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Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Monday, August 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Flowers Among Weeds....
    “Don't let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden,” Steve Maraboli.
    This week’s Wits End, wraps up my gloom and glee all in one. What began as a sad story, understandably angering folks as well . . . had a heartwarming ending. Earlier last week I noticed a local man, Justin Mefford, had posted on social media how someone had stolen his son’s bicycle. He made a plea to the community to keep an eye out. You see, his son is a father of a 4-year-old little girl and husband to a pregnant wife. The young couple only have one vehicle, so each day Mefford's son rides his bicycle to and from work leaving their one running car at home with his wife in case of an emergency, to run errands and to get to her doctor appointments.
    A disappointed father posted, “My son works his butt off to provide for his 4-year-old daughter and pregnant wife.”
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Jacob Francis Trinkle and his son Alvin Eugene
    Monday, August 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today, we have father and son soldiers; Jacob Francis Trinkle, an Army Vet and his son, Alvin Eugene who served in the Navy. The Trinkle family originated from Germany, came to Indiana in 1826 (Fountain County) via Virginia and Ohio, and worked in various capacities as carpenters, farmers, grocerymen, laborers, as well as other careers. Jacob himself retired from Hysters after many years while Alvin worked at Hoosier Crown, drove a truck and worked in construction.
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  • Monday, August 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    I continue to be amazed when I ask women what the number one killer of women is, the majority respond, “breast cancer.” While breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, and is estimated to have claimed about 40,000 women last year, it is not the biggest threat women face. It’s estimated that ten times that many died of heart disease last year.
    Cardiovascular disease is arguably the most important women’s health issue, and is largely preventable. How can women be so unaware that they have a one in 31 chance of dying from breast cancer but a much higher one in three chance of dying from heart disease? Could it be that breast cancer gets so much more coverage in mainstream and social media? Is breast cancer generally more frightening & potentially disfiguring? Is heart disease just plain boring to talk about?
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  • Ask Rusty: How is my benefit figured?
    Friday, August 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: I am 60 years old. I have worked full time since age 22. I am thinking about working part-time ages 62-65. When I start collecting my social security benefit sometime after age 65, will my monthly amount be based on only the last few years of my working? Can you please explain how my monthly amount will be determined? Signed: Planning My Future

    Dear Planning: I admire that you’re thinking ahead to your retirement years and I’m happy to clarify this for you. Your Social Security benefit, when you claim it, will be based upon the highest earning 35 years of your lifetime working career (not only the last few years). To determine your benefit, Social Security will take your entire record of lifetime earnings, adjust each year for inflation, and select the 35 years in which you had the highest earnings. After totaling those years they’ll divide by 420 (the number of months in 35 years) to determine your “average indexed monthly earnings” (AIME). They then break your AIME into several parts (using what’s known as “bend points”) and then take a percentage of each part and add it up to arrive at what’s called your “primary insurance amount” or “PIA.” The “bend point” values change each year, but for 2019 they are $926 and $5583. To compute your benefit, the formula will take 90% of the first $926 of your AIME; 32% of your AIME between $926 and $5583; and 15% of any amount of your AIME over $5583. The product of those three computations are added together to arrive at your PIA. 
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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’m having fun singing. 
    I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’ house—the house she grew up in—just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in the suburbs, meet her parents’ two friendly little dogs, (“More people! So exciting!”) and take an hour-long voice lesson in my teacher’s childhood bedroom. 
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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Rooted in the belief that our democracy is enhanced by a diversity of voices, the League of Women Voters believes that a path to citizenship, or provisions for unauthorized immigrants already living in the U.S. to earn legal status, will strengthen our nation and society.” This statement, from the League’s national website, clearly shows how important immigration policies are to our organization the League of Women Voters. 
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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Friz Freling for President (of Merrie Melodies) button . . . 
    Regardless of whether you are for Joe Biden or a’gin him, how is his comment on Parkland survivors being viewed as just another one of his gaffes?
    Don’t know about you, but when Mr. and Mrs. Timmons raised their boy in a house off an Indiana gravel road, they were pretty adamant about stories that don’t have a shred of truth to them being called, let’s see, what was the word? Oh yeah! Lies.
    It wasn’t a gaffe. No chance at remembering wrong. If I told a story with the level of details that Biden included, my posterior was in, shall we say, a world of hurt.
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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    It has been hot for a couple of weeks now. Who would believe it by the rains we received this spring but we could use a couple good showers around the County now. But, it looks like we are going to get a reprieve here in the next couple of weeks.
    I received sixty four phone calls and seventeen consultations to the office. Our volunteer drivers have escorted nine veterans to the VA in Indianapolis and five veterans to the Danville VA in IL. 
    Tara Brown of the Darlington Congregational Church invited me to come speak at the VBS at Darlington Congregational Church as they were raising money for our veterans. They took up a donation every day for five days and all I had to do was bring a little message as to how we would use the money. So I told them about last year’s project. That we checked with all of the nursing homes in Montgomery County to find out how many veterans they had staying with each of them. It turned out that we had forty two veterans that we distributed Christmas gifts last year to. The nursing homes we took the gifts to were Wellbrooke, Whitlock Place, Ben Hur, Hickory Creek, Bickford Place, Lane place, and Williamsburg. We will now take them to every place except Williamsburg as they have closed. Some of the things that we took to them were toothbrushes, toothpaste, handkerchiefs, socks, Word find (large Print) books and a stuffed bear which was a hit. Now for the finale the kids at VBS raised $500.00 for the Veterans. It was awesome. They had around 50 youngsters in the program and it was very well done. It lasted about an hour, with the church being packed. It was Awesome! A big Thank You to all who contributed!
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  • Monday, August 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    On this day. . .
    If you’re celebrating your birthday today you happen to share of some of the most cool inventions in our history! The Singer sewing machine was patented in 1851 by American inventor Isaac Singer.
    Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car. The first production Model T was produced on Aug. 12, 1908 and left the factory on Sept. 27, at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Mich. . . . The Model T was Ford's first automobile mass-produced on moving assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class. 
    And in 1981, IBM introduces its first personal computer!
    A car, a sewing machine and a computer – three things we use daily. Pretty cool huh?
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Carl Edwin Sandell
    Monday, August 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Carl Edwin Sandell, our subject this week, served in the Korean War. Born in Wingate at 4:30 in the morning (on September 25th, 1927) his father was William Belmont Sandell who had been born in Chicago, Illinois, was 21, lived in Hillsboro and was listed as a bell hop. His mother Alice Marie Wilson was but 18. The Doctor was old enough to be a doctor (W.V. Stanfield) and was from Attica. Carl was their only child and they were divorced by the time Carl was two years old. His mother remarried and lived happily ever after until death did them part to William G. Burnett who was a long-time car salesman in the Lafayette area and who was Carl’s father figure. The couple had no children and both mother and father doted on Carl, who was a son of whom they could be proud.
    A Boy Scout, Carl was interested in meteorology when young and upon graduation from Lafayette Jefferson High School he began attending Purdue. His WWII Draft Registration confirmed he was a student and weighed 137 pounds at 5’10” so thin. Light complected with blue eyes, he had red hair as well and was quite a handsome man. 
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  • Our guest says: "It's God's Story; I'm just living it!"
    Thursday, August 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    My guest this week assured me she had a wonderful childhood but there was one rule they had to live by. No animals in the house! However, when the fish froze on the front porch, her dad ebbed somewhat and eventually they had cats, dogs and you name it, all inside. It’s pretty nifty that all the names in their family of five begin with a J, and they even had a dog named Jolly and a fish Jingle, although I’m not sure if it was Jingle on the porch. 
    She grew-up in Ladoga and of course, graduated from South. Not too involved at school, she did do baseball stats as there was a plethora of boys (she giggled, so did I) available on the large team. She also danced, Glenda Frees as her coach who encouraged her to go on to ISU and join the Sparkettes. The problem with that was it cost a great deal of money for the outfits, and extras. Now, since her dad loved all kinds of sports (including watching her dance) and he really didn’t think she would make the team (super stiff competition) he encouraged her to try. She’s a go-getter so certainly no surprise (well except to dad who had to fork out the money) she indeed made it and spent her college career on the team! 
    Upon her college graduation, her first job was at WCVL. It was a “great job, with great people.” She worked there for 18 years. From the radio she went to Comcast for a half decade but her job was downsized, then it was on to The Paper for a couple of years then did some managing at Macy’s for a couple more. Metronet next and that was more what she had been trained for in her sales degree at ISU. ACEL Plus and Metronet merged in 2015 and she is now Regional Manager of Customer service throughout Central Indiana and down through Lexington. With lots of travelling, as an empty nester, it gives her something to do. Her two cats left home aren’t much to handle, so it all works out beautifully. 
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  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Nostalgia Night was held by the League of Women Voters on July 31 as part of the Green Issues movie series focusing on environmental issues. The two films shown were Paddle to the Sea based on an award winning children’s’ book and Horatu a film about how the Japanese are trying to save the firefly population. Attendees were asked to remember summer nights watching fireflies or canoeing in a local river.
    The Book “Paddle to the Sea” by Holling C. Hollings is a true gem. Written in 1941 and receiving the Caldecott Honor Book award, it is about a young 1st nations boy who carves a canoe with an Indian and hopes that the little canoe can reach the sea. Under the boat he has carved the words “ I am Paddle to the Sea. Please put me back into the water.” He lives near Thunder Bay in Canada and places the canoe on the top of the hill hoping that in the spring when the snow melts it will go into the river and the great lakes and eventually reach the ocean. Over a period of 4 years, the canoe travels through the great lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. 
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  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    I’ve written this before in the aftermath of other shootings.
    The madness has to stop.
    I was wrong.
    Clearly, it does not. It has not. The violence, the killings, the slaughters keep happening and happening and happening. The latest (at least I pray that no new ones happen in the few hours between when this is written and it goes to press) came, as you know, in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Thirty-one more people have senselessly lost their lives.
    Thirty-one.
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  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    If you keep up with what’s happening in the National Basketball Association, otherwise known as the NBA, you know as the trade deadline approaches each team carefully examines their roaster needs and researches any potential free agent players who can propel their team to greatness. For the 2019-20 season, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to make some significant changes to their roster. 
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  • Monday, August 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    For those of you who have been following our public outreach efforts the last couple of years, you’re aware that the Commissioners’ focus has been on effective planning for our County’s future. We’ve created an Economic Development Plan that identified areas of potential growth; a Comprehensive Plan which our community spent months constructing and memorializing a vision for our future; and an overall Strategic Plan that has helped identify impediments to growth, such as deficiencies in public infrastructure. All three have led us to the next phase, and this week’s topic: The Thoroughfare Plan, which is a master “vision” for our roads and bridges. Montgomery County does not currently have a thoroughfare plan. We recognize the need to look forward and identify ways in which we can assess the county’s infrastructure, to respond to future challenges and opportunities. When complete, this plan is a continuation of the ideas presented in earlier plans and will support investment from residential developers and/or new businesses.
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