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Friday, April 24, 2015
  • 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. 

     
  • I wish I had taken time to get more formal education when I was younger. Undoubtedly some people who know me wish I had done so as well.

    But there is one thing education cannot do; it cannot make someone a good person. A trial going on this week affirms that truth.

    You have heard about the woman who finished in the top 5 percent of her class yet shot her boyfriend multiple times and then said to police, “I gave (my boyfriend) the nose job he always wanted” followed by peals of laughter.

    I wonder why the news keeps reporting she was an honor student, as if being an honor student somehow makes one honorable. We know that is not true.

    I knew a girl many years ago whose father was doing time in prison. His actions left his family practically destitute, according to mutual friends.

    He was a professional man with a doctor of laws degree so I am sure he was not only intelligent but in all likelihood had been an honor student.

     
  • What the hell is wrong with us? We can’t seem to find it in our hearts to disagree respectfully. No sir, no ma’am. One guy is on one side of the fence so that must mean the other guy is on the other. And that must mean it’s time for Katy to bar the proverbial door.

    I guess the idea that each person is entitled to his or her own point of view went away a century or two after the ink dried on those useless and archaic documents that things like a nation and states were founded on.

    Think about that for a second, will you? We are no longer entitled to our own opinions? How else do you explain otherwise reasonable people losing their mind when someone takes a different point of view? County Councilman Tom Utley still has my favorite line in that regard when he said that when it comes to some topics, like zoning, people act like their hair is on fire.

    I digress.

     
  • Sunday was one of those days that remind me why I love this business. It was the 20th annual Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Our Noblesville Times Executive Sports Editor Mark Morrow was being inducted and was kind enough to allow me to tag along and watch.

    What a day.

    At just a candle or two away from 60, I was still among the youngsters in the room. That was OK with me. I felt like a kid in a candy store. The room was full of who's who in Indiana sports media. Starting with our own Mark, the guys I grew up reading, listening to and admiring were everywhere. Dick Mittman was one of Mark's former co-workers from Indianapolis News and Star days. Another former Star guy, Bob Kravitz, was there. Tom Kubat, one of the best writers from the old Lafayette Journal & Courier spoke. So did Bob Jenkins, the voice of the Indianapolis 500, basketball legend Bobby "Slick" Leonard, IU broadcaster Don Fischer, WFNI program director Greg Rakestraw, legendary Bloomington sports editor Bob Hammel, ESPN's Jason Whitlock and more.

    They spoke. I listened. It was great.

     
  • As voters we’ve all been frustrated by how hard it can be to get accurate information about the candidates we’re voting for. Oftentimes good information is scarce on state races and especially local races. More often, the information we do get is so biased and distorted it’s hard to know what to believe. The best articles are those that provide their sources so that readers can easily verify facts for themselves.

    I recently wrote an article on Todd Barton’s record while in office as mayor. His response a few days later claimed that I distorted the facts on his record, and then went on to accuse me of several positions I’ve never taken on issues. So, at this point the best thing to do is for each of us to provide our list of sources for our facts, so that the voters are given the most accurate information on which to base their votes. Here’s the list of Mr. Barton’s claims and then my source to back up my facts. I hope this helps.

     

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