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Great Day for Girl Scouts!
More than 50 local Girl Scouts attended the recent Montgomery County Girl Scout World Thinking Day. The annual event took place at First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville. The focus of the event was for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world to think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The day began with songs and ceremonies, followed by an international bazaar of booths. Troops took part in booths representing Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, Madagascar, India and Switzerland. By visiting the booths, girls learned about different countries while sampling food, games and crafts. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts' membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Ga., to 3.7 million members throughout the United States. More than 44,000 girls in 45 counties participate through the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Council.
  • Chamber Health Clinic
    Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:25 AM
    The new Chamber clinic opened its doors to members Dec. 1 and celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the permanent facility joined by Wellness For Life staff, Mayor Barton, and Chamber board members Tuesday morning.
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  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:32 PM
    Although there were many positive things, the last week was overshadowed when a Montgomery County man lost his life in a car accident. 
    A 58-year-old from Ladoga was killed and a teen-ager injured in a traffic accident on State Road 32, east of Crawfordsville, Monday afternoon. Timothy L. Steele from Ladoga was reportedly driving a 1999 Grand Caravan west on 32 near 900 east when the van crossed the center line and hit a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup being driven by Mark V. Dirksen, a 19-year-old from Muncie. Dirksen was taken to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville with non-life threatening injuries. Steele was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Montgomery County Sheriffs Department reported that they received the call about the accident at 2:23 p.m. Police are asking if anyone has any information about the crash or might have witnessed it to contact Deputy Jeremy Minor or Deputy Richard Todd at (765) 362-3740. Crash reconstructionists from the Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police are investigating.
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  • Ladoga man killed in traffic accident on 32
    Monday, December 9, 2019 4:18 PM
    A 58-year-old from Ladoga was killed and a teen-ager injured in a traffic accident on State Road 32, east of Crawfordsville, Monday afternoon.
    The Montgomery County Sheriff Department reported that they received a call at 2:23 p.m. of a serious auto accident near County Road 900 East. When deputies arrived, they found a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan had collided with a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup. They reported that the van had been traveling west when it crossed the center line and struck the pickup.
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  • Time running out to donate to United Fund for this year
    Monday, December 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    With just a little more than three weeks to go in the calendar year, the Montgomery County United Fund’s 2019 campaign doesn’t have much time left. So far the drive has around $160,000 in, which is a long way to go from the goal of $410,000.
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  • A Presidential Holiday
    Saturday, December 7, 2019 7:21 PM
    Ready for a presidential holiday? Then consider a short drive over to Indianapolis and spend some time this holiday season at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
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  • HELPING North students shine
    Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Everyone knows that FFA – Future Farmers of America – is the kind of organization that helps others. At North Montgomery this weekend, the FFA teamed up with the student council, Sunshine Society, National Honor Society, YAR and SADD to work on the annual Riley Blanked event.
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  • Rusty asked about survivor benefits
    Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dear Rusty: I am 67 and still working full time but plan to retire after June of next year. Because of my income I have not been drawing my Social Security benefits; however, my income will not be a tax issue in 2020 with my planned retirement. If I begin drawing my SS when I’m 68 next June, can I draw it retroactively to the first of the year at that rate? Or, beginning January 1, 2020, can I draw on my deceased wife's SS and then switch to my higher rate upon my birthdate in June? Signed: Exploring My Options
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  • Friday, December 6, 2019 12:51 AM
    The Paper of Montgomery County has learned that a lawsuit has been filed against the county by a wind energy company.
    “The county received the suit (Wednesday),” County Commissioner John Frey told The Paper Thursday morning. “Our attorney has the document and is going over it. The earliest we can meet is Monday so I think we’ll have an executive session then.”
    The suit, according to sources, was filed Tuesday by Sugar Creek Wind LLC. Akuo Energy USA and Stewardship Wind LLC are affiliated with Sugar Creek Wind.
    The Paper reached Tom Cote, CEO for Akuo Energy USA in Chicago. Cote confirmed the suit had been filed but declined further comment.
    “It’s disappointing to think that any business of industry has to sue its way into our community,” Frey said.
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  • County honored for work on zoning
    Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Team Effort for a Board of Commissioners from the Indiana Association of County Commissioners at its annual meeting at Keystone at the Crossing.
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  • Laughs, music hit stage at Vanity
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:58 PM
    Hey! Unto you a child is born! This Christmas season, the Vanity Theater will put on a Christmas pageant like Crawfordsville has never seen before in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical. The show, which takes the stage this weekend, is based on the 1980s children’s book by the same name.
    Grace Bradley (Lora Burris) is asked to take over the annual church Christmas pageant. Everything is running smoothly until the Herdmans claim all of the main roles. This mean and nasty bunch of siblings--Ralph (Cameron Tyo), Imogene (Beth Turner), Leroy (Brayden Stedge), Claude (Terran McCarty), Ollie (Caden Tyo) and Gladys (Emma Berry)--cause trouble wherever they go. Will the Herdmans ruin the Christmas pageant? Or will it somehow become the best Christmas pageant ever?
    “(It shows) the whole thing of judging people . . . the Herdmans are judged . . . and then the other kids have to figure out what it’s like to accept kids who are different than they are. That’s what Christmas is all about,” says Betsy Strain, who makes her debut performance as Mrs. Armstrong in the show.
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  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 8:22 AM
    Monday was a good day for the Crawfordsville – Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. New Executive Director Cassie Hagan came on board for her first official day. And the Crawfordsville Chamber Health Center opened officially for the first time.
    The Chamber Clinic has been in the works for some time. The new clinic provides primary care services available to Chamber members. It will be operated by Wellness for Life.
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  • Monday, December 2, 2019 4:00 AM
    Two hundred local individuals need your help! Volunteers for Mental Health, an agency of Montgomery County United Fund, will be concluding their gift drive soon to allow time for wrapping all the gifts and delivering them to the local facilities in time for Christmas. The need for gifts, especially adult sweat suits, is still critical. Did you miss getting your gift to one of the local receptacles? You can still pick up something during one of the after-Thanksgiving sales and drop it off at any of the locations below. Monetary support is also greatly appreciated. Send donations to VMHMC, c/o Luke Walker, P.O. Box 491, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933. 
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  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:23 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Young seniors in the early stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are a step closer to much needed support programs available under the Older Americans Act with the passage in the House of Representatives earlier this week of the OAA Reauthorization, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. 
    The Reauthorization legislation would expand access to some OAA services to individuals under 60 years of age who suffer from early onset of the illness. It now goes to the Senate for a vote where it has broad-based bipartisan backing.
    “The onslaught of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, in particular, has had a devastating impact on our nation in recent years. It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The number of people afflicted by Alzheimer’s is fast approaching six million, including hundreds of thousands of individuals under the age of 65,” according to AMAC’s president Dan Weber.
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  • Friday, November 29, 2019 4:00 AM
    Downtown Party Night has become a favorite holiday tradition in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. Merchants pull out all the stops, there’s great live entertainment, a tree lighting and, of course, the big man himself – Santa Claus.
    Actually, it’s a huge weekend. Everything begins on Black Friday and then goes to Small Business Saturday and Party Night. The festivities don’t stop there. The Crawfordsville – Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Parade wraps up the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
    Thanksgiving is over! Let the holiday festivities begin!
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  • Week in Review 11-27-19
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:12 AM
    The Montgomery County Shrine Club (pictured above) donated $2,750 each to Shriners Hospitals in Chicago, Cincinnati and Lexington, plus $1,000 to Shriners International. In addition, the group also collected 500 pounds of pop tabs to buy gifts for our children in the hospitals. Altogether, the Montgomery County Shriners donated nearly $10,000 – or an exact total of $9,400. They reached out and said they wanted to make sure that everyone in Montgomery County knows how much they appreciate the help and support.

    Once more, the New Market United Methodist Church was the place to be when people from all over the community came together Saturday. The occasion was the 29th annual Community Thanksgiving, meal. 
    This year, it took place Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall.
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Question of the Week:

Everyone knows the song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer . . . But did you ever wonder why it’s “nosed”? Sorry, we digress! The real question we want to ask as we get into the spirit of the season is about the other reindeer. In previous versions, Donner has been Donder and even Dunder. Blitzen was Blixem. In the 1800s, the names in German became Donder (thunder) and Blitzen (lightning). And when Montgomery Ward and Gene Autry and others told or sang the story of Rudolph, it became Donner. So, inquiring minds want to know, what’s your preference, Donner or Donder? As far as we know, Santa may well take the results of this poll and use it to make his own decision, so vote carefully!


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