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Bearing the heat hard for black bear


Red Wolf Sanctuary: We are raising money to build a shelter for our aging black bear Pocahontas, says CEO Paul Strasser. She is over 30 years old and needs shelter ASAP to escape the heat. The sanctuary rescued her from a mosquito-laden backyard pen where she languished for 15 years. The poor diet and sloppy conditions led to the decay of her feet. Unable to walk on them, she has spent her life crippled and must scoot on her wrists. Moved while under sedation, she has been living in a temporary outdoor enclosure. There, she has refused to hibernate or to go into a cool tunnel to avoid this life-threatening heat. In a last-ditch effort to save her life, we are trying to purchase a hutch designed for calves in the hope that this insulated shelter will provide the necessary cover to help her survive this summer heat. Please help us try to save her life! Donations can be made here: https:// Thank you for caring. Rising Sun Senior Nutrition Activity Center: provides meals and activities at Hoosier Boy Apartments, 211 South Walnut St., Rising Sun, says SNAC Director Aimee Howlett-Ballard. Call 812438-2468 to reserve a meal. Hours are 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday


The Red Wolf Sanctuary is seeking funds for a shelter for Pocahontas, now 35. At right, An insulated hutch like this might keep Pocahontas cool enough to save her life. and Thursday. Meals are on a donation thanks to RSHS dual credit offerings. basis. Coming up: music with Tom and -Thank you to everyone who contributPatsy at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7; Bingo ed to the Rising Sun High School Honor at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 12, 19 and Society fundraiser for the Leukemia and 26, and Thursday, June 21; birthday cake/ Lymphoma Society. We raised $1,151. ice cream party Thursday, June 21; Q & A Ohio County Public Library: has new with Renee, 11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 28. books, says director Amy Hoffman. Rising Sun Ohio County Schools: seNew nonfiction books: “Belly Laughs: niors received $1,547,750 in scholarships The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and via foundations, memorials, universities, Childbirth” by Jenny McCarthy; and “The state programs, etc., as of Thursday, May Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide For 31, says Superintendent Branden Roeder. Dads-To-Be” by Armin A. Brott and JenThis equates to the average senior walking nifer Ash. away from RSHS with $33,646 towards Mystery: “Robicheaux” by James Lee college. Burke. Along with the money towards college, Fiction: “The Crooked Staircase” by 20 percent of our graduates earned the Dean Koontz; “Shelter In Place” by Nora TGEC which allows them to skip their Roberts; and “The Hellfire Club” by Jake freshmen year in college free of charge Tapper.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK IN TIME Soldiers and sailors monument blown down

135 Years Ago Friday, June 1, 1883 Captain H. Espey and Alfred Bedgood are at the falls with their flatboats waiting for a chance to get over. The Voorhees family has moved to Rising Sun and occupies the residence recently purchased by Noah Babbs. Kansas City, Mo., is now the home of Walter Smith and John Dugle. Will Enoch is now in a boot and shoe establishment in Indianapolis. James Harris, the contractor, will have Mrs. Martin’s new house finished in about 10 days. Died, in Hartford May 29, Mrs. Rebecca Pate, 66, widow of Taylor Pate. Near Rising Sun May 26, Mrs. Ludlow Armstrong. Married, at Patriot May 27, Benjamin Rollins and Miss Ida Todd, both of Rising Sun. 125 Years Ago Friday, June 2, 1893 Charles Peaslee is here, taking down the wooden bridge over Arnold’s creek, preparatory to putting up the new iron bridge. O. J. Harris & Co., have an addition to their mill well under way, in which

they will grind corn meal and stock feed. Charles Alcott has been engaged to clerk in his uncle’s drug store in Lawrenceburg. Banner Hall of Rising Sun has been negotiating for the purchase of the Lawrenceburg Press. Died, in Stockton, Calif., May 21, Mrs. Cyrena M. Haines, 56, wife of Isaac S. Haines. At Walnut, Ill., May 22, Mrs. Eliza Sill Lindsey, 57, wife of Isaiah Lindsey. She was a native of Rising Sun. Captain W. M. Longstreth moved his household goods from Patriot to Racine, O., last week.

115 Years Ago Friday, June 5, 1903 Mollie Baker has resigned her position as telephone operator, and will accompany Dr. and Mrs. R. G. Simpson to California next week for a year’s visit with her brother and sister in Los Angeles. George H. Keeney, James Perkins, Denver Keeney and Joseph Hamilton have gone to the mountain region of Eastern Kentucky on a surveying job. They will be away a month.

E. E. North has been working as engineer on the steamer, Swan, due to the sickness of the regular engineer, Robert Akin. Some of the leading business men of Rising Sun are organizing a company to be known as “The People’s Mercantile and Investment Co.” with a capital stock of $60,000 to $75,000 in shares of $100. Married, at Fairview June 3, Rev. V. W. Hargitt and Estella Lee. Recently, Edward Newbold and Stella Hufford, both of Posey township. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Emery Scranton of Carmel Ridge, a son. 105 Years Ago Thursday, June 5, 1913 Miss Maggie Moore is employed at the Cottage Hotel in Aurora. Died, near Rising Sun June 1, James Welch, 78. Married, in Cincinnati May 31, Raymond E. Morrison of Rising Sun and Miss Orpha Storm. A big barn on Grant’s creek, known as the old Wilson barn, now owned by Henry Niehaus, was struck by lightning during the storm Sunday and burned

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Flagged for thanks


Students who helped place flags on veterans’ graves include, front row, from left: Will Hayes, Mason Taylor, Anabel Lillie and Christina Wallick. Back row: Rasheed Jibriel, Gavin Gilb, Damon Carrigan, Grant Taylor, Odin Morris and Jonathan Jimenez.

Two were tops To the editor: I wish to commend the Recorder for two of its recent articles in the Thursday, May 3, edition. First was the heartwarming article by Ms. Chandra Mattingly concerning her recurrent battle with breast cancer. She has poetry in her soul and her positive attitude is incredibly uplifting and inspiring. Our prayers are with her in her continuing challenge with this disease. Second is the wonderful

Reflections by Cliff Thies of the devastation suffered by Rising Sun School in 1948. My sister Freda (1952 graduate), late sister Jeannie (1953) and late brother Harold (1958) were all in the building when the storm hit. Fortunately, none was injured in the event. Keep up the great work in your publication. Best regards, (Wendell) Wayne Walston, Leesburg, Ind.

To the Editor: If you have driven by or through Rising Sun, Union and Cedar Hedge cemeteries over the Memorial Day weekend, you will have seen a beautiful sight. Every year, a couple of days before Memorial Day, the Rising Sun Cemetery Board members have been going out to remember and honor every veteran buried there by placing an American flag on their grave. We would like to thank each one of these members and others who took time out of their day to help. Board members who helped place the flags: Russ Robinson, Lloyd Pavy, Eldon Fancher, Gene Elliott, Mike and Brenda O’Neal, and Ron Spurlock. A huge thanks to board members Paul Bo-

vard and the city workers for decorating Union and Cedar Hedge Cemeteries. A special thanks to all the awesome kids and Mr. Jaron Bovard from the Ohio County Middle School in the picture who spent the biggest part of their Wednesday morning helping place the flags. They did a great job! We believe with their help it actually cut the time in half. We would also like to thank Steve Slack for all of his hard work keeping the cemetery always looking great. We can’t thank you enough, Joe Jester, the new owner of Rising Sun IGA, and the store manager, Phillip Hustlar, for donating 10 pizzas for all the workers. So much appreciated! Rising Sun Cemetery

Letters are welcome We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must contain the writer’s signature, number address and phone number for verification. Letters will be verified by phone or at the time they are submitted in person. Unsigned letters will not be published. Letters will be edited for grammar, possible libel or slander, and may be shortened because of space limitations. Letters may be published with name-onfile attribution, but name and address will be released on request. Please send to the Rising Sun Recorder and Ohio County News, 235 Main St., Rising Sun, IN 47040.

EDITORIAL Curb the complaining, Board of Works

If it just didn’t keep raining, homeless folks could find themselves a spot to sleep in Rising Sun, where discarded mattresses, couches, and other furniture have been set out to the curb. Were the items wrapped in plastic, Rumpke, the city’s garbage contractor, would pick them up. But folks either don’t know plastic wrapping is required, don’t care, or, as was mentioned at the Rising Sun Board of Works meeting May 31, are elderly or physically handicapped and unable to wrap the items. In any case, the RS BOW has discussed the situation ad nauseam. When there is junk in the yard, in most cases a courtesy visit to the resident would get results. You know, just ask! Another possible solution would be for the city to offer to remove and discard the refuse if the property owner or renter signs a waiver allowing that, as was suggested at the BOW meeting. But no waiver is needed for items set out at the curb. Rising Sun already picks up brush and could follow the Town of

Dillsboro’s example, picking up heavy items weekly. For Dillsboro, that includes unwrapped mattresses and other furniture as well as appliances, with the Freon removed from items which contained it, said Dillsboro Town Manager Doug Rump. The town employees use a Bobcat to pick up items, thus not needing to handle those which could contain bedbugs, the reason Rumpke requires items be plastic wrapped. The trash is deposited in the town’s roll-off Dumpster at the sewage treatment plant, said Rump. Cost of the work is included in residents’ trash pickup fee. Rising Sun Street Commission Paul Bovard indicated at the BOW meeting he and his crew would be willing to pick up the items with a backhoe and haul the discarded furniture to the city dump. The city already provides a Dumpster there the first Saturday of each month for residents. The time involved would be far less than what’s already been spent discussing the subject at BOW meetings.


Pondering the problems of perfect attendance

The other day my early on vacation or youngest son arrived sleep in because you home very happy. stayed up too late the School was over night before. for the year. He was In the case of my free. What was there youngest son, I will to worry about? admit he is not sad But that night when he has to miss before he went to school. There is no sleep he started cryweeping when he has ing. Out of the blue, DENISE to stay home for one, tears started rapidly two or three days. streaming down his FREITAG Doctors orders! cheeks. Almost all the BURDETTE I asked him what times he has stayed was wrong. home, however, have been “Why do I never receive due to illness. Just this winperfect attendance awards?” ter/spring alone my little he sobbed. germ magnet has battled the Turns out that during the flu (yes he had a flu shot), school awards ceremony pneumonia, an ear infection, many of his friends, at the and strep throat. very least, received awards Sometimes I wonder if one for perfect attendance. He reason why he has so many came home empty-handed. problems is kids who are sent Overall, I have told both to school when they really my sons that you are not al- should be resting at home. I ways going to win an award. would rather he lose perfect Work hard, be a good person attendance than spread germs and your time will arrive. to half the kids in town. There Everyone has their strengths are times when the only posand weaknesses. itive aspect of perfect attenI have received many dance is a strep test. awards for writing. But you I have seen some schools will never see me win an through the years give away award for geometry. When prizes, such as tickets to it comes to geometry, I am Kings Island, for perfect atundoubtedly obtuse. (Nice tendance. Even though the angle, right?) attendance perfectionist lurkYet, I have a problem ing inside my psyche loves with the overemphasis many that idea, the mom who sees schools place on PERFECT her kid get sick over and attendance. over must ponder the possible Now to put this opinion in downside. perspective, I am a former There also are times I have perfect attendance obsessive. no choice but to take my kids I still have the medal I out of school for a doctor apreceived my senior year of pointment. It is not possible high school for four years of for every parent to schedule perfect attendance. all the kids’ doctor appointOf course, attendance is ments after school. very important. I understand There are just not enough emphasizing not skipping too slots. I always try my best many school days to leave


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Bearing the heat hard for black bear  

Part one of three: 2019 Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Best Editorial Writer, first place, division one, The Risin...

Bearing the heat hard for black bear  

Part one of three: 2019 Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Best Editorial Writer, first place, division one, The Risin...