Business briefs – August 4

Retired teacher appointed to driver education position

NEW PALESTINE — C.O. Montgomery, a former teacher and Sugar Creek Township Trustee, recently was appointed to the post of adviser for Driver Education, Dept. of Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the State of Indiana.

Montgomery has been teaching Driver Education since 1968.

Montgomery received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 1967 and his master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1984.

Montgomery was appointed to a two-year term, by Peter Lacy, BMV Commissioner, State of Indiana. He was appointed May 17, 2017.

The Driver Education Advisory Board is comprised of six people, representing all four corners of the state. Commissioner Peter Lacy chairs the meetings.

It is the duty of the board to make recommendations to the BMV in regard to all matters of driver education. The commissioner and his staff then takes these recommendation to the Indiana state legislature.

Montgomery resides in New Palestine. He and his wife have been married 53 years. They have one son, Chad Montgomery. Chad and his wife Laura reside in Southaven, Mississippi, with their two boys Zac, 18, and Brett, 14. Montgomery retired from full-time teaching in 2017. He spent 27 years in the classroom. Montgomery has worked for Central Indiana Educational Services since its inception in 1997 — its driver education division started the same year.

Montgomery, is active in his church, Burge Terrace Baptist. He, along with Maj. Brad Burkhart, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, is the co-director of the Hancock County Character Council.

Greenfield Main Street names July member of the month

GREENFIELD — Price Eye Care was named Greenfield Main Street’s Member of the Month for July.

Monica Price Kowaleski opened the practice at 946 N. State St. in 2012.

She started practicing optometry in east-central Indiana in 2002, after earning a doctorate degree in optometry from Indiana University. Kowaleski’s father is also an optometrist, practicing in her hometown of Logansport for the past 46 years.

“At Price Eye Care, we offer a wide range of comprehensive optometric services, always striving for the highest level of care for our patients,” said Kowaleski, who treats patients of all ages, from standard exams to emergency eye care. Her practice sells everyday contacts and glasses and designer eyewear.

“We offer the latest technology in glasses and contact lenses in the industry, and are now offering a state-of-the-art 3D Wellness Screening to help with early detection of many diseases,” she said.

Kowaleski and her staff say they treat patients like family.

“We love watching kids grow up and seeing families grow. Some of my proudest moments have been caring for three or four generations of a family,” she said. “I love practicing in Greenfield where all of my patients are my neighbors and friends. It is quite an honor to be recognized by the leaders of Greenfield Main Street as a trusted professional in our growing community.”

Greenfield Main Street is a nonprofit organization working to promote business, events and attractions in downtown Greenfield.