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  • 2/19/2018 Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Indiana, following heart disease. About 2.4 million Hoosiers, or 2 out of every 5 people now living in Indiana, will eventually develop cancer. To help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by the disease, House lawmakers participated last week in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, hosted annually at the Statehouse by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. February is recognized as National Cancer Prevention Month, which is the opportune time to learn about the steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of cancer and save lives.
  • Investing in Our Best Asset - Downtown
    2/18/2018 When people ask me what makes Noblesville unique, the answer is easy. We have what so many communities are attempting to create: an authentic, historic and vibrant downtown. The historic charm that is our square sets us apart from our neighbors. It was with this in mind that the Common Council sought out to find new ways to invest in our unique identifier - Downtown Noblesville.
    In 2016, an additional $500,000 was set aside annually to be solely invested in our downtown.
    Additionally, a new “Downtown District” committee was established made up of council members, business owners and community members. Their task was simple: to identify and support the needs of our beloved downtown. They believe that a downtown with preserved brick-lined streets, alleys that have been creatively repurposed for public use, a riverfront lined with accessible walkways and a historic courthouse is worth investing in. 
    This group has spent tireless hours poring over ways to improve and enhance our downtown, while maintaining its historic charm and beauty. 
  • 2/17/2018 The school principals and teachers are ready, and the excitement is building.
    Every two years since 2012, Noblesville Schools Education Foundation invites in the Harlem Wizards basketball team as a fundraiser for the district.
    Well, it’s that time again. Harlem Wizards will return this Wednesday to The Mill.
    For those who haven’t experienced a Harlem Wizards show, it is definitely one not to miss.
    The world-famous team shows off its slam dunks, tricks, hoops and alley oops while playing against Noblesville Schools Mighty Millers, made up of our favorite teachers and principals and staff..
    There are so many fun things about attending this game. 
  • 2/17/2018 Note: This is the first in a three part series on Depression and Parkinsons 
    Caregivers and those battling Parkinsons Disease (PD) cite depression as an insidious but all too often neglected facet of the disease. Medical specialists often focus on the physical aspects of PD and do not ask about, much less aggressively treat, this common symptom. Yet studies show that up to 90% of those with PD suffer from Depression and up to 40% of their caregivers report depression as impinging on their quality of life. 
    Depression does not just lower mood, which in turn affects work, activities, general productivity, and relationships; the physiological impact of depression can lower functional ability and even cognition. Depression is characterized by a reduced sense of self -worth and self -efficacy, leading to a downward spiral in mood and behavior. 
  • 2/17/2018 It is something we do not think about often, because we have been told that darkness equals evil, or sin, or that darkness is the place where God is not. Many of us fear the dark not because of the absence of light, but fear is manifested from not knowing what is in the dark. Darkness is not a bad thing it is just a thing. God made both the light and the dark, as the writer of Genesis describes.
    In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God[ swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:1-5
  • The Times players have fun
    2/16/2018 They don’t keep score or officially track wins or losses. Nor do they keep any player stats.
    But the players certainly know if they are playing well and make a lot of baskets.
    And they will tell you, “We are undefeated.”
    The Times-sponsored winter league youth basketball team is one of five second-grade co-ed teams playing this season at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.
    The greatest challenge for players this age is following the rules. 
    Players are not allowed to steal the basketball while another player is dribbling. Players are not allowed to block shots. And traveling will only be called if a player runs down court without attempting to dribble.
  • 2/16/2018 When I set out to write something in honor of Black History Month for this week, it never occurred to me that I’d end up with a column about someone white.
    That was before I stumbled across the tale of Charles David Myers.
    On May 29, 1961 Myers was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi. The charges, according to the May 31, 1961 Noblesville Daily Ledger, were “inciting a riot, breaching the peace and disregarding racial segregation laws in Jackson.”
    Myers was a “Freedom Rider” — one of the people of the Civil Rights era, both black and white, who was willing to act upon his belief that segregation was wrong.
    I’m amazed that I knew nothing about this. Granted, when it happened I was more interested in playing with my Barbie than in the nightly news, but Myers’ story should be better known around here. I’m reasonably sure he was the only Freedom Rider from Indiana and I know he was the only one from Hamilton County.
  • Gold medalists to sing, play at State
    2/15/2018 Being that Team USA just won its 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic history, I turn my attention to gold-medal winners here at home.
    To salute our Noblesville middle schools’ young medalists in performing arts. 
    I share an instance where we attended a vocal/piano solo and ensemble contest. The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contest, which was moved from Noblesville High School to Elwood Jr.-Sr. High School, attracted six contestants from Noblesville West and five contestants from Noblesville East middle schools.
    And all 10 contestants earned gold medals.
    Five of the NWMS students competed in Group 1, which is usually only attempted by more advanced high school students. All five of those students -- eighth-graders Kari Verdeyen in voice and piano, Marshall Axsom in piano, and Anna Schlueter, Audrey Ouillette and Laura Wertz in voice -- qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble Contest, which is Saturday at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. 
  • Searching for a name and hope
    2/15/2018 On Dec. 7, I had a date with a judge. I didn’t marry him, but he did grant my petition for a new last name. It goes against societal norms for a woman to change her name unless she is attaching herself to a man, so this has been difficult for some to accept. However, the vast majority have been extremely supportive.
    Two years ago, amidst some big life changes, it occurred to me that neither my original name, nor the one I had taken in marriage were suited to me anymore.
    Often, women will keep their married name in order to have continuity with their children. But my independent nature railed against the idea of spending the rest of my life with a name that no longer applied or appealed to me.
    I was advised to live with it for a while before making legal changes, but first I had to decide what name I would choose. I searched through my family history, but nothing clicked. Friends made many good suggestions, and I carefully considered each one.
    I had made these life changes in the pursuit of peace, and I felt strongly that it should be represented. I looked at the word in several languages, and almost landed on the German word Freiden, but it didn’t resonate with my soul.
  • 10 ways to spend Valentine’s Day
    2/14/2018 It’s Valentine’s Day, a day that’s being celebrated throughout the world.
    I wanna bet that The Hamilton Restaurant is sold out tonight. The downtown Noblesville restaurant, which is serving up its special Surf and Turf, announced last week that it would close so that owners Vanita Clements and Clyde Worley, could retire. 
    If you don’t yet have plans for Valentine’s Day, there are lots of opportunities to find things to do, even if you don’t have reservations. 
    Looking for something a little different on this Valentine’s Day? Here are at least 10 ideas on how to spend your day or evening.
    Maybe you’re already missing the snow? Then head out to Strawtown Koteewi Park for snow tubing at Koteewi Run, Indiana’s only groomed snow-tubing hill, where you can slide 700 feet down snow-covered lanes in snow tubes, and then ride a tow line back to the top for another run. It’s open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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