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October 8, 2010

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New Buffalo Wild Wings Leaving Local Businesses At A Loss

The opening of national restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings has caused a ripple effect throughout the Greencastle community. Several local eateries have seen a decrease in traffic after the opening leaving owners searching for answers. Nunzio Cancilla, owner of Mama Nunz Italian Steakhouse, has already seen a change. While he says he’s only filling one or two tables a night Cancilla believes customers will eventually look for a change of taste.

Still, the opening reminds many of Sonic’s opening last year, which eventually failed in the city after a strong start. Buffalo Wild Wings is now in entering its fourth week of operation, having opened its doors on September 13.

League of Womens Voters Forum

Wednesday night marked the first of two League of Women Voters co-sponsored candidate forums. District 44 state representative candidates democrat Nancy Michael and republican Jim Baird discussed and answered questions from the league, WGRE, and the Banner Graphic. The topic of education was touched on often. Baird says that education is vital to sustaining government.

Other topics discussed were health care, the tax cap amendment, same sex marriage, voter ID and illegal immigrants. Alcohol legislation was also something that Michael and Baird felt would be changing soon. The current Indiana law is that you must show an ID when purchasing alcohol, no matter your age. Both candidates agreed that this legislation is cumbersome. Both candidates also agreed on banning texting while driving.

Candidates were also asked what they thought could be done to decrease unemployment in Greencastle. Michael talks about regaining confidence of consumers.

Next Wednesday October thirteenth a second forum will take place in Watson Forum at the DePauw at 7 p-m. This event will feature Tim Bookwalter and Robert Perry, candidates for Putnam County prosecutor. Steve Fenwick, Garry Clark and Joe Tesmer will also debate as they seek the office of Putnam County sheriff.

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