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  • JUMP takes in a movie
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    The mentors and mentees in the JUMP program had a blast last Saturday at the AMC Theater in Crawfordsville. Thirty-three adults and youth went to see the animated movie “Sergeant Stubby” as one of their monthly group activities. “This was a wonderful treat for the kids,” stated Jill Hampton, program manager for the JUMP program. “Going to the movies can be expensive so many of the kids in the program don’t get to do this very often, if ever at all! The managers at the theater, Jeff Pavan and Liz Cass worked with the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, JUMP program, to allow the kids to attend the movie and get their snacks free. That was an added bonus and such a wonderful thing for them to do,” Hampton said.
    The JUMP Program is modeled after the Big Brother/Big Sister program where an adult volunteer is matched with a youth on the waiting list. The goal is for the pair to become friends, do fun things together and for the adult to act as another positive role model in the child’s life. Kids can never have enough support or mentors in their lives. Because the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a nonprofit agency, they are always looking for more volunteers to act as mentors for the children on the waiting list. They especially need male mentors or married couples that would like to mentor a young boy. 
    To become a volunteer you must fill out an application, complete several background checks, have a one on one interview, as well as attend a JUMP training session. Once all of that is completed, the volunteer will be matched with a child that has similar interests. After that initial meeting, the mentor will meet with that child for 4 hours or more per month for at least one year. One of those meetings could be the JUMP monthly group activity that is offered at no cost to participants in the program. Becoming part of this program could change the lives of both the child and the volunteer. It is fun and it’s also a good way to give back and support the youth of our community!
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  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    “Cancer never dies” is the inspiration behind the upcoming Relay For Life of Montgomery County that will be held at the Crawfordsville Middle School on Saturday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The walk itself stands for the fact that “cancer lives on and cancer never dies,” explained Relay planning committee's Sheryl Davies.
    Davies expressed her passion for volunteering to help raise money for cancer research and cancer awareness. Sadly, she has lost several friends and family members to the disease. Davies is an employee at Walmart Optical Lab and has been volunteering to help for the last five years. 
    Davies says, “Between us and the store we're trying to raise around ten thousand dollars.” She said they have employees who are involved and volunteer their time every year and been participating in the Relay for around 18-20 years. Davies say's this year’s theme will be a “Disney” theme. She tells us there will be a recognition ceremony for survivors and those who have passed or been affected by cancer along with a survivor's dinner catered by Allen's Country Kitchen. The dinner is free to any survivor or caregiver. She tells us, Walmart will have popular Disney movie characters there for kids to get their picture taken with and several fun games. “It's just a fun time . . .a fun time to raise money for cancer and the survivors and people who have cancer right now”,Davies said.
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  • Bits 'N' Pieces 4-21-18
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    Welcome to Bits’n’Pieces, a weekly look at some of the interesting, funny, comical and sometimes outright weird things that happen in and around Montgomery County. Have something you think should go into Bits? E-mail it to us at, won’t you please?
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    WELL, WE ALL know the battle for the U.S. Senate GOP race is ugly and dirty. However, Luke Messer’s campaign recently sent what appeared to be two personal e-mails to one Montgomery County citizen. The first message showed an image of a text that supposedly was sent from Messer to campaign finance director Emily Daniels. It said:
    Emily, with so little time left before the election will you check with (name deleted) to see if they can help us with a last minute election contribution? I know they want a Trump ally who will fix the broken Senate. Please reach out ASAP. Thank you!
    In part, the second message which again appeared to be from Messer to Daniels said:
    Emily, I don’t seem to have (name deleted) email address in my contacts. Will you please send them a message asking for an urgent contribution before the final deadline of the campaign tonight?
    We’re ahead in the polls right now but need every supporter to help with a gift of $25 or more to ensure we win.
    Let me know as soon as you hear from (name deleted).
    Thank you!
    Sent from my iPhone

    Not surprisingly, The Paper’s attempts to contact the campaign to find out more about this “personalized” ad were unsuccessful. 
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    The work of six Wabash College art majors will be spotlighted at the 2018 Senior Art Majors Exhibition.
    The exhibit opens on Friday, with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Eric Dean Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The following seniors will be honored: Thomas Boudreau, Taylor Canter, Joey Dierdorf, Ross Harvey, Dominick Rivers, and Sam Watts.
    BKT Assistant Professor of Art Damon Mohl remarks, “This exhibition is the capstone experience for art majors at Wabash College. It is the culmination of four years of work, which has entailed exploring various mediums, creative thought, research and analysis and critical decision-making. Each of these six seniors has devoted a massive amount of time and energy and as a result, created cohesive bodies of work that best exemplify their current art making practices. The exhibition displays the highest level of accomplishment each artist has achieved.”
    Thomas Boudreau creates interdisciplinary art that meets at the intersection of sculpture, performance and ritual. His intense research has led to a distilled body of work that draws on personal mythologies and universal themes of interconnectedness.
    Taylor Canter creates deconstructed representational images through digital processes. Drawing on a strong interest in graphic design, his work experiments with abstraction, color, movement and composition in ways that are both pleasing to the eye and visually compelling.
    Joey Dierdorf’s representational oil paintings and three-dimensional triptychs explore the nature of memory through highly rendered detailed images that draw from his childhood and the Indiana farm where he grew up.
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    On April 22, Ken Green and Ivan Brown will come together again to host the annual ‘Spring Sing’. Due to Pastor Green’s retirement from Browns Valley Missionary Baptist, the church has closed for now. 
    This year the event will be hosted by Green and Brown at the New Ross Christian Church where Brown is currently pastoring. The start time will be at 2 p.m. on April 22 and looks to be many different styles of gospel music. 
    Planned for the afternoon are beautiful voices, guitar picking, contemporary, southern, old and new gospel music. Please plan to come. Any questions, call Ivan Brown at (765)362-9515. 
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Join us for “An Afternoon at the Beach” Prom on Saturday, June 2nd, to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crawfordsville American Legion Post, 101 Remley Drive, sponsored by the Montgomery County Civitan Club with assistance from local merchants and members of the community. It will be an afternoon to remember with pizza, snacks and finger food, dancing and fun for individuals with special needs (age 16 and up) and their families or support staff. There is no charge for this event but reservations are required before May 26th due to space availability. Please call (765)918-8663 or email for reservations or more information. To volunteer to assist with this event or donate goods or services please use the same contact information. 
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  • Cosby retiring after 45 years
    Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Pretty sure Lisa Cosby has broken a record. She is retiring at the end of May after (ready for this?) 45 years in one school corporation, that being North Montgomery. Art and Music are her forte’ and few in Montgomery County are not familiar with this awesome lady. 
    At graduation time from Purdue University, tallying a double major of Art Education and Fine Arts, she noticed a job opening at North Montgomery as an Elementary Art Teacher and applied, her one and only application. Upon the interview with Eual McCauley, she was hired on the spot, that of course being 1973. Since school wasn’t quite out yet, she was able to visit her classroom at Linden. Such a happy girl with the Art room in the basement and grades Kindergarten – 8th grade. Starting salary was pretty amazing, too, at $7,444. 
    She loved it, but three years later the 6th-8th graders were moved to Coal Creek and the music teacher was leaving. Afraid she might have to travel, she offered to teach both Art and Music at her beloved Linden. Thinking it would be for a short time, Mr. McCauley said yes, but it lasted twelve years. 
    Eventually, in 1987, she did have to travel, teaching Art and Music at Linden and Art for K-5 at Pleasant Hill and K-2 Art at Sommer. For the upcoming years, part of the time she taught K-5 Art at both Sommer and Pleasant Hill, but it was decided later that each school needed their own and she was able to stay at Pleasant Hill, teaching Art to PreK-5th Grade.
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Police Department is conducting highly-visible traffic patrols this April as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 
    Police in most states may now write traffic tickets for texting while driving. In Indiana, it is illegal to type, transmit or read e-mail or text messages on a communication device while driving. 
    “This April and year-long, remember U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” said Chief Mike Norman. “You could pay with a traffic fine, medical bills – or worse – the life of someone you love.”
    In 2016, an estimated 3,450 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in traffic crashes involving distraction. These injuries and deaths are preventable.
    Types of distraction
    Distraction takes many forms and involves anything that takes your eyes, hands or from the road. Distracted driving includes eating, reading, grooming, applying makeup, watching videos or interacting with passengers. Pedestrians and cyclists can be distracted too.
    Mobile devices and in-car electronics can now do more than ever – make calls, exchange text messages, provide navigation and entertain passengers – but this complexity takes our eyes off the road for longer. This on-the-go access also causes some to expect quick responses to phone calls and text messages. Hands-free devices and car mounts are safer, but they still distract your eyes, hands or brain. 
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  • CLUB NEWS: Kassie Frazier Speaks to Kiwanis
    Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Kassie Frazier, the Executive Director of Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center in Lebanon, Indiana, spoke to the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club this week during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The mission of Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center (SCAC) is to minimize the trauma to any child who is involved in allegations of sexual and/or serious physical abuse or neglect and the subsequent investigation of those allegations.
    Frazier told us that SCAC uses a “multi-disciplinary team” including law enforcement, Department of Child Services, prosecutors, mental health professionals, and SANE nurses to meet the needs of these children and investigating any allegations that have been made after being referred to SCAC.
    With over 200 incidents that were investigated last year SCAC certainly fulfills a needed service in our community. 
    The Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club supports the work of Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center and the help that it provides the children. Kiwanis needs Kids and Kids need Kiwanis. If you would like to hear more interesting presentations like this one come and visit us at the Crawfordsville District Public Library and Thursday at Noon.
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  • CLUB NEWS: Kiwanis Comfort Dolls
    Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Comfort dolls, made by members and family of the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club presented these handmade dolls to service providers in the area in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    These dolls will be used to aid and comfort children by various service organizations in the county in times of need.
    Pictured are Kassie Frazier, Executive Director of Sylvia's Place Child Advocacy Center; Anita Byers, Executive Director of the Family Crisis Shelter; and Tim Haltom, Supervisor - Department of Child Services, Montgomery County along with Sharon Kenny, Kiwanis Treasurer; Gary Behling, Kiwanis Board member and Terri Behling, Kiwanis Family Member.
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  • CLUB NEWS: Rotary hears about wind farms
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:38 PM
    Bill Milam, Matt Jewell and Miriah Mershon spoke about to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club Wednesday about No Wind Farms in Montgomery County.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:36 PM
    Fri. April 20 Steve Trent @ American Legion, Crawfordsville 8:30pm
    1301 S. Washington St. (US 231) 765.362.9921 Smoking Venue.

    Fri.&Sat. April 20&21 “The Glass Menagerie” @ Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center, Wabash College 8pm
    Free and Open To The Public. Call for ticket reservations 765.361.6411 or visit

    Fri.-Sun. April 20-22 “The Giver” @ The Vanity Theater, Crawfordsville 7:30pm 
    122 S. Washington St. 765.362.7077 2pm Sunday matinee
    Directed by Heather Olin. Produced by Evelyn Kaelin. Sponsored by the Journal Review. Two weekends.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 1:00 PM
    The Wabash College Glee Club and T-Tones will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
    Under the direction of Reed Spencer, the concert will feature all new repertoire, providing fun, celebratory music to end the concert season. Pieces will include show tunes, Spanish habaneras, Italian arias, and 21st century music. There will be whimsical texts from Alice in Wonderland, songs about the supernatural, and features from the Glee Club seniors. 
    This event is free and open to the public.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:20 AM
    The Paper has learned that Montgomery County was included as one of Indiana’s 156 Opportunity Zone nominations to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury submitted by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.
    “This new program provides one more tool to attract investment and help more of our Hoosier communities succeed,” Gov. Holcomb said.
    According to the report, an area of Crawfordsville was identified. It, along with other selections, were made after much public input and careful consideration, looking at both community need and potential opportunity for investment. The state collected extensive economic data on all eligible census tracts and received close to 2,000 recommendations, including input from 357 local officials, stakeholders and citizens via an online portal.
    In counties surrounding Crawfordsville, Clinton, Fountain and Parke did not have any of the 156 nominations. Boone, Putnam, Hendricks and Tippecanoe counties did.
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    A program being sponsored by the Wabash Ave. Presbyterian Church is allowing for a gun buyback April 28 at the Crawfordsville Police Department. A flyer from organizers says that folks can “turn in any military-style semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks, or large-capacity clips” at the police department. The department is located at 311 North Green in Crawfordsville. 
    Those turning over guns will receive a $100 gift card from Kroger or County Market. A $25 gift card is offered for accessories. 
    Guns and accessories being turned in will be destroyed. They will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 28. 
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