The Times photo by Betsy ReasonNoblesville Mayor John Ditslear shares exciting news about the City of Noblesville during his annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Harbour Trees Golf Club.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear shares exciting news about the City of Noblesville during his annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Harbour Trees Golf Club.

When I found out that Live Nation's re-naming announcement for Klipsch Music Center was planned for the same time as this month's Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon, I still put both of the events on my calendar.

By now, you've probably already heard that the 24,000-seat amphitheater -- originally known as Deer Creek Music Center that opened in 1989 in Noblesville -- on Wednesday was renamed to Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.

The name might not be familiar to some. But to racing fans, it is very familiar. The Fort Wayne-based company sponsored this year's winning car, driven by Takuma Sato for Andretti Autosport, in the Indianapolis 500.

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear proudly mentioned that bit of interesting trivia in his State of the City address at Wednesday's Chamber luncheon. The State of the City luncheon is always popular, this year filling the Harbour Trees Golf Club dining room nearly to seated capacity.

Everyone wanted to hear what exciting things are happening in Noblesville.

One of the bits of news that I was most thrilled was that a roundabout would be built at the very busy intersection of 19th and Pleasant streets, next to the Noblesville Post Office. It was an intersection that I had asked Mayor Ditslear about, maybe six months ago, because of the traffic congestion, and there wasn't anything planned at that time.

Another bit of exciting news is that the old Firestone Industrial Products property, at 18th and Division streets, could be the site for a future Noblesville Police Station, which is growing out of its current space with the Noblesville Fire Department at Ninth Street and Maple Avenue.

What else? A winter ice-skating rink would open for the holiday season at Federal Hill Commons on Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), the same day as the annual Noblesville Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Hamilton County Govenrment & Judicial Center. The Noblesville Main Street display of Holiday Ice Sculptures, which traditionally are shown on the same night as the Tree Lighting, will get their own day, with the event's move to 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 25). The Christmas Parade will remain at 2 p.m. on the following Sunday (Nov. 26).

Another exciting announcement is free wifi at Federal Hill Commons, thanks to Taylored Systems, a technology company owned by Noblesville's own Bill Taylor.

I'm also thrilled that the downtown's Rivewalk will soon connect Forest Park to Southside Park, with an extension that continues south from Division Street. We rode our bicycles as far south as we could ride a few weeks ago, all the way to the old railroad bridge, where the Midland Trail would soon be built. More trails to ride our bicycles in town is exciting, especially with the announcement that a bike-sharing program is coming to our downtown.

Read more highlights in today's edition of The Times.

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