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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WELCOME TO November! A month for giving thanks . . . for the oncoming winter season? Well, uh, OK.
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NOVEMBER IS full of events! One of those is the popular annual Sugar Creek Trail Thanksgiving Pie Run! This is the 18th annual and runners, walkers and everyone in between are all welcome. There’s a 5K run, a two-mile walk / run and even a free kids’ run! Registration is going on 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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SPEAKING OF the holiday season, we are officially 19 days to Thanksgiving and 52 to Christmas! And while we’re counting, only 60 more days until we wave farewell to 2018 and ring in 2019. For those of us who have a gray strand or two up top (if we’re lucky!), doesn’t it feel like time goes faster and faster each year?
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THE DAYS ARE also ticking down to Election Day. Early indicators are that the turnout will be good. If so, we’ll borrow the line once again from our pal Honest Hoosier and offer a tip of the seed corn cap to everyone who already did, or is going to vote! Thank you!
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ON THE SAME wavelength, next Monday is Veterans Day! Please join us in finding and thanking all the Veterans you can! They deserve it!
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DON’T FORGET TO fall back tonight – and if folks are late for church tomorrow, it’s OK to snicker.
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HERE’S A TIP of the cap to Mayor Barton. This newspaper has long held the position that sitting mayors should travel to corporate HQs of companies that do business here. The Mayor recently went to International Paper in Memphis. And while there, he visited Crawfordsville, Ark. as well. For the record, there are four Crawfordsvilles that we know of – Oregon, Iowa, Arkansas and the one we call a little corner of God’s country.
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WHILE WE’RE talking politics, what is the silliness of stealing political signs? We heard that Greg Wilcox had a sign stolen . . . out of his own yard. Sheesh! Can’t a guy promote himself?
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THE PAPER IS starting to get some interest in The Challenge. Actually, we’re trying to decide if we want to do the promotion again, or let it rest a bit. Attendance went down last year for the first time. If you are interested in both losing weight AND raising money, contact Tim Timmons (ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com) and let him know. We’ll announce a decision soon.
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BEFORE WE GET to our Mystery Guest, we’ll leave you with this groaner. What month should you never ask to borrow money from? NO-vember!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Hoosier Heartland State Bank President Brad Monts. And that’s exactly what Joyce Brown, Gary Coffenberry, Judi Kleine, Lisa Fisher, Jeff Dossett, Cathy Kruse and Mark Russell told us. We had a random drawing to select a winner and Judi Kleine won for the third time this year. Congrats, Judy! 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 long-time educator who is entering the political arena for the first time this year. Our Mystery Guest’s storied career in education and administration include District, State and National Principal of the Year awards. His involvement locally has included Character Counts, the Chamber of Commerce, the Child Abuse Council and the Community Foundation. He also is very involved with retired teachers statewide, but may best be known for the more than two decades as principal at one Montgomery County’s northern elementary schools. He and wife, Cynda (who is also a teacher) have two boys, Ryan and Todd.
E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!