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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016
Opinions
BRAZIL BUZZ: Health concerns on the mind and the mend (08/23/16)
I sure am glad to sit down and connect with you. I have been busy all day. I spent almost three hours at my new doctor's office and other sites in the building. Blood draw and X-rays, EKG and question and answer sessions, plus some waiting in between stops made the time spent seem much longer...
Meandering with Messmer:Do You Know your Neighbors? (08/14/16)
The ladies in my neighborhood try to get together for a luncheon once a month at one of the local restaurants. It's just a way to get to know each other a little better. Different ones show up at different times. Usually there are four to eight ladies. ...
BRAZIL BUZZ: Taking steps to having better feet (08/09/16)
Last week I visited my new primary care provider, Dr. Elizabeth Wright. Her office is located not far from my house here in Brownsburg. My visit went well. I told her my feet had been bothering me. I have pain in my feet and ankles and difficulty putting on my shoes and wearing them. ...
THINKING ABOUT HEALTH: Help for hearing loss is often unaffordable (08/07/16)
Nearly two-thirds of adults over age 70 have hearing loss that doctors consider "clinically meaningful." In plain English that means as people age, they are likely to become hard of hearing. Many of those people, however, don't get the help they need, often because they simply cannot afford it...
Meandering with Messmer: Pammy Land (08/07/16)
My cousin Pam once told me that when she gets overwhelmed with the trials and tribulations of life she goes to Pammy Land. I asked her what and where is Pammy Land. She said it's a place she goes to in her mind. "It's a happy place,' she said. "A place where everybody loves you and you love them. There is no loss, no hurt and no heartbreak in Pammy Land. It's the closest you can get to Heaven without having to die to get there."...
It's great when business and public education partner for literacy (07/31/16)
If you ever want a blessing, sit down with a young child, face them on their own level, and have a real conversation with them. Not for the purpose of telling them anything but do what Art Linkletter did many years ago on his "House Party" show. I had the privilege of visiting with some youngsters recently and I learned something while I was at Forest Park Elementary School...
Are happy birthdays just for kids? (07/31/16)
Had a birthday last week. And it was a happy one. I heard from all my kids, grandkids, siblings and some friends. Got gifts, cards, calls and hugs. What more could anybody want? But it seemed like something was missing. I think what was missing was the excitement and anticipation that used to come with that special day. Being a year older was something we looked forward to when we were kids. As a matter of fact when we were kids most of us were wishing we were older...
Letters to the Editor
Kindergarten Countdown a success (08/21/16)
To the editor: This summer East Side Elementary, Meridian Elementary, and Forest Park Elementary hosted a jump start program called Kindergarten Countdown. Students entering in kindergarten for the school year of 2016-2017 were invited to spend two weeks in their classroom with their new teacher. ...
VFW Auxiliary gives thanks (08/21/16)
To the editor: The VFW Post 1127 Auxiliary wants to thank all who made our back-to-school carnival a huge success. The following made monetary donations: Farmers Bank, Riddell Bank, men of VFW, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and two individual members of the Legion. Wal-Mart donated school supplies. Eckrich furnished hot dogs. Ladies from Head Start and the American Legion gave of their time and helped with games...
Are you saving? (08/14/16)
To the editor: I have this habit when eating at a restaurant. I ask my waitress, "What do you want to do 5-10 years from now?" I've really gotten lots of answers like, "I want to get married and live happily ever after." Dream on, girl. The answer I liked best was that she was going to go to college and continue working part time. A few just said they wished they could earn more money...
Concerns with Staunton Elementary playground (08/14/16)
To the editor: Several feet away from Staunton Elementary stands an eyesore and a safety hazard. The playground outside of the school is in major need of an overhaul, as the equipment is covered in expletives and obscene graffiti. Years of wear and tear have left the end of the slide cracked and jagged...
Driver cooperation requested (07/31/16)
To the editor: Attention, drivers. It seems to me many of you don't seem to care that you are breaking one law or another. No turn signal, blocking sidewalks, parking in no parking zone, blocking intersections. There are other things you do that don't make sense. You run over animals and talk on your cell phones with no regard to what's going on around you...
Library appreciates help with summer reading program (07/31/16)
To the editor: Brazil Public Library would like to thank the following for making our summer reading program a huge and fun success. The Brazil Fire Dept., Brazil Police Dept., Brazil Times, Clay County Friends of the Library, Clay County Humane Society, Costume Specialist, Duke Energy, Indiana Fever, Indiana National Guard, Indiana Wild, Little Caesars Pizza, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, Braylynn Cass, and all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters that took the time to participate in our summer reading program. ...