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  • Have you taken
flower challenge yet?
    Monday, January 20, 2020 12:14 AM
    Mark Twain once said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
    That is exactly what South Montgomery eighth grader Kyrah Thompson and her aunt Catrina Vest of New Market are doing! Their winter flower challenge has taken off on social media. The fun loving pair asked friends and family to share a selfie with a flower. The flower can be real, artificial, fabric, print . . . anything you choose. Just snap a pic, caption it flower challenge and nominate a few friends who will play along.
    I had to ask them (after doing my own of course) . . . what inspired this social media challenge?
    “We're always doing silly things” Kyrah said. She loves taking pictures. “I thinks it’s funny if people walk by and see us . . . a lot of people smile though because they see us laughing!”
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  • Stacey shares warm greeting from sunny beaches of Florida
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:48 PM
    Hello from the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida! This weeks "Wits End" will be short and sweet because I have a sunny beach just calling my name.
    Al and I come to Ormond Beach every January. Being from New York, Al's family started this tradition in 1988. We gather yearly in Florida for my mother in-law’s birthday and to catch up on the Christmas they're are unable to spend together. It's a nice meeting place for us all to have a family vacation and get a break from the snow and cold weather in both Indiana and New York . We've come to the same place for many years. We've gotten to know other families who come the same time of year and our kids have all grown up here and made great friendships of their own along the way! We look forward to seeing our family and old friends each year. This place has become extra special to us as a family.
    As I sit here, I cannot help but reminisce the years we've shared and the memories we've made.
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  • Stacey shares fun facts, trivia about New Year
    Monday, December 30, 2019 2:47 AM
    Top 9 New Year’s Eve Fun Facts for 2019: (Compliments of Wallethub.com)
    1. $1.1 Billion - Estimated cost of New Year's air travel, with at least 6.7 million people expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket.
    2. 8 in 10 Americans- Spend less than $200 on New Year's Eve.
    3. 45 percent of Americans plan to celebrate New Year's Eve with family, and only 15 percent will attend public events or parties.
    4. $758 - Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year's Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Philadelphia) cities.
    5. 360+ Million- Glasses of sparkling wine are consumed each New Year's Eve.
    6. 17.1 percent of emergency room visits on New Year's Eve are drug/alcohol related (most of any holiday).
    7. 49,900 – People get hurt in car crashes each New Year’s Eve Holiday.
    8. 0.094 percent – Average blood alcohol content on New Year’s Eve, making it the most drunken night of the year.
    9. 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, with 22 percent of Americans admitting that their 2019 resolutions were the same as their 2018 goals.
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  • Meet Her in St. Louie!
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:04 AM
    A 7-year-old student at Nicholson Elementary is on her way to St. Louis to represent Montgomery County. Jocelynn
    Shelton, Little Miss Montgomery County, entered her very first pageant – the Strawberry Festival – earlier this year. She now has a title and other competitions under her belt such as best smile and best natural beauty in America's Best, Barbie World Tour. As such, she now has the opportunity to represent Montgomery County in the America's Best pageant in St. Louis in April.
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  • Never know what’s next, so make most of it
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:09 PM
    Christmas is only two days away! With tomorrow being Christmas Eve, I just want to take a moment to thank those of you who read the weekly ramblings of this mad woman (life's so much funner with a bit of crazy added!).
    This is a time of year that we sit back and count our blessings one by one. I am so grateful to all of our readers. I can't think of a better job than the one I have and it's because of the friendships I have made throughout the county. So, thank you!
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  • Traditions important at Stacey’s house
    Monday, December 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Traditions touch us, they connect us and they expand us.” Rita B. Craig.
    As time passes, it seems like we constantly redefine Christmas customs and what they mean to us, our family and our household. Traditions evolve and change as the children grow older and we adapt new traditions to accommodate and include our ever-expanding family.
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  • It's time for Christmas decorating!
    Monday, December 2, 2019 4:00 AM
    Now that the turkey is picked clean to the bone and the store shelves are bare. . . it's time to put up the Christmas tree and hang those stockings! There is no shortage of festivities when it comes to Montgomery County. Not only is there a new event, bazaar or parade around every corner, most events are free for the family. I will try my best to keep everyone updated on upcoming Holiday activities for the family that won't break the bank. I am guessing that the Baschwit household is not much different than other families in saying, every year we resign to cutting back the financial hit to the old wallet and try to make more of an effort to remember the “reason for the season”. Spending time with one another and enjoying each others company, recalling the year that has gone by. Toasting to our loved ones that we have lost and appreciating those who are with us. I'm sure we're not the only ones who want to give our children and grandchildren a grand gesture and shower them with gifts in abundance that darn near put us in debt yearly. So this year, I hope we can all take a breath and enjoy the season. That we can be grateful for time together and the birth of our Lord and Savior. That maybe this will be the year of awakening and gratitude and not a season of stress.
    “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas”, Dale Evans
    Can you sing? Are you comfortable singing in front of a huge crowd??
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  • Stacey shares sentiment behind the writing
    Monday, November 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    Although I believe most of us try and make a daily effort to, this is a time to reflect on our lives and just how blessed we are with what we have. Remembering what we're thankful for and remind our friends and loved ones just how much they are appreciated and how much they mean to us.
    I myself have so very much to be grateful for, including you. I appreciate each and every one who take the time out of their busy week to read the ramblings of my “Wits End.” I love when I am out and someone introduces themselves and I have the pleasure of meeting you in person. 
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  • Snow and cold? OK for some – not Stacey
    Monday, November 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold winter to give it its sweetness”, John Steinback.
    This time of year can have a daunting effect on some of us. I've always struggled seeing the “splendor of winter” as so many others do. I watch as my friends to the west are in such awe of our scenic winters. I envy those who are excited about the first snow of the season and all that comes with it.
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  • Veterans Day holds special place in heart
    Monday, November 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    On This Day. . .
    If you're celebrating your birthday today not only is it one of our most significant days of the year being Veteran's day .. . you're also in good company with some pretty cool people who were born on Nov. 11 as well. Starting with, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. American author who was born in 1922. Vonnegut is best known for his writings of such books as Slaughterhouse Five and Sirens of Titan. He was also born right here in our home state in Indianapolis!
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  • Taking time to be with friends
    Monday, November 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are.” Bernard Meltzer.
    This time of year as the days get damp and dark, I always find myself in a bit of a slump. Some years being worse than others. This year I'm trying a different tactic. I have been trying to force myself out of the house and into doing something fun with a friend at least once a week.
    We all need our own personal support group who lift you up when your down or get in the trenches and be there for you when you can't find the strength within yourself. I am so grateful to my friends. When I feel like I just can't get myself in gear they are right here to give me a loving push in the right direction. We all need friends like this. I've made amazing friendships through my work and preserved friendships that I've had since I was a kid. Last week several of us got together for a girls day and I don't think I've laughed so hard in a year! As they say, “Laughter is chicken soup of the soul.” I believe that!
    “A good friend knows all your best stories, a best friend has lived them with you, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
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  • Monday, October 28, 2019 12:14 AM
    Did you know Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? I had never even heard of Samhain. For them this marked a new year – the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. The Celts believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on the night of Oct. 31, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Pretty spooky stuff! Today, it is simply a day for the kiddos to have some fun with their imaginations, being whoever they want to be for one night. Along with scoring bucketloads of treats and candy along the way!
    Halloween has always been one of mine and Al's favorite holidays. We enjoy seeing the childrens’ costumes and the excitement in their little faces as they pick out their favorite chocolate bar from the candy bowl. Years ago, our hardware customers from Jamestown would make a special trip to New Ross just so we could see their kids all dressed up. We sure did enjoy those days!
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  • Stacey reflects on ups, downs of parenting adult childen
    Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Mother's don't give up on their children for taking the wrong roads. They just keep praying there's a place to turn around before it's too late.” Anonymous.
    I recently had a conversation with a friend on people who claim children will not make bad decisions as adults if they're raised “properly.” Of course this particular friend had no children.
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  • It's time of year again when pesky flu bug strikes
    Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
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  • Stacey enjoys seeing county’s healthy heart
    Monday, October 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Last week was extra special for me! My friend Jacob Moore was home visiting family and took time out of his busy schedule to visit with me and catch up on his latest adventures and new endeavors.
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