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

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INSIDE<br />

The BEACON<br />

Local Photographer<br />

in State Exhibit<br />

Erin Schuerman, Osgood, is<br />

featured in the annual Nature and<br />

Farm Photo Exhibit. Page 6A<br />

Smallest Snowman<br />

A Greendale resident built a miniature<br />

to celebrate the snow.<br />

Page 3B<br />

Lawrenceburg Measures<br />

Up<br />

Elise Bostic kept tract of the<br />

snowfall while others frolicked<br />

and rode sleds. Page 7B<br />


U.S. POSTAGE<br />

PAID<br />


Permit No. 9714<br />

The road to nowhere has been<br />

sung about by the likes of the Talking<br />

Heads, Ozzy Osborne, and Carole<br />

King. Each made that “road” sound<br />

like a dead end. But that is not always<br />

the case.<br />

One railroad track to nowhere is<br />

potentially a link that can tie several<br />

communities together, bringing trails<br />

and infrastructure to Dearborn and<br />

Franklin Counties and beyond. The<br />

Genessee & Wyoming Railroad line<br />

enters Indiana in West Harrison and<br />

continues westward. However, a hiccup<br />

exists in New Trenton where a<br />

washout of the track has made the use<br />

By Maureen Stenger<br />

On a frigid snowy January afternoon,<br />

I traveled to the heart of Bright<br />

to learn all about the history of the<br />

Providence Presbyterian Church on<br />

Salt Fork Road. The picture-perfect<br />

white church could easily adorn the<br />

front of a postcard. I eagerly headed in<br />

to meet with the ruling Elder and the<br />

Reverend of the church, Dan Johnson.<br />

Presbyterian polity is a form of church<br />

governance- each church is governed<br />

by elected Elders. The Presbyterian<br />

Church Book of Order clarifies, “that<br />

ruling Elders, together with teaching<br />

Elders, exercise leadership, government,<br />

spiritual discernment, and discipline<br />

and have responsibilities for the<br />

life of the congregation as well as the<br />

whole church.” They are elected by<br />

the congregation. Reverend Johnson<br />

has served in this capacity for the last<br />

three and a half years.<br />

As Reverend Johnson explained<br />

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Railroad Spans Numerous Projects in Two Counties<br />

Owen Menchhofer, Osgood,<br />

plunged. Chris Robers, Mike<br />

Orlando, David Baumgardner,<br />

Mike Brand, Travis Wooley, Matt<br />

Hicks, and Corey Norrod were in<br />

wet suits to assist plungers.<br />

David Johnson, Osgood, plunged<br />

to help Special Olympics.<br />

of the rail impossible.<br />

Enter Dearborn County.<br />

The Dearborn County Redevelopment<br />

Commission oversees the West<br />

Harrison TIF District, approximately<br />

fifty-five acres targeted for economic<br />

revitalization. In 2014 the Redevelopment<br />

Commission collaborated with<br />

Whitewater Mill LLC, resulting in a<br />

$37.4 million investment by the mill<br />

for a new facility on Old U.S. 52. The<br />

accessibility of the rail line played an<br />

integral part in the company’s decision<br />

to locate their business in Dearborn<br />

County.<br />

Today One Dearborn serves as the<br />

Jim Helfrich plunged on behalf of<br />

the K of C Council #231.<br />

Polar Plunge<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> Special Olympics<br />

fund raiser brought out the<br />

community and the chain<br />

saws to clear a path in the 6”<br />

ice lane on Feb. 13, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

(Photos by Dawn Helfrich)<br />

Mike Lewis, Bill McDonald, Toni<br />

McDonald, and Keri Johnson doing<br />

their “toe dip.”<br />

central economic development organization<br />

for Dearborn County. Mike<br />

Perleberg, Executive Director for One<br />

Dearborn, shared, “Genesee & Wyoming<br />

is already a huge partner in West<br />

Harrison for rail development, one<br />

of the biggest attractions in Dearborn<br />

County. Without their assistance, the<br />

flour mill deal would not have happened.”<br />

Mr. Perleberg has been working<br />

with representatives at Genesee &<br />

Wyoming concerning the expansion of<br />

the rail further through the West Harrison<br />

TIF district. He shared that the<br />

Continued on page 3A<br />

Ivy Tech Names<br />

Grubbs Assistant<br />

VP of Recruitment<br />

Ivy Tech Community College has<br />

named Shakira Grubbs the statewide<br />

assistant vice president of Recruitment.<br />

Ms. Grubbs previously served<br />

Shakira Grubbs<br />

as vice chancellor<br />

for Enrollment<br />

Services and Student<br />

Success at the<br />

Lawrenceburg<br />

Campus. In her new<br />

role, Ms. Grubbs<br />

will work directly<br />

with campuses to<br />

increase inquiries,<br />

evaluate the effectiveness<br />

of recruitment efforts, and<br />

ensure consistent outreach initiatives.<br />

“I’m looking forward to applying<br />

my experiences with my time across<br />

the Student Affairs teams with Lawrenceburg<br />

to the college’s campuses<br />

statewide to meet their recruitment<br />

goals,” said Ms. Grubbs.<br />

“The entire Lawrenceburg and<br />

Batesville faculty, staff, and administration<br />

are excited and extremely<br />

proud of Shakira being selected as the<br />

Assistant Vice President of Recruitment<br />

for Ivy Tech Systems Office<br />

in Indianapolis. Shakira has served<br />

the Lawrenceburg service area since<br />

2010 when she was initially hired as a<br />

Career Services Advisor,” said Mark<br />

Graver, Chancellor of Lawrenceburg’s<br />

Campus. “We wish her much success<br />

as she begins her next chapter at Ivy<br />

Tech serving all Hoosiers.”<br />

Ms. Grubbs holds her Bachelors of<br />

Science in Communication Education<br />

from Miami University and a Master’s<br />

of Education in College Student<br />

Personnel with the University of Dayton.<br />

Presbyterian Church Celebrates 190th Anniversary<br />

The Providence Presbyterian Church celebrates<br />

its 190th anniversary.<br />

to me, “Presbyterians are<br />

probably the most one hundred<br />

percent democracy you<br />

ever imagined. Our church<br />

is ruled by a session meeting,<br />

a session group that<br />

consists of several Elders, a<br />

treasurer, and a clerk of session,<br />

I work for them.” The<br />

session group meets every<br />

three months and discusses<br />

any pressing issues. The<br />

Elders in the session consist<br />

of the property Elder, a<br />

clerk of session, a worship<br />

Elder, a congressional<br />

life Elder, and an outreach<br />

Elder. Each person has<br />

specific responsibilities that<br />

they oversee that helps the<br />

church keep going.<br />

And going is what the church continues<br />

to do as it embarks this year on<br />

its one hundred and ninetieth anniversary!<br />

Early settlers to this area who<br />

were of the Presbyterian faith faced<br />

numerous hurdles if they wanted<br />

Continued on page 4A<br />


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Page 2A THE BEACON <strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

By<br />

Tamara<br />

Taylor<br />

What Happened to<br />

the Magic?<br />

One of the greatest joys of<br />

the winter season is the beauty<br />

that it instills upon us.<br />

Snow.<br />

When I was a child, I found<br />

no greater joy than waking<br />

up in the morning and seeing<br />

that white fluff covering<br />

the ground... and the roads.<br />

Whoohoo!<br />

Turn on the TV (only those<br />

in their thirties and older can<br />

remember what it was like<br />

when we didn’t have internet!)<br />

and wait patiently for the<br />

school listings to scroll across<br />

the bottom of the screen.<br />

Of course, the name of my<br />

school took forever to pop<br />

up because the names were<br />

in alphabetical order. Then<br />

they would throw in a curve<br />

and list the schools alphabetically<br />

and divided by state or<br />

county. Maddening!<br />

I always say snow days are<br />

a surprise gift, even when my<br />

children were growing up.<br />

Not anymore.<br />

E-learning has taken the<br />

place of the gift. A “gift” in<br />

and of itself.<br />

Happier thoughts. Along<br />

with the beautiful snow comes<br />

my favorite sound- snow<br />

quiet. No car noises, just a<br />

blanket of pristine white quiet.<br />

Later the laughter of those<br />

throwing themselves down<br />

hills on sleds and building<br />

ridiculously large snowmen<br />

can be heard echoing across<br />

the way.<br />

Hopefully, the youngsters<br />

of today are shown the magic<br />

of a snow day by their elders.<br />

The gift of a snow day should<br />

not be lost.<br />

I am very blessed to be<br />

friends with an incredible<br />

couple, Larry and Loraine<br />

Rumsey. Every day during the<br />

winter I trudge down to the<br />

barn to give my horses hay,<br />

and every day I think that I<br />

should take the time to text<br />

Larry Rumsey to tell him how<br />

great the hay that I bought<br />

from him is this year. Well, I<br />

finally did it.<br />

A few days later, I received<br />

a reply thanking me for the<br />

text and hoping that I have<br />

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For those of you who<br />

know Larry, I’m pretty sure<br />

you will agree that the text<br />

had a little help from Loraine!<br />

So I wondered what adjectives<br />

we can use for March.<br />

Feel free to send me your<br />

suggestions...<br />

Once again, I found myself<br />

pondering the question of why<br />

we live where we do. What<br />

keeps us here? Okay, technically<br />

it’s the snow when it<br />

is 8” deep, making the roads<br />

impassable. I personally have<br />

a ten-mile-long driveway that<br />

is uphill both ways... you get<br />

my drift.<br />

After our first major snowstorm,<br />

I got a call from my<br />

neighbor, Dave Terrill, who<br />

asked, “Do you want your<br />

driveway plowed?” What a<br />

saint! As I walked back from<br />

delivering baked goods to<br />

thank Dave and Patty for their<br />

kindness, the answer to my<br />

question hit me. Take a look<br />

at one of those real estate<br />

sites that show homes for<br />

sale in our area. Yes, you are<br />

seeing correctly- the number<br />

of properties for sale around<br />

here is virtually nil. It’s not<br />

because of the location,<br />

the perfect weather, or the<br />

property values. It’s because<br />

of the people. Neighbors like<br />

Dave and Patty Terrill and<br />

Brian and Becky Terrill who<br />

take time out of their busy<br />

schedules to help others. I am<br />

certainly very grateful.<br />

Speaking of neighbors, one<br />

of our fellow neighbors has<br />

been sharing the gift of music<br />

with so many for so many<br />

years. On Valentine’s Days<br />

past, Al Geis could be found<br />

adding a little extra to holiday<br />

deliveries around Batesville.<br />

He and his fellow quartet<br />

members would accompany<br />

Valentine deliveries and perform<br />

a musical accompaniment.<br />

How sweet.<br />

Mr. Geis of Batesville<br />

is a member of the Southern<br />

Gateway Chorus. Kent<br />

VanderKolk, the president of<br />

Publisher/Editor<br />

Tamara M. Taylor<br />

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Sales Manager - New Accounts<br />

Gene Belew<br />

Editorial Assistants<br />

Connie Webb, Cherie Maddin<br />

Columnists & Contributors<br />

Debbie Acasio, Melanie Alexander,<br />

Doris Butt, Susan Carson,<br />

Gloria Carter, Susan Cottingham,<br />

PG Gentrup, John Hawley,<br />

Mary-Alice Helms, Merrill and<br />

Linda Hutchinson, Korry Johnson,<br />

Laura Keller, Debbie McCane,<br />

Chris Nobbe, Fred Schmits,<br />

Marie Segale, Sue Siefert,<br />

Maureen Stenger, Rhonda Trabel,<br />

Bob Waples, Lorene Westmeyer<br />

Barbara Wetzler, Lisa West,<br />

Debbie Zimmer<br />

Production<br />

FX-Design, Inc.<br />

Southern Gateway Chorus,<br />

shared, “Al has been a member<br />

of the Southern Gateway<br />

Chorus for many, many years<br />

and has been a loyal presence<br />

on our risers lending his<br />

strong baritone voice to our<br />

productions. Al has competed<br />

with the Chorus at the annual<br />

International competitions<br />

held all over the USA<br />

and in Canada. He recently<br />

shared that the 2019 competition<br />

held in Salt Lake City<br />

ranked among his favorites,<br />

but not for the singing. Al<br />

and a couple of other of the<br />

Chorus members took on the<br />

responsibility of ensuring<br />

three young brothers, also<br />

members of the Chorus were<br />

given the opportunity to travel<br />

to Salt Lake City and compete<br />

with their singing friends in<br />

the Chorus. Al took on this<br />

massive task of his own volition,<br />

knowing the brothers<br />

were looking forward to the<br />

contest but family events were<br />

preventing their involvement.<br />

Al also volunteers in our audio-visual<br />

effort, assisting in<br />

the dissemination of our audio<br />

recordings to online customers<br />

and by being a “strong<br />

back” during our recent<br />

location from our rehearsal<br />

space.”<br />

As an active member of the<br />

St. Louis Church congregation,<br />

Mr. Geis is a natural<br />

fit for their choir. He has<br />

supported the efforts of the<br />

church by taking communion<br />

to those who are unable to<br />

make it to service. He and his<br />

late wife also mentored young<br />

couples to help prepare them<br />

for married life.<br />

Mr. Geis’s religious dedication<br />

plays a major role in his<br />

life. He attends service every<br />

morning and has been heard<br />

to say that his religion guides<br />

him in all that he does.<br />

Al Geis is often described<br />

as “Everything Kiwanis.” He<br />

is the driving force behind the<br />

annual festival that is held in<br />

Batesville. Our own writer,<br />

Sue Siefert, is a Kiwanis<br />

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PO Box 4022<br />

Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.<br />

Member:<br />

Dearborn County<br />

Chamber of Commerce,<br />

Ripley County<br />

Chamber of Commerce,<br />

Bright Area Business Association,<br />

Batesville Chamber<br />

of Commerce<br />

Al Geis helped mold the<br />

future of Batesville for<br />

generations to come.<br />

member with Mr. Geis. She<br />

shared, “Al was instrumental<br />

in introducing the Kiwanis<br />

Club to Batesville in March of<br />

1977. As a long-time business<br />

owner, he was aware of the<br />

need for a civic organization<br />

to serve the community and<br />

recruited many other likeminded<br />

community members<br />

for service to others that<br />

has continued for forty-four<br />

years.”<br />

The Geis family makes it<br />

a point of going on a family<br />

trip every year. Al Geis has<br />

earned the title of planner and<br />

instigator of the annual trip.<br />

He is the one who notices if<br />

someone’s glass needs to be<br />

refilled at family outings and<br />

is very attuned to other people<br />

and meeting their needs.<br />

For decades, Mr. Geis<br />

has been giving back to his<br />

community in so many ways<br />

including by being very active<br />

in the Batesville Chamber of<br />

Commerce. He spent years<br />

volunteering on committees<br />

and helping with events.<br />

Tricia Miller, the chamber’s<br />

executive director, described<br />

Mr. Geis as, “A great community<br />

partner.”<br />

Thank you, Al Geis, for all<br />

of your years of dedication to<br />

making life in our community<br />

the joy that it is today and for<br />

bringing joy to the lives of<br />

others in the most thoughtful<br />

ways.<br />

Has anyone noticed that<br />

UPS tracking has changed<br />

with the message “Check<br />

back tomorrow for updates.”<br />

The first time I got this message,<br />

I felt like I was communicating<br />

with a Magic<br />

8-Ball! If your kids don’t<br />

know what that is, GO GET<br />

ONE FOR THEM! (Yes, these<br />

things are still being sold.)<br />

A Magic 8-Ball is made to<br />

look like an eight-ball, is used<br />

for fortune-telling or seeking<br />

advice. It was invented in<br />

1950 by Albert C. Carter and<br />

Abe Bookman. The inspiration<br />

for the Magic 8-Ball<br />

was a spirit writing device<br />

used by Mr. Carter’s mother,<br />

Mary, who was a clairvoyant<br />

in Cincinnati. The traditional<br />

black-and-white 8-Ball has<br />

twenty possible responses- 10<br />

positive, five negative, and<br />

five indifferent.<br />

Everyone needs a little<br />

magic in their lives...<br />

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Communities and RR Find the Right Track<br />

Continued from page 1A<br />

continuation of the line will<br />

incentivize other businesses to<br />

locate in the area, especially<br />

those who would benefit from<br />

rail service.<br />

“One Dearborn maintains a<br />

relationship with Genesee &<br />

Wyoming for a shared goal of<br />

track development in the West<br />

Harrison TIF District, ideally<br />

for a new user,” stated Mr.<br />

Perleberg.<br />

The solid relationship that<br />

One Dearborn has developed<br />

with Genesee and Wyoming is<br />

evident on the railroad’s website,<br />

https://gwrr.com, where<br />

the West Harrison TIF District<br />

is touted as a “Prime 86-acre<br />

industrial site adjacent to<br />

I-74 ramp and IORY (Indiana<br />

and Ohio Railway) branch<br />

line. All utilities accessible.<br />

Convenient access to Indianapolis,<br />

Cincinnati, Dayton<br />

and Columbus.”<br />

What makes this rail line<br />

a valuable commodity for<br />

economic development in<br />

West Harrison? Genesee &<br />

Wyoming, Inc. is the largest<br />

regional short line rail operator<br />

in North America. This<br />

specific 469-mile track connects<br />

Detriot with southeast<br />

Indiana and Southwest Ohio.<br />

The wheels fall off the<br />

track, so to speak, around<br />

New Trenton. The current<br />

track has become inoperable<br />

due to washouts. The cost of<br />

repairing the track appears to<br />

be unfeasible.<br />

Enter Franklin County.<br />

The Genesee & Wyoming<br />

rail map shows a line continuing<br />

from Dearborn County<br />

into Franklin County and<br />

through Brookville. According<br />

to the Indiana Department<br />

of Transportation (INDOT),<br />

a large portion of the track<br />

has been abandoned from<br />

Brookville near Ninth St. to<br />

Millville and a little beyond.<br />

This abandoned track spans<br />

approximately eight miles.<br />

The tracks were removed in<br />

the 1980s and have been developed<br />

into a biking/hiking<br />

trail known as the Whitewater<br />

Canal Trail.<br />

As visionaries, the Whitewater<br />

Canal Trail Group<br />

would like to continue its<br />

efforts and expand the current<br />

trail through Brookville and to<br />

the Dearborn County border.<br />

However, working in tandem<br />

with Genessee & Wyoming<br />

would be paramount in<br />

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happens!<br />

making that vision a reality,<br />

especially in the washed-out<br />

area of New Trenton.<br />

In a recent interview with<br />

the <strong>Beacon</strong>, Governor Holcomb<br />

expressed his strong<br />

desire to see trails expanded<br />

throughout Indiana. As a part<br />

of his Next Level Connections<br />

Initiative, the Next Level<br />

Trails program will make<br />

possible critical trail connections<br />

within and between<br />

communities throughout the<br />

state. The potential continuation<br />

of the Whitewater Canal<br />

Trail along the damaged areas<br />

of the railroad would move<br />

southeast Indiana forward<br />

toward Governor Holcomb’s<br />

vision.<br />

The impact of the IORY<br />

line on our community<br />

doesn’t stop at economic<br />

development and trail expansion.<br />

Public health and<br />

environmental safety have<br />

arisen due to a sewer main<br />

that runs along the railroad<br />

in the town of Brookville. A<br />

sewer main that runs alongside<br />

the railroad track has<br />

become compromised due to<br />

erosion. The exposed line has<br />

bowed and could potentially<br />

burst which would be catastrophic<br />

not only for the town<br />

of Brookville but also for<br />

the Whitewater River. The<br />

town of Brookville has been<br />

awarded a $600,000 grant<br />

from the Office of Community<br />

and Rural Affairs (OCRA)<br />

to address the issue of the<br />

sewer line and hillside stabilization<br />

but was in jeopardy<br />

of losing the funding due<br />

to lengthy communications<br />

with Genesee & Wyoming.<br />

Fortunately, State Senator<br />

Raatz was able to step in and<br />

help facilitate communications<br />

with the railroad. After<br />

the town paid $5300 worth<br />

of permit fees to Genesee<br />

& Wyoming, the project is<br />

finally underway. A portion<br />

of the total fees went toward<br />

an annual occupancy permit<br />

fee that was supposedly not<br />

applicable based on an agreement<br />

made in 1962 between<br />

Brookville and the railroad<br />

company.<br />

Senator Raatz shared, “I<br />

had been in communication<br />

for at least a year with<br />

Brookville Town Council<br />

regarding a problem posed by<br />

hill slippage and the potential<br />

compromise of a sewer line<br />

located within the hillside.<br />

As time passed the sewer<br />

line showed visible damage,<br />

which elevated the issue to a<br />

crisis due to the possibility of<br />

an environmental catastrophe.<br />

The issue created a need for<br />

significant funding to accomplish<br />

the objective of repairing<br />

the sewer line and the<br />

stabilization of the hillside to<br />

prevent further slippage.”<br />

Senator Raatz added, “After<br />

the funding was secured,<br />

the issue then became locating<br />

appropriate personnel to<br />

obtain a permit to cross and<br />

utilize the railroad property<br />

for repairing the hillside and<br />

sewer line. The Town of<br />

Brookville was very active<br />

in locating the appropriate<br />

office where the permits to<br />

cross property lines could be<br />

obtained. I was contacted to<br />

help push the process forward<br />

as there were deadlines for<br />

the funding that were rapidly<br />

approaching. I made several<br />

calls to get in touch with appropriate<br />

personnel to get<br />

the process moving forward.<br />

What I failed at was saving<br />

the town of Brookville $800<br />

in permit fees from the railroad.<br />

Overall it was a success<br />

and it was my pleasure and<br />

duty to participate in the process<br />

to advocate for resources<br />

and push the process to get<br />

the job done.”<br />

As these and other projects<br />

come to fruition, one can only<br />

hope that continued relationships<br />

between community<br />

leaders and Genesee & Wyoming<br />

continue to grow to the<br />

point of mutual support both<br />

financially and economically.<br />

Who knows- perhaps a donation<br />

to the Town of Brookville<br />

to the tune of $5300 will happen<br />

down the line.<br />

What is it?<br />

Last month’s item was a french curve. The tool was<br />

invented in the 1800s by the German mathematician<br />

Ludwig Burmester.It is used by architects, designers, and<br />

engineers alike to create<br />

smooth curves. As with<br />

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The french curve was<br />

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Detmer, Manchester; Jim<br />

Last month: French curve<br />

Rainey, Bright; Joe Laugle,<br />

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Jeff Cramer, St.Leon, shared, “My father was an<br />

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curve.”<br />

Patricia Medlock, Guilford, also correctly identified the<br />

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at South Dearborn High School for thirty-three years.<br />

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Presbyterian Church Steeped in Community History<br />

Continued from page 1A<br />

to practice their faith in a<br />

Presbyterian Church. They<br />

had to travel to Harrison,<br />

Ohio to their Presbyterian<br />

church via Jamison Road.<br />

Jamison is still a long winding<br />

road, and in those days<br />

imagine no pavement and no<br />

bridge to traverse the Whitewater<br />

River. These brave<br />

settlers would have to forge<br />

ahead of their own accord<br />

but there were times when<br />

dangerously high water prevented<br />

them from being able<br />

to worship.<br />

Understandably, frustrations<br />

in the community began to<br />

mount.<br />

The community members<br />

decided to petition a fellow<br />

member of the Presbyterian<br />

Church, a shopkeeper named<br />

John Gibson. Mr. Gibson<br />

owned a portion of Miller<br />

Township named Providence<br />

and graciously donated a plot<br />

of ground to build their own<br />

church, thus Providence Presbyterian<br />

Church was born.<br />

Mr. Gibson would also donate<br />

the land that Gibson Cemetery<br />

is on to the church and to this<br />

day the church maintains the<br />

cemetery. So, the early settlers<br />

set out to build their own<br />

Church Members dressed in period clothing to pay homage to the founders of the Providence<br />

Presbyterian Church (Photo Courtesy of John Blasdel Jr.)<br />

John Sr. and Wilma Blasdel fiftieth Wedding Anniversary<br />

Renewal of Vows at The Providence Presbyterian Church<br />

(Photo courtesy of John Blasdel Jr.)<br />

Church<br />

Minister<br />

and Ruling<br />

Elder, Dan<br />

Johnson.<br />

A log cabin was built on the<br />

Gibson property known as<br />

The installation of the new<br />

Providence and John Gibson<br />

Celtic Cross by the late Curt<br />

a founding member of the<br />

Viel and Dave Viel. (Photo<br />

church also served as its first<br />

courtesy of Tiny Witt)<br />

Elder.<br />

church, of course without the The original church was<br />

modern tools and equipment torn down and rebuilt several<br />

times to accommodate a<br />

we are fortunate to have today<br />

but build the church they did. growing congregation. The<br />

In 1831 they received permission<br />

from the Presbytery of 1899, and a basement was<br />

present building was built in<br />

Oxford, Ohio (an administrative<br />

body representing local happen, the church had to be<br />

added in 1938. For that to<br />

congregations of a district) raised up to accommodate the<br />

and appointed Rev. Sylvestor construction of a basement.<br />

Scovell of Harrison Presbyterian<br />

Church a committee 1960 when two classrooms<br />

More upgrades continued in<br />

to organize the new church. were built. In the 1970s the was a carpenter. When he<br />

church finally got indoor restrooms<br />

retired, he became known for<br />

and running water. The always fixing things around<br />

sanctuary was also redone the church. He was also<br />

in the seventies, and in 1980 known as the resident “baby<br />

the church office and multipurpose<br />

holder” during church ser-<br />

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sioned his fellow parishioner,<br />

Bert Wagner, to design and<br />

submit plans for a cross.<br />

Dave Viel, Lem and Louise’s<br />

oldest son, shared, “My<br />

dad took a picture of the<br />

church and had an architect<br />

use to scale and draw up the<br />

cross to make it the right size.<br />

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Providence Presbyterian Church A Part of Generations<br />

Presbyterian bowlers Mary Sicking, Louise Vick, Elnora<br />

Britton, Wilma, and Gloria Blasdel. (Photo courtesy of<br />

John Blasdel Jr.)<br />

Various antiques donated to the Providence Presbyterian<br />

Church throughout the years.<br />

The stunning stained glass<br />

window adorning the wall<br />

of the Providence Presbyterian<br />

Church.<br />

Continued from page 4A<br />

Then, Dad had it made which<br />

cost around seven hundred<br />

dollars.<br />

Dad told us he needed help<br />

building scaffold to remove<br />

the weather vane and install<br />

the cross.” The Viel’s sons,<br />

Dave, Stephen, and Curtis, got<br />

the stainless-steel cross to its<br />

new home atop the steeple in<br />

September of 1981. The Viel<br />

sons asked for permission<br />

from their current employer<br />

to use their crane to hang the<br />

cross. Dave Viel elaborated,<br />

“Curt and I got in a skip box<br />

and I gave Steve hand signals<br />

which he relayed to the<br />

driver on how we wanted<br />

him to move the crane. When<br />

Curt and I got to the top of<br />

the church there were a lot<br />

of bugs flying around and<br />

Curt thought it might be bees.<br />

However, it turned out to be<br />

flies. I cut off the weather<br />

vane and we installed the<br />

cross which had a long bolt<br />

that went all the way through<br />

the church steeple. Fellow<br />

parishioner Bert Wagner<br />

installed a nut on the bolt to<br />

secure the cross. The Harrison<br />

Press was there taking pictures<br />

and there were a lot of Bright<br />

residents watching us. Everyone<br />

thought the crane was the<br />

biggest they had ever seen.”<br />

Jenny Viel Bulach, Dave<br />

Viel’s daughter, shared with<br />

me “I remember when they<br />

were hanging the cross, my<br />

grammie (Louise Viel) made<br />

us all touch it before they<br />

wiped it down to hang from<br />

the crane. I still tell my kids<br />

that I touched that cross every<br />

time we go thru Bright.” Her<br />

grandmother Louise also<br />

taught many of the ladies at<br />

that church how to make the<br />

simple pie crust that Jenny<br />

still uses for every pie she<br />

ever makes. “I have so many<br />

great memories of that church<br />

and the people there!”<br />

John Blasdel of Bright also<br />

has heartwarming memories<br />

of his youth spent in the<br />

Providence Church in Bright.<br />

Both of his parents belonged<br />

to the church. He<br />

shares “In fact, our mom and<br />

dad were in the same Sunday<br />

School classes and ignored<br />

The family of Rev. Sharp in 1969. Front- Danny, age 2.<br />

Middle Row- Hope, age 18; Mrs. Sharp; Faith, age 20;<br />

David, age 8. Back row- Ted, age 13; Rev. Sharp. (Photo<br />

courtesy of John Blasdel Jr.)<br />

each other at all cost! Then<br />

finally in 1948 after dating for<br />

mom’s junior and senior year,<br />

they were engaged.<br />

They married in the church<br />

on June 18, 1949.” Subsequently,<br />

all four of the John<br />

Sr. and Wilma Blasdel children<br />

were baptized, confirmed,<br />

and became members<br />

of the church.<br />

Mr. Blasdel shared with<br />

me his fond recollections of<br />

growing up in the church,<br />

“My best memories are of<br />

getting ready for our annual<br />

Christmas programs. Bertha<br />

Diefenbach, my great aunt,<br />

was meticulous in her preparations<br />

for the spectacular. It<br />

was always magical to see<br />

the backdrop of blue sky and<br />

silver stars above the manger,<br />

with the glowing star, turned<br />

on just at the right time for<br />

the shepherds and wise men<br />

to follow and find the newborn<br />

baby Jesus. The angels<br />

appearing (on ladders) behind<br />

the manger seemed to really<br />

be floating there above Mary,<br />

Joseph, and the babe to my<br />

six-year-old eyes!”<br />

In the 1960s, church member<br />

Joyce Huffman and Mr.<br />

Blasdel’s mother, Wilma took<br />

over creating the pageant.<br />

From Christmas productions<br />

to floats in the annual<br />

Bright Parade, church picnics<br />

and fellowship the Providence<br />

Presbyterian Church<br />

have endured. Reverend Dan<br />

Johnson shared with me that<br />

many of the beautiful belongings<br />

inside the church have<br />

been donated through the<br />

years by various people who<br />

hold the church in the highest<br />

esteem. When another area<br />

church was in the process of<br />

constructing its own building,<br />

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With the one hundred and<br />

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Minister Dan Johnson<br />

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there is so much more to the<br />

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than meets the eye.<br />

An enduring spirit prevails<br />

even during these difficult<br />

times, much like that unwavering<br />

faith that willed early<br />

settlers to fight for their own<br />

place of worship on this side<br />

of The Whitewater River.<br />

Every Sunday at 10:30 A.M.<br />

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Johnson shares, “What I<br />

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or somebody, somebody<br />

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Local Photographers Finalists in State Exhibit<br />

Submitted by<br />

Oak Heritage Conservancy<br />

Two kids play in a creek.<br />

A farmer checks his crops. A<br />

butterfly flits down to land on<br />

a native wildflower. These are<br />

just a few of the winning images<br />

in the fifth annual Nature<br />

and Farm Photo Exhibit. Amateur<br />

photographers from southern<br />

Indiana submitted photos,<br />

from which the top forty were<br />

chosen. Contest organizers are<br />

now asking the public to help<br />

select a Grand Prize Winner.<br />

“This year, the contest was<br />

inspired by Earth Day, so expect<br />

to see photos of wetlands<br />

supporting wildlife, people<br />

enjoying nature, and more,”<br />

says Liz Brownlee, executive<br />

director for Oak Heritage Conservancy,<br />

a nonprofit that protects<br />

natural areas in southeast<br />

Indiana and opens preserves to<br />

the public.<br />

“We asked the photographers<br />

to submit photos showing<br />

how Hoosiers celebrate<br />

‘Earth Day Every Day.’ Now<br />

we want the public to think<br />

about how our natural areas,<br />

our family farms, and our actions<br />

can help make our home<br />

planet healthier.”<br />

One photo in the exhibit<br />

highlights one of the easiest,<br />

and most enjoyable, ways to<br />

celebrate nature. Erin Schuerman,<br />

of Ripley County,<br />

Indiana, entered a photo of<br />

her two young sons crouching<br />

and looking at bugs. Erin<br />

says, “Every Sunday when the<br />

weather permits, we hike at<br />

Versailles State Park and get<br />

ice cream afterward. This is a<br />

photo of my boys stopping to<br />

check out one of the little critters<br />

on the path. (No bugs were<br />

harmed!)”<br />

“Just pausing to pay attention<br />

to nature is something we<br />

can all do,”<br />

adds Ms.<br />

Brownlee.<br />

Oak<br />

Heritage<br />

has a few<br />

other ideas<br />

for how area<br />

residents<br />

can help the<br />

planet and<br />

celebrate<br />

Earth Day<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, starting<br />

with<br />

the Photo<br />

Exhibit.<br />

“We’re<br />

inviting folks to check out the<br />

winning photos and vote for<br />

a Grand Prize Winner. And<br />

when you vote, you get to pick<br />

out an Earth Day challenge.”<br />

The challenges offer something<br />

for every nature lover (or<br />

nature-lover-to-be), from art<br />

projects that use natural materials<br />

to a ‘zero waste’ challenge<br />

(including tips on how<br />

to avoid generating any plastic<br />

waste for an entire day).<br />

“And one of the challenges<br />

is self-serving: we’re challenging<br />

people to support nature<br />

right here in southeast Indiana,”<br />

adds Ms. Brownlee.<br />

Oak Heritage collaborates<br />

with George Rogers Clark<br />

Land Trust (GRCLT) to host<br />

the annual contest and exhibit.<br />

Both groups protect land in<br />

southern Indiana. Oak Heritage<br />

focuses on natural areas, like<br />

old-growth forests, wetlands,<br />

and pollinator habitats. They<br />

open their properties to the<br />

public to visit. GRCLT protects<br />

working farmland, especially<br />

farms with the best soils. Both<br />

groups conserve land forever<br />

so that the land will always be<br />

habitat or farmland and can<br />

never be developed.<br />

Erin Schuerman, Osgood, submitted a winning<br />

photo showing her sons stopping to<br />

investigate bugs at Versailles State Park.<br />

Ella Peetz, Batesville, is<br />

a Youth winner. She took<br />

this photo in her family’s<br />

woods.<br />

Ms. Brownlee encourages<br />

everyone to take a look at<br />

the photos, and then vote for<br />

a Grand Prize Winner. The<br />

winner will receive a one-year<br />

membership to Oak Heritage<br />

Conservancy. Anyone can<br />

become a member, and support<br />

land conservation in southeast<br />

Indiana.<br />

“Last year, over 1,000<br />

people voted for a winner. It<br />

was so encouraging to have<br />

that many people looking at<br />

the photos and thinking about<br />

conservation in Indiana. We’re<br />

hoping to break that record and<br />

have over 1,200 people vote<br />

– and consider how they can<br />

help the planet – this year.”<br />

To see the photos, go to<br />

https://oakheritageconservancy.org/get-involved/photo<br />

exhibit/.<br />

Here Comes the Sun<br />

By Linda Hutchinson<br />

When the album, Abbey<br />

Road, hit the airwaves back<br />

in 1969, I don’t think the<br />

Beatles realized how vividly<br />

they would be describing<br />

the winter of <strong>2021</strong> with their<br />

chart-topper, Here Comes<br />

the Sun. For many, the past<br />

several months have been that<br />

“long, cold, lonely winter”<br />

that the Beatles described in<br />

the song. I don’t know about<br />

you, but the line “it seems like<br />

years since it’s been here” not<br />

only fits the Beatles hit, but<br />

the feeling many have about<br />

normalcy in our world today.<br />

This past year has been<br />

tough not gathering with<br />

family and friends to celebrate<br />

special holidays and<br />

life events. Weddings have<br />

been postponed or reduced<br />

in size. Baby showers and<br />

birthday celebrations have<br />

been canceled. I went to my<br />

first “drive-by” baby shower<br />

recently. I’m sad for that new<br />

expectant mother who was unable<br />

to celebrate with family<br />

and friends. Sporting events<br />

have been limited or restricted.<br />

We were all encouraged<br />

to celebrate the holidays in<br />

the safety of our own homes<br />

and not to travel. Cabin fever<br />

in southeast Indiana has been<br />

at an all-time high this past<br />

winter. People are ready to get<br />

out and live life again whether<br />

the sun is shining or not.<br />

So what’s your theme song<br />

as we shake off our cabin fever<br />

and embrace life again? Like<br />

I said before, Here Comes the<br />

Sun has been stuck in my head<br />

lately. I’m ready for the sun;<br />

how about you? I’m ready for<br />

life to get back to normal and<br />

to start living life again in a<br />

community with other people.<br />

Just the other day, I found<br />

myself actually excited when I<br />

heard advertising on the radio<br />

for a concert event coming to<br />

town this summer.<br />

What would your theme<br />

song be for this coming spring<br />

and summer? Maybe classic<br />

rock isn’t your thing. Maybe<br />

you’re a country fan. How<br />

about Everything’s Gonna Be<br />

Alright by Kenny Chesney? I<br />

am so thankful for the people<br />

God has put in my life who<br />

continue to speak truth and<br />

hope even when things look<br />

difficult or dark. If you don’t<br />

have those kinds of people in<br />

your life, the time has come<br />

to find them. I love hearing<br />

Kenny Chesney sing, “there<br />

ain’t no doubt it’s gonna work<br />

out, come on sing it with me.”<br />

Maybe, you’re like my old<br />

friend Frank who loves his<br />

Motown. Maybe your theme<br />

song as spring approaches<br />

would be Dancing in the<br />

Streets by Martha and the<br />

Vandellas. You are ready to<br />

get out and enjoy life again.<br />

I love the line in that song<br />

where it says, “It’s just an<br />

invitation across the nation.<br />

A chance for folks to meet.<br />

There’ll be laughing, singing,<br />

music playing...dancing in the<br />

street.” Let’s commit right<br />

now that we’ll never take life<br />

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head to the playground. Dust<br />

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W<br />

hat's<br />

The Big House on the Knoll<br />

M<br />

Our People<br />

in the<br />

By Mary-Alice Helms place with its polished wood<br />

To a newcomer ILITARY<br />

in the area, mantle. There were overstuffed<br />

couches, a huge, heavy<br />

the house probably comes<br />

as Wa surprise. After miles of walnut library table (a wonderful<br />

hiding place for games<br />

hat's<br />

treacherous dips and curves,<br />

the highway Happening suddenly becomes<br />

flat and ST. straight. LEON To this numerous fancy chairs and<br />

In of “Hide and Seek”), and<br />

point, both sides of the road fringed lamps. The initial impression<br />

in the rooms of that<br />

have been heavily wooded By<br />

as the traveler drives Donna east on house was of highly polished<br />

Davidson<br />

St. Rd. 252 out of Brookville. wood. From the woodwork<br />

Suddenly the vista opens Community up and gleaming floors peeking<br />

and becomes rolling Correspondent farmland. around the flowered carpet, to<br />

On the north side of the road, the massive Victorian furniture,<br />

shone the most beautiful<br />

one’s<br />

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eyes are drawn up a<br />

gently rising stretch of neatly dark wood.<br />

mown lawn to a knoll, where The dining room would<br />

sits a beautiful old Victorian have been an antiques lover’s<br />

brick house. Happening It might In not be paradise.<br />

as imposing BRIGHT as some antebellum<br />

styles in other places, a huge sideboard, complete<br />

Dominating one wall was<br />

with their gigantic By columns. with mirror, wooden columns,<br />

But it has a graceful, Debby majestic and intricately carved finials.<br />

Beside the door leading<br />

presence as if Stutz it were a queen<br />

surveying her kingdom. That to the side porch stood a tall<br />

Community<br />

house was built Correspondent in 1920 by coat stand, fashioned like an<br />

our uncle, Charlie Fruits, and armchair. It, too, had a mirror<br />

his wife, Aunt Pearl.<br />

and large decorative hooks for<br />

debbystutz.thebeacon@yahoo.com<br />

When we were growing up hanging coats and hats at each<br />

I thought it was the most magnificent,<br />

fascinating place in A hinged seat provided ac-<br />

side.<br />

our world. And I just learned cess to a storage space in the<br />

that it is, Sof necessity, BEACON going to bottom portion. At the opposite<br />

end of the room, there was<br />

be razed.<br />

When we were PORTS<br />

kids, my a pass-through to the kitchen,<br />

sister and I loved going to allowing cooks to place steaming<br />

dishes for easy transfer<br />

SCENE<br />

visit Aunt Pearl and Uncle<br />

Charlie, their son, Arnold, and to the round oak table. When<br />

his wife Lilah Lee. Going By into it was pulled apart and fitted<br />

the wide front door was Jack like with its extra leaves, that table<br />

entering another era. Facing Zoller could comfortably seat twenty<br />

the door was a tiled fire-<br />

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nets above the pass-through<br />

showed gleaming china and<br />

glassware through glass doors.<br />

The east wall of the room<br />

held large double windows,<br />

allowing a panoramic view<br />

of the farm’s grassy pastures<br />

and luxuriant trees. An oldfashioned<br />

(even by 1940s<br />

standards) telephone, with<br />

its cone-shaped mouthpiece,<br />

earpiece hanging in its cradle<br />

on the side and a handle to<br />

be turned to summon an operator,<br />

also had its place on<br />

that wall. My favorite thing<br />

in the whole house stood<br />

in the dining room. It was<br />

a lovely curio cabinet with<br />

both sides and the door made<br />

of curved glass, its shelves<br />

filled with delicate china or<br />

crystal objects. It could keep<br />

me mesmerized for a long<br />

time.<br />

When the house was built,<br />

it was a wonder to many of its<br />

neighbors because of its innovations.<br />

At a time when few<br />

country homes had access to<br />

electricity, Uncle Charlie had<br />

a “Delco Plant” built in a large<br />

shed beyond the back wall.<br />

This was a Delco generator,<br />

powered by gasoline, which<br />

supplied enough electricity<br />

for the big home, which was<br />

never without power. There<br />

was a monstrous coal furnace<br />

in the house’s basement. I<br />

was fascinated by the way the<br />

amount of heat coming up the<br />

registers could be regulated.<br />

No thermostats? No problem!<br />

I remember a small wheel<br />

on a dining room wall, with<br />

sprockets around the edges<br />

over which a tiny chain was<br />

looped. The ends of the chain<br />

went through holes in the<br />

floor, and the ends fastened<br />

to the door to the draft on the<br />

furnace. When one end of<br />

the chain was pulled over the<br />

wheel upstairs, it would tug<br />

the door open, causing more<br />

heat to be generated. When<br />

the other end of the chain felt<br />

a pull, it would drop the door,<br />

shutting down some of the air<br />

and lowering the heat.<br />

Ingenious, no? The home<br />

boasted running water as well<br />

as two bathrooms, also rarities<br />

in country homes in the early<br />

20th century. The entire upstairs<br />

was built with the future<br />

in mind. It was a complete<br />

apartment, planned for the<br />

day when Arnold, then only<br />

three years old, would bring<br />

his bride home. And he did.<br />

He and Lee raised their two<br />

daughters, Phyllis and Linda,<br />

in that house.<br />

I could tell so many stories<br />

about the wondrous days<br />

spent in that amazing house;<br />

of my sister and I roller skating<br />

or playing dolls on the<br />

broad wrap-around porch, of<br />

Lee teaching us to bottle-feed<br />

a baby lamb, of table-groaning<br />

feasts at that dining room<br />

The big house on the knoll.<br />

table or on the screened-in<br />

back porch. I could tell of<br />

threshing-ring dinners and<br />

visits from the Huckster<br />

wagon, and so much more.<br />

Maybe I will tell those stories<br />

at another time.<br />

The only living heiress to<br />

the house, Aunt Pearl and Uncle<br />

Charlie’s granddaughter,<br />

Linda Schnitker, is sad about<br />

the decision to have it razed.<br />

She sees it as the only feasible<br />

alternative to losing it to rot<br />

and decay. No one has lived<br />

there for years, and the cost<br />

of paying taxes on the empty<br />

property is overwhelming.<br />

Attempting to bring it back to<br />

its former glory is also costprohibitive.<br />

It needs everything<br />

from a sewer system to<br />

new plumbing and completely<br />

replaced wiring and heating.<br />

While the big house on the<br />

knoll might soon be gone, the<br />

memories it created will last<br />

forever.<br />

By<br />

Melanie<br />

Alexander<br />

On this snowy morning<br />

By<br />

with the prospect Maxine of an<br />

impending winter Klump storm,<br />

a thought came to me that<br />

the aroma from Community a batch of<br />

Correspondent<br />

brownies baking in my oven<br />

would be most welcome. That<br />

maxineklump.thebeacon@yahoo.com<br />

thought was prompted by the<br />

fact that this is my “annual”<br />

chocolate column.<br />

Years ago, I penned a<br />

springtime column in the<br />

<strong>Beacon</strong> featuring chocolate<br />

recipes to provide ideas for<br />

bakers in the community<br />

as they entered treats in<br />

a fund-raising effort that<br />

supported the North Dearborn<br />

Food Pantry. Known as “A<br />

Chocolate Affair” sponsored<br />

by St. Teresa Benedicta of the<br />

Cross parish, the event was a<br />

chocolate lover’s dream!<br />

So in honor of chocolate,<br />

I am sharing with you some<br />

of my favorites that are<br />

also quick to prepare while<br />

satisfying a craving for<br />

chocolate. The first recipe<br />

uses a chocolate cake mix<br />

as the base and adds various<br />

goodies. Feel free to change<br />

out the flavors of chips (I like<br />

to use salted caramel) if you<br />

like.<br />

Almost Candy Bars<br />

1/2 cup butter or margarine<br />

1 package chocolate or<br />

devil’s food cake mix<br />

1 cup butterscotch chips<br />

1 cup chocolate chips<br />

1 cup flaked coconut<br />

1 cup chopped nuts<br />

1 can condensed milk<br />

(NOT evaporated)<br />

Preheat oven to 350°. In<br />

a large mixing bowl, cut<br />

butter into the cake mix with<br />

a fork or pastry blender until<br />

crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over<br />

the bottom of an ungreased<br />

(10 x 15-inch) cookie sheet.<br />

Press lightly. Sprinkle both<br />

flavors of chips, coconut, and<br />

chopped nuts evenly over the<br />

dough. Pour condensed mile<br />

evenly over ingredients.<br />

Bake at 350° for 20-30<br />

minutes until lightly browned<br />

on top.<br />

Cool completely before<br />

cutting into bars.<br />

These bars make the<br />

sacrifice of Oreo cookies<br />

worthwhile.<br />

Red Velvet<br />

Cheesecake Bars<br />

24 Oreo cookies, finely<br />

crushed<br />

¼ cup butter, melted<br />

6 squares semi-sweet baking<br />

chocolate<br />

3 packages (8-oz) cream<br />

cheese, softened<br />

¾ cup sugar<br />

1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br />

3 eggs<br />

1 tablespoon red food<br />

coloring<br />

Heat oven to 350°. Mix<br />

cookie crumbs and butter.<br />

Press onto the bottom of a<br />

13x9-inch pan that has been<br />

sprayed with cooking spray.<br />

Melt 4 chocolate squares<br />

as directed on the package.<br />

Set aside. Beat cream cheese,<br />

sugar, and vanilla until well<br />

blended. Add eggs and beat<br />

just until blended. Remove<br />

2 cups of batter; mix with<br />

melted chocolate and food<br />

coloring. Carefully spread<br />

over crust. Cover with<br />

remaining plain batter and<br />

spread this evenly over the<br />

chocolate layer.<br />

Bake 26-28 minutes or<br />

until the center is almost<br />

set. Cool completely. Melt<br />

the remaining 2 squares of<br />

chocolate and drizzle over<br />

dessert.<br />

Refrigerate for at least 4<br />

hours. Yields 16 servings.<br />

These cookies are soft<br />

and smooth and dusted with<br />

confectioners’ sugar. Although<br />

the sugar dusting is a little<br />

“messy” it is also the reason<br />

they are so tasty.<br />

Chocolate Drop Cookies<br />

1 egg<br />

1 box chocolate cake mix<br />

½ cup + 2 tablespoons flour<br />

1 8-oz. container Cool Whip<br />

(remove from freezer to<br />

soften)<br />

1½ tablespoons water<br />

Confectioners’ sugar for<br />

dusting<br />

Beat egg and cake mix. Add<br />

flour, Cool Whip, and water.<br />

Beat well. Note: This dough<br />

will be very sticky.<br />

Make 1-inch cookie balls<br />

using a teaspoon to lift the<br />

dough and roll the ball in<br />

the sugar. Using spoons or a<br />

small spatula to coat the outer<br />

surface and loosely shape it<br />

into a ball. Place the balls<br />

onto an ungreased cookie<br />

sheet and bake at 350° for<br />

10-15 minutes. The cookie<br />

will split on top when done.<br />

Remove cookies and cool on<br />

a wire rack.<br />

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Page 8A THE BEACON <strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

FROM<br />

H ere<br />

By<br />

Ollie<br />

Roehm<br />

My wife, Saint Mary, and I<br />

received our COVID vaccinations<br />

a couple of days<br />

ago. After being pretty-much<br />

locked down for a year, it was<br />

a fairly big deal. OK, a really<br />

big deal. Hopefully, by the<br />

time you read this, life will<br />

be much safer for you and<br />

everyone.<br />

The past year has been a<br />

very tough one for us as it has<br />

for so many others, especially<br />

those in our age group.<br />

We have had very limited<br />

face-to-face contact with our<br />

grandkids and the rest of the<br />

family. There has been no<br />

face–to–face contact with<br />

friends and acquaintances.<br />

Every trip to the grocery<br />

store, or anywhere, was made<br />

with extreme caution. We<br />

were bound and determined<br />

to stay safe from COVID. My<br />

friends, living in fear and isolation<br />

takes its toll, and living<br />

in fear is no way to live.<br />

But it looks like we’ve<br />

made it through and maybe<br />

it’s time for some reflection<br />

on our stay in the East Street<br />

jailhouse. As I reflect I realize<br />

that being locked down at<br />

home for a year because of<br />

a worldwide pandemic was<br />

very hard. But I must admit<br />

that some darned good things<br />

came out of it. Here are a<br />

few.<br />

Spent less money<br />

The cost of having and<br />

driving a car has been greatly<br />

reduced.<br />

When you can’t go anywhere<br />

you don’t spend money<br />

on gasoline, a major expenditure<br />

for us and most people.<br />

We’ve put very few miles<br />

and wear and tear on our<br />

cars over the past year which<br />

contributes to retaining their<br />

value.<br />

We spent no money on<br />

entertainment, restaurants, or<br />

bar tabs.<br />

Traveling was out, so we<br />

spent nothing on vacations,<br />

hotel rooms, and the like.<br />

Dressed more comfortably<br />

Sweat pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts,<br />

and crocs composed<br />

the day-in, day-out uniform.<br />

It seemed weird the few times<br />

I wore jeans, a shirt, and<br />

shoes.<br />

Showers and shaves became<br />

optional<br />

Nothing more needs to be<br />

said other than I was very OK<br />

with that.<br />



Creativity happened<br />

I wrote a song about the<br />

lock down called “Everybody’s<br />

Hidin’” and was lucky<br />

enough to get it recorded with<br />

some stellar Cincinnati and<br />

Nashville musicians. It was<br />

well received and a lot of fun<br />

to do.<br />

While cleaning out and organizing<br />

some things I found<br />

a bunch of songs, song lyrics,<br />

and setlists I thought I had<br />

lost over the years.<br />

Among the songs were<br />

some that were better than I<br />

had originally thought.<br />

My friend and band mate<br />

Roger and I recorded demos<br />

of them and they turned out<br />

very nice.<br />

Found the true meaning<br />

of Facebook<br />

We used Facebook a lot to<br />

keep in touch with family and<br />

friends. Facebook sometimes<br />

gets a bad rap, and deservedly<br />

so.<br />

There is a lot of silliness,<br />

vitriol, and ugliness. But it<br />

can be a wonderful communication<br />

tool and it served that<br />

purpose well for us.<br />

Life is precious<br />

There has been a horrific<br />

amount of suffering and death<br />

because of the pandemic. It’s<br />

going to haunt this world for<br />

a long time.<br />

Six family members came<br />

down with the virus over the<br />

past year and, thankfully,<br />

all have now recovered. I’ll<br />

never forget the constant<br />

worry we endured after they<br />

tested positive.<br />

But I believe that something<br />

good has come from all<br />

the bad.<br />

Most, if not all, of us now<br />

have a deeper understanding<br />

of the value of human<br />

life. We value our family and<br />

friends more. We take things<br />

for granted less and appreciate<br />

more.<br />

Maybe we are better people<br />

now.<br />

Smoked Salmon with capers<br />

Bacon<br />

Goetta<br />

Sausage<br />

Scrambled Eggs<br />

Seasoned Potatoes<br />

French Toast<br />

Pancakes<br />

Pasta<br />

Fried Chicken<br />

Baked Chicken<br />

Eggs Benedict<br />

Fresh Fruit<br />

Grilled Asparagus<br />

Assorted Salads<br />

Create your own Omelet<br />

Beef carving station<br />

Chocolate Fountain<br />

Assorted Desserts<br />

$15.95<br />

8 7 9<br />

3 6<br />

8 4 1 5<br />

4 1<br />

7 2 3 9<br />

9 6 5 8<br />

8 1 5 3<br />

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2 9<br />

Sudoku<br />

Sudoku is a logical puzzle game that may seem difficult at<br />

first glance, but actually it is not as hard as it looks! Fill a<br />

number in to every cell in the grid, using the numbers 1 to<br />

9. You can only use each number once in each row, each<br />

column, and in each of the 3×3 boxes. The solution can be<br />

found on our website www.goBEACONnews.com/print_<br />

edition. Click on the link for Sudoku and view the solution<br />

for this month and last. Good luck and have fun!<br />

NURSE NOW Helpline for<br />

After-Hours Medical Advice<br />

Submitted by<br />

St. Elizabeth Healthcare<br />

We have all been there<br />

before- in the middle of the<br />

night or the weekend, you<br />

have been hurt or your child<br />

is not feeling well. You don’t<br />

know whether to seek emergency<br />

care immediately. From<br />

a high fever, to a possible<br />

broken bone, to a potential<br />

concussion, evaluating how<br />

urgent the situation is can<br />

be difficult. If only you had<br />

an expert to call to give you<br />

some advice...<br />

These types of questions inspired<br />

St. Elizabeth Physicians<br />

to launch the new NURSE<br />

NOW help line. The service<br />

is available to everyone in<br />

the community after business<br />

hours and on the weekends<br />

by simply calling 888-4STE-<br />

NOW free-of-charge. A registered<br />

nurse trained to assess<br />

your needs over the phone<br />

will help determine the severity<br />

of the situation and advise<br />

you on potential next steps.<br />

“The nurse can help you<br />

decide if the health concern<br />

requires immediate medical<br />

care or if it’s okay to wait and<br />

see your provider,” says Sara<br />

Browne, Manager of Virtual<br />

Health at St. Elizabeth Physicians.<br />

“If an appointment is<br />

necessary the nurse can even<br />

schedule you for a virtual<br />

visit or in-person appointment<br />

while you are on the phone.”<br />

The NURSE NOW helpline<br />

is available for all types of<br />

medical questions and concerns,<br />

including:<br />

• Does my child need<br />

stitches?<br />

• What type of doctor<br />

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• What is the correct dosage<br />

for this medication?<br />

• When is a fever too high?<br />

• Should I be concerned<br />

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“Our NURSE NOW program<br />

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Director of Virtual Health at<br />

St. Elizabeth Physicians. “It’s<br />

a safe way to get trusted health<br />

information and advice.”<br />

The nursing team can also<br />

consult with an on-call provider<br />

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In the event of a life-threatening<br />

condition or emergency,<br />

call 9-1-1. The NURSE NOW<br />

program is not meant to replace<br />

your healthcare provider<br />

or provide life-saving support.<br />

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

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> THE BEACON Page 9A<br />

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By P.G. Gentrup<br />

Corporal Robert A. Hastings<br />

served with Company<br />

K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Infantry<br />

Regiment, 24th Infantry Div.<br />

Cpl. Hastings<br />

during the<br />

Korean War.<br />

In 1951 he<br />

was killed in<br />

action at the<br />

age of 20.<br />

Pallbearers<br />

at his funeral<br />

were members<br />

of the<br />

Lawrenceburg<br />

American Legion Post<br />

239: Lawrence Scaletta, Eneas<br />

Barrott, William D. Murray,<br />

Lyndon Moon, Sam Wheeler,<br />

and Robert Oberting.<br />

Cpl. Hastings was the son<br />

of Bertha Hastings. Upon her<br />

death, he became the ward of<br />

Grant Carter. He graduated<br />

from Rising Sun High School.<br />

Cpl. Hastings entered the<br />

Army in 1948. He was awarded<br />

the Purple Heart, Korean<br />

War Service Medal, Republic<br />

of Korea War Service Medal,<br />

United Nations Service Medal,<br />

National Defense Service<br />

Medal, Army Presidential Unit<br />

Citation, Republic of Korea<br />

Presidential Unit Citation,<br />

among others.<br />

Cpl. Robert A. Hastings was<br />

a True American Hero. We<br />

must never forget the tremendous<br />

sacrifice he made for our<br />

great nation.<br />

From A Dog’s Point of View<br />

By Chip and Tammy Turner<br />

Hi, it’s me Chip again, still<br />

here waiting for my forever<br />

family to come and get me.<br />

Chip<br />

They all tell<br />

me I am a<br />

very good<br />

boy here,<br />

and I will<br />

give you so<br />

much love. I<br />

am a fouryear-old<br />

neutered<br />

male boxer<br />

mix, plus I only weigh 38 lbs.<br />

If you adopt me, you’ll see<br />

that you don’t need any other<br />

pets, because I will be a<br />

perfect fit.<br />

These days more people<br />

are working and staying at<br />

home which has resulted<br />

in an increase in adoptions.<br />

People are making more time<br />

for their pets and need to be<br />

aware of things that can be a<br />

danger to them. Some poisonous<br />

plants that you may<br />

not have considered are lilies<br />

(considered highly toxic for<br />

cats), marijuana, tulip/narcissus<br />

bulbs, azalea/rhododendron,<br />

castor bean, cyclamen,<br />

yew, amaryllis, chrysanthemum,<br />

English ivy, peace lily,<br />

pothos, and schefflera, just to<br />

name a few.<br />

If you notice you pet vomiting,<br />

drooling, diarrhea, weakness,<br />

depression of the central<br />

nervous system, call your<br />

veterinarian immediately.<br />

So take care of your<br />

furbaby, keep them inside<br />

in the cold weather, and just<br />

love them like they love you.<br />

Come and see me, Chip, the<br />

handsome Boxer, soon.<br />

Wags & Kisses, Chip<br />

By<br />

John Hawley<br />

Purdue<br />

Extension<br />

hawley4@purdue.edu<br />

Early Spring<br />

Gardening Tips<br />

Spring is nearly upon us!<br />

As the snow melts and buds<br />

begin to break, the time has<br />

come to assess your garden<br />

and landscape needs for the<br />

upcoming growing season.<br />

In today’s article, I will share<br />

some of the most critical<br />

early spring gardening tips<br />

for you to consider.<br />

Don’t Neglect Indoor<br />

Plants<br />

As temperatures rise,<br />

indoor plant care should not<br />

be forgotten. When you begin<br />

to dial back the thermostat,<br />

remember that sunny spring<br />

days will warm your home<br />

quickly, especially in areas<br />

near windows. Be sure indoor<br />

plants, such as potted ferns,<br />

vining ornamentals, and<br />

succulents, are adequately<br />

watered. As new growth appears,<br />

remove decaying plant<br />

material and apply fertilizer<br />

as needed. If plants are<br />

overgrown, consider carefully<br />

pruning, repotting, or dividing<br />

them into new containers.<br />

Prepare Your Landscape<br />

Like hibernating bears,<br />

many homeowners emerge<br />

from the cold and dreary<br />

winter ready to start anew in<br />

the spring. Take advantage of<br />

improving outdoor conditions<br />

by removing old and decayed<br />

foliage from perennial flower<br />

beds, pruning dead canes on<br />

roses, and planting new trees<br />

and shrubs if soils are dry<br />

enough to be worked.<br />

Don’t hesitate to mow your<br />

grass early as doing so will<br />

remove dead plant material<br />

and help promote rapid<br />

spring growth. Remove any<br />

protective winter coverings<br />

on plants as soon as possible<br />

to prevent stunting of spring<br />

growth. If you have struggled<br />

with weed problems, consider<br />

using pre-emergent herbicide<br />

products in landscape beds.<br />

Be sure to follow all label<br />

instructions closely.<br />

Be Cautious Working in the<br />

Garden<br />

While outdoor safety is<br />

always my top concern, I<br />

also urge caution for gardeners<br />

eager to work or till soils<br />

too early in the spring. This<br />

recommendation comes from<br />

personal experience and firsthand<br />

accounts shared by local<br />

farmers and gardeners. Our<br />

heavy clay soils are notorious<br />

for clumping when worked<br />

too early. This clumping can<br />

create headaches throughout<br />

the growing season. Soils<br />

are ideal when they resemble<br />

cottage cheese and crumble<br />

in your hand, so be sure your<br />

garden is nice and dry before<br />

working.<br />

Understanding planting<br />

dates is another critical element<br />

for early spring garden<br />

work. Planting too early or<br />

improperly hardening off<br />

plants started indoors can<br />

be a headache. Our average<br />

date of the last freeze falls<br />

between <strong>April</strong> 11-20, according<br />

to the Midwest Regional<br />

Climate Center. Be sure to<br />

watch the weather closely and<br />

prepare accordingly. Many<br />

gardeners in our area wait<br />

until after Mother’s Day to<br />

get vegetables in the ground.<br />

However, some cold-hardy<br />

plants can be started much<br />

earlier.<br />

A plethera of garden tasks<br />

to consider exist in the early<br />

spring, but don’t overwhelm<br />

yourself! The allure of garden<br />

center displays and DIY videos<br />

may have you dreaming<br />

of dozens of new projects, but<br />

quality always beats quantity.<br />

Consider what goals are<br />

feasible this growing season<br />

and tackle them one by one.<br />

By doing so, you will likely<br />

accomplish more and spend<br />

less!<br />

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Correspondent<br />

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Spiders on the Wall<br />

Our trip to Cincinnati is<br />

quiet. I do not even turn on<br />

the radio. I am sure Ray and<br />

I are thinking the same thing.<br />

It is time for the odds to catch<br />

up with me. I have an appointment<br />

for a hip check-up.<br />

Hip replacements, on patients<br />

born with dislocated hips<br />

such as mine, are complicated.<br />

At the time of my first<br />

surgeries, long-term discomfort<br />

had moved into pain. I<br />

was exhausted from years of<br />

trudging around. I missed a<br />

year of teaching for the surgeries.<br />

My left hip required<br />

special skills. My doctor<br />

placed the prosthesis where a<br />

normal hip socket should be<br />

and ground the cut-off femur<br />

to fill the hole where doctors<br />

of my childhood had placed<br />

it. Such grafting required<br />

me to spend 6 months on a<br />

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Later I clearly remember<br />

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discomfort. I was fifty-five.<br />

I knew there was no doubt<br />

I would face hip revision<br />

(second replacement) in my<br />

lifetime.<br />

My reasoning was correct.<br />

Now my doctor is a hip revision<br />

specialist. Five years ago<br />

he replaced the left hip socket<br />

that had three broken and two<br />

loose screws. My right hip<br />

replacement is now 14 years<br />

old. I anticipate its review will<br />

not be good.<br />

The waiting room is not<br />

cool, but I shiver in the<br />

anxiety of the coming exam.<br />

I pick up a magazine but<br />

cannot concentrate enough to<br />

read.<br />

Soon my name is called.<br />

Ray and I are led back to<br />

the examining room. I am<br />

soon called for x- rays of my<br />

hips. The x-ray table is cold.<br />

From ages two to five I spent<br />

months in Children’s Hospital<br />

in Cincinnati getting a very<br />

stubborn pair of dislocated<br />

hips set as best doctors could<br />

do in those days. I was left<br />

with a limp and sway that<br />

just became part of me. The<br />

cold x-ray table is one of few<br />

memories of those early hospital<br />

days.<br />

After the x-rays, Ray and<br />

I wait in anticipation of their<br />

review. My doctor’s confident<br />

perky surgical assistant, Shannon,<br />

arrives with the x-rays<br />

and places them in a light<br />

frame.<br />

Those stark images of metal<br />

and plastic in my hip x-rays<br />

always catch my attention.<br />

There is the staff piercing<br />

deep in the hollow of the<br />

bone. The ball and the socket<br />

are held by fierce-looking<br />

screws protruding into the<br />

pelvis bone.<br />

Her words run together as<br />

she explains although the<br />

hip is stable, the plastic in<br />

the cup is beginning to wear.<br />

Soon it will give off fragments<br />

that irritate the area<br />

and the bone will begin to deteriorate.<br />

It needs to be done<br />

in the next six months. There<br />

was no thought then or later<br />

of it being a manufacture’s<br />

fault.<br />

My response, I cry.<br />

Just for a minute or two,<br />

I think, “Why me?” I really<br />

don’t want to go through this<br />

again. It is one of the few<br />

times in my life I wish I had<br />

been born with normal hips.<br />

Then I begin to place the<br />

blame on myself for carrying<br />

too much weight.<br />

I put my self-pity aside to<br />

listen as best I can as Shannon<br />

sympathetically leads<br />

me through the familiar<br />

procedures. There will be<br />

a pre-admission test where<br />

fluids from the hip area are<br />

taken to make sure it is not<br />

infected. Last time I glanced<br />

at the doctor’s monitor and<br />

saw that huge needle pierce<br />

deep into my hip. I think,<br />

this time I will not look. I<br />

will need the three blood<br />

draws. That brings a smile as<br />

I think of one eventful draw<br />

where I woke up on the floor<br />

with heaps of people staring<br />

down at me. I learned one<br />

should not skimp on meals<br />

on blood day. There must<br />

be a physical too. This time<br />

I will have something new.<br />

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<br />

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<br />

I must wear a brace for 6<br />

to 8 weeks to prevent my<br />

hip from dislocating during<br />

recovery.<br />

Ray and I agree to schedule<br />

the surgery as soon as possible.<br />

We will be notified of the<br />

date. No doubt there will be a<br />

delay in heading to Inverness<br />

for the winter.<br />

We leave the office and<br />

enter the elevator. I break our<br />

quiet ride. “I don’t want to<br />

see spiders on the wall.” Ray<br />

smiles. My mom saw spiders<br />

on the walls when she was<br />

By Stefanie Hoffmeier<br />

Each year on <strong>April</strong> 22, people<br />

around the globe celebrate<br />

Earth Day. The first Earth<br />

Day was celebrated in 1970<br />

when a United States senator<br />

from Wisconsin organized<br />

a national demonstration to<br />

raise awareness about environmental<br />

issues. Rallies took<br />

place across the country and,<br />

by the end of the year, the<br />

U.S. government had created<br />

the Environmental Protection<br />

Agency (EPA). By 1990,<br />

countries around the globe<br />

were joining in the Earth Day<br />

celebration to make our planet<br />

a happier, healthier place to<br />

live.<br />

By doing little things, you<br />

can help make the Earth, and<br />

your community, a better<br />

place. By doing little things<br />

like planting a tree, recycling,<br />

reducing the amount of trash<br />

you produce, and picking up<br />

litter alongside the road, your<br />

actions can make a difference.<br />

Have you ever thought<br />

about the amount of trash you<br />

produce? The average person<br />

makes about 4.5 pounds of<br />

trash per day. That is enough<br />

from just one person to fill up<br />

an entire gym in a lifetime.<br />

By taking the extra time each<br />

week to recycle, you can<br />

help the environment and<br />

save natural resources. For<br />

example, recycling an aluminum<br />

can takes just 5% of<br />

having some dementia from<br />

an illness. How can that be, I<br />

remember wondering. Well,<br />

I had a spider experience!<br />

During my last hip revision<br />

recovery, the little brown<br />

creatures were crawling all<br />

over my hospital room wall.<br />

“I don’t want to see spiders<br />

on the wall,” I repeat.<br />

“Well, just don’t get carried<br />

away with your morphine<br />

pump!” Ray answers as he<br />

gives me a hug. Then we have<br />

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the energy and emits a mere<br />

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that making a new can from<br />

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from the recycling bin back<br />

to store shelves takes less<br />

than 60 days, and aluminum<br />

is infinitely recyclable. By<br />

simply recycling your aluminum<br />

cans, you can reduce<br />

your waste, save energy, and<br />

reduce greenhouse gases.<br />

Picking up litter is another<br />

great way to help our environment.<br />

Many people have the<br />

misconception that our trash<br />

decomposes and becomes dirt.<br />

Even if litter becomes buried<br />

in the dirt alongside the road,<br />

it doesn’t disappear. Most<br />

items are preserved for years<br />

before they break down. A<br />

plastic bottle takes 700 years,<br />

and an aluminum can takes<br />

200-500 years to decompose.<br />

Styrofoam, one of the worst<br />

offenders, never breaks down.<br />

If not cleaned up, most of the<br />

litter you see alongside the<br />

road will be there long past<br />

your lifetime, or worse yet,<br />

may eventually be washed<br />

into creeks and rivers. Cleaning<br />

up the trash not only saves<br />

our planet but makes our<br />

community a more enjoyable<br />

place to live.<br />

For Earth Day this year,<br />

choose to do at least something<br />

small. Taking small<br />

steps such as recycling<br />

electronics or disposing of<br />

household chemicals properly<br />

can make a difference.<br />

Make a resolution to<br />

change some of your habits<br />

throughout the year, not just<br />

on Earth Day. Get your family<br />

involved. It’s never too early<br />

to teach kids about the great<br />

planet on which we live and<br />

ways to make the Earth a<br />

better place. Children of all<br />

ages can participate in family<br />

recycling efforts such as sorting<br />

recyclables or helping to<br />

take them to a drop-off location.<br />

After you drop off those<br />

recyclables, stop by one of the<br />

Dearborn County parks and<br />

take a hike. Take a moment<br />

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SCENE<br />

By<br />

Chris Jack<br />

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EC Girls’ Basketball<br />

Claims Back-to-Back<br />

Sectional Titles<br />

The East Central girls’<br />

basketball team recently<br />

completed another fine season<br />

under the guidance of head<br />

coach Kevin Moore. The<br />

Lady Trojans finished the season<br />

with<br />

By<br />

a 19-5 record, won a<br />

second consecutive Maxine Sectional<br />

14 title, another Klump EIAC crown,<br />

were ranked #9 in the 4A state<br />

rankings Community and #14 in the overall<br />

state rankings.<br />

Correspondent<br />

Kevin Moore has created a<br />

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winning culture at helm<br />

of the Lady Trojan program.<br />

The program is one of only<br />

four in the state who have<br />

won sixteen or more games<br />

in each of the previous nine<br />

seasons. Others include the<br />

basketball hotbed of Bedford<br />

North Lawrence (BNL) which<br />

holds a local connection as<br />

former South Dearborn standout<br />

Mandy (Schmahl) Harrell<br />

serves as an assistant for the<br />

Lady Stars.<br />

This year’s mark of nineteen<br />

wins is the third-most<br />

in program history with the<br />

team setting the all-time win<br />

total of twenty-three during<br />

the 2019-2020 season. In<br />

addition, the team completed<br />

a perfect 7-0 EIAC record<br />

to claim the conference title<br />

for the second time in three<br />

years and the fifth in the past<br />

decade.<br />

While the team has enjoyed<br />

great local success, it has<br />

proven difficult for the Lady<br />

Trojans to break through in a<br />

very tough 4A sectional that<br />

includes Columbus schools,<br />

Bloomington schools, and<br />

Martinsville. The 2020 sectional<br />

saw the Lady Trojans<br />

claim their first sectional title<br />

since 1992 and their first in<br />

the classed system.<br />

The Lady Trojans would<br />

also advance to the 2020<br />

regional title game before<br />

falling to Bedford North<br />

Lawrence.<br />

The Lady Trojans had a<br />

defensive scoring average of<br />

39 points per game.<br />

In an effort to defend their<br />

Sectional 14 crown, the Lady<br />

Trojans would open action on<br />

Feb. 2 against the 14-5 Lady<br />

Olympians of Columbus East.<br />

Despite Columbus East<br />

averaging 59 points per game,<br />

East Central played solid<br />

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defense to find the halftime<br />

score to be 16-16. The Lady<br />

Trojans exploded in the third<br />

quarter, outscoring the Lady<br />

Olympians 18-4 in the quarter<br />

and would go on to win 43-<br />

27, holding the Lady Olympians<br />

to more than 30 points<br />

below their season average.<br />

The semifinal game brought<br />

another defensive challenge<br />

for the team as they faced<br />

the Lady Artesians of Martinsville,<br />

ranked #10 in 4A<br />

with a record of 16-4 and the<br />

fifth-highest scoring average<br />

in the state at over 66 points<br />

per game.<br />

The Lady Trojans found<br />

themselves down 26-18 at the<br />

half, but would again have a<br />

big third quarter and win the<br />

quarter 14-6 to tie the game<br />

at 32. Ties would then be the<br />

theme. The first overtime<br />

ended with still a tie game at<br />

58.<br />

East Central would score 10<br />

in double overtime and pull<br />

away to win 68-62. Despite<br />

the high score, EC’s defense<br />

held Martinsville to over 17<br />

points below their average in<br />

regulation and still six below<br />

for the entire game. Once<br />

again, the defense was a tremendous<br />

factor in the win.<br />

The Sectional 14 title game<br />

would be a chance to avenge<br />

a season loss by 10 to the<br />

Lady Bull Dogs of Columbus<br />

North, who came in sporting<br />

a 13-5 record. The defense<br />

would again prove crucial in<br />

this game. East Central would<br />

take the lead at 15-14 at the<br />

half after holding the Lady<br />

Bull Dogs to only 3 points in<br />

the second quarter.<br />

The Lady Trojans would<br />

outscore Columbus North<br />

17-6 in the final quarter to secure<br />

its back-to-back sectional<br />

crown with a 38-29 championship.<br />

IHSAA Regional 4, held<br />

Feb. 13, gave the Lady Trojans<br />

a chance to avenge the<br />

season loss (and last year’s<br />

regional final loss) to BNL, in<br />

ranked #3 in the state. BNL<br />

would get out to a 15-10 lead<br />

after one quarter and took a<br />

24-21 lead into halftime.<br />

“All game long both teams<br />

went on runs where the opposition<br />

responded. Going<br />

into the fourth quarter, we<br />

were trailing 35-31; however,<br />

they started the fourth on a<br />

9-0 run,” stated Coach Moore.<br />

“With about 3:30 to go in<br />

the game, we were down 11<br />

(46-35) and forced to get<br />

after them in a full-court trap/<br />

press, which produced a few<br />

turnovers.” Despite these final<br />

efforts, the Lady Trojans were<br />

not quite able to scratch out<br />

another victory, falling to the<br />

Lady Stars 51-50.<br />

Coach Moore shared, “We<br />

were led in scoring by sophomore<br />

Josie Trabel and junior<br />

Hope Fox who provide a<br />

great scoring duo but we have<br />

East Central senior Bryer<br />

Hall claims his first semistate<br />

title at 170 lbs. He<br />

leads a field of six Dearborn<br />

County wrestlers to<br />

the state finals. Others include<br />

Blake Wolf, Ben Wolf,<br />

Ryan Bovard, and Kole Viel<br />

of East Central along with<br />

Eli Otto of South Dearborn.<br />

(Photo by Chris Nobbe)<br />

For most of the local girls’<br />

high school swim seasons,<br />

the season concluded at the<br />

Columbus North Sectional.<br />

Although many swam well,<br />

the IHSAA Finals is always<br />

an extremely competitive<br />

meet for which to qualify.<br />

East Central senior Kyra Hall<br />

was able to qualify again this<br />

year after finishing 12th at last<br />

season’s championships. Hall<br />

competed on Feb. 12-13 for<br />

the state event.<br />

so many quality pieces that<br />

surround them and allowed<br />

us to be so dynamic. We will<br />

graduate four great seniors in<br />

Kyla Maxwell, Emma Ertel,<br />

Charsan McCory, and Natalie<br />

Schnell, who all played roles<br />

in some capacity, but we will<br />

return 11 letter winners, 3 starters,<br />

and 5 kids that have played<br />

significant varsity minutes.”<br />

“We’re in the running to be<br />

selected to participate in the<br />

Hall of Fame Classic which<br />

would be a tremendous honor.<br />

It’s a testament to all the kids<br />

that have gone through this<br />

program and put in the time<br />

and effort to get this program<br />

to the level it is at. However,<br />

we’re not satisfied with making<br />

it to a regional. We want<br />

to give ourselves a chance to<br />

win a state championship.”<br />

South Dearborn senior Eli<br />

Otto claimed a third place<br />

finish at the Semi-State to<br />

advance to the state championships.<br />

He joins five Trojan<br />

wrestlers to advance to<br />

the state finals: Blake Wolf,<br />

Ben Wolf, Bryer Hall, Ryan<br />

Bovard, and Kole Viel.<br />

(Photo by Chris Nobbe)<br />

Kyra Hall Touches the Wall on Great Career<br />

Hall finished significantly<br />

faster this year than last and<br />

was able to garner a 13thplace<br />

tie with a finals time<br />

of 56.97, which was slightly<br />

slower than her preliminary<br />

time of 56.61. She was also<br />

only .01 of a second from<br />

placing 12th again. She concludes<br />

her Trojan Swimming<br />

career having reset the school<br />

record in this event several<br />

times and with multiple state<br />

finals placements.<br />

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March’s salute goes to<br />

Cadet Fourth Class Hannah<br />

Greene who is in her second<br />

semester at the United States<br />

Air Force Academy in Colorado.<br />

A strict academic/leadership<br />

assessment, a physical<br />

fitness test, and nomination by<br />

a member of Congress were<br />

required for admission to the<br />

Academy. Hannah reported to<br />

basic training in June 2020. In<br />

her first semester, she made<br />

the Air Force Dance Team as<br />

well as Dean’s List. Hannah<br />

will go thru survival training<br />

and jump qualifications this<br />

summer. She is on track to<br />

graduate in 2024 and be commissioned<br />

as a 2nd Lieutenant<br />

in the US Air Force. Hannah<br />

is the daughter of very<br />

proud parents, Chrisy and<br />

Brett Greene. Congratulations<br />

Hannah. I salute you.<br />

O<br />

ur<br />

Dearborn County Chamber of<br />

Commerce presented Loving<br />

Hearts Hospice and Palliative<br />

Care with the small business<br />

award for 2020. Owners<br />

Jamie and Jamie Osborne<br />

humbly accepted this award.<br />

They are very grateful for the<br />

acceptance the community<br />

has given them over the years<br />

while building this hospice<br />

agency. Loving Hearts served<br />

sixty-seven patients in 2019<br />

and one hundred eighty-nine<br />

in 2020 throughout Dearborn,<br />

Franklin, Ripley, and Ohio<br />

counties The Osbornes are<br />

grateful to their amazing team<br />

of end-of-life care professionals,<br />

the patients and families<br />

they serve, and the community.<br />

They are honored to be<br />

invited to care for people at a<br />

very vulnerable stage in their<br />

lives. I am so very proud of<br />

my niece and nephew-in-law<br />

not only for the award but<br />

for the amazing job they do<br />

in caring and giving. CON-<br />


A big THANK YOU to our<br />

Dearborn County Highway<br />

Dept road crews for doing an<br />

awesome job of keeping our<br />

roads clear this winter especially<br />

in February… the entire<br />

winter wrapped in one month.<br />

Hannah Greene<br />

CommunitiesHIDDEN<br />

And speaking of thank<br />

you… another thank you to<br />

our Laura Drive neighbor,<br />

Gary, who has cleared all<br />

nine of our driveways and<br />

road each time we get snow.<br />

What a blessing he is, especially<br />

to an old guy like me.<br />

THANK YOU, Gary.<br />

Upcoming <strong>April</strong> birthdays:<br />

Tate Chipman (3), Joan<br />

Erhart (11), Julius Huffman<br />

(11), Paul Warhoff (14),<br />

Donna Neyer (18), Judy<br />

Greer (21), Judy Viel (23).<br />

Happy twentieth anniversary<br />

to my niece and nephew-inlaw,<br />

Jamie and Jamie Osborne<br />

(14).<br />

By the time you read this,<br />

spring will be about a week<br />

away, so Happy Spring and<br />

goodbye winter. Get those<br />

lawnmowers ready.<br />

The happiest people don’t<br />

necessarily have the best of<br />

everything. They just make<br />

the best of everything they<br />

have.<br />

Happy Easter, and stay safe<br />

and well.<br />

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By<br />

Korry<br />

Johnson<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

hvl@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Well, well, it’s been one<br />

year since our world was<br />

turned upside down. Unimaginable<br />

but hopefully<br />

our lives are now moving in<br />

a positive direction. Soooo,<br />

spring is here! Celebrate the<br />

outdoors, watch the trees and<br />

plants start to bloom, enjoy<br />

birdies chirping, children<br />

playing outside (make them<br />

go outside and play!). Be<br />

happy. We have a lot to be<br />

grateful for here in HVL. The<br />

Children’s Activity Committee<br />

is planning on having the<br />

2nd Annual Driveway Chalk<br />

Contest on Apr. 24. Further<br />

details to follow. We are tentatively<br />

planning on the Easter<br />

Egg Hunt the Sunday before<br />

Easter, Mar. 28.<br />

Snow, snow, snow was the<br />

trend a month ago. I am sharing<br />

some fun snow pictures<br />

with our HVL kids enjoying<br />

life!<br />

Congratulations to Andrew<br />

Reniff who signed a letter of<br />

intent to play college soccer<br />

at Tiffin University. WAY TO<br />

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Andrew Reniff, Parents: Ann and Robert Reniff, Sisters<br />

Caitlin and Hailey Reniff, Grandparents Barb and Tom<br />

Turner.<br />

Carter and Morgan Blaut,<br />

along with Cameron Wolfe<br />

were sled riding down the<br />

HVL dam.<br />

Dominic Branam and Elliott<br />

Johnson building an igloo.<br />

Don’t forget to wear your<br />

green and enjoy St. Patrick’s<br />

Day on Wednesday, Mar. 17.<br />

Everyone is Irish on this joyous<br />

day!<br />

<strong>April</strong> Birthdays: Chase Mc-<br />

Cracken, Ashley King, Kara<br />

Winderrowd, Kellee Case,<br />

Tami McCracken, Jaxen<br />

Lischkge, Yalonda Lischkge,<br />

Taylor Johnson, Linda Miller,<br />

Courtney Lewis, Michael<br />

Hirsch, Jacob Smith.<br />

<strong>April</strong> Anniversaries: Jennifer<br />

and Greg Johnson<br />



Please email me, Korry H.<br />

Johnson, if you have something<br />

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Should I Do A Rollover?<br />

Many employees are fortunate to have the opportunity<br />

to be a participant in an employee sponsored retirement<br />

savings plan. Employee sponsored plans come in all<br />

shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular plans are the<br />

401(k), 403(b), 457, Thrift Savings, and SIMPLE IRA. These<br />

plans provide a tremendous service to employees by<br />

making it easy for them to set money aside for retirement<br />

typically growing tax deferred until it is used for income<br />

in retirement. However, with these noted benefits, there<br />

are some potential drawbacks to these plans.<br />

#1 Potential for Underperformance<br />

A participant of an employee sponsored plan has limited<br />

investment choices. In other words, the participant is<br />

cut off from the entire universe of investment choices.<br />

Instead of being able to pick the best of the best in every<br />

category, the participant is forced to pick the best from<br />

the options available. This creates a greater potential<br />

for underperformance in the market and comparative<br />

benchmarks.<br />

#2 Lack of Service<br />

Most employee sponsored plans are outsourced to a third<br />

party service, leaving the participant to be a number, not<br />

a true person. Often times,<br />

participants will only meet<br />

with the plan administrator<br />

initially to set up their<br />

investment options and<br />

then receive minimal if any<br />

support in the future when it<br />

comes to taking advantage<br />

of ever changing market<br />

conditions.<br />

#3 The Roth Option<br />

Although it is increasingly<br />

becoming more popular, not<br />

every 401(k) offers a Roth<br />

401(k) option. The Roth<br />

option is where you pay<br />

taxes on the contributions<br />

Roger Ford<br />

“Employee sponsored plans<br />

can be a great retirement<br />

savings tool... there are some<br />

drawbacks which when<br />

addressed canhelp to avoid<br />

some pitfalls.”<br />

you make rather than deferring them. By using the Roth<br />

option and paying the tax on the contribution, the funds<br />

grow tax free from that point forward insulating you from<br />

any future tax increases. If you believe taxes are likely to<br />

go up in the future, rolling over your funds can provide<br />

you with the opportunity to convert your pre-tax 401(k)<br />

money to the Roth option before taxes go up!<br />

A final important note to share, these employee<br />

sponsored plans usually allow for an “in-service<br />

rollout” once the participant reaches age 59 ½ or when<br />

employment has ended. An in-service rollout allows the<br />

participant to move from the employee sponsored plan<br />

to an IRA that is in his/her care, custody, and control. By<br />

doing this, it opens the entire universe of investment<br />

options, creates the opportunity to develop a deeper<br />

personal relationship with an advisor, and opens the<br />

opportunity for tax planning. Best of all, if still employed,<br />

the employee can continue to participate in the employee<br />

sponsored plan and get the match if the company is<br />

providing one.<br />

If you are over age 59 ½ or have money with a previous<br />

employer and would like more information, we would be<br />

happy to sit down with you and discuss your options.<br />

Employee sponsored plans can be a great retirement<br />

savings tool, and I don’t want to sell them short.<br />

However, there are some drawbacks, which when<br />

addressed head-on can help to avoid some pitfalls.<br />

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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> THE BEACON Page 3B<br />


By<br />

Gloria<br />

Carter<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

greendale@goBEACONnews.com<br />

The month of February has<br />

been a winter wonderland of<br />

record-breaking winds, cold,<br />

and snowfall, but, it still does<br />

not beat the winters of 1977<br />

and 1978. I remember three<br />

days in January being very<br />

cold, so I did some factchecking<br />

and saw the low on<br />

Jan. 16, 1977, was 21 degrees<br />

below zero, Jan. 17 was 24<br />

degrees below zero, and Jan.<br />

18 was 25 degrees below<br />

zero. That year the Ohio River<br />

froze over and crazy people<br />

were walking across it! That<br />

winter was so cold that the<br />

attic of my house was making<br />

popping, cracking, and boom<br />

noises caused by the contraction<br />

and expansion of my<br />

home, which was creepy even<br />

though it was normal. The<br />

winter of 1978 was not much<br />

better. On the morning of Jan.<br />

26, an arctic air mass arrived<br />

in our area. The temperature<br />

was near zero and winds<br />

were around 50- to 70-milesan-hour,<br />

with a snowfall of<br />

around 12 inches and snowdrifts<br />

15-25 feet high. The<br />

blizzard of 1978. These two<br />

winter years make Feb. <strong>2021</strong><br />

look mild!<br />

I went searching for the<br />

smallest snowman in Greendale<br />

and found one at Homestead<br />

Park while taking my<br />

grandson Korben Carter<br />

O<br />

ur<br />

The smallest snow person<br />

in Greendale.<br />

sledding. I love the snowman’s<br />

hair. The kids have<br />

been out of school with e-<br />

learning days, the ski slopes<br />

have been very busy, and<br />

our furnaces have been running<br />

nonstop with this brutal<br />

February. Sunshine and warm<br />

weather will be so welcomed.<br />

We are now in the month of<br />

March, and February is in the<br />

past.<br />

I have been enjoying indoor<br />

soccer with my grandson,<br />

Allen Seymour. I love indoor<br />

soccer games because of the<br />

smaller playing field, shorter<br />

playing time, and rough<br />

play. In February, Allen was<br />

sworn into the Army National<br />

Guard. He will be obligated<br />

to serve one weekend a month<br />

for eight years while still being<br />

able to attend a college or<br />

a trade school.<br />

Allen is looking forward to<br />

his new adventure.<br />

Think spring- we are only<br />

about five days away. Our<br />

spring bulbs will be popping<br />

out soon, and I can’t wait.<br />

Share your Greendale news<br />

with me at greendale@go<br />

BEACONnews.com.<br />

Communities<br />

ST. LEON<br />

By<br />

Debbie A.<br />

Zimmer<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

stleon@goBEACONnews.com<br />

I missed a birthday last<br />

month- Colton Hoog on Mar.<br />

6. Thank you to Grandpa Art<br />

for letting me know!<br />

As I am writing this, I’m<br />

looking out my window at<br />

the beautiful snow! It sure is<br />

pretty glistening in the sun!!<br />

But enough is enough – ha,<br />

ha – I am ready for warmer<br />

weather and spring to arrive.<br />

Condolences to the family<br />

of Gerhard Deddens. Born<br />

on February 10, 1931, in<br />

Scharrel, Germany, Gerhard<br />

completed his apprenticeship<br />

as a Master Baker in Germany<br />

before coming to the United<br />

States in 1953. As a German<br />

citizen, he was drafted<br />

into the United States Army<br />

in 1955 where he earned his<br />

U.S. citizenship. Gerhard<br />

married Frances Kramer on<br />

June 18, 1960. That same<br />

year, they opened Deddens<br />

Bakery in Rushville, shortly<br />

thereafter moving the business<br />

to Sunman.<br />

Gerhard’s biggest love was<br />

his family. The other love<br />

Gerhard had was for America,<br />

his adopted homeland because<br />

of the many freedoms and<br />

opportunities provided here.<br />

He lived the American dream.<br />

Gerhard knew that success<br />

didn’t come easy. His strong<br />

work ethic and love of God<br />

were passed on to his children.<br />

Gerhard was a seventyyear<br />

member of the Kolping<br />

Society, a parishioner of All<br />

Saints Parish, and a member<br />

of the St. Joseph American<br />

Legion Post 464.<br />

Gerhard will be deeply<br />

missed by his children Rose<br />

Linton, son-in-law Steve Weigel,<br />

Dave (Michelle) Deddens,<br />

and Lynn Deddens of Sunman;<br />

his brother Theo (Lena)<br />

Deddens of Germany; twelve<br />

grandchildren, and one greatgranddaughter.<br />

I have worked<br />

with the Deddens family for<br />

many years. You will not find<br />

a better family to work with.<br />

Rest in peace, Gerhard.<br />

Paul Volk, 88 years old,<br />

passed away on Feb. 6,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. A true country boy at<br />

heart, Paul enjoyed farming,<br />

Brown Swiss Dairy cattle,<br />

and his hay business with<br />

his son, David. After Paul<br />

semi-retired, he continued<br />

to help his son and grandson<br />

Jordan, with farming chores.<br />

He and his late wife of over<br />

fifty years, Alice, immersed<br />

themselves in farming life by<br />

being involved in the Brown<br />

Swiss Association, and 4-H<br />

activities.<br />

Faith played a big part in<br />

Paul’s life. Prayer was part<br />

of his daily routine. He had a<br />

great sense of humor, although<br />

dry at times. He had a<br />

twinkle in his eye and a great<br />

smile that would let you know<br />

he was kidding around. He<br />

adored his grandchildren and<br />

great-grandchildren whom he<br />

lovingly called “snipes.” A<br />

United States Army veteran,<br />

Paul was a member of the<br />

St. Joseph American Legion<br />

Post 464, 4-H, and All Saints<br />

Catholic Parish.<br />

Paul will be greatly missed<br />

by his four children Marie<br />

(David) Frey, Lisa (Larry)<br />

Allen, Linda Volk, and David<br />

Volk; many grandchildren and<br />

great-grandchildren; and four<br />

siblings.<br />

<strong>April</strong> Birthdays– 1 Patty<br />

Herth, Jeanette Dole, 2<br />

Paige Hoog, Terry Zimmer,<br />

Marie Connolly, 3 Marge<br />

Fogelson, 4 Jennie Maune,<br />

Brad Callahan, cousin Scott<br />

Brier, 5 Gerilyn Chaffee, 6<br />

Abbie Alig, Pete Andres, 7<br />

Diana Alig, my husband Ron.<br />

More next month.<br />

Happy sixteenth anniversary<br />

to my daughter Jennie and<br />

Todd Geisheimer on Apr. 9.<br />

Get in touch with me with<br />

any news at stleon@go<br />

BEACONnews.com.<br />

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We’re Ready When You Are<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

JANUARY 2017<br />

<strong>April</strong> 1-23 – Youth Art Exhibit - Call for Entries - The Dearborn Highlands Arts Council is<br />

seeking creative student art entries for the <strong>2021</strong> Youth Art Exhibition in the Gallery at 331 Walnut Street,<br />

Lawrenceburg. This annual event is a great opportunity to share and highlight the talent and creativity of<br />

students. The <strong>2021</strong> Youth Art Exhibit will open at the Gallery March 1 and will be on display through Friday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 23rd. Awards will be presented at the reception on Friday, <strong>April</strong> 23, 6pm - 8pm.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 1 – Hillforest Victorian House Museum Opens for 65th Touring Season -<br />

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. Hillforest was the home of<br />

industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. The historic home is listed on<br />

the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Admission<br />

charged. For information call 812-926-0087 or visit www.hillforest.org.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 3 – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - Main Street Aurora Breakfast with the Easter Bunny<br />

at 228 Second Street, Aurora, IN 47001 8:30am & 10:30am. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. For more information &<br />

reservations call 812-926-1100 or visit www.aurora.in.us.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 3 – Easter Egg Hunt - Easter egg hunt at Aurora City Park at 1pm. Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans<br />

of America #71. For more information call 812-926-1100 or visit Main Street Aurora<br />

<strong>April</strong> 5-10 – Shop Hop - Quilter’s Garden - This year Quilters Garden’s Shop Hop will be held all<br />

week instead of just 4 days to give people more days to shop which will reduce the number of people in the<br />

shop each day. Their hours that week will be Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm. For more<br />

information go to Quilters Garden’s Facebook page.<br />

E<br />

ven though <strong>April</strong> is still not<br />

back to 100% normal, we’re<br />

getting there and we’re ready when<br />

you are here in Southeast Indiana.<br />

From art shows to shop hops,<br />

Hillforest Museum, Easter events,<br />

community activities, and our bike<br />

share program, we are prepared to<br />

welcome our visitors in a safe and<br />

healthy manner. Thank you for your<br />

support, and we encourage you<br />

to contact us with any questions,<br />

comments or feedback. We look<br />

forward to seeing you here in<br />

Southeast Indiana!<br />

<strong>April</strong> 9, 10 – Over the Moon Vintage Market - A delightful inside market full of repurposed,<br />

vintage, worn, chippy, rusted items with patinas showing decades of wear. In styles of cottage farmhouse,<br />

prairie, industrial etc. along wth romantic and upcycled clothing. Jewelry has been transformed from<br />

heirloom, costume and elegant pieces. Location is inside Agner Hall, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. Hours are<br />

Friday - 4pm - 9pm; Saturday - 9am - 4pm. For more information call 513-973-2565.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 10-24 – Southeastern Indiana Art Guild Spring Art & Photography Show - All<br />

new works by members of the guild. Location is at 302 Second Street, Aurora, IN. for more information call<br />

812-221-1252 or email at mamalovesart@gmail.com.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 11 – New Alsace Conservation Club - Sausage & Pancake Breakfast - Sausage<br />

& Pancake Breakfast at New Alsace Conservation Club will be held, Sunday, <strong>April</strong> 11, <strong>2021</strong>. Breakfast will be<br />

served from 7:30am until noon. The menu will consist of biscuits & gravy, sausage & pancakes, home fries,<br />

ham, eggs to order, fruit, coffee & juice. The American Legion Post 452, Northwest of New Alsace off North<br />

Dearborn Road, 25329 Legion Road, New Alsace, IN. Cost: $10.00 Adults; $4.00 Children under 10; Free for<br />

Children under 3. For more information call 812-623-2431 or New Alsace Conservation Club<br />

<strong>April</strong> 24 – Civic Park Annual Opening Community Cookoff - Enjoy the afternoon at the<br />

Opening of Civic Park Annual Community Cookout from 12:00 - 4:00pm. For more information visit<br />

www.thinklawrenceburg.com.<br />

Dearborn County Convention,<br />

Visitor and Tourism Bureau<br />

320 Walnut St. • Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025<br />

www.VisitSoutheastIndiana.com<br />

Stay healthy. Bring your mask and<br />

hand sanitizer along!<br />

SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw them in The BEACON!

Page 4B THE BEACON <strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


By<br />

Laura<br />

Keller<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

newalsace@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Three Agricultural Experience<br />

students (a class that<br />

may be taken after completing<br />

Ag Power 2) from East<br />

Central High School used<br />

pieces of history to create furniture<br />

that will be cherished<br />

by many in the community.<br />

James Bulach, Jake Kuhn,<br />

and Troy Shumate recently<br />

designed and built tables<br />

made from the gym floor at<br />

the former North Dearborn<br />

Elementary School located off<br />

North Dearborn Road, which<br />

was originally North Dearborn<br />

High School before East<br />

Central High School opened<br />

in the 1970s.<br />

John Maxwell salvaged<br />

the flooring from the vacant<br />

school building, and agriculture<br />

teacher Roy Johnson<br />

asked James, Jake, and Troy<br />

to come up with an idea and<br />

build projects from the flooring.<br />

Troy and James came<br />

up with an idea to turn the<br />

flooring into tables using the<br />

old bleacher board as a border<br />

as well as the table legs, then<br />

spent time during the fortyfive-minute<br />

class period creating<br />

the gym tables. The tables<br />

were posted on social media,<br />

and the interest from the community<br />

exceeds the tables that<br />

have been built. What a great<br />

way to preserve the history of<br />

our area. Great job to James,<br />

Jake, and Troy!<br />

O<br />

ur<br />

Tables made from North<br />

Dearborn Elementary<br />

school gym floor.<br />

Dennis and Mary Kraus<br />

celebrated their fiftieth wedding<br />

anniversary on Jan. 9,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. They were married at<br />

St. Paul Church in New Alsace<br />

in 1971. They are blessed<br />

with five children, five grandchildren,<br />

and two great-grandchildren.<br />

Congratulations to<br />

Dennis and Mary.<br />

Adam and Julie Fox<br />

welcomed their third son,<br />

Weston, on Dec. 27. Weston<br />

was welcomed home by his<br />

two brothers, William and<br />

Wyatt. Congratulations to the<br />

Fox family.<br />

The North Dearborn<br />

American Legion Post 452<br />

will be hosting monthly<br />

euchre tournaments on Apr.<br />

18 and May 16. Doors open<br />

at noon and games start at 1<br />

p.m. There is a $5 entry fee<br />

with a cash payout to the four<br />

highest scores. Refreshments<br />

are available for purchase.<br />

Call 812.623.3695 for more<br />

information.<br />

I would love to hear from<br />

you! If you have news in the<br />

New Alsace area you’d like<br />

me to share, please contact me<br />

at newalsace@goBEACON<br />

news.com.<br />



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communities.<br />

In 2020, the Batesville<br />

VFW Post 3183 provided<br />

2,226 hours of community<br />

service through their projects,<br />

the Honor Guard attended<br />

thirty funerals, and the post<br />

offered outreach programs<br />

including their Teacher of the<br />

Year, Patriot’s Pen, and Voice<br />

of Democracy recognitions.<br />

With the post’s treasury approaching<br />

a negative balance,<br />

members submitted grant<br />

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of support from Batesville’s<br />

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Jim Wagner and Tom<br />

Fritsch.<br />

Mayor Mike Bettice and Fire<br />

Chief Todd Schutte, seeking<br />

funds for the post to not only<br />

continue serving the community<br />

but to help to keep its<br />

doors open. The organization<br />

received a $5,000 grant that<br />

will help to ensure that the<br />

post remains viable in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Commander Tom Fritsch and<br />

Community Service Officer,<br />

Jim Wagner, express their<br />

appreciation on behalf of the<br />

post’s members.<br />

The Batesville Kiwanis<br />

also scrambled to raise funds<br />

during the pandemic to ensure<br />

that their many studentfocused<br />

programs would continue<br />

in <strong>2021</strong>. Because of the<br />

public’s awesome support of<br />

the Kiwanis’ Christmas Cash<br />

Raffle, much of the funds<br />

needed have been secured.<br />

logan@goBEACONnews.com<br />

We have had one of the<br />

longest cold snaps in over ten<br />

years. Like any good Girl or<br />

Boy Scout, I have been reaping<br />

the harvest of my labor of<br />

“being prepared.” I have cut<br />

firewood, stacked it outside,<br />

and hauled racks of it into my<br />

garage to stay dry. My brother,<br />

Mark Dunevant, helped<br />

put the snowblade on the<br />

tractor. I got out my generator<br />

to make sure it would start<br />

in case of a power outage. Its<br />

battery was dead, so I had to<br />

revert to trying to pull-start<br />

it by hand. After exhausting<br />

myself, I thought maybe<br />

it was too cold. I brought it<br />

inside to let it warm up. Even<br />

though I knew this was not<br />

the right place to run a generator,<br />

I gave it a try. Oh rats,<br />

it started! Fortunately, it shut<br />

off all by itself. Then I had to<br />

air the place out. So far, we<br />

haven’t needed the generator,<br />

but I have spent several<br />

hours on the tractor plowing<br />

snow from my mom’s and my<br />

driveway. Plowing snow is<br />

like the winter alternative to<br />

mowing grass in the summer,<br />

only it comes with an urgency<br />

to get it done and help others<br />

who may not have the<br />

equipment or the ability to do<br />

it themselves. Mark plowed<br />

his driveway and then went<br />

next door to plow Patrick<br />

McCorkhill’s. Not too long<br />

after that, Patrick showed up<br />

at Mark’s door with two fresh,<br />

hot pizzas to say, “Thanks.”<br />

My friend and neighbor, Tom<br />

Jacobs, came over to my<br />

house to plow my driveway<br />

with his ATV. His help gave<br />

me a good head start on my<br />

work. We are all grateful to<br />

have kind friends, family, and<br />

neighbors with giving hearts.<br />

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Curator Carolyn Dieckmann<br />

expresses the society’s<br />

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all who continue to support<br />

the BAHS.<br />

These are but a few examples<br />

of what can be accomplished<br />

when a community<br />

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That’s Sue’s news for now.<br />

Ann Jeffries at her piano.<br />

pleasure of knowing is Ann<br />

Jeffries. She has always been<br />

a servant to her family and<br />

her community. For many<br />

years, her husband Leroy<br />

(Jeff) Jeffries was the Logan<br />

Township Trustee. When he<br />

stepped down, Ann became<br />

the trustee. Ann established<br />

a food pantry in their basement<br />

to help those in need.<br />

By 2005, this Christ-centered<br />

mission had outgrown the<br />

Jeffries’ home. Some churches<br />

took over and moved the<br />

North Dearborn Food Pantry<br />

to its present home on North<br />

Dearborn Road.<br />

Ann is a very talented musician.<br />

She does not read musicshe<br />

only plays by ear. All you<br />

have to do is name a song, especially<br />

an old classic hymn,<br />

and off she goes. She barely<br />

even looks at the keys. When<br />

I was in high school, Bev<br />

Jeffries Cornelius, Harry<br />

Lyness, Randy Lyness, and<br />

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Mar. 27 will be her ninetyseventh<br />

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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> THE BEACON Page 5B<br />

DOVER<br />

By<br />

Rhonda<br />

Trabel<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

O<br />

ur<br />

CommunitiesReProm<br />

dover@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Recently I noticed some<br />

families ice skating on their<br />

ponds. This brought back<br />

memories of my childhood<br />

when we would have cold<br />

weather lasting several weeks.<br />

When we finished our chores,<br />

we would go down to the<br />

pond to skate, but we had to<br />

wait to get the all-clear from<br />

our dad that the ice was thick<br />

enough to skate on. We would<br />

invite our friends over to join<br />

us after school, after basketball<br />

games, and on weekends<br />

whenever possible. A fire<br />

at the end of the pond was<br />

always a necessity, and we<br />

had lanterns on the pond to<br />

help guide us around at night.<br />

Sometimes if the sky was<br />

clear, the moon provided additional<br />

light. This neighborhood<br />

pond I just mentioned<br />

had its own generated powered<br />

utility lights for nighttime<br />

skating. Boy, how times<br />

have changed. I am thrilled<br />

Area residents experience the joy of ice skating on a<br />

frozen pond.<br />

to see some of these young<br />

kids enjoying a winter sport.<br />

The past several winters were<br />

not cold enough for ponds<br />

to be safe for skating. The<br />

neighbors taking part in this<br />

great sport on the pond were<br />

Pete, Peggy, Macy, Owen,<br />

and Olivia Lyness, Chad<br />

Gutzwiller, Isabella Nichols,<br />

Jeff, and Kelly Spencer<br />

(owners of the pond), Cooper,<br />

Cohen, and Quinn Spencer,<br />

and Dennis, Hilary, Gwen,<br />

and Rhys Stonefield. I would<br />

have loved to join them<br />

myself because skating was<br />

my favorite sport back in the<br />

day, but these mature (notice I<br />

didn’t say OLD) bones could<br />

not take it.<br />

Congratulations to Chad<br />

Gutzwiller, a teacher at Franklin<br />

County Middle School,<br />

for being selected as February’s<br />

Teacher of the Month.<br />

He teaches seventh grade and<br />

was nominated by a parent of<br />

one of his students. The parent<br />

said he embraced this challenging<br />

year by sending daily<br />

emails to all of his students,<br />

in class, or quarantined. Mr.<br />

Gutzwiller took on this year<br />

as if he had been teaching, inclass<br />

and virtually, his whole<br />

career. He also started a daily<br />

video for all students to watch<br />

from home which helped them<br />

cope with the COVID situation.<br />

With all the changes and<br />

challenges, he reminds them<br />

that they are not alone.<br />

The purpose of the “Educator<br />

of the Month” program<br />

is to recognize outstanding<br />

Franklin County educators<br />

who demonstrate excellence<br />

in the classroom, leadership in<br />

the school, dedication to the<br />

students, and involvement in<br />

the community.<br />

Parker Becknell, Chase Bellman, Nicole Wuestefeld<br />

Becknell, Patrick Becknell, Braden Becknell, and Colton<br />

Bellman<br />

Mr. Gutzwiller is the son of<br />

Ed and Melanie Gutzwiller<br />

and is a former resident of<br />

St. Leon. Mr. Gutzwiller<br />

loves teaching because he<br />

loves discovering that spark<br />

to ignite the motivation and<br />

enthusiasm for the student<br />

while also challenging them<br />

to become the best version of<br />

themselves. Sounds like he’s<br />

an amazing teacher and those<br />

students are lucky to have<br />

him. Keep up the good work<br />

Mr. Gutzwiller!<br />

I also had a reminder of<br />

how dependent we are upon<br />

our power companies and<br />

road crews in the winter.<br />

Recently, a person driving on<br />

our road slid on the ice and<br />

hit a utility pole, resulting in a<br />

power outage for the majority<br />

of the evening. I just gave<br />

up, got my blanket, and read<br />

my book by flashlight. Thank<br />

you to the power company<br />

crews and the road crews who<br />

work long hours in the cold<br />

and blowing snow and ice. We<br />

appreciate you!<br />

Nicole Wuestefeld Becknell<br />

and Patrick Becknell<br />

recently celebrated their<br />

wedding on a beautiful farm<br />

in our community. The event<br />

was filled with joy and a bit<br />

of fun as the groomsmen,<br />

Father Meyer, and the bride’s<br />

father all sported flamingo<br />

socks. (Rumor has it that the<br />

bride did not!) Best wishes to<br />

the happy couple.<br />

If you have any Dover news<br />

you would like to share, just<br />

email me at dover@go<br />

BEACONnews.com.<br />

Scoutmaster Ron Bacu and<br />

Renee Bauer.<br />


By<br />

Sue<br />

Siefert<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

oldenburg@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Congratulations in the<br />

’Burg<br />

Congratulations to Oldenburg<br />

Academy junior,<br />

Renee Bauer who is the<br />

first tristate female to earn<br />

her Eagle Scout designation!<br />

Renee joined the Ft. Hamilton<br />

Daniel Beard District of<br />

Scouts on February 1, 2019<br />

when thousands of girls ages<br />

11-17 were first admitted to<br />

its program. Since then she<br />

earned fifty-one merit badges<br />

in eighteen months and attended<br />

Wilderness First-Aid<br />

camp. The Sunman resident<br />

provided landscaping around<br />

the American Legion Post 464<br />

sign in St. Leon as her Eagle<br />

Scout project and is shown<br />

with her Scoutmaster, Ron<br />

Bacu. Way to go, Renee!<br />

Front- Debbie Lamping, Charlene Weberding, Kris<br />

Wampler, Sr. Anji Fan. Back- Jonathon Maple, Helen<br />

Yane. Not Pictured- Mary Gehring.<br />

During Catholic Schools<br />

Week, Oldenburg Academy<br />

honored their staff members’<br />

service anniversaries, including<br />

Debbie Lamping ’73, 25<br />

years; Jonathon Maple ’07,<br />

10 years; Charlene Weberding,<br />

25 years; Helen Yane<br />

’95, 5 years; Kris Wampler<br />

over 25 years in Catholic<br />

education; Tori Holtel ’11,<br />

5 years; S. Anji ‘11, 5 years.<br />

Congratulations to all for your<br />

dedicated service to OA!<br />

Congratulations to OA’s<br />

winners in the Scholastic Art<br />

and Writing Awards recently<br />

with nine students winning<br />

fourteen awards. Congratulations<br />

to Kayla Cleary, Renee<br />

Bauer, Marissa Eckstein,<br />

Hannah Haverkos, Madelyn<br />

Henry, Ava Hornbach,<br />

Taryn Rodgers,<br />

Jalyn Stenger, and Anna<br />

Wanstrath. Marissa and Hannah<br />

each received the highest<br />

award given and their works<br />

will continue for further competition<br />

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Page 6B THE BEACON <strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

AURORA<br />

By<br />

Margaret<br />

Drury<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

aurora@goBEACONnews.com<br />

By the time you read this,<br />

I hope that the “fallout”<br />

from the groundhog seeing<br />

his shadow is GONE! Since<br />

we live in a big ole’ drafty<br />

house, and if you do not keep<br />

moving, you get cold. SO…<br />

In preparation to write this<br />

month’s column, I bundled up<br />

in about five layers of clothing<br />

and made a cup of hot tea<br />

to keep my hands & innerds<br />

warm.<br />

Not sure if you noticed or<br />

not, but a big ole’ house in the<br />

Hanover/Westside neighborhood<br />

just off Highway 350<br />

got a new facelift. Its owners<br />

were awarded a grant from<br />

the Aurora Façade Improvement<br />

Matching Grant (FIMG)<br />

program in 2020. The city<br />

created the Downtown Strategic<br />

Revitalization Project and<br />

the FIMG program in 2016<br />

to stimulate reinvestment<br />

and to polish the appearance<br />

of the historic downtown.<br />

After several years of success<br />

and noticeable investment<br />

downtown, the city expanded<br />

the program to include and<br />

encourage investment in the<br />

residential, Westside neighborhood.<br />

Last year the city<br />

leveraged $50,000 to spur<br />

nearly $200,000 worth of<br />

investment in the Downtown<br />

and Westside neighborhoods.<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> FIMG Program will<br />

continue to include exterior<br />

preservation, restoration,<br />

and rehabilitation of properties<br />

but will be expanded to<br />

include structural repairs that<br />

O<br />

ur<br />

are needed to save a structure.<br />

The program will also be<br />

expanded to include all properties<br />

within the Aurora city<br />

limits. The city is now accepting<br />

applications for the <strong>2021</strong><br />

FIMG Program until Apr. 2 at<br />

4:00 PM. The design review<br />

committee will make award<br />

recommendations to Aurora<br />

City Council on Apr. 12 at 7<br />

P.M. For additional details on<br />

the FIMG program you can<br />

go to the city’s website www.<br />

aurora.in.us.<br />

Randy Turner of the<br />

Aurora Lions Club shared<br />

that the club was considering<br />

having two of their events this<br />

spring, the Scholarship Breakfast<br />

and the Chili/Spaghetti<br />

Dinner. They would be hosting<br />

the breakfast and dinner<br />

as drive-through events. Both<br />

events are fundraisers for the<br />

annual college scholarships<br />

that they provide for graduating<br />

seniors of South Dearborn<br />

High School. Their scholarship<br />

award started in 1982,<br />

with a single $500 scholarship,<br />

the program has grown<br />

to the point where $10,000 in<br />

scholarships has been given<br />

each of the past five years…<br />

which I think is AMAZING!<br />

Stay tuned for more details<br />

on their events so you can<br />

support this worthy cause. We<br />

sure could use some of their<br />

chili right now!<br />

Randy also shared that<br />

the Lions Club Farmers Fair<br />

Board is looking for new<br />

ideas of things people want to<br />

see or not see at the fair. He<br />

thought that possibly folks<br />

might want to see a “Battle of<br />

the Bands” and get the Ferris<br />

wheel back on the fairway;<br />

he also said an idea was put<br />

out there to cancel the Pet<br />

Parade. Randy recommended<br />

that you contact Joe Burkart<br />

with your ideas. His email is<br />

Communities<br />

joeburkart69@<br />

gmail.com. Here<br />

is your chance<br />

folks… what do<br />

you want to see at<br />

the Farmers Fair?<br />

Let them know as<br />

it will be here before<br />

you know it!<br />

As I shared<br />

last month, our<br />

beloved city pool<br />

is vintage 1960s and is WELL<br />

past its lifespan. A 3v3 Basketball<br />

Tournament to “Fill the<br />

Pool” is being held on Mar. 13,<br />

20, and 27. Register at www.<br />

auroraparksandrec.org/fill-thepool-tournaments.<br />

Thanks to<br />

Denise Rose and her team for<br />

putting this together.<br />

Have you noticed the recent<br />

increase in truck traffic on<br />

US 50 near George St.? The<br />

increased traffic is due to<br />

farmers bringing their grain<br />


By<br />

Lisa<br />

West<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

manchester@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Most of us are familiar<br />

with sports like basketball,<br />

football, and swimming. But<br />

did you know that archery is<br />

a team and individual sport?<br />

South Dearborn has archery<br />

teams from elementary level<br />

through high school, and this<br />

group is growing in both size<br />

and competition success.<br />

Several Manchester youth<br />

participate in this sport. Currently,<br />

South Dearborn has<br />

over sixty-five archers, with<br />

twenty-two of those from the<br />

Manchester area. The group<br />

is so large that practices are<br />

One of Aurora’s “Grand Dames” was<br />

restored thanks to an Aurora Façade<br />

Improvement Matching Grant.<br />

into the grain transportation<br />

company. With grain prices at<br />

a high, farmers are cashing in<br />

their crops causing an influx<br />

of trucks to the facility that<br />

has never been seen for this<br />

duration. Although this has<br />

posed concerns and delays<br />

for folks passing through the<br />

area, we ask for your patience.<br />

Instead of being upset because<br />

of the truck traffic, take a deep<br />

breath, spread some kindness,<br />

and thank the farmers in these<br />

trucks for feeding us. The<br />

Archery Coach Matt Crisswell,<br />

Monica and Makayla<br />

Crisswell.<br />

split up across four different<br />

schools. They typically<br />

practice two times a week<br />

where they learn and review<br />

the eleven basic steps of archery.<br />

The coaches emphasize<br />

proper technique, safety, and<br />

of course, fun!<br />

Matt Crisswell is a local<br />

parent-turned-coach.<br />

He shared some of the<br />

background of this activity.<br />

Archery is a sport or skill<br />

of shooting with a bow and<br />

arrow at a target. The meets<br />

are generally held in a gymnasium,<br />

where groups of archers<br />

line up across the floor and<br />

shoot at bullseye-type targets<br />

from various distances.<br />

Scoring is on a 300-point<br />

system, where the athletes<br />

shoot rounds from both ten<br />

and fifteen meters, where each<br />

round can bank a maximum<br />

J. Miller Steakhouse<br />

celebrated Valentines<br />

Day with a full house of<br />

“lovely” diners. Three<br />

large teddy bears were<br />

given away, one of<br />

which was claimed by<br />

Remi Chandler, shown<br />

here with her mother<br />

Lyndsay and sister Jaylee<br />

Rae. (See ad pg. 2A)<br />

city has been working to help<br />

manage the traffic as best as<br />

possible through this influx of<br />

trucks.<br />

Jack Cady and Kainen<br />

Wanstrath.<br />

of 50 points.<br />

Coach Crisswell said, “I<br />

like to see the kids focus and<br />

succeed, as this is a self-challenging<br />

sport.”<br />

Two Manchester Elementary<br />

sixth-grade students<br />

shared why they love archery.<br />

Elliana Pfaff said, “I like how<br />

it makes me feel confident<br />

and powerful. I also like how<br />

it’s an individual challenge<br />

and also a team challenge”<br />

Jack Cady stated, “It’s fun<br />

and gives you something to<br />

do. I like that I am competing<br />

with myself and competing<br />

with others.”<br />

The South Dearborn group<br />

has been so successful that<br />

they have qualified for Indiana<br />

State Competition, which<br />

will be held in March.<br />

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day when you<br />

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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> THE BEACON Page 7B<br />


By<br />

Debbie<br />

Acasio<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

O<br />

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I am a self-proclaimed soup<br />

snob. I look with suspicion at<br />

any soup that is not delicious<br />

and not homemade. While I<br />

love making soup, I have a<br />

slight problem…. I don’t like<br />

eating the same soup for days.<br />

So when my friend, Lester<br />

Ampt, scraped my driveway<br />

with his tractor after a recent<br />

snowstorm, he got some<br />

of my vegetable soup (and<br />

brownies- his favorite). He<br />

was a happy man. Recently<br />

a bunch of the ladies from<br />

St. John Lutheran Church,<br />

including me, delivered some<br />

homemade soups around the<br />

community. Elverda Kaiser<br />

got Carolyn Stroup’s broccoli<br />

cheddar soup, and her<br />

daughter Teresa Martini got<br />

vegetable soup from Mary<br />

Ann Pettit. Pastor Larry<br />

Knigga got a couple of bowls<br />

of my chili. Lora James who<br />

was working during soup<br />

preparation time graciously<br />

supplied the crackers. Beverly<br />

Hahn was thrilled and<br />

surprised with her special<br />

delivery of soup. Soup makes<br />

people feel loved.<br />

Speaking of spreading love,<br />

Rachel Reynolds and Sarah<br />

Lansing deserve a thank you<br />

for their “beyond the call of<br />

duty” help for those taking<br />

shelter at the Boy Scout Cabin<br />

for a few weeks this winter.<br />

While the city of Lawrenceburg<br />

graciously opened the<br />

cabin as a temporary shelter<br />

due to bad weather, these<br />

SUNMAN<br />

By<br />

Maureen<br />

Stenger<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

sunman@goBEACONnews.com<br />

St. Nicholas seventh- and<br />

eighth-grade students, as<br />

well as some members of<br />

the community, peacefully<br />

marched from St. Nicholas<br />

School to Sunman Park in<br />

honor of The March for Life<br />

normally held in Washington<br />

D.C. Once everyone reached<br />

the town park, they prayed<br />

the rosary. Amy Wolfe and<br />

her family participated, and<br />

she shared the importance<br />

to her. “We march for all the<br />

innocent little babies that<br />

can’t speak for themselves.<br />

We want to defend and<br />

stand up for the belief that<br />

all human life is sacred and<br />

valuable at every stage.”<br />

Johanna Witte<br />

Elise Bostick and Lillian Scott sledding in front of<br />

Lawrenceburg Primary School.<br />

ladies brought in food and<br />

raised money for donations.<br />

Ken Maddin, with his knack<br />

for organizing, has also been<br />

working tirelessly on community<br />

blessing boxes that are<br />

filled with much-needed items<br />

to the homeless. The donations<br />

of food from the Clearinghouse,<br />

as well as blankets and<br />

sleeping bags from private<br />

individuals, have been a blessing<br />

to those in need.<br />

Congratulations to Nick<br />

Goepper for his gold medal<br />

win in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle<br />

in the X Games in Colorado.<br />

A Lawrenceburg native,<br />

this is his fifth gold medal.<br />

Speaking of snow adventures,<br />

the children of Lawrenceburg<br />

schools recently traded their<br />

Valentine’s Day parties for<br />

snow fun since school was<br />

canceled on “party day” due<br />

to snow. After a full day of E-<br />

learning, they were off to the<br />

levy for sledding! No complaints<br />

were heard about the<br />

unused Valentine’s Day boxes<br />

The Sunman<br />

Police graciously<br />

provided the<br />

escort to keep<br />

participants safe.<br />

Happy birthday<br />

to Evelyn<br />

Wagner who<br />

will be turning<br />

ninety-eight<br />

years young on March 12!<br />

Wishing you nothing but good<br />

health, happiness, and many<br />

blessings for the coming year.<br />

I would also like to give<br />

a shout-out to the stellar<br />

East Central High School<br />

Jolisa Thomas, Jasmyn Blackburn, Brooke Karsteter, Riley Mock, Hannah Williamson,<br />

Abby Banta, Nicole McCool, Adisyn Donk, Chauntel Vinup, and Cheyenne Vinup at<br />

Senior Recognition night at LHS.<br />

Nora Fehr first grader<br />

Daughter of Holly Fehr.<br />

waiting patiently for them at<br />

school.<br />

Happy birthday to Johanna<br />

Witte who recently celebrated<br />

her eighty-first birthday! One<br />

of thirteen children, she was<br />

raised by parents who immigrated<br />

from Germany and had<br />

settled on a one-hundred-fiftyacre<br />

farm near Negangards<br />

Corner in Sunman. She and<br />

her husband Wally raised four<br />

children on Ludlow Hill in<br />

Lawrenceburg. Happy birthday<br />

Johanna!<br />

Spring is just around the<br />

corner. The newly updated<br />

The March for Life through Sunman<br />

(Photo courtesy of Amy Wolfe)<br />

Wrestling Team and their<br />

coaches who have been<br />

having a very successful<br />

season. EC wrestlers and<br />

Sunman residents Ben<br />

and Blake Wolf and Ryan<br />

Bovard have all advanced to<br />

the state finals.<br />

Nani, Owen & Jack Schwier, Elise Bostick and Lillian<br />

Scott at the Levy.<br />

Owen Schwier, a senior at<br />

Lawrenceburg HS.<br />

and innovative Arch Street<br />

Park playground should<br />

be ready by May 1. The<br />

previous playground equipment<br />

will be repurposed in<br />

Aurora. And some exciting<br />

new additions to come to the<br />

downtown riverfront. Nine<br />

pergolas with swings will<br />

be installed to allow relaxed<br />

viewing of the Ohio River,<br />

its river traffic, and wildlife.<br />

I know where I will be this<br />

summer!<br />

Karter & Lillian Scott enjoying<br />

a snow day.<br />

Elverda Kaiser enjoying her<br />

soup delivery.<br />

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All Saints boys CYO basketball team claimed the title of<br />

the 2020-<strong>2021</strong> Batesville deanery champions.<br />

Seniors Griffin Werner and Sam Kirchgassner received<br />

All Deanery awards while Peyton Lyness and Luke Hornbach<br />

hold the championship trophy.<br />


& GUILFORD<br />

By<br />

Laura<br />

Keller<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

yorkville@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Feb. 7 was an important<br />

day for sports fans – and I<br />

don’t mean football fans.<br />

Superbowl Sunday was also<br />

the Batesville deanery CYO<br />

boys basketball championship<br />

game. The All Saints<br />

team finished the season as<br />

the champions this year, after<br />

ending the 2019-2020 season<br />

as runner-up. Although the<br />

season looked different than<br />

in past years, the team was<br />

grateful for the opportunity<br />



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to play. Coached by Tony<br />

Trossman and Austin Kear,<br />

or “Chief,” the team consisted<br />

of Tanner Fox, Jack Gierach,<br />

Matthew Graf, Nathan<br />

Graf, Luke Hornbach,<br />

Sam Kirchgassner, Peyton<br />

Lyness, Quinten Melcher,<br />

Noah Mersmann, Landon<br />

Raines, Griffin Werner, and<br />

Hayden Werner.<br />

After the championship<br />

game, five players were<br />

named All Deanery including<br />

two players from All Saints-<br />

Griffin Werner, son of Duane<br />

and Cindy Werner, and Sam<br />

Kirchgassner, son of Dan<br />

and Robin Kirchgassner.<br />

Congratulations to the players<br />

on a great season!<br />

If you have news in the Yorkville/Guilford<br />

area you’d like<br />

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By<br />

Debbie<br />

McCane<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

harrison@goBEACONnews.com<br />

The snowfall we’ve had<br />

has brought gorgeous,<br />

picturesque scenes, blanketed<br />

in soft whiteness that sparks<br />

memories of sledding in<br />

childhood, skiing, and other<br />

winter sports.<br />

That same beauty also<br />

brings uncertainty and worry<br />

about the morning commute.<br />

That same snowfall also<br />

brings out the community<br />

spirit in so many of us.<br />

When people step up to help<br />

another pull their vehicles<br />

out of ditches, offer to clear<br />

another person’s driveway<br />

and walkway, even stop and<br />


By<br />

Lorene<br />

Westmeier<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

dillsboro@goBEACONnews.com<br />

What a beautiful snowstorm<br />

we had on Feb. 8. That<br />

is if you didn’t have to drive<br />

in it. And then there is the<br />

cold weather B r r r!<br />

This month we feature<br />

“New faces in new places”.<br />

The “New face” in the Dillsboro<br />

Police Dept. is Kevin<br />

Turner. He has been with<br />

the Greendale Police Dept.<br />

and the fire dept. for twenty<br />

years. Kevin has always been<br />



By<br />

PG<br />

Gentrup<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

risingsun@goBEACONnews.com<br />

For the people who were<br />

complaining about the lack of<br />

snow, I certainly hope you’re<br />

happy now with the recent<br />

accumulating snows. A lot of<br />

people are having fun with<br />

their sleds, but many are not<br />

liking the bad road conditions.<br />

Please be careful.<br />

I think next year I may<br />

travel to Florida for the month<br />

of February. It would be nice<br />

7247 State Road 46E<br />

Batesville, IN 47006<br />

812.932.3300<br />

sit with a traumatized young<br />

motorist who lost control of<br />

her vehicle on the black ice<br />

and waiting for her parent to<br />

arrive, that is who we are as<br />

a community. Even our road<br />

crews were out clearing and<br />

salting our streets early to<br />

help ensure our safety.<br />

We are that community, a<br />

community of caring people.<br />

I am so thankful for all those<br />

selfless people who make<br />

our existence so much more<br />

enriched.<br />

Spring is almost a reality<br />

for us and several events are<br />

planned for <strong>2021</strong>. The annual<br />

Easter celebration will be on<br />

Apr. 3, and a modified Easter<br />

egg hunt is planned along<br />

with other activities. Harrison<br />

is also tentatively planning to<br />

have the six-week Summer<br />

Fun program for the local<br />

kids. Summer concerts are<br />

also being planned. We can<br />

also start looking forward to<br />

interested in history and attended<br />

Butler University to<br />

become a teacher, but went<br />

into police work instead. He<br />

is now working toward his<br />

degree in history. Kevin is a<br />

lieutenant on the Dillsboro<br />

Fire Dept., a member of the<br />

Northcutt-Laaker Post 292,<br />

Chairman of Trinity Lutheran<br />

Church, a Dearborn County<br />

council member, and an<br />

EMT. Kevin resides in Dillsboro<br />

with his wife Marissa<br />

and daughters Katelyn and<br />

Molly who, along with their<br />

dad, are very active in music.<br />

Another “New face” can be<br />

seen at the Dearborn County<br />

Prosecutor’s Office. Garrett<br />

Bascom, who graduated<br />

from South Dearborn High<br />

School in 2013, went to The<br />

to walk on a warm beach<br />

instead of along the Ohio<br />

River with wind chills being<br />

in the teens and lower. I have<br />

been blessed with good health<br />

and was able to complete<br />

4000 miles last year but will<br />

cut back to 3000 this year.<br />

That should be enough to<br />

keep me in shape. I do enjoy<br />

the fresh air and recommend<br />

it to you. Just get out, do what<br />

you can, and you don’t have<br />

to overdo it. You will notice a<br />

difference.<br />

I recently spoke to four<br />

classes at Lawrenceburg<br />

High School. Ethel Sandlin<br />

and Rita Kirchgassner do<br />

a tremendous job with the<br />

students. They have been<br />

reading the book The Things<br />

They Carried With Them<br />

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A special thank you and<br />

congratulations goes out<br />

to the City of Harrison<br />

Finance Department for their<br />

recognition for Excellence in<br />

Financial Reporting by the<br />

Government Finance Officers<br />

Association. The department<br />

consists of Finance Director<br />

and Tax Commissioner Cathy<br />

Stockhoff, who handles<br />

our $21,000,000 budget,<br />

the Accounts Receivable<br />

and Payable Clerk Karen<br />

Rackers, and Human<br />

Resources Generalist Bryan<br />

Kelly. The department<br />

processes our utility<br />

payments and works with<br />

RITA (Regional Income Tax<br />

Agency). They also handle<br />

the payroll for all employees<br />

and handles all the expenses<br />

for the city. It’s so nice to<br />

know that we have such<br />

professional people keeping<br />

our city running so efficiently.<br />

College Of Mount St. Joseph<br />

to study communications and<br />

leadership. While in college,<br />

he was on the Budget Committee<br />

and worked for the<br />

Cincinnati mayor’s office.<br />

Upon graduation in 2017,<br />

Garrett joined the office of<br />

the Indiana Attorney General<br />

as his Special Assistant.<br />

Garrett passed his bar exam<br />

in Sept. 2020 and was sworn<br />

in on Oct. 6, 2020. He is now<br />

Attorney for the Prosecutor<br />

of Dearborn County. Garrett<br />

lives in Dillsboro with his<br />

wife Haley and their eightmonth-old<br />

twins, Walker<br />

and Olivia. Those of us in<br />

Dillsboro who know both of<br />

these friends know that they<br />

will be successful in their<br />

“New places.”<br />

Willis “Baby Doll” Bentle,<br />

WW II veteran.<br />

in Vietnam. I had my rosary<br />

from St. Lawrence, along with<br />

my St. Christopher’s Medal<br />

that I carried. I also had a<br />

silver certificate dollar bill<br />

since we weren’t allowed to<br />

have United States currency.<br />

Having a piece of home with<br />

me was important. I also still<br />

have my military-issued dog<br />

tags and some of the letters<br />

many different people wrote<br />

to me.<br />

I never dreamed time would<br />

fly this fast. My World War<br />

II buddies are dwindling.<br />

Lawrence Lyttle is now in<br />

assisted living.<br />

Take a minute to send a<br />

100th birthday card to Willis<br />

“Baby Doll” Bentle who<br />

turns the century mark on<br />

March 21, which is also my<br />

wife’s birthday. Baby Doll<br />

went on my very first Honor<br />

Flight with me back in 2008. I<br />

worked with him at Seagrams<br />

right after I graduated in<br />

1965. Always, just a great<br />

guy. Mail cards to 21585 State<br />

Line Rd., Lawrenceburg, IN<br />

47025.<br />

Another great guy and<br />

WWII Veteran, Frank<br />

Savage, of Greendale will<br />

turn 100 on June 1. We<br />

have been blessed with the<br />

presence of these men.<br />

Please continue to take time<br />

to check on your neighbors.<br />

We have to take care of each<br />

other. Please consider taking<br />

the vaccine shot to help<br />

protect the ones you know<br />

and love. May God Bless.<br />

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<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> THE BEACON Page 9B<br />

Paislee, age 1½.<br />

Kelli Campton’s buddy.<br />

Owen Witte, age 11.<br />


By<br />

Barbara<br />

Wetzler<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

mooreshill@goBEACONnews.com<br />

Moores Hill is a town of<br />

neighbors helping neighbors.<br />

Thanks to all who shoveled<br />

snow for neighbors, shared<br />

food and firewood, looked<br />

O<br />

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Braelyn Gabbard, age 9.<br />

Oliver Witte, age 3.<br />

Autumn Wolfe, age 10,<br />

sled from 1995.<br />

after lost pets. Thank you to<br />

Lanny Dell for keeping the<br />

roads plowed. Kudos to Flo<br />

James and Candy Miller and<br />

Post 209 for offering a warm<br />

gathering spot, take-out for<br />

anyone in town, and companionship<br />

for our veterans,<br />

especially during rough winter<br />

weather. Thank you Moores<br />

Hill for all the acts of kindness.<br />

Lynn Allen shared a recipe<br />

for snow cream: 4 cups fresh<br />

snow, 1 cup milk, ¼ cup sugar,<br />

and 1 tsp vanilla, mix and enjoy!<br />

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MILAN<br />

By<br />

Susan<br />

Cottingham<br />

Community<br />

Correspondent<br />

milan@goBEACONnews.com<br />

March... In like a lion, out<br />

like a lamb! This saying is<br />

especially appropriate this<br />

year. The month certainly<br />

came roaring in like a lion,<br />

starting in February. While the<br />

snow was beautiful, the cold<br />

weather slowed things down<br />

a bit, and most of us did not<br />

get out to experience the many<br />

inches of snow we had. I know<br />

I preferred to enjoy the view<br />

through my window. I did see<br />

a few snowmen on my brief<br />

trips out, but families out sled<br />

riding were scarce. Thank<br />

you to those who posted their<br />

winter fun photos on social<br />

media. They brought a smile to<br />

my face. I do think, however,<br />

that we are all ready for the<br />

milder weather that should be<br />

arriving any day now.<br />

The seed catalogs appeared<br />

in my mailbox right on time,<br />

and I spent hours leafing<br />

Linda Schwartz and Brenda<br />

Ochs announce, “Moores<br />

Hill Alumni: The MHS Alumni<br />

Committee feels it is best<br />

to cancel the Annual Alumni<br />

Dinner for <strong>2021</strong>. It is a difficult<br />

decision, but many of<br />

our alumni are in higher-risk<br />

age groups, and we just want<br />

everyone to be healthy and<br />

safe. See you in 2022!”<br />

Happy <strong>April</strong> Birthday to<br />

Dorothy White, Brenda<br />

Ochs, Penny Wagner, Linda<br />

Schmidt, Kathy Enzweiler.<br />

through them while the snow<br />

was flying. I got my garden<br />

seeds started indoors while the<br />

snow was still on the ground,<br />

and now I am looking forward<br />

to the tomatoes, peppers, and<br />

cucumbers that I have been<br />

planning for in my garden.<br />

Of course, since it is<br />

March, I must mention<br />

March Madness! We expect<br />

our state to be the center of<br />

attention with the NCAA<br />

Basketball Tournament being<br />

held exclusively in Indiana<br />

this year. Selection Sunday is<br />

March 14, and the final game<br />

is scheduled for Monday,<br />

<strong>April</strong> 5. Welcoming a few<br />

extra visitors to Milan would<br />

be nice as people travel to and<br />

from Indianapolis. This is an<br />

exciting time in Indiana and<br />

it always seems to coincide<br />

with spring break. When our<br />

kids were at home, we often<br />

traveled during spring break.<br />

Many times we were on the<br />

road when an important game<br />

was being played, so we had<br />

to catch snippets of the game<br />

whenever we could... no cell<br />

phones or internet to keep us<br />

informed. My son tried some<br />

innovative ways to keep track<br />

of his favorite teams while<br />

we were traveling. Good<br />

memories.<br />

Many of you may also<br />

have plans for spring break,<br />

so I hope you have a safe,<br />

enjoyable, and memorable<br />

week for all the right reasons.<br />

We all hope to enjoy a gentler,<br />

warmer, kinder world as the<br />

month comes to a close and<br />

hopefully goes out like a<br />

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this from parents, I always<br />

wonder, does this child realize<br />

how much this behavior hurts<br />

the parent?<br />

To start, remember that being<br />

“ghosted” as they call it,<br />

says more about the other person<br />

than it says about you. It<br />

tells us the other person is not<br />

able to or refuses to accept the<br />

responsibility of communicating<br />

what is going on concerning<br />

their thoughts or feelings.<br />

Emotions and fear can be very<br />

scary; some people choose to<br />

ignore them instead of bringing<br />

them out and dealing with<br />

them.<br />

Being ghosted and ignored<br />

feels insulting. Realizing<br />

that someone we thought we<br />

were close to is behaving in<br />

a selfish or cowardly way is<br />

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