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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum's popular Hoosier Author Book Club makes a return Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Readers will discuss Charles Major's novel The Bears of Blue River.
    Copies of the book are currently available for check-out from the museum courtesy of the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Because the book is in the public domain, it may also be downloaded to an ereader at
    The Bears of Blue River, published in 1901, recounts the adventures of a young boy growing up in early nineteenth-century rural Indiana. The main character, "Little Balser," lives in a log cabin with his parents and siblings in Shelby County, Indiana. He spends his days hunting and exploring along the Big Blue River.
    Charles Major was a Hoosier author and novelist. He was born on July 25, 1856 in Indianapolis. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Shelbyville, where he lived for the remainder of his life. His first novel, When Knighthood Was in Flower, was published in 1898, and proved to be a huge success. It was turned into a play, a comic opera, and a motion picture. Major was also interested in Indiana history and published several books set in his home state. The most popular of these was The Bears of Blue River.
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week! During this week it’s important to think about the safety of our children and the fact that many of our children are not properly restrained in their vehicles. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 -13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper installation of car seats, booster seats and seat belts. 
    Statistics show that 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly. Children younger than 1 year or weighing 20 pounds or less must be properly secured in an approved rear-facing child passenger restraint system. Children between 1 to 3 years old weighing more than 20 pounds must be properly secured in an approved forward-facing or rear facing child passenger restraint system. Children 4 -8 years old and less than 4 feet 9 inches tall must be properly secured in an approved belt-positioning booster seat system. Children exceeding these limits must be properly secured by a seat belt when riding in the front or back seat of a vehicle. However, securing children in the back seat provides more protection. Also, both shoulder and lap belts must be used if the vehicle is equipped with them.
    Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your most precious cargo is safe in cars.
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Wabash College puts out the welcome mat for alumni and friends to return to campus as its Homecoming Weekend festivities begin Thursday.
    The weekend opens with Chapel Sing, one of the College’s most cherished rites of passage in front of Pioneer Chapel. Members of the Class of 2021 are tested on their knowledge of the words to “Old Wabash,” arguably the nation’s longest fight song beginning at 11 a.m.
    The Leadership Summit, which runs through Saturday, brings together the leaders of the National Association of Wabash Men, the Parents Advisory Committee, and the Liberal Arts Plus initiatives to meet, engage, strategize, and collaborate. Board and committee meetings begin Friday at 8:30 a.m.
    Alumni jump to the forefront on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a multitude of activities. Primary among them is Homecoming Alumni Chapel, which begins at 11 a.m. in Pioneer Chapel. The NAWM general meeting, which celebrates the spirit of Barney Hollett ’36, recognizes alumni service winners:
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery United Fund For You 2017 “I am MUFFY” fundraising campaign kicked off spectacularly last week with MUFFY’s Kickoff Luncheon and Charity Golf Scramble, and now MUFFY is asking for your help as they host their second annual Day of Giving today.
    “Several local companies have conducted employee campaigns that are already coming in with really exciting totals,” said Terry Armstrong, MUFFY’s Executive Director. “We’re going to be sharing the news throughout the day as each new company turns in their gifts and our grand total goes up and up.”
    Local banks Hoosier Heartland State Bank and Teachers Credit Union are making it easy for individual givers to contribute to the MUFFY 2017 “I am MUFFY” campaign during the Day of Giving. Donors can bring their donations to any of Hoosier Heartland State Bank’s five Montgomery County locations or to the Teachers Credit Union at 1570 US Hwy 231 South in Crawfordsville throughout the day.
    Donations can also be brought to MUFFY’s office on the second floor of the MainSource Bank building at 221 E. Main Street, or be made online at MUFFY’s website,, and on their Facebook page, Fundraising totals will be updated online throughout today.
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  • Serving our Community
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Fifteen-year-old, Jack Allen, showed off his finished project, a new shelter house for the New Ross Conservation Club (NRCC). Allen is a Boy Scout member of Troop 318. He has been a Boy Scout for the past five years and a Cub Scout the five years previous. He chose to build a shelter house as a final project in earning his Eagle Scout rank. 
    "It was a lot of hard work but lots of fun," Allen said. 
    Allen said he was inspired to help the NRCC after a neighbor suggested the idea. Allen said he had fond memories of a camping trip there when he was 11 years old and agreed this would be a great community service project to help earn his Eagle Scout rank. Allen had to fund raise the money for the supplies, research best prices, execute and build the shelter from the ground up. He began with a fundraising dinner at his home church, The Advance Christian Church. He then reached out to local businesses to find the best prices he could. 
    Allen says Town & Country Home Center gave him a considerable discount on the lumber and IMI gave him a great deal on concrete. He also took time to thank, Nucor Steel, New Ross Conservation Club, Duane Browne, the Advance Christian Church, the Ladies fellowship and church congregation for all of their donations. The project totaled more than $2,500. 
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Mom left the stove on . . . AGAIN. What if the next time there is a pot still on? Or a towel touches the burners? Is she forgetting anything else? Does this mean she has Dementia or Alzheimer’s?? And what do you do? Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other memory impairments serious enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 9 aged people 65 and older are affected by Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. 
    Join us at Whitlock Place Senior Living, 1719 S. Elm Street, Thursday Sept. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. for an open discussion seminar with Yvonne Ledford of Physiocare Home Healthcare providing information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of dementia, WHAT to do next and HOW to care for a loved one with a diagnosis. 
    Yvonne Ledford has over 25 years of healthcare experience and a passion for helping families cope with loved ones diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. After the passing of her grandfather, who would be later diagnosed with Lewy Body, she has used his journey for her inspiration to know more. Every workshop, conference, and meeting she attends is in his memory. Yvonne now leads two support groups for the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as sits on the planning committee for the annual WALK. 
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville High School recently announced that two CHS students have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualify Test (PSAT/NMSQT). CHS Commended Students are Hope Coleman – daughter of Mark and Cherie Coleman and Stephen Lichtenwalter – son of Matt and Sarah Lichtenwalter. 
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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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