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Te BEST of Southern Indiana

Summer

DRIVE-INs &

ICE CREAM

not to miss

// MEMORIAL DAY

A MArch to

rEMEMBEr

The Faces of Hope

Henryville

shows its

true colors

in tornado

relief effort

UP, UP &

AWAY

// From semis to flying whiskey bottles

// PLUS: Stephenson’s General Store, Dare to Care, 15th & Oak Outreach


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in THIS issue

May/June 2012

Features

Top 10 Drive-Ins and Ice

Cream Joints • 8

Northside on Oak

10

up, up and AWAY • 18

Exclusive Coverage:

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

Bit of Everything • 32

Snapshots • 17

Chicks in the Kitchen • 36

Regulars

Flashback Photo • 40

Everyday Adventures • 44

SOUTHERN INDIANA

Living

MAY | JUNE 2012

VOL. 5, ISSUE 3

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Southern Indiana has loads of great places to go for good food and great ice cream!

Check out the locations included here. (listed in alphabetical order)

A.J.’s Gyros To Go

(Georgetown)

An amazingly wide selection

of both food (including their

famous gyros) and ice cream

makes A.J.’s “the little place

with the big menu.”

Berry Twist

(Floyds Knobs)

In a beautiful new location,

Berry Twist is still offering the

food, ice cream and sherbert

that has made them a favorite

for over 30 years.

Emery’s Ice Cream

(Corydon)

An old-fashioned ice cream shop

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premium ice cream as well as sodas

and nostalgic candies.

Polly’s Freeze

(Georgetown)

In business since 1952, Polly’s has

an extensive selection of ice cream

and food. Try the homemade

Orange Sherbet twisted with Vanilla!

Chillers Ice Cream

(Sellersburg, Scottsburg,

& Jeffersonville)

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in Southern Indiana with 12

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& cakes and other various ice

cream creations.

Stephenson’s General Store

(Leavenworth)

Step back into time at

Stephenson’s and peruse the

diverse selection of goods,

including preserves and candy

galore. Enjoy an old-fashioned

soda, ice cream or a slice of madefrom-scratch

pie.

Curb-ette Drive-In

(English)

In business for over 50 years,

the Curb-ette is still serving all

kinds of ice cream and classic

drive-in food. Try the Curb-

Burger Basket!

Salem Apothecary

(Salem)

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nearly 25 years. Old fashioned

sodas are a speciality as are

hand-dipped cones, and a variety of

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& Pie Kitchen

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Zesto

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Featuring a wide selection of

premium homemade hand-dip ice

cream products, Zesto has

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May/June 2012 • 8


A.J.’s Gyros To Go

The little place with the big menu!

6 different types of Gyros in 3 sizes,

Handbreaded & Greek Style Pork Tenderloins,

Philly Cheese Steaks, English Style Fish ’n’ Chips

plus much more!

Ice Cream: We’ve got it all!

Shakes, malts, sundaes, flurries, soft-serve (including

Flavor Burst cones) & 10 flavors of hand-scooped

9280 State Rd 64, Georgetown

Like us on Facebook Tel: 812-951-1715

Specializing in

Ice Cream Treats

including Milk

Shakes, Malts,

Cones, Sodas and

floats!

www.salemapothecary.com

Mon-Fri

10 - 6

Sat

9 -12:30

#3 Public Square

Salem, Ind.

South on Hwy 62 less than 1 mile

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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.

May/June 2012 • 10


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

and meal.

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

just abundant.”

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.”

-Ronnie Reinhardt

volunteer leader within the ministry

himself.

“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

Jesus Christ.

“I meet lots of folks who’ve

come to believe they don’t

matter,” Combs says. “They

believe God couldn’t love

them, and when they show

up at a traditional church they feel out

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

tropical setting.

One horrific event that took

place during the battle in the

South Pacific was the Bataan

Death March.

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

army.

“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-

May/June 2012 • 14


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

gesture.”

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.

Happy Memorial Day, from Southern

Indiana Living! •

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up, up &

AWAY

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

child.

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.

May/June 2012 • 18


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

my license.”

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

he loved.

“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

away.”

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

says.

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

Spencer Copas.

Bottom: Copas lands in a

local’s back yard, only after his

crew (usually his wife and son)

secure permission from the

homeowner.

few calls, and we would see

if we liked it, and within a

week we were on the road,”

he says.

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

numerous corporations

in such varied locations as

the Australian Outback, the

Swiss Alps, and the Las Vegas

strip.

Much of his corporate flying

involved special shape

balloons, popular promotional

tools for many large

corporations.

“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

for Brown-Forman,

the Michelin Tire Michelin

Man, a United Van Lines

semi-trailer, and many

other custom-made special

shape balloons.

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

chicken.

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

weeks old.

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,

Inc.

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

equipment.

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

pole. If a pilot can bring his balloon

in close enough to reach

over and grab the keys, he can

win what is often a very substantial

prize.

“It’s essentially the equivalent

of golf’s hole-in-one,” Copas explains,

noting that in many ways

balloon racing is a lot like golf

in that it is very, very difficult

to perfect. But it’s “those times

when you come into a target from

5 miles away and put it right on

the nose that keep you coming

back for more.”

One of the highlights of Jerry’s

balloon racing career came only

a year into his marriage when

he successfully pulled off a “key

grab” at a race in Evansville, winning

a John Deere tractor.

Ballooning has come a long

way since he started, with more

accurate and detailed wind and

weather data making it easier for

pilots to better plan and execute

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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

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.

Anna Morgan

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

Community Center.

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

community center.


HOPE

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.

Boisey Beverly/

Duane Phillips

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 &

Barb Pieper

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

disaster strikes.

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.

Jose Ortega

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

Community Church.

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

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

When spring’s

tornado spawning

storms destroyed

Henryville

Elementary

School and High

School, around

1,200 students

plus their

teachers and

staff were left

without a place

to finish the

school year.

“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

completely unrecognizable.”

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

somewhere else.

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.

May/June 2012 • 28


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.

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

staff.

“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-

students.

“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-

the future.

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

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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

children.

“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

said.

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

Indiana.

“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

weekend.

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

very quickly.

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

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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 Grant

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


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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

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The building’s history has made for

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the new owners discovered a very old

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the basement. Police and fire agencies

responded, evacuating the building,

and eventually a bomb squad was

even called in.

“So we made the news that week

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The small restaurant in the back of

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part of the building the two couples

also operate a coin laundry, the only

one around.

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

their business.

“We want to build on what we

have here…and I think the restaurant

still has a lot of growth,”

Jones says.

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

soon.

“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

might have faded into a distant

memory, but thanks to them, Stephenson’s

General Store has only

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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.

Happy cooking!

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.

Strawberry Pizza

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

to water)

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.

Pictured are Brooke (left) and Julie

Garrison. Photo // Allen Jones

Photography

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Flashback Photo

1889

Men enjoying a day

on the Ohio River

The two steamboats in the background

are the Dunbar and the Tell City, built in Jeffersonville

in 1889 for the

Louisville-Evansville Mail Line.

// Photo reprinted with permission from

the Indiana History Room of the

New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

A gift of Orville Carroll.

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everyday adventures

Spectator Sports

“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

for volunteers.

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

connoisseurs.

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

the action?

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

ourselves.

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

too?”

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

them. •

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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