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home : columnists October 23, 2017


A scary, yet safe, Halloween
Pint-sized ghosts, zombies, princesses and action heroes will soon be invading Noblesville. With Halloween approaching, let's remember to stay safe and follow these tips provided by the Indiana State Police as we have some scary fun.

When it comes to costumes, remember length is important to prevent trips and falls. Using make-up instead of a mask could help prevent the obstruction of vision. Scraped knees and elbows, especially with the younger children, can really spoil a good time. To help motorists spot trick-or-treaters, consider wearing light colors or reflective tape on costumes.

Monday, October 23, 2017
Different ways to read the Bible
Our Thursday night Bible study is reading a book by David Lose, a theology and homiletics (preaching) professor at Luther Seminary called, "Making Sense of Scripture". It has been a delightful class for both novice and well-read Bible readers. Eye opening for me is that the people in the class are appreciating and using Lose's insights equally no matter their individual Biblical scholarship.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
August fogs and wooly worms and Persimmon seeds, Oh! My
The good thing about this time of year is that I can start thinking about running up to Gatewood's to replenish my persimmon pulp supply.

The bad thing is, it's time once again to try to figure out what the heck the weather signs are telling us about the coming winter.

First on the agenda is counting the number of fogs in August. Since I went on vacation then, I got that information from my cousin, the Dancing Librarian. (Don't worry, she's qualified. Her grandmother, Sheridan's Clara Hoover, was THE local expert on interpreting weather signs.)

Friday, October 20, 2017
Lots to do on our fall break
It's the second week of Noblesville Schools' fall break. And while I've seen tons of photos on friends' Facebook pages of their fabulous travels, from Florida to South Dakota and China to Italy, we've been having so much fun that we haven't even traveled out of the area.

Our break kicked off with Noblesville Main Street's First Friday Fall Festival, with trick-or-treating at the many downtown merchants, who graciously opened their doors.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Scaring up fun at fall parties, fests
It's time for Halloween costume contests, fall parties and outdoor bonfires.

While Noblesville Schools is on fall break this week and next week, there will be lots of festivities to attend.

The first Halloween party of the year was Tuesday's Hamilton County Junior Leaders free Community Halloween Party for kids. It's a party we never miss. This year, my daughter won the scariest in her age division.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Congratulations reader, YOU are part of us
It is not very often that I get "anti-fan" mail, but when I do, I want to use my keyboard to lash back at my opponent. Thankfully, I typically have an inner dialogue with my self and ignore the comments, and keep my sulking to myself. So today, because I have not had any of this type letters recently, I wanted to take the opportunity to say, if you are reading this, you do not have to agree with me. Also, when I was asked 6 years ago if I would be willing to write a "Faith-Based" column, there were no parameters set.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
3-2-Fun Center more than bowling
When Cicero's David Small bought Cooper's Stardust Bowl two years ago, his goal was to rebuild, rebrand and regrow the center.

First came the rebranding and "getting people back in, getting them to see the initial changes."

He initially renamed the center Bowl 32, fittingly for its 32 lanes and location on Indiana 32 on Noblesville's westside. Taking the rebranding one step farther, Small has, once again, renamed the center. "Our goal is to have fun, and the name is changing to 'Three-Two Fun,'" he said, still keeping the "3-2" in the name.

Friday, October 13, 2017
Acorn Farm, cinder tracks, covered bridges and State Road 13
I've got more reader feedback this week!

Karen (Booker) Fuller wrote that she worked at the Acorn Farm Camp while she was in college during the early 1960s. As head counselor for "the Chipmunks" (the five year-old campers) she heard a LOT of camp songs. Karen not only remembers the song that begins "Do your ears hang low . . .," but all the hand motions that went with it!

Friday, October 13, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
Following our visit to Belgium our tour group headed toward Germany. Along the way, we crossed into the country of Luxembourg and stopped at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg City to pay tribute to the 5,076 U.S. forces buried there.

Luxembourg is a very small country, no larger than the size of Rhode Island. It was invaded by German forces in May of 1940 and, after only a day of resistance, surrendered.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Locals embrace IKEA opening
Wednesday was the day that IKEA fans had eagerly awaited. They came from far and near and watched as IKEA employees greeted customers with thunder sticks and IKEA officials and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness celebrated -- with log sawing in traditional IKEA style -- the grand opening of the newest Swedish-headquartered store on IKEA Way in Fishers.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Talking trash
When I wrote last week's column about my recent knee replacement surgery, many people responded with expressions of sympathy. Not for me, but for my wife, who has had to pester me every day to do my exercises, which can be very painful. The pestering, I mean.

To help pass the time while I was moaning and groaning, Mary Ellen decided to tackle a job she had been putting off: going through kitchen drawers to see what we have accumulated in them over the years...and what should be thrown out.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Come for free meal, fellowship
Noblesville Schools' two-week fall break started on Monday. And to kick off the week, we popped in for the First Presbyterian Church's first-time fall break free lunch program.

The church was so successful for its first summer free lunch program in 2017 that organizers decided to offer a similar program over these two weeks.

A free lunch is served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays during fall break, which runs through Oct. 20.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Exercise is Not Just for the Young
Few things benefit the body more than maintaining physical fitness. While doctors routinely recommend exercise for younger patients, we're realizing how important it is for our older patients as well. Regular exercise, even in one's senior years, can still reduce your risk of a number of health conditions, particularly heart attacks, strokes, and falls. It also may be one of the few things to slow the onset of dementia.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in an effort to bring attention to and end domestic violence. With an average of 60 deaths occurring each year in Indiana as a result of domestic violence, there is a clear and growing need to help those being harmed by their partners. As we mourn those who have died because of domestic violence and celebrate those who are survivors, it's also very important we connect victims of domestic violence with tools and resources they need to protect themselves and their families.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Giving blessings for our animals
Last weekend was Pastor Teri Ditslear's fourth year to perform animal blessings for the community.

The event, put on by her grass-roots church, Roots of Life, is always around the first Sunday of October and brings out all sorts of animals.

This year, the family-friendly, dog-friendly, cat-friendly, oxen-friendly event moved from Forest Park to the new Federal Hill Commons west of the White River in downtown Noblesville.

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Action of the words is where healing begins
"There is more good in the world than bad." These are the words, spoken by Ellen DeGeneres, which have been ruminating in my mind all week long. Of course, as a pastor scripture verses such as: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Saturday, October 7, 2017
New Coffee with a Cop
About 10 officers from Noblesville Police Department showed up Wednesday morning at Noble Coffee & Tea.

For those who hadn't heard, the gathering was for NPD's new Coffee with a Cop.

Rather than being a formal program with an agenda, the first-time event offered the community an opportunity to talk to NPD officers one on one.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Leslie Haines' 'Stop and Go' signals
Okay, I've been driving on roundabouts for a few years now and I can honestly say I'm no more fond of them today than I was when they first started sprouting up in this county like toadstools after an April rain.

I can handle the smaller, less busy ones, but I avoid those big ones like the plague. If I wanted to up my heart rate that much, I'd take up running again.

The roundabouts have, however, given me a greater appreciation for what drivers must have felt like in the early 1920s when they encountered their first traffic signals.

Friday, October 6, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
It rises on the horizon like a scene from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - take your pick.

It's the second most visited site in France behind Paris - Up to 30,000 a day or 3 million a year.

It's Mont St. Michel. It's the 13 centuries old abbey built on a red granite outcropping in a tidal bay that makes it an island when the tide is up.

Friday, October 6, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
It rises on the horizon like a scene from Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - take your pick.

It's the second most visited site in France behind Paris - Up to 30,000 a day or 3 million a year.

It's Mont St. Michel. It's the 13 centuries old abbey built on a red granite outcropping in a tidal bay that makes it an island when the tide is up.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Scarecrows decorate our historic Square
If you've walked around the Courthouse Square this week, you've likely noticed a lot of scarecrows hanging on light poles.

"John the Crow Lennon," dons iconic sunglasses and plays his guitar.

Trolls spread happiness. A Miller Man models senior cords. And an "hipstoric" lady wears blue hair and a coat decorated with historic photos.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Finding therapy, discovering art
Michael McGuire's speech is slurred, and he can't always convey exactly what he wants to say.

It's been two years this month since the Noblesville man experienced a sudden brain bleed.

He had been complaining of a headache. Then, his wife, Megan, found him up in the middle of the night disoriented and speaking garbled English. He had an emergency craniotomy, to allow his swelling brain to expand.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
today to the D-Day beaches in Normandy illustrates the waste exacted by war.

The American cemetery on the bluff overlooking Bloody Omaha Beach is a rare place that compels one to walk and talk softly in respect for those buried under 9,385 white, marble Latin crosses and Stars of David laid out in precise rows on 177 acres of France deeded to the United States.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
What does Noblesville need?
What does Noblesville need?

An aquarium. An indoor water park. And an "amazing chalkboard."

A dog park. A candy shop. And a bike-rental station.

A diamond store. A bakery. And a donut shop.

And also a Mexican-Chinese restaurant "for families who can't agree."

Monday, October 2, 2017
Simple steps to help protect your identity
Recently, more than 3.8 million Hoosiers were affected by a security breach of Equifax, one the nation's largest consumer credit reporting companies. With more and more of these electronic security breaches occurring, along with the threat of credit card skimmers and email phishing scams, it's very important that Hoosiers take steps to protect their identities from criminals.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Going to the Dogs
My dog loves me unconditionally. Or, she is a really good pretender. There have been times when I have found her water bowl lacking H2O, or is filmy and disgusting. There have been times when I have ignored her requests for affection. Admittedly, I have not been always timely with her breakfast and dinner.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Morgan County veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty to preserve freedom over 75 years ago.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Westfield stages 'Lafferty's Wake' Irish comedy
Saying goodbye to a loved one is quite entertaining when friends and family of Charlie Lafferty gather at his grand wake at Rory's Irish pub.

A cedar casket down front sets the stage for "Lafferty's Wake," a comedy with music that opens tonight at Westfield Playhouse. The show continues weekends through Oct. 15 in the former church-turned-playhouse on Indiana 32 in Eagletown. Tickets are still available.

Friday, September 29, 2017
A bridge to the past
With the 18th annual Potter's Bridge Fall Festival set to take place this week, this seemed a good time to devote a column to a little Potter's Bridge history.

For those of you completely new to this area, Potter's Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County. It's one of four that once spanned White River. (Besides Potter's Bridge, there was one at Strawtown, the Logan Street Bridge in Noblesville, and the Eller & Heady - later just "Eller" - Bridge at 116th Street.)

Friday, September 29, 2017
Sweet sounds of small engines
Roger Reichenbach smiled as he demonstrated a miniature gas-powered engine that he built and hooked to a buzz saw that cuts little sticks of wood.

"This is the way we used to cut our firewood before we had chain saws," said the 83-year-old Noblesville man, who raised his voice over the clacking sound of the small engine.

"These are just like the big engines -- used on the farm back in turn of the century before they had electricity -- but they're miniature," he said.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Lots happening in Noblesville
When I found out that Live Nation's re-naming announcement for Klipsch Music Center was planned for the same time as this month's Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, I still put both of the events on my calendar.

By now, you've probably already heard that the 24,000-seat amphitheater -- originally known as Deer Creek Music Center that opened in 1989 in Noblesville -- on Wednesday was renamed to Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
When many people think of the invasion of Normandy on D-Day the first images that come to their minds are those of ships, landing crafts and allied forces storming the beaches.

The actual invasion, however, began 6-7 hours earlier when shortly before midnight on June 5th more than 1,000 C-47 transport planes lifted from runways in England and traveled across the English Channel.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Festival of Hope to aid recovery
While Drew Hawk doesn't make light of addiction, he does talk about it frankly.

He's lost friends to heroin and other drugs.

And in his 20s and 30s, Hawk struggled with alcohol abuse, as a "binge drinker" and didn't realize he had a problem, until he got a DUI about 10 years ago.

"It hit me that I needed to take better care of myself and change my life," said Hawk, 42, Arcadia, who never drove drunk or buzzed again.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Liar liar liar
I'm a liar. A no good, rotten liar.

My awareness of this started a few weeks back when I wrote a column about my recent family vacation. We went to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. (That part was true.) Then I related how, before our return flight, I sent my digital camera through the security scanner. (Totally factual.) And how it was stolen when I left it behind in the tray. (Correct, again.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A Hoosier Abroad
This was my takeaway from the first group dinner for the 40+ participants of the National World War II Museum's tour: "Writing the War - Following the Footsteps of WWII Correspondents."

Dining on Sea bream and a filet in Chateau Sully, conversation at my table revealed most had a parent who was involved.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Kenley: A final farewell
As my time as a state lawmaker winds down, I want to take a moment to reflect on my time serving in the Indiana legislature - how I started, what I accomplished and who helped me along the way.

Prior to running for a State Senate seat, I grew a small family business and served as a Noblesville City Court judge. While I never considered myself a "political guy," at the recommendation of some in the community, I ran for the Senate in the early 1990s with the intent to help Hoosiers and move the state of Indiana forward.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Another look at shingles
I've had requests to re-run my column on shingles. I think the increased interest has been brought on by the television ads for the vaccine to help prevent shingles, which are quite accurate and compelling. I've had quite a few patients who have recently been suffering from this malady, two quite severely.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Scholarships for those who want to teach
Our state and community is home to many talented young people who are exploring different career options. For those who want to pursue a worthwhile and fulfilling career as a Hoosier educator, the state offers Next Generation Teacher Scholarships, providing future teachers money for college.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Brewfest raises $50K for pool
It was the perfect warm, sunny afternoon to sample beer and wine, play cornhole and support a good cause under the big, shady trees in Forest Park.

In fact, the eighth annual Noblesville Brewfest and Wine Garden on Saturday was the most successful in history, raising an estimated record $50,000 for Forest Park Aquatic Center, I was told as I exited the brewfest and chatted with organizer Greg Baker.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Small town, big festival
This weekend, a sleepy little town of "750 friendly residents and a few soreheads," according to the town's welcome sign, has come to life, filled with craft and food vendors, musical acts and thousands of visitors.

The 44nd annual Atlanta New Earth Festival is today and Sunday in Atlanta, Ind., a town on Ind. 19, about 20 minutes north of Noblesville in northern Hamilton County.

The annual festival began in 1974 as a way to revive the town's business district.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Forgive and remember they are forgiven
Last weekend, I finally heard something about forgiveness that will stick with me forever. Many times in my life I have struggled with forgiveness and making it stick. When someone "trespasses against me," typically I can forgive quickly, but then I find myself holding onto the pain, or the memory of the offence.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Mystery-comedy kicks off season
Nancy Lafferty wants to sit in the audience and enjoy the show tonight.

The director of The Belfry Theatre's mystery comedy, "Done to Death," said if she does her job well, then there is nothing to do except watch.

"Actors are on their own. They shouldn't need me on opening night. And they don't," Lafferty said Thursday. "It's a solid cast, and they are ready."

Friday, September 22, 2017
Tackling a little NHS football field history
Homecoming last week started me thinking about Noblesville high school football fields of the past. There have probably been more than you realize.

Unfortunately, the really early years of NHS football are a little hard to research. During the first decades of the 20th century, football wasn't nearly as big as baseball and basketball, and the games weren't always written up in the newspaper.
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Downtown building to celebrate 150th
Rosie Hoistion has a big smile on her face everyday as she welcomes customers to Old Picket Fence.

It will be two years come January that she bought the business from Janet Hatmaker, who was looking to retire.

Hoistion didn't realize the rich history of the 150-year-old property until she settled into the old building on the northwest corner of Logan and Ninth streets in downtown Noblesville.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Brewfest keeps our pool open
If you get out this weekend, consider attending Noblesville Brewfest.

The eighth annual beer- and wine-tasting festival on Saturday is the one and only fundraiser for Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville.

The pool opens every summer thanks to Brewfest, which annually raises more than $40,000 for operation of the pool.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Great weekend in Noblesville
It was an amazing weekend in downtown Noblesville, as folks were out and about showing their spirit, supporting their schools, their city and their community.

It was perfect weather, warm and sunny, all weekend.

It all started with Noblesville High School Homecoming, including parade, tailgating and football game on Friday.

Folks crowded the streets of downtown Noblesville as Noblesville High School celebrated Homecoming with parade floats, athletes and school organizations during the annual Homecoming Parade.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome common repetitive injury condition
I see a number of people 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 "RSIs."

Carpal tunnel symptoms usually include numbness and/or pain in the hand and wrist that may extend up into the arm, shoulder or even neck. The numbness, tingling or pain frequently wakes people during sleep.

Monday, September 18, 2017
Fall fun in Indiana
Fall officially begins on Friday, Sept. 22, ushering in a host of fun-filled activities for the entire family. From visiting orchards to attending football games, fall in Indiana is a great time to get out and enjoy events happing throughout our community and state.
Monday, September 18, 2017
'Yesterday' with Trooper Marks
Noblesville's Jack Marks always had a story to tell. And he had old photos or memorabilia that went along to prove most of his stories.

One of those tales was about how the retired Indiana State Trooper gave The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr a sightseeing tour, including a ride back to his farm in Noblesville to meet Marks' family.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Loving is what Jesus did best
Feeling a little melancholy after moving our youngest son to Kansas City last week, I have been trying to discern the cause of my angst. It dawned on me, a day or so ago, that I have been enjoying the first day of school with at least one of my children for thirty-four years.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Pioneer Party in Forest Park
If you've been hankering for a lazy afternoon, listening to good old-time country music played by some local folks, then grab your lawn chairs and your straw hat and head for Noblesville's Forest Park on Saturday.

It's all part of the free Pioneer Party in the Park music festival, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m. celebrating old-time country music all afternoon until about 5 p.m. in Shelter No. 5.

Friday, September 15, 2017
Mr. Polk went to Washington (And so did I)
Last month, thanks to some very nice friends, I was able to take a vacation on the east coast, part of which was spent in the Washington, D. C. area with my college roommate and her husband.

In between catching up with my roommate and playing tourist, I managed to slip in a little Josiah F. Polk fieldwork.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
Tours, music, history, more
I have an Historic Home Tour sign displayed in my front yard, promoting Noblesville Preservation Alliance's 31st annual Historic Homes Tour.

I chuckled as I accepted the sign from NPA board member Sandy Stewart, who invited me to display the sign as I was out walking in Old Town one evening last week.

My chuckle was because I hope that no one mistook my front-yard sign for my house as being one of the homes on tour.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Commissioners response to oversight comments
The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners are writing in response to a recent article by County Councilman Fred Glynn regarding the Hamilton County Jail Complex Solar Project. We believe that additional facts and context would be helpful for Hamilton County taxpayers to determine if a state sanctioned guaranteed energy contract, generating an estimated net savings of over $12,500,000 over 25 years, is a good investment.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Frankly speaking
When Eugene Warrington died at the age of 95 last week, hundreds of people laid flowers at his site. Not the site of his grave, but of his grill. Walter's Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck, New York, just 20 minutes from where I grew up in Westchester County, was founded by Eugene's father, Walter. It was-and remains, according to many-the home of the greatest hot dog money can buy.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Start of school increases incidents of 'pink eye'
Now that school is back is session and child day care services are in full swing, the incidence of "pink eye" is starting to pick up. This is a very common condition that accounts for over 30 percent of patient visits for eye problems.

Conjunctivitis is the medical term for "pink eye." The conjunctiva is the continuous connective tissue membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids. It then folds back on itself to cover the front of the eyeball up to the edge of the cornea (where the white part of the eye meets the iris or colored part of the eye).

Monday, September 11, 2017
Internship opportunities with the House of Representatives
At the start of each year, the Indiana House of Representatives welcomes interns to the Statehouse to assist lawmakers and staff with daily duties for the duration of the legislative session. These are great opportunities to get paid while earning academic credits, building resumes, networking and gaining valuable skills for the workforce.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Indiana veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Places where free will makes us or breaks us
Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, wildfires in Oregon, California, Idaho, and Montana are destroying everything in their paths. It would be easy to view these storms and fires as the wrath of God. It would be equally easy to lose faith that God really loves us, allowing these storms and fires ravage the lives and livelihood of so many people.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Beck's Hybrids are seeding the future
I've been an avid gardener for most of my life, but I'm basically a city girl and I don't know beans about farming. (Okay, that was bad, but I couldn't resist.)

I was able to correct some of my ignorance recently, though, when I got the opportunity to attend Becknology Days at Beck's Hybrids near Atlanta, Indiana.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Fiscal Responsibility Requires Discipline and Oversight
As you likely know, the Hamilton County Council is the fiscal body of our county government. As such, the Council is wholly and exclusively responsible to ensure taxpayer money is spent wisely. The Board of County Commissioners is the executive body, responsible for the execution of the funding we approve, and the day-to-day operation of county government. There are literally thousands of requests for money that come to the Council each year - many of them for worthy causes.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
What a pain
"It really hurts," I said to my wife as my knee buckled under me.

"Good," said Mary Ellen.

That's not the kind of support you expect from your spouse. It's bad enough I have virtually no support from my knee, which is why I'm getting a new one next week. Unlike a heart or kidney, you do not get someone else's knee: it pretty much comes in a box like a pair of shoes from Amazon Prime. You just have to pray it's going to fit. And there's a lousy return policy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes Part 2:
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Morgan County veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
My hope is built on nothing less
Being a pastor of a church, preaching every Sunday, and feeling responsible for a "good" church experience, my highlights of worship is much different than the person who comes to receive a blessing. My eyes light up when I see people taking notes, or taking pictures. My heart leaps for joy when I see people nodding in recognition of a truth they have experienced. I get downright giddy when people actually take time to tell me something they learned, or strike up conversation concerning the sermon topic or (gasp) ask me for a copy of my sermon.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Lucky Teter, Acorn Farm, telephones and a mystery solved
Time to catch up with readers again!

Remember Paul Coverdale's question about the unfinished limestone ranch home on State Road 19, just north of 206th Street? I think we finally have an answer to that mystery.

It all boils down to legal trouble.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Remembering Jerry Lewis
I dedicated my performance at Indy Fringe last week to the late Jerry Lewis. Born Jerry Levtich, he traced his ancestry back to Eastern Europe, the origins of classic Jewish literature and the humor that came as a response to the repression Jews experienced for millennia. I never met Jerry Lewis, but my closest friend for almost 60 years, Burt Dubrow (now an independent TV producer in LA), worked with Jerry on several of his Muscular Dystrophy telethons.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Along the Path of Heroes Part 1:
In July of 2016 I joined a tour group and took an 11-day trip to Europe to tour World War 2 battle sites in France, Belgium and Germany - places that some of our Morgan County veterans once walked on or flew over. This series of articles is a summary of what I saw and learned there as I followed the path of American heroes who answered the call of duty over 75 years ago.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Advance directives can help when making end of life decisions
Health care at the end of life has been a popular discussion topic over the last couple of years. It has come up for discussion as we continue to search for ways to deliver compassionate, more cost effective care. Excellent books such as Dr. Atul Gwande's book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, have also popularized the topic.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Next Level Jobs initiative helps Hoosier job seekers, employers
Indiana's unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation at 3.1 percent. To continue our positive economic momentum, working-age adults in the state need to be prepared to meet the increased demands of employers that are locating here and expanding operations. With the recently launched Next Level Jobs initiative, Hoosiers now have access to new resources to secure advanced and better-paying jobs, and employers in the state have additional tools to help them fill positions in high-demand fields.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Old-time music on Courthouse Square
The northeast lawn of the historic Hamilton County Courthouse has been filling up on select Saturday nights with folks kicked back in lawn chairs while listening to old-time country music.

This Saturday will be the fourth free concert in Legacy Keepers Music 10th Anniversary String-Time Concert Series, which culminates on Sept. 16 with a free Pioneer Party in Forest Park.

Monday, August 28, 2017
The Times intern had good summer
Every year since I've been working for The Times newspaper, we've had high school or college interns getting their feet wet as reporters.

This summer was no different. College intern Sydney Allen eagerly spent her summer with us, learning about what it's like to be a journalist in the real world.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Spiritual discipline helps us engage
The phrase 'spiritual discipline' can seem very hoity-toity to a secular person, and maybe even to some religious people. But the mere act of disciplining oneself to ongoing and intentional spiritual growth, is not only beneficial to our spirit, but also helps us engage with God in our hearts and heads.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Put Blackberry Jam on menu
When we were at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, we happened upon Blackberry Jam - The Folk Band, performing in the Pioneer Village.

I'd already heard great things about the band, led by Arcadia's Jean Roberts.

Just watching the band on stage Saturday was a treat.

They played all afternoon on a small platform just large enough to fit the six-member band.

Friday, August 25, 2017
For the love of old cars
Now that the Indiana State Fair is behind us, it's time to rev up for the eighth annual Lucky Teter Rebel Run Car and Vintage Bike Show this Saturday at Noblesville's Forest Park.

I always love a good car show. An extra bonus, this show benefits the Noblesville Masonic Lodge's Angel Fund, a charity coordinated with Noblesville Schools for families who need financial assistance for medical and dental needs.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Options grow at Charter School
Noblesville's Mason Burden said he is able to focus more on his education thanks to a smaller-classroom environment and one-on-one time he receives with his teachers at Options Charter School in Noblesville.

The 15-year-old freshman, a former student at Noblesville East Middle School, was referred to Options during his eighth-grade year because of his need for that one-on-one time.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Gotta have the eclipse glasses
You would have thought that people were in line for Black Friday. Maybe the grand opening of a new store. Or even tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert.

Folks arrived as early as 1:30 a.m. Friday at Hamilton East Public Library's Noblesville branch, in hopes of scoring special solar eclipse-viewing safety eyeglasses to view today's highly publicized solar eclipse.

Both Noblesville and Fishers branch libraries gave away 100 pairs of eclipse-viewing glasses, first-come, first-served, when the doors opened at 9 a.m.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Nail fungus more nuisance than health threat
I recently had to remove some of a patient's toenails. Why on earth would someone want that done? Because they were infected with fungus. The medical term for a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails is onychomycosis (OM).

This condition is generally more of a nuisance than a real health threat. However, infected nails can become quite enlarged and painful. Diabetics and people who have poor immune function need to be concerned about OM.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Forgotten dreams
Whenever I pick up the newspaper, I find medical news contrary to previously reported findings.

It's just a matter of time, for example, before someone discovers that deep-fried Oreos are an excellent source of anti-oxidants and a possible preventative for heart disease. I pray for that news to come, but why couldn't the New England Journal of Medicine have released the research before the State Fair began?

Monday, August 21, 2017
'90 NHS grad is Fair's 'Mr. Fix it'
Mark Costlow can pet an Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale. He can view the Indiana State Fairgrounds from the roof of the Coliseum. And he can eat ice cream every day of the Indiana State Fair.

While he has lots of perks working at the State Fairgrounds, the 1990 Noblesville High School graduate, who is the Fairgrounds' facilities maintenance superintendent, is one of the busiest employees before, during and after the Indiana State Fair, which runs through Sunday.

The Fairgrounds has 250 acres, 68 buildings and is open year-round.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Bible in one hand, newspaper in the other
The advice theologian Karl Barth gave to ministers of the Word, was to preach using the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. Having an eye on current events, the state of our modern world, and the plight of our neighbor, while wrestling with what the Bible says about both love and hate is going to be the most effective method of reaching the ears and hearts of those who would hear.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Watching the solar eclipse in Hamilton County
On Monday, Aug. 21, Hoosiers will have the opportunity to see one of nature's greatest phenomena: a total solar eclipse. During this time, the moon will pass between the sun and earth and completely block the sun from view in parts of North America. While we will be treated to this beautiful and rare spectacle, it is also important that we take appropriate steps to be safe.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Eugene L. Brown takes on the phone company
I recently called my local phone company to question some information about my long distance carrier which they'd included on their bill.

Since they only supply my local service, the customer service rep just kept repeating they didn't handle my long distance and knew nothing about it - never mind that they clearly had a record of my long distance carrier since they'd put that information on the bill they'd just sent me.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Marching Millers, 4-H'ers and more
If you missed Noblesville Marching Millers' winning Indiana State Fair Band Day performance, you can still catch it tonight.

The Indiana State Fair Band Day Champions will present a "stand still" performance of the show during the halftime of Noblesville Millers varsity football season opener at Hare Chevrolet Field. General admission is $5. Game is at 7 p.m. Millers will play Lawrence North Wildcats.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Rediscovering Noblesville ALDI
You would have thought that a new grocery had opened in town.

Shoppers lined up from the front door to the length of the building. They camped out in lawn chairs. They had shopping bags in hand. And quarters ready to unlock and rent a grocery cart.

The Noblesville ALDI on Wednesday reopened for business after a brief closure during the store's remodel.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Being in a Vegetable Stew
I just returned from this year's Indiana State Fair. It was very bad timing, because I had just seen the government's reissued dietary guidelines online. I am not a fan of the current administration, but I did think in this one area they were going to cut us some us some slack...or a least a big piece of chocolate cake.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Remembering Mary Resler
There will never be another Mary Resler.

I have known her since my early years of covering Noblesville, from the days when she organized Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission's Summer Band Concerts in Seminary Park to the many musical programs she led at Noblesville First United Methodist Church.

She also organized the music for the Noblesville Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
4-H still shaping Alan Burton's life
When we visited the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, we happened onto Hamilton County 10-year 4-H'er Alan Burton, who was working at 4-H Centennial Hall alongside other county 4-H'ers.

Every time that I see Alan, he's busy dedicating his time and efforts to 4-H.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Indiana seeing rise in cases of Lyme Disease
The arrival of warm weather each year means we have to start worrying more about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it. Indiana has seen an increasing number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, particularly since 2013. The most recent statistics showed 102 cases in Indiana in 2015.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Cherishing every moment with Special Olympics
As I approach my one-year anniversary as the Hamilton County coordinator, I've been looking back at all I discovered over the year. I knew when I started this adventure that I had a lot to learn, I just didn't realize how much or how quickly I'd need to learn it.
Monday, August 14, 2017
ABLE accounts help Hoosiers with disabilities
Many Hoosiers are living with a disability, and among the obstacles they face is an increased strain on their finances. Whether paying for visits to the doctor's office, medications or specialized equipment, those living with a disability can encounter costly hurdles. To help individuals with disabilities and their families, Indiana now offers ABLE accounts, which are tax-exempt savings accounts that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Tour goes behind Riverview doors
Being one of the many guests at Thursday's Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, I was fortunate to be invited to Riverview Health's behind-the-scenes hospital tour.

Seth Warren, Riverview's CEO, was guest speaker at the luncheon with a crowd that filled the old barn-turned-catering hall at Mustard Seed Gardens in Noblesville.

Guests devoured a lunch catered by Matteo's Ristorante Italiano on the Square, then listened intently as Warren delivered the annual Riverview State of Health in Hamilton County.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Focus turns to Seminary Park
While Noblesville Deputy Mayor Steve Cooke has received a lot of grief about his controversial idea to build homes at Seminary Park and to turn our Nickel Plate Rail line into trails, I still follow him on Twitter.

That's because his Tweets are usually about promoting Noblesville.

Thursday, his Tweets encouraged folks to come out and donate blood during the Indiana Blood Center drive at the Wastewater Department on Washington Street in Noblesville's Southwest Quadrant neighborhood.

Friday, August 11, 2017
NEMS student singing his way
Young Noblesville actor and singer Maddux Morrison kept track of the time, because he was worried that he wouldn't make it to his final performance when the curtain opened.

He had just competed in the Junior Division of the Indiana State Fair Vocal Solo Male contest on Sunday. Although he was first to go on stage in the competition, when he went to sing, there were microphone issues. This delayed the start, but he handled it well.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Farmfest serves hearts, horses
Hometown fans will be thrilled to know that Nashville country music recording artist John Riggins will return this weekend to Hamilton County,

Headliner of Peterson Farmfest in Cicero, the former Carmel firefighter has performed at the festival every year since its beginning five years ago. The fundraiser brings in money for Reins of Grace Therapeutic Riding Center in Sheridan, where a dozen special-needs students, ages 2-8, ride horses weekly as therapy.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Man of honor and armor
The Ropkey Armor Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana has closed after more than 35 years. It was one of the finest private collections in the country. The contents will find homes in various museums around the country.

The founder, military historian and Korean War Veteran Fred Ropkey, passed away four years ago. As a tribute, I am re-running remarks I made at his funeral service in 2013. Check out my interview at WISHTV.com with Lani, Fred's wife of over 30 years in the next week or so.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
What's it take to costume 57 kids?
When Noblesville's Norma Floyd is asked to be a costumer for a show at The Belfry Theatre, she goes to work figuring out exactly what the director has in mind.

Doing the costumes doesn't mean she makes every one of them. Sometimes, she scrounges for costume pieces, and sometimes actors find their own costumes. But it's her job to make sure that every cast member in the show has a costume for his or her character.
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Monday, August 7, 2017
Let Tired Teens Sleep
Our teens are tired. While sluggish starts, missed alarms or pleas to sleep in on weekend mornings have long been associated with "lazy" teenagers, adequate sleep is an integral part of their healthy development. Nearly 8 in 10 Indiana high school students sleep less than the recommended eight hours on school nights.
Monday, August 7, 2017



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