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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

  • Bits 'N' Pieces 4-21-18
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    WELL, WE ALL know the battle for the U.S. Senate GOP race is ugly and dirty. However, Luke Messer’s campaign recently sent what appeared to be two personal e-mails to one Montgomery County citizen. The first message showed an image of a text that supposedly was sent from Messer to campaign finance director Emily Daniels. It said:
    Emily, with so little time left before the election will you check with (name deleted) to see if they can help us with a last minute election contribution? I know they want a Trump ally who will fix the broken Senate. Please reach out ASAP. Thank you!
    In part, the second message which again appeared to be from Messer to Daniels said:
    Emily, I don’t seem to have (name deleted) email address in my contacts. Will you please send them a message asking for an urgent contribution before the final deadline of the campaign tonight?
    We’re ahead in the polls right now but need every supporter to help with a gift of $25 or more to ensure we win.
    Let me know as soon as you hear from (name deleted).
    Thank you!
    Sent from my iPhone

    Not surprisingly, The Paper’s attempts to contact the campaign to find out more about this “personalized” ad were unsuccessful. 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 4-14-18
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    WELL, THIS WEEKEND has traditionally been tax time. But because April 15 falls on a Sunday this year AND because April 16 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia, we get until April 17. Yippee, skippee.
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    WHAT A CRAZY week for weather. Snow on Monday. Temperatures in the 70s on Thursday. And snow predicted for Sunday night. Sheesh. Just proves that old Hoosier saying, if you don’t like the weather stick around five minutes. It’ll change!
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    THANKS SHE Wren! She came up with what we think is a great idea – instead of awarding the very first one to correctly identify the Mystery Guest, why not put all the correct guesses into a random drawing? That way it doesn’t matter if someone is looking at our Online Edition, our web site or even the Print Edition. Starting this week, that’s exactly what we’ll do! Thanks, She! 
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  • Bits'N'Pieces 4-7-18
    Saturday, April 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    BORROWING A phrase from our pal Honest Hoosier, we want to offer a tip of the seed corn cap to our very own Karen Zach and Ron Keedy. From Karen’s content and Ron’s design, the monthly Montgomery Memories publication is – to borrow an old stage phrase – boffo! Thanks Karen and Ron!
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    OK, WE ALL know the calendar says spring. But you sure couldn’t prove it by the temperature! Global warming? We’re keeping an eye on our partners at www.crawfordsvilleweather.com and Chuck Lofton at news-gathering partner WTHR and watching for any sign of shorts and sandals weather! 
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    LONG-TIME Montgomery County residents will remember the Sugar Creek Canoe Race from its glory days when Olympic hopefuls paddled furiously down our beautiful body of water. Since then though the race has fallen on hard times. So it is we want to applaud the good folks at Friends of Sugar Creek for trying to revive everything! Way to go! You guys are the best! 
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  • Bits'N'Pieces 3-31-18
    Saturday, March 31, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    HAPPY APRIL Fools’ Day! It was on this date in 1700 that English pranksters began popularizing the tradition of playing practical jokes on each other. But the exact origin of the day is lost in history somewhere. So there’s your bit of wisdom for the day, no fooling!
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    SPEAKING OF the week, we’re sad to tell you that this is the last Bits’n’Pieces feature we’re ever going to publish in your favorite Montgomery County daily. Time and page constraints just make this a challenge too difficult to overcome . . . and of course you KNOW we are pulling an April Fool prank on you! With the response we get each week on this popular feature we’d be silly to pull it!
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    HERE’S A SNEAK preview for our huge Sunday edition! First off, did you know that last week’s edition was 40 pages? From the Oh sNOw! cover to columns, recipes, letters to the editor, book reviews and more, it was jam-packed with the kind of content that made Sunday editions so popular! Isn’t it a great feeling to grab another cup of coffee while sitting there and reading . . . and reading . . . and reading! This week, we’re featuring our regular mix of popular features like horoscopes, flowers, food, book previews, Talking Traffic and more. If you don’t already get it, be sure to sign up for The Paper’s Online Edition and get it delivered piping hot and fresh to your inbox seven days a week, 365 days a year at 4 a.m.! Only one word of caution though. It is taking a few days to get subscriptions started with the large turnout. So we ask for your patience, and thank you for your patronage!
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  • Bits'N'Pieces 3-24-18
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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 TO Palm Sunday weekend and the beginning of Holy Week. It’s always a nice time of year.
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    SPEAKING OF the week, it’s also the beginning of spring break for the younger ones. The men at Wabash had theirs earlier this month. Here’s hoping the kiddos have some fun, but stay safe and smart. It’s a different world out there today.
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    HERE’S A SNEAK preview for our huge Sunday edition! First off, did you know that last week’s edition was 40 pages? This week, we’re featuring our regular mix of popular features like horoscopes, flowers, food, book previews, Talking Traffic and more. Since this Sunday is Palm Sunday, the front page tomorrow will focus on Easter festivities. If you don’t already get it, be sure to sign up for The Paper’s Online Edition and get it delivered piping hot and fresh to your inbox seven days a week, 365 days a year at 4 a.m.! 
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    THE RUMOR MILL is working overtime of late about business in Crawfordsville. From Meijer to Starbucks, the only thing we can say for sure is that Toys R Us is not coming here!
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    WE CAN CONFIRM though that a big box store was in the process of moving to Crawfordsville last week. It was coming down State Road 32, hit a pothole and hasn’t been seen since.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    HAPPY ST. Paddy’s Day! We thought we’d begin today with a nice Irish toast:
    May the Irish hills caress you
    May her lakes and rivers bless you
    May the luck of the Irish enfold you
    May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you!
    (We thought this was a lot better than some of the limericks we considered!)
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    IT’S ALMOST spring! Well, it will be in a few days at least. The spring equinox takes place Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. – or in more scientific language . . . spring will be sprung. Now if we can just get some warmer weather!
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    ARE YOU reading our Sunday Edition? If not, you have no idea what you’re missing! Last week’s edition was 40 pages and drew great reviews for the horoscopes, the features on flowers, food, lawn and garden and more. There were book reviews for best-sellers and even for some books that haven’t hit store shelves yet. We published multiple columns, including our popular Talking Traffic where Indiana State Trooper Sgt. John Perrine answers your questions on various driving issues. Last week, a reader said at the intersection of 136 and 231 a semi changed lanes in the middle of the intersection. The reader wanted to know if changing lanes in the middle like that was illegal. Sgt. John said no. But hey, don’t just get a morsel, sign up for The Paper’s Online Edition and get it delivered piping hot and fresh to your inbox seven days a week, 365 days a year at 4 a.m.! 
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    SPEAKING OF Sunday, be sure to check out tomorrow for all the latest on spring weather! 
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  • Bit'n'Pieces 3-10-18
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    WHETHER YOU are a proponent or opponent of daylight saving time, it’s still the weekend to spring those clocks forward. Go on, re-set the clock now and argue later. 
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    WHILE IT MAY be time for the clocks, it’s PAST time to warm up! Yes, we know it’s not yet the calendar date for spring. Yes, we know the temps aren’t that far off from the seasonal average. Yes, we know we’re being whiny. We don’t care! We want warm weather back! 
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    SPEAKING OF astronomical stuff . . . have you checked out your “horror”scope in our Sunday Edition? Actually, we call them SillyScopes, because like the explainer says: Sillyscopes is intended for entertainment purposes only for readers of The Paper of Montgomery County. It is not intended to be used for practical advice (like anyone really would!).
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    MUSIC FANS listen up. We’ll bring you a feature on a local boy doing good tomorrow. Mitch Barker, a North Montgomery graduate, is making a name for himself on the music scene up in Tippecanoe County, as well as over toward the Indy market. We sat down with Mitch and had an interesting conversation and you can read all about it in the 30+ page Sunday Edition of your favorite Montgomery County daily! 
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  • Bits'N'Pieces 3-3-18
    Saturday, March 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    AND WELCOME to spring! Yes, the meteorological spring began March 1, while the astronomical spring doesn’t begin until March 21. Hey, we’re not arguing. We’ll take spring as soon as we can get it! 
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    WHILE WE ARE on the weather, no surprise that there’s snow in the forecast. After all, it’s sectional time, isn’t it? And any good Hoosier knows that we always get snow around sectional! 
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    SPEAKING OF astronomical stuff . . . have you checked out your “horror”scope in our Sunday Edition? Actually, we call them SillyScopes, because like the explainer says: Sillyscopes is intended for entertainment purposes only for readers of The Paper of Montgomery County. It is not intended to be sued for practical advice (like anyone really would!).
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  • Bits'N'Pieces 2-24-18
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    LOOKING FOR something to do tonight? It’s the annual Boys and Girls Club Giveaway! There’s a $5,000 contest with a $3,000 grand prize! The band everyone raved about last year, War Radio, is back! There’s a silent auction, food, drinks and more. Not only that, but all the money goes to a great cause, the Boys & Girls Club!
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    AS OUR PAL Honest Hoosier would say, a tip of the seed corn cap to math teams from Sommer, Hoover, Pleasant Hill, Sugar Creek and New Market elementary schools. They competed with almost 9,000 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Indiana in the 22nd annual Math Academic Team competition. Way to go kiddos!
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    WORKERS AROUND our fair city might’ve had trouble getting back to work after lunch Thursday. A long train was stopped on the tracks on Darlington Avenue. Thing is, it stopped. Started. Stopped. Started. Reversed. Started. Well, you get the idea. Traffic going east on Market and Darlington Avenue was backed up from the railroad tracks nearly to Parke Avenue.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-17-18
    Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    THOUGHT WE’D share some wise words we heard this week: If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap; if you want happiness for a day, go fishing; if you want happiness for a month; get married; if you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune; if you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. 
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    ISAAC ASIMOV FANS listen up. The State Robotics Championship is next Saturday at CHS from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open to the public. Thirty-two teams will battle it out for five coveted spots that advance to the Super-Regional competition in Iowa. From there teams can advance to the World Championships in Detroit. And if you remember, one of our Crawfordsville teams advanced to the World Championships last year and are looking to make it again! 
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    SPEAKING OF CHS, it’s fixing to be National Engineering Week and some Purdue experts are going to speak to the student body on Thursday. What a great time to learn!
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-11-18
    Saturday, February 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    WAVE A FOND farewell to associate director from MUFFY, Kara Edie. Kara just wrapped up her tenure for the agency. She is leaving some ginormous shoes to fill and has truly been the glue that’s kept everything together there. Nice work, Kara and all the best in your new job with the city of Crawfordsville! 
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    IT’S NOT TOO late to buy your Valentine’s Day present, but the clock is ticking. 
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    HATS OFF to local churches for being proactive and having a presentation on church safety. It’s sad that in today’s world it’s important that we should know what to do with an active shooter, but it’s true. Hats off to all who took part and thanks to the Sheriff’s department for the hard work! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 2-3-18
    Saturday, February 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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 ARE wishing friend Martha Swick a speedy recovery, although we hear at the rate she’s going that “speedy” might be slow! Martha, who many of you read about during The Challenge, recently had hip replacement surgery and did great! Rumor is she’ll be back at Athena running circles around everyone . . . and we absolutely believe it!
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    MAYOR TODD Barton brought a chuckle to one of our intrepid reporters at the World Wide HQ this week. He was talking about the possibility of another run toward a Stellar designation. During the conversation the good mayor paused and said, “but listen, I’ve got to tell you, as much work as this has been, if the staff find out we’re doing this they’re likely to kill me!”
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    ALL THOSE rooting against New England in this weekend’s Super Bowl, deflate a football.
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    FORMER COUNTY Council member Tom Utley once famously said that zoning with the one topic in Montgomery County that would set peoples’ hair on fire. Well Tom, there are apparently a couple more. Wind farms have certainly stirred the souls of folks on both sides of the fan and this week when our Weekly Online Poll asked if marijuana should be legalized some, completely or not at all . . . well, let’s just say we got a big response. Sure would be nice to see that kind of passion when it comes time to head to the polls!
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    DID YOU KNOW the Montgomery County Historical Society is preparing for a couple of trips? If you want to visit New Orleans or Asheville (Biltmore Estate), N.C., then these are the folks you need to talk to. The trip to the Biltmore is from April 30 to May 3 and is $559. New Orleans (or big times n’ beignets in the Big Easy) is Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 and is only $839. Want to go? We do! Contact all-around good guy Steve Frees at 362-3416 or e-mail him at sfrees@mchs-lane.org. 
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    CONGRATS TO our friends on Green Street (at that other newspaper). Seems they recently debuted their own Online Edition. Well, good job! But don’t you guys have any original ideas over there?
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    IF YOU ARE out and about next week, stop by the MUFFY offices and say thanks to Kara Edie. Kara is leaving MUFFY for greener pastures and Friday will be her last day. She’s also leaving some awfully big shoes to fill. Thanks for a job well done, Mrs. Edie and all the best to you going forward! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-27-18
    Saturday, January 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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 all the neat selfie photos this week in your favorite Montgomery County daily? It’s been fun to see folks sending in their selfie and then winning two free tickets to the Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Thanks to everyone who played along! Keep watching your favorite Montgomery County daily for more fun contests!
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    ANYONE NOTICE the delivery guy who was two-wheeling several boxes across the 200 block of East Market a little before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon? About three-fourths of the way across he lost part of the load as it tumbled onto the street. That wasn’t the worst part though. After he got up on the sidewalk another box hit the pavement so he just “scooted” it along the ground with his foot. Hope whatever was in there wasn’t fragile.
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-20-18
    Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    HERE’S AN interesting twist. Montgomery County Sheriff Mark Casteel, one of the all-around good guys, reports that his office has received several calls in the last week about a telephone scam. A message is left stating that you must call a specific number or a warrant will be issued! You can find more details elsewhere in The Paper but the twist? Mark got one of these calls himself? Wish we could’ve seen the face on the other end if they realized it was the Sheriff!
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    HAVE YOU seen all the neat selfie photos this week in your favorite Montgomery County daily? It’s been fun to see folks sending in their selfie and then winning two free tickets to the Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Want to get two free tickets yourself? Simply e-mail a selfie of you holding The Paper of Montgomery County (Make sure the front page is visible!) to selfie@thepaper24-7.com. If we publish your picture, you’ll win two free tickets to the Home Show! 
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  • Bits'n'Pieces 1-13-18
    Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome 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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    ONE OF BITS’n’Pieces favorite people, Tom Utley, gets a tip of the seed corn cap this weekend. Linden Library Director Kathie Watkins reports that after 16 years Mr. Utley is retiring from the Library board. Kathie said that Tom was instrumental during the $1 million renovation. We just think he’s one of the good guys who makes Montgomery County such a great place to live!
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    WHEW! WE JUST missed a Friday the 13th! Lucky us!
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    MONDAY IS Martin Luther King Day and the first African American federal judge in Indiana history will be speaking at Wabash from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Baxter Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
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