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February 12, 2015 • Headlines

The American Legion Post #173 held their annual Law & Order Dinner recently and presented an award to Russell Walston, who received the Firefighter of the Year award. For more photos of awards presented at the dinner, pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand. Click here to subscribe! SUBMITTED PHOTO
It was a packed house for the annual Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce awards dinner on Jan. 27 at the Batesville Knights of Columbus hall. Many business, educators and community leaders came to honor the people or organizations selected. For a complete list of names and awards pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand. Click here to subscribe! MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
Pictured above are saved poems and cards from Helen and Wayne Einhaus over the years.To read more about this local love story, pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand. Click here to subscribe and stay current on what is happening in our area!
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No Primary Election for two towns

Versailles and Milan will not have a May Primary. According to Larry Eaton, town attorney for both towns, they will forego the May Primary Election and hold off until the fall General Election because there are no contested races. He informed the clerk’s office of this decision Tuesday afternoon. It will save the county on election expenses.

Candidate filing closed Feb. 6 and the only contested races are in Batesville. The current mayor, Rick Fledderman, is being challenged by another Democrat, Mike Vonderheide. A Republican, Mike Bettice, will face the winner in the fall. Milan and Versailles will have to wait until the fall General Election to cast a vote. Those in Versailles who have filed for the three town council seats include: Steve Mathes, Brian Samples and Roxanne Meyer, all Republicans. Democrats may submit a candidate for the fall election. Kiersten Libby (D) filed to run again for clerk treasurer, and Cheryl Richmond (D) or town judge. In Milan, Debra Fugate Hackman filed to run on the Republican ticket for clerk treasurer and so did Democrat Alex Poole. Republican Melissa Baker also filed to run for a council seat. Besides mayor, the other contested Primary race in Batesville will be for council seat district 1, between Democrats Mike Coleman and Darrick Cox. Others who filed, but are not contested by parties: District 2, Mike Baumer (R) and Michael Ed Hodge (D); for district 3, James Fritsch (R) for district 4, John Irrgang (R) and Beth Meyers (D); at large, Kevin Chaffee (R) and Pamela Simpson Flodder (D) Incumbent Ron Weigel, Democrat, is being challenged by Paul Gates, Republican, for clerk treasurer. John Kellerman (D) filed to run for city judge.

The Primary election will be May 5. Voter registration deadline is April 6.

Girl Scout cookies are here!

Selling cookies helps build girl power

Mary Mattingly

There’s a TV commercial that debuted at the recent Super Bowl game dubbed” LikeAGirl” and it asks people to “Run like a girl,” “Throw like a girl” and “Fight like a girl.” What if it asked to sell a product like a girl?” They’d get it right if they showed a little girl knocking on neighbors’ doors or behind a booth at a grocery store, wearing a Girl Scouts uniform, hawking the famous and beloved Girl Scouts Cookies. The little girl would be confident and courteous, not wimpy or rude. That’s one of the many traits developed from being in the Girl Scout organization.

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Members of Milan Troop 3021 sold boxes of Girl Scouts Cookies over the weekend. From left, Sarah Bohley, Cadette; Hannah Bohley, Daisy; Ava Honnert, Brownie; back row, left, Shaun Honnert, Troop Do-Dad; and Eleanor Honnert, Junior.

“It builds confidence, courage and character, and not just for future careers, but for life,” says Amy Bohley. A former Girl Scout herself, she’s been a leader for Troop 3201 in the Milan area for five years. She is also a service unit cookie manager and the Cookie Cupboard for southern Ripley County. “Sure, some girls are natural salespersons, while others may start out shy and timid, but I’ve seen some come out of their shell and show their business savvy,” she said.

It was the vision of the Girl Scout founder Juliet Daisy Low in 1917 to make the world a better place by helping girls discover their inner strength and talents. Cookie sales is just one way to develop that. Deborah Hearn Smith, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, commented, “The Girl Scout cookie program teaches girls how to run their own business. They write marketing plans, create budgets and set goals while having fun with their friends. They use their proceeds to do community service projects and participate in hands-on activities including science and technology.”

Over 2 million packages of Girl Scouts Cookies arrived last week in 45 counties in central Indiana, including Ripley, for the girls and their leaders to distribute. Bohley has what they call a pod storage unit at her house in Milan. Last Thursday, she began handing out boxes from her cupboard that has been initially stocked with 7,800 boxes of cookies to nine Milan troops in southern Indiana. Cookie sales continue through this month. It was a big cookie weekend too. She had six hours scheduled to oversee the booth sale at Sunman IGA and Walmart in Greensburg over the weekend with her two daughters, a 1st grader and 6th grader, and others in her troop. Cookies are not a hard sell though, as the famous cookies have been around for decades. As Bohley said “We’ve come a long way!” since the days when simple sugar cookies were homemade and packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen in the 1920s and 1930s. These eight varieties of cookies are baked by Little Brownie Bakers based in Kentucky. While the Thin Mints are nationally their biggest seller, southern Ripley County prefers Tagalongs, the peanut butter and chocolate cookie, with Thin Mints and Samoas close behind.

This year, the Girl Scouts have added gluten free cookies, called Toffee-tastic. Bohley had a leader picking up 25 cases for a Batesville troop, but the average has been around 2-3 cases. Also new this year the Girl Scouts can accept credit cards thanks to a partnership with MainSource Bank in Greensburg. The bank equipped 3,000 Girl Scouts volunteers with the mobile technology. The central council is the first one in the country to accept credit card purchases. The bankers also taught girls about financing and marketing across the 45 counties. Girl Scouts CEO Smith said, “The Girl Scouts is the largest financial literacy program in the United States.”

Individual sales incentives are given to the girls, such as laptops and iPads, with top prizes being a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Bohley said last year their troop used the proceeds from sales to fund a Coney Island outing. This year, her 22-member troop’s goal is to sell 2,200 boxes, but they already had over 1,700 orders. Each girl typically averages 200-250 boxes from orders. Sixty-five cents from each box goes toward troop activities or projects, 3 cents for program grant assistance, 98 cents to the bakery company, and $2.34 for camping services and troop programs. Bohley’s troop also put the money toward a Take Action Project, a flower garden planted at the Milan Town Park. The juniors, grades four and five, also took on providing a new swing at the park.

As part of her service unit position, Bohley also is in charge of safety to the troops. She emphasizes to wear their Girl Scout vests, never go inside a house and always take a chaperone. Last week in Indianapolis, an 8-year-old girl stepped out from her home with her mother to start her cookie sales and was randomly shot in the leg. Before then, a Girl Scout has never been harmed during cookie sales in the US. Bohley says it’s a little different here than in the big city. “We live in a rural area and we sell to people you know, people at schools, the bus drivers, or parent’s work,” she commented. Cookie sales will continue through February. Contact a troop if you want to order some, or look for booth sales at various grocery stores, such as Kroger in Batesville and Walmart.

Pick up this week's edition of The Versailles Republican for the stories below and more local news. Subscribe by clicking the subscribe link or call 812-689-6364.

• Highway department going to 4 day work week (front page)
• Keeping the flame going: Longtime married couples share what works for them (front page)
• Just days left to sign up for Marketplace insurance (page 3)
• A new way to get your replacement SSA-1099 online, by Charo Boyd of Social Security (page 4)

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