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CHS boys choir rallies to continue By Brandie Bohney

Greyhound Sound is the Carmel High School boys choir. Director Lamonte Kuskye has always made the extracurricular club available during first semester to any boys interested in singing. But with Kuskye’s busy second-semester schedule – including the spring musical and show choir competition season – Greyhound Sound has never been able to continue beyond January. That changed this year. Recently, a motivated group of more than 30 young men refused to let Greyhound Sound die before the second semester. Instead, they worked with Kuskye to develop the group as a student-led choir, rather than a faculty-led club. Kuskye said while there is always a staff member in the room with the boys, no one on staff selects music, accompanies or directs the students involved. The members of Greyhound Sound now accomplish all of those tasks themselves with a student director and several club officers. “There’s a really cool enthusiasm; the guys are really into it,” Kuskye said with a grin. “That’s why I hated to completely dissolve it.” The boys have their own goals for the club.

“We’re trying to get as many men into singing as possible,” junior Chris Jamerson said. “It’s really a great opportunity for them to be able to show up here … because this is really just like a glee club. We have a lot of fun here, and it’s a lot less pressure.” Several boys mentioned Greyhound Sound serves as a springboard into academic choirs, and it gives an opportunity for students who don’t have time in their schedule for a choir to participate in one. Junior Mark SanGiorgio said that not being in an academic choir has its perks, too.

Princess Walk taking place this weekend – Don't be surprised if you see tiaras and tutus on the Monon Greenway this weekend. The 2012 Princesses for Peace annual 4k run/walk will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. Participants -- men, women, boys and girls -are encouraged to come in costume. The event costs $20 (age 12 and under free), with all funds going to the Butler University College of Education Minority Scholarship Fund. Each year, race organizers, including Martha Moseley and Holly Wheeler, choose a beneficiary. The scholarship fund was chosen to honor and remember Kay Harmless, one of the group's very own special princesses who passed away in 2011. The event starts and finishes at the Monon Community Center. Online registration is available at Race-day registration is available, too.

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“It also gives us more freedom to choose what we want to do … instead of whatever (a director) would want us to do,” he said. “We can do more songs we can have fun with,” sophomore Nick Navarro added. The club has given the boys an opportunity to continue singing as a group and further strengthen their friendships, as senior John Evelo explained. “It’s not all about sequined vests and putting jazz hands out there on stage,” he said. “It’s a place where you can build a sort of brotherhood.”

Vonnegut’s life and novels – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host a Coffee with the Author program with Gregory D. Sumner this Friday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Program Room. The discussion will be on Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels. There is no fee to attend and reservation is not required. Call 8143905 for details. Kiwanis meeting – Carmel Golden K Kiwanis will meet this Thursday, 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 852 W. Main St. Speaker:  Brad Hanke speaking on Grand Park in Westfield. Contact Don Moehn at 873-1956.  

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Student art display - College Wood Elementary art students will exhibit their work in the World's Smallest Children's Art Gallery, 40 W. Main Street, during March as follows: March 10, 2 to 4 p.m. and during the evening Art Walk, 6 to 8 p.m. March 11, 2 to 4 p.m.  March 17, 2 to 4 p.m. March 18, 2 to 4 p.m. March 24, 2 to 4 p.m. March 25, 2 to 4 p.m. Call 844-4989 for more information. Cartoonist – Tim Campbell Senior Sales Executive – Dennis O’Malia / 370.0749 Office Manager – Heather Cole / 489.4444 Publisher – Brian Kelly / 414.7879 General Manager – Steve Greenberg / 847.5022

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CHS looking into possible locker room incident – Carmel High School recently notified the Carmel Police Dept. of a possible incident of student harassment that purportedly occurred in a school locker room. As of press time, no charges had been filed and the school was said to be looking into the alleged incident. “Based on the facts of the incident and a meeting with the parents, there was no police investigation,” said CPD Lt. Jeff Horner. Carmel Clay Schools issued a release detailing its procedures concerning student discipline and privacy. “We take our legal and professional responsibility of protecting the privacy of students very seriously,” the release said. “We recognize that juveniles make mistakes, and we will not contribute to exploiting mistakes of minors. Carmel Clay Schools will not confirm or deny any student misconduct.” God is all over the news – Spirituality by Bob Walters For better or worse, good or bad, fun or serious, small or big – God seems to be all over the news in recent months. Some clips … • We have a new gerund: “Tebowing” is an identifiable Christian “thing.” • Indianapolis Super Bowl CEO Allison Melangton regularly listened to K-LOVE Christian radio in her office as her crew rocked America’s biggest party. • The Roman Catholic Church, which mounted a nationwide advertising campaign during the holidays (, has modified its liturgy. Now, “Passing the Peace” at Mass includes saying, “And also with your spirit,” an appropriate nod to the Holy Spirit, the all-toooften-underappreciated essence of the Trinity. • As for the Mayan Calendar “End of the World” thing next Dec. 21 … who’s running the show, anyway? God, or the Mayans? Continue reading at Grammy-winning choir coming to Carmel – Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing March 9 at the Palladium as part of a 40-plus North American city tour. The chart-topping group has performed alongside acts including Bono, Peter Gabriel, Jon Legend, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, among many others. They have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show” and elsewhere. We asked, you answered. Here are the results from the recent online poll question: “Have you attended the Winter Market?” No – 82 percent (9 Votes); Yes – 18 percent (2 Votes); Total voters: 11. To vote for the new online poll question – “What do you think of the statues in the Arts & Design District?”

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White sentenced to one year of home detention By Robert Herrington •

and hardships for immediate family members were considered as mitigating circumstances. However, the aggravating circumstances of Former Secretary of State Charlie White was White’s “intentional act” determined the felony sentenced to one year of electronic monitored ruling. home detention by Hamilton County Superior White blamed the voting irregularities on Court Judge Steve Nation on Feb. 23. White the hectic pace of his campaign for secretary of was convicted of six felony charges, including state. He said he stayed at his ex-wife's house voter fraud, for casting a ballot in a district in when he wasn't on the road campaigning and which he no longer lived during the May 2010 did not live in the condo until primary. after he remarried. Nation sentenced White one “I never intentionally year for each of six convictions, meant to do any of the things which will be served concurI was convicted of earlier this rently. He also was ordered to month,” White said. “I was pay a $1,000 fine and must changing in truck stops and serve 30 hours of community McDonald’s on stops … I service. White can remain free forgot what car or county I until his appeal. was in at times.” Nation listened to two hours Brizzi said White’s legal of testimony and arguments problems have cost him much before announcing his senmore than his political and tence. He considered White’s legal career. Brizzi said White actions as intentional and a and his wife, Michelle, have “breach of trust to the people.” stopped making mortgage “There is no question in payments on the condo that reviewing the (700 pages of ) was at the heart of his legal documents that Mr. White troubles, and will likely lose consciously planned to show ownership of it. He added the the condo is where he lived … crimes committed by White It’s not a mistake, that was an Charlie White and his wife, Michelle, leave the Hamilton were victimless. intentional act,” said Nation. County Judicial Center following “His life is in tatters,” said “Because of what he did, I Brizzi. “There is nothing to be believe he violated the trust of his sentencing. (Photo by Robert gained by incarcerating this the people who voted for him.” Herrington) A Hamilton County jury convicted White on man even for a little time. Give Charlie the opportunity to redefine himself.” Feb. 4 for using his ex-wife’s address to vote in Special prosecutors John Dowd, a Republithe May 2010 primary and continuing to take can, and Dan Sigler, a Democrat, rejected the a salary from the town of Fishers, even though defense arguments that White was the victim of he had moved out of the district he represented a political persecution and his convictions were on the Town Council. White’s attorney, former victimless. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, argued Dowd said White had no respect for the for Class A misdemeanor charges instead of the law or criminal justice system, stating White Class D felony charges the jury convicted him condemned the special prosecutors, grand jury of earlier this month. process, trial proceedings and result. “They won. They got their six convictions,” “The defendant has seen fit to blame everyone said Brizzi, adding the prosecution’s push for jail for his dilemma other than himself,” he said. time was “gratuitous.” “They want to teach this White had faced six months to three years in guy a lesson.” prison for each of his six convictions. Nation said White’s lack of criminal history

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If these walls could talk, what stories they could tell. The walls erected at 321 N. Range Line Rd. are owned by Amy Forbush, who is in the process of restoring the stately home. But the rich history of the house, once occupied by Franklin and Hanson Booth, will not be forgotten if Doreen Squire Ficara, Stephanie Marshall and Ron Carter have anything to say about it. The threesome has done its homework, compiling the details about the story of the famous artists and accomplished illustrators who once lived there. Franklin, the eldest brother and member of the Carmel High School Hall of Fame, was a nationally-known artist contributing to top American magazines, such as Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, McClure’s and Cosmopolitan. He also illustrated recruiting posters for WWI and U.S. Savings Bonds, and created death certificates for U.S. soldiers who perished in France and Belgium. Frequent guests of Franklin at his house included Theodore Dreiser, his companion on a road trip from New York to Indiana, and throughout Indiana. Dreiser was author of the book, “A Hoosier Holiday.” Another visitor was James Whitcomb Riley. Franklin also did illustrations for the works of both distinguished authors. His younger brother, Hanson, was also a recognized illustrator, but well known as a cartoonist. He went to Indiana University and his work 4 | February 28, 2012

appeared in magazines, too. Doreen, Ron and Stephanie are working to find funding to place the Booth home on the list of Carmel locations with historical significance, and thus earning a plaque. There are seven such famous locations in Carmel now, and the Booth home, along with the Peele House, would raise it to the perfect number for a walking tour, a tour mapped out and planned as part of the 175th anniversary celebration of Carmel this summer. Funding, funding, funding – always a stumbling block which must be overcome. Before a beautiful bronze plaque (as yet unfunded) can be placed on the Booth home, a new coat of paint and the labor to apply needs to appear. Ficara said, “The home is such an important piece of Carmel’s history. I just can’t let it fade away due to lack of funding. I believe someone out there has the resources to help us out.” Perhaps you have a thought or an idea about how to get this project completed. If so, please send an e-mail to Doreen Squire Ficara at Our 175th anniversary year seems like the perfect time to preserve a rich piece of Carmel history. Jeff Worrell is a local businessman. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at jworrell@

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School of Rock to open first Indiana location By Lauren Brooks •

“Yes, we teach the kids to play their instruments, but we are about much more than just memorizing a song,” Causey said. “We believe Kids who daydream about playing a rock that, through our performance-based approach, concert for hundreds of people can soon make kids not only learn music theory and how to that dream a reality. play in a band, but they learn bigger lessons School of Rock is a national chain of music about the importance of practice, teamwork, schools with more than 90 locations in the nadedication, confidence and self-expression.” tion, and it will open its first in Indiana – near Just as in the movie, School of Rock studowntown Carmel – in a few weeks. dents learn their instruments and practice for weeks, and eventually, as a band, put on a concert for a crowd of a couple hundred family members and friends. Because the students are all a part of one band, they will learn the importance of what it means to respect and help one anoth626 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel • 848-ROCK er in order to reach their end goal. The grand opening of the Carmel location is March 17. The Established in the late 1990s, School of Rock event will feature food, a tour of the school, (the basis of the hit movie starring Jack Black), introductions to the teachers, a student concert is a place where kids learn more than how to and the smashing of a guitar, instead of the traplay music, said Elyse Causey, general manager ditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. of the School of Rock in Carmel.




Ordinance D-2069-11

Amending sewer charges


Ordinance D-2071-11

The issuance of revenue bonds ($11,200,000) for sewer works improvements


Ordinance S-73-11

Amending City Code Chapter 9, Article 4, Sections 9-196 (Availability Costs); 9-199 (Oversizing); 9-200 (Individual Connection Inside and Outside of City); 9- 207 (Allocation of Receipts) and Deleting Section 9-205 (Individual Connections Cost - Developed Areas)


Ordinance Z-554-12

Rezoning properties along the northern portion of the Monon Greenway, between 146th Street and 1st Street NW.

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Ordinance Z-555-12

Amending the development standards of the Monon Greenway Overlay Zone.

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Resolution CC-02-20-12-02

Amending the contract with Carmel Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 185.


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Supporting the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council’s Proposal of the U.S. Bicycle Route No. 35.


Carmel student wins prize – The Broad Ripple Sertoma Club honored winners of its National Heritage Essay Contest at its luncheon meeting last week. Taking the second-highest prize was Olivia Maria Balcer of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. A total of 1,463 essays were written and submitted from sixth-grade students at 15 Indianapolis area schools. The essay subject was “What freedom means to me.” Awards were given to the top three winners and their teachers at the luncheon. Awards also were sent to 57 semifinalists and eight finalists. Broad Ripple Sertoma awards are in the form of U.S. Savings Bonds, which total more than $8,000. The three teachers will receive $ 150 each in cash awards.

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A series of Hamilton County scavenger hunts could provide a new home for disabled veterans and much needed exposure for locally-owned businesses. March is the first month of the firstever Hamilton County Scavenger Hunt, and Carmel small businesses will be the focus. Excluding April, each month through September will Wyant direct hunters to participating locally-owned businesses in a given Hamilton County community. The hunt will incentivize residents to get to know the area’s small businesses while also raising money for Save Our Veterans. “It came about for a passion for two things; the people participating have a passion for disabled veterans and a passion for local businesses,” said event committee member Lois Wyant, of Wyant Photography in Carmel. “These are local businesses with a heart for people and they’re hurting for exposure right now.” Wyant said 30 to 40 Carmel businesses will participate in March, ranging from restaurants to home décor retailers, and even a toy store. Participating businesses will display signs indicating their involvement. “They have to do a task at that location, something fun, like taking a picture of themselves doing something,” Wyant said. “They (the business owners) have come up with some really creative things.” Participants then would post their proof on the scavenger hunt’s Facebook page – facebook. com/HamiltonCountyIndiana. “After they’ve done that, they get a card to the next business and the card includes a special offer at that business,” Wyant said. With every 10th task they complete, Wyant said, their names are entered into a drawing for $200 worth of gift cards from the participating businesses. The completed tasks, however, do not carry over into later months. Each business involved in the event will be collecting donations for Save Our Veterans, a nonprofit organization that provides education and job opportunities, as well as housing for disabled and homeless veterans. Wyant said the hunt will be very helpful to both veterans and the small businesses struggling to make ends meet in a down economy. For more information, as well as a schedule of future hunts around the county, visit

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St.Vincent completes renovation of its maternity unit St.Vincent Carmel hospital last week unveiled the completed second phase of a 28,000-square-foot renovation in the hospital’s maternity unit. Phase II of the three-phase project overhauled the original Neonatal Intensive Care Unit space, which Michelle Slayman, RN and director of perinatal services, said previously was an open area that held eight cribs. Now, the area includes nine private rooms that each can accommodate twins, more than doubling the unit’s patient capacity. “We really increased our size as well as created a better environment,” Slayman said. The first phase was completed in July and included work on the newborn nursery and post-delivery rooms (both shown on right). Above: Slayman inside one of the new NICU rooms. (Photos by Kevin Kane)

Divorce – What to Expect: The Benefit of Reaching an Agreement on Custody There are two aspects to child custody. The first is legal. Legal custody refers to the ability to have input on medical, educational, and religious issues pertaining to a child’s upbringing. Joint legal custody is appropriate in most cases unless there is a significant breakdown in communication between the parties. Generally, as long as the parents are able to communicate and cooperate with one another on decisions involving the child(ren) without a high level of conflict, joint legal custody will be ordered and the parents are required to consult one another before making any of these “major decisions.” The second aspect of custody is physical custody, which is much more often the subject of dispute. Simply stated, physical custody refers to where the children spend their time. As an initial matter, parents may create a unique schedule which satisfies the needs of their children and each other. Often, however, developing a parenting time schedule can be very challenging. When parties are unable to agree, the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provide a parenting time schedule that gradually increases as the children age, provides for a division of holidays, and time with the children should one parent live a significant distance from the children’s primary residence. It should be noted, though, that the Guidelines represent a minimum amount of reasonable parenting time to be afforded to the non-custodial parent. Many Indiana Courts commonly award an involved, non-custodial parent parenting time in excess of the schedule provided in the Guidelines. People often feel the need to “have their day in court,” believing that if the judge hears “their side of the story” the custody order will be in their favor. However, in

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evaluating whether to ask a judge to make a ruling on custody and parenting time, the parties would be well advised to keep in mind that time in court is limited, and it is difficult to present all of the information believed to be important. This is not to say that such conflicts which arise should not be litigated. However, once you proceed to court, the final decision is out of your hands. If parties are unable to reach an agreement, Indiana Courts will focus on the “best interest of the children” and in doing so will consider a number of factors in determining an appropriate custodial and parenting time arrangement. These factors include, but are not limited to, which parent has served as the primary caregiver; the child’s age and sex; the wishes of the child and the parties; the child’s relationship with each parent, siblings, and others; the child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community; and the mental and physical health of all involved. There are a number of benefits to reaching an out-of-court agreement, including but not limited to, allowance for non-traditional work schedules and flexibility for holidays. When parties are able to communicate and cooperate on these matters, it is a win-win for all involved. Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, custody, support, or any other family law concerns contact our firm at 317-DIVORCE or visit our website at Stay tuned for the next installment of “Divorce – What to Expect: Child Support” by HOLLINGSWORTH & ZIVITZ, P.C.

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Councilman shaving his head for charity David Weekley Homes…

Seidensticker will temporarily going with the new look to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity City Councilman Eric Seidensticker helping to fund research for cures of announced last week he’ll soon be sportchildhood cancer. When making the ing a new hairdo, or lack thereof. Seannouncement, Seidensticker asked idensticker said his head will be shaved Seidensticker those interested in supporting the when he appears at the first council cause go to to make a meeting in March. “When you see me donation. waxing my head, it’s for a good cause,” he said.

Carmel’s Melangton to address Economic Club

S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis). Reservations can be made online by visiting www. MelangAllison Melangton, the president and ton has served in her role as president CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super and CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, will be the feaBowl Host Committee since October tured speaker for the Economic Club of Melangton 2008. The Carmel resident has more than Indiana’s program today. The club’s series 25 years of national and international of luncheon forums begin at noon, and experience in sports and event management. take place at the Indiana Convention Center (100 Carmel native makes IU’s plaid – It’s official: Indiana University now has its own plaid. Linda Xiong, a Carmel native and a senior majoring in apparel merchandising and fashion design in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, created the winning design. Her entry received the most votes among four designs in an online contest that ended Feb. 21.The winning design will now be licensed and trademarked through IU as the university’s official plaid, representing all campuses. Apparel merchandising undergraduate students will use the official plaid to design new products each year, and will make every effort to work with fair trade and eco-friendly vendors.

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Pillow Talk collecting clothes for a good cause By Kevin Kane •

off their purchase, so everybody wins.” Davidson said she’ll accept “literally anything, from clothing to shoes to coats to socks.” And Those who drop off their old clothes at a the discounts are awarded per gesture – Carmel boutique can get new ones at a not per item. discount. “If a mom and daughter come in we’ll Pillow Talk owner Rachel Davidson is give them both 20 percent off, even if collecting through Saturday used clothing they just bring in one item,” she said. at her store, 23 E. Main St., Suite 100. The boutique collections donations She’ll donate the clothes to the Julian Centhroughout the year, including a sucter in Indianapolis, which sells the donated Davidson cessful second annual food drive for items to raise funds to care for domestic Gleaners Food Bank held in the fall. violence victims who come to the center. “We’re hoping to match that kind of vibe and “People can get a jump start on their spring community sense with the community center,” cleaning and bring us their unwanted clothing,” Davidson said. Davidson said. “And we’ll give them 20 percent

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Council members unsure why county insists on spending $150,000 for 'private' drainage project By Kevin Kane • Carmel is trying to prevent Hamilton County from moving forward with a drainage project that city officials say should not be publicly funded and might not solve existing problems. Councilman Ron Carter said the county’s drainage board plans to spend thousands to redirect storm water flow in Crooked Stick Estates north from the Thomas Hussey Drain pond to the Clay Creek Drain. Carter said the proposed project could potentially fix the drainage issues faced by one or two Crooked Stick residents while presenting new drainage problems for others. “We’re not into fixing private drainage issues,” Carter Carter said. “(The county]) is going to spend $150,000 to fix a drainage problem for two people. It might just be one person.” A few houses in the neighborhood sit on the north side of the pond, and at least some of their owners are said to experience issues with flooding following heavy rains. County ComSharp missioner Christine Altman, a member of the county drainage board, said this flooding creates “a waterfall effect” in the basement of one of the homes, owned by Tom McCullough, who owns waste management solutions company Terra Limited. The county’s solution, for which it already has awarded a contract, is to redirect water north and Altman down the street through roughly 1,000 feet of pipe, where it will discharge into a small creek running between other homes. Not only do City Council members and owners of the homes near the creek say the flooding is a private drainage problem that shouldn’t be fixed with public funds, but they also claim the county’s proposal might not solve the existing issues. These parties all have said they have “no idea” why the county is so determined to proceed with the project.

How we got here

A letter written in October by the council to Altman briefly explains the backstory. “We understand the County Surveyor’s office was presented with a petition from certain property owners in Crooked Stick Estates asking the County resolve a drainage problem in this neighborhood,” the letter said. “We further are given to understand the Commissioners may have been led to believe this project was one of several identified in Carmel’s Master Drainage Plan for Southwest Carmel; the implementation, to include funding, of which is a requirement of our annexation settlement agreement with NOAX (the organization which negotaited the settlement agreement with the city)."

The county’s drainage board plans to spend nearly $150,000 to redirect storm water flow in Crooked Stick Estates north from the Thomas Hussey Drain pond to the Clay Creek Drain. Some question if the project will solve the current problems.

But when the board first asked Carmel to complete and fund the project, the city’s engineer originally agreed to this request. But only the council can approve the funding. Council President Rick Sharp said the city engineer’s office has since determined the drainage problem is a private issue and not of public concern. City Engineer Mike McBride could not be reached for comment. In December, the council approved a resolution “affirming the city’s exclusive jurisdiction with respect to drainage matters in Crooked Stick Estates.” Altman, however, said the fact that the area has been designated a regulated drain puts it under county control, citing drainage laws that date to the 1800s. Soon after, the drainage board passed its own resolution Carter said “directly flies in the face” of Carmel’s December resolution. “They’ve indicated in that resolution they have so much money that, if we won’t pay for that drainage they have proposed, then they will pay for it out of their excess funds,” he said. “The county has taken that action, and it may fall to us to look to legal actions ourselves to protect the city of Carmel.”

Why this project?

Asked to speculate on the county’s motive for being so persistent in pursuing the project, Carter and Sharp each said, “I have no idea.” Altman contends the county is obligated to correct drainage problems if they are feasible and money is available, and since the city is refusing to pay the bill, she said it’s the county’s responsibility to correct the issue. But the councilors said the occasional flooding at the two residences – the second owned by Jamie Browning of real estate and development company Browning Investments –is not something Current in Carmel

that should be fixed with public funds. Likewise, Crooked Stick resident Rick Hall said he doesn’t understand why his property, and those of his neighbors, must be altered because the basement of a home down the street from his “was built lower than the pond.” “My yard floods all the time, but I’m not asking the county to spend $150,000 to fix it,” Hall said. Hard rains already overflow the creek that runs behind Hall’s property, he said, and that’s without the county’s proposed work, which he said would remove a number of his trees and “dump millions of gallons of water” into the small creek. He’s suing the county in attempt to stop the project, or at least allow for dialogue. But he said his main issue with the county is the tactics used, which he likened to bullying. He said the county views the easement on his property as a “blank check” with which it can do whatever it pleases. Altman said she isn’t aware of any other complaints regarding the proposed project outside of those from Hall and his nextdoor neighbor. She also said the rest of the subdivision greatly preferred this project to the one originally proposed, which would have lowered the level of the pond by 4 feet and increased its capacity. “It would have been devastating to the property values and to the golf course,” she said. “That really wasn’t a good plan.”

‘It won’t solve the problems’

Hall commissioned an engineer to review the project, and the engineer’s report indicated flooding issues at the homes near the pond might not be resolved by the proposed project, while Hall and his neighbors could potentially see additional flooding. In an e-mail provided by Hall dated June 21, 2010, Christine Kallio, a project engineer with the county surveyor’s office, tells Gary Duncan of the city’s engineering department about McCullough’s petition and the proposed fix. “His basement floods and he wants us to reconstruct the drain,” the e-mail continues. “I do not think this will help much because the home was built too low … Lowering the outlet of the pond below the submerged outlet is the best solution but that would lower the pond 4 feet below the existing level. We would have a major objection from landowners on the pond.” Lowering the pond would cost approximately $100,000 less than the proposed project, according to a report Kallio presented in April. “Why didn’t they pick the best engineering option?” Sharp asked. “Why did they pick the best political option?”

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“The engineers picked the solution that they think is best. I didn’t,” McCullough said. McCullough said he is OK with losing trees or having his landscaping disrupted if would solve the problem, but he said it would not. He said a poorly engineered pipe system is the cause of the flooding – not the construction of his basement. McCullough said an old corrugated metal pipe, intended to take water from a drain at the street to the pond, is not sloped and outlets into the pond, to boot. “It was never engineered to hold water, yet it’s holding water Continued on Page 10 February 28, 2012 | 9


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Continued from Page 9 consistently every day, full,” McCullough said. “No one will approve today how the system is engineered. You cannot have a pipe discharge under water.” When McCullough, with his own money, brought in a 6,000-gallon vacuum tanker to drain the pipe, it pumped out gallons of water but never made This view shows flooding behind Rick Hall's home in Crooked Stick Esany progress, he said, tates. Now the county has approved a project that Hall said will redirect because it was pulling millions of gallons of storm water into the Clay Creek Drain, which runs water straight from the through his property. (Submitted photo) pond. The drainage board approved the currently ilton County Commissioners) wrote a letter to proposed project, but later lost the construction the board (of the association) requesting they season to give Hall time to make his case. consider if Rick individually should continue “In our opinion we did not receive any inforrepresenting the association. We did not ask that mation that would cause us to change course,” Barnes & Thornburg be removed. Altman said. “There’s no vendetta here …We told them the She added she has not seen the e-mails in situation and said we don’t think it is appropriwhich Kallio and others question the effectiveate for Rick and Tami Hall to be working for ness of this project but said, “The information the association.” we’ve received shows that is a solution.” What is not being disputed, however, is that the city’s engineering department initially agreed What’s next? to take on and fund the drainage project. “I’m willing to work with my neighbors but “I guess that’s my biggest disappointment,” I’m not willing to lose my trees and have milAltman said. “One has to ask why they did the lions of gallons of water dumped on my propabout-face.” erty for something that won’t work,” Hall said. Sharp said Altman continues to assert the proj“People can work together. It’s ridiculous that ect should be completed based on the annexation this is in litigation. They’ll spend more on litigaagreement with NOAX despite his claim it has tion than to fix the problem.” been proven to her – numerous times, he said – Right now, all sides agree the legal outcome this project is not part of the settlement. will determine what happens next, and when. “I’m mystified as to why the county commisAltman said the county will file a motion for a sioner, who is elected to represent Carmel, is summary judgment and, depending on what happens in court, could begin work on the proj- eager to do battle with the city on this issue," Sharp said. ect later this year. Hall said he thought the issue was over when What makes this situation even more unique, the city said it would not pay for the project. however, is Hall is an attorney with Indianapolis Now, he said, he’s concerned about the amount firm Barnes & Thornburg, and he personally of county tax dollars spent on litigation. represents the Indiana Association of County “Say there’s a guy up in Sheridan with a Commissioners, of which Altman and the coun$140,000 house, and maybe he has his own ty’s other commissioners – Steve Dillinger and drainage issues,” Hall said. “Now he’s going to Steve Holt - are members. His wife, Tami, does contribute to a project in Crooked Stick to fix a accounting work for the association. wet basement?” Rick and Tami Hall purport at least some of McCullough said these other details are mudthe commissioners attempted to affect their dying the water with this issue. He reached out employment. to the board with his problem, and the county “It is true Steve Dillinger and Christine Altultimately agreed to fix it. He said he’s trying to man asked that we be fired because we had stay out of the “bigger issues” he said seem to requested a court review the drainage board’s decision,” Tami Hall said. “Fortunately, we were exist between the council and the commissioners, and Hall and the county. not terminated. This was a direct effort to hurt “Everyone’s out here trying to muddy the our ability to fund the litigation and bully us out of exercising our rights as citizens of Hamil- waters; it’s a drainage issue,” he said. “Every time you bring it back from 10,000 feet to the ton County.” ground level, it’s still a drainage issue … I think Carter and Sharp said they, too, heard this this is a lot larger than just this issue. That’s why from third party sources close to the situation. I stay An extended version of this Altman said this is not true. out of story can be found online “No. That’s just incorrect,” she said. “Given politics.” at the fact he has sued a client … we (the Ham10 | February 28, 2012



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The never-ending “update” meeting has become the scourge of the modern reality. In a time where we are constantly notified, informed, educated and advised about the minutia of the daily routine of our family, coworkers and distant acquaintances, the once all-important get-together to put all of the players on the same page is becoming less enlightenment and more exasperation. So how do we keep our weekly routines from being administered by the Redundancy Dept. of Redundancy? Isn’t the key with keeping our routine meetings dynamic, as with many things, driven by preparation? Show up ready to do business. Work to bring greater depth to reports already shared and avoid simply restating what we’ve already expressed. Don’t we owe it to our fellow meeting-mates to keep the sessions lively? After a big pasta lunch and in a warm room

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We’re now in our third week of publishing Night & Day, our new entertainment section, as part of your weekly Current. Each week, its editor, Christian Sorrell, has made subtle changes in refinement. We believe his work is paying dividends for readers and advertisers, because the feedback, though limited thus far, has been purely positive. Look, we want this special section to be of high value to you – just as much as our independent research tells us Current is. Maybe we’re there already, but we suspect there are topics you would like to see as a part of our “entertainment and entertaining” coverage. Let us simply ask: What else should we be considering? (Our ideas don’t count; your ideas do. We want to give you what you want.) Please don’t be shy. Christian will welcome all feedback at, and if you’d like to tell us, send your suggestions to info@ As always, we appreciate your input. ••• Our crew here resembles a motley one, on occasion, and our continuing Mardi Gras parade often is led by our superstar sales executive, Dennis O’Malia. A practicing member of Catholicism, “O” takes serious his religious responsibilities, and we admire him for that. But he also is of a rather quick wit, so you can’t help but smile (or laugh, really), when he says this in response to what he has given up for Lent: “Maraschino cherries. Again. Lemondheads, nutmeg AND sweet tea after work hours.” We suspect the sweet tea thing will be rather arduous for the Count of Caffeine, but he means it. Down to the last sip! Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@

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Shop Talk Stopping traffic: School buses Commentary Jason Peek The talk in the shop this week was about some traffic ideas in Carmel. I notice when I drive west on Main Street during the morning school rush, the traffic backs up through the roundabout at Keystone Parkway, stopping traffic just to let a couple of kids cross the road, when usually, there are several groups coming from the neighborhood that could catch up and make it more efficient. Or, to let maybe seven to 10 cars go through from the west or south. Maybe a tunnel or a skywalk would help kids cross safer and keep traffic flowing for everyone. Hey, if we can build expensive gateways for the Arts & Design District for vanity, then maybe safety crossings for our children … just a thought – I’m not a city planner. The other thing I found out was it is not safe, nor so much legal, for a bus to make a stop and hit its lights shutting down traffic in all directions just to let one of the fellow, or several fellow bus drivers out, as a courtesy without having a pickup or drop-off for the students. It’s the same as if I

decided to control traffic and let my brother out of his neighborhood; I would probably get a ticket. Another example is if a bus headed west on Main Street by the bus depot and fire station stops, and the bus driver put the stop sign arm out, and someone drives through the turn lane and has an accident. It is the bus driver’s fault, not the citizen who wrecked. Stop arms are only for designated stops for students, not to dictate traffic to one’s liking. We all have an equal right to get to our destinations in a lawful manner and to be safe while we do it … let’s be careful out there, Carmel. Jason Peek is the owner of the Main Street Barber Shop. Want to tell him what you think? Stop in for a haircut or e-mail him at hogjawz@

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If you have the means to hire a manservant, I highly recommend it. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “It is so choice.” See, my husband recently switched jobs and now works from home, enabling him to take on many of my former stay-at-home mom responsibilities. For all intents and purposes, Doo is now Mr. Mom. At first, I thought his enthusiasm for laundry and dishes and other tedious chores would diminish after a few weeks. Sure he was happily sorting the whites and the darks initially, but I figured he’d have had his fill by the seventh or eighth load and I’d soon be finding mismatched pink athletic socks scattered like bomb debris on the living room floor. But to my surprise, almost two months later, he’s not only hanging in there, he’s actually doing a really good job. He’s had to call kids in sick, take them to orthodontist appointments, even nurse a child through an oral surgery which claimed seven teeth (and coordinate runs to CVS for the pain meds and Wendy’s for the prescribed post-op Frosty). He’s taken over the after-school carpool for our twins’ music practice, the tedium of bill paying and the mundane decision-making of helping four children get ready for school. As a working mom, I can’t tell you how much stress and guilt having my husband at home has

removed from my daily routine. I can leave in the morning knowing he will be there to handle the preschool chaos, and I can return knowing anything of major importance will have been dealt with. He does disappear into his office for a few hours each night, and I’m still the goto parent for lunches, scheduling and parties, but the bulk of the homework and dinnertime crapola is now in the surprisingly capable hands of Doo. And so no one starts feeling sorry for the put-upon man slave, let it be known Doo is enjoying the new setup immensely. He’s using the time previously wasted in frustrating traffic and inane meetings to work out, tackle homeimprovement projects and improve his cooking skills. The whole arrangement truly has been a win-win situation for everyone. Which brings me back to my initial point, which is a manservant can solve all your problems. And if said manservant happens to be free and legally bound to you and your heirs, all the better. Peace out! Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at

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We need both sides of the story Editor, I read your one-sided editorial on the Keystone pipeline. Just like Dick Lugar, you are not really being truthful. First of all, the land the pipeline will be built on will be owned by a foreign company, TransCanada. This calculates to almost 19,000 square miles. Now, what if TransCanada decides to sell the pipeline and land to another foreign nation with which we are not on good terms? Why would we sell so much of our nation in the first place to a foreign nation? Why isn’t this land being leased or rented? If we can’t protect our southern border, how are we going to protect a 1,700-mile pipeline that will run in some wide, open areas? What are these 20,000 jobs? TransCanada said the most they know of would be about 6,000 jobs that

may last no more than two years. Canada didn’t want the pipeline going across its country to the East coast; why should we want it?  Lugar says all the oil will be ours. That is not true. Ninety-seven percent of this oil will go overseas. And, the last point is environmental. Why would we want to risk the water supply for the Great Plains? That is our breadbasket. I hope you print these points in your paper. Don’t lie and sugarcoat like Lugar does. I have voted Republican since I could vote, but this issue really has me upset because no one is telling the truth. Lugar and Dan Burton are not telling the whole story on this pipeline. Dana Eller 46062

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A visitor’s perspective Editor, As I have an economic development and marketing career, I was, as a first-time reader, interested in Current in Carmel, impressed initially with your level of support (through paid advertising) of local businesses and the “hometown” flavor you give to Carmel. When I first read the letter to the editor from Bob and Stacy Brake, I was shocked. Surely, they could not have been objecting to an article of such blatant partisanism in a publication that, at that point, I had considered informative and politically uninvolved. Then continued reading and, to my dismay, Current in Carmel printed a “column” by Bob Walters (“The goal that never changes”) about his faith, in which he counsels us all that “faith in Christ is the goal, the prize, the joy, the first cause and this never changes.” As Bob and Stacy Brake note, the residents of Carmel deserve a more professional effort. Mr. Walters’ faith is of no interest to me, and should not be of interest to any reader. Your content of advertising, reviews and news is sufficient, but it is offensive to readers, like me, that you have added this dimension. You may say you offer this spirituality column to all, but you won’t

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Fishing for memory Humor by Dick Wolfsie

Mary Ellen is quite happy. Instead of getting takeout from Olive Garden near our house, I drove 30 minutes to downtown Indianapolis for an authentic Italian dinner. That was way, way out of my way. I also threw in a couple of roses, a funny Hallmark card and a box of chocolates, thus making this year’s Valentine’s Day a truly unique and memorable experience. But Mary Ellen was perplexed. “You never forget Valentine’s Day,” she beamed, “but you’ve forgotten our anniversary twice. I wonder why?” The answer is simple. There is always a lot of TV advertising as we approach Valentine’s Day, with hundreds of suggestions for what to buy. While the media sources do not let you forget the arrival of this heralded day of romance, not once has CNN ever mentioned one of the Wolfsies’ upcoming wedding anniversaries. There were no references to one in Newsweek and no text message from 1-800-Flowers. There’s just no excuse for Diane Sawyer blowing off our 30th. No wonder it slipped my mind. Mary Ellen mentioned the nightly news had run a story about memory issues I might be suffering from. For example, scientists have found a link between the food you eat and your mental acuity. Chocolate must be good for memory, because after Mary Ellen took a few bites of her

candy, she remembered I still hadn’t taken out the garbage. Fish is supposed to be a brain food. Back when I was a kid, my mother could make an incredible tuna sandwich. Bumble Bee all-white with just enough mayonnaise, a touch of lemon juice and a little chopped celery, pickle and onion. All on fresh Wonder white bread, soft as a marshmallow. It’s been 60 years, and I still remember those lunches. And now I know why. Leftover meat loaf? Totally forgettable. Also, a diet of cruciferous veggies rich in a certain vitamin is also linked to enhanced recollection. The article I read about this proclaimed the key to having a good memory is B6. Yes, if I could be 6 again, I bet I could remember all the way back to when I was 5. By the way, even nutritionists can’t remember what cruciferous means. The night after Valentine’s Day, Mary Ellen served a high-memory soup made from kale, okra and collard greens. It must have done its job because it made me remember how much I hate vegetables. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at

Hall pass for high school reunion Laughs by Mike Redmond That anguished cry you heard last week was me, realizing my high school class will have its 40-year reunion this summer. I find this disturbing on several levels. To begin with, there’s the number – 40. It is a big number. And part of me thinks it simply cannot be true. It’s been 40 years since I graduated from high school? Impossible. Try 25. OK, so there’s the age issue, which I am going to have to come to terms with. This leaves the issue of appearance, as in I don’t want to go see my old classmates looking as I do now. I’m going to need to lose some weight before July. About 100 pounds ought to do it. I’m also told invitations have been sent, and accepted, to several of my old high school nemeses, or as they are more popularly known, teachers, including one who inculcated in me a hatred of English literature so profound I won’t even use Shakespeare fishing tackle. And then there’s the one who proved to me, via my report card, my future did not lie in the world of chemistry, resulting in a disciplinary action at home that has me still, technically, grounded. This is shaping up to be a brutal reunion. Then again, they all are, in their way. My class started reunionizing five years after

graduation. I skipped that one because at five years, nobody has really been gone all that long or done all that much. That changed at 10 years. By then, people were making their way in the world. I know I was. Which is why I was too busy to attend. It was at the 25-year reunion Debbie Banasiak told me I had turned out exactly like she thought I would. I didn’t quite know what to make of that. I remember at the time hoping she meant suave, debonair, worldly, interesting and incredibly handsome, but I don’t think that was the case. I can’t remember if I went to the 30-year reunion. Or if we even had one. I think we had one for 35 and I think I attended. My memory is getting kind of weird on things like that. I remember high school like it was yesterday, but yesterday seems like it was 40 years ago. Life, it has been said, is just like high school, only with longer hallways. OK, then. Here I go, off to homeroom again, unless I can get Mom to write a note excusing me. I doubt it. She’s still steamed over that chemistry grade.

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‘To sleep, perchance to dream’ Commentary Dr. Roger Spahr This phrase, buried in the middle of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” finds its speaker in the middle of moral and mental anguish. Perhaps that, too, is you as you sprawl across your bed. Arms and legs akimbo with some parts buried in blankets, while other body parts peak out to prevent the “too hot” feelings that may engulf you at night. Researchers have learned poor sleep increases inflammation and can increase risks for depression, heart disease and cancer. Inflammation can cause fluid retention, weight gain, excessive cortisol and reduced immunity. So why do many people struggle with their sleep? These factors may be the answer. Don’t drink alcohol before bedtime. Although you may drift off, the processing in your liver of the alcohol occurs overnight. It interferes with the stages of sleep that help your body repair. Hence, you do not awaken refreshed. If you are a woman, it can compete with estrogen breakdown, and hot flashes may be what awaken you. Low blood sugars can result from alcohol and will surge your cortisols and adrenaline as you sleep. Stress before retiring. Newscasts might be informing, but they have been proven to start you thinking and you just can’t turn off. You stare worriedly at the ceiling. Bad news just got worse. Eating sugars and snacks that turn into sugar in the evening have a similar impact as alcohol, but without the other negative aspects of the alcohol. Chips and a soft drink, or pretzels and beer, are not the food of champions when it comes to sleep. A light protein snack works better. Community releases new assessment – Community Health Network recently unveiled a new community health needs assessment tool that includes more than 100 nationally recognized measurements rating the overall health status of Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby county residents. The health needs assessment, available to the public on ecommunity. com, uses data compiled from governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and is automatically updated as the most recent data becomes available. The assessment is divided into categories derived from the social determinants of health, including economy, education, environment, government and politics, public safety, social environment and transportation. It also rates each county’s progress toward the national standards of health and wellness established by the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy People 2020 initiative.

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Carmel doctor has new procedure for dealing with varicose veins By Darla Kinney Scoles • Varicose veins. No one wants them, but the millions who suffer with them endure pain, swelling, leg heaviness and even skin changes, including ulcers. When Linda Garrett of Kokomo had her varicose veins “stripped” 10 years ago, the process was extremely painful. The post-procedure swelling and restrictions made her hesitant to get help when she developed a blood clot due to vein failure in her other leg last year. Luckily for Garrett, medical advancements have brought a new – and better – way to deal with the problem. Referred to Dr. William Finkelmeier at VeinSolutions in Carmel, Garrett said she was hesitant to undergo the new VNUS Closure procedure offered there, but knew she had to better her situation. “Going in, I was scared to death,” she said. “When I got done, however, I walked right out of the hospital the same day. It was incredible.” Finkelmeier, who participated in the research that led to the procedure, said most patients have been in so much pain prior to the radiofrequency-powered catheter operation, they feel only minor discomfort in comparison post-surgery. “Most patients require no pain medication,” Finkelmeier said. “And they say the difference is like night and day. They have few complaints, and many return to work the next day, walking, biking and taking the stairs.” An avid walker, Katie Bolinger traveled from the Richmond area to undergo VNUS Closure in an effort to relieve her constant leg pain. Repairing both legs, one week apart, Bolinger resumed normal walking quickly. “Really, it was not like I thought it would be. I would never have guessed it was going to be so painless,” Bolinger said. “I would never hesitate to do it again.”

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Although most of us recognize the importance of sound retirement planning, few of us embrace the nitty-gritty work involved. With thousands of investment possibilities, complex rules governing retirement plans and so on, most people don’t even know where to begin. Here are some suggestions to help you get started. First, set lifestyle goals for your retirement. At what age do you see yourself retiring, and what would you like to do during retirement? If you hope to retire at age 50 and travel extensively, you’ll require more planning than other people. You’ll also need to account for basic living expenses, from food to utilities to transportation. Most of these expenses don’t disappear when you retire. And don’t forget you may still be paying off your mortgage or funding a child’s education well into retirement. Finally, be realistic about how many years of retirement you’ll have to fund. With people living longer, your retirement could span 30 years or more. The longer your retirement, the more money you’ll need. Don’t forget about two of the biggest (but most silent) obstacles of retirement planning: taxes and inflation. Both are present in any retirement plan, no matter the income, and both will have an adverse effect on a retirement plan if not taken into consideration Next, project your annual retirement income and see if that income will be enough to meet

your expenses. Identify the sources of income you’ll have during retirement, and the yearly amount you can expect to receive from each source. Common sources of retirement income include Social Security benefits, pension payments, distributions from retirement plans (e.g., IRAs and 401(k)) and dividends and interest from investments. An important question to ask is how will you take income from your investments and how much is a safe amount to withdraw to avoid running out of money? If you find your retirement income will probably meet or exceed your retirement expenses, you’re in good shape. If not, you need to take steps to bridge the gap. Consider delaying retirement, saving more money, spending less in retirement or taking more investment risk. This is just a starting point. The further you are from retirement, the harder it is to project your future income and expenses. However, if you’re getting to the point of retirement and you’re ready for more detailed planning, consult a financial professional. Everybody will retire at some point in the future. Make sure it’s the retirement you want to live, not the retirement you’re forced to live. Adam Cmejla is the president of Integrated Planning & Wealth Management, LLC, in Carmel. To reach Adam, e-mail him at adam@

Studies: Everyday chores can extend your life If the treadmill’s not your thing, no problem. Two studies indicate even mundane activities, such as doing chores, can tack on years to your life. The first study, from the National Institute on Aging, followed 302 healthy seniors for six years. The most active burned 2,611 calories daily, compared with just 1,766 for the least active group--and the constant movers were 70 percent more likely to be alive at the study’s end. The researchers found that for every 287 ad-

ditional calories the seniors expended each day, their mortality risk decreased 30 percent. The energy difference came from everyday busywork like cleaning, gardening and climbing stairs. In the second study, scientists from the University of Heidelberg in Germany tracked 791 people from their 20s into their senior years and discovered those who became more active in their 40s cut their risk of heart disease by nearly the same amount as those who had maintained a lifetime of activity.

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Investing in fixed income – Wells Fargo advises those investing in fixed income to diversify income streams. Look for opportunities in emerging-market debt as well as corporate and high-yield bonds that may offer yield cushion and capitalize on growth. Yield premiums in the emerging markets may offer opportunities for U.S. investors seeking diversification and enhanced income. In the U.S., Wells Fargo expects both investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds to perform well in the current environment of slowly improving economic growth and improving credit fundamentals. - MoneyWatch No screening needed? - In October, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that routine PSA screening does not save lives. This conclusion was based on five major clinical studies. The two largest, conducted in the U.S. and Europe, found the death rates of men who got the test were virtually the same as those who didn’t. The panel also concluded the PSA test leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence in many men because most of the cancers detected are very slow-growing and unlikely to ever pose a threat. What many patients and even doctors don’t understand is that the PSA test is not a specific test for cancer. It’s a very sensitive test that can detect abnormalities, but it’s not designed to identify a particular problem.

Tale of an outdated document – Forbes contributor and financial planner Michael Chamberlain recently wrote about a widow who came into his office with a story from which everyone can learn. “Her husband ‘John’ went to school, got married, built a successful company, had three kids, got divorced, remarried and later died. The problem is that his Transamerica life insurance policy and his 401(k) retirement plan at Merrill Lynch listed his first wife as the primary beneficiary, not his kids or current wife. Guess who got these assets upon his passing?” -www.

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Chest pain due to coronary artery disease is a very individualized symptom. Some people experience the typical pressure in the midsubsternal area of the chest radiating to the jaw, arms, throat or back, and may be associated with shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting or sweating. Others may have less typical symptoms or nonspecific subtle symptoms, such as extreme fatigue. This is referred to as “silent” CAD and is less common. Women tend to have less typical types of chest pain that involve the back. Risk factors for CAD include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, family history and tobacco abuse. Modify these risk factors by quitting smoking. Help prevent the development of CAD by aggressively reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (through medicine such as statins), exercise and controlling hypertension and diabetes. CAD can present suddenly such as a heart attack, or more slowly, sometimes starting as a symptom with exercise or activity relieved by rest. If someone develops a sudden persistent

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Burn more fat in less time What if you could work out just 20 minutes per day and burn more fat than one hour on a stair stepper or treadmill? Sounds too good to be true, but new research is suggesting otherwise. According to CNN, new research has revealed working out for 20 minutes a day using interval exercise may provide many of the same benefits of much longer workouts done in a conventional “longduration” style. Many experts recommend children and teenagers exercise one hour a day, and adults get a weekly minimum of two hours and 30 minutes of moderately-intense physical activity. Most people I know simply do not have the time to be working out for one or two hours per day. A new and exciting study in the Journal of Physiology found about 20 minutes of highinterval training provided the same benefits of longer exercise sessions that focused on endurance training. According to, women who worked out for eight seconds at high intensity following by 12 seconds of moderate to low intensity burned up to three times more fat during a 15-week period. Experts believe the reason for the increased fat burn is a result of a unique metabolic process. Intermittent sprinting produces a high level of catecholamines,

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Tungsten prices soaring – As China's role in the tungsten market dims, tungsten mining companies will be basking in the warm glow of profits. Tungsten gained fame as the filament in incandescent light bulbs. But because it's the second-hardest substance after diamonds, more than half of it now goes to make cutting, drilling and wear-resistant parts. China, which accounted for around 86 percent of tungsten production last year, has slashed both output and exports, sending prices on a tear. They climbed about 35 percent during the course of 2011 and remain 27 percent above last year's lows. Because there are no futures contracts on tungsten, investors should look to the stock of mining companies like Malaga (MLG) and North American Tungsten (NTC) to take advantage of the shrinking supplies and growing demand for the specialty metal.

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New businesses open, others move in Clay Terrace Clay Terrace announced last week the grand opening of American Heritage Store, Moochie & Co. and the newly relocated Oliver’s Twist. American Heritage Store, located next to Soma Intimates in Clay Terrace’s Village Green, opened its doors on Feb. 18. With more than 30 unique U.S. manufacturers, American Heritage Store offers women’s and men’s denim, casual bottoms, casual tops, jackets and sweaters along with upscale fine leather accessories including briefcases, iPad cases, jewelry, belts, women’s bags, wallets, shoes and boots. Adoring pet owners can now visit Moochie & Co boutique between Kona Grill and Francesca’s Collections. Moochie & Co offers gifts, toys, accessories, apparel

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Will you lose Internet on March 8? Personal computing by Ken Colburn

What can you tell me about the FBI shutting off the Internet for thousands of users on March 8? - Alan Last year, a group that infected more than 4 million computers worldwide (with an estimated half a million in the U.S.), with what is called the DNSChanger Trojan, was brought to justice. The Domain Name System is the backbone of the Internet’s address scheme and DNS servers are special computers around the world that act as Internet traffic cops, providing directions to Web sites you wish to visit. If your computer was infected with the DNSChanger Trojan, you are being sent to a “rogue traffic cop” that would send you into a virtual dark alley to be mugged. It also made sure you couldn’t get to security sites that had tools to help you clean up your computer. The FBI decided to get a court order allowing them to replace the rogue DNS servers with legitimate standins so all the infected computers wouldn’t get cut off without warning, giving them time to get the word out. The court order runs out on March 8, so anyone still infected with the DNSChanger Trojan will no longer be able to access the Internet because the temporary DNS servers won’t be online anymore. So you can see the characterization of the FBI using a kill switch to cut our citizens off from the Internet is pretty inaccurate.

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If everyone infected by this Trojan cleans it up before March 8, no one will have a problem, but the infection is so widespread, it isn’t likely to happen. If you are somewhat technical, you can do a selfcheck of your computer to make sure you’re not infected by comparing your computer’s DNS setting to the list of rogue DNS servers: through through through through through through The FBI has published a pretty decent guide to performing the self-check at, but if you aren’t comfortable doing the check yourself, make sure you consult a tech savvy friend or professional to avoid getting cut off on March 8. If you are infected by the DNSChanger Trojan, the FBI reminds us this malware also disables security updates, which could have further exposed you to other malware. Be sure you have a thorough cleanup performed, and you get caught up on all the missing updates if you find your computer has been compromised.

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Ready to run: Christi Thompson I’m a Carmel runner: Christi Thompson, vice president of operations at Salon 01 I’m running: The Carmel Half Marathon presented by Runners Forum Number of years as a Carmel resident: Seven Goal for the 2012 Carmel Marathon Championship Weekend: I am using this as a training run for the Illinois Marathon the following week, though I am also going to for a personal record, which would be anything under 1:47:00. Why I started running: I started running about seven years ago because several of my friends were running the 500 Festival Mini Marathon. I wanted to see if I could do it, too… And I haven’t stopped running since. Why I decided to run a race: I decided to run the Carmel Half Marathon because I did it in 2011, Salon 01 is a sponsor and it is helping me prepare for the other races on my calendar this spring, which includes one marathon, two half marathons and a 50k ultra marathon. Favorite place to run in Carmel: The Monon Greenway I run with: My friends, a group of

ladies called the Perfect Strangers. You can find us every Saturday morning, rain or shine, cruising the whole length of the Monon together. One word to describe what running means to me: Therapeutic. Advice for new runners: Start slow and do not get discouraged. You are not going to be able to run 10 miles the first time you hit the pavement, but part of the reward running gives is a sense of accomplishment, and that sense will come with each new mile or time threshold you surpass. So stick with it, and soon you will wonder why you hadn’t been doing this for years.

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Shedding some light size Decorating by Vicky Earley Ahhh … if only we could tap into a nice, neat formula to ensure our decorating endeavors would be a smashing hit. The size of the dining room chandelier begs on its hands and knees for such a formula. After all, it is simple geometry, right? Well, sort of. When a client asks for such a formula, we supply them with the basics: In general, the dining room fixture should have a diameter half the diameter of the tabletop. For instance, if the table were a rectangle of 48 inches wide by 72 inches long, a 24-inch diameter would be perfect. If the table were a 60-inch round diameter, a 30-inch diameter chandelier would work. In most cases, I advise clients to err on the larger size since a “too small” fixture can ruin the look of the room. The height of the actual chandelier is usually determined by the ceiling height of the room. We follow the rule of allowing 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches for each foot of height. Using this formula, a room with an 8-foot ceiling can use a chandelier approximately 20 inches to 24 inches

in height. If the ceiling is 10 feet high, then a light fixture 25 inches to 30 inches would look more appropriate. Just when you thought your decorating life would be easier, keep in mind these are just guidelines … not hard rules! Consider the style and density of the fixture in question, and you can push those guidelines aside. There is still the subjective element that insists on having a say! For instance, if a fixture is heavy visually with an abundance of crystal or metal, it might work better if the fixture is on the smaller side. A visually light chandelier can be a little wider in diameter. Don’t forget to be present when the perfect fixture is installed. Although the rule of thumb for distance from table to fixture is approximately 30 inches, there is nothing like a human eye to make the final decision. A few chain links can make a huge difference.

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Scientists discover unusual planet – Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet – a steamy water world larger than earth but smaller than Uranus. The standard-bearer for this new class of exoplanet is called GJ 1214b, which astronomers first discovered in December 2009. New observations suggest GJ 1214b is a watery world enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. Researchers said "GJ 1214b is like no planet we know of" because “a huge fraction of its mass is made up of water." This so-called "super-earth” is about 2.7 times earth’s diameter and weighs nearly seven times as much as our home planet. It orbits a red-dwarf star at a distance of 1.2 million miles, giving it an estimated surface temperature of 446 F – too hot to host life as we know it. - A surprising luggage trend – Hard-sided luggage cases have suddenly become popular again; now they're as light as soft-sided bags. A 22-inch carryon made of polycarbonate weighs a mere 4.5 pounds, the same as a traditional softsided piece made of nylon, and much lighter than traditional acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene hard-sided material. How light is 4.5 pounds? That’s light enough to hold a bag with your forefinger, when the bag is empty. Yet the plastic is still tough enough to avoid dents. Sales of polycarbonate luggage recently began to take off in a big way, according to the Travel Goods Association. These suitcases are replacing old-fashioned cases at higher prices. Even Zero Halliburton, a luggage maker famous for selling aluminum cases, says it is experiencing its strongest sales for its line of polycarbonate suitcases, such as the 19-inch Z-TEX (about $325). - 26 | February 28, 2012

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Carpet may be the biggest overall seller in home flooring options, but hard surface floors are the favorite in trendy home improvements. Long-term wear, a fashionable look and dependable function lure homeowners to hard surface flooring. It is easier to clean, healthier in the house and easier to maintain than carpet or many of the popular, pliable and much more inexpensive linoleums. And while hard surface floors typically require a bit more cash up front, surfaces like wood, tile, stone, glass and laminates can be an ultimately economical “forever floor.” This flooring often pays for itself many times again. I’d be the first one to tell a customer trends should not govern a flooring decision. Utility, comfort, style preference and budget are the proper parameters. For example: Utility – Is the flooring for a high-traffic walkway area? Are there special needs in the home (wheel chairs, walkers, scooters, etc. … or asthma, allergies)? How much moisture (or spillage) will the floor need to endure? Comfort – Walking barefoot on soft bedroom carpeting is wonderful; walking barefoot on soggy bathroom carpeting is not. Are there noise or acoustic concerns from annoying

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Consider these factors - Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn versus one susceptible to diseases, pests, and weeds. The type of seed you choose depends on several factors: 1. What do you want your lawn to look like? Grasses vary in color, leaf width, habit (characteristic appearance) and density. Grass color and texture vary by species and by exposure to the sun, degree of fertilization and impact of summer drought. Density also affects appearance. Dense turf crowds out weeds and supports traffic better than sparse turf. 2. Your growing conditions: the amount of sun your site gets, soil type, its level of fertility, expected rainfall and your climate. 3. How will you use your lawn? Are you planting for landscaping, erosion control or as a play area? -

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Happy Pets In-Home Pet Care

A less stressful and economical alternative to boarding with loving care for your pets in the comfort of your home. Experience in Exotics. Insured/Bonded Member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC 317-645-6043 References available

“A MAN FOR ODD JOBS” handyman , repairs hauling, painting call Tom - 847-3753


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Guitar Lessons

Wth recording artist Duke Tumatoe Learn from professional and have fun All levels - in Carmel or 317-201-5856

Offer good thru March 5

Piano Lessons

In-studio or in-your home Various ages and levels Westfield/Carmel/Zionsville area Contact Matthew317-896-9876;

Childcare CHILD CARE

Full-Time Infant and Toddler Openings; 844-7207 Woodgate Area, Carmel CPR certified; 1st Aid; 32 Years Experienced; Warm and Balanced Meals; Planned activities, TLC


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Master’s Degree Instructors SAT/ACT Test Prep, Math, English, Study skills, and all subjects Corporate Training & Education Programs Available Call 317 776 7615

To your door nail services. Great for moms, or anyone in a nursing or assisted living facilities. Buy a Spa pedicure get a manicure for FREE!! *Ask about my frequent customer discount *We do Spa parties for any occasion. “Let me take care of you”

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Carmel Clay School Corporation is accepting applications for School Bus Aides. Assist special needs children to and from school working 4 hrs/day on morning and afternoon routes. Training provided. $10.77 per hour. Salary credit given for Bus Aide experience. Available to earn attendance bonus. Must be able to pass criminal history check.

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Hiring door to door sales reps. Guaranteed minimum of $800.00 biweekly while in training. Great opportunity with Excellent income Health ins., 401k, dental, vision, Life & disability offered after 1 mth Call  317-756-8788 Or  Send resume to:

Staffing Coordinator

FT office position available in our busy “Castleton” office. Must be a “go-getter” w/ great people skills. Multi-tasking office exp a plus! Send or fax Resumes to: ATTN Angie 765-284-1211 Fax 765-284-1239 4008 N Wheeling Ave Muncie, IN 47304 E.O.E

LANDSCAPE CREW Experience and valid license w/clean driving record Bi-lingual a plus TURF TECHNICIAN Applicants must have min. IN RT License with min. (2) years experience & valid driver’s License. 3A and/or 3B License preferred • Top Pay with Overtime • Benefits Package • Retirement Program Contact Joe: (317) 846-0620 Fax (317) 846-4950 Email:


A growing heating and cooling company based in Westfield, IN, is looking for a part time office manager! Our Part Time Office Administrator position includes responsibility for all administrative functions of our company: - Accounting - Banking/deposits - Record keeping - Coordinating service calls - Telephone customer service Successful candidate will meet the following requirements: - Previous service company experience - Proficient in the following programs: - Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook - Database entry (Quickbooks or similar preferred but not necessary) - Accounts receivable entry - Ability to work with little or no direct supervision - Highly organized - Excellent written and verbal communication skills - Available 8am- 12pm, Monday- Friday - Job could grow into full time position Please send resume justinhlaka@gmail. com or call 317-366-1191

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Beginners thru Advanced All styles Electric-Acoustic-Bass Private Lessons Parent-Child Lessons

School Bus Drivers


Pet & House Sitting Service 317-802-6565 317-432-1627


Carmel Clay School Corporation is now training School Bus Drivers Must be able to obtain Class B, CDL Starting at $88 day after successful completion of training, no benefits Paid Bi-weekly Will pay up to $94 day for existing CDL drivers with school bus endorsement & school bus experience Available to earn attendance bonus Must be able to pass criminal history and BMV background checks Will work avg 3 hours per day running morning and afternoon routesApply on-line to, AA/EOE

Retiree will board your pet in my home. Very Reasonable Rates!! 317-607-8541

Nails by Hilliary 317-730-2544


Unemployed or underemployed? Recent college graduate looking for a way to go from retail or food service into a grown-up office job? Base pay ($330 per week). Mostly desk work and inbound call support. If motivated, some sales (software services) would earn commission above salary. Offices in Carmel just off of the Monon Trail. Good work environment for a positive, upbeat person who wants to contribute to a young and growing team. Please send resume and cover letter to


Bellman 2nd Shift Phone Operator – Part Time Breakfast/Lunch Servers – Full Time Apply in Person! 11925 N. Meridian Street Carmel, 46032


Experienced classroom assistants for children ages 3 - 6 years. Part-time, occasional positions could transition to permanent. Please email resume to

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