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Free-Flowing Discussion Attracts Crowd Of Nearly Thirty To Cataract School House On September 16

Indiana District 37 State Senator Rodric Bray, along with representatives of Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber State Recreation Area), the Owen County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation, and the Sweet Owen Convention and Visitors Bureau were among those in attendance for a free-flowing community discussion held September 16th at the Cataract School House.

Discussion topics ranged from litter to new ways to attract tourists to the area’s unique offerings. In addition to the historic general store and the Cataract Volunteer Fire Department’s annual bean dinner festi- val, the northern Owen County village is best known for its close proximity to Cataract Falls, where two sets of falls on Mill Creek create a cascade that drops 86 feet, making it the largest waterfall in Indiana. The upper falls has a sheer plunge of 20 feet; the lower falls – about a half a mile downstream – has a fall of some 18 feet.

“This area could be so much more than it is and we certainly don’t want to see it fade away,” said Kathy Kuntz, who along with her husband Scott own and operate the Cataract General Store.

In the photo on the front page, Don Meek, who has been tasked with registering vendors for the volunteer fire department’s annual bean dinner for the past 24 years, addresses the crowd as school house owner Michelle Roy looks on.

Other concerns discussed included the need for property owners to report suspicious activity in and around the Cataract/Cunot area to the authorities, as well as the need for North Cataract Road, which leads to the entrance to Cataract Falls, to be striped.

Plans were tentatively made to begin holding routine town-hall-style meetings at the school house, where residents can share concerns or offer suggestions. Watch The Hoosier Topics for future meeting dates. (Staff Photos)

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