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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IT’S PARTY NIGHT here in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. And while a lot of communities have annual tree lightings and holiday celebrations, there’s just something special about this one – especially this year with the glow of the clocktower above all!
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WE WOULD BE remiss not to mention it’s also Small Business Saturday. As one locally owned business, we salute all the hard-working men and women from the other locally owned businesses. Without all of you, small towns like Crawfordsville would have less of a feeling of home and more of a feeling of, well, Walmart.
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WE’RE STILL stuffed from Thursday. What a wonderful day to count blessings and understand how truly lucky we are right here in our little corner of God’s country!
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SPEAKING OF THAT huge meal Thursday, according to Consumer Reports, a big holiday meal might do more to you than just add a few pounds. A study of almost 2,000 heart-attack patients suggested that a single act of overeating could quadruple one's chance of having a heart attack on the same day. OK, so the good news is that you’re reading this a couple of days later and are apparently OK. So think twice before those big Christmas sit-downs!
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THANKSGIVING AND Black Friday are over, today’s Party Night and next thing you know, it’s be Memorial Day.
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MYSTERY SOLVED! Thanks to INDOT’s Debbie Calder, we now know that the traffic counters out on County Road 50 South and County Road 200 W are part of a six-year rotation that is routinely performed on county roads. She also told The Paper that there is some work scheduled on a couple of Indiana 32 bridges (Younts Mill and just east of Woodland Heights) sometime next year.
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DID YOU SEE earlier this week in The Paper news about a black bear in southern Indiana? If not, the story is that a black bear was struck this week on Interstate 64 near New Albany. Although not common, it’s also not unheard of. In 2015 a black bear wandered across the Michigan line and roamed into northern Indiana. And a year later, another black bear was spotted in southern Indiana around Clark and Harrison counties.
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WHILE WE ARE on wildlife, Facebook reports that a bobcat was caught in a trap in Montgomery County – not an uncommon sight. But a good reminder to be vigilant when traipsing around the woods anywhere!
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IF YOU ARE a business wishing you had more customers, especially at Christmas – let the friendly folks here at The Paper know. We are working on a Christmas Wishbook that will let customers find all the great local deals so no one has to leave town to find those great presents for friends and family! But hurry, deadlines are looming!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was County Councilman Mark Smith. We had correct guesses come in from David K. Smith (and David tells us that Mark has a brother named David as well, but that’s not this one!), Judi Kleine, Lisa Fisher, Abby Hoffman, Mark Russell, Sherry Harris, Gary Coffenberry, Marvin Swick and Marla Taylor.
Joyce Brown thought it might be Jeff Lucas. Good try, Joyce!
As usual, The Paper held a random drawing to select a winner and Marla Taylor was chosen. Congrats, Marla! Just 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 another truly great guy. He was born in 1944 and grew up in Crawfordsville. However, he graduated from high school elsewhere and received degrees from Heidelberg and Indiana University. He’s been extensively involved in the community, especially at the Montgomery County Free Clinic. He was a long-time professor at Wabash and he and his late wife were honored by the League of Women Voters in 2017.
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!