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home : columnists July 25, 2017


Harey Hopper loves her rabbit
Noblesville's Gracie Kinnaman removed her rabbit from his cage and sat him on a carpet remnant on top of a rectangular folding table in the Rabbit Barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair.

Wearing her light blue Harey Hoppers 4-H Club T-shirt, she couldn't help but have a big smile on her face. What made her so happy?

"Just getting to spend time with the rabbits and helping my club," said the 10-year-old Noblesville girl, a second-year 4-H'er.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Small businesses can report duplicative state requirements via new web portal
Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana as the best-run state in America based on fiscal responsibility, streamlined operations and enhanced transparency. We can continue this momentum by further improving government efficiency, which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars and helps grow our economy.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Homemakers still cooking at the Fair
I remember years ago, when I worked at The Noblesville Ledger newspaper, and all of us reporters would meet for lunch at the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Food Stand during the 4-H Fair.

It was in mid- to late 1980s, and the Food Stand was a little building at the Fairgrounds. The dining room was a big screened-in porch with picnic tables, and the kitchen was at the back and wasn't air conditioned. That original and first Food Stand was dedicated on April 25, 1971.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
What should I eat at the Fair?
When I was walking into the Hamilton County 4-H Fair on the first morning, Thursday, I listened as people in front of me were saying how much they enjoy the "smell of the Fair."

The fair really does smell good.

You can smell the horses, the pigs and the cows. It's like going to the farm.

Friday, July 21, 2017
On the air (In more ways than one)
What do a radio station, a television station, birds and the Bible all have in common?

No, that's not the start of a joke or riddle. I'm dead serious.

The answer is Dr. Wendell Hansen.

Don't feel bad if you didn't know that. I didn't know it myself until just recently. This turned out to be one of those columns that took an unexpected left turn.

REALLY unexpected.

Friday, July 21, 2017
Finding my 4-H Fair chair
It was the first year that I came to The Noblesville Times. And I was told that the newspaper would be renting a booth in the Commercial Tent at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair.

As a booth holder, we got an assigned space in the tent. We brought our own table, chairs, box fan, plus subscription sign-up sheets and daily copies of The Times. And a bowl of candy to entice fairgoers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Picture this
I'm a loser. I lose everything. Most people lose golf balls on a course; I lose clubs. One time, I lost the golf cart. People lose their wallets; I lose my pants. Don't ask. It's a long story.

My wife, Mary Ellen, agrees that I'm a loser. Like most people, I misplace things occasionally, but the problem is that my wife says I'm not very good looking.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Starting to look like a 4-H Fair
If you've driven by the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville this week, you've probably noticed that the big tents are set up, barns are open and the parking lot is bustling with 4-H'ers checking in their 4-H Fair projects.

We love the Fair and look forward to it every year. Maybe it's the smell of the horses and cows and pigs that fill the barns. Or the thousands of 4-H'ers projects that are judged and on display to the public

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Phyllis Davis is a tradition
Noblesville's Phyllis Davis won't ever divulge her age. But she will tell you that she's been playing the piano since she was 3 years old.

And that she has been playing for the Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Contest for at least 50 consecutive years.

The Times newspaper archives has her playing at the contest since 1968, a year that I believe she told me one time when I was interviewing her. In fact, she was honored in 2014 for 46 years at a celebration that included presentation of a wristwatch.

Monday, July 17, 2017
Stress fractures result from repeated impact on bone
I saw a young athlete last week complaining of shin pain. He had been upping his running mileage; the pain was due to a stress fracture. It is estimated that between 5 percent and 30 percent of athletes and military recruits develop a stress fracture each year. Briefhaupt first described the condition in 1855 when examining military recruits.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Stress fractures result from repeated impact on bone
I saw a young athlete last week complaining of shin pain. He had been upping his running mileage; the pain was due to a stress fracture. It is estimated that between 5 percent and 30 percent of athletes and military recruits develop a stress fracture each year. Briefhaupt first described the condition in 1855 when examining military recruits.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Summer fun awaits at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair
It's no secret that I love the county fair. Attending the Hamilton County 4-H Fair is one of my favorite summer activities. Not only does our local fair have family friendly fun and delicious food, but it also promotes community involvement, youth development and Indiana's agricultural heritage.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Family thankful for dad's legacy
For years, Bobby Mills would be out at his Field of Dreams, everyday, especially during the baseball season.

"It was his therapy," said Michey Mills of her late husband, who created a baseball complex of eight fully equipped diamonds that opened in 1999 next to Hazel Dell Elementary on school property on Indiana 32 in Noblesville.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
There is a Balm in Gilead
There are some days, weeks or even seasons we go through that are just rough to the soul. This summer has been one of those summers for me. My heightened awareness of injustices in the world, coupled with personal tragedies, and self induced stressors have piled up to the point of my needing some balm for my spirit.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The Joseph family's burglar
A few weeks ago when I wrote about Noblesville's early Jewish families, I didn't have room to get into too much detail about Louis N. Joseph and there's a good bit more to be said about him.

As I noted previously, he was one of the wealthiest men in Hamilton County in his day. Besides running the J. Joseph & Co. clothing store on the south side of the courthouse square (you can still see the "Joseph" at the top of the building,) he had a lot of other business interests in this county, as well as some in Shelbyville and Indianapolis.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Fair Queen looks back
It's been an amazing year for Sheridan's Rachel Adams, who was crowned the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen a year ago.

She joined the pageant competition, following in her sister, Courtney's footsteps, and to gain a "learning" experience.

"I had no idea I had what it took to be Miss Hamilton County, and I think that's why I appreciate it so much. It's a legacy....," said Rachel, whose photo joined pictures of past 4-H Fair queens that line the hallway of the Exhibition Center at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

Friday, July 14, 2017
String-Time series to debut on Square
You might know Janet Gilray as Miss Melody, a schoolmarm from Possum Holler who plays her old Martin heirloom guitar and sings "Antique Stories in Song" for kids on the second Saturday morning of the month at Old Picket Fence in downtown Noblesville.

Or maybe you've seen Miss Melody teaching school and singing songs in the little one-room schoolhouse in the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Pie in the eye!
Hal Fryar passed away last week at age 90. If you don't know who he is, maybe the name Harlow Hickenlooper will ring a bell. Harlow Hickenlooper is tough to say. Hal Fryer will be tough to forget. They are one in the same.

Hal was the host of several children's television shows in Indianapolis over his 43-year career, including a longtime gig on WFBM-TV (now WRTV-6) where he introduced Three Stooges movie shorts.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Learning skills at free rec camp
I want to begin by thanking Noblesville Schools and Noblesville Township for partnering to offer free recreational summer day camps again this year.

It's the first year that we've gotten to take advantage of the camps, and we loved them.

Usually, I don't find out about the camps until the offerings are already full, but this year when Facebook friend and fellow mom Tiff Whitaker in March gave us a heads-up that the camps were posted on an eventbrite.com link on the school district's website, I quickly maneuvered my way there.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Meeting tonight about the train
While I don't display a "Save the Train" sign in my front yard, my hope is that we can save the train, that is, our Nickel Plate Road railroad track.

I love to hear the whistle blow as it travels through downtown Noblesville. The train travels down the middle of Eighth Street, from Logan to Division streets. We're one of only five Indiana cities and towns where the train still travels right down the middle of the street, forcing drivers to share the road.
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Monday, July 10, 2017
Kidney Stones can form, stay or travel
Kidney stones are a topic near and dear to my heart as I've had the distinct pleasure of passing four of them. Stones are also known as calculi, from the Latin for pebble. They can form and stay in the kidneys (renal calculi or nephrolithiasis) or move down the ureters, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureteral calculi or urolithiasis). Stones may also be found in the bladder.
Monday, July 10, 2017
New Indiana laws effective this July
This month marked the effective date of a number of new policies approved this past session. These new laws cover a wide-variety of issues on behalf of our state, communities and Hoosiers.

First and foremost, on July 1, Indiana began operating under another balanced budget. Lawmakers passed a fiscally responsible budget funding state operations for the next two years. This honestly balanced budget maintains healthy reserves and supports our top-rated business climate.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Hey 4-H'ers, projects done?
It's already July 8, which means the Hamilton County 4-H Fair is right around the corner.

I know that because my 11-year-old daughter is scrambling today to finish up one of her projects, with the help of her Aunt Debbie.

This is our fifth year involved in the county's 4-H program. We spent two years in Mini 4-H, where we took Horse & Pony, Clogging, Collections and other projects. Then when my daughter was old enough, she joined the regular 4-H program.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
'Pray without ceasing'
Sometimes I hear people say that they are not good prayers. Admittedly, I have found myself thinking the same about my abilities. There are times when the "right" words are difficult to find.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
It's the zany Bryan Bishop
When Bryan Bishop gets on stage, he owns it.

But it wasn't always that way.

Three years ago before he played the Noblesville Street Dance, he confessed to me that he had always gotten really nervous when he about to perform in front of an audience.

"I did have stage fright when I first started playing guitar and singing in public," Bishop said.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Judge Vestal's OTHER bicentennial predictions
Continuing with life in Hamilton County during the Bicentennial year of 1976 (as told to the Noblesville Kiwanis Club by Judge Meade Vestal in 1940!) . . .

Last week I covered some of the judge's less-than-accurate predictions. He made other guesses about the future, however, and some of those were either right on target or came unbelievably close.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Wafford is guy behind camera, movies in park
On July 4, Jim Wafford was the guy behind the camera filming the stage entertainment at Noblesville Fireworks Festival and driving his company vehicle in the Noblesville Fourth of July Parade.

He is the guy who plays the free Classic Movies on Friday nights at Forest Park. And the guy who annually live streams the Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen contest and does live coverage throughout the 4-H Fair.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017
Connecting with our neighbors
Judy Poe from Old Town Noblesville wished a Happy 4th to her neighbors. Old Town resident Corinne Piazza invited neighbors to partake in hot dogs, popcorn and water while watching the Fourth of July parade from her house on Wayne Street.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Generic or name brand?
This week I want to tackle the subject of generic vs. name brand medications. There are a number of reasons this topic is important. First of all, medications in general are becoming prohibitively expensive for many patients. Insurance companies are also pressuring patients and physicians to prescribe generics whenever possible to reduce health care costs (not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly a pain in the rump at times).
Monday, July 3, 2017
Love the 4th in Noblesville
I always look forward to the Fourth of July holiday here in Noblesville.

I especially love the parade. I've sat alongside the parade route snapping photos probably only half as many times as I have been in the parade.

Years ago, we used to literally throw handfuls of candy to people along the parade route. Since then, the City banned parade entrants from throwing candy to parade viewers, due to safety concerns, but still allow entrants to hand out candy along the parade route.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Celebrating American independence together
This July 4, families, friends, neighbors and communities all across the country will come together to honor and celebrate the birth of American independence. It is also a great time to reflect on our nation's achievements made by strong, hardworking and brave Americans. As we enjoy the festivities this week, let's be mindful of Indiana's fireworks laws for a fun and safe holiday.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Realm of the coin!
I just returned from my brother's wedding in New York City, and I am happy to report that things went off without a hitch...except for Peter. He got hitched for the first time, which was about the last thing I expected him to do at age 66. Mary Ellen and I stayed at my sister's condo instead of a hotel, allowing us all to share memories and spend extra time together-but most importantly, saving us $500.00 a night.
Monday, July 3, 2017
A heart attack,but he's back Smiling as he returns to race
On July 4, 2015, Geoff Robinson left the starting line with runners in Carmel's 4.5-mile Freedom Run & Walk. But he didn't make it to the finish line.

He suffered a heart attack, "dropping, on (television) camera," at the 2-mile marker.

Robinson remembers that the race on the Monon Trail started as normal with no symptoms. His wife, Lisa, waved at him at the 1.5-mile marker and told him that he looked good.

Saturday, July 1, 2017
'A Bible and a newspaper in every house'
On the front page of many local newspapers, there is the tradition of having a bit of scripture posted in one of the corners. The Times changes their bit of Bible verse daily, while the Indianapolis Star uses the same verse each day, from 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Getting head start on 4th
We are so lucky to have so many activities going on in our county celebrating Independence Day.

While many travelers have already hit the road to take advantage of a long holiday weekend, I will share what's going on here at home for those who plan to stay put.

On Saturday, Lights Over Morse Lake kicks off its four-day festival with food, petting zoo, kids carnival, live music and more at Community Park in Cicero.

Friday, June 30, 2017
Judge Vestal's predictions for the Bicentennial Year
I originally planned to write a column with some Fourth of July or patriotic theme this week, but while scanning the old newspapers for an idea, I ran across a story that was just too good to ignore. It might not be about the Fourth of July, but it does concern this country's Bicentennial.

Sort of.

Friday, June 30, 2017
Summer Fun Guide is here
While we have found so much to do already this summer, there are so many more things to experience.

During a recent visit to Koteewi Range in Noblesville, I met up during the Visit Indiana Rally for archery with 2004 Olympian Stephanie Amick of Fishers, a 1996 Hamilton Southeastern High School grad, who was offering archery pointers to Midwest Living editor Trevor Meers.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Loads of fun at NPA picnic
It was Anita Landress' first time making cotton candy. She laughed at herself as she fought the wind making the sweet treat, which ended up more on her than on the cotton candy stick.

"You're the entertainment," I heard more than one parent say as families watched Landress make cotton candy on Sunday during Noblesville Preservation Alliance's annual Summer Picnic at Seminary Park.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Hit the Tenderloin Trail
After Vacation Bible School on Friday, I was getting ready to order lunch with my daughter and her friend, Chloe Zerr, at Noblesville Jim Dandy, when I saw the Wet Tenderloin on the menu. My former Noblesville Ledger editor Don Jellison loved the dish, so I thought I would give it a try while the girls took advantage of the lunch buffet.

That started me thinking about pork tenderloin sandwiches and Hamilton County's 2017 Tenderloin Trail. And finding out what it is about the "size-of-your-face patties" that bring people to the table.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Hit the Tenderloin Trail
After Vacation Bible School on Friday, I was getting ready to order lunch with my daughter and her friend, Chloe Zerr, at Noblesville Jim Dandy, when I saw the Wet Tenderloin on the menu. My former Noblesville Ledger editor Don Jellison loved the dish, so I thought I would give it a try while the girls took advantage of the lunch buffet.

That started me thinking about pork tenderloin sandwiches and Hamilton County's 2017 Tenderloin Trail. And finding out what it is about the "size-of-your-face patties" that bring people to the table.

Monday, June 26, 2017
Hit the Tenderloin Trail
After Vacation Bible School on Friday, I was getting ready to order lunch with my daughter and her friend, Chloe Zerr, at Noblesville Jim Dandy, when I saw the Wet Tenderloin on the menu. My former Noblesville Ledger editor Don Jellison loved the dish, so I thought I would give it a try while the girls took advantage of the lunch buffet.
Monday, June 26, 2017
UTI's common ailment in adults
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about eight million visits to physicians each year in the United States. These infections are much more common in adults, particularly in women. Children account for one to two percent of all UTIs, but their infections are often more serious. About 40 percent of women and 12 percent of men have a UTI at some time in their lives.
Monday, June 26, 2017
VBS is still fun as a volunteer
I remember how much fun it was to attend Vacation Bible School when I was a kid.

When my daughter was old enough, I signed her up for VBS at the Noblesville First United Methodist Church. The kids praised God in song, did crafts and played hand bells. They wore a color of the day, devoured tasty snacks prepared by volunteers, and prayed alongside other kids.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Ordinary is Extraordinary
Summer is my favorite time of year. The church calendar claims it as, "Ordinary Time," and the Godly Play people call it the, "Great Green Growing Time." In liturgical churches the color of the season is green. And you may see your church's paraments, (altar cloths and banners) displaying flowers, vines and trees splashed across a green background. The color green symbolizes growth, health, and abundance.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Howdy, column readers
I turned 70 this year. And so did a 10-year-old freckled little boy named Howdy Doody. For those too young to remember, The Howdy Doody Show debuted in 1947, its star a convivial wooden marionette whose human partner in the show, Buffalo Bob Smith, lived in my hometown of New Rochelle, New York.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Lucky Teter, Norman Norell, saving the Nickel Plate and more
More reader feedback!

After the column on Lucky Teter ran, Mike Reed emailed to say his grandfather, Frank Reed, and Lucky (known as "Earl" then) were both members of Noblesville High School's class of 1919.

Mike sent me a photo of a page from the 1919 NHS yearbook showing that year's basketball team. Frank and Earl/Lucky played on the first string.
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Why doesn't perfect attendance matter?
Noblesville Schools is nearly halfway through summer break, and I have a topic for debate that's still eating at me from the school year.

My daughter did not miss one day of class, nor was she ever tardy. She attended school every single day. She had perfect attendance her entire fifth-grade year.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Family keeps dream alive
Thanks to the late Bobby Mills, about 1,300 boys and girls, ages 3-12, annually play baseball on turf fields with scoreboards, lights, bleachers and dugouts. There are two towers, a concession stand, pavilion, restrooms, pitching practice area, batting cages and portable pitching mounds.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Picnic will help neighbors meet
We are so glad that the City of Noblesville decided to keep Seminary Park as green space for our Old Town neighborhood.

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

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
No humans allowed down under
My home office is downstairs, which was just a cellar when we moved into the house 25 years ago. We invested a little money to fix it up, so then it became a basement. I guess you could call it a finished basement. But apparently it wasn't finished, because the builder we hired said that for a few extra bucks he could add some decorative touches and then we could call it our lower level. We didn't have "that" kind of money.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
With barbecue season heating up, time to review food safety
Summer barbecue season is in full swing and it's a good time to review food safety. Food-borne illness is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.

Food-borne illness is defined as more than two people having a similar illness with evidence of food as the source.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Local summertime fun available
Indiana's tourism industry directly employs 155,000 Hoosier and supports 202,000 jobs statewide, according to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Between lodging, food and beverage, shopping, transportation, entertainment and recreational spending, tourism in the state generates $11.5 billion.
Monday, June 19, 2017
A plethora of food choices at market
Saturday was the first time I'd visited the Noblesville Farmers Market this season.

It wasn't that I haven't wanted to go. We've been busy.

This past Saturday, I decided it was time to go to the market. We left early enough to find a parking space in the park's Green Room lot at the former bank, which still conveniently has a automated teller machine.

Monday, June 19, 2017
A plethora of food choices at market
Saturday was the first time I'd visited the Noblesville Farmers Market this season.

It wasn't that I haven't wanted to go. We've been busy.

This past Saturday, I decided it was time to go to the market. We left early enough to find a parking space in the park's Green Room lot at the former bank, which still conveniently has a automated teller machine.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Vietnam veteran sacrifice honored
A sailor from Noblesville, who died 35 years ago, is being honored today in Washington, D.C.

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

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Holding Space
It is a spiritual practice that has finally been given a name, holding space, or in simpler terms, "listening." For some people it is difficult to do, others find it extremely uncomfortable. Holding space is a pause, being comfortable with letting someone just be who they are.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
It was a 'Perfect Wedding' proposal
When Noblesville's Zach Buzan was trying to figure out the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend, Katie Gipson, the pieces slowly started falling into place.

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

How perfect would that be?

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

How perfect would that be?

Friday, June 16, 2017
Confessions of a Catnip Cultivator
Having written mostly about local history lately, I figured it was probably high time (thyme?) for me to do a garden column and renew my credentials as Jerry Snyder's "Young (HA!) Gardener Friend."

I've been fascinated by herbs ever since I first encountered them growing outside William Conner's kitchen when I worked at Conner Prairie.

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

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

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bryan Clauson legacy will be honored today
Noblesville racecar driver Bryan Clauson would have turned 28 years old today.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Not bummed out!
Last week I had the honor of presenting to Carl Erskine the Heritage Place Award, given to six senior Hoosiers each year for their lifetime service to the Indianapolis community. For those who don't recognize the name, Carl is a retired banker from Anderson, Indiana. He also previously pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers team that won their first-and only-World Series in l955.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Theater now our summer home
Today is the first day of rehearsals for The Belfry Theatre's summer kids production.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017
Incidents of Meningitis infections down dramatically
The mother of one of my patients asked me to write about meningitis. First of all, I want to state that meningitis is a very rare condition. The incidence of bacterial meningitis in the United States is about two to three per 100,000 people per year, while viruses cause about 11 cases per 100,000 per year. It used to be much more common when I did my training in the late 80's, but with the advent of preventative vaccines, the incidence has dropped dramatically.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Preparing Hoosiers to enter the workforce
Indiana's unemployment rate is continuing to decrease each month. In general, economists agree that a rate below 5 percent indicates a strong economy. Currently, our statewide unemployment rate is at 3.6 percent. This is lower than the national average of 4.4 percent, and it is lower than all four of our bordering states.
Monday, June 12, 2017
To celebrate or not to celebrate
I haven't really celebrated my birthday since I hit a certain milestone. But I will let you do the math.

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017
What pastors do depends on who you ask
There are a couple of great memes out there that portray the descriptions of, "What Pastors Do." The photo is typically divided up into six sections. This particular meme made it around, with fervor, in my pastor peer group because it definitely hit at a truth that, "What Pastors Do" is not only misunderstood but also misinterpreted and ultimately difficult to articulate in a simple job description. The job description also varies from denominational, cultural and congregational boundaries.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Toasted and roasted
"Are you sitting down?" my sister asked, calling from New York.

"I'm 70 years old," I said. "It's a pretty good bet that I am sitting any time you call."

"Well, you need to hear this. Our brother is about to do something a 66-year-old man seldom does at this point in his life."

Saturday, June 10, 2017
More on Noblesville's Early Jewish families
Continuing with Noblesville's early Jewish families . . .

When Harry Levinson left for Indianapolis in 1905, he sold his store to Moses Haas of Tipton.

Moses was a Civil War veteran who originally came from Germany. He'd had a retail clothing business in Tipton since 1871, M. Haas & Sons, and after he bought the Levinson store, he operated it as a branch of his Tipton establishment, placing his son, Albert, in charge.

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 5, 2017
Swimmer's Ear can be caused by more than just swimming
Summer is just around the corner which means we'll start to see patients complaining of "swimmer's ear." We tend to see more of this malady in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions as well.

The medical term for swimmer's ear is otitis externa, indicating inflammation of the external ear. This is in contrast to the more common otitis media, or infection of the middle ear (the air filled cavity just behind the ear drum).

Monday, June 5, 2017
Strengthening Hoosier education
With the month of June already upon us, it's time to celebrate our local high school seniors who are finishing up their final days of school. Congratulations to all of those who worked hard to achieve this success. Our schools and educators deserve recognition for the achievements of our students. This year, I supported new laws to help them continue leading our students down the path to a prosperous future.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Last day of school bittersweet for us
Thursday was an emotional day. It was the last day of classes for the school year.

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

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

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

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

Tonight and all day Saturday, Noblesville Lacrosse Club will play host to the Girls High School State Lacrosse Finals at White River Elementary Soccer Fields.
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Friday, June 2, 2017
Noblesville's early Jewish families
When it comes to religion, Noblesville has always been predominantly Protestant. However, over the years a handful of Jewish families have also made their homes here, despite the closest synagogue being several miles away.

Although few in number, those families have produced several individuals who've played significant roles in making Noblesville the city it is today.

The first Jewish residents to leave their mark were Newman Levinson and his wife, Minnie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
I'm one of the 'kneedy' people
As soon as Mary Ellen made plans for our last vacation, I made an appointment with the orthopedist. My left knee was killing me and I didn't want to be a drag on our daily activities. My knee problem goes back to an old football injury in college. I was drunk and fell out of the stands during Homecoming.

When I arrived at my appointment, I asked why my former doctor had unexpectedly retired.

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

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Memories and Memorial Day
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower . . . Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Is it finally pool weather?
How many gallons of water does it take to fill a swimming pool at Forest Park Aquatic Center? Would you guess 250,000 gallons for each of the two main pools?

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

Friday, May 26, 2017
The secret language of cemeteries
Many of you will probably be heading to one or more of our local cemeteries this weekend to decorate graves for Memorial Day.

While you're there, take a moment and look around. I can pretty much guarantee you'll spot some fascinating and unusual monuments, especially if the cemetery has burials from the 19th century.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Kiwanians will decorate Square with 400 flags
I've said it before, but I always love to go downtown Noblesville on Memorial Day weekend to see all of the American flags flying around the Historic Courthouse Square.

This year, more than 400 flags will be flying. And our wonderful Noblesville Noon Kiwanis Club is to thank.

Monday, May 22, 2017
It's time to start thinking about heat and health
Despite not getting to Memorial Day yet (thanks to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice), it's time to start thinking about the dog days of summer. Although I don't see a significant number of heat-related emergencies in my office, many patients do end up in emergency departments suffering from exposure.
Monday, May 22, 2017
New policies to help Hoosier families
Raising a family presents immense joy, as well as many challenges. Our state offers a variety of resources to support the well-being of families, and this session, new laws were enacted to provide additional help to those who may be facing difficulties.

Some may not be aware of the state's helpline center that can be reached at any time by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.in211.org.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Easing the anxieties of middle school
I haven't cried yet. But my daughter has less than two weeks of elementary school left before she officially becomes a middle-schooler.

On Wednesday, she joined her fifth-grade class and took a tour of Noblesville East Middle School, where she'll be a sixth-grader this fall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Love is Worship
We were born to worship, which means we were born to love. Church is one of the primary places that we learn how to do it. Yes, yes, I know what your thinking, "isn't the home where we first learn about love?" Bear with me. What if we thought about our homes as little chapels; places where we learn about what love really is in a Biblical sense. Often times, I have referred to Sunday worship as a place to learn how to be the rest of the six days a week.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Drew's new band to play fest tonight
I've known Noblesville's Drew Hawk since the days when he played guitar with the late Matt Wariner and would perform and hang out at the Noblesville Moose Lodge and The Sandpiper.

So when Drew told me that he put together a new band, I wanted to share it with our readers.

But first, I had to ask how he came up with band's name, Tone Lab Society?

Friday, May 19, 2017
When Lucky chased the checkered flag
Eighty years ago this month, Hamilton County was buzzing with excitement over the news that the first ever locally-owned car was set to race in the 1937 Indianapolis 500.

If you guessed Lucky Teter had something to do with that, you'd be right.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Remembering Irving Heath this Saturday
Marilyn Heath is hoping that her father's friends and Noblesville "family" will come out this Saturday to celebrate the life of Irving Maxwell Heath.

Her father, a former longtime Noblesville resident, moved here in 1946 and joined the Noblesville First United Methodist Church. He was a founder of the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville and Cancer Services of Hamilton County and was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Spring into Master Gardeners' plant sale
It's finally warm and feels like springtime. And that also means it's time for planting.

If you're as ready as I am to start planting garden and looking forward to eating fresh Indiana tomatoes right out of the garden, then you know it's time for the Hamilton County Master Gardeners' annual plant sale.

I can always count on Master Gardner Alice Overton to remind me about the plant sale, which is three days away, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Letter perfect
There should be a law against having phone numbers that denote words instead of, well, numbers. Hello! It's a phone number, not a phone word. I hosted a TV segment last week for a national organization that is dedicated to educating people about a common, but potentially serious, illness. Their phone number spells the name of the disease.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Learning to appreciate motherhood even more
Growing up an only child, I could always count on spending Mother's Day with my mom.

And I did every year, until I went away to college. Then, being at home for Mother's Day seemed less important.

After college, when I was living on my own, sometimes I would go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch race qualifications with friends instead of heading home to see my mom on Mother's Day. I didn't give it a second thought because, apparently, there were a lot of other race fans doing the same thing.

Monday, May 15, 2017
More summer safety
Readers have asked me to address more summer safety issues. It's great to see kids and adults out on their bicycles now that the weather has warmed up (especially kids who aren't sitting on the couch). This will undoubtedly result in more bike accidents. Some of the saddest experiences I had during my Family Medicine residency were to have to take care of kids who were brain injured as a result of a bike accident.
Monday, May 15, 2017



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