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MCCF grant provides horsemanship training
The spring weather was cold and blustery, but spirits were warmed as Montgomery County Community Foundation board member, Sheridan Hadley, presented a Community Engagement Grant to the Achaius Ranch on Monday afternoon. About the award, Sheridan said, "I am very excited to present this community engagement grant to the Achaius Ranch. Thanks to the Community Foundation this is a unique opportunity for me to combine my special passion for children and horses. "

The ranch, located in the rural Ladoga area, is a faith-based ministry for youth and their families. Accepting the $1,000 were Elisha McCulloh and Nicole Wilson, two of the of the nonprofit organization's founders. McCulloh explained that the funds will be used to bring in a Parelli Natural Horsemanship trainer in May to train volunteers who will be working at the ranch with both the horses and people. Parelli Natural Horsemanship strives to help raise the level of horsemanship for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.

The training will be tailored to meet the specific goals of the ranch. Achaius Ranch provides refuge for abandoned, abused and unwanted horses. In doing so, they also give children (ages 8-18) the opportunity to interact with horses through scheduled sessions that involve positive, loving interaction between the child, the session leader, and the horse.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wabash Classics department reaches out to veterans
Wabash College will serve as host for "Soldiers Returning Home: Ancient Greece, the Theater of War, and Veterans Today," a reading and panel discussion of Sophocles' Ajax and the challenges faced by today's soldiers and their families as they come home from war at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in Baxter Hall room 101.

The program includes a brief staged reading of the text, remarks from foremost scholar Sheila Murnaghan of the University of Pennsylvania, and an issues discussion featuring Wabash professor emeritus Tobey Herzog H '11, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Vietnam War literature expert, and Nate Kring '10, a Wabash graduate who has served in the Middle East with the U.S. Army.

"As a very recently medically retired veteran, I was elated to receive an invitation to discuss something that is dear to my heart," said Kring, retired Sgt., 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry. "Being moved around and encountering service members of all different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic factors, and religions, I have experienced how each individual person processes, reacts, and adjusts to living through war. Although each service member's experience and outcome is different, one universal truth is clear; no one goes to war and comes home the same. I see this as an opportunity to speak on behalf of my fellow service members."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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GLVC books again
The swimmers are coming back to C'ville.

The GLVC 2016 Swimming & Diving Championships will be held in Crawfordsville on February 10-14, according to a press release from Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on Wednesday.

Jim Naumovich, Commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) made the announcement.

Crawfordsville served as host for the inaugural GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships in 2014 and also was host for the meet this year.

Eight men's teams and eight women's squads representing nine member institutions competed in the 2015 GLVC Championships. Seven GLVC schools currently sponsor both men's and women's swimming and diving, including Bellarmine, Drury, Indianapolis, Lewis, Missouri-St. Louis, Truman State, and William Jewell. Missouri S&T currently fields a men's squad and Maryville is in its second year of existence.

"The event has had a significant impact on our local economy each year and we are excited that GLVC has decided to return for a third year," Barton said in the release. "We've heard very positive feedback from our local businesses and this serves as a nice boost to our local economy."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Chamber members roll at the alley
Participants at Wednesday evening's Chamber bowling event gathered in the party room when the games were over. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve House handed out Chamber Buck$ to winning individuals and teams. Thirteen teams representing Chamber businesses came out for a night of strikes, spares and gutterballs.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Banquet honors academic achievement
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Robotics teams off to regionals
Crawfordsville robotics teams TOBOR and Botman boarded the busses to Iowa Wednesday afternoon for the regional tournament. The competition, scheduled for today through Saturday, will determine the teams' eligibility to move on to the world championship in St. Louis in April.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
MUFFY ends year, prepares for next
In a board meeting that only lasts 30 minutes, how much could get done? As it turns out, a lot.

MUFFY held its 2015 annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. In addition to announcing the ending funds raised, which totaled just over $400,000, the agenda for the meeting indicated that the board had to get through reports, elections and recognitions, among other items.

Everyone present at the meeting was eligible to vote on incumbents remaining on the board. Those incumbents were Lisa Cooper, Frank Howland, Dave Peach and Chelsea Roberts. All four were unanimously kept on the board.

The board elected five new board members. Terry Klein, Heather Shirk and Gary Bymaster were each elected to serve 3-year terms ending March 2018. Byron Thada and Sheila Sowers were elected to open terms ending March 2016.

Votes were then restricted to board members when voting on the proposed officers for the 2015-2016 terms. 2014 vice president Kathy Brown was elected president of the board, Steve Williamson vice president, Nancy Outcalt secretary and Frank Howland treasurer. All votes were unanimous.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Spring thaw could expose winter fish kills
Owners of shallow ponds and lakes, especially in northern Indiana, should watch for fish kills this spring.

Because ice cover measured 20 inches thick on some northern waters, Indiana fisheries biologists anticipate receiving fish kill reports once the bodies of water thaw.

Shallow, weedy ponds are susceptible to winter kills. The most common cause of fish kills in Indiana ponds is suffocation due to the lack of oxygen.

Aquatic plants can produce oxygen only when sunlight is available. While some sunlight can penetrate clear ice, snow and thick ice can often block sunlight, resulting in dangerously low oxygen levels. Then, as aquatic plants naturally die during winter, plant decomposition consumes oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need. Once a winter kill begins, little can be done to stop it.

Pond owners who experience a fish kill or need advice on other pond-related issues can refer to Indiana's Pond Management Booklet at

Pond owners can try to reduce the likelihood of a winter kill by installing an aeration system and removing snow from the ice when safe. Building ponds with depths greater than 10 feet also reduces the likelihood of a fish kill.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Playful artist coming to Athens Arts
Angela Vinson, artist, teacher, and curator from Lafayette, will open "Kick the Canvas Till It Bleeds Dry" on March 28 and continuing through May 1 at the Athens Arts Gallery in downtown Crawfordsville. Be prepared for an explosion of color and form.

This playful artist notes that she's been at her craft "since the ol'pushing crayons around days." As a professional, she's been making a colorful splash since 2000. Working from her studio in Lafayette, "Lala" Vinson creates paintings, prints, sculptures, pottery, and bags and more. She is a graduate of Herron School of Art and owner of Lala Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Visit her website to see more of her work at:

Her current "Kick the Canvas' exhibition bases its title on a Bruce Cockburn album from 1991 called "Kick at the Darkness." Vinson explains that as a woman artist she faces what women in art throughout history have faced-balancing their lives among caring for home, family, and work while trying to create. She admits, "When we are pulled in multiple directions things can become heavy and dark." Yet "Kick the Canvas" is by no

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
South National Honor Society grows
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Legislative Breakfast planned
The next Legislative Breakfast will be on April 4th at Detchon Hall on Wabash College campus. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10. Representative Sharon Negele, Representative Tim Brown, Montgomery County Commissioner Phil Bane, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton and Senator Phil Boots will be in attendance to talk about what's going on in the current session and to answer any questions you may have.

The Legislative Breakfast series is sponsored by the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

RSVP by March 31 by emailing or calling 362-6800.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
February housing numbers stay strong
Data issued Tuesday by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS (MIBOR) for February 2015 shows another month of promising increases in new listings, closed sales and pending activity.

New listings increased by 13.4 percent in the monthly comparison of February 2015 to the same period last year. In the three-month review of December 2014 to February 2015, a 17-percent increase was seen in new listings. Closed sales increased by 12.6 percent in February and by 12.8 percent in the three-month review.

Increased activity in the areas of new listings and pending sales in January likely contributed to February's active month.

Sale prices also saw increases in both the one- and three-month reviews. The average sales price increased by 8.4 percent in February and 2.8 percent in the three-month review, while the median sales price rose 5.3 percent in February and 2.3 percent in the three-month spread.

Additional key findings for central Indiana in February 2015:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Blue Star Mothers of America meet Thursday
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 362-5713.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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