Tuesday, November 30

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The Belfry is back with family comedy
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The Belfry is back with family comedy

Photo provided. The cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen," a family comedy, The Belfry Theatre's first show of the 57th season, features 17 actors, including a dog (front left), and opens Thursday for eight performances at Noblesville First United Methodist Church.The Times Photo by Betsy Reason. Carla Crandall of Noblesville is directing The Belfry Theatre's first show of the 57th season, "Cheaper by the Dozen." By Betsy Reason Noblesville’s Carla Crandall smiles big as she admires the just-painted set on the theatrical stage where she is directing The Belfry Theatre’s first show of the 57th season. Just minutes later, the stage fills with 17 actors -- including 12 kids and a dog -- readying for opening night this Thursday of the family comedy, “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Tickets are still...
Toyota Corolla celebrates 50 million cars with its first crossover
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Toyota Corolla celebrates 50 million cars with its first crossover

Photo credit: Toyota Photo credit: Toyota Photo credit: Toyota Photo credit: Toyota Photo credit: Toyota By Casey Williams Toyota is celebrating its 50 millionth Corolla, a record-setting achievement in the auto industry, but the next 50 million Corollas will be unlike the last.  Back in 1968 when the Corolla was introduced, gas cost $0.35 per gallon and the median household income was $7,700.  Cars ruled supreme.  Today, it’s all about crossovers, hybrids, and electrics.  As we celebrate the Corolla’s past, Toyota drives it into the future.      Corolla Yesterday               That first generation Corolla offered 1969-1970 was a handsomely styled car driven ...
Dozens of cousins are a gift given from family
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Dozens of cousins are a gift given from family

By Carrie Classon “We are cleaning up our stuff,” Meshach, the tile layer who now more or less permanently resides in our home, informed me. “We are giving you more space.” “More space!” I said in mock amazement. “Why would I need more space? I see at least three square feet over there by the closet and another four feet behind the dining room table!” Meshach squinted his eyes and looked at me seriously, as he does. He was again accompanied by his assistant, Yusefu, a recent immigrant from Kenya. “Well, that is good,” Meshach said. “Because we have invited Yusefu’s cousins here to live.” Yusefu’s eyes opened wide before he realized he was being teased. Then Yusefu smiled. “They are not large!” he insisted, gesturing with his arms. “I am the fattest one!” This is now ...
A look at the autoimmune disease Lupus
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A look at the autoimmune disease Lupus

By Dr. John Roberts Thanks to Jill who asked me to write about lupus. Lupus is the common name for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. It is an autoimmune disease first described by the physician Rogerius in the 12th Century. There are many opinions regarding the origin of the name. One of the most popular is that many lupus sufferers have a rash on their faces that resembles a wolf’s face. Lupus is Latin for wolf.Autoimmune diseases are a group of illnesses caused by a person’s immune system attacking various parts of their own bodies. In the case of lupus, the immune system makes antibodies against proteins in the nuclei of cells, the part of the cell where the DNA is found. People who develop lupus are believed to have an underlying genetic predisposition to the disease. There is no s...
Lost sock seeking sole mate
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Lost sock seeking sole mate

By John Marlowe FIBER ALERT! One gray and white argyle sock. Male. Mid-calf, approximate size 10-13. Previous known whereabouts: on foot – right foot to be precise. Last seen entering a 1987, white, top-loading, Whirlpool washing machine, with several other unsavory characters. Subject believed to be in danger. Foul, very foul, play is suspected. Family is desperately seeking answers, especially his twin brother, who is frightened of meeting a similar fate. He was beside himself, and now he’s not. It’s happened again. A perfectly good sock has gone missing. I had taken a mountain of dirty laundry, and after a couple of hours of dedicated machine washing, I was left with several stacks of folded shirts, dress slacks, underwear, polo shirts, several neatly tucked bundles of mat...
Best way to spend fall break is to take a break
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Best way to spend fall break is to take a break

The Times photo by Betsy Reason. C.R. Ryan (Carmel High School grad Ryan Demler) and his sons, Braden, 17; Owen, 13; and Liam 8, perform their annual magic show at Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. nightly during the Fishers program. By Betsy Reason We’re already into the second week of Noblesville Schools’ fall break. While I know some families have traveled far away from Noblesville, I know many folks who stayed home during our two-week vacation. We’re one of those families who stayed home. It’s probably the first fall break that we haven’t traveled in many years. For us, it’s been nice to just sleep in and not have to be anywhere every day. Our first week flew by. My Noblesville High School sophomore daughter the first couple of days ca...
Westfield shop bringing fall floral to Noblesville City Hall
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Westfield shop bringing fall floral to Noblesville City Hall

The Times photos by Betsy Reason(LEFT PHOTO) Nancy Hittle of Cicero (from left) and Hailey Townsend and Kathy Dotson, both of Westfield, of Hittle Floral Design in Westfield, plant flowers and install a fall floral display in the former water fountain outside of Noblesville City Hall. (MIDDLE PHOTO) Josh Hittle, a Noblesville Fire engineer, and Billie Jo Hittle, floriculture superintendent of the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, operate Hittle Floral Design together in Westfield. By Betsy Reason Its fall, and the decorations in downtown Noblesville are beautiful. A few weeks ago, I was walking by Noblesville City Hall and happened upon some folks busy at work planting flowers and installing a fall floral display in the former water fountain outside of City Hall. Remember when the di...
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The Sandwich Generation: caring for their elders and youngsters at the same time

by John Grimaldi The Pew Research Center calls them “multigenerational caregivers” or “the sandwich generation.” They are those moms and dads who have children to take care of and who have elderly relatives who need caring for as well. There are more of them than you might think, says Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Weber says 21st Century medical breakthroughs that save lives also increase life spans that can be a blessing for many of us, giving us the opportunity to grow old gracefully. But it can also be challenging for those who are living longer with debilitating ailments and for their adult children who are their caregivers and have children of their own. The researchers at Pew tell us that, “With an ag...
About the Basics of Applying for Social Security
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About the Basics of Applying for Social Security

Dear Rusty: I am planning to apply for Social Security in May of 2022 and would like to understand how to file. I will be taking it when I am 62. Signed: Ready to Retire Dear Ready to Retire: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! You should apply for your Social Security benefits about 3 months before you wish benefits to begin (you will tell them the month you want benefits to start when you apply). Since you plan to apply at age 62, be aware that you must be 62 for an entire month to be eligible for benefits – you cannot get benefits for the month you turn 62 (unless you were born on the 1st or 2nd of the month). Rather you become eligible the following month. Your benefit payment date will be either the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Wednesday of the month, dependi...
Individual Republicans hold the fate of the republic
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Individual Republicans hold the fate of the republic

By BRIAN A. HOWEY Hail to the victors, the undefeated among us: Frank O’Bannon, Julia and André Carson, Dan Coats, Mitch Daniels, Robert Orr, Lee Hamilton, Todd Young, Bob Knight’s 1976 Hoosiers, champions all in politics and sports. In their time, they didn’t face the permanence of defeat and whether to accept such a fate. There are other modern statesmen and women who have experienced the bitterness of defeat: Richard Lugar, Evan and Birch Bayh, Doc Bowen, Andy Jacobs Jr., Bill Hudnut, Steve Goldsmith, Dan Quayle, Joe Kernan, John Gregg and Pete Buttigieg. With their defeats, they accepted their fates in varying degrees of humility and grace. There are those like Mike Pence, John Brademas and Phil Sharp who would come back from the stings of multiple defeats to achieve the ...