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Sunday, August 30, 2015
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    Rosie Lerner, an Extension Consumer Horticulturist at Purdue University, has given the following home, yard and garden tips to keep in mind!

    HOME (Indoor plants and activities)

    Prepare storage areas for overwintering tender flower bulbs and garden produce.

    Thanksgiving (or Christmas) cactus can be forced into bloom for the Thanksgiving holidays. Provide 15 hours of complete darkness each day, for instance, from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., for approximately eight weeks. Keep temperature at about 60-65 degrees F. Temperatures of 55F will cause flower buds to set without dark treatment.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:50 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    I would like to tell you that like our three MCschools, C’ville, North and South, I started out sizzling hot – nailed all three games and then followed up with perfection in the SAC.

    Actually, I’d love to tell you that.


    Unlike the boys in blue, orange and red, I stunk. For the week, I went with a mediocre, paltry, lowly, second-rate, run-of-the-mill, measly and miserable 4-4 record. I hate to say it, but there are coins out there that do better just getting flipped.

    And South? Oh boy, South! Did I really say they were going to lose by a hundred or something? I did indeed. You read it here that they were going to get whooped up on. Boy did those Mounties make me eat my words.

    You know what? Good for them. It’s a great thing to have a little attitude, a bit of a swagger. Show me now that you can do it two weeks in a row.

    And speaking of two weeks in a row. I read where Lori Poteet, photographer extraordinaire, said that all three schools winning their opener had not happened since 1994. Wonder when the last time all three started out 2-0?

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:00 AM

    Yesterday marked the 95th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on August 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.

    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more – worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.

  • Baseball all the way for this week’s guest
    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:14 PM

    This week, I interviewed one of my super-interesting cohorts, but I didn’t meet him at The Paper. Instead, we met on a baseball field. I’m not sure how many years ago, but more than a half dozen. This young man of course played baseball, along with football, basketball and cross country in school. Luck had it that his sweet wife, Michelle, and Corbin, the nifty youngest of their two sons, also ate at Pizza Hut with us, thus it turned-out to be a fun-filled family affair. Funny, I tried to make plans several times to meet our guest this week, but he’s one busy fellow. Finally, we set a time. Then, I got a text saying he might be late because he was officiating a sixth-grade football game at New Market. So, believe me when I say I’m lucky to have caught Scott Smith for today’s article. 

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:55 PM

    At the outset it needs to be noted that whatever is called the social contract, it is not actually a contract which is “an agreement entered into by two or more parties with the serious intention of creating a legal obligation or obligations, which may or may not have elements in writing. Contracts can also be formed orally (parole contracts). The remedy at law for breach of contract is usually ‘damages’ or monetary compensation. In equity, the remedy can be specific performance of the contract or an injunction.”

    So then, contracts are legal instruments, means by which legally backed agreements are recorded and used to settle disputes about the parties’ obligations. The idea of a so called social contract is, actually, an oxymoron since most social acts aren’t legal ones. A better term for what is usually meant by “social contract” would be social compact, a plain agreement of some kind.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:32 PM

    Sending kids to college can be daunting.

    I just moved away from Butler, ironically, while all of the little freshmen were moving in. It got me thinking back to when I moved in. I had no idea what to expect. I also thought about the kids I have talked to from Montgomery County who are heading off to college soon. I have been lucky enough to talk to some athletes like Hannah Whicker, Grant Gaylor, and Michael Minks (Crawfordsville graduates) who are heading to their different colleges to play their respective sports. What struck me the most while talking to them was their excitement for a new chapter in their lives. It can be scary to leave friends and family behind, but the opportunities, especially in our American culture, are endless.

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:38 PM

    Some say we are losing our sensitivity to crime. I think that, as a whole, that may be true of our society.

    People enjoy seeing crime portrayed in the movies. That's nothing new. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the earliest silent movies involved an explosion.

    One of my favorite TV shows as a young adult was "Barney Miller." It was a comedy set in a New York City police precinct station run by Captain Barney Miller.

    The main characters were all somewhat squirrelly. Miller was the sanest of the lot.

    Each episode dealt with the crazies that were arrested by the detectives in the precinct.

    The show was popular and entertaining but didn't really treat the victims of crime very seriously. 

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:51 PM

    I’m sitting here in the new house, boxes stacked to the ceiling; a virtual maze of corrugated cardboard and Sharpie ink which is sometimes the only indication of which room I have entered.

    “The kitchen must be here somewhere. Ah yes, here it is! I can tell because this wall of boxes stacked higher than my head reads ‘silverware,’ ‘cookie sheets’ and ‘underwear drawer.’”

    “Wait a minute. Is this the kitchen or the bedroom?”

    It has been this way all weekend. The movers either got tired of reading, or they live in a one room efficiency apartment where they do indeed keep their underwear in the kitchen. 

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM

    On Friday night, all three county football teams started their season with victories! So how long has it been since that happened? That took a bit if digging but yes, even a photographer can figure that stat out. It’s been since 1994 since all three county school opened the season with a WIN!!!

    Twenty-one years ago Crawfordsville beat Westfield 14-7, Southmont beat West Lafayette 20-3 and North demolished Sheridan 20-0. I would love to have to look up next week when the last time the county teams opened up the season with two wins; not impossible by any means. The biggest obstacle that to happen will be for North as they take on Brebeuf who always has a good team (funny how much it helps to get have a solid team when you can recruit.)

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 8:25 PM

    Notes scribbled on the back of a “Sock it to ‘em, Bobby” Robert Kennedy for president bumper sticker . . .   

    Thanks to reader Ben W. Wright who sent me an e-mail after a recent column about a motorcycle fund-raising ride to the Ernie Pyle museum in beautiful downtown, Dana, Ind. Ben, being a more observant guy than yours truly, said he rides and was considering going along – but wondered what the ride was raising funds for?

    Smack me in the forehead and don’t give me a V-8!

    I routinely remind young journalists to be sure to include the famous five W’s in their stories. Might be nice if I followed my own advice.

    So, for anyone looking for something to do Saturday, the good folks at the Hoosier State Press Association and all-around good guy Dave McChesney – founder of 1Up Software – have created a first-of-its-kind motorcycle ride for newspaper folks (including readers).


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