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  • Southmont Band prepares for state fair
    Friday, July 31, 2015 12:07 AM

    Southmont High School’s Royal Mountie Band has been preparing all summer for the State Fair Band Competition. The Mounties will travel to Noblesville today to compete in one of the last competitions before the nation’s largest band competition on Aug. 8.

    Band Director Brian Bartlett said the competition is the culmination of the competition season for the Central Indiana Track Show Association, of which Southmont is a member. He also said the competition is the longest running and largest band competition in the nation. The Royal Mountie Band has seen success in the State Fair competition in the past, with most years seeing a finish in the top 16 schools. In 2014 the Mounties placed 13th. 

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 12:06 AM
  • Friday, July 31, 2015 12:05 AM

    Youth workers make lifelong investments in the futures of young people across Indiana. But often times, their jobs can be thankless and difficult. That’s why the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) have teamed up to create an annual award to honor one youth worker’s service and commitment to the futures of Hoosier children.

    The “D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year” award will honor one exceptional youth worker every year and provide a $2,500 cash prize to be used toward the winner’s professional development. The recipient also will receive free registration and travel accommodations for two to IYI’s 2015 Because Kids Count Conference December 1 and 2 in Indianapolis. With more than 10,000 youth workers in Indiana, choosing just one winner will pose a challenge, said Glenn Augustine, interim CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 12:04 AM

    Artist Jerry Smith of Crawfordsville has won the Best Landscape award in the Hoosier Salon 91st Annual Exhibition for his oil painting Autumn Canopy. He also has a second painting, Fresh Catch, juried into the annual competition.

    Other area artists whose work was selected are Jeff Klinker of Linden and John Oilar of Crawfordsville. Klinker has two oil paintings on display, A Comfort Zone and Fall Splendor, and Oilar was selected for an ink drawing called New York 2015.

    The Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition. It is on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center through September 26. The exhibition features 153 works by 126 Indiana artists and is considered the best of Indiana art by Indiana artists. All works in the exhibition are available for sale.

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 12:02 AM

    Rustic Sweets Bakery bakes up old fashioned favorites like mom used to make every day in Darlington. 

    “I like to do the old fashioned favorites from scratch,” owner and baker at Rustic Sweets Brittany McCloud said. “I want people to still be able to get baking from their mom or grandma – those smells and tastes that bring them back to their childhood.”

    McCloud is a Cordon Bleu trained chef who loves to make sweet and savory treats that remind customers of home. Her shop opened on June 6. She took over the space formerly occupied by The General Store Bakery. Before she opened a store front, she baked out of her own kitchen as a side business and she has picked up years of experience working in other bakeries. She started out as a Vet Tech, but since culinary school she has built up 25 years of professional baking experience. 

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:39 PM
  • Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:29 PM

    Registration deadline for the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s second annual Funky 5k is quickly approaching.

    The Funky 5k will be a fun run / walk at Milligan Park on August 15 with sign-in starting at 8 a.m. and the walk / run at 9 a.m. The run encourages participants to wear fun, funky and family-friendly costumes, although they are not required. The YSB asks that participants be registered by August 7 in order to receive a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the YSB at 209 E. Pike St., local gyms, on Page A7 or on their website at

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:27 PM

    The public is invited to celebrate the 198th Birthday of Zerelda Wallace on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Korb Classroom of the Wabash College Fine Arts Center.

    Not only was Zerelda Wallace the president of the Equal Suffrage Society of Indianapolis and the founder of the Indiana Woman Suffrage Association, she was Lew Wallace’s stepmother and model for the beloved mother in his novel Ben Hur. She also served as elected vice president of the National Woman Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. She became known as a powerful speaker for woman’s suffrage and was in constant demand, speaking at gatherings all across the nation.

    Zerelda’s birthday celebration is co-sponsored by the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum and the League of Women Voters commemorating this remarkable suffrage leader during the 95th anniversary of the August, 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:45 PM

    On August 4, everyone throughout Montgomery County is invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 32nd Annual National Night Out. This will be Montgomery County’s third year participating.

    The event will take place at Milligan Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4. There will be many local non-profits and businesses there, local police departments, the Crawfordsville Fire Department, a 40-foot obstacle course bounce-house, horses from the Achaius Ranch, a Silly Safari Show at 7:30 p.m., caricaturist artists, a scavenger hunt and much more!

    National Night Out is a completely free event and is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are strong and are fighting back against localized crime.

    During the event, the community will be able to enjoy free swimming at Milligan Park Pool from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., free hotdogs at the South Shelter, the Silly Safari show in the north shelter at 7:30 p.m. and much more.

    Questions about this event can be directed to the Youth Service Bureau at 362-0694, ext. 13.


  • Honoring, connecting with the past
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:42 PM

    How many of you visit your family members’ graves on a holiday or Memorial Day? It’s sometimes quite a touching experience. Martijn van Haren visits 25 U.S. Soldier and Sailor’s graves in his own country of Holland and neighboring Belgium and noted that he has had several touching moments.

    Van Haren spent a great deal of time listening to his grandparents tell of WWII experiences. Once, his grandmother was so hungry, she walked for three days to a farming area where she was able to obtain some home-grown food. At one point, his grandmother ate flower bulbs and became pretty good at creating flower dishes. His grandfather was conscripted into service for the Germans and hated it. In later years, van Haren met with some soldiers and decided afterwards that helping decorate the graves of those left in the area whose parents, brothers and sisters would never be able to visit would be a good thing to do. Even with 25 graves, he says he wishes he could do more. 


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