Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

March 6, 2013

Area Business Briefs

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BATESVILLE — Company will help smokers quit

Mark Masavage, the new CEO of Seven Steps to Life Inc., was introduced in a Jan. 6 public forum at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. One of Cincinnati’s leading vascular surgeons was there as well.  

The opening of a nicotine addiction clinic was discussed, reported Seven Steps to Life founder Mel Calvert, Batesville.

Real estate program successful

Amy Buckley, Countryside Realty, Batesville, broker-owner, has announced the success of its 2012 stimulus package for buyers. By the end of December, the agents and their company completed over 21 real estate transactions that generated over $9,500 of Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates being spent at local businesses.

After closing, the agents purchased the gift certificates from the chamber and gave them to their buyers to use at several local businesses for any home remodeling projects, appliances or dinners out.

Bank employees participate in ride

For the second time, Friendship State Bank employees formed a team to participate in the 25th annual Hope Ride in Hope.

The bank’s team consisted of seven athletes. Julie Mathias completed 75 miles. Chris Meyer, Casey Meyer and Karin Johnson finished the 50-mile ride. Jan Bedel, Katie Sparks and Gery Bosse all rode 25 miles.   

The proceeds collected from the Hope Ride support local charities in that area, such as the Hope Food Bank Endowment Fund, Dollars for Scholars, Hope Summer Playground, Relay for Life and Youth Outreach Programs. Event organizers have given away $350,000 from their proceeds to these charities.  

Readers may visit to see photos from local events and for more information.

Veterans Day marked at St. Andrews

The team at St. Andrews Health Campus hosted an early Veterans Day celebration with a brunch attended by over 75 veterans, residents and community guests, said Liz Kellerman, community services representative.

Resident Raymond Roell noted, “It was a very meaningful ceremony, and I felt very honored to be able to be a part of it.”

The Batesville Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 Color Guard held a flag ceremony.

Bank contest’s prizes are coins

Lloyd Reuter, Friendship, won a 1912 Gold Coin after he answered the question “What Will the World Look Like 100 Years From Now?” in 100 words or less for a Friendship State Bank contest.   

The contest wrapped up an entire year of celebrating the bank’s 100th anniversary in 2012.   

Ten additional winners, were drawn by random for 1912 pennies.

More information and local event photos are available at