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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Good people trying to do good things . . . 
    Let me tell you a story.
    A couple of weeks ago, Montgomery County Councilman Mark Smith sat on a stage at Crawfordsville High School. He was one of three up there for a political debate. One of the comments Smith made was that we don’t need “Washington-style politics” in Montgomery County.
    Last week, he said it again, adding “but that’s exactly what we got.”
    He’s talking about a large no wind farm sign that was taken off his property last week. According to Smith, Rich Watkins and Linda Schoen, members of the anti-wind farm group, came on Smith’s land, dug the sign up and took it.
    “It was broad daylight,” he said. “That’s pretty blatant. It’s trespassing.”
    Neither Watkins nor Schoen dispute that they were there or that they took the sign. Whether or not it was trespassing is a different story.
    “We repossessed that sign for the owner.” Watkins explained. “I know a little bit about repossessions. I don’t have any qualms on the trespassing claim. It was a repossession.”
    Schoen said that the location mattered.
    “If it was at Mark’s house or quite a ways (inside the property line), no, we wouldn’t. But it was right there by the road.”
    Watkins and Schoen both said the sign is owned by a third party and that they had every right to take it back.
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  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    I’m frequently asked by patients to comment on the use of “non-traditional” treatments or remedies they have heard or read about. I usually have to respond that I have limited knowledge about the product, but I will sometimes try to help the patient research the product or its ingredients.
    The business of complementary and alternative medicine or “CAM” is booming. This is largely an outgrowth of patient frustration with traditional medicine, as well as the ease with which CAM is promoted and sold via social media and the Internet. People are fed up with the high cost of medications and other treatments as well as the perceived loss of empathy in the American health care system. 
    Many are looking for less expensive “natural” ways to deal with illness and health promotion. However, a government survey in 2012 revealed that Americans spent $30.2 billion on CAM treatments in the preceding 12-month period. This accounted for 9.2 percent of out-of-pocket health care spending and 1.1 percent of total health care spending. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Walter Allen Moore
    Monday, October 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    Walter Allen Moore was the oldest of nine children born to John A. (Allen?) Moore and Eliza Ann Swim. John had been born in Bristol County, Massachusetts but came to Montgomery when fairly young. Eliza was born in Whitesville. Both her parents had unusual names, Cornelius and Penthacilla. Walter was one of three sons, the rest daughters. Strangely, four of these were married to different family Moores. Kind of a genealogical nightmare, really! As a bit of a note, his mother’s name was probably not pronounced swim as in go to the pool and take a dip, but with a double e sound. This I surmise because of various spellings. 
    Walter was born August 3, 1867 near Waveland. Although he spent several years up north (Dekalb, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan) with a well-established blacksmithing business, he died “back home again” in Montgomery County at 107 North Street. His story is a bit different than most, as he was originally in the Indiana National Guard in Crawfordsville but asked for a discharge so that he might join the regular Army to fight in the Spanish-American War. This was done. 
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  • Friday, October 12, 2018 10:01 PM

    By Crawfordsville Fire Chief Scott Busenbark

    It is hard to believe that National Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13) 2018 is already upon us. This is a very busy time for our firefighters and Code Enforcement staff. The Crawfordsville Fire Department stays very active during this week in order to educate the public about fire safety in the home and at the workplace. While Fire Prevention Week is important, the main goal is to keep fire prevention and safety on everyone mind throughout the whole year. 
    In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, I would like to dedicate this month’s letter to keeping yourself and your family safe from home fire dangers.
    Smoke Detectors
    I cannot stress the point enough, please install working smoke detectors in the home. They should be installed in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area of the home. If you live in a multi-story residence there should be a working smoke detector located on every level. Test all smoke alarm batteries once a month and replace the batteries often.
    Remember that smoke detectors have a lifespan of 10 years. You can check the date on the back of each detector. If the expiration date is past due, the detector should be replaced with a new one.

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  • He’s accomplished his bucket list. Hers, they’re too busy to tackle
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 AM

    Just happened by this couple’s gorgeous house on a computer run. So glad they said yes to an added attraction, an interview for ATC while I was there. One nifty item I’d like to say is that although they are over 60, they’re practically newlyweds, and are so happy having great fun together in their eve of life!

    A Montmorenci graduate, he wasn’t real into activities since he worked at a Marsh Grocery clear through high school. He grew-up in a fairly large Catholic family of three sisters and a brother. Having attended St. Ann’s his whole lifetime they now go to St. Bernard’s often, too. Their beautiful wedding occurred at St. A’s on July 1st, 2016. See, newlyweds!!
    She was extremely active in band, choir, FFA, 4-H and Job’s Daughters. Two brothers (Bill some of you may know as he worked at RRD for many years and Don who lived in the Danville area) and other family grew-up in the big town of Carpentersville where her grandfather had a nifty store for decades.
    It was the Redwood Inn as a waitress for her after high school, then RRD for a couple of years, then she was a stay-at-home mom. At age 50, she decided to start her own business and did remarkably well with many under her. For 16 years, she sold Home & Garden Party items, some really nifty stuff. A friend of ours began her own business, a flower shop at age 50, as well, so they laugh together about not knowing what you really want to do until the 5th decade of life!

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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County provided a “Registration and Voting” booth at the Business and Professional Women’s annual Reality Store held Monday at the Boys & Girls Club. The BPW’s Reality Store exposes eighth graders in Montgomery County to the realities of adult life with students being assigned a profession, salary, and family situations (single, married, number of children). South, Crawfordsville Middle School, and Northridge students participated in this year’s Reality Store.
    Students moved from booth to booth with checkbooks, calendars and clipboards, making decisions based on their scenarios to pay for taxes, housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, groceries, child care, furniture, medical expenses, entertainment, pets, charitable gifts and more. Many students were forced to take a “second job” or visit the bank to take out a loan when their funds fell short. It was a very eye-opening experience for the students.
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  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Someone told me the other day that they thought “restless leg syndrome” (RLS) was a condition made up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. You may have seen the commercials for Requip® and Mirapex®, both drugs used to treat this condition.
    People have described symptoms suggestive of restless legs since the 17th Century. The Swedish neurologist Erik Ekborn initially coined the term in the 1940’s. It is estimated that between ten to fifteen percent of Americans suffer from restless leg syndrome to some degree. The incidence in women is about twice that of men. About 40 percent of people develop symptoms prior to age 20. Since symptoms tend to be mild initially and worsen with age, most sufferers are not diagnosed for 10 to 20 years after they start having symptoms.
    The symptoms of RLS are highly variable, but most people describe a bothersome, irresistible urge to move their legs (and sometimes the arms). This urge to move the legs is worse during periods of inactivity and often interferes with sleep. About 85 percent of sufferers have difficulty falling asleep. Stress and fatigue can also exacerbate the symptoms.
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  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:57 PM
    The nonpartisan Tax Foundation recently ranked Indiana 10th in the nation in its 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.
    Indiana outranks our neighboring states, with Michigan at 13th, Kentucky at 23rd, Illinois at 36th and Ohio at 42nd.
    The Index looks at each state’s tax codes, evaluating their corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes.
    Indiana performed well in many of the individual categories, ranking second in the nation in property taxes and 11th in unemployment insurance taxes.
    I'm pleased with our thriving business tax climate, and as your state senator, I will continue to support policies that make Indiana a great place to live, work and raise a family.
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  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled while listening to Sen. Susan Collins’ speech . . .
    We are 28 days away from what is usually known as a minor election. The so-called mid-terms – called such because it’s the election that comes in the middle of the chief executive’s term – typically don’t produce huge turnouts. With the sickening mess we’ve watched unfold over the Supreme Court nomination this one might be different. Regardless of which side of the aisle you prefer to sit, most agree that this is an important election.
    Hard to disagree.
    It’s also an important election right here in River City – with a capital E and that rhymes with C and that stands for county.
    The local Republicans have been split for a while now between those on the far right and others who are more moderate. The far right have found unusual bedfellows in both independents and Democrats as they band together on property rights and their opposition to wind turbines. 
    There’s nothing new there. That division has been going on for a while. However, there is a growing division between city and county and this election will have a definitive impact on that in both the county council and county commissioners.
    How’s that?
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Ben Cline
    Monday, October 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    Road blocks. So many road blocks prevented a good article full of interesting information about our soldier this week, but I’ll tell you the little we know.
    So, today, we present another of our colored soldiers, Benjamin Cline. Ben was born in Charleston, South Carolina, as were his parents. We do not know if he was a slave, but since he joined the 8th US Colored Troops in Columbus, Indiana, I’d think not. However, his service was fairly short lived, having joined in late January 1865 and mustered out with the company on November 10, 1865. Capt. Blythe Hymes signed him up. As far as is known, it is unlikely he saw any battles, but he marched a great deal, down from Philadelphia to the Rio Grande in Texas where they were on active duty at the end of the war. Then back again north for discharge. A bit of discrepancies about his age showed-up when he is listed for a years’ time at 19 in the Company Description Book but 20 when he enlisted which was earlier. He received $100 bounty when he mustered.
    One of the interesting commanders of the 8th was Col. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, made a general at the close of the war. He was the first principal of an African American Normal School. It is believed Ben could write and it was possible he received some education there. Armstrong was born and raised in Hawaii, the 6th of ten children. When Sam’s father died when Sam was 21, he left Hawaii and came to the states to college, then war. His men loved him and he loved his men. A man named Stansifer was Ben’s Captain. 
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  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: Montgomery County has been working on gathering public input through a study with HWC Engineering. The Montgomery County Commissioners submitted the following update regarding that process. The Paper is presenting the information submitted in its entirety. 

    We asked. Montgomery County answered. The results of our public input process revealed that Montgomery County wants to grow. In its own way, on its own terms. We can work with that. 

    Overwhelmingly, growth is desired. As a community, we also want to preserve our rural character and agricultural assets. We want to be responsible stewards of our environment. We want to invest in a future of which we can all be proud. After months of hard work, we are excited to share the outline of what the citizens have stated they desire in a long-term roadmap, and vision for our county. 

    It is important to note, this is not any one person’s view of how things should be, rather, it has been a formal, collaborative process facilitated by HWC Engineering, experts in this area. The process has allowed many opportunities to hear from our residents about their desires for their community now and into the future. Make no mistake, the ultimate plan will outlast any of the elected officials today, which is the goal. The process to date has been an excellent exercise and experience for everyone involved. It has provided us with insight into what amenities the residents believe Montgomery County should have if they want to remain both competitive for business and attractive to talent. It has also provided insight into changes, the citizens would like considered for the future. 
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  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:12 PM
    We have a great fix-it guy. His name is Randy. If your name is Randy, there is some kind of unwritten law that you must become a handyman. Handy Randy has a lot to live up to. Our last handyman died 13 years ago this month. It’s taken us that long to find a replacement for Steve. And a replacement for the missing hallway floor tile, and the bathroom faucet handle, and the bulb for the refrigerator.
    Here’s a memory of Steve from 2005.
    When Steve comes over, we sit and chat about his kids and his grandkids. Then he gets around to his infirmities and then his wife's cousins who are overstaying their visit. Then what's new at the temple. And finally, how things are going at his regular job—which, interestingly, is just talking to people on the phone about their problems. And he's not a therapist: he's an acoustical engineer.
    Then it's time for a little lunch. We talk about the history of smoked salmon, the relative merits of a Kosher hot dog, and the debate about yellow vs. brown mustard.
    Then we start talking about his granddaughter, Amanda, again. Apparently she is a very good talker for only two years old. This trait must run in the family.
    After about an hour, I do something that is a bit rude. I ask Steve about actually fixing something. Like the door that won't close properly.
    "Steve, sorry to interrupt, but can we talk about fixing the hinge on the front door?"
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  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:11 PM
    Walking is one of the best types of physical activities because it is accessible to almost anyone, doesn’t require specific skills or equipment, is inexpensive, can be done in a variety of settings (in your neighborhood, at the mall, around a track), and can be performed at any chosen intensity. As the weather starts to cool off, don’t let that scare you from getting outside. Just add an extra layer and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. The sugar creek trail provides a beautiful setting for fall walking. 
    How much walking and physical activity do I need?
    The current U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. This activity should be accumulated 10 minutes or more at a time. 
    How to get started
    • Start slow and easy, walk 10 minutes to start.
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  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:06 PM
    Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) recently announced a second opportunity for Indiana schools to order handheld metal detectors.
    The program, which was first announced in July, makes one handheld metal detector available for every 250 students in a school building.
    Since the program began, more than 3,000 handheld metal detectors have been requested by 370 school entities, including 94 percent of all traditional public school corporations.
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  • From banging the weedeater in frustration, she's now a guru
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Although our guest this week grew-up a little here and a bit there she has lived back home again in MoCo for many years, yet away for awhile, too. She attended Carmel for some of her high school years, but is a CHS graduate where she was active in SSS, musicals and plays and spoke at graduation, not because she was Valedictorian or Salutatorian but because that was the year they decided to choose speakers. She attended DePauw, her husband Notre Dame but they both switched to Purdue and graduated. They lived in Rochester, NY and Columbus, Ohio but ended back up at Crawfordsville where she worked in the family business, while raising her three children, Eliza (who ironically lives in Carmel and is an attorney), Nathan who lives in Avon and is an English Teacher and Isaac who sells lab supplies and majored in Genetics. She said “others” raised her children as they spent a great deal of time with their uncles and grandparents. Quite excited as well she should be about her three grandsons and three granddaughters! 
    Her degree was in Secondary English but she was determined to become a lawyer, and when this gal puts her mind to something, it’s done. Obtaining her law degree from IUPUI Law School, she practiced law in our area for 30 years but is now retired. Well, I say retired, but she is so active she’s nonstop work. 
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