News and Tribune


February 7, 2013



— Carol A. Dawson, Jeffersonville


Falls board member talks fundraising

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park are in the final stages of its Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits fundraising effort in 2013. To date, the campaign has raised $3.8 million for new immersive and interactive exhibits at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. 

As part of the new exhibit project, the Center’s rotunda was renovated with hanging glass sculptures representing the new exhibits’ four interpretive themes in 2011.

Now efforts are focused on securing the remaining funds to fabricate and install the new exhibits with an opening date scheduled for spring of 2015.

In preparation for the new exhibits, building renovations to the Center must occur, and  local legislators are working to incorporate $585,000 in the state’s general budget as a specific appropriation for this purpose. Senator Ron Grooms and Representatives Ed Clere and Steve Stemler are supporting this budget line item.

We thank our local representatives for their support, and we thank the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who have supported the project. Now, we call on everyone to support the Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits this year with either a new or additional financial gift as we strive to reach our goal. To find out how you can help, call the Foundation office at 812-283-4999.

— Kye Hoehn, board member, Falls of the Ohio Foundation


Reader takes issue with council members’ action

As I opened the News and Tribune dated Jan. 30, 2013, I was truly amazed at the headline that read: “Council members take insurance fight to court.”

These three council members — Diane McCartin Benedetti, Bob Ceasar and Kevin Zurschmede, feel they are supposed to have their health insurance premiums paid. Really? 

How many hard working people in New Albany feel the same way, but must pinch their pennies to be able to afford to cover their family or even themselves? How many people in New Albany scrimp to be able to pay their taxes? How many people must decide whether to buy food or to buy medicine, because they don’t have enough for both? 

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