Patton family grateful for community support

Kidney disease doesn’t make headlines often, and that concerns Denise Patton.

“It really is more of a public health crisis than most people realize,” the Crawfordsville woman said. 

Denise and her husband Mark should know. They lost their son Mason on March 14, 2014, to a hereditary kidney disease. The 38-year-old died as a result of surgery complications stemming from Alport syndrome. Denise also was her late father’s dialysis partner.

Kidney disease kills more than 90,000 Americans every year, which accounts for more deaths than prostate and breast cancer combined. By the end of 2014, approximately 40,000 women will have died from breast cancer, while 29,480 men will have died from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The survival rates for breast cancer and prostate cancer patients are promising.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 26 million American suffer from some type of kidney disease, and most people are unaware that they are even at risk.

“It really comes down to awareness and education,” Patton said. “It’s about reaching more people, getting the word out about this disease.”

Each year, for the past four years, the Patton family and a host of friends have

participated in the National Kidney Walk in Indianapolis. They walk under the banner of Team Mason. They did so again this past June and raised $13,185. 

“We fell short of our $20,000 goal, but we remain truly grateful for everything,” Patton said. “It is hard to find the words to express how we feel. We are just so grateful for all of our family and friends who pulled together to raise the money.”

Although, Team Mason fell short of its goal, Patton remains optimistic.

 “There’s always next year,” she said.

In the meantime, she and other Team Mason members won’t stop raising donations and awareness. Patton is actively recruiting volunteers to the cause.

“We want help and we are always looking for new fundraising ideas,” she said.

Eventually, she’d like to see individual teams form under the Team Mason banner, and these individual teams led by a team leader who orchestrates additional fundraising activities.

“We just want to continue raising awareness and educating people about this disease,” she said. “Hopefully, we can save lives.”

Patton is optimistic for the future. Mason’s daughter, Stella, and her cousin, Emma Curran, both Crawfordsville Middle School students, are devoted to the cause. Both serve as advocates helping to raise awareness among their peers.

Those who wish to donate to Team Mason may do so at any time throughout the year. Giving does not have to be tied to the national walk or other event. There is a Team Mason account established at Hoosier Heartland State Bank.

To learn more or to get involved with Team Mason, contact Patton’s daughter by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meet the council candidates Thursday

Voters will have the opportunity Thursday to meet the candidates for Crawfordsville City Council. The annual Candidates’ Forum, sponsored by the League of Woman Voters of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Crawfordsville High School auditorium. 

“This is a great chance to get to know the candidates face-to-face,” said David Long, League member and emcee for the event. “I hope people will understand this is their opportunity to get their questions answered and to see all the candidates at one place.”


There are a total of 14 candidates vying for city council seats. Long said all of the candidates have agreed to take part in the forum.

During the meet-and-greet candidates will be at their respective booths in the commons area at the school. Some candidates will distribute campaign literature and political items such as pens, buttons and yard signs.

At 7 p.m. candidates will move to the stage in the auditorium to answer questions. Each candidate will be allowed to make an opening

statement, then they will answer questions from the League and the Chamber. These questions have been given to each candidate in advance so they can prepare their responses. 

The forum will then be opened up to the audience. Each candidate will have the opportunity to field audience questions.

“Everyone needs to come with a good question,” Long said. “This part of the forum can really get interesting.”

Every council seat has a race this election. Candidates seeking the two at-large seats are Republicans, Andy Biddle and Lyn Wray, and Democrats Joyce Burnette and Mike Reidy. Vying for the Ward 1 seat are Republican Les Hearson and Democrat James Rubner. In Ward 2, Republican Charlie Warren will face Democrat Ethan Hollander. In Ward 3, the candidates are Republican Dan Guard and Democrat Virginia Servies. In Ward 4, Republican Jennifer Lowe will face Libertarian candidate Adam Hutchison. Ward 5 candidates are Republican Scott Molin and Democrat Elizabeth Justice.

Neither Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton nor Clerk Treasurer Terri Gadd have opponents in the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the forum.

Success found in mentoring youth

Mentoring is good for Montgomery County. Youth who are mentored for a year or longer statistically have improved attitudes towards school and their parents, and they are less likely to try risky behaviors, such as doing drugs or drinking alcohol. Youth who make positive choices are beneficial for a community. There is less money spent on rehabilitation; youth tend to make decisions which positively impact the community; and youth are presented with a more positive structure for their free time. 

Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau’s JUMP program tracks data quarterly on how the youth are doing in school and how they are doing in JUMP. Most parent or guardians of the youth report the youth are improving in school and their relationships with others are showing improvement, said JUMP Program Manager Jill Hampton.

“We have many success stories in JUMP,” she said. 

Hampton receives reports from parents and guardians of the mentoring program regularly stating that the program is changing the youth’s life for the better. 

In a 2013 study called “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles,” several mentoring program relationships were evaluated from higher-risk youth, and the findings found that “the strongest program benefit, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms.” 

Other findings were that youth felt gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.  

JUMP currently has several children on its waiting list for a mentor. 

“There are many youth just waiting for someone to take a step and become their mentor,” Hampton said. 

One of those children is Hannah. She is 11 years old and in the fifth grade. Hannah is new to the Crawfordsville area, and she is currently living with a single relative. Hannah is smart and she enjoys going to school. Her favorite subjects are math and social studies. Hannah enjoys playing board games, going shopping, swimming and doing arts and crafts. She likes football and says she’s good at playing it. She also is good at gymnastics. When she grows up, Hannah wants to be a nurse practitioner so she can help other people. Hannah’s aunt said she can “tell it like it is,” but she also is sweet and likes to laugh a lot. Hannah wants to be matched with someone who is outgoing and loves to do everything. 

A good mentor for Hannah would be someone who enjoys a variety of things, and who can be a positive influence in her life,” Hampton said.

If you believe you would make a good mentor to Hannah, contact Hampton at 765-362-0694, ext. 12 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Please call and help

reduce our growing waiting list of children who need mentors,” Hampton said. “It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.” 

To learn more about the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, visit www.mcysb.org or visit them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mcysb

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau is a MUFFY Partner Agency.

For Munro, Demoret making movie was no small task

For the two men who have worked for three years to produce an original movie, the premier of the Montgomery County Movie scheduled for one week from today is both exciting and a relief. Dick Munro and Phillip Demoret are anxiously awaiting the premier with hopes Montgomery County will like it.

Both men have worn multiple hats to get to the point of having a premier. Munro had the original idea for the movie and took on the role of producer. Demoret took Munro’s idea and wrote the script. He also was the director and camera operator. He has also been the editor for the for the full length feature film.


“I think people are going to like the movie because of what it is,” Munro said. “Every person and scene involves Montgomery County. I don’t want people to think it is just Crawfordviles because it isn’t. It is all of Montgomery County. We really want to show the world what Montgomery County is like.”

Filming started early in 2014. There are 120 different scenes which resulted in over 30 hours of recorded film. The final cut of the movie is two hours and 10 minutes including the credits. Demoret said editing was difficult.

“The hard thing was that I had in my mind what I wanted each scene to be,” Demoret said. “To take 30 hours of film and reduce it just over two hours was difficult. From learning how to edit and use the editing program to deciding what scenes to keep, it was not an easy task.”

Munro has some sympathy for Demoret. Usually producing a full-length movie will entail using different people to fill all the roles that Demoret took on. 

“I felt sorry for Phillip because after I got the people, props and location for each scene, I would just hand it all over to him,” Munro said. “My job was over and I would stand back and see him do the rest. He had a tough job.”

Filming over a three-year period was difficult in itself the two men said. Details were hard to keep track of such as the length of an actors hair, or making sure the same clothing was on the actors from scene to scene. The fact the movie takes place in 1982 also was a challenge.

“Every car and and every prop had to be from 1982 or before,” Munro said. “We worked hard at not making a mistake but I am not going to sit here and say there are none.”

Munro said even a phone that is involved in one scene was tricky.

“We borrowed two 1980-era phones from the Vanity,” Munro said. “They had a green one and a tan one so we chose the tan one. The scene was just one guy talking to another guy using the same phone.”

Munro said the actual scene was filmed three months apart. When it was time to finish the scene, Munro went to the Vanity to borrow the phone again. The problem was the phone had been used in a Vanity production and it had been painted white. 

“When we noticed the phone color was different we had to decide whether to re-shoot the scene or just use the white phone,” Munro chuckled. “Little things like that came up often over three years.”

Munro did mention another interesting fact concerning the movie and one of this friends in the movie. His neighbor, who was filmed in an early scene, recently passed away before the filming was completed. 

Through it all, the two men have remained committed and are still friends. Both men agreed that there were some tough times to get through.

“There were some times we would get upset with each other,” Demoret admitted. “But, we are still friends and still talking.”

 Over 390 people from Montgomery County were involved in the making of the movie. Munro said the support the two men received was encouraging.

“This truly is a community movie,” Munro said. “This was a good experience. We have to thank all the residents of Montgomery County who were amazing to work with. We never got turned down when we asked for help.”

The two men say the next step for their movie is to get it into international independent film festivals. So it seems, With the movie premier next Monday, it seems the journey is just beginning. 

Movie premiere is scheduled

The long-awaited release of the Montgomery County Movie is close to being a reality. Tickets go on sale today for the World Premier scheduled for one week from today. 

Although ticketshave already been offered to cast members and other contributors to the movie, there are still tickets available for the premier. The tickets for Monday are $15 and can be purchased at the lobby of the PNC Bank from 3 - 7 p.m. beginning today through Friday.

The premier is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Vanity Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all seats are reserved. In the event the show is not a sale out before the premier evening, tickets will be available at the door.

A red carpet event is scheduled beginning at 6:30 p.m. as part of the premier sponsored by Superior Moving and Storage Red Ball and Deb Cedars. Before the movie, producer Dick Munro and director Phillip Demoret will have opening remarks and the big announcement that has been a secret since news of the movie was released three years ago.

“For those attending the premier, they will be the first to find out the actual name of the movie,” Munro said. “They will also, for the first time, find out who the villain is.”

The movie has been three years in the making and will feature Montomery County.

“This movie is unique because it is 100 percent Montgomery County,” Munro said. “We have 395 people involved with the movie and all of them have a connection with Montgomery County. That number represents people who participated as actors, providing props, locations, and advisors. There is a scene from every township in Montgomery County.”

“Every person, location, and every second of the movie is filmed in Montgomery County. We have 120 Montgomery County locations in the movie,” Munro added.

Even 15 original songs were written for the movie by local resident Ryan Kline.

Since the movie has not been released, there is no official viewer rating for the movie. So, Munro and Demoret rated it themselves. The two decided to rate the movie as PG-13 due to language and violence.

Demoret, who wrote the movie script, explained the rating.

“There are some words used in the movie that really are not appropriate for young children,” Demoret said. “Also, we are saying the movie is classified as a family-oriented horror show. It really is not as scary as we first thought it would be, but there is a horror feel to the movie.”

Munro said he likes to think of the movie as a community movie. 

“I think we have created a brand new genre,” Munro said. “There are community festivals, community yard sales where the community comes together to make something happen. Well, this movie is an example of the community coming together and so I call it a community movie.”

Munro expects the community to embrace the movie, and most movie-go’ers will want to go more than once because of the nature of the film

“For anyone who has been around here for a long time, they will have a hard time following the script the first time,” Munro said. “I think a lot of people will be preoccupied looking for who they know and trying to figure out the scene locations they might lose track of the script. We already have some of the cast who have purchases tickets for Monday and Tuesday because they know there will be a lot to see and concentrate on during the movie. I think we saw that around here when Hoosiers was released.”

After the premier, the movie will continue showing at the Vanity Theater at 7:37 p.m.  on Oct. 27 - 30 with tickets costing $10.

A silent auction for movie props will be ongoing during the week of showings. Also, DVDs of the movie can be pre-ordered as well as a book being written by Munro about the making of the movie.

Munro and Demoret want the community to understand they have rented the Vanity Theater for the week-long showing and they request no one call the Vanity for show information.