Gerald and Tanya Burdick of Atlanta have a train layout in a 12-by-30-foot space in their living and dining rooms. The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Gerald and Tanya Burdick are known in the model-railroading community as "the people with the train in the living room."
The Burdicks even cut a hole between their dining and family rooms to put more track. And painted the walls in both rooms a sky blue.
"When you walk in our house, it's the first thing you see," said the Atlanta, Ind. resident, who controls his HO-scale trains, most of which have sound, with a digital command control he operates from his mini tablet. "Hear that," he said, starting up a train from his tablet.
The Burdicks invite other model railroaders into their home often to see their train layout, and sometimes open their doors for folks during the Atlanta New Earth Festival each fall. "Yeah, we like to show it off. It's pretty cool."
....The community can see model trains up close on Sunday during the annual Central Indiana Division of National Model Railroad Association Model Train Show, with sale and swap meet. It's 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. The family-friendly event will showcase 10 portable model railroad layouts with trains in action.
"There is no secret that many of us have a love for trains and for anyone who wants to find out more about trains, this is an ideal place for that," said Thomas Cain, chairman of the train show. Experienced model railroaders will answer questions about getting started in model trains. And about 30 dealers will sell new and used model trains, Cain said.
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Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance supervisors are closely monitoring the track of a clipper system that will move across northern Indiana on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts that the winter storm could drop up to 5 inches of accumulating snow, with varying levels of snow affecting other portions of Northern and Central Indiana.
In areas where the storm is predicted to lead off with rain, INDOT crews must pre-treat roads and bridges just before pavement temperatures fall below freezing and snow and ice begin to accumulate.
In Noblesville, the National Weather Service forecast calls for rain before 2 p.m. Sunday, then snow, with a high near 35 F, with south winds from 6 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon. A chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch is possible. Sunday night, snow is expected to fall, mainly before midnight with a low around 14 F, with a north northeast wind at 15 to 20 mph, with guests as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation on Sunday night is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.
A pre-trial conference will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the civil case of former Noblesville High School basketball coach Dave McCollough vs. Noblesville Schools, Jeff Bryant. The conference will be in Hamilton County Circuit Court, with Judge Paul A. Felix presiding.
A hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5, in Circuit Court, with Felix presiding.
Our community's Medicare Part D beneficiaries who are enrolled in Aetna drug plans should know about a special enrollment period available to let them change plans if they so desire. This arises from inaccurate information provided by Aetna that listed more pharmacies as "in-network" than was actually the case.
The silent killer. No, not heart disease - Mohammed Sidique Khan. No, not Paris - London. The July 7, 2005, jihadist bombing of a bus and the London underground killed 55 people. It was Britain's 9-11. France just had theirs.
Last week's annual USPS financial report reinforces the point that the postal networks are thriving - profitable this year by $1.4 billion after what USPS called its best quarterly and annual performance in many years - and that dismantling the networks is precisely the wrong thing to do.
With the Carmel Greyhounds reeling late on Friday night after leading the Class 4A Noblesville Millers by as many as 15 points, the least likely of heroes emerged.
Scoring 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, 4A Carmel sophomore guard Ethan Merriweather buried 8 of 10 free throws in the final eight minutes to fend off the resilient Millers 55-45 in front of a frenzied crowd at The Mill.
Merriweather was 6 of 8 from the field and 8 of 12 from 15-feet out, helping the fourth-ranked Greyhounds (13-1) extend their latest winning streak to 10 consecutive games.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Class 3A No. 6 Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles dropped the hammer against rival Brebeuf Jesuit, 65-48, on Friday night.
The win over the 3A Braves (7-8) snaps a two-game losing skid for the Golden Eagles (11-6), who have played against some very tough opponents these past few weeks.
The game was close after just one quarter of play but that wouldn't last very long. The Golden Eagles offense got it going in the second and increased their existing three-point lead to 10 at halftime.
INDIANAPOLIS - Make it two in row for the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles girls' basketball team as they defeated rival Brebeuf Jesuit 38-28 in front of a packed house on Friday night.
The Golden Eagles (7-14) were in command for the entire game but sealed the deal in the fourth quarter with a strong 12-point effort to get past the Braves (2-15).
Junior Abigail Wampler and the Golden Eagles came out firing in the first quarter scoring 12 points in the period to take an early 12-10 lead. They further extended their lead to five points behind a Kristy Theim buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the second period, but the lead wasn't big enough to get comfortable just yet.
This week, I traveled to Arizona for a two-pronged trip to Phoenix. The first leg of the trip was to visit my dad and stepmom. It was long overdue, my parents are not getting any younger and sometimes they worry me with their growing list of infirmities and details of their "parts" wearing out. My dad calls Sun City, "God's waiting room" and it was during this trip that I could understand this title more clearly.
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classes in various Noblesville elementary schools over the past few weeks and look forward to seeing more children in the months to come. We've been having pizza together as a celebration for the class in each school that raised the most money in the Coin Harvest for the Annual Noblesville Mayor's Charity Ball.
Marie Jewell Donahue Schmidgall, an Irish girl of 98 years, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Noblesville.
She was born Aug. 6, 1916 in Birdseye, Ind.
Everyone should be so lucky to have an Aunt Marie and Uncle Henry. They survived the great depression and World War II and both lived into their 90s. Henry Fredrick Schmidgall died May 29, 2011, at the age of 94. Henry worked as a printer for 40 years. They were married on July 3, 1954, and lived in Indianapolis during their married life.
She was born on a farm, one mile south of Birdseye, in Dubois County. She came to Indianapolis seeking work after there was no more fuel to run the farm during the WW II.
She and her mother, Ollie Comstock Donahue (who lived to be 96 years) left the farm on Dec. 21, 1943. A few days later, Marie found work at Eli Lilly and Co. She worked her way up to supervisor before retiring Dec. 31, 1979.
Dr. Randy L. Howard, 54, Westfield, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Carmel.
He was born on Aug. 21, 1960, to Randall and Jackie (Crice) Howard in Miami, Okla. His mother precedes him in death.
Dr. Howard had been a regional medical director for Anthem Blue Cross since 2003. Prior to that, he was at the Indiana University School of Medicine for 12 years.
He was a 1985 graduate of the Kansas University School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine and nephrology training at the University of Colorado. He enjoyed photography and duck hunting. Dr. Howard also loved supporting his sons' athletic accomplishments from youth through their high school and collegiate careers. He attended Grace Church in Noblesville.