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The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // CONTROLLED BLAZE: Smoke from a controlled prairie burn at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville fills the sky Friday afternoon. The fire is designed to manage non-native plants and trees to the grasslands and is done once every three to five years.
The Times photos by Anthony Lombardi // CONTROLLED BLAZE: Smoke from a controlled prairie burn at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville fills the sky Friday afternoon. The fire is designed to manage non-native plants and trees to the grasslands and is done once every three to five years.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:49 AM
The blaze was on. 

A controlled prairie burn designed to remove non-native plants and trees to the grasslands at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville took place Friday — and the spectacle was hard to miss for drivers on Strawtown Avenue. 

The burn, which covered about 150 acres of the 860-acre park and sent smoke into the sky as far as the eye could see, is of vital importance in managing a habitat that’s almost become extinct in the Hoosier state. 

“In Indiana, we’ve lost probably about 98 percent of our grasslands,” said Jeff Kiefer, an Indiana private lands coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “There’s a lot of species, particularly migratory birds and some endangered species that rely on grassland habitats, and generally the bigger the grassland that you can develop, the better.”

And how does one sustain an endangered habitat? With fire, of course.
Chuck Goodrich
Chuck Goodrich State Representative District 29 People First
  • 4/25/2018 Several infrastructure improvement projects involving roadways and storm water sewers began Tuesday in Noblesville.

    In downtown, city contractors are reconstructing the south leg of the 14th Street and Logan Street intersection and will have that half block closed. That group will then move up one block and repeat the process for the south leg of the Clinton Street intersection the following week. 

    All homeowners will have access to their driveways during construction, but no through traffic will be permitted.

    Earlier this month, patching was done on Greenfield Avenue. The second phase of work will be the milling and resurfacing of Greenfield Avenue from State Road 37 to Boden Road. Work is anticipated to take approximately two weeks. This project will require temporary lane restrictions and flaggers will assist motorists. The resurfacing of Greenfield Avenue is part of the Community Crossing Matching Grant Program, which is funded 50 percent from the state and 50 percent from the City of Noblesville.
  • Kids consignment sale starts at county fairgrounds
    4/25/2018 

    It's almost time for the semi-annual Just Between Friends of North Indy kids consignment sale.

    The sale — operated by former Carmel resident Dawn Pfannenstiel — kicks off Wednesday and runs through Saturady at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville. 

    Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. 

    Admission is $2 on Wednesday, proceeds to charity, free with coupon at JBF North Indy Facebook page or http://northindy.jbfsale.com; free admission Thursday-Saturday. Shoppers receive 25 percent off items without a star on Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 50 percent off items without a star; and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, 75 percent off selected items. Sale will be closed 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to reorganize.

  • A chance to see inside of Prevail
    4/23/2018 Prevail’s mission hasn’t changed. Providing services for victims of crime and abuse. But its programs have grown. Its staff has grown. And now its space has grown.

    Prevail invites the community to tour its facility, including its new expanded space, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear at 2 p.m. at 1100 S. Ninth St., Suite 100, Noblesville.

    “It’s an opportunity to see what we actually do inside this building,” said Susan Ferguson, Prevail’s executive director. “I think a lot of people drive by and don’t know what we do, so this is a great opportunity.”

    Last week, when I was invited by Ferguson to tour Prevail’s office, I was amazed at the wonderful space and the growing number of employees who serve Prevail, a victims’ assistance agency founded in July 1986 by Beth Gehlhausen to advocate for and serve victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County. 
  • 4/25/2018 The Noblesville and Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police Lodges have a full day of softball and family activities planned for Saturday, and everyone is invited. 

    Come out to Noblesville’s Morse Park & Beach, located at 19777 Morse Park Lane, and participate in activities on site at the Hamilton County FOP Lodge grass area that will include games, face painting, a photo booth and much more. 

    A silent auction in the FOP area with more than a dozen items to pick from — corn hole boards, gift baskets, autographs from the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, a hot air balloon ride, home carpet cleaning, among others. The silent auction will run all day with a closing time of 4 p.m.

    All proceeds from the event will go to the family of Deputy Jacob Pickett, who was fatally shot while on-duty. 

    Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 8:40 a.m., and the first games of the day will start at 9 a.m. The softball tournament will run throughout the entire day with the championship game taking place at 5 p.m. 
  • Newgarden wins soaked IndyCar race at Barber
    4/25/2018 

    BIRMINGHAM, AL — After a torrential downpour postponed Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Verizon IndyCar Series went back to Barber Motorsports Park on Monday and Josef Newgarden claimed his third win in four years at the track. 

    The Tennessee native started on the pole and led the field away Sunday while the rest of the field struggled in low visibility. The low grip caught out Marco Andretti who spun early but kept his car going.

    The lower visibility also caught out Ed Jones as he hit the back of Charlie Kimball’s car that sent the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet into the Turn 17 wall and bringing out the race’s first full course yellow.

    This win was Newgarden’s second of the season after Phoenix.

    “It seemed like it was pretty straightforward all day,” said Newgarden. “We weren't having yellows. It was dry. Then that rain made it very nerve-racking. I think for us we did the only thing we could. We went to rains as soon as it intensified, we had to. I think it was the right thing to do, just because we're in the lead, we have the most to lose by not putting on rains early."

     

  • COACH'S CORNER: J.R. MOFFATT
    4/24/2018 

    Coach's Corner is a 'Q' and 'A' featuring the coaches of Hamilton County high schools. This week's volunteer is Hamilton Heights varsity baseball head coach J.R. Moffatt. 

    Q: This is your first year as the varsity baseball head coach at Hamilton Heights — why did you feel now was the right time to step into the role?

    A: Yes, this is my first year as the head coach at Heights. I’ve been the varsity assistant at Hamilton Heights the last two years with Matt Wallace. Coach Wallace left for a job in Michigan after the start of school in the fall. The timing of his departure made it hard to get a replacement since we had no teaching job to offer. When he left, I thought baseball for me here was over as I had committed to helping him however I could. The position went unfilled through the fall and toward the end of November I stuck my head in (Athletic Director) Kurt Ogden’s office and told him to give me a call if he needed any help. I told him we could talk and see if I could help somehow. A couple of days later, I spoke with him and Principal Mason Jarrod and a few minutes into that conversation it kind of became evident as to where it was headed.

    Q: What’s your goal as a first-year varsity head coach, and what do you think is this team’s potential? 

    A: I have deep gratitude for those who have let me be a part of their programs as a player and as a coach. I really want to bring a lot of that into our baseball program. Our program has been really solid the last few years, but we’ve never gotten over the hump to win at a consistently high level come tournament time. This year’s group has potential, but they have to believe and they have to act like and prepare to be champions everyday. It’s hard to not be complacent.

  • 4/25/2018 Jerry R. Schmollinger, 81, of Fortville, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at IU Methodist Hospital following an extended illness. 

    He was born in Anderson on May 15, 1936, and was the son of William and Gladys (Davis) Schmollinger.
  • Jerry Allen (Porky) Bentley
    4/25/2018 Jerry Allen Bentley (Porky), 52, of Noblesville, died April 21, 2018, with his family at his bedside at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville. 

    Mr. Bentley was born July 2, 1965, to Marilyn and Willie Bentley. 
  • Gary Earl Lucas
    4/24/2018 Gary Earl Lucas, 72, of Anderson, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his home surrounded by friends and family following an extended illness.

    He was born on May 24, 1945, in Indianapolis to William Earl and Martha Pauline (Brough) Lucas.
  • 4/19/2018 

    Dear Editor,

    There has been many reports about the poor condition of Indianapolis roads now that winter is finally wrapping up. However, it's not just Indianapolis.

    Interstates and highways in and around Indianapolis, which are under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Transportation, are just as bad. Hitting a pothole at 45 miles per hour or faster can be devastating. 

    I can think of at least five people off the top of my head who have required tire repairs due to hitting potholes in and around Indianapolis city streets and highways. I myself recently had to, as well.

    I report as many potholes as I can using the Indianapolis Mayor's Action Center RequestIndy app, but the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website simply has a webform to fill out. There's no way to check the progress of your report or find out if INDOT is doing anything about it, other than to wait and see if the pothole you reported is going to get fixed.

     
  • 4/19/2018 

    Dear Editor,

    The elected sheriff assumes three core job duties when taking office:

    • Provide law enforcement protection for the unincorporated population of the county and assist, when needed, those municipal and town police departments protecting the incorporated population.
    • Operate and maintain the County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Serve and protect the seven state courts housed in the Government and Judicial Center.

    The sheriff’s operating budget is $17.3 million, which includes 216 personnel and a fleet of more than 100 vehicles. The staff consists of 61 sworn police officers, 131 staff assigned to the corrections operation and 24 civilian staff.

    The next sheriff will face many challenges:

     
    • 4/17/2018 Dear Editor, 

      The front page announcement with picture on April 10 that our leaders approved and gladly announced with a ceremony the building of more jail cells was a sad sight to me.

      Do we need more jail space? What is causing this agreed upon need?

      We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 20 percent of its jail population. What is wrong with this picture?

      Are our fellow citizens more uncivilized than the world's average person? Are our neighbors’ behaviors really so unacceptable that we need to take them from their families and jobs to lock them away?
    • 4/25/2018 

      There’s not much I miss about my old life, but one thing I do is having a nice bathtub. In my old home, I had created an oasis with a huge tub, large window and beautiful fixtures. It was one of the harder things to give up when I divorced.

      These past few months, I have been longing to once again immerse myself in the bathing experience. So, over the weekend, when a friend left me unsupervised in his home for a few hours, I seized the opportunity. After three years of showering, finally slipping my entire body into hot, sudsy water felt incredibly luxurious.

      Not knowing when I might have the opportunity again caused a heightened sense of awareness. I am learning that the key to contentment is to be intentionally present and focused on each moment. So, I relished every sensation from the sound of water splashing from the faucet to the feel of soap suds sliding across my skin.

      I hadn’t planned to wash my hair, but an interesting shampoo sitting on the tub’s ledge caught my eye. I let my hair down and lathered it heavily while luxuriating in both the scent and sensation.

    • Going ‘Above, Beyond’?for Boys & Girls Club
      4/25/2018 

      A year ago, the Boys & Girls Club celebrated youth, volunteers and staff during its annual Recognition Dinner at the former club at 1448 Conner St.
      I realized that the year passed quickly when, earlier this month, I received a text invite to this year’s dinner, which will be this Thursday at the new Club at 1700 Conner St.

      ?A year ago, I mentioned in my column that among the awards presented was the Club’s Above and Beyond Award that I received for my efforts over the past year.

      ?Just moments before I was presented the award, the Club’s unit director, Abigail Stutesman-Rinehart -- who on Friday received a United Way 100 Heroes award, which I wrote about in my Friday column -- was at the podium reading her pre-written speech about the Above and Beyond winner.

      ?“The Above and Beyond Award is being given to the individual or individuals who have truly made a lasting impact on our organization through their efforts over the course of the last year.”

    • A chance to see inside of Prevail
      4/23/2018 Prevail’s mission hasn’t changed. Providing services for victims of crime and abuse. But its programs have grown. Its staff has grown. And now its space has grown.

      Prevail invites the community to tour its facility, including its new expanded space, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear at 2 p.m. at 1100 S. Ninth St., Suite 100, Noblesville.

      “It’s an opportunity to see what we actually do inside this building,” said Susan Ferguson, Prevail’s executive director. “I think a lot of people drive by and don’t know what we do, so this is a great opportunity.”

      Last week, when I was invited by Ferguson to tour Prevail’s office, I was amazed at the wonderful space and the growing number of employees who serve Prevail, a victims’ assistance agency founded in July 1986 by Beth Gehlhausen to advocate for and serve victims of crime and abuse in Hamilton County. 
    • Contact information for The Times' Public Notice staff

      The Times is Hamilton County's only legally recognized daily newspaper. As such, public notice advertising is accepted and our legals clerk can be reached either via e-mail or by telephone.

      The e-mail address is: legals@thetimes24-7.com.
      The telephone number is: (765) 361-0100, ext. 12.

      Thank you for using The Times, Hamilton County's oldest and only daily newspaper!


       


    Chuck Goodrich
    Chuck Goodrich State Representative District 29 People First

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    Warner Sallman is an American born artist who was born in the late 19th century. He devoted much of his life to creating religious images that focused on Jesus Christ. Each of Sallman’s pieces is meant to provide a depth of religious value and bring a sense hope and comfort to the viewer. His most famous work is “The Head of Christ”, which he completed in 1941. The timing of this piece could not have been better as the world was in the early stages of World War II, and the U.S. would soon be entering the fight. This work would be printed in pocket size photos and handed out to the soldiers being shipped off to war to provide comfort and inspiration to many. There is a good chance that you have seen this picture as it has been printed hundreds of millions of times. If you would like to see “The Head of Christ” and many more of Warner Sallman's original works then you can visit us at the Scheierman Gallery, located on Anderson University’s campus in Anderson, Indiana. We are open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. or you can make an appointment to visit. We are closed during university breaks, which can be found on the Anderson University Academic Calendar, with exception to summer break when you can visit by appointment only. We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
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