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County faces challenges to fill job openings By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

Indiana. The unemployment rate was 1.33 percent in Hamilton County in November 2021 after Although Hamilton County has made ecohitting a high of 4.71 percent in 2020. nomic advances, Mike Thibideau knows it “There is a bit of a disturbing trend in still faces one major labor force participation across the ECONOMY challenge. country, but not as severe in Ham“As a community, ilton County,” said Joel Simon, vice we have a little mismatch that’s ocpresident of workforce development curring between the people who are for Emsi Burning Glass, a labor marliving here and a lot of the job openket analytics firm. “We are going to ings we have,” said Thibideau, vice face a bit of a challenge in providing president of workforce strategy all the services we need and want Thibideau for the Hamilton County Economic with what amounts to a shrinking Development Corp. “We have twice the num- labor force.” ber of college graduates as we do jobs for Simon said before the COVID-19 pandemic, them. For those in economic development unemployment was low. Nationally, unemlooking to bring business investment here, ployment was 3.5 percent shortly before the that provides a surefire opportunity to say pandemic began. we have talent that makes us capable of Simon said more baby boomers are meeting talent needs and providing growth. starting to leave the workforce. Part of that “On the flip side, we have four times the generation started reaching retirement age number of jobs for non-college graduates as around 2002 and keeps growing. we do for people in those demographics in “We are about half a million workers shy our community.” of where we were (nationally) when the Approximately 60 percent of Hamilton pandemic started,” Simon said. “We need 2.9 County residents have at least a bachelor’s million more people working today than we degree compared to about 27 percent of the have currently.” state’s residents. “The pandemic did have a disproportional impact on different parts of our populations,” Thibideau said at a March 23 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce presentation at Purgatory Golf Club. Thibideau said pandemic-induced trauma can be caused by low to moderate levels of chronic stress. Thibideau said those customer service jobs have likely had more difficult interactions during the last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “How many of you have seen your friends and employees be emotionally volatile before the pandemic?” Thibideau said. “The reason is chronic stress of the last two years has severely impacted our ability as individuals to manage the everyday stressors that we feel in life. My main challenge in thinking about your workforce is, how – JOEL SIMON are you equipping your supervisors to more effectively support people through the challenges that they face in life?” Simon said additional workers have often Thibideau said Hamilton County has the come through immigration in the past. third-most job openings of any community “Fewer people are entering the country,” in the state and was the 19th-lowest meSimon said. “That decline was happening dian wages for those jobs while being the before the pandemic and it’s been exacmost expensive community to live in. erbated during the pandemic. We have to The median household income in Hamilthink about the people we have overseas ton County is $98,173 compared to $57,603 and the disengaged people. Who do we have for Indianapolis and $62,943 for the rest of now (who) is not actively looking for work

“We are going to face a bit of a challenge in providing all the services we need and want with what amounts to a shrinking labor force.”

BY THE NUMBERS: HAMILTON COUNTY • 3rd most — Job openings in the state • 19th lowest — In median wages for job openings • $98,173 — Median household income • 60 percent — County residents with a bachelor’s degree • 1.33 percent — Unemployment rate but could theoretically join the labor force?” Simon said a lot of 16- to 19-year-olds are not joining the labor force. “People often ask me, how are people that have left the labor force affording to be able to continue their lifestyle?” Simon said. Simon said a recent survey shows how those people are paying expenses. “A great number of people are maxing out credit cards, taking loans or cashing in retirement accounts to be able to remain out of the workforce,” Simon said. “A small number are borrowing from family or friends, and an even smaller number are relying from payments they are getting from the government.” Simon said people are starting to return to more normal behavior, so that might encourage some people to rejoin the workforce. He said employers have to be creative to engage people on the sidelines to come back to work. “Once we do that, how do we make sure what we’re encouraging them to do has meaning and (they) can trust their efforts will yield benefits to them as far as income stability and growth potential?” he said. “We’re encouraging people to be as transparent and aggressive as possible. We have to be more transparent about what the jobs are and salaries.” Simon said some workers found the flexibility of working from home during the pandemic very appealing. Simon said there might be a range of people from untapped talent pools, such as those without a college degree or those with disabilities or those who have issues with the criminal justice system and people with spotty work histories. Some ways to attract employees include shortening the hiring process as much as possible and getting workers trained quickly. One major way is to provide or assist in child care costs. “People being able to afford to go back to work is impacted by their child care costs,” Simon said.


COMMUNITY DISPATCHES Rhinos for Rockstars silent auction — Rhinos for Rockstars will hold a silent auction fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. April 16 at Bier Brewery, 13720 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. The auction will include items from the Colts, Norwex, Urban Vines and more. Members of the Carmel Police Dept. will be at the event to meet members of the community. Rhinos for Rockstars is a nonprofit that encourages building relationships between the community’s youth and law enforcement officers. Learn more at rhinosforrockstars.org. Coloring contest — The Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by the 500 Festival and STAR Financial Bank, is open to Hoosiers age 12 and younger. Winning entries will be selected on creativity and originality, and two grand prize winners will receive a scholarship of $500 and a free one-year membership to the INDYCAR Nation Rookie Program. Download the coloring sheet and entry form at 500Festival.com/Color. Entries must be received by noon on April 28. River Heritage Park closed — River Heritage Park has closed for planned improvements as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Reimagining Parks initiative. Upgrades include wheelchair-accessible playground features, sensory-friendly interpretive signage, ADA-accessible trails and boardwalks with overlooks on the White River and more. The park is anticipated to reopen after construction is completed in the winter of 2022. Civil War Roundtable — The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. April 13 at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. The topic is the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, which occurred April 6 and 7, 1862. The event is free and open to the public. Artificial turf coming to Midtown Plaza — The City of Carmel will install new artificial turf at Midtown Plaza and along Elm Street, just east of the Monon Greenway. The new turf will be durable, drainable and easy to clean. Construction began March 21 so it can be set and ready to use for the busy summer months at the plaza. Midtown Plaza opened in May 2019, and attempts to foster the growth of natural grass have not been successful. The new turf, once installed, will have a natural grass appearance, be cushioned for delicate joints and will greatly reduce labor and maintenance costs versus the expense of actual grass. In addition to placing turf in the plaza area, contractors will also replace the gravel in the areas along West Elm Street.

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State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) said he and State Rep. Michelle Davis (R-Whiteland) co-authored House Bill 1041 to protect the integrity of women’s LEGISLATURE sports. HB 1041 states that athletes who were biological males at birth can’t compete in Indiana High School Athletic Association-sanctioned girls sports if they have transitioned to a female. The bill does not apply to women who are transitioning to men and want to compete Jeter in IHSAA-sanctioned boys sports. The bill doesn’t affect college or professional sports, but it does affect private and charter schools if athletes compete against an IHSAA-member public school. Ford “Men typically tend to have stronger, faster builds than women,” Jeter said. “All we are trying to do is say identify however you want, but biological men don’t need to compete with biological women.” The bill passed the Indiana House and Senate chambers but was vetoed by Gov. Eric Holcomb March 21. Jeter said he’s confident the House and the Senate will vote to override the veto May 24. State Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis), whose district includes Carmel, posted a Facebook status in support of Holcomb’s veto on March 22. “I want to thank Governor Holcomb for his veto of HB 1041. We agree on many of the reasons why this legislation is unnecessary,” Ford stated. “The Governor rightly points out that ‘It implies that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive female sports are not currently being met. I find no evidence to support either claim.’ We know from testimony that there has only been one relevant case in Indiana, and that was handled by the IHSAA. Governor Holcomb also rightfully notes that ‘Nowhere in the testimony on this legislation was a critique leveled against their (IHSAA) model on how to govern this.’” “(Davis) and I just talked to a lot of constit-

uents in our districts and saw things going on at a national level. It was becoming more prominent, and we just really felt it was important to get out ahead of it and protect the integrity of women’s sports,” Jeter said. “This bill acknowledges the biological differences between men and women.” Jeter said men who have transitioned to women and then compete in women’s sports puts biological female competitors at a disadvantage. Lia Thomas, a trans woman and swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania, recently won the women’s 500-yard freestyle in the NCAA at the March 17 Division I swimming championships. Holcomb Jeter said a majority vote would override Holcomb’s veto. Holcomb issued a letter March 21 on why he vetoed the bill. He stated the bill fell short of providing clarity and one consistent policy for K-12 Schaibley sports. Holcomb also said when similar legislation was passed in other states, lawsuits followed. “The presumption of the policy laid out in HEA 1041 is that there is an existing problem in K-12 sports in Indiana that requires further state government intervention. It implies that the goals of consistency and fairness in competitive female sports are not currently being met. After thorough review, I find no evidence to support either claim even if I support the overall goal, the letter stated” Holcomb said there has not been a single case of a male wanting to compete on a female team that has completed a process to do so established by the IHSAA. State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) voted in favor of the bill and plans to vote to override Holcomb’s veto. “Our goal is to protect women’s sports. I remember when women didn’t have the same rights they have today to play sports and fairly compete,” Schaibley said. “My fear is that we’re inadvertently undoing all of the good that Title IX did for girls and young women. This legislation simply upholds the values of equality and fairness.” If the veto is overridden, the law would go into effect July 1. To read the veto letter, visit in.gov/gov/files/Veto-HEA-1041.pdf.


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Extending Hoosier hospitality Commentary by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb As the world watches Vladimir Putin relentlessly attack Ukraine, killing children and civilians, bombing a maternity ward, firing on a nuclear energy plant and COLUMN bombarding Mariupol, among other cities, Hoosiers are sending prayers. Those include mine. But our Hoosier humanitarian efforts will extend far beyond the ongoing prayers and community vigils. Indiana companies have stepped up. Eli Lilly has moved a million doses of insulin into Poland, ready to make its way into Ukraine and halted exports of nonessential medicines to Russia. Franciscan Health hospitals have collected and sent more than 100,000 pounds of medical supplies and Cummins indefinitely suspended the company’s commercial operations in Russia. Our efforts alone won’t be enough, but we will contribute. Indeed, the world must be clear in words and even more so in actions. America must be a full partner in the EU mission to impose economic and individual sanctions against Putin’s killing machine. In my opinion, Russia’s “most favored nation” status was forfeited when it invaded Ukraine and threatened nuclear and chemical war. Only four nations occupy official state-sponsored terrorism status — North Korea, Syria, Iran and Cuba. After weeks of targeting civilians, Russia should make it five. In Putin’s last days, he must know the free world will continue to answer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for more humanitarian and political support. The free world must do whatever it takes for however long it takes. The good people of Russia must know that we don’t seek war but demand peace. The world must know that this is a time of choosing. Stand for the free democratic nation of Ukraine or stand against those of us who do. If they don’t, Eastern European maps will be redrawn once again. Gone will be the days that allowed the trip like the one my grandfather took nearly 50 years ago when he visited Moscow on business and believed the Russian government loved their children, too. Eric Holcomb is the 51st governor of Indiana. In 2020, he was elected to his second term with the most votes for governor in Indiana history

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Party: Republican Age: over 50 Education: Michigan State University music major; St. Mary’s College and Indiana University South Bend continued studying voice; taught voice in Eckard South Bend and Carmel for 30 years. Occupation: Owner, Mary Eckard & Co, PC; published author, “Take Your Stage” on Amazon City: Carmel Immediate Family: Husband, Barry Good, and four grown children, five grandchildren Previous Political Experience: I was elected to the Clay Township Board in 1998 and am running for re-election. It is the only public office I’ve ever held. Best way for voters to reach you: Email me at maryyouyou@gmail.com Why do you want to run for office? I feel I was elected to be a watchdog for the people of Clay Township on many issues. These included services that affect taxes, land values, poor relief and the quality of life. In my original campaign for the township board, I promised a fiscally responsible approach to township government and have stayed consistent with that. What are your qualifications for this office? I am serving this community currently as a township board member and understand what lies ahead for township government. What are the three top issues that your campaign will focus on? Through the years the township has entrusted me with this role and I have consistently applied these questions to my decisions in making strategic decisions. 1. Why is this important to the people I

serve? 2. Does it help people and the community? 3. Is it the best thing to move the community forward? As the issues become apparent, I use these values to help me make the decisions I feel best. With all the growth in Carmel, it is very important that Clay Township and the City of Carmel work together in managing the services necessary for the government in this area to function properly. We are team members working for the people living in Clay Township. What sets you apart from other candidates? I have been working to establish a higher education initiative to develop a learning park. What other organizations are you involved with? Clay Township Republican Party Club, PEO, former Kiwanis president, former Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, St. Luke’s Methodist Church Choir Something most people don’t know about you? I am currently writing two children’s books. PAUL K. BOLIN Party: Republican Age: 64 Education: B.S. in marketing/advertising from Indiana University Occupation: Vice president of sales for Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Bolin Inc., a family-owned steel tank manufacturing company in business for over 124 years City: Carmel Immediate family: Wife, Ann, three children, Courtney, Kevin and Brian Previous political experience: Eight years as member of the Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees, with two years as board president, and 16 years as a member of the Clay Township Board, four of which were as board president. I also was an appointed member of the Carmel Clay Parks Board and the Carmel Clay Public Library Advisory Board. Best way for voters to reach you: pbolin@kennedytank.com Why do you want to run for office? I want to focus my energy on the continuous improvement of my hometown. I have loved watching the graceful evolution of Carmel from a quiet little farm town in the late 1960s to the vibrant, energetic city and Continued on Page 7


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business community that it has become. What are your qualifications for this office? Experience! Having been an elected public official for 24 years, I believe I understand the expectations of our citizens and businesses. What are the top three issues that your campaign will focus on? Supporting public safety, continued development and expansion of the parks department, stewardship and guidance with poor relief/public assistance. These all combine to enhance the quality-of-life experiences that come with living in Carmel What sets you apart from other candidates for this office? Probably the diverse elected political offices I have held, and the longevity of my residence in Carmel (49 years). What other organizations are you involved with? Board member of Highland Golf & Country Club Something most people don’t know about you? I ran cross country and track at Carmel High School for legendary coach Chuck Koeppen in the 1970s!

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MATTHEW J. SNYDER Party: Republican Age: 39 City: Carmel Immediate family: Wife (Ashlee), daughter (Charlie 4), and son (Benjamin 3) Previous political experience: Clay Township Snyder Board incumbent Best way for voters to reach you: 317-372-3082 Why do you want to run for office? To do my part to continue the path of excellence this community, my hometown, has continuously been on. What are your qualifications for this office? I have served my community in countless ways from serving on boards of directors of NFTs, volunteering and community involvement. This combined with my experience as an executive have all culminated in, what I believe, to be a unique set of skills and insights that allow me to navigate political waters while keeping the majority’s best interests in laser focus. What are the top three issues that your campaign will focus on? Public safety, the independence of Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, and community impact projects. What sets you apart from other candidates for this office? I have lived in Carmel my entire life. I have watched it grow into the wonderful community it is today. I have the unique experiences, background, and

Party: Democrat Age: 48 Occupation: Nonprofit Branding & Management Consultant City: Carmel Immediate family: I am married with three young Shelby children. Previous political experience: I have been a precinct chair since moving to Carmel three years ago. I also served as a delegate to the State Democratic Convention in 2020. I’ve volunteered for several local campaigns and progressive causes. Best way for voters to reach you: dallasforclay@gmail.com Why do you want to run for office? Since moving here, I have focused on being of service to causes in which I believe. I am dedicated to making a positive impact on this community and am running to become a member of the Clay Township Board to ensure that all voices in the community are represented on the board. What are your qualifications for this office? I am passionate about giving back to my community. In addition to my volunteer work, I’ve spent the last 25 years working with nonprofits and government agencies to help them better serve their constituents. What are the top three issues that your campaign will focus on? I will work to make sure all the voices of our community are represented at the township level. I will support continued enhancements to area parks, making them accessible and safe. I will support public safety by updating fire stations and equipment. What sets you apart from other candidates for this office? I was not born here, but rather chose to move here (from suburban Maryland more than three years ago). I am firmly rooted in the community but with a fresh perspective that allows me to see challenges and opportunities others might miss. What other organizations are you involved with? I am a member of the executive committee of the board of irectors of the Carmel Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships for high school seniors and innovation grants for teachers in Carmel Clay Schools. Something most people don’t know about you? I was born and raised on a farm in Arkansas. This ingrained in me a deep sense of community and an appreciation for hard work.

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CARMEL Start date: Late May Expected completion: Late Project: Range Line Road summer reconstruction Project: Widening of the Location: 116th Street to Monon Greenway Carmel Drive. A roundabout CONSTRUCTION Location: Between City is under construction at Center Drive and Carmel Drive Medical Drive, which will Start date: Jan. 17 be followed by construction of a Expected completion: November roundabout at 116th Street beginning in Project: Installation of a slip lane June. Location: Smoky Row Road and Keystone Expected completion: Summer Parkway Project: Burial of transmission lines in the Start date: On or after May 26 Arts & Design District Expected completion: July Location: 1st Ave. NW from Main Street to 1st Street NW. Access to the Sophia Square Project: New roundabout Location: College Avenue and 106th Street. parking garage will be maintained. Start date: On or after June 1 Expected completion: Work to bury Expected completion: Aug. 1 transmission lines in the area will Project: Reconstruction of College Avenue continue until May. Location: Between 96th and 106th streets Project: New roundabout Start date: On or after July 1 Location: E. Main Street and Richland Expected completion: April 2023 Avenue. Project: Pathway along Gray Road Start date: On or after May 26 Location: Between 106th and 116th streets Expected completion: Fall Start date: TBD Project: New roundabout Expected completion: 90 days after start Location: E. Main Street and Lexington date Boulevard. Start date: On or after May 26 Expected completion: Fall Project: Widening and improvements along Smoky Row Road Location: Between the Monon Greenway and U.S. 31. The road will be fully closed during the project. The Monon Greenway will be closed on or after June 1 for 30 days for a bridge replacement.

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Westfield girls hockey players share passion for sport in TV spot By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Girls hockey players from Westfield got to share their love of the sport on national television. SPORTS An Indianapolis production company contacted program director and Junior Fuel’s 19U head coach Kris May, who then chose the girls who she wanted to participate in the national promotion spot that ran during the Winter Olympics. Six girls from Westfield on the Indiana Youth Hockey Association’s Junior Fuel teams were featured in the promotion, which showed why girls are attracted to hockey. The U.S. women’s hockey team earned a silver medal at the Olympics in Beijing in February. The girls featured included two sets of sisters: Evelyn and Clara Kurek and Lily and Rose Henderson. Evelyn is a Westfield Intermediate sixth-grader and Clara is a Westfield High School sophomore. Lily is a Westfield Middle School eighth-grader and Rose is a Westfield Intermediate School sixth-grader. The other girls featured in the promotion were Westfield Middle School eighth-grader Tori Bluto and Oak Trace Elementary third-grader Caroline Evans. “I love the environment and the people within the game,” Clara said. “It’s a very fast sport, so I guess you don’t get bored ever. You get a lot of new experiences with it and it’s also very competitive.” Clara played goalie on the 19U team and on the Westfield High School team, which includes four girls, last season. “The goal is to play in college, but we’ll see,” Clara said. Clara and Evelyn started playing hockey at the same time. “We got involved in a ‘girls play hockey’ for free,” Evelyn said. “It was pretty much a public skate, but it was for girls who were starting to play hockey.” Like her sister, Evelyn immediately took to the sport. Preparing for the TV spot took some practice. “There was a script and there were a bunch of lines, and they were all color coordinated,” Clara said. “Different people would get a different set of lines. They would just say, ‘Read the orange line.’ Most of it was over and over again to get it perfect. The

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person who filmed it got to choose which line sounded best.” Lily said it was cool to see herself in the promotion. She said some people are surprised when they learn she plays hockey. “They usually have a lot of questions,” Lily said. “I love that it’s a fast game. I play lacrosse, too, but hockey is my favorite. My goal is to play in college.” Rose said she was nervous at first filming the promotion. “Saying the lines in front of the camera made me nervous,” Rose said. Rose said she was amazed when she saw the finished product. “It was so cool,” she said.

TRYOUTS Elite tryouts are April 15-16 for all levels and Tier 2 girls hockey travel tryouts are May 7-8 at the Carmel Ice Skadium, 1040 3rd Ave. SW. Program director and Girls U19 coach Kris May said players for these teams will represent Indiana, with the Elite teams being a cooperative effort among all eight youth associations in the state to give the top female players a push and Tier 2 giving females of all age groups from Indy and surrounding areas a place to compete. There will be part-time teams available for 12U and 14U age groups and a full-time team at the 16U Elite level and full-time teams at the Tier 2 level for 10U, 12U, 14U, and 16/19U combined. May said girls who play 12U and 14U also will likely double-roster on the Tier 2 full-time teams. Elite teams will be called Indiana Elite and Tier 2 teams are called Junior Fuel/Fusion girls. May said the difference in Elite and Tier 2 is a more rigorous and committed schedule. For more, visit iyha.com.

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Carmel guard Clarke earns All-Star spot despite short season By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel High School senior basketball player Kate Clarke made the best of a shortened senior season. Clarke suffered a back injury at the end of last summer and began the rehabbing process. She returned to play in 13 games, averaging 11.7 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 18 points or more in six of her last seven games for Carmel (15-8). “Kate came back and found herself fitting into our offense and the flow of the game very effectively,” Greyhounds coach Erin Trimpe said. “She has a natural skill set that puts her in a good position to make a difference in the game. She gave herself some time and with limited minutes (and found) her comfort and groove to finish out the season.” Clarke said it was a struggle to get back in playing form. “With all the girls surrounding me, it was easy to get back on the court,” Clarke said. “By the end, I was able to get back in the groove and we just came up short in

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really good career at Carmel,” Clarke said. “I was lucky to finish it out. It’s hard sitting out, but it was fun to see all the girls I’ve been playing with come together without the missing puzzle piece. It was nice to see

them mature over the season.” Clarke averaged 18.1 points as a junior and 16.9 points as a sophomore. “Kate is a phenomenal shooter on the offensive end,” Trimpe said. “She shot 37 percent from 3-point (range) throughout her career and became the seventh Greyhound to score 1,000 points. Kate spends a lot of time in the gym working on her individual skills and working to improve her game.” Clarke said she is training and staying in shape to get ready for the All-Star games and then Michigan. “During the season, I was thinking about getting my back healthy and to be careful,” Clarke said. “Ultimately, my goal is to get to Michigan healthy.” Clarke will be joined by Westfield senior and fellow Michigan recruit Alyssa Crockett on the Indiana Girls All-Stars. “Michigan has kind of a home feel,” Clarke said. “I kind of sensed that when I got there for my official and unofficial visit. It’s important for me to stay closer to home so my mom can go to games. The girls are great, that’s the main thing that attracted me to Michigan. It’s obviously a great school, so I couldn’t pass that opportunity up.”


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CHS seniors launch Ignite By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel High School seniors Claire Qu and Meg Shaffer want help to mentor EDUCATION middle school students on business concepts. They started planning to do that in July 2021 and Qu launched the Ignite initiative in October. “It’s a community project that Meg and I wanted to take on,” Qu said. “We noticed at the middle schools there weren’t any business classes or business clubs like we have at the high school. We wanted to change that and bridge that gap.” During the monthlong program, the seniors visited the middle schools after their own high school classes were done. “We taught different lessons on business concepts, from marketing to finance to how to deliver a business pitch or presentation,” Qu said. “Students got to learn business concepts that can help them in high school.” Ignite organized a competition at the end of October where students made their pitches. “Some of them have inventions, some of them have community initiatives,” Qu said. One idea was a bus tracking app for Carmel Clay Schools that could alert students when their bus was on its way. “Another group had an idea of a community garden, so at Clay Middle School they would have a garden where kids would help

out and take care of the garden,” Qu said. “The food could be donated or go to the middle school cafeteria.” The middle school students from Clay and Creekside would work on the projects in teams. Judges at the competition included Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, CCS Assistant Supt. Roger McMichael and other business professionals. Shaffer One of the winners was the bus tracking app idea. “We tried our best to make it happen, but we couldn’t get it approved (by CCS),” Qu said. The other winner was a peer tutoring program. “They had the idea of having high-achieving students who wanted to help others create a program at Clay, where they help other students who needed more assistance in a certain subject,” Qu said. “(The tutors) could do this for volunteer hours, and at the end of the school year there would be a celebration for them.” Qu said the plan was approved by Clay Middle School Principal Todd Crosby and recently launched. Qu said all the middle school students showed they could use problem-solving skills. Shaffer and Qu used the Ignite initiative for the business organization DECA state competition, earning first place in the career development category. They advanced and will present it at the international competition April 23-26 in Atlanta.

OBITUARY Glenn F. Simpkins of Carmel died in his home January 10, 2022 at age 98. He was a native Hoosier, a World War II veteran, a proud alumnus of Indiana University, a certified public accountant, a corporate financial executive, a community volunteer, a church leader, loving husband and father, and in recent years, the patriarch of an extended family that reached from coast to coast. He was a man of integrity, a stickler for accuracy, one who delighted in family and friendship. Glenn was predeceased by his parents, brothers Charles Dale Simpkins and Marion Webb Simpkins, and his wife, Alyce Marie Sorensen Simpkins. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Simpkins Stine (Jon) of Portland, Oregon, and a cadre of loving

nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Those wishing to honor Glenn’s memory are encouraged to donate to the Indiana University Foundation, the Carmel United Methodist Church, the Carmel Lions Club, or a charity of choice. A celebration of life will be held on April 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, Indiana with a reception to follow at the church. Inurnment to follow at approximately 1:45 PM at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Leppert Mortuary – Carmel Chapel assisting with arrangements. Please visit www.leppertmortuary.com to view the full obituary and share a memory.

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ICFW board appointment – Carmel resident Mario Rodriguez, CEO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, has been appointed to the board for the Indiana Conference for Women. The nonprofit aims to help women build careers, develop professionally and experience lives that are rewarding, healthy and fulfilling. Other new board members are Charlie Garcia, CEO of Garcia Construction Group, and Joyce Rodgers, vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs at the Indiana University Foundation.


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Donation helps ICAN expand reach By Zach Swaim zach.swaim@youarecurrent.com The Indiana Canine Assistance Network was presented a gift of $1.5 million from Carmel residents Mike and Judy DONATION Harrington for the expansion of the organization’s ability to place service dogs within Indiana. Mike Harrington was the senior vice president of Eli Lilly before he retired in 2020. The ICAN facility, 5100 Charles Court, Suite 100, is a nonprofit in Zionsville that trains and places service dogs with children and adults with disabilities. “We’ve been witness to ICAN’s mission for several years now and believe in what they are doing to create possibilities for people,” Judy Harrington said. “We desire to see the organization get to the next level, and this gift is to help transition their programming so they can serve more people.” According to its website, ICAN’s service dog training and placement program enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities by helping them discover a more independent, productive lifestyle. The nonprofit also partners with incarcerated individuals during the training process to help provide inmate handlers with a “new sense of hope and worth.” “Since 2002, we’ve seen so many lives transformed by our service dogs,” ICAN President Jilian Ashton said. “However, the

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DISPATCHES Graduate student earns award — Elizabeth Baach of Carmel won first place in Mississippi State’s Graduate Student Association’s 21st Graduate Student Research Symposium in the forest resources and veterinary medicine category for master’s students. Baach, a forestry masters student, won for “Using Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data to Explore the Relationship Between Biodiversity and Productivity in Forests of the Southeastern United States.” FBI offers reward — The FBI in Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Ciera (Locklair) Breland, who has been missing since Feb. 24. Breland, a Carmel resident, was last known to be visiting her family in John’s Creek, Ga., the week of Feb. 20 with her husband, Xavier Breland, their 5-month old son and their white labradoodle. Breland’s husband reported her missing on Feb. 26 to the Carmel Police Dept., however, there is no evidence Breland ever returned home. Breland’s last known location was at 10545 Highgate Manor Ct. in John’s Creek at 7:17 p.m. on Feb. 24. She was driving a white 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan with Georgia tag RMB 5869. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Johns Creek Police Tip Line at 678-474-1610, CPD at 317-571-2500.

Entries in the Big Tree Contest will be accepted through April 30. (Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel)

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City launches inaugural Big Tree Contest By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com The City of Carmel is celebrating Arbor Day by attempting to identify the largest trees of several varieties in NATURE the city. Residents can submit entries in the inaugural Big Tree Contest through April 30. Categories are cottonwood, elm, hackberry, honey locust, maple, oak, sweetgum, sycamore, tulip and walnut/ hickory. Winners in each category will receive a $50 VISA gift card, with the overall winner receiving a custom basket of artisan wood gifts. The city’s Urban Forestry Committee will select the winners, who will be featured at a booth at the May 7 Carmel Farmers Market. Tree seedlings and information on how to care for trees will be given away at the booth. Trees must be on private property within Carmel’s city limits. Measurements should be taken 4 to 6 inches from the ground. Minimum circumference accepted is 75 inches. Entries must include the contestant’s name, property owner’s name (if different), tree location, tree species and circumference. Email submissions to bigtree@carmel. in.gov. Learn more at carmelurbanforestry. com.

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Monthly beekeepers meeting — The North Central Beekeepers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St. in Westfield. Meetings are free to attend by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit facebook.com/ncbclub. Design center workshop — The Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd., will host Spring Market Report: What’s Trending in Design, at 10:30 a.m. April 19. Wendy Langston and the Everything Home team will discuss the latest home design and furniture trends. To register, call 317-569-5975 ro email concierge@indianadesigncenter. com. Those who attend are asked to bring a pantry item donation, preferably pasta or spices, for Second Helpings.


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Plane Pull benefits nonprofits By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel resident Amy Arnell is glad to see the Republic Airways Plane Pull returning. The event was canFUNDRAISER celed the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The event benefits children’s organizations, and that is a very big passion of mine, being able to provide an opportunity for our employees to get involved and give back in our community,” said Arnell, director of corporate and community responsibility for Republic Airways. Republic has five teams competing in the 10th annual Republic Airways Plane Pull, which begins at 9 a.m. April 23 at the Republic Airways Indianapolis Maintenance Center Hangar, 3998 S. Hoffman Rd. The event involves playing tug of war with an airline jet. There are 10 people on each team trying to pull the aircraft 15 feet. The event has raised $3 million for A Kid Again, Indiana Wish, Riley Children’s Foundation and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. The Plane Pull was

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started in memory of Carmel 9-year-old Tyler Frenzel, who died of leukemia in 2004. Arnell said approximately 150 Republic employees are either working on a pulling team or volunteering. The fundraiser is Republic’s largest of the year, Arnell said. Teams are required to fundraise or donate a minimum of $2,000. All teams must include three women as part of the 10-person roster to be considered for the team prizes. There is a Kids Zone with activities and mascots, vendors and entertainment. Lucas Oil is sponsoring the Kids Zone. For more, visit republicplanepull.com.

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DISPATCHES Summer Food Service Program — The Indiana Dept. of Education encourages schools and qualified community organizations to participate in the 2022 Summer Food Service Program. The program reimburses local sponsors that serve healthy free meals and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit groups, including local governments, summer camps, religious organizations and recreation centers. In 2021, more than 280 Indiana sponsors served nearly 22 million meals during the summer months. The application deadline for new sponsors is April 15. Learn more at bit.ly/3JetZhf. United Way looking for volunteers — United Way of Central Indiana is looking for volunteers and projects for Go All IN Day, an organized day of volunteering and community service across the region. Opportunities – including indoor, outdoor and virtual options – will be available for individual volunteers, families and groups. Those interested in volunteering can learn more and sign up at uwci.org/go-all-in-day.

Winners have been announced in the inaugural Rising Star competition presented by the International Talent Academy. Piano winners are Jerry Zhang, Jedmond Chen, Sophia Liu, Angela Xiao, Ingrid Blocher, Hannah Li and Andrew Lee; and voice and theater arts winners are Rebekah Cernyak, Myla Potts, Caroline Hatfield, Harris Catlin and Imogen Catlin. Learn more at facebook. com/internationaltalentacademy. The competition was held March 5 at the Monon Community Center and featured 70 artists ages 5 to 18 from Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Whitestown, Fortville and Muncie.

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‘Atomic Kaleidoscope’ in view at Children’s Garden By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com A new addition to the Children’s Garden at Coxhall Estate is expected to be quite popular. SCULPTURE An interactive sculpture by Robert Anderson, which he calls “Atomic Kaleidoscope,” was installed March 21 to signify the start of spring. “I approached Robert after seeing his work at a botanical garden,” said Marsha Guerriero, a Carmel resident who is a Hamilton County Master Gardener and a co-chair of the Coxhall Master Gardeners. “As Master Gardeners, our mission is to promote the art, science and pleasure of gardening. Robert’s kaleidoscope sculpture accomplishes everything in our mission. This interactive living sculpture appeals to children of all ages.” Anderson lives in Wisconsin and has sculptures in 26 states and two countries. “The kaleidoscope sculpture design is an original concept that he has created since 1997,” Guerriero said. “He has a passion for working with steel, and he creates all aspects of his work. His wife collects kalei-

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guild voted to financially fund this project for the entire community to enjoy.” Guerriero said Coxhall Guild’s mission is to sponsor activities to raise funds for improvements in the park and to enhance the park for the benefit of the public. “So, when the public supports the guild events, such as the Posh Picnic in August and the Spring Sensation event April 30, those funds are then used to enhance the Coxhall experience for everyone to enjoy,” Guerriero said.

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Carmel man, wife lead fundraising efforts against disease that affected family — twice By Chris Bavender news@currentincarmel.com In 2016, Rob Beeler’s sister, Jenelle Callahan, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “Unfortunately, Jenelle was diagnosed very late, which is not uncommon with pancreatic cancer due to the vague symptoms,” Beeler said. “By the time they determined it was cancer, it was too late for Callahan her.” Her death came just three weeks after her diagnosis at age 52. One of seven kids, Jenelle was the closest in age to Beeler. “My mom says that we spent so much time together when I was a baby that I would cry whenever my sister left. In high school, I remember Jenelle taking me to my first concert,” Beeler said. “Jenelle was a beautiful person who was always taking care of other people, and you rarely saw her without a smile on her face.” Three years later, in 2019, Beeler was diagnosed with the same disease. It started a year earlier when he began to have stomach and back pain. He was also losing weight. “I thought the stomach pain was stress related, and as a runner I have dealt with back pain from time to time. None of these symptoms seemed too abnormal or serious. This is a common issue with detecting pancreatic cancer,” Beeler said. “My doctors thought I had acid reflux and had me try several different medications to address that. When those didn’t work, my wife said, ‘Tell them you want a scan and blood work.’ This is when they found the cancer.” When the call came with his diagnosis, Beeler said he was in “total shock.” “My daughter was getting married five months later, and my mind immediately went to, ‘Will I be there for her wedding?’” Beeler said. “It was incredibly hard to process, though luckily, my wife took over and helped us focus on getting treatment and coming up with a plan to fight this disease.” When Beeler was first diagnosed, his tumor was inoperable because it was entwined with a key blood vessel. He went through eight rounds of chemotherapy and

Rob Beeler, second from right, pauses with his wife, Colleen, third from right, and their children, from left, Robbie, Zach and Ema. (Photo courtesy of Rob Beeler)

a week of radiation to try to shrink the tumor so doctors could operate on it. “During my treatment they did genomic testing on my tumor and found I had a rare condition (known as MSI-High) that meant I was eligible for immunotherapy. This is a new approach that uses your immune system to fight the cancer,” he said. “This treatment was not available when my sister was diagnosed, and in fact is only available to a very small percentage of pancreatic cancer patients today. I believe that this treatment was a game changer, as it almost immediately eliminated all my pain, and when they did a biopsy on my tumor, they found that all the cancer cells were dead.” Since 2019, Beeler has participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Indianapolis PurpleStride with his team, the Jay Walkers, named in honor of his late sister. The event is the main fundraising event for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or PanCan. Money raised is used to advance scientific research and to provide resources for patients, caregivers and medical profession-

als. This year, Beeler and his wife, Colleen, are PurpleStride chairs. “I think there is very little awareness of pancreatic cancer and how deadly it is. For people that have been exposed to someone with pancreatic cancer, they know that the odds are not good, and the results are often not positive,” Beeler said. “Without research into cancer treatment, this would not have been available to help me. This is why research and scientific advancements are so important. More research is needed to find ways to make this kind of treatment available to more patients. “There is some incredible progress in treating cancer, and I truly believe that we can turn the tables on this disease if we continue to focus on new treatments.” This year’s PurpleStride is April 30 at White River State Park. To join a team or donate, visit pancan.org. ON THE COVER: Rob Beeler pauses with his wife, Colleen, shortly before surgery to address Rob’s pancreatic cancer in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Rob Beeler)

PANCREATIC CANCER FACTS More than 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year and nearly 50,000 will die, including 1,070 Hoosiers, making it the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Symptoms include: • Back or stomach pain • Bloating • Change in stool • Jaundice • Nausea • Recent onset diabetes • Trouble digesting food/loss of appetite • Weight loss If you or anyone you know is diagnosed, call Patient Central at 877-2-PANCAN for free personalized resources. For more about pancreatic cancer, visit pancan.org/ facing-pancreatic-cancer.


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Giving kids ‘the talk’

Commentary by Terry Anker

Commentary by Danielle Wilson

The cliché goes, “Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part.” Like most aphorisms, it is true on its face with little consideration. We get cut off on the highway as someone realizes too late that their exit is upon them. We get displaced from our chosen airplane or event seat because a late arriver wants to sit next to a relative or friend. We miss the start of the movie because the customer ahead of us in line seems to have overlooked that their wallet would be needed to complete the transaction. And we come to a dead stop in the roundabout as the driver in front has to stop and consider which way they intend to go — in fact, some good fellow citizens stop and back up to get to their chosen venue, apparently not aware of the no-beginning and noend nature of these traffic circles. Still, we live in a civil society. And many of us take great steps to show deference and respect for our fellow humans. We are unlikely to wear profane graphic T-shirts in public and we still can be found holding the door for those, regardless of gender, entering behind us. Does our attempt to do unto others inadvertently lead to a dependence by them upon our good nature? Do they become intentionally atrophied at showing up on time, expecting dispensation because they truly have come to believe in their own superiority? One might imagine so, given the abject look of horror to possess the countenance of the poor planner when we don’t freely offer to share our wine with them at the concert. It seems they forgot to bring any, again. When, if ever, is it right to push back, to teach a lesson, or to hold our ground?

For the past couple years, my teacher neighbor (also a Mrs. Wilson) and I have given a spring break lecture to our students about making good choices. When faced with a tough decision, they’re to consider the question, “What would Wilson say?” We have PowerPoints, a spot on the weekly news roundup, even “WWWS?” bracelets. We’re basically legends. Our advice is practical: wear sunscreen, use the buddy system, avoid incarceration, etc. But I personally like to add a bit about vacation romance. “Beware the SB fling,” I caution. “It will most likely end in heartbreak.” On the other hand, I tell them they might just find their soulmate and eventually wind up with four children, a mortgage and a bald spouse. The kids find this hilarious, especially when I explain that I’m speaking from personal experience. Yes! This is a true story of love at first sight. I met my husband, Doo, when I was a senior in high school during spring break. We were in a tiny Bahamian town, Doo with his family, and I with my wealthy bestie. Miraculously, he called the week after we returned, and the rest is history. So, yeah, we stress the importance of agency in our annual talk. Students have to make their own decisions, hopefully after weighing all the pros and cons. If they opt to forgo Coppertone SPF 50, they need to be prepared for a nasty sunburn. Decide to swim alone? Shark bait. And if they choose to flirt with the cute guy at the pool, they should be ready for a short-lived relationship. Or, perhaps, a marriage proposal. “WWWS?” Make good choices! Peace out.

Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at terry@ youarecurrent.com.

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Has Carmel become a bit too much? Editor, Has Carmel become a bit too much? As a Carmel resident for over 25 years, yes it has. What was once a nice city that had both a peaceful feel and yet fine amenities and services has simply become “too much.” Overdevelopment of the Monon Greenway has turned what was once a pleasant stroll into a confusing conglomeration of bike paths, walking paths and sidewalks. Summer after summer my wife and I must find alternative ways to bike downtown due to constant closures of the Monon for yet another roundabout or expansion project. This summer, the Monon is again closed for us. It has become “too much.” Green space and trees have been replaced with high-rise office buildings, apartment buildings, condominiums and parking garages. Small businesses we used to enjoy

have either been forced to move or tragically close because the city claimed their location for another seemingly unneeded “mixed-use” development or roundabout. Affordable restaurants are being replaced with high-end establishments obviously catering to a wealthier clientele. I have witnessed a decline in roads with many deteriorating faster than they can be maintained. Lastly the road closures and detours are just interminable. One must now plan well in advance because you will run into a road closure with a detour that makes it difficult to get where you wish to go. There does come a point where things just become overdeveloped, crowded and inconvenient. Carmel has reached that point, and it saddens me. Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight. Thomas Beck, Carmel

Concerned about artificial turf Editor, I saw a headline, “Carmel to install artificial turf at Midtown Plaza.” My reaction to that is: Artificial grass will neither absorb CO2 nor give us oxygen in return. I wonder what kind of chemicals it will give off?

It will not mitigate the heat island that was created downtown by cutting down such trees as were there and ripping up gardens for more paving and energy-intensive construction. And Carmel likes to fashion itself a “green” city. Alison Brown, Carmel

Share thoughts on city’s plan Editor, The Carmel City Council public hearing regarding the comprehensive plan revision draft will be held April 18. Although the Carmel Plan Commission was successful in removing some of the more egregious aspects from the original revision draft, which was prepared by the Carmel Dept. of Community Services and their hired consultants, several undesirable aspects still remain. Most of 146th Street, 96th Street and College Avenue are still designated as so-called “Typical Corridors,” which means that three-story buildings and commercial development would be encouraged along these primarily residential streets. Commercial development would be encouraged anywhere along the Monon Trail. Three-story buildings and commercial development would be encouraged any-

where along the White River, and six-story buildings would be encouraged nearby. In addition, the objectives in the draft plan clearly promote “mixed-use” development throughout Carmel, as well as a variety of housing types within all neighborhoods. The latter is a thinly-veiled attempt to push for the construction of so-called accessory dwelling units to allow two housing units on one lot, to increase residential density and generate even more tax revenues to support the city’s overspending habits. Unless changes are made, this plan will further expand and codify the ongoing disregard for the established residential zoning by the current city administration. Please contact city councilors to provide your feedback regarding this comprehensive plan revision draft. Dave Fox, Carmel


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Can’t buy that for a dollar Commentary by Dick Wolfsie

lar. How about those helium balloons? How much are those? The dollar store as we knew it is gone. “Everything is $1.25.” Oh, it’s still there. I can see the helium “I understand the increase with food, but balloons from the street — why did balloons go up?” HUMOR hugging the ceiling, beckoning “Because we put helium in them.” me to enter. But don’t you fall I wandered around the store, putting for it. It’s not a dollar my willpower to the store anymore, it’s the test. At $1.25, could I I’m addicted to all dollar stores. But Dollar and a Quarter resist a half-gallon of with this price increase, maybe it’s Store, regardless of generic cola, a set of time to break my habit. Years ago, the store name. One screwdrivers, or five when pay phones went from 10 cents pounds of dog food? chain considered the to a quarter, that was the last phone Hey, we could get a name 2 BELOW. That booth I ever walked into, except to would give them the dog someday. check the little coin return to see if option of two more I considered startprice increases withing a support group anyone had left any change in it. out having to buy – DICK WOLFSIE for people getting another new sign. sucked into an inI’m addicted to all dollar stores. But with creasingly more costly addiction. My group this price increase, maybe it’s time to break would have six steps to recovery: my habit. Years ago, when pay phones went 1. Admit you are powerless to pass up a from 10 cents to a quarter, that was the last $1.25 bag of ginger snaps. phone booth I ever walked into, except to 2. Resist the notion that lower prices are check the little coin return to see if anyone a higher power. had left any change in it. I’ll pause here 3. Never question the price of goodness. while younger readers Google what a phone 4. Share your story with others so they booth is. By the way, for older folks, the can be savers, as well. five-and-dime store has also raised their 5. Pray the $1.25 stores never go to $1.50. prices. 6. Before buying on impulse, look deeply Several weeks ago, I was in a dollar store inside your shelf to be sure of what in my neighborhood, unaware this seismic you really need. shift in my budget was about to occur. In the I just saw a rumor online that the dollar checkout line, I thought I knew exactly what store may revert to the old dollar price for the total would be. I kept track of my items, less popular items. and I know to how multiply 1 times 16. My goal now is to find a really good okra “Wait, how could the total be $20? I only cookbook. bought 16 items!” “Everything is $1.25 now, sir.” “Even a can of okra?” Dick Wolfsie is an author, “Sir, if you really like okra, why not just columnist and speaker. Contact spring for the extra 25 cents?” him at wolfsie@aol.com. “Because I hate okra. Everyone hates okra. I was buying it because it was a dol-

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Freedom Healthworks provides new option for health care By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com According to Chris Habig, membership-based health care models are the future. Habig started Freedom Healthworks in Westfield in 2016 as WELLNESS a way to provide health care to patients with a clear understanding of services and costs. Freedom Healthworks operates directly with doctors. All procedures — tests, office time, etc., — are listed with a set price, so patients know what the exact costs are. Habig “When you don’t use insurance to pay for health care, costs decrease dramatically and access increases,” said Habig, an Indianapolis resident who grew up in Westfield. Freedom Healthworks strives to connect patients to a medical professional and keep patients healthy. The company grew exponentially during the pandemic. Freedom Healthworks now has 15 locations throughout the Indianapolis area, including in west Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville and Fishers. It has nearly 60 locations nationwide with 10 new practices planned. Habig said Freedom Healthworks gives small businesses the chance to provide health care to employees. “We started calling it ‘health care for all’ because what a business is able to do is provide a real, actual, tangible

benefit to an employee,” Habig said. “Health care is between one patient and one doctor, and there is no insurance involvement needed. Instead of breaking the budget from an employer standpoint and providing a health insurance plan someone can’t afford, we are giving them low-cost, high-access medical care.” Habig said one of the biggest hiring barriers for smaller companies is health care benefits. Indie Coffee Roasters in Carmel is one example of a small business taking advantage of the Freedom Healthworks model. Indie Coffee Roasters owner Diane McAndrews said the company was looking for options for health care when it discovered Freedom Healthworks. “I feel like most people think of a coffee shop as intermittent employment, but having the option to offer health care benefits creates more investment in the employees

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Focus on maternal health Commentary by Dr. Kimberly Roop Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous, compared with other developed nations. Roughly every 12 hours, PREGNANCY a woman dies of a pregnancy-related cause, and 60 percent of these causes are preventable. In addition, many babies continue to be born too early, too small or too sick to go home with their families. These alarming statistics are why Anthem and its affiliated health plans, whose members account for 11 percent of our nation’s births, and the Anthem Foundation, are working to improve maternal and infant health, especially in communities of color where health disparities have a dramatic impact on outcomes. We are working across the country, hand-in-hand with community partners, to drive change. Most recently, the Anthem Foundation committed nearly $15 million nationwide to support maternal health initiatives that could impact up to 100,000 women. Each initiative will focus on one or more of the following goals: reducing preterm birth rate, reducing maternal morbidity and mortality, and re-

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From left, Dean Emmerson, Audra Emmerson, Stephanie Dougherty and Ashley Yoder take part in the Choose to Move in April 2021. Dean Emmerson, Noblesville, died shortly after the race. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Parkinson Foundation)

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For Noblesville resident Addie Cunningham, she views it a privilege to serve people with Parkinson’s disease EVENT through her role as the Indiana Parkinson Foundation program director. “The passion and fire inside me to support those with Parkinson’s disease started after my dad’s (Noblesville resident Don Waterman) diagnosis in 2008,” said Cunningham, whose family founded the nonprofit. “I have learned so much about the disease, how it affects not only the person with the disease, but also the family. Parkinson’s is a very debilitating and isolating disease and can leave the person with Parkinson’s and their family feeling very alone and helpless. That is why the Indiana Parkinson Foundation exists. “Our mission is to come alongside those with Parkinson’s disease and their families and provide valuable programs and services to improve their lives physically, mentally and spiritually. Communities of hope are created at IPF, and God is in the center of it all.” Cunningham said the IPF’s Choose to Move Race to Beat Parkinson’s was started in 2013 to expand outreach and awareness to support those living with Parkinson’s disease. The 10th annual Choose to Move run/walk is set for 9:15 a.m. April 23 at Witten Park,

13256 Saxony Blvd., Fishers. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Choose to Move is IPF’s largest event and fundraiser. Strollers and pets are welcome. “We are anticipating our biggest Choose to Move yet,” Cunningham said. Choose to Move offers distances of 10K, 5K and 1 mile, with in-person and virtual options. The virtual race is designed for those who want to run/walk to support but can’t attend in-person. Cunningham said the T-shirt and medal can be mailed and virtual participants can complete the race wherever and whenever they want. The race was in held in 2021 and 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a virtual component was added so people could participate from anywhere. The 2020 race was postponed from April to September. “Choose to Move is an opportunity to support my dad, moving for him, cheering him on. Our family is so thankful for the support and encouragement Choose to Move provides to individuals and their families impacted by Parkinson’s,” Noblesville resident Michelle Eckart said. Carmel resident Lindsay Williams said the race is always special for families. “Race day is a day for people who support and love someone battling Parkinson’s and to know that they are not alone,” Williams said. “They are able to see and feel love by the people who show up to run, walk or dance beside them.” To register, visit indianaparkinson.org.


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IU researcher leads effort to improve therapy for hemophilia By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

to provide the body with the information it needs to produce its own clotting factors. It transfers into liver cells to make the clotA Carmel resident is at the forefront of ting factor and secrete it into the blood. developing ways to improve gene therapies “The blood’s ability to clot in case of injufor hemophilia, a gery is restored,” Herzog said. “That’s SCIENCE netic disease. been working fantastic in various Roland W. Herzog, laboratory studies and promising in an Indiana University School of clinical trials, but what was unexMedicine researcher, will lead a pected in the clinical trials is this multi-institute effort with help from therapeutic level was declining over a $12 million grant from the National time.” Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Herzog said it proves researchers Herzog “The gene that is defective is on need to understand more of the the X chromosome, so it is typically boys biology of the gene therapy for two reasons. that are born with the disease,” Herzog “One is to understand better what the said. limitations are and how to overcome them The X-linked genetic condition prevents so the therapy lasts at the level we’d like it blood from clotting properly, and it occurs to see to prevent bleeding long term and to in about 1 out of 5,000 male births worldmake sure the therapy is safe,” Herzog said. wide, Herzog said. “The clinical trials are done by big compa“There are a number of different ways nies and large corporations, and they have hemophilia can be treated,” said Herzog, their own research.” a Riley Children’s Foundation professor of Herzog said it would be better if an acimmunology. “One of the newest is to use a ademic institution worked on the study in gene therapy. As opposed to other kinds of detail. treatments, in this case the idea is you give “So, you have someone who has the the gene-based drug once, then you’ll have expertise but doesn’t have those financial a therapy that will last for years. The hope conflicts and is more tuned into basic sciis maybe even for a lifetime.” ence,” he said. “Gene therapy is a complex Herzog said traditionally, hemophilia type of therapy.” is treated by injecting a clotting factor So, Herzog is teaming up with some of intravenously. the nation’s leading experts to study differ“That restores the ability of the blood ent scientific disciplines. to clot, so the person won’t be at risk for “We form a unique team of scientists bleeding,” Herzog said. “You inject it, and located here at IU as well as elsewhere,” a couple days later it’s gone, and you have Herzog said. “We put our expertise together to inject it again. The idea behind the gene and said we’re going to focus on this probtherapy is you transfer a gene that codes lem as a team.” this clotting factor inside the person’s own The five-year grant started in early cells, so the person’s own body is able to February. produce this consistently.” “Working toward that grant, the group A gene therapy approach uses adeno-ashad already been collaborating to get this sociated viruses as a delivery mechanism kind of award,” Herzog said.

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Longtime friends Bryan Morrison and Carole Bishop wanted to start eating better. They started Pure Eating Way 2 FOOD 1/2 years ago. “We thought we were eating well with our chicken, fish and things,” Morrison said. “But we both had pain. She had chronic pain, and I had pain in my knee.” Morrison said the friends had been looking to start a business together. “We were working out and our trainer told us to check out a documentary called ‘What the Health,’” Morrison said. “We decided to do this style of living for 14 days and it turned into a lifetime. We decided to take it to the next level and start a business.” Since eating healthy, Bishop was able to eliminate her blood pressure medicine, chronic pain and migraine medications. She also was rid of inflammation in her joints. Bishop and Morrison each have lost 20 pounds. Morrison no longer has inflammation in his joints and stopped his cholesterol medication. As a Type 1 diabetic, he cut his insulin usage in half. The Fishers residents reached out to several places and Carmel Farmers Market was the only one that had space for Pure Eating Way, Morrison said. Morrison said the plant-based eating company started selling a biscuit and jam at the market. The vendor has been nominated for best vegan food in the first Vegan Foodie Choice Awards in Dayton, Ohio, in May. Pure Eating Way also recently won best whole food, plant-based vegan restaurant by IndyVegFest.

Bryan Morrison and Carole Bishop own Pure Eating Way. (Photo courtesy of Carole Bishop)

Bishop said the Carmel Farmers Market has been supportive. “We’ve been able to branch out with the rest of our food, tacos, sandwiches and soups,” Bishop said. This will be the vendor’s third summer at Carmel Farmers Market. Morrison said the company wants to find its own restaurant site, likely either in Fishers or Carmel. The COVID-19 pandemic began shortly after the business started, so Morrison said they started out catering. “Our loyal customers are wanting to be able to come and enjoy our food,” Morrison said. Bishop said the business offers meal delivery. “Since November (2021), we have been doing pop-up cafe from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fishers at Rick’s Cooking School (11850 Allisonville Rd.) Thursdays and Fridays,” Bishop said. The pop-up cafe will be closed from April 30 until November. For more, visit pureeatingway.com.

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such an incredible asset to our organization, and I truly believe that our work will make a strong impact in Hamilton County.” OneZone Chamber of Commerce will deThe OneZone Chamber Supplier Diversity but its Supplier Diversity Mentor-Protege Program is accepting applications from Program this spring Hamilton County-based XBE-certiCHAMBER with Carmel-based fied businesses with annual grossNextGear Capital as ing revenue less than $2 million. the initiative’s funding partner. “NextGear Capital and our par“This is an important partnerent company, Cox, have long been ship because there is nothing like steadfast advocates for diversity this in Hamilton County,” OneZone and inclusion, a commitment demonPresident Jack Russell said. “We strated by Forbes including us on Wick are working hard for local women, their list of ‘The Best Employers for minority, veteran and disabled-owned busiDiversity’ as well as the Human Rights Camnesses to feel more connected to our compaign listing us among ‘Best Places to Work munity and to help grow their business.” for LGBTQ Equality,’” stated John Wick, senior The program has been established to vice president of NextGear Capital. “Our endevelop working relationships between terprise-wide supplier diversity initiatives XBE, or women, minority, veteran and disinclude inviting and encouraging the use of abled-owned firms, and prime contracting qualified minority, women, veteran, disability firms with a proven track record of success. and LGBTQ-owned businesses in our compa“Since the middle of 2020, our board of nywide purchasing process.” directors has been focused on serving XBE OneZone will select 10 mentors and 10 businesses,” Russell said. “Our partnership proteges to participate in the 12-month prowith Terry Dove-Pittman, a Carmel resident, gram. If interested, visit onezonechamber. and her company, The Gideon Group, are com/supplier-diversity-program/. Applicaleading our efforts. Terry and her team are tions will be accepted through April 20.

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New coffee shop at Federal Hill By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com City officials and Old Town Companies staff recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the Federal GROWTH Hill Apartments at Federal Hill Commons. Indie Coffee Roasters has already committed to a 1,200-square-foot space within the mixeduse development for a new coffee shop. Federal Hill Apartments consists of 220 units in three buildings, 31,700 square feet of commercial retail space and a 210-space parking garage for public use. The apartment’s leasing office and coffee shop are anticipated to open in fall 2023. Apartments in Building A are expected to open at the same time. Building B, where Wendy’s is currently located, will open in December 2023. Indie Coffee Roasters is expected to open in Building A. Old Town Companies Senior Vice President and Director of Multifamily Brad Richey expects more businesses to follow. “We have retail lease space for two businesses and are intentional about one of those being a restaurant,” Richey said.

Building A will house ground-floor retail. On the parcel to the west of Nixon Street, there is an outlot along Ind. 32 that is marketed as an office building with approximately 40,000 square feet of space. There is 5,600 square feet of commercial space available in Building A, plus the 1,200 square feet designated for Indie Coffee Roasters. Indie Coffee Roasters’ third overall location will be in Federal Hills Apartments. Its flagship store opened in 2018 in downtown Carmel. The shop opened a second location at another Old Town Companies development in West Lafayette in September 2021. Richey said Indie Coffee Roasters could further expand in the area in the future. “We have a good relationship with Indie Coffee and have invited them into all of the mixed-use projects currently in our pipeline,” Richey said. “We really appreciate how they share our vision to foster community within our residential communities. The shared values as well as the energy they bring is truly an asset to us as a developer of outstanding mixed-use communities.” Indie Coffee Roasters owner Diane McAndrews declined to comment.

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Teachers Credit Union held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 30 to celebrate its newest branch at 635 E. Carmel Dr. in Carmel. TCU renovated a former Steak ‘n Shake building with a new facade and interior renovations that set apart the branch from other TCU locations. The 4,450-square-foot building features a community room, teller pods, a night drop box, video display wall and interior and exterior live teller machines. TCU has 57 locations, with another in Carmel inside Meijer at 1424 W. Carmel Dr. (Photos courtesy of TCU)

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Five-time Grammy winner to perform in concert By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director Janna Hymes has long wanted to perform with double bassist MUSIC Edgar Meyer. “Edgar Meyer has won multiple Grammys and he is someone I have admired for years,” Hymes said. “We were students at the Aspen Music Festival many years ago and his experience as a versatile and virtuosic musician is legendary.” Meyer, who has won five Grammy Awards, was set to perform with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra March 14, 2020, but the performance was canceled because of the pandemic lockdowns. Meyer will finally appear with the CSO at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the Masterworks 5 concert at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. “We have been performing regularly and have our fingers crossed that the pandemic is behind us, yet we are optimistically cautious,” Hymes said. “This concert means a lot because of the music on the program and the quality of the playing the orchestra has been delivering lately. We have been performing in various ways throughout the past two years and now that our schedules have aligned, we can finally present this concert with Edgar Meyer.” Meyer will perform during “Bottesini Concerto No 2 in B minor” and “Edgar Meyer Concerto in Double Bass in D.” “Several years ago, Edgar released a self-titled solo recording on which he wrote and recorded all of the music, incorporating piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, gamba and double bass — simply a remarkable demonstration of musical mastery,” Hymes said. Meyer said he doesn’t have a favorite piece in the Masterworks concert. “I’m just glad to be playing,” he said. Meyer said he has never been busier than he has been the past six to eight months as more concert venues return to normal scheduling. “I am ready for a breather,” he said.

‘HELLO, DOLLY!’ “Hello, Dolly!” runs through May 15 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. For more, visit beefandboards.com. WORLD VOICE DAY World Voice Day, an open singing night, is set for 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit centerpresents.org. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ The Carmel Apprentice Theatre presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” through April 17 at The Cat, 254 Veterans Way, Camel. For more, visit thecattheatre.com. KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will perform at 8 p.m. April 16 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org. ‘IMAGINATION STATION’

Edgar Meyer will perform in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 5 concert at 7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. (Photo courtesy of Carmel Symphony Orchestra)

Meyer has had several memorable collaborations with singer-songwriter Chris Thile, a duo with Béla Fleck; a quartet with Joshua Bell, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall; a trio with Fleck and Marshall; and a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor. “Collaboration is fundamental to my musical life,” Meyer said. “I could give a hundred examples, but I will stick to a couple. If a person is trying to improve their rhythm, it can help to do basic things like recording practice and working with a metronome. However, there will come a point where it seems like everything is ‘in time,’ yet it doesn’t feel right. All people have blind spots of this nature, and the most effective remedy for this is to play with people who have a better feel than you do. The blind spots will come to the surface in this situation, and one is

obliged to correct the things that are not comfortable “Also, music has been a 61-year educational process for me, and the most important teachers have been the amazing musicians that I have worked with.” Meyer, a Tulsa, Okla., native, graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. “I loved going to school in Bloomington,” Meyer said. “I had a great time and simultaneously learned a tremendous amount.” Selections scheduled for Masterworks 5 include familiar pieces “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin; “Lullaby for Strings” and “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin; and “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Hans Zimmer. For more, visit carmelsymphony.org and edgarmeyer.com.

Peanut Butter & Jam series will feature “Imagination Station” with Phoenix Rising Dance Company at 10:30 a.m. April 16 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org.

Palladium’s hospitality room gets naming sponsor editorial@youarecurrent.com The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has entered a multiyear partnership with an international company for naming rights to its recently renovated hospitality room at the Palladium concert hall. The Brham Founders Club by Brahm, as it is now known, is a 1,700-square-foot lounge space with outdoor balconies, often used for VIP receptions and available to rent for special events. Brham by Brahm is a new well-being and lifestyle brand being developed by the Brahm Corporate Group, which has holdings in Asia, Europe and the Americas in fields including precision manufacturing, software, financial services, and agriculture.


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A ‘Fantasticks’ memory By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

theater, later played one of the fathers in “The Fantasticks” at a Fort Wayne theater. The show’s classic song is “Try to ReCharles Callery had a close-up view of member,” which Callery said Jones com“The Fantasticks” taking shape. posed the music for in one day. Callery, a Carmel ‘When I met Schmidt and Jones, MUSICAL resident, was at the they were working on a revue and University of Texas the revue turned out to be ‘The and met Harvey Schmidt and Tom Fantasticks,’” Callery said. “They had Jones in 1951. Schmidt wrote the already been working on it for three music and Jones wrote the lyrics years when I met them.” and book. Word Baker, a University of Texas The musical is loosely based on graduate student, worked on the Callery the 1894 play “The Romancers.” “The revue with Schmidt and Jones. LatFantasticks” ran off-Broadway for 17,162 er, Baker would direct “The Fantasticks.” performances from 1960 to 2002, making it “Jones was a graphic artist, but he loved the world’s longest-running musical. composing music,” Callery said. “Jones Carmel Community Players will present wrote the script and the lyrics. Word was “The Fantasticks” from April 22 to May 8 at in charge of making sure the music got The Cat, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel. played. You had three friends who all came The plot revolves around two neighbors from small Texas towns, and they made who pretend to have a feud to get their contact there.” children to fall in love. Callery said it took a Callery heard their work on revue benumber of years to get the finances for the cause he was in a show for the school’s show. drama department. Callery, 88, saw “The Fantasticks” twice Callery said Jones studied under B. Iden in New York after it opened. Callery, who Payne, who ended his career teaching at spent several years acting in community the University of Texas.

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Play addresses opioid addiction By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com React children’s theater director Justin Wade understands how devastating opioid addiction can be bePERFORMANCE cause he lived it. “I ended up being a homeless heroin addict on the streets when I was younger,” Wade said. “I’ve been over a decade clean from heroin. I’ve always wanted to use my business to give back to all the people who helped me get clean and helped me.” React, which was formerly known as Young Actors Theatre, will present “Love Over Dose” April 14-15 at Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, 705 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis. The hour-long shows are at 6 and 8 p.m. each evening. There are 18 rotating cast members in the four performances. Wade, 47, is React’s executive director, and his wife, Georgeanna Smith Wade, is the artistic director. They live in Lawrence. Smith Wade was the play’s lead writer. Shortly before the pandemic shut down performances in March 2020, “Love Over Dose” was presented at Fishers High School. “The vision is to get as many high school

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A cedar pergola is the centerpiece of this remodeled outdoor living space. (Photo courtesy of Bill Bernard)

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will be adorned with a colorful outdoor carpet and ultra-comfortable furniture. A grill station is adjacent to the patio and was designed to wrap around a freestanding grill. A paver path sweeps through the lawn to a paver patio with a circular firepit. The newly seeded lawn will soon be a carpet of lush green grass. A landscape border with a distinct edge was developed against the home and will provide a vibrant bed of perennial flowers and ground cover. No matter how you enjoy using your backyard, this outdoor living space has you covered (with dappled shade). The lucky homeowners who have already contacted us may have a head start, but it’s not too late to plan and complete the outdoor living elements you’ve been imagining. Give us a call and let us help bring your vision to life. Stay home, be moved. Bill Bernard works for SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+. He has more than 30 years of experience. For more, email aaron@choosesurroundings.com. Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice Prime Storage - Fishers Britton Park Rd. located at 13323 Britton Park Rd., Fishers, IN 46038 intends to hold a sale to sell the property stored at the Facility by the below list of Occupant who is in default at a Auction. The sale will occur or otherwise disposed as an online auction via www.storagetreasures.com on 4/20/2022 at 12:00pm. Paul Myers unit #D36. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details.


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Interior of Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. (Photos by Don Knebel)

Experiencing Hoosier Hysteria in Henry County Commentary by Don Knebel Today, we visit Henry County, where two facilities celebrate “Hoosier Hysteria.” Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, TRAVEL built in 1921 and expanded in 1936, was originally used by Knightstown High School basketball teams. When a new school opened in 1966, the facility sat idle until 1985, when it became the home gym of the fictional “Hickory Huskers” in “Hoosiers,” inspired by tiny Milan’s 1954 victory in the IHSAA state championship game against much larger Muncie Central. One-third of the scenes were filmed in the gym and its basement locker room. The gym was saved from demolition in 1988 and is operated as a nonprofit museum, looking almost as it did in the movie, with an autographed photograph of the fictional team hanging beside the “GO HICKORY” banner. Hoosier Gym, open to the public at no charge, hosts about 80 basketball games each year, with team jerseys hung in the locker room. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is in New Castle, about 15 miles north of Knightstown. The 14,000-square-foot facility, opened in 1990, honors Hoosier men, women and teams that have distinguished themselves on or around the basketball court. Visitors can search by name, school or year for Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom are pictured in the “Enshrinement Hall.” Special exhibits honor John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and the 1954 Milan Indians. Memorabilia of championship

I have already gotten a splinter or two while gardening during this brief season, but have you ever come across a splinter word? No, a splinter GRAMMAR GUY word isn’t any word involving wood; in fact, a splinter is part of a larger word used in forming a new “splinter” word. Take -holic, for example. An alcoholic suffers from an addiction to alcohol. For the sake of the example, let’s take the splinter -holic. It doesn’t stand alone as its own word, but when someone talks about being a “shopaholic” or “pizzaholic,” we know what the other person means. The “-holic” splinter denotes a dependence on something. Here’s another splinter: -tainment. We know that “entertainment” is something created or performed for the amusement of others. However, on its own, -tainment isn’t a word. It’s a splinter. So, when we see words like “edutainment,” “eatertainment,” and “shoppertainment,” we know that those words relate to things that are created for your amusement.

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