Page 12B THE BEACON December 2019 MILAN By Susan Cottingham Community Correspondent milan@goBEACONnews.com 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 O ur 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 Communities 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 community. Sunday Services 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Fresh Worship • Relevant Messages • Warm Welcome 24457 State Line Road, Bright, Indiana 47025 brightchurch.org, (812) 637-3388 Jeff Stone, Lead Minister LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. IMPACT THE WORLD. PAMPERED PETS CERTIFIED GROOMER GROOMING SPECIALIST SMALL CLIENTELE FOR BEST RESULTS CALL 513-374-9231 MAUREEN 1st Visit 10% Discount Specializing in Yorkies, Shih Tzu’s, Lhasa’s, Smaller Terrier Breeds and Other Small Dogs BOARDING AVAILABLE Maesyn Lyttle stands in front of the University Hospital Air Care Helicopter at the Sunman Fire Department open house. SUNMAN By Maureen Stenger Community Correspondent sunman@goBEACONnews.com 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 day! 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. and good news, please continue sending them my way at sunman@ goBEACONnews.com. I look forward to hearing from you! F R E E H o l i d a y S u p p l i e s November 20, 21 & 22 TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES TOGETHER.
Zoller beaconsports December 2019 @live.com THE BEACON Page 13B By Melanie Alexander For as long as I can By remember, baking Maxine cookies for Christmas Klump has been part of our family traditions. My mother always Community made sure Correspondent we baked sugar cookies cut into many shapes and then email@example.com “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 sugar 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 chilled. 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, softened 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 (no-bake) 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! BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY C By John Hawley Purdue Extension Educator firstname.lastname@example.org 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 peer-reviewed. 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 Remedies” 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 livelihoods. 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 email@example.com. 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