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home : columnists : betsy reason June 22, 2017

Picnic will help neighbors meet
We are so glad that the City of Noblesville decided to keep Seminary Park as green space for our Old Town neighborhood.

It is a place we love, and smile about every time we drive by or walk to the park.

We are happy to see events being scheduled there this summer. One of those events is Noblesville Preservation Alliance's annual Summer Picnic, which is this Sunday.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Vietnam veteran sacrifice honored
A sailor from Noblesville, who died 35 years ago, is being honored today in Washington, D.C.

John Allen Brooks was a husband, a father and a Navy Corpsman serving with the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. He died as a result from exposure to Agent Orange.

His daughter, Emily Brooks, and her mother, Peggy Beaver, Brooks' widow, are attending the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund In Memory ceremony this morning.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
It was a 'Perfect Wedding' proposal
When Noblesville's Zach Buzan was trying to figure out the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend, Katie Gipson, the pieces slowly started falling into place.

What if Zach were cast as the bridegroom in The Belfry's "Perfect Wedding" comedy?

How perfect would that be?

What if he would propose to Katie right after the bows on opening night of the play?

How perfect would that be?

Friday, June 16, 2017
Bryan Clauson legacy will be honored today
Noblesville racecar driver Bryan Clauson would have turned 28 years old today.

But he tragically lost his life on Aug. 7, 2016, following a dirt-track racing accident in Belleville, Kan.

While the day is an emotional one for his family, fiancée and friends, his birthday will be celebrated in a big way both far and near.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
It all started with an old Chrysler
Nearly 30 years ago, Noblesville's Dave Shank bought a 1954 Chrysler, just for a hobby.

He drove the car in the Fourth of July Parade and the Noblesville Christmas Parade. Realizing that there were a lot more car enthusiasts out there besides him, he struck a deal with the festivals' organizer that if she would give him names and numbers of old-car owners, then he would organize all antique-car events.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Theater now our summer home
Today is the first day of rehearsals for The Belfry Theatre's summer kids production.

I know this because my daughter auditioned a week ago for Disney's "The Little Mermaid." The theater's Apprentice Players' production will present a total of eight performances the last weekend in July and the first weekend in August.

Monday, June 12, 2017
To celebrate or not to celebrate
I haven't really celebrated my birthday since I hit a certain milestone. But I will let you do the math.

When my birthday rolls around every June 10, it's always strawberry-picking time. This year, the strawberries, the first fruit of the picking season, arrived three weeks ago, due to an early spring.

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Osbornes honored in Museum opening
Steven Osborne pointed to a blue-striped cotton dress worn by his maternal grandmother, a dark print wedding dress worn by his paternal grandmother and a blue and white quilt that she started 70 years ago. He also showed a rocking chair and a top hat that belonged to this paternal grandfather. And vintage photos of his Osborne ancestors, a family Bible and an old shutter taken from the house of a family farm.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Memorial bench will honor Don Roberts
When we drive into the Noblesville Airport this Saturday for the annual June pancake breakfast fly-in, by habit, we'll automatically be looking for Don Roberts sitting on his favorite bench, acting as an official greeter.

He always flirted with all of the girls in his sweet harmless way. Especially the little girls, like my 11-year-old And sometimes, he would wear a red clown nose and make everybody laugh.

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Bed Race rolls out the creativity
This year's Darlington Bed Race brought out more creativity than I've ever seen before.

Noblesville Preservation Alliance, which had maids and butlers pushing a Victorian lady on a canopy bed, wasn't the fastest in the race. But the entry, which competed at a leisurely pace, was the most popular among the audience crowded along Ninth Street.

Monday, June 5, 2017
Last day of school bittersweet for us
Thursday was an emotional day. It was the last day of classes for the school year.

But this was more emotional than any other year. Because it was also the last day of classes for elementary school.

Yes, my 11-year-old graduated fifth grade at North Elementary School.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Come out, support girls lacrosse tonight
I was so thrilled when Noblesville's Larry Palmer contacted me about Noblesville Girls Lacrosse.

He is volunteer board president of the Noblesville Lacrosse Club, which manages the boys and girls high school lacrosse programs. He is also the proud dad of a senior player.

Tonight and all day Saturday, Noblesville Lacrosse Club will play host to the Girls High School State Lacrosse Finals at White River Elementary Soccer Fields.

Friday, June 2, 2017
Lions pork chop sign of summer
This week is one of my favorites.

While it's still another 20 days until summer officially arrives on the calendar, this weekend really feels like the beginning of summer here in Noblesville.

Besides today being the last day of school and the kickoff of the Summer Reading Program at Hamilton East Public Library, a big tent goes up today on the Courthouse Square as Noblesville Lions are setting up tables and chairs for the Club's annual Pork Chop Dinner on Friday.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Saluting veterans on Memorial Day
Monday was a beautiful sunny day. Particularly for a Memorial Day celebration on the Hamilton County Courthouse Square.

It was the largest crowd that I recall. Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear voiced the same observation.

As I looked around at the crowd of people, there were families with kids, familiar faces from the community and a lot of veterans.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Bryan Clauson, we're thinking of you today
I know that I will find myself thinking of Noblesville's late Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson as I sit and watch today's 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis.

And again on Sunday, as we, in tradition, listen on the radio to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 101st running of the Indy 500.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Is it finally pool weather?
How many gallons of water does it take to fill a swimming pool at Forest Park Aquatic Center? Would you guess 250,000 gallons for each of the two main pools?

And how many hours do you think it takes to fill the two pools? More than a day? Actually 27 hours per pool, using firehoses hooked up to fire hydrants.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Seniors too busy to get into trouble
I love to hear about kids caught being good.

That's why I always try to attend the annual Hamilton County Commissioners' Youth Service Award ceremony when organizer George Kristo invites me.

The scholarship contest attracts some of the county's most impressive and praiseworthy seniors, each representing his or her school district, with the focus on recognizing outstanding service by drug-free youth.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Bryan Clauson, we're thinking of you today
I know that I will find myself thinking of Noblesville's late Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson as I sit and watch today's 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis.

And again on Sunday, as we, in tradition, listen on the radio to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 101st running of the Indy 500.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Never too tired when turning 11
Tuesday, we celebrated my daughter's 11th birthday.

We also celebrated her birthday on Sunday at Noblesville's Forest Park. And with her friends 11 days ago at the Hamilton County Sports Complex's A Plus Gymnastics Center in Noblesville.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Never too tired when turning 11
Tuesday, we celebrated my daughter's 11th birthday.

We also celebrated her birthday on Sunday at Noblesville's Forest Park. And with her friends 11 days ago at the Hamilton County Sports Complex's A Plus Gymnastics Center in Noblesville.

Wednesday, May 24, 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.

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.

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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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