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Helping kids begin their horse journey
Donning a cowboy hat and boots, Noblesville horseman John Stewart leads his 5-year-old quarter horse, Rodney, into the new Koteewi Stable & Trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.

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

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

Friday, March 24, 2017
Coriander and Cilantro - An herbal duet in C
It's that time again - the Herb Society of Central Indiana's annual spring symposium will be held Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

This year's theme is "Herbal Duet in C: Coriander/Cilantro" in honor of the International Herb Association's 2017 "Herb of the Year," coriander and cilantro.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Grand vacation, redux
Mary Ellen is planning our 2017 summer vacation. She wants to go to the Canadian Rockies. I get nervous about trips like this. Sometimes we get on each other's nerves when we travel together and it looks like this time we're going to have a particularly rocky start...and finish.

Back in 2007, we took a trip to the Grand Canyon, the only place in America where you're allowed to drag your kid to the precipice of one of the world's deepest chasms, but they put you in the slammer if you feed a squirrel.

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

That's after Fishers and Noblesville leaders on Feb. 28 made a joint announcement, proposing to convert the historic rail line to a greenway that they plan to call the Nickel Plate Trail.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Big Courthouse tree was an FFA project
Hamilton County's building and grounds superintendent Steve Wood gave me only enough details to pique my interest when he phoned me on Thursday to tell me that the big Christmas tree on the Historic Courthouse lawn would be cut down on Friday.

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

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Little class in the fundamental teachings
Martin Luther had a way with words. No dancing around the issue of what he believed to be a travesty; the lack of the common person's ability to say why they claimed to be a Christian. Not much has changed.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time for more reader responses!
Tom and Jacinta Stephenson would like to know about a tunnel rumored to have run under State Road 32 between the old Union State Bank and Pickett's Cafeteria in Westfield. They said their information came from an article about haunted places in Westfield which was published in the Ledger years ago.

I've got nothing. Does anyone have the article, or know anything about a tunnel there?

Friday, March 17, 2017
Noblesville grad writes about life
When I heard that Noblesville native Cameron Craig had written his first book of essays and would be returning home to sign copies this Saturday at his parents' flower shop, I couldn't help but want to share his story with our readers.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017
Before Seminary Park was Seminary Park
With all the uproar over Seminary Park possibly becoming a housing development, this seemed a good time to remind people what a historic site that small plot of ground is.

It began as "Block number six" in minister and educator Francis W. Emmons' 1838 addition to Noblesville.

The first building to occupy that space was the County Seminary, a two-story brick schoolhouse which opened in 1852. (A seminary in those days was simply any institute of higher learning.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Treatment of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma illustrates the direction of cancer care
One of my patients asked me recently what lymphoma is. I must admit my knowledge of the subject is fairly limited; it's a medical condition I've tended to avoid because of its complex and changing nature. It can, however, be a very interesting disease and a type of cancer that is illustrative of where cancer treatment in general is heading in the years to come.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
See what's cool in our schools
If you've been wondering what your kids are learning at Noblesville Schools, I encourage you to attend the Miller Shift Learning '17 Showcase.

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

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

Monday, March 13, 2017
Ants in the pants
I gave my wife a Fitbit this past Christmas. In her attempt to reach that 10,000-step goal, she is continually checking the wristband and monitoring her progress. The other day I walked into the living room and she was shaking her arms wildly back and forth while watching TV. "What are you doing?" I asked.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Helping our neighbors
This past week at the Statehouse was dedicated to giving back to our neighbors. With the first-ever Habitat for Humanity home build, Suits and Sneakers event and a Red Cross blood drive, legislators worked to promote philanthropy and express support for the welfare of others.

Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties, including Hamilton County. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 10, 2017
Richard, The Goodhearted
Richard Simmons has not been seen in public in a long time. Here is my memory of our friendship with the hope he is doing well.

It was the fall of 1983 in Indianapolis, and I remember doing the classic comedy double-take, snapping my head to the side as I looked incredulously at the cover of The Globe newspaper, one of several trashy tabloids at supermarket check-outs.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Lots happening at the schools
I'm excited about a lot of events happening this month at Noblesville Schools.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Councilwoman responds to City on park issue
In all due respect, I would like to respond to the "city side" of the story concerning the development of Seminary Park. As sometimes happens, memories become faded and I might note that the Mayor was not at the meeting yet he has listened carefully to one side of the story.

The Park Board meeting and presentation did not meet any of the standard "Executive Session" rules. Steve Cooke noted several times that discussion of the project had been held on multiple occasions with business people, Council and others. Steve had informed me at a public ribbon cutting about a month earlier. Once discussion happens, nothing is confidential. The materials handed out at the meeting were allowed to go out of the room, again not confidential.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Let's save our Seminary Park
It saddens me to hear that the City of Noblesville would consider selling Seminary Park in downtown Noblesville.

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

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

The city-owned park is at 200 S. 10th St., bounded by 10th, 11th, Division and Hannibal streets. The park was established in 1983. But the history of the park goes back to 1850, when Seminary School, the first public school in Hamilton County, opened on that property. The school building was replaced in 1872 with the second Seminary School, which eventually became Second Ward School.

Monday, March 6, 2017
Osteomyelitis uncommon, less frequent
A reader has asked that I write about osteomyelitis. This is a condition where the bone and/or bone marrow become infected, usually with bacteria. These bacteria cause a pyogenic reaction - the body produces pus that contains infection-fighting white blood cells. The bacteria that cause the infection vary based on the age of the patient and the location of the infection.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Legislative session reaches the halfway point
The 2017 legislative session reached the halfway point this week, marking a milestone for legislation as Senate bills move to the House for consideration and House bills crossover to the Senate. House Republicans made progress on our agenda priorities, including passing an honestly balanced budget and a long-term road funding plan. We also successfully moved bills improving Indiana's workforce, attacking the state's drug epidemic and increasing public safety through mental health and addiction treatment services.
Monday, March 6, 2017
John Elliott has the 'Caring Spirit'
Noblesville's John Elliott thanks his freshman English teacher at Noblesville High School for encouraging him to grow up to be a caring individual who finds ways to help kids succeed in school.

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

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Lent can be a time to strengthen relationship with God, each other
Each year, beginning with Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent begins a forty day spiritual journey "towards the cross," aka, Easter Sunday. These forty days are to be a season of reflecting, and repenting, confessing our sins, and finding ways to be more in tune to what God wants for our lives. Some people give up something for Lent that might remind them of a sacrifice in their life. Young children may give up sweets, or soda. Even adults might give up meat, sugar of any kind, or alcohol.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Getting 'Buck Naked' at Duluth
If the underwear advertisements for Duluth Trading Co. make you blush, you're not alone.

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

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

Friday, March 3, 2017
Cookies and camping with the Girl Scouts
Girl Scout cookie time always stirs up memories of my own Girl Scout days in the 1960s.

When I started as a Brownie, Ginny Cook (Mrs. Felix,) the mother of my classmate, Cyndi Cook, took on the job of leading us and we used to meet in the Cooks' basement.

On one occasion Congressman Richard L. Roudebush presented our troop with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. I'm afraid I remember being more impressed by the flag than I was by the fact we had a real U.S. Congressman attending our Brownie meeting . . . in a basement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 27, 2017
Stem cells have potential to become specialized
Last week I hope I answered the first part of our reader's question about how DNA can be used to treat inherited conditions. This week I want to focus on stem cells - what they are, where they come from, how they might be used to treat disease and finally the social and ethical challenges surrounding their use.

Stem cells are cells that have the potential to change into other more specialized cells in the body. This process is known as "differentiation." By definition, stem cells have to exhibit two properties: (1) they must be able to divide multiple times and remain unchanged, and (2) they have to have "potency," the ability to differentiate into other cell types.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Hamilton County residents enjoy a day at the Statehouse
Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming 10 of our Noblesville neighbors to the Statehouse for Adult Page Day.

Guests met with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and observed the House of Representatives as legislation was debated and voted on. They then joined me for lunch in my office where we discussed a variety of topics including their concerns about local election regulations, how the road funding plan would affect Hamilton County and their thoughts on the most effective ways to balance the state budget.

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

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

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

I take this opportunity to share his wonderful story.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017
'Aunt Nan' Roberts - A 'Notable Ninety' of the past
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to write about a lady who undoubtedly would have been one of our most celebrated Notable Nineties if she were alive today.

Nancy Elliott Roberts, affectionately known as "Aunt Nan" Roberts, could be described as "notable" on several counts.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Some people are like tests
Believe it or not some people like tests. These would be the people who are competitive, or people who are good at what they will be tested. If I know that I am going to do well at my race, my math test, my dance solo, or debate, I am all in. Bring it! However, when I am tested unexpectedly, or I do not know the material, my demeanor changes to worry, fear and maybe even stubbornness.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Blue jackets partner at Lions' bean dinner
I encourage you to take note of any blue corduroy jackets you see during this National FFA Week.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017
You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone
I've always tried to keep this column positive, but occasionally a situation arises that I cannot in good conscience ignore. This is one of those times.

There is an unfortunate trend these days to turn libraries into "community centers" and the Hamilton East Public Library has jumped in feet first.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Auxiliary seeking the highest bidders
The hors d'oeuvres buffet is scrumptious. The auction items are amazing. And the guest list is a who's who of local business owners, public officials and well-to-do members of the community

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017
House GOP budget funds key services while remaining fiscally conservative
This legislative session, lawmakers are tasked with crafting Indiana's next biennial budget funding state operations. After gathering recommendations from the governor and groups that rely on state resources, members of the House Committee on Ways and Means get to work on crafting a budget bill that then moves through the legislative process. Soon, I will be voting on House Bill 1001, which provides the fiscal blueprint for state operations in 2018 and 2019.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
After 45 years, Tri Kappa legacy still 'giving back'
Beth Lively has belonged to Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority for 45 years. She joined at age 18 after watching her mother, teacher and community pillar Frances Lively, enjoy her many years of membership.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Messrs. Mendel, Watson & Crick
I received two queries from readers asking me to address how "DNA and stem cells" might be used to treat inherited medical conditions. That's a tall order for the space allotted, so I'll tackle DNA this week and stem cells next week.

Modern genetics started with Gregor Mendel's work on the inheritance of various traits in pea plants in the mid-1800s. A century later, James Watson & Francis Crick (with a lot of help from Rosalind Franklin) determined the structure of DNA in 1953. There is no doubt that the expansive scientific knowledge borne from the discovery of the structure of DNA will continue to revolutionize medical science.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Proof Is in the Putting!
Happy 15th (fifteenth?) anniversary to Heidi. Heidi is my proofreader (proof-reader?). Everything I've written for the last 15 (fifteen?) years is first sent to her via e-mail (email?) to make sure there are no spelling or usage errors. This week she is very busy with an out of town (out-of-town?) commitment, so I'm doing my own proofing. If I said I wasn't nervous, well that would be a bald-faced (bold-faced?) lie.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Kurt Bolden was innovative, giving
Kurt Bolden's wheels were always turning.

He was an innovator who liked coming up with better ways to get things done. He was a generous businessman who raised money for good causes. He was a dad who gave back to his kids' school.

The former Noblesville firefighter, who was inspired to find ground-breaking ways to clean up after catastrophes, quietly made a name for himself as a powerhouse leader in the water damage-restoration industry while doing good things for his community.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
V-Day political theater is raising awareness
Just saying the word, "vagina," makes some people uncomfortable.

Like it does right now, as you're reading this. As I'm writing this.

But that's OK.

The idea for this column isn't to shock but to bring awareness to V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.

Friday, February 17, 2017
That was out of line (dancing)
"Seriously," I responded to Mary Ellen, "in the middle of the afternoon? At our age? You must be kidding."

"Why not? If we wait till evening, you'll just fall asleep. Take your little blue pill and let's get going."

So I took an Aleve for my arthritis and we headed out for a class in line dancing.

We were in Florida with our friends Joy and Steve. I figured it was Joy who dragged Steve along to the community center for these lessons, but Steve tells Joy he loves the activity.

Friday, February 17, 2017
'Seas Apart' brings together author, artist
Noblesville's Jeanna Janes got a wake-up call when her grandfather died four years ago. A mason by trade, he had hoped that she would use her creativity and become a painter. Even though she wanted to be an actor.

Instead, she found herself sitting in the hallways of Noblesville's White River Elementary, reading with students.

"It inspired me to hear their feedback, their inspirations and interests," said Jeanna, 44, who channeled her creativity into writing "Seas Apart," a mystery-adventure book for middle-grade students.

She didn't have a lot of confidence as she developed her storyline. But with support from White River's teachers and staff, Jeanna was on her way to publishing her first book.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ron Wilson speaks from the heart about his stroke
On Valentine's Day, Ron Wilson served breakfast in bed, with a dozen roses, for his wife, Sharon, and a scenic drive before dinner at Red Lobster.

The holiday reserved for Valentines wasn't quite as enjoyable three years ago for Wilson.

On Feb. 14, 2014, he suffered a stroke that left him unable to communicate.

"I didn't realize what was going on," said Wilson, a 1964 Noblesville High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War. "I couldn't make a pot of coffee because I could not keep track of how many scoops of coffee I had to use," he said.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Don Roberts could make kids and grownups smile
Don Roberts brought a lot of happiness to everyone he touched.

He didn't know a stranger. In fact, nearly every little girl he met, he would sweet talk with adoration in his harmless, grandfatherly way.

That included my daughter, for whom he would always offer a big hug. He loved her as he did all children.

He was so proud when he gave her a dollhouse that he had made from scrap wood in his home woodshop.

Monday, February 13, 2017
State seeks summer interns for a variety of positions
Each year, the Governor's Public Service Internship Program connects college students in Indiana with state agencies offering paid summer internships. These are great opportunities for students to gain experience and strengthen their resumes as they prepare for full-time employment after college.

Resumes are currently being accepted for this year's program, which also provides opportunities to work with state agency officials while partaking in an exclusive speaker series featuring various elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives. Participants also interact with each other in order to learn and connect with their peers.

Not only are these paid positions at a rate of $11.30 per hour, but oftentimes, participants earn college credits for their work. All it takes is a conversation with their school's career or internship office.

Monday, February 13, 2017
The good and bad of radiologic imaging
Last week I had a young patient ask me what the difference is between an MRI and a CAT scan. Not long after that I noticed an error in a newspaper article that mixed up the two technologies.

Radiologic imaging of the human body has revolutionized the diagnostic accuracy of physicians. However, it has also had the negative effect of reducing our reliance on a good medical history and physical examination.

Monday, February 13, 2017
Persistently heartened and hope-filled
It was not a secret, to my congregation, that I was not in love with the word "hope." Yes, I know I know, Christians are supposed to cling to hope, hope in Christ that is. Maybe that is why I chose this word to study and contemplate, as we went through the Advent and Christmas season. My hope was more like the hope of Job understanding that God was near yet so far, and where oh where is the fun in this way of living.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
City vs. County employees bowl for Prevail awareness
Prevail's 17th annual City vs. County Bowl-A-Thon Challenge is today.

It's a fun afternoon, when Noblesville City employees take on Hamilton County employees. The participants look forward every year to the Bowl-A-Thon, which offers an opportunity to raise awareness for Prevail, a victims-assistance nonprofit in Hamilton County.

In tradition, each bowling team comes up with a clever name and bowlers decorate their areas and dress in costumes, often neon Hawaiian shirts, flowers and hula skirts. In the past, I've seen inflatable palm trees, parrots and tiki lights. Each team tries to outdo the next.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Times' players are tiny but mighty
You might think 5- and 6-year-old basketball players wouldn't be very competitive. But it is quite the opposite.

Players run back and forth to their ends of the court. They guard the basket. They take advantage of a loose basketball. They shoot and score.

The Times newspaper is once again sponsoring a team in the winter basketball league at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Bootleggers, Booze Hoisters and Blind Tigers, Oh My!
Last week I wrote how gleeful the temperance people were when Hamilton County voted to go "dry" in 1909's local option election. They thought by making the sale of alcoholic beverages illegal they'd be getting rid of a lot of drunkenness and crime.

The problem was, they underestimated the desire of some people for their liquor. All that was really accomplished was to send the liquor lovers underground. Bootlegging and "blind tigers" abounded after the election. (Blind tigers, also known as blind pigs or speakeasies, were illegal saloons.)

Friday, February 10, 2017
Get your pancake breakfast tickets to support Club cause
I often write about the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville because it's a great place for kids to get their start.

It's an especially awesome place to learn how to play basketball. My daughter plays in the Club's winter basketball league. It's her second year to play. She's the littlest player on her team, which has a sixth-grader who's taller than me.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
NHS student, Eagle Scout shares 'favorite moments'
Noblesville Eagle Scout Josh Kozicki is in an elite fraternity.

There's no doubt that his parents, Jeff and Julia Kozicki, were proud as they listened to him speak Tuesday morning at the podium in front of more than 300 people attending the 22nd annual Noblesville Mayor's Breakfast for Scouting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hot flashes are malady of menopause
Sometimes I get asked questions in unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on a malady of menopausal women - hot flashes.

Hot flashes are usually described as a feeling of intense heat, usually with sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They can last a few minutes up to a half hour or so.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
4-H Hunter Education takes away the curiosity
When kids can learn about, touch and see firearms close up, it takes away their curiosity.

That's the point of a Hamilton County 4-H Hunter Education class that started last week. Parents and 4-H'ers wanting to learn more about firearms filled nearly every seat at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds' Annex building.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Let's honor long-standing, Hoosier-grown businesses
Indiana-grown businesses that are well-established have set a tone for other companies moving to the state, showing that hard work and dedication can lead to years of success. I understand this success likely did not come easy, with many challenges along the way. Some Hoosier companies have been in operation for 50 years, even a century, and the state would like to honor them for their longevity and community service by presenting them the Governor's Century or Half Century Business Award.
Monday, February 6, 2017
I don't envy phlebotomists
I had blood drawn the other day. I don't envy phlebotomists. Imagine having a job where everyone hates you for what you are about to do, and the first thing you say to the person is "make a fist." Plus, when she tells people she's a phlebotomist, a lot of her patients think she has six husbands.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Bird's eye view of a devastated city
Robert Kearns knows first-hand the devastation caused by the atomic bomb. The veteran pilot of World War II flew several medical missions into the city of Hiroshima in August of 1945, just days after the bomb was dropped.

Kearns was born in Peoria, Illinois on September 22nd, 1922. His family moved to Indianapolis when he was a youth.

He attended Cathedral High School, graduating in 1940.

Kearns enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November of 1942, becoming an Aircraftman.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Don't believe everything you hear
We do seem to be living in a post-truth world. It's not just in the political sphere that we have to be careful of facts and "alternate facts." It also extends to the scientific world as well. The public is being constantly bombarded with scientific information through the popular media and especially the Internet. How is a non-scientist supposed to filter all this information and figure out what to believe? I want to give you some tips to use when evaluating what you see or hear.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Nature beckons on southern Riverwalk
If short walks are your speed, then downtown Noblesville's Riverwalk offers a pleasant stroll along the White River, especially now that more of the walk is finished on the south side of Conner Street, by Riverside Cemetery.

For those who haven't yet experienced the southern section of the Riverwalk trail, you are missing out.

It's a beautiful walk that backs up to the cemetery, other City-owned property, county-owned property and private property.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Times adds new columnist
Ron May, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been added to The Times' roster of columnists. May will be writing about Hamilton County veterans, and the issues facing them.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, May has served as a chaplain, pastor and freelance writer.

Following graduation from college and seminary he spent 25 years in full-time church ministry as a Lutheran Pastor and 22 years in part-time ministry as a Navy Reserve Chaplain. He also served for 2 years as a Hospice Chaplain.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Taking health to heart on Wear Red Day today
Today is National Wear Red Day, bringing awareness to heart disease in women.

A young baby boomer, I have recently become more concerned about the health of my heart.

Is the occasional pain in my chest related to stress, indigestion or a precursor to a heart attack? Just thinking about it made my blood pressure rise.

I always have my annual physical with my family doctor, but I wanted to know more.

Friday, February 3, 2017
When Hamilton County went 'dry'
While scanning the old newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, I've often noticed that the sale of alcoholic beverages was quite a hot button topic in those days.

It wasn't until I wrote the column on Syd's a few weeks ago, however, that I learned that Hamilton County was dry long before Prohibition. A special election held January 26,1909 decided the matter.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Will the Groundhog see his shadow today?
It's Groundhog Day. The day when everybody wants to know the answer to one particular question: "Will the Groundhog see his shadow."

At press time, I didn't have the answer. Though, the sun was supposed to be out by 8 a.m. today here in Noblesville.

However, the forecast calls for "mostly cloudy" in Punxsutawney, Pa., where the first Groundhog Day took place 130 years ago today, on Feb. 2, 1887.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
All the news that's fit to sprint
I recently made the biggest gift-giving mistake of my life. I got Mary Ellen a Fitbit for Christmas. My wife has become somewhat of a health nut, which I should clarify, includes eating about six varieties of healthful nuts. She has wanted to keep track of her walking. I am not a walker myself. Truth is, I have walked back several promises I made when we first got married, as well as three 2017 New Year's resolutions. That's about as much exercise as I'm comfortable with.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Save the Dates, for fundraisers, 4-H Fair
About this time every year, I get out my calendar and start penciling in 2017 event and fundraiser dates.

I like to be ahead of the game, so I know what's happening each month.

Being the first day of February, my calendar is already filling up with events, from the Mayor's Scouting Breakfast on Tuesday to the Hamilton County 4-H Fair in July.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
More on shoulder pain
Welcome back to part two of my series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy (see diagram). The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Going with the flow as boundaries change
When I moved from apartment living to Old Town Noblesville, I remember how the Quakenbush children next door attended Stony Creek Elementary.

The family loved the grade school so much that when Noblesville Schools made elementary-school boundary changes, resulting in North Elementary becoming our school, the family decided to move to the Wellington neighborhood so that their son, Kyle, would stay at Stony Creek.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Join me at the Statehouse for Adult Page Day
As the 120th General Assembly moves forward, I would like to invite the residents of Hamilton County to attend Adult Page Day on Tuesday, Feb. 21. For the past 25 years, I have welcomed constituents to Indiana's Statehouse for this unique opportunity open to all members of our community.

Those who participate go on a tour of our beautiful Statehouse and learn of the history tied to the building.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Flexibility would help direct more money to classrooms
As a member of the House of Representatives, I remain dedicated to supporting educators and students. Working to direct more dollars to the classroom and improving testing is among my priorities.

Indiana spends over half of our state's general funds on K-12 education. It is vital that the legislature gives schools the ability to channel more dollars into educational needs, such as teacher salaries and classroom supplies. I have authored a proposal for a new law that would meet that need by implementing three changes: Every school would have an Education Fund and an Operations Fund, the capacity to move money between the two funds and property tax levies would be combined into a single levy.

Monday, January 30, 2017
Our Noblesville Lions screen, save kids' sight
Let me draw attention to Noblesville Lions' annual Pork Chop Dinner that I like to attend the first Friday in June on the Courthouse Square.

I've always encourage people to go because the fundraiser's money goes to a good cause.

One of those causes is the Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that provides community eye screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years in Hamilton County.

Nationally, the Lions screen more than a million kids a year.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
In search of a Pink Rally Cap
Whoa, what a week! When the Joy in the Journey column was written, last week, I had not made up my mind to attend the Women's March in Indianapolis. After all, I had not ordered my pink pussy-cat hat. I waffled all week on my decision. To go, and voice support of all things that women care about sounded like something that was right up my alley. But then I did not want to go if it were perceived that I was going to protest the newly elected President. For most women, it was a rally, to speak, to have a voice in the things that matter to women.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Nameless already making name for itself downtown
What's in a name? Nothing.

That's according to restauranteur Jeremy Brown and entrepreneur Jayson Manship, who expanded their Nameless Catering Co., to downtown Noblesville.

"We were trying to think of a cool, fun name that would be memorable," said Brown, who owns the three-year-old catering business that started as Nameless Pizza in the back of a frozen yogurt shop in Indianapolis' Fountain Square. "It allowed us not to be pigeon-holed into a menu."

Friday, January 27, 2017
Two special ladies deserving of recognition
Remember when I said I was pretty sure at least one person on our Notable Nineties list was over 100?

Someone recently confirmed that for me, so I intended to put it in the column. Unfortunately, the person I had in mind, Isabelle Harger, passed away before I could get anything into print.

Friday, January 27, 2017
More on shoulder pain
Welcome back to part two of my series on shoulder pain. First, I want to do a quick review of shoulder anatomy (see diagram). The upper arm bone (humerus) joins to the scapula at the glenoid and is held in place by two structures: (1) a rim of cartilage (glenoid labrum) that forms a shallow cup for the head of the humerus to sit in, and (2) the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons that wrap around the head of the humerus.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Gary Duvall loved his Noblesville community
I always had to chuckle when I talked to Gary Duvall.

When he was an advertising sales representative for The Times, he would pop into my office and would want me to write a story on somebody who just bought a newspaper ad.

He would always find a selling point that would make a good people story and not just because it was one of his advertisers.

He pitched stories to me all of the time. A lot of good ones. One of those stories was Noblesville's Steve Renner with Renner & Nixon Body Works, which was celebrating 50 years in business. Gary had a big smile for me on the day that it published because he knew the article had turned out to be a wonderful, well-read piece.

The Noblesville School Board member - who was Noblesville Boys Basketball Fan of the Year in 2014 and who coached Noblesville Youth Baseball and Babe Ruth for 20 years - died on Sunday morning at Riverview Health in Noblesville. He was 70.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
4-H leaders deserving of the Sagamore award
Hamilton County 4-H Mudsockers' club leaders Valerie Gelwicks and Beth Michaels didn't have a clue that anything sneaky was going on at the January club meeting.

Even when I showed up with my camera. Even when more than a normal number of 4-H club members showed up. And even when Sen. Mike Delph arrived, dressed in his suit.

First of all, Gelwicks and Michaels were told to dress up a little because I was doing a story on the club. So maybe that's why the leaders could have assumed that more 4-H'ers were in attendance. And Sen. Delph was there because his daughters, Lilly and Emma Delph, are members of the club.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tents moment
There are more sad clown faces than usual at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus this month. RBBB, The Greatest Show on Earth, is closing after 146 years.

No one is sadder or more shocked by the news than Don West of Fishers, Indiana. Don owns one of the premier collections of carnival and circus memorabilia in the Midwest. His lower level is filled with eye candy for anyone who has ever ridden a roller coaster, seen a sideshow, or gone to a circus.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Belfry's opening-night party will be at Ivy Tech
There's a party Friday night in the old band room at the former Noblesville High School.

For alumni, if you haven't stepped inside the new Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville, this would be your next chance.

The former location of Noblesville High School and more recently Noblesville East Middle School, will be the setting for The Belfry Theatre's opening-night party for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!" The show opens Friday and continues three weekends on the Ivy Tech stage.

Monday, January 23, 2017
Five pillars to take Indiana to the 'next level'
As the new governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb recently presented his State of the State address, which is an annual speech highlighting his goals for our state. Gov. Holcomb's priorities for "Elevating Indiana to the Next Level in its Third Century," include five pillars that I support and am dedicated to achieving.
Monday, January 23, 2017
My shoulder hurts!
The next two weeks, I'd like to address a commonly injured body part - the shoulder. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their life. 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 (see diagram). The joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion.

Monday, January 23, 2017
Times asks you to vote, support kids
If you saw Friday's edition of The Times, then you might have noticed the front-page story inviting people to vote in our 2017 Readers' Choice Contest.

The contest is self-explanatory. You go online to www.TheTimes24-7.com. You'll find the icon on the right side of the web page and on any story page; then click, and vote. There is a little bit more maneuvering when you're on mobile. Go to our web site, click on "Full site" at the top left side of the page, then find the icon, click, and vote.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Praying for the President, protesters and peace
The peaceful transition of power is something the United States prides itself. The day on which one President and their family moves out of the White House and other moves in, all in a five hour time slot, is nothing short of a modern day miracle. Not the moving out part, but the peaceful part, the peaceful transition part is what constitutes the miracle. Shalom, it is all we want. Peace, peace and yet it eludes us, even during this time of pride-filled transition. Yes, there will be protesters, because after all there are winners and losers. I contend that we can still have peace even in the midst of protesting and transition but it takes prayer, empathy, humility, and it takes being aware of our own sinful nature.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Immigrant proud to be American on this day
Noblesville's Victoria Spartz was born and raised in Ukraine and met her husband on a train in Europe.

At age 21, in 2000, she came to the United States after graduating college.

Today, Victoria and Jason Spartz will be watching President-Elect Donald Trump take the oath of office outside the Capitol as Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States.

"It's going to be very busy, but too memorable to miss," said Victoria Spartz, who shared with me her official gold-sealed invitation and, earlier this week, talked about their exciting plans.

Friday, January 20, 2017
A mammoth discovery at Clare
Believe it or not, I've got another Clare story!

A few weeks ago when I was at the library, Indiana Room clerk Sherri Bonham tipped me off to the tale of Clare's diplodocus.

If, at this point, you're wondering what a "diplodocus" is, don't worry. I had to look it up, too. (You're on your own with the pronunciation, though. "Dip-LOD-er-cus" seems the most common version, but I've found at least three others so far.)

Friday, January 20, 2017
No galas for Dugan, content at Hedgehog
"Once I was in the drive-through at Chick-fil-A behind who I thought was (Vice-President elect) Mike Pence but it just turned out to be a look-alike who was also hungry for chicken tenders."

Comedian Dave Dugan quickly spieled out that story when I asked him if he had any election-related jokes.

Since Dugan is in town this week, he obviously didn't score tickets for any 2017 inaugural events this week in the nation's capital.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
'13 NHS grad shines in Purdue Glee Club
Aaron Corbett was 9 years old when he started singing in the St. John's Boys Choir in Minnesota. At Noblesville High School, the teenager performed in NHS Singers. He also sang in the choir at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and studied piano and violin.

But it wasn't until he joined the Purdue University Glee Club that he really discovered his place to shine.

It was four years ago at NHS grad Roy Johnson Jr.'s Senior "Home Show" that inspired Corbett, a 2013 NHS graduate, to audition for the Glee Club at Purdue.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
More about Art
In 2005, famed political humorist Art Buchwald entered hospice in Washington, DC.

Last week, I described how I first met Mr. Buchwald in l967 in an encounter that lasted a mere two minutes. I was a 22-year-old college kid who read his feature every day in the Washington Post. He was one of the most successful syndicated humorist in the world. As he read my own column in his office, a flick of his wrist over my byline in my school newspaper made an indelible impression on me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Supporting a long-term road funding plan
Indiana lawmakers are focusing on the state's infrastructure system this legislative session. Data shows that 10 percent of our roads are in poor condition, resulting in Hoosier motorists spending nearly $500 annually on vehicle repairs. State and local economies also greatly depend on reliable roads and bridges. Our community has experienced a high volume of road construction, and this is a result of steps taken to address immediate infrastructure needs.
Monday, January 16, 2017
No school, work or mail, but lots to do on MLK Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday.

While The Times newspaper won't be published due to the U.S. Postal Service observing the federal holiday marking the birthday of the Civil Rights Movement champion, and Noblesville Schools will be closed, there are still things to do here in Hamilton County.

The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville invites the community to participate in its annual MLK Day Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Club, 1448 Conner St.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Christmas, Weldy's and More Notable Nineties
The holiday columns sparked quite a response.

Marilyn Conner reminisced about several places in "old" Noblesville - the log cabin and old pool at Forest Park, Gran'Pa's candy store, Falvey's clothing store and all the stores on the courthouse square.

She said when she moved here in 1974, she couldn't wait to take her boys to Murphy's dime store so they could see the candy counter and the wooden floors!

The Christmas column stirred up warm winter memories for Julius "Jude" Lees. Jude lives in Oklahoma now, but grew up in Noblesville during the 1930s and '40s, back when the population was around 5,000.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Noblesville actor joins national 'Hamilton' tour
Anybody who's following Noblesville's Jordan Donica knows that he is quickly impressing the people in the Big Apple.

Last spring, I wrote about how Donica was making his Broadway debut last June, joining the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," the longest-running Broadway show, celebrating 29 years this month.

Not even a year has gone by, and Donica has done it again, capturing a major role in the first national tour of "Hamilton," premiering in March on the West Coast. He will play and sing the principal roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.

"Hamilton" is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. The musical is the story of America then, told by America now, and blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway.

"The hard part of this role is the fast rap, or what's called 'chopper' or 'chopping-in rap," said Donica, a 22-year-old Otterbein University grad.

Donica will play the French revolutionary, Lafayette, "as he is relatively new to the Colonies." And in the second act, he will play Jefferson "as he comes back from his diplomatic trip to France to help the French write their Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen."

He has been singing the show's songs ever since he saw "Hamilton" on Broadway a year ago. He even envisioned himself playing Jefferson, a role that he "could easily connect."

Friday, January 13, 2017
Times former NHS intern returns to share successes
When The Times' former Noblesville High School intern Hannah Derleth wanted to meet one morning during her Winter Break to tell me all about her freshman year in college, she didn't have to ask me twice.

Well, she did, sort of. You see, we had to work around her busy schedule, being that she was working a lot of hours as a cashier at Kohl's in Noblesville.

I'm not surprised that she is so busy. I actually don't know how she fit every activity into her life when she was a senior, interning for The Times.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
District shoot among ways Noblesville Elks give back
The Noblesville Elks Lodge does a lot of good for the community.

Elks No. 576 has donated food baskets through the Noblesville Trustees and the Boys and Girls Club. The Lodge, in conjunction with US Foods in Fishers, has given food to Third Phase, a Noblesville shelter for battered and abused women and children.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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