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Unfortunate events emphasize safety training
I intended to use this week's column to discuss the recent work of the Noblesville Police Department.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Boosting student performance
As many know, I enjoy working in my garden. Although tending it takes hard work and flowers require plenty of attention, there is something wholesome about working with your hands and being able to see firsthand the fruits of your labor pay off.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
'Courthouse Controversy!
The historic Hamilton County Courthouse in downtown Noblesville is the pride of Hamilton County. But it almost did not get built! In 1875, the county's 24,000 residents had mixed opinions whether the existing 1835 courthouse should be replaced.
Monday, August 24, 2015
'I Can't Sleep Doc'
Insomnia is a huge problem in the United States. We spend over $10 billion a year on sleep-related treatments and it's estimated we lose over $40 billion in lost worker productivity due to sleeplessness.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Explaining Bread of Life
If you are a regular Sunday worship attender, and go to a "liturgical" church, where the pastor follows a lectionary, you might have noticed that the Gospel texts have been all about bread for the past month. In English, without church speak: there has been a lot of talk about bread during the past month. Bread of Life, Living Bread, Bread from heaven, take and eat this is my body, says Jesus, about the bread he holds forward.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Wolfsie: Shticking it to me
"I watch your stick on TV," a woman said to me as I exited the supermarket. I'm pretty sure she meant shtick, a Yiddish word that in English means...well it's a way of saying...hmmm. Yiddish words can't be translated easily. As a kid I was always dropping things. My mother called me a klutz. That's not the same as a clumsy person. Big difference.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
When King Korn' ruled the county
Not long ago I ran up to Gatewood's and got my first local sweet corn of the year. That started me thinking about the big role corn has played in Hamilton County's history.

When the county's pioneers settled Horseshoe Prairie in 1819, corn was the first crop they planted. For two years it was their only source of bread. (Wheat wasn't sown here until 1821.)

Friday, August 21, 2015
Intern enjoys a summer of learning and laughter
This summer I have had the pleasure of interning for the stormwater program in the engineering department at Noblesville City Hall. As a graduate student at Indiana University studying water resource management, being provided a hands-on experience has been very beneficial to me and my career.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Kathy gives us her 'recipe' for success
When it comes to making your favorite recipe, details matter. You have to make sure that temperatures are set just right, every ingredient is measured carefully and that you follow all of the directions according to the recipe. Of course, some meals are more involved than others but for me personally, the more complicated ones always end up tasting the best.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pole Vault at Second Ward'
Students at Second Ward School in Noblesville anxiously watch a pole vault attempt on the school playground in the early 1900s. The school was located on the east side of 10th Street between Hannibal and Division streets (site of Seminary Park today).
Monday, August 17, 2015
My finger is stuck!
A number of patients have recently come to see me who have presented with problems getting their fingers to move. They all described "catching" or "popping" when trying to flex or extend a finger. They were all suffering from trigger finger, a condition also known as trigger digit or by the medical term stenosing tenovaginitis.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Clip notes: All of those crazy things I read
There are yellow sticky notes all over my office, reminding me of quirky and bizarre things I have read in the newspaper or online, as well as personal experiences that deserve at least a brief mention in my upcoming columns.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Worry and joy, two sides
Summer is fading, the cicadas are singing their swan song, daily rhythms have been jolted and this change comes with certain sadness for some people.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The end of "The Most American Thing in America"
Continuing with the Chautauquas . . .

Of all the Chautauquas that took place in Hamilton County, Noblesville's 1915 Chautauqua stands out, not just because of the impressive speakers and acts that appeared, but because of the interesting stories that accompanied them.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Watch out for yellow vests
Those of you that have been down on the Courthouse Square or neighboring streets have likely noticed an influx of people wearing yellow vests and toting clipboards. From what I've been told, these volunteers and city employees have noticed your interest from the numerous times they've been stopped and questioned.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Breaking the chain of addiction
Everyone has a passion in life. Whether it's fixing cars or teaching students, we all remember those reasons why we got into our professions. For me, my passion was always to help others and improve the lives of those around me. Although this can be done by volunteering, supporting the community or just being a good neighbor, I realized the best way I could live out my passion was through public service -working for Hoosiers and our community. This continues to motivate my decisions to this day.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
How to prevent back pain
A reader wrote in asking, "I'm prone to having back issues, but I enjoy taking care of my lawn, raking leaves and shoveling snow. What can I do to prevent problems with my back while enjoying these activities?"
Monday, August 10, 2015
How to prevent back pain
A reader wrote in asking, "I'm prone to having back issues, but I enjoy taking care of my lawn, raking leaves and shoveling snow. What can I do to prevent problems with my back while enjoying these activities?"
Monday, August 10, 2015
It's Chautauqua Season!
The Indiana State Fair starts today, but 100 years or so ago it wouldn't have been the State Fair you'd have been looking forward to at this time of year, but rather Chautauqua season.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Indiana State Fair 2015: Year of the Farmer
The Indiana State Fair holds a special place in many of our hearts. The fair first began in 1852 and is one of the oldest and longest running fairs in the nation. Like you, many of my memories go back to when I was a child and how excited we were as a family to make that yearly trip to the fair. Looking back, it always amazes me that despite all the wonderful, new attractions added each year, those wholesome family values and many of the traditions that I remember growing up still exist today.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
"Stanford's Livery 1910"
In 1910 horses were the primary mode of transportation. The owners of the horses needed some place to "park" their horses while in Noblesville.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Let's Play Bocce
Our friends Len and Helen invited us to their house to play Bocce with some other folks from church. Len thought he read somewhere that this was a great sport for Unitarians. But it might have said septuagenarians-he wasn't sure. The game is kind of like croquet, lawn bowling and shuffleboard all rolled into one.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Home is Wherever I'm with You
It doesn't seem fair that summer is officially over come Monday. School begins, traffic patterns change, schedules, classes, extracurricular activities ramp up and the emotional high-jacking is sure to occur in the psyche of both parents and students.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
'70's, Sorghum and Special Senior Citizens
I've got more reader comments to pass along!

After the "I'm So Old - That '70s Edition" column ran, Chuck Godby emailed to say he used to cover Friday night ballgames for the Noblesville Daily Ledger during the 1970s.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Prevention is best treatment for venous stasis
I've seen quite a few people lately suffering from swelling in their legs, most caused by problems with their veins.
Monday, July 27, 2015
'Union Sanitary Samples
In 1908, the Union Sanitary Manufacturing Co. purchased the Noblesville foundry on South 8th Street, and it produced a full line of enameled baths, lavatories, sinks, urinals, and tanks.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Wolfsie: Spreading a lie
Our kitchen renovation continues. Stuff from the fridge and pantry had to be moved to the garage and in the process we cleaned out several drawers filled with exotic spices. Most of the spices I have never heard of: anardana, advieh, amchoor powder and ajwain, to name a few. (Yes, Mary Ellen had them in alphabetical order.) She bought these when she went through her, "I am going to learn to be a gourmet cook" stage, the week after we got married. The stage left the following Monday.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Pastor calls 'Resurrection' a 'churchy' word
A week ago, I was listing to Robcast and the interview between Rob Bell, progressive theologian, and Pete Holmes, the sometimes-irreverent comedian, based out of NYC. The podcast was rich with religious insights, and holy hilarity in the context of what it means to be a religious person in the post Christian world. I am continually on the lookout for new ways to express my Christian faith. As a pastor, I must be not only be aware of my own transforming life but to help others see the value and the excitement of being transformed. One of "my kids" at Roots of Life, said out loud during a children's message, "Pastor, 'You like saying that word, resurrection!'" Yes, Virginia, yes I do! It is one of the churchy words that I am trying to teach the kids (all ages) to use in their faith lives. With resurrection comes transformation and with transformation comes new life.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Arsenic and old bugs
I saw my first Japanese beetle of the season a few weeks ago.

Man, did that bring back some bad memories! A few years ago I had to do a daily beetle patrol to keep my yard from being completely stripped of foliage.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Street smarts: What you may not know
At our most recent directors meeting, Patty Johnson gave a presentation on her street department. Patty, assistant director Jayson Williams and their crew do a remarkable job in the city and her comments reminded me of the myriad and diverse services they accomplish throughout the year.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Excitement at the Statehouse
While the Statehouse tends to be quiet during the summer, things are beginning to pick up with over 60 interim study committees officially underway. In one of last month's columns, I discussed some of the topics we will be reviewing, and now that I have received my appointments for 2015, I look forward to meeting with my colleagues and looking for legislative solutions to address some of our state's most critical issues.

Sister Cities of Noblesville first began in 1996 when a sister city agreement was signed with Nova Prata, the southern-most state of Brazil. A couple years later, another agreement was signed with Cittadella, which, interestingly enough, is very close to Venice, Italy.

Every July, our sister cities will send four high-school aged youth, including chaperones, and several dignitaries to Noblesville. During their visit, they are assigned a host family and able to participate in a variety of activities like concerts, museum tours and cookouts.

After their Statehouse tour, they headed over to Lucas Oil to visit the home of the Colts. One little disappointment though was Friday evening. The group was going to spend some time at the Hamilton County 4-H fair until a storm came through, unfortunately, so they had to cancel their visit. I would have enjoyed the opportunity to share our programs and have them experience our county fair.

Even though the fair is now over, once again it was a tremendous success. I especially had fun helping the ice cream contest and judging the Pet Parade -every contestant was a winner in my book. I had a new experience at the fair this year and was selected to be in the Novice Sheep Showmanship contest. Being nervous, I wasn't really sure how it was going to turn out, but everything turned out just fine. I didn't win, which was no surprise, but I did manage to hold onto my sheep. I asked two questions before I started: what do they like and what do they not like? That's what helped get me through!

The fair would not be possible without the entire community coming together, making it so great. Although there are too many to name, I would personally like to say thank you to all of the volunteers, local businesses and members of our community who made this year's fair even better than the last. I would also like to thank all of the staff, workers and folks that helped out with the logistics; everything turned out great and everyone did a fantastic job.

Most importantly, I would like to commend all of the 4-Hers who participated in the fair. As I was looking at the projects, it confirmed what I have always believed: that our young Hoosiers are some of the best and brightest in the nation. Every project was creative, and I was amazed every day by the sheer talent of our kids. I encourage those who participated this year to continue to take advantage of programs like 4-H, and I hope to see your talent and projects at next year's fair! If you didn't participate, I hope you will look into the 4-H program and what it can offer you -as a student or adult!

Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
'Noblesville Foundry'
This sprawling industrial complex at 1600 South Eighth St., in Noblesville has been home to one of the city's largest employers for 125 years. The Noblesville Foundry and Machine Co. began in 1887 at Seventh and Division streets and then moved to the current location in 1890.
Monday, July 20, 2015
'I got my bell rung!'
Fall sports season is almost here and I'm anticipating seeing many athletes who will suffer concussions. Concussions have always been a part of sports, especially those involving high-energy collisions, most notably football, soccer, hockey and basketball. Intensive research, along with lawsuits like the NFL Players Association vs. the NFL is causing things to move rapidly to help us get a firmer grasp on how to prevent and manage concussed athletes.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Is it naptown time?
There is new information on the science of napping. It's really big snooze. Once again, research confirms the benefits of the daily siesta. A year or so back, when I had lost interest in this daily respite, I headed straight to the doctor, concerned that there was something seriously wrong with me. I told him I was often awake 10 or 12 hours in a row.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Temple opens door to talk about faith
Last Wednesday evening, I took the tour, along with a group of friends, of the newly built Indianapolis Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Bakers Corner - From Englewood to Autumn Gold
If you've ever driven from Cicero to Sheridan, chances are you've gone through the small Hamilton County community of Bakers Corner. It's on 236th Street (which many of us still think of as State Road 47,) a half mile west of U.S. 31, in the southeast corner of Adams Township.
Friday, July 17, 2015
New faces guide fire department
In the past two months, we've had some major personnel movement within our Noblesville Fire Department. I'd like to spend this week's column about it because we have hardworking public safety employees that don't receive the credit they rightfully deserve.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
See you at Hamilton County 4-H Fair
Tomorrow marks opening day of one of Hamilton County's longest traditions: the Hamilton County 4-H Fair. Although the fair officially begins tomorrow, almost the entire year has been spent planning for the fair, and countless staff members, volunteers, parents and, most of all, the youth have been working hard and preparing for this event year-round. My only hope, especially with the unusual start we have had to this summer, is that the rain holds off. Regardless of what the weather brings though, I hope everyone will attend and is ready to enjoy some of the greatest food, talent and festivities that our community has to offer.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Diabetes Part 2: How it's diagnosed and treated
Last week I went over the two types and biology of diabetes. This week I would like to explore how it is diagnosed and treated.
Monday, July 13, 2015
'Grindstone Charley's'
Over the last 50 years Clancy's Inc. has owned and operated a variety of eating establishments including the popular Grindstone Charley's Restaurants. The original steakhouse in the chain opened in 1982 in Noblesville.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Wolfsie: Kitchen aid
The Wolfsies' refrigerator has been relocated to Habitat for Humanity. We don't have a dishwasher or a stove, either. The Salvation Army took them away. We threw out the microwave that was over the oven. Nobody wants an appliance that's been stuck on "Popcorn" for two decades.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Love words, 'I See You'
Wherever I go, one of my favorite things to do is brag about my kids and/or my grandkids. When meeting new people, I typically wait for a cue, making sure it is permissible to brag, and ok to show pictures, or to tell stories about my prodigies. Not everyone appreciates a gloating grandmother. Last winter, I found my self drinking beer and sitting with pastors who I had just met at a progressive church conference, in Arizona. Many of these pastors looked more like my 20 something sons, or daughter. Some were tattooed, pierced, others looked more like pastors from the 60's, just off the bus from Woodstock. I felt sorta weird and out of place. A middle aged white woman, with no clear identity except that I was probably somebody's mother, perhaps in a former life an English teacher, or bank teller. If they knew I was a Republican, they probably would have uninvited me from the party, perhaps even the conference.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
'Forest Park Swimming Pool'
Noblesville's first attempt to build a permanent swimming pool at Forest Park was unsuccessful. It was a 2-acre man-made "pool" carved into the ground next to White River east of Indiana 19. Unfortunately, the sandy bottom would not retain the water throughout the season and at times it became a mud hole. So the city decided to build a cement pool on the high ground at the northern end of the park.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Stay with children waking from night terrors
An adult patient has asked me to write about night terrors. While night terrors can be seen in adults, they are much more common in children. It's hypothesized that this is due to their developing brains.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ode to a capable man
It is true I have spent a significant time on talking about the sexuality of God. Because my belief is rooted in the idea that God is neither male nor female, yet both perfectly male and perfectly female; having traits of both, similar to the idea that Jesus is both man and God. This idea is hard to understand and articulate in a column of 400 words, give or take. Most people have grown up with God being the ultimate father figure, the protector, disciplinarian, the creator who made man first and woman second.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Wolfsie: Better read this!!
This month marks my 35th year in television. It seems like just yesterday I was nervously standing in front of a camera, not sure which direction to look, unprepared for my segment, and babbling incoherently. Wait a second - that was yesterday!

I originally wrote that paragraph in 2009, lamenting that after all my years on earth, I had failed to improve in 10 specific areas. I pledged to make strides and then update readers on my progress in about five years. So, as promised, here goes...

Saturday, June 20, 2015
'The Most Beautiful building in Hamilton County'
A few weeks ago, when Noblesville's Masonic Temple was open to the public during the building's 100-year rededication, my cousin, the Dancing Librarian, suggested we check it out.

She didn't have to work very hard to sell me on the idea. I was already interested - for two reasons.

Friday, June 19, 2015
Riverfront to make splash, not another 'Ripple'
Since the Riverfront Redevelopment District was approved at the Noblesville Common Council on June 9, the city has received several questions and feedback from residents and business owners. I'm encouraged by the positive responses we've received, but there have been a few concerns I wanted to address.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Honoring those who served
On Flag Day, I had the privilege of honoring veterans at the Hamilton County Government and Judicial Center on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. During the ceremony, a commemorative flag was raised in order to recognize these brave men and women, and it was an honor to join our local leaders as well as countless members from our community to show our support for some of our nation's greatest heroes. I would also like to thank the Noblesville Noon Kiwanis for placing the U.S. flags all around the Courthouse Square in the downtown area.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Sciatica can be extremely debilitating, frustrating
I received a request from a reader to address sciatica. She and some of her family members are suffering terribly from this condition. Rather than address just sciatica, I thought I would address the broader topic of neuropathic pain or "neuralgia."
Monday, June 15, 2015
'Milling Company Grain Storage'
The original grain storage facilities of the Noblesville Milling Co. were square wooden elevators built in 1899.
Monday, June 15, 2015
How to spice up a Tupperware party
My wife informed me the other day that she was top heavy. "I have to be honest," I told her, "but I never noticed this."

"That's because you are a man," she said.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Calling for a reformation of faith
Listening to Podcasts is something relatively new for me. To tell you the truth, I could see throwing out my TV and returning back to audio learning and entertainment, like the good ol "Radio Days."
Saturday, June 13, 2015
I'm so old - that '70s edition
My cousin, the Dancing Librarian, just told me of an, um . . . interesting . . . experience she recently had.

I'd mentioned to her I could use an updated edition of my Rand McNally Road Atlas, so when she ran across one in a local convenience store, she grabbed it and took it up to the counter.

Friday, June 12, 2015
Thanking our city employees
This week is a special time of the year for the City of Noblesville workers as we honor them with our annual Employees Appreciation Week. This is important as I consider the City of Noblesville's 422 employees to be one of our most important assets.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Summer study committees announced
Each year during the legislative session, issues arise that call for deeper discussion before materializing in legislation the following year. Interim study committees provide a forum by which lawmakers can host that dialogue and craft policy measures ahead of the next legislative session.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Advantageous to see your own doctor for sports physicals
Believe it or not, kids are starting summer practices in preparation for fall sports. That means it's time for another round of sports physicals. Many of our youth participate in some type of organized school sport. The IHSAA requires high school athletes to have a yearly Pre-Participation Examination (PPE). Many junior highs or middle schools and even elementary schools are now requiring them before allowing athletes on the field.
Monday, June 8, 2015
'Wild Opera House Demolition'
On Nov. 9, 1959, Noblesville Parking Inc. purchased the historic Wild Opera House from Nova Vanderschmitt of Bloomington. One week later, the demolition of the building began and by Dec. 4, only the façade remained standing.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Wolfsie's Hammacher Schlemmer Part 2
This is Part Two of my highlights of the newest Hammacher Schlemmer gift catalog. Just in time for Father's Day, it includes some items that might make dad wish you'd gotten him a tie.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Geez kids ... what is so hard to understand?
As I was sitting in a circle crossed legged, pontificating on the theology of the Trinity to a bunch of children during my children's sermon, I could sense before I even began, that this message would be lucky to impart even a kernel of wisdom into the minds and hearts of these children.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Poppies, Ekin, slogans and Dr. Clark
This week, I feel a little like radio broadcaster Paul Harvey passing along "the rest of the story." Readers have sent in additional information regarding recent columns.

Dr. James C. Dillon, Dr. Haymond Clark's great-great-grandson, provided more details about his ancestor.

Friday, June 5, 2015
The spirit of champions
It is part physical fitness and all heart.

On Friday, May 29, 60 police officers from across Hamilton County participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The event included officers from Westfield, Carmel, Fishers police departments, the county sheriff's and prosecutor's offices, Indiana State Police and eight members of the Noblesville Police Department.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Unemployment rate dips
Indiana's most recent employment numbers show a strong economy which continues to gain momentum. In fact, during the month of April, more than 10,000 new jobs were added to the Hoosier economy, and the overall unemployment rate was at its lowest point in seven years.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
'Forest Park Golf Course 1927'
The Forest Park Golf Course was Hamilton County's first golf course. In December of 1925, the City of Noblesville purchased 118 acres of woods and tillable bottom ground for its new municipal park. In early 1926, local golf enthusiasts formed the Forest Park Golf Association to persuade the city to build a golf course in the new park.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Swimmer's Ear: What causes it, how to treat it
I've seen a fair number of cases of swimmer's ear in the last few weeks. We tend to see more cases of this in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions.

The medical term for swimmer's ear is otitis externa, indicating inflammation of the external ear. This is in contrast to the more common otitis media, or inflammation of the middle ear (the part of the ear behind the ear drum).

The number of people who suffer from swimmer's ear is about four per 1,000 per year, or about three to five percent of the population. It afflicts males and females in equal numbers and tends to present between seven and twelve years of age.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Pastor talks stumps and seeds
"Astonished, I said, "And Master, how long is this to go on?" He said, "Until the cities are emptied out, not a soul left in the cities - Houses empty of people, countryside empty of people. Until I, God, get rid of everyone, sending them off, the land totally empty. And even if some should survive, say a tenth, the devastation will start up again. The country will look like pine and oak forest with every tree cut down - Every tree a stump, a huge field of stumps. But there's a holy seed in those stumps." Isaiah 6: 11-13 The Message
Saturday, May 30, 2015
License to fill
It's been a rough week for me. We had been together for almost 25 years and we were very attached. For reasons way too complicated to explain, regulations at the BMV would not allow me to renew my BARNEY8 license plate. What an emotional goodbye we had.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

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