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Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Sunday marked the 230th anniversary of the day on which the members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia. September 17 is now celebrated throughout the United States as Constitution Day. 
    Constitution Day has an interesting history. In 1939, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst advocated, through his chain of newspapers, for a day to celebrate U.S. Citizenship. In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.” In 1952, President Truman moved the holiday to September 17 and changed the name to “Citizenship Day.” Thirteen years ago in 2004, Congress renamed the holiday “Constitution Day.”
    The 2004 law mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on September 17, or on an adjacent day should the 17th fall on a weekend.
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County encourages voters to gain a better understanding of our Constitution and the rights it affords us. It is essential for Americans to remember the key ideals such as responsive government, individual liberties and the separation of powers, especially an independent judicial branch. It is our responsibility to teach those lessons to future generations, and also to ensure our leaders are actively protecting the basic civil liberties American have fought to obtain.
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  • Southmonters, they have learned to love the Blue & Gold
    Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    These two agreed that after 20 years of marriage, “We’re pretty content.” They attribute that fact to doing simple things, such as eating together as a family, having mutual respect, being easy-going and getting along, realizing there will be good times and bad, but keeping the commitment uppermost!
    Dating began attending their senior prom. Not long afterwards, it was graduation party time. He left his to go to hers. As he got out of his car, he noticed her father smoking in the yard. He waved at the dad and headed to the door, but pop beat him to it, and slammed it in our young man’s face. Hmm, what to do? Romeo knocked on the door and when it opened, was relieved to see her smiling mom. One signal to dad that this boy was a-okay was that Joe, their dog, hated everybody but greeted our fine fella’ with adored enthusiasm. Certainly, my guests agreed that the two men came to love each other even with the unusual start!
    At Southmont, he was involved in a lot of what he still loves, golf, football and basketball. She was queen candidate and organizer. They found it more than difficult to bleed blue and gold vs. red and gray but came to love CHS as much as their children do. They went on to Purdue, he in teaching, especially so he could coach. “He’s a coach by nature!” He added, “It is rewarding and kids are fun!” Football, baseball, softball and volleyball tally his coaching career. As an extra moneymaker for more than a couple of decades, he has refereed football all over the state, including three championships.
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Another school year has officially began. The school supplies have been bought, the teachers are ready, and the school was prepared for the student’s arrival. Along with quality learning and teaching experiences, school lunch is also a very important aspect of a child’s school day. School lunches aren’t what they use to be, in fact they have changed a lot. In the 1980s school lunches began being regulated by the federal government for their portion sizes, fat content, protein value, and vitamins. Many parents believe that school lunches are to blame for the rise in childhood obesity. However, this is not the case. In fact school lunches provide students with healthy well balanced meals that offer choices children may not get at home. 
    One of the most prominent obstacles that hinders a child’s education is hunger. Children can’t focus when their stomach is growling at them, all they can think about is when they are going to eat again. Schools are serving more nutrient dense foods in order to keep children full and focused. For example, school lunches are now required to serve whole grain, fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components, and vegetables daily at lunch specifically dark green and orange vegetables (USDA, 2012). In 2012 it was estimated that 31.6 million children got food every day from the school lunch program, making it extremely important for them to be regulated. 
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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the fourth time, the Little Paper That Could and the best exercise place in town – Athena Sport & Fitness – are teaming up to sponsor The Challenge. This will be known as The Challenge IV . . . and just to be clear, those are Roman numerals not something trainers have to give me after a few laps around the gym.
    We’ve already got folks signing up, but there are still a few spots left. The seat begins pouring in October this time. We’re hoping the workouts and subsequent weight loss will help those of us who struggle at the holidays.
    Want to get involved? Well friends, all you need is a willingness to work hard at least twice a week, be smart about following the advice of trainers and nutritionists and the inclination to try to raise a few bucks for a worthy cause.
    Really. It’s that simple.
    Here’s the scoop.
    Athena Sport & Fitness (did I mention how good these folks are!), your friendly local newspaper and Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physicians Network are once again sponsoring everything. Athena and The Paper have been doing this since the first class and Franciscan came along shortly after. 
    If you are familiar with our program, bear with me. If not, here’s the skinny (no pun intended). This is a local version of “The Biggest Loser” TV show. In our rendition, local men and women sign up for a 10-week program in which they:
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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome common repetitive injury condition
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    I see a number of people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a very common condition, often related to repetitive injury at home or in the workplace. It is one of a number of repetitive strain injuries or “RSIs.” 
    Carpal tunnel symptoms usually include numbness and/or pain in the hand and wrist that may extend up into the arm, shoulder or even neck. The numbness, tingling or pain frequently wakes people during sleep.
    To understand the condition, it’s helpful to have a lesson in wrist anatomy (see accompanying diagram). There are eight carpal bones that make up the wrist. When you hold your wrist with your palm facing up, these bones form a U-shaped valley. The top of the valley is enclosed by a piece of connective tissue called the transverse carpal ligament. These structures form the carpal tunnel.
    The tunnel is a very cramped space and some very important structures are packed into it. There are nine flexor tendons and the median nerve. The tendons that run through the tunnel connect the muscles in the palm side of the forearm to the bones in the fingers. When the muscles in your forearm contract, the flexor tendons slide through the tunnel and pull on your finger bones, allowing you to make a fist (finger flexion). 
    The median nerve runs directly under the transverse carpal ligament. This nerve is responsible for the feeling in the thumb, index, middle, and the thumb side of the ring finger. It also controls the muscles in the thumb that allow you to pinch your thumb and index finger together.
    Now that you know the anatomy, hopefully it will be easy for you to understand what causes the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who have occupations or hobbies that require either repetitive or forced finger flexion (requiring use of the flexor tendons) are at risk for developing carpal tunnel. 
    Manual laborers and people who operate keyboards are the most common sufferers of the condition. Heavy vibration when operating machinery like a chain saw or jackhammer can also cause problems. Keyboard operators typing 60 words per minute will move their flexor tendons in and out of the tunnel 18,000 times per hour!
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  • Along the Path of Heroes: Part 4: Airborne Drops & Two Historic Churches
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany – places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
    When many people think of the invasion of Normandy on D-Day the first images that come to their minds are those of ships, landing crafts and allied forces storming the beaches.
    The actual invasion, however, began 6-7 hours earlier when shortly before midnight on June 5th more than 1,000 C-47 transport planes lifted from runways in England and traveled across the English Channel. They carried in their bellies the 13,100 paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions which were headed toward Utah Beach on the far west side of the invasion beach heads. 
    At the same time, the British 6th Airborne Division headed into the skies toward drop zones south and east of Sword Beach on the far east side of the invasion beach heads. 
    Closely behind the paratroopers were another almost 4,000 troops that were carried by wooden gliders pulled behind transport planes which, after the towing cord was released, attempted safe landings under the cover of darkness and with no engines to guide them in their descent.
    The designated drop zones for these aerial troops were not the beaches that would soon be invaded at morning’s light but strategic points slightly inland from Utah and Sword Beaches. These were ground locations, villages and towns that were determined to be critical in protecting and facilitating the inland movements of the forces that would soon be approaching from the shore and securing their respective flanks. 
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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Education is a top priority for lawmakers each year, with over half of our state's General Fund dedicated to K-12 education. With students back in class for the 2017-2018 school year, here is an overview of a few new education laws passed during the most recent legislative session.
    House Enrolled Act 1001, Indiana’s state budget, increases K-12 tuition support by $345 million over the next two years, totaling $14.2 billion appropriated to K-12 funding over the biennium.
    House Enrolled Act 1003 replaces Indiana’s ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN (Indiana's Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network) starting in 2019. ILEARN will be administered once at the end of the school year and the total testing time will be shorter.
    Senate Enrolled Act 198 increases funding for high school Career and Technical Education courses in high-wage, high-demand job fields.
    Each of these bills is designed to improve Indiana’s education system to ensure Hoosiers receive the best schooling possible. I look forward to the positive impact these laws will have on our students, teachers and schools in the coming year.
    Sen. Phil Boots represents Indiana District 23 which includes Montgomery, Boone, Fountain, Parke, Warren and Vermillion counties. In addition, Sen. Boots is one of the owners of Sagamore News Media and The Paper of Montgomery County. You can reach him at
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  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    When Eugene Warrington died at the age of 95 last week, hundreds of people laid flowers at his site. Not the site of his grave, but of his grill. Walter’s Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck, New York, just 20 minutes from where I grew up in Westchester County, was founded by Eugene’s father, Walter. It was—and remains, according to many—the home of the greatest hot dog money can buy.
    When I was a kid, it didn’t take much money: two dogs for a quarter and a watery orangeade for another dime. The line began forming about 10 a.m. in front of the food stand, inexplicably a Chinese pagoda (it’s worth a Google search). While waiting, customers could read postcards affixed to the outside of the building from locals traveling abroad who missed their Walter’s fix. 
    The coveted fare was a dog, a bun, and some mustard. So what was the magic? Maybe it was Eugene’s cooks (always his immediate family) who meticulously lined up the franks on the grill in order to keep an accurate account of the orders. Each hot dog was butterflied with a small knife so two sides of the meat could simmer on the well-oiled sizzling surface.
    The buns were carefully laid out on another grill, which was lightly drizzled with butter. While the hot dog was cooking to perfection, customers selected their toppings. You had two choices: mustard or extra mustard. I suppose “no mustard” was an option, but an abstainer would be scorned the same way a St. Elmo’s customer would be for ordering the shrimp cocktail without the sauce.
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  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Two, two, two towns in one. Well, that’s what I did when I went to visit Linden. Decided I’d head through the country to New Richmond, too. Sorry, you don’t get them both in this article, but now, you know which one to look forward to, huh?
    Absolutely loved going in to town and being informed right off that Linden dates back to 1850 and has 718 people. Like Waveland’s 510, they come and go, but a close approximation, nonetheless. Was hoping to finally get to visit the Train Museum. This is one of the hub’s hobbies of long-ago, and I’ve been hoping to get him up there, but he works all the time they’re open. I just missed it by about an hour but decided instead of waiting I’d head on to NR.
    Visited the library, which I’d sign as the happening place of town and met a precious assistant librarian, Julie. She has worked there about six months but hung-out in there a lot previous to employment. Having grown-up in Minnesota, she and her husband went to Chicago for ten years. One day, she said, “That’s enough!” She wanted her children to grow-up where they could ride bikes, be safe and attend a small school. Currently, two are in college and one at Northridge. 
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    One in four adults and one in five children suffer from a treatable mental health issue and over 50 percent of those living with a mental health condition never ask for help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage.
    These facts clearly demonstrate the serious need we have for resources that are able to treat these health issues. This was the basis for discussion at a recent Lunch with the League program sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The program was led by Karen Martoglio, Executive Director of Mental Health of America of Putnam County (MHAPC), who summed up the work her organization does in three words: Advocate, Educate and Collaborate.
    Mental Health America (previously known as National Mental Health Association whose origins are from the National Committee for Mental Hygiene) was founded in 1909. The symbolic bell in its logo is based on a bell that was cast in 1953 from the shackles and chains that were used to constrain mentally ill people in asylums throughout the country. This horrible treatment has long ago ceased but, unfortunately, the stigmas related to mental disorders still remains in the minds of too many people.
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  • She got her engagement ring on senior prom night
    Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    It seems like I’ve known my guest for-ever, as I can’t remember where I met her. Have just always liked and admired her, so here ya’ go with her story. I will say that it’s funny that when we got together at Steak & Shake, I asked her if she remembered how we met, and she said, ‘I don’t know, I’ve just known ya’ 4-ever!
    She grew-up in Crawfordsville, graduated from CHS and met her fella’ in high school. In fact, he had purchased her ring about Valentine’s, paid it off and gave it to her Senior Prom night after one of the dances. He was a year older, and they both worked at the Strand Theatre for several years during HS. He was an usher; she took the money. During high school, she was in band, one of 36 clarinetists out of a 100-piece band. 
    Her parents both grew-up in Montgomery County, as well, she a school teacher and her dad a bookkeeper for the Aluminum plant, Shirt Factory, and worked for Goodrich. In fact, her very first job was folding and stuffing the Indianapolis Star for her dad who was manager of routes. She was about 14 and several boys slightly older than her came each Sunday morning to get their papers and she got to enjoy the view. Great job, huh, girls?
    After my guest’s fiancé graduated, he went on to Purdue, where she joined him after her graduation. At age 20 and 21, they were married and remained so for 59 ½ years until his death last year. While going to PU, she worked as cashier at the Union, then was a college secretary for an office that sat-up for the North and South units to consolidate. She worked about 30 hours/week and took a full-load of classes. She graduated in El Ed while the hubs was an Industrial Arts Education major.
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  • Ramblings of a Shannondale girl . . . Part 2
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Life in Shannondale was slow paced. Lazy summer days, playing outside, jumping over mom’s piney bush, of course one of us always landed in it and smashed the beautiful flowers. 
    We ran around without shoes in the warm weather. We took cardboard boxes and flattened them to slide down our hill. Played king of the mountain on that hill, I was the smallest so I never was the king. We didn’t have running water or a bathroom, so there was no reason for us to be inside. You could use the old enamel pot but you have to take it out and dump it the next morning and that wasn’t fun either.
    One day, three of us sisters were in the outhouse using all the bad words little girls can think of, (which we learned from our dad) when we heard a knock on the door. When we opened the door there was dad down on one knee with the other one bent so we could lay over it to get our spanking for our bad language. We were pushing and shoving to try not to go out the door. Those older sisters sure got me into a lot of trouble.
    Saturday night was bath night, so we would be clean for church on Sunday. Mom heated water on the stove and put it in an old galvanized tub by the coal stove, which set in a corner of what we called the living room at that time. Andy and I being the youngest got to go first. My older sister Jeannine says we all peed in it before she got to get her bath. That old coal stove heated our entire house and with those old ten foot ceilings, it was always cold, in the winter, so we didn’t stay in the tub to long.
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  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s a pretty exciting time over here at the world-wide HQ of the Little Paper That Could. On one hand we are closing in on 10,000 subscribers to our daily editions. On the other hand, while other newspapers cut back, reduce the number of days they publish, shrink the size of the printed page and decrease the number of pages per edition . . . we are adding a Sunday edition, adding pages and going seven days a week, 365 days a year!
    Not sure what we’d do if we had a third hand . . . 
    Yup, it’s a pretty hectic and busy time in the beautiful downtown offices of the Athena Center. So, in answer to the multitude of inquiring minds that wanted to know, this is the big secret. I hope that you are pleased that our community will be one of a very small number of communities around the state of Indiana with a Sunday edition. Even more though, we really hope you are pleased with the additions and new features you’ll see on Sundays.
    For example, Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police is helping us with a new feature. We haven’t come up with a name yet, but if you’ve got a suggestion let us know. The gist of the column will be for readers to ask traffic or driving questions that Sgt. John will answer. For example, if you pull in front of a car and cause an accident – BUT the other car was going the wrong way on a one-way street, are you still at fault? How about, can you be stopped for speeding in a parking lot? If so, what’s the limit?
    By the way, if John’s name is familiar you may have seen his hilarious video on turn signals. For those online, we’ve set it up here so you can see it. If you’re reading our Print Edition, go to next time you’re on the web. The video has been shared millions of times (literally, he’s a State Policeman – he wouldn’t lie about that!). 
    A lot of you have talked about how much you like working with our city editor Stacey Baschwit. Well, Stacey’s work will be featured every Sunday with something new we’re calling Stacey’s Snapshots. 
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  • Start of school increases incidents of ‘pink eye’
    Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Now that school is back is session and child day care services are in full swing, the incidence of “pink eye” is starting to pick up. This is a very common condition that accounts for over 30 percent of patient visits for eye problems.
    Conjunctivitis is the medical term for “pink eye.” The conjunctiva is the continuous connective tissue membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids. It then folds back on itself to cover the front of the eyeball up to the edge of the cornea (where the white part of the eye meets the iris or colored part of the eye).
    The purpose of the conjunctiva is to provide a barrier to keep infectious organisms from entering the eye tissue itself. Conjunctivitis results when there is an irritation or breakdown of this defensive layer, a change in the normal organisms inhabiting the eye, or trauma that breaches the membrane.
    There are a number of causes of conjunctivitis. The most common are bacteria, viruses, allergies, fungi, parasites, and chemicals. These irritants cause varying degrees of redness, discharge, irritation and perhaps even pain on exposure to bright light, known as photophobia.
    It can be difficult to tell the exact cause of conjunctivitis unless the doctor has special equipment. Ophthalmologists and optometrists have slit lamps (the instrument that you rest your chin on where the doctor sweeps a bright light across your eye) that can help differentiate the cause.
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  • Along the Path of Heroes Part 3: Utah Beach and Pointe du Hoc
    Monday, September 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    This 11-part column from Ronald P. May, USN (Ret.), will run on Mondays in The Paper. May is author of the book, “Our Service, Our Stories”. He helps veterans share and preserve the stories of their military service. For more information or to tell your story, contact May at (317) 435-7636 or by email at You can also follow him on Facebook at Our Service, Our Stories.
    In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany – places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
    Utah Beach is the western most of the 5 invasion beaches at Normandy. Strategically, it was an important objective so that the Allies could gain control of the Cotentin Peninsula and the port facilities at Cherbourg which enjoys a deep water harbor. 
    On June 6th, 1944 at 6:30 am the U.S. 4th Infantry Division together with elements of the 90th Infantry Division and the 4th Cavalry Regiment made their landing at Utah Beach.
    The sector of Utah Beach stretches out for 3 miles. Unlike Omaha Beach it does not have the high cliffs beyond the beach head. It is relatively flat, with a small rise of sand ascending from the water’s edge.
    While Omaha Beach was a slugfest-turned-slaughterhouse with the entrenched Germans, Utah Beach was considerably easier to capture. Army soldiers stormed up the beachfront overwhelming the German defenses of the 91st Infantry Division and two battalions of the 919th Grenadier Regiment. They had control of the beach within 45 minutes.
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