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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THE FIRST-EVER Montgomery County Christmas Wishbook is out! Subscribers to The Paper have already gotten it and a special e-mail to non-subscribers will be going out soon! In addition, you can access it on our website, www.thepaper24-7.com. What’s so special about it? Well, there are lots of local businesses and they have links directly to their websites and Facebook pages and such. You can sit on your comfy couch and do your Christmas shopping in your PJs and fuzzy slippers! Even better, you’ll be shopping local! If you haven’t seen it yet, run – don’t walk – to www.thepaper24-7.com or your e-mail inbox and start clicking . . . and shopping!
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OK, FORGET the political arguments on global warming! Some scientists say it’s happening, some say it’s a cycle, some say it’s not. All we know is that for early December, single digits like we had Friday morning is bone-chilling cold!
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HERE’S THE SPOT where we put in a joke about the cold weather. Sorry. Our fingers were shivering too much to type.
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THERE IS ONE piece of good news about this cold. It froze the water in the potholes and made the roads a little better.
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IN THE PAST, we have taken a cue from other business and industry and closed the last week of the year to clean things up and work on how to serve you, our customers, even better in the year ahead. We are once again considering that option. If we do, we would publish an abbreviated Online Edition each day but hold off on print. Like we have done in the past, we will credit our Print Edition subscribers for the time and add an extra week to their subscription. If you have any thoughts, please let us know. You can e-mail publisher Tim Timmons at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.
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SPEAKING OF THE Chamber, we at The Paper offer sincere apologies for pretty much constantly screwing up the organization’s web site. For the record, it is www.crawfordsvillechamber.com! We’ll try to remember! (Pssst. Don’t tell anybody – but the boss is the one screwing it up – and he can’t remember anything!)
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ANYONE TAKEN a drive around to look at Christmas lights yet? E-mail pictures and addresses of the best ones to news@thepaper24-7.com and we’ll be happy to share!
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OUR VERY OWN Tim Timmons reports that a column he penned this week has gotten more feedback than any column he’s ever written for The Paper. He’s gotten more than 200 responses so far. If you missed it, or want to re-read it, just go to https://thepaper24-7.com/Content/Columnists/Tim-Timmons/165/413 and click on It’s a mad, mad, mad world.
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was arguably Montgomery County’s most famous citizen, Lew Wallace. We didn’t fool Michael Fons, Gary Coffenberry, Judi Kleine, Ron Carmony, Bob Thomas, Patty Smith, Darrell Walton (who said that he loves Gen. Wallace and has all the books about him), Barbara Harker, Joyce Brown, Marvin Swick (well, he guessed Ben Hur, but it’s close enough), Anna Miller, She Wren or John Frye. Our weekly random drawing landed on Mr. Walton – for the second time this year! He’s a former Crawfordsville resident who lives over in Indy now. Congrats! 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 a well-known local professional. Although he’s not from Crawfordsville, he’s been here since the 1970s. An Indianapolis native, he got here like a lot of men, through Wabash College. However, his introduction came before that when he visited Camp Rotary! He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983 and went to med school at IU. He came back to Crawfordsville in 1990 with his lovely wife Kim and their family and went to work at Crawfordsville Family Care. He also became a doctor for Wabash. His community roots are deep. He has served as the head of the Montgomery United Fund board, chaired the campaign, helped develop the Dr. Mary Ludwig Free Clinic and serves as Chief Medical Officer. He is Medical Director of the Crawfordsville Fire Department and Medical Advisor for the South Montgomery School Corporation. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He has served on the Housing Corporation of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Wabash College and was chapter advisor for 23 years. He is a past Chief of Staff of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville, and is a past director of the National Association of Wabash Men, the Montgomery County Board of Health and the Family Crisis Shelter. In addition to all that and more, he was one of the original eight shareholders who helped give Crawfordsville and Montgomery County a newspaper that was locally owned once again. 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!