Learn about MUFFY at breakfast

July  7, 2015

It is never too early to learn about Montgomery United Fund for You and the upcoming campaign to raise money to better the lives of Montgomery County residents. MUFFY will host a breakfast at 7 a.m. on July 29 at the Wabash College Detchon Center for anyone interested in helping raise the much needed funds.

Information about MUFFY and the upcoming campaign, including the game plan to raise funds is a perfect time for any residents to better understand the whys and hows of raising funds. MUFFY’s Kara Edie said corporations and individuals are encouraged to attend.

“This will be the most comprehensive information anyone can get concerning the 2015 campaign,” Edie said, “For teams from companies to individuals, the breakfast will be provide a lot of information on how we are going to raise a record amount of money this year.”

Edie said the MUFFY goal for 2015 will announced at the meeting.

Many companies form teams to help reach goals for their employees by encouraging their participation. Edie said the breakfast meeting will be good for those individuals, or teams of individuals, who have been assigned to come up with creative ways to raise MUFFY funds within their places of employment.

“One of the things we cover is how to run a campaign within a company,” Edie said. “We hope this meeting will energize those in the community who want to see our campaign become a success story.”

To encourage company participation this year, MUFFY applied for and received a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways. For companies who increase their giving over a three-year period average, grant funds will match each dollar donated. The matching dollars will go to the NOURISH program which provides approximately 500 backpacks filled with nutritious food every weekend to

local children who struggle with issues of food insecurity.

“For companies who can beat their three-year giving average they will be able to help a lot of kids fight hunger,” Edie said. “Even a company that has not participated in MUFFY for a couple of years can form a team and earn matching dollars for NOURISH. The grant money will be first-come first-served and we are anticipating of using all the grant funds early so companies need to get geared up to take advantage of this great opportunity to feed kids.”

In 2014, $411,000 was raised for MUFFY.

The informational meeting is expected to be completed at 8:30 a.m.

Call Edie at 765-362-5484 or respond online at muffy.org/events.html to place a reservation by July 28.


Council discusses electrical code

July 7, 2015

The Crawfordsville City Council will soon discuss potential changes to the city’s electrical code ordinance following a discussion the council’s Ordinance and Petitions committee had Monday night.

The committee unanimously forwarded an ordinance with a favorable recommendation that would require a disconnect device be installed on outdoor meters for customers who receive their electricity from Crawfordsville Electric Light and Power.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton told the committee that the disconnect device would allow the fire department to cut power to a residence in the event of a fire.

“We have looked at this for a long time,” Barton said.

Barton, a former fire chief, said that it will make things safer for residents and for firefighters.

Fire Chief Larry Patton said that a lot of homes in Crawfordsville already have disconnect devices. He said it is important to have the devices on the meter so that in the event of a fire, the department can quickly and safely cut power.

All homes in Crawfordsville that do not have a disconnect device will be grandfathered in, but if they make upgrades to their electric system they may have to upgrade their meter to one with the disconnect device. CEL&P General Manager Phil Goode said that the cost to install the disconnect device is between $150 and $200. CEL&P customers will have to pay for the installation, but the equipment will be provided by CEL&P.

The full council will have their first chance to discuss the changes to the city code at 7 p.m. Monday night at the council’s regular July meeting.

In other business, the Fiscal Affairs committee

• forwarded an ordinance creating new funds for the Fire Station Two bond. Barton said that the funds are being created to create transparancy in the building process.

• forwarded a resolution continuing a tax batement for Temple Inland.

• forwarded an ordinance for a $20,000 additional appropriation for the Oak Street & Wabash Avenue Project to widen the intersection and add a turn lane. Already budgeted, Barton said that bids came in higher than expected. The total cost will be $77,000.

Maybe in Charleston, but not here

July 7, 2015

On the Monday after the horrific savagery in Charleston, where a white supremacist went to slaughter black people in their church in the hope of igniting a race way, the exact opposite was happening in Crawfordsville.

Pastor Rodrigo Garcia of the Hispanic Primeria Iglesia Bautista along with his brother, Jose, were painting the exterior of the primarily Black Bethel AME church on North Street.

The Garcias and two men from the Hispanic congregation put the finish coat on a project of restoration begun by First Christian Church in August of last year.

The contrast with what happened at the AME church in Charleston was total -— Hispanics working on a project organized by an

all-white church, to benefit a

predominately black church.

The work at Bethel AME was begun by First Christian because of concern raised by a member that because of the sad state of the Bethel building the congregation might eventually no longer be able to worship there. First Christian rallied to raise money to aid in repairing this place of worship. Volunteers then began working to make the exterior sound. On one of those days the Hispanic congregation showed up with over thirty workers. They spent the day scraping the wood siding of the church.

“In a time when ‘hate’ is trying to carry the day, it is so good to be a part of an effort of Christian love,” said Keith Strain, pastor of First Christian as he watched his

brothers in ministry painting the building.

“We are grateful to Rev. Garcia and Rev. Strain and to our Christian friends from the Hispanic community and First Christian Church,” said the Rev. Mindy Mayes, pastor of Bethel AME Church. “Their kindness and work in preserving our building is especially meaningful in light of recent events in South Carolina.”