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Extend the Garden Season with Spring Planted Bulbs
Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs. Plant them in spring among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late season gardens.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Strong schools, strong community
Public service has always been an important priority in my life. Before I became mayor, I was privileged to have been elected three times to the Noblesville School Board. I continue to support and respect our outstanding educational system, as Noblesville Schools is a top performing A-rated district and the only district in Hamilton County last year with all "A" schools.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
What voters need to know on Election Day
Being one week out from elections, I hear many folks talking about the delegate process at the national and state level.

When you vote in this year's primary election, you may be asked to select from a list of delegates on your ballot.

These delegates, which are selected by districts or at large, were established by the Republican and Democrat state parties in December of 2015.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
More summer safety tips
Readers have asked me to address more summer safety issues. It's great to see kids and adults out on their bicycles now that the weather has warmed up (especially kids who aren't sitting on the couch). This will undoubtedly result in more bike accidents.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Earth Day Gratitude
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 148.13-14)

There is nothing that elicits gratitude more than spring. Maybe I should rephrase that to say, nothing elicits gratitude like new life! For me, anytime I witness new life it is a spring like feeling; God's creation bursting forth, without even once asking you or me if it is the right thing to do. New life is new life; God is good! The story of creation is shared in the Bible, the story of new life in Genesis. The exiting six days of creation, God's gift to us, along with creating the seventh day to rest and enjoy and sit in gratitude.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
A column about nothing
Every night at dinner my wife and I ask each other, "What are you doing tomorrow?" I'm not sure why we do that. We never listen to the answer. In the morning we repeat the question. Then later that night when we both arrive home, we ask again: "So...what did you do today?" We get the same response as before, but it's always fun to hear it for the first time.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Little Houses on the (Horseshoe) Prairie
Continuing the story of Horseshoe Prairie in 1819 . . .

After choosing the location for their new home, the settlers went to work felling trees and cutting logs to build a cabin.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Celebrate the Earth Saturday
The very first Earth Day celebration took place on March 21, 1970, the vernal equinox that year. The event was the brainchild of influential community activist John McConnell, who proposed the idea of a global holiday at a conference on the environment in 1969. He chose the vernal equinox - the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere - because it is a day of renewal.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Protecting our most vulnerable
April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, which provides a good opportunity to share information on a new law I recently supported in the 2016 session to prevent child abuse.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sun and Water Safety
This past weekend's beautiful weather reminded me it's time to think about summer. This week, I want to briefly review some sun and water safety tips.

Most people enjoy a good day in the sun. Whether it's lounging by the water or working outdoors, we all get our fair share of sun every summer. Everyone knows you can get a burn if you're out in the sun too long. However, many people don't realize that you can still get a burn in the shade or on a cloudy day. Ultraviolet rays come in two forms: UVA and UVB. UVA accelerates aging of the skin, while both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer.

Monday, April 18, 2016
Hamilton County's First Settlement, Horseshoe Prairie
All the talk about Indiana's bicentennial got me started thinking about Hamilton County's first settlement, Horseshoe Prairie. It was established less than three years after Indiana became a state - 197 years ago next Wednesday, April 20, to be exact.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Putting Noblesville on the (Google) map
While some of our residents were away on vacation last week, the City of Noblesville made history. For three and a half days, the Noblesville Parks and Recreation Department had the Google Maps Trekker.

Through our partnership with the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, Noblesville was the first city in the State of Indiana to borrow the trekker camera equipment. Essentially, the trekker is a 50-pound backpack that includes a GPS and a ball full of cameras to take 360 degree views.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Employing our veterans, their spouses
A report from the U.S. Labor Department highlighting employment statistics for veterans in all 50 states recently ranked Indiana with the second-lowest veteran unemployment rate in the nation. At 2.4 percent, Indiana's veteran unemployment rate reflects our strong business climate and the pro-veteran attitude many employers have across the state. Hoosier employers recognize the skills, training and value our veterans bring to the workplace.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Last week I tried to explain the very complex non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). This week I want to cover Hodgkin's lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin's Disease (HD). It gets its eponymous name from Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first described it in 1832.

Hodgkin's is a potentially curable malignant lymphoma and carries a much better prognosis than non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It is a very specific type of lymphoma that is defined by its microscopic appearance and by specific proteins that are found on the cell membranes of the tumor cells.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Teacher making a difference
While I've been interning for The Times, I've also been writing for the Mill Stream, Noblesville High School's newspaper. When I first joined the newspaper my junior year, Joe Akers provided a smile that made me feel a little better about being surrounded by so many new and unknown people and processes. Labeling that first week as overwhelming would be an understatement.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Wolfsie takes the blind test
My wife was away for a week recently and I knew I would have some problems in the kitchen.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Two presidential visits
A few weeks ago when I wrote about Hamilton County's glass factories, I touched on Benjamin Harrison's Oct. 19,1894 visit. Since that was an official speaking tour, I felt it deserved more than the casual mention it received in that column.

The former president (Harrison left office in 1893) had just returned from a similar two-day journey through the southern part of the state the previous week. Noblesville was the first stop on the northern leg of his tour. The Indianapolis News reported that Harrison arrived here that morning in a private rail car, accompanied by friends, reporters and the Noblesville reception committee. He was greeted by a sea of streamers and American flags, and by lithographs of his image in the courthouse windows.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Reviewing the roadways
The City of Noblesville is connected by 255 miles of roadway - which we maintain and evaluate throughout the year. Last week the Noblesville Engineering Department began its annual review to ensure that our roads continue to serve the needs of our citizens and the business community. Your safety is our top priority. And it's with you in mind that we present our recommendations for road and sidewalk replacement to the Noblesville Common Council for budgetary approval.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
New laws for Hoosier motorists
Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will be overhauled under a new provision approved by state policymakers during the 2016 legislative session.

Changes include reducing or eliminating 163 fees, decreasing the number of ways to register a vehicle from 191 to 23, and consolidating vehicle weight classes from 21 to eight. These and other measures under the new law streamlining the BMV will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and its complex and changing nature
One of my patients asked me to write about lymphoma. I must admit my knowledge of the subject is fairly limited; it's a medical condition I've always avoided because of its complex and changing nature. It can, however, be a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that illustrates where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Doubting Disciples
Easter is not a time for instant gratification; it does not just come and go within a 24-hour period. In the church calendar, Easter lasts for 50 days, ending with Pentecost. This is good news for those of you wanting an excuse to buy "on sale" Easter candy, no need to be embarrassed; it is a perfectly legitimate purchase. Purchasing Easter decorations, a new spring dress, and flowers can be included in non-guilty pleasures!

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." John 20:19

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Paper Tiger
Betty Weesner had the same job for almost 60 years and never got a promotion. She would have complained to the boss, but she was the boss-both the editor and the publisher of The Republican, the oldest newspaper in Hendricks County. One hundred seventy years old to be exact. Betty always liked to be exact.

Betty passed away last week at the age of 90.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Noblesville's Narrow Escape
As you know, I get some of my column ideas by browsing the old newspaper microfilm at the library. That's what happened this week.

I recently came across a story on the front page of a 1977 Noblesville Daily Ledger that made my hair stand on end. The headline reads "Misguided Missile Lands In Noblesville."

Friday, April 1, 2016
Things to do if staying home for break
It's the first week of spring break week in Noblesville, much to the delight of school kids and their teachers. For those who are staying in Noblesville for one or both weeks, there's plenty of fun things to enjoy with your family right here within city limits, so consider one or more of these options
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Policymakers focus on a healthier Indiana
State lawmakers craft and consider various pieces of legislation focusing on a wide range of topics. While important issues like how to best fund our infrastructure needs and support our educators received a lot of attention this session, policymakers also worked on new laws that will help foster a healthier Indiana.

Soon, pregnant Hoosiers will be provided information about voluntary and free cord blood donation. This new law builds on Indiana's Postnatal Donation Initiative, which tasks the Indiana State Department of Health with promoting awareness concerning a pregnant woman's option to donate postnatal fluid - including umbilical cord blood - as well as postnatal tissue like the placenta and tissue extracted from the umbilical cord. The new law goes a step further by requiring the State Department of Health with disseminating information to all entities that assist pregnant women.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Meningitis diagnosed with spinal tap
The mother of one of my patients asked me to write about meningitis. First of all, I want to state that meningitis is a very rare condition. The incidence of bacterial meningitis in the United States is about two to three per 100,000 people per year, while viruses cause about 11 cases per 100,000 per year.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Insult of height
IMost people stop growing in their late teens or early 20s. I was stunned the other day to learn that President Obama's annual physical indicated he had grown over an inch since taking office. His doctor said there was no explanation for this. The Democrats said it was Obamacare.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Good Friday to Resurrection Day
Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, "I'm thirsty."

A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. After he took the wine, Jesus said, "It's done . . . complete." Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
A stroll down a Westfield memory lane
As I wrote last week, Larry Cloud of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently sent me so many memories of his years growing up in Westfield, I quickly realized I could easily fill an entire column with them . . . so I did.

Among the things Larry mentioned was the old Westfield school building on State Road 32 that he attended as a child in the 1950s. It housed all 12 grades.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Meals on Wheels: Community champions
This week, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is enlisting community leaders to deliver meals and raise awareness for the importance of the organization during Community Champions Week. This annual event builds support to enable Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County to deliver nutritious meals and friendly visits to residents year round. I've had the pleasure of participating for the past five years and have a deep respect for those that do this every day.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
New laws combat drugs through enforcement, treatment, prevention
Now that the 2016 legislative session has come to a close, the governor is reviewing all bills approved by the General Assembly and either signing; vetoing or letting proposals become law without his signature. As Indiana takes a comprehensive approach to combat the state's illegal drug epidemic, four new policies focusing on enforcement, treatment and prevention were signed into law this week by Gov. Mike Pence.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Over-prescribing of antibiotics can lead to resistance
It's that time of year when respiratory illnesses are running amok. As usual, patients are bombarding their doctors with requests for treatment for these illnesses and many times these requests are for antibiotics. Patients may think their doctor is not doing his or her job when the patient's request is denied. In fact, the physician is very likely practicing good medicine.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Holy Week, the good the bad and the ugly
Palm Sunday is tomorrow, March 20. The stories that are told, in church communities, begin with Jesus's triumphant entry into the Holy City, Jerusalem, on a donkey.

Throngs of people waving palms, throwing coats on the path, shouting "Hosanna! Hosanna! Glory be to God in the highest!" The scene takes place during Passover. Expectations are high with hope, family and friends gather like a big homecoming, a family reunion of sorts. Jesus has arrived on the scene and people are thrilled that he could be the One they have been waiting for, the one who would redeem them, save them from powers that continually enslaved them into poverty, oppressing and repressing them, continually denigrating their very spirits.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Breaching my own homeland security
I was watching an episode of "House of Cards" one afternoon and suddenly the TVs sound went off. I pushed every button on the remote. Nothing worked. It was time to get out the manual. Every troubleshooting guide begins with the assumption that some people are totally clueless.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
A March medley of reader comments
Time for some reader feedback - and more!

After the Lincoln column ran, Ramona Trubey emailed to say her mother's grandfather worked as an errand boy in Lincoln's Springfield, Ill., law office. He carried messages all over town for the future president!

Friday, March 18, 2016
Moving Indiana Forward
Last Thursday evening the 2016 legislative session wrapped up with significant progress on some big issues facing Indiana. Even though it was a short session, we were able to make some important movement on many fronts, including funding Indiana's infrastructure needs.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Wrapping up the 2016 legislative session
The 2016 legislative session came to a close last week, and legislators made significant progress on important issues facing Indiana.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Storm season is upon us
March and April are considered the start of severe weather in Indiana. However severe weather can and does occur in all months of the year.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Osteomyelitis, uncommon but dangerous
A reader has asked that I write about osteomyelitis. This is a condition where the bone and/or bone marrow become infected, usually with bacteria. These bacteria cause a pyogenic reaction - the body produces pus that contains infection-fighting white blood cells. The bacteria that cause the infection vary based on the age of the patient and the location of the infection.
Monday, March 14, 2016
For old time's sake
Anna Weisenberger was not an old friend of mine. She was my oldest friend. She passed away last week at the age of 109.

Our relationship began with a call in 2006 from Bob Haverstick, my buddy who headed up Never Too Late, an organization that granted 2,000+ final wishes to seniors.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
A Way in the Wilderness
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
 and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise. Isaiah 43:16-21New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Hamilton County's 'Glass Act' comes to a close
When I started working on last week's column about Hamilton County's glass factories, I had no idea it would end up being a two-parter. I hadn't realized how many factories had been located here, nor had I anticipated running into so many interesting little tidbits of information.

For example, the factories must not have been all work. An 1896 Indianapolis Journal article mentions a Baker's Corner political rally attended by the Sheridan and Cicero McKinley Clubs - AND the Washington Glass Co.'s 30-piece drum corps.

Friday, March 11, 2016
Ivy Tech making instant impact
On Tuesday evening, the Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus held its grand opening. The college's transformation of the former Noblesville High School and Middle School building is truly a sight to see. As soon as you walk into the building, it's amazing to see how hallways, classrooms and common areas have been renovated and modernized.

So many people and organizations were committed to making an Ivy Tech Hamilton County Campus a reality, and I know we are all thrilled that the effort and hard work of so many paid off. At the grand opening, I remembered how everything had to come together perfectly for the potential campus to become a reality. The city, county and state all had to approve funding of the project and Noblesville residents had to approve a referendum. Everything fell in line and the end result has been a tremendous benefit to our community.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
2016 legislative session nears the end
Indiana's 2016 legislative session is expected to end this week. As this point, many proposals have been approved by members of the Senate and House of Representatives and could soon become law. Other proposals are being reexamined in conference committees, which are temporary panels composed of House and Senate conferees formed for the purpose of reconciling differences in legislation that has passed both chambers.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Learning about stem cells
Last week I hope I answered the first part of our reader's question about how DNA can be used to treat inherited conditions. This week I want to focus on stem cells - what they are, where they come from, how they might be used to treat disease and finally the social and ethical challenges surrounding their use.
Monday, March 7, 2016
It's difficult to separate religion and politics
One could conclude that religion and politics make obvious bed partners. But then again, there is the adage that no one talks religion or politics at the dinner table or among company. (This could be the reason my husband and I no longer get invited out to dinner together).
Saturday, March 5, 2016
A week without Joy
My wife and I were planning a trip to Florida to visit Mary Ellen's old high school friend, but Joy's husband was unexpectedly called out of town on business. Steven and I usually play golf together, so I was a little disappointed. But a change in scenery and time to read on the beach still sounded enjoyable.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Hamilton County's 'Glass Act'
When you start naming important Hamilton County industries, glass making probably isn't one that immediately comes to mind.

Had you lived in the 1890s and early 1900s, however, it would have been a whole different ballgame.

Friday, March 4, 2016
Get a 'Taste of Noblesville' Thursday
We have a number of wonderful partner organizations that work with the city to make Noblesville a better place to live, work and play. The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce is one of those fine organizations and I'm happy to spotlight one of their signature events in my column this week.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Sectional Week is here, and we're ready
We are digging out Noblesville Miller gear from our closets. We have signs posted in the cafeterias that read "Go Millers" and "Beat the Greyhounds." Every morning, we are greeted with loud, energy-driven songs booming from the gym while our basketball players practice before classes.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Hamilton County residents spend the day at the Statehouse
A group of Hamilton County residents recently spent a day with me at the Statehouse. As adult page participants, Steve and Toni Dickover, Steve and Linda Shaw, Jerry Liston, Brenda Smythe and Sandy Lynch all toured the historic capitol building, met with Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Auditor of State Suzanne Crouch, watched legislative session proceedings and joined me for lunch to discuss issues facing our community.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Messrs. Mendel, Watson & Crick, crack DNA
I received an email from two of our readers asking me to address how "DNA and stem cells" might be used to treat inherited medical conditions. That's a tall order for the space allotted, so I'll tackle DNA this week and stem cells next week.

Modern genetics started with Gregor Mendel's work on the inheritance of various traits in pea plants in the mid 1800s. A century later, James Watson & Francis Crick (with a lot of help from Rosalind Franklin) described the structure of DNA in 1953. There is no doubt that the expansive scientific knowledge borne from the discovery of the structure of DNA will continue to revolutionize medical science.

Monday, February 29, 2016
Getting Lost Is a Gift
In our Lenten Journey this week, we, at Roots of Life, will be discovering the gifts that come from getting lost. You have seen the meme, a cartoon stick figure that describes our plan for our life goals. The smiling stick figure looks lovingly at the road in front of her and says, "If I just go straight down this path, follow the arrow straight ahead, follow the rules, be a good girl, work hard and I will complete my goal in life. I will be successful" Reality, as most of us know is the counter photo. The gal standing at the end of her life, which started out on the straight path and the journey takes her up and down and in circles and hoops, enough to make one dizzy. Nonetheless, comes out on the other side, a survivor.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Punny thoughts on cauliflower!
There's not much humor related to the topic of cruciferous vegetables. You can search the Internet for almost any kind of joke, but if you google Brussels sprouts or kale or turnips for any clever witticisms, you're going to come up empty and disappointed-sort of the way you feel after eating any of that stuff.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
How Sweet It Is!
Believe it or not, according to U.S. Census figures, Indiana once produced more maple syrup than any state in the union except Ohio.

Of course, that was back in 1860.

In the years after that, production went up in places like Vermont and New York, but declined drastically in Indiana as much of our state's dense hardwood forest was cleared for farming.

Friday, February 26, 2016
A vote with momentous consequences
Transforming State Road 37 from its current condition into a free flowing corridor is an essential project for Noblesville, Fishers and all of Hamilton County. We've had months of design talks, years of project conversations and all of the hard work and time comes down to a public meeting on Wednesday, March 2.

At 7 p.m. March 2, the Hamilton County Council will discuss the 37 project at its monthly meeting, at which time the council is expected to vote on approving the county's portion of $12 million. This vote could be one of the most important for our community in years.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Gaining experience at the Statehouse
Each legislative session, the House of Representatives welcomes college students and recent graduates to the Statehouse where they gain educational experiences as interns. This session, Noblesville resident, Trei Gilpin, is interning in the offices of House Speaker Brian C. Bosma and State Rep. Matt Lehman.

Trei currently attends Taylor University where he is majoring in marketing and management. As a legislative intern, Trei corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails. He also helps staff committee hearings and floor proceedings.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The difference between a MRI and a CAT scan
Last week I had a young patient ask me what the difference was between an MRI and a CAT scan. Not long after that I noticed an error in a newspaper article that mixed up the two technologies.

Radiologic imaging of the human body has revolutionized the diagnostic accuracy of physicians. However, it has also had the negative effect of reducing our reliance on a good medical history and physical examination.

Monday, February 22, 2016
That beagle on my doorstep changed my life
Twenty-five years ago this week, I found a beagle puppy on my front doorstep while on my way to work. He was soon to become a TV celebrity, accompanying me on my reporting duties for 12 years. Here is my memory of the morning I found him, partly excerpted from my book, Mornings with Barney.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
A visit to Roberts Settlement
This week, in honor of Black History Month, we're going to take our tour of Hamilton County's smallest populated areas up to Roberts Settlement on 276th Street, just east of U.S. 31.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Winter storms are snow problem so far
It's a little odd to think that last weekend was the first significant snowfall of this winter - especially when this weekend's forecast has 50-degree days. While it wasn't paralyzing or impactful for days it does give me a chance to write about Street Commissioner Patty Johnson and her team.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Whole lot of trouble eating healthy
My wife says I'm not a spiritual person but I believe I could be someday. I mean, you have to have faith. The most spiritual thing I do is shop at Whole Foods, a supermarket that caters to people who opt for a diet that is organic, pure and chemical-free. However, I prefer food with preservatives. It's cheaper than a face lift.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
The 'Gifts of the Dark Woods'
This Lent I am trying something new on Sundays. I have rebelled against this thing for a long, long time. It always seemed like a consumerist approach to get people in the door, Roots of Life and their pastor balk at the word "programming."

Programming, for us, kind of scratches up against the sacred; it doesn't seem organic or natural. It feels forced and, it can feel like putting the Holy Spirit into a box (and nobody puts Baby/The Holy Spirit in a box.) The thing I am talking about is not exactly a program but the ever so popular, Sermon Series. This phrase makes me kind of cringe, because it is so closely aligned to a program. However, this Lenten season I am acquiescing to a smidge of peer pressure and marketing. Marcia McFee a pastor and worship designer wrote a series prayers and reflections on the topic of "Gifts of the Dark Woods," and Barbara Brown Taylor wrote a wonderful book, "Learning to Walk in the Dark." These ideas and themes, of uncertainty and loss, go nicely with the season before Easter. Lent is a reflective time, where we are invited to look into the dark spaces of our hearts and our minds and grow closer to God through prayer, discipline and study.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln!
I would have loved to have observed Abraham Lincoln's birthday today by writing about him visiting Hamilton County. Unfortunately, Honest Abe never set foot here.

However, he did come pretty close to this county more than once.

Friday, February 12, 2016
Breakfast shows strong support for Scouting
Is it possible to raise more than $60,000 in under an hour's time? Thanks to the generosity of many community members and businesses, I'm glad to say that not only is it possible, but that it happened earlier this week. The 21st annual Noblesville Mayor's Breakfast for Scouting took place Tuesday and hundreds of residents came to show their support of local Boy Scout programs.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Empowering families by ending rapists' parental rights
The 2016 legislative session is at the halfway point, with 116 proposals for new laws approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Indiana Senate for consideration.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Is it snoring or sleep apnea?
Snoring can certainly be annoying, but can be normal. I want to focus this week on a harmful condition that can be associated with snoring - sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition where people have pauses in their breathing while sleeping.

Monday, February 8, 2016
From dust you were created
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness....So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1

We barely get finished putting away the lights and trees from Christmas, and then church communities and pastors start talking about Lent. It is almost spiritual whiplash.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
BREW HA HA: Who can resist beer pressure?
I like to read newspaper articles containing the words "exercise" or "workout" in the headline, hoping that new research will prove the whole thing is a big waste of time or is actually bad for you. They keep changing their minds about the pros and cons of coffee - so you never know.

The first real review of the benefits of exercise was in the early 1900s when a scientist divided people into two groups to compare their relative health. Half exercised daily or had jobs that required physical exertion. All those people are dead now. So, there you go.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hamilton County's first bank
Banks are such a part of our lives today; it might surprise you to learn Hamilton County didn't have one for the first 48 years of its existence.

During those early days, people with large sums of money took the train to Indianapolis and deposited their funds in one of that city's banks. According to Haines' 1915 county history, this was common enough that the Indianapolis banks sometimes kept a side door open until late in the evening for customers forced to take the late train.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Thinking warm thoughts and summer camps
With Punxsutawney Phil forecasting an early spring on Tuesday, it got me thinking about warmer weather - and some exciting news about this summer from our parks and recreation department.

It may be four months away, but it's also time to start thinking about the inaugural year of Noble Kids Camp and the new options available to Noblesville parents and children.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Curbing meth production in Indiana
Indiana is unfortunately on its way to leading the nation in meth lab seizures for the third-straight year, with nearly 1,500 meth lab incidents in 2014. To curb the production of the illegal drug in our state, lawmakers are considering various proposals working to keep meth-making ingredients out of the hands of meth cooks.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
As a hen gathers her chicks
The hen is my favorite metaphor for God, especially when I am feeling scared or overwhelmed. The image of the momma bird protecting, with her wings, is comforting to me.

Last spring, my son, Kyle, and his wife, Michaela, purchased six female chicks over the year. We have taken so much joy from watching these creatures develop their own personalities and their quirky chicken ways. A few months ago, the hens finally started laying eggs. Along with the hens, Kyle and Michaela acquired two roosters, Russell and Crow. We assumed that the roosters would be the ones to take charge and guard the hens. But no, it was always the big white hen, Amelia, who seemed to be the large and, in charge, matriarch. She would either lead the birds out to the big yard, or she could be found herding the others to safety if they got lost.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Wolfsie says 'You gotta bleeve!"
"What about this one?" asked Mary Ellen, as she flashed a thin paperback volume in front of my face. "Can we chuck it?" At the time, we were trying to decide which books in our basement we'd donate to the library and which ones to simply discard. Some decisions are easy.

You can't throw away an old copy of "Moby Dick" or a novel by John Grisham, but"Computers for Dummies" (2002) doesn't have much prospect for a future readership, and keeping it would only perpetuate someone's quotient of nerdiness.

Saturday, January 30, 2016



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