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  • 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.
  • 4/18/2019 Pneumococcal Sepsis. She fell ill on Monday while teaching her third grade class. It was the first day back after spring break. On Friday (Good Friday) she died.
    If she’d had a pneumonia shot within the correct timeframe, she wouldn’t have died. Plain and simple. That’s what they told us at the hospital. Pneumonia shots are necessary if you don’t have a spleen, and hers had ruptured in a car accident in 1975. We almost lost her then, but she managed to live another twenty-three years.
    “Leave it to mom to die on the same day as Jesus Christ,” I tried to joke, because humor is often our family’s way of coping.
  • 4/17/2019 I am lucky to have good neighbors. 
    It’s especially nice I get along with everyone because I spend so much time at home, sitting at my desk, looking out my window and pretending to write. Pretending to write requires a lot of time looking out the window and the neighbors I see most directly when I do are Charles and Joanna. 
    Charles and Joanna are no longer young. They have a comfortable home that sits on the edge of the forest and rarely have visitors. I don’t know the details of their life—and I don’t need to. 
    I know Charles has a routine each morning where he drives into town, picks up a free newspaper at the senior center, gets a free cup of coffee at the bank, stops by Starbucks for free cream to put in his coffee, then returns home. He does this every day the bank is open. I know he is proud of his ingenuity. 
  • 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.
  • Auto Reviews – 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt looks fab in Dark Highland Green
    4/17/2019 A Millennial co-worker of mine saw the Mustang Bullitt sitting in the carpark and said, “I’d buy it if it was blue.” Blasphemy! Young man, step back!There is only one color for the Bullitt and that’s Dark Highland Green metallic. Ford also offers it in Shadow Black, and I must admit it looks slick, but that kind of transgression is an entirely different sin. Green is holy in this annals of speed.
    My young friend apparently has never seen the 1968 flick Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, in which a custom Mustang leads one of the most iconic chase scenes ever put in a movie, out-pacing a Dodge Charger while jumping and sliding through the streets of San Francisco. I told him to go rent it and quit talking to me until he has. The Mustang in Bullitt is, of course, green!
  • Sports Talk with Mark Morrow - Tiger ROARED at Masters on Sunday!
    4/17/2019 Professional golf is in a better place now that Tiger Woods is back.
    We got a glimpse of his return in 2018, when he won the season-ending Tour Championship.
    Remember that unbelievable crowd that followed him to the finish! 
    Yes, a breathtaking atmosphere. Just numbing, if you will.
    We got the full story, even a much clearer picture, on Sunday, when he came from three shots back to win his fifth Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
  • 4/15/2019 This is the week that is the crux of the story of the whole of Christianity. Holy Week begins with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. People bearing palms are waving in adoration, cloaks are being spread at the feet of the donkey which carries the one who is going to triumph over the evil empire. The donkey, a symbol of peace, an animal that is humble yet strong carries the one whom we place all hope.
    Palm Sunday is a good feeling day. Everyone except for the religious leaders of Jesus’ time are in a good mood. Jerusalem is already a buzz with Passover celebrations. It is like a big family reunion. When Jesus arrives it is like icing on the cake, our Savior is ready to usher in a new way of life. 
    Only the ones who are behind the curtain know that there is an undercurrent of negativity. There are plenty of people in power who like things just the way they are.  Ultimately there is a plan to quell this Jesus into submission, to try him as a false prophet, and put him to death. 
  • 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.
  • 4/13/2019 I’ve been trying to find recent photos of myself to post on Facebook that accurately reflect my current age. We got out some scrapbooks that featured shots of us during a few recent vacations.
    I found a really flattering one and I couldn’t help but comment to Mary Ellen that I thought I looked pretty good, maybe 10 years younger than my actual 72 years. My wife agreed completely, and then she skipped to the next photo from our cruise.
    “Who’s the old man gobbling down that giant sausage sandwich?” I asked.
    “That old man would be you, Dick.”
    “That can’t be me. That guy looks 85.”
    “You just didn’t take a very good picture that day.”
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