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  • Monday, June 17, 2019 3:50 AM
    Several years ago, my house was hit by the tail end of a tornado. We were very lucky overall, but we were without power for a week. My kids were still in school at that time and we had no running water, let alone power or basic amenities.
    My neighbors, one by one, came by bringing us home-cooked meals, offering us to shower and even stay in their homes. Another parent in town who had kids the same age as mine, allowed my kids to spend the nights so they would have all they need and could rest comfortably and not fall behind in school. Guys in the neighborhood showed up with chainsaws and cut wood until the sun went down to remove the massive 100-plus year old maple tree that had fallen onto my house.
    Now, I don't know if other places have such a caring network of friends and neighbors but I was grateful beyond words for all the love and support we received.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Ora Jefferson Hartley
    Monday, June 17, 2019 3:49 AM
    Our soldier this week was born in Crawfordsville October 29th in the year 1874 and was in the Spanish American War Co M, 158th Indiana Infantry, serving from the first days of June until almost the end of the year in 1898. Although he lived here for his first couple of decades, as he went throughout his life, he lived in several different places. 
    A son of Thomas Ellis Hartley and Margaret “Pauline” Sloan, his father’s family came directly from Greene County, Pennsylvania while his mother’s family hailed from Indiana at least a couple of generations before his birth. She had one brother, Ellis which seemed to be a family name on both sides of Ora’s family, as was Jefferson. Ora Jefferson had one sister, Eva who died in her late teens. He would take care of his parents the rest of their lives, they following him to all the various towns where he worked. 
    On his WWI draft registration, Ora was listed as being of medium height, stout build, and had blue eyes and black hair. At that time, he was living in Chicago as an undertaker, his life’s work, then for the Boystron Brothers in Cottage Grove. Much of his life was spent in this city, but again, he traveled around, too. 
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  • Monday, June 17, 2019 3:47 AM
    Wow, we have had our share of rain this last month but hopefully we will start to see sunshine coming our way soon. Our Volunteer drivers have escorted nine veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and six veterans to Danville, IL. I received sixty two phone calls into my office and fourteen veterans into my office for consultations. 
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  • Friday, June 14, 2019 2:48 AM
    My great-grandmother would be 145 years old this summer.
    I suppose that alone isn’t remarkable. Many of us can trace family members back 145 years. What is remarkable, however, is the fact that Mamaw spent 102 of those years right here on this planet.
    She was born nine years after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865. She died the year I graduated high school, right before I entered Wabash College.
    I always contend that — in due respect to the advances of other generations — Mamaw witnessed the greatest technological leaps in her lifetime. Oh sure, our computer age is truly amazing. But we’ve had computers since Charles Babbage invented the Analytical Engine in 1871. We can even contend that the first computer was the abacus, or William Oughtred’s slide rule, invented in 1622.
    Mamaw’s life spanned the heart of America’s Industrial Revolution. When she was a child, the most common way to travel the country was by horse. When her death came, Mamaw had lived to see the United States put a man on the moon.
    Think about that! From horse-and-buggy to man-on-the-moon!
    I don’t recall asking Mamaw what she thought about the moon landing in 1969, but I’m sure she responded with something like, “That’s the cat’s meow!” That onomatopoeia was one of her favorites.
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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:31 AM
    To begin this week’s article, let’s say that my couple was recently in the news as partners in Dancing With the Stars. What they took away from that experience was that it’s all right to be pushed out of your comfort zone because sometimes it turns out with an awesome ending (from her) and that it was just another interesting experience for him! 
    The story of how they became involved in dancing is quite cute as it started with her seeing a free lesson coupon and begging him to go. Took some pleading, but finally he gave in (“Fine!”) saying just that lesson, but he is the one who really took to ball room dancing, so when there was a special on four lessons for $50, they went for that and are still going after three years and dearly loving it! His dad clogged and danced on old wooden roller skates plus he turns everything into basketball moves (learn a new dance routine – hey, that’s like a pick’n’roll). So, think he’s a natural. Especially since his body doesn’t do what’s required for good basketball playing or martial arts (he had six years) anymore, dancing lets him still be semi-athletic. Last year, their instructor’s partner piddled out right at the end and she asked him to dance with her. He’d have loved to except it was their daughter’s wedding day, so he had to beg out but promised to be involved the next year. Well, good choice, as their rendition of a tango received the “most sultry dance” award which embarrassed their son but they laughed saying, “We still got it!” 
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:59 AM
    Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy” is the current mission of the League of Women Voters. To this end, current and objective information about issues is of paramount importance to all of us. Newspapers are essential in keeping us informed and the need for trusted information has never been more critical.
    Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for HSPA (Hoosier State Press Association), represents HSPA before the Indiana General assembly. He lobbies throughout the year for the interests of Indiana newspapers as well as the public’s freedom of information rights. “You are a rarity” began Key at a recent presentation at the LWV’s Lunch With the League program. He was referring to the fact that Montgomery County has two competing newspapers. Very few areas of Indiana are so fortunate. Yet our newspapers have challenges, just as the entire newspaper industry has challenges.
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  • Buick, Chevrolet introduce bigger little crossovers
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:58 AM
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:51 AM
    If you aren’t an Internet expert, like me, then perhaps you did not know that there are about a bazillion places online where you can listen to music.
    Specific music.
    Like spring of 1964 music.
    Like George Jones music.
    Top hits of 1971 music.
    You get the idea.
    It’s one of the reasons why I love Saturday mornings in the office. I can select something to go with whatever mood I’m in and next thing you know, viola! I’m be-bopping along with the Big Bopper and wondering exactly what Chantilly lace is when –
    A giant fist hit my door sending shock waves from the top of the ceiling to the lower valve on my aorta.
    “Just checking to see if you’re awake, Timmons,” rumbled the deep voice of the mountain of a man named John Hammer. Somehow, this giant manages to make his way into a locked office and scare the living Crayola’s out of me.
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:50 AM
    Every day, I find myself talking about how uniquely terrific our community is. This week, I want to share nine of my favorite things!
    1. Sugar Creek. I can’t stress enough how fortunate we are to have Sugar Creek in our back yard. I know many who make canoeing on Sugar Creek an annual tradition. Whether you’re canoeing, tubing, walking along the bank looking for crinoids, camping, or kayaking, it’s just a great place to take in and enjoy, especially during the summertime months! Plan an adventure today. Visit!
    2. Shades State Park & Pine Hills Nature Reserve. Located 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville, people love to visit this nature lover’s paradise. Shades offers many special events throughout the year including car shows, living history, volunteer days, fishing derbies and more! If you haven’t even been to Shades, you need to go! Pine Hills is especially beautiful if you are up for a long hike! Plan your day at Shades now. Call 435.2810 or visit
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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:28 AM
    As we tick through the last days of spring, it’s time to start thinking about the dog days of summer. Although I don’t see a significant number of heat-related emergencies in my office, many patients do end up in emergency departments suffering from heat illness.
    These illnesses account tens of thousands of visits each year to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Deaths from heat-related illness in America range from 300 to several thousand per year. The number is increasing with our warming climate and increase markedly during heat waves.
    Risk factors that make one more prone to heat-related illness include being elderly, very young, or obese. Some prescription or even non-prescription drugs, particularly alcohol, cocaine, antihistamines, beta blockers, diuretics, ADD/ADHD medications, and some psychiatric medications can increase the risk of heat illness. Workers like firefighters, who have to wear heavy clothing, are at very high risk.
    Absorbing too much heat from the environment or producing too much heat internally can lead to heat illness. The two main types of heat illness are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:25 AM
    Have you ever wondered what makes organizations successful? Is it their marketing investment and implementation? Maybe it’s their great products that everyone falls in love with as soon as they know they exist? Could it be the leadership who is making a big impact in the industry they represent?
    Sure, all of these things play a factor in the overall success of an organization. However, I would argue that all of these depend on engagement. No, I’m not talking about the precursor to marriage between two individuals. I’m referring to the participation or involvement in an event or process.
    Ask yourself this: “What good is a marketing plan, great products, or even trusted leadership if no one will show up or act on your offerings?”
    For most, if not all organizations, engagement is key. Regardless of what your mission is or what industry you are in, if people aren’t acting or participating in a meaningful way with your organization you aren’t accomplishing much besides establishing awareness and credibility. These are important too, but don’t necessarily close a sell. The customer or end user needs to participate by agreeing to make a purchase. For a car to be sold you need to have a customer engaging with your sales team, for a gym membership to be active you need a customer to frequent your facility . . . you get the idea. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Harry Keenan Lee
    Monday, June 10, 2019 1:02 AM
    Pure happenstance was the prompter for this soldier’s tombstone. Kim Hancock was requested via findagrave to snap a photo in Oak Hill cemetery. She is pretty much busy all day every day helping someone in some way in their quest for family and taking tombstone photos is one of those ways. When she was walking through OH, she noticed a little metal grave marker. It dated back to (at this time) 40 years and still nice as can be. This is quite unusual as they are most often replaced or torn out. He was of a perfect time frame to have been in the war, but when she checked he was not listed in the service people to receive flags. Nagging at her, she did more research and found that Harry Keenan Lee was indeed a soldier and now is on the list to receive a flag and better yet, is now Etched In Stone. 
    Thinking his middle name was a family name from a grandmother or whomever, Kim nor I really found that it was, but it’s so unusual that we did look up the origin of the name and find that it is Irish and means “ancient!” Certainly he didn’t live to be that status, however. 
    Harry was small in stature (5’8”, 160#) but had a mighty big job during WWII. When he left for the service, he worked as a painter at Circle City Decorating Company in Indianapolis. Then, he became a plane painter. On his separation papers, he was noted as to have gone to high school but “building trades Indiana four years” was also on the sheet. In fact, he painted in various capacities for the rest of his life. Light complected, he was also described in his draft papers as having brown hair and brown eyes. 
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  • Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 AM
    This week’s wits end is a tale as old as time. Well, it's my tale at least. The tale of the woman who married a handyman.
    Like everyone else, Al and I took advantage of the beautiful weather we had for a few days last week. Doing yard work was never one of my favorite things to do. More of a chore for me than a peaceful day spent in the sun as it is for some. Al has several special skillsets, which makes for a great handy man. One of those being a lawn mower sales and repair guy.
    You'd think being married to a mower salesman, I would have the best mower in town. That is not the case at all. I always tell my friends, being married to a mechanic has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantage is, you always have a good running car. Disadvantage is, you always have a good running car. Therefore, there's never a need for an upgrade.
    My thrifty counterpart can resurrect any vehicle from the brink of death, salvaging it from its inevitable doom and get another 100k miles out of it. I have had moments of excitement when that check engine light comes on in my 20 year old SUV. Finally, it's time! But bless his heart, there's nothing that man can't fix.
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  • Monday, June 10, 2019 12:59 AM
    For all the considerable sensations that new technology adds to our visual and tactile senses, I wonder what it will do for our noses. I mean, computers and the Internet are amazing tools for communicating images and sounds; however, I’m left wondering if new technology will play any role in smells or the memories they conjure.
    It is believed that our sense of smell is linked most directly to memory. That’s why catching a whiff of a lover’s perfume, or the smell of grandmother’s house, can transport us immediately to that place and time.
    However, a computer screen has no aroma, and although we can store thousands of heirloom photos on the “cloud,” smells are left earthbound.
    That idea crossed my mind the other day when I was cleaning out a closet full of keepsakes. I decided that it was past time to get rid of some things — things that really weren’t important to family history, but were nonetheless difficult parting with, simply because memories were attached.
    There’s a big difference, I’ve learned, between living in a museum and a mausoleum. History is great, but you can’t live there. When you do, you run the risk of missing an amazing future when it comes calling.
    It is time to part with things once held sacred.
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  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    She Wren from Crawfordsville sent in this week's question. She asked MAC (the Montgomery Answer Connection): Are any new restaurants or stores opening here in C’ville in the near future? Thanks, She! MAC appreciates the question. He reached out to Brandy Allen. Brandy is the Planning and Community Development Director for the city of Crawfordsville and would be the person in the know about that sort of stuff. Here's what Brandy told us.
    We have issued permits for Starbucks, Taco Bell, Jack's Donuts, and an expansion of Shoe Sensation. Each of these stores is working through the construction process at this time. There is a 3 unit strip center that has begun construction as well. The anchor tenant will be a physical therapy office, but there will be room for 2 additional stores that have not yet been announced. 
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