Beacon News- March 2020


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The proposed fourth port of Indiana

is still in the works and will be located

in Lawrenceburg. While Rome wasn’t

built in a day, the construction of the

port seems to be moving at an even

slower rate. Rest assured, preparations

are moving full steam ahead.

On Jan. 14, Governor Eric Holcomb

delivered his State of the State Address.

While the rest of the world waited

to hear about economic statistics

such as the unemployment rate and

capital investments, southeast Indiana

eagerly listened for news about the

proposed fourth port. The reference

made by the governor was brief.



Indiana’s Fourth Port- Where Are We Now?

Governor Holcomb said, “Now, being

the Crossroads of America means

more than just building roads. That’s

why we’re cleaning up our highways,

having picked up nearly 16 million

pounds of litter last year, blazing the

most trail-friendly state in the nation,

connecting thousands of unserved

homes and businesses to high-speed

internet service, adding more nonstop

flights, transforming northwest Indiana

with two rail projects totaling well

over a billion dollars, finishing our

due diligence on a fourth water port

in Lawrenceburg, and facilitating the

investment of $436 million in 20 communities

to improve local community

water infrastructure, just part of what

cities all over the state are doing to

enhance their water systems.”

Mayor Mollaun, the mayor of Lawrenceburg,

was happy that the fourth

port was mentioned in the Governor’s

State of the State address. “We are

confident that the state will do their

best at ensuring the most environmentally

safe project before any development

or construction occurs,” he said.

In the past, the Ports of Indiana

Commission has extended their contract

to purchase land in Lawrenceburg

Continued on page 3A

Touching Many Lives

The memory of Jesse Smith as

seen through the eyes of his wife.

Page 9A

Library Friends

More than just a lifetime love of

reading! Elise Bostick and Dahlia

Fuson met at the library and have

been best friends ever since. See

what else is going on. Page 7B

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EC wrestler Ben Wolf celebrating

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PO Box 4022

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025

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food baskets.

The Schneider

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from Harrison

to lend a hand-

Xavier (7),

Sharon (mother),


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Randy (17),

Nicholas (13)

Giving Back

Volunteers gathered

from all parts of our

community helped those

in need by volunteering at

the Sunman Food Pantry.

Jane Werner and Nathan Haller

teamed up to fill boxes with food

and supplies.

One Mile Bridge

Moving Forward

The replacement of the bridge on

One Mile Road is gradually moving

forward. The project has been

delayed due to the requirement for

a redesign of the proposed project.

Initially, the goal was to coordinate

the demolition and reconstruction of

the bridge by maintaining one lane of

the current structure to accommodate

traffic during construction. However,

those who were approached about

bidding on the project declined, citing

that utilizing one lane was virtually


According to Dearborn County

Engineer Todd Listerman, the services

of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz,

Inc. have been secured to provide

professional engineering services

required for the specified changes in

the project. Certain alterations were

requested to be made to the design of

the project to make it more attractive

to construction contractors.

New specifications were created for

the project, which includes fabricating

a temporary run-a-round for

traffic. The path will be located to the

south of the current bridge. The plan

is to acquire a temporary right-of-way

from an adjoining property owner

where the runaround will be located.

Upon completion of the bridge, the

elements of the runaround will be

removed, and the rented land will be

returned to its original condition.

The need for the replacement of

small structure 667 was discovered

during the annual county-wide bridge

inspection. Repairs would have been

cost-prohibitive, especially when

Continued on page 3A

Dearborn County Courthouse History Preserved

The Dearborn County Courthouse centers around a

gold leaf dome and cupola.

By Maureen Stenger

In 1803 Dearborn County, named after General Henry

Dearborn, who was the Secretary of War for President

Thomas Jefferson, was organized by Governor William

Henry Harrison. At this same time, Lawrenceburg was established

as the county seat. Surprisingly, what is now Ohio

County was originally part of Dearborn County. In 1810 a

two-story courthouse was built on the public square in the

heart of Lawrenceburg.

The original courthouse was a brick building with a

hipped roof, where all sides slope downward to the walls,

it also consisted of an octagonal cupola. The design mimicked

that of most other public buildings at the time. The

courtroom was located on the first floor, while the judges’

chambers and the jury room were on the floor above.

Unfortunately, in March of 1826, the courthouse burned to

the ground as the result of alleged arson. The fire was so

devastating that property owners had to bring in their deeds

to be re-copied by hand by the recorder.

A second courthouse was built to replace the previous

one. Local architect Jesse Hunt worked with construction

superintendents George H. Dunn and James W. Hunter. In

1828 the building was ready for use. In addition, two separate

brick buildings were built between the rebuilt courthouse

and Mary Street. These housed the county clerk and

recorder. In February of 1832, the Ohio River flooded as a

result of a warm front that quickly melted the snow and

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I recently received a call

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about a photo that was on the

cover of last month’s Beacon.

It seems that a long lost

friend, Wayne Browning, was

pictured in the article about

the Christmas with Friends

event. Mr. Browning was in

Mrs. Altoff’s wedding fiftytwo

years ago! Sadly, the

Altoffs lost touch with Mr.

Browning and were eager to

get back in touch. How neat!

This isn’t the first story

I have heard about people

featured in the Beacon being

long-lost acquaintances and

reunited with friends. Dottie

Schipper was stunned when

a friend she hadn’t seen for

over forty years showed up on

her doorstep. The gentleman

had seen Dottie’s ad for her

shop, Wagonshed Candles,

Wayne Browning, Rising Sun

in Aurora. Ray Leslie had

worked with Mrs. Shipper’s

husband years ago, and then

they lost touch. Today, Mrs.

Shipper, Mr. Leslie, and a mutual

friend, Ms. Hensley, get

together to visit every week.

Very neat. And another

reason why our community is

so great!

I have noticed that so

many of our communities are

intertwined because of lifelong

friendships and family

relationships, especially in St.

Leon. EVERYBODY knows

EVERYBODY! This month’s

volunteers are no exception.

Mention the Hoogs, and

you are sure to see a smile

on other people’s faces. The

Hoogs have lived in St Leon

all of their lives, luckily for

St. Joseph. Yes, there are three

of them- three of the most

amazing, willing volunteers

Marlene Hoog and her

granddaughter Samantha

Hensley during a pilgrimage

to the Holy Land.

Buck and Linda Hoog took

a parish youth mission trip

to West Virginia where they

helped with home repairs

and chaperoning.

you could ever meet. And of

course, they drag their family

into as much as possible to

help the community.

Linda and Buck Hoog currently

reside on State Route

1. At ages seventy-two, they

both keep active with the

church, especially on the

physical facilities committee.

As we all know, keeping

up with an older building is

no small feat. Thanks to the

Hoogs, the challenge is well

in hand for St. Joseph. The

Hoogs can be found, weather

permitting (and sometimes

even when it’s not!), mowing

the grass, and tending to the

grounds of the cemetery. They

are the first to lead the way

when decorating for Christmas,

Lent, and Advent.

Mrs. Hoog is always ready

to handle whatever is needed

for funerals and visitations,

including getting ready for

Mass and preparing meals for

the families. She also takes

it upon herself to clean the

church. Mrs. Hoog retired

from being the secretary at

the Sunman Dearborn Middle

School, and one can only

imagine how she kept that

school running!

Mr. Hoog has a longstanding

reputation of being able

to fix just about anything.

He does odd jobs around the

church, from fixing pipes

to moving things and even

tearing down walls. What he

doesn’t know how to do, he

certainly learns quickly.

Linda and Buck Hoog are in

good company with sister-inlaw

Marlene Hoog. I heard

an exclamation point in the

comment that she does not

mow grass! But she does everything

else. Mrs. Hoog also

coordinates the rentals for the

St. Joseph campus. Not an

easy task when one considers

that the building site is rented

every day. She schedules the

big gym for baseball, basketball,

and softball practices.

She also handles reservations

for showers and parties.

According to Emily Alig,

the office and parish coordinator,

“Marlene, Linda, and

Buck give so much to All

Saints and expect nothing in

return. We are beyond blessed

to have so many dedicated

volunteers at All Saints to

help care for our four campuses.”

Linda and Buck have three

daughters- Bonnie Lobenstein

(St. Leon), Sherri Sterwerf

(West Harrison), and Tammy

Vonderheide (St. Leon). Seven

grandchildren round out

the family as well as many,

many granddogs.

Bonnie describes her parents

as being very dedicated

to both the church and the

St. Leon American Legion.

She shared, “if they aren’t at

home, we know where to find

them- the church, the parish

life center, or the legion!” My

guess is that members of this

large family are the first to

be called by the Hoogs when

volunteers are needed for

events and special occasions.

Thank you, Linda, Buck,

and Marlene Hoog, for setting

the example of the types of

volunteers to which we should

all aspire. Your efforts make

an incredible difference in

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Last month’s item was

a kitchen match holder.

Loraine Rumsey, Aurora,

submitted, “The item

pictured in the February

Beacon looks like a holder

for wood matches. Of

course, I would probably

fill it with life savers, paperclips, or candy kisses.”

Carol Morton, Brookville, said that the item could

be used as a wall-mount letter holder/

organizer. Karen Getz, Franklin County,

Robert Sommer, Bear Branch, and Larry

J. Meister, Lawrenceburg, also identified

the item correctly.

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One Mile Bridge Replacement

Specifications Being Redesigned

Continued from page 1A

weighed against their potential


The cost of the project is to

be taken out of the county’s

cumulative bridge fund,

which is funded by a .3 1 /3

% bridge tax. For example,

every $100 of property tax

that is paid, $.333 goes into

the cumulative bridge fund.

While the tax rate is capped

at 10%, the tax has not been

raised in Dearborn County

since the early 1980s. In the

past, additional funds for

bridge projects have come

from riverboat gaming monies.

“Part of the need for

upgrading small structures

throughout the county is

doing so with the limited

funds we have.’” shared Todd

Listerman, Dearborn County


Construction of the new

One Mile bridge is slated to

take place during the summer

of 2020.

Dearborn County is home

to twenty-four bridges and

small structures. Currently,

six, and perhaps a seventh,

are slated for replacement. In

the 2019 budget, the cumulative

bridge fund amount is

$750,000. Funding for larger

projects may be pursued

through federal and state

funding. For example the

bridge on North Hogan Road

is funded through federal

dollars as an 80/20 match.

The county will be required

to fund twenty percent of the

project. Funding opportunities

such as this significantly

reduce the strain on counties

where reconstruction is


Another program that has

a significant impact on the

taxpayers’ responsibility for

road construction costs is

the Community Crossings

Matching Grant Program.

Started in 2016, it provides

funding to cities, towns, and

counties throughout Indiana

to allow them to make

improvements to local roads

and bridges. The investment

by the State, counties, and

local governments fosters an

investment in infrastructure.

The result is greater opportunities

for economic development,

which leads to more

employment opportunities

while strengthening the local


The Stateline Road project

located at the intersection

of Georgetown Road is also

moving forward. It is set

to be re-let for bid in early

March. Concerning the moving

of utilities for the project,

the water line has been

relocated. Both power lines

and gas lines are slated to

be relocated in early March.

Every effort will be made to

keep traffic running smoothly

during the reconstruction of

the area around the intersection.

State of the Port- Where Are We Now?

Continued from page 1A

for the 725-acre site. The

caveat is that it must meet the

state’s environmental viability

process for the purchase

to move forward. Currently,

the land is owned by Tanners

Creek Development, LLC.,

a private entity based out of

St. Louis, MO. Late last year,

the Indiana Department of

Environmental Management

(IDEM) sent a request for

further information to Tanners

Creek Development citing

deficiencies identified in a

site investigation work plan

(SIWP). The SIWP described

the methods to control or minimize

contaminant releases to

groundwater from the main

ash pond.

According to IDEM, the additional

information provided

by Tanners Creek Development

about the SIWP was

sufficient for approval. Tanners

Creek Development can

now move forward with the

implementation of the SIWP.

The company can also move

forward with the groundwater

monitoring plan that was approved

on Aug. 27, 2019.

Upon completion of the

SIWP, Tanners Creek Development

will be able to proceed

with the development of

a site conceptual model. The

company will be required to

submit a closure plan for the

main ash pond that includes

information collected through

the groundwater monitoring

plan, the site conceptual

model, and the SIWP.

In other words, the project

is moving forward.

Staying on top of the development

of a potential fourth

port is the Southeast Indiana

Regional Port Authority

(SIRPA). The organization is

comprised of four representatives

from the City of Lawrenceburg,

four representatives

from the City of Aurora,

and one representative from

Dearborn County. SIRPA was

created under Indiana Code

8-10-5 and has complete

authority independent of any

political entity.

SIRPA is currently considering

several economic opportunities

and projects related

to the development of the

port. According to Dearborn

County’s website, the entity

can legally do the following:

• Purchase, construct, sell,

lease, and operate docks,

wharves, warehouses, piers,

and any other port, terminal,

or transportation facilities

within its jurisdiction consistent

with the purposes of

the port authority and make

charges for the use thereof.

• Straighten, deepen, and

improve any canal, channel,

river, stream, or other water

course or way which may be

necessary or proper in the

development of the facilities

of such port.

• Establish dock lines, piers,

and other facilities necessary

to the conduct of pleasure

boating within the territory

under the jurisdiction of the

port authority.




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Aurora Mayor Mark Drury

is a member of SIRPA. “I’m

always in favor of regional

economic development. Anything

in which we can engage

to promote employment and

positive opportunities for our

citizens, we should pursue.

But, as with any growth, we

must exercise due diligence in

evaluating the overall impact

of those opportunities to ensure

positive results. The spinoff

possibilities from the port

are far-reaching encompassing

peripheral industries and services

such as housing, retail,

health, and human services,

etc. Controlled growth is

within the grasp of our region

and state as we truly become

‘The Crossroads of America.’”

The strategic plan compiled

by One Dearborn is proving to

be an invaluable tool in preparation

for the proposed port.

The plan focuses on the quality

of life in Dearborn County,

including housing, potential

workforce, current businesses,

and attracting new businesses.

The implementation of the

strategic plan is of great interest

to the SIRPA concerning

the development of infrastructure

and other items that may

need to be addressed.

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Courthouse Houses More Than County Administration

Continued from page 1A

brought continuous rain. The

flooding waters broke the levee

and caused major destruction.

The crest of the flood

in Cincinnati came on Feb.

18, rising to just a little over

sixty-four feet. One exaggerated

report at the time stated

that the cupola of the Dearborn

County Courthouse was

the only visible part above the

waters. No matter what the

truth may be, the floodwaters

caused a great deal of strife

and wreaked havoc in the


The county seat was moved

to the village of Wilmington,

now an unincorporated

community in Hogan Township,

from 1836 to 1843. A

courthouse was built there. At

the same time, the governor

of Indiana signed an act that

the part of Dearborn County

south of Laughery Creek was

to be divided to form Ohio


In 1843 the county seat was

moved back to Lawrenceburg.

The courthouse was reverted

to the one built in the 1820s.

As the population in Dearborn

County grew, the wildness of

the frontier had begun to die

down, and wealth was being

accumulated in the area. The

county commissioners wanted

a new courthouse to reflect

the progression.

The commissioners decided

to build the new courthouse,

whose design mirrored the

Floyd County courthouse

located in New Albany,

Indiana. George H. Kyle,

who had lived in Vevay since

1840, was hired as the architect

to carry out the task.

Mr. Kyle was very talented

and had earned an excellent

reputation. On June 15, 1870,

his plans for the new courthouse

were approved, and the

The original finish had deteriorated

beyond repair and

had to be carefully removed.

project began. The pearl gray

limestone used to construct

the courthouse was quarried at

Elliotsville in Monroe County,

Indiana. Francis Raman of Indianapolis

had the contract for

stone cutting, and T.J. Shannor

of Lawrenceburg was the

general contractor.

The ceremonial laying

of the cornerstone for the

new courthouse took place

on April 13, 1871, and was

attended by thousands of

people. Some cornerstones

include time capsules, and

this courthouse was no different.

Items placed in the time

capsule included documents

about the histories of the

Masons, Druids, Good Templars

(a fraternal organization

against the use of alcohol and

drugs), and other articles from

area religious societies. Old

coins from the Revolution,

stamps, and newspapers were

also included in the capsule.

The three-story Greek

revival style courthouse was

completed in 1873 at the final

cost of one hundred thirtyfive

thousand seven hundred

seventy-five dollars. The

towering building included

city offices and a public opera

house. The second floor was

A detail of the original egg

and dart molding on the

courtroom furniture.

One of the pieces midway

through the restoration


home to a large courtroom

measuring roughly seventy

feet long by fifty feet wide.

On a rainy January morning,

Circuit Court Judge

James Humphrey was kind

enough to take time out of

his busy schedule to give me

a tour of the beautiful courthouse.

The circuit court is

the last actual circuit court in

the state of Indiana. When I

walked into the older part of

the Dearborn County Courthouse,

I felt as if I had truly

stepped back in time. The

sweeping courtroom is a sight

to behold. The high ceilings

and stained glass windows

garner your attention. The

large chandelier in the center

The historic Dearborn County Courthouse was completed in


The judge’s bench after expert repair and restoration.

of the courtroom is the only

original one left. Of course,

in the 1870s when the courthouse

was built, everything

was lit with gas since electricity

was not available. An old

box with a door is located in

the circuit courtroom wall.

Once opened, a valve is revealed

that lit the gas lights in

the room.

The original ceiling in the

courthouse was an ornate

plaster ceiling painted to replicate

the sky with clouds and

stars. It had arches, plaster

cherubs, and two medallions

from which the giant brass

chandeliers were hung. According

to history, during a

trial, one of the cherubs fell

from the ceiling landing on a


In 1902 Judge George E.

Downey had the courtroom

divided in half. He had the

plaster ceiling covered with

the pressed tin ceiling that is

visible in the courtroom today.

Continued on page 5A

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Community History Preserved for Future Generations

The Circuit Courtroom is filled with historic elements such

as the original stained glass windows.

Hidden above the courtroom is the original mural of stars

and clouds centered around a gold leaf medallion.

An antique safe once held

courthouse documents.

Continued from page 4A

Luckily for me, Judge Humphrey

was willing to take me

on a field trip up to the third

floor of the courtroom in the

attic, where I got to see the

original ceiling! Even through

the cobwebs and rafters, I

could see what a beauty she

had once been.

Another interesting tidbit

about the courthouse is that

during renovations, the insulation

was found to be made

up of dirt, gravel, and horsehair

in the floors! Some of

Photos by Maureen Stenger

the original black and white

marble flooring remains on

the second floor. If you look

at it carefully, the remnants

of shells are visible where it

was originally cut, reflecting

the time period in which they

were formed.

Another neat feature to

the courthouse is the flood

markers that are displayed

outside of the courthouse. A

brass plaque can be found on

the second floor that serves

as a reminder of how high

floodwaters rose in the flood

of 1937.

A marking is etched on one

of the columns at the front of

the courthouse showing how

high the water came up in the

1887 flood.

The renovation and maintenance

of old buildings and all

of their adornments take time

and expertise. Terry Stephens,

a professional woodworker

and resident of Guilford, is involved

in various woodworking

projects at the courthouse.

Artwork such as this portrait

of President Abraham

Lincoln adorn the walls

throughout the courthouse.

Mr. Stephens



by Judge


to examine

a piece of


that had a

crack in it.

Plaster detail That one

piece grew

into a long list of restoration

projects and new designs.

Although he is now retired,

Mr. Stephens was more than

willing to help. The piece

of furniture that started it all

was the bailiff’s desk that

had a 3/8” crack across the

front of it. Mr. Stephens told

Judge Humphrey, “Give me

the worst piece he had, the

bailiff’s desk, and I would

repair/refinish it. Then if

he was satisfied, we would

talk about the other pieces.”



And the rest, as they say, is

history. In addition to the

bailiff’s desk, Mr. Stephens

has repaired and restored the

judge’s bench, a desk, and

both of the attorney’s tables.

He shared that the furniture

is all quartered red oak. Mr.

Stephens said, “The work

consisted of stripping the

original badly-checked finish,

repairing cracks, fabricating

missing pieces, and recreating

some carving to match the existing

carving.” Mr. Stephens

is in the process of building

a ten-foot-high by fourteenfoot-wide

quartered oak

bookcase resembling the other

courthouse furniture. This

new bookcase will become

the home for a collection of

the original leather-bound law

books. Mr. Stephens explains

he has, “Enjoyed working

on these historical pieces of

furniture and helping out the

county.” Judge Humphrey

raved to me about his incredible

craftsmanship! I know the

county is incredibly grateful

for Mr. Stephens’ excellent


Although the hands of time

keep turning and the winds of

change keep blowing, a true

effort has been made to keep

the Dearborn County Courthouse

and its furnishings in

pristine condition. Old glass

in the circuit courtroom had

to be swapped out for safety

glass, but Judge Humphrey is

planning to have the old glass

framed and displayed. In addition

to upholding the law, the

courthouse was once used as a

venue to host political rallies,

graduation ceremonies, and

other public events. A concerted

effort is being made to

pay homage to its history. We

are fortunate to not only have

such a magnificent timepiece

in our community but also

to have such devoted people

dedicated to preserving its


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Sams Named

Civista Regional

Market Executive

Civista Bank has named

Mark J. Sams as Senior

Vice President, Regional

Market Executive for the

bank’s Southeastern Indiana

and Greater Cincinnati

region. Mr. Sams is based

at the bank’s Lawrenceburg

branch. He succeeds former

Market Executive, Mike M.

McLaughlin, who recently

retired after thirty-six years of


Mr. Sams joined Civista in

2014, after being recruited

by current board members,

E.G. McLaughlin and Bill

Ritzman. He has over twenty

years of community banking

and commercial lending

experience. Mr. Sams earned

his bachelor’s degree in

business administration from

the University of Illinois

and is an alumni of the

Graduate School of Banking

in Madison, Wisconsin. Mark

Sams is a Board Member

Mark Sams, Senior Vice

President, Regional Market

Executive for Civista Bank.

of the Civista Charitable

Foundation, a Board Member

and Treasurer of the Sacred

Heart Boosters Club, and a

Board Member and Treasurer

of Dearborn County’s

economic development group,

One Dearborn.

“Mark Sams is an effective

leader who is dedicated

to delivering exceptional

customer service to our

communities,” said Civista

Bank CEO and President,

Dennis G. Shaffer. “He will

continue to lead Civista’s

commercial lending team in

the region, while working

closely with regional sales

leaders – Bridget Davidson,

Assistant Vice President,

Retail Market Leader; Jim

Kittle, Senior Vice President,

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Mortgage Lending; Tom

Palmer, Vice President,

Financial Consultant;

and Amanda Corsmeier,

Community Relations

Coordinator,” added Mr.


Auxiliary Contributes

To Highpoint Health

The Auxiliary of Highpoint

Health has contributed more

than $2.19 million to the

hospital since its founding

in 1958. Its most recent

donation of $14,000 was

made at the organization’s

recognition luncheon. It

served as the final payment

on the GE SenoClaire

3D (three-dimensional)

Mammography Unit used

in the hospital’s Breast Care


Each year, the hospital

hosts a luncheon at the

Dearborn Country Club for

the Auxiliary to thank their

volunteers for their service.

Auxilians are recognized for

their volunteer hours with

service pins and/or guards

and a gift from the hospital.

“It’s truly a blessing to

have the Auxiliary as part of

our hospital family,” stated

Michael W. Schwebler,

Highpoint Health President/

CEO. “Thank you for your

many hours of service and

dedication to our hospital.

Your welcoming smiles and

the care and concern you

show for our patients and

their families help to make

for a more comfortable and

pleasing patient experience.”

At the event, the Auxiliary

held its annual election of

officers. Re-elected to their

current offices were Second

Vice President, Paul Filter;

Recording Secretary, Marge

Waldon; and Treasurer,

Marilyn Courtney. Fulfilling

Jacquie Ritzmann, Highpoint Health Birthing Center

Manager; Angela Scudder, Highpoint Health Chief Nursing

Officer; Tracy Lee; Dr. Natalie Adams ; Dr. Stephan Kraeling.

Jacqueline Pitts (seated) and Rylie Lee.

Highpoint Health Welcomes First

Baby of New Decade

The Highpoint Health Birthing Center welcomed its first

baby of the new decade, Rylie Renee Lee. Delivered by

Highpoint Health Physician Partners Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Dr. Natalie Adams on January 5, at 1:34 a.m., Rylie weighed 6

pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches in length.

Rylie is the daughter of Jacqueline Pitts and Tracy Lee.

As the first baby born at Highpoint Health in 2020, Rylie

was presented a certificate for a $500 savings account at

the Dearborn County Federal Credit Union, courtesy of the


their current terms of service

are Sylvia Plashko, President;

Marita Cizek, First Vice

President; and Sharyn

Makrancy, Corresponding


Entertainment was provided

by two well-known local

musicians, pianist Mark A.

Tanner of Greendale and

flautist Hollie Hosier of

Milan. The duo performed

both classical and Broadway


Individuals recognized for

their service at the luncheon


500 hours: Colleen

Aug, Daniel Aug, Mildred

Gensheimer, Mary Kephart,

Janet Petty and Barbara


1,000 hours: LaVerne

Bryant, Claudia Richardt,

Winifred Roland and John


2,000 hours: Barry Hussung

3,000 hours: Etta Bostwick,

Evelyn Click, Stella Dobson,

Walter Shroyer and Paul


4,000 hours: Janice Metcalf

7,000 hours: Jean Benning

8,000 hours: Marita Cizek

and Marilyn Courtney

11,000 hours: Marge Waldon

12,000 hours: Wilma


14,000 hours: Sylvia


18,000 hours: Ruth Wilson

Life Members: Bruce

Plashko, Dean Tuggle, Wilma

Wittrock and Jerrie Wuest

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Planning Ahead- The Greatest Gift

Only the good die young, to

quote singer Billy Joel. And

since thirty is the new twenty...

Or is it fifty is the new

thirty? No, it’s seventy is the

new fifty... You get the picture.

Planning ahead requires

overcoming the art of procrastination,

and planning your

estate often falls into that category.

As Paul Elliott, the son

of Nelson Elliott, said at his

father’s funeral, “The greatest

gift my father ever gave

me came on Christmas Day.

He handed me a box and said,

‘These are all of the instructions

for when I die.’” At the

time, Paul thought the “gift”

was a little odd, but that was

par for Nelson. Years later,

Paul was incredibly grateful

for his father’s foresight and


Let’s face it- we are all going

to pass on to our eternal

reward. Why not give some

thought to pre-planning the

details to ease the burden on

your friends and family?

A few steps in the right direction

and the help of qualified

professionals can make

the process much easier.

The first item of business

is to see an attorney concerning

your legal paperwork. For

most, this step has already

been completed. Documents

imperative to proper planning

include a will, a durable power

of attorney, and a medical

power of attorney.

A last will and testament,

or will, acts as an instruction

sheet for how your estate

should be handled. A will is

especially critical if you have

minor children who are dependent

upon you. The assignment

of an executor is part of

creating your will. An executor

must be at least eighteen

years old and of sound mind.

Indiana has an additional requirement

that, if the executor

is a non-resident, an in-state

co-executor must be appointed.

The non-resident executor

may be required to post a

bond. A non-resident can serve

alone as executor if he or she

posts a bond and files a written

notice accepting the appointment

and naming an in-state

agent to receive legal papers.

(Ind. Code Ann. § 29-1-10-1.)

In other words, your best

bet is to consult a lawyer.

Responsibilities of an executor


• locating documents pertaining

to your estate

• hiring an attorney if necessary

• applying for probate

• notifying interested parties

• manage the deceased’s


• paying claims and debts and


• filing tax returns

• distribute assets to beneficiaries

• keep accurate records

• file a final accounting with

the court

Should you not have a will

at the time of your death, the

state will assume the responsibility

and “provide” a will for

you based upon state law.

Another item to be considered

for pre-planning is a

durable financial power of attorney.

This document assigns

a person to manage your financial

affairs should you become

incapacitated. It stays in effect

until such time that you regain

your ability to care for yourself

or until you pass away.

A healthcare power of attorney

designates a person to

make medical decisions for

you when you are unable to

make decisions for yourself.

Handling your financial

accounts may be as simple as

making beneficiary designations

on the accounts. These

designations can be assigned

on life insurance policies,

investment accounts, bank

accounts, etc.

If you have minor children,

consider guardianship designations

for them. Establishing

trusts and detailed instructions

concerning insurance, etc.

may be necessary.

“The benefit of pre-planning

is knowing what is wanted

ahead of time rather than

during a stressful time,” said

Melissa Scholl, Esq.

As far as the details of a

service, a vast array of options

are available. However, one

fact is indisputable. By law, a

licensed funeral director must

oversee the final disposition

of a body in Indiana. Which

means there is no opportunity

to prop Grandpa up in the

passenger seat of your convertible

and take one last spin

as he requested. A licensed

Aurora Not-for-Profit Grants Available

Grant applications are now

being accepted for projects of

not-for-profit organizations

that will directly benefit Aurora

residents. An advisory committee

consisting of the members

of the Aurora City Council will

work with the Dearborn Community


Entities that provide services

for the City of Aurora

are also eligible to apply.

Examples of the types of services

include: EMS, historic

preservation, housing, technical

assistance, transportation

and youth services.

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Bill Ullrich, Grand Knight of the Aurora Knights of

Columbus Council 2111, and Paul Herberling, Knights

of Columbus Council 1231 presented checks to Amy

Phillips, YES Home Executive Director, to assist with

the cost of new entry doors.

Knights of Columbus

Step Up to Help the YES Home

During a recent wind storm, the doors of the YES Home

shook so badly that the frame was pulled from the opening

and the glass blew in. Thanks to the generosity of the The

Aurora Knights of Columbus Council 2111 and Lawrenceburg

Knights of Columbus Council 1231, new doors are being


Mr. Ullrich shared, “I’m just glad we had the resources to

take care of a real need for a very deserving group of caring

people that do so much for children and familiies in need.”

The YES Home is a residential group home that provides

a structured, nurturing environment for children ages twelve

to twenty. Their efforts promote connections with youth, their

families, and the community.

For more information on the YES Home and how to help,

visit their website

funeral director is needed to

file a death certificate and

obtain the necessary permits

for transporting the body, and

for burial or cremation.

Any pre-planning that has

been made comes into play

at this point. To begin the

process, those interested in

pre-planning a funeral should

meet with a Pre-Planning consultant.

Most funeral homes

such as Andres Wuestefeld

Funeral Home, Brater-Winter

Funeral Home, Jackman

Hensley Funeral Home, and

Fitch-Denney Funeral Home

can assist you in this area.

When pre-planning, some

considerations need to be

taken into account. For

example, where one keeps

pertinent information and

legal documents is vital to

ensure that one’s wishes are

carried out. The funeral home

should only collect information

needed to plan ahead.

If a person chooses to prepay,

the insurance company

would need a social security

number and date of birth. All

personal information required

by a funeral home should be

stored in a secured location to

prevent identity theft.

Planning ahead does not

mean that costs must be prepaid.

In fact, planning ahead

should not be associated with

any price. According to Jolene

Winter, Brater-Winter Funeral

Home, “Planning ahead

shouldn’t cost you money.

The funeral home should

give you a cost estimate. This

allows you to think over the

options and make sure you

understand the costs. If you

have questions, speak up.”

If you choose to prepay

funeral expenses, be sure to

make the payment to an insurance

company or trust company,

not a funeral home. This

process protects you in case a

funeral home ever goes out of


Almost all funeral homes

guarantee services and merchandise.

Be sure that guarantees

of services and merchandise

are clear. Cemetery

costs, announcements, etc. are

usually not guaranteed.

Pre-planning does not

automatically ensure that your

wishes will be met. In Indiana,

a Funeral Planning Declaration

must be in place. Ohio

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Death is something that

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so planning ahead makes

sense. The most important

consideration when choosing

a funeral home and director is

to be sure that you don’t feel

pressured to make a decision.

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Mardi Gras Celebration Brings Communities Together for a Good Cause

The Children’s Advocacy

Center of Southeastern

Indiana (CACSEI) is once

again hosting Mardi Gras on

Feb. 29. This annual fundraiser

supports efforts to help

abused, neglected and maltreated


The CAC helps children

become kids again by helping

them begin the healing

process. It is a child-friendly

nonprofit corporation created

to minimize the trauma

suffered by victims of child

abuse. The CAC is designed

with a multidisciplinary team

approach which facilitates the

prevention, detection, investigation

and treatment of child


“We help over 500 kids and

their families every year after

an allegation of abuse. All

of the proceeds from Mardi

Gras benefit CACSEI and

help fund our three regional

locations throughout the year.

We use this money to cover

education and community

outreach programs, provide

forensic interviews and further

our mission of helping

children heal after an allegation

of abuse,” said CACSEI

Executive Director Stephanie


The Mardi Gras event

includes a King and Queen

contest with candidates representing

each county the CAC

serves. The King and Queen

couple who raises the most

money by 11 p.m. the night of

the event will be crowned the

King and Queen of the Mardi

Gras Ball, 2020! Every dollar

counts as one vote.

And Mardi Gras wouldn’t

be complete without king


“For all of us at Mardi

Gras, it’ll be a fun night

with great memories. However,

the money that comes

from it serves a much higher

purpose for children and

families who have a very

different set of memories

after trauma,” says CACSEI

Development Coordinator

Shannon Perry.

Representing Dearborn

County are Kevin Alan Ruwe

Turner and Marisa Dawn

Selmeyer Turner. They are

lifelong residents of Dearborn

County. Both went to

South Dearborn High School,

Marisa in the Class of 1995

and Kevin the Class of 1996.

They have two children:

Katelyn and Molly.

Marisa was raised in

Dillsboro by her parents

Don and Ora Selmeyer. Her

brother Justin also stayed in

Dearborn County where he is

the choir director and director

of the Opening Knights

Show Choir at South Dearborn.

Marisa earned a degree

in chemistry from Xavier

University and a doctorate in

pharmacy from Ohio State

University. Marisa leads

the Dillsboro Girl Scout

Troop, is a member of the

Dillsboro Redevelopment

Committee, and volunteers

with Bible School. She has

previously been Sunday

School Superintendent at the

family’s church. For fun she

tap dances and performs in


Kevin was raised in Aurora

by Randy Turner and Susan

(nee Bentle) Bowling.

In high school he served

on Student Government all

four years, being elected

Student Body President his

senior year. He worked for

Aurora Police as a dispatcher

and reserve police officer.

In 2000 he was hired as a

full time police officer for

Greendale Police, where he

currently works as the Patrol

Sergeant, an investigator,

and a training officer. Kevin

also volunteered as a fire

fighter and fire investigator

for the Aurora Fire Department.

He rejoined the fire

service with Dillsboro Fire,

where he is a Lieutenant and

fire investigator. Kevin is a

first-term Dearborn County

Councilman for District 3.

He previously volunteered

with Aurora Emergency

Rescue Unit as a driver then

EMT. Kevin enjoys coaching

youth sports and recently

obtained certification by the

Indiana High School Athletic

Association as a referee in

football, basketball, and soccer.

In his spare time, Kevin

enjoys playing drums, guitar,

and bass guitar. He also

enjoys reading (still mostly

history), and spending time

with his family including

brothers Wilson, Jake, Oren,

his Uncle Steven and Dad.

Ryan and Rachel Holcomb

of Batesville are representing

Ripley County. Ryan is

a 1997 graduate of South Ripley

High School and a 2003

graduate from Purdue University.

He is currently working

as a Financial Advisor with

Edward Jones in Versailles.

Ryan is also involved with the

Versailles Lions Club, Batesville

Community Education

Foundation, and South Ripley

FFA. Rachel is a 2000 graduate

from Batesville High

School, 2004 graduate from

Purdue University School

of Nursing, and earned her

Kevin and Marisa Turner

are representing Dearborn


Masters of Nursing as a Family

Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

from University of Indianapolis

in 2009. Rachel is working

as a FNP in Family practice,

involved in Mom2Mom in

Batesville and is a health and

wellness coach as well. Ryan

and Rachel have 2 daughters,

Paige and London and they

enjoy going camping and

traveling as a family.

Brian and Courtney Monahan

are your Ohio County

CAC Mardi Gras King and

Queen candidates for 2020.

Brian is a graduate of Rising

Sun High School. After Brian

graduated High School, he

started his career in public

safety. He has held positions

as a Deputy for the Ohio

County Sheriff’s Office, Jail

Officer and Jail Administrator

with the Dearborn County

Sheriff’s Office, and Reserve

Police Officer with the Aurora

Police Department. Brian is

currently employed with the

Ohio County 911 Communications

Center. He also works

for Ohio County Rescue as an

ambulance driver. Courtney is

a graduate of South Dearborn

High School and grew up in

Dillsboro. Courtney attended

Ryan and Rachel Holcomb

represent Ripley County.

Brian and Courtney Monahan

are representing Ohio


Cincinnati State where she

played on the golf team.

Courtney later graduated

from The Medical Institute

of Kentucky as a Nationally

Certified Medical Assistant.

Brian and Courtney are active

donors with the Children’s

Advocacy Center and have

attended the Mardi Gras Ball

the last three years. Brian and

Courtney have a beautiful,

1 year old daughter, Kinley

Aleece. They enjoy golfing,

traveling, and spending time

with their family and friends.

To learn more or make an

individual donation, visit

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

March 2020 THE BEACON Page 9A

Our community recently

said goodbye to

Bright resident Jesse

Smith. While we are

saddened by the loss of

such a great friend and

neighbor, we know that

his faith led him to his

eternal reward. To honor

Mr. Smith’s memory, we

have chosen an article

penned by his wife and

longtime Beacon correspondent,

Jeannie Smith.

Written over four years

ago, Mrs. Smith shared a

lifetime of memories and

laughter that she and

her husband shared. Her

words reflect the spirit

and joy that Mr. Smith

shared with us all.

And They Said

It Wouldn't Last

This past April, Jesse and I

celebrated our 69th wedding

anniversary! In some ways it

seems like it hasn't been that

long ago, but at the same time

I feel like we have always

been married - and I mean that

in a good way. In celebration

of our anniversary, I thought

I'd reminisce about Jesse and

I getting married and share a

little insight to how we started.

On April 18, 1947, Jesse

and I walked down the aisle

of Bright Christian Church to

exchange our vows. We were

only 19 years old and had

no idea what we were doing.

Jesse's uncles, Walter and For-

Half the nap had been eaten George Bentle. It is still there


In the by mice. She beat it on the hat's today. It's the little white


clothesline to get the dust Happening house Inthat sets next to Casey's Happening In


out of it and this became LOGAN our Nursery on Stateline Road. Milan


bedroom rug. It looked just We really thought we had

fine to me.

By moved up. It had an upstairs


We had a five-foot Crosley Myrtle and a cellar, but we still had



Shelvadore refrigerator that White an outside bathroom. We were


Jeanie we bought from Mike and 25 years old when we lived

(Hurley) Margaret Renck. The house Community there and 30 years later our




Smith was heated with a wood stove daughter Cyndi moved into

in the kitchen - a red Heatrola that same house when she was

that we bought

from Aunt 25! I couldn't believe it.

Bernice and Uncle Joe Jackson.

Each room Whad a door our little house on Salt Fork

Then in 1955 we built

est Kidwell, did everything


they could to persuade Jesse that went from one room to Road - now Jackson Ridge. I



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not to marry me. They were the other. Over each door was Happening thought In we were the luckiest

Wsure it wouldn't last. They said a transom. A transom was a couple on earth. We already MOORES HILL



I was irresponsible, Happening haphazard,

and didn't have a brain in you could close the doors and moved in and shortly after,


In small window that opened so had Scott and Mark when we



my head! They were probably the heat would still circulate we had Cyndi. It was a three




right on all three counts, but throughout the house. bedroom Schmits ranch with an inside

thank goodness Jesse didn't By We fastened orange crates bathroom, cistern water, and Jeanie and Jesse Community in their "early


listen to them.

together to make a "wash an Community unfinished basement with years." Correspondent

Filter &

We moved into a little fourroom

house in Bright, that Louwas

on top and then made a skirt "stoop" on the front of the We don't have a secret for a

stand." We tacked oil cloth a



coal furnace. It had a little

located next to where Prime from feed sacks to hide the house and a back porch. I


successful marriage. We are

Time Pizza is today. We had no bottom. We sat our wash pan, thought we had everything we as different as night and day!





so I would go soap, and bucket of water could ever want.

We have plenty of arguments,


to the well across the street, in with a dipper in it, on the top. This is where Jesse and I but sometimes hat's


we just agree

Happening In

front of Renck's Store, and carry

buckets of water back to our is where I kept my towels, MANCHESTER

We raised our kids here and is the most GREENDALE

important part of

On the shelves underneath Happening have spent Inthe last 61 years. to disagree. Making sure God


house. If we wanted hat's hot Happening water, wash cloths and extra soap, welcomed so many others our life, makes all the difference.

As we've gotten By older

In the

it was heated on the kitchen tucked behind the skirt. We over the years to stay with

stove. WhitewaterTw


Our bathroom was outside

and p there Franklin was a little path anything we could think of. We Poth welcomed grandchildren, Christians, which makes our

used those orange crates for us whenever the need arose. we've become even Shirley




that led to the "privy." We paid When you don't have much, great grandchildren, and relationship stronger. Community They go

$25 a month for rent and By Jesse you get very creative. Growing

up during the Depression survived Correspondent

great-great Community grandchildren. We hand-in-hand. Correspondent


made 75 cents per hour working

at Miami Fort power plant. made you perfectly happy and grieved over the deaths out Jesse. One day without


sicknesses, tragedies I can't imagine my life with-

Our house was mainly furnished

with hand-me-downs. Community After spending about four all, we stayed devoted to each many. I pray that when the

with whatever you had. of loved ones. But through it

him would be one day too

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Dear Marie,

My mom is going to have

major surgery and will need

help and care during her recovery.

My mom works full time

and lives alone.

I am very concerned about

my mom and want to be there

to help. When I discuss this

with her, she replied, “No, you

are already busy with your

life, with your kids and your

job, it’s too much to ask.”

Marie, my feelings are hurt.

I think my mom believes that

I’m incapable of helping her

and doesn’t want me around.

What can I do?

Jane in Greendale




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your mom does not want to

be thought of as a burden to

anyone and believes she can

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I recommend open and honest

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you and your mother, and

I know that can be hard to

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where you both can determine

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By Linda Hutchinson

Very few folks who have

lived in the Bright area for

any length of time have not

personally met or heard of the

name Jesse Smith. Mr. Smith

passed away on January 17,

2020, at the age of ninetyone

and received his eternal

reward. As I looked around

the room at his funeral held

at the church where Jesse had

worshipped for over eightytwo

years, I couldn’t help but

think about the legacy he left

behind. A massive crowd of

family and friends came to

celebrate a life well-lived.

Jesse Smith understood this

counter-cultural way of living

that I want to propose to you

today. In God’s eyes, he was a

very rich man!

Let’s face it, so many things

in life compete for your time,

attention, and resources. In

this 24/7 digital age, you can

be quickly overwhelmed and

bombarded from all sides. If

your phone vibrates in your

pocket day and night to the

constant feed of fake news on

social media, filtering out the

good from the bad becomes

harder and harder. For many,

all these things become just

“noise.” Every week we see

individuals, couples, and

families in our office that are

having a hard time discerning

what is worth their time

and attention and what is not.

Many folks become overwhelmed,

shut down, and

even turn on each other due to

the stress. So, where do YOU

spend your valuable resources?

Could I suggest it is NOT

on Facebook or your 401K?

The world today says financial

investments are the most

important ones you can make,

but the reality is they are the

least. What is the “best bang

for your buck” when it comes

to your time, energy, and

resources if it’s not money?

The Greatest Investment You Could Ever Make

It’s relationships! Jesse Smith

would say it’s first a relationship

with Jesus Christ, who

died for you, followed by a

close second, your spouse.

Jesse and his wife Jeanie had

been married seventy-two

years. He understood he was a

rich man!

In today’s digital world, we

have lost the investment of

human connection. Families

are disconnecting, marriages

are crumbling, friendships

are starving, and our mental

health is suffering. Suicide is

now the second leading cause

of death for those between the

age of ten and twenty-four.

Why? This time should be the

prime of their life. Research

shows that, in an age where

we seem so “connected,” we

are feeling more disconnected

and isolated than ever.

How can we change this?

What can we do TODAY to

help build a healthier tomorrow

for our families? Our

community? Our world?

Some simple things we all can

do that don’t require a lot of

money or any special talents


1. LOOK UP. Turn off your

phone in the waiting room or

in line and look around you.

Who is sitting alone? Who

looks like they could use a

smile or a kind word? Reaching

out doesn’t take much

time, and it could make a

massive difference in someone’s

life. You never know

what they are going through

and how your kind word

could make a difference.

Often someone in your own

home is craving face-to-face

connection with you. Maybe

your son who wants you

to put down the phone and

shoot hoops with him. Maybe

your mom would love for

you to take the earbuds out

of your ears and ask about

her day. Look up and look


2. SLOW DOWN. When

is the last time you stepped

away from your desk and

went to lunch with your coworkers?

How about the last

time you called an old friend

and checked on him or her?

Could you slow down long

enough to open the door for

someone or let someone go

ahead of you in grocery line?

So many people, including

myself at times, use the word

“BUSY” as a badge of honor.

You know what I’m talking

about… “Linda, I can’t slow

down and do those things. I

am soooo BUSY!” The time

has come to slow down and

take our “busy badges” off. As

a family, we have overscheduled

our kids and ourselves

so tightly that we don’t even

have time to sit down and

share a meal. We’re missing

out on the greatest time of the

day to connect as a family.

Make it a rule that NO phones

or other screens are permitted

at the table. I’m sure all

of us have seen families out

at restaurants where everyone

is looking at phones or

a TV screen on a wall. Why

bother even eating together?

Spend that time engaging and

reconnecting. Ask about each

other’s day. What were the

highs? What were the lows?


about sending an old fashioned

birthday card to a

family member or a sympathy

card to a neighbor who just

lost a spouse? You know those

things you put stamps on and

put in the mail. Make dinner

time with your family a priority.

If you’re married, spend at

least fifteen minutes every day

in face-to-face dialogue. If

you have little ones, your kids

must know how important this

“mom and dad time” is. Take

that initiative to reconnect and

recalibrate your relationship.

Help your spouse feel like the

most important person in your

world. Both communication

at the dinner table and couple

dialogue are tools you can

use to read the temperature of

your family and your marriage.

In today’s digital age,

we are losing those skills.

We’re too busy with our heads

buried in screens. We’ve lost

that human connection.

4. INVEST IN. I believe

the greatest investment of

time and energy you could

ever make is investing in

the life of a child. Want to

know what will give you an


your investment? Before you

give me your excuse as to

why you can’t...let me clarify.

Everyone, regardless of how

old you are or how much time

or money you have, can do

SOMETHING. We are all

called to do SOMETHING.

When we adopted our three

youngest children four years

ago, my husband and I were

so thankful for the many other

men and women God placed

in their lives to encourage

Four Rising Sun High

School senior students have

been named as the 2020 recipients

of the Ohio County

Community Foundation

Scholarship administered by

the Ohio County Community


Emma Davis, Emma Levi,

Kinsey Price and Trey (T.J.)

Manifold will each receive a

$4,000 scholarship for being

named Ohio County Community

Foundation Scholars.

The scholarship will be paid

up to $1,000 a year over

four consecutive years of

study. It may be used at any

post-secondary educational

institution such as a technical

school, a community college

or a four-year college or

university. The scholarship

must be used for books or


The four Rising Sun High

School seniors were awarded

the Ohio County Community

Foundation Scholarship

for being selected out

of a pool of eight applicants

as one of the five finalists

of the Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship

process. The Ohio County

Community Foundation

Board of Directors and the

Ohio County Community

Foundation Scholarship

Selection Committee recognizes

the achievements

of those students chosen to

advance to the interview

process of the Lilly Endowment

Community Scholarship.

The Ohio County

Community Foundation

Scholarship was established,

in 2000, by the Ohio

County Community Foundation

Board of Directors to

provide the financial means

to assist these outstanding

students in their pursuit

them and help them grow.

Watching the connections

they have made with their

new aunts, uncles, cousins,

grandparents, coaches, teachers,

youth group leaders,

neighbors, you name it, has

been amazing.

So look around you? Who

could YOU reach out to and

invest in today? Is it another

adult or maybe a child? Did

you know that over 9,000

children just in Indiana alone

are currently in foster care

with many of those waiting

for a forever home? If foster

care or adoption isn’t for you,

what about giving a few hours

a week as a Big Brother or

Sister? Hundreds of kids in

the Greater Cincinnati area

are waiting to be matched

with a mentor. Maybe you

could be the voice for a child

in need and serve as a local

Child Advocate. What about

loving on babies in your

church’s nursery or volunteering

to coach a neighborhood

t-ball team? People like

Jesse and Jeanie Smith get it.

Investing in things that are

intangible and long-lasting

like relationships may seem

to be counter-cultural, but

they bring the most significant


Linda Hutchinson is the Executive

Director of Rock Solid

Families, a faith-based life

coaching organization in St.

Leon, IN. For more information,

go to rocksolidfamilies.


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to seventy-four Rising Sun

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of Michael and Sue

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I’m writing this on Tuesday,

Jan. 7, and the world

is on fire. The president has

been impeached, we could be

going to war with Iran, and

Australia is burning.

I have plenty to say about

the sad state of our nation

and the world. But I promised

myself and my editor that I

would refrain from writing

about politics, and I will keep

that promise. So let’s talk

about food!

We all know that southeastern

Indiana is the fried

chicken capital of the known

universe. You just can’t beat

the chicken we have here, be

it pan-fried or deep-fried.

The recipe varies a little,

spice wise, but not that much.

A ton of pepper is always

used, but it never turns out

to be overwhelming. I know

several guys who fry chicken,

and they say lard makes the

best chicken-frying oil. I tend

By Ruby and Tammy Turner

Hi, my name is Ruby, and

I am here at PAWS waiting

for my forever family. I am

a four-and-a-half-year-old

female Pit Bull. I recently

had ACL surgery that Paws

took up a collection for.

I want to thank everyone

who donated and sent good

thoughts for my recovery.

I am doing very well now,

even though I have been

told that I still need to stay

calm for a while. I am okay

with that because I know

it’s really cold outside, so

I prefer to stay inside and

let them wait on me hand

and foot. You may think

that I am going to get really

spoiled, but they say it’s

okay because I am such a

good girl. I can also receive

visitors (and gifts if you

would like) and can now be


I want to talk to you

about what we feel when

you come in and adopt us

to take home. For some,

the transition can be a little

stressful, and for some (like

me), we adjust to our new

home just fine. Here is a

list that may help when you

are adopting, so that you

know what to expect. This

chart came from Rescue

to agree.

I’ve had chicken in

St. Leon, New Alsace,

Brookville, Oldenburg, and

at many parties and events.

Every piece was great.

Southeastern Indiana fried

chicken is so good, it was the

subject of a June 2019 article

in The New York Times. It’s

a darned fine read, and you

can find it here: https://www.



But I think the whole story

is bigger than a bunch of yard

birds. I maintain that not only

is southeastern Indiana the

fried chicken capital of the

known universe, other deepfried

delights found around

here are as good or better

than you’re going to find

anywhere. You’re probably

thinking, “Uh Ollie, people

deep-fry all over the world,

not just Indiana.”

That’s true. Deep-frying

is a popular cooking method

everywhere. People deep-fry

everything from Snickers

bars to possums.

However, southeastern

Indiana has a few deep-fried

signature items that are probably

better than what you’d

From a Dog’s Point of View

Dogs 101, and I hope it will

help you to understand. It’s

called the 3-3-3 Rule.

In the first three days:

-Feeling overwhelmed.

-May be scared and unsure of

what is going on.

-Not comfortable enough to

be “himself.”

-May not want to eat or drink

-Shut down and want to curl

up in his crate or hide

under a table

-Testing the boundaries

After 3 Weeks:

-Starting to settle in

-Feeling more comfortable

-Realizing this could possibly

be his forever home

-Figured out his environment

-Getting into a routine

-Lets his guard down and

may start showing his true


-Behavior issues may begin

showing up.

After 3 Months:

-Finally feeling completely

comfortable in his home

-Building trust and a true


-Gained a complete sense of

security with his new family.

-Set in a routine.

This list may not apply to

have in other areas of the

Midwest and the nation.

You won’t find a bigger or

better pork tenderloin sandwich

than the ones in southeastern

Indiana, and throughout

the state for that matter.

The tenderloin is smashed out

and usually lightly spiced and

battered. The thing turns out

to be as big as a truck hubcap

and is served with pickle on a

normal-sized hamburger bun.

It’s a very strange looking

sandwich and pretty daggoned


When it comes to fish in

southeastern Indiana, cod is

king. Most, if not all, of the

places offering great fried

chicken also put out a mean

cod fish sandwich. I know

there are delicious fish sandwiches

all over the country,

but every piece of fish I’ve

had at an Indiana chicken

restaurant or Lenten fish fry

has been wonderful. Put it

between two slices of rye

with some good tartar sauce,

and you’re in business, my


The jo-jo potato is another

southeastern Indiana staple.

If you attend an event or

party where chicken is being

fried, chances are there will


all, but it may help you understand

what a new home is

like to us. We all want a forever

home, even though we

do have it pretty good here

at the shelter. We just want a

warm bed and someone who

will make us a member of

their family. So please come

in and visit with us. I’m sure

you can find a companion

who will fit into your household

just perfectly, even if it

is a cat!

We’ll be waiting for your

visit. Take care, and stay

warm. Don’t forget to keep

your pets inside, because,

like you, we don’t do well in

the cold either.

Hugs & Kisses,


be jo-jos swimming in the oil

with the chicken. When they

come out of the oil, they are

brown and crisp on the outside

and soft and downright

delectable on the inside.

There is a lot of disagreement

as to where and how

the jo-jo originated. Some

say they were invented in

the Pacific Northwest, others

say Cleveland Ohio, and yet

others maintain they came

from Chicago. Ollie says the

jo-jos at a southeastern Indiana

chicken fry are the best


And then there are “turkey

fries.” Since this is a familyoriented

newspaper, I’ll skip

the description for right now.

OK, back to the world…

Old Friends Luncheon

The Old Friends and Bright Beginnings luncheon will be

held on Thursday, March 5. A presentation on America’s

Sweetheart “Doris Day’ will be given by a speaker from the

Cincinnati Museum Center Heritage Program. The luncheon

begins at 11:30 in the Dearborn Hills United Methodist

Church, 25365 State Line Road.

To make reservations and a $10 donation, please call the

church office by Monday, March 2 at 812 637-3993.

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Jimmy Carter’s

Sunday School Lesson

President Carter came

into the sanctuary at 9:55.

As Jan predicted, he asked

with a chuckle, “Do we

have any visitors?” One

soldier stood up, and President

Carter asked him his

name and where he served.

Then as directed, sectionby-section,

we called out

some twenty-six states and

five countries in an orderly

manner. Three ministers and

three Mormon missionaries

introduced themselves. The

minister from Australia led

our prayer.

When President Carter began

his Sunday school lesson

on Revelation chapter 5, he

was quick to say he did not

like to teach the book, which

he considered very visionary.

I certainly could understand.

It was an international lesson

series, and our class had

struggled with the lessons at

my church in Florida.

President Carter began by

asking us about John, the

writer of Revelation. I must

say we were quite knowledgeable

about him. He

eased his way through the

lesson emphasizing that God

is most powerful, and there

is hope for the future. We

were reminded that our sins

are forgiven; we have hope

and reassurance in our faith

in Jesus Christ.

After the lesson, President

Carter remarked about

picture-taking time, “I once

was delighted to have my

picture taken with you, now

I am willing.” That brought a

chuckle from us.

About half of the visitors

left after the Sunday school

lesson. Ray and I stayed for

the worship service. Those

who remained from the fellowship

hall came in and

filled the sanctuary again.

When President and Mrs.

Carter came into the sanctuary

for the worship service, I

wondered who the handsome

fellows were with them. Oh,

they were Secret Service

men, I realized. Later I asked

one of the gentlemen, “How

many of you are there?”

“Lots,” he replied. I wondered

if one was seated near

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The worship service that

followed was impressive.

The organist’s prelude included

Morning Has Broken,

and for a time, I drifted back

to when daughter Jennie,

then a teenager, played it at

our church. They were celebrating

the third Sunday of

the Seven Sundays of Eastertide

and sang two favorites

of mine, Christ the Lord has

Risen Today and Low in the

Grave He Lay. I thought I

would not get to sing them

again until next Easter. A

choir of ten sang a very nice

When it comes to the prom,

the sky is the limit. From the

“promposal” to the stretch

limo, there seems to be a

never-ending list of costs.

Why are students spending

so much on the prom? One

word: fabulosity. Students

want to be fabulous for social

media. The days of a grainy

photo your parents take and

show only to close friends and

family are over. Prom pictures

are splashed all over social

media platforms like Snapchat,

Instagram, Facebook,


The children’s service

brought laughter when

the pastor asked, “What is


And a little boy answered,

“When you have a girlfriend,”

and then went on to

give a few details causing

the pastor to stumble around

a bit, much to the delight of

the crowd.

The chubby-faced young

pastor, with a most pleasant

southern accent, gave an impressive

sermon comparing

the peace of fishing to the

peace offered in Christ.

Fabulosity At The Prom Doesn’t

Have To Break Your Wallet

and Twitter. Today’s plans for

the prom center around how

students will look on social

media where their photos will

be seen for years to come.

The average prom dress

costs $200 or more. That’s

a lot of money to spend on

a dress that will probably

only be worn once. And that

doesn’t even include the cost

of accessories, shoes, hair

styling, and make-up, transportation,

or even the ticket.

So why not cut down those

costs by exchanging last

year’s dress for another fabulous

dress for this year?

ReProm, the Dearborn

County Recycling Center’s

formal and semi-formal dress

exchange, saves money and

reduces waste by reusing

dresses that otherwise would

be used only once. ReProm

has over one thousand formal

and semi-formal dresses

that are both new and used.

Dresses that are exchanged

must be contemporary, clean,

and in good condition. From

black to shell pink, dresses

are available in every color.

Styles range from short to

long, straight to full, satin to

sparkly, all in a broad range

of sizes. Everyone can find a

fabulous dress that fits their

size, shape, and style for the

simple cost of exchanging a

dress worn last year.

The dress-exchange is not

a need-based program. The

program is based on the principle

that buying something

to wear only one time can be

After the service, Ray and

I had our picture taken with

President and Mrs. Carter.

We remembered all the rules.

I had my camera ready. We

did not shake hands. We

knew where we were going

to stand. Mrs. Carter invited

us back again.

Afterward, we ate at a

local buffet and watched all

of the familiar church folks

parade through. Even Jan

was there directing people.

Visiting Maranatha Baptist

Church in Plains, Georgia,

was a most pleasant experience.

A wide variety of prom

dresses are available for

purchase at the Dearborn

County Recycling Center.

incredibly wasteful. It is open

to everyone, not just Dearborn

County residents. Those

who do not have dresses to

exchange are welcome to

donate instead. The donations

received are used to grow the

ReProm program. This year

marks the eighth annual Re-

Prom event. The popularity of

the program has allowed the

Dearborn County Recycling

Center to expand the program

from twelve dresses the first

year to over one thousand

dresses this year.

ReProm is open year-round

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EC Wrestling Finishes

Undefeated and Captures

EIAC Crown

The East Central wrestling

team completed the regular

season with an unblemished

35-0 record in dual meets (a

school record) with a win

over Cincinnati Elder as well

as capturing


the EIAC title.


EIAC Klump Championships

The EIAC meet was held

at South Dearborn Community with EC

coming into


the meet heavilyfavored

and advancing 13 of

14 wrestlers to the finals and

coming away with 6 individual

titles. Lawrenceburg claimed

4 titles, SD 2, and FC 1, with

Rushville claiming the other.

While the team score was

never in doubt for the Trojans

with 302.5 points, the battle

for second went back and

forth between Lawrenceburg,

South Dearborn, and Rushville

through every round. The

Tigers would put together arguably

the best final round of

any team and would finish as

runner-up with 182.5 points.

South Dearborn was third

with 175, and Rushville ended

with 164. FC (121.5), Connersville

(99.5), Batesville

(98.5), and Greensburg (86)

were the remaining scores.

The individual title matches

saw EC come out strong with

three straight victories started

off by Dylan Lengerich with

a fall over Tristan Smith of

Greensburg at 106. That was

followed by Blake Wolf gaining

a fall over Isaiah Otto of

East Central, under the guidance of Head Coach Adam Wolf, celebrates the 2020 EIAC

title (Photo by Chris Nobbe)

SD at 113. Tyler Schneider

won by fall over FC’s Andrew

Merritt at 120.

The 126-pound title would

go to SD’s Eli Otto, who

avenged a season loss to EC’s

Rider Searcy. Otto garnered

a second period fall to claim

his third consecutive EIAC

title. The 132 crown would

go to Lawrenceburg’s Corbin

Walston who recorded a fall

over Dillon Heinrich of EC.

Adam Crouch of FC would

get the only title for the

Wildcats with a 3-0 decision

over EC’s Charlie Euson.

Lawrenceburg’s Jayce Bohan

would claim a 7-5 decision at

145 over EC’s Ben Wolf.

EC’s Bryer Hall would

receive his second EIAC

MVP and third conference

title by pinning Batesville’s

Josh Mobley at 152 pounds.

Lawrenceburg’s Andrew Roth

would win his second EIAC

title at 160 with a fall over

Kasey Carr of EC. At 170,

Rushville’s Marcus Malson

defeated EC’s Brady Rullman.

Kole Viel of EC would win

his second title with a 16-1

technical fall over Rushville’s

Nick Lawler. Kyle Krummen

of EC would win the

195-pound title with a fall over

Lawrenceburg’s Jack Bradley.

At 220, Lawrenceburg’s

fourth title came from Noah

Rowlett with a 15-5 major decision

over Connersville’s Evan

Shafer. SD’s Jackson Goodall

won an exciting 285-pound

title with a 2-1 tiebreaker win

over EC’s Logan Adams.

Elder Dual

The Performing Arts Center

at East Central became a

sports venue for a tremendous

matchup between the undefeated

Trojans, ranked #13 in

Indiana, and the top-ranked

team in Cincinnati, the Elder

Panthers, which coincided

with Alumni Night.

The dual would start at 160

where Bartley Thomas got

the Panthers off to a strong

start with a 13-3 major decision

over Kasey Carr. Brady

Rullman would get EC on

the board with a 7-3 win by

taking control of a tied match

entering the third period and

leaving the team score 4-3 in

favor of Elder.

Next up came two of EC’s

strongest wrestlers at 182 and

195. Kole Viel captured a

major decision over Montana

Klayman by the score of 15-4,

and Kyle Krummen got a first

period fall over Beau Bryson

to make the team score 13-4

for EC.

The Panthers then exhibited

some muscle of their own

at 220 and 285. Jack Tucker

recorded a fall over EC’s Austin

Cox, and Rowan Tolbert

would get a first period fall

over Phillip Sims to quickly

swing the team score back in

favor of Elder at 16-13.

The 106-pound match was

a tough battle between Dylan

Lengerich and Elder’s Drew

Magness, ranked #11 in Ohio.

Although Magness won by

decision 6-3, Lengerich was

able to keep the score close,

even getting the first takedown

in the match. This left

the team score at 19-13.

Elder would then sub in

Brent Stahl to replace stateranked

Willie Doepker (out

due to injury) to wrestle Indiana’s

#7 ranked Blake Wolf.

Wolf would gain the impressive

second period fall to tie

the score at 19.

Tyler Schneider at 120

put together a strong match

against Jack Roth to earn a 6-0

decision and put EC back in

front at 22-19. The Panthers

got bonus points at 126 with

a 15-0 technical fall by team

captain Jack Collins over

Rider Searcy. Elder’s Kody

Kaimann then turned around

an early deficit and near defeat

(with a save from his back due

to blood timeout) to gain a

second period fall over Dillon

Heinrich at 132. These two

matches swung the score again

to be 30-22 for the Panthers.

Charlie Euson at 138 scored

a first period takedown and

weathered out a strong match

that ended just that way over

Aiden Williams making it

EC’s Bryer Hall celebrates

after gaining the fall against

Elder’s Seth Lambers to

secure the dual meet win.

(Photo by Chris Nobbe)


Ben Wolf and Elder’s Patrick

Barrett squared off with

only two matches remaining in

a close dual with a match that

would exhibit the toughness of

the sport. Barrett would suffer

a very limiting shoulder injury

and use up all of his injury

time in the first period. Despite

this, Barrett was able to

get a takedown and put Wolf

on his back before a reversal

left the score at 4-2 after the

first period. The second period

saw the two exchange reversals

as Barrett seemed to no

longer favor the shoulder.

Up 6-4, Barrett chose the

down position to begin the

third; however, about a minute

into the period, the injury

became too much again, and

he took a second injury time

allowing Wolf to choose the

bottom position for the next

restart. Wolf was then able

to gain an escape and a late

takedown over Barrett to win

the match 7-6 leaving the

team score at 30-28 with one

deciding match left.

Bryer Hall, #3 in Indiana,

and Seth Lambers, #9

in Ohio, would put it all on

the line in the final match

which would see each ranked

wrestler get put on his back.

Lambers would gain a pair of

takedowns in the first period

and caught Hall in a headlock

for 3 nearfall and left the

score at 7-3 after the period.

The second period continued

the fast-paced action of this

match. Two escapes by Lambers

led to a second takedown

and throw by Hall to put Lambers

on his back. Hall would

get the pin from the throw

and the EC would win the

dual 34-30 as he and the large

crowd erupted in the excitement

of the moment.

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A Family Tradition Since 1800’s

I hope everyone enjoyed

Valentine’s Day… I celebrate

it all year long by eating my

share of sweets whenever the

urge hits me.

This month’s Salute to a

Veteran- David Anderson,

US Air Force (1986-90); Ray

Brichler, US Army (1963-

69); Ted Hendren, US Navy

(1969-73); Joshua Price, US

Army (2008-10)

A big congratulations to

Tyler Schneider, a wrestler

at East Central, who recently

achieved his one-hundredth

high school career win. Tyler

wrestles in the 120-pound

weight category for EC and

reached this milestone on Jan.

4. Tyler is the son of Todd

and Alissa Schneider from

Bright. Way to go, Tyler!!

The North Dearborn Library

is expanding its activities and

now offers some exciting new

classes for DIY crafters and

those who love to cook.

In The Kitchen

With Marcia- Mondays

6-8 P.M. on Mar 2


and May 4 (Cooking for 1-2,

Make & Freeze)

Taste & Trade– 6 P.M. on

Apr 6 (Italian dishes) and

June 1 (salads). Optionalbring

a recipe to share.

Homemade with Hazelgreen

Farms– Thurs. 6-8 P.M. on Apr

Tyler Schneider achieved his one-hundredth win in wrestling.

16 (Garden Pallets) and June

18 (Fabric American Flag)

Contact the library at 812-

637-0777 for more information.

The North Dearborn Pantry

recently received their portion

of the proceeds from the

Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving

with a check presentation

from All Saints Parish

for a whopping $22,000! A

big thank you to the organizers,

volunteers, and runners/

walkers for this outstanding

community event.

Hope all you February

folks mentioned last month

enjoy your birthdays. Here is

a heads up for those celebrating

in March: Eric Jones

(nephew) 3/3, Caden Wesley

(great-nephew) 3/22, Isabella

Jones (great-niece) 3/31, and

Ann Jeffries on 3/27… don’t

worry, Ann, I won’t reveal the

magic number. Speaking of

magic numbers, may I have a

drum roll, please…. a HUGE

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jim

Stallard, who, on Mar. 28,

will be a very young 101.

On a sad note, we said

goodbye in January to a true

gentleman… Mr. Jesse Smith

(1928-2020). Your passing

brings to mind a verse I once

Jim Stallard

read – “Death is the last chapter

in life but the first chapter

in eternity.” Rest in peace, my

friend. Your kindness will be


Have a good month, and

I will close with this (from

my sis-in-law Mary. Even

though there are days I wish I

could change some things that

happened in the past, there’s a

reason the rearview mirror is

so small, and the windshield

is so big – where you are

headed is more important than

what you left behind.

Just a reminder that if you

have any family news items

you would like to share or


please email me at bright@

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Leap Year, Leap Year!!!!

One extra day of 2020 to

enjoy life and be grateful...

February 29th!!! What are

your plans? The HVL Children’s

Activity Committee

(CAC) is finalizing dates for

all of our wonderful events,

so watch for the schedule

on FB soon. Looks like the

Easter Egg Hunt will be the

next planned event (TBD).

Continuing from a previous

article, let’s give recognition

to six sixth- grade

students- Ava Myers, Alex

Rummel, Tatum Johnson,

Samantha Airgood, Bella

Nare, and Lexi Elza (four of

the girls live in HVL). They

are organizing a drive for

the homeless thru Destination

Imagination. The girls

collected winter gear for the

homeless at the entrance of

HVL and through the Lawrenceburg

School District.

Just over $600 was received

as well! Thank you, thank

you!!!! The girls donated to

many places, one of which

was organized by an incredible

group in Cincinnati

called Maslow’s Army. The

girls and their moms packed

up the collected items and

headed to Cincinnati’s Public

Library to help distribute

them. This service project

was an eye-opening experience

for the sixth graders.

Locally, the girls used the

donated money to purchase

much-needed items for

Closet of Promises in Aurora

(diaper’s, underwear, socks,

wipes, etc.). I would highly

recommend donating items

to both of these trustworthy

and fantastic non-profit organizations

March Birthdays: Elliott

Johnson, Juliet Johnson,

Samantha Airgood, Hattie

Hampton, Jason Armbruster,

Cathy Witte, Leah

Cox, Jared Lischkge, Celia

Jasper, Sheri Trumbull,

Jacob Clark, Matt Clark

March Anniversaries: David

and Sheri Trumbull

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H. Johnson, if you have

something to share in next

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Just a reminder to high

school seniors that now is

the time to check with your

guidance counselors about

the scholarship application

process. So many scholarships

are available and go


Jim Horstman, a former

St. Leon resident, was

inducted into the Ripley

County Basketball Hall of

Fame. My brothers, Ron and

Greg, played sports with Jim

at Sunman High School. Jim

graduated from Sunman in

1972. He is remembered as

a great athlete who played

all of the sports that were

offered at SHS. He was a

three-year varsity basketball

starter and scored 1,498

points during that time, making

him first in all-time in

the school’s scoring records.

In addition to being SHS’

only player to break 1,000

points, his career total places

him seventh all-time high in

Ripley County.

Jim averaged 22.4 points

per game, capped by a

game-high forty-three points

against Batesville in 1972.

He graduated with thirteen

varsity letters, more than any

athlete in school history. In

addition to basketball, Jim

played four years of varsity

baseball. He was the MVP



and leading hitter on the

1972 sectional championship

team. He played in the morning

regional baseball game

in Columbus then traveled

to Indianapolis for the state

track & field championship,

where he finished seventh in

the high hurdles, then went

back to Columbus to play in

the baseball regional championship

game. He was a

four-year letterman in track

and field being named MVP

of his team. He finished in

seventh place in the state

track meet. Jim married his

high school sweetheart Debbie

Wagner, and they now

reside in Plainfield, Indiana.

Congratulations Jim.

Dave Kuhn recently

retired from his position as

EMS chief from the St. Leon

Volunteer Fire Dept. He was

presented with an award

honoring his many years of

dedicated service to our department.

Dave and Dianne

will be missed by all of us!

Anna Mae “Annie” Werner,

93 years old, passed

away peacefully Jan. 14,

surrounded by family. The

legacy for this family began

when Al Werner was visiting

his uncle at the hospital,

and his nurse, Annie, caught

Al’s eye. Home on leave

from the Army, Al had lunch

in the hospital cafeteria with

a few of his friends, including

Annie, whom he did not

know at that point. Taken by

her charm, Al began writing

to Anna when he was redeployed

to Europe. Married

on July 21, 1954, Annie and

Al celebrated their sixty-fifth

wedding anniversary last



Annie will be greatly

missed by her husband, Al,

and their children Anthony

(Ty) of St. Leon, Art (Lynne)

of St. Leon, Rick (Brenda)

of Sunman, Anita (Charley)

Smith of Michigan, Jerry of

Lawrenceburg, and daughterin-law

Darlene of St. Leon;

twenty grandchildren and

twenty-six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in

death by sons Andy and

Alvin Werner Jr.

Annie was a charter member

of the St. Joseph American

Legion Auxiliary Unit

464 and was a past auxiliary

president of the 9th district.

I grew up next door to

Annie’s family and babysat

for her children. Annie and

I worked together on many

projects at the legion. Ronnie

and I enjoyed going to legion

events throughout the state

with Al and Annie. She was a

longtime organist for St. Joseph

Church and even played

the organ for my wedding.

So many beautiful memories.

I will miss Annie’s smile.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

Happy wedding anniversary

in sunny Florida to my

niece Roxanne and Mike

Haag on March 3.

March Birthdays–2 Henry

Stenger, Shelly Bischoff

and Lisa Nobbe, 3 my

daughter Melissa Barrett,

Joe Schuman, and Shirley

Huber, 4 Jacob Bittner,

my sister-in-law Schere

Kramer, Harper Vogelsang,

and Jackie Gaynor,

5 Danny and Jack Deddens,

6 my daughter Jennie

Geisheimer, Keith Fox,

Stephanie Bulach, Chris

Bischoff, and Robin Fox, 7

Melanie Gutzwiller, Margo

Whitehead, Jacob Stenger,

and Andy Hornbach, 8 Joe

Baker and Matt Wilgenbusch,

9 Tammy Vonderheide

and Nikki Kamos, 10

Virginia Eckstein and Steve

“Buck” Hoog, 11 Corey

Brock, 12 Randy Zimmer

and Chuck Hautman, 13

Mike Haag, Dennis and

Joan Wuestefeld, and Anita

Alig, 14 Jackie Sims, Rick

Kurelic and Kevin Stenger,

15 cousin Mindy Puente and

Estelle Salisbury, 16 cousin

Kari Andres and Roseann

Fuernstein, 18 Justin Alig,

Larry Schuman and Donna

Smith, 19 Carson Whitehead,

20 Ruth Bischoff, 21

Joey Alig, 22 Jill Wilhelm,

Steve Hornberger, Paula

Brennan and Karen Herth,

23 Megan Steurenberg, 24

John Erfman, 25 Stephanie

Smith, 26 McKenzie Callahan

and Danny Craft,

27 cousin Tim Andres,

Pat Schlarmann, 28 Rick



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Dave Kuhn received an

award for his years of

service to the St. Leon Fire


Stenger, 29 Chad Sterwerf,

my niece in San Antonio

Jennifer Andres and Cindy

Fasi, 30 Mary Jane Telles,

31 Jeff Bulach and Jenna


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Spring Carnival at Perfect North Slopes

Southeast Indiana Junkin’ Trail Extravaganza

Vince Neil at Lawrenceburg Event Center

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

Arts Friendship Gallery - 12926 Bank Street, Dillsboro.

Open Tuesdays 6-8PM, Thursdays 4-8PM, Saturdays 10AM-

2PM. Opening reception is February 7, 6-8PM. Exhibition

of invited local and regional artists who have previously

entered this group exhibition. Info: 812-532-3010, Dillsboro


March 1-31 – Casey’s Outdoor Solutions Events &

Workshops - Casey’s is located at 21481 State Line Road,

Lawrenceburg. Casey’s is a premier garden center and

full service florist and offers monthly educational and fun

events and classes for all ages. Info: 812-537-3800 or

March 2-31 – The Framery Events, Camps and Classes

- The Framery, 84 East High Street, Lawrenceburg. The

Framery is a unique frame shop specializing in creating

shadow boxes personalized for each recipient. Visit the web

site for a list of monthly classes, parties, and camps for all

ages. Included are pottery, fused glass, and painting. Info:

812-537-4319 or

March 7 – Little River Band at Lawrenceburg Event

Center - 7:30 pm, Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut

Street. Doors open at 7PM for 7:30PM performance. Hits

include “Cool Change”, “Lonesome Loser” and “Lady”.

Free shuttle service from Hollywood Casino to the Event


March 7 – Great Crescent Brewery - Comedy at the

Taproom - 9:00 pm, Great Crescent Brewery, 315 Importing

Street, Aurora. David Drake performs at 9PM. He is a New

York based comedian who has been featured on Sirius

XM’s Raw Dog Comedy, Fox’s laughs and Comcast’s Who’s

Laughing Now and Trial by Laughter. The show will also

feature Cincinnati-based comedians Jeremy Johnston,

Grant Stiles and Dearborn County native Logan Cummins.

Tickets are $10 and available for purchase. 812-655-9079 or

March 8 – Perfect North Slopes Spring Carnival -

9:30AM-4:00PM, 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg.

A family event on the snow, with activities for skiers,

snowboarders and snow tubers. Featured are a decorated

box race, slush pit crossing, garbage bag race and a

downhill dummy contest. No admission. A valid lift ticket

is required to be on the snow and participate in special

events. Info: 812-537-3754 or

March 8 – New Alsace American Legion Chicken

Dinner - 12PM-4PM, 25329 Legion Road, New Alsace,

Indiana. All You Can Eat chicken dinner with all the

trimmings. Carryout dinners available. $12.00/adults;

$6.00/children age 4-10. Info: 812-623-3695 or www.

March 10 – Oxbow Program-Freeze Tolerant Frogs -

7:30PM at Oxbow office, 301 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg.

Presentation by Dr. Clara do Amaral, assistant professor of

Biology at Mount St. Joseph University. Info: 812-290-2941


March 12-15 – Southeast Indiana Junkin’ Trail

Extravaganza - Shop at 12 local shops in southeast Indiana

for antique, vintage and/or new gifts and home decor.

The Trail is full of incentives and prizes for a fun shopping

experience. A second weekend of Junkin’ Trail shopping

is planned for March 19, 20 & 21. Info: 812-487-8008/The

Greenbriar Shop or 812-432-3330/Blue Willow House or visit

the Junkin Trail’s facebook page.

March 13, 20 & 27 – St. Mary Lenten Fish Fry - Cod with

God - 4PM-7:30PM, St. Mary Activity Center, 214 Fifth Street,

Aurora. Meals served in the Activity Center on Fifth Street.

Carry-out available in the school cafeteria at 211 Fourth St.

Drive-thru also available. Info: or 812-


March 14 – “Luck of the Irish” - Main Street Aurora

Dancing on Main - 7PM-10:30PM, 228 Second Street,

Aurora (Lions Club). $5.00 admission. Dinner is served by

the Lions, for $7.00, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.

Info: 812-926-1100 or

March 19-21 – Southeast Indiana Junkin’ Trail

Extravaganza - Shop at 12 local shops in southeast Indiana

for antique, vintage and/or new gifts and home decor.

The Trail is full of incentives and prizes for a fun shopping

experience. Info: 812-487-8008/The Greenbriar Shop or

812-432-3330/Blue Willow House or visit the Junkin Trail’s

facebook page.

March 28 – Vince Neil at Lawrenceburg Event Center

- Vince Neil of Motley Crue, brings “The Legacy Continues

Tour” to the Event Center for a powerful performance.

This includes all the great Motley Crue hits, plus select

cuts from his three solo albums. Doors open at 7PM and

the show begins with local opening act, Counting Stars, at

7:30PM. Buy tickets at

March 29 - Aug 21 – Playball!! - Dearborn County

Historical Society Exhibit - 508 West High Street,

Lawrenceburg. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00PM-

4:00PM. Closed Saturday, Sunday & holidays. Other hours

by appointment. Included in the exhibit are early Dearborn

County baseball players who played against the Cincinnati

Reds, up to the most recent players to make the big leagues.

Early family memorabilia, baseball cards and photos of

Dearborn County ballplayers are also a part of the exhibit.

Info: 812-537-4075 or

March 29 – New Alsace Conservation Club Sausage

& Pancake Breakfast - 7:30am - 12:00pm. Breakfast held

at the New Alsace American Legion, 25329 Legion Rd., off

North Dearborn Road. $10.00/adults, $4.00/children under

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Kayla Suits, Kris Beal, Jaime Nobbe and Shannon McBeath,

founders of Batesville’s “So Loved Clothing Closet” (Photo

by Debbie Blank)







So Loved … so needed

A team of four Batesville

Intermediate School employees,

Kayla Suits, Kris Beal,

Jaime Nobbe, and Shannon

McBeath, recognized an unmet

need in our community as

children, especially those in

the foster care system, needed

assistance with the necessities

of clothing, hygiene items

and sometimes even a bed in

which to sleep. Through their

efforts, the So Loved Clothing

Closet was born.

The closet has been established

within the Batesville

Intermediate School in its

former computer lab. The

team soon reached out to the

community seeking new and

gently-used items needed by

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the children – and the community

responded by filling

their shelves and offering

their time to help launder and

organize items in the closet

to ensure children in need are

receiving necessities. In the

beginning, efforts were focused

on children in the foster

care system. However, as the

response to the program has

grown, their scope of care has


The Indiana Department of

Child Services caseworkers,

CASAs, school counselors,

and One Community One

Family were all contacted to

spread the word, and soon

requests were being filled for

needs in surrounding counties.

The group’s motto is Be

the Village because when

people come together for a

common cause – great things

happen! I encourage those

interested in helping to follow

the So Loved Clothing Closet

Facebook page to learn about

items needed and volunteer


Congratulations are in

order …

The Batesville Area Chamber

of Commerce hosted its

Annual Dinner in January and

recognized: Mary Dickey –

Distinguished Service Award

Recipient; Kim Linkel – Volunteer

of the Year; Paul Ketcham

– Educator of the Year;

and the John A. Hillenbrand

Foundation – Organization

of the Year. The theme was

“Share in the Magic … 100

Years in the Making” as the

Chamber celebrated its onehundredth

anniversary with

slideshow trip down memory

lane capturing Batesville

commerce’s history. Congratulations

to all!

That’s Sue’s news for now!

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Cub Scout Pack 610 conducted their annual Pinewood Derby on Jan. 18.







Cub Scout Pack 610 held

its annual Pinewood Derby on

Jan. 18. Each Cub Scout had

a pinewood derby car kit and

modified his car based on provided

rules. Every pack participates

in the annual derby,

and the winners compete in a

district race. Pack 610 is the

Sunman pack, which includes

boys from Sunman, New

Alsace, and Yorkville, respectively.

Great job!







My daughter Debbie,

granddaughter Ella Seymour,

and I started off the New Year

with our New Year’s Day

hike at Versailles State Park.

When we arrived, the parking

lot was filled with over thirty


Ella decided it was only

a walk, not a hike, because

we did not hike the hills of

the park. Instead, we walked

through The Bradt Natural

Area, which consists of

eighty-three acres with three

hiking trails that wind through

woodland, grasslands, and a

constructed wetland. The farm

has been in the Bradt family

since 1906 when F. Hale

and Lizzie Bradt and their

three children moved into a

log house along US 50. Mr.

Hale accepted a position as

a school superintendent in

Versailles. When Mr. Hale

Valentine’s Day is the time

of year to show your loved

ones how much they mean

to you. If you’re looking

for a special gift for the

men in your life, tickets are

still available for the 2020

E6 Men’s Conference held

Feb. 22 from 8 A.M. to 3:30

P.M. at the East Central

High School Performing

Arts Center. The ticket price

includes inspiring talks by

renowned speakers, free

books, lunch, and much

more. For more information

or to purchase tickets, go to

If you’ve been craving fried

chicken, mark your calendars

for Sunday, Mar. 8. The North

Dearborn American Legion

and Lizzie passed, the family

eventually deeded the farmland

to the State of Indiana,

who then made the property

part of the Versailles State


If you have been down at

the park by the pool in Greendale,

you might have noticed

a box containing books located

near the playground. This

box is the Eagle Scout project

of Braydon Nutley. Braydon

decided on his project because

Greendale does not have a library.

His parents would have

to drive him to Lawrenceburg

whenever he wanted to go to

a library. Braydon will also

(New Alsace Post 464) is

hosting their annual chicken

dinner 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Dinners

cost $12 for adults and

$6 for children ages twelve

and under.

The North Dearborn American

Legion is hosting its

monthly euchre tournament

on Feb. 16 and Mar. 22. Doors

open at noon and games begin

at 1 P.M. The entry fee is $5

per person with cash payouts

to the four highest scores. Refreshments

are available for

purchase. Call 812.623.3695

for more information.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me


Braydon Nutley is making convenience library boxes to be

placed throughout Greendale.

be placing his convenience

library boxes in three more

locations: Oakey Park, Schnebelt

Park, and Homestead

Park. He is a member of troop

604 of Lawrenceburg and

has been in scouts since the

first grade. Please support his

library by placing books in his

boxes. Braydon is a 17-yearold

senior at Lawrenceburg


Happy twelfth birthday to

my granddaughter Ella Seymour

on Mar. 10. Her brother

Allen will be seventeen on

Mar. 14. Time sure goes by

fast. I hope you guys have a

good birthday.

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A peaceful Dover snow.

OA’s Feldhaus is

nearing completion

Oldenburg Academy broke

ground on the Hillenbrand

Family Feldhaus last year

and soon students will benefit

from the long-awaited facility

once the installation of the

scoreboard, hardwood floor,

bleachers plus all the components

of the locker rooms,

restrooms, concessions are

complete. Patrick Kolks, athletic

director, has been seen

checking out his office as the

anticipation across campus

builds for the spring opening.

Oldenburg landscape featured

on OA Mural

OA hallways are coming

alive with a collaboration

between Batesville Area Arts

Council funded muralist, John

McCoy, senior Anthony Alderson,

and OA’s Art students.

Under the guidance of Muralist

John McCoy and senior Anthony

Alderson, students are

enhancing the wall outside the

Chemistry Room. The mural

depicts the landscape around

Seniors Anthony Alderson and Ruth Heile with the muralist,

John McCoy.

the Oldenburg community.

John McCoy is a Cincinnati/Northern


based artist and nationally

recognized muralist. Senior

Anthony Alderson created the

design for the mural as his

senior capstone project. He

recruited many of his fellow

OA art students to participate

in bringing the beauty of Oldenburg


A welcome change…

Sometimes change can be

difficult and welcoming at the

same time. Such is the case

with the addition of the Village’s

two stop signs. Following

the repaving of Highway

229, a stop sign was added at

the bottom of the hill where the

highway turns right. A threeway

stop at this intersection

was created and significantly

improved traffic safety. Later,

an early Christmas present arrived

when the intersection of

Highway 229 and Washington

Street was converted to a fourway

stop. Previously the intersection

was almost blind as

drivers turning onto the highway

had to cautiously venture

out into the intersection before

they were able to see oncoming

cross-traffic – often resulting in

near-miss accidents. While it

has taken drivers a while to get

used to the new stops … the

increased safety of the Village

people is a welcome benefit.

The winds of change are blowing

in the ’Burg!

Das ist alles von der ’Burg!

Although I am a little behind

on this, I wanted to recognize

the following couples

in the area who have new additions

to their families. Congratulations

to Jonathan and

Lori Hartman on the birth of

their twins last Oct. 22, Elizabeth

Kay and Luke James.

Welcoming them home was

big sister Ainsley. Maternal

grandparents are Steve and

Jeri Eisele of St Leon, and

paternal grandparents are Jim

Hartman of Dover and the

late Belinda Hartman. I’m

sure things are exciting at

the Hartman residence with

two to take care of and not

much sleep to be had. The

twins were also baptized at

All Saints Parish on Dec. 26.

I’m sure Belinda is a proud

grandma from up above.

Congratulations also go out

to Dane and Carrie White

on the birth of their son, Eli

Thomas, last June 11. Welcoming

him home were his

older sister and brother Anna

and Samuel. Maternal grandparents

are Tom and Terri

Huber of Dover, and paternal

grandparents are Tony and

Angie White of Yorkville.

Get well wishes for a

speedy recovery to Alice and

George Klaserner, who were

both hospitalized recently.

Now that we are well into

the winter of 2020, I see the

snow blanketing the roads and

fields around us. With this,

there seems to be a calmness

and beauty not evident at any

other time of the year. Even

though we hate the cold, we

surely appreciate a few of

these calm days. Pictured here

is one of my favorite scenes

of winter. If you have any

news from the Dover area,

please email me at dover@







As spring approaches, many

of us will be looking forward

to the outdoor activities we

promised ourselves we would

do in our New Year’s resolutions.

For Logan resident

Phyllis Barker, it is bicycling.

She tells her story of

how she became such an avid


“When I retired, I wanted to

find something to do to stay

active. So I decided to start

riding with some other ladies

in the neighborhood. That’s

when I bought my first bike, a

green cruiser. Initially, I rode

at the park in Harrison and the

Lawrenceburg/Aurora trail on

the levy. A year or two later,

I was in the little bike shop

in Harrison, and a gentleman

said I should check out

the Cincinnati Cycle Club.

The group holds over thirty

weekly rides for all levels of

ability and experience. On my

very first ride, I pulled into

the Hartwell Kroger and saw

about thirty people with their

fancy road bikes.

Maybe four of us were

there for the casual ride. The

leader alongside me gave me

the “dos” and “don’ts” as we

rode. I made it to the end of

the eighteen-mile ride, and I

was hooked. I’ve been riding

with the CCC ever since.

Sometime later, I was invited

to ride in the Tree City Rolling

Tour in Greensburg. While

the ride was wonderful, the

problem was I could barely

keep up. My cruiser wasn’t

fast enough. Five years later,

I purchased my road bike

(actually, I was very nervous

about riding on the skinny

tires). Then I began riding

with the West Side Spokes in

Motion cluster with the CCC.

They have a Saturday morning

ride that leaves from Wm.

Henry Harrison High School

and uses all back roads. One

day we rode to Dayton for

lunch. The Tuesday morning

group rides are all around the

Cincinnati area, including a

ride that leaves from Harrison.

I put together an Indiana

ride and lead it several times

a year. We begin at the North

Phyllis Barker, Logan, is a

member of the Cincinnati

Cycling Club.

Dearborn Library and head

to St. Leon and St. Peters.

The group thoroughly enjoys

this ride. On the return trip,

we always stop for lunch at

Logan Supermart, which they

love as well.

A couple of rides in Indiana

are fun. One is held the Saturday

morning of Freudenfest in

Oldenburg in July. The other,

The Hope Ride in Hope, IN,

is in September. They are both

nice countryside rides.

The best thing about riding

is the friends I made along the

way. We all share the passion

for the bicycling adventure

come rain or shine. You always

have someone to ride with.”

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Living in an historic home in

Aurora has its share of charm

and challenges, especially in

the cold winter months. Thank

God for things like gas fireplace

logs! With just a flip of

a switch, WAA-LAA, there is


Now, not only are my hands

warm, but my heart is warm as

I ponder our Bicentennial year

in review for Aurora. So many

special people and activities

made 2019 a year to remember

with many a Norman Rockwell

moment! We are truly rich

with assets here. Assets that

include our people, our history,

our churches, and our architecture…

all of which add to

our small-town charm. Those

assets contributed to the City of

Aurora making the 2020 list for

Visit Indiana. OUR CITY, li’l

ole Aurora, was named one of

the MUST-SEE small towns in

Indiana. Our Main Street Aurora

was named a Top 10 Main

Street, and our brewery was

named a Top 10 Brewery. Main

Street Aurora, led by Director

Nancy Turner, spearheads so

many different activities making

our city not only a destination

for tourists but also a cool

place for about four thousand

of us to call home. In putting

their 20 In 20 List together

(featuring 20 things you can

do from 20 lists), Visit Indiana

said that we, Aurora, are

a UNIQUE destination! Yay

Cassie Busse, Kristan Roedl, Anna Freeman, Devin Elder,

Maria Whitaker, & Natalie Cauble enjoying one of the 2019

Get Wine(d) & Dine(d) events.


Main Street Aurora sponsored

a New Year’s Eve Dance,

an excellent way to wrap

up the monumental year we

had. I am so accustomed to

seeing Brad Peddenpohl in

some silly outfit at the Main

Street events, but I had to do

a double-take with the photo

that Nancy shared of him and

his wife, Samantha, shown in

formal attire at the dance. What

a lovely couple. Samantha,

how did you manage to get him

to be serious for the picture?

Main Street’s Get Wine(d)

& Dine(d) events will continue

this year, with the next one

being scheduled in Downtown

Aurora from 5 P.M. to 8:30

P.M. on Feb. 21. Mark your

calendars for a good time,

young and old alike.

A few years ago, to improve

the appearance of historic

downtown Aurora and to help

stimulate the business environment,

the city created the

Façade Improvement Matching

Grant (FIMG) & Sign Grant

Program for residential and

commercial properties located

within the core business

district. New in 2020, eligible

property owners in the Westside

neighborhood accessible

W ellingtons

ice cream


Brad and Samantha


off SR 350 may also apply.

Grants are limited to exterior

preservation, restoration, or

rehabilitation of real properties,

including signage improvements

identified on eligible

sites. Do YOU or someone

you know live in the Aurora

Downtown Historic District

or the Hanover west side?

They may qualify for the 2020

Facade Improvement grant

program. The deadline to apply

is Feb. 28. Guidelines can be

found on the City of Aurora

website at https://www.aurora. If eligible, BE SURE to

take advantage of this program

as it is one of the tools that has

helped to ensure the “small

town” charm of our beloved

City of Aurora and to ensure its

architectural assets continue.

One last important Public

Service Announcement… If

you are a resident of Aurora,

I recommend that you sign

up for REACH Alert. Aurora

residents can receive notification

regarding such things as

waterline breaks/ boil advisories,

road closures, construction

or accident delays, hazmat

situations, AMBER / Silver

alerts, police actions, and civic

events. Go to www.reachalert.

com to create a new account.

If you have any problems, you

may call them at (877) 307-

9313… Just DO IT and be “in

the know”!

AND, I know I said I had

ONE last public Service Announcement,

but here’s the last

one… for this month anyway!

If you would like Aurora

Bicentennial memorabilia (tee

shirts, sweatshirts, AuroraOpoly

games, Aurora Picture

books, etc.), we still have items

available. Contact the Main

Street office at 812-926-1100



Occasionally a neighbor of

ours here in Aurora receives

well-deserved recognition

for just being “an ordinary

guy.” These were the words

this particular person used

to describe himself when

we met to talk about a

life devoted to family and

Aurora youth. “STRAUTY”

is the short name many in

and around town have used

to talk about Bob Strautman.

We can appreciate

him by taking a look at his

life. He also has the title of

“Mr. Scorekeeper for SDHS

Athletic Dept!”

The story begins with a

Strautman Appreciation

Night held Dec 6. when

the boys’ basketball teams

honored their long-time

scorekeeper and friend. Our

community has received

the best Strauty has to offer

over many years.

Mr. Strautman attended

Cochran elementary, followed

by Northside Middle

school, and finally AHS,

graduating in 1955. He participated

in basketball and

baseball, but his true talent

is for leadership.

After high school, Mr.

Strautman worked at a

cleaning company in Aurora,

married his sweetheart,

Chris, and started a family.

They had three sons, John,

Brian, and Chris, and a

daughter, Lori. Mr. Strautman

shared his passion

for athletics as a volunteer

athletic director and coach

at St. Mary’s and a referee

of many sports for twenty

years. He quit when his hip

gave out while refereeing a

game. After thirty-five years

of volunteering, he fondly

shares memories of his experiences.

In 1972 Mr. Strautman

created the basketball program

at St. Mary’s. He then

helped his daughter start the

volleyball program. During

that time, he coached

Little League baseball and

Babe Ruth baseball teams.

Mr. Strautman continued to

coach basketball for a few

years until Chris Jameson

assumed the responsibility.

Then following in his

father’s footsteps, Chris

Strautman became coach.

Mr. Strautman stayed

involved in athletics at St.

Mary’s over the years by

handling all of the athletic

teams’ needs for schedules,

Bob Strautman

officials, and uniforms.

What made the job even

more challenging was that

St. Mary’s did not have a

gym!! All practices and

games were held either

at the opponent’s gym or

Northside, St. Lawrence, or

Homestead School.

As coach, Mr. Strautman

had an experience not to

be forgotten. His team was

facing a good team from

Brookville, who executed

a full-court press for the

entire game. It wasn’t pleasant!!

On a happier note,

his boys’ team played the

Aurora seventh and eighthgrade

teams twice and beat

them both times. This was

the same AHS team that

went to semi-state in high


“Strauty” had many good

memories, the happiest being

when his 1975 team won

the county tournament. He

is noted for the famous saying,

“That player would trip

over the black ten-second

line,” as a way of describing


Mr. Strautman is still

a scorekeeper at SDHS

for girls’ basketball. This

connection with youth has

existed for forty-eight long


Well, that’s it. But writing

this about “Strauty” has

been an honor! He is an

inspiration to all.

Did you ever wonder…

from where will our leaders

of tomorrow come?



After covering all of the

wonderful news in Franklin

County, correspondent Karis

Troyer has decided to pass the

torch. We will miss her wit

and love for her community.

If you would like to become

involved as a correspondent,

please email the BEACON at

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Jazzy Blackburn lifted high

by fellow cheerleaders after

coming in second to South

Dearborn High School in the

cheerleader competition.







Indiana basketball. Exciting,

invigorating! Where were

you when Milan took the state

title in 1954? Most senior citizens

can remember that day







Our town is thrilled to hear

that we finally have a new

grocery store. We welcome

the new owners, Perry and

Meggie Parmar and family.

We are also happy to have

Phil Hustler back to serve


We are so excited to see

the remodeling of the Victorian

house next to the post

office. It is going to be so


The Dillsboro Heritage

Car Show was very successful

last year. Committee

members Gene Barth,

Tracy and Missy Weatherford,

Greg Beetz, Danny

Gall, Bobby Carter, and

Chairman Steve Harmeyer

raised over $5,000. Proceeds

went to the following nonprofits:

Heritage Festival: established

in 2016 to celebrate

Gavin Yoon- boys MVP at

Rivertown Tournament.

as well as the day that man

landed on the moon. Although

I was born two years after the

victory, my mother and aunts

passed on to me the excitement

they felt as the police

and fire departments escorted

the Milan team down State

Route 46 into Sunman from

Indianapolis. Ruth Bernhard

still remembers the massive

cheering crowds and the

excitement. Yes, David slew

Goliath that day.

Lawrenceburg High Schoolbasketball

teams are continuing

the Indiana basketball

fever of 1954 into 2020. The

girl’s team beat out Switzerland

County for their fourth

championship in a row in the

Rivertown Classic Tournament.

With this year’s win,

the boys have won the most

championships in tournament

history! The most valuable

players of the tournament

were Juliana Kemper and

Gavin Yoon. Gavin achieved

the history and heritage of

our community.

Historical Society: contributions

and proceeds from

the sale of Alan Smith’s

historical collections with

the goal of finding a place to

preserve and display items

and collections of historical

value to the town of Dillsboro.

CARE Team (Community,

Action, Response, Engagement):

the objectives are to

bring together leaders of the

Faith Community to provide

help and assistance in times

of crisis.

Dillsboro Community

Partnership, Inc. General

Fund: The Dillsboro Community

Partnership fosters

community pride, enhances

and promotes growth,

and supports local businesses

and organizations

to strengthen the quality of

life in our community. The

fund provides the match for

grants which support the

activities of the DCP.

Dillsboro Veterans Walk:

We continue to salute our

Veterans throughout the

year by making our Veterans

Walk available to any group

Macy Radenheimer cutting

the net at Rivertown Classic


a personal goal of 1000 baskets

in his high school career

and was recently presented

the 1000 point ball during a

home game at Lawrenceburg

High School. The MVP award

was Juliana’s third straight.

Congratulations to all!

Have you been caught in

the winter blahs? If you have

not visited the Lawrenceburg

Public Library, you are missing

out on some boredom

relief and a gem in our community.

Visit the website, lpld., to see what

all is happening there. Newly

created this year is a program

called mobile media maker

labs. When the laptops are

not in use for this program,

they can be checked out to

use within the library. Guess

what? You can also check

out a ukulele. During Lawrenceburg

E-learning days,

the library is available for all

students. An adult must supervise

grade K-4. Library staff

or organization that should

choose to honor them with

the display.

Evening of Thanks: an annual

event held to recognize

and thank our vast number

of volunteers and contributors.

Other volunteers assisting

with the car show included

Chris and Brooke Patrick,

Cathy Beetz, Jerry Laker,

Danny Goodman, Kim

Harmeyer and DJ – Jared


Sponsors deserving special

thanks include Friendship

State Bank and Boggs &


“The Call Back Show”

is the current exhibition

at Dillsboro Arts. This

show features the work of

fourteen artists who have

supported Dillsboro Arts

through their participation

in past shows. Each artist

has up to three pieces in

this show running through

March 28.

The community is saddened

by the losses of Melinda

“Susie” (Stambaugh)

Morrone, Scharline (Utter)

Fields, Jeanette (Huntington)

Thayer, and Denver Mills.

Elise Bostick and Dahlia

Fuson met at the Lawrenceburg

library for the first time

three years ago. They have

been best friends ever since.

is available for supervision

and help for all. Check out the

beginning crochet classes, the

book clubs, and Pinterest craft

clubs. There is something for

everyone—including a $5

lunch Monday through Friday.

I hope you all enjoyed the

High on the hill with the city

of Lawrenceburg as a view,

Sophia Courtney (daughter

of Ella Schwartz) enjoys her

first birthday cake.

long, carb-filled winter (dark

at 5 P.M.) days and are looking

forward to spring as much

as I am! I am ready to come

out of hibernation. Farewell,


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Good news to share from

Moores Hill:

Congratulations to the family

of Rod (Karen) Bolin

and Debbie Bolin (Greg)

Posey on reaching several

milestones. Rod and Debbie’s

grandmother, Goldie Bolin,

turned 102 on Jan. 28. Mrs.

Bolin has been blessed with

three sons (Kenny, Steve,

and Larry Bolin) and one

daughter (Janice), seven

grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren,

and six great,

great-grandchildren. In 2017,

Mrs. Bolin was crowned Miss

Cochran, as part of Main

Street Aurora’s 150th birthday

celebration. She is the oldest

living person to have ever

lived in the little known part

of Aurora called Cochran.

Karen Bolin says her motherin-law

loves her Lord, loved

to sew, and going to craft

shows. Happy 102 Birthday to

Mrs. Goldie Bolin

Congratulations to Kenny

and Betty Bolin on celebrating

sixty-two years of marriage

in November 2019.

Happy Birthday to Betty

Bolin, who celebrated turning

80 in January, with a surprise

party at Rod and Karen Bolin’s

house in Moores Hill.

Rod and Karen moved back

to their roots in Moores Hill

in 2018, where they both grew

up, graduated from Moores

Hill School, and became

school sweethearts. They will

celebrate forty-four years of

marriage in May 2020. They

recently rebuilt on the land

where Karen grew up. Rod

serves as the pastor at Hogan

Hill Baptist Church. Karen

is a talented quilter and has

worked in Aurora for twentyeight


I plan to devote a future

column on others who have

moved back to Moores Hill,

such as Bobbi Elza and

Randy Foley. Bobbi is restoring

a house on Manchester

Street and doing much of the

work herself.

As soon as HGTV announced

plans for a contest

for one of its shows to renovate

an entire town, Tamila

Wismann, Lynn Allen,

and other volunteers began

developing a plan to submit

a proposal for Moores Hill to

be considered. So much spirit

and love are felt for Moores

Hill among former and current

residents. The annual

Rod and Karen Bolin

Christmas Walk, the 2018

Bicentennial Celebration, and

the 2019 Carnival are examples

of the tireless volunteerism

and support to enrich

living in Moores Hill. Thank

you to this team of neighbors

and friends for undertaking

another large community


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Celebrating 100th Day!

North Dearborn Elementary’s first grade class celebrated

their one hundredth day of class by dressing up as their

favorite historic characters. Their teacher, Mrs. Dennis,

shared that they are officially 100 days smarter!

To add anticipation after the holidays, many schools

celebrate the 100th day. The celebration helps break up

winter with fun and activities.

South Dearborn High School Cheerleaders (not in order): Leah Kemper, Blake Sizemore,

Kinley Sweeney, Cambrey Gilbert, Marrgo Arnsperger, Jozie Mason, Brenna VanGuelpen,

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The cheerleaders of South

Dearborn High School

certainly have something to

cheer about this year. They

placed fifth in their division

at the Indiana State Championships.

To top that, they

won the Rivertown Classic

Cheerleading Championship

in 2020. Since they also won

in 2019 and 2018, they are officially

“3-Peat” Champions!

Five out of the seventeen

SDHS competitive cheerleaders

are from the Manchester

area. They include seniors

Blake Sizemore (Competition

Captain) and Leah Kemper

(Squad Captain), juniors

Marrgo Arnsperger and

Jozie Mason, and freshman

Kendyl McAllister.

The team won several

regional competitions leading

up to State and Rivertown.

At the December Jefferson

High School competition, the

SDHS Senior cheerleaders proudly holding Rivertown

trophy - Kinley Sweeney, Leah Kemper, Cambrey Gilbert,

Blake Sizemore.

team won “Best Tumbling”

in addition to 1st place. They

have also been recognized for

outstanding stunting (builds),

jumps, cheers, and dance. The

nearly year-long commitment

demands lots of time and intense

physical requirements.

Leah Kemper shared, “This

year’s cheer season was nothing

short of eventful. Receiving

the opportunity to attend

state, and winning Rivertown

was awesome. I am so grateful

that I had the chance to be part

of this winning team during

my final year of high school!”

Blake Sizemore added,

“This season has been so incredible.

Being named captain

of the competition team was

a great honor. It was hard at

first, but as the season went

on I grew into the role. I am

so thankful that my coaches

Lisa, Lindsay, and Lori saw

enough potential in me to

switch our division to coed.

We knew it wasn’t going to

be an easy switch, but our

team adapted very quickly.

We worked very hard and it

paid off by ending in many

successes including Indiana

State and Rivertown honors! I

was also fortunate enough to

help coach our middle school

team. I am excited to continue

working with them and help

them grow.”

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This month is all about

basketball! You may have heard

that the Milan High School

Boys Basketball Team won

the Ripley County Tourney

after a sixty-year dry spell! We

certainly congratulate the team

and their coaches on such an

accomplishment. The 72-63

win was over the Batesville

Bulldogs. The 2020 MHS Boys

Basketball team is made up of

Parker Lewis, Matt Riehle,

Kaleb Rinear, Matt Schmitt,

Carter Wade, Carsyn

Ascherman, Joshua Clark,

Evan Miller, Adam Norman,

Chandler Reatherford,

Ethan Schwipps, Bo Wade,

and Peyton Wert. The Head

coach is Randy Combs, and he

is assisted by coaches Travis

Butte, Luke Williams, Andy

Finnegan, Joel Norman, and

Ethan Voss. Peyton Wert was

named MVP of the tournament.

Carsyn Asherman, Adam

Norman, and Carter Wade

made the All-Tourney Team.

Interesting to note is that

both of Ethan Schwipps’

grandfathers, Don Call and

Dick Schwipps, were on the

last team from MHS to win the

Ripley County Tourney in 1960.

Ethan Schwipps is a member of

this year’s winning team. The

1960 team was coached by Ray

Craft, who was a player and

high scorer for the 1954 State

Championship team. Members

of the 1960 team were Frank

Arkenberg, Bill Burkett, Don

Call, Jerry Caplinger, Bob

Cunningham, Tim Heller,

Jim Lafollette. Jimmy Dale

Richardson, Jim Shanks,

Dick Schwipps, Hank Voss,

and Tom Voss. They defeated

Versailles in the final game


Milan was recognized by the

Ripley County Basketball Hall

of Fame with the induction

of Ray Baurley and Craig

Cutter. Ray received the

Meritorious Service Award.

He is best known for his long

involvement with Milan’s



2020 Ripley County Tournament Champions: Milan Indians: Parker Lewis, Matt Riehle, Kaleb

Rinear, Matt Schmitt, Carter Wade, Carsyn Ascherman, Joshua Clark, Evan Miller, Adam

Norman, Chandler Reatherford, Ethan Schwipps, Bo Wade and Peyton Wert. Head coach

Randy Combs assisted by coaches Travis Butte, Luke Williams, Andy Finnegan, Joel Norman,

and Ethan Voss. Cheerleaders: Payton Bledsoe, Madison Cavins, Riley Clark, Olivia

Davis, Autumn Dunn, Abbey Knowlton, Amanda Peckham, Avery Robbins, Maddie Welch,

Lauren Werner.

Milan resident, Ray Baurley,

and MHS graduate, Craig

Cutter, were honored with

induction into the 2020 class

of the Ripley County Hall of


basketball program. He was a

business teacher and coach at

Milan High School for thirtyseven

years. Mr. Baurley was

a member of the only New

Marion High School team to

win a sectional and county

tourney. He was named an All-

Conference player in 1963 and

also lettered three years in track,

cross-country, baseball, and

basketball. Upon retirement,

Mr. Baurley continued

his participation in Milan

basketball by being the team’s

official scorer since 2009. He

also currently serves on the

Board of Directors for the

Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum.

Craig Cutter graduated from

Milan High School in 1979

and was the all-time leading

scorer, where he amassed

1,502 points over his four-year

career as a varsity starter. He

averaged 21.5 points per game

during his senior year. He was

named to the All-Sectional


Ray Baurley, Ripley County

Hall of Fame Meritorious

Service Award recipient with

his grandchildren Lainey

Stock, Taylor Stock, Nicholas

Lieland, Brody Stock,

Ross Lieland, and Cayden


team three years, the All-

County team three years, the

EIAC All-Conference team his

senior year, and received an

Honorable Mention All-State

Academic team his senior

year. Before graduation, he

received letters of interest

from several esteemed

colleges, including IU, Purdue,

Notre Dame, and Duke. Cutter

went on to play three sports in

college. He currently lives in

Canon City, CO.

In closing, I would also

like to thank The Rising Sun

Regional Foundation (RSRF)

for their support in awarding

a total of $275,420 in new

grants in the fourth quarter of

2019. These grants included

$12,630 to Milan Community

School Corporation for the

purchase of stop-arm cameras

for school buses.








Many years ago, I had a

colleague who joked that his

wife was only eight years old.

She was one of the 187,000

people in the United States

who was born on leap day,

otherwise known as February

29. If you’ve ever been

curious why February has

29 days roughly every four

years, here are a few facts for


Our modern calendar

contains 365 days; however,

it takes the earth roughly

365.2421 days to orbit its

star. To ensure we remain

consistent with the calendar,

we periodically add in an

extra day to make sure the

calendar is in sync with the

actual orbit. Pope Gregory

XIII instituted the Gregorian

Calendar in 1582, and according

to this calendar, leap year

occurs every four years except

for years evenly divisible by

100 and not by 400. If you

were like me and thought leap

year always occurred every

four years, we both learned

something new!

Our condolences go out to

the Martini family. Donna

Kennett Martini passed away

on December 24. She loved

to play cards and enjoyed

traveling to Las Vegas. Donna

was an excellent cook. One of

her favorite meals was roast

beef with potatoes and carrots,

potato salad, and german

chocolate cake. She would

fry up whatever her husband

Leo brought home from hunting,

which usually included

squirrels and rabbits! Donna

liked playing tennis and going

out with the girls. She was

a member of the “Golden


Donna leaves behind her

husband Leo and children

Donald (Tammy) Martini

of Bright, daughter-in-law

Lynda Martini of Yorkville,

Brenda (Philip) Jonas of

Harrison, and Rhonda (Eric)

Sizemore of Bright; and

sister Dorothy Cox and

brothers Denver and Ron

Kennett. She will also be

fondly remembered by her

nine grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

If you have news in the

Yorkville/Guilford area you’d

like me to share, please contact

me at


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Lisa Wolf of Sunman

shared some exciting news

with me. The East Central

Wrestling Team has beaten

the school record of wins

with a record of 34-0!

Previously the most wins

were twenty-eight back in

2009. Three wrestlers are

undefeated: Blake Wolf, one

hundred thirteen pounds;

Rider Searcy, one hundred

twenty-six pounds; and

Bryer Hall, one hundred

fifty-two pounds. The EC

wrestling team also won

the Eastern Indiana Athletic

Conference on Jan. 19 by

over one hundred points!

A huge congratulations

to these wrestlers, the

entire team, and all of the

coaches. What an impressive


East Central wrestler Ben

Wolf, son of Adam and Lisa

Wolf of Sunman, had quite

the accomplishment as he

celebrated his one-hundredth

win. Ben wrestles in the one

hundred forty-five pound

weight class for the Trojans.

Few wrestlers achieve this

goal by their senior year, so

for Ben to accomplish this

Kelsey Huber, Lisa Wolf, Ben Wolf, Shirley Huber, Jacob

Huber, Kendall Huber, and Jill Wolf celebrating EC Wrestler

Ben Wolf’s 100th Win!

as a junior makes it even

more amazing. Kudos to Ben

for all of your hard work!

This team sure is making its

school, and this town, proud!

The students at Sunman

Elementary School were

treated to a special visit

from the Cincinnati Reds

Caravan. Sunman Elementary

Instructional Assistant, Miss

Hardin, entered the school in

the Reds Caravan Takeover

Contest this past summer.

Sunman Elementary was

selected as a private stop on

the tour! Reds players Amir

Garrett, Josh VanMeter,

and Jonathan India visited.

A lucky group of twenty

randomly selected students

and staff got the opportunity

to participate in a meetand-greet

after the school

assembly. A great time was

had by all.

Mike Martini of St.

Nicholas School shared

with me that the school has

received a grant for a new

program helping children

in need. The “You Can

Use a Friend” project will

take donations of crayons,

coloring books, and other

items, combining them with

notes of support and prayer

for children going through

challenging circumstances.

Funding for the project is

provided by a Ripley Youth

Outreach Grant. Students

at St. Nicholas will be

asking area businesses

for permission to display

collection bins where people








Participating in the program, “You can use a Friend,”

Emma Eckstein, Amelia Eckstein, Isaiah Uhlarik, August

Kulhmann, Brandon Broering, second - Lily Hauefle-Rynn,

Emery Maple, Holly Hoff, Alicia Hudepohl, Cody Batta, Mrs.

Schutte- teacher, Conner Eckstein, Hank Craig, Daniel Perkins,

Lucas Watson, Gabe Yunger, Riley Schebler, Elizabeth

Gigrich, Zeb Streator, Abe Streater

can donate the items for

reuse. The donated items,

along with letters of support,

will be distributed to area

service organizations.

Principal Sherri Kirschner

explains, “We are combining

academics, faith, writing

skills, service and empathy in

this project.” Area businesses

that would like to display

a collection bin can call St.

Nicholas School at 812-623-

2348 or email: grade2@

A lot of great things are

going on around Sunman.

The town has a new website, Please

check it out! Congratulations

to the new town board

members and a new town

clerk who were sworn in on

Jan. 7. Please continue to

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Time continues to fly by,

and as I get older, it seems

like I spend a lot of time going

to funerals. I thank God

every day when I wake up

for another day on earth. We

have had six military funerals

in the past three weeks, and

I have attended a few others

for friends.

I recently lost a good

friend, John Wolfe, here in

Rising Sun. John retired from

the U.S. Army after over

twenty years of service as a

Master Sergeant and proudly

served in Vietnam. I knew

John for about fifty years.

He had a memorabilia and

antique shop in Rising Sun

and dealt in baseball cards

and other sports items. When

my brother, Cruiser, would

come to town, he and John

would wheel and deal. I

purchased a lot of Rising Sun

memorabilia from John. He

would always call me right

after making a purchase,

and I usually took all of it.

Myron Gehring was recently

presented a patriotic lap quilt.

John was married to Gloria

Neaman Wolfe, who was the

granddaughter of J.W. Whitlock,

and she was quite the

artist. I will miss stopping by

and chatting with John.

I always enjoy meeting and

greeting our World War II

Veterans. America’s Greatest

Generation has some neat

stories to tell. I have been

visiting veterans and presenting

them with lap quilts. We

also present Quilts of Valor.

I met a WW II guy who will

be ninety-eight years old this

year. Myron Gehring was

married to Mildred Bruns for

sixty-seven years until she

passed away. Myron lived in

the Batesville and Oldenburg

area. He was a veteran of

the 36th Infantry, Co. G, and

was a part of the invasion of

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was eliminated, and he hid in

the bushes along a river for

three days but was captured

and became a Prisoner of

War (POW) for eighteen

months and kept on a fivehundred-acre

farm in Germany.

He told me the story

of how toward the end of

the war, the Germans forced

them to hike eight hundred

kilometers until the Americans

and Russians were

closing in, and the Germans

fled. They had to sleep in

the woods and barns along

the way. Myron served from

1943-45. He said there was

a statue in Oldenburg that

someone had carved of Mary

holding the crucified Christ,

and his mom would walk two

miles each day to pray at the

carving for his safe return.

I saw Chick Kittle, a

ninety-two-year-old Korean

War Veteran. He talked about

serving with Omer Schmeltzer

in the 4th Infantry Division.

I worked with Omer at

I&M for many years. I have

known Chick since I was a

kid. I also worked with Mike

Perdue at I&M and visited

with him. He was on the USS

Forrestal when the big fire hit

back in 1967.

I also got to present a lap

quilt to Tom Ward with

the assistance of Rhonda

Stinson from the Lawrenceburg

Public Library. Tom is a

Korean War veteran.

I’m trying to get healthier

and started the first of the

year by doing some running

and walking. I should hit the

150-mile mark this month at

my present rate. I’ve cut back

on bread, pop, snacks, and

eating too late in the evening.

Last year at this time, I was

about 250 pounds; on Jan.

21, I weighed in at 205, so

something is working. If I

can do it, anyone can!

I pray for good health for

all of you and ask God to

bless you and your family.

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Regular readers of this


column have Maxine come to expect

that sometime Klump early in the

calendar year, I will devote

a column specifically Community to


chocolate treats. Something

about the cold days of

winter makes thought of

chocolate enticing. I love all

things chocolate, whether

they use the milder taste of

milk chocolate or the deep

rich taste of dark chocolate.

I rarely refuse any offer of

a chocolate treat, and this

month is devoted to some of

my recipe collection that use

this flavor.

This quick and easy recipe

involves confiscating “eat

straight from the package”

favorite cookies. I prefer a

relatively small piece of the

Creating a

Garden Plan for a

Successful 2020

Whether you’ve gardened

for forty years or you’ve just

recently decided to sprout

a green thumb, creating a

garden plan is a must. When

making decisions about what

to plant, how to plant, and

when to begin, gardeners can

waste a lot of time and money

if they fail to plan accordingly.

In today’s article, I

will discuss garden planning

and what you can do to make

2020 a successful year.

Gardening is an Art

While the primary goal for

most gardeners is the production

of edible fruits and

vegetables, many also focus

on aesthetics and habitat

improvement. Regardless of

production goals, there is little

denying that gardens beautify

our properties.

When planning your garden,

make landscape beautification

a priority. Consider colorful

additions that benefit both

your palate and landscape.

For instance, many gardeners

include multi-color tomatoes,

peppers, and greens. Flowers

are also easy additions to


Sketching a mock-aerial

view of your garden can help

you better understand the

space you are working with.

Adding garden decorations,

such as signs, scarecrows,

birdbaths, gnomes, and other

stone art pieces, can make

your garden an enjoyable

sight, even in the dead of

winter. Adding a bird feeder

is also a nice touch following


Hope for the Best, Prepare

for the Worst

We’ve all been told never

to count chickens before they

hatch, and the same goes

with tomatoes, peppers, and

any other vegetable! Don’t

hesitate to estimate yields, but

if you are planning on sharing,

canning, or freezing large

quantities, don’t make any

promises or plans you can’t


From pests and disease to

weather and human error…

countless scenarios wreak

havoc on our gardens. To prepare

for the worst, be sure to

have the equipment, tools, and

chemical ready when needed.

cookies (1/2 inch or so) that

you place into the batter, but

the cheesecake is good no

matter the size of the Oreo


Oreo Cheesecake

1 package Oreo Chocolate

Sandwich Cookies

¼ cup butter, melted

4 packages (8 oz size) cream

cheese softened

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 325°. Place

30 cookies in food processor;

cover. Process 30-45 seconds

or until finely ground. Add

butter; mix well. Press firmly

onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch

baking pan which has been

lined with aluminum foil that

extends over the ends of the

pan. (Trust me-this really

makes it easy to remove the

dessert from the pan.)

Beat cream cheese, sugar

and vanilla in large bowl with

electric mixer on medium

speed until well blended. Add

sour cream; mix well. Add

One of the most frustrating

scenarios as a gardener can be

scrambling for a pest treatment

or weeding tool when

conditions have rapidly turned

for the worst. Be sure your

tools are in good working condition

and ensure that you are

fully stocked with supplies.

Embrace New Ideas

The best parts of Master

Gardener and garden club

membership are networking

and exposure to new ideas.

Most experienced gardeners

will have taken recommendations

from others in the past

and be happy to pass on those

that are successful. As you

consider what to grow and

how to grow it, keep an open


When planning, research

recommendations from

friends and prepare accordingly.

You will need to consider

factors such as planting

dates and local soil conditions.

Some plants and ideas

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just until blended after each

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cookies. Gently stir 1 ½ cups

of the chopped cookies into

the cream cheese batter. Pour

over crust. Sprinkle remaining

chopped cookies over top of


Bake for 45 minutes or

until center is almost set.

Cool. Refrigerate at least 3

hours or overnight. Cut into

squares. Store any leftovers in


Both of the following recipes

come courtesy of my daughter,

Maria. Although I frequently

take advantage of a brownie

mix, this fudge-like brownie

treat is wonderful topped with

vanilla ice cream for a brownie


Easy One Bowl Brownies

1 stick butter, melted

2 (1 oz) squares baking

chocolate, melted

1 cup sugar

½ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

endeavor. If in doubt, give me

a call. I’ll be happy to provide

a recommendation and share

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Gardening is an ever-evolving

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but planning accordingly is

essential. Your plan does not

need to be a formal document

printed on fancy paper. Start

small and use bulleted lists

or sticky notes that will help

organize your ideas and keep

you on track throughout the

growing season.

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Using a medium bowl,

melt the butter and chocolate

in microwave. Remove and

add sugar, flour, baking

powder, and vanilla extract.

Mix well with a spoon or

electric mixer. Add eggs, one

at a time, mixing after each

addition. Pour batter into a

9-inch square pan that has

been lightly greased or sprayed

with cooking spray. Bake at

350° for 30 minutes. Cool in

pan before cutting into serving


I usually do not use white

chocolate, but this candy is so

good that I always “squirrel

away” a few pieces for myself.

I sometimes include pieces of

this treat on a tray of cookies

because of the contrast color

and the difference in flavor

from regular chocolate.

Almond Butter Candy

½ teaspoon butter(softened)

1 ¼ pounds white chocolate

1 ½ cups chunky almond


Line a 9-inch square pan

with foil. Spread butter over

foil. In a microwave or double

boiler, melt the chocolate,

stirring frequently until a

smooth consistency is reached.

Stir in almond butter. Pour into

prepared pan. Cool to room

temperature before cutting into


I just realized that all the

recipes for this month do

NOT have ingredients that are

“healthy,” but they certainly

satisfy the wish for a taste of

something sweet. Enjoy but

remember to say over and over,

“Moderation is the key!”

See you next month- I’m

already thinking ahead to the

promise of fresh rhubarb and

asparagus that signal spring.

I also have set aside several

recipes that I want to try, so

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The Gutzwiller Family traveled to Niagara Falls. A

great time was had by all. Pictured are Ed and Mel

Gutzwiller, St. Leon; Sharon Simmermeyer, St. Mary’s;

Nita Gutzwiller, Batesville; and Diane and Carroll

Gramman of Sunman. The trip included a ride on the

Maiden of the Mist and other points of interest in the

Niagara Falls area.

The Beacon went with Carol Morton of Brookville to all

of Iceland. Here we are at Gulfoss, one of the spectacular

waterfalls in this incredible country.



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how well-traveled our readers are!

Dr. Calvin and Barbara

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