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Grant County

Grant County

Last weekend my family and I enjoyed a couple of great things happening in Grant County.  We visited the Open Air Market in downtown Marion, and we attended Mississinewa 1812 on the north end of the county, by the river.  I’ve driven past several community gardens in Marion, and Fairmount and Gas City just celebrated another James…

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10.172013
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Apple Butterscotch Squares Recipe

2 cups sugar 2 eggs ¾ cup vegetable oil (I use canola) 2 ½ cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 3 cups peeled, diced tart apples (granny smith) 1 cup chopped walnuts ¾ cups butterscotch chips Combine sugar, eggs, and oil and mix well.  Stir in flour and cinnamon – the batter will be thick.  Stir…

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05.022013
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Happy New Year!

I know, I know…you’re thinking this chick is crazy because she’s wishing you a happy new year! April begins a new fiscal year at the Community Foundation, including new budgets, new meetings, and new committees. Last year was crazy-busy, but crazy-awesome at the same time! The Community Foundation has happily broken a record – our…

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10.252012
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The Interesting IRS Man

On Tuesday, October 16th, the Community Foundation and the American Society of Women Accountants – Marion Chapter co-hosted a dinner and speaker for local accountants, CPAs, and non-profits.  Stuart Sobel, former IRS agent and tax and non-profit consultant, engaged – YES, ENGAGED – the group for an hour with his thoughts about “The State of…

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09.192012
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The Constitution

Two hundred twenty-five years ago, September 17th, 39 brave men signed the U.S. Constitution, setting the foundation for the greatest country in world history to emerge and become a leader in feeding the hungry, rescuing other countries from tyrannical dictators, and proving that capitalism works.  (http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day/)  The Constitution explains the original “separation of duties” or…

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09.042012
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Bonus!

Someone I know is getting a relatively large check in a damage settlement in the near future.  I wonder if they will invest it…waste it…give it to charity…What would you do if you found out you were going to receive $1,000 next week?  $10,000?  $100,000?  Think about it.  Have a plan – just in case…

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06.192012
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Domino

Customer service. We hear that term bantered about all the time.  Good customer service…bad customer service…no customer service.  What grade would you give Grant County’s customer service?  Don’t get me wrong…not all places have bad customer service, and a handful have excellent customer service or are at least seriously working on it (Janet at Applebee’s,…

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05.152012
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Can You Be Too Social?

Yes, you can.  You’ve no doubt heard about Facebook and Twitter.  Have you heard of Linked-In or MySpace?  These are just a few of the many “social networking” websites available to connect with new friends, reconnect with old friends, find dates, network with business associates, and electronically “stalk” people, if you like to do that…

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04.172012
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Freeze!

Social Security numbers are the one thing (besides your fingerprint, of course) that is specific to YOU, and you should guard your number very carefully.  Social Security numbers are actually sold on the black market, sometimes more than once by devious individuals to other devious individuals.  Never carry your, your child’s, or your elderly parent’s…

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