Photo provided.
 Spartz goes on Farm Tour at Kakasuleff Farms.
Photo provided. Spartz goes on Farm Tour at Kakasuleff Farms.
We are about just starting up the April month and it has already brought us so much to look forward to. Here’s a recap of some of the most memorable stories of the last week here in our beautiful Hamilton County.
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SEVEN STUDENTS from Hamilton County were recently recognized as Indiana Academic All Stars.
Brynn Baker of Noblesville, Morgan Guthrie of Arcadia, Grace Yang, Ray Gao and Safiya Sankari of Fishers and Rhea Acharya and Daniel Paavola of Carmel.
Now in its 35th year, forty high school seniors from throughout Indiana have been named 2021 Indiana Academic All-Stars, a program of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). In addition, 50 other students were recognized as Academic All-Star Regional Honorees. The students were selected from a field of 270 outstanding nominees from the state’s private and public accredited schools.
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CONGRESSWOMAN Victoria Spartz (IN-05) spent the day recently connecting with the agricultural community in Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District.
Rep. Spartz toured Atlanta-based Beck’s Hybrids, one of the largest seed producers in the country, learning about new, innovative initiatives happening at their facility. She also met with the members of Indiana Farm Bureau from across the district, hosted by George Kakasuleff, President of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau Board, at the family farm in Cicero, IN.
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RECENTLY, THE Noblesville Lions Club started up KidSight; which is eye testing at the local elementary schools. COVID has put a damper on this work this past year. Lately they tested at the Play School at Arbor Village, and 46 students were screened for vision impairment.
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AFTER A ONE-YEAR hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular Shredding, Electronics Recycling, Prescription and Bulk Item Drop off event returns to Carmel. The event will be held on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School, located on the southeast corner of West 126th Street and Shelborne Road. The event is being sponsored by a team of organizations including AARP, Carmel Utilities, Carmel Police Department, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, Technology Recyclers, Shred-it and WISH-TV. NEW THIS YEAR: Cash will not be accepted. Credit Cards only.
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MORE THAN 100 students recently graduated from Indiana Connections Academy, a tuition-free full-time public virtual school - including William Thompson, Alyson Baugh and Madison Gates from Noblesville, Ind.; DeMarcus Bronson and Austin Kruger from Fishers, Ind.; Angelina Protopapadakis and Graysen Smith from Carmel, Ind.; and Josiah Dieterle and Laura Bailey from Anderson, Ind.
For more than a decade, Indiana Connections Academy has served thousands of students with a variety of needs. Students with health issues or who are highly involved in activities outside of school succeed in the online environment because it offers a more flexible schedule.
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THE HUMANE SOCIETY for Hamilton County (HSHC) will celebrate their move into a state-of-the-art, $12M facility on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 12 p.m. with a private, celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance will be county and city officials, HSHC staff and board members, key supporters and major gift donors including Steven Cage whose foundation name, and cat Stanley, are featured on the facility. Speaking will be Fishers’ Mayor Scott Fadness, Steve Cage, Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, the shelter’s current and previous board chairs, Paul Reis and Kim Ebert, and HSHC’s President and CEO, Rebecca Stevens. HSHC plans to hold a public, grand opening event in May with more details to come.
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AFTER A career working with small businesses with a lifetime passion for pets, Colleen Markwood is pleased to announce the launch of her new mobile pet food and supplies company – Pet Wants Noblesville.
Pet Wants’ specially-crafted, private-label pet food formulas are made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl, all made in the USA. Pet Wants Noblesville has multiple blends of dog and cat food formulas as well as healing salve, calming balm, anti-itch spray, paw wax and more.
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HAMILTON COUNTY Parks and Recreation is expanding its summer camps to include outdoor adventures that will take place in the county’s largest park – Strawtown Koteewi Park. As part of the new programming, registered youth ages 11 - 14 will be provided the unique opportunity to enjoy horseback riding, aerial trail challenges, canoeing, fishing, and even archery!
During each of the three sessions being offered, campers will spend part of the day exploring the amazing park, the Taylor Center of Natural History, and White River and then experience exciting adventures facilitated by the Hamilton County Parks Adventure Area operators. Details related to the camp sessions are listed below:
Session 1: July 19th – 22nd; 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; ages: 11-14; cost: $150.00
Session 2: July 26th – 30th; 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; age: 11-14; cost: $150.00
Session 3: August 2nd – 6th; 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; age: 11-14; cost: $150.00
Hurry, registration for these new camps will fill up fast! Go online here to register today: https://secure.rec1.com/IN/hamilton-county-in/catalog
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THE CARMEL Marathon Weekend returned to the streets of Carmel, Indiana for its 11th annual event on Saturday, April 3, 2021 after staging a virtual-only race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Carmel Marathon Weekend was an in-person event in 2021, with registration number restrictions and COVID-19 policies in place in accordance with local guidelines.
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THE CITY OF Carmel has decided to postpone a portion of the next phase of construction on Range Line Road between City Center and Elm Street until after the July 4th holiday. The construction of a new roundabout at Walnut Street (6th Street) and South Range Line Road will begin sometime after July 6 and will include a full closure of the intersection for approximately 75 days.
Meanwhile, a new roundabout project at 111th Street and a new culvert installation at Carmel Creek will prompt the closure of Westfield Boulevard from just south of 116th Street to 111th Street beginning on or after May 10 until about mid-August. The roundabout project will include utility work and a full closure for about 45 days. After that is completed, work will begin on the culvert project under Westfield Boulevard at the creek, just south of 116th Street.
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NOBLESVILLE, Westfield, and Carmel Lions Clubs volunteered at a Gleaner’s Food distribution at Six Points Church in Sheridan. Gleaners holds the distribution on the first Thursday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Noblesville Lions in attendance were: Julia Kozicki, Rollin Cutter, and Steve Shaw.
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MARK THE celebration of spring with the annual Wildflower Walk at Teter Retreat & Farm on Sunday, April 18. Wander the woods on your own anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with guided tours beginning at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Teter Retreat & Farm is located at 10980 East 221st Street, Noblesville. In the event of lightning or downpours, the event will be held on Sunday, April 25.