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  • Mural artist paints train under bridge
    7/16/2019 On Sunday afternoon, I received a news tip that an artist was painting a mural of a train under the railroad bridge, on the underpass wall, near the Forest Park boat launch in Noblesville.

    So I grabbed my camera and headed that way.

    After parking my car in the Son Shine Service lot on the south side of the bridge, I nervously walked north alongside the busy Indiana 19 and under the bridge until I was in sight of an artist painting the underpass wall.

    His blond hair was tied back in a ponytail, and he wore a do-rag and headphones. I assume he was listening to his favorite music.
  • Remembering Holocaust survivor Eva Kor
    7/13/2019 One of my daughter’s most inspirational and educational days was taking a road trip west to Terre Haute, where she met then 84-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor.
    Kor was the founder and president of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute and spoke to visitors on a posted schedule.
    I had met and written about Kor -- a survivor of Nazi death camps -- more than nine years ago as a journalist for The Indianapolis Star, writing a story about Kor’s visit to Noblesville Intermediate School in 2010, and before that as a journalist for The Noblesville Ledger, during her visit to our schools.
    But what was most important on this visit that my daughter had the chance to meet this inspirational woman and hear her story firsthand. 
  • Noblesville school teacher finishes 740-mile canoe trail
    7/12/2019 Noblesville school teacher Darlene Patterson on July 2 sent out correspondence to people back home in Indiana. 
    “We made it!!!” she exclaimed.
    Patterson, an art teacher at Promise Road Elementary School, is talking about her summer trek, a 740-mile, month-long canoe trip along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
    She finished the trail in 28.5 days. That’s two-and-a-half days ahead of the 31 days planned.
    What an accomplishment. 
    If you read my June 21 column, then you know about the teacher’s adventure. If you didn’t, I’ll catch you up to speed.
    Patterson, on May 31, Noblesville Schools’ last day of classes, departed for a month-long canoe trip along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which starts in eastern New York, travels into Vermont, up into Canada, down into New Hampshire, and finishes in Northern Maine. 
    She departed Old Forge, N.Y., on Monday, June 3. Her goal was to complete 25 miles a day and travel 740 miles, with nearly 100 miles of carrying and portaging boats and gear.
  • 4-H Fair Queen to be crowned Friday night
    7/11/2019 Wow, 27 contestants will vie for the title of Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen on Friday night.
    The number of contestants has more than doubled from the 2018 contest, when only 12 contestants competed.
    Over the past several weeks, contestants have been meeting twice a week to learn everything they need to know to be a contestant. They have learned how to walk down the runway, responded to sample interview questions and learned choreography for a dance routine. They’ve received approval for their formal wear, business suit and other required contest attire. And they’ve gotten to know 4-H queen contestants from throughout the county.
    One of the lucky contestants will be crowned to reign over the 2019 Hamilton County 4-H Fair.
    But it isn’t necessarily luck that wins the competition. 
  • 7/10/2019 Barbecue season is in full swing and it’s a good time to review food safety. Food-borne illness is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point in our lives.
    Food-borne illness is defined as more than two people having a similar illness with evidence of food as the source. The overall rate of these illnesses has gone down drastically in the last century with improvements in food handling and sanitation. However, we still hear about illness outbreaks.
    There are approximately 76 million cases of food-related illness in the United States each year. There are also about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Underdeveloped countries, as a group, experience about one billion cases annually and four to six million deaths.
    The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 97 percent of all cases of food-borne illness come from improper food handling. Most of these (79 percent) are from commercial establishments, while the other 21 percent originate in the home.
  • 7/10/2019 More reader feedback this week!
    We haven’t covered all the dedicated benches in Noblesville yet — Donna Holl sent an email with photos of two benches in the Memorial Garden at Christ Lutheran Church on State Road 37, a mile north of State Road 32/38.
    One bench honors Mary Kay and Paul McGlinch, who ran the Uptown Café for 29 years. In the late 1970s and ‘80s Mary Kay spearheaded the revitalization of Noblesville’s annual Christmas parade and downtown holiday decorations. Both Mary Kay, who passed in 2015, and Paul, who died in 2014, were involved with the Lutheran church choir — Mary Kay served as the director for over 40 years — and their bench rather appropriately displays a singing angel.
    The other bench memorializes Ralph and Eleanor Waltz. Ralph worked at the American National Bank in Noblesville for many years and was the bank’s president at the time of his retirement. He was also active in a number of community organizations. Eleanor was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and that group’s motto, “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” is inscribed on their bench. Eleanor died in 2001 and Ralph in 2015.
  • 2019 Nissan Maxima: The four-door stealth cruiser
    7/10/2019 Since the 1990s, Nissan pawned the Maxima as “The 4 Door Sports Car”. It is not a sports car; it’s a full-size luxury sedan loaded to the dual-pane moonroof with every conceivable comfort and safety feature. What it looks like is a four-door stealth fighter and feels a little like a C6 Corvette when looking forward from the driver’s seat. So, maybe it is kinda like a 4 Door Sports Car – or maybe it is just a swift family cruiser. 
    Front to back, the design is streaming muscle. It starts with Nissan’s V-Motion grille flanked by LED headlamps and runs back to bulging fenders, slammed floating roof, and quad exhaust outlets – all placed over dark 19” alloys. LED running lamps and subtle lip spoiler add spice. It’s a striking design, looking a bit like a stealth fighter from the front, whether sitting at the curb or encouraging people to get out of your way on the expressway.
    If the exterior channels aviation, then the interior predicts a utopian future in which Texas is king. Like Nissan’s pickups and SUVs, the Maxima gets the Platinum Reserve package with diamond quilted saddle leather seats, contrasting leather on the dash/doors, brown dash stitching, and satin bronze diamond-stamped trim that looks like hand-formed sheetmetal for that rough-hewn fashion statement. Adding comfort are heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Check the dual pane moonroof, automatic wipers, and dual-zone automatic climate control too.
  • 7/10/2019 My husband, Peter, decided to make friends with a raven. 
    We have a lot of ravens around our house. Ravens are smart birds and Peter did some research on them. They mate for life and can live to be seventeen years old in the wild. They learn to recognize people and will grow less afraid once they know someone. So, Peter decided he was going to leave small treats on the birdbath every day and let some raven couple get to know him. 
    At approximately the same time as Peter hatched his plan, we decided to replace one of our two pub chairs. But instead of setting it on the curb where it would have vanished like magic within twenty-four hours, Peter parked the old chair in front of the living room window and starting taking his morning coffee there, watching for ravens. 
    “That chair can’t stay there forever you know,” I reminded him.
    “Uh huh,” Peter said, ignoring me. 
  • 7/10/2019 Like a lot of you, I remember July 20, 1969 pretty well. A bunch of folks gathered to watch the historic event unfold on TV in a cozy home near Fox Prairie Golf Course. Sure, the picture wasn’t that great, but TVs weren’t either back then. Didn’t matter. We watched. And beamed. Man had taken a giant leap. My grandfather, who was born in the 1890s, joined a small group of people who could say they saw transportation go from horse and buggy to spaceships that landed on the moon.
    It was something.
    Now, with that historic event just days away from its golden 50 year anniversary, I wonder what it would be like if that took place today instead?
    Let’s see, it would start with President Donald Trump giving a speech. “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because I want to do them, and let me tell you, it will be the greatest thing you’ve ever seen. That I can tell you.”
  • Noblesville Elks: ‘Come on in,’ join the club, new auction event
    7/10/2019 The Noblesville Elks Lodge wants everyone to know -- including Elks members -- that while Ninth Street is blocked off -- from Conner to Maple streets during construction of The Levinson -- the Elks Lodge is open.

    “Come on in,” members said of their Lodge No. 576, located at 35 S. Ninth St., just one-half block south of the historic Hamilton County Courthouse Square. 

    While the Elks Lodge was closed for the July Fourth holiday and a thorough cleaning on Friday and Saturday, thanks to Elks Lodge members, the Lodge is now back open for its members to enjoy.
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