Mystery Guest
Mystery Guest
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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ONLY 12 DAYS to Thanksgiving. Know why the turkey wound up in court? For using fowl language, of course!
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AND ONLY 12 days to the 18th annual Sugar Creek Trail Thanksgiving Pie Run! Early registration ended, but there’s still penty of time to sign up for the 5K run or the two-mile walk / run. There’s even a free kids’ run! Register at www.crawfordsville.net. You get a long sleeve T-shirt and a chance to win a pie as you cross the finish line! And the good folks at Crawfordsville Park and Recreation tell us that they are also looking for volunteers! You can call Park & Rec at 364-5175 for more info.
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HERE’S A TIP of the proverbial seed corn cap to Phil Goode and the good (pardon the pun) folks at CEL&P. It’s not often we hear about price DECREASES! Thanks gang!
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DOES ANYONE miss the Mike Braun or Joe Donnelley TV ads? Didn’t think so.
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SPEAKING OF politics, here’s a good note. If you want to get involved, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton is putting the word out that he’s looking for volunteers to appoint to civic and community boards. The mayor routinely appoints citizens to boards and commissions like the Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, Human Rights Commission, Redevelopment Authority, Redevelopment Commission, Housing Authority, Aviation Board, Police Commission, Fire Commission, Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Park Board, Utility Service Board, Visitors’ Commission and more. Interested? Let Mayor Barton know by e-mail (tbarton@crawfordsville-in.gov) or phone 364-5160.
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WE WOULD BE remiss on this day not to give our best wishes to the Wabash College Little Giant football team as it battles the hated Dannies of DePauw University in the annual Monon Bell game. For the uninitiated, the contest used to be touted as the oldest continuous college football rivalry west of the Alleghenies since the two schools have been playing since 1890. However, Cincinnati and Miami of Ohio have been playing since 1888. No matter, our hearts and best wishes are with the Cavemen from Crawfordsville today. Wabash Always Fights! So fight today, men! Fight today!
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BACK ON POLITICS, we want to thank all the local candidates for their part in a mostly clean campaign. OK, maybe there was a jab or two here and there, but nothing serious . . . and certainly nothing like what we saw from the two Hoosiers battling for a Senate seat. Congratulations to all our local winners, and a sincere tip of the proverbial seed corn cap to all the candidates who gave it a shot but came up a bit short. We appreciate all of you for taking part in the process!
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LAST NOTE on politics and then we’ll leave it alone . . . until the next election. A wise old hand once told us that on Election Day your friends may come out and vote for you IF they remember, IF the weather is nice and IF they have time. But your enemies will get off their deathbed in a driving snowstorm to vote against you. Probably more than a nugget of truth there.
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WORD OUT of Athena Sport & Fitness is that a new class is starting soon. Hey, if you hit the gym now, think how far along you’ll be when the weather warms up and you can get back outside again.
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SPEAKING OF outside, was anyone ready for the snow showers we got yesterday? We sure were not. But it gave us a chance to sit by the fire with our favorite wine . . . we want to go to the beeeeaaaacccchhhh!
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BEFORE WE GET to our Mystery Guest, we’ll leave you with one more groaner for this month. Why does it have to get so cold this month? Because it’s Novem-brrrrrr!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Tom Mellish, the executive director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and retired principal from Sugar Creek. Tom’s a popular guy because we had correct guesses from Joyce Brown, Gary Coffenberry, Lisa Fisher, Kristi Tesmer, Mark Russell, Charlie Wilson, David Smith, Sherry Harris, Lou Ann Neff, Janene Plunkett, Martha Swick, Betty Bourquein, Eric Brewer, Marvin Swick and Tom Gest. We had a random drawing to select a winner and Betty Bourquein came out on top. Congrats, Betty! 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 one of Indiana’s best known funnymen and most recognizable TV personalities. He’s been on the air for 30 years and he’s been on the pages of The Paper of Montgomery County – having jumped from the Journal-Review over to the home team not long after we started (we always said he was a smart guy!). He’s also a prolific author, having written 14 books including the most popular Indiana Curiosities and Mornings with Barney. And he has another Montgomery County connection. Not too long ago he was the featured speaker at the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. He now lives in Indianapolis with his wife Mary Ellen and his beagle, Toby.
Know who he is? E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!