Page 2B THE BEACON December 2019 BRIGHT/ SUGAR RIDGE By Bob Waples Community Correspondent bright@goBEACONnews.com 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 1952-1954 Lawrence Lytle- US Army 1946-1947 David (Didge) Smith- US Navy 1958-1959 The Bright American Legion Herald-Seig Post 132 handed out poppies at the O ur 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 Communities 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 something for which to be thankful. 401 2nd st. Aurora, IN • 812-954-1300 • seasonal trends • accessories • generous sizing • shoes, shoes, shoes Open Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat. Noon-5 Closed Sunday HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE By Korry Johnson Community Correspondent hvl@goBEACONnews.com Happy Holidays everyone!! Thanksgiving is just days away, then Christmas will be here! Can you tell I’m excited??? This holiday season is joyous for all people. If you have time or money, please consider adopting a child, donating a turkey, donating toys, or any other charitable option. Be on the “Good list” and help one another out. One way you can help is Call your local Call your licensed local licensed Humana Humana sales agent. sales agent. Y0040_ GHHHXDFEN18 Accepted Y0040_ GHHHXDFEN18 Accepted Medical Assistant The weather was perfect for the haunted hayride. by being a part of Operation Christmas Child shoebox dropoff at the POA office Nov. 12-22. If you would like to fill an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox or need more 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 Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church. The Haunted Hayride was a huge success! We had a record Talk with your local licensed Humana Sales agent today. Talk with your local licensed Humana Sales agent today. 513-857-9513 (TTY: 711) Monday 513-857-9513 – Friday, 8 (TTY: a.m. – 711) 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dan Art Dan Art 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 Airgood, Sarah O’Brien, Jill Paul, Tori Heinrich, Elizabeth Isom, Alix Feiss, Deana Morris, Lindsay McFelea, Miller & Conner Small, Lilliah Clark, Donna Boyle, Dianne Beebe. Share your positive news at The Beacon! Email me at hvl@goBEACONnews.com Looking to start your career in healthcare? In just one year, you could become a Certified Medical Assistant. Medical Assistants perform patient care in physician offices, clinics and hospitals. Medical Assisting is among the fastest growing careers in the Regional economy. Cincinnati State has been leading the way in Medical Assistant education for 50 years. For more information, contact: Program Director Patricia Christos, M.A. Ed., RMA, CMA Patricia.Christos@cincinnatistate.edu 513-569-1671 https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/academics/degrees-and-certificates/medical-assistant-certificate TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES TOGETHER.
December 2019 THE BEACON Page 3B ST. LEON By Debbie A. Zimmer Community Correspondent stleon@goBEACONnews.com 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 O ur 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 Communities 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 at stleon@goBEACONnews.com. 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 www.thinklawrenceburg.com. 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 www.hillforest.org. 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 www.dearbornhighlandsarts.org. 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 www.thinklawrenceburg.com. 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 www.thecarnegiehall.org. 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 www.aurora.in.us. 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. indianalandmarks.org/our-historic-sites/veraestau 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 www.hillforest.org/calendar.php. 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 www.facebook.com/InternationalFairTrade. 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 www.facebook.com/www. thegreenbriarshop.net.. December 7 – Lawrenceburg Winter Wonderland Pet Parade - 812-537-4507 or www. thinklawrenceburg.com 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 www.aurora.in.us. 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 www.dearbornhighlandsarts.org. 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 www.dillsboro.in. 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 www.facebook.com/ MooresHillSchool. 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 www.hillforest.org. 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 www.dearbornhighlandsarts.org. December 14 – Sippin’ With Santa at Great Crescent Brewery - 7-11pm. Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing Street, Aurora. Sponsored 1-800-322-8198 or www.VisitSoutheastIndiana.com 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 www.aurora.in.us/main-street-events. html. 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 www.hillforest.org. 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. in.us/main-street-events.html. 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. 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