the BEACON Newspaper, Indiana Beacon Oct 2017

Page 1 THE BEACON 21,000 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 August 2014 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON 200 Years in the Making The Lyness family recently got together for an historic family reunion. Page 8 BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Prosecutor's Priority is Keeping Seniors Safe Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens is passion- ate about raising awareness and working to prevent adult and elder abuse. While this is a very serious topic that has reached epidemic proportions, Ms. Dedden’s outlook is that, if the efforts of her office help one person, then a difference has been made in his or her life and our community. The occurrences of elder abuse are increasing across the country. Unfortunately, adult abuse is prevalent in our back- yard, although it may be hard to discern. Prosecutor Ded- dens and her team are working diligently to raise awareness and provide solutions for this growing epidemic. The Dearborn County Prosecutor's office oversees Adult Protective Services for ten counties. The increase in el- der abuse cases seems to be directly impacted by the rise in drug abuse. Unfortunately, seniors appear to be easy “marks” for those who are looking for quick money to feed their drug habits. But adult abuse is not limited to elders. Many mentally incapacitated individuals are also targets of ill-treatment. The population of southeast Indiana is top- heavy with elders- over forty-one percent of the residents in Dearborn County falls into the age range of 45 and older according to STATS Indiana. "How we are judged as a society is based upon how we treat the weakest members of our society," stated Prosecutor Deddens. "People work all of their lives and deserve to be treated well as they become older." Two types of abuse most prevalent in today's society are physical abuse and financial abuse, usually at the hand of caregivers or family members. Physical abuse is often apparent when victims have unexplained bruises. Many times these injuries are noticed by medical caregivers or close friends and relatives of the victim. Financial abuse is not as apparent. However, telltale signs include a victim living in impoverished surroundings that are disproportionate to their presumed income. The abuse is often brought to light when an elderly or mentally impaired person is living in surroundings without utilities or food that they should easily be able to afford. Financial abuse is often a result of someone close to the victim who has a drug Continued on page 3 Bridges and Stripes and Traffic, Oh My! A Chance of a Lifetime The BEACON staff shares its experience of flying in a restored B17. Page 11 A Reason to Celebrate Fr. Jim Gaynor celebrated fifty years as a Catholic priest this summer. Pages 18-19 Ryan, 4th grade; Brady, 7th grade; and Griffin, first grade in Rising Sun. Rowan Ziegler, 1st grade; at Lawren- ceburg Primary. Colton Hied, 7th grade; Morgan Hied, 10th grade; and Jaylynn Grizzel, at South Dearborn. Memories of the First Day of School The first day of another school year was filled with smiling faces and eager children throughout our communities. The halls of schools in our area filled with students and teachers ready for a new year Cole Henry, 5th grade; and new adventures. South Ripley Cool Shades An inspiring little girl makes a difference in the lives of children in Africa. Page 27 Harrison Correspon- dent Nicole Williams joins the Beacon. Page 22 October 2017 Lily, 2nd grade; Luke, kindergarten; and Will Works, preschool; in Milan. For those of you who haven't no- ticed, the Salt Fork Road bridge is gone! Demolition of the bridge began in late August. Construction of the new bridge will include the placement of a cast-in- place superstructure and bridge rails, as well as wing walls and structural guard rails. Approximately one thousand one hundred Dearborn County residents previously used the Salt Fork Road bridge on a daily basis. The new bridge is scheduled to be completed in early October. CAUTION! With fall comes the re-striping of many roads in Dearborn County. Ap- proximately 75 of the 505 miles of road in the county will receive new center lines and edge lines this year. The ap- plication of the paint is a moving opera- tion with warning signs about wet paint being visible to drivers in the area. The federal regulation is that roads with daily traffic of six thousand vehi- cles or more must be striped. Mr. Todd Listerman, the engineer for the Dear- born County Highway Department, said, "Our policy is to stripe roads with traffic of one thousand vehicles or more per day. Accidents are reduced by 33% with center line re-striping, and edge line re-striping results in an 11% drop in accidents." Heads up during the next few weeks. Local Beekeeping Withstands the Test of Time By Susan Ray For all intents and purposes, honey bees produce liquid gold: we drizzle honey on hot biscuits, chew the comb like candy, and ingest pollen to counteract allergies. But this love affair with the tiny insect is nothing new. In 2009, a 14-million-year-old fossil of an ancient relative of today’s honey bee was found in Nebraska. Rock paintings of wild honey being harvested date back to 6,000 B.C. near Valen- cia, Spain. And as early as 7,000 B.C., beeswax was being used in Asia Minor. Eventually, bee hunters became keep- ers, but the basics of observing honey bees and sharing new information with fellow beekeepers continue even now. Beekeeper Tom Clarkston remembers his friend and mentor Charlie Marham, “He taught me everything I know about bees and beekeeping … I've taken bees out of houses, off of fence posts, sucked them off the beach at Quaker- town during swarming. I’ve had a couple swarms go up in the air … I’ve taken two wrenches, or any piece of metal Continued on page 4 Bees in a bee box at Plummer Farms. (photo by Levi VW"DR$T4fW"#&VFW'2Bw&vr6fW&rFV&&&&Wg&ƖB6VFW2FBFV&'6VFW2