The Bright Fire and EMS, Bright

Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will be

able to purchase a much-needed life

squad thanks to the Local Income Tax

(LIT) that was implemented in 2018.

Kendall Eckhardt, president of the

organization, approached the Dearborn

County Income Tax Council concerning

funding for a new life squad. The

requested amount was $224,658.

Specifications for the new ambulance

were based on the use of an

ambulance chassis rather than a truck



Funds Allocated for New Bright Life Squad

chassis. At the time, truck chassis

were on backorder for one- to oneand-a-half

years. Maintenance for an

ambulance chassis is less since a leveling

system is not required as it is on a

truck chassis. The process of loading

and unloading patients is also made

smoother and faster.

The new ambulance is slated to

replace the current 2011 Dodge ambulance

currently in the fleet. While

the ambulance only has 98,000 miles

on it, maintenance bills for the vehicle

have totaled over $18,000 since

2017. Over $6000 worth of repairs

have been done on the suspension

this year, in addition to the installation

of a new transmission. The

vehicle even caught fire while being

used on a run.

The national average lifespan for an

ambulance is typically about 200,000

miles. Although the Dodge ambulance

was purchased for $145,000, the tradein

value is currently approximately

Continued on page 3A

Bright Parade Fun

Cyndi Brown and Art Little welcomed

the community for yet

another fun-filled parade and festival

thanks to tremendous volunteer efforts.

Page 9A

The Joy of YES

Stories of how the YES

Home has impacted their


Page 11A

Prettiest at the Fair

Anna Bruns’ sweet little one

was Grand Champion for

Prettiest Baby Girl!

Page 13B





Permit No. 9714

Dahlia Fuson and

Elise Bostick met at

the Lawrenceburg

Library. (Photo by

Debbie Acasio)

Darcy Troyer enjoys

a sweet, summer

treat. (Photo

by Karis Troyer)

Owen Schwier of Greendale taking his

new kayak on its maiden voyage on Tanners

Creek. He purchased the kayak with

his own money that he earned by taking

refuse to the recycling centers. (Photo by

Debbie Acasio)

By Maureen Stenger

Growing up on the West side of Cincinnati, one of the biggest

highlights of my childhood was The Harvest Home Fair

that took place every year in September. The week before

the parade, we would stake out our coveted spot along the

parade route with our lawn chairs. I spent the day of the parade

in school counting down the minutes until the final bell

rang, ready to burst with anticipation and excitement as the

best weekend of the entire year finally arrived! I still carry

those cherished memories with me. Who doesn’t smile when

they recall their days at the county fair if they were fortunate

enough to have them! I met my husband and moved to this

community almost sixteen years ago. When I was introduced

to the Dearborn County Fair, all of those wonderful memories

came flooding back.

Once upon a time, Dearborn County had two “official”

fairs, one in Aurora and one in Lawrenceburg. In 1869 both

towns decided to come together and hold one county fair

jointly. After a series of re-organizations, re-locations, a

fire, and a flood that destroyed all of the fair buildings, the

County Fair was brought back to life in 1921. Despite all of

the changes over the years, a common thread remains. The

fair strives to be a community event where people gather

together to celebrate the accomplishments of their fellow

Ethan Fehr on the dock

of a pond in Aurora. He

is proudly wearing something

he has been wanting

for a long time--a bandana

from the Friendship

Flea Market. (Photo by

Debbie Acasio)

Fun in

the Sun!

Avery, Silas, Nolan, and Charlie Frye were joined by Hannah Miller for a

day of fun at Kings Island. (Photo by Randy Frye)

Highway Dept.

Receives $1.8M


The Dearborn County Highway

Department recently received notification

that a $1.8 million grant will be

awarded to the county for the stabilization

of four slip areas. Three of the

slips are located on Union Ridge Road

near Manchester. The other is on West

Laughery Creek near Dillsboro.

Federal financial assistance is being

provided by the Natural Resources

Conservation Service (NRCS) through

an emergency grant submitted by Tim

Greive, Highway Superintendent.

The estimated cost for stabilization

and repairs is $2,528,770. NRCS

awarded a grant of $1,896, 578 which

requires a twenty-five percent match

from the county of $632,192.

Soil nailing will be used to stabilize

these areas. The process involves steel

“nails” being driven into the hillside

until stable ground is reached. The

nails are faced with mesh that is then

topped with a shotcrete facing mixture.

Interference with waterways is kept to

a minimum, and the least amount of

square footage is used.

The timing of clearing any land must

be taken into account when scheduling

these projects. Indiana bats are on the

federally endangered list. Consideration

must be given to minimize potential

adverse effects on the species.

Work on Union Ridge and West

Laughery Creek Roads is expected to

be completed this fall depending upon

the weather.

County Fair Promotes Compassion, Work Ethic

The Kiwanis 4-H Auction takes place on Friday evening

during fair week following a pork chop dinner.

citizens and broaden their horizons.

On a hot summer morning, I met with outgoing fifteenyear

Dearborn County Fair president, Duane Bischoff. He

was accompanied by his wife, Doty, who is a fair board

member and has spent thirteen years as Rabbit Chairman.

The efforts of many are needed to keep the county fair up

and running. The 4-H Board of directors, board members,

Continued on page 4A


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Some famous guy with

really crazy hair once said,

“Once you stop learning, you

start dying.” I took the words

of Albert Einstein to heart and

have never looked back. A

few weeks ago, my horizons

were expanded when I was

offered the opportunity to ted

hay. Whoohoo! How hard can

it be?

The process of tedding hay

occurs after the hay is cut.

The purpose is to “fluff” the

hay and allow it to dry more

quickly. Imagine Julia Child

being ambidextrous and

whisking with both hands,

in opposite directions, at the

same time.

Let me just say that tedding

hay is not something you can

do at the mall or that can be

learned in a one-hour class at

a studio. You have to swivel

your head one hundred eighty

degrees (although three hundred

sixty degrees would be

beneficial!) while making sure

an 11,000 lb. tractor stays on

course. Watch out for sinkholes

and discarded antlers,

and don’t go too fast.

Good grief, I felt like I was

learning to drive with my parents

in the passenger seat all

over again. (Yes, Dad, I still

have nightmares about our

little driving adventures.)

To all of the farmers out

there, I can only hope that you

develop that sixth sense that

every mother has of having

eyes in the back of her head.

Thanks, Bob Sommer, for

the opportunity and for your

patience. I can’t wait until


Each month I meet someone

who inspires me or simply

amazes me with his or her

work, vision, and dedication

to our community. Recently, I

attended a chicken fry where

I had the opportunity to chat

with the usual suspects- the

community leaders who make

every effort to support organizations

by attending fund

raisers in our community.

Naturally, Dearborn County

Commissioner Jim Thatcher

was in attendance (I heard he

never misses a good chicken

fry!). Accompanying Jim

was his wife, Vicki Nicolaci.

As I stood back and watched

the couple, I realized I was

witnessing a wife graciously

standing by as others stopped

to chat with Commissioner

Thatcher about community issues.

And then it hit me- Vicki

is the perfect example of a

quiet hero in our community.

The spouses and significant

others of our community leaders

are definitely quiet heroes,

and their rolls span far beyond

political parties. These

spouses are often involved

with the hospitals, community

foundations, schools, fire

departments, and EMS.

Imagine going on a date. (I

actually watched the following

scenario unfold between

two incredible community

leaders who have done, and

continue to do, so much for

the community. Rest assured,

“Strive not to

be a success,

but rather to be

of value.”

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein- German

born American physicist Albert

Einstein (1879 - 1955)

this date led to a fairy tale

ending.) Let’s say you’re

going to the movies. You are

with the one person who really

means a lot to you. But that

person means a lot to everyone

else around you as well

because your significant other

is a community leader. Guaranteed

that, as a spouse, you

patiently stand by as residents

come up and ask your spouse

a menagerie of questions.

And of course, each person’s

question is so important to

him or her that he or she feels

compelled to share all of the

background information about

the concern. Oh, wait, another

person stops and asks another

question about another county

concern. And another. Suddenly

you are wondering if

you have a snowball’s chance

of getting to your seat before

the movie begins. That’s the

life of a community leader’s


Remember that romantic

dinner planned for a Saturday

night? If you are a spouse of

a firefighter, sheriff, police

chief, prosecutor, judge,

doctor, etc. the odds of that

peaceful evening being interrupted

is pretty much guaranteed.

A supportive spouse

realizes the importance of the

responsibilities of a community

leader and quietly

picks up the pieces left in the

aftermath of the community

commitment. He or she stands

by and supports the efforts of

the other, unselfishly giving

up so many of life’s milestone


The next time you see Ruth

Little, Sharon Probst, Vicki

Nicolaci, the spouse of a commissioner

or council member,

a mayor, a firefighter, or anyone

who serves our community,

be sure to thank them for

their quiet contributions to our


Thank you, Vicki Nicolaci,

for being the inspiration of

this article. I can only imagine

the sacrifices, both large and

small, that you make. And of

how proud you must be.

The USS LST 325 is slated to return to Aurora on

Sept. 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of DCCVTB)

LST Visits Aurora for Bicentennial

The USS LST 325 is slated

to arrive in Aurora on Sept. 12,

2019, in conjunction with the

celebration with Aurora’s bicentennial


The Landing Ship Tank (LST)

is 328 feet long and can carry

twenty Sherman tanks. LSTs

were the only ships ever made

that could go anywhere in the

world and deposit their cargo

onto hostile beaches. LST’s

moved through the oceans at a

speed of about 10 knots (about

11 and one half miles per hour)

at top speed. Because the ships

moved so slowly and were filled

with supplies, they were a target

for the enemy. Soldiers from

World War II, Korea, and the

Vietnam conflicts were transported

on LSTs. The USS LST

325, in particular, was involved

in the invasion at Omaha Beach

on D-Day and at Sicily on July

10, 1943.

The USS LST 325 will be

landing at the Aurora Ferry

Landing and will be open for

tours Sept. 13-16. A welcome

ceremony is scheduled for Sept.

15 at 2:00 PM. A B25 bomber

flyover is also planned to accompany

the event.


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September 2019 THE BEACON Page 3A

What is it?

Last month’s item resulted in

a significant number of family

stories. “The item is a centrifugal

force cream separator. My family

had one when we used to milk

cows. The bowl on top was

geared to spin at a high rate of

speed with each turn of the crank.

Discs and parts were stacked

together to separate the cream

off to a smaller can that sat on

the round shelf. The larger milk

can usually sat on the floor. The

two spouts you can see in the

photo directed milk to those two

Last month: a cream


cans. I recall that there was an adjustment screw to control

the mixture of cream that went into the milk depending

on how much butterfat you wanted in it. I also remember

what an effort it was to disassemble it and clean all of the

working parts. I have no idea whatever happened to ours,

but what I’d give to hear that sound of it spinning again!”

shared Jon P. McKamey, Ph.D., Brookville.

Mary Keith, Aurora, shared a similar sentiment, “My

father milked the cows. I can still remember the sound of

the cream separator and its peaceful whine.”

“One of the most intriguing items at a dairy farm was

the cream separator. It works through centrifugal force. In

its raw form, milk contains a mixture of large and small

butterfat particles held in suspension because they weigh

less than the other parts of whole milk. The cream flows

into the cans destined for town, and the milk went into

buckets.” shared Marc Brunner, Manchester.

Tom DeVille of Aurora submitted a funny story, “My

grandparents had a cream separator. I didn’t know exactly

what speed it was supposed to be run, but my grandfather

would not allow me to use the apparatus. When the

temperature rose in the summer, my grandmother showed

me what speed I needed to maintain to get the cream to

separate. It was a hand crank model which eventually was

electrified. After a few days of manually cranking this

apparatus, the job became work, but my grandparents were

happy that I had learned how to use it so quickly. I got to

continue the job.”

“I cranked the wheel on a cream separator for hours at

my grandfather’s home in Aberdeen. His name was Alfred

McKinley, and he sold the cream at Kyles Creamery near

Manchester,” said Rev. Charles McKinley, Moores Hill

Correct guesses were also submitted by Lyn Walraven,

Ross Ohio; Ed Oehlman, Brookville; Carol Morton,

Brookville; Gerald Gauck, Milan; Evelyn Wandstrat,

Dillsboro; Robert Hill, Dillsboro; Londalea Murray,

Dillsboro; Frank Farrell, Lawrenceburg; Bill Roleson,

Brookville; Maggie Fain, Brookville; Eric Smith, Bright;

Mark Busching, Versailles; Rudy Gesell, Brookville;

Luann Konradi, Sunman, Connie Gayda, Brookville;

Diana Trabel, St. Peters.

We are glad that the cream separator brought back so

many wonderful memories for our readers.

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Income Tax Council Funds Life Squad

Continued from page 1A


Mr. Eberhart handles the

maintenance on the equipment

and has determined that

a gas engine rather than diesel

will better fit the needs of the

department. The exhaust system

required by federal regulations

includes filters that

clog and are estimated to cost

$3000 plus labor. These filters

clog at a faster rate because

ambulances sit idling for

long periods of time during

patient care and do not reach

the required 2000-3000 RPM

to keep the filters unclogged.

The result is more time in the

shop for maintenance than on

the road serving the community.

Maintenance and fuel

are also expected to be more


The Bright Fire and EMS

are responsible for providing

services to approximately

one third of the county. While

EMS services may be dispatched

alone, all fire runs

require that EMS go as well.

A motion was made by

Council member Bill Ullrich

to grant the request for funding.

“You’re very knowledgeable

(about the situation) and

have done your homework,’

stated Mr. Ullrich. The motion

was seconded by Council

member Dennis Kraus and

passed unanimously.

Per Indiana Code 6-3.6-

6-8(c), all of the Dearborn

County Income Tax Council

was notified of the application

requesting distribution

of funds. The county council

makes decisions about the

LIT. Public safety revenue

can be divided among the

county, cities and towns, and

fire departments. The LIT is

collected with state income

taxes by the state Department

of Revenue. The revenue is

then distributed back to the

counties via a process called

“certified distribution.” According

to the state code,

the amount of the certified

distribution that is allocated

to public safety purposes, and

after making allocations under

IC 6-3.6-11, shall be allocated

to the county and to each municipality

in the county that

is carrying out or providing

at least one (1) public safety


Entities eligible for disbursements

of funds must apply

for funding by July 1 for

a distribution of tax revenue

under this section during the

following calendar year. The

Dearborn County Income

Tax Council then reviews the

applications submitted. The

council may, before September

1 of a year, adopt a resolution

requiring that the applicants

shall receive a specified

amount of the tax revenue to

be distributed monthly during

the following calendar year.

The resolution for the disbursement

of the funds to the

Bright Fire Dept. and EMS

will be presented for final

signing at the meeting of the

Dearborn County Income Tax

Council on August 12.


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Dearborn County Fair is So Much More Than Meets the Eye

Continued from page 1A

a livestock committee, and

club leaders are vital to the

fair’s success. Fifteen active

clubs participate- some are

project-only clubs, and some

are organizational clubs. The

fair is held in June every year,

but planning begins in September.

Volunteers contribute so

much work and time to make

the event a success.

Mr. Bischoff explained all

that is involved in the planning

of the fair down to details we

may not even consider. For example,

finding a ride company

to provide entertainment isn’t

always easy. Not many ride

companies are still in business,

and they may want to dictate

what the fair charges for rides.

To date, the Dearborn County

Fair has been able to set ride

costs for the ride company.

The board works hard to ensure

that the fair is as affordable

as possible. The price of

admission not only pays for

rides, but all of the entertainment,

exhibits, and shows.

Mr. Bischoff shared that his

side of the fair is the business

side. “We have to succeed as

a fair and make money for

4-H to survive.” The county

budget for 4-H is five thousand

dollars a year. The remaining

funds come from the fair. Mr.

Bischoff stressed the need for

charging admission. “Up until

the year we had one-price

admission we were in the red.

Once we went to the oneprice

admission, we were in

the black and have been there

ever since.” The Bischoffs

explained how the fair board

applied for a grant to offset

costs, but they did not get it.

With revenue down from the

casino, grant monies have been

cut back.

The Bischoffs are retiring

from their roles at the Dearborn

County Fair, but they

have agreed to help smooth

the transition by staying on

until the next fair president is

comfortable in the position.

The Bischoffs help keep things

running behind the scenes, and

they are very visible during

fair week. They practically

live at the fairgrounds as do so

many others. Spreading awareness

that the 4-H program offers

something for everyone is

very important to Mr. and Mrs.


Being a part of the fair is not

just for children who live on a

farm or about raising animals.

The 4-H emblem is a fourleafed

clover with the letter

H on each leaflet representing

head, heart, hands, and health.

Elizabeth Beiersdorfer is the

Dearborn County 4-H Youth

Development Educator at the

Purdue University Extension

office. She further elaborated

on how much 4-H programs

have to offer including scholarships,

camps, workshops, and

leadership and community

service opportunities. Mrs.

Beiersdorfer explained, “I

think the mission statement

says it all: The Indiana 4-H

Youth Development mission is

to provide real-life educational

opportunities that develop

young people who will have

a positive impact in their

communities and the world. I

Timeline of the history of the Dearborn County Fair put together by Liz Beiersdorfer

love to work with and watch

youth develop and grow. I

believe 4-H has the power to

inspire youth to become better

versions of themselves while

making new friends, giving

back to the community, and

having fun.”

Each year all of the wonderful

projects made by the

youth in 4-H are displayed in

Agner Hall located on the fairgrounds.

Projects range from

woodworking to cake decorating,

sewing, shooting sports,

and so much more. Seeing

the kid’s talent shine is truly

remarkable! The animal barn

is where the livestock are kept

during fair week. It is filled

with sounds from goats, steers,

sheep, swine, dairy cow, and

alpacas. A poultry and a rabbit

barn are also on the premises.

Dearborn County 4-H participants and St. Leon Lucky

Leafers Club Members prepare for the Kiwanis 4-H Auction.

From Left to Right: Tyler Stenger, Ryan Stenger, and

Emily Stenger

Animal move-in day requires

all hands on deck. Volunteers,

parents, and kids work hard

to get everything ready for

the week. The same goes for

fair breakdown and cleanup.

Everyone puts in a ton of time

and effort not only during fair

week but all year as they plan,

raise animals, and work on


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September 2019 THE BEACON Page 5A

County Fair Bonds a Community and Shapes the Future

Volunteers Kyle Stenger, Jacob Kuhn, John Kruse and Heath

Doll help set up tents in the rain in preparation for The Dearborn

County Fair.

Debra Galey and Fair

Board of Directors President

and Swine Chairman,

Rob Herth, help weigh the

4-H swine during animal

check-in day.

Two sweet and exhausted

pigs take a break from all

of the excitement!

Photos by

Maureen Stenger

Continued from page 4A

The pork chop dinner and

Kiwanis 4-H Livestock Auction

is held the Friday evening

of fair week. Seeing all of the

buyers that come out to support

the kids is truly amazing!

Local business owner Bonnie

Powell shared that she was

a 4-H leader for many years.

She and her husband Ron’s

children were very involved

in 4-H. The Powells are huge

supporters of the kids. Mrs.

Powell explained, “Now, each

year we can participate as buyers

at the livestock auction to

support the kids and families

that are involved. We feel that

it’s a way that we can give

back a little bit to the organization

that gave us so much.”

Dearborn County Prosecutor,

Lynn Deddens, shared her

thoughts on why she attends

the Livestock Auction. “There

is nothing like a county fair!

When the 4-H kids parade

their animals at the auction,

you see a connection with

them and their animals along

with pride. Pride in their hard

work and dedication in getting

their animals to the sale. To be

able to participate in bidding

and purchasing one of the

animals is the best! The generosity

of our community in supporting

the kids at the auction

never ceases to amaze me.”

The Alig family is another

one of the many supporters of

our youth. Dave Alig said, “We

participate in the 4-H auction

to support the youth. The youth

invest their time, energy, and

money all year to care for the

animals. The auction is very

important to them and their

families. 4-H teaches the kids so

much- being responsible, teamwork,

leadership, and how to

make good business decisions.

We’re happy to be a part of it.”

E.G. McLaughlin, President

of Civista Charitable Foundation

and Board Member of

Civista Bank, was a major

supporter at the auction this

year. “Civista and the Civista

Charitable Foundation is

proud to support the 4-H auction.

The kids who are part of

the 4-H program are amazing,

and their families are always

so appreciative of our participation

in the auction.”

The generosity of the buyers

is staggering; our community is

lucky to have all of them, and

we need to support them! Auctioneer

Dale Lutz elaborated,

“I’ve assisted with the auction

for forty years, and after every

auction, I walk away astounded

at how generous our business

community is. Many buyers are

small, family-owned businesses

or former 4-H members.”

4-H is a tremendous program

that teaches life lessons. Dearborn

County GOP Chairman

and County Commissioner Jim

Thatcher said, “I would like to

share some of my observations

of being around 4-H kids at the

Dearborn County 4-H Fair. I

saw kids building life skills by

leading hands-on projects that

help them grow confidence,

become independent, resilient,

compassionate, respectful,

and develop a strong work

ethic. They are future leaders. I

watched the adult mentors instilling

these values in the kids.

They are to be commended for

their hard work and for providing

such a positive environment

where the kids learn by doing.

I also learned that “service” is a

hallmark of all 4-H programs,

teaching young kids about the

importance of giving back and

improving our community. We

in Dearborn County are blessed

to have such a wonderful organization

as 4-H.”

On a personal note, I echo

this sentiment as I have three

children who are part of the

St. Leon Lucky Leafers 4-H

club. My sons show animals

and my daughter made a

poster this year for the sports

category showcasing her love

for soccer. My children have

been involved in the shooting

sports program. They have

made posters and projects, and

have won ribbons and trophies

galore. But that is not what

makes me proud of them. The

moments that make me proud

are when I see them smiling

from ear to ear, beaming with

pride, win or lose during their

show, showcasing the animal

they have taken care of and

raised. I am proud when the

school bus pulls in at 6:45

A.M., and they have already

been out there at 6:25 A.M.

making sure their animals have

been fed and watered. They

light up when the projects on

which they have worked so

hard are on display in Agner

Hall for all to see, whether

they win or not. They are

learning to step outside of

their comfort zone, to try new

things, and to be responsible.

These are valuable lifelong

lessons. The 4-H program is

shaping my children for the

better, and they would not be

who they are without it. The

memories of their years at the

Dearborn County Fair will stay

with them always, just like I

carry mine. Those memories

are invaluable.

It is worth your time to

check out the 4-H program.

There truly is something for

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Cincinnati State, Highpoint

Health Expands

Clinical Training for

Area Students

A new affiliation agreement

between Cincinnati State

Technical and Community

College and Highpoint Health

is providing residents with the

opportunity to complete their

clinical training close to home.

While the previous agreement

between the two entities

provided clinical training

options in several health care

specialties, the new agreement

expands that to include almost

every health care specialty for

which Cincinnati State offers

an associate degree program:

nursing, diagnostic medical

sonography, medical assisting,

medical laboratory technology,

occupational therapy assistant

technology, respiratory

care technology, and surgical


“Our health care programs

have exceptional completion

and job placement rates, and

many students end up being

offered a job where they

do their clinical training,”

said Janelle McCord, dean of

Cincinnati State’s Health and

Public Safety Division. “This

new agreement will provide

students with a head start in

getting a job close to where

they live.”

In all health care programs

except nursing, students from

Southeast Indiana pay in-state

tuition rates at Cincinnati State

due to a “tuition-reciprocity

agreement” between the two


“At Highpoint Health we

feel it is imperative that we

partner with our surrounding

academia and provide clinical

experiences that will further

professional growth. In this

way we hope to support a

growing number of professional

candidates in all fields

of health care,” said Angela

Scudder, chief nursing office

of Highpoint Health.

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Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg also

offers programs in nursing,

practical nursing, and medical


The health care industry is

projected to add more jobs

than any other occupational

group, according to the United

States Department of Labor.

This projected growth is mainly

due to an aging population,

leading to greater demand for

health care services.

Ivy Tech Partners

with Local Restaurant

to Provide Students

with Free Meals

Ivy Tech Community College’s

Lawrenceburg campus

recently partnered with a local

restaurant to provide students

with free meals on select

dates throughout the summer


The initiative, called “Meals

on the Go,” was formed after

a survey indicated reliable

access to nutritious food was

among the top requests by

students. According to Feeding

America, nearly 11% of

Dearborn county residents are

“food insecure” meaning they

lack the financial resources to

provide food needed for their


“We know that to impact

food insecurity, we need to

not only provide access to

nutritious food in the here and

now, but address the underlying

issues that cause food

insecurity in the first place:

education and poverty,” said

Shakira Grubbs, Ivy Tech

Lawrenceburg vice chancellor

for enrollment services and

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Randy

Tyler, right, delivers a $1,000 grant check to the Rev.

Dana Stout of First Presbyterian Church of Aurora.

student success. “Ivy Tech is

addressing the deeper issues

by providing pathways for

education and employment in

high-wage fields.”

Meals were served in a

custom Ivy Tech lunch bag

and include a sandwich, fruit,

chips, and a cookie. Vegan options

were available as well.

For more information

about the partnership, contact

Shakira Grubbs, Ivy Tech

Lawrenceburg vice chancellor

for enrollment services and

student success at sgrubbs5@

DCF Grant Supports

Outreach Program

The Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF), Inc.

recently awarded a $1,000

proactive grant to the First

Presbyterian Church of Aurora

to help support the church’s

Tuesday night Fourth Street

Café outreach program.

The $1,000 grant to First

Presbyterian Church was

recommended by DCF Board

member Randy Tyler of Aurora.

Making a recommendation

to support this particular

outreach program was an

easy one for Mr. Tyler, whose

curiosity was piqued by a sign

outside the church promoting

the program. It feeds an

average of forty to forty-five

people each Tuesday evening.

“I have friends who help

with this and they’re always

talking about the program,

especially the number of kids

who live in downtown Aurora

and show up each Tuesday

night,” said Mr. Tyler. “They

often are not fortunate enough

to have an evening meal.

There’s no message preached

but a prayer is offered for

those who come and eat. It’s a

neat program.”

Randy Tyler said the outreach

program does a lot of

good, not only for kids but

also for adults who are disadvantaged

or marginalized.

“Anything that helps kids and

adults who need it is a great

thing to do and it would be

great to help continue this

ministry which really helps

the community,” he said.

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September 2019 THE BEACON Page 7A

Working to Create Recovery-Ready Communities

By Michael Schwebler, President

& CEO, Highpoint Health

Every three years, as part of

the Patient Protection and Affordable

Care Act, non-profit

hospitals must complete a

Michael Schwebler


health needs


This valuable


provides us

with information


our area’s

most serious


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concerns. Sadly, substance

abuse was identified as the

number one health problem

not just in Southeast Indiana,

but in the entire tristate area.

It takes a village

Substance abuse doesn’t

just impact the life and family

of those suffering from this

disorder. It has far-reaching

consequences that affect the

entire community. So, if we’re

to battle this crisis successfully,

it’s going to take a multipronged

approach. That’s why

Highpoint Health is collaborating

with Mayor Kelly Mollaun

and the Dearborn County

Community Action Recovery

Effort (CARE), led by Brenda

(Konradi) Spade. Currently,

we’re helping to support the

following CARE initiatives:

stigma and awareness, screenings

for those at risk, peer

recovery, recovery hub, and

recovery housing.

Decreasing the stigma of

substance abuse

Misunderstanding about

drug addiction leads to significant

healthcare problems for

individuals and society. Our

medical stabilization nurses

Lauren Foutty, RN, BSN,

and Kendra Whitham, RN,

are working with both CARE

and Communities Advocating

for Substance Abuse Awareness,

to get the word out

about medical programs that

can help those suffering from

chemical dependence. They

also provide age-appropriate

education at local schools,

most recently a youth summit

this past spring that was

attended by seven hundred


Screening those at risk

It’s imperative to focus

on early intervention and

treatment for those at risk

of developing substance

abuse problems. After much

research, our chief medical

officer, Nancy Kennedy, MD,

has chosen to implement a

screening, brief intervention,

and referral to treatment

screening model at all Highpoint

Health primary care

physician practices. By asking

specific questions, providers

can determine if a patient is

at risk for a substance abuse

problem. If so, the patient is

provided with the education,

counseling, and resources

needed to get the appropriate


Providing peer recovery

Often, the first contact

Highpoint Health has with

someone struggling with

substance abuse is an overdose

situation. For this reason,

we’re hiring a certified peer

recovery coach to work in our

emergency department. This

arrangement was made possible

with funding provided

by One Community One Family,

through a grant with the

Indiana Division of Mental

Health and Addiction. Providing

patients with both immediate

and ongoing support

– especially from someone

who knows firsthand what the

patient is going through – establishes

trust. This emotional

connection is critical for

getting a patient to the appropriate

resources, including




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rehabilitation treatment, and

avoiding future emergency

room visits.

Recovery hub

Highpoint Health and the

City of Lawrenceburg are

currently in the process of

converting one of our primary

care practice buildings into a

recovery hub. A recovery hub

is a place where chemical-dependent

individuals and their

families can go for integrated

services such as substance

abuse treatment, mental health

counseling, insurance information,

transportation, and more.

Recovery housing plans

CARE is currently considering

options and ideas to bring

more recovery housing to our

area. In preparation, nurses

Foutty and Whitham have

been certified by the Indiana

Affiliation of Recovery Residences

to conduct surveys

on recovery houses. Their

knowledge will be instrumental

when CARE begins to

implement its recovery housing


Highpoint Health is incredibly

proud to support CARE

in its mission to make Dearborn

County an educated and

unified community where

individuals and families can

safely and easily access reliable

services and lasting support

towards hope, recovery,

and meaning in life.

Two students from East

Central High School have

been awarded Future Leaders

Scholarships from Dearborn

County Young Professionals.

The scholarship is based on

strong leadership, academic

excellence, and big ideas.

Applicants were asked to

write an essay about a business

idea they have or devise

a way to improve an existing

local institution or business.

Katelyn Whitaker, a recipient

from East Central

High School, plans to study

athletic training at Thomas

Moore College. Katelyn’s

essay described her idea to

implement a “Forever Young”

program in conjunction with

the hospital to promote health

and wellness for the baby

boomer generation. She plans

to become an active member

of our local community upon


Lauren Griewe, also from

East Central, was also a

scholarship recipient. Lauren

plans to attend the University

of Southern Indiana (USI) to

study Radiology and compete

on their cross country and track

and field teams. Upon graduation,

Lauren plans to pursue

a job in nursing locally so she

can help the lives of others.

The Dearborn County

Young Professionals Future

Leader of Dearborn County

Scholarships are funded by

the group’s annual Whiskey

City 5k, sponsorship of the

organization by local businesses,

and membership dues.

DCYP plans to offer the

Future Leader of Dearborn

County Scholarships again

in 2019-2020 to high school

students in Dearborn County

including South Dearborn,

Lawrenceburg, and East Central.

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parents can learn more by e-

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Slow Fade- An Epidemic

By Linda Hutchinson

I was shocked when one

of my key volunteers called

early on a Sunday morning

crying, “Linda, we need help.

Our marriage is in crisis.

I don’t know what to do”.

What? I must have heard

her wrong. Doug and Lisa

appeared to be this strong,

Christian couple who had

been married for twelve years

and have five healthy, happy

children. No way!

We scheduled an appointment

and began to slowly uncover

what I see as one of the

most silent but deadly killers

of marriages today; it’s what I

call the SLOW FADE.

Unfortunately, Doug and

Lisa’s story is not uncommon,

especially for young and busy

families. Lisa admits she had

put kids and activities above

her relationship with Doug.

Doug, on the other hand, had

slowly drifted away from his

wife no longer feeling like a

priority in his home. While

feeling distant from his wife,

Doug found someone at work

who was willing to listen and

give him the time and attention

he was desperately craving.

Young couples aren’t the

only victims of the slow fade.

I’ve also seen it destroy “seasoned”

couples with twenty to

thirty years under their belt.

I believe the SLOW FADE is

one of the greatest epidemics

plaguing marriages today.

In the 1960s, Charles Hummel

published a little booklet

called Tyranny of the Urgent,

which quickly became a mustread

for many professionals.

Mr. Hummel argues that a

regular tension exists between

things that appear urgent and

important things. Far too

often, the urgent wins. I see

the same tension destroying

homes and families today. We

have allowed the urgent to

slowly push out what’s important

for a healthy and strong

life, things like faith, family,

and personal wellness.

You go through the Mc-

Donald’s drive-thru day after

day, eating in your car on

the way to appointments or

kids’ events instead of eating

healthy meals at home

as a family. Couples trade

date nights for kids’ soccer

tournaments week after week,

complaining about how they

never have any time together.

But then after a while, they

stop complaining and give up

even trying. That’s the slow

fade we’re talking about.

Your spouse just walked

in the door from work while

you’re getting a call or text

from a friend. We have

allowed the world to have

24-hour access to us through

things like texts, calls, notifications-

all while the most

important people in the room

are feeling... well, not that


Sometimes, what appears to

be urgent is happening right in

our own home. Let’s face itkids

can make anything look

like a crisis. For example,

your son can’t find his shoes,

and he’s screaming YOUR

name for the hundredth time

while you’re in the bathroom.

Or your daughter “needs”

to go to the mall TONIGHT

because next week she needs

a black t-shirt for her concert.

The demands are rarely mean

or malicious, but over time,

there is this slow fade. It’s an

unconscious drift that happens

when couples don’t prioritize

and fight for what’s important.

Here are some warning

signs that your marriage may

be in a slow fade…

1. Physical intimacy is little

to non-existent, and it’s not

because of a physical condition

or ailment. Are you sleeping

in separate beds? Are you

always too tired or too busy

to be sexually intimate with

your spouse? What’s going

on? Is there a physical issue

that needs to be addressed?

Is there someone else who

has captured the heart of your

spouse, so he/she no longer

has any desire to be with you

physically? Lean in to your

spouse and work on a plan to

rekindle the physical intimacy

between the two of you.

2. Emotional Intimacy is

waning. You’re not dreaming

together anymore. You

don’t feel like you can be

authentic or vulnerable with

your spouse. He or she won’t

sit down and open up about

what’s going on inside. Is

there someone else outside

your marriage with whom

you ARE having those kinds

of conversations? That’s a

slippery slope if it’s someone

of the opposite sex. Acknowledge

that this is NOT healthy

and open up to your partner

about your needs.

3. Spiritual Intimacy is

non-existent. It’s tough to

pull away from your spouse

when God is at the center of

the relationship. Less than 1%

of couples who pray together

regularly divorce. Working in

the church for twenty years,

couples in a slow fade usually

fall off the radar and disappear.

Kids stop coming to Sunday

school. Mom and dad stop

going to church or drop out

of their small group. It is the

start of an ugly downhill slide

for their family. Don’t let that

happen if you are involved

in a church. It’s a red flag of

something deeper going on.

4. Misplaced priorities-

Put the big rocks in first. God,

spouse, children in that order...

and the others will fall in

place naturally. If you or your

partner continuously put other

things or people ahead of

those big rocks, danger, danger...

you’re in a slow fade.

5. Unrealistic expectations

or petty arguments- Are you

and your spouse continually

fighting over silly things like

socks on the floor or dishes in

the sink? Can I just tell you,

it’s not about the dishes. Some

deeper issues are looming.

Maybe your spouse is hoping

you’ll lean in and ask what’s

really wrong. Or perhaps

you’re afraid to say anything

because it will just lead to a


6. Shut Down Mode- This

is probably one of the most

dangerous red flags of the

slow fade. You’re getting

nothing- no physical intimacy,

no emotional intimacy, no

spiritual intimacy, not even

any arguments. You and your

spouse haven’t argued in

years because you haven’t had

a real conversation in years.


not a marriage- that’s a roommate.

You may be thinking

your marriage is a nine out of

ten because you never fight,

but your partner is at a one.

He or she has already checked

out and maybe even checked

in with someone else.

If you or your spouse feel

like you are in that SLOW

FADE we described above,

do what Doug and Lisa did.

Get some help today. They are

celebrating twenty-two years

this year because of what God

did in that difficult season ten

years ago. They are grateful to

Him for saving their marriage

and have seen God use their

story many times to bring others

hope. Talk to your priest

or pastor. Reach out to a professional/counselor.


us at

Don’t keep brushing those

feelings of emptiness and despair

under the rug. Trust me;

there is hope! You don’t have

to settle for the status quo and

think that’s all there is. But

the answer is not in another

man or woman. The answer is

not working more or shutting

down. The answer is looking

up, leaning in, and getting

the help you need to have

a healthy, strong marriage,

maybe even for the first time.



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The Bright Fire Dept. took some time from the festival events to participate in the

annual parade.

ParadeDeputy Jacob Bunner, Sgt. Kenny McAllister, Deputy

Zach Compton, Deputy T.J. Pendergast, Major Jon Evans

and Chief Deputy Max Socks took time to be a part of

Bright’s celebration.

These E.C. Trojan sixth grade cheer squad members, coached by Brandy Hotze, were

all smiles at the parade.

Patty Riebsomer was

all smiles representing

George’s Pharmacy.

Susan Carson and Rhonda

Trabel were all smiles on

the Beacon float in the


Bob Sommer enjoyed

a few moments of great

weather before the parade

festivities began.

Toni and Riley Minning

from Casey’s Outdoor Solutions

enjoy a celebratory

moment after the parade.

The Bright Parade

was another great

success this year!

The BEACON was

well represented by

several correspondents

and veterans.

The day was not

without surpriseswhen

Doris Butt, the

writer of The Good

Old Days, arrived,

two veterans happily

shared that she had

been their elementary

teacher long ago!

Small world.

Thanks to all who

make this event a

wonderful tradition.

Especially the Littles,

the Lutz family, and

the Blazdels for their

tireless efforts.

Laura Keller, a community

correspondent, brought her

son, Ben, to the event.

Doris Butt with Veterans Ray Rodmaker (sixth grade

student), Fred Lester, Marty Sizemore (fourth grade student),

and George Richards.

Ruth Ann Little, Bob Waples, Dave Mazler, Tina Hallas,

Norma Branigan, and Ed Hendron rode on the Bright

Lions float.

Elise Hofer represented the

royalty of the event.

Linda, Nick, and Merrill

Hutchinson of Rock Solid


John Hawley, the writer of

In the Garden, was joined

by his wife Jamie

Council member Tim Doll

was accompanied by his

adorable daughter, Alli.

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The Beacon went on a Lido Beach boat trip in Venice, Florida.

Lauren Hinderberger, Regan Abernathy, By Jill Hinderberger, Jan

Mitchell and Jeni Quinlan. Amanda












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John and Jane Kruse took

the Beacon with them By to

visit the Great Wall of Jack

China. Zoller


The 60 Club made memories on a trip to Key West. Joe Johnson,

Gigi Glenna Reeves Johnson, Melanie Hiltz Gutzwiller,

Greg Turner, Debbie Woolwine Klump Turner, Melody Dick




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

how well-traveled our readers are!





This great looking group of 8 enjoyed Hawaii- including

Maui, Oahu and Kauai. Josie and Steve Hornberger from

Sunman, Angie and Ron Schuman from St. Peter’s, Laura and

Doug Anderson from Brookville and Connie and Joe Selm

from Mt. Carmel.





Evelyn Click,

Greendale, took her

Beacon on an eightday

tour of Ireland.

She and her daughter,

Montine Beard,

started in Dublin

and saw the Cliffs

of Moher. They

crossed the Shannon

River on a ferry and

then toured Clifden,

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As I sit and gaze outdoors


this cool late Maxine July morning,

I’m grateful Klump for these few

days of relief from extreme

hot temperatures, Community and this


makes it easier to realize

that autumn is not far away.

The moment becomes more

realistic as I send these

favorite apple recipes for

the column.

The first recipe, Apple

Crisp, is my most frequent

go-to dessert because of

its ease, availability of

ingredients and the fact

that everyone from young

children to grandparents

loves a bowl of the treatespecially

if the warm

apple mixture is topped

by a scoop of ice cream

or a mound of whipped

cream. (In case you’re

asking, I most often use

the spray type of cream.)

Other benefits include no

need to accurately measure

ingredients and the fact that

you can expand or restrict

the amounts of apples and

topping as needed. I’m

listing the amounts for four

medium-sized servings.

Mel’s Apple Crisp

4 cups peeled apple slices

2/3 cup flour

2/3 cups rolled oats (I use a

1-minute variety)

½ to 1 teaspoon ground


½ cup melted butter or

margarine (Yes, I find

this so much easier than

the traditional method of

using cold butter to make

a crumb topping)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place sliced apples into

8-inch square baking dish

or casserole. Mix flour

and oats together. Stir in

cinnamon and then mix

the melted butter into

dry ingredients. Spread

evenly over apples. (Note:

most apples have enough

moisture to form the

thickened sauce that makes

this dessert so wonderful,

but if you question the

moisture, simply add about

¼ cup water after placing

apples in dish.)

Bake until crumb topping

turns a golden brown.

The 8-inch square dish

generally needs about 25-

30 minutes to reach this

desired color. See my

note above about serving


If I want to make the

dessert just for me, I

reduce ingredients to 2-3

tablespoons of both flour

and oats along with a dash

or two of cinnamon and

2 tablespoons of butter.

Either bake in the oven or

use the microwave if you

don’t mind a lighter color

to the topping! The time

for microwave use varies:

begin with about 3 minutes

and then add time as

needed to soften the apples

and allow the syrupy juice

to form.

I’m providing this

recipe in the original form

because it satisfies the

requirements when you

need a large amount of

dessert. However, I will

also add the instructions

to convert to an apple

dessert cake when I have

limited time to produce


Friendship Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1 (3-oz) box instant vanilla


1 (3-oz) box instant

butterscotch pudding

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup plain yogurt

1 cup water

4 eggs

Streusel Topping: Mix

together the following

ingredients and set aside

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped nuts

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix ingredients for cake

together using an electric

mixer. Spread ½ of batter

into greased 13x9-inch

baking pan. Spread ½ of

streusel topping (recipe

above) on top of the

batter. Add remaining

batter and then top with

the remaining streusel

mix. Bake for 35-40

minutes at 325° or until

cake is done (use the light

touch method to test).

Serve warm or at room


Apple Cake Version:

Peel and thinly slice 2

medium apples and place

slices atop the first ½ batter

in the pan before adding

the streusel topping.

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YES (Home) It Really Does Make a Difference

By Katie Ulrich

Have you ever heard the

phrase “You can’t go back and

change the beginning, but you

can start where you are and

change the ending”? But what

if your chance to change the

ending wasn’t something you

could do on your own? What

if you didn’t even know it was

an option? The YES Home

has been this chance for many

kids over the years, kids who

didn’t get to choose how their

lives began, but had people

devoted to making sure they

were able to start again and

change the ending. Anastasia

Nelson, Anna Pearson, and

Kati Elliott are all a testimony

to the good the YES Home

has done since 1981.

Anastasia Nelson was born

in Cincinnati and spent several

years in and out of foster

homes until she was adopted

by a foster family and ended

up living in Dearborn County.

Anastasia spent some of her

teenage years at the YES

Home, where she developed

close relationships with Amy

Philips and Christy Moore.

She found common ground

through faith and began going

to church, realizing over time

that childhood is not the end

of your life. Even after leaving

for another foster home,

the YES Home remained an

active part of her life, such as

providing her prom dress for

her senior year prom and giving

her continued encouragement.

Anastasia joined the Air

Force when she turned eighteen.

She is currently stationed

in Texas as an instructor,

though she has spent time in

Illinois, Turkey, and Italy. She

also did presidential security

for George Bush in Rome and

Barack Obama in Paris. Married

to a fellow member of the

Air Force, Anastasia and her

husband Bryan are focused on

raising their son Christopher

and daughter Evelyn. Anastasia

reflects, “Although the

military is really fun, my family

is what guides me in life.”

Anna Pearson began at

the YES Home as a freshman

in high school. In a plea

for attention, she dressed in

crazy clothes, wore pink high

tops, and dyed red streaks in

her hair with food coloring,

earning herself the nickname

Punky Brewster, based off of

the 80’s TV show character.

To this day, she is still lovingly

known as Punky Brewster

to past executive director

Cathy Piche. Looking back

now, Anna says, “Honestly, it

changed my life. At that time,

I didn’t really have parental

guidance and direction at all.

I was making poor choices

and ended up getting sent to

the YES Home under Cathy

and Philip Piche. They taught

me to be accountable for my

actions, that there are consequences.

I can’t say enough

about them; they saved my

life. Truly. I cannot imagine if

I had not gone there.”

Now, with a master’s degree

as a nurse practitioner in

pulmonary and critical care

medicine and a daughter she

Anna Pearson

successfully parented because

of them, Anna says no one

believes she was in a group

home. A typical reaction is,

“Oh, that’s horrible.” But in

response, she says, “No, it’s

not horrible. It’s the best thing

that ever, ever happened to

me.” She hopes it continues

to stay open and reach out to

other children.

Kati Elliott, now a teacher

and coach at South Dearborn

High School and mother to her

son Channing, recalls about

the YES Home, “For the first

time in a long time, I had the

structure that I yearned for

(without outwardly expressing

it). I had chores. I was held accountable.

I had safe and sober

caregivers. I was able to be a

child at 15, 16, and 17 without

having to worry about if my

younger brother was taken

care of because I knew he was

right there with me. I had an

allowance, and I had warm

food and a bedtime. I always

made it to school on time, and

I got the counseling that I so

desperately needed. I went to

doctor’s appointments regularly,

and I finally got a taste

of what it was like to be a kid.

I won’t pretend it was all rainbows

and butterflies because it

wasn’t. But I’m glad that I had

someone there for me making

a very clear and defining line

between right and wrong.”

She continues to study her

Master’s of Education at Indiana

Wesleyan and Master’s

of English at NKU, hoping to

one day be a school counselor

and an adjunct professor.

Something Kati wants

everyone to know about the

kids in the YES Home and

any other youth who may pass

through foster care is this,

“Some people have this misconception

that all you need

is a little elbow grease and a

can-do attitude to make it by

in life, but it’s so much more

than that. These kids have

grown up without consistency,

positive reinforcement,

and the encouragement they

need to rise to their potential.

They’ve never been told that

the sky is the limit; it’s only

been evidenced that—at their

best—they’ll only ever be as

good as their parents are, thus

creating a cycle.

For example, consider the

reasons that you don’t go out

and apply to NASA as an

Aerospace Engineer. Well,

for starters because space ice

cream pales in comparison

to the real deal... but beyond

Anastasia and her husband

at a promotion ceremony

last May.

Kati Elliott & Channing

that, you don’t because it just

doesn’t seem like it’s within

a realm of possibility to you.

You didn’t grow up with someone

saying, ‘Hey! Go be an

astronaut! You can definitely

do that!’ So, you didn’t think

anything more of it. Now, are

there astronauts? Absolutely!

Beyond their natural intellectual

abilities, they (probably)

had someone rallying them the

entire time. ‘You’ve got this,

Neil! I believe in you! Whatever

you need along the way, I

will be there!’

To these kids, having an

everyday career like being

a nurse or an accountant or

a teacher just doesn’t seem

possible. Sometimes, having

a reliable car or a stable place

to live doesn’t seem possible.

Everything you’ve ever had

has been taken from you time

after time. So why invest in

anything... or anyone?

When I was an older youth

in foster care, I didn’t think

there was much of a reason

to impress anyone. No one

cared enough to stick by me.

No one thought I was capable

of better. I was just one of

the ones you couldn’t save. I

was a juvenile delinquent. I

got in fights. I stole things. I

was truant before I eventually

dropped out. I gave every staff

member at the YES Home a

run for their money.

What I didn’t know was that

about six months after leaving

the YES Home, I would

find myself expecting a little

Anastasia Nelson and family.

baby boy. It wasn’t until then

that I realized I would have to

employ the skills I was taught

there so that the cycle would

break with me. I’m proud

to say that, with some grit,

elbow grease, and a whole

lotta faith from those I met

through the YES Home, I was

able to get my GED. I’d soon

turn around and enroll myself

in a community college where

I’d get a technical certificate...

and then an associate’s

degree... and then my bachelor’s

later on... and now my

master’s. I’m a teacher, now.

Something that was never

supposed to be in my cards...

and beyond that, I’m a giving

Kati Elliott

person who knows that no one

ever gets anywhere on their

own two feet alone.

Next time you see a kid and

think, ‘Ya can’t save ‘em all,’

please think of me, and think

of those who worked diligently

in my favor. Without

people like Amy Phillips,

Kathy Piche, Rebecca Wherle,

Jamie Osborne (the list goes

on) I don’t know that I’d be

able to tell the same story. We

as a community are so fortunate

to have a facility like

the YES Home. You cannot

change someone over night,

but you can teach them skills

that will last a lifetime. Just.

Don’t. Give. Up.”




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Accidental Litter:

It was you…

By. Molly Resendes

Even if you have never

thrown a cup out the car

window or dropped a candy

wrapper on the ground, you

might have accidentally littered.

About half of all litter occurs

accidentally. At first, that

might seem impossible because

we generally associate

littering with an intentional

act, but there are several ways

that you might be accidentally


Just over half of the litter

in the United States starts

as waste in our cars. Do you

place straw wrappers or tissues

in the pockets of your

door panels? Are there cups

or wrappers on your floorboards?

When small, lightweight

items are left loose in

a car, they are prone to get

stuck to a shoe, or blown by

the wind, thus making their

way into the environment.

Having a litter bag/trash receptacle

in your car is the best

way to make sure your in-car

waste doesn’t end up where it

doesn’t belong. Durable and

reusable car litter bags are

available at many stores, but

reusing single-use bags is also


Depositing trash on top

of overfull garbage cans is

another way that litter occurs

accidentally. When trash

is piled on top of a can, it is

likely to be blown away. An

overfull garbage can is litter

waiting to happen. Public

garbage cans are everywhere.

Finding one that has room for

your waste will ensure that

you don’t litter.







they are not commonly

thought of as litter. Food and

cigarette butts make their way

onto our roadsides. People

mistakenly think they are biodegradable

and assume that

means they can be thrown out

the window without causing

adverse effects. Food items

are biodegradable, but they

shouldn’t be tossed on the

roadside. Composting at home

is an acceptable way to make

sure food waste biodegrades.

Food also draws animals to

the roadway. Cigarette butts,

which make up 40% of all

litter, are not biodegradable.

The filters are made of cellulose,

which is plastic. The

average cigarette butt can

persist in the environment for

ten years. They leach toxins

into the ground and are eaten

by animals. Properly used car

ashtrays will prevent 100%

of cigarette litter. They are

available free of charge at the

Dearborn County Recycling


Littering isn’t always a callous

act of disregard for the

environment and our neighbors.

Sometimes it is the result

of carelessness or confusion.

Being more mindful and

sharing what you know about

preventing litter are great

ways to reduce litter and keep

our communities clean.

A trail in Brookville boasts lush landscape and follows the river.

From Trash to Treasure

By. Mary-Alice Helms

To me, it is Brookville’s

“jewel of great worth.”

Tucked away in the valley,

several blocks below the busy

Main Street, lies a quiet oasis

flanked by lush woods on one

side and the clear east fork of

the Whitewater River on the

other. Many visitors to our

area, as well as some local

residents, are not even aware

of its existence.

The modest name,

“Brookville Park,” doesn’t

begin to describe what these

beautiful twenty-seven acres

have to offer. There are three

baseball diamonds on the

property. The oldest was

designed for adult baseball

games in the summer and

youth football games in the

fall. This field is not only used

for sports but hosts festivals,

music programs, and “Family

Fun Days.”

Noisy? Sure, but what difference

does that make? It sits on

a hill above the serene, quiet

part of the park, far enough

away to make it a separate

area. The other two diamonds

are down below in the main

part of the park and are used

for youth softball. This park

has three shelters, clean restrooms,

and play areas with

playground equipment to delight

the little ones and shaded

seating for watchful mothers.

To me, the most delightful

part of this park lies in its

planning. There is a superb

walking trail, but not the usual

straight-line path. This trail

is a work of art as it curves

around the lush landscape,

slopes gently through a grove

of Walnut trees and follows

the river as it endlessly flows

by and splashes and ripples

over the rocks. The scenery

is spectacular. It is common

to see majestic Blue Herons

waiting for dinner to swim

by, flocks of ducks with little

ones struggling to keep up,

and now and then a deer getting

a drink from the river.

I have a favorite spot, which

is almost hidden among the

trees along the trail. There

are a table and benches, and a

saucy little wren who alternately

scolds or serenades

me as I eat my lunch and

read a book. My sister and I,

both “of a certain age” love

to spend a lazy afternoon in

our lounge chairs on the river

bank, just chatting, relaxing,

and enjoying our surroundings.

The former and current park

superintendents, John Lanning,

Ken Rosenberger (who

was responsible for much of

the landscaping) and Brent

Riehle have done, and still

do, a masterful job of making

our park a true asset. So,

what makes this story of a

town park different from that

of any other town? Well, here

is the rest of the story. This

pristine spot was once the

town DUMP! Think garbage,

junk, horrible smells, and who

knows what kind of creatures

which inhabited those 27

acres. Our house was on 11th

Street, just two blocks from

the dump. I remember the

kids who loved going to the

dump to look for glass soda

bottles, which could be cashed

in for 2 cents each. Writer

Chuck Grimes tells of finding

discarded casket lids from the

local factory, which the boys

“repurposed” into one-person

boats to traverse the river. We

were fascinated by stories of

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the kids who went rat-hunting

with BB guns in the dump.

My sister and I were not allowed

near that spot.

There was a faint path

which followed along the

ridge by the river. The braver

kids rode their bikes along

that path and made us envious

with stories of their adventures.

One day one of my best

friends, Carol Donor, and I

decided that it was high time

that we had some of that fun.

We pedaled off down Fairfield

Avenue, as we often did, but

this time we changed direction

when we reached the

area of the dump. Carefully,

we guided our bikes onto the

barely visible path and started

riding north.

It was a treacherous journey.

The “path” was little

more than an indentation in

the tall grass, littered with

rocks. It grew narrower and

closer to the river, the farther

we went. Suddenly, I heard a

yelp and turned to see Carol

and her bike tumbling down

the ridge toward the river. I

was terrified! Throwing down

my bike, I slid down the slope

to help my friend. Carol had

a scraped knee and a threecornered

tear in her shirt.

Fortunately, she wasn’t hurt,

but her bicycle didn’t fare so

well. Two of the spokes in

the front wheel were broken.

The wheel itself was bent at a

strange angle.

“My dad will kill me!” she

cried. We tried various stories

to cover up our misbehavior,

but nothing sounded believable.

We decided to tell the

truth, and risk being grounded

for months. Needless to say,

we never visited that path


So, now that we have the

Cinderella story of an eyesore

turned into a paradise, how

did that happen? There was no

fairy godmother with a magic

wand to provide the plans,

hard work, and funds for the


One man, Mr. Ken Saxon,

a teacher and school administrator,

appears to have had

the vision and perseverance

to see the project through. He

had a lot of help. The town

council pledged through its

president, Loren Murphy, to

“come up with whatever is

needed to complete the project.

The Richmond newspaper

reported that “Quietly, $10 or

$25 at a time, Brookville area

residents have been pitching

in to support the expansion

of the Brookville Community

Park”. The same reporter

remarked that “Brookville

is well known for fundraising.”

Helped out by a grant

from the Brookville Foundation

and contributions from

other organizations, the park

became a reality in 1985.

It wasn’t only funding that

the residents contributed.

They volunteered, used their

organizations to plant flowers

and shrubs, and are tireless

ambassadors for their lovely

park. That’s why nearly everyone

in Brookville feels that

they have part ownership in

the miracle that turned trash

to treasure.

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From a Dog’s

Point of View

By Mollie and Tammy Turner

Hi! My name is Mollie, and

I am one of the kittens up for

adoption here at P.A.W.S. I

know the dogs usually write

this article, but what do they

know about cats, other than

they like to chase us. So

P.A.W.S. picked me to share

with you of some tidbits you

need to know before coming

in to adopt us. The staff at

P.A.W.S. tries to see that we

all get good homes, which is

why they ask questions before

they send us home with you.

One of the big questions they

ask is, “Are you going to have

the cat declawed?” That is a

big NO-NO here at the shelter,

and I am going to tell you why.

Scratching is a natural

behavior for a cat or kitten in

my case. It not only removes

the dead husks from our

claws, but it also helps us to

stretch our muscles. We like

to do this after taking a long

nap. Unfortunately, what is

considered natural behavior

for a cat is often considered

misbehavior by the owner.

Claws are the main part of a

cat’s defense. Hey, you can’t

always be there to protect us,

so we need our claws if we

get into trouble.

Did you know that cat

declawing is illegal in thirtyseven

countries and eight U.S.

cities? The first state in the

U.S. to make cat declawing

illegal was New York (I know

because the staff told me, they

were excited.)


Do you also know that removing

a cat’s claws requires

the partial amputation of the

last bone in each toe? Yikes,

that just gave me a chill. I

hope my new owners know

this. Here are some more facts

to consider before you have

your cat declawed.

18% show increased biting.

17% suffer from wounds reopening

15% will not use a litter box

11% suffer lameness

10% see nail regrowth

Up to 50% of declawed cats

develop acute complications

So please consider this

before adopting a cat. Some

other alternatives would be

to buy us scratching posts or

cat trees (we love climbing

on those), or put covers over

the furniture until we learn the

rules at your house. You can

also have our nails trimmed,

or the new thing is to buy nail

caps to put on our claws.

Hopefully, this is helpful

to you before you adopt us.

Make sure you look me up- I

am the cutest little girl in

the front room, and I love to

cuddle. I will be your bestest

friend, you’ll see.









Dear Marie,

I have five siblings in my

family. My mother died five

years ago. When my father

died twenty years ago, his real

estate went into my mom’s

trust. My two oldest siblings

are the named trustees of

the trust. They have managed

mom’s estate for twenty

years. We have all been

blessed as the beneficiaries of

my father’s hard work.

One part of this trust is a

prominent piece of property.

Over the past several years,

several different plans to

redevelop this property have

been proposed. A plan is now

in place, and we are close to

closing on a deal which will

result in a long-term lease.

The lease will pay out far

into the next generation. Bob,

my oldest brother and one of

the trustees, has headed up

this deal. He has given all

of us updates throughout the

years. We are all grateful for

the work he has done on this


Recently, Bob has come to

each of us individually and

has requested that he be paid

a 6% commission, the same

amount that the real estate

agent brokering the deal will

receive. He wants each sibling

to pay him a specified amount

over the next seven years,

the final result totaling a 6%

commission. The payout will

work like this- rent will be

paid yearly, and my brother

will take his commission right

off the top. Then each of the

five siblings, one of whom

is Bob, will get one-fifth of

the remaining income. Bob

will also continue to get his

yearly 1% Trustee Fee. Three

of the siblings have been very

outspoken against our oldest

brother receiving a 6% commission.

We are also stunned

that Bob waited until the last

minute to slip this request into

the deal. The two remaining

siblings, the two oldest, are

the trustees; they are both in

favor of the commission.

This situation feels very

much to me like this is splitting

us apart. We have always

been a close family; we are all

over sixty years old. I can’t

believe we are having this disagreement.

I am stunned that

my oldest brother is asking

that we all pay him. Marie,

how can I handle this feud

with my siblings?

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Harrison, Ohio 45030

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always been close, but you

must have had other disagreements

in the past. How did you

handle those situations? Have

there been times when you

have had to agree to disagree?

This request from your

brother is affecting each of

you personally and financially.

Does the trust document

state that a trustee should

get compensation above and

beyond what is already established?

Step back and think

about how your parents would

handle this.

Be sure to stay in touch with

each of your siblings. Call,

text, or email as you normally

would. Don’t let this become

a rift that cannot be fixed. It is

up to your oldest brother to fix

the problem he created.

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just put Lou me in a Pine Box.” that that little picturesque Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

campground had no electric


I am driving the van with our

or water hookups; something Florida things. We will park

Community Correspondents

I had not noted on the picnic it in Nashville, and I will go


Wishes are subjective visit. That means, since we



on to the Happening Fiesta with Ray Inin

Prearrangements are Happening have no In generator, it was early the RV. We will pick the van


to bed without air when the up on the


return trip and drive



hat's Happening

coach battery gives out. I am both to Florida for the winter

In the

still thrilled to be there.

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two hundred

p Franklin Want to make comes, Poth I am proud I have the thirty miles! Here is the story.

motel nights down to 487. I am driving our Community van and Ray

By sure your wishes Community We are traveling when we is driving the RV. Correspondent Going up the


lose Correspondent


our air conditioning and big hill before Elizabethtown,

are carried out?

must replace the compressor.

That makes an enormous

Kentucky, I glance back to see

Ray switch to the truck lane.

Call us today


jump in Ray’s motel tally. I slow down, but he does not


for a free cost estimate

When I add newly purchased appear. I pull off the side and



special tires and a muffler, his wait. When he hat's does not show

start planning online today at

motel count is 543!

up for what Happening seems like an In eternity,

I sense we are in trouble.

However, days after the


compressor replacement, Ray I am getting nervous. I have no

notices that the low water idea where he might By be or how

light is on. It is losing water. we will get together. Tracy I am past

Ray finds it… in the oil. It’s Elizabethtown and (Aylor) must drive

back to the service shop for a to the next exit to turn Russell around.

“big” bucks head. Next, the


I head back down the Community hill. He

power steering goes out, and is nowhere to be seen, Correspondent so I

must go on to the exit at the


of the hill. I am beginning

to sweat, and my heart

Come dine with Third and Main in our family owned

is roaring in my head. I head

Restaraunt and Tavern, open since 1891!

back and pull off at Elizabethtown.

There is a beautiful site

Serving mouth watering, dry-aged steaks, fresh

with no mind of the circumstances.

Ray and the RV are

seafood, & dazzling cocktails.

parked by the road. It took me

weekly specials forty-five minutes to find them.

Yes, we do have CBs, but I just

didn’t think about using mine.


Ray’s first words, “The

Half Price Bottle of Wine


blue smoke rolled across two

lanes of traffic!” His words

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that followed are unprintable

but thank heavens, they are

directed at the RV, not me.

Once more it is… hello,


We agonizingly switch contents,

have it towed back to

Indiana, and continue on our

holiday in our van. Afterward,

we go on to Florida for the

winter. We will deal with the

RV in the spring. (We had a

great time on our vacation


So how does it go when we

return to Indiana? Our little

beauty has become a dollarsucking


The previous VW shop

cannot lift the Rialta. We

have to search and search to

find a VW shop that can raise

the Winnebago with an Audi

engine on a VW chassis. It

certainly is different from the

days when local VW mechanic,

Casty West, repaired our

broken but beloved buses and

beetles in his humble shop

beside his house. We feel

lucky to find a state-of-the- art

service department in an elite

Columbus, Ohio dealership

willing and able to replace the

poofed engine. They say they

will check the previous work.

They even have experience

working on Rialtas. The comment

from the 2003 service

manager is that the 2002 tech

man did not go deep enough

to find the trouble, so no warranty

refund toward the new

engine. Oh, how painful it is

to be at a technician’s mercy.

After two months in the

shop, four 160-mile trips to

Columbus, and one distressing

check, we seem to be on the

road again. It is not easy to admit

to Ray that the motel count

is 823 nights. That is 173 more

nights than the figure he gave

me when we bought it!

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Chris Jack




Adam Moster

Ties School Record

Batesville junior Adam Moster

participated in the boys’

IHSAA State Track & Field

Championships and competed

in the 800-meter run. Despite

winning the regional title in

1:57.29 the previous week,

Moster’s By qualifying time

placed him Maxine

the slower section

of two


for the state finals.

Moster did Community not let this deter

him from Correspondent his goal of a state


Adam Moster was able to

win the section in a time of

1:55.02 which set his own

personal record as well as

tying the school record. That

certainly held a lot of excitement

in itself, but Moster and

Coach Lisa Gausman, along

with many family and friends,

would have to wait to see the

outcome of the second, faster

section of fourteen runners to

find out if a podium spot in the

top nine would also be in play.

After all was said and done

in the second section, Moster’s

time was impressive enough

to place eighth overall in the


Area Swimmers

Contribute to SEISA


Several area swimmers

and clubs competed in the

forty-third Southeastern Indiana

Swimming Association

(SEISA) conference meets

throughout the early summer.

Six area swimmers contributed

to the efforts of

the championship of H2O.

Santiago (11), Alejandra (9),

and Salvador (6) Schutte

of Sunman, Nash (10) and

Hadlee (7) King of Batesville,

and Madden Owens (10) of

Batesville helped to win the

title for the Otters.

Santiago Schutte placed in

four events while achieving

a state cut in the 50 breaststrroke

and divisional cuts the

50 butterfly and 100 freestyle,

which he also won.

Alejandra Schutte achieved

two divisional cuts while

placing in four events. One

divisional cut was the 50 freestyle,

and the other was the 50

breaststroke. Salvador Schutte

competed in the 25-yard freestyle

for the team.

Hadlee King placed in four

events in the championships

with her best finishes in the

25-yard backstroke and 100

individual medley. Madden

Owens placed in three events

for the team and made a

divisional cut in the 50-yard


Nash King continues to be

impressive in the pool at a

young age and won all four

events in which he competed

while setting conference records

in each. His time in the

Hadlee King, Madden Owens, Nash King, Santiago

Schutte, Alejandra Schutte, and Salvador Schutte celebrate

the SEISA conference championship with Head

Coach John Schutte. (Photo courtesy of Marisol Schutte)

50 breaststroke of 37.95 beat

the old record of 38.54 set in

2001. His 50 butterfly time of

30.49 broke the old record of

31.89 set in 1993. In the 100

freestyle, his time of 1:05.38

was nearly two seconds faster

than the old record of 1:07.37

set in 1995.

Most impressive was his

individual medley time of

1:14.59. This beat the record

of 1:17.49 of Brad Fortuna

set in 1995 by nearly three

seconds. Fortuna swam for the

Jennings County club and later

became a standout distance

runner and swimmer for South


“All their hard work paid

off! We are so very proud of

every swimmer’s determination

to improve individually

and work together to win as a

team!” remarked head coach

John Schutte.

Summer Road Races

See a Variety of


Many runners and walkers

look forward to the summer

road races. Nearly every Saturday

and sometimes Sunday

morning offer a chance to

share one’s love of running

with others in the area. These

races bring together a running


Although many may not

consider running a 5K course

to be fun, participants can often

be seen going back out on

the course to encourage fellow

runners or cheer them in at the

finish line. These races also offer

the chance to contribute to

a good cause as the proceeds

of these races go to sponsor

things from cancer research,

to Voices of Indiana, and local

high school running programs

through the SIRC-it series and

other causes.

This summer has seen a

variety of race opportunities.

Many avid runners show for

each race. Often, high school

and college-aged runners find

the podium with their youthful

legs and competitive nature.

Some of the college-aged

runners are also on a training

regimen that precludes them

from running these each week

but may allow them to enjoy a

few throughout their training.

The Lauren’s burg Hill

5-mile and 5K race raises

proceeds for cancer research

in honor of Lauren Hill.

Sixty-three runners took on the

challenge of the five-mile race

to take a true trek of a mile and

a half uphill climb on Bielby

Road and back down IN 48

as part of the course. The

challenging race was won by

Bryan Wagner of Lawrenceburg

in 29:13. Long-time area

runner Justin Noppert of Lawrenceburg

was third in 33:10.

The 5K race had 98 participants

and was won by Bryan

Wagner in 18:21 with Mike

Brener of Lawrenceburg finishing

second in 20:31. Finishing

third, with her time of 22:00,

was Lee Fox of Lawrenceburg,

who is herself another familiar

face among avid area runners.

This race has a lot of unique

features to honor Lauren Hill

from the registration time to

a sleep-in option as well as

finishing on the 22-yard line of

the Lawrenceburg High School

football field to honor her basketball

jersey number.

Other races in the area

included the Running Hog

5K that was run in Milan with

17-year old TJ Menchhofer of

Osgood winning in 20:58.

Independence Day brought

about the annual Greendale

Fourth of July 5K benefitting

the Voices of Indiana. This

race saw 302 runners and

66 walkers come out for the

morning of the Fourth.

July 13 saw the beginning of

the Southeastern Indiana Running

Circuit (SIRC)-it races to

benefit local cross country and

Adam Moster received

his eighth-place medal in

the 800-Meter Run at the

IHSAA State Track & Field

Championships in Bloomington.

Moster also tied

the school record with his

performance that night.

(Photo: Courtesy of Lisa


track programs. The beginning

race was a run along the

Ohio River and Lesko Park

in Aurora at the 17th Annual

Knight Flight. The 5K run has

102 participants and was won

by South Dearborn alumnus

Adam Rector.

The Trojan Trot was held out

in the countryside of St. Leon

near the American Legion

post. The race had 120 runners

with Garret Ardis finding the

top of the podium in this race

with a time of 18:32. Batesville’s

Daren Smith, 15, was

second with a time of 19:24.

The Freudenfest in Oldenburg

also provided the attraction

for the Twister Lauf 5K

held in Oldenburg on July 20

and brought out 92 runners.

Former Oldenburg Academy

standout and state champion

Curtis Eckstein, 21, who

currently runs for the Purdue

Boilermakers, won the race

in 17:05. Tyler Kuntz, 16,

of Batesville was second in

18:36, and Dylan Fledderman

again finished third

The 39th annual St. Martin’s

Country Run was held

on July 28 in Yorkville. This

race has had varying distances

through the years but is now

a 5K run out Yorkridge Road.

The race, which featured 96

participants, was won by

Michael Schwebach, 16, of

Guilford in a time of 19:30.

He was followed by recent

East Central graduate Kyle

Gutfreund of West Harrison in

19:32. Gutfreund will be continuing

his running career at

Thomas More University this

fall. Third place was 39-yearold

Brandon Wiedeman of

Batesville in 19:54.

Whether you are a runner or

a walker, these area races are

always a great way to share in

community efforts. Look for

these opportunities to share

with your family and communities.


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Congratulations to Clayton

and Francis Johnson who

were honored to lead the

Bright Parade as Grand Marshals

this year. The Johnsons

are a shining example of what

kind of people make a community

and not just a place

to live. Clayton was a home

builder in the community for

many years. While Clayton

built the homes, Francis kept

a watchful eye on the final

design, which was evident in

the beauty of each home.

Clayton grew up in Bright

and graduated from Bright

High School in 1956 with

twenty-three graduates in his

class. Francis (nee Grubbs)

graduated from Guilford High

School in 1959 with thirtytwo

graduates in her class.

Despite the colossal rivalry

between Guilford High and

Bright High, Clayton and

Francis met on a blind date.

Soon after Clayton returned

from serving two years in the

Army (during the Cuban Missile

Crisis), they were married

Elyse Hofer (Photo courtesy

of Michelle Hofer)



Grand marshalls Clayton

and Francis Johnson

in 1962. They credit their

fifty-seven years of marriage

to dedication, voicing opinions,

and making decisions


The Johnsons raised three

children in Bright. Their family

has been blessed with nine

grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren

of whom they

are very proud. Just watch

their faces light up when

asked about the grandchildren.

Clayton and Francis are

most happy when surrounded

by friends and family. They

enjoy gardening and sharing

extra produce with everyone.

Clayton can sure tell a fish

story or two, and you can be

sure you’ll be tickled when

he’s finished.

Strong faith is a fundamental

part of their life. They

were founding members of St.

Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Parish and enjoyed the camaraderie

of helping to build

that parish from the ground

up. Their dedication to each

other, family and community

is just a part of why they were

invited to lead the parade

this year as Grand Marshals.

Thank you, Clayton and Frances,

for being a vibrant part of

making Bright the community

it is today.

Elyse Hofer, an eight-yearold

from West Harrison, was

just crowned Pure International

Pageants’ newest

royalty. Elyse was crowned

Pure International’s 2019-

2020 Little Miss America.

She competed in modeling,

evening gown, personal introduction,

and personal interview

at the National Pageant

in Orlando, Florida. She will

represent the United States

in the International Pageant

in July of 2020. As a positive

role model, Elyse will have

Senator Jean Leising with

Circles of Corydon award

recipient Dennis Bourquein.

the opportunity to attend

festivals, parades, community

activities, and volunteer

her services to organizations

helping those in need. She has

already begun by creating a

Little Free Library for Bright








President Jim Pierce

accepted three awards for


DCRTA Honored by IRTA

Senator Leising surprised Dennis Bourquein with the state

Circles of Corydon award. Mr. Bourquein was honored for his

twelve years on the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA)

Board and as the Immediate Past President.

President Jim Pierce received three awards on behalf of the

Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association (DCRTA)

for Outstanding Newsletter, Press Releases, and Outstanding

Website in Public Relations. These three awards were also

given to the Ripley County Retired Teachers Association.

Elementary and participating

in the Walk for Wishes

benefitting the Make a Wish

Foundation. Congratulations

to Elyse! Thanks to mother

Michelle Hofer for sharing

this exciting news.

How can it be August

already??? Kids are back

to school and back at their

routines. Life is good! The

Children’s Activity Committee

has the last movie night

of the season at the ball fields

at dusk on September 14. Be

sure to check FB for the movies

that will be playing. Our

most significant event of the

year is the Haunted Hayride

on October 12! Last year we

had over 1,100 people participate

in the hayride. Incredible

for our little community! We

look forward to our community

coming together to make

this a fantastic Fall event for

the kiddos and adults as well!

To make this event work efficiently

and productively, we

need trailers, drivers (trucks

to haul the trailers) and nonprofit

vendors. Having plenty

of trailers and drivers is the

KEY to our success for the

hayride. For the trailers and

drivers, please email Autumn


for non-profit vendors email

me, Korry at hvl@goBEA-

September Birthdays: Ashley

and Ainsley Embleton,

Todd Lahey, Kayla Booth,

Katie Ohlhaut, Autumn

Farmer, Melissa Allison,

Lucas Meadows, Olivia

Uribe, Jonathan Delfendahl,

Bryan Hartford, Shannon

Garland, Chris Lewis, Kerrie

Kitts, McKenna Clark,

Jennifer Donelson,

September Anniversaries:

Dan and Sarah O’Conner,

Steve and Tammy Koontz.

Please email me, Korry H.

Johnson, if you have something

to share in next month’s

article at

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The Misconceptions of Long-Term Care

There are many misconceptions and unknowns when it comes

to planning for the possibility of needing long-term care. Today,

Americans are living longer, which means it is critical to address

long-term care costs when considering retirement planning. When

I meet with clients, I ask them “How do you plan to prepare

yourself and your family for a potential long-term care situation?”

Most of the time the room is silent, meaning there is no plan.

Commonly there are “4 myths” that most individuals have

thought about or have heard when it comes to long-term care.

The first myth is: “It won’t happen to me.” It’s natural to think

accidents and illnesses are more likely to affect others than

yourself. If you have led an unhealthy lifestyle, it’s likely you will

need some type of long-term care. One in five recipients of longterm

care are receiving care because of an accident rather than

illness. Contrary to this is living a long, healthy life. This is great!

However, statistically, the longer you live, the more likely you will

need long-term care at an older age. By these measures, most

people will fall into one of these three scenarios and will need

long-term care in their lifetime.

The second myth is: Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurance

will cover long-term care costs. Unfortunately, this is not the

case. Medicare will only cover

a portion of a skilled nursing

facility for up to 100 days and

that is only after a qualifying

hospitalization. Medicaid will

cover these costs but only if you

have limited income and assets.

If you don’t qualify for Medicaid,

you will have to spend down

your assets until you can qualify

for government support. Most

private insurance plans cover

the similar services to Medicare,

and if they offer long-term care

options, then it is typically only

for skilled, short-term, or medically necessary care.

“...statistically, the longer

you live, the more likely you

will need long-term care at

an older age.”

— Roger Ford

The third myth: Self-insuring will be easier. A few issues can arise

from self-insuring. First, costs add up quickly and paying for these

costs can add potential tax liability when accessing funds. There

is also the factor of added stress during an already stressful time;

especially if you aren’t sure if there will be enough money left for

the surviving spouse. It is essential to plan for long term care costs

when thinking about how much you will need for retirement.

The fourth myth: My family will care for me. This has been the

norm for generations, but times have changed, and more family

members are working. Assuming you have enough money and

your family doesn’t have to take care of you financially, there are

still other factors that can make this difficult. Depending on your

level of need, caregivers will need to take off work and therefore

miss out on income. On average, U.S. caregivers provide 21 hours

of assistance a week for as long as 3 years, that’s 1575 hours!

Then you add on the issue of added stress on the family and

overall well-being of all members of the family. Finally, not all

families are able to physically provide the long-term care.

Some good questions to ask yourself when planning for this type

of care are, “How is it going to affect my retirement, my family

and is it affordable?” Everyone has a different situation and

therefore there is not one definitive answer. These decisions are

not easy to make but are important to think about before there is

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The St. Leon Volunteer Fire

Department wants to give a

big THANK YOU to everyone

who helped in any way with

our recent firemen’s festival.

The event was successful

because of the help of our

community members who give

their time so willingly.

Alvin and Annie Werner

celebrated their sixty-fifth

wedding anniversary on July

21. What an accomplishment!!

Congratulations to both of


Jack Deddens and Danny

Deddens recently attended

Boys State at Trine University

in Angola, Indiana. Attendees

learn about government

and hold elections as part of

the week-long program. Jack

was elected Chief of Police/

City Council, and Danny was

elected State Attorney General.

Way to go boys!!!

Congratulations go out to

Rachel and Chris Hughes

on the birth of their daughter,

Nataly Marie, on June 24.

Welcoming her home is her big

sister, Lyvia.

Get well wishes go out to

Vaughn Fischer. Hope you

are feeling much better and

continued prayers for a speedy




Kathryn Zimmer with her

youngest great-greatgrandchild

Noah Jossart

taken in August of 2018.

Mom and Dad dancing


We recently lost our Mom

and Mama, Kathryn Kunkel

Zimmer, at the “young age of

94!” She lived a beautiful life

and was always full of spunk

right up until the end. She

passed on June 28 to go home

to our Lord in heaven and was

once again united with the love

of her life, Cletus. They were

married for fifty-two years

before Dad passed away in

1996. They ran the dairy farm

on the family homestead all of

those years, milking cows two

times a day, chopping corn for

the silo, and baling hay to feed

those cows. Being a farmer’s

wife was very busy, but Mom

and Dad did enjoy their free

time by going dancing and

traveling all over to see the

sights. All of us will miss her.

We take comfort in knowing

that she and Dad are dancing

away once again in heaven.

She is survived by her children,

Ron (Debbie) Zimmer,

Beverly (Curt) McQueen,

Schere (Steve) Kramer, and

Terry (Connie) Zimmer, eleven

grandchildren, twenty-one

great-grandchildren, and three


Thank you to everyone that

expressed condolences for our


Birthdays– 1 Jake Hoog, 2

Betty Fischer, Carl Haas, and

Art Hoog, 3 Earl Wilhelm,

and Lester Hornberger, 4

Lucy Klenke, and Father

Jonathan Meyer, 5 my

niece Angie Speckman and

Michelle Simon, 6 Landon

Wilhelm, my nephew Jesse

Zimmer who resides in Albuquerque,

New Mexico, 7 Scott

Becker and Krista Ferry-Wilber,

8 Dave Kuhn, 10 Jessica

Wilgenbusch and Julie Wilhelm,

11 Caleb Fischer, 12

Stacey Stenger and my youngest

daughter Krista Inman,

13 Lucy Herth and Katelyn

Whitaker, 15 Avery Bittner,

Ernie Hoog, and Ray Hoog,

16 Matthew Schuman, Renee

Kamos, and my niece Kaitlyn

Pelsor, 17 Barb Wuestefeld

and Marlene Hoog, 18 Ellen

Bulach, my niece Sara Fox,

Steve Gramman, and Dianne

Kuhn, 19 Betty Fischer and

Amy Fox Miller, 20 David

Alig and Rita Stenger, 21

Brad Dawson, Josie Wolf,

Brooke Leonard, Roger Fox

Jr., and my “other daughter”

Linda Dole, 22 Beth Stenger

and Megan Whitaker, 23

Clint Hon and Sherri Sterwerf,

24 my sister-in-law

Beverly McQueen and Jon

Hartman, 26 my nephew

Randy Kramer and Ashley

Gaynor, 27 Lois Harris and

John Harris, 28 Irene Ober,

Barb Ruwe, and my brotherin-law

Curt McQueen, 29

Drew Maune, Gloria Hoog,

Ryan Callahan, Luke Vogelsang,

and Addison Cleary, 30

Rob Herth and Ken Werner.

Happy Anniversary wishes

to Shari and Jeff Sterwerf

on Sept. 3, Karen and Jim

Maune on Sept. 3, Kim and

Jerry Callahan on Sept. 12,

Jon and Ginger Evans on

Sept. 22,. On September 27

my sister-in-law and brotherin-law

Beverly and Curtis

McQueen will celebrate being

married for fifty years!!! –

here’s to many more.

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column

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August 3 - Sep 28 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship Gallery

Exhibit - 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro, Indiana. Exhibit: ‘Plein

Air’ Group Show812-532-3010.


September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Carnegie Hall Open for

Tours - 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill, Indiana. 1pm-5pm or

by appointment. Carnegie Hall houses three museums - a local

Military, Indiana History, and local colleg memorabilia. Info:

812-744-4015 or

September 1 & 5 – Veraestau Open for Tours - 4696

Veraestau Lane, Aurora. 1PM-4:00PM. Veraestau is set on a bluff

with a sweeping view of the Ohio River and Kentucky below.

Nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Info: 812-926-0983 or

September 1 – Tri-State Antique Market - 7am-3pm,

U.S. Route 50, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. Approximately

200 dealers each month. Info: 513-353-4135 or

September 2 - Oct 31 – Dearborn Highlands Arts Council

Art Show Visualizing Addiction & Recovery - 331 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg. 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday. Info:


September 2 - 28 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions Events &

Workshops - 21481 State Line Road, Lawrenceburg.Monthly

educational and fun events and classes for all ages. Call 812-537-

3800 or

September 4 – River City Classics Car Club Cruise-In -

6-9:00pm. American Legion Post 231, 119 Bridgeway Street,

Aurora. Info: 812-290-4775 or


September 5 - 7 – Greenbriar Shop Anniversary

Warehouse Sale - 10am-6pm, 19374 Collier Ridge Road,

Guilford, Indiana. Greenbriar is celebrating 8 years in business,

with an inventory reduction sale. Info: 812-487-8008 or

September 5 - 28 – The Framery Events, Camps and Classes

- 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. Monthly classes, parties,

and camps for all ages. Included are pottery, fused glass, and

painting. Info: 812-537-4319 or

September 6 – Downtown Lawrenceburg Open Door

First Fridays - Join participating merchants for specials, sales

and other unique promotions exclusive to the day -all day

throughout regular store hours and until 7PM. Info: 812-537-

4507 or

September 6, 13, 20 – 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

September 6, 13, 20, 27 – Bright Farmers’ Market - Salt

Fork & State Line Roads, Bright. 3PM-6:30PM. Locally grown

produce, meats, eggs, plants, honey, jams, baked goods, and

hand crafted items. 812-637-3898 or


September 7 - Oct 20 – Traveling Exhibit in Dillsboro -

Crossroads: Change in Rural America - Dillsboro Branch

Library is selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Smithsoniancurated

traveling exhibit called “Crossroads: Change in Rural

America”. The exhibit is part of the Museum on Main Street

program, which brings exhibitions and programs to rural

communities. The exhibit examines the evolving landscape of

rural America and is on display from September 7-October 20,

2019. Dillsboro is one of only six communities in Indiana to host

the exhibition in 2019. Open hours: M-F, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-

2pm, Sun., 1pm-4pm. Info: 812-926-0646 or www.dillsboro.


September 7, 14, 21, 28 – Lawrenceburg Farmer’s Market

- Newtown Park, 9am-1:00pm. US Route 50 & Park Street,

Lawrenceburg. Info: 812-537-4507 or

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – Dillsboro Farmer’s Market

- Heritage Pointe in Dillsboro. Buy and sell locally grown or

produced foods. Info: 812-571-0259 or

September 7, 21 – 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

September 8 – Arts and Crafts in the Park - 9AM-4PM.

Newtown Park, U.S. 50, Lawrenceburg. Phi Beta Psi, Tau chapter

continues a tradition of over 40 years of quality, handmade craft

items, including jewelry, soaps, candles, home decor and more.

Vendors from several states. Info: 812-584-6982.

September 10 – Oxbow Program - Program on The

Western Wildlife Corridor (WWC) - 7:30 pm. The Oxbow, Inc.

Office, 301 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. Talk about the history

and accomplishments of the organization whose mission is

“to protect the scenic beauty and natural resources of the

Ohio River Valley through direct land protection and through

the promotion of responsible land use.” Info: 812-290-2943 or

September 12 - 20 – Blue Willow House Big Tent Sale -

9960 Front Street, Dillsboro, IN. Shop three floors of antiques,

home decor, clothing, jewelry, candles, sosps, lotions and gifts.

Th & F, 10am-6pm and Sat, 9am-2pm. Info: 8121-432-3330 or

September 13 - 16 – LST Ship Landing in Aurora - In honor

of the City of Aurora’s Bicentennial, the USS LST 325 (Landing

Ship Tank) will be on display on the riverfront in Aurora. Landing

Ship Tanks were designed during WWII to transport and deploy

troops, vehicles, and supplies onto foreign shores, without the

use of dock facilities. The ships were also used during the Korean

War and the Vietnam Conflict. The ships proved to be among

the most successful in the history of the U.S. Navy. Open 9am-

6pm daily. Small fee to board the ship for a tour. Large display

of military equipment on land. In addition to tours, events will

include a flyover of a B- 52 Bomber, B & B Riverboats tours with

dinner cruise, fireworks display and more. Info: 812-584-1441 or

September 13 – Aurora Lions Club Summer Outdoor

Movie - Hotel Transylvania 3 - 9:00 pm. 228 Second Street,

Aurora. Info:812-926-1100 or

September 14, 21 – Lawrenceburg Speedway - 351 E. Eads

Pkwy. (U.S. 50). Sprint, modified, pure stock and hornet racing

on 3/8 mile high-banked clay oval track. Gates open at 5PM;

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

September 14 – Hillforest’s A Stitch in Time Tea - 1:00 pm.

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora.

Along with a delicious three course tea, a program by a local

expert quilter and a tour of Hillforest and its featured exhibit,

“A Stitch in Time”, will be offered. Reservations required: 812-

926-0087 or

September 14 – Oktoberfest - Main Street Aurora Dancing

on Main - 7-10:30pm at the corner of Second & Main Streets,

Aurora, Indiana. $5.00 admission. Info: 812-926-1100 or

September 19 – Historic Architecture Walking Tour of

Aurora - 7pm-8:30pm. Tour begins at Aurora City Building, 231

Main Street. Free guided tour of the unique, historic architecture

of downtown Aurora. Info: 812-926-1100 or

September 21 - 22 – Dillsboro Heritage Festival - features

a variety of events, including a Pop-up Museum at the Dillsboro

Civic Center(Saturday & Sunday), and the Festival Car Show at

the Community Park, (Sunday). Info: 812-432-5648 or

September 21 – 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

September 26 - 28 – Lawrenceburg Fall Fest -

downtown Lawrenceburg annual festival featuring top name

entertainment, games, carnival rides, a variety of food booths,

beer garden, chili contest, car show and more. Free live musical

entertainers featured Fri and Sat. Info: 812 539-3113 or

September 26 - 28 – Whiskey City Lineman Rodeo -

Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds on State Route 50 in Lawrenceburg.

Friday and Saturday Bull Riding Event. Info: 812-532-3500 or

Dearborn County Convention,

Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut Street

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025


1-800-322-8198 or


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Three Yorkville and Guilford

residents- Elizabeth Hoffman,

Nicole Crawley, and Peyton

Wilber- attended Hoosier

Girls State at Triune University

in Angola, IN. Each girl had

glowing compliments about

the program.

Peyton was excited to go

because her mom and sister

both attended in the past. She

was shocked that she was

able to attend but was nervous

because she didn’t know much

about the government. She

said, “Every girl there seemed

to know exactly what to do,

and I was the oddball. But the

more opportunities there were,

it was empowering. When I

N I C O L E & J O H N W U E S T E F E L D



came back home, I noticed

how I had changed. I am more

confident and outgoing. If you

work hard, great things will


Elizabeth said the first few

days she learned about how

everything works in our government.

Midway through the

week, a two-party rally was

held that reminded her of getting

dressed to attend a football

game! “Almost every night,

I stayed up late talking and

made some great new friends.

My roommate was amazing –

we had so much in common,

and we still talk every day! I

made a lot of friends during

the week and have a lot more

confidence when giving a


“I was honored to be chosen

to attend Hoosier Girls

State,” said Nicole Crawley.

“The experience was amazing.

I learned so much about

our government and had fun

campaigning and running for

offices in addition to being

appointed to special positions.

I made wonderful new friends

A Family Tradition Since 1800’s

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Rhonda Wells, Amber Wells, Greg Callahan, Connie

Cleary, Christy Lightner, Jamie Sheets, and Jim Thatcher

helped clean up part of York Ridge Road.

from all over Indiana. It was a

wonderful opportunity, and I

highly encourage others to go

if they have the chance.”

On July 13, Guilford and

Yorkville residents pitched in

to help clean up roughly onehalf

mile of York Ridge Road

known as York Ridge hill. The

clean-up was organized by the

Dearborn County Anti-Litter

Initiative and York Township

Trustee Greg Callahan. My

husband, son, and I joined the

efforts along with Rhonda

Wells, Amber Wells, Jamie

Sheets, Jim Thatcher, Connie

Cleary, Christy Lightner, and

Greg Callahan.

Congratulations to the Slammers,

who won the Northwest

Ohio Baseball League with

a 12-3 season record. The

team consisted of Zen Ivey,

Adam Rosemeyer, Ryan

Stenger, Jared Ullman, Mark

Wolfe, Luke Yunger, Matthew

Graf, Nathan Graf,

Abe Bittner, Nick Buirley,

Gill Davis, Tyler Gill, and

Michael Hutchins. The team

was coached by Joe Yunger,

Scott Gill, Jeremy Wolfe, and

Ricky Schneider.

I would love to feature you

in my next article! If you

Benjamin, Laura, and Brian

Keller pitched in to help

cleanup York Ridge Road.

The Slammers won the Northwest Ohio Baseball League

Elizabeth Hoffman was

County Commissioner during

Hoosier Girls State.

Nicole Crawley enjoyed

Hoosier Girls State.

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Starting this month’s column,

I would like to acknowledge

the members of the North

Dearborn Legion Post 452

of New Alsace who were in

the second picture mentioned

in my last column. Thanks

again for your dedication and

service to our country.

The first of the three festivals

of All Saints Parish took

place on July 20-21 at the St.

John’s Campus. Despite the

heat, we had a good turnout.

People came to enjoy our

GREAT fried chicken dinners

with plenty of refreshments

to keep everyone hydrated. A

superb lunch stand featured

a new recipe from the Holy

Land. With help from all

four parishes, we all worked

together as one. Praise and

thanks to all who cooperated

to make the festival a success.

As part of the festival, a Rosary/Holy

Land exhibit was

on display in the preschool.

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Stepping Up to End Hunger

Hunger is a reality in our

country, our state – and even

in our own Ripley County. To

help end hunger, dedicated

county residents will walk

together on Oct. 6 along a

6.2-mile path to raise funds.

CROP Walk 50 walkers will

begin registering at 1 P.M. at

St. Peter’s UCC Finks Church

in Osgood with the walk commencing

at 1:30.

After the event, walkers will

enjoy refreshments and will

receive a CROP Walk 50th

Anniversary T-shirt.

To celebrate the fiftieth

another column.

Congratulations go out to

Amber and Dan Morris on

the birth of their fourth child,

Jack Julius Morris, born on

July 5. Welcoming Jack home

are his three sisters Grace,

Emma, and Amelia.

Congratulations also to

Russell and Leona McCann

who recently celebrated their

sixty-seventh anniversary.

Our condolences to the

family of Kathryn Zimmer of

Dover. She was 94. Kate was

married to the love of her life,

Cletus Zimmer for fifty-two

years and boy did those two

dance!! I remember seeing

Kate and Cletus dance years

ago when I was a kid. They

could really, as they say, burn

up the floor. Now they will be

doing their best dance yet, at

the pearly gates!

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Summer is sure flying by

fast, and before we know it,

snow will be flying. The City

of Greendale had a good day

for their Fourth of July events.

The day started with the 5K

race. The first Greendale

female resident to finish in

the 5K walk was Leigh Ann

Craig who placed seventh

overall. Finishing eleventh

was Don Siemers, the first

male Greendale resident to

finish. George Klopp Sr.,

93, of Greendale, finished

with a time of 1:00.31. Great

job George! In the 5 K run

event, 19-year-old Greendale

residence CJ Nutley finished

twenty-eighth overall. Fourteen-year-old

Ella McAndrew

finished ninety-third overall.

While the race was going

on, the kids were gathering

at Schnebelt’s Pond for the

fishing derby. Nash Jackson

tried to catch a fish bigger

than himself. He is the son of

Taylor Jackson and greatgrandson

of Sue and Willis

Whitaker of Greendale.

Sawyer Lane, the sevenmonth-old

son of Aleigha and

Sonny Lane, participated in

his first Fourth of July Bike

Parade in anticipation of running

for president in the year

2060. His proud grandparents

are Maggie and Frank Lane

and Hank and Bonita Armbruster

of Greendale. On a

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sweltering day, at no charge,

the pool was enjoyed by many.

A spectacular fireworks display

ended the day.

Graduating from Rose-Holman

Institute of Technology

with a degree in Bio-Chemistry

is Hannah Rowe of

Carmel, IN. She has received

a full-ride scholarship and will

attend the University of Toledo.

Her sister Lauren graduated

with honors from West

Field High School and will

attend Bellarmine University

in Louisville with a scholarship

and will major in biology.

Their parents are Terry and

Kristi Rowe of Carmel, IN.

Dane Reid, son of Dale and

Tonya Reid, will be attending

Purdue University and also

will be receiving a scholarship

to enter the ROTC program at

Purdue. His sister Jordan, a

senior in high school, has been

just named female athlete

of the year from Hancock

County. She has verbally committed

to the Indiana Wesleyan

University where she will

receive a full-ride scholarship

to play basketball and also run

track. Hannah, Lauren, Dane,

and Jordan are the grandchildren

of Deanna Rowe of


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around the corner.

Happy birthday on Sept. 11:

John Kush and Stephanie

Danca, former Greendale resident,

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Delicious fried chicken

made by St John’s chicken

fryers. Doesn’t it look good!

anniversary of the national

CROP Hunger Walk, the

Ripley County Walk has set a

goal to raise at least $15,000

through those who will sponsor

a walker or a team of

walkers. Walkers will venture

6.2 miles or as far as they

are able. The Golden Mile is

available for those unable to

walk further.

Church World Service

sponsors the CROP (Christian

Rural Overseas Program)

Hunger Walk and organized

by local churches to end hunger

at home and around the

world. Ripley County’s CROP

Walk was started in the 1980s

by Pastor Juanita Connerley-

Wallpe, to support local food

pantries in Batesville, Delaware,

Milan, and Sunman.

The initial effort began in

1947 when Church World

Service helped Midwest farm

families share grain with post-

WWII Europe and Asia. The

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1969, with one thousand participants

who raised $25,000.

Over the years, CROP Hunger

Walks have become an

interfaith mission with more

than eight hundred walks each

year, and over 87,000 participants

raising $8,300,000+ in

2018 alone! The LA Times

has called it the “Granddaddy

of Charity Walks.” This year

the walk celebrates fifty years

of ending hunger together.

For more information,

contact Pastor Sandy Gruell,

765-932-4749 or

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Friday, September 13

2 PM Lawrenceburg Public Library

Gettysburg is the greatest single battle ever waged in

North America. And Indiana was there. Gib Young

proudly tells the story of the five units of Indiana boys

who fought on the field of Gettysburg. This 45 minute

program features photos, maps, statistics, and stories

about the most famous of all Civil War battles.

Nash Jackson is preparing

to catch a fish bigger than


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If you’ve attended mass at

St. Paul’s Church in New Alsace

or St. Peter’s Church in

the past eighty years, chances

are you’ve




coming from

the pipe

organ played

by Donald


Donald Music has

Gutzwiller been a part

of Donald’s

life since he was a young

child. His grandmother

studied music at St. Mary-ofthe-Woods

and taught him to

play the organ when he was a

mere child – only five years

old. At the age of thirteen,

Donald played the organ for

the first time at St. Paul’s

Church on August 4, 1939.

During college, he attended

Xavier University in Cincinnati

and served as the student

organist there at Bellarmine

Chapel. After graduation,

Donald returned to New

Alsace and continued playing

at St. Paul’s Church. His love

of music has impacted his life

in many ways, most notably

leading him to his wife,

Charlotte. She sang in the

choir and pulled the organ’s

AJ Beard, JJ Seubert, Jake Crawley, John Crawley, Michael

Schwebach, Kieran Draude, Nathan Haller, Dominic

Martini, and Jackson Moser participate in the annual

flag retirement ceremony.

registration stops. Donald

asked her out while she was

turning music pages for him!

He still plays the organ today

at St. Peter’s Church as well

as funeral masses and during

holy days. I have had the

privilege of singing while

Donald has played and

enjoyed the pep in his music.

Thank you, Donald, for your


The annual Schaefer reunion

was held July 13 at the

North Dearborn American

Legion. This year’s gathering

held a surprise for Harry

“Butch” Schaefer when he

was presented with a Quilt

of Valor made by Rivertown

Quilters in honor of his

service during World War II.

Butch served as a Platoon/

Tech Sergeant for almost two

years in the Army from Feb.

6, 1945, to Dec. 7, 1946. He

is the only surviving Charter

Member of the North Dearborn

American Legion, where

he has been a member for

more than 74 years. Butch

celebrated his 95 birthday on

August 16. Happy birthday,

Butch, and thank you for your


New Alsace Boy Scout

Troop 646 has been busy this

summer! On Flag Day (June

14), they conducted their

annual flag retirement ceremony

at the North Dearborn

American Legion Post 452.

American flags that were

worn beyond repair were

completely burned to ashes in

a service conducted with dignity

and respect. The scouts

stood at attention and saluted

as each flag was retired. The

flag retirement ring was an

Eagle Scout project of Nick


The Boy Scouts also

participated with the North

Dearborn American Legion on

Memorial Day at local cemetery

services to honor military

personnel. They visited

cemeteries in Guilford, Dover,

Yorkville, and New Alsace.

July 6-13, the Boy Scouts

attended summer camp at The

Summit Bechtel Reserve near

Glen Jean, West Virginia. They

Quilt of Valor presentation to Butch Schaefer (in front.)

Hank Schmeltzer, Mike LaFollette, Dolores Chalker, Jerry

Bondurant, Sheila Stevenson, Judi Sauerbrey, Ron Spurlock

and Marty Sizemore. (Photo by PG Gentrup)

Colton Plymale, Jackson Moser, Johnny Caudill, James

Bulach, Dominic Martini, Michael Schwebach, Kieran

Draude, JJ Seubert, Dillon Rullman, Jacob Crawley,

Colton Lewis, Nathan Haller, AJ Beard, and Jamison

West attended summer camp July 6-13. Not pictured:

Scoutmaster Keith Milson and parent chaperones Joe

Bulach and Lissa Rullman.

camped in tents and worked

on options for merit badges including

environmental science,

climbing, shotgun shooting, fly

fishing, kayaking, pioneering,

and orienteering. The scouts

also enjoyed activities such as

the Appalachian celebration,

zip-lining, and whitewater

rafting. The younger scouts

attended the Brown Sea Island

program to help advance their

scout ranking.

The scouts often volunteer

and work to support events at

the North Dearborn American

Legion, the Sunman Food

Pantry and various other

community events. The North

Dearborn American Legion is

hosting their monthly euchre

tournament on Aug. 18, Sept.

8, and Oct. 13. 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.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me

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Old lean-to.







Let’s continue the story of

the barn restoration. I should

mention that in the 1930s,

the barn had been remodeled

to be used as a dairy barn.

Two rows of solid concrete

feeding troughs had been installed

that ran approximately

forty feet from the front

of the barn to the back (as

seen in the picture with the

high-lift.) The troughs had

to be jack-hammered and

pried out with heavy equipment.

Lots of fun! Back on

the outside, the lean-to was

New lean-to.

The barn troughs that had

to be removed.

taken off, and badly damaged

siding on this wall was

replaced with boards salvaged

from the other sides

of the barn. We like the fact

that we could preserve some

of the original siding. The

new lean-to was one of the

most dramatic changes be-

Dave Lyness and Don Dunevant

inspecting the progress

of the barn project.

cause we were able to raise

the roof higher and take out

many of the support beams,

giving us a more open

space. The finishing touch

was the concrete floor. I

think we can play basketball

in here now!

I would like to take a

minute to give some recognition

to one of Logan’s

finest residents, David

Lyness. On July 26, his

family and friends threw

him a party, not just for his

sixty-fourth birthday (July

20), but for the tenth anniversary

of the beginning

of his new life with ALS,

also known as Lou Gehrig’s

disease. David wanted me

to tell you about two awesome

ladies who have been

active in supporting him and

the ALS cause. Last Oct. 7

Harry Lyness, Dave Record, Don Dunevant, Doug Sykes,

David Lyness.

Brenda Wheat and Robin

Maxwell participated in the

2018 Team Challenge ALS-

Chicago Marathon in honor

of Dave. They raised over

$18,000 for the ALS Loan

Closet. He is very proud and

thankful for their efforts.

Over the years, Dave and

his wife Cindy have faced

many challenges, but he

has shown himself to be

an example of strength and

inspiration to us all.

Play Ball!

Nick Iceberg recently attended a Reds game with several

friends, thanks to the efforts of Ron and Connie Spurlock who

organized the event. Standing behind Nick are Connie Spurlock,

Ron Spurlock, Joe Carrigan, Curt Dugle, and Madison Apostle.

2019 Freudenfest volunteers after several days of preparing for festers who came to

“Indiana’s Biggest Little German Festival.”







The theme for the fortysecond

annual Freudenfest

was “Naked, Fried or Dancing,

We Love Our Chicken!”

The fest will be remembered

as one of the hottest in history

with a heat index of 100+

degrees – dirndls were dwindling,

and lederhosen became

“saggy-hosen” – yet the diehard

German festers were out

in force.

A decision was made to

cancel the ever-popular

Dachshund Races to protect

the pups. Meanwhile, human

visitors from several countries

endured the heat and kept

hydrated as beverage stations

and beer taps struggled to

meet the demand.

Governor Eric Holcomb

attended the Schnitzelbank

Salute and commented,

“There are two dates on my

calendar each year that I

cannot miss … my State-ofthe-State

Address in January,

For more information on these and other activities:

812-689-7431 •

and Oldenburg’s Freudenfest!”

Thousands of sauerkraut

balls, hot pretzels, Goetta

links, Reuben sandwiches,

and chicken dinners were

consumed… as pies were

auctioned and festers frolicked

in the wine tasting

contest. Oom-pah-pah filled

the air as entertainers took the

stages and the cooling stations

became a favorite attraction.

In the end, anything fried was

the food of choice, festers

were dancing with steins

clinking – and the only thing

naked was the chicken!

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!

Enjoy Fall Festivals in Ripley County

August 24 Ye Olde Central House Garden Party Napoleon, IN

September 7 Sunman Fall Festival, Sunman, IN

September 13-14 Oktoberfest Street Festival, Batesville, IN

September 14-22 NMLRA Muzzle Loading

Championship Shoot and Friendship Flea

Markets, Friendship, IN

September 21 Bricktoberfest, Osgood, IN

September 25-29 117th Annual Versailles

Pumpkin Show, Versailles, IN

September 27-29 Hassmer Fest Mountain Bike

Festival @ Versailles State Park,

Versailles, IN

October 4-5 Ertel Cellars Winery Festival,

Batesville, IN

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Civista Bank

First Financial

LaRosa Corporate

Gold Level Supporters

Hoosier Auto Sales United Dairy Farmers Rumpke Inc.

Suburban Propane H&R Block WSCH—Eagle Country 99.3

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Cincinnati Radiator, Inc.

Gus & Ursula Grote

Haag Ford

Los Primos

DBA Boley Braces

Old E Drive Thru

Silver Level Supporters

Brater-Winer Funeral Home

Dearborn Savings Assn

Milton & Sandra Carley

Kraft Electrical Contracting, Inc.

Maxwell Construction

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As I reflect over this past

month, pondering what to

share about Aurora happenings,

fond summertime

memories came flooding back

from when I was a kid…

memories of drive-in movies,

Fourth of July fireworks,

swimming, riding bikes,

catching lightning bugs, and

snipe hunting with cousins.

Many things have changed

since the sixties, yet, thankfully,

some things remain.

Our grandsons from Vermont

came for their annual

summertime visit and quite

naturally engaged in these

very same activities making

their own fond summertime

memories… Such treasures!

Not quite a drive-in movie,

but even better, the Aurora

Lions Club provides a monthly

summertime Friday night

outdoor movie night. AND

it’s FREE along with the


Come enjoy our new

Gabbard Park at the end of

Second Street as it is also a


for summertime memorymaking.

Gabbard Park and

the Pergola Swing Corridor

Project have been a combined

Jolly Conrad, Ben Turner, Roger Fehling, Nancy Turner,

and Debbie Fehling shown here won the raffle for front

row balcony seats to view the Red, White, and BOOM

fireworks from Veraestau. (Photo compliments of Barbara


partnership with the City of

Aurora Downtown Revitalization,

the Aurora Bicentennial

Celebration, the Aurora Main

Street twenty-year Anniversary

Legacy Project, and

dedicated people such as

the Andrews family (for the

mural), the Gabbard family

(for park property), and many

others who donated time and

financial support. Gabbard

siblings, Ginny (Gabbard)

Lane, and her brother, Fred

Gabbard shared memories of

their parents and the family’s

store that used to sit on the

site. Ginny gave an account of

her father hiring a young boy

to sweep the sidewalk of the

store (even though it didn’t

need sweeping) so he could

earn the money needed to buy

a pair of shoes. Their parents’

example taught them to have

a good work ethic and to be

thoughtful and giving. They

thanked the City of Aurora

for naming the park after

their family. I believe it is the

same giving spirit the Gabbards

passed on that fuels the

volunteer efforts of the many

organizations and people who

keep Aurora a desirable place

to live, work, and visit.

The Red, White and Boom

Festival and Craft Show was

held at Lesko Park on the

river. BOY OH BOY! It was

a scorcher! Thank goodness

for the water misters provided

by the Aurora EMS. In spite

of the scorching temperatures,

folks enjoyed food, crafters,

train rides, an Uncle

Sam stilt walker, a beer and

wine garden, and live music

entertainment. The icing on

the cake was the FABULOUS

fireworks later that evening!

Not only was there activity

ON the riverfront that day,

but there was also activity

Aurora resident, Nancy Ray, shared the swing dedicated

to her parents with the Miller family of Aurora.




White and




up to



Ginny (Gabbard) Lane, and

her brother, Fred Gabbard.

Mark Drury and Fred Lester

here relaxing at the Veterans

Memorial at Lesko Park.

ABOVE at Veraestau overlooking

the river. Hillforest

along with Indiana Landmarks,

hosted “Blast from

the Past,” at Veraestau. They

had a bird’s eye view of the

afore-mentioned FABULOUS


HEY, Aurora and lovers

of Aurora! GET READY

‘cause… Fall is just around

the corner, and it’s time once

again to Fall in Love with Aurora.

You can adopt a flower

bed in town (we will provide

the straw and mums) OR you

can make a scarecrow for

Scarecrow alley (aka. George

Street) OR decorate your

house (in Aurora) OR decorate

a business. Many opportunities

are available (whether

you live in Aurora or not) for

you to help make our town

BEAUTIFUL for the Fall in

Love event on Oct. 17.

For more information, call

Charlotte Hastings at 812-

584-1441 or Maggie Drury at


The Aurora Garden Club Presents:

The Third Annual

Fall in Love with Aurora

Decorating Contest

‣ Decorate your Aurora home or business,

‣ Adopt a city flower bed (we will provide the straw & mums),


‣ Make a scarecrow for Scarecrow Alley (aka George Street.)

Be eligible to win prizes and recognition at the Fall in Love with Aurora

event Thursday, October 17, 2019

Open to ALL lovers of Aurora (residents and non-residents alike)

More Information coming in the next issue of the Beacon

Or you can email


September 2019 THE BEACON Page 9B








The other day a neighbor

was talking about the age-old

question, “What do you do

with MOLES?”!

Fred Patterson takes

mole control very seriously,

so seriously that he and a

friend have been keeping

score of who takes care of

the problem the most. The

mention of a large number of

the critters being eliminated

has led to discussions among

other neighbors at the “liar’s

bench” (the gossip filtration

station for the uninitiated.)







We have an amazing woman

in our small town who drives

to Cincinnati, often in the

middle of the night, to follow

her heart to help women in crisis.

Scarlet Hudson, known

to many as Momma Scarlet

is the subject of a documentary,

Heroine of Hope, one

of twenty-five films featured

during this year’s PBS Online

Film Festival.

Heroine of Hope tells the

story of Scarlet who devotes

her life to creating a new

path for women caught in the

abusive cycle of addiction and

sex trafficking.

From the promo of the film:

“Scarlet has a radical idea; she

fills her van with food, water,

and medical supplies, and

drives straight to the areas most

blighted with addiction and sex

trafficking. She builds trust,

week after week, with the same

people. She is their champion,

or, in their own words, their

“momma.” Heroine of Hope

spotlights Scarlet’s work

through the lens of the women

she’s helped succeed and the

critical services she provides to

the growing number of women

who need them.”

Scarlet’s mission has grown

to become the ‘Women of

Alabaster’ located at 1953

Central Ave., Cincinnati,

OH. Their mission statement:

Creation Station



It seems Mother Nature has

decided to go all-out with her

best or worst actions. Heat,

rain, and flooding have been

paramount in the last few

weeks. Even our pets, farm

animals, and wild animals

have been having a tough

time. The most animated

discussion centered on our

yards. Many of the neighbors

have delayed yard work and

flower garden preparation but

the necessity to go into full

battle mode against MOLES.

One of the guys stated,

“Get a shotgun and sit in

the yard until you see one

moving then get him!” Dale

Moeller mentioned that he

doesn’t know what to do with

them. Frank Linkmeyer emphatically

wants to use lime

in their home to get them!

Then Dave Greive chimed

in to announce, “Diesel fuel

will do the trick!”

Scarlet Hudson (Photo courtesy

of PBS)

Meeting those caught up in

human trafficking, offering

unconditional love on the

streets, developing relationships,

gaining trust and an opportunity

to offer support and

“off the street” information.

Scarlet also has a vision and

a plan for a farm to be a long

term facility, with everything

that the girls need under one

A Brush with Greatness

A production designer for a

Hallmark Channel Christmas

movie, Christmas Masterpiece,

recently visited Rebecca

Davies’ studio and selected

eighteen paintings for the

movie. The work is scheduled


The interviews of the

man-on-the-street about this

topic was very enlightening.

Paul Kinghorn insisted that

traps will do the trick. But

when asked where to put

them, he stated, “In the run!”

Bev Houze told me that her

husband would take a shovel

and turn over a big cut of

soil while she stood by with

a handy instrument to smash

the mole that appeared. She

could never do it, though.

“Rocky” Schroeder didn’t

know how to get them but

mentioned, “GOOGLE IT!”

So now, it’s up to the reader

and neighbors in Aurora to

determine what to do. When

success occurs, share it with

me. Maybe we can get into


Well, that’s it. Let me hear

from you. But did you ever

wonder... what became of

careful drivers?

roof to keep them off the

streets and in a positive environment.

If you are interested in

learning more or contributing

in some way, contact Scarlet

at 513-543-5656

The first Party on the Porch

was held at Dillsboro Arts.

Even though the temperature

was hot, we had a cool

evening of music and friends.

The plan is to have events

regularly. Stop in with suggestions

for entertainment

on the porch. We are looking

for creative ways to fund our

projects. An outdoor bulletin

board will be installed soon to

keep you informed. Our next

gallery exhibit is ‘Plein Air’

Group Show Aug 3 - Sept 28.

to be on screen for at least

forty minutes! The work is already

on ‘location’ in Cincinnati.

If all goes perfectly, the

movie will air this Christmas


All of this came about

because the designer remembered

Rebecca from when she

was an artist in residence. She

looked Rebecca up online,

liked her work, and here we


Congratulations, Rebecca!


supplies delivered

to your school!


Wednesday, September 4th

River City Classic Cruise In

Bridgeway Street


Friday, September 13 -

Monday, September 16


Landing Ship Tank

Ferry Landing & Third Street

10:00am - 5:30pm

Friday, September 13th

Aurora Lions Club Outdoor Movie

Hotel Transylvania 3

Lions Club Parking Lot


Saturday, September 14th

Celebrate Aurora



Coffee & Donuts @ The Depot

510 Second Street

11:00am & 1:00pm

Horse drawn trolley tour through downtown

2:00 - 4:00pm

Local Artist Display & Reception

SIAG, 302 Second Street


Roy Lambert as Dr. Jacob Ebersole

Location TBA

Saturday, September 14th

Dancing on Main Octoberfest

228 Second street


Sunday, September 15th

Belle of Cincinnati

BB Riverboat sightseeing cruise

3:00 - 4:00pm

BB Riverboat evening dinner cruise

7:30 - 10:00pm

BB Riverboat evening sightseeing


7:30 - 10:00pm



Thursday, September 19th

Aurora Business District

Architectural Walking Tour

231 Main Street


Tuesday, September 24th

Talk About Aurora

“Aurora 1882-Flood & Fire”

@ The Depot, 510 Second street



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As the grown cornfields are

slowly disappearing, the local

farmer markets are busting

at the seams! Harrison is in

transition as pencils are being

sharpened, and schedules are

being filled with sports and extracurricular

activities. While I

hear some complain about the

lazy days behind us, I know

many who are excited about

the routine and change of pace.

Harrison High School has

offered more summer camps

this past year than ever before.

One of the newer camps

that was a big hit was the

Harrison Robotics Summer

Camp this past July. The class

was presented by Great Oaks

and allowed younger students

access to the Harrison High

School Engineering Lab.

Children built a VEX Clawbot,

wrote code with RobotC,

and competed in a fast-paced


There have been so many

requests for a YMCA to come

to Harrison. We may not have

the actual facility yet, but we

are getting one step closer!

Sean Brooks, Senior Program

Director at the Gamble

Nippert YMCA in Westwood,

made the announcement that

the YMCA is bringing their

sports program to Harrison.

The program will be starting

Connor Brigger, age 9,

enjoyed a great week at

Robotics Camp. “I liked

the camp because it was

challenging because it was

all new to me. It was also

a lot of fun, especially the

wiring of the brain of the

robot and coding.”

with their Fall Junior Bearcats

Soccer season. Keep an eye

out for more sports to be

added in the near future.

Lastly, I am sad to announce

this will be my last

article. I love The BEACON

family and truly appreciate

the opportunity to share all of

the wonderful news coming

out of our community. I do

feel confident that whoever is

lucky enough to take over this

column will do a fantastic job,

especially with all of the positive

changes coming our way

here in Harrison. Best wishes!

Editor’s note- We have

enjoyed seeing Harrison’s

activities through Nikki’s eyes.

Her writing is truly a gift, and

we wish her all the best in the

future. If you would like to

learn more about becoming a

correspondent for the Beacon,

contact us at editor@goBEA-

What are Manchester residents

doing to keep cool this

summer? We are hitting the

water! From large pools to

kiddie pools, from enormous

blow-up water slides to just

squirting with the hose – we

are having fun in the sun.

Two-year-old Axel Caudill

has been dubbed ‘Water

Bug’ by his family. He and

his parents, Nicole (West)

Caudill and Jeff Caudill,

currently live in Sunman but

bring Axel to his grandparent’s

pool in Manchester,

quite often. Nicole grew up

in Manchester and enjoyed

lots of swimming here. Axel

likes to kick around the pool

with his flotation vest. He

even loves to jump in from

the diving board! Nicole and

Jeff started Axel in swimming

lessons when he was

only six months old. She

shared, “There is a pond near

our house, and we wanted

Axel to be safe around water.

Before we started lessons,

he hated bath time. Shortly

after his initial lessons, Axel

couldn’t get enough water

time. Now, at two years old,

he is grasping concepts about

how to act around water and

when he is allowed to jump

in. Our goal is safe water

fun, and early swim lessons

are a valuable key.”

The Arnsperger family,

Steve, Angela, Marrgo,

and Gabe, also enjoy their

Manchester pool. Mom,

Angela, has lived in this area

since she was two years old.

Dad, Steve, didn’t want to

move here from Kentucky,

even with the offer of free

land from Grandma Bear.

But he fell in love with the

peacefulness and beauty of

the area, so they eventually

built on the property,

very near Angela’s parent’s

place. Their family history

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September 15 th – 20 th 2019

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Monday – Friday 7:30 pm

SDHS Cheer pool party at the Arnsperger’s pool; Manchester

cheerleaders in the front Jozie Mason, Marrgo

Arnsperger, Izzy Bear; others pictured Emalee Ramsey,

Taylor Ferguson, Cadence Denney, Ava Kraemer, Mycah

Combs, Hannah Porter, Caroline Moeller, and Lyvi


Axel Caudill swimming at

grandparent’s pool in Manchester

On one of our hotter days,

the pool water was as

warm as bathwater, so Axel

decided to use the hose to

cool down his mom!

Arnsperger’s pool featuring

Gabe Arnsperger (on top),

Marrgo Arnsperger, Cadence

Denney and Jozie


is strong in this community.

Angela shared, “I have so

many good neighbors, and

I’ve known a lot of them

most of my life. I’ve walked

and biked these roads since

I was a kid. There’s never a

shortage of smiles, waves or

hellos. Manchester is a great

little community to raise a

family.” The Arnspergers

have a heart for hospitality;

they love having friends

over to swim, play basketball,

wiffle ball, and have

sleep overs. Angela works at

Manchester Elementary and

said how grateful she is for

the school’s support over the

years. She explained, “The

staff has been such great support

to our family both during

and after the kids were

in school there. Especially

since Gabe has been going

through his fight with Leukemia

for the past five years.”

The family is united in their

opinion that Manchester is a

really good place to be!

The Arnsperges recently

hosted some of our South

Dearborn Cheerleaders to a

swim party. Marrgo, a junior

at SDHS, is a third-year varsity

cheerleader, excelling in

cheer, tumbling, and competitions.

Brother Gabe also

likes to get in on the cheer

fun, as you can see from the

picture. He is an outstanding

basketball player for South



September 2019 THE BEACON Page 11B










My summer calendar is so

full with area activities that I

had to figure out how much I

would miss if I took a free trip

to Florida. That’s right! There

is always something going on

in Lawrenceburg.

The Fairy Party put on by

the Dearborn County Historical

Society was a huge success

this year. Children and adults

enjoyed crafts, beautiful decorations,

and great food. The

fairy houses display by Jan

Messer created out of recycled

materials was a tribute to her

exceptional talent. If you

have an aspiring princess in

your family, please consider

this activity next year as it has

become an annual event.

Vacation Bible School

has been a favorite activity

of Lawrenceburg kids for

decades. This year the kids

attending VBS at St. John

Lutheran Church “up on the

hill,” made aquariums out of

recycled glass jars from the

Dearborn County Recycling

Center. Wow, were these

aquariums ever a hit!

My dear friend Shirley

Casebolt and I had the great

privilege of attending the

presentation of The Sound Of

Music by Young Voices under

the direction of Susan Herrick

in June. What a great

show! At one point, Shirley

and I looked at each other in

disbelief as Hannah Feller

(who played Maria) nailed a

high note in one of her songs.

We were amazed by her talent.

The word is slowly getting

out to neighboring communities

that the new Lawrenceburg

Civic Park is the place

to be on Thursday nights. The

lawns fill up quickly with

coolers, picnics and lawn

chairs as folks ready themselves

for some great entertainment.

I missed the Jimmy

Buffet tribute band. Word has

it that the Parrot Heads of the

Lawrenceburg firemen-left to right--Rob Schutte, Cody

Ratliff, Donnie Nicholson, Tim Turtle Harrell and Keith


Maddie Heather and

Eleanor Lambert making

aquariums at VBS.

area were out in full force. The

Bee Gees tribute band wowed

the crowd on another night.

I had the good fortune to sit

with Ruth Bernhard of Harrison,

Paula and Joe Smith

of Morris, and Gloria Mroz

of Aurora that night. Another

night, my cousin Mike Krieger

of Batesville and Rachel

Acasio of Greendale joined

me. People from all over are

enjoying this park!

Kids Day at the Park was

a flurry of activity. Several

businesses opened their doors

and donated their time to

kid-friendly activities. Adam

Dearborn Co Historical

Society Fairy party- Cece

Cutter, Hadley Spindler,

Eliza Cutter

Painting at Kids Day--Kendall Welch, Bryan Welch, Lexi

Honeycutt and Shawn Welch-- children of Kendra and

Bryan Welch

houses a museum dedicated

to its role in the local public

school system.

If you would like to become

involved as the Moores Hill

correspondent, feel free to

email the BEACON at editor@

Gilliam and Mary Helen

Crook may have needed a

nap at the end of that day!

The friendly faces of Rob

Schuette, Cody Ratliff, Donnie

Nicholson, Tim “Turtle”

Harrell, and Keith Bradley

of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department

gave out fire safety

information. The addition of

the Splash Pad at the park has

made for many happy, wet

children this summer. It was

a great day to be a kid in Lawrenceburg!

Whiskey City Summerfest

drew crowds from all over,

including Cincinnati. There

was a lot of dancing in the

streets that hot, hot day. Are

you ready for an outdoor

movie? The Incredibles 2 will

be shown on Aug. 24 at the

Civic Park. Enjoy your summer!

Hmmm… guess I will go

to Florida and try not to notice

what I am missing here.

Meg Roulier played a nun

in The Sound of Music.

Dearborn Co Historical

society Fairy party-greeters

Kaylee as Cowgirl Fairy

and McKenna Murray.

Adam Gilliam, Karlee Abbott,

Kori Abbott (children

of Joey and Tammy Abbott)

making oragami birds at

Kids Day

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Hannah Feller who played

Maria and Lucy Conner

who played the Girl in the

Pale Pink Coat in The

Sound of Music at Lawrenceburg

High School.

Lora James handing out

free water on behalf of

Highpoint Health at the

concert (90+ degrees)




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who donated $18,750 of the

construction cost of $41,321.15.

After a fire destroyed the first

building, the school was moved

to Evansville, IN and renamed

Evansville College, and later

the University of Evansville.

Meanwhile, Carnegie Hall

became part of the Dearborn

County public school system.

The building was proposed for

demolition until alumni formed

Carnegie Historic Landmarks

Preservation Society to preserve

and maintain it. It currently

is used for events, historical

and educational activities, and


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The MHS class of 1961- Back Row: Teacher-Levon Winters, Ron Stephenson, Bob

Kelly, Russell Knowlton, Kenny Lows, Don Call, Howard Smith, Joe Andrew. Middle

Row: Sandra (Caplinger) Gurley, Mary (Blair) Fookes, Virginia Negangard, Jeane

(Smith) Cole, Lorine (Holiday) Day, Beverly (Krick) Neihardt. Seated: Patty Nickell, Kay

(Baylor) Bean, Patty (Cook) Asche, Marilyn (Craft) Schwipps, Carolyn (Garteman) Cutter.

Missing from photo is Kenny Puente.







The MHS class of 1969- Back Row: Tom Kohlmeier, Richard

Ritchie, Bob Delap, Rosella Russell, Robin (Kohlmeier)

Campbell, Terry Eaglin, Mike Nocks, Richard Dobson,

Larry Adams, Mike Dixon, Brenda (Ridenour) Sharp,

Francis Shelp, Bill Butte, Joy (Johnson) Brumback, Tom

Roy, Cora Ruggles, Ed Mitchell, John Negangard. Front

Row: Jean (Cottingham) Walcott, Steve Callen, Larry

Roedl, Mrs. Betty Dobson, Mrs. Jerry Walker, Jane (Negangard)

Ritchie, Carol Nichols, Randy Haessig. Kneeling

in front: Lance Lockwood, Roxanne Wheeler.

A few class reunions held in

Milan over the summer!

The Milan High School

Class of 1969 celebrated their

fiftieth class reunion on July

8. They gathered first at the

Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum

for a reception, and then

moved the celebration over to

a local restaurant for dinner.

Next the classes of 1960

and 1961 held a joint reunion

on June 15. Thirty-one Milan

The MHS class of 1960- Back Row: Ron Stutler, Kathy

(Radican) Williamson, Harold Shelp, Bob Cunningham,

Jerry Caplinger, Ed Bocock, Dale Kelley, Don Schwipps,

Doris (Call) Filisko. Seated: Pat (Ritchie) Cunningham,

Carolyn (Huntington) Short, Rita (Graue) Kocher, Martha

(Wolmack) Fields.

students attended from the

two classes plus spouses,

teachers (Levon Winters and

Jerry Walker) and school

secretary (Betty Dobson).

This was the first time the two

classes had joined together

for a class reunion and it was

well attended.

The next weekend,

members of the 1954 Milan

High School Basketball

Team celebrated the sixtyfifth

anniversary of their

championship win over

Muncie Central by spending

the day in Milan. June 22

began with a luncheon in

the Milan High Gym. The

The 1954 MHS Championship Basketball Team was in

Milan to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their big win:

Roger Schroder, Oliver Jones, Ray Craft, Bobby Plump,

Glen Butte, Rollin Cutter, Patty (Bohlke) Marshall, Gene

White, Mary Lou Wood.

‘54 Team was joined by

their spouses, families,

members from the cast of

Hoosiers, media from the

Indy Star, representatives

from Butler University, the

Milan Town Board, and the

Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum

staff. Graham Honaker

from Butler announced an

endowment fund established

in memory of Roselyn

McKittrick, founder of the

Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum,

who had passed away earlier

this spring. The goal is to

raise $2,000,000 by 2022 to

preserve Roselyn’s efforts and

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I can’t believe that by the

time you’re reading this,

another school year has

started. The grandkids had a

lot of fun during their time

off. They really keep us busy.

I got to see a lot of ball fields

and gyms.

We spent eleven days on

the road to Destin, Florida

where Carli played in the

National 10U Fast-Pitch

Softball tournament, and it

was hot- very hot. Tropical

Storm Barry, was brewing

out in the Gulf of Mexico

and made the waves too big

to get in the water for several

days. Carli’s team, finished

seventh out of thirty-two

teams and played under some

very trying conditions. Their

final game was played under

a pretty steady rain when they

lost to a team from Alabama.

We returned home only to

take off for Indianapolis to

watch Alexandra win an 8U


Congratulations to

a long-time friend and

fellow Vietnam Veteran,

Nick Ullrich, on being

selected to be inducted to

the Southeastern Indiana

Musicians Hall of Fame. Nick

was the lead singer for the

Dukes and Cops ‘N Robbers

for several years. The

induction will take place on

Nov. 2, 2019, in Batesville.

I have a story to tell about

when I arrived in Vietnam and

was taken to my new unit.

The guy who picked me up

saw I had INDIANA on my

duffel bag. He informed me

that he had gone thru basic

training with Nick Ullrich

and Jeb Steele from Aurora

and Rick Clements from

Rising Sun. My new buddy,

Gary Minnich, and I remain

great friends today. Aug. 29

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marks fifty-one years since I

returned from Vietnam and

was discharged from the

army. I will never forget how

great it felt to be back on

American soil.

Aug. 29 is grandson

Kaden’s thirteenth birthday.

I hope somebody steps up

to take over the VFW Hall in

Aurora because it has been

a meeting place for many

veterans for so many years.

It recently closed due to lack

of leadership positions being

filled; now the meetings are

held at the Aurora Legion. It’s

time for some of the younger

veterans to step forward and

make sure these organizations

keep going. Our Color Guard

is still very active and still

paying tribute to our departed

comrades at their funerals.

Veterans’ organizations

do a lot of good in our


A lot of states are passing

stricter laws for people who

ignore the STOP sign on a

school bus. A lot of tragedies

have resulted from people

being in a hurry and flying by

buses with signs extended.

I’d make the arm stick out to

cover most of the lane and

arm it with bright fluorescent

paint so that when the vehicle

fails to stop, it would cover

the car with the fluorescent

paint and be easy to find.

Our children are so precious.

Please slow down and do

what the sign says- STOP.

Don’t forget to mark your

calendars to see the LST-325

in Aurora in September. The

main program will be at 2

P.M. on Sunday, Sept. 15. I

will be in Washington, DC

with fifty veterans for our

annual trip, but after we are

finished, I will fly to back to

Cincinnati so that I can be

here for the celebration on


I hope this finds Carly

Siekman on the fully

recovered list as she has been

home from basic training

with a stress fracture. to

recover and then, hopefully,

return to finish her cycle of

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training. Also, Pvt. Kennedy

Williams is at Ft. Jackson

going thru her basic training,

and we wish her the best.

It’s great to see these young

people answering the call

to serve our nation. Pvt.

Kennedy’s grandpa, Kenny

Williams, is a Vietnam

Veteran, Purple Heart, and

Bronze Star Recipient.

Congratulations to Bill

Parks, the Ohio Co. Service

Officer, as he was recently

elected to be the Southern

Vice Commander for the

Indiana American Legion.

Bill will be taking care of our

veterans, not only here, but

around the state.

Congratulations to Ethan

Snelling for being crowned

the king of the Ohio Co. 4-H

Fair and continuing his reign

which started several years

ago when he was crowned

prince. The queen this year is

Emma Snelling, and she was

also crowned several years

ago as the princess.

Bonnie Carrigan is known

as the “Rock Star” in Rising

Sun because she paints and

hides rocks around town

for the kids to find and turn

in for prizes. A Facebook

page “Rock On Rising Sun,

Indiana” is where you can

find info and photos.

Russ Robinson sent me










a note, and I want to thank

some other people who

helped with the American

Flags at the Rising Sun

Cemetery. Mike “Mick” and

Brenda O’Neal and their

grandchildren, Cheri Collins

and Paul Bovard, Tim

Adams, and Steve Slack for

helping. This is a tremendous

service to our departed


Three Rising Sun baseball

players were named to the

All-State Class A Team.

Braydon Bush was named

to the ten-player First Team.

Landon Cole and Steven

Jimenez were Honorable

Mention selections. Mr. Bush

will pitch at the college level

for Muskingum University.

Coach Kevin Wirsch has

built an impressive program

at Rising Sun.

The older we get, the more

critical it is to be concerned

about our health and wellbeing.

Take the time to get an

annual physical and visit with

your doctor, because you have

a lot to live for. We are living

longer, and it doesn’t seem

like people my age are as old

as they were back when I was

a kid. I’ve been blessed with

good health and enjoy being

able to get out and do so

many things each day.

Take care, and may God

bless all of you.







By the time you read this,

school will back into full

swing, how the summer flies!

Aug. 7 kicks off the new

year for Sunman Dearborn

Community Schools. Thanks to

the generosity of the Sunman-

Dearborn Community Schools

Endowment, 2019-2020 book

fees have been reduced to just

twenty-five dollars! Here’s to

wishing everyone a safe and

successful year!

Parishioners of All Saints

Parish volunteered their time

at the Sunman Food Pantry

unloading and organizing a

large delivery of supplies.

Canned food, meat, and

toiletries were organized and

stocked in the pantry. The

Sunman Food Pantry is open

to all in need every Saturday

from 9-11 A.M. and serves

around forty families. Sandra

Wagner and Clara Zinser

run the pantry. Thank you all

for your hard work!

Congratulations to Krystle

Kraus and Justin Follick

who will be getting married on

August 17! Congratulations also

go out to Amber Kraus and

Devon Gump who will marry

on August 24! Also, happy

sixteenth wedding anniversary

to Mark and Hope Bohman!

Mason Schutte, son of

Scott and Jenny Schutte

of Sunman,

had a very



at The


County Fair.

He won


Mason Schutte Grand


Barnyard, Reserve Grand

Champion Poultry Meat Pen

and Champion Broilers,

Grand Champion, Division

Champion, Honor Group and

State Fair Entry for Wildlife.

He took home Reserve Grand

Champion, Division

Champion, Honor Group and

State Fair Entry for Weather.

Congratulations Mason on

your accomplishments!

August Birthday wishes go

out to Tammy Kraus, Mark

Kraus, Debbie Horstman,

April Kraus, Janet Rullman,

Brenda Kraus, Jessica

Small, Joyce Kraus, Albert

Kraus Jr., and Jamie Roope!

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I’m sure that it feels this

way for everyone, but July

absolutely flew by! My family

and I traveled for twenty-two

days. We spent most of our

time in Michigan and also

traveling through Canada

to Niagara Falls, then south

through Pennsylvania and

Ohio to return home. Now

to pack in as many pool and

river days as possible!

Thinking of pool days

makes me so excited for

Brookville to begin construction

of our pool- hopefully

soon! I haven’t yet been to

Oxford’s brand new aquatic

center, but the pictures of it

look fun. I so hope that everyone

in Brookville will be

able to share photos enjoying

our new town pool next


So many great local Independence

Day celebrations

took place in our area-

Metamora, Batesville, Harrison,

Connersville- a week

of fun and fireworks kicking

off the weekend before the

Fourth with Canoe Fest in

Brookville! We spent a few

hours hanging out at the

festival and cheered on my

husband as he contended

for Chicken Nugget Eating

Champ! Unfortunately, he

didn’t chew fast enough, so

he was bested by Brookville

resident Todd Thalheimer

He will try again next year!

The 90-degree temperatures

that started with Canoe Fest

continued for the next week

making for some hot family

gathering and BBQing! My

family spent the Fourth in the

cooler, but buggy, woods of

Michigan’s Upper Peninsulathe

bugs were worth it to see

the town of Paradise, Michigan

send fireworks off over

Lake Superior!

Brookville’s Todd

Thalheimer won the

Chicken Nugget Eating


The high heat continued

through mid-July, which is

awesome for boating, floating,

tubing, and canoeing.

The weather did cause a few

Franklin County Fair events

to be canceled. I was so

excited to hear that my friend

Anna Bruns’ sweet little one

was Grand Champion for

Prettiest Baby Girl! Overall

the fair looked like it was a

great time- with less travel

planned, next year we are going

to be more involved!

Saige Bruns and mother

Anna with the blue ribbon

for the fair’s Prettiest Baby


I can’t believe fall sports

like football and soccer have

started- and how can it possibly

be time for school again!?

This year as kids are heading

to their first day of school,

I will be heading south. My

dad, Pat Murphy, and I will

be heading south to Lima,

Peru- my first trip to South

America! Stay tuned for an

article in next month’s Beacon

journaling my travels.

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Fighting Torrential Rainfall

in the Home Garden

2019 has been a record year

for rainfall. We’ve hovered

close to a foot above our average

annual precipitation total

for weeks now, and there is

little sign that things will slow

down. For farmers, the reality

of this wet pattern has been

heartbreaking. Fields have

gone unplanted, and weeds

are abundant as little work

can be done. For gardeners,

problems can arise as well. In

this month’s article, I’ll tackle

a few suggestions for dealing

with torrential rainfall in the

home garden.

An overabundance of moisture

is not necessarily a bad

thing for a garden. If you are

lucky enough to have welldrained

or sandy soils, you

may handle moisture quite

well. Some plants also thrive

in wet conditions, assuming

other factors such as disease

and pest pressures aren’t

overwhelming. However, the

unfortunate truth for most in

our area is that extra moisture

equals additional plant stress.

Tips & Tricks: Tillage,

Spacing, & Scouting

To start, resist the urge to

work too much in wet soils.

Regardless of garden size,

overworking wet soil can have

harmful effects, including soil

compaction and equipment

damage. After the abundance

of moisture we’ve suffered

this year, it is understandable

that you want to get out there

and get to work. However, I

advise that you do your best

to wait for soils to be a bit

drier. If your soil forms balls

or clumps when tilled, they

are likely too wet. Experts

advise that you wait until soil

crumbles to the touch before

tillage or heavy weeding.

Spacing can be critical as

plants placed too close together

may crowd each other

out and fight for vital nutrients

already leaching from heavy

rain. Spacing plants a bit

farther apart can also improve

airflow that may reduce the

development of disease. Issues

with your garden’s canopy can

also develop, which may restrict

sun exposure to smaller

plants and the soil surface.

Volunteer Bright Stars athletes donated their time to put

together snack bags for the North Dearborn Pantry. The

athletes were able to assemble over four hundred snack

bags, filling approximately 5-7 pallets for the pantry.

Scouting for disease and

pests is critical during wet

years. Although nature can

take its course regardless of

exact rainfall totals, wet years

can encourage disease and pest

issues. If you are not on top of

these issues, you could discover

a problem after it is too

late. Make a visual inspection

of your garden daily, if possible.

Take note of new pests or

disease. Also take note of beneficial

insects, like spiders and

wasps. When and if you notice

anything out of the ordinary, be

ready to take action.

Watch the Weather!

If you aren’t already keeping

an eye on the weekly

forecast, this year should be a

great motivator to start doing

so. Our local stations tend to

be a bit more accurate, but

even following along with

The Weather Channel or

WeatherNation can be helpful.

Your outlet of choice likely

has a phone app that includes

an hourly forecast and radar,

which makes things more precise.

With a year like we’ve

had, garden work can be very

touch-and-go. Many times

this year I’ve squeezed garden

work in minutes before the

rain started coming down.

Forecasts change regularly,

so check as frequently as

possible. I know it’s easy to

blame the weatherman, but

weather can change so quickly

that I fear even Mother

Nature has no clue when it

will be wet or dry! In the end,

we as gardeners are responsible

for working around the

weather to get our work done.

For additional information

about agriculture and natural

resources topics, feel free

to email me at hawley4@ or call my office

at 812-926-1189.

A Lifelong Dream of Medicine

This summer Mallory Crosby,

daughter of Deborah and

Jeff Crosby, Lawrenceburg, is

traveling to Germany. She is

one of ten students accepted

into the prestigious Neuroscience

Seminar Program where

she will participate in neuroscience


“We’ll be learning the history

of neuroscience and visiting

a bunch of labs,” said Ms.

Crosby. “Germany was on

the forefront of neuroscience,

so it has a rich history. And

I’ll be learning about German

culture. I’ve thought about

medicine for a long time, and

then I heard people talking

about research.”

Last summer, Ms. Crosby

accepted a summer research

position at Earlham with Assistant

Professor of Psychology

Michelle Tong. She studied

the role of perineuronal nets

(PNNs) in memory interference

in mice. At college, Ms.

Crosby’s favorite classes are

anatomy and physiology.

“Our lab meets every week,

and we work with a cadaver.

It gives us an opportunity to

see the systems we’re learning.”

Mallory was adopted from

China by the Crosbys when

she was eighteen months old.

“From the beginning, she’s

been a star. She’s excelled

in academics, not so much in

sports but she never quits,”

shared her mother.

Ms. Crosby determined

that she wanted to be a doctor

at an early age. In high

school, she participated in

programs such as TAP MD, a

curriculum designed to help

high school students “tap”

into their potential to pursue

careers as physicians or in the

healthcare field. She also attended

a Careers in Medicine

forum in Chicago.

Mallory is fortunate to

have an uncle who is a nurse

anesthesiologist at UC Hospital.

She has made the most

of the opportunity to shadow

Mallory Crosby at the

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin,


him and observe emergency

surgeries, including gunshot

surgeries and even childbirth.

Ms. Crosby has narrowed

her focus to Alzheimer’s

research, bio-ethics, or emergency

medicine as a trauma


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