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hristmas is great and all, but can we take a moment to discuss the greatest holiday of all time? Thanksgiving is solely about eating and being thankful for the people you’ve surrounded yourself with. You spend days cooking a fabulous meal, then spend an entire day laughing and falling into food comas, only to wake up and decide you could probably eat a little something more. Then, when that’s all done, you go shopping and officially kick off the Christmas season. What’s not to love? Our family Thanksgiving has changed quite a bit over the last several years. After my grandparents died, we no longer had a big family meal with all the aunts, uncles and cousins. We don’t have a place big enough to have it. Change isn’t always fun, particularly when it was a change for a terrible reason, but I have to say I absolutely love our new traditions. My mom and I try to split the cooking as much as possible. My dad makes the turkey (we’ve taken to air frying lately), my mom makes the rolls because I have yet to master bread. My husband smokes a pumpkin pie or two (and of course we’ve made several before Thanksgiving to make sure he still has the recipe just right). There’s green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, smoked mac and cheese, cranberry salad and probably a cheesecake. My kids always make a little something. My brother is an ordained minister and usually says grace, although it’s usually on the funny side. We laugh hysterically and stuff our faces. We don’t have to say what we’re thankful for because we’re all right there. All seven of us, pausing all of our daily responsibilities and hectic lives to come together to remember the important things in life. Then my husband and I hit the town for a night of shopping. Sometimes we have a plan, sometimes we don’t. The kids have gotten increasingly hard to buy for over the years. But, we laugh and argue and make fun of each other and laugh some more. After that, we can officially call it Christmas season, but not until we get through Thanksgiving. Let’s give it some respect.
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aw is in Don Ashley’s blood. He grew up in his father’s practice and didn’t see any other profession. His future was laid out for him at a young age. “I never ever considered anything else,” Don said. “I felt that I had no choice. I grew up in my father’s office. I thought it was predetermined that I would continue.” He went to Indiana University, then to IU Law School, with the intention of coming back to Boonville and joining his father in practice. Unfortunately, the elder Mr. Ashley passed away before Don graduated from law school. So, instead of joining his father’s practice, he returned to Boonville to practice on his own. “In the early years, they were called pauper attorneys,” Don said. “Being the youngest member of the Bar, I was always appointed by the judge. Later, I was a deputy prosecutor. I did not enjoy criminal practice.” The other local attorneys easily let him into the fraternity, though. He said it’s not the cut-throat way of life that Hollywood makes it out to be. They were all friends. “We’ve always, the Bar, has always gotten along with each other,” he said. “When I was out of law school and just starting my practice, the older attorneys were very kind and very helpful. I always appreciated that.” One of his first notable jobs was also one of his most memorable. He served as the attorney for the City of Boonville from 1956 to 1963 and again for eight years in the 1980s. He served for 16 years under three different mayors. In fact, for the first 40 or so years of practice,
Don took anything that walked in through the door. The last 25 years have been dedicated strictly to probate and real estate law. “It appealed to me,” he said. “I did some litigation and it was less appealing to me. I never did think I did a good job at it.” Being around for 65 years, Don has seen a lot of
changes in the practice of law. He said for the first 50 years, it was rare to see him not in a suit and tie. “I wore a coat and tie for 50 years, whether I went to court or not,” he said. “Everyone did. All the attorneys dressed very formally and look at me now. Unless the attorneys are going to court, they dress casually. You could tell an attorney by the dress. I welcome the change into casual wear.” Other changes haven’t been as easy to embrace. In his old office, located where Johnson Park is now, he had a sizable room dedicated solely to his law library. It’s been reduced to a couple of book shelves in his new office on Third Street. There is also much more technology in play. “The practice of law has changed considerably,” Don said. “The fact that you can electronically file suits and never leave your office, that’s a difficult concept for me to accept.” When his father started his practice, all the local
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8 | November/December 2019 because he’s still practicing, he bet that he could stand flat footed and jump up on the library table,” he said, laughing. “It was high. He did it. He split his pants and his wife had to bring him a new suit.” Being an attorney in a small community, Don said he knew just about everyone in the county. He even helped out-of-town attorneys trying cases in Boonville pick juries. “The out-of-town attorneys that tried jury trials in Boonville always had local counsel to help them select a jury,” he said. “I did that for years. I knew, having grown up in Warrick County, I knew a large percentage of the people and consequently, a large number of prospect jurors.” That has even changed over the years. Don said he hardly knows anyone anymore. “Even the older people, I knew everyone,” he said. “I don’t even recognize well-known family names anymore. The population has changed.” Don was the second in his family to become an attorney, but he was not the last. His son-in-law, John Broadhead, is a real estate and probate attorney in Evansville. His grandattorneys had their practices on the second floor of son, Ben Broadhead, graduated law school last the buildings around the square. year and joined a large firm in Indianapolis. His “All attorneys offices were on the second floor of two daughters, Sarah Ensor and Laura Broadhead, the various storefronts,” he said. “My father’s office are both involved in the title business. His wife of was upstairs. My father bought the building and he 66 years, Patricia, has even been involved in title was one of the first to have an office on the ground searches for the firm. floor. That was in 1946. The storefronts were occuHis father, Leonard Ashley, and son-in-law, pied by businesses - hardware stores and clothJohn, graduated top of their respective classes. ing stores and restaurants and bars. A lot of bars. His grandson jokes that he and Don are the black There really wasn’t space on the ground floor for sheep of the family. Don kind of has an excuse for attorneys.” that, though. Still, without computers, it was much more con“I expected that I would be called into service,” venient for attorneys to be in close proximity to the he said. “I belonged to a unit that they advised me courthouse. Don said all the local attorneys would not to go back to school because we were to be meet up in the jury room every day to drink coffee activated (during the Korean Conflict). The school and wait for the judge to call the court in session. had a policy that if we were called to service, we Some of his favorite memories were made in that got credit for that year. I went back thinking that I room. would be called to service. I didn’t go to class as “One of the attorneys, and I won’t name him
much as I should. Every time the telephone rang, I expected I would be activated. That call never came. I had to scramble to stay in school then. I eventually did better. Much better. I was given an award for the graduating student who had shown the most progress.” Don just celebrated his 90th birthday. He’s been in practice in Boonville for 65 years. He said that as long as he’s physically and mentally able, he will continue to practice law. He does plan to retire when his daughters do, though. “What else would I do? Other than playing golf, I have no outside activity,” he said. He said it’s hard to put it all into words. He was recently reminiscing with his friend and fellow Boonville attorney Bill Bruner. Don told him that the thing he misses the most is the fellowship between him and other attorneys. He was reminded of one of his favorite memories. One fall, the city passed an ordinance banning the burning of leaves. Residents were left with no way to dispose
of leaves in the fall. “The problem was, how do we get rid of our leaves? I was complaining,” he said. “Bill Bruner, who lived outside of town, said, ‘If you’ll bring them, I’ll use them in my compost bed.’ I said, ‘Where do you live?’ He described where he lived and I said, ‘What do I do with them when I get there?’ He said, ‘Just dump them in the driveway.’ I couldn’t get home at noon quickly enough. I loaded those up, took them and dumped them. That was the end of the story, I thought. He saw me in a couple of weeks and said, ‘When are you bringing the leaves out?’ (I dumped them in the wrong driveway.) Those were the things I miss. We were always telling tales and doing stupid things.” Still, though, it’s hard to put 90 years of life and 65 years of a profession into words. “How do you condense over 60 years of practice? It’s been a great run,” he said. “I’m not sure that I would want to do it again. I enjoyed it at the time.”
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eidi Hyndman’s introduction to Jazzercise was pretty much the same as just about anyone else’s. “About 11 years ago, I thought, ‘I’ve got four kids. The last one is potty trained. I’m a stay-at-home mom and I need to get out.’ I’d gained almost 40 pounds,” she said. “So, I had seen a demonstration from this studio a couple years before that, but at the time, they didn’t offer childcare.” She didn’t want to pay a home babysitter to come for an hour so she could workout, so she started trying to come up with an exercise routine at home. “I started walking on a treadmill and doing exercises at home,” she said. “That’s so boring to do the same video over and over again, and it didn’t motivate me as much. So I went and a girlfriend had a buy one get one month free certificate, so she invited me to come along and this is where I’m at. I fell in love with it. A little over a year and a half
later, the previous owner asked me if I would like to become an instructor. I said, ‘Sure. Let’s do this.’” In three months, she was a certified instructor. That process is much shorter now, but instructors are actually franchisees and own the right to host their own classes. That came in handy after the owner of the studio decided she needed to step away. “The previous owner, she had a smaller studio over on Aigner Drive. She moved over here - it’s been at least 12 years since she moved over here,” she said. “I just took over rent after she decided she needed to step down as owner.” In February, she offers a February Fit Program. It’s 28 classes in 28 days, but you can double up and do more than one a day. “We thrive up on stage teaching when we have a whole bunch of people to teach to,” she said. Jazzercise is a dance fitness program, but skill isn’t totally necessary. The founder, ???, was origi-
Boonville View | 11 nally a dancer, and came up with a fitness regime that utilized her skill set. “The misconception is, ‘I can’t dance, so I don’t want to come to Jazzercise.’ It takes about seven to 10 classes to get used to the format that we teach,” Heidi said. “The songs are repetitious, as far as the moves… We instruct up on stage to move in which direction and how to move the body. It can seem overwhelming, but I always tell everybody, the hardest part is that first foot in the door. Everything else is a piece of cake.” Between Heidi and her instructors, Jazzercise of Boonville offers more than 100 classes each month at a wide range of times - from very early mornings to evenings. “Morning and evenings and weekends,” she said. “We have classes that really can fit everybody’s busy schedule.” Those 100 classes a month are split between Heidi and 9 other instructors. The variety makes it good for off-season athletes, as well. Heidi said that what makes Jazzercise unique is the vast age range of participants. She has classes with high school age kids and people in their 70s.
“I usually teach about 20 classes a month,” she said. “It’s not just cardio and that dance fitness type of program. We also offer all strength training programs, too. The class is all strength-based, where there’s no hopping or dance type of thing. It’s more concentrated on specific muscle groups to tone.” With any job, things get monotonous over time. Heidi said that Jazzercise isn’t like that. “The nice thing about what Jazzercise does is that every 10 weeks, we get new music and new choreography,” she said. “So, we use those 30 to 35 songs during those 10 weeks, and we can use past songs. So, it’s just a mix of all the songs that they provide for us.” Not all the instructors teach the same songs. But, they make sure that there is cohesion when they do. “So, every class that you come to, the instructor has their own choice of music that they can choose from,” Heidi said. “We might all be teaching one of the same songs that are in. But we all teach the same choreography, too… It’s never boring to come into class.”
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12 | November/December 2019 Classes focus on different area of the body. The Dance Mix class is the most popular, but Heidi said they also teach core-based classes and offer strength training. All are cardio workouts. “I would say the basic for everyone is the Dance Mix,” Heidi said. “But we also offer a Strike class, which is like a kickboxing/ jab kind of class, a fusion class, which is an interval type of thing. You do a couple cardio songs, get that heart rate up, and then concentrate on strength training, then flip it right it back up and get that heart rate back up again.” Her favorite is the 30-minute strength training classes. “Those just really get to the core quick on toning muscles,” she said. “And, you’re in and out the door in 30 minutes. A lot of times, that’s all someone has the time for.” Heidi and her husband moved to Boonville in 1997. They had two young children at the time. When those two kids were in first and third grades, she found out she was pregnant with their
third child. She had intended to look for a full-time job. “I’ve always been into physical fitness,” she said. “I was an athlete in school myself, so this kind of set it up perfectly for it. But, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the program. I found that out really quick. You just come and enjoy yourself. I always call it ‘me time.’” Heidi said she’s taught classes for five and for thousands. She’s had the opportunity to do the opener for the Komen Race for the Cure in Evansville. Regardless, she always has fun. “I know personally how it makes me feel,” she said. “Even if I walked in the door and I had something that just overwhelmed me, I get up on that stage and start teaching and it’s all gone. I’m like, ‘Why did I even really worry about what it was?’” Heidi said she offers free childcare Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. because she knows what it is like to be stuck between wanting to take care of yourself and having a family of young children. “You’re getting rid of excuses,” she said. “At this
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point, there’s no excuse to not to. I always say if you can spend $5 every other day at Starbucks, you can definitely come here and afford. Which is going to be healthier for you in the long run?” While she’s visited larger studios, Heidi said she loves the small community feel of Boonville. Her clients have developed a sisterhood. “This is a great stress reliever,” she said. “This is a great family. We all know one another here.” With all the fitness programs out there, Heidi said that Jazzercise’s longevity stems from its simplicity. It’s a well-rounded program that can induce weight loss, but it’s really just about becoming healthier “Don’t be afraid to walk in the door and try it out,” she said. “You will become addicted to it.” Jazzercise of Boonville will offer it’s best deal of the year - 40 percent off the monthly membership fee - beginning Nov. 11. Heidi said they’re also planning on hosting a legacy event that will be free for the community. Follow Jazzercise Boonville to keep up with the latest promotions.
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ravis Sams was always going to be involved in country music. He got his start as a toddler, singing along to his favorite artist, Travis Tritt. When he was probably 4 years old, his parents bought him tickets to his first concert - Travis Tritt at Robert’s Stadium. He wore his little cowboy boots and cowboy hat and took his toy guitar. “I was just singing along,” he said. “I was like 4, maybe, and singing along with the whole entire concert. People were just watching me and not watching the concert. When he left, apparently I was crying saying, ‘I love you, Travis Tritt. Come back, come back.’ One of the security guards saw me and was like, ‘Just stay here. I’m going to see if I can get someone to cover my shift. I’m going to take that boy back there to meet him.’ He couldn’t get anybody to cover his shift, so he bought a keychain, a Travis Tritt keychain and said, ‘Here you go, buddy. I’m sorry.’ I had that thing on my jacket and backpack for years. Still haven’t met him, but it’s going to happen.” After that concert, Travis decided to put on his own - in his living room, of course. “Growing up, I always thought I was like Travis Tritt,” he said. “I had a big poster of Travis Tritt in my room and I had a little toy guitar I’d play in front of it and put on little concerts. I sold out that living room I can’t tell you how many times.” Travis graduated from Boonville High School in 2008. He was active in theater, but kept his country music love going by forming a band with his
friends. “I always wanted to be involved in country music, ever since I was a kid,” he said. “I always talked about it, whether it was singing or doing something like that. Me and my friends had a band in high school and we would go around and annoy everybody with our songs. I always wanted to get into music, I just didn’t know how.” His original plan was to move to Nashville after college. But, after attending Murray State for a couple of years, he realized his heart was still back home. “I realized I was missing out on way too much with my friends and family at home,” he said. “I’d much rather be back home in Boonville.” He earned a marketing degree from USI, but fate had already stepped in. “I knew somebody who knew somebody,” he said. “They said, ‘Hey, you remind me of this radio deejay. You should go do an internship with them.’ She set me up with a meeting and he and I talked about country music and wrestling. He said, ‘You start on Monday.’ He didn’t ask me what my qualifications were. I just knew country music and I knew wrestling. I had no idea The how to Vintage Market work one of these boards.” It hasn’t
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all been country music radio, though. Travis said he started as a weekend guy at 106.1, a top-40 station. “They realized that I had no idea what I was talking about. I didn’t know what a Fetty Wap was for the longest time,” he joked. “He’s a rapper, apparently. I think he’s missing an eye. I think that’s who I’m thinking of. I don’t know. Justin Bieber, I knew who he was, but I didn’t know what he sang. They learned pretty quickly, ‘Let’s keep this guy on country. He knows what he’s doing there.’” If country music is Travis’ first love, professional wrestling is his mistress. He’s watched since he was a kid. In another twist of fate, he became involved in a local company. Big B Wrestling was once headquartered in Boonville, but now calls Owensboro home. His role is to talk a lot of smack and have the wrestlers take care of the rest. He joked that he’s too accident-prone to actually fight. “I’ve watched wrestling ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I did theater all throughout high school and college, so I knew I could act and do a character. One of my friends, we just started talking. He wrestles. He said, ‘You should come in and do some stuff. You’re with the radio and it would be funny if
you came in and we made you the bad guy. No one would be expecting that.’ I thought that would be kind of fun, so it was another one of those things where I knew someone and lucked into it. Luck has played a big hand in what I’ve done.” Unfortunately, his life has also been marred by tragedy. His childhood best friend, Matt Russell, was killed in a car accident in high school. The two were like brothers. “It’s a really weird thing… The first time I was ever on air was Sept. 27, 2014, which was the (anniversary of the) day that he died,” Travis said. “The first song I played - and I don’t get to pick which songs we play - the first song I ever played was a song played at his funeral, My Wish by Rascal Flats. It’s really eerie. I try to let that be the motivation and not the excuse and live out things he wanted to do, too.” Through his career, Travis has had the opportunity to meet two of Matt’s favorite artists. “‘Go Rest High On The Mountain’ was played at his funeral,” he said. “I got to meet (Vince Gill) at the Grand Ole Opry, which is a place that Matt and I always talked about going to. So, just to kind of talk to him about that song was really cool. My friend’s favorite band before he died
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18 | November/December 2019 was Rascal Flats, and I got to hang out and talk to the lead singer from Rascall Flatts about him and Ohio State Football, because they’re both fans.” His career has been dedicated to remembering his roots. Travis regularly posts blogs on 99.5 WKDQ’s website touting Boonville’s best qualities. He said the negative connotations associated with Boonville over the years has played a big part in his being so proBoonville. “Because of that,” he said. “People stereotype and a lot of assumptions. People do a lot of assumptions and it’s not necessarily the case. I’ve done quite a few blogs on Boonville to highlight the things that people don’t see or people don’t know. It’s where I’m from, so I take pride on it. Nobody is allowed to talk bad about Boonville except me. If you’re from Boonville, you can say what you want. If you’re not, leave it alone.” Most of the time he keeps it lighthearted and fun, talking about some of Boonville’s most notable landmarks. Sometimes he angles for funny, including “Eight Quotes Boonville Residents Have Said in
2019.” He advertises events and highlights businesses. He even did a live remote and emceed events at this year’s Square Flair. Travis said he really enjoys going back to school, though. “I went back to Boonville High School for a career day,” he said. “It was funny because my old Algebra teacher, Mrs. Lehr, she used to always tell me, ‘You’re not going to carry a calculator with you everywhere you go.’ I was in class and looked at everybody and I said, ‘This woman here is the biggest liar you’ll ever meet in your life.’ I know her, so she knew I was joking. I said, ‘Remember that time you told me you told me I wouldn’t have a calculator with me?’ I just picked (my phone) up and she said, ‘You’re right.’ I said, ‘That’s all I wanted to hear.’ Still, it’s hard for him to nail down Boonville’s hidden gem. “Maybe Pioneer Bakery,” he said. “I love the bakery. I would have said Mr. Gatti’s, but it’s still too soon. If you asked me back in high school, I would have said the Boonville High School Theater Department. I don’t think they get enough credit. It’s
Boonville View | 19 fun what they do. I don’t think a lot of people realize how much work goes into it. It’s like taking up a sport and maybe then some.” His position as a radio personality has given him local celebrity status, but Travis said he relies on his upbringing to be kind and humble. He said people around Boonville already know him, for the most part. “There was one time I got ID’d at Subway in Boonville,” he said. “It was the first time I ever got ID’d for a sandwich. They said, ‘Are you Travis Sams from the radio?’ I said, ‘Yep, that’s me.’ ‘I don’t believe you. Let me see your ID.’ So I showed them my ID and they said, ‘Wow. It is you.’ I came back the next day and brought them shirts.” His position has given him the opportunity to bring awareness to causes all around the tri-state. He said he particularly enjoys helping children. “Probably either doing stuff with 911 Gives Hope, like the toy drives and everything, or our St. Jude Radiothon we do,” he said. “Usually all of us have gone down to Memphis at least once to go visit St. Jude. Seeing the hospital is really cool. I always love
helping out kids, whether it’s going to an elementary school just to hang out with them or 911 Gives Hope, making sure we get toys for them if they’re in the hospital just to lift their spirits a little. I would say the work that we do with kids is what I like the most. But I always feel like I could do more. I want to do more. I want to do more stuff in Boonville, too.” Travis said he is content staying at 99.5 WKDQ. He loves the company he works for and he doesn’t want to get too far away from home. There is one market that could lure him away, though. “If I went bigger in anything, I would love to get bigger in wrestling,” he said. “If WWE called me tomorrow and said, ‘Hey, we want you to work for us,’ well, I guess I’m going to WWE. Other than that, I guess I’m staying here. I love the company I work for. Everyone is kind of a close-knit family here, so I love everybody here, even though I give them a hard time. I still love them. “Again, all of my friends and family are here. I feel like if I was somewhere else, I’d miss out on a lot more than I care to miss out on.”
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myself placing beautiful brides in pristine wedding dresses next to run-down buildings or overgrown fields. The juxtaposition always drew me in, and this time was no exception. I had reluctantly accepted my husband Tyler’s invitation to view the building on that hot August day last year. It wasn’t even technically for sale, but Tyler had hopes of convincing the owner to sell so we could renovate and rent space to local businesses; with all the work going on around the square, we knew it would be prime location. The plan was for me to manage the property — I needed a job once my youngest started kindergarten that next fall. But somehow in the midst of that old building filled from corner to corner with the owner’s belongings, I saw potential. Even more surprisingly, when I told my husband the idea, he didn’t laugh or think I was crazy; he was on board. After some negotiating, the owner accepted our offer. Initially, we were going to convert the front of 112 E. Main St. into a storefront and rent it out, with a shared entrance to the back where we would have the event space. But we decided we needed to go big or go home. So we put the plans in motion. I reached out to Evansville’s chapter of SCORE, a mentor organization that helps business startups. We met several times to walk through cash flow, marketing, and best practices. My mentor also put me in touch with a building-code consultant, who assisted us with what we would need to file with and gain approval from the state. We enlisted the help of a designer to walk us through the changes we hoped to make. The cur-
rent layout was a bit of a maze, so we not only needed to simplify the space but also bring it up to code for an assembly. The first step in making the venue a reality, however, was to go before Boonville’s Board of Zoning and Appeals. The state approval would be moot if the City didn’t approve. The property was zoned as C-1, and in Boonville, banquet halls are classified as C-2. On January 9, I went before the board to ask for a special use permit. With blueprints in hand, I explained to the board the plans. It passed, Where Pretty doesn’t mean Pricey! and the venue was one step closer. Next, with our designer’s help, we started solidifying the layout so we could Upcycled Furniture submit the plans ••• to the state. We Home Furnishings filed in May, and ••• a few weeks Custom Made Gifts ••• later received Seasonal Decor the approval we needed to move forward. Acting as our own general con115 S. 2nd St. • Boonville tractors, we did Wed-Fri 10-5 • Sat 9-2 as much of the
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work as we could ourselves — demolition, sandblasting, painting, and light construction — and lined up companies for the specialized work such as framing, drywall, electric, plumbing, heating and air, and brickwork. We began tearing out all of the dated, worn-out materials and discovered the beauty underneath. Beneath the drop ceiling in the front portion, we found both beautiful wood as well as metal beams and also more water-stained rafters. Under the wood paneling, drywall, and plaster, we found gorgeous red brick and pristine concrete block. Removing the carpet revealed terrazzo floors. In the midst of non-stop work inside, Mother Nature happened. It was one of the wettest winters in a very long time, and the roof had not been taken care of for years. Needless to say, the rubber roof leaked — a lot. Part of the problem was the drains, so we hired a roofer who told us he could replace the drains and stop the leaks, all in a
cost-effective manner. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The roofer ended up doing only part of the work he promised and left us high but certainly not dry. On top of that, during the spring, the entire back half of the building flooded. A short but torrential downpour left the water nowhere to go but into our building; not only did the surrounding properties slope toward our building, but the interior drains just inside the garage door were blocked with years of debris. We spent the next several days pushing water out of the building with brooms and squeegees; fans were set up to keep air moving since we didn’t have heat or air in the building at the time. Two steps forward, and one step back — there were so many times I felt like giving up. Had it not been for the support of friends and family, we probably would have. Early in the process, we started offering tours. Our first tour was actually for two weddings; the groom of the first wedding was the brother of the bride for the second wedding. As I walked them through the plans for an industrial-chic venue with pictures from my Pinterest board, somehow they saw the vision. Both wanted to book, and it was these families’ trust that kept us on task when things got difficult. Several months later, we finally started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once we transitioned from demolition into the build-out, we honed in on the details to bring to life our vision. A color palette of black ceilings and white walls kept the space light and bright while the wood and metal elements
24 | November/December 2019 brought warmth to the space. Whereas some industrial venues have a modern, preppy feel, we wanted a more raw industrial vibe with exposed metal ductwork, wood vanities with pipe legs in the dressing rooms and bathrooms, and wood and metal bathroom stalls. The statement piece in the main event room is a glam multi-tiered chandelier that features more than 400 crystals hanging from black metal rings. Our dressing rooms showcase several pieces of vintage furniture that can be taken throughout the space for photos. We invested in 20 custom farmhouse tables, made by local artisan Mark Mayer of Christian Carver Creations. Each table is on casters, making them easily maneuverable for setup, but most importantly, they are so pretty you will never need to rent linens to cover them. Our first event was a baby shower in late August. In September, almost a year to the day after purchasing the building, we had the first wedding of the families who toured and took a chance on us. It was so rewarding to have people gather and appreciate the new life we put in the space while also celebrating the new life of the couple saying their vows. But Funxion is so much more than just a wedding and party venue. My husband Tyler is a great sound engineer;
together with our friend and sound/tech guru Zach Southard, Tyler has installed an audiovisual system that will allow business conferences, concerts, vendor fairs, and galas. This fall, we hosted a very successful daddy/daughter dance that brought in more than 300 people. We plan to hold art shows, and photographers can rent the space for indoor sessions. Starting in January, Funxion will present a women’s speaker series called “Vision 2020.” Each month, we will feature one local leader who will speak on topics to empower, influence, and engage women in their communities. Although construction is technically complete, we aren’t done transforming the historic building. With continued support, we hope to fund a second phase of renovations that will give the venue more curb appeal. At the top of the list of improvements is replacing the large metal awning with one that will better showcase the beauty of the building. The land that spans from Funxion’s back entrance to Fourth Street also will become a gravel parking lot, and we also want to transform the space outdoors with lighting and landscaping. For more information about Funxion Events, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages or call (812) 202-6258.
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The museum also has had its first wedding. Alex Sollman and Corey Brown tied the knot on Sunday, Sept. 29 to the delight of family and friends. The couple decorated with beautiful flowers and used the museum mannequins to showcase the wedding gowns of their mothers. Several new acquisitions have recently been added to the museum’s collection: a large blacksmith bellows from the Red Brush area, a 1919 wedding dress from Ella Hochmeister courtesy of the Grace Miller estate, and several dresses and hats from the family of Phyllis Greenlee. John Guthrie of Guthrie’s Pharmacy in Chandler has given a generous gift of a pharmacy counter and other items which will be added to our permanent collection.
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t’s the perfect marriage of form and function. Taffney and Roy Carter decided to sell their historic Boonville home last year. They wanted to stay in Boonville, so they put their home on the market and began looking. The only problem? Their home sold in a week and they were still looking. There were no four bedroom homes for sale at all, so Taffney turned to her grandpa, Ray Meinert, who owned the Sewing Center. “My grandpa, Ray Meinert, bought this back in the ‘60s, ‘70s, maybe… They had several stores in here,” she said. “I kind of grew up in here.” Taffney has spent a lot of time on the square. In addition to the Sewing Center, her grandparents owned the building that is now Sassafrassy’s and lived above it. Her parents owned the building that now houses Commander’s Grill and renovated the apartment above it for their family home. “We wanted something with character,” Taffney said. “I was kind of raised up here. Grandma and grandpa owned this building, they owned Sassafrassy’s building and they lived upstairs my whole childhood. Commander’s, my parents owned that. When they first bought that and opened up Locust Street… there was nothing upstairs. Like I did with this, mom renovated that and turned it into an apartment and we lived up there. We weren’t scared, really. We were like, ‘We could turn that into an apartment and it would be huge. The downtown is coming alive again.’” That building certainly has the character they were looking for. Built in 1886, the building was originally Kuntzman’s Bakery on the south. The other side had been on fire at some point in its life, but its history is a little murkier. After her grandfather agreed to sell Taffney and Roy the buildings, they got to work on May 1, 2018. They saw evidence of the fire in charred brick and studs. They removed 20 layers of wallpaper. “Everything went up and down those stairs,” Roy said. “There were no dumpsters out back, no dumpsters out front. One armload at a time.” Roy said they did the bulk of the work themselves. With the exception of the big components - heating and air, plumbing, electrical and some of the framework. He said they went through more than 120 gallons of paint in a week. “We did all the painting ourselves in a week,”
Boonville View | 33 he said. “My uncle is a professional painter. He came in on the first day and told us how to use the equipment, what to buy and how to do it.” For Roy, he wanted to make sure that every inch of the space was suited to his family’s needs. Taffney was the one to make sure the look was cohesive and that everything came together. “I’m all function,” Roy said. “She’s form. I just want to make sure it works and is safe and she wants to make it look good. We kind of argued and went back and forth until we came up with something that works. I really think of the way people are going to use it. She wants it to look nice.” The end result is a modern industrial farmhouse loft. The exposed brick was painted white to create uniformity. The duct work and electrical conduit is exposed. Old pieces are used in a modern way. It’s the vision Taffney had when she first walked in to the space. “Of course, I watch HGTV and look at magazines and Pinterest and I had a vision when I came up here. Of course, I had been up here before because they owned it for years, but once I came up here and really looked and figured out, I knew I wanted the industrial farmhouse, loft feel and so I knew I wanted exposed brick. I didn’t, however, think that I was going to paint it all white. I’m glad I did because I love the uniform and I love the chippy paint. The character behind those walls says something… So I kind of took that industrial farmhouse and just ran with that. This is what came of it.” The kitchen is designed around a piece her grandfather pulled out of a VFW in Petersburg in the 1960s or 1970s. The old bar top was given new life as an island. They turned old buffets into
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34 | November/December 2019 vanities. They utilize wardrobes instead of closets. Basically, they’ve embraced the old in new ways. “I like going to auctions and finding those pieces that are just different, like Preservation Station,” Taffney said. “Me and my mom, we love to antique shop, so we’ve been down to Cadiz, Ken., we’ve been to Sturgis, Ken., almost in Tennessee. We just go to these little towns and go to their furniture stores. I have nothing in here brand new, as far as furniture goes. Decor, yes, but furniture, no.” Some of the pieces they used came with the space. One of the contractors uncovered a forgotten attic that had not been seen since the original owners 130 years ago. “They had blocked the attic’s access off… We found a big, huge ice cream parlor sign that was double pained that was from the Kuntzman’s Bakery,” Taffney said. “The light in the pantry is actually from the attic… It’s like lost treasure.” The remodeling process has been tough on many marriages. But both Roy and Taffney said that the process made them stronger. But, to compound it even further, they - along with their three children lived in a camper for the duration of the remodel. “I was worried about that,” Taffney said. “I was like, ‘We’re not going to live
through this.’ By golly, I thought it made us closer. We worked great as a team. We’ve been together for 20 years. We had arguments, not fights, but arguments, for sure. But nothing crazy.” There are plenty of other projects to do, but the outdoor space is probably next on the list. They plan on building a deck on the roof of the north building. Still, they don’t really miss having a yard. “I think once we extend the living outside here, I think that will be just so awesome,” Taffney said. “But do I really need it? No. I have daycare, so I go outside with them for an hour. We’re always outside with the sports and all that stuff, so I guess that’s why I don’t think about it so much. As far as the kids go, they missed it at first, but they’re old enough now to where they can just go out and walk around. They go to Baum’s all the time and take my money and his money and get donuts or whatever. It’s great for the kids friends because our house is like the meeting house. If we go somewhere or we’re meeting, we’re meeting here. That’s kind of fun. I don’t think we have anything negative. We love it up here.” Roy enjoys being within walking distance of everything he needs to do. They enjoy being in the middle of everything. “I like walking,” Roy said. “My church is three blocks away. I’m the organist and music director and deacon at St. John’s United Church of Christ, so I go to meetings all the time and service there every Sunday morning. I walk to Posey’s, walk to Baum’s. Her daycare is three blocks away. I’ll walk down there, stop by the post office. I’m on the zoning board, so I’ll walk across the street and go to a meeting.” The move was also logistical for
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both Taffney and Roy. Taffney has run a daycare in Boonville for a decade - directly behind their old house. Roy is a full-time musician and started his own piano repair and tune business several years ago. He now has space downstairs to focus on growing that business. “At that time, I was giving lessons in Evansville,” he said. “I wanted the retail space for the business to teach out of and to repair pianos. A workshop has to be climate controlled. I was kind of working out of my garage, but it was seasonal. I could only do it
in the spring and fall when the temperatures weren’t extreme. So, I didn’t have anywhere to store pianos. I liked this space.” While they don’t see themselves in that apartment forever - they’ve both never lived in any one place for more than eight years - they do see themselves always owning that building. Taffney said that they’ve still got several projects they’d like to get done there, but they’ll move on eventually. For now, though, they’re both excited about the positive direction Boonville is taking. “Last weekend was the first time we really got to relax and enjoy an event,” Roy said. “Last year, we looked out the window as we were working. Christmas parade was kind of the same thing. It was really the first time we got to open it up and see our friends.” “I’m just excited that the square is hopping and popping,” Taffney said. “I’m just tickled seeing all these people and it’s like the Hallmark Channel. I’m just so excited that we made this choice to renovate this and not only go along with our generation and my family being up here, but also making the square better. Maybe our story will help other people come in and see, yes, it can be done. It is awesome and you guys can do it too.”
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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! Last issue, we covered why you should spay and neuter and some common myths associated with spaying and neutering. Now, we’ll continue with cat and rabbit specific information.
Alley Cat Allies is a large national organization that advocates for felines across the country. Their website is filled with great information and we have added some information from them. Some of the information maybe the same for cats and as other animals and we might have already written about it but it’s important to read. You can spay/neuter kittens as young as eight weeks, or when they weigh two pounds. Kittens can be safely spayed or neutered at eight weeks, or as soon as they weigh two pounds (and are healthy). Research shows that, compared with spay/neuter at six months, pediatric spay/neuter of cats does not result in an increased incidence of health or behavioral problems. Veterinarians
who perform pediatric spay and neuter report that it is an easier, faster procedure; it offers the highest level of prevention of litters; and it produces the most prevention per dollar invested. Research shows that kittens spayed or neutered before 12 weeks of age have fewer complications from surgery than those 6 months and older. Also, kittens rebound much faster after the surgical procedure, with less stress than their counterparts over six months of age. All cats should be spayed/neutered, even if you think they’ll never be around other cats. Even if you think that your cat will never be around other cats, it is important that she is sterilized to improve her health and prevent mating behaviors. For example, intact male cats tend to roam, fight, and yowl, but a powerful benefit of neutering is that it ends these behaviors.5 Neutered males are much less likely to run away in search of a mate. If your intact male escapes, he can easily impregnate multiple female cats before you’re able to find him. Females who are not spayed go into heat, which can be very uncomfortable and anxiety-causing for both the cats themselves and for the people who care for them. Females in heat may spray, become agitated and restless, and meow loudly and incessantly. Spaying/neutering also has important health benefits. For example, intact cats have seven times
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40 | November/December 2019 the risk of developing breast cancer when they get older, compared with the risk for spayed cats. Spaying/neutering also prevents testicular tumors and uterine cancer and uterine infections. It’s critical to spay/neuter every cat in your care, whether they are male or female, indoor or outdoor. Female cats are actually much healthier if they are spayed prior to their first heat cycle. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ guidelines recommend neutering before cats reach sexual maturity.7 Even young cats who have been in heat only once have a significantly higher risk of developing mammary cancer than do cats who are spayed before going into heat. And spaying females before their first heat completely prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Cats do not need to experience motherhood. Animals do not reproduce because they want to—they get pregnant because their hormones tell them to. Once they are spayed, they no longer go into heat and no longer have the urge to mate. In addition, spaying female cats before their first heat has significant health benefits. Cats’ behavior is changed for the better when they are spayed/neutered. Spaying/neutering only reduces or ends the behaviors that you don’t want. Neutered males are much less likely to fight, roam, yowl, or spray urine to mark their territory. Spaying females stops them from going into heat and can make them less anxious. For community cats, neutered males continue to hold their territory and can still spray urine to mark their territory if they feel it is being threatened. Spaying/neutering does not change an animal’s basic personality, and cats do not have any sort of identity crisis over being sterilized. Spaying/neutering does not cause cats to gain weight—excessive food and lack of exercise cause animals to gain weight. After being sterilized, cats may require fewer calories to maintain a healthy weight. This can actually be beneficial for community cats. If you notice that your pet cat is becoming overweight, whether they are sterilized or not, it is important that you make appropriate changes to their diet, and consult with your veterinarian as needed. It’s important to spay/neuter cats even if you think you could find good homes for any kittens they would have if they were not sterilized. Even if you can find a good, loving home for
every kitten, it still means that there will be fewer homes for the animals in shelters and rescue organizations. If each of the people ready to give a home to one of your pet’s offspring would instead adopt from a shelter or rescue group, many lives could be saved. Children do not need to see a cat have kittens to understand birth. It’s much better to teach children about responsible animal caregiving and the importance of spay/ neuter. If you want your children to be able to play with kittens, you can volunteer with a local animal rescue group or become a cat foster parent. Wanting more cats just like yours is not a reason not to spay/neuter your pet. It’s very unlikely that your pet’s kittens will be just like your pet. In fact, the kittens may receive your pet’s worst traits instead of her best traits. Plus, if you are looking to add a new pet to your family, there are many animals in shelters and rescues waiting for lifelong homes.
Spaying and neutering rabbits is also very important as domestic rabbits are now the third most surrendered animal to animal controls and humane societies in the nation according to Cook AJ, & McCobb E (2012). Quantifying the shelter rabbit population: an analysis of Massachusetts and Rhode Island animal shelters. Journal of applied animal welfare science: JAAWS, 15 (4), 297-312. Part of being conscientious about the pet overpopulation problem is to spay or neuter your pet rabbits, too. Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs or cats and often end up in shelters, where they must be euthanized. Neutering male rabbits can reduce hormonedriven behavior such as lunging, mounting, spraying, and boxing. And just as with dogs and cats, spayed female rabbits are less likely to get ovarian, mammary and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in mature females. I hope that we have shown how important spaying and neutering your pets can be not only to help reduce the pet overpopulation, how it can help your pet live longer, healthier and stay out of trouble! For more information on low cost spay/neuter clinics or general questions feel free to contact Warrick County Animal Control at 655 Roth Road, Boonville, IN 47601 or call (812) 897-6107.
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ust as sure as you try to predict the weather, it is likely to change. But going out on a limb, I predict that we will have a bit of a dud for fall color display this year. Not a very risky prediction, considering that many plants already are starting to turn color and/or drop leaves in some areas of the state. So why would the colors be early and/or a bit duller than usual? Certainly, some of the reason why plants display fall colors has to do with the genetic makeup of the plant. That doesn’t change from year to year. But the timing and intensity of fall colors do vary, depending on factors such as availability of soil moisture and plant nutrients, as well as environmental signals such as temperature, sunlight, length of day, and cool nighttime temperatures. The droughty conditions experienced during much of the second half of summer are likely to have decreased the amount of fall color pigment. Southern Indiana has been particularly parched. Despite recent rains in some areas, much of the state remains designated as abnormally dry to moderate drought. You can check your areas conditions at the US Drought Monitor for Indiana https://www.drought.gov/ drought/states/indiana. Growing conditions throughout the season affect fall color as does current weather. Colors such as orange and yellow, which we see in the fall, are actuallypresent in the leaf all summer. However, those colors are masked by the presence of chlorophyll, the substance responsible for green color in plants during the summer. Chlorophyll allows the plant to use sunlight and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates (sugars and starch). Trees continually replenish their supply of chlorophyll during the growing season. As the days grow shorter and (usually) temperatures cooler, the trees use chlorophyll faster than they
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can replace it. The green color fades as the level of chlorophyll decreases, allowing the other colored pigments to show through. Plants that are under stress– from conditions like prolonged dry spells–often will display early fall color because they are unable to produce as much chlorophyll. Yellow, brown and orange colors, common to such trees as birch, some maples, hickory and aspen, come from pigments called carotenoids, the same pigments that are responsible for the color of carrots, corn and bananas. Red and purple colors common to sweet gum, dogwoods and some maples and oaks are produced by another type of pigment called anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the color of cherries, grapes, apples and blueberries. Unlike chlorophyll and carotenoids, anthocyanins are not always present in the leaf but are produced in late summer when environmental signals occur. Anthocyanins also combine with carotenoids to produce the fiery red, orange, and bronze colors found in sumac, oaks, and dogwoods. Red colors tend to be most intense when days are warm and sunny, but nights are cool–below 45º F. The color intensifies because more sugars are produced during warm, sunny days; cool night temperatures cause the sugars to remain in the leaves. Pigments are formed from these sugars, so the more sugar in the leaf, the more pigment, and, thus, more intense colors. Warm, rainy fall weather decreases the amount of sugar and pigment production. Warm nights cause what sugars that are made to move out of the leaves, so that leaf colors are muted. Leaf color also can vary from tree to tree and even from one side of a tree to another. Leaves that are more exposed to the sun tend to show more red coloration while those in the shade turn yellow. Stress
such as drought, poor fertility, disease or insects may cause fall color to come on earlier, but usually results in less intense coloration, too. And stress or an abrupt hard freeze can cause leaves to drop before
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e was a farm boy from Boonville. Certainly, when he first walked into the first doors of high school as a freshman, he had no idea that he would one day become one of the most influential people within the school system. After he graduated in 1912, he attended Purdue University, where he received a teaching degree in both chemistry and physics. Alfred E. Bennett became an educator, a disciplinarian and an outstanding citizen. It is safe to say that, during his lifetime, he touched countless lives in positive ways. He was deeply rooted in the community; also was a seasoned veteran of two world wars. During war time, he was an expert pilot with the U.S. Air Force. When he was not on active duty, he was a teacher and a principal at Boonville High School.
Bennett’s career as an educator was outstanding. In 1928, when he came to Boonville High School to teach, he also took an interest in the athletic program there. He began coaching the basketball team. The baseball team was next to be under his influence. After baseball, he started to coach the track team. When Ivan J. Robinson stepped up as school superintendent in 1927, Bennett filled his spot as principal at Boonville High School. By all accounts, in this role, he was strict. For example, at a football game in Owensboro one night, a couple of members on the Boonville football team did some damage to their opponents’ locker room on purpose. When Bennett heard about it, he stood at the front of the school bus they were on and he said that “No one can represent Boonville with such improper conduct. I am disappointed in all of you. Very disappointed. And, if any of you don’t
agree with what I’m saying, then you can damn well get off this bus and walk home.” Most of the time, he was just an old softie, carrying an old grate along with him as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the football players at halftime. Bennett also arranged transportation for his ball players so they could get to their away games. No parent was above reproach when he decided to call to enlist their help. He also usually had at least three members of his immediate family that he recruited. In the early days, when the school budget did not cover new football uniforms, he paid for them himself out of his own pocket. Alfred Bennett’s military career was also an important part of his life. In 1917 when he requested to be sent to flight training, the Signal Corps, which was in charge of the air branch of the U.S. Army, game him no response. So, he went off to Fort Harrison for training and waited for the right opportunity. Turned out the British RAF wanted to use him as a pilot. Later, he became a reserve
pilot for the U.S. Air Corps. In May of 1969, Alfred E. Bennett had a fatal heart attack. The death of this beloved man was a great loss to the com-
munity. Not only because of his many contributions as a teacher, counselor, coach and more to the Warrick County School System, or his impressive military career, but also because he brought compassion, discipline and change that helped to unify all of Warrick County.
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Frances Haas and Murray Thibodeaux pick up the View while eating at Commanderâ€™s Grill.
Above left: Chandler Celebration Day crowned its very own royalty Sept. 27. Above: Joe and Terri Derr and Mike and Trayce Wilson show off their View at Acadia National Park in Maine. Left: The Pioneer Service Club takes a break from cleaning the Warrick County Museum to pose with the View. The students, under the direction of Ms. Robyn Washburn, participate in various community service projects. At Yesterdaze, we take pride in the quality of our food, service, and customer satisfaction.
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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 , nonprofit 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 largest 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!
The Hills Church will host its second Mens Golf Outing Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. This is a fun way for the guys to hang out and play some golf. (Or at least try to play golf). Invite your friends and co workers and let’s just have some fun. The cost is $22, which should be paid at the Golf Club. To save your spot, call the club (812) 897-1247) and let them know you’re with The Hills Church!
Blue Ribbon School
Congratulations to Loge Elementary School for being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School! Loge was one of 362 schools in the nation and one of nine from Indiana to be honored with this prestigious award. Loge is the first Warrick County School to ever received this award. Awesome Job to the Loge Staff! Your LOVE, hard work, and dedication you commit everyday toward the students is very much appreciated! Loge Elementary invites Veterans to attend the annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast at 8:15 and Program to follow at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Please come join us to honor our Veterans and THANK them for their service.
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2020 Vision: A Wom enâ€™s Speaker Serie s will be held Jan. 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Funsio n in Boonville. This mon thly womenâ€™s sp eaker series is designed to empower, enric h, and enhance yo ur life. Light refres hments will be prov ided. Speaker w ill be announced so on! Follow Funxio n on Facebook for mor e information!
The Boonville Craft Show will be . in held Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m High the Auxiliary Gym of Boonville d School. Holiday gifts, decor, an at much more will be available this annual craft show!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
The annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner is entering its 19th year! Are you finding it difficult to be thankful this year? We would like to deliver a FREE fully-prepared Thanksgiving meal to you on Thanksgiving Day. To request a FREE MEAL, simply call 812-641-1089 by Nov. 21. Monetary donations to help with the cost can be made at: Miller’s Five and Dime. Food donations can be dropped off at Sav U More IGA or Posey’s Supermarket by Friday, Nov. 22. To donate a turkey, call 812-217-8065. To donate pumpkin pies or chocolate sheet cakes, call 812789-3431. To volunteer, visit http://signup.com/go/BCBMExP.
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Boonville will officially welcome Santa Sunday, Dec. 8 during the 73rd annual Boonville Christmas Parade. This is the longest continually-running Christmas parade in the state and regularly packs the square, regardless of the weather. The parade marks the end of Christmas in Boonvillage, a weekend-long celebration that showcases both the beauty of the city and the merchants who make it special. See page 26 for the full schedule!
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