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 bits@thepaper24-7.com, won’t you please?
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WELCOME LAYLA Jane Shelton to the world! She was born March 10 to Jim Shelton and Christina Locke and came out healthy, whole and happy! Jim is the director of Internet marketing for The Paper and says that even though sleep isn’t exactly in abundance right now, Mom and Baby are doing fine!
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LENT IS under way and one local official told us he was giving up giving things up for Lent!
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ALONG THE same lines, the boss told us he was going to lose weight for Lent. Then he told his better half to hide the scales!
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MARK YOUR calendars for a couple of return events later this year. The Paper’s popular History-Mystery Tour is back on the calendar in October and we’re working on a new version of The Challenge! If you want to lose a few pounds and are willing to raise some money while doing it, let us know!
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IT’S SELECTION Sunday this week, which means for the next few weeks work in offices grinds to a halt as bracketmania takes over. For basketball fans, it’s a great time. For everyone else . . . well, spring break isn’t too far away!
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AS OUR PAL Honest Hoosier would say, here’s a tip of the seed corn cap to the street and road crews working on the potholes. Seems like it’s been a banner year for the road dangers that seem to lie in wait for unsuspecting tires. Maybe the crews don’t have them all fixed yet, but we appreciate their efforts!
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ON TUESDAY, it’s CASA day at the Indiana Statehouse. CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – do an awful lot to ensure the well-being of Hoosier children and surely deserve our gratitude and support. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and others will thank more than 4,700 CASA volunteers in 84 Indiana counties for their service.
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THE GOOD folks behind the popular TASTE of Montgomery County are beginning preparations for this year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24! Besides reserving that date on your calendar, if you are interested in sponsorship contact Gen. Lew Wallace Study & Museum Director Larry Paarlberg at lpaarlberg@ben-hur.com.
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A HEARTY thank you to Crawfordsville City Councilman Charlie Ward who is moving from his district and resigning his seat. Ward stepped into the job as an appointee and then stayed in it when he successfully ran for election. He’s one of the folks who serve in politics because they want to help. Thanks for your service!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO, well, uh . . .us! The Paper of Montgomery County was recently recognized in national publication Editor & Publisher’s annual 10 Newspapers That Do It Right feature. The Paper was one of 12 papers listed in the Honorable Mention category. So, out of all the newspapers in the United States, the little paper that could was one of 22 singled out. The real credit goes to all our readers though! Without you, we wouldn’t even be here! Thank YOU!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Christine Amidon and these sharp readers identified her correctly: Kristi Tesmer, Sherry Harris, Valerie Leonard, Judi Kleine, Mark Thompson, Laura Nichols, Dawn Frye, John E. Frye, Joyce Brown and Mona Clouse. Another sharp reader, Georgia Phelps, had a really good guess of Peggy Herzog. But the winner this week, as produced by random drawing, was Valerie Leonard! Congrats, Valerie! Come on by during our normal working hours and pick up your prize and get your photo taken with our buddy, Honest Hoosier!
One small note to anyone calling a guess in at 361-0100, ext. 22. Could we kindly ask you to spell your name when leaving a message? We hate to get names wrong, and we especially want to get yours right!
This week we have a second grade teacher from New Market. She originally came her via Marshall, Ind. down in Parke County and was a Warrior from Turkey Run H.S. She’s been teaching for more than 20 years and she and hubby Curtis have two children. She belongs to the Harvest Fellowship and the South Montgomery Community Education Association. And one last big clue – she was inducted into the Anderson University Hall of Fame after a stellar basketball career!
Know who it is? E-mail us who it is at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22!