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Saturday, August 27, 2016

  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Tomorrow will mark the 96th Anniversary of ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. This achievement on Aug. 26, 1920 was a result of a 72-year effort by visionary and courageous women who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied and organized demonstrations in support of suffrage for women.
    The fight for woman suffrage had its roots in the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” drawn up at the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Early suffrage leaders – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Myra Bradwell, Zerelda Wallace (stepmother of Lew Wallace) and many more – worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage during the latter half of 19th century. Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite of Crawfordsville chaired the organizing committee for Woman’s Suffrage Association of Montgomery County.
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  • She's 103 and a very lovely lady
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Two firsts this week, a mother-daughter combination and someone over 100. In fact, our Momma will have just turned 103 as you read. They were our neighbors out on 300 South; our 100+ gals’ husband, did some landscaping for us and the music from their daughter entertained us for years. Always held this family in high esteem.
    My first question was how my gal met her husband. His family lived in Greencastle but often attended her Church of Brethren in Ladoga. He was, “Handsome, kind-spirited, a gentle man and extremely witty.” 
    The answer to the biggest changes: “Back in the other days,” we made our own fun. A neighbor girl and I rode horses in the pastures, into town. “We went to close affairs like neighborhood or church picnics; now folks take off to Las Vegas for fun.”
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  • Ginger talks about . . . waffles?
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Today is National Waffle Day! It also happens to be the day I would have celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary. After investing so many years in one failed relationship, I am fully evaluating what characteristics I desire in a potential future partner. The more I think about it, the more I realize that a waffle would make a really great spouse. So, in honor of National Waffle Day, I present:
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  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    As the sports editor for this newspaper, I feel it is my due diligence to recognize an athlete for their outstanding contribution to their team and sport each week. Or in my terms, someone who is making baller moves only.
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  • Paper debuts new column
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 AM

    Millennials. Entrepreneurs.

    It seems like every meeting I go to that involves anything to do with economic development – which is a two-dollar word for ‘bidness’ – those two words come up.

    I’ve never claimed to be the smartest guy in the room, so no one will be surprised when I confess that the first time I heard someone mention millennials I thought it was something Hans Solo flew in a Star Wars movie. Then I found out it really meant someone who was born between the early 1980s and late 1990s.

    Smack me in the forehead and give me a V8 – low-cal, of course.

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  • Generic or name brand?
    Monday, August 22, 2016 4:00 AM

    This week I want to tackle the subject of generic vs. name brand medications. There are a number of reasons this topic is important. First of all, medications in general are becoming prohibitively expensive for many patients. Insurance companies are also pressuring patients and physicians to prescribe generics whenever possible to reduce health care costs (not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly a pain in the rump at times).

    I receive many questions about generics in the office. People want to know why every medication doesn’t have a generic substitute and if not, how long will it be until one is available. They also want to know if they are safe and effective.

    First let me describe what generic and name brand drugs are. Generic drugs are chemical compounds that never received patent protection or the patent on the name brand drug has expired. In contrast, name brand drugs are protected by a patent, meaning no other companies can produce or sell that particular drug.

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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 7:00 AM
    Not sure where the time went, but this week marks my 12th year of covering Montgomery
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  • Charlie Herron lived life right way
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:00 AM

    Charles A. Herron wouldn’t agree, or like, much of what follows . . . starting with the first three words, Charles A. Herron.

    I found that out the first time I met him at Boots Bros. Oil Co. Phil Boots introduced me to “Charles Herron” and I made the mistake of shaking his hand and addressing him as Mr. Herron.

    He frowned.


    “Just call me Charlie,” he said. “That’s what most people do.”

    It was the first time he told me what to do. Wasn’t the last. Not by a long shot.

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  • Monday, August 15, 2016 4:15 AM

    Summer barbeque season is still in full swing and it’s still a good time to review food safety. Food-borne illness is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.

    Food-borne illness is defined as more than two people having a similar illness with evidence of food as the source. The overall rate of these illnesses has gone down drastically in the last century with improvements in food handling and sanitation. However, we still hear about illness outbreaks.

    There are approximately 76 million cases of food-related illness in the United States each year. There are also about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Underdeveloped countries, as a group, experience about one billion cases annually and four to six million deaths.

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  • Friday, August 12, 2016 11:04 PM
    I am a person of varied and random thoughts. I could be sitting in a meeting, wondering whatever happened to my first grade teacher (Mrs. Steck of Granville Wells, in case anyone knows), or walking through the grocery store pondering whether or not, given the opportunity, I could commit to living my life in outer space.
    I often write like I think, then I scrap it and start over. But today, I’m just going with it.
    I’m sitting here in Starbucks, which is totally weird and not me at all. But no one notices that I’m a newbie, and no one cares. That’s refreshing after spending most of my life trying to fit in.
    Last week, I was in Los Angeles. I didn’t fit in there either, but again, no one noticed or cared. Maybe I’m invisible? Maybe I just thought people used to notice and care, when in fact, they never actually saw me at all. I’m going to test this by stripping down here in the middle of Starbucks.
    No wait. I know the cashier saw me earlier, and she would probably freak out if I was suddenly sitting here naked.
    I really enjoyed that Avocado toast I had in LA. I wonder if I could duplicate it? The book I’m working on really should have red shoes on the cover. I’m glad the publisher thought of it.
    Crap. I just remembered my daughter and her fiancé are on a train from Berlin to Prague today. I should text her. There was another terrorist attack yesterday, and something unfolding in Germany this morning. I’ve never been fearful of traveling, but having your kids out there is a whole ‘nother ball of wax.
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  • Her dad is her hero and Honor Flight is her bucket list
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:00 AM
    This lady is a sweetheart, pure and simple. I’ve known her for a couple of decades in a professional capacity and she is always, always, always sweet, kind and concerned. Pretty positive that she carries those attributes into everyday life, as well.
    A graduate of North Montgomery HS, she was “a band geek,” and played the flute. She loved marching band! Rainbow was another interest, as well as 4-H where she took flowers, baking and photography.
    It was on to Purdue where she received her Associates, followed by a Bachelors in Nursing. She first worked at the hospital where she particularly loved the E.R. Definitely, she learned a great deal in that area, “something every day” and the support of amazing doctors and nurses was heartfelt. For several years, she worked part time for a group of doctors besides at the hospital. When she went full time there, they gave her the opportunity to further her education and thus she graduated as a Nurse Practitioner from IUPUI in 1996.
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  • Monday, August 08, 2016 9:53 PM

    Dale Petrie has had a bunch of titles, past and present.

    When he was in high school he was student body president. At Wabash College he continued his involvement in student government. Elder at his church, elected member of the school board, board member of more organizations than you can shake a stick at . . . he’s been there, done that and sweated through a lot of T-shirts.

    The true measure of the man though is when he talks about the titles that clearly matter the most to him, husband, father and grandfather.

    “I’m going to get choked up,” he said during a recent interview when the subject turned to family. “I’m so proud of my son and who’s decided to live here.”

    Over the next few minutes, Dale talked about son Daniel and his wife Emily and their two children Graham and Fletcher. He was just as quick to tell about daughter Erin who lives on the east coast and manages an HH Gregg store. Not to be left out is wife of 41 years, Linda.

    No matter the subject, Dale Petrie has enthusiasm, but passion comes out for family.

    That tells you a lot about the man.

    Two of his current titles, Deputy Mayor of Crawfordsville and Director of Operations are just that, titles. What he really does is manage efforts that are under way with Crawfordsville’s Stellar designation.

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  • My Finger is Stuck!
    Sunday, August 07, 2016 9:54 PM

    I’ve had a run of patients recently, all presenting with problems getting their fingers to move. They all described “catching” or “popping” when trying to flex or extend a finger. They were suffering from trigger finger, a condition also known as trigger digit or by the medical term stenosing tenovaginitis.

    The condition is very common. It is seen two to six times more frequently in women than men and typically starts showing up around 55 to 60 years of age. It is also seen more often in a person’s dominant hand. It can affect any of the fingers, most often the thumb, followed by the ring , middle , little and index fingers.

     The reasons for developing trigger finger are not completely understood. It seems to be associated with activities that require pressure on the palm during powerful gripping or repetitive forceful flexion of the fingers such as when using heavy shears. Unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, the increased use of keyboards in our society does not seem to have caused an increased incidence of the condition.

    There are other medical conditions that raise the risk for developing trigger finger. It is more common in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. People who have psoriatic arthritis, amyloidosis, hypothyroidism and sarcoidosis are also at higher risk.

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  • Sunday, August 07, 2016 9:51 PM

    I have steadfastly accepted as fact anything preceded by the words “They say….”   They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day; they say you should drink seven glasses of water daily; they say you should wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.  Luckily, all of these directives have proven false. But I am most delighted by this latest debunking:


    Yes, the United States government just released some new health guidelines leaving out flossing, because there is “no research to back up the claim.”  

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  • Friday, August 05, 2016 9:27 PM

    Perry Pratt was the kind of man everyone would want living in their hometown. As owner of Valley Country Store, Perry was a friend of just about everybody in the Valley.

    With the closest real supermarket 16 miles away in Springfield, the good folks of Lennox Valley relied on Pratt’s for their everyday goods like fruit, dairy products and Jello. It was comforting to know that Pratt’s was in good hands. Perry had inherited the business from his father, who had it passed to him from his father, the founder.

    Perry was more than a grocer. He was friendly. He was fair. He never tried to get rich off his neighbors. Like his father, Perry just worked to make an honest living.

    His honesty was a major reason people felt like they could trust him. As he rang up their groceries, Perry would listen to their stories, from sick children to dying parents to problems with the harvest. He had heard it all.

    One of Perry’s funniest memories was listening to the three protestant ministers discuss their recent valley-wide revival. Father O’Reilly and his flock at All Saints didn’t go in for such things, but the other three churches on the square held a revival meeting together every four years, coinciding with the Summer Olympics.

    “Brother Martin,” Brother Billy Joe Prather, pastor at First Baptist Church, asked the Lutheran pastor, “How were your results from the revival?”

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