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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Sugarloaf album . . . 
    For the eight or nine regulars who follow these scribblings, you know I’ve got a problem with politics.
    If there was a meeting for folks like me, I’d be the one at the podium, “Hello, my name is Tim and I’m a political junkie.”
    Hello, Tim.
    Sad, but true.
    With that said, I believe we’re at a unique moment in time – politically speaking. Which way it goes is anyone’s guess. About the only thing for sure is, it’s going to be interesting.
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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last fall and winter, Montgomery County fourth- and fifth-graders participated in an after-school STEM club called “How It Works.” Participants at Hoover Elementary met for an hour after school nine times throughout September to December. They explored with activities to explore how things worked. 
    Some of the topics and activities that youth learned about were what makes a bouncy ball bounce, engineering and design principles to build a free-standing structure, centripetal force making a balloon “scream”, Oobleck that had Non-Newtonian properties making it both a liquid and solid, and much more!
    After-school STEM programs are a great way to increase student’s curiosity and motivation to STEM learning. After-school STEM programs impact youth by cultivating “students’ interest in STEM and build STEM skills and proficiencies among diverse groups of young people.” (Krishnamurthi, Ballard, and Noam, 2014). Each week youth were excited to learn what hands-on activity we would be doing and eagerly looked forward to the next club meeting. Participants were enthusiastic about learning STEM-related concepts in a fun, hands-on environment and were interested in another offering of this club in the future.
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  • Dr. Roberts wraps up discussion on shoulder pain
    Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to part two of my series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy (see diagram). The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
    As I stated last week, in order for the shoulder to move in so many directions, it has to be inherently unstable. Since it is so unstable, two of the most common injuries are dislocations and subluxations. Dislocations result when the ball on the head of the humerus slips out of the glenoid “cup” and stays there. This typically happens when a person’s upper arm is hit from behind when the arm is raised to the side and the shoulder is cocked and ready to throw.
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  • Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) secured 227 commitments last year from companies across the country and world to locate or grow in Indiana. According to the IEDC, these companies will create more than 20,000 new jobs and invest nearly $3.7 billion in our state.
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  • Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    In 2005, famed political humorist Art Buchwald entered hospice in Washington, DC.
    Last week, I described how I first met Mr. Buchwald in 1967 in an encounter that lasted a mere two minutes. I was a 22-year-old college kid who read his feature every day in the Washington Post. He was one of the most successful syndicated humorist in the world. As he read my own column in his office, a flick of his wrist over my byline in my school newspaper made an indelible impression on me. There, he curmudgeonly wrote: 
    Wolfsie, stay out of my racket! –Art Buchwald
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  • A Warrior and a Flyer . . . why not?
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Watched him play Warrior basketball as a senior when I was a freshman cheerleader for the Hornets. No laughing, it wasn’t that long ago! Think I’ve always known her. Her dad and mine were pretty good buddies. Her whole family used to come in to the A&W and stuck with us through the whole Zach’s Family Restaurant era, as well. Love her sister and passed brother. Certainly had a great visit with my couple at their lovely home near New Market. Do wish I’d have taken a different angled picture of them but tell me about it later, don’t you look ahead.
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  • League publishing updated FOCUS on Montgomery County
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    An updated and enhanced FOCUS on MONTGOMERY COUNTY has recently been published by the League of Women Voters. The first FOCUS was compiled in 1969. Nancy Bennett edited this 11th edition with assistance of the LWV Editorial Committee and many community members. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Steele for the photographs which appear throughout FOCUS and to Oscar Anderson who designed the cover and coordinated printing.
    The 115 page book features 19 chapters. The first chapter includes a fascinating history of the county, Crawfordsville, and 11 townships with information on the origin of names of villages, towns and townships as well as other historic sites in Crawfordsville and information on a number of history organizations.
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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have a great resource on the north end of Crawfordsville and its getting even better. I got the opportunity to take a tour of the construction zone for the new emergency room at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and I was extremely impressed. 
    I’m sure you’ve been by the hospital and wondered how construction was coming along. As of my visit, it was coming along on time and under budget. Can’t ask for much more than that! The construction will eventually be a new emergency room with 15 beds, up from the 10 in the current ER. The growth is impressive in square footage, too. The new ER will be 18,000 square feet compared to the 3,300 square feet of the existing structure. 
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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    So, I finally celebrated Christmas this past weekend. One of the repercussions of divorce was not having my kids over the holidays. There were moments when it was a bit more emotionally difficult than I expected, but they had a great time with their dad, and I made the most of having time to myself.
    On the plus side, I had three extra weeks to prepare, I hit all the post-holiday sales, and my adult children were able to spend two full nights because they weren’t committed to any other celebrations. Altogether, we were a house party of 10 for 48 hours, and it was wonderful.
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  • Ouch, my shoulder hurts! – Part One
    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    The next two weeks, I’d like to address a commonly injured body part – the shoulder. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their life. Doctors typically see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders and others who may have fallen on their shoulder or outstretched arm.
    To understand shoulder pain, it’s important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself (see diagram). The joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion. The anatomy of the shoulder joint, in contrast, allows for a vast range of movements. It has to be relatively unstable compared to other joints in order to be so versatile. 
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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an old economics paper . . .
    * * * 
    THE CHALLENGE ’17 is under way and I’m pleased to report this is the largest group we have had in the event’s three-year history. And what a group it is! We have young to not-so-young, and some who appear to be in pretty decent shape to . . . well, let’s just say I know how they feel. As I often tell folks, been there, outgrew the T-shirt.
    Starting soon in your favorite Montgomery County daily, we’ll publish standings with how this group is doing in terms of both weight loss and money raised. If you wish to toss in some financial support I’m sure the participants would appreciate it. But if you would be kind enough to lend some emotional support, a few words of encouragement would really help a lot!
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    As many of us know, youth are risk-takers. There are countless studies and theories as to why youth participate in risk-taking behaviors, and even scientific studies on teen brain development which may hold some more logical answers. Many youth yearn to feel included with their peers, so they set their pragmatism aside and, unfortunately, some make decisions based on an emotional need to feel that inclusion. When synthetic cannabinoids hit the shelves years ago, the risk-taking behavior of some teens led them to try this substance. In 2015 only 2.5 percent of Indiana 11th graders and 2.1 percent of Indiana 12th graders report using the substance on a monthly basis. This percentage has decreased since the Indiana Youth Survey began surveying students on their usage of the substance in 2013.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Note from Dick Wolfsie: This month marks 10 years since the passing of famed political humorist Art Buchwald. In 2006 I wrote about our first meeting in 1967 and our final goodbye almost 40 years later. It means a great deal to me to reprint this two-part story in celebration of his life. When I first wrote this column in 2006, Art Buchwald was in hospice. He wanted to spend his final days with friends and family. This is my memory of the first time our paths crossed.
    From my very first day of college in September of 1965 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., I wanted to meet Art Buchwald. His office, on Pennsylvania Avenue, was just down the street from my dorm.
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  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The clock struck Midnight and we welcomed in a New Year and a New You, right? Well that is the hope for many Americans anyways. Fifty-eight percent of Americans report making New Year resolutions and 42.4 percent of those report failing each year. So what can you do to succeed at our goal for a new you, how about instead of restricting yourself from something you encourage the addition of a new behavior. This year I made a goal to put down my phone and pick up a book. So far I have succeeded at reading one book. Pretty good considering we are only a week into the new year. This book has inspired me to share with everyone a new way of eating that will help everyone love their food and quit feeling guilt over food choices. It is called Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works; By: Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. 
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  • Doesn’t matter where you are as long as family is there
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    My couple this week met at Hardee’s when she worked there and he and his pals went in to drink coffee. However, it wasn’t but a few months that she brought the group back to Zach’s. I say back to Zach’s because she had worked for us five years during her CHS school days. Second time around was 1987 until we closed in ’96. As per her high school involvement, mainly, she just worked. After all, there was lots of entertainment at the restaurant, someone to hassle or someone hassling her, in a good way, of course. It was a fun place most of the time!
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