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  • How are you spending the Presidents’ Day holiday?
    Monday, February 17, 2020 2:05 AM
    Presidents’ Day, the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” (UMHA), took effect in 1971. The Act is now Public Law 90-363.
    What day is it? That day we learned about in school . . . or for kids more like me who didn't jump at the joy of a curriculum . . . the day we get out of school!
    Each year we celebrate Presidents' Day, a holiday established by Congress to recognize the birthday of our first president, George Washington. The holiday originally was established in 1855 and was celebrated on Feb. 22 of each year. In 1968. However, the date of Presidents' Day was changed in order to align more federal holidays with Mondays, to create more three-day weekends.
    Presidents’ Day Plans?
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  • Ripping rose buds off bouquets . . . or in other words, Happy Valentine’s Day
    Monday, February 10, 2020 3:35 AM
    Did you know that this month marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the release of James Taylor's “Sweet Baby James” album? This happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums and what better month than the month of February to celebrate a man who was known for writing some of the most notably famous love songs in our history. The album included some of Taylor's biggest hits. Such as “Fire and Rain.” It was nominated for a Grammy Award for album of the year. Taylor announced the release of his audio biography titled “Break Shot” just in time for the anniversary celebration.
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  • Washing machine helps Stacey appreciate life’s luxuries
    Monday, February 3, 2020 3:39 AM
    This week was a lesson in appreciating the little things in life I have come to take for granted. I was on a roll, cleaning the house after the Florida trip and leftover Christmas from when some of the kids couldn't make it until after the New Year.
    I begin to smell something like a tire burning . . . after the house filled with smoke I was able to pinpoint the culprit! My washing machine began to squeal as the black cloud of smoke rolled around the front of it infecting the entire house with its dense fog. (Well great) Al is on the road, I have a load of sopping wet towels in standing water and a house smelling of melted rubber!
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  • Stacey understands dancing in rain
    Monday, January 27, 2020 3:27 AM
    I sometimes begin columns with a quote that carries a special meaning with me. This week's quote is by far one of my favorites. I try and remind myself that life is short and to appreciate every moment.
    “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it's about learning to dance in the rain.” It’s from Vivian Greene.
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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
    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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