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Aurora Housing Initiative Gains Momentum

Aurora has been poised for redevelopment

for decades. But walk down

the streets of this small town today,

and one will feel the new energy and

pride that this river town has. The

streets are lined with new businesses.

The homes are beginning to sparkle

once again. And the blight that has

been a struggle for many years is

finally being overcome.

Thanks to the vision and tenacity of

community leaders, the revitalization

of Conwell Street has begun. What

was once a thriving part of the community

has fallen into disrepair. Many

homes where families once lived have

become vacant and dilapidated beyond

repair. In 2016 the City of Aurora

Redevelopment Commission began

developing the Conwell Street Housing

Initiative targeted to addressing

the blight on Conwell Street. Specific

blighted parcels starting with 604

Fourth Street have been acquired.

The row of properties in this area

had liens attached to them caused by

uncollected tax revenue, demolition

liens, and utility liens resulting in a

loss of over $75,000. The Redevelopment

Commission has pursued funding

for the acquisition of these properties

through a Blight Elimination Grant

from Indiana Housing and Community

Development Authority. Dearborn

County commissioners also contributed

to the progress of the project by

transferring tax sale certificates for

these properties to the City of Aurora,

Continued on page 3A

Veterans Memorial

One Step Closer

Vietnam Veterans pursue

Huey Helicopter for

Aurora memorial.

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Twice in One Night

South Dearborn junior Grace

Quinlan broke record twice.

(photo courtesy of Marissa


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Barn Resurrected

A Logan landmark’s story

begins to unfold.

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Aurora Garden Club members Emily Beckman, Margaret Drury, Jenny

Boyer, and Cindy Rottinghaus had fun in the dirt. (photo by Mark Drury)

Area residents mulch gardens

and plant away in Bright.

(photo courtesy of Casey’s

Outdoor Solutions)

Planting for the


Everything is

coming up roses,

or close to it,

in our communities

thanks to the wonderful efforts

of area garden clubs.

Nancy Kramer, Donna Sorge, Valla Sears, Irene Collins and friends

on a field trip for the Greendale Garden Club. (photo by Nancy Kramer)

By Maureen Stenger

On the banks of Laughery Creek overlooking the Ohio

River, The Speakman House stands in all of its beauty and

grandeur. Early settler Stephen Speakman hired Timothy

Newman to design the Greek Revival style mansion as a gift

to his bride. The almost seven thousand square foot home

with seventeen rooms was completed in 1846. The site of

The Speakman House was once a profitable farm with a

dairy barn, a milk house and smaller home for the farm

manager. The mansion used to house underprivileged boys in

exchange for their help in caring for the farm. As the hands

of time moved forward, The Speakman House fell into a

state of disrepair. By 2016 it was on the Indiana Landmarks

Ten Most Endangered List.

Luckily local businessman and owner of Top Quality

Building Products, Mark Banschbach, and his partner Aurora

City Manager, Guinevere Emery, fell in love with the home.

They were willing to take on the monumental task of restoring

The Speakman House to its former glory. In December

of 2017, they closed on the property and through hard work

secured a grant through The Office of Community and Rural

Affairs to help with the much-needed repairs. It has been full

steam ahead ever since.

On a Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Emery and Mr. Banschbach

West Harrison


Moves Forward

Progress with the development of

the West Harrison TIF District is being

made. A letter of intent has been

submitted to the Dearborn County

Redevelopment Commission concerning

nineteen and a half acres of

the western portion of the property

located between Harrison Brookville

Road and I-74.

The letter makes clear a developer’s

intent to consider the acquisition of

the property. Plans have been submitted

for the property that entail

the construction of a 300,000 square

foot structure that will be built at the

developer’s expense. The marketing

and leasing/sale of the structure

will be the sole responsibility of the


Several steps must be completed as

the TIF acquisition moves forward.

The first step is for a price for the

parcel to be established. The process

entails receiving two appraisals for

the property, the average of which

will determine the sale price. A provision

is stated in the letter of intent

that the cost per acre will not exceed

$50,000 per acre.

Second, the Redevelopment Commission

will release an offer for a

Request for Proposal that will be published

twice. Third, seven days after

the last publication, any received bids

will be opened at a public hearing.

A Request for Proposal typically

Continued on page 3A

Speakman House Restoration- A Labor of Love

The Speakman House located on the banks of

Laughery Creek stands majestically once again.

were kind enough to meet me at their home and take me on a

tour of their magnificent estate. The serene setting, complete

with what may be the biggest Sycamore Tree in the state,

took me back in time. We began in the original winter kitchen,

which is being revamped into a pub room. The airiness of

not just this room, but the entire home is breathtaking. High

ceilings and numerous windows let in vast amounts of

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Lives Intertwined

Quality of life is a driving

force for all of us. The pursuit

of a good quality of life is

instilled in us beginning in the

formative years and throughout

our lives. We go to school,

pursue careers, and invest in

our community- all to achieve

the quality of life we desire.

Once again, I ponder the question,

“Why do we live here?

What drives us to call this

‘home’?” The simple answer

that keeps coming back to me

is, “Because of the quality of

life we have in our community.”

Let’s face it. Our little

part of the world includes a

broad range of living styles including

suburban areas, trendy

urban spaces that are being

developed, and laid-back rural

areas. Take your pick.

In short, we have it all.

But one common thread that

binds us all is the people, the

character, integrity, and caring

of our fellow neighbors.

Neighbors who give their time

and efforts to maintain and

help improve our quality of


Have you ever met someone,

and you immediately know

that he or she is a really good

person? Then the years go by,

and your paths cross again and

again. Eventually, you can’t

even recall under what circumstances

you initially met.

I know that I have met a truly

great individual in the community

when he or she keeps

“popping up.” A person’s

photo will cross my desk on

numerous occasions when

information about fundraisers,

volunteer events, or community

work days is shared.

And then his or her name is

mentioned in conversations

about totally different groups

or community efforts. Or I

will find myself asking, “Who

did you say is on your board?

I know him!” Other times I

will attend a meeting only to

As the steward of Guilford Covered Bridge Park, Terry

Stephens works tirelessly to maintain the grounds.

find that long-lost acquaintance

is doing a presentation

about a project designed to

enhance the quality of life for

our community.

All of these criteria fit

my relationship with Terry

Stephens. I have no idea

what brought us together, but

fate has certainly brought us

back together time and time

again over the years (okay,


Terry is a native of southeast

Indiana having grown up in

Bright. Friends still can recall

swimming in a nearby pond

together or watching his father

turn pieces of wood into works

of art. He eventually married

Vickie Boyles Stephens, a

lifelong resident of Guilford.

The couple made Guilford

their home and still reside in

the picturesque valley.

Terry is a sage man. He

takes great pride in doing

whatever he sets his mind to,

and he does it incredibly well.

While one might gaze in awe

at his beautiful property that he

keeps in park-like condition,

know that his attention to detail

carries over to his responsibilities

as the park steward

of Guilford Covered Bridge

Park. Located on the edge of

Tanners Creek, the Guilford

Covered Bridge Park requires

the most significant amount of

maintenance since it continually

suffers the ravages of floods.

The Guilford Park is returned

to its impeccable state of

beauty after each rainy season

thanks to the diligent efforts of

Terry Stephens and his ability

to rally volunteers. Terry takes

his stewardship of the Guilford

Covered Bridge Park very seriously

as a way to enhance our

community’s quality of life. I

have a feeling that Vickie has a

bit to do with the park looking

so good as well.

Terry Stephens has been

on the Dearborn County Park

Board for over ten years.

While most of his physical

efforts are dedicated to all that

occurs at Guilford Park, he remains

a trusted member of the

Board for the entire county.

Park Board president Doug

Burger described Terry as

“Having an incredible business

sense and a good steward

of park funds. He always does

the right thing.”

Terry’s attention to detail is

a character trait that has taken

him far in life. He is a woodworker

by trade, following

the footsteps of his father. I

should clarify- in my opinion,

Terry is not just a woodworker;

he is a craftsman. Much

of his work graces homes,

corporations, and community

buildings throughout the

tristate. In 1993 he started

Stephens Woodworking. Over

a quarter of a century later,

Terry Stephens- a lifelong

volunteer fireman and

community role model.

his excellent craftsmanship

and attention to detail have

made him an expert in all that

woodworking entails. In fact,

this expertise has resulted in

calls from our county officials

for help with courthouse

projects that keep Terry quite


Walk into Dearborn Savings

or Woody’s, and you will

see more examples of Terry’s

craftsmanship. Every detail

was taken into account to create

architectural masterpieces.

Of course, Hillforest, our

very own National Historic

Landmark, has significantly

benefitted from Terry Stephens’


Mr. Stephens’ volunteerism

is not limited to his efforts

as a board member of the

Dearborn County Parks. He

has been a volunteer firefighter

for over thirty-seven

years. Wow. As a community,

we rarely stop to consider

what such dedication entails

including the training that a

firefighter must continually

complete. One of Terry’s fellow

firefighters so succinctly

described to me the life of

a firefighter. They go into

burning buildings or arrive on

the scene of automobile accidents,

the memories forever

etched in their minds. They

make every effort to save the

lives of your fellow neighbors.

Oh, and don’t forget that

the firefighter is called out at

3 A.M. or during important

events only to be expected to

drop everything and go. Mr.

Stephens’ dedication as a volunteer

fireman for almost four

decades is pretty impressive.

Needless to say, the Miller-

York Fire Department looks

pretty darn good. Why?

Because of the volunteer efforts

and dedication of Terry

Stephens. He certainly keeps

what many considered the

gateway to Guilford, looking


Thank you, Terry, for making

our community better both

through your volunteer efforts

and by leading by example,.

I personally feel as many in

our community do- honored

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Brookville. It was correctly identified

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includes language such as

requirements for the development

of the land. A

minimum investment of a

dollar amount and the size or

structural components of the

structure to be erected may

be specified. A clause will

also be included requiring

that plans must be approved

by the Redevelopment

Commission concerning the

standards of quality for any

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The types of business that

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as well as tax revenue

for Dearborn County. As a

result, increased economic

activity and a higher quality

of life may result.

The vision of the Redevelopment

Commission has

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and partnership with

One Dearborn. This private

entity’s mission is to assist

the county with the development

and implementation

of a countywide economic

development strategy.

One Dearborn has done

extensive studies on the

impacts of business retention

and expansion, attracting new

businesses, workforce development,

and what is referred

to as quality of place.

Every effort to take into

account all entities that will

be affected by countywide

growth has been made. The

advisory committee for One

Dearborn includes representatives

from Aurora, Dillsboro,

Greendale, Lawrenceburg,

Dearborn County, and the

Dearborn County Convention

and Visitors Bureau.

The primary focus of the

West Harrison TIF District

has been to encourage economic

development along

the I-74 corridor. Future

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Aurora Housing Initiative Progresses

Continued from page 1A

“By seeking a long term

housing investment strategy

for Conwell Street, our goal is

to support affordable housing

transitions and an increased

tax base with neighborhood

revitalization rather than continue

to have blighted properties

with accelerating tax

debt,” shared City manager

Guinevere Emery.

Currently, a total of ten

properties are involved in this

stage of the blight elimination

program. Two of the buildings

were deemed unsafe and

were demolished, leaving the

vacant land ready for development.

The hazards of ailing

retaining walls and uneven

sidewalks have also been addressed.

Single-family housing

units with off-street parking

garages are being considered

at this time. A notice of real

estate for sale and a request

for proposals is scheduled to

be issued later this year. The

Historic Preservation Commission

will be tasked with

reviewing redevelopment

purposes of proposals for

development. Parcels will be

released to developers one at

a time to ensure the success of

the project.

The birth of this project began

when a few friends were

sitting around chatting about

what could be done to revitalize

Aurora- to bring the town

back to the vital community

that it has the potential to be.

Out of this casual conversation

grew the development of

a long-range plan.

“In order to create a financially

healthy city you need

to control costs and increase

income. Infill housing like

townhouses, condominiums,

and single family dwellings

are all appropriate ways to

increase assessed value (AV)

and provide necessary housing.

The right type of infill

housing and new construction

is important to the fabric of

Aurora. Our population within

A Family Tradition Since 1800’s




the city limits has been on a

gradual decline. Housing projects

will provide multi-faceted

benefits. Adding more livable

space will benefit not only

the city now, but well into the

future. We will increase our

assessed value, add quality

housing, and be better prepared

to handle growth for the

future. This will also benefit

our school district and will

spin-off retail and commercial

ventures. Basically, to use an

old movie phrase, “Build it

and they will come.” But, to

add to that, build it and they

will stay because we also need

housing options for folks who

Proposed ideas for single

family homes in Aurora.

wish to downsize and stay in

Aurora.” said Mark Drury,

Aurora City Councilman and

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Dedicated Couple Devoted to Restoring a Grand Home

Continued from page 1A

sunlight and cool breezes. The

soon to be pub room showcases

a large fireplace, one of ten

in the home, and a brick bread

oven. During the renovations,

part of the floor in front of the

fireplace was taken up revealing

a secret opening that may

possibly have been a part of

The Underground Railroad.

Stepping down from the pub

room is the original summer

kitchen which is now being

turned into a laundry room.

Up a narrow set of stairs

above the summer kitchen

is “the orphan room,” where

the boys working the farm

stayed. Through the pub room,

you walk through a beautiful

screened in porch that was

added during the 1960s which

then leads out to the gorgeous

veranda overlooking Laughery

Creek. The home has a north

and south veranda, both have

been completely rebuilt. Mr.

Banschbach explains, “To give

you a sense of the magnitude, I

tore off and replaced the front

of the north veranda and the

South veranda. That accumulated

to one hundred and

seventy feet of porches, that’s

linear feet, not square footage.”

The amount of work that

has been done is staggering.

All five of the chimneys

have been rebuilt and tuck

pointed. The ceilings have

new drywall, and the walls

have been re-plastered. Some

of the ceilings were in such

disrepair that you could look

right through them and see the

sky. There was extensive water

damage to the home to the

point where it would run down

the chandeliers. The porch balusters

are all being replaced after

one of the original balusters

was sent to a company to be

re-created. The roof is new so

are all of the box gutters, and

there is all new limestone on

the tops of the chimneys. Solid

wood shutters on the first floor

have been removed and dipped

to get rid of the old paint.

They have been sanded down,

primed, and re-painted, and are

now ready to be reinstalled. In

addition, all of the electric and

plumbing had to be replaced.

New propane furnaces and ten

tons of air conditioning have

been added. A large honey bee

infestation was also a problem,

so beekeepers had to be called

in to take care of the removal

of the bees.

On top of the home stands

the stunning captain’s walk

that Mr. Banschbach and Ms.

Emery have finished. In 1947

Caroline Williams, who was a

prominent artist for The Cincinnati

Enquirer, drew a sketch

of The Speakman House and

her original notes refer to the

captain’s walk. The view from

the captain’s walk is stunning,

overlooking Laughery

Creek, the Ohio River, and the

Triple Whipple Bridge. Named

after bridge designer, Squire

Whipple, the Triple Whipple

Bridge was built in 1878. It

joins Dearborn and Ohio counties

and is the last remaining

bridge of its kind. Below the

captain’s walk in the gable

at the front of the home is a

An andiron in the still-functioning

bread oven in the

original kitchen.

Photos by

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concrete statue of a little boy

with a wooden shovel. The

statue pays homage to a little

boy who drowned in Laughery

Creek near the house. A light

was always left on so he could

find his way back. Ms. Emery

explains how they promised to

keep the tradition to the previous

homeowner, Thomas Tallentire,

whose family bought

The Speakman House as a

country estate. “We told Mr.

Tallentire we would always

leave a light on. The four lights

on the captain’s walk are pretty

much on all of the time.”

On the side of the home is

a fire insurance plaque. These

were used in the eighteenth

and nineteenth centuries to

mark a home if fire protection

was paid for in advance. The

payments helped to support

the fire stations. Some insurers

gave money to these departments,

and those first on the

scene sometimes received a


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Speakman Restoration Gives Respectful Nod to the Past

and Guinevere Emery are willing

to take on such a massive

restoration project. In today’s

fast-paced world, places like

The Speakman House remind

us of simpler times and fill us

with a rich sense of history.

Every nook and cranny tells

a story. Fortunately, such a significant

piece of the past has

been preserved and brought

to life again. I am certain

Stephen Speakman is smiling


The details in the new kitchen are fitting for the home.

The “Harry Potter” closet underneath the grand staircase.

Guinevere Emery and Mark

Banschbach, owners of

the Speakman House, accompanied

by faithful feline

companion “Lou.”

Continued from page 4A

into a fifty-foot by twelve-foot

ballroom that is on the home’s

third floor. From there, we

walked down to the second

floor where all of the bedrooms

are being revamped,

including one that has been

turned into a master bath. All

of the original poplar wood

floors in the home are also

being refurbished. Most of

the interior doors of the home

had deadbolt locks, which Mr.

Banschbach and Ms. Emery

are in the process of removing.

As we head down to the main

level, I take notice of the grand

staircase that cascades into the

living area.

The new kitchen, which is

now in the heart of the home,

will allow those working in it

to be a part of the family festivities.

Handcrafted cabinets

will adorn the walls, adding to

the warmth and charm. Three

gorgeous pianos, including two

square grand pianos, were left

in the home courtesy of the Tallentire

family. Ms. Emery and

Mr. Banschbach donated one

of the pianos to Great Crescent

Brewery in Aurora. They also

hosted Mr. Tallentire to see the

progress of the renovations.

He was extremely pleased to

see the restoration of the home

he grew up in and so loved.

Ms. Emery said seeing him so

happy when he visited, is one

of her favorite memories.

The property also showcases

a beautiful barn that was built

in 1941. Once a dairy farm,

the barn still has name tags

over the stalls. It also housed a

1937 white Coach bus that Ms.

Emery and Mr. Banschbach

donated to a museum in Maine

once they took ownership.

Remnants of an old ice house

still stand on the property as

well. These buildings stored

ice throughout the year, prior

to the invention of the refrigerator.

The milk house that

stands right before you make

your way over to the giant

Sycamore tree is full of charm

as it now finds new purpose as

a gardening shed.

The stunning view from the

Captains Walk overlooking

the Ohio River, the lanterns

remain lit to light the way

for the lost boy to find his

way home.

I couldn’t help but think

on my tour, how happy this

grand old home must be to be

restored to its former glory.

As Ms. Emery said, “There is

so much to cover. It has been

such a process; it is transformational.”

It truly is, the

amount of work completed is

staggering, and at times, I’m

sure overwhelming, but the

journey is that of a lifetime. A

journey Ms. Emery and Mr.

Banschbach want to share with

their loved ones. They have

told them to come by now and

see the progress, that is part

of the fun! They will have

a chance to showcase their

gorgeous home to their family

and friends in December when

Indiana Landmarks has their

Christmas Open House at The

Speakman House. In addition,

the Aurora Garden Club will

help decorate the home in the

holiday spirit to make it shine

even more.

We are lucky in this area to

have such a treasure preserved;

we are fortunate that

people like Mark Banschbach



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HighPoint Health

Nurse Nominated for

Daisy Award

Providing an exceptional

patient experience is the standard

of care for all employees

at Highpoint Health. While

giving this high level of care

to patients may be the norm

for HighPoint Health nurses

and caregivers, the efforts

do not go unnoticed by their

patients. Even though simple

acts of compassion, respect,

and understanding are routine

practices for the patient care

staff, the assistance being

provided often seems extraordinary

to the patient.

That’s what Highpoint

Health Birthing Center Staff

Nurse Andrea Chipman, RN,

IBCLC, discovered when she

was named the hospital’s most

recent DAISY Award recipient.

Mrs. Chipman was selected

for the DAISY Award by a

mother who submitted glowing

comments about the nurse.

The mother wrote, “She

walked me through the entire

process step by step. She kept

me calm and made sure I was

well-informed on everything

that was happening or that I

needed to do. Any questions I

had were given very thorough


The patient also wrote that

Mrs. Chipman understood her

needs both before and after the

baby’s birth. “She appreciated

the fact that I would anticipate

what she needed and would

explain what would happen

during a procedure. Even

though a delivery can occur

quickly, one can still take the

time to tell the mother what

is happening,” Mrs. Chipman


DAISY stands for Diseases

Attacking the Immune System.

The DAISY Foundation

recognizes nurses around the

world for outstanding care and

dedication to their patients.

Mrs. Chipman and her husband

live on a small farm in

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Angela Scudder, RN, MSN,

CENP, Highpoint Health

Chief Nursing Officer with

Andrea Chipman, RN,

IBCLC, Highpoint Health

Birthing Center Staff Nurse

and the latest recipient of

the DAISY Award.

Dewberry, Indiana. They have

five daughters, 11 grandchildren,

and three great-grandchildren.

Matthew Probst, Rebecca Rahschulte, Amy Streator,

Lorretta Day, and Mark Graver.

SIEOC Hosts First Annual Fundraiser

Ivy Tech Foundation-Batesville

Receives Grant

The Ivy Tech Foundation recently received $900 from the

Ripley County Community Foundation’s Bill Gutzwiller and

Janet Bozzelli Fund. The fund was established to support local

students who plan to pursue degrees of higher education. This

particular award was made in support of nursing scholarships.

“Scholarships have become a vital component of our

organization because of the ever-rising cost of college tuition”,

stated Amy Streator, RCCF Executive Director. “Thanks to the

generosity of donors like Mr. Gutzwiller and Ms. Bozzelli, this

scholarship will provide some students with the financial bump

they needed to enroll in college.”

SIEOC has proudly served

the communities in which we

live, learn, and work since

1965. The organization held

its first annual fundraiser

dinner on May 10. The theme

for the event was Better

Together. Featured keynote

speaker Rob Moorhead,

the South Ripley Community

School Superintendent,

shared anecdotes and colorful

commentary. He also promoted

SIEOC’s mission as well

as descriptions of all of the

services they provide.

The evening was enjoyed

by approximately one hundred

eighty-five guests who

enjoyed dinner and a silent


SIEOC’s goal for the

evening was to raise funds

to support and expand their

programs to further their

mission of improving the

conditions under which we

live, learn and work. Programs

include Head Start,

Child Care Resource and

Referral, Section 8 and

FSS, Individual Development

Account Program, The

Low-Income Home Energy

Assistance Program, the Bev

Henry Fund, and Covering

SIEOC Executive Director

Tammy Cunningham and

Rob Morehead, Superintendent

for South Ripley

Community School Corp.

Kids and Families.

SIEOC touched the lives of

over 2,500 families in 2018.

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A Sister’s Vision Grows Through Time to Bond a Community

The barn at Michaela Farm is one hundred ten years old.

Vegetables that are raised and sold in the farm store.

Victor Sarringhaus fertilizes

plants with fish emulsion.

By Katie Ullrich

In the winter of 1851, Sister

Theresa Hacklemeier made

the journey from Austria to

Indiana, where she and Father

Francis Joseph Rudolph

founded the Sisters of Saint

Francis in Oldenburg. Recently,

cholera had taken the

lives of many of the parents

in the area, leaving orphaned

children in need of care. Not

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only did these children need

shelter, but they also needed

to eat. This situation spurred

Father Rudolph to purchase

forty acres of land near the

convent on which the Sisters

began Michaela Farm in


Its namesake, Sister Michaela

Lindemann, was

caretaker for the farm for over

fifteen years and the first farm

manager. Sister Michaela was

one of the original three sisters

who were awaiting Sister

Theresa Hacklemeier’s arrival

from Austria and became an

integral part of the founding

of the Sisters of Saint Francis.

Sister Michaela was an excellent

gardener, already caring

for a garden on the convent

grounds when Father Rudolph

purchased the land that would

become Michaela Farm. Sister

Michaela ran the farm efficiently,

known affectionately

by the men who worked on

the farm as the Field Marshall.

Under her command,

the farm grew in size. Her understanding

of agriculture and




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caring attitude towards the

land gave the farm the roots it

needed to grow.

Today, the farm is still run

by the Sisters of Saint Francis,

whose mission to care for

creation hasn’t changed. Michaela

Farm does this through

the tending of their animals,

crops, and land. The farm is

pesticide free, using natural

processes in raising fruit and

vegetables, as well as with

their free-range chickens that

are primarily egg-layers.

Between 1907 and 1909, a

barn was constructed that is

still standing today. The barn

was built of bricks, using

lumber only for the beams

and support. The bricks were

made in the village of Oldenburg,

which in the early 20th

century most likely indicates

that they were made of clay

and sand and molded by hand.

The barn has a basement and

main floor, with a roof made

initially of slate. However,

after almost one hundred

years, updates had to be

made. The barn was re-roofed

with shingles, though they

were designed to still look

like slate. Other renovations

had to be done as well, such

as tuck-pointing to take care

of cracks, window repairs,

new flooring, and the installation

of downspouts and

gutters. All of this brought the

barn up to current standards.

In 2009, Michaela Farm had a

barn party for the barn’s 100th


This barn is just one of the

facets of Michaela Farm that

can be appreciated by school

groups that hail from local

schools or as far as Cincinnati

and Indianapolis. These

groups, or groups from nearby

churches, often do volunteer

work. Tour and volunteer

coordinator, Sister Carolyn,

says this volunteer work helps

to “preserve the beauty of the

grounds” as well as with the

regular upkeep of Michaela

farm. Not only does the farm

host groups, but welcomes

people who just want to take a

look around for themselves.

This year the greenhouse

was updated, getting a new

concrete floor over the winter.

Not only does this floor help

to hold in heat, lead gardener,

Victor Sarringhaus, says that

the new floor makes moving

the plants back and forth on

carts easier until the weather

is warm enough for them

to stay outside. The greenhouse

is where the seedlings

are started. When they are

mature enough, the seedlings

are planted in another greenhouse,

known around the

farm as the high tunnel. The

high tunnel was built last year

and already houses plenty of

growing vegetables. It sits

atop a hill, with a beautiful

view of the surrounding area.

Michaela Farm has a Community

Supported Agriculture

program. CSA allows people

to sign up and receive the

farm’s locally grown food

from May through September.

The community can also support

Michaela Farm through

their Farm Store, which is located

right next to the historic

barn. Through the store, they

sell honey, herbs, and transplants,

ready to be planted

in a garden. Perhaps what is

most amazing about Michaela

Farm is that it is run by less

than ten people, though they

are looking to add a few more

to the staff.

Michaela Farm is not only

important to the Sisters, but it

is close to the hearts of Oldenburg

residents. Across the

street is Oldenburg Academy

High School, whose photography

classes have visited the

farm for opportunities to capture

the charm of the plants,

animals, and buildings. Take

the time to appreciate the

history and dedicated workmanship

that has gone into

Michaela Farm, whether it be

just driving past or stopping

in to say hello.

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From a Dog’s

Point of View

By Bandit and Tammy Turner

Hi, my name is Bandit. I am

a one-year-old very handsome

hound here at PAWS. I know

you have heard that from

many hounds in the past, but

I am the real deal! I’m talking

front page calendar material.

I love people, I love toys,

and boy, do I love to run.

My dream home would be

a house with a big, big back

yard where I can run, and kids

who love to play ball. I would

be a great babysitter for the

summer while the kids are

off school. I would also like

a nice bed that we can share,

or at least my own bed right

beside yours.

Summer is here, and you

may have some extra time on

your hands, or wonder what

to do with the kids. Here is

a great idea (thought of it

myself) why don’t you foster?

You can take in a litter of kittens,

because it is kitten season,

and foster them. PAWS

will supply all that you need

such as cage, food, litter, and

vaccines, and you just supply

the love. This time of year

we take in a lot of kittens,

some with mothers and some

not, so you get to take the

litter home and take care of

them until they make weight

(2.2 lbs.) and can be spayed/

neutered. Sometimes it’s

just for a couple weeks and

sometimes it may take two to

three months. By taking them

home and caring for them,

they become healthier. Their

immune system is not fully

developed at that age which

makes them more susceptible

to illness here at the shelter.

And if they have a mother,

she will need someplace quiet


to nurse and take care of the

little ones herself. As you

watch the kittens grow, you

can also work with them and

show them love, so that they

can be easily adopted. Foster

homes make healthier kittens.

If you have other animals

who get along with cats and

kittens, they can help the kittens

adapt to having more pets

around and teach them things

that you cannot. While all this

is a plus, the experience will

teach your kids how to handle

animals, young or old. Come

in and fill out an application,

and take some little ones


You can also fill out an application

and take me home.

I am just as warm and fuzzy,

and I can eat on my own.

So come for a visit. Want to

volunteer? You can help clean

kennels, walk dogs, wash

dishes, socialize cats, and all

kinds of fun things. Bring the

kids. They can sit and read to

the cats - they love that. Make

summer fun for the whole

family, come to PAWS and

volunteer or be a foster. Anything

you do will help out.

Thank you and see you soon.

Better come soon, cause with

these looks and this personality,

I won’t last here long.

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Are You a Rescue-Parent?

By Merrill Hutchinson

Earlier this year, my daughter-in-law

shared a video with

me that showed her kids hiking

with her on a wet, sloppy

trail. At first, the hike looked

like a great family adventure

out in Mother Nature on a

beautiful trail. Suddenly,

our two-year-old grandson

took off, running up the trail.

Before anyone could react,

he tripped and fell flat on his

face. Mud and water splattered,

and his entire face and

belly were covered with mud.

The stumble did not cause a

little fall to the knee. This was

an all-out face-plant! The next

thing I heard on the video was

my daughter-in-law chuckling

and saying, “It’s all right,

you’re fine.” When she finally

caught up to him, he began

to stand up, and when he saw

she was smiling, he began to

laugh. She laughed right back

at him, and they continued up

the trail.

While you may wonder why

I am sharing this story, I believe

it has merit. After working

at the elementary school

level for over twenty years, I

have met many parents who

would handle this scenario

in a completely different

manner. I can imagine parents

who would have yelled

at their children as soon as

they took off running. “Don’t

run! You’re going to trip and

fall!” Or, after seeing their

child fall, running in a panic

as if their child just broke

their neck. Or maybe having

a child on a leash to prevent

the child from even having

the opportunity to leave the

parent’s side. Or, the ultimate

in protection, “No, we are

not going to hike on a muddy

trail. Someone could get hurt,

and it will be a muddy mess.”

Which parent are you?

We love our daughter-inlaw

not just because she married

our son. We love both of

them as parents to our grandchildren

because we believe

they are raising their children

to be problem-solvers. The

children are growing up to be

strong, courageous, adventurous,

and most importantly,

victors and not victims. On

a daily basis, their kids are

allowed to take reasonable

risks. As parents, they are

teaching our grandchildren to

celebrate the victories but also

learn from the mistakes.

No doubt, parenting can be

difficult, wondering if you

are doing and saying the right

things. Trying to determine if

your discipline is effective and

meaningful. Wondering if you

are raising your children to

thrive and survive in a sometimes

cruel world. Pondering

if you are giving your kids

too much or too little. These

thoughts and fears may be

real, but the more important

question to ask yourself is,

“What kind of adults do I want

my children to grow to be?”

In my twenty years of

working with parents, I get

the same answer more often

than not. “When my child is

an adult, I want them to be

happy, independent, welladjusted,

and feeling successful

in their life.” AWESOME!


As parents, we understand

we can’t guarantee our children

a problem-free life. We

have a better chance of guaranteeing

them a life with challenges

and problems. With

that being said, if we want our

children to attain the previously

mentioned goals, we

must equip them NOW and

teach them how to navigate

problems and failures successfully.

I suggest that attempting

to remove all of the issues,

or solving the problems for

your children, places them

at incredible risk for a very

tumultuous and unrewarding

life. By trying to protect

children from failure now, you

actually set them up for more

significant failure later.

So, how can you help your

child grow up to be happy, independent,

and well-adjusted?

• Realize and understand

that your child is not perfect,

and neither are you.

• Don’t own your child’s

mistakes or short-comings. If

they fail, allow them to fail.

Don’t argue with the teachers,

coaches, referees, or

anyone else about something

your child did wrong. When

your child messes up, look at

the situation as an incredible

teaching moment!

• Never make excuses for

your child, and never tolerate

excuses from your child.

Excuses are the first step to

allowing your child to become

a victim. “It’s not my fault”

are words that should not be

tolerated in your home.

• Limit the amount of time

that you will allow your children

to pout or feel sorry for

themselves. Yes, children will

be emotional when they suffer

loss, rejection, or make a mistake.

That’s okay! But please

do not allow them to get stuck

there. Once the emotions

settle, train them to shift into

problem-solving mode. Again,

do not solve the problem for

them. Encourage them by

saying, “Okay, that didn’t go

the way you wanted. What are

you able to do about it now?”

That’s empowerment!

• Practice what you preach.

Allow yourself to make mistakes,

and own them! When

you’ve made a mistake let

your children see that you

admit the mistake and that

you are able to work toward

solving the problem.

• Encourage age-appropriate

risk-taking and allow your

children to own the natural

consequences of those risks.

“Yes, you can ride your bike

and jump off your homemade

ramp, but if you wreck, you

need to understand you could

get hurt.” With that being

said, if they wreck, do not

scream and yell, “I told you

so!” Instead, consider saying

something to the effect of,

“Wow! That looks like it hurt.

Are you okay? Alright, go

clean up your wounds and get

back on your bike.”

• Encourage exploration and

exposure to activities in which

your children excel as well

as things that are a challenge.

This is all part of the discovery

process. They may discover

something they excel at that

ultimately directs the pathway

of their life. Or, they may find

something that they never

want to do again, and they will

have solid reasons for why

they don’t want to do it.

My parents were not perfect

by any stretch of the imagination.

But when I look back at

what they gave my siblings

and me, I’m most grateful for

the following: Teaching us

that we need faith in God in a

difficult world. Teaching us to

be honest and hardworking.

Teaching us to take responsibility

for our actions. And,

teaching us to take risks and

trust that things will work

out. As I write this, I hear my

dad’s voice saying what he so

often said to us, “Do something

even if it’s wrong!”

Merrill and Linda Hutchinson

of Rock Solid Families

are dedicated to offering

guidance and practical tools

for marriage, family, and

personal wellness.

We go beyond banking by putting your dreams first.


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Ryan, Missy, Cailyn, & Carson Hess; Chris, Nicole, Anna, & Aaron Mayer; Corey, Jessica,

Khloe, & Kyle Kaeser; Jason, Beth, Emily, Nolan, & Will Stenger; Andy, Mandy, Savannah,

Gabriel, Tristen, Maximus, Nathan, & Adilynn Campbell. (photo by Missy Hess)

St. Leon Community Park before and after. (photo by Missy


Scouts Make a Difference

Junior Girl Scout Troop

40180 members wanted to

earn their Bronze Award,

which is the highest award

Girl Scouts at the Junior

level are able to earn. The five

girls are Anna Mayer, Cailyn

Hess, Khloe Kaeser, who

attend Bright Elementary;

Emily Stenger from Sunman

Elementary; and Savannah

Cambell who goes to North

Dearborn Elementary.

To earn this award, each girl

spent a minimum of twenty

hours planning and working

to improve St. Leon Community


The Scouts saw a need at

this park and wanted to make

it a safe and usable environment

for all to enjoy. They

coordinated a work day with

their families and got together

to pull out poison ivy, weeds,

and grass from the play area.

They also smoothed out the

old mulch and dirt, laid down

a brand new tarp, and spread

out new mulch over the entire

playground area.

The Scouts also partnered

with the Dearborn County

Recycling Center through the

“A Bench for Caps” program,

where collected caps

are exchanged for funds for a

six-foot bench. They amassed

over two hundred pounds of

caps that they cleaned and

delivered to Greentree Plastics

in Evansville. They came

home with a six-foot bench

to be placed at the St. Leon

Community Park. The Scouts

wanted to provide more seating

for patrons to use as they

watch their children play.

Back row Travis Foote, Gage Crone, Austin Schneider,

Keegan Riesenbeck, Grant Wright, Jared Callahan, Alex

Newport, and Alex Dudley. Front row Amelia Hartman,

Anna Loschiavo, Erica Kathman, Alicia Rosemeyer, Rachel

Kraus, Ryann Griffin, Faith Fox, and Grace Kraus.

EC FFA Wins State

The East Central Nursery/Landscape teams competed in the

Indiana FFA State Nursery/Landscape Career Development

Event. Contestants had to complete a general knowledge exam,

plant, pest, and equipment identification, landscape estimating

practicum, plant propagation practicum, and a team activity.

The team of Alicia Rosemeyer, Alex Dudley, Rachel Kraus

and Amelia Hartman won first overall and the state title. The

team of Austin Schneider, Grant Wright, Travis Foote and Anna

Loschiavo placed third. The team of Alex Newport, Keegan

Riesenbeck, Grace Kraus and Erica Kathman placed fourth.

The team of Gage Crone, Faith Fox, Ryann Griffin, and Jared

Callahan placed sixth. The win marks East Central’s sixth state

win in this event (2007, 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019).

The winning team will represent Indiana at the National FFA

Convention on October 30-31 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Congratulations to the EC FFA chapter on another job well


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Taste of Dearborn County

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dearborn County cafe’s and restaurants will be showcased,

offering select tastings for sale to event patrons. Takes place

at the new Civic Park at Short and High Streets.

Food Vendors: Beebs and Bubs • Shift Restaurant and Bar • Captain’s Tavern

Wang’s Hot Chicken • Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria • Grand Buffet • Riverwatch

Strong’s Sugar Shack • The Restaurants of Hollywood Casino

Whiskey City Sweet Retreat

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at the NEW Lawrenceburg Civic Park

Eagle Country 99.3

Outdoor Show

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The second annual Outdoor Show, featuring outdoor activity

vendors from the local region, dealers and more. Along East

High Street, near the Civic Park.

Glamper Show

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Glampers are new or refurbished alternative vehicles for

“glam camping”, which often include renovated Shasta’s,

Airstreams, teardrop campers, etc. These will be set up along

Short Street, near the Civic Park.

Live Music

Beer Garden

11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

My Brother’s Keeper

11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

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Please include where you live. It’s interesting to see

how well-traveled our readers are!

A group of youth and hardy parishioners from All Saints Parish in Guilford set out on a

pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019 in Panama City, Panama. This picture of the faithfilled

journey was taken at the vigil site (Metro Park) where the pilgrims camped out on the

ground for one evening with 700,000 of their closest friends. Not pictured were Robin Fox,

Samantha Hensley, and Cindy White who were off seeing Pope Francis on his drive through

the crowd to the stage.



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8 PM


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Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer

version of Everybody Wants to

Rule the World has more than

100 million Facebook Live views.

Come see Ted perform in person!

All ages welcome.

The Beacon sports editor

Chris Nobbe traveled to

Mt. Airy, NC, hometown

of Andy Griffith. The

trip is well worth it for

any fan of TAGS, better

known to some as The

Andy Griffith Show.

Julie Blondell, Greendale, recently returned from a mission

trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she was part

of the Hand Surgery Team through HVO. Pictured are

the Honduran team of anesthesiology, nursing, medical

students as well as Cindy Burns, surgical tech, Dr. Alan

Swenson and Dr. Peter Stern, and Julie Blondell on the far

right. It was Julie’s fifth trip.

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July 2019 THE BEACON Page 11A

By Mary-Alice Helms

When I spotted the blue and

white box, half hidden in the

back of my kitchen “catcheverything”

cupboard, I knew

that the cleaning project was

done for the day. Carefully, I

pulled the small object from

the shelf and held it reverently

in my hands. How could

I have forgotten about the

treasure box of memories

that had been stored away so


There is nothing particularly

stunning or eye-catching

about the little box. It is made

of tin, 6 ½“ long, 4” wide by

2 ½” deep, with a tight-fitting

lid. When I was a small child,

I thought that the blue and

white Dutch windmill picture

covering its entire surface

was fascinating. Two small

triangles, one on the front and

one on the back, discreetly

advertised the product that it

once held, “PATRIA quality

biscuits.” It is very old, the

edges of the lid beginning to

show tiny spots of rust. For

as long as I can remember, it

was our grandmother’s button


I can remember begging

Grandmother to let me play

with that fascinating collection

of buttons, and of course,

she always said “yes”. What

I loved most was when she

would tell me stories about

each button when I held it up

for her inspection. A garment

was never discarded without

first having the buttons cut

off and saved. In fact, nothing

which could prove to be

useful was ever thrown away.

Lace collars, belt buckles,

even snap fasteners and hooks

and eyes were carefully stored

away until they could be


I held the box in my hand

and then carefully pulled off

the lid. For a moment I stared

down at the kaleidoscope

of colors which had been

revealed. There were buttons

of every shape and size- tiny

mother of pearl circles, round

glass balls, classic white

shirt buttons, flower shapes

with brightly colored petals,

fabric-covered ovals and even

a brass button here and there.

Wonderful memories of childhood

hours spent with my

grandmother flooded my mind

as I lifted a handful of buttons

and let them drift through my


I remembered sitting on the

floor next to Grandmother’s

sewing machine and separating

the buttons by color,

shapes or sizes.

“Tell me about this one,

Grandmother,” I would say,

holding up a small button

The Button Box

covered in white satin and


“Well,” she would answer

in her soft voice, “That was

from the sleeve of your mother’s

wedding gown. It was so

beautiful! And then, when she

was expecting you, she cut

the dress apart and used it to

make the skirt and ruffles for

your baby bassinet.”

I thought that was a lovely


“What about these?” I held

up a pair of intricately carved

glass roses. Grandmother explained

that those two buttons

were all that was left of the

beautiful peach-colored organdy

dress she had made for

our Aunt Alice, my mother’s

younger sister. It seems that

Aunt Alice preferred wearing

overalls to dresses and somehow

the organdy had met with

a fatal accident. The ruffled

skirt had been torn to shreds

when it became entangled in a

bicycle chain.

“These look military.” I

held up a pair of shiny brass

buttons engraved with some

indistinguishable letters.

“Was Granddaddy in the


“Land, no, child!” Grandmother

would laugh. “Those

came off of the vest of the

uniform he wore when he

was a conductor on the interurban.

My, but he looked

handsome!” She went on to

explain that the interurban

was a streetcar which ran

between Richmond, Indiana,

and Dayton, Ohio. I didn’t

know that there had ever been

such a thing!

The afternoon would melt

away as Grandmother told

story after story about the

history of the magical buttons.

I wish that I could recapture

one of those days when

I would sit for hours and

listen to my Grandmother’s

voice over the whirring of

her sewing machine. Sometimes

the coal in the heating

stove would shift with a soft

rumble, sending its comforting

warmth throughout the

small house. I can see the

stiffly starched lace curtains

at the windows, with rows of

blooming African violets decorating

the sills. I shall never

again know such moments of

complete contentment.

Reluctantly, I closed the lid

of the blue and white box and

placed it back on the shelf.

A bit battered and well over

one hundred years old, it is

a precious keepsake. I know

that it won’t be long before

I once again take it from the

cupboard, open the lid and

release the memories from

that magical button box.

Huey Helicopter

Veterans Memorial

One Step Closer

Southeastern Indiana

Vietnam Veterans continue

to pursue the acquisition of a

Huey Helicopter to be placed

at Lesko Park in Aurora.

They recently traveled to

Shelbyville to the National

Guard facility where they

were met by Colonel Matthew

Handy, the Director

of Aviation, Ryan Jarmula,

Deputy Chief of Staff for

Congressman Greg Pence, and

Regional Director for Senator

Mike Braun, John Moton. Mr.

Moton said he wanted to attend

to actually see the Huey.

Colonel Handy and his crew

Back: Colonel Matthew Handy, Purple Heart Recipient,

Mike Lafollette, Purple Heart Recipient, Nick Ullrich,

Alonzo Caswell, Ron Spurlock and Ryan Jarmula. Front:

PG Gentrup and John Moton.

at Shelbyville have been a tremendous

help with this project.

To date, paperwork has

been submitted to Washington

D.C. requesting the transfer of

ownership of the Huey to the

City of Aurora.

The timing for the project

has been driven by the desire

to have the Huey prominently

displayed at Aurora’s Lesko

park for the arrival of the LST

ship in Aurora Sept. 12-15.

Events for the bicentennial

celebration of Aurora will

culminate at that time.

SE Indiana F.A.R.M. Club’s

June 27-28-29, 2019

Ripley Co. Fairgrounds, Osgood, IN

Feature for 2019:

Economy Engines &

The ”Massey Family of Tractors”

What you will see at our Club’s 23rd Show: Hit-n-miss Engines, Oilfield Engines, Blacksmith,

Vintage Tractors of All Makes, Models & Years, Threshing, Hay Press, Sawmill in operation,

Antique-Craft-Flea Market Vendors, Farm Toy Vendors, Homemaker Exhibits, Quilt Show,

Friday 4-6 PM “Clearfork Bluegrass Band from Happy Valley” & Sat. Noon-4 PM “The Diamondback Band”

Special Event: Square Dancing - Saturday at 7PM by “The Indiana Dancers Association”

New this year! 3 Day Community Yard Sale! Indoor & Outdoor Spaces - only $10 for a 10’x10’ spot!

We have great food available including - “Uncle Bill’s Cabin” - serving F.A.R.M. Club’s World Famous Bean Soup & Cornbread.

We offer easy walking, level grounds and our very popular “Tradin’ Post” Consignment Barn

Show Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9:AM–DARK, “Sunday 9AM–2PM Limited Activities, Clean-Up Day"

2 Big Evenings of Grandstand Events! Fun for All Ages!

Fri. 7pm - Destruction Motorsports - Demolition Derby

Sat. 7pm - HD Motorsports Racing - Truck Dirt Drags

We invite you to bring the family & share the memories at the 2019 F.A.R.M. Club Show

Vendors Hours – Thurs, Fri, & Sat 9:AM – 9:PM

General Show Admission to the Show - $3 per person, under 12 yrs. Free

Community Yard Sale – Set-up cost $10 for a 10’x10’ spot for all 3 days!

Tom Tepe Kids Pedal Pull - 70 LB Limit - Fri & Sat 6:00 PM

Ripley Co. 4H - Tractor Operators Contest - Sat 8:00 AM

Parade of Power - Saturday at 1:00 PM

Church Service - Sunday 8:00 AM

Exhibitors Always Welcome, Any Make or Model!

2020 Feature - IH - National IH Collectors Chapter 7 Show

2021 Feature - CO-OP - Hoosier CO-OP Collectors Jamboree

Our Show is always the Last Full Weekend in June!

Info: Chuck & Sherri Heck 812-926-3654


Friday & Saturday Grandstand Event Info:

Facebook - Destruction Motorsports & HD Motorsports

Admission charged - Pit & Grandstand

Camping: Joe Arnold at 765-265-7912

Electric & water $25 night, Primitive $10 night, 3 night minimum.

Please: No overnight camping in display areas.

Tradin’ Post Info: Chris at 812-654-3949

Golf Cart Registration Fee - $5

F.A.R.M. Club Membership - $5

Facebook: FARM Club of Southeastern Indiana

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Page 12A THE BEACON July 2019

Talking Trash About Recycling

Trash Talkers back row: Joe Dittmer, David Criag, Don

Shelton, Gene Voegele. Front row: Julie Robinson, Randy

Robinson, Molly Resendes, Elmer Campbell, Sandy Whitehead

(photo courtesy of Molly Resendes)

By Molly Resendes

The Dearborn County Recycling

Center offers fourteen

drop-off locations for recycling.

They are open all hours

and every day. All locations

collect paper, cardboard, glass

bottles and jars, metal food

cans, aluminum cans, cartons,

and plastic bottles and jugs.

Recycling Center trailers

are divided into sections for

these material categories.

Each section is labeled with

a picture to help clarify what

belongs inside.

To increase access to convenient

recycling, the Recycling

Center works with Rumpke

Recycling to provide drop-off

containers at three of its locations.

At the Bright Fire

Department, St. Leon Fire

Department and New Alsace

American Legion, residents

will find large green recycling

containers that are designed

for mixed recycling. Loose

recyclables (no bags) can be

put into these containers without

sorting, and all accepted

materials are recycled. All locations,

including the Rumpke

Recycling sites, accept the

same recyclable items.

Breaking down /flatten

boxes and smash plastic

bottles is important to fill the

recycling containers as full

as possible. Wasted space

equates to wasted funds for

hauling charges.

What happens after you

drop off your recyclables?

All Dearborn County trailers

that are full are exchanged

by Recycling Center staff on

a weekly basis. After the full

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Harrison, Ohio 45030

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We believe in going beyond what is

expected to offer each family a caring

compassionate service for

an affordable price.

trailer arrives at the Recycling

Center, materials must be

separated by type so that they

can be sent to manufacturers.

Because the Recycling

Center mostly sorts by hand,

source separation (residents

pre-sorting at trailers) is key

to allowing proper preparation

of materials for end markets.

As the trailer is emptied by

staff, materials are gathered

into separate machines or

holding areas.

Two large baling machines

operate continuously, making

bales of paper and corrugated

cardboard. Metal food cans

are baled, as are aluminum

cans. Plastic bottles and jugs,

along with cartons are placed

in dedicated recycling containers

to be sent to Rumpke

for further sorting and baling.

Glass is separated by hand

into two categories, clear and

colored. The Recycling Center

has two glass crushers. This

keeps the clear and colored

glass separate for later sale.

After materials are prepared

for their next destinations,

they are either stored until a

full shipment is ready or they

are loaded directly onto tractor

trailers for transport.

Some materials are sold

directly to manufacturers or

brokers. There are a few materials

that the Recycling Center

must pay to recycle. All

outlets for Dearborn County

recyclables are local, and all

collected recyclable materials

get made into new items.

Unfortunately, some

items are put in the trailers

that aren’t recyclable. Each

trailer is labeled with acceptable

items. Items that aren’t

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1 6 3 7 8

4 6 9

3 6

7 1 3

7 2 3 4 6

1 7 8 5 9

6 2 4 9 1

5 3 7 2 6 8


Sudoku is a logical puzzle game that may seem difficult at

first glance, but actually it is not as hard as it looks! Fill a

number in to every cell in the grid, using the numbers 1 to

9. You can only use each number once in each row, each

column, and in each of the 3×3 boxes. The solution can be

found on our website

edition. Click on the link for Sudoku and view the solution

for this month and last. Good luck and have fun!

included on the trailer doors

are contaminants and can’t

be recycled. While sorting

recyclables, staff must remove

all non-recyclable materials.

Things like yogurt tubs and

take-out containers that are

put in the trailers must be

thrown away as trash. Other

non-recyclable items cause

bigger problems by clogging

equipment or posing health or

safety concerns.

Adhering to the acceptable

materials list is critically


What happens to

recyclables in the

Rumpke containers?

Rumpke Recycling containers

are serviced by Rumpke at

the request of the Recycling

Center. Containers are located

at the Bright Fire Department,

the St. Leon Fire Department,

and the New Alsace American


Materials in the Rumpke

containers are taken directly

to Rumpke’s Materials

Recovery Facility in Cincinnati.

The mixed materials are

then separated by a series of

high-tech equipment. Using

a series of conveyor belts,

employees monitor and sort

materials as well. The result is

fully sorted materials that are

ready for end markets.

Why recycle?

People make a lot of waste.

Recycling helps reduce the

amount of waste going to

landfills. Recycling conserves

energy, reduces pollution, and

creates a more sustainable

economy. Recycling is not

hard, and it is the right thing

to do for the future.

If you don’t recycle yet,

start today. Finding your

closest location is as easy as

checking out

or calling the

Recycling Center at 812-

926-9963. Recycling Center

employees will talk trash with

you anytime.

Editor’s Note- This is the

first in a two-part series. Be

sure to continue reading in

the next issue.

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The Life of a Four-Year-Old Kid- How Things Have Changed

By a Community Friend

It’s getting harder to remember

my fourth year in this

world. More than seventy

years seem to have passed

and faded so quickly. But, I

remember how different it was

from the life I see today. Time

has changed our way of life

and the technology with which

we live. Today, both a fouryear-old’s

mother and father

are working. Today, television,

an I-Pad, and daycare occupy

the time of a four-yearold.

Seventy years ago, many

families lived together in an

extended family relationship.

If not, they lived close enough

to provide support. The life

of a four-year-old dealt with

exploration and personal relationships

to make the day an

enjoyable experience. Those

were war years. Radio news

broadcasts, in those days, were

very different. While memories

fade, important events of

my fourth year still bring a

smile to my face. They were

so different from the memories

today’s four-year-olds are


We lived up the hill in the

Lawrenceburg “suburbs.”

That area was annexed in the

mid-1940s and now, seems

so much closer to downtown.

We thought we were living in

the country. We had a cow,

Daisy, that my grandfather

milked every day. A wonderful

event was bringing the

cow in from the pasture. It

was memorable because I

was allowed to ride Daisy

from the pasture to the shack

where she was milked. That

fun ended the day I fell off

Daisy, and my grandmother

proclaimed to my grandfather

that the rides were over.

Our yard seemed full of

clover. My grandmother and

I would sit in the yard and

look for four-leaf clovers.

We didn’t find many, and my

grandmother found the most.

When we tired of looking, we

would braid the clover. We

picked three clover blossoms

with long stems and started

braiding, adding lots of new

blossoms, until we had long

braided strands and made

clover jewelry. We made

crowns, bracelets, and rings

and I wore them proudly.

Exploring was exciting

because a four-year-old could

find so many things that were

new to him. I liked finding

things. There were always

monarch butterfly cocoons

to find and to watch until the

butterfly emerged. Wildflowers

were blooming. Pigs

were having little pigs (in

Lawrenceburg). There were

strawberries to watch until

the first was ripe. There were

chickens to chase when they

escaped their pens. I saw

an escaped chicken squat in

the lawn, cluck wildly, and

rise, leaving an egg behind.

I picked it up, and it felt so

warm and soft. I was excited,

so I ran to show the egg to

my grandmother. She picked

me up, and we hugged in our

excitement. I hugged so hard

that the egg broke and ran

down her back. We had made

a memory for each other.

One of my favorite times

was watching my mother and

grandmother do the fall canning.

We had never eaten in a

restaurant, and there were no

take-out places to bring home

dinner in a sack. We ate what

we grew and what we could

afford at the grocery. The depression

had left its mark on

our home economy. I would

watch the harvest of a small

garden and the preparation

and canning of most of our

winter meals. The occasional

slaughter of a pig or a chicken

was mostly hidden from me,

but I know those meals had to

come from somewhere.

On a nice day, we would

go to the chicken coop and

gather eggs to take to town.

We would walk down the hill,

cross the bridge over Tanner’s

Creek, pass through the levee

to sell our eggs at Bobrink’s

grocery. That gave us money

to buy staples; the necessities

we couldn’t grow. Being in

town was so very different.

There were business buildings,

and there was a hustle and

bustle that was not part of life

up the hill. I was impressed

by life in town. The trip back

up the hill was buoyed by

thoughts of the town experience.

It expanded my world.

Reading stories took up

a lot of the late afternoons.

There was always someone

with time to read to me. The

stories were always the same.

I had heard those stories so

many times that I could recite

them. I would pick up a book

and recite the stories while

turning pages appropriately.

People thought I could read. I

also thought that I was reading.

When I started school, I

learned differently.

The evenings began the relaxing

time of the day. As the

sun declined on a warm day,

the scent of honeysuckle fills

the air. We would sit on the

porch swing and listen to the

sounds of insects coming out

to court each other. I’d especially

listen for the Katy-dids.

My grandmother would say

that one sound said Katy-did

and the reply was Katy-didn’t.

I listened hard and sometimes

I could imagine the difference.

Then we would watch the sky.

I learned the moon was made

of green cheese and I could

see the face of the man in the

moon. On very dark nights,

we watched the stars twinkle,

and we looked for “shooting

stars.” We knew they were

there, but nobody noticed because

they were not looking.

It did not take long to see them

streaking, briefly, across the

sky. I don’t look for “shooting

stars” anymore. I’m too

preoccupied but I remember,

and I know they are there.

It did not take much to

amuse this four-year-old. Life

was new, and there was much

to see and to do. Today, a

four-year-old’s exploration

and entertainment is much

different. Technology and

lifestyle changes have made a

new world. To us, today’s life

seems so much more complicated.

Today’s toddlers face

challenges we could never

have imagined. As we have

aged, we have created this new

world, and we might be having

trouble keeping up with it. Today’s

toddlers seem so much

better equipped than we to

handle simple things like sending

pictures from our I-Phones.

Just as our experience growing

up was different from our

predecessors, we understand

that the new generation’s experience

is different from ours.

Their experience is preparing

them for a different world than

the world I remember.

I enjoyed my childhood and

cherish its memories. I’m

sure today’s toddlers will

remember, equally, the joys of

growing up and the lessons it

taught them for being successful

adults. They will have different

stories to tell the next


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Celebrating the Birthday of America

on Aurora, Indiana's Riverfront

Lesko Park - State Route 56

Aurora, Indiana


Various military vehicles on display all day!

9:00am-3:00pm River City Classic Car show

9:00am-6:00pm Craft Show







Presentation of Colors – Korean War Veterans

Prayer – Mark Drury

National Anthem – Linda Rechtin’s School of Voice

Welcome – Mayor Donnie Hastings Jr.

Sea Planes

Beer/Wine Booths Open (Must Be 21 or Over)

Linda Rechtin’s School of Voice


• My Brother’s Keeper

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Fireworks over the Ohio River

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education, their careers, and

their futures. Of course, as

parents, we all want the best

for our kids. Marie, I need

some sage advice to give to

my daughters. Can you help?

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from the road. I take my

picture and copy the telephone

number. And as we

drive, yes, my heart brings

past memories as seeing one

always does.

Later, I am curious enough

to call the number to see who

might have saved and protected

the rare wheat field 1957

Dodge. I wonder if it was

someone’s dream. It is not.

The owner found it in a junk

yard, traded for it and then

traded it away again.

Ray and I will continue to

answer my heart’s call and enjoy

our car show searches, but

none will match our find in that

wheat field in South Dakota.


I have so many ideas about

advice that I would give

young women. Most importantly,

ask each of them to tell

you what she wants or sees

for her future. The more precise

and more detailed she can

be the better. If she desires

to have a career, ask her to go

through the steps she will take

to get to that end.

As for finding a person with

whom to share her life, have

her create a list of characteristics

a future partner must have

for her to be interested. Going

through this exercise with

each of your daughters will

allow you to see her decisionmaking

process. You will

have a chance to find out her

view of the world and to see

if she knows what is important

to her. Ask her about her

views on morality, religion,

and politics. Explain to her the

importance of her mate having

as many of the same beliefs as

she has to maintain a lifelong

relationship. Encourage her

to make sure she asks what

her friend’s relationship is

with his parents and what kind

of people they are.

We all know that if young

people do not plan for the

future, they can easily get

sidetracked with whatever

is blowing in the wind. A

sudden attraction to a new

boyfriend could completely

throw her off track. Setting

life plans and goals requires

effort. If you can inspire your

girls to start that process, it

will benefit them in the future.

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Unified Track and

Field Offers Great Fun

and Opportunity

The Unified Track and Field

program offered by the Indiana

High School Athletic Association

(IHSAA) since 2014, is a

cooperative effort of both the

IHSAA and Indiana Special

Olympics. By

I recently Maxine had the honor of

starting a


unified track and

field meet Community between Lawrenceburg

High Correspondent School and Franklin

County High School. While

one hundred sixteen schools in

the state offer this sport, these

are the only two schools in the

area currently fielding teams.

The meet was preceded with

the fanfare of Senior Night for

both Lawrenceburg’s track and

field team and unified team.

Unified teams compete long

jump and shot put for the field


Unified track and field is

serious in its competition

while the competitors are also

extremely supportive and encouraging

of one another. With

each jump in the long jump,

cheers and encouragement

were heard from both teams

as well as the fans. These

kids showed great effort and

technique in their approaches

and jumps.

Meanwhile, shot put was

taking place across the track

and field complex. Just as in

many other track meets, one

athlete had to manage his time

to get between both events for

his jumps and throws.

In unified track and field,

partner athletes compete as

well as help other athletes

learn better technique. It is

a varsity sport, and make no

mistake, all of these athletes

have put in the hours of practice,

effort, and research that

allows them to do their events

well. The athletes learn how

to persevere through struggle

and hardship and to become

stronger in many aspects of

their characters.

As the athletes finished the

two field events, the 100-meter

Cory Bishop competed in

the long jump.

Elizabeth Ariens- Franklin

County Relay.

Roxie Moisil, an exchange

student from Romania.

dash began. A test fire was

done from my gun to assure

all were aware of what they

would hear and be ready to

react. Enthusiasm abounded

as each runner made strides in

the race and in life.

Franklin County head coach

Katina Sirbak, who also serves

as the county coordinator for

Special Olympics, had many

praises for her team and the

great strides they have made

throughout the season:

“Audra Lovins and Kennedy

Kiracofe are team captains.

Audra Lovins has improved

so much not only as an athlete

but in her everyday life. She

is more willing to step out

of her comfort zone and take

chances she never would have.

Her parents report she is much

happier and confident and her

friend base has grown.

“This is Kennedy’s fourth

year participating in Unified

Track. She has improved her

long jump just this season by

3’6”. Makayla Bradley is a

first-year Unified Track member

and PR’ed at this meet in

the long jump by 3’.”

Coach Melinda Miller of

the Lawrenceburg team also

shares a great deal of enthusiasm

for the efforts and

improvements of her athletes.

The kids are ready to compete

in the state tournament series.

Roxie Moisil is an exchange

student from Romania who

participates as part of Franklin

County’s team. Moisil has

stated, “I love Unified Track

and never want to participate

in sports unless it’s unified.”

She has been inspired in such

a way that she hopes to take

the experience of being a unified

athlete back to her home

country and help to grow the

culture and movement there.

She also has continued to

make athletic improvements

throughout the season and

dropped an entire second off

of her 100-meter dash time.

Another Franklin County

athlete who has stood out to

Coach Sirbak is freshman

Cory Bishop. Cory was reluctant

and timid with his participation

early in the season,

sometimes not even completing

an event because he would

become discouraged. However,

through constant coaching

and team participation, Cory

has improved greatly from

the Unified program. Coach

Sirbak calls him their star athlete

as he is the fastest runner

on the team and has dropped

an incredible 38 seconds off

his best time. She states of

Cory, “It’s been an amazing

experience watching him

grow in self-confidence and in

becoming such a huge part of

our team. He is now pushing

himself to complete every

event.” Even better is the fact

that Cory’s parents and teacher

have seen a remarkable change

in his attitude and approach to

many things.

During the 4 x 100 relay,

each team was able to advance

the baton around the track;

however, along with the baton,

they passed along an energy

that swelled until the anchor

brought the baton and the

team’s success to the finish

line. All were proud of their

efforts, and the coaches certainly

were a part of that feeling

by what they have invested

in these teams and athletes.

Let’s hope that more schools

are able to bring this varsity

sport into the area so that more

and more will enjoy the wonderful

nature of the athletes

choosing to be a part of the

Unified Track and Field movement

in the state.

New Hurdle Record at SD/EC wins 19th title in 20 years

South Dearborn junior

Grace Quinlan broke the

school’s 100-meter intermediate

hurdle twice in one night

at the IHSAA Sectional on

May 14. Quinlan broke the record

of 16.04 held by Maggie

Smith since 2006 when she

ran a 15.85 in the preliminary

heat. Quinlan would break

her own record a short time

later in the finals by running

a 15.58. Quinlan would go

on to also be a repeat sectional

champion in the 300

low hurdles (46.36) and place

second in the high jump with

a leap of 5’1”.

The East Central Lady

Trojans would capture their

19th sectional title in the past

twenty years. EC had two

races setting sectional records.

Eva Grimm broke her

own sectional record in the

Grace Quinlan (Photo courtesy

of Marissa Lacey)

200-meter dash by running

25.66 and dropping .21 off her

old record. The 4 x 400-meter

relay team of Grimm, Ellie

Lengerich, Lily Greiwe,

and Emma Fey ran a time of

South Dearborn senior

Austin Boggs was doubly

happy after his winning

vault of 13’8” captured the

IHSAA Sectional and broke

the school record. (photo

courtesy of Kathy Boggs)

4:04.99 to knock more than

a second off the old sectional

record. All four relay members

were also multi-event

winners on the night.


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Happy Birthday to Thelma

Stutz pictured here with her

youngest great-granddaughter,

one-year-old Isabelle Stutz.

These two ladies were born

ninety-five years apart.

Just think of changes in the

world Thelma has seen in

her lifetime. She gets a kick

out of all the happenings we

have At The Barn which,

of course, is the barn of her

childhood. The wine tasting

area is where Thelma fed the

horses as a youngster. The

kitchen is where she helped

milk the cows. Every day,

rain or shine, and no matter

the season, the day was over

only when the chores were

finished. Please wish her

belated birthday wishes on

Facebook! She will love to

hear from you. Isabelle is the

daughter of David and Lisa

Stutz, granddaughter of Don



and Debby Stutz, and greatgranddaughter

of Eugene and

Lois Schaich and of course

Thelma Stutz. Thanks to

Diane Vollner for sharing the


The calendar has now

turned to June, and we think

of Father’s Day. I want to

say Happy Father’s Day to

my dad, Eugene Schaich,

who has had many successes

and achievements in life.

Along with my mother Lois

Schaich, the most prominent

accomplishment is raising

five children who all learned

a high work ethic and dedication

to whatever you hope to

achieve, by his example. He

taught us to be proud of who

we are and always remember

from where we came.

I hope to see everyone at

the Bright Festival and Parade

the last weekend in July. What

will the Cornerstone Realty

float be themed this year? The

answer is the best-kept secret

in Bright during the month

of July. Cornerstone always

keeps us guessing until the

day of the parade. So much

time is put into the planning

and orchestration of the

parade and festival. Please say

thank you to a firefighter or

EMS person. They are genuinely

dedicated to serving our

Thelma Stutz and greatgranddaughter




community. The Jody and

Karen Blasdel family, along

with Dale and Rachel Lutz’s

family, put a lot of time and

sweat into making the parade

the biggest one every year.

Remember to send in your

raffle tickets for the Festival.

Profits from this festival make

a HUGE impact on the budget

of the Bright Fire and EMS.

July Fourth is right around

the corner. Be proud of being

an American. It means so

much more than we think.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I

like to see people proud of

the place where they live.

I like to see people live, so

the place in which they live

is proud of them.” Take care

of each other and celebrate


Bezzy Anderson, Sue Marcotte, Sandy Alderrucci and

Janice Roth take advantage of perfect weather.

Mary Anna Taylor and Jane Ulrick plant a plethera of

pretties at the entrance to Hidden Valley Lake.







Summer is here!!!! Get out

and enjoy all of the amenities

that HVL has to offer! The

Children’s Activity Club will

hold its second outdoor movie

night on June 22. Movies start

at dusk. And the annual 4th of

July Bike Parade will begin

at 10 A.M. by the beach. The

Fish & Game Club will hold

their Kids Fishing Derby on

July 13 at Lake Melody (by

the main entrance) at 8 A.M.

Such a fantastic event!

HVL has lots of incredible

athletes living in our community.

One gentleman, Bryan

Wagner, just qualified for

the Boston Marathon as he

completed the 21st Annual

Flying Pig marathon! What an

incredible accomplishment!

He placed second overall in

the “4 Way Challenge With

Extra Cheese” which means

Bryan completed four different

races over the three-day

event: 1 mile, 5K, 10K, and

full marathon!! That is approximately

37 miles! And he

set his PR (personal record) in

all four events. Wow! Bryan

started running five years ago

Brynn, Bryan, Beckett, and

Sonny Wagner

at the age of thirty. Bryan and

Sonny have two daughters,

Beckett (age 5) and Brynn

(age 3) and a third daughter

due at the end of May. He’s

able to balance working full

time as the PE Teacher/Tech

Coordinator while still making

time for a family life and

fitness activities. You may

see Bryan running, biking,

and swimming all over HVL

along with his family in tow.

You’re a true inspiration,

Bryan Wagner!

July Birthdays: Cole

Jankovsky, Tina Weaver,

Robyn Stuhan, Annie

Hartford, Cameron Garland,

Meghan Lewis, Don


The Garden Club has been

very busy recently. Be sure

to enjoy their efforts throughout

the community. Thanks,


Please email me, Korry H.

Johnson, if you have something

to share in next month’s

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St. Leon Volunteer Fire

Dept. will be having their

annual Firemen’s Festival

on Aug. 2-3. Volunteers are

always needed to assist with

this event. If you would be

able to give up a few hours

of your time to help out, get

in touch with me at stleon@ Any

help will be much appreciated!

Cooper Barrett received

the sacrament of his first


Eucharist on

May 4 at St.



Church in

St. Leon. A

total of


Cooper Barrett children


in this great event.

Congratulations go out to

Jessica and Cory Mobley

on the recent birth of their

daughter, Caroline May. She

is welcomed home by her big

brother, Colton.

Congratulations also to

Erin Wilhelm and Emily

Whitehead on making the

Dean’s list at Ball State University.

Way to go girls!!!

Congratulations also go out

to Josie Andres on her Cum

Laude graduation from Ohio

Northern University with degrees

in Sports Management,

Business Administration and

Communications. Awesome

job, Josie!!

Deepest sympathy goes out

to the family of Al Abplanalp.

He is survived by his children

Tony, Bill and Anne, and

several grandchildren. East

Central High School had their

Senior Scholarship Night on

May 15. Dearborn Community

Foundation presented three

scholarships from the Greg

Andres/North Dearborn Conservation

Club scholarship

fund. Recipients were Paige

Gindling, Jared Tieman, and

Hannah Weiler. Also receiving

NDCC club scholarships

were Anna Andres, Alexandra

Bamonte and Katelyn

Whitaker. Good luck to all

of the seniors in their future


Get well wishes go out to

Tim Andres, Brooklyn Konerman,

and Dick Gaynor – hope

all of you are feeling much


North Dearborn High

School Class of 1964 recently

held their fifty-fifth reunion

on May 10. The evening was

spent catching up with Ron’s

classmates. Eugene Lane was

home from California! We

all enjoyed seeing him and

Kendra again – it has been a

long time!

July Birthdays – 1 Jean


Ruwe, Betty Cornelius

and Marty Hoog, 2 David

“Schultz” Wuestefeld,

3 Diana Trabel, 5 Dave

Ruwe, Cathy Schuman,

Steve Fischer and Karen

Anderson, 6 Juli Hollon,

Candi Hacker and Danny

Bischoff, 7 Jay Whitehead,

8 California cousin

Jim McGlothlin and Amy

Eisele, 9 Heather Cook,

10 Gary Eckstein, Shirley

Werner and cousin Brady

Andres, 11 Rose Bischoff

and Kara Metz, 12 Joe

Bittner, Ron Wuestefeld

and Donna Paduano, 14

Bella Rudisell, 15 Trisha

Todd, and my niece in

Albuquerque, NM Rachel

Zimmer, 16 Cheryl

Wilhelm, 18 Gary Trabel,

Denise Eckstein and Betty

Wuestefeld, 20 Dot Hautman

and Julie K. Wilhelm,

21 Lizzie Weigel, 22 Anna

Mae Callahan, 23 Ryleigh

Schoettelkotte, Lisa Huber

and Phillip Stenger, 25

Sandy Whitehead, 26 Brad

Fischer and my son-in-law

Todd Geisheimer, 27 Pat

Schuman, Jeri Eisele, Jeff

Messerschmidt and my

cousin Marie Gunter, 28

Abe Bittner, Jacob Bulach

and Cindy Gartenman, 29

Nicole Wilhelm and cousin

Gerise Andres, 31 John

Horstman, Joe Rehage and

Arlene Wilgenbusch

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column


Flowers at the pool were waiting to be planted.







Welcome to spring! The

weather has finally been warm

enough to plant our gardens

and flowers. The Greendale

Garden Club has been busy

filling the planters for the ends

of each street and at the pool.

Lots of hard work goes into

making Greendale beautiful.

Thank you, Garden Club!

The pool opened for the

season on Memorial Day

weekend. Season tickets are

still $50 for Greendale and

Lawrenceburg residents and

$80.00 for non-residents.

They can be purchased at the


Parkside is still torn up. The

process of replacing the curbs

on my side will begin soon.

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

Parking is at a premium- it

doesn’t cost anything but lots

of luck finding a place to park!

When I first moved to Parkside,

most residents only had

one car, but now almost every

family member has a car.

Our gas lines are also being

replaced. Steve Lampert, our

city manager, has his hands

full organizing all of the work

that is being done. I must say

that everyone involved in the

project is doing a good job.

Don’t forget to register for

the Fourth of July 5K race.

Preregistration has to be

postmarked by June 22. The

fee is $15 without a t-shirt or

$20 with a t-shirt. Register

and find out more information


Checks may be made payable

to Voice of Indiana and can be

mailed to Greendale Fourth of

July Race, 5557 Jandel Drive,

Aurora, IN 47001.

Happy Birthday to Estal

Dickerson on July 9 and

Jamey Carter July 21. Enjoy

your birthdays!

Greendale 4th of July

Whiskey City Competitive Cycling Challenge

Bright Community Festival

July 1 - Aug 30 – Dearborn Highlands Arts Council Art Show

- TRACY BEZESKY; 331 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg. Info: 812-

539-4251 or

July 3 – 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


July 4 – Greendale 4th of July - Greendale Park and Cabin, 827

Nowlin Avenue, Greendale. 5K Run/Walk , Fishing derby, Parade,

Fireworks. 812-537-9219 or

July 5 – Downtown Lawrenceburg Open Door First Fridays

- Join participating merchants for specials. Info: 812-537-4507 or

July 5, 12, 19, 26 – Bright Farmers’ Market - Providence

Presbyterian Church Lot, Salt Fork & State Line Roads, Bright.

Locally grown produce, meats, eggs, and more. 812-637-3898


July 5 – Party in the Park - Lawrenceburg Civic Park - 7-11pm.

The new Lawrenceburg Civic Park, High and Short Streets. Live

musical entertainment. Info: 812-537-4507 or

July 6, 21, 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. Info: 812-539-4700 or

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Lawrenceburg Farmer’s Market -

Newtown Park, US Route 50 & Park Street, Lawrenceburg.

Info: 812-537-4507 or

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Dillsboro Farmers Market - 8AM-

Noon, Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro. Buy and sell locally grown or

produced foods. Info: 812-571-0259 or

July 6-31 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions Events & Workshops

- 21481 State Line Road, Lawrenceburg. Monthly educational

and fun events and classes for all ages. 812-537-3800 or www.

July 6-31 – The Framery Events, Camps and Classes - 84 East

High Street, Lawrenceburg. Monthly classes, parties, and camps

for all ages. Info: 812-537-4319 or

July 7, 14, 21, 28 – Carnegie Hall Open for Tours - 14687 Main

Street, Moores Hill, Indiana. 1pm-5pm or by appointment. Info:

812-744-4015 or

July 7 – Veraestau Open for Tours - Veraestau Historic

Home, 4696 Veraestau Lane, Aurora. Open first Sunday and

Thursday of each month, 1-4pm. Info: 812-926-0983 or www.

July 7 – Tri-State Antique Market - U.S. Route 50,

Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. “Indiana’s largest antiques and

vintage only collectibles market.” Info: 513-353-4135 or

July 9, 23 – Movies in the Park - The new Lawrenceburg Civic

Park at Short & High Streets in downtown Lawrenceburg. Movies

are free and begin at dusk. Info: 812-537-4507 or

July 9 – Oxbow Program - Hawks of the Tristate Area - 7:30

pm. The Oxbow, Inc. Office, 301 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. Info:

812-290-2943 or

July 11, 18, 25 – Aurora Marketplace - Gabbard Riverfront

Park, 106 Judiciary Street. 4-8pm. Info: 812-926-1100 or

July 11, 18, 25 – Music on the River - 7-9pm. The new Civic

Park, High & Short Streets, Lawrenceburg. Free outdoor concert

series. Info: 812-537-4507 or

July 12, 19, 26 – Lawrenceburg Motorcycle Speedway -

Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Pkwy (US 50). All classes

of short track motorcycles, speedway bikes, ATV’s & go-karts. Info:

513-662-7759 or

July 13 – Whiskey City Summerfest - Lawrenceburg Civic Park,

Short and High Streets. Live music with Delbert McClinton. More

info: 812-537-4507 or

July 14 – Aurora’s Second Sunday Music - Aurora City Park on

Park Avenue. Info: 812-926-1100 or

July 14 – St. Lawrence Chicken Fest - 11am-5:30pm, 524

Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg. Info: 812-537-3992 or

July 15-17 – Hillforest American Girl Day Camps - 9am-Noon,

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. Girls

ages 5-14 will have a great time learning of the history of the

“American Girl” doll series. 812-926-0087 or

July 19 – 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

July 20 – Whiskey City Competitive Cycling Challenge -

multiple classes of cyclists competing on a flat and very fast .67

mile loop through downtown Lawrenceburg. Info: 812-537-4507


July 20-21 – St. John Festival - St John Festival is a ministry

of All Saints Parish. 25743 State Rt. 1, Dover. Info: 812-576-4302


July 20 – Spartan Race - Indiana Sprint - 7:30am - 5:00pm.

Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg. Reebok

Spartan Sprint. Info: 812-537-3754 or

July 25-28 – Country Roads Shop Hop - Visit six Antique,

Vintage and/or Home Decor shops, each just a short distance

from one another.

July 26-27 – Bright Community Festival - Bright Firehouse,

23759 Brightwood Drive, Bright, Indiana. Community festival

raising funds for Bright Fire & EMS. Info: 513-315-1401 or

July 27-28 – St. Martin Festival - 8044 Yorkridge Rd., Yorkville,

Indiana. Festival is a ministry of All Saints Parish. Info: 812-576-

4302 or

July 27-28 – Indiana Wine Trail - Artisan Weekend at

Holtkamp Winery - 11am-5pm, 10868 Woliung Road, New

Alsace. Featured are over 20 Holtkamp wines. Info: 513-602-

5580. or

July 27 – Dillsboro Summer Concert Series & Cruise-In -

7pm-10pm, corner of North & Front Streets, Dillsboro. Free family

music event and cruise-in. Info: 812-432-5028 or

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

1-800-322-8198 or


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Beauty in the ’Ville …

Visitors to Batesville often

comment, “Your community

is so welcoming with flowers

and flags in the summer and

Christmas lights in the winter

throughout town – how do

you do it?”

The answer is – we have

wonderful volunteers combined

with excellent city

employees who work well

together! Pictured are several

members of Batesville’s

Beautification League, an allvolunteer

organization formed

in 1949 – and remains dedicated

to keeping Batesville

beautiful and vibrant!

This group of about twentyfive

members meets monthly



Several members of Batesville’s Beautification League

to plan their flowering strategy

to ensure the “beauty in

the ’Ville” as residents and

visitors alike marvel at their

results. Long-time members

Clara Goble, Carmie Meyer,

and Diane Fullenkamp

serve as president, secretary

and treasurer respectively.

Clara commented, “I think

we all enjoy being a league

member because we love


You may have noticed their

gardening expertise among

the flowering displays at the

downtown gazebo, among the

planters that line the downtown

streets, and at Liberty

Park. In late November,

Batesville’s downtown comes

alive with festive potted

evergreens in planters complete

with lights and large gift

boxes to welcome the city’s

Christmas Parade. This group

also adorns the Village Green

area with lights and decorates

downtown Christmas trees

all in preparation for Santa’s



This year the garden club

is featuring Red Riding

Hood graceful grass, fuchsia

petunias, blue Scaevola

and cascading vinca in pots.

Multi-colored lantana and

fuchsia petunias are planted in

downtown area beds while red

and pink begonias with light

green leaves are planted in

Liberty Park.

While individual members

are assigned to weed and care

for various areas, keeping

such a vast array of blooms

watered is a monumental task

that is handled by the city’s

Parks Department, and as

needed, members of the city’s

Street Department assist when

flags and banner displays are

being staged.

Since the city does not have

a “flower tax,” funds to maintain

the beauty in the ’Ville

are raised by the League

through their raffle at Apple-

Fest. Residents purchasing

tickets is a small price to pay

for a year full of beauty!

That’s Sue’s news for now!







This spring we have been

“blessed” with lots of rain

which makes it hard on the

farmers. By now, I expect

things to have been drying out

and hope that everyone can

get out and do things that need

to be done. Our Beautification

Committee has been busy

filling planters and sprucing

up our community while the

Park Board is gearing up for

an active season.

The Town Board has noted

several improvements that

are needed throughout the

town. Streets, sidewalks,

sewer lines, and water lines

are scheduled to be worked

on. In conjunction with these

projects, the Board is asking

Milan businesses and residents

to join them in giving the

town a much-needed facelift.

They have designated the

week of June 10-15 as

“Clean-Up Milan Week.”

Some businesses have done

a great job making sure their

businesses look inviting and

have a pleasing curb appeal.

However, a few could still

use a little work. If you have

items surrounding your homes

or businesses such as vehicles

or junk, you can remove them

or place a six-foot privacy

fence around the property. The

Board is asking everyone to

pitch in and join volunteers

from the Council of Churches

and other organizations.

Volunteers will help with

minor repairs and the cleanup

of properties where residents

need assistance.

Milan is a great community

and can become a beautiful

place to live if we all work

together to make a difference.

A task force of volunteers

is being formed to help

some residents who need

assistance. To volunteer or

get more information, stop in

at Milan Town Hall or email

A Planetarium will be set

up at the library on June

27. Activities are planned

throughout the day. Tickets

are free, but you do need

to register at the library









The weather is finally

warming up, and hopefully,

it’s here to stay. One of the

things that many people enjoy

this time of year is baseball.

As a child, I fondly recall

practicing my batting and

fielding skills with my brothers

and cousins most nights of

the week and playing against

many other small-town teams.

While some of those fields are

still around today, many are

just a memory.

I was at a local event

recently, and someone mentioned

a baseball field in

Yorkville. Since there isn’t

one today, I asked where it

was and learned that it used to

be on Leatherwood Road. I’m

sure many residents have fond

memories of playing baseball

in Yorkville.

Anna Mae Kuebel passed

away on May 5 at the age of

93. She was well known for

her cooking and baking, especially

her peanut butter and

lemon meringue pies. Some

of her other hobbies included

gardening and canning. She

was a fun person to be with

and loved her family. One of

her favorite things to do was

to sit on her front porch and

watch the hummingbirds at

the many feeders she put in

place. She was a hard worker

and worked side by side with

her husband Eugene on the

farm for many years. Anna

Mae will be greatly missed by

her “daughter” Karen Nailor

and her extended family of

incredible caregivers. Anna

Mae leaves behind her brother

Gerald (Joyce) Huffman and

several nieces, nephews, great

nieces and nephews, and greatgreat

nieces and nephews.

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in my next article! If you have

news to share about the Yorkville/Guilford

area, please

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Restoration of the iconic old family barn.

The red barn restored to its glory.









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newly restored barn on North

Dearborn Road across from

the North Dearborn Branch

Library in Logan. I have had

many requests for an article

about it. So here is my first offering

of how that came to be:

My parents, Robert and

Helen Dunevant, my two

brothers Don and Mark, and

I moved to our farm on North

Dearborn Road in June of

1963. (I think we could be

considered the first “immigrants”

in Logan!) The farm

was previously owned by

Glen McClure, who was the

agriculture teacher at North

Dearborn High School. Before

that, the farm was owned

by Col. Robert Reese, who

was the grandfather of the

late Rick Reese, and his sister

Toni Cleary.

Our decision to restore the

barn was made as we realized

that a lot of structural issues

needed to be addressed. Because

we didn’t want to be a

statistic of owning a barn that

had collapsed, we decided to

proceed with a restoration.

We did some research and

contacted a company here in

Indiana who does repair and

restoration of timber-frame

buildings. When the work got

started in June of 2018, the #1

question was: “Are you tearing

it down or fixing it?”

Susan will be sharing more

of the story about this famous

barn in future editions of The








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Discover summer fun in Ripley County

June 19-21 Batesville Music and Arts Festival

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

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

Demonlition Derby (Friday) and Truck Dirt Drags (Saturday)

July 4-7 Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival, Batesville

July 6 Star Spangled Symphony, Batesville

July 21-27 Ripley County 4-H Fair, Osgood

July 27-28 Indiana Wine Trail Artisan Weekend

Ertel Cellars, Batesville

August 3 Batesville Bash and Vélo in the Ville

Downtown Batesville

August 3-4 Xterra DINO Triatholon

DINO Mountain Bike Series

Versailles State Park

August 14 Music on the Bricks

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The highest rank of

achievement in the Boy

Scouts of America is the

Eagle Scout. John Lake is

working on his Eagle Scout

project and helped with four

pro-life monuments that are

displayed at each of the All

Saints parish campuses (Yorkville,

New Alsace, Dover,

and St. Leon). If you’re ever

in the area, stop by and check

out one of the monuments.

Great work, John!

I just finished planting my

garden this week and hope

that later this summer, my

family and I will enjoy fresh

vegetables. Many farmers

are planting their crops too.

I often see farm machinery

on the curvy, narrow roads

that require other vehicles to

slow down or stop, so stay


If you’re looking for a

family-friendly activity on

a Friday evening, the New

Alsace Legion hosts men’s

softball games starting at

6:30 p.m. There is no admission

and a concession stand







Indiana Retired Teachers

Association has chosen

Dillsboro resident, Cherie

Rump for the A.M.B.A.

Clock Award. The Clock

Award is presented annually

to individuals who distinguish

themselves with exceptional

service and the most volunteer

hours. Congratulations and

thank you, Cherie, for all of

your many hours of dedication

and hard work bringing

the Heritage Festival to life

as well as all of the ways you

help our community.

The Indiana Office of

Community and Rural Affairs

have announced the

award for the quality-of-place

initiative. Dillsboro is one of

eleven selected from fortynine

communities throughout

Indiana. Funding will be used

to transform an asphalt space

in front of ‘The Porch’ at

Dillsboro Arts. Funding will

is available. The games are

played weekly until mid-July.

The legion is hosting their

monthly euchre tournament

on July 19 with games starting

at 1 p.m. 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. Refreshments

are available for purchase.

Call 812.623.3695 for

more information.

Our condolences to the

family of Mary Ann Disch,

who passed away on May 3.

She grew up in Weisburg and

took the train to Cincinnati

to become a licensed cosmetologist,

adding yet another

skill to her creative repertoire,

which already included

gardening, floral designing,

painting, and sewing. Mary

Ann won several coveted

awards from Indiana University

for her artistry with

Opening Minds through Art.

Her children and their spouses

who survive her are Tom and

Cris Riehle, Janie and Dr.

Robert Fleming, Bob and Teri

Disch, Kathy and Dan Veit,

Randy and Jeannine Disch;

eight grandchildren and eight


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be used to install an outdoor

bulletin board as well as a

mural designed and painted

with the help of sixth-grade

students. Concrete benches

will be added around asphalt

that will be decorated with the

help of math students depicting

the ‘Golden Ratio’ (which

is fascinating! Look it up or

stop by to find out more about

this project!) The scheduled

completion date is October.

Thank you to all involved.

The Dillsboro In Bloom celebration

was really a success

due in large part to the efforts

of many community members.

The event opened with a

ribbon cutting and thank-you

ceremony. Three musical acts

provided music, and the town

was full of activity. Thanks to

so many people and organizations

including Dillsboro Town

Board and staff, Susan Greco,

Dillsboro Community Partnership,

Dillsboro Arts board and

volunteers, Jeff Bittner and

Dana Bascom, Bruce Murray,

Jamonn Zeiler, Harley

Day, Greg Brauer, and the

Ross Foundation.

Dillsboro Arts current

exhibition ‘Being Human -

from Portrait to Concept’ runs

through July 27.

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June 16 is Father’s Day,

so be sure to get a nice card

for your dad or grandpa and

let them know how much

they are appreciated. June

15 is the Riversweep; try to

get downtown to the river

and help clean up some of

the debris that clutters the


The Fourth of July will

be here soon. Make plans to

attend the parade in Rising

Sun and come to the riverfront

to watch the outstanding

fireworks display.

We lost Omer Brown, a

past commander of American

Legion Post 59 in Rising Sun

and a very valuable member



of our Color Guard. He was

a former mayor, having

served from 1983-87 and

was well respected. I gave a

speech at his funeral and was

honored to do so for such an

outstanding man. Omer loved

being a grandpa, or “PA.” His

grandson, Bodie, was the one

who could always put a smile

on Omer’s face. He will be

missed by so many and was

an honorable man.

I went out to Milan and

met with Bob White, the

retired history teacher from

Rising Sun High School. We

met with his brother, Gene,

a member of the 1954 Milan

State Championship team,

and Bob’s sister, Linda.

They had their Uncle Vernon

Wayne White’s memorabilia

and medals from when he

was killed on Christmas Eve

in 1944. He was on the SS

Leopoldville and I will do a

story about it later on.

A Rising Sun native,

Hospitalman Kean Babcock,

is a corpsman serving with the

Fleet Angels in the Navy. He


serves as a flight medic, flying

in the MH-60S Knighthawk

helicopter. Kean is carrying

on a family tradition as his

dad, grandpa, and uncle

served in the Navy. The USA

is proud to have fine young

men like Kean, serving our

nation today.

Sergeant Herman P.

Smith was killed in action

in Luxembourg on January

25, 1945 but his funeral was

seventy years ago in Rising

Sun on April 28, 1949. He

served with the 80th Infantry

Division under General

Patton. We need to remember

those who gave their life for

our country.

My grandson, Grady

Walter, helped his team, the

Cincinnati Future Stars, win

the Mother’s Day tournament

at Lawrenceburg. May 11

was the championship day,

and his twin sister, Carli,

was playing in a tournament

in Kentucky. She had played

in a national tournament

the week before under

some brutal conditions. The

tournament hosted fortyseven

teams from Texas,

Florida, California, Alabama,

Tennessee, and elsewhere.

They had to get the games in

even if it meant playing in

muddy conditions and cold,

rainy weather.

Alix DeDreu has had an

outstanding career at Thomas

More College and has set

many records for their fastpitch

softball team. I can

remember her playing on

the field I built on our land

on Cass Union Road when

she was only six years old.

You could tell then, with her

ability and determination,

she was going to be a good


Hopefully, by the time you

read this, the Rising Sun Lady

Shiners Fast-Pitch Softball

Team will still be playing.

They have a strong team this

year under Coach Bryce

Kendrick who is dedicated

to making them better players

and a very competitive team.

Jenna Kendrick graduated

from Butler University on

May 11. Her Hooding Day

was on May 10 when she

officially graduated from

Pharmacy School. She is now


and we are all so proud

of her. She’s had six very

dedicated years of Pharmacy

School and has worked so

hard to accomplish this.

Bryce, Jodi, Ryan, and

Emily have supported her

tremendously. Aunt Paula

and I attended the ceremony

with Aunt Margaret Curry

and Grandma Cheryl

Kendrick. Jenna will be

working at the VA Hospital

in Chillicothe, Ohio. They

are getting a good one. Her

boyfriend, Dr. Ben Roberts,

received his pharmacy

doctorate last year.

Congratulations to Carli

and Grady Walter for

being chosen for the Student

Council at Aurora Elementary

School. The twins are

involved in so much they

make my head spin. They will

be in the sixth grade next year.

Second grader and grandson,

Coleton Pettit, placed second

in the spelling bee and his

buddy, Leo Bressert, was the


Summer is a great time for

a lot of fun to be had, and it

always flies by. School will

start before you know it. I

hope to get some quality

fishing time in with the

kids and grandkids out at

the property we have in the


Take care, be happy, and

try to make others happy.

Nobody’s perfect, so don’t

try to nit-pick others, but

try to help them have a

better life. We live in a great

country and it’s up to us to

help others. Many of us are

living the American Dream,

and that’s possible for all

people if they can only catch

a few breaks. God Bless you

and the USA.

Volunteers and members of Oldenburg’s planning committee

shown are Ellen Paul, Jeff Paul, Troy Ilderton,

Brian Sheehan, Dennis Moeller, Mary Beth Kerker, Paul

Selkirk, Sister Rose Marie Weckenmann, Gary Munchel,

Karen Munchel, Adam Bedel







Thinking outside the box …

In a past column, I mentioned

the ‘Burg’s Comprehensive

Plan efforts that

were launched with a town

hall meeting and community

survey. While the survey results

are being analyzed, this

month’s column highlights

some of the next steps taken

in the village planners’ quest.

In an interview with Gary

Munchel, Oldenburg Historian,

he shared that a contingency

of village planners

ventured to Rushville, at the

invitation of Brian Sheehan,

Rushville’s Director of

Special Projects to learn more

about how officials created

their comprehensive plan, and

the projects they have since


Gary noted, “Rushville was

awarded an Indiana Stellar

Community Award and has

since been awarded numerous

grants for a variety of eightyseven

projects totaling $93

million since 2017!”

The Oldenburgers strolled

through downtown Rushville

to view current and

future projects. Brian shared

a high-level overview of the

plan and how it has helped

to drive the vision, goals

and action steps for a host of

significant enhancements to

the city – including the use

of green spaces, preservation

of historic buildings, creative

venues for community enjoyment,

and economic development.

At the conclusion of the

walking tour, Brian provided

a formal presentation of how

the city leaders were able to

“get the right people in the

right seat, so they were all

rowing in the right direction,”

with efforts beginning in

2011 with their “Downtown

Dreamwalk” to envision the

future of their city. Planning

efforts spanned a five-year

period and included:

• Economic Development

Strategic Plan

• ADA Transition Plan

• Library Feasibility Study

• Downtown Revitalization


• Blight Elimination Plan

• Parks Master Plan &

Trails Mapping

• Historic District Study

• Housing Market Study

And more …

Gary summarized, “We

all left inspired by their “big

thinking” projects as Oldenburg

is in the planning phase

of creating our comprehensive


Sue’s commentary- I once

spoke with a gentleman,

who upon discovering that I

worked in Oldenburg commented,

“That’s where my

wife and I hope to retire!”

When I asked how they selected

Oldenburg, he quipped,

“Our son and daughter are OA

graduates, and through their

years in Oldenburg, we fell in

love with the ’Burg … and we

think it’s as close to heaven on

earth as one place could be.”

So readers… look for future

columns as I keep you posted

of how the village contingency

plans to improve upon

“heaven on earth!”

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I am here to say that Aurora

is not a sleepy ole’ river town!

Ole’? Yes! River town? Yes!


NOT! To coin a phrase from

fellow resident, Dan Valas,

“Good things are happening

in Aurora!” And this past

month has been no exception.

Since the last submission

we’ve had a MULTITUDE of

activities in Aurora, but here’s

just a few for you.

Many Dearborn County residents

spent an enjoyable evening

at an event entitled Meet

the Holmans of Veraestau

Hill. Guests enjoyed tours of

Veraestau which overlooks

the beautiful Ohio River. The

event celebrated the historic

preservation efforts of the

Aurora Historic Preservation

Commission (HPC) as well as

Aurora resident, Jenny Awad.

The Historical Society corecognized

the Aurora HPC

and Mrs. Awad with the 2019

Outstanding Historian Awards

for their efforts to preserve

Aurora’s historic architecture

and atmosphere.

Although the scheduled

River View Volunteers include Justin Meyer, Mike Crider,

and Ken Ray.

Judy Ulrich, Main Street member; Aiden Coombs; Bryanna

Buell; Standing in for Elana Hollingsworth (who was

on a class trip) was Saint Mary principal, Bob Brookbank;

Nancy Turner, Main Street Director.

South Dearborn High School

Community Service Day was

canceled due to impending

weather, the Aurora Garden

Club and River View Cemetery

volunteers continued

their work as planned. Some

passersby at the park discovered

that, yes some City

Council folks do know how

to get their hands dirty as

they witnessed Councilman

Drury manhandling bags of

mulch to assist the garden


The second Saturdays of

almost every month are busy

days in Aurora. This month

the Garden Club ladies got

their hands dirty once again

planting the flower pots on

Third Street. The flower pots

and beds all around the city

are GORGEOUS! You must

take a ride or walk and come

see. Be careful, though- if you

see Cindy Rottinghaus out

and about, she may put you

to work as she did her niece

who came for a visit from


Later in the afternoon on

Saturday, May 11, Main Street

Aurora held a Kids “Super

Hero” Disco Dance. Seventyfive

super-heroes and volunteers

thoroughly enjoyed the

event. Civista Bank donated

frisbees and popcorn bags for

the kids. Main Street Director,

Nancy Turner, said the kids,

“…were just too cute; especially

the little one dressed as

Jarrad Holbrook, director of SE Indiana Landmarks office;

Jenny Awad, Aurora resident and vice president of the

Dearborn County Historical Society; Dan Valas, Aurora

HPC member; Mark Drury, HPC president; and Cindy

Rottinghaus, HPC member.

Charlotte Hastings and

Cathy Whitham.

Cindy Rottinghaus, Aurora

Garden Club president;

and her niece, Sarah Ehmann,

from Colorado.

Chris McGraw

Groot from Guardians of the


Aurora Main Street sponsored

an essay contest in

which seventy-nine sixth

graders from Aurora Elementary

School, Saint

John’s School, and Saint

Mary’s School participated.

In celebration of Aurora’s

two hundredth birthday, the

students were given a choice

to write about one of three

people important in Aurora’s

history—Jesse Holman who

laid out the town of Aurora

in 1819; Thomas Gaff (1808-

1884) businessman, banker,

distiller, and beloved resident

of Hillforest; or Mary Stratton

founder of Aurora Woman’s

Research Club in 1896 and

daughter of Aurora’s founder,

Jesse L. Holman. Essays were

evaluated by Nancy Turner,

Main Street Director, and

Judy Ulrich and Debbie Fehling,

Main Street members.

The ladies said that all of the

essays were so good that they

had a hard time narrowing

the field to three. Winning

first place for her essay on

Thomas Gaff was Elana Hollingsworth

from Saint Mary’s

School. Second place for her

essay on Mary Stratton was

awarded to Bryanna Buell

from Aurora Elementary

School. And winning third

place for his essay on Thomas

Gaff was Aiden Coombs

from Saint John Lutheran

School. The three winners

read their essays and received

their awards at the Aurora

City Council meeting.

Not to be outdone by

the sixth graders at Aurora

Elementary School, the third

graders are working on the

development of a playground

project for the City of Aurora

through the Science, Technology,

Engineering, and Mathematics

(STEM) program at

school. With the guidance of

Principal, Mary Baily, and

other teachers, the students

executed a survey of students

for their preferred playground

equipment, researched prices

of such equipment, made

drawings, are seeking grants

and other donations for the

project, and wrote letters to

the Aurora Park Board. When

I saw the proposal packet that

these kids prepared, I was

truly IMPRESSED. I will be

doing a follow-up story to this

as these third graders move to

fourth grade in the Fall, and

this project comes to fruition.

Stay tuned… News at 11!

And stay tuned for upcoming

events in Aurora:

June 21- Aurora Lions Club

outdoor movie, Blind Side;

June 22-AHS museum Sock

Hop; June 28 – Gabbard Park

ribbon cutting; June 29 – Red,

White, & BOOM Festival

& Fireworks at Lesko Park

(still looking for crafters), and

Hillforest Blast from the Past;

July 14 – Sunday Music at the

City Park.


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Moores Hill High School

Alumni’s annual dinner at

historic Carnegie Hall was

attended by over one hundred-fifty

alumnus of either

Moores Hill High School

or Moores Hill Elementary

School. This year is the one

hundred ninety-fifth anniversary

of the school. The

consolidation of schools into

the South Dearborn Community

School Corporation took

place in 1978.

Graduating classes who are

celebrating milestones were

recognized. Funds were raised

to provide scholarships to two

students who either attended

Moores Hill or whose parents

or grandparents attended

Moores Hill.

The evening began with a

welcome by Brenda Ochs

who is the secretary/treasurer,

followed by the presentation

of the colors by the Moores

Hill Legion. Olivia Knue


led the National Anthem, and

the invocation was made by

Jim Burkhardt. Dinner was

catered with the help of South

Dearborn High School student

government members.

Scholarships were awarded

to Katie Brown and Gunner

Markland. Katie is the

daughter of Robin (1981)

and Michelle Brown. Katie

currently ranks number one

in her class and holds a GPA

of 4.11! She plans to major

in the health/medical field.

Gunner is the son of Paul

and Jennifer Ritchie (1991)

Markland, and the grandson

of Virgie Lunsford (1964).

The colors were presented by Moores Hill Legion Post

209 members Chuck Butler, Terry Ingersoll, Ron “Rack”

Kuhn, and Jim Smith.

Gunner will attend Ball State

University this fall.

Special recognition was

given to Mary Waldon from

the class of 1945 for being

the oldest female alumnus

in attendance. Fred Knopf,

class of 1946, was recognized

as the oldest male alumnus in

attendance. Jim Slater, class

of 1958, traveled the farthestall

the way from Seattle,

Washington. Special thanks

to Nancy Gerber, sponsor

of SDHS student government,

for bringing such an

exceptional group of students

to help serve those in attendance.

Also, thanks to

Mike McCabe for the lovely

hanging baskets that were

given away as door prizes.

(I was lucky enough to win

one.) And, finally, thanks

to the Moores Hill Alumni

committee members President

Linda Schwarz, Vice

President Margie Short, and

Secretary/Treasurer Brenda


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We paid for all of the rain

with a lot of flooding- but the

flowers are here! Lilac, tulips,

hyacinth, magnolia, daffodils,

creeping phlox, Virginia bluebells,

trillium, and my personal

Franklin County favorite-

redbud! It’s also Bradford

Pear season, and after being

enlightened last year about the

invasiveness of that particular

kind of pear, I can’t help but

notice them everywhere I go!

I am so glad Brookville has an

abundance of redbuds, and I

hope it always stays that way.

Kids are getting ready to be

done with school. Now that

spring break is over, and it

feels like everyone has senioritis.

Meanwhile, kindergarten

registration took place. My

five-year-old keeps asking excitedly,

“Is tomorrow school?”

No. “The day after that?” So

we made a paper chain for her

to illustrate the 100+ days left,

giving her perspective and older

kids an idea.....................))))

After a few days of rain and

cold, Easter felt glorious and

warm- a genuinely beautiful

day perfect for family gettogethers

and egg hunts. Our

family wanted to go check out

the eagle’s nest at the river,


Braydon Ertel

Randy Troyer

but the water level was too

high because of all of the rain.

A few brave souls with cameras

and huge zoom lenses were

out photographing the eagle

pair though. Instead of a river

visit, we hiked in the hills off

of St Mary’s and enjoyed the

(finally!) spring-like weatheralbeit

a muddy walk!

A chicken nugget eating

contest recently took place

at four local restaurants. The

contest was incredibly funcheering

on contestants of

all ages (the group I watched

had nine- through thirty-nineyear-olds.)

The four winners

will go on to compete in a

final round at CanoeFest held

at the end of June. My husband,

Randy Troyer, was one

of the winners. I can’t wait to

see him try to win the giant

chicken trophy. Other winners

were Braydon Ertel, Josie

Wolfe, and simultaneous finishers

Todd Thalheimer and

Steve Fister.

Brookville recently hosted a

world-renowned photographer,

Sujata Setia. The Londonbased

photographer visited

in April. She couldn’t have

picked a more beautiful town

in which to hold a workshop

where she taught other

photographers about her art.

Brookville was long known for

being a creative haven. Having

the town’s beauty admired

and captured by her and other

artists who traveled to take her

workshop was quite an honor.

Bring on baseball, heat, summer

break and longer days!

3 Historic Indiana Festivals ~ Summer 2019 ~

Saturday - 5pm-Midnight

Food Stand (German Favorites)

Beer Garden – Grand Raffle- Quilts

Basket Raffle- Games- Kiddie Land

Live Music by The Yorkridge Boys

$10,000 Big Money Raffle

B&G Ice Cream Truck

Sunday - 11am - 9pm

Chicken Dinner (11am-5pm)

Beer Garden - Lunch Stand

Games – Grand Raffle – Country Store

Kiddie Land - Quilts – Basket Raffle

$10,000 Big Money Raffle

Music by DJ Dan Morris

B&G Ice Cream Truck

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Todd Thalheimer and

Steve Fister

A behind-the-scenes from

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Saturday - 5:30pm-Midnight

Food Stand - Beer Garden

Grand Raffle – Basket Raffle- Quilts

Games- Kiddie Land-

$10,000 Big Money Raffle

B&G Ice Cream Truck

Live Music by The Yorkridge Boys

Sunday - 11am - 9pm

5k Country Run: 9:30am

Chicken Dinner (11am-5pm)

Beer Garden- Lunch Stand - Games

Grand Raffle - Quilts – Kiddie Land

Country Store- Basket Raffle

$10,000 Big Money Raffle

B&G Ice Cream Truck

Music by DJ Makin’ Noise

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Winter is only a memory,

the Easter bunny has left

behind his chocolate, and we

have honored our mothers

on a chilly day in May. What

comes next? We begin to roll

out those “lazy, hazy, crazy

days of summer!” (Nat King

Cole hit of 1963 known well

by the baby boomer generation).

Nothing can be crazier

than the vast number of events

going on in Lawrenceburg and

Dearborn County this summer.

While Mother’s Day was

a chilly overcast day, the

same cannot be said for the

Crusin For A Cure Car Show

the previous weekend. The

prayers of Logan Lawrence

and his sixty volunteers for

a sunny day were answered

when the sun shone brightly

on the streets of Lawrenceburg

that day. This fund raiser car

show now in its third year, is

the brainchild of Lawrenceburg

High School graduate

(and current Purdue student)

Logan Lawrence, to honor his

grandfather who died of ALS.

Approximately four hundred

fifty cars from eight different

states filled the downtown

streets of Lawrenceburg that

day! The event raised roughly

$24,000 for ALS research.

The prom walk in Lawrenceburg

was a fun-filled night

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Ellen LeBlanc portraying

Lucy Holman at Verestau.

Lawrenceburg residents

Jean Fouch and Val Darlin

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stage in their finery. Thankfully,

the drama of whether or

not one has a date for prom

is no longer. Seeing a bunch

of friends walking across the

stage together is quite natural.

I was excited to obtain a fun

picture of Jon-Ashley Brown,

Tori Blevins, Krissy Ascherman,

and Blake Ramseyer

for a photo op at the foot of the

escalator as all three girls attempted

to hold Blake up. Lots

of laughter.

A very successful turn out

was had for the Meet The

Holman’s event at historic

Verestau. Verestau, with its

breathtaking views of the

Ohio River, was the home

of Jesse Lynch Holman, a

governor of Indiana territory

and a fourteen-year US

Supreme Court justice. A tour

also featured the presentation

of the 2019 outstanding

historian awards to Aurora

Main Street and Jenny

Awad. Aurora Main Street

has worked tirelessly to plan

community activities to celebrate

Aurora’s bicentennial

anniversary. Jenny Awad, the

author of several area historical

books, was recognized for

work with the renovations of

the Angevine Cabin and the

Vance Tousy home in Lawrenceburg.

You can check out

these renovations when the

historical society hosts a Fairy

party for children. Costumed

fairies, crafts, and food make

for an entertaining day for

young kids.

The Dearborn County Clearing

House had a packed house

for their Hunger Awareness

Event. You may have seen the

Logan Lawrence with volunteers

Emma Pennington

and Kyle Knight.

Madelyn Graves, daughter

of Dede Adkins having face

painted by Karen Wells.

Right 2-U - Resource vans

around as they deliver food

into the community for those

unable to obtain transportation.

Recently their vans helped

two hundred three families

and three hundred ninety-nine

individuals! The Clearing

House serves 2444 families a

month and provides 415 Sacs

of Snacks for weekend food

for area students in need.

Congratulations to Lawrenceburg

high school student

Tommy Newcomb for attaining

the highest award in Boy

Scouts, the Eagle Scout. His

ceremony was held May 19th

at St. John Lutheran church

for his work on beautification

of their outdoor fire pit with

handmade benches. Congratulations

also to Zach Mollaun,

son of Kelly and Jody Mollaun,

and Alex Flannery, son

of Jeff and Elaine Flannery,

on being chosen as Lawrenceburg

High School students of

the month.

I can’t wait for the new park

in Lawrenceburg to open! It

is going to be a great summer.

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The current generation

Jeff, Chris, Jennifer, and

Laurie Brandt.

Frank Jr and Lavern Brandt.

The community of Manchester

is full of individuals and

families with a rich history in

our area. One such family is

the Brandts. Back in 1946,

Frank (Butch) and Helen

(Folke) Brandt built a garage

on SR 48 in Manchester,

in front of a buggy factory.

They pumped gas (Sinclair)

and serviced cars by day,

and they hosted community

events in the evening. Three

generations of Brandts worked

there- Frank (Butch), Frank

(Junior), and Frank (Jeff).

Engines were rebuilt, tires

changed, and sickle bars were

ground for the farmers and the

Dearborn County Highway

Department. They sold regular

and ethyl gas, penny candy,

pop, and cigarettes. Butch also

worked on tractors, back when

most everything mechanical

could be fixed! He would work

on any car, except a Volkswagen

because it had a different

engine. Butch retired from

the garage in 1971, and it was

closed for business in 1973.

The Brandt family was

involved in many other things

in the Manchester area. Butch

played baseball as the catcher

for Manchester in the Tri-

County league. Later on, he

managed the baseball team

and even drove a school bus!

Butch and Helen were married

in 1928 in Manchester.

The property for the garage

came from her Folke family.

They had a son, Frank (Jr.)

in 1929. Frank Jr. married

Lavern (Jeffries) in 1958,

lived in Greendale for twentynine

years, but eventually

moved back to the Manchester

Brandt family farm. Frank

Jr and Lavern had a son,

Frank (Jeff) in 1959. Jeff

loved helping his grandpa in

the garage and started pumping

gas at age eight! The

eldest Brandt, Butch, passed

in 1990, leaving a memorable

family legacy behind.

The youngest, Jeff, married

Chris (Claybaugh) in 1987.

They still reside in Manchester.

They have two daughters,

Jennifer and Laurie, who

were active in Manchester

schools and sports. The

middle generation of Brandts,


Butch and Helen Brandt

Frank Jr. and Lavern, both

passed in 2018.

Generations of the Brandt

family have lived in this area

for nearly a century. Jeff,

Chris, Jennifer, and Laurie

cherish their family history

and can share colorful stories

that go with the many photos

and memorabilia they have

collected over the years. The

Brandts are one of many

long-time Manchester families

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By the time you are reading

this, summer will be in full

swing! School will be out,

pools will be open, and long

evenings will be filled with the

smell of jasmine and freshly

cut green grass. A rainy spring

has hopefully given way to

better weather, and hopefully,

we are coming up on our

second cutting of hay. I often

think, if one wants to know the

meaning of hard work, spend

a summer baling hay! Our

kids are getting older, so it’s all

hands on deck at The Stenger

household, and they totally

love it- ha! Baseball is in high

gear, and hopefully, the Reds

are in the running. There is no

time like sweet summertime!

A lot of good things are

happening around town!

St. Nicholas recently held

their annual Turtle Trot 5K

Walk/Run which benefits the

school. In addition to the race,

the famous Turtle Soup Supper

also took place. Numerous

volunteers make events

possible through hard work,

sponsorships, and donations.

Everyone’s time and generosity

are much appreciated. The

5K winners in each division

were Abigail Kruthaupt, Ben

Riehle, Krystle Enzinger, and

Jared Prickel.

In more exciting news

from St. Nicholas School

Fourth Grade Student, Lily

Eckstein, daughter of Jon

and Lisa Eckstein, won

The Association of Indiana

Counties (AIC) Annual Essay

Contest for the Southeast

district! Winners were chosen

from six regions in Indiana.

The entire fourth grade class

at St. Nicholas participated

with the focus this year,

concentrating on “Ensuring

the Administration of the

Indiana Elections Process.”

Each student was asked

to write about the election

process in their county. In

preparation, their teacher,

Mrs. Beth Schwering,

Lily Eckstein won the (AIC)

annual essay contest for

the Southeast District.

Participants in the Annual

Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk.

helped them research the

election process. Also, the

class conducted a candy bar

election during which the

entire school participated.

Guest speaker, Karen Davis,

spoke about her experience as

a poll worker. Lily read her

essay at the district meeting,

where she received her one

hundred dollar cash prize!

Great job!

Congratulations to James

and Sandra Wagner who

will celebrate their fortieth

wedding anniversary on

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a happy and safe summer!

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“Deep summer is when

laziness finds respectability.”

- Sam King.

Even though Harrison is

busting at the seams this

month with events around

town, I hope everybody finds

some extra time to relax and

enjoy the simple pleasures

June has to offer.

May 18 was the annual

District Food Truck Rally. The

downtown streets were packed

while the crowd sampled

crepes, gourmet mac-n-cheese,

and donuts. Mad River Band

and The Danny Frazier Band

kept the crowd swinging.

The Summer Concert Series

kicks off this month. The

Harrison Recreation Center is

switching things up this year

by moving the venue around

town! The events offer drinks

and food for purchase. The

bands are fantastic and showcase

a variety of different

genres of music this summer.

Friday Night Movie at the

Community Center is another

free option to wind down the


Madison Waite and Lucy Schwieterman enjoy shaved ice

and laughs at the annual Food Truck Festival.

Jackson Schwieterman

gets to visit with Firepup for

Kids at the Food Festival.

It was a wonderful evening

filled with food and laughter!

As always... safety first!

week! Pizza and popcorn are

provided with the encouragement

of bringing canned

goods for the Mayors Drive.

Movies always start at dusk.

The Reds Baseball and

Softball Camp returns for their

eighth season at Harrison High

School June 24-28. The camps

are open to boys and girls

ages 6 to 14. Not only do local

students receive proper training

throughout the week, but

they also get to take a trip to

the Great American Ball Park

where campers get to meet a

Reds coach and Reds players!

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The Mystery of Plant

Identification in the

Home Landscape

My wife and I bought our

first home last month. We were

happy to find everything we

were looking for, and more, in

Aurora. One of the first joys

of home ownership has been

the mystery of discovering

what was planted in my new

landscape by previous owners.

From lilac bushes to mock orange,

and even skunk cabbage-

I apparently have it all! In this

month’s article, I’ll discuss

plant identification for those

exploring a new or unknown


The Basics

When attempting to learn

what you see in your landscape,

take into account some

primary considerations. Factors

such as growth type (prostrate

vs. upright vs. creeping),

plant type (shrub, tree, grass),

and whether or not a plant is

deciduous or an evergreen are

easy starting points.

Hands-on I.D.

When you do come across

a plant in your landscape that

Jascia Robinson was recently

awarded the With Our

Youth! Award from AARP.

The AARP With Our Youth!

Award gives national recognition

to local volunteers who

work tirelessly with young

people. The program was

established in 1997 to provide

opportunities to address

the needs of youth and the

broader community.

Ms. Robinson developed

the Think Smart, Stay Safe

program. Over sixty volunteers

in southeastern Indiana

go into the local schools to

teach fourth- and fifth-graders

about their safety at home

and school, on the Internet,

with strangers, and elsewhere.

Working with the Indiana

State Police, she updates kids

as young as second grade to

strategies to cope with dangerous

situations. Co-leader

Cynthia Griffith said, “Jasica

is the ‘energizer bunny.’ She

works tirelessly to keep the

PATHS school programs going

you’re unsure about, don’t

just assume it’s a weed. Some

desired plants may emerge

from the seedbed years after

their initial arrival and others

may arrive via birds or the

wind. To start, look for simple

defining characteristics. Some,

like the minty smell of creeping

Charlie, are unmistakable.

Others, like the structural

similarities of grass types, can

be hard to spot. If you’re determined

to discover what you’ve

got growing, begin looking at

more specific characteristics.

For example, if you are

trying to identify a tree, pull

a leaf and make a note of its

size, how it is lobed (if lobed

at all), and whether it is simple

or compound. Leaves like

those of the honey locust are

compound because the leaf

makeup itself contains many

smaller leaflets. Conversely,

the leaf of a tulip poplar is

simple because the leaf is

comprised of one single body.

Other defining characteristics

to consider might include bark

patterns, presence of thorns,

site location, and seed type.

Leaf identification is great

for trees and other deciduous

plants but presents a problem

in the winter when the tree is

bare. If you are seriously interested

in becoming an expert

in tree identification, don’t

become too reliant on using


Defining characteristics will

vary by plant. In my opinion,

attempting to identify grass is

generally the most difficult.

If you decide to try, you will

Robinson Receives National Award from AARP

smoothly. She cares deeply

about all of the people she

works with in these programs.”

Carolyn Stroup, a former

Think Smart, Stay Safe Leader,

recalled when the Directions

program, which included

Think Smart, Stay Safe and

Kids of the Block, appeared to

be doomed. Jascia explored

avenues to ensure that the

children in the five counties

who received these programs

would not be denied that

education. “From what looked

to be an end came the beginning

of PATHS sponsored by

Highpoint Health and the very

successful continuation and

expansion of these programs.”

Judy Mosier, former Dearborn

County Retired Teacher’s

Community Service Chair,

shared, “Jasica is a person passionate

about ministry, as her

volunteers well reflect.” A big

bundle of energy, Jascia has

served as the youth leader for

her church since the early 90s.

In addition to working with

want to look for characteristics

such as vernation type (folded

vs. rolled leaves), ligule type

(absent, present, or hairy

structures), growth season, leaf

blade shape, and more. This

article is far too short even to

scratch the surface of grass


Technology Tips

Many of the advantages of

the internet also apply to basic

plant identification. Online

plant identification tools are

available from several university

extension services. Some

phone apps are also useful

for those with internet access

in their yards. For those with

smartphones, there are dozens

of plant identification apps

to try. I would advise exploring

the free iNaturalist app

as it has been the most useful

for me. Other resources are

available online from Purdue


The suggestions included

in this article are just starting

points. For more intricate plant

identification, I would advise

purchasing a plant glossary,

exploring those online resources,

or bringing a sample by my

office! I am always happy to

help with plant identification.

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, feel

free to email me at hawley4@ You can also reach

my office at 812-926-1189. We

are located at 229 Main Street,

Aurora, IN 47001.

Look for my next article

in the August issue of The


Betty Bourquein presenting

an award to Jascia Robinson

at the Annual Think

Smart, Stay Safe banquet.

the youth at church, Jascia

leads a women’s ministry in a

weekly Bible study. She leads

volunteers to prepare and

serve the Fourth Street Supper

several times a year. Each

year she organizes some project

such as sewing quilts for

Lutheran World Relief, sewing

and packing school backpacks,

or Operation Christmas

Child. She helps the women in

the church prepare and serve

funeral dinners as needed.

Jasica Robinson truly

represents the spirit of volunteerism.


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If you are like me, I can’t


believe that we Maxine are enjoying

sunny summer Klump days already.

Though I no longer have

space for a vegetable Community garden,


I’m fortunate to have a

farmer’s stand nearby with

freshly picked produce

available. I’m devoting this

month’s column to some of

my favorite dishes that seem

tastier with freshly picked


This vegetable pasta dish

seems so creamy, but the

pasta continues to absorb the

sauce almost immediately, so

it’s best to serve right after

cooking. If the sauce has

been almost absorbed, add

a small amount of milk and

stir to combine. If you want

a one-dish meal, add some

cooked, cubed chicken. Feel

free to substitute other green

vegetables for the asparagus.

Creamy Spring Pasta

2 oz (about ½ cup) fresh

bread, torn into pieces

1 tablespoon butter

2 minced garlic cloves,


1 ½ cups asparagus (cut on

diagonal into about 2-inch

long pieces)

1 cup frozen green peas

6 oz. uncooked fettuccine (in

refrigerated case)

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/3 cup minced green onion

1 tablespoon flour

¼ cup chicken broth

1 cup milk

3 oz. cream cheese

1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated

(about ¼ cup, packed)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons dried Italian


Use a food processor to

make bread into coarse

crumbs. Melt butter in a

large skillet over mediumhigh

heat. Add about ¼ of

minced garlic and sauté`

about a minute. Add bread

crumbs and sauté´ about

three minutes or until golden

brown. Remove and set aside.

Bring 3 quarts water to boil

in a large pot. Add asparagus

and peas to boiling water.

Cook for about 3 minutes or

until crisp-tender. Remove

from pan with a slotted spoon.

Rinse under cold water; drain.

Add pasta to boiling water.

Cook ten minutes or until al

dente. Drain and keep warm.

Heat olive oil in skillet over

medium heat. Add onion

and remainder of minced

garlic and cook for three

minutes until tender, stirring


Place flour in a small bowl;

gradually whisk in chicken

broth. Add broth mixture

and milk to the large pan,

stirring constantly with a

whisk. Bring to a boil. Reduce

heat and cook for 1 minute

or until thickened. Remove

from heat, add cheeses, Italian

seasoning, salt, and pepper,

stirring until cheeses melt.

Add pasta, asparagus, and

peas. Toss well. Sprinkle with

breadcrumbs and additional

parmesan. Garnish with

chopped parsley (optional).

Locally grown corn should

soon be advertised both

at your supermarket or at

farmer’s markets in your

area. I love this colorful salsa,

which is excellent with grilled

meats, fish, or burgers.

Fresh Corn Salsa

4 tomatoes (about 1 ½ lb.),


1 cup cooked fresh corn


¼ cup finely chopped red


¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ - 1 finely chopped jalapeno


¼ cup bottled Italian dressing.

Combine all ingredients and

toss lightly in Italian dressing.

Makes about 3 cups.

If you enjoy onions with

your burgers, this red onion

jam is a great change of pace.

The jam can be made ahead

of time and refrigerated, and

leftovers will keep for 2-3

weeks if refrigerated.

Red Onion Jam

2 tablespoons butter

2 red onions thinly sliced

¾ cup red wine (or use ¾ cup

apple juice instead)

2 tablespoons balsamic


¾ cup brown sugar, firmly


1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

Heat butter in skillet over

medium heat. Add onions

and cook until translucent,

about ten minutes, stirring

occasionally to prevent

browning. Add remaining

ingredients and bring to a

boil and then reduce heat.

Simmer, uncovered, until

liquid thickens, about thirty

minutes. Remove from heat

and cool slightly. If making

ahead of time, refrigerate

until about thirty minutes

before serving.

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never include plastic bags

Recycle every day at one of the 14

drop-off locations in Dearborn County.

Follow these guidelines to help your

neighbors and your Recycling Center.

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