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  • Guest Column - Why are high-quality teachers leaving Noblesville?
    9/20/2018 We have a serious challenge at Noblesville Schools that we have been struggling with since 2017. High-quality teachers are leaving our district in the midst of a significant, statewide teacher shortage.
    Replacing expert teachers when they leave isn’t as easy as it used to be, and this is especially true of teachers with specialized skills sets like science, technology, engineering, and math. Evidence and experience have decisively shown that strong teachers are the most important factor in student academic and interpersonal success, so their loss is especially troubling. 
    In the last 18 months 70% of teachers who left Noblesville Schools left specifically for a higher salary. The increase they left for was substantial and they didn’t have to go far.
  • 9/6/2018 The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, a sliver of the farm bill, is at risk. Alongside small businesses across the country, we’re asking Congress to support and restore funding of RMAP in the final farm bill.
    This program offers access to loan capital through grants to organizations that provide training, technical assistance, or small loans to rural businesses nationwide. Since its creation in 2008, this funding has helped more than 2,100 small businesses in nearly every state create jobs and generate economic returns for their local communities.
    According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses across the country employed nearly 56.8 million individuals in 2013. That same year, businesses that employed five to nine individuals created a surge of 84,020 additional jobs. U.S.’s small businesses are a driving force in the local economy, and it is important that programs supporting small businesses remain funded.
  • 8/1/2018 

    Dear Friend, 

    I wanted to let you know that I will soon be hosting two IN05 “Connect with Your Congresswoman” (CWYC) events. Any resident of Indiana’s Fifth District is welcome and arrival time will determine the order of your visit with me.

    Marion County: Monday at 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., in Lawrence at the Lawrence Readiness Training Center, 9920 E. 59th St., Lawrence. 

    Grant County: Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., in Marion at Ivy Tech Marion, 261 S. Commerce Drive, Marion.

    During “Connect with Your Congresswoman,” I meet with constituents one-on-one or in small groups in various towns and cities across the Fifth District.

    These events are a great opportunity to discuss your priorities for the various issues currently before Congress. It is important to me that my staff and I hear from constituents and use this opportunity to more thoroughly learn about the issues you care about.

  • Important thoughts from Special Olympics Hamilton County coordinator
    3/7/2018 I was born and raised in Hamilton County. Except for my college years, I’ve always lived here. Now that I’m a grandma, I probably always will. I never realized the uniqueness of Hamilton County until I became involved in Special Olympics. Even after 24 years, I’m still amazed by the many differences.
    Did you know we are the 4th most populated county in Indiana? We are also in the top 1% of US counties in income per capita. 
    Both Carmel and Fishers have been named top cities to live and raise children. We are extremely fortunate to have many resources and opportunities available to us. I would consider us spoiled. Some of you might find being called spoiled offensive. You shouldn’t. It’s only offensive if you allow being spoiled to make you a brat. Or, if you allow the positive position that we’re in to make you complacent. Being spoiled is wonderful, but we must take those advantages and make them work for us.
  • 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. 
  • 2/10/2018 The Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain health problems as a presumptive disease associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides during active military service.
    Parkinson’s disease is among these presumptive disorders. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficult with walking, balance, and coordination.
    Symptoms include tremor, rigidity, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, slowness of movement, and impaired balance and coordination.
  • The one question I used to hate
    2/3/2018 I’d been caring for my father for about a year or so when my cousin asked me the dreaded question: How is your dad? The question is a simple one. The answer? Not so much. 
    First of all, Dad wasn’t doing well. He was in a state of decline both physically and mentally. So I pondered: does she really want to know how he is? Or is the question just a polite one, akin to when someone asks how your day is going? Answering that he was fine was a lie. But saying that he wasn’t felt like a betrayal. My father, a proud man, wouldn’t want me telling his business to anyone. 
  • What causes Parkinson’s disease?
    1/27/2018 This is one of the most frequently asked questions, when an individual has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The answer is, we do not know of just one cause. We do, however, know there are higher incidences in those who are exposed to certain environmental risk factors, while some individuals have a genetic component, and then others we just don’t know.
  • ITM board president refutes city’s claims
    1/17/2018 In an effort to set the record straight and provide an alternative perspective to recent events regarding the City of Noblesville’s plans to not renew the Indiana Transportation Museum’s lease in Forest Park, it is necessary to respond to their political rhetoric.  From the start, the relationship between the Cities and ITM have been adversarial at best.  One study commissioned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, HHPA, recommended that it should “not allow ITM to be too successful in order to keep them under control.”  The original operating agreement between the HHPA and ITM called for the HHPA to maintain the right of way.  From the start, ITM has borne this expensive burden with little help from the HHPA or the Cities involved.  
  • 2018 has a lot in store for Noblesville

    Last year, I celebrated my 15 year Noblesville High School class reunion.  If you had told me 15 years ago at Noblesville High School that I would, one day, serve as President of the city council, I would have said you were crazy.  Funny how life works.

    I am certain 2018 has a lot in store for our beloved city.  From Finch Creek to Dillon Park, and all points in between, we see great opportunity for investment in the true gem of Hamilton County. Our goal as a council is to find ways to embrace Noblesville’s historic charm while still progressing and adapting to the needs of our community. 

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