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Thursday, August 17, 2017

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Promoting Civic Pride and Competency in Our Schools” was the program presented by Collin K. Gruver, Director of Civic Education Programs for the Indiana Bar Foundation, at a recent League of Women Voters Lunch with the League program. The Indiana Bar Foundation has sponsored the “We the People” program in Indiana for a number of years.
    The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among upper elementary, middle and high school students. We the People printed textbooks and enhanced e-books contain interactive strategies and relevant content, making teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers.
    Studies have shown that students who have participated in We the People programs are much more likely to: participate in civic life, work collectively rather than individually to improve their community, respect the rule of law, follow and critically consume current events, enjoy talking about government and politics, vote in presidential and local elections, serve on a jury, and be tolerant of those with differing political views.
    Indiana is one of the nation’s leading states in school participation in We the People. There are large clusters of schools involved throughout north, central, east, and southern Indiana but almost none in west central Indiana.
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  • This gal's temporary job teaching lasted 12 years
    Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have an interesting tale this week. This gal and her husband were high school sweeties, but married others and went separate ways, always semi-staying in touch, as his wife was a good friend of my lady this week. His first wife passed away from cancer in ’86. My guest had been separated from her husband, Jack, for 10 years and was home in Waynetown taking a walk on 25. A blue car whizzed by, turned around and out jumped her now husband. Their hometown, past experiences and rekindled love brought a wedding as well as a wonderfully blended family which has lasted 27 years. Now, that’s a love story!
    My gal spent 43 years teaching and had already retired when called to teach temporarily at North. Well, that temp job lasted 12 years, but most of her sojourn was in the Chicago area where she taught choral music (at VanderCook College of Music; Thornridge HS; and Thornton Township HS), but she also did teach at Franklin-Simpson High in Kentucky and Russellville HS in Arizona. 
    My guest feels lucky that she had the same music teacher all 12 years at Waynetown, a woman I greatly admired, Mary Helen Loveless. A cousin, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick taught her voice and by third grade, she was whipping-off Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Singing, playing, and performing are certainly in her repertoire and she is amazing at them all. After meeting her, I’d need to add a ball of fun makes her an extremely special person to those she teaches, entertains and works with in performances. Or, like me, just meets!
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:26 PM
    It’s back to school time, and the Crawfordsville Police Department would like to remind everyone to drive safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-20 year olds in the United States. The primary causes of crashes for drivers in this age group are speeding and distracted driving. Distracted driving alone led to 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in 2015. Talking on the phone, texting, using social media, talking with passengers, and eating in the car are all examples of distracted driving.
    Cell phone use is one of the most common distractions for drivers of all ages. Drivers are encouraged to safely pull over if they need to use a phone for any reason, including talking on the phone. Indiana Code states the following in regards to cell phone use while driving:
    IC 9-21-8-59 Use of telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle
    Sec. 59. (a) A person may not use a telecommunications device to:
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    We’ve kicked around the phrase “the little paper that could” for a while now. Frankly, it just seemed to fit. The idea was to give folks here a newspaper that was owned and operated by local people rather than some guy down in Alabama. 
    Oh pshaw, you say. That’s not important. Let me tell you why it might be.
    Years ago, feels like about a hundred, I was a young sports writer. Just moved to Crawfordsville from the Lafayette Journal & Courier. I figured the stop was simply a step on my way to Sports Illustrated. The publisher back then was a guy some of you remember, Bob Lyons – a man who would be instrumental in my career and to whom I owe much. Apparently he saw something in a young wet-behind-the-ears twentysomething because he did things for me that hadn’t been done with previous sports writers. One was he took me to what Crawfordsville Country Club called the member-guest outing. I’m guessing it was a recruiting tool for the club. For me, though, it was an eye-opener. I played golf that day with Bob who was my boss’ boss. In our foursome was the former owner of the Journal-Review, one Addington Vance – who everyone called Ag. As a sports writer, I guess I was impressed that he used to own a newspaper, but what really knocked my socks off was that he was an All-State basketball player from the 1930s who won a state title at Logansport AND he played college ball at Northwestern University. 
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  • Monday, August 14, 2017 8:00 AM
    Last year, the City of Crawfordsville began the process of updating the 2005 Comprehensive Plan. For the last 12 months a team of City staff, volunteer steering committee members, key stakeholders, consultants, and the public have been refining the vision for Crawfordsville over the next 20 years. This plan, based on community input, will serve as the City’s roadmap for issues such as land use, redevelopment, housing, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, parks and recreation, and more. The goals and objectives of this plan are an extension of the City’s quality of place efforts through the Stellar Communities designation. Those goals are focused on the following: creative place-making focused on community gathering points, promoting wellbeing through trails, parks, and bike/pedestrian friendly improvements, promoting economic growth, engaging residents by tapping into their human capital and energy, harnessing the tremendous power of Crawfordsville’s community of volunteers, and building community pride through aggressive blight elimination and public improvements. 
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  • Get a better understanding of Lyme Disease
    Monday, August 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    The arrival of warm weather each year means we have to start worrying more about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it. Indiana has seen an increasing number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, particularly since 2013. The most recent statistics showed 102 cases in Indiana in 2015.
    Lyme disease received its name in the late 1970s when a number of children around Lyme, Connecticut developed arthritis. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s. It is mostly found in New England as well as Wisconsin and Minnesota. When a case does occur in Indiana, the news spreads rapidly, sometimes inciting panic. Most infections (85 percent) are seen in the spring and summer with the remainder in the fall. 
    Ticks do not actually cause the disease, though they do carry the organism that does cause it, the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Spirochetes are bacteria that have a spiral shape. Another common misconception is that any tick can spread B. burgdorferi infection, when in fact only Ixodes (deer) ticks carry the organism. The accompanying photo shows a deer tick on a fingernail – they are very small.
    The B. burgdorferi organism, during its various life stages, mainly infects field mice and white tailed deer. Humans are innocent bystanders when we wander into deer habitat. The ticks lie in wait on the tips of grasses and shrubs and crawl onto us as we brush by. They then crawl about until they find a nice tender spot where they attach and begin to feed.
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  • Look out for Anthracnose in trees
    Monday, August 14, 2017 4:00 AM

    As we enter the month of August, you’ll notice some changes that come with the season: shorter daylight hours, drier weather, tasseling corn, and bright, sunny days. You may also notice some changes in your backyard. This time of year is typically stressful for the lawn and garden, with more infrequent rainfall and higher temperatures. Alarmingly, you may notice trees with blemished leaves or trees that have lost their newer leaves prematurely!

    What you’re seeing could be a case of anthracnose, a term used to describe a complex of symptoms that is caused by a variety of fungal pathogens in trees. These symptoms can range from blotchy leaves and blistered twigs to leaf cupping and leaf drop. Many tree species native to Indiana suffer from anthracnose infections throughout their lives, including white oak, ash, maple, walnut, and hornbeam. Anthracnose is caused by host-specific pathogens, meaning that each species of tree has one, or a few, fungal species that cause anthracnose. In maples, for example, four different fungi cause anthracnose. Fortunately, anthracnose is generally not harmful to trees in the long run. Anthracnose might be comparable to the common cold in people – it rarely causes permanent damage, but certainly causes some unpleasant symptoms.

    Anthracnose is most common when weather is cool and damp. Early spring is prime time for infection as trees begin to push out new leaves and shoots, which are particularly susceptible. Mature leaves are less susceptible to infection, but can still acquire anthracnose if leaves become damaged, such as through insect feeding. We have had cool, dry weather lately in Montgomery County, but any rain we receive could potentially open up the floor for anthracnose fungi to gain a foothold on susceptible trees.

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  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    When Cary Fowler recognized that the world’s food crops were losing diversity at an alarming rate, he thought he would work on that project for about six months. Thirty years later Fowler is still vigorously works to inform and educate the world’s citizens, urging all countries and their citizens to preserve crop diversity for the future.
    The organization Fowler founded, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, has a mandate from the United Nations to do this. In the course of this career, Fowler and others, working with the Norwegian government, created and built the world’s most comprehensive seed bank, the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, located on a Norwegian archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. The Vault opened in 2008.
    Sandra McLeod’s film “Seeds of Time” documents Fowler’s work, demonstrating how vital global-wide seed saving is for the well being of humanity in coming decades.
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  •   Their three children are all talkative and into politics
    Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Church! Great place to meet the mate. In fact, these two got together at the same place the hubs and I did – St. Bernard’s where they are still quite active today. In fact, one of his old girlfriends fixed ‘em up which might be a first in my how-they-met-tales. Certainly, I was lucky enough to spend some time with these two cuties. Known him since he was a tot and have loved her grandmother for decades so was glad to get to know her a bit better.
    He was a Southmont boy involved in swimming until a serious neck injury while diving put a stop to that. Once better, he stayed involved in basketball and baseball. Jim and I (at yes, Pizza Hut) heard him say he was a 9-year-4-H member. I laughed, “Not a 10-year-one?” He explained that his parents were pretty frustrated with him about it but that’s the decision he made. 
    Sports was what she loved in high school as well. She was involved as a cheerleader, plus she was on the softball and swim teams. She graduated from CHS in ’94, he three years before from South. For him, it was on to the Kelley School of Business at IU. They met when she was a senior at Marian College. Their 18th wedding anniversary will be about the time this article appears.
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  • Town Talkins - Alamo
    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    The top of the old school with its beautiful mural really the only part still pretty much intact, peeped out at me as I drove through Alamo the other day, going for a Town Talkins in Waynetown. Thought about it off and on about all day. On the way back through, that ‘ol place seriously beckoned me to stop. I just parked right on one of the streets that once had a restaurant, school, grocery store, gas station and many more people. The town came to life in my mind from when I was a teenager and many people lived in the town, bought from the store, went to school, and played games in the streets. 
    Today, the church, Mason/Eastern Star Lodge and super nice Fire Station that houses the still present, Post Office, plus the falling-down school is about all that is left of the place. Presently, there are about 66 people in town, but the homes seemed much cleaner and nicer (a few new tin roofs even) than the last time I was there. In fact, the Median House value is up to $48,363 from 2000 when it was not even $23,000. Same with the income, $20,400 up from $8,800. The town has six streets but is still considered (by city-data.com) as being 100 percent rural. The male/female population is split in half and the median resident age is 48 years old. 
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  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, JUMP program, is based on the same premise as the Big Brother/Big Sister program. All kids can benefit from having positive role models outside of their parents and the parents who enroll their kids in the JUMP program do so because they want the best for their kids. Unfortunately, we have more kids enrolled than we do volunteers so there is always a waiting list. It is particularly hard to match the kids that live in the rural areas north and south of Crawfordsville due to the driving time involved. However, those are possibly the kids that need mentors the most because of limited access to the resources children who live in the city have available.
    One such child is on our waiting list and lives in a town south of Crawfordsville. His name is James and he is 10 years old. He comes from a two parent home with 2 older siblings. Dad works a lot of hours and mom feels like her child would benefit from another positive role model in his life as well as his dad. James’s mom describes him as a pretty good kid that doesn’t talk back and gets along great in school. She says he’s an energetic kid who is very funny and likes to joke around. She say’s he loves fishing and anything to do with the military. He loves dogs and also likes to play video games. 
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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Ropkey Armor Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana has closed after more than 35 years. It was one of the finest private collections in the country. The contents will find homes in various museums around the country.
    The founder, military historian and Korean War Veteran Fred Ropkey, passed away four years ago. As a tribute, I am re-running remarks I made at his funeral service in 2013. Check out my interview at WISHTV.com with Lani, Fred’s wife of over 30 years in the next week or so.
    Fred Ropkey was no fan of war. Few people are. Yet he knew that every tank, aircraft and piece of artillery he recovered was not only a work of exquisite design, but combined they represented the hundreds, maybe thousands, of lives that had been lost—or saved. 
    His passion got its roots early. At age eight, his parents gave him a WWI sword and a Civil War pistol belonging to his great-grandfather. At 16 he bought an armored WWII scout car and drove it to school. He stood up in the auditorium at Pike High School the day after Pearl Harbor and “reported” the Japanese attack to his fellow students. He tried to enlist in the Marines, but he was too young. He would later serve during the Korean conflict as a battalion commander.
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  • Monday, August 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    It is that time of year again when the garden is putting out plenty of produce. We want to make sure we can eat that produce year-round. So, we dust off the canners and pull them out for a summer full of food preservation. But I have to stop and ask myself, “What methods are safe for which foods?” 
    If you’re looking to “can” produce from your garden, there are only two safe methods: boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. Boiling water bath canning is safe to use when canning high–acid foods, which are the majority of your fruits and pickled foods. Pressure canning is required when canning low-acid foods, which includes most vegetables and meats. 
    Low acid home canned foods are associated with Clostridium Botulinum. It has an 8 percent fatality rate and patients require hospitalization. Botulism toxin is a neurotoxin; it attacks nerve cells and paralyzes them. Symptoms appear 4 to 8 hours after eating contaminated food and begin at the head and work slowly downward. The danger of Clostridium Botulinum is the number one risk to our home canned foods, and why we must ensure proper canning techniques are being used. 
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  • It’s that time of year: Leaflets three . . . let it be!
    Monday, August 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    We are in the middle of summer and people are still out puttering in their yards. Predictably, this has resulted in a lot more cases of contact dermatitis showing up in my office, most of which were likely caused by poison ivy. Poison ivy is one of three plants in Indiana in the genus Toxicodendron. This genus also includes poison sumac, commonly found in central Indiana, and poison oak that is an infrequent offender.
    The physical appearance of the poison ivy plant is highly variable, though it always has leaves in sets of three (see illustration). Boy Scouts learn a little mnemonic to recall what it looks like – “leaflets three let it be, berries white a poisonous sight.” The white berries can sometimes be seen in wintertime. The plant is small and low to the ground when young. As it grows, it can be found in various sizes all the way up to a thick vine attached by small red roots to trees or other structures.
    The rash of poison ivy, like most contact rashes, results from the immune reaction to a foreign compound on the skin. The compound binds to skin cells, is recognized by the immune system, and attacked. When dealing with poison ivy, sumac or oak, it causes a typical rash, known as “rhus dermatitis.” 
    In the case of poison ivy, oak and sumac, the offending chemical is the plant resin or oil urushiol. Interestingly, urushiol is also found in mangos and the shells of cashew nuts. This oil can remain active for years after a plant dies. 
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  • Friday, August 04, 2017 4:00 AM
    What has happened to the art of sitting? People nowadays don’t just sit; they have to be involved in some activity like emailing, blogging, tweeting, reading, or watching TV.
    When I was a kid, people in my neighborhood sat on their front porch. Since this was New York, they were mostly protecting their valuables or waiting for the police to arrive. They were sitting, nonetheless. You see people sitting in a doctor’s office—but these people are waiting. Big difference.
    In some of those old English manors, there were sitting rooms. But if you ever saw a movie or read a book about life in those days, you’d know that people also did a lot of yakking to each other while they were sitting. They would converse about the murder that just occurred in the sewing room or speculate about why the downstairs maid was spending so much time upstairs. In reality, these were talking rooms, not sitting rooms.
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