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Sunday, October 22, 2017

  •   Taste of Fall; Using Winter Squash in your late season cooking
    Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Autumn is upon us which means that winter squash season is also nearly here. While it might seem that pumpkin gets all the glory this time of year there is actually a whole world of squash to explore. Pumpkin is itself a type of squash and is related to gourds and melons. Squashes comes in many different shapes and sizes, you have likely already heard of many of them: Acorn, Butternut, and Spaghetti just to name a few. However, there are also many lesser known and heirloom varieties such as: Delicata, Autumn Cup, Hubbard, Fairytale Pumpkin, among many others. Each variety has its own variations in color, texture, and flavor. 
    Almost the entire squash plant is edible including the leaves, flowers, seeds, and even the skin, although the thicker skin of many winter varieties can be tough and is often discarded. While the nutritional profile varies slightly between types all varieties of squash are low in calories. Squashes typically are source of fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals, specifically vitamins A, B6 and C. 
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  • Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m still at a loss to understand why people camped out in line for days for the opening of the new IKEA store in Fishers, Indiana. I just can’t seem to put the whole thing together, and maybe that’s the problem. I can’t seem to put anything together. That’s why I stopped watching Coen Brothers movies.
    I like to reminisce about one of my experiences with an online purchase that was not an IKEA product. Those were the good old days, when you could wait in your house for UPS to arrive…instead of sleeping in a tent on the cold concrete and missing the latest episode of Will and Grace.
    This story was about my one night stand. No, I didn’t have a one night stand. I bought one. (I’m making this worse, aren’t I?) Let me try this: I purchased online a wood night stand that required assembly. Every piece in the kit was assigned a letter. All the grooves were numbered and there was an actual picture of all six kinds of screws and four types of nails. Seemed easy enough.
    But unlike IKEA that uses primarily pictures in their instruction manuals, this pamphlet was in three languages: English, Spanish and French. That was an immediate distraction for me, because the phrase “Avec precaution, retourner l’element sur ses chants avant,” sounds a lot sexier than “Carefully turn your unit over and onto its front edges.” The second problem was that I’m not good with tools. The directions said I needed a Phillips screwdriver. That would be equal parts vodka, orange juice and Milk of Magnesia, right?
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    United Nations Day will be celebrated Oct. 24, commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter in 1945. The purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, are to “maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.”
    The League of Women Voters of the United States, throughout its 98 year history, has included international relations in its program and has been committed to international cooperation as an essential path to world peace.
    The official League position on the United Nations states in part:
    “The League of Women Voters of the United States supports a strong, effective United Nations and endorses the full and active participation of the United States in the UN system. The League supports UN efforts to:
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    October is here, where did September go? Thanks to the Volunteer drivers, three veterans were driven to the Danville Veterans Hospital and five to the Indianapolis Veterans Hospital. There were 22 veterans that came to the office the month of September. There is always activity going on at the office. 
    While 44 percent of all veterans use at least one VA benefit, several lesser-known benefits could help Veterans live better, healthier lives. Here are three lesser-known benefits Veterans may be eligible to receive.
    Home loan Refinancing VA’s home loan program offers Veterans different refinancing options:
    Cash –Out refinance Loans- Veterans can take advantage of their home’s equity to take cash out through refinancing, or refinance a non-VA loan into a VA-guaranteed loan. Interest Rate reduction refinance loans-Veterans may be able to lower their monthly mortgage payment by obtaining a lower-interest loan.
    Native American Veterans
    For Native American Veterans who want to live on Federal Trust Land, VA’s Native American Direct Loan program is another option. It provides direct loans to eligible Native American Veterans for the purchase, construction, or improvement of a home. Learn more about NADL.
    Adapted Homes for Disabled Veterans
    VA also offers grants to Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities to build an adapted home or install ramps, widen doors, or make other modifications to love more independently. VA operates three types of grants that accommodate Veterans unique circumstances: Specially Adapted Housing, Special Housing Adaptation, and Temporary Residence Adaptations. 
    Help for Homeless Veterans 
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    These two are a hoot, and when you see their picture (no looking), you’ll understand why I chose to begin this tale with that statement. We laughed so hard. Just three-months of dating, then to the altar. Get this? They even broke up once but, obviously, it didn’t last long. Her cousin happened to be one of his best friends, and as the two buds were having a beer and pizza at PH, the cousin said, “Hey, my aunt wants me to bring someone nice to meet her daughter.” My fellow said, “Sure, why not?” So, off they went to meet the gal. After a ride with them in his Charger, they returned to the Pizza Hut, the cousin jumped out and left them alone. Boy, did that start something! They were married by Rev. John VanVactor in the United Methodist Church in Waveland. A senior at CHS, (he had attended Waveland) she wore a floppy hat that due to nerves was shaking up and down. Her dad laughed so hard at her, he was shakin’ about as hard. Then, when she got up with her fellow, he said, “She literally had a death grip on my hand!” 
    Unique personalities and a whole lot of silliness brought these two together! I’m pretty sure that’s kept the relationship alive and well. They told Hubs and me about their three years in their first home, an apartment on Main & Walnut in the Daskey Insurance Building. The old ladies in the downstairs rooms had control of the heat for the whole building and kept it very warm. Thus, one hot winter evening, my guests opened up their windows wide and let the snow in to cool off their apartment. While living there, a daughter was born to them, joined by a son on Valentine’s Day, three and a half years later. 
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  • What’s all the talk of carbs mean?
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    You hear a lot about carbohydrates, or carbs, in the media. You have probably heard that they are bad for you, or maybe that they’re good for you. You should eat a lot of them, or you shouldn’t eat very many, or maybe it is only certain kinds you can eat? You have probably heard some combination of things about carbohydrates, with varying levels of accuracy. So what is a carb anyway? A carbohydrate is a chain of sugars that your body can easily metabolize for energy. I’m guessing that didn’t really tell you much about what they are though. 
    The foods we eat contain nutrients that provide energy and other things the body needs. Most of the nutrients in food fall into three major groups called macronutrients (macros): proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates come in primarily two forms, “simple”, known as in sugars known as glucose and sucrose (table sugar) or “complex” in the form of starches, which are really just long chains of sugars, like you find in pastas and potatoes. The body breaks down most carbohydrates into the sugar glucose, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. When this process occurs quickly, when you consume “simple” carbs, you are more likely to feel hungry again quickly. Absorption occurs slowly when you consume “complex” carbs such as those found in whole grains allowing you to feel full longer. Eating starches in their whole food form, such as whole skin-on potatoes or brown rice, brings another kind of carbohydrate to the party, fiber. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate your body can’t digest and it slows down the digestion process which both keeps you feeling full longer and helps keep things moving. However, even complex carbs are, at the end of the digestion process, reduced to sugars.
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  • Town Talkins - Browns Valley
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Brown’svallley? Brown’s Valley? Brownsvalley? Browns Valley? Browns valley? Exactly! Whoda’ thunk that our town in this article would be so hard to spell? I still have not found why it was named Brownsvalley either. Can’t find a family named that, but guessing because it is in Brown Township. However, if that’s the case, it’s not in a valley. Hmmm!!
    I do know it was laid-out in 1836, 181 years ago; thus, one of the oldest towns in Montgomery County. Rev. Matthias Mount Vancleave who had just turned 26, the oldest of nine children who came with his parents, Benjamin and Mary Mount Vancleave at age 14 to the area. He had been married to Nancy Nicholson six years earlier, so it was quite an adventure to lay-out a new town upon land he had purchased from his father. John Milligan had recently created Waveland so the towns grew-up together. Oddly, MMV almost immediately took his family to Delphi, later returning to Crawfordsville where it has often been remarked that he married the most couples in this county. 
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  • Common sense missing from proposed bill
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    When I read about Indiana House Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour drafting a bill that would require journalists to register with the government and get a license and fingerprinted, I chuckled.
    Then I thought about it.
    Then I gulped.
    Forget the fact that this is dangerously close to the slippery slope that includes burning books and big brother. Forget too (please) that we on this side of the line often deserve the criticism we get from both lawmakers and you good folks out there in readerland. Heck, let’s also forget the fact that Lucas is probably just doing this as a publicity stunt and it was only a few months ago that he took down a few ill-advised Facebook posts and issued an apology.
    The bigger issue is that we continue to find ways to not have civil, or even intelligent debates. 
    Politicians, from local to state to national, seem to get thinner skin each year and come up with more lamebrain ideas. Sure, there are some like my friend Sen. Phil Boots. If you want to talk to Phil about an issue, you may or may not end up agreeing. But he will certainly hear you out and you can bet he’ll respect your point of view. He’ll also tell you straight up how he feels. 
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany – places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
    The Ardennes region in southeast Belgium is rich with rugged charm and beauty. Cool, meandering streams carve their way across undulating forested terrain. 
    The hilly and wooded area reminded me of the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. 
    From December 16th, 1944 – January 25th, 1945 this region was inundated by German soldiers attempting to break through the Allied-controlled lines in the surprise offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge.
    Tanks bullied their way across the dense forest while mortars and other explosive ammunition shattered trees and pierced the silence of a bitter cold winter that exacted its own death on those who dared to endure it in tiny foxholes. 
    Seventy-two years later, on a warm and delightful summer day, our tour group drove through stunning scenery of lush green hills and dense forest, stopping frequently to see the many monuments and commemorative markers of battles that had taken place here. 
    Unlike the monuments in the more urban areas, these simple markers in woods and fields were less spectacular in size but no less impressive. The natural scenery all around them seemed to offer a more authentic testimony to the battles once fought there. 
    One of our stops was outside of Wereth, Belgium where there was a monument to the Wereth 11. At this location German SS troops cruelly massacred 11 U.S. African American Soldiers from the 333rd Field Artillery Battery after they had surrendered on the 2nd day of the battle. It is one of the only monuments in Belgium dedicated to African Americans who fought in World War 2.
    Another stop was in Honsfeld, Belgium where we saw some concrete troughs that were in use during the Battle of the Bulge. A photograph from that time shows German SS troops standing by the troughs putting on some uniform items looted from the corpses of dead American soldiers. 
    A monument was erected above the troughs. Our guide, Henri explained that this more recent monument paid tribute to All who had fought in the Battle of the Bulge, including the Germans. 
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    I’m starting to see a few cases of head lice now that kids are back in school. Head lice are white, and about the size of a sesame seed. They are known as "obligate ectoparasites." Obligate means they require a placental mammal host to survive (i.e. humans) and ectoparasites means they live outside the human body. They must feed on the host’s blood to survive, and can't live off of a body for more than a day or so. Lice are spread by direct contact of a person's head or hair with an infested individual or through sharing personal items such as hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties or even car seat headrests. They do not jump or fly and are not transmitted by pets.
    Adult lice survive on a person for about one to three months. A female louse lays about three to five eggs, known as "nits," each day and glues them to the hair shafts of the host, close to the scalp. The eggs require the warmth of the scalp to incubate. A louse may lay up to 300 eggs in her adult life. The eggs take about ten days to hatch and the new lice need an immediate blood meal to survive. They then take another seven to ten days to mature to the point they can start laying eggs.
    Lice typically are not harmful to their human host. There is recent evidence that the head louse is genetically identical to the body louse that is known to carry the organisms causing typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever. There is some concern that as lice become more resistant to chemical treatments that they will become more prone to spreading disease, but this is currently not a concern in the U.S.
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    When I wrote last week’s column about my recent knee replacement surgery, many people responded with expressions of sympathy. Not for me, but for my wife, who has had to pester me every day to do my exercises, which can be very painful. The pestering, I mean.
    To help pass the time while I was moaning and groaning, Mary Ellen decided to tackle a job she had been putting off: going through kitchen drawers to see what we have accumulated in them over the years…and what should be thrown out.
    “What is this?” Mary Ellen asked me as she dangled a doodad in front of my face. It was small, white, plastic, hexagonal in shape, and had several grooves. “It looks like it goes to something,” she said.
    “I have no idea what it is,” I responded.
    “Let’s put it somewhere in case we ever need it. It looks important,” Mary Ellen suggested.
    “So you want to keep it because you don’t know what it is for?” And if we did know what it was for, we’d also keep it? That would mean we are going to keep everything. Why bother doing this at all?”
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  • Meet the Polley’s and their Mentee Dakota
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Instead of doing the usual profile on a child who is on the waiting list for a mentor, this time we would like to share a story about an existing match we have of a married couple who are mentoring a young boy. Dave and Deb Polley have lived in Crawfordsville for 40 years and both are retired from Wabash College. They have one grown son so they felt that mentoring a young boy was something that was familiar to them. Dave and Deb were matched with Dakota when he was only 6 years old and he is now 8. Deb was reading a profile on Dakota in the newspaper when she told Dave it sounded like a perfect match for them. They had been thinking about mentoring for a while but when they read this article they decided to follow through and see how it would go. In the article it said Dakota liked hiking, sporting events and wanted to learn how to swim. Since their now grown son was on the swim team, they knew that teaching Dakota to swim was something they could definitely do. Dakota can now do the back stroke and swim free style thanks to the Polley’s!
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  •    Karen asked, "Was he good looking?" Read for her answer
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s certainly not every day that I get to interview a 100-year-old and this one could probably keep up with many my age. Such energy, I loved spending time with her, the son and daughter-in-law, and thank them all for letting me write about this sweetie’s life! My gal was born and raised in Montgomery County where her family was in the grocery business for many decades and she and her husband had a ceramics company for that long. 
    A 1935 graduate of CHS, she went on to Central Business College in Indianapolis, receiving a degree from there. Her son grinned and said, “Yeah, I had a lot of the same teachers mom did!” Both of their children graduated from C’ville. 
    A popular young people hang-out in the mid-late 1930s was a sweet shop next to where many of us remember the Strand Theater on Green Street was. Long gone is the shop, but her memories still are fresh. There she met the love of her life, a Wabash football player. “Was he good looking?” I queried. “Well, I thought so, and that’s all that mattered!” I love this lady! She told me there wasn’t much money, that while dating, she worked all the time, he had games and so they just hung-out. “Buy a coke for a nickel and spend the rest of the evening there.” They did go to his college dances but, “He wasn’t very good swinging!” 
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  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dear friends of Montgomery County and others,
    First of all, I want to thank every person who donated to the clock tower project throughout the years. Our committee of David Bix, Janice Clauser, Ken Brown, Steve and Judy House, Barbara Foster, Steve Frees, Jean and Delmas Chadwick, Andy Metzman, Sherrie Harris, and John Van Nuys, have worked diligently with me on this clocktower project. Jean Chadwick, Hubert Danzebrink, and myself have been with the project from the day it started in 1996.
    My thanks go to my husband, Ken, who has been my best friend and helper. Enormous thanks go to Phil Bane and the county commissions who have been of a great help to us. Phil Bane has gone above and beyond expectations in order to help us see this project through. Rev. John Van Nuys, who has built the replica of our magnificent courthouse with the clocktower out of Legos has spent countless hours helping with the project. I would like to thank the Journal-Review and The Paper of Montgomery County for their help also.
    I do want to clarify something many people do not know. We have had the money to actually build the clocktower for several years. The large amounts of additional money we had to have for the project, came from a structural study of the courthouse and repairs to the courthouse, where the tower will stand. 
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  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    “I just want to say—you know—can we all get along? Can we, can we get along?” Many of you might remember this quote from Rodney King in the aftermath rioting in Los Angeles in 1992.
    In the 25 years since this was said, we seem to be farther apart than ever. The explosion of social media is a real factor in the keeping us from discussing important issues with civility and dignity. In his latest book, “POLARIZED! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump: An experiment in social discourse,” Jeff Rasley looks at social media (specifically Facebook) as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can be used as a tool for meaningful discussion. On the other, it can be a divisive forum promoting prejudice and division.
    Rasley, an author, attorney and social activist, looked at the causes and effects of this polarization at a recent Lunch with the League program sponsored by the League of Women Voters. He also offered a “modest proposal” for the treatment and symptoms of this toxicity.
    Some of today’s scholars are looking at this divisiveness as resembling mental illness. Camille Paglia refers to it as “post election stress disorder.” Anger is a driving force in much of the alleged discussion of issues. As Rebecca Solnit points out: politicians and the media are engaged in an unholy alliance of “trafficking in outrage dividing the political world into heroes and villains, giving us this day our daily rage.” Have we really gotten that far apart?
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