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  • HHSB gives to Civitan Club
    Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:26 AM
    Trey Etcheson, CEO of Hoosier Heartland State presented the Montgomery County Civitan Club with an HHSB "Gives Back" grant today at our meeting as a sponsor of our Harvest Hoedown.
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  • Basketball with nine players on a team
    Saturday, August 31, 2019 4:00 AM
    Coach Mac Petty gave a very interesting presentation about the “History of Basketball” at the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club this week.
    Did you know that the original name of the game was “Basket Ball” and there were nine players on a team! Basketball is the only major sport that originated in the United States when a physical education teacher in Springfield Massachusetts, by the name of James Naimsmith, was asked to come up with a sport that students could play inside during the winter. He originally had two eighteen-inch square boxes and an old soccer ball that he was going to use with his class. He set them up in the auditorium before class, but a hard-working custodian saw the empty boxes and threw them away before Naimsmith came back with his students. At this point Naimsmith had to go out to the fruit market down the street and grabbed two peach baskets to throw the ball into.
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  • Friday, August 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Master Gardeners met on Monday Aug. 12 with 14 members in attendance.
    President Susan Smith called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Jr. Leader’s Bldg at the 4-H grounds.
    A motion was made and carried to approve the minutes from our July meeting that had previously been sent to members via e-mail by secretary Priscilla Zachary.
    Treasurer Paula Furr reported on our finances and let members know that she will be adding the usual 25 percent of the profit earned from the April Lawn and Garden Show into the Future Fairgrounds Fund. It was suggested that maybe some of that funding could be used toward some of the needed improvement projects at the current fairgrounds. The discussion was tabled for lack of information.
    Ashley Adair, coordinator did say that members interested in pursuing some changes along with new ideas should attend the monthly Fair Board meeting on Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m., to be held in the Jr. leader’s bldg at the fairgrounds. Any additional information could then be brought to the group for discussion. Several members plan to attend.
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  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:47 PM
    The Master Gardeners Club of Montgomery County met on Monday July 8th , 2019 for the monthly meeting at the 4-H Grounds here in Crawfordsville. There were thirteen members in attendance.
    The minutes from the June meeting had previously been sent to all members by secretary Priscilla Zachary via email and were approved by the membership.
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  • Quite the journey
    Thursday, July 4, 2019 12:34 AM
    Elizabeth Justice and her sisters crossed the narrow part of England. She visited the Crawfordsville Rotary Club this week to tell them about her experience. The Rotary Club meets in the Crawfordsville District Public Library each Wednesday at noon. 
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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:44 AM

    On Monday, June 3rd, 2019, a PIX initiation/business meeting was held at the Allen’s Country Kitchen Banquet Room with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The initiation of legacy Meghan Griggs was held and led by the conductress, Angie Griggs, followed by dinner. The initiation of new officers was also held. The business meeting followed, which was called to order by Bryant. Members were led in the opening verse and birthdays and anniversaries were announced. 
    Vice President, Michelle Dice took roll call and Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report, which was approved as presented. Julie Swick presented the May minutes, which were approved as read. 
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  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:15 AM
    Montgomery county Master Gardeners met on Monday, June 10th at the county 4-H grounds in the Jr. Leader’s building, commencing at 6:30 p.m.
    Treasurer’s report was given by Paula Furr, including the results of our Plant Exhange. The event was a success with community participation and donations. This event always kick starts the planting season with the trading and gathering of plants needed in the garden…flowers, vegetables and herbs.
    The May minutes had previously been sent to members for approval via email and no corrections or additions were made.
    Anita Arnold (V.P) reported that the Nicholson Grade School garden project is doing very well and while the tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini were looking great, the vegetables at the west end of the garden were coming on much slower. Thought was given to a different garden layout for next season.
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  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:57 AM
    MCRTA Meeting June 10, 2019
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met June 10, 2019 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-two members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Stan Covey at noon. Covey recognized the June, July and August birthdays and he also gave the invocation. A delicious lunch was served by Allen’s County Kitchen.
    The program was the Teacher Memorial Service, honoring educators who had died this past year. Sue Mullendore led the service which honored; Curt Castelluccio, Glenn Knecht, Randy Quimby, Pat Hearson and Marcia Straw. Each teacher was recognized with memories from those in attendance who had worked with or known the them. At the conclusion a bell was rung in honor of their passing and Carol Holman offered a commentative song in her school marm attire. 
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  • Friday, May 31, 2019 1:22 AM
    Jason Austin, the Communications Director for Through the Gate in Linden, presented at the Crawfordsville Kiwanis meeting this week.
    Through the Gate is a long-term, faith-based residential treatment facility for adult women located in Linden, IN. Residents who are accepted into Through the Gate begin an 8-month program of structured classes and services in such areas as addiction counseling, job skill training, parenting, life skills, conflict resolution and communication. Residents live in a building that holds up to 12 women and the facility currently has a wait list of 8-9 women.
    Since Through the Gate does not take any government money they operate solely on donations from local churches, individuals and volunteers. You can find out more about Through the Gate at
    Crawfordsville Kiwanis celebrates with great informational speakers like this every Thursday at Noon at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Come on out and visit with us. Even enjoy a free lunch.
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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:58 AM
    On Monday, May 6th, 2019, a PIX business meeting was held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant, members were led in the opening verse and birthdays and anniversaries were announced. 
    Vice President, Dice took roll call and Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report, which was approved as presented. She also reviewed the Pre-Convention Report that is due May 10th. Julie Swick reviewed the March minutes and presented the April meeting minutes, which were approved as read. 
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  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:34 PM
    Nineteen members of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners met at the Fusion 54 building in downtown Crawfordsville. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 by Purdue Extension Office co-ordinator Ashley Adair and was kicked off with the presentation (via webinar) by Food Safety Educator Scott Monroe. The presentation covered the reduction of food borne illnesses based on GAP (Good Ag Practices) and new food safety laws from the FDA; and was considered basic produce food safety training. This training came at a time when the Master Gardeners are assisting at the Nicholson Elementary School Garden project and also involved in the refurbishing of the Crawfordsville High School Garden. That program is being implemented by Master Gardener’s president Susan Smith and member Pam Mahler.
    At the conclusion of the presentation the usual club meeting ensued.
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  • CLUB NEWS: People, progress and partnership
    Monday, May 20, 2019 2:41 AM
    Heather Perdue, the Director of Philanthropy at the IU Health Foundation visited with the Crawfordsville Kiwanis this week.
    With the goal of “Making Indiana the Healthiest State in the Country” Mrs. Perdue is working with the foundation that supports sixteen hospitals in the Indianapolis suburban area. The Foundation began in January of 2018 by integrating other foundations from the hospitals that are now part of the IU Health network. IU Health is now the largest healthcare organization in the state with over 33,000 employees.
    As part of their philanthropy work Mrs. Perdue talks about the three “P’s”, People, Progress & Partnership:
    People – Attracting and Training the top clinical and leadership talent to their hospitals, providing patient assistance and team member support and delivering patient-centered, whole person care.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:36 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met May 13, 2019 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Forty-nine members and three guests were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Stan Covey at noon. Covey recognized the May birthdays and the invocation was given by Darlene Dusek. A delicious lunch was served by Allen’s County Kitchen.
    The program was given by Cherlyn Hunter. Cherlyn traveled to Cambodia on a mission trip and shared the experience with us. Hunter’s work there involved working with a pastor and his school. Her photos helped us understand the culture of extreme poverty that tourists don’t normally see when they visit the country.
    Secretary’s Report and treasurer’s report were approved as read.
    Membership---Marilyn Spear reported that dues were now being collected for the 2019-2020 year. 
    Legislative---Bill Combs gave a wrap up of the legislative session as it pertained to educators. Bills that passed included:
    • (HB 1001) The 13th check
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  • Paramedics visit Rotary
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:33 PM
    Joe Crane and Rachel Kenner (pictured), Paramedics with the Crawfordsville Fire Dept. spoke this week at the Crawfordsville Rotary Club meeting. They covered the opioid crisis, in Montgomery County. They went over some the solutions to the county problem. They said every day they have a call because someone OD's. They try to help any way they can, with treatments and placing people in treatment centers in and around they area. The biggest problem they have is only 40 percent of the people they see accept treatment. The club meets each Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.
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  • TCU reps visit Rotary
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:04 PM
    Ryan Keener and Amy Wells spoke at this week’s Rotary Club meeting. Amy is the local branch manager of TCU and introduced Ryan Keener. Ryan said TCU started back in 1931 by 8 teachers who were not happy with traditional banking at the time. But today TCU is not just for teachers. Ryan lives in the Avon area and is a commercial loan officer at the Avon Branch. TCU's total assets are 3.2 billion, they have 300 million in loans outstanding including commercial loans. They are Not For Profit organization. Which means they return profits to their members and they can donate to outside non profits, such as the $108,000 to the United Way last year. Their website is or call them at 800 333 3828. The Crawfordsville Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. 
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