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  •  “Invisible Town” opens at Athens
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Quentin Dodd is a Renaissance man. While he and his family live and work in our community, and his children go to school here, Dodd’s practice of several arts is a world unto itself.
    One of the arts at which he excels is photography. Dodd specializes in black and white photographs of unobserved places, often places right before our eyes but unnoted. Athens Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Invisible Town,” an arresting collection of Quentin Dodd’s 10” x 12” black and white photographs, most of them shot here in Crawfordsville. Viewers will look anew at a cornice, a filigreed porch, or a beautifully bricked corner of a familiar local building with fresh surprise and delight.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 6-24-17
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Kudos to the city for fixing West Main! As noted in this newspaper many times, it often felt like a bulldozer (or a tank) drove down the street and left tracks with its treads. We understand it was the old interurban line tracks. We’re just glad that even after almost 80 years it’s finally getting fixed. 
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    SPEAKING OF street work, there sure is a lot going on around the city, isn’t there. Let’s be fair to the powers that be. We’re going to gripe about the detours and the mess and the general hassle. But if the roads weren’t fixed, we’d be griping about that, too. (Hey, at least we’re honest!) 
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    STILL KEEPING score on that Hoosier Lottery? Well, you know since you are reading this that no one has won yet – dang it! When it gets right down to it, the state’s prize is almost $17 million. PowerBall is almost $80 million and if no one won MegaMillions last night, it’s north of $135 million! If you don’t find Bits’n’Pieces next week . . . 
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  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    The debate over windfarms is being brought up again with conversation on both sides of the issue. This alternative energy source has many people who strongly believe in property rights speaking out. 
    “It is an alternative energy source, but there isn’t much more I know on the matter” said Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Fulwider. 
    Back in 2009 Montgomery County Commissioners signed a windfarm ordinance. This ordinance required that the companies that build these windfarms must have a plan to decommission them as well as a building plan. 
    According to the Akuo website, here in Montgomery County, 4,500 acres have been secured for a 40 year agreement with 35 landowners as part of Akuo Energy who has built two previous windfarms in the United States. 
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  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY) is undergoing some changes this summer. Executive Director David Johnson is stepping down and a search for a new director is almost wrapped up. Johnson will officially be leaving office Friday. 
    “We have narrowed our search down to a couple of candidates and are currently reviewing those” said MUFFY Drive Chair Lisa Cooper. “We should announce a new director sometime in the upcoming month.” 
    In 2016 MUFFY raised $440,567.75. “We are still in our planning phase for the 2017 drive” said MUFFY office manager Kara Edie. “Our campaign leadership team is currently meeting to set our 2017 goal. Obviously we want to try and raise as much money as possible.”
    The theme for this year’s campaign is called I am MUFFY. The idea behind this year’s theme is that everyone in Montgomery County is MUFFY. Everyone is impacted by MUFFY. “We are really going to try and reach out to those impacted by MUFFY and those that donate to MUFFY,” Edie said. “It is our way of saying thank you for making all of this possible.”
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  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Mike McKeown has been working with Boy Scouts for 50 years! He has been a Scout Master for hundreds of boys in Montgomery County. What a remarkable legacy he has given to the Boy Scouts of America and to this county. He has lived his life for scouting!
    McKeown became a Cub Scout at the age of 8 and Boy Scout at the age of 11. He started in a troop at the First Baptist Church. He loved everything about scouting and as soon as he turned 18, he was ready to become a leader.
    When McKeown graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1959, he became assistant leader for a new troop starting at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. His brother, James, was in the troop so he volunteered to help. When he graduated, Mike went with a troop at Trinity Methodist Church, 361, and served as Scout Master several years.
    Later he became an assistant leader of Boy Scout Troop, 326. There he served for several more years and then he became the Scout Master of troop 361 and served several years with that troop. There was a need for a Commissioner of the District and yes, he severed in that position for 16 years where he was responsible for all of the district programs. 
    McKeown’s next step in scouting was with troop 342 assistant Scout Master, then another term as district manager. Finally he was back to troop 326, as Scout Master and is still serving at this time. Mike says the main thing about scouting is to bring young men a value system. Scouting gives the boys a set of standards to pattern themselves to and set boundaries and helps young men develop good moral standing. Scouting helps young men to stand on their own two feet.
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  • Dino-mite exhibit at library
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Abby Mauntel was enjoying the rainy day by spending her time at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Abby was making her very own dinosaur egg. The Crawfordsville Public Library currently is displaying a dinosaur exhibit for kids where they can learn about all kinds of dinosaurs that used to roam the earth. 
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 9:17 PM
    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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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bill and Kathy certainly have their plate full . . . after the storm went through here a couple of weeks ago and left them major tree loss and property damage. What more can a person do except “make lemonade.” So the sixth garden on the Flower Lovers Garden/Art Tour is a “Garden in Recovery.”
    The three acres of enchanting garden beds, a hand built bridge, “family forest” and beautiful landscape design will be a garden you won’t soon forget . . . in spite of Mother Nature’s timing. Beds that were once shaded by a 200 year old sycamore tree are now in full sun and will be reimagined into a kitchen garden of herbs and planted with sun loving favorites. The wood left behind after the storm is going to be salvaged into beautiful bookcases for the home. Kathy has been able to incorporate her love of nature, and her artistic abilities into a place you will appreciate. 
    The front gardens are focused on natural feedings for the birds with colors from an artist’s pallet. You will experience crossing “the bridge” where troubles are left behind as you ascend to the arbor of native wisteria and look for the “back door” of the gnome’s home tucked into the stone wall. 
    There is a surprise view and a “story” every time you stop to look around the property… you will notice the prairie garden, the family forest, the vegetable and a Persimmon Patch.
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  • Local woman finds humor in final resting place
    Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Delores “D.J.” Thomas-Farley purchased a parking meter from the city of Crawfordsville when they removed the meters from downtown. The meter was purchased as a keepsake and kept in storage until she was inspired to put it to use by something she saw on the internet.
    The unique idea was put into action last spring when D.J. took her drawings to Janet and Fred Clements of Crawfordsville Monument. With the help of Jerry Link at Lake Holiday, her husband Gordon found a metal post for the meter. Gordon also found Cindy, the meter maid at CPD who helped out several times along the way by unlocking the meter. Once the post and meter were locked in place, they were painted by friend Don Gould of Gould’s Body & Paint.
    Delores’s “vision” became reality this year at the end of May when Dennis Olin dug and poured the concrete base in the Thomas Family plot. Denny experienced a 'first' in his career when the "deceased" was there to lend him a hand with the process. 
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  • Recital at Lane Place Sunday
    Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Music on Grant Studios will present its 15th annual Summer Recital at the Lane Place Gazebo this Sunday at 2 p.m. The recital is free and the public is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an afternoon of music from all genres. Students of all ages will be performing on piano, drums, guitars, violins, cello, saxophone, trumpet, ukulele, tuba and voice. Highlights will include Ella Johnson playing “Orange Blossom Special” on fiddle and her sister, Louisa playing “Clocktower Bells” on cello. Sophia Johnson will be featured in the final event, a mixed string ensemble, along with her sisters and Lilly Klingbeil (pictured), Vidushi Kiran, Miss Pam and Miss Barb playing old time fiddle tunes, “Ook Pick” and “My Silver Bells.” An adult classical guitar trio will perform “Malaguena.” Several students will be playing music from the Classics including Bach, Beethoven, Brahmns and Eric Satie. In case of rain the recital will be held at the Wabash Ave Presbyterian Church. Pictured, Lilly Klingbeil on Violin. 
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  • Tricker earns Hoosier Degree
    Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Emily Tricker received her Hoosier Degree at the Indiana FFA State Convention held recently at Purdue University Elliott Hall of Music. This is the State Degree of the FFA. Pictured left to right, Mike Tricker, Kim Tricker, Emily Tricker, Lauren Tricker and Kaitlyn Tricker. 
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  • “It’s Just Life . . .”
    Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    “It’s Just Life” laughed Mary Lucille Ronk when asked what it is like to have witnessed more than a century of changes and progression in the country.
    Ronk celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday. She was born to Mark and Mary Ronk in 1915. 
    “I was always told I was born at ‘Aunt Molly’s’ house . . . never knew who Aunt Molly was,” Ronk said. Lucille grew up on a farm in the Roachdale area. Her parents raised livestock and farmed corn. Ronk helped on the farm as she could “I use to sell eggs and do whatever was needed of me.” Ronk lived in the Roachdale farm house until she was 60 years old. She has three brothers, the late Earnest Ronk, Lester Ronk and Silas Ronk.
    Lucille never married or had children of her own. However, she dedicated more than 25 years of her life to teaching children’s Bible studies. Ronk has always been very independent. She drove a car into her mid- 90s, and she lived on her own until two years ago when she moved into Williamsburg Health Care facility. Her close friend of 20 years, Theres Anderson, came from Greenwood to spend the afternoon with Ronk. The ladies shared memories, laughter and lunch to celebrate Ronks special day. 
    “She is such a sweet loving person who cares about people and loves the Lord” Anderson said.
    Ronk says accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 18. She is a long-time member of Rock Point Church. She taught children’s and woman’s Bible studies all the way into her 90s. 
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  • Longhorn hits C’ville tonight
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:00 PM
    Tonight at the Crawfordsville Eagles, the local entertainment series Comedy in Crawfordsville presents its second event at the Eagles this year, headlined by Longhorn the Comedian. The show will also include local comics Rick Garrett, Michael Barclay, and hosted by Neil Snyder. The event is open to the public and will be free admission. This series has put on close to 200 events in more than four years in the area.
    Longhorn The Comedian has blazed a trail from coast to coast, leaving his brand on every stage he touches with performances that will leave you gasping for air and wanting more. His comedy is unique, witty and from a perspective only Longhorn can deliver. He draws you a picture with his material from his life, being a cowboy, an Army Veteran and his many travels.
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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday June 22 Lafayette Citizens Band @ Riehle Plaza, Lafayette 7:30 p.m. 2nd and Main St. Directed by William D. Kisinger.
    Friday & Saturday June 23 & 24 “Macbeth” @ Haan Mansion Museum of Art, Lafayette 6 p.m. 920 E. State St. (765) 742-6449 A Civic Theater Youth production in the Theater Garden. Live music on the front lawn prior to the performance. $7.
    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.
    Every Friday Jeff Anderson @ Ichiban Sichuan Restaurant, Lafayette 7 p.m. 2 S. 4th St. (765) 742-6600
    Friday to Sunday June 23 to 25 Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, Battleground 200 Battleground Ave. For all details visit .
    Friday to Sunday June 23 to 25 1940’s Radio Hour @ Delphi Opera House, Delphi 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. 103 S. Washington St. (765) 564-4300 Live radio show. For details visit
    Friday June 23 Mike Ellis Band @ Moose Lodge, Crawfordsville 7:30 p.m. 402 Waynetown Rd. (US 136) (765) 362-5091 Non-Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
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  • Second chef profiled for series
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dining with the Chefs, an event benefiting the Montgomery County Free Clinic, takes place Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at Wabash College’s Allen Center. Cooking is both an act of love and an expression of personality, so we are profiling the chefs who bring this mouthwatering event to life. The chef profiled this week, Richard Warner, became a professor of history at Wabash College after an earlier career as a professional chef. He served on the Free Clinic Board for two years and is an on-going organizer of Dining with the Chefs.
    Q: Where did you receive your training as a chef?
    A: I did attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco for six months, but mostly I learned from other chefs in a variety of kitchens in Vermont and California.
    Q: How long have you been cooking and in what capacities?
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