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Sunday, January 19, 2020
  • Mile markers still on radar for Ask MAC
    Friday, January 17, 2020 7:35 PM
    Last week we had a reader from Carmel of all places ask about the mile markers that are posted along the Sugar Creek Trail. Park & Rec Boss Lady Fawn Johnson was nice enough to explain those.
    Well, that prompted local resident Gary Behling to ask about other kinds of mile markers. Here’s what Gary sent.
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  • So, just what do markers mean?
    Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:49 AM
    We have a couple of Ask MAC questions pending, and we’re waiting on replies from the city and county streets and highway department on one. In the meantime, Crawfordsville Parks & Recreation Department Director Fawn Johnson was nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a question about the Sugar Creek Trail. Ask MAC got a question submitted off The Paper’s web site from someone named Jon M. from Carmel. MAC assumes he was over here running on the trail during a visit – but with those folks from Carmel, you never know. He may have taken the Monon Trail as far as he could this way, jumped on over to the Sugar Creek Trail and then headed for who knows where. But MAC digresses. At any rate, here’s Jon’s question:
    On the Sugar Creek Trail there are mile markers. Where do they start from? And did the extension behind the Animal Welfare League change those?
    Jon M.
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  • Couple of questions pending for Ask MAC
    Friday, January 3, 2020 11:58 PM
    MAC gets to take a break this week, but wants to thank readers for continuing to send in questions. In fact, MAC has two questions right now involving keeping our roads safe and the Sugar Creek Trail.
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  • Why can questions be unsigned?
    Saturday, December 28, 2019 3:11 AM
    This week is about anonymity. Two people, both who chose to be anonymous, correctly pointed out that MAC takes anonymous questions and people can post anonymous comments online, yet The Paper doesn’t allow anonymous letters to the editor.
    Here’s what the nicer of the two said.
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  • Can batteries in the trash start a fire?
    Friday, December 13, 2019 9:51 PM
    Got a question for MAC? E-mail it to askmac@thepaper24-7.com. Got a question? Give it to the Montgomery Answer Connection!
    MAC hates unsigned questions – and while this wasn’t exactly a full name, it was better than being anonymous. Mark sent in the following question:
    My significant other and I have this disagreement. Can you throw away batteries like C, D, AAA and that type? With Christmas toys getting ready to spring on us, we'll be going through batteries like wildfire. I contend that batteries in the trash could connect with a piece of metal or something, spark and cause a fire. Besides, don't batteries have to be recycled?
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  • Anything going on with Ben-Hur?
    Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Hey MAC – What's going on with the Ben-Hur building?
    Unsigned
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  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:23 AM
    MAC actually got several e-mails (all unsigned, tsk-tsk) that asked about an incident involving county councilman Mark Davidson. Here’s the best and most complete of the e-mails.
    Dear MAC,
    Word is that County Council Mark Davidson was arrested at Nucor. Is that true and if it is, what he arrested for and does he have to quit the Council?
    Unsigned
    MAC reached out to the Sheriff’s Department and found that no arrest had taken place involving the MCSD. MAC also reached out to the Department of Natural Resources and they confirmed that there was an incident but asked MAC to fill out a public records request form – which we did. The good folks at the state of Indiana said MAC would hear back . . . at some point. So far, MAC hasn’t.
    What MAC has learned (other than bureaucracy is slow) is that there was indeed an incident, however, it did not result in an arrest. So MAC contacted Mark Davidson and here’s what he said:
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  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:40 AM
    MAC is flattered because last week’s answer apparently generated enough interest to get a follow-up question (or maybe MAC just did a bad job of giving complete information!). Also, MAC is honored to know that he was a topic of conversation at a coffee club. Read on!
    Dear MAC,
    The question and answer on the mayor last week created some questions with our coffee group. How many mayors exactly has Crawfordsville had? Mac, you did a good job of telling us about the three-term mayors but who were the others? What else can you tell us? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Unsigned
    Well first off, MAC sure appreciates the kind words – even if they are not signed. And let MAC take this opportunity to ask for you to please include your name when sending in a question. MAC sure would appreciate it!
    But on to this week’s questions.
    We mentioned last week that Crawfordsville has had three mayors who served three consecutive terms. But they were not the first mayors to serve three terms.
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  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 4:00 AM
    MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – got several e-mails and phone calls this week from readers asking if the bridge on 32 was going to be open soon. This is a compilation.

    Dear MAC,
    The State first reported that the bridge on 32 east of Crawfordsville would open on Nov. 3. Then they changed it to Nov. 8. Do you know if they are going to hit that target?
    We reached out to Debbie Calder, Communications Director at the Indiana Department of Transportation here in Crawfordsville. She told us that the bridge would open up late in the day on Friday. 
    So the really good news is that the state came in a day ahead of when they projected initially and a week ahead of a later projection.
    The even better news is that my car and your car and everyone else’s care can quit getting beat to death on the older part of Traction Road!
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  • Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:00 AM
    MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – got an e-mail from Jim asking how the tornado sirens work, and who is behind them.
    Dear MAC,
    How do the tornado sirens get activated? Does someone "turn a switch" that sets them off or do they come on automatically and if that is the case what is the trigger that does that?
    Jim
    We reached out to Shari Harrington, the Director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. This is what she told us:
    “The outdoor weather system, commonly known as "tornado sirens" are activated at our 911 dispatch center by pressing a button. There is a policy in place for the activation of the siren system. The siren system is activated if the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning. Our dispatchers keep a vigilant watch for these tornado warnings so they can activate the system very quickly, and they do a great job making sure this happens. As part of the testing protocol, the outdoor siren system is activated 2 times each month, the second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and the last Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m., unless we are having inclement weather. Another time you may hear the sirens test are during the national and state testing times. Those dates and times are emailed to us so we can participate.
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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – got an e-mail from Bill Miller wondering if Terry Hockersmith was retiring from public service. We don’t have an answer yet, but here’s what we found out.
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  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    MAC – your Montgomery Answer Connection – got an e-mail from Betty Leslie over on the northeast side of Crawfordsville. She saw a flurry of activity the other evening and wanted to know what was going on.
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  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    There’s a phrase – may you live in interesting times – that has often been attributed to a Chinese curse. No one seems able to verify that. However, when it comes to politics, whether it’s a curse or not, we certainly do seem to live in very interesting times. From Washington, D.C. to right here in Montgomery County, there is a lot of hate, disgust, passion, apathy and everything in between. This week’s question seems to fit right in.
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  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    Although the feature Ask MAC, your Montgomery Answer Connection, isn’t that old, this week’s question has to qualify as one of the oddest. Read on.

    Dear MAC,
    Our family has owned a farm for several generations and I would like to know how easy it is, or if it is even legal at all, to start a family cemetery.
    Faithful Reader
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  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 4:00 AM

    This week’s question for MAC, your Montgomery Answer Connection, came from a frequent guesser on Bits’n’Pieces, Mark Russell. Like a lot of us, Mark is ready to stop taking different routes around the detour on State Road 32.

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