Communities offer free Thanksgiving dinners

Crawfordsville to serve traditional meal

The 2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave. 

Organizers plan to begin the day with a Community Worship Service from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Home deliveries will begin at 11 a.m.; transportation services will begin at 11 a.m. Seating begins at 11:15 a.m. for the worship service with dinner being served from noon to 3 p.m.

The free menu will include a traditional meal of turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade dressing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter and an assortment of desserts and beverages.

The dinner was established many years ago for no particular group or individuals, but instead to provide a time for community members to come together and share in the day. 

“We invite Wabash men who are unable to travel home for the holidays, parents who have children visiting from a distance and are unable to accommodate the visiting families, brothers and sisters who are together after periods of separation and would enjoy time to catch-up without the hassle of food preparation and clean-up, and those who would otherwise be spending the holidays alone or those who are without the means of preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” co-organizer Sheila Zachary said.

Last year more than 900 meals were served, and organizers anticipate they will see an increase in numbers due to the current economic crises facing the country.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation, contact Mark or Sheila Zachary at 376-4365 or 376-9624 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. If time is at the premium, financial support is as important. Contributions can be mailed to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, P.O. Box 23, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Make all checks payable to “Community Thanksgiving Dinner.”


welcomes all

to the table

Turkey with all the trimmings will be served at the annual Waynetown Christian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. 

The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, corn casserole, green beans and rolls. A variety of homemade pies also will be available. The meal is free.

Last year the church served nearly 600 meals. Organizers are preparing for an increase this year as more people take advantage of the free meal.

“We know the need is increasing out in our community for food as our requests for our food pantry increases,” organizer Linda Ballard said. “But, we also have people who do not want to cook a big meal so they come eat and then they go home for their family time.”

The church started serving the dinner 12 years ago. At that time the main reason was, and continues to be, so people can have somewhere to go on Thanksgiving.

“No one needs to be alone on Thanksgiving,” Ballard said. “We started this to give people a place to go for good fellowship and a good meal. It has grown and now we have people who bring their families as part of their family tradition.”

To schedule a meal delivery, call the church at 765-234-2554.

Ladoga serves

holiday helpings

Organizers for Ladoga Christian Church’s community Thanksgiving meal are preparing for a bigger event the second time around.

Last year was the first time the church offered a free turkey meal on the holiday, and several lessons were learned, said Danielle Burkholder.

“We are much better prepared this year,” Burkholder said. “Also, the church and community seems to be more excited about it this year.”

The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladoga Christian Church. The event is planned by the church, but Burkholder said it has quickly turned into a community activity.

“We had a lot of people help from the church last year, but this year we have the church members and others from the community,” Burkholder said. “I am able to delegate a lot of the jobs this year.”

One new addition to the event should make those who love desserts happy. 

“This year we are having the Southmont High School home economic classes prepare all the desserts,” Burkholder said. “We are giving them the money and they are making pumpkin pies, brownies and an assortment of cookies. I think it is a great way to get more young people involved and we will make sure they take home notices about the dinner so more people will know.”

Last year the church served 161 meals. Burkholder said the church plans to serve 275 meals this Thanksgiving, which includes roasting nine large turkeys. All food this year will be homemade, including the noodles.

Burkholder said there has been a larger effort this year to get the word out about the free meal.

“We have reached out to more people this year,” Burkholder said. “We have contacted the schools to let families know, and we even have fliers in New Ross and Roachdale. We just do not want anyone to go without a Thanksgiving dinner this year.”

For those who are shut-in or cannot make it to the meal, volunteers will make deliveries. To order a meal, contact Burkholder at 765-401-1254.

Burkholder said anyone wishing to volunteer, provide food or even make a cash donation, should contact her.

Pie run kicks off holiday

Why not get in a work out before you over-indulge at the Thanksgiving table? Join several running and walking enthusiasts in another local holiday tradition — the Thanksgiving Day Pie Run and Walk. 

The annual event is sponsored by the Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department.

Not only can runners or walkers participate in a competitive 5K course, there also will be a 2-mile run/walk and a free 200-yard Kid’s Run on Thursday morning. The event takes place along the Sugar Creek Trail and will begin and finish at Rock River Ridge Trailhead.

“We try to offer something for all ages and ability levels,” event organizer Katie Linn said. “We have a good time and then people disperse to their other Thanksgiving Day activities.”

Registration is being accepted online and at the Park and Rec Department until noon today. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. The 5K is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The 200-yard Free Kid’s Run will start at 9:05 a.m. and the 2-mile walk/run will begin at 9:20 a.m. Registration fee is $25.

Cash awards will be presented to the top finishers in the 5K race. The top male and female 5K runners receive $100, and the second place male and female participants receive $50. Third place male and female participants will receive $25.

As participants finish the races, tickets to claim a pie and a Jimmy John’s sandwich are randomly distributed. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

Strollers and leashed pets are welcome.

Proceeds from the event go to the upkeep of the Sugar Creek Trail. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the trail may do so by making a check out to Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department at 922 E. South Blvd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

Athenians looking for a scorer (or two)

Senior leadership gave the Crawfordsville boys basketball team a season to remember with a 12-11 record, a county championship, the Sugar Creek Classic and a sectional championship.

Now, they’ll have to deal with the aftermath as six seniors critical to that team’s success are gone and graduated.

Shad Conrad, PJ Schafer, Connor Smith, Jordan Miller, Nick Page and Journal Review Player of the Year Hank Horner combined for 1,109 of the team’s 1,196 points on the season, which was 93 percent of their total scoring.

Horner led the team at 14.6 points per game. Conrad averaged 11.7 ppg, and Schafer came in at 9.4 ppg.

Conrad was also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.5 rebounds per game.

Looking at this year’s team, Crawfordsville has at least two mainstays in the starting lineup in Ryan Barr and Sam Page.

Barr is Crawfordsville’s leading returning scorer, who scored 56 points at 2.4 points per game.

“Barr started football for two years with varsity experience,” Crawfordsville coach David Pierce said. “That does wonders for confidence and maturity and not to mention he’s a smart kid.”

Senior Sam Page is the second returning leader scorer with just 18 points (0.8 ppg). He backed up his brother Nick last season at the one spot.

“There’s no question he’s our point guard, our floor general,” Pierce said.

The good news is that Page, a senior, and Barr, a junior, played in all 23 games last season.

“Some kids have to step up right off the bat,” Pierce said.

Nick Corbin, Trent Johnson, Skylar Daniels, Konnor Smith and Matt Lucas all saw limited playing time last year and appeared in under 10 games apiece. Each are a part of 10-man varsity roster along with Barr, Page, Tanner Hutson, Devin Guard and Elliott Stewart.

“Elliott Stewart kind of does our dirty work,” Pierce said, “just being that hustle guy and doing

whatever we ask.

“The three other seniors that are the glue that can fill any spot are Skylar Daniels, Tanner Hutson and Matt Lucas. They have own talents. They have maturity, and they make sure everyone’s on the same page. Their roles will change depending on what we’re looking at.”

Last week’s scrimmage against Covington gave Pierce an early indication of what to expect.

“We were able to figure out some roles for some guys and saw some things we knew we needed to work on — beginning season stuff like playing in the triple threat, not committing unforced turnovers and

setting good screens,” he said.

Crawfordsville will have their challenges early with Lebanon on Dec. 5 and West Lafayette following on Dec. 12. They travel to North Montgomery on Dec. 19 and host Fountain Central and Southmont on a back-to-back Jan. 23 and 24.

They wrap the regular season Feb. 27 when they play Covington.

But the biggest game for Pierce and the Athenians will be Wednesday when they host Greencastle in the regular season opener. It will be the first time a number of his kids will have stepped onto a varsity court or even put on the varsity jersey.

“It’s going to be interesting how we handle that when the lights come on,” Pierce said. “You never know what’s going to happen. How we handle that is going to be huge.”

With such an inexperienced lineup, Pierce hopes his players just improve every day.

“Our goal is to get better each day,” Pierce said. “How do we get better each day and how well do we gel? We were fortunate with team chemistry last year. We have to catch up on that area of getting to know one another. The team chemistry will get better and better, but it’s how will we handle that when adversity steps in, and that will define our success.”

6 arrested in meth lab bust

Police arrested six area residents late Saturday night and early Sunday morning after discovering a methamphetamine lab in the 4100 block of South C.R. 600W.

Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies and Indiana State Police troopers responded to a medical wellbeing call around 11 p.m. Saturday. An unidentified person sustained burn injuries, and police called for an ambulance.

While checking the person’s well-being, police arrested Ashley M. Kallenberger, 23, of Lafayette on warrants for failure to appear. They also located illegal substances and items indicative of manufacturing methamphetamine.

After obtaining a search warrant, police located more precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine and other substances.

They arrested Charles W. Ray II, 53, of Crawfordsville; Shawd Fairfield, 52, of Attica; Joshua R. Fullenwider, 32, of Crawfordsville; Christopher M. Neal, 35, of Crawfordsville; and Stephanie J. Schreiner, 35, of Attica. All five individuals were incarcerated at the Montgomery County Jail.

Ray was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. He was released at 1:58 p.m. Sunday.

Fairfield was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, illegal drug lab, possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance. He was released Sunday.

Fullenwider was charged with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance. He posted a $1,000 cash-only bond.

Neal was charged with visiting a common nuisance and was released Sunday at 1:57 p.m.

Schreiner also was charged with visiting a common nuisance and was released Sunday at 3:50 a.m.

In addition to being arrested on a warrant, Kallenberger was charged with possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance. She remains in jail on a $600 cash-only bond.

Police have sent the confiscated items to the Indiana State Police Lab in Indianapolis for further testing. Investigation of the lab is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

“We are investigating whether or not the lab was active,” said Captain Jeremy Hughs of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “Our deputies were aware of their surroundings. They recognized illegal substances and items and conducted the arrests.”

Officials see plans for courthouse

Montgomery County Commissioners now have new plans in front of them for upgrades to the security system at the courthouse as well as making enhancements to the parking lot and complying with the American Disability Act.

Representatives from DLZ Engineering gave commissioners an update Monday on the improvement plans. Project engineer Sara Rhodes said the plans have been delivered to commissioners and her firm will now await a decision.

Rhodes said the plans include various options. The estimated cost of the upgrades is within $775,000 to $850,000.

The plans include the installation of an ADA-approved ramp to be built on the west side of the courthouse. The plans also include security upgrades to the structure and its perimeter. 

A more secure north entrance is planned for the transportation of inmates. Modifications to the parking lot also are part of the plans and include improving the storm water drainage to meet city codes. Islands within the projected parking lot have been removed as requested earlier by commissioners. 

Commissioner Terry Hockersmith said he still has two concerns with the plans.

“I am concerned that the plans call for 50 parking spaces when we presently have 78,” he said. “I also am still interested in an outdoor elevator instead of a 125-foot ramp, which is about the length of one-half of a football field. That seems like a long way for our people to have to go in order to use the ramp.”

Rhodes said an elevator option was reviewed, but the engineering firm believes it would be difficult to get an outdoor elevator approved by historical groups. Also, an outdoor elevator would come with annual maintenance and inspection costs.

Commissioner Jim Fulwider also is concerned with the loss of parking spaces.

Commissioners were to meet at noon Monday in an executive session to further discuss security issues associated with the DLZ plan.

Rhodes reported DLZ expects to advertise bids for construction upgrades in mid-February. The selection of a contractor is scheduled for early April.

In other business, commissioners:

• Heard from Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Sharri Harrington, who asked that commissioners sign a new grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Her department received the $8,485 grant to purchase equipment for EMA.

• Learned from County Attorney Dan Taylor that the final step to sell property to Indiana Municipal Power Association will be Dec. 8 during commissioners’ regular meeting. IMPA wants the property to establish a solar panel energy grid.

• Changed the speed limit on two county roads. The speed limit on C.R. 830W to C.R. 1000W will go from 55 mph to 35 mph. The speed limit on C.R. 500S to U.S. 136E to C.R. 500E will now be 50 m.p.h.