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Page 8B O DILLSBORO THE BEACON January 2019 ur Communities YORKVILLE & GUILFORD By Rebecca Davies By Laura Keller Community Correspondent Community Correspondent The Christmas lights are up! Like so many, I look forward to this time every year. Dills- boro is one of the best-dressed towns around. The zigzag of lights stretching across our main streets are so beautiful and with the decorated trees at Heritage Pointe, with lights timed to Christmas music, all we need is snow everywhere to complete the postcard scene! Just kidding (mostly) about the snow. Thank you to all that make this happen every year! And talk about making things happen Susan Greco, Director of Economic Devel- opment, is working tire- lessly for Dillsboro. Early one morning I went to the Town Hall building, and sure enough, Susan’s car was in the lot and she was already hard at work well before regular business hours. She helped me with my issue, and then she excitedly shared with me the news about Dillsboro being selected for an impor- tant pilot program. Susan read the following to me: “The Office of Community and Rural Affairs was award- The streets of Dillsboro are decked for the holidays. ed a $100,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development to create the IMPACT Main Street program. The pro- gram’s goal is to strengthen and protect existing business- es, contribute to expansions, and create job opportunities. The nine Main Street organizations selected for this pilot include Seymour, Fairmount, Tell City, Tipton, Rockville, Sullivan, Dillsboro, Elwood and LaPorte. The organizations will be working with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute to design and implement busi- Sunday Services 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Fresh Worship n Relevant Messages n Warm Welcome 24457 State Line Road, Bright, Indiana 47025, (812) 637-3388 Jeff Stone, Lead Minister LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. IMPACT THE WORLD. ness investment strategies for their downtowns.” This opportunity is awe- some for the town of Dills- boro. Out of five hundred sixty-nine municipalities in ninety-two counties, our town has been selected for this pilot program. Members of the community, local businesses, and town leaders will par- ticipate in planning sessions under the guidance of Indiana Communities Institute. The market data will be used to attract select businesses and develop plans to assist our ex- isting businesses with growth. Small communities always face the challenge of compet- ing, due to our lack of funds for data research and planning programs. We will gain vital demographic information that would otherwise be a costly undertaking. The IMPACT program in Dillsboro will begin in January 2019. We have many positive things on the horizon in Dills- boro! At Ripley Crossing we understand that every person is unique and that rehab is a key component to improving quality of life. We provide care specific to your needs. Whether you need post surgery care or long term care we are your number 1 choice. 1200 Whitlatch Way Milan, IN 812-654-2231 As I sat down to write this article, I can’t believe that Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is right around the corner. Another year has almost passed! I’m thankful for the many bless- ings in my life, including the opportunity to serve as your local community correspon- dent. When the wind blows just right, I can faintly hear a train whistle blowing from my house as a train passes through Guilford. If you’ve ever driven along Shale Road in Guilford, you may have done a double-take when you saw part of a train exposed in the embankment. I remember the first time I saw the train. I was merely a teenager out MILAN By Susan Cottingham Community Correspondent The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) recently awarded their Fall 2018 grants, and Milan had the honor of receiving funding for some worthy projects. These grants included $24,600 to Milan ’54, Inc. toward the development of a capital campaign. This will include the development of a new website, engineering work on designs for property development, replacement of video equipment, and capital campaign brochures. Milan Summer Baseball received funds to build a batting cage. The Milan Community School Corporation received funding toward the purchase of emergency trauma bags The Milan Park Board was awarded a grant for the paving of a basketball court at the Daren Baker Memorial Park. for a Sunday drive with my father who told me to look out the window and tell him when I saw a train in the embankment by the creek. Being a typical teenager, I didn’t believe him but lo and behold, there it was! Through the years I had forgotten about it, but on a recent ride with my husband, I glanced out the window and noticed that the train is still there. My curiosity piqued, I asked my father if he knew how the train ended up in the embankment. He recalls the train derail- ing back in the 1960s and involved a chemical spill. I’ve wondered why the cars were never removed, but I heard that the cars were kept in place to help prevent the embankment from slipping. If you have any specific details on the train wreck, please contact me below and I will do a follow-up in next month’s article. I would love to feature you in my next article! Send news in the Yorkville/Guil- ford area to yorkville @ goBEACON The Dearborn County Clearinghouse received funds for a new furnace and air conditioner. A total of $11,700 was awarded to Southeastern Indiana Recycling District toward the purchase of incineration units. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana received funds for the purchase of furnishings to create a child-friendly atmosphere for clients. The Rising Sun Regional Foundation was created in 1994 by the City of Rising Sun and receives monthly contributions to the foundation based on a percentage of the casino’s adjusted gross revenue. To date, the foundation has received more than $43 million in funds, of which at least 75% has been granted back to the community. Grant applications for the next grants cycle are being processed. More information about RSRF and their grant application process can be found on their website at Contacts for RSRF are Jascia Redwine, Executive Director and Jerry Smith, President. Ready for Better B a nk ing ? You can always... 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