April 19, 2014

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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
Written by Submitted   
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.

DCH Foundation offers scholarships, grant/loans for 2014-2015 school year PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, March 28, 2014 3:58 PM

The Dearborn County Hospital Foundation will continue to offer both  its High School Senior Scholarship Program and its Health Care Student Grant/Loan Program for the 2014-2015 school year.  

Scholarships of $500 each are presented by the DCH Foundation High School Senior Scholarship Program to area seniors who will be pursuing health care careers after graduation.

High school seniors, high school graduates or GED recipients of any age and current college students who are enrolled in specific health care Associate Degree programs may apply for the DCH Foundation’s Health Care Student Grant/Loan Program for the coming school year.

High School Senior Scholarship Program
The Dearborn County Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for its High School Senior Scholarship Program for the 2014-2015 school year. Current high school seniors who reside in and/or who will graduate from a high school in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland or Franklin County may apply.
To be eligible, high school seniors must already be accepted to accredited colleges or universities with plans to pursue health care majors.  Scholarships are for $500 and are for one year only.  They are not repayable nor are they renewable for future years of study. Scholarships are awarded based on the projected needs of the hospital, scholastic performance, extracurricular activities and individual and/or family financial need.
High school seniors should check with their school counselors or the DCH Community Relations Department at 812-537-8190 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8190, for applications and further information. Applications are also available on the DCH website at www.dch.org.
All scholarship applications must be completed in full and postmarked or returned to the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation, c/o Community Relations, 600 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025, by Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to be eligible for consideration.

Health Care Student Grant/Loan Program
The Dearborn County Hospital Foundation Health Care Student Grant/Loan Program provides grant/loans to students enrolled in designated college programs for specific health care careers. Grant/loans cover tuition and fees up to $12,000 for Associate Degree programs.
This year, grant/loans are open to high school seniors, high school graduates or GED recipients of any age and current college students who are pursuing Associate Degrees in Respiratory Therapy or Nursing (ASN/RN).

Eligibility requirements for the program include:
*Acceptance into a local Associate Degree program by a college or university that is approved by the grant/loan program.
*Acceptance by both the college and the specific clinical program or technical sequence.
*Selected recipients must remain in good standing with their program.
*Tuition will be provided on a term-by-term basis when good standing is verified.
*Recipients must agree to work full time in their selected field at DCH for at least two years after graduation and completion of licensure/registration requirements.  Failure to do so will result in the loan amount being repayable to DCH.
*Individuals interested in the grant/loan program application process are encouraged to call Eva Carr, DCH Human Resources Specialist, at 812-537-8120 or 800-676-5572, ext. 8120, for additional information.

SDMS Career Day a success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lindsay Ransom   
Monday, March 24, 2014 4:13 PM

During career day at South Dearborn Middle School students had a great opportunity to learn about careers from local professionals. Many local business people volunteered their time to come and teach students about their careers and what it takes to be successful in life and career.

Law enforcement officers Brent Casebolt and Mike Kreinhop from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office showed students a Taser gun and restraints.

Sargent Erik Demaree of the National Guard brought in a Kevlar vest among other gear used in the field to show students.

Veterinarian, Dr. Harley Robinson of Laughery Valley Vet Clinic, brought in different types of parasites including worms for students to see.

Elvin Knollman of Transmark brought in a semi-truck and trailer for students to see and some even got to sit in the driver’s seat.

Joe Hughes of Blacklist Board Shop brought in merchandise from his store and talked about the responsibilities of a business owner.

Mike Perleberg, radio DJ on Eagle Country 99.3, asked students what they want to be when they grow up and aired their responses on the radio.

Other guest speakers included Amy Grubbs of Friendship State Bank, Sarah Weaver and Debbie Rohrig of Ripley Crossing, attorney Leanna Weissman, Gena DeHamer of Aurora Casket Company, Robert Lischgke of Lischkge Motors, Mike Knollman of Re/Max Real Estate, and D.L. Ransom of Ammbusher.

SDMS looks forward to hosting more career days in the future to expose students to different professions and give them an opportunity to learn more about what the world has to offer to those willing to work for it.