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  • Champion griller, top 4-H’er learns life skills
    8/24/2019 Evelyn Burton grew up a 4-H’er in Howard County, and her parents were both 4-H’ers before that, her mom in Wabash County, and her dad, in Rush County.
    So it was kind of expected that her two sons, Alan and Daniel, would be in 4-H, too.

    “It was never something we even talked about. It was just expected that they would be a part of the 4-H program,” said the Noblesville mom, whose late mother, Rebecca Wilson, was Hamilton County’s Microwave project leader for many years.
    “Fortunately, both of my boys were outgoing, and they both loved it once they got into it. It was never a question or a battle. They just both enjoyed it.”
    Today, Evelyn Burton is thankful for the 4-H program. She said, “I just think it’s one of the best programs for young people.”
  • Township Trustee supports greater good of Noblesville
    8/23/2019 I’d like to start this column by thanking the Noblesville Township Trustee. 

    The job of elected Township Trustee Tom Kenley is to be a good steward of our township taxpayer dollars and donations. And I think he does a good job.

    A lot of nonprofit organizations are vying for grant dollars every year from the Noblesville Township, which has a board made up of three other elected officials, Joe Arrowood, John Davis and Peggy Pfister.
    Over the summer, more than 1,000 Noblesville students took advantage of Summer Recreation Camps thanks to the Township’s estimated $25,000 in grant monies. The money was used to hire camp teachers, coaches and leaders, and purchase camp materials and provide camp activities for the student participants in Grades 1-8.

    “We received several thank-you emails from parents. That’s kind of nice to get that feedback,” Kenley said.
  • White River Monster to ‘pop up’ for art show, celebration
    8/22/2019 There’s been lots of talk lately about the “White River Monster,” a tall tale from 1892 of a Loch Ness-style sea serpent lurking in White River.
    This Sunday, the monster is expected to rear its ugly head for the kickoff of a White River celebration that will continue through November.
    Hamilton County Artists’ Association is getting in on the celebration plans, too, with the release of a commemorative pop-up greeting card, which will be available at the 69th annual HCAA Art Exhibit. It opened Wednesday and continues through Aug. 30 at Carmel Clay Public Library, with an artists’ reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, open to the public.
    Karen Fehr of Carmel, a watercolorist and member of HCAA has for years led a weeklong summer art camp for youth at HCAA’s Birdie Gallery. She picks the topics, art mediums and themes for a morning and afternoon classes of 20 each, ages 8-13.
    This year, one of her summer art camp projects was to create pop-up cards.
  • 3 times is charm
for Heights 4-H’er
    8/21/2019 What’s it take to raise an Indiana State Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb?

    Just ask Noblesville's Lane Slaton.

    It’s the third consecutive year that a lamb he’s raised has achieved the award.

    “My greatest achievements are winning the Indiana State Fair three years in a row and winning both the Ewe and Market Lamb show in the same year,” said Lane Slaton, a Hamilton Heights High School senior.

    That’s right. Not only did the 17-year-old have the Grand Champion Market Lamb, he also had the Supreme Champion Ewe. 

    “To our knowledge, no one has won both in the same year,” Gail Slaton, his mom, said. 
  • Lucky Teter car show benefits kids

    Anybody who came out to the Indiana State Fair on Sunday, the last day of the Fair, likely noticed all of the classic and muscle cars that were lined up in the Fair’s annual Open Car Show.

    I did see some antique automobiles from Hamilton County, including Steve Costlow’s 1956 red Ford pickup truck that he drives around town in Noblesville. I see him everywhere in that trucks, from the Noblesville Farmers Market and Cruise-ins on the Square to Noblesville parades and local car shows.
    If you love old cars and you want to see more old cars right here in your own backyard, then you'll want to head out this Saturday to the 10th annual Lucky Teter Rebel Run Car and Vintage Bike Show at Noblesville's Forest Park.

  • Live music all day at
Red Geranium Market
    8/16/2019 If you’ve seen the signs all over Noblesville promoting the Red Geranium Artisan Market, then you’re probably at least a little curious about the event.
    The fourth annual market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Noblesville. 
    There are 41 different artisan vendors this year that will be set up both inside and outside the church. 
    There is cold lemonade, juicy watermelon and house-made gelato to keep shoppers cool. Plus, there is a grilled lunch, ladies bake sale, free historical church tours and live music all day.
    Yes, while you shop, you can enjoy music by local talents.
    One of those is Noblesville High School senior Lois Wielinski, a young performer who I happened to see last Saturday at the Noblesville Farmers Market. That’s where the Red Geranium Artisan Market organizers discovered her and thought she would be a fine addition to the day of live music at the church. She will sing and play her guitar from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Come on out and see the airplanes
    8/16/2019 There’s nothing better than flapjacks at a fly-in.
    Twice a year, aviation enthusiasts of all ages head out to Noblesville Airport to see all types of aircraft fly in and take off right in front of their eyes.
    Visitors can get up close and touch the planes. They can climb on the aircrafts. And they can sit inside the cockpits. They can also talk to pilots. And some can even take a ride.
    It’s all happening Saturday morning at the airport, 14782 Promise Road, Noblesville.
    And don’t forget the pancakes. While the fly-in is free. Pancake breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and younger. (For the first time, the breakfast will accept credit cards for payment.)
    What a deal for breakfast and some aviation education.
    Enthusiasts can see home-built, restored and military aircraft during the rain-or-shine event sponsored by Noblesville chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
    The EAA chapter regularly has member meetings the first Monday night of each month at the chapter clubhouse at the airport, except for Labor Day in September, which is the second Monday. There is a pitch-in meal at 6:30 p.m., prior to the meeting.
    Noblesville EAA is always looking for new members.
  • Find brews, wines, barbecue at Rotary Club’s 4th BrewBQ
    8/15/2019 Noblesville Rotary Club is a small but “mighty” group that does great things in our community.
    Carrie Dixon is one of those Rotarians who believes in serving others.
    She grew up in Berne, a small northern-Indiana town, where her parents and grandparents were Rotarians. It seemed natural that she would be a Rotarian, too.
    “I was aware of it and knew about it because it was a family tradition,” said Dixon, a Rotarian of 10 years. She has belonged to Noblesville Rotary for three years, all of which time she has served as club secretary.
    “I’ve always had a passion for community service,” said Dixon, who was eager to talk to me about the club and its biggest upcoming fundraising of the year.
    For the past three years, she’s been in charge of the marketing and fundraising for Noblesville Rotary Club’s fourth annual Noblesville BrewBQ which features a barbecue competition along with a sampling of local brews and wines. This year’s event is 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. Tickets are $45 in advance and $35 for designated drivers online; and $50 at the gate. Proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund to benefit students who will attend Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville. The club awarded two $1,200 scholarships in 2018.
    The 2018 BrewBQ wasn’t quite as successful as she had hoped, due to a “monsoon rain.” She said, “It was just a challenge…. Not only just attendance and interest in walk-ups, but the grillers had a real challenge keeping their grills lit. Because it was sideways rain. You couldn’t believe that kind of weather in the month of August. It was so unfair ...”
    She’s hoping for a beautiful sunny day on Saturday at the rain-or-shine event. “We are out there no matter what.”
    This year, she expects to raise enough money to award four Ivy Tech scholarships.
    The venue for this event is Federal Hill Commons, where Rotary sets up a large tent on the lawn, grill teams set up their individual tents and there are also booths featuring five breweries and a winery.
  • American Legion to celebrate 100th
    8/14/2019 Noblesville American Legion Frank E. Huntzinger Post 45 is the first American Legion post in Hamilton County, established on Sept. 2, 1919.
    The post’s 100th anniversary will be observed this Saturday, with a public program at 2 p.m. and a meal and ice-cream social to follow, and a free concert Saturday night.
    “Come help us celebrate,” said James Martin, 77, Noblesville, the post’s finance officer, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. 
    Martin, who along with Commander Rickie Woods, also a Vietnam veteran, invited me to sit down with them and learn more about the history of how their post came to be. 
    A history buff, Martin shuffled through copies of old Noblesville newspaper articles. 
    “I’m looking for Frank Huntzinger,” Martin said. 
    “So the story goes, he was the first young man from Hamilton County killed in World War I,” he said. “They named the Post in his honor.”
    Huntzinger was born Nov. 18, 1886, in Wayne Township in Hamilton County, to Levi and Mary Huntzinger. His father owned a small farm. The 30-year-old Frank Huntzinger entered a first officers training camp at Fort Harrison in May 1917. His commission was a first lieutenant assigned a company of the 120th infantry. He went overseas in September 1917 and was killed a year later, in action on Sept. 29, 1918, near Bellicourt, France. He is buried in Dixie Cemetery in Bellicourt.
  • 4-H’er hopes to use skills to work for NRA
    8/10/2019 Lilly Canaday is a bubbly 18-year-old who owns a painted turtle named Tucker. She loves shooting sports. And she finds public speaking relaxing.
    A 10-year Hamilton County 4-H’er, she was a 4-H Fair queen contestant this year. She also earned the county 4-H program’s Tenure Award, given to one female and one male 4-H’er each year. Daniel Burton also received the award.
    “I think it’s more of an award, serving in 4-H, being available to help and sticking with it for 10 years,” said Canaday of her Tenure Award. “Daniel is president of (Hamilton County 4-H) Junior Leaders, and I’m the vice president,” Canaday said. 
    It’s awarded by number of projects, as well as success in those projects over 10 years.
    The Fishers resident, a member of the Friends Forever 4-H Club and the daughter of Shawn and Amy Canaday, has completed 78 4-H projects, including nine years both in Pocket Pets and Cake Decorating.
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