Although it wasn’t in the last week, Helen Milligan hit a pretty big milestone recently worthy of note!
Although it wasn’t in the last week, Helen Milligan hit a pretty big milestone recently worthy of note!
Kids are back in school and most people have a full work week for the first time in a while. Yes, the holidays must be over.
There’s been a lot going on in Montgomery County, but one topic that seems to dominate a lot of conversations is the flu. So as new and old political office-holders took over while the rest of us spent time taking down the Christmas decorations, a Purdue professor told those lucky enough to still be healthy how to hopefully stay that way.
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THE ANNUAL update on affairs in the city and county will take place this month. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the International Federation of Business and Professional Women announced last week that this year’s State of the City / County addresses would be held Jan. 16 on the third floor of Fusion 54. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and presentation begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton will speak for the City of Crawfordsville and newly appointed County Administrator Mark Casteel will represent the county.
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THE SUMMIT Award presentation was held in Crawfordsville and Managed Health Services (MHS), in collaboration with its parent company, Centene Corporation, has recognized Dr. Teresa Ruiz with a national award for clinical excellence. Practitioners are selected each year for the Summit Award for Excellence in Care based on their exemplary performance in a number of quality measures. Dr. Ruiz is recognized for the outstanding care she provides to Hoosier children enrolled in MHS’ statewide health plan. Dr. Ruiz serves the Crawfordsville area and surrounding communities including Tippecanoe County, Boone County and other areas of Montgomery County. She provides care at Witham Pediatrics for both commercially insured and patients with state Medicaid including MHS. Her solo practice had more than 3,000 visits in 2019. Dr. Ruiz has been with Witham Health Services for 14 years.
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THE INDIANA Judicial Nominating Commission has certified to the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana that Raymond M. Kirtley is qualified to be appointed as Senior Judge until Dec. 31, 2020. In 1989, the Indiana legislature authorized the creation of the senior judge program, allowing Indiana courts to use the services of retired judges for supplemental existing judicial resources. The Indiana Supreme Court may appoint senior judges to serve a circuit court, a superior court, a probate court, the tax court or court of appeals. A senior judge may be used as replacement when the regular judge is unavailable; a complement to the sitting judges; or to oversee the process of certain types of cases or court programs. Judge Kirtley was first certified as Senior Judge in 2013 and recertified each year thereafter. In 2019, he served in six (6) courts for a total of forty-two (42) senior judge days. Kirtley was Judge of the Montgomery County Court from 1985-2002 and is an attorney with the law firm Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider and Clutter, P.C.
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LIBBY RICHARDS, an associate professor of nursing who specializes in public health in Purdue University’s School of Nursing, said taking simple precautions can help protect you and others from the flu.
“If you are sick or a family member or friend you are planning on visiting is sick with the flu or influenza-like illnesses, you should avoid contact,” Richards says. “Give everyone space, get rest . . . and don’t visit until the symptoms have resolved.”
Richards says it’s important to keep in mind that babies and older adults are more susceptible to flu and complications. Visitors to homes with new babies should have received their vaccinations.
“Parents should not feel guilty about limiting people who visit. If any family member is actively sick or showing symptoms, they need to stay home as that person can be contagious for up to seven days,” she says.
Richards says people should wash their hands before eating or snacking. Other tips include keeping a bottle of antibacterial hand gel near common gathering places and using paper towels in the bathroom instead of a regular cotton towel.
Also, many groups from schools, religious organizations and service clubs will visit those in hospitals or nursing homes, or help out at social service agencies. If a community is experiencing widespread illnesses, visitors will need to check with those providers or agencies on visitation policies.
“Visitors can be a great source of social support for hospitalized patients as long as the patient feels up to a visit and the visitor is well,” Richards says. “Anyone who does not feel healthy should avoid visiting hospital patients or nursing home residents.”
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AND FINALLY, Helen Milligan turned 104 years old on Saturday, Dec. 21. This makes her the oldest of the Sugar Creek Players. She has been involved on stage for decades, then she continued to be involved by showing support by attending shows. In this picture she is posed with Maddie (Hepburn) Sexton, one of her many acting friends. Helen now resides at Ben Hur Home. She loves to talk about her grandchildren, Abby and Tyler, and her daughter's dogs. If you want to talk about Waynetown in the early 1900s, she is on top of that. And, of course, she loves to talk about theater! Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Milligan!