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  • Come out to Chamber open house Tuesday

    What’s going on at Noblesville Chamber of Commerce? 

    Lots of exciting things, that’s what.

    To begin with, the community is invited to meet the Chamber’s new summer staff, during an open house with free coffee and refreshments, from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Chamber’s office, 1 Library Plaza, in Noblesville.

    Just more than two years ago, the Chamber moved to shared space at Hamilton East Public Library, and also now shares an office with Hamilton County Leadership Academy. Guests will enter the main library doors and turn night to the Chamber entrance.

    Chamber president Bob DuBois is hoping to see a lot of faces in the community attend the open house, where he’ll introduce the new summer staff, Sarah J. Reilly, communications manager; Tom Marquell, director of business development; and previous high school intern, Ryley Johnson, administrative assistant. Summer salaries are payable from the Chamber’s existing budget, with the vast majority of the money from dues and corporate partnerships.

  • Remembering rocker Rick Benick

    Rick Benick was one of the best guitarists in the business.

    He played for Roadmaster, Mitch Ryder, Pure Funk, The Cherry People, Henry Lee Summer and The Alligator Brothers.

    Anybody who grew up in the 1970s, ‘80s or ‘90s and who followed these bands remember him well.

    Some knew him as “Leroy” or “Golden Rick Wonder.” Throughout his career, Benick has had many names and has met and touched the lives of many people.

    In late 2017, Benick was diagnosed with leukemia.

    Benick died on Thursday. He was 66. Services are 5:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Church in Noblesville, with visitation beginning at 4 p.m.

  • ‘74 NHS grad to release 12th novel

    The big day is almost here for Noblesville’s Susan Crandall.

    The best-selling, award-winning women's fiction, suspense, romance, and mystery author has been working toward this day for two years.

    She will release her 12th published novel, “The Myth of Perpetual Summer,” during a celebration from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Park Inn in Noblesville. Everyone is invited.

    “We’re going to have giveaways, food and fun and books,” the 62-year-old said.

    Why the casual setting?

    “It’s more fun, and people can sit around and visit,” she said.

    It’s the first time for her book launch not to be at a bookstore, although Barnes and Noble Booksellers is promoting the book and providing copies to sell at her launch. She also has a lot of pre-orders for the book, which officially releases from the publisher on Tuesday.

  • Summer art camp popular with youth

    Artist Karen Fehr loves children’s enthusiasm and creativity. That one of the reasons she finds great joy in teaching children about art.

    Each summer since 2009, she has taught a kids summer art camp at the Hamilton County Artists Association’s Birdie Gallery in Noblesville.

    The idea for the camp evolved after the HCAA Gallery’s first open house in 2006, when Fehr, then HCAA president, and co-chair Kathy Garnes, the mother of twins, dreamed up the camp.

    This year’s camp, open to students in Grades 1-8, is June 18-21 at the Birdie Gallery in Noblesville.

  • Take time for Father’s Day Car Show

    For old car enthusiasts, the Father's Day Car Show at Forest Park is the end-all-be-all of car shows around here.

    The 28th annual show, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday -- which is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 90 F -- has grown into the largest single-day event in the history of Forest Park, where about 300 antique, classic and special-interest autos roll in and park under the shade trees for the day. 

    The event annually attracts about 8,000 to 10,000 people to the park that day, according to Noblesville Parks Department.

    Add disc-jockey music from the '50s and '60s, plus food and beverages sold by Noblesville Lions Club, and a lot of swapping of car stories, and you have a pretty fun day. Especially for Dad.

    Noblesville car enthusiasts and members of Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles, Dave Shank Sr. and Larry Grabb head up the car show. Shank owns a 1954 Chrysler, and Grabb, owns a 1967 Buick Skylark. Grabb also deejays for the car show.

    Shank said strolling the car show stirs memories for just about any dad.

  • Grand opening is very grand
    6/10/2018 I don’t ever remember attending a more grand event.

    The community came together on Thursday to celebrate the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Noblesville.

    Stylish granite countertops, architectural wall designs, an elegant mahogany ceiling and a water feature comprised the backdrop in the grand atrium where guests gathered to watch Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear cut the ribbon and hand a piece of it over to Bharat Patel, founder and owner of Sun Development & Management Corp., developer of the new $30 million Embassy Suites by Hilton.

    “Hello all, isn’t this beautiful? A big place,” Patel said, smiling and drawing applause, just moments later, as he welcomed guests and spoke at the podium in the hotel’s Waters Conference Center, the largest conference center in Hamilton County, offering 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
  • Fly-in takes off at Noblesville Airport
    6/8/2018 A Saturday morning can’t get much better than watching airplanes take off and land at Noblesville Airport.

    It’s become a growing tradition to attend the semi-annual event, which offers aviation enthusiasts of all ages an opportunity to sit in aircraft, meet pilots, take an airplane ride and more. 

    A next Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the airport, home of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Noblesville Chapter No. 67, which plays host to the event each June and August. The grass-runway airport is on Promise Road not far from Hamilton Town Center.

    “We are hopeful the weather will cooperate, and we will once again have a very good fly-in,” said Brian Crull of Noblesville, the chapter’s president, who will soon end his ninth year in office. Forecast for Saturday morning is 75 F and partly sunny.
  • ‘Is He Dead,’ or not?
    6/7/2018 While I’ve been following the acting career of Noblesville’s Mark Tumey over the past 12 years in local community theater, it was surprising that I hadn’t yet seen him in a director’s role.

    He has acted on stage at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville, Carmel Community Players, Anderson Mainstage Theatre and more recently in the Phoenix area. 

    But then in 2017, he had his first opportunity at directing Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission’s 25th anniversary production of Shakespeare in the Park, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at the new Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. He’d acted in the annual Shakespeare production, which had taken place at Seminary Park until the new Federal Hill opened in 2017.

    “It was a huge success and a very rewarding experience for me, working with a talented group of actors and helping them to bring these characters to life in a creative way,” he said.
  • Join county’s new concert band
    6/6/2018 If you’re at least 12 years old and can play a musical instrument, you’re invited to join a new band in Hamilton County.

    The all-new Hamilton County Community Band will start rehearsals this Sunday night at Noblesville High School.

    “There are so many talented musicians in Hamilton County; we need this to serve those people and our community,” Eric Thornbury, Noblesville Schools’ director of bands and music department chairman, told me when I asked for him to share about the band.

    He said the idea for a countywide concert band has been cooking for awhile among local band and orchestra directors, a collaboration of Thornbury and music directors Mark Feeney, Brian Swart and Scott Abbott.
  • Team Fuel pours on coal in 5th Bed Race win

    It feels great to be part of the Noblesville community, particularly when you are downtown on the Courthouse Square.

    In tradition, Ninth Street on the Square on Friday night was blocked off and lined with bystanders, anticipating the start of the eighth annual Darlington Bed Race benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.

    This year’s bed race, once again, brought out the creativity.

    Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s Team Bathing Beauties, reminiscent of the Gay Nineties, or 1890s, had costumed runners in old-fashioned bathing suits, pushing a bathing beauty in a boat. While NPA wasn’t the fastest in the race, the entry earned the team the People’s Choice award. The NPA team in 2017 also took the People’s Choice, with its maids and butlers pushing a Victorian lady on a canopy bed.

    NPA was one of 10 teams that built customized beds on wheels that they would race half-way down the block, turn around and quickly push to the start-finish line.

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