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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • Bits'n'Pieces 9-15-18
    Saturday, September 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WE BEGIN THIS week’s scribblings on a somber note and send all our best wishes and prayers to Dr. Tim Brown and his family. Dr. Brown has been our state representative since 1994 and we hope he fully recovers from a serious motorcycle accident earlier this week so that he can continue being our state representative for a lot longer.
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    IT HAS BEEN said several times over the last 14 years in this particular newspaper that city and county officials should visit corporate HQs of companies that have a presence in our little corner of God’s country. So we offer a tip of the cap to Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton for doing exactly that this week. His honor the mayor traveled up to Chicagoland and met with the former RRD folks now known as LSC. Good on you, Mayor Barton.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 9-8-18
    Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    AS OUR PAL Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to Vice Ford in Ladoga. On Sept. 20, they are working with the choral department at Southmont in an effort to raise much-needed funds. From 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vice Ford will donate $20 for every adult who test drives a vehicle at the school. According to Southmont, they can have as many as 300 adults take part in the program. That means the choral department could earn up to $6,000. In addition, if the driver specifies a South choral student before the test drive, that student will receive $10 of the $20 to go toward their costumes and choir fees. A nice win-win for a locally owned business AND one of our fine schools!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 9-1-18
    Saturday, September 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    TODAY IS THE first day of September, the ninth month of the year. The name comes from the Latin word septem which translates to seven – because it was the seventh month in the 10-month Roman calendar. It’s also the 244th day of 2018 with only 121 days to go before 2019 arrives. And who says newspapers aren’t educational? 
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    LABOR DAY weekend used to be the final weekend of the summer, a time for family reunions, final trips and more. Now, it’s almost just another weekend because the kids have been back in school for a while and everyone’s working too much to take a quick trip. This is progress? 
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    OK, MAYBE IT’S a different kind of labor, but we heard this one the other day. A husband was telling his pregnant wife who was in labor that it’s not really “pain,” it’s just pressure. A nurse standing by said, “he’s right, honey. It’s kind of like calling a tornado a wind current.” 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 8-25-18
    Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    OUR HONEST Hoosier is on a rampage about semi drivers at the intersection of 32 and I-74. He’s asking if anyone else is noticing how some of those drivers are pulling out in front of traffic to the point that cars and trucks almost have to come to a stop. It’s happening at the Pilot station and the interstate both. Anyone else noticed this? 
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    A LOT OF people are saying that the streets after the paving is complete are wonderful. But the bumps and hard jolts everyone is going through during construction may not make it worthwhile. 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 8-18-18
    Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Gary Coffenberry collected $25 bucks from The Paper and you could too! Just take a crack at identifying our Mystery Guest in the popular Bits'n'Pieces feature above! If you can identify our guest you'll be entered into a drawing for $25.

    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    IN CASE YOU missed it, Thursday was National Joke Day. Best one we heard? How many newspaper people does it take to change a lightbulb? Too. (Hey, we never claimed to be smart!)
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    IF YOU LIVE out in the Lake Holiday area, be on the lookout for a large yellow cat that answers to the name Dart. He belongs to our office manager Jennifer. If you spot him, please call or text 366-8657. 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 8-11-18
    Saturday, August 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WE ALWAYS try to follow three rules when promoting events: 1. Local 2. Local 3. Local. However, this one is so neat we just have to pass it along. If you have never taken in the Lights at the Brickyard, we hope you’ll consider it. Tickets are on sale now for the popular, drive-through holiday display’s third season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Nov. 16 to Dec. 30 event features dozens of colorful displays totaling more than 2.5 million bright lights on a 2-mile course through the IMS infield and historic oval, including the front stretch and world-famous "Yard of Bricks" start-finish line. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com. Prices range from $25 to $60 depending on day and service. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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    WE’RE never surprised at the good things coming out of Wabash College. A group of students and alums are hitting the streets of Indianapolis for the 2018 IndyFringe festival. Of the 62 productions that will be performed during the 11-day festival, four shows have ties to Wabash. Tickets for the festival, which runs Aug. 16-26, can be found at www.indyfringe.org. 
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    THE TASTE OF Montgomery County returns for the 12th year later this month. On Aug. 25 gates open at noon and the food, festivities and fun will last until 10 p.m. There are four wonderful music acts, Highland Reign (1p.m. to 3 p.m.), The Half Step Sisters (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.), Violin Show Olga (6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.) and The Tad Robinson Band (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. But advance tickets for only $5 and $2 respectively are on sale at the Carriage House at the Lew Wallace Museum, the Visitors and Convention Bureau, Milligan’s Flowers and the Park and Rec Department. This is a great fund-raiser for one of our city’s best attractions, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, not to mention it’s a great time! See you there!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 8-4-18
    Saturday, August 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    USUALLY ON Saturday morning we have several e-mails telling us who the Mystery Guest was. But the very first e-mail this week took Bits’n’Pieces to task. “You said that it’s nice to drive on smooth and nice roads,” the e-mail began, “but out where we live it’s still a mess. When are they going to get to all the county roads that need repairing? Stop sucking up to the people you call the Hired Hands.” The note was unsigned of course, but it didn’t include what part of the county they were talking about. There are county officials read this, but unfortunately we can’t share with them the road in question. And hey, we’ll try to quit sucking up so much, too!
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    WE WERE all excited Wednesday when we saw a press release from the good folks at Ivy Tech announcing a partnership with Fusion . . . Our first thought was that the doors to Crawfordsville’s new Fusion 54 were not even open yet and not only is Wabash College going to be a big part of it, but now so is Ivy Tech. Alas, as they say the devil is in the details and a closer read of the press release showed Ivy Tech is partnering with Fusion 360, a cloud-based 3D CAD / CAM tool for product development. Oh well, it was a nice thought while it lasted. 
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    THE TASTE OF Montgomery County returns for the 12th year later this month. On Aug. 25 gates open at noon and the food, festivities and fun will last until 10 p.m. There are four wonderful music acts, Highland Reign (1p.m. to 3 p.m.), The Half Step Sisters (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.), Violin Show Olga (6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.) and The Tad Robinson Band (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. But advance tickets for only $5 and $2 respectively are on sale at the Carriage House at the Lew Wallace Museum, the Visitors and Convention Bureau, Milligan’s Flowers and the Park and Rec Department. This is a great fund-raiser for one of our city’s best attractions, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, not to mention it’s a great time! See you there!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 7-28-18
    Saturday, July 28, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    AS OUR PAL Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to all the city, county and state officials who have played a part in making roads all around the area better. We’ve long griped in this space and this paper about roads that shake, rattle and roll you half to death so it’s nice to drive on smooth and nice ones now. Many thanks! 
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    WHILE WE’RE handing out gold stars, here’s one to Stellar director of operations (pun intended) Dale Petrie. Dale gave credit where credit was due to one of the behind-the-scenes guys. It was something he didn’t have to do, but we’re not surprised he did. Class act! 
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    SPEAKING OF the city, did you see the video from our Sagamore News Media video network of Mayor Todd Barton giving the update from his monthly mayor’s forum? It’s been viewed and shared on social media a bunch! 
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    OUR WISEACRE TIP of the day: Did you hear oxygen and magnesium got together? Omg! 
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    HAVE YOU traveled east on 32 over to Westfield yet to catch the Colts in camp? If not, you might consider going. Parking is a breeze, the facility is awesome and the Colts are always fun to watch. You can find details at http://grandpark.org/sports/colts/ 
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    ANYTIME WE hear about a deal where teachers and / or first responders are honored, we’ll try to pass it along. So we’re sharing that Conner Prairie is offering free admission to first responders next Saturday. Be sure to check out 3 Things on our front page Tuesday for details. And good on you, Conner Prairie! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 7-21-18
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    HAVE YOU seen the new website for Fusion 54? It’s worth checking out and, as our buddy Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to Stellar bossman (pun intended) Dale Petrie for all the hard and good work he’s done. Surf on over to www.fusion54.com and take a look at what could attract the next Steve Jobs right here to beautiful downtown Crawfordsville.
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    THANK YOU to the multiple people who called and e-mailed us Tuesday morning and afternoon to let us know that Walmart Optical was in the midst of eliminating 108 people from their workforce. Not only did that help shine the light of day on an important and sad event in our community, but by getting the word out it let other companies who are hiring know – and that helped some of those folks not skip a beat! 
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    SPEAKING OF those displaced workers, we suspect the group formerly known as MCED or IWA would have announced a plan of some sort by now to help those folks. Perhaps it would have been a job fair or something? This seemed the perfect opportunity for the new economic development group to step up but if they have, there’s been no announcement.
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    ANOTHER TIP of the cap should go to one of the workers from the Extension office over at the Fairgrounds, Bethany Young. We’ve worked with a lot of good folks over the years as they get us the results so we can get them published. But we have to say that this year has been one of the best experiences ever! Thanks so much and job well done, Bethany!
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    WE WANT TO say thanks to She Wren for sending us the photo below. It’s a group of friends who teamed up for a pretty neat photo opportunity recently! Pictured left to right, Teresa Teague with “Vinny”, Jane Armstrong with “Jelly Bean” and Joy Harlos with “Cherry Bomb.” These three got together with She for an impromptu photo shoot at Wabash College. She, Joy and Teresa work at Wabash and Jane is a neighbor of She. These gals are just nuts about their Bug babies! And no, the photo didn’t bug us at all!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 7-7-18
    Saturday, July 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WORD OUT OF city hall is that the Fusion 54 building is exceeding all expectations! Stay tuned for what will surely be the most grand of openings in the not-too-distant future. 
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    A TIP FOR the nice folks who put together First Friday entertainment in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. There’s been some great musical talent and we’d recommend reaching out to Mitch Barker – a guy who lives up north and is making a name for himself in the music world. Mitch plays a lot of gigs in Lafayette and some in the Indianapolis markets. He’s ultra-talented and is a North Montgomery graduate to boot! 
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    MID-WEEK HOLIDAYS are nice, but it sure messes up the schedule – or gives you a break, depending on your point of view. So, you’ll either be happy or sad to know that Wednesday, July 4 the last mid-week holiday until Thanksgiving. (And the next work-week holiday is Monday, Sept. 3 – Labor Day.)
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    SURE IS A lot of furor coming out of Indianapolis regarding the state’s attorney general. After allegations of fondling women, his resignation has been called for. What do you think should happen? That’s the question of the week in our non-scientific Online Poll. We’d be obliged if you would go to www.thepaper24-7.com and let us know what you think. 
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    POKEMON FANS will be roaming around Crawfordsville this weekend. Today, groups will be flitting from gym to gym at local historic sites in hopes of catching Team Mystic's bird, Articuno. Sunday is Pokemon Community Day, featuring a sunglasses-sporting Squirtle! Also a shout out to the Big Dipper who is gracious enough to give local players a discount during the events! Do you play? Join the local Discord group to stay connected – https://discord.gg/vqjRGpg
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  • Bits'n'Pieces  6-30-18
    Saturday, June 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    OUR STATE PRESS association executive director is a gentleman named Steve Key. He sent the following note Friday to newspapers all over the state. We thought we’d share it with you.
    Considering yesterday’s event in Annapolis, I feel compelled to tell you how proud I am to be a part of Indiana’s newspaper family.
    None of us go into journalism with the thought that there could be danger involved. We do it because we want to make a difference in our community. Whether it’s telling the story of a child facing a life-threatening disease that sparks a community’s outpouring of love or explaining the ramifications of state legislation on the lives of Hoosiers, newspapers inform and educate their community.
    Journalists are traditionally underpaid and overworked, but it’s a labor of love. And journalists are a key component to a vibrant democracy. It’s the reason our Constitution wasn’t ratified until the Bill of Rights was included. Literally, the First among those key amendments was the freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly.
    We now live in strange times, where politicians attack the press. Who could have envisioned a president calling us “the enemy of the people.”
    But journalists persevere. Despite the fatalities and devastated newsroom, Annapolis’ Capital Gazette staff put out a newspaper to its readers today. The staff worked from a parking lot in an adjacent garage to their offices to make sure they met the normal press deadline.
    How can you not be proud to be a part of a profession with that level of dedication to its readers.
    Thank you for being a newspaper person.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 6-23-18
    Saturday, June 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    OUR WEBSITE crawfordsvilleweather.com got a spike of hits Friday afternoon around 5 p.m. when the tornado sirens went off. According to the radar on the site, there were some nasty clouds but we couldn’t find any hook patterns that might indicate a tornado. Although the temperature did drop five degrees pretty quickly. The National Weather Service told us some interesting info about cold air funnels – and you can read all about that in your favorite Montgomery County daily!
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    WE DON’T LIKE to toot our own horn (too much), but we do want to say thanks to everyone who voted in our Weekly Online Poll last week. Hoosier lawmakers are studying whether or not to change the laws on public notice advertising. What they are trying to do is stop publishing their budgets and various information in Indiana newspapers. Some say they don’t want the extra cost (it’s less than one-tenth of one percent) and others say that no one reads newspapers anymore. But when we asked how you felt, more than 95 percent said to keep publishing those notices in newspapers. We love that! Not only do we think posting them to government web sites is a lot like the fox guarding the henhouse, but who has time to surf a bunch of different government web sites? We’re not sure why politicians seem to want more secrecy instead of more transparency, but perhaps voters can help remind them! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 6-16-18
    Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    THE BIG dedication ceremony for the courthouse clock tower is Sunday at 3 p.m. We understand that there will be a lot to hear for those in and around the downtown area! Can’t wait!
    And once again, here’s a huge thank you and job well done to Sandy Lofland-Brown! She has worked tirelessly on making this happen! What a shining example she is! 
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    WE ALL FELT sorry for not just the organizers of the Strawberry Festival, but all the organizations that had booths there for fund-raising purposes. Some groups really depend on that big weekend to pay for their activities, so the rain wasn’t just a damper on the event. We wish any of those community groups all the best and if we can help with your efforts to make up for the shortfall, just contact the publisher at The Paper, Tim. His e-mail is ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.
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    WE WANT TO say nice job to those kind hearts who painted so many good thoughts and wishes on the windows of Cornett’s Furniture to mark the untimely passing of Travis Cornett. They say the mark of a person is seen in the kind of people left behind and that spoke awfully well of Mr. Cornett.
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    TODAY IS Pokémon Community Day. For those not in the know, community day is a monthly event in which one aspect of the online game is featured. Today’s game character is Larvitar. (Don’t feel bad, we don’t know what that means either.) But if you see groups out and about looking down at their phones a lot, chances are they’re playing.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 6-9-18
    Saturday, June 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    WELCOME, WELCOME, welcome! The annual Strawberry Festival in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville may have the same name as others around the state – but you’ll pardon us if we’re a bit biased about this one. After all, how many Strawberry Festivals are on the grounds of an Indiana Governor’s home? How many are just down the street from one of the best-selling authors of all time? And how many are within view of a brand new courthouse clock tower? Yup, Crawfordsville, Indiana is the place to be! 
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    AN INTERESTING outcome from our non-scientific Weekly Online Poll last week. Those of us who have been around a while will remember when the Strawberry Festival was located mostly on Main and Green streets – and not on the grounds of Lane Place. Our question included an answer that said: “I miss the days when (the Strawberry Festival) was all over downtown Crawfordsville.” In a surprise to us, that answer ended up the highest vote getter at more than 60 percent. Wonder if there’s any chance the event organizers might consider going back to the future? 
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  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome back to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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    HAS ANYONE figured out why there’s a stop sign at the railroad tracks on Jennison behind Wabash College? Is it just because the street is so bad? 
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    AS OUR PAL Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to Sandy Lofland-Brown for the absolutely phenomenal job of raising more than half a million dollars for the courthouse clock tower. Someone griped about the cost the other day but this wasn’t tax money – Sandy worked hard to get private donations and when it’s all said and done will have completed the project exactly that way. Whether you love the clock tower or not, this is a great example of how to get things done the right way!
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    STEVE MIDDLETON is just one of those good guys. Every year he and folks like him work their tails off to make sure that veterans have flags on their graves. They let us know and ask if we would mind putting a note in The Paper about it. Are you kidding us? It’s absolutely our honor and privilege to do so and we’re grateful to be able to help. It’s the guys like Steve who should get all the credit. Yet you’ll soon read in The Paper a very nice thank you note from the Montgomery County Deceased Veterans Flag Committee Chairman. Believe us, Mr. Middleton, we thank YOU!
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