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home : columnists January 25, 2015


Wolfsie: What's on the secret menu?
Did you know some restaurants have what they call "secret menus?" I had never heard of them, but apparently that's the point.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
God's waiting room can be where you like it
This week, I traveled to Arizona for a two-pronged trip to Phoenix. The first leg of the trip was to visit my dad and stepmom. It was long overdue, my parents are not getting any younger and sometimes they worry me with their growing list of infirmities and details of their "parts" wearing out. My dad calls Sun City, "God's waiting room" and it was during this trip that I could understand this title more clearly.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
A little Hamilton County natural history
While I was working on the bird column a few weeks ago, Ed Snyder mentioned the Blatchley Nature Study Club and - bingo! - I knew I'd found another column topic.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Teachers' devotion shines at our schools
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classes in various Noblesville elementary schools over the past few weeks and look forward to seeing more children in the months to come. We've been having pizza together as a celebration for the class in each school that raised the most money in the Coin Harvest for the Annual Noblesville Mayor's Charity Ball.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Part 1 of 3: Accountability is our responsibility
Note to reader: This is part of a three-part series about the bills pertaining to the House Republican 2015 Legislative Agenda. This week focuses on legislation related to election issues, Redistricting Study Committee and ethics reform.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
'Interurban Wreck 1919'
About 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday, May 24, 1919, a southbound interurban train jumped the tracks in downtown Noblesville causing a terrible mess. The interurban failed to slow down when it approached the city and was traveling at 45 mph when it reached the intersection of Ninth and Logan streets. The wheels left the tracks and the train smashed into 10 cars parked along the street before it crashed into the curb around the Courthouse.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sacramental living: Life giving and death dealing
If I were not Lutheran, I would consider being a Quaker.

This might seem like a big leap for anyone. The worship styles are very different.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wolfsie: Whose line is it, anyway?
What makes great one-liners? They are often wonderful insights, plays on words, or mis-directions in thinking.

Below are just a few of my favorites that I collected during the year 2014. Some are far older than that, but they were new to me and made me smile. I hope they do the same for you. Think of it as a belated Christmas gift. Next week you have to read my jokes.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Beating the winter blahs in the 1960s and '70s
Winter definitely isn't my favorite season, but when I was growing up here during the 1960s and early '70s, I didn't mind it so much. Even though Noblesville was much smaller then, we didn't lack for things to do.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Loren Schmierer: a true leader for our community
Last week I wrote about Pat Reed, who recently retired from the Noblesville Parks and Recreation Board. Another outstanding individual in our community is also moving on from a significant board. Loren Schmierer is retiring from his role as the appointed Noblesville representative on the Hamilton County Visitors and Convention Commission after almost 25 years. This board is the citizen oversight group for tourism activities in the county. Loren is the founder and owner of Stonycreek Farm Nursery and Landscaping.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Session off to a great start
The first week of the legislative session has come and gone, and we are off to an exciting start. As some of you might know, before we conduct our business each day, my colleagues and I are able to invite religious leaders to the Statehouse to offer an opening prayer, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. Known as the "Pastor of the Day," it is always exciting to meet the different religious leaders from across Indiana, and I especially enjoy inviting and visiting with those that live in Hamilton County.

It was an honor to have John Davis, senior pastor of the First Christian Church, where I attend, lead the House in prayer on opening day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Where is Brad Cook?
Brad Cook's column will not appear this week.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Let's talk about shoulder pain, Part I
The next two weeks I want to discuss 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.

To understand shoulder pain, it's important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself. The joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion. The anatomy of the shoulder joint, in contrast, allows for a vast range of movements. It has to be relatively unstable compared to other joints in order to be so versatile.

Monday, January 12, 2015
Sacred or not, let's practice real love
Ever since I began writing the Joy in the Journey column for the Times, I have received just a couple of letters questioning my theology, or pointing out a flaw in my reasoning regarding my idea of who God is, and giving me the "correct" answer to my unasked opinion.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Wolfsie: Don't bank on privacy
What is the name of your favorite cartoon character?

Are you teetering between Bart Simpson and Sponge Bob? If you are from my generation you might be torn between Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

This was exactly the dilemma I faced this holiday season when trying to create a security profile to do online banking and payments. The bank, for example, asked me a series of personal questions so if I forgot my password, they could confirm my identity by matching my answers.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
This column is for the birds (and bird watchers)
I can't claim to be a serious bird watcher, but I do enjoy observing the birds that show up at my feeder.

Although I mainly see what my South Bend Friend calls "LBBs" (Little Brown Birds,) I'm also visited by cardinals, blue jays, and chickadees, with the occasional nuthatch, junco, and downy or red-bellied woodpecker.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Mayor Ditslear: The importance of celebrating 'Pat Reed Day'
As you hopefully saw in the paper, last month we celebrated "Pat Reed Day" at the City of Noblesville. Pat retired after serving on the Noblesville Park Board for 27 years, but he has also contributed to our community in many other ways.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Your opinion matters: Legislative survey coming in mail
As a student, we all remember that "first day of school" feeling. With a sense of eager anticipation, many of us can recall wearing our favorite outfit and eating a big breakfast before we embarked on our journey. If you are like me, with all of the excitement in the air, it was hard to fall asleep the night before the first day of school, but somehow, that did not remove from the joy that came with seeing old friends, making new ones and starting a new adventure.
Wednesday, January 7, 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, January 5, 2015
'Cicero's Beautiful Surroundings 1914'
This 1914 postcard featured one of the important attributes of the town of Cicero in northern Hamilton County, its beautiful surroundings. The picturesque town is surrounded by woods, rolling topography and a large lake.
Monday, January 5, 2015
New King, New Year, new life!
If it were only that easy. The season of Advent is over, the waiting and the expectation of our new King has come and gone; Christmas is here. As I write this is column, it is the 8th day of Christmas, and we just rang in a New Year!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Candy Land: Fishers man holds Guinness World Record
Bob Brown of Fishers is addicted. And he admits it. "It's hard to pass a bar and not feel like I'm powerless." He's talking about candy bars - over 1,300 of them. Each one is different. His collection is No. 1 in the world. And it may be the only one quite like it.

The Guinness World Record people established the new category several years ago when Brown approached them thinking his huge stash might be worth noting, especially since they were still in their original wrappers. Apparently, collecting just the wrapper is not that uncommon. Brown keeps the entire bar, although he often buys two. He saves one and eats the other.

Friday, January 2, 2015
The stormy life and death of 'Cyclone' Johnson
I haven't written much about Carmel's early days, so I was intrigued when I recently ran across an article on "Cyclone" Johnson in an old Hamiltonian magazine. Johnson was an evangelist who met a bad end in Carmel one June evening in 1900.
Friday, January 2, 2015
A New Year means new opportunities
A New Year brings exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Echoed in the words of "Auld Lang Syne," as we look back on a year full of memories, let us reminisce on all of the good times, letting go of the bad. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year as you celebrate with friends and family.

Most notably this time of year, many will be making resolutions to improve their lives or the lives of others. While I always enjoy making resolutions, of course, the trick is sticking with them. The hardest for me are the ones promising to eat healthier, be more active and get more organized. I view each New Year's Day as a clean slate and a fresh start -- this year will be no different. Like many, I always make my resolutions hoping to be a little more productive than the year before as well as continuing to volunteer more in order to give back to our community. Whether large or small, if you have not made your New Year's resolutions yet, there is still plenty of time, and I have a couple ideas just in case you need some inspiration.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The doctor is out
Dr. John Roberts is on vacation this week. His column will return after the holidays.
Monday, December 29, 2014
'Happy New Year 1896'
The Noblesville Commercial Club published its annual roster of members in 1896 in this New Year booklet. There were 98 members in the club (membership was limited to 100 persons). The Commercial Club was a local business network similar to today's Chamber of Commerce. It was founded in February 1895 for the furtherance of the mercantile and manufacturing interests of Noblesville. The home of the club was the entire third floor of the Wild Opera House (which opened on Nov. 25, 1895). The Club was handsomely furnished for business and social purposes. The Club was open daily from 9 a.m. to noon, and members enjoyed billiards and pool, cigars and refreshments. But the first sentence of their by-laws declared "No religious or political discussions shall be allowed in the rooms of the Club."
Monday, December 29, 2014
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ
Merry Christmas! The days of waiting and expectation are over. Jesus has been born!

Last week, as a re-read my article, it seems that I was in a "bah-humbug" mood. My stuff was not getting done, and I was preaching to myself, "It is not about the presents but the presence!" over and over and over. My house was/is a wreck, my baking was not finished, I could not find the Christmas stockings, and the list of not-done and not-found items, I needed, seemed endless.

And yet, the baby came, ready or not, and it is a joyous event.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
'Tis the season, all the time
At Linda Greene's house, it's always Christmas. In her modest home in New Palestine, she has around 100 decorated Christmas trees. She's not sure exactly how many there are because she has never taken the time to count them. That's because her husband really doesn't want to know. What makes this story unique is that the trees are continually on display, always decorated. They are up the whole year, 24/7. 'Tis the season. All the time.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
A Notable Nineties New Year's salute
Believe it or not, it's time once again to salute our Notable Nineties. (Where did the year go?!)

I've tried to keep the list up to date, but I'll be the first to admit I've been a little off my game this year. If any corrections need to be made, please let me know.

Friday, December 26, 2014
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.
Monday, December 22, 2014
The resurgence of whooping cough
I've been fielding a fair number of questions lately about pertussis (whooping cough). Public health officials have been concerned about the rapid increase in pertussis cases the last few years. It is becoming a big problem. Indiana health officials are predicting that at the current rate, they will see more cases than they have in the last 50 years. There have been a number of deaths nationwide from pertussis, particularly in infants less than two months of age.

Pertussis, commonly referred to as "whooping cough," is a highly contagious bacterial disease caused by Bordetella pertussis. The bacterium is named after Dr. Bordet who isolated the causative organism in 1906.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Wolfsie: Thanks again, for all of the craziness in 2014
This is Part II of my annual shout-out to all the folks who made writing a weekly humor column a little easier in 2014.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Feeling a little 'Grinchy' this holiday season
Admittedly, I am feeling a little "Grinchy," a little like Mrs. Scrooge. It is 5 days until Christmas and I "should" be feeling better about it than I do.

The Advent season is so beautiful in the life of the church. Lots of the decorations, symbols, and candles each communicate with us the reason for the season, the birth of the Lord of Lords, Emmanuel, Jesus the Savior.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
An 1840 Christmas in 1975
These days, with Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween and Thanksgiving almost an afterthought, it may be hard to believe, but early Indiana Christmases weren't that big a deal. The state legislature met, schools were in session and stores opened for business.

When I checked the diary of Indianapolis attorney Calvin Fletcher prior to 1839, the only reference to special Christmas Day festivities I found was an 1829 entry which noted that "Temperance and Sabbath School societies" had put a damper on the "usual firing of guns & parade."

I first learned about those early holidays when my mother and I volunteered to help with Conner Prairie's Christmas celebration in 1975. The museum, which normally portrayed the year 1836, depicted an 1840 Christmas that year so they could include some later traditions and make the grounds seem more Christmassy.

My main job was to stand outside the Conner house and direct people to the Village, as "Prairietown" was known then, whenever the house became too crowded.

My secondary job was to keep from freezing. (It was 5 degrees above zero!)

Friday, December 19, 2014
Looking back on a memorable 2014
Last week, I shared some of the highlights of 2014 in the City of Noblesville and in this week's column, I'll wrap up some of the remaining top points of interest from this year.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
It's that busy time of the year!
With Christmas just one week away, as families are making their final preparations for the holidays, lawmakers are gearing up for the next legislative session, which will begin Jan. 6. Like the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, this time of year is extremely busy for lawmakers. For me personally, along with reviewing the recommendations made by this year's summer study committees, I am also attending legislative breakfasts, meeting with constituents and working with industry experts to come up with solutions to problems impacting Hamilton County and the State of Indiana.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
'Romance in Fishers 1914'
These 100-year-old postcards featured a romantic theme with a couple expressing their love in Fishers, Ind. Fishers, at the time, was a small town of less than 200 people. The postcards were sent to Forest Nicholson who saved them and passed them on to his daughter, Martha Nicholson.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Restless leg syndrome
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.

People have described symptoms suggestive of restless legs since the 17th Century. The Swedish neurologist Erik Ekborn, initially coined the term "restless legs syndrome" in the 1940s. It is estimated that between 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from RLS to some degree.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Taking the week off
Teri Ditslear's Joy of the Journey column will not appear this week. Ditslear is taking the week off.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Wolfsie: Thanks for the funneries
I need two columns this year to express gratitude to all those who provided material for my weekly 2014 columns. So for this week, a big thanks to...

... our cat, Angel, who bit my wife one morning, resulting in what appeared to be nothing but a little redness. That night on our way to dinner, our friends spent 20 minutes in the back of our car Googling things like LETHAL CAT BITES and DEATH FROM FELINES. We decided to spend the evening at Med Check because with our great health insurance policy, the co-pay was cheaper than movies and a large popcorn.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Dillinger, Dirty Helen and the Noblesville Milling Co.
It's time for some reader feedback!

Barbara Crawford passed along the information, via my cousin, Rosanna Dunn, that one of John Dillinger's cousins used to live not too far from here, and that Dillinger was known to visit her.

(Having been raised in Indianapolis and Mooresville, Dillinger had a number of relatives in central Indiana.)

Friday, December 12, 2014
Looking back on a memorable 2014
Each December as we approach a new year, I always enjoy taking the time to review our local highlights from the past year. Noblesville has been an excellent place to live, work, and play for many years and 2014 was no different. While it is not possible to fit in every piece of City of Noblesville news from 2014, I will do my best to share the top points of interest in this week's and next week's columns.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Reinforcing our commitment to education
When lawmakers talk about improving Indiana, we all have different thoughts and opinions on how best to accomplish this. Although we might not always be in agreement, like multiple roads leading to a single destination, our overall goal remains the same: to make our community and state the best place to live, work and raise a family. For me personally, I believe many of the issues impacting Indiana can be related to our education system.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among folks who do repetitive motion
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, December 8, 2014
'More Greetings from Noblesville'
These antique postcards featured colorful flowers and greetings from Noblesville. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, generic postcards were produced which artfully displayed floral designs.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Can Christmas still change the world?
This is a question on the hearts of many Christian people during this season of waiting and wondering, this season called Advent.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Wolfsie: Dialing up problems on a new car stereo
The radio in my car has been broken for quite a while. The tuner is busted, and the tape in the cassette player is jammed with this one educational travel tape that I have been listening to over and over again since our trip to Egypt six years ago. I am getting a little bored with it, but I know all the major pharaohs of the past 3,000 years and I bet I know more about the Great Sphinx than most people.

I decided to treat myself to a new stereo. The prices seemed reasonable, and I really wasn't looking for many bells and whistles. If there were bells and whistles, I wouldn't be able to figure out where to ring them or blow them, anyway.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Cat (and dog and bird) tales from the Dancing Librarian
As some of you know, I had foot surgery in early October and have been hobbling around on one leg for several weeks. (Who knew a simple trip to the bathroom could be such an adventure?)
Friday, December 5, 2014
Make your own Christmas memories this year in Noblesville
I don't think there is a better place to be during the holiday season than Noblesville. Families have many places to go and things to do in our city to help them celebrate this time of year.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Celebrating Indiana's rich heritage
What comes to mind when you think of Indiana? Do you think about the Battle of Tippecanoe or the Indianapolis 500; maybe significant figures like Larry Bird or former President Benjamin Harrison? There are many reasons why Indiana has played a crucial role in shaping the foundation of this great nation, and we have a rich history that dates back to Dec. 11, 1816, when we first joined the union, known as our Statehood Day.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
'My finger is stuck,' a common complaint of trigger finger condition
I've had a run of patients recently, all presenting with problems getting their fingers to move. They all described "catching" or "popping" when trying to flex or extend a finger. They were all suffering from trigger finger, a condition also known as trigger digit or by the medical term stenosing tenovaginitis.

The condition is very common. It is seen up to six times more frequently in women than men and typically starts showing up around 55-60 years of age. It is also seen more often in a person's dominant hand. It can affect any of the fingers, most often in the thumb, followed by the ring, middle , little and index fingers.

Monday, December 1, 2014
'Greetings from Noblesville'
Since the late 1800s, local residents and visitors have collected and sent postcards to commemorate their time in Noblesville.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Wolfsie tests drives king-size movie-theater recliners
My wife and I have learned that when it comes to deciding what movies to see, we cannot depend on the opinions of newspaper and online movie critics. These are disgruntled people who are looking to criticize even the most enjoyable films - no doubt unhappy that they can't write off the $12 tub of popcorn as a business expense.

I once suggested to Mary Ellen that we go to the theater and hang around outside, then listen in on people as they exited the movie to see what they were saying about it. My wife was against this just like the time I advocated the same idea for picking a restaurant. Mary Ellen felt that standing out in the cold in front of Red Lobster to eavesdrop on the patrons seemed desperate. And it might look a bit fishy.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Who would be the last five people on the planet that you would invite to dinner?
Have you ever had one of those weeks when you hear a message (from God, I suppose) several times, in different voices, and in different contexts?

It started last week when I was preparing for Sunday's worship. I had a Bible verse "ear worm."

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Strawtown in its heyday
A trip to Strawtown a while back reminded me I haven't really written much about that historic Hamilton County town.

Strawtown's story actually begins with two other communities.

The first village in the area was Stevensburg or Stevensburgh, about two miles upriver from present-day Strawtown. I use the term "village" loosely, though. Stevensburg's only buildings seem to have been Isaac Stevens' mill, constructed in 1827, and a post office.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Perfect start to the holiday season
This weekend is one of my favorite times of the year in Noblesville! It begins on Thursday when family and friends will all come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. While every family celebrates a little differently, it is such a great time to count all of your blessings big and small. I am thankful for so many reasons like having a family that has grown over the past two years and knowing friends, who have felt like family longer than I can remember. Another blessing is being a part of this community that comes together during the holiday season.

Every year, I am always amazed and so grateful for all the work done by countless volunteers, local leaders and residents that make each holiday season better than the last. So much work goes into each community event, and I am grateful to everyone who participates and helps out. With students home, family members and guests visiting for Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some of my favorite happenings in Noblesville that the whole family can enjoy this weekend.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Warts is a common problem
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- to 20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.
Monday, November 24, 2014
'Diana Theater'
The closing of the Diana Theater marked the end of a long run of movie theaters in downtown Noblesville.
Monday, November 24, 2014
On Thanksgiving, join in the circles and stories
It is happening, and I am embracing the change. I am turning into one of those churchy type "Circle" women. Even though I am the pastor of Roots of Life, I am still, in part, a woman of "circles." You know the kind, the ones that sit in a circle and sew for a good cause, while solving the world's problems?
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Wolfsie finds perfects gifts that keep on giving
It's time for a look at Part II of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, which contains hundreds of items that you can probably do without. But don't let this stop you from sending these gifts to others.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Noblesville's flour power
With Thanksgiving next week, this seemed a good time to pass along a couple of recipes I ran across in the old Noblesville Daily Ledger microfilm.

Cornbread and biscuit recipes aren't usually noteworthy, but these have quite a history. They appeared in 1929 Noblesville Milling Company ads - back in the days when Noblesville was known for its mills.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Noblesville Firefighters Food and Toy Drive needs your help
As the holiday season approaches, many of us want to give back to our community. One way to help others in our city is to donate to the Noblesville Fire Department's Christmas Food and Toy Drive. This annual event, which has taken place for 37 years, will benefit 120 less fortunate families in Noblesville.

And what a difference it makes in people's lives. I was told that one father who received assistance stated "maybe she will believe in Santa again" after he and his 5-year-old daughter received assistance from NFD.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
First official day of the Legislature begins with charity drive
With the first snowfall of the season, coming a little too early for me this year, it feels like winter is officially here. However, if we are going to have snow, the best kind is when it lightly covers the landscape but not the roads. The one thing this snowy weather has done is put me in the holiday spirit but it also reminds me the legislative session is almost upon us.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
'Beanie's Cafeteria'
Beanie's Cafeteria was located at 173 North Ninth St. in Noblesville, one-half block north of the Courthouse. It was well known for its baked beans, its method of preparing pork chops, and great pies.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Falls are among most-concerning hazards, when considering safety for seniors
I've seen a fair number of elderly patients lately who have suffered injuries from falls. This is a very important topic because the older segment of our population is growing rapidly. In fact, 40 percent of deaths after the age of 65 are due to accidents in the home. There are many issues to look at when considering safety for seniors. Falls are probably the most concerning.

Seniors are naturally more prone to falling and as a result, suffer many injuries. As we age, our bones become weaker and our muscular fitness starts to decline.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Join us on Tuesdays: '1 beer, 1 question, 1 hour'
Roots of Life Community started a new small group this week called "111," 1 beer, 1 question, 1 hour.

It is meant to be a safe place to talk about faith and life. It is meant to be table discussion where there are no absolute right or wrong answers. It is meant to be an hour that when we disagree with someone, we can say the words, "You do not have to be wrong for me to be right."

Saturday, November 15, 2014
He's everywhere! He's everywhere!
In the weeks leading up to John Dillinger's bloody end outside Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, people around the country were going a little Dillinger-crazy.

All the places Public Enemy No. 1 was spotted and the banks he supposedly robbed remind me of the tagline of the old "Chickenman" radio series - "He's everywhere! He's everywhere!"

Friday, November 14, 2014
Take a moment to experience American Education Week
I was happy to see on my calendar that next week is American Education Week. The first elected office I held was as a member of the Noblesville School Board, and education has always been something I've been passionate about.

The purpose of American Education Week is to give all Americans an opportunity to celebrate public education and to honor individuals who are making a difference by ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

American Education Week is observed in many parts of the country and features a special recognition each day that week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Consider those less fortunate this holiday season
Before you know it, the holidays and my favorite time of year will soon be here. The holiday season is a time of togetherness, shared traditions and of course, who can forget all of the great food? I am especially looking forward to the mashed potatoes and gravy as well as the pumpkin pie, which is just a delight. I always enjoy spending Thanksgiving with loved ones, and now that I'm married, I look forward to continuing that tradition with my new family.

We have so much to be thankful for, and while I have many fond memories of the holidays, unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Let us not forget that this time of year is not just about finding the best deals or receiving great gifts, it is about coming together as a family and as a community, being thankful for what we have and most importantly, supporting those who are less fortunate or have fallen on hard times.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
'Aunt Bee's Fried Chicken'
Aunt Bee's Fried Chicken Restaurant served some of the best broasted fried chicken in the state. The popular dine-in or carry-out restaurant opened in 1969 and closed in 1992. It was located at 1375 South 10th St. in Noblesville.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Kidney stones are no laughing matter
Kidney stones are a topic near and dear to my heart as I've had the pleasure of having three of them. Stones or calculi, from the Latin for pebble, can form and stay in the kidneys (renal calculi or nephrolithiasis) or move down the ureters, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureteral calculi or urolithiasis). Stones may also be found in the bladder.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Shirt happens, unfortunately when you're far from land
Two weeks prior to leaving for a cruise vacation, I had to buy a dress shirt for one of the formal evenings on the ship. I don't like to wear a white shirt, preferring one with a bit of color, but Mary Ellen was adamant that I go traditional. I also made an additional purchase for the more casual nights.

The first evening on board, I began dressing about an hour prior to dinner, knowing that I needed extra time to extricate the new shirt from its cellophane wrap and remove the dozen tiny pins which, by the way, I had no idea how to discard that was considered environmentally friendly. The garment clearly met the criterion my wife had established for appropriate attire, so I put it on.

"You have a stain on your shirt," said Mary Ellen.

"That's impossible. I haven't even worn it yet."

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Let's play the Name game
What were they thinking? When my parents named me, very few women were named "Teri."

Most Teri's were nicknamed from the proper name and saintly name, Theresa, but not me.

To make matters even more interesting, there was a comic strip named, "Terry Lee and the Pirates." Yes, my middle name is Lee. To be clear, my parents never claimed to have named me after a comic strip hero, but it is a story that I have convinced myself could be true.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
John Dillinger's not-so-excellent Hamilton County adventure
John Dillinger's not-so-excellent Hamilton County adventure

Having raised the subject of John Dillinger a few weeks ago, I decided I really ought to elaborate on the infamous Hoosier bank robber's "visit" to Hamilton County.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Neighborhood organization does more than just crime watch
If you took your children trick-or-treating on the north side of Noblesville last Friday, you may have encountered some individuals wearing bright yellow shirts. These folks are members of the Friendly Northside Neighborhood Crime Watch group. They were out and about to help everyone stay safe on Halloween.

But this group is more than just a crime watch. According to its coordinator, Brenda Cook, these individuals are making a big difference in their neighborhood.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
A monster for breakfast?
A teacher asked me to address the increasing number of kids who are consuming energy drinks. What are the potential harms? The energy drink business is booming. It is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. beverage industry and big business with 2012 sales topping $12.5 billion (a 60 percent increase from 2008).
Monday, November 3, 2014
'Lions Club Raffle 1948'
The Noblesville Lions Club held a fund-raiser in 1948, and winner of the raffle got a 1948 Dodge automobile. The car was made available by the local Dodge-Plymouth dealer, Ken Meara Motor Sales.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
The eight B's of a life worth living
There are eight of them. Jesus talked about them perched on a hill overlooking the countryside. When He saw a bunch of people coming toward him and he just was not in the mood to deal with them. Maybe, he did not want to answer the same questions over and over and over. Maybe, he was just plain tired of laying hands on the sick and injured. Maybe, he just wanted to have some time with the people who he knew might just believe in him one more time.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
The eight B's of a life worth living
There are eight of them. Jesus talked about them perched on a hill overlooking the countryside. When He saw a bunch of people coming toward him and he just was not in the mood to deal with them. Maybe, he did not want to answer the same questions over and over and over. Maybe, he was just plain tired of laying hands on the sick and injured. Maybe, he just wanted to have some time with the people who he knew might just believe in him one more time.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Great 'balls of fire' and other spooky tales
If you've ever been on one of the Noblesville or Westfield ghost walks or the Howling Hamilton County bus tour run by Historic Indiana Ghost Walks & Tours, you're probably familiar with the county's best known ghost stories, but I've run across a few tales in the old newspapers I bet you've never heard before, like the one in the April 29, 1892, Noblesville Democrat.
Friday, October 31, 2014
WIN Week: Celebrating Women in Noblesville
Through the years, the City of Noblesville has been grateful for our relationship with the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. If you're not aware of its long history, the Noblesville Chamber was incorporated in 1935. We both share the common goal of providing programs and services to help Noblesville businesses and businesspeople succeed. Throughout the year, the Chamber provides many opportunities to promote business in Noblesville and next week they are debuting a new initiative called WIN (Women in Noblesville) Week. The theme of WIN Week is "Celebrating Women in Noblesville."
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Protecting Hoosier taxpayers
When I was young, I can remember my mom and dad talking about the family's budget. They would discuss what could be spent on necessities like groceries or clothing items, what bills we needed to pay and if we had any money left over that we could save or spend. At an early age, sometimes that conversation meant being able to go to the drive-in movies or not being able to buy a new toy that week. But to this day, what they taught me has helped me manage my personal finances for years.

Many of you might remember similar conversations with your parents or the times they would let you pay the cashier, counting out dollar after dollar until the bill was paid. While the customers in line behind you got a little upset, this was a great strategy that parents use to help their children understand finance. Interestingly, you can apply some of these same strategies to understand our state's finances as well.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014



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