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  • Young campers learn about 4-H
    6/20/2019 Driving by the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds at noon on Wednesday, I quickly realized it was already time for the annual summer Mini 4-H Day Camp.
    Dozens of kids were outside on the grounds and 100 youth, most of whom are in our county’s Mini 4-H program, were enjoying the second of a two-day fun-filled educational camp.
    For $25 per child, 100 youth in kindergarten through Grade 2 learned about different topics all related to 4-H and went home with a Mini 4-H Camp T-shirt.
    This year’s theme was “Welcome to the Jungle.”
    “We had a very animal-themed camp,” said Kathleen Bohde, 4-H Youth Development
    Extension Educator for Hamilton County. “Our older 4-H’ers have brought in some of their own pocket pets, horses, pigmy goats and chickens.” Mini 4-H campers not only learned about dogs, pocket pets, pygmy goats, horses and poultry, the kids got to be up close and see the animals, which were brought in to the llama barn for this Mini Ag-Day portion of the camp.
  • ‘Music Man’ sings, dances into Ivy Tech
    6/19/2019 Word of mouth has been the primary source of folks finding out about The Attic Theatre.
    It’s only the third full season for the little community theater that rotates between venues and primarily serves Hamiton, Tipton and Madison counties.
    About 11 years ago, Rebecca Roy started the theater. At the time, she directed a few friends and their sisters in their living room. It was a hit, and they continued to produce plays, growing each time in cast size and scope.
    After she graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014, she returned home to Atlanta, Ind., with the vision to build a community theater. Since then, The Attic Theatre was incorporated in 2016 and has produced 19 plays.
    Their first play was “Macbeth” at South Harbour Clubhouse in Noblesville.
    Ian Hauer, who met Roy (the theater’s executive director) through a mutual friend, got involved with The Attic Theatre in the summer of 2016, playing a supporting cast role in “The Philadelphia Story.”
  • 6/19/2019 As long-time readers of The Postscript know, I do not delve into politics or current events. You might think this comes from a desire to find common ground with all my readers. You might think I am trying to bridge the divide in a time when there aren’t enough opportunities to examine the myriad of things we have in common. Or you might simply think I am a coward who wishes to avoid controversy. 
    You would all be wrong. I am simply too ill-informed to say anything intelligent about current events, certainly anything that hasn’t already been said a hundred times before. 
    But today I am breaking my silence because I have heard some news I feel compelled to comment on. I did my due diligence and found—to my shock and disappointment—this news appears to be true. 
    There is now a Twelve Step program for lipstick addicts. 
    Right away, I need to say that I am not disparaging Twelve Step programs. In fact, it’s because I have so much respect for these programs that I find this news distressing. But I decided to research what a Twelve Step program for lipstick might look like because, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what the Twelve Steps were. 
  • Excellent 2019 Buick Envision gets caught in the crossfire
    6/19/2019 It’s difficult to believe a handsome gray compact crossover could be controversial, but like the nerd who gets caught in a high school cafeteria food fight, it’s in trouble. That’s because General Motors builds the popular model in China, subjecting it to a 25% tariff. GM asked the Trump administration for an exemption, which of-course was denied. For now, the Envision will continue to be offered domestically, but the days of this excellent crossover are probably numbered. Staying out of politics, let’s focus on the vehicle.
    No matter where it is built, the Envision looks the part of a Buick crossover. Styling was finessed with a wing-strewn waterfall grille, restyled 19” wheels, LED headlamps, LED signature driving lights, and chiseled LED taillights. Six portholes on the hood and body sculpting align with other Buicks, but it looks a little bland compared to the rakish Regal, TourX wagon and Enclave full-size crossover.
  • 6/14/2019 Cat lover that I am, I feel compelled to note that June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, or Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, depending on the organization doing the promoting.

    No matter what you call it, the idea is the same — to highlight the fact that this month marks the peak of kitten season, which means many more kittens, as well as cats, will be needing good homes in the near future.

    I’ve been fortunate to have always had at least one feline in my life, dating back to when I was ten years old, and Mom and I came home from a trip to the A&P to discover the dog across the street had treed a kitten in our lilac bush.
  • 6/13/2019 Whenever I visited Phyllis Baskerville’s toy museum in Fortville, I was mesmerized by the endless array of toys, dolls, board games, records, lunchboxes, and old magazines, each one in mint condition, and all impeccably displayed. She could talk non-stop—and often did—about any toy you expressed interest in. The old Pentecostal church that housed her collection was dubbed Dolly Mamas and was in operation for more than 12 years.
    Phyllis and I became good friends and when she fell ill several years ago, she asked if there was anything in the museum I particularly had my eye on. Was there ever! Both eyes…but I was uncomfortable making the request. She had life-size statues of my comic heroes, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, immaculately dressed in their classic poses, replete with bowler hats. I opted instead for a less extravagant selection, a set of Laurel and Hardy puppets, which I still proudly display on my bookshelf.
  • 6/12/2019 My husband, Peter, and I just spent a couple of days staying with our scientist friends. 
    I’ve honestly never had scientist friends before, so there is a lot to learn. One of our scientist friends, Wolfgang, is responsible for filling the ice cube trays (which is my job at home) but seeing a scientist do it made me feel like a rank amateur. If there was competitive ice cube tray filling, Wolfgang would be in the elite ranking and I would not have made the preliminaries. 
    “What is he doing?” I whispered to Mary, Wolfgang’s scientist wife. 
    “He’s checking to see if the meniscus is even on all the cubes,” she told me. 
    I tried to look as if I understood. I failed. 
    “You know, the curvature of the water caused by surface tension.”
    “Uh huh,” I answered, appreciatively. 
  • Buick, Chevrolet introduce bigger little crossovers
    6/12/2019 Crossover segments are being sliced and diced into ever smaller pieces, leaving opportunities for additional sizes and price points. General Motors saw opportunities between the sub-compact Buick Encore/Chevy Trax and the merely compact Buick Envision/Chevy Equinox. Look forward to these bigger little crossovers. 
    2020 Buick Encore GX
    “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVS,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC.
  • Toby Fulks loves his old cars
    6/12/2019 Noblesville’s Toby Fulks met me in his driveway standing next to his antique car.
    “It’s a 1948 Super Deluxe Ford convertible,” Fulks said, smiling. “I’ve had the car about 35 years.”
    Folks who’ve attended the Saturday Night Cruise-ins on the Courthouse Square or the annual Father’s Day Car Show at Forest Park -- which is this Sunday -- may have noticed the car on display there. H
    e’s driven the car to the Cruise-ins and car show “many a times.”
    “It’s a great car. It’s pretty much original,” Fulks said as he proceeded to walk around the car, which had shined up and ready to drive. 
    He loves old cars, loves to share stories about how he came to own them, and what he’s done to restore them.
    The Ford convertible was produced after World War II. “At that point in time, technology was getting a little bit better, and Henry Ford was improving the Flathead Ford V8. This car here, at the time, had all the options,” he said.
  • Lifeguards ready to rescue
    6/8/2019 Lifeguards at Forest Park Aquatic Center watch out for kids who enter the zero-entry baby pool and get into the deeper end before they’re aware.
    They watch for kids who get on Fast Freddy waterslide to find water over their heads at the bottom of the slide. 
    And they watch for kids who dive off of the springboards into the diving pool and struggle to reach the side.
    Lifeguards are always watching the baby pool, the waterslide and the diving pool -- these three areas at Forest Park Aquatic Center -- where during the 2018 summer pool season, there were about 180 “saves.”
    “A save is when someone is not able to swim, and we have to get in and get them out,” said Chandler Parrish, 20, Noblesville, a lifeguard manager at the aquatic center. The 2017 NHS graduate, a Purdue University junior studying industrial engineering, has been a lifeguard for five years. 
    “I’ve probably had a hundred saves, making sure a kid doesn’t drown,” Parrish said.
    “Most of them are at the bottom of that slide that’s too fast for them or too strong. They’ll just keep getting pushed, and they can’t get out,” said Parrish, pointing to the popular Fast Freddy waterslide that dumps into 5 feet of water in the Olympic-size 50-meter pool. “There are times, over here in the main pool, where a kid is not tall enough and can’t touch (the bottom) will get in and swim, and then they get tired, but they’re in the middle of the pool, and you have to get in and get them,” he said.
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