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  • 9/14/2019 Like many of us, we all have those phrases and words that trigger our emotional well-being. Those phrases that put our hair up on the back of our necks, or make us want to back away from the person uttering them.  I have turned away from entering church buildings because of words written on their signage. 
  • 9/13/2019 I often think that my 13-year-old daughter is an old soul with a greater appreciation and understanding of things that might be dismissed by others her age.
    For instance, she would rather sit all day in front of a spinning wheel than in front of a TV playing video games.

    She was even more thrilled when we found an affordable Ashford single-treadle traditional spinning wheel for sale, along with a drop spindle and an array of fibers.
    Now, she can practice at home the spinning skills that she learns as a Conner Prairie youth volunteer spinner.
  • Fish, BBQ, ham and more
    9/12/2019 Looking to plan your weekend? Here are 20 things to do:
    1. Indy Kids Sale, a kids consignment sale is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds and operated by Fishers mom Lori Chandler.
    2. Food Truck Friday is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Federal Hill Commons.
    3. Noblesville United Methodist Church’s all-you-can-eat fish and chicken fry is 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, with choice of two sides, green beans, mac-and-cheese, slaw and drink, for $12 for adults and $6 for ages 10 and younger.
  • 9/11/2019 I’d planned to write on an entirely different subject this week, but to be honest, I’m having trouble concentrating and I don’t think I could give that column my best effort right now. 
    I recently lost my furry little boy, Oliver, and I’m still in shock because it happened so suddenly and because he was only 2 years old.
    Over the Labor Day holiday, a change in his behavior concerned me to the point I took him to a 24 hour emergency center. Although the doctors there did their best to save him, after three days I had to make the agonizing decision to let him go.
    But, I don’t want to dwell on that. I’d rather celebrate the two years of joy he gave me.
    I’ve written before how I’ve thought of Oliver and his adopted brother, Beau, as my “Martin and Lewis” cats. Beau is VERY high energy. (Think Jerry Lewis at his wildest.)
  • 9/11/2019 September the eleventh.
    Chances are that most of you reading this remember exactly where you were 18 years ago when you heard the news.
    You remember getting to a TV and watching with disbelief as a jetliner flew into a skyscraper. Didn’t matter what channel it was. The eerie scene was repeated over and over.
    A fireman was standing in the street. The camera panned to the left and up – apparently the cameraman heard something. 
    It happened so fast.
    The plane was a blur as it flew in from the right and smashed into the World Trade Center North Tower.
    A passenger airliner.
    Slammed into the building and disappeared inside.
  • Arcadia Depot invites community to help celebrate sesquicentennial
    9/11/2019 The Arcadia Depot has a special place in Toni Dickover’s heart.
    As she sits in the old train depot, built in 1869, pouring over old photographs and newspaper clippings, she loves hearing the train whistle as it rumbles through Arcadia once more.
    She is board president of Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad Inc. The organization owns and operates Arcadia Depot and is buying the train, the new Nickel Plate Express, which celebrates its first full year of operation with a birthday excursion on Saturday.
    “The depot has come a long way since it first began serving passengers in the mid 1800s. I am thrilled that the building still remains today, historically intact, thanks to the hard work of my Aunt Victoria and the rest of the Heritage Center,” Dickover, 72, Noblesville, said.
    Her aunt, the late Victoria “Tory” (Mosbaugh) Hope, was at the forefront of the group that stepped forward to save the depot.
    It was 1971, when Hope and other Arcadia residents learned that Norfolk and Western, current operator of the railroad line, had slated the building for demolition since it no longer served the line as a functioning depot. 
    The Arcadia train depot was, at one time, a bustling center of the town of Arcadia, seeing both passenger and freight traffic, with the train coming through at least four times a day.
  • 9/11/2019 The surprises just kept coming. 
    When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with later,” a pile which—mysteriously—did not shrink with time. These stacked plastic boxes were still in my barn, still waiting for me, long after I’d forgotten what was in them or cared. 
    But I am going to put the property up for sale and it was time for a reckoning with the barn. It took two dumpsters, four days, and two hardworking guys from the appropriately named, “Git-er-Gone Junk & Clutter Removal,” to see it to the end. 
    And, yes, I did think, “Why not just dump it all, sight unseen?”
  • Remembering ‘87 Lady Miller Krissi Davis
    9/10/2019 Many of us thought it was a bad dream when we heard that Krissi Davis died in her sleep on Friday night.
    She was senior captain for the Noblesville High School Lady Millers 1987 undefeated state champion basketball team.
    She was an Indiana All-Star, a two-time inductee into the Indiana High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame and a four-year letterman and two-time MVP for the University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Team.
    At NHS, she scored a school record 1,269 career points leading teams to 81-17 career record, including four sectionals, two regionals and a semi-state title, besides the state championship.. 
    While I never covered sports when I took a job at The Noblesville Ledger in 1986, I did remember Davis being on our Sports pages. 
    “Krissi Davis” became a household name when she led her team to the state finals, and probably even before that.
    For Chris Owen Mills of Noblesville, she first heard of Davis in fourth grade.
    “Our gym teacher worked at North Elementary and Forest Hill,” the 1987 NHS championship team player said on Monday. “He talked about how fast she was and good at sports. I had no idea how good until I met her in sixth grade.”
    But Mills doesn’t want Davis to be remembered “as just a great athlete.” But as a friend and mentor. 
  • Remembering my friend, co-worker
    9/6/2019 I met Emily Ehmer when she came to work at The Noblesville Ledger in the late 1980s.
    She had two kids, Adam and Molly in Westfield Washington Schools. She lived in a little bungalow in downtown Westfield. And she wrote news and feature stories about the Westfield area.
    We became newsroom friends, eating lunch together at work, and hanging out after work with co-workers. 
    There were Tuesday nights out dancing at Kip’s Pub on 25-cent beer night, and The Vogue nightclub in Broad Ripple on weekends. I remember us staying out so late one Tuesday that she wore sunglasses the next day to work to avoid the fluorescent light glare. 
    There was dressing up for Halloween and trick-or-treating for beer. Playing sand volleyball on Sunday evenings at Sunblest Apartments in Fishers, where I lived. And dolling up to go out to eat before hitting the town.
    We had such fun in those days. 
  • Follow the Chocolate Trail around Courthouse Square, plus other things to do this weekend
    9/5/2019 Who doesn’t love chocolate? If you love the smells and tastes of chocolate, then make plans to follow the Chocolate Trail through downtown Noblesville on Friday.
    Noblesville Main Street’s annual Chocolate Trail, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., invites folks to shop, sample chocolate and explore the downtown.
    This year, the trail map, which can be picked up at the orange Main Street tent, includes 17 stops. And here is a sampling of what will be offered.
    -Across the Pond will have a mix of bite-size chocolate treats and offer 10 percent off purchases.
    -All Local will give out free samples of Chocolate Milk from Dandy Breeze Creamery in Sheridan.
    -Bash Boutique will have its annual Liverpool denim try-on event, and will give away two Liverpool items, plus 20 percent off any item storewide, except Brighton brand.
    -Caravan Classes will offer a “chocolate art” station where attendees can decorate their own sweet creation.
    -Lil Bloomers will serve an array of assorted chocolate offerings, that include “Dirt Dessert” and homemade cookies and milk, plus there will be store discounts.
    -Little Gypsy Boutique will welcome customers in for “a colorful array of chocolates” inspired by the store’s new “must-have” fall arrivals. Also, if you’re feeling the heat, check out the Sidewalk Sale on your way in.
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