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Sunday, April 26, 2015
  • “It has always been my contention that a laundromat, not the singles bar, is the most effective place to meet your soulmate.”

    That sentence above was written by me, back when I was still single in Columbus, Ohio, working as a freelance writer. It doesn’t compare to, “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times,” the first sentence of some famous book, but I can never remember who in the dickens wrote it.

    My article appeared in a publication called Living Single, and it was the very first humor column I ever wrote. I found a copy of that the magazine this week while cleaning the basement. I hadn’t seen it in 35 years.  Here is the column, just as it appeared more than three decades ago—a time before online dating, Facebook and Twitter.  Is the column funny now? Was it even funny then? You tell me. Come to think of it, don’t tell me.

     
  • “All parts of the body if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed, and age slowly; but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly.” - Hippocrates

    Few things benefit the body more than maintaining physical fitness. While doctors have typically recommended exercise for younger patients, we’re realizing how important it is for our older patients as well. Regular exercise, even in one’s senior years, can still reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, particularly heart attacks and strokes.

    Most communities are blessed to have many options available for exercise, especially those that are supervised. I prefer these activities because a trained professional typically leads the group. This person can make recommendations to get the most out of the program in the safest way possible.

    Why is regular exercise so important for seniors? You may have noticed that as our bodies age a number of physiologic changes occur. We lose muscle mass and tone, leading to weakness, reduced flexibility, and problems with balance. Our bones become weaker from a lack of weight-bearing activity. Balance problems and weak bones lead to falls and broken bones. Our hearts and lungs can get out of shape causing reduced stamina and difficulty breathing with activity.

     
  • As we near the end of session, I want to update you on noteworthy education legislation that has passed the General Assembly. Below are brief descriptions of two bills that have reached the governor’s desk:

    Education Deregulation: Senate Bill 500 would remove more than 50 unnecessary and burdensome administrative regulations on schools, allowing educators and leaders to focus more of their dollars on student learning instead of overhead.

    Affordable College for Veterans: Senate Enrolled Act 434 expands eligibility for in-state college tuition for graduate and undergraduate courses to active-duty military personnel and veterans. This legislation also allows members of the Indiana National Guard who aren't originally from Indiana to pay in-state tuition.

    This session, the General Assembly has put a strong focus on strengthening education in Indiana. There are still measures being considered by the legislature to support increased teacher pay and cut red tape for our local schools that must be finalized before the end of session on April 29. I look forward to updating you on those and other issues in the days ahead.

    Phil Boots is a State Senator and an owner of The Paper of Montgomery County. 

     
  • I would like to thank everyone who reached out to me following my most recent guest article.  The many calls, letters, emails, texts and visits were overwhelming.  I greatly appreciate your words of support and although I believe I was able to respond to each of you, I would like to say thank you once again. 

    There were two very common themes to the messages I received.  First, there was a profound appreciation for the fact that I had taken a polite, yet firm, stand against the ongoing rhetoric. Second, a resounding approval for the efforts put forth by my administration and an appreciation for the direction the community is heading as a result.  In the words of many, “stay the course!”

    Our community clearly wants results oriented leadership rather than polarizing bickering.  You have made it clear to me that you want leaders who can unify, not divide, and that you expect leaders to think independently to find workable solutions to the complex challenges that face our community.  

     
  • Summer planning is well underway!.  There are many upcoming events and activities youth will want to check into for the summer. 

    Cloverbuds:  Cloverbuds is a special group for youth ages 4 and 5, who are not yet in Kindergarten (K-2 is now for Mini 4-H).  There is no cost to join.  Members will get to participate in a fun-filled workshop and they will get to participate in some special events at the 4-H Fair put on by the 4-H Jr. Leaders.  Each member will make a special project to exhibit at the 4-H Fair July 17-23.  Enrollment forms are available in the Extension Office, on our website (https://extension.purdue.edu/Montgomery/) and will be posted on the 4honline page of each current 4-H family.  Please have your enrollment form in by May 15.

     
  • Hello World!

    What a beautiful spring it has been!  A few spots of rain and crummy weather, but for the most part we’ve been able to avoid cancelations and spring sports have been running well.

    A surprise to me has been just how good the Crawfordsville baseball team has been. Everyone knew they were going to be good. But I didn’t know they had this much!

    They’re sitting at 12-0 after beating Western Boone on Tuesday 10-0. The undefeated Athenians are also ranked as No. 1 in Class 3A. Not bad for the boys in blue and gold.

    North Montgomery and Southmont have also been playing some solid baseball early on. The Chargers swept the intra-county series, but the second game was highly competitive.

    Another pleasant thing to see this spring has been the quality of the track and field action. There are certain things that certain schools always seem to be strong in, but all three schools seem especially deep this year in almost all of the events. 

     
  • Though this is a topic that I have visited on several occasions, having recently become an avid fan of the Discovery Channel’s series on life in the deep oceans and other seas, I am motivated to observe just how absurd the notion of animal rights really is.

    Here we have the oceans of the globe teeming with billions of critters of immense variety. Looked at close up these are often very beautiful animals, indeed, and their agility is fantastic, to say the least. Not that people cannot match what these animals can do, although some of their feats are not within human reach except with extensive technological assistance. But it is undeniable that the wales, octopuses, herrings, crabs, seals, sharks; they do have amazing lives and incidentally put on a great show. At times what they do takes one’s breath away!

     
  • The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary, and family situations (single, married, number of children).  Southmont, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge students participated in this year’s Reality Store.

    Students moved from booth to booth with checkbooks, calendars and clipboards, making decisions based on their scenarios to pay for taxes, housing, utilities, transportation, insurance, clothing, groceries, child care, furniture, medical expenses, charitable gifts, entertainment, pets, etc.  Many students were forced to take a “second job” or visit the bank to take out a loan when their funds fell short.  It was a very eye-opening experience for the students.

     
  • “No worries” says this week’s subject

    Born in Tacoma, Wash., this week’s guest is the son of a Methodist Minister and spent much of his early life in northern Indiana, Cambridge City and New Haven in his younger years, then, Gary and South Bend in his teen and young adult time.  Being in the inner city, he quickly learned that skin color makes no difference.  It’s a philosophy that Peter Utterback took into his classroom and has always believed and followed.  Way to go, Pete!

    Graduating from South Bend LaSalle High School, Pete played the trombone there as well as at DePauw.  He also swam in high school.  Church Youth Group was very important in Pete’s early life.  Pete has a brother who is a financial adviser in Wisconsin and a sister who is a teacher in South Bend.  His mother still lives in that area.  Four nieces and a nephew round-out his original family.

    Interestingly, Pete knew early on what his career would be.  Sitting on the school’s step one day as an 8th grader, Pete’s teacher asked what Pete thought he might like to do in life.  “I want to be an English teacher like you!”  Several years later, Pete wrote Mr. Morous a letter telling him that he had indeed accomplished the task and loved it.

     
  • I have been working on the new house this week.  The previous owners did a beautiful job of decorating, but we are working hard to make it our own. I am there late each night, stripping wall paper, priming, and painting. 

    The last time I bought a new house was over 18 years ago.  We worked on it for three months before move-in day.  I had a preschooler, a toddler, and I was in the last trimester of a pregnancy.  I was waiting tables every night, and spent six weeks sleeping on my in-laws’ living room floor while we were between houses.  And yet, somehow, I felt significantly better than I do these days when I wake up in the morning. Age is taking its toll on my body, and the more I paint, the more it shows.  

    Today, I did not wake up until 8:45 a.m.  That is an ungodly late hour for someone who is typically up between 6 and 6:30.  I looked at the clock, rolled over, and strongly considered falling back to sleep.  Then I remembered the kids.  Oh yeah! Kids! School starts at 9. 

     

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