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?
Upcoming Events. . .
2019 Golf Scramble hosted by New Ross Conservation Club and the Crawfordsville Municipal Golf Course on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Spots are limited so jump in quick!
A Suicide Prevention Walk will be held at Milligan Park on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The 2019 Ironman National hosted by Pro Motocross and Ironman Raceway is on Aug. 24 at 6 a.m. Crawfordsville is home to the 6th Annual Ironman National – Round 12 and season finale of the prestigious Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
The TASTE! of Montgomery County is back. It’s set for Aug. 24, from noon to 10 p.m.! Advance tickets are on sale at the Community Center--you can save $2 on adult admission and $1 on youth admission.
Airport day is Sept. 7. Come out and celebrate Airport Day and be a part of the Airport’s 75th Anniversary. It’s presented by Duke Energy! There will be free plane rides for kids ages 8-17 (must have parent/guardian present at time of flight and registration); Robinson 44 Helicopter Rides; IU Health LifeLine: Lafayette Base Helicopter on display; Crawfordsville Fire Department; Crawfordsville Police Department; Tuskegee Airmen; Commemorative Air Force, Indiana Wing PT-26 Fairchild; Aircraft Simulator; R/C Club; Boy Scout Food Vendor; Kona Ice of Midwest Indiana and more! Helicopter Rides will be $30 each person.
Gloom. . .
This week’s gloom are the mass shootings that have been trending so much on social media, and has left us all wondering why. These events have left a country in mourning. Our hearts and prayers are with all those involved, but as citizens, as a country. I don't proclaim to have the answers but something has to change to prevent such massacres from happening in the future.
Glee. . .
Through all the sadness of said tragedies, I've watched people come together in prayer and concern. Through all the disagreements, through tragedies such as these I think it's important to remember we are still so fortunate to live in the country we live in. To have the liberty to argue and bicker in a public forum about our opinions on our government or its wrongs. Keep in mind, in some countries the penalty for speaking out about the leaders could result in capital punishment. So even though we may disagree . . . at least we have the luxury to have and express our personal opinions.
I have cried tears for people and families I will never know. I wonder why and how does this happen? Yet, when I see the outpouring of love, caring and compassion, I'm reminded of all the good decent and hard-working folks all over this country and I am so grateful to be an American. God bless us all and God bless our country.

Stacey Baschwit works at The Paper of Montgomery County, along with her many other duties, and writes a weekly column about the people, places and events that make up her world.