Page 4B THE BEACON December 2019 O ur Communities NEW ALSACE By Laura Keller Community Correspondent 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. BATESVILLE By Sue Siefert Community Correspondent batesville@goBEACONnews.com 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 Officers. 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 issues. 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 resources.” 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! newalsace@goBEACONnews.com Krista Hutzel received the Engineering/Technology Educators of Indiana Award. 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 alsace@goBEACONnews.com. 10th Annual TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES TOGETHER.
December 2019 THE BEACON Page 5B OLDENBURG By Sue Siefert Community Correspondent oldenburg@goBEACONnews.com 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 Twister! 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 FRANKLIN COUNTY By Karis Troyer Community Correspondent franklin@goBEACONnews.com A new two-mile section of the Whitewater Canal Trail (WCT) has been completed. It Curt Eckstein OA’s Sarah Price O ur 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. Communities DOVER By Rhonda Trabel Community Correspondent dover@goBEACONnews.com 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! Try Our New Entrees! Try Our New Entrees! 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