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  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters believes that government CAN work when citizens are INFORMED and INVOLVED. The League’s Mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government, to work to increase public understanding of major policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
    In addition to the League’s many Voter Service activities, League members study and advocate on local, state, and national issues. State issues on the League’s agenda are voted on at the State Convention held in odd numbered years so Leaguers throughout Indiana are considering now issues which will be discussed at the State Convention in April.
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  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:00 AM
    One of the basic principles of The League of Women Voters is that “democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government.” To this end, Circuit Court Judge Harry A. Siamas spoke to the League about the early days of our judicial history at the League’s November Lunch with the League meeting. 
    On May 29, 1823 Judge Jacob Call arrived at the cabin of Crawfordsville’s first settler William Miller to organize Montgomery County’s first court. At that time, Crawfordsville was the seat of the judicial district of all the area lying north to the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Judge Call was born in Kentucky. He moved to Indiana, studied law and began practice in Vincennes. Judge Call was one of Indiana’s first trial court judges, and he served until July 1824 when he was elected to Congress. 
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  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters applauds all who participated in the November 8 General Election.
    Montgomery County had a total of 15,471 citizens vote in Tuesday’s Election. This represents 63.64 percent of 24,309 registered voters—a great increase over the 38 percent who voted in November 2014 and only 22.85 percent in November, 2015.
    The top 10 precincts with percentage of eligible voters participating were: Sugar Creek 76.16 percent, Union 3-75.09 percent, Union 2-74.75 percent, Union 7-73.93 percent, Union 6-73.48 percent, Franklin 71.71 percent, Union 1-71.59 percent, Union 5-71.37, Union 4-69.84 percent, and Scott 67.72 percent.
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  • Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
    2016 Elections are exceedingly important for county, state, and federal offices. Every vote counts and can make a difference. The decisions of the elected officials will influence public policy for years. Voters must carefully consider the positions, experience and temperaments of the candidates. The media has been covering state and national campaigns with dramatic reporting.
    But the first question on the ballot relates to a proposed Amendment to the Indiana Constitution. This has been a surprise to many voters as there was very little publicity about this proposed amendment even though it passed through State Legislature in both 2014 and 2015.
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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary and family situations (single, married, number of children). Southmont Jr. High School, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge Middle School students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
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  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:05 PM
    The mission of the Montgomery County Health Department is to improve individual and community health in Montgomery County through prevention, education and partner collaboration. This sounds simple but in reality it’s a herculean task for the eight-member staff. Amber Reed, Administrator for MCHD, explained the myriad of responsibilities the department has at a recent Lunch with the League.
    What do you think of when someone mentions the health department to you? “Oh–they inspect restaurants” or “don’t they collect tires?” All true and just the tip of the iceberg. In a nutshell, health departments enforce state and local health laws and ordinances, investigate contagious diseases, administer immunizations, conduct sanitary inspections of food establishments, inspect public and semi-public swimming pools and septic system installations, develop plans for community preparedness for public health emergencies, maintain local birth and death records, and initiate and implement local health programs. Whew!
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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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  • Thursday, October 06, 2016 8:52 PM
    The 2016 Election is exceedingly important, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County urges all eligible citizens to be sure to vote. This is the fundamental right and responsibility of each citizen. In order to vote, you must be registered, and the last day to register to vote in the 2016 election is Oct. 11. If you are not registered, go to the Court House and register today!
    The LWV encourages citizens to consider voting early to avoid long lines on Election Day. Our Montgomery County officials have coordinated a tremendous variety of opportunities to make voting as convenient as possible for all citizens of Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    “Making Democracy Work for All” is the mission of the League of Women Voters. In this 2016 election year, many activities have taken place and continue.
    Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of all American citizens. In order to vote, one must be registered and the League has been registering voters in a number of events this summer and fall—County 4-H Fair, monthly public Lunch with the League, Green Issues Movie Series and the All-In Block Party Harvest Hoopla on Sept. 24. 
    Sept. 27, was National Voter Registration Day and the League had voter registration at two venues. David Maharry organized Voter Registration at Wabash College at the Sparks Campus Center and at two fraternities. Eighty students were registered, many online and this included students not only from Indiana but also Illinois and California.
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  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    Democracy won’t be sleeping in Montgomery County on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 27! The League of Women Voters in partnership with student leaders from Wabash College will be hosting an all night, 24-hour Voter Registration Marathon at the Masonic Center at 221 S. Washington St. in downtown Crawfordsville. 
    We will be there from 12:01 am Tuesday morning until 11:59 pm Tuesday night. If you are not registered, here’s your chance! It is an easy, fun and unique way to show your support for our right to vote. The process is fast and easy. In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of Indiana, be at least 18 years old (or will be on or before the date of the election), be a resident in your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election date, and not be imprisoned for a criminal conviction.
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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters advocates a health care system that provides access to a basic level of quality care. The fact is that there are still many people in Montgomery County without adequate healthcare because they have no insurance. One person to who can help us sort out our options is local resident Marcie Sands. She is a Navigator/Community Health Worker for ASPIN (Affiliate Service Providers of Indiana) and works with people, at no charge, to assist in applying for insurance. She also follows up to make sure folks know how to use their insurance once they have it.
    ASPIN is a nonprofit network whose mission it to “provide innovative educational programs, resource management, program development and network management in collaboration with all healthcare entities to address health disparities and whole health management.” It’s funded by various grants under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
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  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters encourages all citizens to vote. A presidential election year is exceedingly important including contests also for Senator, Congressmen, Governor, state and county offices. 
    Redistricting continues to be of prime concern as many citizens feel “What’s the point?” with districts across the country having been established by partisan interests. Out of 465 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, only 56 are considered competitive. 
    What about Indiana? Not one of the nine Indiana Congressional seats is considered truly competitive. In 2014, 93.6 percent of our elections had candidates who were incumbents. In all, 90.6 percent of these candidates had no primary challengers, and 46.4 percent had no opposition at all. Sadly, Indiana ranked last in the nation in voter turnout in the last general election. Lack of competition is a significant reason for our embarrassingly low voter turnout.
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  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 4:00 AM

    Dr. David Bathe, IVY Tech Lafayette Region Chancellor, and Geoff Knowles, Montgomery County site director, recently presented to the League of Women Voters Economic Health Committee a comprehensive overview of the Montgomery County IVY Tech campus, its extensive class offerings, and the challenges it faces as a community college. The challenges mainly revolve around recruitment, retention, and meeting the needs of the local community.

    In their overview, Dr. Bat

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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 4:00 AM

    “Insurance for the Uninsured” is the topic to be presented by Marcie Sands at Tuesday’s Lunch with the League, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

    Sands is a Navigator/Community Health Worker with ASPIN (Affiliate Service Providers of Indiana.) She works with people, at no charge, to assist in applying for insurance and also follows up to make sure folks know how to use their insurance.

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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:41 PM
    The quality of life in our community is contingent on the many services provided by our local government. We immediately think of the police and fire departments as prime examples of agencies that ensure our well-being. Few of us immediately think of play, fitness and fun as an integral part of what makes our city and Montgomery County so livable. In a recent presentation at the August Lunch with the League, Fawn Johnson, Director of Crawfordsville’s Parks and Recreation Department, provided an insightful look at the many responsibilities of her group and how they are able to manage so many diverse programs and activities.
    Needless to say, taking care of our parks is a prime responsibility and at the top of that list is our signature, Milligan Park. This 40 acre stretch of green in the middle of the city is 100 years old this year. It’s important to note that public/private/institutional initiatives are behind many of the attractions in all our parks. For example, Milligan’s Skate Park was conceived of by a citizen’s committee and funded through grants and other means, and the Splash Pad there was funded by Union Township.
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