Event celebrates downtown shops

Downtown Crawfordsville will be full of holiday cheer Saturday with all the activities surrounding the annual Downtown Party Night.

The event, sponsored by Crawfordsville Main Street, takes place 6-11 p.m. and also celebrates National Small Business Saturday. Many of the downtown stores will offer specials and refreshments.


Forty-seven businesses, from restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops, will participate in this year’s event.

Sue Lucas of Crawfordsville Main Street said the event is a good opportunity to see what is new downtown.

“I am not sure everyone knows about all the new businesses we have downtown,” Lucas said. “Party Night is a wonderful time to meet the new business owners and also re-visit our merchants who have been faithfully downtown for many years.”

Shoppers will get to visit the newest downtown food service business. Valentino’s on East Main Street will offer authentic Italian foods for carry-out during the party. The Valentino family came to Montgomery County a few years ago from Italy. They operate a vegetable farm on U.S. 136 West. They have sold Italian food as part of the Farmers’ Market, but now are ready to open a downtown store front.

A Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the courthouse will kick off the event. Davis Photography will offer photos with Santa from 6-9 p.m. Tymeless Clydesdales and Carriage Co. will offer carriage rides around downtown from 6-10 p.m. Several holiday artists and crafters will display their wares in downtown storefronts.

Party-goers will have the opportunity to hear the Vanity Singers perform holiday music at the Vanity Theater. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Special guests will be Director John Blair’s singing group Rising Stars who are singing in front of 100,000 people, and a live television audience, at Friday’s Circle of Lights Celebration in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets for the shows are $5 and can be purchased at www.sugarcreekplayers.org or by phone at 765-362-7707. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door before Saturday’s performances.

Small Business Saturday is recognized as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.

“The vast majority of Indiana Business Association members are small business owners or employees of small businesses,” said IBA President Linda Rogers. “Small businesses build a strong economy and strong communities.”

IBA recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create and the culture they instill in local communities.

“Shopping at small businesses can help keep the money you spend in the place you call home,” Rogers said.

Downtown Main Street’s Deanna Durrett said combining the Christmas event and small businesses is the perfect mix for her organization.

“Downtown Party Night is exactly what Main Street is all about,” Durrett said. “We work on making our downtown appealing and vibrant. We want people to enjoy being here. This is a good family event and it is good for the merchants.”

Lucas said attendees can see what the future holds for downtown Crawfordsville.

“We want to celebrate community and small businesses,” Lucas said. “People can also see a glimpse of the future of what we want our downtown to be and where we are going.

Girl delivers a tail-wagging Thanksgiving

As the bitter cold temperatures begin to set in and families and friends gather together to keep each other company, a New Market student realized that there are some in our community who don’t get that privilege.

Third grader Mallory Leach was riding in the car with her mom when she suddenly became sad thinking of all the animals who sit in shelters alone.

“I really like animals,” Leach said, “and I kind of felt bad for them because they don’t have homes and they don’t get to be played with very much.”

Leach decided to do something about the way she felt, so she emailed her teacher, Dan Chadd, and asked if the class could collect items to donate to a local animal shelter.

“I was kind of caught off guard at first when I received the email from her,” Chadd said, “but not totally surprised, as she’s openly talked in class about her love for pets and helping them.”

However, Chadd thought this cause deserved more than a one-classroom effort and got other teachers involved. Soon Leach was making school-wide announcements over the PA system, and her classmates were helping her make posters to put up in the hallways.

“It was a great teaching moment for my students,” he said, “as well as a great way for others in our class and school to show support for Mallory. She was able to accomplish her goal because of the generosity of her schoolmates, and that’s a great feeling for her I’m sure.”

Over the span of two weeks, Leach watched as donations of cat and dog food, cat litter, toys and blankets piled up in the hallway in front of her classroom.

“There’s going to be lots and lots of stuff!” she said.

Leach and her family delivered the items to a local animal shelter Wednesday, giving the shelter and its animals a Happy Thanksgiving, too.

“I have great students, who have great parents,” Chadd said. “I am blessed to have such involved parents that work with their children on more than just homework. I have parents teaching their kids values like giving back to their community. And after all the tests are done, these are the memories the kids will have at the end of the year.”

Cheer certificate campaign begins

For more than a century, the Crawfordsville High School Sunshine Society Cheer Certificate campaign has been helping make the holidays a bit brighter for area families in need.

The annual effort, which is a collaboration between the high school service club and Tri Kappa sorority, kicks off its 104th campaign today.

“For 104 years the Montgomery County community has come together during the holiday season to support one another through the Cheer Certificate Campaign,” said Nicolle Rockenbaugh, faculty sponsor. “It is a wonderful opportunity for community members to focus on others during the holiday season, either through referring individuals and families in need or making impactful financial donations.”

Financial donations from community members are collected and then awarded to local families in need in the form of cheer certificates. These certificates may be redeemed for grocery items at County Market and both Kroger locations in Crawfordsville. The value of each certificate ranges according to family size.

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000. Last year, the campaign raised $15,210.98.

The annual campaign is made up of two phases, both of which begin today. The referral phase lasts one week, while the donation phase continues through mid-January.

During the referral phase residents can nominate an individual or family to receive a cheer certificate. All referrals must be on an official form or a form that

contains all of the same information. The official form appears in today’s edition and can be found online at www.journalreview.com. The form will be published throughout the referral phase, which ends Dec. 4.

All of the information included on the form should be printed or typed clearly and correctly. A person may submit up to four referrals. Completed referral forms may be mailed to P.O. Box 368, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, and must be postmarked by Dec. 4.

At the conclusion of the referral phase, Tri Kappa sorority members will then sort the referrals and generate a list of eligible recipients. This process usually takes two working days as all of the names are entered into a database to make certain that no one is missed and that no family or individual gets more than one certificate.

Once a list of eligible recipients is generated the second phase of the project begins — raising the donations and issuing certificates.

Donation forms also will appear regularly in the Journal Review and will be available online. Donations may be made in honor of or in memory of family or friends, or donations may be made anonymously. All donor names will be printed in the newspaper. Donations should be mailed to the Sunshine Society, P.O. Box 243, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

All donations remain in the community. Donations are accepted through mid-January as the cheer certificates are valid until February.

Board OKs funding for repairs

The Board of Public Works and Safety approved an additional appropriation of $127,000 for the Crawfordsville Street Department during its meeting Wednesday.

“This year has been a challenging year for the Storm Water department with all the rains back in the summer,” Street Commissioner Scott Hesler said. “That exposed us to a lot of the areas the city needed to make repairs on.”


The street department is asking for more money to fund different projects and a long-term improvement plan, both of which Hesler has discussed with Mayor Todd Barton.

Barton stressed the money is coming from extra funds the city had set aside from user fees. Tax dollars will not be affected.

The board also approved the street department’s 2016 Storm Water budget for $576,633 and Central Garage budget for $264,664.

Two different contracts regarding Crawfordsville Fire Station No. 2 also were approved Wednesday. The design firm for the station will be City and Axis Architecture & Interiors.

Construction management services for the project will be provided by City Envoy Inc., and they will serve as the city’s representative with the design firm. Their job, City Attorney Kent Minnette said, will be to ensure that what is designed is built appropriately.

In other business, the board:

• Approved an amendment to the lease agreement for the site that houses the city’s wellness building. The lease amount increased to $29,145 to $30,894.

• Approved the renewal of a five-year lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for the city’s postage meter.

• Approved Clerk-Treasurer Terri Gadd’s request to transfer $10,000 of unused appropriation funds from one budget within the general fund to another fund.

At the end of the meeting, Hesler gave a report on his department’s leaf pickup efforts.

“We are still working on leaves,” he said. “We are still continuing to experience some mechanical difficulties. We’ve had one leaf vac that’s been down for two to two and a weeks now.”

The department was forced to use older trucks while they wait for the manufacturer to send parts. Hesler hopes to catch a break in the weather next week in order to keep the process moving.

Thanksgiving meals available

Four Montgomery County churches will offer free Thanksgiving meals on Thursday. All will serve the traditional turkey feast with the hope that everyone finds a place to eat and enjoys fellowship on the holiday. The four churches are:


Crawfordsville United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave.

• Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. followed by a worship service.

• Serving is from noon to 3 p.m.

• Menu — Turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, dressing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, assorted desserts and beverages.

• Carry-out orders available until 2 p.m. Thursday by calling 765-376-4365 or 765-376-9624.

Ladoga Christian Church, 124 W. Elm St.

• Serving is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Menu — Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, noodles, stuffing, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and cookies.

• Carry-out orders available until 1 p.m. on Thursday by calling


New Ross Christian Church, 212 W. Main St.

• Serving is from noon to 2 p.m.

• Menu — Traditional turkey meal.

• Carry out is available by calling


Waynetown Christian Church, 113 E. Walnut St.

• Serving is from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Menu — Turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn, green beans, dressing, salads and homemade desserts.

• Carry-out orders are available until noon on Thursday by calling 765-234-2554.