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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GOOD GOLLY! Last week, we griped about the weather going from freezing one day to 70s the next and Mother Nature delivered a string of wonderful days. Thanks, Ma!
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HERE’S A TIP of the seed corn cap to everyone getting ready for another year of the Farmers Market. The popular Saturday morning destination returns on May 1 and runs through the middle of October. Like a lot of you, we’re looking forward to another great year!
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DID YOU KNOW that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We would tell you what we think should be done with sexual predators, but pretty sure there’s nothing politically correct about it.
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ON THE TOPIC OF political correctness, did you hear about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee? He joked that he was going to start identifying “as Chinese” so that he could be treated better in this country. However, he’s the one who came under attack and was labeled bigoted.
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SOME FOLKS might recall when the annual Sugar Creek Canoe Race was a really big deal. Olympic hopefuls were not unusual, and the town got a nice economic boost every year as the crowds came. It may not be as big, but thanks to the Friends of Sugar Creek, it’s still an event. This year’s is set for May 15. There are multiple events and you can obtain more info by e-mailing cwoodallre@sbcglobal.net
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IT MAY NOT BE here in Montgomery County, but a big tip of the seed corn cap to Hoosiers who were involved in making the NCAA basketball tourney a success. Typically, these things take years to plan – and that’s just for the Final Four. Thanks to the pandemic, bringing all 68 teams and 67 games to Indiana went from idea to fruition in months. Way to go, Indiana!
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FARMERS MARKET, Sugar Creek Canoe Race . . . while we’re on the subject, the annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled this year for June 11-12-13. Mark your calendars!
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DON’T FORGET the meteor shower coming up – at least if you are so inclined. The Lyrids will peak on the nights of April 21 and 22 – although you might catch them as early as April 16. Then again, the moonlight might make it tough.
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WONDER HOW soon we’ll see the first mushrooms? If you go hunting and find some, share your photo on our Facebook page and we’ll share it with our readers. (And no, we won’t tell anyone where you found them!)
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IT’S TIME FOR our weekly riddle and this one could not be easier. How is the number seven different from the other numbers from one through ten?
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OUR WEEKLY POLL is drawing quite a response – and a few phone calls. Since Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb ended the mask mandate and turned it into an advisory, the question we posed is whether or not the county should follow his lead, or continue a local mandate. The city and county, of course, combined to announce they were dropping the mandate as well. A significant percentage of respondents though say that masks are still important and should be continued. Of course nothing is simple anymore, so a few less-than-pleasant phone calls have come into the worldwide HQ suggesting that we stop mimicking the liberal media. Yeah, ok. The Poll has a couple of days left if you’d like to chime in.
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MUMOCO! We’ve been saying this for a while now and we’re going to keep saying it. The pandemic isn’t over. Mask Up, Montgomery County! And along those lines, VacUp, too! And yes, we know the city and county relaxed the mask mandate. But be safe, not sorry!
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HERE’S A TIP from your trusted news source . . . the Farmers Almanac: To deter deer, hang a smelly shoe in your garden and play a radio at night. Wait a minute. Was that to deter deer or get husbands in trouble?
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DID YOU HEAR of the teacher who asked Little Johnny where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1918? Little Johnny didn’t miss a beat. In the bottom right corner.
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HERE’S ANOTHER TIP from our friends at the Farmer’s Almanac: Did you know that if you have trouble with ants coming in, you should plant tansy near doorways? It’s true.
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CONTINUING our official countdown . . .
Indianapolis 500 – 53 days
First day of summer – 74 days
Independence Day – 88 days
Christmas – 262 days
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PLEASE remember that if you see any potholes that might swallow a car, we’d be awfully obliged if you’d snap a picture (but do it safely!) and text or e-mail it to us at news@thepaper24-7.com.
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THE ANSWER to our riddle? Did you try to do some math? How about considering even and odd numbers? Nah, it wasn’t anything like that. All the numbers from one to 10 except seven are one syllable!
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RC ’21 IS coming before the end of April. Judi is wrapping up her sales and Melissa is hard at work on the certificates that people love to get!
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OUR MYSTERY Guest last week was our very own Tim Timmons and we were flooded with responses. To be fair, yes, we were lazy and used Tim because he was handy and we were in need of an entry. And to be even more fair, it’s not the first time we’ve used Tim, and if our cub reporter (Jimmy Olson) doesn’t get more Mystery Guests lined up, we may have to use him again. Thankfully, historian extraordinaire Karen Zach sent us some more historical figures so we won’t have to reply on Tim again for a while (we hope!). With that out of the way, correct guesses came from Martha Brown, Billy Evans, Sheila Chadd, Mark Russell, Beth Henderson, Mabel Wright, Rich Clouse (although Rich wasn’t visible, he was also in that photo taken at Noblesville High School and was Tim’s favorite coach of all time), Tara Williams, Susie Kleine, Gary Nicholson, Tom Miller, Bob Hoffman, Steve Vandergriff, Howard Tooney, Bob Williams, Gene Murphy, Esther Latourneau, Dave Simmons and Bob McIntire.
A good guess came in from perennial winner Joyce Brown. Joyce thought it might be Mike Stephens. Good try, Joyce!
Through a random drawing, the winner this week was Sheila Chadd! Congrats and come on by the worldwide HQ Sheila to pick up your prize and get your picture taken with our buddy Honest Hoosier.
This week we’re thankfully back to Karen’s blasts from the past!! This one is an ol-timey mayor of Crawfordsville. He graduated from the Waveland Collegiate Academy and served as a prosecuting attorney in both Montgomery and Fountain counties. He was busy running back and forth and back and forth to both places. In addition, our mayor was a Civil War veteran. Unfortunately though, his life was dotted with heartaches, including the drowning death of a young son.  One thing for sure, he was one of the best pension lawyers in the state!
Know who he is? E-mail your guess to bits@thepaper24-7.com or call 361-0100, ext. 4. And if you get our voice mail, please tell us who you are, who the Mystery Guest is and leave your phone number.