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  • 4-H Fair coming right along, here’s what you need to know.
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County 4-H Fair is entering its final few days at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. With the queen contest and the opening few days already gone, here’s what to look for this afternoon and Wednesday at the fair.
    First up, this afternoon will see several of the biggest events of the week. The goat show, which starts at 9 a.m., finishes up this evening, alongside the dog show, which begins at 10 a.m. These two events, according to Montgomery County 4-H Youth Development Director Abby Morgan, are highly popular.
    “The goat showing is a quickly growing project,” she said. “We’re almost out of space in the goat barn, and dog showing is also a fast-growing project. A lot of it is those two groups have really strong adult volunteer groups who help out a lot. With these projects, and especially with the goats, they don’t require as much space, and for the dogs, the obedience lessons make it educational for kids and their dogs.”
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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Wabash College is listed in the 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the top colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
    Now in its 36th year, the Fiske Guideuses the unique approach of including quotes from current students and supplemental information to deliver an “insider’s view” to college-bound students and their parents.
    Of the Wabash experience, the Fiske Guide writes, “The Wabash educational program has certainly proved itself over the years. This small college has amassed an impressive list of alumni: executives of major corporations, doctors, lawyers, and a large number of Ph.D.’s. Many (students) are happy with the college’s intensive, rigorous programs and expanding opportunities for interdisciplinary study and hands-on experiences.”
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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    The New Ross Christian Church is having its annual homemade Ice Cream Supper Saturday. Come one, come all for some great food and fellowship!
    Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. This is a free will offering event. In addition to the homemade ice cream, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and other desserts.


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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    Union Township Board Meeting - 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, Union Township Trustee’s Office, 1311 Darlington Avenue, Crawfordsville.
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  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:20 AM
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday that he is requesting Agricultural Disaster Designation for 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties, including Montgomery County. 
    “Heavy and persistent rainfall has saturated fields across the state, hurting Indiana crops and our farmers,” Holcomb said. “As I continue to monitor this situation, Hoosier farmers can rest assured that we will keep a close eye on the long-term effects of these relentless rains.”
    The news was greeted with some appreciation here.
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  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:19 AM
    On Wednesday, the Montgomery United Fund, long known as MUFFY, held its annual executive breakfast to kick off the annual drive. President of the Montgomery United Fund board Heather Shirk said that she is excited for this year’s drive. “We have not set a goal yet; we actually have a meeting next week to determine that. I am excited for this year’s drive but we’ll wait for the board to make their decision on that.”
    The board has also spent the last two months searching for a new executive director. According to Shirk, that position has been vacant since the beginning of May, when previous executive director Terry Armstrong stepped down.
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  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:17 AM
    For many, Crawfordsville represents normalcy. People live, work and play here. It’s normal because most people live roughly the same way and practice the same lifestyles. But for some, like Austin Aldrich and his husband Jacob, their normal is different than the majority of their neighbors. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in a small, rural community can leave some feeling limited, Jacob and Austin said.
    That’s why Austin, along with his friend Syd Innovaria, helped start Crawfordsville LGBTQ+ Chatter, a Facebook page dedicated to the Crawfordsville LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Their main goal, Aldrich says, “is to combat hate, homophobia and transphobia in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County.”
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  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:16 AM
    As many will tell you, the Montgomery County 4-H fair is a community effort and the 4-H community here is as tight-knit as any. But for Jamie Sanky, a lifelong Montgomery County resident and 4-H member, the fair has changed for her.
    Sanky and her husband Shane, who has volunteered for the Montgomery County 4-H board for two years now, will be manning the concessions inside the main 4-H building for the week of the fair.
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  • Friday, July 12, 2019 4:00 AM

    Dear MAC,

    On some of our county roads, there has been some resurfacing done and much improvement has been seen. During the planting season some roads have been damaged, some more than others, from what would appear to be tractor tracks. If the disrepair is from a tractor, is the farmer liable for the cost to fix?
    William Thompson

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  • Solar and CEL&P just keep shining brighter
    Friday, July 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    CEL&P just keeps shining brighter and brighter. Whether that’s because of stellar planning and people or because it is adding more solar parks and more electric capacity, is open for interpretation.
    The solar farm off Memorial Drive has been growing. It currently produces 3 megawatts of power on what are called stationary solar panels. One megawatt is equal to a million watts of electricity.
    Currently, the panels face south and are rigid. The expansion will include new solar panels that actually follow the path of the sun, facing east in the morning and tracking west through the day. This expansion will increase the production capability by almost eight megawatts.
    “Before 2000, we were 100 percent coal,” Phillip Goode, general manager for CEL&P and Indiana Municipal Power Agency chairman of the board, explained. “Now we’re near 60 percent coal and we’re going to follow that trend until we’re entirely reliant on renewable energy . . . to reduce our carbon footprint.”
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  • Friday, July 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Sugar Creek Players are excited to announce their upcoming 2019-2020 season.
    The first show of the year will be Agatha Christie’s mystery play, “And Then There Were None. ”The play is based on her best-selling mystery novel which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and is one of the best novels of all time. Ten strangers with secret pasts must find out who the killer is before there is no one left. The show will play Sept. 20th-22nd, 2019 and the 27th-29th, 2019 and is sponsored by Hannum Insurance.
    Next is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. This musical follows the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world. Watch as they storm their local Sunday school and demand roles in the Christmas show. A great holiday show for the whole family to enjoy. The show will play Dec. 6th-8th, 2019 and the 13th-15th, 2019 and is sponsored by Hoosier Heartland State Bank.
    “Lion King, Jr.” the children’s musical is based on the Disney animated film and Broadway musical written by Elton John, Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice, and many other industry giants. It will be our third show of the season. Witness the young lion Simba as he learns how to be the king of Pride Rock. The show will play Feb. 14th-16th, 2020 and 21st-23rd, 2020 and is sponsored by Arni’s.
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  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:20 PM
    Parkersburg Christian Church (in southern Montgomery County) will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary the weekend of August 9, 10, and 11. On Friday evening at 7 p.m., there will be a celebration of music with specials by Rusty and Sallie Hester, the Hetrick family, and the PCC choir. Hal Marshall will be playing the piano and there will be a special message given by former PCC pastor Mark Wager.
    The celebration will continue with the annual church picnic on Saturday, the 10th, at Clodfelter’s Pond (Fincastle), at noon. Hot dogs, buns, drinks, and tableware will be furnished. Everyone attending should bring a side dish and lawn chair. Swimming and fishing will be available!
    On Sunday, the 11th, former pastor Ron Hanson from Minnesota will be giving the morning message. Worship begins at 10 a.m. with music specials by the Cloncs family and Vania Long Starr. Bernice Stewart Wilson will be playing the piano. There will be a pitch-in dinner immediately following worship services with everyone encouraged to bring a favorite dish.
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  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:17 PM
    Thurs. July 11 Open Stage @American Legion, Crawfordsville 6:30-11pm 1301 S. Washington St. (US 231) 765.362.9921 Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
    Thurs. July 11 Michael Kelsey @Walt’s Pub and Grill, W. Lafayette 8pm 1050 Kalberer Rd. 765.588.6148 Acoustic night. www.michaelkelsey.com
    Every Fri. Danny Weiss Duo @Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-9pm 200 Main St. 765.742.7337 Weather permitting.
    Fri. July 12 Colby Green Band @Pike Place, Crawfordsville 6-10pm Corner of Washington St. & Pike St. Second Friday event sponsored by Rotary and HHSB.
    Fri. July 12 Michael Kelsey @Purdue Memorial Union, W. Lafayette 6:30-8pm 101 N. Grant St. Summer Concert Series. Front lawn.
    Fri.&Sat. July 12&13 “Honky Tonk Angels” @ Beef House Dinner Theater, Covington doors open 6pm show 8pm 16501 N. State Rd. 63 (I-74 & St. Rd. 63) 765.793.4770 $48./includes show, salad, rolls, buffet, beverage and drink. Visit www.beefhouserolls.com
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  • Good eats for a good cause
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Dining with the Chefs is an annual event benefiting the Montgomery County Free Clinic. The event takes place Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. in Knowling Field House on the Wabash College Campus. Funds raised support the Clinic, which helps meet the health-care needs of Montgomery County’s most needy residents. 
    Each chef participating in the event this year was asked to provide a recipe from their childhood – the results are simple recipes transporting us back to simpler times. Our second recipe comes from Dr. Richard Warner, a history professor at Wabash College who also worked several years as a professional chef and is a crucial organizer of the Dining with the Chefs fundraiser. Here is Rick’s recipe for “Mexican Torte”:
    My mother tells me that when I was four she would let me stand on the open oven door to stir sauces and soups. I don't have any memory of that but I do remember eating tacos that she bought in the freezer section of the store. I'll merge that memory with my first job in the restaurant industry, a largely vegetarian place called the Fresh Ground Coffee House in Burlington, Vermont (like most everywhere I worked from 1972-1989, it's no longer in business lol.) I learned to make a sort of Mexican lasagna there, which proved to be a big improvement over the frozen product. We called it "Mexican Torte":
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  • Swank swipes fifth at SkillsUSA competition
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Vocational training, like that offered as part of the Air and Heating Vocational program at CHS, offers students a route to gain valuable skills for the workforce that allow them to get a job directly out of high school. For Jacob Swank, it also gives him a bit of bragging rights.
    Swank finished fifth in the sheet metal fabrication contest at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The conference brings together almost 20,000 students, teachers, professionals and companies to highlight career and technical education. 
    As part of the conference, which ran from June 24-28, SkillsUSA puts on skills competitions in a wide variety of fields and skills. This year featured 103 different skills contests, from 3-D Visualization and Animation to Nail Care to Welding Fabrication and everything in between. For Jacob, he found his calling in the sheet metal fabrication contest.
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