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  • Pattee reading and writing
    Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Nine students completed the summer Reading and Creative Writing program at the Pattee Learning Center last Friday, July 15. Mrs. Harwood met with each student for two hours a week throughout the summer. These students read chapter books, completed craft projects, wrote their own stories, and completed a Fairy Garden Project. While celebrating their accomplishments, the students read a couple of their stories and received awards on Friday. The Pattee Learning Center has openings for K-5 and after school tutoring in reading this fall. For more information or to sign up, call 362-3625. Pictured back row left to right: Tanner Schultz, Hope Delp, Ashley Suiter, Mrs. Harwood and Kaylee Bretney. Front row left to right, Elizabeth Nunan, Livi Sillins, Mally Chamness and Mila Barsoth. Not pictured, Kayson Ward and Reva Douglas.
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Opening-Eleven people attended the regular meeting of FISH July 20, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. President Phil Wray opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer.
    Committee Reports:
    Linen-Barb-VanArsdel sent her report. From May 24 through July 19 there were 20 families representing 64 individuals. The following items were given: 31 sheet sets; 9 blankets; 10 comforters; 1 mattress pad; 5 Afghans/throws; 24 bath towel sets; 5 kitchen towels; 13 bed pillows; 1 place mat set; 3 soft pillows; 6 curtains; 1 bath rug; 13 baby items; 1 throw rug. Shelves are well supplied for fall, but twin fitted sheets, towels and drapes are still needed.
    Financial-Daryl Fry said from April through June 2017, there were 77 applicants. The financial committee assisted 71 (202 family members) with rent $1,125; utilities $3,699; and miscellaneous $143. The total distributed was $4,967; total requested was $12,670. The limit is $75.
    Nutrition-Deb Threlkeld reported there were 49 clients in May, 5 of which were new. In June there were 50 clients, 14 of which were new. The lessons involved were reading food labels and checking nutritional value of food.
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Men for Christ (MCMFC) will celebrate their eighth conference on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and July 29. As in the past, the Friday night event is free and will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Friday night event is hosted this year by the First United Methodist Church on Wabash Ave. in Crawfordsville. All are invited to attend the Friday night session and child care is provided. 
    The Saturday session is also free and is an outdoor, men’s only event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Kevin and Jill Parker, 867 Walnut Hills, Crawfordsville, IN. Men of all ages are encouraged to bring their bibles and lawn chairs. Dari-Licious will provide a free lunch. 
    The conference this year focuses on the question, “So Now What?” This question arises particularly in light of the recent billboard and statistics indicating that Montgomery County is ranked 9 of 92 most at-risk populations for opioid abuse.
    The conference leaders agree with the hashtag on the billboard that “This Ranking Matters,” but also understand the drug use in our county is an evident symptom of one’s need for Christ in their life versus a needle. 
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  • Town Talkins - Ladoga
    Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Recently, I came up with the idea to feature the smaller towns of Montgomery in an article called “Town Talkins.” Constantly, I read the old newspapers, both for C’ville and other towns, and those long-ago rags give a great feel of the towns and what was happening there. I decided that would be a super plus in The Paper (TP). Hopefully, everyone will enjoy them. Ladoga is my second venture with this in mind and you can check out the first one about Waveland online at or in the July 18 TP p3.
    Alamo, New Market and Ladoga have always been of great interest to me, simply because along with Waveland, my home town, we make up the lower section of Montgomery County. Want to extend thanks to Jim and Dan in regards to maintaining the Ladoga Facebook page. Anyone in Ladoga or interested in Ladoga can find out so much about the town, its history, its happenings. Want to thank them and the Cross family, Bill Boone and all the great folks on the Ladoga FB page. Had three or four questions in regards to this article and within just a few minutes they were answered. Thanks all!
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Civitan Club will have its next meeting on Tuesday, July 25 at noon at the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at 200 S. Washington Street, Suite 304, Crawfordsville. This is a temporary relocation as Brothers Pizza will be closed that day for remodeling. The club will have a Montgomery County 9-year-old who has been nominated for the Montgomery County Young Hero Award telling it about his community service efforts. The group will also be discussing plans for a paint party fundraiser on Aug. 18 at Whitlock Place. Lunch will be provided.
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  • Purple Heart Parkway Now Open to Traffic
    Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    A large crowd gathered Friday as officials from the city, county and state came together to open County Road 200 S, connecting SR 47 and US 231 just south of Walmart. The new roadway is being named Purple Heart Parkway in honor of the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s Purple Heart Recipients. A list of potential names was provided by American Legion Post 72 and VFW Post 1431. Mary Jane Renick, an American Legion Auxiliary member, and whose son was a Purple Heart recipient, suggested the chosen name.
    The project began in November 2014 and was jointly funded by the City of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, and INDOT. In addition, three private land owners donated the land for the project. 
    “This was the catalyst that helped move it forward,” said Jim Fulwider, Montgomery County Commissioner, “It was appealing to be part of a collaborative project that will help create future opportunities for our community.” 
    The road was designed to improve traffic flow and enhance safety, and due to its location in a high growth area, the parkway will also help spur future development for the city.
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  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Trees in Trouble” will be shown free to the public Monday at 7 p.m. in Korb Classroom at the Wabash College Fine Arts Center on South Grant Street. This is the fifth of eight films in the 2017 Green Issues Summer Movie Series co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library.
    Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring your own mug to save on waste. A group discussion will follow the film.
    “Trees in Trouble” tells the compelling story of how one community in southwest Ohio confronts its tree crisis and fought the invasive pest, the Emerald Ash Borer, by taking action and joining together.” 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-22-17
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Coming to the Sock Hop this weekend? We sure are! In case you’ve missed it, we’re having a good, old-fashioned sock hop in the old CHS gymnasium that’s now better known as Athena Sport & Fitness. It’s Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Groovy Bill Douglas will be spinning the records (OK, maybe they’re CDs now) and rockin’ & rollin’ with the tunes. Admission is only $5 and refreshments will be available. What’s the old saying? Be there or be square!
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    DOGGONE IF that Hoosier Lottery jackpot doesn’t just keep on growing! Of course the minute you opened your favorite Montgomery County daily and saw your favorite column, you knew we didn’t win. And we know you didn’t win either because we don’t deliver same day to the beach. Sigh. Well, maybe one of us will have better luck next week! 
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    DALE PETRIE, the city’s director of operations and the man in charge of the Stellar projects, was a true good Samaritan of late when he helped someone who suffered a broken bone during a bike wreck on the Sugar Creek Trail. Dale can often be found riding his own bike with his dog on the Trail and always has a smile for everyone. Turns out this time, he offered more than a smile and the help was graciously accepted.
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  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Blue Star Mothers of America will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The Blue Star Mothers are the mothers who have sons and daughters in the military or who are veterans. The Blue Star Mothers of America provide moral and emotional support for our men and women in the military and their families. The chapter periodically sends "Freedom Boxes" containing various items from home, to our troops who are deployed. For more information call Gayle Sosbe at (765) 362-5713.
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  • Boy scouts raise flag
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Although it is not the official grand opening of the new fire station 2, The Boy Scout Troop 318 of the United Methodist Church, held the first flag raising ceremony on Friday morning. Fire Chief Scott Busenbark said “We are extremely honored that the Boy Scouts wanted to raise the flag. They are the future of our community.” Assistant troop leader, Darin Hutson, says it was troop leader, Justin Dugger who initiated the idea. Top left: Pictured left to right, troop leader, Justin Dugger, Bryce Callis, Gabriel Little, Henry Taylor
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  • Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday July 20 John Stevens @ Highway 36 Saloon, Rockville 7 p.m. 108 E. Ohio St. (765) 569-9441 Smoking Venue.
    Thursday July 20 Lafayette Citizens Band @ Riehle Plaza, Lafayette 7:30 p.m. 2nd and Main St. Directed by William D. Kisinger. . Along with the Purdue Summer Concert Band @ 6:30 p.m. 
    Friday & Saturday July 21 & 22 “Play It Forward for Abby & Libby” @ Delphi Opera House, Delphi Starts 11am 103 S. Washington St. (765) 564-4300 Check site for music line-up and details.
    Friday July 21 Kasey Burton @ Lunch On The Plaza, Crawfordsville 11:30am - 1 p.m. Marie Canine Plaza, Corner of Main and Green Streets Lunch by China Inn, food $6 – drink $1. Sponsors: Rod Curran’s Tax Service, TCU, Arni’s and Tri-County Bank.
    Every Friday Danny Weiss Duo @ Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-8:30 p.m. 200 Main St. (765) 742.7337 Indoors. Danny/clarinet, Jeff Wimble/guitar.
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  • Creating the hits . . .
    Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    John Stevens Jr. was destined to be a musician. Stevens says it began at a very early age. He remembers sitting at his aunt’s feet at family gatherings as they all came together to sing and play music. 
    “My aunts sang beautifully,” he reminisces. “They tell me, while all the other kids would be off playing, I would just set right at their feet taking it in.”
    John Stevens Jr. was born on Nov. 24, 1959 to John and Janet Stevens. He grew up an all-American, Hoosier boy from Lebanon - riding bicycles, playing baseball and football and hanging with his friends. However, during his school days, a knee injury requiring surgery caused him to hang up his cleats. That’s when he set his sights on becoming a musician. 
    Stevens started writing songs when he was 15 years old but was not ready to sing in front of people. During junior high he was asked to sing a solo, Stevens was brought to tears because he was so nervous to sing in front of others. Later, as his confidence grew, Stevens began performing at parties in high school. By his late teens, he was performing regularly. 
    After graduating Lebanon High School in 1978, Stevens spent a couple of years in college. Stevens grins saying, “I studied ‘life skills’ while there.” He laughs, “Girls and parties.”
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  • Local Wabash student excels at summer coding program
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:00 PM
    After a four-week boot camp, Wabash College rising senior George Go III, a Crawfordsville High School graduate, earned a Gold Badge Certification from Smart Launch Tech – a coding program designed specifically for liberal arts students.
    The Crawfordsville product and German major was one of 15 students chosen to participate in this new partnership between Independent Colleges of Indiana and Eleven Fifty Academy. The program was held on the campus of Marian University in June. The industry- and state-recognized certification was awarded to Go III after he demonstrated his competencies in HTML, CSS, and Java Script; and built an e-portfolio, which he presented at the program’s graduation.
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the fifth year in a row, Erie Insurance received the highest ranking in Customer Satisfaction with the Auto Insurance Purchase Experience in the J.D. Power Insurance Shopping Study. In 2017, Erie Insurance received a score of 879 out of 1,000.
    Derrick Clore of Clore Insurance Group, the local Erie agent with offices in Crawfordsville and Martinsville said “In a day when consumers are starving for reliable relationships with their service providers and consistency in the delivery of great service, winning this for 5 consecutive years speaks to those needs far more effectively than any creative advertising possibly could.” 
    The Insurance Shopping Study provides a look at the customer experience in shopping for a new auto insurance policy. It explores what prompts someone to shop for insurance and which factors contribute to the purchase decision. Three factors were measured to determine overall satisfaction. They are, in order of importance: price, distribution channel and policy offerings.
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  • Ticked off: Little nuisances bug people, animals alike
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Ticks will be out in full force this summer. That means so will the diseases that these insects carry. 
    “Deer ticks like to live in tall grass and pastures” said General Manager of Reliable Exterminators Philip Patrie. “June through August is prime tick season. These ticks like to attach themselves to mammals and stay there for one week. What we can do as exterminators is come out to your house and spray pesticide on the tall grass and around the house. The best way to prevent ticks is to have your grass cut low and use tick repellent when you’re outside.”
    According to the Indiana State Department of Health, ticks can recognize an approaching host by movement, body heat, and carbon dioxide from exhaled breath. Baby ticks prefer shady areas where the ground is moist. 
    “The tick’s role in the environment is basically to control the population” said Purdue Extension Educator Ashley Holmes. “Along with the mosquito that is their main role is to spread disease and kill off animals. The way a tick gets a disease is by jumping on a small animal or bird that already has the disease. 
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