Page 12A THE BEACON December 2019 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 FOOTBALL Okay, so Ivy Tech Community College doesn’t technically have a football team. But what it does have is more than 50 years of experience providing hands-on, high-quality career training for thousands of Hoosiers, Buckeyes, and Kentuckians. Our students earn more upon graduation than their four-year counterparts and are securing high-wage, high-demand jobs with far less cost. 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 Peaches.” Does anyone else remember those? They came in large cans and were, indeed, “raggedy,” not all smooth and slick. I think that they were of the freestone, UNDEFEATED SINCE ‘63 The best offense is a good defense, so when you’re ready to get started on your dreams, we’ve got your back. Reach out today to learn more: Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN R11Express@ivytech.edu 812-537-4010 ext. 5305 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! FROM 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 years. 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 old Siefferman farm on the Across from HVL!!! $5 off with a Purchase of $30 With this ad By Ollie Roehm 3 8 6 1 7 3 4 2 6 7 8 6 7 3 9 9 4 6 3 7 7 6 1 2 5 2 4 3 7 Sudoku Sudoku is a logical puzzle game that may seem difficult at first glance, but actually it is not as hard as it looks! Fill a number in to every cell in the grid, using the numbers 1 to 9. You can only use each number once in each row, each column, and in each of the 3×3 boxes. The solution can be found on our website www.goBEACONnews.com/print_ edition. Click on the link for Sudoku and view the solution for this month and last. Good luck and have fun! 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 family. Times were tough, and I can’t remember all the jobs during the early years of our marriage. You took whatever came along. The job market WWW. NIKISBOUTIQUE.COM 812-577-0882 Hours Tues, Thurs, Sat 11-5 Wed & Fri 11-7 CLOTHING, ART, JEWELRY, GIFTS, NATURAL SKINCARE, FURNITURE & CBD. 215 E. Broadway St, P.O. Box 513 Harrison, Ohio 45030 (513)367-4545 Fax: (513)367-4546 www.jackmanhensley.com We believe in going beyond what is expected to offer each family a caring compassionate service for an affordable price. proof 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. “Providing funerals and cremations with dignity and compassion.” IvyTech.edu/ApplyNow 215 E. Broadway St, P.O. Box 513 Harrison, Ohio 45030 (513)367-4545 Fax: (513)367-4546 www.jackmanhensley.com Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.
December 2019 THE BEACON Page 13A Brad Callaway, Kevin Shipman, Elisha Clouse, Anne Branditz, Adrienne Bader, Lisa Tyler, Harweda Davis, Maria Keck, Melissa Lowe, Christa Loschiavo, Donny Loschiavo, Tytus Luckhaupt, and Wendy Sandmann. Bright Elementary Starts NASP Archery Submitted by Patty Pierce “Thwarp, thwarp, thwarp - bullseye!” Sounds of arrows hitting targets were heard at Bright Elementary as faculty, staff, parents, and community volunteers participated in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP ® ) training. These archery certified instructors will present NASP lessons that are safe for students and meet state and national educational standards. NASP is more than arrows, targets, and bullseyes. The in-school program for fourth through twelfth graders improves performance in areas such as physical and character education, science, math, and history. It’s a team-building activity for all students, no matter the gender, size, academic, or athletic ability. Several surrounding school districts currently participate in NASP®, and the program is growing by leaps and bounds. Patty Pierce, a fourthgrade teacher at Bright, was first introduced to NASP and was inspired by the numerous benefits, including scholarship opportunities. She was strongly supported by Superintendent Dr. Jackson, the Sunman Dearborn Community School Board, and Kelly Roth, Bright Elementary Principal. Funding for equipment was awarded by the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Grant, NASP Grant, and Bright Elementary PTO. M DEAR ARIE By Marie Segale marie@goBEACONnews.com 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? Do you have a pressing question or concern? Contact Marie@goBEACONnews. com. 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 chase. 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 again. 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 with. Goliath – male, 3-year-old American Bully. I just want a Iris 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 or small, there is someone here for everyone. Make our Christmas wish come true. Hugs & Wet Kisses, Iris THE LIVERY of AURORA Reception & Event Center wedding, event, special occasion 215 Bridgeway St • Aurora, IN 513-655-9336 Now accepting reservations for Holiday Weddings & Events. This Thanksgiving, we here at Mansfield Insurance Agency are thankful for many things, our country, our veterans and our families which includes our customers. Thank you for your loyalty for the past 37 years. SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw their ads in The BEACON!