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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
  • Sleep well to drive safely

    You’re driving down the highway late at night, and you find it harder and harder to keep your eyes open. Do you crank up the stereo, maybe roll down the window?

    If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. The best answer is to avoid driving drowsy, and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and The Paper of Montgomery County have ways to help make that option a reality.

    Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and The Paper of Montgomery County will offer a free community education program on sleep issues and the importance of getting enough sleep Thursday.

    "Awareness of Driving Drowsy and Other Sleep Issues" will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 7 at Bonzel Hall, located inside the main entrance to Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville. Lunch will be provided.

     “You’re going to have to follow these healthy sleep habits,” MaryAnn Oppy, manager of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville's Sleep Center, said. She plans to go over those habits Thursday, as well as demonstrate some equipment used at the center.

    Oppy, who has been in the sleep field for 11 years, has studied the effects of driving drowsy. “It was just an eye opener on comparing it to alcohol consumption,” she said.

  • Do you have unused prescription medication you want to get rid of? There are only a few safe ways to do so. One such opportunity is coming to Montgomery County soon.

    On May 16 the Montgomery County Health, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawfordsville Police Departments as part of the Prescription Drug Taskforce will be participating in the Medicine Take Back Program.  From 9 a.m. to noon, citizens will be able to bring all expired and / or unused prescription medications to the parking lot of the Montgomery County Court house for collection.

    The collected prescription medication will be weighed, packed and later transported to another location for disposal. This program allows for a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription medications.

    If you are unable to make it on May 16, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawfordsville Police Department have permanent drop boxes at each location open 24 hours a day where these medications can be dropped off for disposal.

  • The southern side of Wabash College’s campus is a popular place to be whenever community or campus events are happening. Combine that with narrow roads and few options for parking, and you’ve got a complicated situation.

    The Traffic, Parking and Safety Committee set out to find the solution to the problem at Monday evening’s meeting of Crawfordsville common council committees.

    The committee, consisting of Andy Biddle, Scott Molin, David Christensen and Jennifer Lowe, met together to discuss an ordinance that would forbid parking on the west side of Sycamore Drive from Jennison Street to the first driveway on Thornwood Road. The ordinance prohibited parking on the south side of Thornwood Road from Sycamore Drive to Sugar Tree Road.

    Committeeman Biddle was the original petitioner for the ordinance. “It was brought to my attention by some of the residents in Sycamore Hills, which I am a resident there also, and we’ve got a problem with the Wabash activities on game days, particular game days” Biddle said. “Now it’s becoming more of a problem year round.

  • Plenty of puppies at the Vanity

    Most in Montgomery County are not aware of the determined, committed children tapping into downtown Crawfordsville every Sunday afternoon. They trek to the Vanity Theater Annex through snow, rain and, lately, beautiful sunshine to have lessons with teacher John P. Blair to improve their singing, theatrical, and performing skills through a group called Vanity Singers.

    All ages of children, separated into groups by age and skill, dedicate this precious time each week to rehearse for singing recitals, competition shows and theatrical performances.

    This weekend the public is invited to come enjoy the culmination of their talent, dedication and hard work as all the groups perform in a special event at the Vanity Theater.

    The performances this weekend will be May 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for this short show, which cost $4 for youth and $6 for adults, may be purchased online at or by leaving a message at 362-7077. The box office, located at 122 S. Washington Street in Crawfordsville, is open 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before performances.

  • Academic Team knows its stuff

    The Southmont Junior High Academic Team traveled to Zionsville West Middle School on May 2 to compete in the classed Area Academic Super Bowl Competition. The team represented the district very well, finishing as follows: Science - 1st Place, Social Studies - 1st Place, Mathematics - 2nd Place, English - 2nd place, Interdisciplinary - 2nd Place.

    Team members were Allison Dittmer, Conner McVay, Sara Adams, Trenton Hutson, Scotlin Young, Mia Myers, Olivia Olin and Trevor McKinney.

  • Cleaning up Lane, anything but lame

    When we stroll through the grounds of the Lane Place each year at its political rallies, civic events and annual festivals, how many of us actually take the time to think – ‘who did all of this?’

    On Saturday, the “who” in that question was answered in the form of Historical Society Executive Director Steve Frees and board-members Mike Barton and Don and Brenda Thompson, as well as Ruth Johnson and Deb King. Together, they not only cleaned the festival grounds but prepared new foliage and a new sign, as well.

    Master-gardener Johnson, as well as Lew Wallace grounds-manager King, were both on hand Saturday to help get the job done. Johnson took a little time to explain her role in the cleanup.

    “They named me the gardener [here] because I came in and did this,” Johnson said, pointing to the large garden at the southeast corner of the building. “I did the master-gardener class, and if you wanted your certificate you needed to do 35 hours of community work.

  • As the voice of public education and public school teachers statewide, the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) looks forward to celebrating thousands of its members from May 4 to May 8 during National Teacher Appreciation Week. 

    "Teachers in Indiana give their students so much each day," ISTA President Teresa Meredith said. "We know that appreciation alone will not reduce the challenges teachers face to help meet the needs of their students, but it will let them know their efforts are not going unnoticed."

    Along with other activities, ISTA and the Indiana Parent Teacher Association will celebrate teachers on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. 

    Meredith said, "We're asking everyone to take the time to recognize and thank a favorite teacher. Make a commitment to support great public schools and the teachers who are in the classrooms each day preparing our kids for the future. A simple gesture of gratitude for this noble work is meaningful, and now more than ever teachers need to know that you care and that you believe on the work they do." 

    More information can be found on ISTA's website, 

  • Cruisers for Christ take to the streets

    Religion and the religious can take many forms – that’s the message the Christian Motorcyclists Association is trying to spread.

    With that said, the fourth annual “Run for the Son” took place on Saturday, with its starting point being the Walmart parking lot. In association with the nationally-recognized organization C.M.A., local group Cruisers for Christ spearheaded the run – a trip around the county, stopping in towns to eat, pray and spread the gospel.

    The occasion kicked off Saturday at 11 a.m. as bikers from all walks of life gathered for the convoy. With an estimated 30 motorcyclists in all, one could hardly hear what was being said as the group took off.

    Vicky Emberton, who informed The Paper of the event, was on hand Saturday and helped explain what the day was all about.

    “It is a fundraiser for missions through C.M.A. who sponsors mission-funds with this one ride a year,” Emberton said. “40-percent of it stays in the U.S., and then we have three organizations that work overseas, and we split 20-percent with all of them. All of the money collected goes to the church.

  • Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Visit Indiana are kicking off the summer travel season with Visit Indiana Week, today through May 10. In celebration of Visit Indiana Week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is once again teaming up with Visit Indiana to offer a day of free admission to all state parks. This year’s free admission date is Saturday, May 9.

    “From our beautiful state parks and historic sites to our festivals, museums and sporting venues, Indiana has terrific options for fun family roadtrips,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “This entire week is an excellent time to explore all corners of Indiana and with no admission fees on Saturday, May 9, Hoosier families can enjoy a great day outdoors at one of our beautiful DNR properties free of charge.”

    Travelers looking for Honest-to-Goodness Indiana destinations throughout the state will find over 250 trip ideas at Indiana’s official tourism website, In addition to the online tools available, free copies of the 2015 Indiana Travel Guide and other travel publications can be ordered or by calling 800.677.9800.


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