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  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:44 AM
    The search is over and the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce got their person.
    Cassie Hagan, associate director of career services at Wabash College and a Chamber board member, has been selected to be the new executive director. 
    Both Board Pesident Phil Lettell and Hagan said they were delighted with the move.
    “I am ready to get to work,” Hagan said. 
    In her role at Wabash and the Chamber board, Hagan was involved in the Fusion 54 project, and said she is excited to keep that going.
    When the city invited Wabash College to be a partner in the Fusion 54 vision, I had the opportunity to collaborate with other community-centered organizations and leaders. It has been exciting to represent Wabash within the collaboration happening at Fusion 54, and I will always be excited about collaboration between my Wabash community and my hometown Montgomery County community,” she explained. “I am really looking forward to taking what I’ve learned about business and community at Wabash and bringing it back to my roots to serve Crawfordsville.
    Hagan begins her new job Dec. 2. She will replace interim executive director Charlie Warren. He came in after former director Rick Hernandez left to take a job in the automotive industry. 
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  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:42 AM
    MUNCIE – First, there is Halloween and all its candy. Then comes Thanksgiving and turkey and all the sides. Throw in holiday parties, Christmas dinners and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the last two months of the year becomes a calorie-laden nightmare for many Americans.
    But, all hope is not lost, says Christy Tunnell, a clinical lecturer of nutrition and dietetics, who believes that planning ahead is critical for good health during the holiday season.
    She has a few tips:
    1. Remember that not all party food is created equal
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  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:42 AM
    Forgotten Treaty, Dispositive Law, Innocent President
    Barring a political retreat by the House Democrats in their impeachment drive, incontrovertible facts and provisions of “black letter” law suggest dark days lie ahead for our Republic – and in a year’s time, for the Democrats as well. Let’s consider a sequence of “what if” questions. Reach your own conclusions.
    What if … a treaty assuring “mutual legal assistance in criminal matters” had been signed by a president of the United States in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 1998, submitted to the US Senate in October 1999, and ratified without dissent in October 2000 by the Senate?
    What if … in a president’s 1998 letter of transmittal, he assured the US Senate that “the treaty is one of a series of modern mutual legal assistance treaties being negotiated by the United States in order to counter criminal activities more effectively,” confirming that treaty should be used “to assist in prosecution of a wide variety of crimes”?
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  • DePauw blunder adds to Bell lore
    Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:41 AM
    The antics that go on between Wabash and DePauw in regards to the Monon Bell game are legendary. 
    Thanks to a mental slip-up in Greencastle, another chapter’s been added.
    The heated football rivalry between the two schools that has been going on since 1890 really heated up in 1932 when the 300-pound Monon Bell was added as a traveling trophy. The winning school keeps the bell until the next game a year later. There are countless examples of one school or the other trying to steal the bell, as well as stories about the game itself.
    Apparently this week, free Monon Bell T-shirts were handed out at DePauw. The text on the shirt said “Securin’ the Bell since 1932.” The only problem? The art on the shirt was the Liberty Bell, not the Monon Bell.
    Wabash was quick to jump on the mistake. 
    A tweet from the account @WabashCollege said: 
    “We couldn’t help but notice your Bell t-shirts this year.
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  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 2:40 AM
    MAC is flattered because last week’s answer apparently generated enough interest to get a follow-up question (or maybe MAC just did a bad job of giving complete information!). Also, MAC is honored to know that he was a topic of conversation at a coffee club. Read on!
    Dear MAC,
    The question and answer on the mayor last week created some questions with our coffee group. How many mayors exactly has Crawfordsville had? Mac, you did a good job of telling us about the three-term mayors but who were the others? What else can you tell us? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Well first off, MAC sure appreciates the kind words – even if they are not signed. And let MAC take this opportunity to ask for you to please include your name when sending in a question. MAC sure would appreciate it!
    But on to this week’s questions.
    We mentioned last week that Crawfordsville has had three mayors who served three consecutive terms. But they were not the first mayors to serve three terms.
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  • Friday, November 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: The Paper received the following information. It is a letter to parents and citizens in the North and South Montgomery units. School officials shared the letter with the media so that it could be seen by the entire community. 

    Dear Faculty and Families, 
    We have received inquiries regarding the upcoming Red for Ed rally coordinated by Indiana State Teachers Association at the Statehouse on November 19. We want to make sure that you understand the purpose of the rally and why we need to support our public-school teachers and our families.
    Hoosier teachers are calling for lawmakers to take three actions: 1) allocate part of the state’s more than $2 billion surplus to schools, 2) pass a hold-harmless provision to protect schools from any negative consequences related to low 2019 ILEARN scores, and 3) repeal new license renewal steps requiring teachers do 15 hours of professional development related to their community’s workforce needs. Key legislators have informed the Department of Education that they will pass hold-harmless legislation due to the drop in ILEARN when the 2020 general assembly session begins. 
    It is important that we support our teachers by sending a delegation from both North and South to the rally. Crawfordsville teachers will also be representing Montgomery County since they had to close on November 19 due to lack of availability of sub coverage and will make up the day on January 20. We appreciate all Indiana teachers who have chosen to participate. Our teachers deserve to have a voice. If you would like to voice your support for our public school teachers, please let our local legislative representatives know!
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  • Shrek on stage at North
    Friday, November 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Northridge Middle School Theater Troupe presents “Shrek The Musical” tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the NMHS Auditorium.
    Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared for his uniqueness his entire life, retreats to an ugly green swamp so he can exist in happy isolation. That is, until he meets a hysterical group of characters who are sure to soften his ogre heart. Shrek the Musical sends a clear message to its audience of not letting happiness pass you by with its cheeky blend of theatrical magic and whimsical fun!
    This year's production is directed by Megan Birk, Daniel Martin and Mike Melvin.
    The Paper stopped by while the Theater Troupe was putting together the final touches for what is sure to be an entertainment extravaganza; a night of fun and laughter for the whole family!
    The set has a mythical once-upon-a-time feel. Director Birk tells us there are more than 90 kids on stage. The actors are students from grades 6-8. The crew of high school and middle school students brings the count to more than 100 kids participating.
    “I think it's cool we do have 90 kids (on stage),” Birk said. “It's like a third of our school alone.” She laughed, adding, “to manage 90 kids is a feat in itself.”
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  • Friday, November 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Master Gardeners of Montgomery County met on Monday, Nov 11th for the monthly meeting/pitch-in dinner. Attendance was down due to the record low temps and snow that blew in…but 10 members and 1 guest braved the elements to enjoy a wonderful meal and fellowship. A short meeting convened after dessert.
    The October minutes were approved and the Treasurer’s report given. 
    Member Marie Stocks gave a report and update on the YSB landscaping project the club has volunteered to help with. Having met with Sue Lucas and Brenda Kiger of the Crawfordsville Tree Committee to ask if the YSB might be a potential site for a new tree planting on Arbor Day 2020 (April 24th). Belinda Kiger offered to visit the site to review the types, location, and health of the trees currently at the property and offer recommendations. A couple of the existing trees will need to be re-pruned to maximize their health.
    The Master Gardeners Lawn and Garden Show is scheduled for Sat, April 18th 2020. Members will be asked to volunteer in support of various aspects of the show and to assist the coordinator. 
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  • Friday, November 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Fri. Nov. 15 Cara Wildman and the Rotten Sharks @ Nine Irish Brothers East, Lafayette 7 p.m. 3520 E. State Rd. 38 (765) 447-0999 Halloween Bash.
    Fri. & Sat. Nov. 15&16 “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” @ Civic Theater, Lafayette 7:30 p.m. 313 N. 5th St. (765) 423-7529 adults $19. Senior $16. youth $11.
    Nov. 15-Dec. 22 “A Christmas Carol Musical” @ Myers Dinner Theatre, Hillsboro 108 Water Street (765) 798-4902 ext.2 
    Fri. Nov. 15 Manual Cinema @ Ball Theater, Fine Arts Center, Wabash College 8 p.m. Free and Open To The Public. Call for ticket reservations (765) 361-6411 or visit
    Fri. Nov. 15 Traveler’s Dream @ O’bryans Nine Irish Brothers, W. Lafayette 9 p.m. 119 Howard Ave. (765) 746-4782
    Sat. Nov. 16 Brendan Loughrey @ Nine Irish Brothers East, Lafayette 7 p.m. 3520 E. State Rd. 38 (765) 447-0999 11th Anniversary Party!!!
    Sat. Nov. 16 Nellie McKay @ Duncan Hall, Lafayette 8 p.m. 619 Ferry St. (765) 742-4788 Friends of Bob bring back this fabulous performer. Check .
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:33 PM
    While the holidays can be a hectic time for many, the Hoosier Lottery is making it easy to spread a little cheer. Holiday Scratch-offs are a great way to put a smile on the faces of friends, co-workers, family and even someone's favorite hair stylist. They are fun to give and fun to receive. And when you give joy, the joy you get is just as special.
    This season, the Hoosier Lottery is introducing four new exciting Holiday Scratch-offs available now at Hoosier Lottery retailers. They are perfect little gifts for those on your holiday shopping list or to treat yourself during the season of giving. $1 Holiday Cash offers players five chances to win and a top prize of $1,000; $2 Jingle all the Way gives players a chance to win 5 times the prize shown and a $10,000 top prize; $3 Holly Jolly Bingo has six playable cards and a $50,000 top prize; and $5 Peppermint Payout offers players twenty-three chances to win and a top prize of $100,000.
    GAME ON!
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:27 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Wednesday, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Project Guardian, a new initiative designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country. Specifically, Project Guardian focuses on investigating, prosecuting, and preventing gun crimes.
    Reducing gun violence and enforcing federal firearms laws have always been among the Department’s highest priorities. In order to develop a new and robust effort to promote and ensure public safety, the Department reviewed and adapted some of the successes of past strategies to curb gun violence. Project Guardian draws on the Department’s earlier achievements, such as the “Triggerlock” program, and it serves as a complementary effort to the success of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). In addition, the initiative emphasizes the importance of using all modern technologies available to law enforcement to promote gun crime intelligence.
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:27 PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — What if a drug you need every single day of your life could be implanted into your body so that you don’t have to remember to take a pill?
    Unfortunately, chances are the drug you take isn’t available in implantable form – even though drug implant technology has been around since the ‘60s. This is partly because it's challenging to design an implant that would work for every type of drug.
    Purdue University researchers developed a new method that uses an MRI to noninvasively see how an implant design affects the amount of a drug released into the body. The method provides this information by tracking and quantifying how well a drug moves within an implant.
    The data would increase the number of implant formulations that can help treat patients and give drug companies a better idea of how to design formulations that are capable of releasing the desired amount of medicine.
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:27 PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – “Like oil and water” doesn’t apply just to personal relationships that aren’t working. It also applies to the challenges scientists face when combining spices and other products that conventionally do not mix well in producing improved drugs, foods and cosmetics.
    Scientists at Purdue University have developed patented technology to help combine oil and water with other natural elements to produce better drugs, cosmetics and foods. Some of those foods and cosmetics use additives such as clove, mint, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.
    The Purdue team created a method to mix small, encapsulated essential oil compounds in water without changing the appearance of the water.
    “Our method has many applications to readily combine flavoring agents, aroma-rich essential oils and fat-soluble vitamins with food, beverages, drugs and cosmetics,” said Nathan Mosier, the Indiana Soybean Alliance Soybean Utilization Endowed Chair in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who led the development of the technology.
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:26 PM
    Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier families have still not recovered from the Great Recession of 2008, and the astronomic growth of the debt buyer industry makes them increasingly vulnerable to seizure of essential wages and property to pay their debts. A new report from the National Consumer Law Center surveys the exemption laws of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands that protect wages, assets in a bank account, and property from seizure by creditors. No Fresh Start in 2019: How States Still Let Debt Collectors Push Families into Poverty finds that Indiana’s laws do not meet basic standards so that debtors can continue to work productively to support themselves and their families.
    State grades are determined using five elements; protection of a living wage, the home, a car, a basic amount in a bank account, and household goods. Indiana received a D overall with an F for extremely weak protections of homes and household goods, a D for weak protections of wages and bank accounts, and a C for automobile protections that have many gaps and weaknesses. 
    “Allowing debt collectors to drive families into poverty by seizing assets and garnishing wages is not only cruel, it’s counterproductive,” said Erin Macey, senior policy analyst at Indiana Institute for Working Families. “Financially stable families are better able to meet their obligations than those driven to the brink of bankruptcy.”
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  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:26 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric Holcomb joined Cory Martin, executive director of the Indiana State Police Alliance, and active and retired state troopers Wednesday as the organization announced it is endorsing the Governor’s 2020 re-election bid.
    "It is very apparent that through countless interactions, Governor Holcomb not only supports our members but truly cares about them as one Hoosier to another," said Martin. "He truly does Put People First."
    The Indiana State Police Alliance is a public advocacy organization comprised of more than 2,000 active and retired state troopers. Active in all of Indiana’s 92 counties, the group was established in 1974 to better promote law enforcement in Indiana and gain statewide support for Indiana’s troopers. Over the years, the Alliance has expanded its responsibilities to include increased member benefits such as legal assistance, legislative lobbying, funeral support and survivor benefits, college scholarships and numerous community support activities throughout the state.
    This endorsement follows the Alliance's decision in 2016 to endorse Governor Holcomb's opponent. Governor Holcomb earned the endorsement this year because of his active support for Indiana’s law enforcement community throughout each of his three years in office, as well as the positive relationships he has built with police throughout his career. During each legislative session, Governor Holcomb has worked to serve the brave law enforcement officers who keep Hoosiers safe throughout the state.
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