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home : columnists : betsy reason May 22, 2017


Kiwanians will decorate Square with 400 flags
I've said it before, but I always love to go downtown Noblesville on Memorial Day weekend to see all of the American flags flying around the Historic Courthouse Square.

This year, more than 400 flags will be flying. And our wonderful Noblesville Noon Kiwanis Club is to thank.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Easing the anxieties of middle school
I haven't cried yet. But my daughter has less than two weeks of elementary school left before she officially becomes a middle-schooler.

On Wednesday, she joined her fifth-grade class and took a tour of Noblesville East Middle School, where she'll be a sixth-grader this fall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Drew's new band to play fest tonight
I've known Noblesville's Drew Hawk since the days when he played guitar with the late Matt Wariner and would perform and hang out at the Noblesville Moose Lodge and The Sandpiper.

So when Drew told me that he put together a new band, I wanted to share it with our readers.

But first, I had to ask how he came up with band's name, Tone Lab Society?

Friday, May 19, 2017
Remembering Irving Heath this Saturday
Marilyn Heath is hoping that her father's friends and Noblesville "family" will come out this Saturday to celebrate the life of Irving Maxwell Heath.

Her father, a former longtime Noblesville resident, moved here in 1946 and joined the Noblesville First United Methodist Church. He was a founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville and Cancer Services of Hamilton County and was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Spring into Master Gardeners' plant sale
It's finally warm and feels like springtime. And that also means it's time for planting.

If you're as ready as I am to start planting garden and looking forward to eating fresh Indiana tomatoes right out of the garden, then you know it's time for the Hamilton County Master Gardeners' annual plant sale.

I can always count on Master Gardner Alice Overton to remind me about the plant sale, which is three days away, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Learning to appreciate motherhood even more
Growing up an only child, I could always count on spending Mother's Day with my mom.

And I did every year, until I went away to college. Then, being at home for Mother's Day seemed less important.

After college, when I was living on my own, sometimes I would go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch race qualifications with friends instead of heading home to see my mom on Mother's Day. I didn't give it a second thought because, apparently, there were a lot of other race fans doing the same thing.

Monday, May 15, 2017
Everybody plays, everybody smiles
Hinkle Creek Elementary first-grader Jackson Miller smiled as he watched American and checkered flags waved during this chilly Friday morning at Hare Chevrolet Field in Noblesville.

The 7-year-old competed in a 25-meter slalom, 50-meter run, long jump and softball throw with his peer and best friend, classmate Gabe Carney.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Tour, market, park grand opening on
Let's try this all over again. I'm talking about Downtown Noblesville events that were on the calendar for last weekend but were postponed until this weekend, due to continuous rainfall, flash-flood warnings and safety of guests.

Noblesville Main Street's Upstairs Downtown and Noblesville Parks & Recreation's Salsa for Salsa event are happening tonight.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Pink Ladies are 'Making a Difference'
Noblesville's Linda Franck is all about making a difference. The North Harbour Garden Club member founded The Pink Ladies cancer support group after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Club was just for boys in old days
The Boys Club started in 1949 in Noblesville, a vision of the late Irving Heath.

Heath wanted "to have a place for youth in our community to go, to have a safe place and be surrounded by caring adults," said Becky Terry, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.

The Club, back then, was just for boys. Sen. Luke Kenley remembers the early years very well.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
'Inclusion Revolution' celebrates all abilities
Noblesville's North Elementary staff members sing and dance through the school hallways and onto the playground. Teachers Dave Kimmel, Jamie Owens and Billy Fama, and school principal Robert Lugo, don their Beatles getups, including wigs and musical instruments.

A little crazy, maybe. But this staff-created "Inclusion Revolution" music video that will be played on the school's morning news program this week is a fun way to bring awareness to encourage "inclusion."

It's among dozens of activities planned during Noblesville Schools' annual Disability Awareness Week. This week is all about including everyone, not only this week but throughout the year, said Mark Booth, the district's director of special education.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Scotland Art Exchange comes to City Hall
It doesn't seem so long ago that my fifth-grade daughter was in pre-kindergarten at Noblesville Methodist Preschool.

Cicero's Chris Holt has been a preschool teacher there for 25 years. But I've known her longer than that. She used to bring in theater news items to the Noblesville Daily Ledger when I was the lifestyle editor there, and she was directing plays at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Market to spring new park to life
Noblesville's new Federal Hill Commons is going to be an exciting place to be this year.

That is, whenever the rain clears.|

As I recall, it's always cold and rainy when the Burton Brothers Carnival comes to town and opens for business at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, next to Wal-Mart.

The carnival is in town through Sunday. Need I say more?

The grand opening of Federal Hill Commons, the city's fifth park, moved to May 13 due to rainy weather last Saturday.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Upstairs Downtown offers different view
If you're like me, you often wonder what's inside some of the buildings in downtown Noblesville.

On Friday, you can cure your curiosity by joining Noblesville Main Street's annual First Friday Upstairs Downtown Tour.

Main Street executive director Chris Owens said more than 350 visitors annually attend the tour which offers "different perspectives of downtown, maybe areas where they haven't been before."

Thursday, May 4, 2017
'Scoop of Thanks,' prayers and more
Today, I'm using my column to let readers know what's happening this week.

If you're attending Thursday's Noblesville Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at White River Christian Church, look for Noblesville Main Street's executive director, Chris Owens. The guitarist of more than 20 years will perform with the WRCC Worship team with Jay LeBlanc and his daughter, McKenna.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Janice Robinson is NHS Alumnus of Year
Janice Robinson couldn't have been more surprised Saturday night as she was named Noblesville High School 2017 Alumnus of the Year.

With tears in her eyes, she made her way to the stage, where she was presented the award by NHS Alumni Association president Tim Timmons.


Monday, May 1, 2017
NHS Millers come home
This weekend is penciled into my calendar every year. It's when Noblesville High School graduates from near and far come home to Noblesville for the annual NHS Alumni Banquet.

Those who were together for many years of school scattered after each graduation. Usually about 300 annually return for tonight's dinner and reminiscing at NHS.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Dogs will strut in style, in bandanas
Noblesville's Jane Snyder sits at her sewing machine this week, finishing the last of more than 350 Bryan Clauson green souvenir bandanas for the third annual dog trot at Forest Park.

She made bandanas in four different sizes to fit the array of canines expected to participate with their owners in this Sunday's "Strut 2 Save Lives" fundraiser that brings awareness to organ and tissue donations.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Courthouse gets its new Christmas tree
When my telephone rang at 7:27 a.m. Monday, I wondered who could be calling me so early. I wasn't surprised when I saw the caller was Hamilton County's building and grounds superintendent Steve Wood.

He wanted to tell me that the new Christmas tree on the Historic Courthouse lawn would be planted that afternoon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Billy Taylor made everybody smile
Every year, when we go to the Indiana State Fair, we have to stop by and see if Billy Taylor was working the corn cooker in the alley next to the Coliseum.

If he was there, he was glad to see us. He would pack a half dozen ears of roasted corn in a plastic bread sack and pile them into our arms.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Tonight's gala is for pet lovers
While I like to visit the Humane Society for Hamilton County, I can't help but feel a little sad for the animals in their cages.

Coonhounds are howling, terriers are barking and cats are meowing, all wanting your attention in hopes that you will take them home.

Friday, April 21, 2017
See NHS art tonight at park
It was pretty easy getting back into the swing of things following my two-week vacation.

And while this is my first column after my return and I'd love to share how I spent my time off, I'll save that for another time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Taking time off to clown around on spring break
I want to thank you for stopping me on the street or in the grocery store or at community events, telling me that you enjoy reading my columns in The Times. Or that you have a story idea for The Times. Or that you want to invite The Times to your event or club meeting or get-together.

For many of you, The Times is your first read in the morning, five days a week. But for the next two weeks, you'll have to read The Times without me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Are these trains on right tracks?
Am I opening a can of worms when I ask, "Why can't everybody get on the same train?"

The Cities of Fishers and Noblesville in February proposed to convert 9.2 miles of the historic Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad line to a greenway trail for an estimated $9.3 million.

The Indiana Transportation Museum, a nonprofit located in Noblesville's Forest Park, and operator of the FairTrain, announced last week that it would submit a bid to once again be the operator of the rail line, which runs from Indianapolis to Tipton.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
DAR awards good citizens
Being honored as a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen is so much more than good grades.

It means you've given back to the community, to your school, to your church and to your family, and that you were voted on by your peers and by your administrators.

Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award is presented by Noblesville's Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of DAR to one graduating senior.

Westfield's Sami Fassnacht is the 2017 DAR Good Citizen of the Year.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Historical marker will honor driver
While the late Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson traveled the world in racing, it was Noblesville where he called home.

Courtney's Kitchen and Forest Park were two places he loved in Noblesville. So it's no surprise when the Indiana Racing Memorial Association announced this week that Courtney's will serve up food for next weekend's unveiling of an historical marker in Forest Park honoring Clauson's legacy.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Dog trot continues in Clauson honor
Noblesville's Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson loved his dogs, Chevy and Stewart. So it's natural that his mom, Diana Clauson, wants to carry on his memory by using the third annual Noblesville dog trot to bring awareness to organ and tissue donations.

Bryan Clauson, a registered organ donor, donated his organs and saved five lives and enhanced the lives of more than 75 people through tissue donation, following a deadly crash at Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas in August 2016.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Horsing around on spring break
Today's the first official day of a two-week spring break for Noblesville Schools.

Since 3:25 p.m. Friday, we've already checked off a couple of activities from my fifth-grader's list of things to do.

Friday night, we volunteered as doors hosts for The Belfry Theatre's opening night of "The Foreigner."

Monday, March 27, 2017
What's it take to stop a train?
While the final decision on whether or not to convert the historic Nickel Plate Road rail line to a greenway trail may not come for many months, that actual decision could rest on only three votes, I am told.

The three owners of the rail line's right of way are Noblesville, Fishers and Hamilton County.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Helping kids begin their horse journey
Donning a cowboy hat and boots, Noblesville horseman John Stewart leads his 5-year-old quarter horse, Rodney, into the new Koteewi Stable & Trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.

When he was a kid, he rode his first horse at a Boy Scout camp.

"I had a great experience," said Stewart, 51, who grew up in a Carmel neighborhood and graduated in 1984 from Carmel High School.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Family owned shoe-shine, hat-repair in the 1920s
Mary Sizelove turns 100 years old today.

When she was 8 years old, her mother and father moved to downtown Noblesville to open a hat-repair and shoe-shine shop on the south side of the Hamilton County Courthouse Square.

"Their store did very well. They shined shoes and sold and cleaned hats," said their daughter, Debbie (Sizelove) Troski of Noblesville, who contacted me about her mother turning 100.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
NHS Miller is strong voice for Club's youth
I think it's a pretty big deal to earn the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville's Youth of the Year recognition.

So allow me to share more about this year's winner, Olivia Morales.

The 11-year-member, a Noblesville High School junior, is considered an exemplary ambassador for the club's youth "as a strong voice for our community's young people."

Olivia, 17, was selected based on her years of service and participation in the Club, her leadership skills and her dedication to the mission of the Club.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Got thoughts on rails to trails?
I've read so many comments on social media about both sad and angry citizens who don't want to lose the Nickel Plate Rail Line.

That's after Fishers and Noblesville leaders on Feb. 28 made a joint announcement, proposing to convert the historic rail line to a greenway that they plan to call the Nickel Plate Trail.
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Big Courthouse tree was an FFA project
Hamilton County's building and grounds superintendent Steve Wood gave me only enough details to pique my interest when he phoned me on Thursday to tell me that the big Christmas tree on the Historic Courthouse lawn would be cut down on Friday.

One detail was that Noblesville florist Steve Craig could tell me more.

I didn't think much about it again until about midnight on Thursday, so I messaged Craig on Facebook to ask him what he knew about the tree.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Noblesville grad writes about life
When I heard that Noblesville native Cameron Craig had written his first book of essays and would be returning home to sign copies this Saturday at his parents' flower shop, I couldn't help but want to share his story with our readers.

Cameron Craig, a 1989 Noblesville High School graduate, is the son of Steve and Moffett Craig, who own Adriene's Flowers & Gifts in Noblesville.

Friday, March 17, 2017
NHS grad pens 'One Trail, Many Paths'
Hikers on the Appalachian Trail know him only as "Funny Bone."

That's the nickname Dr. Jim Dashiell, a retired "bone doctor," or orthopedic surgeon, from Atlanta, Ind., acquired when he spent more than six months hiking the trail.

The 1964 Noblesville High School graduate - who was born and raised in Noblesville, played Miller football for coach Bill Nevitt, worked as a 'summer" fireman each year between attending Wabash College and was a surgeon for many years at Riverview Health - has written a book about his experience hiking the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, from Georgia to Maine.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Celebrating 60th on Appalachian Trail
Noblesville's Vinona Christensen attempted to walk the Appalachian Trail in 2007 on her 50th birthday and made it 800 miles.

That was an amazing feat in itself. Especially since it was the first time that she had ever been backpacking.

Now, 10 years later, she returns to the trail for her 60th birthday, determined to hike the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail, from Georgia to Maine.

When Christensen began her journey on Sunday afternoon, from Springer Mountain, Ga., she was more determined than ever.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
See what's cool in our schools
If you've been wondering what your kids are learning at Noblesville Schools, I encourage you to attend the Miller Shift Learning '17 Showcase.

The third annual free family event - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Noblesville High School - showcases all of the cool activities that students from all grades are doing.

Attendees experience first-hand amazing accomplishments of students as well as teachers across the district, showing collaborative, real-world learning accomplishments through more than 70 interactive displays from all grade levels

Monday, March 13, 2017
NHS senior acts fast, saves a life
Dalton Carver should be hailed a hero.

The Noblesville High School senior - who ships off in June to the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp - never thought heroin would ever affect him so directly.

It all happened fast. But he acted quickly without hesitation.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Westfield woman to celebrate 100th
I always like to read and write about people celebrating milestones, especially centenarians.

Jean Marie Diersing is one of those special people. She turned 100 years old on Wednesday.

That means she was born in 1917, during World War I, when Woodrow Wilson was President. It was the same year that the late actors Dean Martin, Phyllis Diller and Zsa Zsa Gabor, and 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy, were born.

Friday, March 10, 2017
Lots happening at the schools
I'm excited about a lot of events happening this month at Noblesville Schools.

Our calendar is filling up quickly with activities, from school plays and performing arts department concerts to fundraisers, the Miller Shift Learning Showcase, parent-information night, and the superintendent's annual State of the Schools address.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Seminary Park means a lot to the community
The City of Noblesville's Seminary Park housing project is done, dead and over. Thank goodness.

But I fear that the housing project - the city selling the park to a developer who would build a single neighborhood of 12 homes on the Seminary Park property - could have easily happened had The Times not reported on it.

Bringing this project out into the open has turned into a positive for the community.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Let's save our Seminary Park
It saddens me to hear that the City of Noblesville would consider selling Seminary Park in downtown Noblesville.

And that the City is already working with a developer that would come in and build homes there.

And also that they could pull the trigger on this behind-closed-doors orchestrated torpedo before people in Old Town have a chance to even find out about the plans.

The city-owned park is at 200 S. 10th St., bounded by 10th, 11th, Division and Hannibal streets. The park was established in 1983. But the history of the park goes back to 1850, when Seminary School, the first public school in Hamilton County, opened on that property. The school building was replaced in 1872 with the second Seminary School, which eventually became Second Ward School.
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Monday, March 6, 2017
John Elliott has the 'Caring Spirit'
Noblesville's John Elliott thanks his freshman English teacher at Noblesville High School for encouraging him to grow up to be a caring individual who finds ways to help kids succeed in school.

The 1980 NHS grad, who instilled his caring spirit in his own three children, is making a difference in young lives.

Elliott, 54, is the recipient of the 13th annual Caring Spirit Award, given by Teachers' Treasures, a nonprofit that obtains and distributes school supplies free to teachers of students in need.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Getting 'Buck Naked' at Duluth
If the underwear advertisements for Duluth Trading Co. make you blush, you're not alone.

"Slip into the 'no pinch, no stink, no sweat' comfort of Buck Naked underwear - so comfortable, it's like wearing nothing at all."

If you're familiar with the store, you've likely seen the slogan, among others that might tend to embarrass you in front of your mother.

Friday, March 3, 2017
What's made in Noblesville?
Did you know that a Noblesville company manufactured the Nike shoe display for Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James when he first entered the NBA?

And the metal holding directional signage at Lowes Home Improvement stores? Also, the Western Union kiosks for wiring money?

Those products and many more are made at Noble Industries, a nearly 50-year-old company that manufactures sheet-, tube- and wire-metal products.

James' shoe shelf - which was branded "King James" and has the etching of a lion king in the middle - will be on display today at Noblesville Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Business.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
New twists for the Taste
What's cool about the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Business?

First of all, it's sampling all of the delicious fare from the local restaurants. Secondly, it's seeing what Noblesville businesses and organizations have to offer, especially the great perks they give out to event guests.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Noblesville's Boice sisters sing 'Joseph'
It was less than four years ago that I encouraged Kristen and Mark Boice to get their elementary school-age daughters, Ali and Kate, involved with Christian Youth Theater, where my daughter was taking classes at Noblesville's Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Once taking the classes, Ali, auditioned for the nonprofit theater's 2014 spring musical, "Annie Jr." and was cast in the role of Sandy, Annie's loveable canine. While her adorable role had no lines, it's where she got her first taste of the limelight.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Sam Arnett lived a wonderful life
Sam Arnett would have turned 106 years old today.

He died on Dec. 22, just 65 days shy of his 106th birthday. I attended his 105th birthday a year ago today.

And what a party it was. I'm sure today would have been even bigger for the former resident of Wellbrooke of Westfield, where he had lived for nearly four years.

I take this opportunity to share his wonderful story.

"I'm very happy today, that's for sure," Arnett said to me on his 105th birthday, on Feb. 25, 2016, as he celebrated with family and friends at the assisted-living community near Grand Park, where his great-grandson has played soccer. "It's kind of hard to tell the difference between a smile and a sneer," he said with a grin.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Blue jackets partner at Lions' bean dinner
I encourage you to take note of any blue corduroy jackets you see during this National FFA Week.

With National Blue and Corn Gold the official FFA colors, the jacket is an American icon representing faith, honor and pride of membership in FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Auxiliary seeking the highest bidders
The hors d'oeuvres buffet is scrumptious. The auction items are amazing. And the guest list is a who's who of local business owners, public officials and well-to-do members of the community

The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville's 32nd annual Auxiliary Auction on Saturday night at Harbour Trees Golf & Beach Club promises to be a night to remember.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
After 45 years, Tri Kappa legacy still 'giving back'
Beth Lively has belonged to Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority for 45 years. She joined at age 18 after watching her mother, teacher and community pillar Frances Lively, enjoy her many years of membership.

"I'm a Tri Kappa legacy," said Lively, 63, Noblesville, whose mother was president in 1960 and active with Noblesville's Beta Epsilon chapter until she died at age 98. "The year before she died, she was still the top seller of nuts," Lively, the current chapter president, said proudly.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017



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