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  • 7/15/2018 The 2018 fair season is here, offering a variety of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Whether visiting for the food, livestock competitions or 4-H displays, check out the Hamilton County Fair July 19-23 for a great time. 

    Each day, exhibits and displays are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stop by the Extension Homemakers’ Flower Show or help save a life at the Indiana Blood Center Blood Drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. 

    Also on Thursday, enjoy watching Moana with the family at 9:15 p.m. On Friday, walk a llama and catch the Hunter Smith concert. The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players are hosting a show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, I hope to see you at one of my most favorite events, the pet parade. The fair concludes on July 23, with a tractor pull, Color Me Green Fun Run and the Supreme Showmanship event. 
  • 7/8/2018 In Indiana, many new laws are effective July 1, providing those impacted by policy changes time to make adjustments. Here’s a look at some new laws that are now being implemented on behalf of young Hoosiers. 

    Newborn safety devices, known as baby boxes, can now be installed at fire departments that are staffed at all hours. These boxes provide a safe and anonymous option for parents to surrender their newborn in the first 30 days of life without facing criminal charges for neglect as long as the child is unharmed. Hospitals already have the option of installing these boxes, and by extending the option to fire departments, those who feel they can’t take care of a newborn will have another safe alternative. The boxes have heating and cooling features, lock as soon as a baby is placed inside, and an alarm is set off to alert officials. At one northern Indiana fire department, two babies have already been safely left in a Safe Haven Baby Box. 

    Safe Haven Baby Boxes are meant to be a last resort for those in distress, and another option is to call 866-992-2291, which is a 24/7 Safe Haven hotline for those who need help. 

    The criteria for a Silver Alert has changed to now include missing endangered children. 
  • 7/1/2018 

    Our nation comes together this week to celebrate Independence Day.

    Hamilton County will be hosting a variety of fun-filled Fourth of July activities, with plenty of local events and festivities for the whole family to safely enjoy. 

    The Noblesville Fireworks Festival on Wednesday at Noblesville High School kicks off with a 4:30 p.m. parade, a festival following at 6 p.m. and fireworks display around 10 p.m. Westfield, Carmel and Cicero are also hosting free Fourth of July community fireworks displays. The details and information about these local festivities can be found at VisitHamiltonCounty.com. 

    Earlier in the day, visitors to Conner Prairie can celebrate Independence Day, the 1836 way. Help decorate Prairietown, sing patriotic songs, learn about history, and partake in games, dancing and militia drills. An annual tradition is listening to the Star Spangled Symphony at Conner Prairie. There is still time to catch the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as they salute the branches of the Armed Forces, complete with the 1812 Overture with cannons and fireworks. 

  • 6/24/2018 Indiana offers scholarships paying up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. A key component of qualifying for this scholarship is enrolling in the 21st Century Scholar program before June 30 of a student’s eighth-grade school year. With the deadline quickly approaching, those who want to save on college costs need to visit scholars.in.gov and submit an application. 

    21st Century Scholars not only earn money for tuition costs, but they also receive assistance in order to obtain their college degrees. There are activities to help scholars stay on track for college and career success, with three tasks to complete at each grade level in high school in order to be prepared for college. 

    As a freshman, scholars create a graduation plan, participate in an extracurricular or service activity and watch “Paying for College 101.” Their sophomore year, they take a career interest assessment, get workplace experience and estimate the costs of college. As a junior, they visit a college campus, take a college entrance exam and search for other scholarships. When a senior in high school, scholars submit their college applications, watch “College Success 101” and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
  • 6/17/2018 Welcome back, summer! 

    Summer officially begins on Thursday, ushering in a number of events and activities for the whole family. With the warmer weather and longer days, now is the time to get out and explore everything Noblesville and the state offers. 

    Finding fun and exciting events and attractions in our community is easy, thanks to Visit Hamilton County. Whether traveling to Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield or other nearby towns, information to plan your next adventure can be found at visithamiltoncounty.com. Connect with an online trip planner and travel guide, and find special offers for local getaways. 

    Each Thursday, the Noblesville Parks Department hosts free concerts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dillon Park. This Friday and then again on July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24, enjoy Food Truck Friday at Federal Hill Commons. In July, we can look forward to Tenderloin Tuesday with deals on tenderloin sandwiches served at more than 30 local restaurants. 
  • 6/10/2018 June is National Safety Month and a great opportunity to focus on reducing the leading causes of injury by planning for emergencies, cultivating personal wellness, preventing falls and improving driving behaviors. 

    Whether at work, on the road, in our homes or out and about in the community, let’s use this month to consider how we can improve our safety. 

    Planning ahead for a variety of emergencies is key. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the first step in planning for any emergency is to make a family plan based on four areas: receiving emergency alerts and warnings; securing shelter; evacuating the area; and communicating with family members. 

    This plan should be tailored to the specific needs of each household member, written down and then practiced. Through its Ready campaign, the Department of Homeland Security provides important information on how to prepare for, respond to and mitigate both natural and man-made disasters. 
  • 6/3/2018 

    Our community is healing from a tragedy, and although faced with the unthinkable, we will remain Noblesville Strong.

    As our seniors graduate and students head into summer break, we will continue supporting Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman, as well as their families, our schools, public safety officials and community members.

    According to a recent update from Noblesville Schools, Ella is in stable condition. They asked that we continue to keep her and her parents in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. At this point, the school system is focused on ensuring students and staff are receiving the emotional support they need, and that all district students successfully finished out the school year, including this week’s graduation.

  • 5/20/2018 The Legislative Council, on which I serve, recently met to assign topics for the General Assembly to study during the summer and fall months. Lawmakers will use this interim period to prepare for the 2019 legislative session and determine whether or not to pursue new laws based on their findings. These summer study committees play an integral role in the legislative process and help pave the way for lawmakers to address a variety of issues on behalf of Hoosiers. 

    Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. To build on the state’s ongoing efforts to end human trafficking and get victims the help they need, the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code will be looking at the feasibility of establishing a program for helping adult victims of human trafficking. This program could be similar to how the Department of Child Services handles young victims of this crime. Members of this committee will also be determining whether state agencies would be in the position to provide oversight and administer programs to stop human trafficking in Indiana. 

    Those serving on the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services will be conducting an in-depth study of medically supervised therapies involving marijuana. With 29 other states and Washington, D.C., allowing the use of the marijuana plant for medical purposes, many Hoosiers want to know what direction Indiana will take.
  • 5/13/2018 

    Although my time as your state representative will come to a close in November, I am still working hard on behalf of our community. Friday, I was with fellow state lawmakers gathering at the Statehouse for a special session to complete important work. Time is being devoted to act on policies addressing new funding and loan options to improve school safety, important tax matters, a bill that will help schools monitor their fiscal health so they don’t fall into financial distress, and a technical corrections bill. 

    Gov. Eric Holcomb called for the special session in an effort to wrap-up a few critical issues that were left on the table when the regular legislative session concluded in mid-March. With an exception to the technical corrections bill, the four proposals being examined today were vetted through the legislative process, but due to time constraints, failed to receive an up-or-down vote. ?

    The day’s agenda included authorizing $5 million for additional school safety investments and creating a pathway for schools to borrow from Indiana’s Common School Fund for building improvements to increase school safety. We are also updating tax record-handling procedures and code based on federal requirements.

  • 5/6/2018 Effective teachers are one of the most important factors in student success. To help attract and retain the best educators in our schools, the state offers 200 scholarships each year to high-achieving high school and college students obtaining a teaching license.

    The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is awarded to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years, which significantly helps cut college costs for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. To qualify, applicants need to either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

    To continue receiving the scholarship while in college, recipients must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.
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