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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MANY OF YOU have gotten a chance to meet Joe LaRue, a Wabash student who worked for us this summer. Although he’s got a few more days left, Joe will be heading back to the hallowed halls off Wabash Avenue soon. So we thought we’d let you know so you can wish him well in his academic career before he stops working full time. But don’t be too sad, we hope that schedules will work out so that Joe can still write for us here and there throughout the school year – so long as he keeps his grades up! School comes first!
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WHY ARE A lot of people already talking about fall? We just last week passed the halfway point of summer. People! It’s going to be cold soon enough – let’s not wish away what time the summer has left!
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MAYBE IT’S because some stores in the Indy area have put out Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items already! (Yes, “At Home,” we are talking about you guys!)
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WE THOUGHT THE weekly riddle last week was an easy one, but several of you told us that it got you! Uh-oh! OK, so this week we really are offering up an easier brain teaser:
I can have many branches, yet I have no leaves, no bark and bear no fruit. What am I?
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JUST FOR THE record, those joke lottery tickets that have fake winning numbers . . . are mean!
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TENSIONS WERE high between the no-wind group that attended a recent public meeting that wasn’t very well publicized. And to make matters worse, your favorite Montgomery County daily wrote that those in attendance were “pro-wind.” From all the e-mails and yelling we got, you would have thought we insulted Mom, Apple Pie and the American Flag! So sorry!
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WE OFTEN plug Indianapolis Indians tickets (send us a selfie of you and The Paper and we’ll give you four box seat Indians tickets) (there, see, we did it again!) . . . but this time we want to give our friends at Victory Field a big tip of the seed corn cap! During the hot weather, they allowed fans to bring bottles of water to the games – AND offered free refills! That’s classy!
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ANYONE LOOKING for a job? Well, we’ve got ‘em! The Paper still has openings for early-morning delivery on Wednesdays. We also have sales jobs. In both cases, pay averages $18 an hour or better. Interested? Let us know by sending an e-mail to jobs@thepaper24-7.com or check us out on Facebook.
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AUGUST IS what we call Founders’ Month because our company was incorporated on July 31, 2004. So to honor the 15-year anniversary, we intend to have sales and specials. Stay tuned!
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AND SPEAKING of our shameless plug, we want to say thanks to one of our employees, Jennifer Callis. Jennifer always does great work but has gone above and beyond and earned an extra-special thank you!
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THE ANSWER to the riddle? A bank.
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was co-founder of Faith Alliance, community volunteer, one of the owners of your favorite Montgomery County daily and Tipmont REMC Director of Human Resources Debbie Schavietello. And that is exactly what Mary Merrill, Joyce Brown, Mark Thomas and Adam Hutchison.
We also had a couple of good guesses from Judi Kleine and Charles Thompson.
The winner, as determined by random drawing, was Joyce Brown! Congrats, Joyce! You join a small but select group of three-time winners this year. Just stop by our offices during normal Monday to Friday business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and get either your check or Indians tickets!
This week we have an avid motorcycle rider (as well as his wife) who has lived in Crawfordsville for 67 years. He graduated from CHS and served in the U.S. Army. He is married and has three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He managed Avco Finance & managed Clinton Discount Store in downtown Crawfordsville and joined the Crawfordsville Fire Department as one of the first six EMTs in 1975. In 1977 he became a firefighter, a position he loved until he retired in 1997.
Know who he is? E-mail us with your guess at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22! If you are right, you will be eligible to win a prize of your choice, either $25 or four box seats to the Indianapolis Indians.