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home : columnists April 29, 2017

Looking back at how this all began
It was about six years ago when my high school friend, Tim Timmons, publisher of The Times, contacted me to see if I was interested in doing a "faith based" weekly column for the paper. I was both excited and a little intimidated at the prospect of writing for a paper, especially in my own hometown.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Dogs will strut in style, in bandanas
Noblesville's Jane Snyder sits at her sewing machine this week, finishing the last of more than 350 Bryan Clauson green souvenir bandanas for the third annual dog trot at Forest Park.

She made bandanas in four different sizes to fit the array of canines expected to participate with their owners in this Sunday's "Strut 2 Save Lives" fundraiser that brings awareness to organ and tissue donations.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Courthouse gets its new Christmas tree
When my telephone rang at 7:27 a.m. Monday, I wondered who could be calling me so early. I wasn't surprised when I saw the caller was Hamilton County's building and grounds superintendent Steve Wood.

He wanted to tell me that the new Christmas tree on the Historic Courthouse lawn would be planted that afternoon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Helping military families, college-bound Hoosiers
The 2017 legislative session came to an end late last week. In addition to passing a balanced biennial state budget and a comprehensive road funding plan, which I look forward to highlighting in future articles, policymakers passed new laws providing assistance to military families and lessoning the burden of paying for college.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Billy Taylor made everybody smile
Every year, when we go to the Indiana State Fair, we have to stop by and see if Billy Taylor was working the corn cooker in the alley next to the Coliseum.

If he was there, he was glad to see us. He would pack a half dozen ears of roasted corn in a plastic bread sack and pile them into our arms.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Is it Alzheimer's?
"Dad is getting awfully forgetful - could he have Alzheimer's?" That's becoming a more common question. We are more likely to encounter someone with Alzheimer's dementia as the proportion of elderly in our society increases. Some forgetfulness is normal for most of us as we age. Many of us carry the fear of developing Alzheimer's or another form of dementia as we get older.
Monday, April 24, 2017
The Season of Sneezing
It's once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana are already ramping up as spring (hopefully) arrives for good.

Allergies are a major problem for many people. When allergy sufferers are asked about their quality of life, they generally rate allergies as more bothersome than heart disease and sometimes even cancer. There are many causes of allergies, but I want to focus on the seasonal type.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Billy Lee Taylor, formerly of Noblesville, Sep 15, 1945 - Apr 7, 2017
While dressing for a graveside service on Tuesday, my husband said, "You know we might be the only ones there." Soon, I would be commending to God's care, someone I had "known" but never met, I did not know his family, had not seen the man for at least 20 years and yet I was getting ready, just the same, to say words of comfort, and give this gentle man the dignity of being remembered as a child of God. Billy Lee Taylor was somewhat of an institution back in the 70's.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Tonight's gala is for pet lovers
While I like to visit the Humane Society for Hamilton County, I can't help but feel a little sad for the animals in their cages.

Coonhounds are howling, terriers are barking and cats are meowing, all wanting your attention in hopes that you will take them home.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Lagoon Lodge, little libraries and lots more
It's officially spring - Gatewood's is open again!

When I picked up my onion sets, Bruce Gatewood passed along a bit of cautionary weather lore I'd never heard - the day it thunders in February, it will frost in May. (Yikes! When WERE those storms last February?)

Friday, April 21, 2017
See NHS art tonight at park
It was pretty easy getting back into the swing of things following my two-week vacation.

And while this is my first column after my return and I'd love to share how I spent my time off, I'll save that for another time.

Rather, I'm encouraging the community to come out tonight to Noblesville's Forest Park Inn, where Noblesville High School students will have their artwork on display.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
See NHS art tonight at park
It was pretty easy getting back into the swing of things following my two-week vacation.

And while this is my first column after my return and I'd love to share how I spent my time off, I'll save that for another time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sleep discussion revived
Remember Arshid Chowdhury? I wrote about him years ago when he invented something called a sleep pod, a high-tech structure that can still be seen in several airports around the country. Crawl into the enclosure, and you can catch 40 winks in the middle of the day for about 20 bucks, or about 50 cents a wink. (Before we all got so politically correct, I'd have made a funny joke about my reputation of innocently-and inexpensively-flirting with the ladies.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Season of Sneezing
It's once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers are probably already cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana are already ramping up as spring (hopefully) arrives for good.

Allergies are a major problem for many people. When allergy sufferers are asked about their quality of life, they generally rate allergies as more bothersome than heart disease and sometimes even cancer.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
New laws fostering a healthier Indiana
Among the new laws enacted this session are policies focusing on the health of Hoosiers. Cervical cancer, strokes and meningitis have caused multiple deaths in our state, so lawmakers took action this session to address these important public health matters.
Monday, April 17, 2017
'Be the change you want to see in the world'
It is reasonable to think that Gandhi was the first to utter the words, "Be the change you want to see in the world," because all of the intranet sources say so. In reality, the quote was tweaked so that it could read better on a bumper sticker, on the back of your Honda Civic. The quote actually sounded more like, "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world changes towards him . . . We need not wait to see what others do."
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Licking Germany 'To a Frazzle'
You're probably already aware that this month marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I.

"The war to end war" had actually been going on in Europe since July of 1914, but the United States was officially neutral until Germany sank several U.S. merchant ships and attempted to get Mexico to join in the conflict against us.

President Woodrow Wilson finally asked Congress for a formal declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917.

In the d

Friday, April 14, 2017
Death by cookie? First ever Oreo-related lawsuit filed
We hear a lot about frivolous lawsuits, but we don't hear nearly enough about the delicious ones, so here's a tasty bit of gossip: A guy from Kentucky is suing the company that makes Oreo cookies. He asserts that Oreos are slowly killing him. So what's the problem? This sounds like a fun way to die.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Final weeks of the 2017 legislative session are here
This month welcomes the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. At this point, conference committees are meeting to discuss amendments to proposals and working to reach agreements on the final form of proposed new laws. At this point, Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed 23 bills into law, including measures to help our military members, reward our long-serving public safety officials and prevent drug use in our state.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Pointers on taking care of inevitable summer sports injuries
The summer sports season will be starting soon as will gardening and other outdoor chores. If they haven't already, weekend warriors will soon be doing all sorts of things to keep doctors who treat musculoskeletal injuries busy. I want to give everyone some pointers in how to take care of the inevitable sprains and strains.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Moving legislation through the process as session winds down
At this point, the governor has signed 20 bills into law. He is considering a handful of others, including proposals I supported to decrease cervical cancer rates in the state, help veterans and remove financial barriers for those heading off to college.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Choo Choo Choose the Nickel Plate Railroad
Having devoted a column to the history of Seminary Park, it seemed only right to also provide a little historical background on our other endangered historic site, the Nickel Plate Railroad.

What we know as the Nickel Plate began as the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad. It was the first railroad laid in Hamilton County, and one of the first in Indiana.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Taking time off to clown around on spring break
I want to thank you for stopping me on the street or in the grocery store or at community events, telling me that you enjoy reading my columns in The Times. Or that you have a story idea for The Times. Or that you want to invite The Times to your event or club meeting or get-together.

For many of you, The Times is your first read in the morning, five days a week. But for the next two weeks, you'll have to read The Times without me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Yellow Journalism
The nice lady offering free samples at Costco asked if I wanted to actually buy a box of the quiche I was nibbling on (after I had eaten six pieces). I'm kind of a health nut, so I didn't purchase any; they just had way too much sodium and saturated fat.

An hour later, my Costco cart was laden with soft drinks, garbage bags, a snow tire and a year's supply of salsa.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Are these trains on right tracks?
Am I opening a can of worms when I ask, "Why can't everybody get on the same train?"

The Cities of Fishers and Noblesville in February proposed to convert 9.2 miles of the historic Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad line to a greenway trail for an estimated $9.3 million.

The Indiana Transportation Museum, a nonprofit located in Noblesville's Forest Park, and operator of the FairTrain, announced last week that it would submit a bid to once again be the operator of the rail line, which runs from Indianapolis to Tipton.

Monday, April 3, 2017
Thyroid problems common in family medicine setting
I've received a request to write about thyroid gland problems. Thyroid problems are common in a family medicine setting. For those who don't know what the thyroid gland is or does, keep reading.

The thyroid is an endocrine gland found in the front part of the neck below and to the sides of the Adam's apple. Endocrine glands produce hormones and secrete them into the bloodstream. The hormones then travel around the body and trigger various biologic processes by interacting with cells in different tissues.

Monday, April 3, 2017
Providing safeguards to victims of domestic violence
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women between the ages of 15 and 44. In fact, combining the total number of women who are in car accidents, mugged and raped doesn't outnumber those who are hurt by their partners in domestic violence situations. This is alarming and an important public policy issue that needs to be addressed.
Monday, April 3, 2017
A special prayer for Lent to open hearts and minds
Like many churches around the world, Roots of Life Community is intentionally submerged into the season of Lent. We are in week four, of the six-week journey. Typically, fasting, repenting, and reflecting on our life as a disciple of Jesus mark this season. Some of keep journals of daily blessings and challenges; some of us have given up tasty foods, have given more time for prayer, and maybe have delved into a Bible study specifically related to Jesus' journey to the cross.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
DAR awards good citizens
Being honored as a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen is so much more than good grades.

It means you've given back to the community, to your school, to your church and to your family, and that you were voted on by your peers and by your administrators.

Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award is presented by Noblesville's Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of DAR to one graduating senior.

Westfield's Sami Fassnacht is the 2017 DAR Good Citizen of the Year.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Historical marker will honor driver
While the late Noblesville Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson traveled the world in racing, it was Noblesville where he called home.

Courtney's Kitchen and Forest Park were two places he loved in Noblesville. So it's no surprise when the Indiana Racing Memorial Association announced this week that Courtney's will serve up food for next weekend's unveiling of an historical marker in Forest Park honoring Clauson's legacy.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Rosie the Riveter" (Katheryn Thompson) Celebrates 100 Years!
Believe it or not, we've got another Notable Ninety turning 100! My cousin, Rosanna Dunn, alerted me to the fact her friend, Katheryn Thompson, will be 100 next week.

Katheryn, who was born in the Zionsville area, but spent most of her life in Sheridan and Noblesville, has some interesting tales to relate about her 100 years.

Some of Katheryn's earliest childhood memories are of walking to her one-room schoolhouse out in the country.

Friday, March 31, 2017
Dog trot continues in Clauson honor
Noblesville's Indy 500 racecar driver Bryan Clauson loved his dogs, Chevy and Stewart. So it's natural that his mom, Diana Clauson, wants to carry on his memory by using the third annual Noblesville dog trot to bring awareness to organ and tissue donations.

Bryan Clauson, a registered organ donor, donated his organs and saved five lives and enhanced the lives of more than 75 people through tissue donation, following a deadly crash at Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas in August 2016.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Just fine for parking!
My mother, rest her soul, drove her 1997 Buick until almost 90...and sometimes faster. She was in great health at age 87, but it irked her that many of her friends had handicap license plates that allowed them to park closer to the grocery store. She'd get out of her car and drag her foot along the ground to appear disabled. The A&P manager overlooked it. He wasn't as lenient on the shoplifting charges, though.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Guest Column
Children who attend high-quality preschool have higher wage-earning potential and are more likely to graduate from high school. With these proven benefits in mind, lawmakers are working this session on expanding early childhood education options in Indiana.

If the state paid for each preschool-aged student to attend a pre-K program, it would cost over $2 billion annually. This amount is equal to nearly a quarter of the current state budget allocated to the entirety of K-12 education.

Monday, March 27, 2017
Horsing around on spring break
Today's the first official day of a two-week spring break for Noblesville Schools.

Since 3:25 p.m. Friday, we've already checked off a couple of activities from my fifth-grader's list of things to do.

Friday night, we volunteered as doors hosts for The Belfry Theatre's opening night of "The Foreigner."

Monday, March 27, 2017
Noblesville Cultural Arts District recognized at Statehouse
Noblesville is fortunate to be home to a thriving art community and one of the seven cultural arts districts in Indiana. Recently at the Statehouse, I had the pleasure of presenting our Noblesville Cultural Arts District and the dedicated members of the Noblesville Arts Council with a resolution honoring their commitment to the arts and recognizing their contributions to our community.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sleep apnea a harmful condition associated with snorting
Snoring can certainly be annoying, but it doesn't always indicate a serious medical problem. This week, however, I do want to focus on a harmful condition that can be associated with snoring - sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition where people have pauses in their breathing while sleeping. Most people have pauses to some degree, but people with sleep apnea have much longer pauses, sometimes lasting up to 30 seconds.

Monday, March 27, 2017
What's it take to stop a train?
While the final decision on whether or not to convert the historic Nickel Plate Road rail line to a greenway trail may not come for many months, that actual decision could rest on only three votes, I am told.

The three owners of the rail line's right of way are Noblesville, Fishers and Hamilton County.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Trains and the Churches
I remember riding the fair train twice in 40 years, from Fishers to Indy. I remember riding the train one time from the Transportation Museum to the bottom of the hill at Forest Park, with my young kids. I remember looking at the Transportation museum through the fence as I traveled through the park, by foot or car. All of these memories are good and nostalgic memories. The train for me equaled a moment in time
Saturday, March 25, 2017
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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

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