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 DAYS LEFT to Christmas are dwindling rapidly. So in the hustle and bustle of the season, let us take this moment to wish you, dear reader, a very Merry Christmas!
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SPEAKING OF Christmas, The Paper’s office will be closed next week and while we will be offering our usual 365-days-a-year Online Edition all week (including Christmas Day!), there will be no print edition. Print subscribers are never charged for papers they don’t get. Our staff is using that week to plan ahead for what promises to be a year of change and improvements.
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WANT A FREE subscription to The Paper? Purchase a $42 Online Edition subscription now and if we get one inch of snow or more on Christmas Day, you’ll get every penny back! It’s what we’re calling the “sNOw White Christmas Guarantee.” Here’s how it works. Buy a regular Online Edition subscription (less than 12 pennies a day!) before 12:01 a.m. Dec. 24 and if it snows one inch or more on Christmas Day The Paper will give you your money back! You can take advantage of this special in our daily Online Edition, or you can call The Paper and talk to the idiot, uh, we mean, person who dreamed up this crazy idea – Tim. He’s at 361-0100, ext. 22. (And don’t tell him we said that!)
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OK, ENOUGH of the shameless self promotion stuff! Back to those tidbits that make Bits’n’Pieces the bit of bite-size nuggets you bite on each week . . . or something like that.
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WE CAN NEVER say enough about the great work our local United Fund does. And with only nine days left in this year, time is running out. If you have not given yet, please consider it! You can do so at www.montgomeryunitedfund.org. Santa, we hope you and everyone can be extra good so that all those in need will get what they deserve. And we hope you leave a little extra in Terry and Heather’s stockings!
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DO YOU HAVE a Hoosier business that’s been around for half a century? A century? Then Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to hear from you. The state is accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. Holcomb will recognize award winners and present a commemorative certificate during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in the spring. Applications are due by Feb 21. For more details, visit www.iedc.in.gov.
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ONCE AGAIN the little paper that could has Indianapolis Home Show tickets and, just like last year, we are giving them away to select readers who send us a selfie showing their smiling face while they hold The Paper! You can start sending those to selfie@thepaper24-7.com! If we publish yours in one of our editions, you win! But keep watching, because it’s up to you to “catch” yourself and claim your two tickets!
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HEY, SANTA STOPPED by and shared this Christmas tidbit with us: How many presents would you end up with if you got every single present cited in the 12 Days of Christmas song? Got a guess? . . . We’ll wait . . . OK, the suspense killing you? The answer is 364. We have to admit that we did not sit down and do the math. We just trusted the big guy. (And if you are doing the math, you either need a hobby or you really have a lot of time on your hands!)
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THE GOOD NEWS is that yesterday was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. So from now on, days start getting longer! And hey, in 69 days, it’ll be March!
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WATCH THE PAPER the first of next year for a return of the popular Ask MAC! If you didn’t read him before, MAC is our Montgomery Answer Connection! You send in questions and MAC gets the answers. He already found out that the city was doing a no-no and got it both corrected and a thank you from the good folks at City Hall for bringing it to their attention. What was it? Watch for MAC in January and he’ll tell you! (And if you have anything you want to know, you can e-mail him at askmac@thepaper24-7.com! Give him a try! He’s looking out for you!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was nutrition (and fitness) expert Monica Nagele from our local Purdue Extension office. She was correctly identified by Joyce Brown (who told us that Monica is a very good instructor), Judi Kleine, Marvin Swick and Caryn Heisel. Mike Fons had a good guess of Ashley Adair. Our random drawing (we blindfold the boss and he throws darts) selected Marvin Swick as the winner this week! Just a reminder, our office is closed next week but stop by The Paper anytime after the first of the year between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
This week we have a local fella and we’d be shocked if a lot of folks didn’t guess him. He’s a North grad – class of ’77 and earned degrees from Indiana Wesleyan. He’s been married to Karen for more than 35 years and has two kids, Kyle and Kelli. He holds a powerful position with a powerful C’ville company. His work has been noted statewide and if you’ve met him, you know he’s a good guy with an electric personality. Ok that’s all the clues we’re giving!
Know who it is? E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!