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 TO October! A lot of people like this month because of the growing popularity of Halloween and all things spooky. Pardon us if we’re not nuts about it. Why? The average high temperature on Oct. 1 is 71 beautiful, lovely degrees. The average high on Halloween? All of 59! That’s not a treat!
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WHILE WE’RE on the subject of Halloween, The Paper is holding off on our History-Mystery Tour this year. We recently asked you what you wanted and the message we got back was that a lot of people want to go on the Tour again and they want to hear new stories. So we’ve sent our ghouls and goblins scurrying into the vaults to do research and we’ll return next year with mostly new stories . . . and a few favorites!
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AS HONEST HOOSIER would say, here’s a tip of his seed corn cap to the freshmen at Wabash College who for the 48th time hit the streets of Crawfordsville to raise money for the Montgomery United Fund! Good on you, men!
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THREE CHEERS for the street department for the blacktop on Jennison behind the Wabash College baseball field. The condition of the road around the railroad tracks was awful before. Many thanks!
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SPEAKING OF Jennison, let us borrow from our buddy Honest Hoosier again and offer a tip of the seed corn cap to some early morning drivers there. More often than not, drivers turning south onto Washington don’t pull up far enough to block the view of drivers turning north. That small courtesy is one of the things right with the world today. Thank you!
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DID YOU KNOW this month is the one-year anniversary for our huge Sunday edition? That’s right! The ginormous edition that offers readers around 40 pages of awesome content to sit back and relax with on a Sunday morning will soon be available only to paid Online Edition subscribers. Don’t miss out! Subscribe today! (Yes, we are not at all above offering a shameless!)
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UNDER THE CATEGORY of shameless self promotion . . . have you noticed that we added a second non-scientific weekly online poll on our sports section of Montgomery County’s favorite web site? Yup, surf on over to www.thepaper24-7.com and click on Sports. On the right-hand side you’ll see a new sports question every week. And just like our poll from the home page, you can only vote once. But wait, we’re not done! Did you catch our new Indiana Facts & Fun page? It’s an award-winning page that highlights a different Indiana county each week. We started with Adams County and will hit Allen today on Page A6. Know what comes after that one? Hint: Columbus is the county seat.
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Montgomery County Veterans Service Officer Joe Ellis. Correct guesses came in from Gary Coffenberry, She Wren, Joyce Brown (who shared the following: “He’s a very knowledgeable, generous man and honors our vets in many ways. Our family member recently passed at the very young age of 53, without any indication he was ill. He had proudly served our country for 22 years in the Navy. When his widow spoke to Mr. Ellis about his funeral arrangements, he asked her to come back after the service so he could help her receive all the benefits her spouse’s military career entitled her to . . . We’re very fortunate to have him.”), Mark Russell, Nedra Richardson, David K. Smith, Martha Purcell, Mona Clouse, Mabel Evans (who told us that their moms were sisters), Jim Gobble, Sheila Chadd, Bion Ruggles, Jeff Miller and Verna Thompson. The winner, through a random drawing was Nedra Richardson. Congrats! Stop by The Paper anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
This week we have a real popular guy! He’s a pretty smart guy, too. This Canner graduated from Ladoga in 1956, Wabash College in 1960 and got master’s degrees from both Purdue (1966) and Indiana State (1985). He wound up teaching and coaching and had various stints at Covington, Fountain Central and Crawfordsville. Oh, he also teaches Sunday School for 25 years at First Baptist! He and his New Ross Blue Jay bride have four grown children, Kathy, Scott, Chris and Cindy. That enough on the hints? OK, one more. You can read his very popular column every Monday in your favorite Montgomery County daily!
E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!