July 23, 2014

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Aurora Westside residents seek answers
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:23 PM

A special Aurora meeting expected to focus on tree removal instead garnered more questions about the rest of the upcoming street and sidewalk project on Westside Drive and Hanover Avenue.

Eighteen residents of those streets and their side streets attended the Monday, July 21, meeting, with city attorney Jeff Stratman explaining the project. Plans are to repave all the streets in the neighborhood, including the side streets. Most are torn up now because the city just replaced the water lines, he said.

Originally, plans included replacing all the curbs and sidewalks on Westside Drive and Hanover Avenue, but cost concerns led Aurora Utility Board members, who also are councilmen, to decide just to replace sidewalks that are in bad shape, he said. To do so will require some tree removal.

Making a difference runs in the family in a BIG way
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:21 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:30 PM )

Sean and Stephanie Lucier, brother and sister from Lawrenceburg, have been named Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

Stephanie, 22, is paired with Daminica, and Sean, 18, is paired with Matthew. Both of these mentoring friendships are in the Site-Based program with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and meet at the children’s school. Stephanie first learned about Big Brother Big Sisters in high school, when she was paired with a Little Sister, and wanted to continue mentoring other children when that school program ended.

Big Brothers Big Sisters paired adult volunteer mentors with children in the community who can benefit from a positive role model. For Stephanie, Daminica, who’s in fourth grade, is the youngest “Little Sister” she’s been paired with.

Stephanie Lucier said “Conversations with Daminica, are relaxed and fun and just take you back to that age.” When she told her about the Big Sister of the Year award, Daminica, “lit up like Christmas. The award made her feel like she was contributing to something bigger than herself.”

The experience of being a Big Sister helped Stephanie as well. As she finishes her college education at Northern Kentucky University and works toward being an elementary school teacher, her Little Sister’s friendship provides one more layer of understanding children. Her commitment to her little called on extra sacrifice this past school year. She drove weekly from NKU weekly to meet with her Little.

Stephanie’s brother Sean followed her lead and became a Big Brother three years ago. He and his “Little Brother” Matthew bonded over a shared interest in the military, specifically the Army.

Although many people volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister with the idea that they’re helping a child, Sean insists that is a two-way street, and that Matthew has taught him a great deal.

Sean says he used to rush through everything, to get done as fast as possible, but Matthew taught him the value of slowing down and enjoying the process. Sean, on the other hand, helped ease Matthew away from video games, and helped him develop an appreciation for the outdoors, as well as for other people.

“Matthew used to only hang out with one group of people, but he’s become a lot more outgoing and has branched out to become friends with different groups,” saied Sean Lucier.

In Indiana and Harrison there are school programs at Aurora Elementary, Lawrenceburg Primary, Central Elementary, Greendale Middle School, Harrison Elementary and Harrison Junior School. We are currently seeking adult Mentors for each of these programs.

You too can Start Something special. Call Kristi Eberhart at 513-608-8930 or go to www.bigsforkids.org for more information.

Umbrellas in the hallway? It could be at South Dearborn
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:20 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:55 PM )

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South Dearborn School Corporation has a roof problem. In several cases the school corporation has a big problem.

At South Dearborn Middle School, built in 2006, the roof was not installed properly nor is it up to code. The inspector for the warranty allowed changes, including 10 fasteners per board instead of the required 18 per board, said Brennen Baker, president of Moisture Management.

South Dearborn school board heard from Baker Monday, July 21. Moisture Managment, Indianapolis, was hired to inspect the corporation roofs because there are several leaks in some buildings. Besides SDMS, where the roof is leaking in several spots, South Dearborn High School also has leaks.

L’burg gears up for downtown action plan
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:19 PM

City redevelopment director Grant Hughes told Lawrenceburg City council members Monday, July 21, that two copy boxes full of information has been collected ahead of a planned site visit by national downtown experts HyettPalma scheduled for the week of Aug. 11.

The information is helping lay the groundwork for a Downtown Action Agenda, which will be defined by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and HyettPalma as part of IACT’s Indiana Downtown® program.

The plan for a Downtown Action Agenda, was first announced at Lawrenceburg Main Street’s annual meeting in late April.

Still in love after 50 years
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:14 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:17 PM )

It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The world was changing, and for 15-year-old Elaine Dean, of Greendale, she was striking her own blow for change.

All it took was a dial tone.

With phone in hand, she called a young man whom she had seen at The Greek’s, (aka Purity Sweets Confectionery), Michael Kennedy, and asked him to be her date for the  July 8, 1961, CYO picnic at Versailles State Park. Five days later, they were going steady.

Elaine Dean and Michael Kennedy were well suited from the start. Both had inherited a full dose of their parents “can do” attitude and stubborn resolve.

S-D school board special meeting July 29
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:13 PM

Enrollment history and facility needs are on the agenda for a work session of the Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation board.
The public meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in the Trojan Conference Room at East Central High School, St. Leon. Also on the agenda is refunding of the intermediate school bond issue.

Alaska, birds, butterflies and more for Oxbow in Aug.
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:12 PM

Folks interested in the outdoors and Alaska in particular may want to catch the Oxbow, Inc., program Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Jon Seymour, Oxbow president, will discuss modern Alaskan industry and the current state of the climate and wildlife in Seward, Denali, Fairbanks, Homer and Valdez. His experience comes from visiting his daughter in Alaska and taking different excursions three times since she moved there in 2010.

Folks attending the program will be invited to share their own stories of Alaska as well. The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxbow office at 301 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg.

Oxbow also has field trips scheduled for that weekend, Friday evening, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16. The evening field trip will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upper Oxbow parking lot and will be led by Jay Stenger. The trip's focus will be birds, specifically early fall migrants in the Oxbow. Shorebirds and herons begin migration early.

The upper Oxbow parking area is located south of the Interstate 275 exit off U.S. 50. Turn east at the edge of the Shell/Subway, cross the levee, at the T in front of Best Way, turn right. Parking is to the left of the Oxbow entrance sign.

Stenger expects participants to find great egrets, several heron species, purple martins and other migrating swallows, and possibly terns, osprey and bald eagles.

Saturday's field trip will be the third annual Oxbow butterfly count, beginning at 11 a.m. from the same parking area. The trip will last about two hours and will be led by Bob Nuhn, a retired naturalist from the Hamilton County Park District. Participants may visit Shawnee Lookout also if time allows.

Folks planning to participate are urged to bring water and sunscreen, and asked to RSVP Kathy McDonald at mkmcdonald@me.com or phone 513-748-0281. Most of the walking will be on flat dirt roads.

Another KC Driving School instructor files suit for payment; BMV says still no contact
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:11 PM

Another former driving instructor with KC Driving School, formerly in Aurora, has filed a claim for payment. Jay Malott said he is owed $3,526 for driving instruction at KC Driving School. After a check that wouldn’t clear the bank, Malott insisted he be paid in cash before he took students driving.

Like fellow former KC Driving School instructor Paul Dicken, Malott also did not receive a W-2.

“I was honest and claimed the cash payments on my taxes, and had to pay the taxes for those and the money owed to me,” said Malott.

City buys life squad’s empty lot
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:10 PM

The City of Aurora has purchased the Main Street lot bought some years ago by Aurora Emergency Rescue as the potential site of a new AER building.

At its June meeting, council voted unanimously to purchase the lot for $13,750, the average of two appraisals of $15,000 and $12,500.

But the motion to do so, made by councilman John Borgman and seconded by councilman Benny Turner, also included donating $61,250 to AER.

Fundraiser will help bring former St. Lawrence teacher’s sister home after medical emergency
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:01 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:10 PM )
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A fundraiser for Terri Bray Kersey, Green Township, sister for former St. Lawrence School teacher Rhonda Frank, will be held from 11 a.m. to close Saturday, July 26, at The Public House, Cheviot.

Kersey was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, to raise money and awareness for Eosinophilic Esophagitis or “EE,” an allergic inflammatory condition, often caused by food allergies in children. One of her friends was recently diagnosed with the disease.

She accomplished her goal by raising over $20,000 for research and awareness.

But Kersey was hospitalized in Tanzania the day after her climb when she suffered a stroke. She was left with right-side paralysis that has impacted her ability to speak. Her husband, Greg, flew to Africa to be by her side.