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Thursday, June 21, 2018

  • This guest says his wife is his best friend
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Right off, this interview threw me for a loop, as I thought I knew my subject fairly well, thinking he and wife had two daughters, then he told me four and counting. Don’t worry, I’ll explain that later. So, obviously, I was all ears. 
    A New Market boy, (although he lived a few years in Linden early on) he was starting running-back in their undefeated season when NM beat Turkey Run in the big final game 80-0. This was long before the class system. However, he had broken his leg with three games left and Ernie Hauser had a broken ankle, two starters out and they still won. Add track, basketball, baseball to his high school interests, he was with the second class out of Southmont. His sister, Donna worked for us at the A&W but oddly, I had never put that together, although I certainly should have since they were extremely close, with February and December 1955 birthdays. They were always in the same class. They have another brother, Jerry and sister Mary.
    His wife of almost 43 years is also a South graduate. Actually, he got to know her brother before he did her, as he went to the Ladoga Nazarene Church and would play ball on the outdoor court, along with a bunch of Ladoga boys, her brother included. Love grew quickly between he and Becky, and as you can see has lasted not too far shy of half a century. “We are best friends,” he noted. 
    After high school, he went to Olivette in Illinois for three semesters but Becky was at ISU and so he transferred. They couldn’t wait and against their folks better judgement, (“we knew where we were heading”) they were indeed married in her home church, Ladoga Christian, August 15, 1975 when they were still in college. She has been involved with the children in about all capacities there since and he is an Elder and teaches an adult men’s Sunday School Class. He does say it’s ironic that he is in front of peers now all the time, where he flunked Freshman English (one 6-weeks) because he just could not get up in front of his classmates and give a speech. Doesn’t bother him much anymore though as he’s not only involved in the church but in many other capacities where he’s in front of the crowd often. With added irony, he was an English teacher (although he said his beloved subject was history but there were too many history/PE/coaches around already). 
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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Saturday will mark the 46th Anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the law that opened up many opportunities for women in the classroom, sports and more. The National Women’s History Projects notes “Title IX of the Education Amendments for the 1972, signed by President Nixon, is one of the most important legislative initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.”
    Title IX, passed on June 23, 1972, states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
    While many people think of Title IX with its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the legislation covers all educational activities. However, the benefits Title IX brought to the playing fields of our schools can also be credited with increasing the numbers of women graduating from high school and college, earning graduate degrees and entering into traditionally male-dominated careers.
    Title IX was written by Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink who cited the adversities she faced in obtaining her college degrees at the University of Hawaii, University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago as a driving force for her to initiate this landmark legislation.
    Interestingly, Indiana Senator Birch Bayh has often been called the “Father of Title IX” as he too was instrumental in crafting the legislation and then successfully seeing it through the United States Senate. The former Senator returned to Indiana in 2002 to participate in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Title IX conducted at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis and at which the LWV of Montgomery County was represented.
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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    It’s that time of year again . . . fair season! Montgomery County Homemakers are hosting open class. Don’t know what the open class is? Well, the open class is an opportunity during the Montgomery County fair for everyone to bring in a project or projects and have them judged. Open class is a great opportunity to show the community of Montgomery County what your passions or hobbies are. Maybe you try something new in open class and find out that you are naturally talented in that area. A champion will be chosen from each of the 18 classes, and all ages are welcome to participate, even those already participating in 4H. There is something for everyone, some of the classes include: culinary arts, flower arrangements, fine arts, garden art, sewing, photography, etc. 
    To participate pick up a registration form at the Montgomery County Purdue Extension office. There is a small registration fee of $3 for each project for the early bird registration (July 6th) and $4 for each project for regular registration. You will be required to pay for the first five projects, but any after that can be submitted for free. The registration can be paid for at the Montgomery County Purdue Extension office, which is located at the fairgrounds. 
    Project check-in for open class will begin on July 12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and then again on July 14 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. With project check-out on July 19 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    If you have any questions please feel free to call the extension office at (765) 364-6363. 
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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    I’ve never claimed to be the smartest guy in the room . . . in fact, as the years go by I am beginning to realize how very little I know. But one thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many lessons I’ve forgotten from a childhood in the late ‘50s and 1960s.
    For example, my grandmother had deep roots in Ireland and she was a devout Catholic. If she told me once, she told me a thousand times that it’s far better to give than to receive. It was a tough lesson for a greedy little kid to grasp . . . just ask my wife.
    But I got reminded of that wonderful lesson when we offered a free one-year Online Edition subscription to Montgomery County’s first responders, educators and active military. We did so as a way to say thank you for those three groups stepping up (sadly, in harm’s way in today’s world) and helping others. It’s not like winning the lottery, but it was one way we could say thank you!
    Little did I know that we would get far more in return.
    For example, here’s a note from a fourth-grade teacher at Hoover.
    “That is a super thoughtful thing to do. Not one thing will fix our society, but it's going to take all of the little things to make a change. I appreciate your effort to do your part.”
    Or this one from a kindergarten teacher from Hose.
    “I just heard about your offer and I appreciate it . . . As an educator, I enjoy seeing stories about my students in print. It allows me the opportunity to talk to them about something besides school and to show I care. They love knowing they are famous for a moment! If everyone just showed more kindness, our world would be a better place. Thank you!”
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  • Monday, June 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Barbecue season is in full swing and it’s a good time to review food safety. Food-borne illness is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.
    Food-borne illness is defined as more than two people having a similar illness with evidence of food as the source. The overall rate of these illnesses has gone down drastically in the last century with improvements in food handling and sanitation. However, we still hear about illness outbreaks.
    There are approximately 76 million cases of food-related illness in the United States each year. There are also about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Underdeveloped countries, as a group, experience about one billion cases annually and four to six million deaths.
    The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 97 percent of all cases of food-borne illness come from improper food handling. Most of these (79 percent) are from commercial establishments, while the other 21 percent originate in the home.
    There are a few common denominators that account for most cases of food poisoning. Leaving foods at temperatures that allow bacterial growth is a frequent cause, especially in the summer months when food is left out in warm weather. This can result Staphylococcal food poisoning that is usually seen in foods like potato salad and pies that are high in salt or sugar content.
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  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Each year during the legislative session, members of the Indiana General Assembly conduct committee hearings, participate in debates and take part in discussions with constituents on a number of topics in order to address important issues facing Indiana.
    However, lawmakers may determine that some topics need more information or study before action can be taken. When this is the case, legislators can request that the Legislative Council assign each topic to an interim study committee for further review.
    Some of the topics assigned to study committees this year include:
    Reviewing the effectiveness of Indiana’s workforce training programs;
    Creating sexual harassment prevention policies for legislators;
    Studying how sports betting could be implemented in Indiana;
    Exploring the implementation of non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural product in Indiana; and
    Conducting a multi-year review of all tax incentives.
    Study committees are a critical part of the legislative process, and I look forward to a productive summer and fall as we explore the most effective ways to address issues facing the Hoosier state.
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  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    June has arrived with the temperatures being very mild and we welcome this. This month was rather slow in the office with receiving only 18 phone calls and eleven visitors to the office. Our local volunteer drivers escorted nine veterans to Roudebush VA hospital in Indianapolis and two Veterans to the Danville VA Hospital. Any veteran who needs a ride to the VA should contact my office at 765-361-4133 preferably a week in advance to be able to get a volunteer to drive. It is best to make your appointments for the morning Monday through Friday. 
    We are looking for a Lift Chair for a veteran. If you have one for sale, please call the office at 1-(765) 361-4133 we need it within two weeks of this letter.
    We have a new event for County Veterans. All veterans are invited to email and or call retired college-HS teacher Coach Mike Walker, who holds a BS and MA degree in Health-Nutrition and Fitness to receive free information in all of those 3 areas. His info for vets can be received via email or in his monthly class to be held in Crawfordsville with classes starting in July. So please call or email Coach Walker and let him know if you would be interested in (1) his new monthly class or (2) his email… or both. It’s all about health-nutrition and fitness for Vets. Coach Walker is a 1958 CHS grad and was born and raised in Crawfordsville. He is offering this program for Vets….to honor the memory of his two brothers from Crawfordsville, Captain Jack Walker (Army) (Korea) and PFC Joe Walker (Vietnam). Email Coach Walker at or call him at 765-635-6360. 
    Another local event will be Monday, June 25 th at the Crawfordsville District Public Library from ten o’clock to Noon with Congressman Todd Rokita presents Indiana’s 4th District Veterans Office Hours for any questions you may have for him. 
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  • Friday, June 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    School is out and summer is here! While 4-H is a year-round program, summer brings a flurry of 4-H programs and activities. There are many opportunities that happen on the local and state level for youth to get involved in. These are just a few of the summer opportunities that youth can take part in.
    4-H Camp is an opportunity for youth that just completed grades 3-6 in which they spend 3 days at Shakamak State Park with 3 other counties. Youth learn skills related to Science, Natural Resources, cooking, and more. This is a great opportunity for youth to make new friends, learn new skills, and have fun! 
    On the State level, 4-H Round Up occurs at Purdue University for youth that just completed grades 7-9. This is a career exploration opportunity in which youth select various topic areas that interest them and then are able to learn from Purdue faculty and staff. Youth also are able to make lifelong friends from across the state of Indiana. 4-H Academy @ Purdue is for youth that just completed grades 9-12 and is specifically designed to offer youth hands-on, exciting opportunities to learn about a diverse selection of subjects and careers. Youth get the opportunity to stay on Purdue’s campus and learn from professors, graduate students and other experts in their respective fields and participate in interactive activities and experiential learning. 
    Close to home, the Purdue Extension-Montgomery County office team is currently teaching Garden to Grill for youth that just completed grades 3-6. Youth are learning about Food Science, the daily care and management of taking care of a garden, STEM, and how to prepare fruits and vegetables on the grill. An educational garden located at the fairgrounds, allows youth to gain hands-on experience working in a garden and then are able to prepare those vegetables and other fruits on the grill. 
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  • Friday, June 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    If you were the last person leaving your favorite restaurant and the only umbrella in the coatroom looked just like yours (but you knew it wasn’t yours), would you take it? That would be very wrong, and I wouldn’t do it. Unless, of course, it was raining.
    Here are some hypothetical situations and how I would advise anyone faced with these dilemmas.
    Q: I have been a waitress at a steak house for 35 years and I have a dark secret. I have been taking home a bottle of ketchup every night since 1985. I now have 9,000 bottles in my garage. Nobody missed them. What should I do? I feel very guilty but don’t want to get in trouble just before I retire
    A: Returning them all at once would raise suspicion. Return them the exact way you acquired them—one at a time. So, either put off your retirement or eat there every night until 2040.
    Q: When I travel, I always take the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner from the hotel bathroom. I was feeling bad about this until one desk clerk said the business expects people to take them. That’s why they put their name on the products. I recently picked up a Sony TV and a General Electric hair dryer from the Westin. Should I stop?
    A: Only after you cross the border.
    Q: For the last five years I have been having fun with my neighbor. After he leaves for work, I mow his lawn. Yesterday he told me it’s driving him crazy that his grass never grows. Should I tell him?
    A: What, and ruin this perfect practical joke? Hey, here’s my address. Wouldn’t it be funny if my car never got dirty?
    Q: I am a 16-year-old girl but look almost 40. As a result, I have been drinking beer, driving a car, and seeing X-rated movies for many years. My boyfriend says this is illegal and I could get in very serious trouble. Should I find a lawyer, just in case?
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  • There's no yours and mine with these two - their kids are all "ours"
    Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Completely retired, this couple sold their business to the son, and are loving every single minute of it. In fact, they are pretty close to being retired from their after-retirement career. How ‘bout that?
    Before, during and after retirement, this couple loves travelling, having been to Israel on two different trips, and “would go back in a heart beat.” They even experienced an emergency landing in Newfoundland with a tunnel of 15’ high snow on both sides of the runway. They loved taking care of the VIP row at the world prayer conference. Ya’ just never know what these two are going to be up to.
    Several times, they’ve been deployed by the Salvation Army (Oklahoma, Southern Illinois and even Washington, Indiana) to give emotional and spiritual aide in storm situations, including at the height of Katrina. As they heard heart-wrenching stories, sometimes not even knowing where they or whom they were helping would sleep, she specifically said for all to, “Listen to your sirens, and do what is needed to be safe!”
    My fellow this week was on the South School Board for several terms, worked on the Redevelopment Commission, taught Sunday School for decades (1st Christian Church, New Creation) and basically said, “I’ve really just helped with everything!”
    She has been deeply involved in HUD and the Salvation Army, but earlier when the kids were home, Campfire Girls and Scouts. She also babysat their grandkids for 17 years. The younger ones, grandsons, Wyatt and Riley she (did and still) refers to as “the Wee Boys.” He reminded me of another item of interest in regards to her, that she is an “awesome writer,” having had her own column in Sports in the early 80s, called, “One Step at a Time!” Also, through that love of jogging, she has won awards, as well as running in marathons. 
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  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Indiana has a dubious commonality with Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming. We’re one of only these four other states that have no statutes criminalizing various types of bias-motivated violence or intimidation. In a recent “Lunch With the League” presentation, Dr. Anita Joshi, who has practiced pediatrics in Crawfordsville for over 20 years, made a clear case for the need of such legislation in Indiana.
    Hate crimes are those motivated by biases based on race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. They are particularly sad because the person committing a crime like assault might have no other reason for the attack other than the person they are attacking happens to be Hispanic or gay or whatever. The underlying crime is assault. This crime becomes much more troubling and serious when it becomes clear that the underlying motivation is bigotry or racism.
    Indian law does have a definition for hate crime and law enforcement agencies are required to report them. The problem is, defining hate crimes is one thing. Backing up the definition with anti-bias legislation is really what we need. Legislation would allow for harsher penalties for the criminals. It would help in the maintenance of more consistent record keeping of hate crime offenses as well as giving prosecutors an much more robust tool to show the public that intolerance is unacceptable to the citizens of Indiana.
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  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Are you interested in honing your skills as a gardener? Do you have years of experience in your lawn and garden and want to teach others about your experience? Or are you just starting out, and want to learn all the best information for doing things right? Do you enjoy working outside and volunteering with other local organizations? The Purdue Master Gardener program could be right for you!
    Becoming a Purdue Master Gardener volunteer is a two-part process: first, you must sign up for the Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training course. Second, you must pass an exam at the end of the course. The 35+ hour training course introduces and explores many topics, ranging from weed management in the home lawn to diagnosing plant diseases in your garden. Montgomery County’s Basic Training course will cover these topics and more beginning August 8th. The class meets every Wednesday from 9AM-12PM from August 8th until October 31st at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The class will begin with a pre-test so that we can learn a little bit about what you already know. The class ends with a post-test that you must pass with a score of 70% or better in order to become a Master Gardener volunteer. 
    Master Gardener volunteers maintain their status as volunteers by completing community service projects and attending lawn and garden education programs. There are lots of opportunities to maintain volunteer status. It is easy to learn and grow your knowledge with other volunteers in our community and around the state!
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  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    A few weeks ago The Paper quietly rolled out a new program for first responders and teachers. We didn’t make a big fuss about it because frankly we didn’t want our “friends” to do what they always do, try to twist it into something it’s not.
    But now that’s it’s off to a great start we’re happy to share the details – and open the door even wider. What door? What details?
    Pardon me for burying the lead, but the eight or nine of you who regularly follow my ramblings know that I’ve been perched high atop the soapbox when it comes to violence involving schools and first responders. In fact, a quick check that didn’t even involve my fingers and toes shows that I’ve written about said topic in one form or another five times since May. It seems pretty clear to me that the answer to the troubles our country faces aren’t going to come from one place, but from what Warren Harding and later Richard Nixon called the silent majority. No offense to our friends from the corner of Capitol and Washington in Indianapolis, but the solution begins in our house, not the Statehouse.
    So we at the Little Paper That Could started with what we can do. We reached out to the schools and the local government. We told them as a thank you for their service and for their decision to step up day after day after day for all of us, we would offer them our services – at no cost.
    No strings attached.
    And look, before anyone starts the aforementioned twisting process, let me be clear. This isn’t going to make anyone’s year. It isn’t a windfall for us because last time I checked, “free” didn’t exactly enhance the bottom line. And we’re not pretending that teachers / first responders just won the lottery. Not by a long shot.
    Creating a daily edition of our paper is what we do. We make it with our very own hands, our heads, our hearts and our souls every day, 365 days a year. And we’re offering it gratis to anyone who’s a first responder, a teacher . . . and now, active military.
    There’s no catch. It’s not a “trial” offer. Nope, it’s a year-long subscription to our Online Edition – a value of $42. The only details are:
    Recipients must be a first responder, a teacher (school employee) or active military from Montgomery County
    They sign up by e-mailing from their work e-mail account
    And if they are a current Print Edition subscriber, we’ll continue their Print Edition until it expires and then start the Online Edition.
    Why are we doing this? It’s truly not complicated. If we’re going to get out of this mess our country is in, efforts begin at home. We need to return to what some smart folks never forgot, neighbors stand up for neighbors. The outstretched hand to help isn’t marred by a finger pointing blame – or doing something else. 
    And, truth to tell, there’s not much argument that all three of the groups we’re making our offer to are in harm’s way more than ever as our world changes.
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  • Monday, June 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    Stacey Baschwit & Ed Ebaugh
    ** The monthly Golden Girls meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 10:45 a.m. at the New Ross Steak House. There will be no business meeting but we will be enjoying fellowship and a delicious meal to celebrate their Anniversary.
    ** It's that time of year again! The Walnut Township Community Organization will host their annual Hometown Fish Fry on Saturday, June 16. They will be serving fish sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, bake beans, slaw, desserts, and drinks from 5 to 8 pm at the Walnut Township Fire Department in New Ross. A free will offering will be taken. There will also be bingo plus games for the kids.
    ** New Ross United Methodist Church will host the community Vacation Bible School on Saturday, June 23. All the activities will be held at Leland Park in New Ross (weather permitting). Registration begins at 9 am and closing at 2:30 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to play on the new playground equipment, share in Creation stories, make crafts pertaining to nature and have a cookout lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks. Registration forms can be picked up from Lexa McCampbell or Pastor Tami Mussche.
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  • Monday, June 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    The mother of one of my patients asked me to write about meningitis. Meningitis is a very rare condition. The incidence of all types of bacterial meningitis in the United States is about two to three cases per 100,000 people per year, while viruses cause about 11 cases per 100,000 per year. I frequently witnessed the devastation of meningitis during my training in the late 80’s. However, with the advent of vaccines to prevent the most common causes of bacterial meningitis, physicians rarely see a case today.
    Meningitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the meninges, the coverings surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord. Most of the symptoms of meningitis are caused by the inflammatory reaction of the body to infection by viruses and bacteria, and rarely fungi or parasites. These microorganisms reach the meninges either through the bloodstream or by direct contact of the mininges with the nasal cavity or skin, usually through some type of trauma.
    Meningitis, especially bacterial, can be very serious, if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Depending on the cause, death from meningitis occurs about 20 percent to 30 percent of the time in infants, about two percent in older children, and from 19 percent to 37 percent in adults. 
    Viruses are the most common causative agent in meningitis. Viral meningitis is usually caused by enteroviruses, herpes viruses, varicella (chickenpox) virus, mumps virus, measles virus, and HIV.
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