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  • Last days of summer break!
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bella and Ariel Stephenson were having fun riding their bikes at the Milligan skate park. They are out with their mom, Jennifer and little sisters, Aubri and Ikhari, enjoying the last few days of summer break before the new school year starts. 
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  • Carnegie is home to Spanish Camp
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Children at the Carnegie Museum were busy taking part in Spanish Camp this past week. The camp was taught by Molly Whitecotton, who is a former Spanish teacher and is currently teaching kids at the Carnegie. “The kids learned a bit of everything this week,” said Whitecotton. “They learned basic grammar, culture and the basics of how to speak Spanish. We also have went on some tours to the library and to some Mexican restaurants here in town. Overall it has been a great experience for me and the kids.”
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  • Town Talkins - Darlington
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Definitely, this town’s name is perfect. I breezed in to “Darling”ton the other afternoon and was so warmly greeted, think I’d move right in if I didn’t already love my own hometown.
    As I was driving to the General Store, I passed the beautifully refurbished Fountain-Trust Bank. Dan Bever, whom I sat beside at the counter in the General Store and I struck-up a conversation. Dan, who has lived in Darlington since 1993 and loves his town, was extremely excited about the bank’s new look, telling me about the beautiful, ornate, old wood. “Why, they even have cookies and coffee. It’s so nice I could live there!”
    Owner Trisha Teague then introduced herself. Sweet lady who told me she got in the restaurant business because it came up for sale. She married Rick who retired from the military. Cute love story as they dated more than two decades before marrying, reconnecting years later.
    Next, I conversed with Rick about the service a little since I have grandson Dane in the Air National Guard and grandson AJ who by the time this appears will have just left for the Navy. A couple of others commented about someone they knew in various branches. I loved Rick’s comment: “Well, it doesn’t matter what branch they’re in, we all serve our country!”
    Kind of neat that in the day time, it’s the General Store/Bakery and then Pizzeria in the evenings. I was short on bucks, but my sweet tooth was crying for a piece of yummy-looking pie. Next time! 
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  •    Dr. Downey retiring from Franciscan
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thomas Downey, MD, an OB/GYN with Franciscan Physician Network Obstetrics & Gynecology, will retire from the group on July 31, 2017 after 37 years of service to the Greater Lafayette medical community.
    Dr. Downey has practiced in the Greater Lafayette area since 1980. During his time, he estimates that he has helped deliver more than 7,000 babies.
    One of the highlights during his 37 years of service has been helping families through the years. 
    "I've enjoyed following my patients and their families over the years, watching the babies I delivered grow up, and in some cases, delivering their babies," said Dr. Downey. "I will miss the patients and co-workers that I have come to feel are like family. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your medical care all these years."
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  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Representatives from many local companies gathered together on Wednesday morning as the Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY) opened their “I Am MUFFY” 2017 campaign with a company training breakfast on the Wabash College campus.
    MUFFY’s 2017 Campaign Chair Lisa Cooper welcomed guests, comprised of representatives from some of Montgomery County’s largest employers, and introduced attendees to new MUFFY Executive Director Terry Armstrong. 
    “It’s been a very exciting introduction to the Montgomery County community,” said Armstrong, who spent last week, his first week on the job, touring MUFFY’s 17 partner agencies. “Getting to know the people who have such a passion for helping others is very motivating. I’m excited to get started on our 2017 campaign.”
    This breakfast session was held to train attendees on the most effective and fun ways to hold a MUFFY campaign in their workplaces. More than 60 percent of annual donations to MUFFY come from organized workplace campaigns.
    Adding to the incentive this year is an opportunity for donors to double their impact. MUFFY has secured a $50,000 matching grant through the Indiana Association of United Ways to increase donor participation in workplace campaigns. Companies who raise their MUFFY campaign participation by 5 percent or more can have their entire donation matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. Companies who participate in this year’s MUFFY campaign who did not participate last year are also eligible for total donation matching. More information about the matching grant and the “I am MUFFY” campaign can be found on MUFFY’s website, www.MUFFY.org.
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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, JUMP program is always looking for new volunteers to become mentors for the youth of our community. This program has been in existence since 2005 and we have since served over 300 youth through this program. We currently have 72 matches consisting of an adult volunteer and a child. For a small community, that is a lot of children who have been mentored by a lot of caring, responsible adults. Sadly, there are always more kids on the waiting list hoping to be paired with an adult they can spend time with and have some fun!
    One of these children on the waiting list is a 10-year-old girl named Abby. Abby lives in a single parent home with two younger siblings. Since mom is busy with a new born and toddler, she feels Abby doesn’t get the attention she needs. She would like her to have someone else to talk to, give her a break from her younger siblings and some one on one attention. Abby’s mom describes her as very outgoing, crafty and loves to draw. She is a lot of fun to be around, she is a bright honor student and she loves to read. Her mom would like to see her open up more and express her feelings and she feels having a mentor would help with this and also boost her self-esteem.
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  • Anderson ready for Dining with the Chefs
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    The big day is rapidly approaching! Dining with the Chefs, an event benefiting the Montgomery County Free Clinic, takes place Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6pm at Wabash College’s Allen Center. Come enjoy delicious food while being entertained and informed by charismatic chefs. Tickets will be available for purchase through July 30, so make your plans now.
    The Menu this year includes Blueberry Starlight Apertif, Chifa Cerviche, Green Gapacho, Asparagus Chevre Salad, Oaxacan Style Sweet Corn, Lime Sorbert, Seared Beef Medallion, Crispy Potato Cake and three mini Deserts. Beef is provided by Sennett Farms and wine by the Huber Winery. 
    In the past few weeks we have been profiling the chefs who bring this mouthwatering event to life. Our final chef to be profiled, Jason Anderson, works for the Bon Appétit catering company. This is his third appearance at the event.
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  • Bob Taylor retires after 40 years
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bob Taylor joined Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI) in July 1976. For over 40 years his leadership has been the cornerstone of the Employment and Training programs. 
    When Taylor joined CAPWI as the Director of Planning and Development, he helped to administer CAPWI’s first Weatherization program. He wrote the grants that initiated the Covington and Williamsport senior centers. He coordinated our “Red Cap Enterprises” which was a craft store in Rockville for low income consignees and senior citizens. CAPWI operated the store for four years. Taylor was also instrumental in beginning the Energy Assistance Program. 
    In 1978, Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) was established and Taylor created and implemented the career resource center concept, one of the first in the state, which provided job readiness and job search classes.
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  • Local bands heading to State Fair
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    The bands of Crawfordsville and Southmont have united this season to form Montgomery County United Marching Band. The band has been working hard through the summer learning this year’s show entitled “The Home is Where the Heart is” and now is ready to show the public what they have been working on at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 5. They’ll offer a sneak peek at an Ice Cream Social on July 30.
    “We would love the public to come out and see what the kids have been working extremely hard on,” said Southmont Band Director Brian Bartlett. “The kids are really excited to show it off as well. It takes a lot of money to even do a couple of shows, buy equipment, get t-shirts, and many more expenses that we have to pay for this season. Most people think that the funding we get from the schools is enough, but that just isn’t the case. The boosters run through thousands of dollars to keep us up and running.”
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  • Making Strides kicks off annual effort
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8:40 PM
    The American Cancer Society (ACS) celebrated its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Tuesday evening at the Tannenbaum Cultural Center. Emcee, and survivor, Kathy Steele, gave an emotional testament of her experience and how it affected her and her loved ones. 
    “When someone is facing breast cancer, it doesn’t just impact the individual, but everyone around them”, says Steele. “That is why I feel so passionate about the American Cancer Society’s mission. Breast cancer is a community issue and when a community is facing an issue, the only way to fix it is by coming together as a community.” 
    Steele took a moment to thank all of the sponsors, supporting businesses and organizations and returning team-leaders. 
    One returning team-leader mentioned was survivor, Joani Kruse. Kruse’s first time as a team-leader was last year. She set a goal for her-self of $500.00 Kruse exceeded her goal, reaching a total of $1,598.00! Because of her efforts, 106 people were able to receive rides to and from treatment. Team-leader, Kim Coons, raised $10,337.00, providing 206 nights of free lodging at Hope Lodge Facility to patients who needed it. 
    Team-leader, Karen Monts has been walking with Making Strides for eight years. Last year, Monts raised a total of $14,938.00. Monts fundraising served towards helping 149 woman feel confident during treatment. 149 woman who could now attend the ‘Look Good Feel Better’ workshops. A program focused on raising self-confidence and a sense of security for woman facing appearance related side effects of cancer. 
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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8:40 PM
    The annual Phelps reunion will be held on Sept. 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Bud Hill Reception Hall in Rockville. A meal will be served at 1 p.m. and there will be a donation container to help pay for the rental fee next year. 
    Anyone related to Phelps’ families no matter what origin are welcome. The goal is to share the different styles of living in different areas and countries. 
    You are asked to bring a covered dish, utensils, stories, photos, family information, and memories to share. If you would like to have your name added to a mailing list or for more information, contact Beverly J. Phelps Williams at (765) 435-2343 (PO Box 233, Waveland, IN, 47989) or Gale A. Williams at 765-592-3544 (3153 N. C.R. 900 E., Rockville, IN, 47872).
    Many different members of the Phelps’ family have visited the reunion throughout the years from places all over Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and Kentucky as well as Canada, Ireland, and England. Each and every one has been able to share a different way of living at this reunion through many generations. 
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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8:00 PM
    Work on the West Main Street construction project will soon be ending but residents are being informed about some safety precautions that will need to be followed over the next week or so as the project concluded.
    Milestone Contractors, L.P. is urging residents who live on West Main Street, as well as everyone who might be using this street from today through Aug. 2, to exercise extreme caution and to be alert while traveling in the work zone. 
    Recent rains have pushed the completion date back to Aug. 4. 
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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will have lane closures on State Road 25 beginning Wednesday, July 26, weather permitting. S.R. 25 will be chip and sealed from State Road 55 in Wingate to State Road 28. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.
    Depending on weather conditions, crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Work is expected to last through Tuesday, August 1.
    INDOT crews will be applying a chip-seal treatment to preserve and protect the seven miles of S.R. 25. Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.
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  • Coming soon - the new Emergency Department
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    For Franciscan Health, the wait is almost over for the new Emergency Department as it’s in its last stages of completion before being open to the public. On Aug. 1 there will be a blessing and dedication to the new department. The blessing will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the open house will follow later that evening from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
    During the open house members of the community will be able to walk around and explore the new 10 million dollar facility and take a tour of the new area including the Breast Cancer and Radiology expansion. After the Aug. 1 open house, the area will be restricted as cleaning crews conduct their final clean before opening at 4 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3.
    “Everything the hospital is doing is benefitting us here at EMS,” said Division Chief of EMS Paul Miller. “They are expanding the amount of people they can hold, the quality and treatment of patients will get better as well. This benefits us because it will stop us from diverting our patients to different locations. There will be more emergency service personnel available and not having to drive 2-3 hours out of town.”
    This project finished under budget and was also finished ahead of schedule. The new facility expanded from 3,500 square feet to 15,000 square feet. This upgrade provides the department with much more space to care for patients with 15 patient care rooms, including two trauma bays, two OB/GYN rooms with private bathrooms and a seclusion room for patients facing mental health challenges. The rooms will be much larger and feature some new technology that previously wasn’t in the old rooms. This new facility will allow employees much easier access to equipment such as CT machines. The latest heart monitoring technology will be used. A Phillips Monitor will be installed so that if a specialist is not on hand, Franciscan’s physicians in Lafayette will be able to assist the patient. The hospital will also be installing a $69,000 expandable tube system that will make sending lab work quicker and more efficient. There will be a new ambulance garage that will be able to hold two ambulances. It also will provide shelter for patients being transported during inclement weather. 
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 5:20 PM
    The Montgomery County Tea Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27 at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. There will be an update on zoning and windfarms and then a video and discussion about “How To Get Money Out Of Politics.” The Tea Party is a grassroots organization that encourages citizen activism for the mission of defending individual and economic liberty through limited government, fiscal responsibility, accountable representation, and upholding the Constitution. The Tea Party is not affiliated with any political party. Visitors are welcome.
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