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Page 12B S P ENSE FROM THE By Howard Hewitt beaconsports THE BEACON By Celeste Calvitto W Zoller UBLISHER By Melanie Alexander hat's Happening In the Town of West Harrison By Christina Swafford Community Correspondent Fifty-two girls attended the sixth annual Girls’ Night event. Time seems By to fly quickly by in these days between Maxine Thanksgiving Klump and Christmas. Never mind that Thanksgiving Community came earlier than many Correspondent years. These last few days just before the holidays seem filled with too many tasks. If you enjoy preparing some sweet treats for holiday gatherings, you might now be wondering just when the Karlie Bouffard, Emma time will be available for Green, Chloe Wiseman, this activity. With that in Hayley Lewis, Kerala mind, my search for recipes Carter, Rachel Kuhn, Alexa for this month centered on Stowasser, Olivia Stenger, locating recipes that are quick Addy Orndorff, Alli Beard, to prepare; in fact, one of the Alissa Towels, Britney Dole, recipes requires no baking! Helen Grimm, Hannah Weiler, Janie Robbins, Mollie No exotic ingredients are needed and are probably Messmore, Jill Wilhelm, already available in your Maria Deddens, and Angela kitchen. Tanedo. FCCLA Advisors This recipe is the “no-bake” Mrs. Brenda Osman and one. The oats should be Ms. Ashley McConnell, and added as they come from the parent volunteers Shaun container. Hint: Go ahead Graham and Patty Grimm and purchase parchment paper oversaw the event and aided for this recipe. It guarantees the girls in running the event that the bars will be easy to smoothly. release without sticking. It Senior Hannah Weiler can be found in the baking said “Girls’ Night is a very aisle and comes either in a roll important event in our or handy sheets. If you want community. It was amazing thinner bars, you can use a to see the girls come together 9X13 dish instead of using a and support each other.” square dish. FCLLA is a dynamic and No Bake effective national student Chocolate Oatmeal Bars organization that helps young 1 cup butter men and women become leaders and address important ½ cup brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract personal, family, work, 3 cups rolled oats and societal issues through 1 cup semisweet or dark Family and Consumer chocolate chips Sciences education. The ½ cup peanut butter organization is unique Line an 8-inch or 9-inch among youth organizations square baking dish with because its programs are parchment paper and set planned and run by members. aside. Ensure that you have It is the only national in- the edges of the paper longer school organization with the than the top of the baking dish family as its central focus. to make it easier to lift the Participation helps members bars from the dish. become strong leaders in Melt butter and brown their families, careers, and sugar in a large saucepan over communities. A Night of Education and Fun for All The East Central Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter hosted the sixth annual Girls’ Night event- a night where any middle school girl from Sunman Dearborn Middle School can come to the high school for an evening of fun and empowerment. Throughout the night, the young girls attended workshops on recognizing and reacting to cyberbullying, how to say no to peer pressure, enhancing their self-concept and how to have healthy relationships. The event was completely free to any girl who wanted to come and participate. Snacks, dinner, and free t-shirts were provided, plus an unforgettable night of mentoring and building friendships. Girls, grades 6-8, participated in Girls’ Night. Volunteers Samantha Santen and Bridgitte Taylor educated the girls about what healthy relationships are. FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) is an organization that allows teenagers to become great leaders and active members in their communities. This event was led by FCCLA members Molly Graham and Eva Grimm. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of young girls to help stop the cycle of bullying among youth. The event was primarily youth-led with high school-age girls who volunteered to be mentors to the middle school girls. The high school mentors were Rylie Hilgrove, Maggie Hoog, Logan Cox, Hannah Lauck, Downtown Lawrenceburg’s Ice Skating Rink NOW OPEN through Jan. 6, 2019! Located at Todd Creech Park, Tate St. Tuesday - Thursday: 4-8PM Friday: 4-9PM Saturday: 12-9PM Sunday: 12-8PM Closed Mondays ---------- Christmas Break Schedule Hours: December 22 – January 6: 12-9PM Christmas Eve: 12-3PM New Years Eve: 12-6PM Closed Christmas Day For more information contact: Lawrenceburg Main Street 812-537-4507 or go to: January 2019 medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla and then mix in the oats. Cook the mixture for 3-4 minutes over low heat until the mixture is well blended. Pour ½ of the oat mixture into the prepared dish and spread evenly. Reserve the remainder of the mixture. To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl; stir until smooth. Pour this mixture over the oat layer but reserve about ¼ cup for the topping. Spread remaining oat mixture in the pan and drizzle remaining chocolate mixture over top. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into squares. Long ago, I prepared candy treats for Christmas gifts for neighbors, teachers, and friends. One of the favorite items was English toffee, a brittle-thin layer of sugar butter and cream topped with chocolate. The recipe below is a far easier and quick to prepare version but is quite similar in taste. Betty Ann Lux, a friend from Providence Church, has an almost identical recipe called Tennessee Toffee that appeared in a church cookbook years ago. By whatever name, the treats are great. Almost Toffee 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 35 saltine cracker squares 1 12-oz. package milk chocolate chips Finely chopped pecans or walnuts (about 1/3 cup) Preheat oven to 400°. Line a cookie sheet with foil and layer the crackers side by side. Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue to cook at a rolling boil for 3 minutes while stirring constantly. (Hint: Follow this instruction to stir constantly, or you might have a burned syrup!) Pour and spread evenly over the saltines. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Pour chocolate chips over the top and spread evenly with a knife as they melt. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Place into refrigerator to chill until set. Break into bite-sized pieces. Needs to be stored in air-tight container in a cool place. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season with pleasant memories. May you find time to enjoy in those activities and events taking place during these early winter days. Team members Maria Hartman, Amelia Hartman, Bailey Grunkemeyer, Gage Crone. Pricing & Details $6 for Adults / $4 for Children age 14 & under, Children under 2 Free Skate rental included with admission. Season Passes Available: $30 Individual / $50 Family of up to 4 Lawrenceburg Residents Free with Proof of Residency For skaters under 18, a parental signature will be required on waiver of liability form. Birthday Parties and Private Rink Rentals are welcome but due to limited space, they must be scheduled in advance with the Rink Manager. ECFFA Competes at Nationals The state winning EC FFA Environmental Natural Re- sources Career Development Event (CDE) team competed in the 2018 National FFA En- vironmental Natural Resourc- es CDE at the National FFA Convention. The competitive event tests FFA members’ problem solving skills about soil profiles, water quality, waste management, and the use of global positioning units. East Centrals placed in the bronze emblem category. IF YOU LIKE THE BEACON…PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS, AND TELL THEM YOU SAW THEIR ADS IN THE BEACON. THANK YOU!