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The BEACON- Regional reach, Community Commitment.
December 2019 issue



Economic growth is the lifeblood

of a community. While many would

like to see things stay the same, rising

costs are a driving factor in the pursuit

of economic growth. The reality is that

economic development is needed to

cover costs, or taxes must go up.

The leaders in surrounding counties

are planning for infrastructure, which

would make the choice of economic

development possible. A connecting

road is proposed to run from Markland

Dam in Switzerland County to U.S. 50


in Dearborn County. The route of this

proposed road would include development

through Ohio County.

At a recent meeting of the Ohio

County Commissioners, the Indiana

Department of Transportation (IN-

DOT) discussed a possible route for

the new highway. INDOT has proposed

relinquishing ownership of state

highways to the county in return for

the state building SR 101. Similar proposals

are being considered in Switzerland

and Dearborn Counties.


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Counties and State Work Together on SR 101

During the meeting with the Ohio

County Commissioners, INDOT representative

Tony McClellan continually

stressed that the final route of the road

had not been determined. The goal is

to design the infrastructure while having

minimal impact on surrounding

residences. Design parameters include

lessening grades and straightening

curves with the new proposed route.

Each lane is slated to be twelve feet

wide with a two- to four-foot shoulder.

Continued on page 3A

Starting Young

Recycling made easier for all ages

in Dearborn County. Page 9A

On the Bright Side

Nancy Waples Condon dresses up

in October raising awareness for

Breast Cancer. Page 2B

Deal Me In

Aurora’s “Our Bridge Club”

(OBC) who have gathered since

1986. Page 6B





Permit No. 9714

Carly, Heidi, Brian, and Jenny Kane with their St. Bernards Huckleberry,

Opie, and Wilbur. (Photo by Lisa Crail)

Pet Blessings

Pets and their owners gathered

for a pet blessing day in honor

of St. Francis, the Patron Saint

of animals.

Owen Leiker was adamant that Nuncio

needed prayers from Father Meyer. (Photo

by Sarah Leiker)

By Maureen Stenger

The year two thousand and thirteen proved to be a tough

one for four area churches as the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

decided to close them. Lack of priestly vocations

and declining membership has resulted in the consolidation

of parishes not just in our area, but all over the country.

When the news that Dearborn County churches St. Joseph,

St. John the Baptist, St. Paul, and St. Martin were all to be

shut down, shock and sadness rattled parishioners as these

churches were an integral part of not only their towns but

their lives. The buildings that generations of families had

been baptized in, married in, shared their greatest joys and

sorrows in would shut their doors, and these small towns

would never be the same.

Needless to say, when Father Jonathan Meyer received

the phone call on February 14, 2014, from the secretary to

Archbishop Tobin (who is now Cardinal Tobin) that he was

assigned to our area, he was in for quite a challenge. At the

time, Father Meyer was the priest in Jennings County and

was deeply rooted in that community. He was the director

of youth ministry, and he coached cross country at Jennings

County High School. Leaving that community would be

difficult for him as well. But, as all priests know, you take

an oath of obedience, and you do what is asked of you with

Casey & Jessica Gilmour

and their Australian Shepherd.

(Photo by Lisa Crail)

St. Samson (“Sammy”) and

Mary Jean Wethington.

(Photo by Lisa Crail)

an open heart trusting in

God’s will.

Father Jonathan Meyer

graduated from Perry

Meridian High School in

Indianapolis in 1995. He

then attended two years of

college at The University

of Southern Indiana in

Evansville and then entered

into the seminary in

St. Paul, Minnesota. Father

Meyer arrived in March.

He spent his first three

months here assessing the

situation and listening to

parishioner concerns as

everyone tried to find ways

to deal with the devastating

news that their beloved

Stateline Road

Flagged for


The intersection of Stateline Road

and Georgetown Road has been

plagued with accidents for years. The

accident rate is expected to increase as

the population grows in the northern

portion of Dearborn County.

Traffic studies of the site indicated

that the “softening” of the S-curve

before and after the intersection would

allow for better traffic flow.

Federal funds have been earmarked

for the transportation enhancement

project. Twenty percent of the costs

will be paid by Dearborn County.

Because the remaining eighty percent

of the cost is federally funded, a

portion of the funds will flow through

the Indiana Department of Transportation

(INDOT) Local Public Agency

Program (LPA). Additionally, federal

funds will be handled by the Ohio-

Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of

Governments (OKI).

Several steps have to be taken during

the planning process for this project.

While the change in the location of the

road is slight, property acquisition was

required. The assessment of relocating

utilities was also addressed. The

relocation of water lines by Tri-Township

Water Corporation (TTWC) has

already begun. Upon completion, Duke

Energy Corporation and Southeastern

Indiana REMC will proceed with the

relocation of electric lines. The Sycamore

Gas Company will also play an

Continued on page 3A

Divine Intervention and Community Spirit

St. Joseph Campus in

St. Leon.

churches would be no more. The Archdiocese said that by

2017, the parishioners of the four historic churches had to

decide on one place of worship as they merged, one of the

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on the subject of his move to

Guilford many years ago. The

story Jim shared about his

new neighbor, Clyde Perfect,

coming to his rescue as an imminent

downpour threatened

acres of freshly baled hay, has

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the joy of farming, that means

the fertilizer pours out in a

pile on the ground rather than

spreading.) Not good.

I thought of my neighbor,

who might be able to help

me out. Not like he would be

busy doing his own chores

- feeding cattle, fixing fence

and equipment, etc. I went

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barn- no neighbor. I timidly

knocked on his door. Mind

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gentleman twice in my life.

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spread. When I offered to pay

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was, “No, that’s what

neighbors do.”

And that’s the answer to

the question of why we live

where we live. I only hope I

can pay his kindness forward

in the future.

One recent sunny day, I

was traveling down a side

road when I passed an apple

orchard. Two women were on

horseback purchasing apples

for their faithful four-legged

companions. Of course, I had

to stop and ask them all kinds

of questions! Hannah and

daughter Christy Holton had

ridden from their nearby farm

to enjoy the tasty treats. How

neat! (Let me clarify that they

were NOT on thoroughbreds.)

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Have you ever met someone

and immediately knew they

had a heart of gold? I had that

experience when I met Nick

and Judy Ullrich. Little did

I know that, years later, they

would become Heart of Gold


Nick Ullrich’s name first

started popping up to me when

I heard about his involvement

with Eagle Scouts. He

has dedicated much of his life

to helping over forty scouts

attain the honor of becoming

an Eagle Scout. As a leader

of Troop 637 in Aurora, Mr.

Ullrich has planned numerous

trips for the scouts, including

a trip to West Virginia for the

World Boy Scout Jamboree.

Not to mention that Nick

Ullrich served his country in

the United States Army, where

he served as a sergeant in

Vietnam, with the 196th and

199th Light Infantry Brigades.

Nick was awarded several

medals, including the Combat

Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze

Star, and Purple Heart. If you

ever have the opportunity to

hear Mr. Ullrich speak about

the military, take it. He delivers

quite a moving speech that

paints a vivid picture in the

mind of the listener.

Here’s a trivia question for

you. Name five times that you

have seen Nick Ullrich without

his high school sweetheart

Judy Ullrich. What a pair!

Dearborn Community

Foundation Heart of Gold

recipients Nick and Judy


They both seem to volunteer

in almost every facet of our


Judy is a retired second- and

third-grade teacher. Over her

thirty-three-year career, she

touched the lives of almost

nine hundred students! Mrs.

Ullrich served on the board

of the Dearborn Community

Foundation. She was also

on the grants committee for

South Dearborn Schools,

making a difference in the

quality of education the students

received. Today, Mrs.

Ullrich still volunteers with

the sixth-grade essay contest

for Aurora Main Street.

Judy Ullrich has devoted a

great deal of time to the preservation

of our community

historic sites, Veraestau and

Hillforest. Mrs. Ullrich is currently

president of the Hillforest

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has also been involved with

the historic library in Aurora.

The Ullrichs proudly served

on the LST-325 committee

that brought American History

to Aurora. They also helped

to compile information for a

book commemorating Aurora’s

Bicentennial. The couple

also volunteers with Aurora

Main Street for the Easter and

Christmas children’s programs.

Thank you to Nick and Judy

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an excellent place for

current and future generations.

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Stateline Road Project Scheduled

Continued from page 1A

integral part in the site preparation

by relocating gas lines.

Engineering plans for the

new section of road are specified

as two twelve-foot lanes,

each with paved shoulders

measuring three feet wide. A

passing blister is also planned

at Georgetown Road.

All bids for the traffic

enhancement project must

Community Crossings Funds Awarded

Over $3,843,278 in state

matching funds for local road

projects were awarded through

the Next Level Roads: Community

Crossings Initiative.

The purpose of the funds is

to elevate Indiana’s economic

competitiveness and quality of

life for all Hoosiers through

investment in transportation

infrastructure. Matching funds

by local governments range

from 50 percent for larger

communities or 25 percent for

smaller communities.

be submitted to INDOT by

the scheduled letting date of

November 14, 2019. Upon

selection of a construction

company, schedules for construction

phasing and traffic

restrictions will be made.

Construction is expected to

begin in the Spring of 2020

with the estimated completion

date of late fall in the same


Area communites receiving

matching funds are:

Dearborn County $999,884

Aurora $611,447

Greendale $610,794

Lawrenceburg $556,834

Brookville $216,860

Laurel $145,747

Milan $258,286

Osgood $737,849

Versailles $316,371

Applications for the next

round of funding are due to

INDOT in January, 2020.

Counties Plan for Development, SR 101 Construction

Continued from page 1A

The preliminary cost for this

project is estimated at $160-

170 million.

Ohio County Commissioners

feel that they have a

responsibility to ensure that

taking ownership of any new

roads such as part of SR 56

does not cause a financial

hardship for the county in the

future. Similar considerations

have been weighed by the

Dearborn County commissioners

and highway department

for a portion of SR

262. Switzerland County is

attempting to estimate their

responsibility for portions of

SR 250 and SR 156.

Typically projects of this

magnitude are considered

when a county sees a need

in its area and approaches

INDOT about helping them

correct the problem.

“This is the first time in my

career that I have seen the

state approach a county, much

less several counties, with a

proposal for such a project,”

stated Mr. McClellan.

The costs of slide repair and

bridge replacement are both

significant considerations for

the counties. The impact on

budgeting for maintenance

costs for these roads, including

mowing and snow removal,

must also be considered.

Rep. Randy Frye discussed

a proposal that would be costeffective

for the county while

benefitting traffic flow from

Cass Union to Rising Sun. SR

262 is proposed to be rebuilt

with ten-foot-wide lanes.

Under this proposal, Ohio

County would take responsibility

for a portion of SR 56

from Aberdeen to Rising Sun.

Discussions are scheduled to

be ongoing into January.

The route of the proposed

SR 101 would begin at

Markland Dam and go to East

Enterprise. It would then go

to Aberdeen and then to Cass

Union. At that point, the road

would cut across the valley to

Milton, and then into Dearborn

County. Considerations

would have to be made for

intersections at Hartford,

Downey Ridge, and Milton-

Bear Branch Roads.

Rep. Frye stressed that

funding for road projects

is available to communities

through the Community

Crossings Initiative. He urged

municipalities to take advantage

of this program and

strengthen their transportation

infrastructure. He commented

on the proposed project. “We

will see economic development

like I have never seen in

my lifetime.”

Dearborn County Commissioner

Jim Thatcher and Rick

Probst attended the meeting.

Both showed their willingness

to work together with

Ohio County on determining

the best course of action for

the proposed road. Commissioner

Thatcher, president of

the Dearborn County Commission,

stated’ “Ohio, Switzerland,

and Dearborn, must

each work out all the details

surrounding the new State

Road 101 proposal. However,

I believe alleviating truck

traffic on U.S. 50, especially

with the potential addition of

a fourth port in Lawrenceburg

and with a second phase that

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right direction for our region.

I feel this opportunity would

have a positive economic impact

from improved highway

access, expansion of existing

businesses, attraction of new

businesses, additional tourism,

and travel time savings

for everyone.”

Future plans are already

being discussed for another

section of SR 101 that would

connect U.S. 50 to I-74

through Dearborn and Ripley

counties. This project

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Continued from page 1A

four historic churches or a

newly built one. “It was very

clear to me that we can’t be

an institutional church; we

need actually to be the body

of Christ. The strong arm

mentality of this is what we’re

going to do doesn’t always

work,” explained Father

Meyer. In Jennings County,

he had been the pastor of St.

Joseph, St. Ann, and St. Mary.

He came from three separate

parishes, three parish councils,

three religious education

programs, and three youth

ministry programs. Father

Meyer knew that the parishes

would have to merge into one,

but did not understand why

they could not keep all of the

doors of the buildings open?

At the time, dedicated parishioners

were in the midst of

petitioning The Vatican in an

effort to keep their churches

open when Father decided to

take his idea to Archbishop

Tobin. The Archbishop encouraged

Father Meyer and

the parish council to write

a formal letter to convince

him to allow the congregation,

united as one parish, to

have four different buildings

to worship in. It was a joyous

day that summer when Father

Meyer was able to announce

at mass that indeed that idea

was approved and All Saints

was born, one parish with

four different campuses!

Once everything was official,

steps to help people heal were

taken, and the formation of

the culture of All Saints Parish


In November of that same

year, the first-ever Gobble

Wobble 5K took place. The

race was intentionally not

about the parish; it was about

giving back to the community

as one hundred percent of the

proceeds are donated to the

North Dearborn and Sunman

Food Pantries. After the first

race, Father Meyer recalled

how a parishioner thanked

him for organizing the first

All Saints Parish event. Father

The 2018 Gobble Wobble Team, who planned and coordinated the Annual Thanksgiving

Day 5K race. Through their hard work, they helped raise over $40,000, which all went to

the local food pantries.

Meyer explains, “That was a

moment for me as our pastor

that we are really coming

into our own and coming

into who God is calling us

to be.” As preparations are

now underway for the Sixth

Annual Gobble Wobble that

will be held on Thanksgiving

morning in the town of Dover,

it has now become the largest

5K in Dearborn County and

the fourth largest 5K in Indiana

on Thanksgiving! Last

year there were over thirteen

hundred participants, and over

forty thousand dollars was

raised! That’s pretty amazing,

especially for a little town that

doesn’t even have a zip code!

In August of 2015, Archbishop

Tobin came and

formally installed Father

Meyer as the pastor of All

Saints. From that moment on,

the “We Are One” philosophy

took off. In January of 2016,

under the guidance of Father

Maureen Stenger, Emily Alig, Samantha Hensley, and

Father Jonathan Meyer after one of the various mud races

they did together.

Meyer, renovations of each

church began. Restorations of

each campus were completed

in amazingly only six months

with the help of numerous

parishioners and community

members who spent countless

hours volunteering their time.

The signal was clear to everyone

that these buildings would

remain open as a lot of money

and time had been invested in

their upkeep.

On March 1, 2017, the Adoration

Chapel opened at the

St. John the Baptist Campus.

Its opening was a vision of

Father Meyer’s. The Chapel is

open three hundred sixty-five

days a year, with over three

hundred committed adorers,

and monthly mass is also celebrated

there. Father Meyer

celebrates mass at each campus

each weekend, along with

offering daily mass Monday

through Friday. The number

of altar servers during mass

is a sight to behold. Having

twenty servers or more

per mass is common. When

asked about this phenomenon,

Father Meyer says, “I call it

radical engagement, how do

you create a community that

attracts other people? How

Seventeen years ago, on

October 10, 2002, Father

Jonathan Meyer was ordained

as a Deacon.

do you create a culture that

people want to be a part of?”

Father Meyer believes the

tremendous impact he has on

the youth is due in part to the

other hat he wears as a track

and cross country coach for

East Central High School. Father

is an avid runner; coaching

enables him to share his

love for the sport while at the

same time, making a positive

impact on young athletes. He

elaborates on how so many

Continued on page 5A





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All Saints is United in Spirit and Through Generations

The Christmas Eve Mass celebration at All Saints Parish at the St. Joseph Campus.

Deacon Bob Decker, Seminarian Andrew Alig, and Father Jonathan Meyer guide the

numerous altar severs.

Father Jonathan Meyer is an avid runner; one of the many

races he participates in is The Annual Gobble Wobble 5K

in Dover on Thanksgiving Morning.

Father Meyer was featured

in an international campaign

for recruiting young

men to answer the call of


Continued from page 4A

people are looking to be a part

of something. The servers at

All Saints Parish are aware of

the huge impact they make;

their involvement, he says, “is

a game-changer, and they take

pride in that.”

Since Father Meyer has

become the pastor, the growth

of All Saints Parish has been

tremendous, masses are full,

and new parishioners are

joining from all over different

areas. His homilies are taped

by a volunteer each week

and uploaded to YouTube.

Many of his homilies have

gone viral, one he gave on

Catholic Answers to Protestant

Questions just had over

one hundred thousand views!

When asked about where the

inspiration for his homilies

stems from, Father Meyer

said he dedicates two hours

a day to sit in silence and

prayer, which is where he believes

his compassion and his

rejuvenation come from. I can

tell you from experience, you

won’t be bored listening to his


Every summer in June,


the Holidays

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family and friends.

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you are giving them the

slow, exciting anticipation of

a great evening out.

Father takes a group on a trip

to the Holy Land. There is

already a waiting list for the

upcoming event in 2020. The

Holy Land isn’t the only trip

taken; the youth of the parish

have the option to go on a

mission trip in the spring led

by Father Meyer. All Saints

Parish also sends the largest

group of people to World

Youth Day and the National

Catholic Youth Conference.

All Saints also hosts the

Annual E6 Catholic Men’s

Conference at East Central

High School, last year over

twelve hundred men were in


It certainly takes a lot of

energy to accomplish what

Father Meyer does, as someone

who has worked for him

for over four years, I can tell

you it’s genuine. We know

that Father Meyer won’t be

here forever, so I asked him

about the legacy he would

like to leave behind when

the day comes that he has to

move on. “When I look at All

Saints, I think the impossible

is possible. People define the

church, not buildings. The

people of All Saints were

willing to be open and believe

and be led by the spirit. What

we have accomplished is almost

a fairytale story.” Father

further elaborated on how

our best ability is availability

and how he has seen people’s

lives changed when they open


themselves up to prayer.

I remember the day when I

heard the news break on television

that the churches were

closing. I remember thinking

how sad that the church

in which I was married and

where all of my children were

baptized, would be no more. I

believe that the story of Father

Meyer and All Saints Parish

is one of hope. Through all of

the bumps and growing pains

along the way, the All Saints’

motto of “faithful teaching,

authentic worship, and compassionate

service” has come

to fruition thanks to a leader

who was not afraid to neither

think outside of the box nor

take the road less traveled.

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and rehabilitation of injuries

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addition to teaching injury


OrthoCincy physicians

provide event medical coverage

at select home events.

Highpoint Health and Ortho-

Cincy also will provide sports

physicals at the participating

schools in the spring.

School Medical Directors

are Ronald Auer, M.D., and

Brian Wissel, M.D., Orthopedic

Surgeons with Ortho-

Cincy. Roman Trimba, M.D.,

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon,

also joined the Lawrenceburg

OrthoCincy group in

September. James Hahn,

M.D., Pediatrician and Sports

Medicine Specialist with St.

Elizabeth Physicians, manages

the program’s student

athlete concussions. Edward

Brush, MSPT/ATC/L, Director

of Highpoint Health Rehabilitation

Services, administers

the program and provides

oversight; and Jennifer Bostic,

LAT/ATC, PTA, serves as

Highpoint Health’s Athletic

Trainer Coordinator.

This summer, the Highpoint

Health athletic trainer staff,

along with Dr. Auer, participated

in a joint exercise at Switzerland

County High School.

The training exercise focused

on the emergency removal of

gear from a football player

with a mock cervical injury in

Friendship State Bank’s

Kelli Simon, Amy Fryman,

and John Rumsey enjoy

celebrating with family and


addition to other sports related

emergency situations. Switzerland

County Emergency Medical

Services, Fire Department

and Police Department also

participated in the exercise.

Highpoint Health Physical

Therapy & Sports Medicine

has its primary location at

Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg,

with additional facilities

in Bright, Versailles and

Vevay. Clinical staff includes

physical therapists, physical

therapist assistants and athletic

trainers. For more information

on the school athletic trainer

program, please call Mr. Brush

at 812-537-8144.

OrthoCincy Orthopaedics &

Sports Medicine is the largest

independent orthopedic and

sports medicine practice in

Greater Cincinnati. The group

has thirteen locations in Indiana,

Kentucky and Ohio. For

more information, visit www.

Friendship State Bank

Celebrates Three

Decades in Dillsboro

The Friendship State Bank

and Friendship Insurance recently

celebrated thirty years

at their Dillsboro location.

Employees, directors, and

retired directors gathered to

say thank you to customers

and community members who

stopped by with congratulations

and warm wishes.

“It was great celebrating a

piece of our bank’s heritage

in this community as the

town was celebrating theirs,”

said Chris Meyer, CEO and


Friendship stories of

years past could be heard all

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The Dillsboro community

gathered and shared

“Friendship” stories of their

personal and family experiences

with the bank.

around. Some shared that they

started banking with Friendship

more than fifty years

ago when their only option

was to drive to Friendship,

IN. Others told stories that

their grandparents and parents

passed down to them about

their experiences with the

Lemon family.

The Friendship State Bank,

founded in 1912, took time

establishing roots before

branching out to surrounding

communities. Seventy-seven

years to be exact. Opening a

second bank location was a

topic of discussion among the

board of directors for years,

but it wasn’t until 1989 that

the first branch of The Friendship

State Bank was opened

in Dillsboro.

The bank’s beginning in

Dillsboro is not unlike the

story of its more current

branches. The locally-owned

bank in town had been sold

several times and was then

based out of Cincinnati. Local

businesses and individuals

requested Friendship open a

location in their town. Dillsboro

was close to “home,”

and Friendship already had a

strong customer base there.

Starting branch growth in

Dillsboro made sense.

Jim Lemon, currently

Chairman of the Board, got

the branch up and running as

Branch Manager and Lender

while Tracy Lemon, currently

Vice President and Versailles

Lender, completed his loan

officer training.

Not wanting to further

delay arrival, a prefabricated

building was brought in in

two pieces for the branch.

The building has since had

several updates and additions.

The most recent addition in

2014 included space for the

Friendship Insurance team,

which previously occupied

what is now the Dillsboro

Arts building.

“We believe that when our

customers thrive, our communities

thrive making them

better places for everyone to

live.” Mr. Meyer shared. “We

are eager to continue serving

and supporting the Dillsboro

community that welcomed us

so warmly thirty years ago.”

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Cincinnati State’s Respiratory Care Program boasts 100% job

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contact: Mike Chaney

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Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.

December 2019 THE BEACON Page 7A

Ashley Asche Receives DAISY Award

Brittany and AJ Waltz of Lawrenceburg (far right) are very

grateful that Ashley Asche, RN, Highpoint Health Emergency

Department Staff Nurse (center), recognized that Brittany

was very ill when her husband brought her to the Highpoint

Health Emergency Department. The couple thanked Mrs.

Asche by nominating her for a DAISY Award. Mrs. Asche was

presented the award at a celebration in her honor. Attending

the recognition celebration were members of the Waltz family

and hospital clinical staff (from left): Angela Scudder, RN,

MSN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer; Dawn Walcott, RN,

BSN, Director of Patient Care Services; April Poole, RN, BSN,

Emergency Department Unit Manager; and Richard Cardosi,

M.D., Facility Medical Director of the Emergency Department.

Front- Madison Shumate, Amelia Hartman, Maria Hartman,

Bradley Kolb, Isaac Hartman, Lloyd Darringer, and

John Kathman. Back- Adrien King, Madison McAdams,

Erica Kathman, Heath Doll, Jacob Kuhn, Alex Newport,

and Troy Shumate.

EC FFA “Gets in the Pit”

The East Central FFA

competed in the Area 1 Soils

Career Development Event.

EC’s top senior team placed

sixth. Their top junior team

placed fourth. The senior

team has the opportunity to

compete at state. Congratulations

to all of the members

who competed!

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

By Carol Lovins, MD,


Highpoint Health

Hot flashes. Mood swings.

Insomnia. Vaginal dryness.

These are just a few of the

symptoms experienced by

menopausal women. For some,

these symptoms are bothersome

but manageable. But for

others, it dramatically impacts

the quality of their lives. In

those instances, it’s beneficial

to talk to your doctor. There

Carol Lovins

are treatments


that can


Why do I

have these


A woman’s



the hormones estrogen and

progesterone. During menopause,

ovary function decreases,

which results in a

drop in these two hormones.

This biological change is

believed to cause many of

the symptoms of menopause.

For some women, hormone

replacement therapy (HRT)

is a safe and effective way to

treat menopause symptoms.

What is HRT?

HRT are medications containing

estrogen and sometimes

progesterone (if you

still have your uterus). Estrogen

helps ease symptoms like

hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Progesterone is added to

protect against uterine cancer.

These medications come in

many different forms, including

pills, patches, and creams.

Is HRT safe?

There’s a lot of misunderstanding

when it comes to

HRT. This is due in large part

to a clinical trial published

in 2002 that reported HRT

increased a woman’s risk for

breast cancer, heart disease, and

stroke. Understandably, women

stopped taking HRT, and doctors

stopped prescribing it.

A second look at the study

in 2012, by its initial investigators,

revealed it was flawed

in that it wasn’t a representative

sample of healthy women

just entering menopause.

In fact, the average age of

women in the study was 63.

And, many had underlying

health issues.

This second study reversed

its original recommendation.

It said HRT is safe for healthy

women younger than 60 or

within ten years of the onset

of menopause. Sadly, this

report didn’t receive nearly

as much publicity as the first

report, so much misinformation

still exists.

It’s important to note,

though, HRT isn’t safe for all

women. Especially for women

with a history of stroke,

blood clots, heart disease, and

estrogen-fueled breast cancer.

Bottom-line – only your doctor

can determine if HRT is

right for you.

Beware of custom-compounded


Many women believe

“natural” or “bioidentical”

hormones made by compounding

pharmacies are safer than

FDA-approved hormones.

Nothing could be further from

the truth. These formulations

haven’t been tested for safety,

quality, or effectiveness. And,

insurance plans don’t cover the

use of compounded hormones.

So not only is there no proof of

safety, but they’re also costly.

Don’t suffer in silence

If menopause symptoms

are taking a toll on your wellbeing,

make an appointment

with your doctor. He or she

will look at your individual

risks, benefits, and preferences

to determine if HRT is

appropriate for you.

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Page 8A THE BEACON December 2019

The American Legion- Serving Community and Country for a Century

By Katie Ulrich

This year marks the one

hundredth anniversary of

the American Legion. With

many Legion posts in the

area (including ones in Sunman,

St. Leon, Milan, New

Alsace, Aurora, Lawrenceburg,

Brookville, Moores Hill, Osgood,

Versailles, Harrison, and

Dillsboro), it is easy to overlook

them or take for granted

what they do for the community.

Back in March 1919, only

a few months after the end of

World War I, the first members

of the American Legion came

together in Paris. By May, the

organization was officially

named the American Legion,

and its preamble and constitution

were approved. It was

built on four pillars: Veteran

Affairs and Rehabilitation,

National Security, Americanism,

and Children and Youth.

In early November, before the

year was up, a vote was held

for the location of the Legion’s

national headquarters. Indianapolis

won over Washington

by thirty-eight votes and still

houses the headquarters today.

The American Legion’s primary

focus is on veterans and

the community. Only six years

after its creation, the American

Legion began a program

for the nation’s most patriotic

sport. The American Legion

Baseball program had a bit

of a rocky start, including

struggling through the Great

Depression, but it is thriving

today. American Legion Baseball

has teams in every state,

as well as Canada. Sixty-eight

members of the Baseball Hall

of Fame were previously part

of American Legion Baseball.

This year was the 93rd American

Legion Baseball World

Series, held in North Carolina.

The Legion also hosts an Oratorical

Contest for high school

students. According to the

American Legion’s information

about the contest, the program

presents contestants “with an

academic speaking challenge

that teaches important leadership

qualities, the history of

our nation’s laws, the ability

to think and speak clearly, and

an understanding of the duties,

responsibilities, rights, and

privileges of American citizenship.”

The national winner is

awarded a $20,000 scholarship,

while the second takes

The granite stone at the


home $17,000, and third wins

$15,000. This isn’t the only

scholarship opportunity the

Legion provides. The Legacy

Scholarship provides assistance

for children of post-9/11

veterans, and Eagle Scouts can

be nominated for the Eagle

Scout of the Year Scholarship.

High school juniors who

belong to the American Legion

state programs are eligible for

the Samsung American Legion

Scholarship, which was created

in 1996 in memory of veterans

who aided Korea in the battle

against communism.

Another way the American

Legion benefits the community

is through its National

Emergency Fund. This fund is

dedicated to helping Legion

Family members and posts

in the event of a disaster,

which has previously included

hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes,

and flooding. Since

the American Legion is a

non-profit, this has included

millions of dollars in aid that

went directly to those in need.

The memorial at the park in Moores Hill is located directly

across from the American Legion post.

The American Legion also

reaches out to veterans in

many ways. One such avenue

is through Operation Comfort

Warriors, through which the

Legion uses donations to help

supply wounded veterans with

comfort items and provide any

assistance they may need. The

Legion also works to assist

homeless veterans, through

the support of laws that would

provide healthy meals, housing,

rehabilitation, counseling,

and employment to veterans.

Additionally, the Legion has

a Homeless Veterans Task

Force that works to provide for

homeless or financially burdened

veterans on a local level.

Events can also be coordinated

at local posts for further aid and

prevention of homelessness.

In 1990, the Legion developed

a Family Support

Network as a service to men

and women deployed in the

Middle East. This continues

today, providing things such

Photos by

Katie Ulrich

as lawn care, baby-sitting, and

financial help for families of

deployed military members.

In 2002, the American Legion

created the “I Am Not a Number”

campaign. This campaign

allowed them to keep track

of and record the roadblocks

veterans faced in receiving assistance

from the Department

of Veteran Affairs.

Locally, the Legion posts

are very active. The American

Legion located in Sunman

houses a restaurant and bar.

Legions in the area also rent

their space as wedding venues,

have bingo nights, and sell

commemorative bricks as part

of their Veteran’s Memorial.

The Legion post in Milan has

hosted numerous benefits for

families dealing with medical

expenses and hosts an annual

Flag Retirement ceremony. In

New Alsace, the post hosts a

once-a-month Senior Citizen

Lunch. This November will be

their 49th annual Holiday Bazaar

and Turkey Dinner, which

includes baked goods, crafts,

raffles, and carryout meals. The

Moores Hill post has a park

that includes two shelters, a

playground, and a beautiful gazebo

that are directly across the

street from their Legion Hall.

Part of the Legion’s mission

statement says, “The

American Legion’s success

depends entirely on active

membership, participation, and

volunteerism. The organization

belongs to the people it serves

and the communities in which

it thrives.” To celebrate the

American Legion’s 100 years

of community and service, the

United States Mint has released

commemorative coins available

to the public for purchase.

The American Legion has been

growing and giving for the

last one hundred years and has

helped thousands of people

with their efforts.

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Friday, Nov. 29th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Sunday, Dec. 1st 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Black Friday Doorbuster Sales!

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Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.

December 2019 THE BEACON Page 9A

A Collaborative Effort to Recycle

By Stephanie Hoffmeier

Recently, the City of Greendale

won the Governor’s

Award for Environmental

Excellence from the Indiana

Department of Environmental

Management for its curbside

recycling program established

in 2018. By adding curbside

recycling, Greendale increased

its recycling efforts by

ten percent and diverted three

hundred seventy-four tons

of materials from the landfill.

The result is the perfect

example of what the Dearborn

County Recycling Center

(DCRC) wants to happen

throughout Dearborn County.

Programs like Greendale’s

contribute to decreasing the

amount of material put in

landfills, which environmental

organizations look at as

a diversion rate. At the end

of 2018, Dearborn County’s

diversion rate was approximately

10%. The national

average is 34%.

The DCRC recently released

a survey to try to gauge if

residents in Miller, Logan, and

Harrison Townships would

have an interest in the reinstatement

of curbside recycling

in those areas. Research has

shown that a significant factor

in recycling participation is

convenience. What could be

more convenient than curbside

pick-up? Once the DCRC

released the survey, several

people asked if the trailers

located throughout Dearborn

County would go away if

curbside recycling were offered.

People also wanted to

know if the employees at the

DCRC would lose their jobs if

curbside pick-up of recyclables

were provided. The answer to

both questions is no.

If you look closely at your

property tax bill, you will see a

line item with a small percentage

(0.0353%) allocated

toward “Solid Waste.” The

formal name for the DCRC

is the Dearborn County Solid

Waste Management District. In

fact, every county in Indiana

has a solid waste management

district. In 1990, the Indiana

General Assembly passed Public

Law 10-1990. This legislation

made sweeping changes

in the existing state solid waste

law, including creating solid

waste management districts.

The Dearborn County Solid

Waste Management District,

operating more familiarly as

the DCRC, was formed in

1993 to encourage and assist

residents and businesses within

the county to reduce, reuse, recycle

and properly dispose of

solid waste. The DCRC wants

people to recycle and reduce

waste going to landfills. Any

recycling or waste reduction

that is done benefits the county

and the DCRC as a whole.

The DCRC has more services

available to Dearborn

County residents than most

people realize. Besides having

24/7 drop-off trailers at

fourteen locations throughout

the county, the DCRC also has

a drive-thru located at 10700

Prospect Lane in Aurora.

Residents can drop off many

different types of items such

as fluorescent bulbs, motor oil,

old electronics, batteries, scrap

metal, televisions, freon appliances,

tires, and household

hazardous wastes (HHW).

HHW should not be thrown

in the regular trash, dumped

down the drain, or poured into

yards where they can harm

plants, animals, and the environment.

A staggering eightyto

eighty-five percent of HHW

collected are recycled in some

way. The DCRC Drive-Thru is

the only location in Dearborn

County accepting HHW. It is

open Monday-Friday, 9 A.M.-

4 P.M. and Wednesdays from 9

A.M.-6 P.M. Fees are charged

for televisions, tires, and Freon


The DCRC also has several

reuse programs that divert

materials from landfills. The

Costume Swap, a Halloween

program open to everyone,

saves money and reduces

waste by reusing costumes that

would otherwise be used only

once. The Creation Station,

the first reuse program of its

kind in southeastern Indiana, is

a clearinghouse for materials

that are made available to any

Dearborn County teacher or

not-for-profit educator. In the

spring, the Re-Prom program

is open to everyone and has

nearly nine hundred semiformal

and formal dresses

available to swap.

Another essential service

the DCRC offers is education.

Free educational programs

are provided to youth and


Gabe Aguilera, an enthusiastic

recycler in Greendale.

adults, schools, community

organizations, and individuals

on a variety of topics. Teaching

students about making

intelligent informed decisions

about how they can take care

of the environment will lead

to adults that reduce, reuse,

and recycle. Topics include

recycling, composting, waste

reduction, and pollution. The

DCRC usually has a booth at

community events like the 4-H

Fair, Halloween Sensation, and

the Bright Festival.

Even if curbside recycling

is offered in townships and

cities throughout Dearborn

County, the DCRC will still be

open to serve the community.

Curbside recycling haulers

cannot accept all the items that

the DCRC Drive-Thru can

take. This winter, when you

are cleaning out areas of your

home, think about the DCRC

before placing unwanted items

in the trash. If you are buying

new cell phones, tablets,

and video game systems at

Christmas, bring your old ones

to the Drive-Thru to recycle.

The DCRC is about more than

just recycling and is here to

stay to provide all the services

mentioned earlier to Dearborn

County. We welcome those

who support and look to increase

similar services.


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Sat, Dec 7th

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Ivy Tech Announces Volunteer

Firefighters Scholarship Program

The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and Ivy Tech

Community College have partnered to give volunteer first

responders the chance to earn a two-year degree, tuition free.

Jared Teaney, a Dillsboro volunteer firefighter who plans to

enroll using the scholarship, is shown with State Representative

Randy Frye who started the initiative. Also joining them is Dr.

Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College.


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A True Gift That Impacted the World

Editor’s Note- I first met

Karis Troyer and her father

quite by divine intervention.

Their story embraces all that

is our community- a smalltown

person having a vision

and tenacity that has literally

impacted the world. I would

like to thank Karis and her

father for sharing this incredible,

lifelong journey with us.

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By Karis Troyer, Brookville

In the 1970s, when hedonism

and free love were at

their peak, one girl attending

college in Indiana had a

different idea of what her life

was going to be. Patti married

Mark, and that’s where their

story begins- a young couple

with dreams of changing their

world in a big way. After their

graduation, marriage, and

training, they headed for a

remote Peruvian village on the

other side of the Andes Mountains

where no one spoke English

or had even seen a white

man. They left knowing two

words in the native language

and with the goal of learning

it well enough over years and

years of translating the Christian

Bible into a brand new

language- a Quechua dialect.

Before this trip, I had no idea

that Bible translation took

decades and that a huge team

of people was involved- with

Mark and Patti being one cog

in the translating machine.

Upon their arrival, they

immediately learned a local

legend of a “Pishtaco”- a very

tall, pale boogeyman. If you

have ever seen Mark, he is

very, very tall and very, very

white! The only reason that

the locals weren’t more terrified

of him was that he came

with his wife and small child,

and no one had ever heard

of a Pishtaco with a family!

After settling in, Patti told me

a little bit about those first

days and weeks. She carried

around a small notebook in

which to write words and

phrases with what she guessed

was the interpretation. She

would work with the ladies at

their daily chores and point

to something and then write

down the phonetic word that

one of the women would say.

The Quechua dialect that Patti

and Mark decided to work on




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Look closely to see the flow of the tourists toward the city gate in Macchu Picchu.

had no written language- so

it was more than just learning

the language or translating

it. They had the massive

responsibility of creating a

written language as well!

One of the first chores that

Patti was helping with was

laundry, and she asked about

the big wooden bins in which

the women were washing

the laundry. She was given a

word, so she wrote it down.

Later she asked about a tree

that they were cutting down

and was given the same word,

so she assumed that the word

was something like “wood” or

maybe the type of tree. Later

on again, she was asking

about something giant, blue

and plastic… and was given

the same word. She told Mark

that they were way off track,

but after working it out with

the Quechua speakers via

hand motions and gesturesthe

word was finally assigned

the English descriptive meaning-


I had met Patti and Mark

a few times in my childhood-

the reason for my brief

meshing with their story at

the completion of their dream

started before I was born.

My mom and Patti were

close friends in college- Patti

even stood with my parents

on their wedding day as a

bridesmaid. I heard about

Patti and Mark from birth- my

mom helped support their

ministry of Bible translation

every month and extra at the

holidays. I remember as a

child going with my mom to

the post office in July to send

presents that would hopefully

be delivered to Mark and

Patti and their children before

Christmas! We even received

gifts from Patti- toy llamas

made with llama or alpaca

fur, dolls dressed in Quechua

clothes, and flutes with which

to annoy my parents. What I

didn’t realize, and was only

told about later, was how

much of a contentious issue

the monthly bills sometimes

were for my parents. I was a

kid who grew up blithely and

happily unaware of anything

outside of my small circle of

care- bugs, bikes, Barbies.

But each month when bills

came due, and money was

balanced, my dad questioned

the faithful tithing of my

mom- we needed that money!

But her steadfast belief that,

“You can’t outgive God,” and

her absolute conviction in the

rightness of contributing to

Bible translation always won.

My mom and dad knew

for six or seven years that

the completion of the “mission”-

the full Old and New

Testament translation into

Quechua- was approaching

and had planned to fly to

Huaraz for the dedication.

When my mom died of cancer

in 2017, my dad continued

supporting Mark and Patti in

my mom’s honor but wasn’t

sure about making the trip

without her. After some backand-forth

about what to do,

the trip was planned with my

dad and me flying down for

the Bible dedication. South

America has always been

on my wanderlust radar, but

never in the top ten places that

I want to see. Usually, when I

plan a trip, I know the country,

customs, holidays, roads,

and people as well as I can

through time spent researching.

So the evening I booked

my flight to Peru, I spent time

getting to know the country,

but nothing prepared me for

the arrival! We landed in Lima

and spent one night before

boarding a morning doubledecker

bus that traveled eight

hours to take us to Huaraz,

which is the closest big city

to where Mark and Patti spent

their time working. The whole

Fine glacial silt is suspended

in the water of the

glacier lake, resulting in its

brilliant color.

bus ride, as tired as I was, I

couldn’t stop staring out of

the window! The city of Lima

itself was massive- much bigger

than I expected. It took us

more than an hour to make our

way outside of the city limits!

I didn’t realize that Lima is the

third-biggest desert city after

Cairo in Egypt and Karachi in

Pakistan! Once we were out of

the city, I saw the desert! The

whole western spine between

the Andes and the Pacific

Ocean is a vast sandy stretchfoggy

and surprisingly, full

of rows and rows and rows of

chicken houses!

Once we cut into the

interior of the country and

away from the coast, things

started getting green and more

mountainous- more like the

way I expected Peru to look.

We came over the tallest

pass- 13,871 feet above sea

level and the highest I have

been- and down into a valley

with a vista of snow-capped

peaks spread out around us in

the most beautiful 180-degree

panorama. The sun was setting

behind us, and I can still

see the view in my head. The

light was all golden and

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peachy with the best shades of

glacier blue and deep purple

at the tops of the mountains. It

took my breath away.

We settled in Huaraz and

spent the next several days

sightseeing the area from

sunup to well past sundown.

I’m an easy sell to love something,

and Huaraz stole my

heart. It was noisy and dirty,

and hundreds of dogs roamed,

but it was also friendly, open,

accessible, beautiful and gorgeously

old nestled at the base

of some of the tallest peaks

in the Andes. Most of the

buildings are fairly newish- a

massive earthquake nearly

leveled the town in 1970- but

the buildings were rebuilt in

the old way, just with a little

extra rebar for support! I could

go on and on about the town

and the people.

The Saturday after we

arrived was the Bible dedication,

and the experience was

so amazing. My dad and I

were floored by the emotional

outpouring- people who have

never been able to read the

Bible in their language were

brought to tears by finally having

access to the stories and

words. They whooped, they

hollered, they sang, they kissed

the faces of the Bible translation

team- they were crazy

excited, and their passion was

so genuine and raw. The entire

dedication ceremony was in

Quechua. Even though I didn’t

understand a word, the mood

was palpable, and the language

barrier didn’t matter. We were

all filled with an emotional and

spiritual high- it was a true joy.

What made it even more emotional

for me was missing my

mom every moment- this was

supposed to be her trip with

her friends to see the fruits of

her life’s contribution. It was a

bittersweet chapter in life since

Mom’s death, and I wished every

moment that she was there

with my dad instead of me. She

and Patti were so much alike,

though- getting a ton of momhugs

from her was so nice!

The rest of the trip was

amazing- glaciers, hikes

around glacier pools, a Peruvian

National Park, a Cuy

lunch prepared by a local

church, Huaraz’s central market,

Cusco, Macchu Picchu,

and so much fun time with my

dad. It was a trip of a lifetime

and ended up being so much

more than a check on a tourist

bucket list!

By Merrill Hutchinson

Have you ever seen someone

who is stuck trying to

solve a problem, and you knew

what the solution to the problem

is? You think to yourself,

“Come on, man, all you have

to do is...” The fact that the

person you are watching can’t

seem to see it drives you crazy.

I didn’t say the solution would

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The reality is that sometimes

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Whether we are talking

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poverty, drug abuse,

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The solution is right in front

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will look right back at you.

It is time to stop ignoring the

“elephant in the room.” We

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Counseling individuals on

how to be strong dads is a primary

area on which we focus

our efforts. We work hard to

shine the light on the necessity

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be the fathers they have been

called to be. Yes, the solution

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Being a strong dad takes sacrifice,

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the mission of fatherhood. It

means doing things that we

don’t always want to do. It

means giving time, money,

effort, and our hearts.

In an article Eleven Qualities

of a Christian Father, author

David Peach lists eleven

things a father needs to be or

do to positively impact his

family and future generations:

Love God - living for your

creator and recognizing that

you didn’t create yourself, but

were created with gifts for a

purpose to serve.

Love Others - demonstrate

love through your willingness

to sacrifice for others.

Be a Mentor - understand

your responsibility to coach,

teach, and lead.

Be Patient - learn to take a

deep breath and step away.

Be a Good Worker - show

your family what a good work

ethic is through your actions.

Be Self Controlled - understand

your emotions and keep

them appropriate and healthy.

Be Sober - avoid overuse of

drugs and alcohol.

Be Blameless - own your


Be Worthy of Respect - your

actions matter.

Not a Lover of Money -

understand the purpose and

value of money.

Understand and Practice

the Fruits of the Spirit - love,

joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,

and self-control.

How are you doing in these

areas? I know I struggle, but

that struggle is with my selfish

human nature and desires. Understanding

this is our first step

to growing as a strong dad.

If you are a father or plan

to be one, I challenge you to

take a good look at the men

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Emulate the ones who were

positive and challenged you to

be a great man. Learn from the

ones who tore you down, and

make a promise to yourself

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Make apologies and begin

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the man your family needs

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I challenge you to listen in

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Where Have My Penguin Cookies Gone

By Mary-Alice Helms

Does anyone else remember

those delicious Keebler

creations called “Penguin

Cookies”? Oh, my. Think of a

cookie sandwich, made of two

chocolate wafer cookies put together

with a creamy chocolate

fudge filling, then dipped in a

coating of smooth milk chocolate.

Talk about diet-breakers!

Of course, they are no longer

available. Keebler has discontinued

producing them. I tried

googling “Penguin cookies,”

and got some lovely pictures

of sugar cookies with penguins

on them, penguin-shaped

almond cookies, and penguin

mints. No Keebler’s Penguin

Cookies. They just don’t exist.

Another of my favorite

snacks was the cereal, Puffed

Rice. I used to eat it like popcorn—no

milk, no sugar. Unable

to find it in stores, I again

turned to my faithful computer.

The first listing was from eBay

and turned out to be a 2” x 3”

refrigerator magnet, designed

to look like a miniature Puffed

Rice box. Not at all what I

had in mind! This site also

advertised a “genuine 1950’s

Puffed Rice box”. It was just


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the empty box, shipped flat, for

$47.33! I quickly learned that

one can find almost anything

if price is no object! I did find

several food companies that

advertised puffed rice, with

prices ranging from $8.00 for a

1.5-ounce package to a dozen

6 oz packages for $33.48, or

$5.58 per ounce.

Another “lost” item that I

really wanted was Salt Sense,

a low-sodium product that I

have used for years. That, too,

I found online—at $11.75 for

three 10 ounce packages. Pricey,

yes, but it will take a long,

long time to use 30 ounces of

salt (I keep telling myself!).

My kids mention many

other foods from their childhood,

with great longing.

Things like “Whip and Chill”

and “Crispy Critters” and

“Alphabits” cereals. Those

two kinds of cereal could

provide entertainment as well

as good breakfasts. As for me,

I’ve been looking for “Raggedy

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and not the cling variety.

Of course, there are many

things, in addition to foods,

which have slipped away

from us with time. Kids no

longer play the games which

our kids played for hours in

the pre-electronic age. They

loved Green Ghost, Mystery

Date, and Shenanigans, along

with many other board games.

There were household items

we thought we had to have,

but which have disappeared

without a trace. Our niece, Nicole,

wanted a flour sifter as a

shower gift, but only the kind

that her grandmother had,

which featured a unique backand-forth

handle for sifting.

Her mother finally found one

for her in an antique store.

Maybe it is nostalgia, or

perhaps some things simply

were “better” to us when we

were young. One thing I’m

sure of: Nothing will ever

compare to a fresh- out- ofthe-

box Penguin cookie!


H ere

It’s been a long time for

this, so I’m a bit on the rusty

side. I haven’t written a newspaper

column since July of

2011. That’s when I left The

Harrison Press after being an

editor and columnist there for

the better part of twenty-five


Since it’s been a while,

I’ve decided to use this first

column to give you an idea

about who Ollie Roehm is.

Here goes.

I was born in Margaret

Mary Hospital in Batesville in

October of 1952. At the time,

my parents lived in a little

shotgun shack on SR 101

in Negangard’s Corner, just

outside of Sunman.

We eventually moved to a

house on Logan Road, now

known as North Dearborn

Road. I attended Bright Elementary

School, now known

as The Possum Saloon, from

the first grade into the fifth.

The family moved during

my fifth-grade year to the

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Indiana side of Carolina Trace

Road in Franklin County. I

went to Springfield School

out near Mt. Carmel through

seventh grade. In eighth

grade, they sent me to Whitewater

Township School, and I

graduated high school there in

1970. There were thirty-five

people in the class; a lot of

them were farm kids like me.

I just told you all that

growing-up stuff to prove

my Indiana bona fides. I’m

a born-and-raised Hoosier.

Some of my family still

resides near Milan, and I

grew up hearing tales of the

Indians’ 1954 state basketball

championship. My dad, aunt,

and uncle were sitting in the

Hinkle fieldhouse bleachers

when it happened.

I left Indiana in 1971 to attend

school at the University

of Cincinnati. After bouncing

around Cincy for a few years,

I found the love of my life

in 1974. We were married

in 1975 and, truth be told, I

said “I do” to three beauties

on that October afternoon.

Mary had two girls, ages five

and two. Six years later, we

welcomed our son into the


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stunk to high heaven, and

there were a wife and two

little girls to worry about. In

1981 I started getting paid to

play music, and that helped

make ends meet. More about

that later.

In 1987 I went to work at

The Harrison Press as an advertising

sales representative,

and by 1989 I was serving as

editor. You might think being

the editor of a small-town

newspaper would be a laidback

gig, maybe even boring.

You’d be wrong.

We gave our readers the

news about everyday stuff

like births, deaths, schools,

sports, city and township

government, etc. But it was

often a wild ride, as we covered

murders, rapes, robberies,

fires, drownings, plane

crashes, mayoral scandals,

police scandals, elections,

fraud, embezzlement, thefts,

tornadoes, floods, droughts

and so much more.

Our work resulted in eleven

National Newspaper Association

awards, including three

first-in-nation for my column,

“From Here.” We received

nineteen Ohio Newspaper

Association awards, which

included six first-in-state for

the column. I’m kind of proud

of all that.

Future Beacon columns will

focus on everyday observations,

humor, local people,

local history, music, the

adventures of a small-town

newspaperman, and whatever

else I can pull out of my old

brain and heart.

I thank Tamara Taylor and

the folks at The Beacon for

allowing me to get back in

the saddle. And I thank you,

saddle pal, for riding along

with me. Without you, there’s

not much point to any of this.

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hitting targets were heard at

Bright Elementary as faculty,

staff, parents, and community

volunteers participated in

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Schools Program (NASP ® )

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teacher at Bright, was

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benefits, including scholarship

opportunities. She was strongly

supported by Superintendent

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Dear Marie,

I have been divorced for

many years. All my kids are

grown and have families of

their own. My ex-husband

and I are often together with

our kids and grandkids. We

make the situation work.

When our children were

young and we were busy

raising them, we didn’t see

my ex husband’s parents

very often. I remember

his mom saying to him,

“You still have parents.”

My ex-husband’s parents

had only had two sons, so

when they left the nest, the

parents were alone. Their

health problems had somewhat

confined them to their

home. I took on the job of

making sure to keep them

in our lives. On weekends

we had his parents over to

spend the evening to keep

them connected to their son

and grandchildren. Now that

I am getting older and I am

the one who is alone, I can

better understand how my

mother-in-law felt.

I saw my oldest son this

past January and asked if

we could meet for lunch to

celebrate his birthday. I had

not seen him or his wife for

Christmas the month earlier.

They had declined to be with

the rest of the family because

all the kids are so noisy. My

son and his wife have no children,

so they opted to spend

the day with friends who have

no children. I am quite sure

his wife spent time with her

family that day; she would not

neglect them.

Christmas is around the

corner again. I’m not looking

forward to being shunned

by my oldest child again this

year. His three siblings were

also feeling hurt that their oldest

brother did not want to see

them. I have never used guilt

to get my kids to do anything.

Marie what do you think I

should do?

Linda in Brookville

Dear Linda,

I am so sorry to hear how

badly your son is treating his

mom, his dad and his siblings.

Christmas is a time of year

when we look forward to having

happy times with the ones

we love. We all assume that

everyone will get along and

be glad to see one another.

We have a fairy tale idea that

everything will be perfect!

In the real world, life is not

so perfect. When any of my

adult children choose not to

be with me or extended family,

I remind myself that they

are adults with many different

expectations and demands on

their time and energy. When

one of my “little chicks” is

not with the rest of us I am

hurt, but in the end, I know

that they are adults making

their own decisions with

which they will have to live.

Would you really want to tell

your son that you expect to

see him this year for Christmas

and that not showing up

is not acceptable? Would you

really want him to show up

out of guilt?

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From a Dog’s Point of View

By Iris and Tammy Turner

Hi, this is Iris again, coming

to you from the shelter.

It’s getting colder outside,

which is fine with me. I love

this time of the year most,

especially before the snow

starts to fly, brrrrr. We have

been told here at the shelter

that Christmas time will soon

be here, and we need to start

thinking about what we want

to ask Santa for. So while outside

during our playtime, we

all talked about it, and here is

our list.

Me, Iris – female, 6-yearold

shepherd/lab mix. I

want peanut butter kongs.

I absolutely love them. We

get one every day when the

staff goes home, and it is my

favorite thing in the whole

world. Love my peanut butter

(and it’s healthy for me

too, right?).

Speckles – male, 9-month

old pit mix. I want lots of

toys. Toys that squeak, toys

that rattle, stuffed toys, pull

toys, just lots of toys.

Monte – male, 3-year-old

Coonhound. I want lots of

room to run, and even better

would be some squirrels to


King – male, 1-year-old lab

mix. I want someone with

patience. I am scared, and

I know I have trust issues,

but if someone had patience

with me, I could learn to trust


Buddy – male, 6-year-old

lab mix. I don’t need much,

just a nice warm bed with

maybe a blanket or two, and a

spot at your feet.

Jane – female, 2-3-year-old

pit. I want a family with kids.

Kids who will run and play

with me and play tug-a-war,

we’ll have so much fun.

Rebella – female, 3-yearold

pit. Because I’m shy, I just

want a quiet place to lay in a

nice quiet home.

Moe – male, 3-year-old

American Bully. I want treats.

Treats in the morning, afternoon,

and night. I just have to

have my treats. I’ll do anything

for a treat.

Bruno – male, 4-year-old

lab/boxer. I want a big yard

that I can just run and run and

run some more.

Hallow – male, 1-year-old

lab mix. I want a ball. I want

to learn to fetch and take it

back to you. Maybe even

more that one ball.

Edgar – male, 6-month old

lab mix. I want a brother or

sister that I can run and play


Goliath – male, 3-year-old

American Bully. I just want a


family of my own. Someone

to love me and let me love

them. Someone who will care.

So that is our Christmas list.

Oh, I almost forgot- the cats

want some warm blankets and

toys and a cozy home also. If

you see Santa, tell him to stop

here at PAWS and pick up our

list, we have it all ready and

waiting for him.

Meanwhile, if you can fulfill

any of our items, or need

the unconditional love that

we have to give you, please

stop by PAWS. We all had fun

making our list to Santa, but

all we truly want is a home

and family for Christmas. Big

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four sessions of the rodeo. finals rodeo fan for years, I goodness MOORES for jugglers, HILL comedians,

magicians, and the like.



Happening In

bus in Las Vegas. My scooter

Since he was small, I reckoned

he might be a calf roper testants’ names from keeping My fat body By

recognized many of the con-

was unloaded, and we headed



just did not find

toward the arena. After making

our reservations for this

or in one of the less strenuous score sheets on them during pleasure from




those skinny

events. Still excited, I asked past Schmits finals: Ty Murray, Joe girls prancing around behind


Las Vegas National Rodeo

again, “Ray, do you think we

Beaver, Fred Whitman, and feathers and Community sequins... I had


Final’s RV Rally last March, I saw a rodeo cowboy?” Ray

the Community Etbauer brothers. I was enough shows. Correspondent However, Ray

Filter &

immediately rented a car and did not share my enthusiasm




to see my favorites in seemed to appreciate them.


my electric scooter. The rally over witnessing the ‘good

real life, not just by watching We enjoyed seeing the mountains,

Red Rock Canyon, and

offered us the opportunity to luck kiss’ and only shrugged.

TV. Although seated some


attend the rodeo. We chose We reached our seats in the

distance away, we had a TV Hoover Dam. A lunch cruise

Community Correspondents

monitor near. Everything was on Lake Mead was most


stay in a hotel rather than handicapped section.


I was


pleasant. hat's

drive our RV. Most of our thrilled to be there. Cowboys hat's

Happening In

Happening The rodeo In began with a Since we had the car and

friendly, likable group stayed surrounded us wearing stately

color guard of beautiful girls

in their impressive rigs. We hats, high-heeled boots, MANCHESTER

my scooter, GREENDALE

we took in other

What's Happening


presenting the flags on horses sights in our free time. We

were happy to be In in our the spacious


hotel room (our RV is like in the movies. Their By

gigantic belt buckles... just

who all looked like they had hit a wide variety By of buffets.

I was sorry Shirley

been stamped from the same

quite small), especially since shirts and jackets displayed Christina

to find that


p Franklin

pattern. The national anthem

it was unseasonably cold in colorful names of ranches,


one of my past favorites had

was sung. Honored guest, changed. Circus

Las Vegas.

small rodeos, or stock companies.

Many were tall and

Community Circus production

line buffet Correspondent is now like


Monty Community Robins, The Horse

I cruised at top speed Linda with

Whisperer, Correspondent was introduced.

Ray hustling beside me. Hall

any other buffet. In previous

slender, and like the cowboy

Then the crowd cheered as visits, I was always fascinated

As we neared the arena, we outside, had a beautiful girl one hundred twenty mounted

by the variety and number of


cowboys and cowgirls carrying

their state flags thundered Wtheir serving lines in so little

people they could get through


behind a lead horseman. The time. hat's

majority were from Texas, of We took Happening all the rodeo In

course. Excitement abounded extras. We RISING saw the world’s SUN

everywhere; the show was meanest bull, Bodacious, displayed

at one of the By casinos.


ready to begin.

Finding my kissed cowboy’s

black shirt was easy... looked calm and friendly, (Aylor)

The 1800-pound charbray Tracy

• For the wonderful Veterans that

number 16. The program gave but his cute little keeper Russell

have served our country

information on him: Mike, said she fed him every



• For ALL of the Freedoms we take

age 22, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and she wouldn’t dare Correspondent get

for granted…

145 pounds, and from Louisiana.

He was the number 2 for

the safety of riders, and

in with him. He was retired

• For Friends and Family that have

ranked bull rider! His 1998 his reputation drew quite a

showed support love and kindness in

earnings of $77,934 ranked crowd. Ray and a friendly

times of need.

him behind Ty Murray, the fellow had a hearty discussion

about bulls they had

rodeo favorite. I had seen a

real qualifier and a bull rider, in their farming days. Both

To God for the blessings

no less.

agreed Jersey bulls were the

Round by round went by meanest. I thought Bodacious

we have received.

until it was time for the best could wipe out any Jersey I

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had ever seen in one stomp.

In his lifetime, he had only

been ridden seven times when

he was young and had a slight

leg fracture. He did snort and

kick a little dirt to impress us

before we left.

One afternoon we went to

the stock sale where bucking

broncos, saddle broncos,

fighting bulls, and bucking

bulls were sold. Amateur

cowboys from high school

and college rodeo tried to

ride them as they showed

their bucking style. I could

picture my kissed cowboy as

a college boy. From the stock

show, we realized the scope of

rodeo entertainment from the

number of stock sellers and

rodeo buyers.

We toured the casinos. I will

only comment that I savored

every quarter I lost.

We shopped at the Western

Gift Show where five hundred

vendors pushed everything

from hats to horse trailers. I

got my t-shirt there that I now

wear proudly. I also managed

to get pictures of some of my

favorite rodeo cowboys who

were selling their posters,

videos, and other wares. No

surprise that most of them

looked rather beat-up after a

week of rodeo sessions.

The finale to our rally was

the last and tenth rodeo session

on Sunday. I was anxious

to see Mike, my kissed cowboy.

I sadly observed that he

had not ridden one bull. Nine

times he had been bucked off.

He was scheduled to ride Durango....

Then it was ten times

bucked off.

That kiss didn’t bring Mike

any luck. In fact, he would

finish with just the $77,934.

Last year, as a rookie, he

earned $105,293 and placed

fifth in the standings. These

finals brought no rides, no

scores, and no dollars.

And no girlfriend, I wondered.

I had a great time at the

rodeo rally.

Old Friends


The Old Friends and

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will be Thursday, Dec. 5.

Featured artists Ben and

Gerry Price will present

Christmas tunes playing the

dulcimer and other musical

instruments. The luncheon

begins at 11:30 in the Dearborn

Hills United Methodist

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Swimming Completes

Undefeated Season

The Sunman-Dearborn Middle

School girls’ and boys’

swim teams each completed

perfect seasons capped with

their eight consecutive Connersville

Invitational titles.

The girls’ By team had regularseason

dual Maxine victories over

Greendale Klump (122-50), South

Dearborn (97-59), Greendale

(114-58), Community and South Dearborn



The regular season meets

for boys’ team were as

follows: Greendale (140-5),

South Dearborn (93-63),

Greendale (133-25), and

South Dearborn (107-69).

The girls won the Connersville

Invitational with 383

points. The Trojan boys won

the Connersville Invitational

with 382 points, followed by

Richmond (257), Centerville

(237), Connersville (173), and

Greendale (29).

Multiple-event winners in

the invitational for the Trojans

were: Reagan Reany in the

200- and 500-freestyle, Riley

Reany in the 50-freestyle and

100-backstroke, and Henry

Strotman in the 100-breaststroke

and 200-individual

medley. Other winners were:

Ayden Ketchem (50-freestyle),

Brayden Burbrink (200-freestyle),

Andrew Strotman

(100-backstroke), Madison

Goodwin (100-breaststroke),

Adam Stephenson (500-freestyle),

and Bree Cleary (1-meter

springboard diving).

Aubree Popen, Riley

Shumate, Riley Reany, and

Reagan Reany won the girls’

200-freestyle relay. Ella Maxwell,

Riley Reany, Madison

Goodwin, and Reagan Reany

won the girls’ 400-freestyle

relay. Kyle Goodwin, Ayden

Ketchem, Henry Strotman,

and Isaac Quick won the

boys’ 200-medley relay.

Brayden Burbrink, Isaac

Quick, Adam Stephenson,

and Henry Strotman won the

boy’s 200-freestyle relay.

Adam Stephenson, Andrew

Strotman, Kyle Goodwin,

and Ayden Ketchem won the

boys’ 400-freestyle relay.

The Batesville boys’ cross

country team advanced to

the IHSAA semi-state with a

third-place team finish at regional

competition. (Photo

courtesy of Lisa Gausman)

EC Enjoys Perfect

Regular Season

East Central Football undoubtedly

has a tradition-rich

program having enjoyed two

state titles and two runner-up

performances in its school’s

history. However, not since

1994 has the program enjoyed

a perfect regular season.

That is exactly what young,

first-year head coach Jake

Meiners, a standout EC player

in his time and recent assistant

in the program, was able

to attain in his first year at the

helm of the Trojan program.

In addition, the Trojans ended

the regular season ranked as

the #1 team in 4A by the Associated

Press Media while

enjoying the #2 ranking in the

Coaches’ Poll.

Granted, the program does

not shy away from tough competition

year in and year out in

the scheduling of its non-conference

opponents, but it has

not been able to produce this

unblemished regular season

against the likes of Moeller,

Roncalli, Chatard, LaSalle,

and the often-tough Battle of

I-74 with Harrison that have

rotated into their schedule the

past twenty-five seasons.

This year’s campaign was

not without a few earlyseason

challenges. The

Trojans came out of the gate

with 30-12 victory at The Pit

in Lawrenceburg to begin

the season. The Tigers, who

ended up the season ranked

#8 in the Coaches’ Poll and #9

in the AP Poll, carry this loss

as their only regular-season

blemish on a fine regular season

as well.

The Trojans then eked out a

close overtime battle in Week

3 against Harrison with a field

goal by Sophie Browndyke

to take the win. After that, the

Trojans were able to enjoy a

fairly uncontested run through

the other southeastern Indiana

programs. The team outscored

its opponents 361-47 for the

duration of the regular season.

The Trojan offense attack

was led by running back Jake

Fike, who amassed 21 touchdowns

on 1262 yards on the

ground. Quarterback Ryan

Bond threw for 14 touchdowns

and 1138 yards in the

regular season while receivers

Mac Studer, David Badescu,

and Trevor Becker have been

primary targets.

The strong defensive unit

was led by Kole Viel (61),

Kyle Krummen (47), and

Nathan Griffin (44) in tackle

points. Tyson Keller (5.5) and

Gage Ertel (5) have been most

prolific at getting to the passer

with sacks, while Erik Perkins

and Devon Donawerth lead

the team in interceptions with

3 and 2, respectively.

The Trojans look to match

the 1994 undefeated state

championship squad as they

enter IHSAA Sectional play. In

fact, if they attain a state title,

they will have one more victory

than the 1994 team due to the

additional regular-season game

now played in the schedule.




Batesville Girls’ CC

Wins Regional Title

The Batesville High School

girls’ cross country team

captured the IHSAA Regional

title. The win marks the first

girls’ regional title in school

history. The Bulldog boys’

team also advanced to the

semi-state with a third-place

team finish along with several

individual runners.

In the girls’ race, Batesville

sophomore Lily Pinckley

came in second to Greensburg’s

Brenner Hanna while

setting a new school record of

19:02 in the 5K race. Despite

the girls’ team failing

to advance to the state finals,

Pinckley was also able to

secure an individual spot at

the state championships by

running a time of 19:13 at the

Shelbyville Semi-state.

In the regional championships,

Pinckley was followed

by teammates freshman Ava

Hanson in 4th in a time of

19:33, Maria Lopez finishing

9th in 20:14, freshman

Madison Rahschulte finishing

14th in 20:37, and freshman

Sophie Myers finishing 24th

in 21:10 to round out the team

score of 53 coming from all

sophomore and freshman runners.

Senior Liz Loichinger

(21:21) and junior Trysta

Vierling (21:31) rounded out

the team scoring in the meet.

Despite some injuries, Lisa

Gausman’s girls’ team has put

together one fine season. One

particular injury to senior Liz

Loichinger had kept her from


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running much of the season;

however, she was able to run

in the IHSAA competitions.

Despite the limited training

during nearly two months of

injury, Loichinger ran a 22:22

at sectional only to best her

time by over a minute a week

later at the regional in 21:21

and again take off even more

time at semi-state to finish her

career in the top five on her

team in her final race with a

time of 20:58.

The Lady Bulldogs were

impressive in the regional

championships by defeating

runner-up Center Grove, 53-

84. Individual runners from

other teams also were able

to advance to the semi-state

race, but none advanced to

the state finals. Individuals

advancing from the regional

were Lawrenceburg’s Hannah

Morgan in 12th overall

in (20:22); Rachel Campbell

in 19th in 20:49 and Emilee

Wedding in 26th in 21:13 of

East Central; Rachel Rohe in

29th in 21:20 of South Dearborn,

and Lauren Kelly in 7th

overall (20:14) and Katelyn

Meyer in 24th overall (21:34)

of Franklin County who

advanced from the IHSAA


The Bulldog boys’ team

was also able to garner a

semi-state berth with a thirdplace

finish at the regional.

Batesville was led by senior

Adam Moster in the regional

race who finished in 5th place

in a time of 16:15. Moster

also qualified individually for

the state finals by placing 16th

at the IHSAA Semi-state.

Moster was followed in the

regional race by sophomore

Ean Loichinger, who placed

9th in 16:34 and fellow senior

Josh Myers, who placed 14th

in a time of 16:49. Team

scorers were rounded out

by sophomores Ben Moster

in 23rd in 17:26 and Daren

Smith in 33rd, finishing in

17:47. Juniors Dillon Murray

(18:08) and Nathan Villani

(18:11) were the final two

runners for the team.

Other area runners who

competed at the regional level

and qualified for semi-state

were Oldenburg Academy

junior Tyler Kuntz, who was

13th in 16:46 and senior Dylan

Fledderman, who was 19th in

17:17, and East Central sophomore

Michael Schwebach who

was 22nd in 17:26.

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school’s first-ever IHSAA

regional title. Team members

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The Milan Middle School

girls’ cross country team

celebrate while holding the

traveling trophy marking

their victory in the Ripley

County Meet. The traveling

trophy had winner plates

dating back fifteen years,

but it has been longer than

that since they had captured

the title. Team members

in front are Emma

Voss and Elly Potts and in

back are Ava Honnert, Sarah

Lillis, and Trinity Reed.

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In honor of all veterans, a

BIG thank you as we remembered/honored

veterans on

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. As

a veteran myself, I salute the

men and women that have

proudly served our great

nation. My monthly veteran

salute goes to…

Norma Branigan- US

Navy 1979-1983

Julius Huffman- US Army


Lawrence Lytle- US Army


David (Didge) Smith- US

Navy 1958-1959

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Kroger store in Lawrenceburg

on Saturday, Nov. 9, in remembrance

of Veteran’s Day.

A big shout out to my sis

Nancy Waples Condon

and her effort in October

for Breast Cancer. A cancer

survivor herself, she dresses

up each Friday in October and

collects monies throughout

her plant (Meyer Tool) to

donate to breast cancer. Last

year she raised nearly $1000.

Thanks, and love to Nancy.

This month I would like to

recognize a great community

resource, the North Dearborn

Library branch. Something

can be found there for everyone,

from books to movies,

seminars, and research.

They take the time to offer

special selections throughout

the year. The staff’s willingness

to help is amazing…

each one is always cheerful

and smiling, and the smiles

are real because they enjoy

helping us. And in December

(right around the corner),

Santa visits our branch on

Dec. 14 from noon to 2 P.M.

before returning to the North


Pole to prepare his sleigh for

Christmas… HOHOHO. With

all that said… a BIG thank

you to- Lorrie, Peggy, Beth,

Anne, Paula, and Joan.

A few November birthdays,

I would like to recognize:

John Blasdel Sr. (91), Bert

Wagner (91), and Lawrence

Lytle (92). All are embracing

their 90’s like true gentlemen.

Happy Birthday guys!

I would also like to recognize

my triplet great-nephews

on their ‘sweet’ 16th – Avery,

Brenden, Cooper Jones.

Happy Birthday to “my buds.”

As we prepare to celebrate

Thanksgiving this month, I

would like to tell you a little

about the holiday. Thanksgiving

began around 1621 with

the pilgrims as they celebrated

the harvest festival. Thanksgiving

was recognized by

President George Washington

around 1789 and declared a

national holiday by President

Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

Today we celebrate with feast,

family, and football… remember

to take some time to thank

God for our country and all of

our blessings.

Since I am talking about

Thanksgiving, I want to

Nancy Waples Condon

raises awareness of breast

cancer throughout the

month of October.

remind you about the annual

Gobble Wobble. The 5K walk/

run is held annually by All

Saints Parish- St John, Dover

campus. It is held on Thanksgiving

morning at 9 A.M. and

benefits the North Dearborn

Food Pantry and Sunman

Food Pantry. You can Google

Gobble Wobble 5K and get

their website and even preregister.

Gob gob gobble…

turkey talk for ‘see ya there.’

Again, with Christmas right

around the corner, please

The Bright Lions took part

in the North Dearborn

School’s ‘trunk or treat’.

Lions handed out over five

hundred bags of candy.

What an awesome event

for the kids and parents.

look for the ‘giving trees’ at

various locations (churches,

libraries, and businesses.)

Please participate.

In closing…. “As we express

our gratitude, we must

never forget that the highest

appreciation is not to utter

words but to live by them.”

President John F. Kennedy

Happy Thanksgiving, and

remember, there is always

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dropoff at the POA office

Nov. 12-22. If you would like

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information, please contact

Deana Morris at 513-687-

6626. If you are unable to

drop off the shoeboxes during

this time, you can go to the

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number of 1,300 people ride

on the hayride this year. This

massive event is put on by

gracious volunteers, truck

drivers, those who donated

hay bales and decorated

homes, non-profit vendors,

and people scaring. The event

brings our amazing community

together. We rock! The

Children’s Committee’s next

event is Cookies with Santa

on Dec. 8. More details to follow

on FB or HVL email, or

you can contact me.

December Birthdays!

Maddie Airgood, Shawnee

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Paul, Tori Heinrich, Elizabeth

Isom, Alix Feiss, Deana

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A big thank you goes out

to everyone who helped to

make the St. Joseph American

Legion Oktoberfest a great

success. The weather was

perfect, making for a record

crowd in attendance. That is

the beautiful thing about our

town- all of the community

volunteers who pitch in to

help make an event like this

happen and successful!

The Franklin County

Antique Machinery Show in

Brookville had several local

first-time attendees: Kevin

Conn, Jimmy and Amy Allen,

Donna Smith, and Rita

and Rob Seig. They had a

great time and said they would

be back again next year!

Several residents participated

and won trophies in the tractor

pulls. Mark Sturwold won

first place in the 3500 class.

Don “Unser” Schuman

came in second place in the

5500. Harold Sturwold won

first place in the 4500. Other

participants were Lexi Wert,

Bridget Hoffman, Big Moose

Allen, Little Moose Allen,

Mary Schuman, Tim Hiltz,

Dave Bischoff, Don Huber,

Jessica Getz, Don “Putt”

Bischoff, Steven Hiltz, and



Randy Schuman. Thirtythree

tractors traveled down

the back roads between St.

Leon and Brookville for the

annual “tractor parade.”

Get well wishes go out to

Alvin and Annie Werner,

Frances Bischoff, Ted Herth,

and Rob Herth. Hope all of

you are feeling much better.

Ruth and Jake Stenger

recently celebrated their

65th Wedding Anniversary --

here’s to many more!!!

Bernita (Beanie) Weisbrodt

Andres, 93 years old, passed

on to her heavenly home on

October 12. Aunt Beanie was

married to Edgar for fiftythree

years before he passed

away in 2003. They were

blessed with seven children

Carol (Jim) Fox, Marie (Ray)

Gunter, Edgar Jr. (Connie)

Andres, Geralyn (Urban)

Brackman, Gerard (Tonia)

Andres, Gerise (David)

Short, Tina (Mike) DiMeglio,

twenty-six grandchildren and

twenty great-grandchildren.

Two people, in particular,

went above and beyond to

provide the care she needed

for the last several yearsdaughter,

Gerise, and granddaughter,

Alisha. Beanie

loved her Christmas tree so

much that her children kept it

up year-round and decorated

it for every season. Bernita

also loved being outside,

whether it was counting the

cars going by or watching

the bluebirds. She was a fan

of the Andy Griffith Show,

the Cincinnati Reds, and in


the last few years, became a

fan of pro wrestling on TV.

Bernita loved her sweets and

coffee, especially raspberry

donuts. Bernita was a former

member of St. Joseph American

Legion Auxiliary Unit

464 and a lifelong member of

St. Joseph Church.

Carl Haas, 95, of Southgate,

passed away Sept. 27

surrounded by family. He

was married to Jean for sixty

years before she passed. Carl

was proud of his dairy farm.

He played shortstop for the

Southgate baseball team and

still had his jersey hanging in

a place of honor in his house.

He was a lifelong member of

St. Joseph Church.

Carl will be dearly missed

by his children Stephen (Roberta)

Haas, Carla Sue (Paul)

Bischoff, Sharon (Sherry)

(Ed) Willhelm, Mary (Eddie)

Kesterson, Donald (Patricia),

Jan (Jeff) Schnitker, Emily

Rivers, Betty Jo (Michael)

Buckingham, fourteen grandchildren,

and seven greatgrandchildren.

Congratulations go out to

Kim and Barrett McClish on

the recent birth of their son

Milo James. He is welcomed

home by his big sister Rowan.

Proud grandparents are

Carol and Jim Fox.

December Birthdays– 1

Blain Werner, 2 Emma

Hoog, 3 my brother-in-law

Steve Kramer, Alex Wilhelm

and Erin Wilhelm, 4

my grandson Carter Barrett,

nephew Keegan Haag, niece

Franklin Co. Tractor Show first time attendees: Kevin

Conn, Jimmy Allen, Amy Allen, Donna Smith, Rita Seig

and Rob Seig. (Photo courtesy of Julie Baker)

Michelle Andres, Andrew

Deddens and Mary Jayne

Cull, 5 my lovely sister Karen

Fox (the “Big 60”), Sheila

Hoog and Emily Vonderheide,

6 Doris Baker and Ruth

Stenger, 7 my niece Chelsea

Whitt, Jennifer Schwegman,

Nolan Stenger, Tyler Wilgenbusch

and Linda Borgman,

8 Martha Schuman

and Chris Bader, 9 Terri

Gardner and Judy Stenger,

10 Jerry Bulach, 11 Claire

Stenger, Mary Schuman, and

Tristan Kamos, 13 Marlene

Werner and cousin Kasey

Andres, 14 Addy Prifogle,

and Carmen Fischer, 15

Darren Callahan, 16 Shelli

Bulach, 17 Betty Bruns, and

Becky Estridge, 18 Troy

Wilhelm, Mary Schuman,

Steve Stenger, and my

niece Dede Miller, 20 Ken

Schuman, and my son-in-law

Brad Inman, 24 Merrilynn

Hertel, Jerry Stenger, and

Janet Bischoff , 25 Shar

Bischoff , Marvin Schuman,

and Joey Ritzi, 26 Cornie

Hoffman, 28 Ryan Stenger,

Jenny Lindsey, and Putt

Bischoff, 30 Denise French.

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column


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

Hillforest Victorian Christmas Exhibit International Fair Trade Sale Lawrenceburg’s Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve at Perfect North Slopes

November 9-Jan 5 – Lawrenceburg Winter

Wonderland Ice Skating Rink Open - Ice Rink

is located at Todd Creech Park, 305 W. Tate Street,

Lawrenceburg. 12PM-9PM, Saturday November 9th.

Info: 812-537-4507 or

November 20-Dec 29 – A Victorian Christmas

Exhibit at Hillforest - Hillforest Victorian House

Museum, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. Open Tuesday

through Sunday, 1:00PM-5:00PM. Experience the

warmth and charm of the 163 year old Hillforest as

it is decorated for the Christmas Holidays. Info: 812

926-0087 or

November 29-Dec 21 – Dearborn Highlands

Arts Council-Arts Alive! Art Fair & Gift Bazaar -

Dearborn Highlands Arts Council Gallery, 331 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg, IN. A six week celebration

of Fine Arts and Crafts Vendors - pottery, painting,

artwear, candles, lotions and more. Closed Sunday &

Monday during the Art Fair & Gift Bazaar. Info: 812-

539-4251 or

November 30-Dec 1 – Winter Wonderland

in Lawrenceburg - Saturday is Small Business

Saturday and family activities begin with Breakfast

with Santa at Lawrenceburg Community Center.

The Winter Wonderland parade brings the arrival

of Santa and Mrs. Claus. The lighting of the city’s

Christmas tree will take place Sunday evening. 812-

537-4507 or

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Carnegie Hall

Open for Tours - Carnegie Hall, 14687 Main Street,

Moores Hill, Indiana. Open Sundays through mid

December. Last day this year is Dec. 15. Carnegie Hall

was built in 1907 and houses three museums. Info:

812-744-4015 or

December 1-22 – Miracle on Main Street in

Aurora - Enjoy one of the largest Dickens Villages

in the tri-state area, visits and breakfasts with

Santa, carolers, concerts, and more. Festivities begin

December 1 with the annual Christmas Tree lighting

and parade, 6PM, Second & Main Sts. Info: 812-926-

1100 or

December 1 & 5 – Veraestau Open for Tours

- 4696 Veraestau Lane, Aurora. Set on a bluff with

a sweeping view of the Ohio River and Kentucky

below. The original house was built in 1810 by early

settler Jesse Holman. Info: 812-926-0983 or www.

December 3, 5, 7 – Hillforest’s Return to

Downton Abbey Holiday Tea Time - 1:00PM at

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street,

Aurora. Tour Hillforest’s Victorian Christmas exhibit

and enjoy a “Downton” inspired three-course tea.

812-926-0087 or

December 5-7 – International Fair Trade Sale -

Agner Hall at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. Route

50, Lawrenceburg. 4PM-9PM, Thursday and Friday,

10AM-4PM, Saturday. Shop for handcrafted gifts

made by people from around the world who are

trying to break the cycle of poverty. Info: 812-290-

8028 or

December 5-8 – Greenbriar Shop - Christmas

in Indiana Open House - 19374 Collier Ridge

Road, Guilford, Indiana. 10am-6pm/ Thursday and

Friday. 10am-5pm/Saturday. 11am-5pm/Sunday.

Info: 812-497-8008 or

December 7 – Lawrenceburg Winter

Wonderland Pet Parade - 812-537-4507 or www. for complete schedule.

December 7, 14, 21 – Miracle on Main Street’s

Breakfast With Santa - Aurora Lions Club at

8:30AM & 10:30AM. Reservations beginning 9/11

at 812-926-2499. $7.00 per adult. Children are free.

Info: 812-926-1100 or

December 7 – The Velveteen Rabbit - Rivertown

Players - Presented at 11AM, 1:00PM and 3PM at

the Lawrenceburg Public Library, 150 Mary Street.

Free admission. Based on the British Children’s book

written by Margery Williams, the play chronicles

the story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real

through the love of his owner. Info: 812-539-4251 or

December 7 – Our Hometown Christmas in

Dillsboro - 10:00am - 5:00pm. Businesses will hold

holiday open houses. Lighting of the town’s old

fashioned lights, breakfast with Santa, Christmas

caroling, live Nativity and a craft and food bazaar.

Info: 812-432-9002 or

December 7 – Moores Hill Carnegie Hall

Winter Luminaria Walk - 5:30pm-8pm. Carnegie

Hall, 14687 Main Street, Moores Hill. The town of

Moores Hill and Carnegie Hall present this annual

Christmas event. Obtain a punch card and a map

of participating venues at the American Legion

Park. The lighting of the town Christmas tree occurs

at 5:30PM at the park. Carnegie Hall is open for

tours and additional venues are open for various

activities, such as visits from Santa, horse & carriage

rides, carolers, food and more. Luminaries will light

the sidewalks from the park and throughout the

town. Info: 812-744-4015 or


December 8 – Hillforest Victorian Christmas

Open House - 1-5pm, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora.

Bring the family to tour Hillforest’s Victorian

Christmas, featuring costumed docents, holiday

refreshments and periodic entertainment. Regular

admission charged. Info: 812-926-0087 or

December 14 – Mrs. Claus Saves the Day - TCT

on Tour - 11AM at North Dearborn Branch Library,

25969 Dole Road, West Harrison, Indiana. Free

admission. With traditional carols and a worldpremiere

script commissioned by The Children’s

Theatre of Cincinnati, this holiday musical is

about leadership, goodwill and teamwork. The

Lawrenceburg Public Library Classics Series is made

possible through the generosity of the Dearborn

Highlands Arts Council, Inc., with support fromthe

Lawrenceburg Public Library Services and Resources

Foundation. Info: 812-539-4251 or

December 14 – Sippin’ With Santa at Great

Crescent Brewery - 7-11pm. Great Crescent

Brewery, 315 Importing Street, Aurora. Sponsored

1-800-322-8198 or

by Main Street Aurora. Entertainment, cash bar,

appetizers, pictures with Santa. Prizes for ugly

sweater contest. $10.00, with proceeds going to

Crescent Brewery Park. Reservations required - 812-

926-1100 or


December 29 – Last Day to Tour Hillforest -

Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street,

Aurora. Open 1PM-5Pm. Reopens for the season on

April 1, 2020. 812-926-9987 or

December 31 – Aurora Main Street’s Dancing

on Main New Year’s Eve - 7:30PM-12:30AM,

Aurora Lions Club, 228 Second Street, Aurora.

Sponsored by Main Street Aurora. Reservations

and tickets are required in advance. $20.00 each.

Tickets sell quickly. Included are admission, dinner,

soft drinks, snacks and party favors. Doors open

at 7PM, dinner at 7:30PM and Denver Brandt and

the Wooden Wheels begin to play at 8:30PM.

Reservations & Info: 812-926-1100 or www.aurora.

December 31 - Perfect North Slopes New Year’s

Eve Celebration - 8PM-Midnight, December

31, Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Lane,

Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Activities for the evening

include a DJ in the ski lodge, party favors, torchlight

parade and fireworks show at Midnight. Open

for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing until

Midnight. Held annually, this is a popular event

for groups and families to welcome the New Year!

Admission charged to be on the snow, skiing,

snowboarding or tubing. Fireworks free to watch.

Info: 812-537-3754 or

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut Street • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025



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St. Louis Preschool was awarded a grant to transform its

indoor play area into an engaging playscape where preschool

students learn through movement and exploration.







Liberty Park officials

unveiled their new Gaga Ball

Pit in October. Originally

high school students voted on

an amenity they would like

to add to the community and

Gaga was selected. Gaga is a

fast-paced, high energy sport

played in an octagonal pit

that is a popular attraction for

local teenagers. High school

students, Adam Hollowell

and Callie Main presented

the proposal to Batesville

City Council and requested

the needed funding. Council

members agreed to allow

funds from the Belterra Community

Fund to be used for

the project to be built by the

Parks Department. Ultimately

the project was a partnership

between local high school

students, the Parks Department,

Mayor’s Office, and

Batesville Schools’ Resource


Hillenbrand and the

Batesville Community

Schools have partnered

to create a pilot program

focused on teaching students

about the principles

of sustainability adopted

by the United Nations. The

program focuses on themes

related to the reduction of

poverty and hunger, health

and well-being, and quality

education through reading

books aligned with those


Tory Flynn, Hillenbrand

director of communications,

noted, “Hillenbrand

recently signed the United

Nations Global Compact

and wanted to create

programming to localize

the principles of the global

goals, which are focused on

Joe Greiwe and has

daughter, Amy Weigel,

recently went on the Honors

Flight to Washington,

DC with eighty-eight other

veterans and their companions.

Joe, a Korean War

veteran, served in the Army.

developing strategies that

improve health and education,

reduce inequality and

spur economic growth. The

company is helping develop

the local programming

and has provided additional


Relive the magic of yesteryear

when locomotives

chugged through cities and

villages delivering goods, carrying

travelers and weaving

dreams of life on the rails as

we paused in awe of the train

cars, their passengers, cargo,

and their ever-welcoming

conductors. The Batesville

Area Historical Society is

bringing the choo-choos back

to life in one of its most interesting

exhibits. (See ad on

page 3A.)

That’s Sue’s news for now!

Krista Hutzel received

the Engineering/Technology

Educators of Indiana


Everywhere we turn, we

are surrounded by technology.

Computers, iPads and smart

phones have transformed the

way we live and it’s critical that

we help children prepare for careers

in information technology.

Congratulations to Krista

Hutzel, a Computer Science

teacher at East Central High

School, who is the recent

recipient of the Engineering/

Technology Educators of

Indiana (E/TEI) Award. Krista

was nominated by East Central’s

principal, Tom Black.

Krista is in her fourteenth

year of teaching and teaches

Computer Science I and II,

Web Design, and College

Careers. In addition, she runs

“The Drop Zone,” a technical

support class where students

diagnose and fix computer

issues for fellow classmates.

Krista has been instrumental

in transforming the computer

science program. Thank you,

Krista, for your dedication!

Our condolences to the family

of Danny Dall, who passed

away on Sept. 30. Danny

loved animals, especially

dogs, and playing cards. He

was an avid fan of the Cincinnati

Reds and Indiana University,

often sporting red to

cheer on both teams. He had

a great sense of humor and

often cracked jokes with his

caregivers. Although Danny

had many challenges, he had

a big heart and will be greatly

missed by many, including his

mother Betty Dall; siblings

Roger (Marcia) Dall; Tim

(Connie) Dall; and Bonnie

McCoy; nieces and nephews

Christopher, Brandon, Nathan,

Natalie, Alexandra, and

Jack; and his special caregivers,

his aunt and uncle Jerry

and Barbara Grace.

The North Dearborn American

Legion is hosting their

monthly euchre tournament

on December 1. Doors open

at noon and games begin at 1

p.m. The entry fee is $5 per

person with cash payouts to

the four highest scores. Refreshments

are available for

purchase. Call 812.623.3695

for more information.

If you have news in the New

Alsace area you’d like me to

share, please contact me at new

10th Annual


December 2019 THE BEACON Page 5B







Congratulations to Oldenburg

Academy’s Cross

Country Stars. Some of the

nation’s best cross country

teams descended upon Terre

Haute for the John McNichols

Invitational. On the men’s

side, two hundred sixty-nine

runners competed in the 8K

race. OA alumni Curt Eckstein

’17 (Purdue) and Ian

Dickey ’18 (Wabash) were

thrilled to run together again.

Eckstein finished in the top

ten. Once a Twister, always a


In other news … OA’s

Cross Country team excelled

at a regional competition in

October. Tyler Kuntz ’21

finished (14th), and Dylan

Fledderman ’20 finished

(20th), earning a coveted spot

to compete at the semi-state

competition. The team placed

sixth overall, missing moving

on as a team to semi-state by

one place.

Sarah Price ’20 obtained

her personal goal of running

a sub 24 on the challenging

rolling course with a time of

23:58. Congratulations to all!

Are those Jingle Bells that

I hear?

Oldenburg’s village people

barely finished folding the

tents and tucking away their

lederhosen following their

annual Freudenfest when the








A new two-mile section of

the Whitewater Canal Trail

(WCT) has been completed. It

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OA’s Sarah Price



Ian Dickey

sound of jingling bells can be

heard as residents ready the

‘Burg for the holidays.

Just as the villagers come

together to host its Freudenfest,

most are also involved in

Oldenburg’s winter festivities

welcoming visitors from far

and near. Merchants, restaurant

owners, clergy, Sisters, and residents

combine efforts to entertain

and spread some Christmas

cheer – Oldenburg style.

Most of the village’s roads

have been resurfaced; bakers

are preparing their ingredients;

merchants are stocking

shelves; runners are practicing

for the Jingle Bell Run;

and locals are gathering to

rehearse for the production

of the Boars Head Festival.

When it “takes a village” to

accomplish a great task …

you can count on the village

people of Oldenburg!

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!

starts at the parking lot on US

Highway 52 west of Metamora

and across from Pennington

Pike. The trail is level and

wide enough for several people

walking or bicycling side

by side. Construction done

mostly by volunteers included

dredging the canal, building a

footbridge, and clearing trees.

Be sure to read Karis’ story

of a recent personal journey

on pages 10A and 11A in this

issue of The BEACON.








Fall is definitely upon us

with the change of leaves

and temperature. This time of

year is beautiful with the fall

colors, but that also means

winter is right behind along

with cold and snow. I am not

as fond of winter as I used to

be, but I would have to move

south to escape that. It’s not

likely that’s going to happen.

Chad Gutzwiller was

recently appointed to the

Ivy Tech Board of Trustees.

Chad brings fifteen years of

experience in education to

the board. I know most of

you already know Chad, but

if you don’t and you come to

All Saints Parish for services,

you will see him tickling the

ivories both on the piano and

the church organ. He is very

musically oriented and also

directs our choir on occasion.

Chad teaches middle school at

Franklin County. He attended

East Central High School

and earned his Bachelor of

Science and Master of Arts

in Secondary Education from

Ball State University. Great

accomplishments by a great

guy. Congratulations Chad!

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graduate of East Central,

participated in Age Group

Nationals for the second year

in a row. She was able to

achieve her long term triathlon

goal, placing twelfth

in the Olympic distance and

fourth in the sprint distance

for the 30-35 age group. She

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Lindsey! Great Job.

Our Condolences to the

family of Richard Gaynor

who passed away recently.

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five children: Linda Hissett

of Cincinnati, Debbie Littiken

of St Leon, Mary Jo

(Dan) Calhoun of Penntown,

Gary (Beth) Gaynor of

Dover, and Kenny (Connie)

Gaynor of Dover. He leaves

behind fifteen grandchildren,

ten great-grandchildren, and

one on the way. After retiring

from Thatcher Glass in

1955, Richard created his

own company and named it

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This past month started with

a well-attended walking tour

of downtown Aurora architecture.

One of the favorites

was 425 Third St. “Back

in the day,” it was home to

Marsh’s bowling alley and

their FABULOUS chili! It

was six lanes of fun-filled

bowling where the pins had

to be manually set. Many

reminisced that they were one

of those pinsetters.

We saw Sutton’s Hatchery,

where I remember getting

chicks at Easter time. A

plethora of family grocery

stores used to be downtown

with Teany’s, Lachenmann’s,

and Jacobson’s, just to name

a few. Gambles used to be

the old Kroger Store. We saw

the mural in the Post Office,

a hidden gem. We get so busy

in our rushing, do we take

time to savor our surroundings,

smell the roses, or sit

with a friend?

The Aurora class of 1959

took the time to visit with

each other as they celebrated

their sixty-year reunion. Roy

Lambert told about the history

of the Aurora schools as

they looked through old pictures.

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Aurora class of 1959 Front: Cary Eichel, Jerry Jacobsen, Carol Sue Chapman, Donna

Clark, Judy Luke, June Ramey, Bonnie Nocks, Nancy Tibbetts, Melinda Edgerton. Back:

Jerry Kinder, Margaret Vogel, Phee Ellinghausen, Annis Luke, Bill Rahe, Carolyn Titkemeyer,

Barbara Severin, Frank McMullen, Joan Gindling, Carl Lykins, Ken Greive, Tish

Stiegler, Janet Petty, Harla Lyle, David Kemper, Emma Seals. Not shown here, but attending

Friday evening was Margie Stephens. (Photo courtesy of Phee Ellinghausen)

Steve Kittle with Colton and

Emma with a 1928 Farmall

tractor at the Farmers Fair


“Our Bridge Club” (OBC) in the parade at Farmers Fair.

Friday for lunch since 2006.

They also gather every Labor

Day weekend for a cookout.

Aurora Farmers Fair was a

celebration of friends, family,

kings, queens, princes,

and princesses. Veterans Pat

Ferrari, Bill Parks, Selbert

“Seb” Walston, Dave Teke,

Mike Lafollette, and Gerald

“Bush” White were honored

with flags from Rep. Randy

Frye and quilts of Valor from

the Rivertown Quilters.

Saturday morning was PER-

FECT weather for the 111th

annual Farmers Fair parade.

Grand Marshals included

Aurora mayor Donnie Hastings

Jr. and former mayors

J.D. Largent, Robert Cheek,

John Borgman, and Richard


I visited with a group of ladies

from “Our Bridge Club”

(OBC) which has been gathering

since 1986. They not only

get together to play cards, but

they travel to various places

every summer. I also saw

Steve Kittle’s 1928 Farmall

tractor that was originally

owned by his grandfather. It

has been to the Indiana State

Fair, the Indianapolis 500 Parade,

and the Aurora Farmers

Fair since 1978.

Pastor Pete Bryk of the

Aurora Churches Association

presented Mayor Donnie

Hastings Jr. with a Bible as

an expression of gratitude for

his sixteen years of service as

mayor and additional years

as a councilman. Pastor Bryk

said, “I believe Mayor Hastings

has very graciously

found a balance of allowing

individuals the freedom of

personal expressions of faith

and utilizing the community

of faith for the benefit of all

its residents.”

The Aurora garden club

held its third annual Fall in

Love with Aurora event.

Winners of the decorating

contest include Bonnie Cunningham,

The Sedler Family,

The Jarvis Family, The

Hollander Family, Suprena

McAtee / Charlotte McDaniel,

and Bonnie Cunningham


display around her ENTIRE

house and yard. The Hollander

family’s scarecrow was seen

riding a bike down George

Street (aka Scarecrow Alley)

We found ourselves on another

walking tour of Aurora.

We had the opportunity to

see not only the exteriors of

Aurora architectural gems

but also the interiors! Two

of the residences had prior

non-residential use--one being

the home of Ben and Nancy

Turner on Mechanic St.

which was the office of Doctor

Lindgren in times gone by.

Another is the home of Leisa

Burns and Bobby Carter on

Judiciary St. which used to be

a livery.

Congratulations to our

South Dearborn Girls’ Soccer

team. Going into their regional

games, they were ranked

tenth. The Lady Knights won

their regional title. Bobbie

Rudisell, grandmother of

Haley Rudisell, couldn’t wait

to share the news.

Visit all participating businesses and be

entered into a drawing for a gift basket.

Visit Main Street Aurora’s Facebook page for a list of participating

businesses or call 812.926.1100 for more information.

Shop Small Before You Shop Big!

Shop Historic Downtown Aurora!

Entry forms can be picked up at any

participating business during the event.


before you


Miracle on Main Street

“Experience the Miracle”

Sunday, December 1st


Lighted Christmas Parade

Arrival of Santa

Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday & Sunday December 7th - 22nd

1:00 - 5:00PM

Breakfast with Santa (Reservations required)

Dickens Village & Toy Display


Visits & photos with Santa

Pet Parade

Live Reindeer

Train rides

Much more

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Since becoming a Community

Correspondent for

Yorkville/Guilford, I’ve had

the pleasure of receiving

many intriguing stories about

the history and residents of

the towns. As a bit of a history

buff, I’m always interested

in learning more about our

community and was fortunate

enough to receive some interesting

facts about Guilford.

The town of Guilford was

laid out by three brothers –

Josiah, Allen, and Charles

Campbell in 1850 (Josiah

is buried in the York Ridge

Jean Pere Nadieul, Pastors Olius Merilus, Jean Francois

Vivil and Robinson Louis.

Widjina, sponsored by Logan

resident Phyllis Barker,

and Harry Lyness.

We had the great fortune

to have a visit from a group

of men from Haiti. They are

from a mission group called

Hearts and Hands for Haiti.

Harry and Barb Lyness and

Leon and Becky Kersey

kindly provided accommodations

for their stay here

in Logan. Many members

at Dearborn Hills UMC

sponsor children who live

and study at this children’s

home and school, which we

have helped build over the

past thirty-plus years. The

goal of HHH is to “Support

the dignity of the Haitian

people by empowering them

to be self-sufficient based

on Christ-centered principles.”

The children get an

education as well as learning

skills and trades. They

graduate after grade thirteen.

We were concerned that

they would not be able to get

out of the country of Haiti.

The fact that they even made

it to Logan was quite a feat.

You see, violent protests and

widespread civil unrest have

been taking place in Haiti

since September 2, 2019,

due to ongoing political

instability. In addition, the

country is experiencing water,

food, and fuel shortages.

Many businesses and banks

are closed. Demonstrators

are burning tires and building

barricades in the streets

to disrupt traffic. Flights in

and out of Port-au-Prince

are limited. In some cases,

people are restricted from

traveling, except for going

to and from work. The

schools are officially closed.

I say “officially” because

children are going to school

anyway. They wear their

regular clothes instead of

their uniforms so that they

are not recognized as school


So we were happy to have

them arrive safely in the US.

On the Sunday of their

visit to Dearborn Hills, the

men sang and gave presentations

about the schools and

churches they each serve.

None of this would have

been possible without the

assistance of Stan Wiebe,

Cemetery featured in last

month’s article). Additions to

the town were added in 1859

and again in 1870. After it

was established, Guilford became

a thriving railroad town

comprised of two townships

– Miller and York (hence the

name of the Miller-York Volunteer

Fire Department). In

1852, lot number one became

the lot for the Guilford Methodist

Church. The church

was erected in 1855 and still

stands today, although it’s no

longer in use.

The Guilford Covered

Bridge was built in 1879 by

A.M. Kennedy and was used

until the early 1960s as the

only way to cross the creek to

Guilford. It was later moved

to its current location at the

Guilford Covered Bridge

Park. I am fond of covered

bridges and was devastated

when arsonists burned it in

the late 1990s. Luckily, the

bridge was rebuilt and is the

One of the churches Hearts

and Hands supports in Haiti

Jean Pere Nadieul and

Harry Lyness (on the board

of HHH)

who is the director of the

board at HHH and acted as

the interpreter translating

Creole to English. Stan lives

in Raleigh, NC, and travels

with the Haitians from HHH

who come to the US.

At the end of the service, a

free-will offering was taken

for the visitor’s expenses

and to further their work in

Haiti. $9,200 was collected.

Safe travels home.

last covered bridge in Dearborn


Many small towns had a

post office, and Guilford and

Yorkville were no exceptions.

The Miller post office

was established in 1835

and is the same post office

that serves the residents of

Guilford and surrounding

areas today. Before becoming

a post office, the building

was a general store owned by

Samuel Houston. Yorkville

had a post office until May

1955 when it was closed and

consolidated with Guilford.

Carl Buchanan Sr. was appointed

the Guilford postmaster

on August 24, 1924,

and served in that role until

March 7, 1963.

I hope you enjoyed learning

a little bit of history about

Guilford! If you have news

in the Yorkville/Guilford area

you’d like me to share, please

contact me at yorkville@

Harrison Acceptance Week







Happy Fall, Ya’ll! I’m Elizabeth

Janszen, and I am thrilled

to be writing for you as the

Harrison, Ohio Correspondent!

I’m a mom, a wife, and

a serial entrepreneur. I grew

up in Harrison and graduated

from Harrison High School in

1997. My husband and I live

here with our three children,

William, Callie, and Chloe. I

have so much to tell you about

our little town this month!

In October, Harrison High

School wrapped up Acceptance

Week, which was a

HUGE success. Created as

a DECA project by Harrison

student Raileigh Legner,

it’s turned into a huge production

bringing the whole

town together to support our

special needs friends. Kicking

off with a fashion show and

ending with a yellow balloon

sendoff at the Friday night

football game, Acceptance

Week has become a Harrison

tradition that will continue

long after Ms. Legner has


If you’ve been near any of

the schools lately, you’ve seen

the construction started for the

new buildings. This is such an

exciting time for the community!

The groundbreaking for

three new elementary schools,

as well as a new middle

school, took place on Aug.

23. The projects are set to be

completed and ready to go by

the fall of August 2021!

The holidays are right

around the corner, and Harrison

is gearing up for some

extra special fun! The Annual

Harrison Christmas Parade will

have “The Christmas Story”

Theme, and it starts at 5 pm!

Bring the kids down for some

ice skating, free hot chocolate

and cookies! The tree lighting

will be at 7:15 pm. We hope to

see everyone there!

As we roll into the holiday

season, I’d like to remind

everyone about the pantry on

Kilby Road. Let’s take care of

our community by donating

our extra non-perishable food

items to those less fortunate.

Do you have news about

Harrison that you would

like to share with Beacon

readders? Please email me at



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Many of us think of a delicious

spread of food when we

think of Thanksgiving. I could

just skip the turkey and jump

to dessert – rich chocolate

pie is my favorite! Thanksgiving

is also a time to think

about giving. What can we do

for others, and what are we

thankful for? A local church,

Manchester Community

United Methodist, has been

addressing the topic of giving

for over fifteen years. Pastor

Duane Loos started a food

pantry to serve the residents

of Manchester. Pastor Loos

passed four years ago, but his

legacy lives on. Each Thursday,

5-6 P.M., volunteers

staff a pantry pick-up that is

stocked with a variety of food

and cleaning supplies. This

service is provided continually,


Here is how it works: Individuals

and families living in

the Manchester area can stop

by the Community United

Methodist Church to fill out

an Application for Services,

with residency, income, and a

list of family members. After

registering, they can come

twice a month to pick up food

and cleaning items. Friendly

volunteers can assist individuals,

even loading groceries

in their vehicles if needed. In

some instances, if the customer

is medically unable to

get out, church members can

make home deliveries.

The pantry rooms are filled

with meat, dairy, breads,

pastas, snacks, canned goods,

cleaning supplies, and many

more items. Several companies

donate products. Also,

items are sent in by Manchester

Elementary (from

their food drives), local Girl

Scout Troop 5525, and church

members. Other area food

banks periodically share their

overflow. Mr. Chuck Simmons

affectionately referred

to as ‘The Bread Man,’ works

with a distributor to provide

bread throughout the year.

Another special donor is the

local chapter of The National

Wildlife Turkey Association,

which sends in turkeys

during Thanksgiving. Gobble


Church worship leader,

Machelle Werning, gave me

a tour of their facility and

explained their operations.

Machelle let me know, “I am

grateful for my church family

and Reverend Helms. Their

prayers, love, and friendship,

no matter the situation,

are uplifting!” While I was

visiting the pantry, church

member Angela Beckmann

was assisting a gentleman and

his granddaughters, in making

their selections. Angela

shared, “I love to do this since

I am helping those who have

needs in our community. I

am thankful for my family,

church, and my job.” It was

clear that recipients were

thankful for the groceries and

also for the welcoming smiles

that Angela shared with them!


Young church members

Grant Taylor and Lyam

Werning help stock the

Food Pantry shelves. The

beautiful background mural

was painted by Lyam’s

Great Grandmother Adelaide


A ministry group runs this

program at the Community

United Methodist Church.

Mary Kyle, Sandy Shannon,

and Darlene Stamp are the

heart of the food pantry. They

receive key support from the

many groups, including members

of the Buck, Beckmann,

Walthers, Green, Helm, and

Kyle families. Sandy Shannon

shared, “I feel blessed by

all the doors God has opened

for us to receive items since

the need is great, and the

Food Pantry funds are small.”

If any of our readers have

needs or know of others who

may have needs, please call

the church at 812-623-2382.

Sometimes life is full of challenges,

and support from a

service like this can help us

get through those times. The

Community United Methodist

Food Pantry is made possible

by a group of unsung heroes

who are examples of what

Thanksgiving is all about.







Congratulations to Dillsboro

students Bry LaGreca,

Chayne Conly, Katie Cutter,

Katie Townsend, Emma

Cesene, Riley Heffelfinger,

and all the Lady Knights as

they took it to the (former) #1

team in Indiana, on their way

to winning the Regional Soccer


Next up: Semi-State in

Evansville, Indiana.

The students at Dillsboro

Elementary and their families

gathered together to “spruce

up” the gravesites of our local

Veterans. They met at Oakdale

Cemetery to clean and

polish plaques on the graves

of veterans. A Dillsboro PTO

representative said, “We hope

to use this opportunity to educate

our kids about what these

veterans have done for us, and

in some small way, give back

to them.”

Dillsboro Arts hosted its

final performance on ‘The

Porch’ for this year with original

music by “Little Spooky.”

The eighth concert was held

on The Porch deck. Soon a

painted ‘dance floor’ area

will be added with the help of

Dillsboro Math Club students.

Inside, our current show, ‘Six

Degrees: Dillsboro Connections,’

runs through Nov. 26,

closing for Thanksgiving and

repairs, then reopening with

Rory and Reegan Walston

‘The Best of Show, Show

SHOW’ Dec. 7- Jan. 25. The

works of Tim Lancaster,

Annette Geil, and Robert

Hunger will be featured.

The Dearborn Community

Foundation awarded

$1000 grants to area nonprofits.

Board Member, Elise

Smith presented Dillsboro

Arts with one of the grants.

The funds will be used to

paint and improve the interior

walls of their three gallery

spaces. Thank you, DCF, for

including Dillsboro Arts with

your generous donation!

A Hoxworth blood drive

will be held on Nov. 25 at

the civic center. To schedule

an appointment, please visit

indiana.htm or call Paul

Filter 812-432-5655 or

Mary Lou Powers 812-432-

5680. In June, we collected

thirty-six units of whole


Little brother Rory arrived

on Oct. 10 welcomed by big

brother Reegan (age 3.) They

are the sons of Richard and

Krissy Walston. Grandparents

are Bill and Cindy

Schuette (Dillsboro) and

Helen Lane (Aurora.)

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In the spirit of the first

Thanksgiving, a communitywide

dinner was held at

Carnegie Hall on Nov. 3. The

annual Carnegie Hall Thanksgiving

dinner is typically

held a week or two before the

official Thanksgiving holiday

and is open to all. Thanks to

Linda and Randy Ickenroth

and the Carnegie Hall Board

of Directors for their support

by opening this iconic place

for the community to gather

together. Many thanks to all

the cooks.

Friends and family met at

the home of Patty and Harold

Richards for dinner and

showering of well wishes for

their son Chris Hines. Chris

left for training in Texas

before deployment to Kuwait

with the Indiana National

Guard for Task Force Spartan.

Best wishes to Annette

Parnell on her move from

Moores Hill to Oregonia,

Ohio. Annette worked at

Moores Hill American Legion

Post 209 for the past twelve

years, where she juggled several

hats and served up many

plates of food and drinks. A

farewell party was held at

Post 209.

Congratulations to newlyweds

Jon and Mackenzie

Dell Case. Following their

wedding on Oct. 12, the

couple headed to Florida for

their honeymoon. Congratulations

to the parents of the

bride, Lanny and Teresa

Dell, and grandmother Donna

Dell. Congratulations to the

parents of the groom, Dale

and Karen Case.

Madison Roberts (SDHS

’17) and her husband Zachary

Tanner Roberts (SDHS

‘17) are living in Oahu,

Hawaii, where Tanner is serving

in the US Army. Tanner

was selected for the diesel

mechanics training program

and graduated top of his

class in his Army Advanced

Individual Training. Madison

worked at Moores Hill



Annette Parnell’s last call.

Elementary School as the

2018 Bobcat Girls Volleyball

Coach. Madison and Tanner

celebrated their first wedding

anniversary Sept. 5.

Congratulations to Kendra

Walker and Melf Nissen,

who were married in Süderbrarup,

Germany on Sept.

22. Attending the wedding

were Kendra’s mother Debbie

Walker Russell, step-dad

Todd Russell, and Wanda

Kaye Russell.

Moores Hill Elementary

School (MHES) hosted a huge

cross country event on Sept.

21, with about 500 runners

and 19 teams. Special thanks

from MHES to Linda Forshee,

Amy Casebolt, Elizabeth

Kruetzkamp, Heather

McClanahan, Lisa Snell,

Dawn Bowers, and Rachel

Ransom for their hard work

on the event! On Oct. 3, Carl

Lee, Lisa Snell, and Leanna

Phillippe visited the MHES

sixth-graders from last school

year at South Dearborn Middle

School. They celebrated

the students’ sixth-grade IL-

EARN scores being the highest

of any neighboring school.

MHES held its first “Leader

in Me” celebration with a

dance contest. Each student

leader received a certificate

for “consistently making great

choices, even when no one is

looking.” We are proud of our

MHES student leaders, academic

achievers, and teachers

who give above and beyond.

Moores Hill Sparta Township

Fire/EMS hosted its

second benefit ride of 2019.

The Volunteer Fire/EMS

units respond out of the same

building, protecting about two

thousand five hundred people

living within approximately

thirty square miles. Misty

Russell is organizing the annual

Breakfast with Santa,

which will be on Dec. 14 from


Carnegie Hall’s luminaries

8:30 A.M.–12 P.M. at the

Firehouse, and is open to all.

Happy 50th Birthday to

Stephanie Lauber! Stephanie

celebrated with family by

climbing Clingman’s Dome in

Great Smoky Mountains National

Park. Way to rock 50!

Thank you to the Town

of Moores Hill (The Town

Board, Andrea Hornberger,

Brent Casebolt, Lanny Dell,

Paul Grimsley), for the many

projects you have overseen in

2019. Thank you for clearing

the streets in town during ice

and snow; fixing a broken

stop sign; offering free summer

kid-friendly activities

such as movies in the park

and the Water Play sprinklers/

slides; the week-long residential

heavy trash pick-up, hosting

the community yard sale;

coordinating the sidewalk

installations/road resurfacing

in town aided by the $300,000

community crossing grant;

providing seasonal decorations

along the main streets

in town; working to expand

tower coverage areas; and

supporting events such as the

Carnival and Winter Walk.

The annual Moores Hill

Winter Walk is on Saturday,

Dec. 7. The event starts in

the park at 5:30 P.M. with the

lighting of the tree. Students at

the Elementary School made

the ornaments for the 2019

Christmas tree. Festivities

continue until 8:00 P.M. During

the Winter Walk, luminaries

line the streets of Moores

Hill, and carolers stroll singing

Christmas songs. Along

the 1-mile Walk, you can stop

for pictures with Santa, crafts

for kids, free hot chocolate,

funnel cakes, cookies, and hot

dogs, free concerts, fire pits,

s’mores, and tours of Carnegie

Hall. Activities are open to

all. 2019 Christmas ornaments

are awarded to those who

complete the Walk. Volunteers

needed. If interested, or for

more information, contact

event organizer Tamila Wismann

at twismann2@gmail.

com. (See ad on page 7A)

Rob Ashcraft, now living

and producing music in East

Tennessee, composed a song,

“Christmas In My Hometown,”

noting, “It is always great to

return to my hometown.”

No matter where life takes

you, if you grew up or currently

live in a small town,

your small town will always

be your hometown. There is

something special about it.

Christmas time brings a sentimentality

that often leads to

thoughts of home. As we get

out the decorations, strive to

be on Santa’s nice list, and enjoy

various events in our communities,

there is no place like

home for me for the holidays.

Merry Christmas and Happy

Holidays from Moores Hill.

Please contact me if you

have news to share with our

Beacon readers. mooreshill@







It seems like time is flying

by, and I am hoping it isn’t because

of my age. Five months

ago, I was enjoying 90-degree

weather and the warm waters

of the Greendale Pool. The

Halloween decorations are now

mingled among the Christmas

decorations in the stores, and

we haven’t even had Thanksgiving.

Passing out candy

for Halloween is hard when

Lawrenceburg has their Christmas

decorations up on Walnut

Street. I am now feeling a little

bit better about time flying by.

It is definitely not my age.

The finishing touches are

being put on the new Greendale

Heroes Memorial at Cook Park

on Ridge Avenue. The monument

will honor our Veterans,

Police, Fire, and EMS. Forms to

purchase a paver brick are available

at the utility building, police

station, and the city building.

One sure sign that summer

is over is I just had my last

BLT sandwich and canned

my last two pints of tomatoes

from my garden.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving

dinner with your family. The

community centers have exercise

classes you can attend

if you eat too much.

I have two birthdays for

November- my sister Kathi

Rowland on Nov. 19 and

Mary Ann, Mirt, Keith, on

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Former and current Lawrenceburg

high school students

Hannah Feller, Jack

Schwier, Zane Schwier and

Kyra Strahan at the Aurora

Farmers Fair.







Molly McMullen of Greendale

enjoying bobbing for

apples at the Angevine

cabin dedication.

Fall Fest Queen Lexi


35th Indiana Pipes and Drums at the Farmers Fair Parade.

Thank goodness the time has

come to write this December

article! I have spent the last

few days obsessing about making

a butterscotch cake (don’t

need the extra calories), trying

to find out where my greatgreat-grandfather

lived in Morris

(the genealogy dead-end),

and recovering from a wonderful

weekend trip to Shipshewana,

Indiana with a friend

(yes, I went crazy in the Amish

bakery). I guess I am enjoying

simpler pleasures these days.

The Eagle Scout project of

Lawrenceburg High School

student Braden Nutley definitely

reminds us of simpler

pleasures. His “Give a book,

take a book, and share a book”

project will consist of four

book stations in Greendale

parks where you are free to

grab a book to take home

or share a favorite. Anyone

interested in donating building

materials, books, or cash

donations (to buy materials)

Gavin Yoon Lawrenceburg

football team scoring a


can send an email to Braden


Wouldn’t it be exciting to see

these springing up in all area


Wednesday is a big night

in Lawrenceburg. Bagpipe

and drum lessons, anyone?

Check out the Lawrenceburg

Fire House on Wednesday

nights from 6-9 P.M. for

details regarding lessons given

by the 35th Indiana Pipes &

Drums Corp. I got a chance

to see them in the Farmers

Fair Parade, and they were

wonderful. Also, don’t forget

Braden Nutley Eagle Scout

community library project.

the free community meal from

5:15-6:15 P.M. provided by

volunteers every Wednesday

at Hamline Chapel. All are


Cops and Kids is a service

provided by The Fraternal

Order of Police Lawrenceburg

that allows needy children

to shop with a sponsor (cops

or other volunteers) for warm

coats or other warm clothing.

Greendale Policewoman

Pam Taylor coordinates this

valuable service for the FOP.

Donations can be mailed to the

FOP or dropped off at either

the Aurora or Lawrenceburg

police station. Did you miss the


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Lawrenceburg boys and girls senior soccer teams at Meet

Your Tiger night.

deadline for Cops and Kids?

This organization also awards

$500 to two seniors in Ohio

and Dearborn Counties each

year through the foundation.

Congratulations to Gavin

Yoon, Lawrenceburg High

football player for breaking

the record of most receiving

yards in a game, most passing

in a game, and tied for

the most passing TD’s in a

game. He made parents Shelly

and Kee Yoon as well as

Grandma Barb Scherzinger,

very proud! Also, congratulations

to Lexi Knight for being

crowned queen of Fall Fest.

She is the daughter of Melissa

and Brian Knight.

Don’t forget to check out

the winter festivities in Lawrenceburg

this season. Besides

the ice skating, Santa’s arrival

in the parade, and small business

Saturdays, this year the

downtown area will introduce

a holiday market under Winter

Wonderland Domes from

Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 on

weekends. Unique holiday gift

Nora Fehr at Angevine

cabin rededication.

items will be featured. For info

regarding ice skating hours,

Santa’s arrival, shopping, and

other planned winter activities

call Lawrenceburg Main

Street at 812-537-4507 or visit

their website at

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page 3B)

Dearborn County recently

celebrated Pioneer Day. The

event was filled with fun,

laughter, and learning.

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Grady and Carli Walter, and

Coleton Pettit at the Marine

Corps Memorial.








Fall is a beautiful time

of the year, and I enjoy

the cooler temperatures. I

like the weather when the

temperatures range from the

mid-’40s to the mid-’70s.

I was back in Washington,

D.C. in October and then

went up to Gettysburg with

Paula, my daughter, Kelli,

and her husband, Rich Pettit.

Three of the grandkids were

with us; twins, Carli and

Grady Walter, and Coleton

Pettit. Fall break was a great

time to go, and D.C. wasn’t

overcrowded. We stayed at

the same hotel where we

stay with the veterans. I

think the kids enjoyed the

breakfast each morning

and the hot chocolate in the

evening. Grady even found

time to shoot basketball on

the outdoor court, as well

as swimming time with the


Traffic is always a

problem in D.C. Toll

roads are everywhere. The

Pennsylvania Turnpike is bad

enough, and D.C. collects

its money too. The biggest

toll we paid was $18.80 in

Pennsylvania. I figure we

spent about $75 just on tolls.

Parking at Arlington

National Cemetery was

convenient. We spent the

day visiting the Arlington

House, President John F.

Kennedy’s gravesite and the

graves of brothers, Bobby,

Joe, and Teddy. I took the

family to the grave of Audie

Murphy and explained what

a famous hero he was from

World War II. They viewed

the Remember the Maine

memorial and went inside.

Presenting the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

with PG, Grady and Carli Walter, and Coleton Pettit.

Challenge coin

They visited the grave of

Kenneth Richard Sieks II,

who was the brother of their

aunt, Beth Walter. We visited

the space shuttle disaster

memorials for the Challenger

and Columbia, as well as the

Iran Hostage tragedy. You

can do a lot of walking in

Arlington National Cemetery.

We rode the trolley to the far

side and over to the Marine

Corps Memorial or Iwo Jima.

Everybody was impressed

with this magnificent

memorial to the Marines in

all our wars.

The highlight of the trip

was being in Arlington

National Cemetery and

watching the Changing of

the Guard at the Tomb of

the Unknown Soldier. Even

though I have watched this

many times, it never gets

old. We planned this trip so

I could finally walk on that

hallowed ground and present

a wreath at the tomb. I have

chosen sixty people to do

this throughout the years

but never did it myself until

now. Our escort, Sgt. Stuart

Aspinall, instructed the

grandkids about what to do,

and I told him that we had

rehearsed the presentation

many times. I still had a

lump in my throat when

Grady and I set the wreath as

Carli and Coleton remained

behind us. As taps were

played, I couldn’t help but

think of those who have

sacrificed so much for us so

that we can live the American

Dream. After we returned

to the top of the steps, the

kids told Sgt. Aspinall that

the experience was fantastic

and asked questions. Coleton

wanted to know how the

crack got in the tomb. Sgt.

Aspinall invited us down to

their quarters below for more

information about what they

do and to see some of the

memorabilia. He presented

me with one of his personal

challenge coins on which

was his badge number,

669. This will be a family

heirloom added to the coins

all four of us carried. The

Tomb is on the front, and

the back has the engraving,

“Here Rests In Honored

Glory An American Soldier

Known But To God.”

The next day we walked

across the Memorial Bridge

to the Vietnam Veterans

Memorial (the WALL). I

stood in awe as I looked

down at that memorial and

realized that there are 58,318

names on the panels. We did

several rubbings on the Wall,

including my two classmates,

Lary D. Fogle and Thomas

G. Denning, along with

my platoon sergeant,

Malcolm P. Libbey. He was

a significant influence in my

life as he prepared me for

duty in Vietnam. We also

did rubbings for Richard

Wayne Sanders, Bobby Joe

Williamson, and Paul Carter,

who was killed with Tommy

Denning. Someday I will

return and take time to do a

rubbing for all fifty who died

from Southeastern Indiana in

Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland,

Ripley, and Franklin


We went to the Lincoln

Memorial and enjoyed the

view from up where Abe

sits in his chair. Then it was

down to the Korean War

Memorial. We walked up to

the World War I Monument

and later on to the World

War II Memorial, where the

kids saw their great-grandpa

Henry P. Curry’s name in the


We went to the Washington

Monument and took photos

of the White House. We

took photos of the Capitol

Building. We toured the

Bureau of Engraving and

Printing. We jumped on

the Metro (subway) at the

Smithsonian and rode the

blue line back to Arlington. I

don’t think anybody wanted

to walk back.

I had been to Gettysburg

Kristin Rumsey, Maria Townsend, Haley Rudisell, Riley

Bamberger, Rileigh Powell, Jorgia Quinlan, Kyrstin

Bond, Sarah Rutherford, Rylee Thies, and Andrew


SD Business Professionals Club

South Dearborn High School welcomes a new co-curricular

club, the Business Professionals of America (BPA). Mrs. Kelly

Pettit, a new SDHS Business Education Teacher, has brought

this opportunity to the students. BPA is a national co-curricular

career and technical organization for middle school, high

school, and college students who are interested in pursuing

careers in business and information technology.

BPA members attended the Business Professionals of

America Fall Leadership Conference at Indiana State

University. They participated in sessions, including Professionalism

101 – How to Dress and Act for Success; The Next

State Officer, You; and “Living to Serve, Serving to Lead.”

several times, the first

time in 1967 when I was

stationed at Ft. Ritchie, MD.

We stayed right next to the

battlefield and park. The

kids enjoyed playing on the

cannons at Cemetery Ridge

and Seminary Ridge. So

much history occurred there.

A highlight was showing

them the plaque outside the

cemetery telling about the

site for Lincoln’s Gettysburg

Address. Next year, I hope to

repeat the trip with my son,

Brian, his wife, Annette,

Kaden, and Alexandra.

They will also get to present

a wreath at the Tomb of the

Unknown Soldier.

Trips like this make you

proud to be an American.

You get to see and feel so

much history.

I’m looking forward

to helping dedicate the

new Veterans memorial at

Greendale on Nov. 10 and

rededicating the monument

for the Civil War at Rising

Sun on Nov. 17.

Stay safe and warm and

enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Thanksgiving and Christmas

will be right around the

corner. God Bless all of you.


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Do we still have any

Bengals fans out there? I at

least know of one. I imagine

many of you have heard that

Jeff Lanham lost a bet and

has been camping out on the

roof of his restaurant waiting

for the Bengals to win their

first game of the season.

He has gained a significant

following and has had lots

of press coverage. I hear

comments as I go about my

business. While having a

meal in Lawrenceburg, the

men at the table next to us

were contemplating how

long he will be up there. I

have heard that Jeff said he

intends to be on the roof for

as long as it takes. If no win

is earned this season, he will

come down after the final

game, and then go back up at

the beginning of the Bengals

next season. Hopefully, by



the time you read this, the

Bengals will have won a

game, and Jeff will be back

to his regular schedule.

I want to recognize Rev.

Harris Long for serving

the Milan community since

October 1989. He and

his wife, Margo, moved

to Milan thirty years

ago to pastor and have

devoted their lives to the

community as a whole. They

are a beloved part of our

community and are actively

involved in organizations

and activities. Margo also

owns and operates an

antique store located next

to the food pantry, where

Harris spends much time

serving those who benefit

from this outreach program.

We are thankful to have

them both here in Milan and

appreciate all they do. We

love you!

I was thrilled to hear

that Milan was awarded

a grant from the state

for $258,286 to be used

for much-needed road

improvements. According

to State Rep. Randy Frye,

$5.8 million was awarded

in state matching grants to


accelerate road and bridge

improvements in local

communities. Over $100

million worth of grants

were awarded to Indiana

cities, towns, and counties

through the Community

Crossings Matching Grant

program, which is now in

its fourth year. The grants

are made available through

the Indiana Department of

Transportation. Rep. Frye

said grant funding could

be used toward road and

bridge preservation, road

reconstruction, intersection

improvements, guardrail

replacement, and signage.

Smaller municipalities must

provide a match of 25%

in local funds, while large

communities must provide

a 50% match. Rep. Frye

shared that these funds

help keep Indiana moving

in a positive direction,

and everyone will benefit

from these investments.

Area communities

receiving grants are Aurora,

Greendale, Greensburg,

Lawrenceburg, Milan,

Osgood, and Versailles.

Milan will be celebrating

the holidays on Saturday,

Dec. 7. Stop by for cookies,

a candy cane, and hot

Jason Creek, Principal; Jon Seymour, Ex. Director of

Oxbow; and Cathy Mund.

Mullaley Awarded Oxbow Grant

Tammy Mullaley, a South Dearborn Middle School teacher,

was awarded the Art and Ginny Wiseman $500 Oxbow grant

award. This grant will be used to make raised bed gardens

for South Dearborn Middle School students. The raised bed

gardens will promote STEM activities and provide pollinator

habitat. Students will gather and analyze data, communicate

their findings, and apply their findings to real-world questions

and problems. They will learn about topics in the area of

ecology, ecosystems, and human influence, as well as other

content areas.

chocolate from 10:00-4:00.

The Milan High School

Choir will be singing

Christmas carols, and Santa

will be stopping by in the

afternoon. Maybe you will

even be able to get a haircut

in the barbershop and do

some Christmas shopping

while you are there. Watch

for posters with more details

to be up mid-November.

We have known all

summer that our Milan

golf course was in danger

of closing, and the official

announcement has finally

been made. We are all very

sad to hear this and hope

the outcome of this sale will

somehow be good for our


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Maesyn Lyttle stands in

front of the University

Hospital Air Care Helicopter

at the Sunman Fire Department

open house.







The Sunman Rural Fire

Department recently held

an open house. The Sunman

Area life squad and the

Sunman Police Department

were present as well. Also

available for viewing was

the University Air Care

Helicopter, and the fire

station was open for tours.

Lunch was provided along

with activities for kids; a

good time was had by all

Kaytlin, Carsen, and Hannah

enjoying an afternoon

at the fire department.

who attended! Thank you to

our wonderful public service

workers for providing this

great opportunity and for the

fantastic job they do every


A huge congratulations

to Sunman Chamber of

Commerce Winners: Teacher

of the Year, Jessica Risinger

Music Teacher at Sunman

Elementary School, Bus

Driver of the Year, Wendi

Weiler who drives for The

Sunman Dearborn School

Corporation, Citizens of the

Year, Sandy Wagner and

Clara Ann Zinser who run

the Sunman Food Pantry.

As the holidays are right

around the corner, I wish

everyone a joyous season

filled with special moments

and much happiness! I

love sharing your stories

The Sunman Fire Department

mascot greeted Hannah,

age ten, and Carsen,

age seven, with fireman

Kevin Doll.

Artist Annie Back recycles

everyday items into night

lights; her cool crafts were

on display at the Sunman

Legion Craft Fair.

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20, 21 & 22




December 2019





For as long as I can


remember, baking Maxine cookies

for Christmas Klump has been part

of our family traditions. My

mother always Community made sure


we baked sugar cookies cut

into many shapes and then

“painted” them with thin

confectioners sugar icing

tinted in several colors. I

was fortunate to inherit my

mother’s set of cookie cutters.

As my grandchildren have

grown, we always gather to

make sugar cookies cut with

those same shapes. During

the years we lived in Bright,

we were blessed with a large

kitchen and a mammoth

kitchen island (purchased at

an auction of a bakery near

Sunman IN- but that’s another

story). We set up a factorystyle

production. When we

were visiting Mark and family

in Sheffield England for

the holiday, we gathered in

their kitchen (yes, I packed

those same cutters in my

luggage) for baking. Soon,

we will gather with four

generations for this activity

as my great-granddaughter,

Eliana, is able to join with her

mother, Jennifer Durkin, and

my daughter, Maria Lowry.

I’m providing my current

“favorite” sugar cookie recipe

below, along with some

updated versions of other

recipes that are part of our

holiday treats.

Mary’s Sugar Cookies

1½ cups sifted confectioners


1 cup butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2½ cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix sugar and butter. Add

egg and vanilla extract and

mix thoroughly. Stir dry

ingredients together and

blend in. Refrigerate dough

for 2-3 hours until well


Heat oven to 375°. Divide

dough in half and roll to 3/16”

on a lightly floured surface.

Cut with a cookie cutter.

Sprinkle with sugar unless you

plan to top with confectioners’

sugar icing after baking.

Place on a parchment-covered

baking sheet (or lightly

greased sheet). Bake for 7-8

minutes or until delicately

golden. Remove to a wire

rack to cool. Makes about five

dozen 2-inch cookies.

Thin sugar frosting for

decorating cookies

Sift 1-1½ c. confectioners’

sugar into a small mixing

bowl. Add a small amount of

milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla

extract. Mix until smooth.

The texture should be thin

enough to spread onto cookies

easily. If you wish, divide

the icing among small bowls

and tint with food coloring.

Hint- I buy several small

paintbrushes at the craft store

and wash thoroughly to apply

the icing. Kids love to paint

creations and bright designs!

I have updated my recipe

for delicious Cream Cheese

Brownies to save time.

Instead of preparing brownies

“from scratch,” I use a mix;

two of my favorite brands are

Duncan Hines and Ghiradelli.

Cream Cheese Brownies

1 box brownie mix (8-9-inch

square pan size)

3-ounce cream cheese,


2 tablespoons butter, softened

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon flour

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare brownie mix

according to directions on

the box. Spread ½ of batter

into the pan, which has

been lightly greased on the

bottom. Set aside.

Cream butter and cream

cheese together in a small

mixing bowl. Gradually add

sugar and cream until fluffy.

Blend in egg, flour, and

vanilla. Spread over batter in

the bottom of pan; then add

remaining brownie batter

by spoonful. Zigzag knife

through batter to marble the

batter. Bake at 350° for 35-

40 minutes. Cut into squares

after cooling.

Here is a no-bake recipe

when time is really limited.

Crispy Cereal Cookies


1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup peanut butter

6 cups cereal (such as Rice

Krispies or Special K)

1 stick butter or margarine

6 oz. chocolate chips

Cover cookie sheet with

waxed paper. Heat sugar and

corn syrup in a saucepan,

stirring to dissolve sugar.

When mixtures reaching

boiling point, turn off heat. Stir

in peanut butter, then cereal.

Spread mixture on cookie

sheet. In a small saucepan,

melt butter and chocolate; stir

until smooth. Spread evenly

over cereal mixture. Chill until

set; then cut into squares.

I hope that you and your

loved ones enjoy those

traditions that are part of

your celebration. As for our

family, we’re looking forward

to cookie bakes taking place

here AND across the pond!











Finding Trustworthy

Gardening Resources

in Age of Fake News

Finding reliable resources,

especially through online

outlets, can be difficult. While

freedom of the press protects

the rights of websites, publishers,

and blogs to share

what they please, accuracy is

not guaranteed. Many organizations

make a habit of publishing

“scientific” information

that is neither tested nor


In today’s article, I will do

my best to lead you toward

trustworthy information to use

in your garden and landscape.

Use Caution Online

While misinformation has

existed since ancient humans

first gossiped around their

caves, the expansion of the

internet has certainly opened

the floodgates. When looking

for resources on important

garden topics, I strongly advise

using websites that end in

.edu, .gov, or .org. While sites

ending in .com or .net can

provide useful information,

online resources published by

universities and government

agencies are the most reliable.

The recommendations

for practice included in these

publications will be tested and

peer-reviewed by experts.

Beware of Viral “Home


I frequently come across

posts from garden sites that

claim to have a miracle

method for controlling weeds,

killing pests, or improving

vegetable production. Many

viral posts advise using common

household products in

the garden to accomplish

these feats. Proceed with caution

when you come across

these posts. If it seems too

good to be true, it probably is.

One site I visited for this

article repeats a common

claim that a combination of

salt, food-grade vinegar, and

dishwashing liquid can be

used for weed control. While

this combo would be slightly

effective in the short-term,

the mixture has little purpose

if you’re going for a natural

approach. These products

contain chemical properties

just as toxic as many conventional

weed killers, and salt is

almost never recommended

because it can quickly degrade

soils. While stronger

concentrations of vinegar

have shown short-term effective

weed control if used on

their own, little to no research

is available showing effective

or safe use of combinations

like this.

Consult with Experts

When tough questions arise,

human nature often nudges

us to look for expert opinions.

If you want a personal

recommendation for your

farm, garden, or landscape

concerns, please don’t hesitate

to give me a call. County

extension services have

been provided in Indiana for

over one hundred years. In

that time, our methods have

changed significantly, but our

mission has mostly remained

the same: deliver practical,

research-based information

that transforms lives and


Other reliable experts in

our community include The

Soil and Water Conservation

District, Natural Resource

Conservation Service, Farm

Service Agency, Dearborn

County Health Department,

FFA Advisors, and Ivy Tech

Community College faculty.

Making decisions that best

protect your property, health,

and pocketbook can be stressful.

While we don’t know

what the future holds for

improving society’s reliance

on more reliable information,

I hope the advice provided in

today’s article better informs

you along the way.

To learn more about managing

your lawn and garden

from our experts on campus,

please search “Purdue Consumer

Horticulture” on your

computer or smartphone.

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, email

me at

You can also reach our office

at 812-926-1189. We are

located at 229 Main Street,

Aurora, IN 47001.

Look for my next article

in the January issue of The



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Chris Grimm, Marty and Joyce Frank, Jeff Mardis, and Dave

Grimm (Peggy Mardis not pictured) visited the Heineman

Winery on Put-in-Bay. The Grimms and Mardis’s are from

Bright; the Franks live in Logan.

Ed Hansmann, Guilford,

and Jacquie Pollitt, North

Bend, on vacation in England,

visiting Cambridge,

London, and The Lake

District. Picture taken after

hiking to top of Skiddaw

Mountain (elevation over

3,000 ft.) near Keswick in

the Lake District.

The Laugle family, Bright, visited their daughter and family in

Texas. They spent a few days on South Padre Island. Pictured

are Nathan Matthews, Joe Laugle, Max Laugle, and Courtney


The Coffmans and the Engles traveled to Durango, Colorado

to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries at a Resort Ranch,

crossing the Centennnial Divide at the highest point, via Wolf

Creek Pass. The photo was taken at the intersection of the four

corners of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Steve,

Diana, Arlis, Geneva, Anna and Alexa holding the Beacon.

Angela, Joe, Kent, GiGi and Kent Johnson are in front of The

Spanish Steps which were built to connect The Trinita Dei

Monti Church with The Spanish Square below. The long, triangular

Spanish Square is named after The Spanish Embassy.

Jill Rullman, Jeff Rullman,

Neil Rullman, Janet

Rullman vacationed in

Inverness Scotland for the

Highland Games.


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

take your hometown newspaper along for the trip.

Send your photo, displaying the Beacon, to

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

how well-traveled our readers are!

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Lawrenceburg Civic Park

Shop holiday vendors inside our

Winter Wonderland domes!

Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1

Dec. 5 - 8, Dec. 12 - 15

Thurs., 4-8pm • Fri., 4-9pm

Sat., 11am-7pm • Sun., 12-5pm

Ice Rink Opening Early This Year!

Saturday – November 9

12:00 Noon Winter Wonderland Ice Rink Opens ... Todd Creech Park, Tate Street;

“Luau on Ice” Beach Theme at the Rink 12-9PM

Saturday – November 16

11:00-7:00 Hello Holidays Merchant Open Houses ... enjoy specials, sales, raffles,

horse drawn carriage rides & more

Friday – November 29

6:00-10:00 Special Teen Night with DJ for Grades 6 – 12 ... at the Ice Rink

Saturday – November 30

11:00-2:00 Small Business Saturday - Downtown Merchants Snowman

Scavenger Hunt for cookies

Sunday – December 1

4:30 Mayor’s Reception ... at the Lawrenceburg Event Center

4:30-5:45 Cincinnati Brass Band ... at the Lawrenceburg Event Center

6:00 Official Tree Lighting Ceremony ... at the Levee along with Tiger Pizzazz

Saturday – December 7

9:00 Breakfast with Santa ... Ticket Required - Lawrenceburg

Community Center

11:00-4:00 Library Activities ... Crafts, Holiday Performances,

Santa and Live Reindeer

11:00-2:00 Santa’s Workshop Craft Activities

11:00-2:00 Southeastern Indiana Art Guild ... Artwork,

Face-painting, Cards and Bake Sale

12:30 Winter Wonderland Parade and PAWS

Pet Parade

1:00 Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive

1:15 Big Prize Giveaway

Saturday – December 14

3:00-5:00 Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit the Ice Rink

... Photo Ops Available

Ice Skating Rink


Nov. 9 - Jan. 5, 2020

Located at Todd Creech Park, Tate St.

Tuesday - Thursday: 4-8PM

Friday: 4-9PM**

Saturday: 12-9PM

Sunday: 12-8PM

Closed Mondays


Thanksgiving Day - Closed

Christmas Break Schedule Hours:

December 23 – January 3: 12-9PM

Christmas Eve: 12-3PM

New Years Eve: 12-6PM

Closed Christmas Day

**Teen Night with DJ

Friday, November 29

Grades 6-12 from 6-10PM

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