MUFFY announces search for new director

Kathy Brown, president of the Montgomery United Fund For You Board of Trustees, has announced they are seeking qualified applicants for the MUFFY executive director position.

Current MUFFY Executive Director David Johnson has notified the board he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Johnson will continue as executive director until June 30.

“We appreciate the 11 years of work that David has given to the organization, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors,” Brown said. “Now comes the task of finding the best applicant for the position to insure MUFFY continues to work to meet the needs of our community through our partner agencies.”

MUFFY’s mission is to serve the citizens of Montgomery County through funding a collaborative social services system that promotes human dignity, self-sufficiency, and individual character. 

Forty-seven years ago, the organization was established with a dual purpose: to make life better for the citizens of Montgomery County and to make it easy for donors from all walks of life to make a big impact in their local community. 

MUFFY respects the dignity, worth, and potential of every individual and believes in fairness and caring for our neighbors.

Interested applicants can find the job posting on the MUFFY website at www.muffy.org.

Next section of Green to close next week

Construction on Green Street will be moving one block north beginning Tuesday. 

The project, which includes adding pipes to separate storm water and sewage lines, will close the west lane in the 100 block of the street. Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety approved a request for the closure during Wednesday’s meeting.

North Green will be closed from north of the driveway that enters the public parking lot for a week to ten days, said Larry Kadinger of the city’s sewage utility department. Kadinger said the entire street will need closed sometime after the Strawberry Festival to complete the work.

In other businesses, code enforcement officer Barry Lewis is busy dealing with properties needing cleared of debris and foliage. Board members approved mowing properties at 701 E. College St. and 508 John St., both of which are owned by Sustainable Solutions.

A property at 208 Whitlock Ave. owned by Shayne and Robert Wray will also be mowed by city workers.

Lewis received permission for city workers clean up debris from a yard at 1506 Southside Dr.  The board also approved Lewis’ request to board up doors and windows on a vacated house at 303 N. Oak St. owned by Samuel Dreyer.

The city will place a lien on the properties for the amount of the work performed.

Due to the change in plans for the Stellar Fusion 54 project, the board approved a change with the grant administrator to the office of community of rural affairs grant. 

The grant was originally planned for purchasing and constructing  a building, but instead will be used for two Stellar projects — Pike Place and trail head parks.  The action was needed to meet OCRA requirements.

Cornerstone Grants Management, Inc. will continue to be the grant administrator. The firm said they will not charge the city for construction already done on Fusion 54.

City officials reported they expect the purchase of the PNC Bank building to be finalized by month’s end. 

The building will be renovated to house several organizations such as the visitors bureau and chamber of commerce.

The board approved a contract with Acuity Final Solutions to perform a phase 1 environmental site assessment in the amount of $2,500.

Street commissioner Scott Hesler presented city street department mechanic Joe York at the meeting. Today, York is celebrating 40 years of continuous employment with the street department.

JR to make change in publication cycle

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‘Mr. 326’ retires from Scouting

Ken Brown of Crawfordsville has been a stalwart with the local Boy Scout Troop 326 based at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Brown recently retired as assistant Scout master and treasurer. Even though he turned in his keys and the financial records, 46 years of wonderful memories are staying with him.

Brown, who is now 82 years old, also retired from RR Donnelly after 44 years as an engineer. He has worked with the local troop since 1971. He always wanted to give back to the group that helped his sons when they were younger.

“I got into Scouting because my oldest son Dan came back from summer camp all excited about it and he wanted me to meet the fellas in his troop,” Brown said. “I went to a meeting and decided to get involved. I just took one job after another because I wanted to give something back for what Scouting did for my two sons and grandson.”

In 1971, the troop Scoutmaster was Jim Gineris. He served in that capacity for 20 years beginning in 1967. He said from the minute he met Brown, he appreciated him for not only what he did with Scouting, but as a person.

“Ken Brown is the salt of the earth,” Gineris said. “I believe he is one of the finest men I have ever met in my life. As my assistant Scout master, you knew he would always get the job done. As far as I am concerned, Ken Brown is Mr. 326.”

Brown used his skills to help make the troop a good experience for the boys. After serving as a cook for six years in the Indiana National Guard, Brown ended up being in charge of the cooking on Scout outings. He taught the boys how to cook over a campfire. He also prepared many meals at Camp Rotary, including a traditional Christmas meal each year including turkey and all the trimmings.

Being an avid camper, Brown loved the outdoors and used his knowledge to teach the Scouts many skills from canoeing to fishing and more.

One of Brown’s greatest joys while being involved with Scouting was seeing a boy earn the highest honor a Scout can achieve — Eagle Scout. Both of his sons and a grandson have earned the Eagle Scout badge.

“I have enjoyed it all, but I really am impressed with the boys who stuck with it and earned their Eagle Scout badge,” Brown said. “When I started with the troop we had two Eagle Scouts. Today, we have over 80. To see a boy mature and move on as an adult to have successful careers is satisfying. I hope in some way I was able to influence all the boys positively through the years.”

As Brown got older, he found the overnight camping and other activities were getting more difficult.

Brown spent a lot of time pondering his retirement from Scouting. He started to encounter some health problems, and he knew it was time to let someone else do the job.

However, he has another big project to keep him busy.

Brown and his wife, Sandra, have been working for several years to raise funds to restore the courthouse clock tower. The project is at a critical time as it relates to financing. The Browns and a community committee are working diligently to raise the last $190,000 needed.

A few years ago Brown’s contributions to Scouting was recognized by the Catholic church. Although he and Sandra attend both Trinity Methodist Church and Crawfordsville First Christian Church, he was awarded a St. George Award. It is the highest possible award presented to youth workers within the Catholic Church organization.

More renovations set for Hoover

Crews will finish renovations on Hoover Elementary School next summer.

During its regular meeting Tuesday at Hoover, the Crawfordsville Community School Corp. board approved applying for a $1.3 million state common school construction loan to cover the cost.

Plans call for finishing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and roof work. Classrooms will receive new paint, carpeting, projectors, white boards and lighting.

The corporation routinely uses the loan to pay for such improvements, said Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowling.

“It’s always centered on the roof, so we kind of go roof section by roof section,” Bowling said. “But when we hit that, if there are other needs at that building, we add on to it.”

Last summer, crews installed new secure entry vestibules and upgraded the restrooms and cafeteria as part of district-wide elementary renovations.

Money is also on the way for more computers and other technology. The board approved applying for a $235,000 common school technology loan.

Part of the money will pay for laptops for Nicholson Elementary students and computers for Hoover classrooms.

Board members also approved numerous personnel requests, including recommending Jen Coyle as permanent Nicholson principal.

Coyle had served on an interim basis since Matt Ridenour’s resignation in December.

Meanwhile, Hoover principal Marci Galinowski is taking on double-duty, becoming principal of Willson Preschool.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the elementary handbook. Members sought clarification on the cell phone policy, which is being finalized.

• Granted Crawfordsville Middle School’s A Team’s field trip to Kings Island later this month.

• Appointed Marie Stocks to the library board, in place of Ann Stanley.

The board’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. June 8 at the administration building.