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home : columnists January 17, 2018

Kids love the new Club
Ella Hill loves the new gymnasium, the new cafetorium and the new Learning Center. She loves the new art room, the new music room and the new strength and training Room. She loves the new games room, the new kitchen and the new Teen Center.

The 11-year-old, a sixth-grader at Noblesville West Middle School, was the first one to greet us Monday afternoon as we entered the new $6.7 million Tom & Soni Sheehan Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, where she offered to lead us in a tour.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
ITM board president refutes city's claims
In an effort to set the record straight and provide an alternative perspective to recent events regarding the City of Noblesville's plans to not renew the Indiana Transportation Museum's lease in Forest Park, it is necessary to respond to their political rhetoric. From the start, the relationship between the Cities and ITM have been adversarial at best.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Community to unite for MLK Celebration
The Noblesville First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir is more than 80 strong.

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is small but powerful.

Come Monday night, they will combine their choirs in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

While Bethel AME has played host in past years to an MLK celebration, it's a first-time collaboration with First UMC.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Can anything good come from this?
Seriously folks, I cannot make this stuff up. Preachers who preach the gospel and who follow the lectionary (scheduled, way in advance, scripture selections across denominational lines) are about to get in trouble, they (we) are going to be walking that precarious and tension filled line of (shock and horror) politics and religion.

I wish there was a way for me to insert the little emoji with the yellow and blue face, hands on cheek and bug-eyed right here.

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Celebrating Atlanta Music Hall founder
In the small town of Atlanta, Ind., in northern Hamilton County, just about everyone knew Gerald Terry.

He loved strumming the banjo, working on banjos, and performing with his musician friends at Atlanta Music Hall.

The music hall is an old building that he and his wife, Roberta, bought 30 years ago to turn into a live music venue where musicians could play.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Potter, antiques and a little Strawtown history
You can't really walk anywhere in Strawtown without setting foot on historic ground - and I'm not just talking about Strawtown Koteewi Park. There's a lot of history in Strawtown itself.

Take the building on State Road 37 that houses Strawtown Pottery and Antiques. It started out over 80 years ago as a general store owned by a man named Ollie Stage.

Friday, January 12, 2018
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 bacteria. We have known this was coming since Alexander Fleming (the discoverer of penicillin) warned of it in his Nobel Prize speech in 1945, but it has now reached a tipping point.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Non Scents
I have just finished reading Alexandra Horovitz's marvelous new bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Know and Smell. The book is mostly about the incredible sense of smell our canine companions have and how as humans we often overlook this sense (we always overlook our noses).
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
2018 has a lot in store for Noblesville
Last year, I celebrated my 15 year Noblesville High School class reunion. If you had told me 15 years ago at Noblesville High School that I would, one day, serve as President of the city council, I would have said you were crazy. Funny how life works.
Monday, January 8, 2018
New Year, New Session
With a new year comes a new legislative session. The 120th Indiana General Assembly is already underway, and committee meetings will be starting very soon. This session will be a busy and exciting one, and many of the topics on the House Republican agenda will directly impact members within our community. In order for me to best represent you, we need to communicate with each other and stay engaged.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Life is better together
Sharing life and faith together is one of the missions of church. Because life is messy, along with the problem of sin, there is no such thing as a perfect church. No amount of rules, doctrine, good works, or good intentions will ever produce a faith community that is not flawed.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Skate for health - Eat for pleasure
You don't hear much about roller skating these days, but it used to be a fairly popular pastime in Hamilton County.

Back in the late 19th and 20th centuries, there were lots of roller rinks around. Some were indoor rinks like the Heiny skating rink, which was located near Noblesville's railroad depot in the early 1900s, or the Coliseum at Cicero's Magnetic Springs Park during the 1920s.

Friday, January 5, 2018
I can hear my echo
I'm not tech savvy, so when I received the Echo my brother-in-law Tom sent me for Christmas, I was hesitant to open the box. This gadget works like the computer that Captain Kirk talked to on Star Trek. You can pose a question (Who was the 13th president?), request a song or ask it to call someone. Your wish is her command.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Keeping the good, the true and the important
Keeping the good, the true and the important, and letting go of the unnecessary, false and the trivial, might just be my New Year's resolution. Many times, over the years, I make the NY resolution about my health, or wealth and end up always being disappointed when nothing seems to change. Nonetheless, I do think it is important to take a survey every now and again about our overall wellness, in each category of living fully.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
'Can't open it?' They can help
When two Noblesville siblings who volunteer at the White River Christian Church Food Pantry noticed that some recipients were not taking the canned food, they wanted to know why.

And when they found out that the reason was because some people didn't own a can opener, Connor Reiff and his sister, Maddie, decided they needed to help.

While discussing the issue over dinner with their mom, they came up with the slogan, "Can't Open It? We Can Help!"

Friday, December 29, 2017
Saluting our Notable Nineties (AND Sensational Centenarians)
Well, we've made it to the end of another year and it's time once again to honor our Notable Nineties, as well as our Sensational Centenarians. (Much as I would like to take the credit for coming up with the "Sensational Centenarians" tag, that belongs to a source who prefers to remain anonymous.)

If you have any corrections to the list, please let me know.

Friday, December 29, 2017
Lions still doing good at 75 years
Wherever I go in Noblesville, I see Noblesville Lions Club members involved in our community.

They're grilling pork chops and frying pancakes on the Courthouse Square to raise money for philanthropic projects. They're marching in the city's parades through downtown giving out candy and bringing awareness to their club. They're handing out dictionaries to Noblesville third-graders to make learning fun.

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Thanks for the 'Funneries'
This is my annual look back at, and appreciation for, all the people and events that inspired many of my weekly columns this past year. For example, thanks to...

My brother, for getting married for the first time at a very late stage in life. When my sister called and said "Your brother is doing something no Jewish guy ever does for the first time at the age of 65," I was confused. I thought I was going to his Bar Mitzvah.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Still time to see Santa Claus
Growing up, I always liked to visit Santa

Claus at the local shopping mall. While sometimes the lines were long, I found

that the wait was always worth it.

Here at the Santa House on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville, I've

taken my daughter to visit Santa every year after the jolly ol' elf officially arrives in the Noblesville Christmas Parade.

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Township Trustee gives gift of music
I was glad to hear that the String-Time Concert Series expects to return to the Hamilton County Courthouse Square in 2018.

That's thanks to Legacy Keepers Music, a nonprofit that has received an early Christmas gift from the Noblesville Township Trustee's office in a donation of $1,000.

The concert series debuted in July in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Legacy Keepers, an educational charity that Noblesville's Janet Gilray started in 2007 to offer musical family programming.

Friday, December 22, 2017
Lil Bloomers fills mom's big dream
Shauna Metzger left her job as a clerk at the Noblesville Township Trustee office more than two years ago to follow her dream and open a children's boutique in downtown Noblesville.

Since she opened Lil Bloomers, the mom-turned-entrepreneur hasn't looked back.

It's her second Christmas in business, this season operating three store locations, that also include Clay Terrace in Carmel and a store in Brown County's Nashville, Ind.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Escape in new laser-tag arena
If you've always wanted to be part of the action in sci-fi movies, look no farther than a new laser-tag arena that's opening in Noblesville on Friday, just in time for Hamilton County schools' winter break.

The new two-story arena is part of a 7,800-square-foot addition at Three-Two-Fun bowling center on Westfield Road.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Silvernotes ladies really love to sing
Driving by the Noblesville Jim Dandy restaurant on Thursday, I noticed that the marquee was promoting the Silvernotes that night. But I didn't catch the time.

So I drove around the block, came back and saw that the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers' choral club, the Silvernotes, would be performing for the next two hours.

Monday, December 18, 2017
Warts caused by human papilloma virus
My patient Jim asked me to re-run my column about warts. It's estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10 to 20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.

Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses or HPV.

Monday, December 18, 2017
Local students, adults invited to the Statehouse
Each legislative session, hundreds of teenagers participate in the House Page Program to learn about their elected officials and how laws are made. Through this unique educational opportunity, young Hoosiers can develop civic mindedness and a better understanding of state government.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Downright, downhill fun comes to Noblesville
There might not be snow on the ground in downtown Noblesville, but if you drive less than 15 minutes north on Indiana 37, to Strawtown Koteewi Park, there's a blizzard of snow to enjoy this holiday season.

And Hamilton County Parks & Recreation are ready to welcome the community to the parks' new tubing hill, Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes. It's being promoted as Central Indiana's only specialized snow-tubing facility.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
I've got the Joy
Joy, Joy Joy, Down in my Heart. Where? Down in my heart! This tune, keeps ringing in my ears as I prepare for the third Sunday in Advent. This week our "Joy" candle will be lit on the Advent wreath, and we will invite each other to share in the deep love of Christ that brings us inexplicable Joy. Often times, I have heard the argument that there is a difference between joy and happiness, but they are hard to distinguish.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Singing 'a gift from God'
Claudia MacRae sang on stage with popstar Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium. She sang the national anthem for Indianapolis Colts football games at Lucas Oil. She sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

And this spring, she will sing at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Noblesville woman in January will celebrate her 15th anniversary of singing alto with the 200-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Friday, December 15, 2017
It's been a difficult year
This certainly has been a hard 12 months to take.

If anybody had asked me to name the people I thought most personified Noblesville during my lifetime, Irving Heath, Don Roberts, Don Jellison, and Garrick Mallery would have been right up there at the top of the list.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Lots of music, drama in schools
Attending this month's Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon got me thinking about all of the awesome music-related holiday productions this month at Noblesville Schools.

North Elementary's 11-member fourth-grade Hand Chimes Choir, which the community heard at the Noblesville Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in November, performed "Away in a Manger" and other lovely holiday songs as Chamber guests arrived and enjoyed the holiday luncheon.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
UMC Festival adds Janus choir, artwork
A year ago, the new Noblesville First United Methodist Church minister of music Jeff Wright renamed the church's annual Christmas concert to Christmas Festival of Music.

It's traditionally a night when the church's nearly 100-member Chancel Choir, 22-member orchestra and 13-member Chancel Ringers adult handbell ensemble, The Gospel Seekers men's quartet, and flute, piano and organ, all give glory to God.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Gift of Christmas presents
This is part 2 of my favorite Hammacher Schlemmer offerings over the past 10 years. Many are still available in their unique gift catalog. So, for the person who has everything (or really doesn't care what he gets), consider one of these necessities:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Night Terrors a common sleep disorder
An adult patient has asked me to write about night terrors. While night terrors can be seen in adults, they are much more common in children. It's hypothesized that this is due to brain development in these children.

Night terrors are a subclass of sleep disorders called "parasomnias." Rather than focus specifically on adults, I'd also like to talk a bit about kids. People who exhibit parasomnias often have family members who suffer from them as well. Virtually all of these conditions go away with time.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
A new opportunity to serve Hamilton County
Last week, I officially announced I will not be seeking re-election to the Indiana General Assembly. Although the 2018 legislative session will be my last representing House District 29 at the Statehouse, I hope to continue serving Noblesville as the County Clerk.
Monday, December 11, 2017
These folks have Christmas spirit
A group of folks are making the holidays brighter for people who might not otherwise be remembered.

Those who have attended or entered a vehicle in the annual Father's Day Car Show at Forest Park might have already met some of these folks.

Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles, which puts on the car show, donates all of its profits to The Elysian Foundation, which uses the money to benefit those in our community who are severely brain-damaged or who have other disabilities.

Monday, December 11, 2017
'Waltons' play reminds us of wholesome TV
When Westfield Playhouse this fall announced the theater would be staging "The Homecoming: Waltons' Christmas Story," my ears perked up.

I grew up watching "The Waltons," a wholesome TV series based on a Depression-era family with seven children, living at the foot of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Every Thursday night, we tuned in to CBS, which aired the show, a story told each week through the eyes of the oldest son, John-Boy Walton, who penned in his Big Chief writing tablets stories about growing up in a big family.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Peace for the sake of the world
This week's headlines about moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is troubling. While in my heart of hearts I see Jerusalem as the "capital" of Christianity, it makes little sense to use her as a political weapon. In fact, I believe that no good can come out of this announcement. Already, there has been violent protests around the Middle East and in parts of Asia over this decision.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Teacher's last ballet
When Shannon Jenkins was 5 years old, she wanted to be "either a baton twirler or a ballerina."

She longed for the spotlight. To wear fancy costumes. And to dance "to wonderful music" in "big theatrical productions."

Growing up, her father had a passion for opera, and she listened to a lot of it, gaining an appreciation for the arts.

Friday, December 8, 2017
Carl Fogelsong, the Armstrongs, the Indiana Condensed Milk Factory and More
I think we're overdue for a reader column!

Remember the Clancy's column and how I said Clancy's founder, Carl Fogelsong, was dedicated to community service? I've got another story to prove that.

Back in 1974 a Noblesville High School senior was hired to run a children's tennis program for the Noblesville Parks Department. At the end of the session, he wanted to create a tournament for the kids, but there was no money available for anything like that.

Friday, December 8, 2017
New toys needed this week for ages 5-12
This is a crucial week for Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, which is having its annual Christmas Giveaway on Saturday.

Distribution prep work started Wednesday, setting up three halls of the Hamilton County Exhibition Center at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. Then, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Friday, Good Samaritan executive director and founder, Noblesville's Nancy Chance, is accepting donations.

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Garrick Mallery's legacy will live on
Garrick Mallery was all about giving back to our youth and our community.

He was one of Noblesville Elementary Football League's Founders, a Hamilton County 4-H leader for 25 years, and a donor of his family's land to Noblesville Schools.

Mallery, whose rich Noblesville history and family roots date back to 1820, would have turned 90 on Dec. 21.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time to prepare of the flu
The cold weather is finally arriving and it's time to prepare for the flu. Most people us the term "flu" in a very generic sense, meaning anything from cold symptoms to having a case of vomiting and diarrhea. The "flu" in this column refers to respiratory influenza that kills 36,000 Americans each year and puts another 200,000 in the hospital.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Santa breakfast, holiday lightings welcome season
What a great holiday weekend.

Noblesville Main Street's First Friday in December kicked off with hot chocolate on the Hamilton County Courthouse Square.

The "Shop Local" theme continued as downtown merchants had extended hours for Midnight Madness.

The Courthouse itself was beautiful with its colorful lights. And on Friday, the holiday scene was even more wonderful with luminaries that lit up throughout the downtown.

Monday, December 4, 2017
It's Christmas time in our city
The Hamilton County Courthouse is beautifully lit, the Christmas tree is up, and Santa made a special appearance for all of the good little boys and girls at this year's holiday parade. It's officially Christmas time in our city, where a variety of holiday events will be occurring throughout December, when the air is filled with cheer.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Ballet royalty in Noblesville
Robert Moore's story reads like a fairy tale.

The 39-year-old Noblesville man grew up here studying ballet but at age 14 left home and moved to Florida to train as a dancer.

After graduating from Harid Ballet Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., he auditioned and accepted a position dancing professionally for Boston Ballet and later Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, making a name for himself in the ballet world.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Waltons story hits home at Westfield Playhouse
Watching this week's dress rehearsals of Westfield Playhouse's holiday production, show director Sam Brown finds childhood memories rushing back to him.

Brown grew up watching "The Waltons," a wholesome TV series based on a Depression-era family of nine, living in at the foot of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, whose story is told through the eyes of the oldest son, John-Boy Walton.

Friday, December 1, 2017
Liking those beards on NPD officers?
If there is a shortage of men's razors in Noblesville on Sunday, the Noblesville Police Department offers its sincere apologies.

Nearly three dozen NPD officers -- or almost 40 percent of the department -- who have been growing facial hair for a cause, will take razors to their faces at the end of this weekend.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Tradition brightens up our downtown
Anybody who attended Noblesville Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony last Friday night likely noticed a few new acts, and some returning favorites.

Noblesville First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir opened the ceremony, singing "Joy to the World" to a standing-room-only audience, from the steps of the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
House husband
We were watching TV one evening last week when my wife asked, "Don't you think it's about time we moved?"

"Sure," I said. "I'll stretch out on the floor with a pillow; you take the couch."

Apparently that is not what she meant. After 30 years in our house, Mary Ellen now thinks we should be living in a condo, a place where the owners don't have to mow or water the lawn or shovel snow. My son will be disappointed if we move. He was making good money doing all that.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Boys Club, Janus encourage giving
What a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend for the opening of Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza, the Noblesville Tree Lighting, Noblesville Main Street's Ice Sculptures, the Noblesville Christmas Parade and Santa's arrival.

We've celebrated Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday today, and now it's time for Giving Tuesday.

It's annually the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a global day dedicated to giving back. A day to support your favorite charitable organizations. And there are again a lot of choices in Hamilton County.

Monday, November 27, 2017
I'm Having Trouble Hearing
A patient whose mother is having hearing difficulties asked me to write about the best way to choose someone to fit hearing aids. I'd like to begin with some background on hearing.

It goes without saying that hearing is one of our most important senses. It is critical for our quality of life as well as for safety and social interaction. There are an estimated 30 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss, 65 percent of whom are younger than 65 years of age.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Fostering hope for future generations
Indiana's escalating opioid epidemic is significantly impacting the state's most vulnerable. Thousands of children, by no fault of their own, are victims of this crisis. As opioid abuse rises, so does the number of kids in the foster care system. According to the Department of Child Services, the number of children in out-of-home care jumped from 13,811 in September 2015, to 17,214 just two years later. With the demand for foster families in Indiana reaching an all-time high, we need to find ways to help these children in need.
Monday, November 27, 2017
We will miss you as Santa Claus
I can't help but feel a little sentimental this weekend.

If you've driven along Conner Street by the Hamilton County Courthouse this week, you've likely noticed that the Santa House has been set on the Square, awaiting Santa's official arrival on Sunday in the annual Noblesville Christmas Parade.

For 12 years, Noblesville's Don Roberts played Santa Claus at the Santa House on the Square. Every year, through 2016, he arrived on the fire truck as the finale for the Parade.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
It was just soup, but meant much more
There are times when soup is just soup. Then there are the times when soup is much more than itself. This past week was tough for me. Maybe it is because some in my family were struggling with their health. Could be I am being a 'Martha' and just worried about the million little things that need to be dealt with by the end of the year.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Shop local on Small Business Saturday
We love shopping in Downtown Noblesville, where storefronts are decorated in different themes and different colors for the holidays.

And while today is Black Friday, I usually defer my Friday shopping until Small Business Saturday in Downtown Noblesville.

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, founded in 2010 by American Express to promote small businesses.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Thanksgiving Dinner, Trot
No place to go for Thanksgiving?

The Michael Treinen Turkey Trot and the Communitywide Thanksgiving Day Dinner are two traditions happening on Thursday that have grown to attract thousands of people.

The 10th annual Turkey Trot event that steps off Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. at Ninth and Conner streets was created following the death of Michael Treinen. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia three weeks before graduation, on May 11, 2007, during his senior year at Noblesville High School.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, not all flu is the same
Winter cold & flu season is starting to gear up. This week, I'd like to talk about a different kid of flu, "stomach flu." I have to start by dispelling a common misconception that all flu is the same. "Stomach flu" is not caused by the same viruses as "respiratory flu." Flu shots, given to prevent respiratory influenza, will not protect you against viruses affecting the gastrointestinal tract that causes an infection known as viral gastroenteritis.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
A few words over condiments: Hold the mayo
Mary Ellen and I recently exchanged a few words over mayonnaise. Sometimes condiments can be seen as an insult to the chef. Like ketchup, for example. When I pour Heinz over my wife's beef bourguignon, we always get into a stew.

Mustard? Yes, we have argued about mustard, too. Over the years I have attempted to season some of my wife's dishes with a healthy dose of this condiment. What would her Pork Milanese have been without mustard? Uneventful.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tri Kappa gets with The Times
Every year at this time, Tri Kappa sorority asks us at The Times newspaper to partner up in the promotion of the Beta Epsilon chapter's annual Red Stocking Fund drive.

And every year at this time, I ask the drive's coordinators, Pam Lehman and Anita Beck, along with Noblesville Township Trustee, to put on their red Santa hats to snap a photo to promote the drive.

We here at The Times are always glad to help with this fundraiser.

Monday, November 20, 2017
Sharing our blessings with others
This week, many will be gathering with family and friends to give thanks. As my husband, Perry, and I prepare to come together with those we love, it's hard not to also think about those we have lost, like our dear friend Don Jellison. Don was very special, and his positive impact on Noblesville will be felt for years to come. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, let's work to honor those we have loved and lost, by helping others in our community who are in need.
Monday, November 20, 2017
A challenge to 'Stuff Da Bus'
Every year, as I watch the Noblesville Christmas Parade, I notice that the Boys & Girl Club of Noblesville's buses are always entered in the parade.

Club Kids walk in front of the buses, that are filled with donated food to help our local pantries.

The "Stuff Da Bus" idea is a good one.

Members of the Torch Club at the Boys & Girls Club annually call upon local individuals, organizations and businesses to fill at least one Boys Club bus or more with food for local families.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
We must act against hunger, not just talk about it
"Poverty is not an accident." This tweet from @Pontifex, Pope Francis, jolted me to my core when I read it a day or so ago. So, if it is not an accident, what is it? The gist of his meaning is that poverty is not something that happens by coincidence. He continues in his thought, "It has causes that must be recognized and removed for the good of so many brothers and sisters."
Saturday, November 18, 2017
'Cactus' is clever Christmas comedy
Watching The Belfry Theatre's dress rehearsals of "A Christmas Cactus" earlier this week, I couldn't help but feel the spirit of the season.

The mystery-comedy -- which opens tonight and continues weekends through Dec. 3 at the Noblesville theater -- isn't your typical holiday classic but a charming contemporary Christmas tale set in the 1940s on Christmas Eve.

Friday, November 17, 2017
I have something new to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - well, technically I have two new someBODIES to be thankful for.

Last month, I visited a friend I hadn't seen in several years who just happens to volunteer at an animal shelter.

I was still mourning my cat, Chloe, and had absolutely NO intention of adopting anybody yet, but my friend wanted me to see her shelter's new building and I agreed, thinking it might be a way of starting - just starting, mind you - to get myself psyched to go looking for a new furry companion.

Friday, November 17, 2017
Nancy Chance needs your help
Every year at this time, Nancy Chance quietly asks for help filling the need.

She needs food, new clothes, new toys and money. Gift cards are also welcome.

The coordinator for Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County -- in its 37th year -- said the community's donations are vital to this year's holiday-assistance giveaways.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Magic foursome auditions for 'America's Got Talent'
A casting producer for the NBC television series, "America's Got Talent" was watching YouTube videos, looking for "kid magicians," when she found Ryan Demler and his three sons.

Demler, who works under the stage name C.R. Ryan, performs a magic act with his sons, Braden, 13, Owen, 9, and Liam, 4.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
My head is spinning
This week I want to address a specific variant of a condition that I've been seeing a fair amount of lately - dizziness. Primary Care doctors in the U.S. see about six million patients a year with dizziness.

Dizziness means different things to different people and can be a symptom of many different medical conditions. People usually describe being dizzy when they either feel faint or lightheaded or when they feel like their environment is spinning. This latter sensation is called vertigo, from the Latin vertere meaning, "to turn."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Keep your chin up
Lately I've been spending an inordinate amount of time looking in the mirror, concerned that the years have taken a toll on me and that I have aged quite a bit. My wife says I'm crazy, and to be that obsessed with my own looks makes me appear very elfish. (I hope she meant selfish. My ears were the only part of my face that I thought hadn't aged.)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Celebrating our veterans
Each Veterans Day, we fly the flags for each branch of the military. We recognize those who have nobly served. And we remember those we've lost.

On Saturday, a crowd gathered on the brisk autumn day to honor our local veterans and say thank you for their sacrifices during an annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Hamilton County War Memorial on the Courthouse Square in Noblesville.

Monday, November 13, 2017
Free financial literacy courses for young Hoosiers
Understanding personal finances is key to making important decisions in adulthood. From applying for financial aid to buying a home, young Hoosiers need to know how to be responsible stewards of their financial futures. Through the Indiana MoneyWise Financial Education Program, high school students throughout the state can take free online courses focused on banking, credit scores, consumer protection, higher education expenses, insurance and taxes, investing, payment types, renting versus owning and savings plans.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Howard Kenley shares stories of wartime
Howard Kenley Jr. was a navigator on a Boeing B-17 aircraft bomber in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He was drafted in October 1941 and flew 35 missions, his last mission on April 18, 1945, just 20 days before V-Day, the end of WWII in Europe.

The 25-year-old looked forward to being discharged so he could go home, back to his new wife of two years. But rather, he would get another assignment, to be sent to Japan because, "We were short navigators," said the military veteran who reached the rank of captain during his four years of service.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Fighting to free the world
Since Veterans Day is tomorrow, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of America's entrance in World War I, it seemed appropriate to devote this week's column to some of the Hamilton County soldiers from that war.

Back then, the Noblesville Daily Ledger often published letters written by servicemen fighting overseas to their friends and relatives at home. As with World War II, all communications were censored, so no dates or places were mentioned and there were few details of actual fighting, but the letters still managed to give some idea of what the local boys were experiencing.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Costuming 'Guys & Dolls'
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Celebrating Veterans Day
It's time to celebrate our military veterans and thank them for their service.

Veterans Day will be celebrated today through Saturday during an array of events in Hamilton County.

Noblesville Lions Club will offer a dinner for invited local veterans, at 6:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Jim Dandy, 2301 Conner St., Noblesville. Veterans will be given a chance to share stories.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
How come you're not funny at home?
Mary Ellen was kind enough to pass along a comment she had heard about me at her book club. "Kathy says your newspaper column makes her laugh."

"Gee, thanks for sharing that, Mary Ellen."

"Yes, and, Cara, the organizer of the group, told me she thinks you're quite amusing on TV."

"Wow, I sure appreciate the compliments."

"But Dick, I have to ask you this: How come you're not so funny at home?"

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Fraud in medicine costly to taxpayers
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 $591 billion in payments for services and medications in 2016, accounting for 14.8% of the federal budget. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reports that 11% of those payments were "improper," meaning the services were not necessary, did not meet Medicare guidelines, or were downright fraudulent (a decrease from 2015).
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Club honors 3 at Farewell Tour
Noblesville's Bill Taylor grew up a farm boy, graduated from college, worked in the grain-handling industry and then started his own technology company.

Along the way, as an adult, he got involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, joining the Club's board 18 years ago.

"Be involved and give back to the community" is one of the six principles of the Taylored Systems owner and president.

Monday, November 6, 2017
Thank you, veterans
On Saturday, Nov. 11, we have the opportunity to formally honor our veterans. From parades to wreath-laying ceremonies and words of gratitude on social media, let's come together as a community to thank the thousands who have served and those who are currently serving our nation.

Noblesville will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Courthouse Square. At noon on Saturday, there will be a Veterans Day Parade at the conclusion of a service held in downtown Indianapolis. More than 80 units will be marching from Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, moving south on Pennsylvania to New York Street, west to Meridian Street, and concluding at North Street.

Monday, November 6, 2017
A touching Veteran's Day story
SHERIDAN - Sometimes there is a story that needs to be told and this is one of those times.

This is the story of a young man with a Sheridan connection via his mother but he does not live here or attend the local school. His name is Rex Burkman and his mother is Kristin Burkman. Many Sheridan residents will remember Kristin because she grew up here and graduated from Sheridan. Her parents are Dorothy and Craig Bishop and lots of Sheridan residents know the Bishop's very well as they are life-long Sheridanites.

Monday, November 6, 2017
Center raises bar with bowling, cooking, dance
If you've traveled Indiana 37 between Noblesville and Fishers over the past few months, you've likely noticed construction of an exciting-looking one-story building that features a huge round entrance and lots of glass.

I learned several months ago that the massive building would be the ultimate in childcare centers, with a bowling alley and lots of cool amenities.

It's the second Children's Learning Adventure childcare center to open in Indiana; the first was in Carmel.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Community grateful for Luke Kenley
Retired Sen. Luke Kenley couldn't have asked for a better tribute party.

There was a beautiful cake. Lots of catered food. And hundreds of guests.

There were kind words. Some good-natured roasting. And lots of gifts.

One of those surprises was the unveiling of "Kenley Commons" as the new name of the atrium at Ivy Tech Community College Hamilton County Campus in Noblesville. The former Noblesville High School -- from where Kenley played football and graduated in 1963 -- was fittingly the venue for this "Tribute to Sen. Luke Kenley" appreciation party on Thursday.

Friday, November 3, 2017
The return of a taste of heaven
Oh man, the news that Clancy's is coming back to town sure stirs up memories!

Okay, technically the restaurant will be the "Grindstone Public House" and it's supposed to be more of a Grindstone Charley's than a Clancy's, but still, Toppers will be back and there's nothing that says "Clancy's" more than a Topper!

Friday, November 3, 2017
Boys & Girls Club to say 'farewell'
Standing inside the entrance at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville after school one day last week, I couldn't help but get a little choked up as I watched kids get off of their school buses and walk through the doors of the Club.

The kids, mostly smiling, checked in their coats and backpacks and went on their way to the art room to paint, or to the kitchen for a cooking class, or to the gymnasium to play basketball.

The 1448 Conner St. building -- the former Noblesville High School built in 1910 -- has been home to Club kids grades K-12 since 1969.

But it won't be long until the building closes for holiday break in December, and the Club moves to its new 34,000-square-foot Tom & Soni Sheehan Boys & Girls Club, under construction just two blocks east.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Not just the only one, the one and only
I wish I had a dollar for every time Don Jellison's name was used in teaching moments across the country. Sometimes it would be a lesson on the importance of a strong voice and opinion in writing columns. Other times it was about the significance of getting box scores with game stories. Yet other times might be about how vital it is to quote coaches.

From North Carolina to California and several places in between, reporters and editors, young and old, heard about Don Jellison.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Remembering newspaperman Don Jellison
I knew Don Jellison for more than 30 years.

The former Noblesville Daily Ledger sports editor, then editor, hired me right out of college for my first job.

When Don moved on from The Ledger, he soon found another place to write. The Noblesville Daily Times, then The Times. And then at the Hamilton County Reporter, where he and his son, Jeff Jellison, together took to publishing a daily online newspaper and a weekly print edition.

Yes, Don operated a competing newspaper. But that didn't stop me from writing this column.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The spin on spinach
Following my knee operation, my doctor informed me that I'd developed borderline anemia. I don't even know how that's possible. Since the new administration took over, I'm afraid to cross any borders.

My physician suggested I focus on a healthy, high-protein diet, heavy on foods like kale, spinach, hearty cuts of beef, and a bowl of Raisin Bran every day. Fortunately these are already some of my food faves-including the spinach-which I even liked when I was a kid.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Not just the only one, the one and only
I wish I had a dollar for every time Don Jellison's name was used in teaching moments across the country. Sometimes it would be a lesson on the importance of a strong voice and opinion in writing columns. Other times it was about the significance of getting box scores with game stories. Yet other times might be about how vital it is to quote coaches.

From North Carolina to California and several places in between, reporters and editors, young and old, heard about Don Jellison.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Restless Leg Syndrome not a made up condition
Someone told me the other day that they thought "restless leg syndrome" (RLS) was a condition made up by pharmaceutical companies to sell more medications. You may have seen the commercials for Requip® and Mirapex®, both drugs used to treat this malady.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Best of shows to be honored
We have some great talent in our Hamilton County community theaters.

That's evident from the many nominations for the 48th annual Encore Awards, which will be presented tonight.

The social event of the year is like the Oscars for community theater, where people dress to the nines, and cheer on fellow thespians lucky enough to go home with awards for being the best in their show.

Monday, October 30, 2017
Free help filing the FAFSA form
The single most important form for helping students receive money to go to college is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. The FAFSA form is required for students, regardless of family income, to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide.
Monday, October 30, 2017
What's it take to put on NEMS musical?
I remember at the beginning of the school year when we found out that Noblesville East Middle School would stage "Guys & Dolls Jr." for its annual fall musical.

More than 80 students turned out for the auditions, showing off their vocal abilities and reading lines from the script.

For the past nine weeks, the 39-member cast has been rehearsing after school, first at NEMS and now at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville, where the musical will be staged just less than two weeks away, on Veterans Day weekend.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
The smells and the bells and what they conjure in the soul
Halloween, it used to be my favorite holiday. Especially as a child, dressing up, running like feral animals through the neighborhood, collecting as much candy as my pillowcase would hold. After our haul, my brother, sister and I would spread our loot onto the floor of the living room and start to organize the candy. Chocolates in one pile, chewy in another, hard candy in the next and then the miscellaneous pile.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, oh my!
It's the final weekend for ghosts and goblins, and we still have lots of Halloween activities on our calendar.

Tonight is Noblesville Parks' annual Free Family Halloween Party. We always try to attend, not only because we enjoy the hayride through the park, but for the music, games and refreshments. Plus Noblesville Police Department offers Trunk-or-Treat, and a downtown business, Fred and Lori Koppold's Tenth Street Photography, snaps memorable souvenir photos with special effects. It's 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Forest Park.

Friday, October 27, 2017
Let's all head to the county parks
I remember when Cool Creek Park's Haunted Trails debuted 25 years ago. You squeamishly walked through the woods, where goblins lurked to scare you. It wasn't meant for the young or faint of heart, but there were less-scary activities for the little ones.

Tonight's Hamilton County Parks' Halloween event, "Little Haunt on the Prairie at Ghoul Creek Park" is only in its second year. But based on attendance and guest feedback from 2016's inaugural program, I am told that the one-night Halloween event that replaced Haunted Trails at Cool Creek Park is expected to become a popular tradition thanks to a staff committee formed to create a new approach for the event.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Creature of Horseshoe Bend and other tales (tails?)
I recently saw where Bigfoot was spotted again in California. As far as I know, Hamilton County can't claim any Bigfoot sightings, but over the years we've had our share of mysterious creatures wandering about.

The Jan. 3, 1924 Noblesville Daily Ledger told of a strange animal terrorizing northeastern Hamilton County and southeastern Tipton County with its weird cries.

That mystery was soon solved - more or less - when the beast was shot by a homeowner who caught it peering through his window.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Having nightmares about a sit-down lunch
Now that Mary Ellen has retired and I'm significantly cutting back on work, we often end up being home together around noon. In many homes, this is called lunchtime, but Mary Ellen and I have never shared a real lunchtime. For all of our marriage, we weren't ever both home during the workweek, and on weekends I usually went to Costco and snarfed up free food samples. In 37 years of our cohabbing, I have never asked Mary Ellen, "What are we having for lunch?"
Thursday, October 26, 2017
John W. Kennedy made a difference
Noblesville's John W. Kennedy once told me that he stuck close to home because he had deep roots in a community he loved.

He graduated in 1972 from Noblesville High School, following the heels of his father, Jim, who graduated in 1944. His mother, Beba, was an NHS teacher. His grandpa, Moe Kennedy, coached football, basketball and track here. His brother, James Kennedy Jr., who most people know as "Chooch," is a 1968 NHS grad. His sister, Corya Kennedy Channing, is a 1966 NHS grad.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Complementary and alternative medicine
I'm frequently asked by patients to comment on the use of "non-traditional" treatments or remedies they have heard or read about. I usually have to respond that I have limited knowledge about the product, but I will sometimes try to help the patient research the product or its ingredients.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
A scary, yet safe, Halloween
Pint-sized ghosts, zombies, princesses and action heroes will soon be invading Noblesville. With Halloween approaching, let's remember to stay safe and follow these tips provided by the Indiana State Police as we have some scary fun.

When it comes to costumes, remember length is important to prevent trips and falls. Using make-up instead of a mask could help prevent the obstruction of vision. Scraped knees and elbows, especially with the younger children, can really spoil a good time. To help motorists spot trick-or-treaters, consider wearing light colors or reflective tape on costumes.

Monday, October 23, 2017
Different ways to read the Bible
Our Thursday night Bible study is reading a book by David Lose, a theology and homiletics (preaching) professor at Luther Seminary called, "Making Sense of Scripture". It has been a delightful class for both novice and well-read Bible readers. Eye opening for me is that the people in the class are appreciating and using Lose's insights equally no matter their individual Biblical scholarship.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

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