared

with Beacon readers over

the years. Logan is a very

impressive young woman

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HARRISON

By

Nicole

Williams

Community

Correspondent

As I mentioned last month, I grew up in Logan since I was

in the fifth grade. The ladies in this picture are me and my

mom, Helen Dunevant, Bev Cornelius and her mom, Ann

Jeffries, Barb Stutz, and her mom Thelma Jean Stutz. We

were quite the trio back then, but we couldn’t get too far

out of line with the other three watching out over us. So

I’ve always had three Moms and wouldn’t have it any other

way. Life is good…

The Bright United Methodist Church on the left and the

Logan United Methodist Church on the right merged in

1983 to form the Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church.

LOGAN

By

Susan

Carson

Community

Correspondent

logan@goBEACONnews.com

The first Methodist church

in Logan met in about 1820 in

a log meeting house located

½ mile south of Logan near

the cemetery on Mt. Pleasant

Road. Around 1844 the

church relocated on the northwest

corner at Logan Crossroads.

The church was one of

the landmarks of the community.

According to a 1936

newspaper article, “A large

hand pointing toward the

sky, affixed to the top of the

spire, was the distinguishing

mark of the old church. The

hand was of wood perfectly

carved.”

The church was remodeled

in 1936, and the hand

The wooden hand from the

first Methodist church built

in Logan.

was relocated above the front

door holding a light. In 1983

the Logan and Bright United

Methodist Churches merged

into the current Dearborn

Hills United Methodist

Church. The hand followed

the merger and is located in

the prayer chapel of Dearborn

Hills.

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As we start thinking about

planting our own flower beds

and arranging our gardens, remember

we have our very own

expert gardeners right here!

The Shaker Farms

Garden Club is a non-profit

organization with the goal to

stimulate knowledge of gardening

to others, to aid in the

protection of vegetation and

native birds and beautification

of the community. From

planting tulip bulbs in Spring

to decorating downtown

during Christmas, their work

adds that extra charm.

One of my personal favorite

works they completed surrounds

the Othniel Looker

Home. For those not familiar,

the historic Looker Home is

located at 10580 Marvin Road.

The original house was built in

1805. In 1970 it was dismantled

and moved to its current

location by the Harrison

Historical Society. The Shaker

Farms Garden Club went the

extra step to plant surrounding

gardens. Not only are the beds

beautiful, but they are also

organized in different areas.

Some beds appear to be for

more ornate flowers. Another

bed is more for medicinal purposes/herbs.

I saw everything

from lavender to rosemary

surrounding the house. It is

definitely worth visiting!

The Harrison Chamber of

Commerce recently held their

meeting on Feb. 21. Mayor

Bill Neyer spoke about the

many developments, safety

services, finance, and public

work events that have happened

over the past year. U.S.

Representative Steve Chabot

was also present and discussed

what is happening in Washington

and on a national level.

Saint John’s new church is

making its way to completion,

and there are rumors

of a YMCA possibly being

constructed next to it. Historic

Downtown is in constant

transformation and is undoubtedly

growing quickly.

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The Mardi Gras benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Group

was a great success. Rusty Jauch Gloria Carter and Miranda

Gregory enjoyed the festivities with their sparkling

masks.

GREENDALE

By

Gloria

Carter

Community

Correspondent

greendale@goBEACONnews.com

Spring has almost sprung,

so hang in there. My sister

Kathi and her husband Donnie

Rowland, along with

their friends Terri and Larry

Dillard of Greendale, jumped

into summer early with a trip

to St Maarten. They enjoyed

the eighty-degree weather and

walks along the beach. The

island still showed signs of the

effect of the Sept. 2017 hurricane

named Irma.

It is time to think spring.

Last year Greendale had its

first community garden on

Ludlow Street across from the

police station. I am checking

into the details on how to obtain

a plot if you are interested

in planting a garden this year.

If you are looking for a summer

job, Greendale is taking

applications for a pool manager,

lifeguards, and cashiers

for the pool. Applications are

available at the Administration

Building 500 Ridge Avenue.

Adults are encouraged to apply.

The deadline is March 29.

Hopefully, we can keep the

pool open longer this year.

I am excited to see that Parkside

Avenue is being paved this

summer. Winter has taken a toll

on my road. A walking and biking

trail project funded by a grant

awarded to the City of Greendale

is also going to be started.

The Mardi Gras 2019 Ball

which benefits The Children’s

Advocacy Center of Southeastern

Indiana was recently

held. King and Queen for the

evening were Lawrenceburg’s

Casey Knigga and Toni Minning.

They raised over $32,000

for the cause. Thank you to

all of the sponsors for a great

evening of good music and lots

of sparkling dresses throughout

the convention center.

I am going to Florida for a

week to enjoy the sunshine and

walk the beaches. I wish you

could all join me. So does my

husband- he gets to stay home!

The birthday for the month

is Korben Carter on April 1.

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Lisa

West

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TER – ROAD SLIP – ROAD

CLOSED! These signs are

all too common in Manchester

and throughout Dearborn

County. Currently, Union

Ridge is closed near North

Hogan as the blacktop road is

literally cracking and sliding

into the North Hogan Creek.

Between the high water, road

slip closures, and the many

potholes, our commutes

through the area are a bit challenging,

to say the least!

Recently, I spoke with Tim

Greive, Dearborn County’s

Highway Superintendent, who

shared that this is an ongoing

battle, but it is especially

bad this year due to the record

rainfall. The excessive rain has

caused issues to increase over

the past couple of years. Tim

said there are multiple hurdles

the department must overcome

as they work to repair our

roads. While the department

budgets for major and minor

road work every year, unexpected

impacts such as weather

can result in a significant backlog

of repairs. Based on usage

and priorities, some roads may

remain in poor condition or

even closed for many months.

Even after funding is appropriated,

the issue of how

to fix each situation needs

to be determined. The work

can be quite extensive. Many

times, the existing soil has

to be removed and replaced

with ‘good’ topsoil. That is

because our area has a very

high concentration of clay.

The roads in our Ohio valley

region have some of the

highest rates of road slides in

the entire nation. The clay and

the steep terrain are attributed

to the slides. According to the

Indiana Department of Natural

Resources, forty percent of

our area topsoil is made up

of clay. This substance is not

very stable and therefore not

an ideal foundation for our

hillside roads. Steep hillsides,

clay soil and high rainfalls add

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According to Mr. Greive, the

slip on Union Ridge is in two

places. One slip is on the top

at the road, and another slip is

down along the creek. Since

work will need to be done

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By

Melanie

Alexander

Every spring I usually

By

devote one of Maxine my columns

to one of people’s Klumpfavorite

flavors – chocolate! This

year, I’m relaying Community three of

Correspondent

my favorite and easy-tomake

recipes. The recipe for

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Fudge Pie was shared years

ago by a longtime friend,

Carolyn Madison. It is one

of those “go to” recipes

that can be used whenever

a last-minute dessert is on

the agenda. The recipe is

so quick and easy to make

that you can prepare it for

a weeknight dinner on the

“spur of the moment.” Now

that I cook for only one, I

simply freeze the remaining

slices in individual

packages assuring that I

have something to satisfy a

future “need” for something

chocolate.

Fudge Pie

1 stick butter

2 squares unsweetened

chocolate

1 cup sugar

¼ cup flour

3 slightly beaten eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Break chocolate into

several pieces. Melt butter

and chocolate in a large bowl

in microwave until melted.

Pause at 30-second intervals

and stir to hasten the process

and to avoid overcooking the

ingredients.

Remove bowl from

microwave and stir to

blend the ingredients. Cool

slightly but do not allow

the mixture to cool. Add

the remaining ingredients

and mix well (take care

not to add eggs while the

mixture is very warm,

so they do not undergo

cooking). Pour into a 9-inch

pie plate which has been

sprayed with cooking spray

(alternatively, you may

grease the plate on both

bottom and sides of the pie

plate).

Bake at 325°for about thirty

minutes. Serve while the pie

is warm and top with whipped

cream or vanilla ice cream.

The addition of a fudge sauce

will put this dessert “over the

top”!

This speedy and quick

snack combines the flavors

of both chocolate and peanut

butter, so I don’t believe it

can fail to become a favorite

for anyone who enjoys those

flavors. The recipe is so fast

and easy that I have used it

for occasions when younger

children or grandkids are

available to cook.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Clusters

1 cup semisweet chocolate

chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 cup stick pretzels, roughly

broken into 1-inch pieces

Combine chocolate and

peanut butter chips in a

medium microwave-safe

bowl. Place in microwave

and heat until almost melted.

Stir to combine and then

stir in the pretzels. Drop

mixture, one tablespoon at a

time, onto wax or parchment

paper lined cookie sheet.

Cool until set about 1 hour.

My guess for future batches

of this recipe is that you will

double the recipe so that you

have enough for seconds for

everyone.

I have to say that this next

chocolate treat is worth the

wait since it requires some

time to freeze after you’ve

prepared the layers of filling.

The recipe is from a long-ago

cookbook published by one of

our church organizations. So

many long-time friends came

from this group, and I recall

many fun-filled events of

more than forty years ago.

Chocolate Sundae Pie

1 purchased graham cracker

crust

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup chocolate chips

1-quart vanilla ice cream,

softened

Combine marshmallows,

evaporated milk, and

chocolate chips in small

saucepan. Stir constantly,

over low heat, until

chips and marshmallows

are melted. Set aside to

cool completely before

proceeding. When sauce

has cooled, pour ½ into the

graham crust, and spoon

softened ice cream over the

sauce. Then pour remaining

sauce over top of ice cream.

No need to spread this top

evenly; it should look like

an ice cream sundae. Place

into freezer for several hours

for ice cream to re-harden

somewhat. If you want to be

fancy, add whipped cream,

and top with a cherry and/or

chopped nuts.

Enjoy the warm days of

spring. See you next month.

BUSINESS &

PROFESSIONAL

DIRECTORY

By

John

Hawley

Purdue

Extension

Educator

hawley4@purdue.edu

Consider Planting

Native this Spring

Spring is here, and soon our

gray and dim landscape will

erupt bright green, with every

imaginable color of nature

cascading in between. As you

prepare your shopping list for

the garden center, I implore

you to consider planting native.

In today’s article, I will

share my thoughts on adding

native plants to your landscape.

Let’s make one thing clearour

landscapes are no longer

native. Decades of human

impact and environmental

changes, including the emergence

of invasive species,

have dramatically changed

the way Southeast Indiana

once looked. Lush woods and

sloping landscapes have been

replaced in many areas with

agricultural fields and residential

housing. These aren’t

bad things (we have to eat

and keep warm), but you may

not realize how altered our

environment has become. For

instance, the entire state of Indiana

was once almost entirely

covered in woodland. Simply

put, things have changed.

The benefits of planting native

are endless. New landscape

colors, improved pollinator

attraction, and enhanced

soil profiles are just a few of

the standard benefits of adding

native plants. So with this in

mind, do you need to rip out

your hostas, Japanese maples,

and daffodils? No, absolutely

not. However, consider

reinvigorating your landscape

with native plants.

Many native Indiana plants

are available from which to

choose. Purple coneflowers,

black-eyed Susan’s, and

showy goldenrods are a few

choices of common native

flowers. With trees, your

options include tulip poplar,

shagbark hickory, river birch,

black cherry, and many more.

Other native plant types to

consider are shrubs, ferns,

vines, and grasses. The list is

endless.

I would advise starting

small. Consider one portion of

your landscape as an “experiment”

to test on your own.

Locations could be an existing

garden bed or an open spot of

grass prime for a new tree. An

easy mistake would be to buy

a ton of new landscape plants,

only to have too little space.

As with any new landscape

addition, make a plan! A quick

sketch or a bullet list goes a

long way.

Like with any new planting,

approach with caution. A plant

could be native to our region,

but wholly unsuited for your

location and soil type. Consider

factors like moisture needs,

shade tolerance, and adaptability.

Some native plants,

like black-eyed Susan’s, are

adaptable to a wide range of

conditions so that they could

be a plus for a beginner.

In the end, only you will

know what’s best for your

landscape. I hope that this

article and continued research

will provide you a chance to

make improvements. Native

plants are as numerous as

non-natives, and often just

as easy to find! My office

doesn’t endorse any particular

garden center, but try working

with our local stores when

searching for a specific plant.

If something isn’t available instore,

they may be willing to

source and order it for you.

To learn more about the

topics discussed in this article,

visit: https://indiananativeplants.org/native-plants/

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, feel

free to email me at hawley4@

purdue.edu. You can also reach

my office at 812-926-1189. We

are located at 229 Main Street,

Aurora, IN 47001.

Look for my next article in

the May issue of The Beacon!

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