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Black Friday TIDBITS

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and so today we begin what has become known as Black Friday. Your friends at your favorite daily decided to put together some interesting tidbits on what is easily the busiest shopping day of the year! The term Black Friday, to many older Americans, refers to the stock market crash in 1869 when the price of gold dropped through the floor. Many a fortune was lost after two men, James Fisk and Jay Gould, made a run on gold. Over a few weeks, they bought as much gold as they could, and then attempted (through president Ulysses S. Grant’s son-in-law) to sway the president to put a limit on how much gold could be had – a move that would have sent the price even higher. Grant, however, took the opposite approach and ordered the U.S. to put some gold...
Butch thankful for these simple things
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Butch thankful for these simple things

Butch and brother in tub By Butch Dale At this time of year, most of you remind yourself of the things in life for which you are thankful. I have been guilty, as perhaps some of you are, of taking some aspects of my life for granted at times. But as cold weather sets in each year, I always become more appreciative and remember to thank the Lord for the following: A WARM HOUSE The house that I grew up in was very cold in the winter. Those of you who grew up in an old farmhouse know all about this. We had a small fuel oil stove in the living room and a smaller stove in the kitchen. On a cold and windy day, the temperature downstairs might be in the upper 50s in some of the rooms. My brother and I slept upstairs, and the only heat that reached there was through a small floor vent. W...
The gift that keeps on giving: 4-H
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The gift that keeps on giving: 4-H

By Abby Morgan I can’t believe that the month of December is almost here. With the hustle and bustle to find the perfect gift for family and friends, please consider giving the gift of 4-H to the youth in Montgomery County. Indiana 4-H enrollment is open to all youth in Montgomery County in grades K-12. While we do not have a hard deadline for enrollment, we like to have as many youth enrolled by January 15th. This helps ensure that families receive timely communication and learn about the various opportunities within the 4-H program. Enrollment is easy with our 4-H Online system (https://v2.4honline.com) and can even be done while you work on your online shopping! The mission of the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program is to provide real-life educational opportunities that dev...
Grumpy new man instead of a grumpy old man
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Grumpy new man instead of a grumpy old man

By Dick Wolfsie I’m about to turn 75. I’ve always wanted to be a grumpy old man. Over the years, I thought I had made a lot of headway in this area, especially in the getting older part, which is easy. I also found myself getting progressively grumpier, as well. Or so I thought. My father was a grumpy old man by the time he was 60 and I always admired my dad, so I aspired to be just like him. But I wanted to do it even sooner. Remember, 60 is the new 50. Or is it 50 is the new 60? Whatever. I first tried to be a grumpy old man when I was in my 40s. But sadly, people mistook my crankiness for wittiness. I complained to the manager at Kroger that their entrance and exit doors were on the wrong sides. “I’ll never shop here again,” I told him. “I don’t know if I’m coming or going...
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Protect kids by steering clear of knock-off toys this holiday season

(StatePoint) In the scramble to get your hands on the toys your children want this holiday season, experts warn that you should prioritize safety by sticking to age-appropriate toys and by avoiding counterfeit alternatives at all costs. “Illicit sellers of counterfeit toys may dupe parents into thinking they’re buying the real thing, or entice them with lower prices or the promise of getting the ‘hot toy’ of the holiday season,” says Joan Lawrence, The Toy Association’s “Toy Safety Mom” and senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs. “What’s scary is that these illegitimate sellers are actually peddling fake and unsafe products that oftentimes don’t comply with product safety laws. That’s why we always urge parents to shop from reputable brands and sellers whose toys hav...
Simple packing tips to ship holiday gifts
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Simple packing tips to ship holiday gifts

How to ship safely at holiday time or any time. Photo courtesy of NAPSI (NAPSI)—Sending gifts to friends and family and getting them there intact can be easy, if you know how. Fortunately, the United States Postal Service does and offers these helpful tips: •To ensure items arrive safely, leave space for extra cushioning inside the package. Stuff glass and fragile, hollow items, such as vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage. Mailing a framed photo? Remove the glass and wrap it separately. Items powered by dry-cell batteries may turn on during handling and make noises or emit light. Make sure the device is turned off or package the batteries separately, preferably in the original manufacturer’s packaging. For rules on shipping batteries and other items, please see...
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Survey finds over 76 percent of Americans plan to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 5 ways to save on gifts this year

With Black Friday finally making its way to our calendars this week, many are planning to cross off items on their holiday list. But the question remains – will people be shopping online or in-store? Well, according to a recent survey from TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cash back site, 86 percent of Americans plan to shop online this holiday season. The survey polled a cross-section of 3,486 adults, aged 18 and over. Digital Deals Why do you plan on shopping online this upcoming holiday season? • I want to avoid the crowds/long lines. (75 percent) • Convenience – I prefer to get everything shipped to my home. (66 percent) • I believe I get the best deals online. (60 percent) • I’m too busy to shop in-person. (32 percent) • The stores I like are only on...