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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
  • Monday, August 03, 2015 9:06 PM

    Fall sports officially began practices yesterday; therefore, the dreaded two-a-day practices are this week. So, if you notice that teenagers seem grouchier than usual that maybe why . . . they are tired.

    On Sunday, throughout twitter I saw many coaches tweet reminding players when to be at practice and reminding them that hard work pays off. As I roam around this week I will be able to tell that the athletes are working hard and no matter how hard they work their coaches would like to see them work even harder.

     
  • Monday, August 03, 2015 8:44 PM

    Last week came and went without a lot of fanfare. Most folks didn’t realize that the little Paper that could celebrated its 11th anniversary of existence.

    Yup, it was now just more than 11 years ago when Daniel L. Taylor filed the necessary legal documents that turned an idea on a piece of paper into what would become into a multi-million dollar company – a company that provides jobs for close to three dozen people. It became a company that would cross county lines, grow from one product into five and prove the critics wrong time after time after time. It became a company that in 2008 endured what became known as the national economy’s heart attack moment. And that doesn’t even mention surviving the tumultuous period the newspaper industry has been going through.

    It’s the little newspaper that could that became the little company that could.

    And it’s a company proud to call Crawfordsville home.

     
  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:48 PM

    Our friends Len and Helen invited us to their house to play Bocce with some other folks from church. Len thought he read somewhere that this was a great sport for Unitarians. But it might have said septuagenarians – he wasn’t sure. The game is kind of like croquet, lawn bowling and shuffleboard all rolled into one. You begin by tossing an initial sphere, called a pallino, down the court (or just down your lawn) and then teams compete to see who can throw additional balls, which are a bit larger, closest to the target ball.

    Seems simple enough, but within a few minutes a dispute arose when Myrna heaved the pallino over onto the neighbor’s lawn and we didn’t know whose turn was next or how many points her team lost, and Martin wanted to know if we all stunk so much it was time to find another church activity.

     
  • What you need to know about Lyme Disease uptick
    Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:41 PM

    The arrival of warm weather this 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. It’s particularly important in Montgomery County since four people have been diagnosed so far this year.

    Lyme Disease was named in the late 1970s when a number of children around Lyme, Connecticut developed arthritis. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s.

     
  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:37 PM

    OK folks. The time is coming. The week is nigh. The decision has been made. Last week Philip and I came to the conclusion, with continued good luck, we will have a Montgomery County Movie to show you THE WEEK BEFORE THIS HALLOWEEN.

    Other than the fact the showing will take place in the Vanity Theatre few other details have been worked out yet, even the movie hasn’t been worked out yet. But so many people have been asking us “When will I be able to see your movie?” (Including all members of the cast and crew) we felt obligated to press, press, and press on to have something to show by Halloween. (You’ll know why once you see the movie.)

     
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:46 PM

    This time of year is one of the most intriguing times for a sports fan. With the Major League baseball season winding down, division leaders, teams on the cusp of making the playoffs, making free agent moves, and the start of football season, speculation and enthusiasm are running high.

    We will start on the local high school football scene. North Montgomery returns a strong nucleus, and I imagine they’ll be one of the top teams, not only in the county race, but also the Sagamore Conference. They return reigning Player of the Year, Alex Parsons, quarterback, Baylee Adams, and a wealth of specialized players that should have Coach Josh Thompson and crew looking for another successful campaign.

     
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:43 PM

    One of the most recent stunning changes in the child welfare system has been the major growth in the number of children in state custody who are living with their relatives. Kinship care refers to the full time care and protection of children by relatives, extended family members or any person that has a family-like relationship with a child. Kin is defined as “one’s family and relations.”

    The practice of kinship care has become an important part of the child welfare system in the U.S. Kinship care arrangements fall into three categories: informal, voluntary or formal. Informal kinship care does not involve the child welfare or juvenile system. Voluntary kinship care is a situation in which children live with relatives and the child welfare system is involved. Formal kinship care involves being placed in the legal custody of the State and places by the child welfare systems with grandparents or other kin.

     
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:35 PM

    Just five years ago, Congress passed a big, widely hailed law that promised to make America’s food supply safer. But because of inadequate funding for new regulations and inspectors, the promise has yet to be kept.

    Sometimes cutting government spending has serious consequences, and there’s no better example of that than what’s happened to the Food Safety Modernization Act.

    In 2010 Congress enacted legislation whose goal was to set tough anti-contamination standards for foods ranging from peaches to imported pesto sauces and to increase the number of inspectors for the increasingly complex food system. 

     
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:27 PM

    The Principles of the League of Women Voters are “concepts of government” to which the League at all levels subscribes. They result from principles supported and positions taken by the League as a whole in fields of government to which the LWV has given sustained attention. They serve as authorization for adoption of national, state and local program and a basis for taking action at the national, state and local levels.

    The League of Women Voters believes in representative government and in the individual liberties as established in the Constitution of the United States. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial.

     
  • It's anniversary bliss for this week's couple
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:25 PM
    I don’t usually write an article without an interview, but this week’s guests are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend and I thought it would be fitting to honor them this way. I’ll give you some hints. First off, they love the Mounties. Both of their children graduated from there and their son has coached basketball and tennis with their teams. Secondly, I have known him the 50 years of their marriage but knew this gal probably since I was born. Our parents were good friends and I literally grew up with her and her sister. She spent 27 years as a teacher’s aide at New Market School. He retired after 32 years at MidStates and seven at Yes Conveyors. Presently, he works for the town of New Market.  

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