21,000 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Alcohol Sales on Sunday Are Hot - Not Cold The Indiana General Assembly is off to a roaring start with a cohesive effort between the Senate and House. Both have passed Bills concerning Sunday sales of alcoholic bev- erages for carry out. Both Indiana Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1051 were approved. The legislature allows the sale of alcoholic beverages for carry out on Sunday from noon until 8 PM at package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. Restaurants meeting specific requirements can also sell carry out alcoholic beverages. This bill will allow approxi- mately 3800 entities to sell alcoholic beverages for carry out on Sundays. The bills are not expected to have a significant impact on alcoholic beverage sales even though the added conve- nience could potentially allow consumers to purchase more alcohol than they would otherwise. Governor Eric Holcomb has three choices for action on this bill: sign the bill, veto the bill, or let it sit on his desk for seven days at which time the bill automatically becomes law. The first option is likely since Governor Holcomb has voiced support of the bill in the past. If the bill is signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1. For those hoping for Sunday sales of cold beverages, they may still be waiting for a cold day in... The bill allowing for cold beer sales in grocery and convenience stores was defeated in a Senate committee by a vote of 9-1. Selfless Effort Saves a Life The Sky Is the Limit Two young women braved the cold to save a newborn calf . Page 2 USS LST 325 Returns for Bicentennial The LST is slated to return to Aurora in 2019 for the Bicentennial celebration. Page 9 Lanny Lee, Frank Linkmeyer, and Philip Gilb ice fishing in 1983. Fishing- A Year-Round Pastime That Spans Generations Area residents have been making the most of the cold for decades by taking advantage of rare op- portunities to go ice fishing. 1968 Sectional Champs The famous team touches so many in our community. Pages 3A, 2B, 5B Happy Birthday! Goldie Bolin celebrates her 100th birthday. Page 6B March 2018 Wyld Hieman, Guilford, shows off his prize from ice fishing. Kaitlynn and Kellsie Bedel, Batesville, went ice fishing with Chubby, their cat. By Nicole Williams The Cincinnati State Aviation Main- tenance Program has been tucked away in its Harrison Campus for over twenty years. The building’s location sits off of West Road right down from the Har- rison High School. As the demand for aviation maintenance graduates grows, this particular program is staying on target with the changing industry. Cincinnati State has also just received its second-largest gift ever to support the program, so their sights are set sky high. The unique Harrison Campus opened its doors on January 3, 1998 after re- ceiving a grant from the State of Ohio. It is one of the four locations belonging to Cincinnati State and is the largest academic program to date. When you first enter the building, it presents itself like a modern museum. Artwork col- lections line the wall. Beyond the en- tryway there are classrooms, computer labs, a welding room and an actual hanger which houses eight aircraft and 2 helicopters. The Cincinnati West Air- port is right outside the building and still serves the general aviation needs of southwest Ohio and neighboring counties for over sixty-five years now. Jeff Wright is the Program Chair for Aviation Maintenance and plays a key role in the success of the building. Wright graduated from the program himself in 1981 after studying under Anthony Rink, the original founder of the program. Mr. Wright went on to Continued on page 7A The Oxbow- Acres of Wildlife and Natural Treasure By Susan Ray The crunch of boots on a muddy path and traffic noises coming from the nearby interstate merge with the crackle of underbrush, a splash in the water, and calls of finches as they flit from tree to tree: this is the Oxbow. In every sea- son, it is alive with movement and sound. Walking into the woods and fields is like traveling through a portal where an entire world of life-and-death struggles, always-changing vistas, and a nearly endless cast of characters in the forms of Sandpipers, Green Herons, Damselflies and Dragonflies dance and move and sing – for those who take the time to listen and watch and experience this extraordinary place. The recent addition of 400 acres to the Oxbow Nature Conservancy property is not so much a culmination of thirty-five years of diligence and effort, as much as it is the beginning of years of maintenance, protection, and blend- ing community with conservation. The floodplain on both sides of the Great Miami River is known as the Oxbow due to the shape of the lake formed from an isolated meander. This environmentally diverse area is a study in balance: Nestled between I-275 and US 50, the Oxbow includes many waterways, meadows, fields and woodlands. the freezing and thawing of lakes and ponds, the comings and goings of Snow Geese and Monarch butterflies - and the need to protect the flora and fauna while encouraging people to enjoy all that the natural setting offers. Jon Seymour, President of Oxbow, Inc. recalls a conver- Continued on page 4A THE BEACON Over 21,000 readers and growing! Serving Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin and Ohio Counties in Indiana and to nearby Ohio communities. 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