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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton will meet openly with the public on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at McDonald’s South from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The McDonald’s is at 1508 S. Washington St. in Crawfordsville. This is a chance to meet the mayor one-on-one and talk about any questions or concerns you have about the city. 
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  • Bill Stieg’s typhoon experience off Okinawa, 1945
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    We were in Okinawa when the typhoon hit. A large convoy of LSTs left Okinawa to ride out the storm. I remember a long rainy night during the storm. It seems like some 50 or so ships were all in formation side by side with one ahead and one behind us.
    The wind was so strong that the ship had to be headed straight into it or if it caught the side of the ship it would turn it broadside to the wind. That put the ship wallowing in the trough of the wave. The ship then did not have enough power to turn back into the wave so it just drifted out of control. Once this happened you would hear on the radio from the ship that it was drifting through the convoy formation and couldn’t control where it was going. The ships in the way would have to steer to miss it. But if they turned too sharply they would get caught by the wind and would get into the same fix. We saw one ship coming down through the convoy but it missed us without us having to get out of its way.
    The helmsman was on a deck just below where the captain would stand on an open deck. He would call down an air tube to tell the helmsman how to steer. The helmsman was given a compass course to follow so he would try to keep the ship going in a straight line until he got orders to change to a new course.
    Where the captain was standing you were exposed to the rain. He would have one or two of other officers up there with him as lookouts.
    I remember that the rain blowing in your face felt like BBs shooting you. We would duck down behind solid railing around this area and just peek over the top. Normally we would run at night without running lights showing. Now no one worried about Japanese subs that night so we all had running lights on to keep track of any ship coming our way.
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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 8:30 PM
    Wabash College invites you to a talk by Jeff Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. His talk will take place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Baxter Hall, Room 101 (Lovell Lecture Room).

    Editor of the Indianapolis Star and Midwest Vice President of News for USA Today, Taylor will give a talk titled, “Government Transparency: Central to Our Democracy.”

    Taylor’s remarks will focus on a difficult issue facing journalists at virtually every level: transparency. Journalists rely on public records to investigate stories and to hold governments accountable for policies and spending. Too often, these records are difficult to obtain – often only through the courts. Taylor will argue that journalism’s vital role in a free society is threatened when governments clamp down on public data and records.
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  • Great Community Day
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Paper’s team was out in force Saturday at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville’s fourth annual Community Day. There were activities for kids, health screenings for adults and free food for all ages. The weather was great and the community came out to support the hospital and meet employees. 
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  • Huge turnout for filming event
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    The congregation was packed at a recent filming event at Young's Chapel Church. More than sixty people joined Montgomery County Movies in a church scene for the upcoming movie titled "10 to Fire." Steve Hester, the Director of the film, said that he was impressed at the turnout and how well the crowd interacted with each other. 
    "A scene that normally would take 2 to 4 hours to film," Steve went on to say, "went quick. We were done in an hour." 
    The crowd was all fired up to shout "Hallelujah" and "Praise the Lord" to a rockin' sermon. Kodi Swank, one of the Producers of the film, said, "The preacher was fantastic. I kept having to remind myself that this was not a real church service, but a movie." 
    Every part of the crowd was filmed, with some shouting, some clapping, and others standing up with an "Amen!" All ages were in attendance. Even a young boy was given a line, and a little girl wanted to dance for us. 
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  • Zach Hockersmith earns professional development certification
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    HHSB recently announced that Zach Hockersmith has completed a commitment to continuing education certification for professional devlopment.
    The certification program allows all HHSB team members, who are also owners of the bank, to gain points through reading professional development books, attending a variety of courses and trainings, and submitting reports on the areas covered. Each area of study is assigned a point total and once the employee/owner achieves a set amount, certification is achieved.
    “Zach is very serious about his commitment to customer,” stated Brad Monts of HHSB. “We’re fortunate to have his leadership on our team.”
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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will open its doors for free half-hour tours on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is part of Smithsonian magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 
    Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 9-16-17
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    It gets heavier and heavier. For the last week, we’ve run a poll with the following question: The debate on wind farms is heating up and getting nasty! One side claims that the "No Zoners" can't have it both ways, absolutely no zoning but some government regulation on wind farms. Others claim it's a health issue. Still others say it's a great thing for the county. The overall question, though, is: Do we allow wind farms or not?
    And this is the second time we’ve asked a question about wind farms. 
    So which side wins? Neither. After a full week, it was a dead heat, at 50 percent each!
    Of course all this is anonymous. We’ll get to see how the county council and county commissioners handle things in public! 
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  • The JUMP Program Goes Bowling
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Forty-five JUMP members had a fantastic time bowling recently at the Plaza Lanes and then enjoyed a wonderful buffet at the Pizza Hut afterwards. “The entire event was sponsored by our local Elks Lodge #483,” stated Jill Hampton. “The Elks lodge received some grant money to provide each child in the JUMP Program with a bag of hygiene products, bowling and pizza. We are thrilled with amount of support we get from so many local agencies but the Elks lodge has gone over and above in their support and involvement with the JUMP Program. In fact, three of the lodge members participated in the event that day. I would like to thank Diana Vail, Kay Birchfield and Judy Consoer (who also wrote the grant) for showing up and enjoying the day with us,” said Hampton. If you would like to become a mentor, the process in not that difficult! We do require background checks, an interview and training as well as monthly reporting but the reward you will receive will be worth the time and effort spent. Please contact Jill Hampton at 362-0694 ext. 103 or e-mail her at
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  • Health department honors Wabash sophomore
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    When the Montgomery County Health Department established the Luke Borinstein Public Health Award, the idea was to honor keep the memory of Borinstein ’19, who died in a tragic plane accident in 2016, alive in the community and in the department.
    Artie Equihua ’20 never met Borinstein, but the more the staff at MCHD got to know Equihua, the more it became evident that the two Wabash men were very similar in their characteristics, their passion for public health, and the impact they had on the department in a small amount of time.
    “Luke spent one semester with us and his dedication and commitment was immediately evident,” MCHD Director Amber Reed said. “We just feel like he made such an impression in such a short time here and really represented what we hope for our future doctors and public health graduates.
    “Artie’s personality was reflective of Luke’s in a way we had not imagined, and he exemplified many of the same personal characteristics that impressed us so much with Luke. He was truly engaged in the work we were doing and gave his all to the projects no matter how fun or mundane.”
    Equihua was one of three Wabash students who interned with the Montgomery County Health Department over the summer. The other two students did know Borinstein and both told Reed that Equihua resembled the essence of the award as it was intended.
    “From the stories I have heard about Luke, I am not sure if I am quite the man he turned out to be,” Equihua said. “However, I am very proud and humbled to be compared in the same light to him. Moving forward, I have an obligation to live up to the expectation that Luke has set. He has created an example that will not be forgotten, and I look forward to striving to set that same example.”
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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:32 AM
    In 1892, the founding members of the Wabash College Glee Club first gathered to make music together. To celebrate the occasion, Glee Club alumni from near and far will return to Wabash College on September 28-30 for the 125th Anniversary Reunion. The 125th Anniversary Concert will take place in Knowling Fieldhouse, in the Wabash College Allen Athletic Center, on Sept. 30. The schedule for the evening includes a reception and cash bar at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m.; and “Afterglow,” at 8:45 p.m.
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  • Rotary Speaker
    Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bryce Adam, the district governor for the state of Indiana spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday about the goals of Rotary for the year 2017 and 2018.
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  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Community Chorus will begin rehearsals of the Christmas portion of G F Handel's world-famous oratorio Messiah for its holiday concert scheduled Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church. 
    Weekly hour-log practice sessions starting Sept. 19 will be held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, 211 S. Walnut Street (using the parking lot entrance.) Scores are available and no auditions are required. Students, teachers, choir participants, and newly interested singers are invited to join; Bible quotations form the text of solo and choral pieces that lead to welcoming Jesus' birth with the declaration, "Hallelujah". 
    Community chorus members welcome new singers to the "Messiah experience" treasuring their own opportunities to learn it as students or as adults. The group's history includes 45 performances of Messiah since 1951.
    Dan Booher will conduct the rehearsals and performance. Tom Lowe will serve as rehearsal accompanist and organist on Sunday, Dec. 10, when Alan White will play the harpsichord, and a string quartet will enhance the celebration. The arrangements committee includes Bill Burke, Sheila Evans, Debbie Swanson, Sue Fain, Alice Phillips, Judith Lynn Smith, and Janice Clauser. 
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  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday Sept. 14 Open Stage @ American Legion, Crawfordsville 7 p.m. 1301 S. Washington St. (US 231) (765) 362-9921 Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
    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.
    Friday Sept. 15 Gallery Walk @ Downtown Lafayette 6-9 p.m. For map and more details visit And, during the Walk … The Hazelnuts String Band @ Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Lafayette 638 North St.
    Friday Sept. 15 Highway 341 Band @ Waynetown Fish Fry, Waynetown 6 p.m. Rev. Guy Tremaine Park
    Every Friday Jeff Anderson @ Ichiban Sichuan Restaurant, Lafayette 7 p.m. 2 S. 4th St. (765) 742-6600 
    Friday-Sunday Sept. 15-17 “Legally Blonde” @ The Vanity Theater, Crawfordsville 7:30 p.m. 122 S. Washington St. (765) 362-7077 2 p.m. Sunday matinee Directed by Megan Birk & Dan Martin. Produced by Jackie Newkirk. Sponsored by Collier, Gobel, Homann Attorneys at Law. Show runs again Sept. 22-24.
    Friday & Saturday Sept. 15 & 16 “Dial M For Murder” @ Civic Theater, Lafayette 7:30 p.m. 313 N. 5th St. (765) 423-7529 adults $19. Senior $16. youth $11.
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  •  Waveland jams for a cause
    Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    WAVELAND – Last week, columnist Karen Zach introduced Waveland’s own Hopkins Brothers in her Around The County column. Saturday evening the musical brothers performed their country-gospel, contemporary covers and original songs for a crowd that exceeded 200 people throughout the 3 hour event held at the Waveland Town Park Stage.
    Admission was a free will donation and along with a silent auction, raffled items and the snack bar, over $1,800 was raised; all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
    Tony Hopkins’ young grandson, 3 year-old Jensen Hopkins, has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and his illness was the driving force behind the creation of the concert. The Hopkins family felt that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has done so much to support Jensen that they wanted an opportunity to give back.
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