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Enjoy fall colors, lots of events

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Something is definitely in the air, and it just might be fall, or it could possibly be easing us into the usual muggy August just around the corner.

However, we are enjoying the beautiful weather and all the colorful and glorious blooms of the season thanks to continual heavenly outbursts.

There was a thunderous roar one morning last week when hundreds of motorcycle riders rode into Mill Race Park on the 10th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride from Indianapolis to Madison. Gov. Mike Pence and riders stopped for a short visit, where they were introduced by Mayor Kristen Brown and WCSI’s John Foster and John Clark. The event was a benefit for our very honorable Indiana National Guard’s Relief Fund.

Brown joined the ride, which continued to Madison at which time the governor asked the mayor to not show him up with her motorcycle prowess as they rode off together.

What to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Go to an auction for various estates! Not knowing what to expect, it turned out to be quite an interesting and entertaining experience browsing among the many items of furniture and housewares, including everything from books to firearms. Local law enforcement was on hand to supervise these last items.

If you don’t bid on anything, you can just enjoy the amazing Mike Mensendiek calling all the items at record speed and watch the bidders try to outbid each other. We did come away with a few useful items and some just for fun.

The Bartholomew County Humane Society will soon construct a new shelter with the help of C4 high school building trades classes.

To help with cost of this new shelter, bricks are being sold to honor your loved pet or special person.

We will be ordering a brick for our little Liddy, whom we had to say goodbye to with the kind help of Hope Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Baer. You can buy a brick by contacting Bartholomew County Humane Society at 812-372-6063.

Visiting the new library plaza makes me very proud to live in our fair city that always strives to improve facilities, making them accessible to all and beautifying them as well.

Just in case you need a reason to visit there, the August programs have something for everyone. They cover health matters, the arts, finances, music and housekeeping by a Columbus native, Sid Showalter. This sounds very interesting, as does “Fresh from the Garden” with Chef Alexa, and what it is like to be a news anchor with Nicole Pence, just to name a few. Go online at for more information.

As was always our hope, any and all stories, events or gatherings that you would like written about in this column are welcome.

All of your notes, emails and cards were very much appreciated regarding the passing of our dear friend Barbara Fortner, who co-wrote this column.

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