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  • Bits'n'Pieces 8-18-18
    Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Gary Coffenberry collected $25 bucks from The Paper and you could too! Just take a crack at identifying our Mystery Guest in the popular Bits'n'Pieces feature above! If you can identify our guest you'll be entered into a drawing for $25.

    Welcome back 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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    IN CASE YOU missed it, Thursday was National Joke Day. Best one we heard? How many newspaper people does it take to change a lightbulb? Too. (Hey, we never claimed to be smart!)
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    IF YOU LIVE out in the Lake Holiday area, be on the lookout for a large yellow cat that answers to the name Dart. He belongs to our office manager Jennifer. If you spot him, please call or text 366-8657. 
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  • Tammy Smith earns professional development certification
    Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    HHSB announced that Tammy Smith has completed her HHSB Certification.
    The certification program provides all HHSB team members the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding in their own specialty as well as other areas in banking that they may not have experience in. HHSB created this resource to provide our team members the education they need in order to develop professionally as well as provide better service on a day to day basis in regard to their field of expertise.
    “Tammy has been a great worker and fun person.” Said VP of Operations, Jamie McCumber, “We’re thankful for the time she dedicates here and for the effort she puts into making herself even more beneficial to those around her.”
    “We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team that choses to focus on their development and continually improve themselves.” Stated Brad Monts, President of HHSB, “This type of drive and focus from our team is what makes us who we are.”
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  • Ladoga’s own butterfly habitat
    Saturday, August 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    There are over 200,000 Certified Wildlife Habitats in the United States today. Many of these habitats have been created by folks like Brady and Shelly Ball of Ladoga. Brady and Shelly Ball began their wildlife journey after taking Indiana Master Naturalist class. 
    Brady said they had both have always had a love for wildlife and planting flowers. About five years ago, the couple began to prepare their property to meet all of the wildlife habitat certification standards. Ball says the main criteria for a certified habitat revolve around providing food, water, shelter, and places to raise young
    Brady inherited his love of wildlife and particularly a love of butterflies from his mother. 
    “About 20 years ago, my mother had moved to Florida and started working at a nursery. She got really into this butterfly stuff and started raising them. I learned a lot from her. A few years ago, I started raising butterfly caterpillars and when they become a butterfly I release them. It takes about seven to ten days,” he Ball. 
    “Monarch butterflies have to have milkweed to be able to survive because that's what their caterpillars eat . . . that's the only thing they will eat” said Ball. Telling us, milkweed is harder for them to find in Indiana because of farms and residential areas, “people building houses and stuff,” said Ball.
    Brady Shelly, started their habitat with the planting of a single milkweed plant. 
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  • Local firefighter honored
    Friday, August 17, 2018 11:53 PM
    Crawfordsville Fire Department member Joe Crane was honored at the recent Paramedic Science Graduation Program as the Outstanding Preceptor.
    Crane was one of a large number of preceptors, who are clinical field supervisors for those who are trying to become certified paramedics. Firefighters from Crawfordsville, Indiana University, Fishers, Indianapolis, Wayne Township, Alexandria and Whitestown all graduated from this year’s class.
    The certification program runs between 12 to 18 months and consist of a national curriculum. This curriculum includes 440 hours in the classroom and laboratory, 270 hours in hospital clinical areas, and 480 hours on advanced life support ambulances. All firefighters complete their nearly 1,200 hours of educational in addition to their regularly scheduled 56-hour workweeks consisting of 24-hour shifts. 
    “The trainees only spent a few hours over here training, while spending a lot more time in Indianapolis,” Crawfordsville EMS Division Chief Paul Miller said. “For them to select Joe as the top training person they dealt with is quite an honor. We have never had the top Preceptor from our department. It is usually someone from Indianapolis.”
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  • Waveland farm family awarded
    Friday, August 17, 2018 11:51 PM
    The Moser Farm was recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation since 1917, according to State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) and State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville).
    Located in Montgomery County, the Moser Farm received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.
    “Congratulations to the Moser family on this great accomplishment,” Boots said. “Indiana farmers play such an important role in our community and state by bringing in an estimated $31.2 billion in agricultural related sales and supporting 107,000 Hoosier jobs. I want to thank the Moser family for their dedication to their farm and our community.”
    “This family from Waveland has worked hard for over a century to remain in operation, which requires a lot of perseverance and dedication,” Brown said. “Congratulations to the Moser family on this achievement, and thank you for contributing to Indiana’s rich agricultural heritage.”
    The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.
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  • A unique look at Ladoga’s Normal
    Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    LADOGA - A recent afternoon at the Ladoga Normal produced much joy and knowledge. Madonna Baker Light and Larry McKinstry were tour guides, highlighting such wonderful memorabilia delightfully displayed. There were the “Normal” items, not only for the school there but LHS senior cords and yearbooks. 
    Other items included church and business memorabilia (Vice Ford; Herman Davis; Bouses just to name a few), along with various fabulously researched and presented books by Larry and others. 
    A favorite item would have to be the old Christian Church pulpit suitable for a short preacher and the Presbyterian Church book and a bell strategically placed there. The Tri-Kappa books are kept clean and neat for future posterity. Long-time Santa portrayer, Jim Oakleys suit is even housed there. Perhaps Fred Zimmerman could donate his and Ms. Patty’s Mrs. Claus suits, too? Can you believe that Ladoga had five doctors at one time? Well, there’s proof at the museum! 
    Bernie Bouse’s ice cream parlor set is where Larry, Madonna and I sat and visited. Could almost taste a marshmallow sundae. A military case especially features WWI and WWII men from the area, and another favorite – Rob O’Dell’s Normal pictures he painted. Other Ladoga artists are highlights, as well.
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  • Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    HILLSBORO— Next up in Myers Dinner Theatre’s 22nd anniversary season will be the heartwarming portrait of a turn-of-the-century American family! Meet Me in St. Louis opens today at 6:30 p.m., and runs through Sept. 8. Based on the MGM film starring Judy Garland, the charming score boasts such memorable musical numbers as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door,” and “The Trolley Song.” 
    It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Over the course of a year, the family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks. Meet Me in St. Louis opened on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre in 1989, where it ran for over 200 performances on its way to four Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. This rare treasure of the musical theatre will be directed and choreographed by Carolyn Demanelis, who is making her MDT debut. Carolyn is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but received her B.A. in Theatre from The University of Notre Dame, M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Virginia, and she is a proud member of Actors' Equity. John P. Blair of Crawfordsville will provide Music Direction. 
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  • CLUB NEWS: Delta Theta Tau - 110th National Convention Completed
    Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    The 110th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. was held July 18-22, 2018 with over 66 chapters being represented. The “Smoky Mountain Jamboree” themed convention was held In Knoxville, TN. The Epsilopm Omega Chapter from Crawfordsville was represented by President Gloria Long.
    It was announced that a combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $685,423 dollars. Members supported their communities with a total of over 130, 395 volunteer hours of service during the same period.
    Members voted to allot $5,000 for the Delta Theta Tau’s Education Grant Program which funds student graduate studies in the field of Guidance and Counseling. Also receiving $5, 000 was the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia. The Alpha Chapter from Muncie, IN received the award for most hours spent for philanthropy.
    Delegates elected Anita Waits of Theta Iota Chapter in Delano, CA to serve as the new National President. She chose as her focus for the coming year “She Believed She Could, So She Did”. The 2020 Convention will be held in Oak Brook, IL.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:54 PM
    Fri. Aug. 17
    Sarah Sparks @ Lunch On The Plaza, Crawfordsville 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Marie Canine Plaza, Corner of Main and Green Streets $6. Lunch by Allen’s Country Kitchen.
    Every Friday 
    Danny Weiss Duo @ Red Seven Bar & Grill, Lafayette 6-9 p.m. 200 Main St. (765) 742-7337 Non-Smoking Venue. On the patio. 
    Fri.-Sun. Aug. 17-19 
    “Over the River and Through the Woods” @ Delphi Opera House, Delphi 103 S. Washington St. (765) 564-4300 Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun. matinee 3 p.m. 
    Fri. Aug 17 
    Desperate Measures @ Eagles Club #1005, Crawfordsville, IN 8:00 p.m. 920 E. South Blvd. (765) 362-5210 Non-Smoking Venue. Open to the public.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:53 PM
    Franciscan Physician Network Pediatrics in West Lafayette welcomes Heather M. Rich, MSN, CPNP, AE-C, as a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Rich joins the practice of Jarod Cates, M.D.; Timothy Snyder, M.D.; and Sherry Franscoviak, MSN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC.
    Rich received her master's degree from the pediatric nurse practitioner program at Indiana University School of Nursing. She has numerous years of nursing experience as a pediatric nurse at Franciscan Health and 10 years' experience in pediatric primary care at other area clinics. She is also a certified asthma educator through the National Asthma Education Certification Board. Rich treats children of all ages from birth through high school.
    Franciscan Physician Network Pediatrics is accepting new patients at 915 Sagamore Parkway West in West Lafayette. To make an appointment, please call (765) 463-5252.
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  • Pace Dairy raises school supplies for local kids
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:52 PM
    The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau would like to thank Pace Dairy’s Cultural Council for their generous support of youth in need. During the last month, they sponsored a school supplies drive for those youth/children who were in need of supplies to start the school year off right! Karen Branch, Executive Director for the Youth Service Bureau stated, “Pace has always been a big supporter of the Youth Service Bureau and the children/youth we serve. We appreciate their thoughtfulness and caring.” If you would like more information on the Youth Service Bureau, please feel free to contact Karen Branch at (765)362-0694 ext 105 or email The Youth Service Bureau is a Montgomery United Fund partner agency. 
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:51 PM
    While there may not be as many golf scrambles as there used to be, one that is always a favorite around here is the Montgomery United Fund outing.
    This year it is scheduled to tee off Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Rocky Ridge Golf Course.
    The cost is only $60 per player and that includes not only a great way to support our local United Fund, but a delicious lunch, 18 holes of golf on a great course and cart!
    In addition, businesses and benefactors can also help support the cause even more by signing up for either a tee or flag. The cost to be a tee sponsor is only $100 and you can sponsor a flag for $300. And of course all the money goes to help the 16 non-profit agencies who do so much good right here in Montgomery County.
    To sign up, simply go to or call 362-5484.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:49 AM
    The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Indiana cities, towns, and counties that the agency is accepting applications for the Local Trax matching grant program through August 31.
    Local Trax provides at least $125 million in state matching funds for communities interested in pursuing high-priority railroad grade separations, crossing closures, and other safety enhancements at railroad intersections with local roads.
    Local Trax requires local governments to provide only 20 percent of funding for land acquisition and construction with the state providing the other 80 percent.
    Visit to learn more about Local Trax and how to apply.
    The goal of Local Trax is to encourage partnership between the state, local governments, private businesses, and railroads to increase safety, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for Hoosiers.
    Funding authorization for Local Trax was granted in HEA1002-2017, the long-term, sustainable road funding plan passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed by Governor Holcomb in April 2017.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:46 AM
    The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum is pleased to announce the musical line-up for the 2018 TASTE! of Montgomery County.
    The opening act, Highland Reign, will perform from 1 – 3 p.m. A Scots-American folk-rock band from Indianapolis, Highland Reign takes the tunes of the old country and breathes a rocking new life into them!
    With traditionals such as “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” originals like “Kirk in the Heather,” and Celtic classic songs like “Twa Recruiting Sergeants” and “Killiecrankie,” Highland Reign has become one of American’s favorite Scottish folk-rock bands.
    With over 15,000 CDs sold, My Heart’s in the Highlands is the most recent release by Highland Reign. Their CDs feature their trademark upbeat vocals, catchy lyrics, and bagpipes/guitars. Highland Reign appears at venues and festivals all across America, Scotland, and Ireland.
    With wailing bagpipes-and-guitar tunes, the lilt of the Scots-Irish fiddle, rocking percussion, and upbeat vocals, Highland Reign will rock you back to the old country!
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  • Bowling and Pizza for JUMP
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:45 AM
    This past Saturday, 30 mentors and mentees in the JUMP Program went bowling together and then out to lunch at the Pizza Hut afterwards. The JUMP Program, which is a mentoring program similar to the Big Brother/ Big Sister program has one group activity each month! This month in addition to just a fun activity, they added an educational portion to teach kids the importance of good hygiene. Thanks to some grant money from Parke County REMC, Operation Round Up, the Youth Service Bureau bought some new software to make a kid friendly video on basic personal hygiene. Also with that grant money, we were able to provide all the kids with a bag of hygiene products! 
    The JUMP program is a fun way to help our youth experience new things, build character and to offer them support and guidance. In our world today, there are too many kids that do not have the support they need or enough positive role models in their life. By becoming a volunteer in the JUMP program, you can be that person who can make a difference in the life of a child. Our future depends on it!
    To learn more about becoming a mentor you can contact Jill Hampton at 362-0694 ext. 103 or e-mail her at You can mentor as a single adult or as a married couple. There are currently 18 kids on the waiting list hoping to be matched with an adult volunteer. 15 of the 18 kids are males so we truly need male volunteers or married couples to help reduce these numbers!
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