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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of Mssrs. Strunk and White’s paperback . . .
    It’s a different time in ye olde newspaper world. The common wisdom is that we are a dying sort, going ever-so-quickly the way of the dinosaur.
    I agree.
    The newspaper industry is very much like the dinosaurs. Blame it on an asteroid or bad carry-out, something drastically impacted the big guys and away they went . . . and went . . . and went . . . 
    until now when you can look all around and see dinosaurs everywhere.
    They’re called birds.
    Just like the dinosaurs evolved, so it goes with newspapers. Truth to tell, us folks at the little newspaper that could started out with a handful of readers in print. In those early days we had less than 1,000 papers being sold. But slowly, we grew. Some of that growth came in print but the vast, vast majority of our numbers are now digital. More people are reading our paper online than used to read the Lafayette Journal & Courier a couple of centuries ago when yours truly was lugging copy around the sports department for legends like Bruce Ramey, Tom Kubat, Bob Scott and Jeff Washburn.
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  • Monday, February 27, 2017 10:05 PM
    Parenting can be challenging. Parents want to protect their children but still equip youth with the skills that they need to help resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use.
    Purdue Extension is partnering with the Youth Service Bureau to offering the Strengthening Families Program. This program is for parents and youth 10 to 14 years old. Strengthening Families is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills building workshop. Families will learn how to show love while setting limits, how to listen to their child and how to help family members show appreciation to each other. Evidence shows that this program helps prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems. This program also helps strengthen and improve parents/youth communication skills, increase academic success in youth and prevents violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school. If you are a family who would like to better your family communication, please join us for the “Strengthening Families 10-14” Program.
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  • CPD Detective gives info on department
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Today’s article is going to focus on the Crawfordsville Police Department’s Investigation Division and hopefully answers some questions you might have.
    CPD has 36 officers with five officers assigned to investigations, one full-time narcotics detective, two Lieutenants, and two Sergeants. With the exception of the narcotics detective, we take assignments as they come in on a rotating basis. We conduct investigations on homicides, suspicious deaths, unattended deaths, rape or sexual assaults, robbery, kidnapping and confinement, residential and business burglaries, child abandonment, child abuse / neglect, or battery causing serious injury. Depending on the case we are responsible for scene preservation / evidence collection, witness interviews, suspect interviews, and to analyze and evaluate information to solve a crime or explain what happened. All information is put into a report and sent to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office where they decide if someone is going to be charged with a crime and if so what the charges would be.
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  • Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last week I hope I answered the first part of our reader’s question about how DNA can be used to treat inherited conditions. This week I want to focus on stem cells - what they are, where they come from, how they might be used to treat disease and finally the social and ethical challenges surrounding their use.
    Stem cells are cells that have the potential to change into other more specialized cells in the body. This process is known as “differentiation.” By definition, stem cells have to exhibit two properties: (1) they must be able to divide multiple times and remain unchanged, and (2) they have to have “potency,” the ability to differentiate into other cell types.
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  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    As your State Senator, it is my job to listen and understand what constituents have to say on the topics we discuss at the Statehouse.
    To help gather this input, I send out a legislative survey each year to residents of Senate District 23.
    Results from my 2017 legislative survey have been calculated and are available at http://www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/clientuploads/Documents/2017/2017%20Session/2017%20Survey%20Results/2017_FINAL_Boots.pdf.
    I’m thankful for all of those who took the time to fill out my survey.
    If you wish to provide input as the legislative session moves forward, don’t hesitate to contact my office by phone at 1-800-382-9467 or by email at Senator.Boots@iga.in.gov.
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Happy 15th (fifteenth?) anniversary to Heidi. Heidi is my proofreader (proof-reader?). Everything I’ve written for the last 15 (fifteen?) years is first sent to her via e-mail (email?) to make sure there are no spelling or usage errors. This week she is very busy with an out of town (out-of-town?) commitment, so I’m doing my own proofing. If I said I wasn’t nervous, well that would be a bald-faced (bold-faced?) lie.
    Newspapers that publish my column have editors who check my work, but I wouldn’t want whoever (whomever?) has that responsibility to think that on a week to week (week-to-week?) basis, I’m not a careful writer. I would be really embarrassed if they continually (continuously?) found mistakes in my column, so Heidi is a preventative (preventive?) measure to be sure I get it right.
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  • Guest's top game was 279; Karen bests him at 285, sorta
    Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Alamo is where my fella today hails. Born at home in Ladoga, he began school in Alamo, attending 4th-9th at New Market, then graduating from AHS with the class of 1955. On Facebook not long ago, I saw the neatest picture of him working at Midstates in the 60s, and just had to track him down. Really enjoyed getting to know not only him, but his daughter and sister, as well as some of the AHS group of ’55. Fun time visiting with all of them at the Waveland restaurant on Saturday morning.
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  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Government Directory: 2017 Crawfordsville and Montgomery County, Indiana published by the League of Women Voters, is a 29 page booklet with a wealth of information on federal, state, and local governmental elected and appointed officials including expiration date of each term.
    A strong democracy depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens. The LWV of Montgomery County is grateful for the nearly 400 elected and appointed citizens who give of their time and talent to serve on 95 local boards, commissions, councils, or precincts.
    Contact information is included for the President of the United States, Indiana’s two United States Senators and Congressman from the 4th District.
    Indiana state officials posted are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treas-urer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as State Senator District for District 23 and House Representatives for Districts 13 and 41. Public Access Counselor is included as well as Indiana Code for the Open Door Law.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    A week ago today my fiancé Abbey and I made a pretty big step into our future with the purchase of our first house. It was long, exhausting process that caused us to make a decision for the relatively long-term. Did we want to move to the country? Maybe a small town? Or city life here in Crawfordsville?
    At the end of the day we decided to move close to downtown Crawfordsville. Ultimately we decided to take the chance and put our chips on the city to come through on the current improvements that are in the works. It should pay off big time if things come through. 
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    I ventured to a new McDonald’s the other day. It was lovely, truly lovely, but I didn’t stay. I wanted to sit alone and work from my laptop. Unfortunately, the seating was similar to that which I’ve encountered on my travels to Europe. There are one or two large tables, and only a few booths scattered along the edges. This is great for a family of 15 that would typically be unable to sit together, but it’s hard to imagine a construction crew wanting to lunch with a mom and her passel of kids. Most of us prefer to wallow in our personal space, and enjoy the semi privacy afforded by separate tables. 
    I’m relatively outgoing, and can pretty much start a conversation with any living soul, but I feel uncomfortable seating myself at a table that’s already occupied. When in Rome, I do as the Romans do, but once home, I fall into the safety net of familiarity.
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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Lincoln Day dinner program . . . 
    The Grand Ol’ Party is alive and well in Montgomery County, thanks to the professional approach and touch of party boss Suanne Milligan.
    Political observers will likely remember the disarray the GOP went through under the last couple of Chairs, John Pickerill and Scott Molin. However, there’s not much evidence of anything awry now, and that was especially true at last week’s Lincoln Day Dinner. A full house was on hand to listen to Gov. Eric Holcomb. It didn’t even matter that this was Holcomb’s very first visit as governor to take part in the Lincoln festivities. Unlike the last few years, smiles were aplenty and the talk, mood and overall demeanor was predictably optimistic.
    Milligan was quick to give credit to the party officers as well as county commissioner Jim Fulwider who was in charge of organizing Friday’s event. However, as more than one political observer noted, things have calmed down and smoothed out – thanks to Milligan’s leadership.
    It certainly didn’t hurt Friday that Holcomb came across so well either. Instead of a typical speech from the podium, Holcomb sat with Milligan and did a Q&A for about 40 minutes. Both handled the spotlight well and Indiana’s 51st governor kept everyone smiling with his easy-going and friendly approach.
    Prior to the evening getting rolling, The Paper had an opportunity to chat with the governor privately. The following are some excerpts from that conversation:
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  • Thank you Messrs. Mendel, Watson & Crick
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    I received two queries from readers asking me to address how “DNA and stem cells” might be used to treat inherited medical conditions. That’s a tall order for the space allotted, so I’ll tackle DNA this week and stem cells next week. 
    Modern genetics started with Gregor Mendel’s work on the inheritance of various traits in pea plants in the mid 1800s. A century later, James Watson & Francis Crick (with a lot of help from Rosalind Franklin) determined the structure of DNA in 1953. There is no doubt that the expansive scientific knowledge borne from the discovery of the structure of DNA will continue to revolutionize medical science.
    DNA is an extremely elegant molecule that carries all the information needed to construct a living organism. The structure of DNA is described as a “double helix” which can be represented by imagining a ladder that has been doubly-twisted along its length (see diagram).
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  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Indiana, along with the entire country, is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, with heroin and prescription painkillers damaging too many lives and communities across the state.
    Indiana Senate Republicans are attacking this problem with a three-pronged approach of prevention, treatment and recovery. Here are some of the bills moving through the General Assembly this year:
    Senate Bill 226 would prohibit doctors from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioids to most patients if it’s their first opioid prescription with the doctor.
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  • Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Late winter has arrived and already signs of the end of the season are apparent. Winter aconite (Eranthus hyemalis) and snowdrop (Galanthus spp.) have begun to bloom in our area. These two species are some of the first to flower as winter draws to a close, before even crocuses and daffodils bloom. Although they are not native, these two plants’ emergence are a welcome sight after a few long months of cold temperatures and gray skies.
    Winter aconite, a member of the buttercup family, is native to the woodlands of Europe. It is cold-tolerant and doesn’t mind a bit of snow cover while it blooms. After blooming, this perennial plant dies back and spends the rest of the year as a dormant tuber in the soil. This species is known for its toxicity – all parts of this plant contain cardiac glycosides, which in very large doses can be fatal to mammals. Several other plants contain these types of compounds, including foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), which contains the cardiac glycoside known as digitoxin.
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  • Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    "Seriously," I responded to Mary Ellen, "in the middle of the afternoon? At our age? You must be kidding."
    "Why not? If we wait till evening, you'll just fall asleep. Take your little blue pill and let's get going."
    So I took an Aleve for my arthritis and we headed out for a class in line dancing. 
    We were in Florida with our friends Joy and Steve. I figured it was Joy who dragged Steve along to the community center for these lessons, but Steve tells Joy he loves the activity. So it turns out that her husband, who is a better golfer than I am and a better bowler, is also a better liar. 
    The sign in front of the community center said WATCH YOUR STEP, which at first I thought was a warning about an unsafe change in the flooring, or possibly a whimsical instruction for beginner dancers. But it could have also been a warning to recalcitrant seniors like me not to be uncooperative and cranky.
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