21,500 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Greendale - On the Path to a Brighter Future Greendale residents are experiencing a lot of change in their community, and all for the better. Thanks to the efforts of com- munity leaders and forward-thinking resi- dents a great deal has been accomplished in a short period of time in Greendale. Alan Weiss, the mayor of Greendale, recently attended a meeting of the Dear- born County Commissioners to share how Greendale has utilized their portion of riverboat gaming funds and to thank them for their continued support. Mayor Weiss stressed to the commissioners that the future of all of our communities strongly depends on everyone working together. As previously mentioned by Greendale correspondent Gloria Carter, curbside re- cycling has become a part of Greendale’s start in cleaning up the community. No longer will one driving through Greendale be met with miscellaneous trash bags and garbage strewn along the streets on col- lection day. Greendale residents now have containers to use for recycling and trash pickup that occur throughout the week. Over the last three months, Greendale has been able to recycle over eighty tons of Continued on page 3A Brookville’s sleeping giant for over forty-four years. Page 10A New students at Aurora Elementary School have fun with a parachute. Jump Start! Share the memories of Doris Butt about her child- hood on the homestead. Page 12A A program started by United Way of Greater Cincinnati gives new students a taste of everything that their new schools have to offer before the first day of school. This program helps ease the transition into kindergarten as students find their classrooms, experience lunch in their cafeterias, see the playground, and learn about their buses. The anxiety of a new school is replaced with the joys of the first day of learning and fun. Mrs. Teke welcomes new students at Manchester Elementary School. Bryer Hall He is setting the world of high school wrestling on its ear. Page 1B The new bike lanes have been installed in Greendale. Potholes, Paving, Part Two Brookville Lake Good Old Days September 2018 Students learn how to find their buses at the Dillsboro Elementary School. Mrs. Hughes’ class goes out to the playground for recess at Dillsboro Elementary. They say opposites attract. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the roads in Dearborn County. While the northern part of the county looks beautiful, the southwest part of the county is far from pretty. In fact, it’s been downright treacherous. Let’s start with the good news. The Carolina Trace and Whites Hill Road projects have been completed. Repairs, repaving, and restriping are finished, and they look great thanks to the dili- gence of the Dearborn County Highway Department and the budgetary fore- thought of Dearborn County Council. Ribbons of beautiful, unmarred black- top flow down Stateline, Whites Hill, Johnson Fork, Carolina Trace, Sand Run, and Georgetown Roads, all funded by the Community Crossing Grant that the Highway Department submitted. Many of these projects are awaiting a second coat of blacktop before their defining stripes are adhered once again. But as Ella Fitzgerald sang, into each life some rain must fall. And fall it did. On June 14 while many of us enjoyed lower temperatures and dry weather, Dillsboro residents experienced a tor- rential downpour totaling four inches of water in an extremely short amount of time. The result was pure havoc. Residents who live in this breathtaking part of the county were left stranded not only by rising waters, but by roads that literally collapsed into oblivion. Continued on page 7A Covered Bridges - Romance and Engineering in One By Susan Ray Originally built with economy and practicality in mind, America’s remaining covered bridges add a touch of nostal- gia to the modern landscape and offer respite from the rush of a digital age, but these often romanticized structures are the result of innovation and craftsmanship. In 1785, Colonel Enoch Hale designed a braced beam for the country’s first long-span framed timber bridge. Although not a truss design, nor a covered bridge, this span across the Connecticut River was the harbinger of the future. According to Dr. James L. Cooper, prior to the construc- tion of bridges, particularly long-span bridges, the mobility of goods and people was often determined by proximity to fords or dependent upon watercraft such as ferries and rafts. As the new country grew and population increased, year-round access to neighboring towns and regions became essential. Community leaders like those in Philadelphia understood that the expansion of trade would require invest- ment and vision. In 1797, Timothy Palmer’s long-span truss bridge de- sign was patented. Considered to be the young country’s expert on advanced bridge building, Mr. Palmer was hired to construct the Schuylkill Bridge in Philadelphia. Upon its completion in 1805, Mr. Palmer was asked to cover the Aurora had at least three covered bridges, including the George Street/Main Street Bridge built by George W. Lane in 1836, shown in this rare circa 1870 photo. (Photo courtesy of Roy Lambert) 495’ wooden span in order to protect the $300,000 invest- ment, resulting in the first documented covered bridge in the United States. The “Permanent Bridge” as it was known, was embellished with statues and covered with two coats of stone plaster and stone dust. From this impressive start, covered bridge construction spread throughout America. 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