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Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    I get some odd looks when I show up for a meeting of the Crawfordsville City Council. I always have. They used to be (I think) because of my wide eyes and dumb questions. Now, I think they’re more about my much-too-large beard and overly self-confident approach. 
    I sat down Monday night on the second floor of the Crawfordsville city building with my usual confidence that I could cover the material presented, now-common much-too-large-beard, and my appropriate dress of slacks and a collar. 
    What happened next was one of the most interesting news stories I’ve covered during either of my stints at The Paper. The council wants to have owners of rental properties register their units for a fee of $5 per parcel and they want to inspect those rental units once every five years for $100 per parcel. 
    And landlords are going ballistic. There are concerns over privacy, concerns over when this ‘can of worms’ runs dry and even concerns from the owners of rental properties why the city is ‘picking on us.’ If you can imagine it, concerns were expressed over it Monday at this meeting. 
    I’m not invalidating any of those concerns. What do I know about owning rental property? I don’t like the government sticking its nose in my business any more than the next guy . . . read my other columns if you don’t believe me. Heck, I even got on the city for cleaning up snow on my street too quickly when I rented downtown. 
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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Typically, I wear a cotton shirt and denim shorts or jeans. For going out, I have “fancier” cotton tops, and jeans in shades other than blue. Or I have a short cotton-blend skirt that, for the past four years, I have been wearing with a denim vest or denim jacket, depending on the season. It’s kind of sad, really. I’m just a constant mish-mosh of cotton and denim. 
    About once a year, I decide to update my wardrobe. I branch out. I buy things that “speak” to me. I whirl and twirl in front of dressing room mirrors, and become giddy at the possibilities. I arrive home, laden with shopping bags full of bright colors, new textures, and hope. 
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  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:00 AM
    Our History-Mystery Tour started back in 2007. It hasn’t been produced every single year (we give it a rest every few years), so this isn’t the 10th time your favorite little Montgomery County daily has brought forth the tales of the macabre to downtown C’ville.
    However, it is our seventh time and seven’s supposed to be a lucky number. Since Halloween is certainly the season for superstition, we’ll go with that and predict that this will be our best year ever.
    No idea what I’m talking about? Where have you been since 2007? The History-Mystery Tour is an entirely original work produced by the little elves and gnomes who hide in the rafters of our worldwide HQ in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. Yup, back in 2006 and 2007, they were hard at work in our wonderful local library researching those spooky and eerie events from Montgomery County’s wonderful past (and they got a HUGE amount of help from the librarians!). 
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  • Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hey MoCo, it’s Monday meaning I’m back for another edition of my column.
    Since my last column, I have been around town a little more and have gotten myself a little more familiar with what this community has to offer.
    One thing I haven’t gotten is much feedback about my last column, which disappoints me because I love to hear others points of view. Even if you don’t agree with me, I welcome your thoughts. So please feel free to send me emails to tell me how you feel because I appreciate reading through your thoughts because it means someone is taking the time to read and reflect on what I say. That’s the most gratifying part of my job.
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  • Monday, October 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    I’m starting to see a few cases of head lice now that kids are back in school. Head lice are white and about the size of a sesame seed. They are known as "obligate ectoparasites." Obligate means they require a placental mammal host to survive (i.e. humans) and ectoparasites means they live outside the human body. They must feed on the host’s blood to survive and can't live off of a body for more than a day or so. Lice are spread by direct contact of a person's head or hair with an infested individual or through sharing personal items such as hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties or even car seat headrests. They do not jump or fly and are not transmitted by pets.
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  • Friday, October 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    Harvest is fully underway in Montgomery County. Combines are chugging along harvesting corn and soybeans, semis full of grain are lining up at the local grain elevators, and grain is traveling to places far and wide via our local highways and railways. In 2015, according to the Indiana Agriculture Report (March 2016), Montgomery County led the state in soybean production at 6.3 million bushels and was second only to Benton County in corn production at 20.3 million bushels. Our farmers are putting in long hours at this time of year and leading the state in crop production. So where does all of this grain end up?
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  • Friday, October 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    I have monumental problems logging into my bank account. The issue is that I can never remember the answers I had given to my security questions. Who was my favorite comic book hero as a kid? Batman? Superman? The Flash? I’d hate to think I picked Aquaman.
    What about my favorite flower? I have never had a favorite flower. If I choose rose, there’s a good chance I’ll say chrysanthemum the next time—if I can spell it. Tulips are not me. And I’m no pansy, that I can tell you.
    Here’s another stumper: What college did I apply to but not attend? Well, that would be all the colleges that rejected me, so it could be Syracuse, or Northwestern, or Boston University. Maybe Brown. The list just goes on and on . . . and on. And how about the name of my best friend? That’s a tough one because someone is always ticking me off, so it changes every week.
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  • Three generations make for amazing acting experience
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Literally, I watched this gal grow-up, she and my daughter being close friends since Kindergarten. She worked for us at the restaurant, went on vacations with us, and, well, I just love her dearly. More talent wrapped up in her little finger than I ever thought of having. Beauty, brains, and a beaming smile, that’s my girl.
    During her younger years, her momma had a hilarious one-woman comedy show. In fact, she entertained our family at Jim and my 25th wedding anniversary and had us rolling on the floor laughing. My guest helped her Mom from the time she was very small. Her mother got involved in the Sugar Creek Players and it was just natural for her daughter to follow along.
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  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Yesterday was the first day Montgomery County registered voters can VOTE EARLY! From Oct. 12 to Nov. 4, citizens can vote in the Montgomery County Court House Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will also be a number of additional early voting locations the last two weekends before the November 8 Election Day.
    In addition to the offices for President and Vice President of the United States, US Senator, Representative, Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Schools, State Representatives, County Offices and School Board members, there are three public questions on the ballot, including two judicial retention questions. People are often puzzled by these and may ignore. But the vote on whether to retain a Judge is an important part of our judicial system in Indiana.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:00 AM
    For years, I jumped into the fray that surrounds each election. I said a lot of crap that sounded good to me, and those who believed like me, even though I never really educated myself on any of the candidates or topics. 
    Now, I've grown up. I've stopped believing in and supporting things on which I have not educated myself. This is why I don't write about politics. I can't seem to educate myself enough to articulate my opinions in a way that properly expresses my views. 
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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    “All parts of the body if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed, and age slowly; but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly.” – Hippocrates
    Few things benefit the body more than maintaining physical fitness. While doctors have typically recommended exercise for younger patients, we’re realizing how important it is for our older patients as well. Regular exercise, even in one’s senior years, can still reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, particularly heart attacks and strokes. It also may be one of the few things to slow the onset of dementia.
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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    A proposed ordinance requiring the registration and inspection of rental properties in the City of Crawfordsville was recently forwarded from committee and will be considered by the city council at their October meeting. Several questions have been raised about the need for such an ordinance. This has led to a healthy discussion of the challenges facing our community. Therefore, I would like to take a few moments to explain the impetus behind this proposal and how it fits into the overall status of our community. 
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  • Are you man or woman enough . . .
    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 4:00 AM
    Catchy headline, huh? But maybe the more appropriate question is, are you tired of being maybe a little more than enough?
    Do you get tired just thinking about exercising? Does the scales snicker when you step out of the shower? Or worse, does it cringe when you approach? Do the waiters at the all-you-can-eat-buffet give you dirty looks when you walk in? Do your clothes all have elastic in the waistbands?
    Trust me, I know how it feels. Been there, done that . . . and outgrew my T-shirts.
    So friends, have we got a deal for you!
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  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    It’s been a busy past September for my office. I have taken over the duties of scheduling the VA vans from the Park and Recreation Department. If you are would like to use this service to travel to the VA either to the Danville or the Indianapolis facilities you will now call my office at 765-361-4133 and leave me a message. Your message should state where you are going either Danville or Indianapolis, the date and time of your appointment, your name and your phone number. I will call you back with a confirmation. The vans are located at the Veterans Service Office at 110 West South Boulevard in Crawfordsville just behind the Armory in the old State Highway Department building. This needs to be done a week in advance of your appointment to schedule the drivers for your ride to facility.
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  • Friday, October 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    Publicly sharing personal medical issues is not a good idea, something I should have learned from past experience. Several years ago, I mentioned in a column that I was losing my sense of smell. A doctor wrote me and suggested I might have a brain tumor. Others just said I should have my head examined. I’m not sure if this was the same advice.
    I received similar notes of concern when I disclosed that I have sneezing fits—sometimes a couple dozen achoos in a row. A very caring reader wrote and said this might be an indication of a severe case of “drug-induced rhinitis” and that she was going to pray for me. Then she said, “God bless you.” She needed to say it 25 times.
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