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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WE RESPECTFULLY begin this week with our hearts, minds and souls remembering what this day represents. Like we said 18 years ago, we will never forget.
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SPEAKING OF remembering, we want to thank our veterans for their service, always. Today, we want to thank one specifically. Jason Shofner is spearheading a coat drive to collect decent coats for veterans in need. If you want to help, new or gently used coats can be dropped off at the Crawfordsville VFW. Or if you need help getting the coats there, e-mail Jason at sgt_shofner@yahoo.com
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WITH HALLOWEEN AND the fall season approaching, we’re sharing some of the better corn mazes and festival news we get. Well, USA Today named Indiana’s own Conner Prairie one of the 10 best corn mazes in the country! If you want to go, you can get hours and prices at www.connerprairie.org. (Or you can read a bigger story in our Noblesville newspaper’s web site, www.thetimes24-7.com).
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WHY ARE SO many politicians against newspapers? From a president who calls the media the enemy of the people to our own state government trying to hide public notice advertising from the general public, it seems to be happening all over. The latest is that in California this week, a law is likely to be passed that will essentially kill the delivery of printed newspapers. It makes us wonder if politicians will be happier when ALL the news comes from twitter and Facebook?
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BACK ON A BETTER note, how do you know if a tree is scared? It’s petrified. (Hey, retail stores are already pushing Christmas. Don’t blame us if we start the Halloween groaners a bit early.)
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ZIG-ZAGGING BACK to politics, we have to give County Commissioner John Frey credit for trying to be as transparent as possible on the proposed thoroughfare plan. He said that intentions were good, but for one reason or another the information just hasn’t gotten out in public like it should. So Frey is working to correct that. Good for him!
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GRRR! IT’S time for the weekly riddle. We tested this one out and our guinea pigs, er, uh, volunteers either got it right away or not at all. See how you do:
I am a five-letter word. I sounds the same when you remove my first letter. I sound the same when you remove my 3rd letter. I sound the same when you remove my last letter, and I sound the same when you remove all three. Which word am I?
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BOY DO WE have a treat for you! The Paper has a new columnist coming. Keep an eye out very soon for a new voice from the Darlington area!
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THE ANSWER to this week’s riddle? Empty, mpty, emty, emp-t, m t.
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WE GOT A few calls this week wanting to know when the Covered Bridge Festival starts. Oct. 11 is the answer.
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SPEAKING OF calls, one person this week left a voice mail for our publisher Tim Timmons and noted that Timmons was a hard guy to catch. When Timmons called back he said that’s because it’s harder to hit a moving target. (We don’t know about that, but if he doesn’t start losing some weight again, it’s not going to be that hard!)
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was Emergency Management Agency Director Shari Harrington. And that is exactly what Belinda Barnett, Judi Kleine, Martha Purcell, Gary Coffenberry, Sherry Harris, Joyce Anderson and, Hogan Frye guessed. A random drawing was held and Belinda Barnett came out on top! Congratulations, Belinda! Just stop by our offices during normal Monday to Friday business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and pick up your check – and get your picture taken with our stand-up guy, Honest Hoosier!
This week, we have a “super” . . . guy. In fact, he is one of three “supers” in the county (hint, hint!). And we couldn’t decide on which picture to use because we liked them both so much . . . so we’re giving you two looks at him. Our guest is from southern Indiana. He was born in Scottsburg but went to high school over by Terre Haute at Northview. He didn’t go far for college, graduating from Rose-Hulman. He and his wife (a teacher at CHS) have three kids. In his background, he spent a little time at Tuttle and no matter what he does, he’ll never be Scott-free!
Know who he is? E-mail us with your guess at bits@thepaper24-7.com or give us a call at (765) 361-0100, ext. 22! If you are right, you will win $25 – not enough to retire on, but better than a sharp poke in the eye!