September 2, 2014

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Search begins for top youth volunteers
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:58 PM

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of 2015.

Last year Mariah Reynolds, of Moores Hill, was one of the recipients of the award.

Now through Nove. 4, students in grades five through 12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and

This program year marks The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards’ 20th year of honoring youth volunteers. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the

National Association of Secondary School Principals, was created in 1995 to recognize middle level and high school students for helping people in need, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, or volunteering in other ways. The awards are presented annually on the local, state and national level.

“Prudential is proud to recognize young people who contribute to the well-being of their communities through volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We look forward to honoring the nation’s top youth volunteers of 2015, and hope their stories will inspire others to consider how they can serve their communities.”

Indiana’s top youth volunteers of 2014 were Shanze Tahir, 17, of Zionsville and Reynolds. Tahir, Indiana’s top high school volunteer, advocates against bullying by leading focus groups in her community and mentoring other young people. Reynolds, Indiana’s top middle level volunteer, launched an effort in 2008 to collect and distribute cold-weather clothing, school supplies and other items to children’s organizations and young victims of natural disasters.

Applicants for 2015 awards must complete their online applications by Nov. 4, then submit them for certification to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent,

American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Paper application forms can be requested by calling 1-877-525-8491.

E. coli in ‘raw’ Aurora water; not in distributed H2O
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:40 PM

The water Aurora Utilities customers are and have been getting “tested good” Tuesday, Aug. 26, a day after samples taken of untreated water at the wellheads came back positive for E. coli, said Aurora Utilities Superintendent Randy Turner Friday morning, Aug. 29.

Nonetheless, Aurora Utilities issued a boil water advisory Friday morning, as directed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, he said. IDEM officials told Aurora that was the only way to handle the situation, and also advised Turner that the way the utilities samples water at the wellheads needs to change.

Grant could help seniors age in place
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell and Denise Freitag Burdette   
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:39 PM

Lawrenceburg city council was ready to help Lifetime Housing Group fix up a resident’s house by providing matching funds.

Lifetime Housing Group is a separate entity from Lifetime Resources. The housing group applied for grants for several houses in Dearborn, Ohio and other Southeastern Indiana counties, part of the ongoing aging in place intitiative. The grants help folks update their properties inside and out to accomodate an older person’s changing needs, said Carla Burkhart, with Lifetime Housing Group.

Aurora couple commission riverfront painting
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:47 PM )
Submitted Photo: Artist Michael Blaser paints aboard the American Queen, a paddlewheeler plying the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Blaser is known for his river and steamboat scenes, and was commissioned by Aurora residents Doug and Marlene Denmure to paint a scene of Aurora’s riverfront circa the 1950s.

Long overshadowed by neighboring communities such as Cincinnati and Louisville, Aurora finally will have her own historic waterfront portrait created by nationally-known artist Michael Blaser.

A native Midwesterner who has lived along the Mississippi River all his life, Blaser is a sought-after painter who specializes in riverboat history.

G’dale changes mind on Georgetown sewer expansion
Written by Chris McHenry   
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:36 PM

New information about the number of houses involved in a proposed sanitary sewer expansion on Georgetown Road has modified the Greendale Board of Works attitude toward the project.

At their Aug. 25 meeting members discussed a listing of 13 homes included in the area, and agreed that given the information available it would probably not pose a  threat to capacity issues for Greendale.