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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    Follow through. An important skill needed for those who are committed to getting something done. Follow through is critical for those who are driven to see a particular goal or dream accomplished. We see it every day and hopefully practice it in our lives. No one likes to see anything half done or a great idea that never takes off. Hopefully no one brushed only half their teeth this morning, half cooked their favorite family dinner, only changed half of the oil in their vehicle, or . . . I think you get the point. However, the fact of the matter is we all have to follow through with something every day of our lives, or we have to suffer the consequences.
    People who never complete a task or talk about their big ideas that never amount to anything are not those who you go to for help or advice. When you seek someone out for help, you go to those who get things done. In other words, those who are practicing follow through in everything they do. They have the ability to stick with the process and complete every step. They also possess the focus needed to complete a task. Those individuals who have follow through do not easily get distracted with unnecessary tasks or discouraged with criticism. They are “all-in.”
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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    Have a current 3rd-5th grade youth that is interested in robotics?! Then join us for a Robotics Blast Night on May 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm in the 4-H Building at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds for a fun-filled night of exploring the wonderful world of robotics! The 4-H fairgrounds is located at 400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. This FREE event is open to any and all youth currently in grades 3-5. Youth that attend this event will have the opportunity to engage in and learn about various types of robots. There will be multiple stations that are teaching about different robots and will allow youth to gain hands-on experience in working with the robots.
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  • What’s the thyroid and why’s it acting up?
    Monday, April 22, 2019 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 released into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and interact with cells in different tissues, biochemically instructing 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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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Frederick “Howard” Ellis
    Monday, April 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    Such youngsters when married, this week’s soldier had just turned 18 and his wife, Mabel had just turned 16 when they were married on the 4th day of September in 1938 by Rev. John Servies. Frederick “Howard’ Ellis worked at the brick yards and she was a housewife. He worked there for a few years after their marriage. They had three children, Sonny, Don and Terri. Their child, Orville Joe “Sonny” died at age two, which is always hard on a marriage. Their other son passed away in 1991. 
    They divorced in 1952. He later married Grace Stewart. Mable was the daughter of Orville Alvin and Virgie Pearl Hunt Shoaf and passed away in October of 1997. She worked for many years at RR Donnelleys as a book binder and at GM Chevrolet as an assembly worker. At her death, she was married to Lawrence McGreath. 
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  • Sunday, April 21, 2019 7:20 PM
    The Crawfordsville Fire Department Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Program launched in January 2017 with an initiative focused on chronic disease management. This initiative uses CFD community paramedics to deliver in-home services to high-risk patients with chronic diseases such as heart failure, COPD, and diabetes. The chronic disease initiative has successfully reduced hospital admission rates and emergency department visits among patients receiving services.
    The MIH program has gained nationwide attention due to the impact on the community and continues to grow, adding new services every day. One of the recent additions to the program is an expansion of a fall prevention initiative. Fall prevention was included as a part of the program’s chronic disease management initiative, but is expanding into a separate initiative in order to meet the needs of the community.
    Falls are a leading cause of injuries and deaths, especially among older patients. About 400-500 falls occur in the local community every year. The fall prevention initiative addresses home safety and lifestyle factors in order to prevent falls. Under this initiative, Crawfordsville Fire Department Community Paramedics complete on-scene assessments for patients referred to the program and follow-up with the patient at their home 24-72 hours later. 
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  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Senate Republican caucus recently unveiled our budget proposal to fund state government for the next two years.
    The proposal is balanced with strong “rainy day” reserves. The budget also continues to support students and teachers with a $775 million increase in K-12 funding.
    This week, my fellow senators and I voted down $200 million in additional state spending offered in amendments to the state budget by the Democrats, which would have thrown our budget out of balance.
    Keeping Indiana’s budget balanced means making tough decisions and living within our means, and I’m pleased with the work we put in to protect Hoosier taxpayers.
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’ve often wondered, if Jesus was God, and God knows all that has happened, is happening, and is about to happen, was Jesus afraid when he was brought before Caiaphas, setting into motion what would ultimately end in his death?
    After years of thought, the answer for me is, “Hell yes, he was afraid!”
    Before we delve too deeply into biblical history, let’s include a prudent disclaimer: I am neither a scholar of ancient history, nor am I a student of the bible. I went to Sunday School, but mostly for the snacks.
    While the other children rushed upstairs to class, I would lag behind with the other youthful backsliders in our church kitchen ‘sampling’ the cookies and juice, until Mrs. Phillips, our Sunday School teacher, would beckon us upward with a stirring rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” in the key of deaf.
    I have read the bible front to back several times, but honestly, it always leaves me with more questions than answers.
    Actually, on any given subject — like the story of Noah’s ark, for instance — I have a flood of questions (every pun intended). I’m still trying to figure out if there were any mosquitos onboard. If there were, and Noah accidentally swatted one of them, did he instantly regret it, or was his utterance of “Got the sucker!” the first in ancient history?
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    I always dread the arrival of the monthly AARP magazine. My wife picks through it and confronts me with ways we should amend our current financial and medical approaches to life in our senior years . . . 
    “Listen to this, Dick: men over 50—that’s you since 1997–who eat fish just once a month are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack and will live 10 years longer.”
    “Wow, now that is amazing! So, what’s for dinner?”
    “Turkey burgers. I don’t want to stink up the house. And consider this: chocolate is actually good for you. It says here that chocolate contains antioxidants and that it can prolong your life. But chocolate contains calories and fat that can cause obesity and heart disease. I guess it’s not all good news.”
    “Yes, Mary Ellen, that’s why they call it bittersweet chocolate. By the way, I read yesterday in the AARP magazine that the best place to put your money is in a CD that pays 7 percent. Why don’t we do that?”
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    There are four commonly known parenting styles, authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and neglectful. There have been numerous studies completed on how the different parenting styles effect children. Each style has their own set of pros and cons. However, a study from 2012 titled The Impact of Authoritative, Permissive, and Authoritarian Behavior of Parents on Self-concept, Psychological Health and Life Quality showed that the authoritative style has had more positive effects on children. 
    Parents who show a more authoritative parenting style are often high in responsiveness and demandingness. When they are setting rules for their children they listen and take into consideration their child’s thoughts and opinions. But the parents are still the ones making the final decision. When they set rules they are clear and consistent. They make sure that their child knows what the rules are and that they understands them. Studies have found that children who have this type of parent often perform better academically, engage in more extracurricular activities, are more confident and tend to have higher social skills. 
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  • A Black Mercedes is the dream car for this week's guest
    Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today’s young man loves orange. You’ll know that when (no peeking) you see his photo. I was impressed with this fella’ as he was so at ease talking to these two old folks (yep at Pizza Hut with the hubs). In fact, he noted that his strongest point, is talking to people. His weak point is the same as mine, being too trusting! Mrs. Stump, his French teacher ranks as his favorite at CHS and French his favorite subject although he really loved his finance class. That’s good as that’s what he plans on majoring in at Valparaiso when he goes in the fall. Jim and I both really enjoyed getting to know my male senior choice this year for the Around The County article feature.
    We had lots of laughs when he told us his mom and dad don’t spoil him but both sets of grandparents’ have always gone above and beyond. He giggled. With that said, he noted that all four of his grandparents are his heroes, all being realistic and teaching him wonderful, solid and good life lessons. As per the folks, he contributed his strong work ethics to them. My heart melted when he added, “I respect them to no end!” Definitely, he is out-going like his mom and can be serious when he needs to be like dad. Also, he gets his love of hunting and fishing from dad and enjoys sharing music with mom. He is an only child of an only child and said that’s exactly what he wants. Very down to earth, he thinks he could only raise one right because he wants to give all his attention to that person, being involved with everything. Plus, being in financing, he realizes it’s expensive. Besides that, he wouldn’t want to listen to bickering if there was more than the one!
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    A couple of years ago I wrote a column on what the world would look like if I was lord commander (yes, Game of Thrones is back). 
    To this day, I still hear about that once in a while and some of you have had some fun sharing what the world would look like under your watch.
    So, since we all know that the only thing that doesn’t change is . . . well, nothing. Here’s an updated version.
    In my world, police, firefighters and teachers would be among the highest paid folks in society.
    In my world, high school consolidation wouldn't be so widespread and small towns like Darlington, Ladoga, Waynetown, et al would still be thriving.
    In my world, there would be no such thing as class sports.
    In my world, the only way you would get a trophy would be to win a championship. Losing teaches valuable lessons: If you want to be better than the other guy, work harder. And when you work hard and still lose, stick out your hand and give the guy or gal who won the respect they deserve.
    In my world, my weight wouldn't look like perfect score in bowling, and I’d be closer to 40 than 70.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’ll tell you what no one wants to talk about: their toes.
    I could get people to discuss intimate details of their financial or their love lives before they would open up about their feet. Oh, sure, there are exceptions. 
    “I just had my first pedicure of the season!” says a friend of mine, showing off her toes with a stylish French pedicure in a pair of bright red sandals. I am also wearing sandals and make sure my feet are hidden under my chair as I compliment her lovely toes. 
    (Lovely toes! I think. Who has lovely toes over the age of 50? It’s unnatural.)
    The undeniable fact is, while our personalities get richer, our humor evolves, and our empathy grows, our feet just get uglier by the year. I once met a woman who said it was a requirement for every older woman to paint her toenails. 
    “Otherwise,” she insisted, “you look Amish or dead.” 
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  • 2019 Mazda Miata flips its hard lid
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    Back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda ripped souls out of classic European roadsters and planted them in the refreshingly reliable MX-5 Miata – a car that’s become the gold standard for pure sports cars, even rising from student to master while spawning the Fiat 124 Spider. But, the Miata has yet to conquer the near-luxury German roadsters from Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. The next front is opened with the MX-5 Miata RF that flips its hard lid.
    I love the Miata’s manual cloth top that can be flipped back with one arm in a fraction of a stoplight, but on the road, it has typical convertible flapping and road noise. Banishing all that is the RF’s coupe roofline with targa top. Unlike the Corvette’s targa roof, which is fully removed and stored in the luggage compartment, the RF’s is a one-button power affair that retracts behind the seats like a folding hardtop. In photos, the RF looks a little frumpy, but in the metal, looks really sexy.
    My favorite view is from the rear three-quarter where you can see the wide curvy fenders draped over 17” gray alloy wheels. Up front, the angry air inlet echoes the first-generation Miat, but is flanked by LED headlamps and running lights. The fastback roofline gives the car an entirely different profile – much more mature.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:39 AM
    Wow spring is finally here! Our volunteer drivers have escorted eleven veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and eight Veterans to Danville, Ill. hospital. I also received 58 phone calls to my office this past month and had seven veterans into my office for consultations. Any veteran that needs a ride to Danville, IL or Roudebush Hospital in Indy please call me at 765-361-4133 at least a week in advance. 
    We have two new volunteer drivers we are in the process of getting them signed up to drive the VA Vans. Thank you and I will give you their names after we have all the credentials in order. If you are still interested in being a volunteer van driver for us please call me at 765-361-4133. We will help you with the paperwork. 
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’m not sure if you have noticed, but there have been a consistent scheduling of ribbon cuttings in Montgomery County. Since January, there have been 12 ribbon cuttings and there are more scheduled in the near future. Ribbon cuttings are a free service the Chamber of Commerce offers to all businesses who are starting up or have another celebratory event they are wanting to commemorate. They are simple events to coordinate and have a small time commitment, but can make a big impact on the business or community involved. 
    So, what is the big deal of a ribbon cutting? A ribbon cutting is a sign of economic growth in a community and an indicator of attractiveness for businesses to invest in. Generally, when you see ribbon cuttings in your community, you are experiencing the result the hard work of the economic development group. Our community has established an Economic Authority joint venture between Montgomery County and the City of Crawfordsville. They have hired a consultant to assist them in the economic development efforts of our community and are accomplishing much. As you can see from the many ribbon cuttings, much work is being done to ensure our community’s growth and success. 
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