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How to Fill Up
Some people are really good at praying; articulate, obedient to the spirit, and disciplined in their prayer life.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Roberts Settlement marker sixth for county
If you've done any traveling around this state, you've probably encountered some of the Indiana Historical Bureau's roadside markers.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Come help celebrate Logan Village's 20th
Noblesville's Tammy Daubenspeck calls Logan Village Mall her "happy place."
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Cooking with gas (or charcoal)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Summer brings on increase in cases of Swimmer's Ear
I've started to see some cases of swimmer's ear in the last few weeks. We tend to see more of this malady in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions as well.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Celebrate summer in Indiana, You don't have to go far for fun
Indiana welcomes 74 million visitors to the state each year, generating more than $10.7 billion in revenue and providing over 144,200 jobs.
Monday, June 20, 2016
They are us and we are them
On Sunday morning, forty-nine lives were taken, abruptly and violently.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The strange tale of S.T. Montgomery
While researching newspaperman Anthony Conklin for last week's column, I stumbled across the most bizarre and incredible tale I've ever encountered, and even though its only connection to Hamilton County is Mr. Conklin, it's just too good to not to share.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Classic, antique cars rev up for Father's Day
The Father's Day Car Show in Noblesville's Forest Park is a tradition I never miss.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Is it Alzheimer's?
"Dad is getting awfully forgetful - could he have Alzheimer's?" That's becoming a more common question.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
St. Michael's Strawberry Festival will be so sweet
It's strawberry season in the garden, and that means it's time for St. Michael's Strawberry Festival on the Hamilton County Courthouse Square.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Grads here are some tools for your next chapter in life
Congratulations to all high school students in the graduating class of 2016. You've worked so hard to get to this point in life.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Aering grievances
The men who live in my cul de sac aerate their lawns. I'm telling you this because there's a good chance that because of this unnecessary demonstration of male virility, I may put my house up for sale and I'd feel guilty if someone reading this ended up in the same neighborhood.
Monday, June 13, 2016
At 25, Academy looks back, forward
I always wondered what it would be like to be a student in the Hamilton County Leadership Academy.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Local movie inspires us to be ardent in spirit
Today, I would like to use this column to raise awareness of a something you might perceive to be not exactly faith based. But I believe everything is holy, so bear with me.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Celebrating birthday, history and more
Today is my birthday. But I won't tell you how old. You can do the math.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Murders, she wrote
Michael Kobrowski inspired this week's column when he tipped me off to the Hamilton County connection to a famous old out-of-state murder.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Take time to smell the roses
Last year at this time, Hamilton County Master Gardeners' rose garden looked nice.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
DAR award is about being good citizens
Being honored as a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen is so much more than good grades.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Thanks for spending senior year with us
I just want to share with our readers of how proud I am of our Noblesville High School interns.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Need-based scholarship deadline draws near
We are all aware how fast kids go through school and for students preparing to enter seventh and eighth grades, it is important for them and their families to know about a state program that they can enroll in to help pay for college.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Officer Jim Crask has served community well
Officer Jim Crask should be proud of where he's been and what he's done for our community.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Joy in the Journey
Somewhere along the way the word discipline became a negative word; one that connotes, pain and suffering, it sounds harsh and void of joy.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Let's go downtown this weekend
Join me downtown Noblesville this weekend, and you'll find plenty to do and see.
Friday, June 3, 2016
From Time to Thyme
I've got some reader feedback this week - and some questions.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Lions' pork chop dinner a tradition
This Friday is one of my favorite days.

Granted, school is out. It's the first Friday of the month. And we're finally feeling summer.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Encouraging kids to read at school, and at home
Being that today is the last day of classes for Noblesville Schools, I couldn't help but write about one particular school's renewed focus on literacy.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Noblesville actor lands Broadway role
I can't help but want to write about people who are making a name for themselves. Particularly those I've watched onstage locally.

People here in Noblesville can say they knew Jordan Donica when....

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Wolfsie has booming ideas
The prevailing attitude among the younger generations is that Baby Boomers are not capable of learning and accepting new technology. Youth today have grown up using computers. Learning that type of skill-set is far easier when you begin at an early age. People of my vintage have not been given the credit they deserve for the successful adaption we made to new technology back in the '50s and '60s.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Don't forget the Chaplain
It was the pleasure of our church, last weekend, to welcome to the pulpit Chaplain Glenn Palmer. It was especially humbling to hear him speak of the job he does with our U.S. Military with his service in the Army.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
30 years, still writing about community
Today marks the 30th anniversary of my newspaper career.

My first day as a reporter at The Noblesville Ledger was on Tuesday, May 27, 1986, following Memorial Day weekend celebrations, and three days after graduating from Franklin College.

That was when The Ledger was at 957 Logan St., the current location of Logan Village Mall which, by the way, will celebrate 25 years on June 25.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Gentlemen, start your buzz wagons!
Unless you've been living in a cave the past month or so, you're probably aware this is a milestone year for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Friday, May 27, 2016
500 flags will decorate Square
I love to go downtown Noblesville on Memorial Day weekend to see all of the American flags on the Historic Courthouse Square.

It is also Race Weekend, with Hoosiers celebrating the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500.

Here in Noblesville, 500 flags will be flying.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Indiana's highest civilian honor
I didn't expect to write a second column about Noblesville's Mary Resler.

The Noblesville First United Methodist Church's minister of music retired Sunday after 46 years of serving the church and the community.

I had her retirement celebration on my calendar for more than a month. Going in, I expected to stand in a long line, give her a big hug, then watch a performance in her honor.

But it was much more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
What's it like to be 10 again?
Today is a special day in our household. It's my daughter's 10th birthday.

Yes, double digits.

Monday, May 23, 2016
Honoring those who bravely served our country
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives serving our country. With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we have the opportunity to remember the men and women who sacrificed everything to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
Monday, May 23, 2016
May: No time to slow down
The month of May is always a busy one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but things aren't slowing down around town. As I sat to write this column, it struck me how many things are taking place as we prepare for summer.
Monday, May 23, 2016
The season of sneezing
It's once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana will be ramping up as spring (hopefully) arrives for good.

Allergies are a major problem for many people. When allergy sufferers are asked about their quality of life, they generally rate allergies as more bothersome than heart disease and sometimes even cancer. There are many causes of allergies, but I want to focus on the seasonal type.

Monday, May 23, 2016
It's swimming pool weather?
Grab your towels and your floaties and head to Forest Park Aquatic Center.

It's opening day at the Noblesville swimming pool.

Not warm enough? Maybe. Chance of rain? Possibly.

Nonetheless, the pool has been cleaned, the lifeguards have been trained, and the concession stands are stocked with hot dogs, chips and ice cream.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Wolfsie's 800th: Block of Ages
This is my 800th column. I started writing for newspapers in the year 2000, one article every week for 16 years. I have never missed a deadline.

The 800th is always the toughest, don't you think? I'm stuck. No ideas, no thoughts. I have writer's block.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Quick to Listen
This week, I took part in a Listening Circle. It is one step, in my own personal journey, to become more contemplative, to learn to intentionally listen to God.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Let's honor Mary Resler for her 46 years of music
"Music has been my whole life. I can't think about giving it up. I just keep trying to go. As long as I can keep going, I will."

Mary Resler said these words to me nearly 18 months ago. Little did I know that today I would be writing a column about this incredible woman, who has since decided to retire.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Making a run for the border
This week, we're going do something slightly different on our small town tour and make a run for the border. No, not Taco Bell - Madison County.

There are some Madison County communities which may technically lie beyond our county line, but are located close enough to this county that their residents could walk here in their sleep, and are so tied to us socially, economically and historically that they could be considered "honorary" Hamilton County towns.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Be prepared for Saturday's Master Gardeners plant sale
Make a shopping list. Bring your own wagon. And get ready to learn about gardening.

If you haven't attended Hamilton County Master Gardeners' annual plant sale, you need to go, especially if you like gardening.

I haven't missed this plant sale in the past 10 years. And I won't miss it this year either.

The 18th annual fundraiser is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
No time to slow down in month of May
The month of May is always a busy one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but things aren't slowing down around town. As I sat to write this column, it struck me how many things are taking place as we prepare for summer. Here are a few examples of ways you can get out and enjoy our city...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
New Taste event to debut with county's northern fare
If you've ever been to a Taste of Business in Hamilton County, you know it's all about local services. And especially the food and beverages samplings.

In northern Hamilton County, there has been a Taste of the Holidays each November and A Taste on the Lake each spring.

But last July there was a merger of two Chamber of Commerce offices, Hamilton North and Sheridan. So comes a new Taste of Northern Hamilton County.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Need-based scholarship deadline draws near
We are all aware how fast kids go through school and for students preparing to enter seventh and eighth grades, it is important for them and their families to know about a state program that they can enroll in to help pay for college.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Young Champions event invites all students to play
It was a beautiful spring morning at Noblesville's Hare Chevrolet Field. Students were running, playing and competing together.

There were big smiles on faces, crazy poses for parents' cameras, and blue ribbons being pinned on team shirts.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Lupus difficult to diagnose
I had a request to write about lupus. Lupus is the shortened name of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is an autoimmune disease first described by the physician Rogerius in the 12th Century. There are many opinions regarding the origin of the name. One of the most popular is that the rash on the face of many lupus sufferers resembles a wolf's face. Lupus is Latin for wolf.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Opening of Klipsch season brings Deer Creek memories
The concert venue is known as Klipsch Music Center, and it was Verizon Wireless Music Center before that.

But I still call it Deer Creek Music Center.

The Noblesville amphitheater is where I've met many famous people and made a lot of memories.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Celebrating the birthday of the church
The other day I was sharing with some of my congregants about how excited I was for this Sunday's worship service, you see it is Pentecost Sunday. I continued by saying that it is one of my favorite church holidays.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Wolfsie says, 'That's debatable!'
Nothing is certain in politics, but it sure looks like the November battle will be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The opposing campaigns are already debating the debates, outlining the rules that will govern the first TV match-up in October. I looked up the rules and I wish Mary Ellen and I had been given some similar guidelines 35 years ago when we tied the knot.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
A wonderful way to honor county's fallen firefighters
The long-awaited Hamilton County Fallen Firefighters' memorial statue has arrived in Noblesville.

And while the statue has received a lot of attention, and photos have circulated on Facebook, few people have actually seen the finished sculpture in person.

There's a reason: to "make the dedication that much more impressive," said Mike Cook, Noblesville Fire Department's battalion chief. The statue is the culmination of eight years of planning and fundraising by a committee of firefighters. Cook is leading the cause to raise funds to build a memorial plaza behind the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center once the building expansion is complete.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Master Gardeners and their GINORMOUS plant sale
If you're into gardening like I am, you'll be happy to know the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association (or HCMGA, for short) will be holding their annual Plant Sale at the Exhibition Hall of the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Seniors find 'so much to do here' at the center
Every time I walk into the Senior Citizens Organization in Noblesville, I see a friendly face.

Someone asks me to sit down and visit. To join in the line dancing. To help put together a jigsaw puzzle.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Mayors talk shop, share ideas
Yesterday, I had the chance to exchange ideas and interact with my peers from Westfield, Fishers and Carmel at the OneZone luncheon featuring all four Hamilton County mayors. ¬¬We shared a few laughs and zingers at each other, but it was a nice reminder how well we all get along and work together. I'd say each of us cares deeply about our community but also about those in our county.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Courthouse clock will soon be ticking again
Anybody who visits downtown Noblesville likely has noticed the beautiful clock tower at the top of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

People may have also recently noticed that the clock has not been ringing nor has the clock been keeping time.

That's because new clock hands are being installed on all four sides of the clock.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Replacing ISTEP to improve accountability measures
The one issue we have heard loud and clear from teachers, parents and administrators is the concern with the testing of our students. Not that it doesn't need to be done, but the way it is done needs to be changed. My colleagues and I this session voted on a new law that will eliminate the ISTEP+ test by July 1, 2017. This test, which is the state's standardized education assessment taken by every student each year, has been plagued by problems including technical glitches and scoring discrepancies.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Mother's Day, every day is special in my household
I didn't know how special it is to be a mom until I became one.

On Mother's Day, I thank God for letting me be a mother.

Monday, May 9, 2016
When injured, remember RICE
The summer sports season is about to begin and gardening and other outdoor chores are upon us. If they haven't already, weekend warriors will soon be doing all sorts of things to keep doctors who treat musculoskeletal abuses busy. I want to give everyone some pointers in treating those inevitable injuries.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Don Jellison is NHS Alumnus of the Year
If anybody knows anything about sports in Hamilton County, it's Don Jellison.

When he writes, people read. No matter where he goes, everyone seems to know his name, or to some, just plain "Jelly."

The 1955 Noblesville High School graduate - who coached Noblesville Babe Ruth Baseball for more than 30 years - has reported on high school sports for more than 50 years. And during those years, he has written about the accomplishments of thousands of Hamilton County high school student athletes.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
It's a very fishy story
This has been a bad week for people like me who get their medical news from USA Today. A few days ago I read about a scientist who claims pecans (my favorite) may not be as healthy to consume as previously believed. Just when I think I'm eating the right stuff, some nut comes along and ruins everything
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Mother's Day Hen
"She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
 for her family and organizing her day.
 She looks over a field and buys it,
 then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Lung cancer survivor is thankful every day
Courtney Cox Cole eats carrots, broccoli and salad for breakfast. She drinks wheatgrass juice. And she exercises on her mini trampoline.

But every day, before any of this, she puts her hand over her heart and thanks God. For her family. Her friends. Her life.

Friday, May 6, 2016
More on Hamilton County's Early Settlers
I was pretty sure when I wrote those columns about Horseshoe Prairie that I'd hear from Garrick Mallery and he didn't disappoint me.

Garrick has a keen interest in local history, especially where Horseshoe Prairie is concerned. Curtis Mallery, the teacher who settled on the prairie in 1820, was one of his ancestors.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wine, Roses race to the derby, sort of
While I traditionally watch the Kentucky Derby coming up this Saturday, I've never attended the Derby nor have I ever attended a party to celebrate it.

That was until this week. With an invitation to go to the derby-themed Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission's Wine and Rose Fine Art Auction and Fundraiser, I found a black-and-white dress and large derby hat. So I was off to the races, so to speak.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Serving breakfast on National Day of Prayer
Today marks the annual National Day of Prayer. In 1952, President Harry Truman declared the first National Day of Prayer and signed into law an annual observation of it. Each President would then select a date of his choice for the day until 1988 when President Reagan signed into law that the first Thursday of every May be designated as the National Day of Prayer.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
An Election-Day visit to delightful Bakers Corner
On Election Day, Ronnie Pickett stood in his driveway, in a bright yellow jacket, parking cars.

"Cut it, cut it, cut it," the 77-year-old said as he coached drivers to back up and turn around their cars to park, before going inside to vote.

Pickett's four-car garage is the polling place for voters in Bakers Corner.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Where do our tax dollars go
A recent report placed Indiana among the highest-rated states in the nation for transparency in government spending. In the rankings from the U.S. Public Interest Research Education Fund and Frontier Group, Indiana is among five states receiving an A-plus, and one of four states to score a perfect 100 for transparency.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Strong schools mean a strong Noblesville
I'm not one to talk politics. And I especially don't tell anyone who I'm voting for in any election.

Though I will admit I'm a registered Republican voter, which is probably no surprise, especially in Hamilton County.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Your Body's Accelerator
I've received a request to write about thyroid gland problems. Thyroid problems are common in a family medicine setting. For those who don't know what the thyroid gland is or does, keep reading.

The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below and to the sides of the Adam's apple. Endocrine glands produce hormones and secrete them into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and trigger various biologic processes by interacting with cells in different tissues. Hormones are like nanoscale fingers that flip switches on cells to tell them to perform particular functions.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Golden moments!
As the manager of the Gold Refinery in Indianapolis, Dyanne Franchville knows gold when she sees it. She also knows that no precious metal has been as valuable to her business as 55-year-old Oscar Gutierrez, her loyal employee who for the last eight years has stationed himself in front of her store, equipped with sign boards, headsets and a giant foam pointing hand.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
If my face looks familiar, it's because you've probably seen me out in the community.

I like to write stories about interesting people, places and events in and around Noblesville.

Next week, you will start seeing my face regularly on the front page of The Times. You can read my stories as you drink your morning coffee, get the daily mail in the afternoon, or as you rest up in the evening, after a day at work.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Fall in Love Every Day
Call it sappy sentimentalism, call it unrealistic, but for me and I know for others, falling in love every day is the life giving force that makes living worthwhile. It feels as if we are bombarded with so many messages of scarcity and fear, that we spend so much of our daily energy worrying, or contemplating how to get more, be more, do more, in other words focusing on ourselves and what we do not have. When we love, this energy is more outward focused. Admittedly, it is difficult to remember to love everyday. Especially this week, when we hear so much rhetoric about what is wrong with people in politics, wars against the other, including refugees, people of different faith traditions, anyone who does not share our same opinions or values. It is easy to find ourselves worked up in a frenzy of self-righteousness, and anger. It seems the world would rather us use the energy of fear and resentment to fuel our passions than to use the God given gift of love to fuel the same.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Boxley, or Boxleytown, or . . . Aberdeen?
I've already written a bit about Boxley, but since that was before I started doing the "tour" of Hamilton County's smallest communities, we're going to revisit that town this week.

Boxley was laid out in 1836 by Dr. Thomas P. and Addison Boxley, the oldest sons of George Boxley, Adams Township's first settler.

You'd think the origin of its name would be pretty straightforward, but there's a little more to it than that.

Friday, April 29, 2016
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

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