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Union Cemetery clean-up is Saturday

There will be a clean-up work session Saturday, May 19 at the Union Cemetery of Fayette County in Lyonsville. Anyone interested in helping is asked to be at the cemetery by 10 a.m. Please bring chain saws and weed eaters.

For information, contact Dan Moster, 765-265-7741. 

Pair will sign memoir of abandoned baby

RICHMOND — Mary Ellen Cordell Donat and Mary Ellen Test Suey will read portions of their memoir, Tiny Baby Girl Found in Woods, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau’s Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond. 

The two will be available to sign copies of the memoir until 2 p.m. Readers may bring their own books or purchase the memoir there. 

The memoir’s title comes from a newspaper’s shocking front-page headline. In September, 1955, someone abandoned an infant, its umbilical cord still attached, in a desolate woods near Boston, Indiana. Loosely wrapped in a worn towel, the baby is thought to have lain for up to five days in frigid rain before being found by hunters.

The memoir goes beyond Suey’s cruel beginning to chronicle her life of miracles, tragedy and hope. It includes Donat’s memories of her father, Sheriff Corky Cordell, who first picked up the baby and named her Rose Wayne, then decades later helped Suey discover her origins.

Dinosaur skeleton to be unveiled today

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Museum Center is unveiling a spectacle 150 million years in the making today. From 6-9 p.m., CMC will open its display a specimen of Jurassic proportions on the taproom floor of Rhinegeist Brewery, the first time the object has been on public display.

After four years of excavation, another seven years of extensive lab work and months of articulation, CMC will unveil a nearly 50-foot-long Galeamopus, an herbivorous sauropod that roamed the earth 150 million years ago. It is one of a very few known specimens and is the most complete.

To celebrate the partnership, Rhinegeist is brewing a special beer called Brittlebrain. The beer is a spicy Belgian Style Golden Ale. The event is free and a portion of Brittlebrain sales will go toward CMC.

The brewery is located at 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati.

Tthe Galeamopus will be the centerpiece of a new dinosaur gallery opening at CMC in November. The gallery will feature five other dinosaur skeletons from CMC’s collections, many rarely seen before.

Residents should report suspected fraud

Indiana residents should be on guard for and report suspicious activity of potential fraud, scam artists and other criminals who prey on survivors of flooding from earlier this year.

Here are examples of common post-disaster fraud practices.

Fraudulent phone calls or home visits: Individuals from FEMA or a government agency will have proper photo identification.

Survivors will be asked to provide their Social Security number and banking information only when registering for FEMA assistance. Never give this information to contractors.

FEMA inspectors will never require banking or other personal information.

If in doubt, don’t give out any information.

Federal workers do not solicit or accept money.

FEMA and SBA staffers will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or for assisting individuals fill out applications.

If you suspect someone is perpetrating fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or your local police department.