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January 2019 O HARRISON THE BEACON Page 5B ur Communities MOORES HILL By Nicole Williams By Julie Murphy Community Correspondent Community Correspondent Happy Holidays Harrison! We transitioned into Christmas in a big way as we welcomed the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on November 23rd. The weath- er was unusually warm for this time of the year and the turn out for the event around 3,000 people! The iceless skating rink kept the kids busy while parents shopped and supported local stores. Many residents took the opportunity to sign the side of the truck. The choirs singing in the background really pulled in the holiday spirit. Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 293! They won the 2018 Best Decorated Christmas Tree. The tree was decked out with lights and tiny tents. Thank you to Market Street Grille for sponsoring the tree! With daylight time becom- On Nov. 4, Carnegie Hall hosted its annual Thanksgiv- ing dinner. Nearly four hun- dred people attended the free meal prepared and organized by the Ickenroth family. Linda Ickenroth is president of Carnegie’s board of direc- tors and spearheads this event each year. Many volunteers come together to make the day special. Getting to enjoy food and fellowship inside the auditorium of the historic Carnegie Hall is quite nostal- gic. Visiting with the town’s people and reminiscing about the good ole days when Carn- egie Hall was Moores Hill School was a pleasure. Some- how over time, the classrooms of that building got smaller over the years. Thanks to the Carnegie Hall board of direc- tors for hosting this annual feast and for bringing our small town together. Gary and Allie Blackburn are celebrating the holidays with their new granddaughter, Kooper Menne. Her par- ents are Brianna and Jason Menne, and proud sister is Kendall. As we all enjoy the spirit of the holidays and we give thanks for our bountiful blessings, I would like to share a tradition my fam- ily started a few years ago. Today’s Christmas is much different than Christ- mas when I was a child. The Williams family enjoying the choir while waiting to get a rare glimpse of the U.S. Capital Tree. ing shorter each day, our street lights that are not illuminating become much more notice- able. Duke Energy would like to remind Harrison to do their part to keep the lights on here in Harrison. If you see a light out, or any other issue with light- ing, it is easy to make a request on their website, and they will make the repair as quickly as possible. On Nov. 15, Harrison woke up to a sheet of ice. Power outages were widespread and lasted for days in some parts of town. I am still hearing positive stories of neighbors helping neighbors, rather it be a hot meal or addressing the many trees that did not make it. City or Township residents needing protection from the cold were welcomed to a warming center at the City of Harrison Com- munity Center, where cots and blankets were provided. As al- ways, our town sticks together when the time calls for it! Do you have any news to share? Whether it is an upcom- ing event or a person doing something worth noting? I would love to hear from you! OLDENBURG By Sue Siefert Community Correspondent Sisters learning how to make Plarn. with an Oldenburg Academy student for lunch each month providing time for the Sister and her student to share their experiences, challenges, and prayers for each other. The Sisters help in the local area as volunteers at the Food Pantry, bell ringers for the Salvation Army, educators for those with physical handicaps, and spiritual directors for those seeking guidance. With- in the Motherhouse the Sisters prepare crafts and candies for their Gift Shop, welcome guests and serve as tour guides, share their musical tal- ents at liturgies and seek ways to serve the under-served from their home in Oldenburg. The Sisters recently em- barked upon a new ministry to help the inner-city homeless by making sleeping mats from recycled plastic bags. The Sisters see this as a way to recycle plastic bags, keeping them out of landfills, and a Wagon Shed Candle Company Specializing in all natural soy candles and gift baskets made to order for all occasions Sisters’ Mat-Making - S. Jean Michael Sauntry & S. Dianne Kaimann DOTTIE SCHIPPER, Owner 4717 Tall Oak Drive Aurora, Indiana 47001-7735 812-926-1466 Home • 859-512-9792 Cell way to help the most vulner- able of our society by provid- ing them warm and water- proof insulated sleeping mats. The Sisters open their home for Christmas Tours each year – and visitors are welcome from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 27 to share in their Christmas tradi- tions and refreshments. If you are seeking the true meaning of Christmas, I encourage you to visit the Sisters and expe- rience the joy they share in serving God. Frohe Weihnachten aus der ‘Burg! Most readers are aware that I work with the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, and several have inquired about the number of Sisters in the community, their ministries, and about the activities of our retired Sisters. By the numbers, today there are one hundred seventy-nine Sisters, most of whom are retired and live in the Moth- erhouse while approximately sixty Sisters remain in active ministry serving in roles of par- ish leadership, education, social services, and spiritual direction in: CA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, NM, OH, and TX. Retirement is a term that is used in reference to the Sisters in the Motherhouse… but I learned a new definition of retirement when I came to work in Oldenburg. The Sisters who have “retired” lead busy lives. Their primary focus is prayer as they pray for the nation, their local Village of Oldenburg and for the many prayer requests that they receive. In addition, many par- ticipate in the Adopt-A-Sis program which pairs a Sister I remember sitting down with the Sears catalog and making a list of all the things I wanted. There was no shortage of ideas for Santa Claus. By the time Christmas arrived, I think I had the entire catalog memorized. Christmas was always a special time because it was the one time of year that my sister and I were showered with gifts. Fast forward forty years when my children already have everything they’ve ever wanted. As a parent, it became increasingly dif- ficult to think of ideas for Christmas, and my children could hardly think of any- thing to put on their wish list. Realizing how blessed my family was, I decided to start a new tradition of sharing our blessings with each other. Beginning Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, each day we would write an inspira- tional note to each member of our family on a notecard and we would put them in each person’s stocking so that on Christmas Eve, we each had twenty-four notes from each member of our family. Then on Christmas Eve, we would turn on Christmas music, and we all got to read our notes that we had written to one another. We shared many laughs and tears as we read our notes to each other, but most impor- tantly we shared feelings of love and appreciation for one another. This was, by far, the best Christmas gift we could give each other. I have kept my note cards from each year as a constant reminder of all the things for which I am thankful. 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