Notes scribbled on the back of a Glenn Knecht for Mayor sticker . . .

A lot of Hoosier communities have a calling card. Parke County is known far and wide for its covered bridges. Metamora has a canal. Nashville and Zionsville have quaint downtowns that beckon shoppers. Columbus is known for its renowned architecture. The list goes on.

I asked several people what Crawfordsville is known for and got a bunch of different answers. They ranged from the site of the first basketball game in Indiana to antique shops to famous people and events. A couple of answers wouldn't qualify for a family newspaper. One answer that did not come up in my most unscientific survey was that we're known for our authors, our literary history.

Seems strange considering our local library has a list of homegrown authors right there on the front of the building.

Our library is doing something about that. Coming up next month will be the third Annual CDPL Local Authors Book Fair. Director Larry Hathaway said he's not sure who first came up with the idea. Well, whoever it was deserves a pat on the back because this is a great event. Librarians Katy Myers and Holly Wunder are doing the organizing for the event that showcases local authors and their books. It's a great chance to talk with the folks behind the words and find out why a plot twisted this way, where they got the idea for a character or just buy one of the books and get it signed. This year's event is scheduled for Dec. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the library. If you love reading as much as I do, this is a can't-miss event.

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IT WAS CHILLY, but the ceremony to honor our veterans yesterday in front of the courthouse was warm and moving. Always is.

Thanks to those who braved the cold for a little while. Of course that doesn't compare to the elements and the circumstances those valiant men and women endured on our behalf. God bless you, Vets. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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LOOKING FOR a 2014 calendar yet? The local Visitors and Convention Bureau has got a deal for you! Who wouldn't love a beautiful, four-color wall calendar with pictures from all over Montgomery County? For home or office, this will be a keeper. Better yet, it's only $10. And like the annoying man in the commercial says, but wait, there's more! Not only will you be able to enjoy the sights of our great county all year long, the calendar also includes all the important dates you'll want to keep track of. From spring break and graduation dates for the schools to when next year's Strawberry Festival is, it's all in one spot. Get by the Visitor's Bureau at 218 E. Pike St. (right across from the city building) or call 362-5200. Hurry!

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OUR COUNTY lost not a long-time resident but certainly an important one a few days ago. Fred Ropkey, the man behind Ropkey Armor Museum lost his battle with cancer at the age of 84 on Saturday. Mr. Ropkey moved his museum from Indianapolis to just east of Interstate 74 about 10 years ago. With it he brought an amazing array of machines and equipment, but even more he brought pride and history. He will be missed.



Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.