The BEACON Feb. 2020


Regional Reach. Community Commitment. Covering Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, and Ripley Counties in Southeast Indiana and Southwest Ohio.



The availability of broadband services

is playing an increasingly more

significant role in today’s economy.

What was once viewed as an amenity

has now become a utility, one that

everyone counts on. The Southeastern

Indiana Regional Planning Commission

(SIRPC) has been working for

over a year to assess the state of the

broadband infrastructure in nine counties

in Southeast Indiana. Their goal,

through the efforts of a task force, is to

raise awareness of gaps in service. The

counties represented by the efforts of

SIRPC are Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin,

Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley,



Region Addresses Broadband Infrastructure

Shelby, and Switzerland counties.

Broadband, otherwise known as

internet access, provides connections

at a faster rate than dial-up services.

Connections differ by the technology


One service is a digital subscriber

line (DSL) that allows for the transfer

of data over traditional telephone lines.

Another, the cable modem, transmits

data over coaxial cables used to supply

cable television.

Fiber-optic service transmits data by

converting electrical signals to light

and sending it through glass fibers.

The result is service that is significantly

faster than either DSL or cable


Other services such as fixed wireless,

satellite, and broadband over

power lines (BPL) are greatly affected

by placement, weather conditions, or

are an emerging technology. These services

were not considered in information

gathered by SIRPC.

SIRPC has compiled a study detailing

the state of broadband. According

to Susan Craig, executive director of

SIRPC, “While every effort to accurately

reflect broadband availability

has been made, the analysis

Continued on page 3A

Going Pro

Trevor Brunner excels on the

American Motorcyclist Association

(AMA) Flat Track circuit.

(Photo by Mia Moore-Flat Track

photographer) Page 1B

A Spanish Influence

The Nunez Martin family enjoy all

that the community has to offer.

Page 4B

The Magic of the Season

Discovering Santa’s helpers, from

reindeer to reindogs, in Aurora.

Page 6B





Permit No. 9714

Volunteers Tina Pannone, Lawrenceburg; Rita Baer,

Aurora; and Wanda Grimes, Manchester.

Mike and Sherry Costello, West Harrison






Ken, Sean, and Cherie Maddin- the family who

made being alone on Christmas a thing of the past.

By Maureen Stenger

On a cool December afternoon, I walked along Walnut

Street in Lawrenceburg, looking for the United Way of

Southeast Indiana office. I was eager to meet with their

director, Karen Snyder, so I could get a better grasp on

what exactly United Way does. I knew they did good things

throughout the community, but I did not know much more

than that. United Way of America is a nonprofit organization

with some roots tracing back to 1887 in Denver,

Colorado, where Frances Wisebart Jacobs and other

religious leaders formed the Charity Organization Society.

The society sought to not only help people in need but also

address the cycle of poverty by investigating the reasons

why people were struggling. I learned from Ms. Snyder

that that philosophy has carried over to this day as United

Way seeks to not only improve people’s lives but also to

empower them.

Karen Snyder has been with United Way since 2007. She

explains, “I truly enjoy working for United Way, bringing

groups together and working toward improving the lives

every day in Southeast Indiana.” As a Dearborn County

resident since 2003, she shared with me she treasures being

able to partake in work that helps the community she not

only resides in but so loves. She explains that the United


Ron Sweeney,

St. Leon.

One Vision


So Many

The thoughtfulness of one

family changed the holidays

by creating Christmas with

Friends. In a matter of weeks,

the outpouring of support

for the event was staggering.

Neighbors came from near

and far to enjoy each others’

company and share the spirit

of what makes

our community great.

Wayne Browning,

Rising Sun.

Zoning Ordinance

Change Rejected

The Dearborn County Plan Commission

has proposed changes to the county

zoning ordinance ranging from principally

permitted uses in agricultural

and residential zones to the definition

of kennels and manufactured homes.

While most of the proposed changes

are designed to clarify descriptions

and improve comprehensibility, one in

particular deals with the minimum size

of housing units throughout the county.

Article 25, Section 2564 addresses

manufactured and mobile homes. The

text in Section 2564 has been deemed

to be potentially unclear and conflicting.

The current wording of Section

2564 is: Manufactured homes shall be

permitted in any area zoned for singlefamily

or duplex homes if the home

was designed and built in a factory

and bears a seal certifying that it was

built in compliance with the federal

Manufactured Housing Construction

and Safety Standards Law of 1974.

Six limitations are listed in Section

2564. Changes to two of these limitations

were proposed. The first limitation

reads: The manufactured home

must be constructed after January 1,

1981, and exceed nine hundred fifty

(950) square feet of occupied space.

Seven of the eight Plan Board

members approved an amendment that

reads: The manufactured home must be

constructed after January 1, 1981, and

exceed four hundred (400) square feet

of occupied space.

Another limitation currently states:

Manufactured homes not meeting the

terms above shall be permitted only

after receiving a Conditional Use

Continued on page 3A

United Way- Bringing the Community Together

December United Way Southeast Indiana Action Council

back row- Patty Baker, Karen Snyder, Alan Weiss, Jill

Ruether, E.G. McLaughlin, Liz Morris, Jim Scott, Laura

Rolf. Front row- Jill Timon, Virginia Sinkhorn.

Way organization, through its campaigning, raises funds to

help start and support programs that meet the needs of the

community. The mission of United Way “leads and mobilizes

the caring power of individuals and organizations to

help people measurably improve their lives.”

Continued on page 4A


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Years ago, I was blessed

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Imagine how thrilled I was

to learn that my caption for

the painting of the star on Sutton

Hill was erroneous in the

last issue. The painting was

actually done by Tom Ward,

another wonderful member of

our community. He had presented

it as a gift to Carolyn!

I had no idea since I had only

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of Mayor Hasting’s Christmas

card a few years before. The

realization of my error led to

remember so many wonderful

times with both Carolyn and

Mr. Ward.

Neighborhoods change,

families grow, and community

members leave their

marks. But one thing remains

constant- the good intentions

of those in our community. I

have heard about one such individual

who can be found every

morning picking up refuse

in Lesko Park. While I don’t

know this woman well, I am

confident she is one to whom

to say hello. Mrs. Ray’s dedication

to the beautification of

Aurora has been mentioned to

me on numerous occasions.

Her volunteer efforts have

Each day, Nancy Ray, Aurora,

can be found picking

up garbage from the streets

and parks in downtown


been the topic of conversation

at town meetings and holiday

events from Aurora to as far

as Ohio County. While Nancy

is the type of person who

would never dream of receiving

accolades for her efforts,

she certainly deserves a big

thank you for all that she does

for the community.

Mrs. Ray is the daughter

of the late Luther Rice. She

graduated from Aurora High

School in 1973 and has kept

Aurora near to her heart ever

since. Nancy and her husband

Ken now reside in the family

home on Fifth Street that

overlooks the Ohio River and

Lesko Park.

Nancy is involved in several

groups in Aurora. She is a

member of the Riverview

Cemetery Board, a cemetery

designed by the famous

architect William Tinsley, and

established in 1869. She is

also involved in Main Street

Aurora and spends countless

hours fulfilling whatever tasks

need to be completed for the

promotion of the river town.

When the LST recently

graced the banks of the Ohio

in Aurora, both Nancy and

her husband, Ken, were right

there volunteering in every

way to ensure that the event

went smoothly. They both

graciously took on the responsibility

of selling bricks

for the Veterans’ memorial at

Lesko Park. The task required

a great effort to spread the

word about availability and

A painting of Sutton Hill

was done in 2009 by Tom

Ward and was presented to

homeowner Carolyn Sutton.

to handle all of the sales.

Naturally, when the LST left

the banks of the Ohio and

glided smoothly to its next

destination, Nancy stepped

up once again and agreed to

continue handling the sale of

the bricks. She has expanded

her role by overseeing the

placement of the bricks and

working with Fred Lester to

get them installed.

Keeping a town beautiful

is a lot of work. As with any

city or town, trash seems to

accumulate out of nowhere.

But in Aurora, Nancy and Ken

work diligently to stay on top

of it. They can be found every

day in the park and streets

of Aurora, picking up trash

and cleaning up alleyways.

An endless task, but one we

should all thank them for doing.

Nancy Turner, the director

of Main Street Aurora,

described Nancy Ray as a

fantastic volunteer. “She is

always there, helping with

whatever needs to be done.

You can always count on

Nancy and Ken to come

through.” As a side note,

when this comment was

made, Nancy Ray was elbow

deep in pancakes and syrup

as she volunteered at the sixth

breakfast with Santa for the


Thank you, Nancy Ray, for

all that you do for Aurora and

our community. Your efforts

are an inspiration to all of us.


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distribution in Dearborn, Ripley,

Franklin and Ohio Counties in

Indiana and Harrison, Ohio.

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Broadband Availability Being Addressed

Continued from page 1A

of broadband usage is continually


One significant finding of

the study is that thirty percent

of the area that SIRPC serves

does not have access to 25/3,

a minimum of 25 Megabits

per second (Mbps) download

and 3 Mbps upload broadband

threshold. Only ten percent

had access through their cellular

data plans.

While Dearborn County had

the highest number of households

with computing devices,

Ohio County has the highest

number of households without.

More than ten percent

of homes through the region

relied only on mobile devices.

As technology advances,

so do the requirements for

students to have access to the

internet for online homework

assignments and research.

As of 2017, less than forty

percent of households in the

SIRPC region did not have

access to a 25/3 provider.

The availability of reliable

broadband service is an

important issue for economic

development. According to

Terri Randall, director of One

Dearborn, “Not only does

this service impact residential

areas, but it also impacts

comprehensive economic

development strategies. Showing

regional strategies between

the nine counties and how they

are working together to make

these plans a reality is vital to

the success of the project.”

A grant is being offered

through the Purdue Center

for Regional Development

that requires SIRPC to make

a $10,000 match. This match

is comprised of funds from

the nine counties served by

SIRPC. Previously community

development block funds

were offered but left each

entity working independently.

This new funding allows for

all of the counties to work

together for maximum efficiency.

The State of Indiana is

offering a Next Level Connections

grant to internet

providers for promoting

access to reliable and affordable

broadband service. The

second opening of the grant

began in December. The grant

is only open to providers. A

limit of $5 million per agency

is in place and requires a

50/50 match.

The structure of the grant

allows for only broadband

providers to apply for the

grant. They need to demonstrate

substantial community

support and statistics to show

that the area is underserved.

Currently, twelve companies

provide broadband within

the SIRPC region. Seventeen

Broadband services provided shown as fiber (red); cable

(yellow); DSL (light purple). (Map provided by SIRPC)

companies provide business

fixed broadband.

According to the study done

by Purdue University, the full

development of broadband

in rural areas will result in

economic gains in the billions

over the next twenty years.

One Dearborn is being proactive

and planning a broadband

summit for the beginning of

2020. The guest speaker will

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director of broadband opportunities.

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Minimum Square Footage

Change Proposal Rejected

Continued from page 1A

Permit by the Board of Zoning

Appeals or when the home is

to be located in an existing or

approved mobile home park.

The proposed change

shortens the limitation to

read: Manufactured homes

not meeting the terms above

shall be permitted only after

receiving a Conditional Use

Permit and / or Variance by

the Board of Zoning Appeals.

After a public hearing on

the proposed changes, the

Plan Commission voted almost

unanimously to forward

a favorable recommendation

to the commissioners to

amend Article 25, Section

2564. One member abstained

from the vote.

Commissioner Thatcher

stated, “While a tiny home

has its place, the location has

to be controlled to ensure

that it works for everyone


The commissioners expressed

an interest in seeing

homes across all platforms be

required to be a minimum of

nine hundred fifty square feet.

Those desiring smaller homes

could seek variances from the

Board of Zoning Appeals.

The rejected ordinance

changes will be sent back to

the Plan Commission with

a written list of reasons and

concerns from the commissioners.

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United Way Unites Communities and Changes Lives

Continued from page 1A

Ms. Snyder elaborates, “We

are trying to move people

out of poverty and trying to

understand the barriers around

them.” When people walk

through the door in need of

help, Ms. Snyder explains

they take a family-centered

approach asking what has

brought them here and how

can we help you. United Way

strives to unite communities

to change lives. The organization

is a collaborator that

partners with many different

agencies within an area to

make it better. United Way

helps to lead programs to help

people not only improve their

lives but to help them find

ways to move out of poverty

for the duration. United

Way’s vision is to educate all

people, so they are prepared

for life’s challenges. Successful

citizens equal successful


Ms. Snyder shares that

United Way of Southeast

Indiana has been around for a

very long time, and for many

years it was run on the efforts

of volunteers. She was hired

in 2007 and is thrilled to be

working with Jill Ruther, who

was hired in May. Mrs. Ruther

is also a Dearborn County

resident who explains, “Before

coming to United Way, I

worked for two of our partner

agencies. I have always

respected and know firsthand

the important work United

Way does for the region. Being

a resident of Southeast

Indiana myself, I am excited

to build relationships, raise

funds, and make an impact

in my community.” United

Way of Southeast Indiana is

part of United Way of Greater

A group of volunteers from the community action day when they cleaned up Guilford Park. (Photo courtesy of

United Way)

Cincinnati. It also is a member

of the Indiana United Way

Association. As Ms. Snyder

says, they “have to look in

both directions.” The Southeast

Indiana organization is

in a rebuilding mode as they

are working on being more

visible. They now have their

own Facebook page and are

working on their own Twitter

account. This incorporation

of social media will help to

make them more accessible.

The neat thing about United

Way is that they do so much

more than one thing or one

service; they lend a helping

hand to numerous service

organizations. They strive to

unite communities to change

lives by working with partner

agencies and helping to fund

them and their programs.

They bring the agencies

together so they can gain the

most out of what each agency

has to offer. United Way fills

in the gaps when needed.

They campaign on a collective

whole and donate the

funds out. United Way helps

to kick-start programs. Once

the programs are off and running,

they move on to the next

need identified in the community.

United Way of Southeast

Indiana is its own governing

body. They adhere to the

mission of the United Way in

the region. At the same time,

they can make decisions about

what they feel is important

and the impact their efforts

will have in their area. United

Way has an Action Council

comprised of local volunteers

who aid in this process.

The Action Council does not

handle any of the finances;

this is handled by the board,

which is a part of United Way

of Greater Cincinnati. Those

who serve on a committee or

the Action Council meet with

Ms. Snyder to ensure they are

aware of the parameters of the

positions as well as being sure

the relationship is a proper

fit. Action Council member

and Dearborn County resident,

Jill Timon, shared her

perspective with me. “Joining

the Action Council has been

enlightening and helped me

understand how integral and

important the United Way

is to assist those in need in

Southeast Indiana. I am happy

Tyler Stenger, Hank Timon and Anna Timon volunteering

to paint The Born Learning part of The Dearborn Trail for

United Way. (Photo courtesy of Jill Timon)

to use my experience to help

create more awareness of the

family-centered approach of

the United Way within the local

community,” she said.

Ms. Snyder explains that

United Way and one of their

partners, The Community

Building Institute, which

is a group of city planners,

sociologists, and urban

anthropologists, interviewed

numerous citizens on pressing

community issues. They

identified the top three issues

that citizens felt needed to

be addressed- workforce

development, leadership, and

substance abuse. The United

Way of Southeast Indiana and

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Continued on page 5A

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United Way- Community Driven

Karen Snyder and Jill

Ruther of United Way at

The Lawrenceburg Christmas

Parade. (Photo courtesy

of United Way)

Continued from page 4A

ber of Commerce sponsors

a program called Leadership

Dearborn, which includes a

series of classes and field trips

designed to prepare citizens

to take on voluntary leadership

positions with nonprofit

organizations and civic groups

within the community. The

program helps people understand

the challenges in their

particular area and aids them

in developing skills to help

resolve the issues. Born out of

the Leadership Dearborn class

is the Second Chance program

that helps dislocated workers

develop the skills needed to

get back on their feet.

The partner agencies that

United Way of Southeast

Indiana works with is impressive.

United Way works with

a lot of schools to bring in

vision and dental programs

as well as Kindergarten

Jumpstart programs. United

Way is a big believer in early

intervention. The Kindergarten

Jumpstart program helps

children get acquainted and

helps them feel comfortable

with their new school before

the school year begins.

United Way also works with

The Dearborn County Clearinghouse,

which provides

groceries, clothing, rent, and

utilities to those in need.

United Way provides a free

H&R Block tax prep program

for simple e-file taxes. The

program benefits college

students who strive to understand

the process and gain

financial literacy. Last year

approximately eighty people

participated in this service.

United Way holds a community

action day every

April. They coordinate volunteers

to clean up Guilford

Park, which interestingly is

the most used park in Dearborn

County! They spend the

day moving mulch and cleaning

up debris as the park tends

to flood. At another event,

volunteers shared their time

to paint parts of the Dearborn

Trail, which is a four

and a half-mile paved trail

along the Ohio River through

Greendale, Lawrenceburg,

and Aurora. United Way’s

part of the path is the Born

Learning part, which boasts

an interactive set of signs

for children with pictures of

the state bird, the state tree

along with hopscotch and

the ABC’s. The trail engages

them in their surroundings.

Ms. Snyder explains when

they have events, they reach

out to different groups such

as the FCCLA organization

in the high schools and local

businesses to see if they are

interested in participating.

Even though United Way’s

Agency Partners are numerous,

they are always striving

to do more to meet growing

community needs. Homeless

youth is something Ms. Snyder

says is an area that needs

attention. The Youth Encouragement

Services (the YES

Home) is a residential group

home for youth ages twelve to

twenty that provides a structured

and nurturing environment

for children in need.

Still, many of those cases are

court-appointed. United Way

is looking into how they can

assist those youth who are

couch surfing because they

have no permanent residence.

Catch-a-Ride is another service

that fills a great need for

those who rely on others for

their transportation.

United Way works with

all kinds of different groups,

always looking to see where

they can add value. They

bring individuals together

through their work with their

partner agencies as well as

through trainings. They are

always striving to understand

what is missing or needed in

their community. United Way

raises funds through employee

campaigns, individual

donations, and grants. They

are also fortunate to be a part

of Indiana United Way, where

they can secure funds. They

also receive funds through

the Cincinnati campaign.

You can donate directly to

the United Way of Southeast

Indiana by mailing a check

to their PO Box, or you can

donate through the United

Way of Greater Cincinnati

website. You can even specify

that donations through your

company go to Dearborn and

Ohio Counties. If you live in

our area but work outside of

our area, locate the box on

your pledge form that lists the

Dearborn and Ohio County

Impact Fund. If you check

that box, you will ensure that

the money goes right back to

the community in which you


Ms. Snyder reiterates that,

“Uniting communities changing

lives, it just makes sense.

Our goal is to bring everyone

together, through collaboration

and funding opportunities,

creating lasting change,

and having a measurable

impact.” The pleasure was

all mine when meeting and

spending time with Karen

Snyder and Jill Ruther, as they

are both amazing individuals

who work tirelessly to make

our area better! If you are

interested in getting involved

with the United Way of Southeast

Indiana, please check out

their Facebook page. You can

also stop in their office or call

812-537-2009. You won’t be

disappointed. In fact, I feel

pretty confident you will be




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members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices

and landscaping. Participants complete an exam testing

horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production,

marketing, turf, landscape design, and maintenance. Each

participant must also complete practicums involving landscape

estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants,

disorders, and equipment. Forty-three states were represented,

and East Central placed in the silver emblem category.

Congratulations to the team for a job well done representing the

state of Indiana and the East Central FFA Chapter.

Smoked Salmon with capers




Scrambled Eggs

Seasoned Potatoes

French Toast



Fried Chicken

Baked Chicken

Eggs Benedict

Fresh Fruit

Grilled Asparagus

Assorted Salads

Create your own Omelet

Beef carving station

Chocolate Fountain

Assorted Desserts


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Ivy Tech Foundation

Recognizes Alumni

Award recipients

Ivy Tech Foundation recently

recognized honorees

of its annual Distinguished

Alumni Awards.

Since 1998, The Distinguished

Alumni Award has

celebrated the success of

Ivy Tech Community College

alumni by recognizing

a group of graduates who

have made a lasting, positive

contribution to the community,

state or College since

completing their education.

As the highest honor alumni

can receive, the Award is

designated for individuals

with outstanding professional,

philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.

“Ivy Tech has seen tremendous

success throughout the

past 56 years, this is due in

great part to the successes of

our alumni,” said John M.

Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation

President. “We have honored

over 250 Distinguished Alumni

who have made valuable

contributions in their communities

and have been exceptional

in their professional

careers. They are excellent

examples of what can happen

when desire and opportunity


Alyssa Lay, Lawrenceburg

Campus, received the Distinguished

Alumni Award for

2019-2020. Ms. Lay is the

director of K-14 initiatives

and recruitment for the Ivy

Tech Lawrenceburg Campus.

She is passionate about helping

others rise to overcome

new challenges. Alyssa is

also a member of Circle of

Ivy, a powerful and dynamic

network of women philanthropists

who collectively

give back to local Ivy Tech

campuses and students.

Highpoint Health and

OrthoCincy Team Up

In response to an evergrowing

need for more high

quality orthopaedic services

in our community, Highpoint

Health is working with Ortho-

Cincy Orthopaedics & Sports

Medicine to bring additional

orthopaedic and sports medicine

services to Southeast


Credibility • Advocacy • Education • Visibility

What Can The Chamber

Do For You? Just Ask!


Civista volunteers front- Cassie Cappel , Karry Hollan,

Bridget Davidson, Angie Wesley, Tess Thompson. Back-

Dee Hacker, Jerry Hacker, Mark Sams, Stacy Perleberg,

Bill Ludwick, Mike McLaughlin, Jim Kittle.

Grant Supports

Quilts of Valor for Veterans

Employees from Civista participated in a companywide

Volunteer day. They volunteered at the Dearborn

Clearinghouse, packaging meals for families and snacks for

the Library. On top of the volunteering, the Civista Charitable

Foundation made a $4,574 donation to the Dearborn


OrthoCincy is the largest

independent orthopaedic and

sports medicine group practice

in Greater Cincinnati.

Located at 605 Wilson Creek

Road, the Lawrenceburg office

of OrthoCincy is staffed

by three orthopaedic specialists,

Drs. Ronald Auer, Brian

Wissel and Roman Trimba.

The physicians are skilled in

the latest surgical and nonsurgical

techniques and offer

general orthopaedic care, as

well as joint replacement/resurfacing,

sports medicine and

the evaluation and treatment

of spine issues which cause

neck, back and leg pain.

“We are extremely happy to

be working with OrthoCincy

in bringing additional orthopaedic

services to our region,”

noted Michael W. Schwebler,

Highpoint Health President/

CEO. “They offer a broad

range of sub-specialty care

which will further enhance

our ability to care for orthopaedic

patients locally.”

Highpoint Health will work

in tandem with OrthoCincy by

providing a full continuum of

patient care including diagnostic

and imaging modalities

(MRI and CT), pre-surgical

and surgical services, acute

patient care, comprehensive

inpatient and outpatient

rehabilitation (physical and

occupational therapy) and

athletic training.

OrthoCincy Orthopaedic

Surgeons caring for patients

in Lawrenceburg are Ronald

Auer, MD, General Orthopaedics/Total

Joint Replacement/

Sports Medicine; Brian Wissel,

MD, General Orthopaedics/Total

Joint Replacement/

Sports Medicine/Fractures;

Roman Trimba, MD, Spine:

Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar.

Highpoint Health is committed

to continually advancing

its continuum of care to

provide needed services, close

to home.

Dearborn County

Parks Launches

New Website

The Dearborn County Park

Board has published a major

update to its website, which

includes a complete re-design

and new logo. Coinciding

with website updates, a Facebook

page has also launched

to better connect community

members with the park system.

The ability to make donations

online is now available.

For more than a decade,

community members have

enjoyed visiting the Dearborn

County Parks website to make

reservations, view maps, and

follow park updates. The new

site is completely modernized

and adaptable across all platforms.

The new logo design

was completed in partnership

with FX Design.

The new logo for Dearborn

County parks.

Five different county parks

are located across the county

in both rural and suburban

areas of Bright, Guilford, and


Recent improvements to the

county park system include

new shelters at County Farm

Park, system-wide bathroom

upgrades, and remodeling

of the historic barn located

at Gladys Russell Wildlife

Refuge. A new playground at

Bright Meadows Park, made

possible by a Dearborn Community

Foundation Grant, will

be completed in early 2020.

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February 2020 THE BEACON Page 7A





Heather and Frank Davies of Dillsboro took four of their six children on vacation out

west. They visited seven states. The main attraction was a trip to Yellowstone National

Park. A trip to Yellowstone isn’t complete without seeing the spectacular view of Old

Faithful. Shown are Hailey Rump, Taran Davies, Heather Davies, Frank Davies, Erin

Davies & Savannah Davies.

Alex, Donna, and LouLou Parniuk, Bright, traveled to

Colorado and took the Beacon with them to the top of

Pikes Peak.


If business or pleasure takes you out-of-town,

take your hometown newspaper along for the trip.

Send your photo, displaying the Beacon, to


Please include where you live. It’s interesting to see

how well-traveled our readers are!

Great friends joined together to cruise Alaska. Pictured are George and Barb Shepherd

from Bright, Greg and Debbie Turner from Bright, Omar and Ronda Oates from

Lawrenceburg, Steve and Melea McAdams from Aurora, Brad and Sandy McClure

from Bright, Kim Kent and Amy McAdams from Aurora.

Kim, Bob, Kathryn, and Alex Joerger took the Beacon

to Bear Lake, located in Rocky Mountain National

Park, Colorado.

Cindy Rottinghaus,

Aurora, visited Tivoli

Gardens in Copenhagen.

She also

toured Warnemunde,

Germany; Tallinn, Astonia;

St Petersburg,

Russia; and Helsinchy,



2019: 8


1935 South Pointe Dr

9220 SR 46

29865 Blue Creek Rd

1.46 ac Stateline Rd

7185 N Cty Line Rd

15991 Elizabeth Dr

8439 Bridgetown Rd*

22750 Stateline Rd

2315 Sherman Ave

.64 ac Business Center

23361 Stateline Rd

5472 SR 48

6.2 ac Sawdon Ridge

1868 South Pointe Dr

202 Three Mile Ridge

11605 US 50

3434 Lapland Dr

12403 Lauman Rd

22.8 ac N Dearborn Rd

2004 South Pointe Dr

14517 Schmaltz Rd

2383 Blasdel Dr

26167 Rolling Dr

25527 Brightleaf Dr

1601 W Seminole

387 Deer Trail Dr

6991 SR 46

100 Blue Sky Way

24204 Siefferman Ct

24115 Grubbs Rd E

1709 South Pointe Dr

25933 Mt. Pleasant

10933 Fox Run Lane

8330 Maple Leaf Dr

1205-1207 Oxford State


3139 Sorbus Dr

410 Hunter Ave

22888 Brightland Dr

27233 Lawrenceville


642 Heritage Square

2393 Judd Dr

23333 Mt. Pleasant

1.25 ac Stateline Rd

5382 Manortree Ct

23534 Stateline Rd

210 E 12th St

25553 Sawdon Ridge

11650 US 50

1821 Fernwood St

1726 South Pointe Dr

9783 Wessler Rd*

9128 St Peters Rd*

419 Barney Ct

600 Manchester St*

10841 New Biddinger


3627 Gary Dr

23651 Mt. Pleasant Rd

201 E Carr St

*Sold at auction


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The recent opening of a new

restaurant in downtown Harrison

got me thinking about

the decades-long struggle to

revitalize the downtown Harrison

business district.

The restaurant is very nice

and is a fine addition to our

downtown. It joins several other

food-drink establishments,

including Market Street Grille,

a new taproom, a pizzeria, and

a coffee shop. Word has it that

another restaurant will soon be

opening in the 300 block.

Many retail businesses join

the aforementioned establishments

on Harrison Avenue.

Downtown is in better shape

than it has been in decades.

When I was a kid, everything

was in downtown Harrison.

If you wanted groceries,

hardware, underwear, shoes,

clothes, medicine, beer, or any

of the other necessities of life,

that’s where you got them.

Downtown was a bustling

place with a vibrant business

district, and people were always

roaming the sidewalks.

There were parking meters,

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and sometimes finding a place

to park was hard.

But that all changed dramatically

in the early ‘70s when

the expressway came through

town. Many established businesses

moved out of downtown

to be closer to I-74. Almost all

new businesses located on “the

hill” for the same reason.

It didn’t take long before

the parking meters went

away, along with much of our

beloved old downtown. Harrison’s

leaders began focusing

their attention on the business

and residential growth on “the

hill,” and downtown was put

on the back burner. Truth be

told, downtown wasn’t even

on the stove.

For the better part of twentyfive

years, I worked on Harrison

Avenue in downtown Harrison.

My wife, Saint Mary,

and I owned Mary’s Restaurant

& Pub (now Market Street

Grille), 205 Harrison Avenue,

for five years during the early

‘90s. I saw and covered the efforts

to revitalize downtown.

Harrison embraced the Main

Street America approach in the

‘90s. Main Street America is

a national non-profit program

meant to help towns revitalize

their old business districts,

and Harrison was in desperate

need of revitalization. The

streets and sidewalks were in

horrible shape, and there were

a ton of vacant storefronts.

Over several years a series

of Main Street directors tried

a variety of approaches. Some

progress was made, but not

enough. The city council

eventually stopped funding

the director’s salary, and the

program fizzled.

But by the time I left the

paper in 2011, things were

getting better. The economy

was improving, and downtown

was slowly starting to

come alive. Fast forward to

2020, and downtown is alive.

Heck, we even have an axethrowing


Very few, if any, vacant

buildings can be found, and

most of the businesses seem to

be hanging in there. The newer

businesses are a good fit with

the older ones such as our beloved

Harrison Home Bakery.

Some of the newer places

will make it; some won’t.

That’s the way it works in the

world of business. But I’m

betting more will make it than


It takes guts, sweat, tears,

time, and money to open and

operate a business. I salute the

folks who are coming off the

dime and putting it on the line.

6 4 9 3

2 7 5 8 9

4 2 3 5

1 5 6 4 2

8 9 6

6 8 3 7 2

5 1 7


Sudoku is a logical puzzle game that may seem difficult at

first glance, but actually it is not as hard as it looks! Fill a

number in to every cell in the grid, using the numbers 1 to

9. You can only use each number once in each row, each

column, and in each of the 3×3 boxes. The solution can be

found on our website

edition. Click on the link for Sudoku and view the solution

for this month and last. Good luck and have fun!

Maverick Winners Front row- Cheryll Obendorff (sponsor), Phoebe Kroen, Claire Horan,

Alexa Miles, Kathryn Wilder. Middle row- Missy Cooper (judge); Faith Sullivan, GiGi Dreyer,

Allison Storms, Ben Kraus. Back row- Kevin Campbell (judge), Jonathon Maple (Assistant

Prinicpal) and Tricia Miller (judge and sponsor). (Photo courtesy of Oldenburg Academy)

Oldenburg Places in Maverick Challenge

The 2019 Maverick Challenge,

a business planning

competition was hosted at

Oldenburg Academy. Nineteen

students were judged

on the business plans and

products they created for the

competition. Oldenburg Academy

had nine teams compete

this year.

Started in 2008, the Maverick

Challenge is intended

to simulate the real-world

process of entrepreneurs

soliciting start-up funds from

early-stage investors, successful

entrepreneurs, and

community leaders. Students

had the opportunity to work

with business and community

mentors, as well as experience

feedback from professional


This year’s winners are

diverse. Third place winner,

Babysitting Brokerage, is a

babysitting app created by Allison

Storms and Ben Kraus;

this application would allow

babysitters and parents to

connect. Second place went to

Claire Horan, Phoebe Kroen,

Wagon Shed

Candle Company

Specializing in all natural soy candles

and gift baskets made to order

for all occasions


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and Faith Sullivan, who created

the company Just the

Essentials – a sock company

based on essential oils. The

first-place winner went to a

company that could save lives

in the future – a retractable

oxygen cord company called

O2Go. The developers were

GiGi Dreyer, Alexa Miles,

and Kathryn Wilder.

Oldenburg Academy Assistant

Principal Jonathon Maple

is the head of the Franklin/

Ripley County competition.

Mr. Maple shared, “This is a

real-world learning experience

that provides students

with many skills beyond the

business plan.”

The top team will move on

to the Spring Maverick Challenge

Regional Competition,

where nine counties will compete

against each other. They

then have a chance to move

on to the state competition at

Ball State University, called

Innovate WithIN.

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2020 Lilly Endowment Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Lilly Endowment Community

Scholarship (LECS) is

the result of a statewide Lilly

Endowment, Inc. initiative designed

to help raise the level

of educational attainment in

Indiana. It increases awareness

of the beneficial roles Indiana

community foundations

can play in their communities.

It also encourages and supports

the efforts of current and

past Lilly Endowment Community

Scholars to engage

with each other and with

Indiana business, governmental,

educational, not-for-profit

and civic leaders to improve

the quality of life in Indiana

generally and in local communities

throughout the state.

The Dearborn Community

Foundation (DCF) awarded

the LECS to East Central

High School senior Noah

Blankman. Mr. Blankman

receives a




to the Indiana

college of his

choice along







William “Ben”




with a $900

yearly stipend

for required

books and


Mr. Blankman

of Bright

is the son

of Jazmin


and Keith


He plans to

study engineering

but has not


which college

he will

attend. Mr.

Blankman has

been active in

many clubs

and groups,


Drama Club,


Choir, Young

Voices of

Indiana, All-

State Choir,


Clubs of


East Central

Dance Team


and National

Honor Society.

He has

received several


including a

certificate of achievement in

Concert Choir (junior year),

ISSMA State Soloist Gold

Medal (freshman, sophomore,

and junior years), and

National Academy of Future

Scientists and Technologists

delegate Award of Excellence

(sophomore year). Mr. Blankman

also volunteers in the


The five remaining LECS

finalists are recognized as

2020 Dearborn Community

Foundation Scholarship recipients.

Each student receives

a $1,000 scholarship paid directly

to the student’s school.

The scholarship is renewable

for up to four years of secondary

education at the college

or university of the student’s

choice. The Foundation is

pleased to award the 2020

DCF scholarships to Megan

Caudy, East Central High

School; Emma Sandford,

Lawrenceburg High School;

Mackenzie Roth, Lawrenceburg

High School; William

“Ben” Hartwell, Milan High

School (resident of the South

Dearborn Community School

Corporation Area); and Megan

Heeke, South Dearborn

High School.

The Ripley County Community

Foundation proudly

announced Gage Unrath as

the 2020 Lilly Endowment

Community Scholar. Gage

will also receive full tuition

for four years of undergraduate

study and a $900 per yearbook

stipend to an Indiana

college or university.

Gage is the son of Vince

and Jennifer Unrath and is a

senior at Jac-Cen-Del High

School. Although he does not

know which college he will

attend, he hopes to attend Purdue

University and pursue a

degree in Mathematics. Along

with being a top student at his

high school, Gage participates

in Rube Goldberg, is a member

of the Robotics Team, is

Captain of the Math Academic

Team, is a member of the

History Academic Team, is a

member of National Honor

Society, and is a peer tutor in

an array of subjects.

Ripley County Community

Foundation’s other finalists

are Abigail Blomer, Alexandra

Dudley, Joseph Hartman,

and Sophie Wesseler. Each of

the four finalists will receive

a Ripley County Community

Scholarship in the sum

of $2,000 in their freshman

year and a Grateful Families

Scholarship and a Jane

Deiwert Scholarship in their

sophomore year.

Abigail Blomer is the

daughter of Michael and Michelle

Blomer and is a senior

at Batesville High School.

Abigail is a Group Therapy

Leader, a member of Track

and Field, an actress in Drama

Club, a performer in Show-

Choir, a violinist, a peer tutor,

and a member of Safe Passage

Youth Group, Key Club and

Noah Blankman, Dearborn

County Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship


AV Club.

Alexandra Dudley is the

daughter of Jay and Julie

Dudley and is a senior at East

Central High School. Alexandra

is a Camp Counselor

for 4H, the Section Leader

for the Marching Band, and

is a member

of the National


Society and

4H Junior












is the son

of Charles

and Andrea

Hartman and

is a senior

at Batesville

High School.

Joseph is the


of the Science


Team, a Tech

and Set Crew

Member of

the Drama

Club, an Assistant


Patrol Leader,


Aide, and


in Boy Scouts

of America,

and a Devotion


and Work

Director of

his mission



Wesseler is

the daughter

of Neil

and Carrie Wesseler and is a

senior at Oldenburg Academy.

Sophie is a Teacher’s Aide

in Ballet and Modern Dance,

participates in the St. Louis

Catholic Church Mission

Team, Youth Group, Drama

Club, National Honor Society,

Choir, Art Club, and is the

President of the Dance Club.

The Franklin County Community

Foundation named

Sara Bowling as the recipient

of the Franklin County

Community Foundation 2020

Gage Unrath, Lilly

Endowment Community

Scholarship recipient for

Ripley County.

Sara Bowling, the Franklin

County Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship


Lilly Endowment Community

Scholar. Ms. Bowling,

Brookville, is the daughter

of Amy Bryson. A Franklin

County High School student,

Sara is a member of

the National Honor Society,

MCATZ, Future Business

Leaders of America, Youthquake,

and Bleacher Bums.

She is currently doing an

internship at Brookville Elementary

School. Sara is also

involved with Winter/Summer

camps at an area church.

“After graduating from

college, Franklin County is

where I want to live and raise

a family,” she said. “I plan on

going to Ball State to Major

in Human Resource Management.”

The finalists receiving $500

scholarships from the FCCF

operational fund are Emalee

Dehner and Taylor McCreary,

Franklin County High School

students. Emalee is the daughter

of John and Tracy Dehner.

Taylor is the daughter of

Steve and Jenny McCreary.

The Lilly Endowment Community

Scholarship is one

of the most competitive and

prestigious scholarships offered.

Candidates are evaluated

on grades, extra-curricular

activities, test scores, community

involvement, and must

write multiple essays to give

the committee a better understanding

of the student.

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From a Cat’s Point of View

By Simon and Tammy Turner

Hi, my name is Simon,

and I am waiting here at

PAWS until someone comes

along who is looking for a

good barn cat. You may be

thinking, “Why is he waiting

for a barn when he could

have a nice warm, comfy

home?” Well, not all cats

like living in a warm comfy

home. I prefer a nice big

barn, and I will tell you why.

By living in a barn, I can

come and go as I please and

do whatever I want, whenever

I want. Another way of

saying it is, we are un-socialized

cats who do not feel

comfortable being placed in

a home environment. I also

do not have to do my business

in a box filled with little

tiny gravel… yuck! I prefer

to get back to nature, back

to the wild. I do not have to

wait for someone to give me

a treat- I can go catch my

own. Nothing is better than

a fresh mouse- yum. Now

don’t get me wrong. I still

like it when you bring me

a bowl of kibbles and fresh

water every day, just in case

I didn’t make my catch for

the day. Having a backup

plan is always nice. Nothing

is wrong with cats living

inside; some do best in a

home. But others are like

me and prefer to be outside.

Some call us “barn buddies”

because we can work

hard for you. Not only do

we catch mice and rats, but

we also eat bugs. Barn cats


Do you

the Beacon?

Be sure to tell

our advertisers!

Simon the barn cat

love hunting and killing their

prey. We make the best exterminators,

thus saving you

money. We are also very low

maintenance. Just make sure

we are spayed and neutered,

and take us for an occasional

trip to the vet for a check-up.

If you see a stray cat show

up around your house, stop

and think about how they can

help you out. If you don’t

need a cat, then don’t feed

them and they will move on.

We cats are very resourceful

and know how to find a

food supply. Some of us can

be friendly, and some are

feral and prefer just to be

left alone. People may label

us as mean, but we are just

misunderstood. We are just

hard-working cats with a job

to do. If we do stay around,

we are showing you that we

do like you and what you are

doing for us.

Come and see me at PAWS,

I am the handsome four-yearold,

gray and white, domestic

short-haired guy who loves

to stay on the top shelf in my

room. PAWS helps find alternatives

for cats like me who

like to be outside and left

alone. But I still don’t mind

the visit. See you soon.


When Being Comfortable Hurts

By Merrill Hutchinson

As I write this article, the

afternoon is windy, rainy, and

thirty-five degrees. Earlier

today, I was driving up the

interstate thinking to myself,

“Today would be a perfect

day to find a recliner and take

a long nap.” You have to admit

that days like these have

the couch screaming your

name. Sometimes, nothing is

better than being warm and

comfortable with no immediate

responsibilities. Sounds

pretty good, doesn’t it?

But what if such a thing as

getting TOO comfortable exists!

On the surface, comfort

seems like a legitimate and

worthy goal. After all, many

of us have jobs so that we can

make our lives more comfortable.

The house we buy. The

car we drive. The food we eat.

The clothes we wear. The list

goes on and on. Often, we can

become so motivated to secure

our comforts that we lose sight

of a greater purpose in life.

How can comfort lead us to

pain? Isn’t comfort defined as

the absence of pain? I don’t

know about you, but when

my back is aching, getting

comfortable is pretty tough

for me. It’s not that comfort

creates pain, but instead,

that comfort often leads to

complacency, which leads to

pain. In our complacency, we

begin to find ourselves letting

life pass us by. We become

so comfortable that we don’t

want to take the next risk.

We’re afraid to challenge ourselves,

to do something difficult

even though the rewards

may be great.

We all seek a level of

comfort. Comfort allows us to

rest, rejuvenate, and replenish

our resources. Comfort is like

the “rest day” from the gym.

Research shows that a rest day

is just as important as the work

day when it comes to being fit

and getting stronger. A rest day

allows the body to rebuild after

being broken down. It provides

the opportunity for your

energy levels to be restored.

Rest offers a mental freshness

and gives you the boost to go

out and live another day.

Comfort is important just

as rest is important. However,

we also know that too much

rest can make us weak and

frail. If we have too much

rest, we lose the ability to

function as sharply as possible,

both physically and

mentally. Excessive rest leads

to the deterioration of the

body. “If you don’t use it,

you lose it!” This analysis has

been scientifically researched

and verified for decades.

Comfort that leads to

complacency also leads to

deterioration- deterioration of

quality of life. Complacency

prevents us from living our

lives to their fullest potential.

When comfort is the end

goal, it actually becomes a

trap. Living a life of passion

and purpose means we will

often be pulled into periods

of discomfort. If your goal is

to attain a level of comfort,

taking risks, and setting big

goals are usually not things

you seek out. Risk, by its very

nature, means you are subjecting

yourself to discomfort.

The critical part that we often

lose sight of is the correlation

between risk and reward. Yes,

risk may lead to discomfort,

but, if it is approached with a

greater reward in mind, then

the discomfort may become

worth the risk. Let’s be clearthis

is not about making

impulsive decisions based on

our current mood or feelings.

If the discomfort is going to be

endless or damaging, then the

risk may not be worth it. I say

“may not” only because we

have seen many military and

first responders take a risk that

took their lives or left them

with permanent damage. I

would argue that they fully believed

that the risks they took

were worth it. Thank God for

their willingness and courage

to walk away from comfort!

What motivates you? What

is your purpose? What are

your gifts and talents? If comfort

is your top priority, I can

guarantee you are on the fast

track to complacency. You will

soon lack motivation, purpose,

and the development and use

of your gifts and talents. The



result is living a life of “what

could have been.”

Getting a little uncomfortable

is what helps create the

drive to move forward and

live a life of no regrets. My

dad had a regular saying that

he barked out to us kids as we

were growing up. “Do something,

even if it’s wrong!”

These have been incredible

words to live by as they have

helped to create a meaningful

and adventurous life. My

dad’s point was that you need

to get ready to make mistakes,

get uncomfortable, and get a

little dirty in this thing called

life. You will never know

what could have been if you

are not willing to try.

So, what does this type

of pain look like when we

become complacent? How is it

harmful? Often, it is not physical

in nature. Instead, it usually

manifests itself as emotional or

relational pain. In other words,

it is a feeling of regret! It’s

those unfulfilled dreams and

unresolved problems we never

tackled or pursued. We see

older folks begin to reflect on

what could have been as they

enter into the winter season of

life. I often think about the difference

between a grumpy and

happy old man. We all know

older folks who fall into both

camps. What’s behind their

mind set?

I believe a happy old man is

one who believes his life has

been rich and full of purpose.

He has lived a full life using

his gifts and talents to make a

positive impact on this world.

On the other hand, I believe

the grumpy old man is one

who sees his life as a series of

missed opportunities. Often,

he feels stuck with no way for

life to get any better. Complacency

has a terrible way of

stealing your joy and taking

away your fight.

The grumpy old man is in

terrible pain- pain in the realization

that this is all his life

has amounted to. This emptiness

is among the most painful

things a person can endure. No

one desires to live a meaningless

life. But when you evaluate

your life in its later stages

and cannot draw meaning and

value from the way you have

lived, you are left to think, “Is

this all there is?”

A meaningful life well-lived

is one that often puts you in

the crosshairs of discomfort

and sacrifice. It is one that

sometimes puts comfort at

a distance. It allows for an

itch that must be scratched. It

takes a willingness to make a

few mistakes and get a little


Are you on the road to

being a grumpy old man or

a happy one? The choice is

yours to make. Make today

the day you get out of your

comfort zone and on the road

to no regrets!

Merrill Hutchinson is the

president of Rock Solid

Families, a faith-based nonprofit

organization in West

Harrison, IN.

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Dear Marie,

I am so disappointed by the

lack of thank you notes that

are sent. I don’t want to name

names or circumstances, but I

don’t think neglecting to say

thank you is acceptable. Here

are some examples:

1. I sent five gifts to family

members who live out of

town, and I only received two

thank you notes.

2. I took care of plants for

a neighbor while she was out

of town, and I expected more

of a thank you.

3. At work, someone

donated their services and

funded an expensive project;

the person’s generosity was

such a blessing. My co-worker

was asked to send a thank

you note; to my knowledge,

it has never been sent.

My next-door neighbor

came to my yard and cleaned

up some leaves that had

blown over. He is an older

widower and enjoys being

outside doing yard work. I

wanted to express my thanks,

so I took him some homemade

cookies. I thanked him

and told him how much I appreciate

his help. Marie, am

I just getting old and cranky

or has saying thank you and

writing thank you notes gone

out of style?

Carolyn from Yorkville

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you notes are not

out of style. The lack of

courtesy and good manners is

a systemic problem throughout

our society. Teaching

proper etiquette is the job of

parents. However, with so

many single-parent families,

the job of child-rearing is

more than a single person

can manage. Our society has

taken God out of the public

square and inserted violent

video games and electronic

devices in the hands of our

youth. Many times I have

seen a toddler holding his or

her mom’s phone, watching

who knows what, to keep the

child quiet. We are no longer

teaching children to behave;

we are showing them that we

want them to be quiet and out

of our way. I’m not sure good

manners and the Golden Rule

are being taught anymore.

I think every older generation

feels some disappointment

in the younger generation.

When looking at our

society as a whole, we often

pine for simpler days gone

by when good manners and

the golden rule were part of

everyday life. What we can

do to encourage a resurgence

of sending thank you notes

is to give a box of thank you

notes to the young people in

our lives, children and grandchildren,

nieces and nephews.

Take the opportunity

to explain the importance of

acknowledging a gift! Who

knows, we could all make a

difference in someone’s life!

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Plastic Recycling in the New Year

By Stefanie Hoffmeier

We know we’re supposed

to recycle, and though we try

our best many of us are getting

confused about what can

and can’t be recycled. Plastics

seem to cause the most confusion

with two-thirds of people

admitting to being unsure

about which plastics can be

recycled. Can you throw a

plastic yogurt container in

your recycling bin, or should

it go to a landfill? What about

an old plastic toy? A plastic

bag? A plastic laundry detergent


To make matters more

confusing, most plastic items

have a recycle symbol on

them. Doesn’t that mean we

can recycle that item? Not

necessarily. Those little recycle

symbols with a number

in the center actually mean

something entirely different.

The number represents the

type of resin that the plastic

item is made from. Some of

those types of plastics are not

recyclable at all. Besides the

confusion caused by the number

and symbol on the plastic

item, different recyclers in

different areas of the country

accept different materials.

In Dearborn County, whether

you have curbside pick-up

or you use one of the 24/7

drop-off locations, the acceptable

plastic materials are the

same. The only plastic items

that are accepted in Dearborn

County are plastic bottles and

jugs. Basically, if the mouth

is smaller than the rest of the

bottle or jug, then it is accepted

at Rumpke or the Dearborn

County Recycling Center

(DCRC). Water bottles,

juice bottles, soda bottles,

milk jugs, laundry detergent

bottles, shampoo bottles, and

contact solution bottles are

all accepted. You can even

put the cap back on the bottle

or jug before placing it in the

recycling container.

What about all those plastic

food containers, yogurt cups,

plastic cups and trays? Those

are not accepted in the recycling

containers or curbside

containers. Even though some

plastic containers cannot be

recycled locally, they can

still be reused and kept out

of the landfill. Plastic items

such as peanut butter jars, pill

bottles and other small plastic

containers with lids can be

cleaned out and donated to

the DCRC Creation Station.

Teachers and other non-profit

educators can use those items

for paint cups, crafts, science

experiments, as well as many

other uses in the classroom.

Plastic bags are another

source of confusion. They

do not belong in the curbside

bins or drop-off trailers either.

In fact, plastic bags can get

tangled in the equipment

used to sort the recyclable

materials. If you collect your

recyclables in a bag, simply

dump the bag into the curbside

bin or drop-off trailer,

then take the bag back home

with you to reuse it. What

should you do with all those

grocery bags? If you aren’t reusing

them as bathroom trash

liners or pet waste bags, then

take them back to the grocery

store. Most large retailers like

Kroger and WalMart have a

special recycling bin located

at the entrance where you can

place your unwanted plastic

bags. The bags are then recycled

into items like composite

decking and outdoor furniture.

When in doubt, throw it

out. While your intentions are

good, plastic items that end

up in your recycling bin and

are not accepted will end up

in the landfill anyway. Make

the effort to donate usable

items to the DCRC Creation

Station. Donations are accepted

at the DCRC Drive-Thru

Monday thru Friday from

9am-4pm and on Wednesdays

from 9am-6pm. If you have

questions as to whether an

item is recyclable, call the

DCRC at 812-926-9963 and

ask. You can also visit the

DCRC website at Dearborn-, which

has information on accepted

materials, as well as links for

Creation Station and other

reuse programs.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Karen

Blasdel, left, delivers a grant check to Rivertown Quilters

Guild’s Marilyn Fowler.

Grant Supports

Quilts of Valor for Veterans

The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently

awarded a proactive grant to the Rivertown Quilters Guild in

support of their Quilts of Valor program for Dearborn County

veterans. The grant to the Rivertown Quilters Guild was

recommended by DCF Board Member Karen Blasdel of Miller


“I think it is very important that we honor all of our

veterans and show our appreciation to each and every one

who has served our country. This program lets each of the

veterans and their families know that their service to our

country has not gone unnoticed,” said Mrs. Blasdel.

Old Friends Luncheon

Old Friends and Bright Beginnings luncheon will be held

on Thursday, Feb. 6. The event will feature Joyce Browning,

a living history performer, portraying Martha Washington.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 in the Dearborn Hills United

Methodist Church, 25365 State Line Road. For reservations

and $10 donation, please call the church office at 812 637-

3993 by Feb. 3.



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Visiting Jimmy Carter’s

Sunday School

Since Jimmy Carter’s

health has been in the news, I

thought I would give you my

words on visiting his Sunday

School some years back.

One year when Ray and I

return to Indiana from Florida

for the summer, I know we

are going to take the scenic

route instead of Interstate 75.

I, the navigator of our travels,

have made big plans to stop

in Plains, Georgia, to attend a

Sunday School class taught by

the former president, Jimmy


We arrive at our motel in

Americus early Saturday afternoon,

so we decide to drive

the eight miles over to Plains

to locate the church.

“It should be easy to find. I

think Plains is a small town.”

I assure Ray. Not so, it is

indeed a small town with a

population of around six

hundred and maybe three

streets running parallel to

each other, but it has its share

of churches. None of which

seem to be the Maranatha

7247 State Road 46E

Batesville, IN 47006


Baptist Church.

During our church search,

we somehow find the graves

of President Carter’s mother

and brother as well as his

home place west of town. We

cruise past brother Billy’s

gas station and a ball field

named after him. We drive

by the Carter Compound, the

only home President and Mrs.

Carter have ever owned. The

block and half area is behind

a high decorative metal fence

with Secret Service houses on

two corners. We would learn

that President Carter frequently

bikes about town. We do

not see him, although I am on

the constant lookout.

Finally, after stopping at

a tourist row of maybe six

stores to buy peanuts, of

course, we ask for directions.

A very kind clerk gives us a

map and highlights the route

some half mile out of town.

We end our Saturday Plains’

exploration by eating a delicious

meal at Mom’s Kitchen

ran by a hard-working black

family. It seems to be the only

restaurant in town.

Now that we have located

the church, our next concern

is what time to leave

the motel to ensure we will

have a seat at the 10 o’clock

Sunday School session. The

motel manager informs us that

their bus load staying there

will board the bus at 7 am.


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Too early, we leave at 7:45

am. We arrive at the church at

8:10 am. We find more than a

hundred in line already. Soon

we are admitted after Secret

Service persons check each

one of us and our cameras.

Ray and I are seated in the

eleventh of thirteen rows in

very comfortable pews. I estimate

the church would hold

300. By 8:30 am, the visitors’

section is full. Another hundred

are seated in the fellowship

hall, where we will watch

the lesson on a monitor.

The sanctuary is freshly

painted a cheerful light green.

The windows are blocks of

stained glass. There are no religious

symbols in the church.

At 9:10 am, Jan appears

before us to pass on information

and give us some rules.

She tells us that she taught

Amy Carter in fourth grade,

and President Carter thought

she has just the disposition to

handle the Sunday crowds. He

is correct.

She informs us her church

has 130 members on the roll,

but the average Sunday attendance

is around 40. They split

off the Plains’ Baptist in 1978.

President and Mrs. Carter

joined in 1981. The only paid

person is the pastor.

Jan jokes, some members

Valentine’s Day, also

called St. Valentine’s Day,

is celebrated on Feb. 14 this

year. Just a hint- it is always

celebrated on Feb. 14, so

one has no excuse for being

confused on the day in which

to celebrate!

The modern definition of

Valentine’s Day is for lovers

to express their affection with

greeting cards, flowers, and

gifts. However, the holiday

originated from the Roman

festival of Lupercalia, held

in mid-February. Lupercalia

celebrated the coming of

don’t like the visitors and

don’t come, but they don’t

come when visitors aren’t

there either. It is just an

excuse. She assures us we

are most welcome and not a


President Carter is a deacon

and communion steward at

the church. He takes part in a

church clean-up day. He made

the wooden collection plates

used every Sunday. Mrs.

Carter is also active.

Then Jan lays down the law

in a frankest and entertaining

manner. We are not to applaud

under any circumstances.

President Carter is here to

serve God, not us. No shaking

hands. At 82 he is not up

to handling germs from dirty

hands and he is not politicking

any more. Cell telephones

must be turned off. No autographs.

He comes to worship,

not sign autographs. If you

have a book you want to be

autographed, you can send it

to the Carter Center, and he

will sign it and return it.

A picture-taking time will

be held in the yard after the

worship service. Have your

camera ready. Do not lay anything

down. Hold on to your

belongings. No questions. He

is not here to console you.

Again, no handshakes. Do

spring, as well as a lottery for

fertility rites and the pairing

off of women with men. Pope

Gelasius I stepped in at the

end of the fifth century and

replaced Lupercalia with St.

Valentine’s Day. It became

a day of romance around the

fourteenth century.

According to the National

Retail Federation, the average

consumer will spend

$143.56 on Valentine’s Day.

Not included in that figure is

the $5.50 average spent on

pets. While your loved one

is worth every penny, there

are more meaningful ways to

express one’s love without

the added expense.

Consider surprising your

loved one by taking over

some of his or her chores for

a day. A few acts of kindness

to consider are:

• Preparing supper and

washing the dishes.

• Laundry - washed, folded,

and put away

• Washing and detailing a


• Packing a special lunch.

These are gifts that

knock it out of the park for

me,” shared Bobbie Purvis,

Friendship Bank’s insurance


Handwritten letters and

cards are also thoughtful

gifts. You don’t have to be an

artist or poet to create a letter

or homemade card. Taking

the time to transfer the words

in your heart to paper is a

perfect gift.

Friendship State Bank’s

stand between them. Know

where you are going to stand.

If you need to get anything

from your car, forget that.

Once you leave the church

area, you cannot return.

You must keep your hands

out of your pockets while

waiting to get your picture


Then Jan went into the

Sunday School procedure.

President Carter will enter the

room. No one is to stand except

those in service uniform.

He will ask, “Do we have

any visitors?” Then he will

survey one section of the

church at a time to see where

we are from. Your state

should be called out only

once. Next, he will ask for

any pastors or missionaries to

introduce themselves. One of

them will give the prayer, she

warns. If you do not want to

do the prayer, be quiet.

She informs us the lesson

will be the International

Sunday School lesson from

Revelation. That caught my

interest. I wondered what

President Carter would have

to say about what I consider

the most puzzling book in the


Part two of of this story will

be shared in the next issue of

the Beacon.

Making Valentine’s Day Sweet

teller Kara Hudson received a

handwritten letter along with

a framed photo that encourages

her to this day. “The

words in the letter meant

much more than anything

money could buy,” Ms. Hudson

said. “I actually carry it

with me and read it if I am

ever feeling down!”

A personalized experience

is another thoughtful idea. If

your sweetheart loves flowers,

perhaps a single rose or

bloom of a favorite flower

would be the perfect gift.

Breakfast or dinner consisting

of heart-shaped pancakes

is often a sweet gesture. Your

loved one may be overjoyed

if you joined him or her at

the gym or a favorite activity.

“One thing that sticks out

in my mind was when my

oldest son bought me a beautiful

necklace that said mom

in it with some butterflies,”

insurance agent Tami Thayer

said. “My youngest son

felt bad for not getting me

anything. I told him that it

was okay and he didn’t need

to buy me anything. So, he

opted for the next best thing.

He let me race his truck. We

are a drag racing family so

that year I had the best of

both worlds.”

Knowing what matters

to your sweetheart, family

member, or fur-iend is the

key to creating a special day

and meaningful gift anytime

during the year.

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Brunner Earns

National Awards,

Turns Pro

Trevor Brunner of Aurora

can remember being interested

in motorcycle racing

since he was three, envying

a friend from daycare who

had a Yamaha PW 50. Today,

the seventeen-year-old stands


on the cusp Maxine of a professional

career Klump on the American

Motorcyclist Association

(AMA) Flat Community Track circuit after

an ever-progressing Correspondent amateur

career that culminated with

2019 Nicky Hayden AMA

Flat Track Horizon Award

recognizing the amateur with

the brightest prospect for a

professional career.

Brunner was also named the

2019 AMA Athlete of the Year

from Grand Championship

events. He won class championships

in the 251cc-500cc

DTX, 450cc Modified, 450cc-

Open Singles, and the 450cc

Open Modified classes. He

won four class point championships

while also claiming

ten races, eight main events,

and seven runner-up finishes

during the season.

Brunner has always been

interested in motorcycles as

his dad, Kerry Brunner, has

been an avid Harley-Davidson

rider throughout his life. After

asking his dad (whom he

describes as having a heart of

gold) for his first bike, that is

precisely what he received.

Trevor can recall he and his

dad working together many

times on his bikes in the

garage while learning how to

care for the machines he rides.

Brunner would ride in his

first motorcycle race in 2006

at the age of 4. He would

eventually race every week. In

all of his youth racing, he was

never paired by age but by the

size of the bike he was riding,

and he was riding against 20-

year olds by the age of 10.

By the age of 12 or 13,

Trevor was riding on tracks

throughout the country. He

honed his skills against many

flat track racers and on various

tracks throughout on both

his 85cc and 250cc bikes.

When asked what moments

helped him realize he

was quite talented and could

perhaps pursue a career in the

sport, Brunner noted a few

distinct races held in Savannah,

GA. in 2016 against top


Brunner had signed up for

three different classes on the

5/8th mile track racing his

250cc bike. He was racing

against a rival, Dallas Daniels,

who was already professionalready

in several bike disciplines

and who could afford

the best equipment and training.

Brunner was able to get

out to the lead in the first race

with Daniels. He can recall

continuously telling himself

to “Keep it! Keep it! Keep it!”

He was able to win the race

against this rival racer. The

second race of the day would

have the same outcome.

The third and final classed

race he competed in that day included

a legendary professional

in Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., who

Trevor Brunner with his father Kerry Bruner after receiving

the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award.

(Photo by Mia Moore-Flat Track photographer)

was a three-time AMA Grand

National Champion, along with

Brunner’s rival, Daniels.

During the race, Brunner

was able to keep up with Coolbeth

and was thinking, “Man,

I am keeping up with this

guy!” While Coolbeth would

go on to win the race, Daniels

became a factor on the lead

lap late by passing Brunner

on the inside. With the drop

of the white flag, Brunner still

found himself behind Daniels

but was able to pass him on

the outside, going the long

way around on the final lap, to

claim the finishing spot over

the other talented young rider

for the third time on that day.

The chance and decision

to turn professional has not

come without difficult decisions

for the young man

and his family. He is always

appreciative of the sacrifices

made by his parents to allow

him to race.

Brunner had attended South

Dearborn schools his entire

life, but the decision was

made for Trevor to move to

Florida to live and train under

the tutelage of well-reputed

Robby Bobby McLendon.

Thus, he finished the winter

trimester of his sophomore

year at South Dearborn High

School and is completing his

schooling online.

Although already quite

talented, Brunner speaks

highly of the many skills and

the knowledge he has gained.

Brunner does a great deal of

cardio in the water, completes

a lifting program, as well as

having a better approach to

his nutritional needs as a professional

athlete. Additionally,

he will be training alongside

Dalton Gauthier, who

is the reigning AFT Singles

Champion. He will be living

in a “Racer Home” with six

professionals, all of whom he

gleans knowledge for his own


Brunner not only races his

motorcycles but is also integral

in their maintenance and

race preparation. Ultimately,

he makes all the final decisions

on his bikes and knows

how to take them apart and

put it back together again.

Much of this knowledge and

maintenance was learned

from his father. Brunner must

gain two years of experience

on the 450cc at the professional

level and be at least

18 before he could move up

to the 750cc level. Attaining

that goal becomes more

costly, with costs upwards of

$60,000. While he has gained

additional sponsorships since

announcing he would be going

pro, he recognizes a lot

more work lies ahead.

Brunner also will be racing

throughout the United States

in the coming year. He expects

to travel to New Hampshire,

Arizona, California, and

points in between, which will

prove more difficult for his

parents to follow.

You can follow Brunner’s

career more closely at the



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A Family Tradition Since 1800’s

HAPPY 2020 and welcome

to a new decade.

Even though the holidays

are behind us, I want to share

some pictures and stories

from the Christmas season

of 2019. My monthly salute

to veterans goes to the approximately

twenty-eight men

and women veterans that the

American Legion Post 132

(Bright) members visited in

senior housing complexes in

our area. We met some amazing

folks and heard even more

amazing stories from some

of the men and one of the


Myron Gehring shared

his story of being a POW in

Italy. He awoke one morning

to find his buddies gone.

He spent three days hiding

from the enemy. On the fourth

day he wandered right into

their headquarters and was

captured. He was a POW for

one-and-a-half years.

One of the women vets

enlisted when she was nearly

thirty-five. She shared her

Ron Kelly, Eric Smith, Cheryl Kelly, Bob Waples, Norma

Branigan, Ten Hendren, Barry Hansel, Sharon Jansen,

Jim Jansen.

story and the struggles she

overcame to become what she

wanted to be rather than being

placed in a job that was considered

‘fitting for a woman.’

She won out and became a

heavy duty munitions/ammunition

truck driver.

Tom Ward served in the

Air Force during the Korean

War. He created a military

comic strip called Spinner that

is now in the Air Force Hall

of Fame. He later became a

political cartoonist. His artwork

that we saw was absolutely


I salute each one of the

twenty-eight veterans who we

visited, wishing each a Happy,

Blessed New Year.

Just a few more fun pics

from Christmas and then into


Santa showed up at the

North Dearborn Library and

enjoyed spending time with

kiddies of all ages doing crafts

and listening to the beautiful

harp music played by Donna

Jo Tucker.

January birthday wishes

to Brandon Shumate, my

niece Brittany Haney, and all

the folks celebrating January

birthdays. A big January


a dear friend Francis Borgman.

I know a gentleman

shouldn’t reveal a lady’s age,

so I won’t let the cat out of

the bag, Francis.

Upcoming birthdays in February

(so you can catch them

on time): Mitch Neyer 2/4,

Jeff Milton 2/6, Natashia

Wesley 2/8, Jeremy Chipman

2/12, Dawn Victor 2/12,

Mark Sutton 2/13, Shelby

Milton 2/16, Jim Viel 2/19,

Mark Sutton, Santa, Bob Waples, MaryAnn Cannon,

Bev Cornelius, Rev. Bob Cannon, Ruth Sutton, Anne


Reagan Jones 2/27.

Special Happy Anniversary

wishes to Jenny and

Ron Jones (my niece and

nephew-in-law) on 2/2 and

a happy fiftieth anniversary

to my brother and sis-in-law

Jim and Deb Waples on 2/14.

Best wishes to everyone and

enjoy your special day.

Since the next issue of the

Beacon won’t reach you until

mid-February, wishing everyone

a Happy Valentine’s Day.

As we begin this new year

and everyone is making New

Year’s resolutions, I would

like to share two quotes to


“As you are creating a new

you, there’s a whole lot about

the old you that is worth keeping.”

Toni Sorenson

“You are never too old to

set another goal or to dream a

new dream.” C.S Lewis

If you are interested in

Donna Jo Tucker and Santa

at the North Dearborn


joining/giving back to our

community for the new year,

two worthwhile organizations

in our community are the

American Legion Post 132

meets 2nd Monday (7:00 pm)

of each month, and Bright

Lions meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday

(6:30 pm) of each month.

Both meet in the Lions building

on Lamplight Drive

Wishing all a Happy and

Blessed New Year.








Hidden Valley Lake was

filled with holiday spirit

and beautiful decorations on

every street. Congratulations

The home of Steve and

Kathy Jones.

to Steve and Kathy Jones

on Walnut Ridge who were

voted the 2019 Christmas

Decorations Winner by the

Garden Club.

If you have news that you

would like to share, email me


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A large group attended the

New Year’s Eve dance hosted

by the Sons of the American

Legion at St. Joseph American

Legion Post 464. Proceeds

from this year’s event

will go to local charities and

the YES Home.

Jennie and Jerry Maune

recently celebrated their

fiftieth wedding anniversary

with a gathering of family and

friends. Their anniversary was

on Oct. 11. Congratulations,

and here’s to many more!

The Town of St. Leon

recently received their new

patrol car purchased with

grant money from riverboat

funds. Pictured with the new

vehicle is St. Leon Chief of

Police William Wendt.

Our community recently

lost a great person, Dave

“Neary” Schuman, age fiftyseven,

passed away on Nov.

20, 2019. Dave loved spending

time with his family and

friends and had a heart of

gold. Dave was an active and

St. Leon Chief of Police

William Wendt

devoted member of Sons of

the American Legion and All

Saints Parish.

Dave will be greatly missed

by Susan, his wife of eighteen

years, and his parents Joseph

and Martha. Also sharing in

this great loss are his siblings

and in-laws, his twenty-one

nieces and nephews, and

nine great-nieces and greatnephews.

And, we can’t forget

his beloved dog, Bailey. I will

always remember working

with Dave at many events and

how he was always willing to

lend his helping hand in whatever

needed to be done. He

also was an “Oak Tree” award

recipient from the post for all

of his selfless work.

Congratulations go out to

Lucy Herth on her recent

Cum Laude Graduation from

Indiana State University with

a degree in Logistics. Also, to

Shaye DiMeglio who graduated

from Ivy Tech Community

College with an Associates

Degree in Elementary Education.

Great job, girls!

February Birthdays– 1 Ella

Alig, Greg Callahan, Paul

Volk, and Steve Weigel,

3 Jeanie Bischoff, Joyce

Munchel, Doug Dole, Jerry

Schneider, 4 Paul Stock, 6 my

Carter William Barrett celebrated

his sixth birthday.

nephew Shawn Andres who

lives in TX, 7 Katie Gaynor

and Kris Bischoff, 8 my sisterin-law

Betty Andres, 10 Jenny

Steinmetz and Gerhard Deddens,

11 Emma Brock, Carolyn

Bulach, Linda Hoog and

John Schuman, 12 Brittany

Farrow and cousin Gerard

Andres, 15 Macy Lyness, Sarah

Herth, Jessica Weideman,

and Scott Siefferman, 16 Brittany

Bischoff, Jon Stenger,

and Ben Vogelsang, 17 Ellie

Hoffman, Ashley Andres, and

Ryan Wilhelm, 18 Brenda

Ratz, 19 Gabrielle Cleary,

Tim Banks, Paula Rudisell,

and Mark Horstman, 20 Harry

Hartman, Nolan Stenger,

Rachel Vonderheide, and

Kendall Robertson, 21 Mary

Rennekamp, Karen Maune

and cousin David Andres, 23

Mary Lois Trabel, Peg Lyness,

Chris Bittner, and Tanya

Bittner, 25 Mandy Vogelsang,

26 my granddaughter Brianna

Inman and Jim “Papa” Dole,

27 Luke Vogelsang, 28 Dave

Deddens and Ryan Walter.

Get in touch with me with

any news items for the column

at stleon@goBEACON

All Saints boys’ basketball team is undefeated this season.







The Catholic Youth Organization

(CYO) helps celebrate the

gifts of individuals and enhance

personal development. In our

area, CYO activities help youth

develop athletic skill set, camaraderie,

and friendships through

sports, specifically volleyball

and basketball.

One local CYO basketball

team at All Saints Parish is undefeated

in the 2019-2020 season.

Coached by Tony Trossman,

players include Kevin

Keller, Matthew Graf, Michael

Hoffmeier, JJ Stenger,

February in Dearborn County, Southeast Indiana...the Perfect Place to Play!

Jacob Robbins, Brady Spangler,

Luke Hornbach, Sam

Kirchgassner, Griffen Werner,

Landen Weis, Matt Schuman,

and Lucas Collins. Many of the

boys are friends on and off the

court and serve at mass together

during the weekends. Great job,

and good luck for the rest of

your season!

The North Dearborn

American Legion is hosting

its monthly euchre tournament

on February 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

purchase. Call 812.623.3695 for

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

February 1-29 – Dillsboro Arts Friendship

Gallery Exhibit - Gallery located at 12926 Bank

Street, Dillsboro. Exhibit: The Call Back Show.

Open: Tuesdays, 6-8pm; Thursdays, 4-8pm; and

Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Opening reception is

February 7, 6-8pm. This show features a selection

of invited local and regional artists who have

previously entered this group exhibition. Exhibit

runs through March 28. Info: 812-532-3010 or

February 1 – Jamey Johnson at the

Lawrenceburg Event Center - 91 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg. 7:30pm. Doors open at

7pm. Shuttle service available from Hollywood

Casino, Lawrenceburg. Platinum selling artist

Jamey Johnson brings his outlaw country style to

the Event Center for one of the biggest concerts

of the year. Tickets:

February 7-9 – Dearborn County Home

Builders Association Home & Garden

Show - Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut

Street, Lawrenceburg. Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday,

10am- 8pm; and Sunday, Noon-5pm. The

largest home show in Dearborn County features

landscaping and interior design companies,

remodeling contractors, organizing solutions

and more. $6 admission (50% off with a boxed

or canned good donation). Free admission for

children age 10-and-under. Info: 812-320-6099 or

February 8 – Annual Big Air Competition

- Perfect North Slopes,19074 Perfect Lane,

Lawrenceburg. Event open to skiers and boarders.

Come participate, or just watch the exciting

action from the patio! Begins at 5:30pm with

Amateur Division ($5), followed by Pro Division

($10) at 7pm. Great prizes will be awarded on the

patio at 8:30pm. Helmets required. Info: 812-537-

3754 or

February 8 – Be My Valentine - Main

Street Aurora’s Dancing on Main - 7-10:30pm,

presented by Main Street Aurora. 228 Second

St., Aurora. Doors open at 6pm. $5 admission.

This community event is for anyone interested in

having a good time in Historic Downtown Aurora.

Dinner is served by the Lions Club for $7, with all

proceeds going to Relay for Life. Info: Main Street

Aurora/812-926-1100 or

February 20 – Blue Willow House Spring

Opening - 9960 Front Street, Dillsboro. Blue

Willow House opens for the season. Thursday &

Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-2pm. Shop

three floors of merchandise located in a lovely

old home built in 1912. Antiques, home decor,

clothing, jewelry, candles, soaps/lotions and gifts

are available for purchase. Info: 812-432-3330 or

February 21 – Get Wine(d), Dine(d) in

Aurora - 5-8:30pm. Presented by Main Street

Aurora. Shop participating businesses and

enter to win a grand prize. Info: Main Street

Aurora/812-926-1100 or

February 22 – Perfect North Slopes

Blacklist Boardshop Rail Jam - Perfect

North Slopes,19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg.

6:15pm. This skate-style rail contest held in Jam

Session is for skiers and boarders alike. Register

between 4:30 and 6:00pm at the park crew office

located at the bottom of Jam Session Terrain

Park. Entry fee is $5. Info: 812-537-3754 or www.

February 22 – Comedy Performance by

Vicki Lawrence & “Mama” - Lawrenceburg

Event Center, 91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg.

8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Join Vicki for a unique

“Two-Woman-Show” which combines stand-up

comedy, music, and observations about real life

from both Vicki and her famous alter ego. Tickets:

February 28 – St. Mary Lenten Fish

Fry - 4PM-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: or 812-926-

1558/St. Mary School

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

1-800-322-8198 or

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Fourth through eighth grade top spellers from the St. Louis School Spelling Bee: Ava

Becker, Mimi Smith, Matthew Giesen, Grace Saner, Owen Beckner, Ryan Duerstock,

Sam Richardson, Megan Batta (winner), Hannah Wells, and Brycen Miller.







Being a confident speller

leads to confidence in other

aspects of literacy. Spelling,

reading, writing, and comprehension

are all closely

linked, and in a society of

increased use of spell-check

and texting, spelling accuracy

is often compromised. At St.

Louis School, much emphasis

is placed on spelling accuracy

to aid students in learning

throughout life. To that

end, the school conducted

its annual spelling bee with

two classroom winners from

each grade competing to be

the school champion. Megan

Batta was named champion

after correctly spelling “guerrilla,”

and will complete in

the Scripps Regional Spelling

Bee in Cincinnati in March.

Serving as judges were Beth

Emsweller, Jenny Lents,

and April Baxter.

St. Louis Kindergarten

students received a grant to

purchase, “Letters Alive,”

Est. 1986

enabling teachers to bring

augmented reality into their

classrooms. Students learn

about letters, sounds, and

animals that correspond with

the sounds, and how to build

sentences, create word families,

and learn about science

with the 3D augmented reality

world filled with twentysix


Students are engaged in

a positive learning experience

as they hear, see, touch,

build, and speak throughout

several lessons, which are

incredibly beneficial for their

kinesthetic, visual, and auditory


Batesvillians welcomed

Santa on a blustery-cold

Friday night as the Christmas

• Insurance Work

• Digital paint camera

• Rental cars- In House

• Certified Paintless Dent Removal- In House

• Collision Repair- All Makes and Models

• Certified Aluminum repairs on

newer vehicles- In House

Toyland was the parade theme, and shown is the first

place float entered by Jake & Bill Flannery.

Parade delivered Santa via a

fire truck. Floats and participants

adorned in lights made

their way through the streets,

sharing treats with onlookers

who lined every available

vantage point along the route.

Participants enjoyed warm

beverages, local shopping,

restaurant specials, Elfie

Selfies, the Historical Society’s

train exhibit, and the

free showing of Frozen II,

compliments of the Batesville

Kiwanis. The night was

cold – but warmed by the

love and excitement of the

Christmas season!

May your New Year be

warmed by the love of family

and friends!

That’s Sue’s news for now!

12683 North Dearborn Rd.

Sunman, IN 47041

Text: 812-363-0367


Happy New Year to all of

you. We are in the beginning

of the year 2020 and I wish all

of you health, happiness and

success. Our Christmas tree

has been taken down and a

thirty-year tradition has been

broken as of next year. For

the past thirty years we have

traveled out to Sheets Christmas

Tree Farm in Osgood

and tramped in their woods to

cut down our tree. The year

2019 will be their last year

Sheets will be in business.

The Sheets family planted

their first field in the 1950s

and opened their farm in the

early 60s as a cut-your-own

tree farm. In 1968 they supplied

the White House with a

Christmas tree.

Scott Dietrich of Greendale

won the Knights of Columbus

Kicking Challenge State

Championship. Scott competed

at the Greendale Soccer

fields and won the nine years

old boys’ competition. A week

later he traveled to Batesville

and won the Reginal Title.

Returning to Batesville the

next week, he won the District

Championship. With that win,

he qualified to compete in the

state championship in Noblesville,

Indiana. At Noblesville,

Scott outscored the other

nine-year-old boys and won

the state championship.

Scott is the son of Brad and

Andrea Dietrich, the grandson

of Cindy Dietrich, and

the great-grandson of Estal

Dickerson, all of Greendale.

What an accomplishment for


Let’s welcome a new family

from Spain who now resides

here in Greendale. Jose

Francisco Nunez Arroyo

and Azucena Martin Ortega

have come here from a small

village in Spain called Arenas

de San Pedro, which means

The Sand of Saint Peter.

They teach for Lawrenceburg

Community School’s new

Duel Language Instruction

Program (DLI). Jose was a

principal for thirteen years

in his school in Spain while

Azucena was the Bilingual

Language Coordinator. They

have two sons, Pablo, age

eleven, is involved in swimming.

Mateo, age 10, plays

soccer and basketball. Arriving

last summer, they came

here through an educational

program called Protesores

Visitantes en Estado Unidos y

Scott Dietrich

The Nunez Martin family

Canada, which means visiting

teachers in USA and Canada.

Azucena now teaches Spanish

to kindergarten students,

and Jose is a DLI instructional

assistant for first grade at

the Lawrenceburg Primary


“Now that I am here, I feel a

sense of family from the kindergarten

team, Lawrenceburg

Schools, and the community,”

shared Azucena. Being part of

the DLI program and living

here in America is a wonderful

experience for her family

to open their minds, gain a

deeper understanding of other

cultures, and learn tolerance.

Living in a different country

helps their family to adapt to

foreign ways of living. Yolanda

Martin Ortega, Azucena’s

sister, visited during Christmas.

They enjoyed spending

time in Greendale and visiting

small traditional cities like

Nashville, IN. and bigger cities

like Chicago and Cincinnati.

The City of Greendale was

presented a grant of $1,000

from the Dearborn Community

Foundation to help fund

the new Heroes Memorial

Park. The $1,000 grant was

recommended by DCF Board

Member Tim Russell of

Greendale, who noted that the

Heroes Memorial Park honors

all veterans, police officers,

firefighters and EMS personnel.

The memorial stands

along Ridge Avenue.

Happy birthday to Jennifer

Honnert on Jan 22. Enjoy

your birthday, Jennifer.

Sign up for Spring classes

starting January 13th!

Come to the Lawrenceburg

Express Enrollment Center

to get started!

Lawrenceburg Express Enrollment Center

(812) 537-4010

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Valeria returns to Guatemala

Oldenburg Academy said

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student, Valeria Alcazar Crespo,

who joined the OA community

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of the school year through the

“Faces & Our Cultures” program.

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the gloomy, chilly day, over

fifteen hundred people participated,

the most so far since

the start of this 5K in 2014.

More people participated in

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experience in an educational

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The holidays were filled

with festivities in Brookville

and Metamora. Luminaries

lined the canal and pathways

while beautiful decorations

adorned both towns.

Whitewater Canal Trail’s

Feeder Dam trailhead is now

completed. Parking is available

near the intersection of US 52

and State Road 229. The magnificent

trail was built thanks

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members of Whitewater Canal

Trail, Inc. Great job, guys!

The “Walk Off the Holidays”

trail event held on New

Year’s Day was a huge success.

“Walk Off the Holidays”

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As I sit here writing this

month’s article of everything

going on in Aurora this

past month, I am enjoying a

YUMMY Christmas sugar

cookie hoping for inspiration!

Christmas is such a special

time FULL of activity here

in Aurora. Miracle on Main

Street tree lighting and lighted

parade were only the beginning

of all the Christmas

bustle here in Aurora. The

Aurora Fire Department did

a very nice job coordinating

everything for the event. The

Strzynski Family of Aurora

donated this year’s tree, and

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Mayor Hastings received an eagle statue and plaque from the Aurora Fire Department.

daughter Cindi was given the

honor of lighting up the tree.

It’s truly a magnificent tree;

worthy of a Hallmark movie

set! That evening Highpoint

Health hospice volunteers,

Patti Warning, Connie

Powers, & Janet Kratochvil,

served free soup as part

of their kindness project to

give back to the community.

Children kept busy making

Christmas Nativity ornaments.

They smiled and told


me that they liked Santa, but

the real reason for the season

was Jesus!

Santa & Mrs. Claus made

their annual arrival to Aurora

on board the festive Aurora

Lions Club float during the

Miracle on Main Street Parade.

I think they spent their

ENTIRE December in Aurora

because EVERY time I was

downtown and stopped in

the Lions Club building, they

were there. I wonder if they

sleep in their sleigh up on the


Shawna Tiemeyer, Dillsboro,

got her annual kiss from

the beloved reindeer that has

been coming to Aurora for

over ten years now.

Weekends during December

also brought Christmas

train rides, elves, bunnies,

and reindeer. Train rides were

a fun means of locomotion

around Aurora to view all of

the Christmas décor. If you

missed the train this year,

you need to be sure to get on

board next year!

As if parades and train rides

weren’t enough, there were

SIX… count ‘em SIX Breakfast

with Santa events sponsored

by Main Street Aurora

and the Aurora Lions Club.

People came from all around

to these sold-out events. I

think it’s because they knew

the REAL Santa and Mrs.

Claus is here, and the Lions

club makes the BEST breakfast




Wrapping up this month

and on a different note, the

December Aurora City Council

meeting was also a special

occasion as it was Mayor

Donnie Hastings Jr.’s last

meeting as Mayor of Aurora.

Mayor Hastings served as

Aurora’s mayor for sixteen

years and was on City Council

prior. Several individuals

and groups thanked him for

his service to the community.

After Mayor Hastings handed

over his gavel to Mayor-elect

Drury at the close of the

meeting, I think the reality of

it all began to sink in. He will

now be able to spend more

time with his new granddaughter,

Charlotte, reading

his grandpa book to her, and

taking her for rides in his new

pull behind bike trailer. I’m

sure she’ll have to be out of

diapers, though, before she

Showing off their Christmas ornaments are AJ, Anna, and

Adelynn with their mother, Sue Kunkel of Aurora, as well

as Dallas, Bree, and their mother, Jamie Terrill, of Guilford.

Corbin Hallgarth, Kenzie Fenton, Addie Leedy, Kaylee

Smith, Jordan Smith, Christian Leedy, Keagan Fenton,

and Marlee Selmeyer.

Elf, Danielle Joy to the World, petted Olive the other

reindeer (who also happens to look like a puppy dog!) with

Tristan Callaway, son of Andy & Rickki Callaway.

Hayley Hildebrand and

daughter Allie of Aurora

enjoyed the train ride.

gets to accompany grandpa to

the Indy 500! Mayor Hastings,

thank you for your

service. ENJOY!

Clara Amburgey, niece to

Samantha Peddenpohl,

snuggles up to Santa’s

bunny. (Photo courtesy of

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The year 2020 will prove

to be another great year for

Lawrenceburg. Hopefully, the

2019 city council issues will

be resolved effectively and

promptly in 2020. Personally,

I look forward to new businesses,

new restaurants, and

the never-ending list of activities

planned by Lawrenceburg

Main Street.

The annual Christmas tree

lighting ceremony was well

attended. The food at the mayor’s

reception was delicious,

plentiful, and free for all. The

entertainment by Tiger Pizazz

and The Cincinnati Brass

Band made for a “Hallmark

movie worthy” evening.

Lindsay Phillips, daughter

of Josh Phillips, let me snap

a picture of her and her essay

on The Perfect Christmas.

Mayor Kelly Mollaun read

each essay to judge the winner

in each grade level. He

noted that some were real


The Lawrenceburg Boy

Scout troop sold Christmas

trees in the civic park. I ran

into Karen Palmer and Diana

Bolser as they took their

shift, braving the cold weather

to sell trees. The proceeds

from the sale went to Cops

& Kids. Funds raised by the

event are used to purchase

warm clothing and small toys



Amy Renner’s kindergarden class on ugly sweater day.

Lawrenceburg High School Academic Team.

Lindsay Phillips proudly

displaying her The Perfect

Christmas essay.

for needy children. Officer

Pam Taylor stated that over

three hundred fifty-four kids

went shopping with over thirty

law enforcement officers from

Dearborn and Ohio Counties.

Total contributions from multiple

organizations allowed the

officers to spend approximately

$36,500 on the children.

Congratulations to the

Lawrenceburg High School

Academic Team for finishing

first in the fall overall EIAC

conference in math and fine

arts. If you have never attended

one of these academic

meets, be prepared (as I was)

to be stumped by many of the

questions asked.

Congratulations to Emma

Sanford and Mackenzie

Roth of Lawrenceburg High

School for receiving the 2020

Dearborn County Community

Foundation Scholarship. They

will receive $1000 paid directly

to the secondary college

of their choice, which is renewable

for up to four years.

This scholarship was awarded

as part of the selection process

for the Lilly Scholarship.

Lawrenceburg High School

senior Pablo David, son of

Maria and Gary David, had

a successful December. Not


Karen Palmer and Diana

Bolser selling Christmas

trees for the scouts.

School record setter Pablo


only was he chosen as the

outstanding student of the

month, but he also broke a

school record in swimming.

The record held previously by

Michael Banfield was aced in

the 200 IM at a recorded time

of 2:12.26.

Congratulations also to

Caleb Johnson, son of Timothy

Johnson and Billie Jo

Schnebelt, for being chosen

as the outstanding student of

the month. His achievements

include a long list of volunteer

and community involvement,

including helping at the Clearing

House and with hurricane


Lawrenceburg Primary

School manages to have a lot

of fun with anything from pajama

day to funny sock day to

ugly Christmas sweater day.

Mrs. Amy Renner shared a

photo with me when Santa

came to visit her class on ugly

Christmas sweater day. Yes,

there was Grinch Day also.

Lots of fun and learning at

that school!







During the last several

months, Milan has been

aware that we were in danger

of losing our golf course.

Not only has it been a great

recreational facility, but it has

been a tremendous asset for

organizations and groups as

they raise funds to support

their efforts.

We were thrilled to learn

that Chris Kelly of Milan

became the new owner of the

majority of this property and

that he intended to continue

to operate the course. This

golf course has been a part

of our community for over

one hundred years. Lakeside

Golf Course was started back

in the early 1900s by Alfred

Thompson and operated

by his son, TH (Tommy)

Thompson, in connection

with the MIWOGCO Hotel,

which he also established.

The hotel was located where

our current elementary

school stands. The course

was initially designed as

nine holes and included a

Clubhouse. When Tommy

Thompson died in 1949, his

son Bill Thompson inherited

the golf course. Bill and his

wife Mary Gray operated

the course with Alvin Heller

as their groundskeeper until

1955 when they sold it to

Alvin. The Thompsons and

their children, Reed and

Nancy Thompson Glaser,

have wonderful memories

of life at the course. Alvin

and Ruth Heller owned

and operated the course

successfully, and it was an

active part of the community

that I grew up in during the

‘50s, 60s, and 70s. Kenny

(Buck) Buckhorst ran the

kitchen for years. Many

events such as Halloween

costume parties, Christmas

parties, class reunions,

graduation parties, and special

dinners for organizations

were held at the course. Alvin

eventually sold the course to

Willard and Opal Snyder

Dan Peters with grandsons

Ethan and Braden Voss.

Milan American Legion Golf

Team Charlie Cottingham,

Steve Callen, Bryan and

Bill Peters

and their sons Bill and Steve

Snyder. In May 1989, they

sold the course to Dan and

Dianne Peters. In the late

90’s Dan bought the farms

around the golf course and

expanded to an eighteen-hole

golf course. The existing

clubhouse was closed, and a

new clubhouse was opened

at its present location on

Co Rd 800, which has since

been incorporated by the

town of Milan and renamed

Country Club Drive. With

this expansion, the name

of the course was changed

from Lakeside Golf Club to

Hoosier Links. Dan developed

properties around the course

and called this housing

development Lakeside


The Milan golfing

community has been a

family affair from its very

beginning. The Thompson,

Heller, Snyder, and Peters

families have all been actively

involved in the operation,

maintenance, and social

aspects of life connected

to the golf course. Dan and

Dianne Peters’ daughter,

Debbie Peters Schumate, and

her sons, Ethan and Braden

Voss, were very involved in

the course and its restaurant.

We wish the new owner,

Chris Kelly, the best of luck

as he continues to contribute

to our community. Chris is

a lifelong resident of Milan,

graduating from MHS in 1990

and was owner-operator of

several businesses here.

We also send condolences

to the Peters family in the

passing of Dan shortly before

the sale of the property.

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Grandma Margaret Gabbard is pictured here at her

100th birthday party, with her grandchildren Shawn Gabbard,

Goldye Clark, Molly Gabbard, Anna Gorczyca,

Missy Shull, Jackie Koch, Lisa Whisman, Kim Carr, Katy

Krueger, Bruce Lane.

As time moves us all into

a new decade, one of our

special Manchester residents

celebrated a birthday of 10

full decades. That’s right,

Margaret Gabbard turned

one hundred years young on

Nov. 28, 2019, and joined an

elite group of centennials! To

honor this accomplishment,

her many family members

and friends held a big party at

the Manchester Community

United Methodist Church

this past Thanksgiving. Her

four living children, twelve

grandchildren, eighteen greatgrandchildren,

and three great,

great-grandchildren, along

with spouses and friends,

shared a delicious pitch-in

meal with Margaret. After that

big feast, an open house was

hosted by the family. Margaret

celebrated her 100 years

with just as many friends and

family – a very special day


Margaret grew up during

the depression and walked to

grade school at Manchester

School, even in bitterly cold

winters. She recalls the challenges

of the 1937 flood that

devastated the area when she

was a high school junior. Widowed

at the young age of 42,

she raised her five children on

a small farm on Union Ridge.

She was an avid gardener and

canned hundreds of quarts of

produce each summer, which

she shared with family and

neighbors. She has always

loved children and still treats

all her children’s friends like

her own. Friends of her grandchildren

and great-grandchildren

affectionately call her

‘Grandma Margaret’ too!

Margaret is a lifelong

member of Community

United Methodist Church in

Manchester Township and

has lived on Union Ridge

most of her life, currently

residing at Shady Nook Care

Center. Taking care of family

and friends and witnessing to

others about God’s love continues

to be her life’s goal.

She developed many talents

over the years, including

sewing and crocheting. The

hobby most people identify

with Margaret is her talent as

a writer. For many years, she

was Union Ridge correspondent

for the local newspaper,

as well as the church historian.

Writing poetry is one of

her favorite things to do; she

has penned over 100 poems

to date! She is inspired by

her faith and reflects on

life’s joys and sorrows, but

also includes some humor in

her lyrics! The poem included

here is a favorite of

her daughter, Carol Lane. (I

agree, Carol – this is a good


A Pebble on Life’s Beach

By Margaret Gabbard

Life is like a tiny pebble

that’s washed up on a beach,

And the waves that roll o’er

us have so many things to


They smooth out all the

wrinkles, as we lay on the

sands of time,

And bring us peace and

calmness that are ever more


Jesus walks upon the waves,

but we, the little pebbles be;

How glad I am, he washes

and smooths out things in me.

It may take many years, to

finally do it all,

You may wash to many

places before you hear his


We may be nearly covered

by the many drifting sands;

And almost feel defeated in

fulfilling life’s demands.

But when we feel we’re

sinking, we reach out to touch

His hand,

And hear the voice of

angels as we lay there in the


Blessed be the name of

Jesus as we wait that coming


Listening on the shores

of life for him to call us far


It will be a glad reunion,

and we’ll see Him face to


And all the shiny pebbles

will reach a wonderous place.

Edna Pearl Beck

Maggie Ravenna and

Kelsee Lainhart

This month brings the new

year, and with that, I am

featuring two stories. First,

a tribute to a wonderful lady

to whom we, both sadly and

joyfully, said our good-byes

in December. I’m referring

to Edna Pearl Beck of

Gaynor Ridge, Logan.

Edna Pearl Beck passed

away on Dec. 6, 2019, at

her home in Logan, IN, at

the age of 95. She was born

on Mar. 8, 1924, one of ten

children, to Charles and

Bessie Smith. On June 19,

1943, she married Clyde

James Beck, and they were

blessed with four children:

Judith (James) Shumate,

Peggy Gries, Carolyn

(Glenn) Richardson, and

Sandra (Charles) Smith.

Edna enjoyed quilting,

hosting family gatherings,

and children. She especially

loved playing board games

with her grandchildren and

great-grandchildren. They

even created their own game

“Not if I can help it.” Family

was very important, and

she always looked forward

to being with them. No matter

how bad she might have

felt, she always looked forward

to the extended family

camping trip each year. A

particularly fond remembrance

of her was told to me

by her daughter, Carolyn

Richardson. She says that in

the years the Dearborn Hills

UMC was under construction

(about 1983), her mom

took on the responsibility of

making sure that the workers

were fed. “She had such

a heart about feeding the

workers.” One day Edna

Pearl was getting ready to

serve lunch, but they had no

tables or chairs. So the men

stacked bales of insulation

in a pile and threw a sheet

of plywood on top of them.

There… they had a table but

had to stand up while they

ate. Mission accomplished!

Oh, and by the way, she

was always “Edna Pearl,”

except by her younger

brother Kenneth Smith, who

called her “E.P.”

Maggie Ravenna recently

graduated from boot camp.

Her friend, Kelsee Lainhart,

graduated from boot

camp six weeks before her.

Maggie is the daughter of

Kelly and Paul Ravenna

of Logan. Kelsee is the

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Hello, Harrisonites! Happy

New Year! Lots going on in

our little town, so let’s jump

right in!

As the year came to a close,

we saw our beloved K-Mart

come to a close on Dec. 15.

Who else can remember when

it was Rink’s?? I wonder what

will go in next… some are

speculating that the entire plaza

will be rebuilt. I guess we

will just have to wait and see!

We also saw the Burger King

burn down. I’ve not heard of

a reopen date as of yet. What

would you like to see pop up

in Harrison?

I hope that all of you got to

take in the lights displays over

the holiday season. Several

displays around our little community

stuck out for my little

ones, but the one that steals

our hearts every year is the

display off of Pinhook Road

at the Weaver Farm… and

although they are just outside

Harrison, I felt it necessary to

give them some recognition.

The hard work that they put

in should not go unnoticed. If

you’ve never been, I highly

suggest putting it on your

agenda for next season.

Harrison High School

shared the spirit of the season

while teaching students a

valuable life lesson. Students

took in donations of food

and clothing and then held an

event to distribute donations

to families in need.

Harrison High School student

Blake Keppler said, “We

really like to help each other.

If someone is in need, we

stand up, and we try to help

others. Just giving in any way

we can.” All of the students

walked away with a better understanding

of the meaning of

being a part of the community

and giving back.

This new year is bringing

some changes to Harrison,

one of which is the increase of

water and sewage rates. In an

ever growing town, it’s inevitable.

Watch for your increase

in January.

It is a pleasure writing this

little piece every month, and I

hope that you are enjoying it.

If you have a story or something

you’d like me to add,

feel free to shoot me an email!

I’d love to hear from you.

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Wilford Andrews in 1943.








The Greatest Generation.

This term often refers to those

born during the Great Depression

and who fought during

World War II. As the years

pass, those dubbed part of the

Greatest Generation are less,

but I’d like to tell you a little

bit about one of the heroes in

our community.

Wilfred Andrews was born

Feb. 15, 1923, on Mt. Pleasant

Road just outside of Guilford.

He was one of twelve children

gifted to Charles and Mary

Andrews. Farming was a way

of life for Wilfred and his

siblings. They raised horses,

cows, and chickens.

After graduating from high




Wilford with his World War II uniform and the Quilt of Valor

he received from Chicks With Attitude Quilt Club. On the

left are Bob Andrews and PG Gentrup. On the right are

Rich and Chuck Andrews.

school in 1942, Wilfred was

drafted into the United States

Army in Feb. 1943 at the

age of nineteen. He went to

California for desert training

to prepare to fight the Germans

in North Africa. General

Patton pushed the Germans

in late 1943, and Wilfred

was sent to England to await

D-Day. Wilfred went ashore

to Omaha Beach and St. Lo,

France, where he was hospitalized.

He was sent back to

England, then to Percy Jones

Hospital in Battle Creek,

Michigan, where he remained

for eight months before being

discharged and returning to

the Guilford area. He married

Edna Smith in 1948

and together they raised five


On Dec. 1, 2019, PG Gentrup

presented Wilfred with a

Quilt of Valor. His sons Bob,

Chuck, and Rich Andrews

were present when he received

the quilt. Thank you,

Wilfred, for your service to

our country!

Wilfred celebrates his

ninety-seventh birthday on

Feb. 15 and loves to receive

mail. If you would like to

send him a birthday card, his

address is:

Wilford Andrews

Heritage House

410 Park Road

Greensburg, IN 47240

Happy birthday to Sharon

Castle, who celebrated her

birthday on Dec. 29. We hope

you had a wonderful birthday!

The holidays are a time of

year when people seek ways

to give to those less fortunate.

In December, three hundred

pounds of food was donated

to the North Dearborn Pantry

by clients of a local salon.

If you have news in the

Yorkville/Guilford area you’d

like me to share, please contact

me at yorkville@goBEA-







Editor’s Note: We thank

Rebecca Davies for her

years of sharing the news

of Dillsboro with us. As

she passes the torch, we

welcome lifetime neighbor

Lorene Westmeyer to the

Beacon team.

Once again, our town

looked so lovely for Christmas.

The Civic Club does

such a good job putting up

the beautiful multicolored

lights that adorn overhead on

North and Bank Streets. At

Heritage Point, the Beautification

Committee decorates

with more lights and the

pretty “Glitzy” reindeer.

Along with several beautiful

homes and businesses, Dillsboro

looked very festive! We

cannot forget the “neat” stars

on the water tower that we

can see for miles!

On Friday the 13th, Dillsboro

Arts/Friendship Gallery

hosted their 13th Artist Reception.

All three galleries

and the lobby were full of

visitors most of the evening

to meet with friends, talk

art, and enjoy the works

by artists Tim Lancaster,

Annette Geil, and Robert

Hunger. This exhibit, “The

Best of Show, Show,” featuring

the artists that won Best

of Show from past exhibits

will be on display through

Jan. 25.

In our column, we are

including information about

Farmers Retreat. St. John’s

Pre-school held their Christmas

Program entitled: “Born

on Christmas Morn.” Jane

Ohlmansiek is the teacher

along with aides Karen

Poole, Barbara Grace,

Cathy Patton, and substitute

Debbie Holland. They

all do a terrific job. The students

all performed so well,

telling the story in song.

The Ladies Group had a

gathering for the poor and

homeless in Cincinnati.

Many blankets, coats, hats,

gloves, socks, hygiene items,

backpacks, and canned soups

were collected. Items were

delivered to Prince of Peace

Lutheran Church in Cincinnati’s

Over the Rhine. Their

basement is a Drop-in-center

for the homeless and those

suffering from the cold.

Our condolences to the

family of Marvin Cutter.

He was one of the Greatest

Generation who served his

country in WWII. Mr. Cutter

lived in Dillsboro with his

wife of sixty-three years,

Helen Knigga. They ran a

dairy farm and raised four

sons- Gary, Eldon, Ivan,

Daryl, and one daughter,

Rita Ann. They had fifteen

grandchildren, twenty-eight

great-grandchildren, and two


Mr. Cutter was a lifelong

member of St. Peter’s

Lutheran Church in Bear

Branch, where he served as

president, treasurer, secretary,

and trustee. He was a

member of the Northcutt

Laaker American Legion for

sixty-six years, Indiana Farm

Bureau, 4-H leader, and

Southeastern Indiana REMC


The community is also

saddened by the loss of Dennis


The Agricultural Power, Structure and Technology 2 Class

(Photo courtesy of Roy Johnson)







My eleven-year-old son

raises chickens for 4-H. He

shows them, and he has a

little business of his own

selling their farm fresh eggs.

He has been borrowing his

great-grandma’s chicken

house for the last few years,

and we decided to “upgrade”

this spring. Writing for The

Beacon, working for All

Saints Parish, and running

four children around to ten

zillion activities does not

leave me with much time.

My husband runs his own

company with his twin

brother, so we are busy bees!

We are also in the process of

building a new barn at our

place, so how in the world

would we find time to build a

new chicken coop?

Luckily one day scrolling

through good ol’ Facebook,

I saw that the Agricultural

Power, Structure and

Technology 2 Class at East

Central High School taught

by Mr. Roy Johnson was

looking to build some small

sheds/chicken houses. Hello,

fate! I immediately contacted

Mr. Johnson, and our project

was the first on the list! Over

the next few months, we

were kept informed of the

progress from Mr. Johnson.

Both of my boys who are

FFA members snuck glances

of the coop during meetings

in the agriculture room.

You can imagine the

excitement a few days before

Christmas when we received

the call that our new chicken

house was finished and ready

to be picked up! And boy is

she a beauty! My son got to

pick out the color, trim, and

design. Our expectations were

not only met but blown away!

We could we have squeezed

the project in and built it

ourselves, of course, but that

wasn’t the point. I cannot

imagine having better hands

for our project to be in. Just

look at what kids can do

when given the chance! My

freshman has taken his first

agriculture class this year

Matt Smith, Sam Littiken,

Jacob Kuhn, and JJ

Stenger assemble the

coop. (Photo courtesy of

Roy Johnson)

and is already excited to

take another next year. Who

wouldn’t be when you get to

participate in so many handson

projects! Mr. Johnson is

teaching so many important

life skills! These kids should

be so proud of themselves,

we sure are! My son has the

best-looking chicken house

on the block, thanks to these

students and their wonderful



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Congratulations to Nicole

Allen and Joel Erisman on

their wedding on Oct 20.

Congratulations to the bride’s

parents Tom and Lynn Allen

of Moores Hill, and Leslie

and Tim Huey of Aurora.

The magic of Christmas

was in Moores Hill this past

season, thanks to many of

Santa’s best helpers.

The elves left a custom

mailbox in front of Moores

Hill Town Hall for letters

to Santa. The big guy even

found time to reply to letters,

thanks to Kevin and Glenda


Jesse Hartmann voluntarily

hung Christmas lights for

Moores Hill senior citizens,

making more homes merry

and bright, and safe.

Moores Hill Elementary

School (MHES) held Family

“Make it, Take it” night. Santa

and Mrs. Claus dropped in to

Santa Pat Holland and Lin


check out the MHES crafters

at work, in case of any

openings at the North Pole


Santa visited South Sparta

Community Church after worship

service. He visited with

the young and young at heart

by an old-fashioned, floor-toceiling

cedar Christmas tree.

The spectacular floor-to-ceiling

cedar tree was cut from

the family farm of Nancy

Emery by Lin and Larry

Hyde and adorned with

hand-made, white crocheted


Thanks to the planning

and tireless efforts of Tamila

Wismann, the Wismann family,

Lynn Allen, and dozens

of volunteers, the Winter

Santa at the Moores Hill

Sparta Township Fire/EMS


Walk was nothing short of a

magical evening. Hundreds of

luminaries lined streets near

Carnegie Hall and throughout

the town. Musician Chris

Meyers played in Veterans

Park after the lighting of the

tree. Children were entertained

with crafts, treat-filled

stockings, and a visit with

Santa and Mrs. Claus. George

Poole and volunteers made

corn dogs and funnel cakes in

the park. They also served hot

chocolate. Horse-drawn trolley

rides, several fire pits with

seating, and caroling from

the Luckhaupts and friends

added to the festive atmosphere

along the Walk.

The streets of Moores Hill were lined with luminaries.

Moores Hill Sparta Township

Fire/EMS hosted Breakfast

with Santa (see picture),

which is always fun for kids.

Christmas is the Christian

celebration of the birth of the

Christ child. So it is often that

the joy of the holiday season

is best witnessed through the

excitement and laughter of

children. Children continue

to give hope for our world

through their innocence, joy,

and unconditional love.

My family is celebrating the

beginning of 2020 with our

seven littlest ones, the eighth

generation of the Wetzler

gene pool in Dearborn and

Ripley Counties. This newest

generation recently gathered

for a photo shoot. Imagine

seven children (ages seven

and under) accompanied by

dads, moms, Grannie, Nana,

and two papas. Like children

everywhere, they hold our

hearts and hopes for the future

in this new year, new decade.

Happy New Year to you

and yours. I look forward

to bringing Beacon readers

the good news from Moores

Hill. Please contact me at








It’s hard to believe that

another year has passed. This

time of year is when I reflect

on some of my experiences

from years gone by. I can

remember the excitement

of being a kid and waiting

for Christmas Day to arrive.

It was quite different from

today as we could expect

one or two presents. Today,

the grandkids enjoy the

day entering the room to

what looks like a storage

place for Amazon. We have

been blessed, and I hope

people took the time to

remember the real meaning

of Christmas.

My grandmother, Kittie

F. Hisle, was born a Tanner

on Christmas Day, Dec. 25,

1895. She lived to be almost

one hundred years old. She

even got married on her

eighteenth birthday on Dec.

25, 1913. I loved her stories,

and she taught us all the

meaning of discipline and


I remember coming home

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days. Having to return was

rough. My platoon sergeant,

Malcolm P. Libbey, was

tough but a great soldier

and would later be killed in

Vietnam on Oct. 12, 1967.

I remember Christmas in

Vietnam in 1967, and being

able to have a little piece of

America brought to us when

the Bob Hope Show came to

Cu Chi. He continued his long

tradition of entertaining our

troops with a great show and

some wonderful entertainers.

When you’re a long way from

home, seeing something like

the show Bob put on for us

means a lot.

I can remember the

Christmas of 1963 because

my mom died that year and in

1964 because dad had died.

Although Christmas was a

struggle, something like that

makes you stronger.

I spent Christmas in 1969 in

Washington, DC, visiting my

brother-in-law and his family,

as he was serving at the

Pentagon with

the Air Force.

He had just

returned from

Thailand. We

put a wreath

on his grave

this week.

I was able

to participate

in the delivery

of meals

at Thanksgiving to twelve

hundred people with Kevin

Wang and the Dearborn

County Clearinghouse.

My three grandkids, Carli,

Grady, and Coleton, helped

prepare the meals; it was quite

an experience for them.

Our area veterans were very

busy this year. We were able

to have many functions and

events such as the Cincinnati

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the annual trip to DC with

fifty veterans; presentations

of Quilts of Valor for World

War II and Vietnam veterans;

a trip to the Indianapolis war

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Patterson Air Force Base

Museum; having the LST-325

come to Aurora; dedicating

the new memorial in

Greendale; Farmers Fair and

Fall Fest plaque presentations;

and still performing our

duties with the Color Guard

for funerals for our departed


Recently, Ron Spurlock,

Jerry Bondurant, Mike

LaFollette, and I had the

honor of being able to place

wreaths at the graves of

several veterans. Thanks to

Cari Baylor and Hannah

Evans for supplying the

wreaths as a part of Wreaths

Across America. Students at

Central Elementary School

in Lawrenceburg put together

over one hundred wreaths

for us. If you see the people

from Baylor Trucking, be

sure to thank them for their


I attended a gathering at

the Dearborn Adult Center

for Christmas Day. Ken and

Cherie Maddin came up with

the idea of bringing people

together who don’t want to be

alone on Christmas Day. The

response has been terrific. I

transported people who didn’t

have a ride in the KWVA van.

I have said many times that If

You Want to See Small Town

America at Its Best, Come to

Southeastern Indiana.

Make the goal for the New

Year to try to say something

or do something nice for

someone every day. I know

you will feel much better.

You never really know what

burden a person is carrying

around with them, and an act

of kindness may make a big

difference in their day. Get

out and enjoy life, and have a

smile on your face. You can

make a difference.

By the time you read this,

it will be 2020. Sounds like

a TV show. I pray that the

new year will be prosperous

and healthy for all of you.

Enjoy the many blessings

and freedoms you have in our

great country. May God Bless

all of you.

Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.







February 2020 THE BEACON Page 11B




Happy New Year!


Sometimes the Maxine idea that we’ll

celebrate twenty Klump years into

a new century is difficult to

believe. These Community years seem to


have passed by so quickly.

Yet even as I was reviewing

recipes for this issue, I thought

how these winter days bring

out the desire to make the

familiar dishes from years

ago. This Taco Casserole

recipe differs from another of

a family favorite. This version

uses a packaged biscuit mix

instead of a cornbread crust.

It’s a quick way to create a

brunch or lunch treat. When I

don’t have company coming,

I simply divide into single

portion size and pop leftovers

into the freezer for another day.

Taco Casserole

1-pound ground beef or

ground turkey

1 package taco seasoning

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

½ cup ready-made biscuit mix

(such as Bisquik)

2 eggs

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400°.

Brown ground beef and

onion. Drain excess fat. Add

taco seasoning and mix well.

Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie

plate that has been prepared

with cooking spray. Sprinkle

cheese on top of this mixture.

Combine baking mix, milk,

and eggs in a small bowl until

smooth. Spread atop cheese

layer. Bake at 400° for 20-25

minutes. Cool slightly before

cutting into pieces. Pass your

favorite salsa along with sour

cream to top the casserole.

Is there anyone who does

not enjoy a loaded baked

potato with all their favorite

toppings? This recipe for a

casserole with those favorite

ingredients is quicker than

individual potatoes and

provides a wonderful side

dish no matter the meat or

other entrée sharing the table.

Beware-this dish is NOT low


Loaded Baked Potato


4 pounds russet potatoes,

peeled and cut into chunks

2 tablespoons thinly sliced

green onions

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup sour cream

½ - 1 cup half and half, milk

or light cream

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar


½ - 1-pound bacon, cooked

and crumbled

Place potatoes in pot; cover

with water and bring to a

boil. Cook until potatoes are

tender (about 15-20 minutes).

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mash potatoes to desired

consistency. Note: I leave the

potatoes slightly chunky.

Mash in butter, sour cream,

and half & half. Season with

salt and pepper. Stir in 1 ½

cups cheese and most of the

bacon, reserving a little of

both toppings for the top.

Pour into a 13x9-inch baking

dish that has been prepared

with cooking spray. Sprinkle

with remainder of cheese

and bacon. Bake for about

25 minutes or until hot and

cheese has melted.

I’m sharing this bar cookie

recipe because it didn’t get

into either of the holidayrelated

editions of the paper.

I am the designated baker of

pies for our family. This treat

relieves me of the burden

of time for pie crust, but the

pecan pie fans still get one of

their favorite flavors.

Pecan Pie Bars


½ cup butter

1 ¼ cups flour

¼ cup sugar


½ cup brown sugar, firmly


1 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons flour

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ to 1 cup chopped pecans

To make the crust, cut butter

with flour and sugar until

fine crumbs (like cornmeal)

develop. Press into the bottom

of a 9-inch square baking dish

and bake at 350° for fifteen

minutes. Let cool slightly.

To make the filling,

combine ingredients until

well blended. Pour over

partially baked crust and bake

at 350° for thirty minutes or

until golden brown and knife

inserted into the center comes

out clean. Cool in pan or a

rack. Makes three dozen 1 ½

inch squares.

Ron Spurlock, PG Gentrup, Cindy Nguyen, Marty

Sizemore (Chapter Financial Officer) and Fred Lester


A Christmas Angel

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Lary D. Fogle Chapter

71, held their annual Christmas Dinner for one hundred forty

people. Several Purple Heart Recipients and special guests

attended, including WW II veterans, Wilbur Rolfes (age 101)

and Lawrence Lyttle, along with Korean War veteran, Don

Weber. Another special guest was Cindy Nguyen who shared

a presentation about her family leaving Vietnam and coming

to USA after the fall of Saigon and South Vietnam. They left

with nothing--no food, no extra clothes, no money. They didn’t

speak English and faced a bleak future. Cindy was only five

years old when she and her eight siblings made the journey.

Today all of them have master’s degrees and doctorates. Ms.

Nguyen wanted the Vietnam Veterans to know that they are

loved and respected. The Chapter 71 veterans told her she is

now the Chapter 71 ANGEL.













During the Dreary

Winter Months

While little gardening

can be done outdoors in the

middle of winter, most of us

have at least a few indoor

plants that require year-round

attention. As the mercury continues

to dive, it can be easy

to overlook the remaining

greenery around our home,

and indoor plants are no

exception to this. In today’s

article, I will share a few tips

for managing houseplants

during the winter.

Consider Location

While some houseplants,

such as Pothos (Devils Ivy),

can tolerate little natural light,

most others will need legitimate

sunlight to thrive. Be

sure to place houseplants in

areas that will receive at least

a few hours of natural light

every day. Artificial lighting

from your home’s lighting fixtures

will help a bit, especially

during stretches of prolonged

cloud cover, but they are

never a true replacement for

natural light.

Another critical mistake

occurs when homeowners

place houseplants near a draft

or directly against a window.

Temperatures in these spots

will be much colder than

the rest of your home, often

causing undue stress on your

plants. Many of our common

houseplants are native to

tropical climates and will not

tolerate exposure to colder

temperatures. If in doubt,

use a small thermometer to

gauge temperatures near your


Water When Necessary

Even indoors, winter

weather encourages dry conditions.

While most of your

houseplants will be dormant

in winter, with little to no

growth occurring, many will

still require even watering

from time to time. A good

example would be the Boston

Fern. Like many other plants,

the Boston favors evenly

moist soils and higher humidity.

In addition to a conservative

helping of water, consider

regularly misting your Bostons

and other similar ferns

from time to time.

Fertilize & Prune As


Fertilizing houseplants can

be tricky. Too often, gardeners

approach plant problems with

fertilizer in mind as a quick

fix. However, fertilizing can

be a critical mistake. Fertilizers

should only be applied

as needed. Many potting soils

contain fertilizer additives, so

additional applications may

not be required if you are

working with a plant that is

routinely re-potted. As with

any garden project, regularly

monitoring plant growth and

vigor is crucial for long-term


Pruning is equally tricky,

especially if you are working

with an unfamiliar plant. If

you are focused on aesthetics,

don’t hesitate to carefully

remove wilting leaves, flowers,

or branches with shears or

scissors. If you are attempting

to trim plants back to contain

growth, use caution. No more

than ten to twenty percent of

the plant should be pruned at

a time. Consider removing

long and protruding stems on

woody plants by cutting back

to a bud or lateral branch.

I can’t stress enough the

need to fertilize and prune appropriately.

Both practices are

valuable tools that make a big

difference, either good or bad.

Be sure to follow recommendations

from reliable sources,

such as extension publications

and peer-reviewed garden


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For additional information

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