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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • Garden to Grill program teaches youth skills to last a lifetime
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    This spring and summer, the Purdue Extension Montgomery County office offered the first Garden to Grill SPARK club for youth in grades 3-12. The goal of this program was to teach youth about the daily care and maintenance that a garden requires to be productive and healthy. Furthermore, youth learned how to cook many of the vegetables grown on the grill as a healthy dinner or snack option. So what is a SPARK club? A SPARK club is a 4-H club that is subject-specific and is designed to SPARK interest in various fields. Youth do not have to be 4-H members to register to participate in a SPARK Club, but will become 4-H members with their payment of the $15.00 State program fee.
    This six-week program introduced youth to a variety of topics such as plant biology, human nutrition, pest management, food safety, culinary skills, and STEM! Each week youth were responsible for pulling weeds, watering if needed, harvesting ripe vegetables, and preparing their own snack for the day. 
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  • Town Talkins - Mace
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    This week I traveled to Mace for Town Talkins, mainly to see two of our grandsons who recently moved to this nifty little town. Quentin has a small business there, painting cars and brother, Stephen, is an amazing mechanic and does some side work in that aspect. The town dates back to February 1838, platted by Frederick Long, a circuit riding preacher. It coincides with the town of Fredericksburg, named for Long. In fact, the two were called twin cities and although within a half mile of each other, basically connected together. In fact, in the 1880s there was a third town connected to them, as well. The village of Little Bill was just south of Mace and named for William Galloway (Bill) who was a farmer and blacksmith. Marion Leak had a trapping business while Obed Galey was their carpenter; Capt. Eradic Allengood chopped wood and sold it while J.W. Strong ran a wood saw and Arch Martin took care of the gravel roads with Hig Brenton his assistant. Jail inspectors were Williams and Hugelheimer. 
    Mace itself was called Mace Station early on because of the 1850s railroad intersecting there. A village grew-up around this station and thus now we have Linnsburg. In fact, a woman platted this town. Susannah Fender Linn Mullen, did so in honor of her relatives, the Linn family. This may have taken the place of Little Bill as George Hugeheim was listed as its blacksmith in 1907. Linn Hall was built for various entertainments and a creamery was located across from the depot in this time frame. Manufacturing? Of course! A stave company, a wood turner and Conner’s Sawmill along with a grain elevator was there as well. 
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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    The mailbox (both U.S. and electronic) is getting full and it’s a good week to catch up. So as my old boss Gaildene used to say, it’s time for this, that & ’tuther . . . 
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    LET’S BEGIN with some new Notable Nineties. Here’s the updated list with several additions on it (everyone is listed alphabetically). What’s Notable Nineties you ask? It’s just our way of recognizing those wonderful people in our community who have reached the age of 90. If you want to be included in the list or know someone who does, just e-mail their information, including their current age, birthday and where they live to 
    Without further ado then, here’s the updated list: Elsie Allen, Harold Barclay, Richard Branstetter, Delmas Chadwick, Jean Friend Chadwick, Nellie Conrad, Wendell Cope, Becky Degitz, Ramona Hallett, Mildred Hamilton, Alice Harris, Archie Krout, John Lofland, Earl Luzader, Betty Myers, Don Myers, Jim McCafferty, Leonard Mitchell, Avanell Peterman, Bill Priest, Arthur Rice, Bertha Mae Cope Roberts, George Scharf, Leroy L. Shelton, Ruby Eileen Shelton, Maedrue Thurman, Richard Vannice, Chet Vice and Herschel Yater.
    God bless you all!
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    HERE’S A FOND farewell to John Pickerill. The former GOP county chair who turned Libertarian has moved away from Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. While I can’t say I always agreed with John, I never once doubted his sincerity or his intentions. He always worked at making Montgomery County the best it could be and never wavered from that.
    He was also a good example of a guy who could have a spirited debate and yet still be friendly. We need more of that in our world today.
    John, you will be missed.
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  • Monday, August 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    I recently had to remove some of a patient’s toenails. Why on earth would someone want that done? Because they were infected with fungus. The medical term for a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails is onychomycosis (OM).
    This condition is generally more of a nuisance than a real health threat. However, infected nails can become quite enlarged and painful. Diabetics and people who have poor immune function need to be concerned about OM. Infected nails in these folks can lead to inflammation of the skin around the nails and entry of skin bacteria that can lead to serious skin infections.
    Most people visit their doctors for OM because of the ugly nails. It is the most common nail disorder in adults and affects up to 13 percent of North Americans. It is 30 times more common in adults than children.
    OM is caused by three types of fungi. The vast majority of these infections are caused by fungi that invade and feed on hair, skin and nails. These organisms are called dermatophytes and account for 90 percent of OM. Trichophyton rubrum (70 percent) and Trichophyton mentagropytes (20 percent) are the most common dermatophytes. 
    Yeasts and molds cause the remaining cases. It’s often difficult to tell what organism is causing the infection without doing a culture in the lab which is usually recommended prior to starting treatment.
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  • Ramblings of a Shannondale girl . . .
    Monday, August 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    I was born on March 30, 1946. As a newborn, I really don’t know what went on but I imagine it is very frightening to be coming into this world from a place that was warm and secure. My mom didn’t know there were two of us, I came first and a few minutes later my sister arrived. Andy was born with spina bifida and club feet. Back then there was not much they could do for someone like my sister. My dad and my aunt had to take Andy to Riley Hospital. I guess back then either we couldn’t afford an ambulance or one wasn’t available. No one expected her to live, but she did for almost seven years.
    There were already three other girls at my home. Jeannine Claire, 7, Betheline 5 (also known as Biney) and Cora Sue (Cory) 2. Needless to say, my mom had her hands full. My sister Jeannine had to help take care of me and some aunts helped when they could. My mom’s sister had her hands full as she had a set of twins that were six months old. I am sure my mammaw helped, too, as they lived only a few miles away. My mom had to drive back and forth to the hospital to see how Andy was doing.
    When Andy and I came into this world, WWII was over and people were beginning to get their lives back together. It was a great time to be a kid, as you could play outside without being scared of things that might happen. Mom was a stay-at-home mom and was always a shout away. Almost all the women in Shannondale did not work outside the home and everyone kept an eye out on each other’s kids.
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  • Along the Path of Heroes Part 1: From Pearl Harbor to Europe
    Monday, August 21, 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 Morgan County 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.
    The road to combat in Europe began in a U.S. territory almost 2,500 miles west of the western coast of the United States. And it began with an aggressor other than the Germans. 
    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is a beautiful natural harbor on the southwest corner of the island of Oahu. It is the gateway to the immense Pacific Ocean beyond it. And, on December 7th, 1941, it became a gateway to war in Europe as well.
    At 7:48 am (Hawaiian time) on a quiet Sunday morning the tranquility of the island paradise was suddenly interrupted with the sound of plane engines overhead. 353 of them, to be exact.
    Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes and bombers, which had been launched earlier that morning from six aircraft carriers, broke the peaceful surrounding with a deadly surprise attack on U.S. naval vessels and airplanes parked at Pearl Harbor. 
    The vicious attack damaged 8 battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, 1 training ship and 1 minelayer. In addition, 188 airplanes were destroyed. The most significant carnage was the human toll: 2,403 Americans died in the attack and close to 1,200 were wounded.
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  • Friday, August 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    I just returned from this year’s Indiana State Fair. It was very bad timing, because I had just seen the government’s reissued dietary guidelines online. I am not a fan of the current administration, but I did think in this one area they were going to cut us some slack . . . or a least a big piece of chocolate cake.
    I can exercise five times a week. I can cut down on carbs. I can eat three fruits a day. I can even choke down eight glasses of water (if I get to count scotch and water). I can eat cod once a week for the omega fat benefits. But I can’t do 11 vegetables a day. No way. No how. Yet that’s what the government is recommending.
    This new nutritional food pyramid, a structure that would make pharaohs roll over in their graves, assuming they weren’t too fat to do that, now suggests that the average person needs almost a dozen servings of the green (and yellow and orange) stuff every day.
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Promoting Civic Pride and Competency in Our Schools” was the program presented by Collin K. Gruver, Director of Civic Education Programs for the Indiana Bar Foundation, at a recent League of Women Voters Lunch with the League program. The Indiana Bar Foundation has sponsored the “We the People” program in Indiana for a number of years.
    The We the People program promotes civic competence and responsibility among upper elementary, middle and high school students. We the People printed textbooks and enhanced e-books contain interactive strategies and relevant content, making teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers.
    Studies have shown that students who have participated in We the People programs are much more likely to: participate in civic life, work collectively rather than individually to improve their community, respect the rule of law, follow and critically consume current events, enjoy talking about government and politics, vote in presidential and local elections, serve on a jury, and be tolerant of those with differing political views.
    Indiana is one of the nation’s leading states in school participation in We the People. There are large clusters of schools involved throughout north, central, east, and southern Indiana but almost none in west central Indiana.
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  • This gal's temporary job teaching lasted 12 years
    Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have an interesting tale this week. This gal and her husband were high school sweeties, but married others and went separate ways, always semi-staying in touch, as his wife was a good friend of my lady this week. His first wife passed away from cancer in ’86. My guest had been separated from her husband, Jack, for 10 years and was home in Waynetown taking a walk on 25. A blue car whizzed by, turned around and out jumped her now husband. Their hometown, past experiences and rekindled love brought a wedding as well as a wonderfully blended family which has lasted 27 years. Now, that’s a love story!
    My gal spent 43 years teaching and had already retired when called to teach temporarily at North. Well, that temp job lasted 12 years, but most of her sojourn was in the Chicago area where she taught choral music (at VanderCook College of Music; Thornridge HS; and Thornton Township HS), but she also did teach at Franklin-Simpson High in Kentucky and Russellville HS in Arizona. 
    My guest feels lucky that she had the same music teacher all 12 years at Waynetown, a woman I greatly admired, Mary Helen Loveless. A cousin, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick taught her voice and by third grade, she was whipping-off Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Singing, playing, and performing are certainly in her repertoire and she is amazing at them all. After meeting her, I’d need to add a ball of fun makes her an extremely special person to those she teaches, entertains and works with in performances. Or, like me, just meets!
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:26 PM
    It’s back to school time, and the Crawfordsville Police Department would like to remind everyone to drive safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-20 year olds in the United States. The primary causes of crashes for drivers in this age group are speeding and distracted driving. Distracted driving alone led to 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in 2015. Talking on the phone, texting, using social media, talking with passengers, and eating in the car are all examples of distracted driving.
    Cell phone use is one of the most common distractions for drivers of all ages. Drivers are encouraged to safely pull over if they need to use a phone for any reason, including talking on the phone. Indiana Code states the following in regards to cell phone use while driving:
    IC 9-21-8-59 Use of telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle
    Sec. 59. (a) A person may not use a telecommunications device to:
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    We’ve kicked around the phrase “the little paper that could” for a while now. Frankly, it just seemed to fit. The idea was to give folks here a newspaper that was owned and operated by local people rather than some guy down in Alabama. 
    Oh pshaw, you say. That’s not important. Let me tell you why it might be.
    Years ago, feels like about a hundred, I was a young sports writer. Just moved to Crawfordsville from the Lafayette Journal & Courier. I figured the stop was simply a step on my way to Sports Illustrated. The publisher back then was a guy some of you remember, Bob Lyons – a man who would be instrumental in my career and to whom I owe much. Apparently he saw something in a young wet-behind-the-ears twentysomething because he did things for me that hadn’t been done with previous sports writers. One was he took me to what Crawfordsville Country Club called the member-guest outing. I’m guessing it was a recruiting tool for the club. For me, though, it was an eye-opener. I played golf that day with Bob who was my boss’ boss. In our foursome was the former owner of the Journal-Review, one Addington Vance – who everyone called Ag. As a sports writer, I guess I was impressed that he used to own a newspaper, but what really knocked my socks off was that he was an All-State basketball player from the 1930s who won a state title at Logansport AND he played college ball at Northwestern University. 
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  • Monday, August 14, 2017 8:00 AM
    Last year, the City of Crawfordsville began the process of updating the 2005 Comprehensive Plan. For the last 12 months a team of City staff, volunteer steering committee members, key stakeholders, consultants, and the public have been refining the vision for Crawfordsville over the next 20 years. This plan, based on community input, will serve as the City’s roadmap for issues such as land use, redevelopment, housing, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, parks and recreation, and more. The goals and objectives of this plan are an extension of the City’s quality of place efforts through the Stellar Communities designation. Those goals are focused on the following: creative place-making focused on community gathering points, promoting wellbeing through trails, parks, and bike/pedestrian friendly improvements, promoting economic growth, engaging residents by tapping into their human capital and energy, harnessing the tremendous power of Crawfordsville’s community of volunteers, and building community pride through aggressive blight elimination and public improvements. 
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  • Get a better understanding of Lyme Disease
    Monday, August 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    The arrival of warm weather each year means we have to start worrying more about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it. Indiana has seen an increasing number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, particularly since 2013. The most recent statistics showed 102 cases in Indiana in 2015.
    Lyme disease received its name in the late 1970s when a number of children around Lyme, Connecticut developed arthritis. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s. It is mostly found in New England as well as Wisconsin and Minnesota. When a case does occur in Indiana, the news spreads rapidly, sometimes inciting panic. Most infections (85 percent) are seen in the spring and summer with the remainder in the fall. 
    Ticks do not actually cause the disease, though they do carry the organism that does cause it, the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Spirochetes are bacteria that have a spiral shape. Another common misconception is that any tick can spread B. burgdorferi infection, when in fact only Ixodes (deer) ticks carry the organism. The accompanying photo shows a deer tick on a fingernail – they are very small.
    The B. burgdorferi organism, during its various life stages, mainly infects field mice and white tailed deer. Humans are innocent bystanders when we wander into deer habitat. The ticks lie in wait on the tips of grasses and shrubs and crawl onto us as we brush by. They then crawl about until they find a nice tender spot where they attach and begin to feed.
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  • Look out for Anthracnose in trees
    Monday, August 14, 2017 4:00 AM

    As we enter the month of August, you’ll notice some changes that come with the season: shorter daylight hours, drier weather, tasseling corn, and bright, sunny days. You may also notice some changes in your backyard. This time of year is typically stressful for the lawn and garden, with more infrequent rainfall and higher temperatures. Alarmingly, you may notice trees with blemished leaves or trees that have lost their newer leaves prematurely!

    What you’re seeing could be a case of anthracnose, a term used to describe a complex of symptoms that is caused by a variety of fungal pathogens in trees. These symptoms can range from blotchy leaves and blistered twigs to leaf cupping and leaf drop. Many tree species native to Indiana suffer from anthracnose infections throughout their lives, including white oak, ash, maple, walnut, and hornbeam. Anthracnose is caused by host-specific pathogens, meaning that each species of tree has one, or a few, fungal species that cause anthracnose. In maples, for example, four different fungi cause anthracnose. Fortunately, anthracnose is generally not harmful to trees in the long run. Anthracnose might be comparable to the common cold in people – it rarely causes permanent damage, but certainly causes some unpleasant symptoms.

    Anthracnose is most common when weather is cool and damp. Early spring is prime time for infection as trees begin to push out new leaves and shoots, which are particularly susceptible. Mature leaves are less susceptible to infection, but can still acquire anthracnose if leaves become damaged, such as through insect feeding. We have had cool, dry weather lately in Montgomery County, but any rain we receive could potentially open up the floor for anthracnose fungi to gain a foothold on susceptible trees.

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  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    When Cary Fowler recognized that the world’s food crops were losing diversity at an alarming rate, he thought he would work on that project for about six months. Thirty years later Fowler is still vigorously works to inform and educate the world’s citizens, urging all countries and their citizens to preserve crop diversity for the future.
    The organization Fowler founded, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, has a mandate from the United Nations to do this. In the course of this career, Fowler and others, working with the Norwegian government, created and built the world’s most comprehensive seed bank, the Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, located on a Norwegian archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. The Vault opened in 2008.
    Sandra McLeod’s film “Seeds of Time” documents Fowler’s work, demonstrating how vital global-wide seed saving is for the well being of humanity in coming decades.
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