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July / August 2009

Evansville Living

How Does it Feel?

To Win the Kentucky Derby When this year’s Kentucky Derby began, local racing fans watched with bated breath: Longtime Ellis Park jockey and local favorite Calvin Borel, a Louisiana native, was racing for his second Derby win. Borel won this year’s race riding Mine That Bird; he won his first Derby in 2007 riding Street Sense.

Is there a waterfall on the Rocky Falls Campground?

In 1985, Randy Johnston explored 25 West Side acres. Impressive rock formations, quiet ponds, and fish-filled lakes were hidden throughout the woods, He bought the property with his father, Clyde (now deceased). “Go buy it,” Clyde simply said.

Presidential Mission

When student leaders joined Linda L. M. Bennett on the University of Southern Indiana campus this April, they learned the new USI president wasn’t just there to answer questions. She was there to listen.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Water Works

Teenagers tanned, gossiped, and flirted. Local radio stations conducted arm wrestling and tug-of-war competitions. A Hawaiian Tropic contest determined the darkest tan. Families — armed with grills, umbrellas, coolers, and floats — came to the five-acre Kramer’s Lake during the summers of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s in masses. As Lucille Kramer, who owned the property with her late husband Earl, recalls, “They would bring so much. It was like they were moving.” Visitors swung from trapezes, leapt from diving boards, and flew down water slides.

Art Talk

From the Heart

Laura Savia wasn’t expected to live for more than a day. Born with a rare congenital heart defect that threatened to claim her life just hours after it began, the newborn lay hooked up to tubes and monitors as her parents, Alfred and Kitty Savia, summoned their minister to the hospital to pray for their dying daughter. The minister brought his wife, a nurse, who peeked into the nursery at Laura, then returned to Kitty’s hospital room smiling. “She’s going to make it,” the nurse said. “She’s a fighter.”