In 2014, the writing was on the

wall for the North Dearborn Elementary

School. Sunman Dearborn

School Corporation’s enrollment had

declined, and finances were upside

down. Faced with hard choices, the

school board made the decision to

close the North Dearborn Elementary


Since 2015, the vacated school has

been a topic of conversation concerning

the future of the building and the

land upon which it sits. The fate of the

structure has finally been decided.

Determining the future of the

property has been hindered by state



North Dearborn Elementary’s Fate Determined

laws that dictate how the repurposing

of the facility can be handled. For the

first two years after the closing of the

facility, the Sunman Dearborn School

Corporation was required to offer to

lease the building to a charter or private

school for the fee of $1 per year.

At that time, the economy was not

conducive to such an opportunity, and

two years passed without such a deal

being struck.

In 2017, the school corporation held

an auction to clear out all of the fixtures

in the school. Desks, equipment,

and cafeteria items that could not be

utilized elsewhere in the corporation

were sold to the highest bidder. The

result- an empty building, once filled

with the excitement of students as they

rushed to classes and school activities,

stood vacant.

At that point, state law allowed

for the building to be put up for sale.

However, the price of the building was

dictated by an appraisal of fair market

value. The structure was shown to

potential buyers four times- each time

the response was that it was too big to

fit their needs.

Finally, in 2018, state law allowed

the school board to set its own price

Continued on page 3A

Area first-grade students

share holiday wishes

with Santa. Page 6A

A Visit from Scrooge

John Blasdel welcomed people to

Hillforest during the Ghost walk.

Page 6B

A Dog’s Point of View

Keep you pet safe this holiday


Page 11B





Permit No. 9714


PO Box 4022

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

A future hockey player in

the making.

Zoey Boggs, Jaylynn Grizzell, and Wyld

Heimann were all smiles as they sped

across the ice.

Megan Brown, Claire Nagel, and Brady Buddenburg

keep skate rentals gliding along at

the rink. (Photos by Dawn Lanphier)

Cool Fun!

Community residents from

near and far enjoy ice skating

in Lawrenceburg for

the holiday season.

By Maureen Stenger

As a child, no magic was quite like the magic of Christmas

Eve. It was my favorite night of the entire year. We

began the evening by attending church at Our Lady of

Visitation in Bridgetown. We then traveled over the hills

and through the woods to my Great Aunt El’s house, where

the entire side of my father’s family gathered to celebrate.

After a delicious meal, we splurged on scrumptious cookies

and buckeyes that my grandma and her sisters had spent

countless hours preparing. We then opened a ridiculous

amount of gifts followed by the adults playing cards as

the children relished in the sounds of joy and laughter that

filled that warm and happy home. Aunt El always said

it was the one night of the entire year that we all were

together. Reflecting on Christmases past got me thinking

about holiday traditions in other families and in our communities

that capture and celebrate the enchantment of


High up on Sutton Hill in Aurora, an eighty-year-old tradition

continues to light up the night sky. Every December,

Jack and Beth Sutton carry on their family custom of hanging

and lighting The Sutton Star. In 1850 Doctor George

Sutton built his house on the property now known as Sutton

Hill. Throughout the years, the land has remained in the

Lily practiced skating with

the aid of a skate helper.


Park Planned

for Greendale

When the legacy of an individual

of someone as vibrant as Lauren Hill

inspires a community, the effects are

limitless. Ms. Hill’s incredible drive

to never give up is yet again touching

lives in our community. A vision for a

park named in memory of Lauren Hill

is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Located at the corner of Georgetown

and Fairway Roads, the Lauren Hill

Memorial is planned to be constructed

on what once was a landfill. The City

of Greendale, owners of the property,

graciously agreed to lease the

property to the Friends of Lauren Hill

Foundation, a local nonprofit organization.

During the fifteen-year term of

the lease, the Friends of Lauren Hill

Foundation will be responsible for the

development and maintenance of the

memorial park.

Current plans for the park include an

enclosed area of two-thirds of an acre for

use by owners with small dogs. Adjoining

that area is a one-and-one-third acre

area to be used by larger dogs and their

owners. A one-mile introductory level

mountain bike trail is also being planned.

Parking and signage are being considered

during the development stage.

Plans for the development of the

property are contingent upon approval

of the site by the Indiana Department

of Environmental Management.

The Friends of Lauren Hill Foundation

envision the park expanding in the

future to include basketball courts, a

disc golf course, and other recreational


Continued on page 3A

A Community Filled with Holiday Traditions

Free Event

A Christmas tree has filled the center of Second Street

for sixteen years. (Photo courtesy of Main Street Aurora)

family. Jack and Beth Sutton are the fifth generation of Suttons

to live on the hill and the third generation to carry on

this tradition of hanging the star. Jack Sutton shared that the

Continued on page 4A

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Reason for the Season

I received the biggest compliment

recently. My neighbors

did something wonderful,

so I baked a chocolate

cake to thank them for their

kindness. A few weeks later,

I saw the couple, and Donna,

a farmer’s wife for over sixty

years, commented that my

cake tasted very good. Wow!

Was I ever thrilled! I don’t

think she knew how much her

kind words meant. She really

made my day.

Isn’t that the secret to a

happy life? Making other

people’s day? If only we

could all remember to strive

to make someone else unexpectedly

delighted every day.

What a nice place this world

would be.

At the recent Dearborn

County Chamber annual dinner,

quite a few members of

our community were recognized.

Of course, a multitude

of speeches were given by all

different professionals and

age groups. As I sat back and

listened, I picked up on an

underlying theme in each and

every speech- how great our

community is because of the

extra efforts made by individuals

dedicated to making

our community a great place

to live. How lucky we are

that those individuals are our


Holiday seasons can sometimes

be a bit rough. The rosy

picture of families and heartfelt

family traditions is often

not the case for some people.

As I see it, we have two

choices- sit back and feel sad

about what could have been,

or forge ahead and make new


Forging ahead is precisely

what Ken Maddin has done.

He took the lemons that were

handed him and made lemonade,

so to speak. When

pondering the potential of a

difficult holiday season this

year, Ken decided to take

matters in his own hands and

started what is sure to be a

holiday tradition- A Christmas

with Friends.

The event is for anyone who

is faced with spending Christmas

alone. The outpouring of

The Beacon team. Front- Rhonda Trabel, Susan Carson, Connie Webb, Debbie Acasio, Sue

Siefert, Gloria Carter, Bob Waples. Back- Debbie Stutz, Cherie Maddin, Lisa Schall, Laura

Keller, Debbie Zimmer, Chris Nobbe, Maureen Stenger, Fred Schmidt, Doris Butt, Margaret

Drury, Myrtle White. Not pictured, John Hawley, Melanie Alexander, Susan Cottingham, PG

Gentrup, Barbara Wetzler, Lisa West, Rebecca Davies, Liz Janszen, Korry Johnson, Ollie

Roehm, Merrill and Linda Hutchinson, Karis Troyer, Mary-Alice Helms, Katie Ulrich.

Merry Christmas!

The team at the BEACON wish all of you a

happy, peaceful holiday season.

May peace be your gift at Christmas

and your blessing all through the year.

support for the event has been

incredible! I personally would

love to share Christmas with

all of the wonderful people

who are coming together because

of Ken Maddin’s vision

and drive to make our community

a better place.

Ken’s dedication to helping

those in need began long

before most of us knew that

famous face that appeared in

the real estate market thirtyfour

years ago. He comes

from a family of eight, five of

them being girls. (No wonder

his hair always looks perfect!).

Ken’s parents worked

tirelessly to instill the value of

giving back in their children,

and Ken certainly took the

lesson to heart.

Ken was blessed to marry

Cherie Beall forty years ago.

Early in their marriage, Ken

suggested they “adopt” a family

for the holidays. He went

to the elementary school and

chose a name from the Giving

Tree, an experience that

changed their lives.

Ken arranged to meet the

father of the family the night

before Christmas to deliver

toys and food so that the

family could be surprised on

Christmas morning. What the

Maddins found was indeed

a family in need. The home

even had cardboard tacked

on the side for siding and

insulation. That family was

so thankful for the Maddin’s

generosity, and even though

they were struggling, they

sent a beautiful card expressing

their gratitude to the Maddins.

Their kind words still

bring a tear to the Maddin’s

eyes today. The experience

was truly humbling and led to

years of giving back for the


The Maddin family motto

is, “Be honest, work hard, and

give back.” It was instilled

in the Maddin’s children and

is reflected in all that Ken

and Cherie do today. They

were recently honored for the

establishment of the Maddin-

Beall Family Fund, a donoradvised

endowment for grants

to charitable organizations

that make a difference.

Mr. Maddin has given

back to the community as a

past member of Aurora City

Council, the Dearborn County

Ken Maddin and his buddy


Planning Commission, The

Dearborn Community Foundation

Scholarship Committee,

the Dearborn County

Hospital Foundation, and the

Dearborn County Chamber.

Longtime friend Jim

Thatcher shared, “Ken Maddin

is a man with a huge heart

and the drive to make good

things happen for our community.

His idea, A Christmas

with Friends, will provide a

meal and fellowship for folks

who would otherwise be alone

on Christmas Day. The event

is a testimony to Ken’s character.

Ken Maddin is truly a

good man.”

Over the years as Ken’s

real estate business grew, he

never forgot to give back. He

made a point to give back a

percentage of his commission

for each sale to organizations

such as the Heart House, We

Care, and PAWS. Fast forward,

one of those donations

made a lasting impression on

Ken, who is now the proud

companion of a rescue dog

named Tanner. If only that

dog could talk...

Thank you, Ken Maddin,

for making a difference in

the lives of so many in our

community, and for having

the vision to show us all that

a silver lining can be found in

every situation.

(Remember, behind every

good man is a great woman.

Thanks to you too, Cherie!)


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Last month’s item was a fluter dated 1875. The tool was

used to place ruffles in dresses and clothing. Submitted

guesses ranged from a wringer for laundry to a hand crank

pasta noodle cutter. (A

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The proposed location for the Lauren hill Memorial Park.

Lauren Hill Memorial Park

Continued from page 1A

The purpose of the park is

to provide a destination where

the residents of Bright, Greendale,

and Hidden Valley can

interact, resulting in a stronger

sense of community. The organization’s

vision is to continue

the mantra inspired by Lauren

Hill, “Never give up.”

Several elements must be

taken into consideration when

planning a dog park. According

to Cindy Rottinghaus, the

planner for the Aurora Dog

Park, visiting other successful

dog parks is imperative. When

planning for the Aurora Dog

park, she toured several parks

across the region and noted

what made each successful.

“The best thing for planning

is to think like a dog,

not like a human who thinks

they know what a dog wants,”

shared Ms. Rottinghaus.

“They want to run free. Large

fenced areas are a must.”

The development of specific

sections within a dog park is

imperative. Having two areas

for smaller dogs and two areas

for larger dogs allows for

rotational usage. When the turf

in one area becomes worn out,

the other field can be used.

A separate area for agility

training is recommended. The

designated space allows dogs

to concentrate on the task at


Fence placement is vital

for the maintenance of the

dog park. Gates must be wide

enough to accommodate

commercial mowing equipment.

Accessibility between

lots should be planned to

maintain a secure perimeter

in case a furry friend chooses

to explore as inner gates are

being used.

Ms. Rottinghaus stressed

the need for a water source

at the dog park. Through her

research, she found that the

most efficient location for a

water spigot is outside of the

dog fenced sections to alleviate

potential muddy areas

within the fenced play areas.

The Lauren Hill Memorial

Park is slated to open in the

spring of 2020.

N. Dearborn

Continued from page 1A

for the property. The amount

of $25,000 was established

for use by a nonprofit or partnering

organization. Sadly, the

size of the building was once

again an obstacle for those

who showed interest in the

property. In good conscience,

the school board took into

consideration the future of

the property. Their goal was

to ensure that the property

did not become developed

improperly. Therefore the

decision was finally made to

demolish the now-unusable

structure and return the land

to a state of pasture and green


A plan has been put into

place to address the demolition

of the old school.

However, each step of the

process takes time. After

sitting vacant for four and a

half years, the old school had

some environmental issues

that had to be addressed.

Phase one of the demolition

plan included the removal of

some underground tanks on

the property and provided

for an evaluation of asbestos

and lead concerns within the

building. The analysis showed

that the threats were minimal,

but these issues still need to

be handled.

Currently, several entities

are working together in hopes

of receiving a grant for the

second phase of the project,

which entails demolishing the

building. The grant amount is

$500,000 and requires a ten

percent match by the school

corporation. Asbestos and

lead abatement, as well as

issues concerning black mold,

will be handled with this


“Overall, the board feels

that they would not be good

stewards of the taxpayers’

Continued on page 12A

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Celebrating Holiday Cheer Throughout the Community

Continued from page 1A

star, which is made of plywood,

wire, and light sockets,

has five points measuring

about five feet to the tip, and

it has a total of twenty-one

lights. The star has been

re-wired twice since 1939,

and it is now activated by a

timer. When it is not in use, it

is stored in the garage suspended

from the rafters. When

I asked Mr. Sutton about the

significance of this family tradition,

he said, “2019 marks

the eightieth consecutive year

that the Sutton Hill Star will

shine above the City of Aurora.

We are proud to continue

this annual tradition and hope

it brightens the night sky of

all who see it.”

Another star that lights up

the night sky at Christmastime

can be seen if you travel up

the road to Northern Dearborn

County to The Lutz Family

Farm. Dale Lutz, the owner of

Cornerstone Realty and The

Lutz Auction Center, hangs

a large bright star from atop

one of the silos that adorns

his homestead each December.

His son, Randy, made the

star in 1999 when he was a

student at East Central High

School during agriculture

class. We frequently pass

through the area, and my

children always look forward

to seeing the pretty star that

lights up dark and windy

North Dearborn Road. This

past year the silo was taken

down, but I have been assured

the star will go back up somewhere

else on the farm for all

who pass by to enjoy.

I had the pleasure of speaking

with lifelong Aurora

resident, Charlotte Hastings,

who graciously shared with

me her favorite childhood

memories from the Christmas

season and what made that

time so special for her growing

up. Mrs. Hastings was one

of six children, and her family

home had a special room,

known as the Christmas room.

The room was where the tree

would go up every year and

where her family would all

gather around to open the

gifts. The anticipation of

glorious Christmas morning

was amplified as her father

had a tradition of ringing

jingle bells and mimicking the

sound of footsteps on the roof.

For over seventy years, Santa

Claus also made an appearance

at her family Christmas


Mrs. Hastings also spoke

of an Aurora town staple,

Schuck Plumbing and Heating,

where owner Ray Schuck

would create dazzling window

displays that brandished the

decor of the season. “When

I think of Christmas, that’s

what I think of,” recalled

Mrs. Hastings. The window

displays featured life-sized

animated figurines such as a

decorated horse and buggy and

Santa with his sleigh. Other

Aurora town traditions Mrs.

Hastings fondly remembered

included a giant Christmas

tree that lit up Second and

Main Streets every year for

all to enjoy. Also encompassing

the true Christmas spirit in

the area was a real-life Santa

Claus in the form of Dillsboro

resident, Jerry Legge. For fifty

years, he drove his tractor and

wagon through town, filled

to the brim with gifts for all

of the little boys and girls.

There were so many gifts that

Mr. Legge enlisted the help of

Lawrenceburg holds an

Annual Community Tree

Lighting Ceremony each

December. The tree graces

the end of Walnut Street.

friends and co-workers to pass

them out. Mr. Legge wanted

to make sure that all children,

especially those that had very

little, received a package to

open. The legacies of Jerry

Legge’s selflessness and of

Ray Schuck, who worked hard

to spread Christmas cheer,

continue to warm the hearts of

all of those who were fortunate

to experience their kindness.

Another family with a

yearly holiday custom is The

Luhring Family of Sunman.

They shared with me what

makes the December season

so memorable for them. It

seems that Mr. and Mrs. Claus

also have been visiting their

family Christmas Eve gathering

for twenty-eight years!

Jim Gilbert of Sunman is the

current Mr. Claus and has

been coming to the gathering

for the past seven years.

The family tradition consists

of singing “Jingle Bells” as

Santa walks through the door.

Each child in attendance

receives a gift. Even some

The Sutton Star has shown brightly on a hill above Aurora

since 1939. It has been featured in a painting by Tony Callahan

commissioned by Mayor Donnie Hastings.

Barb (Sommer) Badel from

Morris and Bob Sommer

looked forward to joining

neighbor Dean Knigga

each year in Bear Branch to

find the perfect cedar tree

for Christmas. This photo is

dated 1960.

lucky adults receive a gift

as well! Everyone gets their

picture taken with Mr. and

Mrs. Claus, and the evening

commences with a rousing

rendition of “We Wish You a

Merry Christmas” as Mr. and

Mrs. Claus make their way

out to the next stop. Family

member, Kim Wuestefeld

said, “It’s a tradition. I don’t

remember a Christmas when

they didn’t come! It’s a simple

reminder of the innocence and

wonder of being a kid.”

On a freezing cold November

evening, I headed over to

Bright, where I was fortunate

enough to attend a meeting of

the Bright Lions Club, to learn

about how they help to spread

Christmas cheer in their area.

The Bright Lions Club will be

forty-two years old on December

twenty-ninth, and they

tout seventy-two members.

The organization does a lot of

good throughout the community,

including providing vision

screenings for elementary

students in the area schools

and donating various medical

equipment to those who are in


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Holiday Cheer Can Be Found Near and Far for All to Enjoy

Oldenburg celebrates Holiday Under the Spires each

season with carolling and carriage rides. (Photo courtesy

of Webber Photography)

Veraestau is decorated in holiday splendor and open for

tours. (Photo courtesy of the Dearborn County Convention

and Visitors Bureau)

Continued from page 4A

The Bright Lions Club also

hosts an annual Picture with

Santa Event. The event has

been going strong for thirtynine

years and used to be held

in the old Bright firehouse.

Bright Lions Club member,

Art Little

Art Little,

shared with

me that he





Santa Claus.

The role was


because he

bore a striking resemblance

with his white beard. He

spoke of the joy he got from

seeing the pure delight and

wonder in all of the children’s

eyes who sat on his lap over

the years, sharing with him

their hopes and wishes. He

shared how one little girl had

walked a long way to the

firehouse in the cold, pouring

rain just to meet the fellow

who came from The North

Pole. Mr. Little said he was

going to make sure, no matter

what, that that little girl would

get a Christmas. The most

touching thing Mr. Little

shared when looking back on

the years he spent dressed to

the nines as the man in the big

red suit was, “Knowing he

held two generations of

children on his lap.” At this

year’s event held at the Lion’s

Club Building behind the

Dave Nash



each child

received a

free picture

and a

stocking full

of treats!

Lion Club


Dave Nash,

has taken over the coveted

role of Santa.

Crossing over to Franklin

County, we find ourselves in

Mary Luhring with Mr. and

Mrs. Claus at the Luhring

Family Christmas Eve gathering.

Mary passed away

this past June at the age of

ninety-six years young. (Photo

courtesy of Erin Darringer)

the quaint town of Oldenburg.

Affectionately known as “The

Village of Spires” due to its

churches and religious educational

institutions, the historic

town goes all out for the

Christmas holiday. In 2002 a

local group of businesspeople

began Holiday Under the

Spires, which is a chance to

enjoy the beauty and festivities

of the town. In 2015, Oldenburg

Academy’s National

Business Honor Society joined

the endeavor. Jonathon Maple,

Assistant Principal of Oldenburg

Academy, is part of the

core committee and explained,

“Our goal is to catch the holiday

spirit under the spires! It is


the Holidays

Give an evening of great food to

family and friends.

By giving a gift certificate to

Market Street Grille,

you are giving them the

slow, exciting anticipation of

a great evening out.


a free day for families to help

promote the businesses and

charm in Oldenburg.” Attendees

are treated to horse-drawn

carriage rides, free Christmas

cookies, live music, and

specials in the local shops. The

Boar’s Head Festival, which

is a free musical event funded

by The Batesville Arts Council

that culminates the entire Holidays

Under the Spires, is held

in the Sisters of St. Francis

Chapel. Mr. Maple concludes,

“We try to keep it as traditional

as possible, so people know

what to expect, but always add

a few fun changes.”

Clearly, if you desire to get

into the Christmas spirit, you

need not look any further than

our surrounding communities

as a plethora of festivities

is available. But perhaps the

most important traditions are

the ones that happen right in

your own home, surrounded

by the ones you love. Once

upon a Christmas, a brownhaired,

brown-eyed little girl

rushed home from her great

aunt’s house to get to bed

before Jolly Old St. Nicholas

passed through. A sense of

wonder and magic glistened

upon the freshly fallen snow as

the car traveled over the hills

and through the woods of the

west side. As we hurried along,

I spied out the window a red

flash that pierced the night sky.

My five-year-old self knew a

passing plane it was not, indeed

it ‘twas Rudolph’s shiny

nose lighting the way. Now

that I have children of my

own, I think of the traditions

we have created in our own

home, and I find myself wishing

they could always stay this

young. Whatever your Christmas

traditions are, may they

warm your heart and may they

fill you with the sense of wonder

you felt as a child. Most

importantly, “May you never

be too grown up to search the

skies on Christmas Eve.”

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Area first-grade students

recently wrote to Jolly Old

St. Nick about their holiday

wishes. We thought you might

enjoy reading some of their


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Love, Cali Lannan

Dear Santu,

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Love, Beckham Ross

Dear Santu,

Haw are you?! My name is

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Memories and Memorobilia Displayed from World War I and II

By Katie Ulrich

In this time in which we

live, it’s easy to take for

granted the convenience of

our daily lives and the sheer

amount of goods that we have

available to us at all times. On

days such as Veteran’s Day,

we are reminded to reflect on

what was lost. The sacrifices

made by those who devoted

themselves to the betterment

of our country. Their sacrifices

have allowed us to enjoy

this prosperity today.

Thinking of World War I

and II as far away, long gone

wars is pretty easy. They were

wars that didn’t involve the

Midwest, far from the cities

in which we live. But draftees

and volunteers came from

every corner of our nation.

Every community in the country

lost sons and daughters to

the war effort. Local veterans

Tom Savage and Eric Smith

set up a display of World War

memorabilia in the Lawrenceburg

American Legion for

Veteran’s Day weekend. This

memorabilia was available to

the public and was toured by

local school kids.

While Tom Savage was

drafted right after the building

of the Berlin wall (finishing

basic training in January of

1962), he also remembers his

father’s service in World War

I. Neal Savage served from

1917-1919. He passed on

several items from his time

of service to Tom, including a

poster that had been given to

new recruits right out of basic

training. The poster listed

people in the company, including

Mr. Savage, who was

a bugler. Tom’s father also left

a helmet that Tom remembers

playing with as a kid. “We

probably gave it more dents

than he did.” The helmet has

a red diamond on the front,

representing the Sixth Infantry

Division. This division

was also known as the

“Sight-seeing Sixth” because

they marched more than any

other division. Among other

mementos, Mr. Savage has a

metal cup that was engraved

by Jack Cyrus, a soldier who

served with his father. It features

a detailed eagle, as well

as the names Jack Cyrus and

Neal Savage and their dates of

service. This engraving was

Trench art created by Jack

Cyrus while in the trenches

during WWI.

done while Mr. Cyrus and Mr.

Savage were in the trenches

waiting for a battle to start.

Engravings such as this are

known as “trench art.”

Tom Savage’s brother,

Frank, served during World

War II as a radioman on the

USS Springfield. During

the war, the USS Springfield

narrowly avoided a

kamikaze attack, the plane

instead crashing a mere fifty

feet away. Perhaps the most

notable aspect of the USS

Springfield’s career was in

carrying President Roosevelt

on his journey to the Malta

Conference. Frank Savage

lent a medical storage box

from the war for the display,

lid open and entirely empty.

The ship on which the medical

box was found was the

Tachibana Maru, a Japanese

hospital ship. When caught by

the U.S. Navy, The Tachibana

Maru was filled with smuggled

weapons and Japanese

soldiers. These soldiers had

bandages but, upon inspection,

were found to be entirely

uninjured. The elaborate ruse

was done in order to transport

able-bodied soldiers to front

lines. Frank Savage found the

medical box, full of medical

instruments, on the Tachibana

Maru and hid it. He returned

later to find it completely

picked clean. Frank is now in

his nineties and had a medal

of valor presented to him at

a luncheon on Veteran’s Day


Eric Smith has been collecting

war memorabilia for

as long as he can remember,

as early as the age of six

The Greendale


Memorial was

dedicated to

veterans, firefighters,


and police

officers during

the weekend of

Veterans Day.

Frank Savage’s map from his years of service.

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when relatives began passing

items on to him. Eric had six

uncles and three great uncles

who served in World War II.

Over the years, Mr. Smith’s

collection has become extensive.

Eric grew up in Bright,

surrounded by many World

War veterans. He recalls his

childhood, “While other kids

were playing baseball, I was

an Army nut.” Eric enlisted

in the Army at age seventeen,

with his father’s signature

of permission. He arrived in

Vietnam in January 1971 at

just nineteen years old. Eric

served in the Army for over

twenty years and as a Green

Beret for seventeen years,

teaching people how to use all

kinds of weapons.

Mr. Smith helped establish

the American Legion post in

Bright and serves as the Sergeant

at Arms. Although this

was a first-time event in Lawrenceburg,

he regularly sets

up World War displays with

the memorabilia he owns.

In tandem with the Lawrenceburg

display, Greendale

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By Linda Hutchinson

Fresh Starts

A while back, we were on a

long road trip with our three

youngest kids. We threw out

some fun open-ended questions

knowing that they had

LOTS of time in the car to

think about their responses. We

asked questions like, “What do

you want your life to look like

in five years?” “What do you

want to be doing in 10 years?”

“What kind of things are you

doing NOW to get you where

you say you want to go?”

Hearing them verbalize their

dreams and goals out loud was

fun. I think they even surprised

themselves with some of their

answers. The questions made

them think.

These kinds of questions

are not just classic discussionstarters

with kids but with

adults as well. I remember my

husband asking me these same

kinds of questions early in

our marriage. He still does. It

used to drive me crazy. I didn’t

know what I wanted to do

next week, let alone next year.

But as I reflect on those early

years, I am now so thankful

that my husband is a dreamer.

He is always looking ahead

and pushing me to set new

goals. I didn’t like it at first,

but I now see that he is helping

me step out of my comfort


I wish I had written down

some of those early goals we

dreamed about together and

could compare them with our

reality today. Thanks to my

husband’s constant encouragement

and nudging over

the past thirty-five years, I

can honestly say that I am

living my best life ever with

no regrets. That’s not to say

I haven’t made my share of

stupid mistakes; I’ve made

plenty of those. What I think

my husband gave me, though,

was the courage to try new

things in spite of my fears. He

encouraged me to step out of

my comfort zone and set big

goals, even if it meant I made

a mistake or didn’t succeed.

What about you? Is what

you’re doing NOW going to

get you where you want to be

LATER? If you’re on track to

accomplish your dreams and

reach your goals, awesome!

If you’ve already achieved

them, congratulations! You’re

part of the 2% club. Yep,

that’s right. Research shows

that ninety-eight percent of

people die without fulfilling

their dreams. Okay, so maybe

you haven’t seen your wildest

dreams come true. What about

some short term goals? How

do people fair with those? The

results are not much better.

Research shows that, on average,

only eight percent of folks

follow through with their New

Year’s resolutions.

My goal in writing this

is not to depress you but to

Fresh Starts

help refocus your energy and

priorities on where you want

to be. Are you ready for a fresh

start? Are you prepared to put

some verbs in your sentences

and get to work on a real plan

for your future? Do you have

goals or dreams you have not

been able to reach? At Rock

Solid Families, we work all

the time with individuals and

couples who are struggling or

feel stuck. Sometimes, they

come in knowing what their

problem is, but they often have

no idea where to start. They

feel like they are floundering

in a world of indecision.

One way we help our clients

is to ask them to rate the satisfaction

level of different areas

of their lives. We have them

focus on eight different areas:

financial, relational, emotional,

physical, professional, spiritual,

intellectual, and recreational.

After they score the

different areas of their lives,

they focus on one or two areas

with the lowest satisfaction

scores. Together, we work on

setting some SMART goals.

One of the dangers of setting

personal goals is making them

too difficult or unattainable.

Here are some ideas on how

to set some SMART goals and

see your dreams come true.


just say, “I’m going to lose

weight next year.” Write down

a specific goal like “I’m going

to lose five pounds in the next

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four weeks, and then go back

and assess after a month.”


You want to set a goal that can

be measured at some point. If

one of your financial goals is

to put more money into your

savings, put a dollar figure to

that goal. For instance, I want

to save an extra $100 each

week and put it in my savings.

That’s an easy goal to measure.


big is great, but if you give

up in a month, what good was

the goal? Make your goals

achievable. Making New Year

resolutions year after year and

never make it past February

is depressing. Don’t try to

do everything at once. When

we “bite off more than we

can chew,” we get frustrated

and give up before we have a

chance to see the fruits of our

efforts. Be realistic in what

you can accomplish. If you

want to save $100 more a

week, but after you pay your

car payment and gas, you only

have $20 left at the end of the

week, then your goal is unrealistic

and unachievable.

R- RELEVANT Put the big

rocks in first. Set goals that

will have an immediate and

positive impact on your life.

Focus on your lowest satisfaction

scores and set goals that

are relevant to those areas

of your life. I recently had

a client who was struggling

relationally and professionally.

She had lost many of her closest

relationships after leaving

her longtime career. Focusing

on those two areas first was

important. Losing weight or

building up her savings account

should not be her top

priority. A relevant goal for her

was to find a job that would

stimulate her both professionally

and relationally.

T- TIME-BASED Putting a

deadline on yourself is crucial.

Setting goals for 2020 is too

broad. Be more specific with

your deadlines. I recommend

no longer than six to eight

weeks at a time, and I highly

recommend sharing your timeline

with a friend or family

member. If you want to reconnect

with your faith, set a goal

to attend church five out of the

next six weeks and ask your

spouse to go along with you.

Remember that these are your

goals, not theirs. Even if they

decline, you should still go.

Instead of saying that you’re

going to start praying “more,”

set a time-based goal that you

can measure. Your goal may

be to set aside fifteen minutes

every day for prayer.

If you’re reading this and

already having doubts that

you can hit the reset button

and make a fresh start, solicit

the help of a friend, coach, or

counselor. Don’t try to go it

alone. We all need the support

and encouragement of others.

As I mentioned earlier, my

husband has always been a

HUGE encouragement to me

to get out of my comfort zone

and dream big. Rock Solid

Families, was one of those big

dreams that we began envisioning

over eight years ago.

We both felt that God was preparing

us for something new

by working with couples and

families full time but didn’t

quite know the “how” or the

“when” or even the “where.”

I am so thankful that Merrill

kept nudging me to dream big.

What about you? What’s

your passion? As the new year

approaches, now is a great time

to pause and reflect on a few

questions. Be honest and transparent

with yourself. Where

am I now? Where do I want

to be next year? In five years?

Is what I’m doing right now

going to get me there? If it’s

not, maybe the time has come

to push the reset button. Make

some changes. Solicit help.

Don’t settle for anything less.

Linda Hutchinson is the

Executive Director of Rock

Solid Families, a faith-based

life coaching organization in

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Less Waste,

More Cheer

By Stefanie Hoffmeier

According to the National

Retail Federation, consumers

say they will spend an average

of $1,047.83 this holiday season,

up 4% from 2018. Spending

more means more packaging,

mailing boxes, wrapping

paper, and food containers.

Household waste increases

by 25% from Thanksgiving

to New Years. It’s time to

reduce, reuse, and “recycle all

the way”! Here are a few tips

to make your holidays have

less waste and more cheer.

• Give an experience instead

of stuff. Tickets to a show or

an event require no packaging

and only leave behind memories

instead of trash.

• If you are baking holiday

treats as a gift, package them

in reusable containers.

• Send your holiday greetings

and party invites via

email or social media to reduce

the amount of paper that

will end up in the trash.

• Keep reusable bags in

your car for holiday shopping.

If you forget your reusable

bags, plastic bags can be recycled

at big-box retailers like

Kroger and Target.

• Make sure you have a recycling

container for guests to

use. Wrapping paper, plastic

bottles, aluminum cans, and

glass bottles are all recyclable.

• Food packaging such as

cartons for broth, eggnog,

milk, and juice can all be

recycled. Metal cans and flattened

cardboard box packaging

can also be placed in the

recycling bin.

• Cardboard shipping boxes

can be recycled if they are

flattened down. Styrofoam

peanuts, bubble wrap, and

plastic cushioning cannot be

recycled. When shipping gifts,

use shredded paper or newspaper

as cushioning.

• Holiday gift bags, tissue

paper, and bows can

be reused. Gift bags, tissue

paper, and wrapping paper

can also be recycled if they

are flattened down and any

ribbons or strings removed.

Consider wrapping gifts using

recyclable materials or reusable

shopping bags. Fabric

used for wrapping paper has

a homemade look and can be

reused the next year.

• Use durable, washable

dishes and serving ware

during your party or family

get-together. Paper plates and

plastic silverware are not recyclable

and contribute to a large

portion of the holiday trash.

The members of your

household will probably receive

at least a few electronic

items as gifts for Christmas

this year. Don’t just discard

or shove the old electronics

that are being replaced to the

back of a closet or basement.

Electronics contain toxins that

can leak into the environment

when dumped into a landfill.

The Dearborn County Recycling

Center (DCRC) accepts

electronics for recycling free

of charge year-round for Dearborn

County residents. The

DCRC accepts televisions (for

a fee), computers, monitors,

tablets, cell phones, game consoles,

camcorders, cameras,

printers, keyboards, and more.

Electronics contain valuable,

reusable materials like gold,

steel, silver, copper, and glass

that can be recycled. Not only

are the electronics harmful to

the environment, but rechargeable

batteries that are in those

electronics create a fire hazard

in waste hauling trucks. You

can bring non-alkaline batteries

to the DCRC Drive-Thru

to be recycled. Regular alkaline

batteries are safe to place

in your regular trash.

As you put up or take down

your holiday string lights, you

may find that you have broken

strands, or you may want to

invest in newer, more energyefficient

LED lights. Before

throwing your old lights in the

trash, consider recycling them

at the DCRC. String lights

contain common recyclable

materials like metal, plastic,

and sometimes glass. The

DCRC Drive-Thru accepts

string lights year-round. Never

put them in curbside recycling

bins, as they get tangled in

recycling sorting machines.

Real Christmas trees,

wreaths, and garland can

be chipped up for mulch or

composted. Make sure that all

decorations and wires are removed.

For Lawrenceburg residents,

you can take your tree


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My old friend Bob Hyle,

God rest his soul, was a huge

fan of the movie “Hoosiers”

and always maintained that

it is the greatest movie ever

made. Bob was a Bright resident,

longtime columnist and

sports reporter for The Harrison

Press, and a fine man.

He loved basketball more than

anyone I’ve ever known.

I used to tease Bob a lot

about my Indiana basketball

bona fides vs. his. Bob, a ’69

grad, went to LaSalle High

School in Cincinnati, and I

went to little Whitewater High

School in Franklin County,

Indiana. I played basketball

all four years and got to experience

something wonderful

that Bob did not while growing

up in Cheviot and going

to LaSalle. Basketball was a

sport where Bob lived. It was

almost a religion in my part of

the world.

Practices began the first

week of October, and games

started in early November.

Prior to the first regularseason

game, we always had

to the City Garage and place it

in a special collection container

for trees. Some neighborhoods

like Hidden Valley Lake

offer their residents a place

to recycle trees. Greendale

residents can put their tree out

with the regular yard waste

collection. Always check with

your waste hauler to see if

they pick up trees in the weeks

following Christmas. If the

thought of hauling your tree to

another location is too daunting,

then you can chop up the

branches and needles and use

them under trees and shrubs as

winter mulch.

It’s easy to reduce your

waste during the holidays

when you plan ahead. If you

are not sure if an item is recyclable,

visit DearbornCounty-

a “soap game” scrimmage to

which the community was

invited. The admission fee

was a bar of soap, and when

the game was over, we always

had enough soap for showers

for the rest of the season.

Friday nights during basketball

season in Indiana

attracted just about everyone.

Tiny gyms in tiny high

schools filled up with farmers,

factory workers, mechanics,

housewives, and folks from

all walks of life. Depending

on where you were sitting,

you could smell cow dung,

pig poop, perfume, chewing

tobacco, popcorn, Old Spice,

sweat, fuel oil, and other wonderful

aromas. It was cramped,

loud, smelly, and it was great.

We played schools, now

long gone, like Alquina,

Kitchel, Laurel, Liberty,

Fountain City, Sunman, North

Dearborn, Waldron, New

Point, Milroy, College Corner,

and many others. With just

a couple of exceptions, the

gyms were cracker boxes.

The College Corner gym

was truly special. The centerline

also served as the state

line, dividing Indiana and

Ohio. Every time you crossed

it, you changed states. If you

straddled it, you were in both

states. When Indiana was on

Central Time, a player could

shoot from the Indiana side

and make a basket an hour

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later in Ohio. Or something

like that…

Many of the gyms, including

College Corner, were so

small that fast breaks were

downright dangerous. The

wall was located about a foot

from the basket, and guys often

slammed into it while running

full blast. Even though

there was usually a pad to

help absorb the blow, injuries

were common.

Analgesic balm was the primary

go-to when treating injuries

of most sorts. It was an

orange goo that came out of

a five-gallon bucket, and you

could smell the stuff a continent

away. Think Ben Gay,

but much, much stronger.

Since the best basketball shoe

back then was the Converse

All-Star, there were plenty of

sprains, shin splints, and the

like. Enter the orange goo.

But during the early ‘70s,

everything changed. Schools

consolidated, gyms got bigger,

and other sports and activities

became popular. As a result,

Indiana high school basketball

became less important.

I was fortunate to experience

the true essence of

Indiana basketball, orange

goo, and all. There will never

be anything like it again. And

I was even more fortunate to

know a man like Bob Hyle.

There will never be anyone

like him again.

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Although the United States

had officially gone to war just

eight days into December of

1941, we who were kids were

somewhat blissfully unaware

of the burdens our parents

were carrying. Christmas was

still Christmas, so we thought,

in spite of the glaring black

headlines in the newspapers

and the somber voices of

newscasters on the radio. I

don’t think any of us actually

knew what “war” meant.

I remember being worried

when I heard the teachers at

school discussing who might

be “drafted,” and I heard them

whisper the name of our beloved

music teacher, Mr. Zepp.

Oh, no. Mr. Zepp couldn’t be

leaving, could he? And what

about our dad? Our mother

quickly quieted our fears about

our father by explaining that,

having married a little later

in life, Dad’s age made him

ineligible for the draft. Even

though his number had come

up during World War I, the

war had ended before he was

called to serve. “Thank goodness,”

I thought, “Daddy is between

wars!” And so we went

on preparing for Christmas.

I was just six years old, enjoying

my first year of school.

What fun we had, making

wreaths by tracing our handprints

on green paper, then

cutting the images out and

pasting them together in circles.

We decorated the wreaths

however our imaginations

dictated, with colored pictures

Christmas 1941

of fruits, berries, and bells cut

from magazine photos. We

thought the wreaths were gorgeous

when we hung them in

the classroom windows. Miss

Wiebe brought in a small cedar

tree, which made the room

smell heavenly. We decorated

it with colored paper chains

and bows made of strips of

red and green cloth. Oh, what

a work of art!

We could hear the high

school band practicing Christmas

songs in the cafeteria below

our room. We sang Christmas

carols in Music Class. We

each drew a classmate’s name

from an emptied oatmeal box

so that we could be a “secret

Santa.” We were to bring in a

gift (not to exceed twenty-five

cents) for the person whose

name we had drawn. The gifts

were to be placed under the

tree and would be distributed

by Santa Claus, who was to

visit each classroom on the

last day before Christmas

break. How exciting was that?

Of course, the name one had

drawn was supposed to be a

deep, dark secret, but somehow

became common knowledge

in a very short time.

Brookville is a Christmas

sort of town. Even though

they must have been concerned

about the war and

what it might mean to their

families and their businesses,

the merchants did their best

to spread the cheer, that year.

The windows were decorated

as always, with displays ranging

from toys and ice skates

to kitchen ranges or lovely

lingerie and dresses. Many a

once- sparkling store window

showed smudges left by little

fingers and noses, pressed as

close as possible to the wonders

arranged inside.

Churches, too, were special

during that waiting time

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before Christmas. Sunday

school teachers told wonderful

stories of the first Christmas.

There were moving

Christmas pageants, with

farmers and teachers and

bankers dressed in various

bathrobes and head wraps

portraying kings and shepherds.

Children sang Christmas

songs and squirmed

under the lights, struggling to

remember the lines to poems

they had memorized. There

was always a “fellowship dinner”

held after the last Sunday

service before Christmas, in

a church basement redolent

with the scent of previous

chili suppers.

In 1941 the Great Depression

was on its last legs, but

families still were feeling its

effects. Our parents were very

frugal. Money was scarce in

our house, so we had learned

to substitute what we had for

what we wanted. While our

Christmas tree might not have

looked so elegant that year,

Julie and I thought it was gorgeous.

Mother was an expert

at making “something” out

of “nothing.” She had gathered

sycamore balls, which

we had wrapped in foil saved

throughout the year, and hung

them on the tree branches.

She had painted the edges of

pine cones with silver, gold,

or white paint. They, too,

were hung on the tree. There

were one or two strings of

colored lights, which died

each time a bulb burned out.

The budget was stretched to

accommodate the purchase

of a 10 cent box of silvery

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go to our aunts, uncles, and

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I still can feel the excitement

that built up during

those last few days before

Christmas. The culmination

at school was on the last day

before Christmas break. That

day was completely given to

celebrating Christmas. We

were to have a spelling test

to justify having school on

that day, but the words were

“sleigh,” “snow,” and “tree.”

At last, we heard the unmistakable

sound of sleigh

bells, and a loud “Ho, ho,

ho”! He was here—Santa was

on his way to our first-grade

room. We were spellbound

when the red suit filled the

door, and Santa was actually

in the room. He brought

with him gifts for each child.

We opened the brown paper

bags to find that each held an

apple, an orange, peanuts in

the shell, and a striped candy

cane. What a haul! Santa was

very friendly. He made the

rounds of the room, actually

calling some of the students

by name. As he left, he patted

the girls on the head and

shook hands with the boys. It

was wonderful!

When I got home after

school, Mother met me at

the door to see the gift from

my “secret Santa” (a pretty

colored handkerchief—no

Kleenex or Puffs back then!)

and the bag of goodies from

Santa. That was when I was

hit by a dilemma—should

I tell her or not? Would she

be upset with me? I decided

that it was time. “Mother,” I

blurted, “I don’t believe there

is a Santa Claus!”

She blinked a couple of

times and then asked the

one question I was hoping

she would skip. “Why do

you think that?” She asked.

“Didn’t Santa come to school


“Yes, he did,” I answered.

“But I know who it was in

that suit. It was Daddy!”

“How did you know that?”

she asked, never denying

what I had claimed.

“Well,” I admitted slowly,

“When he patted me on the

head, I saw the ring on his

finger. It was Daddy’s wedding


To my surprise, Mother

began laughing. When Daddy

came home and she told him

my story, he laughed, too.

It was kind of a sad year,

1941, when I learned about

Santa and the world reeled

into a terrible war. But I

learned that it was more fun to

keep the secret about Christmas

from Julie, and later, my

younger sister, Ellen. And the

world was learning about the

strength, unity, and courage

that is America.

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Dear Marie,

My very good friend is

going to have a total knee

replacement surgery next

month. She is determined

to go home after surgery

and take care of herself even

though she is single and lives

alone. She does, however,

concede that she will need

people to come to check on

her to see if she needs anything.

One of her daughters

has offered to take her to her

home after surgery, where

she will receive loving care

to assist her in her recovery.

I personally know women

who have had excellent care

after surgery and women who

have not. I am convinced

that having supportive care

for a week or ten days can

make all the difference in


Marie, I think my friend

is being stubborn. How can

I convince her to go to her

daughter’s where she will get

excellent care?

Janet from Brookville

Dear Janet,

I can understand your concern

for your friend. Having

a knee replacement is a major

surgery. Your friend will be

on pain pills, which could

impede her judgment; she

will need someone to help her

keep track of her medicine

schedule for the first few days

and perhaps up to a week.

As with any surgery, complications

are possible, in

which case she will undoubtedly

need to have someone

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you, having all of one’s papers

in order is important. A

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table. We were all shocked

and stunned; anything can

happen. There is no such

thing as a simple operation.

Convince your friend to

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daughter. She will be grateful

after the surgery to have

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From a Dog’s Point of View

By Axle and Tammy Turner

Well hello. My name is

Axle, and I am a four-yearold

Shepherd/Husky mix here

at the shelter. I get to talk to

you about holiday parties.

Now, not to brag, but I am

a real party animal around

here. I love to play with my

toys and run with the other

dogs. My favorite thing is to

spend some one-on-one time

with the wonderful people

who come in and take me for

walks. I get to really tell them

how things are going with

my friends and me. So if you

come and adopt me, I can be

the entertainment for your

holiday get together. I really

am a good boy.

So let’s talk. Hosting a

holiday party or family gettogether,

or maybe a New

Year’s Eve Party? Please

be considerate of your pets.

They are used to having you

around all the time, and may

not be comfortable having a

lot of people around or with

all the commotion that can

come with the holiday parties.

If your pets are uncomfortable

around other people, you

may want to consider putting

them in another room while

the party is going on. Now

that doesn’t mean to shut the

door and forget them for a

while. Remember, all they

really want is to be with you.

Maybe put them in with their

bed or some blankets and toys

and also have the TV on to

drown out some of the noise.

What can also help a pet is to

give them one of your shirts

that has been worn. Your scent

on the shirt can also work as

a comforting agent. Be sure

to check on them regularly so

that they won’t feel forgotten.

Then when the get-together is

over, they are great at helping

with the clean-up. Who

needs to get out the sweeper

when you have a dog around,

right? They feel like those

little scraps have been left

just for them. Make sure the

scraps are things that they can

have, or that they don’t get

too much to cause an upset

stomach. Just because you

overate and are feeling like

a balloon in the Macy’s Day

Parade doesn’t mean your pet

has to as well. Do you keep a

list of the things that dogs are

not allowed to eat? Here is

the list to keep as a reminder.

With the holidays coming, the

last thing you want is a trip to

the vet with an agitated pet.

• Chocolate

• Grapes, raisins, currants

• Tea, coffee, soda

• Alcohol

• Mushrooms


• Salt, high sodium snacks

• Cooked bones (they can splinter)

• Raw fish

• Apple seeds

• Yeast bread, cakes

• Xylitol (artificial sweetener)

• Onions, garlic

• Milk, dairy products

• Macadamia nuts

Here at the shelter, our


favorite thing is a Kong toy

with peanut butter in it and

put in the freezer for a while.

It’s like having a popsicle, and

it keeps us occupied for a long


So I hope you have a

wonderful holiday, and don’t

forget to stop by here and see

us. We asked Santa for some

new toys and blankets, so we

are all excited and can’t wait,

but our dream is to all get a

home for the holiday.

Wet Kisses & Wagging Tails,


Old Friends


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new year!

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Grandma, Grandma,

Santa is Gone

Dear readers, I hope you

will enjoy this Christmas


My story began when I

bought a Santa Claus suit on

sale after Christmas. It rested

at the bottom of our decorations

for many years until I

became motivated to create

the old boy. My inspiration

probably comes from a childhood

memory I can clearly

recall today. I am standing

by Mom in our modest

kitchen, which is complete

with an old wood range, an

oilcloth-covered table, and a

pitcher pump sink. For some

reason, probably sassing, my

mom threatens me with the

idea that Santa is outside the

window watching me, and I

had better be good. Of course,

I rush to the window, but the

spy is nowhere in sight.

I prepare Santa by attaching

the pants and the coat with

gloves attached. I create what

I think is a happy face. When

I am stuffing him, I notice I

have attached the bottom of

his coat onto the top of his

pants (not at the waist), making

him an impressive sevenfoot

tall. Ray donates his best

steel-toed boots to the project.

I also make a large bag with

a tag marked For Good Boys

and Girls.

We put strings in his shoulders,

attach him to the ceiling

of the porch, and position

him by the door where he is

checking on us just as my

childhood Santa did. His full

bag sits beside him. Last, we

add a spotlight, so all boys

and girls are aware that Santa

is in the area and know they

had better be good.

Sadly, the scene does not

last long.

We are enjoying an early

family holiday because Ray

and I plan to be in Florida on

the big day. It is granddaughter

Rachel, then three, who

first notices the great theft.

“Grandma, Grandma, Santa is


All that remains are two

dangling strings.

We call the State Police and

the Sheriff. “If you find a very

handsome Santa tossed somewhere,

please return him.”

We report to the local radio

station. “We have a story for

you…” It is on the news immediately.

The next day I put together

a revenge display by

the porch. In the big fellow’s

place, I put a three by fourfoot

sign, which clearly reads

“The Grinch Stole Santa” by

a big pile of coal and sticks. I

doubt if it impresses the thief,

but it makes me feel better.

Three anxious days go by

with no Santa return. Then we

receive a call from the “big

time” news department of

WLW-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Is this the family that lost

their Santa?”

“Yes, it is, and isn’t it awful!”

They have heard about

our loss from your local station.

Head newsman Courtis

Fuller arrives with his cameraman.

They spend a halfhour

interviewing and filming

us. It is a nervous time. My

teacher thoughts fear I will

misuse a verb or say something

dumb. I do make sure

everyone knows Ray’s best

steeled-toed boots went with

him. I am impressed when

Ray ends the interview with

the comment that it will be a

happy Christmas at our house


The next day WLW promotes

“Grinch Steals Santa

Claus” all day. It is fun to

watch. I am pleased my comments

seem rather intelligent.

Surely after hundreds of

thousands hear our message,

Santa will find his way home.

Not so. Days go by with no


This all happens while we

are still working. Ray takes

some vacation time and travels

to our mobile in Inverness

early. I will fly down when

my school holiday break

starts. That is why I am home

alone at the farmstead on December

20. It’s a little shaky

time for me, but I tell myself I

can handle it.

One evening around 8 pm,

to be exact, a telephone ring

breaks my solitude. It is a call

from the sheriff’s dispatcher,

“Someone has reported your

Santa on the road near your

house.” I hurry to the front

door, look out at the pitchblackness,

and then fearfully

retreat into the house. Finally,

curiosity overcomes me. I

decide I will brave getting

into our truck and drive down

the road in search of the old


I open the side door and

stop in my tracks. Our Santa

is sitting upright in a lawn

chair by the door. Not a

hair has been disturbed. Yes,

he even has on Ray’s best

steel-toed boots. Tucked in

his hand is a note from a kind

person who says he is happy

to return him.

There’s no place like home

for the holidays as proven

by the return of Santa.

I joyfully tug him inside

and place him in Ray’s recliner.

I study my companion.

“And what have you been

up to?” I ask, but there is no

hint of his adventures. It will

forever be his secret.

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dollars if they did not take this

path. They are committed to

returning the property to the

green space it was before the

construction of the school,”

stated Sunman-Dearborn

Community School Corporation

Superintendent Andrew


Dearborn County Planning

and Zoning and the Southeast

Indiana Regional Planning

Commission (SIRPC) have

been working closely with

the Sunman-Dearborn School

board to pursue a grant for

the demolition of the building.

The grant is a part of the

Blight Clearance Program

offered through the Indiana

Office of Community and

Rural Affairs (OCRA). While

the Dearborn County government

is listed as the lead

applicant for the grant, no

county funds will be used for

this project.

“We are happy to work

with SIRPC and the school

corporation in pursuit of this

grant. It would mean that the

large amount of funds needed

for this project would not be

taken away from the school’s

funds that should be used

to educate the kids,” stated

Nicole Daily, the Dearborn

County Planning and Zoning


The first step of the process

is to submit an application to

be considered for the grant to

OCRA. Upon approval of the

application, the grant application,

and any required supporting

documentation will

be completed. A site visit by

OCRA may also be required.

The final award of the grant

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and demolition of the structure

will begin. The completion

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Harrison Football

Claims Conference

Title, Regional Final

The Harrison football program

enjoyed great success

during the 2019 season. The

team claimed the Southwest

Ohio Conference championship

by going 6-0 in conference

play. By The only regular

season loss Maxine for the Wildcats,

a close 10-7 Klump overtime loss,

was to rival East Central in its

second game


of the season.


After tying Edgewood for

the conference title a year ago,

outright title was another

step in the right direction for

the program. It was the first

outright title the Wildcats had

claimed since 2011 when they

won the old Fort Ancient Valley


Throughout the season the

Wildcats proved formidable

on both sides of the ball. They

scored 425 points while only

allowing 146 by season opponents,

and during conference

play, that total was 245 points

to only 53 scored against

them during their conference

title run.

In addition, the Wildcats,

under third-year head coach

Derek Rehage, a former multisport

standout himself at East

Central, were also able to

reach the regional finals of the

OHSAA Division II tournament

by first defeating Canal

Winchester by the score of

24-18 and then taking it to a

traditional powerhouse program

by the score of 42-7. The

Wildcats ultimately fell to a

strong LaSalle Lancers team in

the regional finals by the score

of 45-8, a team that defeated

many Division I schools this

season. This was the first regional

final appearance for the

Harrison program since 2006.

SD Wrestling Opens

Season and New Era

South Dearborn Wrestling

traveled to Elwood for the

third consecutive year to begin

its season at the Rex Leavitt

Super Duals, but it would be

the first under new head coach

Jesse Schaefer. George Gardner

retired from the program

after enjoying tremendous success

over his 32-year career at

the helm for the Knights.

Schaefer, once a wrestler for

Coach Gardner in the early

1990s and a longtime assistant

in the program at all levels

from youth to high school

spanning 20 years, has taken

over as head of the storied and

successful program.

The Knights wrestled solidly

for their first meet of the year

with a lineup sprinkled with

a bit of every talent level and

ability. Some got their first

taste of mat action ever directly

at the varsity level while

other more experienced wrestlers

were able to bring strong

performances from the start.

The team began the day

with a close 39-36 loss to

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dual with a win over Tri by

the score of 60-18. After a bye

round, the Knights returned

to action for another exciting

dual that came down to the final

match with Frankton. The

Knights went out to a large

early lead but were unable to

secure the victory and fell by

the score of 40-39.

The last dual in pool action

saw the Knights fall to

a strong Delta team by the

score of 60-24. However, the

Knights were able to secure

a solid win to end the day by

defeating the host Elwood

squad, 58-18, in the placement


Among the individual

standouts for the Knights

were three who claimed

weight-class titles on the day.

Blake Bartley, Cade McClanahan,

and Dylan McGill, all

juniors, went 5-0 on the day to

claim those titles. McClanahan,

wrestling at 170 pounds,

recorded four falls among his

five victories on the day. Bartley

and McGill, competing at

152 and 182 pounds respectively,

won three of their five

match victories by fall.

Three other Knight wrestlers

ended the day with 4-1

records. Junior Eli Otto at

126 pounds won each match

by fall but fell in his one loss

to Payne Blackburn of Delta.

The match with Blackburn

was a solid match, but the

state-ranked opponent was

able to secure the win. Another

junior in Chase Emmert,

competing at 220 pounds,

suffered his only loss of the

day on a close battle with

Jackson Humes of Alexandria

but wrestled well all day.

Sophomore Cooper Barker at

160 had both a fall and major

decision among his wins on

the day while suffering a loss

to Lucas Fox of Delta.

Ava McMahan is shown

with her brother Brayden

during the Parade of Nations

during the USKids Golf

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Pinehurst, North Carolina,

where she competed with

154 other competitors in

her age group from around

the world during August 1-3

event. (Photo courtesy of

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Ava McMahan

Claims Tour Titles

and Success on the

Links in 2019

Ava McMahan, an 11-year

old sixth-grade student at

Aurora Elementary School,

has enjoyed competing in the

sport of golf for several years,

and her dedication continues

to pay dividends for the young

linkster. When The Beacon

first wrote about her two years

ago, she was enjoying success

at a young age and was looking

forward to continuing her

pursuit in the game.

That pursuit has led to a

successful year in the many

competitions she has entered.

This past spring, Ava participated

in the USKids Spring

Local Tour referred to as the

Golden Triangle.

The spring tour competition

consisted of seven events. The

competitions on the local tour

are 9-hole events for various

age levels. Her finishes in

the first several events in the

Golden Triangle during the

spring resulted in two firstplace

finishes, two seconds,

and a third. Her best rounds

were a pair of one over par

37s during tour play.

She then placed second in

the Tour Championship on

May 19. McMahan’s accumulated

points for the tour

placed her first for her age

group with 163 points. Even

more exciting was that the

tour win automatically qualified

her for the USKids World


The World Championships

would offer an additional

challenge for the young

linkster. While the local tours

are 9-hole competitions held

weekly over a course that

is only around 1900 yards,

the World Championships

would feature three 18-hole

rounds on consecutive days

that would all be 5000 yards

in length. That is definitely a

significant leap and challenge

for any young golfer.

McMahan competed well

over the three-day event. After

opening with an 87, she came

back in the second round to

shoot an impressive 77 and

move into 32nd place. However,

she would suffer a difficult

third round score of 89

to finish the World Championships

with a tie for 52nd out

of 155 total competitors. Keep

in mind that these golfers

were not only from the United

States but also from many

countries around the world.

“I would 10 out of 10 do

it again. It was so enjoyable,

and, believe it or not, I was relaxed.

Even if I did not do my

best, it was one of the most

memorable times of my life.

Ava McMahan (on right) is

shown with a fellow golfer

at the USKids Golf World

Championships at Pinehurst,

North Carolina. (Photo

courtesy of Jessica South)

Ava McMahan is shown

driving during competition

in the USKids Golf

World Championships that

featured 155 golfers from

around the world in her age

group. McMahan finished

the competition tied for

52nd in the event held at

the prestigious courses at

Pinehurst in North Carolina.

(Photo courtesy of Jessica


I got to play with the kindest

kids from all over the world,

and I got to make new friends

that have the same passion for

golf as me,” stated McMahan.

Ava got back to action

in the Golden Triangle to

compete in the USKids Golf

Fall Local Tour. During the

months of September and

October, she spent several

Sundays competing again.

The fall tour resulted in even

further success for the young

golfer. During the six weeks

of competition, she would

place first four times, second

once, and third once. Included

in this was her best round on

September 22 at Twin Oaks

Golf and Plantation Club in

Covington, Kentucky. On this

day, she shot a 34 with three

birdies on the 9-hole round.

In addition, she went on to

win the Tour Championship

with a one over par 37 and

claim the overall tour championship

with 185 total points.

Two tour championships and

one trip to the World Championships

with the chance to

play at Pinehurst certainly

made for a memorable 2019.

McMahan continues to

do well and wants to inspire

other young girls in the area

to embrace the sport. Make

the young lady happy and

get your girls out on the links

with you in the coming year.

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This month’s veteran

salute goes to Terry Wheat.

Terry served in the US Army

1966-1968. Terry went on the

Honor Flight this fall, and I

asked him to tell me what it

was like for him. “It was an

all-day event from 5 A.M.

until 9 P.M. We flew to Washington

DC to view all of our

national monuments of the

great wars. But to all of the

veterans on the flight, it was

so much more. As a group,

we were shown the love and

respect for our service that we

had not felt before. At every

venue, we were thanked and

applauded. I was given a little

flat stone by an eight-yearold,

which simply said, ‘My

Hero.’ Such acts of love and

respect were repeated many

times throughout the day.

This trip and this honor made

up for the reception we got

when we came home fiftyplus

years ago. There were

many tears, happy tears, shed

on this flight. It was a day we

will never forget.” Thank you,

Terry Wheat at a cemetery

in Washington DC.

Terry, for your story and your


The Sugar Ridge Community

had a neighborhood watch

meeting with Sheriff Shane

McHenry as guest speaker.

Sheriff McHenry shared tips

on how to be vigilant and safe

in our home, our neighborhood,

and our community.

Thanks, Sheriff McHenry.

Yours truly recently spent

time at Hocking Hills, Ohio,

with some very dear friends.

What a beautiful place, and

only about a three-hour drive

from our little corner of the

world. They say the area was

covered millions of years ago

by the Atlantic Ocean. After

it receded, the Wisconsin

Glacier began to melt and left

an impressive area of waterfalls,

rock formations, and

recess caves. A must-see if

you have never been there…

lots of great hiking trails. You

can see in one of my pics that

they even named a cave after

Cub Scout Pack 693 had a dinner for local Veterans.


I am proud to announce that

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her basic

training at

Ft. Sill, OK.

Mary was

the Distinguished

Honor Grad


first in her

class), earned the Highest

Rifle Marksmanship, and

received the Physical Fitness

Badge for a perfect score.

Mary is now completing her

training as a 13 Bravo Cannon

Crew member. Congratulations

Mary, I salute you.

A BIG thanks to all the

individuals and businesses

who participated in the North

Dearborn Pantry Giving Tree

Program. Community support

made the project a big success.

Cub Scout Pack 693 (Dearborn

Hills UMC) honored

local veterans with a turkey

and ham dinner. The pack

presented each veteran with

handmade cards and gifts.

I had the pleasure of sitting

with Hunter Scholle (son

of Aaron Scholle, assistant

pack leader). Hunter gave me

a hand-painted card… thanks

again, Aaron and Hunter.

Happy Birthday hugs to everyone

celebrating December

birthdays, and that includes

you Harry Lyness, Shirley

Jacobsen, and Willie Potter.

In closing… Christmas is

not in tinsel and lights and

outward show. The secret lies

in an inner glow. It’s lighting a

fire inside the heart. Good will








Happy Holidays! I hope

you have your shopping done

by now. Well, some gentlemen

still have a few days

left. Wink, wink. Take an

evening drive through Hidden

Valley Lake, and you’ll see

many homes decorated for

this festive season. I love our

unique community! Celebrate

the New Year with the HVL

Civic Club’s Polar Bear Dip

Jan. 1, 2020, at 11:30 AM.

The event is always fun for

all ages!

Bob Waples visited Hocking


and joy a vital part. It’s higher

thought and a greater plan. It’s

glorious dream in the soul of

man.~ Wilferd Peterson

Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas and a

Happy, Blessed New Year.

Ronald (Bub) Miller passed

away on Nov. 8, 2019, at the

age of 76. He and his wife

Cindy were married for fiftyone

fun-loving years. They

were among the first families

to move to Hidden Valley

Lake in 1972. Their son, Ronnie

Wayne, is their pride and

joy. Mr. Miller retired from

Seagram Distillery after fiftytwo

years. He was a member

of the Moores Hill Legion for

over fifty years. If you know

Cindy, please give her your

support during this difficult

holiday season.

January Birthdays: Shelby

Lahey, Sarah O’Conner,

Stephanie Armbruster,

Reilly Small

Please email me, Korry H.

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The time has come for high

school seniors to apply for

scholarships. Get in touch

with your school’s guidance

counselors to check out all

of the available scholarships.

So many scholarships go

unclaimed each year because

no one applied for them. If

you are going to study in the

medical field or become a

conservation officer, be sure

to check with the Dearborn

Community Foundation

about the Greg Andres/North

Dearborn Conservation Club

scholarship. Many other

scholarships are available.

Stephanie Bulach and

Blake Collins were recently

married. The family enjoyed

visiting some of the out-oftown

family and friends who

came home for the festivities.

Nicki Hart and Cindy Fasiit

was great to see you both.

The American Legion Act

was recently passed, changing

the requirements for

membership in the American

Legion. The Act fills in the

gaps of war eras. It redefines

membership eligibility dates,

beginning with the bombing

of Pearl Harbor (December 7,

1941) and continuing until the

determination is made that the

United States is no longer in

a state of war. Veterans who

were honorably discharged



but whose service did not fall

into the previously defined

war eras may now join the

American Legion.

Deepest sympathy goes out

to the family of Alan Boyce.

He was married to the former

Bonnie Rosfeld of St. Leon

and was a family friend of my

brothers Ron and Greg since

high school. They played a lot

of softball games together. He

will be missed.

Get well wishes go out to

Ruth Bischoff. I hope you are

feeling better soon.

Congratulations to Courtney

and Danny Bischoff on

the recent birth of their son

Owen David. Welcoming him

home is his big brother, Everett.

Grandparents are Janet

and Dave Bischoff and Kathy

and David Bischoff. Great

grandparents are Irene Ober,

Frances Bischoff, and Jessie

and Joe Mettler.

Congratulations to Brittney

and Christopher Bischoff

on the recent birth of their

daughter, Anna Marie. Proud

grandparents are Julie Baker,

Mike Baker, and Tammy

and Andy Bischoff. Great

grandparents are Anna Mae

Callahan, Mary and Wally

Schuman and Doris and Joe


January Birthdays– 1

Jerome Fuernstein, 3 my

nephew Nick Fox, 4 my

brother Ron Andres and

cousin Geralyn Brackman,

5 Shari Sterwerf and Dean

Bulach, 6 Grayson Bauman

and Todd Spade, 7 Samuel

Bulach, Bridget Klenke, 8

my nephew Ryan Powell, 9

Sandy Eckstein and Marvin

Good, 10 my nephew Cody


Several local youth participated

in the Casket Cup

Soccer Tournament held in

Batesville. The Spoo Taculars

are Ella Roope, Callie

Barrett, Jenna Weiler, Ellie


Haag, Carole Ritzi, Gary

Schuman, and cousin John

Baumer, 11 Jon Cleary,

Natalie Stenger, Mike Trabel,

Andy Kraus, and Chloe

Wilhelm, 12 cousin Brenda

Zimmer, 13 Chrisi Fischer,

Emily Stenger, and Rita

Alig, 14 Vaughn Fischer, and

Mary Lou Hilbert, 15 Tammy

Bischoff, cousin Connie

Webb, and Georgia Simkins,

16 Mark Stenger, Tim

Wilhelm, Vic Bischoff and

Daryl Steinmetz, 17 Cliff

Bischoff and Debbie Spade,

18 Susan Schuman, 21 Megan

Hoffman, cousin Anna

Andres and Emily Whitehead,

22 Lexi Andres, Brian

Giltz, Wally Kraus, Mary

Schuman, Kathy Stenger,

Megan Andres, and Butch

Fox, Walter Schuman,

24 Theresa Horstman, 27

Pauletta Pelsor, Jennifer

Neihaus, and my son-in-law

Chad Barrett, 29 Madelyn

Dawson, Kailyn Lobenstein,

and Olivia Schwegman, 30

Miranda Lobenstein.

Please keep in mind the

The East Central High School Class of 1989 recently

celebrated their thirty-year class reunion at the New Alsace

Legion. A special classmate, Jeff Schmeltzer, who is battling

ALS, was able to be in attendance..

Sixth grade Trojan cheerleaders Payton Powers, Lila Lengerich,

Paige Hotze, Ava Schneider, Grace Slusher, Kaylee

Flynn, Carson Scudder, Audrey Robbins, Cheyenne Batta,

and Maddie Mounce.

real reason for the season.

Please keep in your thoughts

our men and women serving

in the military who are away

from their families this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a

very Happy New Year from

my family to yours.

Get in touch with me

with any news items for the

column at stleon@goBEA-

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Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin, known as

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February 1-Mar 28 – The Call Back Show - Dillsboro

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Open Tuesdays 6-8PM, Thursdays 4-8PM, Saturdays

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anyone interested in having a good time in Historic

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an 8PM performance at Lawrenceburg Event Center,

91 Walnut Street. Join Vicki for a unique evening

of comedy and music. This “Two-Woman-Show”

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about real life from both Vicki and her famous alter

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February 28 – St. Mary Lenten Fish Fry - Cod with

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The most wonderful

time of the year…

With Christmas in the air, I

like to focus on Christmas as

the gift of giving without the

expectation of receiving…

forgetting self and finding

time for others.

Some of the most meaningful

Christmas gifts are

not the ones tied with festive

ribbons, gift cards tucked

in stockings, or even gifts

of cash. In my opinion, the

most thoughtful gifts come

from the heart through the

giving of one’s time. Baking

treats for another family

to enjoy, shoveling a

neighbor’s snow, helping

an elderly couple trim their

tree, or just simply taking

time to listen as others share

their memories of Christmases


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if

we shared Christmas joy every

day? I’ve been fortunate

to know some extraordinary

folks who keep the Christmas



spirit alive all year as they

unselfishly give of their time.

While my column space only

allows me to share a few

names, I’m sure you can list

many more.

The late Rich Weisenbach’s

heart was full of

hometown pride. Weekends

found Rich walking the

downtown area collecting

trash from the streets

and parking lots to ensure

Batesville retained its inviting

appearance for those

who visited. He’d count the

cars in the local hotel lots

and found satisfaction in

seeing the number of outof-town

guests who spent

time in our city. He served

on City Council, represented

the rural fire volunteer

fighters, and numerous

other organizations benefitted

from Rich’s time and


Carolyn Dieckmann

gives of her time from hours

spent at St. Louis parish

and its various ministries to

endless days at the Batesville

Area Historical Society.

From working with the

bingo, parish festival, and

parish youth ministry trips to

ensuring visitors of all ages

are welcome to the Historical

Center’s exhibits that she and

her committee spend weeks



Whitey Weberding has

given of his time and talent

to St. Louis parish through

years of chairmanship of its

annual festival to years of

leadership with the school’s

weekly bingo. He spent years

in the background, ensuring

these events ran smoothly to

benefit others.

Bob Fitzpatrick came to

Batesville as the BCSC’s

Director of Transportation

and soon became a community

volunteer. He can

be found at the Masons’

monthly breakfast as one of

their “chief cooks and bottle

washers,” and at any Kiwanis

function where he repairs

and maintains equipment and

volunteers from sun-up to

sun-down doing whatever is


What do these folks have

in common? They keep

Christmas in their hearts all

year as they find joy in giving

without the expectation

of receiving. I’ve learned so

much from each, and I hope

as you reflect on people

you know who keep the

Christmas spirit alive, you

remember to thank them…

and consider keeping the

Christmas spirit alive all

year too!

That’s Sue’s news for now!







It’s hard to believe that 2019

is almost over, and 2020 is

right around the corner! We’ve

already experienced our first

snowfall of the year, and everyone

is getting antsy for the

upcoming holidays. I wish each

of you peace and joy during the

last few weeks of 2019 and to a

great start in 2020.

New Alsace recently gained

three new residents. Jon and

Lori Hartman welcomed twins

Luke and Elizabeth (Libby)

born on October 22. They were

welcomed home by big sister

Ainsley. Proud grandparents

include Steve and Jeri Eisele of

St. Leon and Jim Hartman of

Dover. Gabe and Laura Focke

welcomed their third child Sam,

who was born on Nov. 3. He was

welcomed home by big sister

Gwen and big brother Jake.

Proud grandparents include Tony

and Carol Crouch and Jerry and

Bridgett Focke. Congratulations

to the Fockes and Hartmans!

The North Dearborn

American Legion is hosting its

monthly euchre tournament on







Jon, Libby, Lori, Luke, and

Ainsley Hartman.

Jake, Gwen, and Sam


Jan. 5 and 19 and Feb 2 and 16.

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

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more information.

I would love to hear from you!

If you have news in the New

Alsace area you’d like me to

share, please contact me at

Halloween was a bit windy

and cold this year, and it was

hard to enjoy the costumes. I

finally found one cute creature,

my grandson Korben Carter,

dressed up as a hamburger

head with catsup and mustard

attached. It seems like the kids

didn’t mind the cold, but the

adults were not too happy.

Remember the true meaning

of Christmas and enjoy the

day with your family. Merry

Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Thank you to all of you

who read the Beacon.

Happy Birthday to Donnie

Rowland on Dec. 27.

Korben Carter

Bridget Thompson Lawson

dressed up as an Eskimo

and passed out candy with

her scary friend Hector.

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following suggestions to help maximize your tax deductions and

minimize your tax liabilities for this year:

• Make your cash donations before the end of the year.

• Clean out your closets and donate to your favorite charity.

• Make estimated payments, if applicable.



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December 31.

• Meet the December 31 deadline if you plan to convert an IRA

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Christmas Among

the Faithful …

Oldenburgers are faithful in

giving of their time and talent

in caring for their hometown.

When I approached village

volunteers, Gary Munchel,

Jeff Paul, and Mike “Willy”

Wilhelm to seek names of

those who give selflessly

throughout the year, they

were hesitant to name names.

Still, they did share examples

of the “Oldenburg Faithful”

who give of their time without

the expectation of receiving

… thus my reference to “O

Come All Ye Faithful.”

Willy noted, “One example

is the crew that displays and

removes the Village’s Christmas

decorations on the light

poles. While they hope for

good weather, Mother Nature

does not always cooperate –

and these folks remain faithful

until the task is completed

in good weather or bad.”

He added, “There have also

been spring clean-up details

to spruce up Munchel Park,

and after the great flood of

2017, there were volunteers

that walked along Harvey’s

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The All Saints Parish Annual

Craft Show and Chicken

Dinner took place recently. A

great deal of preparation goes

into the planning of this meal,

and a lot of volunteers make

it a success. The head of the

kitchen, Pat Brichler, puts in

a lot of hours preparing for

the dinner. She is blessed with

a lot of good kitchen helpers

on festival days, including

Kristy Alig, Tina Connolly,

and Cathy Hoffman. On the

serving lines for the inside

dinner were Mary Beth Gerraci,

Brenda Bruns, Elizabeth

Geraci, Brent Bauman,

Bobbi Bauman, Tom Huber,

and Bill Ward. The event was

made possible with the help

of the Festival Chairperson

Joyce Hansel, and Parish

Coordinator Emily Alig.

Condolences go out to

the family of Joshua Welsh.

Joshua was born on Easter

Vigil in 2004, the only and

deeply loved child of Jessica



Branch Creek to collect the


Town historian, Gary

explained, “My heart is

warmed when I see how

people who live here keep

it tidy. Often after a busy

weekend at the local restaurants,

cans or wrappers may

be left on the curb. While my

wife Karen and I lived in the

Munchel homestead along

Main Street, we would be the

ones picking it up. However,

many times, I would see a

local out casually walking

who would stop and pick it

up. These, to me, are unsung

heroes. The unspoken motto

of, “Keep the’ Burg Beautiful”

is a mindset that Oldenburgers

have. It’s evident in

how manicured and clean the

streets are kept. When I give

history tours, I often hear

visitors comment about “how

clean everything is.”

Gary added, “Oldenburgers

get into decorating their

homes for Christmas. If you

visit at Christmas, the village

glows. Most everything is

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Mary Beth Gerraci, Brenda

Bruns, Elizabeth Geraci,

and Brent Bauman help

serve the chicken dinner.

Welsh. He had a considerable

family in All Saints Parish,

especially Fr. Meyer and the

Altar Boyz, a close-knit and

specially trained group of

high school boys who serve

at Mass at All Saints. Joshua

was home-schooled and was

very knowledgable in philosophy,

cooking, and the Catholic

religion. He was especially

interested in computer programs

and operations. God

only knows the justification

for the death of such a young,

intelligent person. I’m sure

God has him by his side now!

Rest in peace, Joshua.

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Pat Brichler oversees a

fabulous display of the delicious

desserts made and

donated for the chicken dinner.

Assisting are Kristy Alig,

Tina Connolly, and Cathy


mine with my husband, sons,

daughter-in-law, and three

granddaughters whose company

I enjoy tremendously!

We also get together with the

extended family sometime

throughout the season. I hope

everyone enjoys the holidays

as much as I do! I would like

to wish all of our readers a

Very Merry Christmas and the

Happiest New Year possible.

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decorated. I think the same

pride that the people have

to keep the ’Burg clean is

displayed on their homes at

Christmas. No one is looking

for recognition; they just

enjoy the community connection

of keeping things looking


Jeff Paul commented, “I

chat with Oldenburgers on a

daily basis and am amazed at

their pride in the ‘Burg and

their concern for one another.

One customer made a

habit of paying it forward and

after paying for her groceries,

would donate for me to

help someone in need. When

someone is ill or down on

their luck, the faithful rally to

help, to comfort, and to show

they care.”

With those words, I close

my Oldenburg column for

2019 and wish that you too,

remember Christmas is more

than a day. It’s a feeling in

your heart of peace and happiness

that comes from giving

of yourself all year long.

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Shirley Bocock and Gene

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fifteen years, and Gene

served twenty-eight years.

Fourteen past members have

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Chris Volz Sr., William

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Elmer Heller, Daren

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As I began writing this

month’s column, Christmas

songs alluding to COLD

weather come to mind, and it’s

just the beginning of November.

By the time you are reading

this, the Christmas songs

will be more appropriate!

Before the cold weather set

into Aurora, we were able to

get in quite a few fall activities.

To name a few, Main

Street Aurora was busy with

their fall dance, The Ghost

Walk, and another Get Wined

and Dined event downtown.

The second Ribbon Cutting

of 2019 with SEVEN new

businesses being recognized

with new ceremonial scissors

gifted to Main Street Aurora

by Councilman Terry Hahn.

New businesses included the

1819 Boutique, and Wellington’s

Ice Cream Palace. As

our folks at Main Street say,

“Aurora is open for business!”

The Lions club was busy

with its Halloween Parade

and fall pancake breakfast.

Over two hundred ninety

people were served breakfast

with proceeds going to the

Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts,

and “We Care Packages,” a

non-profit organization led by

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Nick and Judy Ullrich, Nancy Ray, Cindy Rottinghaus, Connie Cleary, Guinevere

Emery, Debbie Smith, Mark Drury, Charlotte Hastings, Rick Denton, Eugene Ison,

Donnie Hastings, Jr., AJ and Shannon Hastings, and Miranda Boyles at the dedication

of the Eagle Carving. Baby Charlotte Hastings is in the baby carrier.

Enjoying the fruits of their labor (or rather fried chicken of

their labor!) at the AFD Chicken Fry are volunteer firefighters

Eric Turner, Zackery Gibbs, and Mikey Childs.

Kathi Prarat that sends care

packages to U.S. troops around

the world. With their proceeds

from the breakfast, Kathi said

they would be able to send one

hundred forty care packages. If

you are interested in volunteering

or donating to this worthy

organization, please call Kathi

at 813-584-0867.

The Aurora Fire Department

(AFD) also had a hectic fall

with two significant events.

One was scary, and the other

was YUMMY! I do have to tell

you, though, I prefer YUMMY

over scary any day! The

proceeds from the fundraisers

will be used for supplies for

their rehab unit that provides

firefighters with snacks and

hydration during runs.

And while we’re talking

about our Fire Department,

did you know that in Indiana,

seven out of ten firefighters and

first responders are volunteers?

Our Aurora Fire Department,

however, is different from the

“norm” as it is 100% volunteer.

Aurora Fire Chief, Jeff Lane,

shared that our fire department

currently has twenty-six volunteers

with a planned roster of

thirty-five. As an incentive to

improve the volunteer ranks,

Representative Randy Frye

pushed for Indiana legislation

to provide college scholarships

for qualified firefighters and

first responders. The bill passed

the House but died in the Senate.

Believing that this is such

an important and worthwhile

endeavor, Ivy Tech Community

College agreed to fund scholarships

for two years beginning

in January 2020. They hope

that this pilot program will provide

information for the state

of Indiana to fund a statewide

program in the future. Scholarship

recipients must be active

volunteer firefighters or EMS

personnel. For more information

about this program, email

Chief Lane at afr501@hotmail.

com or visit Ivy Tech’s website


The November Aurora

City Council meetings were

busy. The Historic Preservation

Commission (HPC) gave

awards for notable preservation

efforts to the Denmure &

Moore Law Firm, Tim Miller,

Josh Mangold, Guinevere

Emery, Bobby and Sherry

Love, Adam Geyer, and

Mark and Leslie Thompson.

Charlie Wilkening, accompanied

by his niece, Diane

Fritz, was thrilled to be part

of a Veterans

Honor Flight

to Washington

DC. He

served in the

U.S. Army

from 1953 to

1955 during

the Korean

Charlie Wilkening War. Charlie

shared with

me that he was not sent to

John Blasdel welcomed

people to Hillforest during

the Ghost walk. (Photo

courtesy of Main Street


Korea, though, because his

last name began with the letter

“W.” The process of assigning

troops to Korea was alphabetical.

Troops with last names

starting with the latter part of

the alphabet were sent to

Europe. Charlie spent most of

his military service stationed

in the small German town of

Badtolz which is the hometown

of Marianne Borgman,

wife to Aurora City Councilman,

John Borgman. What a

small world! Typically,

soldiers in the Army during

that period served a two-year

commitment. Charlie was still

overseas when his two years

were up. Somehow there had

been a mishap with his orders,

and he was not properly

discharged on time. He

Winning First Place in the

Lions Club costume contest

for best homemade costume

is mouse and cheese

Kenna Batchelor and Bo

Barrott. (Photo courtesy of

Main Street Aurora)

remembers his Second Lieutenant

chewing him out for not

calling it to their attention that

his two years were up until

eight days after the fact.

Charlie shared that he enjoyed

the Honor Flight very much.

The Aurora Street Department

has undertaken a new

endeavor in collaboration with

the Aurora Park Board. The

effort will beautify our city

even more. It will create a new

“signature” for the City, AND

save some money. Rather than

completely removing dead

trees on city property, they are

seeking private sponsorships

to have the tree trunks carved

into sculptures. The first

sculpture, an eagle, was dedicated

at Lesko Park in honor

of Mayor Donnie Hastings

Jr. for his twenty-four years of

dedicated service to Aurora.

And LAST but not LEAST,

I have an update on the Aurora

Elementary Third Grade STEM

playground project. Well… the

third graders are now fourth

graders. Aurora City Manager

Guinevere Emery was very

excited to share that the City

of Lawrenceburg Community

Grant Program awarded the

City of Aurora $76,614 for the

ADA compliant playground

that the students helped design.

The playground will have

a baseball theme. More to

come in a future article as the

playground comes to fruition.

Way to go, kids! You’ve hit a


God Bless, Merry Christmas,

and Happy New Year.

Main Street Aurora’s

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The Bernhard farm house in

the 1940’s.







Thank goodness it is time to

write this December article! I

have spent the last few days

obsessing about making a

butterscotch cake (don’t need

the extra calories), trying to

find out where my great-greatgrandfather

lived in Morris

(the genealogy dead-end), and

recovering from a wonderful

weekend trip to Shipshewana

(yes, I went crazy in the Amish

bakery). I guess I am enjoying

simpler pleasures these days.

The Eagle Scout project of

Lawrenceburg High School

student Braden Nutley definitely

reminds us of simpler

pleasures. His “Give a book,

take a book, and share a

book” project will consist of

four book stations in Greendale

parks where you are free

to grab a book to take home

or share a favorite. Anyone

interested in donating building

materials, publications, or

cash (to buy materials), can


Wouldn’t it be exciting to see

these springing up in all area


Wednesday is a popular night

in Lawrenceburg. Bagpipe and

drum lessons, anyone? Check

out the Lawrenceburg Fire

House on Wednesday nights

6-9 P.M. for details regarding

lessons given by the 35th

Indiana Pipes & Drums Corp. I

got a chance to see them in the

Farmers Fair Parade, and they

were terrific. Also, don’t forget

the free community meal from

5:15-6:15 provided by volunteers

on Wednesday at Hamline

Chapel. All are welcome!

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Debbie Acasio, Santa, and Jen Bernhard Awad in 1957 on

the day Santa arrived in Batesville in a helicopter.

Coach Dennis Payne with

son Javier enjoying the

sectional trophy.

provided by The Fraternal

Order of Police Lawrenceburg

that allows needy children to

shop with a sponsor for warm

coats or clothing. Greendale

Policewoman Pam Taylor,

coordinates this valuable

service for the FOP. Donations

can be mailed to the

FOP, dropped off at either

the Aurora or Lawrenceburg

police station. Did you miss

the deadline for Cops & Kids?

This organization also awards

$500 to two seniors in Ohio

and Dearborn Counties each

year through the foundation.

Congratulations to Gavin

Yoon, Lawrenceburg High

football player for breaking

the record of most receiving

yards in a game, most passing

in a game and tied for the

most passing TD in a game.

He made parents Shelly and

Kee Yoon and Grandma

Barb Scherzinger very

proud! Also, congratulations

to Lexi Knight for being

crowned queen of Fall Fest.

She is the daughter of Melissa

and Brian Knight.

Don’t forget to check out the

winter festivities in Lawrenceburg

this season. Besides the

ice skating, Santa’s arrival in

the parade, and small business

Saturdays, the downtown area

Jack Schwier and Jaron

Clonts of Tiger Pizazz clown

around at Coffee Shop Variety

Show with the coffee


will introduce a holiday market

under Winter Wonderland

Domes on weekends. They

will feature unique holiday

gift items. For info regarding

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Hi Neighbors!!

Many of you are familiar

with my friends at the “Liars’

Bench.” One member is

Landon Smith, the “Piano

Man.” He is cheerful, helpful,

and full of laughter

Mr. Smith has lived in Aurora

all of his life. He attended

St. John’s and Aurora High

School with normal youthful

challenges. His studies were

nearly finished by his senior


Mr. Smith has many attributes,

the main focus

involving the piano. From

an early age, he could play

arrangements by ear. Once his

mother realized his talent, she

enrolled him in piano lessons.

The Smiths were encouraged

to enroll him in the Conservatory,

but his father declined.

Landon went to work until the

Army called.

Landon was in the Army

for four years, during which

he played the piano to entertain

the troops. One officer

enjoyed Landon’s playing so

much that he nicknamed him

“the crazy typist.” Landon’s

duty was mainly to type,

but his talent for the piano

changed that.

Landon caught the fancy of

Della Carr, whom he eventually

married. They had two

Landon Smith


Cindy and

Debbie, and

were blessed

with fiftythree


of marriage.

Mr. Smith

once played

piano in

Nelson Elliott’s

band. He also played

at church concerts and family

outings. He now plays mostly

by ear.

When asked about his most

memorable moments as a

musician, Mr. Smith stated he

was proud to play before over

four hundred people at fundraisers

for cancer research. He

shared he was most embarrassed

when he played with

the band, and the piano was

out of tune! You can’t stop

and tune one of those things

so quickly as other instruments.

In 2012 Mr. Smith was

inducted into the Southeast

Indiana Music Hall of Fame.

A very fitting honor for our

neighbor, the “PIANO MAN.”

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Happy Holidays!

The people of our little town

haven’t had much to write

home about when it comes to

football. Until now! In fact,

the last time Harrison’s Varsity

team was in a state semi-final

was 1988. As I write this

piece, the boys in green are

gearing up for their major

matchup against LaSalle,

and I’m sending them all the

luck. Win or lose, the Harrison

Varsity team has much

to be proud of this season.

In addition to their success,

they’ve played the last games

on a grass surface in Harrison,

as the stadium will be transformed

to a turf field by next


Looking up to those varsity

players are the boys in the

HYF organization. The fifth

grade Green Team recently

traveled to Owensboro, Kentucky,

to play in the Kentucky

Cup, and although they came

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home without the title, they

are all winners in my book.

Harrison’s City Elections

took place in November, and

Mayor Bill Neyer remains

in office for another two

years. Other officials elected

were Jean Wilson, Ryan

Samuel, and Anthony Egner,

elected to City Council. Doug

Lohman was elected as the

Crosby Township Trustee, and

Matthew Wallace was elected

as Crosby Township’s Fiscal

Officer. William Noes was

chosen as the Harrison Township

Trustee, with Richard

Dole as the Fiscal Officer.

Whitewater Township elected

Guy Schaible as Trustee and

James Brett as their Fiscal

Officer. The Harrison Fire/

EMS Levy passed, and we

elected Jeff Biddle, Linda

Peak, and Tricia Evanson to

the Southwest Local School


As always, I’d like to

remind everyone that the holidays

are a time to reach out to

your neighbors in need. There

are several food pantries in

our community, in addition to

many churches willing to help.

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At the Barn Winery,

opened in July of 2013, is a

local hotspot in Logan from

spring through December.

The owners, Donnie and

Debbie Stutz, are fellow

graduates of North Dearborn

High School (one year behind

me and Donnie’s sister,

Barb). You guess when.

The barn was built in 1870

by Donnie’s great-grandfather,

James Jacques. The

original property was about

thirty to forty acres and was

a regular working farm with

milk cows, horses, chickens,

etc. Jacques’ daughter,

Edna, married Lester

White and lived next to the

barn. They had a daughter

Thelma Jean, who married

Vernon Stutz and lived next

door to them. Thelma Jean

is Donnie’s mother and, at

97, is the reigning queen

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Even though winter is upon

us, the youth and leaders

of our local Manchester 4H

organization are hard at work.

Our community is fortunate

to have a successful 4H club,

The Manchester Rowdies.

This group is part of a U.S.

4H non-profit organization,

whose mission is to “Engage

youth to reach their fullest

potential while advancing the

field of youth development.”

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A sideboard from Donnie’s

great-grandfather’s wagon.

bought the last ten remaining

acres of the farm. He

had always had an interest

in wine-making, so in 2003,

he started fixing up the barn.

While cleaning the barn and

doing the necessary repairs,

he found an old piece of

wood with “James Jacques”

painted on it. Donnie tells

me it is a sideboard from the

wagon his great-grandfather

used to take produce to market

(probably in Harrison).

A newer piece of history is

the Logan Methodist Church

stained glass window that

was saved from the church

at the time of the merger

of the Bright and Logan


But the most fun is the

scoreboard from the North

Dearborn School (High or

Elementary depending on

your age). The scoreboard

was bought at auction at ND

when it closed a couple of

years ago by their daughters

as a gift. It turns out it was

a gift to many of us. Donnie

doesn’t keep score of how

much you drink, BUT if the

language of the customers

gets a little too rough, Donnie

pushes the “foul” button,

and a loud buzzer goes

off, calling attention to the

offender. He keeps pushing

the button until the language

subsides. All in good fun!

Several of their wines

have won awards in contests

around the country, as

shown in the photo taken

in front of their display

shelves. Donnie and Debbie

would like to thank Mike

and Diane Bender, whose

Logan Supermart is conveniently

located across the

street. The Winery doesn’t

sell food, but customers are

welcome to bring in snacks

of their own and frequently

buy from the Supermart.


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We are not sure how the

Manchester club was named

the ‘Rowdies,’ but we can

guess that it was because

of the fun they have! Their

activities center around the

care and upbringing of farm

animals and pets, as well as

projects involving woodworking,

mechanics, farming,

domestic skills, arts, photography,

crafts, wildlife, and

many more. Members can

explore dozens of areas. They

get hands-on training from

the club leaders and other 4H

peers. Experts from the community

also share knowledge.

The highlight of their year is

the local Dearborn County

4H Fair held in June, and the

Indiana State 4H Fair held in

August. The 4H members can

show the fruits of their labor,

with week-long competitions,

shows, and other activities.

I recently spoke with their

leader of thirty-six years,

Rachel Thies. She shared that

4H youth learn lifelong skills

about responsibility to their

animals/projects, their parents,

the fellow 4H kids, and

their clubs. They learn how

to carefully follow directions

on projects to achieve the best

outcome. They learn how to

receive constructive criticism

and improve from that criticism.

Rachel shared, “I love

working with the kids and

seeing their creativity in projects,

and their devotion and

responsibility to their projects.

I love seeing older kids teaching

younger kids how to have

more success with their work.

I love walking through the fair

barn and seeing kids ‘showing’

their animals to fairgoers

and how their faces light up as

they talk about their animals.

It never gets old.”

The Manchester Rowdies

4H group has started up again

for the upcoming 2020 fair.

They meet the first Monday

of each month, 7:00 P.M., at

the church at the corner of

Possum Ridge and State Road

48. Youth from kindergarten

through second grade join

the Cloverbuds 4H group;

third graders and older join

as regular 4H members. They

welcome families from our

Manchester community as

well as surrounding areas.

At the meetings, the kids

perform demonstrations to

help each other learn about

some of the projects that are

exhibited at the fair. During

the year, the club participates

in many volunteer activities

such as Love the Hungry food

packaging event, helping

prepare and serve meals at the

First Presbyterian Church in

Aurora, and doing the same at

the Hamline Church in Lawrenceburg.

If you are interested in

joining 4H, please attend a

meeting or contact Rachel

Thies 513-509-7855 for more


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Our community is served

by three Color Guards,

which will be combining

into one group known as the

Southeastern Indiana Honor

Guard. Our new jackets will

have a patch on the back, with

maps of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq,

and Afghanistan, with the

service patches above this for

the Army, Marines, Navy, Air

Force, and Coast Guard.

Veterans Day is always a

busy time. This year several

veterans were able to get

together at the Lawrenceburg

Library and talk about their

experiences. A special thanks

to Rhonda Stinson for her

hospitality. The cupcakes

and cake were delicious.

The program was held in

the old train depot, where I

used to catch a train to go to

Cincinnati when I was a kid.

Several of us came out of that

small area and worked together

at the power plant including

Clarence Tibbetts, Jack

Day, Mike Johnson, Lanny

Wyatt, Barry Kaffenberger,

Mike LaFollette, and Donnie


Tammy Wagner

recently organized a flag

retirement ceremony. Color

Guard members Jerry

Bondurant, Bob Palmer,

Mike LaFollette, and Ron

Spurlock participated.

On Nov. 10, a Veteran’s

worship service was held at

Patriot Baptist Church by

Pastor Mike Jones. That

same day Greendale held

a dedication of the new

Veterans Memorial for police,

Veterans, firefighters, and first

responders with Pastor Tim

Russell as the host. Mayor

Alan Weiss spearheaded

this project, and it became a

reality with the help of the

Greendale City Council.

The American Legion Post

239 recently had a wonderful

display of memorabilia

thanks to Tom Savage, Phil

Plunkett, and Eric Smith.

Recently, tribute was paid

to the World War II Veterans

from Dearborn County. They

received Quilts of Valor

from Sheila Stevenson and

Judi Sauerbrey from the

Rivertown Quilters. Quilts

were presented to Wilbur

Rolfes, who is 101, Bill



Hopping, George Klopp,

Willis “Baby Doll” Bentle,

Frank Savage, Bob Savage,

Clarence Cook, Bob

Myers, Bobby Lischkge,

Alice Schuler, Leo Kittle,

Lawrence Lyttle, and Bob

Ernsting. My buddy, Jerry

Bondurant, remarked how

special it was to be able to be

with twenty-one World War II

Veterans in one week.

Grace Church of the Valley

recently presented a video

featuring interviews with

Purple Heart Recipients,

Ebbie Roberts, Tim

Albright, and Brett


On Veterans Day, Rising

Sun High School held a

breakfast and program

to visit with some of the

veterans. Aurora Elementary

School (AES) also had a

program. My granddaughter,

Carli Walter, did an

excellent job reading about

the Star-Spangled Banner.

Twin brother, Grady, also

had several lines to read. It

does my heart good to see

program like this one getting

the youngsters involved.

Mary Bailey and her staff

did a super job with the kids.

I had the honor of addressing

the students at the South

Dearborn Middle School,

thanks to Principal Jason


Lawrenceburg High

School also had a Veterans

Day program. The students

gave the veterans a standing

ovation. I chatted with

Principal Bill Snyder and told

him what a great job they are


The statue of the Union

Soldier at Union Cemetery

was recently revitalized. A

formal re-dedication will take

place later when the weather

gets warmer.

My daughter-in-law,

Annette Gentrup, is an avid

runner and recently completed

the Monumental Marathon

in Indianapolis. This is her

second time to complete the

race. A lot of training and

determination are needed to

complete a full marathon.

There is something about

getting out and running in all

kinds of weather that gives

you a certain peace of mind.

By the time you read this,

Thanksgiving will have

passed, and you may have

gained a few pounds. We

should all be very thankful

for all the blessings we have

received from God. Stay

warm and healthy. Enjoy the

holidays, and it’s almost time

to flip the calendar to 2020.

That doesn’t sound possible.

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Congratulations to Doug

Heller, who was inducted into

the Southeastern Indiana Musician’s

Association Hall of

Fame. The Association honors

exemplary musicians in Dearborn,

Ohio, Ripley, Franklin,

and Switzerland Counties and

who have contributed to the

cultural growth of music.

Moores Hill Elementary

School hosted a program

for all veterans on Nov. 11.

Jonathan Combs, Grade

6, read his thank you letter

for Veterans. In response,

Becky Ingersoll, President of

Moores Hill American Legion

Auxiliary, said, “I want to

thank Moores Hill teachers

and students for the nice program

for our veterans.”

The eighth-grade graduation

class of 1979 Moores Hill

School held a fortieth class

reunion. Following time for

fellowship and food, there was

a memorial service in remembrance

of six classmates. The

‘79 classmates purchased a memorial

stone with an inscription

of the names of classmates

who have passed away: Davy

Hummel, Tracy Frey, Lisa

Webb, Wesley Baker, Shari

Allen, and Terry Peace. The

memorial stone was placed

in Veterans Park, across from

the Legion. A tree was planted

in the Park. Family members

Rosie and Scott Hummel

and Joe and Nina Allen attended.

Much of the planning

was done by Darlene Canfield

Cox, John Moody, and

Fortieth Reunion, 1979 eighth grade class Moores Hill


Sherry Fraasman Burton.

Sherry said, “It was fun just

sitting around talking about the

good ole days… what we can

remember anyway.”

Kudos to Brent Casebolt for

participating in “No-Shave November,”

helping raise money

for kids by not shaving the

month of November. Money

raised benefits Cops and Kids,

(formerly known as Shop With

A Cop), and helps local kids

have a better Christmas.

A community Thanksgiving

dinner was hosted by Dee

Russell and the Moores Hill

Sparta Township Fire/EMS,

along with Misty Russell, and

a team of volunteers and donors.

Dee has put this dinner

together every Thanksgiving

since 2010. Dee says, “It is so

no one goes without Thanksgiving

dinner.” Good food and

fellowship were shared among

those working on Thanksgiving

at the Fire/EMS station

and residents, friends, family.

The Winter Walk activities

are being planned by volunteers

Tamila Wismann,

Bobbi Elza, Pat Holland,

Lynn Allen, Angie Calhoun,

Sherry Fraasman Burton,

Todd Russell, Donna Couch,

Glenda and Kevin Thomasson,

and Josh Holland who

have been meeting and organizing

for weeks.

Winter solstice happens at

the same instant for everyone,

everywhere on Earth – and

this year, it occurs on Dec. 22.

For those who find ole man

winter tough to deal with, the

Doug Heller putting the beat

in music.

knowledge that the planet

keeps on turning and things

will get easier as days get

longer can be a blessed relief.

Such it is with the dawn of a

new year. I still look forward

to the promise of a new year: a

new beginning in many ways.

Get a head start on that

perennial resolution to get

more exercise! Moores Hill

Elementary School is open

Wed. evenings at 7:00, for

adult league basketball.

For those willing to take

on the outdoors, a walking

map/self-guided tour of historic

homes and businesses of

Moores Hill is available. The

tour includes a brief history of

several homes, churches, and

Carnegie Hall. Do you know

which home was once a Trailways

Bus Station? Can you

find the former 1-room Schoolhouse?

The walk is an easy,

mostly flat, 1-mile loop. Free

copies of the historical walking

tour are available at the Town

Office or by contacting me via

the e-mail address below.

If you have news to share,

contact me at mooreshill@ Merry

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Back in the May edition

of The Beacon, I had the

honor of writing a veteran’s

spotlight telling the tale of

lifelong Sunman resident,

Albert Wagner, surviving

his B-24 Bomber’s crash

during World War II. Mr.

Wagner and the rest of the

crew of The Old-Faithful, the

name of their Consolidated

B-24 Liberator American

heavy bomber, were on a

mission in England in a

different B-24 bomber called

Satan’s Sister when they

crash-landed. Idaho author,

Jan Cline, is writing a book

series called The American

Dream Series, and the third

book will feature the plight

of Satan’s Sister. Mrs. Cline

and her husband traveled to

Columbus, Indiana, to meet

Evelyn Wagner, Albert’s

widow. Two of Albert and

Evelyn’s grand-daughters,

Hope Bohman and Jamie

The Color Guard for The Sunman Elementary School’s

Veteran’s Day Program.Cub Scout Pack 610 Members

Jared Cox, Carson Caudill, and Aaron Rullman; Girl Scout

Troop 43712 Alayna Darringer and Josie Stenger.

Roope, were also present

during the meeting, and

Mrs. Roope shared with me

that they all had a lovely

visit reminiscing about Mr.

Wagner’s legacy and bravery.

Erin Darringer, president

of Sunman Elementary

Tiger PAWS, shared that

the school’s Veteran’s Day

ceremony and breakfast was

a huge success! Everyone

was thankful for the high

attendance and the chance

to honor our community

heroes! I also had the

pleasure of honoring a

particular veteran, my dad,

in my own way as I ran in

my fifth half marathon, The

Honor Run, in Florence,

Kentucky, on Nov. 10. All

proceeds from the run benefit

Honor Flight Tri-State,

which sends local veterans

who have served in World

War ll, Korea and Vietnam to

Washington DC to see their

memorials. This year’s run

raised over fifty thousand

dollars for Honor Flight

Tri-State! My father served

two tours of duty in Vietnam

in the Marine Corps Force

Reconnaissance, and he is

a Purple Heart recipient. It

was a beautiful and inspiring

experience, thank you will

never suffice to all of the

brave men and women who

have sacrificed so much

so that we can live as we


The Annual Sunman Area

Chamber of Commerce

Dinner was held on Nov 8

at the Sunman American

Legion. Sunman Elementary

Music Teacher, Jessica

Risinger, was the recipient of

the Chamber’s Teacher of the

Hope Bohman, Author Jan Cline, Evelyn Wagner, and

Jamie Roope met in Columbus, IN, to reminisce about their

beloved war hero Albert Wagner and the plight of the B-24

Bomber Satan’s Sister. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Roope)

Year Award, and she shared

with me what that meant to

her. “I cannot express how

grateful and honored I feel

to be chosen for Teacher of

the Year. This truly means

so much to me, and I feel

quite blessed to be a part of

the Sunman School family.”

Congratulations to all of this

year’s winners!

Finally, in the spirit of

the season on Nov. 22, The

Sunman American Legion

hosted Sunman Celebrates

the Season! The event kicked

off with a Christmas parade

that strolled through town

ending at the American

Legion, where an indoor

Christmas Carnival for all

area children was held.

Games, caroling, and even

an appearance by Santa

showcased the evening! Also,

Girl Scout Troop 5525 helped

patrons decorate Christmas

cookies to take home with

them and enjoy. Thank you to

all who worked so hard to put

I ran in the Honor Run Half

Marathon in Florence, KY,

to honor my father, Roy

Schooley Jr., a Vietnam

Veteran and Purple Heart


this fun event on!

I wish everyone a Merry

Christmas. May your heart

and home be happy and

fulfilled. Best wishes in the

New Year. Please continue

to send me your adventures

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The thirty-first annual

Yorkville trick-or-treat event

was held on Oct. 27. The fall

day was perfect for enjoying a

hayride and trick-or-treating,

followed by hot dogs and

drinks at Widolff’s General

Store and Tavern. It’s a great

time to gather with friends in

the community. Thank you to

everyone who makes this an

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As a child, my parents used

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frequently. My brothers and I

did not understand the significance

of those visits – we

were able to play with some

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treat they prepared for us.

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Whether it’s a neighbor you

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By Purdue

Debby Extension

Stutz Educator Community


Keep Your Gardens

Green in the Winter!



The garden plants we

dream of most often are

summer-loving annuals, such

as vegetables, Sfruits, BEACON and

flowers. However, there are

a large number of plants that

provide invaluable environmental

benefits throughout the

dreary winter months. Many

of these, if planted in By a home

garden, would be considered Jack

cover crops. Let’s look Zoller at the

background and benefits of


cover crops.

A Not-So-New Innovation

Bare soil has few benefits.

Research conducted by

regional and campus specialists

at Purdue and universities

around the world continues

to indicate this. While new

research reveals benefits previously

unknown, the overall

impact of cover cropping and

leaving fields growing through

winter have been understood

for generations. According

to my partners at Maryland

Extension, many early agricultural

innovators, including two

Founding Fathers (Washington

and Jefferson), are recorded

using cover crops in rotation

with tobacco, wheat, and corn.

Cover cropping has slowly

but steadily gained popularity

in the farming community.

Gardeners are also taking

notice of the benefits provided

by cover crops, with the

obvious being control of our

biggest nemesis… weeds.

Much More than Weed


Improved weed control is not

the only benefit of cover crops.

Soil structure improvements,

runoff reduction, erosion

control, wildlife foraging, and

improved insect populations

are just a few of the additional

benefits offered. Depending on

your goals, you may be able

to accomplish one or all of the

benefits listed above.

As with any other gardening

practices, be mindful of

doing things right. If mistakes

are made, little to no benefit

may be seen. You can waste a

lot of time and money prepping

for a cover crop that may

never grow. Research and

note recommended planting

dates, and watch the weather

for good planting opportunities.

Plan early if you want

to plant winter-killed cover

crops, such as radish.

Preparing for a Cover Crop


You don’t need thirty years

of gardening experience or a

half-acre garden to begin cover

cropping. With a little preparation,

anyone can start a successful

cover cropping system

in their garden. The most

significant decision to make

will be what seed mixture to

select. Endless choices are

available, and while going with

a standard rye mixture is not a

bad idea, there may be better

combinations to choose for

your garden. Most local garden

centers will have seeds for sale.

I am working with our

Purdue Master Gardener group

on a few projects at a site

provided courtesy of the City

of Aurora. We recently planted

cover crops in a vegetable bed

alongside native perennials.

We used a mixture provided by

the Dearborn County Soil and

Water Conservation District

that included clover, rye, and

radish. According to my partners

at Minnesota Extension,

mixing cover crops can provide

a better combination of benefits.

For example, you could

combine the erosion prevention

qualities of cereal rye with the

nitrogen fixation (sourcing of

environmental nitrogen) provided

by crimson clover.

I hope the recommendations

in this article encourage you

to explore cover crops as an

option in your garden. If you

would like assistance deciding

on the right mix, please let me


To learn more about managing

your lawn and garden from

our experts on campus, please

search “Purdue Consumer

Horticulture” on the internet.

For additional information

about other agriculture and

natural resources topics, email

me at

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in the February issue of The





The final holiday


preparations are Maxine underway.

Like most folks, Klump I’ll be

completing the shopping,

wrapping gifts, Community and baking for


family and friends. Holiday

family events are scheduled.

Like most folks, hosts

plan the entrée while the

remainder of us provide

specific items (vegetables,

salads, or dessert) to round

out the meal. Each household

also brings an appetizer or

snack to share.

For the family

Thanksgiving, I unearthed an

“oldie but goodie” appetizer

for the early arrivals. Maria

had reminded me how tasty

this snack was earlier this

past fall. I think of it as very

appropriate for the colder

months and decided to share

the recipe before the next

holiday. (Yes, it was a hit for


Here are some hints that

I’ve used over the years.

If you don’t usually use

Thousand Island dressing,

just combine 3T. Mayonnaise

with 1 T. catsup and 1

teaspoon pickle relish. If

you ask the deli employee

to “shave” the corned beef,

there is little or no chopping

to do.

Reuben Spread

8 oz corned beef, chopped

1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

½ cup sauerkraut, drained

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup Thousand Island


8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Combine the softened

cream cheese with the sour

cream and combine until

smooth. Add the salad

dressing, then stir in the

corned beef, cheese and

sauerkraut. Bake in a 400°

oven until melted (about 20

minutes) or can be heated in

a crockpot: high heat for 2-3

hours or low for 4-6 hours.

Serve with party rye slices,

rye crackers or rye toast.

This recipe for mashed

sweet potatoes is very

different from the traditional

baked sweet potato

casseroles that are very

sweet and covered with

marshmallows and pecans.

Although the recipe calls

for the potatoes to be boiled

in their skins, then cooled

and peeled, I’ve modified it

to pare the sweet potatoes

and place them immediately

to the saucepan filled with

water to prevent discoloring.

Yes, some nutrients are

lost in this way so, if you

prefer, go ahead and cook the

potatoes with the skins intact

and then allow them to cool

until you can remove the

peels without burning your

hands. This recipe is easily


Mashed Sweet Potatoes

with Orange

2 pounds sweet potatoes,

cooked until soft

¼ cup butter, softened

Salt to taste

Fresh orange juice to thin

(generally ¼ - ½ cup)

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cook sweet potatoes until

soft. Drain, and mash with

a fork (or use an electric

mixer). Add butter and stir

until combined. Add enough

orange juice to thin slightly

and beat until light. Add

remaining ingredients and

mix until smooth. Serve

immediately, or the potatoes

can be placed into a buttered

baking dish and refrigerated

until close to serving time.

May be reheated in a 375°

oven or in the microwave.

Finally, can you believe that

we’re almost ready to enter

a new decade? I send good

wishes for a blessed holiday

season for you and your

loved ones and friends. Merry


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