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The doll house . St. Clement parishioner lives out Gospel of the good steward By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Debbie Funk still remembers sitting in a church pew one Sun- day at St. Clement Church, Boonville, listening to the Gospel of the good steward. She says she didn't have time to reflect on the Gospel's message, because it hit her "upside the head." "We were talking about stew- ardship, and that Gospel hit me a little different that time." Suddenly, she knew exactly what she could do for her parish. She could build a doll house. She says she's been "obsessed with tiny since I was little. I've collected miniatures all my life." She had just completed building a doll house for herself, and she decided to build another one that her parish could raffle. "I knew I could make five to six times the amount I spent on it." She started with a $170-180 kit of a 1930s farmhouse. By the time she finished, it boasted electricity, hardwood floors, wallpaper and crown molding. She added a garden hose out- side, and a welcome mat complete with a key under- neath- on the front porch. There is cow wallpaper in the bathroom, furniture with draw- ers that pullout, a frosted glass window, a dog at the front door -- and even a miniature mas and Easter decorations which will be included with the doll house. She estimates that it took her about two months -, and about $600  to complete the doll house. Her family says the worst times were the "hot-dog dinners" she served. She says she often found herself working 12- hour stretches without real- izing it. The doll house will be raffled after the 5 p.m. Mass on Dec. 20 at St. Clement Church, Boonville. Raffle tickets are one for $2 or three for $5. Th may be pur- chased at St. Clement Church. (812) 897-4653. Funke is a physics and geometry teacher at Memorial High School, Evans- ville; she will be selling raffle tickets there. They are also avail- able at Michel's Lawn and Gar- den in Dale, and from Mary Ann Tenhumberg, (812) 897- ij?im doll house in the attic. 3128 and from Pat Bennett, Debbie Funk has Iuilt this 1930's style doll house which will, DEBB FUNK She has also collected Christ- (812) 897-2117. raffled on Dec. 20 at St. Clement Church, Boonville. i Eight diocesan schools have developed their own " By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer School, Jasper, was designed by its principal Pare Bell. It offers information about the school's history, technology tuition, cam- pus and the staff. Bell believes the site is a "good marketing tool, because it's an easy way for people to get infor- mation about the school." During the month of August, the website had 248 hits. The homepage for Holy Rosary School, Evansville, invites visitors to "Please join us for information and events from our school and parish where we meet everyday to learn about God, life and technology with- out which we would be lost." Kim Fromm, the technical coordinator at Holy Rosary, designed the website. The site includes sections for church schedules, school events, special events suchas Catholic Schools Week, and new teachers. Since last May, the website has had 700 visitors. The homepage at Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, is updated every two weeks. It contains information about the school's history and philos- ophy, admission policies and summer programs. The home- page promises, "We'll make a difference in your life so you can make a difference in your world." In the last six months, 1,500 users have accessed the Ferdi- Last year, when Mater Dei stu- dents Richard Morris and Jeff Woehler created a website for their high school, it took them about 175 to 200 hours. This fall, with Woehler away at college, Morris is handling the website himself. He's currently in the process of updating all of its information. "When I can, [ try to spend at least a couple of days after school updating. I change a little bit at a time." The Mater Dei junior says he's been creating webpages for "almost three-and-a-half years. Basically, I taught myself. I decided I wanted to learn how to do this. I read some books, and took some tutorials on-line. "Now, I have my own busi- ness. I actually make web pages for businesses." Morris said he and Woehler "thought up the idea" of a web- site for Mater Dei. They created the site, and then decided what exactly should be included on it. The site contains the school's mission statement and history. It also offers information about the educational team, student life, athletics, feeder schools and the Friends and Alumni Association. Mater Dei is one of eight schools in the Diocese of Evans- ville with an established website. The website at Holy Family nand website. Members of the staff at Rivet High School, Vincennes, have developed their school's home- page. It contains the school's hand- book, curriculum and tuition information, sports schedules, Christian Educational Founda- tion news, and the school's his- tory and mission statement. The Rivet website also offers links to colleges, financial aid sources and SAT registration. Susie Hayden, the computer coordinator at St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon, designed that website. It contains the school's mission statement and history. Last year, St. Matthew seventh and eighth graders designed "Meet the Seventh Grade" and "Meet the Eighth Grade" pages. They wrote biographical sketch- es about themselves, and they provided artwork forthe pages. Hayden expects to have similar pages this year. The website for St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, is connected to the parish internet site. It is updated weekly, and contains the school handbook and "Tiger Tales," the weekly school newsletter. Since its onset in April of 1996, the Newburgh site has had 2,265 visitors. St. John parishioner Mike Koehne designed the website. ttistory Welcome 00,ore Celebrating About " A Family of Believers Religion Technology Safety We Have C,L.A.S.S. Tuition Student Leaders The website for Holy Family.School, Jasper, contains about the school's history, technology, tuition, campus staff. The Website for Washington Catholic High School is updat- ed two to three times a year. WCHS teacher Don Wade designed the site which contains the school brochure and philos- ophy, and directory. All of the Catholic schools in the diocese are also listed in the American School Directory. The internet address is and information about individ- ual schools can be obtained there. Benedictine Sister Mar- ilyn Schroering, principal at St. Joseph School, Van- derburgh County, and the school secretary, Rebecca Dosher, just completed information for the ASD. They have included the school's mission state- ment and history, as well as information about sports and school news. also a calendar and wish Count on us an3 day ,,. III 1314 Grand CORRESSELL, HEATING. AIR REFRIGERATION Alan Corressell