Paddle Sugar Creek on Saturday

Saturday is going to be a busy day on Montgomery County’s major waterway with two popular events sponsored by the Friends of Sugar Creek.

The Annual Family Float Trip begins at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by the re-scheduled Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe race at 1 p.m. The canoe race was originally scheduled for May 20, but race officials were forced to postpone it due to inclement weather.

Race officials have said the only thing changed about the race is the day, and hopefully the weather.

“We are excited to get the race in this weekend,” said Heather Shirk, Montgomery County Visitors Bureau Director and race committee member. “We are thankful that all the volunteers are willing to go this weekend as they were in May. The Friends of Sugar Creek have done a good job coordinating both events this Saturday.”

For those still wanting to register for the race they may do so beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Creek Campground, which is the starting line for the 15.5 mile race. Each paddler will get a goodie bag and a watercraft identification number. After a 1 p.m. safety meeting of all racers, recreational paddlers will start at 1:15 p.m. and the United State Canoe Association paddlers’ race will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Registration fees are $20 for USCA entries; $10 for recreational adults; and $5 for ages 5-18. There is no fee for retired military and active military personnel. Canoes or kayaks can be rented from either Clements Canoe Rentals or Sugar Creek Campground if needed. There will be a shuttle service provided free of charge by the Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department for paddlers who need a ride back to the starting position.

The race concludes at Deers Mill with an awards ceremony scheduled around 4 p.m.

The family float trip will launch at the Coke Plant on Lafayette Avenue and ends at Yountsville Bridge. Families are encouraged to leisurely travel the route and enjoy the sites of the creek.

Canoes can be rented from Clements Canoe Rentals. However, the FSC will sponsor the first 10 canoes for participating families needing to rent a watercraft.

For more information about either event, contact FSC president Cindy Woodall at 765-364-0050.

Celebrating 30 years of serving Waynetown

WAYNETOWN — Tony and Linda Arrigo have dedicated their lives to serving Waynetown area residents, but the long-time downtown business owners have decided to retire.

The public is invited to an open house for the couple 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Waynetown Merchants Building. The Arrigos owned the Waynetown Pizza King, the Waynetown Laundromat and the Cracker Barrel Cafe for 26 years. They also owned Hudson Grocery Store for 17 years.

The decision to retire did not come easily. Both Tony and Linda have health issues and the daily grind of keeping three buisnesses afloat is no longer feasible.

“Physically I know it is time to get out,” Linda said. “But, mentally I am not ready. It is bittersweet.”

Tony’s dedication to the community went beyond the front doors of his businesses. He has been a driving force in the Waynetown Merchants Association and was the ring leader for organizing the Waynetown Fish Fry for many years. He also has volunteered his time and resources to many local events and groups.

Linda, like her husband, has done more than manage the Pizza King. She is in her second term of serving on the Waynetown Town Council.

Their daughter, Angie Arrigo, said closing the businesses she grew up with is emotional for the whole family. It was Angie’s idea to have the celebration for her parents.

“It is a little surreal,” Angie said. “Mom and Dad retiring is for the best, but I have my moments when I really don’t know what to think about it. My son grew up running around the restaurant in his onsie. I am pretty emotional about seeing it all go.”

Sunday’s celebration will also celebrate 50 years of marriage for the Arrigos.

“I am looking forward to the party,” Tony said. “I appreciate the people who supported us. It is just hard for a small town grocery store to make it. I am proud that we were able to do it for 26 years.”

For years the struggle to keep small businesses in a small town have increased. However, the Arrigos never gave up and saw their efforts as a way of keeping downtown Waynetown more active.

After the decision to retire, the Arrigos placed their businesses for sale. The building with three of the businesses, the Pizza King, cafe and laundry mat have been purchased by Brad and Kathryn Eads. The Waynetown residents plan to remodel the Pizza King and re-open at noon June 21. They have already purchased new equipment for the laundry mat and hope to find someone to operate the restaurant.

Linda was happy to sell the businesses to someone living in the same town she has lived in her entire life, and she is looking forward to the planned improvements.

“I know Brad and Kathryn will do a good job,” Linda said. “It is a relief to know the Pizza King and cafe are going to still be open.”

Linda said the search continues for someone to purchase the grocery store.

Toddler injured in crash

A 2-year-old child was injured today when the vehicle they were riding in struck a porch.

Crawfordsville Police responded to the crash at 1008 E. C.R. 150S at 11:13 a.m.

Authorities say Justin Aldrich, 29, Crawfordsville, was driving eastbound when his vehicle left the road for unknown reasons. It struck a parked vehicle and continued into the porch of a residence, where it came to rest, according to a news release.

Aldrich walked away from the scene and was found a short time later carrying the injured child, authorities said.

The child was taken to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville, treated and released.

Aldrich was cited for driving while not having a valid license, authorities said. More charges could be filed.

Police were still investigating the incident.

CPD was assisted at the scene by Crawfordsville Fire Department, Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power and Vectren.

Construction projects moving forward

Two construction projects moved forward at Monday’s Montgomery County Commissioners meeting.

The first was a project to replace the highway building lost to a fire in November 2016.

Information from the county’s insurance firm helped commissioners make a decision on how to proceed. At the last meeting, officials were considering several options, including how many buildings to construct or whether to replace just one, and whether to include a fire water system in the replacement project.

Chris Johnson of Johnson & Williamson Insurance notified Commissioner Phil Bane that the county’s current insurance policy does supply additional coverage for the water system, making the commissioners’ decision easier.

Commissioners also approved advertising for bids for one 80 foot by 160 foot building designed by local architect, Steve Akers. Commissioners also will let bids for a 60 foot by 112 foot garage to replace the existing garage. Commissioners claim the building is not big enough for the size of trucks the county uses. The bids on the garage would give commissioners information needed to decide whether or not to proceed replacing the old garage.

The second project involved was the courthouse clock tower. Bids received in May for the project were accepted. Architects can now draw up plans that would be sent to bidders. Bane reported the plans will cost $9,500 and will be paid from funds already raised for the project.

The Courthouse Clock Tower Committee is continuing efforts to raise the final funds needed for the tower’s construction.

County attorney Dan Taylor presented information concerning the process and time line for the county to change the Cumulative Bridge Fund, Local Income Tax and re-establishing the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.

Madison Township resident Abbie Hoffman spoke to commissioners about the county’s wind farm ordinance. She asked commissioners to review the ordinance because she believes it is not adequate in protecting private property rights and health concerns. Hoffman was representing No Wind Farms Montgomery County.

NFP volunteering at retreat

Employees of Crawfordsville’s NFP Insurance, formally known as City Securities Insurance/McCormick-Metsker Agency, will volunteer their time on Wednesday to help the Montgomery County Leadership Academy at the the Junior High Leadership Retreat.

The all-day event is at Camp Rotary. Half of the NFP employees will work from 8 a.m.to noon, and the rest will donate their time from noon until 5 p.m.

The NFP Insurance office will be staffed and remain open except for the noon hour.

“Our agency has a long tradition of giving back to the community and this tradition continues with NFP,” said Tim McCormick, senior account executive.

“When we heard the Montgomery County Leadership Academy needed volunteers for the Junior High Leadership Retreat, everyone in our office was ready and willing to jump right in to help,” said Kevin Hill, office manager.

The Crawfordsville NFP Insurance office began as the McCormick Agency in 1956. It was later became known as McCormick-Metsker Agency until January 2013 when it merged with City Securities Insurance. As of March 2017, the agency named changed to NFP.