Page 1 THE BEACON 21,000 distribution & growing! To advertise, call 812-637-0660 August 2014 THE www.goBEACONnews.com INSIDE The BEACON photo by Bob Sommer It Started with a Dream The history of the St. Leon Fire Department spans fifty years. Page 7 Chemical Spill Exercise Emergency staff and volun- teers gathered for emergency training. Page 8 BEACON PUBLISHED MONTHLY SINCE 1994 Salt Fork Road Bridge Closed Indefinitely The Dearborn County Highway Department has closed the bridge on Salt Fork Road near Jackson Ridge Road until further notice. The decision to block off the struc- ture was made early on July 7 when a crack caused by the shifting of the deck was discovered on the bridge. The structural integrity of Bridge #59 was brought into question early Friday morning when the steel support beams were found to be rusted and starting to fail. Constructed in 1978, Bridge #59 is formally named the Campground Branch Bridge. Approximately 1100 automo- biles per day travel across the structure. Engineering specifications for the superstructure re- placement have been written and include the placement of a cast-in-place superstructure and bridge rails. Wing wall protection and structural guard rail installation are also specified. The project is currently being advertised for bid. In- terested construction companies had to have their bids submitted to the Highway Department by July 27, at which time the bids were publicly opened. Bidders must be pre-qualified contractors for highways or bridges over water per the Indiana Department of Transportation. All qualifying bids were presented to and reviewed by the Board of Commissioners during their regularly sched- uled meeting on August 1. The contract was expected to be awarded at that time. "We anticipate that construction on this project will begin mid to late August," stated Todd Listerman, county engineer. "The completion of the project should be around the middle of October." Please check www.goBEACONnews.com for updates. Smart 911 and Rave Alert Now Available Fun and Fairs and Festivals- Oh My! A young man enjoyed all that Mother Nature had to offer at the Dearborn County 4H Fair activity. (photo by Elizabeth Beiersdorfer) Mary Rodenhuis and Levi Plummer prepare a Southdown ewe for Franklin County's Purdue Extension Mini 4H Day. SAY Soccer National Event SAY Soccer hosts fiftieth anniversary national event in Lawrenceburg. Page 12 In the Garden is Back! Salt Fork Road Bridge #59 is closed indefinitely. Jeffrey Thomas Rauen of Bright got to explore a fire truck on a warm summer outing. Area residents are enjoying the summertime in many differ- ent ways. Church festivals, county fairs, and local events filled with fun, laughter, and great food can be found in all corners of our community. Mr. John Hawley joins the Purdue Extension team. Page 23 September 2017 Dearborn County residents have another way to keep their fami- lies and loved ones safe. The new 911 program and mass notification system for the county is now in place. This emergency alert system is comprised of two parts- Smart911 and Rave Alert. Smart911, a free service, auto- matically provides 911 operators with details based on information that callers have entered into their online profiles. These profiles may include specifics about the residents and their households that will aid in emergency situations. Profiles can provide pertinent medical informa- tion for household members, as well as vital contact information of friends and family. Details about a resident's home can also be included in a profile. Knowl- edge about the layout of a structure may save valuable time for emergen- cy responders. For example, being able to quickly locate gas or water shutoff valves can aid firemen and EMTs during a house fire or rescue. Information about household mem- bers, their ages, any health concerns, and even the number of pets, are all facts that can be entered into a Smart911.com profile. “Seconds count during emergen- cies, and Smart911 can save critical time,” said Jared Teaney, Dearborn County 911 Director. “The key Continued on Page 3 Replenishing the Bounty Each and Every Day By Susan Ray As summertime winds down, fewer afternoons are spent picnicking near the river and there isn’t as much time in the evenings to enjoy fresh berry cobbler while the kids chase fireflies. Family and friends gather for the last of the back- yard cookouts and hand-cranked ice cream becomes just a sweet, sticky memory. Soon it will be time for bright apples in the fall, and then mugs of hot chocolate in winter, baskets filled with tender asparagus in spring, and generous slices of cold melon when summer returns. Choosing, preparing, and eating differ- ent foods are part of the seasons of life for many people – but unfortunately, that isn’t true for everyone. In spite of mailboxes overflowing with grocery ads, and online shop- ping requiring little more than a click of the mouse, in 2014, fourteen-percent of American households experienced food insecurity according to WorldHunger.org. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a ‘household-level economic Continued on Page 4 Sister Marge Wissman, of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg, and Anne Baran, Batesville Food Pantry Co-Coordinator work with fellow staff members and volunteers to provide food and basic supplies to local families going through difficult times. THE BEACON Over 21,000 readers and growing! Covering Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin and Ohio Counties in Indiana and to nearby Ohio communities.