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  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Trees in Trouble” will be shown free to the public Monday at 7 p.m. in Korb Classroom at the Wabash College Fine Arts Center on South Grant Street. This is the fifth of eight films in the 2017 Green Issues Summer Movie Series co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Library.
    Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring your own mug to save on waste. A group discussion will follow the film.
    “Trees in Trouble” tells the compelling story of how one community in southwest Ohio confronts its tree crisis and fought the invasive pest, the Emerald Ash Borer, by taking action and joining together.” 
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 7-22-17
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Coming to the Sock Hop this weekend? We sure are! In case you’ve missed it, we’re having a good, old-fashioned sock hop in the old CHS gymnasium that’s now better known as Athena Sport & Fitness. It’s Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Groovy Bill Douglas will be spinning the records (OK, maybe they’re CDs now) and rockin’ & rollin’ with the tunes. Admission is only $5 and refreshments will be available. What’s the old saying? Be there or be square!
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    DOGGONE IF that Hoosier Lottery jackpot doesn’t just keep on growing! Of course the minute you opened your favorite Montgomery County daily and saw your favorite column, you knew we didn’t win. And we know you didn’t win either because we don’t deliver same day to the beach. Sigh. Well, maybe one of us will have better luck next week! 
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    DALE PETRIE, the city’s director of operations and the man in charge of the Stellar projects, was a true good Samaritan of late when he helped someone who suffered a broken bone during a bike wreck on the Sugar Creek Trail. Dale can often be found riding his own bike with his dog on the Trail and always has a smile for everyone. Turns out this time, he offered more than a smile and the help was graciously accepted.
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  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Blue Star Mothers of America will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The Blue Star Mothers are the mothers who have sons and daughters in the military or who are veterans. The Blue Star Mothers of America provide moral and emotional support for our men and women in the military and their families. The chapter periodically sends "Freedom Boxes" containing various items from home, to our troops who are deployed. For more information call Gayle Sosbe at (765) 362-5713.
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  • Boy scouts raise flag
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Although it is not the official grand opening of the new fire station 2, The Boy Scout Troop 318 of the United Methodist Church, held the first flag raising ceremony on Friday morning. Fire Chief Scott Busenbark said “We are extremely honored that the Boy Scouts wanted to raise the flag. They are the future of our community.” Assistant troop leader, Darin Hutson, says it was troop leader, Justin Dugger who initiated the idea. Top left: Pictured left to right, troop leader, Justin Dugger, Bryce Callis, Gabriel Little, Henry Taylor
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  • Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday July 20 John Stevens @ Highway 36 Saloon, Rockville 7 p.m. 108 E. Ohio St. (765) 569-9441 Smoking Venue.
    Thursday July 20 Lafayette Citizens Band @ Riehle Plaza, Lafayette 7:30 p.m. 2nd and Main St. Directed by William D. Kisinger. . Along with the Purdue Summer Concert Band @ 6:30 p.m. 
    Friday & Saturday July 21 & 22 “Play It Forward for Abby & Libby” @ Delphi Opera House, Delphi Starts 11am 103 S. Washington St. (765) 564-4300 Check site for music line-up and details.
    Friday July 21 Kasey Burton @ Lunch On The Plaza, Crawfordsville 11:30am - 1 p.m. Marie Canine Plaza, Corner of Main and Green Streets Lunch by China Inn, food $6 – drink $1. Sponsors: Rod Curran’s Tax Service, TCU, Arni’s and Tri-County Bank.
    Every Friday Danny Weiss Duo @ Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-8:30 p.m. 200 Main St. (765) 742.7337 Indoors. Danny/clarinet, Jeff Wimble/guitar.
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  • Creating the hits . . .
    Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    John Stevens Jr. was destined to be a musician. Stevens says it began at a very early age. He remembers sitting at his aunt’s feet at family gatherings as they all came together to sing and play music. 
    “My aunts sang beautifully,” he reminisces. “They tell me, while all the other kids would be off playing, I would just set right at their feet taking it in.”
    John Stevens Jr. was born on Nov. 24, 1959 to John and Janet Stevens. He grew up an all-American, Hoosier boy from Lebanon - riding bicycles, playing baseball and football and hanging with his friends. However, during his school days, a knee injury requiring surgery caused him to hang up his cleats. That’s when he set his sights on becoming a musician. 
    Stevens started writing songs when he was 15 years old but was not ready to sing in front of people. During junior high he was asked to sing a solo, Stevens was brought to tears because he was so nervous to sing in front of others. Later, as his confidence grew, Stevens began performing at parties in high school. By his late teens, he was performing regularly. 
    After graduating Lebanon High School in 1978, Stevens spent a couple of years in college. Stevens grins saying, “I studied ‘life skills’ while there.” He laughs, “Girls and parties.”
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  • Local Wabash student excels at summer coding program
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:00 PM
    After a four-week boot camp, Wabash College rising senior George Go III, a Crawfordsville High School graduate, earned a Gold Badge Certification from Smart Launch Tech – a coding program designed specifically for liberal arts students.
    The Crawfordsville product and German major was one of 15 students chosen to participate in this new partnership between Independent Colleges of Indiana and Eleven Fifty Academy. The program was held on the campus of Marian University in June. The industry- and state-recognized certification was awarded to Go III after he demonstrated his competencies in HTML, CSS, and Java Script; and built an e-portfolio, which he presented at the program’s graduation.
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the fifth year in a row, Erie Insurance received the highest ranking in Customer Satisfaction with the Auto Insurance Purchase Experience in the J.D. Power Insurance Shopping Study. In 2017, Erie Insurance received a score of 879 out of 1,000.
    Derrick Clore of Clore Insurance Group, the local Erie agent with offices in Crawfordsville and Martinsville said “In a day when consumers are starving for reliable relationships with their service providers and consistency in the delivery of great service, winning this for 5 consecutive years speaks to those needs far more effectively than any creative advertising possibly could.” 
    The Insurance Shopping Study provides a look at the customer experience in shopping for a new auto insurance policy. It explores what prompts someone to shop for insurance and which factors contribute to the purchase decision. Three factors were measured to determine overall satisfaction. They are, in order of importance: price, distribution channel and policy offerings.
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  • Ticked off: Little nuisances bug people, animals alike
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Ticks will be out in full force this summer. That means so will the diseases that these insects carry. 
    “Deer ticks like to live in tall grass and pastures” said General Manager of Reliable Exterminators Philip Patrie. “June through August is prime tick season. These ticks like to attach themselves to mammals and stay there for one week. What we can do as exterminators is come out to your house and spray pesticide on the tall grass and around the house. The best way to prevent ticks is to have your grass cut low and use tick repellent when you’re outside.”
    According to the Indiana State Department of Health, ticks can recognize an approaching host by movement, body heat, and carbon dioxide from exhaled breath. Baby ticks prefer shady areas where the ground is moist. 
    “The tick’s role in the environment is basically to control the population” said Purdue Extension Educator Ashley Holmes. “Along with the mosquito that is their main role is to spread disease and kill off animals. The way a tick gets a disease is by jumping on a small animal or bird that already has the disease. 
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  • Paper drive a success, more coming
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM

    Earlier this week, the Indiana Blood Center sounded the alarm that blood supplies in Indiana had fallen to critically low levels. Thursday, the situation went from bad to worse.
    According to Andrea L. Fagan, director of public relations and marketing for the IBC, there is less than a one-day supply across all blood types – with O negative being one of the worst.
    “Someone’s life is in your hands,” Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a release. “Raise your sleeve and donate now.”
    Fortunately for Montgomery County residents, there are multiple dates and locations to do exactly that.
    Between the Indiana Blood Center and Red Cross, there are at least 10 blood drives planned in and around Crawfordsville.
    One of the biggest needs is for O negative blood, a fairly rare type (only 7 percent of the population has it). O negative is known as a universal blood type, meaning anyone can receive it. In trauma cases when emergency room doctors do not have time to determine a patient’s blood type, O negative can be given.
    At the various locations, walk-ins are welcome. However, appointments are encouraged and can be made at (800) 632-4722 x 5150. To be eligible, donors must be at least 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 AM
    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 
    The Montgomery County Men for Christ will celebrate their eighth conference, Friday July 28th and Saturday, the 29 th. As in the past, the Friday night event is free and will run from 7-9PM. The Friday night event is hosted this year by the First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave., Crawfordsville, In. All are invited to attend the Friday night session (child care provided).
    The Saturday session, free as well, is an outdoor, Men’s Only event from 8:30AM-3PM on the grounds of Kevin and Jill Parker, 867 Walnut Hills, Crawfordsville, Ind. Men of all ages are encouraged to bring their bibles and lawn chairs. Dari-Licious will provide a free lunch. The Conference this year focuses on the question, “So Now What?” This question arises particularly in light of the recent billboard and statistics indicating that Montgomery County is ranked 9 of 92 most at risk population for opioid abuse.
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  • Rotary hears about making strides
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:33 PM
    Lauren Nikides (left) Karen Monts (center) and Dani Kinkead (right) spoke to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday about what the local American Cancer Society has been working on. One of the big projects for the American Cancer Society is planning is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk later this year. There is a Kickoff Celebration coming up on July 25 that the public is welcome to. The event is at the Tannenbaum Cultural Center in Crawfordsville (225 N. Washington St.) at 6 p.m. You can RSVP to or (317) 344-7819. The theme for the kickoff event is Superheroes and costumes are optional, but encouraged. 
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  • JUMP mentee visits police camp
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:32 PM
    Leah is a member of the JUMP program who has always wanted to be a Police Officer when she grows up. Last year she had an opportunity to attend an Indiana State Police camp and she truly loved it! That first year she received a scholarship to attend and since she enjoyed it so much, she hoped she could attend the camp again this year. The Indiana State Police kindly agreed to give Leah a partial scholarship to attend the camp and the YSB provided the amount that was remaining. The YSB was able to do this thanks to a grant they received from the Montgomery County Community Foundation for just these types of positive events!
    The Indiana State Police camp gives teens a chance to look behind the badge. The first ISP camps started 46 years ago in order to show young people another side of law enforcement. It’s a message that once again hits home decades later. The camp that Leah attended was at Trine University. It was a week-long event and allows 32 teens age 14 -18 to go through training and scenarios to learn the ins and outs behind the badge. The camp took the teens through workshops to experience several different aspects of law enforcement. In defensive tactics, they learned how to fight to win. A driving simulator put the campers in situations officers could encounter on any day and they quickly learned that responding to a call with lights and sirens isn’t as easy as it looks. Another simulator put the campers in high-stress scenarios where they had to decide when to shoot or not shoot. Having this experience will be so beneficial to Leah in her pursuit of becoming a law enforcement officer. Attending this camp has helped to encourage her to study hard and be involved in team sports so that she can someday fulfill her dream.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    On the morning of May 30, 2017, Southmont graduate and lead singer of Small Town, Steve Trent, was in a head on collision while driving to work. He suffered multiple injuries including a fractured orbital rim, fractured maxillary sinus, broken nose, dislocated ribs, fractured tibia, multiple fractures in his foot, minor internal injuries, and is undergoing several surgeries. Due to the severity of his injuries, Trent has been unable to work. His recovery time is undetermined. 
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  • JUMP has a blast at Family Fun Day
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Every year, the JUMP program (Juvenile Mentoring Program), a program of the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, has a Family Fun Day. This day is for all the Mentors and kids in the mentoring program as well as the kids on the waiting list and all their family members. “We like to be able to spend time with the families of the kids in the program and it’s one of the last times families can get out and have some fun together before school starts back up,” Jill Hampton said.
    Fifty-two people attended this event at the Milligan Park pool this past Saturday evening. 
    “We were lucky to have such nice weather for the event,” Hampton stated. “We served pizza, watermelon, veggies, cookies and everyone had a fantastic time!” 
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