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Learn how to recognize signs of diabetes
Last week I went over some of the basic biology of diabetes. This week I would like to explore how it is diagnosed and treated.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
It's God's hands, our work
"God's work. Our hands."

Sunday is a yearly opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, nearly 10,000 congregations of this church gathered to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God's people.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Wolfsie is having a civil reunion
My wife and I enjoy doing many things together. But when our entertainment preferences are not in sync, we can communicate openly with each other. That makes for a perfect union. But it may make for a lousy reunion. Let me explain.


Friday, September 12, 2014
Noblesville a CLEAN community once again
Last month I wrote about one of the City of Noblesville's former CLEAN projects -- our prairie planting near the wastewater treatment plant. This project was one of five goals we set to accomplish during our 2011-2013 Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) designation.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Preparation is key in case of emergency
As a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, I know that severe weather can happen at any time. However, experience tells us that preparation can help us better respond and recover from the impact of a disaster.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Let's talk about the different types of diabetes
Diabetes was first described in Egypt about 3,500 years ago. The name diabetes means "to pass through," referring to the frequent urination that occurs in diabetics.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
'Shade Trade Card'
In the late 1800s, local grocer Joseph A. Shade advertised on an Alden Fruit Vinegar trade card. He owned the Star Grocery in Noblesville, which sold staple and fancy groceries including canned fruits and vegetables. Alden produced colorful
Sunday, September 7, 2014
The joke's on Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen and I were at the opticians picking out a new pair of glasses for me that were a bit pricey. I often lose my specs, making such a purchase a poor investment.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Hello Cupcake, It's me, God
It would be great if God's nickname for me were "Cupcake."

It would mean that God thinks I'm sweet, easy on the eye, flavor filled, comforting, and God would think I even smell good!

Friday, September 5, 2014
Bad, bad, bad, bad boys
With all the talk about bullying and gangs in recent years, you might think these were new problems.

Hardly.

I was reminded of that when I was searching for information about the soap factory that used to be near Aroma and stumbled across the tale of Perkinsville's Peanut Gang.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Come join our new, old tradition on White River
I have a riddle for you. What is being done for the first time and lasts for 13 hours, but is both 20 years old and six years old at the same time? It helps the environment, is fun to do, and will educate and entertain you with great art, music, and food?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Now accepting House Republican intern applications
The other evening, I was at an event, and as I looked around, I noticed many of the individuals attending were previous Indiana House Republican interns. It was amazing to see that this internship has led to so many full-time employment opportunities in many various positions of state government.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Does a prayer have the power to move me forward into the darkness?
We pray, O God, for wisdom and will, for courage to do and to become, not merely to gaze with helpless yearning as though we had no strength. So that our land, our world, may be safe, and our lives truly blessed.

- From the Jewish Liberal Prayerbook

When I saw this prayer earlier today, it stayed with me like a shadow over my day.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesdays with Auri, put it in your Google calendar
It began with a simple phone call to my friend Auri, a computer geek I asked to help me with my very successful website, which right now is attracting up to three visitors a month.

To have a strong online presence, you have to spend several hours a day using social media, like Facebooking, tweeting, and updating your blog. This means cutting yourself off from the outside world. But that's the price you pay for being social.

Friday, August 29, 2014
When the Millers went marching in
Do you know what victory Noblesville was celebrating 62 years ago today?

Give up?

On Aug. 28, 1952, Noblesville High School won the Indiana State Fair band contest, for the first - and so far, only - time.

(OK, that was a semi-trick question. You'd have to remember the State Fair used to be held at the end of August instead of the beginning.)
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ivy Tech begins its first semester in Noblesville
When I first became mayor in 2004, one of my goals was to have an institution of higher learning located here in Noblesville, and I've been fortunate to be able to work with many partners, organizations, and individuals over the years to make this goal a reality. In the fall of 2011, the Anderson University Falls School of Business started offering an Master of Business Administration program in Noblesville. I was pleased that a graduate degree program was being offered in city limits (and is still being offered - the fall class began just a couple of weeks ago), but believed that it was important to have a local education option for undergraduate students as well.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Celebrating our rich history on Statehood Day
Our state has a rich history, and we have a lot to celebrate in Indiana, especially in our community. For example, did you know that Hamilton County was actually named after Alexander Hamilton, who was one of the Founding Fathers as well as the first Secretary of the Treasury?

In 1818, the land, which is present day Hamilton County, was purchased by the U.S. with the Treaty of St. Mary's. Over the years, our area has blossomed and is now home to three of the largest cities in the state; Carmel, Fishers and my hometown, Noblesville. Although we have one of the fastest growing economies in Indiana, our community has humble beginnings intertwined with some of the most heartwarming people you could ever meet.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
'Harnish Art Studio'
O.A. Harnish was a prominent and prolific photographer in Noblesville in the 1890s and early 1900s. The Harnish Art Studio was located on the east side of the Historic Courthouse Square. He advertised himself as "The Leading Photographer of Hamilton County." He used a Kodak camera and developed his own photographs in an "Instantaneous Process." He preserved the negatives for future orders. Although this trade card featured young children actively planting flowers, his photographic subjects would have had to been very still while he was capturing them on camera. The finished photos were mounted on stiff thick cardboard and each had his name prominently displayed at the bottom of each print. Although there were other photographers in Noblesville at the time, more Harnish photographs seem to have survived than any other.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Colorectal cancer screening is vital
This week I want to talk about screening for colorectal cancer (CRC). Fortunately, screening for this type of cancer has become more common due to increased public awareness aided by campaigns such as CDC's Screen for Life www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/.

It is estimated that there will be 136,830 new CRC cases and 50,310 deaths from CRC this year, making it the third deadliest cancer in men and women over 50 years of age. If caught when the disease is localized to the colon, 90 percent of patients live at least five years after they are diagnosed. However, only 39 percent of people are diagnosed at an early stage.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yes, I have nothing to say
I have nothing to say.

It does not mean that I do not care.

It does not mean that the subject matter is not important.

It does not mean that we turn our heads and look the other way.

And it does not mean that we stand still on injustice.

The headlines of the last few weeks have put this pastor almost speechless. Name the issue: war in Iraq, Freedom Indiana, immigration, war in Israel, the Ebola epidemic, Robin William's suicide, Ferguson, crime in Central Indiana.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Wooly worms, weather omens and William Dudley Pelley
Time to catch up with readers again!

Several people remembered William Dudley Pelley.

• David Dugger emailed that he used to be a paperboy for the Noblesville Daily Ledger, and the Soulcraft building was on his route in 1949 and 1950. Whenever he collected there, they always sent him off with a copy of their latest publication.

• Joan Love met Pelley when she was a clerical assistant at the Hamilton County Clerk's office during the 1950s.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
A Bit of the Prairie near Downtown Noblesville
When people think of our neighborhoods near downtown, they normally don't envision acres of wildflowers, a variety of insects and wildlife, and potential sites for future Eagle Scout and other nature projects. But if you visit the west side of the Noblesville Utilities Wastewater Plant near the river, you'll see just that.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Champion for Hoosiers makes history
Two days ago, Indiana's first woman Chief Justice Loretta Rush was officially sworn into office, which was an historic event for our state. We are fortunate to have some of the best state Supreme Court justices in the nation, like Chief Justice Rush, who serve with integrity and a strong commitment to fairness.

Our judicial system remains strong and it is because our justices' have the legal expertise and experiences that set them apart, especially Chief Justice Rush. What I admire most about her is her dedication to children and protecting Hoosier families.

When Justice Rush was serving as juvenile court judge, she helped implement a certified juvenile drug treatment court as well as initiate an assessment center for youth, which provided services around the clock. During her tenure, she also helped create and sustain more than 25 different youth programs, including the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Tippecanoe County.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
'Noblesville Trade Cards'
Many local businesses advertised with trade cards. They were distributed to existing and potential customers with hopes the colorful images would attract your attention and give you an excuse to keep the cards.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Swimmer's Ear: What causes it and how to treat it
I've seen a fair number of cases of swimmer's ear in the last few weeks. We tend to see more cases of this in hot, humid weather, but it can also be brought on by other conditions.

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 inflammation of the middle ear (the part of the ear behind the ear drum).

The number of people who suffer from swimmer's ear is about four per 1,000 per year, or about 3 to 5 percent of the population. It afflicts males and females in equal numbers and tends to present between 7 and 12 years of age.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
We are living in end times, not just because of the dandelions
The Kingdom of Heaven

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a child who sees a dandelion across a large field and runs to it with utter abandon and then in pure delight picks that dandelion holding it like it is lost treasure and delighting in its weedy beauty.

The kingdom of Heaven is like that child running back through the field holding the dandelion to the wind and each seed gets pulled off and carried into the world, to land in the dirt, to be buried and sprout and grow. A dandelion cycle of life. Uncontrolled, virtually unstoppable, changing the course of the landscape with each tiny seed.

Rev. Elaina Salmon

Friday, August 15, 2014
You don't have to be old to remember the old days
When I was first asked to consider writing a column for the Times, I'll admit I dragged my feet a bit.

One reason was, I was afraid I was too young to do what I wanted to do, i.e. continue Jerry Snyder's tradition of writing about "Old" Noblesville. After all, Jerry had 25 years of memories I didn't.

I got cured of that pretty quick.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ahh, the excitement of starting a new school year
Last Monday was a day of great emotion in Noblesville - disappointment from many of our younger residents and excitement from many of our grownup residents. In other words, it was the first day of school. Parents in our city can be assured that their children will receive an outstanding education from Noblesville Schools. As was reported last week, Noblesville is in the Top 10 school districts in central Indiana regarding ISTEP test scores. It should come as no surprise that the scores for our students are significantly higher than the state average.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Increasing integrity in Indiana's election process
In May, I started to receive phone calls regarding mailers that were being sent out by the Secretary of State's Election Division as part of a voter list refresh project.

To provide some clarity on the situation, I wrote a column discussing the project, why it was necessary and how important this was to our state.

This week, the Election Division announced the results of the voter list refresh, and I wanted to follow-up and let you know how effective the project was overall.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
'Corner Drug Store Trade Card'
The Corner Drug Store was located at the southwest corner of Conner and Ninth streets in downtown Noblesville. The store was already 12 years old when the Seely Manufacturing Co. started producing perfumes and extracts in Detroit, in 1862. The advertising trade card featured flowers because Seely based its line of perfumes on specific flowers. It made Jasmine (1869), Orchid (1890), Purple Lilac and White Rose (1893), Violet Flowers and American Roses (1899) and dozens of other perfumes named after flowers. The drug store remained downtown for 144 years and it advertised that it was "Indiana's Oldest Drug Store." Use of the site for a drug store ended when Revco bought the business in 1994 and then closed the store.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I got my bell rung!
Fall sports season is here, and I've already seen a few athletes who have suffered concussions. Concussions have always been a part of sports, especially those involving high-energy collisions, such as football, soccer, hockey and basketball. I'm sure you have read or heard that research is allowing us to get a firmer grasp on how to manage concussed athletes.

A concussion is a trauma-induced alteration in mental status that usually does not involve a loss of consciousness and does not have to be a result of a blow to the head. In fact, only 10 percent of concussions are associated with a loss of consciousness. What to do with the remaining 90 percent has been a subject of debate for many years.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
'Corner Drug Store Trade Card'
The Corner Drug Store was located at the southwest corner of Conner and Ninth streets in downtown Noblesville.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I do have word of advice, actually quite a few words
So, what's the word? Really, what is the word? With over 250,000 words in the English language, you'd think there would be a word for just about everything. Not so. Therefore, I am on a crusade to find a term for some everyday occurrences for which there is no label. I may need your help on some of these. I can't do everything.

Ever make yourself a tall, cool glass of your favorite beverage but when you take the first sip, there's an ice blockage that smacks right into your lips? All of a sudden, instead of quenching your thirst, the liquid is running down the sides of your mouth. You insert your finger to break up the ice dam, but to no avail. Eventually, it's clear sailing, but what do we call this: How about a GLACIAL FACIAL?

Friday, August 8, 2014
Remembering my boy, Arie - with a smile
It's amazing how empty a house can seem without one small bundle of gray fur.

I lost my boy, Arie, a couple of weeks ago.

Over the years he managed to cope with some serious health issues, but, just like the rest of us, he couldn't outrun Father Time.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Remembering my boy, Arie - with a smile
It's amazing how empty a house can seem without one small bundle of gray fur.

I lost my boy, Arie, a couple of weeks ago.

Over the years he managed to cope with some serious health issues, but, just like the rest of us, he couldn't outrun Father Time.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
New park gets its name from notable Federal Hill area
At last Thursday's concert at Forest Park, we announced the name for the new park in Noblesville.

For those who weren't able to attend the concert, hopefully you read about the announcement.

What had been referred to by its working title of West Gateway Park will now be known as Federal Hill Park. It will be located in the area of the city that has been known since the 1800s as Federal Hill. Noblesville resident Joyce Scott was the first person to suggest this name and was the winner of our park naming contest. Joyce shared with us last week that she grew up on Nixon Street - right in the heart of the Federal Hill area.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Local Davis family honored as leader in Hoosier agriculture
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For anyone not familiar with the award, it was created back in 1976 to honor Indiana's farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. This level of devotion and commitment is incredible, and I am always amazed by how many families we have in Indiana that have passed down their farming traditions from one generation to the next, like the Davis family.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Up to 30 percent of athletes, military recruits develop a stress fracture annually
I saw a young athlete last week complaining of shin pain. The source of the pain was a stress fracture. It is estimated that between five and 30 percent of athletes and military recruits develop a stress fracture each year. Briethaupt, a Prussian military physician, was the first person to describe the condition in military recruits in 1855.

Everyone is familiar with bone fractures, especially those that result from acute trauma. These fractures are usually easy for an untrained person to see on an X-ray - the bone looks like a broken stick. Stress fractures, however, can be much more difficult to diagnose.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
'Noblesville Milling Co. Recipes'
"An Indiana Flour, grown by Indiana farmers, made by Indiana millers, sold by Indiana Grocers to Indiana housewives." Those words in this advertisement summed up the manufacturing process and marketing strategy of the Noblesville Milling Co. (1899 to 1941). The local miller advertised its products by featuring them in tasty All-American recipes, from Kismet Cake Flour in White Coconut Cake to the general purpose Diadem Flour in Ice Box Rolls. The Kismet Biscuit Flour was featured in the "Good Old Home Made" biscuits and dumplings recipes. The campaign help make the Milling Co. a successful Hamilton County business for many decades.



Ad from Brad Cook Collection


Sunday, August 3, 2014
'Noblesville Milling Co. Recipes'
"An Indiana Flour, grown by Indiana farmers, made by Indiana millers, sold by Indiana Grocers to Indiana housewives."
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Nuh -Uh to Your Uh-huh (Part 3)
The third in a series of Nuh Uh to your Uh Huh has to do with the "End Times". This will be a quick lesson. Some people say, in the in the end times, people will not be able to recognize the different seasons.

Nuh-Uh...this is not in the Bible, God did not say it, and Jesus never said this. But some people say this like it is gospel.

Even a thorough Google search will not reveal the origin of this saying, but it is not found in the Bible. In the 24th chapter of Matthew, he uses the budding of leaves heralding the coming of summer as a metaphor for the signs that Christ will return. Nowhere does the Bible mention that seasons will be so altered that only the changing leaves will identify them.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Continuing the story of William Dudley Pelley . . .
When Pelley arrived here in December of 1940 many Noblesville residents weren't exactly thrilled to have a nationally known Fascist and anti-Semite in their midst, especially with Hitler marching across Europe.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Continuing the story of William Dudley Pelley . . .
When Pelley arrived here in December of 1940 many Noblesville residents weren't exactly thrilled to have a nationally known Fascist and anti-Semite in their midst, especially with Hitler marching across Europe.

The manner in which he moved in didn't help, either.

First, using the assumed name of Henderson (or Garrison, depending on the source,) he attempted to buy the very newspaper you're reading (although it was the "Noblesville Morning Times" then.)

According to Times publisher Daily Hudler, Pelley "wanted to buy a printing establishment and even went so far as to shake ten thousand dollars under this writer's nose. He was so sure of his strength that he later refused to bind himself for the balance of the purchase price and the deal fell through."

Thursday, July 31, 2014
A big thank-you for making Mayor's Charity Ball a success
This past Friday, I was pleased to host the annual Noblesville Mayor's Charity Ball. This longtime Noblesville tradition raises money each year for local charities. While the evening is always a fun time, the most important part of the event is the money that is raised for the charities. The beneficiaries of this year's event are the Noblesville Firefighters Christmas Food & Toy Drive, the Noblesville Youth Assistance Program, and Friends of Central Pool. If you aren't very familiar with these outstanding organizations, I'd like to tell you about each of them and the great work they do for our community.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Traditions, fond memories made at our Indiana State Fair
It is almost that time of year again for the Indiana State Fair! For years, families have traveled across the state to enjoy all the great things our fair has to offer. Like most Hoosiers, the fair is very special to me, and it brings back many fond memories of time spent with family and friends.

Mom, dad and I went to the fair every year. Although I was never much for riding rides, I loved seeing the animals. We never missed "band day" where it was always exciting to hear, "Hailing from Noblesville, Indiana the Marching Millers."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Health-care 'system' in our country is in serious trouble
I'm writing this as we're getting closer to the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). No matter whether or not you support the ACA, the underlying impetus for the law remains - the health care "system" in our country is in serious trouble. One of the concepts addressed in the ACA is the requirement that medical treatments are to be studied thoroughly and be based on the best scientific and medical evidence available.

We waste a lot of time and resources on medical treatments and alternative medicine that provide little or no benefit to our health. As a nation, we have to be open to educating ourselves and accepting science-based medicine as the most objective and cost-effective method we have to improve the health of our nation.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Brad Cook's Hamilton County
The Noblesville policeman and the two boys are standing at the corner of Ninth and Logan streets in downtown Noblesville. One can only speculate as to what event prompted this encounter. Whatever the reason, the officer appears to have the situation under control. The photo was taken around 1940, at a time when the population of the city was 5,575 (about 1/10th of what it is today). They are standing in front of the American National Bank which was at that location from 1928 until it was purchased by Ameritrust National Bank in 1986 and renamed in 1989. At the time, the bank had an entrance onto Logan Street (it was subsequently removed). Note the brick-lined streets and the Interurban railroad tracks in the middle of Ninth Street.

Photo by Mahlon Schaller

Sunday, July 27, 2014
'Serving the Community 1940'
The Noblesville policeman and the two boys are standing at the corner of Ninth and Logan streets in downtown Noblesville. One can only speculate as to what event prompted this encounter.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Soulcraft and Silver Shirts - William Dudley Pelley, Part I
You may recall when I listed famous people buried in Crownland Cemetery in the Memorial Day column, I mentioned William Dudley Pelley.

I'm willing to bet some people out there don't know who that was. I didn't myself until I was in high school.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Ever heard of William Dudley Pelley? He was more IN-famous than famous
You may recall when I listed famous people buried in Crownland Cemetery in the Memorial Day column, I mentioned William Dudley Pelley.

I'm willing to bet some people out there don't know who that was. I didn't myself until I was in high school.

Toward the end of my senior year, one of my classmates showed up at school one day with some publications he'd picked up in the old abandoned building at the west end of Pleasant Street which once housed Pelley's Soulcraft business.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
It's all about serving in Noblesville
Through my work as manager of Mayor John Ditslear's Vision Noblesville program, I'm able to frequently highlight the variety of ways that many in our community serve through volunteerism. These acts of compassion range from hard labor to helping a nonprofit with accounting or legal services. But did you know that every year, for one week in the summer, local churches volunteer together in the community? Their purpose is simply stated in their name - "SERVE Noblesville - Connecting Compassionate Neighbors."
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A new school year is just around the corner
As I walked around the fair last week, looking at the displays and incredible works of art, I was amazed by how gifted and talented the students in our community are. All the exhibits were so enjoyable to see, and I want to thank everyone who participated. The 4-H program in Hamilton County remains strong, and I thank them for their dedication.

With the fair over, and Aug. 4 just around the corner, summer vacation is winding down, and a new school year is almost here. I always loved the start of school: the excitement, a fresh start, teachers preparing for their classrooms and students eagerly anticipating reuniting with their friends.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
'The Golden Rule'
Hamilton County suffered a major loss on July 12, 2014, when The Golden Rule building in Sheridan was destroyed by fire. The historic three-story Romanesque Revival building, located at 400 South Main St., was the largest building in downtown Sheridan. The 15,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1897. Various businesses have operated out of the building, including The Golden Rule Department Store, Weaver's Department Store, Godby Home Furnishings furniture store, and, most recently, Main Street PowerMAIL. The 1919 postcard shows the west side of South Main Street with the building prominently located in the heart of the downtown. Fortunately, the fire caused no human injuries. But there was a painful loss to the property owner and the community, which reminds us of the importance of our local structures and the contributions they have made to our lives and history.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Lyme disease: learn the facts and misconceptions
The arrival of warm weather this year means we have to start worrying a little bit about Lyme disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it.

Lyme disease was named in the late 1970s when an outbreak of arthritis in children occurred around the town of Lyme, Conn. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
'The Golden Rule'
Hamilton County suffered a major loss on July 12, 2014, when The Golden Rule building in Sheridan was destroyed by fire.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Nuh-Uh to Your Uh-Huh
This column will start a mini series of thoughts and ideas that you might just plain disagree. For the next few weeks, I am going to just put it out there that I do not believe the Bible, God or Jesus ever said some commonly quoted phrases used by church people.

Today's column has to do with the saying, "God helps them, who helps themselves."

Friday, July 18, 2014
Ever heard of William Dudley Pelley? He was more IN-famous than famous
You may recall when I listed famous people buried in Crownland Cemetery in the Memorial Day column, I mentioned William Dudley Pelley.

I'm willing to bet some people out there don't know who that was. I didn't myself until I was in high school.

Toward the end of my senior year, one of my classmates showed up at school one day with some publications he'd picked up in the old abandoned building at the west end of Pleasant Street which once housed Pelley's Soulcraft business.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Hamilton County 4-H Fair is finally here
If you have read my columns over the last 10 years, you know that I am a huge fan of the Purdue Extension Program, and you might also know that one of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up. Since I was kid in junior high, I have always enjoyed and looked forward to the County 4-H Fair. I have many fond memories of spending time with my friends, but some of my fondest memories come from the time I spent with my mom at the fair.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Downtown Parade
Marching bands in local parades that travel through downtown Noblesville usually have the benefit of paved or brick-lined streets. This parade route, however, included a dirt-lined Ninth Street. For this special occasion, the portion of the street in front of the Historic Courthouse was covered with soil. The natural surface was apparently brought in to accommodate a livestock show. Many of the spectators are watching the parade under the awnings of familiar stores: J.C. Penney Co., A & P Food Stores, Western Auto associate store, Kroger, and Lyon's Clothing store. Thanks to Ned Schaller for sharing this photo. Photo by Mahlon Schaller
Sunday, July 13, 2014
'Marching Band on 9th Street'
Marching bands in local parades that travel through downtown Noblesville usually have the benefit of paved or brick-lined streets. This parade route, however, included a dirt-lined Ninth Street.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Faith columnist on vacation
Teri Ditslear's Joy in the Journey column will return next Saturday. She is on vacation this week.
Friday, July 11, 2014
You've heard of Christmas in July, haven't you?
The summer edition of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog arrived in the mail the other day, just in time for Christmas (or was it too late for Christmas?) All great stuff for me - not to buy, of course, but to make fun of.

For example:

FOLD-AWAY ADULT BUNK BEDS

This is the perfect gift for ex-cons who simply want to create the homey and secure feeling of being in the slammer. Those living alone will be able to choose either top or bottom without resorting to using a shiv to make a convincing argument.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Torpedoes, toads, Tick Ridge and other things
I am WAY overdue for a reader column.

Remember the old time newspaper ads? Ed Snyder raised an interesting point - he wondered if any of those Howell Grave Torpedoes might still be around.

Yikes!

Friday, July 11, 2014
Torpedoes, toads, Tick Ridge and other things
I am WAY overdue for a reader column.



Remember the old time newspaper ads? Ed Snyder raised an interesting point - he wondered if any of those Howell Grave Torpedoes might still be around.



Yikes!

Thursday, July 10, 2014
See you at the Noblesville Street Dance this Saturday
Now that the July 4th festivities are behind us, we're gearing up for the next big summer event in Noblesville - this Saturday's 23rd annual Noblesville Street Dance from 5 to 11 p.m. This is downtown Noblesville's signature event, and Noblesville Main Street does a great job of coordinating it each year.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Working together strengthens our community
Communities are like families. We celebrate holidays together, help those in need and support each another through life's greatest challenges. One thing that has always drawn me to Noblesville is the sense of family that exists and that everyone works together to create a better, stronger community.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Think twice before sending your young athlete to a mass health screening
The fall sports season is just around the corner and it's time for another round of sports physicals. Most of the youth in the county participate in some type of organized school sport. The IHSAA requires high school athletes to have a yearly PPE or "Pre-Participation Examination." Many junior highs or middle schools and even grade schools are now requiring them before allowing athletes on the field.

Unfortunately, some athletes and families see the PPE as an unnecessary hurdle and want to get it over with as quickly as possible. This mind-set has resulted in schools or other organizations setting up mass screenings for athletes. These involve setting up multiple "stations" to complete the PPE. For example, one station might review the athlete's medical history, another might do the blood pressure, another the heart and lung exam, etc.

Sunday, July 6, 2014
'Hamilton County Courthouse 1879 and 1974'
The Hamilton County Historic Courthouse underwent many changes over the decades.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
As we celebrate nation's birthday, find rest from heavy burdens
Celebrating birthdays, whether it is someone else's, our country's, or the birthday anniversary of something noteworthy, can be exhilarating, fun, and extra special. Some of these birthdays are filled up with cake and ice cream, fireworks, even blue light specials!

Birthdays and anniversaries can also bring up feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, and all kinds of negative feelings. And even though some of us are rightly celebrating the 4th of July all weekend long, it seems to me that there is an undertone of weariness and fear.

Friday, July 4, 2014
Mum Mum heard exactly what she wanted to hear and nothing more
Friday, July 4, 2014
Feeling gratitude this Fourth of July
Normally we associate gratitude with the Thanksgiving holiday, but this year I'm filled with it as we approach the celebration of our nation's birth. Noblesville's July 4th parade, festival, and fireworks will be the best ever tomorrow, and it's all thanks to so many of you.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Join me in celebrating the red, white and blue
The Declaration of Independence is more than just a document; it is symbol of our freedom. On July 4, 1776, the decisions made that day were revolutionary, and this Friday, as a nation, we will join together to celebrate their heroic actions to proclaim the United States as an independent and free nation.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
'Elks Club Band 1950'
The Noblesville Elks Club Band was organized in 1922. More than 30 members regularly met to practice and perform for the lodge and the community.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jesus challenges you to love over everything
Often times on Sunday morning I will say the words, "This week's Gospel lesson is my favorite!" Last Sunday, those words never even thought about coming out of my mouth. The lesson was from Matthew 10:24-39. Look it up if you want to be saddened, fear ridden or discouraged. In the later part of the message, Jesus proclaims something like, "I did not come to bring peace but a sword." Ouch. And then he goes on to say,
Friday, June 27, 2014
Aroma, Omega, ooh I wanna take ya
You've probably noticed I write a lot about Noblesville. That's partly because I grew up in Noblesville and know it better than any other part of Hamilton County.

It's also relatively easy to research since it's the county seat, and was, for many years, the largest town in the county.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Aroma, Omega, ooh I wanna take ya
You've probably noticed I write a lot about Noblesville. That's partly because I grew up in Noblesville and know it better than any other part of Hamilton County.



It's also relatively easy to research since it's the county seat, and was, for many years, the largest town in the county.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
The library has a lot to offer
As president of the Hamilton East Public Library Building Corp., I've been a big supporter of our library for years.

The Hamilton East Public Library (originally known as the Noblesville Public Library) has been a tremendous asset in our community for over 100 years. If you haven't ever visited this beautiful facility or it's simply been a long time since you've stopped by, summer is a great time to explore it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Medicare, an easy target for fraud
This week, I'd like to write about a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year - Medicare fraud and abuse. Medicare paid out $549 billion in payments for services and medications in 2011.
Monday, June 23, 2014
"Dressed For The Occasion"
During Hamilton County's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1973, local residents were encouraged to support the effort in many ways.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014
God loves play, so let's go play
Maybe it is because it is summer. Perhaps it is because I have just spent a few days in the presence of my grandkids. Maybe it is God's way of creeping into the serious work of my vocation that I have been thinking about the subject of play . . .
Friday, June 20, 2014
Riverview, how the hospital came to be
Having written a column on the old Harrell Hospital, I decided I really ought to also cover the beginnings of its replacement, the hospital we know today as Riverview . . .
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Times reporter is moving on
Today is reporter Sarah Seward's last day of work at The Times.

Today is also The Times' proudest day.

We will miss Seward. Actually a lot. She contributed to the daily operation of the newspaper . . .

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Art is all around "Hipstoric" Noblesville
Unless you've been out of town a lot lately, you've probably noticed all of the art and cultural events that have taken place in Noblesville over the past few weeks . . .
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It's exciting that County received award
In a recent column, I mentioned the importance of college and career readiness. I discussed that higher education, whether that means achieving . . .
Tuesday, June 17, 2014



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