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Cream Joints • 8
Northside on Oak
up, up and AWAY • 18
Faces of HOPE • 24
An Unforgettable Year • 28
A March to Remember • 14
Dare to Care • 30
Stephenson’s General Store:
Ice Cream, Sodas and a Little
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Snapshots • 17
Chicks in the Kitchen • 36
Flashback Photo • 40
Everyday Adventures • 44
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VOL. 5, ISSUE 3
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A.J.’s Gyros To Go
An amazingly wide selection
of both food (including their
famous gyros) and ice cream
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In a beautiful new location,
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food, ice cream and sherbert
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Emery’s Ice Cream
An old-fashioned ice cream shop
premium ice cream as well as sodas
and nostalgic candies.
In business since 1952, Polly’s has
an extensive selection of ice cream
and food. Try the homemade
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Chillers Ice Cream
A franchise born right here
in Southern Indiana with 12
different homemade hand dip
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Stephenson’s General Store
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NORTHSIDE ON OAK:
Reaching out to make a difference
It started in 2008 with a once-a-month outreach
called “Saturday in the Park,” but the Northside
Christian Church leadership and those involved
in local missions quickly realized they wanted to do
more to give back to their city, particularly in the
downtown New Albany area.
Story // Sam C Bowles
Photos // Abby Laub
It was the vision of Northside’s Senior
Pastor George Ross to “have a lasting impact
on the community” rather than being
known simply for “[creating] a traffic jam
on the weekends,” says Gary Norman, one
of the church’s elders.
Because Northside was already working
in the downtown area, partnering with S.
Ellen Jones Elementary School, they knew
the need was great. They were able to purchase
a building on the corner of 15th and
Oak streets that formerly served as a machine
shop, and the “Northside on Oak”
campus was born.
A different kind of church
Brian Combs, the campus pastor, joined
the team in January of last year, and says
he’s right at home in this unique ministry.
“We are a church, but it looks very different,”
Combs says. “We’ve taken the shape
of the neighborhood we’re trying to reach.”
For example, the Northside on Oak campus
does not meet on Sunday mornings for
a “typical” church service. Instead, the primary
outreach time is on Monday nights,
when people from the neighborhood come
together for a short time of corporate worship
and teaching — usually a few songs
and devotion from Combs — followed by a
free meal and a time of teaching, including
an adult Bible study and kid’s classes.
On Thursday mornings, the church does
a café, serving breakfast and giving ministers
and volunteers a chance to interact with
people very personally and informally.
And on Monday and Tuesday evenings,
Northside operates a food pantry out of the
main campus on Charlestown Road. It’s
mostly volunteers from the main campus
who prepare and serve the meals on Monday
nights, serve as the teachers and leaders
for classes, and help make other events and
outreach efforts possible. In fact, Combs
says, the ministry on Oak could not exist
without volunteers from the main campus.
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Campus Pastor Brian Combs said the
ministry is all about personal relationships
and sharing the love of God.
Focusing on kids and families
“We’ve taken the word ‘OAK’ and
developed our strategy around that
[acronym]:” Combs explains, “Outreach,
Assistance, and Kids.”
And children are certainly a focal
point of the ministry.
“The focus of what we do here is on
the next generation…our goal isn’t to
come down and solve all the issues of
poverty,” says Combs, “but to bring the
love of Christ to this neighborhood.”
Volunteers offer homework help
and tutoring to children on Mondays
leading up to the main gathering time
Once a quarter, Northside on Oak
does a large community outreach event,
almost always focusing on children and
their families, and the largest event of
the year is a Summer Vacation Bible
School for kids of all ages. Approximately
100 kids attended last year.
“This year we’re studying Daniel,
which is basically how to stand firm
in your faith in a hostile area,” Combs
says. “The connections to what kids
experience in this neighborhood are
Another exciting project is the community
garden the ministry is facilitating,
including a few raised beds for
those in wheelchairs, which is giving
locals a chance to get their hands dirty
and see the fruits of their labors.
“At the end of the summer, we’re
actually going to have a celebration
and supplement our Monday night
meal with the garden,” Combs says.
Restoring dignity, sharing love
One of the main goals of the ministry
is restoring and instilling dignity
in those it is trying to serve.
“What we want to do is reshape the
way we try to help so that we’re actually
elevating people’s dignity, giving
them resources and opportunities to
be able to care for themselves,” Combs
says. “We’ve got the Biblical mandate
to care for those who need help.”
According to Combs, the area is a
statistically high-crime, high-poverty
area that in 2010 ranked in the top five
percent of the most dangerous neighborhoods
in the nation. Consequently,
it’s a neighborhood that can use all the
love and assistance it can get.
“No program or service is going to
fix the problems of this area,” Combs
says. “It’s really about getting into the
mess of personal relationships and
sharing the love of God with people
on a relational level.”
One shining example of this approach
is Ronnie Reinhardt, someone
from the neighborhood with an admittedly
rough past who has had a pretty
incredible transformation through his
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interaction with the Northside on Oak
ministry. Reinhardt has evolved from
merely a local being served by the
ministry and has now become a key
“I feel now that I can
give back, and that’s
what God wants me to
do, and I feel so much
better about myself.”
volunteer leader within the ministry
“I love this place. This community
is so lost: you’ve got divorce, alcoholism,
and the kids need the
love.” Reinhardt says.
“I didn’t get to do it when
I was young, so I feel now
that I can give back, and
that’s what God wants me to
do, and I feel so much better
about myself,” he added.
Northside on Oak is making
a difference one meal,
one child, and one relationship
at a time, as Combs
and his associate minister
Preston Searcy lead volunteers
in outreach efforts that
meet physical and emotional
needs in tangible ways, all in
an effort to share the love of
“I meet lots of folks who’ve
come to believe they don’t
matter,” Combs says. “They
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them, and when they show
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of place, judged, and unwelcomed. We
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A march to remember
Photos courtesy Angie Glotzbach
Story // Angie Glotzbach
When most people think about World
War II, they envision the attack on Pearl
Harbor, European and U.S. troops fighting
the Germans, the Holocaust and the
dropping of the first nuclear
bomb, but a great portion of
the war was also fought in
the South Pacific. Many servicemen
lost their lives in that
One horrific event that took
place during the battle in the
South Pacific was the Bataan
After valiantly defending
the main Philippine island of
Luzon and the harbor defense
forts of the Philippines with
no naval or air support, approximately
70,000 to 75,000
U.S. and Filipino troops retreated
to the Bataan Peninsula,
and on April 9, 1942,
surrendered to the Japanese
“There aren’t many surviving WWII
vets left and we need to take the
time to thank them for their service
and contributions to our freedom
before it’s too late.”
-Dr. Howard Pope
For six agonizing days the troops were forced to
march an estimated 65 miles up the hot, dusty peninsula
toward prisoner of war (POW) Camp O’Donnell.
The already malnourished and diseased captives were
subjected to inhumane treatment during the crucible.
They were denied food and water, tortured and executed
at the whim of their Japanese
captors along the way.
Although springs ran
along the roadway, the prisoners
were denied water,
and bayoneted or shot if they
ran to drink from the stream
or disease-ridden puddles.
There are several WWII letters
from survivors that tell
of POWs being stabbed,
beaten, shot, disemboweled
and beheaded. Prisoners
were routinely killed for
not being able to walk, and
were tortured or murdered
by their captors for trying to
help fellow prisoners.
When the men arrived
in San Fernando they were
packed into boxcars and tak-
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en by train to Camp O’Donnell, but
those who could not fit into the boxcars
were prodded another five miles
to the camp. The railway cars were
packed so tightly that many died from
the sweltering heat and suffocation,
right where they stood. The majority
of the men remaining on the march
later perished in transit aboard “hell
ships” bound for Japan, in forced labor
or POW camps. Some POWs were
held captive in the camps for several
years before being released.
There are still a handful of survivors
of the Bataan Death March, and thousands
of military and civilian supporters
meet each year in New Mexico to
remember those soldiers who died
during the horrific WWII event, by
traversing a trek of rough, desert terrain
that spans 26 miles across the
White Sands Missile Base.
One Sellersburg man was
among those marching to honor
the fallen and living veterans.
Dr. Howard Pope, family physician
for Floyd Memorial Medical Group
in Georgetown and retired Brigadier
General in the U.S. Army Reserve,
made the trip to White Sands on
March 25, nearly 70 years after the
World War II atrocity.
He joined his daughter, Dr. Jennie
Ellen, Occupational Medicine, PM&R,
who is a graduate of New Albany
High School and now lives in Phoenix
serving as a Regional Medical Director
for Concentra in Tucson, Phoenix
and central California. Pope asked
her to cover those miles with him as
a bonding experience and laughingly
admitted, “With her being a fellow
physician I figured she could help me
if I croaked.”
Getting in shape for the grueling
course took some time. Pope explains,
“I trained for over a year with a personal
trainer in order to get in good
enough condition to cross the desert.”
He added, “There are many teams
and individuals who make a race out
of it. Different military corps and units
use the Memorial March as a chance to
not only remember fallen fellow soldiers,
but to compete against each other
for bragging rights. I just wanted
to make it through the tough course,
Dr. Howard Pope and daughter, Dr.
Jennie Ellen, train together.
and I was able to do it.”
Before leaving on his trip to New
Mexico, Pope was given true inspiration
from recent Medal of Honor
recipient, Marine Sergeant Dakota
Meyer. Sgt. Meyer let Pope borrow the
bracelets of two of his friends and former
marines who died in Afghanistan
while serving our country.
Pope noted, “I was so honored that
Sergeant Meyer allowed me to carry
the bracelets with me. They gave me
the inspiration I needed to finish the
26 miles. I shared the story of the
bracelets with other walkers and runners
and they were all touched by his
This Memorial Day will be a special
one for Pope.
“I will always look back on my
Bataan Memorial Death March experience
as a humbling and inspiring
time,” he reflected. “I’m proud to honor
all of our veterans, especially those
from World War II. There aren’t many
surviving WWII vets left and we need
to take the time to thank them for their
service and contributions to our freedom
before it’s too late.
“We also need to applaud all who
have served in the past and those
serving now for their personal sacrifices
and patriotic efforts to protect
our country,” he continued.
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Story & Photos // Sam C Bowles
Meet the man who’s flown a semi-truck, a giant
whiskey bottle and the Michelin Man
Photo courtesy Jerry Copas
Jerry Copas has loved
hot-air balloons since the
first time he saw one as a
He and his wife, Kathy, have turned their passion
into a career and business, travelling
the world doing what they love.
Fortunately for Southern Indiana, they have
always been more than eager to share their
unique craft with anyone who is interested.
Copas’ love of things that fly started at an
early age. “I was the little kid that was all the
time drawing pictures of helicopters, airplanes,
jets,” he says.
But his favorite piece of aviation technology
has been his aircraft of choice for nearly 30
years, the hot air balloon.
When the Kentucky Derby Festival began
its hot air balloon race in the mid-1970s, they
promoted the event with balloons on display
at various locations around the area, providing
a 12-year-old Copas with his first up-close
experience with the aircraft.
“My mother drug me along, and I got to see
the thing up-close,” he says. “From that point
on I thought, ‘This looks like a lot of fun.’”
Copas continued to learn more about ballooning
and started getting to know local pilots. As
soon as he was able to drive, he began making
the trek over to Louisville to volunteer as a crew
member whenever he could.
Hot air balloons fall under the jurisdiction of
the Federal Aviation Administration, and piloting
a balloon requires a license.
“I took my first flying lesson when I was 16,”
Above: The Copas family flies over Louisville.
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Copas says. “And I learned
to fly on the cheap. I would
help people with their balloons…and
I started trading
in my ‘sweat equity’ with
these pilots in exchange for
lessons and flights to get
Copas was commercially
licensed by the time he was
19 years old.
“It was a pretty big deal
back then, when I was a
teenager with a pilot’s license,”
he says. “I was very
proud of that.”
Following high school
Copas says he “annoyed”
his father long enough that
they found and purchased
a used balloon and started
building a small business
enterprise around the hobby
“There are really only a
few ways you can make
money ballooning,” Copas
explains. “Chartered flights
(where you take people up
for a balloon ride), teaching
people to fly, or doing it
commercially for advertising.
So I got into that right
Copas partnered with
various businesses including
a local car dealership,
Dominos Pizza and others,
establishing credibility and
giving him experience as a
commercial pilot, and continued
to fly for various corporations
as he completed
his college degree.
He married his high
school sweetheart, Kathy,
who earned her pilot’s license
within the first five
years of their marriage.
“I’m proud to say that I
taught her how to fly,” he
In 1992, after losing his
job as an art director for a
large company that was
sold overnight, he and his
wife began ballooning fulltime.
“I told Kathy I’d make a
Top: Jerry, Kathy and
Bottom: Copas lands in a
local’s back yard, only after his
crew (usually his wife and son)
secure permission from the
few calls, and we would see
if we liked it, and within a
week we were on the road,”
For the next 13 years Copas
and his wife worked as
full-time commercial hot
air balloon pilots, flying
all over the United States
and the world representing
in such varied locations as
the Australian Outback, the
Swiss Alps, and the Las Vegas
Much of his corporate flying
involved special shape
balloons, popular promotional
tools for many large
“An older, more experienced
pilot once told me if
I was going to fly commercially
and for a living then
I was going to get to know
these special shape balloons,
and boy was he ever
right,” Copas says.
He has flown a giant
paint bucket for Porter
Paints, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s
the Michelin Tire Michelin
Man, a United Van Lines
semi-trailer, and many
other custom-made special
Copas said the unique
shapes stand out, particularly
at events where most
of the other entrants are
standard balloons. “You
talk to people after the fact.
They are going to remember
those special shape balloons,”
he says. In fact, Copas
still vividly remembers
the first such balloon he
Story continues on page 23
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saw: a balloon promoting KFC,
which was shaped like a giant
In 1999, their son Spencer was
born, but having a child did not
slow them down and Spencer
spent the first few years of his life
on the road with them, taking his
first flight when he was only six
As Spencer got older, the Copas
family decided to settle down
so he could attend school, and
they opened their New Albany
business Fine Signs and Graphics,
The family, including Spencer,
who is now 13, has never stopped
flying as they continue to balloon
part-time with their other
company Images Aloft, offering
charter flights, instruction (both
Jerry and Kathy are licensed instructors),
and promotional work
for various businesses including
regular flights for the French Lick
Resort and Casino.
In addition, the business is a
dealer for Cameron Balloons,
representing and selling the
popular company’s balloons and
Copas serves as President of
the Balloon Society of Kentucky,
leading the organization as its
members make a concerted effort
to get more young people interested
and involved in ballooning,
and he continues to participate in
multiple balloon races each year.
Balloon races are not about
speed, but accuracy. A lead balloon
takes off and the racers follow.
The lead balloon lands and
sets out a large target that the racers
try to hit with a beanbag. The
closest to the center of the target
is the winner.
In addition to the target, many
races also include what’s called a
“key grab” where a set of keys is
attached to a 15- to 20-foot long
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Faces of HOPE
St. Francis Xavier Church
When Father Steve Schaftlein drove into
town immediately after the storm he saw
the steeple and knew the St. Francis Xavier
Church (pictured on right hand page) still
stood as a beacon of hope to the community.
The church became a “place of refuge” and
a “visible place to come and gather” Father
Schaftlien said. He estimates that at it’s peak,
nearly 8,000 meals where served each day in
the area surrounding the church.
Rich Cheek (pictured above) is pastor of the Henryville
Community Church, which opened its doors immediately
following the disaster and has become a major
hub, feeding as many as 1,500 people at its peak in
the days following the disaster, coordinating hundreds
of volunteers and sorting and distributing literally millions
of dollars of items that have been donated.
In addition, the church has committed to rebuilding
upwards of 100 homes at no costs to the homeowners.
“We’re restoring dignity to these residents…not just
getting them back to where they were but even better,”
Pastor Cheek says.
May/June 2012 • 22
Henryville native Anna Morgan
teared up as she recalled her days
spent growing up in the now-destroyed
town she once called home.
It was the close connection to so
much destruction that brought the
mother of four back to help with
relief efforts. She busily sorted
food and supplies at the Henryville
Morgan said people are “coming
out of the woodwork to volunteer”
and that it was “really cool to see”
her kids also get involved in the efforts.
Morgan added that she was
amazed at the upbeat attitudes of
the people coming for help at the
We talked to the people busy
bringing life back to the
tornado ravaged region.
Stories & Photos // Abby Laub & Sam Bowles
Te volunteers highlighted here are only a small sampling of the thousands of people and organizations
from all over the world who have come to the aid of the tornado ravaged towns in
Southern Indiana. In preparing this piece we heard time and time again of the great generosity
and continued outpouring of support particularly from those in neighboring communities
and counties. While we mourn the loss, we celebrate the resilient spirit of those affected and the
faces of hope who are helping rebuild and restore the lives of those in need.
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Faces of HOPE
KELLY KINZER and FAMILY
When the tornadoes struck Indiana and Kentucky, Kelly Kinzer (second from right) and her husband and three children
knew they needed to help.
The family is from Joplin, Mo., and knew first hand the devastating effects of a major tornado. Kinzer said it was
spring break for her teenage children and they took the initiative to head to Indiana to help with the relief efforts.
Duane Phillips (left) of
Memphis, Ind., has become
an almost full-time volunteer
in the relief and recovery
effort has no plans of
stopping anytime soon.
Pat Werner &
Sisters Pat Werner of Greenwood,
and Barb Pieper of Brown County
drove down together because they
“wanted to give something back.”
“You would like to think if this happened
to you, people would do the
same thing,” Pat said.
Boisey Beverly (right) of
Baton Rouge, La., saw the
difference volunteers made
when Katrina ravaged his
home and church. His ministry began serving people immediately after
Katrina and saw nearly 150 homes rebuilt in a 3 year period following
the disaster. Now Boisey is giving back to other communities when
May/June 2012 • 26
Faces of HOPE
Above: Utility crews worked around the clock to restore power to the community.
Below: Signs of hope were prevalent around the community in the storm’s aftermath.
Pastor Jose Ortega, with the
National Association of Christian
Churches Disaster Action Team, is
helping organize and operate the
ad hoc warehouse just outside of
Henryville that is being operated
in cooperation with the Henryville
Pastor Ortega says serving is
“the most satisfying thing you
can do. All of us have it in us and
when the opportunity presents itself
it brings out the best.”
Janetta Coley of Cordon grew up in the area. “This is my community
too…I grew up here,” she said. She came to Henryville on
day one and put her past experience operating a café and managing
restaurants to good use, serving three meals a day at the Henryville
Community Center (also a major distributor of food and groceries to
those in need) for two weeks following the storm.
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An unforgettable year
The students and staff of
Henryville schools roll
with the punches
Story // Darian Eswine
School and High
staff were left
without a place
to finish the
“The school is in total devastation,”
said PTO president and parent
Melinda Coats. “The top floor
is gone, the gym is missing a wall.
There are cars inside the school.
Buses were thrown everywhere. It is
Though cleanup began at the
school and in the community immediately
after the storm, it was
instantly obvious that the students
and teachers of Henryville would
have to finish the year
Photo // Abby Laub
The main objective was to keep the students together, and that has been
accomplished by moving the elementary students to the Graceland Christian
School, the junior-senior high students to the Mid-America Science Park and
pre-kindergarten to Silver Creek Primary.
Junior-senior high counselor Renee Eckart said “the kids all cheered”
when they learned they would be back in school and in it together.
Music teacher Amanda Lochner said she is not concerned about the building.
“The students are what make the school. It’s like the people make the
home; the kids make the school,” she said.
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Routine is important in times of instability.
Getting back into the everyday
schedule of school will provide the students
and staff with a sense of solidarity.
“I think it’ll be good. I’m glad they
are keeping them together. It’s good to
get back to some type of normalcy,” said
PTO treasurer Meradith Eickholtz.
Belfor Property Restoration, the
company overseeing both the cleanup
and reconstruction of the schools, took
care of cleaning out the buildings and
moving supplies. The Belfor employees
went room by room to retrieve
any salvageable materials. They then
boxed, labeled, and moved the materials
to the new locations.
“We still feel like the school is salvageable
and we want to get back in as
soon as we can,” said West Clark Community
Schools Superintendent Monty
Schneider said it usually takes 18
months to build a school and it will be
a hard goal to accomplish. The plan is
to be back in the new building in time
for next school year.
“It will be tough to achieve, but it’s
a good possibility,” he said. “That is
our goal; to be back in our school
in the fall.”
Meanwhile, the transition between
buildings will be hard as
students and staff struggle to
cope with the changes.
“The most important thing is
to make the kids feel safe and let
them know we are here,” said elementary
counselor Karen Epley.
She added that crisis counselors
will be available for students and
“We’ll have counseling professionals
and they will talk to the
teachers and the students for the
next few months,” Eckhart added.
Even after school has started in
these new buildings, there will be
continuing long-term emotional
issues to deal with.
“We’re going to have some
panicked kids and parents the
next time we have a thunderstorm.
We’ll need to plan for tornado
drills and things like that,”
said sixth grade teacher Kyle Riggins.
Epley said overall it is a mat-
“I think it’s important to keep
“We still feel like the school is everyone as close as we can. A lot
salvagable and we want to get of people really have nothing, and
it’s important to keep the community
together and the student body
back in as soon as we can.”
-West Clark Community Schools
together [with these events],” said
Superintendent Monty Schneider Harrell.
No matter the destruction, the
community continues to stay
ter of encouraging the students and strong and come together to work
staff to talk about what happened, through this difficult time with not
letting them know they have support only those at Henryville Elementary
and making the transition smooth and School and Henryville Junior-Senior
comfortable for the students.
High School, but also those around
Although the entire community was them, as they recover and look towards
affected, this tragic turn will make “senior
year” that much more unforget-
“Thank you to everybody for keep-
table for high schoolers.
ing us in your thoughts and prayers,”
“Now that everything has sunk in, Eckart concluded. “It is overwhelming.
I think it will be a memorable year. I Please do not forget about us. People
can’t say it’ll make it better or anything will move on, but don’t forget.”
but I think it will bring us closer as a Out of all of this wreckage, Harrell
class and it will definitely be memorable,”
said senior Jenna Harrell. to her own life.
has learned a lesson and now applies it
Prom and field day, even with the “Love and respect what you have because
you never know when it could be
change of venue, were two events that
the school still wanted to hold for the gone.” •
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onE mEAl At A timE
Story // Lisa Greer
Photos // Kim Greer
When we think of hunger, we think of far-away
places and third world countries or city living
in, but we seldom think of it as being in
America’s suburbs or our next door neighbor’s
home in rural southern Indiana.
The disturbing trend, according to Dare to Care Food
Bank Executive Director Brian Riendeau, is that people who
wouldn’t normally fall into the at risk group are now becoming
part of these statistics.
Not long after Riendeau began working with Dare to
Care, he received a call from someone desperate to feed her
“It was someone in the community who was well educated,
with a good job and the resources to provide for her
family,” he said. “Except that she’d had a series of dominos
fall in her life that included massive medical bills, divorce
and job loss.”
After receiving assistance from Dare to Care, Reindeau received
a call to say the woman found a job, was back on her
feet, and planned to pay back the organization.
“That’s the face of hunger that we are seeing now. It’s very
different than a few years ago,” Riendeau said.
While scenarios like this are all in a day’s work for Riendeau,
it’s an act that can make the difference between life
May/June 2012 • 30
and death to someone, as in the instance of 9-year-old Bobby
Ellis who died on Thanksgiving Eve in 1969 from starvation.
“Bobby’s death was tragic, but it started a spark in this
community causing people to come together,” Riendeau
From that heartbreaking event 42 years ago, and the efforts
of Father Jack Johns, the Dare to Care food bank was
born.Johns began by collecting food and storing it in his
church basement, then delivering it out to people in need in
the community from the back of a pick-up truck.
Though Dare to Care is a Louisville based organization, their
reach in Southern Indiana is immense, covering a 13-county
service area that includes eight in Kentucky and five in Southern
“This year we will distribute 16.3 million pounds of food,”
Riendeau said. “That equates to about 14.5 million meals dispensed
into the community.”
That’s up from about 12 million pounds of food three years
ago, as the organization has been growing dramatically in the
last few years trying to stay ahead of the expanding need. In the
Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington alone, about
2.5 million pounds of food is currently distributed annually.
The organization currently has 69 agency partners and is
looking for more to help reach those in need. Partnering agencies
are a critical part of food distribution. When someone
comes to Dare to Care seeking food assistance, they try to connect
them with an agency near them, as the agency can often
provide other services as well.
To ensure the needs are being met, Dare to Care did a study
to take a closer look at the number of people hungry and where
they are located.
In the last 12 months, Dare to Care has assisted 192,000 individuals.
That’s a 68 percent increase over the last four years.
The biggest driver behind the need for food assistance right
now is employment. In addition, Dare to Care has other programs
to assist with hunger, such as Kid’s Café, a safe place
to go after school, where kids can receive tutoring and a hot
meal five nights a week. Another program, Back Pack Buddies,
addresses weekend hunger by providing a backpack full of
nutritious, kid friendly food items to sustain kids through the
One of Dare to Care’s biggest
challenges now is dealing with
perishables like fruit, meat and
other chilled products. Of the 16
million pounds of food Dare to
Care distributes, about 4.5 million
is fresh fruits and vegetables
that have to go out to the community
There also is a mobile pantry
for areas where there may not
be an agency. At least two trucks
full of food, produce, boxes and
tables are sent out daily to distribute
food on location.
In addition, raising awareness is
critical in this fight against hunger.
“It’s one of those issues that
remains largely invisible,” Riendeau
said. “The sad part is that
people don’t understand the
magnitude of problem.”
Food, dollars and volunteer
time are critical to this organization,
and there are numerous
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Stephenson’s GeneralStore is here to stay
Story & Photos // Sam C Bowles
Stephenson’s General Store in
Leavenworth opened in 1917.
Originally located in a building
close to the Ohio River, the flood
of 1937 forced the move to its current
location where it has been ever since.
But when the Stephensons closed the
doors of their family business in 2008 and
sold the contents at auction, many in the
small town of Leavenworth feared that was the end of the general store which had
been a staple of the town for more than 90 years. And for a few years it looked like
May/June 2012 • 32
“We still have the old counters and shelving,
the squeaky wood floor, and we’ve tried to
build on that hometown, nostalgic feel.”
-Owner Grant Jones
they were right.
But in May of
2010, locals Tony
and Judy Gallina
and Tara Jones
bought the store.
“I’ve just loved
this place over
the years, and it had always been
an idea in the back of my mind that
Ice cream, SodaS,
and a LIttLe BIt of
Pictured at left are Tony and Judy Gallina, and at right are Grant and Tara Jones with three of their children.
it would be nice to have it,” Owner Grant Jones says.
When they learned that the Stephenson’s were ready to
sell, the two families purchased the property.
“And then,” Jones says, “the real work began.”
They completed all of the necessary structural improvements
and repairs necessary to restore the historical building
to useable condition in just a few months, reopening on
September 1, 2010.
“We look back at photos of our opening day and just
laugh,” Jones says. “We had so little inventory, but there’s
only so much four people can do.”
But when they opened at six in the morning, there were
people waiting at the door, by seven there were already several
people eating breakfast in the restaurant, and the business
has just continued to grow from there.
A step back in time…
Stephenson’s is a true “general store,” featuring an array
of nostalgic toys & candies, preserves & old-fashioned sodas,
locally made crafts, food, and, well…a little bit of everything.
The store feels like it’s from a forgotten era and is a
delight to peruse both for locals and those passing by.
“We still have the old counters and shelving, the squeaky
wood floor, and we’ve tried to build on that hometown,
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The building’s history has made for
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“So we made the news that week
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stock of grocery items for both locals
and those who might be camping or
staying in the area, and in another
part of the building the two couples
also operate a coin laundry, the only
The final phase of their business
plan included the addition of a hardware
store in the building’s basement.
And the reopened and reimagined
Stephenson’s General Store has been
a hit so far.
“We knew it would be a success.
People love the store and the concept…
but we immediately exceeded
our projections and have every
month,” Jones says.
Locals are very supportive of
the store, stopping in regularly for
this or that, but the store is equally
popular with the many people
who travel through the area.
“People are glad we’re here…
and we’re amazed at the visitors to
this area,” Jones says. “And it’s a
congregating point for the town.”
In fact, some regulars even have
their own coffee mugs.
“It’s hard work, of course,” Jones
says, “but the best part of it are the
people we’ve gotten to know. It’s
not like they are just customers;
they are our friends.”
The new owners of Stephenson’s
General Store have already
exceeded their own expectations
and plan to continue to grow
“We want to build on what we
have here…and I think the restaurant
still has a lot of growth,”
The Jones and Gallinas knew
they wanted to help protect the
history of this small town they
think is very special.
“The longer the store stayed
closed, the more likely it would
never come back,” Jones says.
“So we saw this as an opportunity
to contribute to the history
of the town.”
They hope to see others opening
businesses in the area.
“This downtown area would
lend itself very well to some
small shop owners opening little
specialty businesses,” Jones says.
In addition to Stephenson’s,
Leavenworth already boast the
popular Overlook Restaurant
with its stunning view of the
Ohio River’s horseshoe bend, a
beautiful bed & breakfast called
The Inn, and The Dock, a riverside
restaurant scheduled to reopen
“Because of its location on the
Ohio River Scenic Byway, the area
really has great potential with all
the tourists,” Gallina says.
If not for the Jones and Gallina
families, a small-town treasure
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chicks in the kitchen
Spring in the Kitchen
Mother Daughter cooking column by Julie and Brooke Garrison
What a busy time of year! May is full of great events starting
with the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day and finishing
out with Memorial Day. Since it’s a time of pitch-ins we
thought this potato casserole would be a big hit, and it’s
versatile enough for breakfast or dinner. My grandma made the best
mashed potatoes, but there’s no recipe for that. My cousin Nathan is
getting close to replicating them though!!
Strawberries will be in season here in southern Indiana, so we picked an
easy to make dessert. You can add other fruits if you like, just omit the
glaze and place sliced fruit on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Grandma Luda’s Potato Casserole
1 (2 lb.) package frozen hash browns, slightly thawed
( cup melted butter or margarine
1 tsp. onion powder
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pint sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use mild cheddar)
Salt and pepper to taste
Crushed potato chips (for topping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in the 9 x 13 baking
dish. Stir together all the ingredients, pour butter from
the dish into the mixture. Spread in pan. Top with crushed
potato chips. Bake for one hour.
1 pkg. sugar cookie dough
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 qt. strawberries stemmed and sliced
1 pkg. strawberry glaze
Cut cookie dough in circles and place on pizza pan. Bake
at 325 degrees until cookies are light brown around pan
edge. They should bake together to form the crust. Mix together
cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread on cooled
cookie crust. Mix the strawberries and glaze together and
spread on top of cream cheese mixture. Keep refrigerated
before and after serving.
For the little chicks –
Mom’s Play Dough
2 cups flour
2 cups water (add food coloring
1 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tarter
2 Tablespoons oil
Cook over medium low heat
and continue stirring till dough
gets very sticky and thick.
Knead like bread.
Refrigerate in a covered
container to make it last longer.
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“What happens in those years between third grade and 30 to rob us of our courage?”
May/June 2012 • 42
If you want to get kids fired up,
ask for a volunteer. If you want to
freak out a room full of adults, do
the same thing.
I’ve taught kids in church for the past
sixteen years, and without fail, whenever
I’ve asked for someone to come up
front and help tell the story, I’ve seen
nearly every hand in the room shoot
up like a rocket. It doesn’t matter if the
kids are from the country, the suburbs
or the inner city. Rich or poor, black or
white, preschool or fifth graders, kids
are wired to participate. They love it.
On the flip side, ask a crowd of adults
to volunteer, and you get blank stares.
You can take the most rambunctious
crowd you know, invite someone to
come up front and help with a presentation
or answer a question, and you’ll
hear nothing but crickets. After a couple
of awkward minutes, with much hesitation,
the first brave soul will raise their
hand. Then, if you’re lucky, two or three
others may follow suit - mostly motivated
out of guilt or pity for the guy asking
Just as kids are wired to participate,
adults are conditioned to watch. That’s
why we build sports stadiums with
thousands of seats in the stands and
room on the floor for only a handful to
play. That’s why our theaters are packed
with chairs, while the silver screen is reserved
for only an elite few. That’s why
we have 500 channels of cable TV, and
we fight over who gets the remote.
If you think about it, it’s kind of
weird how we’ve created these industries
around professionals we pay so
we can watch them do stuff. We have
a professional class of everything - athletes,
movie stars, musicians, politicians,
priests - and we love to both idolize
and criticize them all. As adults we
don’t want to be the ones to take the risk
and put ourselves out there, vulnerable
to criticism, but we thrive on playing
armchair quarterback. We are not just
a culture of spectators but of critics and
I love this quote from Teddy Roosevelt
taken from his speech, “Citizenship
in a Republic”:
It is not the critic who counts; not the
man who points out how the strong man
stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could
have done them better. The credit belongs to
the man who is actually in the arena, whose
face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes
short again and again, because there is no
effort without error and shortcoming; but
who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great
devotions; who spends himself in a worthy
cause; who at the best knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement, and who at
the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring
greatly, so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls who neither
know victory nor defeat.
So, what’s the deal? How do we end
up as “cold and timid souls?” What happens
in those years between third grade
and 30 to rob us of our courage? What
steals our desire to jump up in front of
our peers and be right in the center of
I believe it’s because on the way to
adulthood we all learn the fine of art
of fear. We become self-conscious and
afraid of getting the answer wrong,
dropping the ball or performing poorly.
We watch others blow it and see the
ridicule that is their reward. It’s like
a bunch of prisoners who’ve seen too
many of their friends getting shot trying
to scale the wall in the prison yard.
As we grow older, we learn to keep our
heads down and play it safe.
That’s why I love working with kids.
Kids don’t care what everyone else
thinks. Kids just want to have fun. Kids
just want to act and play and move and
do. Maybe that’s one of the reasons Jesus
said we should have faith like a
child, because a child has the guts to act
on what they believe to be true. Adults
just talk it to death.
Life is not a spectator sport. God did
not make us to sit back and watch others
live. He made us to do the living
The more I read the Bible, the more
I realize it’s a book of action. Jesus said
anyone who hears His words AND
puts them into practice is like a wise
man who builds his house on a rock,
a rock that survives even the strongest
of the storms. The Bible also says that,
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he
ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
I remember the first time I read that
verse thinking, “Are you kidding me?
Following God isn’t just about avoiding
bad stuff? I actually have to do something
The fact is I can I say I believe all
kinds of things about God until I’m blue
in the face, but unless I’m willing to put
it into practice, I’m just another guy in
the stands watching a great game.
Ever notice how much a church looks
like a theater? There are plenty of people
in the audience, with a paid professional
up front under the lights. It’s just
one more place we can sit back, offer
our critique and enjoy the show.
Unless, of course, you’re a kid. Then
you’re next door in children’s ministry,
your hand stretched high in the air, saying,
“Pick me! Pick me! I want to play.”
Who knows? Maybe some of them will
forget to outgrow it. Those, of course,
will be the ones who will change the
world while the rest of us applaud
Jason Byerly is a writer, pastor, husband and
dad who loves the quirky surprises God sends
his way every day. He believes life is much
funnier and way cooler than most of us take
time to notice. You can catch up with Jason on
his blog at www.jasonbyerly.com or follow him
on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jasondbyerly.
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