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Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Local Columnists
October observed as Down Syndrome Awareness Month (10/16/14)
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. During this month we celebrate people with Down Syndrome and educate the community on it. "It's not about celebrating disabilities, it's about celebrating abilities" (National Down Syndrome Society, 2014)...
Out of jeopardy as we mark National Newspaper Week? (10/08/14)
Late Sunday night, nestled in the cool lap of leather luxury, I fell asleep in my Big Comfy Chair as the Sunday Night Football game ambled on to conclusion. Awakening in that same chair in the wee small hours of the morning, I found the TV still blaring away on Channel 13, and inexplicably Alex Trebek soliciting questions to Double Jeopardy answers...
Fall is in the air (10/07/14)
By MARK EVANS 4-H Youth Educator Fall officially arrived last week on the calendar, despite the fact we have had very warm days in late September. The evenings though are certainly cooler during recent weeks. Some fall color has started. Walnut leaves have been raining down during the past couple of weeks. Ash trees are beginning to have that purplish cast that makes them stand out so brilliantly...
Where does your money go? (10/03/14)
When payday rolls around, many consumers will be trying to figure out which bills they will pay and which ones will wait until another paycheck comes in. With costs increasing for necessary expenses such as gasoline, utilities and healthcare, consumers are finding it harder to make ends meet. If you, like many others, are wondering how you can stretch your paycheck and make your money go further, you will want to attend the program "Where Does Your Money Go?"...
When does a child need professional help for an emotional problem? (09/30/14)
Often, after the fact, when a child has run away, or exhibited severe behavior problems, is hurtful to himself or others, people will rally around and provide support to the family. That is well and good, and essential for the recovery and day-to-day survival of the family. ...
You're looking at a sucker (09/30/14)
Having grown up across just across the border from Illinois, I took particular relish in poking any fun I could at the Land of Lincoln. Have you ever heard Illinois called The Sucker State? I have. It's a now antiquated nickname that I was taught it as a child and have never forgotten. Much like "Hoosier," there's no solid explanation for the genesis of "Sucker." If I had to guess, I'd blame it on Missouri...
Hey, Mac, you might try being more PC (09/23/14)
In the midst of taking photos at about a half-dozen events and venues Saturday, I managed to sneak in a little break while awaiting my last stop of the day at the Taste of Putnam County. That's when I got a real taste of PC -- as in political correctness -- or the lack thereof...
What do you want to do when you grow up? (09/21/14)
Many youth will go through 50 or more career decisions in year while growing up. This week it may be a policeman, next week a fireman, the next a wildlife biologist, etc. Considering careers is good. However, a more important decision is to plan and make the decision for educational determination. In other words, make college or post-secondary education decisions in kindergarten and the career decisions will follow and can come much later...
Hey, let's be careful out there, scams everywhere (09/02/14)
One of the sad realities of life these days is that our world is full of scam artists. The Internet has brought them into our living rooms, into our offices and onto our phones. They inhabit the sidewalks. Hotel lobbies. Ballparks, for crying out loud...
Care for a friendly game of musical cars? I'll pass (09/02/14)
Gazing out my window here at the B-G office, I've long marveled at the other downtown workers I've observed playing a game I've affectionately come to call "musical cars." The rules are quite simple: Park your car in the best spot you can find either on the square or in the first block in any direction. Go inside and go about the business of your day, but don't forget -- in two hours or so you need to go out and find a new spot...
Everyone's worst nightmare plays out tragically in N.Y. (08/27/14)
To the best of my knowledge, I never met Mary Elizabeth Whitaker. Never heard her play the violin. Never shook her hand. Never laid eyes on her during her 61 years on this earth -- unless it was in passing years ago when her parents ran Whitaker Funeral Home where Bittles and Hurt stands today...
I've got news up to my hubcaps (08/27/14)
I was sitting at home on Saturday, happily enjoying a day without work responsibilities, when suddenly, news showed up on my doorstep. More accurately, news fell from the sky and slowly began creeping up in my yard. News pooled in the low spots I've been trying to get rid of for these five years of home ownership...
Honk if you hate keyless entry (08/19/14)
If you were peacefully trying to meditate in a courthouse cubicle the other day, I'm sorry. If you were quietly noshing in the back corner at Almost Home or Chief's the other afternoon, I apologize. If you were wandering the friendly confines of the courthouse square and almost jumped right out of your skin? Oops...
It's all so true, you never do forget your first (08/12/14)
Conventional wisdom, popular culture and old adages never fail to remind us that you'll never forget your first. You remember, she had those curves -- those gentle, tantalizing curves. And in all the right places. Sleek and stylish. Classic beauty lines. You wanted to be seen with her and let everyone know she belonged to you...
Harris Hall shows off Putnam County gardening (08/10/14)
When folks attend the annual Putnam County 4-H Fair, one of their favorite places to visit is the Agriculture Building, better known as Harris Hall. The people who volunteer to help at Harris Hall spend hours organizing the events, finding sponsors, locating judges, getting equipment and materials ready, cleaning the building, setting up the tables and shelving, publishing the information booklets, publicizing events, helping folks with their entries on judging day, tending the displays and keeping the building open and running.. ...
Gobert's goodbye sparks memory of tearful decision (08/01/14)
From years of casual observation, I've come to the realization that being a school administrator is not unlike being a small-town mayor or newspaper editor. You're always on duty. You're the principal, the mayor or the newspaper editor 24/7 and 365...
Master Gardener classes about to commence locally (07/20/14)
A new Master Gardener class will be starting on Aug. 20. Everyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener may contact me soon so I can set aside a place for you in the class. The class has limited space. Purpose of the Purdue Master Gardener Program is to teach people more about growing plants and to more effectively extend information related to plants. ...
Marestail control (07/01/14)
Marestail, sometimes called horse weed, is one weed that has given farmers a lot of headaches in the last few years. This annual weed can follow either a winter or summer lifecycle, making it incredibly difficult to control. In the fall, Marestail can form a basal rosette to survive the winter. In the spring the rosette bolts can grow up to six-feet tall...
Taking the iced tea plunge latest chapter in restaurant drama (06/27/14)
There's a scene in the Bruce Willis "Die Hard" sequel where our hero, John McClane, finds himself stuck in one of those "Groundhog Day" situations. Willis breaks the sacred fourth wall and stares into the camera to say, "Why does this stuff (expletive deleted) keep happening to me?"...
As Hoosiers know, it's not just the heat, it's the humidity (06/22/14)
After enduring through a winter of more than 30 inches of snow, many are happy to see the arrival of summer. Never the less, this winter has shown us that the weather is unpredictable. As means of being prepared for the summer, this article will discuss aspects of extreme heat...
All you need are time, looks and a whole lotta money? (06/16/14)
By ERIC BERNSEE Editor Maybe ol' Forrest Gump's Momma was right after all. That's what I kept thinking Saturday as it shaped up as a busy, busy day without even attempting to visit Cloverdale for its big 175th birthday celebration (reporter Lauren Boucher covered that for us, thank you)...
PC Youth Development Commission says, 'Thank you, Putnam County' (06/12/14)
On behalf of the Putnam County Youth Development Commission we wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Putnam County community for the ongoing support of our sixth annual event "Dancing with the PC Stars." Words cannot begin to express how humbled we are to live in such an exceptional community that embraces our mission of serving the children and youth of Putnam County. ...
Come to think of it, every day yields a Father's Day memory (06/12/14)
My Dad's been gone 20 years now. Yet I've been thinking about him a lot lately. Not just because of Father's Day. That's just the irony of timing. No, it's just that almost everything happening around me recently ends up with me thinking about Dad. We've been cleaning out closets and drawers at my house, trying to get the old abode ready to go on the market and move on with life. It's ended up taking me on a sentimental journey backward...
Black cutworm 2014 (06/08/14)
Purdue specialists are recommending scouting fields continually for black cutworms. In years where planting is delayed, black cutworms seem to be more prevalent. According to Christian Krupke, a Purdue entomologist, Indiana has some of the highest numbers of black cutworm moths ever recorded. ...
Getting the lowdown on MERS and how it gets transmitted (05/26/14)
Throughout the media you may have heard much talk about MERS? Like many across the state, you may have heard this name, however you have not heard much information on what MERS actually is. Well, this article contains up to do research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention pertaining to the virus...
Letters to the Editor
Reality Experience offers a taste of life (10/21/14)
To the Editor: On Oct. 6, approximately 540 eighth-grade students participated in our seventh annual event called Reality Experience. These students came from the four Putnam County middle schools and Eminence, plus several students who are home schooled. They were given an unique educational opportunity to "experience reality." It was sponsored by the service clubs of Greencastle: Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary; plus two philanthropic sororities: Kappa Delta Phi and Delta Theta Tau...
Reelsville VFD thanks Krambo's (10/21/14)
To the Editor: On Oct. 2, Krambo's Kustom Kolors shook off its welcome mat and moved it to the door of Reelsville Fire House to sponsor a fundraiser for the Reelsville-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department. With the help of a lot of their friends to work, a huge turnout of bike-riding friends and community support, everyone enjoyed a tremendous meal, lots of good fellowship and even a movie...
Expounding on issues raised by The Pulse (10/07/14)
To the Editor: First, I would like to thank the Banner Graphic staff for their efforts to initiate community dialogue with "The Pulse." I hope that during its run there will be the opportunity to explore the many issues that are on the minds of residents throughout our county...
GHS basketball fundraiser a team effort (09/23/14)
To the Editor: Recently the Greencastle basketball program hosted a fundraiser dinner at GHS. We would like to thank all of the people who were kind enough to attend. We want to thank Gail Smith and her staff at Almost Home for help organizing and preparing the food; Deb Carrico and her staff at the high school cafeteria; and all the mothers and grandmothers who worked tirelessly on the desserts. Thank you!...
Mental Health America thanks community for support (09/23/14)
To the Editor: On July 26, Mental Health America of Putnam County held its annual "Mind Your Health" 5-mile run/2-mile walk for the 10th consecutive year. We continue to be very pleased by the participation of the local community and the participants from outside of our community in this annual event. We are already looking forward to our 11th year in 2015...
Constitution Week time to celebrate (09/16/14)
To the Editor: Sept. 17-23 is annually designated as Constitution Week in the United States. Sept. 17 was proclaimed in 1952 as "Citizenship Day" to honor those who had come of age, reached the voting age, and those who had naturalized during the past year...
National Night out says thank you (09/16/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the National Night Out Committee we are proud to announce that over 1,000 community members attended our eighth annual event on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Greencastle Robe-Ann Park. Hot dogs, pizza, snow cones, apples, popcorn and drinks were again shared with everyone attending. We were extremely delighted with the attendance considering all the back to school activities scheduled for the same evening...
Rosa Parks reference trivializes struggle (08/26/14)
To the Editor: I'm genuinely sorry Audrey Healey had her evening at a recent cheer competition marred by being asked to give up her seat (Banner Graphic letter, Aug.13). Had it happened to me it likely would have spoiled my evening, too. The coordinators of the event might have done a better job communicating their seating plan, allocating space, etc., and I hope Ms. Healey expressed her concerns to them to improve everyone's experience in the future...
Thankful for making more Greencastle memories (08/19/14)
To the Editor: To the residents of Greencastle who assisted in making our July 19 Northrop Family Descendants reunion such a success: From the staffs in the Mayor's Office and the Tourism Bureau to the Subway restaurant which provided lunch at Robe-Ann Park, and Marvin's where we had dinner -- thank you...
Book mentions Greencastle native Russell Allan Phillips (08/19/14)
To the Editor: I have been reading a book about Olympic runner and World War II POW and war hero Louis Zamperini. The book by Laura Hillenbrand is titled "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption." Ms. Hillenbrand also wrote the book "Seabiscuit."...
Family offers thanks for caring community (08/19/14)
Dear Greencastle, Putnam County: On June 23 tragedy struck our family. My nephew, Riley Sutherlin, was killed in a farming accident. Living in Texas and being 1,100 miles away, this big sister could not get to Indiana fast enough. When we finally arrived in Greencastle I found my sister and her family surrounded by the wonderful people of Putnam County. Not only were you taking excellent care of them, but you adopted the extended family and began taking care of us, too...
Boo to being forced to give up seat at cheer event (08/12/14)
To the Editor: I recently attended a Pitbull concert. A concert at which tickets were general admission only. But after hours in line, the time spent was well paid off, because by eight o'clock that night only five feet separated us from the famous Latino artist...
Fair Foods project contributions appreciated (08/12/14)
To the Editor: I would like to thank all of the 4-H'ers who participated in the Foods or Microwave projects for contributing to a successful 4-H Food Auction and Bake Sale at the Putnam County Fair. I would also like to thank everyone that purchased food at our bake sale and auction. The proceeds will be used to improve the 4-H exhibit area...
'Reparation' producers happy with community effort (08/12/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of the entire cast and crew, the producers of the film "Reparation" wish to thank the communities of Putnam County, Greencastle and DePauw University for their support during our filming. An independent film like this -- home-grown and on a shoestring budget -- could never happen without the strength of a community behind it...
New iron fence at cemetery appreciated (08/05/14)
To The Editor: Thank you, DePauw University. Thank you for the new iron fence surrounding the old Greencastle Cemetery near Blacksstock Stadium. Jean Saunders Greencastle
Efforts of many yield Adult Open Class success (08/05/14)
To the Editor: Putnam County Fair. Three little words that mean so much to so many people. The 2014 fair has come to an end. In our little corner of the fair, Adult Open Class, we have many people to thank for such a successful and fun fair. Let us start by thanking all of the extension club members who worked to make it all come together. ...
Legion thanks fair-goers, volunteers for support (08/05/14)
To the Editor: I would like to take a moment to thank all of the people who volunteered their time and effort at the American Legion burger stand at the Putnam County 4-H Fair. I would also like to thank the community for their support as well. It was another rewarding and fun-filled fair for us, and I hope it was for others...
Parade of people to thank for fair spectacle (08/05/14)
To the Editor: Thank you, Putnam County, for coming out in support of the Putnam County 4-H Fair Parade. Wow! We had a great show of so many clubs, organizations, companies, etc. I would like to give a big thank you to an awesome committee: Gordon and Lynette Williams, Shea Mahoney-Sutherland, Ken Heeke, Perry and Rose Wainman, Bob Farrow, Don Mundy, John Jackman, Becky Hunsinger, Doug Wokoun, Mark Evans; and my extra volunteers, Tyler Brammer, Mitch Williams, Alexis Wainman, Trey Wood, Deb Gould, John and Beth Glover Little, Deb Morris, Lori Lucas, Ernie Sheldon, Matt and Karen Headley (sponsors of the Parade of Fitness) and Dorothy and Gerald Edwards for their helpful and insightful tips. ...
Crosswalk incidents at Wal-Mart totally uncalled for (06/27/14)
To the Editor: Last week one afternoon, as I was leaving Walmart by the lane directly in front of the store, a large number of people, one group a family with several small children on foot, were exiting the store in the pedestrian crossing area in front of the east door...
Response to 'Mourdock compares economic woes to Nazi Germany' (06/16/14)
To the Editor: As one of Putnam County's 12 delegates to the State Republican Convention, I believe it is my duty to write in response to the AP article regarding Richard Mourdock's convention speech, which was published in the June 9 edition of the paper...
GMS eigth-grade essays 'amazing' (06/12/14)
To the Editor: The letters from Mrs. Gillespie's eighth-grade American History class at Greencastle Middle School (essays published in the Banner Graphic May 21) were amazing. They touched on some important and controversial issues, and a couple I'd never thought about before...
Response to 'Indiana political parties tangle with identities' (06/12/14)
To the Editor: On June 9 the Banner-Graphic published an AP article from Indianapolis titled, "Indiana political parties tangle with identities." The article states that at our convention, we Republicans, "fought over whether gay marriage should be addressed in their party platform. And Republican Chairman Tim Berry searched for ways to keep them together."...
Tox-Away Day 2014 another success (05/29/14)
To the Editor: The 2014 Tox-Away Day held on May 10 and sponsored by West Central Solid Waste District (WCSWD) saw another successful year. Putnam County residents took advantage of the opportunity to safely and inexpensively dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW), appliances, tires, electronics and unwanted medicines...
Speak out for our community's cats (05/29/14)
To the Editor: An open letter to the residents of Putnam County: I'm writing to ask you to join in supporting a proposed ordinance that would approve Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats in our county. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only humane and effective approach to feral cats. Please take a few minutes to write or email members of the new Putnam County Animal Care and Control Board, urging them to support this legislation...
That's the million-dollar question (05/29/14)
To the Editor: If our present government cannot take proper care of our veterans, how can we expect our government to take care of the rest of us under Obamacare? Good question. No good answer. Richard Taylor Greencastle
Editorials
It's our heritage, let's take care of it (10/21/14)
Although it's been open to traffic for more than three months, the official grand opening of the new Putnam County Bridge No. 625 took place on Tuesday morning. A beautiful site in the gently rolling terrain of northeastern Washington Township, the new bridge carries County Road 550 South, bypassing Houck Covered Bridge, which still stands, dignified, overlooking Big Walnut Creek a few feet to the south...
Let's get engaged, Putnam County (10/07/14)
Ask a group of newspaper journalists about things that annoy them, and you're likely to get a variety of answers -- comma splices, one-word interview responses, TV news, deadlines and people who mispronounce "picture" as "pitcher" are likely to come up...
Let's not hibernate for the winter (09/30/14)
Momentum is a marvelous thing. It can be as difficult to stop as a cement truck rumbling down Water Works Hill. After all, it has the whole mass times velocity thing going for it. Ask your favorite football coach what momentum means. Check turnover rates and how momentum like that affects the outcome on the gridiron. Momentum usually yields victory...

It's our heritage, let's take care of it (10/21/14)
Although it's been open to traffic for more than three months, the official grand opening of the new Putnam County Bridge No. 625 took place on Tuesday morning. A beautiful site in the gently rolling terrain of northeastern Washington Township, the new bridge carries County Road 550 South, bypassing Houck Covered Bridge, which still stands, dignified, overlooking Big Walnut Creek a few feet to the south...
Let's get engaged, Putnam County (10/07/14)
Ask a group of newspaper journalists about things that annoy them, and you're likely to get a variety of answers -- comma splices, one-word interview responses, TV news, deadlines and people who mispronounce "picture" as "pitcher" are likely to come up...
Let's not hibernate for the winter (09/30/14)
Momentum is a marvelous thing. It can be as difficult to stop as a cement truck rumbling down Water Works Hill. After all, it has the whole mass times velocity thing going for it. Ask your favorite football coach what momentum means. Check turnover rates and how momentum like that affects the outcome on the gridiron. Momentum usually yields victory...