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  • Crawfordsville Main Street holding annual Membership Meeting tonight
    Monday, January 22, 2018 4:00 AM
    The public is invited to attend Crawfordsville Main Street’s annual meeting Monday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m., on the second floor of the Carnegie Museum. Social time 5:30 p.m.
    There will be refreshments by Maxine’s on Green, along with a cash bar featuring products from Backstep Brewing Company. 
    After a brief business meeting, special guest J.P. Hall from Ball State University will present “The Strategic Role of Preservation in Community Place-Making.” Hall is Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at BSU’s College of Architecture and Planning. He also teaches courses pertaining to the economics, planning, law, and advocacy within the field. Prior to joining the faculty, Hall was director of the Eastern Regional Office for Indiana Landmarks, the largest statewide historic preservation organization of its kind in the country. 
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  • Zach Churney talks to Kiwanis about placemaking
    Monday, January 22, 2018 4:00 AM
    Zachary Churney, a graduate of Wabash College and now the Economic and Community Development Liaison for the Metropolitan Board of Realtors (MIBOR) spoke to the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club on Thursday 1-18-18. Zach talked about “Placemaking.”
    What is placemaking you say? Is it setting the places for dinner on the dining room table? No, it is a tool used in economic development for communities. Placemaking helps communities develop and support planning, design, and arts engagement projects that encourage and create activity, create community identity and a sense of place, improve quality of life and revitalize local economies.
    Overall, proper placemaking would make Crawfordsville a great community to better enjoy by providing social and service opportunities like Kiwanis, developing a better feel to the community through parks and other aesthetics and developing a feeling of community by developing pride in Crawfordsville and all it has to offer.
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  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a brief PIX business meeting was held in a meeting room at The Athens Art Gallery with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant and members were led in the opening verse. Bryant announced birthdays and anniversaries. Jennifer Hunter then took roll call. Julie Swick presented the December meeting minutes, which were approved as presented. 
    Correspondence requiring action was received. A letter from the Indiana Psi Iota Xi chapter requesting nominations for the state board to be submitted by February 6th. Any interested members should contact Bryant directly. 
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  •  Commissioner visits Kiwanis
    Friday, January 12, 2018 9:25 PM
    John Frey, Montgomery County Commissioner, presented at the Crawfordsville Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday. Frey is a lifetime resident of Montgomery County and is one of the primary owners of WCI Family Farms in Linden. 
    As one of three Commissioners for Montgomery County Mr. Frey works to help oversee everything involved with the county from supervision of the county highway system to supervision of economic development within the county.
    Mr. Frey spoke about the vision and plan for the future of the county through the establishment of an Economic Development Plan and the strategic planning involved in reaching the goals of that plan. Mr. Frey also took questions from the membership and talked about building a county that all residents, businesses and the children of the county can be proud to call Montgomery County home. 
    Kiwanis is for Kids, Kids need Kiwanis and Kiwanis needs you! Come on out and visit us any Thursday at noon at the Crawfordsville District Public Library and consider helping kids by joining Kiwanis.
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  • CLUB NEWS: Dorothy Q Chapter NSDAR is celebrating its 120th Anniversary
    Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    On Jan. 31, 1898, Dorothy Q received its charter to become the 8th chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Indiana. Josephine Tuttle Thomas was elected Regent at the first meeting which was held in her home. There were fourteen charter members with twenty-two more women joining within the year.
    Dorothy Q had two “Real Daughters”. This term applies to daughters of American Revolutionary Patriots who also became members of the DAR. One was Elvira Layton Mortimer Layne, 1832-1907, the daughter of Famous and Mary Blue Mortimer. The second was Lucinda Hardee McMullen, 1824-1914, the daughter of John Michael Joseph and Lucy Sears Hardee. The Dorothy Q Chapter, on June 14, 1924, placed official markers on the grave sites of these two ‘real daughters’.
    The Chapter House, the Elston Memorial Home, located at 400 E. Wabash Avenue, was built between 1880-1882 by Colonel Isaac C. Elston. The house has been owned by the Elston Memorial Foundation (comprised of Dorothy Q daughters) since 1923, when ownership was transferred directly from the Elston family.
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  • Friday, January 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    On Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, a PIX business meeting was held in a meeting room at the Crawfordsville Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant and members were led in the opening verse. After announcements of birthdays and anniversaries, Bryant called for happy buck respondents. Maggie Bryant then took roll call. Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report and Julie Swick presented the minutes. Both were approved as presented. 
    Pam Karle shared correspondence. A letter from the PIX State Association acknowledging a recent donation given to Hear Indiana. Correspondence requiring action was received. A letter from Athens Art Gallery was received asking for annual donations. Janeane Murphy motioned to donate and Nancy Buckles seconded. Motion carried. A letter from Hear Indiana was received requesting a monetary donation for cochlear implants. Motion was made to not donate at this time with consideration in the future. Motion carried. 
    In old chapter business, Jennifer Hunter and Nancy Buckles indicated continued review of the By-laws. Nancy will have something in writing in Jan. In new chapter business, business entity report indicates we are in active status according to the Secretary of the State. 
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  • Kiwanis holds White Elephant Auction
    Friday, December 29, 2017 4:00 AM
    At their regular luncheon meeting on Thursday members of the Crawfordsville Kiwanis along with Wabash College Basketball team members bid high on the opportunity to take home some “treasures” during Kiwanis’ annual White Elephant Auction. Members brought wrapped gifts that were then auctioned off by local auctioneer Bill Servies of Servies Auction Service. He was able to spark the interest of most of the attendees by using his talents to get the best price. Thanks Bill for helping Kiwanis out again and thanks to the members of the Wabash College Basketball team for their support. If you want to visit Kiwanis they meet every Thursday at Noon at the Crawfordsville District Public Library on the lower level. Come on out and join us! One of the Basketball Team members bought a very unique statuette that I am sure will adorn his dorm room and Dennis Coons ended up with a pair of boots that were "made for walkin"!
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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    The December meeting of the Crawfordsville Business and Professional Women met in the library, with a covered dish meal provided by the members. The tables were decorated by the committee for the holiday season, whicher were Julie Cerney and Becky Hankins. Attending were 18 members with our newest member, Susan O’Neil, being introduced. The pledge to the flag was led by Becky and Julie blessed the evening for the food and fellowship. Social time was enjoyed while eating, followed by the annual ornament exchange.
    The business meeting called to order by president, Kym Bushong, with a quorum declared. The Secretary’s report and Treasurer’s report were sent out by e-mail and were accepted with one change. Kym received a birthday card for the month with Karen Branch and Janet Campbell being announced, but not in attendance. The Ways and Means chair gave an update on the location for the annual Flea Market, scheduled for March. More details will be given at the next meeting.
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  • Barton visits Kiwanis
    Friday, December 8, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville Mayor and fellow Kiwanian, Todd Barton, visited the Crawfordsville Kiwanis meeting this Thursday. Mayor Barton talked about his part in Indiana’s Japan Trade Mission this past September. During the trip Mayor Barton was able to visit with many different Japanese businesses including Hiruta Kogyo, LTD, the parent company of Heritage Products, an auto parts supplier located right here in Crawfordsville. Barton traveled with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and members of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to Japan to build relationships with companies that may want to expand or open businesses in the area.
    Thanks Mayor Barton for working to develop more jobs and more development for our area. This will certainly help the children of Montgomery County. 
    If you want to hear more about Kiwanis and helping kids come and visit any Thursday at noon at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. It’s a great time and you might learn more about your community. Remember, Kids need Kiwanis!
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  • CLUB NEWS: Jonathan Alcala Torres speaks to Kiwanis
    Monday, December 4, 2017 4:00 AM
    Imagine living, or imprisoned, in a community of about sixty square miles from which you fear to venture beyond because you might not have the proper documentation to cross the checkpoint and you might get sent back to a home that you left as a young child. That is one of the many fears of our speaker Thursday, Jonathan Alcala Torres.
    Jonathan is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) beneficiary currently studying at Wabash College here in Crawfordsville. 
    In 2006 Jonathan, his sister and his twin brother were told by their Mom that they were going to visit Disneyland in California from their home in Mexico. They ultimately stayed in California for a few months before moving to a border town in Texas where Jonathan attended school. Even though their tourist visas expired in 2010 Jonathan continued with High School in Texas graduating in the top ten percent of his class. He was recruited by Wabash College due to his excellent academic achievements and started there in 2014, two years after DACA was introduced. Although Jonathan had applied for DACA along with the other two million people he was not approved until years later. Even in 2014 Jonathan could not fly to Indiana to get to Wabash because he did not have a Social Security number, so he had to drive the entire way, almost 1400 miles!
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  • Friday, December 1, 2017 4:00 AM
    On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, a PIX business meeting was held in a meeting room at the Crawfordsville Public Library with President, Maggie Bryant, residing. The business meeting was called to order by Bryant and members were led in the opening verse. After announcements of birthdays and anniversaries, Bryant called for happy buck respondents. Maggie Bryant then took roll call. Pam Karle gave the Treasurer’s report and Julie Swick presented the minutes. Both were approved as presented. 
    Jennifer Hunter shared correspondence. A letter from State President, Kim Benzing was received as a reminder of the State meeting being held on April 21, 2018. The theme will be, “Psi Iota Xi: A True Classic.” The meeting will be held at Rochester High School, in Rochester, IN. Flyer from Camp Riley thanking us for participating in time capsule was also received. No correspondence requiring action was received. 
    In old chapter business, status of National & State Project Proposals were shared by Naomi Horton. Jennifer Hunter and Nancy Buckles indicated continued review of the By-laws. The 1st read will take place in Jan, 2nd read in February, and voting will take place in March. Volunteers for Mental Health Donations were accepted. Michelle Dice, Conductress, passed out voting ballots for new membership. Ballots indicated a unanimous vote to approve the new members. New pledges will be sent letters to request their presence at the December meeting. In new chapter business, pledging ceremony procedures were discussed in preparation for the December meeting. 
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  • Friday, November 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Opening-Thirteen people attended the regular meeting of FISH November 16, 2017, in the library of the First United Methodist Church. President Phil Wray opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. with prayer. He also presented guidelines for the group to consider at each meeting. The guidelines detail John Wesley’s means of grace: to respect, pray, listen, understand, share, focus, commit, give, acknowledge, and allow the fruit of the spirit.
    Committee Reports- Clothing-Betty Pollitt, chairman, reported that in September and October 103 clients (representing 333 family members) had been given 1936 items of clothing. The pantry is back in the original room, which now has more space. She said clients were happy with the move. 
    Linen-Barb VanArsdel reported that her numbers are increasing as the weather turns colder. Twenty-three families representing 73 individuals visited the closet in October and so far in November. There is a need for queen and fitted sheets and curtain/drapes. Items distributed were 32 sheet sets plus 4 queen flat sheets, 33 blankets, 11 comforters, 3 pillows, 1 mattress cover, 33 towel sets, 3 kitchen towels, 5 pairs of curtains, 2 shower curtains, 3 bath mats, 2 set of placemats, 1 tablecloth, 4 sofa pillows and 1 baby item.
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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    November - President Paula Furr welcomed everyone to this very important meeting. She thanked the hostesses, Jan Stout, Jan Carpenter and Sona Hartman for the delicious refreshments. Our wonderful member Pat Smith is in the hospital and prayers will be going out to her. Also, Mary Laube had an accident at home and sustained a badly broken arm. November birthdays were recognized. Karen Cook was welcomed as our newest member. We were reminded to turn in our 10 stamped, addressed envelopes for the newsletters. Dues for 2018 should be paid as soon as possible. A clipboard was passed around to sign up for the Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 6. Reservations and the $12.50 payment must be submitted to our treasurer, Anita Arnold no later than Nov. 17th. If you reserve a spot you will be responsible for the payment even if you don't attend.
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  • Monday, October 30, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association met at noon on Oct. 9, 2017 at the Crawfordsville Public Library. President Sheila Hodges welcomed attendees and acknowledged this month’s birthdays. After Sheila led 55 retirees in the pledge of allegiance, Cherlyn gave the invocation. Allen’s Catering provided a delicious meal for all.
    Following the meal Dr. Kathy Steele shared a slide presentation of a recent trip to Cuba. Fifty pounds of medical aid “gifts”, not donations, were taken there. A guide led 19 people from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad and back. Depicted on slides were cigars, rum, and coffee beans. Kathy reminded us of Cuba’s takeover by Fidel Castro in 1959. Many cars of that age were restored beautifully and even used as private taxi service. Some buildings were renovated and provided very nice accommodations. A lot of socializing occurred along the concrete walkway, road, and seawall. The tour group viewed the U.S. Embassy, El Morro fortress and lighthouse, and a U.S. cruise ship while there. The embassy had been changed to a hotel and restaurant. The renovated financial area located near the cruise ship area had been upgraded. Buildings had arched colonnaded facades. Historical Catholic churches were also seen; some with gold ornamentation. Other countries may buy and renovate buildings that were in poor condition; thus, the tour group saw very nice juxtaposed with those less nice. Under current leadership rules and restrictions have changed somewhat. A service of two years is still required in the military for ages 18-20. All of the above and more was delivered with enthusiasm and entertaining humor by Kathy and enjoyed by all. She gave us insights into the current economy, foods, countryside, and culture of the people when the tour group traveled away from Havana. She loved the architecture but not the heat and humidity while visiting during the summer of 2017.
    Sheila thanked Kathy and requested her to share more future trips with us at MCRTA.
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Flower Lover Club met on Oct. 4 for a short trip. We met and carpooled to Fall Creek Farm in Yountsville for a lovely tea and flower arranging party. Jamie Smith and her helpers served us five kinds of homemade teas to taste and a contest was held to see who guessed all five varieties correctly. We enjoyed a delicious meal that was prepared using farm products and served on beautiful china. Jamie had picked lots of flowers, greenery and plants so we could create our own floral arrangements. She also provided the containers and we had a great time making something beautiful for our homes. A big thank you to Jamie and Fall Creek staff for a nice afternoon. There were five reservations for this event that have not been paid at this time. Please give your payment to Anita at the November meeting. 
    Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in St. John’s Church. This is a very important meeting to attend as we will be electing officers for 2018. 
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