|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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
|Kurt Bolden was
Kurt Bolden's wheels were always turning.|
He was an innovator who liked coming up with better ways to get things done. He was a generous businessman who raised money for good causes. He was a dad who gave back to his kids' school.
The former Noblesville firefighter, who was inspired to find ground-breaking ways to clean up after catastrophes, quietly made a name for himself as a powerhouse leader in the water damage-restoration industry while doing good things for his community.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
|V-Day political theater
is raising awareness
Just saying the word, "vagina," makes some people uncomfortable. |
Like it does right now, as you're reading this. As I'm writing this.
But that's OK.
The idea for this column isn't to shock but to bring awareness to V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Friday, February 17, 2017
|'Seas Apart' brings
together author, artist|
Noblesville's Jeanna Janes got a wake-up call when her grandfather died four years ago. A mason by trade, he had hoped that she would use her creativity and become a painter. Even though she wanted to be an actor.|
Instead, she found herself sitting in the hallways of Noblesville's White River Elementary, reading with students.
"It inspired me to hear their feedback, their inspirations and interests," said Jeanna, 44, who channeled her creativity into writing "Seas Apart," a mystery-adventure book for middle-grade students.
She didn't have a lot of confidence as she developed her storyline. But with support from White River's teachers and staff, Jeanna was on her way to publishing her first book.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
|Ron Wilson speaks from
the heart about his stroke|
On Valentine's Day, Ron Wilson served breakfast in bed, with a dozen roses, for his wife, Sharon, and a scenic drive before dinner at Red Lobster.|
The holiday reserved for Valentines wasn't quite as enjoyable three years ago for Wilson.
On Feb. 14, 2014, he suffered a stroke that left him unable to communicate.
"I didn't realize what was going on," said Wilson, a 1964 Noblesville High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War. "I couldn't make a pot of coffee because I could not keep track of how many scoops of coffee I had to use," he said.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
|Don Roberts could make
kids and grownups smile|
Don Roberts brought a lot of happiness to everyone he touched.|
He didn't know a stranger. In fact, nearly every little girl he met, he would sweet talk with adoration in his harmless, grandfatherly way.
That included my daughter, for whom he would always offer a big hug. He loved her as he did all children.
He was so proud when he gave her a dollhouse that he had made from scrap wood in his home woodshop.
Monday, February 13, 2017
|City vs. County employees
bowl for Prevail awareness|
Prevail's 17th annual City vs. County Bowl-A-Thon Challenge is today. |
It's a fun afternoon, when Noblesville City employees take on Hamilton County employees. The participants look forward every year to the Bowl-A-Thon, which offers an opportunity to raise awareness for Prevail, a victims-assistance nonprofit in Hamilton County.
In tradition, each bowling team comes up with a clever name and bowlers decorate their areas and dress in costumes, often neon Hawaiian shirts, flowers and hula skirts. In the past, I've seen inflatable palm trees, parrots and tiki lights. Each team tries to outdo the next.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
|The Times' players
are tiny but mighty|
You might think 5- and 6-year-old basketball players wouldn't be very competitive. But it is quite the opposite.|
Players run back and forth to their ends of the court. They guard the basket. They take advantage of a loose basketball. They shoot and score.
The Times newspaper is once again sponsoring a team in the winter basketball league at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
Friday, February 10, 2017
|Get your pancake breakfast
tickets to support Club cause
I often write about the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville because it's a great place for kids to get their start.|
It's an especially awesome place to learn how to play basketball. My daughter plays in the Club's winter basketball league. It's her second year to play. She's the littlest player on her team, which has a sixth-grader who's taller than me.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|NHS student, Eagle Scout
shares 'favorite moments'|
Noblesville Eagle Scout Josh Kozicki is in an elite fraternity. |
There's no doubt that his parents, Jeff and Julia Kozicki, were proud as they listened to him speak Tuesday morning at the podium in front of more than 300 people attending the 22nd annual Noblesville Mayor's Breakfast for Scouting.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
|4-H Hunter Education
takes away the curiosity
When kids can learn about, touch and see firearms close up, it takes away their curiosity.|
That's the point of a Hamilton County 4-H Hunter Education class that started last week. Parents and 4-H'ers wanting to learn more about firearms filled nearly every seat at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds' Annex building.
Monday, February 6, 2017
|Nature beckons on
If short walks are your speed, then downtown Noblesville's Riverwalk offers a pleasant stroll along the White River, especially now that more of the walk is finished on the south side of Conner Street, by Riverside Cemetery. |
For those who haven't yet experienced the southern section of the Riverwalk trail, you are missing out.
It's a beautiful walk that backs up to the cemetery, other City-owned property, county-owned property and private property.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
|Taking health to heart
on Wear Red Day today|
Today is National Wear Red Day, bringing awareness to heart disease in women.|
A young baby boomer, I have recently become more concerned about the health of my heart.
Is the occasional pain in my chest related to stress, indigestion or a precursor to a heart attack? Just thinking about it made my blood pressure rise.
I always have my annual physical with my family doctor, but I wanted to know more.
Friday, February 3, 2017
|Will the Groundhog
see his shadow today?|
It's Groundhog Day. The day when everybody wants to know the answer to one particular question: "Will the Groundhog see his shadow."|
At press time, I didn't have the answer. Though, the sun was supposed to be out by 8 a.m. today here in Noblesville.
However, the forecast calls for "mostly cloudy" in Punxsutawney, Pa., where the first Groundhog Day took place 130 years ago today, on Feb. 2, 1887.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
|Save the Dates, for
fundraisers, 4-H Fair
About this time every year, I get out my calendar and start penciling in 2017 event and fundraiser dates.|
I like to be ahead of the game, so I know what's happening each month.
Being the first day of February, my calendar is already filling up with events, from the Mayor's Scouting Breakfast on Tuesday to the Hamilton County 4-H Fair in July.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
|Going with the flow
as boundaries change|
When I moved from apartment living to Old Town Noblesville, I remember how the Quakenbush children next door attended Stony Creek Elementary.|
The family loved the grade school so much that when Noblesville Schools made elementary-school boundary changes, resulting in North Elementary becoming our school, the family decided to move to the Wellington neighborhood so that their son, Kyle, would stay at Stony Creek.
Monday, January 30, 2017
|Our Noblesville Lions
screen, save kids' sight|
Let me draw attention to Noblesville Lions' annual Pork Chop Dinner that I like to attend the first Friday in June on the Courthouse Square.|
I've always encourage people to go because the fundraiser's money goes to a good cause.
One of those causes is the Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that provides community eye screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years in Hamilton County.
Nationally, the Lions screen more than a million kids a year.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
|Nameless already making
name for itself downtown|
What's in a name? Nothing.|
That's according to restauranteur Jeremy Brown and entrepreneur Jayson Manship, who expanded their Nameless Catering Co., to downtown Noblesville.
"We were trying to think of a cool, fun name that would be memorable," said Brown, who owns the three-year-old catering business that started as Nameless Pizza in the back of a frozen yogurt shop in Indianapolis' Fountain Square. "It allowed us not to be pigeon-holed into a menu."
Friday, January 27, 2017
|Gary Duvall loved his
I always had to chuckle when I talked to Gary Duvall. |
When he was an advertising sales representative for The Times, he would pop into my office and would want me to write a story on somebody who just bought a newspaper ad.
He would always find a selling point that would make a good people story and not just because it was one of his advertisers.
He pitched stories to me all of the time. A lot of good ones. One of those stories was Noblesville's Steve Renner with Renner & Nixon Body Works, which was celebrating 50 years in business. Gary had a big smile for me on the day that it published because he knew the article had turned out to be a wonderful, well-read piece.
The Noblesville School Board member - who was Noblesville Boys Basketball Fan of the Year in 2014 and who coached Noblesville Youth Baseball and Babe Ruth for 20 years - died on Sunday morning at Riverview Health in Noblesville. He was 70.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
|4-H leaders deserving
of the Sagamore award
Hamilton County 4-H Mudsockers' club leaders Valerie Gelwicks and Beth Michaels didn't have a clue that anything sneaky was going on at the January club meeting.|
Even when I showed up with my camera. Even when more than a normal number of 4-H club members showed up. And even when Sen. Mike Delph arrived, dressed in his suit.
First of all, Gelwicks and Michaels were told to dress up a little because I was doing a story on the club. So maybe that's why the leaders could have assumed that more 4-H'ers were in attendance. And Sen. Delph was there because his daughters, Lilly and Emma Delph, are members of the club.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
party will be at Ivy Tech
There's a party Friday night in the old band room at the former Noblesville High School.|
For alumni, if you haven't stepped inside the new Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville, this would be your next chance.
The former location of Noblesville High School and more recently Noblesville East Middle School, will be the setting for The Belfry Theatre's opening-night party for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!" The show opens Friday and continues three weekends on the Ivy Tech stage.
Monday, January 23, 2017
|Times asks you to
vote, support kids
If you saw Friday's edition of The Times, then you might have noticed the front-page story inviting people to vote in our 2017 Readers' Choice Contest.|
The contest is self-explanatory. You go online to www.TheTimes24-7.com. You'll find the icon on the right side of the web page and on any story page; then click, and vote. There is a little bit more maneuvering when you're on mobile. Go to our web site, click on "Full site" at the top left side of the page, then find the icon, click, and vote.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
|Immigrant proud to be
American on this day
Noblesville's Victoria Spartz was born and raised in Ukraine and met her husband on a train in Europe.|
At age 21, in 2000, she came to the United States after graduating college.
Today, Victoria and Jason Spartz will be watching President-Elect Donald Trump take the oath of office outside the Capitol as Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.
"It's going to be very busy, but too memorable to miss," said Victoria Spartz, who shared with me her official gold-sealed invitation and, earlier this week, talked about their exciting plans.
Friday, January 20, 2017
|No galas for Dugan,
content at Hedgehog
"Once I was in the drive-through at Chick-fil-A behind who I thought was (Vice-President elect) Mike Pence but it just turned out to be a look-alike who was also hungry for chicken tenders."|
Comedian Dave Dugan quickly spieled out that story when I asked him if he had any election-related jokes.
Since Dugan is in town this week, he obviously didn't score tickets for any 2017 inaugural events this week in the nation's capital.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
|'13 NHS grad shines
in Purdue Glee Club|
Aaron Corbett was 9 years old when he started singing in the St. John's Boys Choir in Minnesota. At Noblesville High School, the teenager performed in NHS Singers. He also sang in the choir at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and studied piano and violin.|
But it wasn't until he joined the Purdue University Glee Club that he really discovered his place to shine.
It was four years ago at NHS grad Roy Johnson Jr.'s Senior "Home Show" that inspired Corbett, a 2013 NHS graduate, to audition for the Glee Club at Purdue.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
|No school, work or mail,
but lots to do on MLK Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday.|
While The Times newspaper won't be published due to the U.S. Postal Service observing the federal holiday marking the birthday of the Civil Rights Movement champion, and Noblesville Schools will be closed, there are still things to do here in Hamilton County.
The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville invites the community to participate in its annual MLK Day Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Club, 1448 Conner St.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
|Noblesville actor joins
national 'Hamilton' tour|
Anybody who's following Noblesville's Jordan Donica knows that he is quickly impressing the people in the Big Apple.
Last spring, I wrote about how Donica was making his Broadway debut last June, joining the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," the longest-running Broadway show, celebrating 29 years this month.
Not even a year has gone by, and Donica has done it again, capturing a major role in the first national tour of "Hamilton," premiering in March on the West Coast. He will play and sing the principal roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
"Hamilton" is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. The musical is the story of America then, told by America now, and blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway.
"The hard part of this role is the fast rap, or what's called 'chopper' or 'chopping-in rap," said Donica, a 22-year-old Otterbein University grad.
Donica will play the French revolutionary, Lafayette, "as he is relatively new to the Colonies." And in the second act, he will play Jefferson "as he comes back from his diplomatic trip to France to help the French write their Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen."
He has been singing the show's songs ever since he saw "Hamilton" on Broadway a year ago. He even envisioned himself playing Jefferson, a role that he "could easily connect."
Friday, January 13, 2017
|Times former NHS intern
returns to share successes
When The Times' former Noblesville High School intern Hannah Derleth wanted to meet one morning during her Winter Break to tell me all about her freshman year in college, she didn't have to ask me twice.|
Well, she did, sort of. You see, we had to work around her busy schedule, being that she was working a lot of hours as a cashier at Kohl's in Noblesville.
I'm not surprised that she is so busy. I actually don't know how she fit every activity into her life when she was a senior, interning for The Times.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
|District shoot among ways
Noblesville Elks give back|
The Noblesville Elks Lodge does a lot of good for the community.|
Elks No. 576 has donated food baskets through the Noblesville Trustees and the Boys and Girls Club. The Lodge, in conjunction with US Foods in Fishers, has given food to Third Phase, a Noblesville shelter for battered and abused women and children.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
|Lots of fun on Winter Break,
but ready for school to restart
It's been a relaxing and fun two-week Winter Break. But we're ready for Noblesville Schools to start up classes again on Tuesday.|
My daughter is ready to see her friends again at school, although we've had some play dates over Winter Break.
While we've been busy every day, we've also caught up on our sleep. On any mornings that we didn't have to be anywhere, we slept in until noon. That was nice because, oftentimes, I stay up writing my columns, or posting on Facebook, into the night.
Monday, January 9, 2017
and more coming in '17
What's coming to Noblesville in 2017?|
Lots of growth and lots of projects that will have a lasting impact on the community.
The City will work on ways to improve Downtown Noblesville. That vision includes new mixed-use developments for housing, retail and restaurants.
"There is interest there from developers, and providing more living options downtown would energize that area even more," said Robert Herrington, the City's spokesperson, who shared some of the City's exciting plans for 2017.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
|New Year's Party
a great idea, George
When the annual New Year's Party put on by Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs changed the date and the venue, I couldn't help but want to check it out.|
The party moved one day earlier, to the eve of New Year's Eve, and it moved to Noblesville Parks' new Recreation Annex at Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus in Noblesville.
Friday, January 6, 2017
|After 45 years, Rowlands
still growing with Noblesville|
Today is "National Returns Day," when more than 1.3 million packages are expected to be returned to retailers after the holidays.|
Wondering the local impact, I went to Noblesville Pack & Ship, the only FedEx-authorized shipping center within walking distance of the downtown business and historic district.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
|Finding purpose, making
resolutions in the New Year
Happy New Year! Isn't that what everyone says, and hopes for?|
2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster for those who celebrate the Chinese astrology calendar. And according to the calendar, those who were born under this zodiac sign should be more careful in 2017.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
becomes a tradition
When I was interviewing folks who are participating in this year's Noblesville Preservation Alliance "12 Houses of Christmas Home Tour," I discovered a heartwarming story about a unique holiday tradition from the Hopper family.|
Charlie and Marj Hopper own the decorated home on the tour at 1615 Maple Ave. It's a two-story brick house on the corner with lights that can be seen from both Maple Avenue and 16th Street.
If you've driven past the front of the house, you've seen a bright, colorful, triangular tree in the living room window.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
|Dad, Irv Heath, was
Irv Heath was "into everything, enjoyed life and felt giving was far superior to getting."|
These are the words of Marilyn Heath, Irv's daughter, who sat down and penned a letter to me this week, just four days after her father died. "It was good therapy for me. Helps with the mourning," she said.
Irv Heath died early Thursday morning, Dec. 22, 2016, at age 98, with Marilyn at his side. While he "wanted to make it to 100," she said, "he just wore out."
Friday, December 30, 2016
|New Year's Party
moves date, venue
If a movie, basketball, dodgeball, board games, bingo and bubble soccer sound like great family fun, then make plans to attend this year's free New Year's Party sponsored by Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drugs.|
But take note: This year, the party is not on New Year's Eve, nor is it at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairground, as in tradition.
The New Year's Party, in its 20th year, has moved to 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. And the new venue is Noblesville Parks' Recreation Annex on the northeast side of Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
|Irv Heath was all
Noblesville's Irv Heath wanted to live to be 100.|
He still had so much to do, because he loved serving Noblesville.
Yes, Noblesville was lucky to have Irving Maxwell Heath, a businessman who in 1951 with other businessmen thought there was a need for a Boys Club.
The co-founder, of what is now the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, died Thursday morning, Dec. 22, 2016. He was 98.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016