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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PRIZE FOR wittiest ad of the week has to go to Ken’s Liquors. They ran an ad with your favorite Montgomery County daily last week to promote their wine sales for Mother’s Day. The best part was their message: “Remember us when shopping for Mother’s Day . . . after all, YOU are probably the reason your mother deserves a nice bottle of wine!” Well said and well done!
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JOHN FREY is the target of an attack ad campaign, and we want to know how you feel about it. That’s our Question of the Week on our web site. To weigh in, just go to www.thepaper24-7.com and scroll down our home page. And so far, a majority of you seem to feel pretty strongly that it’s an unfair attack.
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WE APPLAUD the Volunteers for Mental Health in Montgomery County. They are working with agencies to help find answers that work to the opioid crisis. To that end, they have a meeting set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at North Montgomery. We hope they have a big attendance.
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WHY DO YOU like the riddle we started tossing in here? Now the boss is wandering around asking everyone all these silly riddles. (It’s OK, most of them are grade-school level – so they’re right up his alley!) Without further ado, here’s another one for you smarter readers: You walk into a room with a match, a candle, an oil lamp, a fireplace and a gas stove. What do you light first?
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HERE’S OUR TIP of the seed corn cap to the good folks at CEL&P. They cut the ribbon yesterday on two electric vehicle chargers – one at Crawfordsville District Public Library and the other at Dr. Philip Q. Michal Trailhead Park at 510 S. Washington St. (the old Crawford Grocery store site). Nice to see us moving right along with good things!
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READERS’ CHOICE results are completely wrapped up and we are laying out the section now. Hey! When you have more than a million votes to count, it takes some time! Honestly, we never thought this promotion would get this big . . . and we hate to think what it’s going to be like next year! At any rate, watch for the results section soon. It will reveal the winners and we’ll run it every day for a full week!
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SELFIE TIME! If you want free Indianapolis Indians tickets, you’ve come to the right place. All you have to do to win a pair is e-mail or text a selfie with you holding our front page to selfie@thepaper24-7.com. If we publish your selfie then you win two tickets! It’s that easy! (But be sure to include your name and a little info you’d be OK with us publishing!)
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MORE THAN a million Readers’ Choice votes, free tickets to the Indianapolis Indians, the History-Mystery Tour at Halloween, the Challenge raising more than $30,000 for local charities, candidate debates that changed the format of how debates are handled in Montgomery County, live Internet election results, motorcycle rides to Ernie Pyle Museum (we could go on for a while) . . . Our point? What newspaper is always giving you more, giving you new things and giving back to the community? We hope you keep all that in mind when it’s time to renew subscriptions!
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WE WANT to introduce you to our two newest reporters, Codey Emerson and Joe LaRue. Codey is a Crawfordsville High School and Ball State University graduate (or at least soon to be) who interned at your favorite Montgomery County daily a few summers ago. He now joins the staff as a full-time sports reporter. Joe is a junior-to-be at Wabash College and will be a summer news reporter. When you see them out and about, please say hi!
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RIDDLE ANSWER: The match.
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was our very own Neil Burk. Some of you didn’t miss the irony that a clue was given about editing The Paper and yet there was a mistake in the clue. Sigh. Hey, we never said we were perfect! One of the clues also noted that Neil has two names that are easy to misspell. Sure enough, not everyone got both names right! And who were all the correct guesses from? Well, that list includes Judi Kleine, Joyce Brown, Lou Ann Neff (Lou Ann guessed Neil Russell, but it’s a social media thing so we’re giving her credit!) and She Wren (who wrote: I think the mystery guest is Neil Burk who was a great intern for the Wabash Center). Per our usual, we did a random drawing this week came up with Lou Ann Neff. Congrats, Lou Ann. Just come by our offices during normal working hours and choose between the regular $25 prize or two tickets to the Indianapolis Indians . . . oh, and get your photo taken with our buddy, Honest Hoosier!
And before we leave our boy Neil, we want to wish him a warm farewell as he departs The Paper for the second time. This time, though, he’s not moving far away. In fact, he’ll still be around quite a bit and you’ll see his smiling face and byline in The Paper as he switches from full-time editor to freelancer!
Our Mystery Guest this week is from the education world. Although he’s connected with the Athenians now, he graduated back in 1976 as a Mountie. He grew up in an “electrifying” household in Waveland and now works on the administration side of the school business. He and wife Brenda have been married more than 35 years and they have two children
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!