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  • Lots of holiday music coming up in schools
    12/10/2018 I always love attending Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon.
    Not only does it give me the opportunity to don my ugliest (or most obnoxious) Christmas sweater, but it allows us all to enjoy some beautiful holiday music performed every year at the luncheon.
    North Elementary’s 11-member fourth-grade Hand Chimes Choir performed holiday songs as Chamber luncheon guests arrived and also during the holiday luncheon. When my daughter was in North’s hand-chimes choir three years ago, the choir played at the luncheon as well as Chick-fil-A and local nursing homes. Choir director Janene Krent is such a wonderful music teacher at the school. There’s no wonder that kids who come out of her hand chimes choir and general music classes go on to sing in middle- and high-school show choirs, perform in school musicals and compete in music competitions.
  • 12/10/2018 My patient Jim asked me to re-run my column about warts. They are very common—it’s estimated that up to 12 percent of people worldwide have had warts and that 10 to 20 percent of school-aged children have them at any given time.
    Warts are caused by a group of viruses called human papilloma viruses (HPV). When people hear HPV they often think of genital warts that are caused by particular strains of HPV virus, some of which have been associated with cervical, mouth and throat cancers. There are over 100 known types of HPV, all of which share the characteristic of being able to infect skin cells.
  • 12/8/2018 When we think of abundance, we tend to think of excess. At least that is where my mind usually goes. If I have an abundance of tomatoes in my garden, for instance, I can (put up) tomatoes, or make salsa and sauce. If I have an overabundance, I give them away to my neighbors and friends. I used to have a co-worker who grew zucchini every year. When each season gave way to harvest, mounds of zucchini would show up in the break room, begging to be taken and baked into bread and sending us to the zucchini Pinterest pages.
    Sometimes, the holidays send us into excess. More holiday baking, more gift giving (buying), more decorating, more fa-la-la-ing. Having just moved into a new home, I find myself having outdoor Christmas lighting envy. It is taking everything I have not to run to Lowes or Home Depot to buy a big blow up nativity set. After all, being a pastor means that my outdoor decorations need to show the reason for the season, not the Santa, reindeer or candy canes.
  • 12/8/2018 Last week, I continued my tradition of lampooning the annual Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas gift catalog. This week, I’ve looked back on some 300 items and pick my favorites from the past 15 years. Some are still available in the current collection…still more are in garage sales.
  • Come to downtown Noblesville for holiday activities, cheer
    12/8/2018 Oh, how I love Noblesville.
    Especially, this time of the year.
    The Hamilton County Courthouse Square and streets all around downtown are bustling with shoppers seeking local finds.
    Downtown seems even more festival with holiday music on the Square, thanks to Hamilton County buildings and grounds superintendent Steve Wood, who I asked on the day of the Noblesville Parade if there would be holiday music downtown.
    “Hmm. I’ll make it happen,” he replied. Less than 24 hours later, he said, “Music is on.” Thank you Steve Wood.
  • 12/7/2018 Dear Rusty: If I started drawing Social Security benefits in May of 2007 at age 62 and continued to work and pay Social Security taxes to date, can I expect an adjustment in my benefits? Signed: Working Senior
  • 12/7/2018 Continuing the list of memorial benches in Noblesville’s city parks . . .
    In Riverwalk Depot Pocket Park:
    Kurt Bolden’s bench is appropriately located near Bolden’s Dry Cleaners. Bolden co-founded Bolden’s Carpet Cleaning and Bolden Manufacturing. He also worked for the Noblesville Fire Department for five years and was active in charity work. 
    Forest Park benches:
    U. S. Army veteran Danny C. Kendall was a 1971 graduate of Westfield High School and a foster parent. His bench is near the 1920 carousel.
    Berniece Holloway, who passed away at the age of 100, had been a cook at North Elementary School. Her bench is on the trail by the Angel of Hope monument.
  • Pearl Harbor Day, other events remind us to celebrate history
    12/7/2018 This week, our nation paused for a day of mourning on Wednesday to honor our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, who died a week ago, at age 94, and who was a World War II aviator.
    And a month ago, on Veterans Day, elementary school students sang patriotic songs celebrating our nation and those who have served.
    This Saturday, we celebrate another important day in our nation that honors our veterans, National Pearl Harbor Day.
    The community is invited to a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event at 11 a.m. Saturday inside Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville. Hamilton County Navy Club Ship No. 29 is coordinating the program, said Noblesville’s Ron Wilson, who always keeps me informed about veterans activities. Families and veterans are encouraged to attend. 
  • 12/6/2018 Navigating the first holiday season is one of the more disorienting aspects of separation and divorce. I believe it is even more complicated for those who are heavily involved in religious organizations that celebrate the season. So much of our identity is tied up not only in the marriage and family traditions, but also in our faith community. And depending on which particular sect you follow, divorce might be heavily frowned upon, making the entire experience even more painful to navigate.
    This will be the fourth Christmas I have celebrated since leaving my twenty-five-year marriage. Actually, the word “celebrate” is inaccurate. The first year was a matter of endurance, not celebration.
  • Noblesville Elks Lodge is helping 50 families this holiday season
    12/6/2018 At this time of the year, many organizations are busy collecting items for families who have a need during the holiday season.
    The Noblesville Elks Lodge is one of those groups.
    Elks member Terri Sigman-Kennedy said she was personally “overwhelmed” when she learned that the Lodge was planning to help 50 families for Christmas this year.
    The Elks have adopted several families in Noblesville over the past nine years. But this is the Lodge’s largest undertaking, she said.
    The Elks will prepare food baskets for 25 families, whose names were provided by Elk member and Noblesville school teacher Brad Howard. Elks will also provide food and gifts to 14 elderly adults, whose names were provided by Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County. All of the recipients had requested help.
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