The Sunman-Dearborn School

Corporation has unveiled its plans for

a $48,000,000 building project. During

the 2018-19 school year, the S-D

school board employed the services

of an architectural firm to conduct a

feasibility study concerning the various

needs of all of the corporation’s

buildings. The preliminary findings

were unveiled on June 13, 2019. Four

categories were presented for consideration-

top priorities, recommended

projects, future building projects, and


removed items. The focus for the five

school buildings is to achieve the goal

of Safe, Warm, and Dry.

A top priority is the need for more

security in the schools’ vestibules with

particular attention being paid to access

control in all of the buildings for

student and staff safety. Replacing the

public announcement systems in all of

the buildings was also listed as a top

safety priority. The fire alarm systems

at the high school, middle school, and

North Dearborn Elementary school


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S-D Builds Foundation for a Stronger Future

were flagged for improvements.

Analysis of the HVAC systems in

all of the buildings were inspected and

tested. The longevity of the systems at

both the middle school and the Bright

Elementary School were estimated to

be very short.

Concerning the exterior of the buildings,

new roofs on all of the buildings

were highly recommended.

As a part of the renovation projects,

several recommendations were made

Continued on page 3A

Dearborn County

Water Rescue

Lawrenceburg is home to a team

of little-known heroes Page 9A

A Landmark Restored

Logan’s correspondent shares the

final chapter in her family’s journey

of respect and restoration of a

beautiful barn.

Page 7B

Summertime Fun

Josie Baer explores the playground

equipment during Aurora’s

Music in the Park. Page 6B





Permit No. 9714

Maggie Terrill celebrated the first day of

school with her sisters Emalyn, Darby, Laney.

(Photo by Becky Terrill)

The Stengers- Eli (kindergarten), Natalie

(fourth grade), Ryan (Freshman), and Tyler

(sixth grade). (Photo by Maureen Stenger)

Makenzie, Nick, and Cameron Hutchinson were “thrilled” to start school

again. (Photo by Linda Hutchinson)

By Maureen Stenger

In the late nineteenth century, Catholic immigrants in

the United States faced religious and ethnic discrimination,

and they were not well accepted in this country. At the

time, social tension permeated society due to race, religious

affiliation, native-born versus immigrant, wealth, and lack

thereof. At the same time, adverse working conditions

contributed to the high rate of fatalities amongst many

family providers, resulting in numerous widowed women

and fatherless children. Father Michael J. McGivney, an

Irish-American Catholic priest in Connecticut who was the

assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church, sought a way to help

his struggling community. He gathered together a group of

gentlemen from his parish for an organizational meeting

in October of 1881. He intended to unite Catholic men in

their faith and to find a way to help ease the suffering of

many families in his parish. On February 6, 1882, this new

organization paid homage to Christopher Columbus by

choosing him as their patron to show solidarity to their new

homeland. The order was incorporated on March 29, 1882,

and soon began to spread throughout the United States.

Hence the Knights of Columbus was born. The organization

has now blossomed into the world’s largest Catholic

fraternal service organization.

The Fun


Students begin the

2019-2020 school year.

Fall activities are just

around the corner.

Wylde Heiman was

greeted by his faithful

companion, Frankie, after

the first day of school.

(Photo by Alex Lanphier)



Plan Unveiled

Dearborn County is prime for growth

due to its location and the potential for

development of a port in Lawrenceburg.

In order to ensure that growth occurs in

the best way possible while still maintaining

quality of life, a complete understanding

of the existing housing market,

workforce, and infrastructure must be

done. One Dearborn is a collaborative

effort dedicated to focusing on the

economic development, planning, and

implementation of that growth.

Assessment of the existing housing

market in Dearborn County is a vital

tool in the development of housing

programs that will effectively address

future housing demands. One Dearborn

facilitated this assessment by partnering

with Ratio Design, a multidisciplinary

design practice, on the development of

a study of the current housing market,

buyer and renter profiles, workforce

opportunities, educational entities,

and transportation access. The entities

worked hand-in-hand to develop a comprehensive

housing market analysis that

showed some interesting facts about

Dearborn County.

A total of 3, 542 households are located

in the county. The average household

size is 2.97 people, the median

age being 37. Most residents have long

travel time to work. Over forty percent

of residents are college graduates, while

more than seventy two percent have

some college education. The county’s

Continued on page 3A

Knights of Columbus- A Tradition of Giving

The Knights of Columbus fourth degree. Back Row:

Duane Meyer, Kyle Koelling, Chris Nobbe, Mac

McGranahan, Pete Squibb and Mike Vogelphl. Front

Row: Jim Pierce, Paul Goldsmith, Jim Hamil, Jeff

Lacey and Gerry Bruns

In the beginning, the widow of a Knight of Columbus, or

the K of C for short, was to receive a one thousand dollar

death benefit. Benefits were also given to members of the

organization who were sick and could not work. In addition

to taking care of its members, the Knights of Columbus put

Continued on page 4A


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It’s All About Respect

It’s All About Respect

Freedom of speech and

good old fashioned hard work

has brought us to a time of

celebrating The Beacon’s

twenty-fifth anniversary! I

still remember receiving a call

out of the blue back in 2007

from a very kind lady named

Liz Morris. She asked for help

with the layout of an eightpage

newspaper. Little did I

know how much that lovely

conversation would change

my life!

Since then, the Beacon has

grown to become a part of

my life, a journey filled with

incredible experiences and

the most amazing people!

Just the other day, I had the

opportunity to fly in a WWII

B-17 Bomber! The flight gave

me a whole new perspective

on time of service for some of

our veterans.

My view of community

government has changed exponentially

since becoming

the owner of the Beacon. No

longer can I sit back and be

an armchair quarterback. I see

firsthand the dedication and

time state, county, and local

representatives put in. They

have to make tough choices,

putting aside their personal beliefs,

and making sure their decisions

are for the betterment

of the community. My view

from the catbird seat has undoubtedly

increased my level

of respect for these people and

the positions they hold.

I believe that the founding

principle of the Beacon, to

share positive news, is vital to

our community. The most inspiring

people live here, many

quietly making an incredible

difference in the lives of others.

Quite a few of them are

business owners who make

the Beacon possible. Be sure

to ask your insurance agent,

realtor, or restaurant owner

a little about themselves the

next time you meet. You will

be amazed at what they do

for the community. And of

course, thank them for making

the Beacon possible!

I am joined by so many talented

writers and proofreaders

who work tirelessly and with

great passion for bringing you

all that is good in our community.

(Please see below a list

of these fantastic, dedicated


As a part of the Beacon, I

met a woman named Sissy

Potter. She sent me to cover

a story about Bob Sommer, a

farmer in Bear Branch. That

story has had a long-lasting

impact on my life- new people,

a whole new part of the

world that I never even knew

existed, and someone who has

brought so many smiles to me

every day since we met.

To Liz Morris and Celeste

Calvitto, I am eternally grateful

for all that you have done,

and continue to do, for our


Here’s to another twentyfive

years of great stories and

inspiring people. To quote Mr.

Sinatra, “The best is yet to


Liz Morris, Tamara Taylor, and Celeste Calvitto

The Bright Beacon

By Liz Morris

Twenty-five years ago, the first

edition of The Bright Beacon

arrived in mailboxes in Bright,

Logan, Dover and Hidden Valley.

Its purpose was to help create

a sense of community for the

residents in the northern part of

Dearborn County and to provide

a venue for local businesses

to reach our readers. It was a

simpler time then - every word

that appeared in print was typed

by yours truly and each issue

was individually labeled by our

printer, Mike Martini, and his


Along the way, we were

delighted to add Jeanie Smith’s

“In the Good Old Days” column,

Melanie Alexander’s fabulous



recipes and, of course, the Trivia

Contest. The home of The Bright

Beacon was in Renck’s Store, a

building with much history and

meaning to local residents. Our

readers and advertisers were the

keys to its success. Many people

stopped by to drop off articles

and photos for upcoming issues.

Each month was like Christmas

to me -- excitement with what

the next issue would bring.

It was our privilege to serve

our communities and our advertisers.

Reflecting on its anniversary,

I am so grateful that Celeste

Calvitto and now Tamara Taylor

have expanded on its original

vision while maintaining its

integrity. Thank you to everyone

who helped along the way!

The Beacon

By Celeste Calvitto

After many years in the newspaper

business as a reporter, editor,

and newsroom manager and

executive, I decided to pursue a

dream of owning a publication.

The Midwest beckoned since that

is where I grew up (I’ve lived in 9

states all over the country, and had

worked in 6 before arriving here).

Bright Beacon founder Liz

Morris happened to see my ad in

the Hoosier State Press Association

newsletter. We connected,

and I arrived in July 2009 to

acquire the paper and become

owner and publisher.

Liz understood the importance

of “local,” and developed a

fantastic following of more than

5,000 in the Bright, Logan and

Hidden Valley area. I just went

with what she started and took

the paper to the next level by

changing to a more traditional

newspaper format and expanding

to parts of 4 Indiana counties

and into Ohio. It didn’t take long

for me to realize that people are

connected all over this region

through friends and family, and

I believed the paper could bring

them together.

Former longtime columnist

Jeanie Smith in Bright quickly

became popular throughout

our 20,000 distribution area in

the publication known as The

Beacon. In keeping with the local

emphasis in a greatly enlarged

territory, many correspondents

signed up to write about people

and happenings in their communities.

In my view, these folks

are a main reason for the paper’s

acceptance in such a wide area.

I couldn’t have asked for better

ambassadors, and will always

be grateful to them and to other

reporters during my tenure as

publisher such as Susan Ray and

Amanda Wells Harper, who made

many friends for the paper. And I

got a lot of help in the office from

my friends Connie Webb and

Peggy Waltz, lifetime residents

who were invaluable to me as I

learned about my new home.

A free newspaper can’t publish

without advertisers. Our staff

gave our readers something to

look forward to, and our advertisers

made it happen. I can’t

thank them enough.

In 2017, for a number of

reasons, I decided to walk away

from the news business after 44

years. I thought it would be difficult,

but it wasn’t. It was time

to go in a different direction, start

a new business in Lawrenceburg,

and get involved in things

that I couldn’t do as a newspaper

publisher. And to be honest, I

am not particularly proud of my

former profession these days. It

was time for a change.

It was a great ride, and I’m

grateful for the opportunity to be

a part of the Beacon story. And

I’m grateful to have landed here.

I finally found a home.

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The Beacon is an independent

monthly publication with

distribution in Dearborn, Ripley,

Franklin and Ohio Counties in

Indiana and Harrison, Ohio.

Published since 1994.

Beacon News, Inc.

PO Box 4022

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.


Dearborn County

Chamber of Commerce,

Ripley County

Chamber of Commerce,

Bright Area Business Association,

Batesville Chamber

of Commerce

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What is it?

Last month’s item was a

porcelain waste drain pull for

cast iron and vintage sinks. They

were commonly used on sinks

from the 1920’s through 1950’s.

This knob was pulled up to allow

wastewater to be released.

Marc Brunner, Manchester, and

Jean Asher, Cincinnati, correctly

identified the knob.

This month’s challenge is

really neat! We can’t wait

to hear your stories about it.

Please e-mail your guesses

along with your name and where you live to editor@ by Friday, August 23.

Continued from page 1A

unemployment rate is a mere

3.8%, and a labor force participation

rate of 71%.

The study included recommendations

based on current

market demand and existing

inventory. One recommendation

was for a change in new

housing subdivision development

requirements to improve

the approval process of new

housing development especially

in unincorporated areas

of the county. Another is the

implementation of a first-time

home buyer program to provide

young families the necessary

resources to purchase

their first homes. Existing

housing rehabilitation programs

on a county-wide level

can be implemented to assist

Last month: Porcelain

waste drain pull

sponsored by Cornerstone Realty/Lutz Auction Services

County Housing Market Poised for Growth

homeowners with maintaining

their homes. Among other

recommendations was a housing

tax increment finance district

program (HoTIF) which

would support new housing

development to ensure salable

price points for most home


According to the study,

the implementation of the

housing development plan

was projected to 2030. The

result in the estimated gross

tax revenue for the county is

estimated to increase by over

$11,000,000 during that time.

Sunman-Dearborn Plans for Improvements

Continued from page 1A

to enhance and improve the

students’ learning environments.

The aesthetics of the

buildings will be revitalized

with new paint, carpet, and

other floorings.

Upgrades to the science

technology, engineering, and

math labs will be made, as

well as to the media centers

and special education areas.

Administration offices will

also be refreshed with new

paint and flooring and technological


To be more energy conscious,

lighting conversion

from incandescent to LED

fixtures is planned for all of

the buildings. The savings

will be self-evident. According

to an article published

by USA Today, switching to

LED light bulbs can save the

typical home approximately

$1000 over a ten-year period.

The savings across the

entire school corporation will

be exponential, not to mention

the positive impact the

conversion will have on the


One particular focus of the

study was the feasibility of

the current pool. The cost of

repairing the existing facility

was weighed against the

construction of a new aquatic

facility. Taken into consideration

was the need for other

activity space, including the

needs of high school winter

percussion and middle school

physical education programs.

The decision was made that

building a new aquatic facility

would be more feasible

in the long run. The current

pool area will be repurposed

to meet the growing need for

other activity space.

Throughout the presentation

of information to the

general public, the fact that

the $48,000,000 cost of these

projects will not result in an

increase in property taxes was

stressed repeatedly. The funding

will be generated through

bonds, the balance of which

are scheduled to be paid

off in fifteen years. Bonds

previously owed for capital

improvements have been paid

off. That payment will now

be applied to the new capital

improvement campaign,

thus keeping the cost to the

taxpayer consistent with the

previous payment.

Property taxes are currently

at a rate of 1.8695. Schools

receive 1.2004 of those

funds. The remaining funds

are distributed to the county

(.5056), the public library

(.0830), Solid Waste (.0353),

and the township (.0452). For

example, if your home’s assessed

valuation is $154,900,

Every First


May - October

your total property tax is

estimated to be $2812.84 per

year without deductions. The

portion allotted to schools

equals $1797.87 per year. The

remainder is divided accordingly

between the entities as

mentioned earlier.

Public hearings on this building

project were held on Aug.

8 and Aug. 15. The project is

now in the design stage, the

completion of which is slated

for Nov. 2019. Upon approval

of final designs, construction

documents will be created by

March 2020. Bidding of each

of the projects is expected to

be completed by April 2020.

Construction is slated to

begin June 2020 and reach

completion by June, 2023.

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The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce

Invites you to our

14th Annual

Women of Distinction Luncheon &

Awards Ceremony

With Guest Speaker

Stephanie L. Jones

Author of “The Giving Challenge”

Thursday, October 3

At the Lawrenceburg Event Center

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


In the September issue,

the article about the YES

Home was written by

Ms. Katie Ulrich. We

apologize for erroneously

omitting her byline.

Many thanks to Ms.

Ulrich for the outstanding


Outstanding women in our county will be honored for

their achievements in work and volunteerism.

Cost: $25.00 per person or

Celebrate your own “Women of Distinction” in your

Company or Organization by reserving

A table for 8: $200.00

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The Knights of Columbus Support Parishes and Communities

Continued from page 1A

great emphasis on serving

one’s community. The organization

was founded on the

four principles of charity,

unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

A hierarchy was formed

in the organization. The international

headquarters, based

in New Haven, Connecticut,

is led by the Supreme Knight

who serves as the chief executive

officer of the Knights.

Next, in the hierarchy are

jurisdictions with more than

seventy-five state council

organizations. State councils

are broken down further into

districts, followed by local

councils who are usually

based within parishes.

About fifteen hundred

members and six councils

make up the Knights of Columbus

District Twenty Eight

in Southeast Indiana. These

councils are Osgood, Aurora,

Lawrenceburg, Bright, Batesville,

and Brookville. Each

council typically represents

one parish. Any Catholic man

who has reached the age of

eighteen and is in good standing

with the Catholic Church

is welcome and encouraged to

join. Membership consists of

four degrees, each coinciding

with the Knights of Columbus’

founding principles. For

example, the Fourth Degree

is known as The Patriotic

Degree. As a member advances,

each advancement is

recognized with an installation

ceremony. Lawrenceburg

Knights of Columbus past

Grand Knight, Duane Meyer,

shared, “The ideal situation is

that every parish has its own

Knights of Columbus Council.”

Mr. Meyer further elaborated

on the tremendous amount

of charity and good deeds

that the Knights of Columbus

partake in to help their communities.

He explained, “The

Knights of Columbus are able

to give millions, but it goes

to the right people. We feed

it to the proper Archbishops

who are able to get the food

into the people’s hands, not

into the politician’s hands.

It’s always good to know

when you give your money;

it goes to the right place.”

The six Grand Knights in

our area, those elected to

provide leadership to the

council, kindly compiled a

list of the activities in which

they partake. The amount of

good deeds these men do and

the time they dedicate to the

causes they believe in is truly


Not only do the Knights

of Columbus support their

parishes, but they also support

their communities. The Southeast

Indiana local councils

donate over fifteen thousand

dollars annually for the

Special Olympics and Mentally

Handicapped in our area

through the Annual Tootsie

Roll fundraiser. For each donation

received, the donor is

given a piece of candy, most

commonly a tootsie roll, as a

token of appreciation; hence

the name. The Knights of

Columbus also participate in

the Polar Plunge in Versailles

with proceeds benefitting

The Knights of Columbus and The Knights of St. John partake in The Feast of the Assumption

at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church in Batesville. (Photo courtesy of Mike Stenger)

the Special Olympics. They

distribute funds to the Dearborn

County Clearinghouse in

Aurora for their food pantry

to further serve those in need.

The K of C members help

with the Annual “Coats for

Kids and Adults” while also

hosting a Hoxworth Blood

Drive for their parishes and

community. They have been

known to donate funds to the

Dearborn and Ohio County

Drug Abuse Center.

A fifth principle the Knights

of Columbus honor is one in

which they respect the priesthood.

The K of C holds a

Vocation Dinner each spring

which honors the Priests, Deacons,

and Seminarians in the

Deanery. Recognizing these

clergy members who dedicate

their lives to their faith is very

important to them. Supporting

the members of the ordained

clergy is a way for the K of

C to continue to honor their

founder. In 1921 The Knights

of Columbus founded the Father

Gibault Home for Boys in

Terre Haute, Indiana. Gibault

is a residential treatment

The Knights of Columbus Ship Float is used in numerous

parades in Lawrenceburg, Milan, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.

facility for delinquent and

pre-delinquent young men. It

has recently been expanded

to include a wing for young

women in need. Gibault was

initially run by the priests of

the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

In 1934, the Brothers of

Holy Cross took over, and the

Knights of Columbus continually

work hand-in-hand with

them to keep the facility running.

K of C members serve

on the board of directors and

provide much-needed funding.

Gibault helps around one

hundred ten youth year-round.

Continued on page 5A

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Knights of Columbus Give Back

The 2018 Annual Chicken Dinner at Gibault where the

Knights of Columbus fed over one hundred forty people.

Photos by

Duane Meyer

Continued from page 4A

Supporting Gibault is the

number one charity for the

Knights of Columbus in Indiana.

In the near future, they

plan to continue the expansion

to be able to help families and


The Knights of Columbus

support The Right to Life

Initiative and promote Pro-

Life Issues. They coordinate

“Prayer at the Square” each

January which is held on

the steps of The Dearborn

County Courthouse. They

also support the Pregnancy

Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

They donated an ultrasound

machine to the center.

The K of C is always willing

and ready to serve its

clergy when asked. Fourth

Degree Knights dressed in full

regalia attend various activities

at the request of Parish

priests. For example, they are

a part of Corpus Christi Processions

which celebrate The

Solemnity of the Most Holy

Body and Blood of Christ.

The Knights of Columbus are

also big supporters of the E6

Catholic Men’s Conference

which is held at East Central

High School. In keeping

with founder Father Michael

McGivney’s vision to recognize

those who have served in

the order, an annual mass and

procession are held to honor

deceased Knights.

The Knights of Columbus

support not only their

parishes and communities

but also the parish schools.

The organization helps raise

funds for the schools, especially

in times of need.

A perfect example is when

St. Mary School in Aurora

needed help to keep their

doors open. The organization

also sponsors contests

to raise awareness of substance

abuse and a vocation

awareness poster contest

for students. They sponsor

basketball free-throw competitions

and soccer competitions

for youth at the local,

district, and state levels and

provide the winning trophies.

The K of C awards numerous

scholarships at various

Catholic schools and also

help sponsor Boy Scout Programs.

The year 2017 proved

to be a record-setting year

for the Knights of Columbusthey

gave one hundred and

eighty-five point six million

dollars in donations. That

year seventy-five point six

million hours of service were

provided worldwide!

The Knights of Columbus

continues to grow with one

point nine million members

living in over a dozen

countries. Aurora Knights of

Columbus member and Dearborn

County Council member,

Bill Ullrich, shared with

me how much pride he takes

in being a part of the organization.

His great grandfather

was one of Aurora Council’s

founding members in 1921.

He shared that, although the

Aurora Council is small compared

to some of its counterparts,

it is mighty. Mr. Ullrich

takes great pride in what they

are able to accomplish. Many

times the Aurora Council

partners with the Lawrenceburg

and Bright Councils to

work together for the greater

good which enables them all

to do even more. Past Grand

Knight and current member

of St. Anthony Council 1461,

Mike Stenger, shared with

me what being a part of The

Knights of Columbus means

to him. “Joining the Knights

of Columbus has given me

the opportunity to be with a

group of men who have the

same Catholic beliefs that I

do. It is a chance to participate

in charitable work for

the Church and our community.”

One must wonder if Father

Michael McGivney had any

inkling of how enormous his

organization would one day

become, not just expanding

across state lines but international

lines as well. In 1996,

the cause for canonization

of Father McGivney began.

Pope Benedict XVI approved

a decree recognizing Father

McGivney’s heroic virtue, declaring

him “Venerable” thus

attaining the first degree of

sanctity. With all of the good

deeds done by The Knights

of Columbus, I believe one

could reasonably conclude

that Father McGivney’s

expectations have been far

surpassed. His vision has to

come to fruition beyond anyone’s

wildest dreams.



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Highpoint Health

Welcomes OB/GYN

Highpoint Health and

Highpoint Health Physician

Partners is welcoming a new





Adams, to


Indiana. Dr.

Adams will

join Obstetrician/

Dr. Natalie

Adams Gynecologist


Carol Lovins and Certified

Nurse Midwife Amanda

Parker at Highpoint Health

Physician Partners Women’s

Center this September. Dr.

Adams will provide general

and specialized obstetrical

and gynecological care

including annual examinations;

prenatal, childbirth and

postpartum care; infertility

treatments and gynecological

surgery; as well as address

menopausal and post-menopausal

concerns; incontinence;

abnormal uterine

bleeding; pelvic pain and

related issues.

“I am excited about joining

the Highpoint Health

Physician Partners Women’s

Center team,” said Dr. Adams.

“Being a native of Northern

Kentucky, practicing in

Lawrenceburg will be just like

coming home. I am anxious to

start and am looking forward

to caring for women from

‘both sides of the river!’”

Dr. Adams is a graduate

of Holy Cross District High

School in Covington, the

University of Louisville and

the University of Pikeville

- Kentucky College of Osteopathic

Medicine (KYCOM).

She received the Champion

of Caring Award at Riverside

Regional Medical Center,

Newport News, Virginia

“The Women’s Center

is very excited to have Dr.

Adams join our practice,”

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stated Dr. Lovins. “She not

only possesses exemplary

clinical skills but also has a

kind and caring personality,

which I think our patients will

embrace. Her style of personalized

care will be a great fit,

not just for our practice but

for our patients and the community.”

Dr. Adams will begin seeing

patients on Monday, September

16, at the Highpoint

Health Physician Partners

Women’s Center, 98 Elm

Street, Suite 330 in downtown

Lawrenceburg. She is currently

accepting new patients

of adolescent age and older.

Office appointments will be

available Mon.-Weds. and Friday

of each week. For more

information or to schedule an

appointment, please call her

office at 812/537-9100.

Ryan Grubbs

Joins Civista Bank

Ryan Grubbs has joined

Civista Bank as Vice President,

Commercial Lender.

He is based

out of the


office at 92






Ryan Grubbs brings over

20 years of

banking experience with him

to Civista Bank’s Commercial

Lending Team. He is a

graduate of The Ohio State

University and earned a

bachelor’s degree in finance.

Grubbs resides in Harrison,

Ohio with his family.

Roger Ford, Spencer Ford, and Austin Ford, of Conservative

Financial Solutions present a donation to Mark Phillips

and Marcia Hoffman of Christ’s Loving Hands.

Conservative Financial

Solutions Helps

Food Pantry

Roger Ford, Wealth Advisor

and CEO, along with Spencer

Ford and Austin Ford, Wealth

Advisors of Conservative

Financial Solutions, LLC

(CFS), hosted their tenth

Annual Client Appreciation


Over 1700 individuals

came out to Stricker’s Grove

Amusement Park. This annual

event is a way CFS gives

back to the community while

thanking their clients for their


Again this year, CFS

partnered with Christ’s Loving

Hands, a local charity

which partners with churches,

businesses, and community

agencies to make a difference

in the Harrison community.

By working with

partner churches and their

food pantries, Christ’s Loving

Hands is able to provide

food, clothing, rent, utilities,

gift cards, and some medications

to families in need. CFS

clients and their families were

asked to consider those in

need by filling Roger’s truck

with non-perishable food and

supplies and/or purchasing

tickets to win a prize basket

for this worthy organization.

This year the ten unique gift

baskets, put together by CFS,

and ‘split the pot’ helped to

raise more than $1400 to

contribute to the total amount


Within an hour of opening

the park, three truck beds

were overflowing with nonperishable

items. The generosity

of those in attendance

overjoyed Mark Phillips,

Director, and MJ Neeley,

Clearinghouse Coordinator

plus Marsha Hoffman, past

Director, of the Harrison

Christ’s Loving Hands organization.

Between the donations

received from the CFS clients

and guests in combination

with the company match,

Christ’s Loving Hands was

presented with a check for


The clients and their families

enjoyed thrilling rides, played

games, and participated in

miniature golf. For the kiddos,

there was face painting and

balloon sculptures. Unlimited

concessions of popcorn,

cotton candy, and ice cream

made everyone’s tummy


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A group of thirty people from Dearborn County, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky took a bus tour to Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. Pictured from left to right

are: Chi and Dale Fischer, Bob and Marlene Graf, Ken and Rhonda Trabel, Larry and Linda Gutzwiller, Mary Worthington, Larry and Pat Hoffbauer, Chris McGraw,

Joe and Cheryl Lieland, Kenny and Connie Webb, Jim and Carol Beach, Harold Dold, Jackie Rohrscheib, Karen Myers, Richard and Gayle Myers, Eddie and Teresa

Meade, and Greg and Tina Connolly. In front: Tim Denning, Janelle Bondourant Denning(Group Leader), Jose(Bus Driver) and Patty Downton.

Lynn and Michele Eich of Hidden Valley took the Beacon on

a land and sea tour to Alaska in June. They are pictured here

as they enter Juneau on a beautiful cruise ship.

The Helfrich crew in Clinton Connecticut the week of July 4th. They came from Florida, Michigan,

Ohio and Indiana. Amazing what a cool beach house will get people to do.


If business or pleasure takes you out-of-town,

take your hometown newspaper along for the trip.

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

how well-traveled our readers are!

Bill and Debbie Pugh, St.

Leon, spent their honeymoon

in West Bend, Iowa.

They visited the Grotto

of the Redemption where

Fr Dobberstein and one

other man built the Grotto

by hand over a period of

forty-two years.

David and Dianne Nugent from Memphis, TN (formerly from

Aurora), and Paula and PG Gentrup vacationed in Cabo San

Lucas, Mexico.

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Back row: Betty Bourquein, Terri Schmeltzer, Dave Record, Dennis Bourquein, Carolyn Selmeyer, Debbi Myer, Linda Schmidt, Pamela Chambers,

Mary Beth Heddrick, E. G. McLaughlin, Jim Stock, Becky Stacy, Jeannie Herman, Mary Bradley, Anita Trennepohl, Wendell Bennett. Front row: Kimber

Ampt, Hayley Miller, Katherine Magalski, Kevin Zugelter, Nicole Bosch, Beth McClamroch, Shirley Bocock, Brenda Osman, Lauren White, Cindy Morton,

Heather Lunsford, Christie Andres, Brian Schuerman, Pam Leiker, Donna Sizemore, Jo Sloan, Lindsey Jenkins.

Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation Awards Educator Grants

The Dearborn County

Retired Teachers Foundation

recently awarded sixteen

educator grants to teachers

in both the local public and

private schools. These grants

were awarded for projects

that would not otherwise

be funded due to budgetary


Christie Andres and Christina

Lecher were awarded a

grant to purchase books for

their Port Chicago 50 Project

at the Sunman-Dearborn

Middle School. A generous

donation from the Betty

McLaughlin Endowment

made this possible.

Heather Lunsford, Sunman

Elementary, will have Flexible

Seating thanks to Haag


Barb Katenkamp, North

Dearborn Elementary, will

be able to purchase books for

her One School, One Book

project. Katenkamp’s project

was paid for by the Dearborn

County Retired Teachers


Valley Utilities sponsored

Beth McClamroch’s Stand

Up for Education alternative

seating project at Bright


Hayley Miller, Sunman

Elementary, was sponsored

by Maxwell Construction.

Her project, STEM Tinker

Crate Class Set, will help the

third-grade classes meet state

standards for STEM (Science,

Technology, Engineering, and


The Dearborn County Retired

Teachers Foundation will

fund Brenda Osman’s Playschool

at East Central High


Lauren White, a French

teacher at East Central High

School, will have materials

for her Sustained Silent

Reading in French paid for by

the Dearborn County Retired

Teachers Foundation.

Kevin Zugelter has purchased

a document camera for

Aurora Elementary with funds

from the Dearborn County

Retired Teachers Foundation.

South Dearborn’s FCCLA

Sponsor Brian Schuerman

was able to accompany his

student Torrey Hibbard to the

National Leadership Conference

in Anaheim, CA, with

funding from the Margaret

Seitz Agency and Los Primos

Mexican Restaurant.

Duke Energy sponsored

Nicole Bosch at Manchester

Elementary for the Robotics


HighPoint Health will

provide meals and snacks for

Donna Sizemore’s Healthy

Learning, Healthy Living

classes at Aurora Elementary.

Walmart and CIVISTA

worked to provide funding to

purchase a DNA Machine for

Peter Brown at South Dearborn

High School.

Katherine Magalski has

been awarded money from

the Dearborn County Retired

Teachers Foundation to upgrade

the art room at Central


The Knights of Columbus

Councils of Bright and

Lawrenceburg supported

the teachers in the private

schools. Pam Leiker, Lindsey

Jenkins, and Mary Ann

Atwood from St. Lawrence

School will have funding

for their Stirring Lessons

for Early Learning. Bryan

Wagner will have money for

his PE improvement plan.

Kimber Ampt at St. John

Evangelical Lutheran School

will have money for STEAM

Day Robotics.

Independent Financial

Advisor Greg Horn provided

meals for all award winners,

sponsors, and guests. Additionally,

he was able to obtain

matching funds from LPL

Financial for another grant.

Applications are available

at the schools each January.

Any Dearborn County teacher

or administrator is eligible

for the funding. They can be

nominated to be recognized

for their work by members

of the public. For additional

information, contact Dearborn

County Retired Teachers

Foundation, Inc. Director

Betty Bourquein, 812-934-


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Water Rescue and So Much More

By Katie Ulrich

Lawrenceburg is home to a

team of little-known heroes

who regularly volunteer their

time and put themselves at

risk for the greater good. They

are the Dearborn County Water

Rescue. Based in the Emergency

Management building,

they are responsible for helping

out with all kinds of different

disasters and events, not

only in Lawrenceburg, but as

far as Fishers, Madison, Hamilton

County, and Franklin

County. These volunteers are

involved in human, vehicle,

and pet rescues, as well as

evacuations, event safety, and

evidence recovery. They also

work together with the local

police, state police, fire departments,

and the Department of

Natural Resources.

Bill Black, the captain

of water rescue and former

Emergency Management

Director, has always dedicated

himself to his work. He

previously served in the Navy

and continues to serve the

community by volunteering

with Dearborn County Water

Rescue. Mr. Black recalls

several different memorable

events that stand out from his

time with Dearborn County

Water Rescue. One particular

winter they were called out

to rescue two duck hunters.

The rescue took three days of

work, and their boat was continually

getting frozen in the

river, leaving them to break

it free of the ice. Another

memorable time was during a

briefing after a broken-down

ship rescue. The captain said,

in regards to the water rescue

team, that he, “Looked up and

saw the Navy coming.”

But perhaps the most

memorable event was during

some extreme flooding when

the team was split up all over

the county. One group was

trying to free a car that had

been swept away, while the

other was tasked with rescuing

someone’s pet bobcat and

lion. Mr. Black notes that for

all pet rescues, such as animals

on frozen ponds, or pets

stuck during flooding, owners

shouldn’t attempt a rescue

themselves. They should reach

out to Dearborn County Water

Rescue for help. However, in

the case of the bobcat and the

lion, he chuckles at the memory,

“The owner had to come

out with us for that one.”

Mr. Black shares that, while

there are some tense incidents,

he also “likes to take boats

out on the weekend to patrol

and help out.” The large-scale

rescues are not the only things

that the volunteers at Emergency

Management provide

for the community. They take

day-to-day precautions to

maintain the safety of the city

and its surrounding areas. The

This truck transports diving equipment and functions as a

changing facility for divers.

Bill Black, captain of the Dearborn County Water Rescue.

group has previously done

water safety demonstrations at

schools, where they perform

different activities at a pool

with students. A few of these

students went on to join the

Emergency Management team

after they graduated.

Part of what makes The

Dearborn County Water

Rescue team’s work possible

is the equipment they use. The

water rescue team has two

boats acquired from a Department

of Natural Resources

sale, as well as a Kevlar boat

that is essentially the equivalent

of a Navy Seal boat.

They also recently procured

a thirty-foot-long boat thanks

to a grant from the Coast

Guard. The boat was built

in Port Angeles, Washington

and features a bow door that

drops to the water level. This

design makes rescues easier

by accommodating boarding

on the water. Previously

boarding and exiting were

limited to being on a shore,

not a dock. The boat is one of

the first of its kind in the area.

The team also has a truck for

diving equipment, with space

inside for the divers to put on

equipment and prepare for the

task at hand. This truck also

features a light tower that can

be raised into the air to light

up scenes. The team is responsible

for all of the cleaning

and maintenance of vehicles.

The Dearborn County Water

Rescue team recently got Side

Scan Sonar (SSS) which allows

them to pull behind a boat and

provides almost camera-quality

imagery. This technology can

be used in evidence recovery

and is incredibly helpful in expediting

the process, allowing

them to locate and mark what

they are looking for more easily.

Funding for the SSS was

provided by a grant from the

Dearborn County Community


The Dearborn County Water

Rescue also received a grant

for Surface Supplied Air

Two of the vessels used in water search and rescue situations.

Bill Black inspecting equipment and ensuring that it is

ready for use in an emergency situation.

which allows the support team

above water to talk to their

divers when they are underwater.

Previously they would

have had to use line signals

between a line tender onshore

and the divers. Communication

between the two was

done via a rope and a particular

pattern of tugs on the rope.

Dearborn County Water

Rescue was founded in 1984

and has recently become

an independent, non-profit

organization with eighteen

Photos by

Katie Ulrich

volunteers currently involved.

New volunteers and donations

are always welcome.

The organization trains

volunteers in boat handling,

swift water training, evacuations,

ice rescue, and rescue

in flood situations. For more

information, contact Water

Rescue at 812-537-3971 or

visit their location at 401 W

High Street.

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Grant Supports Technology at

Lawrenceburg Public Library

The Dearborn

Community Foundation

(DCF), Inc. recently

awarded a $1,000 proactive

grant to the Lawrenceburg

Public Library District

(LPLD) to help support

the library’s technology

program. The $1,000

grant to the Lawrenceburg

Public Library was

recommended by DCF

Board member Ramzi

Nuseibeh. Mr. Nuseibeh

made a recommendation to

DCF Board member Ramzi

Nuseibeh, right, presents

check to Barbara Bonney,

Director of the Lawrenceburg

Public Library District.

support technology use because of LPLD’s many years

of service to a diverse local population.

What Does Your Family Stand For?

By Merrill Hutchinson

Remember the song by

John Mellencamp, “You’ve

Got to Stand for Somethin’”?

If not, I encourage you to

look it up. I know I’m showing

my age, but good music is

good, no matter how old you

are. Good lessons are good,

no matter how old, as well.

John Mellencamp brings to

light the importance of standing

up for what we believe is

essential. I want to take this

idea and apply it to families

and parenting. What do you

as a parent stand for? What

does your family stand for?

Do your kids know what your

family stands for? These

questions are so incredibly

important but are often not

even on a parent’s radar, not

to mention the kids’ radar.

Why are these questions so

important? For the same

reason that John Mellencamp

gives in his song, “You’ve

got to stand for something,

or you’re going to fall for


All across our country,

people are falling for anything.

The result can be so

costly for the family. The

things we fall for can be so

costly when they are not

healthy or are downright

harmful to our families. Why

are we falling for so many

things we know can hurt us?

At the risk of stepping on

people’s toes, let’s face it, we

are suckers for instant gratification.

“If it feels good, do

it!” “I deserve to be happy!”

“It’s all about MY comfort!”

Should I go on?

What makes the situation

worse is that, in this 24/7

digital age, marketing agencies

and social media platforms

understand precisely

what appeals to our desires.

The packaging is shiny

and flashy. The bold print

screams, “You Need Me!”

“You deserve it!”

I’m as bad as anyone out

there. I can rationalize

nearly every decision I make.

I make up excuses and then

make deals with myself

to soften the guilt. You

know what I mean; you’re

guilty just like me. We eat

the chocolate cake but tell

ourselves that we will run a

couple of extra miles tomorrow

to burn it off. That’s a

bald-faced lie!

So, how can you keep

yourself and your family

from being swept up by what

feels good in the moment or

the latest and greatest temptations?

Let’s first ask yourself

some questions: What do

you stand for? Why do you

stand for the things you do?

Is your decision to stand for

something based on a solid

foundation? Is your stance

based on feelings, opinions,

and fleshly desires? Are

there a lot of gray areas and

exceptions? Is your stance

easily persuaded to change?

Do you sometimes describe

yourself as a “go with the

flow” kind of person?

Sure, many decisions in

life are not that important in

the grand scheme of thingsthe

color of your shoes, the

genre of music you listen

to, wheat or rye bread. Who

cares, right? But plenty of

decisions do matter. Not

only do they matter today,

but they mattered yesterday,

and they will matter

tomorrow. Do you stand

for integrity, doing the right

thing even when nobody’s

watching? Do you stand

for the golden rule, treating

others the way you want to

be treated? Do you stand for

unconditional love, loving

even when someone is acting

unlovable? Do you stand behind

your word? Yes means

yes, and no means no. Do

you stand behind your day’s

work, an honest day’s work

for an honest day’s pay? Do

you stand on the truth that

we were all wonderfully and

uniquely created by a loving

God? “For you created

my inmost being: you knit

me together in my mother’s

womb.” (Psalm 139:13 NIV)

These are the unshakable

principles on which to build

your life and your home.

At Rock Solid Families,

my wife and I see day after

day what happens when

couples and families operate

without a solid foundation.

Doing what “feels”

right at the moment or what

would satisfy a more immediate

desire does not always

mean long term happiness

or peace. It often comes at

the cost of hurting others,

breaking trust, losing integrity,

breaking up families and


As parents, we can’t hide

our family in a cave or protect

our kids from every little

challenge. We can, however,

help them grow to be strong

in character. We can help our

children develop a foundation

of strong morals and

values for things that mattered

yesterday, today, and

tomorrow. I challenge you

to be more mindful in your

home about taking a stand

on the things that matter. I

encourage you to stress these

virtues on a daily basis.

Don’t leave this matter to

chance or public opinion.

Just because everyone is

doing it, doesn’t necessarily

make it right. Give your

kids the courage and strength

to stand firm and know why

and what they are standing

for. That doesn’t guarantee

an easy life full of pleasureseeking

and fun. But it does

help to ensure a person of

principle who will positively

impact generations to come.

Remember, If you don’t

stand for something, you’re

going to fall for anything.



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Dear Marie,

My mom recently retired.

She has been alone since

my dad died two years ago. I

work full time, and I don’t see

her very often. For the past six

months, Mom has been looking

for a companion by using

online dating apps. A few days

ago she informed me that she

wants to send money to her

new friend in Virginia. This

friend told my mom that he is

planning to come to see her,

but he needs money to get

here. To me, this situation is

going to end in heartbreak for

my mother. Marie, what can I

do to help stop what I think is

a disaster waiting to happen?

Judy from Rising Sun

Dear Judy,

I can understand how upsetting

this must be for you. I realize

that you are giving us only

the raw details and that there

might be more to the story.

Online dating can be a

good tool for meeting other

people with similar interests.

However, I believe extreme

caution must be used. Finding

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deed, a moose pursuit. A little We were told that the moose and out where the electric


In the research told me that Moose hat's usually appear along the road poles ended hat's by 6 A.M. Fellow

Alley is near the northern Happening marshy In areas at dusk and moose Happening watchers had Inalready


borders of New Hampshire LOGAN dawn. They can be found just parked Milan in the recommended


and Vermont.

a few miles up the road where marshy spot. We joined them.

We found Jennie’s log cabin By the electric poles end. Then, oh the By joy- we saw her


home nestled in shrubs, trees, Myrtle We wasted no time, and at grazing just Susan where she was

Doris By

and boulders along a winding White 5:15 P.M., we were on our supposed to Cottingham be. She looked

Butt Jeanie road so typical of the area. way to Moose Alley. Ray up and seemed to smile as we

Community (Hurley) We enjoyed a weekend Community managed to keep his enthusiasm

under control, but Jennie photo of a moose silhouette

snapped pictures. Community (I have one



Correspondent Smith visiting and touring. I braved

a seafood platter of local and I could barely hold ours. and another of two shiny eyes

catch in a restaurant

along the We soon found where the

peering through the darkness.

Atlantic Ocean and was curious

about work on the many

electric poles ended.


Where the Electric


Several fellow moose WThen came the big decision

fishing boats that surrounded watchers are already parked




to park or drive


on. Ray,

Lines End

us. It is a way of life about Happening there. We Incrept through the the patient one, could have

WRay and I traveled through which I know so little. area and proceeded on… and parked MOORES and waited HILL for the



New England Happening 1996, the In On Monday Jennie joined on… and on. Moose warning moose’s friends to arrive. Jennie

and I, the By

first year we had our RV. I us (Frank could not leave signs appeared and reappeared.

Moose next 6 miles. ity, decided



impatient major-

wanted to see farmers dig work), and we headed out




we should move

potatoes in Kennebec, Maine. on our three-day excursion Moose Schmits next 5 miles. Moose on. Happy day- we observed

We had raised many a By bushel featuring Moose Alley. next 12 miles. Jennie and number two, Community number three,

of Kennebecs, so I was Paul eager Along the way, we enjoyed I Community drooped as mile by mile number four! Correspondent

to see some big-time digging

Filter &

visits with a Florida neighbor

and then a camping club homely animals. Too soon, we back to the cabin to get ready




not bring one sign of the We triumphantly headed

in their namesake town Lou up

in northeastern Maine. We friend. Both live on lakes. found ourselves at the Cana-MHnews.beacon@gmail.codian

border station. We turned is more to cover; we needed


for the day and pack. There

were pleased to see farmers At one location, Katherine

harvesting Community potatoes Correspondents as well as Hepburn’s loons serenaded around and were refreshed by to check the Vermont section,



and broccoli. us (remember On Golden the idea of seeing some of the Highway 114, hat's


of Moose Al-

Happening In

As we traveled through Pond?). Hearing about our Happening big fellows In on the way back.

New Hampshire, Vermont, friends’ lives compared MANCHESTER

to More creeping. Not one sighting.

The sun was now behind


and WMaine, the hat's highways Happeninglife on our Indiana farmstead,

In the

were lined with moose warning

signs. WhitewaterTw

especially when their lakes the hills as we arrived back



My second quest freeze over in the winter, was to where the electric poles




soon p became Franklin moose watching. very interesting.

ended. Poth

It was all in vain; I never saw We drove through picturesque

New Hampshire towns lodge Community where Jennie was sure


We had dinner in a nearby


one in the thousand miles By we

journeyed. Somewhere


along that have not been invaded a Correspondent


movie star would be eating

the way, a fellow traveler by the likes of WalMart or with us, but she just couldn’t

gave us a suggestion. He told Holiday Inn. The leaves were remember the handsome fellow’s

name (I am still wait-

us we needed to go to Community Moose at their fall peak, creating

Alley if we want to see Correspondent the postcard scene after scene. ing for identification). After


big creatures.

Around 5:00 P.M. We arrived

at an area where snow-

wee bit past the electric poles

Happening In

dinner, we again traveled a



I thought.

Our oldest daughter, Jennie,

and her husband Frank watching, brings the most late-night snack. No luck.

mobile season, not moose in case a moose was having a RISING SUN

moved to Rhode Island last people. Our cabin was near Not one word was spoken


fall. I arranged for an October Pittsburg, directly on Highway

3, otherwise known as failure, for we have tomorrow.


about our mission being a


visit with them, filled with

leaf-peeping, and, yes in-

Moose Alley.

The next day we were up


ley. Morning moose munching

time is long past, but

Jennie and I were still on the

lookout. The warning signs in

Vermont were different than

in New Hampshire. Moose

ahead 1400 feet. Moose ahead

2000 feet. And when you

traveled that far, finding a

moose marsh is easy. At the

third gathering place, we saw

a late-morning moose ramble

back into the woods. Number


Wow. Moose Alley lived up

to its name. We saw a total of

four New Hampshire moose

and one Vermont moose.

Satisfied and triumphant,

we relaxed and enjoyed the

rest of the trip.

I think everyone should take

time to moose hunt. Put away

the busyness of life and seek

out something you just want

to do just for the fun of it or

just to settle your curiosity. It

doesn’t have to be where the

electric poles end. It probably

is a lot closer.

Front- Sean, Lauren & Levi Johnson; Second row- Abby

& Avery Westerfeld, Clayton & Frances Johnson, Cara

Muncy, Marty Johnson, Julie McAdams; Third row- Shawn

& Graham Westerfeld, Jamie Johnson, Chance & Jina

Muncy; Fourth row- Community Casey, Tonjia & Sydney Johnson,

Clay Muncy; Fifth Correspondent row- Jeff Johnson & Leo McAdams.

2019 Bright Parade Grand Marshals

Grand Marshals of the 2019 Bright Parade were longtime

residents Clayton and Frances Johnson. They are a lovely

couple who always open their home and their hearts to their

next new friend. The Johnsons are a shining example of the

kind of folks that make our community a true home.

Mr. Johnson was a home builder in the community and gave

so many a chance to build their own foundations for great

homes to raise their families. Frances was always behind the

scenes, her watchful eye on the final design being evident in

the “beauty” part of the homes.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Bright High School in 1956.

Miss Frances Grubbs graduated from Guilford High School

in 1959. She met Clayton on a blind date, despite the school

rivalry between Bright and Guilford. The couple will soon

celebrate their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary. They credit

their long, happy marriage to dedication, always voicing their

opinions and making all decisions together.

Clayton was drafted into the Army and served proudly for

two years during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He spent most of

the time on a rock in Key West, FL. and has been a long-time

member of the Rising Sun American Legion.

The Johnsons raised three children and play an integral part

in their extended family, loving every crazy moment. We thank

them for their dedication to each other, their family, and to

making Bright a wonderful place to live.

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Week 1 of Southeast

Indiana HS Football

Week One of the Indiana

high school football season

got underway on an atypical

pleasant night on August 23.

Although the temperatures

had been hovering in the low

90’s for much of the past

week or two, By Mother Nature

relented on Maxine Thursday and

gave all a Klump great kickoff to the

season on her part.

The East



Central Trojans and

Lawrenceburg Tigers again

started off the Skyline Chili

Crosstown Showdown with

their game at Lawrenceburg.

The Tigers would strike first,

and both teams would trade

a pair of early touchdowns

apiece, but the Trojans would

pull away later in the game

to claim the win 30-12 giving

new head coach Jake Meiners

his first career varsity win.

Franklin County under

second-year coach Wes Gillman,

who had previously

headed Oldenburg Academy,

put together a nice win to

begin the season as they traveled

to New Castle to battle

the Trojans. The Wildcats put

up plenty of offense to win the

game 36-20.

Batesville’s fourth-year

coach, Evan Ulery, also found

plenty of offense from his

Bulldog squad on this first

Friday of games in their 45-

28 victory over the Jennings

County Panthers in a game

played in North Vernon.

The Milan Indians were

not to be outdone by any area

teams in offensive production

by recording a 40-20 victory

over Rushville. Ryan Langferman

is in his 12th overall year

leading the program after taking

a stint away from the position

to pursue administrative

duties. Coach Langferman is

in his fourth consecutive year

holding down the role of principal

and head football coach

for the Indians.

The South Dearborn

Knights under coach Rand

Ballart were also able to

produce some scores on

Friday night but fell short to

the Seymour Owls 30-26 in a

game played at Seymour. Last

year’s game was also a close

one with less offense and a

7-0 win for the Owls.

The Oldenburg Academy

Twisters, headed by secondyear

Coach Eric Feller, displayed

the most offense on the

night with a 42-point outburst

to take down Rock Creek

Academy 42-6. The Lions

traveled up from Sellersburg,

and both teams had a great

treat. The Twisters, without

a home field, often use other

locations to play home games.

To open the 2019 football

seasons, the Twisters and Lions

competed at The Pit at Elder

High School in Cincinnati,

which has a storied atmosphere

and mystique all its own in

Cincinnati football history.

Finally, the Greensburg

Pirates put up an impressive

52-7 win over Shelbyville on

Friday night to force many in

the EIAC to sit up and take

notice of the team up the road

on I-74.

Beast of Southeast


The high school cross country

season is underway, and

the formidable course known

as the Beast of the Southeast

at Denver Siekman Environmental

Park south of Rising

Sun played host to a four-way

meet for some area teams.

The 5K course is well-known

to provide quite a challenge.

Runners must run a nearly

200-yard hill twice during

the race that has an aggressive

pitch, little grass, several

stones, and a ditch at times. In

addition, much of the course

is covered, which seemingly

would provide shade, but on

this course, it largely serves

to trap in the afternoon heat

and humidity to increase the

conditions of the course.

Lawrenceburg, Milan, and

Taylor (OH) came down to

Lawrenceburg senior

distance runner Hannah

Morgan led from start to

finish on the Beast of the

Southeast course. Her winning

time on the challenging

5K course was 23:24.

Lawrenceburg senior Lillie

Oelker competed in cross

country meet held on the

Beast of the Southeast.

Oelker finished fifth on the

5K course with 25:38 on

the 5K course.

compete against the host

Shiners. The boys took to the

course first on this sweltering

afternoon of August 21. Taylor

would claim the team win

on this day with a score of 29,

followed by the Shiners with

48 and Lawrenceburg with 52.

Milan had only three runners

competing individually with a

total of five needed to field a

team score.

The top spot in the race

went to Taylor’s Nick Lake in

a time of 18:56. Twelve individual

places were given for

the race. The next eleven finishers

were: Chase Gral (T),

Dalton Vinup (RS), Peyton

Merica (RS), Grant Hensley

(LB), Grant Taylor (RS), Josh

Vogelpohl (T), Ryan McCallum

(T), Tanner Fox (LB),

Gabe Hensley (LB), Alex

Eiding (T), and Nolan Saylor


The Taylor Lady Yellow

Jackets were successful in

making this meet a sweep

for longtime area track and

distance coach Jeff Smith’s

teams by scoring 22 to Lawrenceburg’s

39 to take the

team victory. Milan competed

with one individual runner

while Rising Sun had no

available runners yet for this


The girls race was led from

start to finish by Lawrenceburg

senior Hannah Morgan

and won in a time of 23:24

to win by more than a minute

over the field on this challenging

course. The remaining

individual spots were earned

by: Megan Fox (T), Mya

Bross (T), Julia Gooding (T),

Lillie Oelker (LB), Grace Pastrick

(T), Anna Brackim (T),

Angela Caldwell (T), Alyssa

Hudson (T), Aneesa Schwarz

(LB), Alyson Galey (LB), and

Abby Knowlton (MI).

We apologize for any misspelled


Lawrenceburg’s Mason

Parris is shown just after

completing his fireman’s

carry to put Iran’s Zare on

his back in the gold medal

match. (Photo courtesy

of Mark Parris via United

World Wrestling)

Parris Dominates

in Claiming Junior

World Title

It may come as little surprise

for people tracking the

post-high school career of

Lawrenceburg’s Mason Parris

that he has continued to excel

in the sport of wrestling at the

University of Michigan. This

summer Parris also earned the

opportunity to represent his

country by competing in the

Freestyle Junior World Championships

held in Tallinn,

Estonia on Aug. 13-14.

After an exemplary career

as a three-sport student-athlete

at Lawrenceburg High School

which saw him compete in the

state finals of all three sports

(including three wrestling

state titles), Parris chose to

pursue the sport of wrestling

full-time on scholarship at


The added coaching,

instruction, scouting, competition,

and dedication to

wrestling that Parris is gaining

through University of Michigan

coaching and National

Team coaching is paying even

more dividends.

Parris was chosen to represent

the USA in the 125

kg class on the Junior World

Championship team. Parris,

having grown up as a lighterweight

wrestler, developed

even some additional moves

that most heavyweight competitors

do not often see at

that weight class. His signature

move of the fireman’s

carry has proven one very

lethal weapon for Parris as

he has increasingly grown to

compete in the upper weight

classes, and it is a move not as

commonly used.

Indeed, this is what helped

lead Parris to the 2019 Freestyle

Junior World Championships

gold medal in

competition in Estonia. From

a field of eighteen wrestlers

representing eighteen different

countries, Parris displayed

complete dominance of the

field from beginning to end.

Parris opened the tournament

with wins over Georgia’s

Vasil Khvistani with

a 10-0 technical superiority

victory. He would do the same

thing in the quarterfinals with

a 10-0 technical superiority

victory over Gan Erdene Sodbileg

of Mongolia that took

only 36 seconds to achieve. In

freestyle wrestling, points can

add up quickly, but to do that

at this level so quickly is quite


The semifinals featured a

matchup with Pasa Ekrem

Karabulut of Turkey who

would eventually be the

bronze medalist. Parris disposed

of this match 13-2 for

another victory by technical


As if those victories were

not enough to announce to

the world that this young man

is coming, the gold-medal

match certainly did. In the

finals, Parris used a tie situation

to set up his signature

fireman’s and put competitor

Amir Hossein Abbas Zare

of Iran on his back early in

the first period. Parris would

adjust a couple of times with

the move before getting the

fall call from the official to

win the match and the world

title. Zare was a Cadet World

Champion and Youth Olympic

silver medalist in 2018,

to give all some scope of the

level of competitor Parris was


Parris will return to the

University of Michigan to

compete in a field of national

heavyweights that is perhaps

the most talented ever. The

year 2020 is also an Olympic

year, which will put a bit of

a shake up in the participation

of NCAA wrestlers this

season in preparation for the

Olympic trials.


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Dearborn County Parks and

Dearborn County Recycling

Center (DCRC) teamed up

for a recycling event held at

Bright Meadows Park. During

the event, almost one hundred

visitors brought TVs,

computers, monitors, CPUs

and servers, printers, fax

machines, scanners, copiers,

and other electronic or

electrical devices. Recycling

Center employees staffed

the event. Thanks to Randy

Bath, Terry Black, Clinton

Burlage, David Craig, Julie

Robinson, Mike Teaney, and

Sandy Whitehead (director).

John Hawley, Park Board

member, helped distribute



Peggy Waltz of the Bright

Lions pictured with Bailey

Batch and Katie Sizemore,

scholarship recipients.

reusable bags and information

about Dearborn County

Parks. In a show of support,

Solid Waste District Board of

Directors member and County

Commissioner Rick Probst

attended the event.

Mr. Hawley said, “We were

proud to partner with the

DCRC on their mobile collection

event at Bright Meadows

Park. It is no secret that Bright

Meadows is one of our most

frequented parks, thanks in

large part to the efforts of park

steward Joe Rettig. We look

forward to partnering with the

Dearborn County Recycling

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Mary Bertke along with her

parents who attended the

Bright Lions event. Mary

will be entering the Army

National Guard Reserves.

Would you sign up and pay

for curbside recycling? If you

are interested, please fill out

a survey to help determine

the number of people who

might participate if a curbside

recycling service was available.

A survey available at


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The Bright Lions awarded

college scholarships to Bailey

Batch and Katie Sizemore.

High school seniors who will

be entering the military were

also honored. Mary Bertke

attended the event. Mary will

be joining the Army National

Guard Reserves. The Lions

and American Legion are very

proud of Mary and wish her

well in her endeavor. Thanks

to Tina Hallas for sharing

this good news.

I’m always amazed when

people stop me and tell me

that they read my column.

I thank everyone who takes

time to read it. I’ve been writing

the Bright Community

article for several years, and I

have enjoyed it very much. It

is with bitter-sweet emotions

I am passing the baton. Next

month you will enjoy another

writer with a fresh, new outlook

for the Bright column. I

expect you all will continue

to enjoy reading about Bright

news. I’m sure I will too.

Editor’s note- We thank

Debbie for her years of sharing

Bright’s stories. We wish

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Fall is officially days away,

folks! Grab those hoodies,

cook chili, rake a pile of

leaves for the kiddos, watch

some football, and get the

blankets out. Time for cozy

clothes! I hope everyone is

planning to attend the HVL

Haunted Hayride on Oct. 12.

It is the biggest fundraiser of

the year for the Children’s

Activity Committee and a

huge night for residents who

participate on the route. Our

incredible volunteers make

this event possible. The most

important component of the

evening is having enough

drivers and trailers. If you

would like to help, please

email Autumn at

Let’s make

this the best year yet!

One of our own is undoubtedly

a hero. Noah Schneider,

age 13, noticed something

Noah Schneider

odd in the

woods as his

family drove

by some

woods near

HVL. When


home later

that evening,

Noah again


something odd and convinced

his family to stop and take a

look. That “something” turned


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The Back to School Beach was another great success!




Two cuties- Isiah and Addie

Higgins first day of school


out to be a wrecked car. The

driver, Daniel Miles, had been

trapped inside for eleven

hours! HVL honored Noah

and presented him with a

plaque and financial contribution.

Our hat is off to Noah

and his family for saving Mr.

Miles and being heroes in our


Claudia Richardt submitted

the following:

The Hidden Valley Lake

Garden Club is excited to host

our Fall Bunco fundraiser on

Sept. 28 at 1 P.M. A silent

auction, raffles, and numerous

prizes will be part of the fun.

Never played Bunco? Well,

it is time to learn! This dice

game involves 100% luck and

no skill. Enjoy a lot of fun and

laughs while getting to know

neighbors better!

The Bunco fundraiser supports

landscaping at many of

the focal points around Hidden

Valley. All funds raised

stay close to YOUR Community.

Call Kathy Minteer for

reservations at 812-584-8690

or Wilma Gardiner at 812-

537-5189, or you can make a

donation of $15 at the door –

no reservation is needed!

October birthdays: Adalynn

Embleton, Karin Trent,

Lynn Shelby, Tiffany Sparhawk,

Bo Heinrich, Aaron

McFelea, Kevin Ward, Moe

Manion, Kami Cheek, Tracie

Ludwig, David Moore, Kim

Buckman, Jocelyn Laake,

Tenley Johnson, Tony Smith,

Mary and Dan Brown

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The St. Joseph American

Legion Post 464, St. Leon,

hosted the Voiture 612 of the

40et8--2019 Nurses Scholarship


The Best Little Oktoberfest

is set for Oct. 4-5 at the

St. Joseph American Legion

Post 464. Oktoberfest is an

atmosphere of celebration

in honor of the harvest. The

Oktoberfest tradition dates

back over two hundred years

in Germany when an Emperor

had a wedding for his daughter

in October. Most of the

people around St. Leon are of

German descent.

One of the most fun things

we have is the pie auction. We



usually have high drama as

the bids go higher and higher

for those pies. Several homemade

confections include

peach, custard, cherry, blackberry,

apple, and other popular

pies. (See ad on page 8B.)

Proceeds support American

Legion programs.

October Birthdays– 1 Paul

Weldishofer, 2 Jerry Callahan

Joe Eckstein, 3 Mike

Cueller Lynn Deddens,

4 Charlene Alig, 5 Becky

Hoog Patty Steinmetz. 6

Ken Trabel, Matt Stenger,

Bert Wilhelm, 7 Olivia and

Owen Lyness, cousin Ryan

Powell, Chad Bruce, Lori

Hartman, 8 Brian Erhart

Mark Zimmer, 9 Nathan

Giltz, 10 Kelsey Stenger,

13 Dave Schantz, 14 Angie

Callahan cousin Shaye

DiMeglio, 15 Mark Eisele,

16 Kelly Beck, Gerl White,

Jeanette Cueller, 17 Amy

Jones Debbie Schneider, 19

Marjorie Frey, 20 Mary Fox

Paula Wilhelm, 21 Tammy


LaSociete Voiture 612 of the 40et 8 members with scholarship recipients: East Central

High School- Anita Alig, Anna Andres, Ava Billman, Allysa Bischoff, Paige Gindling,

Mackenzie Hogg, Paige Hoog, Sarah Laudick. Batesville High School- Ashlyn Czerniak.

Oldenburg Academy- Lydia Gigrich. Lawrenceburg High School- Lauren Greiwe,

Sheridan Houze, Ashley Terrill, Makenna White. Franklin County High School- Christopher

N. Hammond. Switzerland County High School- Rylee Hankins, Sydney Thomas.

From Rising Sun High School- Allee Howlett

Callie Barrett recently celebrated

her tenth birthday

with family and friends.

Myer, 23 Mia Deddens,

Jessica Mobley, Winston

Wilhelm, 24 Halle Andres

and my niece Laura res Belt,

25 cousin Molly Brier, 26

Chloe Maune Jerry Maune,

27 Lucas Bulach, Angie Prifogle,

28 David Hoog Maureen

Stenger, 29 Alice Werner,

Renee Brichler Dave

Metz, 31 Nathan Stenger.

Happy Anniversary to Jennie

and Jerry Maune on Oct. 11.







As the Beacon celebrates

its 25 years of keeping the

community informed, I

would like to congratulate

the past and present

editorial staff for their

successes. I am proud to

be a part of their efforts.

Before my involvement,

Roselyn McKittrick did a

fantastic job of supplying

the information for the

Milan area. Roselyn was a

great mentor and friend. I

have also appreciated the

suggestions and comments

from friends and neighbors

over the years. Keep the

suggestions coming!

Milan Community Schools

recently held the annual

Character Counts event. The

school strives to involve the

whole community as they

stress the importance of

having good character. The

basis is to follow the seven

habits taught by the “Leader

in Me” curriculum. Each day

they focus on a particular


skill. While the program

is directed primarily to

students, these character

traits should be practiced by

Participants in the Character

Counts. Front row: Will

Wheeler, Ali Cutter, McKenleigh

Baylor, Peyton Johnson.

Second row: Josh Fryman,

Kiera Meyers, Ethan

Clark, Bryce Blackburn.

Third row: Braesyn Livingston,

Michael Moffitt, Ava

Honnert, Mallory Eaglin Top

row: Aiden Potts, Trenton

Langferman, Allison Doyle

all. The program stresses the

following characteristics:

trustworthiness, respect,

responsibility, fairness,

caring, and citizenship. We

all know that making each

of these character traits a

part of our daily lives will

undoubtedly make the world

a safer and better place

to live. We applaud the

administrators and staff of

Milan Community Schools

for stressing values we all

should strive toward. A

special thank you to school

counselors Gayle Healy,

Tina Mutz, and Brenda

Schwering, and social

worker Stephanie Schwing-

Stamper for organizing and

implementing this program.

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

111th Aurora Farmers Fair Lawrenceburg Speedway Art Guild Fall Art Show Designer Bag Bingo

July 16 - Oct 5 – The Best of the Best, from

Interiors Embellished and Pink Lace Fox - 202

Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg. Hours are Wed through

Sat, 11AM-5PM. Featured are vintage hats & clothing,

upcycled clothing, doors, tables, and more. Info: 513-

604-7983 or 513-255-7032.

September 2 - Oct 31 – Dearborn Highlands Arts


RECOVERY. 331 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg. 9AM-

4PM. Info: 812-539-4251.

September 7 - Oct 20 – Smithsonian Traveling

Exhibit in Dillsboro - Crossroads: Change in Rural

America - Dillsboro Branch Library is selected by

Indiana Humanities to host a Smithsonian-curated

traveling exhibit called “Crossroads: Change in Rural

America”. The exhibit examines the evolving landscape

of rural America. Open hours: M-F, 10am-6pm; Sat,

10am-2pm, Sun., 1pm-4pm. Info: 812-926-0646 or

October 2-5 – Aurora Farmers Fair - Downtown

streets of Aurora, Indiana. Four stages throughout the

town with live music, an exhibit hall at the Lion’s Club

Building, rides, food, a King & Queen contest and a

huge street parade. Info: 812-926-2176 or beginning in

September, 812-926-1300.

October 3 & 6 – Veraestau Open for Tours -

Veraestau Historic Home, 4696 Veraestau Lane,

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

a sweeping view of the Ohio River and Kentucky

below and was nominated to the National Register of

Historic Places in 1973. Info: 800-450-4534 or www.

October 3-31 – 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


October 3-31 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions Events

& Workshops - 21481 State Line Road, Lawrenceburg.

Monthly educational and classes for all ages. 812-537-

3800 or

October 4-5 – St. Leon Oktoberfest - 28866 Post

464 Road, Brookville. (St. Leon). 4PM-Midnight Friday;

3PM-Midnight Saturday. German atmosphere with live

music, beer, food, and more. Info: 812-209-8002.

October 4 – Lawrenceburg Motorcycle Speedway

- 351 E. Eads Pkwy (US 50). All classes of short track

motorcycles, speedway bikes, ATV’s & go-karts. Gates

open at 5PM; races at 7:30PM. Info: 513-662-7759 or

October 4, 11 – Bright Farmers’ Market -

Providence Presbyterian Church Lot, Salt Fork & State

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

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


October 5 - Nov 30 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship

Gallery Exhibit - 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro,

Indiana. Tues 6-8PM; Thurs 4-8PM; Sat 10AM-2PM.

812-532-3010 or

October 5 – Lawrenceburg Speedway - USAC

Sprint Cars /Fall Nationals - Lawrenceburg

Speedway, 351 E. Eads Pkwy. (U.S. 50). Gates open at

5PM; racing at 7PM. Info: 812 539-4700 or

October 5 & 6, 12 &13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27 –

Greystone Farm Horse Drawn Hay Wagon

Rides - Greystone Farm, 15412 Wilson Creek Rd.,

Lawrenceburg. Open 12-4pm, each weekend in

October. Also visit the farm animals, shop for farm

raised meats, & more. Info: 812-926-2132 or www.

October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 – Lobenstein Farm

Pumpkin Festival - 29703 Post 464 Road, St. Leon,

Indiana. Pumpkin picking, wagon rides, farm animals,

and more. Open 10:00AM-7:00PM. Info: 513-582-0762.

October 6, 13, 20, 27 – Carnegie Hall Open for

Tours - Carnegie Hall, 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill,

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

Carnegie Hall was built in 1907 as an additional

building for the College of Moores Hill. Info: 812-744-

4015 or

October 6 – Tri-State Antique Market - 7am-3pm,

U.S. Route 50, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. “Indiana’s

largest antiques and vintage only collectibles market.”

Indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Approximately 200

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

October 8 Oxbow – Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical

Garden Presentation - Trees, Shrubs and Vines

of the Midwest - 7:30PM at 301 Walnut Street,

Lawrenceburg. Info:

October 10, 11, 12, 13, 17 18, 19 – Southeast

Indiana Junkin’ Trail Extravaganza - Special

hours are from 10am to 5pm each day at various

shops. Info: 812-432-3330 or


October 10 – Designer Bag Bingo - Featuring

Vera Bradley - 5:30 pm, Games begin at 6:30PM.

Dearborn Country Club, 170 Country Club Road, Aurora.

Event benefits the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor

& Tourism Bureau’s Tour For the Cure® program for

breast cancer research and Hillforest Victorian House

Museum. $25.00 admission includes dinner, 20 Bingo

cards, one raffle entry and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash

bar featuring “The Tickled Pink”. Registration at or call 812-926-0087.

October 12 – The Charlie Daniels Band in Concert

- 7:30PM at Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut

Street. Doors open at 7PM. Purchase tickets at

October 17 – Fall in Love With Aurora - 5pm-8pm,

Gabbard Park, 106 Judiciary St, Aurora. Vendors,

crafters, food and music. Info: 812-584-1441 or

October 19-26 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild

Fall Art Show - Lawrenceburg Public Library, 150

Mary Street. Members art show and sale during

normal library hours. Info: 513-403-0504.

October 19 – Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk

- 8:30 am. begins on Dearborn Trails, under the clock

tower on Walnut St. Presented by Ivy Tech Community

College, Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus. Costumes

encouraged and event is family friendly. Info: www. or 812-

537-4010 ext. 5242.

October 19 – Aurora Main Street Witches Ball -

7-11pm, Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing Street,

Aurora. 812-926-1100 or

October 24 – Aurora Ghost Walk - 7-9PM at

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth

Street. Tour the streets of Aurora after dark with

historian Jim Waldon. Learn of the unseen inhabitants

of the historic town. Reservations: 812-926-1100 or

October 25-26 – Rivertown Players & Hillforest

Present - A Mystery at the Mansion - 6:30PM,

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street,

Aurora. Enjoy an evening of mystery and intrigue,

along with a three course dinner served in the

Hillforest parlors. Reservations required: 812-926-0087


October 25 – An Evening with 98 Degrees - 8PM

at Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street,

Lawreneburg. Doors open at 6:30PM and tickets are

available at

October 29 – Aurora Halloween Parade and

Costume Contest - 7:00 pm. Info: 812-926-1300 or


Dearborn County Convention,

Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut Street

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025


1-800-322-8198 or


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What was that sound?

Early in August, a citywide

sigh of relief was heard

throughout the ’Ville as students

returned to school, and

parents secretly did a little

happy dance. While backto-school

photos populated

posts across Facebook, I

think we all greeted the day

with mixed emotions. Seeing

the little ones board the

bus and embark upon their

educational journeys is exciting

--- and yet it’s sad to see

one chapter ending as older

ones enter the next school in

their journey --- or even more

sobering is the day they leave

for college.

Not everyone follows the

same educational journey.

Following graduation from

Oldenburg Academy, I chose

to go directly into the workforce

… and soon realized

I wanted a college education.

I decided to commute

to Xavier University at night

while working full-time. My

parents must have grown tired

of waving good-bye for seven

years and wondered if I’d

ever graduate and fly the nest.

I did, and I finally took flight

– and I soared --- it just took a

little longer than my siblings.

Whatever educational

journey you pursue, know

that your education is invaluable,

most teachers are saints

on earth … and that learning

is life long – so take time to

celebrate your milestones

with happy dances of your


Speaking of Education -

Congratulations BCSC …

The Batesville Community

School Corporation has been

named one of Indiana’s best

school districts by Niche.

com, an online company that

provides profiles and rankings

on recommended communities,

schools, and places

to work.

In’s “2020 Best

School Districts in Indiana”

list, BCSC ranked #14 out of

the nearly 300 Indiana school

districts evaluated and ranked

#6 on the site’s list of “Best

Teachers in Indiana.” When

compared to other school

districts with fewer than 2500

students, Batesville ranked #2

in the state!

Paul Ketcham, BCSC

superintendent, noted, “As a

corporation, we strive to provide

an education that stands

out among others. Receiving

recognition like this is a testament

to the commitment of

our BCSC staff, students,

Paul Ketcham

and families,

who consistently


together to

make our





to Niche.

com, the

2020 Best School Districts

ranking is based on rigorous

analysis of key statistics and


millions of reviews from students

and parents using data

from the U.S. Department

of Education. Ranking factors

include state test scores,

college readiness, graduation

rates, SAT/ACT scores,

teacher quality, public school

district ratings, and more.

Batesville improved its

ranking from the 2019 list

when it was ranked #17 in the

state. That’s exciting news

for our community and its

educators … and a reason for

another happy dance!

Joe Hartman, Batesville,

recently earned the Boy Scout

Joe Hartman


award. For

his project,

Joe planned

and installed



Memorial at

St. Anthony’s



Morris. This memorial

honors veterans from St.

Anthony’s and the surrounding

communities for their

service to our country. Joe’s

parents are Chuck and

Andrea. He has an older

sister named Bailey.

Batesville’s AppleFest will

be held September 28-29 at

Liberty Park. Kiwanis members

invite you to join them in

celebrating the fest’s thirtieth

anniversary! Chairperson,

Jay Reichmuth, commented,

“Join us for a fest full of family

fun, live entertainment,

great food, and everything

Apple!” (See the AppleFest

Ad on page 5B.)

That’s Sue’s news for now!

Bryce, Jackson, Tate, and

Eli Meiners.








July 28 marked the 39th

annual St. Martin’s 5k Country

Run, the oldest road race

in Dearborn County. This

year 96 runners competed to

see who would earn the title

of the overall winner. It was

a neck-and-neck finish, but

Michael Schwebach, a junior

at East Central High School,

outran last year’s winner, Kyle

Gutfreund, a recent graduate

of East Central, by a margin of

two seconds! Brandon Weideman

rounded out the top

three. Alexandria Stevens of

Cincinnati was the top female

runner two years in a row. Jim

Scott earned the title of master

runner, and Carrie Doan

from Cincinnati was the most

improved runner, shaving an

impressive 3:27 off from her

time last year!

My son and I enjoy cheering

the runners as they race

Michael Schwebach and

Kyle Gutfreund were the

first and second place winners

of the St. Martin’s 5k

Country Run. (Photo courtesy

of Rachel Mersmann)

past our home because we

know many of the participants.

Many local families competed

in this year’s race, including

Bev, T.J. and Garret Rauch;

Maureen, Natalie, Tyler, and

J.J. Stenger; Joe, Elizabeth,

Grace, Denise, and Scarlett

Kirchgassner; Noah and

Owen Mersmann; Catie

Reatherford; and Ricky and

Erica Schneider; and Julie,

Will, and Robin Fox. Great

job to all the runners!

Congratulations to Andrew

and Katie Meiners on the

birth of their fourth son. Tate

Andrew made his debut on

Aug. 15 and was welcomed

home by proud big brothers

Jackson, Eli, and Bryce.

I would love to feature you

in my next article! If you have

news in the Yorkville/Guilford

area that you’d like me

to share, please contact me at



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Visiting Alaska was always

on Tom McCann’s bucket

list, and in July, Tom fulfilled

his dream. He and his wife

of sixty-two years, Marcella

along with six of their eight

children, spent ten days sightseeing

by land and sea. The

most memorable time of the

trip was when Tom and his

family were sitting together

enjoying drinks at Denali National

park hotel. Tom’s face

was lit the entire time! Joining

Tom and Marcella were their

children and spouses: Vince

and Marci McCann, Beth







Trouble in the Holy City …

Oh, we’ve got trouble, right

here in the Holy City. It begins

with a “T” and ends with

an “E” – and that stands for

“Tire Trouble!”

I may have mentioned that

I live in Batesville and am

employed in Oldenburg …

and as I traverse Highway 229

to the Holy City, I’ve noticed

that someone has been having

tire trouble as he’s been

driving like a spirograph and

leaving a considerable amount

of rubber on the road!

One of the village people

commented, “It looks like he

may be performing a community

service since he’s left enough

rubber to patch the roads!”

Now I’m going to make

some assumptions here. I’m

assuming this rabble-rouser

(oh my – I’ve become my father),

is a young male – possibly

trying to impress a young

female. With that in mind, I’m

using this month’s column to

reach out with some words of


First of all, our Town Marshall

Bill most likely knows

your parents – and even your

grandparents, and possibly the

gal you’re trying to impress.

You’ll eventually meet Marshall

Bill – you’ll recognize

the siren.

And now for some personal

advice … save your tires son,

because one day you will have

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and Larry Joerger, Mark

and Kathy McCann, Leah

and Mark Schmidl, Lynn

and Ron Burton, and Audra

and Adam Steele.

The Dearborn County 4H

Fair continued into August

this year with the 4H Dog

Show occurring on Aug.

11. Two young ladies from

New Alsace won Grand

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met that perfect gal and will

need your tires to get you to

the church on time. Save your

tires son, because if the good

Lord’s willing, one day you

will be welcoming your firstborn

and will need your tires

to rush your wife to the hospital

in time. Save your tires

son, for one day when you

finally start sleeping through

the night again – you will

need your tires to take your

little one to his first day of

school, and with misty eyes,

you’ll be wondering where the

time went … so don’t be wondering

where your tires went.

And finally – did I mention

I also work at a funeral home?

So, save your tires son, don’t

be the reason Marshall Bill


Left to right: Julie Bulach and Peyton Zinser pose with

their dogs, parents and numerous awards won at the

Dearborn County 4H dog show.

and Reserve Champions for

overall Agility, Obedience

and Showmanship classes.

Wrigley (Golden Retriever)

and Peyton Zinser (daughter

of Eddie and Wendy Zinser)

won Grand Champion in all

three of her classes and Reserve

Grand Champion overall.

Jet (Labrador Retriever)

and Julia Bulach (daughter of

Oldenburg streets.

calls us in the middle of the

night … heaven can wait.

Okay – I’m off my soapbox.

On the bright side … many

of the Village streets are being

resurfaced as a result of the

Town’s officials applying for

and receiving funds through

Indiana’s Community Crossing’s

program. Let’s all do our

part to keep the Village streets

looking great!

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Grand Champion on her Agility

and Obedience classes,

earned third place for Showmanship

and won overall

Grand Champion. Both girls

are neighbors and have been

friends for many years and

love showing, working, and

practicing with their dogs.

Our condolences to the family

of Jim Zinser who passed

away on July 30, 2019. Jim

was an avid farmer who enjoyed

fishing for bluegill and

bass. He also loved to throw

horseshoes but had switched

it up for cornhole in recent

years. Jim was a former member

of the North Dearborn

Conservation Club and retired

from Aurora Casket Company.

He leaves behind his wife

Marlene (Gutzwiller) Zinser

with whom he just celebrated

their 60th wedding anniversary

this past June, four children,

five grandchildren, and

three great-grandchildren.

The North Dearborn

American Legion is hosting

their monthly euchre tournament

on 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.

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more information.

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you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me


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2019 at Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church

at 11:30 A.M. A catered lunch with dessert will be

served. Your reservation and $10 will be appreciated

by Sept. 30. Call the church office 812-637-3993.

The 275 Brass Quintet will be presenting a variety of

show tunes. There will also be some sing-alongs and

of course a joke or two.

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Barb Lyness, North Dearborn Pantry Consultant.

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I am not only asking myself,

“Where has this month

gone but where has the SUM-

MER gone?” It went by sooo

quickly. Our grandsons have

gone back home to Vermont,

making it quiet around the

house… and I don’t like it.

The local swimming pool is

also quiet as the kids here are

back in school already. But

thanks to the Aurora Main

Street folks, summer continues

in Aurora! The theme of

their Dancin’ on Main event

on Aug. 10, was “Pool Daze.”

Funnyman, Brad Peddenpohl,

promoted swim safety at the

event with his wearing of a

purple swim vest and hot pink

floaties! I tell ya’, they sure

know how to have fun and

eat well at these events. Seeing

Bill Ullrich enjoying ice

cream at the dance made me

think, “I bet he didn’t take any

of it home to his kitty cats.”

The next day brought more

summertime fun to Aurora

with Main Street’s Second

Sunday Music in the Park.

From my observations around

the pavilion, everyone had a

head-bobbing, toe-tapping,

good time! I am so glad we

went! The new friends I made

that day were likewise wonderful.

Some of my new friends

include Frances and Ken



Jackson, Moores Hill, and

their daughter Lara Weber,

Aurora; Rita Baer, Aurora,

Rosalie Gordon, Annis Luke,

Lorene Westmeier, Ruth

Weisbrod, and Bev Nixon

all from Dillsboro; and the

Davidson family from Aurora.

One of my new friends, Alexa

Rusk, had come from Virginia

with her parents, Alesha and

Jason Rusk, to visit her grandmother,

Judy Rusk, Bright. I

couldn’t help but smile while

watching this itty bit of a

sweetie pie twirl around and

try to coax her grandma Judy

to get up and dance with her.

The Get Wine(d) and

Dine(d) in Aurora was another

huge success per Main Street

director, Nancy Turner. Nineteen

businesses participated in

addition to our six restaurants

who offered Friday food discounts.

Aurora is becoming the

kind of place one reads about

in travel magazines… a quaint

river town with lots of different

shops, restaurants, and activity.

This past month, our Aurora

Garden Club took a field trip

to another river town, Cincinnati,

to visit Smale Park.

While there, we enjoyed the

gardens with its many flowers,

shrubs, trees, water features,

activities, and swings right

on the riverfront. Cincinnati

Park’s docent, Jinny Berten,

provided us with a very educational

tour of the gardens.

I must say, it was quite a nice

experience to see all of this

with my garden club buds

(pun intended). This outing

was just one of the many different

things we do as a garden

club. SO, if you’re looking


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Bill Ullrich and his ice cream.

for something FUN to do and

want to hang out with me and

my buds (pun intended again)

come join the Aurora Garden

Club. We meet on the second

Saturday of every month. This

next month will find us busy

getting ready for our “Fall

in Love with Aurora” event

scheduled for the evening of

Oct. 17. Like I shared in last

month’s article, you can adopt

a flower bed in town (we provide

the straw and mums). OR

you can make a scarecrow for

Scarecrow Alley (aka George

Street). OR decorate your

house or business (in Aurora.)

Whether you live in Aurora or

not, opportunities are available

for you to help make our town

BEAUTIFUL for not only this

Garden club members Emily Beckman, Cindy Rottinghaus,

Maggie Drury, Joy Lyons, Laura Wiggins, Ginny

Boyer, & docent, Jinny Berten.

Friends, Annis Luke, Lorene Westmeier, Ruth Weisbrod,

Bev Nixon, and Rosalie Gordon from Dillsboro enjoyed

Music in the Park.

Vic & Aileen Baer, Jim Baer, Robert & Jerry Andrews, &

Janet Baer enjoyed ice cream on Second Street.

Fall in Love event, but also for

the Farmers Fair which is the

first weekend in October. (See

ad on page 12B.) For more

information on the Fall In

Love Decorating Contest, call

Charlotte Hastings at 812-

584-1441 or Maggie Drury

at 513-520-0287, or you can

email us at AuroraInGarden@ Get ready to have

some real hoedown, hay ride

fun on Oct. 17! (See ad on this


The Aurora Garden Club Presents:

The Third Annual Fall in Love with Aurora Decorating Contest

Open to all lovers of Aurora - residents and non-residents alike - businesses within the City Limits

Decorate your home or business (within the Aurora city limits), adopt a city flower bed, or make

a scarecrow for "Scarecrow Alley"(aka George Street.) Decorate for the fall season with things like:

straw bales, mums, corn stalks, scarecrows, pumpkins, gourds, all things FALL ! ! !

Be eligible to win prizes and recognition

Judging criteria includes: Originality/creativity, follows theme of "Fall in Love with Aurora",

best use of color, best use of space, sweat equity, best scarecrow

Key dates to remember:

October 1st – Application entry form deadline

October 10 th – Displays and scarecrows completed

October 13 th – Judging of completed displays and scarecrows by independent judges

October 17 th ( 5 – 9 p.m.) – Awards night at Gabbard Riverfront Park with hayride, music, food & FUN

For additional information or questions email


October 2019 THE BEACON Page 7B










A carving of St. Francis,the

patron saint of animals/

pets carved by the Deacon

of our parish, Bob Decker.

Awesome job, Deacon Bob!







If you came to the festivals

for All Saints over the past

couple months, you would

have noticed The Holy Land/

Rosary Exhibit. This exhibit

was initiated by Fr. Jonathan

Meyer with the help of many

other parishioners. Photos

are not enough to appreciate

the whole presentation. Other

exhibits were the Botanical

Rosary where a flower represented

each mystery of the rosary

by Debbie Cleary, Linda

Weckenbrock, and Debbie

Yeager. Presentation pigeons

by Martha Lippard. A Pentecost

Mobile by Greg and

Tina Connolly. Last Supper

Chalice Display by Marilyn

White. The Scripture used to

describe some of the displays

was researched and presented

by Cheryl McCann, Jane

Fischer, and Martha Lippard.

Photographs of the Holy

Land were taken by Bruce

Lippard, Ron Ferrier, and

Paul Weckenbrock. Teresa

Kuebel did a paper rosary

display. The Cana fountain

created by Bruce and Martha

Lippard. A total of sixty-seven

parishioners worked on the exhibit.

A total of 1,791 people

from all three campuses (St.

John the Baptist, St. Martin,

and St Paul) visited this exhibit.

A lot of time and work

went into this project, and all

involved should be acknowledged

for a job well done. I

am sure Fr. Meyer is proud

of each and every one of you

involved. Blessings to all!!

By the time this article

reaches you, we will be well

The Nativity and the place

where Jesus was born in

Bethlehem was created by

Chad Gutzwilller and Ray


into the fall season. Many fall

happenings include festivals,

tractor shows, and Oktoberfest.

St Leon Legion Post 464

will be having their Oktoberfest

Oct. 4-5. A Fish Dinner

will be served on Friday Night

with Karaoke as entertainment,

and of course German

Beer. Saturday they will serve

a Smoked Pork Chop Dinner

and Chicken Dinner with a

German Band, a Draw-down

Raffle and more Beer!!!

Come and join the fun!!! (See

ad on page 8B.)

Condolences to the family

of Raymond Kraus, a life-long

resident of Dover. He leaves

his wife Beth, daughter Aimee

Wesley, and granddaughter

Abigail Wesley. He also leaves

behind his sister Clara Ann

(Larry) Zinser, brothers Joe

Kraus, and Robert (Dianne)

Kraus. He was a member

of IBEW Local 212 and All

Saints Parish. He loved to fish

and watch hummingbirds and

martins from his front porch.

Interestingly, the Sunday

before his death, a white martin

was seen lingering near his

house. I’ll bet that martin was

leading him to a bigger and

better place above!! Rest in

peace, Raymond.


In August last year, the

barn started to come together

as the newly milled

poplar siding was put on.

Another feature that we had

not had before was a loft.

Not only did it sound like

a great idea, but it was also

part of the structural plan to

give the barn more stability

against the winds. Well,

things got more creative

from there. Loft spaces were

planned, so why not connect

them with a catwalk? Okay,

then you might as well complete

the floor all the way to

the west wall. Right? With

these new plans in mind,

the construction crew had

to find additional materials.

Our project required parts

from two other barns. Some

of the timbers were very impressive,

especially the ones

they used for the staircase

to the loft. These were over

100-year-old walnut. Beautiful!

Wanting more unobstructed

space on the main

floor, we decided to have

six support beams removed

from the middle. Extra

engineering was required.

Don’t ask me how these

Amish builders know how to

do this, but they do. Better

built than some code requires.

Twenty-one windows

were added, including some

in the doors (one of them

being a vast picture window),

to allow more light in.

The best one though, is the

center roof ridge, which is

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Front upstairs loft.

Front of finished barn.

solid clear vinyl from front

to back. Just for fun, we

added an LED string light

to be turned on after dark in

the hay track in the ridge.

Seeing that the pulley block

was still in its place on the

track was a great surprise.

We barely knew it was there

because it was up so high. A

banister running the length

of the lofts is made of pickets

that were once the floors

of our hayloft. The workers

cut and placed them in a

unique pattern. It is so solid!

I’m coming to the end of

this saga and will conclude

next month with a summary

and things that I may have

(probably) forgotten.

Did you know that someone

in our neighborhood has an

Emu? Jim Stallard told me

about it. Shannon Zeiser and

her family live on a farm cooperative

in Logan Township.

They have cows, chickens,

goats, and an EMU! Her name

is Jazzy. She stands over 5ft.

tall. Shannon’s daughter,

Morgan, is the most active

Hay trolley.

with the care of the emu. A

fun fact: the emu stays in the

field with the goats. Why? It

will chase away any predators

that threaten the goats. The

emu can be quite aggressive

when needed. Shannon says

they hope to get some emu

chicks soon. I’ve heard they

are really cute and make good

therapy animals.

Please take the opportunity

to take a survey about recycling.

The Dearborn County

Recycling Center help determine

the number of people

who are interested in curbside

recycling. If you would like to

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Wednesday, October 2 - Saturday, October 5

111th Aurora Farmers Fair

Sponsored by Aurora Lions Club

Celebrating Aurora’s 200 Years

Thursday, October 17

“Fall in love with Aurora” Awards Night

Sponsored by Aurora Garden Club

Gabbard Riverfront Park


Saturday, October 19th

Historic Downtown Aurora Tour

Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks, Main Street Aurora,

City of Aurora, Dearborn County Historical Society



Saturday, October 19th

Witches Ball

Sponsored by Main Street Aurora

315 Importing Street

Music and Food



Thursday October 24th

Ghost Walk

Walking & Hillforest Museum Tour

Sponsored by Main Street Aurora



Tuesday, October 29th

Halloween Parade

Sponsored by Aurora Lions Club

Parade starts at former US Bank, 340 Second St.



Page 8B THE BEACON October 2019







As I write this, we are

sweltering in 96-degree heat!

Don’t complain right, before

we know it, the cold winds

of winter will wrap their icy

fingers around us. Hopefully,

by the time you read this,

the leaves will be turning a

golden yellow as the smell of

pumpkin spice permeates the

air. The crispness of fall and

the beautiful autumn colors

are my favorite. Hopefully,

we will have gotten some

much-needed rain so we can

enjoy those colors!

St. Nicholas parishioners,

alumni, students, staff, and

community members gathered

to celebrate the dedication and

blessing of the new education

center. Archbishop Charles

Thompson presided over the

Friday, Oct. 4

Saturday, Oct. 5

St. Joseph

American Legion

Post 464

St. Leon, Ind.




Auxiliary Member Kim Carr

and Commander Milton

Howard accepting the Community

Involvement Award.

ceremony. Reverend Shaun

Whittington cut the ribbon

to welcome students and staff

to the new school as a new

year begins. The new building

will be utilized as classrooms

for St. Nicholas School, adult

education, religious education

programming, and other

parish activities.

In other news, the Sunman

American Legion Kenneth

L. Diver Post 337 won the

Community Involvement

Award for the second year in a

row. Congratulations to all for

your hard work on this great


15th Anniversary

Friday, Oct. 4 • 4 p.m. - Midnight

Bier Garden opens featuring fine German &

American beers

• 5-8 p.m. Fish Fry, Games - Bring the family

• Karaoke - Sing along with local stars

• Lunch Stand - Post 464 German Style Sausage,

burgers, Sauerkraut Balls & Reuben Sandwiches.

Saturday, Oct. 5 • 3 p.m. - Midnight

• Bier Garten, Games, Pie Auction

• Lunch Stand - Post 464 German-style smoked sausage,

burgers, Sauerkraut Balls, Reuben Sandwiches

• 4 p.m. Big Bucks Raffle throughout evening

• 4:30 p.m. St. Leon World Renowned

Fried Chicken Dinners

• 4:30 p.m. St. Leon Grilled Pork Chop


• 6:30 p.m. Homemade Pie Auction

• 7:30 Dance to music of Squeeze Play

Proceeds benefit American Legion Programs

and other important community activities

Celebrate the Harvest

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Congratulations are also

in order for the new Sunman

Town Council Members,

Carol Eckstein, Marilyn

Decker, and Don Foley! Best

wishes also to the new town

clerk, Cheryl Taylor!

Finally, congratulations

to The Beacon Newspaper

on twenty-five years! I truly

enjoy writing and reading

positive news; it is so

refreshing! Here’s to twentyfive

more great years!

I wish everyone a safe

and happy fall. If you have

any news you would like to

share, please contact me at


com. I look forward to

hearing from you!







Anyone up for a game of

Futbol? It is an international

team sport more commonly

known in the United States

and Canada as soccer. In

Manchester, we sure know

about soccer. From SAY soccer

teams (Soccer Association

for Youth) to traveling teams,

to school teams – we do it all!

One Manchester family is

all about soccer. Sadie and

Easton Schumann (parents are

Heavenly and Al Schumann)

have been playing soccer all

their lives. Sadie started playing

SAY soccer at age four

and then played club ball for

Austyn Tibbs (17), Easton Schumann (12), JD Wickersham

(20) - SDMS soccer teammates.

years. In high school, Sadie

was a starting player for the

varsity girls soccer team. She

helped lead her team to the

school’s first-ever regional

title in 2010! The accolades

accumulated, including selection

to All-Sectional, All-Conference

and All-County teams.

She claimed the county’s Offensive

MVP award her senior

year, setting other records

along the way!

Sadie received a scholarship

to play at the University

of Southern Indiana. During

summer break, she played

with the Cincinnati Sirens FC,

who compete in the Women’s

Premier Soccer League, the

highest level of women’s soccer

in Cincinnati. She reluctantly

stopped playing serious

field ball after a season-ending

injury her senior year of


That didn’t stop Sadie. She

has come home to Manchester

to finish some degree classes

and is now coaching for South

Dearborn. She coaches local

SAY teams and now assists

with South Dearborn’s new

middle school team. She

believes that giving back to

the community is very important

and is excited to see the

young talent in the area.

Soccer Siblings Easton and

Sadie Schumann.

Easton Schuman is also a

star on the field. Like his sister,

he started playing soccer

as a preschooler. Easton currently

plays both indoor and

outdoor ball. Easton is now

leading the South Dearborn

Middle School Squires team

as their captain! The team

was victorious their first game

with a score of 2-0, where

Easton scored both goals. We

are sure more great soccer

news will be coming from the

Schumann family!

No matter the sport or activity,

we should be proud of our

youth in Manchester and all

of Dearborn County. Between

the athletes, coaches, and parents,

countless hours of sweat

and sacrifice are dedicated.

So, let’s get out to a game and

cheer them on!

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October 2019 THE BEACON Page 9B







We have a guest columnist

this month! A little bit about the

writer… I am Lorene Westmeier.

I was born in Friendship

then moved to Farmers Retreat,

where I grew up on a farm. I

now live in Dillsboro. I came a

long way, didn’t I?

Traveling down the “Scenic

Highway”- State Road 62,

about four miles southwest of

Dillsboro is the small village

of Farmers Retreat. One of

the early settlers was Major

James A. McGuire who was

born in Ireland in 1785 and

later purchased land from

the U.S. government in 1815

Balloon release for Claire.







We welcome Ms. Wetzler

as ths new Moores Hill correspondent

and look forward

to her stories about all of the

happenings in Moores Hill.

Todd Russell was nominated

to the unofficial “Moores

Hill Hall of Fame” by Ericka

Honeycutt Barnes on

the Moores Hill’s Facebook

group page. “Todd is always

one of the first to jump up

when someone needs help.”

Over one hundred twenty

people “liked” the post.



on Laughery Creek. There

were quite a few businesses

located here during the years

of 1849-1990 as well as a post

office, four churches, and five

schools. Residents of Dillsboro

shopped in Farmers Retreat,

and residents of Farmers

Retreat shopped and banked

in Dillsboro and still do.

The village is now a rather

quiet place with a preschool,

St. Johns Church and an historic

one-room schoolhouse.

The church was built in

1867, and the one-room

school was built in 1888, both

are still listed on the National

Register of Historic Places.

The one-room school was

closed in 1950 when a new

elementary school was built.

It was completely restored

and is now open for tours.

Students attending there were

a big part of the working of

the school. The boys helped

carry in wood and coal for the

Residents came together to

support a young woman with a

huge surprise homecoming on

July 4. A community-wide celebration

of Kevin and Glenda

Thomasson’s granddaughter

Claire’s seventeenth birthday

started when Kevin invited

neighbors to enjoy fireworks.

Claire was given a brief overnight

release from Children’s

Hospital to go home on her

birthday. Lynn Russell Allen,

Angie Calhoun, Misty Russell,

and Dee Russell were

among those who sent out a

community-wide call for cards

and lined streets in Moores

Hill with green balloons,

Claire’s favorite color. Claire

was escorted through town by

Moores Hill Fire and EMS.

Later, a giant balloon release

and those big fireworks were

enjoyed by the community.

Carla Fehr also invited

neighbors to enjoy fireworks

at her house.

Lanny Dell was welcomed

back to work with many

wishes for continued healing

after surgery.

Kudos to JC Chapman,

who went out of his way to

pick up mattresses that had

been dumped along County

Line Road. He picked them

up and properly disposed of

them. Yet another example

that servant leadership is alive

in Moores Hill.

The Moores Hill Old Fashioned

Carnival was indeed

the Greatest Show! Thank

you to Tamila Wismann and

family, Lynn Allen, and all


St. John’s Lutheran School

in Farmers Retreat. (Photo

by Rebecca Davies)

potbelly stove. The girls carried

in drinking water for the

crock fountain. There were

also sweeping and other jobs.

Present-day fourth-graders

from surrounding communities

take field trips there as a

part of their Indiana History

studies. For their visits, they

play ‘old fashioned’ games

on the lawn and learn about

life in the 1800’s. The school

is open Sunday afternoons

Sept.-Oct. 2-4 P.M. Tours are

free! Call 812-432-5401 for

more information.

the sponsors and volunteers

for organizing, staffing, and

offering free events. Such a


Tamila Wismann offered

Moores Hill t-shirts with a

Bobcat in the design. The

shirts were sold to raise operating

funds toward the carnival.

There is much hometown

pride in Moores Hill.

The people of Moores Hill

come together enthusiastically

as organizers, volunteers, and

sponsors. We come together

in groups or individuals to

help our neighbors, rescue

lost pets, and provide free

community events for everyone

to enjoy.







Wow! It is hard to believe

that school has been in session

for over a month. The pool

is empty of water the playgrounds

are empty of the children.

Fall is just days away,

and I am ready.

Has anyone noticed the

wood carving in the back of

the Greendale Cabin? The

remaining fourteen-foot

stump of one of the trees that

was partially cut down has

been turned into a sculpture

of a pileated woodpecker.

Brian Christman, a native

of Switzerland County, is the

artist who has turned the stump

into a wood sculpture with his

chainsaw. A veteran of the US

Air Force, Mr. Christman was

a mechanic and also practiced

as a nurse for twenty-five years

with the Veterans Administration.

He discovered wood

carving on the internet and

pawned his base amp in for a

A sculpture of a pileated

woodpecker created by artist

Brian Christman.

chainsaw. One of his carvings

can take as little as thirty to

forty-five minutes, or up to two

weeks. Mr. Christman loves

nature and started out carving

driftwood retrieved from the

Ohio River. He and his wife

Penny travel between Ohio,

Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia,

Tennessee, Florida, and North

Carolina. Take a few minutes

and walk behind the cabin and

see the woodpecker carving.

He has quite a talent.

Enjoy the cooler days and

nights with fall approaching

because we sure do deserve

the cooler weather.

Happy Oct. 8 Birthday to my

daughter Debbie Seymour.


Oct. 6, 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chicken Dinner – Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch

Kids Games – Crafts – Bake Sale

Silent Auction – Basket Raffle-Painted Pumpkins

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Page 10B THE BEACON October 2019







My grandfathers on both

sides were sons of German

immigrant farmers. To say

that they had beautiful, bountiful

gardens is an understatement.

Unfortunately, their

farming skills were not passed

on to me. Nightly raccoon visits

and lack of rain have left

me tomato-less. Oh yeah, I

can grow an awfully nice row

of zinnias. If you want to see a

nice garden, take a look at the

community garden in Lawrenceburg.

I am so jealous.

One thing I did inherit from



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my grandparents is their love

of church festivals. If you did

not attend one this summer,

you missed out! From the

chicken at All Saints Catholic

Churches, to the turtle soup

at St. Nicholas, to the German

food at St. John’s Lutheran

Lawrenceburg, there

was lots of fantastic food to

sample. The fun, however, is

running into people from all

over the tri-state who flock

to southeastern Indiana just

to eat! The award for longest

distance traveled goes to John

Jackson and Annette Holliday

(children of Pastor John

Jackson). They traveled from

Gallipolis, Ohio to eat German

food and reminisce with

old friends.

It was back to school time

on July 31 for Lawrenceburg

students. This year’s seniors

will long remember the days


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of 2019 when the soccer and

football teams practiced in

scorching heat on the turf

field. The kindergarteners

learned their colors the first

week by wearing clothing in

a different designated color

each day. First-time kindergarten

mom Holly Fehr was

among many parents who

admit they made a few runs to

the store that first week!

Congratulations to Mike

Lies for completing his

twelfth Iron Man in Quebec,

Canada last month. Happy

fiftieth anniversary to Larry

and Deb Knigga!








Here we go again. Another

month has rolled around, and

it’s time for my next column.

School just got out, and here

we are starting up again.

I spent a weekend in

Indianapolis at a basketball

event. Grandsons Grady and

Kaden played in the tourney,

along with Noah Rogers and

Briton Mattox. I felt sorry

for Briton because he had

just attended the funeral for

his grandpa. Randy “Rudy”

Mattox was a member of

the Southeastern Indiana

Musicians Hall of Fame. My

condolences to the family on

losing such a valuable part of

their lives.

I was with my

granddaughter, Carli, for the

10U Fast Pitch World Series.

Her Northern Kentucky

Bandits finished third out

of sixty-four teams. Carli is

one determined young lady

and puts in many hours of

practice each week. Twin

brother, Grady, is now

running cross country to

get in excellent shape for


If you have a 5x7 photo of

someone who served in the

military, put the information

for that person on the back

of the photo and get it to

me. I will put it on display.

I am always looking for

information about our Purple

Heart Recipients so we can

honor and make them a

part of our Quilts of Valor


Sometimes I complain

about social media, but I

recently had something

happen where it paid off. I

had someone knock on my

door around 11 P.M. and was

asked if I had a dog because

one was standing in the road

and could get hit. I didn’t

have a dog, but I went and

retrieved it. I could tell it

was an older dog. I brought

it into the garage and fed

her. The word spread. The

next night I received a phone

text message thanking me

for finding their dog. The

dog’s owner had moved to

Las Vegas, and they couldn’t

take the dog with them, so

they gave it to a relative

just a block from my house.

Somehow she escaped and

wound up here with me.

A buddy of mine, Dave

Richter, recognized the

dog and said her name was

Honey. I called her Honey,

and she started dancing and

spinning and whining. The

lady came to pick Honey

up. The dog started whining

when they said, “Honey

Bun,” which is her full name.

I was thrilled to see her

return to where she belonged.

We lost one fine lady,

Chandra Mattingly, to that

dreadful cancer. She was

very community-oriented and

a good friend for many years.

She cared about people, and

she will be missed. I stopped

by her office and gave her

a big hug earlier in the year

and told her she was going

to beat it but God had other

plans. May she rest in eternal


When you receive this

in the mail, I will be in

Washington, DC on another

trip for veterans from

southeastern Indiana. I have

to fly back this time on

Saturday evening so I can

be here for the Bicentennial

celebration in Aurora and

the LST-325 at 2 P.M. on

Sunday, September 15. I’m

just thankful to be healthy

enough to keep busy.

The anniversary of my

return from Vietnam is

August 29 Where have those

51 years gone?

Stay healthy- that’s the key

to the game of life. Take care

and keep giving a helping

hand to others who need


God Bless all of you.


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Abby Kraus, Brady Sterchi

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October 2019





I’ve just returned from a


visit to my son Maxine and his family

in the central Klump area of England.

We spent a week in the Peaks

District characterized Community by steep


hills, winding country roads,

small market towns complete

with unique shops, friendly

pubs and so many of the

scenes that we see when we

view TV shows or movies set

in England.

My three grandchildren,

now all teens, tower above

me these days. With both

parents accomplished cooks,

it’s not surprising that the

three are also interested in

cooking and baking. Kam,

now fourteen, enjoys cooking,

and I’m amazed at his skills.

When I asked him to share

one of his favorite recipes, he

paused only a moment and

then described a sweet biscuit

(cookie to us Yanks) that he

thought would be good. I have

translated the measurements

from metric, and the sweet

treat is the first recipe this

month. I prepared a batch last

evening, and I agree that the

recipe is a winner in my book.

This recipe is one that I’ll

need to have a reason to share

because it is so delicious that

I would want to over-indulge

in the treat. An additional joy

is the fact that no baking is


Millionaire Shortbread

9 ounces shortbread

cookies, crushed into


¼ cup melted butter

¼ cup dark brown sugar,


¼ cup butter

14 oz. can sweetened

condensed milk

7 oz. dark chocolate (I used

semisweet chocolate bits)

2 oz. white chocolate (I used

white chocolate from the

bakery section)

Combine crushed cookies

and ¼ cup melted butter.

Press into 8x8-inch square

pan which has been lined with

parchment or waxed paper.

Chill for 20-30 minutes.

Combine brown sugar and

butter in medium saucepan.

Heat over medium heat until

butter and sugar are melted.

Add condensed milk and stir

and continue cooking over

medium heat until mixture

comes to a full rolling boil.

Stirring constantly, cook for

an additional minute or until

the mixture has thickened

slightly. (My batch required

a total of 2-3 minutes to


Pour caramel over the

shortbread base and allow the

batch to cool. Chill for about

30 minutes until set. Melt

the dark chocolate and white

chocolate in separate bowls.

I used the microwave to melt

both types of chocolate. The

dark chocolate took about 30

seconds, but I watched closely

and stopped the microwave

about every 10 seconds to

check and stir the mixture.

Spread the dark chocolate

evenly over caramel layer.

Using a table knife, swirl the

white chocolate throughout

the dark chocolate layer.

Chill until set. Keep leftovers

covered in the refrigerator.

Note: The recipe indicates

that the yield is 16 squares,

but I suggest that smaller bars

might be a more appropriate

size. If you do not wish to use

shortbread cookies, vanilla

cookies (un-iced) could be


While touring in England,

I discovered a local paper

covering the Peaks District

that reminds me of our own

Beacon. Although the names

of the towns and villages

in the area differed from

our communities, the paper

covered upcoming events,

information about students, and

many of the same news items

that we enjoy each month.

It seems impossible that the

Beacon has been part of our

communities for twenty-five

years! For a quarter-century,

the Beacon has served the

communities in SE Indiana

along with Harrison Ohio.

I am thrilled to say that I’ve

had the privilege of being

part of the Beacon team of

correspondents for 20 of

those years. My first column

appeared in November 1999.

I have had the opportunity to

share stories about my love of

cooking and to meet so many

folks as part of this adventure.

What a joy to be part of the

Beacon community!

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Beneficial Insects:

Nature’s Most

Valuable Players

Whether you’re a farmer

with hundreds of acres of

corn, or a gardener with a

small plot in the backyard,

we all benefit from beneficial

insects. Surprisingly, most

of the insects we see in our

gardens play an essential role

in the growth and development

of our crops. In today’s

article, I will discuss my

favorite beneficial insects and

include recommendations for

encouraging their presence.

The Heavy Hitters: Pollinators

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and

even wasps are just a few of

the many hardworking pollinators

who make gardening a

reality. Approximately eighty

percent of all flowering plants

(angiosperms) require some

pollination. Without pollinators,

many of the foods we

know and love would not exist.

The Assassins: Wheel Bugs

and Others

The most common example

of assassin bugs in our area

is wheel bugs. These marvelous

creatures live up to their

billing as they feed on harmful

insects, such as aphids,

leafhoppers, caterpillars, and

other small flying insects. All

of the aforementioned pests

can cause severe damage to

garden crops. Consider planting

native wildflowers such as

goldenrod to encourage their


Aphid Annihilators: Ladybugs

No exaggeration here,

native ladybugs are indeed

an aphid’s worst nightmare.

A single ladybug may consume

up to 5,000 aphids in

a lifetime! Encourage these

marvelous annihilators by

adding nectar-rich plants to

your garden.

Protection & Preservation

of Beneficial Insects

Be mindful of broad-spectrum

chemical applications.

If pest control is needed,

treat with targeted pesticides

when plants aren’t flowering

and at times when pollinators

are less likely to be active,

generally later in the evening

or early morning. Consider

providing ground cover,

leaving nests undisturbed and

watering regularly.

Beneficial insects are intricately

involved in the development

and maintenance of

our gardens. Without insects

to pollinate flowers, control

for pests, and break down garden

waste, no level of production

would be possible.

To learn more about managing

your garden from our

experts on campus, please

search “Purdue Consumer

Horticulture” on the internet.

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, feel

free to email me at hawley4@ You can also

reach my office at 812-926-

1189. We are located at 229

Main Street, Aurora, IN


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Perfect for Wedding Receptions,

Birthday Parties, Anniversaries,

Reunions, Holidays

Reasonable rates, nice atmosphere

Contact Art @ 812-623-2771 or visit

Next euchre party Oct. 13

Doors open 12 noon • Games begin at 1 • All are invited

Proudly serving our veterans and the community since WWII

Join us for fall FUN

in Ripley County!

Sept. 21 Bricktoberfest, Osgood

Sept. 25-29 Versailles Lions Club

Pumpkin Show

On the Square in Versailles

Sept. 27-29 Hassmer Fest

Mountain Bike Festival at Versailles State Park

Sept. 27-Oct. 25, Weekends

Vogt Farm Pumpkin Festival,


Sept. 28-29

Kiwanis 30th Annual Batesville Apple Festival

Oct. 4-5 Ertel Cellars Wine Festival

Oct. 4-27 Fear Factory, Batesville

For details, information on

MORE events, or for a brochure



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Lawrenceburg IN


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Page 12B THE BEACON October 2019

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October 2, 3, 4 & 5 – 2019

Celebrating Aurora’s 200 Years

STAGE ONE Schedule

Second & Bridgeway Street

Wednesday, October 2 nd

6:00 Welcome Announcements!

6:15 Greendale Bengal Beat

6:45 South Ripley Young Confederates Show Choir

7:15 Milan Indian Rhythm Show Choir

7:45 Introduction of the King & Queen Contestants

by Highpoint Health, St. Elizabeth, Ivy Tech, & Register Publications

8:45 South Dearborn Middle School Show Choir



South Dearborn Opening Knight Show Choir

Crowning of 2019 Farmers Fair King & Queen

Thursday, October 3 rd

6:00 Welcome Announcements! & War Veterans Presentation

6:45 Grand Marshal Presentation



Hearts of Faith

Triumphant Quartet

Friday, October 4 th

2:15 US Bank Pet Parade Sponsored by US Bank

2:30 US Bank Pet Parade Judging

6:15 British Invasion Experience

6:30 Circle City Sidewalk Stompers

(Also at 7:30 & 8:30 at random locations)

7:45 Advance Ticket Prize Giveaway

(Must be present to win)

8:30 The Van-Dells

Saturday, October 5 th

9:00 Roni’s Dance Studio

10:00 111th Farmers Fair Parade

12:00 Pie Eating Contest - Sponsored by Frisch’s Big Boy


2:00 Peddle Tractor Pulls (Co-sponsored by Haag Ford & First Financial Bank)

12:30 Circle City Sidewalk Stompers (Also at 2:00, 4:00, and 5:00 at random locations)

6:00 King & Queen Parents Introduction

6:15 The Skallywags

8:00 Lions Raffle Drawing

8:30 Mark Wills

STAGE TWO Schedule

Gabbard Park - River End of Second Street

Wednesday, October 2 nd

6:00 Steve Brooks & Bootleggers

8:00 Travis Bowlin

Thursday, October 3 rd

6:00 Welcome Announcements

6:00 Pappy & Ted’s Excellent

Unplugged Adventures

8:00 Lexy Dunn

Friday, October 4 th

2:30 Civista Bank Diaper Derby Registration

3:00 Civista Bank Diaper Derby

6:00 Casey Chapman

8:00 Warren Butler

Saturday, October 5 th


12:00 35th Indiana Pipes & Drums

12:30 Linda Rechtin School of Voice

1:30 DJ Adkins

2:30 Abbi Love

4:00 Bogus Hollow

6:30 Friendship Bank Chainsaw Wood Carving Auction

Wood Carving Tent

Stage Sponsors: City of Aurora, City of Lawrenceburg, Civista Bank,

Highpoint Health, Haag Ford, First Financial Bank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare,

and Stedman Machine






Saturday, October 5th - 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Park at the South Dearborn Schools Parking lot. Board one of the four shuttle buses to ride to the fair for free at 15-20 minute intervals.

For the parade Saturday morning, drop off is at US 50 near Stage One. After the parade, there are 4 convenient drop off and pick up points around the fair perimeter: Bridgeway &

Importing by the SEIOC parking lot, Importing & Main next to Aurora Utilities, Main & 3rd across from the Aurora Police Station, and 3rd & Bridgeway across from the US Post Office.

Thank you South Dearborn School Corp.


City of Aurora • City of Lawrenceburg • Civista Bank • Dearborn Community Foundation • Dearborn Country Club • Highpoint Health

Haag Ford • First Financial Bank • McDonalds • Register Publications • Stedman Machine • St. Elizabeth Healthcare


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