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  • 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. 

  • A Hoosier Abroad
    11/17/2017 Our tour hit some somber notes on the last day.
    “Writing the War-Following the Footsteps of WW2 Correspondents” visited the Huertgen Forest in Germany. A six-month battle for a 50-square-mile pine forest that no one remembers.
    It was a nightmare for our infantry. It was dark, damp and deadly. The Germans were hidden in concrete bunkers some built nearly 10 years earlier- before there was a World War sparked by the invasion of Poland. The dense forest of trees 100-feet high deprived the Americans of tank and air support.
  • 11/15/2017 The best thing about vacations are those unexpected surprises. Zum goldenen Einhorn in Aachen tonight was that moment.
    Our tour group arrived in this German city near the Belgium border a little before dinner time and dinner was on us to find. Donald Miller, the historian for the “Writing the War: Following the Footsteps of WWIi Correspondents” tour organized by the National World War II Museum, suggested Mike Bush and I find a restaurant with a deer’s head on the front of the building. He said it was near the cathedral in the city center. He couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant.
  • A Hoosier Abroad
    11/13/2017 How do you describe Paris? The word that comes to mind is grand, or more appropriately grande.
    Everything is large, if not grandiose. 
    You really can’t do justice to Paris with only one day, but that was the chore for Veronique Murie, our special guide for the “Writing the War: Following the Footsteps of WW2 Correspondents,” organized by the National World War II Museum.
    So what did she do? She followed the path Adolf Hitler took on his one-day trip to the French Capitol to celebrate its surrender to Nazi Germany.
    The First stop was the Avenue de Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. The broad avenue, which is the finish line every year for the Tour de France bicycle race, was designed by Georges-Eugene Haussmann at the direction of Napoleon III, who was Napoleon Bonaparte’s nephew. 
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