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  • Bits 'n' Pieces 5-27-17
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Doggone it, we didn’t win again, so yup, Bits’n’Pieces is back for another week. So if you don’t see this column next week, there could be 15 million reasons why from the Hoosier Lottery.
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    DID YOU KNOW that your favorite Montgomery County daily is on the move? Yup, like they used to sing on the Jeffersons, we’re moving on up! In June, the worldwide headquarters will be found in the spacious and professional abode known as Athena Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. We’ll let you know for sure when the move is done – and when it is, we’ll have a ribbon cutting and open house and we hope you can attend!
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    SPEAKING OF the Athena Center, if anyone else is looking for space it’s pretty nice over there! We’d love the company, too. Dive on in – the water’s fine . . . no, really, it is. There’s a pool there, too! 
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  • Seamans retiring from LSC
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Stephen Seamans, Vice President of Operations Platform for LSC Communications (formerly RR Donnelley) will retire on May 31, 2017 with 39 years of service.
    Seamans began his career in 1978 in the Magazine Group as a Manufacturing Management Trainee and assumed various supervisory assignments in the Old Saybrook, Connecticut Manufacturing Plant. In 1986, he became Customer Service Manager and later Manufacturing Manager at Norwest Publishing (a wholly owned subsidiary of RR Donnelley) in Greeley, Colorado. Seamans transferred to the Sales Organization in 1992 as Major Account Manager for the Meredith Corporation account.
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  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Government offices are closed down on Monday for Memorial Day, but the rest of your needs can be satisfied around town without much holiday interruption. City, county and government offices are closed Monday, which means the Crawfordsville District Public Library and Park and Recreation are closed, too. The city won’t pick up trash Monday, either, so there will be a double pick up on Tuesday. The BMV is closed today through Monday and the Yard Waste Site will be closed for Memorial Day. It’s open today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    If you find yourself in need of some essentials, the big box stores are keeping their same hours and the Walgreens Pharmacy is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CVS on Market Street isn’t affected by the holiday, but the CVS on Chestnut will be closed. Restaurants are open for your pleasure as they normally would be. 
    If you’d like to get into the true spirit of the holiday and give remembrance to the fallen, the American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard will be presenting a rifle salute and playing Taps at the following cemeteries and times on Monday. Oak Hill South--9:40 a.m.; Oak Hill on Grant--9:55 a.m.; Odd Fellows--10:05 a.m.; Old Town--10:15 a.m.; Calvary--10:30 a.m. Finally there will be a ceremony at Oak Hill North at 11 a.m. with guest speaker General Wayne Black. Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at Post 72, open to the public.
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  • Stormy start to weekend
    Friday, May 26, 2017 11:40 PM

    Strong winds tore through downtown Crawfordsville and much of Montgomery County late Friday evening, downing trees and power lines. And while homeowners were cleaning up all over the county Friday night and Saturday morning, there were no immediate reports of injuries.

    A power line was blocking Wabash Avenue, between Arni’s and the Masonic Lodge in Crawfordsville. Saturday morning, the street was still closed.

    Another pole was snapped (pictured) along Jefferson Street behind Powers-Priebe Funeral Home and trees were down throughout the city.

    The first storm warning hit New Market around 6 p.m. and included severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings.

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  • Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    It was a warm and windy day when members of the Dubble Duzzen Home Extension Club met at the New Market Baptist Church on May 17. Our hostess was Pat Hall along with her daughter Charlotte Kruckow. We had lovely hand-crafted Mother's Day cards at each seat. They read "To an amazing Mother!" Thanks Pat!
    President Peggy Dixon called the meeting to order. Members present were: Sandy Caldwell, Sue Caldwell, Linda Cooper, Cheryl Douglas, Janet Fagan, Sue Foy, Pat Hall, Mary Jo Harmon, Eulah Jaynes, Marilyn Lewis, Patsy Stephens, Sue Tandy, Judy Tulley, Janet White and Dixon. The food for thought was " Some people come in your life as a blessing, others come into your life as lessons."
    All joined in reciting the flag salute to the American Flag, Christian flag and the Homemakers Creed, and the IEHA Mission statement " To strengthen families through: Continuing Education, Leadership Development and Volunteering Community Support.
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  • Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Susie Minch is retiring after 36 years of teaching from Nicholson Elementary School. Minch, has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade over the course of her career. “This has been a great home. That’s what a school feels like after so many years, a home and a family,” says Mrs. Minch. Other staff members were in agreement that, Minch, will be greatly missed. 3rd grade teacher, Ellen Rooze, tells us, “None of us want to see her go. She’ll be hard to replace. She has been a great leader here at Nicholson.” Minch’s daughter, Allyson Gordon, wrote a few heartfelt words towards her mother saying, “thank you for the lessons you taught, the times you listened, the memories you were a part of, not just for me but for everyone who knows you. And thank you for being my mom, the best teacher I know.”
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  • “Kindness is what it will take to change the world” . . .
    Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Deborah Kochert, began studying dance at the age of 7 years old. By 14, she was teaching her own dance class, and by the time she graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1990 she had already been a teacher, choreographer and back up dancer.
    Kochert was born in Staten Island, N.Y. in 1972 to Jim and Grace Kochert. Kochert’s father had been a career military man. When Kochert was 2 years old, her father packed up the family and moved to Crawfordsville, where Kochert’s father grew up. Kochert said that her father wanted his children to grow up here as well. “He was from here and felt it was a good place to raise a family,” Kochert said.
    Kochert said she wasn’t particularly thrilled with the idea of college, so after high school, she was relieved to have her parents blessing in continuing to follow her passion in dance. “I was already doing what I loved and shown I was able to make a living doing it. My calendar was always full,” Kochert said. She began in a rented space, however, with the support of her family, she invested in herself and her love of dance, and bought the building on the corner of Main and Green streets in downtown Crawfordsville.
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  •  New Franciscan ER coming right along
    Friday, May 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    The new Emergency Room is coming along below budget and ahead of schedule, says, Director of Materials Management, Greg Harvey. 
    “Date of completion will be sometime by the end of June. We will then take a month to stage the building. On Aug. 1, we will have a public open house with the blessing and dedication. Aug. 2, we will have Infection Control in to do a deep cleaning, and plan to move on Aug. 3.”. 
    Harvey tells us that the new building is 15,000 square feet. Quite a bit bigger than the original 3,300 feet they have now. There will be signs posted outside to direct incoming patients, however, to begin, they will use both E.R’s. The new buildings framing and dry wall is completed. The building has 15 feet high ceilings, glass and front doors are installed. Along with having much more room, the new ER will be equipped with two OBGYN rooms and a decontamination shower. 
    The hospital invested in the latest technology for heart monitoring, with a Phillips Monitor. With the new monitor, if there is not a specialist on hand, Franciscan physicians in Lafayette will be able to see the monitor on patients with heart issues so they can assist from there. The hospital is installing a $69,000,00, “expandable Tube system”, so sending samples and lab work from one area to another will go much quicker, and they have the ability to expand the system in the future if needed. 
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  •  Main Street ready for summer concerts
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Free outdoor concerts will once again be part of the Historic Downtown Crawfordsville’s summer experience thanks to Crawfordsville Main Street and its sponsors. All events are at the Marie Canine Plaza on the corner of E. Main and Green Streets. 2017 summer series sponsors are Teacher’s Credit Union, Arni’s, Rod Curran’s Tax Service and Tri County Bank. 
    First Fridays kicks off June 2, with the Monte Keller Blues Band, performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to evening concerts. A complete summer schedule is listed below. On First Fridays, some downtown businesses will be open for extended hours until 7 p.m., such as Athens of Indiana Art Gallery and The Joshua Cup. A few of your favorite locally-owned lunch spots will be serving dinner. So head downtown to relax with supper and shopping before the June, July and August First Friday concerts. 
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  • Danzebrink ready to show off garden
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Eric Danzebrink has designed and planted his family’s Pleasant Meadows garden over a period of decades. A self-taught gardener and skilled landscaper, he has built his own knowledge base of perennials as well as constructing the steps, paths and sweeping flowerbeds that showcase the dramatic topography of the property.
    A visit to the Danzebrinks begins in the front yard with an arc of spring bulbs, allium, lilies, canna, and sedum, backed by a row of arborvitae. Drive by on a day in early spring and daffodils are popping. Drive by in May and allium is the featured bloom. Eric’s careful selections and grouped displays prolong the season for front yard blooms to 7 months. For those who have watched their tulips come and go in two weeks, this is a garden to study and note. 
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  • A week to thank EMS
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    President Gerald Ford authorized National EMS Week in 1974. This is the week in which we celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. Crawfordsville Fire Department’s Brian McCoy, who has worked at the fire department for 16 years, spoke a little about his time working here in Crawfordsville. “I enjoy helping out the community the most”. McCoy said. “It takes a lot of training to do this job and the city invests a lot in us and we are proud to help the community in any way we can. We are always ready 24 / 7”. Pictured from left to right are Dana Kalaba, Seth McCloud, Brian McCoy, Cody Haslam and Kyle Hunt
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville High School has added another chapter to its history of academic accomplishments and success in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
    Since its inception more than 60 years ago, The National Merit Scholarship Program for nationwide competition has honored the brightest students in the country. During that span, many CHS students have been honored as obtaining either Finalist or Commended status. 
    Three students from the graduating class of 2017 have added their names to the growing list of CHS graduates who have received Commended status in the program. Rand Burnett, Kaitlyn Kirkman and Benjamin Mikek have received their commended status after scoring high on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. The National Merit Scholarship Program began in 1955. Since 1985, 61 CHS students have received Commended Student status.
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:25 PM
    The NRA Foundation has awarded the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the Need program a grant in the amount of $1,000. These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donated large game and livestock. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to their “Meat” the Need program. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them, by taking large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. The donation will be processed, packaged, and frozen. Local hunger relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community in which it was donated.
    Approximately 1 out of every 4 households within Indiana (that have children) report an inability to be able to afford enough food to feed their family and over 30 percent of Hoosiers regularly have to choose between paying bills or buying food. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Protein, one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. 
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:24 PM
    The Darlington Summer Reading program for children ages 4 to 13 will start on June 5 and run through July 14. Children can earn prizes, books, toys, candy, and gift cards by reading books from the library. They will keep track of the books with a reading log, which they can obtain when they sign up at the circulation desk. Parents may also read books to their little ones. The top readers in each age group will also receive a trophy. 
    At the end of the program, on July 21 at 1 p.m., Professor Steve will present his brand new science show “Professor Steve’s Marvelous Machine Show.” Learn about the wonders of science and have fun at the same time. Parents are also welcome to attend. Seating is limited so sign up soon, or call Assistant Librarian Noelle Suiter for more information at (765) 794-4813.
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    The renewed efforts of the Montgomery County Clocktower Committee are paying off. The committee has created a fundraising page in order to make giving a breeze. Visit and search Montgomery County Clocktower Committee or go directly to 
    The committee has secured a bid and has until May 30 to collect the remaining funds. Still shy of the goal, they need your help to make it down the final stretch.
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