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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LOOKING AROUND the county we see some farmers are out in the field, cutting beans and even starting to bring in the corn. Agriculture is one of the many things that sets Montgomery County apart from other Indiana counties and is what helps make us great (as a certain former big shot might say). So to all the farmers and their helpers out there, thank you and stay safe!
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ANOTHER reminder that your favorite Montgomery County daily will keep promoting all the wonderful fall festivals that occur around our area as well as the entire state. If you have a fall festival coming up, send an e-mail to ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com and Tim’ll be sure to keep the list compiled so that our thousands of readers stay in the know!
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SPEAKING OF festivals, well, OK, it isn’t a festival but the good folks over at Conner Prairie have announced info on their 11-acre corn maze – named one of the 10 best in the nation by USA Today. It opens for the season Sept. 25. The family friendly Puzzle Maze and the Kids’ Maze (a shorter path for younger guests) are both open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brave guests can also step into the story and follow Spectre Search, a local paranormal investigative group, as they search for the truth behind decades-old folklore connected to Amsel Farm in Conner Prairie's 11-acre haunted corn maze. The haunted maze experience is intended for guests 10 and up, and is available only during the Headless Horseman festival, Thursdays-Sundays from Oct. 7-30.
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IT DIDN’T GO without notice that huge dollars are still available through the lotteries. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Powerball jackpot is more than $400 million and Megamillion is just under $400 million! Here in Indiana, we are approaching $2.5 million. Look, we know the odds. Just let us dream a little, OK?
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FOR AS MUCH as we all heard about Brood X and the cicadas a couple of months ago, not a whole lot came out of them. A report just released this week by Purdue said Brood X didn’t have an impact on the Indiana grape harvest, and that supposedly was one of the things they were most worried about.
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FAR BE IT from us to brag . . . uh, ok, skip that. But we do want to point out that the columnists in The Paper are really second to none. No one in Montgomery County is more well liked and well read than Butch Dale. His reminiscings and highlights take many of us back to a day when our country wasn’t in such turmoil. Karen Zach also has a huge following as she wanders further back on the historical trail. John Marlowe has been recognized twice as the best columnist in the state – and if he were a basketball coach that’d be enough to get him in the Hall of Fame in New Castle. And then we have Dick Wolfsie, the awesome folks from the Extension Office, the always informative League of Women Voters, the very latest on books and such from our good friends at the Library, Dr. John Roberts’ health tips, the former sports editor from the Lafayette paper and the nationally recognized writing of our own Tim Timmons. Whew! That’s a mouthful! But we want to point out that we hear there’s a price increase coming in the cost of subscribing and you might renew soon to both avoid that and keep getting all these good folks above!
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IS SEPTEMBER really halfway over? Stores already have Halloween displays out and the race is on to see who spots the first Christmas display in a store (for whatever it’s worth, could we PLEASE wait on that for just a little longer)!
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OK, SO IF September is on the down side, then that means the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. And that means cold weather isn’t too far off, and then Thanksgiving, Christmas New Year’s and Groundhog Day. Doesn’t it seem like we just had all those?
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ONE THE OTHER hand, a return to those old ways would also mean things like when you can and can’t wear white. And one of our lady friends pointed out that it would also mean a return to wearing hose all that time and, as she said in no uncertain terms that ain’t happening!
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MUMOCO! Mask Up, Montgomery County!
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VUMOCO! Vax Up Montgomery County!
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AND IF YOU don’t like those, tough. Until Montgomery County gets its numbers back down in the tolerable range, we’re going to continue to rant on this. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there is no harm in wearing a mask – but there sure can be in not wearing one!
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OK, SURE . . . it’s a long season. But after watching the Colts play one game we swear we can hear Duke Tumatoe humming Lord Help Our Colts!
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WHILE ON the subject of football, we’d like to offer a tip of the seed corn cap to the fighting Little Giants for whooping up on Hiram last weekend and running their record to 2-0. Now they come home Saturday to open that beautiful new stadium for Homecoming and Senior Day!
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AND OUR high schools are also in the middle of Homecoming season! Enjoy! Don’t forget to send us all your pictures!
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HERE’S OUR riddle this week: I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I? 
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IT’S A GREAT time for motorsports fans in Indiana. The drag racers are roaring just down the road in Clermont! Tom’s Marine had the two- and four-wheelers roaring last week and again next month. Good gosh, we’re all fired up for May and the greatest spectacle to get here.
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AS LONG as we’re talking sports, here’s to a good season for our Indianapolis Colts. Or at least let’s hope that there’s no reason to sing that infamous song from Duke Tumatoe, Lord Help Our Colts!
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SPEAKING OF great music, don’t forget on Friday there’s the Pike Place Community Concert and Food Festival, brought to you by HHSB and Crawfordsville Rotary. Good food, good folks, good music . . . what more could you ask!
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OK, CONTINUING the knock-knock jokes . . .
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Ice cream.
Ice cream who?
Ice cream if you don’t subscribe to Montgomery County’s only newspaper that’s owned by folks right here in Montgomery County!
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HERE’S ANOTHER tidbit from one of our favorite publications (besides The Paper of Montgomery County, of course), the Farmer’s Almanac. Did you know that six of 14 years have one Friday the 13th, six of 14 have two Friday the 13ths and two of 14 years have three? And no year is without one Friday the 13th. For those keeping score at home, the next one is in May.
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FOR THOSE WHO have a thing about Friday the 13th, there’s a name for that. It’s called Paraskevidekatriaphobia. The therapist who coined the term told people once they could pronounce it, they’d be cured.
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CONTINUING our official countdown . . .
Last day of summer – 7 days
Halloween – 46 days
Party Night – 73 days
Christmas – 101 days
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THE ANSWER to our riddle: An echo.