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  • 8/13/2018 Many of us have encountered instances of bullying and experienced unwanted, aggressive behaviors. Together, we can all play a role in standing up to those who make threats, spread rumors, exclude people from groups on purpose, and cause physical or verbal harm. 
    In Indiana, schools collect data about bullying and report that information to the Indiana Department of Education, which then provides a full report online at www.doe.in.gov. Parents are encouraged to write down bullying instances in terms of dates, who was involved and what happened, and then relay that information to their schools. This includes physical, verbal, social, written and electronic bullying. 
    By definition, bullying is a repeated incident, not just a one-time occurrence. While many schools work to stop bullying at the first instance, it may continue. By collecting this information, schools can take control of bullying, craft stronger policies and identify red flags. 
    All school employees and volunteers receive training on bullying prevention and intervention. Each school is also required to provide age-appropriate, research-based instruction focusing on bullying prevention in grades 1-12. 
    The DOE also maintains a link on its website providing resources for prevention and reporting of bullying and cyberbullying. This link is also included on all school district’s websites so that it is easily accessible by parents, caretakers and students. To learn more about Noblesville schools’ bullying prevention efforts, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org and click on Student Services under the Departments tab. 
  • 8/4/2018 

    Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

    This program can open the door to many new opportunities for college students and recent graduates, and in addition to the networking potential at the Statehouse, a strong internship experience can be a competitive advantage in job searches. 

    Participating in the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience. This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester and gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.

    Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas based on their skill sets, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

  • 7/29/2018 Step right up to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19. With circus acts, concerts, the Midway, great food, 4-H exhibits and much more, these 17 days of summer fun provide opportunities to create lasting memories while promoting Hoosier agriculture. 

    The 2018 Indiana State Fair kicks off Aug. 3, with a giant hot air balloon race, Rick Springfield at the Chevrolet Free Stage and an illuminated tractor parade. There are daily livestock shows, interactive animal events, cooking demonstrations and circus performances. 

    Other highlights include watermelon seed spitting and ice cream eating contests. Children can enjoy fishing, putt-putt golf and hands-on activities related to STEM. 

    In addition to the classics like lemonade shake-ups, corn on the cob and Dairy Barn milkshakes, new food to enjoy includes deep fried sugar cream pie, Hatch green chili beef meatballs, inside out grilled cheese sandwiches and birthday cake shakes. 
  • 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.

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