Tuesday, November 30

Betsy Reason

Santa visits, school musicals, Bags, Baskets & Blessings, more
Betsy Reason, Columnists

Santa visits, school musicals, Bags, Baskets & Blessings, more

By Betsy Reason Bags, Baskets & Blessings, Santa visits, a Merry Prairie, school musicals and all kinds of holiday events fill the calendar this month in and around Noblesville. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events with The Times’ list of 30 holiday things to do: 1. Stop by the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for a Day Out at the AMP! (Nickel Plate Amphitheater) with mobile skatepark, yard games, food truck and music. 2. Noblesville East Middle School’s fall production, “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” will be on stage today through Sunday at Auditorium at the Annex at Ivy Tech in Noblesville, with $5 general admission tickets still available for tonight’s show, at presstime, at https://nems-drama-club.ticketleap.com/shrekjr/ 3. ...
Honoring our military on Veterans Day
Betsy Reason, Columnists

Honoring our military on Veterans Day

The Times photos by Betsy ReasonThe late Don Roberts was a proud veteran who served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1962, stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and served on the Aircraft Carrier Essex. He wore his white dress uniform to every Veterans Day ceremony on the Courthouse Square and would often share stories. By Betsy Reason Every year on this day, we honor our military veterans who have served our country. I have attended many Veterans Day ceremonies at the Hamilton County War Memorial since I’ve been covering our local communities over the past 35 years. I see many of the same faces every year, plus some new ones. But there are also some faces we miss. So today, I look back at some of those faces of Hamilton County and remember some of our military veterans wh...
Former teacher trying to reunite WWII scrapbook with its family
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Former teacher trying to reunite WWII scrapbook with its family

The Times photo by Betsy ReasonBill Herman of Noblesville, a former Noblesville Middle School Social Studies teacher, is trying to find the owner of a World War II family scrapbook that was left in his classroom more than 30 years ago. The Times photo by Betsy ReasonHere are pages of a World War II scrapbook for which Bill Herman is seeking clues as to the owner. By Betsy Reason A former Noblesville Middle School Social Studies teacher is trying to find the owner of a World War II family scrapbook that was left in his classroom more than 30 years ago. Noblesville’s Bill Herman wants to return the scrapbook to its rightful owner. Herman said a student who brought the scrapbook into class to share with his classmates never took home the scrapbook, which did not have a name on i...
New Main Street director brings love for community
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New Main Street director brings love for community

The Times photo by Betsy ReasonA smiling Kate Baker has jumped feet first into her new position as Noblesville Main Street executive director. By Betsy Reason Living and working in downtown Noblesville gives Kate Baker a great sense of community. The Noblesville native who was born in Riverview Hospital and graduated from Noblesville High School in 1999 is often found enjoying Noblesville’s good life. She moved four years ago to an 1850s cottage just two blocks from the historic Hamilton County Courthouse Square. She even opened the doors to her home for September’s Noblesville Preservation Alliance Historic Home Tour and, a month earlier, she offered her porch for the Noblesville Front Porch Music Festival on Logan Street. She walks to the Square for events that include No...
NHS students ‘all in this together’
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NHS students ‘all in this together’

Photo providedNoblesville High School student cast members Lauren Rohn as Sharpay and Aaron Krent as Ryan sing and dance during rehearsals of NHS’s “High School Musical,” Nov. 18-20 at NHS. Noblesville High School typically each fall stages a musical for the community. Last school year, the fall musical moved to the spring, then summer, then was canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year, there is a new excitement about the fall musical. The show, “High School Musical,” on the NHS stage Nov. 18-20, is one that most high school students know well. Students love the show, the characters and the music. The musical is based on the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie, “High School Musical.” Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of fi...
First Friday to kick off holiday events in downtown Noblesville
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First Friday to kick off holiday events in downtown Noblesville

Betsy ReasonPhoto providedBoard the Reindeer Ride Express for a magical Christmas experience Nov. 20-Dec. 23 on Nickel Plate Express’ historic train with Santa.Photo providedCheck out the Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy women’s history library, where during the 2020 holiday season the library had this awesome book tree. By Betsy Reason It’s already November and time to kick off the holiday season tonight with Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday event. The days on the calendar are quickly becoming filled with all kinds of holiday events in and around Noblesville. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events with The Times’ list of 25 holiday things to do: 1. Put on your holiday sweater and head for downtown Noblesville for Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday Holiday Open Ho...
NHS Band Booster parents back their Marching Millers headed for State Finals
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NHS Band Booster parents back their Marching Millers headed for State Finals

Betsy ReasonPhoto providedNoblesville Marching Millers band director Eric Thornbury and wife Becky Thornbury, the band’s artistic director, who “works to design the theme” and “makes the show theme come to life,” pose with the band’s award for the recent semi-state ISSMA win that qualified the band for the state finals this weekend.Photo provided:Noblesville Marching Millers practice for the ISSMA competition.Photo providedAmanda Sheets (far right), president of Noblesville Band Boosters, volunteers with other parents and supports the band in any way possible.Photo providedNoblesville Marching Millers band members pose with their trophy from their semi-state ISSMA win that qualified the band for the state finals this weekend. For the first time in Noblesville Schools history, the March...
Beaver feels joy to give back to his community
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Beaver feels joy to give back to his community

The Times photo by Betsy Reason. Noblesville's Chris Beaver will proudly put the Beaver family name on the new Noblesville High School multipurpose facility, which will be called Beaver Stadium, thanks to Beaver Materials' $250,000 sponsorship over five years. By Betsy Reason Chris Beaver sees a difference between personal joy and community joy. He has found his community joy by giving back. Beaver, 58, Noblesville, signed a contract a week ago to give Noblesville Schools $250,000 over five years to put the Beaver name on the district’s new multipurpose facility, which will be named Beaver Stadium. Beaver, a 1983 NHS graduate who played football and ran track at the current Beaver Materials Stadium, is owner of Beaver Materials, a more than 70-year-old Noblesville-based com...
Wizards game is a good place to make memories
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Wizards game is a good place to make memories

The Times photo by Betsy ReasonThe Times’ journalist Betsy Reason’s daughter, a then-fourth-grader and “Harlem Wizard Wiz Kid,” gives a thumbs-up while getting her photo taken with the Harlem Wizards basketball team in 2016 during Noblesville School Harlem Wizards fundraiser, which returns this year for a basketball game against the teachers and administrators at 7 p.m. Thursday at Noblesville High School. By Betsy Reason I’m so glad to see the Harlem Wizards basketball fundraiser return to Noblesville Schools. Every two years since 2012, Noblesville Schools Education Foundation had invited in the Wizards basketball team as a fundraiser for the district. But it’s been three years, since 2018, that our family has experienced the world-famous Wizards due to the pandemic. The ...
Beaver Stadium receives name
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Beaver Stadium receives name

Rendering provided by Beaver MaterialsNoblesville Schools unveiled Beaver Stadium as the name for Noblesville High School’s new multipurpose facility. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Beaver Stadium will be the name of Noblesville High School’s new $14 million multipurpose facility when it opens in 2022. Noblesville Schools’ superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer seized the opportunity to make the announcement on Thursday during her annual State of the Schools address at the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the district’s new Community Center. “I couldn’t be more excited … We are so happy …,” Niedermeyer said. “The Beaver have been longtime supporters of Noblesville Schools. We’re so appreciative of their work with us, and we thank them for their support on thi...