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WWII vets swap stories PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:38 PM

Seven World War II Veterans got together at the Rising Sun American Legion Post No. 59 Monday, June 23.
P.G. Gentrup, Rising Sun, and Jerry Bondurant, Greendale, hosted the group who represent a local part of the great generation.
Submitted photo Seven World War II veterans recently gathered in Rising Sun. Pictures, back row from the left, are:Bill Rowling, Jake Reid, Bush White, Baby Doll Bentle and Rising Sun and Ohio County librarian Cynthia Schmid-Perry. Front row: Bud Swales, Captain Bill McClure and Lawrence Lyttle.They enjoyed lunch together, which was supplied by Bill Parks and Post No. 59, and then had a great time with all the stories they had to tell.
The seven are: Bill Rowling, Bush White and Bill McClure from Rising Sun and their guests from the Bright area, Jake Reid, Baby Doll Bentle, Bud Swales and Lawrence Lyttle.
After two hours at the Legion they went up the street to the old Carnegie Library where Gentrup has his military collection on display.
The collection includes several military uniforms, pictures from the local veterans’ trips to Washington, D.C., flags, a POW-MIA train and  much more memorabilia.  
They continued their conversations there and said that they should do this again soon.
Rising Sun and Ohio Co. Librarian, Cynthia Schmid-Perry came to visit with the WWII Veterans and enjoyed their stories and told them she was an Army veteran too.

SDHS student recognized for academic achievements PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:18 PM

Recent South Dearborn High School graduate Hannah Lee Rose was named a finalist for the  Anthony Muñoz Foundation Straight “A” Scholarship.
A recognition luncheon was held in April at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Cincinnati.
Eighteen Tri-State students, nine male and nine female, received the chance to win up to a $5,000 college scholarship.
Submitted photo: Recent South Dearborn High School graduate Hannah Rose was named an Anthony Muñoz Foundation Straight “A” Scholarship finalist.  She is pictured with her inspirational teacher, Chris Nobbe.All high school students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and in the foundation’s impact region are eligible. All students nominated receive a letter of recognition signed by Anthony Muñoz.
While all students are eligible for recognition, only senior nominees are eligible for scholarship money.
AMF’s impact region includes 22 counties, including Dearborn County, and 190 high schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.  
In addition to the program coverage indicated by the map, the foundation impacts the region by supporting charitable organizations through appearances and autographs by Muñoz.
An accomplished community icon, former Cincinnati Bengal and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Muñoz has been actively involved in his commitment to make a difference in the lives of local  youth in the Greater Cincinnati region.
Muñoz decided to bring all of his charitable initiatives together in April of 2002 to establish the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, a non-profit organization armed with the mission of engaging the Tri-State region to impact youth mentally, physically and spiritually.
Students chosen for the honor have pursued academic excellence and athletic achievement, and serve the community while possessing a strong ambition, a winning attitude and the ability to overcome adversity.

Retired teachers working with Amazon Outreach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Burdette   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:59 PM

The Dearborn County Retired Teachers recently sent sixty-five children’s dresses, ten mamma dresses, and twenty-seven pair of boys’ shorts to Brazil through Amazon Outreach, a non-denominational mission service group.

Jean Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, co-chair of the retired teachers’ state award-winning pillowcase dress project, recently met Della Menchhofer, Versailles, in Batesville to take the outfits to the four million people living along the Amazon River from Manaus to Pariachian, Brazil. Vaughan also shared the pillowcase dress pattern and offered lots of lace and notions for the mission project.

This year the team of fifteen to twenty mission volunteers will be working with the Smile Train, a group of doctors specializing in the cleft lip/ cleft palette.  

Menchhofer has been going on the mission trip for the last seventeen years.  Originally urged to join by her former college roommate, she continues each year on the short term mission trip where she serves as a nurse to the medical team. Taking only three outfits and the clothes she wears, she packs each of her two pieces of luggage with fifty pounds of clothes, flip flops, vitamins, and other over-the-counter medicines.

Menchhofer’s pride in the work of the mission is most evident when she talks of the man with the terribly ulcerated foot whom they were able to save.  She has worked with patients as young as seven days old. Life expectancy in the jungle is fifty-six years of age.

People from the surrounding villages walk one hour to get to the medical boat on the river. Then they wait in line for an hour to be seen by the doctor and another hour to receive their over-the-counter medicines. Of course, it takes yet another hour to return home.

In addition to supplying the villages with clothing, the mission teaches Bible School lessons, builds wells for fresh water, leaves a little supply of gasoline for the occasional generator, and builds simple playgrounds for the children.  

For additional information about the mission, contact Menchhofer at 812-689-5193.

The Dearborn County Retired Teachers pillowcase dress project started at Hamelin Chapel when co-chair Gerri Barber brought the pillowcase dress pattern to the retired teachers’ coffee group so that they could begin making dresses for a mission trip to Haiti sponsored by the church. Jean Vaughan’s step-daughter Jennifer Vaughan hand-delivered the first fifty dresses to the tent cities in Haiti. She came back with the story of one dress which was shared by two mothers.  One mother would wear the dress to church one week while the second mother stayed home to babysit. The next week the women traded places. Upon hearing that story, the project developed and expanded so that over two thousand dresses have been made and distributed to villages in Haiti, Brazil, and Tanzania.  Each of the dresses have been hand-delivered so that the dresses arrive safely to the intended people.

The retired teachers continue to meet each Thursday at the Lawrenceburg Community Center where their materials and notions are kept. The Adult Center graciously sets up/tears down each week for the retirees and provides ice for the seamstresses to keep their packed lunches.

Volunteers are needed to help cut out material, sew, decorate or otherwise help with the dress-making. One does not need to be an accomplished seamstress to participate. One woman with dementia was able to help with making the yo-yo’s used in the decoration of the dresses or the matching hair pieces for the girls’ hair.

For information about this project, contact Vaughan at 926-1978.

Central Elementary selects Paw Power students PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:33 AM

Central Elementary School chooses a student from each grade level every month to receive the Paw Power Award. Paw Power is awarded to students who demonstrate the six pillars of character: trustworthy, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Students receive a tee shirt compliments of United Community Bank that has the six pillars on it. They also get a character counts dog tag, a pencil, a bookmark, a paw window cling and a cookie. They are awarded over the morning announcements at school.

August inductees were:
*Luke Bruner, son of Bill and Jessica Bruner.
*Kyndall Sullivan, daughter of Jason and Holly Sullivan.
*Elizabeth Kinnett, daughter of Robert and Rhonda Kinnett.

September inductees were:
*Maverick Jessee, son of Greg and Sherri Jessee.
*Kirsten Cross, daughter of Andreana Cross.
*Jesse Reed, son of Mark and Penny Reed.

October inductees were:
*Jazzman King, daughter of Bryan and Dawn King.
*Sadie Williams, daughter of Michael and Kathy Williams.
*Alyssa Beam, daughter of Bryan and Lisa Beam.

Central Elementary inducted twelve students into Paw Power for the months of November, December, January and February.
November inductees were:
*Jesse Markland, son of Rodney and Jill Markland.
*Katelyn Smith, daughter of Stephen and Lynn Smith
*Eeve Williams, daughter of Michael and Kathy Williams.
*December inductees were:
*Ella Shelton, daughter of William and Kelly Shelton.
*Ethan Hopper, son of Jeremy and Angela Hopper.
*Calli Pope, daughter of Toby and Jami Pope.

January inductees were:
*Tyler Fannin, son of Trish Fannin.
*Kaitlyn Cromer, daughter of Steve and Michelle Cromer.
*Kindra Mollaun, daughter of Kevin and Christina Mollaun.

February inductees were:
*Tatum Steigerwald, daughter of Swede and Melissa Steigerwald.
*Preston Jacobs, nephew of Michelle Davidson.
*Kierah Lowe, daughter of Jeff Lowe and Kelly Greenwell.

Central Staff and Students are proud of these Kids of Character!

Local resident presented Professional Engineer License PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, March 28, 2014 4:00 PM

David Charles Jennings, P.E., was presented with his Professional Engineering License at a Statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, OSPE. Jennings is from Lawrenceburg.  

Jennings is a member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the state’s leading organization advocating for engineers.  OSPE, a state affiliate of the National Society of Professional Engineers, was established in 1878 to promote the ethical conduct of practicing professional engineers, high standards for engineering education, and to advance public safety and welfare.

OSPE represents all disciplines and practice divisions of the engineering profession:industry, private practice, government, construction, and education.