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Bring it on I’m pretty sure I’ve said before that fall is my favorite. As I write this, it’s 90-plus degrees and I can’t look outside without sweating. I wouldn’t necessarily mind sweating a little, but I am my father’s daughter. I don’t glisten or sparkle or whatever I was always told I was supposed to call it. I sweat. Copious amounts. It’s gross and I hate it. Let’s be honest. Indiana doesn’t really have much of a fall. The only discernable difference is the nighttime temperature. You can die of heat exhaustion during the day, but sit comfortably beside a bonfire at night. It’s hoodie and flip flop weather. What I love even more - Boonville is going to come alive this fall. The downtown merchants will host a fall open house the first weekend in September. The annual Square Flare will be supersized this year, with the city celebrating the end of construction. That will take place the first weekend in October. The first weekend in November will be the Boonville Christmas Open House. Then, of course, is Small Business Saturday, held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The first weekend in December is Christmas in Boonville, which will feature everything from Santa to sales and a parade. There will also be a fall decorating contest around the square for Square Flare. I have it under good authority that there are definitely some rivalries. It will be beautiful - and maybe a little over the top. I’m exhausted - and excited - just thinking about it all. Our office is located in the 1901 Emporium, so I know exactly what the construction has done to business on the square. I have products there and haven’t made rent most of the summer. Everyone is struggling. It’s up to us as consumers to help these small businesses recover. We’ll never get completely away from shopping at the big box stores, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make an effort to shop local as much as possible. Happy fall, y’all!

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veryone knew Wes Posey. When Wes moved to Boonville in 1974, he jumped right into the town’s society. He began his career working at a grocery store in his Kentucky hometown and eventually went to work for A&P grocery stores in Owensboro, Ky., and Evansville. The chain started shutting stores down in the early 1970s. Wes saw that unfortunate situation as an opportunity. Wes and his wife, Mary, opened the Little Giant grocery store in Boonville in August of 1974. They made the move to Boonville from Owensboro a couple of years later. In 1980, they bought the building they were renting and rebranded it as Posey’s Supermarket. A transplant moving into a small-town atmosphere is daunting, but Wes jumped right into the social scene. He joined the Elks Club and eventually started spearheading the annual auction to benefit cancer research. In his first year, he took the profits from between

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$2,000 and $3,000 a year to $7,000. Since then, he helped raise $10,000 or more every year. That’s more than $350,000 over his tenure. When he started working with the Elks Cancer Auction, he did so because he knew how prevalent cancer was. A decade after starting his work, his 41-year-old son, David, died of liver cancer. Wes routinely said that his son’s death wasn’t his reason for spearheading the auction. He knew that in some way or another, everyone has been affected by cancer. It was his way of giving back. Wes passed away on July 5 at the age of 93. While the community still mourns the loss of a leader and business owner, Mark Chapman and the Elks Lodge wanted to make sure that Wes’ legacy lives on. They have officially renamed the Elks Cancer Auction to the Wes Posey Memorial Cancer Fund. They have also restructured the distribution of the funds to allow for a local fund for those facing their own cancer battle. In the past, they split the profits

up evenly between Purdue University and Indiana University’s cancer research departments. The auction is generally held in the spring, but Mark wants the public to know that donations are accepted any time. “If they would like to contribute to it throughout the year, they can,” he said. “Or if they’d like to make a contribution in his name, they can.” The decision to start the local fund was made before Wes passed away. “We kind of got to thinking, we give this money every year and they don’t hardly give us a thank you,” Mark said. “There are people who are traveling back and forth for everything. It’s expensive… As long as we have some money and people need help, we’re going to help them.” The specifics of next year’s auction haven’t been finalized yet. It’s generally held in February or March. Mark said they want the word out early, so anyone wanting to donate to the auction has plenty of time.

“I helped him this last year, making his (rounds) to the various businesses,” Mark said. “Maybe it would be a good idea to let people know that it’s going to continue on, even with Wes being gone.” Mark’s reasons for getting involved are the same as Wes’ more than 30 years ago. Everyone is affected by cancer somehow. “It’s a responsibility that I’m going to have to do,” he said. “Of course, I’ll have help. Someone needs to do it. Myself, I’ve had cancer. I had a brother die

of cancer. I’ve got a granddaughter that’s going through cancer. It hits everybody.” He’s also carrying on the legacy his friend kept going for so many years. “I’ve known Wes for 45 years,” Mark said. “I was one of his pallbearers. He was a special friend.” To donate to the Wes Posey Memorial Cancer Fund, contact the Boonville Elks Lodge 1180 at 812-897-1180 or mail donations to P.O. Box 408, Boonville, IN 47601.

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t’s almost over. Construction around the square has been a heated topic all summer. Mayor Charlie Wyatt said it’s actually going better than expected. “We’re still on a good time schedule,” he said. “We’re under budget and we’re ahead of schedule.” The work is scheduled to be done by Oct. 5, just in time for the annual Square Flare and Boonville’s own celebration of the end of construction. “Signal lights will still be in September,” Wyatt said. “That’s the state’s part. That goes from the plant being under water in Nebraska and a two and a half month delay on signal lights, but that’s who the state deals with and that’s their contract. They said it should be the first of September when they show up. Now, do all of them show up? I don’t know. I just know that’s what INDOT told me.” The square will continue to be all one-way. It will not be a proper roundabout, as there will be signal lights at each of the four corners. They’ve also built in a way to block off both Third and Second streets to traffic and further ensure the safety of those visiting the square for events. Wyatt said they will install what he calls ballards to block the flow of traffic, which will

particularly useful during events like Square Flare and Christmas in Boonville. “They go into the street and you go out there and unlock them and pull them up,” he said. “You would think that people would know, with barricades on both ends of Second Street, that there’s no thru-traffic. I think last year during the celebration somebody drove through it.” The funding for this project came from a general obligation bond that the city started three years ago. That money has to be used for the square. In that time, the city has also undertook an $8.8 million sewer project and has money set aside for repaving Third Street from the northern city limits to the square. “As far as responding to we’re spending too much money, I don’t know what kind of price tag you put on trying to revitalize your city,” Wyatt said. “We’ve went out and got $3.2 million worth of street grant money — grant money to try to do over 80 projects in the city.” Wyatt said they’re working with the state to blacktop around the square, as well. “They’re reviewing how much of Locust and Main

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that they’re going to do,” he said. “So we’re kind of waiting on them to tell us that. We’ve got enough money in our long range plan that we started almost four years ago to redo the square, the sidewalks and the lights. We’re getting close.” The only project that probably won’t be done by the time Square Flare rolls around is the archway project. Wyatt said the plan is to install two metal archways where the old over-the-road signage was. Each arch will say “Boonville” in metal, with a twosided Boonville seal above that. Those will be funded either with money left over from the main project or from sales of bricks, benches and lampposts. Regardless, Wyatt said they would find the money. “Will that get done before the end of the year? I’m thinking it will,” Wyatt said. “I want to make sure that we’re still under budget and we’re on our time frame and everything like that. It looks like we are, according to our engineer.” With the solar project finally underway, the sewer project nearing completion and the square finally put back together, Wyatt said they still don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. The city is preparing to apply for more grant money to continue the improvements it has already started. There are also plans in the works to extend the new sidewalks one block in each direction. While he knows there are some people upset with the changes in the city, Wyatt said he’s choosing to focus on the positive. “We’re trying to be positive,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to be negative than it is to be positive. I prefer to be positive about the city. The question is, is the city not a better place than it was three years ago? Absolutely. That’s what the citizens need to ask themselves: is this the direction they want to continue to go on?” After the new signal lights are finally installed, Wyatt said they install one more five-by-five square of bricks by Harold Gunn Pavilion. This gives the public one last opportunity to have their name on the square forever. Then, though, it will be time to celebrate. Wyatt said that several organizations are pitching in to host a celebration in conjunction with the Boonville Merchants’ Square Flare. For more on the celebration, see page 54. “We’re happy that this thing is going to be done,” Wyatt said. “We’re going to celebrate.”

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he Big Boonville Fair was very much a part of life in Boonville for many generations. It was in 1856 that a group of prominent gentlemen met together for the first time for the purpose of organizing an annual county fair. Among these men were successful businessmen. One of them, Thomas E. Downs, once served as a representative from the state of Indiana in Congress. Aaron Wilson owned several businesses, Gurley Taylor was a leader in the community, very dedicated. Charles H. Taylor and Simon Taylor owned a horse and buggy shop and Jasper Thornburg served as mayor of Boonville, also owned a livery shop and served as Postmaster. Within days, this group had given themselves the name “Warrick County Agricultural Society.” They purchased some farm ground west of Boonville and proceeded to have a large amphitheater built, as well as a horse barn and stables. Charles Picker, who owned Picker and Company Mercantile Store on the Boonville Public Square, presided over all the meetings. As time went by, other men in the community asked to join the group. By the year 1910, nearly half of the group had changed to new names and faces. By 1894, things were beginning to look bad for the future of the Big Boonville Fair. Warrick directors were meeting with their stockholders at Weyerbacher Hall downtown. It seemed that three of their main creditors and the Boonville National Bank were suing them for unpaid debts. At the close of the last such meeting, the consensus was that the property would be sold at sheriff’s sale. After some 48 men in the community were able to raise the necessary funds, the matter remained resolved for a time. During this exciting era, there were several movers and shakers in Boonville. Former Boonville residents like Will L. Fortune donated a sizeable amount of money towards this effort. Local farmers donated hay and straw and sawdust for the long midway. At one point, the annual Big Boonville Fair was moved to inside the Boonville city limits. Actually, on North First Street, where the new Boonville High School now sits. This new location proved very popular and allowed many without transportation to be able to

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In addition, this road became extremely muddy after a hard rain. Nonetheless, folks came in droves: in farm wagons, horse and buggy and even on train if one was available during their generation. Baseball games were all the rage. Teams came from all over to play at the old fairgrounds. For the most part, the players on all the teams became friends and came to play because they loved the sport. The fans came because it was a good way to spend time with family and chat with others about sports, gardening, politics, etc. There were kewpie dolls on a stick and also that pink frothy cotton candy. Gold fish in tiny bowls to win, but who would take care of them at home? There was always a guy who wanted to guess your age or guess your weight. There was a bingo tent, a first aid tent and the elephant tent. And down on the very back end of the old fairgrounds were the “hoochie coochie” girls, or so they say.

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kylar Robinson would have been an 18-year-old senior this year at Boonville High School. Full of life, with a song always in her heart, the carefree young lady with a kind and compassionate demeanor, never met a stranger and was known for helping others, especially those in need. Her mother and stepfather, Elizabeth and Josh Stewart, recounted several stories about Skylar’s kind and giving nature: cleaning out her closet to give clothes to girls who didn’t have the things she had, giving away her money because someone else needed it more, being a friend to those who didn’t have anyone else to talk to, and standing up for those who got bullied. Those are memories, along with her silliness, they have worked to preserve, share, and carry on since her tragic death from a drunken driving accident on Dec. 17, 2016. In August 2017, still plagued by grief, the Stewarts decided to celebrate Skylar’s 16th birthday by hosting the first Fly High Sky Car Show, a benefit to help establish a fund to keep Skylar’s memory alive through scholarships, community improvements, and other acts of service. It was an

emotional and cathartic event, as more than 100 people participated, many of whom shared their own stories about how Skylar had touched their lives in some way. There were a lot of family and friends at the gathering, but there were also total strangers who were moved by Skylar and her story, and who wanted to help the cause. Aug. 11, 2019, marked the third year for Skylar’s birthday memorial benefit Car Show, and it drew its largest crowd to date, with 135 registered trucks, Jeeps, bikes, and automobiles. This year’s show raised more than $4,100 for the Skykar Robinson Memorial Foundation. So far, money from the fund has helped the family purchase benches at City Lake Park in Boonville and Chandler Town Park, as well as provided a full-ride scholarship for one person to complete EMT training. “We actually just put a young man through EMT school and he just passed his national registry, so he’s a Registered EMT now,” said Elizabeth Stewart. “(Skylar) was in the Emergency Medical Responder class; she wasn’t old enough to be an EMT, but she was going through training to become and EMR, so she met a lot of people

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me feel good,” she said. “I saw a little girl in Walmart one day and she had a Skylar shirt on and I went up and hugged her and said, ‘You just made my night. Thank you.’ But I see those things, and that makes me smile because they’re representing my daughter.” That’s important to the family at the car show, as well. They set up a couple of tables at the car show with display boards with a collage of pictures of Skylar, a set of wings (which has become a recurring theme on designs they’ve made in her memory), and a poster board wishing her a Happy Birthday. “I had a guy call me the other day and he said, ‘I looked at her pictures, and it told a story about

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who she was as a person. I looked at those and I feel like I knew her,’” said Elizabeth. “And I want to pass along a message that yeah, she was different, but things can happen in the blink of an eye, and you might not mean for them to happen, but you have to live every day and be appreciative and tell your family that you love them. She was on her way home when this happened.” Elizabeth said she wished she knew the names of everyone who donates, participates, and supports the car show, because she’d like to say ‘Thank You’ to each and every one of them. It’s such an emotional time for her, that she often needs to take breaks throughout the event because it can become overwhelming. The Stewarts said most of all, though, they’ve found that the American flag has a special significance to them that doesn’t just stand for our country or freedom. At the car show, they took a moment of silence and played the National Anthem as the Chandler Fire Department lifted the American flag on its ladder truck. Because Skylar sang all the time, at church, around the house, in the car, and sang the National Anthem at different events and UE games, Josh said he had goosebumps when they played it at the car show because the voice of the woman singing it was so similar to Skylar’s voice. “I was shocked,” he said, “It was like she was there and I could hear her singing that.” “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Elizabeth, “I was so appreciative this year, because the ladder truck with the flag has such a special meaning to me working with emergency responders, and next year, Yankeetown is going to bring their two ladder trucks and do the crossed ladders with the flag.”

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The Boonville Merchants’ Association will host the annual It Square Flare Oct. 5 downtown! ok will feature the annual BBQ co & off, live music, vendors, arts crafts, and children’s games. the More details to come! Follow p Merchants on Facebook to kee re up with the details! Read mo on Page 52.

A 4-Person Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 20 at Boonville Country Club. The cost is $75 a player or $300 a team. Your reservation includes green fees, cart, prizes and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for the following: Closest to the pin on hole #11, longest drive on hole #5 and longest putt on hole #3. Please have your entry by Sept. 16 or earlier if possible. Late entries will be accepted. For more information contact Don Williams at 812-431-1969.

The Warrick Human e Society will host Miles for Mutts 5K Run/Walk Nov. 9 fr om 7 to 10 a.m. at Quai l Crossing Golf Club in Boonville. For the last 14 years, Dog s& Suds has been th e main fundraiser for Warrick Humane Society, a no-kill , no nprofit 501(c)(3) or ganization. This year we have launched a new 5K run/wal k called “Miles for Mutts” to take th e place of Dogs & Suds. We are hoping th at this fundraiser will co ntinue to be our la rgest fundraiser, assist ing us in helping us in the care of the an imals we take in this year. We had 1,01 4 adoptions last year, an all time high!


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By Emily May

had Pryor was one of the first to the polls on the day of the 2019 Primary Election. Not only was he working, he was on the ballot for District 4 City Council. But, when he went to vote, he couldn’t vote for himself. Poll workers were eventually able to allow Pryor to vote for himself, but that’s when he knew something was off. “About an hour and a half later, one of my neighbors ran into the same problem,” he said. “He ended up having to write it in on a provisional ballot. They assured him that he’d get to vote… His votes ended up not being counted at all, in the long run.” Those neighbors normally voted Republican, but switched to Democrat to vote for him. They were mailed notification that they would vote in a different location due to the small election. District 4 was the only contested race. There was no one at the polling place. “Him and his wife took the time to come out and vote for me and they were in there for 35 minutes. She came out livid. He come out with a paper and said, ‘This is what they gave me. I hope my vote counts.’ They didn’t.” Just three weeks before the election, Pryor said he was notified that more than 200 people were being moved from District 4 to another district. He said he questioned then why they would do that so close to the election. “They said they were just following procedure, since District 4 was so much bigger than others due to the annexation,” he said. Pryor said that throughout the day, he and his opponent, Steve Byers, both noticed that multiple people that were moved to a different district vote anyway. “That’s one thing I want to make clear: I used the information they provided. It was never anything


that I guessed or made up on my own. This was strictly information from the courthouse.” After the numbers came in, Byers won by 28 votes. Pryor said he went about his business that evening, but was contacted by the city’s attorney, Mark Phillips, the following day. He asked to have a meeting that day. Phillips, along with the attorney for the annexation, said that he realized that the election didn’t go as planned and that what Pryor and Byers did with that information was up to them, but that the city was going to open an investigation into the election. After a week of no information, he went to the clerk’s office and spoke with both Cathy Over, administrative staff in the election office, and Patty Perry, Warrick County Clerk. He said he got the feeling they wanted to just do a recount. “A recount is only going to count what you’ve got,” Pryor said. “I said, ‘I’m not interested in doing that. I think, from what I’ve been told and what I know, some boundary lines maybe wasn’t in place and people got to vote who shouldn’t have.’ I don’t know if it would have changed the election or not, but it needs to be right.” Pryor said that he doesn’t want to sound negative, but he feels like no one really knew what to do. It comes down to accountability. “I sat up there from 2:30 to closing time trying to make heads or tails of this,” he said. They contacted the IT company they use and they couldn’t explain it, either. “Several things happened that day that made me think… something really did happen here,” he said. Before he left the office, Perry said she would call a special hearing of the election board the following day at 11 a.m. Twenty minutes before the hearing, Pryor said he heard from Phillips, who said he believed they’d have more information for him that

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day. When Pryor informed him that he was on his way to a hearing, Phillips was surprised. He asked to join him. “You could feel the tension when I walked in there,” he said. Phillips announced that it would have been nice to know about the hearing when he was there 20 minutes before. “There was definitely some shadiness on someone’s part at that point,” he said. The proceedings left Pryor with the feeling that he had to see this through to the end in the interest of a fair election. His father was in politics for years. He said he’s not one to believe rumors and assumptions and always tries to get to the facts. “The further I got, the more I kept finding out. I just fed on that. Throughout the meeting, several of the questions I had before when it was just me, Patty and Cathy, they were trying to help me figure out, nobody would answer.” They told him repeatedly that he would have to hire an attorney to get the answers to the questions he had been asking. He told them that he didn’t have to have an attorney to run for office and questioned why he had to hire one to prove to them that their information was wrong. The county’s attorney then told him that it was not required that he retain legal counsel, but it was probably a good idea. “When I left there that day, I went to Warren Mathias and presented him with my information,” he said. “By all means, he was on top of it immediately.” Pryor only had two weeks from the election to file the paperwork. Conveniently, the election clerk was not in the office the Monday before the deadline, which made it more difficult for him to meet the Tuesday at noon deadline. He did, though. “They tried to set a hearing for November after the general election,” he said. “Warren was able to get that moved up.” That hearing was held three weeks ago. Pryor

said it wasn’t what he expected. Everything was done in one day. “I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how it went down,” he said. “The only thing I don’t like about this is I was out of pocket for legal counsel and now it looks like I’m going to be out of pocket for the cost of the election.” He doesn’t know the cost yet, but he’s fueled by the desire for the election process to be righted. “I just want it to be right,” Pryor said. “You just can’t hide from the truth at the end of the day.” A special election will be held Sept. 10. The District 4 race between Pryor and Byers will be the only one on the ballot. “At this point, it’s the only thing that’s right to do. You can’t just take people out (of districts) and put them where you want them without having all that information certified. You can’t have a fair election.” The county will have information about absentee and early voting to Pryor’s attorney soon, along with the amount he will have to pay. That is still a point of contention for him, but he’s not ready to say he will sue the county to be reimbursed. He said he’d more than likely eat the cost if it comes to a couple hundred dollars or so. “It’s not my fault,” he said. “I don’t feel like I should have to sue anybody when they’ve clearly been negligent. I think it ought to be common sense.” Pryor said he would like to say thank you to those who have stood up for him. “I want people to know how much I appreciate their support,” he said. “It meant the world to me that I had people come up and testify on my behalf… It means the world to me, all the text messages, emails, Facebook comments, things like that. I try not to gloat about it, but I want people to know that I’m so happy about the outcome of it and I appreciate the support and look forward to another - hopefully cleaner - election in September.”

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saves lives By Danielle Barnes

ith all the talk recently about whether facilities should be No-Kill, we thought we would take the time to give information on how we can reduce the number of animals incoming to animal controls, humane societies and foster based rescues to help achieve less animals euthanized in our communities. It is simple… spay and neuter!


Why spay or neuter?

Because every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct. When you spay or neuter your pet, you will be part of the solution to helping control the pet homelessness crisis. This crisis results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. Besides helping reduce the population of animals going to animal facilities there are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering your animals. If we want to reduce pet homelessness and reduce the number of animals euthanized, we have to take the responsibility to help these ani-

mals. Warrick County of course has homeless animals as does every community and state. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year according to the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS). Studies say that barely half of these animals are adopted. So, millions of pets die each year. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. There are so many good, sweet adoptable pets that deserve a chance that never will get that option. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian today and be sure to let your family and friends know that they should do the same. The HSUS reports the number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals—these are the puppies and kittens from homes that did not spay or neuter their pets or bred their purebreds and maybe couldn’t sell or give them away. In addition, many people are surprised to learn that across the nation, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats. A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According

Boonville View | 37 to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed. This proves why spay and neuter is one of the single most important things you can do for your pet. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

From a behavioral perspective the ASPCA also says your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently— sometimes all over the house! Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals. Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects

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Boonville View | 39 after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) seconds that information and adds that removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home. Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer. Also, the AVMA says the procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved fol-

lowing surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.


Humane Society International says myths about spaying and neutering can cause people to be misled and not have their pets spayed or neutered. Here are a few they go over on their website Myth: An animal needs to have a litter/one heat before sterilization. Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Myth: It’s not natural to spay/neuter and will upset my dog or cat. Fact: The domestication of animals removed


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them from the “natural order” and placed responsibility for their care with humans. Applying human emotions to animals is neither realistic nor applicable when it comes to identifying a need for sterilization. Myth: I want my dog to be protective. Fact: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones. Myth: I do not want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male. Fact: Pets do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He does not suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy. Fact: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and do not give them enough exercise. The ASPCA adds your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor their food intake. Myth: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want

a puppy (or kitten) just like her. Fact: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have little chance of being an exact copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are homeless pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own. Everyone agrees that neutering is not as a quick fix for all behavior problems. However, neutering your pet often reduces undesirable behaviors caused by a higher level of testosterone, nobody can guarantee that your dog’s behavior will change after he’s neutered. Although the surgery will reduce the amount of testosterone in your dog’s system, it won’t eliminate the hormone completely. Neutering will also not reduce behaviors that your pet has earned or that have become habitual. Training and early socialization are the best ways to help reduce any problematic behaviors before they start coupled with altering your pet as soon as possible. ----Check back next issue to learn about curbing bad behavior, cats and rabbits!

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err’s and TF Ice Cream have always been two of Boonville’s most notable

icons. Now, they’re one in the same. Derr’s originally began operations in 1889 under the ownership of John Derr Sr. It passed down through two additional generations over the years. Charles Derr, the third generation owner and manager, closed the business for good in 1992. Except it wasn’t for good. In 2008, Derr family members joined together to reopen the Boonville favorite. But, after 11 years, they were tired. The Derr family approached Terry Fortune, owner of TF Ice Cream, and asked if he’d be interested in buying the business. The rest, as they say, is history. “They resurrected the business and the name,” Terry’s wife, Cyndi, said. “They all just decided that they were getting older and tired and ready to retire, so they came to us because we use their flavors and we sell their fountain drinks. We are probably one of their bigger customers.” The only other person inter-

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ested in purchasing the business didn’t want to continue the name, something that was important to the Fortunes. “They wanted the recipe and the flavors,” Cyndi said. “We wanted to keep the drinks going locally, so we thought that would be important for the area.” Terry bought Tastee Freez from Ralph Wilson in 1978. Over the years, the name has changed - they’re not with the Tastee Freez franchise any longer - and a few more items are offered, but so much has stayed the same. Terry has always used the Derr’s flavorings in the restaurant, though. “We still basically make the flavors and milkshakes and everything by hand, the way he did it back in the ‘50s,” she said. The Fortunes officially purchased Derr’s at the end of March or beginning of April. Cyndi said they didn’t make a big deal about it at first because they wanted to get all the kinks worked out of the new operation. Right now, they make the syrup and send that, along with all the packaging supplies, to

44 | September/October 2019 their bottler. When it comes back, Terry and Cyndi actually go around and distribute it. Things are finally running smoothly. “I think the Derr family was a little concerned that people would be worried that they were going out of business,” she said. “We feel better now that we know we can get the product consistently. There for awhile, we had kind of a time lapse trying to get everything, get the drinks on a regular basis.” Several years ago, they expanded their business to include TFII, a restaurant offering anything from burgers to fried chicken. For a time, it was open all year, unlike its seasonal counterpart. Last fall, they made the decision to close for the winter. It turns out, the space was perfect for the new Derr’s headquarters. “We closed it down last fall and were kind of questioning whether we would open it again, make it seasonal like the (TF Ice Cream),” Cyndi said. “We just made the decision, especially with this Derr’s business, it was in our best interest not to reopen. We really, honestly thought our food was wonderful. A lot of our customers were crying and complaining now that we didn’t reopen. But, in this day and age, it’s really hard to get a lot of good employees. So, we just felt like it would be a better utilization of the space if we made the Derr’s there

TF Ice Cream is routinely the destination of celebrations, including the Lady Pioneers softball team celebrating a conference championship.

and we just kind of transferred production of some of our hard ice cream and things.” TF Ice Cream is the only place to purchase Derr’s on fountain, though they’re open to other restaurants offering the additional flavors, as well. “We bottle Strawberry, Cream Soda and Orange Pineapple, but in the fountain, we carry those three flavors and Grape Soda and Derr’s Dry, which is like a Sprite,” Cyndi said. Cyndi said that the plan is to do more publicity on Derr’s now that things are settled. “We’re hoping to be available in more locations and hoping to do more publicity and tastings,” she said. “I think once more people try the product, it’s a very good product. As good or better than a lot of the stuff that’s currently in the stores. That’s kind of what we’re hoping for, anyway.” In the meantime, though, two Boonville staples are safe and sound in the hands of a family who truly knows the community. “It’s kind of a Boonville landmark or something that people think about when they’ve left home and come back,” Cyndi said. “They want to come home and get some Tastee Freez Ice Cream. I think Derr’s is kind of the same thing. We really wanted to see that stay a part of Boonville, of southern Indiana.”

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Mayor Charlie Wyatt and our City Council made the tough choices. They took on a large homeowners’ property and infrastructure from coal mine corporation and protected our homeowners blasting and air & water quality issues. They negotiated an historic agreement that allowed city property owners and a local coal mine to co co-exist. The City negotiated a 1,000 foot “NO Blasting” zone from residents’ property line to the coal mine. The State standard was 300 feet to their property line. And that’s not all. We created a third-party process that settles damages up to $40,000 per home without going to court. This is a historic agreement that will be used nationwide when communities are dealing with mines. And this tough negotiation didn’t cost the city a dime. Boonville will receive all of the incurred legal fees from the negotiations. THANK YOU Mayor Wyatt & City Council! Paid for by Charlie for Mayor Committee, Chris Horn Treasurer

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48 | September/October 2019 Hudson was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2017 from another wildlife educator. Although Hudson’s full history is unknown, he was hatched in captivity, likely in 2005, and was used a falconry bird for a number of years before “retiring” as an education bird. In the wild, Gyrfalcons live in extreme Arctic and subarctic climates. A wild Gyrfalcon admitted to the Wildlife Center in 1984 is recognized as the first recorded appearance for the species in Virginia. Hudson was named for Hudson Bay.Gyrfalcons typically breed in the northern region of the Hudson Bay, and winter in the southern portion, where daily high temperatures average below 23 degrees Fahrenheit. He does enjoy reading Boonville View, though.

Jim Williams and Barbara Pryor pose with the View while on vacation.

Oscar Ivy relaxing with the View after a long hike at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia, where the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed.

Steve Byers Boonville City Council District 4

Honesty Experience Dedication “Help me continue Boonville’s new era of growth and progress.”

My desire to run for re-election is based upon the positive change our city has seen during my three years as a city councilman. Since my election, I have been a part of the following growth and progress: - $8.7 million for new sewers in annexed areas - A partnership with Boonville NOW to remove 60 homes through a blight elimination program $10.2 million grant to build 44 new structures on blight elim ination properties - Plans for a 35-home subdivision on the cityʼs west side -Sewer plant solar project with projected $6 million savings over 30 years - Street resurfacing and sidewalk replacement -Downtown square revitalization. This is an exciting time in Boonville and with your support we can continue to move Boonville in the right direction. Letʼs continue to make our city a great place to live! I would be honored to receive your vote for re-election as Boonvilleʼs District 4 City Councilman on Tuesday, September 10th. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Steve Byers, Cindy Byers Treasurer

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Living a better

By Emily May


hanging her diet made a world of difference to Susannah Dickman. Now, she teaches others how to reap the benefits of a low-fat, plant-based diet. The program was started by Dr. Neal Barnard, who became interested in how diet affects major health concerns while he was in medical school. “We know, we always hear, ‘Eat more fruits and vegetables.’ Yet, Americans don’t,” she said. “Since fast food has started, it’s so easy to go grab something, eat in your car. You’re full, but you’re really not getting the nutrients.” That fast food craze has made Americans more unhealthy, but Susannah said it’s really not much more convenient. “Every time you turn on the news, you hear about diabetes, heart disease is up there as one of the number one killers of people in the United States,” she said. “For me, it was just, ‘I know I can help people.’ People think changing your diet is so extreme. One of the doctors I follow said, ‘Well, how extreme is it to have your chest open and veins cut from your legs?’ I

want to make it clear that eating (healthy) is not everything, it’s not the end-all, be-all, end-all, but it does improve health. I want to show people that they can eat healthy food and it tastes good. That’s the most important thing. People are worried, ‘Oh, I’ll miss this or I’ll miss that.’ I eat pizza. I eat bean burgers. Even carrot dogs.” Food For Life classes all follow the same general outline - a lecture, followed by discussion and a cooking demonstration. The cooking demonstrations are the most eye-opening for most participants. “People are impressed when they get to my classes just because of the food I make,” she said. “People think you’re just eating plants, that you’re out there foraging in the grass.” Her diet is a modified vegan diet. She eats no animal products and uses little to no extra fat while cooking. That doesn’t mean it’s more expensive, though. “Immediately when I do this, people say, ‘Where do you have to shop?’ I shop at Walmart for my food,” she said. “I shop at Schnuck’s. I can go

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52 | September/October 2019 anywhere. The food is not expensive.” There are several classes offered, all designed to help make the lifestyle change needed for a particular issue. They’re all offered as either one class or a six to seven class series. The most popular is Kick-Start Your Health. It’s for people who don’t necessarily have any diseases they need help controlling, but who want to make positive changes to their health and their diet. The flagship class is the Cancer Treatment and Prevention. It’s the area that Dr. Barnard was initially drawn to in his research. There’s a diabetes class, as well. That topic has come up a lot in the last several years. “The Diabetes Association has recently said that yes, plant-based diets will help with diabetes prevention and treatment,” Susannah said. “Type 2 Diabetes is an epidemic. The impact of that disease - on heart disease, there are people losing limbs because of it and their eyesight. The implications are horrible for our health.” There are also classes that are just lectures, some that are for children and classes that teach how to eat healthy on a budget. Susannah said that while she hasn’t taught all of them, she truly

believes that she can help anyone change their diet and live a healthier life. “I want to help others,” she said. “It just makes me heartbroken when I see people my age who are getting ill and not able to play with their grandchildren and not do the things that they like. People freak out and say, ‘I can’t stop eating meat or cheese.’ Everybody has their own journey. Come learn how you can eat better. You’ll realize that your tastebuds do change. They do. Cheese was the hardest for my husband to give up. It’s very addicting. I can’t imagine going back and eating meat or dairy anymore. My cravings have changed. I love greens. I crave greens.” The next Kickstart Your Health classes will begin Friday, Sept. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Diabetes Prevention will begin Friday, Oct. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information on Food for Life, contact Susannah Dickman at If people want information about the Food for Life program at their site they can contact me at 812-401-0289 or email To register for the Food for Life Classes, call 812485-5725.

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Berry Cobbler Serves 9

Hummus Makes about 2 cups

Easier to make and much lower in fat than fruit pie. For a real treat, top the hot cobbler with a spoonful of non-dairy frozen dessert.

A very versatile food: use hummus as a sandwich filling, a dip or spread on a tortilla and top with lettuce and salsa and roll up.

5-6 fresh or frozen berries (boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries or a mixture of these) 3 tablespoons wholewheat pastry flour 1/4 cup sugar or other sweetener 1 cup wholewheat pastry flour 2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup non-fat soymilk or rice milk

1 can garbanzo beans, drain and reserve liquid, rinse beans 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame butter) 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 scallions, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped (about 3 cloves) 1 taspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Optional: 1/2 cup roasted red peppers

Preheat oven to 400. Spread the berries in a 9 x 9-inch baking dish and mix them with 3 tablespoons of lour and 1/4 cup of sugar. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of sugar with the baking powder and salt. Add the oil and mix it with a fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Add the soymilk or rice milk and stir to mix. Spread the mixture over the berries (don’t worry if they’re not completely covered), then bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Nutrition information per serving: 166 calories, 3 G protein, 32 carbohydrates, 3 G fat, 67 MG Sodium, 0 MG Cholesterol.

Put all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Add reserved bean liquid for a smoother consistency. Spread on whole-wheat pita bread or serve as a dip for vegetables.

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Family&PROGRESS Celebrating

By Emily May


he annual Square Flare has become a tradition in Boonville. This year is no different. Then again, it is. This year’s event will feature the activities that we’ve come to expect - a BBQ competition, vendors lining the square, activities for kids and families. But just wait. There’s more. Karen Hullett, president of the Boonville Merchant’s Association, said that more and more people are getting involved in this year’s event. The city has even partnered with the group to celebrate the end of construction on the square. Festivities will begin at 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon with a ribbon cutting commemorating the end of construction. The fun will begin at 6 p.m., with live

bands on the street. You’ll also be able to have a drink and enjoy the bands with outdoor seating for those 21 and older. On Saturday, Square Flare will begin at 9 a.m. Both Second and Third streets will be blocked off to allow for the vendors and various activities. “We’ve got all kinds of foods going on,” Karen said. “We have craft vendors. We have free games for kids.” In years’ past, the Merchants have rented inflatables for kids. The courthouse lawn was off limits this year, so they had to go to plan B. “I don’t feel comfortable having bounce houses that aren’t properly tied down,” Karen said. “I don’t see how sand bags are properly tied down. So, we

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Participants should bring their carved creations to the square during the event and they will be voted on. The end goal of Square Flare remains the same - to fund the Merchants’ scholarship program. Each year, all funds raised are given as scholarships to Boonville High School seniors. “So, depending on how much money we raise is how much we can give away,” Karen said. “Last year, we had enough money for two $1,200 scholarships.” The school picks recipients each year. Last year, only one of the scholarships was claimed. That means the Merchants already have $1,200 to award this year, in addition to whatever is collected at this event. For Karen, it’s the joy of creating a family atmosphere that she enjoys. “Just trying to make it a fun, family day that’s free where people can bring their kids, have a good time and enjoy,” she said. “It’s just a family event day. It’s a good cause.”

replaced the bounce houses this year with pony rides. So, we’re going to have pony rides. We’ve got barrel trains, too.” Saturday will also offer hot dog eating contests for both children and adults, sponsored by Woodmont Health Campus, and a pie eating contest, sponsored by Transcendent Healthcare. Of course, Saturday also features the annual BBQ Contest. This year, in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award, the public can vote for Boonville’s cutest baby. It will be a photo contest, so anyone interested can drop off their photo to City Hall. The photo that earns the most votes - in the form of money - will win. All businesses and government entities around the square are At Yesterdaze, we take invited to participate in a decoratpride in the quality of ing contest, as well. Voting will be our food, service, and At Our Gathering Place similar to the baby contest. Each customer satisfaction. or Your Place! participating building will have a bucket. Whoever collects the most money wins. Cyndi Saltzman is spearheading a pumpkin carving contest, which is open to the public. Anyone Mon. - Thurs. 6-9 • Fri. 6-10 • Sat. 7-9 interested can contact City Hall. 101 S 2nd St • Boonville • (812) 897-0858



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4:15 p.m. Ribbon cutting and media availability 5 p.m. Reading of mayoral proclamation 6 p.m. Have a drink and enjoy the bands and outdoor seating for those 21 and older


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Bringing back the

l o o h c s d ol By Colleen Talley


aniel Boone, Chicos, Quilts and 1901 – what do they have in common? The Warrick County Museum, of course. If you haven’t been to the museum lately, it’s a good time to drop in and see what’s new, starting with the new entrance. With a generous grant from the Johnson Foundation, the museum has been able to return the front door to its 1901 look. In the late 1950s, the original entrance was removed

and covered with roman brick, concrete board and industrial doors. Today, Roger Kiegel Construction has brought back the elegant custom 9-foot doors, double pane windows and transoms, beadboard trim and insulation. Inside, you will find an amazing quilt display from the museum’s collection, some of which have never been on exhibit. One of the most remarkable examples is a pieced silk quilt from the 1880s that has exceptional creativity in design and needlework. Also the Wasson and Allen families have loaned the show their own quilts from the early 1900s to the 1970s. The show ends on Oct. 31. Two up-coming events are “Girls’ Night Out,” a style show with dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Newburgh Library. Fashions are provided by Chico’s and food from the Schnitzelbank. Tickets are $30, with vendor shopping at 5:30, dinner at 6, the style show at 7 and live auction and checkout at 7:30. Contact the museum for tickets at 812-897-3100, Jann Allen at 812-598-6788, or Colleen Talley at 812-897-3424. If you have never attended one of the museum’s lectures, then this is the one for you. Daniel Boone - aka Danny Russell will be here. Russell is an actor and story teller from Indianapolis who specializes in bringing historical characters to life, blending humor and seriousness in the performance. Boone’s life was filled with adventure, hardship and danger. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers and tours of the museum. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and Daniel Boone begins his presentation at 7.

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! N U R By Bob Gober

Stop By  The  1901  Emporium and  see  our  large  collection of  toys,  beds  and  more! 204  W.  Locust  Street  in Historic  Downtown  Boonville

For your health! “Life is not merely being alive, but being well.” – Marcus Valerius Matialis If you’re a runner, it’s a chance to run a route through the streets of Boonville with an encouraging crowd. If you’re not a runner, it’s a fun activity with a positive encouraging group of people. (I think the non-runners have more fun!) Look at the pictures of last year’s race. See all the smiles? It is a fun event where you can feel good about getting some fresh air and exercise. Our community supports this event. Everyone from the Boonville Police Department, Main Street United Methodist Church and many local merchants have continued to support this event. We couldn’t do it without these groups and volunteers! It’s for a good cause!

All proceeds  from  sales  at  the 1901  Emporium  are  donated  to...

The “Old” Boonville Jail is THE historic crown jewel of Boonville and Warrick County. Built in 1876, the jail was a modern marvel with 22-inch thick walls, mansard observatory, modern plumbing (for it’s time), boiler plate lining and archways. For its time, it was a modern masterpiece of architecture. In 1977, the hard-working committee of Mildred Hendrickson, Louise Johnson, Elois Griffin, Mabel Miller and Luella Gerhardt realized this

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building needed to be preserved and protected. It took them two years, but they finally got it listed on the National Historic Register on Feb. 14, 1979. After sitting vacant for a number of years, Tom Sills created this event, Jailbreak 5K, to initiate an effort to restore the jail in 2015. This year’s event will be the Fifth Annual Jailbreak 5K. In 2017, the county received a grant to get a structural analysis. So, Boonville Now partnered with them and part of the Jailbreak 5K proceeds were utilized as the local funds part of this grant. Unfortunately, the county, along with Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana didn’t receive two different grants they applied for in 2018/2019. They’re continuing to look for opportunities and options for this grand old building. Join me in supporting those efforts by participating in the Fifth Annual Jailbreak 5K.

Photos courtesy of Tom Barrows

If you go

The Fifth Annual Jailbreak 5K will be held Oct. 26. You can also take a tour of the old jail and get your “cellfie” during the Square Flare on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or during the Jailbreak 5K on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. For specifics about the race, follow Jailbreak 5K on Facebook.

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