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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MAYBE THIS weekend is the calm before the storm? Next weekend our community should have a huge influx of visitors for the Amsoil Ironman at Shaver Marina on 47 south. If you’ve never been, it’s worth it!
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OUR LOCAL Chamber is gearing up for the annual Christmas Auction. It’s set for Nov. 8 at Hidden Hollow Farms this year. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the auction begins around 6. Each year the Chamber accepts items for the auction and they are in the process of doing so again this year. The event, which is sponsored by Nucor, is always well attended and generates a lot of attention for participating businesses. If you or your business would like to donate something, please let the Chamber know at 362-6800.
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WE LOVE OUR customers! So we’re sorry that we left the comics and puzzles out for a few days. You can blame the boss if you like. He gets these crazy ideas sometimes . . . but we digress. We want to share a neat note we got from longtime subscriber Jack Wyatt. “Thank you (for getting the comics back in). I've read (them) all my life. On Sundays after reading the comics in the STAR I would go to my grandparents and read the Chicago Tribune’s comics. Now at 82 I still spend the time. Maybe it's an escape to all the stuff that is really going on.” Maybe it is, Jack. But we sure appreciate you reading ours!
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A READER ALSO sent this along: If socialism doesn’t work, why do some people support it? Because they don’t work either.
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SPEAKING OF upcoming events, the 125th Monon Bell game is three weeks from today and the contest is at Wabash this year. So that means around 10,000 or so fans in the city for tailgating and such – another boost for the local economy. Who’s going to win this year? Well, we’ll check with the Bubbling Caldron but Wabash leads the all-time series with DePauw 61-54 (and nine ties) and the Little Giants have won eight of the last nine, including a 22-21 thriller last year. So we’re going with the team that always fights, Wabash!
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THIS WEEK IS U.S. National Forest Products Week (Oct. 21-27). You can help promote the positive sustainability story of print on paper and access fact-based information to make well-informed decisions. Celebrate the value of our forests by following #ForestProductsWeek and #PaperFacts. Those of us in the newspaper world appreciate it!
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PAPER PUBLISHER Tim Timmons was a speaker at a newspaper conference at Franklin College this week. He thought he was giving a talk to journalism teachers today but found out at the last second that his audience was journalism students instead and the speech was Friday. Good thing he knows how to adapt on the fly (we hope!).
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SPEAKING OF weather, we’re looking for signs of winter and want to hear from you. Seen any wooly worms this fall? If so, what color were they? Broken open any persimmon seeds to see what prediction the shape was making? Did you count the number of fogs we had in August (that’s supposed to be a predictor of how many big snows we’re going to get)? We will share that our weather watcher at our paper in Hamilton County said every sign points to a snowy winter. Yikes!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week must have been a toughie. Only one person took a stab at it. Gail Sosbe guessed Gary Bell and was right on the mark. Congrats, Gail! Stop by The Paper anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your winnings!
This week, we advise you to be good or else our Mystery Guest could toss you in the pokey, the hoosegow, the joint, the big house . . . you get the drift. Our law enforcement officer is a proud Southmont grad, class of ’93. After his time as a Mountie, he headed off to Ball State for a year but found the calling to law enforcement and came back a year later and went to work at the county jail. Less than a decade later he was on the force in Boilermaker country. But as many of us know, the idea of coming back home proved too much and he came back to MCSD in 2011. Our Mystery Guest grew up in New Ross and come election day, he should take on a new, prestigious role.
E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!