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December 2019 issue

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.

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES TOGETHER.