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  • ‘Elected’ youth officials help lead city for a day
    4/19/2019 Wouldn’t it be cool to shadow a city or county official for the day? 
    Especially if you’re a kid.
    Tag along to meetings with Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. Sit in Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt’s unmarked car. And tour the firehouse with Noblesville Fire Chief Greg Wyant.
    They could tour the prosecutor’s office with Hamilton County Prosecutor D. Lee Buckingham II. Sit on the bench with Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Felix. And learn the responsibilities of newly-elected Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush.
  • 20 things I learned at Noblesville Taste of Business
    4/18/2019 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce always has Noblesville’s best interest at heart.
    Every time that I go to a Chamber event, I learn something.
    The Chamber’s recent Taste of Business, for the second year at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton, was a great place to learn more about Noblesville and all that it offers.
    So again, for the second year, I am writing about 20 things that I learned at the Taste of Business.
  • Students send high hopes at balloon launch
    4/17/2019 Noblesville High School teacher Andy Wilkins empowers his aerospace students by providing them opportunities to create, invent, discover, challenge and take risks. 
    The vocal ambassador and leader for all Project Lead the Way STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at NHS -- where he teaches engineering and math -- is also well known for his “famous” balloon launch. 
    His latest endeavor is sending into space for the first time, more than 400 inspirational messages, names of loved ones, and hopes for the future from Noblesville third-graders.
    The project is “part of a high-altitude aerospace balloon launch partnership” with NHS and this school year received funding from a Noblesville Education Foundation grant.
  • NEMS’s Megan Broviak is our ‘Young Indiana Hero’
    4/15/2019 Megan Broviak has a smile on her face every time that I see her. And she had an even bigger smile on Thursday when she came forward in front of hundreds of applauding Student Council members from all over the state to accept the Indiana Student Council Association “Young Indiana Hero Award.” 
    “I thought it was really awesome, and I tried not to cry when I walked up and everybody started standing up. It was really cool,” the bubbly, bright 13-year-old said just moments after receiving the award.
    The Noblesville East Middle School seventh-grader loves school and is a member of Student Council, is on the Academic Honor Roll, plays lacrosse, plays trumpet in jazz band and likes “all of the diversified arts.” She loves basketball and played the sport with the Indiana Girls Basketball Noblesville travel team. She was a member of the stage crew for NEMS’s fall musical, “Mary Poppins Jr.,” and is also a Conner Prairie youth volunteer in her second year.
  • County’s Silvernotes love to sing
    4/13/2019 Sharon Piper has loved music ever since she can remember. As a child, she would tag along with her mom, Lucile Beechler, who sang in the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Chorus, the Silvernotes.
    “I apparently enjoyed the music,” said Piper, who took along toys to play with while her mom rehearsed with other women in the choir. She knew that she wanted to sing in the chorus someday because she watched her mother singing and having fun.
    But it wasn’t until 30 years later that Piper joined the Silvernotes, after her own daughter went off to kindergarten.
    “I always knew I wanted to sing, and I had the time,” said Piper, of Cicero, who has been a Silvernotes member ever since joining the chorus in 1975, at age 36.
    Piper turned 80 on April 4. And she still loves singing with the Silvernotes, 44 years later.
  • Ella Whistler to throw out first pitch tonight; voting for Jason Seaman ends at midnight
    4/12/2019 It’s been almost 11 months since the dreadful school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, where on May 25, 2018, a seventh-grader, armed with two handguns, opened gunfire in his classroom, injuring a science teacher and a fellow classmate.
    Thankfully, both the teacher Jason Seaman and student Ella Whistler survived and are healing. 
    While Whistler — who was shot seven times and sustained injuries to her face, neck, hand and upper chest, can no longer play contact sports, including volleyball, due to severe damage to an artery in her right arm — the now NWMS eighth-grader is active in other school activities and in the community.
    Just last month, during Noblesville Schools’ District Show Choir Showcase, we watched Whistler perform with West Side Sound, her school’s 46-member mixed show choir, a selection of uplifting songs expressing the school’s strong sense of unity. 
  • Westfield Playhouse hits it out of the park with ‘Going ...Going ...Gone’
    4/11/2019 A new director to Westfield Playhouse is not only bringing the Indiana premiere of a baseball-themed play to the small Eagletown church-turned-theater, he’s bringing the comedy’s playwright to town on opening night.
    First-time director Steven Marsh of Carmel has done everything he can to make the ballpark come alive for the audience, while ensuring the focus remains on the four characters in the play, “Going … Going … Gone,” which opens Friday and continues weekends through April 28 at the Playhouse.
    The comedy is written by Emmy-award-winning writer/director/playwright/major league baseball announcer Ken Levine, who wrote scripts for the TV sitcoms, “M*A*S*H,” “Cheers” and “Wings.”
    Levine, who offered encouragement to Marsh and his cast, will be in the audience on Friday night, not only watching the performance but also participating in a Q&A right after the show.
  • Noblesville ‘Taste’ event this week promises to be ‘bigger’ and ‘better’
    4/10/2019 Folks can reset their busy day when they visit Noblesville Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Business on Thursday.
    Guests can tempt the senses with the rich, satisfying aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans from Noble Coffee & Tea, a new limited edition coffee called Upward Nobility.
    Guests can visit the new Artisan Alley to watch five artists from Nickel Plate Arts create a large community art project.
    And guests 21 and older can sample a rhubarb-based mixed drink, an “official Hamilton County cocktail,” created by Hamilton County Tourism, in partnership with 1205 Distillery. 
    “It’s delicious,” said Noblesville Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bob DuBois, who invites the community to visit the Chamber’s Taste event, in its 19th year.
  • Today, thank our Vietnam veterans
    3/29/2019 Two years ago, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
    “This day was chosen, as it was March 29, 1973, when the last of our combat troops left Vietnam,” said Lynn Epperson, Hamilton County Veterans Services officer.
    “It was also on that day that the last known living American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam came home, too,” she said. “We still are looking for the 1,251 Missing in Action/Prisoners of War (MIA/POWs) in Vietnam.”
    Epperson said there are about 4,300 Vietnam veterans in Hamilton County. 
    So, if you know any Vietnam veterans, thank them for their service to our nation.
  • Belfry director brings ‘Gilligan’s Island’ musical to life in this Indiana premiere
    3/28/2019 Hey, little buddy! It’s time to tune in and watch “Gilligan’s Island.” 
    If you’ve seen every episode of the family-friendly CBS comedy sitcom that ran from 1965-67 and then returned in syndication, then you won’t want to miss the musical version that, like the series, follows the comic adventures of seven shipwrecked castaways as they try to get off of a deserted island.
    “Gilligan’s Island: The Musical” opens Friday at The Belfry Theatre and continues through April 14. At press time, four of eight performances were already sold out. And a ninth performance on Thursday, April 11, was just added.
    I visited the set earlier this week at the Noblesville community theater, where cast and crew were rehearsing the show, preparing for the Indiana premiere.
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