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  • Cancer survivor feels ‘blessed’
    10/6/2018 Amy Shaper has a family history of cancer. 
    A sister died 10 years ago from breast cancer. A brother, who battled two types of cancers, died earlier this year.
    When Shaper was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017, she was determined that she wouldn’t be another statistic. 
    She would be a survivor.
    “It was a detour in my life, and I am stronger for it,” said the 57-year-old Noblesville woman, who will model fashions in the “Stars of Pink” Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show on Oct. 13 in Indianapolis for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    “It is amazing things we can accomplish when faced with adversity,” she said.
    The decisions that Shaper would make were somewhat aggressive and may not be the route that others would take, she admitted. 
    But she “attacked it head on.”
  • Remembering friend Scarlett Minton
    10/5/2018 I met Scarlett Minton when I became a new patient of optometrist Dr. Dana Meyer when I first came to town as a young reporter for The Noblesville Ledger.
    When I told her that I was a Shenandoah High School graduate, she immediately shared the connection of being great friends with my classmate Herb Witham’s parents, Bob and Betty Witham.
    I ended up needing my first eyeglass prescription and returned regularly to the optometry office, where Scarlett worked helping people fit their eyeglasses. She became the one person who I always talked to and could count on when I needed assistance.
    She wanted to know what was going on in my life and would share what was going on in hers, along with any Witham news.
    Scarlet also came to me with story ideas.
  • Fall break fun if you stay in town
    10/4/2018 It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for Noblesville Schools’ Fall Break. Where did the first nine weeks of school go?
    While some of The Times’ readers are heading out of town for the two-week break, I know that many of you will stay at home in Noblesville.
    If you’re staying in town, there will be plenty to keep you busy.
    The fun begins after school on Friday, the last day of classes until Oct. 22.
    Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating during Noblesville Main Street’s Fall Festival, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday on the Courthouse Square. Fourteen downtown merchants will be open for trick-or-treaters, Noblesville Lions will serve sandwiches, and a Soup Cook-off will offer soups to taste from Ginger’s Cafe, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, Texy Mexy, Aspen Creek Grill, Grindstone Public House and Perkins Restaurant. Scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations and individuals will be on display for competition, plus there will be hay rides, pumpkin decorating, CanStruction, live music and more.
  • Artist paints 30 Noblesville women
    10/3/2018 Walking up the stairs and into Noblesville artist Lesley Haflich’s studio, lots of eyes are upon me.
    Actually, it’s the eyes of 30 women who Haflich has painted portraits.
    State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson’s portrait greeted me in the hallway, then I immediately recognized Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer, attorney and current mayoral candidate Julia Kozicki and voice of Prevail Michelle Corrao.
    Stony Creek Elementary principal Heidi Karst, Noblesville first lady and pastor Teri Ditslear and Hamilton County Assessor Robin Ward were the next faces that I noticed.
  • First youth volunteer still at Conner Prairie
    10/1/2018 Sue Payne was Conner Prairie’s first youth volunteer. 
    She started volunteering at Conner Prairie when she was 12.
    “My first time here was Labor Day weekend in 1965,” Payne said, as she began telling her story in front of dozens of Conner Prairie youth volunteers who returned Saturday for the museum’s first Youth Volunteer Homecoming.
    Payne has been spinning and weaving for 40 years and was fortunate to learn the craft from “incredible weavers” at Conner Prairie, where she is a member of the textiles staff and leads the museum’s youth spinning program, in its 15th year.
    Sue (Schaeffer) Payne, a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School, grew up just north of Conner Prairie in an old neighborhood off of Allisonville Road. 
  • If you love Stony Creek, come home to celebrate
    9/28/2018 Stony Creek Elementary Principal Heidi Karst has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and moved her office outside for a day.
    She has watched fifth-graders march through the hallways on the last day of school, a tradition that recently has included graduating seniors returning to their elementary to lead the march. And she has joined her staff to wave to all of their students leaving for summer break.
    Karst has read to classes, watched student presentations, joined in on class parties, PTO events and music programs.
    “I really like seeing our students shine, show leadership and develop positive relationships,” said Karst, who is thrilled to play host to Stony Creek Elementary’s 50th anniversary open house this weekend.
    “Stony Creek is such a special place on so many levels. It has been a successful school for 50 years because of all the great people who have walked through the doors and made a difference for the students here,” Karst said.
  • Family brings life back to Wheelers truck stop
    9/27/2018 Nick Roudebush drove by the old Wheelers truck stop and restaurant every day on his way to work at his wife’s family’s farm.
    The lone brick building, at the intersection of Indiana 37 and 13 in Atlanta, Ind., has stood in the middle of farm fields for 80 years and had been vacant for decades.
    “I drove by it one day and stopped, and said, ‘Why don’t we do something with this building?’ It came out in a vision,” said the 31-year-old Noblesville man, who teamed up with his father, J.R. Roudebush, to bring the building back to life.
    The intent was to create a space for the father-and-son custom lighting business that they started online a couple of years ago. Nick, a 2004 Hamilton Heights High School grad, who also makes pottery in a nearby studio, is an adjunct professor of art at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, and wanted to give up farming to pursue his art. 
  • The Westies honor Playhouse’s best
    9/26/2018 Jan Jamison stood in front of Westfield Playhouse members and guests at the theater’s 10th annual Westie Awards.
    A play about Beethoven, called “33 Variations,” that she directed at the Playhouse, ended up with most of the night’s honors, including an award for Jamison as Best Director for the show.
    All of the tasks, the scene changes, and the costumes. Jameson was overwhelmed by it all. But she still submitted the play to direct at the Playhouse, many months ago.
    I had written about the show when it was onstage back in February. It’s not a surprise that the show came home with so many honors. 
    The play was about passion, parenthood and moments that change a life. The play shifted back and forth in time, from present day, back 200 years. And it was a play with live music but wasn’t a musical.
  • Former newspaper editor had a passion for news
    9/24/2018 Kevin Thompkins was an interesting fellow.
    I worked with him for about two years at The Times.
    He had a passion for journalism, having spent most of his adult life writing for newspapers.
    And he reminded me of an old-fashioned newspaper man, sarcastic but tough. Well, maybe not so tough. Our staff was small, so he only had maybe one or two employees.
    I wasn’t his supervisor, nor was he my supervisor.
    As much as I gave him grief about making sure the newspaper was error free, he would do the same.
    Even after he left The Times, he texted me from his cell phone about a column I wrote about the late Noblesville rocker Rick Benick of Roadmaster. “Misspelling in fourth graph of Benick column,” he wrote. But he added, “It’s a good column.”
  • Noblesville actress connects audiences with ‘Our Town’
    9/22/2018 Have you ever wondered how actors remember all of their lines? 
    How do they deliver flawlessly night after night? Does it get easier? Are there moments that their mind goes blank? Does a live audience make them nervous?
    As show producer of The Belfry Theatre’s “Our Town” drama, which is in its second weekend of an eight-show run, I had the opportunity on Friday morning to have a conversation with Noblesville’s Susan Hill. She plays the role of Stage Manager in the play, celebrating its 80th year and which continues through Sept. 30 at the Noblesville theater. Tickets are still available.
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