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Page 7A

A Hero Amongst Us

The story of a Sunman

resident and his service in

WWII is featured in a new

book series. Page 9A

Engineering a Win!

Milan students were challenged

to “Put Money in a

Piggy Bank.” at the Rube Goldberg

Contest. Page 11B

Grant Proposed for Guilford Sewer Project

The Dearborn County Regional

Sewer District is pursuing a grant from

the Indiana Office of Community and

Rural Affairs to aid in the cost of a

proposed sewer system in Guilford.

The town of Guilford has long been

plagued by individual septic systems

that have reached their lifespan. Due

to lot sizes and soil conditions, alternative

sites for new septic systems

are often not readily available to most

homeowners. According to the Dearborn

County Board of Health, visible

The Bright Lions recently hosted the annual pancake breakfast where

everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast and warm comaraderie.

Pictured from left to right are front row: Dave Nash, Julius Huffman;

middle row: Bob Waples, Liz Morris, Ruth Ann Little, Art Little, Doug

Oldham; back: David Nash, Celeste Calvitto, Mike Bender, Brian

Merk, Daniel Little, Jonathan Kissell, and Gayle Pennington.

Ben Turner and Dave Hizer

took a moment to welcome

visitors at the Aurora Lions

pancake breakfast.

By Maureen Stenger

“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have

a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” Lady

Bird Johnson

As Lady Bird Johnson eloquently stated above, we all

have a mutual stake in this. We must take care of our Earth,

so it can continue to take care of us. An important way we

can all fulfill that responsibility is through recycling. Recycling

is reusing what we have to reduce what we take from

Earth, as our Earth has limited resources. The process of

recycling involves collecting used materials and reprocessing

them. During the recycling process, materials are sorted and

processed to be used as “raw materials” for the production

of new goods. Recycling can save material and help lower

greenhouse gases that trap heat. Overall, greenhouse gases

are needed. Without them, our Earth would be too cold.

However, scientists are worried that human activities are

contributing to too many of these gases in the atmosphere.

Recycling is very beneficial in many ways including

reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and reducing

the amount of waste sent to landfills. It prevents pollution

by reducing the need to get new raw materials, and it saves

energy. Recycling is also something in which all of us can

easily partake.

evidence indicates many failing septic

systems in the area. Most of the homes

located in the area in question were

built in the early twentieth century.

Between the ages of the current septic

systems and the soil conditions that

contribute to poor absorption, the

Dearborn County Regional Sewer

District (DCRSD) board has taken to

task the investigation of alternatives to

the current sanitary waste management


The proposed sewer district that is


Area Lions Clubs recently held

their annual pancake breakfasts,

a tradition that is anticipated

by many each year. The Lions

organizations use the funds to

give back to the community via

scholarships, medical device

lending programs, and eyeglass

programs for children in need.

The Aurora Lions were all smiles and laughter as they flipped pancakes

for the community breakfast. Hiding behind the spatula is

Roger Fehling, followed by Karl Schorr, Marvin Mangold, Brandon

Johnson, Joe Burkard, Mike Heffelmire, and Mike Lutz.

the subject of the grant application includes

approximately thirty-five homes

and small commercial lots. One church

is also located within the district.

The DCRSD board ordered a preliminary

engineering report to analyze

and describe potential solutions for

providing sanitary sewer service to

Guilford. The report presented for addressing

this issue, some being more

viable than others. The system that is

currently being considered involves

Continued on page 3A


for Those Who

Give So Much

Safety Scholarships for

Volunteer Firefighters and

Public Safety Officers Proposed

Indiana State Representative Randy

Frye has authored a bill that would

establish a scholarship program for

Indiana public safety officers and

volunteer firefighters who wish to

pursue certificate programs or associate

degrees at Ivy Tech Community


The inspiration for House Bill 1064

lies in the fact that fire departments and

EMS units across the state are in desperate

need of public safety officers,

both volunteer and paid. Rep. Frye

stated, “Volunteer fire departments and

public safety entities are struggling to

find and retain members. This bill will

assist in the recruitment and retention

of qualified candidates for these


Public safety officers and volunteer

firefighters often find themselves in

positions where they are promoted

to managerial roles or positions that

require financial skills. HB 1064 would

establish a resource for scholarships to

help these individuals pursue educational

opportunities at Ivy Tech. The

cost of full-time tuition at Ivy Tech for

the 2018-2019 academic year is $4218

for thirty credit hours. Eligible applicants

would receive scholarships to

cover tuition and fees.

Continued on page 4A

Recycling- Dress Up with a Whole New Attitude

The Dearborn County Recycling Center’s ReProm

Program offers formal and semi-formal dresses that

have been donated for reuse.

In 1991 solid waste management districts were created to

work with businesses and communities to reduce solid waste.

The Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District,

also known as the Dearborn County Recycling Center, is

a Special District in the county that was formed in 1993.

Unlike other counties that are part of multi-county districts,

Dearborn County is its own district and is funded by a tax

Continued on page 4A


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To Err is Human.

To forgive...

A few weeks ago the office

phone started ringing off the

hook. Just about that time,

emails began flooding in. All

in response to the challenging

puzzle Sudoku!

It seems that, through my

lack of understanding of

the game, we had made last

month’s puzzle a bit more

challenging by leaving off the

last two of the nine columns required

to complete the puzzle.

While no one has risen to

the occasion of completing

the partial puzzle (probably an

impossible task), the opportunity

to speak with so many of

our readers was a nice bonus.

Many thanks for all of the

input. I am happy to report that

this month’s puzzle is complete

and ready for your enthusiastic

puzzle-solving skills.

I have met so many amazing

people because of the Beacon.

Most leave me wondering how

I can give back to our community.

In full disclosure, they

also leave me wondering when

they even have time to sleep

with all that they accomplish

on a daily basis. This month’s

volunteer is no exception.

During a recent visit with

Mike Bettice, the mayor of

Batesville, I asked who stands

out as a quiet volunteer in

Batesville. Without even

taking a breath, the mayor replied,

“Dave Raver.” And if I

just threw the mayor under the

bus in the eyes of Mr. Raver,

I am sure he will forgive me.

Note that many others sang the

praises of this incredible man.

Dave Raver was born and

raised in Batesville. His family

heritage can be traced back

to the mid- eighteen hundreds

when German immigrants

settled in Batesville. He grew

up in Batesville, leaving only

for a short time to attend

Indiana University, and then

returned to raise a family

Dave Raver

Mr. Raver’s innate ability to plan for the future as well as

his volunteerism made possible the development of a

comprehensive plan for Batesville.

with his wife, Carol. Needless

to say, Dave Raver’s heart

belongs to Batesville.

Mr. Raver had a successful

career in HR at both Hillenbrand

and Forethought. The

skills he acquired during his

career, paired with his innate

ability to relate to others, have

served him well. Add in his

amazing business sense, and

you have an incredible volunteer.

Mr. Raver has quietly

supported the community by

becoming involved in numerous

projects and plans for

economic growth. He has a

gift for genuinely listening

to people and understanding

their concerns. That gift has

served him well on countless

occasions when working on

the development of economic

plans and construction projects

that will have a direct impact

on Batesville’s future. His skill

set includes the ability to do

proactive planning for capital

campaigns by bringing all sides

to the table and hearing their visions

and concerns. Seeing the

benefits of projects and developing

long term plans is one of

Mr. Raver’s greatest strengths.

Yes, all of these strengths apply

to the business world. No, they

don’t have much bearing on a

career in Human Resources.

But combining these with life

experience is what enables for

Mr. Raver to make a positive

impact on the community.

As Batesville, and in particular

the school system, continue

to grow, so do the needs

of these entities. Mr. Raver

offered his expertise to create

three-, five-, and ten-year

development plans. He acted

as a sounding board for others

to share their visions and was

able to formulate plans that

allowed for growth beyond

those years. He worked tirelessly

to ensure that the needs

of the community were met

and could be expanded upon to

ensure fiscal responsibility for

project development. His skill

set includes being able to see

the big picture so that funds are

invested wisely for projects,

and plans work cohesively

with future implementations.

All as a volunteer.

How does he do it? Easy

(not!). Mr. Raver gets all of

the right people on the same

page and makes sure that the

stakeholders can envision the

needs of the community both

at present and into the future.

He has a strong understanding

of project management and

the importance of working

with the right visionaries and

craftsmen alike... a good and

valuable trait. When asked to

describe Mr. Raver’s personality,

friends and family uttered

the same word- unflappable.

He is always calm, even in the

most pressurized situations.

Dave Raver is thought of as a

wise person who is mindful,

open, and thoughtful.

Mr. Raver is known to be

well versed on a number

of topics, although I have a

feeling that he does not see

himself that way. He has

provided counsel to many on

both personal and business

matters, positively impacting

lives now and into the future.

Dave and Anne Raver have

two daughters and four grandchildren.

When the Ravers

are not visiting their family

or donating their time for the

betterment of the community,

they can be found cheering

on the efforts of their relatives

who live locally. Rumor has

it that they rarely miss the

basketball games of their two


As the years go by, times

change; community leaders

change; visions grow. But one

thing will remain constantthe

impact that Mr. Raver

has made on the community

of Batesville by sharing his

communication skills and his

ability to plan for the future.

Thank you, Dave Raver, for

being a volunteer and a role

model for others.

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May 2019 THE BEACON Page 3A

What is it?

Last month’s item was

identified correctly by Barb

Nieman from Cross Plains

and her sister Jennie Hoffman

from Cincinnati. The item is a

wooden toothpick holder.

The toothpick gained

popularity in the U.S. in

the nineteenth century after

entrepreneur Charles Forster of

Boston hired students to demand

toothpicks at a restaurant.

When the restaurant owner

stated that he had no toothpicks,

the students raised a ruckus.

Naturally, the next day when Mr.

Forster visited the restaurant, the

owner was

more than

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And the

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Last month: a


toothpick holder.


month’s challenge is made

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Volunteer Firefighters Get Paid Back

Continued from page 1A

Rep. Frye approached Ivy

Tech about the establishment

of the scholarship program

with the suggestion that Ivy

Tech fund the scholarships

for volunteer firefighters

for two years starting in

July 2019. At that time, the

implementation of House

Bill 1064 that would involve

state funding would go into

effect in July 2021.

Scholarship recipients

would be required to maintain

a minimum of a 2.0

GPA. They would have to

apply for and accept all federal

scholarships and grants

offered to them, the amounts

of which will be deducted

from the amount provided

to them through the safety

scholarship fund.

The proposed scholarship

fund will be comprised of

appropriations, gifts, grants,

and bequests made to the

fund. Applicants must meet

the following criteria:

1. live in Indiana

2. provide proof of employment

as a public safety

officer or volunteer firefighter

3. have earned a high

school diploma or equivalency

certificate or general

educational development


4. be actively enrolled in a

certificate or degree program

at Ivy Tech

5. have not previously received

a baccalaureate or associate

degree or a certificate

6. meet any other minimum

criteria established by

Ivy Tech.

Should the demand for

scholarships exceed the

amount of scholarship funds

available, applicants will be

prioritized by those determined

to be independent by

Free Application for Federal

Student Aid (FASFA.)

The amount of a scholarship

would be equal to the

educational costs of attending

Ivy Tech. If an applicant

should receive financial

assistance from another

source, that amount will be

deducted from the amount of

the scholarship.

Plans for Guilford Sewer Funding Revealed

Continued from page 1A

the construction of an on-site

wastewater treatment plant

that will handle approximately

20,000 gallons of effluent.

As a comparison, the South

Dearborn Regional sewer

plant processes over three

million gallons of effluent. An

average of three hundred ten

gallons of effluent is the projected

rate of use per household.

Therefore, the proposed

system would handle wastewater

from approximately

sixty-four households.

Six proposed systems were

considered for the treatment

of wastewater in Guilford.

Costs for a viable alternative

ranged from $1.3 million to

$1.75 million. The grant that

is being submitted to OCRA

would cover approximately

$700,000 for the most costeffective

plan, leaving roughly

$600,000 to be divided

between an estimated sixtyfour

households at the rate of

$9375 per household. Sewer

fees paid on a monthly basis

by each household is estimated

to be $40 per month. In

comparison, installation of a

septic system averages from

$6100-$10,000 if a secondary

site is available at the

location. Costs vary based on

labor, material costs, permits,

and ground consistency.

The proposed wastewater

management system is a

low-pressure sewer system

that consists of individual

connections and a wastewater

treatment plant. A grinder

pump system which includes

a holding tank and a control

panel must be installed at each

house. The pump will grind

waste into a fine mixture that

will be discharged through a

1.25” line and will travel to

a lift station. Homeowners

would be responsible for the

purchase and maintenance of

their grinder pumps.

Wastewater will then flow

into a 4” main that will terminate

at a wastewater treatment

plant. The effluent will be

treated and released into Tanners


Currently, untreated waste

from failed septic systems is

polluting Tanners Creek. The

proposed wastewater treatment

system would have a positive

impact on the ecosystem of the

creek by eliminating untreated

sewage entering the creek.

Future expansion of the proposed

system is possible so

that 40,000 gallons of waste

can be processed. At that

point, an approximate total

of one hundred twenty-eight

households could be served

should the need arise.

Steve Renihan, president of

The Dearborn County Regional

Sewer District, stated,

“The least expensive way

to handle this situation is to

treat it at its source. There is

no easy way to get Guilford

fixed.” Mr. Renihan added,

“As a taxpayer, I believe that

any future expansion due to

development should be the

burden of the developer rather

than existing homeowners.”

Future considerations could

be given to connecting the

system to either the Lawrenceburg

Utilities Sewer

System or the Greendale

The proposed wastewater

treatment plant would resemble

the Highridge plant

located west of Aurora.

Sanitary Sewer System. While

reaching either of the existing

systems would be costly,

interlocal agreements would

need to be considered.

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What Was Old Becomes New Again Through Recycling

Continued from page 1A

levy- .0345 of Dearborn

County assessed property

valuation. In addition, fees

collected by the center establish

its annual budget. Sandy

Whitehead, director of the

Dearborn County Recycling

Center, is in charge of managing

that budget. The county

acts as a binding agency for the

Recycling Center which means

that county officials must approve

the budget. The District

is governed by a seven-member

board of directors known

as the Executive Board. Its

membership is comprised of

county elected officials who

oversee the Recycling Center.

They meet jointly with the

Citizens Advisory Committee

(CAC) which is made up of

representatives from different

areas of the county. The CAC

is tasked with collecting public

input and acts as “the voice of

the county.”

Mrs. Whitehead, who has

a degree in Environmental

Science and Management

and years of experience in the

field, has been instrumental in

making the Dearborn County

Recycling Center a success.

She says that being environmentally

conscious has always

been a way of life for her.

“I feel that it is very important,

we are all stewards of the

Earth and we are all tasked

with taking care of it,” stated

Mrs. Whitehead.

Dearborn County Recycling

is working hard to make recycling

easy and accessible to all.

They offer fourteen drop-off

locations in different areas

throughout the county, thus

enabling 24/7 recycling. Some

of these bins are emptied daily

hence the importance of breaking

down your boxes to make

as much room as possible for

everyone’s recyclables. The

drop-off locations at the Bright

Fire Department, the New Alsace

American Legion, and the

St. Leon Fire Department have

Rumpke Recycling Containers

that the Dearborn County

Recycling Center pays to have

hauled away. At these three

locations, sorting is not necessary

since loose and mixed

recyclables will be sorted at

the Rumpke Material Recovery

Facility in Cincinnati.

The Dearborn County

Recycling Center has a drivethru

where recyclables can be

dropped off Monday through

Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., and

Wednesday, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

In addition to accepting recyclables,

the Drive-Thru also

provides a place to dispose of

household hazardous waste.

Items classified as any unusable

or unwanted product

found in your home, garage,

shed, or barn that can be dangerous

to plants, animals, humans,

or the environment are

considered hazardous waste.

The Dearborn County Solid

Waste Management District

also offers pick-up services

to businesses in the county

through their commercial

recycling program. The district

has two hundred commercial

recycling customers including

all of the county public and

New and like-new costumes are available at Dearborn County Recycling Center’s

Costume Swap.

parochial schools. Pick-ups are

based on quantities generated

and a customer’s needs.

The Center focuses on

educating area children about

the importance of recycling

through their hands-on environmental

education programs

headed up by District Educator/Outreach


Molly Resendes. In her eighth

year of programming, Mrs.

Resendes has worked tirelessly

to ensure that the programs

are provided at no cost. The

programs are interactive and

are all project-based and age


“We have just about sixteen

standard school-based

programs that are offered on

several topics. They’re all

related to the environment, and

they mostly focus on recycling.

They touch on things like pollution,

compost, waste reduction

and they are for kindergarten

through twelfth grade,” stated

Mrs. Resendes. Most of the

school-based programs happen

during the spring at which time

Mrs. Resendes will see close to

Photos by

Maureen Stenger

three thousand children!

Dearborn County is one of

the few solid waste districts

fortunate to have a dedicated

educator. Not only does Mrs.

Resendes teach environmental

education programs to schools,

but she also presents the

programs to other community

organizations such as libraries,

4-H clubs, and church groups.

Education-based programming

is important for children

and adults alike. Participation

in community events such as

the 4-H Fair, festivals, farmers

markets, and parades enables

the center to reach everyone.

Last fall for America Recycles

Day, the Center organized

a bag-giveaway at a local

grocery store. Almost four

hundred reusable bags were

distributed to the community.

As a part of the outreach aspect

of her job, Mrs. Resendes

markets the available programs

and provides information to

Ms. Julie Robinson, Dearborn

County Recycling

Center’s Reuse Coordinator,

shows the multitude

of items available at The

Creation Station.

the community through the

building of the Center’s social

media outlets.

Julie Robinson is the Reuse

Coordinator for The Recycling

Center and heads the Creation

Station, which is the Dearborn

County Recycling Center’s

not-for-profit reuse center. Donated

supplies are repurposed

to cut down on reusable materials

being wasted in landfills.

Continued on page 5A

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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned When Recycling

The Dens-A-Can machine crushes aluminum cans and

compacts them into bundles at The Drive-Thru at Miamitown

Auto Parts & Recycling.

The main location of Miamitown

Auto Parts and Recycling

accepts large loads of

scrap and automobiles.

Continued from page 4A

These repurposed supplies

provide valuable materials

to educators. Since 2004, the

Creation Station has diverted

fifty-three tons of materials

from landfills. These supplies

are available to any not-forprofit

educator in Dearborn

County. Every month Ms.

Robinson delivers repurposed

supplies to area schools.

In addition to delivering

supplies, Ms. Robinson

also visits schools in January

to show dresses that are

available from the Center’s

ReProm program. She visits

during lunchtime and brings

several dresses for students

to try on. ReProm began in

2013 and is a formal dress

exchange- a formal or semiformal

dress in good condition

can be traded in for a new

or like-new dress. ReProm

is open throughout the year

every Wednesday from 3

P.M. to 6 P.M. The selection

is impressive with over one

thousand dresses from which

to choose. Shoes and accessories

are also available. Next

year, the ReProm program

will be available to even more

schools since the Recycling

Center is partnering with

Southeastern Recycling Center

and making the program

available to Ripley County

and Ohio County Schools.

Similar to the ReProm is

the Halloween Costume Swap

that is held in the fall. A costume

in good condition can be

traded in for a different one,

some of which are brand new.

Good things are happening

in Dearborn County as

The Recycling Center works

tirelessly to educate, inform,

and make recycling as easy

as possible. Two additional

members are needed for the

Citizens Advisory Committee.

One member must have a

job related to the solid waste

industry and live in Dearborn

County. If interested, please

contact the Center at 812-926-

9963. For more information

on items accepted and all of

the available programs, please


About a half hour across the

state line brings us to Miamitown

Auto Parts & Recycling.

Ray Schaible bought the

business on April 1, 1969, and

remained the owner until he

passed in 2016. Forty-nine

years to the day he purchased

the company, his daughter,

Marlo Schaible took over with

her partners, Ralph Rocco

and Jimmy and Jeff Shaffer.

Miamitown Auto Parts and Recycling

has a drive-thru center

located one-half mile down

the road from the main center

on Harrison Pike. The main

location accepts larger deposits

of not only scrap metal but also

unwanted automobiles. Miamitown

can handle anything from

the everyday recycler to the

giant commercial companies.

Miamitown takes pride in

helping the environment as

evidenced by the turnout for

their Earth Day Event held

last spring. So many people

brought aluminum cans to the

drive-thru that they had to hire

a police officer to direct traffic!

They thank their customers by

providing coffee, donuts and a

grill out for lunch.

Everything brought in to be

recycled is weighed, and the

staff works hard to ensure fair

payment based on the weight of

recyclable metal. Miamitown

also provides recycling containers

in various sizes that can

be delivered to area job sites.

In addition to the recycling

services, Miamitown Auto

offers affordable auto parts.

They have a vast selection of

both used and new aftermarket

parts. After purchasing unwanted

cars, they remove parts

that can be reused. Owner Jimmy

Shaffer explains, “Many

of the cars here are inventory

cars for parts, for example, if

you back into something with

your car and you need a back

door or something like that,

you call, and we might have

a matching one.” If you are

watching your pennies, a service

like this is beneficial. It is

also beneficial to the environment

as it is also cutting down

on waste. Miamitown Auto

sells these parts to the public

and body shops alike.

Miamitown buys anything

from wires, Christmas lights,

extension cords, aluminum,

copper gutters, and any type of

metal. The business spans over

twenty-three acres with an

additional five just purchased.

Co-owner Jimmy Shaffer explained

that he has only owned

this business for two and a half

years and he is still learning

about it. So much is involved

between the gigantic piles of

scrap and heavy equipment.

Miamitown Auto Parts &

Recycling is open Monday

through Friday 8:30 A.M. to

5:30 P.M. and on Saturday

8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. For

more information, please

check out their website,

Both Dearborn County Recycling

Center and Miamitown

Auto Parts strive to help better

our environment by cutting



down on waste, promoting

re-use, and working hard to

spread awareness and accessibility

to all. Ernest Hemingway

said it best, “The Earth is

a fine place and worth fighting

for.” We all must do our part.

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Friendship Shares

Financial Food

for Thought

Who knew that sponsoring

a fried chicken dinner could

lead to a rewarding relationship?

That is what happened

when Friendship Insurance

Agent and YES Home Board

Member Terry Hahn invited

the Friendship State Bank to

sponsor a fried chicken dinner

for the board members of the

YES Home and its residents.

Friendship gladly accepted the

offer to purchase the chicken

and to attend. While at the dinner,

Katie Sparks, Friendship

State Bank Marketing Coordinator,

was offered a tour

of the home by director Amy

Phillips. Ms. Phillips shared

stories of the difficult circumstances

that brought some of

the youth to the YES Home.

“You would never guess

that some of these kids came

from homes without electricity

or running water. Some go to

the YES Home with only the

Katie Sparks offers a tutorial for keeping a checking

account register and reconciling it with a monthly bank

statement to prevent mistakes and checks for any possible

unauthorized activity. Friendship State Bank employees

have provided a monthly meal and financial tips for YES

Home residents for over two years.

clothes on their backs,” Ms.

Sparks shared. “These are kind,

grateful youth who were eager

to show me their rooms and

share about their daily routines

and all they were learning.”

The Friendship State Bank

decided to partner with the

YES Home to encourage and

support these youth and the

staff who serve them on a

more regular basis. Friendship

State Bank and Friendship

Insurance employees began

providing dinner to the staff

and residents on the second

Tuesday of each month. Not

only did this provide the staff

a night off from cooking, but it

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also gave Friendship employees

a chance to offer lessons in

basic financial life skills.

Jaclyn Linkmeyer, Friendship

State Bank employee and

volunteer YES Home cook,

feels the experience has been

very rewarding for the residents

and the volunteers.

“Many of the residents have

shared stories of financial

hardships that their families

have gone through. They

don’t want to repeat the same

mistakes their loved ones

have made,” Ms. Linkmeyer

shared. “Listening to their

stories and offering advice has

helped us as financial industry

employees to recognize similar

situations with our customers

and guide them to a better

path to financial success.”

“Life is difficult enough to

navigate without the additional

stress of figuring out

how to manage your money,”

Ms. Sparks said. “We hope

the information we share will

give these youth with tools

to help them make informed

money choices as they move

into adulthood. They deserve

a great start.”

Claudia Richardt, the aunt of the founders of Keith’s Comfort

Blankets, presents a variety of baby blankets to the

Highpoint Health Birthing Center. Accepting the blankets

are Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, BSN, Birthing Center Unit Manager;

Emy Jo Duke, RN, BSN; Yvonne Terrell, RN, BSN;

and Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, CENP.

Highpoint Health

Receives Donation of

Birthing Blankets

The non-profit organization,

Keith’s Comfort Blankets,

donated three dozen blankets,

including swaddlers and toddler

blankets, to the Highpoint

Health Birthing Center.

Keith’s Comfort Blankets

was founded in 2018 by

Rachel and Aaron Lewis in

memory of their son, Keith

Robert Lewis, who died

when he was only six months

old from a rare genetic

mitochondrial disorder. The

organization’s mission is

to provide comfort to hospitalized

children and their

families. The Highpoint

Health Birthing Center will

use the blankets for the hospital’s

newborns, along with

providing them for infants

who need to be transported to

neonatal intensive care units

such as the one at Cincinnati

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Children’s Hospital.

Rachel Lewis is the niece of

Claudia Richardt of Hidden

Valley, former Vice President

of Highpoint Health Human

Resources, Marketing &

Community Relations, and

current Highpoint Health

Auxiliary Gift Shop volunteer.

Mrs. Richardt arranged for

the donation of blankets to the

Birthing Center.

Mrs. Richardt noted that the

donation of blankets to the

Birthing Center will be ongoing.

Keith’s Comfort Blankets

has committed to supplying

more blankets as needed.

For more information about

the Highpoint Health Birthing

Center, please call 812/537-

8273, or 800/676-5572, ext.

8273, or visit the hospital

website at

Civista Bank

Celebrates 135 years

March 24 marked the 135th

anniversary of Civista Bank.

According to CEO and President

Dennis G. Shaffer, the

bank celebrated the occasion

in its branch offices on March

29. “I am truly honored to

be a part of our company’s

rich history of community

banking, and I look forward

to celebrating this milestone

with employees and customers

throughout 2019.”

The bank opened its doors

in 1884 in downtown Sandusky

with four employees.

Today Civista has over four

hundred employees and

thirty-eight locations throughout

Northern, Central, and

Southwestern Ohio, Southeastern

Indiana and Northern


The bank initially operated

from rented rooms in the

Sloan Block on Columbus

Avenue in Sandusky, OH until

a new building was constructed

on West Market Street.

The bank continues to be

headquartered in downtown

Sandusky, having invested $2

million in building its current

headquarters in the early


“Over the past 135 years,

Civista has continued to grow

and transform itself into a

premier financial services

company while maintaining

its commitment to relationship-banking

and making a

difference in all the communities

we serve,” added Mr.


The Civista name reflects

that story of transformation.

“As we grew into new

markets, the original Citizens

name often became confused

with over three hundred other

financial institutions bearing

the Citizens name in the

U.S. until we rebranded the

bank in 2015 as Civista,”

explained Mr. Shaffer. “A

combination of ‘civic’ and

‘vista,’ meaning view. Together,

our name reflects

our commitment to banking

focused on our customers and

the community.”

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The YES Home- Making a Difference in Children’s Lives

The YES home has been an anchor and bridge to many local

youths. It is one-of-a-kind in the entire state of Indiana.

Artwork and writings from

present and past residents

are displayed throughout

the home.

By Nicole Williams

The YES Home is folded

into the hills of a country road

in Aurora, Indiana. Established

in 1981, the historic

location is surrounded by

fields and trees. Most visitors

are unaware of the building’s

importance as they pass

the horses grazing and drive

up the long gravel driveway

which leads to the building’s

main entrance. If the building

could talk, the walls would

tell you of adolescent journeys

of both hope and healing.

Youth Encouragement

Services (YES) Home is a

structured environment for

both children and adolescents

who require a safe environment

to call home while under

the supervision of the Indiana

Department of Child Services

or Indiana County Probation

Services. The general ages of

the children range from thirteen

to eighteen years of age.

The YES Home provides safe

Executive Director Amy

Phillips works countless

hours to ensure the health

and welfare of the youth.

shelter as well as goal-oriented

treatment plans along with

outside therapeutic support.

The home also takes youth on

an emergency basis, which

means they need housing and

have nowhere else to go.

This unique program originally

began with a professionally

trained couple serving ten

children. The YES Home was

incorporated in 1978 after two

other local agencies of its kind

failed. Youth began to live in the

YES Home in 1981. At the time,

the board of directors set their

sights on the possibility of a

renovation of the original home.

The YES Home found the

answer it was looking for with

a grant from the county and

charitable foundations. Significant

improvements were made

to the interior of the century-old

structure while the building’s

exterior historical integrity was

maintained. Youth Encouragement

Service Inc. added to their

name, “The James B. Wismann

YES Home staff is what

makes this unique home so

successful. Pictured above

are Case Manager Kerri

Fox and Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Widener.

Home,” in honor of Jim Wismann,

for his dedication to the

organization as both a Board

member and Treasurer for over

twenty years.

Recognized leadership

qualities are defined as someone

who can inspire others,

demonstrates commitment, has

passion, and understands accountability.

The executive director

of the YES Home, Amy

Phillips, encompasses all of

these qualities and more. Ms.

Phillips became the new director

in 2017 after encouragement

from the establishment’s

original house parents. Every

last one of her staff members at

the YES Home seems to have

a special gift to fit the different

personalities that come

through the door. Ms. Phillips

openly boasts about the staff

at the home, which includes

many different roles to make

the home successful. “I seriously

could highlight each staff

member. The Program Manager,

Jarrid Hornsby, works with

the youth to get jobs, develop

relationships in the community,

and find what sparks

their interests. Staff member

Holly Koons develops creative

groups that engage the kids in

developing coping skills.”

Where many homes have

an “institutionalized” feel, the

YES Home is anything but. It

runs like a well-oiled engine.

Many people would call the

approach “family style.” The

building has separate wings

for the boys and girls. Adolescents

typically have their own

rooms, which they are held

responsible for keeping clean

and organized. Positive and

fun decor lines the hallways

down to the modern bathrooms

which are expected to be maintained

by all. Youths learn to be

responsible for their laundry.

All residents pitch in on the

kitchen maintenance, meal

prepping and planning, and

clean-up. They work for an allowance.

Both staff and youth

eat together. Structure and an

expected daily schedule are

prevalent. Outside participation

in sports and after-school

activities is highly encouraged.

To personally hear and see

the real-life stories of the youth

that know the YES Home

is both hard and a privilege.

Respect for their names and

privacy are always carefully

guarded. I was lucky enough

to hear about one particular

gentleman who still stays in

contact with Ms. Phillips, as

their relationship remains like

family. This particular individual

entered the home feeling

extremely detached and “unloved.”

Every single day, Ms.

Phillips would walk up to this

individual and declare, “I am

going to hug you.” He would

sigh, and respond, “Not today

Amy.” This dance of communication

went on for over nine

months until, with time and

work, he opened up. Not only

did Amy get a hug that day,

but she also got a general shift

in attitude and willingness to

cooperate. Ms. Phillips makes

it clear to everybody who

walks through the doors, no

matter what happens, they are

always welcome back.

Looking forward, what

does the future for this unique

home and the youth who

find shelter in it? The most

anticipated addition currently

taking place at the YES

Home is the construction of

the new recreational building

made possible by a grant

from Dearborn Community

Foundation. The Rec Center

will be complete with a half

basketball court, a pool table,

a workout room, and a foosball

table. A loft space will

be used for yoga and a craft

space. A building like this is

intended to build both mental

and physical wellness.

EG McLaughlin is the YES

Home Board President. He

knows first-hand what a positive

impact these additions

will make. Mr. McLaughlin’s

mother is one of the founders

and board member of the

YES Home. When she was

ready to step down from the

board, she asked her son to

consider replacing her. Since

that time, Mr. McLaughlin

has been instrumental in the

success of the YES Home

and has been a great voice

for the community in general.

His excitement for the additions

cannot be mistaken.

“The kids need somewhere

to exert some energy, especially

in the winter time. As

far as the greenhouse, it is part

therapeutic and part the act of

growing food. It never hurts

for kids to learn and get their

hands dirty. No matter what,

it’s always about the kids,”

shared Mr. McLaughlin.

If you are interested in

supporting the YES Home,

consider joining or participating

in their annual golf outing

scheduled for June 10. You

are guaranteed to have a good

time while making a huge

difference to so many. For further

information, please feel

free to contact Amy Phillips at






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By Merrill Hutchinson

It’s dinner time, and you are

getting ready to sit down to a

nice, peaceful meal with the

family. You’ve prepared a delicious

meal that took time and

effort. As you all sit down,

you begin to serve little “Joey”

by loading his plate with all

this incredible food- pork

roast, mashed potatoes, gravy,

and corn. Suddenly you notice

him rolling his eyes back into

his head. “Joey, what’s the

problem?” He responds by

telling you that he doesn’t

like this food because it tastes

bad. You respond, “I will put

a small amount of each item

on your plate. You don’t have

to eat a lot; just give it a try.”

Joey: “No, I hate this stuff. I

can’t eat this!” Mom: “Eat

just a little, and you can have

some dessert when you are

finished.” Joey: “What’s for

dessert?” Mom: “If you eat

everything, you can have a little

ice cream.” Joey: “I want

ice cream now. I can’t eat this

stuff!” The bickering goes

back and forth between Mom

and Joey. Mom is getting

tired and frustrated and says:

“If you just eat your meat you

can have some ice cream.”

Joey: “I don’t like the meat,

can I just eat the potatoes?”

Mom gets more frustrated and

continues the back and forth

with Joey. Finally, things have

become so heated that Mom

is yelling and Joey is crying.

The food is getting cold, and

the tension is so thick you

could see it in the air. In all of

her frustration, Mom throws

her arms in the air and says,

“I really don’t care what you

Negotiating with your Child?

eat!” The picture ends with

Joey’s plate of food pushed to

the side, and Joey holding a

half gallon of ice cream as he

digs in like a starved vulture.

Mom and Dad, whether you

realize it or not, if scenarios

similar to the above occurs in

your house, you are allowing

your young child to engage in


Negotiation is a great thing

when it is done correctly.

Throughout my years of working

with others, I’ve had many

opportunities to walk through

the negotiation process. I

realized early on that for me

to even think about entering

into the negotiation process,

several key understandings

and beliefs had to be in place

between the involved parties.

If the understandings were

not clear, it was better not

even to entertain the process.

Negotiations will only stand a

chance at being successful if

the process is standing on the

following pillars.

● Mutual Respect

● Trust

● Good Faith and Intent

● Understanding and Belief in

the Process

● Shared Values

Whether purchasing a car or

house, interviewing for a job,

or settling a business deal, negotiations

can be very rewarding

and successful when they

stand on the pillars mentioned

above. Without these, the

process will at best, fall short,

or at worst, be disastrous and

potentially harmful and costly

to the involved parties.

What does all of this have to

do with negotiating with your

child? On more than one occasion,

I’ve had discussions with

parents about negotiating with

their children. I’ve even had

several cases in which the parents

were impressed that their

elementary-aged child was

becoming a skilled negotiator,

and they applauded the process.

Often the parents would

state something to the effect of,

“Hey, in my world, learning to

be a strong negotiator is a valuable

skill. Someday, it may

make them a lot of money!”

Yes, some truth can be

found in this. However, in

my experience, I would never

want to negotiate with someone

who did not work from

the pillars previously mentioned.

Mutual Respect, Trust,

Good Faith and Intent, Understanding

and Belief in the

Process, and Shared Values.

With that being said, I strongly

encourage parents to avoid

negotiating with their young

children. Why may you ask?

Let’s look at the typical child.

Our kids are born and quickly

develop into selfish beings. If

you don’t believe me, hang

around a two- or three-yearold

for about thirty minutes.

The terrible twos are terrible

because children have become

aware of themselves and how

they interact with the world.

Their little brains are excited

to think about things they want

and finding ways to get those

things at any cost! Tantrums,

crying, sibling rivalry, and

attempts at negotiating are just

part of a young child’s day.

Our young children are not

bad or evil for thinking of

themselves first, but do not be

fooled. Children are selfish by

nature. The thought process

to step outside of one’s own

thoughts and desires and think

about what someone else might

be feeling or thinking is abstract.

This process is slowly

learned, and the brain has to

develop and mature to be capable

of doing such thinking.

Why you may ask, don’t

you trust your kids? My

response is simply that I do

not trust them, YET! Trust is

something that must develop

and grow. Furthermore, trust

only occurs when people are

working from a respected and

shared value system. A child

doesn’t know what is of value

in a relationship until they are

old enough to understand how

a relationship works. I’ve had

the excellent opportunity to

work with thousands of kids.

What I know to be true, is that

no matter how good children

are, they simply are not ready

for high level or abstract

thinking. An elementary-age

child is still learning how to

interact with others and how

to combat the selfishness tendency

that is hardwired into

all of us.

Watching kids on the playground

is a perfect example.

You will see them argue and

bicker back and forth to the

point that sometimes seems

cruel. This cruelty comes

out simply because a child

is acting like a child- selfish.

They want what they want no

matter what you want.

As part of the process of becoming

a well-adjusted, successful

adult, we must learn to

temper our selfish hardwiring

and learn essential relationship

tools such as empathy,

understanding, and effective

communication. These skills

may not seem difficult, but I

believe that the lack of these

skills is the reason for much

of the conflict in our world

today- politics, business, marriage,

parenting, etc. Trouble

comes when we revert to our

selfish tendencies and presume

our way is the only way.

Let me suggest that we

don’t negotiate with our

children until they have

learned and understand these

essential pillars of negotiation

by first learning the tools

of empathy, understanding,

and effective communication.

These tools can be more

difficult for some children to

comprehend than others. As

the parent, you want to teach

these skills and then help

them understand how they

build strong, healthy relationships.

If you want your child

to grow up to be a successful,

well-adjusted adult, please do

not spend your time negotiating

with your child. Instead,

spend your time teaching and

encouraging your children to

understand the value of valuing

others. Once you begin

to have confidence in your

child’s ability to value others,

you will find yourself being

more comfortable entering

into the negotiation process.

Not only will this help your

child, but it will help all of the

people your child becomes

involved with as an adult. I

don’t know about you, but I

would call that a Win-Win



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A Local Hero, The Greatest Generation, A Small World

By Maureen Stenger

The bombing of Pearl

Harbor on December 7, 1941,

thrust the United States into

World War II. This global

war lasted from 1939 to 1945.

World War II is the deadliest

conflict in history. Marked by

The Holocaust, genocide and

the bombing of Hiroshima

great sacrifices were paid not

only on the battlefield but

also on the home front. Gas,

food, and clothing were all

rationed to help support the

war effort. As their husbands

and sons headed to foreign

lands, women headed to the

workforce in unprecedented

numbers. Americans were

resolute in their efforts, and

life changed for all.

One of those sons that

headed to war was Albert

Wagner, born and raised in

Sunman, Indiana on October

22, 1921. Albert was drafted

for World War II and served

from 1942 to 1945. He was

part of the Eighth Airforce,

446th Bombardment Group

and was stationed in Bungay,

England. The Eighth

Airforce was a United States

Army Forces combat air

force involved in a vast area

of heavy fighting across

Europe, also known as the

European Theater of World

War II. The Eighth Airforce

carried out targeted bombing

raids and engaged in combat

against enemy aircraft. Mr.

Wagner served as a ball gunner,

the gunner that is under

the belly of the plane tasked

with shooting down enemy


Mr. Wagner was part of the

squadron for the Consolidated

B-24 Liberator American

heavy bomber, Old-Faithful.

The crew for Old-Faithful was

manned by Sergeant Melvin

Howard, Sergeant Albert

Wagner, Sergeant Walter Nye,

Sergeant Wayne Back, Sergeant

John Keegan, Sergeant

William Watkins, Lieutenant

Clark Jensen, Lieutenant

Henry Kingsbery, Lieutenant

Willis Hause, and Lieutenant

Edward Hanna. Old-Faithful

had flak damage, ground

anti-aircraft fire damage,

from a prior mission and was

being repaired, so the crew

was assigned a different B-24

Bomber called Satan’s Sister.

On April 27th, 1944 the crew

was gearing up for their morning

mission, which would be

Mr. Wagner’s twenty-seventh


Shortly after take-off, an

engine exploded. There were

eight one thousand pound

bombs on board the aircraft

which kept them from gaining

any altitude or speed. The

crew began dumping their

bombs. Unfortunately, one of

the bombs exploded in the air

and blew off the tail turret and

damaged the control system.

The plane then crashed near

Diss, England in a field

among a flock of sheep and

caught fire. It had narrowly

missed crashing into a village

church and nearby homes.

Villagers and farm laborers

who heard the commotion

came running and helped to

pull four of the men from the

wreckage. Satan’s Sister was

loaded with ammunition; she

could go up in flames at any

moment. These brave men

and women truly risked their

lives helping the crew.

Once the plane came to

a rest, the right side of the

wing had two fires burning.



Samantha P. Barrett

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st

Class Samantha P. Barrett


from basic


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in military discipline and Air

Force core values.

Airmen who complete basic

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science degree through the

Community College of the

Air Force.

Airman Barrett earned distinction

as an honor graduate.

Airman Barrett is the

daughter of Stephanie Barrett

of Brookville, Indiana.

She is a 2016 graduate of

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U.S. Air Force Airman Matthew

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Airman Corlett Airman

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Corlett of Harrison, Ohio. He

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Harrison, Ohio.


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graduated from basic

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San Antonio-Lackland, San

Antonio, Texas.


Schlotman is

the daughter

of Denise

and David


of Harrison,

Ohio. She is

a 2016

Airman Schlotman graduate of


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The Crew of Old-Faithful- standing from left to right: Sergeant Melvin Howard, Sergeant

Albert Wagner, Sergeant Walter Nye, Sergeant Wayne Back, Sergeant John Keegan,

Sergeant William Watkins. Kneeling: KIA Lieutenant Clark Jensen, KIA Lieutenant Henry

Kingsbery, Lieutenant Willis Hause, Lieutenant Edward Hanna. (photo courtesy of Jamie

Wagner Roope)

Sergeant Walter Nye and

Sergeant Wagner were only

slightly hurt and immediately

began trying to help their fellow

crew members. Sergeant

Wagner succeeded in pinching

the fuel line, thus stopping the

gas from flowing until help

arrived. Sergeant Watkins,

Sergeant Keegan, and Lieutenant

Edward Hanna were

pinned underneath the wreckage.

Sergeant Wagner found

Lieutenant and pilot Clark

Jensen with his hand still on

the wheel slumped over, unconscious.

Help arrived, but

sadly it was too late to save

Lieutenant Jensen and Lieutenant

Henry Kingsbery.

One month after the crash,

Sergeant Wagner was back to

active duty. He continued serving

his country until 1945. He

returned to Indiana, where he

and his wife, Evelyn raised five

children, and Sergeant Wagner

went to work for Hillenbrand

for twenty years. Albert and

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Evelyn eventually retired and

spent their winters in their

second home in Port Charlotte,

Florida. Albert passed away on

December 16, 1992.

Albert’s son, Jim, was

researching the crew of The

Old-Faithful which led him to

find Idaho author, Jan Cline.

Ms. Cline’s mother was married

to pilot Clark Jenson who

was killed in the crash. Ms.

Cline is writing a series of

books called, The American

Dream Series. The third book

is due out by the end of the

year and will mention the

plight of Satan’s Sister and all

of the crew including Sergeant

Wagner. Sgt. Wagner’s

granddaughter, Jamie Roope,

tells me “My entire family is

really excited about this book!

We cannot wait to see how

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Dear Marie is written by

the trusted friend, who gives

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about questions in life that you

may have.

Dear Marie,

My daughter lives on her

phone. She is in her thirties,

and has two small children

in school. She is is a stay-athome


Social media appears to be

her life. She continually posts

on social media. Sometimes

the posts are about private

family information. Other

times she is asking for recommendations

for anything and

everything. It appears that

social media has taken the



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place of real life for her. I

don’t understand the need to

constantly check what others

are saying, doing, or thinking.

In my opinion, this type of behavior

is harming our society

as a whole, not to mention my

own family. Marie, what can I

do about my daughter’s constant

need to be on her phone?

Karen from Batesville

Dear Karen,

I certainly understand your

concern. This type of behavior

is becoming more and more

prevalent in our society. I

think the best way to handle

your daughter’s situation is to

determine if her behavior has

become a bad habit or a serious

addiction. Is she using her

phone to fill spare moments?

Does your daughter use her

phone to avoid being with

other people and talking faceto-face?

Does she get anxious

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move it up to thirty minute

intervals, and then to one

hour. Turn off the push notifications,

making it less urgent

to check her phone. Delete

any unnecessary apps such

as shopping or game apps.

Move the phone charger away

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Switch to an alarm clock to

wake up in the morning rather

than relying on the phone. Do

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all the time. Making these

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By Pearl and Tammy Turner

Hi! Pearl here from Paws.

Summer will be here soon

which is a perfect time to add

a new furry friend to your

family. We will not only keep

the kids occupied for you,

but you will never be bored

again! Not to mention that

you will have more love than

you can handle. So if you are

looking to add a pet, be it dog

or cat (and I highly recommend

a dog, but that’s just

my suggestion), you have a

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a pet store, a breeder, directly

to an owner, or my personal

favorite “the Shelter.” Let me

tell you some of the benefits

of adopting from a shelter.

1. Selection- So many different

options are available

at the shelter. Whether you

are looking for a cat or a dog,

a shelter has all shapes and

sizes. You may be looking for

a specific breed or a particular

color. Or you may want something

large or small, young

or old. A shelter has a wide


2. Health- All of the animals

at the shelter receive all their

vaccines when entering the

shelter, and that even includes

flea and tick medicine.

They are also all spayed and

neutered. All of this information

will be included in their

passport their new owners

will receive when adopted.

Sometimes these very important

medical details are overlooked

by breeders or owners

who are selling animals. We

also check all cats and dogs

for any health issues, but we

still ask that you take the

pets for a visit with your vet

within ten days of adoption to

do a double check. And your

new family member can get

acquainted with your vet.

3. Temperament- We test

the temperament of each

animal who enters the shelter.

So if you are looking for a

high-energy dog to play with

the kids, the shelter staff can

show you which ones would

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be best for your family. If

you want a cuddly kitten, they

can show you which cats are

the most affectionate. The

staff is always willing to help

find the animal that is just

right for you.

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just want to make sure that an

older pet gets to live out its

life in a loving home. These

pets have often been left at

the shelter because of either

losing their owners or maybe

someone thought they were

just too old. Or you could be

the one that wants to take in a

“special needs” dog or cat because

you want to see that the

pet gets the attention it needs

to have a full and healthy life.



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The Vacant Lot

By Mary-Alice Helms

It wasn’t particularly beautiful,

that empty lot in Brookville

between Division Street and

the alley running parallel to it.

It was wildly un-landscaped,

turning golden with dandelion

blossoms in the spring and

lushly green and unkempt in

the summer. Every year some

new hollyhocks bloomed in

glorious colors, grown from

seeds obligingly dropped by

visiting birds. On snowy winter

days, it sprouted crooked

snowmen, snow forts, and

lopsided snow angels. It was

known as “The Bacant Lot”

to all of the kids in the 1940s

neighborhood, and we thought

it was our own paradise. It

was the one empty space in

the midst of neat brick, stone

or white-painted wood homes

which were comfortably settled

on carefully tended lawns.

The lot sported a lone tree. It

was an ancient mulberry with

wide, curving limbs perfectly

shaped for climbing. It never

failed to produce fat, sweet

mulberries dripping with purple

juice which left permanent

stains on our white t-shirts.

Some of my best childhood

memories are of reading a

book while lying stretched

out on one of that tree’s wide

limbs and eating mulberries.

In one corner of the lot,

next to the alley, there was a

square made of huge stones,

the foundation of a building

which once stood there.

It was a mute reminder of

another era, as it was said to

have been a barn where buggies

were built. Those stones

could never have foreseen the

day when they would define

the spaces for little girls playing

“house.” My sister and

her friends spent hours playing

“jacks” inside that square,

endlessly bouncing small

rubber balls and scooping up

metal jacks from those stones.

There were always kids playing

in the “bacant lot.” Sometimes

there would be several

games going on at the same

time. There might be a softball

game, using stones for bases,

a game of “Tag,” or “Mother

May I?” at the other end of the

lot, while the old foundation

served as a theater for a very

imaginative interpretation of a

Shirley Temple movie.

We had our own method for

summoning our buddies to

the lot. The first kid to arrive

would yodel our own version

of a Tarzan yell, which echoed

all over the area bounded

by Eleventh Street, Division

Street, Fairfield Avenue, and

Franklin Avenue. We could

tell who was coming to play

by the sound of the banging of

screen doors. Each door had

its unique sound. It seemed

that none of us ever learned to

close a door quietly. We could

identify the double clap from

the Krause house, the solid

“boom” from Johnsons’, while

our back screen door emitted a

“whoosh” followed by the metallic

rattle of a loose hook.

We truly loved the vacant

lot, and considered it our own,

until one day we heard some

disturbing news. One of the

kids had overheard her father

talking to a real estate agent,

who revealed that the legal

owner of the lot was going to

sell it. The agent was going to

be showing the property that

very afternoon, to a lady who

wanted to build a house in

town. That woman was wellknown

to some of us. She

lived in a rental a few blocks

away, didn’t like children and

was rumored to sic her vicious

dog on any kid who dared to

venture onto her lawn. It was

totally unacceptable that that

woman would build a house

in our neighborhood, much

less on “our” lot. Something

had to be done! And so we

did it. Running all over town,

we gathered up every kid we

could find, luring them with

the promise of free bubble

gum, which we had purchased

with our pooled allowances.

That afternoon the real estate

agent pulled his fancy car to

the curb next to the vacant

lot, and carefully assisted his

prospective client from the

passenger seat. No sooner had

the passenger door opened

than the lot erupted with kids.

There were kids playing baseball,

kids chasing each other in

a wild game of tag. A couple

of boys were hanging by their

knees from the branches of the

mulberry tree. A fake scuffle

broke out between the baseball

players after a raggedy

dog ran off with the only ball

and a little girl began “crying”

for her mother. It was

beautiful pandemonium! Our

devious plan worked. The

incensed agent threatened, in

a very loud voice, to call our

parents; the lady got back into

the car in a huff and demanded

to be returned to her home.

Our wonderful lot was safe, at

least for the moment.

We played in the vacant

lot for several years, until

we outgrew it. Our interests

turned to school activities,

basketball games, boyfriends

Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Isabel Pearson, Brayden

Hurelbrink and David Mahan, referee.

Two Local Teams Advance to

State Robotics League

Two robotics teams represented our community at the VEX

IQ Challenge at Lucas Oil Stadium. Dillsboro Elementary

School and Manchester Elementary School sixth grade robotics

teams were first and second, respectively, out of twenty-two

teams from Dearborn and Ripley County schools. The teams

competed for two spots to advance to state.

The Dillsboro team consists of co-captains Brayden

Hurelbrink and Isabel Pearson, Calvin Cowell, Sophie Henson,

and Katie Hughes and are coached by Katie Weinbender

and Susan Thompson. The Manchester team consists of

Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Jenna Hufford, Kymberly

Kirkpatrick, Elle Rohr, Callie Davidson, Gracie Van Winkle,

and Rune Rocklin.and are coached by Jodie Hopper.

The league is part of the VEX IQ Challenge that provides

open-ended robotics and research project challenges for

elementary and middle school students that enhance their

science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

and girlfriends and finally, to

TV. Eventually, a huge home

was moved from where it

had been built on Main Street

and was plopped down on

the no-longer-vacant lot. A

Dairy Queen was built where

the house had once stood, and

it was later replaced by the

McDonald’s which still stands

there on Main Street.

“Our” vacant lot had

seemed enormous when we

were kids. I remember coming

home from college and

looking at the space where

we had played so joyously.

It looked so small and uninviting.

The square formed

by the stone foundation had

been filled in with dirt and

gravel. Weeds had taken over

the “ball diamond,” and the

mulberry tree had been cut

down after losing several of

its beautiful limbs in a storm.

The “Bacant Lot” hasn’t

been vacant for a number of

years. Families have moved

in and out, unaware that

their lawn chairs and charcoal

grills had sat on the “

pitcher’s block.” The kids

who once played there are

now grandparents and greatgrandparents,

and just like the

vacant lot, some of them are

gone. But the memories of

the wonderful vacant lot live

on in our hearts.

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Community (Hurley)

Correspondent Smith

Miss Kitty and Bobby

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often to have any pets. One

problem- DILLSBORO

we forgot to tell two

cats that have chosen to live

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noticed a longhaired tabby Filter &

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and the granary. Ray and Powers I did

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leaving our trespasser. Somehow she always managed

to get in so she could She is very By faithful. There

flowers in my beds.

The next spring when we By

returned, we were surprised to Myrtle sleep there at night. Much is something Susan touching about

see her again. When she started

venturing near the house, to sleep on the van. She left after months away and being

White to our dismay, she preferred pulling into Cottingham the driveway

Ray began leaving feed by


it only after we made her a immediately




welcomed home

the door. We wondered about comfy spot to rest.

with a meowing serenade

the history of our new addition

who had a

blind eye and indeed a she, although she has

when you know the poor

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a passion for meowing when never had kittens. We named thing has lived in the barn

she came near anyone. WBy fall her Miss Kitty. Wand not in the luxury of our


Ray was finally able to pet hat's We also discovered that she garage. Happening We have grown In to

her. This time we arranged Happening for has a distinct In personality… expect her welcome.

our caretaker to feed her during

the winter.

on your lap. Once there, she summer with us, a very black

AURORA obnoxious. She loves to jump


During Miss Kitty’s



When we returned from gets so excited that she can’t and white kitten By


arrived at our


Florida, we were surprised sit Fred still. She tramps around, door. Ray and Ickenroth I both noted

that she greeted us with a then Schmits up on your shoulders and that his tail had a kink in it.

welcoming “Meow, meow, around your neck, clawing The next day Community Ray reported

meow.” As we left our van, and Community switching her tail in your there was no Correspondent skin on his tail.


she immediately decided face. She slobbers all over Just bones. I did not look. It

it was safe to join us and you while continually meowing.

She is not a lap kitty,

was too much for Ray. The

kitten went to the vet. The result,

he became Bobby. “More

believe me.


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against their legs and ser-

cow!” Ray Happening proclaimed. In

Wmoney than I ever spent on a



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her, she scratches them. Responding

to her is not smart. often pestering Miss Kitty.

during the


summer while

We have been embarrassed She responded with By


a quick

more than once when someone

Poth has been attacked when scurrying.

swat, which would




send him

they petted her under her chin When it came Community time to leave

and Community tummy- definite no-no for Florida for the Correspondent winter, Ray



with Miss Kitty. The and I were determined that

grandchildren have learned to we could make a special place

keep their distance although

where the cats could feed

she seems to enjoy following themselves, and our caretaker

them about the yard. Wwould have to feed them only

Miss Kitty has her good once a week. hat's Ray put a keg

points. She is a working cat of feed under Happening the steps of Inthe

and makes us very happy granary and RISING filled their SUN pan.

when she deposits a baby The next day, the keg had

mole by the door. She loves to been opened and emptied, By

tour the farmstead in the golf obviously not by Miss Tracy Kitty

cart with me and supervises or Bobby. We traveled (Aylor) to the

my work in the flower beds. pet store to get an



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battery-operated feeder. We

filled it and took it to the

granary. The next morning

the feeder was in pieces- very

expensive pieces I might add.

Ray boarded up the area five

feet high and made a neat

little cat hole. All gone again!

The next night I coated the

floor with flour to footprint

the varmint. Coons! Ray

added another board and light

thinking coons would stay

away from light. Not so. Frustrated,

we had to give up for it

was time to leave for Florida.

We directed our caretaker to

feed both cats.

When we arrived home for

Christmas holidays, we were

greeted by Miss Kitty and

Bobby. And two dogs! The

big friendly fellows stayed

with us both weeks that we

were home.

We noticed there were no

problems with feeding the

cats in the granary. That gave

us an idea for a new feeding

plan. We would arrange to

feed the dogs who would keep

the coons away. Ray purchased

a supply of Old Roy

at Wal-Mart. Our caretaker

would still have to feed our

“cats and dogs” but not very

often. We left, confident that

we had solved the feeding

problem. It did not work. The

dogs left when we did.

This spring we arrived back

to faithful Miss Kitty’s meows.

Bobby arrived on the scene

in a couple of days. I suspect

Bobby boarded with neighbors.

I thank them if he did.

We are settled in for a summer


Ray and I will attack the

coon problem. I will admit we

do not know how, but I don’t

think it will be pretty.

Miss Kitty claims our laps

with usual routine and has

returned to her favorite spot in

the garage. She is frustrated by

the presence of a mother fox

who lives with two kits in the

barn. She loves cat food and

will venture to the house for it.

I do not always see the fox but

know when she has been feeding

because Miss Kitty is up a

tree. The fox has raised a family

in the barn for the second

year. I enjoy seeing the kits

playing in front of the barn.

And Bobby- he is headed

for another trip to the vet.

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The monthly luncheon

will be on May 2 at 11:30 at

the Dearborn Hills United

Methodist Church. A catered

lunch will be served. Your

reservation and $10.00 will

be appreciated by Apr. 29 by

contacting the Church Office

812-637-3993. The entertainment

will be The Martinaires,

professional singers of old

and familiar tunes.





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Area Archery Teams

Advance to Eastern


The National Archery in

the Schools Program (NASP)

continues to attract area youths

to compete in archery. Recently,

local teams competed

in the 2019 NASP Indiana

State Tournament By and the 2019

NASP/IBO Maxine 3D Challenge State



All of these teams

shot well Community enough to compete

at the 2019 Correspondent NASP Eastern

Nationals. The bullseye tournament

uses a regular target

while the 3D competition uses

a variety of animal shapes as

targets for the archers.

For a school to compete as

a team, the school must have

between twelve and twentyfour

archers with at least four

boys and four girls. The top

twelve individual archers on

each team compose the team

score, but those top twelve

must take at least the top four

boys and top four girls to

comprise the scoring twelve.

The Milan High School

team scored 3226 total points.

Milan’s 3D team was led by

Bryson Harris who finished

The Milan High School Archery team displaying medals

earned at the 2019 NASP state tournaments (photo courtesy

of Kim Taylor)

third of eighty-six high school

boys with a score of 289

while tallying twenty of the

team’s sixty-two tens. Teammate

Jimmy Metcalf was

nineteenth and recorded a

score of 277 with sixteen tens.

Franklin County also competed

in the bullseye competition

and placed twenty-fourth

of thirty-six teams. The

Franklin County team was

led by Elizabeth Brock who

finished 36th out of 379 high

school girls and was followed

by teammate Chloe Hoffman

who placed forty-fifth

South Dearborn High

School did not have a complete

team for either competition,

but freshman Eli Bishop

placed twelfth of eighty-six

boys in the 3D competition

while fellow freshman Tayler

Benham placed thirty-third of

seventy-five girls. Makenna

Dixon competed individually

in the bullseye competition.

Batesville High School senior

Ashlan Widener competed

individually in the bullseye

competition as well.

South Dearborn Middle

School’s team scored 3181

points. Coy Gaspard led the

way for the team by placing

twentieth of four hundred

nineteen boys.

The team also competed in

the 3D competition and placed

ninth of twenty-three teams.

Garrett Cornett led the team

by placing nineteenth out of

one hundred seventy boys.

Moores Hill Elementary

(which also includes some

from Dillsboro and Manchester

Elementary Schools)

scored 2717 points and placed

eighteenth of twenty-five

teams in the bullseye competition

while Aurora Elementary

(in its first independent year

as a team) scored 2538 points

to place twenty-fourth.

Moores Hill Elementary

was led by fifth-grader Caleb

Bishop who placed second

of two hundred seventy-eight

elementary boys competing.

Caleb also placed seventh of

seventy-two boys in the 3D


Aurora Elementary was led

in the bullseye competition

by fourth-grader Leah Williams

who garnered second

out of two hundred sixty-three

elementary girls and one hundred

fifty-third out of nearly

one thousand girls of all ages.

The NASP also recognizes

students who do well in the

classroom with the distinction

of Academic Archer. Many

students from these teams

earned that recognition.

Milan High School: Evan

Miller, Hannah Cassini,

Margo Taylor, Jared Rigdon,

Lexi Eichenlaub, Renee Lillis,

Spencer Gammons, Megan

Brown, Emma Miller and

middle schoolers Jade Haney

and Sarah Lillis.

South Dearborn High

School: Tayler Benham and

Makenna Dixon.

South Dearborn Middle

School: Austin Hoskins,

Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Wrestling recently capped

off its season by winning the Franklin County MS Tournament

scoring 364 points and claiming nine of twenty-one

individual weight class champions. (photo by Chris Nobbe)

Gavin Caudill, Kiersten

Dixon, Abigail German,

Trevor Jackson, Shelby Rohe,

Makayla Hiltenbeitel, Reagan

Wahl, Cole Armbruster, Callie

Cassidy, and Will Wagner.

Aurora Elementary School:

Leah Williams, Justin Allen,

Dalton Lands, Cameron

Campbell, Carli Walter, and

Reece Armbruster.

Moores Hill Elementary

School: Jackson Cady, Jillian

Harris, Savanah Dietrich, Brady

Buckhave, Andin Oles, Rozalee

Bear, Danica Neff, Samantha

Cornell, and Ben Rizzo.

Congratulations to all teams

and competitors. May your arrows

fly straight in Louisville.

East Central Swim Team’s

(ECST) Nick Weber set a

new state record that had

stood since 2007.

S-DMS Captures

Franklin County

Wrestling Tournament

Sunman-Dearborn Middle

School captured the EIAC

middle school championships.

The Trojans scored an impressive

364 points to defeat

runner-up Franklin County

which scored 260.5.

Other conference schools

fared out in the following

order with Greendale (215.5),

Batesville (172), and South

Dearborn (155).

The Trojans led all area

teams with nine of twenty-one

individual titles including:

Blake Wolf (100 pounds),

Dylan Lengerich (105), Grayson

Hylton (115), Josh Ringer

(120), Rider Searcy (125),

Brayden Rouse (130), Kenny

Wingate (135), Sam McFee

(140), and Joey Herth (195).

Franklin County claimed

three titles with Colin Taylor

(75), Trevor Bruns (80),

and Braylon Kruthaupt (90).

Batesville and Greendale each

claimed a pair of individual

titles. Batesville’s were Tacoma

Nicholas (85) and Elijah

Stover (155). Greendale’s

were Ethan Kinman (70) and

Brayden Tudor (95). South

Dearborn’s lone champion

was Ashton Kittle (165).

Weber and King Win

State Swim Titles;

Weber Sets State


A pair of area swimmers

recently captured state titles at

the USA Swimming Indiana

Age Group State Championships.

East Central Swim Team’s

(ECST) Nick Weber won the

14 & Under 50-yard freestyle

title while setting a new state

record for the event that had

stood since 2007.

Weber, along with teammates

Jackson Ketcham (200

butterfly) and Kyra Hall (200

backstroke), will go on to

compete at the USA Swimming

Futures meet. Brandon

Loveless coaches the ECST


Batesville youngster Nash

King, swimming for the

Hoosier Hills Otters Swim

Club (H2O), also won a state

title at the weekend’s events.

King won the 100-yard butterfly

for 10 & Under to win by

.15 seconds. King trailed for

much of the race before pouring

it on in the last 25 yards to

take over the lead and capture

the championship. King is

coached by John Schutte.

King qualified to represent

Team Indiana in three events

at the Central Zone 14 &

Under Championships. He

chose to compete in six events

throughout the state meet, but

he qualified for ten events at

the state level.


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Spring has been very busy

for Steve, Diana and son

Kirk Hubbard who raise

registered Saanen and Nubian

dairy goats. So far they have

thirty baby goats, also called

kids, on the ground. They

have had a set of quintuplets,

a set of quadruplets, several

sets of triplets, and twins as

well as singletons. To keep a

record of which kid belongs

to which doe, the kids have

different color velcro ties on

their necks that remain in

place until they are tattooed.

Diana said, “It took fifty

camera shots to get them all

in the photo.” Sounds just like

any “kid,” right? JH Farms

conducts youth workshops on

showing goats and competitions

around the region. To

learn lots more go to

Thank you to Diana

for sharing this fun story.



Two sets of twin Saanen

goats born in March at

JH Farms.

As I write this article, Don

and I are on our way home

from Napa Valley in California.

We tasted lots of wines

and visited many wineries.

Don and I are probably the

most unpretentious winos

ever, so we got lots of laughs

at the grandiose and turgid

wine descriptions. The main

reason for our trip was to

learn about blending wines.

We were fortunate to meet

and talk to some expert winemakers

in blending. If you are

a wine lover, I hope you will

check out

for more insight into

that topic.

Spring has sprung, the winter

battle has been won! It’s

time to go outside to ride a

bike, go for a walk or get your

hands dirty in the garden.

Happy Easter to everyone!









We have all heard that

there is strength in numbers,

and the task forces for our

community are no exception.

Task groups are being

formed for five projects, one

of which might catch your


A kayak launching and

storage area is high on the

priority list, followed by improvements

to the pool and

outdoor activity area.

If pickleball is your passion,

get involved with the

installation of a new court

that should be completed by

Memorial Day.

RV parking and storage

is another topic that will be

addressed this spring. The

expansion of the current area

that has eight spots is to be

discussed for those who do

not have parking access at

their homes.

The goal to expand and improve

hiking trails that span

the seventy-seven acres in

the community is also on the

list. The upgrade of several

miles will be a primary focus

of one of the task groups.

If you have an interest in

contributing to any of these

task forces or volunteering

for these projects, contact the

POA at 812-537-1521.

The first Movie Night of

the season is planned for

May 25, weather permitting.

Join your friends and neighbors

for this seasonal event.

PG Gentrup shared the

following information about

the valiant efforts of the

Hidden Valley Quilters who

recently created a Quilt of

Valor for 84-year-old Jackie

Scott from Rising Sun. Jackie

Scott was born on January

5, 1935, and served in the

United States Army with

the 5th Special Forces and

101st Airborne, the Screamin’

Eagles. He completed

a tour of duty in Korea and

then two tours in Vietnam.

He served from 1951-64

and was wounded in action

making him a Purple Heart

Recipient on three separate


Jackie’s family was present

to watch him receive his

quilt, which was presented

to him by Jerry Bondurant,

Ron Spurlock, and PG

Gentrup from the Vietnam

Veterans of America, Lary D.

Fogle Chapter 71 in Aurora.

Daughters Sherri (Chuck)

Davis and Edith (Chuck)

Angle, were in attendance.

Gary “Bo” Walston, his

sister Peggy Robinson, and

their mother, Betty, helped to

coordinate the event with the

veterans. Mr. Scott is a true

American hero, and the Vietnam

Veterans were honored

to present him with the quilt.

The names of the quilters

were listed on the back of the

PG Gentrup, Ron Spurlock

and Jerry Bondurant with

Jackie Scott.


A special thanks to the

Hidden Valley Quilters for

the beautiful Quilt of Valor.

The docks at Hidden Valley

Lake have been constructed!

The addition of sixteen new

docks brings the count up

to one hundred twenty-two

total docks. Shelters and restrooms

are also planned to be

built this spring.

Please email me if you

have something to share in

next month’s article at hvl@


After years of covering

all of the wonderful news in

Dover, correspondent Ray

Johnson has decided to pass

the torch. We will miss his wit

and love for his community.

If you would like to become

involved as a correspondent,

feel free to email the BEA-

CON at editor@

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St. Joseph American

Legion Post 464, St. Leon,

recently held their annual

birthday dinner honoring

one hundred years of the

American Legion. Various

awards were presented at

the dinner. Sixty-year auxiliary

membership awards

were given to Nettie Andres,

Marie Connolly, Rita

Stenger, Viola Stenger, and

Annie Werner. Fifty-fiveyear

auxiliary membership

awards were presented to

Martha Schuman and Janet

Wesseler. Fifty-year Auxiliary

membership awards

were given to Pat Schuman

and Debbie Zimmer. Nettie,

Rita, Viola, and Annie

are charter members of our

unit. The Oak Tree Award is

presented to members who

have contributed to milestone

accomplishments of our organization.

Previous honorees

have been Jack Schultz,

Albert Schuman, Alvin

Werner, Joe Schuman,

Leroy “Whitey” Schuman,

Ted Stenger, Ed Gutzwiller,

Richard Schuman,

Jerome “Jake” Stenger,

Andrew Hornbach, Walter

Schuman, Sylvester “Wes-



A birthday celebration was

held honoring Brianna

Inman who turned 7. Family

and friends helped her

enjoy the day.

Sarge” Stenger, Steve Hoog,

Linda Hoog, Earl “Shorty”

Stenger, Randy Stenger,

and Nettie Andres. This

year’s honorees were Harold

“Harry” Hartman and Joe

Ihle. Flag Etiquette award

winners were Andrew Bailey

and Allison Carpenter. Representing

St. Joseph Auxiliary

Unit 464 at Indiana Girls

State at Trine University in

June will be delegates Alyssa

Bailey, Hanna Greene, Kaitlyn

Schuman, and alternate

Elizabeth Schuman. Representing

our post at Boys State

will be Danny Deddens,

Jack Deddens, and Jacob

Hartman. They were present

with their families to receive

these awards. Congratulations

to all of the above on

their accomplishments!

St. Joseph American


Legion Post 464, St. Leon

will be hosting the Hoxworth

Blood Center Blood Drive

at their post home on June

5, from 1:30 – 7:30 P.M. To

schedule an appointment, call

Hoxworth at 800-830-1091.

The pint of blood that you

donate helps to save many

lives. You can enjoy a bowl

of Jerry’s wonderful chili

after your donation!

May birthdays – May 1 –

Marisa “Mutz” Callahan,

Olivia Stenger, and Kassie

Egger, May 2 Jim Fox, May

3 Darin Wilhelm, Lorraine

Werner, David Volk, and

Bryan Huber, May 4 Abby

Herth, May 5 Brian Weigel,

May 6 Paul Horner, May

7 Joey Herth and Mandy

Stenger, May 8 Corey

Steinmetz, May 9 Andrew

Alig, May 10 Judy Kraus

and Betty Dall, May 12 Gail

Walter, Debbie Stenger, and

cousin Joey Andres, May

13 Marilyn White, May

14 Brayden Giltz, May 15

Richard Schuman, Randy

Stenger, Doug Farrow, and

Kevin Redelman, May 16

Craig Fox, May 17 Pete Lyness,

Mally Prifogle, Lance

Weldishofer, cousins Dennis

Andres and Jessica Andres,

May 19 Danny Trabel and

Renee Baker, May 20 Elaine

Walker, cousin Barb Andres,

Janet Dawson, and Chad

Gutzwiller – our “local”

weatherman, May 21 Sally

Bertram and Charlie Beck,

May 22 Chris Graf and cousin

Rosemary Powell, May 24







If you’ve ever driven

through New Alsace, you’ve

passed a staple in the community

– Klump’s Tavern.

The Klump family owned

the tavern from 1914 until

1992 when Dale Allen purchased

it, but the building

dates to the 1800s. The tavern

served patrons but was also

the home of the Klump family.

The current kitchen was the

family and tavern kitchen.

One of the current dining

rooms was previously the living

room, and the bedrooms

were upstairs. When the tavern

needed more space, the former

hardware store that was located

to the west of the restaurant

was converted to a party room.

In 1863, John Hunt Morgan

passed through New Alsace,

and he and his men stopped at

the tavern and Morgan slept in

Tom Klump’s home, which

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

Michelle Deddens, May 25

Kathleen Tenhover and Marilyn

Farrow, May 26 Annie

Werner, May 27 Easton and

Emmett Lobenstein, May 30

Lincoln Wilhelm, May 31 my

cousin Tonie McGlothlin.

Also a very happy anniversary

to my daughter Krista

and Brad Inman on May

19, and to cousins Steve and

Christy Andres on May 28.

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column


The bar top built by Robert

Graf at the Legion.

stands to the east of the tavern.

The next time you’re in the

New Alsace American Legion,

check out the new bar.

Legionnaire Robert Graf

built the bar top and footrest,

which also boasts beautiful

tile work. Take advantage of

two opportunities to check

out the new bar during the

monthly euchre tournaments

on May 19 and June 9. 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.

(See ad on pg. 10B)

If you have news in the

New Alsace area that you

would like me to share, please

contact me at newalsace@

Hillforest Museum’s Bicentennial Pioneer Day

Tri-State Antique Market

Dillsboro Homecoming

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.


May 1-31 – Hillforest Victorian House Museum Open

for Touring Season - 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. Open April

- December, Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00PM-5:00PM.

Admission charged. Featured exhibit: “A Stitch in Time”

Antique Quilts and Coverlets. Info: 812-926-0087 or

May 1 – River City Classics Car Club Cruise-In -

6-9pm. Cruise-In held at the American Legion Post 231,

119 Bridgeway Street, Aurora. Info: 812-290-4775 or

May 3, 10, 17, 31 – Lawrenceburg Motorcycle

Speedway - Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads

Pkwy (US 50). All classes of short track motorcycles,

speedway bikes, ATV’s & go-karts. Gates open at 5PM;

practice at 5:45-7PM; races at 7:30PM. Info: 513 662-7759


May 4, 11, 18, 27 – 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.

Racing at 7PM. Info: 812 539-4700 or

May 4 – New Alsace Conservation Club 31st Annual

Fishing Derby - 7am-5pm. Registration begins at 6am.

Held at Lake in the Pines, 10412 N. Dearborn Road,

Sunman. Info: 812-623-2431 or

May 5, 19, 26 – Carnegie Hall Open for Tours - 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.

Info: 812-744-4015 or

May 5 – Tri-State Antique Market - 7am-3pm, U.S.

Route 50, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. “Indiana’s largest

antiques and vintage only collectibles market.” Info: 513-

353-4135 or

May 5 – Hillforest’s Community Appreciation Day -

1pm-5pm, Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth

Street, Aurora. Hillforest thanks the community for their

support with a reduced admission price of $1.00. Info: 812-

926-0087 or

May 11 – Main Street Aurora’s Kids Super Heroes

Dance - Dance for Pre-K - 6th grade. 228 Second Street,

Aurora. Information: 812-926-1100 or

May 11 – Dillsboro in Bloom - 10am-4pm, Dillsboro,

Indiana. Spring shopping extravaganza including a plant

sale, gifts for Mother’s Day, Pop-Up boutique, children’s

activities and more. Info: 812-432-9002 or www.facebook.


May 15, 16, 17, 18 – Dillsboro Homecoming Festival

- Annual festival held on the streets of Dillsboro, Indiana.

Rides, food booths, 5K Run/Walk, children’s games, frog

jumping contest, live music and beer garden nightly. Info:

812-577-2556 or

May 16-18 – Indiana Historical Society History on

Wheels Exhibit - An exhibit dedicated to Indiana’s

automotive and racing heritage. Info: 812-926-1100.

May 16 – Celebrate Aurora Community Picnic - 6pm,

Celebrate Aurora’s 200th Birthday Party on Second Street.

Info: 812-926-1100.

May 17 – Get Wine(d) and Dine(d) in Downtown

Aurora - 5pm-8pm in Downtown Aurora, Indiana. Enjoy

a glass of wine while shopping in downtown Aurora. Info:

812-926-1100 or

May 17 – Aurora Lions Club Summer Outdoor Movie

- 9pm, Movie begins at dusk in the Lions Club parking lot

at 228 Second Street, Aurora. Info: 812-926-1100 or

May 18 – Mud Stash at Perfect North Slopes - 8:30am-

1pm at 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg. This event

features a run/walk course with a variety of challenging

obstacles throughout the ski area and surrounding

property. Two courses are offered--Mud Stash 4 mile

course, or the Mini Mud Stash at approximately 1.5 miles.

Obstacles range from simple hill climbs to mud crawls

and wall rappels, a swinging bridge and many others.

Info: 812 537-3754 or

May 18 – Hillforest Museum’s Bicentennial Pioneer

Day - 10am-2pm, 213 & 201 Fifth Street, Aurora. Celebrate

Aurora’s 200th birthday at this free, family friendly event.

Children can explore early 1800’s history, crafts and

culture at Hillforest and the adjacent Harris Pioneer cabin.

The Harris Cabin is located behind Mary Stratton Park at

201 Fifth Street. Info: 812-926-0087 or

May 18 – Relay for Life of Dearborn & Ohio Counties

- 11am-11pm. Held at Todd-Creech Memorial Park on Tate

Street, near the Lawrenceburg Community Center and

Dearborn Adult Center. Annual signature event of the

American Cancer Society. Info: 812-376-3148 or 812-350-

3273 or

May 25 – Dillsboro Farmer’s Market - 8am-12pm. Held

at Heritage Pointe, Dillsboro. Buy and sell locally grown or

produced foods. Info: 812-571-0259.

May 31-June 1 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild

Workshop - Art Guild Studios, 302 Second Street, Aurora.

Charlie Berger presents “Organic Drawing with Liquid

Graphite - The Intersection of Nature and Abstraction”.

$200.00 per person. Registration required by May 11, by

emailing or call 812-221-1252.

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

1-800-322-8198 or


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Allow me to introduce one

of Oldenburg’s most generous

residents, S. Damien

Hinderer -- that’s right,

one of the Sisters who had

taken an oath of poverty is

actually one of the Village’s

most generous! Since entering

the Community in 1960,

S. Damien’s ministries have

included teaching, assisting in

the Sisters’ healthcare facility,

maintaining computer,

medical and banking records,

and in her spare time, she has

been saving lives.

The quiet Sister has been

donating blood and platelets

since 1961 when another Sister

was critically ill. She made

her first donation at Margaret

Mary Community Hospital.

That was fifty-eight years…

and eighty gallons ago. In

February, S. Damien was recognized

by Hoxworth Blood



Center for her eightieth gallon

of lifesaving blood, platelets,

and white cells. An achievement

only exceeded by two

men in Hoxworth’s history.

When asked what it’s like

to give blood, she replied, “I

know when I give platelets

or white cells that within

twenty-four hours someone

who is very ill will have a part

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9-11 Batesville Kiwanis 30th Annual Carnival

17 Folkfest, Batesville

17-19 Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale


8 Outdoor Women at Big Oaks

8-16 National Muzzle Loading Rifle Assoc.

Spring Shoot & Friendship Flea Markets

19-21 Batesville Music and Arts Festival

22 Versailles Courthouse Day-5k Walk/Run, Car Show, BBQ

27-29 F.A.R.M. Club Antique Machinery Show, Osgood


Fireworks-Versailles, Osgood, Milan

6 Star Spangled Symphony, Batesville

21-27 Ripley County 4-H Fair, Osgood


3 Batesville Bash & Velo in the Ville

3-4 XTERRA DINO Triatholon, Versailles State Park


7 Sunman Fall Festival

13-14 Oktoberfest 2019 Street Festival, Batesville

14-22 NMLRA National Championship Shoot

& Friendship Flea Markets

21-22 Bricktoberfest, Osgood

26-29 Versailles Pumpkin Show

27-29 Hassmer Fest, Versailles State Park - Mountain Bike Festival

28-29 Batesville Apple Festival


4-5 Ertel Cellars Wine Festival, Batesville

S. Damien Hinderer is shown wearing her Hoxworth cap

displaying all her donation recognition pins at the Hoxworth

Blood Center as the staff presented her with a cake

to celebrate her eightieth-gallon donation. L to R: Michelle

Hinderer, niece; S. Damien, Ed Hoffmeier, brother-in-law;

Peggy Story, sister; and Louise McCurdy, sister. Missing

from the photo is S. Damien’s sister, Cookie Hoffmeier. Her

brothers, George and John Hinderer are deceased.

Stop by the Welcome Center in

Versailles for more information:

220 East U.S. 50, Versailles


of me helping them to heal.

I like to think it may cure








I can’t remember- was

March in like a lion or in like

a lamb? And does it make me

old that I know that saying?!

I am looking forward to April

showers bringing May flowers!

And finally getting used

to Daylight Savings Time

springing us forward!

School registrations for next

year. Baseball and softball. Forty-degree

swings in weather.

The return of turkey buzzards,

robins and red-winged blackbirds-

it must be early spring in

them or at least be a part of a

cure, and that it will let them

know someone really cares

about them. Blood products

REALLY do save lives. And

that needed blood has to come

from other human beings –

there is someone very ill that

needs you to give them hope.”

Normally donors are not

made aware of whom the

recipient is, but S. Damien

shared one exception. “In the

early ‘80s, I happened to see

the name of Emily Brehm. I

was familiar with the Brehm

family, and a family friend

had asked for prayers for Jerry

and Karen Brehm’s daughter

Emily who was ill. When they

discovered Emily received my

platelets, they wanted me to

meet her. Emily was thrilled

when I came to their home,

but God needed her, and she

went to heaven at age five.

Attending her funeral was one

of the most difficult things I

ever did.”

Sister added, “Donors receive

compliments when they

meet someone who had or

still has an ill family member.

When Mary Ann Rennekamp

of Oldenburg saw

me for the first time after her

hospital stay, she just could

not thank me enough for donating.

Mary Ann shared that

she prays for all who donate

as she knows us as lifesavers.”

The Franciscan is a living

example of what St. Francis

of Assisi taught, “It is in

giving that we receive.” S.

Damien’s lifetime of giving

has given hope to patients

throughout the tri-state hospitals

in Hoxworth’s service

area, and the personal satisfaction

she has received is

beyond measure.

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!

the midwest! We always have

a competition in our familywhoever

sees the first spring

Robin is “Spring Queen” (or

King) for the year. Returning

birds are a favorite sign of the

return of warm weather.

One of my other favorite

things about the midwest thaw

is the sudden camaraderie

coupled with gleeful outside

time- neighbors chatting with

neighbors and people waving

from front porches to friends,

strangers and acquaintances

walking and driving past.

Kids riding bikes and more

and more dog walkers on the

streets. Not only are the plants

ready to emerge at the tiniest

hint of sun and warmer

weather- we Brookvillians

(Brookvillites?) are too! I

spent an evening front porch

sitting with neighbors, and we

are eagerly anticipating summer

evenings spent watching

sunsets and listening to cicadas

while children run amok

until way past their bedtimes.

As for other neighbors- still

a source of discussion and now

contention is the Brookville

golf course and the land around

it. I am still hoping that affected

residents can come to a resolution

peacefully, but the decision

to annex land/buy the course

or abandon the plan has been a

tricky one from the beginning.

Brookville Elementary

school hosted its first-ever

Career Week, and I know

my kids got into dressing up

for each daily theme! They

also had a Career Day with

several residents attending to

talk about their jobs- a social

worker, flight attendant, health

care worker, law enforcement

officer and several others gave

twenty-minute talks to fourth

and fifth graders to give them

an idea of jobs they can someday

choose. I love that our local

school employees are planning

way ahead for these kiddos and

helping them think big!

The end of March, spring

break, nesting eagles, prepping

for April Fools Day (no

on that last one? Just me?),

a hint of green popping up

out of the ground… welcome

April! I would love to

write more about community

members events- birthdays,

events, information you think

would be funny or entertaining-

shoot me an email!


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The residents of Logan

would like to recognize that

we have a celebrity in our

midst. Mr. James O. Stallard

turned 100 years young on

March 28. His many friends

gave him a surprise birthday

pizza party on that day. Also,

State Representative, Randy

Lyness presented Mr. Stallard

with a congratulatory proclamation

letter from the State of

Indiana. Mr. Stallard was born

and raised in Kentucky. He

served as a gunnery instructor

in the U.S. Army Air Force

from approximately 1942-

1945. Mr. Stallard came to

Indiana from Florida in 2004

and has lived here ever-since.

He retired at age 62 from the

R.K. LeBlond Machine Tool

Company in Cincinnati.

Mr. Stallard is known to be

personable, intelligent, kind,

and a considerate gentleman.

He has many friends not only

in his apartment complex, but

at the church he has attended

for a number of years.







I have found truth in an

Arab Proverb, “If you only

have two pennies, spend the

first on bread and the other on

hyacinths for your soul.”

I believe we each need to

pursue what serves as “hyacinths

for our soul.” For me,

it’s the serenity of nature, the

soothing sounds of music, the

mesmerizing beauty of the

arts, and the camaraderie of


Opportunities for artistic

education and expression are

often limited in a small community

– but that all changed

in 1987 when I met Jolene

Rockwood. I started working

for the former Forethought

Group, founded by Jolene’s

late husband, Fred. I was the

first to work on their “stateof-the-art”

Apple desktop

publishing system, which is

how our paths crossed.

Fred and Jolene were

expecting their sixth child

when she shared with me

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part of the Annual Trash Pick-up Day. Thanks guys!

Mr. Stallard is widowed and

has a daughter and son-in-law,

who live nearby in Bright.

He is also blessed with two

grandsons, four great-grandchildren,

and one great-great

grandson. Congratulations

Mr. Jim!

The community of Logan

would like to thank Adam

and Neil Volpenhein for

organizing their SXS/UTV

Annual Trash Pick-up day.

A crew of volunteers met at

the Logan Supermart. They

worked their way up White’s

Hill, parts of Gaynor Ridge,

Mt. Pleasant, and North Dearborn

Road. Great job, folks!

The only thing that would be

better would be that people

would show more respect to

our landscape and not litter

in the first place. Can I get an

AMEN to that?

And last, but not least, our

former Logan correspondent,

Myrtle White, reported that

a pair of bald eagles were

sighted in the field behind her

her vision of promoting the

arts in Batesville. Since she

was the boss’s wife, I nodded

in agreement but secretly

thought she was dreaming beyond

what a small community

could support. I soon learned

that Jolene not only dreams

big but also works hard… and

she was persistent in balancing

her life as a wife and

mother of six young children

in various Batesville schools

with her desire to promote the

arts. By 1988 she founded the

Rural Alliance for the Arts,

now known as the Batesville

Area Arts Council, BAAC,

and I worked with her in

publishing the organization’s

early newsletters.

Jolene’s dream not only became

a reality, but blossomed

into an organization serving

students in Batesville and

Oldenburg for three decades

while also providing arts and

entertainment for much of

southeastern Indiana.

The BAAC began by supporting

arts in education in

the school and expanded to

include its Artist in Residence

Program, the Visiting Artist

Series, and the Young Artist

Showcase. The organization

presents many public events

including local theatre productions.

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Jolene Rockwood had a vision

and founded the BAAC.

included The Indianapolis

Symphony Orchestra, Peter

Pan, Prairie Fire Children’s

Theatre, Boars Head Festival,

and Rumours Fleetwood

Mac Band. Funding for the

organization is gained through

sponsorships, grants, memberships,

tickets sales, and its

annual Art Auction.

It’s difficult to fathom how

many students and educators

have expanded their horizons

as a result of Jolene’s vision,

and how many hearts

have been warmed by the

organization’s theatrical and

musical performances since

1988. Jolene is truly one of

Batesville’s treasures and has

brought hyacinths to the souls

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Early in March, I visited

my girlfriend Jeannie Grimes

Burch down in Sun City

Florida. Jeannie grew up in

Greendale. While I was there,

we enjoyed the 85-degree

weather and lots of sun. I tried

to bring back some warmth,

but the day I flew back, a

strong storm went through

right after I landed. Needless

to say, the cold weather

is back. I hope it doesn’t stay

much longer.

Before I left, I met with

Shirley Lutterbeck of Greendale

in the old train depot by

the library. Shirley and several

quilters meet once a month

to make quilts for the Ronald

McDonald house. Shirley has

also been working on an arrangement

made out of neckties

from former Judge Harlon

Hoffman’s tie collection. The

neck ties will become a quilt

wall hanging when finished.

I recently had someone

write to me and ask where

they could dispose of tattered

flags. I called the American

Legion on Second Street in

Lawrenceburg and learned

that they would dispose of

your worn and damaged flags.

I also learned that Milan’s

American Legion has a flag

retirement ceremony; their

legion has a drop box where

Shirley Lutterbeck displays

some of the quilting done

for the Ronald McDonald


tattered flags can be deposited.

The Milan American

Legion is located at 318 W

Indian Trail.

Greendale has a community

garden, and a few 5’ x 10’

plots are still available. The

garden has a fence surrounding

it which keeps out the

deer. The garden is located

across from the police station

on Ludlow Street. Contact

Patti Louks via email at

if you are

interested in growing some

plants. Patti will have a meetand-greet

some time mid- to

late-April and welcome all of

the gardeners.

Hope everyone enjoys the

warmer weather that will

be coming our way soon as

spring has now arrived.

Happy Birthday to my husband

on May 1st and my son

Andy on May 23.

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(Front) Edie Block, Nick Ullrich, Jayden Ross, Clayton Combs, and Justin Borntrager.

(Back) Brett Fehrman, Zane Wall, Zach Haas, Jacob Eldridge, Mayor Donnie Hastings,

Noah Jackson, Spencer Shaum, and Cody Higham attended a city council meeting.







Editor’s note- So much is

going on in Aurora this year

that Margaret Drury has

joined Fred Schmits in covering

the Aurora happenings.

We welcome Margaret Drury

to the Beacon team.

March 9 was a busy day

at the corner of Second and

Main Streets in Aurora. In

the morning, the Aurora

Lions club held their annual

You can


pancake breakfast to support

their South Dearborn

Scholarships fund. Lions Club

member, Carl Shore, guaranteed

me (wink, wink) that

the particular pancakes I was

served were the ULTRA LITE

NO CAL recipe. He said the

breakfast was once again a

success serving around three

hundred guests.

Later that day at the Lions

Club building, Main Street

Dancing on Main celebrated

the Luck of the Irish with

reubens, potato soup, and

dancing. Lots of fun was had

by all with proceeds from the

dinner going to the Relay for


March 15 was also a busy

day in Aurora with two major

events, one unplanned, and

the other planned. A late

morning fire of unknown

cause was discovered at the

Ross family home on West

Conwell Street which is

reported to have been the old

Cochran Post Office. Several

local and surrounding fire

companies responded to put

out the fire and said everyone

made it out safely.


note… later that same day,

Pam Brandes, branch manager

of the bank in downtown

Aurora, retired after fortyfive

years of service. With

the closing of the bank, Pam

helped to ensure that local

historical treasures from the

bank building were distributed

appropriately within the

city. The original 1864 desk

belonging to Thomas Gaff,

the founding father of the

First National Bank in Aurora,

was given back to Hillforest,

which was his home between

1855 and 1891. Several other

items were relocated to City

Hall and the local library. Pam

and her husband, Greg, plan

to do lots of traveling during

retirement with Alaska and

Hawaii being on their bucket

list. Congratulations and

smooth sailing to you, Pam

and Greg.

There are 14 recycling

drop-off locations in

Dearborn County.


to find one near you.

Randy Turner Bill Ullrich, and Mary Worthington were just

a few of the smiling faces at the recent Luck of the Irish

Dancing on Main celebration.

Boy Scouts Troop 637 visited

the Aurora City Council

meeting as part of Citizenship

in the Community to

learn how local government

works. At the meeting, they

learned they were recipients

of a grant from the City.

Leader Nick Ullrich said

the boys are grateful because

this grant helps to refurbish

their bus which provides safe

transportation to their Boy

Scout events, especially their

upcoming world jamboree in

West Virginia.

Volunteers from the Aurora

Eagles cleaned up about

fifteen bags of trash along

IN 148. Volunteers included

Jenny Awad, Diana Bowling,

Raymond Brown, Christopher

Hatfield, Debbie Hurt,

Doug Karp, Steve Kelly,

Shirley Probst, Chris Wallick,

and Melissa Wallick.

Thank you, folks, for helping

to make Aurora a more beautiful


Here’s the “tip of the iceberg”

of the so many good

things going on in Aurora in

the very near future. Apr. 1-

the Bike Share program starts

back up; Apr. 13- the Aurora

Garden Club gives away free

trees and Main Streets Aurora’s

200th Birthday Celebration

Dance; Apr. 20- Breakfast

with the Easter Bunny;

Apr. 25-27- Aurora City-wide

cleanup; May 2- boasts a free

tour of Veraestau; May 16- a

Community Picnic celebrating

Aurora’s 200th Birthday. For

more details, a good springboard

for information is the

City’s website,







Aurora correspondent Fred

Schmits will be back next

month with all of the exciting

things happening in Aurora.

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Wives’ Tales- Fact or Fiction?

An “old wives’ tale,”

sometimes called an “old wise

tale,” is often considered an

absurd superstition that is

passed down through generations.

These sayings may

actually have a bit of truth to


Janet Kratochvil shared

that when she was young, her

mother would say, “Eating

burnt toast is good for your

singing voice.” Ms. Kratochvil

was in her thirties before

she realized that her mother

was probably just trying to get

the kids to eat the toast when

it burned!

Ms. Kratochvil’s mother

also said, “You have to eat a

pound of dirt before you die.”

Her thought is that not being

so sterile was good for our

immune systems. “Our generation

seems to be healthier

than most. However, I’m open

to other interpretations,” said

Ms. Kratochvil.

Bob Sommer, Bear Branch,

was told by his father, Earl,

to cut hay in the light of the

moon because it governs

moisture content. Dig fence

posts in the dark of the moon

so that they won’t work out of

the ground during the freezes

and thaws. Mr. Sommer

shared his own wives’ tale,

“A wooden spoon keeps the

pot from boiling over.” This

is true because the spoon pops

the bubbles and keeps it from

boiling over as quickly, meaning

you have more time to get

back and turn the heat down.

Pat Sederberg, Lawrenceburg,

shared “What goes

around, comes around”; and,

“What you sow, you reap.”

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.

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shared in the next edition.


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The sun is out, and our summer

calendars are filling up

quickly with picnics and vacations.

Is school almost done?

By now, I know most of us

are ready to dump out the

homework folders for good

and replace the space with

towels and sunscreen. Let’s

do this summer.

Our American Legion does

it again! The Legion presented

a $500 check to our

Mayor at the recent council

meeting. The Mayor’s Fund

is crucial in assisting those in

need in Harrison. For those

not yet familiar, the charitable

organization is dedicated



Jean Wilson of the Legion

presenting a $500 check

to Major William Neyer at a

recent meeting council.

to helping those in need of

financial assistance. The Fund

can provide locals with grocery

voucher’s, food pantry

items, Duke energy bill assistance,

and rent assistance.

The Mayor’s fund raises

money through various fund

raising throughout the year by

way of local festivals, activities

held by the Recreation

Commission and the annual

golf outing. Keep an eye out

Last year, Lillian Williams

of Harrison wrapped up her

fishing season at Miami

Whitewater with wild success!

She is looking forward

to getting her tackle box out

this summer to participate in

the upcoming tournaments.

for any upcoming events as it

is a great way to support our


Many residents are learning

new ways around since

the closing of the Jamison

Road in West Harrison. Area

residents use the connecting

road to reach restaurants as

well as childcare. As of now,

it is not rescheduled to open

until around August 18th.

Paul Rohe Company has been

hired to replace Bridge #76,

located at Jamison Road and

Losecamp Road. North Dearborn

Road will be the official


Congratulations to Harrison

DECA students! On the weekend

of March 16th, a total of

114 Harrison DECA students

traveled to Columbus, Ohio

to compete in the Ohio Career

Development Conference.

Harrison DECA had fifty-two

students reach the finals in

their respective categories,

and twelve students finish

in the top four, which earns

their way to the International

Career Development Conference

in Orlando, Florida. Way

to represent Harrison!

One of the coolest things

about living in Harrison is the

ability to find a fishing hole

in a very short drive. We have

several stocked lakes and are

surrounded by streams. Last

summer, I heard many neighbors

boast about the good

time they had at the Miami

Whitewater Park Fishing

Tournaments. All tournaments

are a two-person team,

but individuals are permitted

to fish alone. Anglers can

register for Bass Series and

the Rod Busting tournaments

beginning March 1st. There

is no registration required for

the kid fishing tournaments

and prizes will be awarded to

every child who fishes. There

is even a Mystery Fish Challenge.

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Academics are a big part

of one’s life and can pave

the way for a young person’s

future. Two local students

are competing for awards

with academic and financial


Adam Lyness, son of Jeff

and Pam Lyness, is a senior

at East Central High school.

Adam has many accomplishments

to be proud of, such as

being an officer in the Fellowship

of Christian Athletes

and a member of the National

Honor Society. Adam has

been named as a National

Merit Scholarship finalist.

The National Merit Scholarship

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Noah Mersmann, son

of Jeff and Rachel Mersmann,

is a seventh-grader

at Sunman-Dearborn Middle

School who has qualified

for the 2019 National Geographic

GeoBee State competition.

Noah will compete

with up to ninety-nine other

fourth- through eighth-grade

students in the statewide

competition. If he wins the

state GeoBee, Noah will

receive a monetary prize and

the opportunity to compete

at the national GeoBee held

at the National Geographic

Society’s headquarters in

Washington, D.C. in May.

Best of luck to Noah!

The Boy Scouts of America

promote adventure, family,

fun, character, and leadership.

Every year, our local

troop, Boy Scout Troop 646,

celebrates Scout Sunday. This

year it was held at All Saints

Parish with thirteen scouts

participating in various parts

of the mass and reaffirming

their duty to God.

Our condolences go out to

the family of Mildred Fox

who passed away at the age

of 97. Mildred was passionate

about sewing, crocheting, and

made many beautiful pillowcases.

She also loved reading,

especially books written by

Danielle Steel. She leaves

behind her family Darlene

(Dannie) Callaway of Bright,

her grandchild Casey (Jamie)

Callaway and her greatgrandchildren

Cash Callaway,

Conner Mays, Josh Mays,

and Julia Mays, her brother

Bob Gindling, sister Marion

Gutzwiller, and many nieces

and nephews.

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Hello! My name is Maureen

Stenger, and I live in Sunman

with my husband Jeremy and

our four children. I grew up

in Western Hills and attended

Mother of Mercy High

School. I went to college at

The University of Cincinnati

where I earned my Bachelor

of Arts in Communication.

My husband grew up in St.

Leon, and I moved here in

2003 when we were married.

Being back in the country was

back to my roots. As a young

girl, my parents had a farm

in Harrison where we raised

horses and sheep. Way back

when Harrison was not much

more than cornfields. We have

a mini farm where we grow

alfalfa hay and my son raises

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play a lot of sports and are

involved in many activities,

so they keep us hopping. I am

excited to highlight all of the

things happening in Sunman!

The Sunman Fire Department

recently held its annual fish

dinner. A large crowd enjoyed

either breaded fish or baked

cod dinners. In addition to the

meal, generous businesses and

organizations donated various

items for a basket raffle.

Proceeds went to the Sunman

Volunteer Fire Department.

Girl Scout Troop 44218 has

been working diligently over

the past two years to earn

their BRONZE award. Each

Girl Scout has volunteered for

twenty hours of community

service. These hard-working

scouts have spent many


Sunman Fire Department Fish Dinner volunteers Olivia

Knueven, Holly Eckstein, Shannon Harpring, Faith Knueven.

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Fish Dinner volunteers Scott

Corbin and Ernie Guy.

Saturdays at the Sunman and

North Dearborn Food Pantries

stocking shelves and making

“kid packs.” “Kid Packs”

consist of two weeks’ worth

of snacks for children during

the summer. Parents can take

home a snack pack every two

weeks for their little ones.

The Girl Scout Troop’s next

adventure will be working

toward earning their Silver

Award. To accomplish this

goal, this amazing group of

fifth- and sixth-grade girls

is in the planning stages of

building a community garden

in Sunman! FCN Bank has

graciously offered space

behind their building where

the troop hopes to grow

tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and

several other favorites. Please

stay tuned to hear when

fresh garden veggies will be


Girl Scout Troop 44218 Members Keaton Womble, Chloe

Weber, Kiera McBride, Meredith Williams, Karleigh Womble,

Adrienne Mitchell, Aubrey Mullins. Not Pictured Alex Smith.

Citizens in the community

concerned about MGPI

possibly establishing a large

whiskey barrel house in the

Deufol building attended

the Indiana Department of

Environmental Management

public meeting in February.

In addition, citizens submitted

written comments and

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Spring is a welcome time of

year – inspiring us to renew

our bodies and spirit. Our

Manchester community is

dotted with an assortment of

beautiful churches that embody

the spirit of our area.

Hogan Hill Baptist church is

nestled in the heart of our community

near the intersection of

the required air permit. As I

write this, a decision has not

yet been made whether or not

IDEM will or will not grant

the permit.

If you have any news from

the Sunman area that you

would like to share, please

contact me at sunman@ I look

forward to hearing from you!

North Hogan and Hogan Hill.

Built in 1842, the 157-yearold

church is one of the oldest

structures around. Pastor

Rod Bolin leads this small

but welcoming congregation.

He shared a heart-warming

story about how he was literally

and spiritually ‘called’ to

save this old church. Rod is a

lifelong Moores Hill resident.

About eighteen months ago,

an announcement was made

that Hogan Hill Church was

to close. The treasury was in

the red, the propane tanks for

heating were empty, and the

basement was full of mold that

caused the entire church to

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I recently had the pleasure

of meeting up with a childhood

friend. She and I spent

every waking day together

during middle school, but as

we got older, we grew farther

apart. So when we had the

opportunity to catch up, as

you can imagine, there was

no shortage of laughs and

maybe a few tears.

My friend moved away

shortly after graduation and

a lot has changed in Moores

Hill in the past 35+ years.

Gone are the days of kids

riding mopeds down every

country road every day in the

summer. We joked that we

could fill up our gas tank at

Craig’s grocery for $0.75 and

could ride all day on that tank

of gas. We’d grab a milkshake

while at Craig’s or stop

for a pizza or chicken tenders

at Tedesco’s Pizza. Not to

mention the bag of penny

candy you could get at R&J

Grocery. For $0.25 you would

actually get twenty-five pieces

of candy! And where did

we get our quarters? Probably

from scrounging around on

the floor and under the counter

of my grandparents’ liquor

store, The Package Place.

Yes, back then you could be

in the liquor store under the

age of 21. We would bag ice

or fill the pop machines, and

my grandparents would thank

us with a shiny quarter. Probably

a violation of child labor

laws now, but back then, it

was something fun to do.

For $1.00 we could fill out

tanks and our bellies and ride

all day long on our mopeds.

(And yes, we were underage

drivers, but back then no one

cared.) We would meet up

with our other friends who

had mopeds, and we’d tear

up the roads, pulling off at

the creek on Ireland road to

enjoy our packed lunch, usually

a peanut butter sandwich

and a Little Debbie brownie.

You might even find us racing

(or ramping) when we

shouldn’t have been. We only

had a couple of small wrecks,

killed only one opossum, and

swallowed only a few bugs.

I have only one visible scar

that remains, a scar that I’m

proud of and one that always

puts a smile on my face when

I tell the story of how I got it.

But the fun we had was unmatched.

Simple. Clean. Fun.

As we drove around

town reminiscing about

our childhood, few things

in town that remain. Her

favorite was being at the

Moores Hill water tower,

a symbol of simpler times.

While we never climbed the

water tower, we may have

been guilty of scratching

our initials into the depot’s

rock wall a time or two. And

while our initials have surely

faded by now, our memories

are as vibrant as the days we

lived them. The time spent

with my friend was a sweet

reminder of how incredibly

fortunate and grateful

I am that I grew up in a

small town. The physical

appearance of Moores Hill

has changed significantly

since my childhood, but in

my mind it will always be

that special place, so full

of life and vibrancy, where

Main Street is always buzzing

with business, and my

grandma is always sitting in

her lawn chair out in front of

her store, waving at the cars

as they passed by. It will

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Hogan Hill Baptist Church

Continued from page 8B

reek of the mildew.

Pastor Rod said, “I got a

call from a gentleman, Francis

Pickett, who has since

gone on to Heaven. He asked

me if I would put my efforts

into saving the old church.”

After some spiritual nudging,

Pastor Rod traveled to Hogan

Hill and opened the doors for

his first service; three people

attended. Things quickly

started turning around, and

attendance has grown to nearly

thirty. There is no longer talk

of closing this beautiful and

historic church. “We are just

a little country church serving

God for all the blessings He

showers upon us. It is a serious

business, but we have a fun

time! ”

Dearborn Baptist is another

wonderful Manchester church,

located on SR 48 near the

elementary school. The newer

church was built in 1992. On

Sundays, you can find about

two hundred members in the

pews and classrooms. The

church is active in the community

with a wide variety



Areis Smith, granddaughter

of Chuck and Berry Smith of

Manchester, enjoying Christmas


of events including a special

children’s event featuring

Illusionist David Corn who

did magic shows and talked

about bullying, at Manchester

Elementary and two other

schools. Dearborn Baptist is

also very involved in Missionary

Outreach effort. Manchester

native Shawn Vinson

and his family, who serve as

missionaries in south Florida,

came home to church to report

on their ministry. Dearborn

Baptist Church has an active

student fellowship and many

other ministries offered by the

church including bible conferences,

counseling, and children

and youth activities.

“Dearborn Baptist Church

is a wonderful congregation

of Christians who love people

and care about our community,”

said Pastor Darrell

W. Sparks, who has served

at Dearborn Baptist Church

since it began in 1986. “Every

Sunday we pray for our community.”

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In the last few weeks of

winter, we were saddened to

say goodbye to two beloved

members of our Milan

Community. Andrew “Andy”

Lee Hand, 89, passed away

on Feb. 25, and Roselyn V.

McKittrick, 84, followed

him on Mar. 16. Both made

Milan their home, devoting

themselves to the town and its

people. Andy was our former

pharmacist at the drug store,

and Roselyn was the founder,

director, and curator of the

Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum.

Andy Hand was born in

1929. He married Dorothea


Schmidt in

1953. Andy

was the


operator, and


of the drug

store from

Andy Hand 1963-1988.

He was a

member of the St. Paul

Lutheran Church and served

his country in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the

Milan F & AM #31, Murat

Shrine, Lions Club, the

legion, and a past hospital


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board member. He enjoyed

horseback riding and playing

golf. Andy is survived by

children Todd (Vivian) Hand;

Eric (Becky) Hand; Carla

Unroe; and Elizabeth (Ken)

Martini. Mr. Hand had seven

grandchildren. He was

preceded in death by his wife

Dottie and son David. Andy

was well loved and respected

in the community.

Roselyn McKittrick was

born in 1934, in Forrest City,

Iowa, the daughter of Gladys

and Melvin Knutson. She



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she met her



Roselyn and

John married

in 1955 and



moved to

Milan. Here she found her

“home” and raised three

children. Through the years

Roselyn became wonderfully

obsessed with all things

Milan. She started a partial

museum in her antique store

which later blossomed into

the Milan ’54 Hoosiers

Basketball Museum. The

McKittricks also owned and

operated the Milan Railroad

Inn, a favorite restaurant

many will remember.

Roselyn spent many hours

collecting memorabilia

about the history of Milan.

While finding and preserving

unique Milan items was very

important to Roselyn, her

passion was telling everyone

about Milan and the 1954

team. She had many stories

which she loved to share.

She co-authored the book “A

Storied Past” with Darlene

Gerster, a Milan graduate. One

writer referred to her as the

“Keeper of Stories.” As the

Milan museum’s curator, she

also spent many hours traveling

to events and fund raisers to

keep the story alive and to keep

the museum going.

Roselyn was a member of

St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Her dedication to her

community was evident in her

support of the local schools,

organizations, churches, and

events. She also spent many

hours taking residents to doctor

visits and visiting them when

ill. Her generous gifts of time

and money were endless. She

was Milan’s greatest supporter

and our unofficial historian.

She devoted her life to making

the town the best it could be.

Despite all her

accomplishments, Roselyn

was most proud of her

children: Dennis McKittrick,

Rhonda Harvey, and Tom

(Kristen) Mckittrick, as well

as her five grandsons and three

great-grandsons. You could

always depend on her to have

a picture or two of them to


Roselyn McKittrick and

Andy Hand have contributed

much to the community and

are deeply missed.


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Spring is here, and I’m

happy to see some warmer

days. Winter wasn’t the best

but we survived it, and it’s

always nice to see things

starting to grow again and put

some green back in our lives.

Mark your calendar because

there will be a lot of events

going on. We are having the

annual banquet for veterans

on Saturday, May 18 at the

Trinity Christian Church on

Pribble Road. I encourage you

to sign up for this wonderful

event. Call 812-537-0897

and let them know you are a

veteran and want to attend the

banquet and you may bring

someone with you. They have

a great program and buffet

dinner. Judy Wesley, Ron

Wesley, Pastor Corey Potts,

Judy and Glen Potts, and the

whole crew do an outstanding


Ohio County lost a Gold

Star Mother. Marjorie

“Peachy” Stevens passed

away at the age of 90. She

and her husband, Charles,

lost their only child, Gary

Lynn when he was killed in

Vietnam on May 13, 1967. It

was such a tragic loss. Gary is

the only one buried at Rising

Sun who died in Vietnam.

The Gold Star represents the

loss of a True American Hero.

I remember visiting Peachy

several times and how terrible

that loss was to her through

all those years.

Thanks to the classmates

of Police Chief David Hewitt

who have established a

scholarship in his name. If

you would like to donate to it,

you can send a contribution to

OCCF, P.O. Box 170, Rising

Sun, IN 47040. Make sure to

note that it’s for the Hewitt

Fund. What a wonderful way

to remember David.

Rising Sun Shiner, Daniel

Daugherty, recently won

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at the East Central Indoor

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other competitors. Come out

and watch the Shiner Track

Team in action.

Congratulations to Nick

Koons on being named to the

Boys Basketball 2018-19 allconference

team for the Ohio

River Valley Conference.

Nick is an outstanding

student and athlete. Lindsay

Montgomery was named to

the girl’s all-conference team

for basketball.

Rodney Rimstidt is the

new Rising Sun Police Chief.

He was named to replace

David Hewitt who recently

died in a car crash. Rodney

has been involved with

the Ohio County Sheriff’s

Department, where he started

in 1992, and then went to the

Rising Sun Police Dept. in

2000. He also has served with

the Indiana National Guard

and worked as a dog handler

with the Canine Unit. He

has dedicated his life to law


Congratulations to Reese

and Peyton Merica for their

victories in Noblesville in the

2019 Knights of Columbus (K

of C) 2019 State Free Throw

Championship. Peyton won

the Boys Age 14 and Reese

was the Girls Age 11 winner.

Nate Elliott was runner-up

in Boys Age 13, and Avery

Elliott was the runner-up







“I spy, with my little eye,

something YELLOW!” (side

note: The game ‘I SPY’ originated

in18th century Victorian

England) If you said planter,


in Girls Age 10. Mason

Bascom also competed and

finished third in the age 9

division. The victories were

quite an accomplishment

and something to be proud

of. Noah Rogers, Aurora,

who plays on teams with my

grandson, Grady, was the

runner-up in Boys Age 11.

Congratulations to Rising

Sun Shiner Lucy Carrigan,

who is now a member of

the National Championship

Thomas More University

Basketball Team, as they won

the tournament in Virginia.

There are other girls from our

area on that team too.

There was an article in the

local paper from 75 years

ago telling of the death of

my grandfather, Charles

“Crack” Gentrup, age 65.

He passed away before I was

born, but I have his burial flag

with 48 stars on display with

my memorabilia. I also have

his basic training picture from

the Spanish-American War

taken back on May 12, 1898.

He went on to serve with

Company E, 159th Regiment

with the Indiana Volunteer


The Ohio County Library

received a $1000 grant from

the Ohio County Community

Foundation’s Books with

Love Endowment Fund.

you would be correct. The

Beautification Committee

received a grant for twenty

brightly colored planters that

sparkle in the sunlight and

will brighten any gloomy day.

Drive around town and see if

you can find all twenty. They

will look even better as the

newly planted flowers grow.

Thank you to the committee

for the hours of maintenance

they put into this and many

other projects around town.

Flowers again are the centerpiece

of our third annual

‘Dillsboro in Bloom’ celebration,

May 11. An opening

ceremony on ‘The Porch’ at

Dillsboro Arts will begin at

11 A.M. We will be turning

on the switch to our newly

installed sound system which

will add a party atmosphere to

this and all of our future outdoor

events. Thank you to the

many contributors who made

this happen.

Congratulations to the

SDMS Archery for qualifying

for the National Archery

Tournament. How exciting

for them! I will be following

up with details about Dillsboro

members and results in a

future post. Stay tuned.

Dillsboro PTO has started

the Darla Jacobs Memorial

Scholarship through South

Dearborn Dollars For Scholars.

They will be awarding

two $500 scholarships to

two graduating seniors who

attended Dillsboro Elementary

School. A 5K Run/Walk

on April 28 will be held to

help fund the scholarship.

All proceeds go directly to

the scholarship. There will

be concessions, raffle prizes,

Connie Smith presented

the check to Director Amy

Hoffman with the help of

her grandchildren, Hank

and Josie Turner. Madison

Kirkpatrick and Jillian

Troxel helped too.

My granddaughter, Carli,

loves to shoot archery, among

the many activities in which

she is involved. Her Aurora

Elementary School (AES)

recently qualified for the State

Shoot in Indianapolis and will

now be going to the Nationals

in Louisville in May. Keep up

the excellent work.

Mark your calendars Clean

up Days in Rising Sun. for

the Dumpsters will be coming

on May 14, June 1, July

6, August 3, September 7,

October 5 and November 2.

They will be located next to

the community park driving

down Downey Street.

Now that warmer weather

is here take time to get out

and visit your neighbors. It’s

going to be nice to be able to

get out and work in the yard.

I think of years ago when we

had a very large garden, and I

loved the fresh tomatoes. I can

remember one year at the old

farm and having three hundred

twenty-seven tomato plants set

out. That’s a lot of tomatoes.

Take care, stay healthy and

God Bless!

Beautiful planters are ready

for spring blooms.

awards for runners/walkers,

a third grade and under Fun

Run, and other activities.

Dillsboro Arts’ current

exhibit is ‘Still Voices and

Dandelions: Kitty Schroeder’

and runs Apr. 6 - May 25. Kitty

is from Little Rock, Arkansas

and moved to Cincinnati in the

’90s when she was offered a

full scholarship to the UC Master

of Fine Arts program. She

began an inquiry at that time

that is culminating in this show

that we are honored to host as

our first one-person show, and

it promises to be beautiful.

Kitty writes, “In these images,

I am seeking to explore,

question and express ideas

about loss, vulnerability, and

power. I chose missing children

as my focus to put parameters

on my process. Since

1993 I have collected a stack

of blue postcards with their

faces, drawing one of them

from time to time. I envisioned

them as large drawings

hanging in a triangular formation,

susceptible to the wind.

Singular drawings are at the

same time specific/symbolic

as many others trapped in the

continuum; a bridge to present

ghosts, adrift in the wind.”

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Elise Bostick made an awesome

cake to celebrate St.

Patrick’s Day.







The month of May ushers

in spring flowers and the

promise of the summer to

come. For most of us, the area

fish fries are now just a faded

memory. For one Lawrenceburg

five-year-old Nora Fehr,

her first fish fry will always

be remembered as the day she

lost her first tooth. Yes, lost

is the word here. It popped

out at the Aurora St. Mary’s

Cod With God fish fry, landed

on the floor and couldn’t be

found. I would have given

anything to watch Grandma

Jen Awad and Aunt Melissa

Fehr, crawling around under

tables looking for it. Alarms

went out, and soon several

people were aiding in the






her first

visit from

the tooth

fairy after


lost the

tooth at a

fish fry.

search. It wasn’t until much

later that evening that it was

located by a St. Mary’s volunteer

and eventually returned

to its owner. Whew! Another

tooth fairy crisis averted!

The need for spring cleanup

has never been more

evident than seeing the trash

that has reared its ugly head

along our highways after

winter storms have ceased.

Aurora Eagles 2022 has

organized a group of volunteers

from the Aurora and

Lawrenceburg area to take

on this monumental clean up

task. On two days alone, they

gathered over thirty bags of


Let’s give a big thanks to Chris Hatfield, Ray Brown, Doug

Karp, Chris Wallick, Melissa Wallick, Don Hudson, Charlene

Cutter, Tonya Montgomery, and Nate Rivera for assisting

with this spring cleanup.

Pablo David, Lexi Knight

and Bret Carr won the Eye

of the Tiger Award.

garbage at only two locations.

The Eagles have asked

that you call 812-926-0031

if you have any additional

areas that need to be cleaned


The Lawrenceburg Swim

team celebrated the end of

a successful season with

a banquet. Coach Beth

Schwartz had her entire

team cast their vote for the

individuals to receive the

Eye of the Tiger Award.

This award is based on an

athlete’s attitude, desire,

hustle, teamwork and practice

habits. It also incorporates

the mental attitude

and improved attributes of

the individual. This year’s

award went to David Pablo,

Lexi Knight, and Bret Carr.

Congratulations to them and

all of the other record breakers

on the team this year.

Congratulations to Toby

Voyer for being named the

Toby Voyer

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month for

March at



Toby is the

son of Pastor

Matt Voyer

and his wife,

Heather. He

holds a blue

belt in Tai Kwon Do.

I had the opportunity to

meet a new friend John

Agner this month. (Agner

Hall at the Fairgrounds is

named after his Grandpa.) He

happened to be visiting a mutual

friend, Shirley Casebolt

in the nursing home when

I showed up. This young

Lawrenceburg resident, husband,

and father encountered

a significant health crisis

in October. After the crisis

was over, he found himself

with little or no hearing. He

received a cochlear implant

and has had to go through

intensive therapy. He is an


I hope all can attend the

Grand Opening of the new

downtown city park on June

1 at 1 P.M. Lawrenceburg

Main Street sponsored Photo

Booths, Inside Out Lawrenceburg.

In March and April,

photo booths were set up in

three locations. The photos

taken will focus on people

and their stories and will be

displayed around the new

park from June 1 to June 7.

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The Ripley County Engineering Academy team placed first

and won serveral honors.

Area Students Capture Regional Rube Goldberg Title

The eighth Annual Regional

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of middle and high school

students tasked with creating

chain-reaction machines to

“Put Money in a Piggy Bank.”

Capturing top honors in Division

I (middle school) was

Milan Middle School. The

team won first place in the division

and walked away with

the Peer, Creative Spark, and

Spirit of Hilarious Invention

awards. Second place in the

Division went to Moores Hill

Elementary School, which

also captured the Helping

Hand Teamwork award.

In Division II (high school),

the Ripley County Engineering

Academy, Team 1, captured

first place and won the

People’s Choice and Spirit of

Hilarious Invention awards.

This team also won the

Creative Spark, and Helping

Hand Teamwork awards.

“These students amaze

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Cheryll Obendorf, GPS Director.

“It’s wonderful to see

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(Too bad that I still must

protect the small crop from

deer on their way to drink

from the nearby lake.)

This recipe allows for six

individual baking dishes

(6 oz.) of warm tastiness. I

use ramekins for individual

portions of both savory and

sweet treats so that I can

freeze some to avoid eating

the same thing over and over.

Berry Pudding Cake

2 eggs

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Dash salt

1 cup milk

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

3 cups assorted fresh

berries (sliced strawberries,

raspberries, blackberries)

Preheat oven to 400°.

Lightly coat 6-oz. individual

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vanilla, and salt until light

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combined. Add flour and

baking powder; whisk just

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Divide berries among

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Batter will not completely

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I love any flavor of fruit

crisp because they can be

quickly prepared at the last

skunks, or raccoons, the severity

of problems will vary.

Moles are one of the most

common lawn pests in our

area. Two effective control

options are available- trapping

or worm baits including a

chemical called bromethalin.

Both methods can either be

handled by a professional or

done at home. Be aware that

remedies including ultrasonic

devices, bubble gum, or poison

peanuts do not work.

If you have a high population

of white grubs in your

soil, you may have more

run-ins with raccoons and

skunks, as they commonly

feed on them. If the damage,

in this case, is severe enough,

consider treating with grub

control insecticides. Spring

won’t be the only time to

do this, so be sure you are

prepared to tackle the problem

later in the year as well. Additional

control options include

trapping and repellants.

Regular maintenance is critical

for a healthy and sustainable

lawn. Spend time early

in the season making a list of

tasks that include fertilizing,

mowing, and watering. As the

season moves along, staying

on top of these tasks will

benefit you exponentially.

To learn more about the

topics discussed in this article,

visit: https://www.extension.


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natural resources topics, feel

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minute and then baked while

everyone is busy with the

main course. If you want, use

strawberries in place of ½ of

the rhubarb.

Rhubarb Oatmeal Crisp

4 cups fresh rhubarb cut into

½-inch pieces (or frozen

unsweetened sliced


½ cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter cut into

small pieces

2 tablespoons flour

Grease an 8x8-inch square

baking dish; set aside. In

a medium mixing bowl,

combine the rhubarb, the

½ cup brown sugar, 2

tablespoons butter, and 2

tablespoons flour. Evenly

spread this mixture into the

prepared baking dish.

2 cups quick-cooking rolled


¾ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup flour

½ cup butter cut into small


Whipped cream or ice

cream (optional)

In a medium mixing bowl,

combine the oats, brown

sugar, and flour. With a

pastry blender, cut in butter

till mixture resembles coarse

crumbs. Sprinkle over the

fruit mixture. Bake the desert

in a 325°oven for 45-50

minutes or till fruit is tender

and topping is golden. Serve

while warm and top with

whipped cream or ice cream if

you wish.

See you next month with

a great springtime (or any

other season) salad recipe.


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