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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:46 PM

    Hello, Montgomery County!

    I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several readers while out covering a commissioners meeting or a spaghetti dinner (got to love covering those!), and it seems to me that you guys are great at asking for what we in the journalism world refer to as the “five Ws” – who, what, when, where, why (and sometimes how). I’m going to give you those answers now so that the next time we meet, we can focus on you!

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:32 PM

    It was a really big piece of ash. It was still glowing a dull orange color when it floated down to a few yards in front of our car. It landed exactly where we had been sitting on a blanket just a few minutes before.

    Mom, Dad and I had attended the fireworks show in a nearby town when for some reason — it was probably windy and a little chilly — and we had retreated to our car to watch the rest of the show.

    For some reason we had been able to park close to the area roped off for the viewers’ safety.

    Oops. The ropes should have been back about 6 feet further.

    This is the time of year when we sing about “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air . . . ” even if we do not do so any other time.

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:31 PM

    I stopped by my girlfriend’s house the other day and saw that, once again, she was moving furniture. Lots of people enjoy rearranging their furnishings from time to time, but she takes it to a whole new level.

    Not only does she move the furniture, but she generally alters it somehow. She is the queen of re-purposing. For example, on this particular day she had sawed the legs off of her computer hutch, inserted a small stand, and turned it into a TV armoire. Brilliant!

    I’ve seen her build doors for open bookshelves and turn them into cabinets. 

     
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:28 PM

    Will this rain ever stop falling? This has been a common question being raised around the community and around the state in the past month. From roads getting washed out to basements getting flooded, many people have been directly impacted by recent flooding; but what does it mean for agriculture and gardens in the state and county? 

     
  • Monday, June 29, 2015 6:56 PM

    There I was, minding my own business. Just got back from delivering newspapers on a Saturday morning – and you thought being a CEO was glamorous – when it seemed like a giant shadow passed over the sun. I looked up and blotting out all the light while filling the entire frame of my door was John Hammer.

    “Great ghost of Lew Wallace!” I yelled. “Don’t you ever think about knocking? How do you walk in without making noise? How do you get up here anyways?”

     
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:50 PM

    I’ve received a request to write about thyroid gland problems. Thyroid problems are fairly common in a family medicine setting. For those who don’t know what a thyroid is or does, keep reading.

    The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the neck. Endocrine glands produce hormones and secrete them into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and facilitate various biologic functions by interacting with cells in different tissues. Hormones are like microscopic fingers that flip switches on cells to make the cells perform particular functions.

     
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:49 PM

    A great opportunity was missed recently. We had the opportunity to have an intelligent, adult conversation on how best to help the poor among us. The debate was on whether the poor are best served by creating prosperity, or are they best served by complaining about “income inequality” (i.e., about how much more the rich make than the poor). The question was asked, “Would you be willing for the rich to be even richer if it meant improved conditions for the poor?”

     
  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:46 PM

    I don’t want to spend the money; I don’t think we will get a good return on our investment; the house will be a total mess for six weeks; it will be extremely stressful; and, I really don’t care if we have soft-close cabinet doors and roll-out pantry shelves.

    I only agreed to remodel the kitchen because I was sure that once the construction began, I’d find lots of humorous things to write about, which is way more important to me than granite counter tops with beveled (or did we decide on rounded?) edges.

     
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:49 PM

    The 4-H program is well underway for 2015 and the July 17-23 4-H Fair is drawing close. This is the time of year that everyone starts to panic because they don’t have their projects completed – or started – yet. Ethel Sayler, retired Extension Office manager, heard many versions of this panic through the years and wrote a story that rings true to so many 4-H families. I was reminded of this story today when I was bringing 4-Hers home from 4-H Round Up and they were talking about their 4-H projects. As you read it, realize that you are not alone and that sometimes a little humor goes a long way.

     
  • This week’s guests have fond county memories
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:47 PM

    My first question was, “Are either of you from this area?”  Thinking the answer was no, I was right but sure am glad they picked our community to settle in and raise two fine sons.  Now, I’ve known this week’s couple for 30 years or more, worked with her and admired him.  My buddy and I worked under Mary Bishop, Crawfordsville Library’s director for several years.  Now, our fella’ was born in Ilion, New York in the Mohawk Valley and graduated high school there.  She was born in Indianapolis and graduated in Boonville, Indiana.  This couple met at Indiana State University.  There really weren’t any New York colleges with excellent music programs, and Gary had received letters from a few NY people having gone to ISU.  They sang its praises, so he figured if he didn’t like it, he’d stay a year and go back home.  Loved it, actually, and so did his future wife, Phyllis and if you’ve not figured out by now who this week’s subjects are, meet Gary and Phyllis Hiller, two great folks.

     

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