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Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Mary Ellen and I were relaxing on our back deck and after swatting a few mosquitoes, I said, “You know, sweetheart, we should look into screening in this area.”
    “Yes, Dick, you’ve been saying that every year for the past 25 years. Not only that, but we are moving, remember?”
    A few minutes later I mentioned how quickly the summer passes once the July 4 weekend is over.
    “You say that every year around this time.”
    I also remarked that the neighbors don’t grill out as often as we do. Apparently I had made this observation before. Several times.
    Suddenly, I felt this great pressure on me. After 39 years, I didn’t have a single new thought to offer. I had always taken great pride in my snappy repartee, but those days were clearly over. Several seconds of uneasy silence followed. Mary Ellen finally spoke…
    “When it gets this hot, I think about cutting my hair shorter.”
    “Where have I heard that before?” I asked.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:49 AM
    Thomas Bena’s thought-provoking film “One Big Home” was a recent Green Issues film in the series co-sponsored by League of Women Voters and Wabash College Library. A thoughtful crowd gathered to see the work of this young carpenter turned filmmaker.
    Pena, the grandson of immigrants, had come to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts to become part of the local economy as a builder. After a few years of good work building homes--that he noticed were getting bigger and bigger--he took off his tool belt and picked up a camera to document how the island is being dramatically changed by seasonal homeowners who build what are often called “trophy houses” that measure upwards of 10,000 square feet. 
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  • When her 2nd son started to college, she did too
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:41 AM
    I’d have to say that I laughed almost all the way through this interview, and had never met this gal. Always admired her work and seen her around, but I believe it was the first time we officially met and she’s awesome! Although she has had her heart aches as we all have, she looks at life with humor and you’ll read some examples as you peruse this article.
    She grew-up in rural Allen County where she took 4-H. Her mom made her take cooking, food preservation and sewing since that’s what you do on a farm. A graduate in a class of a little over 200 (small for Allen County) at Heritage High School, she was involved with speech, drama and band. She met her hubs in high school, and went to work in a factory afterwards, then waited tables while he went to college. They landed in Crawfordsville when he went to work at CS Oats Accounting Corp., and he now owns the company, expanding from here with branches in Veedersburg and Lebanon. They’ve stayed in C’ville because, “We love the hometown atmosphere and friendliness of everyone.” 
    One not particularly funny (okay, I laughed) but interesting item is that they are both Lutherans, raised their three children to be Lutheran, but Justin who lives in Harrison, Ohio is a pastor in the United Methodist Church, married to Melissa and has Ashlyn, 11, Jeffrey, 6. Son Bryce lives in Darby, Kansas and is a Youth Pastor in the UMC, married to Stephanie and has Evan, age 5 and Elise 20 months. The last of their crew is, Jourdan Anoka who is a geoscientist and lives in Denver.
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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    There is a twinkle in her eye.
    As a guy who dabbles in the written word, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a bunch of authors – all the way from ones who would give almost anything to sell a book to those who’ve sold millions.
    One thing many of them share is that twinkle. They are always thinking, always looking at things differently from the rest of us. You and I might see a book on baby names and not give it a second thought. They see that book as a resource for naming characters in stories they haven’t even imagined yet.
    The world, through their eyes, is one possibility after another.
    Talk to Stephanie Cain very long and you’ll see that twinkle.
    The local author and Visitor Services Coordinator at the Gen. Lew Wallace Study & Museum has more than a dozen titles to her credit, including her signature Storms in Amethir series. She recently released the second book in her series set in Indianapolis, Circle City Magic.
    Full disclosure. I’m a fan. A lot of what Stephanie writes isn’t my cup of tea. No, no, it has nothing to do with the writing. She’s got a way with words that makes it hard to understand why she isn’t on a best-seller list somewhere. It’s simply the genre she typically writes – epic fantasy – isn’t my favorite. However, her first Circle City book, as evinced by the name, takes place in my favorite city in the world. And growing up in the 1960s, I was a big fan of the supernatural TV show, Dark Shadows. So when I heard about Stephanie’s Shades of Circle City I bought it. A few hours later, I was hooked. 
    Her characters are believable, the storyline mixes ghosts and werewolves in a way that keeps you interested and her depictions of scenes around Indianapolis are dead on – no pun intended.
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  • Monday, August 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    I recently had to remove some toenails. Why on earth would someone want that done? Because they were infected with fungus. The medical term for a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails is onychomycosis (OM).
    This condition is generally more of a nuisance than a real health threat. However, infected nails can become quite enlarged and painful. Diabetics and people who have poor immune function need to be concerned about OM. Infected nails in these folks can lead to inflammation of the skin around the nails and entry of skin bacteria that can lead to serious skin and even bone infections.
    Most people visit their doctors for OM because of the ugly nails. It is the most common nail disorder in adults and affects up to 13 percent of North Americans. It is 30 times more common in adults than children.
    OM is caused by three types of fungi. The vast majority of these infections are caused by fungi that invade and feed on hair, skin and nails. These organisms are called dermatophytes and account for 90 percent of OM. Trichophyton rubrum (70 percent) and Trichophyton mentagropytes (20 percent) are the most common dermatophytes.
    Yeasts and molds cause the remaining cases. It’s often difficult to tell what organism is causing the infection without doing a culture in the lab which is usually recommended prior to starting treatment.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - David Divine “Dude” Sloan
    Monday, August 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    One of the most interesting of our soldiers is David Divine “Dude” Sloan born in Crawfordsville October 19, 1890. At 5’9”, brown hair, dark skin, brown eyes, he was a good looking young man. Not only a CHS graduate (class of 1908), he finished Wabash College as well, where he worked on the school newspaper and gave the commencement oration. 
    The son of John J. and Laura Divine (her father, David Divine) Sloan, he came from a long line of impressive Montgomery Countians, including Henry Ristine, the progenitor of the Ristine family (and the first member of the State Legislature from Montgomery County) in the area, as well as John Jay Sloan, a local well-known and loved physician, who came on horseback to Crawfordsville from New Jersey at age 25. Add his impressive Gpa’ Divine, who did excellent carpentry work in the city. Dude’s father was a farmer, and grocer but had gone to Horton, Montana where he had purchased a ranch. Upon graduating, Dude went west to work with his father for a few years. From the ranch life he enlisted in the Army in October of 1917, receiving part of his training at Camp Lewis in Washington state, then stationed for a short while at Charlotte, NC from where he was sent overseas, sailing in April of 1918. Shortly before departing, he spent a few days in Crawfordsville, visiting relatives and the college.
    It was believed that the battle he died in was his first one, according to letters he sent home not long before his demise. He was killed in Sergy, France, that July (30th) “going forward with his squad of automatic riflemen,” coming to a bridge over a small river and attacked by German machine gunners. He was a member of the 47th Infantry of the 4th Division. 
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  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:00 AM
    You can’t deny the sights and sounds of a good farmers market – think brightly colored fruits and vegetables, crisp salad greens, diverse crafted items, breads and treats galore, great conversations with your friendly local farmers, and the bustle of filling your market bag with locally-made goods. We are celebrating National Farmers Market Week this week across the state and nation. This week we’re sharing information about farmers markets and reminding you to visit the farmers market this weekend!
    • Farmers markets are booming: Nationally, the number of farmers markets registered in the USDA Farmers Market Directory has nearly tripled. From 2000 to 2017, the number of farmers market in the US has grown from 2863 to 8735. 
    • Farmers markets support community wellness: Not only do farmers markets bring fresh, local food to the public, they also are associated with factors associated with social and physical wellness. People who shop at farmers markets have anywhere from 15-20 social interactions compared to 1 or 2 at the grocery store (if that!). People who live in close proximity to farmers markets also tend to have a lower body mass index than those who live elsewhere.
    • Farmers markets preserve rural farmland: Local farmers markets ensure that local land is used for farming. This in turn helps preserve a rural way of life in small communities and provides essential income for farm families. Twenty-five percent of farmers market vendors use market sales as their sole source of income.
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  • Friday, August 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Cannot believe it is August with temperatures being mild and students going back to school already. The month of July was a little more in line with what we are used to as we had 13 Veterans that were escorted to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis, and three Veterans who went to Danville, Ill. Please call me at (765) 361-4133 at least a week before to schedule a ride to either hospital. I had 58 phone calls to the office and 21 visitors. A lot of paperwork was filled out.
    I spent one week at Camp Atterbury for training and it was good to see the other VSOs in the state as to what is going on elsewhere. The Montgomery County Veterans received a total of $85,660 in benefits in July. 
    Again our office hours are as follows: Monday it is 9 a.m. to noon and then head to Veterans Court then back to office till 4:30 pm. Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday office hours are 9 a.m. till noon.
    There has been a question on whether or not you should take Part “B” of Medicare or not. There is not a clear answer as if you are ok with paying say an Ambulance ride to a hospital or a doctor’s visit then you don’t need to take part “B” and if you are at 100 percent you would not need to take it, but if you don’t have 100 percent and you don’t always go to the VA for doctor visits then you would need to take it. 
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  • Friday, August 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Facebook has received some very negative financial reports lately. I have also been in the midst of some difficult business deals of my own. We had a big garage sale last weekend and a woman talked me down from a dollar to 50 cents for a Channel 8 coffee mug. I was disappointed in myself for succumbing to her cagey negotiations, but I kept it in perspective: I had a better week than Mark Zuckerberg by about 70 billion dollars.
    The first day of the sale was fun, but the second day put me on edge. I got impatient with some people. One man was asking me questions about an old portable CD player that I had marked a dollar.
    “Does it work?” he asked.
    “Of course it doesn’t work. It’s a dollar. If it worked, it would be two dollars.”
    I became annoyed when people whipped around the cul de sac, eyeballed our offerings from the street and then sped off when disappointed with the selection. How rude is that? Occasionally, the driver would shout out what they were searching for:
    “Got any assault weapons?”
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  • She has an unusual way of giving to our county
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    My gal this week moved around some when young, including a stint at her grandparents’ farm in her late teens, but has lived in her current home for exactly four decades. In fact, her father and uncle redid it for her. Everywhere she has lived, though, has been in or near her hometown of Ladoga.
    Speaking of this, three branches of her family tree goes back 8-generations here; Zimmerman, Smith and Kinkead. To enhance this neat fact, she has Nancy Jane Zimmerman on her mom and dad’s sides, two distinct ladies, however.
    She was pretty excited as she told me she graduated with the last class from Ladoga High School where she was active in band, choir, drama and watching sports. 
    Her grandfather served as the town superintendent for 15 years, her father the same job for 35 years, plus the long-time fire chief, a grand uncle was sheriff, a brother-in-law on the town board, her sister the town clerk and a nephew the Sheriff of Montgomery County. Actually, the list goes on … and on … but you should see the active work of her family in not only Ladoga but in the county, as well. She’s no slouch herself as you will see. 
    Bet you’d not be surprised if I told you one of her major interests is genealogy? She also enjoys reading, particularly Christian books and mysteries. At other times, she loves tromping in the woods, being with family and friends, relaxing on her porch and visiting the school every Friday and on grandparent day where she’s happy to be gma’ to anyone without one there!
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  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    Why Vote? American democracy is a work in progress, often slow, and sometimes doesn’t yield the results we want. However, imagine not having a choice at all. Imagine that someone else picks the officials, representatives and leaders. That is what happens if you don’t vote. You have made choice to let others decide. The upcoming November General Election is exceedingly important and will impact citizens at all levels.
    A main focus of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is to encourage all citizens to vote. However, in order to vote, you must be registered. Citizens can register to vote right now through October 9, 2018.
    Who can register? You are qualified to register and vote in the November 6 General Election if you:
    * Are a citizen of the United States
    * Will be at least 18 years old on or before November 6
    * Resident of Indiana for at least 30 days prior to the election
    * Not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime
    If you have changed your name or address, you need to re-register. There are several ways to get this done. You can register in person, by mail or online.
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  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a 1992 Bill Clinton whistle-stop tour ticket from Burlington, N.C. . . . 
    * * * 
    AS ANOTHER school year dawns, here’s hoping from this little corner of God’s country that teachers, students, administrators and all school employees have a safe and successful year. It’s been written in this space multiple times on how we have to find an answer to the shootings and killings in our schools and overall society but whatever that answer is, it’s been elusive. 
    Wouldn’t it be great to read about scholarships and honor rolls and exploits from the fields, courts and classroom and not have to read about another senseless act of violence? 
    Here’s hoping!
    * * * 
    ALONG THOSE lines, the Little Paper That Could is once again offering teachers (as well as first responders and active military) a free one-year subscription to our Online Edition. Like we’ve said, we understand this isn’t anything like winning the lottery, but it is a $42 value and it’s what we can do to say thanks to all of those fine, fine folks.
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  • Dr. Roberts reminds us, leaflets three … let it be!
    Monday, August 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    We’ve had pretty good weather so far this summer, allowing many of our readers to commune with nature. This has resulted in a lot more rashes showing up in my office. Most of this contact dermatitis was likely caused by poison ivy, one of three plants in Indiana in the genus Toxicodendron. This genus also includes poison sumac, and occasionally poison oak.
    The physical appearance of the poison ivy plant is highly variable, though it always has leaves in sets of three (see illustration). A memory aid from my days as a Boy Scout lets me recall what it looks like – “leaflets three let it be, berries white a poisonous sight.” The white berries can sometimes be seen in wintertime. The plant is small and low to the ground when young. As it grows, it can be found in various sizes all the way up to thick vines attached by small red roots to trees or other structures.
    The rash of poison ivy, like most contact rashes, results from the reaction of the immune system to a foreign compound on the skin. The compound binds to skin cells, is recognized by the immune system, and attacked. When dealing with poison ivy, sumac or oak, it causes a typical rash, known as “rhus dermatitis.”
    In the case of poison ivy, oak and sumac, the offending chemical is the plant resin or oil urushiol. Interestingly, urushiol is also found in mangos and the shells of cashew nuts. This oil can remain in the environment for years after a plant dies.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Everett Endicott
    Monday, August 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Endicott name is well-known in Montgomery County. William Harrison Endicott, progenitor of the county’s Endicotts was born October 24, 1794 in North Carolina and passed away two days after Christmas in 1859. He married Mary Ann Ross on May 12, 1818 in Cynthiana (Harrison County), Kentucky. They likely had daughters as well but sons, George Washington; Benjamin H; Milton and Henry J. are the children known at present. George Washington married a cousin, Amanda in September of 1856. He went off to the Civil War. They had at least two sons, but Mahlon (one of my Poor Farm fellows) and his wife, Emma McCullough had Everett who is our subject today.
    Mr. Endicott ranks as a first in our Etched articles, first for being a WWII Veteran and the second he is the newest, dying in 1996. Everett went to the war freely, enlisting when WWII was just being talked about. At 5’8” he was not particularly tall, but fit and slim at 140 pounds. Born in Darlington two days before the end of 1912, he carried blue eyes and had dark brown hair at the time he joined-up.
    At age 22, Everett had married Mildred Bishop (age 20) on March 29th in 1934. Sadly, she lived but two years, dying of tb June 1, 1936 at the oh so young age of 22 years 4 months 16 days. They had a son, Everett Ray Jr., whom Mahlon and Everett raised for a few years, until Everett married Jewell Mae Lower whose husband, Chester Caldwell had died the previous year (1940). Everett and Jewell were married for over 40 years before her death.
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  • Saturday, August 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    This spring we planted our gardens with immense anticipation of the bountiful harvest we would have this summer. Now that we are faced with the limitless harvest of summer squash, we are begging our families, friends and enemies to take the produce as far away as possible. 
    Summer squash is very easy to grow and has a reputation for overwhelming production. Yellow squash and zucchini can yield anywhere between three to 25 pounds of squash per growing season. And will continue to produce all summer long until disease or frost kills the plant. So if you are like me and thought you needed the four pack of zucchini this spring, next year maybe adjust how many plants you purchase to one. Or do as I do, and wait for the people mentioned above, to beg me to take it away. 
    I digress, so what can I do with all this squash? There are many culinary uses for this nutrition packed vegetable. Whether you have crookneck, pattypan, yellow or zucchini be sure to select squash that are heavy for their size, glossy and small to medium size. Squash is paired well with pasta, onion, tomato, grilled pork, beef, chicken, rosemary and garlic. You could also incorporate zucchini into breads or cakes to add moisture and Vitamin A and C. Summer squash is used in many cultures, such as Vietnamese, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Mexico and Russia. It is eaten raw, fried and stuffed, or my favorite way, served with tzatziki (a cucumber, yogurt and dill dip).
    Squash is also very healthy food to eat. It is low in energy with about 19 calories per cup. It has beneficial amounts of folate, potassium and Vitamin A. Potassium is important for blood pressure, and folate helps treat anemia and is crucial for pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects. Folate is not made by the body requiring it to be consumed from our diet. Zucchini is also making a strong appearance on the culinary scene as a low carb alternative to noodles, “zoodles”. 
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