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Updated: July 27, 2013 3:00AM



Happy Birthday

May 24: Stephen Martin, photographer extraordinaire

Happy Anniversary

May 19: Mike and Val Aloia — sorry I am late, my birdie fell out of the tree again.

2013 is the 100th anniversary of the t-shirt. The U.S. Navy clams that it issued crew-necked short-sleeved white cotton undershirts to be worn under overalls to sailors. Sailors liked them because they were more comfortable than wool long-johns. I guess that is where it also got the term crew neck. And it had no buttons, the crew could just pull it over their heads.

May 23: The day starts out at the historical wax museum at Col. Wheeler Middle School. It starts early at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 10:10 a.m. It is a real treat. Students dress up as a character from history and tell you the story as you are there. It is an exciting way for these middle school kids to learn more about history. At 6 p.m., head over to the Radisson for the Boilermaker Coaches Caravan. Come in and meet the coaches from your favorite Purdue teams in the one-hour session.

Friday, May 24 is the Career Fair at Col. Wheeler Middle School. The students get to talk about possible career goals.

One of the school newsletters told the parents something interesting. In order to become a 4 Star School, the attendance rate must be at least 97 percent for the year. They were asking parents to please limit voluntary absences. Taking your child out of school for just a couple of days to fit your vacation schedule and not the school’s could make a difference. Without that attendance rate even schools with super high test scores and grades will not make it as a 4 Star School.

Memorial Day is May 27. Please take time from the party to say “thank you” to all who have served and are still serving today. Share a tale of memories about service men and women you have known with family members. I remember Crown Point’s Patt Patterson, who died several years ago. He jumped from airplanes behind the lines of Nazi Germany more than once. The big one was before D Day. His goal was to radio back the weather and how many German soldiers were there. I remember Harold Wheeler, whose mother received his high school diploma from Crown Point High School, because he had already been called up to serve in World War II. These men did not die in battle but lived on to continue making a difference in our lives. All across the county people have loved ones that never came home alive or did return but are haunted to this day. So sometime this coming weekend take time out from that great party celebrating the arrival of summer and say a prayer of thanks for those men and women who answered Uncle Sam’s call.

These men and women fought for our freedom. That includes the freedom of the press. This intimidation of reporters as well as witnesses that was done by our federal government must not be allowed to go unpunished. The same holds true of the IRS. It makes no difference if you are left, right or in the middle. The IRS should not be playing politics.

A shout out to Victoria Borowski, daughter of Wayne Borowski, owner of Man Cave Barbers. Victoria is going on a mission trip to Guatemala in June.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended this week that all 50 states lower the benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk from 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent BAC. Drunk driving accounts for about a third of all road deaths. Dropping the rate according to NTSB would save as many as 800 lives each year.



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