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August 25, 2013

FRIEND: Looking back on a great summer

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The state fair began in early August, and I attended the opening ceremony. Gov. Pence and Lt. Gov. Ellspermann both spoke about the importance of agriculture in Indiana. Recognition was given to one of our local banks, First Farmers Bank & Trust, for their contribution to fighting hunger through a program started by the Indiana Pork Producers Association. It is nice to observe a local bank receive such an honor at a state sponsored affair.

A few days later at the fair, two neighboring farm families received Hoosier Homestead awards for keeping their farms in the family for over 100 years. The Mills farm on 1000 North is operated by brothers Curt and Kent Mills, with participation of their two sisters, Jan and Linda, in Indianapolis.

The Raber farm on 1050 North was also honored, and Gary Raber had the entire clan there to receive the award and have a picture taken with Ellspermann. It was great to see my neighbors (also distant relatives) and their families gather together for such a happy occasion. They truly celebrated their heritage and the longevity of the farm ownership. Hard work, good times and bad times all went in to achieving this award.

The growing season has been just the opposite of 2012. Abundant rain and cooler temperatures have the experts predicting big yields. We have a way to go, but the prospects are looking good. The crops still need some heat, and we don’t need an early frost.

Finally, remember that pesky oil furnace I kept complaining about last winter? My well-travelled furnace man, Burkie, installed a new LP gas furnace and air conditioner system in May. It has worked perfectly thus far and no doubt will work well into the future. I ran into a fellow in the Kroger parking lot who said, “You know, you made that Burkie a celebrity by writing about him.”

Well, everyone needs their 15 minutes of fame!

Bill Friend, is a Republican representing District 23 in the Indiana House of Representatives. You can reach him at 317-232-9831.

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