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  • Karen's guest this week shares his unusual hobby
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Before meeting this fellow, I became acquainted with his work and absolutely love it! Definitely, he’s making a positive impression recording area history. Of course, you all know, that’s right up my alley and I’m quite impressed!
    He grew-up in Wingate on a farm and lived in Linden for a while. Having attended school at the Oak Hill Christian Academy, school and home was very strict. “I had my rebellious years, but am pretty straight-laced at this point, and look back, realizing it certainly made me a much better person!”
    A bit nervous since I’d never met my guest before, I wasn’t real sure just how old he is, so when I asked (don’t panic, I don’t always ask that question – heehee), I discovered he’s just two weeks older than our son, so my mom instincts kicked in and I had a fun interview thereafter. He’s pretty easy to talk with, too.
    Kind of a workaholic, he was employed at Jerry’s Cafeteria in high school and Banjo for several years, then was a Tool & Die Supervisor for 15 years at Raybestos then returned to Banjo where he met his wife. “We were on the same shift, but we got along fine at work as we separated home from there!” He goes in extra time and loves teaching the younger workers how to do just that – work! 
    Speaking of his wife, he says he’s more than a bit forgetful about the important days in life, so wife Tracy suggested they marry on his birthday. When I asked if that helps, he just grinned and giggled. Certainly, his proposal was unique. She was going to change her married name back to her maiden, but since they’d gone together for so many years he said, “Ahhh, let’s just get married and you’ll have my last name forever!” I didn’t get to meet the little woman, as Tracy was sick the day we met, but he said she’s pretty shy, anyway.
    They love to travel. This often coincides with what used to be his business (until the government stepped into the field and it got crazy and expensive) that is now his hobby. “I don’t smoke or drink so all my money goes towards the fun!” Once I tell you what that is, too many will guess my mystery so let’s change the subject to his animals.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Founding by the activists who secured voting rights for women, the League has always worked to promote the values and processes of representative Government. Over the decades, the League has developed a set of basic principles which guide the study and advocacy of the organization at local, state, and national levels.
    The League of Women Voters believes in representative government and in the individual liberties as established in the Constitution of the United States. The LWV of the United States believes that all powers of the U.S. government should be exercised within the constitutional framework of a balance among the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.
    The LWV believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.
    The LWV believes that every citizen should be protected in the right to vote; that every person should have access to free public education that provides equal opportunity for all; and that no person or group should suffer legal, economic or administrative discrimination.
    The LWV believes that efficient and economical government requires competent personnel, the clear assignment of responsibilities, adequate financing, and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Throughout the month of April, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Montgomery County, a program of the Youth Service Bureau, reminds Montgomery County residents that helping our communities and families create healthy, nurturing environments for children is one of the best investments we can make! 
    We all know that child abuse and neglect exists in every zip code. It is a serious problem with solutions that do not receive the attention they deserve. There is something every single one of us can do to prevent it. We hope that Montgomery County will join the thousands of other communities, organizations and individuals across our nation who are putting children first and are working to promote the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
    Scientists who study the brain tell us that providing all of our children, from infants to adolescents, with nurturing relationships in safe, stable environments builds healthy brain architecture and lays a foundation for future success and well-being. Nevertheless, too many Indiana children are living in environments that undermine healthy brain development. Children who are abused or neglected, living in homes with domestic violence or substance abuse or living in chronic poverty, experience unhealthy levels of stress that are toxic to the brain and impair its growth. These children are more likely to experience life-long problems in learning, behavior and physical and mental health. 
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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    What do you think of when you hear the term “local food?” It can mean visiting your weekly farmers market or canning tomatoes out of your own garden. It can also mean participating in a community supported agriculture program, picking apples at a local orchard, or purchasing meat processed by a local butcher. Local food can be found using many different avenues, but it all comes back to the same concept – sourcing food from farms and businesses that are operating in the community where you live.
    Local food has benefits that aren’t limited to the shorter distance food travels to get to your dinner plate. Here are a few:

    • Sourcing food from local farmers is an excellent way to build relationships in the community
    • Getting to know your farmer gives you the chance to learn how your food is grown and processed, which can sometimes be difficult to figure out at the supermarket
    • Produce purchased from local farmers is also often picked when fully ripe and is fresher, versus supermarket produce that is typically harvested underripe, with storage and transportation needs in mind
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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    I was just talking to someone about how much the world has changed. Between e-mails, social media and cell phones, it’s astounding that anyone gets anything done anymore. Don’t know about you, but I could spend an entire eight-hour day doing nothing but responding to e-mails and the like. So like everyone, I hurry up best I can.
    That’s what I was doing when the phone rang. With one eye still on the computer I picked up.
    “The Paper, Timmons.”
    “Well, sir, I sure got some good news for you,” the guy on the other end began in a twang that sounded like it came from somewhere south of Putnam County. “You done been selected to win a free shrimp cocktail from that well-known eatery in our capital city.”
    “St. Elmo’s?”
    “No, Bubba’s Bait and Tackle!”
    A long and loud laugh followed and I couldn’t believe that my friend Bubba got me. Actually, it’s been a while since I heard from the man who’s 45 or so cards shy of a deck. Can’t really say I missed him either.
    “Hello, Bubba. What can I do for you?”
    “I got you, Timmons!” he shrieked. “I sure did! St. Elmo’s? Ha! I really had you, didn’t I?”
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Isom R. Farmer
    Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Today’s Civil War soldier has complete birth and death dates that always make Kim, Suzi and I happy. Born in Morgan County, Indiana, Isom R. Farmer was the son of Peter and Blanch Westley Farmer, entering the world on April 10, 1832. He was one of eleven children, having seven brothers and three sisters, at least one of his brothers serving in the Civil War, but not in the same company (Eli Co D 70th Indiana; Isom Co H, 40th). 
    Isom (spelled Isham) was found with the large family in Morgan County in the 1850 census but appears June 22, 1854 in Montgomery when he married Lydia M. Moore. Her parents, Robert S. and Freelove (Groves) Moore lived in Waveland as did Isom and Lydia for a while until they moved to Crawfordsville on South Green Street. 
    It was on October 6, 1862 when he was mustered into Company H, of the 40th Indiana Volunteers, Col. William C. Wilson, his commanding officer. He left Lydia home with three small children, upon a leave, producing her another child, then they would have three more, totaling seven children. Her mother and younger brothers were extremely helpful to her when Isom was off to war. Although he reupped once, he spent three years, mustering out on October 22, 1865. 
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Ron R. Keedy
    ** The Waveland Strong group met Tuesday evening, April 10, to finalize rules and how vendors are to apply for space at the 2018 Waveland Farmer’s Market.---Alex Garrett presented plans for a cookie decorating fundraiser which will take place at the Spring Party on April 28.---Instead of an Easter egg hunt, this year, the town will have a Spring Party at the town park on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Games, activities, prizes and photo ops are scheduled. The concession building will be open with a variety of items to purchase.
    ** There will be a spring clean-up/spruce up of the town on Saturday, May 12, to include a deep clean-up of the town park, putting a sealant on the town mural and a variety of other projects.
    --- Want to share what’s happening in Waveland? Contact Neighborhood Correspondent Ron Keedy by email at with any tidbits you know of!
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    I’ve received a request to write about thyroid gland problems. Thyroid problems are common in a family medicine setting. For those who don’t know what the thyroid gland is or does, keep reading.
    The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below and to the sides of the larynx or Adam’s apple. Endocrine glands make hormones that are secreted into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and interact with cells in different tissues, like tiny fingers that flip switches on cells to tell them to perform particular functions.
    The primary job of the thyroid gland is to control metabolism (energy use) in our cells. It does this by producing two hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronin). Both of these hormones contain iodine which is why iodine is so important in our diets.
    Our cells have hormone receptors on their cell membranes that act as sensors to constantly monitor body functions and tweak them to maintain “homeostasis,” a balanced internal environment. Biochemical systems that maintain homeostasis are extremely elegant. Some work like a furnace thermostat that turns the furnace on or off based on the temperature in the room. Instead of using wires and electricity to communicate, the body uses the circulatory system and hormones as chemical messengers.
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  • Friday, April 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    I never know quite how to behave when I go to the doctor.
    I once got a bad case of the giggles during a blood test, and several years ago when they ripped the EKG pads off my hairy chest, I said a bad word. Generally, I bend over backward not to draw attention to myself, although one other time I was bending over forward and I may have yelped.
    Last week I had my annual physical. I was sitting in the waiting room filling out a new form that asks “if you have contracted any new diseases since your last appointment.” Maybe I'm old school, but if I had developed something serious, I probably would have squeezed in another visit.
    The last page of the questionnaire was titled: A SIMPLE TEST TO SEE IF YOU HAVE HEARING LOSS
    This was in big, bold capital letters, like they were already yelling at me—as if hard of hearing is closely connected to hard of reading.
    The survey had 10 questions to diagnose the problem. Here they are, verbatim:
    1. Do others complain that you watch TV with the volume too high?
    Every night, my wife comes into the bedroom while I'm watching Colbert, looks at me and says, "I can't believe how loud this is." I know she is saying that, because I can read lips.
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  • This fella' graduated from Speedway HS when it was a little town
    Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 AM
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  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    Jacob Moore is setting out on a 5,000 mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for his organization ScholarShopAfrica. He is writing a blog along the way and you can find updates in The Paper along the journey.
    By Jacob Moore
    "ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT!" A childhood dream came true! I went on the set of The Price is Right. It was definitely a unique experience and one I will never forget. 
    That morning started off with a rush and never slowed down. First, I was riding to meet a friend for breakfast when a bolt on my chain fender broke and instead of removing the other screw, I just mangled the fender so it would not rub on the chain. Luckily, the Pedal Assist still worked and I made breakfast on time. After, I put my gear in her car, got on the bike, the motor went out! Which means the PAS (Pedal Assist System) wouldn’t work, so 100 percent leg had to be used. It's harder to pedal than a normal bike because the hub is in the rear tire. I got to the bike to the shop and they told me there was nothing they could do unless I changed the rear tire out. Thus, I left it with them while I found out logistics for the rear tire. 
    No worries it’s The Price is Right day!! I went to print my ticket for the show and while re-reading the fine print I saw white shirts were frowned upon . . . guess what?!
    Yep, you guessed it!
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  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” So said James Madison (Federalist #51, February 8, 1778.)
    Our system of government is unique and daring. In a recent Lunch with the League talk, Robert Leming clearly demonstrated how the understanding the Constitution—its history, its role in shaping American life and politics, and its relevance today—is essential for anyone who wants to be a better-informed voter, leader, or citizen. Leming is National Director of the “We the People Program” for the Center for Civic Education and Professor of Graduate Studies at Kansas State University.
    Leming has put together an adult education program he calls “Constitution 101.” It’s a (once a week for two hours) six- week course in which he leads a group inquiry into a critical look at government and the Constitution. Weekly topics range from “What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?” to “What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?”
    During Leming’s recent LWV presentation, he used excerpts from the Federalist Papers (specifically from James Madison’s Federalist #51) to make his points.
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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    Improving our state’s workforce has been and will continue to be a top priority for our state, as more than one million jobs are expected to open in Indiana over the next decade when more baby boomers retire and additional companies choose to grow or locate in our state.
    During the 2018 session, the Senate and House of Representatives authored bills that work together to enhance our workforce development efforts, and Gov. Eric Holcomb included the topic on his 2018 agenda.
    Senate Enrolled Act 50 improves how workforce development is overseen in Indiana by creating the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. This will replace the previous 43-member workforce governing body with a more nimble, decisive and accountable board that will streamline our job-training efforts. SEA 50 also increases students’ access to career coaches to help them identify career paths.
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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    For the past couple of weeks for National Nutrition Month we’ve been discussing foods that are typically being cut from our diets. And while many of these foods are necessary for our dietary health, let’s talk about the one group that doesn’t get as much love: Plants! People tell me all the time that it’s too hard to diet. “I can’t eat carbs! I can’t eat fat! I’ve had way too much protein!” But not once have I ever heard about all of the plants they’re eating. Let’s dive in.
    So the dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 recommends eating a variety of veggies from all subgroups – dark green, red, orange, legumes (beans and peas), whole fruits, and at least half the grains you eat should be whole grains. The guidelines also state that a healthy eating pattern limits added sugar, saturated fats, and sodium.
    So what’s the challenge? Plant-based foods are all naturally low in and have no added sugar, saturated fat, or sodium. Non-starchy vegetables are a nutritional goldmine, with 1 cup of raw, or ½ cup cooked having only 25 calories! These vegetable subgroups contain Phytochemicals.
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  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Thanks for the feedback on last week’s ramblings. It seems a lot of us agree that the world would be a better place if we all didn’t get so danged offended every time someone zigged instead of zagged. However, there was one reply that is too good not to share.
    Seems I was making the point that the old saying “sticks and stones” wasn’t a bad barometer to live by. My new friend wrote back that if we knew each other back in the day he probably would’ve punched me in the nose . . . and then we would’ve ended up best friends. Ain’t it the truth!
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    NOT SURE the best way to get the word out, so I’ll just share right here. A while back our paper published a piece that cited recent statistics of how many police had been killed in the line of duty. Although we don’t pretend to have any answers, the Little Paper That Could wanted to do something to let police, fire and all the first responders know how much most of us appreciate them. So we’re offering all first responders in Montgomery County a free Online Edition subscription. We’ve tried to let the city and county folks know, but if you are a first responder and have not heard or taken advantage of this yet, all you have to do is send an e-mail to and let us know. 
    There’s no strings attached. We were just sitting around talking about it and wondered what a great thing it would be if every business offered a little something. Whatever we all do though, it’s not enough. It’ll never be enough.
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