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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:04 AM
    Being an old sports writer – heavy emphasis on old and past tense – I have a thing about numbers and stats. I think they often – although not always – tell the real story.
    Sticking with sports, for example, it seems that Colts nation is losing its mind over kicker Adam Vinatieri’s recent struggles. Yes, he’s missed two-thirds of his field goal attempts this year and three out of five extra points. But more importantly is the stat that, despite being perhaps the greatest field goal kicker of all time, he ranked a very average 17th last year in the NFL – only better than 15 kickers who attempted 10 or more field goals.
    Numbers tell you things that words sometimes miss.
    Another example is a story on the news the other morning that said 64 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans do not have friends in the opposite party.
    Think about that for a second – more than half of those folks don’t rub elbows with others who don’t share their political mindset.
    Is it any wonder we’re at each other’s throats so much?
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  • Boots, state target vaping
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:02 AM
    The use of vaping devices has quickly become a national health crisis, having increased over 300 percent in Indiana since 2012.
    New reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link vaping to more than 200 cases of respiratory illnesses nationwide, including at least 24 in Indiana.
    Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed the state’s first death that is linked to vaping.
    To address these alarming statistics, Indiana is launching a three-pronged strategy to reduce vaping among Hoosier youth.
    The ISDH plans to increase awareness of the risks associated with e-cigarettes through an educational toolkit for schools, parents and students. Along with this, the ISDH will also launch a youth-focused text-to-quit program and a statewide public awareness campaign focusing on both the prevention and cessation of vaping.
    I am alarmed by the growing number of Hoosiers who vape, especially our teens, and I hope these efforts will play a part in overcoming this public health concern.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – James J. Vannice
    Monday, September 16, 2019 3:56 AM
    This week’s soldier’s family was super easy to find, from here going back to Mercer County, Kentucky then Somerset, New Jersey, then Kings County, New York and finally to Friesland in the Netherlands back to the early 1500s. However, the soldier was a whole different story. He was born the 5th day of April in 1832, joining brother David and sisters Mary, Martha and Margaret, children of Cornelius and Ann Adams Vannice. 
    James J. Vannice grew-up in Mercer County and attended the Mud Chapel church and school. His parents and grandparents on both sides are all buried right there. The Vannice children spread to Kansas, White County, Indiana, and Montgomery. Evidently after their parents’ deaths (he in June of 1846 and momma in December of the 1850 census year) they scattered out, his sister closest to him, Martha Jane Milligan coming to Montgomery County in the year 1854. 
    After the 1850 census JJ was not found by this researcher anyway. Possible reasons include he was easy to mix-up with James I. Vannice who was born a few days different and also a Civil War Soldier, and from Indiana (although buried in DesMoines Iowa), plus the spelling of the name got super crazy including Venice; VanNuys; Vanice; Vannice; Vanause; VanNice and Vanhoos. 
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  • Monday, September 16, 2019 3:55 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 tinea unguium, also known as 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 system functions 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 disfigured 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 two major genera of fungi, Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton interdigitalis. These fungi invade and feed on hair, skin and nails. These organisms are called dermatophytes and account for up to 99 percent of OM.
    Yeasts and molds cause the remaining cases. It’s often difficult to tell what organism is causing the infection without doing a culture or DNA testing in the lab.
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  • Monday, September 16, 2019 3:52 AM
    I try to add a “Glee and Gloom” each week to remind myself and others, with all the bad we seem to see in the daily news, there's always something good as well. We all have rough times and some bad days. But, there are days like last I had last week that always make me smile.
    Al and I had ran to Walmart to do a little grocery shopping. As I was picking something out, I hear behind me “is your name Stacey?”
    I turn to see a face I don't recognize right away . . . flipping through my internal Rolodex. You know the one, that list in your head that you quickly go through trying to remember how you know someone or their name?
    Is this family? Friend? Someone from church, work or high school?
    As I was racking my brain the nice gentleman introduced himself. He explained he had recognized me from my picture in The Paper. This has happened before, I often forget my picture now runs in the Paper. It made my day that he took the time to say hello and introduce himself.
    It also gave me a chuckle because Al walked up right about the same time. Now, Al is so used to me always talking he thinks nothing of it and goes on about his shopping. However, in that moment . . . I thought of all the columns I've written about Al. We both have a bit of a twisted sense of humor and often poke fun at the other’s eccentricities.
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  • Friday, September 13, 2019 7:23 AM
    Montgomery County...Past and Present.....
    Well, another school year has begun, and the children are back in the classroom. As the school year approached, I began asking kids who came to the library if they were looking forward to the start of school. It seems that most of the kids who read on a regular basis were eager for school to start, while the kids who normally check out movies . . . weren't so thrilled. Draw your own conclusions from that.
    In my opinion, some of the teachers are not quite so eager as they have been in the past, as they are now "graded" by the state with a new set of standards and rubrics which tie evaluations to student performance. I think it would be fair to turn it around and let the teachers grade the state bureaucrats who think up these new ideas and tests.
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  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:28 AM
    I literally grabbed this gal for an interview as we were riding home from our Retired Teacher’s Association meeting in Clinton where I gave a talk titled, Genealogy is for Everyone (she talked me into it) and she is our current president.  She was getting ready to go with her husband the next day to West Virginia to ride their Polaris RZRs in the hills and mountains.  They do it twice a year.  Whew, this interview was certainly a tight squeeze.  I wasn’t sure she was eligible as she lives just about a mile into Parke County but they own property in Montgomery so good enough for me.  Besides, she’s a Wavelandite by family and heart.
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  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:23 AM
    Some of you might know who Red Smith was.
    He was one of the very few sportswriters to earn a Pulitzer Prize, and another noted sportswriter David Halberstam said Red Smith was one of the greatest sportswriters ever. 
    Smith started out in Milwaukee after graduating from Notre Dame and went through Philadelphia on his way to the big boys in New York.
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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:53 AM
    Lunch with the League is a free public program that helps citizens stay abreast of issues shaping our public life. On September 3, we welcomed Steven L Jones, Dean for Professional Development and Director of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash College, to address the gathered crowd about the origin, the mission, and the achievements of the Malcolm X Institute (MXI) located on the college campus.
    The Institute, located in an architecturally interesting building built in 2002, maintains an African-American studies library and contains classroom, study and recreational areas for its members. Last spring there were 43 members of the Institute, six of them are not men of color. MXI is widely used by the campus at large. Its programs include musical, artistic, and literary presentations, speakers, films, forums, and community service projects.
    As he began his remarks about “Understanding the African American Experience” on campus and in this community, Dean Jones acknowledged that visitors and new residents of our community are often surprised to find a Malcolm X Institute here in rural Indiana. This anomaly becomes clear when we look back to the famous quote made by Malcolm X in 1964. Malcolm X, himself a Midwesterner, famously said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” In the 48 years of its existence, the students who have run the Institute and their Executive Directors have done a good deal to live out that powerful advice on the campus of one of the most highly ranked liberal arts colleges in the country, our own Wabash College.
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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:50 AM
    September the eleventh.
    Chances are that most of you reading this remember exactly where you were 18 years ago when you heard the news.
    You remember getting to a TV and watching with disbelief as a jetliner flew into a skyscraper. Didn’t matter what channel it was. The eerie scene was repeated over and over.
    A fireman was standing in the street. The camera panned to the left and up – apparently the cameraman heard something. 
    It happened so fast.
    The plane was a blur as it flew in from the right and smashed into the World Trade Center North Tower.
    A passenger airliner.
    Slammed into the building and disappeared inside.
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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:42 AM
    The surprises just kept coming. 
    When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with later,” a pile which—mysteriously—did not shrink with time. These stacked plastic boxes were still in my barn, still waiting for me, long after I’d forgotten what was in them or cared. 
    But I am going to put the property up for sale and it was time for a reckoning with the barn. It took two dumpsters, four days, and two hardworking guys from the appropriately named, “Git-er-Gone Junk & Clutter Removal,” to see it to the end. 
    And, yes, I did think, “Why not just dump it all, sight unseen?”
    But then, what to do with all the surprises found in the boxes of photos and letters and trinkets? Obviously, most of them would be thrown away, recycled, or given to the thrift store. But what about that piece of blown glass from Norway, the postcard from grandpa when he served overseas, the bright red wool jacket handsewn by my aunt that was still stylish. Anyone who’s done this knows—it’s not that easy. 
    So, I piled a few boxes in my car (“kicking the can down the road” Peter called it, “saving my sanity,” is how I described it) to sort through after everything else was out of the barn. 
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  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:35 AM
    There is a need to understand the difference between external and internal audiences in business. 
    There was a co-worker that sat in a cubicle next to me; she had a problem using good judgment in the content and delivery of her communication to both internal and external audiences for the company we worked for at the time. She was known for sharing too much information to others outside the company and handling situations within the office. 
    Overall, I felt if she had a better handle on the concept of the different audiences, she would be a better communicator, and others would be able to understand her – not to mention keeping the drama at a minimum.
    Having a purpose is the most important part of communication. We should always specify exactly what we want our reader / listener to know, think or do. Through the years, I have found it is important to communicate well with any external audience of a company. For example, the coworker mentioned earlier was probably giving our company a poor image of how we do business.
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  • Monday, September 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on the eve of Valentine’s in 1916, the son of William John and Madeline Schindler Simpson, this week’s soldier really travelled the world and ended-up in Montgomery County, Indiana as a Wabash College basketball coach. Although I don’t know how the nickname came about, Clarence Charles Simpson was called “Snowy” by all of his friends. Both sides of his family were Irish, some of his grandparents having been born overseas. His father had various jobs, a laborer in a manufacturing plant, a department store shipper, but mainly he was an insurance agent for Western Southern Life. I believe Clarence was their only child and that he and his wife, Romaine Dimitt (don’t you love that name), had but one daughter, so a small family for sure. 
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  • Monday, September 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Before we get into this week’s topic, I feel like a quick update on a few current projects is warranted:
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  • Monday, September 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Every ending is a new beginning”, Marianne Williamson.
    It's been a busy few weeks in the Baschwit household! We've celebrated three birthdays and had an engagement dinner for our son and future daughter-in-law. As the seasons change, I watch the “seasons changing” within our family.
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