Home | News | Contact Us | Subscribe | Advertise | Classifieds
Ivy Tech

Subscription Home The Times of Noblesville, IN | Noblesville, in

Subscription Login


Opinion Page
• Columnists
• Paula Dunn
• Brad Cook
• Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson
• City of Noblesville
• Joy in the Journey
• Dick Wolfsie
• Dr John Roberts
• Tina West
• Guest Columnist
• Betsy Reason
• Ask H.A.M.
Photo Galleries
Traffic Cams
Today's Classifieds
The Times Video
Police Blotter

The Times
Expertise: Hamilton County's Only Local Online News Source
641 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060

home : columnists March 26, 2015

2015 Noblesville construction season begins
The City of Noblesville is preparing for a busy start to the 2015 construction season. Plans for a new roundabout at the intersection of Carrigan and Hague roads will be finalized in May with construction starting this summer.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
March Madness at the Statehouse
For college basketball fans, the entire year is a build-up to one month: March. As the single greatest week for sports, this year's March Madness has already been filled with comebacks, upsets and last-second shots, and the emotional rollercoaster is far from over. It is amazing to me that five Indiana colleges made the NCAA tournament, and although four of our schools have already lost, I wish Notre Dame the best of luck as they move onto the Sweet 16.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
'Hamilton County's First Hospital'
Hamilton County's first hospital was located at 148 N. Ninth St., in Noblesville, one-half block north of the Courthouse Square. The three-story, 16-room "Harrell Hospital and Sanatorium" opened on May 10, 1909, at a cost of $35,000. It became Indiana's first county hospital when it was sold to Hamilton County in 1914 and was renamed "Hamilton County Hospital."
Monday, March 23, 2015
The season of sneezing
It's once again time to run my annual column on allergies. Many of our readers will soon be cursing the annual return of allergy symptoms. The pollen levels in Indiana will be ramping up as spring (hopefully) approaches.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Kingdom come, now
This past week, my Wednesday-night group gathered together for soup and conversation.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hands up, my funniest column
I like TV shows about crime, but over the years I have found that there are number of recurrent themes in these law enforcement programs that drive me crazy. Here are a few examples...
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Savoring a little-known herb
Since I haven't justified the "Thyme" part of this column for a long time (no pun intended,) and since this is the first day of spring, I thought I should write about something green this week.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Parks and 'quality of life' in Noblesville
There are many aspects that contribute to the "quality of life" of a community. These include convenient shopping, leisure activities, a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, or my favorite, great parks! One of the many reasons my family calls Noblesville home is because this community is blessed to have all of these qualities and more. Most importantly it has a parks department that strives to be THE quality of life agency for our city.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Join me for Adult Page Day at the Statehouse
The Statehouse is not just for lawmakers and a place where bills are discussed and heard; it belongs to all Hoosiers. It continues to be the center of civic life in Indiana and a great place to visit with family or friends. Modeled off of the capitol building in Washington D.C., the Statehouse is made from limestone, collected from quarries in Indiana, and was designed in a classical Renaissance Revival style. Not only is the building an architectural marvel, with granite columns, ornate balconies and marble floors, but it also includes incredible historical markers like the George Washington statue near the public entrance.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Fifth Disease will start popping up
It won't be long before we'll be through flu season and will start seeing cases of Fifth Disease. The person or persons responsible for naming this illness didn't have much imagination. Rubella, measles, scarlet fever and roseola were already taken. Since it was the fifth illness described that also caused a skin rash or "exanthem," that's where it got its name. It's also known as "erythema infectiosum."
Monday, March 16, 2015
'Craycraft Truck at Masonic Temple'
The Craycraft Dry-Goods Co.'s delivery truck is parked on brick-lined Ninth Street in front of the Noblesville Masonic Temple in the early 1920s. Craycraft was a prominent dry goods store in Noblesville for 94 years (1867-1962).
Monday, March 16, 2015
Reflections on who is the Good Shepherd?
If I were a livestock farmer, I would want to raise sheep. This epiphany came to me when John and I visited David Day's family farm for "Sheep Day."
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Waging a good marriage
Everybody throws the word "bet" around. "Mary Ellen, I bet we're going to be late again." Or, "Dick, I bet that burger has 50 grams of fat."
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Never underestimate the power of women
Throughout most of its history Noblesville has been fortunate to have had organized groups of civic-minded women actively working to promote charity, education and culture in this city.
Friday, March 13, 2015
A look at Noblesville's growth
When we updated the City's Comprehensive Plan last year, I filtered through old plans to see how public participation comments echoed or changed throughout the years. After sifting through benchmark reports, public surveys, and past comp plans one word stood out to me as a constant conversation piece: Growth.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Working together for the future
When you are with a group of friends deciding on a place to eat, how challenging is it to come up with a location that everybody is happy with? In addition to time constraints, one person might want to go to a nicer, sit-down restaurant while another might prefer fast-food. Eventually, after having a conversation, friends work together, compromise and come up with a location that everyone is content with.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
'Serving The Community'
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.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Antibiotics are good, right?
There is no doubt that antibiotics have saved millions of lives. But, is it all good news? I hope our readers have been noting the increasing number of news stories related to problems with the overuse of antibiotics and the development of resistant microorganisms. We have known this was coming for decades, but it has now reached a tipping point. Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, has equated the critical health threat of antibiotic resistance to an act of terrorism.
Monday, March 9, 2015
If walls could talk
My living room has become an extension of our church. John and I have moved couches and loveseats into the dining room and moved our big table into the living room. We have also brought out two other long tables and can seat up to thirty -five people, if necessary. It is not uncommon to see a computer set up, stacks of religious books, a baptismal font, crosses of all sorts and other churchy type supplies, including an offering plate at the front door (this month we are collecting for homeless supplies).
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sounds of violence!
The disorder is called misophonia. When I first heard about this, I thought it was a feeling you experience when you can't find your cellular device. So what is it? Well, if you have misophonia, you're not going to like the sound of this. Actually, if you have it, you are not going to like the sound of almost anything. The malady is characterized by an aversion and sometimes a violent response to certain everyday sound.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Hamilton County's 'Ditch'
Whenever I see the Indianapolis canal, I sometimes wonder what Hamilton County would have been like had the canal been completed through here, as originally planned. Our county map might have looked a bit different - and I'm not just talking about the presence of an additional waterway.

But, let me give you a little background on the canal first.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Your guide to departments in Noblesville
I know I speak for many City of Noblesville employees when I say we are proud to provide numerous services for our citizens. I realize for some residents it can be challenging to remember who to contact for a particular issue or question. As we hopefully move into spring, I thought it would be helpful to provide a summary of the top questions we receive at city hall and what department you can call to get answers.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Putting education first
The results are in: our state's graduation rates are up! According to information released by the Department of Education (DOE), just under 90 percent of students in Indiana are graduating high school, which is well above the national average. To achieve these high numbers, it takes everyone working together; teachers helping students after class, parents encouraging their children to succeed and students working hard and putting their studies first. With this collective mentality moving forward, more Hoosier students will be graduating in the future, and we will continue to outpace the nation.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
'Fire in Old Post Office Building'
The Noblesville Fire Department responds to a fire on the second floor of the Old U.S. Post Office building.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Will cranberry juice help prevent an infection?
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 1 to 2 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, March 2, 2015
Dog beat dog world
A pooch named Miss P is now America's top dog. For the second time, a beagle has won the Westminster Dog Show. Tails and tongues are wagging. For me, this news is incredibly wonderful. Here's why....
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Confession is a mighty equalizer
Some church denominations have gotten away from participating in a corporate confession. Some church bodies view this as an unnecessary part of a weekly liturgy. I personally find corporate confession a bonding experience with all who participate.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The truth about education
I have been contacted by many of you regarding the potential 12-hour ISTEP that our students will be subjected to in the next few weeks. Let me take this opportunity to attempt to explain what is occurring in the area of K-12 education today. The Department of Education's recent announcement of the ISTEP length came as a complete surprise to administrators, teachers, parents and students as well as the Governor and the members of the Indiana General Assembly.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
W. Hare & Son - From carriages to Camaros
A few weeks ago, while I was working on the column on old advertising, I ran across an 1883 ad for "The Hamilton County Wagon Works, W. Hare & Son, Proprietors."

The ad reminded me that Hare Chevrolet has been around almost as long as Noblesville itself. That's an incredible run for a family-owned business - six generations!

Friday, February 27, 2015
A good coach is a tremendous influence on youth
My thoughts have turned to coaching lately with the recent Noblesville and Sheridan high school girls' basketball sectional victories.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Smart on crime, safer communities
Over the past 30 years, overcrowding continues to be an issue facing our state and federal prison systems. Many states, including Indiana, addressed this issue by just building more prisons, and like a Band-Aid, this provided temporary relief while the real problems went untreated.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
'Presidential Election 1908'
The 1908 U.S. Presidential race was between Republican William Howard Taft and Democrat William Jennings Bryan. The Republicans chose Taft, Secretary of War, over the Vice President, Charles W. Fairbanks, a Hoosier from Indianapolis. Fairbanks served as VP during Theodore Roosevelt's second term from 1905 until 1909. He wanted the nomination for President but the party picked Taft who Roosevelt endorsed.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Many suffer daily from fibromyalgia
One of our readers has asked that I write about fibromyalgia. This is a chronic neurosensory disorder that can cause debility and severely interfere with a person's ability to function.
Monday, February 23, 2015
On Ash Wednesday, the journey began
Many of you know, but some may not, last Wednesday began the season of Lent. This season in the church calendar is meant for a time of reflection, repentance and turning back from bad habits and sinful thoughts, words and deeds. Think of it as a 40-day spiritual discipline before Easter. The season actually has 46 days, but we do not count Sunday as a day; Sunday's are meant to be mini Easters. In most mainline Protestant and Catholic churches, the practice of participating in Lent is held up as the most significant time of the church year. This is a time devoted to journeying with Jesus to the Cross.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Why is it the husband's job to mow the lawn?
Spring is just around the corner and I am already a wreck about what a lousy-looking lawn we are going to have again this year. I've tried everything in the past. Even watering. I don't understand why a dandelion can grow between two slabs of concrete, but I can't get grass to grow anywhere in my front yard. Dandelions should never have been referred to as weeds. That's where the problem started.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
On the trail of a 'Shrewd Artful Fox'
When we left George Boxley last week, he'd just escaped from a Virginia jail.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Take time today to nominate a deserving volunteer
Many times volunteers work quietly behind the scenes to improve and help their community. Both individuals and organizations give their time and talent and often don't want any recognition for it. However, by sharing their stories, they can inspire others to do the same.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
At the Statehouse, we are reaching our halftime
This weekend was great for the Lady Millers as they won their first sectional championship since 1996! The seniors have been working towards this goal since they were in junior high. This is an amazing accomplishment for them, and on Valentine's Day, which made the win even sweeter. Every girl played their heart out, and I cannot think of a team more deserving. I was so happy to see the joy this victory brought these dedicated athletes, and I am proud to have witnessed it firsthand.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Hospitality starts by welcoming a stranger
Where does hospitality begin? Hospitality is not just giving dinner parties, or organizing backyard cookouts, it is not just gift giving, random acts of kindness, or offering a cool drink on a hot day, or a hot drink on a cold day, it is much more than an action that we do for another person.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Doesn't everyone have a giant to-do list?
I am not a procrastinator. Quite the opposite. I pay bills before they are due. I've already filed my 2014 income tax return. I kiss my wife goodnight in the morning.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
City employees often perform random acts of kindness
In case you didn't know it, this week is Random Acts of Kindness week, according to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (www.randomactsofkindness.org). The more I learn about this week and the foundation, the more impressed I am by how powerful acts of kindness can really be.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Courage built Indiana's legacy
In 1864, during the Civil War, Daniel Ferrier joined the U.S. Army as part of the 2nd Cavalry out of New Delphi. During one of the battles, his unit came under attack by Confederate soldiers, and overwhelmed by the sheer numbers, they were forced to retreat. At that time, Daniel noticed that his brigade commander had been knocked off of his horse and was in danger of being captured. Despite the danger and risk of being captured himself, Daniel selflessly gave his horse to the high ranking officer, who was then able to rejoin and rally his troops. For Daniel's heroic actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
'Our Home Town'
The citizens of Noblesville have always had a strong sense of pride and community spirit. This has been true whether there were about 5,500 residents as was the case when this photo was taken or 10 times that many as there are today.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Do you have plumbing problems?
I'm running through my list of suggested topics from readers, and this one goes out to a reader from Sheridan. It's a common problem, but one of those topics that doesn't usually come up in casual conversation.

There are three common times in a person's life when constipation can become a problem. The first is during early childhood, the second when a person has decreased activity for some reason, and the last is during the elder years. Each type has different causes.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Background music or earworm of sorts?
Have you ever had an earworm? The phenomenon of getting a song, or part of a song stuck on an eight-second loop in your head, you cannot get rid of it? Usually, they are sappy, silly songs, tunes you can dance to, or have lyrics that rhyme. Typically, earworms only contain a few words usually the chorus. We enjoy these songs over and over in our head.... until we do not, they eventually become a bother to us, or to the people sitting next to us, in the office cubical or in the car.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Picture this: What is the bull saying?
Comedian Zach Galifianakis has never been able to do it. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has failed every time. So has country singer Brad Paisley. Stephen Colbert hasn't ever been a winner. In fact, the chances of success are about 5,000 to one. But Rachel Loveman of Indianapolis has taken the prize.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Bird watching, ice skating and wooly worm forecasting
Bird watching, ice skating and wooly worm forecasting

There must be a lot of bird watchers among the Times readers. I heard from several people after the bird-watching column.

Friday, February 6, 2015
Breakfast for Scouting a great tradition in Noblesville
Since I have been mayor, I have particularly enjoyed hosting and helping to raise money for the Noblesville Mayor's Breakfast for Scouting every February. This year's 20th annual event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12 starting at 7 a.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. This year's theme is "The Power of One," to highlight the impact that one city can make for our children.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Part 3 of 3: Accountability is our responsibility
For families just starting out, one of the most important decisions to make is where to settle down and buy your first home. While many factors play a role in that decision, for most, two of the most important continue to be: job location and quality of education. Fortunately, in Hamilton County, we have both.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Heart disease in women is largely preventable
I continue to be amazed at the answers I get from ladies when I ask them to name the No. 1 killer of women. The overwhelming majority respond, "breast cancer." While breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of women, and is estimated to have claimed about 39,500 women last year, it is not the biggest threat women face. It's estimated that 10 times that many women -- 400,000 -- died of heart disease in the same year.
Monday, February 2, 2015
'Friendly Telephone Service 1938'
The Home Telephone Co. served Noblesville and the surrounding area for many years. This ad from the 1938 Shadow (Noblesville High School yearbook) shows how accommodating the company was.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Round pegs vs. square pegs: How do you fit?
Much of my life I have felt that I was a round peg put in a square hole. I fit, but there were these corners that remained empty.

One of my personality gifts is that I can insert myself into social situations where I can look like I belong, but in reality I do not fully "fit."

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wolfsie: Sometimes we're in need of a major adjustment
In order for Mary Ellen and me to remain happily married for more than three decades, certain adjustments have had to be made. We've had some difficult moments over the years, but right now we are better adjusted than we have ever been.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Beware of bulldogs guarding apple barrels
Several months ago I wrote about some of the ads I've run across in the old newspaper microfilm at the library.

I've got more - LOTS more. Some are funny, some rather bizarre, and some are even a little scary in light of present-day knowledge.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Where in the world is Eddie Mode?
It's been a year and half since Eddie's Corner Café closed in downtown Noblesville. My family and I visited this beloved restaurant often during the 17 years it was open, just like so many in the community. It was always a wonderful place to gather and enjoy food that tasted homemade along with a friendly atmosphere.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Part 2 of 3: Accountability is our responsibility
Last week, I began a three-part series on the bills aligned with our legislative agenda. As the second installment, this week I will be focusing on the bills that address some of the public safety concerns impacting Indiana, particularly the issues of infant mortality and domestic violence. Although these are challenging topics to discuss, we must acknowledge these problems exist, do our part to help raise awareness and then, take action to resolve them. We have several pieces of legislation working towards this goal.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ask the doctor: 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, January 26, 2015
'Arcadia Wins County Tournament 1917'
The Arcadia School in northern Jackson Township celebrates with a Rally Day after their "Basket Ball" team won the Hamilton County Tournament on Feb. 17, 1917.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wolfsie: What's on the secret menu?
Did you know some restaurants have what they call "secret menus?" I had never heard of them, but apparently that's the point.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
God's waiting room can be where you like it
This week, I traveled to Arizona for a two-pronged trip to Phoenix. The first leg of the trip was to visit my dad and stepmom. It was long overdue, my parents are not getting any younger and sometimes they worry me with their growing list of infirmities and details of their "parts" wearing out. My dad calls Sun City, "God's waiting room" and it was during this trip that I could understand this title more clearly.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
A little Hamilton County natural history
While I was working on the bird column a few weeks ago, Ed Snyder mentioned the Blatchley Nature Study Club and - bingo! - I knew I'd found another column topic.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Teachers' devotion shines at our schools
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classes in various Noblesville elementary schools over the past few weeks and look forward to seeing more children in the months to come. We've been having pizza together as a celebration for the class in each school that raised the most money in the Coin Harvest for the Annual Noblesville Mayor's Charity Ball.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Part 1 of 3: Accountability is our responsibility
When you set a goal, how do you go about accomplishing it? Do you maintain a daily routine or have an accountability partner? As a reminder, maybe you put items on your calendar or keep track of your progress using a journal. While many people set the goal to live a healthier lifestyle, the ones that find the most success have a plan in place to accomplish their goals.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
'Interurban Wreck 1919'
About 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday, May 24, 1919, a southbound interurban train jumped the tracks in downtown Noblesville causing a terrible mess. The interurban failed to slow down when it approached the city and was traveling at 45 mph when it reached the intersection of Ninth and Logan streets. The wheels left the tracks and the train smashed into 10 cars parked along the street before it crashed into the curb around the Courthouse.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Sacramental living: Life giving and death dealing
If I were not Lutheran, I would consider being a Quaker.

This might seem like a big leap for anyone. The worship styles are very different.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wolfsie: Whose line is it, anyway?
What makes great one-liners? They are often wonderful insights, plays on words, or mis-directions in thinking.

Below are just a few of my favorites that I collected during the year 2014. Some are far older than that, but they were new to me and made me smile. I hope they do the same for you. Think of it as a belated Christmas gift. Next week you have to read my jokes.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Beating the winter blahs in the 1960s and '70s
Winter definitely isn't my favorite season, but when I was growing up here during the 1960s and early '70s, I didn't mind it so much. Even though Noblesville was much smaller then, we didn't lack for things to do.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Loren Schmierer: a true leader for our community
Last week I wrote about Pat Reed, who recently retired from the Noblesville Parks and Recreation Board. Another outstanding individual in our community is also moving on from a significant board. Loren Schmierer is retiring from his role as the appointed Noblesville representative on the Hamilton County Visitors and Convention Commission after almost 25 years. This board is the citizen oversight group for tourism activities in the county. Loren is the founder and owner of Stonycreek Farm Nursery and Landscaping.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Session off to a great start
The first week of the legislative session has come and gone, and we are off to an exciting start. As some of you might know, before we conduct our business each day, my colleagues and I are able to invite religious leaders to the Statehouse to offer an opening prayer, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. Known as the "Pastor of the Day," it is always exciting to meet the different religious leaders from across Indiana, and I especially enjoy inviting and visiting with those that live in Hamilton County.

It was an honor to have John Davis, senior pastor of the First Christian Church, where I attend, lead the House in prayer on opening day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Where is Brad Cook?
Brad Cook's column will not appear this week.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Let's talk about shoulder pain, Part I
The next two weeks I want to discuss shoulder pain. Most people experience shoulder pain at some point in their lifetimes. Doctors typically see it in athletes, people who overuse their shoulders and others who may have fallen on their shoulder or outstretched arm.

To understand shoulder pain, it's important to know the basic anatomy of the shoulder joint itself. The joint is one of the most complex in the body. Most joints permit only a fairly limited range of motion. The anatomy of the shoulder joint, in contrast, allows for a vast range of movements. It has to be relatively unstable compared to other joints in order to be so versatile.

Monday, January 12, 2015
Sacred or not, let's practice real love
Ever since I began writing the Joy in the Journey column for the Times, I have received just a couple of letters questioning my theology, or pointing out a flaw in my reasoning regarding my idea of who God is, and giving me the "correct" answer to my unasked opinion.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Wolfsie: Don't bank on privacy
What is the name of your favorite cartoon character?

Are you teetering between Bart Simpson and Sponge Bob? If you are from my generation you might be torn between Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

This was exactly the dilemma I faced this holiday season when trying to create a security profile to do online banking and payments. The bank, for example, asked me a series of personal questions so if I forgot my password, they could confirm my identity by matching my answers.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
This column is for the birds (and bird watchers)
I can't claim to be a serious bird watcher, but I do enjoy observing the birds that show up at my feeder.

Although I mainly see what my South Bend Friend calls "LBBs" (Little Brown Birds,) I'm also visited by cardinals, blue jays, and chickadees, with the occasional nuthatch, junco, and downy or red-bellied woodpecker.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Mayor Ditslear: The importance of celebrating 'Pat Reed Day'
As you hopefully saw in the paper, last month we celebrated "Pat Reed Day" at the City of Noblesville. Pat retired after serving on the Noblesville Park Board for 27 years, but he has also contributed to our community in many other ways.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Your opinion matters: Legislative survey coming in mail
As a student, we all remember that "first day of school" feeling. With a sense of eager anticipation, many of us can recall wearing our favorite outfit and eating a big breakfast before we embarked on our journey. If you are like me, with all of the excitement in the air, it was hard to fall asleep the night before the first day of school, but somehow, that did not remove from the joy that came with seeing old friends, making new ones and starting a new adventure.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
These (kidney) stones don't rock
Kidney stones are a topic near and dear to my heart as I've had three myself. The medical term for stones is nephrolithiasis (nephro - kidney, lith - stone, sis - condition). Stones or calculi, from the Latin for pebble, can form and stay in the kidneys (renal calculi) or move down the ureters, the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (ureteral calculi). Stones may also be found in the bladder.
Monday, January 5, 2015
'Cicero's Beautiful Surroundings 1914'
This 1914 postcard featured one of the important attributes of the town of Cicero in northern Hamilton County, its beautiful surroundings. The picturesque town is surrounded by woods, rolling topography and a large lake.
Monday, January 5, 2015
New King, New Year, new life!
If it were only that easy. The season of Advent is over, the waiting and the expectation of our new King has come and gone; Christmas is here. As I write this is column, it is the 8th day of Christmas, and we just rang in a New Year!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Candy Land: Fishers man holds Guinness World Record
Bob Brown of Fishers is addicted. And he admits it. "It's hard to pass a bar and not feel like I'm powerless." He's talking about candy bars - over 1,300 of them. Each one is different. His collection is No. 1 in the world. And it may be the only one quite like it.

The Guinness World Record people established the new category several years ago when Brown approached them thinking his huge stash might be worth noting, especially since they were still in their original wrappers. Apparently, collecting just the wrapper is not that uncommon. Brown keeps the entire bar, although he often buys two. He saves one and eats the other.

Friday, January 2, 2015
The stormy life and death of 'Cyclone' Johnson
I haven't written much about Carmel's early days, so I was intrigued when I recently ran across an article on "Cyclone" Johnson in an old Hamiltonian magazine. Johnson was an evangelist who met a bad end in Carmel one June evening in 1900.
Friday, January 2, 2015
A New Year means new opportunities
A New Year brings exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Echoed in the words of "Auld Lang Syne," as we look back on a year full of memories, let us reminisce on all of the good times, letting go of the bad. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year as you celebrate with friends and family.

Most notably this time of year, many will be making resolutions to improve their lives or the lives of others. While I always enjoy making resolutions, of course, the trick is sticking with them. The hardest for me are the ones promising to eat healthier, be more active and get more organized. I view each New Year's Day as a clean slate and a fresh start -- this year will be no different. Like many, I always make my resolutions hoping to be a little more productive than the year before as well as continuing to volunteer more in order to give back to our community. Whether large or small, if you have not made your New Year's resolutions yet, there is still plenty of time, and I have a couple ideas just in case you need some inspiration.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The doctor is out
Dr. John Roberts is on vacation this week. His column will return after the holidays.
Monday, December 29, 2014
'Happy New Year 1896'
The Noblesville Commercial Club published its annual roster of members in 1896 in this New Year booklet. There were 98 members in the club (membership was limited to 100 persons). The Commercial Club was a local business network similar to today's Chamber of Commerce. It was founded in February 1895 for the furtherance of the mercantile and manufacturing interests of Noblesville. The home of the club was the entire third floor of the Wild Opera House (which opened on Nov. 25, 1895). The Club was handsomely furnished for business and social purposes. The Club was open daily from 9 a.m. to noon, and members enjoyed billiards and pool, cigars and refreshments. But the first sentence of their by-laws declared "No religious or political discussions shall be allowed in the rooms of the Club."
Monday, December 29, 2014
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ
Merry Christmas! The days of waiting and expectation are over. Jesus has been born!

Last week, as a re-read my article, it seems that I was in a "bah-humbug" mood. My stuff was not getting done, and I was preaching to myself, "It is not about the presents but the presence!" over and over and over. My house was/is a wreck, my baking was not finished, I could not find the Christmas stockings, and the list of not-done and not-found items, I needed, seemed endless.

And yet, the baby came, ready or not, and it is a joyous event.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
'Tis the season, all the time
At Linda Greene's house, it's always Christmas. In her modest home in New Palestine, she has around 100 decorated Christmas trees. She's not sure exactly how many there are because she has never taken the time to count them. That's because her husband really doesn't want to know. What makes this story unique is that the trees are continually on display, always decorated. They are up the whole year, 24/7. 'Tis the season. All the time.
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Advanced Search

Home | News | Contact Us | Subscribe | Advertise | Classifieds

© 2015
The Times
a division of Sagamore News Media
641 Westfield Road, Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 770-7777

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved