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King and his court
Justin Monger, right, plant manager from Cargill won the title of 2016 Pie King during Valero’s recent United Way and MUFFY campaign drive. . I will let you guess which one he is in the picture. Mark Brown, left, Valero plant manager, also took part. The contest helped Valero surpass its goal of $27,000 by raising $29,102! With the company match, that makes the grand total $43,653. Employees were able to designate where they would like their donation to go.
  • Bits 'n' Pieces 12-10-2016
    Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    At a local dinner this week, Sen. Phil Boots shared a great story from Montgomery County’s past. Sports fans of a certain age might remember that back in the day a starter’s pistol was shot to signify the end of a playing period in basketball. Well, one wiseacre snuck a dead bird into a game. Just after the timekeeper fired the blank gun, the prankster tossed the bird onto the gym floor.
    Of course back then it was funny. Today, the EPA and SWAT teams would probably get called.
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  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    Friday marked the first semblance of snowfall, so it’s time to address how the cleanup has gone thus far, especially given the scrambling the county had to do to replace nearly their entire fleet of trucks after a fire in early November. 
    While the snowfall may not have been much—maybe an inch—it can lead to icy road conditions, so being able to have a quick response to prevent or lessen the effects is vital. Crawfordsville Street Commissioner Scott Hesler agreed.
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  • Focused on helping others . . .
    Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    Though there are many fine, accomplished individuals around Montgomery County, not many can claim the type of unique path that Claude Johnson has taken to this point in his life.
    Johnson was born in Peru, Ind. in 1940, then moved to Delphi as a first grader. He stayed in Delphi through his high school years, graduating from Delphi High.
    “Before I graduated high school, I joined the Indiana National Guard at 16,” Johnson smiled as he explained. “They usually won’t take you until you’re 17, but I was 6’1” at 16, so they took me.”
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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    Being that it is the Christmas season, spending a Sunday afternoon in a restored church enjoying free food and entertainment should mesh perfectly. 
    You can do just that at the new Old Hope Church in New Richmond from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. John Galloway, a New Richmond resident and one of the people who played a vital role in restoring the church, said the event should provide a great glimpse into what the revamped church is about.
    “It’s a Christmas celebration,” Galloway said. “We are gathering to celebrate the birth of Jesus and rebirth of this great small town church.”
    Galloway also explained the reasoning behind restoring the church and what it will mean for the New Richmond community.
    “It’s a non denominational church, so anyone is welcome,” he offered. “It was just an empty church and an empty church sitting in town is a shame. We want people to see the work that was done on this church.”
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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    Every Thursday Full Band Open Stage at The Swizzle Stick, Greencastle 8:45-10:45 p.m. 17 W. Franklin St. (765) 653-5788 with host Steve St.P ierre. www.almosthomerestaurant.com/swizzle-stick-bar.
    Every Friday Danny Weiss Duo at Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-8:30 p.m. 200 Main St. (765) 742-7337 Indoors. Danny/clarinet, Jeff Wimble/guitar. www.dannyweissjazz.com
    Thursday Dec. 8 Open Stage @ American Legion, Crawfordsville 7-11 p.m. 1301 S. Washington St. (US 231) (765) 362-9921 Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
    Friday Dec. 9 “Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry” @ Athens Arts Gallery, Crawfordsville 7-10 p.m. 113 N. Washington St. (765) 362-7455 Members of Brick Street Poetry, a state-wide organization, will read their poems celebrating Indiana’s diversity in words. Light refreshments served. Open to the public.
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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    If you’re looking for something Christmas-themed around town to do during the weekend, you may want to check out the Rotary Jail’s “Gears of Christmas Cheer: A Steampunk Christmas” event Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.
    The theme of this year’s event suggests a vintage look to reflect the tradition of the holiday and the jail in which the event is housed. This will be the 41st year the jail has hosted a Christmas event.
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  • Cali Saunders receives Lilly Scholarship
    Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Cali Saunders has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Montgomery County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
    Saunders will receive full tuition to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. She is the daughter of Brian and Carrie Saunders and is a senior at Crawfordsville High School.
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:09 PM
    Saturday marks the annual Breakfast with Santa at Southmont sponsored by the Southmont Bands. It will take place in the Junior High Cafeteria and Gymnasium. Pancakes, sausage, drinks, pictures with Santa and a craft for the kids are all included for just a simple free-will donation. New this year is a craft show featuring more than 20 vendors with excellent products for Christmas.
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    The City of Crawfordsville will continue their relationship with Brown Township after the Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety approved the agreement between the two sides.
    The agreement is for Crawfordsville to provide ambulance services to Brown, which they agreed to pay $9,900 for the services. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said the relationship is one that both sides appreciate.
    “It’s very important for them,” Barton explained. “It’s gotten harder and harder for smaller towns to find volunteers and equipment to run their own department. It helps give them deep protection.”
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    While the holiday season can bring many moments of joy to folks, it also brings the joy of your favorite holiday meal, which may lead to overeating leading to a weight gain.
    During Wednesday’s “Healthy Holiday Eating” luncheon as part of Franciscan Health Crawfordsville’s Community Education luncheon series, registered dietitian LaDawn Priebe offered some tips to those in attendance about how to eat healthy during the holidays, while still getting to have the food items they like.
    “Moderation is key,” Priebe said. “The average holiday meal is between 3500 and 4500 calories. The average daily amount of calories females should consume is around 1200 to 1800, for males it’s 1500 to 2200.”
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  • Legion gives to police, fire, others
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Byron Cox American Legion Post 72 Commander Dale Wilson and members of the Legion’s Honor Guard presented donation checks totaling over $6,000 to nine local organizations. “We at the legion want to show what we’ve been doing for the community,” Wilson said. “This is something we’ve been doing every year.”
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  • YAR donates to MUFFY
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Following their motto of “Giving, Serving, Leading”, Youth as Resources (YAR) recently donated more than $650 to Montgomery United Fund for Youth (MUFFY). The money was raised at YAR’s Funky 5K fundraiser in October. The youth realize how integral MUFFY is to the community, as they provide numerous local non-profits with resources necessary for everyday operation.
    Youth as Resources, a program of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, challenges youth to identify community needs and design projects that use their skills, creativity, and energy to help others in the community by providing financial resources to enable youth to meet these needs.
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau Alternative School Program recently received a grant from the Vectren Foundation. The foundation provided a grant of $3,000 to the YSB to support the operations of the Alternative School.
    In collaboration with the three local school corporations, the YSB operates an alternative school that focuses on credit recovery for high school students who may have been suspended, expelled or just not benefiting from the traditional educational setting. Students work at their own pace completing classes and earning credits toward graduation. It is an opportunity to provide an education for youth who may not otherwise be able to complete their high school diploma.
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    After an unsuccessful attempt by the Convention Visitor’s Commission to hold their November meeting due to lack of commission members to attend the meeting, the 2017 budget for the Montgomery County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau budget was approved during Tuesday’s December meeting.
    Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Heather Shirk explained some portions of the 2017 budget to the commission, which she said is very similar to the 2016 budget, and detailed some of the events that are on tap for the county the rest of this month and into early 2017. The total amount of the 2017 budget requested is $230,430.
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  •  Chorus to sing Messiah on Indiana’s birthday
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    On the exact day that marks Indiana’s 200th anniversary as a state, the Crawfordsville Community Chorus will perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio Messiah. The community is invited to Wabash College Pioneer Chapel, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., when the one-hour free family concert will begin with a salute to our State, and a bit of Bach by the chorus including a quartet of soprano Alice Phillips, alto Sheila Evans, tenor Christopher Short, and bass Ed Fain.
    Dan Booher is director of the concert. Tom Lowe will play the college pipe organ, and Alan White will accompany solos on the harpsichord, in the performance of the Biblical text and world-famous music about the birth of Jesus.
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