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  • 3/19/2018 

    INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of National Ag Day on March 20, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and its FAIRS Care program needs your help to provide much needed food relief for the community’s food pantry source, Gleaners Food Bank. The “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive,” will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Fall Creek Pavilion Parking Lot (located inside the main entrance off Fall Creek Parkway), at the Gate 6 entrance.

    Donors who bring canned and dry goods or monetary donations to the Fairgrounds will receive one complimentary ticket (limited to the first 250 donors) to the 2018 Indiana State Fair to be held Aug. 3 through Aug. 19. Suggested nonperishable food items include canned meats like tuna and chicken, soups and ravioli, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese.

    “We’re told that Gleaners sees a decline in food donations in March making it a perfect opportunity to host this drive leading up to National Ag Day,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “Our team members take great pride in giving back and supporting fellow Hoosiers in need and I couldn’t be prouder of this initiative.”

    In addition to the “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” other area events are also being held to promote hunger relief in Indiana.

  • Chris Owens drove success, change at Main Street
    3/19/2018 Chris Owens pushed Noblesville Main Street into a more top-of-mind independent organization.

    He developed an active social media presence and promoted and produced one of the largest event rosters the organization has ever offered. 

    He came to Main Street at a really vital point for the organization and embraced the Hipstoric initiative, while bringing executive-director experience and a strong understanding of the community.

    Craig Crosser, president of Noblesville Main Street board, had those positive things to say about Owens, who this month stepped down from his position as executive director and CEO of Noblesville Main Street. Owens begins his new role today as communications director for White River Christian Church, where he plays guitar, and his wife, Maggie, sings and where the couple met.

    “The NMS board is happy for Chris and his next role within the community,” said Crosser, who is in his second year of a two-year term as board president. 
  • Westfield eighth-grader wins Hamilton County spelling bee

    The No. 13.

    Considered unlucky by some. And lucky by others.

    For Westfield’s Samuel Schmidt, the number 13, is lucky. Not only because the teen runs half marathons, which are 13.1 miles, but because “13” was his contestant number in this week’s Hamilton County Spelling Bee.

    The eighth-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School spelled his way through 45 rounds to win the Bee’s championship and earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in May to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • Severe Weather Preparedness Week begins March 18
    3/16/2018 The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging Hoosiers to plan ahead for weather events as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 18 through March 24. 

    “While many parts of Indiana continue to experience flooding and damage from February, the arrival of spring historically brings a greater threat of severe weather in the region,” said IDHS Director Bryan Langley in a press release. “Severe Weather Preparedness Week provides a great reminder of the risks facing Indiana and the steps Hoosiers can take to prepare now – before the storm hits.”

    Planning and preparation can minimize weather-related deaths, injuries and property damage, reads the release. IDHS encourages Hoosiers to build a preparedness kit, identify shelter and practice emergency plans during this year’s preparedness week. As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, there will be a statewide tornado drill at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • 3/16/2018 After tying in a pre-season scrimmage, the Noblesville and Zionsville girls varsity lacrosse teams played for real Thursday night. 

    Zionsville earned a hard-fought 14-11 win at home, sending the Lady Millers to 1-2-1 on the season. 

    The game remained close throughout the first half, before Zionsville scored three goals in the last 3:05 minutes, including two with less than 30 seconds to play, making the halftime score 9-5 in the Eagles’ favor. 

    The Millers made a run of their own in the last four minutes of the second half, but ultimately fell short. Offensively, the Millers were led by junior Kat Green and freshmen Emma Potter, who both scored three goals.
  • 3/16/2018 The board of directors for Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate that serves Hamilton County, awarded $123,000 in grants to nine not-for-profit organizations this week.

    Grants from Legacy Fund are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County and supplemented by the City of Noblesville and Sheridan Community Endowment Fund, both field of interest funds at Legacy Fund. Additional funding was provided by Donald W. Johnson Fund for Shepherd's Center of Hamilton County, a donor designated fund.

    Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

    Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries: $10,000 for Hamilton County students, referred by Youth Assistance Programs, to attend Englishton Park Academic Remediation and Training Center.

    Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County: $25,000 to support home repairs on at least 22 waitlisted homes. This program is in collaboration with HAND and Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.

    Chaucie’s Place (Hamilton County Vesta Foundation for Children): $20,000 for suicide prevention training and counseling in Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern and Sheridan school districts.
  • 9,300 solar panels will help save $13 million
    3/15/2018 A guest list of who’s who in Hamilton County this week attended County Commissioners’ groundbreaking ceremony kicking off a solar-panel project that would provide enough energy to power 38 percent of the Hamilton County Jail Complex and 100 percent of the Health Services building. 

    “Upon completion, this will be the largest solar project for a jail complex in the state of Indiana,” said Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, who with Commissioners Steve Dillinger and Christine Altman, led the ceremony, during which Heirbrandt shared details about the three-month project that is expected to be completed by late June. 

    The $8 million solar-panel project, for which 9,300 solar panels are being installed, is expected to save the county more than $13 million in utility and maintenance costs over the next 25 years, Heirbrandt said.

    The county currently spends $1.6 million annually in utility bills for county facilities.
  • HAND awarded $7,500 grant for Hamilton County Housing needs assessment
    3/15/2018 HAND awarded $7,500 grant for Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment

    HAND Inc. has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to update the Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment, a data-driven analysis of the state of housing in the fast-growing county north of Indianapolis.

    Last completed in 2013, the report is required of communities that receive federal Community Development Block Grant funding in order to determine local needs, a press release from The Legacy Fund and Noblesville Housing Authority also are financially supporting the twice-a-decade update.

    This spring, HAND will solicit proposals from consultants interested in completing the comprehensive report, which will evaluate broad indicators of community well-being in addition to quantifying housing demand, supply and affordability.

    “Adequate and affordable housing is so important to maintaining and improving the quality of life for any community,” said Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy community relations manager for Hamilton County. 
  • 3/15/2018 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Bill Northey to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Northey will serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS).

    “I applaud Bill Northey’s patience over these many months, which demonstrates what a strong leader he will be at USDA," Perdue said in a statement. "We thank everyone who worked on his confirmation. Bill will come aboard at a crucial time, as his knowledge and expertise will be immediately put to use as the new Farm Bill is formulated to address the needs of American farmers." 
  • 3/15/2018 STATE HOUSE— A resolution calling for the alignment of federal regulations to improve care coordination for individuals struggling with addiction passed out of the Senate Wednesday, said State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) in a press release.

    Senate Resolution 65, authored by Merritt, urges the Indiana congressional delegation to support efforts to align 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2 with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

    Unlike HIPAA, regulations under 42 CFR Part 2 do not recognize case management and care coordination as allowable reasons for disclosure of patient information. This means individuals with a history of addiction are treated differently and face greater hurdles toward their recovery than patients seeking treatment for other complex or life-threatening medical conditions. 

    “Hospitals, health care providers, safety-net health plans, advocates for behavioral health and state mental health officials have all called for greater alignment of the Part 2 regulations with HIPAA,” said Merritt. 
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