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  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    What a year! It was just about a year ago that the little paper that could followed the lead of some companies that close up shop for a week at the end of a year, do some general housecleaning, assess where things stand and look ahead.
    We did that, and you were kind enough to allow it. It’s like we’ve said a thousand times, this is far more your paper than ours. So boss, if it’s OK with you again, we’re going to take what’s a lost week anyways and use it to clean up, look ahead and, oh yeah, do a little Christmas celebrating. 
    What that means is that our offices will be closed the week of Christmas. Actually, we would’ve been closed Monday for Christmas Eve and Tuesday for Christmas, so this only impacts Wednesday to Friday.
    In addition, we’re giving our printer a Christmas break and only publishing our Online Edition that week as well as keeping the website up to date on obituaries and any breaking news. Of course we’ll give our print subscribers credit so that they don’t lose out.
    So, is this just a week for goofing off? As much as I’d like to, we’re going to be getting our heads together and talking about what’s next. I would tell you to expect big changes, but in today’s world, it’d really only be news if we didn’t have big changes, right? Don’t know about you, but it astounds me as to how much things constantly change. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – William D. Taylor
    Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    So little is known about this week’s soldier. Evidently William D. Taylor owned a boarding house as he had 15 people living there, with nine different names and various occupations in the 1870 census. He owned $1,400 in real estate with $200 personal property in Ward 2 of Crawfordsville. Quite a fortune for a colored man at that time. 
    He joined the service on January 4, 1864 and remained in Co. D 28th Colored Infantry until July of 1865 when all the members of the company were discharged in Corpus Christi, Texas. Co. D consisted of mainly men from Marion, Montgomery, Orange, Vanderburgh and Vigo County, but only one of those that I saw, Corporal Abraham Richy, is noted as from Montgomery. About 95% say Marion County, but my guess is that means where they were when they joined. 
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  • Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    My patient Jim asked me to re-run my column about warts. They are very common - it’s estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10 to 20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.
    Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses (HPV). When people hear HPV they often think of genital warts that are caused by particular strains of HPV virus, some of which have been associated with cervical, mouth and throat cancers. There are over 100 known types of HPV, all of which share the characteristic of being able to infect skin cells.
    Warts are spread by direct or indirect contact with another person who has them. People can also spread them from one body location to another. They commonly attack skin that is dry, cracked or has an open wound. The incubation period from infection to development of a wart is usually one to three months, but may take years.
    The appearance of warts runs the gamut from small flat lesions to large, raised ones. Larger warts are typically seen on the palms or soles of the feet. “Planter’s wart” is common misnomer for a wart on the bottom of the foot. These warts have nothing to do with gardening or farming. The proper term is “plantar wart.” Plantar is the anatomic term for the bottom surface of the foot. These warts usually appear to have a central core or seed, hence their other common name, “seed wart.” These “seeds” are actually small blood capillaries that have clotted.
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  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently awarded a combined $100 million to Indiana towns, cities and counties to improve their roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program, which was established by the General Assembly in 2016.
    Through this program, INDOT matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 receive a 75/25 percent match, while counties with populations of at least 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of at least 10,000 receive a 50/50 percent match. 
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Last week, I continued my tradition of lampooning the annual Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas gift catalog. This week, I’ve looked back on some 300 items and pick my favorites from the past 15 years. Some are still available in the current collection . . . still more are in garage sales.
    THE GORILLA IN THE ROOM: This is a 96-inch inflatable PVC gorilla for those people who love the expression “That's the 800-pound gorilla in the room.” Sure, this might be a funny conversation piece the first time your friends see it, but it will quickly become the 19-pound gorilla on eBay.
    THE 36-IN-ONE POCKET TOOL: This Swiss Army knife includes scissors, nail file, pen, bottle opener, and screwdriver, to name just a few components. Out in time for Christmas will be the French Army Knife, with 36 different corkscrews. 
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  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Redistricting is one of the top issues supported by the League of Women Voters of Indiana.
    What is Redistricting? Redistricting is the process used by government bodies to redraw the boundaries of electoral districts. Rules and criteria for redistricting vary by state and by governmental body, but Federal law requires that districts have about the same number of residents and that redistricting processes comply with the Voting rights Act, which protects voting rights and prohibits voting laws that discriminate against racial, ethnic, or language minorities.
    In Indiana the General Assembly draws the United State Congress and the General Assembly district maps. The process takes place every ten years using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    What is Gerrymanderng? Partisan gerrymandering is the practice of drawing districts to benefit a particular party or candidate. Both Democrats and Republicans engage in gerrymandering. The party in power draws the maps.
    Why is reform needed? Gerrymandering reduces competition. In 2018, only 58% of the candidates for the Indiana House and Senate had a major party opponent. Gerrymandering discourages voting because people do not vote without competition. In recent years, Indiana has been among the states with the lowest turnout. In the 2016 general election, Indiana fell in the bottom 15 states for voter turnout and in 2014 had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country. Statewide turnout in the May, 2018 primary was just 20%.
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  • No kids allowed in bed ... until Opal came along
    Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    These two work together every day. She teaches second; he the high-ability third graders. “We love going to work,” they chimed, indicating they have not only a passion for teaching and children, but life in general!
    She grew-up in Brazil and did dance and drill team, although she said she’s not particularly athletic or a girly-girl. He lived right across the street from where he teaches today. I particularly enjoyed how this man received his job. It was in his folks’ backyard at his college graduation open house. Bob Tandy shook his hand with an offer for employment! Still there, still loves it! 
    His life revolved around basketball and baseball. He has coached many of South’s 1,000 point men (he ranking quite high in points, as well), including his oldest son and wouldn’t doubt the younger two won’t accomplish that as well. Their whole family is involved today. The oldest of three, she has a brother and sister and he is the youngest of two sons. Stay tuned for information on their three C’s. 
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Americans tend to gain about one to two pounds during the holidays. While this doesn’t sound like much, research tells us that this adds up over the years. If you gain 1 to 2 pounds each year and never lose from the year before, this can result in a 10 pound weight gain. And it is so much harder, and less fun, to take off than it was to put on. 
    Don’t skip meals.
    We often take the mentality of skipping meals so that we can save the calories for a later meal, that we know is going to be high in calories. This is a bad idea. This can actually cause you to eat more. Just like you have heard since childhood, never skip breakfast. People who consume breakfast tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day. Make sure you are including high fiber foods. Fruits and Vegetables can be eaten in larger quantities to satisfy hunger, while being low in calories. 
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    We’ve stated before that economic development will not happen overnight, and it won’t happen in the absence of a plan. Last year, the County RDC sanctioned an Economic Development Plan to study the feasibility of growth in certain areas of our county. Areas like I-74 / S.R. 32 and south of S.R. 32 in the Nucor corridor. That plan verified what elected and appointed officials already knew: utility infrastructure was a challenge because it didn’t exist, but more importantly it identified what types of infrastructure, and at what capacities, would turn that around. From that, plans have now been developed in cooperation with the Regional Sewer Board to install water and sewer to those areas to support future growth. This is so critically important from a business development perspective. There has been no growth in those two areas for many years simply because there is no water and sewer. The old adage build it and they will come holds true. When companies are looking to locate to a community or specific site, they are most interested in those communities who are prepared, not those who say, “if you come, then we will build”. Speed-to-market for business is so critical today that those communities who are not ready are overlooked.
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  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Ever wonder when you left the sane, normal world we grew up in and landed in some other dimension? A dimension where:
    • A Charlie Brown Christmas is called racist because Franklin, an African-American character in Charles M. Schulz’ famous Peanuts strip, is shown seated on one side of the table by himself (I thought it might be so he could stay away from the dirt off Pigpen).
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is flagged as promoting bullying because “all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names.”
    It doesn’t stop there.
    • The movie is also sexist because Rudolph’s dad tells his mom that she can’t look for the missing reindeer because it’s “man’s work.”
    Wait, we’re not done.
    • There’s advice that we should not have Christmas cookies shaped like Christmas trees with red and green sprinkles because they are not inclusive.
    But want to know the one that gets me the most?
    • It’s not OK to have a holiday party. Seriously! A holiday party! It wasn’t that long ago I learned we can’t have Christmas parties or say Merry Christmas because that was politically incorrect. Now we can’t even have holiday parties because (are you ready for this) not everyone has holidays in December. So the advice is, any parties near the end of this month should be “end of year” parties.
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  • Monday, December 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    An adult patient asked me to write about night terrors. While night terrors can be seen in adults, they are much more common in children. It’s hypothesized that this has something to do with brain development in these children. 
    Night terrors are a subclass of sleep patterns called parasomnias (para-, meaning abnormal, and -somnia meaning sleep). Rather than focus specifically on adults, I’d also like to talk a bit about kids. People who exhibit parasomnias often have family members who suffer from them as well. Virtually all of these conditions go away with time.
    Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders defined by abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviors, emotions, perception, and dreams. They occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or arousal from sleep. They are further classified by when they occur in the sleep cycle – during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep or during non-REM sleep.
    REM sleep is very light sleep characterized by rapid eye movements and muscle relaxation. This is the stage of sleep when dreaming occurs. Babies spend about 50 percent of their sleep time in REM while adults spend about 20 percent in this stage. Non-REM sleep is comprised of three or four stages, with stage 3 or 4 being the deepest sleep.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Harold Alfred Hanna
    Monday, December 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    Although Harold Alfred Hanna was born in Monmouth Illinois on August 27, 1893 he only began school there then returned back home again to Montgomery County, so to speak, as not only his parents but grands were all born and raised here.
    His father, Edward Everett (mother Alice Parker) was city treasurer in Monmouth, but when they returned, he owned a grocery and also was a mechanic. An only child, Harold aided his father in the store as clerk before entering service. 
    On Harold’s WWI registration he was described as being heavy set, of medium height and having blue eyes and light hair and living with his parents at 306 High Street in Crawfordsville. This home Harold would keep for a couple of decades himself, as his parents passed in 1925 and 1928.
    A bit more detail attached to his WWII registration in regards to his height (5’8”) and weight (195#) plus the notation that he was gassed in WWI made the comparison of the two drafts worthwhile.
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  • Friday, November 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    Our recent move has been very stressful. Not the financing, the inspections, or the packing and unpacking—those were easy. I have spent a lot of sleepless nights worrying about whether I’d receive my Christmas edition of the Hammacher Schlemmer gift catalog. The Post Office doesn’t always forward bulk mail, but fortunately someone changed my name to RESIDENT and it came right on time. Here are a few of my favorite gifts from this year’s HS holiday publication:
    THE BETTER MONEY CLIP 
    First of all, I want the best money clip, not a just better one. Come to think of it, I don’t want a money clip at all. HS says it holds 50 bills and 12 credit cards. Isn’t that just a wallet…without leather?
    THE BEST NOSE HAIR TRIMMER
    HS says their panel of experts lauded its “smooth trimming.” How do you gather a panel like that? How much experience do you need with nose trimmers to make you an expert? The description also says that the trimmer is easier to clean with a removable head. If you have a removable head, I bet it is also easier to clean your ears.
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  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Health Care has been on the LWV of United States agenda since 1990 when LWVUS undertook study of funding and delivery of health care in the United States and continues as an important area of concern. 
    The League of Women Voters of United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other U.S. health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care. 
    Every U.S. resident should have access to a basic level of care that includes: the prevention of disease, health promotion and education, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute care, long-term care and mental health care. 
    Every U.S. resident should have access to affordable, quality in-and-out patient behavioral health care, including needed medications and supportive services that is integrated with, and achieve partly with, physical health care. 
    Dental, vision and hearing care are also important. The League believes that under any system of health care reform, consumers/patients should be permitted to purchase services or insurance coverage beyond the basic level.
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  • Been to Hawaii once, let's go again!
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hoopeston, Illinois, which is famous for the Stokely-Van Camp Company and the Miss National Sweetheart contest, as well as being the Sweet Corn Capital of the World, is the place of birth for this week’s lady. On to West Lebanon, Indiana and finally to the Romney area where she graduated from Southwestern HS, before she finally ended-up being one of ours, a true Montgomery Countian. 
    In high school, she was active in choir, especially The Seventeens, a group of six gals who sang. Then, she sang alto, but has now figured-out she was never an alto, but a born soprano. She also loved 4-H where she showed cattle and achieved some great sewing and baking projects. I can attest to her baking. I’ve been in card club with her for 20 or so years (she 15 years longer than me, but I subbed for part of that time, too) and her desserts are always totally amazing. 
    As you’ve figured, she grew-up on a farm, with a super mom and dad, two older brothers and two younger sisters. There was always something needed to be done and they just did it, which is probably where she got her great work ethics. So, yep, she is the middle child. Interestingly, it was mainly she and the boys until eleven years after her birth, the first of the sisters was born then another completing the family. Gerald, the oldest lives in Mace and is retired from RRD. Also retired from his own Appliance business in Monticello is brother, Joe. A funny story on Joe. His real name is Emory for their father, but the Doctor didn’t like the name and just tagged him Joe. It stuck! Deb, the 11-years-younger sister lives in Florida, and the youngest of the group is Penny, now passed on. 
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