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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently I was invited to participate in a high school job fair experience with select students from all three Montgomery County school corporations and Western Boone. Our two Montgomery County career coaches, Samantha Cotten and Clayton Randolph, wanted to create an opportunity for students to interact more with local area businesses and make some meaningful connections with them. As a community, we are privileged to have these two career coaches working hard for our local students and giving them opportunities we never had growing up.
    At the Job Fair, I enjoyed speed networking with the students. We, the business leaders, were scattered throughout the room and the students had two-minute segments to create a connection. I wasn’t able to connect with every student in the room, but I was able to meet with some interesting students. Their interests and dreams ranged in a wide variety of fields. I met a student who wanted to be a mechanical engineer for a local manufacturer to help them maintain and design their processes. There was another student who wanted to be a welder. I even met one or two who hadn’t figured it out yet. Our young adults are going to accomplish some great things right here in Montgomery County and they are passionate. So brace yourselves for what our community has in store.
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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, I’d like to introduce you to Montgomery County’s newest county councilman from District One, Tom Mellish. He takes over for Dick Chastain who retired after a long and distinguished career as councilman. I sat down with him this week to ask a few questions:
    FREY: What is your professional background?
    MELLISH: I am a retired Principal. I led Sugar Creek Elementary for 23 wonderful years. The world of education is a rewarding one and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    FREY: Where do you live and tell me about your family?
    MELLISH: I have lived in Montgomery County for over 27 years with my wife, Cynda. We have raised two sons who graduated from North Montgomery High School and now reside in the Indianapolis area. We could not be prouder of them and feel fortunate to have raised them in such a great community.
    FREY: Any current or past board work?
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  • Monday, February 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. I must admit my knowledge of the subject is limited. It’s a medical condition I’ve tended to avoid because of its complex and evolving nature. It can, however, be a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that is illustrative of where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
    “Lymphoma” is a broad term used to describe a large number of “lymphoid neoplasms.” A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of cells that can be benign (not usually dangerous to one’s health) or malignant (cancerous). Lymphoid neoplasms are composed of cells found in the lymph system. This system is responsible for filtering out and killing foreign invaders in our bodies, particularly infectious agents.
    The lymph system contains two types of specialized cells that can kill these foreign substances, either directly (T cells), or indirectly (B cells). B cells produce antibodies that bind to the foreign agents to help remove them from the body. When B and T cells multiply out of control, it results in lymphomas.
    The various types of lymphomas are named using a complex classification system based on cell morphology (what they look like) and lineage (their genetic makeup). Lymphomas are broadly classified into Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is further divided into B-cell and T-cell types. B-cell lymphomas account for about 80 percent of NHL.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Thomas Laurence Nicolson
    Monday, February 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    The soldiers have come from all realms of economy, this week’s from one of the wealthiest of the Crawfordsville area families, but, yes, most from quite poor circumstances. This one is just one of the exceptions.
    Thomas Laurence Nicolson was the son of Thomas B. and Anne Kenyon Nicholson. Her father, Wiley Kenyon was quite an admired man and delved into many aspects of Montgomery’s early life, including being our first or one of the first photographers in Crawfordsville. He owned several government patents in the heating field and was a gold digger (literally). Anne’s mother, Mary Elizabeth O’Neall was the daughter of Abijah O’Neall, who came to Montgomery County, settling at Yountsville in 1834. He was a miller and kept a country store. Also, he served as a surveyor and was a farmer, plus he sheltered escaped slaves for the Underground Railroad. 
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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Many adults begin to become less active as they age. But regular physical activity in older adults can be very beneficial. Physical activity can help delay, prevent or manage many costly chronic diseases. Although many know physical activity is helpful nearly 31 million adults over 50 are inactive. It is important that you assess your needs and abilities before starting any kind of exercise routine. If you have been inactive for a long period of time or are concerned about how increasing your physical activity may affect you, consult with your doctor. They can help you choose the right type, intensity and duration of the exercises that would work best for. 
    It is recommended that older adults participate in aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes each week. Over time, regular aerobic activity can make the heart and cardiovascular system stronger. Some examples of aerobic activity would be walking, swimming, dancing or riding a bike. If you are unable to reach the 150 minutes each week, you should be as physically active as your abilities will allow. 
    It is recommended that older adults also participate in muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. When doing so you should include all of the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms. Some examples activities would include using resistance bands, weight machines, hand held weights or even just carrying groceries. 
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Valentine’s Day wasThursday this week. By the time you read this, you’ll know if you’re in love. It’s a state that you know you’re in, not sure how you got there, yet know you never want to leave.
    I know what everyone else knows about love — nothing. That validates me as an expert.
    The real authorities, however, are the Greeks. They had seven types of love they believed everyone experiences over a lifetime. There is Eros, the love of the physical body. Eros was the Greek god of love and sexual cravings.
    Another love is Philia, or a heartfelt love that you have for a brother or sister, or for a best friend. Pragma is time-honored love. It was the highest form of love known to the Greeks. Think of the love your grandparents share.
    Ludus is playful love, a flirting, carefree love. Ludus folks would now be called “friends with benefits” — no deep roots, no strings attached. Agape is the love of the soul. The Bible talks about Agape, a deep unconditional love that never expects anything in return — a love from the goodness of the heart.
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    My wife casually mentioned to me the other night that my chest needed a little development. (While I suppose your better half is permitted to assess your upper half, I’d suggest not responding in kind.) She thinks my body lacks definition, but I disagree. It’s in the dictionary under scrawny. Women are definitely more interested in men having muscles than a sense of humor. No female has never said: “I wish Matthew McConaughey would put his shirt back on and tell more jokes.”
    I used to go to a gym to play racquetball, and I’d see men and women fine-tuning their physiques, yet I wasn’t inspired to fiddle with my own. Never really interested in the pure pursuit of brute strength, I would watch weightlifters during their routine. They’d pick up a heavy thing, then they’d put it down again. Such indecision.
    After this stinging critique of my body, I read in Prevention magazine that when you reach 45 years of age, you begin losing one percent of your bone density and muscle mass every year. Old photos of me from high school show there was very little mass to start with, although some did roll in across my midsection in the early ’80s. Density? I asked Mary Ellen about that, but she said not to worry, that I’m as dense as I’ve ever been—and she’s not one to just toss out compliments.
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  • Lucky in love, our guest also won an important horse
    Thursday, February 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Had such a wonderful time visiting with my amazing guest this week, who recently celebrated her 10 x 10th birthday. Yep, she is 100 but gave me to know that she’s not the oldest person in Waveland, Lillian Presslor is!
    Her home is like a museum, full of dolls, pictures and just wonderful family items. She apologized for the mess – no need – I loved it and although I stayed more than three hours, I could easily live there, not only for the nostalgia but because I so enjoyed visiting with this knowledgeable, interesting, sweet lady.
    Born in Paris, Illinois, she grew-up in Portland Mills, Indiana where she attended Russellville school and lived on the family farm where she began her working career at age seven when her mother was badly burned with hot canning wax while fixing tomatoes. There was a few week old baby at the house and no one else to help. Mom was forbidden to get her hands in water or do any work. So, washing, ironing, cooking became her life. She really loves being outdoors, though. Arranging, weeding and working in the flowers, gardening, she loves it all. Still does it, although she rides her golf cart around moving from place to place.
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  • Local judge right at home on the bench
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County Superior Court Judge Heather Barajas lights up when she’s asked about the best part of her job.
    Recently, Heather was kind enough to sit down and talk about her time on the bench, her career and life in general. Other than family, nothing made her smile like the adoptions she deals with in court.
    “I just want them to understand how much they are loved,” she explained. 
    That seems an odd comment from the person presiding over a variety of legal proceedings, but the former assistant district attorney has seen all sides.
    “I dislike when parents are ugly to each other and put their kids in the middle. This is such a big event. It means so much.”
    Heather said the youngsters usually leave court with one of two books, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss or You Are Special, by Max Lucado. She writes a note inside each so they child will have a personal message (as well as a stuffed animal) to commemorate the special day.
    As she described everything, it wasn’t clear who was most impacted, the child, the parents . . . or perhaps the judge?
    “I love adoption hearings,” she said. “It’s really the only time everyone leaves the courtroom happy.”
    Not everything in court has happy endings – although the ones that do tend to stick out.
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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    February 14 marks the 99th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, six months before the ratification of 19th amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote.
    The 19th Amendment was the culmination of a 72 year effort which began in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Visionary and courageous individuals throughout the country, including Zerelda Wallace, step-mother of Lew Wallace, were key suffrage supporters.
    From its beginning in 1920, the LWV has provided service to voters and influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The LWV does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party and is now open to men as well as women. Since its inception, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government.
    Throughout the decades the League has successfully worked for many causes, including passage of the1921 Sheppard-Towner Act providing federal aid for maternal and child care programs and enactment of the Social Security and Food and Drug Acts (1930’s) establishment of the United Nations (1945), and public education. 
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  • 2019 Maxda CX-5 is neatly tailored, amply powered
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Fashion is more than clothes – it’s about presence, a sense of refinement, and elegance of design and materials that can be appreciated by the wearer and those he or she encounters. And, there’s no reason a crossover must be two ugly high-riding boxes welded together. Taking the best of its Japanese heritage and American desire for ever more stylish and luxurious crossovers, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is quite fashionable.
    Mazda proves stunningly beautiful automobiles need not be just for the rich. Crisply creased sheetmetal highlights the hood, fenders, and rear facia. Up front, narrow inset LED headlamps accent the large mesh grille with chrome that runs from beneath the headlamps and under the grille. Our Signature model was dressed out in 19” wheels and detailed chrome window trim. A wide stance imbues a sense of performance that’s unlike most Japanese and American crossovers.
    Plop down inside with logos covered and you’ll think you’re in an Audi. Plush stitched dash and door coverings, matching woodgrain, and bright trim add texture. Look close and you’ll notice the leather seats and armrests are a dark brown. Bose audio, power moonroof, heated sport steering wheel, ambient LED lighting, and dual-zone automatic climate control amplify the mood. Travel with four comfortable passengers with gear tossed through the power-opening hatch.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Love is in the air! ’Tis the season to shower that special someone with gifts and thoughtfulness. Every Valentine’s you see everyone’s efforts as they prepare to shower someone with love.
    Last fall, our community experienced the ideas of a place-making expert, Peter Kageyama. As you may have heard or read about him last fall, Peter is known for his ideas on helping communities forge positive relationships with their citizens and vice versa. Peter explains how everyone has an emotional connection to their community, good or bad. He is known for his books, Love Where You Live and For The Love of Cities. 
    I had the unique experience of spending time with Peter for three days while he was in Crawfordsville. I have to admit, the notion of having an emotional connection to my community never occurred to me prior to meeting Peter and reading his two books. I have always used emotional phrases when referencing the place I live, but it never really occurred to me there was a working relationship between me and my community. Sure, we all get frustrated about something every now and then, but there are plenty of things we appreciate about our community. I’m reminded of the person who makes their “pros and cons” list trying to determine if they should move forward with that special someone. This process helps highlight the various pros and cons of an individual to give a balanced perspective. Sometimes we can get hung up on a single aspect. The way they smile, slurp their coffee or talk with a heavy accent can be things we can focus on and totally overlook their thoughtfulness, intelligence or personality. Perhaps we could all gain some perspective about our community and make a “pros and cons” list of our own?
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County 4-H program will be offering a great opportunity for YOU to come and learn about the 4-H program and get all of your questions answered. The New 4-H Member Orientation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. RSVP’s are due by Monday, Feb. 11 and there is no cost to attend. To RSVP, please contact the Extension office at (765) 364-6363. Refreshments will be provided, as well as some 4-H resources, so please be sure to RSVP so that we can ensure we have adequate supplies for participants. 
    This FREE orientation is for youth currently in grades 3-12, particularly those in their 1st or 2nd year of 4-H. However, you do not have to be a current 4-H member to attend. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about 4-H, then this is a great opportunity for you come and learn. Parents/guardians of youth are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
    The New 4-H Member Orientation is for youth and their parents/guardians to come and learn about 4-H trips and opportunities, projects, Green Records books, and get all of your questions answered. The goal of this orientation is to get your 4-H experience started off on the right foot! You will even have a chance to talk with some of Montgomery County 4-H’s tenured 4-H members. They will be there to share their experiences in the 4-H program and give you tips and tricks for how you can get involved. 
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    After experiencing a temperature swing from -15 to 60°F in the last week and a half, it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. But with spring on the way (just 40 days away!), so is the 2019 growing season. Before field operations get underway, we invite you to attend the annual Montgomery County Ag Outlook program to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    This event, sponsored by Hoosier Heartland State Bank, is your opportunity to review last year’s volatile commodity market activity and hear predictions for 2019 with Michael Langemeier, Ag Economist from Purdue University. Dr. Langemeier will discuss the impacts of input costs on the upcoming growing season and explore issues in international trade that could affect grain prices through the end of 2019. He will be available to answer any questions you might have during the last 30 minutes or so of the program.
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  • Monday, February 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    We continue to see quite a few kids in our office each year with concussions. Usually this is an athletic injury, but it is commonly seen in others as well. Concussions have always been a part of sports, especially those involving high-energy collisions, most notably football, soccer, hockey and basketball. Intensive research, along with lawsuits like the one the NFL Players Association brought against the NFL, is causing research to move rapidly to help us get a firmer grasp on how to prevent and manage concussions.
    A concussion is a trauma-induced alteration in mental status that usually does not involve a loss of consciousness and does not have to be a result of a blow to the head. In fact, only ten percent of concussions are associated with a loss of consciousness. 
    A concussion is the result of soft brain tissue moving violently inside the bony skull. It is important to realize that this movement can result in varying degrees of microscopic injury to the brain, the majority of which will not show up on radiology imaging studies like CT or MRI scans. 
    Concussions alter the ability of brain cells to properly use energy to communicate – the brain’s demand for energy exceeds what can be delivered, resulting in many signs (observable by others) and symptoms (what the athlete feels). The injured brain is at increased risk of additional injury, sometimes catastrophic, until this mismatch of energy supply and demand is resolved.
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