LOCAL NEWS

Board OKs next house demolition

A house located at 1824 Fremont St. is now targeted for demolition after the Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety affirmed an unsafe building order at Wednesday’s meeting.

City Code Enforcement Officer Barry Lewis said his department has been dealing with the house for four years.

“The house has been vacant for four years and the house has had a large hole in the front of it during that time,” Lewis said. “The structural integrity has been comprised.”

Lewis said the property owner received the notice 30 days ago. The owner did contact Lewis for the first time, less than an hour before Wednesday’s meeting and said he hoped to remodel the home.

Since the issue has been going on for four years and upon hearing Lewis’ testimony, Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton made the motion to demolish the house. Lewis will not prepare a notice to bidders to have the house torn down.

Sue Lucas of Crawfordsville Main Street received permission to have Main Street summer events at Canine Plaza. She said Lunch on the Plaza will take place June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Last year’s new event, First Friday, is returning after receiving good reviews. She said the First Friday evening events are planned for June 2, July 7 and Aug. 7.

Lucas also received approval for Main Street to place two benches and four flower pots in front of the south side of the courthouse.

Finally, Lucas received permission to have food trucks at Pike Place during the Farmers Market on Saturdays.

On June 6-8, Vance Street will be closed one block north of Market Street as part of a remediation project on the former site of McCormick’s Cleaners.

Stroll for Strays helps AWL meet demands

The annual Stroll for Strays sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County will be a real walk in the park this year.

The stroll will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Milligan Park. On-site registration begins at 10 a.m. at Baldwin Field. Preregistration is available at the AWL, 1104 Big Four Arch Road.

Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, which must be worn during the walk. Participants are encouraged to walk their own dogs as part of the stroll. However, only registered participants will be allowed to walk a pet.

AWL Director Misha Anderson said the fundraiser is important to the animal shelter. Proceeds are used to help operate the shelter, which is full with dogs and cats.

“We have 33 kennels and a total of 51 dogs right now,” Anderson said. “With that many dogs, plus our cats, our budget is stretched to the maximum.”

The particularly high number of dogs can be attributed to owners surrendering their pets. Anderson said it breaks her heart to see so many residents giving up their animals.

“I am fighting back tears every day now as we see the number of people giving up their dogs,” Anderson said.

Anderson said her policy is not to euthanize an animal. Instead, she goes to great lengths to house dogs off AWL grounds using foster parents and even her own house.

“All a dog wants is to be loved,” she said. “We really need help taking care of them.”

Residents participating in the stroll can expect entertainment during the event.

An exotic animal show is planned at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The hands-on exhibit includes an alligator, fox, large snake, wallaby and more.

Stroll participants also can pick up several free items. Pets Supplies Plus and other vendors will have give-aways.

Town and Country has provided a 49-inch Smart TV to be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Two dog and one cat goodie baskets will be raffled. Tickets are free to registrants.

The value of each basket is $100.

At the Stroll, lunch will be provided by local Boy Scouts and desserts offered by local Girl Scouts.

Witham volunteers enjoy recognition luncheon

LEBANON — A fun and upbeat luncheon was enjoyed by the Witham Health Services Board of Trustees, Dr. Raymond Ingham, CEO, Hospital Executive Administrators, Volunteers and Chaplains at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Witham Health Services on April 25.

Dr. Raymond Ingham, CEO for Witham Health Services expressed his and the hospital staff’s appreciation for the work done by the many Volunteers and Chaplains. Dr. Ingham shared with the guests the status of the many Witham Health Services projects that have or will be starting for continued growth and patient care. 

Carol Whitaker, Manager of Volunteer Services reminded the guests of the great value, joy, encouragement and support our Witham Health Services volunteers continue to provide to our patients, staff, community and hospital each day. She shared that there are now volunteers in 26 areas on the hospital’s main campus and Anson locations and celebrated that the Witham Health Services Volunteers volunteered over 16,300 hours in 2016.

Sharon Woodard, the president of the Witham Health Services Volunteer Organization presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Mark Cline. He was thanked for his years of service to the hospital, patients and the volunteers. Cline has been a volunteer at Witham Health Services for more than six years. Cline enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. He currently volunteers at the ACS Surgery Waiting Area.

Woodard also introduced the Witham Health Services Volunteer Board. The board consists of Woodard, president; Denise Long, vice president; Pat Kleeman, treasurer; and Bobbie Owen, secretary. The committee chairs are: Margaret Jackson, Gift Shop; Patient Services Desk, Bruce Torrance; ACS Waiting Area, Juanita Ford; Cheer, Nancy Newman; Magazine Cart, Bobbie Owen; Scrapbook, Eleanor Hinton; and Scholarship, Long. Door prizes were given away, along with each volunteer receiving a goody bag with assorted treats.

Witham Health Services continues to need additional volunteers. Volunteers help patients, staff and give back to the community. As a volunteer one can share just a few hours each week or every other week. To learn more, contact Carol Whitaker, Volunteer Services Manager, at 765-485-8175 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Market students think ‘outside the box’

When Jenna Bushong built a feeder for her horse’s stall, her father had to help with the hammering.

Looking for a way to do the task herself, the New Market Elementary fifth grader built a device that can drive a nail without smashing a finger.

Calling her creation a “nailer for kids,” Jenna, 10, built a wooden tower for a hammer that hangs on a rod, operated by a tape-covered paint mixer she fashioned into a handle.

“It’s actually safer than just using the regular handle and hammering [the nail] in,” she explained.

Jenna showed off the device Tuesday during New Market’s third annual “Invention Convention.” Students set up their projects in the school’s gymnasium, where classmates, teachers and parents were invited to see how they worked.

The program encourages students to use their imaginations and develop their critical thinking skills to come up with new ideas.

“One of our goals as a teacher or a school is to create the next Steve Jobs and... encourage children to think outside the box and not just what’s already been created,” principal Chris Larson said, referring to the late Apple visionary.

Students teamed up with friends outside of the classroom and were given three months to build and tweak their inventions. On Tuesday, each group presented its project to a team of judges, who evaluated the children on their innovation and practical use for their devices.

Prizes will be awarded the last day of school for best of show and the finalists in each category: app, working model and non-working model inventions and games.

Judges said they were impressed by the level of creativity and time the students personally spent on the projects.

“I like that I’m seeing a lot of problem solving in these kids,” said Daryl Hutson, a school board member.

Fifth grader Alana Bowman, 11, wanted to find a way to keep her potato chips fresh when she was finished with lunch.

She recruited classmate Alexa Bradley, also 11, to glue baby wipe container lids into the middle of small bags of chips.

The hardest part, the girls said, was finding the right kind of glue.

“It takes time and patience,” Alexa said.

Lew Wallace Study to host ArchiCamp

This June the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will host ArchiCamp in partnership with Indiana Landmarks. The camp will be held June 20-22 and is open to students ages 8-12. The camp costs $25 and scholarships are available.

ArchiCamp is an architecture-based camp that uses historic architecture to educate and excite children about local history and instills stewardship and responsibility for our cultural heritage. For the first time this year ArchiCamp will be three days instead of two in order to allow for more activities.

During the camp, students will learn about Crawfordsville’s architectural heritage, including the historic Study building. Campers will take walking tours, learn about architectural terms, make architecture-based crafts, build local buildings from cardboard boxes, and learn about careers in historic preservation and discuss preservation successes in our community.

Camp begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up are at the Carriage House off Elston Avenue. Snacks will be provided each day, but campers should bring a sack lunch.

In order to provide this experience to families for only $25, we rely on donations from organizations, businesses and individuals to sponsor students for $75. If you are interested in sponsoring a local child, or if you would like to register a student for ArchiCamp, contact Amanda McGuire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 765-362-5769.