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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, JUMP program is always looking for new volunteers to become mentors for the youth of our community. This program has been in existence since 2005 and we have since served over 300 youth through this program. We currently have 72 matches consisting of an adult volunteer and a child. For a small community, that is a lot of children who have been mentored by a lot of caring, responsible adults. Sadly, there are always more kids on the waiting list hoping to be paired with an adult they can spend time with and have some fun!
    One of these children on the waiting list is a 10-year-old girl named Abby. Abby lives in a single parent home with two younger siblings. Since mom is busy with a new born and toddler, she feels Abby doesn’t get the attention she needs. She would like her to have someone else to talk to, give her a break from her younger siblings and some one on one attention. Abby’s mom describes her as very outgoing, crafty and loves to draw. She is a lot of fun to be around, she is a bright honor student and she loves to read. Her mom would like to see her open up more and express her feelings and she feels having a mentor would help with this and also boost her self-esteem.
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  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    There’s a lot of reasons I love our new location (stand by for a completely biased commercial – come visit your favorite Montgomery County daily at our new digs, 201 E. Jefferson St. at Athena Center – OK, back to our regular programming). The first is that I love history. After all, how cool is it to work in a building that was built in 1910 (well, part of it was the Old Central School and was put up in 1873) when Ulysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft respectively were leading the country as presidents? Even better, a year after the doors opened, CHS won the very first Indiana boys basketball state championship.
    These are the things I think about every time I walk into this building.
    Alas, once inside I tend to get busier than a barista at an all-night chess tournament. History is forgotten and like a lot of you I roll up my shirt sleeves and get to it. It’s also why I love Saturday mornings. The pace is a little slower. I get those old records off the shelf and, while I still get things done, enjoy the day a little more.
    So it was the other Saturday morning. Bob Seeger was accurately pointing out that today’s music ain’t got the same soul as the songs we grew up with. I was pouring another cup of steaming hot coffee when-
    “You in here, Timmons?” the deep bass rumble that is John Hammer boomed.
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  • Monday, July 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    I continue to be amazed that, when asked what the number one killer of women is, the majority of women respond, “breast cancer.” While breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, and is estimated to have claimed about 40,000 women last year, it is not the biggest threat women face. It’s estimated that ten times that many women - 400,000 died of heart disease in the same year.
    Cardiovascular disease is arguably the most important women’s health issue that is largely preventable. How can women be so unaware that they have a one in 31 chance of dying from breast cancer but a much higher one in three chance of dying from heart disease? Could it be that breast cancer gets so much more coverage in the popular media? Is breast cancer generally more frightening & potentially disfiguring? Is heart disease just plain boring to talk about?
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  • Some like it hot - how much do you know about peppers?
    Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hot pepper season has arrived just in time for high temperatures and sweltering humidity. Whether you like to add heat to your food with hot peppers or not, these plants have a fascinating array of shape, color, flavor, and uses.
    Hot peppers have long been grown throughout the world for their ability to add flavor and heat to food. Hot peppers, along with milder sweet and bell peppers, are members of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, potatoes, and tobacco. The wild ancestor of today’s pepper plants, known as the bird pepper, is native to the western hemisphere. Humans have spread peppers throughout the world and have bred dozens of different varieties. In warm climates where frost is never an issue, pepper plants are actually perennials that can grow to the size of a small shrub in just a few years!
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Indiana Citizens are encouraged to confirm your Voter Registration! County Clerks throughout Indiana are in the process of cleaning out their voter registration rolls of people who are inactive and have not cast ballots since 2014.
    If you have moved or have not cast ballot since 2014, you can confirm whether or not you are in the system by going Click on “Confirm Voter Registration.” First you must identify your county—so scroll down to Montgomery. Then you will type in last name, first name, and date of birth. If you are in the voter registration roll, a “Verified” check will appear.
    If you are not “verified”, Indiana offers you the ability to submit your voter registration on line. Specifically, this online voter registration application allows you to apply to register to vote in Indiana, change your name on your voter registration record, or change the address on you voter registration record.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:34 PM
    During the legislative session, members of the Indiana General Assembly often discover that certain topics require further consideration and study before further legislative action can be taken.
    Indiana’s bipartisan Legislative Council, which is made up of eight state senators and eight state representatives, determines topics that need to be studied and assigns them to interim study committees. These committees, made up of state senators and representatives as well as lay members, meet during the summer and fall months when the General Assembly is not in session.
    I will serve on the following study committees, commission and council this year:
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last year we had the privilege of living in Belize for two months. Most Belizean grocery stores are owned by Chinese families or German Mennonites, so finding familiar ingredients can be a bit of a challenge. I can give you the names of three stores that sell pig snouts, and two that sell chicken feet by the pound, but only one that sells vanilla extract. Every shopping trip was a scavenger hunt, and since the milk and bread go bad so quickly, we shopped every day.
    My favorite store was owned by an elderly Chinese man whose name I couldn’t pronounce, so he told me to call him Jim. His store is the only one in town that has automatic doors. Not the kind we have here, with separate doors for entering and exiting, but two gigantic, solid glass, sliding doors that open and close like an elevator.
    In the U.S. if you shop in one hundred degree weather, upon entering any place of business you will feel a welcoming wave of coolness. Not so in Belize. The heat inside is sometimes worse, and definitely more stifling, than outside.
    Here at home you can locate items by simply glancing across the aisles and reading the signs. In Belize, everything is jumbled together in a way that never made sense to me. I would find myself sweating profusely, trudging up and down every dark aisle, over and over trying to find the simplest items.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, JUMP Program (Juvenile Mentoring Program) will be running a series of articles about the children who are on the waiting list hoping to be matched with a caring adult volunteer. Their names have been changed and their age changed slightly so that they may remain anonymous!
    Levi is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a single parent household. His mom describes him as good kid that does pretty well in school and never gets into any trouble. She said he is not really the daring type but is more cautious though not shy. She states that Levi is laid back and a good listener. One of the reasons she wants him to have a mentor is to help him be more outgoing and to learn to try new things without fear. She said he can be quiet at first but will start to open up once he gets comfortable with someone. 
    Levi says he likes school and his favorite subject is Math. He likes to play pool, ride bikes, play computer games, baseball, basketball, bowling, WWE Wrestling, watch movies, do craft projects and visit museums. His perfect day would be playing with remote control cars, going out to eat at Taco Bell and learning how to ride a 4 wheeler. 
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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont 2017 graduate Sydney Casteel might or might not be the best softball player to come out of Montgomery County. Whether she is or not, though, she’s definitely in the debate.
    As great as she might be on the field, just spend some time with her and those who interact with her and it’s clear that when it comes to being a good kid with a great head on her shoulders, she’s world class.
    Like many of you, I read John Marlowe’s excellent profile of Sydney a week ago when she was named The Paper’s 2017 Softball Player of the Year. At that point, I had not met Sydney. I’ve known her dad since he was skinnier than a wisp of hair on a bald man’s head. He was on the JV baseball team at Southmont and put up with a rookie coach who needed more training than he did. Of course Mark filled out over the years and wound up as our county’s top cop. Along the way he married up (spouse Kimbie) and they had a family, daughter Sydney and son Toby.
    The story on Sydney is intriguing. She’s an all-state player, has a Division I softball scholarship at Louisiana Tech and all the gaudy statistics one might expect. But what got me was the non-sports stuff. She’s South’s Salutatorian, a member of National Honor Society, a class officer, on student council, ambassadors and yearbook and . . . well, let’s just say more. Lots more.
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  • Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 PM
    I’m a loser. I lose everything. Most people lose golf balls on a course; I lose clubs. One time, I lost the golf cart. People lose their wallets; I lose my pants. Don’t ask. It’s a long story.
    My wife, Mary Ellen, agrees that I’m a loser. Like most people, I misplace things occasionally, but the problem is that my wife says I’m not very good looking. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. What she means is, I don’t look well. No, that’s wrong, too. I, I, I…wow, I’m even at a loss for words.
    I recently reported on the Wolfsies’ trip to Banff, in the Canadian Rockies, where I spent most of the time waiting in the car due to my bad knee. I managed to snap some great photos of my son, Brett, and Mary Ellen, as they headed out for a hike each morning, and I got some more scenic pics in the evenings when we were in the city having dinner.
    I’m a good photographer, but at the airport before our flight home, I started to lose focus. I put my digital camera in the large grey plastic tray to go through the scanner at security. Then I forgot to retrieve it when it exited the conveyor. When I went back five minutes later, it was gone. Yes, my Konica had been stolen, along with the pictures showing all the fun we had, although most of the photos were of Mary Ellen and Brett walking away from the car and heading off without me.
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  • Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    I saw a young athlete last week complaining of shin pain. He had been upping his running mileage; the pain was due to a stress fracture. It is estimated that between five and 30 percent of athletes and military recruits develop a stress fracture each year. Briefhaupt first described the condition in 1855 when examining military recruits.
    Everyone is familiar with bone fractures, especially those that result from acute trauma. These fractures are usually easy for an untrained person to see on an X-ray – the bone looks like a broken stick. Stress fractures, however, can be much more difficult to diagnose.
    Stress fractures result from repeated stress on the bone. This repetitive microtrauma causes disruption of the microscopic structure of the bone over time that eventually exceeds the bone’s ability to heal itself. A tiny crack subsequently develops in the bone that may or may not be obvious on an X-ray. Think of bending a piece of metal over and over. Eventually it weakens, cracks and eventually breaks.
    Stress fractures typically occur in bones that are prone to repetitive stress based on particular sports. The fractures can involve any bone, but the most common locations and their associated sports include the leg, hip and foot (runners & jumpers), the spine (gymnasts, divers & volleyball players), arms (throwers), and ribs (rowers). The forces experienced by bones in the feet and legs can be up to twelve times a person’s weight. Stress fractures are one of the five most common injuries in runners and account for up to half of injuries in soldiers.
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  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hal Fryar passed away recently at age 90. If you don’t know who he is, maybe the name Harlow Hickenlooper will ring a bell. Harlow Hickenlooper is tough to say. Hal Fryar will be tough to forget. They are one in the same.
    Hal was the host of several children’s television shows in Indianapolis over his 43-year career, including a longtime gig on WFBM-TV (now WRTV-6) where he introduced Three Stooges movie shorts. In 1965, Fryar was cast in the original Three Stooges movie, The Outlaws Is Coming, playing the part of Johnny Ringo. In 2008, he was inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
    Hal loved performing on live TV, a passion he and I shared. But there was a strain in our relationship—a mock competition between us. It began when Hal boasted that the Three Stooges hit him in the face with a pie, citing it as proof of his friendship with the trio.
    Not to be outdone, I proudly proclaimed that I had once been similarly victimized by the one and only Soupy Sales when he came to Indy to perform at Crackers Comedy Club. Soupy agreed to do a live WISH-TV shoot from his hotel. That morning, as we planned, I waited at the elevator until he exited to the lobby. I mentioned to Soupy how much older he looked. When a waiter walked by carrying a pie, Soupy nabbed it and smooshed it squarely in my face.
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  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library’s Film Department are once again joining forces to offer a Green Issues Summer Movie Series. Documentary films on a range of environmentally-related subjects are offered every couple of weeks, on varying nights of the week, at 7 p.m. A brief discussion period follows each film, and light refreshments are always provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cup or mug, in order to reduce waste. Screenings take place in Korb Classroom in Wabash’s Fine Arts Center, which is located on South Grant Ave. They are free of charge and open to the public.
    To date in the series, two food-related films, Cowspiracy and Wastecooking, have been screened. In Cowspiracy, Filmmaker Kip Andersen was concerned with a seeming lack of attention paid – both from the general public and from environmental groups – to environmental concerns surrounding the animal agriculture industry. Andersen’s film focused on his attempts to locate individuals and groups who are working to raise awareness of the issues – including deforestation, water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation costs – which are related to animal agriculture, particularly the production of beef. While many environmental groups identified their major concerns as greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation and deforestation or environmental impacts of ‘mega projects’ such as mining, pipelines and dams, few noted the impact of animal agriculture. Andersen set out to identify the actual costs of this less-often-cited industry and to raise awareness of those issues. The film also addressed a variety of related issues, such as increased meat consumption in the USA, use of public lands for grazing, farm subsidies and costs associated with dairy farming. 
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  • At age 93, he’s not crying about his life, he’s had a good one
    Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    This fella’ is so versatile that I’m not sure where to begin. The year of 1924 brought our young man into the world. Since 1939, he has belonged to the Whitesville Christian Church. He graduated from CHS in 1941 with exercises in the large gym. “It was like walking into the coliseum at the state fair.” 
    He has been a Mason for over five decades, along with many years in Shriners, the Legion and he served as the County Chair of the Democratic Party. “My biggest moment was seeing a little boy for whom the Shriners had funded prosthesis run across the stage at a Shriner’s meeting.” Two of his sons were active Shriners and also Masons.
    Let’s continue the longevity story. For 36 years, he had his office in the Ben Hur Building. “Doctors, Dentists, Insurance Agents,” were mainly ones with offices there and he fits that category. Actually, he had three or four major businesses throughout his nine plus decades, along with being a farmer by birth. He cash-rented the land most of the time, but today, his grandson lives in the family home. 
    His father, Oscar, was described as tall and slender on his WWI draft card. My guest fits that bill even yet. Really, he has had fairly good health. Once he had a gallstone, though and when they gave him medicine, he hallucinated, “seeing martians and my granddaughter.” Then, last year he had a heart attack. Yet, he keeps busy, especially watching episodes of his favorite show, American Pickers. “But, I can’t go to my office anymore on a daily basis.” As he noted, “My God, I’m 93!” He feels “pretty darn good,” though, overall!
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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last week, I overheard my daughter and her best friend discussing the upcoming school year. They enthusiastically declared that fifth grade will be the best year of their lives.
    I laughed at the thought that the pinnacle of their existence might occur before the age of twelve, but then I remembered that, for me, fourth grade was a banner year. In fact, it was so good that I am soon hosting a fourth grade reunion. 
    I know that’s a bit unusual, but back in 2009, I posted a thirty-year-old class picture on Facebook, which prompted an ongoing discussion amongst my former classmates that now rivals the length of a movie script. Even our dear teacher, Miss Purcell, chimed in a few times. Only she’s not “Miss Purcell” anymore. She’s married now, and insists that we call her by her first name. It’s hard though. It’s like one of the hardest things ever. I think she is just going to have to remain “Miss Purcell” even though, as it turns out, we are not all that far apart in age. 
    Since posting the picture, I have re-connected in real life with several of my fourth grade buddies, and renewed some deep and abiding friendships. 
    It’s odd, really. Unlike typical schools where most of the students were born in the same community, and often times a teacher remembers having had a student’s dad, uncle, or cousin in his class, ours was a bit transient. A small Christian school in Tennessee, most of the students, myself included, came from other states. Our parents were either students or professors at the affiliated university, and once their time was over, they moved on. 
    Missionary kids would attend only when their parents were back in the U.S. on furlough, which was typically every four years. That is how I came to know Lenita. Her parents were missionaries to Brazil, but we attended fourth grade together. She had gorgeous, long, brown hair, and could harmonize beautifully with her older sister. I was especially fascinated by her lunchbox depicting famed Brazilian soccer player Pelé. 
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