Roofs repaired in Haiti

Thanks to Young’s Chapel Christian Church several families in Haiti can now safely sleep at night during rain storms. The rural northern Montgomery County church in partnership with the Crawfordsville Rotary Club replaced roofs on 15 Haitian homes and repaired 12 others.

Rotary member Ron Hess, who frequents the impoverished Caribbean country while representing St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, said the project receives ongoing support.

“Young’s Chapel is really getting involved with helping people in Haiti,” Hess said. “They are always asking what can they do next.”

The replaced roofs were made of grasses and banana tree leaves. When it rains hard, the roofs do not stop water from entering the Haitian huts. If the inhabitants cannot cover their furniture and other belongings, the rain water can end up destroying what little the family owns.

“I have been in the huts with poor grass roofs when it is raining, and they do not do the job,” Hess said. “Now we know at least a total of 27 families who have a good roof over their head thanks to Young’s Chapel.

The project is not totally free to the Haitian families. They must put some sweat equity into the projects by helping carry supplies to the construction site, remove the old roof and do other necessary preparations for the new roofing.

Materials used to replace the old roofs include sheet metal made with zinc. The estimated life of the new roof is 15 to 20 years.

Homes that had roof work done are in the western part of Haiti, close to Jereme. The Young’s Chapel roof projects are in and nearby the village of Carrefour Sanon.

Station 2 planning started

The city of Crawfordsville is moving forward in the process of building a new fire station on the east side of Crawfordsville.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said that city officials met Monday to begin putting together a timetable for the project.

The city has agreed to pay $175,000 for the piece of property to the west of the current station. The land currently is home to Second Baptist Church.

Barton said Monday night that a tentative closing date for the sale is Nov. 15. He said the city is waiting for results from a Phase One environmental study on the land. The results should have been back last week, Barton said.

“These things are incredibly slow,” Barton said.

The mayor said that he is hopeful the city and church will be able to close on the property before Nov. 15.

Once the city acquires the land, Barton said that the demolition work could still be done this year.

“We want to be ready to build in the spring,” he said.

Before work can begin, Barton said that the plans will have to go back to the city council for funding.

“They appropriated enough to get started,” Barton said. “But not enough to build the station.”

The council approved the purchase of the land in August. The council approved a $1,100,000 bond order to pay for the acquisition of land and to build the new station in June.

One ‘Great Pumpkin’

Pint-sized Brylee Dalton is one proud pumpkin producer.

The 6-year-old from Waynetown grew the sunset orange colored pumpkin from a small seed. Her grandparents, Christa and Randy Dinius, estimate the pumpkin weighs 45 pounds.

“It’s as big as me,” Brylee squealed.

In May, the then-kindergarten student at Sommer Elementary School came home with a pumpkin seed in a small cup. When the seed outgrew the cup, Brylee’s grandfather helped her transplant it to a patch in their back yard. Over the summer, they watched as vines, leaves and flowers erupted from the ground. Eventually the plant produced two pumpkins. 

The larger pumpkin has since fallen off the vine. It has been moved to the family’s front yard, where it is nestled among other seasonal decorations.

Brylee, with the help of her grandparents, plans to carve the pumpkin before Halloween. She’s unsure of what design she’ll use.

“I think I’d like a cat, a spooky cat,” Brylee said.

The family plans to save some seeds from the harvested pumpkin to plant next spring.

“Who knows, maybe we’ll get an even bigger one next year,” Randy said.

The family knows larger pumpkins are grown locally, but wanted to share Brylee’s excitement for her pumpkin and for

the season.

City discusses downtown’s future

The city of Crawfordsville is looking to the future — especially when it deals with the downtown.

The Crawfordsville City Council will have its first chance to discuss the new Crawfordsville Downtown Revitalization Plan next week when the full council meets. The council’s fiscal affairs committee forwarded a resolution approving the plan to the full council with a favorable recommendation Monday night at the council’s committee meetings.


Fiscal Affairs Committee Chair Andy Biddle was pleased with what he heard.

“It looks great,” Biddle said of the plan. “I hope we can do a lot with our downtown. You have to make a place that is attractive for people to want to come to.”

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said that the plan is a road map. He said that it will help the city move forward as it completes the Stellar plan.

Ken Remenschneider of Remenschneider Associates said that work began crafting the plan in March.

The primary goals of the plan include build upon existing strengths, fabric and business; improve sense of place through quality life enhancements; restoration of downtown neighborhoods; harness the power of human capital and volunteerism; and connect citywide alternative transportation network to downtown.

Brandon M. Schreeg of Remenschneider Associates told the council that the plan deals with everything from streets and street lights to buildings, sidewalks and landscaping in the downtown area. One of the recommendations is for the city to be more uniform with the fixtures.

Remenschneider said that the plan was done by state guidelines.

“The information in the plan is plug and play,” he said, adding that parts of the plan could be completed as Stellar funding is available.

Councilman Mike Reidy questioned part of the plan calling for trees to be planted downtown along the sidewalk. He said that trees previously were downtown and store owners had a problem with birds that were in the trees.

Barton said that when the trees were downtown before there was little or no maintenance done on the trees. If trees return downtown, that would have to change, he said.

“Anything we do with trees will have to include upkeep of them,” Barton said.

Remenschneider said that trees have been in other plans for revitalizing other city’s downtown area. He said that it is about creating an environment that people want to be in.

“It’s a prescription that works,” he said.

The full council can act on the plan when they meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers.

In other business, the fiscal affairs committee forwarded an ordinance for an additional appropriation to the full council. The additional appropriation would purchase a standing desk treadmill for $1,200 for the Montgomery County Central Communication Center. Barton said that dispatchers can use the treadmill to walk slowly while they are in the center for long shifts.

The committee also forwarded a resolution approving a $7,000 historic preservation grant. Mike Grant told the committee that Arni’s is building office space at 116 S. Green St. He said that the renovation project is estimated to cost $62,000.

Klinker to speak at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

State Representative Sheila Klinker (D-District 27) will keynote the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Oct. 13. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Byron Cox American Legion Post, 101 Walter Remley Drive. 

In addition to hearing from Klinker, the evening will focus on the Crawfordsville Democratic city council candidates, including Jim Rubner (District 1), Ethan Hollander (District 2), Virginia Servies (District 3), Elizabeth Justice (District 5) and at-large candidates Joyce Burnette and Mike Reidy.

Klinker was first elected to serve her district in the Lafayette area in 1982 and has been re-elected every two years since then. She serves on Agricultural and Rural Affairs; Family, Children and Human Affairs; and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the important budget-making Ways and Means Committee. When not in legislative session, Klinker teaches at Tecumseh Middle School. She has taught in West Central Indiana public schools since 1961 and at Tecumseh since 1985. Representative Klinker is a long-time supporter of the Montgomery County Democratic Party and has been a champion of public education and public school teachers in Indiana.

Miller Catering, Waynetown, will provide the meal. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling David Hadley at 765-362-0599 or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reservations are due by noon, Friday.