Beacon July 2020





As the impact of social changes affects

everyone’s lives, it also requires

changes in the way we do business.

And hospitals are big business.

But hospitals are so much more.

Hospitals are where we share the joys

of births, where we turn to save lives,

and where the stresses of the end of

life are eased. They are a vital part of

the tapestry of our community.

Highpoint Health has signed a letter

of intent to integrate services into the

fold of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. As

Dearborn County owns Highpoint

Health, the considerations for this

merger have involved several entities,



Highpoint Health Pursues New Ownership

but the main focus has been on what

is best for the community. Like so

many smaller hospitals, the financial

challenge of providing state-of-the-art

treatment and care has increased exponentially.

St. Elizabeth has stepped

up and has helped stabilize the costs

that Highpoint Health is facing. Still,

the significant financial situation of the

hospital has made recovery for Highpoint

Health impossible.

In the past, St. Elizabeth and Highpoint

Health have collaborated on

projects such as a new cancer center

to be located in Dearborn County. The

resources that St. Elizabeth brings to

the table will allow access to information

technology platforms that will

provide more efficient operations. A

larger physician and specialist network

will elevate the level of care beyond

what a small hospital could achieve on

its own.

Commissioner Jim Thatcher represented

constituents concerning the

letter of intent. He shared, “I believe

the integration of Highpoint Health

and St. Elizabeth Healthcare will be a

“Win” for our region. The opportunity

to have a medical campus consisting

of outpatient care, a cancer care center,

Continued on page 3A

The Future is Bright

Bright High School alumni reflect

on the past and look forward to

a future reunion. Page 7A

Making the Most of It

Area residents find new ways

to enjoy good weather during

challenging times. Page 2B

‘Tis the Season for Cleanup

Aurora residents participate in

city-wide cleanup event. Page 6B





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Hoosier Pride and basketball in

Milton. (Photo by Shelly Ulrich)

Prayer for The Nation

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our

heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always

prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad

to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry,

sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from

pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend

our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude

brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy

Name we entrust the authority of government, that there

may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience

to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among

the nations of the earth.

In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness,

and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to

fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord,


President Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801

Rita Ashcraft’s painting reflects the patriotism and

spirit of a community icon.

By Maureen Stenger

The painter Wassily Kandinsky said, “Color is the keyboard,

the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with

many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching

one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” How

bleak would our world be without color? I’ve always been

enamored with artists as I can barely draw a stick person.

Those beautiful creative souls can create masterpieces,

whether with paint, pencil, clay, or glass. I was fortunate

to cross paths with an incredibly talented woman who has

spent a lifetime honing her craft and who graciously shares

her talent with the world. Meet Rhonda Deeg.

Ms. Deeg grew up in Kokomo, IN, near the Kokomo

Opalescent Glass Works, the oldest manufacturer of

hand-cast, rolled cathedral, and opalescent glass in The

United States. Between that and the influence of her artistic

parents, one could conclude that creativity runs through

her veins. Ms. Deeg owns RLD Glass Art & Restoration,

serving Southeast Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan.

She specializes in the restoration and repair of windows

and door panels for historic buildings. Not only does she

restore leaded glass windows, but she also is commissioned

to design new panels. Her talent working with stained and

art glass is revered around the country.

Because Ms.

Deeg’s father was

in the Air Force,

she lived all over

the world as a

child, many times

having to change

schools every six

months. She spoke

of visiting Berlin as

a young child and

seeing the burned

remnants of a

church from World

War II. The people

of the city wanted

their children to understand

the history

of their past.

Ms. Deeg shared,

“That gave me

something I took


Students Honored

With Scholarships

In this time of social distancing,

many students are experiencing

graduations and college plans that are

different than they

imagined. Nine seniors

from Batesville

High School recently

received scholarships

that will make the

future a little sweeter.

The Batesville

Caleb Huffmeyer

Nicholas Meer

Community Education


(BCEF) recently

awarded a total of

$20,000 in scholarships

to ten deserving

individuals. Four

scholarships from

the family of BHS

alumnus Sgt. Chad

Keith were awarded

to Cadence Campbell,

Joseph Hartman, and

Callie Main, and BHS

alumna Lauren Kieffer.

They interviewed

veterans and wrote essays

about patriotism.

The Mary C. Horstman

Scholarship is

to be used to assist

students with post-


secondary expenses. Recipients for

2020 are Caleb Huffmeyer, Nicholas

Meer, and Sarah Ronnebaum.

The James E. Fritsch Memorial

Scholarship assists students who are

pursuing post-secondary study. This

year the recipients are Erin Batta,

Continued on page 3A

Stained Glass Preserves History, Art, and Beauty


A restoration at Ghent Baptist


with me for the rest of my life.” That appreciation of

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The Road of Life

When I was five or six,

I remember that my dad

worked for one of those big

companies in Cincinnati. One

that rivaled P&G and whose

products were undoubtedly

household names. But the

company was still personal at

that time. I remember meeting

the owner, the big guy.

The one whose favorite color

was a really cool blue, so all

of the corporate vehicles were

painted that color. Funny the

things one remembers from

their childhood.

I also remember one of

my dad’s coworkers. Bill

Hutchinson. Always smiling

and with laughter that could

bring a smile to a person’s

face even if he was halfway

down the hall. Through the

years, I saw Bill at triathlons

and group bike rides that he

participated in with my dad.

Then life got in the way, I

grew up, and I lost touch with


Years later, I moved out

to beautiful Aurora. My

path crossed with Merrill

Hutchinson, and of course,

I just had to ask if he had an

uncle named Bill. The quizzical

look he gave me said it

all- how do you know Uncle


Years later, I reconnected

with Bill. Our rekindled

friendship meant more to me

than I could have ever imagined.

Bill passed away recently

at the age of 89, but he swore

that he made it to 90 if one included

his time in the womb.

That was Bill’s wonderful

sense of humor. I attended

the service celebrating his

life. A very cool thing happened-

several people stood

up and told stories of how Bill

touched their lives with his

wit, compassion, and friendship.

What a legacy to leave


A few months were needed

before I could share my

memories of Bill with you. I

understand that some of you

may remember Bill from a

time when he worked in Dillsboro

and throughout Dearborn

County. I hope you got to

Linda and Merrill Hutchinson

know him as I did.

They say the apple doesn’t

fall far from the tree. This is

certainly true for the Hutchinson

family. Like his Uncle

Bill, Merrill certainly gives

back unconditionally to his

family and his community.

Merrill and his wife Linda

have been married for at least

thirty-four years (we all must

have been about six at the

time- no ages given away

here!). I watched them raise

two incredible boys, both of

whom are carrying on the

family tradition of giving

back. A very nice tribute to

how great parents Merrill and

Linda are.

Having an empty nest

should mean slowing down,

enjoying life a little more,

but not for Merrill and Linda.

Not only did they adopt three

children who are siblings, but

they also started an organization

that gives back in innumerable

ways. Rock Solid

Families was founded in 2018

and has impacted numerous

lives since its inception. The

life-coaching organization

offers guidance and tools for

family, marriage, and personal


Merrill and Linda have been

an integral part of our community

for years as counselors,

teachers, coaches, and

community leaders. They

have led retreats, classes, and

workshops focusing on marriage

and parenting for over

twenty-five years. The couple

then stepped away from their

full-time positions to focus on

strengthening families.

When I first met Merrill, he

had just completed a cycling

trip across the country. Yes,

coast to coast. His passion for

fitness has continued throughout

his life and is deeply ingrained

in his business principal

of the importance of faith,

family, and fitness. Merrill

began his career as a teacher,

inspiring students to do their

very best. He also coached

swim teams, wrestling, and

probably numerous other

activities as some parents do.

He then altered his path and

became a counselor at Bright

Elementary, where he guided

children through the maze of

learning what life is about.

Linda holds degrees in both

secondary education and pastoral

counseling. She gained

immeasurable experience as a

teacher for eight years before

taking on the role of becoming

the children’s program

director at an area church. Her

dedication and work resulted

in the standard core for the

children’s ministry.

When asked to describe

Merrill and Linda, the unanimous

response from their

peers was, “If you need something,

they are the ones to turn

to. Their hearts are so open”

They are honest and will not

sugar coat an answer. You

know what you get with them.

I personally admire that.

Both Merrill and Linda

volunteer at Pregnancy Care

Centers. Linda dedicates her

time to the Harrison office,

while Merrill focuses on the

Lawrenceburg location. This

dynamic team is supportive of

each other at their respective

locations as well.

Merrill became involved in

the Man-to-Man program at

PCC after attending a banquet

for the organization. Within a

few months, what started as

merely volunteering quickly

grew into being a mentor for

others who wish to help with

the program.

Kayla Griffin, the executive

director for the Pregnancy

Care Center, shared that

Merrill has proven to be a

natural leader for the Manto-Man

program. “Merrill is

a generous man. You can tell

he wants to make a difference

in the families in our

community. He is passionate

about trying to instill values

that will impact families and

future generations.”

When speaking with Kayla

Griffin, I was caught short

by her referring to Merrill as

Hutch. That was his uncle

Bill’s nickname. How fitting

and what an honor.

Thank you, Merrill and

Linda Hutchinson, for all that

you do for our community.

Your efforts will certainly be

felt for generations to come.

On a more whimsical note,

M. Chester (aka Wilber)

supporting the community

while wearing his mask.

the donkey is back! The

Manchester icon is back on

the front lines, mask in place,

bringing a bit of lightheartedness

to those who pass by

the Ashton farm. Thank you

to the Ashtons for keeping

the tradition “alive and





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What is it?

Last month’s item was submitted by Terry Stephens.

Butch Knecht of St. Peters/Lawrenceville correctly

identified the object as a sickle bar sharpener. “It mounts

to the steel wheel of a horse drawn sickle mower. I have

one very similar to it and believe mine was manufactured

about 1902.”

Karen Getz, Franklin

County, also submitted

that the item is an antique

McCormick Sickle

Sharpener and is very

unusual. Kenneth Hayes

identified the device as well.

This month’s item is

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County Hospital Moves Toward New Ownership

Continued from page 1A

and a full-service hospital, all

in our community, is a very

big deal for the health and

well-being of Southeastern


Liz Morris, president of the

Dearborn County Council,

stated, “I am supportive of

the idea in principle. I think

St. Elizabeth is a natural fit

for the people of Dearborn

County. It is a great collaboration

to have the St. Elizabeth

trademark in Dearborn

County and will ensure the

quality of healthcare for the

citizens for years to come.”

The letter of intent signed

by all parties states that St.

Elizabeth will assume the

business of Highpoint Health

and will transition operations

to their management and

technology platforms. Hospital

and outpatient services

are proposed to be provided

under the name of St. Elizabeth

Dearborn, and Highpoint

Health Physician Partners

would join St. Elizabeth Physicians.

Garren Colvin, President

and Chief Executive Officer

of St. Elizabeth Healthcare,

made the following statement,

“It is our hope and expectation

that this future integration

will provide Southeast Indiana

with continued access to

high-quality healthcare close

to home for decades to come.”

Current plans show that St.

Elizabeth will be investing

approximately $50 million

into technology and capital

projects over the next five

years. The proposed transition


• stabilizing financial operations

•plan for the provision of

future healthcare services

with community physicians

• open a cancer center at the

Greendale location

• build an expanded healthcare


James Deaton, a member of

the Highpoint Health Foundation

and the Dearborn County

Redevelopment Commission,

stated, “Whatever it takes to

keep quality healthcare in

Dearborn County is worth


Currently, St. Elizabeth

Healthcare operates five

facilities located throughout

Northern Kentucky. They

also provide over one hundred

fifteen primary care and

specialty offices in Indiana,

Kentucky, and Ohio.

St. Elizabeth is a Catholic

healthcare ministry focused

on providing comprehensive

and compassionate care. The

medical provider is a part of

the communities it serves by

reaching out with a Community

Benefit Program that

gives everyone access to its

resources and services. St.

Elizabeth has a cardiovascular

unit that visits communities

and provides cardiovascular

risk assessments. The

organization also provides a

mobile mammography unit.

St. Elizabeth invests in its

communities and supports

overall health by donating

resources and expertise to local

events and organizations.

They also sponsor walks and

races throughout the community.

A final agreement between

Dearborn County, Highpoint

Health, and St. Elizabeth is

slated to be reached by Fall,



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Stained Glass Restoration Shaped by Family Values

Continued from page 1A

history shaped Ms. Deeg as

she is a huge advocate of

the preservation trades. Her

father was also a woodworker

and her mother, a designer.

The artistry not only ran

in the family but was also

fostered. Ms. Deeg’s mother

was an oil painter and gave

her daughter an easel when

she was just four years old.

Whenever they came upon

a beautiful vista, her mother

would pull the car over, and

they would get out and paint.

Her parents instilled in her

not only the passion but also

a lifelong quest to learn and


Hence Ms. Deeg’s years

spent as a high school vocational


Ms. Deeg’s father was

also in construction and was

very hands-on, a skill that he

passed on to her. As a teacher

of interior design and architecture,

she guided her class

to build houses. The program

of a high school class designing

and building a house

each year is still going on in


Ms. Deeg was also a ceramic

tile installer and a certified

kitchen and bath designer before

glass eventually became

a part of her journey.

Many years ago, she took

a stained-glass class, and

the door was opened. When

a friend presented her with

a historic piece of glass and

Photos courtesy of

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asked her to repair it, she

could not turn the opportunity

down. Her father always

taught her never to say the

word can’t.

Natural materials from

the earth are used in making

glass. The materials are

heated to a molten state then

mixed with metallic oxides

that produce the different

glass colors. The color appears

all the way through

hence the term “art glass” or

“colored sheet glass.”

Ninety-eight percent of Ms.

Deeg’s projects is restoration

work. For every project,

she must assess what needs

to be repaired, which takes a

lot of care and time. Vintage


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stained and leaded glass can

have deteriorated frames,

cracked panes and joints, and

loose glass. Many of these

glass pieces can be restored,

which is very important to

Ms. Deeg because these

pieces are part of the history

of a home or building. As

Ms. Deeg explained, there

is something special about

touching these pieces that

someone else many years

before made. “My legacy carries

this on in a proper way,

and I take my time with these


Ms. Deeg’s skill is pristine.

When she worked on

the windows of the Madison

Presbyterian Church two

years ago, the pastor commented

on the trouble he had

trying to keep the congregation’s

attention during

the service as they were all

mesmerized with the beauty

before them! The colorful

windows had never been so

clean or in such immaculate

condition! Ms. Deeg

explained that the satisfaction

of her clients is what

keeps her going, especially

when some projects prove

to be rather challenging. She

elaborated, “It may take you

a while, but it will be beautiful,

and in the end, that pushes

you forward. Sometimes

I take a break, take a walk,

and begin again.” To Ms.

Deeg, it’s not about making

a profit; it’s about making a

difference and preserving the

integrity of each piece she

works on.

Ms. Deeg has an immense

appreciation for free-flowing

circular designs and is greatly

influenced by the work of

Frank Lloyd Wright. Art

Deco and Art Noveau patterns

Ms. Deeg was commissioned to create three panels for

the Madison River Terrace Health Campus.

Rhonda Deeg repairing a stained glass window.

are some of her favorites.

Ms. Deeg continues her role

as a teacher as she shares

her plethora of knowledge

through her various workshops.

Her classes are handson.

In this way, Ms. Deeg

carries on the legacy of her

father, who instilled in her the

value of not just hard work

but meticulous work. He took

her along on project after

project, from installing sidewalks

to reroofing houses. In

fact, in junior high school, she

was the only girl taking shop

classes because her father

taught her there was no reason

she couldn’t.

Ms. Deeg is a part of

numerous local, state, and

national organizations, including

the Preservation Trade

Network, Kentucky Heritage

Council, Indiana Landmarks,

Madison Area Arts Alliance,

Indiana Artisans, Stained

Glass Association of America

and the American Glass

Guild. She has also been

featured in numerous publications

and has written several

articles about her craft. The

promotion of the preservation

trades and glass art is very important

to her.

She explained, “I believe

we need to continue saving

and preserving our history

as much as we can. We need

to see the past so we can

move forward, that’s why it’s

important to me.” Ms. Deeg’s

daughter has taken on the

role of her apprentice; one

day, the torch will be passed

from one generation to the


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In this unusual environment,


time seems to Maxine pass by so

quickly. A recent Klump note from

Beacon’s Tamara Taylor

reminded us that Community upcoming


summer warmth holds so

many enjoyable happenings –

and of course, a favorite treat

for most folks – ice cream.

That was all I needed to

remember so many family

events over the years that

included making a freezer full

of “homemade” ice cream.

Both my grandfathers were

the ones “anointed” to turn the

cranks on the home ice cream

freezer. The best part of all was

licking the frozen treat off the

paddle churn at the close of

the activity. Electric models

followed those freezers. Now

I have a small portable (quartsized)

freezer that produces

wonderful soft flavor filled

treats in thirty minutes or less as

we consume the main course.

The recipe for ice cream

sandwiches takes even less

work. You may choose to

bake some cookies (I like

chocolate chip) from either

your own recipe or use one

of the refrigerated rolls of

cookie dough in the dairy

section of your supermarket.

Certainly, you can also choose

to purchase cookies for this

project; ideally, they should

be a soft cookie texture.

I always have a container

of vanilla ice cream, so I

generally use that flavor for

the filling of the sandwich.

However, another flavor

can easily be substituted. I

recommend that you stay

away from large chips or nuts

in the ice cream. (This is a

fun recipe for kids to assist in


Ice Cream Sandwiches

Favorite Cookie Flavor (2

for each sandwich)

Ice cream (about ¼ - ½ cup

per sandwich)

If using home-baked

cookies, make sure they have

cooled completely. Place

generous scoop of slightly

softened ice cream on the

bottom side of a cookie. I

use a mini scoop designed

to place cookie dough on the

baking tray quickly. Place

second cookie, bottom side

next to the ice cream. You can

enjoy the awesome dessert

immediately or wrap in plastic

wrap and place in the freezer

until ready to serve. Hint:

Adults like these as much

or more than folks under 20


This recipe for ice cream

does NOT involve the use of

any type of freezer other than

the freezer section of your


The original recipe calls

for bittersweet chocolate,

but I love milk chocolate, so

I sometimes substitute milk

chocolate chips. Confession

time: I sometimes splurge

for the Ghirardelli brand of

chocolate for this recipe.

Note: The ice cream may

seem smoother if you use the

chopped chocolate bar instead

of chocolate chips. ½ cup of

chips equals 4 oz.

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

1 teaspoon instant coffee

powder (This enhances the

“chocolatey” flavor.)

1 tablespoon hot water

4 oz. bittersweet chocolate

chopped fine

½ cup

sweetened condensed milk

Stained Glass Creations

Continued from page 4A

How lucky we all are to have

such talented and dedicated

individuals among us. It’s

more than making something

pretty again; it’s taking something

flawed and making it

shine. It’s digging deep when

the job proves difficult, and

being tenacious when walking

away would be much easier.

Ms. Deeg is an inspiration to

her trade. When the tools she

needs are hard to come by and

can’t be found at a garage or

estate sale, she makes them

herself. She sees her projects

through and spends precious

time honing each piece to

perfection. Like most good

things in life, the wait is worth

it. The next time you are in

a church or an old historic

building, and you admire the

radiant splash of color that reflects

off the beautiful stained

glass, remember the hands

that so tirelessly molded and

crafted that magnificent piece,

the hands of an artist. Rhonda

Deeg’s stunning work can be

viewed on her website http://


½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 ¼ cups cold heavy cream

Combine coffee powder

with hot water in a small


Let stand for 5 minutes.

Microwave the chocolate,

sweetened condensed milk

and coffee mixture in a bowl,

stirring every 10 seconds until

chocolate is melted (about 1

minute). Stir in vanilla and

salt and allow mixture to cool.

With an electric mixer, on

medium-high speed, whip

cream to soft peaks (about 2

minutes). Whisk about 1/3

of whipped cream into the

chocolate mixture. Then fold

the remainder of whipped

cream until incorporated.

Place in airtight container and

freeze for at least 6 hours.

The ice cream keeps for up

to 2 weeks in frozen state.

Makes one quart.

Now that our family

includes a fourth generation

of youngsters, we have started

to freeze our own versions of


Every kitchen (including

my own) contains a set

of plastic forms with soft

“sticks” for warm afternoon


Recipes are numerous, and

I am including this one that

the “adults in the party” enjoy.

You can certainly use paper

cups with a wooden stick

inserted instead of using a


Coconut Lime Frozen Pops

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk

¾ cup milk

½ cup sweetened condensed



2 tablespoons frozen limeade

concentrate, melted

1 tablespoon lime zest

In a large mixing bowl,

combine all ingredients.

Pour evenly into an 8-count

frozen pop mold and insert


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the plastic sticks. Freeze until

solid. Note: I have only a

6-count mold, so I froze the

remaining mixture in a plastic

ice cube tray. (Pop 1-2 frozen

“cubes” into a glass and add

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Brittany Ford, Spencer Ford, Carolyn Ford, Roger Ford,

Austin Ford, and Alisha Ford at induction ceremony.







Financial Solutions

Receives Award

Financial professionals,

Roger Spencer and Austin

Ford, received the honor of

being inducted into Advisors

Excel’s Hall of Fame. The

Fords were inducted into

the Hall of Fame by doing

more than $100 million in

cumulative annuity business

with Advisors Excel- a target

that usually is a careerlong

goal for most financial

professionals. To date, the

Fords’ firm, Conservative

Financial Solutions, is one

of only 103 in the nation to

qualify for this prestigious

sales award.

Mansfield Insurance

Helps its Fellow


Mansfield Insurance

reached out to support its

fellow businesses during

the crisis by assisting with

unforeseen needs. For

example, they took snack

items to be used for family

snack packs at the North

Dearborn Food Pantry. The

company also supported their

neighbors by taking lunches

to Civista Bank, Bright

Vet clinic, Loving Hearts

Hospice, and the East Central

High School staff that is

working to distribute lunches

and snacks to the students.

Lunch was also delivered to

the Bright Fire Department by

the Mansfield Insurance staff.

Mansfield Insurance also

reached out to doctor’s offices

by giving gift cards from

local businesses like Shift to

better accommodate the lunch

schedules of the staff. At the

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Civista Bank employees

Brenda Chamberlain, Jessica

Berry, Taylor Jackson

and Gina Oles were excited

to receive a surprise

pizza delivery from Mansfield


same time, Mansfield is

supporting the restaurants

that have been operating on

restrictions at this time.

The business community

and workers appreciated

Mansfield Insurance for

their support and the

positive impact they made.

Braysville Depot-

New Perspective

In 2011, Joe Leonard and

his wife took a trip to Leek,

Staffordshire, England.

They came home with more

than just a few souvenirs.

During the trip, they went

on a train ride/lunch at

Cheddelton station, which

left Mr. Leonard enamored

and with the dream of

someday having his own

bridge and train station.

That dream has

become the driver of the

design of the Leonard’s

storage facility in West

Harrison. They chose

the name Braysville

Depot when they spotted

an old cemetery sign

near their property that

read Braysville, a small

unincorporated area similar

to Bright.

When completed,

Braysville Depot will be a

unique storage experience

complete with a train

station and stationmaster.




By PG Gentrup

The McClanahan Family,

Moores Hill, has a deep military

history. Several members

of the family have served our

great nation.

- Paternal grandfather, John

Howard McClanahan was a

WWI veteran and served as a

Lieutenant with the 1st Calvary

Division (Big Red One).

- John’s son and father of

Mike, Patrick, and Kelly,

Harold Richard McClanahan

was a member of

America’s Greatest Generation

and World War II Army

Veteran. He was a Flight

Officer and Prisoner of War.

He was known to most as Red

or Shorty.

-Harold’s wife, Margaret

Belle McClanahan, Ensign,

U.S. Navy in World War II,

was stationed in California,

taking care of wounded soldiers

from the Pacific Theater.

-Shorty’s brother, John

Howard McClanahan, a

World War II Prisoner of War,

was a member of America’s

Greatest Generation. He was a

radio operator/tail gunner on a

B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

- Brother of John and Harold,

James Wesley McClanahan,

a veteran of the Korean

and Vietnam Wars, was a Staff

Sergeant of U.S. Air Force

and was awarded the Silver

Star for Gallantry in Action,

our nation’s third-highest


-Two sons of Harold Richard

McClanahan served our

country. Michael Richard

McClanahan, retired as a U.S.

Navy Chief Aviation Ord-


man. He







Mike McClanahan










Pat McClanahan


served with Squadron

VAQ-133 Douglas A-3

Sky Warriors. He completed

two tours of duty in Vietnam,

one on the USS

Constellation CV-64 and on

the USS Kitty Hawk CV-53 in

North Vietnam.

-Mike’s son, Stephen James

McClanahan, Veteran Grande

Era, U.S. Army Engineer battalion,

is a heavy equipment

operator and armament


- Mike’s grandson, greatgrandson

of Harold McClanahan

and John Howard, Gavin

Silas, U.S. Army Infantry.

-Kelly J. McClanahan,

brother of Mike and Pat, U.S.

Army Blackhawk Helicopter

Crew Chief/Mechanic.

- Kelly’s son, Christopher

Drew McClanahan, U.S. Air

Force, Crypto Linguistics/Intelligence


Very impressive.

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Robert “Bud” Swales 1939, Faye (Southard) Pope 1939, Thelma Jean (White) Stutz

1939, Virginia (Clark) Knippenberg 1939, LaVern (Bentle) Blasdel 1940, Frances (Viel)

Borgman 1939.

By Shelly Ulrich

Some friendships are meant

to be biodegradable and others,

well, they are meant to

last forever. Such is the case

with graduates of the longdefunct

Bright High School

who have been getting

together every year for a very

long time at the Bright High

School Alumni Banquet. According

to Karen (Schmeltzer)

Brandt, a 1958 graduate

of Bright High School, “I

do not know when it began,

but I remember when I was a

child (the ‘40’s and ‘50’s) my

parents who were both BHS

graduates being so excited to

go each year, it was like the

highlight of the year.”

From 1926-1959 Bright

High School had four hundred

seventy graduates in

Willis Bentle

Class of 1940

class sizes


from eight

to its peak

of twentyfive.


small class

sizes made

for very




have gone off into the world

in all directions. Whether

they still live in the area or

have moved as far away as

California, the opportunity to

stay connected with those

dear friends draws Bright

High School Graduates from

all over the country back to

Bright, Indiana, every June.

Karen Brandt is instrumental

in coordinating the

banquet. She indicated that in

the early years, “it was held

at different locations, and as

the years went on, it was held

at the original Bright Firehouse,

then the North Dearborn

High School and then

the East Central High School.

For several years now, it has

been held at a church event


“We were looking forward

to Bright High School classmates,

spouses and friends

gathering again at the Dearborn

Hills United Methodist

Church Family Life Center...

to celebrate school days and

enjoy a wonderful meal. In

some of the early years, the

A Bright Past and Future

banquet “was catered by

Nellie (1936 graduate) and

Bessie Callaway. In more

recent years, Betty and Patsy

Grubbs, both 1956 graduates,

have catered the meal.”

Karen describes the caterers

as “the two best cooking

duos in town...” and their

food as, “...always DELI-


“We were looking forward

to this… It is always an enjoyable,

fun evening visiting

with classmates, old friends,

and maybe even a teacher.

During the years of Bright

High School, the major sport

was basketball, and there are

some of those players who

remember the games, the

plays, and the scores, and

like to talk about them. Being

a cheerleader was also a

big thing. The cheerleaders

used to lead the group in the

school song and a cheer, but

as the years went on, they

gave it up.”

“Because of Coronavirus

restrictions, we feel it best

not to try to continue with

plans to meet this year,”

stated Ms. Brandt.

Since the banquet last

year, ten graduates - Lowell

Jackson, Elsie (White) Doneworth,

James Witt, Marie

(Pennington) Morris Swales,

Eugene Ziegler, Charlotte

(White) Vickroy, Jesse Smith,

Margie (Hiltz) Arthur, Willa

(Campbell) Rolfes, and

Raymond Fields have passed


“Some years back, we

began honoring anyone who

had been out of school for

seventy years or more with a

corsage or boutonnière.”

For 2020 those honored

would be:

1940 (80 Years) Willis

Bentle, LaVern (Bentle)


1945 (75 Years) Elma Jean

(Hurley) Smith

1950 (70 Years) Beulah

(McQueen) Erwin, Norma

(Peters) Redmon, Lorene

(Brumley) Waller, Robert


1955 (65 Years) Wilda

(Kerns) Kinnett, Shirley

(Massett) Burns, Betty

(Smith) Cottingham, Laura

West, Mona Roark, Marjorie

(Grubbs) Knue, Jerry Willman,

Donald Ziegler, David


Karen indicated, “We are

sad that we will not meet this

year, but we hope everyone

will mark their calendar and

plan to join us on the first

Saturday in June 2021. You

can bring a family member or

friend along, some of us need

assistance at this age, and all

are welcome.”

While this year may have

brought a change in plans

to this long-standing tradition,

rest assured plans for

the Bright High School 2021

Annual Alumni Banquet are

already underway. The event

provides a place for graduates

to gather once again and

spend time remembering

the past, enjoying the present,

and having hope for the



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By Mary-Alice Helms

My sister sighed as she

sorted through the drawers

full of antiques and collectibles

that her late husband

had accumulated over the


“I just don’t know why he

wanted to save some of this

stuff,” she said. “For example,

why in the world did

he want this?” She held up an

oddly shaped, decorated container

of some sort. It looked

like a vertical rectangular

box, open at both ends, with a

shallow trough at the bottom.

“That’s a kitchen matchholder!”

I cried. “Don’t you

remember the one that always

hung by the stove in Mother’s

kitchen? It was white with

red apples painted on it. She

would slide the opened box

of wooden kitchen matches in

the top, and the match sticks

would fall into the curved

thing at the bottom. Oh, I love


Julie rolled her eyes, shook

her head, and went on to the

next item.

While she sorted, we

reminisced about the things

that were common in houses

when we were growing up,

but are rarely seen in our

mechanized, electronic society.

Some items were considered

essential in the wellequipped

kitchen of the day.

Others were just “knickknacks.”

Kitchen walls were

decorated with copper molds

Knick-Knacks and Essentials

that were used for creating

fancy desserts and salads.

Of course, a kitchen clock

was a necessity, as was a

calendar. The calendar might

have a pretty picture for each

month, or it could be a more

austere freebie, embellished

with advertising. Somewhere

there had to be a fly swatter

close at hand. Some of

my friends’ mothers used

fly-paper to control the pest


Our mother thought that

the rolls of sticky paper,

hung from the ceiling, were

nasty. She preferred the fly


Every kitchen had its assortment

of strainers. There

were large pasta or vegetable

strainers, small tea strainers,

and many sizes in between.

I still have a “tea ball,” an

elongated metal ball, punched

with holes, and with a screwon

lid. When filled with tea

leaves and steeped in hot water,

it serves the same purpose

as a teabag. Another handy

type of strainer was made of

rubber or plastic. Triangular

in shape, it fit neatly into a

corner of the sink. It was quite

useful for catching scraps and

peelings before they could

clog the plumbing.

Kitchen drawers were filled

with a variety of odd-looking

devices guaranteed to help

the busy homemaker with her

chores. Sometimes, nestled

among the spatulas, was a

cylindrical tube about four

inches long. It was known as a

“juicer.” To me, it looked like

some kind of medieval instrument

of torture. The smaller

end was very sharp. It would

cut a small hole through the

rind and the fruit when twisted

into a lemon or orange. It

would then be turned upside

down so that the juice could

run out of the larger end into

a glass or bowl. We thought

it was great for cutting a hole

in an orange from which we

could suck the juice. Mother

was not amused.

Some seasonal essentials

were stored in the basement

until needed. These included

the blue enameled canner as

well as a bottle capper. That

weird contraption consisted of

a platform on which a filled

bottle was placed. The bottle

was sealed securely when a

cap was put in place, and the

heavy handle of the capper

was ratcheted down with

force. We had home bottled

grape juice instead of soft

drinks, and felt sorry for ourselves!

None of the families

we knew owned home freezers,

so canning, bottling, and

drying were the major food

preservation methods of the


Commanding an important

spot on one of the

cupboard shelves was an

ancient flat iron. In some

generation past, when it still

owned a handle, it had been

heated on a wood-burning

stove and used for ironing

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Live Music by The Yorkridge Boys

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Sunday • 11am - 9pm

Chicken Dinner (11am-5pm)

Beer Garden • Lunch Stand

Gaming • Raffles • Country

Store • Kiddie Land • Quilts

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the family’s clothes. After

losing its handle, it became

the surface upon which nuts

were cracked. Placed upside

down on the Sears and

Roebuck catalog used as

cushioning on a kitchen chair,

the little iron would have a

hickory nut or walnut put

in place on its surface, and

smacked with a kitchen hammer.

The cracked nut would

then be tossed into a waiting

bucket. When the bucket was

full, either Mother or Dad (or

sometimes both) would sit on

the porch or in front of the

fireplace, and use nut picks to

pry fat, delicious nut meats

from the broken shells. What

wonderful candies, cakes, and

other delicacies were enhanced

by those inexpensive


We had no electric blender

or chopper. Those things had

not yet been invented when

we were kids. Instead, we had

cabbage graters, ricers, and a

meat grinder—all powered by

elbow grease. A cone-shaped

sieve sat in a three-legged

wire frame.

Food was pushed through

its pierced sides by a wooden

pestle. Anything going







through that process would be


An indispensable item that

sat on nearly every kitchen

stove was the grease container.

Ours was made of some

kind of brushed metal and

had a tight-fitting lid with a

black wooden knob. It would

hold about a quart of grease,

poured off of the mornings’

sizzling bacon. That was especially

important “during the

war” when there was no lard

or shortening to be had. That

leftover grease added a wonderful

flavor to many a dish.

Mother was justifiably

proud of her Mixmaster

mixer. She and Dad received

it as a wedding gift in 1934.

It was still going strong in the


We had so many other

popular kitchen items. I just

can’t remember them all.

There were the wall-hung

can opener, the ever-present

clothes sprinkler, and the

dual-container egg poacher,

just to name a few. Some of

them might be considered

collectible now. Others would

just be junk. I sure would like

to find another kitchen matchholder,


Dear Marie,

I have been concerned

about rudeness in general, but

lately I think the fear of the

virus has made rudeness in

our society worse. In general,

my concern has been the rudeness

of people who do not respond

to text, email, or phone

messages. Simply responding

seems so easy to me, unless

of course you are avoiding the

person or conversation.

And then I have to deal

with my own emotion of getting

very hot under the collar

when I am having a hard time

reaching a customer service

representative. I can feel my

anger grow when I have to go

through a menu list of options

or people to reach the department

I am seeking. As that

ends I am told there are ten

calls in front of mine. Then

I get a representative and I

am faced with the knowledge

the person on the other end

doesn’t really speak English!


What about the injustices

and rudeness we face on the

streets? When we are driving

and get cut off by a rude

person, how do we react? Do

we honk the horn and make

wild angry hand gestures? Do

we consider the person is in a

very big hurry? Has there been

an emergency in that person’s

life? How do we react?

Marie, Is it true people have

become ruder?

Millie in Batesville

Dear Millie,

I think you have expressed

what many of us have been

thinking. You have pointed

out how easily the smallest

provocation gets us upset.

While most of us have very

busy lives and many responsibilities,

we need to stop, take

a deep breath, and think about

the other person.

Have a pressing issue?

Contact Marie@goBEACON

We’re open

& here to help


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H ere




Last month’s column was

about a bonehead mistake I

made many years ago as the

editor of a local newspaper.

I took a photo at a Fourth of

July parade and totally blew

it when I wrote the caption. It

read something like this: “A

boy and his trusty dog enjoy a

patriotic stroll down Harrison


Not long after the paper hit

the stands, I received a call

from a very nice lady who

informed me that the boy was

her daughter, and the trusty

dog was her pet goat. I apologized

profusely and wrote

a column the next week in

which I corrected the mistake

and had some fun at my own


Fast forward about fifteen

to twenty years to last week.

I received a Facebook message

from a young woman

I didn’t recognize. She told


John Hawley

& Colleen




me that she read the column

in the Beacon with interest

because she was the kid (pun

intended) with the goat in

the photo. She said her name

was Maggie Waller, and the

goat’s name was Sponge-


And that’s not all folks.

We became Facebook

friends, and after reading

some of her posts and seeing

some photos, it became clear

to me that she is a lover of animals

and an all-around good

person. I found out something

else that tickled the heck

out of me. Her grandmother,

Margaret, is my neighbor,

and our back yards are about

thirty feet from each other.

For many years I’ve seen a

girl, now a woman, cut Margaret’s

grass and had no idea

that she was the infamous

goat girl. What are the odds?

Today she sent me the original

column, which was a real

kick for me.

I thank her for all of the

column fodder, her sense of

humor, and for making an old

man feel pretty danged good.

Oh, and thanks a bunch to


As I’m sure you know, a

Thriving with

Aeroponic Gardening

Aeroponic gardening

systems utilize nutrient

solutions mixed with water

applied to the roots of plants.

The nutrient-water solution

is stored in the central basin

where a pump is located. The

pump cycles on/off throughout

each twenty-four-hour

period, moistening plant roots

with nutrient-water solution.

Therefore, the roots are either

in air or the nutrient-water

solution. The fact the plant

roots spend most of the time

in air is what makes aeroponic

gardening strikingly different

from hydroponic gardening.

In hydroponic gardening,

plant roots remain in solution

at all times.

Why I Call It My Easy


No soil, weeding, or daily

watering are required in aeroponic

gardening. Instead, the

main requirements for maintaining

an aeroponic garden

include filling the 13-20 gallon

basin with nutrient-water

solution, placing seeds into

Rockwool cubes, and plugging-in

the water pump timer

and light timer. As long as

water is in the basin, you can

sit back and watch it grow.

How easy is that? The ease

of aeroponic gardening is it is

used both indoors and out. An

aeroponic garden will thrive

without any assistance for

one to two weeks, making it

much easier to keep a garden

growing even when you are


Less water; Less Space

Significant differences in

the amount of water and space

required are found when comparing

traditional in-ground

gardening to aeroponic gardening.

An aeroponic gardening

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plants in a 2.5ft x 2.5ft space.

Furthermore, the water in an

aeroponic gardening system is

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the plant roots use the water or

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Aeroponic gardening

systems require 98% less water

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What’s not to Love?

Aeroponic gardening is

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without requiring the amount

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traditional gardening. No soil,

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I was musing the other day

about how many things in my

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the word “Whitewater.”

I graduated from Whitewater

High School.

It was located up the hill

from Cedar Grove, a pretty

little town graced by the flow

of the river.

Our granddaughters went

to Whitewater Valley Elementary

School on Campbell

Road in Harrison. The

Whitewater River is across

the road. Those same angelic

granddaughters now attend

church at Whitewater Crossing


Back in the early ‘80s, my

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‘n roll band was in a group

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Traveling the

Lewis and Clark Trail

Part Two

Our Lewis and Clark RV

Caravan provides a bus tour

of St. Louis.

We visit the Anheuser-

Busch Brewery. Forget about

the brewery, this farm girl

enjoys the sounds and smells

in their Clydesdales’ stable. I

pet one friendly fellow’s soft

nose, and I am back in the

barn with Fannie and Barnie,

the horses of my youth. They

should have had it so good.

We learn of the captain’s

life after the expedition

when we visit Bellefontaine

Cemetery. An impressive

stone obelisk and bust mark

William Clark’s grave at the

cemetery. He was an influential

citizen in the St. Louis

area after returning from the

expedition until his death

in Sept. 1838. Meriwether

Lewis’s monument is a

broken column symbolizing

his early and tragic death. It

is located in a common site

near Nashville, TN, where he

mysteriously died of gunshot

wounds in Oct. 1809. Most

historians agree the sometimes

moody but effective

leader committed suicide because

of failures in life and

love after the expedition.

President Jefferson asked

Mr. Lewis, his private secretary,

and personal friend,

to lead the expedition. Mr.

Lewis asked his one-time superior

officer, William Clark,

to assist him. When Mr.

Clark’s army commission



came through as a second

lieutenant instead of captain,

they never told their men.

They treated each other as

equals and referred to each

other in respectful terms

in their journals. Mr. Clark

would name one of his sons

Meriwether Lewis. He gave

the same honor to Thomas


The young men varied in

personality, but the sometimes

melancholy Mr. Lewis,

age twenty-eight, and genial

Mr. Clark, age thirty-two,

had much in common. The

brilliant leaders were Army

officers, six-footers, and experienced

outdoorsmen. Like

Jefferson, they both seemed

to have a passion for ethnology,

paleontology, zoology,

and botany or as we common

folk say, the study of man,

animals, and plants.

We visit the 630-foot Gateway

Arch. Ray ventures to

the top while I go to the lower

levels to see an impressive

Lewis and Clark permanent

exhibit. Many quotes from

their journals accompany the


Much is known of the expedition

because the captains

followed President Jefferson’s

instructions to record

their observations with great

pains and accuracy in a way

that could be understood.

Little escaped Mr. Lewis,

who wrote detailed, moving

entries with a flair for the romantic

style. The only hint of

any of his depressed moods

was periods when no journals

were kept. Historians

are not positive whether they

were lost, he did not write,

or periods of depression kept

him from the task. Mr. Clark

was more to the point, a

master mapmaker, and an illustrator.

We have thirteen of

their volumes with approximately

1,000,000 words.

They also clearly illustrated

one hundred twenty-two

new animal species and one

hundred seventy-eight new

plants they found along the

trail. Their maps proved

quite accurate.

The sergeants and one private

also kept journals.

Mr. Lewis was to publish

the captain’s journals but

failed to do so before his untimely

death. Mr. Clark made

available a condensed version

of the journals in 1814.

The complete journals were

not printed for one hundred

years. They are housed with

the American Philosophical

Society in Philadelphia.

Our last but most important

stop in the St. Charles

area is Ft. Hood (Camp

River Dubois) located on the

Illinois side of the Mississippi

River, where the Corps

was organized from Dec. 12,

1803, to take-off date, May

14, 1804. A modest monument

of eleven stone pillars

marks the spot and represents

the states Lewis and Clark

passed through on their way

to the Pacific. Nearby, Mr.

Clark would choose and train

one of the greatest groups of

men in history. At the same

time, Mr. Lewis visited St.

Louis, then a fur trading

hub of one thousand people,

gathering information and

supplies from trappers and

traders. The actual site of the

camp, like many along the

trail, has eroded.

I find a seat by the monument,

and I pull myself into

the scene of two hundred

years ago. I see Mr. Clark

putting together his varied

group of forty-two eager

men, ages nineteen to thirtyfive,

including Kentucky

sharpshooters, a boat builder,

a gunsmith, cooks, carpenters,

a blacksmith, a tailor,

interpreters, and to everyone’s

pleasure, a fiddler. Mr.

Clark took his slave named

York, whom he had received

as a child. Seaman, a Newfoundland

dog that Lewis

purchased for twenty dollars

in Pittsburgh, accompanied

them. Somehow he avoided

being on the menu in hungry

times. I enjoy many such

moments of reverie along the


After five months of preparation

at Ft. Hood, the Corps

headed their boats across the

Mississippi and into the Missouri.

They soon fight strong

river currents, dodged sand

bars, and snags from fallen

trees. Swarms of mosquitoes

and other insects feasted on

the travelers. The tiny little

By Tiki, Gracie,

and Tammy Turner

Hi! Our names are Tiki and

Gracie. We were once rescue

pups, but our mom adopted

us. She writes this article, so

we decided that we would


Something is going on

right now that is called the

Coronavirus, and people are

staying home. Luckily, my

mom still has to go into the

shelter to take care of some

of the animals. The employees

take turns going in every

day to clean, feed the dogs,

and let them play outside for

a long time. Then they bring

the dogs inside to tuck them

in and give them their peanut

butter KONGs for the night.

When she goes to the shelter

a couple of days, we get a

break. We were wondering if

any of our furry friends are

having the same problems as



CRAZY! She says since all

the groomers are closed, she

would just do it herself. We

have been brushed, clipped,

trimmed, and bathed more

times than we can count. She

says our hair is a mess, but

has she looked in the mirror?

She says we sleep too

much, so she makes us go on

walks, long walks, and we

are tiny. Just going out to the

yard is a long walk for us.

And that’s not all. When we

do play, we get in trouble.

Our favorite thing to do

is to go into the bathroom

where that long roll of soft

paper hangs down, and see

how far we can run with it

before it breaks. Then we

shred it up in tiny pieces and

play in it. It’s like snow, but

not cold or wet.

Mom said the paper is like

gold right now, whatever that

means. Now she puts it on

creatures would prove to be a

major harassment throughout

the trip.

The Corps would average

ten to fifteen miles a day during

the 3,700-mile trip westward.

Some returned on the

keelboat. They brought back

reports and findings of the

first part of the trip after their

first winter at Ft. Mandan.

Thirty-three of them reached

the Pacific Ocean. Only one

died of illness early in the


Illinois has opened an eight

million dollar interpretative

center nearby, which features

an excellent display of the

keelboat and its contents. I

think I still prefer the simple

monument location where

one is allowed to use one’s

own imagination.

From A Dog’s Point of View

Tiki and Gracie

the counter out of our reach.

We also like to pull socks

out of the clean clothes

basket and play tug-o-war.

Mommy yells at Daddy for

leaving his socks everywhere,

and then Daddy won’t

share his snacks with us because

we got him in trouble.

When Mommy’s not there,

we can carry our food onto

the couch and eat it. Again,

Mommy thought Daddy was

leaving the crumbs, so now

we have to eat standing up

in the kitchen. We can’t even

see the TV while we eat.

So furry friends, are you

having the same problems?

When Mommy does sit

down, we get to cuddle in her

lap and get love and kisses.

We even got to go to work

with her one day, but we

didn’t get to play outside.

The other dogs were all too


We hope this quarantine

thingy is over soon. Don’t get

us wrong, we love our mom,

but we think she needs to be

at the shelter trying to find

forever homes for the animals


So kiss and hug your furry

family members and reassure

them that you will be going

back to work soon, and their

lives can get back to normal.

Stay healthy and happy.

Love & Kisses

Tiki and Gracie






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Colston Assumes

Head of SD Boys’


South Dearborn has hired

Matt Colston to head its 3A

basketball program in the

coming years. Colston follows

Kevin Reinhardt at the helm

of the program who saw the

Knights through By three seasons

that each Maxine saw an increasing

number of Klump wins and included

a sectional championship appearance


in 2020.


Colston describes himself

as a “gym rat” as a kid as he

grew up watching his father,

Mike Colston, coach and later

enjoyed playing for his father

at Illini Bluffs in Glasford,

Illinois. Indeed, it was a

basketball-obsessed house

growing up, and what better

place to come to continue that

obsession than Indiana.

Colston played varsity

basketball at the University of

Dubuque in Iowa. He would

Matt Colston. (Photo courtesy

of Matt Colston)

begin his coaching career

as an assistant coach for a

year with his alma mater’s

program under the guidance

of head coach Marty McDermott,

brother of Creighton

head coach Greg McDermott.

Hoosier Hysteria beckoned

to Colston after enjoying

nearly 20 years of coaching in

Illinois, where he spent eleven

of those as a head coach

building successful and stateranked


In his time at both Bushnell-

Prairie City and Hoopeston

Area high schools in Illinois,

Colston took single-digit win

programs and turned them into

teams that earned state rankings

at various times, three of which

reached top ten AP rankings.

Undoubtedly, the Knight

faithful will hope for similar

success for their program. South

Dearborn has been seeking consistency

and success for over

two decades after nine coaches,

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four winning seasons, and six

double-digit win seasons in the

past twenty-five years.

Witness to Colston’s success

in doing such can be seen in his

success at Hoopeston where he

took over a program in 2012

that won four games before his

arrival, five games in his first

year, but saw Colston amass

an overall record of 101-72

over his six years leading the

Cornjerkers, suffering only one

losing season in his first year.

His 2016-17 team at Hoopeston

went 23-5, reached a number

6 AP ranking, won the first

county championship in twenty

years, and competed in the

school’s first regional final in

over twenty-five years. His

teams at Hoopeston also won

numerous tournaments and the

school’s first conference championship

in twenty-five years.

Colston remarked, “Our

goal is to build a program that

can compete at the highest

level and attain postseason

success, develop players to

their fullest and give them the

fundamentals/opportunities to

play at the collegiate level if

that’s their goal, develop life

skills for our players, and to

have teams that our community

can be proud of. I’m very

excited to get to work.”

Colston is also excited to

move to the area in general. He

enjoys the allure and nostalgia

of basketball in the Hoosier

State. He and his family look

forward to more visits to places

in the Tri-State region such as

the Newport Aquarium and attending

Cincinnati Reds games.

Hopefully, both of those will be

available for all of us to enjoy

soon, and Colston will have

success at South Dearborn.

Brad Cutter (Photo courtesy

of Brad Cutter)

Lawrenceburg Names

Cutter New Tigers

Hoops Coach

Brad Cutter has been tasked

with leading the Lawrenceburg

High School boys’ basketball

program into the future to follow

the solid success over the

past eight seasons under the

direction of John Blackwell

and 19 years of consistency

before that with Mike Pratt.

Although the program has

been up and down through

that span, it has benefited

from the consistency of these

two men and from whom Cutter

will seek to continue and

improve going forward. Under

Pratt and Blackwell, the Tigers

program had twelve winning

seasons and seventeen

double-digit win seasons over

the past twenty-five years.

That consistency seems to be

what Cutter was able to accomplish

during his first stint as a

head basketball coach when

he took a job at Wapahani

High School in 2015. While

at Wapahani, Cutter took over

a solid, winning program that

had many successful regular

seasons but often struggled for

any postseason success.

During Cutter’s three-year

stint as the head of the Lady

Raider program, he amassed

an overall record of 48-25 and

was able to lead the program

to its first win in sectional action

since 2012 with a win in

2017. His teams also won the

Delaware County championship

in two of his three years

leading the program.

Before going to Wapahani,

Cutter played for South Dearborn

before coaching in that

program for a few years and

then becoming an assistant in

the Lawrenceburg program

under Blackwell in 2013-14

and 2014-15. He then went to

Wapahani for his three seasons

before returning to southeastern

Indiana for a year at Connersville

under Kerry Brown

and rejoining Blackwell’s staff

before being recently named

the head coach.

He attributes his time at

Wapahani as a means to develop

his own coaching philosophy

by putting into action a

personal style of play based on

years of playing and coaching

and is excited to implement

this at Lawrenceburg as well.

Cutter remarked, “I am

excited to get the opportunity

to be the LHS boys basketball

head coach. Lawrenceburg is

a great school and community

that I love teaching and living

in. We have great players in

our program that I am excited

to continue coaching. I

am very thankful to the head

coaches that I have worked

under who have molded me

into the coach I am today.”

May his return to southeastern

Indiana basketball prove

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Howdy… hope everyone is

well and looking forward to


This month’s salute to a veteran

goes to Michael (Mike)

Burgess, who retired after

ten years as Dearborn County

Veteran’s Service Officer.

Mike served in the US Marine

Corp from 1968–1998. Mike

was with thirteen different

units during his service and

traveled around the world

enough miles to equal circling

the planet three and a

half times. Mike visited many

places, including the Persian

Gulf, Korea, Turkey, Japan,

Thailand, Philippines, and had

three assignments on Okinawa.

Mr. Burgess was awarded

the Meritorious Service Medal

(twice) as well as the Navy

Achievement Medal. He and

his wife Shirley Ledbetter

Burgess will be celebrating

thirty-five years of marriage

in September. I have known

New playground equipment

at Bright Meadows Park.

Mike for several years and am

proud to not only call him a

fellow vet but also a friend.

Best wishes Mike, as you

move onto your next stage in


As a footnote, Dave Currence

has taken on the

responsibility of Veteran’s

Affairs Office. Good luck in

your new position, Dave.

Thanks to the Dearborn

County Park Board for the updates

to Bright Park. The new

structure is a great addition to

our wonderful park, walking

trail, and sports fields.

Bright Christian Church

held a food drive organized

by Keith Galey, with the

support of about twenty volunteers.

They collected and

packaged approximately one

hundred thirty boxes of food

donated to North Dearborn

Mike Burgess at his retirment


Food Pantry and had an estimated

value of $5000.

Speaking of the Pantry, I

would like to say THANKS

to the many volunteers at our

food pantry. They volunteer

regularly supporting those in

need in our community.


TIONS to Christian Deck on

his graduation from Purdue

University with a bachelor’s

degree in Mechanical Engineering

Technology. Christian

is the son of friends Diane

and Greg Deck of Bright.

I would also like to CON-






Jody and Karen Blasdel making the most of the new normal.

GRATULATE all of our East

Central graduates… good job.

I want to say Happy Father’s

Day to all of our Dads,

and a special one to my dad,

Joe… whom I miss each day.

June birthday wishes… my

brother Jim Waples (6/20),

great, great niece Mila Haney

(6/6). Upcoming in July

my niece Jenny Jones (7/5),

great-niece Ellie Osborne

(7/15), Great-Nephew Job Osborne

(7/5). And last but not

least… a very special birthday

wish to a dear friend Ginny

Booker who will be celebrating

some (??) years on 7/6…

see, I didn’t tell, Ginny. Enjoy

your special day, everyone.

Jody and Karen Blasdel

riding their bike during our

‘new’ way of life, relates to

my closing… “You may not

control all the events that

happen to you, but you can

decide not to be reduced by

them.” By Maya Angelou.

Have a great month, and

God bless.



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with the grandkids. It can often consist of isolation, loneliness

and boredom — possibly compounded by the inability to drive,

take a walk or even hear loved ones talk on the phone. Many

continue living as their siblings and friends pass away, which

can contribute to feelings of depression and listlessness.

Despite these drawbacks, more and more elderly people

prefer to live out their years in their own homes. However, it’s

important to recognize that adjustments should be made to

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later so they get used to having in-home help. For example,

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days are filled with responding to the needs of elderly parents.

The question becomes: Where can you find caregiver help

so you can start to enjoy more of your golden years before

possibly slipping into that situation yourself?

The Institute on Aging reports that today’s average unpaid

caregiver is a married, 46-year woman who holds a job

earning about $35,000 a year. This demographic faces a

dilemma that is similar to when they first started a family:

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Robyn Stuhan, Annie Hartford,

Cameron Garland,

Meghan Lewis, Don Donelson.

July Anniversaries: None,

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Given the fact that these are important years to aggressively

save for retirement, that prospect can create a serious

financial setback for the household.

If you’re looking for outside help for caregiving needs,

consider the following resources:

n Work-sponsored Employer Assistance Program (EAP)

n Local Council on Aging

n Meals on Wheels

n Senior transportation services

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Three scholarships were

awarded from the Greg

Andres/North Dearborn

Conservation Club scholarship

fund. Recipients were

Emalee Dehner and Taylor

McCreary from Franklin

Co. High School and Kaitlyn

Miller from East Central

High School. Congratulations

to these students.

Get well wishes go out to

Wilfred Bischoff. We hope

you are feeling better soon!

Congratulations go to Rachel

Vonderheide Schreiber,

who recently graduated from

Creighton University as a

Doctor of Pharmacy.

Congratulations to Shannon

and Kevin Redelman on the

recent birth of their daughter,

Kara Noelle. Welcoming her

home are her big brother and

sister, Gage and Addie. Also

to Emily and David Alig on

the birth of their son Evan Anthony.

Welcoming him home

are big sister Ella and heavenly

big brother Myles David.

Congratulations also go out

to my nephew Jesse Zimmer

who was recently promoted

to Master Sergeant in the Air

Force. Way to go, Jesse!!

Deepest sympathy goes out to

the family of Jerome Fuernstein.

Jerome will be greatly

missed by his wife Roseann,

daughter Bridget of St. Leon,



brother James of St. Leon, sister

Darlene Mudd of Trafalgar, IN,

and his dog Jackson. Jerome

was in the Army National

Guard and a member of the

New Alsace Legion Post 452.

He also was a member of the St.

Leon Potato Growers Association

and was a “Potato King.”

Birthdays- 1 Jean Ruwe,

Betty Cornelius, Marty Hoog,

2 David “Schultz” Wuestefeld,

3 Diana Trabel, 5 Dave Ruwe,

Cathy Schuman, Steve Fischer,

Karen Anderson, 6 Juli Hollon,

Candi Hacker, Danny Bischoff,

7 Jay Whitehead, 8 Jim Mc-

Glothlin, Amy Eisele, 9 Sarah

Schaeffler Heather Cook, 10

Gary Eckstein, Shirley Werner,

cousin Brady Andres, 11 Rose

Bischoff, Kara Metz, 12 Joe

Bittner, Ron Wuestefeld, Donna

Paduano, 14 Bella Rudisell, 15

Trisha Todd, my niece Rachel

Zimmer, 16 Cheryl Wilhelm,

18 Gary Trabel, Denise Eckstein,

Betty Wuestefeld, 20 Dot

Hautman, Julie K. Wilhelm,

21 Lizzie Weigel, 22 Anna Mae

Callahan, 23 Ryleigh Schoettelkotte,

Lisa Huber, Phillip

Stenger, 25 Sandy Whitehead,

26 Jim Kraus, Brad Fischer,

my son-in-law Todd Geisheimer,

27 Pat Schuman, Jeri Eisele,

Jeff Messerschmidt, my cousin

Marie Gunter, 28 Abe Bittner,

Jacob Bulach, Cindy Gartenman,

29 Nicole Wilhelm

cousin Gerise Andres, 31 John

Horstman, Joe Rehage, Arlene


Happy fortieth anniversary

to Debbie and Tim Schaefer

on May 24 and to Betty and

Bob Fischer on July 28.

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After forty-one years of

employment at High Point

Health, Sandy Hoff retired on

May 1. She began her career

at what was formerly known

as Dearborn County Hospital

while attending Cincinnati

State. She later attended

Northern Kentucky University

where she earned a biology

degree. Sandy worked in the

microbiology department for

many years before serving as

the Administrative Laboratory

Director for sixteen years.

She’s looking forward to

spending more time sewing,

biking, and hanging out with

family and friends. Enjoy

your retirement, Sandy!

Russell and Martina

(Bittner) Kuebel recently

celebrated their sixty-fourth

wedding anniversary. They

were married in St. Paul’s

Church in New Alsace on

May 12, 1956. Russell and

Martina have six children-

Karen Hountz, Richard

Kuebel, Roger Kuebel, John

Kuebel, Annette Kuebel,

Paula Frederiksen, and fourteen

grandchildren and three

great-grandchildren. Russell

also celebrated his ninety-first

birthday on May 20. Congratulations!

Ed and Cindy White

Colten Edward Rothenberger.

became grandparents for

the third time on May 1.

Their daughter and son-inlaw,

Catherine and Dean

Rothenberger welcomed son,

Colsten Edward. Congratulations

to the Rothenbergers and


Our condolences to the

Cash family on the passing of

Grover Cash on May 5. Grover

was born on December

22, 1949, to Elzie and Mary

Cash. After graduating from

North Dearborn High School,

he worked at Seagram’s.

When Grover was drafted to

the army, he didn’t have to go

because he was a sole surviving

son. Congress enacted

a policy in 1948 that a sole

surviving son did not have

to serve in a war to protect

Russell and Martina Kuebel.

the family name. But Grover

volunteered and was proud to

serve his county during the

Vietnam War. While serving

in Vietnam, he stepped on a

land mine, resulting in the

loss of both legs and part of

his hand. But that didn’t slow

him down. After Grover was

discharged from the army, he

returned to Yorkville and was

a gunsmith. In the late 1970s,

he relocated to Oklahoma.

Grover leaves behind his

wife Bernardita; sons Jeremy,

James, John and Leo; sister

Gertrude Kaffenberger; and

three grandchildren.

If you have news in the

Yorkville/Guilford area you’d

like me to share, please contact

me at yorkville@go

Dearborn County Visitors Center


Let’s Get Back On Track


Although this summer looks

quite different than those

we are used to, things are

slowly beginning to reopen

here in Southeast Indiana.

From our tourism attractions

to restaurants to even some

events, our industry has been

preparing to welcome back

visitors in a safe and healthy

manner. I want to reassure you

that we are, and will continue, to

do everything we can to ensure

the wellbeing of our visitors.

Thank you for your support, and

I encourage you to contact us

with any questions, comments

or feedback. We look forward to

seeing you soon!

Dearborn County Convention,

Visitor and Tourism Bureau

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The pandemic has changed

the world as we knew it…

and daily life in the Holy

City has changed along with

the world.

As rumors of the pending

pandemic grew, traffic

at the local grocery was so

great that the Town Marshall

stepped in to ensure safety as

villagers scurried for supplies

before returning to the

safety of their homes and

silencing the ’Burg.

Oldenburg Academy sent

students home for online

learning, and student traffic

disappeared, the buzz of

students crossing the campus

for classes was silenced, and

the laughter that filled the

halls was no more.

Both Holy Family Church

and the Sisters of St. Francis

Chapel closed their doors as

the Friars began their online

ministry, and the Sisters held



services via closed-circuit


Only the church bells

broke the eerie silence each

day as they struck the hour

while the melodious carillon

chimes filled the air with inspirational

tunes – reminding

us to keep our faith.

Then the announcement

broke that rocked the village

people… our beloved Freudenfest

was being canceled!

Well, bust my dirndl… how

can this be?

As I regained my senses,

I realized --- we have to

protect our patrons – and

our volunteers. If we practiced

social distancing and

kept patrons 6 feet apart,

the fest would grow in size

to be called the Franklin

County Freudenfest. Beer

lines would stretch all the

way to Batesville --- and we

know it’s not safe to have

patrons standing along that

narrow highway… and you

can’t drink beer through a

face mask anyway… so I

guess the decision to cancel

the fest is best… and we all

know, Oldenburgers will


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As I am writing this article,

it’s the last week of school

for many students. For high

school seniors, it marks the

next chapter in their lives. I

want to highlight the plans for

a couple of local high school


Anna Schmidl, daughter

Veteran’s Memorial bricks honoring the Kush brothers.

Mother’s Day was celebrated

with a cookout at the

home of Estal Dickerson on

Parkside Avenue. Members

of Estal’s family enjoying the

day were his daughter, Cindy

Dickerson, daughter Theresa

Oelker, grandson Brad

Dietrich and family, and Luci

Diem and his family. Neighbors

Jeff and Bev Millspaugh

from across the street joined

in on the celebration.

In my Beacon article this

month, I am paying tribute

to my father, Frank Kush,

and his four brothers, Stanley,

Walter, Joe, and Phillip

Kush, in honor of Memorial

Day. My Dad and three of his

brothers served in WWII, and

Phillip served in the Korean


Each of them made sacrifices

for our county, especially

Stanley, who lost his life. The

war is much like the battle we

are fighting in America today

with the coronavirus. Sacrifices

will have to be made,

and lives will be lost. Happy

Father’s Day to Dad and

his brothers, and all of you

fathers. I hope you all enjoy

your day.

Special prayers go out to

Marsha Malje as she is fighting

a battle of her own. Hang

in there Marsha we are all

confident you will succeed.

Condolences go out to the

Pat Standish family on her

passing. Aunt Pat was a caring

person who loved animals

and enjoyed volunteering

at PAWS. She also did a

lot of volunteering, helping

the teachers throughout the

of Mark and Leah Schmidl,

will attend Indiana University

in Bloomington to study

Environmental Science. She

was accepted into the Women

in STEM learning community

and Paul H. O’Neill School

of Publish and Environmental

Affairs. Amanda McCann,

daughter of Chris and Cheryl

McCann, plans to attend

Thomas More University

to study Criminal Justice

and Psychology. Michael

Hoffmeier, son of Scott and

Debbie Hoffmeier, will attend

Ivy Tech 2 NKU program for

Information Technology. Congratulations

to Anna, Amanda,

and Michael, and best of luck

as you pursue your dreams.

Happy birthday to Donald

Gutzwiller, who celebrated

his ninety-fourth birthday

on May 19. Last September,

I featured Donald in

my column, highlighting his

eighty-year career of playing

the church pipe organ. Donald

continued to play until

the churches were closed due

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Frank Kush

school year. In Pat’s earlier

days, she worked as a carhop

for A&W. Rest in peace, Pat;

you deserve it because you

were a very special person.

Birthdays for the month of

July are Estal Dickerson on

July 6 and Jamey Carter on

July 21. Enjoy your birthdays.

to COVID-19, and when the

churches announced their reopening,

Donald made the difficult

decision to retire. While

Donald’s music may not be

filling the churches now, many

people will forever cherish the

memories of Donald providing

beautiful music during

Mass and special occasions.

As businesses slowly

reopen, the North Dearborn

American Legion Post 452

in New Alsace is excited to

resume their monthly euchre

tournaments. Mark your

calendar for July 19, Aug. 23,

Sept. 20, and Oct. 11. Doors

open at noon and games begin

at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $5

per person, with cash payouts

to the four highest scores. Refreshments

are available for

purchase. Call 812.623.3695

for more information.

I would love to hear from

you! If you have news in the

New Alsace area you’d like

me to share, please contact me

at newalsace@goBEACON

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Cornelius, Susan Carson, and Cathy Dunevant holding pictures

of the children they have sponsored through HHH.







Several Logan Ladies

recently participated in the

inaugural “Hearts and Feet

for Haiti,” a 2.5 mi walk/run

for education. Students who

live in the area that “Hearts

and Hands for Haiti” (HHH)

serves walk an average of

forty-five minutes to school,

which equates to roughly

2.5 miles. Funds raised will

provide tuition assistance for

students attending Poteau and

Tarasse schools, which have

a combined enrollment of one







What we discovered when

the world changed.

2020 has brought us many

changes, and depending on

how you embrace changethere

is much we can discover.

When the pandemic closed

our schools, teachers rapidly

discovered their ability to

adapt, students discovered

their ability to concentrate at

home, and parents discovered

new ways of further shaping

their children’s future.

When our restaurants closed,

owners quickly adapted to

drive-thru, curbside pick-up,

or delivery as locals showed

their support for small businesses

and enjoyed occasional

restaurant-prepared meals at

home, rediscovering the value

of dinner with family.

When our entertainment

venues closed, families discovered

the world of nature in

their own backyards, bicycles,

scooters, and skateboards

reappeared. The sound of a

thousand students in grades

prekindergarten - 13. Each

$25 donation sponsors a student

for a month - providing

a school uniform, supplies,

tuition, and a meal. Haiti

children living at the children’s

home will be walking

to support this effort as well.

Participants and donors contributed

more than $21,000

to fund student tuition, which

will fund seventy students for

an entire year.

The most personally uplifting

part of our walk turned out

to be the route that we took.

We started at a location on a

less-traveled side road in Logan

and ended up going around

the Unity Village Apartments

for Senior living. As we were

walking by the front doors of

several residents that we knew,

we decided to knock on doors

Sue and Mary Ann Siefert.

basketball being dribbled and

then bouncing off a backboard

interrupted the eerie silence of

the evenings.

When our churches closed,

the clergy discovered their

ability to preach online as

parishioners discovered their

Thelma Jean Stutz.

and stand back to see if anyone

was home. We managed to

roust three folks to step out and

say, “Hi.” We had the best time

visiting with them. They had

been in their apartments for

weeks without seeing a smiling

face. As only Jim (age 101) can

say, “You all must be angels.

My spirits were lifted for the

day and into the evening.”

Angela Brown graduated

from The Christ College of

Nursing & Health Sciences.

The school held a drivethrough

graduation ceremony

outside in a parking lot. Channel

9 covered the event, and

Angela’s highly decorated car

was front and center during

the report. Angela has a special

interest in Operative and

Pre-operative care and hopes

to join the staff at The Christ.

She is a 2015 graduate of East

faith was more than their

church building. While the

building was closed, the

church was still open. The

church is a body of believers,

not a building, and according

to Jesus, we are to “go and

make disciples,” not “stay

and make church members.”

We continue to discover new

ways to serve as God’s church

to others.

Since my last column, my

Mama died… and my world

changed – again. Each day

I’m discovering ways to cope

with the loss. Although our

church doors are closed, I

have my faith and am grateful

for all those who have

been “church” to me on this


That’s Sue’s news for now!

Chris, Angela, and Annie Brown.

Central High School and the

daughter of Chris and Annie

Brown of Logan.

A big event was held in

Logan for the ninety-eighth

birthday of Thelma Jean

Stutz. Thelma Jean is a legend

in our area because who

better to know everything

that mattered than the school

secretary? She was the first

and only secretary at North

Dearborn High School (1960-

1973) and went on to East

Central, where she retired in

1985. She has three children,

five grandchildren, and nine

great-grandchildren with

one on the way. The family

planned a surprise drive-by

parade for the afternoon of

her birthday. We love you,

Thelma Jean... Happiest of



The Dearborn County 4-H youth will not be deterred

from completing their 4-H projects this year! 4-H

prepares youth for life by offering opportunities to

gain mastery and be community minded. What better

way to prepare youth for the future, than by teaching

them how to positively navigate challenges of difficult

real-life problems?

Dearborn County 4-H Board of Directors made the

decision to proceed with a virtual fair experience for

4-H members and program volunteers.

Without the face-to-face event, the Dearborn County

Fair will not look the same as in years past with

carnival rides and project and livestock exhibition. But

recognition of 4-H members’ hard work and project

accomplishments will still happenfor our youth

through the virtual judging of projects.

Project results will be shared with the public through

local news media. Exhibits will be organized into

a photo gallery on the Dearborn County 4-H web

page in late summer. Photos of 4-H members will be

displayed on the electronic sign at the Fairgrounds

entrance, just off US 50, this summer.

The Dearborn County 4-H Association sends its’

deepest thanks for the generous community financial

support provided to the 4-H program in the past!

4-H invites you to make a difference in the lives of our

counties’ youth by becoming a 4-H Volunteer. Please

contact Liz Beiersdorfer, 4-H Youth Development

Educator at for more information.


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It is time for yet another

Beacon article, so strap on

your reading glasses ‘cause

here we go!

Even with all the social distancing

and other guidelines

that have been put in place, it

has been a BUSY time in Aurora.

So much has been going

on with the spring warm-up

despite what is going on in the

world right now.

Our award-winning, Top 10

Main Street Aurora organization

is having a weekly “Get

Back on Track Sweepstakes.”

Anyone can turn in a receipt

for $20 or more from a downtown

business for that week

to be eligible to win $50.

Congratulations to Kristen

Strzynski, our first winner.

See details in the Main Street

ad in this month’s Beacon.

Everyone, please remember

to “Shop local, eat local, and

support local downtown businesses.”

Speaking of remembering,

remember when you were a

kid and company was coming?

You had to clean up the

house before company came,

RIGHT??? Well, Aurora folks

have been doing spring cleaning,

sprucing up the “house.”

The Aurora Street Department has led the charge on the citywide

cleanup. Pictured are Eugene Ison, Jerry Christenson

(aka “Elvis”), Willie Weaver, Kerry Brunner, Charles West.

As I mentioned last month,

Aurora is getting a facelift on

Third Street. The sidewalks

are nearly complete and the

project is moving along. Ya’ll

come down and see Third


The Aurora Garden Club

has been busy planting at

the City Park and downtown.

Typically the flowerpots

are on Third St., but due to

construction, we have placed

them on Second St. They are

beautiful as usual, thanks to

my garden club sisters Emily

Beckman, her granddaughter

Sarah Lillis, Ginny Boyer,

Phee Ellinghausen, Charlotte

Hastings, and Cindy


The Aurora City-Wide

Cleanup, was held in May

this year. Street Department

Superintendent, Rick Denton,

said this year’s results nearly

doubled from last year’s.

Folks must have been taking

advantage of the “stay at

home” directives to clean up

around the house. Rick said

before Santa could be put into

a dumpster, he was rescued by

a dad with two young children.

WIN!!! WIN!!!

The Aurora Fireworks have

been rescheduled for Sunday,

July 5. The fireworks will be

set off from a barge in the river

and can be seen from Lesko

or Gabbard Parks. Bring your

family to watch, but PLEASE,


by the guidelines for social


I look forward to the








The long-lasting, self-isolating

circumstance in which

we find ourselves today is

beginning to cause frayed

nerves! Please do all you can

to be kind to all at home and

anywhere else you may be.

This particular article is

about “uniqueness.” Aurora

has some unique features

which include a riverfront

that isn’t commercialized.

A highway that is an artery

but not in the center of town.

Water on three sides. Spires of

many beautiful churches and

a national historic landmark

(one of only 2600 in the country!).

Some of our neighbors

are also unique, like Bob


Bob is a native Hoosier

Get Back on Track Sweepstakes

Each week, starting Monday, May 11th

Main Street Aurora invites anyone who has spent

$20.00 or more in any downtown Aurora business to

enter the City of Aurora’s Get Back on Track Sweepstakes.

Text or email your receipts to

812.584.7796 or

drawing will be held each Sunday at 5:00PM

First week receipts will be for May 11—May 17

Second week receipts will be for May 18—May 24

Subsequent weeks receipts will be Monday-Sunday

You must enter each week with that weeks dated

receipts to be eligible for the weekly drawing of

$50.00. You will earn one ticket to be put in

the drawing for each $20.00 spent.

The more you shop in downtown Aurora the more

tickets you will have in the drawing

Aurora Garden Club member

Emily Beckman and

granddaughter Sarah Lillis.

reopening of the various

churches and organizations

with their dinners and breakfasts.

I have missed Lion’s

Club breakfasts, Main Street’s

dances and Wine-n-Dines, to

from the Cochran area of


He attended St. Mary’s and

AHS with little notoriety,

but as we all know now, that

didn’t last long. He is nearly

eighty now, with many experiences

behind him. One of

his favorite sayings is, “The

older I get, the more I appreciate

things.” Mr. Linkmeyer’s

claim to fame started

with being a “jokester,” a trait

he learned from his Grandfather

Cosby. We certainly

have seen many hilarious,

funny examples in the parades

at Farmers’ Fair.

Mr. Linkmeyer had the job

of setting pins at Marsh’s

bowling alley when he was

in school. Later he worked at

Schwanholt’s and Dearborn

County Hospital before joining

the Army Reserve for six

months. His career included

working at Alton Box, tending

bar, clerking at Smith’s

Music Store, and driving for

a beer distributer. He was also

a cook, volunteer fireman,

and a maintenance man for a

telephone company. He also

married along the way!

Mr. Linkmeyer’s story does

have a unique twist. He read

in a magazine about girls

working as nannies accepting

invitations for friendships.

He became friends with Jean,

a wonderful girl working

on Prince Edward Island,

Canada, and visited her many

times. In 1983, he helped

Jean return home to England.

He told her he would send

her trunk of things to her, but

it proved to be so expensive

that he asked her to marry him

instead! The ceremony was in

a barn in Switzerland County

where the bride and groom,

as well as the attendees, wore

old clothes.

Deshawn Brightwell, Matthew

& Gabriel Evers, Skylar

Copeland, and Mayor Mark

Drury attended a church dinner

in March.

mention a few.

Can’t wait to see you! Ya’ll

come down and see us in Aurora…

and shop local while

you are here!

Until then, take care, be safe

and God bless.

Bob Linkmeyer

Bob retired and moved to

Arizona. While there, he had

a yard sale where he grossed

$21,000! Maybe a record?

Bob can always be found

doing something. He was

once given a fiddle by Chester

Vogel, which inspired him

to begin making fiddles.

He named his first successful

one “linkavarius” and

has made fifty-seven since

that one. He has also made

jewelry, leather goods, and


Mr. Linkmeyer plays musical

instruments including

fiddle, harmonica, bagpipe,

guitar, banjo, dulcimer, accordion,

and the concertina.

His talents led to developing

the skills of repairing and collecting

different instruments.

Of particular interest to him

are a player piano, a player

accordion, and a roll player


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Looking back on the last

few months of quarantine for

COVID-19, I am amazed by

how we have kept so busy. It

goes without saying that “essential”

workers were busier

than ever, and life carried on

at a more difficult level. They

were forced to face hardships,

worry, and aggravation.

Thank you for all that you

have done! As for the “nonessentials”

like me and many

others, life could become

quite isolated and monotonous.

What do you do when

you are sick of Netflix, the

news, not being able to go

to church, or eat in a restaurant?

Well, the people

of Lawrenceburg got busy!

Realizing that the 2020

senior class was missing

out due to the Coronavirus

quarantine, a Facebook page

called Adopt A Senior-L’burg

Class of 2020 was created.

The goal of this page is to

shower our seniors with love

and gifts.

The page has been extremely

successful as each senior

is “adopted” and spoiled with







Congratulations to all area

graduates! Even though you

were not able to celebrate

and have a real graduation,

your day will be remembered

throughout the coming years.

Your class will be able to acclimate

yourselves to situations

presented to you because

of this pandemic. This challenge

will provide the tools

necessary to adapt and be

better citizens and employees.

Not everything can be perfect

all the time. The trick is being

able to adjust to whatever life

presents to you.

Congratulations to Jared

Pierce, son of John and Patty

Pierce, who was recently

promoted to Army Cavalry

Captain at Rose Barracks,

Germany. Jared will be serving

as a liaison to the Regionally

Aligned Forces to Europe

in Poznan, Poland. He is

stationed in Ambert.

Happy Birthday wishes go

out to Janet Dawson. Janet

turned ninety years young

Original picture of Bob

Oelker’s church on Ludlow

Hill. St. John’s Lutheran in

the early 1900s.

thoughtful gifts. Senior yard

signs were put in yards with

the senior’s picture. The City

of Lawrenceburg has spotlighted

the 169 seniors by

displaying their photos on the

media boards at the fairgrounds

and US 50 and Short

Street. Lawrenceburg Student

Government also erected

yard signs in the yards of

staff members, thanking them

for their service. Thankfully,

graduation has not been canceled

but delayed to July 10.

Different rules will be in

place, but our seniors will get

to walk across the stage and

be recognized. It sounds like

a senior parade may even be

organized soon!

All of you have kept busy

playing with apps on our

smartphones, doing puzzles,

biking, cooking, doing E-

learning with our children,

and watching TV. During the

quarantine, my quest was to

write a family cookbook and

Bob Oelker passing on a bit

of history to Zane Schwier in

his workshop.

Pat Richards, the former

Lawrenceburg teacher,

showering gifts on senior

Jack Schwier. They just

recently found out they are


gather recipes from as many

family members as possible.

My second quest was to do

some genealogy research.

Imagine my dismay when I

realized I had two grandfathers

die of the flu in the early

1900s! All this was done to

preserve a little history.

Speaking of history, Bob

Oelker, a resident of Ludlow

Hill, is an incredible historian.

At a little over ninety

years of age, one only has

to go into his workshop to

discover the wonders of old

on May 20. Janet has been

a resident of Dover a good

portion of her life and raised

her family here. She is looking

forward to the end of the

COVID-19 crisis so she can

celebrate with her family and


Birthday wishes also go

out to Chuck Johnson

who turned eighty-seven on

Apr. 26 and also to his wife

Thelma, who turned 86 on

May 17. They have been

blessed with good health most

of their lives, and I hope that


During this pandemic, I

have become more tech-savvy

than ever but not by choice. I

had to keep track of my son’s

family (grandkids) in Kentucky

and my other son working

the frontlines in Georgia.

All is well!! Thank God!!

Now that everyone has

spent weeks in isolation,

many people have spent more

time with their immediate

families. We didn’t have much

choice, but I think that was

a good thing. We get too involved

in our lives outside of

our homes. Maybe we didn’t

like it, but perhaps someone

was trying to tell us to slow

down. Life goes fast enough

in your younger years, but it

goes even faster the older you

get. Please continue to be cautious,

and we will get through

it. Take care, and stay healthy!

If you have any Dover news

to share, please email me at

dover@ goBEACONnews.


Chris Meyer, coach and

teacher at Lawrenceburg

High School, posing with his

staff appreciation sign.

Molly Dunn, daughter of

Randi & Kevin Dunn receiving

her surprise “Adopt a

Senior” gift.

Lawrenceburg senior triplets

Alicia, Alexandra, and Allison

Rodiz enjoying their “Adopt a

Senior” bubbles and headgear.

hubcaps, chainsaw sharpening

tools, and even a teeny

tiny black and white TV. If

you need to know anything at

all about Ludlow Hill, Bob is

the person to ask. He is willing

to pass his knowledge of

tools and history on to anyone

who asks. Thank you, Bob.

We all look forward to a

quarantine free summer with

days spent at the Lawrenceburg

pool, the parks, library,

and restaurants. Nat King

Cole said it best. Roll out

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Congratulations to the Class

of 2020! Although this year

has been anything but normal,

the community of Harrison

has rallied together to give

our seniors a proper send-off.

The staff of the high school

hand-delivered signs, caps,

gowns, and announcements

to the seniors. On May 27-28,

students who chose to have

their diplomas delivered to

their homes were able to have

photos taken with the administration

from the high school.

An in-person ceremony is

slated for either this summer

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congratulate the class of 2020,







We can’t be more proud

of our Seniors! If you’ve

driven down Harrison Avenue

through the historic district,

you would see the banners

of Southwest Local School

District’s Senior athletes

displayed on the lampposts.

Parents organized these

banners. These athletes missed

out on their sporting events

because of the closing of the

schools and all activities.



If you drive throughout the

remaining school district, you

will see many yards displaying

their signs, hearkening their

pride in their graduates. These

graduates have worked hard,

and for them to not have

their graduation ceremonies

and awards banquets is so


We are all so proud of the

graduates of 2020 and cannot

wait to see what their futures

hold. Don’t let this virus dim

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Other kids are missing out

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The fifth-grade classes do not

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They may never again see

those teachers who shaped

them for so many years. Some

parents have come together to

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the students moving on. The

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from their car windows, and

onlookers waved and congratulated

them from afar. Many

of the elementary school

teachers held signs and waved

as the cars drove by.

Once at the school, the

parade of cars was met with

smiles and waves from their

new group of teachers! Thank

you to all who participated,

and especially the Harrison

Police Department, who gave

the escort.

I’ve never been more proud

to live and work in a community

of such tight-knit citizens.

Relying on each other, working

together for our children,

and putting each other’s safety

above everything else is what

it’s all about. If this crazy time

has taught us anything, we

have learned that there really

is a lot of good out there…

you just have to look for it. I

hope that you all are staying

safe and healthy out there.

Bring on the summer!

Both the fire station and

the US Navy’s honor guard

stood at attention. Deputy

Chief Chetwood had passed

away on May 9 after his

battle with ALS. Several fire

departments from around

the area participated in the

service, which culminated at

the Gibson Cemetery. Deputy

Chief Greg Chetwood will be

remembered for his service

to our community and our


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Facebook. Again, check the

site daily to make sure it is

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Congratulations to the Class

of 2020! The graduating

students from Moores Hill include

Gabrielle and Danielle

Storm. Gabrielle wants to be

an RN, like her mother, Betsy

Fullmer. Danielle plans to

study elementary education,

with a desire to teach second


Cambrey Kaye Gilbert,

daughter of Marvin and

Robyn Gilbert, plans to

study dental hygiene.

Alyssa Marie Pettigrew,

daughter of Eric and Debbie

Pettigrew, plans to attend Ivy

Tech to study biotechnology.

Congratulations Dawson

Schroeder, son of Dale and

Kimberly Schroeder; Daniel

Isaacs, son of Natalie and

Scott Issacs; Corey Johnson,

son of Amy and Richard

Chip Powell; Quinton

Rowlett, son of Kelly Stucker;

Maggie Couch, daughter

of Brian and Chris Tedesco

Couch; and Paycin Kritlow,

son of Erika Kritlow-Cook;

Justin Lillis, son of Lynn and

Jason Lillis; Candace Curlin,

daughter of Stephanie

Curlin; Lakota Carter, son

of Steve Carter, Kyle Kpoas;

Christopher Stegemiller,

son of Kate Stegemiller,

Sawyer Mason Bruns, son

of Steve and Debra Bruns;

Tyler Mathes, son of Jessica

Hyden; and Wyatt Pettit, son

of Linda Pettit.

Banners for high school

Elizabeth Collier and Katelyn

Earles accept flowers to

brighten the facility.

More news from the Manchester

at-home classrooms.

Teacher Sally Teke shared

some additional details about

the experience. Sally explained,

“As much as I would

prefer to be in the classroom,

interacting with my students,

having face-to-face conversations,

the use of online

communication has filled this

void. It allows me to meet daily

with them on their Chromebooks

and teach in three small

groups for math and reading

lessons. One large group of

students is a little loud and

chaotic at the kindergarten

level; three groups are more

manageable and more productive.

I see them daily (the

three days we have school) to

talk and to teach them. They,

too, can interact with me, talk

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seniors living in Moores Hill

were hung throughout townand

featured each student’s

name, high school, and photo.

Thanks to Lynn Allen and the

donors for this recognition of

2020 Seniors.

Happy seventh birthday to

Betsy Fulmer’s son Oryin!

Happy third Birthday to

Brilynn Worley, daughter

of Kayla Lozier and granddaughter

of Lanny and

Teresa Dell. A drive-by

parade helped these kids have

a big celebration. Thanks to

everyone who took time out

of their day, including Brent

Casebolt, Derek Stevens,

Trey Perkins, Rick Martini,

Tyler Berry, Kim Ison, Lynn

Russell Allen, Becky Ingersoll,

Leanna Phillippe, and

Moores Hill Fire/EMS.

Gerald Bentle celebrated

his ninety-fifth birthday! A

WWII veteran, Mr. Bentle has

been a member of the American

Legion for seventy-four

years. Post 209 presented him

with a certificate.

Please contact me if you

have good news from Moores

Hill at mooreshill@goBEACON

Blake Sizemore with his

SDHS Senior Yard Sign,

delivered by his coach, Lisa

West. Blake will be attending

Vincennes University this fall.

to their friends, and share with

each other. One of the assignments

my students completed

was to search their house for

an item to represent every

letter in the alphabet. They

then shared these items in a

picture or video to me through

a program called Seesaw. Students

have created 2D and 3D

shapes with items from their


South Dearborn High

School decided to honor all

senior graduates with their

own yard signs! Staff members

delivered the signs on

May 1. The students were

very excited. Numerous pictures

of the seniors with their

signs (and even the delivering

staff) popped up in social


Some skilled nursing centers

are not permitted to let

visitors see their loved ones

who are living there. The

situation is difficult for the

residents, staff, and families

and friends. Lisa West and

Heavenly Schumann have

been delivering cut flowers

as a small way to say, “Thank

you for your dedication as

health care workers,” and to

hopefully bring a smile to

some of the residents.

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This month’s column

will highlight some of our

Sunman-area seniors. All

of these young adults are

part of the East Central

High School Class of 2020.

First up is Hannah Weber,

daughter of Darren and

Karen Weber. Hannah has

built up quite the resume of

accomplishments during her

four years at EC. As a four

year member of the varsity

swim team, she served two

years as the Girls Swim and

Dive Team Captain. She also

received the Trojan Award in

Swim, and she received the

Mental Attitude Award this

year. Hannah was a four-year

member of the Varsity Golf

Team, where she received the

Trojan Award twice! She was

an Academic Jacket recipient

and also a National Honor

Society Member. Hannah is

an active member of the All

Saints Parish Youth Group

and has gone on two youth

mission trips. She plans

to study mathematics and

discover business.

Katelynn Osman, daughter

of Ed and Brenda Osman,








I feel like I’m stuck in the

movie Groundhog’s Day.

Each month we have to

contend with this COVID-19

and the impact it’s having

on our lives. The graduating

seniors in our high schools are

missing their friends and the

usual things they should be

doing in preparation for their

last few days in high school.

I can remember way back in

1965 how much fun we had

and the lasting memories. The

Rising Sun Community Pool

is going to open in early June,

but some of the other pools

are staying closed.

We had to postpone our annual

Veterans’ Banquet until

September. My yearly trip to

Washington, DC, with fifty

veterans has been delayed

until October or November.

We resumed our funeral

details again for veterans

with our Southeastern Indiana

Honor Guard. Twenty-six

Hannah Weber (Photo courtesy

of Karen Weber)

was also very active during

her high school days. She was

very involved in the Indiana

FCCLA (Family, Career,

and Community Leaders of

America) where she served

as the Vice President of

Development for the 2018-

2019 school year. She then

served as the State President

for the 2019-2020 school year.

She was also a member of the

National Honor Society and

served on the prom committee

in her junior year. Katelynn

will be studying Business

Management in the fall.

Dakota Risch, son of Rob

and Jennifer Risch, has made

the most of his high school

years. Dakota was a four-year

member of the Marching

Band and was chosen to

participate in Honor Band

during his junior and senior

years. He was a member of

the Japanese Club and an

active officer for the past two

school years. In addition,

Dakota also works part-time.

He is currently enrolled in

members of the Honor Guard

attended our first funeral

back, and that was impressive.

Be sure to get out and

enjoy the sunshine and warm

weather and take advantage of

our riverfront here in Rising

Sun. We take some beautiful

the Culinary Arts Program

at Cincinnati State, which

will enable him to express

his creativity further. After

earning his degree, he plans

to attend The University

of Cincinnati to major in

Business Management.

His goal is to open his own

restaurant one day.

Let’s hear it for these

amazing seniors and all

of the amazing graduates

of the Class of 2020!

Please keep your stories

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hearing them!

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Be sure to pray for those

who are out there fighting

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The Dillsboro Fire Department

recently battled a blaze

at the Masonic Lodge Building

on North St. The building

was owned by Dennis and

Teresa McMurray from

Farmers Retreat. The dog of

one of the occupants, Amanda

McMurray, was rescued

by fireman Mike Beach. The

historic building was over

one hundred thirty-five years

old. Eight fire departments

from the surrounding area

responded to fight the fire. We

appreciate these departments

and our Dillsboro firefighters

for their continued dedication

to keeping our citizens safe.

Students and parents look

forward to the reopening of

Dillsboro Elementary School

and greeting the new principal,

Kyle Miller.





Dillsboro fire (Photo Courtesy

of David Lee Schwegmann)

Thanks to our local food

pantry and the volunteers for

disbursing food to people in

need. The pantry is open Tues.

9-12, Thurs. 3-6, and the first

Sat. of the month 9-12.

Dillsboro received a Community

Crossing grant for the

resurfacing of Twin Oaks Dr.,

Spangler Road from SR 62 to

the lift station, and Rullman

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Water line improvements

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• Passengers will be screened and transportation

will not be provided to anyone

exposed to or exhibiting symptoms of


• Passengers will be required to wear a

mask or face covering

• Cash fares will be waived through July

31st, 2020

• The number of passengers per vehicle

will be limited

• Passengers must practice social distancing

and sit as far away from each

other and the driver as possible

• Drivers have been equipped with Personal

Protective Equipment (PPE), including

masks, gloves, face shields and

hand sanitizer

• Vehicles will be disinfected regularly

Please call 812-432-3960 or 800-330-

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Resource Center (ADRC)

Call center staff are working from home, but continue to be

available to provide Information & Assistance as well as referrals

for those who may need Home and Community Based

Services. Walk-ins and in-person meetings are canceled until

further notice. Please call 812-432-6200 or 877-234-3641 for


Community Care Counseling &

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Staff are working remotely and will complete assessments by

phone, rather than in person, to prevent the possible spread of

the virus.

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Home delivered meals will continue as normal.

Senior Nutrition Activity Centers (SNACs) are closed until

further notice. Home delivered meals will be provided for those

in need. Please call 812-432-6200 or 877-234-3641 for assistance.


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meet the needs of the individuals we serve.


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If you have symptoms of COVID-19,

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