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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
Nipintuck and the Home of the Tar Heel Club
This week we'll continue making the rounds of Hamilton County's smallest communities, and visit Lamong and Hortonville. They're both on 206th Street in Washington Township, a scant three miles apart.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Three steps to receive tax discounts
At Tuesday evening's council meeting, the trash fee ordinance passed by a 6-3 vote. In an attempt to better inform homeowners that might face hardships with the fee, the city has recreated a three-step process so eligible residents might receive discounts on their property taxes, city utility bills and trash fee (a two-sided flier is available at www.cityofnoblesville.org in the trash fee information section). Before a deduction takes place at the city level, a property tax deduction claim has to be filed and approved by the Hamilton County Auditor's Office.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Two new laws for Indiana
Indiana already has two new laws on the books after Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1003 and Senate Bill 200 into law at the Statehouse.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Uncovering hidden healthcare price tags
Time is flying by as it is already the fourth week of session.

Since this is not a budget year and a short session, lawmakers only have 10 weeks to accomplish all of their goals. We are working on a variety of topics, including funding for our roads and infrastructure and supporting education.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Facts on urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about eight million visits to physicians each year in the United States. These infections are much more common in adults, particularly in women. Children account for one to two percent of all UTIs, but their infections are often more serious. About 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men have a UTI at some time in their lives.
Monday, January 25, 2016
In the morning, when you rise...
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

If I could remember one sentence every morning, before my feet hit the floor, it would be this last line from Psalm 19.

Not only would I be blessed, but also everyone else around me would be happier.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Digging up some cool underground activities
I was looking for a magazine to take on the plane to pass the time on our two-hour flight to Houston. The conventional wisdom is that print magazines are dying, but the truth is that special-interest publications are as popular as ever. At the airport, I had dozens of choices, many of which had to do with surviving some impending doom, building no-nonsense abs or making holiday cookies.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Noblesville's 'Stable' influence
Several weeks ago, Jan Bauer asked if I'd write a column telling where Noblesville's old livery stables were.

I didn't forget, Jan - honest! It was just one of those things easier said than done. Not only did I run into multiple owners, but to further confuse matters, the town's street addresses were renumbered in the early 1920s.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Breakfast to support Scouting programs
Many men, including myself, have fond memories from their boyhood days of when they were members of Boy Scouts of America. The times may have changed with new merit badges, skill sets and camp songs but Scouting's promise to young people has remained the same for the past 106 years - to prepare them for the future and build the next generation of leaders.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A busy start to the 2016 legislative session
The 2016 legislative session is off to a fast start, much like all short sessions. The second week of work at the Statehouse was filled with committee meetings where members began the process of researching the bills that had been assigned to them. In the House of Representatives, lawmakers filed 430 bills and the State Senate filed 400 bills to be considered for new laws.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Brushes with paintball fame
Mike and Glenda Carmichael of Alexandria, Ind., have been married a long time, but they still have a ball. In fact, they've had this ball for nearly 40 years. A paintball, that is.

You've probably seen or heard about it, but as a TV reporter, I will soon have the honor of covering this story again. And covering is exactly the right word.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Come join me to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; 
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. These are the things we are asked to do by God. Simple but not easy. If the Roots of Life Community had to choose what one Bible verse they would claim as their verse, it would be Micah 6:8. For Christmas, they gave me a stole, which had this command written upon it, with big, bold, green lettering. No one will need to squint to see what we believe.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Improving education today leads to a better future tomorrow
In order to perform well at college, a student must do well in high school, and in order for a student to do well in high school, they need effective teachers. As lawmakers, we must provide Hoosier students access to high-quality education by helping schools retain and recruit the best and the brightest educators.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Revisiting Butterhorns, New Neighbors and Pearl Harbor
I've got more reader feedback!

*Jeanne Flanders and Mari Briggs both recommended using lard or butter in the butterhorn roll recipe that ran in the column several weeks ago. They believe those shortenings are healthier than Crisco.

Jeanne also said she only bakes her rolls for 8-10 minutes.

I thought it best to copy the recipe as it was given to me, and it stated "12-15 minutes." However, since each oven is a little different, you should probably work out the timing for yourself. That's why I added the "or until golden."

Friday, January 15, 2016
New year, continuing momentum of success
2015 was a great year for the city and we had many achievements and completed projects. Plans for 2016 are to continue the momentum we have in the city. One question I've been asked a lot in the past month or two is "What can residents look forward to in 2016?" To put it simply, a lot. Here are a few examples...
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Come visit me at the Statehouse
As your state representative, I always enjoy folks from our community coming to visit the Statehouse. In my mind, the best way to learn about how Indiana's government works is to immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities that occur within our beautiful Capitol building.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Vaccines - not just for kids
Many people think that vaccines are just for kids. Unfortunately, each year between 50,000 and 70,000 adults in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable diseases. These account for 99 percent of all vaccine-preventable deaths in all age groups.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Grumpy New Man shares Top 10 'don'ts'
My wife told me the other day that my New Year's resolution for 2016 should be to stop being so negative and grouchy. But my humor columns are dependent on those very qualities. I've made a career out of people mistaking my crankiness for wittiness.

I once complained to the manager at Kroger that their entrance and exit doors were on the wrong sides. "I'll never shop here again," I told him. "I don't know if I'm coming or going." But did he call me grumpy? No, he burst out laughing - and told me I should use that line in my next column.

A few years ago I protested to a couple of Girl Scouts who came to the door selling cookies that their product was too high in fat and that eating S'mores would shoot my lipids through the roof. Their mothers called and thanked me, saying this was a good health lesson for 9-year-olds. These women must not have known I bought six boxes.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
Time to put away the Christmas
Today, I start the tedious and the laborious work of putting away all things Christmas in my home. Epiphany has come. My door has been caulked with a blessing from the wise men. Excess stuff will be put away. Surely, there will be some things will be forgotten. Last year, I left the nativity scene up on a bookcase in my living room. Other years, I have left angels hanging out on top of the china cabinet, and random strands of lights on basement mantles. Sometimes, this has been the keynote of teasing from family and friends. Most of the time, these Christmas knickknacks, give me a reassurance of the promises that Christmas brings and I don't succumb to peer pressure to put them in the attic or storage.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
The annual Notable Nineties New Year's salute
Happy 2016!

Normally, I would have closed out 2015 with a column honoring our Notable Nineties, but since the Times wasn't published last Friday due to the holiday, we're going to alter tradition a bit and salute the Notable Nineties at the start of the year instead.

Friday, January 8, 2016
Simple facts about new recycling program
There's been a lot of chatter about trash lately. To shift gears, I don't want to talk about the potential trash fee, but a free voluntary service that will begin Monday. By now, if you live in a home in Noblesville you've probably received a postcard and a packaged envelope with a yellow bag. The city is partnering with Simple Recycling to provide a curbside recycling service for secondhand clothing and other household items.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
2016 legislative session begins
This week, state lawmakers gathered at the Indiana Statehouse for the start of the 2016 legislative session. Although this is a short session, policymakers will be working hard throughout the next 10 weeks to address issues facing our state.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The truth about warts
I had a patient ask me to re-run my column about warts. It's estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10-20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.

Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses or HPV. When people hear HPV they often think of genital warts that are caused by certain strains of HPV virus, some of which can cause cervical cancer. There are over 100 known types of HPV, all of which share the characteristic of being able to infect skin cells.

Monday, January 4, 2016
Making another health resolution this New Year
Resolutions. Many people do it every year. Last year, I made no new resolutions; therefore I did not fail or quit. However, this year starting today, because I am a rebel (Jan 2) I did it.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the boat...
The Wolfsies have returned from a Christmas cruise where high seas and bad weather made our journey less than enjoyable. So, in the spirit of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem spiced with a little Dr. Seuss, I hope you enjoy my memory of the trip.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Financial impact of caps, fees
For more than 20 years the City of Noblesville has facilitated trash pick-up for the community. And during those 20 years a debate has ensued regarding our citizens paying for a portion or all of this service. The "can" has been kicked down the road over and over and now we believe it has reached the point where a decision must be made on the fiscal soundness of our current trash program.

In January, the City Council plans to vote on making trash collection a cost-neutral program by having homeowners pay the contracted amount of $10.57 per month. The city would continue to manage and negotiate the trash contract on behalf of the residents which results in lower pricing per household and allows the city to control the timing of trash collection.

A bit of history may help frame this issue. In 2008, the cost of providing trash collection was approximately $1.56 million compared to $2.6 million now. While the rate per household has increased slightly, the household growth within the city has caused the total cost to double over the past 12 years.

Thursday, December 31, 2015
New Year, new resolutions
It is so hard to believe another year has come and gone ... 2015 just flew by.

I hate to admit it, but I am one who looks at each New Year as a chance for a new start in some cases and a rededication in others. I like to at least give those New Year resolutions another chance. You know the ones ... eat a more balanced diet, exercise more (or at least start) and my all-time favorite - be more organized. Like many of you, I start with such good intentions.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
'Noblesville Hitch and Feed Barn'
Since this column began on Nov. 2, 2009, I have been able to submit an image (photograph, painting, ad, etc.) and have a caption describing something about the history behind the image.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Get educated about risk of women's heart disease
I continue to be amazed that, when asked what the No. 1 killer of women is, the majority of women respond, "breast cancer." While breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, and is estimated to have claimed about 40,000 women last year, it is not the biggest threat women face. It's estimated that 10 times that many women - 400,000 - died of heart disease in the same year.

Cardiovascular disease is arguably the most important women's health issue and is largely preventable. How can women be so unaware that they have a one in 31 chance of dying from breast cancer but a much higher one in three chance of dying from heart disease? Could it be that breast cancer gets so much more coverage in the popular media? Is breast cancer generally more frightening and potentially disfiguring? Is heart disease just plain boring to talk about?

Monday, December 28, 2015
Still hearing the sounds of Christmas
What was your favorite gift this year? Mine was the presence of family, including my daughter and her family from Texas. Yes, it was noisy, and what we expect from grandchildren, a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. They brought incessant questions, the beating of drums, the giggles and occasional teary tantrum, they bring white noise sound machines purring in the night, and they make our dogs bark. The singing and reciting and the squealing are all a joyful noise to my ears. My daughter and I shared quiet woman to woman talks and my guy at home, had a male confidant that shared a common practice of absorbing the sounds more than engaging in the sound track of commotion. My tank got filled up with love and snuggles.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Thanks for the funneries - Part 2
And now, Part 2 of my look back at 2015 and to all the experiences and people that made writing this column possible, like...

My DVR, that has allowed Mary Ellen and me to watch more shows than we can keep track of, leading to this conversation:

"Dick, did you record Masterpiece Theatre for me?"

"Sorry, I recorded Masters of Sex by mistake. I just watched it and this guy was cooking a great meal, in an effort to get his wife in the mood."

"That wasn't Masters of Sex. That was my recording of Master Chef."

Saturday, December 26, 2015
Trash fee addresses staffing needs
While working on the Noblesville Police Department five-year strategic plan completed in 2014, we identified the need to add police officers to address very specific crime reduction objectives. A total of six positions were requested and three were approved by the Noblesville Common Council through the 2015 budget.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
My Christmas memories and wishes
Ever since I was a little girl, this time of year has always been so special. My mother, who I miss every day, loved Christmas, and we decorated every space we could with Santas, angels, trees, lights, red bows and holly.

We made a lot of our decorations, but we also had a lot of fun unwrapping the decorations that we purchased the year before at the day after Christmas sales. We baked a lot of cookies and fudge to share with our family and friends. It was a much simpler life, but it was a great one with a lot of great memories.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
'Merry Christmas 1922'
The Craycraft Dry Goods Co. wished the community "Merry Christmas" for 94 years. Daniel Craycraft founded the store in 1867 at a time when Hamilton County was only 44 years old. The store was originally located at the northeast corner of Ninth and Logan streets in downtown Noblesville but moved in 1875 to the southeast corner of Ninth and Conner streets. The store expanded at that location to eventually occupy three buildings with two floors and a balcony. Daniel was followed in business by his two sons, Albert and George. When George passed, his sons, George and David, became owners with their uncle. In the trade, the store was known as a junior department store. It sold primarily dry goods including women's apparel, rugs, millinery, men's shirts and accessories. The store also sold Victor records and Victrola phonographs. Craycraft Dry Goods closed in February 1962.

Brad Cook is a Noblesville historian who graduated in 1973 from Noblesville High School. He provides historical photos of Noblesville each Monday in The Times.

Monday, December 21, 2015
The Gift of a Dream
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.". . .
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Thanks for the laughs in 2015
Thanks for the laughs in 2015

Every December I look back at all the people who deserve thanks for helping me find a little humor in everyday life...

Saturday, December 19, 2015
When Christmas meant bubble lights, Glass Wax, Oyster Stew
Recently, my cousin, the Dancing Librarian, and I got into a discussion about Christmas traditions our families had when we were kids in the 1960s. Maybe some of them will be familiar to you, too.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Bumpy budget impacts roads projects
As the city continues to maneuver with a lean budget, one line item most in need of replenishing from alternative funding is road resurfacing.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Focused on improving Indiana
The Indiana General Assembly will be tackling some major issues this session. Road funding and education will be our top legislative priorities, and it is your ideas and opinions which help me best represent our district at the Statehouse. To better understand the goals we have for the upcoming session, we need to look at our past accomplishments in these areas, starting with roads.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Dislocation is a common shoulder problem
Welcome back to part two of my series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy. The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Santa's House
A visit to Santa's House has been a cherished holiday tradition in downtown Noblesville for over 50 years. Santa makes regular visits to the house each year beginning with the Christmas Parade and ending on Christmas Eve. The original Santa House was built by Dick Zeiss in 1962.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Tradition. Tradition!!!!
We all grew up with different Christmas traditions. Mine was unique because both my family was Jewish. But mother always put up a Christmas tree-not as a religious symbol, but just to celebrate the holiday season. Since my Dad's folks were devout Jews who lived across town, the tree had to come down quickly before their announced visits. My mother could undecorate a tree much faster than she could decorate it.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
It's a Wolfsie family Christmas tradition
We all grew up with different Christmas traditions. Mine was unique because both my family was Jewish. But mother always put up a Christmas tree - not as a religious symbol, but just to celebrate the holiday season. Since my Dad's folks were devout Jews who lived across town, the tree had to come down quickly before their announced visits. My mother could undecorate a tree much faster than she could decorate it.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Have you been naughty or nice?
Maybe you can relate. My eyes were set on December, the holidays had begun, and I had made a solemn vow. I will not get trapped into the stresses and the tension of the season. I will not fall victim to the commercialization of Christmas. I will remain peace-filled, and loving. I will make my lists, check them twice, and do not think about who has been naughty or nice. Because, if I actually checked the lists, I would find my name etched in black magic marker on the naughty list. Of course, when checking the nice list, my name would appear there too, in glittery blue ink (which you can buy at any good craft store).
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Continuing the Pearl Harbor memories. .
Ten year-old Lou Martin learned of the Japanese attack when she stopped to visit her neighbors, the Roudebushes, on her way home from a movie at the Diana Theater. She found the family gathered around their radio, still in a state of shock from the announcement.
Friday, December 11, 2015
An alternative funding solution
As we worked on next year's budget for the past several months, one thing became clear with our present financial constraints - we need to look at the possibility of implementing a trash fee. After a closer review of the numbers, possibly became a reality. The Noblesville Common Council has begun talking about considering an implementation of a trash fee for Noblesville residents. While I know all new fees are unwelcomed, it is important that I share the background to be transparent to our residents and why I support the change.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Participating in your state government
As the year quickly comes to an end, I am preparing for the 2016 general assembly. This legislative session will be a short session, meaning we won't be crafting and voting on our state's biennial budget. The state Legislature must finish by March 14. Instead of focusing on a budget, we will concentrate on education and road funding.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Participating in your state government
As the year quickly comes to an end, I am preparing for the 2016 general assembly. This legislative session will be a short session, meaning we won't be crafting and voting on our state's biennial budget. The state Legislature must finish by March 14. Instead of focusing on a budget, we will concentrate on education and road funding.

Already, legislators are working on legislation that would attract and retain educators to Hoosier classrooms. We will consider legislation to award college scholarships to top performing high school students who enter the field of education and commit to staying in the classroom for at least five years.

We are committed to keeping our roads in good condition. Last year, we devoted more than $1 billion of our biennial budget to road funding. Unfortunately, an additional estimated $1.5 billion is still needed every year to maintain, modernize and improve our roads and bridges. In order to establish an accurate plan, we need to assess the current state of our transportation infrastructure. From there, we must explore our options and find comprehensive, long-term solutions that adequately fund our roads and bridges in a sustainable manner.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
If you ever say, 'My shoulder hurts!'
It's time to talk about another common injury - shoulder pain. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their lifetimes. Doctors typically see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders and others who may have fallen on their shoulder or outstretched arm.
Monday, December 7, 2015
'Noblesville Basketball 1909-10'
In 1909 and 1910, Noblesville High School did not have a basketball team (first season was 1912-13). The school had football, track and field, and baseball. But apparently the school had an intramural basketball program.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Just what I want for Christmas
Time again to save you the trouble of reading through this year's holiday edition of the "Hammacher Schlemmer" catalog. These are actual gift selections from their brochure...
Saturday, December 5, 2015
All about Advent and Christmas
The prophet, Jeremiah, spoke these words about 600 years before Jesus was born preached this Advent message.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The date which still lives in infamy
Next Monday, Dec. 7, marks the 74th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Like the rest of the country, residents of Hamilton County were deeply affected by the "Date Which Will Live in Infamy." Several stories dealing with the local response appeared in the Dec. 8, 1941, Noblesville Daily Ledger.

Friday, December 4, 2015
Long live the 'queen'
Within the city, we joke that Cyndi Kirby is the "Noblesville Parade Queen" - a title she earned through her significant contributions to our community. On Nov. 27, I proclaimed it "Cyndi Kirby Day" in the City of Noblesville but thought a column also was needed to thank a longtime volunteer.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Celebrating Indiana's birthday at the Statehouse
It is hard to believe that another holiday season is upon us. This is one of my favorite times of year because I get to spend so much of it with family and close friends, and also gear up for another legislative session. The month of December also means we are celebrating Indiana's birthday, also known as Statehood Day. On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana joined the Union as its 19th state and set forth on a path to serve as the home of two presidents, five vice presidents, and an agricultural and manufacturing powerhouse.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Interurban RR jumps tracks
About 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening, May 24, 1919, a southbound interurban train jumped the tracks in downtown Noblesville causing a terrible mess.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Got an urge to move your legs?
Someone told me the other day that they thought "restless leg syndrome" was a condition made up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. I'm sure many of you have seen the commercials for Requip and Mirapex, both drugs used to treat this malady.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Noblesville Pastor Teri Ditslear is on vacation this week.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Enjoying a little Guinness, not the beer
What's the longest known chest hair? The heaviest pumpkin on record? Or the longest time a person ever whistled? See a list of these superlatives by reading the newest edition of the Guinness World Records Book. I skimmed the entire 250 pages in three minutes, 6.8 seconds, which I am told gets me in the next edition.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Butterhorns, persimmon seeds and the Loftus Confectionary
Winona Moss sent me some persimmon seeds so I could try my hand at weather predicting.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Helping those less fortunate this holiday season
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness. While every family has their own unique way of celebrating the holiday, for me, I love Thanksgiving because it's about being with family and fellowship with them, great food and maybe watching a football game or a holiday special.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
These (kidney) stones don't rock
Kidney stones are a topic near and dear to my heart as I've had three myself. The medical term for stones is nephrolithiasis (nephro - kidney, lith - stone, sis - condition). Stones or calculi, from the Latin for pebble, can form and stay in the kidneys (renal calculi) or move down the ureters, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureteral calculi). Stones may also be found in the bladder.
Monday, November 23, 2015
'Hayden Drugs'
Hayden Drugs was a popular pharmacy in Noblesville. Pharmacist Bob Hayden opened the store in October of 1955. It was located at 1051 N. 10th St.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Bob Newhart and thinkin' about Lincoln
I remember finding it in our living room, nestled between two Frank Sinatra albums. I recall carefully fitting the record over the tiny spindle on the Victrola (I'll wait while you young people google that word) and asking myself what a "button-down mind" was.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Thanksgiving is the best revenge
Last week, I wrote my article on the "Signs of the Time." The article was written just hours before the Paris attacks. It is a strange, weird coincidence that I would write words that would mention wars and rumors of war, and include that generations have had always wondered, "how bad can it get?" before the world is destroyed.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Hamilton County's earliest neighbors
Being in a Thanksgiving mood this week, I thought I'd pass along some tales found in the county histories concerning Hamilton County pioneers and their Native American neighbors.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Give cigarettes the butt today
Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, held on the third Thursday of November each year. The organization created this event to encourage smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to go the distance and finally give up smoking. According to the Cancer Society, quitting - even for one day - is an important step towards a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk and many other health problems.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Legislative priorities outlined on Organization Day
It's hard to believe that November is halfway over. For some, this time of year means that the cold, crisp air of winter is right around the corner, but for lawmakers, it signifies a new legislative session is on the horizon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be diagnosed in a physical exam
I see a number of people each month who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a very common condition, often related to repetitive injury at home or in the workplace. It is one of a number of repetitive strain injuries or "RSI's."
Monday, November 16, 2015
Zeckel's Clothing Store'
Ben Zeckel emigrated from Russia in 1913 and settled in Noblesville. In 1922, he opened a men's clothing store, Zeckel's Clothing, where the Uptown Café is located today at the southeast corner of Eighth and Conner streets in downtown Noblesville.
Monday, November 16, 2015
No thanks, Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away and I'm already annoyed at all the advice that is going to be stuffed down our throats about not stuffing a lot of stuff down our throats - like stuffing. Every morning TV show has some nutritional expert advising you how to cut down your T-day meal from 5,000 calories to a mere 4,300 by substituting yogurt for mayonnaise. Yuck. Then five minutes later, Chef Emeril whips up a lemon chiffon cream cheese pie. Don't they have TVs in the green room?

Here's a look at some of the stupid advice that will be clogging your airways. By the way, avoid eating the candied yams too quickly. That also can clog your airways.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Signs of the time
It is easy to get in our heads that the end of the world is near. We are living in a time when wars and rumors of war are magnified with the help of technology and media. It is easy to wonder where is God in all of this mess. Every day, we can turn on the news and hear of another instance of people killing people, home invasions, car jackings, and abuse of humanity in all forms. We hear of governments falling, economic towers crumbling, polar ice caps melting, starving peoples, fires that can hardly be contained, and atrocity after atrocity beleaguer the world. It is easy to spend our time in despair instead of hope. Oftentimes, we wonder whether God hears our cries. In the Bible, Mark investigates these same concerns. The disciples wonder the same things even 2000 plus years ago.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
The category is "A Taste of Hamilton County"
I've got another quiz for you!

You know how this works - I provide the answers and you come up with the questions, just like a certain game show.

Friday, November 13, 2015
A center to excel adult education
The Ivy Tech-Noblesville Campus is just in its second year but the community college is already making waves and partnerships in our city. The auditorium has hosted musicals from The Belfry Theatre and our parks department has a recreation annex there.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Medicare fraud, abuse in medicine
This week I'd like to write about a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year - Medicare fraud and abuse. Medicare paid out $505 billion in payments for services and medications in 2014, accounting for 14 percent of the federal budget. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reports that 12.7 percent of those payments were "improper," meaning the services were not necessary, did not meet Medicare guidelines, or were downright fraudulent.
Monday, November 9, 2015
'E. H. Willits Co. 1967'
E. H. Willits Co. was a popular dry goods and clothing store on the north side of the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville for nearly five decades. Willits was located in the 1887 Sowerwine Building (874 Logan St.) which housed dry goods businesses for over 120 years.
Monday, November 9, 2015

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