Page 2B THE BEACON January 2020 BRIGHT/ SUGAR RIDGE By Bob Waples Community Correspondent O ur Communities bright@goBEACONnews.com 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 service. 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. me...haha. I am proud to announce that PV2 Mary Bertke (2019 EC PV2 Mary Bertke grad) completed her basic training at Ft. Sill, OK. Mary was the Distinguished Honor Grad (graduated 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 HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE By Korry Johnson Community Correspondent hvl@goBEACONnews.com 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 Hills 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. Johnson, if you have something to share in next month’s article at hvl@goBEACONnews.com Share your positive news at The Beacon! Come dine with Third and Main in our family owned Restaraunt and Tavern, open since 1891! Serving mouth watering, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, & dazzling cocktails. weekly specials TUESDAY Half Price Bottle of Wine \ WEDNESDAY Seafood Night: $1 Oysters, $2 Prawns, $30 1lb Alaskan King Crab 223 3rd Street, Aurora, IN 47001 812-655-9727 thirdandmain.com THURSDAY Buy Any Steak, Get a Salad or Soup & Dessert on Us! Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.
January 2020 THE BEACON Page 3B ST. LEON By Debbie A. Zimmer Community Correspondent stleon@goBEACONnews.com 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 O ur 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 Baker. 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 Communities Several local youth participated in the Casket Cup Soccer Tournament held in Batesville. The Spoo Taculars are Ella Roope, Callie Barrett, Jenna Weiler, Ellie Hayes. 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- CONews.com January/ February in Dearborn County, Southeast Indiana...the Perfect Place to Play! November 9 - January 5 – Winter Wonderland Ice Skating - Enjoy ice skating under the pavilion at Todd Creech Park on Tate Street in Lawrenceburg. Visit www.visitsoutheastindiana.com, www. thinklawrenceburg.com or call 812-537-4507. December 31 - Jan 1 – New Year’s Eve at Perfect North Slopes - 8:00 pm - 1:00 am. 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg. Admission charged to ski, snowboard or snow tube until 1AM. DJ in the lodge, party favors, and fireworks at midnight. Info: 812 537-3754 or www.perfectnorth.com. January 1 – New Year’s Day January 11 – Roots and Boots in Concert - 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7PM for the 8PM performance at Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street. Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin, known as Roots and Boots, bring a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the stage at the Event Center. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. January 12-14 – Special Olympics Winter Games - Special Olympics held annually at Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Athletes participate in alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Info: 812 537-3754 or visit www.soindiana.org/winter-games/. February 1-Mar 28 – The Call Back Show - Dillsboro Arts Friendship Gallery, 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro. Open Tuesdays 6-8PM, Thursdays 4-8PM, Saturdays 10AM-2PM. Opening reception is February 7, 6-8PM. Exhibition of invited local and regional artists. Info: 812-532-3010. February 1 – Jamey Johnson at Lawrenceburg Event Center - Doors open at 7PM for the 8PM performance at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street. Platinum selling artist Jamey Johnson brings his outlaw country style to the Event Center. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. February 7-9 – Dearborn County Home Builders Association Home & Garden Show - Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg Friday/5PM-9PM, Saturday/10AM-8PM, Sunday/Noon- 5PM. The largest home show in Dearborn County. Info: 812-320-6099 or email@example.com or www.dearborncountyhba.org. February 8 – Be My Valentine - Main Street Aurora Dancing on Main - 7:00-10:30PM. Second & Main Street, Aurora. This community event is for anyone interested in having a good time in Historic Downtown Aurora. Dinner served by the Lions is $7.00, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Info: 812-926- 1100 or www.aurora.in.us. February 20 – Blue Willow House Spring Opening - 9960 Front Street, Dillsboro, Indiana. Three floors of antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, candles, soaps, lotions and gifts, all located in a lovely home built in 1912. Thursdays & Fridays, 10AM-6PM and Saturdays, 9AM-2PM. Info: 812-432-3330 or www. bluewillowsisters.com or bluewillowhouse9960@ gmail.com. February 21 – Get Wine(d) & Dine(d) in Aurora - 5:00-8:30pm. Presented by Main Street Aurora, 231 Main Street. Shop participating businesses and enter to win a grand prize. Info: 812-926-1100 or www.aurora.in.us. February 22 – Hollywood Casino Presents Vicki Lawrence & Mama - 8:00pm. Doors open at 7PM for an 8PM performance at Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street. Join Vicki for a unique evening of comedy and music. This “Two-Woman-Show” combines stand-up comedy, music, and observations about real life from both Vicki and her famous alter ego. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster. com. February 28 – St. Mary Lenten Fish Fry - Cod with God - 4:00 - 7:30pm, St. Mary Activity Center, 214 Fifth Street, Aurora. Meals served in the Activity Center on Fifth Street. Carry-out available in the school cafeteria at 211 Fourth St. Drive-thru also available. Info: visit: www.mystmarys.com or 812-926-1558. Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau 320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025 1-800-322-8198 or www.VisitSoutheastIndiana.com SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw them in The BEACON!